The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was celebrated by second district residents as they joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, this year’s grand marshal, Stevie Wonder, and thousands of spectators and participants at the 27th annual Kingdom Day Parade on January 16. The procession progressed along Martin Luther King Boulevard and ended with a festival at Leimert Park. The parade featured dozens of marching bands from schools throughout the Second Supervisorial District, in addition to community leaders, musicians, floats, equestrian units, drill teams, dance groups, dignitaries and the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary African American aviators in the U.S. armed forces.
Coincidentally, these World War II pilots made their way through the parade route just days before the opening of the movie about their experiences entitled Red Tails. The movie is produced by legendary filmmaker George Lucas and hit movie theaters throughout the nation on January 20. More than 25 years after Kingdom Day Parade founder, Mr. Larry E. Grant launched the first event, the parade it continues to be a vehicle for people of all races and religions, colors and creeds to pay homage to the deeds and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.