The Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade is incontestably the largest and most venerated celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’ s birthday in the United States. Spanning 33 years of honoring his life and vision, this year’s festivities began with the traditional breakfast where special recognition is given to community leaders, who have exemplified the spirit of Dr. King. Presided by Mistress of Ceremonies, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Leslie Sykes the event was attended by elected officials, highly respected business and community leaders who came to pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Kingdom Day Parade President and CEO Dr. Adrian Dove reminded attendees that the breakfast and parade would focus on, “accomplishing what Dr. King would be doing himself if he were still here today walking among us and what course of action we must take to continue his life mission of fighting for equality for all, for peace and reciprocal respect, using Love & Non-Violence as our primary weapon.”
Kicking off with the 2017 Grand Marshall The Honorable Maxine Waters vehemently channeled Dr. King’s message, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” she passed on the baton to the 2018 Grand Marshal, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. An absolute beacon of light she concluded the breakfast by giving a response to the theme question, “ Where do we go from here? Hon Harris addressed today’s challenges facing the nation with a positive approach in true Dr. King spirit as if reaching from beyond with a simple response, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”