Friday, November 4, 2016 
Essay and Art Contest Deadline

December 16, 2016
Winner Notification

January 7, 2017 | 10 a.m.
Rekindling the Light of Peace
Pasadena City Hall Chambers, 10 a.m.
100 N. Garfield Avenue | Pasadena, CA 91101

Description:  The Pasadena Human Relations Commission invites the public to attend the 16th annual “Rekindling the Light of Peace” event in the City Council Chambers at Pasadena City Hall.  This free event features guest speakers, music and poetry readings and is a prelude to celebrations that occur on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In addition to the City’s Human Relations Commission, the event is supported by The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Coalition, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches, YWCA Pasadena Foothill Valley, the Pasadena Unified School District, Altadena NAACP, Pasadena NAACP, Aspires West Pasadena, the Pasadena Journal and the Pasadena Weekly.

To read a moving post written in 2004 by Mayor Bill Bogaard, click here.

For more information, the public can call (626) 744-4234 and visit

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.
MLK Essay and Visual and Performing Arts Finalists’ Public Readings, Displays, and Presentations
Altadena Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.
743 E. Calaveras Street | Altadena, CA 91001

Description: Come listen to original speeches and enjoy an evening of viewing beautiful artwork and performances paying tribute to Dr. King by the MLK Essay and Visual & Performing Arts Contest finalists and winners.  The hosting school organizes the event to showcase some of the other diverse talents of the students.  Admission is free.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
MLK Day of Service:  A Day On, Not Off
Pasadena High School, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. | Pasadena, CA 91107

Description:  On the Saturday before the MLK Day of Service, it is our tradition to provide a local school with volunteers to help beautify the campus.  We will plant flowers, clean up, and do several maintenance tasks.  Afterwards, we will enjoy a nice lunch and entertainment from the students from the school.  This is a cooperation between Martin Luther King Community Coalition and Pasadena Unified School District and the school principal.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Service
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3:30 p.m.
2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave. | Altadena, CA  91001

Description:  The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Pasadena (IMA) presents its annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Service,” featuring local pastors. The event is hosted by Rev. Tyrone L. Skinner from Metropolitan Baptist Church. The IMA, a fellowship of more than thirty spiritual leaders of the community, comprised of local pastors and ministers, has been sponsoring these celebrations since the first year after Dr. King’s death in 1968.

For more information, visit

Monday, January 16, 2017 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Student Awards
Charles W. Eliot Middle School (new location!)
2184 N. Lake Ave. | Altadena, CA  91001

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.:  Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.:  Teach-in
  • 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:  King Holiday Celebration and Program

Description:  The Martin Luther King Community Coalition, Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and Aspires West of Pasadena in conjunction with the city of Pasadena, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Lambda chapter presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday breakfast and celebration.

Families, friends, community members, local and state political leaders will be in attendance as student finalists are presented awards for their participation in the MLK Community Coalition Essay and Visual & Performing Arts Contest.  This free event features guest speakers and wonderful entertainment, and is the culminating ceremony of the 2016-2017 MLK Holiday Celebration events.

For more information, send an email to



Thelma T. Reyna

Thank you, Ayesha, for this clear, thorough outline of important upcoming events surrounding our community’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It all sounds very engaging and highly inspirational for all of us. I look forward to participating and helping to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

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