Los Angeles Students Shine on MLK Day

Students from schools across Los Angeles took center stage in the festivities that celebrated the life and legacy of an extraordinary man and leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

South Los Angeles observed this monumental day with the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade. The celebration boasted appearances by news reporters, celebrities, caravans of politicians, and community organizations. The event also featured troops from local schools that showcased their talents including the Garfield High School Junior ROTC and the Los Angeles All District Honor Band.  Among the favorites of the parade was Compton Unified’s Centennial High School which is vying to reclaim the Top Band Award which it won in 2016.

Not to be outdone, Inglewood City also honored the legend during its 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Commemorative Service. Like the King Day Parade, the youth who participated in its event were its main attraction.

The Grand Marshal for the ceremony was Saniyya Sidney, who recently starred alongside Denzel Washington in Fences and Tajari P. Henson in Hidden Figures.

Inglewood Unified School District’s Superintendent, Vincent Matthews, beamed with pride as he applauded the winners of the City’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speech Contest. One by one, the young orators delivered their speeches before a riveted audience and each received a standing ovation. Inglewood Mayor James Butts added a comment that echoed the sentiments of the crowd, “Inglewood Unified must be doing something right!”

The winners included 1st grader, Nathan Delos Santos, from Oak Elementary School; 5th grader, Bria Anderson, from Bennet-Kew Elementary School; 6th grader, Cadence Callahan, from Oak Street Elementary School; and 10th grader, Evan Hardin, from Morningside High School.