2020 Long Beach MLK Day of Service Morning Rally

2020 Long Beach MLK Day of Service Morning Rally

For the 10th year, Leadership Long Beach has coordinated with city officials and sponsors to hold the Long Beach MLK Day of Service.  This year’s event becomes the largest gathering of volunteers for the National Day of Service in Los Angeles County.  Volunteers came to the morning rally at Seaside Park in Downtown Long Beach (14th Street and Chestnut Avenue) and were treated to a pancake breakfast made by the Long Beach Firefighters Association.

Sharon Jackson (LLBI ’93) helped kickoff the morning with getting the crowd to dance to the music of the DJ and listen to the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. King.  First District Long Beach City Councilperson Mary Zendejas (LLBI ’15) welcomed the crowd to her district and thanked everyone for coming out to want to serve on the holiday Monday.  Long Beach City College Trustee Uduak-Joe Ntuk (LLBI ’13) spoke to the crowd about the importance of the National Day of Service and remembering the beliefs of Dr. King are as important today as they were over 50 years ago. 

Along with the City of Long Beach, the Port of Long Beach and Habitat for Humanity were major sponsors for the 2020 Long Beach MLK Day of Service.  With projects in every council district, community organizations and groups hosted and directed the work of volunteers to give back to the community that day.

2020 Long Beach MLK Day of Service Projects
(photo and text recaps)

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