Events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be held around San Diego

SAN DIEGO - Several events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held around San Diego on Monday.

The United African American Ministerial Action Council will hold their 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. community breakfast at 7 a.m. Monday at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Ave.

Several San Diego congregations – including First United Methodist Church of San Diego, the Islamic Center of San Diego, Congregation Beth Israel – will join together in the National Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday.  They'll meet at the baseball diamonds at Morley Field in Balboa Park. Participants will clear and haul brush as well as mulch and plant.

More than 70 employees of Kaiser Permanente will spend Monday at the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank cleaning, sorting, bagging and boxing food items to be distributed to those in need.

Radio stations Star 94.1 and Kiss 95.7 will host a blood drive to benefit the San Diego Blood Bank at the San Diego Hall of Champions located at 2131 Pan American Plaza.

The 26th Annual All Peoples Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the San Diego Public Market, located at 1735 National Ave. Journalist and author Alison Stewart will be the keynote speaker.

On Sunday, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade was held along San Diego's waterfront. See photos from the parade here: http://bit.ly/Kv4lXV

The holiday marks the birth of the late civil rights leader and honors his legacy of activism and use of nonviolent demonstrations to promote social change.

King, a Baptist preacher by training, was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, where his father also was a preacher. At age 24, he became the minister of a church in Montgomery, Ala., where Rosa Parks would later start a bus boycott.

In 1957, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which would figure prominently in the expansion of the civil rights movement. He led a 1963 march on Washington, D.C., where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream'' speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis by James Earl Ray.

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