Larry E. Grant: Founder of The Kingdom Parade
Larry E. Grant
By Tabia Shawel
LA Sentinel InternÂ
The Kingdom Day Parade is a commemoration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is celebrated every year on Dr. King’s birthday. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the parade founded by Larry E. Grant back in 1980. This grand event held in Los Angeles attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators each year with festivities that enlighten and encourage the message of freedom that Dr. King so powerfully preached. Mr. Grant’s mission was to keep the legacy of Dr. King alive and relevant in an ever-changing world.
Born on March 14th, 1926 in Sherman, Texas, Mr. Grant was disciplined in his studies from his adolescence. Not only was he the Valedictorian of his senior class at the tender age of 16, he also held that esteemed privilege when graduating from the U.S Army Finance & Accounting School in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1949, Mr. Grant attended the University of Maryland and completed his graduate studies at the American Institute of Banking as well as National University, where he received the Distinguished Leader Award. Mr. Grant dedicated 20 years in the United States Army and in 1952, he used his skills to eventually become the 8th Army Fiscal Officer for the 8th U.S. Army Staff Finance & Accounting Center. His responsibility was to allocate millions of appropriated funds to repair and refurbish the old Japanese Headquarters at Yongsan main post in Seoul, Korea.
Subsequently, Mr. Grant dedicated 20 years to the banking industry serving in executive positions as the highest ranking African American with premier banks such as Security Pacific National Bank, Bank of Finance, City National Bank, Imperial Bank, and Pacific Coast Bank. The inspiration for creating the Kingdom Day Parade came to Mr. Grant while serving as the President & CEO of Pacific Coast Bank. Little did he fathom that this parade would soon come to be internationally recognized on four continents by millions of people who, like Mr. Grant, strive to keep Dr. King’s philosophy a reality.
MLK Parade Information
-Â Check In time: No later than 10:00 AM
-Â Check in on MLK between Dalton Ave. and Halldale
-Â Parade starts at 10:15 AM on the corner of MLK and Western Blvd.Â