Attorney-general Kamala Harris
Since the historic election and her swearing in, Attorney-general Kamala Harris has been going non-stop meeting people all over the state
Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Managing Editor
Not only will California and the nation celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., Los Angeles will host the Attorney-general Kamala Harris at breakfasts, dinners, special events and the Annual Kingdom Day parade where she will be one of the grand marshals.
Beginning Friday morning, she will address LA Labor’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast highlighting the cause that was the final act for Dr. King in Memphis in 1968: the sanitation workers labor union. Ironically, two of those sanitation strikers will be honored for historic labor and civil rights activism.
On Friday evening, the Attorney-general will be the keynote speaker at 48th District’s 2011 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, hosted by Assemblyman Mike Davis at the California African American Museum (CAAM). The theme of the event will be to commemorate the only holiday named for an African American and to honor individuals whose work exemplifies Dr. King’s example.
About the event and the keynote speaker, Attorney-general Harris, the host Assemblyman Davis, said, “It is fitting to have California’s first African American Attorney General begin the New Year with the African American community, breaking bread and celebrating Civil Rights leaders past and present,” said Assemblyman Davis, newly elected Vice-Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. “Indeed, California has made Civil Rights history this year with the the inauguration of Kamala D. Harris, the first African American, first woman and first South East Asian to become California’s Attorney General,” Davis concluded.
Then the next morning, the attorney-general will address the 19th annual Empowerment Congress Summit at the University of Southern California. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will present his State of the Second District address, highlighting the milestones achieved in his second year in office and key policy priorities for the year ahead. Attorney-general Harris, in one of her first major appearances since taking office, will deliver keynote remarks. Hundreds of community residents and activists are expected to participate in workshops on the Second District’s policy priorities. To coincide with the King holiday, the theme of this year’s summit, to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be “We Are the Second District: Empowered to Realize the Dream.”
Finally, though Dr. King’s birthday is actually on January the 15th, the actually holiday this year will be celebrated on Monday, the 17th. Attorney-general Harris will be one of the grand marshals of the Kingdom Day Parade, an event that will culminate, her weekend activities of the King holiday celebrations.