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William Andrews dances during the Kingdom Day Parade honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A parade participant reaches out to Lyndasha Peters, 9, in green, Shawnte Pitts in white and Dwayne Clark, 3, in black.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Ashton Logan plays with the Frederick Douglass Academy Elementary School drum squad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Centennial High School marching band.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Desiree Glover leaps behind a group of young women watching the Kingdom Day Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Union members wave from a float during the Kingdom Day Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

King, third from right; his wife, Coretta; and the Rev. D. F. Reese lead the way to the state Capitol on a walk demanding voter registration rights for blacks. Thousands participated in the walk, which began in Selma, Ala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

The Rev. John Burt, seated at far right, listens as Martin Luther King Jr. addresses 15,000 people at the L.A. Coliseum during an interfaith rally in 1964. Burt helped organize civil rights rallies in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A police officer uses a nightstick on a young person after the breakup of a march led by King. Black leaders accused the police of brutality. Police said they did what was necessary to restore order.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Thornell / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel a day before his assassination. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King, center, rides a newly integrated bus Dec. 21, 1956. In front of King, left, is the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, and to King's right is the Rev. Glenn Smiley of New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Coretta Scott King, with her daughter, Bernice, attends the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., on April 9, 1968.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MONETA J. SLEET, JR. / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is welcomed by his wife, Coretta, after he leaves court in Montgomery, Ala., on March 22, 1956. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system, but a judge suspended his $500 fine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gene Herrick / Associated Press

About 18,000 people crammed into the Sports Arena in 1961 to hear King speak.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

King, at right in the foreground, holds hands with his wife, Coretta, on the first day of a five-day march to the state Capitol in Montgomery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Police intercept King, front, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy after the two men led a line of demonstrators into the business section of the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

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Local celebrities and regular Angelenos celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the 26th annual Kingdom Day parade in South L.A.  Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929.  His birthday was established as a federal holiday in 1986, 18 years after he was assassinated in Memphis. These photographs provide a brief look at the challenges he faced, as well as his achievements.

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