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From left to right, Claudia Pena, 33, Akia Pacheco (partially hidden), Rubi Pacheco Rivera (holding her nephew, Mateo Pacheco, 1), Perris Ellis and her brother Aiden Ellis, dance to live music during the Hail to the Chiefs event at Grand Park. The event celebrated the presidential inauguration as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Mott Smith of Los Angeles stands his son Van, 2, up on his shoulders while listening to a band perform during the Hail to the Chiefs event at Grand Park, a celebration of the presidential inauguration and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Belmont High School gets a touch-up as students and community partners gather Monday at the Westlake campus for a day of service on Martin Luther King Day. Al Licaga, 21, of Westchester approaches painting from an unconventional angle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Painters beautify a wall at Belmont High School, where a variety of murals were painted inside and outside campus buildings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Belmont High students Aida Trihiran, 17, and Jesus Zuniga, 17, paint an outside wall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Cheryl Alegria, 24, of Covina works on a mural at Belmont High School. The nonprofit group City Year hosted a day of service in the spirit of Martin Luther King Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

On Saturday, hundreds of people lined Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Los Angeles for the annual Kingdom Day Parade. The Black Diamond Drill Team was among the groups on hand.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Toni Byrd, left, and Pamela Armstrong cheer on dancers during the Kingdom Day Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The Crenshaw High School drill team performs at the Kingdom Day Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The Omega Gents of Morningside High School perform at the Kingdom Day Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The Frederick Douglass Academy School drill team performs at the Kingdom Day Parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A diptych of a volunteer painting a mural at Belmont High School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Year mobilized more than a thousand volunteers and community partners to help beautify the campus.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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By Kate Mather

Washington, D.C., wasn’t the only city celebrating on Monday.

Various groups in Los Angeles marked Martin Luther King Day with service projects and celebrations, some of which coincided with President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony in the nation’s capital.

At the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, members were invited to view the morning’s inaugural celebrations in a room adorned with student artwork of Martin Luther King Jr., KTLA-TV reported. Charmaine Jefferson, the museum’s executive director, talked to the television station about the significance of the year ahead.

It’s the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, she explained.

“It’s an amazing year,” she said.

At Belmont High School in Westlake, the nonprofit group City Year hosted a day of service to honor King. The group expected more than 1,000 volunteers, community members and public figures to spend the day working to “beautify the campus of Belmont High School and make it a more engaging and colorful place” for students.

And in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park, officials organized an “eclectic musical” event featuring local artists. The free event was scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, hundreds of people lined Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Los Angeles for the annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring the slain civil rights leader. Typically held on the Monday of Martin Luther King Day, the event was moved up because of the inauguration.

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