The Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King in a significant manner this year. We participated in the 39th annual Kingdom Day Parade, which took place in the Crenshaw District and Leimert Park, featuring the timely theme: “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Going to the Promised Land.”

Our first parade convertible featured our President & CEO, Cynthia Mitchell-Heard, and our LAUL Board of Directors’ Board Chair, Elliot Hinds, Project Finance & MA Partner at Sheppard Mullin.

Our second red-hot convertible featured representatives from our auxiliaries: LAUL Young Professionals and LAUL GUILD. We also highlighted one of our program members, Adrian Duncan of Duncan Hauling, from the Entrepreneurship Center who recently won first place and a $25,000 grant in our small business pitch competition. Read more on the pitch competition here.

This was such a special moment for the Los Angeles Urban League, because it was the first time we participated in the King Day Parade since 2017!

Take a moment to view some of our favorite photos from the parade.

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Dr. King’s Legacy is Woven into the Foundation of the Urban League.

In the transition to a new era for the Los Angeles Urban League, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historical foundation and leadership of the Big Six and our beloved leader Whitney M. Young. They led by example, showing us that everyone has a role in the movement. And today, in 2024, our collective efforts with our partners, community members, leaders, and fellow stakeholders will continue to transform lives and empower communities to align with King’s vision of civil rights, advocacy, education, and employment for all.

On this day, marking Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 95th birthday, I reflect on his journey, acknowledging that there is still work to be done. While some have reached the mountaintop, our mission persists until everyone reaches the promised land.

In moving forward, we must honor the lessons from Dr. King’s legacy and apply them to the challenges of our time. The Los Angeles Urban League is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable society, addressing systemic barriers, and ensuring that opportunities are accessible to all. As we celebrate Dr. King’s enduring impact, let us renew our dedication to the ongoing struggle for justice, equality, and the realization of his dream for a better future. Together, as we are building for tomorrow, let’s build upon the foundations laid by our predecessors and continue shaping a more just and empowered community for generations to come.

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Cynthia Mitchell-Heard
President & CEO
Los Angeles Urban League