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Broadway Heights Community Celebrates MLK’s 91st Birthday

Residents of Broadway Heights celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Ja...

Photo by Joe Hong

Above: Residents of Broadway Heights celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Jan. 15, 2020.

While the MLK holiday is five days away, residents of the Broadway Heights neighborhood gathered to celebrate the civil rights leader's birthday on Wednesday.

The event gathered community leaders and students on Martin Luther King Way where they heard a reenactment of King's most famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Listen to this story by Joe Hong.

“We wanted the students to understand why there are so many Americans of color who ascribe to the freedom that Dr. King so richly spoke of in many of his speeches," said Booker Sanders, a Broadway Heights Community Council member who hosted the event.

Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 15, 1929. The San Diego celebration of him continues on Sunday, with the annual parade on Harbor Drive and the All People’s Celebration on Monday, in Balboa Park.

Correction: An earlier version of story said the MLK annual parade would be on Saturday. It will be on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. on Harbor Drive.

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