Martin Luther King speaks to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Martin Luther King speaks to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Updated 5:20 p.m. Jan. 19, 2015

Around 1,000 people observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by attending the 27th All Peoples Celebration in San Diego.

The keynote speaker at the event at the Balboa Park Activity Center was voting rights attorney Ryan Haygood of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, who discussed current challenges regarding voting rights. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law in in August 1965.

Several musicians and poets provided entertainment.

Also on Monday, more than 100 people marched from City Heights to Lincoln Park to celebrate King and call attention to what organizers call an epidemic of police brutality.

United Against Police Terror San Diego, Activist San Diego and the Coalition Against Police Violence were among the groups that took part in the march. Participants were escorted by officers along their four-mile route from the City Heights Library to the Malcolm X Library.

Several community service events were held throughout the region to honor King. Church groups gathered for a cleanup at Balboa Park, while employees of Kaiser Permanente packed supplies at the San Diego Food Bank.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.