Over 80 Long Beach organizations, high schools and politicians marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to celebrate the civil rights leader in the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
The quietness of the early morning was broken Friday as dozens of students gathered to volunteer for Cal State Long Beach’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day. Students gathered Friday morning at the Southwest Terrace of the University Student Union to participate in a day of service hosted by The Office of Multicultural Affairs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Several weeks ago, students registered to volunteer at one of four different organizations from the community. These areas included the Long Beach Organic, Food Finders, Long Beach Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. “We want to honor [Martin Luther King Jr.’s] name, his legacy,” said Christian Lozano, assistant director for the office of multicultural affairs. “What better way to do that than going out into the community and doing service?” When students first arrived at the University Student Union to check in, they each signed a waiver and were given a custom-made black T-shirt with a picture of King on the front. Students were invited to grab fruit, bagels, juice or water before finding their way to the determined locations. Presenters motivated participants to make the most of the event by encouraging them to keep Martin Luther King Jr.
The scent of home-cooking permeated the air around the Speakers Platform, and the banging of drums could be heard meters away, the percussion kicking off Black History Month at Cal State Long Beach Wednesday. The month-long series of events, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, began at noon with dancing and chanting from the African Soul International Association. Students and faculty stopped to observe the association as they moved around the platform in vibrant yellow and red African garb. For the rest of the month, campus members can look forward to a menagerie of similar events including speakers, art installs and many activities to recognize the history and achievements of Black Americans. Here’s a rundown of the events: Blackherstories On Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m., there will be a networking event called “Blackherstories,” which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the University Student Union Los Alamitos Bay Room. The event will showcase the beauty of black women with art pieces, poetry and other methods by providing a platform for these women to share their stories. MLK Day of Service The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will take place on Feb.
To commemorate the contributions of the late civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting an event in which students can participate in community-wide volunteer work. Students must register for the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service through BeachSync by Feb. 9 to participate in the event on Friday, Feb. 16 and will receive their specified volunteer location through BeachSync on Feb. 12. King was known as an influential individual distinguished by his advocacy for non-violent protest and kindness during the civil rights movement. Volunteers nationwide will commemorate by serving their community in his name. The first time the event occured at Cal State Long Beach was 2016, a year after the Office of Multicultural Affairs was established. “I was surprised we [Long Beach] didn’t have a MLK Jr. Day of Service,” said Christian Lozano, assistant director of the office of multicultural affairs. “It was something I had done on other campuses that I had always seen bring various students together for the call of service. It’s at these unique events you really get to see the diversity of the population coming together for one cause.” Typically observed in February
February is Black History Month, but nobody at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to know that. This year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches and the Voting Rights Act, the Oscars will air on Feb. 22 , and they are sadly lacking in ethnic diversity. Although the film “Selma” was nominated for best picture, David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film, was not nominated for best leading actor. The film’s director, Ava DuVernay, was not nominated for best director. Best picture is “Selma’s” only nomination. It received no nominations for the actors, the writers, the director, the music, the cinematography or the makeup and hair. What exactly did they think was best about the film? The last time a film won an Oscar by being nominated for best picture and nothing else was “Grand Hotel” in 1932, according to MTV News, so it is not likely that “Selma” will win at all. It may not seem like such a big deal with last year’s awards for “12 Years a Slave,” but a few major black films wining awards here and there is not enough. According to a 2014 Hollywood