In honor of Black History Month 2022 and the irreplaceable legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Los Angeles leaders gathered for the “A Great Day on MLK” LA photograph.
The photo consisted of leaders from the Education community, Non-Profit organizations, Government, Business, the Creative Arts community and more. The picture was inspired by the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo taken in 1958 by Art Kane that featured influential jazz musicians such as Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins standing in front of a New York City brownstone. Esquire magazine commissioned the photograph.
The “A Great Day on MLK” photo was taken along MLK BLVD in Los Angeles, CA to highlight a group of men and women in Los Angeles who are upholding the values of Dr. King, especially his final call to improve the community as written in his book “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” In the book, Dr. King urges readers to focus on issues such as education, income, social and housing inequality in urban cities. A special Thank You must be given to our photographer Zarian. Check out his amazing work here.
For a list of photo participants and brief description of their work in the community please see below.
Commemorate this important moment in Los Angeles History by receiving the original A Great Day on MLK LA photo digital images! Any donations $50 and over to the King Blvd Feature Film fund will receive the full set of digital images.
Youth Advocate / Rap Artist
Ryon agrees with Dr. King’s desire for service in the underserved community. As a Los Angeles Youth Advocate Ryon is driven to protect children from abuse and neglect. As a Rap Artist he is
empowered to serve as a gateway for independent artists to be heard. Helping others in need in a variety of ways, Ryon is hopeful many of Dr. King’s dreams will soon become a reality.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Dr. King personified respect for community, faith, courage, and love. Tiana’s mission as a therapist encompasses the capacity to serve those who feel as though they are voiceless and welcoming people of color into a safe space to share their personal stories. She also volunteers for The Collective Identity that provides safe spaces/mentoring for Black women to feel uplifted in their everyday lives.
King Blvd Actress
Rachel is proud to showcase the themes and ideals Dr. King stood for in the upcoming King Blvd Feature Film. Rachel has trained at various institutions like UCB Los Angeles and Killian’s Workshop and is honored to share her talents to highlight the important social issues such as gentrification, racial stereotypes and corporate greed.
Senior Pastor Do Right Christian Church | CEO Kingdomtainment Media Group
Dr. King’s mission went beyond the walls of the church. As a minister in Los Angeles, Michael believes in carrying the torch that he left us behind and seizing the moment for our history to reflect of another great movement. Whether it’s standing on the front line against police brutality, marching for unity or riding for peace against gun violence, Michael will continue to fight for justice as long as the Lord gives him strength.
King Blvd Director, Writer, Producer | King Blvd Interactive Game Producer
Earl is inspired by the way Dr. King gave a voice to the voiceless. These voiceless individuals often live in struggling urban cities and must navigate systematic challenges as Earl did growing up in the 90s. To help improve the future Earl is now using the creative arts to bring light to a need for change. The upcoming King Blvd Feature Film will entertain, uplift, and showcase how to improve our urban cities around America. Also, Earl is working to develop an Interactive Video game to help teach youth about Dr. King’s legacy and social justice.
A talented film professional working on hit shows such as iCarly or Family Reunion, Cliff uses his skills to help amplify the voices, experiences, struggles and triumphs of underrepresented groups and individuals. He is also aware of the need to uplift others. Whether inviting minority college students on his film set to learn the business or donating his time to support fellow filmmakers of color, Cliff is proud to support the next generation of creatives. Cliff is also excited to work on the upcoming King Blvd Feature Film.
Events Liaison | Community Advocate
Dr. King’s vision of a future where Black men would be able to excel in academia was a strong motivator for Dr. Gross. Also, like MLK, Dr. Gross has a heart for those in need. He has helped organize various food donation programs and walked the community delivering care packages. Professionally he contributed to an Urban Initiative program that aims to address the mental health and educational issues of the underserved in Los Angeles and around the globe.
Executive Director, CBG Arts | Artistic Director
For as long as Brandon could remember Dr. King’s commitment to servitude and standing up for what’s right has inspired him. His platform is typically the arts where his CBG Arts program’s mission is to EMPOWER, EQUIP & ENCOURAGE communities. The organization is meant to reflect the urban voice and use it to shed light in dark times, mirror the disenfranchised, to illuminate & stimulate thoughts that are life changing while serving our community.