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Dear friends,

Today as we reflect on the work and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we have a special opportunity to do our part to practice daily compassion and empathy and show kindness and love towards others. His vision challenges us to to imagine and implement a society that accepts all people, regardless of race, gender, orientation, religion, age, language, background, or ability. AbilityFirst is committed to ensuring our programs for children and adults with disabilities are available to all who need them, including individuals who face barriers to service.

We are devoting resources and energy to eliminating barriers experienced by people who come from diverse backgrounds, have low incomes, or speak languages other than English.

Like Dr. King, with his passion for encouraging people to see each other as equals, AbilityFirst is leading change that breaks down barriers and provides equal access to services and participation in community living for people with disabilities.

Please join me in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.. He gave his famous “I Have a Dream,” speech more than 55 years ago, but his message of hope and acceptance of all people rings even more true today.


Lori Gangemi

CEO, AbilityFirst

Watch the full “I Have a Dream” speech and find more resources with events and information below.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Los Angeles

11 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Los Angeles

King Day 2023, California African American Museum, Los Angeles,  January 16 2023


Pasadena Events Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

What We Do – Pasadena MLK Community Coalition


City of Inglewood’s 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Long Beach

City of Long Beach


MLK Day celebration in Pomona

Suggested Books to Read:

* Check your local library before or after Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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