On Monday, January 20, 2020 L.A. Works will continue our longstanding tradition of organizing more than a thousand Angelenos to commemorate the national MLK Day of Service holiday by honoring Dr. King’s great dream of a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race. 

The event will kick-off with the breakfast conversation: A SEAT AT THE TABLE, co-hosted by Los Angeles magazine and featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and another trailblazing community leader in dialogue about their journey. After breakfast, volunteers will work together to support access to positive learning environments by beautifying an LAUSD Title 1 school near LAX.

The event theme of A Seat at the Table is designed to focus attention on the barriers to opportunities that marginalized communities face. Concrete calls-to-action will be offered throughout the day to empower the volunteers to become changemakers.

Special guests in recent years have included: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and David Ryu, Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley, Lakers Legends James Worthy, AC Green, and Derek Fisher as well as actors O' Shea Jackson Jr. and Justin Baldoni and Ret. Judge Candace Cooper.

If you can't make it out but still want to help, we have launched a Virtual Paint Drive to help support the transformative painting projects that 1,000 volunteers will undertake on MLK Day of Service 2020. Thanks to you, our generous community members, in 2019 we raised over $1,500 towards our $5,000 goal to help underwrite the paintbrushes, paint, rollers, and rosin paper that we'll be purchasing for January's event. Please consider joining us with your donations, click here to join the Virtual Paint Drive Drive.

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To learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities for this event, please email Kim Olpin, VP of Corporate Engagement.