Millions of Americans, and people all over the world, celebrate Martin Luther King Day on January 20 every year.

Artesia Chamber of Commerce President Manu Patel and past Presidents Shaila Patankar and Parimal Shah attended a MLK celebration at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Those in attendance heard inspirational speeches and heard music to honor MLK, who is considered to be a great humanitarian and an advocate for the poor and downtrodden.

Shown below are former Presidents Patankar and Shah, with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who shared a story about her father who in the early 1960’s was the only white politician who greeted MLK at LAX when he visited California for the first time.