Orlando remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. with community wide events




Each year, on the third Monday of January, Americans remember the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The day is an annual federal holiday, complete with parades and memorial vigils.

This year on Jan. 21, the country will acknowledge King’s legacy in an extraordinary way, as we watch the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Orlando will also play a part in remembering King this year, as our area sees an assortment of parades, prayer breakfasts, candlelight vigils and community service projects.

Below, we’ve assembled a collection of MLK events going on within the next week. For more info, visit Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission website.

8th Annual MLK Leadership Forum: The Journey to Justice: Pursuing Equality in our Election Process

6 p.m., Jan. 17

Florida A&M College of Law


27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon

11 a.m., Jan. 18

The Ballroom at Church Street

call for price, or RSVP to mlkchairman@gmail.com

2013 City of Hope

Concert performance presented by Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation

7 p.m., Jan. 18

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Instutional Church


29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

10 a.m., Jan. 19

Downtown Orlando


Town of Eatonville's MLK Parade and Celebration

2 p.m., Jan. 19

Downtown Eatonville


Voter Registration Drive

Sponsored by the Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 19

Lake Eola Park


MLK 26th Commemorative Banquet

6 p.m., Jan. 19

Sanford Civic Center


call for price

11th Annual Unity Heritage Festival

1-5:30 p.m., Jan. 20

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jan. 21

Shady Park, Winter Park



Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Dedication Ceremony

9:30 a.m., Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Winter Park



22nd Annual Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast

7:45 a.m., Jan. 21

First Baptist Church

3000 S. John Young Parkway

call for price, or email emiller@cfymca.org

Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights & Clean-up

9 a.m., Jan. 21

Rosemont Building


Parramore Clean-Up Service Project

9 a.m., Jan. 21

Florida A&M College of Law


City of Ocoee's 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Parade and Celebration: The Courage to Believe and Act

10 a.m., Jan. 21

West Oaks Mall


City of Sanford MLK Parade

10 a.m., Jan. 21

Crooms Academy of Information Technology



Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Vigil

6 p.m. Jan. 21

Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel


Diversity Dialogue: “How Far Have We Come?”

7 p.m., Jan. 22

Rollins College, Crummer Hall



MLK Movie Night: Red Tails

6:45 p.m., Jan. 23

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College



Communities in Unity: A Show of Strength Festival

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 26

Hope of Salvation, Inc.



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