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

January 16, 2013

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

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

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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