City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Announces 2017 Commemoration Events


Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission are proud to announce a variety of events to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Commission is a volunteer organization, which includes business and community representatives appointed by Mayor Dyer to raise funds and coordinate citywide events that promote the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of equality, justice, freedom, peace and harmony for all races and cultures in Greater Orlando.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

6:30 p.m. 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Forum

Florida A & M University College of Law, 201 Beggs Avenue

Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and FAMU College of Law Black Law Student Association. This event is free.

The forum is a panel discussion focusing on issues of significance to the community and concepts addressed by Dr. King. This year’s theme is “Minorities in Trump’s America: What Now? What Next?”

Friday, January 13, 2017

11:00 a.m. 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon***

Ballroom at Church Street, 225 South Garland Avenue

Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. There is a cost for this event.

7:00 p.m. “City of Hope” Concert

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 535 West Washington Street

Presented by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. This event is free.

This concert promotes a spirit of community with music and other offerings by artists and performers from across the city.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

10:00 a.m. 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando

Presented by Southwest Orlando Jaycees. This event is free.

This is a community parade to honor the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and bring the message of unity to all people.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

6:00 p.m. MLK Service: Spread the Dream

The Hope Church, 3032 Monte Carlo Trail

Presented by the African American Council of Christian Clergy. This event is free.

Monday, January 16, 2017

7:45 a.m. 26th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast

First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway

Presented by YMCA of Central Florida & Southwest Orlando Jaycees. There is a cost for this event.

9:00 a.m. Great Day of Service – District Events

District 1 – Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights & Clean-up 8:30 a.m.

District 2 – Park of the Americas Service Project

District 3 – Lake Fairview Service Project

District 4 – Cherokee Park Service Project

District 5 – Parramore and Jackson Community Center Service Project

District 6 – Bill Frederick Park Service Project

Presented by City of Orlando District Commissioners, the Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations, City Parks Division, Green-Up Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful & Green Works Orlando. These events are free.

Volunteers will work on projects together to benefit City of Orlando residents.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7:00 p.m. A Gospel Concert Celebration

First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 East Jackson Street

Presented by Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. This event is free.

This gospel concert will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in songs and performances.

For more information, please call City of Orlando Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations at 407.246.2500 or visit http://www.cityoforlando.net.

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