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Downtown Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

January 12th, 2011 2:51 PM by Karyn Smith

Each year, hundreds of spectators gather to see the beautiful floats and local marching bands as they march down Orange Avenue for the Martin Luther King’s Day parade in Downtown Orlando.

This year, Downtown Orlando will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with the 27th annual parade on Saturday, January 15 and a series of events held throughout the month.

Wednesday, January 12
6:00PM 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Forum
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Varsity Room
Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This event is free.

The forum is a panel discussion focusing on issues of significance to the community and concepts addressed by Dr. King.

Friday, January 14
7:00 PM “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 15
10:00AM 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando
Presented by Southwest Orlando Jaycees. This event is free.

Sunday, January 16
6:00 PM Candlelight Vigil and March
Beginning at Orlando City Hall
Presented by Mayor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. This event is free.

Following the vigil, participants will march to Shiloh Baptist Church.

6:45PM Multicultural Interfaith Celebration
Shiloh Baptist Church, 604 West Jackson Street
Presented by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. This event is free.

This event will feature speakers from various faiths reflecting on Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Monday, January 17
1:00 PM Step Into History – Parramore Historic Walking Tour
Wells’ Built Museum of African American History, 511 West South Street
Presented by Wells’ Built Museum of African American History. This event is free.

Friday, January 21
7:00 PM Recognition of Youth Humanitarian Award Winners
Amway Center
Presented by the Orlando Magic. There is a cost for this event.

Selected students from Orange County middle and high schools will receive the Youth Humanitarian award for exemplifying Dr. King’s ideals.

For more information or to volunteer at any of these events, please call City of Orlando Office of Community Affairs at 407. 246.2500 or visit www.cityoforlando.net.
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Posted by Karyn Smith on January 12th, 2011 2:51 PM


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