FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Allebaugh (407) 246-3423
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
CITY OF ORLANDO MAYOR’S MARTIN LUTHER
KING, JR. HOLIDAY COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2011 COMMEMORATION EVENTS
Events Honor the Life and
Legacy of Civil Rights Leader
(ORLANDO, FL) January 7,
2011 -- Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr.
Holiday 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.
Below is a list of this year’s events. Asterisks (***) denote
the events that Mayor Dyer will play a role in this year, and
interview and visual opportunities will be available.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
6:00 p.m. 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership
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.
Friday, January 14, 2011
11:30 a.m. 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative
Doubletree Hotel, 5780 Major Boulevard
Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. There is a cost for
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 15, 2011
10:00 a.m. 27th 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
Sunday, January 16, 2011
6:00 p.m. 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
6:45 p.m. 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, 2011
7:45 a.m. 20th Annual Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast***
First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway
Presented by YMCA & Southwest Orlando Jaycees. There is a cost
for this event.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights***
4724 Raleigh Street
Presented by Mayor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission,
Green Works Orlando, Green-Up Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful
and the City of Orlando Office of Community Affairs/Human
Relations. This event is free.
Volunteers will participate in a variety of hands-on projects to
help clean-up up the Carver Shores Community.
1:00 p.m. Step Into History – Parramore Historic Walking Tour
Wells’ Built Museum of African American History, 511 West South
Presented by Wells’ Built Museum of African American History.
This event is free.
Friday, January 21, 2011
7:00 p.m. Recognition of Youth Humanitarian Award Winners
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.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
9:30 a.m. Orlando Day of Respect
Jones High School, 801 South Rio Grande Avenue
Presented by Hope of Salvation Help Ministries & Jesus House of
Prayer of Holiness, Inc. There is a cost for this event.
For more information or to volunteer, please call City of
Orlando Office of Community Affairs at (407) 246-2500 or visit