This past August, I joined my Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech. A half-century after the historic March on Washington and Dr. King’s iconic speech, we united to celebrate Dr. King’s ideals of equality, justice, peace, respect and inclusion for all. In commemorating this important occasion, we gathered at Orlando City Hall for a one-hour program that included prayers from faith leaders, a bell ringing, a video of Dr. King’s speech and The King Center Pledge of Nonviolence.
This month, I invite you and your family to participate in a number of events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Our community will recognize the holiday with signature events, including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, the candlelight vigil and interfaith service and the Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast. Dr. King inspired Americans to serve and this holiday gives us the chance to volunteer in our community with the Parramore Clean-Up Service Project and Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights on Monday, January 20. For a complete calendar of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. activities throughout Orlando, visit MLKOrlando.com. I encourage you to join us as we come together to honor the life and impact of Dr. King.