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2016 MLK Calendar of Events

Friday, January 8

CommUNITY Breakfast, 7 a.m.
City of Leesburg
Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Avenue, Leesburg, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

Saturday, January 9

MLK South Street Jazz and Blues Cookout, 11 a.m.
Ski Hi Production, Inc., A day of family fun, entertainment, live music and BBQ to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
John H. Jackson Community Center, 1002 Carter St., Orlando, FL
Contact: Jimmie Lee Williams at dropd.williams@gmail.com or 407.234.1527

3-Mile Walk/Run for Wellness, 7:30 a.m.
Come and walk (run) 3-miles to commemorate the three attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Refreshments provided.
Venetian Gardens—MLK Island Leesburg, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

Sunday, January 10

Candlelight Vigil and March, 5:30 p.m. (gathering & refreshments); 6 p.m. (program starts)
Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission; Orlando City Hall Rotunda
Contact: Lizzette Feliciano at lizzette.feliciano@cityoforlando.net or 407.246.2500

Interfaith Multicultural Celebration, 6:30 p.m.
Interfaith Council of Central Florida;
Shiloh Baptist Church, 604 W. Jackson Street, Orlando, FL
Contact:  Rabbi David Kay at MLKOrlando2016@gmail.com

Ecumenical Service, 6 p.m.
Parishioners from different religious denominations across Lake and Sumter counties will come
together to commemorate the Dr. MLK Holiday.
Citadel of Hope Ministries 2795 South Street, Leesburg, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

Tuesday, January 12

4th Annual Preliminary Student Literary Contest Sumter County, 11:00 a.m.
Sumter County Professional Center, 200 Cleveland Avenue, Wildwood, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

Thursday, January 14

11th Annual MLK Leadership Forum, 7:00 p.m.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity & Florida A&M University College of Law Black Law Student Association
Discussion Topics on: “Remember, Celebrate, Act: King’s Legacy for Freedom for our World!”
Florida A & M University College of Law, 201 Beggs Avenue, Downtown Orlando
Contact: Robert Foster, III at MLKChairman@gmail.com or 321.292.9695

Happy B-Day Dr. King at Hungerford Elementary, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Students will present talent showcase relative to Dr. King – Unity in the Community Theme
Town of Eatonville, Hungerford Elementary
Contact:  Sherron Fort at sfort@townofeatonville.org or 407.623.8913

Friday, January 15

30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon (Cost) 
11 a.m. (doors open); 11:30 a.m. (program starts)
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Ballroom at Church Street Station, 225 S. Garland Avenue, Downtown Orlando
Theme: “Remember, Celebrate, Act: King’s Legacy for Freedom for our World!”
Keynote Speaker: Joe Madison, Radio Talk-Show Host
Contact: Robert Foster, III at MLKChairman@gmail.com or 321.292.9695

2016 “City of Hope”, 7 p.m.
“Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation & Project GRADY-RAYAM, a concert performance
featuring music, visual imagery, oration & poetry
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church, 535 W. Washington Street, Downtown Orlando
Contact: Rudi Cleare at rucleare@gradyrayam.org or 407.841.6773

12th Annual Student Literary Contest Awards Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.
Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center, LSSC – 9501 U.S. Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

Gospel Fest & MLK Family & Fun Day, 6:00 p.m.
Local soloists, choir members and praise dancers from varying local churches.
Mount Olive AME Church, 4319 Lime Street, Coleman, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

Saturday, January 16

32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, 10 a.m.
Theme:  Remember, Celebrate, Act!
Southwest Orlando Jaycees, Orange Avenue, Downtown Orlando
www.swojaycees.org/MLK
Contact: Marcus Riggins at swojuniorchamber@gmail.com or 407.223.9075

City of Kissimmee Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade & Festival, 10 a.m.
Parade in historic downtown Kissimmee with Festival immediately following at Kissimmee
Lakefront Park
201 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, FL
Live performances by Stefon4u & the UCF Choir
Info: www.kissimmeeparks.org or call 407.518.2501

39th Annual MLK Parade and Festivities, 11:00 a.m.
Town of Eatonville
Bike Show begins at 11:00 a.m.
Parade begins at 2:00 p.m.
Youth Expo immediately following the parade at Hungerford Field
Contact:  Sherron Fort at sfort@townofeatonville.org or 407.623.8913

9th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Parade/March, 11:00 a.m.
Main Street, Downtown Leesburg, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

MLK Tribute Battle of the Bands Half-Time Awards Show,
 Stars of Tomorrow Classic, 2 p.m. (cost)
Raymond Screws Stadium at West Orange High School – Winter Garden, FL
Contact: Tricia Myers at Tricia@otrtevents.com or 815.991.9984

Sunday, January 17

MLK Service:  Spread The Dream, 6:00 p.m.
African American Council of Christian Clergy
The Hope Church, 3032 Monte Carlo Tr., Orlando, FL
Guest Speaker:  Pastor Artie Jackson
Contact: Judy Whitley at 407.299.8820

Monday, January 18

25th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, 7:45 a.m. (cost)
YMCA of Central Florida and the Southwest Orlando Jaycees
First Baptist Church of Orlando-Faith Hall, 3000 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL
Special Guest Speaker:  Dr. Vikki Kennedy Johnson
Contact:  Heather Corino at hcorino@cfymca.org or 407.896.9220

Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights & Clean-up / Great Day of Service, 8:30 a.m.(District 5)

Presented by Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Help transform the Ivey Lane Community by planting trees and cleaning up

This service project is filled. No additional volunteers are needed. Thank you for your interest

Parramore Clean-Up Service Project / Great Day of Service, 9 a.m. (District 5)
Florida A&M University College of Law Students and Community
Meet at Florida A&M University College of Law, 201 Beggs Avenue, Downtown Orlando

This service project is filled. No additional volunteers are needed. Thank you for your interest 

City of Orlando District Service Projects

District 1- Northlake Park Community School Beautification Project
 Contact: Nancy Bryant at nbryant@cfymca.org or 407.852.3520

District 3 – Ivanhoe MLK Day of Service Project
 Contact: Mindi Rackliff at mindi.rackliff@ivanhoevillage.org

District 4 – Mills-50 MLK Day of Service Project

This service project is filled. No additional volunteers are needed. Thank you for your interest 

District 5: See above

District 6 – Holden Heights Home Improvement
Contact: Jacqueline Cockerham at Jacqueline.cockerham@cityoforlando.net or 407.246.3016

10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Parade, 10 a.m.
City of Ocoee MLK Unity Parade and Celebration, 10 a.m.
Starting at Citrus Elementary School, 87 N Clarke Road; Ends at the West Oaks Mall
Keynote Speaker at 11 a.m.:  The Reverend Canon Nelson Pinder, 1960s civil rights leader
Singing, blood pressure and health screenings, Master of Ceremony, Allie Braswell
Contact:  www.ocoee.org or 407.905.3100

Royal & Wildwood MLK Parades, 10:00 a.m.
Community of Royal, Sumter County, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

“Dr. MLK, Jr. Day” Festivities, 10:00 a.m.
Join students and their families as they celebrate Dr. King’s holiday with a day of art, exhibits,
a step show, food & more
Genesis Center- 1414 W. Main Street, Leesburg, FL
Contact: Christyne B. Hamilton at HamiltoC@LSSC.edu or 352.365.3592

7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, 2 p.m.
Sponsored by South Apopka Ministerial Alliance
“The Power of Love and Unity”
MLK, Jr. Program at John H. Bridges Center following parade (food & refreshments)
Contact:mrm3590@aol.com or 407.702.4223

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil, 6 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.)
Keynote Speaker: Clint Smith, poet, educator, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University
Rollins College at Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL
Contact: Destinee Lott at dlott@rollins.edu

Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Banquet, 5:00 p.m.
Royal Community Center- 9569 County Road 235, Wildwood (Royal)
Contact: RSVP 352.748.0260

Tuesday, January 19

Black Art Exhibit Tour, 12:30 p.m.  
This tour given by Amy Galpin, the Curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, will explore important
works by Black artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Hank Willis Thomas, and Melvin Edwards.
Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL
Contact: Destinee Lott at dlott@rollins.edu

Wednesday, January 20

Orlando Magic Game, 7:00 p.m. (cost)
Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Center Court Recognition of Mayor Dyer’s MLK Youth Humanitarian Award Winners with the Mayor’s MLK Commission, halftime, Amway Center

Thursday, January 21

King Against Capitalism, 12:30 p.m.
A discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s critique of economic inequality and its relevance for today,
lead by Assistant Professor of Sociology Matt Nichter. Bring lunch and your ideas.
Rollins College, Lucy Cross Center, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL
Contact: Destinee Lott at dlott@rollins.edu

The Dream:  A Gospel Concert Celebration, 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Celebrating 30 years of the King Holiday in Songs and Performances
First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 East Jackson Street, Orlando, FL
(Free parking in the Seaside parking garage), East Jackson Street, Downtown Orlando
Contact: orlandomayormlk@gmail.com or 321.226.8655

Saturday, January 23

MLK Day of Service, 9 a.m.
Community Service Project and Volunteerism by Rollins College
For more details about volunteering, Contact: Destinee Lott at dlott@rollins.edu