The City of Orlando has a specific commission dedicated to honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year since 1986, the Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission coordinates, promotes, hosts, and fundraises for a week’s worth of events throughout the city around the national holiday. Last year’s major events included a candlelight vigil and interfaith multicultural celebration, a Great Day of Service that drew more than 700 volunteers contributing 2,800 service hours, a commemorative luncheon and leadership forum, a City of Hope concert, and a parade through downtown Orlando.
The City of Hope concert last year was free to the public and took place at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church. It featured inspiring performances from the UUUS Youth Speech Chorus as well as the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale.
The Great Day of Service last year ranged in scope from volunteer opportunities at local Goodwill stores to a “Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights” event in which volunteers planted trees around a park near downtown Orlando. Rollins College also hosted a day of service on the Saturday after the holiday.
Orlando strives to be a model city that demonstrates through action harmony, inclusivity, and love for all regardless of race, creed, orientation, and gender. We would love to have you join us this year as we celebrate and carry out the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The list of events and schedule for this year’s celebrations have yet to be announced, so watch this space for updates as more information becomes available. For more details about the Commission and previous years’ celebrations, head over to http://www.cityoforlando.net/mlk/.
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