Area Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Posted at 4:16 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 06:40:25-05

Program Announced for 8th Annual East Stuart Main Street on Jan. 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event
Kherri Anderson of the Martin County Election Supervisor Office, to Deliver Keynote Address

The annual event includes Martin County's only Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, followed by a speaker program featuring Martin County Election Supervisor, Kherri Anderson, and a family festival.

Parade will be held in the city of Stuart from 10th Street Center to Tarpon Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Georgia Avenue to Memorial Park Band Shell, 100 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

- 11 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Kherri Anderson, of the Martin County Election Supervisor's Office, Memorial Park Band Shell, 100 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL. Faith, Fun & Family Festival  with DJ, Youth Performances, Children's Activities, Community Information and Food Vendors - Monday, January 18, 2016 12:00-3:00 p.m., Memorial Park Band Shell, 100 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

The Martin Luther King Celebration is presented by East Stuart Main Street, a private, non-profit organization committed to the preservation and development of the East Stuart community. Goals of the organization include creating a positive image for the community through outreach, education, special events, and economic development. For more information or to become a member please call 772-600-1248 or 772-485-9568.

More than 200 from the Jewish & African American communities to attend MLK Day Celebration in Currie Park from noon to 3 p.m. 

More than 200 community members representing the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach Countyand organizations from the African American community will gather on Monday, January 18, 2016 in solidarity for an afternoon of family, food and activities to celebrate Dr. King's legacy of tolerance and diversity.

The event will feature a presentation of Jewish Federation's Tikkun Olam OneWorld Service Award to local community leaders for their commitment to socially-conscious initiatives.
Award recipients include:
- Reggie D from X102.3 FM, for his commitment to combat racism through The Walk With Me Foundation.    
- Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein for Temple Israel's dedication to providing hands-on community service and advocacy for local homeless and food insecure families.

The ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Thomas Masters of Riviera Beach at Currie Park's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at  1 p.m.

Donations of clothing, blankets, towels and toiletries will be collected and distributed to community members in need at the event. Additional events for attendees will include bounce houses, music and team building exercises.

- Over 200 community members celebrating the memory and legacy of Dr. King.
- Participants engaging in various community service projects.
- Tikkun Olam OneWorld Service Award ceremony and "I Have a Dream" speech recited in Currie Park. 

Come join us for a FREE event hosted by the Caribbean American for Community Involvement (CAFCI) in Celebration of the life and history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, January 18th from 10 a.m.  to noon at the Cultural Center. The event will feature performances by the Blues Brothers, Jade and Demi Masters, Broadway Stars, and Copeland Davis. Seating is limited, so arrive early. For more information, please call 561-791-9087.

When:     Monday, January 18
Where:   Cultural Center
Time:        10 a.m. to noon

Peace and Justice Interfaith Prayer Service
The 30th Anniversary of Peace and Justice Interfaith Prayer Service in Honor of the Rev. Dr. Martian Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016, at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 4001 North Shore Drive in West Palm Beach, at 6:30 p.m.  For further information call 561-7583061.

* LAKE WORTH MLK Day Declares We Are The World

This year Lake Worth will honor the transformative power of Martin Luther King Jr’s dream on Jan. 17 and 18th under the theme, United We Are the World. The theme was selected to correspond with the rededication of the MLK Globe Fountain after the City’s recent renovations. 

MLK events with commence with a “Musical and Theatrical Tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Hamer, a Mississippi sharecropper with little education, became a powerful voice for civil rights and voter registration in the 1960’s. Actress Taylore Mahogany Scott will portray Hamer, with the Core Ensemble (cello, piano, percussion) performing jazz, popular, and classical music by African Americans. This innovative drama will be hosted on Sunday, January 17th at 4 PM at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (Lucerne Avenue and Palmway). Admission is free.

On Monday, January 18, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 10th Avenue South and E Street, will host the Unity Interfaith Breakfast from 7:30 – 9 AM. Food is provided by donation and is free to the public. This inspirational program will feature music and prayers from diverse faith traditions, including Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Bahá’í representatives.

The highlight of the day will be the 22nd annual Candlelight March through downtown Lake Worth. Participants will gather at 5 PM at City Hall and parade down Lake Avenue to the Cultural Plaza. A brief commemorative program in the Plaza will feature the rededication of the MLK Globe Fountain. The Fountain, originally installed in 2005, has been refurbished and rebalanced so that the 4-ton granite globe will once again float freely and be rotated by hand. To mark the occasion, a children’s choir will perform a heart-warming rendition of We Are the World in recognition of the progress that the City of Lake Worth has made toward fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream.

Following the rededication program, a Fellowship Dinner will be enjoyed at First Baptist Church. The church is located at Second Ave. South and M Street, just a block south of the Memorial. Musical entertainment is planned. The free dinner will provide an opportunity for warm fellowship across religious and racial lines in the spirit of Dr. King. Sponsoring religious and civic organizations will provide the food and beverages. Members of the general public are invited to help with the dinner preparations which will begin at First Baptist at 4 PM or to contribute a dessert.

Dr. King’s Dream encompassed the hopes and dreams of all Americans. Members of every racial, religious and ethnic group in Palm Beach County are invited to join Lake Worth residents in their celebration of the diversity of our community.

All events are free of charge to the public, sponsored by the City of Lake Worth, Kiwanis Club, Lake Worth Interfaith Network and the Lake Worth MLK Committee.