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Pinellas makes plans for MLK holiday
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PINELLAS COUNTY - Monday, Jan. 16, the nation will honor the memory of fallen civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plans are in the works for a number of events around Pinellas.

Clearwater

The NAACP Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County Branch and the city of Clearwater will celebrate the holiday beginning with a MLK Leadership Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at the MLK Center; 1201 Douglas St. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Nathaniel Ramsey, president of the NAACP Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Branch. The Restoration Village Christian Center Choir and Bob Raymond's Swing Shift will entertain. Cost is $4 a person. Seating is limited to 250.

Organizations and individuals are invited to participate in a march to Coachman Park from the MLK Center at 10 a.m. Groups are asked to fax a R.S.V.P. to 447-0955.

A rally at from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Coachman Park will feature speakers Mary Brown, Pinellas County School Board, and Michael Woods, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga. Eric Darius, jazz saxophonist, and the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church choir will entertain. The event will include health screenings, exhibitors and food vendors.

For more information, call 461-7191.

Largo

The city of Largo will honor the life, struggle and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight vigil, poetry, speeches and musical entertainment on Sunday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park, on the corner of East Bay Drive and Seminole Avenue. Mayor Robert Jackson will emcee the event, which will include the viewing of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and Robert Kennedy's speech on King's assassination on the 18-foot by 20-foot jumbo projector. Choirs from St. Jerome Catholic Church and Christ Presbyterian will entertain.

For more information, call 587-6775.

Safety Harbor

The city of Safety Harbor, the Safety Harbor African American Alliance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee are hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The celebration will begin at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S. Cost is $4 and all proceeds will go to support the SHAA Scholarship Fund. A free program will feature local speakers.

At 10 a.m., the community can join in a March down Main Street, starting from the community center, and then proceeding down Main Street to Daisy Douglas Park, 601 Ninth Ave. N. Anyone interested in participating in the march should be at the community center by 9:45 a.m.

A celebration will follow at Daisy Douglas Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include food, games and entertainment.

For more information, call Joe Cooper at 724-1572.

St. Petersburg

The state's largest civic parade and a national festival of bands featuring the Florida A&M University "Marching 100 Rattlers Band" lead the line-up of seven events marking the 21st anniversary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in St. Petersburg.

Local festivities also include a candlelight vigil downtown, award presentations, an interfaith worship service and local high school students reciting their winning essays. Events scheduled for the holiday, include:

• The 27th Annual MLK Essay Contest, where six high school students make their final oratorical presentations, at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. A panel of three judges will select three winners. Sponsors: MLK Commemorative Committee and National Council of Negro Women. Call Herb Sanders at 893-7134.

• The 21st Annual MLK Drum Major For Justice Awards Banquet at the Hilton St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S., on Friday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. Dr. E.E. Cleveland, the keynote speaker, is a pioneer among civil rights leaders, a humanitarian and author. Tickets are $30. Call 327-0085.

• An MLK Ecumenical Service, open to people of all faiths, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m., at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, 912 Third Ave. N. Religious leaders of multiple denominations will participate in the event that alternates locations each year between various faith-based organizations, synagogues, Protestant and Catholic churches. Call Abdul K. Ali at 867-7067.

• The 21st Annual MLK Drum Major for Justice Festival of Bands & Drumline Extravaganza at Tropicana Field, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. Performers include the 375-member Florida A & M University Marching 100 Rattlers Band." Tickets are $10 and $12. Call 327-0085.

• The 20th Annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., on Monday, Jan. 16, 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 a person and proceeds will benefit student scholarships. Call 896-6556.

• The 21st Annual MLK Drum Major for Justice National Parade on Monday, Jan. 16, 1:15 p.m. Staging will be at the Tropicana Field parking lot. The parade route begins at Third Avenue S. and Martin Luther King Street, goes north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive and north to Fifth Avenue N., disbanding at Vinoy Park. Call 327-0085.

• The annual MLK Candlelight Vigil on Monday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. N.E. A short program begins at 7 p.m. The candlelight vigil is free. Participants should bring a flashlight or candle. Call 893-7894.

For more information about the SCLC's Drum Major for Justice 20th anniversary events - the awards banquet, festival of bands or parade - call SCLC at 327-0085.
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