PINELLAS COUNTY - Monday, Jan. 15, 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.
The Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County branch of the NAACP and the city of Clearwater’s Recreation Center staff will host a day of remembrance, staring with a Leadership Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the North Greenwood Recreation Complex, 900 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Cost is $4 for adults and $2.50 for children.
According to Bertha Kelley, chairperson from the Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County branch of the NAACP, the breakfast will include two speakers – The Rev. Ronald Williams from Mount Olive AME Church and the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, senior minister, from the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, who will give his views on civil rights.
After breakfast, from about 9:30 to 10 a.m., people will begin lining up for the march from the recreation complex to Coachman Park where a rally and celebration begins at noon, Kelley said.
A number of activities are planned to take place at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., between noon and 2 p.m., Kelley said, including a speech by James Perkins Jr., mayor of Selma, Ala., and a short message to the youth by William Floyd former fullback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Saxophonist Eric Darius is scheduled to give a mini-concert, Kelly said. Other musical performances will be from the adult and youth choirs of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church and the choir from Christ Church-Universal Love.
Kelly said plenty of good food would be available, including barbecue chicken and ribs. Vendors also will be available along with educational materials.
For more information, call 727-298-8105 or 727-562-4813.
The city will celebrate and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 to 5 p.m., in Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive. Scheduled activities include games, entertainment and concessions. Wristbands are $2 good for all activities.
All proceeds will go toward an education scholarship for a Largo resident. There will be community photos taken at the end of the event.
The event is free, parking is available on site and no alcohol is permitted. Ulmer Park is at 301 West Bay Drive. Call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.
The city, the Safety Harbor African-American Alliance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is planning a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m.
The event will start at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S., with a pancake breakfast and a short program featuring local speakers. The program is free; however the pancake breakfast will cost $4. All proceeds from the breakfast will support the SHAA Scholarship Fund.
The march down Main Street will start at 10 a.m. from the Safety Harbor Community Center, proceed to Main Street then onto Daisy Douglas Park located at 601 Ninth Ave. N. The park will be the site for the celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food, games and more entertainment will be part of the celebration. To participate in the march, be at the Community Center by 9:30 a.m.
All civic organizations, churches and individuals are invited to participate in this daylong Celebration to Martin Luther King Jr. Call Joe Cooper at 724-1572.
Many activities are taking place in St. Petersburg to honor King’s memory, including the following.
High school students make their final oratorical presentations at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. Call Herb Sanders at 727-893-7134.
• 22nd annual National MLK Drum Major For Justice Awards Banquet – Friday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Hilton St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S., Official opening of MLK week in Florida featuring Rep. Walter E. Fauntroy, from Washington, D.C., as keynote speaker. Tickets, $35. Contact Southern Christian Leadership Conference at 327-0085 or e-mail MLKholidaylegacy@aol.com.
Open to people of all faiths, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 719 Arlington Ave. N. Speaker: the Rev. Abbi Jamananchi, from Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater. Call Abdul K. Au, Congregations United for Community Action at 727-867-7067.
• 22nd annual National MLK Drum Major For Justice Battle of the Bands & Drumline Extravaganza – Sunday, Jan. 14, 6:15 p.m.
At Tropicana Field. Performers include Historically Black Colleges and Universities All-Star band members and high school marching bands from seven states. Purchase advance tickets, $10 at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., or at Looking Good Men’s Fashions, or $12 at the door. Call Ticketmaster, 813-287-8844; Enoch Davis Center at 727-893-7134, or SCLC at 727-327-0085.
At The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., $25 a person, proceeds benefit student scholarships. Call Council of Negro Women, St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section at 727-896-6556.
• 22nd annual National MLK Drum Major For Justice Parade – Monday, Jan. 15, starts at 1:15 p.m.
The parade route begins at Third Avenue South and Martin Luther King Street, goes north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive and north to Fifth Avenue North, disbanding at Vinoy Park. Call SCLC at 727-327-0085.
• The St. Petersburg Museum of History will host the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil on Monday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., starting at Demens Landing. The vigil – Reflections of the Man: A Call to Courage – will begin with a solemn walk to the St. Petersburg Museum of History from Demens Landing. At 7 p.m., a program will showcase community speakers and feature a choreographed presentation centered on the theme of courage will be presented. The program was created by Paulette Johnson, artistic director of the Soulful Arts Dance Academy. Participants are encouraged to dress in warm and comfortable clothing and to bring flashlights rather than candles for safety. Demens Landing is at Bayshore Drive and Second Avenue South. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is at 335 Second Ave. N.E. Call 894-1052, ext. 205, or visit www.spmoh.org.
• Joe Rogers presents the "Dream Alive" lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., at the USF St. Petersburg Campus Activities Center. In celebration of Black History Month, Joe Rogers, the former lieutenant governor of Colorado, will deliver his tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, "Dream Alive," which is a ive commentary on Dr. King and other civil right movement leaders. This lecture is free and open to the public. Call 727-873-4162 for more information.