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Orlando Mayor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Set To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Orlando is set to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a series of local events this year.


Orlando Mayor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission have announced events that will honor the late civil rights leader and promote a community based on peace, justice, freedom and respect.


The mission for the Orlando Mayor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to strengthen our community by promoting Dr. King's legacy of service, equality, justice, peace, respect and inclusion for all.


For more than three decades, the MLK Commission has joined with corporate and community partners to plan and promote a variety of programs and events that celebrate his life and legacy.


Orlando Mayor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

The Commission is a partnership and represents a cross-section of civic leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors. Its primary responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, media relations and overall coordination of citywide MLK events.



Mayor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Events


Sunday, January 8, 6 p.m.

MLK Candlelight Vigil and March at the Rotunda, at City Hall on 400 South Orange Avenue.


The commission will host a candlelight vigil, a brief presentation and a march to the Shiloh Baptist Church of Orlando for the Interfaith Multicultural Celebration.



Sunday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. Interfaith Multicultural Celebration at the Shiloh Baptist Church of Orlando, 604 West Jackson Street.


Guest speaker Bishop Derrick L. McRae, Senior Pastor of The Experience Christian Center

The celebration theme is “The Daybreak of Freedom”



Monday, January 9, 2 p.m.

Orlando City Council Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presentation at City Council Chambers on the second floor, located in City Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue


Mayor Dyer and the city commissioners will proclaim January 8 - 16,  2023,  as “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Week” in the City of Orlando.



Thursday, January 12, 7 p.m.

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Forum at FAMU College of Law, 201 FAMU Law Lane.


The Orlando Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host a forum where participants will discuss this year’s theme of “Seize The Moment. Take The Opportunity. Dare To Affect Change.”



Friday, January 13, 11:30 a.m.

37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon at the First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway.


Keynote speaker Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the new interim General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches


The luncheon will recognize the Drum Major Award and other community achievements.



Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m.

39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Downtown Orlando Parade on Orange Avenue.


The parade theme is “It Starts with Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Break the Cycle of Injustice.”



Monday, January 16, 7:45 a.m.

Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy 32nd Annual Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway.


Guest Speaker Barbara Jenkins.


Held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for more than 30 years.


Commemorates civil rights pioneers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African American City Council Member.



Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s Great Day of Service at Lake Lorna Doone Park, 1519 West Church Street.



Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.

Seedlings for Civil Rights at Gilbert McQueen Park, 650 West Lake Mann Drive.


Help beautify homes in the community by planting trees, mulching and removing litter from surrounding areas. The commission will provide snacks, water and supplies but closed-toe shoes are required.



Friday, January 20, 7 p.m.

MLK Night at the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, 400 West Church Street.


The event will recognize MLK Youth Humanitarian Award winners at the Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans game.



Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.

MLK Gospel Concert at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Steinmetz Hall, 445 South Magnolia Avenue.


The eighth annual concert will be produced and directed by Jeffrey Redding.


Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable foods to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.


Mayor's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Events

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