Week of activities celebrates MLK


Published: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 12:51 a.m.

Gainesville's weeklong celebration of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins Tuesday with a kickoff program at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Facts

FYI: MLK festivities

TUESDAY

  • King Week kickoff": 6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. This year's theme is "Back to Basics - Do Unto Others." The Rev. Willie G. Mayberry, pastor of Pleasant Hills Baptist Church, will speak; free and open to the public. (338-8015)

    THURSDAY
  • King Celebration: MLK celebration at the Gainesville VA Medical Center, 11 a.m. (374-6185)

    FRIDAY
  • Gospel Theater: "He Say, She Say. What Does God Say?" a theatrical gospel play directed by Carol Velasques Productions, 8 p.m., at Martin Luther King Center, next to Citizen's Field, 1028 NE 14th St., near corner of NE 8th Avenue and Waldo Road. Adults $5 donation, children under 12 a $3 donation. (379-8882 or 376-2442)

  • Youth Celebration: Youth Commemorate MLK with Praises, 7:30 p.m. at Victory Temple COGIC. (337-9389)

  • "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin," reception and screening at 6:30 p.m., Pride Community Center, 1107 NW 6th St. (377-8915)

  • Meet with elected officials: A special meeting with Alachua County's black elected officials runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the office of Florida Rep. Ed Jennings Jr. (955-6232)

    SATURDAY
  • Annual Youth Summit: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center off Waldo Road.

  • Voter Registration Barbecue: At Northgate Shopping Center, 1130 NE 16th Ave. (955-6232)

  • African Naming Ceremony: 7 p.m. at Wilhelmina Johnson Center. (485-2079).

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet: 6 p.m. at Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, UF campus. Sponsored by Black Graduate Student Organization, the banquet will honor UF black graduate students. Rapper Chuck D to speak. Tickets: $15-$20. (665-0505)

  • Gospel Theater: Second night of "He Say, She Say. What Does God Say?" a theatrical gospel play directed by Carol Velasques Productions, 8 p.m., at Martin Luther King Center, next to Citizen's Field, near corner of NE 8th Avenue and Waldo Road.

    SUNDAY
  • "Where God Has Been: Moses, Ezekiel and Martin Luther King Jr.": 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., United Church of Gainesville. (378-3500)

  • "A Gift for Martin: From a Dream to a Reality": 11 a.m. at Paradise United Methodist Church. (377-5022)

  • MLK 2004 Celebration: 11 a.m. at Mount Zion AME Church. (481-3863)

  • "Speaking in the Name of Martin:" Poetry, performance and praise, 5:30-9 p.m. at Downtown Community Plaza. (392-5724)

  • "We Have a Dream": 4-6 p.m., TV special on WCJB TV 20. (377-2020)

  • Hall of Fame Banquet: 19th annual banquet, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida; 6 p.m. at Paramount Resort and Conference Center (formerly the Sheraton). Keynote speaker will be Dr. Na'im Akbar of the Florida State University department of psychology. Tickets are $40 in advance; no tickets sold at the door. (376-2442)

    MONDAY, JAN. 19
  • Holiday activities: Kickoff program to Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebration begins at 11 a.m. at the Downtown Community Plaza, featuring keynote speaker Adria K. Green, an Eastside High School student who is this year's Edna Hart "Keeper of the Dream" Scholarship Award recipient. Annual MLK commemorative march begins at noon at the MLK memorial gardens downtown and will make its way to the MLK Multipurpose Center on Waldo Road. Festivities at the center begin at 1 p.m. RTS will provide free shuttle bus service from downtown to the MLK center until 5 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. (376-2442)

  • Celebration of Unity: 7 p.m. at the Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd St. Free, donations welcome. Presented by the World Harmony Project.

  • The Rev. Willie G. Mayberry, pastor of Pleasant Hills Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.

    The series of events, which concludes on Dr. King's birthday Jan. 19, is sponsored in part by the Martin Luther King Commission of Florida, along with the city of Gainesville, Magic 101.3-FM, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Publix Charities, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Saturn of Gainesville, Rodney J. Long Bail Bonds and Shands Healthcare.

    On Saturday, Rep. Ed Jennings Jr., D-Gainesville, will host a barbecue at Northgate Shopping Center, 1130 NE 16th Ave., to offer a free lunch to anyone who brings a voter registration card or registers to vote on the site. There will also be live music, children's games and face painting.

    Also Saturday, the MLK Commission will have its annual Youth Summit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. This year's summit will focus on leadership. There will also be a free continental breakfast and lunch, along with a step show.

    A highlight of King Week 2004 is the 19th annual Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held at the Paramount Resort and Conference Center (formerly the Sheraton Hotel) on Sunday at 6 p.m.

    The keynote speaker for the banquet is Na'im Akbar, a psychology professor from Florida State University.

    Akbar has been acclaimed by Essence Magazine as "one of the world's preeminent psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology."

    Before joining the faculty at FSU, he served as associate professor at Norfolk State University and was chairman of the Morehouse College psychology department.

    A graduate of the University of Michigan, Akbar is the author of many influential books and scholarly papers, and has served on the editorial board of Journal of Black Studies.

    He also was the associate editor for Journal of Black Psychology. He is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award at FSU.

    On Jan. 19, there will be a commemorative march, beginning at noon at the King Memorial and ending at the MLK Center.

    The birthday program and a gospel program at the center will take place at 1 p.m. RTS will provide free shuttle bus service from downtown to the center until 5 p.m.

    For more information about the holiday activities, call 376-2442.

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