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.
FYI: MLK festivities
MONDAY, JAN. 19
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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