Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


Representing Emanuel Mennonite Church, Frank Green walks down University Avenue at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march.

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Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:24 p.m.

He's spurred a fashion show, a run and march, a parade and an ex-cast member of MTV's Real World to get active in the Gainesville area this weekend. King inspires in all sorts of ways this holiday.

Author and activist Kevin Powell, first brought to mainstream media as a member of MTV's Real World, will speak at the Black Graduate Student Organization's (BGSO) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

The banquet will take place on the University of Florida campus in Emerson Alumni Hall at 6:00 p.m. This will mark the student organization's 19th annual banquet in honor of Dr. King.

Kevin Powell has been called one of the most important voices of his generation. A prolific writer, Kevin's articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications like Newsweek, Code, Essence, The Washington Post, and Vibe, where he worked as a senior writer for several years, interviewing prominent figures such as Colin Powell, feminist scholar Dr. Bell Hooks and Spike Lee.

Local MLK celebrations include:

  • Kevin Powell at BGSO MLK Celebration Banquet

    Time: Saturday 6 p.m.

    At: Emerson Alumni Hall

    Tickets: $18 for UF students, $20 for the general public.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (352) 548-4877.

    Web site: http://grove.ufl.edu/~bgso/MLKcelebration.html

  • Martin Luther King Fashion Show

    Time: Saturday

    At: City Auditorium, 828 NE 8th Ave.

    Tickets: $10 per person and may be purchased from committee members or by contacting Chairman William Russ at (352) 620-0190.

    Profits from this event will go toward academic scholarships.

  • The Martin Luther King Run and March

    Sponsored by the Ocala Runners Club, this is the final activity in a week-long series to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day will feature music, speakers, vendors and other activites.

    At: Martin Luther King Complex at SR 40 and NW 16th Ave

    Time: run at 8:30 a.m., march at 9 a.m.

    For more information: contact Ire Bethea, City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at (352)368-5550.

  • Celebration of Unity!

    Celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including music, dance, performance art, poetry and more.

    Time: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

    At: Hippodrome State Theatre

    Contact: Shanti Vani 337-1112

  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Kick Off Program, Commemorative March, and National Holiday and Gospel Program.

    Time: Monday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

    At: Downtown Plaza, MLK Garden and MLK Center

    Contact: MLK Commission 376-2442

  • A Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Time: Wednesday 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

    At: Mt. Olive A.M.E.

    For more information: call 466-3320

  • Martin Luther King Ecumenical Services

    At: First Assembly of God, 1827 NE 14th Street.

    Time: Sunday 7 p.m.

    Donations at this service will also go toward academic scholarships.

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