Plenty to do this week

Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:37 a.m.


Events celebrating Martin Luther King Day today range from a morning tribute and speaking program to a commemorative march and gospel program.

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A Hall of Fame Memorial Tribute honoring Dan Harmeling starts at 11 a.m. today at the Martin Luther King Memorial Garden in front of City Hall on East University Avenue at Northeast First Street, following a press conference at 10:30 a.m.

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A Kick-Off Program at noon at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza will include a speech by Eastside High School IB senior Benjamin Osoba, recipient of the 2010 Edna M. Hart Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award, and precede the annual Commemorative March, which starts at 1 p.m. at the King Memorial Garden and continues to the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Purpose Center, at 1028 N.E. 14th St.

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The day’s Gospel Program at the King Center will feature evangelist Gladys Ellis, psalmist Charlotte Ellis Colbert, minister Sebrenah Phillips and hip-hop/gospel artist Dequan at 2 p.m.

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Events will continue on Tuesday with a Candlelight Celebration at 7 p.m. at the Reitz Union Amphitheater on the University of Florida campus, a Campus Conversation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, and conclude Saturday with the Jazzy QUE Ball, presented by the Beta Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Best Western Gateway Grande Hotel, at I-75 and Northwest 39th Avenue.


Speaking of jazz, the Gainesville Friends of Jazz kicks off a new season of performances at a new location — The Thomas Center — where the Ed Metz Jr. Quartet will perform Tuesday at 8 p.m. ($20, at the door), while “Dreaming the Duke,” with vocalists Nnenna Freelon, Harolyn Blackwell and pianist will celebrate the legacy and influences of Duke Ellington at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phillips Center ($25-$45, 392-2787).

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