King Week celebration at a glance

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.

The Gainesville/Alachua County commemorative celebration to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held through Jan. 19, the 27th annual celebration. The theme is "Renewed Commitment: Acceptance, Justice and Education." The celebration is sponsored each year by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc. and its community partners.


Sunday, Jan. 9

6 p.m.: 26th annual Hall of Fame Banquet, Paramount Plaza Hotel, 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets: $65, in advance only. Speaker: Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO of the King Memorial Foundation. Contact: Jacquelyn Hart, 352-376-2442.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

6:30 p.m.: "Remembering Martin," Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St. Speaker: the Rev. H.B. Charles, senior pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Contact: Rev. Kevin Thorpe, 352-219-2218.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

6 p.m.: Restoration of Rights/Expunging and Sealing of Records education workshop, King Center, 1028 NE 14th St. Contact: Meshon Rawls, 352-273-0800.

Thursday, Jan. 13

6 p.m.: Black History Cultural Brain Bowl & Spelling Bee, King Center. Contact: Cynthia Mingo, 352-466-3320 or 352-222-9425.

Friday, Jan 14

2-4 p.m.: High School Scholarship Fair, King Center. Contact: Louis Kalivoda, 352-278-0629.

7 p.m.: Youth Talent Extravaganza, King Center. Contact: Diyonne McGraw, 352-246-8071 or Evelyn Foxx, 353-870-7013.

Saturday, Jan. 15

8 a.m.-noon: "State of Education in the African American Community," King Center. Contact: Cheryl Williams, 352-246-1796.

Saturday, Jan. 15

7-9 p.m.: "The Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as it was Black," wine and cheese reception, Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 62. The exhibit from the Stonewall Library and Archives runs through Feb. 19. Contact: Terry Fleming.

Sunday, Jan 16

11 a.m.: Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church Youth and Young Adult Departments presents "Man, Minister, Martyr: A Tribute to Dr. King," at the church, 1910 NW 166th St., Jonesville. Speaker: Senior Pastor the Rev. Milford L. Griner. Contact: Rev. Griner, 352-377-5022 or 352-665-4066.

Monday, Jan. 17

10:30 a.m.: Press conference, King Memorial Garden. Contact: Rodney J. Long, 352-371-4566.

11 a.m.: Hall of Fame Award Memorial Tribute and unveiling of memorial kiosk, King Memorial Garden. Honorees: Ruth Brown and her husband, the late Richard "Steve" Brown, and Father John D. Gillespie. Contact: Rodney J. Long, 352-371-4566.

Noon: Kick-off program, Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza. Speaker: Eastside High School senior Taonga Leslie. Contact: Dorcas "Candy" Ramsey, 352-514-1275.

1 p.m.: Commemorative March, King Memorial Garden to King Center. Contact: Diyonne McGraw, 352-246-8071.

2 p.m.: Gospel program, King Center. Featuring: Apostle J.L. Cash & Praise and Beverly Camps Crawford, along with the King Celebration Choir

Wednesday, Jan. 19

6 p.m.: Coretta Scott King observance program, Showers of Blessings Harvest Center, 2615 SE 15th St. Contact: Marie Small, 352-335-0572.


Jan. 19-21

6 p.m.: Alachua County Women Empowerment Revival, Greater Bethel AME Church, 701 SE 43rd St.. Contact: Angela Terrell, 352-222-3699, or the Rev. Marie Herring, 352-665-6314,

Thursday, Jan. 20

7 p.m.: "Nikki Giovanni: An Evening of Poetry, Love and Enlightenment," Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida, 315 Hull Road. Contact: Jarrod N. Cruz, 352-392-1217, Ext. 248.

Friday, Jan. 21

6 p.m.: Candlelight vigil, Reitz Union Amphitheater, UF campus. Contact Jarrod N. Cruz, 352-392-1217, Ext. 248.

Sunday, Jan. 23

11 a.m.: "The Path to the Promised Land," Hall Chapel United Methodist Church, 6025 SE County Road 234 in Rochelle. Speaker: Jake Mobley. Contact: Rev. Milford L. Griner, 352-377-5022 or 352-665-4066.

3 p.m.: Camelliaettes: "Out of the Past," D.R. Williams Fellowship Hall, 618 NW 6th St. Contact: Kate Mayberry, 352-377-6786 or 352-214-0653.

Jan. 30-31

7 p.m.: "A Girl From Rwanda," Gainesville Community Playhouse, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets: $5. Contact: Rhonda Wilson, 352-870-0064.

Feb. 11-13

7 p.m.: "When King Comes, 7 p.m. Feb. 11-12 and 3 p.m. Feb. 13, Duval Elementary School, 2106 NE 8th Ave. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students. Contact: Rhonda Wilson, 352-870-0064.

Feb. 27

Ebony Appreciation Awards Banquet, Time and location: TBA.

April 1

8:30 a.m.: King Prayer Breakfast; location: TBA.

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