King Celebration 2014
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.
The 30th annual Gainesville/Alachua County Commemorative Celebration to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held from Jan. 12-20. The theme this year is "30 Years: The Legacy of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc." The celebration is sponsored each year by the King Commission and its community partners.
Pre-King Celebration activities
Thursday, Jan. 16
6 p.m.: 9th annual Black History Cultural Brain Bowl and 5th annual Spelling Bee, King Center, (352-222-9425)
Friday, Jan. 17
7 p.m.: 4th annual Youth Talent Extravaganza, King Center, (352-246-8071)
Saturday, Jan. 18
10 a.m.: "Road to Zero" Block Party, King Center, (305-951-2806)
7 p.m.: An Evening of Praise and Worship, featuring Luther Barnes, King Center. Tickets: $7 in advance and $12 at the door. (352-372-8200)
Sunday, Jan. 19
10 a.m.: Nu Eta Lambda and Theta Sigma chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Martin Luther King Celebration, Dayspring Baptist Church, 1945 NE 8th Ave.
11 a.m.: Annual MLK Tribute, Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church, 1910 NW 166th St., Jonesville (352-377-5022/352-665-4066)
11 a.m.: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., joint Founder's Day service, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 718 SE 11th St. Thomas Coward will be honored. (email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org)
King Celebration holiday activities
10:30 a.m.: National Holiday Press Conference, King Memorial Garden, 200 E. University Ave. (352-376-2442)
11 a.m.: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Program, King Memorial Garden, with Hall of Fame honoree Tony Jones. (352-376-2442)
Noon: National Holiday Kick-Off Program, Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Speaker: Raven Delk, recipient, Edna M. Hart Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award. (352-870-5869)
1 p.m.: King Celebration Commemorative March, King Memorial Garden to King Center. (352-294-0226)
2 p.m.: National Holiday Gospel Program, King Center, featuring Jonathan Vickers of Ocala. (352-380-9119)
Post-King Celebration activities
Tuesday, Jan 21
6 p.m.: "Remembering Coretta" observance program, Upper Room Church of God in Christ, 3575 NE 15th St. (352-246-8071)
7 p.m.: UF MLK program, Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Speaker: The rapper known as Common. (www.ufmlk.org)
Wednesday, Jan. 22
6 p.m.: Alachua County Empowerment Revival, featuring the Voices of Empowerment Choir, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 718 SE 11th St. Speaker: The Rev. Delores Cain of Tampa.
Thursday, Jan. 23
6 p.m.: Alachua County Empowerment Revival, featuring the University of Florida Gospel Choir, Mount Moriah. Speakers: Attorney Daryl Parks, Trayvon Martin's family lawyer, and the Rev. Cain.
Friday, Jan. 24
10:30 a.m.: Fostering Campus Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion, Reitz Union Ballroom. Speaker, Dr. Damon Williams, formerly of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (www.ufmlk.org)
6 p.m.: Alachua County Empowerment Revival, featuring the Voices of Empowerment Choir, Mount Moriah. Speakers: The Rev. Kathy Long-Richardson of Gainesville and the Rev. Cain.
Jan. 24-26 and Jan. 31
8 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Theatrical production of "Mountain Top," The Actors' Warehouse, 608 N. Main St. Tickets $12-$15.