BY JAMES HARPER
“Celebrating The Dreamer and the Dream” is the theme chosen by The Martin Luther King Celebration for Florida for activities scheduled in Daytona Beach honoring the slain civil rights leader.
“The theme ties in perfectly with the national enthusiasm of the reelection of President Barack Obama to a second term,” said Dr. L. Ronald Durham, pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and chair of the group organizing activities.
“Dr. King was prophetic in his declaration of African-Americans reaching the promised land. While we are still short of the full promise of the nation to all of its citizens regardless of race creed, or color, there is no doubt that we have made great strides towards a society that embraces our diversity, and counts it as an asset rather than a liability,” Durham explained.
Here are some of the MLK events scheduled around the county.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Citywide picnic, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third St.
Monday, Jan. 21: Free breakfast at 8 a.m. at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd. March for Justice follows, ending at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 539 George W. Engram Blvd.
Also on Monday, a worship service honoring Dr. King begins at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker, Dr. James B. Sampson, president of the Florida General Baptist Convention, Greater Friendship Baptist.
Stetson University will begin a four-day MLK celebration on Sunday with a Chapel Service at Lee Chapel inside Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd. It will feature gospel music provided by Bethel AME Church in DeLand. The events are open to the public.
Monday, Jan. 21: 7:30-10:30 a.m.: The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast takes place at Rinker Field House in Hollis Center, 602 N. Bert Fish Drive. More information: Call Mario Davis at 386-469-8678.