COMPILED BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
Numerous events are scheduled locally to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights icon would have been 85 on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Area observances will include breakfast events, a banquet, marches and worship services.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for Florida Committee has scheduled its annual banquet for Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Tower of the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort. The keynote speaker is Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University. More information: 386-451-1108.
A picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Cypress Park, located at the corner of Nova Road and George W. Engram Boulevard.
The Allen Chapel AME Church will host a free breakfast in celebration of King on Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. 580 George Engram Blvd.
A March for Justice will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 20, starting at Allen Chapel AME Church, 580 George W Engram Blvd. It will end at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 539 George W. Engram Blvd.
Greater Friendship Baptist Church will hold a worship service on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.
Dr. H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, is scheduled as the worship speaker.
For more information on Daytona Beach events, visit www.mlkdaytonabeach.org/contact-us.htm.
The city of Ormond Beach will host an MLK event from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at the South Ormond Neighborhood Recreation Center, 176 Division Ave.
Breakfast will be served. Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of B-CU will be the guest speaker on the theme: “Promote Peace Among People, Unity in Communities – What Have You Done Lately?’’
More information: Tina Carlyle, chairperson, 386-527-5918.
Stetson University will host a series of events and programs throughout the week of Jan. 20-24.
A prayer breakfast will be held Jan. 20 at 7:15 a.m. at the Stetson University Rinker Field House inside Hollis Center, 602 N. Bert Fish Drive. The keynote speaker at the breakfast will be Pastor Willie C Barnes of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville.
Following the breakfast, participants will walk from Stetson University to the Chisholm Community Center as part of the annual MLK march. There is a charge for the breakfast. Participants are encouraged to bring posters and banners to commemorate the march.
“The Butler,’’ the 2013 film directed by Lee Daniels, will be screened Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Lynn Business Center, Rinker Auditorium, 345 N. Woodland Blvd.
The Second Annual Civil Rights Speakers Series will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Stetson Room, on the second floor of the CUB, 131 E. Minnesota Ave.
Stetson Chaplain Michael Fronk will host a discussion on The Intersection of Faith and Civil Rights at noon on Jan. 24 in the Allen Hall auditorium.
Questions about the week’s events at Stetson can be directed to Heather Hamilton 386-822-8709.
The New York City Transit Retirees of Florida will host an MLK ecumenical service at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at First Baptist Church, 6050 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast.
Judge Hubert L. Grimes will be the keynote speaker. This year’s theme is titled, “Unfulfilled Dreams.”
For more information, call 386-986-4847.
Parks free on Monday
Admission to all 401 national parks, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Atlanta, and the 13 parks in Florida will be free on Monday. The National Park Service said in a release that admission to the parks will be waived in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.