FROM STAFF REPORTS
The MLK Celebration for Florida Inc. has announced that Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, will be the featured speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet on Jan. 16.
The annual community-wide celebration seeks to inspire youth while honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “Advancing the Dream.’’
The MLK Celebration’s events begin Saturday, Jan. 11 with a Day of Service. It includes free home repairs to selected sites.
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the banquet will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort (North Tower), 100 N Atlantic Ave. A VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the banquet starting at 6:30 p.m.
A community picnic also is in the works for Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon to 3 p.m.
Breakfast, then march
A free community breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Allen Chapel AME Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
A commemorative march begins at 9 a.m. with a worship service scheduled at 10 a.m. at Greater Friendship Baptist Church. Dr. H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, will be the worship speaker.
Charles has served at the church since fall 2008. Prior to that, he pastored at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for nearly 18 years.
Jackson was installed as Bethune-Cookman’s sixth president on Oct. 16, 2013. He had been the university’s interim president since May 13, 2012.
The MLK Celebration for Florida Inc. committee also awards memorial scholarships annually. Students graduating from area high schools compete for the scholarships. A scholarship in the name of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old slain in Sanford, also will be presented.
The committee is still seeking educational sponsors. Maureen Durham is the sponsorship chair; the Rev. John T. Long III, pastor of Tubman- King Community Church, is the executive director of MLK Celebration for Florida Inc.
For more details about the MLK events presented by the committee, visit www.mlkdaytonabeach.org.