Celebrating MLK with marches, meals

Breakfasts, banquet, worship services and other festivities scheduled locally to honor King.


Area residents can take part in a number of events this weekend to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before and on his official holiday.

160114_dt_front01Dr. Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, will be one of the speakers sharing his thoughts during the holiday weekend. Other speakers will include local and nationally known religious leaders.

Jackson will speak at Deltona’s annual MLK breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at New Hope Baptist Church, 2855 Lake Helen Osteen Road.

The theme for this year’s event is “Sharing My Vision of America.’’ It will be emceed by Volusia County Council Member Joyce Cusack. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.

In addition to Jackson’s address, winners of a King Celebration Contest will be announced. They will be recognized and receive monetary awards.

The Deltona festivities will continue with a gospel program at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Trinity Church, 875 Elkcam Blvd. It’s hosted by the Deltona Dream Keepers.

More information and tickets: Mike Williams at 386-804-6136.

A diverse group participated in last year’s MLK march in Daytona Beach.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
A diverse group participated in last year’s MLK march in Daytona Beach.

Daytona Beach
Dr. Adewale Troutman will be the keynote speaker at the MLK Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort (North Tower), 100 N. Atlantic Ave. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m.

Troutman is the associate dean for Health Equity and Community Engagement at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. He also is past president of the American Public Health Association.

The theme of the banquet is “Injustice Redefined: The Health of the Beloved Community.’’

“While we continue to pursue social, civil, and economic equality, health care inequality is an area of injustice that has been overlooked. This weekend’s events will celebrate the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while encouraging action to complete the work that still remains,” said the Rev. John T. Long III, president of MLK Celebration for Florida, Inc.

A breakfast and march also are scheduled in Daytona Beach on Monday, Jan. 18, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at Allen Chapel A.ME. Church, 580 George Engram Blvd. An MLK Commemorative March will follow the breakfast at 9 a.m. It will start and end at Allen Chapel.

At 10 a.m., Dr. Ingrid Bishop will deliver a message during a worship service at the church.  Bishop is the executive pastor of Agape Assembly Baptist Church and chief executive officer of Agape Christian Academy, Pre-School and Agape High School in Orlando.  She also is the founder of the Dr. Ingrid Bishop Center for Women, a facility that houses more than 30 women who are dealing with substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.

More information: Call 386-295-1947 or visit MLKDaytonaBeach.org.

The events will be presented by the City of DeLand and STAR 94.5 FM.

“Prodigal Child Play 2,’’ a play by Andre Darby, will kick off the King weekend in DeLand. The play begins at 7 p.m. at Southwestern Middle School, 605 W. New Hampshire Ave.

The Sanctuary Church in DeLand will be the site of a Jan. 16 concert by the MLK Gospel Choir. It’s scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 401 E. Taylor Road. The event will be hosted by musical director Stan Whitted.

160114_dt_front01cThe DeLand Community Worship Service, a nondenominational service, is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 359 W. New York Ave.

On Monday, the annual MLK breakfast is 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Stetson University’s Rinker Field House.

The speaker is Deforest “Buster” Soaries, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J. He’s also the former Secretary of State of New Jersey and former chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission. Additionally, he is author of “D-Free: Breaking Free of Financial Slavery.’’

The annual MLK Civil Rights March from Stetson to Earl Brown Park takes place right after the breakfast. A community expo is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park at 750 S. Alabama Ave.

More information and ticket locations: 386-873-4672 or www.gulcdeland.org/mlk

New Smyrna Beach
‘Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future’’ is the theme of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet to be hosted by the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. The event takes place at the Babe James Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave. Tickets to the banquet are $20.

The Rev. Odell Watson, senior pastor of Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church in Cocoa, will be the speaker.

Watson also is the president of the Daytona Beach District Ministerial Alliance.

More information and tickets: Call 386-428-2901.

Ormond Beach
160114_dt_front01dLynn Thompson, vice president for athletics at Bethune-Coookman University, will be the speaker at the 8 a.m. MLK breakfast at the South Ormond Neighborhood Recreation Center, 176 Division Ave. The breakfast is free.

Thompson also is a staff pastor at Calvary Christian Church in Ormond Beach and is leader of its men’s ministry.

More information: Tina Carlyle, chair, 386-527-5918.

Palm Coast
Dr. Danita W. Blow will be the speaker for the New York City Transit Retirees of Palm Coast’s Jan. 18 ecumenical service. It starts at 11 a.m. at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 5200 Belle Terre Parkway.

An ordained minister, she also is a professional personal coach and counselor.

More information: Call 386-503-9414.


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