MLK events start this weekend with cleanup, concert

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 90 on Tuesday. He is shown in a 1964 print by Leonard Freed.


For residents who want to observe the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there will be breakfasts, marches and a community festival in Volusia County.

The official King holiday is Monday, Jan. 21. The civil rights icon would have been 90 on his birthdate, which was Jan. 15, 1929. Born in Atlanta, he was killed on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here’s a glance at local King holiday events.

Daytona Beach

The Daytona Beach events are presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for Florida.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, a “7 Words from The King” Interfaith Worship Service, is scheduled at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ, 511 Fremont Ave., Daytona Beach.

At 7:30 a.m. Monday, a breakfast is scheduled at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd. The breakfast will be followed by a march at 9 a.m. and a worship service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Derrick McRae, pastor of the Experience Christian Center of Orlando, will be the speaker.

For more information, contact Kim Brown-Crawford at 386-481-1108.

For more information on the Ormond breakfast, call 386-527-5918.


There are several events scheduled in DeLand, including a King Feast on Friday at the Electrolytes Charity Club, 240 S. Clara Ave., from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

A Sanctuary Night Gospel Concert is scheduled Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sanctuary Church, 401 E. Taylor Road. The concert will feature gospel recording artist Beverly Crawford.

And on Jan. 21, the signature MLK breakfast will be held at Rinker Fieldhouse at Stetson University from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door and free for children with an advance ticket.

The historic downtown march begins at 11:30 a.m. It goes to Earl Brown Park followed by a community festival. The Vibe band will perform.

There also will be free admission to the DeLand Museum of Arts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in honor of MLK Day. Exhibits will include “African American Art: We Too Dream America’’ and Purvis Young: Overton’s Visual Poet.’’

Greater Union Life Center organizes the MLK celebration in DeLand.

For more on MLK events in DeLand, visit

Ormond Beach

On Monday morning in Ormond Beach, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday breakfast, will be held at the South Ormond Neighborhood Center, 176 Division Ave.

The breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The theme is ““Empowerment: Advocacy & Justice.’’

For more information, call 386-527-5918.



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