Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Orlando include march and parade


ORLANDO, Florida – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events return to Orlando in January, including the annual parade through the downtown core of the city.

Last year, many annual events planned to honor the civil rights leader were either virtual or downsized. Instead of a full parade, the city held a parade for groups and other artists in front of the Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center.

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This year’s MLK Day events will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 9 with a candlelight vigil and walk from Orlando City Hall to Orlando’s First United Methodist Church for an interfaith multicultural celebration.

Other events include a virtual leadership forum on Thursday, as well as a commemorative virtual lunch on Friday.

The parade, hosted by the Southwest Orlando Jaycees, takes place Saturday at 10:00 am on Orange Avenue and will feature drumming, dancing, community organizations, music and more with the theme, “It Starts With You: change priorities to create the beloved community. ”

Then on Monday January 17th, the 31st Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast will be held at the First Baptist Church in Orlando. The breakfast honors Dr King and Kennedy, the first African-American city councilor in Orlando.

There will also be service day events.

A full list of events hosted by the Mayor’s Commission, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed below. Other events around Central Florida can be found on the City of Orlando website.

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

  • 5:30 p.m. – Candlelight vigil and walk Orlando City Hall Rotunda, 400 South Orange Avenue The Candlelight Vigil program begins at Orlando City Hall and participants will walk to Orlando’s First United Methodist Church.

  • 6.30 p.m. – Interfaith multicultural celebration Orlando’s First United Methodist Church, 142 East Jackson Street After the Candlelight Vigil is the Interfaith Multicultural Celebration presented by the Central Florida Interfaith Council, with guest speaker, Florida House Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith. The theme of the celebration is “The Simple Art of Living Together” and includes representations of various religious traditions.

Monday, January 10, 2022

  • 2:00 p.m. – Orlando City Council Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presentation City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, 400 South Orange Avenue Mayor Dyer and the City Commissioners will proclaim January 9-17, 2022 as “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Week” in the City of Orlando.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

  • 7 p.m. – 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual event During this moderated interactive virtual event, presented by the Alpha Phi Alpha Brotherhood, attendees can listen and interact with panelists on the theme “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”. Event registration: mlkluncheon.org

Friday, January 14, 2022

  • 12:00 p.m. – 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual event This virtual lunch, presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, begins with keynote speaker, Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Roland S. Martin, nationally recognized journalist, author, TV host and editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered. Following the opening speech, the event continues with honoring students, community leaders and organizations and a presentation of the prestigious Drum Major Award in the areas of Academic Achievement, Civic Affairs, Social Justice, community service and business. Event registration: mlkluncheon.org

Saturday, January 15, 2022

  • 10:00 a.m. – 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Downtown Orlando Parade Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue Join the Southwest Orlando Jaycees for an exciting event that will safely feature dance, comedy, community organizations, drumlines, music, artistic expressions and more. The theme of the parade is: “It Starts With You: Changing Priorities To Create Beloved Community” For more information on the parade, please contact: swojuniorchamber@gmail.com

Monday, January 17, 2022

  • 7:30 am – Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy 31st Annual Prayer Breakfast First Baptist Church, 3000 South John Young Parkway Presented in person and virtually by the Southwest Orlando Jaycees and the Central Florida YMCA, the Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Annual Prayer Breakfast will commemorate the legacy of civil rights pioneers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Arthur “Pappy Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American city councilor. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr Vikki Johnson, a granddaughter of Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy. Held annually on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day for nearly three decades, this prayer breakfast traditionally brings together more than 1,000 civic leaders, pastors and neighbors in Central Florida in faith, prayer and commitment. common to strengthen community and improve life. . Event registration: https://ymcacf.org/community/y-events/prayerbreakfast/
  • 9:00 a.m. – Great day of service from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Commission 4724 Raleigh Street Join the commission of the Mayor of Orlando, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to clean up Lake Fran and the surrounding trails that lead to the Carver Shores neighborhood. Due to limited event space, event registration is required at Volunteer.orlando.gov/custom/501/opp_details/2671
  • 9:00 am – Semis for civil rights Eagle Nest Park, 5165, boulevard Metrowest During Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day of Service, the City of Orlando’s Green Up and Keep Orlando Beautiful programs coordinated their efforts to beautify Eagle Nest Park. Volunteers will plant, mulch and remove litter and debris. Event registration: Volunteer.orlando.gov/custom/501/opp_details/2661

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