“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
Monday, January 21st, 2019, marks America’s 34th celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Honoring King with the sacred status of a federal holiday—of which there are only 10, none other named for a 20th-century figure—is a testament to the unifying power of his legacy.
King’s most important work applied America’s founding ideals to the cause of civil rights. The last best hope for true racial progress, King realized, was solidarity: For people to see and treat one another as equals, they had to feel the tugs of a bond far stronger than either race or politics.
For King, that bond was America.
The Reverend’s devotion to fighting the injustice of segregation and discrimination ignited the American spirit of fraternity and reminded us of our higher purpose.
Dr. King’s peaceful crusade for justice and equality opened our nation’s eyes to the humbling truth that we were very far from fulfilling our obligation to the promises set forth by our forebearers.
The premise—and promise—of King’s dream is that we don’t need to replace or transform our nation’s shared ideals to make our country a better place.
We simply need to live up to them.
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday. Readers may want to consider using the FL511 App for turn-by-turn directions to attend a commemorative event about this leader’s life on January 21st.
Here are four parades and a breakfast in Florida, among many across the state in the days surrounding and on the holiday:
Jacksonville: The 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Grand Parade and Post-Parade Celebration at The Ritz Theater and Museum will be held Monday, January 21st from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, please visit the Facebook page or click here.
Miami has both a parade and breakfast, among many events in the area. The 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade takes place on January 21st starting at 11 a.m. and lasts approximately 2½ hours. It covers an 8-mile route from NW 54th Street and 10th Avenue to 32nd Avenue, ending at MLK Park. For more information, click here. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Projects’ 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast takes place on January 21st at 8:30 a.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Danny Glover and film producer Will Packer are scheduled to speak. Tables will be sold in advance and persons may be able to purchase an individual ticket closer to the event. RSVPs must be received by January 7th. For more information, visit the organization website or call 305-995-2451, extension 2.
Orlando: The 35th Annual Downtown Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is Saturday, January 19th. It is from 10 a.m. to noon and runs from the downtown Orlando courthouse to Lake Eola Park. For more information, click here.
Tampa: The 30th City of Tampa Martin Luther King Day Parade is January 21st from noon to 3 p.m. It starts at Cuscaden Park and follows a two-mile route to Middleton High School. For more information, please click here.
(Content from this article is taken from a White House press release dated January 14th, 2018.)