Local celebration of MLK legacy
The Florence Community Development Agency will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and observing 50 years since his assassination with an exciting three-day weekend event. The theme of this year’s event is “Where do we go from here.”
There is a special emphasis on youth Friday and Saturday to encourage and motivate them for future success. The weekend will end with the 19th Annual MLK March and Rally on Monday, Jan. 15, Dr. King’s birthday.
• Friday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. – Our Time, Our Voice! College and Millennials 50 Forward-MLK Open Mic at SOULE’ Cafe, Coffee and Tea, 130 S. Irby Street. Honest and open conversation and finding common ground on the issues that matter.
College students and millennials are invited to share their creative expressions and ideas for action to advance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s platforms of poverty, jobs, housing, education, justice, and peace. Forms of expression may be written, visual and/or artistic. The goal with the open mic is to create opportunities for young people to raise their voices and create positive social change on the issues they care about most deeply.
• Saturday, Jan. 13, 2-4 p.m. – 2018 MLK Youth Day Party-Youth Forward at North Vista Elementary School, 1101 North Irby Street. Featuring iIHeart Media’s Uncle Buddah and DJ Voodoo Child. There will be dance contests, music giveaways and all children participating will receive a free bookbag. Though this will be a fun environment, there will be certified counselors, resources and tools to address the serious issues our children are facing today.
Presenters topics: Bullying, drugs, gang violence, suicide, depression, mental illnesses and healthy eating. Our goal with the Day Party is to have a day to nurture, inspire and empower the next generation.
• Monday, Jan. 15, MLK March and Rally – The entire community is invited to come and stand together shoulder to shoulder, and heart to heart, to make a statement that we are one in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas. Join us for our silent march, as we will walk down Oakland Avenue and across the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, where we will stop and honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in prayer, and then proceed to walk downtown to the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Calvin E. Robinson Jr., Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and Leap of Faith Praise Ministry will be the keynote speaker. The program will not last more than an hour and a half. Transportation by PDRTA and the City of Florence will be there to transport you back to the starting point. Come march for peace.
The Florence County Democratic Party has partnered with the Florence Community Development Agencyto give away bookbags to help youth finish out this school year with confidence.