‘The Dream’ remains alive

Published on January 17, 2013 with No Comments

Milton residents will unite to celebrate the life of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 84 this weekend, in Milton,

The weekend will start with a prayer breakfast and will culminate on Monday with a MLK Day Parade and Block Party.

Saturday’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium and will feature Christian Life Church Pastor Doug Holmes as the guest speaker.

The breakfast will get underway at 9 a.m. and is being hosted by the Fellowship Churches of Santa Rosa County Fund Raising Committee. Cost for tickets is $10 each. For more information or to purchase tickets call 346-9402.

Sunday the Fellowship Churches of Santa Rosa County Pastors and Ministers’ Wives Organization will conduct their MKL Commemorative Program.

The program will get underway at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Pilgrim African Baptist Church, located at 410 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, with Rev. Tyler Hardeman of the Antioch Baptist Church in Pensacola as the guest speaker.

During the commemorative program the 2013 MLK King and Queen will be crowned as well as the 2013 Community Award will be presented.

Monday the festivities will take to the streets of Milton.

At 10 a.m. the MLK Day Parade will leave Milton High School and travel south down Stewart St. to Elva St.

The parade is being hosted by the Fellowship Churches of Santa Rosa County Pastors and Ministers’ Wives Organization and the cost is $30 per float, vehicle, or walking unit.

Fees must be paid by Jan. 19 or a $10 late fee will be charged after the deadline. For more information on the parade call 748-8822.

Following the parade there will be a MLK Memorial Ceremony and Block Party.

The MLK Block Party, hosted by the Santa Rosa County NAACP, will get underway at 11 a.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and will include food, games, and entertainment. If you would like to get a booth for the block party spaces are available for $25 each. You can call 686-1629 about available booth spaces.

At noon on Monday there will be a MLK Memorial Ceremony at the MLK Memorial on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The ceremony will recognize those who have donated to make the MLK Memorial possible.

Throughout the weekend festivities the Fellowship Churches of Santa Rosa County Pastors and Ministers’ Wives Organization will be urging individuals to participate in the MLK Day Service Project.

This year the service project selected to honor the late Dr. King was a canned food drive. Those attending the activities throughout the weekend are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable foods to the events.

Food collected over the weekend will be donated to area needy families in honor of the late civil rights leader.

Event organizers stress the block party will be the last opportunity to make your food drive donation.

If you would like to donate to the canned food drive you can call 272-1348 for more information.

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