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Area Celebrations Set To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Boca Raton Boynton Beach Delray Beach Florida

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Area municipalities are set to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 16th, 2023. The following is the official announcement from each of the area’s major cities. We note that the City of Delray Beach is apparently not planning any official celebration — at least not a celebration that is listed on its official website. All schools — public and private — are closed on Monday.

CITY OF BOCA RATON

The City Boca Raton’s MLK Jr. Day Ceremony and Celebrationwill feature a community breakfast, unity march, ceremony, speakers and speeches, a unity celebration, amusement rides, crafts, games, musical performances and a Mayoral Proclamation. The event also includes a unity march from the MLK Jr. Monument to the Mizner Park Amphitheater. 

Date: Monday, January 16, 2023

Schedule of Events:

8:00am – 10:00am: Community Breakfast

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (220 Ruby Street)

Sponsored by Developing Interracial & Social Change (DISC)

10:00am: Unity March 

Starting at the MLK Jr. Monument (200 Ruby Street), traveling south on Federal Highway to the Mizner Park Amphitheater 

(590 Plaza Real)

Featuring Boca Raton Community High School Band 



  • Trolley service available for those requiring assistance.

10:30am: Ceremony 

Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real)

  • Keynote Address Speaker: Patrick Franklin, CEO/President of the Urban League of Palm Beach
  • Mayoral Proclamation
  • Community Leader Speeches
  • Humanitarian Award Presentation

12:00pm – 3:00pm: FREE Unity Celebration

Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real, east lot)

  • Amusement rides, activities, crafts, DJ, and games
  • Photo booth, drumming circle
  • Community booths, service projects
  • Food and drinks available for purchase

NEW THIS YEAR!

Free Admission to the Boca Raton Musuem of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art will be open with free admission during the City’s MLK Jr. Day event, highlighting their exhibit “Reginald Cunningham: Black Pearls”, photographs of the residents of Pearl City. (501 Plaza Real).

CITY OF DELRAY BEACH

The city is apparently doing nothing to celebrate the holiday. There is no information listed on the City’s official website.

CITY OF BOYNTON BEACH

The City is hosting a celebration in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  on Monday, January 16 from 12 pm – 5 pm at Sara Sims Park (209 NW 9th Avenue).  This outdoor, family-friendly event will feature music, history, education, food trucks, children’s activities, a Non-Profit showcase and more. 

Performances, which will take place on the Sara Sims Park Amphitheater stage, include the J Sharp Band, Boynton Beach High School Tiger Sound Band, Congress Middle School Cheerleaders and a variety of guest speakers.

Children of all ages are invited to participate in activities including Livin’ the Rhythm Drum Circle, basketball competitions with the BBPD Police Athletic League, bounce houses, corn hole, Jenga and more.  To top it off – the Boynton Beach Police Department Hummer, complete with video games for children to play, and the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue truck, will be on site.

Food trucks will be on site, offering up an array of fare available for purchase. Selections include Ty’s Tasty Palate (Cracked Conch, Shrimp, Grouper Fingers, Chicken Wings, Hamburger, Catfish Nuggets, Lobster Bites, Chicken Sandwich, Tilapia Sandwich, Catfish Sandwich, Grouper Sandwich, Onion Rings, Hush Puppies, Fries, Conch Fritters),  The Picnic (Grilled Beef, Grilled Chicken, Arepas, Corn on the cob, Guacamole, Paninis, Tacos, Quesadillas, Cheese Rolls, Natural Juices, Sodas) and Kona Ice (Shaved Ice). 

Eighteen civic and non-profit organizations will showcase their community services in fun and interactive ways. Residents may obtain a library card on-site from the Boynton Beach City Library.  

LOCAL JOURNALISM SUPPORTER.

Paul Saperstein

 

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