By: Sharon Aron Baron
At the age of 39, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner who championed civil rights and justice through non-violent means, was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He would have been 89 on January 15.
The City of Coral Springs honors his life once more in their 29th year of events and celebrations.
Thursday, January 17
This year, the celebration begins on Thursday with an award ceremony for winners of the Student Art & Literary Exhibit at the Coral Springs Museum of Art from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The Award Ceremony is immediately followed at 7 p.m. with a one-hour musical drama, showcasing Dr. King’s life and legacy. The production, “Dr. King Had a Dream So That My Dreams Could Come True,” is a KG Productions & Musical Paintbrush performance. Tickets can be purchased for $5 a person, and are available online at coralsprings.org/tickets. Children under the age of 5 are free.
Friday, January 18
On Friday, there will be a business luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Coral Springs Heron Bay Marriott. This year’s keynote speaker is Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League. During the luncheon, the second annual MLK Monument Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization who exemplifies the teachings of Dr. King.
Tickets for the luncheon are $40 each and available online at coralsprings.org/tickets, or in person at City Hall and City Hall in the Mall.
Monday, January 21
On Monday the official observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the Coral Springs MLK Committee hosts a Diversity & Leadership Workshop for high school and middle school students. The event, which will be held at the Northwest Regional Library, begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The workshop is called “It’s a Day On, Not a Day Off,” and offers students an opportunity to learn what Dr. King fought for, with interactive activities, musical entertainment and lunch. Students interested in attending must pre-register with their respective school.
MLK Scholarship Program
A scholarship program in honor of Dr. King, administered by the Coral Springs MLK Committee, provides funding to financially disadvantaged high school senior students planning to attend a higher institution of learning. The scholarships are offered regardless of ethnicity. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2019, by 5 p.m.
City Manager Mike Goodrum said, “The way in which the MLK Committee honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds me of one of his many inspiring quotes, ‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’ I am proud of the many celebrations and events hosted in the City of Coral Springs, which influence and support our youth while honoring Dr. King’s teachings.
For more information about the scholarship and events, contact Joyce Campos at 954-344-1005 or visit coralsprings.org/MLK.