34th annual MLK Drum Major for Justice Lifetime Achievement & Legends Awards Banquet

BY SEVELL C. BROWN, III, NCLC National Director

ST. PETERSBURG — The MLK Holiday & Legacy Association, Inc., the Florida/St. Petersburg Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebrations Commission and the National Christian League of Councils (NCLC) invite everyone to take part in the MLK Week Commemorative Celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year’s keynote speaker is the acclaimed Dr. Richard L. Richardson, pastor emeritus of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine, Fla.  He will be joined by the “Mighty Sons of Zion” and RevFleming Tarver & the Original Florida Spiritualaires.

Join us in honoring the historic Bethune Cookman University, Director of Bands Dr. Donovan Wells, the dynamic Marching Wildcats & 14 Karat Gold Dancers for the role they played in developing an nurturing, “America’s National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Parade.”

Hosted in the City of St. Petersburg for 32 years, BCU helped preserve, memorialize and immortalize the first national parade held in America. In fact, BCU was the first and only historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to march in the Jan. 20, 1986, parade some 34 years ago.

Also being honored are the MLK Commemorative Celebration commissioners who have supported and embraced for three decades the fight to exalt and keep Dr. King’s dream alive with their social activism. The Rev. Robert Ward, pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and former president of F.A.S.T. and Christine Hayes, 34 year emeritus Florida Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Stars will join Dr. Wells in being honored at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Lifetime Achievement & Legends Award Banquet Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport North St. Petersburg, 3535 Ulmerton Rd.

Tickets are available at Looking Good Men’s Fashion.  Tickets are $45.00 each & $450.00 for a table of #10.   You may reserve your tickets contacting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday & Legacy Association & the (NCLC) National Christian League of Councils at mlkholidaylegacy@gmail.com.

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