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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL



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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc., of Jacksonville, Florida, was established on January 30, 1989, to honor the memory and legacy of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century. In order to promote and further the ideals and the philosophy of Dr. King, we coordinate annually, a host of activities commemorating the history of the Civil Rights movement.

We are a 501(c) 3 organization staffed wholly with volunteers (no paid employees) promoting diversity, brotherhood, and a historically correct portrayal of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.

We host annually, the MLK Holiday Grand Parade in Jacksonville, Florida and various other activities throughout the year including:

A Wreath-Laying Ceremony on January 15th (Birthday of MLK)

The MLK Memorial Candlelight Vigil on April 4th

Juneteenth Celebration on 3rd weekend of June commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation

MLK Community Volunteer Awards Banquet

MLK College Scholarship Award

Nonviolence and tolerance workshops

We provide community youth and adults with free Civil Rights era books (MLK, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Muhammad Ali, Freedom Riders, etc.)

We will initiate in September 2018, an After-School Reading and Math program for students needing assistance

Student Field Trips

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation evolved, in 1981, from an ad hoc committee created to stage a parade honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. In 1989, we became a non-profit, tax-exempt organization organized around the principles of nonviolence, brotherhood, tolerance, and diversity.

In the early years, the neighborhood parade numbered less than 50 active participants. However, it has grown precipitously over the years reaching its apex in 2017 with more than 250 individual units and thousands lined along the parade route. In 2018, we will celebrate the 37th anniversary of the MLK Holiday Parade in Jacksonville, Florida.

Over the years, we have instituted other annual events including a wreath-laying ceremony on the anniversary of the birthday of Dr. King. On April 4th, we host a Memorial Candlelight Vigil at local churches. The memorial service rotates each year on an interdenominational basis. On the third weekend of June, we host a Juneteenth Celebration (Juneteenth in Jacksonville) which commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation. Our other annual activity is the MLK Community Volunteer Awards Banquet held in December.

In the months of October through December, we conduct tolerance, diversity, nonviolence, and Civil Rights history workshops at our office and also engage the public at community centers and churches. When funding allows, we provide scholarship dollars to incoming college freshmen.

In 2018, we will extend our services to initiate programs and workshops for community activists and others across the spectrum in order to deal with mental health issues plaguing black, latino, and white communities. Our mental health focus will be concentrated on stress, alcohol, and opioid addiction.

The foundation provides professional in-kind services to smaller community organizations including marketing, financial assistance, volunteers, and printing services.

Our contact info:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL

101 E. Union Street Suite 100
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 240-1523

Gary Thomas, President
(904) 463-2425

Andr'e Neal, Vice President
(904) 768-2778

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