Holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

click to enlarge Photo by Stanley Tretick - Estate of Stanley Tretick, from the exhibition: And Freedom For All
Estate of Stanley Tretick, from the exhibition: And Freedom For All
Photo by Stanley Tretick

A flurry of MLK Day events are held in Tampa and St. Petersburg throughout the next few days.

On Monday, Hillsborough County’s 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is held in support of a MLK Memorial Scholarship Fund for graduating high school seniors. The parade begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 15th Street, heads east to 22nd Street, and heads north on 22nd towards Middleton High School, where it disperses.

Across the Bay, MLK holiday highlights also include a parade, the 24th Annual National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade, which begins at Third Avenue S. and Martin Luther King St. S., proceeds north to Central Avenue, then east to Bayshore Drive, north to Fifth Ave. N., and disbands at Vinoy Park. In the evening, St. Petersburg Museum of History presents the 24th Annual MLK Candlelight Vigil, a candle lighting followed by an indoors program with music, choreography and a special presentation.

Back in Tampa on Tuesday, HCC-Dale Mabry opens And Freedom For All, a new exhibit that honors Black History Month. Nearly 50 iconic images of the good doctor and the Civil Rights march to D.C. (“The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”) are displayed and culled from the historic and in some cases never-before-seen archives of LOOK magazine photographer Stanley Tretick. A reception and special exhibit program is held from 6 to 9 p.m.

20th Annual MLK Jr. Parade, Mon., Jan. 19, noon, Tampa; 24th Annual National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade, Mon., Jan. 19, 1:15 p.m., St. Petersburg; 24th Annual MLK Candlelight Vigil, Mon., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., SPMOH, 335 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, free, 727-893-7894; And Freedom For All, Jan. 20-Feb. 28, HCC-Dale Mabry Campus Library, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, 813-253-7386.

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