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Orange County Government Announces Robust MLK Calendar of Events

To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Mayor Jerry L. Demings SealOrange County, Fla. – On behalf of the Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Initiative, Mayor Jerry L. Demings is pleased to announce the County’s participation in various events in January 2024.

Comprised of local community partners and stakeholders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, the mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Initiative is to celebrate and recognize Dr. King’s legacy through programs that promote unity, diversity, and connectivity.

Increasing awareness while engaging in cultural differences is intended to foster a sense of growth and cohesiveness. Honoring Dr. King’s contribution to humanity as a community truly reflects the County’s vision of diversity.

MLK Weekend Events:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon – January 12th at 10:00 a.m.
  • City of Orlando Jaycees Parade – January 13 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Town of Eatonville Parade – January 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast – January 15 at 7:30 a.m.
  • City of Ocoee Parade – January 15 at 10:00 a.m.
  • City of Apopka Parade – January 15 at 2 p.m.

The mission of Mayor Demings’ MLK Initiative Book Club is to foster a love of literature by promoting books based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values. Those values include kindness, fairness and equality, love, selflessness, education, leadership, and hope. Members of the MLK Initiative, Mayor Demings, and the Orange County Library System select the books. Residents are encouraged to participate by finding the selections in their local library and enjoying these inspirational works. More updates and details regarding this project are forthcoming.

Zora! Zora Neale Hurston Festival – January 2024

This year’s ZORA!® Festival on January 27 will feature a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event with public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts education programming, and a 3-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts.

Black History Month

During the February 6, 2024, BCC meeting, Mayor Demings and the Board of County Commission will present the annual proclamation commemorating February as Black History Month to the Black History Committee of Orange County.

Orange County’s website includes a 2024 Community Calendar of Events. Please note that all dates/times are subject to change and weather permitting.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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