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Events in 2022

Date Event
June 16, 2022 Juneteenth Celebration on the Lawn
Orange County Administration Building
6-8 p.m.
Live entertainment, local art, food trucks and family friendly giveaway
(Flyer Image)

Past 2022 Events

Date Event
January 2022 – February 2022 Orange County African American Employee Network Eddie Engram Essay Contest
Thursday, January 13, 2022 January 13, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. - Delta Xi Lambda Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Incorporated - Leadership Forum Virtual Event
Thursday, January 14, 2022 January 14, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. Fierce Entertainment Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
January 16 – 21, 2022 Rollins College Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2022
January 16 – 22, 2022 “Week of Action” in partnership with Heart of Florida United Way
January 21 – February 6, 2022 The Mountaintop
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 “Candid Conversations: The Kaleidoscope Table Talk Series” (Part I) w/Rollins College Black Student Union (Virtual)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
January 27 – 30, 2022 Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival 2022
January 13 – 27, 2022 Orlando Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Events
Saturday, January 29, 2022 Lake Nona Lunar New Year by Lake Nona Social
Saturday, January 29th, 12PM to 4PM
Nona Adventure Park – 14086 Centerline Dr, Orlando, FL 32827
Admission: $8.00 / person or $24 for party of four
February 1 – 28, 2022 “Art in the Chambers” – Hosted by the Black History Committee of Orange County, Florida
February 1 – 28, 2022 WUCF Celebrates Black History Month
February 3 – 28, 2022 Town of Oakland | Honoring Black History Art and Heritage Exhibition
February 8, 2022 Black History Committee of Orange County – Presentation of Annual Proclamation to Board of County Commission in recognition of Black History Month
February 7 – 21, 2022 Orange County Library System African-American Read In 2022
February 9 – 24, 2022 City of Orlando – Commissioner Bakari Burns District 6 - Black History Month Activities
February 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 2022 “Four Phases of Dr. King” – Black History Month Virtual Series – Hosted by the Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative – To air on Orange TV and County social media forums each Friday in the month of February to provide “historical nuggets” about Dr. King’s life through each captured decade

Featured Guest Speakers: Russell Drake, Dr. Roneisha Randall, Contona Thomas, Dr. Earl Mowatt
February 24, 2022 Diversitastic! Dining Experience: South Africa at the Bronze Kingdom (Link to Get Tickets)
February 25, 2022 “Black History Lunch on the Lawn” – Hosted by the Black History Committee or Orange County, Florida @ 11:00 a.m.
Additional MLK Local Events Central Florida MLK Activities & Events to Consider

For questions or more information, please contact Ronda Robinson at

Events in 2021

August 2021

March 2021

Date Event
Mar. 17, 2021
6 p.m.
Candid Conversations: The Black Church

February 2021

January 2021

Date Event
Jan. 9, 2021
Orange County Regional History
Yesterday This Was Home: Coffee with a Curator
Jan. 15, 2021
8 a.m.
MLK Pre-Day of Service Second Harvest
3401 Mercy Star Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
Jan. 15, 2021
7:30 p.m.
Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center
Let Freedom Ring: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement
Jan. 16, 2021
10 a.m.
Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center
2021 MLK Holiday Parade Showcase
Jan. 17, 2021
3 p.m.
Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center
Virtual Interfaith Service: Love & Power
Jan. 18, 2021
10 a.m.
MLK Day of Service Holocaust Center of Florida Social Justice Exhibit
815 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Jan. 18, 2021
2 p.m.
Annual Apopka MLK Parade
Jan. 17 - 23, 2021 Rollins College: The Urgency of Now Events
Jan. 25 - 29, 2021 Read Across the County/Florida Literacy Week

For questions or more information, please contact Ronda Robinson at

Events in 2020

September 2020

Date Event
Sept. 19, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Business Leadership Summit
Sept. 15, 2020
6:30 p.m.
PBS American Portrait Virtual Screening – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
Sept. 21, 2020 - Oct. 4, 2020 Global Peace Film Festival

Global Peace Film Festival

Sept. 21, 2020 - October 4, 2020
The 18th annual Global Peace Film Festival will highlight films with themes related to civil rights, environmental justice, ethics, human rights, immigration, LGBTQ+, music, social justice, voting, personal wellness and wildlife. Beginning on the International Day of Peace, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, a selection of more than 20 feature films and shorts will be available for screening at select theaters and online.

Candid Conversations with Our Community: The Generation Z Edition

Event Flyer

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King authored “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” It’s a question that is still relevant today. With the recent social unrest over the death of George Floyd, Mayor Demings’ Orange County MLK Initiative invited you to participate in the “What’s Next?” via the “Candid Conversations with Our Community: The Generation Z Edition” Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This was a call to action for teens and young adults to voice concerns on race relations, diversity and inclusion, and was hosted by youth leaders within the community.

  • Special message from Mayor Jerry L. Demings
  • Engaging Our Youth & Young Adults for Community Solutions
  • “Answering the Call: What’s Next?”


Watch the event on Youtube or on Vimeo.

Juneteenth Events 2020

Rally for Justice and a Commitment to a Movement: Not Just a Moment

June 19, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761

Juneteenth Freedom Day March

June 19, 2020 | 3 p.m. (March begins at 4 p.m.)
Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801
Learn more

African Americans and the Vote: The Journey to this Moment

June 19, 2020 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
A commemorative Juneteenth virtual panel discussion on the origins of the right to vote for African Americans and where we are today.
Learn more

Imagining Freedom: Black Community and Creating Place

June 19, 2020 | 7 p.m.
As part of a live and interactive audience, you can join for conversations about African Americans and their place in America.

Candid Conversations with Our Community

Event Flyer

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

In light of recent occurrences (both national and local) surrounding the death of George Floyd, Mayor Demings’ Orange County MLK Initiative held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on June 5, 2020 to serve as a forum for local leaders to engage the community, hosted by Orange County MLK Initiative Chairs Monica May and Lisa Bachman.

The focus and discussion was to seek solutions to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

  • Special message from Mayor Jerry L. Demings
  • Engage local leaders for community solutions
  • Community policing initiatives & programs

Guest Speakers

  • Val Demings — U.S. Representative, Florida's 10th Congressional District
  • Kamia Brown, State Representative, Florida House of Representative District 45
  • John Mina — Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff's Office
  • Aramis Ayala — State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Orlando Rolón — Police Chief, Orlando Police Department
  • Beverlye Colson Neal — Chapter President, Orange County NAACP
  • Dawn Curtis — President, Orange County Democratic Black Caucus
  • Miles Mulrain Jr. — Founder, Let Your Voice Be Heard, Incorporated
  • Yanidsi Velez — Florida State Director, Hispanic Federation
  • Roderick Zak — Pastor, Rejoice in the Lord Ministries


Watch: On YouTube or On Vimeo

Questions and Comments

View the original list of questions and comments posed by the participants during our Town Hall session on June 5, 2020. An updated list of the questions and answers will be posted to this webpage in the upcoming days once completed.

After reviewing the citizen inquiries posed during our “Candid Conversation” Virtual Town Hall, it was determined that many of the answers could be found on the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department updated websites. There is a lot of resourceful information on each site. We are encouraging residents to visit and review each of them thoroughly for direct responses to their inquiries.

Resilience, Recover and Rejuvenation: In Unity

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The challenges of COVID-19 have affected our Orange County community in various aspects. In the spirit of Dr. King’s mission to “persevere through adversity,” the Mayor Demings' Orange County MLK Initiative held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting hosted by Orange County MLK Initiative Chairs Monica May and Lisa Bachman.

Watch the Town Hall on YouTube or Vimeo

February 2020

January 2020

Date Event
Jan. 10, 2020
10 a.m.
African American Council of Christian Clergy of Central Florida, “Spreading The Dream 2020" - Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando
Jan. 12, 2020
5:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil & March - (In partnership w/the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City of Orlando Commission)
Jan. 14, 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Official Proclamation Presentation - Board of County Commission Meeting
Jan. 17, 2020
11:30 a.m.
Annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Luncheon
Jan. 18, 2020
10 a.m.
Annual Downtown Orlando Jaycees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 18, 2020
2 p.m.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City of Eatonville Parade
Jan. 18, 2020
7 p.m.
African American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando Annual Eagle Awards
Jan. 20, 2020
7:45 a.m.
Annual YMCA Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast
Jan. 20, 2020
10 a.m.
Annual City of Ocoee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 20, 2020
2 p.m.
Annual City of Apopka Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 20, 2020
6 p.m.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rollins College Vigil & March
Jan. 29, 2020 – Feb. 1, 2020 31st Annual Zora Neale Festival
Jan. 31, 2020 Annual Zora Neale Festival - “Dear Martin” Novel – Meet the Author, Nic Stone


Membership will meet on a monthly basis throughout the calendar year. The meetings will increase during the fall and winter months (September to November) in preparation of the Annual King Holiday. All Committee meetings will be held at the Orange County Administration Building located at 201 South Rosalind Avenue, Orlando.

Meeting Calendar

Meetings for 2022

Please note: All 2022 meetings are virtual until further notice.

Date & Time Resources
Thur., January 13
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., February 10
Thur., March 10
Thur., April 14
Thur., May 12
Thur., June 9
Thur., July 14
Thur., August 11
Thur., September 8
Thur., October 13
Thur., November 10
Thur., December 8

Meetings for 2021

Date & Time Resources
Wed., January 6
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wed., February 3
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Thur., March 11
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., April 8
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., May 13
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Tue., June 15
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Thur., July 8
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., August 12
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., September 9
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., October 14
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thur., November 11
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wed., December 1
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Meetings for 2020

Date & Time Resources
Nov. 19, 2019 Video
Dec. 16, 2019 Video
Jan. 7, 2020, Video
Feb. 4, 2020 Video
March 6, 2020 Video