Annual Plant City
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festival
Plant City Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cultural Arts Festival is gearing up for its Annual Celebration January 6 – 21, 2017 at the Plant City MLK Sports Complex, 1601 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563. Improvement League of Plant City, a 501c3 Community Development Corporation hosts this event. This now 10-day cultural event held in Plant City during the month of January features a variety of family oriented activities. Timed to coincide with the national holiday commemorating the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Festival provides an all-inclusive setting in which citizens of every ethnic background can experience and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the culture of Hillsborough County & West Central Florida.
Opening Ceremony, Ole School Gala, Freedom Parade, High/Middle School Drumline Showdown, Sunday Leadership & Community Awards Breakfast, College Scholarship Awards, Bing Rooming House Museum tours and a two day street venue with ethnic cuisine, and concerts for children and adults highlight the Festival. Due to the tremendous outreach and support this past January the MLK Festival will add a weeklong Days of Service where volunteers take on various community service projects.
PLACES TO VISITt-
Plant City African American Historical Trail that includes 8 locations. Bing Rooming House, Sam Cooper Lake, Marie B. Ellis Park (former Negro Baseball Field), Snowden Park, Glover School Campus, Ruby Lee's Fruit Stand, Bealsville Recreation Center, and two historic slave cemeteries. The Plant City area is home to the only two existing cultural museums in Hillsborough County.
Plant City's Main Street Downtown with antique shops, and a re-surgence of diverse eateries and restaurants such as minority owned Top Shelf Bar & Grill is on the rise and a mere 2 miles from the festival site and the Plant City Photo Archives & History Center. Visitors also get a 10% Discount Admission at Dinosaur World Theme Park. Discount Code "PCMLK".
Improvement League of Plant City, CDC "A Champion of Diversity."Founded in 1982
Each year the Improvement League of Plant City, CDC., operates several community programs that include Striving for Excellence Academy After-School/Summer class, CSI Junior Forensics Class, Plant City Bing House Museum, collaborations with Plant City CDC, Photo Archives, Laura Street Revitalization, and the Annual MLK Festival established in 1985 (30 years).
The MLK Theme this year “Committed To Excellence” signifies our 40 year history as we take on the challenge of completing what we started 15 years ago.
Improvement League Board of Directors and Members donate over 2,000 community service hours and in-kind labor each year. Examples include maintaining the property of the museum, hosting the MLK Festival, donating instruction time to youth, and representation serving on the Board of Directors with- Plant City EDC, Photo Archives & History Center, Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Community Action Board and United Food Bank (nutrition & self-sufficiency).