Plant City MLK Recreational Complex - 1601 E. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd, Plant City, Florida 33563

37th Annual Plant City

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Arts Festival


January 13 - 21, 2023

 

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JANUARY 13 - 21, 2023

Plant City's African American Historic Trail

African American Selfie Tour

Visit the 28 historic structures, place, and parks affiliated with African American History

*CHECK OUT NEW DOWNTOWN MURAL*

features E.L. Bing, Bing House Museum, Sadye G. Martin and Officer Candis

 

FRIDAY JANUARY 13, 2023

MLK Opening Ceremony 1130am to 1pm @ Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center

 

 

SATURDAY JANUARY 14, 2023

Live Music 1130a.m. to 1245p.m.

Parade 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Battle of the Bands (Drumline) 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Live Music 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

SUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2023

MLK LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST

KEYNOTE SPEAKER -

MISTRESS OF CEREMONY -

7:30 A.M. TO 9:00 A.M. TRINKLE CENTER, HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLANT CITY

Presenting Community Champion Awards, Scholarships and Youth Forensic Science Class 2022-2023

 

SUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2023

GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA - Location TBA

 

SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2023

MLK HEALTH FAIR 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center

Health, Fitness, Wellness

2K Walk thru Historic Lincoln Park aka The Bottom

Marshall, Allen Chapel AME, Mt. Moriah, St. Luke, Bing House Museum, Marie B. Ellis Park, Sam Cooper Park

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO BE LISTED SHORTLY

State of Florida Emancipation Day @ Bing House Museum

Sponsored by Plant City Women's Club

 

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WELCOME TO PLANT CITY

A Warm "Unity" Welcome...

City of Plant City

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

THINGS TO DO

Participants will be canvassing all over Plant City getting selfie's with significant structures, places and people in regards to black history.

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"Excellence Through Education!"

Theme for Plant City MLK 2023 - #PCMLK

The Legacy

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

If there were ever a time of "challenge and controversy" the passing of 2021 AND 2022 should be at the forefront for all of us.

Now we stand. The Improvement League of Plant City will be hosting the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Arts Festival starting January 13, 2023 with signature events scheduled through January 21, 2023. The Parade and Street Fest will be held on Saturday January 14, 2023 at the Plant City MLK Recreation Complex and MLK Leadership Breakfast will be held on Sunday January 15, 2023 at HCC Trinkle Center. 

This cultural festival is generally held in Plant City during the month of January featuring 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.

The health and safety of all citizens is our top priority. Together we will over come and celebrate the legacy and principals of the the late Dr. King.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED?.....Click on the Schedule Tab for Parade, Vendor and Drumline applications.

 

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Proceeds Benefit

Proceeds for the Plant City MLK Festival benefit the following-

Plant City Bing Rooming House African American Museum

Forensic Science & Language Arts

Community development, and senior citizen outreach.

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