Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Double weekend of Leesburg events honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Festivities in Leesburg surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15 start with an annual double weekend of events promoting the legacy of the civil rights leader.

“We are looking forward to a great program with an activity for almost everyone,” Louis C. Ward, chairman of the Dr. M. L. King Commemoration Committee of Lake and Sumter Counties, says in a news release. The committee and the Leesburg Community Development Corporation organize the celebration.

The first weekend of events begins with the Dr. King CommUNITY Breakfast at 7am Friday, Jan. 5, at the Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Ave. The well-attended event includes a guest speaker, recognition of individuals who have served and positively impacted their community, entertainment, and a full breakfast. Donations are recommended.

The Dare 2 Care Health Fair, a new event, will provide medical personnel to check blood pressure, diabetes, and more, as well as share information about cancer and the latest improvements in treatment. The fair, which also will have activities for kids, is planned for 11am-2pm Saturday, Jan. 6, at the community center.

The Ecumenical Service, which wraps up the first weekend, is scheduled for 6pm Sunday, Jan. 7, at Morrison United Methodist Church at 7th and Main streets in downtown Leesburg. The service promotes fellowship with Christian worship and entertainment.

The 14th annual Student Literary Contest Award Ceremony provides the opportunity for students to learn about Dr. King’s achievements and contributions through their own research and create an essay, oratorical piece, dramatic skit, artwork, or poetry, the release states.

The ceremony will take place at 5:30pm Friday, Jan. 12, at the Everett Kelly Convocation Center, Lake-Sumter State College, U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg. The ceremony recognizes all students’ contributions, and students will receive monetary awards for placing first, second, or third in any one of the five categories.

Capping the double weekend is the Dr. King Parade/March at 11am Saturday, Jan. 13, on Main Street in downtown Leesburg. Everyone is encouraged to come out and watch Lake and Sumter counties’ school bands, community drill teams, county and city commissioners, members of sheriff, police, and fire departments—as well as representatives from churches, the community, and all areas of business and health—as they march down Main Street.

For information on participating in any event, call 352.552.7540. For more information about the Leesburg Community Development Corporation, visit