The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of Jacksonville, Florida was founded on January 30, 1989, to honor the memory and legacy of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century. The forerunner to the foundation was a committee that convened annually to plan, organize, and host a parade (and post-parade celebration) to commemorate the birthday of Dr. King (affectionately known as MLK). The first such parade, planned by a student group at FCCJ’s Downtown Campus as a black history project, took place in 1981; however, the planners of the 1982 parade are linked directly to the foundation.
The MLK Parade Celebration is a manifestation of the collective efforts of the community. Thousands of Jacksonville’s finest citizens have participated directly and indirectly in the planning, organization, and delivery of the MLK Parade. In one aspect, they (the parade volunteers) mirror those who stood up or sat down in places like Meridian, Philadelphia, Greensboro, Orangeburg, Albany, St. Augustine, Selma, and various Greyhound bus stations throughout the South. They share a commitment to the ideal of the social contract, and to the inherent right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, like so many other entities, is returning to its “core activities” or re-establishing its core competencies. For the past ten years the foundation has done precious little in the community other than to host the MLK Holiday Parade. However, from our inception in 1989 through 1992, we were actively involved in the community by awarding college scholarships to area high school students, sponsoring PTA memberships to urban school parents, and dispensing emergency funding to low-income recipients.
For the past two years, the Foundation has instituted the following programs. However, we plan to bolster our activities as resources permit (volunteers):
Conflict Resolution Programs
The History of the Civil Rights Movement
SAT Prep Scholarships
Workshops and Documentaries
MLK Candlelight Vigil on April 4th
We intend to utilize the services of peer and professional tutors to deliver the services as captioned above. The peer tutors will be high school students paid by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation. The professional tutors, however, will be community volunteers.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc.
101 E. Union Street Suite 100
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 240-1523 firstname.lastname@example.org