THE MLK HOLIDAY GRAND PARADE 2024
Fannie Lou Hamer Ella Baker John Lewis Diane Nash Rev. C.T. Vivian Medgar Evers Women's Liberation
The 43rd edition of the MLK Holiday Grand Parade will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024, in Downtown Jacksonville. We will, once again, strictly adhere to COVID-19 guidelines in effect at that time. The Foundation will continue to honor the life and enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ongoing struggle for human rights and dignity for all Americans. Please register for the parade at your earliest convenience to ensure premium placement in the MLK Holiday Parade Lineup.
A Matter of Respect
On February 4, 1968, in his famous "Drum Major for Justice" speech, in part, Dr. King said, "...and I want you to be able to say that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day, I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity..." The MLK Memorial Foundation's sole purpose is to preserve and promote the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America.
Each January, as many of us make resolutions to better ourselves, the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides us with still another opportunity to form "a more perfect union." MLK's clarion call to America to do right by its citizens domestically and all of humanity internationally was exemplified by his immortalized speeches on August 28, 963, and again on April 4, 1967, and finally on April 3, 1968.
The members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation consider our activities, prefaced by Dr. King's name, to be sacrosanct, to be inviolate. We are a non-partisan organization with no fealty, association, or bent topolitican parties. Many of the participants of the MLK Holiday Grand Parade have no knowledge of the fact that on April 4th, the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, we host a memorial service and a Candlelight Vigil.