History of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

In 1991, a group of clergy representatives requested that the City consider hosting a memorial event to honor their fellow clergyman, Dr. King. The City Commission responded very favorably to this idea, and a group of community volunteers took on this challenge. What started as a grass roots effort now draws an increasing number of attendees from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties each year. The weekend activities are designed to appeal to every segment of the population – students, teachers, families, children, senior citizens and business professionals.

Over the years, the Committee has also developed a Scholarship Fund to benefit high school seniors wishing to attend college. Although fund-raising efforts are conducted throughout the year, the Coral Springs Community Chest remains the major supporter of this Scholarship Program. These Scholarship awards are given regardless of religious or ethnic background and are meant for students who demonstrate financial need and quality community service. 

For the past 15 years, the Committee has also hosted a Diversity/Leadership Day for high school and middle school students on Monday, the nationally recognized King holiday. Professional facilitators conduct motivational sessions focusing on the life and teachings of Dr. King, while a keynote speaker provides inspiration and guidance to the students. The day’s events are meant to demonstrate to the students that “this is a day on – and not a day off!”

For further information on any of the items above, please contact Joyce Campos, Community Relations Manager at 954-344-1005.