Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Courtesy of Gulf Power

Traditionally the Saturday of the long Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend is set aside for community service. There are several opportunities to serve along the gulf coast.

UWF is facilitating a day of service with Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent de Paul, Keep Pensacola Beautiful, and Waterfront Rescue Mission. Students and the community can sign up for a morning shift, an afternoon shift, or both. Visit HERE.

Christopher Satterwhite

There was music, sunshine, diversity and laughter Monday in downtown Pensacola as the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade got under way. 

The Grand Marshal of this year's parade was David Alexander, III, Chief of the Pensacola Police Department.

"It represents the celebration of the legacy of a great man, a great leader, who not only had a dream for himself, but for his family and every human being on earth," said Alexander.

Dr. MLK Jr Celebration Committee of Okaloosa County

The legacy of slain Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being celebrated with a host of events across the region leading up to the annual MLK Day parades on Monday.

For the Fort Walton Beach area, 2016 marks their 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

“The theme for this year is “My Life Matters,” said Steve Chatman, co-chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee in Okaloosa.

Today's Youth "Have A Dream" At FWB MLK Rally

Jan 21, 2015

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was commemorated across the region this week, with events ranging from prayer services to parades and rallies. At an event in Fort Walton Beach, the focus was on teaching the youth of today about the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The spirit of community service and togetherness was alive and well as people of all ages gathered at Ft. Walton Beach High School to honor Dr. King.

UWF//City of Pensacola

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday will be commemorated Monday with the annual MLK Parade in downtown Pensacola. It’s set for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

Leading the way as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Mamie Webb Hixon, Asst. Professor of English and writing lab director for the University of West Florida. Also, Hixon will be the keynote speaker at a program afterward.

Mamie Hixon

The latest installment of "Our Voices Are Many" will be performed this Sunday on the University of West Florida MainStage Theater.  It's an encore presentation titled, "Celebrating The Voices, Faces, and Images of Black Men in America: The Sons of Africa. 

Mamie Webb Hixon is the talent behind "Our Voices Are Many," which is being staged for the fifteenth time. Hixon, an assistant professor of English at UWF and director of the UWF Writing Lab, wrote the script for and is artistic director of the theatrical production. 

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

What started out as a parade turned into a party in Downtown Pensacola as the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day parade made its way down Palafox Street from Martin Luther King Plaza south towards the bay. 

University of West Florida

Retired Lt. General Russel Honoré will give a talk at the University of West Florida at 7 o'clock  this Thursday evening at the UWF Conference Center. Honoré, who is best known for his efforts to restore order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, is the featured speaker for UWF’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance. 

Red Cross

The Red Cross will be taking to the streets later this month promoting fire safety. 

Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida will be going door to door in Pensacola on Dr. Martin Luther King Day talking to residents and dropping off information about fire prevention.  Trevor Sikes from the local Red Cross chapter. says they will target neighborhoods that have had fires in the past 12 months as well as others that they deem at risk