4 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The first national Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated back in 1986. Since then, the holiday has grown to be recognized in more than 100 nations. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the holiday right here in our hometown, Tallahassee.

Attend the MLK Dare to Dream Festival at Cascades Park. The fifth-annual event is free and open to the public of all ages. There will be live music, vendors, theatrical performances, dancing and historical exhibits by the FAMU Meek-Eaton Black Archives and the Riley House. Kids are welcome to come out and participate in the “MLK Birthday Bash” which will feature bounce houses and face painting. The event will also showcase a variety of specialty item and food vendors in the “Vendor Village.”

Go on a Self-Guided African American Heritage Tour.  Get to know a legacy that includes art, music, literature, architecture and lasting contributions to Tallahassee and the entire State of Florida.

Participate in MLK Service Day. Use your Monday off to volunteer with your favorite organization or join forces with the Dare to Dream Association in their book collection for Head Start youth in Tallahassee.

See the play American Moor at Lee Hall Auditorium. Attend a performance of American Moor, Keith Hamilton Cobb’s 85-minute, one-person play that uses Shakespeare’s Othello to examine the experience of black men in America. Southern Shakespeare Company brings the play to Tallahassee in partnership with FAMU’s Artists in Bloom Festival, The Riley House & Museum, the Village Square, and Leon County.