Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Save the Date, January 16th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the little City of Lake Worth

Things to know, information from the City’s website:
  • Municipal offices will be closed in observance.
  • Call Retha Lowe at 561-586-7276 to volunteer and for further information.
  • 7:30–9:00 a.m.: Unity Interfaith Breakfast at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (928 South ‘E’ Street).
  • 4:30 p.m.: Civil Rights Song Fest on steps of City Hall.
  • 5:00: Candlelight March from City Hall to the Cultural Plaza.
  • 5:30: Commemorative program and re-dedication of MLK Memorial Fountain.
  • 6:00–8:00: Dinner at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (corner of Lucerne Ave. & North Palmway).
Below is a look back to Julius Whigham II’s news report on Lake Worth’s largest-ever Martin Luther King Jr. March held last January 18th in our Downtown (Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday each January):

The Martin Luther King Jr. March ending at our Downtown Cultural Plaza. Former Commissioner Retha Lowe said last January’s “turnout was among the largest she’s seen.”

From the Palm Beach Post’s Julius Whigham II we have this news story. So many people marched yesterday from City Hall to the Cultural Plaza and it was a sight to behold. The tone of the gathering was one of camaraderie, hope and respect. A very special Thank You to the Post and The Lake Worth Herald for being there to document the march. From the Post article:

Former Lake Worth commissioner Retha Lowe, who started the city’s King celebration, said Monday’s turnout was among the largest she’s seen.
     “I think this is the biggest crowd,” she said. “We’ve got more young people from Lake Worth High School. … I just feel like this annual day that we set aside to celebrate unity, fellowship and love, it has grown and it’s just getting better.”
     Lowe began her day preparing food for a unity interfaith breakfast. As a crowd gathered to listen to speeches following the walk, she reflected on how much the city has changed since she moved there 40 years ago.
     “I just feel that Dr. King was for everybody,” Lowe said. “He was for unity. Over these 21 years, we have come together as a family. Over the years, it has grown and people now are coming together from all over. That’s exciting for me.”

Marching down Lake Ave.

Ceremony in the Cultural Plaza.

View west of the marchers on Lake Ave.