Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Every year the little City of Lake Worth stands out in a very big way.

Looking back: Jan. 18th, 2017.

Looking ahead: Jan. 15th, 2018.

Only five days away: City of Lake Worth’s upcoming Martin Luther King Day March.

Below is a look back to Julius Whigham II’s news report on the City of Lake Worth’s largest-ever Martin Luther King Jr. March in January 2017. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday each January. Every year this event gets larger with more community involvement.

Here is this year’s schedule of events for next Monday:

  • Unity Interfaith Breakfast at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 7:30 a.m.
  • Candlelight March starting at 5:00 p.m. from City Hall.
  • MLK Commemoration at the Cultural Plaza at 5:30.
  • MLK Fellowship Dinner at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church from 6:00–8:00.

Click on image from last year’s
MLK March to enlarge:
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 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.