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Membership will meet on a monthly basis throughout the calendar year. The meetings will increase during the fall and winter months (September to November) in preparation of the Annual King Holiday. All Committee meetings will be held at the Orange County Administration Building located at 201 South Rosalind Avenue, Orlando.

Meeting Calendar

Date & Time Resources
Nov. 19, 2019 Video
Dec. 16, 2019 Video
Jan. 7, 2020 Video
Feb. 4, 2020 Video
March 6, 2020 Video

Event Calendar


Date Event
Jan. 10, 2020
10 a.m.
African American Council of Christian Clergy of Central Florida, “Spreading The Dream 2020" - Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando
Jan. 12, 2020
5:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil & March - (In partnership w/the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City of Orlando Commission)
Jan. 14, 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Official Proclamation Presentation - Board of County Commission Meeting
Jan. 17, 2020
11:30 a.m.
Annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Luncheon
Jan. 18, 2020
10 a.m.
Annual Downtown Orlando Jaycees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 18, 2020
2 p.m.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City of Eatonville Parade
Jan. 18, 2020
7 p.m.
African American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando Annual Eagle Awards
Jan. 20, 2020
7:45 a.m.
Annual YMCA Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast
Jan. 20, 2020
10 a.m.
Annual City of Ocoee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 20, 2020
2 p.m.
Annual City of Apopka Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 20, 2020
6 p.m.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rollins College Vigil & March
Jan. 29, 2020 – Feb. 1, 2020 31st Annual Zora Neale Festival
Jan. 31, 2020 Annual Zora Neale Festival - “Dear Martin” Novel – Meet the Author, Nic Stone


Resilience, Recover and Rejuvenation: In Unity

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The challenges of COVID-19 have affected our Orange County community in various aspects. In the spirit of Dr. King’s mission to “persevere through adversity,” the Mayor Demings' Orange County MLK Initiative held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting hosted by Orange County MLK Initiative Chairs Monica May and Lisa Bachman.

Watch the Town Hall on YouTube or Vimeo

Candid Conversations with Our Community

Event Flyer

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

In light of recent occurrences (both national and local) surrounding the death of George Floyd, Mayor Demings’ Orange County MLK Initiative held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on June 5, 2020 to serve as a forum for local leaders to engage the community, hosted by Orange County MLK Initiative Chairs Monica May and Lisa Bachman.

The focus and discussion was to seek solutions to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

  • Special message from Mayor Jerry L. Demings
  • Engage local leaders for community solutions
  • Community policing initiatives & programs

Guest Speakers

  • Val Demings — U.S. Representative, Florida's 10th Congressional District
  • Kamia Brown, State Representative, Florida House of Representative District 45
  • John Mina — Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff's Office
  • Aramis Ayala — State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Orlando Rolón — Police Chief, Orlando Police Department
  • Beverlye Colson Neal — Chapter President, Orange County NAACP
  • Dawn Curtis — President, Orange County Democratic Black Caucus
  • Miles Mulrain Jr. — Founder, Let Your Voice Be Heard, Incorporated
  • Yanidsi Velez — Florida State Director, Hispanic Federation
  • Roderick Zak — Pastor, Rejoice in the Lord Ministries


Watch: On YouTube or On Vimeo

Questions and Comments

View the original list of questions and comments posed by the participants during our Town Hall session on June 5, 2020. An updated list of the questions and answers will be posted to this webpage in the upcoming days once completed.

After reviewing the citizen inquiries posed during our “Candid Conversation” Virtual Town Hall, it was determined that many of the answers could be found on the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department updated websites. There is a lot of resourceful information on each site. We are encouraging residents to visit and review each of them thoroughly for direct responses to their inquiries.

Juneteenth Events 2020

Rally for Justice and a Commitment to a Movement: Not Just a Moment

June 19, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761

Juneteenth Freedom Day March

June 19, 2020 | 3 p.m. (March begins at 4 p.m.)
Lake Eola Park, 101 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801
Learn more

African Americans and the Vote: The Journey to this Moment

June 19, 2020 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
A commemorative Juneteenth virtual panel discussion on the origins of the right to vote for African Americans and where we are today.
Learn more

Imagining Freedom: Black Community and Creating Place

June 19, 2020 | 7 p.m.
As part of a live and interactive audience, you can join for conversations about African Americans and their place in America.