Fort Myers hosts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March

The community joined together in Lee County to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fort Myers hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March Monday beginning at Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Library.

“We turn it into not just a day of service but a day of celebration,” said Martin Byrd, a Legacy Weekend Board Member.

The day began with a breakfast followed by the annual parade. Community members marched along the streets reminding neighbors of the importance of unity. For many people, it was also a day of service.

“There’s huge gaps that isn’t always taken care of in the business sector,” Byrd said. “So when we give back, we fill those holes.”

Dessi Thomas has been going to the event for two years. MLK Day reminds her of the importance of giving back.

“We want to be served,” Thomas said. “But this day, we need to give back to our community, to the world in general.”

Many took the day of work in order to participate in the marching event and work for a cause.

“That was one of Dr. King’s main tenants was about service and love for one’s brother and love for the community,” Byrd said.

Marchers traveled west on Blount Street to High Street and turned south to State Road 82 heading west to Monroe Street, where they turned north to Edwards Drive to arrive at the entrance of Centennial Park.

MLK Day March route

Arcadia Hosts Annual Dr. Martin Luther Day Parade

Bread of Life Mission hosted its Annual Dr. Martin Luther Day Parade Monday.

The parade started at 11 a.m in front of the court house on Oak Ave.

The nonprofit’s building is also located on Oak Ave.



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