It is Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday on Monday, January 20 and the City of Boynton Beach is celebrating in a BIG way. Everyone is invited to attend and honor his legacy between the hours of 12Noon and 4:00 p.m. The program is full of history, education, music and activities.
Performances include gospel choirs and dancers from Calvary Chapel in Boynton Beach, Community Deliverance Church, and St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church; Gospel Rapper JIG Harvey; DJ Thayri Wilson, Livin’ the Rhythm Drum Circle, Author Dr. Martha Norfus Meeks-Light and her son Victor Norfus; Boynton Beach Community High School Band and Congress Middle School Cheerleaders.
Children of all ages can participate in activities such as face-painting; balloon art; Lego play area; free play on the basketball courts; rock painting; chalk art; bounce houses; hula-hoops; building blocks, corn hole; ping-pong; and jenga. To top it off – the Boynton Beach Police Hummer, complete with video games in the rear for children to play and the Boynton Beach Fire Truck will be giving away firefighter hats.
Twenty-one civic and non-profit organizations will showcase their community services in fun and interactive ways. For instance, the Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, will be providing a fun arts and crafts project and residents may obtain a library card on-site from the Boynton Beach City Library. Participating agencies include the Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach; BIBIYOA; Boynton Beach City Library; Boynton Beach Fire Rescue; Office of Sustainability; 2020 Census; City of Boynton Beach Code Compliance Department; City of Boynton Beach Public Works Department; City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department; Connect to Greatness; Eta Eta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority; Faith Based CDC; Feeding South Florida; Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County; Healthier Boynton Beach; Marie Louise Cancer Foundation; Pathways 2 Prosperity; Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center and Young Men of Distinction
Christ Fellowship Church Boynton Beach Campus is cooking up lunch - hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and ice cream sandwiches for the first 500 attendees until 2:30p.
The MLK Committee has selected a resident, an organization, and a business that have contributed to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideology of giving back. Willie Aikens will recieve the Community Leader Award, the Heart of Boynton Beach will receive the Community Organization Award and Robinson’s BBQ (represented by Larry Robinson) will receive the Community Business Award.
The Celebration will take place at the City’s new Sara Sims Park (209 NW 9th Avenue). Parking is available at Poinciana STEM Elementary School (1203 N. Seacrest Boulevard) and Carolyn Sims Center (225 NW 12th Avenue).
An American Sign Language interpreter will be present.