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St. Pete celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The MLK Holiday Legacy Association Inc. presents the Gulf of St. Petersburg Black Legacy in America celebrating King Arts, Bandfest & Drumline Multi-Cultural Expo. 

Local events include:

32nd Annual MLK HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST FINALS - Thursday, Jan. 10

Eight Gibbs High School students make their final oratorical presentations in the contest featuring the theme, "How will I build upon Dr. King's legacy," at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. at 7 p.m. 

The eight students are Grace Worley, Jillian Gifford, Pamela Bulu, Bradley Mikesell II, Alyssa Coburn, Kaetlyn Garner, Miranda Hitzel, and Tommy Hansana.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Cosponsored by the MLK Commemorative Celebration Committee Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha of St. Petersburg. Contact: Lynette Buchanan, 727-893-7134.

28th ANNUAL MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE AWARDS BANQUET - Friday, Jan. 18

St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. N. 7 p.m. Official opening of MLK week in Florida. Music by Derek Smith, gospel recording artist; Wintley Phipps, world-renowned vocal artist, keynote speaker. 

Tickets $40; available at Enoch Davis Center. 

Presented by MLK Holiday and Legacy Association, Inc. 

Contact: MLKholidaylegacy@gmail.com.

28th ANNUAL MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE NATIONAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS AND DRUM LINE EXTRAVAGANZA - Sunday, Jan. 20

Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive; 4 p.m. Featuring college and high school marching bands. 

Tickets: Gen. Adm. $10/advance; $12/gate; Premier VIP Area $15. Purchase at Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000; Tropicana Field Box Office; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave.

S.; Norvell Quick Market, 2930 18th Ave. S.; Looking Good Men's Fashions in St. Pete, Tampa and Bradenton. More details: www.mlknationalparade.org

27th ANNUAL MLK LEADERSHIP AWARDS BREAKFAST - Monday, Jan. 21. 

Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. 7:30 a.m. Individual tickets, $25.

Keynote speaker: Dr.Gwendolyn Simmons, Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. 

Contact: National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section,

727-896-6556 or visit www.mlkbreakfast-stpete.com.

28th ANNUAL MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE NATIONAL PARADE - Monday, Jan. 21

Starts at 11:00 a.m. 

NOTE: Early start time for parade again this year. Parade begins at Third Ave. S. and Dr. Martin Luther King St., proceeds north to Central Ave., east to Bayshore Drive NE, and north to Fifth Ave. NE, disbanding at Vinoy Park.

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