February 2019

Orange County Government proudly celebrates Black History Month and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our nation's preeminent advocate for social justice, equality and civil rights for all.

As we reflect on his courage and sacrifice, we continue to honor Dr. King by making a positive impact in our community and by celebrating Orange County’s diversity and inclusiveness.

Orange County’s commitment to equality was evident early on when Dr. King spoke in Orlando in 1964 and when Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy took the oath as Orlando’s first African-American city council member in 1973. The achievements of our African-American leaders, such as Dr. King and Pappy Kennedy, have had an enormous impact on our history.

I was honored to share a special message on “Living the Dream” at the annual Pappy Kennedy Prayer Breakfast in January, a tradition that marks the beginning of Black History Month in Central Florida.

I especially want to thank our residents for commemorating Dr. King’s philosophy of compassion and service by giving back to our community on Monday, Jan. 21 for the National Martin Luther King Day of Service. Together, we will continue to strengthen our communities and bridge the barriers that our forefathers paved before us.

Jerry L. Demings 
Orange County Mayor

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 African-American Art Exhibit – Orange County Government will feature the art of African-American artists Garrett Jacobs, Joy Hayes and the poetry of Dwight Randolph at the Orange County Administration Center. | Friday, Feb. 1 – Friday, March 1, 2019

Black History Month Festival on the Lawn – Please join the Black History Committee of Orange County, Inc. for its 25 th Festival on the Lawn. | Friday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Black History Town Hall Meeting – A discussion on community will be coordinated by the Black History Committee of Orange County, in partnership with City of Orlando District 6 Commissioner Samuel B. Ings. | Friday, March 1, 6 – 9 p.m.
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