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Annual MLK and Black History Month Celebrations Takes A Forward-Looking Detour

Posted January 26th, 2021

The City of Winter Haven Is Honoring Dr. King & Black History Heroes By Lifting Them High!

The City of Winter Haven has put plans in place to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month with banner displays throughout the City.  The City of Winter Haven is placing banners of distinction in downtown Winter Haven; along the MLK Parade route on First Street North and MLK Boulevard; and possibly in certain high-traffic areas to highlight historic Black-American heroes.

To ensure the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City, community partners and public health officials postponed the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and supporting activities, along with Black History Month celebrations until 2022. A difficult decision due to the immense community support and significance of the annual events, the City decided an alternative to celebrate was needed.  The addition of the banner displays will offer an awareness and educational element that will also enhance the traditional events in the future.  As this annual banner program expands, it is anticipated to include more local Black American heroes.

Using the GIS map link, citizens can learn more about each hero and locate a specific banner from a smartphone, tablet, or computer creating a fun and interactive activity!

While this year’s observance of black history and Dr. King’s work may be different, like many aspects of COVID-19, it has brought about exciting innovation that will enhance black history awareness.  For further information, please call the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 863-291-5656.