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Issues and Voices that Matter January 21, 2010

Voices on the Street: MLK Remembered

MLK Remembered

The 2009 Martin Luther King Day Parade gave Oviedo, Florida residents an opportunity to celebrate the civil rights leader’s achievements and to cheer and applaud the 34 groups who marched. Both marchers and watchers share their feelings about the holiday in their own words. Feature length – 06:30

(Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner)


Every year Oviedo celebrates Martin Luther King Day with a parade along Broadway (State Road 426). This annual event has been staged for 12 years and is co-sponsored by the Oviedo Citizens in Action and the City of Oviedo. Kathy Hunt has been the chairperson of the event for many years.

The line of march runs from Oviedo High School east to Round Lake Park. Participants include local churches, civic and educational groups, high school clubs, University of Central Florida organizations and the Oviedo High School band. The Oviedo City Council and County Commission Chairman Bob Dallari and other dignitaries rode the lead float which was shaped like a big birthday cake for Dr. King’s birthday. Many of the participants riding floats or marching with signs were young people.

The large crowds along the route particularly like the candy and snacks that are handed out by the marchers. Parents bring their children for the big colorful event.

Most participants and parade viewers kept in mind the significance of the day’s events. In this feature, several Oviedo residents read these quotes from Martin Luther King…

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
  • Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…
  • I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Extended Interview & Pictures

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Friends at parade Parade staging at Oviedo High School Kids awaiting start of parade Albert Harrison (right) with Central Florida Riders
The Parade begins Rehima Howard (at left) and friends


2 Responses to “Voices on the Street: MLK Remembered”

  1. Kathy Hunt says:

    Thank You! Thank You! it was awesome how you captured the real meaning from the community about this clelebration. One can hear it in the voices how real they were in their comments.
    With your help we can continue to tell his story that will hopefully encourage all to work toward the prize of “change” for all people.
    I wish you much success in this media!
    Thank You, Oviedo Citizens for your continued support, you too are awesome
    kathy Hunt, MLK Chair

  2. steck says:

    (From Desta Horner, CMF Producer) CMF appreciates your comments and we fully intend to continue coverage of the MLK events. Please share this feature by sending an e-mail link to any friend or colleague. You can use the e-mail application we provide on the website. You did a wonderful job coordinating the hundreds of details and arrangements that are necessary for the parade. See you next year!

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