Thousands gathered for events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.
Children and adults lined the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, for the city's annual "Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Drum Major for Justice" Parade.
Delorise Scott attended the parade with her great grandsons, ages 4 and 5.
"I'm raising them now. It is important that they know who Dr. King is, why we are celebrating Dr. King," said Scott.
"Let them know that he did leave a legacy. They are his promise."
Mia Jones has attended the parade her entire life.
"It's about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. let us have freedom," said 15-year-old Jones." I really enjoy coming to the parade."
The Coliseum hosted the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. Delatorro McNeal served as the guest speaker.
"You can be close to your dream. You can be in the environment of the thing that you want but if you just sit back and wait
for it to be handed to you, you will never get what it is that you want in life," McNeal told the audience.
Tampa Business and civic leaders started the day with a goal: remembering the dream and delivering the promise. Hundreds attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast sponsored by the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA).
"We cannot forget about those things in history that have an impact and indelible mark on this country and the world," TOBA Board Member James Ransom told FOX 13 News.
Attendees included the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith.
"Dr. King talked about living the dream and being able to accomplish anything you want to. I believe that," Smith said.
Crowds also gathered for the city of Tampa's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
Other community organizations honored the civil rights icon through service.
"We thought the better way to celebrate his legacy of service is by working," said Thomas Mantz, Executive Director of
Feeding America Tampa Bay. "We decided that we ought to be open and available for volunteers to come and work, sorting
food, getting it to people who are hungry, as a way of honoring Dr. King."
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