Public officials and residents gathered on Wednesday at the Leon County Courthouse to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This annual event, hosted by Commissioner Bill Proctor and The MLK Foundation of Florida, honored several people, including the late Sheriff Larry Campbell.
County Commissioner John Dailey presented Campbell’s son, Attorney Jack Campbell, with a framed memento in remembrance.
“Therefore be it resolved by the powers vested in the chairwoman of the Leon County board of county commissioners that she hereby proclaims the retirement of the Jersey of Sheriff Larry Campbell, this is his signature yellow, black and green campaign yard signs,” said Dailey.
Commissioner Proctor says he wants county officials to consider adding Campbell’s name to the Leon County Jail complex.
Other honorees included Tallahassee gynecologist Alexander Brickler who is credited for having delivered over 30,000 babies, Former FSU President Sandy D’Alemeberte and local community advocate Michael Moore.
Commissioner Proctor says he wants to ensure that Dr. King’s presence is still felt today through the annual event. “It’s just a kaleidoscope of humanity that pauses for about two, two and a half hours on this day under the name and under the umbrella of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Proctor said.
The ceremony highlighted the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and King’s influence, depicted in the new movie Selma.