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The City of Tallahassee hosted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events

A sign displaying a black and white photo of a protestor sits out side on a sidewalk.
Tom Flanigan
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One of the visuals on display at the site of the Day of Dialogue discussion in downtown Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee took the lead for yesterday's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. For the first time, the events included a parade on Monroe Street.

In the past, the local NAACP branch hosted much of the observance which included a march, usually from the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza to the State Capitol. But COVID concerns squelched this year's involvement. So the City of Tallahassee stepped in, said City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox.

"We're having our Martin Luther King - first annual, that's right we're calling it first annual - Martin Luther King Day parade."

Before which, there was a reenactment of the great civil rights leader's final speech. It included the following:

"We mean business, now. We are determined to gain our rightful place in God's world. And this is what the whole thing is about."

That was followed by the parade itself down Monroe Street and then the city's Day of Dialogue panel discussion, held outdoors in the downtown park.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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