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Hillsborough event listings for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival

Listed are upcoming celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as well as highlighted events that are part of the 12th annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, "Keeping the Dream Alive — Something For Everyone." The festival runs through Jan. 21. For a full festival calendar, visit or call (813) 972-3409.

13 Today

Heritage festival gala: A semi-formal attire event with a silent auction and live music by Black Violin, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $40. Call toll-free 1-888-224-1733, ext. 3143.

Soul roll: A weekend skate jam and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events including competition skating and skating performances nightly, starting at 9 p.m. Friday, 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday at Town & Country Skateworld, 7510 Paula Drive, Tampa. Admission varies from free to $15, depending on day and time of attendance. Call toll-free 1-888-224-1733, ext. 3143, or visit

14 Saturday

Heritage Street Festival: A two-day event with local and national entertainment, food, craft vendors, a drum circle and various "villages" including a children's village full of activities and a health village with free screenings. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Free. For a schedule of events, visit tampablack

Children's Village at the Heritage Street Festival: Face painting, educational activities, arts and crafts, storytelling and activities for children, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the third floor of the Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. Free. Registration required for free admission to museum at One registration per family.

16 Monday

TOBA breakfast: The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast presents Paulette C. Walker, the first vice president of the national chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, as the keynote speaker, 6:45 a.m. at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 211 N Tampa St. $35 per person. Advance tickets required. Call (813) 874-8622 or visit

Freedom walk: Honor Dr. King with a casual walk around an 11-acre lake while listening to his audio speeches and jazz music, from 10 a.m. to noon at Samuel W. Cooper Park, 900 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Plant City. As part of the walk, Bing Rooming House will offer free tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 205 S Allen St. Free. Call (813) 385-2064.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade: The 22nd annual community parade begins at 15th Street and MLK Boulevard and ends at Middleton High School. Noon. Free. Call (813) 886-1375.

17 Tuesday

Art reception: The collection of portraits, "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats," was photographed by Michael Cunningham, who will speak during the reception. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus Art Gallery, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-7386.

18 Wednesday

Heritage Leadership Luncheon: The Rev. Floyd Flake, former congressman and current pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, N.Y., will be the guest speaker, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at University Area Community Center, 14013 N 22nd St. $15 per person or $150 for reserved table of eight. Register online or pay at the door.

19 Thursday

Marc Lamont Hill: The Columbia University professor, CNN commentator and host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise will speak at the University Lecture Series at 8 p.m. at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Limited seating. Free. Call (813) 974-1001 or visit

21 Saturday

Saul's Juke Joint: A high-intensity, theatrical dance musical stage show, set in Hillsborough County in the early 20th century, 3:30 and 8 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Mainstage Theatre, 2204 N 15th St. Advance tickets are $25 until Sunday; $30 after and $35 at the door. Visit or call (813) 650-5767.

Hillsborough event listings for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival 01/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:30am]
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