Hernando County will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with several events next week, including an annual parade Monday in remembrance of the slain civil rights leader.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday from Hernando High School, at Howell and North avenues in Brooksville. The lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. in the school parking lot.
The route will take the parade south on Howell Avenue, east on Fort Dade Avenue, then north on Bell Avenue back to the high school.
For information or to register to participate, call Paul Douglas at (352) 428-0477 or Billy Healis at (352) 398-5139. There is no entry fee to participate. The deadline to register is today.
Other activities include:
• An NAACP MLK Breakfast Buffet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brooksville Country Club, 23446 Links Drive. Advance tickets are $20; $25 at the door. For information, call Evelyn Hackney at (352) 684-0340 or Beverly Brown at (352) 683-0323.
• The MLK 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. General admission is $2. For information, call J. Maner at (352) 650-6968 or L. Fields at (352) 797-7015.
• The MLK Ecumenical Service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd.
• Pasco-Hernando State College's 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series on Wednesday and Thursday.
The lecture speaker will be Mark Anthony Neal, a culture critic, professor of black popular culture in African-American studies at Duke University and director of the Institute of Critical U.S. Studies.
Neal will speak on the topic of "Hip Hop, Civil Rights and Social Media" at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Room B-303 at PHSC's Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel; at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room A-240 at PHSC's East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City; at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center at PHSC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, which will be shown as a live web telecast in rooms B-104 and B-105 on PHSC's North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville; and at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room B-105 at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
For information, call toll-free 1-855-669-7472.