Martin Luther King memorial service planned

The interfaith service in St. Petersburg is on Jan. 20
Published Jan. 10, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Interfaith Memorial Service will take place at 4 p.m., Jan. 20, at Congregation B'nai Israel, 300 58th St. N.

The service, in partnership with Interfaith Tampa Bay, will feature Dr. Roy Kaplan as the keynote speaker. Kaplan was the executive director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for Tampa Bay and served as an advisor to President Bill Clinton's race relations task force. In 1998, he received a National Hero of Education Award from the U.S. Department of Education for his multicultural work in Florida schools. One of his recent books is The Myth of Post-Racial America.

The "Stand Up Together" Winner of the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Organization, Inc. Essay and Oratorical Contest will also be presented during the service. The Congregation B'nai Israel Choir and Tampa Bay Lumina Aurora Children's Chorus will perform.

The event is free and open to the community.