At its January 4th meeting, the Apopka City Council approved the routes for the Apopka Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and announced the second South Apopka Annexation Workshop.
The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance requested the Council approve road closures for the 15th annual event to honor MLK, being held on Monday, January 16, 2023, beginning at 2:00 pm.
The Parade begins at 519 South Central Avenue and travels to the John Bridges Center on 13th Street. The Apopka Police Department works in coordination with the Orange County Sheriff's Office to support these closures.
On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis while fighting for a wage increase for garbage workers. His efforts were part of a broader and more sustained initiative known as the Poor People's Campaign. King planned on bringing thousands of poor people to Washington, D.C., where they would camp out on the National Mall until Congress passed legislation to eradicate poverty.
King was convinced that for the civil rights movement to achieve its goals, poverty needed to become a central focus of the movement. With over 43 million people living in poverty (as of 2019) in the United States today, and South Apopka still struggling with unemployment, crime, and food deserts, King’s ideas still hold much power.
Then eight days later, the Apopka City Council will hold its second workshop on annexing South Apopka on Tuesday, January 24th from 4-6 pm at the John Bridges Center. It follows a workshop held at City Hall on November 29th which covered primarily the costs of annexation.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, who announced the workshop during the Mayor's Report during the meeting, did not include any details about the second workshop.
Commissioner Nick Nesta suggested handing out flyers during the parade.
"If we can hand out flyers fat the parade on the 16th... just to educate and let everyone know that this is going to be an event there... because it's it ends at the John Bridges Center," Nesta said. "I think that would just be beneficial to get a more robust crowd there."