PUNTA GORDA – Three dozen Charlotte County Democrats joined hundreds of other marchers in today’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. Members of the County Democratic Executive Committee, the County Democratic Club, Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club, and Young Democrats of Charlotte County participated.MLK Day crowd at Punta Gorda’s Cooper St. Recreation Center
Attendees walked from downtown Punta Gorda to the Cooper Street Recreation Center for a special celebration of Dr. King’s life.Punta Gorda Deputy Mayor Gary Wein (2nd from left) and Charlotte Co. Commissioner Joe Tiseo (2nd from right) read MLK Day proclamation
Punta Gorda Vice Mayor Gary Wein and Charlotte County Commissioner Joe Tiseo read a joint proclamation recognizing the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the MLK Holiday.Rev. Dr. Alex Harper Sr., Pres. FL Theological Seminary and Bible College addresses MLK Day crowd at Cooper St. Rec. Ctr.
Dr. Alex Harper, Sr., President of the Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College of Lakeland, FL, delivered a stirring speech commemorating Dr. King’s legacy and challenged attendees to work together to establish universal health care in the United States. Dr. Harper said, “A man in the White House is trying to divide us.” Harper continued, “We must go to the polls. We must let our officials know we will hold them accountable.”