ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Memorial services are being held across the country, including in Central Florida, for Martin Luther King Jr.
During his lifetime, Dr. King became the face of the civil rights movement, focusing on non-violence. He is also the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor.
Civic groups, community leaders and residents are gathering on Monday to honor Dr. King.
The City of Orlando is holding 'A Day of Service' to honor the life of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Citizens will complete good deeds for others.
Volunteers are working on a beautification project throughout the Parramore community. Another beautification project is being held at the the Northwest Neighborhood Center on Judge Drive. The Orlando Magic took part in the beautification project of the Parramore community.
Orlando also had a prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. King and Arthur 'Pappy' Kennedy on Monday morning. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings spoke at the event.
There was also a Martin Luther King Jr. 5K on Monday morning in Orlando. At 8 a.m., runners took off from Blue Jacket Park to honor Dr. King's legacy.
There will also be a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Parade and Celebration on Monday in Ocoee. Starting at 10 a.m., the parade honors the life and legacy of Dr. King. The parade starts at Citrus Elementary School on North Clarke Road and ends at the parking lot of the West Oaks Mall on Clarke Road. There will be a post-parade celebration in the West Oaks Mall food court at 11 a.m. Ocoee Commissioner George Oliver III, the city's first African-American commissioner, will be the keynote speaker.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s influence extends well past Central Florida. People from all over the world gathered in Washington D.C. to visit his memorial.