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Lifting the legacy, one person at a time

February 22, 2018  
Mayor Curry marching with City Council members during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.

As individuals, we might not believe that we can change the world by ourselves; but if we all make a conscious effort to have a positive impact in at least one person’s life, we are well on our way.

This is how we lift the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and how we build a stronger One City. One Jacksonville.
At this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, we talked about “Lifting the Legacy” of Dr. King beyond the holiday through community service and volunteer projects throughout the city. There are numerous opportunities to get involved, from organizing a cleanup in your neighborhood, to providing meals to families in need, to mentoring a child.
WATCH: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2018 playlist on YouTube
Building a stronger community isn’t accomplished in one big step; it’s built by hundreds and thousands of little steps taken by individuals every day.
Individuals like the Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; Dr. Arnett Girardeau, the only African-American to serve at pro-tempore of the Florida Senate; Sallye B. Mathis, one of the first African-American women elected to the Jacksonville City Council; and Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr., Duval County’s first African-American school board member and chair, are inspirations to us all.

The pioneers exercised courage, advocacy and unity to benefit all of us, and their contributions created the strong foundation we build upon today.
The future of Jacksonville is ours. I challenge each of you to make a year-round commitment to build a legacy of which we will all be proud. Learn more at