Ya La’ford Works with MYcroSchool Pinellas Students to Unveil “King’s Dream Unite” Mural at Historic Manhattan Casino for MLK Day of Service

mlk2005_nolineThe “King’s Dream Unite” mural created by artist Ya La’ford with the help of MYcroSchool Pinellas high school students and other volunteers will debut at the historic Manhattan Casino on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at 9:00 am.

This Project is made possible by a service award from the MLK Day of Service Project.

The mural celebrates Dr. King’s dream for educational equality and social justice. MYcroSchool Pinellas students along with other community members have been involved in the preparation and creation of the mural.

WHEN:                  Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:00 – 11:00 am

WHERE:                Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

MYcroSchool Pinellas Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service Festivities including a live action visual entrance, vocal performance, ribbon cutting, mural unveiling, free book giveaway for students from Keep St. Pete Lit / Bluebird Books, and brunch from Heavy’s Food Truck.

Detailed Agenda:

9:00 am – Historical Overview from Ms. Jacqueline Hubbard, Esq./Chair, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

9:15 am – Live action visual entrance (moving mural) and vocal performance – Ya La’Ford, Helen Hansen French, Becca McCoy, and Mt. Zion Impact

9:30 am – Recognition of community leaders by MYcroSchool Pinellas Board President Traci Steen, Dr. Lars Hafner, Ms. Susan Reiter, and Principal Michael C. Warren

FL House Representative Darryl E. Rouson

County Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch, Distr. 7

County Commissioner Charlie Justice, Distr. 2

Ms. Rene Flowers, Pinellas County School Board

Mayor Rick Kriseman, City of St. Pete

Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin

Councilwoman Darden Rice, Distr. 4

Councilman Karl Nurse, Distr. 6

Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Distr. 7

Councilwoman Amy Foster, Distr. 8

Ms. Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Dir. of Urban Affairs

Ms. Leah McRae, Dir. of Education & Community Engagement, City of St. Pete

Mr. Christopher Steinocher, Pres. & CEO, St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce

9:45 am – Official Ribbon Cutting

10:00 am – Unveiling of “King’s Dream Unite” Mural – Ya La’ford

10:15 am – Free book giveaway to students – Keep St. Pete Lit and Bluebird Books

10:30 am – Brunch served for students and community supporters – Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food, St. Petersburg


Commitment to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Artist and MYcroSchool Pinellas Board Member Ya La’ford commented, “’King’s Dream Unite’ mural recognizes and relives Martin Luther King’s dream to empower communities through education. This mural seeks to enlighten and encourage community engagement to promote and further King’s Dream to ensure a brighter future for our youth. Kings Dream Unite – together we are better!”

All community members are invited to help with the Day of Service mural project on January 9-12 and 16-17 as well as the moving mural on January 18.

For more information about the event or how you can participate, contact Ya La’ford at 212-203-0026 or yalaford@gmail.com or Principal Warren at 727.825.3710 or info@mycroschool.org.

Ya La’ford Works with MYcroSchool Pinellas Students to Unveil “King’s Dream Unite” Mural at Historic Manhattan Casino for MLK Day of Service