Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Due to the growing health concerns associated to COVID-19, the City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is disappointed to announce that the annual MLK Celebration parade, choir competition and picnic has been canceled. 

Join us for the our Martin Luther King, Jr Virtual Celebration event presented by the City of Deerfield Beach & the Deerfield Beach African American Heritage Board on, Monday, January 18th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Program to include a guest key note speaker, choir performances, sermons from pastors and more. 

Event Details  
Date Monday, January 18th, 2021
Time 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Virtual at the below links
Facebook Live Link HERE
Instagram HERE
YouTube HERE


Ms. Clayton moved to Atlanta in 1965 and worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She also worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and traveled extensively with Mrs. Coretta Scott King during her nationwide concert tours. Dedicated to promoting racial understanding, Xernona Clayton has been a leader in civic projects and civil rights activities for decades. 


Her ongoing fight against prejudice and bigotry was never more apparent than in 1968 when the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan denounced the Klan and credited Xernona’s influence with his change. Ms. Clayton’s dedication to the community is reflected in the many hours she spends promoting human relations through bi-racial groups devoted to improving racial understanding.


“The Peaceful Warrior,” a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. authored by her late husband Ed Clayton and co-authored by Xernona in the revised editions, has been published in several languages. Xernona Clayton’s autobiography, “I’ve Been Marching All the Time,” was published in 1991.


Xernona Clayton is the Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards. The Trumpet Awards is a prestigious event highlighting African American accomplishments and contributions. Ms. Clayton began her television career in 1967 and became the south’s first Black person to have her own television show. The Xernona Clayton show was a regular feature on WAGA-TV, a CBS affiliate in Atlanta. 

Along with her other honors, she has received the first Coretta Scott King Award from the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), the Madam C. J. Walker Award from EBONY’S Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, and the Outstanding Corporate Professional Award from the Power Networking Family. The Atlanta City Council honored her by naming a street and a park in downtown Atlanta.


She is married to Judge Paul L. Brady and is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church (formerly co-pastored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr). She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


Mrs. Clayton, along with a handful of our local choirs and pastors, will be a part of our lineup at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Celebration. You don’t want to miss it! Please be on the lookout for details on our City Facebook and Instagram pages, and follow our Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Celebration event page for the news.


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