Governor Ron DeSantis participated in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event on Monday at Piney Grove Boys Academy in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
Piney Grove Boys Academy is a Christian Boys School committed to assisting parents in their children’s upbringing and enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual talents of their students.
“I was honored to be at Piney Grove Boys Academy today to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” DeSantis said on Monday.
On King’s legacy
“Dr. King understood that our rights are not given to us by the government, but are ours by the grace of God. He fought to have everyone’s rights recognized. I don’t want to see barriers and limits to students reaching their full potential because that is not what our country is about.
“We will continue to carry on Dr. King’s legacy and fight to ensure that nobody will be denied an opportunity for reasons out of their control.”
The governor was joined by State Senator Manny Diaz Jr., State Representatives Patricia Hawkins-Williams, James Bush III and Kimberly Daniels, Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, and Jamal Sowell, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida.
Winter Park event
The governor also spoke at the Unity Heritage Festival at Shady Park at Hannibal Square in Winter Park.
The annual festival celebrates the life of King, promotes family heritage and raises money for the Educational Fulfillment Fund to benefit local disadvantaged youth.
“It is really great to be here at the Unity Heritage Festival in Winter Park this afternoon,” DeSantis said. “The principles and ideas that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us have stood the test of time and we are a far better country because of his leadership.
“He wanted excellence, instilling in people to be the best they could be in whatever path they choose to take. As governor, I will strive to give all Floridians the tools they need to make the most of their lives and follow their dreams.”