March 26, 2024

Community Members Invited to Honor Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During Commemoration Event

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Hosted by Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Atlantic University, Only Light: An Artistic Journey Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., includes artistic performances, a musical tribute and awards ceremony

 West Palm Beach, FLA. (March 26, 2024) – To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, in collaboration with Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), is hosting an evening of reflection, inspiration and community on Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at PBA’s DeSantis Family Chapel (300 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach). The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required at

 Only Light: An Artistic Journey Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will provide a poignant journey through the life and teachings of Dr. King, bringing together community members from diverse backgrounds in a celebration of compassion and a collective stand against hatred.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Artistic performances: Experience Dr. King’s wisdom through captivating dance and spoken word montages performed by students.
  • Musical tribute: Be uplifted by the stirring harmonies of the Young Singers of Palm Beaches.
  • Readings of Dr. King’s teachings: Witness the timeless wisdom of Dr. King through readings by Black and Jewish students.
  • Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) Awards: Join as we honor three individuals whose actions contribute to creating a tolerant, just and compassionate world in the Palm Beaches.

“In today’s world, marked by increasing hatred and an ongoing struggle for equality, justice and safety, bringing together people of all faiths in a shared commitment against hatred is more critical than ever,” said Michael Hoffman, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. “We’re proud to share Dr. King’s story with our partners at PBA, not only to honor his remarkable achievements but to ignite a collective responsibility to continue his work today.”

Nathan Chau, Director of Workship at PBA, added, “PBA is honored to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. In January, we celebrated MLK’s birthday by working together to address the needs of our community. Now, as we commemorate the anniversary of his death, we renew our commitment to be inspired by his legacy and to inspire others in turn. It was on April 4, 55 years ago, that MLK passed on the torch to us to carry into the shadows of our world and to bring hope, love and justice for all.

About Palm Beach Atlantic University  

Palm Beach Atlantic University, founded in 1968, is a private, Christian university, offering 100 different programs and pathways, including undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and professional degrees. The university has a 19-acre campus in West Palm Beach and an Orlando campus, and the 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus provides facilities for training and hosting intercollegiate sports. Sailfish athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division II and Sunshine State Conference varsity sports. PBA affirms the values that have built American society, including religious liberty and the free enterprise system. The university is dedicated to the integration of biblical principles to prepare students for learning, leadership, and service. Learn more at

More about Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County serves as the “City Hall” of the Jewish community of the Palm Beaches, impacting the local community, Israel and 70 countries around the world. Powered by the generosity, leadership and volunteerism of community members, Federation works with a network of partners and programs to address causes that affect the Jewish community at home and across the globe. Visit for more.

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