TALLAHASSEE — Several thousand supporters of tax-credit funded scholarships targeted the statewide teachers’ union in a massive rally near the Capitol on Tuesday.
Black and Hispanic religious leaders and civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King III, implored the Florida Education Association to drop its lawsuit challenging the voucher-like program that serves about 75,000 students.
King and prominent Florida religious leaders such as Rev. R.B. Holmes and Bishop Victor Curry delivered speeches from a stage erected at the intersection of Duval and Madison streets. Donna Allen, a mother of a scholarship recipient who was a contestant on “The Voice,” performed “We Are Family” and “I Will Survive.” The program was broadcast on a giant screen suspended behind the stage.