Proceeds from MLK Jr. license plate benefit maternal and child health organizations

Photo courtesy of the Dream Foundation

Florida has a wide range of specialty license plates — but only one simultaneously honors  a civil rights leader while also providing funding for healthy pregnancies and babies.

The “Live the Dream” specialty plate became available in 2005 and costs $25, with proceeds going to the Dream Foundation. The Dream Foundation then distributes the money between the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, the Community Partnership for Homeless, and two maternal and child health organizations: the March of Dimes, Florida Chapter and the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions.

Of all the proceeds, 25 percent goes to the March of Dimes for programs and services that improve the health of babies through the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. Ten percent goes to the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, to decrease racial disparity in infant mortality and to increase healthy birth outcomes. Funding is used by local Healthy Start Coalitions — like the Northeast Florida coalition — to provide services and increase screening rates for high-risk pregnant women, infants and women of childbearing age.

The legislation creating the license plate was sponsored by then State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, who is now the Lieutenant Governor.