Miami-Dade MLK Day Celebrations and Events, Broward

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, shown campaigning on December 21, 2020 in Columbus, Ga during the Georgia U.S. Senate races, will be one of the virtual speakers at the 28th Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast Jr. 5000 Role Models at 9 am Monday in Miami.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s day is known as a day of service.

In fact, it’s the only national holiday designated as a national day of service, to reflect King’s legacy as a religious leader, educator, and civil rights leader.

And although things have changed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations, schools and other groups are finding ways to honor King, whose birthday was January 15, 1929. He would have had 92 years old.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has had an immeasurable and major impact on our country, seeking racial and social justice. His legacy continues to inspire future generations of future leaders as we continue to fight to end the racial injustice, ”said Opa-locka Commissioner John Taylor Jr.

Opa-locka will host a virtual chat to talk about King’s legacy.

Taylor also said the discussion “will allow us to have a positive impact on the city of Opa-locka, as well as discuss the importance of this very important day in America and the world.”

Here are other events in South Florida that will celebrate King’s legacy:

Miami-Dade

Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, will present limited and socially distant screenings of “MLK / FBI” from Friday January 15 through Sunday January 17, in person only. The film details King’s surveillance by the FBI. Tickets can be purchased here.

Kimpton Hotels in Miami, in collaboration with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, will host pop-up art exhibitions by black artists to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. Four hotels will host different artists from Friday to Sunday. Annick Duvivier will present her work at the EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, and will be there from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Sona (Sophia Wong) will be showing her work at the Palomar South Beach Hotel, 1750 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, and will be there from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Marcus Blake will be showing his work at the Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, and will be there from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. This exhibition will run until the end of February in honor of Black History Month. Zeek Mathias will be showing his work at Anglers Hotel, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, and will be there from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The town of Opa-locka will host a virtual discussion on Dr Martin Luther King 2021 at 10 a.m. Saturday on the city’s Facebook page. Taylor and former Commissioner Joseph Kelley will moderate the discussion.

5,000 role models will be holding its 28th Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon at 9 a.m. on Monday, although this year it will be virtual. Speakers will include Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lonnie Bunch III, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, attorney Benjamin Crump and Florida Lottery Secretary John Davis. Information about the event is available at www.5000mlk.com.

the Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Liberty City will be broadcast live on the Local 10 News website and TV station. He has already pre-registered, Local 10 reported, and it will air at 1 p.m. Monday. The live parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several Miami-Dade County police departments will host the One Miami, One Band, One Sound Community Mass Bike Ride. The bike ride will begin Monday at 8:30 am at Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St. Face masks are required for all participants. The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Council Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee is partnering with agencies to host the event.

the Bethel Apostolic Temple Food Pantry, Bethel Temple Community Development Corp. and Feeding South Florida will host a Distribution of free food while driving which will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Apostolic Temple in Bethel, 1855 NW 119th St. Giveaways on the first and third Monday of each month will continue. Participants are asked to stay in their car and open their trunk to volunteers.

Broward

The city of plantations will hold a Martin Luther King Jr., with speeches and musical performances on Saturdays. The event, which airs at 8 a.m. on the City of Plantation Parks & Recreation YouTube channel and the @PlantationParks Facebook page, will also feature poet Jerris Evans. For more information, call 954-585-2344.

Practical broward, a non-profit organization, will host the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Day of Service. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, there will be five different sessions via Zoom focusing on hunger, sustainability, financial literacy, teen volunteers and animal welfare. For more information visit handonbroward.org.

The town of Tamarac will hold a virtual presentation featuring Broward Circuit Judge George Odom Jr. speaking on “Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize” at 10 am Monday. To register visit city-of-tamarac-mlk-day-event.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 954-597-3674.

The town of Miramar will be holding a car parade caravan on Monday from the full service complex, 6700 Miramar Pkwy. The queue will start at 8:30 a.m. and the caravan will leave at 10 a.m. A limited number of residents can join on a first come, first served basis. To participate, call 954-602-3178 or contact the office of Deputy Mayor Maxwell Chambers at 954-602-3154. Residents can also be spectators along the parade route, which will include Sherman Circle.

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The City of Miramar will be holding a parade caravan on January 18, 2021. Facebook / Miramar Deputy Mayor Maxwell Chambers

City of Hollywood Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is running an MLK Day video contest. The department is asking the community to use video sharing apps, including YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, to create a video of an original poem, lyric passage, or to show an act of service. Participants must complete the online registration before Monday January 25. Once registered, an email will be sent with instructions for submitting a video by February 1st. A committee will review the videos and select the top three entries for each category. For more information, visit the Special Events Web Page or call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at 954-921-3404.

United Fort Lauderdale Day will be Monday at the LA Lee YMCA Family Center, 408 NW 14th Terrace. Volunteers, who must adhere to COVID-19 protocols, will make a neighborhood cleaning. Logging in begins at 8:30 a.m. and cleaning will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This story was originally published January 15, 2021 6:00 a.m.

Carli Teproff grew up in northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.

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