South Florida Cities Hold MLK Day Events Monday Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy – NBC 6 South Florida
Across South Florida, several cities will participate in events Monday to honor the life, legacy and memory of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The second annual 1South-Dade MLK Unity Bike Ride and Day of Service will take place beginning at 7 a.m. at Naranja Park, located at 14150 SW 264th Street. County Commissioner Kionne McGhee is among those expected to participate.
City Year Miami will host a service day at both Brownsville Middle School and Redland Middle School beginning at 8 a.m.
The City of Tamarac will hold a Unity March at 8:30 a.m. at Tamarac Park, located at 7501 N. University Drive. The City of Miramar will host a celebration beginning at 10 a.m. at Lakeshore Park while Pembroke Pines will host an event at Charles F. Dodge City Center beginning at 10 a.m.
Miami’s 45th Annual MLK Parade begins at 11 a.m. along Northwest 54th Street. The parade will span eight miles and trace the steps Dr. King took in Miami during his visits.
A parade will also take place in the city of Pompano Beach, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Blanche Ely High School and ending with a celebration at Mitchell Moore Park, located at 901 Northwest 10th Street, at 11:30 a.m.
Last Friday, Gwen Cherry Park organized a collaborative effort between Miami-Dade Parks, Feeding South Florida and the Miami Marlins Foundation to help area residents. The partnership produced approximately 500 boxes filled with fresh produce and food for those in need at a drive-in event.
“It helps the community when we’re trying to make ends meet,” said Bridgette King, who received a box. She lives in Liberty City. “We just got back to work and school in Miami-Dade County, so I think it’s a good event to help out the community.”
Organizers say events like this go hand-in-hand with what King has worked to achieve — equality regardless of someone’s skin color.
An event on the theme of breaking inequalities was also organized at Florida International University. For more than three decades, an annual breakfast has brought together scholars and community members to celebrate the civil rights pioneer’s mission.
People say this event epitomizes what King fought to accomplish.
“Thank goodness for Dr. King,” said Jeannette Walker, who received a bag of food from the event. “All the things he did, all of those things are still alive. You all give hope to the community.