More than any other modern day leader in this generation, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King has made more of an impact to equality and civil liberty in his short 13 years leading the Civil Rights Movement from December 1955 until his assassination on April 4, 1968. Though America has made much gains in equality, the legacy, inspiration, and principles of Dr. King’s Civil Rights movement continues to echo and resonate even more five decades later.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day is not a holiday; it’s a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come as a nation and how much further we still have to go. It’s our opportunity to be in service to our fellow man and to also be thankful for what we have. With life being such the rat race that it is and with all of the hostility and crime that we see in our community and around the country, everyday is an opportunity to be good citizens of the world. Let this MLK Day be a reminder that service is not a holiday event; it’s an everyday way of life.
“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” – Marian Wright Edelman.
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, Noire Miami has compiled a list of all of the MLK Day events and service projects taking place around Miami.
I Have a Dream Musical, Jan 9-24 – South Dade Venues and FIU Graham University Center Ballroom, 11200 SW 8th St, Miami (Contact: (305) 924-3003)
Black History Month “Old Historic Trolley Tours” presented by The Miami Black Heritage Cultural Experience
Sponsored by the Black Hospitality Initiative and the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida
Every Saturday in the month of February (Feb 1, 8, 15, & 22) – 8:30am – 3:30pm from the Historic Ward Cultural Tourist Center at 249 NW 9th St, Miami.
Cost: Ages 13+ $10; Ages 6-12 is $5
Info: Petra, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 539-3097, (305) 636-2390
Saturday, Jan 18
MLK Parade, 8am – Start at Banyan Street (SW 174th Street) and Homestead Ave, West Perrine
MLK Walk, 9am – Start at NW 151st St and 27th Ave and head west to President Obama Blvd and South to Sherbondy Village
MLK Day of Service presented by FIU Center for Leadership & Service, 9am – 2pm – FIU Graham University Center. Registration: leadserve.fiu.edu/index.php/mlk-day-of-service-registration
MLK Parade, 11am – Start at 1125 SW 4th St, Homestead and end at Loren Roberts Park, 627 NW 6th Ave, Florida City
Sunday, Jan 19
MLK Nonviolence Forum presented by U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, 3pm – Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave, Miami (Contact: District 24 Office (305) 690-5905)
MLK Worship Service, 9am – Church of the Incarnation, 1835 NW 54th St, Miami
40 Days of Peace Youth Symposium presented by Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., 3pm – 5pm – New Way Fellowship Baptist Church, 16800 NW 22nd Ave, Miami Gardens
Gospel Explosion, 4pm – St. John AME Church, 6461 SW 59 Place, South Miami (Contact: Valerie Price, (305) 479-0276)
Monday, Jan 20
21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5000 Role Models of Excellence Unity Scholarship Breakfast, 8:30am – Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami (Contact: Role Models Office (305) 995-2451 ext. 2)
MLK Day Feeding Seniors presented by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, 8am – 10am and 1pm – 3pm – Dante Fascell Housing Developments, 2920 NW 18th Ave, Miami and Claude Pepper Senior Housing, 5301 NW 23rd Ave, Miami (Contact: Misty Brown, (305) 636-2331)
School Beautification presented by City Year Miami, 8am – 2:30pm – Homestead Middle School, 650 NW 2nd Ave, Homestead (Contact: Aisha Shotande, (786) 406-7900, email@example.com)
MLK Oratorical Contest presented by the City of Miami Gardens, Theme: Community Change – Stop the Violence, 9:30am – Betty Ferguson Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens. Info: miamigardensmlk.com (Contact: Tamilia Mullings (305) 622-8000 ext. 2483)
MLK Parade and Festival, 11am – 3pm – Start at NW 54th St and 10th Ave to NW 32nd Ave, Miami
Community Paint Party presented by Urgent, Inc., 11am – 3pm – Dorsey Park, 1775 NW 1st Place, Miami, (Contact: Emily Gunter, (305) 915-3195)
MLK National Day of Service: Geniuses At Work, 11am – 2:30 – UM Life Science & Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Ave, Suite 120, Miami
In conjunction with local organizations and Miami Dade County Public Schools, middle students will enjoy a day with a brief intro to robotics, entrepreneurship, and communication. Students should register at firstname.lastname@example.org and include name, school name, grade level, and parental contact info. Volunteers are needed.
Stop the Violence 10th Annual MLK Celebration presented by the City of Miami Gardens, 12pm – 4pm – Betty Ferguson Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens
Conversation About Standing Our Ground, 7pm – Florida Memorial University Auditorium, 15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens
Day of Unity: Amigos For Kids Reading Enrichment Program, 10am – 1pm – Jose Marti Park, 362 SW 4th Ave, Miami
Day of Unity: Historic Cemetery Restoration Project, 8am – 10am – Lincoln Memorial Cemetery – 3001 NW 46 St, Miami
Day of Unity: Chapman Partnership warehouse donation sorting, 10am – 12pm – 550 N Miami Ave, Miami
Day of Unity: Hear Congo, 11am – 4pm – Dorsey Park, 1701 NW 1 Ave, Miami. High school students will set up a face painting station at Dorsey Park in support of Urgent Inc.’s Murals at Dorsey Park project. 30 volunteers needed.
Day of Unity: Joshua’s Heart Foundation Feed the Children, 8am – 10am set up; 11am – 2pm event – North Miami Avenue Church of God, 14250 N 9th Ave, Miami
Day of Unity: S.T.A.R.S. Autism School Plant a Garden Project, 10am – 12pm – 1535 SW 87 Ave., Miami
Wednesday, Jan 22
MLK Youth Forum and Peace Walk, 10am – noon – FIU Biscayne Bay Campus- University Center Ballroom, 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami. Keynote Speaker: Fedrick Ingram, president of Miami-Dade Teachers Union
Friday, Jan 24
MLK Movie Night: “42 – The Jackie Robinson Story”, 5pm and 8pm – FIU Modesto Maidique Campus –
Graham University Center GC 140, 11200 SW 8th St, Miami
Saturday, Feb 8
Black History Parade/Festival, 10am – Starts at South Miami City Hall (130 Sunset Drive). Route begins on 59th Place (Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd) and ending at 5800 SW 66 Street Bethel-Gibson Community Center (Murray Park)