With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, there will be an array of events happening over the weekend and on Monday in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Here’s a sampling:
Friday, Jan. 14
The Miami Marlins Day of Service: This will include two drive-thru food distributions: one at 10 a.m. at Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary, 4700 NW 12th Ave., for families from the school, and one at 10 a.m. at Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22nd Ave., for families in the neighborhood.
FIU’s 31st Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration: Florida International University’s Office of Social Justice and Inclusion will host a program centered on the theme “Disrupting Inequity.” The 8 a.m. breakfast will be at the Graham Center Ballrooms on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St. The keynote speaker will be Eddie Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell distinguished university professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton. For information, go to https://dasa.fiu.edu/all-departments/annual-mlk-commemorative-celebration/events/index.html or call 305-348-2436.
Saturday, Jan. 15
MLK Day Bike Ride: The second annual mass community bike ride; 8 a.m.; Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St., Miami. Face mask or covering required. Free. For information, call Latavia Hester at 305-622-8000, ext. 2833, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLK Community Karaoke: Lift every voice and sing; 6 p.m.; Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex (Amphitheater), 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens. Free. For information, call Latavia Hester at 305-622-8000, ext. 2833, or email email@example.com.
MLK Day of Service: FIU will host several projects, including a beautification and beach cleanup at 9 a.m. at the Deering Estate, 17350 Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay, and a program for women and children at Lotus House, 217 NW 15th St.
MLK Walk & Ollie B. Kelley Peace Day: The event includes a walk, a brunch, and a kickball game; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman St., Opa-locka. Free. 786-393-9175.
Monday, Jan. 17
5000 Role Models’ 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, A Virtual Experience: The 9 a.m. virtual event will feature Doug Emhoff, second gentleman of the United States; Don Lemon of CNN; Monica Richardson, executive editor, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald; Gen. William J. Walker, Sergeant at Arms, U.S. House of Representatives; Michael Finney, president and CEO of the Beacon Council; Troy Vincent, vice president of football operations, NFL; Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist and author; the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and the Rev. Al Sharpton. For information, call 305-995-2451, Ext. 2.
Liberty City 45th Annual MLK Parade: Miami’s longest-running parade opens with a pre-parade 5K Run and Fitness Walk at 8 a.m. at the MLK Plaza Metrorail Station, 6205 NW 27th Ave. Runners should arrive for registration between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and goes along Northwest 54th Street from 10th to 32nd avenues in Liberty City. Free. 305-606-2995 or https://www.mlkparadeandfestivities.org/45th-annual-mlk-parade/
Free entry to national parks on MLK Day: All 392 U.S. national parks offer free entry on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This offer includes entry at Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park off Key West. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/mlk-day.htm
Monday, Jan. 17
Tamarac Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March: Celebrates the life and work of MLK. Includes refreshments and entertainment; 8:30 a.m.; Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Drive. Free. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-jr-day-unity-march-tickets-228421162847?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
Heal the Planet Neighborhood Clean-Up: Join the YMCA and other volunteer groups in a day of service; 8:30 a.m.; Provident Park, 1412 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Free. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-clean-up-united-day-tickets-216565482187?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Miramar MLK Celebration: The public is invited to a parade and other festivities at Lakeshore Park, 8501 Sherman Cir, Miramar. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Festivities are planned until 2 p.m. Free. Call 954-602-3178 or visit https://www.miramarfl.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=973
This story was originally published January 14, 2022 6:00 AM.