MLK Day Events

RIVIERA BEACH — The city’s 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration schedule offers something new: “Sheroes.” For the first time, the city will honor those female heroes who have worked tirelessly to make their community better.


The “Sheroes” will be honored during the MLK Senior Luncheon at noon on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Municipal Marina’s Newcomb Hall, 180 E. 13th St. The luncheon is free and open to the public, but attendees must request an invitation by calling the Department of Human Resources at 561-840-4880.

Councilwoman Billie E. Brooks, who suggested the “Sheroes” focus, called them the backbone of the city.

Other MLK Holiday activities:

Friday, Jan. 13, Youth Praise Dance Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m., Tate Recreation Center
Saturday, Jan. 14, Gala Parade, 11 a.m., City Hall
Saturday, Jan. 21, Gospel Program,
6 p.m., Suncoast High School auditorium,
All events are free and open to the public.

Youths are focus in Fort Lauderdale Celebration

FORT LAUDERDALE — The “Non-violence is Contagious, Catch It,” schedule of events hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, Inc., include:

Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the MLK Birthday Party at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, a free event for young children.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 1-4 p.m., the MLK Youth Committee will present the Third Annual “Change Yourself Before You Change Me” Teen Summit, also at the library/cultural center with live celebrity guests, performances by poets and Greek-letter organizations, a Mentor’s Fair, and the MLK Youth Committee recognizing youths with the prestigious MLK Trailblazer Award.

Monday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m., the King Holiday Parade will start at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School at Sistrunk Blvd. (N.W. 6th St.) and MLK Boulevard (N.W. 31st Ave.) and proceed east along Sistrunk to N.W. 27th Ave., with Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie as Grand Marshal Lineup starts at 7:30 a.m. No charge to march, an entry fee of $25 for motorized vehicles.

Monday, Jan. 16, immediately following the parade, at the Otis Grey Athletic Field at Dillard High School, the Non-Violence Rally and Battle of the Bands will take place, with local high school bands and drumlines. It’s free for everyone.

For more information call 954-828-8945 or visit

Alphas host Memorial Services, Black & Gold Ball
MIAMI — The Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosts two events on Sunday, Jan. 15, Dr. King’s birth date:
The annual Alpha/Links MLK Memorial Services, 9 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, featuring keynote speaker, Alpha Brother Dr. Henry Lewis, III, president of Florida Memorial University.

The formal/black tie Black & Gold Ball, 7 p.m. at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, donation $100 per person, will include a salute to local contributors for their donations toward Alpha’s most recent accomplishment — the completion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC.

For more call 305-206-8269 or visit

‘MLK Day of Service Project’ at Miami’s Goulds Park
MIAMI — Volunteers from the various organizations and the community will participate in various service projects on Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Goulds Park, 11350 S.W. 216 St.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator
Angie Gomez at 305-961-2781 or

Photo: Billie Brooks