oscar-thomas-mlk-mural_web.jpgTHURSDAY, JAN. 13

9:30 AM
THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: This on-going film runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Public Library, Lemon City Branch, 430 NE 61st St. in Miami. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-757-0662.


6:00 PM
MLK MOVIE NIGHT:  The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith is the featured movie. Film starts at 6 p.m. sharp at Roby George Park, 201 SW 11th Ave. in Homestead. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Willie Brown Jr. at 786-217-5574 or email pm9262@yahoo.com.


1:00 PM
2011 MLK FESTIVAL IN HOMESTEAD AND FLORIDA CITY: This three-day festival sponsored by New Visions For South Dade, Inc. offers food, fun, and live music that can be enjoyed by the entire family. This year, the record for the biggest “Cupid Shuffle” will attempt to be broken. Held at Loren Roberts Park, 627 NW 6th Ave. in Florida City, the event starts at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Willie Brown Jr. at 786-217-5574 or email pm9262@yahoo.com.


8:00 AM
MLK DAY OF SERVICE: The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade have teamed up with Miami-Dade County’s D – 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson; D – 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime;  AARP, the Service for Peace Miami Chapter, and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) Coalition-Board of Directors to enlist local citizens to help rejuvenate public spaces at County parks in the Model City area and participate in a food drive for Feeding South Florida, during their annual MLK Day of Service volunteer workday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sites for the MLK Day of Service include Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6101 N.W. 32nd Ct., the AHCAC, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., and Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83rd St.  The event concludes with a luncheon for registered volunteers at the AHCAC, from noon-1:00 p.m., featuring performances by the Voices of Heritage Ensemble and Rhythm City Heritage Drum Line. For more information, call Angie Gomez at 305-961-2781 or e-mail angieg@miamidade.gov.

8:00 AM
KING INTERGENERATIONAL HOLIDAY COMMUNITY CLEAN UP: The Urban League of Broward and MLKCC are partnering for a Community Clean-Up of Broward Estates/St. George’s communities, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Broward. Meet at 8:00 AM in the Urban League parking lot, 11 NW 36th Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

8:30 AM
HANDS ON MIAMI: Participate in ninth annual MLK Day of Service as Miami Northwestern High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  Miami Northwestern Senior High School, located at 1100 NW 71st St in Liberty City, continues to undergo
painting and landscaping. With the help of volunteers the school will become less institutional and more inspirational. Register online to select a task: www.handsonmiami.org.

10:00 AM
KING HOLIDAY BIRTHDAY PARTY: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, hosts a real birthday party celebrating Dr. King. There will be cultural performances, storytelling, hands-on arts and crafts, birthday cake and refreshments. 10 AM to noon. Call 954-625-2810 for more information.

10:30 AM
2011 MLK PARADE IN HOMESTEAD AND FLORIDA CITY: Everyone is invited to march and ride in this parade including school marching bands. A school need not have an official band to march. Civic organizations and others are welcome. Lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. at the open field located at NW 3rd Ave. and Lucy Street in Florida City. Kickoff is at noon heading to Loren Roberts Park, 627 NW 6th Ave. in Florida City. The parade is sponsored by New Visions For South Dade, Inc. and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeffrey Brown at 786-286 – 8783 or email mlkfest@yahoo.com.

7th ANNUAL UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY: Dr. King created a legacy that serves to preserve the life, rights and liberties of all citizens. The City of Miami Gardens' MLK celebration is an example of the people who share in that legacy. From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miami Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th St. in Miami Gardens. This family event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.miamigardens-fl.gov.

1:00 PM
CHANGE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CHANGE ME YOUTH SUMMIT: The MLKCC Youth Committee invites all youth to a summit that will use music, cultural and dramatic presentations and panel discussions to address important issues affecting black youth. The event takes place at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale from 1:00 to 3:30 PM. An important feature of the program will include the youth collectively coming up with solutions to the issues. Highlights will include special invited guest celebrities, Greek Letter Step Show, and honoring youth who have made an impact within their school, community or organization.

9:00 AM
LT. GOV. AT CHURCH OF INCARNATION: Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Florida’s first black to hold that office, will be the guest speaker for the annual service in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 16th at the Church of the Incarnation, 1835 NW 54th Street in Miami. Beyond the keynote speaker, The “I Have a Dream” speech will be recited by members of Alpha Phi Alpha.  Dr. Martin Luther King was a member of the Fraternity. Attendees are invited to remain for a reception following the service.

11 AM
UCC PRESIDENT AT CHURCH OF OPEN DOOR: Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, who was elected General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ in June 2009, will be the guest speaker at the Church of the Open Door, 6001 NW 8th Ave. in Miami.  Black previously served as a Minister for Church Life and Leadership with the then-Office for Church Life and Leadership (currently Parish Life and Leadership), a national agency of the United Church of Christ housed at the UCC's national offices in Cleveland, Ohio.  For more information, 305-759-0373.


7:30 AM
Join the county’s largest King Holiday Parade featuring local high school bands, drum lines, floats and thousands of school children and representatives from social, civic, cultural and religious organizations. This year’s parade will have special focus on mentoring. We are extending a special invitation to organizations that mentor to lead this year’s parade. Line-up begins at 7:30 AM at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (Sistrunk & MLK Boulevards). Parade starts at 9:00 AM. To register your group, band, or organization call 954-828-8945 or register online at www.kingholidaycelebration.com.

A King Holiday Tribute Program will be held at Dillard High School, featuring cultural performances and keynote speaker — education entrepreneur, Tim King, founder of the Urban Prep Academies of Chicago. This all-male, charter school in the heart of South Side of Chicago has gained national attention for its 100 percent graduation rate and high academic achievement, despite the under-privileged backgrounds of their students. For more information on the King Holiday Celebration and MLKCC organization visit us online at www.kingholidaycelebration.com.

8 AM
MLK BREAKFAST: Michael Blake, the associate director of Inter-Governmental Affairs for the Obama Administration will speak at the breakfast. The event takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, and costs $40 for adults and $20 for students. For tickets, call 561-832-4682.

10:30 AM
34th ANNUAL MLK PARADE IN LIBERTY CITY: This year’s annual parade celebrating the slain civil rights leader kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Winn-Dixie parking lot, 1100 NW 54th St. in Liberty City. For more information, call 305-835-2464.

11 AM
DAY OF SERVICE: Volunteers will spend the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day helping to serve and entertain the formerly homeless residents of the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers, which will have a variety of volunteer groups and schools on all three campuses in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano Beach to honor Dr. King’s vision of uniting humanity and service to others. The centers are located at Miami Rescue Mission: Miami Rescue Mission: Center for Men at 2020 NW 1st Ave. in Miami; Broward Outreach Center: 2056 Scott St. in Hollywood; and the Broward Outreach Center: 1700 Blount Rd. in Pompano Beach.


UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI MLK CELEBRATION: UM is hosting a series of day-long events, including a civil rights exhibit, forum, movie night and church service. The Celebration is coordinated by United Black Students and held in the Student Services Bldg., 5604 Merrick Drive in Coral Gables. If you are interested in being a part of the committee and would like to help plan one of the events, or you would like information on becoming a sponsor, please contact MSA at 305.284.2855. For more information and event schedule, visit the Multicultural Student Affairs website: http://www.sarc.miami.edu/msa/mainsite/public/studOrgs/drMartinLutherK.aspx.


12:00 PM
MLK SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON: Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, will be the guest speaker at the event taking place at Newcomb Hall, 180 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach. The event is free, however, attendees must register in advance by calling 561-840-4880. 


MLK: WORLDS AHEAD @ THE FROST ART MUSEUM: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum presents a series of exhibits including MLK Legacy, Wall of Hope, Wall of Fame, MLK March on FIU and FIU-MLK Videos. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St. in Miami. Museum hours: Tuesday- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-2890 or visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu/event.htm.

File Photo/Khary Bruyning. Pictured above is a Martin Luther King Jr. Mural by artist Oscar Thomas located on NW 62nd Street and 7th Ave. in Miami.