Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on January 17th, & in South Florida, a variety of activities are planned virtually & in-person for the holiday.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.
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Pompano Beach. MLK Youth 7on7 Football Tournament, 6 p.m., Mitchell Moore Park, 901 NW 10th St., Pompano Beach. Local city youth football program (Athletics, Chiefs, Cowboys, and Eagles) compete on the football field for the Mayor’s Cup Championship Trophy. bit.ly/3JA1rjH
Broward County Library Online. MLK: “I Have a Dream” Digital Artwork with Fresh Paint App, 3-4 p.m. Teens will learn to create & share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10 and then create their own artwork inspired by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Online. Register at bit.ly/3eOG9k4
Broward County Library Online. Martin Luther King Jr. Kahoot for Teens, 4:30-5 p.m. Teens can participate in a live online Kahoot Trivia game about the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. Online. Register: bit.ly/32TFVWi
Pompano Beach. MLK Youth Summit, 9 a.m., Cultural Arts Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. Representing six local high schools, students meet a panel of leaders and speakers from local municipalities to share knowledge, life experiences, and community expectations. High Schools are: Blanche Ely, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Northeast, and Pompano Beach. bit.ly/3JA1rjH
Pompano Beach. MLK Golf Championship, 8 a.m., Pompano Golf Course, 1101 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. This first-annual event will feature four-person teams playing a scramble format with an 8:30 am shotgun start on the Pines Course. The cost per team is $300 and includes 18 holes of golf, complimentary food and drinks on the course, a post-round luncheon, and trophy presentation at Galuppi’s. Rain date will be Jan. 21 if necessary. 954-786-4048. bit.ly/3pNppjt
Lauderdale Lakes. MLK Volunteer Day of Service, 8 a.m.-noon, Location to be announced. Volunteers are needed to help clean. Students can earn Community Service Hours. To register and for more information call 954-535-2815.
Pompano Beach. MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m., E. Pat Larkins Center, 520 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Pompano Beach. Join the Pompano Beach clergy, City of Pompano Beach staff, and the Pompano MLK Committee for breakfast, while enjoying an inspirational morning of praise and celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. bit.ly/3eNZT7I
Sunrise. Youth Poetry Workshop, 9 a.m-4 p.m., Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., this intensive poetry-writing workshop is open to students ages 13-18. Write Your Dream is a creative and engaging poetry-writing workshop that blends the literary arts and civic responsibility. Each poet will receive breakfast, lunch, a book, “Reparations Now” by Ashley M. Jones, and writing supplies. This hands-on session will be facilitated by Darius V. Daughtry, founder/creative director of the Art Prevails Project. Students will also have the opportunity to view the City’s 2 p.m. screening of “Race.” Free. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 954-747-4646. bit.ly/3t1KYPg
Fort Lauderdale. Envision it! Believe it! Achieve it! Annual Youth Leadership Summit 2022, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Old Dillard Museum, 1009 NW Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale. Martin Luther King Jr., celebration featuring breakout sessions, financial literacy, motivational speakers, entertainment and more. kingholidaycelebration.com/
Oakland Park. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Collins Community Center, 3900 NE Third Ave., Oakland Park. Performances and activities for the whole family. Free. bit.ly/3mOH88A
Fort Lauderdale. Choose Peace: MLK Peace Poem and Dove Craft, Noon-1 p.m., African American Research Library and Cultural Center, Michael Bienes Seminar Room #2. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that all people could live in peace and harmony. Celebrate the spirit of MLK by creating a peace poem and dove craft. This activity is geared toward children ages 4-10. bit.ly/3FRaJFz
Sunrise. Family Film: “Race,” 2 p.m., Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Young Jesse Owens (Stephan James) becomes a track-and-field sensation while attending Ohio State University in the early 1930s. With guidance from coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), Owens gains national recognition for breaking numerous records. After heated debates, the United States decides not to boycott the Olympics in Nazi Germany. Overcoming racism at home and abroad, Owens seizes the opportunity to show Berlin and the world he’s the fastest man alive. Seating is limited; up to four free general admission tickets are available per family. Call 954-747-4646. bit.ly/3t1KYPg
Davie. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony, 1 p.m., Bamford Sports Complex, 3801 S. Pine Island Drive, Davie. Entertainment, refreshments, poetry contest readings. davie-fl.gov 954-797-1181.
Sunrise. A Night of the Arts in Celebration of Dr. King, 6 p.m., Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month, the City of Sunrise recognizes that the journey continues for definitive acceptance of African American culture in today’s society. Featuring South Florida artist Laura Knight. Poetry, music and speeches will be featured in the Rotunda. Beginning at 7 p.m., a tribute show will feature the music of Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. bit.ly/3t1KYPg
Deerfield Beach. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Parade, 10 a.m., St. Ambrose Church, 308 S Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach. The marchers will go north on South Federal Highway, west on Hillsboro Boulevard, south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., west on Southwest Second Street, ending at Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW Second Street. Beginning at 1 p.m., Keynote Speaker Calvin Hughes; 2-6 p.m., will feature music and kids activities. bit.ly/3JCg6ec
Fort Lauderdale. United Day, 8:30 a.m., Provident Park, 1412 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Neighborhood cleanup walk, decorate Little Free Libraries, reading corner and kids activities. Tree Giveaway with ID, proof of residence. 954-828-5568 or email@example.com
Parkland. A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pine Trails Park Amphiteatre, 10555 Trails End, Parkland. Food trucks and inspirational local performances to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring black history month through music, guest speakers, and more. cityofparkland.org/1223/MLK-Tribute-Event
Pembroke Pines. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 10 a.m.-noon, Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. Poetry, speeches and performances honoring the man who had a dream. Winners of the Student Poetry Contest will recite their winning entries during the event. Local officials will pay tribute to Dr. King, as well as local dancers and performers. A special performance from recording artist Mr. Sherman Woods and The Woods Gospel Band will be featured. Visit thefrankgallery.org/p/getinvolved/poetrycontest. 954-392-2116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plantation. Virtual. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Featuring inspirational speeches, performances and Professional Poet - Jerris Evans. Visit Facebook at facebook.com/plantationparks or view on YouTube at youtube.com/channel/UClVPG0Gyl2mC7Youprh8XMw/featured 954-585-2344.
Pompano Beach. MLK Parade, 9 a.m., Blanche Ely High School, 1201 NW Sixth Ave., Pompano Beach. Line-up begins at 7:30 a.m., featuring local businesses, churches, community organizations, fraternities, and sororities coming together to march while representing Dr. King’s six principles of non-violence.
Pompano Beach. MLK Celebration, 11:30 a.m., Mitchell Moore Park, Pompano Beach. Music, family fun, food trucks, merchandise vendors, game and rides. bit.ly/3eNZT7I
Tamarac. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Drive, Tamarac. Entertainment and refreshments will be available after the Unity March at City Hall. Pre-register on Eventbrite at tamarac.me/events. First 100 to register will receive a free T-shirt. bit.ly/3HMHBjJ
Fort Lauderdale. I have a Dream: Smart Stage Matinee Series, 10 a.m., Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of our time. bit.ly/3sT71I9
Palm Beach County
Boynton Beach. 2022 Florida Highwaymen Art Show & Sale: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center, 125 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Co-sponsors Boynton Woman’s Club and Boynton Beach Historical Society in Partnership with City of Boynton Beach present original Highwaymen artists. 561-742-6221. boyntonhistory.org/events/. Free.
Riviera Beach. Palm Beach MLK Day 5/10K, 7:30 a.m., Dan Calloway Recreation Complex,1420 W. 10th St., Riviera Beach. The first annual event brings awareness of health and economic disparity in the community. Visit mlk5k.blackchamberpbc.com.
Boca Raton. Community Boxed Breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 220 Ruby St., Boca Raton. Sponsored by Developing Interracial & Social Change. myboca.us/1468/MLK-Jr-Day
Boynton Beach. Day of Service, 9-11 a.m., Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave., Boynton Beach. The community is invited to participate in a Day of Service neighborhood cleanup in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. No RSVP required and no supplies needed. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. boynton-beach.org/service 561-742-6236.
Boynton Beach. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch. POSTPONED. “I Have A Dream” Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch, 10 a.m., Indian Spring Country Club, 11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. 561-279-8883 email@example.com
Boca Raton. Unity March, 10 a.m., MLK Jr. Monument, 200 Ruby Street to Mizner Park Amphitheater, East Lot, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Featuring Boca Raton Community High School Band & Color Guard, and the FAU Jazz Ensemble. MLK Jr. celebration continues at 11 a.m. with Keynote Speaker Cairo Eubanks; Humanitarian Award Presentation, Mayoral Proclamation and community leader speeches. The free Unity Celebration from noon-2 p.m, will feature rides, crafts, music and games. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Boynton Beach. Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. Day Celebration, Noon-4 p.m., Sara Sims Park, NW Ninth Court, Boynton Beach. Bring your chairs and blankets to this free family-friendly outdoor event, which will feature music, food trucks, nonprofit displays, kids activities, and more. 561-742-6010. boynton-beach.org/mlk
West Palm Beach. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. bit.ly/3eJqGlq
North Miami Beach. Seeding, Equity & Entrepreneurship, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6-9:30 p.m., Florida International University, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, 3000 NE 151 St., North Miami Beach. Network and mingle among diverse hospitality leaders and organization. Featuring and hosted by Brian Barker M.A., CHE, Ph.D. Candidate, Tracy Prigmore founder of She Has a Deal., and Samella Watson founder & CEO of Sebiya. Panel discussion, dinner, fireside chat and showcase. bit.ly/3sTkcsl
Liberty City. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Covering 8 miles along Northwest 54th Street from 10th to 32nd avenues. This route traces the steps that Dr. King traveled in Miami during his frequent visits. Featuring high-school marching bands, student athletes, dance teams, drill teams and cheerleaders on foot, as well as floats, cars and fire trucks carrying local politicians, union leaders and activists. Carnival dancers performances. The parade concludes near Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, where a Family Festival takes place noon-5 p.m. with live music, dance, cultural programming and theatrical performances. bit.ly/34jV04f
Miami. Pre-Parade 5K Run & Fitness Walk, 8 a.m. at the MLK Plaza Metrorail Station. Runners should arrive for registration between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m.
In-person events are subject to change. Call ahead before attending.
10 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr.
1. King's Birth Name Was Michael, Not Martin
King was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his five-year-old son.
2. King Entered College At the Age of 15
King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology.
3. King Received His Doctorate in Systematic Theology
After earning a divinity degree from Pennsylvania’s Crozer Theological Seminary, King attended graduate school at Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1955. The title of his dissertation was “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”