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Posted: January 12, 2018

Here’s Where We’re Celebrating MLK Day 2018

Monday, Jan. 15

5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s Scholarship Breakfast: Award-winning producer, director and actor Tyler Perry will be the keynote speaker at the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day event. Other speakers include Rep. Frederica Wilson, founder of the boys’ mentoring program; Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; and former Rep. Charlie Rangel; 8:30-10:30 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. 305-995-2451 or

Martin Luther King Jr. 5K Run & Fitness Walk: The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Metrorail Station, Northwest 62nd Street and 27th Avenue. The fee is $25 for those 15 and over and $15 for 14 and younger. Awards given to the top three finishers in various age groups.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade: The 41st annual parade, which will begin at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Day, will feature high school marching bands, athletes and cheerleaders, plus floats and Carnival dancers. The parade, which usually lasts around three hours, will take place along Northwest 54th Street, from Northwest 10th to 32nd avenues. Parade ends with a celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6000 NW 32nd Ct., Miami. Free. 305-633-2044.

Fort Lauderdale MLK Holiday Parade & Multicultural Festival: This Martin Luther King Day parade begins at Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Parade heads onto Sistrunk Boulevard to Seventh Avenue then south to Southwest Second Street to Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second Street. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. 954-828-3542 or, or

City Year MLK Day of Service: Register to help renovate the staff lounge; paint murals; landscape school grounds; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, 1801 NW First Pl., Miami. Coffee, snacks and water are provided.

Branches Day of Service in South Miami and Florida City: AmeriCorps volunteers will beautify three homes in Florida City from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day, and will clean up the neighborhood around Mount Olive Baptist Church, 6316 SW 59th Place, in South Miami, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit

National Park Fee-Free Day: In honor of Martin Luther King Day, all national parks will waive their admission fees on Monday. Take advantage of this opportunity to #FindYourPark. For more information about what you can see at Everglades and Biscayne national parks, please visit

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