Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. South Florida joins in the celebration with a series of events honoring the ideals of Dr. King.
Here are few ways to celebrate this holiday weekend and beyond:
• MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate King’s accomplishments. Every year, FIU and the community dedicate the day to helping different organizations. This year, MLK Day of Service is helping Miami Gardens residents on issues including the youth, safety, health services.
• Liberty City is hosting a parade in honor of MLK in cooperation with Day of Unity Miami. The parade will feature marching bands, cheerleaders, and athletes on cars, floats and foot. Local politicians and activists will also join in on the parade. The parade reaches the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in which paradegoers can celebrate with food, kids’ activities and entertainment. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and runs along Northwest 54th Street from 12th to 32nd avenues.
• HandsOn Miami will honor King with a service project at Arch Creek Elementary, 702 BE 137th St. in North Miami, from 9 a.m. to noon. About 50 volunteers will work on creating an outdoor classroom.
• FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St, is hosting the MLK Youth Forum at 10 a.m. The goal is to educate middle and high school students with the ideals of King into their everyday lives. Several speakers will attend.
The MLK Committee is hosting the Black History Parade at 10 a.m. at South Miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Dr. It will begin on Martin Luther King Blvd, 59th Place and end at Murray Park, 5800 SW 66th St.