Things To Do

Martin Luther King, Jr Day celebration events and Day of Service projects throughout South Florida

Miami Soul – your ultimate source for places to go, people to see, and things to do in the Black social scene. Check out this week’s weekend guide from Miami Soul. For a list of weekly reoccurring events, check out


“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Life’s Most Persistent and Urgent Question is: What are YOU Doing for Others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. calls every man to be his brother’s keeper and a servant to our community. On this MLK Day celebration weekend, do something for someone else by taking part in a number of Day of Service events happening around South Florida. MLK Day is a day on, not a day off. Let’s serve!

Friday, January 15

MLK #Time4Prayer

Friday, January 15, 6:30PM – 8:30PM – Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale

Join the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and community members for a massive collective chain breaking prayer. For more info, contact (754) 235-3298 or

Saturday, January 16

MLK Day of Service at Brownsville Middle

Saturday, January 16, 9AM – 1PM – Brownsville Middle School, 4899 NW 24th Ave, Miami

Attorney Marlon Hill & his law firm, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, is collaborating with FIU Office of Engagement and other community partners for a National Day of Service with a service project to include landscaping and beautification of the school grounds. To sign up, email

MLK Day of Service: Booker T. Washington Senior High

Saturday, January, 16, 8:30AM – 12PM – Booker T. Washington Senior, 1200 NW 6th Ave

Teach for America alumni teams up with Florida International University for a day of service in Overtown to include landscaping, painting, and other beautification projects throughout Booker T. Washington Senior. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes on the day of the event. RSVP at

Hands On Broward 3rd Annual Human Race South Florida

Saturday, January 16 – Charnow Park at Hollywood Beach, 300 Connecticut St

The 3rd Annual Human Race South Florida will kick off HandsOn Broward and HandsOn Miami’s 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Weekend to unite the South Florida community in a healthy, family-friendly 5k fundraiser. The Human Race is a nationwide fundraising event hosted by HandsOn Network affiliates to support valuable humanitarian programs that strengthen nonprofits and neighborhoods through the power of volunteerism. 


MLK Memorial Rock Garden Project

Saturday, January 16, 8AM – 2PM – Robert B. Ingram Park, 2100 Burlington St, Opa-Locka

Americorps hosts an MLK Day of Service project plotting a Rock Garden at Robert B. Ingram Park. Plott Pentas flowers, River Rocks, Arecas, and St. Augustine Grass to honor those families affected by gun Violence in the city of Opa-Locka. Volunteers will need to come in close toe shoes, long pants, and t-shirt. For more info and to sign up, contact or (407) 910-7149.

Feeding South Florida Food Sorting

Saturday, January 16, 8:30AM – 11:30AM – North Miami Beach

Volunteers are needed to sort and pack food donated from food drives, supermarkets, and other food companies to be later distributed to the 949,910 food insecure individuals living in South Florida. To receive the address, sign up online at

Sunday, January 17

City of Miami Gardens Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunday, January 17, 4PM – 8PM – Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St

Take a walk through history with the Miami Gardens MLK Smithsonian as the life of Dr. King is celebrated through economic empowerment, social action, education, and religion. The event features musical performances, spoken word, and a panel discussion. Free and open to the public.

MLK Literacy Event

Sunday, January 17, 12PM – 1PM – St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1328 NW 3rd Ave, Miami

Americorps hosts a literacy event so children in the community can play games pertaining to literacy to win a free book. For info, contact or (305) 638-4672.

Town of Davie Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Sunday, January 17, 1PM – 4PM – Potter Park, 4300 SW 57 Terrace, Davie

The Town of Davie is celebrating MLK Day with a youth entertainment, a poetry contest, FREE lunch and kids activities including bounce houses, slide, and climbing wall.

Monday, January 18

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Monday, January 18, 10AM – NW 54th St from NW 12th Ave to NW 32nd Ave, Miami

Join the annual MLK Day parade in Liberty City with a procession along 54th Street and ending at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park where there will be food, activities for kids, entertainment, and vendors. The procession will include high school marching bands from the local schools, floats, local elected officials, union leaders and activities, and Carnival dancers for a Caribbean twist.

33rd Annual Dr. MLK Jr 5K Run/Walk

Monday, January 18, 8AM – Dr. Martin Luther King Metro Rail Station, 6205 NW 27th Ave, Miami

Register for the annual 5K event in Liberty City. Registration is $25 for adults 15 and older and $15 for youths 14 and younger. Register at

City of Miramar MLK Day Celebration Parade & Live Performances

Monday, January 18, 11AM – Sherman Circle & Lakeshore Park, 8501 Sherman Circle, Miramar

The City of Miramar will have a full day of celebrations in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day beginning with a parade around Sherman Circle at 11am followed by a fun-filled day of food, music, vendors, and activities including a Kids Zone. There will also be live performances at Lake Shore Park immediately following the parade wither performances by RL of the R&B group Next, D Woods of Danity Kane, Taylor Girls, London Young, Karena Clarke, TP9, the Gospel Motivators, and hosted by comedian Chello Davis. Bring the family and your lawn chairs and blankets. Free admission.

23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Scholarship Breakfast

Monday, January 18, 8:30AM – Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson hosts the annual breakfast presented by the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The keynote speaker is actor and poet Omari Hardwick.

Caring for Casa Valentina

Monday, January 18, 9AM – 12PM – 2990, Casa Valentina, SW 35th Ave, Miami

HandsOn Miami t

eams up with Casa Valentina, an affordable housing and life skills program for at-risk youth for a Day of Service assisting with the refinishing of a wooden deck and to assist with fixing a recently installed walking path. Sign up at

MLK Day of Service: Adopt-a-Meal at Ronald McDonald’s House

Monday, January 18, 11AM – 1PM – Ronald McDonald’s House at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1145 NW 14th Terr; Ronald McDonald’s House at Broward General Hospital, 15 SE 15th St, Ft Lauderdale

Join the South Florida HBCU/Black Alumni Alliance for a Day of Service to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering to prepare and serve lunch to the families living at the Ronald McDonald House of South Florida as they undergo medical treatment. Sign up to volunteer at either the Ronald McDonald’s House of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital or at the Ft. Lauderdale location at Broward General Hospital. Sign up at

16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Monday, January 18, 8:30AM – 10AM – Delray Beach Golf Club, 2200 Highland Ave, Delray Beach

Spady Museum hosts its annual breakfast celebrating the legacy and spirit of Dr. King. Four speakers will share their insights on King’s influence in the areas of education, religion, civil rights, and humanitarianism/social justice. A singer from Palm Beach Opera’s PBO Studio will also perform Lift Every Voice and Sing. Tickets are $32.64 and can be purchased online at

6th Annual “Florida City, Love Yourself” Beautification Project

Monday, January 18, 7:30AM – 2PM – Branches, 129 SW 5th Ave, Florida City

Join more than 150 volunteers for a beautification project to beautify Florida City and revitalize six homes to help Branches families in need. Volunteers will also work on various projects at Homestead Middle School and Florida City Elementary. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided. For more information, contact or 305-442-8306 x1002.

4th Annual SoMi Lights MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 18, 8AM – 2PM – Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 6316 SW 59th Place, South Miami

Branches Florida is hosting a beautification project to revitalize 3 homes, paint and landscape a children’s playground, and build a butterfly garden near Branches South Miami. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided. For more information, contact or 305-442-8306 x1002.

MLK Day Clean up in Little Haiti

Monday, January 18, 10AM – 12PM – Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

Emerge Miami hosts an MLK Day neighborhood cleanup in around Sweat Records in Little Haiti.

Wednesday, January 20

President Barack Obama: The Exhibition

Wednesday, January 20, 7PM – Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month, the City of Miramar welcomes the Historic President Barack Obama Exhibit by White House Photographer, Pete Souza. This exclusive exhibit features historic moments during the Presidency of Barack Obama, the first elected African-American President of the U.S. in conjunction with historic moments from the journey of Mayor Wayne Messam, the first African-American Mayor of the City of Miramar in its 60 year history. Free event but a ticket is required and can be reserved at