‘IT’S A KING THING’

There were MLK parades and birthday celebrations over the weekend around the state of Florida. Here’s a pictorial review of the MLK commemoration in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, Jan. 21.

Paradegoers waited for the award-winning Dillard High School Marching Panther Band, known as “The Force,” to pass by.
LISA ROGERS-CHERRY / FLORIDA COURIER

BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF

Photo credit: CHARLES W. CHERRY II / FLORIDA COURIER

FORT LAUDERDALE ‒ An MLK festival in the shadow of some of Fort Lauderdale’s most expensive waterfront housing marked the end of the 2019 King Holiday events in Broward County.

The events included a day of service on Jan. 17 in which volunteers put their artistic impressions on clay tiles which will be displayed at the local MLK Montessori Academy, as well as a birthday celebration on Jan 18. Pre-school age-children were entertained at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center by magicians and story-tellers and participated in arts and craft projects to enhance their knowledge of Dr. King and his contributions.

Later on Jan. 18, folks went to the African American Research Library for an evening of culture, southern comfort cuisine and a signature adult drink – Peace Punch. The night included live music by the Ladies of Soul, a spoken word and musical performance, prizes and more.

Summit and parade

On Jan. 19, there was a Youth Leadership Summit which gave high school students an opportunity to engage discussions on pressing social issues in their community, including mental and physical health, social justice and personal branding.  There was also a special panel discussion led by members of the Miami Chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association.

On Jan. 21, organizations assembled at Lincoln Park for Broward County’s largest MLK Day parade, which proceeded through the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s Black community on Sistrunk Boulevard to Esplanade Park, a waterfront venue on the city’s New River.

The day ended with the King Holiday Celebration of Unity & Multicultural Festival. A large audience in lawn chairs celebrated Dr. King’s legacy while enjoying cultural cuisine and entertainment from the Affiliated Soul Team Band, the Remixx Band, and others.

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