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MLK celebrations different this year, but still honor a legacy

South Florida honors MLK in a different way on this 2021 holiday
South Florida honors MLK in a different way on this 2021 holiday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Every year we pause to remember the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the foundation he laid.

We think about how far we as a people have come and talk about what we can do to be better.

That continued Monday on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday throughout South Florida, even if the celebrations were different this year because of COVID-19.

A caravan in Miramar allowed residents to come out in a socially distanced way:

MLK Parade caravan rides through Miramar
MLK Parade caravan rides through Miramar

And a bike ride in Miami sent a message of peace and unity:

Miami bike ride honors Martin Luther King Jr. with message of togetherness
Miami bike ride honors Martin Luther King Jr. with message of togetherness

The famous parade down Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale was replaced with a virtual conversation focused on exposing raical inequalities and finding solutions.

And the annual parade in Liberty City didn’t happen live but Local 10 News and the parade’s organizers were able to share a virtual celebration.

While the marching bands and people lining the streets were kept at a minimum this year, the message remained the same: one of unity, power, hope and perseverance.

In the words of Dr. King, the time is always right to do what’s right.

2021 Miami MLK Virtual Parade presentation
2021 Miami MLK Virtual Parade presentation

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