Martin Luther King, Jr. National Service Day Celebrations

Branches once again celebrated and honored Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16th, 2017 through a day of community service in Florida City and South Miami. Branches Florida City’s staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteers spent the day beautifying South Dade through several painting, planting and renovation projects. 

mlkBranches Florida City celebrated its 7th Annual “Florida City, Love Yourself” on Jan. 16th as dozens of volunteers beautified the Florida City community and revitalized 4 homes in the nearby area, helping Branches families and neighbors in need on this special day. One home even received a custom built sandbox. Volunteers also worked on various projects at Homestead Middle School. The activities took place from 7:30am-2pm at and around Branches Florida City, located at 129 SW 5th Avenue, Florida City. It was another fantastic day of service!

acBranches South Miami hosted its 4th Annual SoMi Lights MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16th from 8am-2pm as dozens of volunteers helped clean up the Marshall Williamson Park and a nearby mango tree lot. Volunteers also helped hand out flyers to educate the community about the upcoming family festival, MLK Remix. Several groups joined the effort including ALPHA PHI ALPHA, students from South Miami High, Palmetto Bay Academy and the University of Miami. All activities took place near Branches South Miami located at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 6316 SW 59th Place, South Miami. 

On Saturday, January 28th, 2017 Branches South Miami hosted the 4th Annual “MLK Remix” from 11am-5pm at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center, 5800 SW 66th St., South Miami. The day started at 10am with the South Miami MLK Unity Parade that ended at the Community Center and kicked off the MLK Remix event.

The event featured several artist performances such as reggae artist Etana, blues artists Ike & Val Woods and Christian rapper Yak Yak. Several dance groups also performed such as Ife-Ile (Afro-Cuban dance), Dedications Dance (liturgical dance), and Out Loud Artistry (modern Hip-Hop dance) and there was enlightened spoken word from Moetic and Robin Sanders. All performers helped spread a positive message to the kids and youth in the community and truly inspired the entire audience. Off stage, the event featured several vendor booths and interactive activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Activities included face painting, a STEM class offered by FIU’s medical students and art and dance classes offered by Art South, Dedications and Out Loud Artistry.

About 450 people attended MLK Remix including the mayor, vice-mayor, commissioners, and several of the local church representatives. Thank you to our key funder, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Generous donations from the City of South Miami, the South Miami CRA, South Miami Hospital, Footworks and Publix also helped make all of this possible. We are truly grateful for the incredible support of our partners and the entire South Miami community for this incredible event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

with etana  parade line up