The YMCA of South Florida’s 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration, which honors Dr. King and his legacy through activities that bring communities together in celebration and service to others, kicks off on Friday, Jan. 12 with a breakfast in Broward County beginning at 7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale, 301 East Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.
Other activities throughout the weekend include a luncheon, a Teen Town Hall, and Day of Service projects in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. More than 1,000 business and civic community leaders are expected to attend both the MLK, Jr. Inspirational Breakfast and Luncheon to support the YMCA of South Florida’s “I Have a Dream” Youth Scholarship Fund. The Y offers a variety of youth programs which include preschool, after school, employment opportunities, teen groups and college tours and readiness.
The keynote speakers are Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of Rev. Dr. Ralph David and Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy, co-founders of the American Civil Rights Movement with Dr. King; and Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and co-founder and chairman of Africa Rising Foundation. Past keynote speakers include Martin Luther King, III, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and Stanford University Professor and Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute Director Dr. Clayborne Carson.
During the breakfast and luncheon, the YMCA of South Florida will present two awards in each county. The Dave W. Cash Youth Leadership Award is presented annually to a student in Broward and in Miami-Dade County that has embodied the ideals of Dr. King in advocating for social change in the community. Both recipients are awarded a $2,000 college scholarship supporting their continued education. The Spirit of Community Award recognizes a community advocate in both Broward and Miami-Dade County who exemplifies the social activism, advocacy, nonviolence, civic engagement and diversity ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among the past winners are the Children’s Trust, Trail Blazers of Broward County, Derek T. Davis, Valencia Gunder, The Mizell Family, Honorable Darrin P. Gayles, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, Willie E. Gary, Officer Lerue Sarvis and Jason Taylor.
The 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Breakfast is presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and sponsorships are available at different levels.
Tickets are $175 per person or $2,500 per table. For additional information on the Y’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration events, including tickets and sponsorships, visit ymcasouthflorida.org/standforsomething.