Parade of Peace

Every country has its national treasures, people who impacted the world in immensely positive ways. The United Kingdom has Diana (and the seriously awesome Prince Harry). India has Mahatma Gandhi. Switzerland has Einstein. South Africa has Nelson Mandela. Argentina has Pope Francis (another really cool dude). And among many other great men and women, we have Martin Luther King Jr. — as much as Madonna would like to compare herself to the man, few people in the world have ever come close. On Monday, it’s time yet again to celebrate one of the most important men in U.S. history. In honor of King and the legacy he left behind, the City of Fort Lauderdale is hosting the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Non-Violence March. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the annual march observes the civil rights leader’s nonviolent tactics. It will be followed by a Peace Rally and a live Battle of the Bands (don’t worry: There won’t be any real fighting, obviously). Starting at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and culminating at Dillard High School, the parade and march are being organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Inc. (MLKCC), a locally based, volunteer-run 501(c)3 that aims to promote King’s vision through remembrance, education, and advocacy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School is located at 591 NW 13th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Dillard High School is located at 2501 NW 11th St. Call 954-828-5323, or visit
Mon., Jan. 19, 2015
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