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Stand For Something: 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration

January 11, 2024

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. transcends time, resonating through the hearts and minds of people across the globe. Each year, the YMCA of South Florida pays homage to this iconic leader through the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration. Marking its 20th Anniversary, this celebration stands as a beacon of unity, service, and unwavering commitment to the principles Dr. King championed.

The commemoration kicks off with a symbolic breakfast and luncheon on January 12th, 2023, held at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale in Broward County and Jungle Island in Miami-Dade County, respectively. These events serve as the cornerstone for a weekend of activities designed to honor Dr. King’s enduring impact on society.

The First Baptist Fort Lauderdale is located at: 301 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 and a luncheon in Miami-Dade County at 11:45 a.m. at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132.

The celebration isn’t merely a series of gatherings; it’s a testament to the power of collective action and community engagement. It serves as a reminder that the spirit of Dr. King lives on in the actions of individuals who strive for positive change.

Drawing over 1,000 leaders from the business and civic communities, the Breakfast and Luncheon aren't just about commemoration; they actively support the YMCA of South Florida’s "I Have A Dream" Youth Scholarship Fund. This fund enables the Y to offer various youth programs, fostering educational opportunities, employment avenues, and avenues for personal growth among youngsters.

The event boasts an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, individuals whose lives mirror the values and ethos of Dr. King. From Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of pivotal Civil Rights Movement figures, to Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, the speakers bring firsthand experiences and a deep connection to the legacy of social justice.

A notable highlight of the celebration is the recognition bestowed upon exceptional individuals who embody Dr. King’s principles. The Dave W. Cash Youth Leadership Award is a prestigious acknowledgment bestowed upon students from Broward and Miami-Dade Counties who champion social change. Their dedication to advocating for a better community earns them a $2,000 Scholarship to support their educational journey.

Moreover, the Spirit of Community Award recognizes community advocates whose unwavering commitment to social activism, advocacy, nonviolence, civic engagement, and diversity mirrors Dr. King's ideals. These individuals stand as living testaments to the power of activism and community involvement.

Behind this commemoration stand stalwart supporters – JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Delta Air Lines – serving as presenters of the Breakfast and Luncheon, respectively. Their unwavering commitment to this cause speaks volumes about the event’s significance and impact.

The celebration isn’t confined to the elites; it's an inclusive event open to anyone who wishes to partake in honoring Dr. King's legacy. Tickets, available for individuals or tables, serve as a gateway for anyone passionate about contributing to the cause.

In essence, the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration isn't merely an event; it’s a testament to the enduring power of unity, service, and advocacy. It encapsulates the spirit of Dr. King's dream, reminding us that as individuals, as communities, we must stand for something – for justice, equality, and a better tomorrow.

For those eager to be part of this impactful celebration, tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through the YMCA of South Florida's website. This isn’t just an invitation; it's an opportunity to be part of a legacy that continues to inspire change and unity, just as Dr. King envisioned.

The celebration isn’t just about remembering Dr. King; it's about embodying his teachings, fostering unity, and ensuring his legacy thrives for generations to come. The 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration beckons all who believe in standing for something greater than themselves.

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:

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