The MLK Remix!
Branches and its partners are “Remixing” the words and actions of MLK in this enriching event. Together, we seek to reawaken the dream of racial equity, cultural pride, mutual understanding and community collaboration espoused by the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This festival will increase positive social interaction and civic understanding by allowing a bridge to develop between our African American, Caucasian, and Latin families (and many more) through high quality programming and the cross-cultural collaboration it will require to produce and present the event itself. Every effort is being made to make the activities and entertainment relevant to all audiences while still maintaining the rich perspective of Black American Culture. The MLK Remix is one community’s step in “being the change” by underscoring human dignity and “being the light” that seeks to restore our fragmented society to its most treasured ideals through music, culture and joy.
The MLK Remix is a festival to celebrate Black History Month in 2014. The goal of the festival is to promote and develop peace and understanding in our community through education and the arts. The event’s program moves beyond routine observances of Dr. King’s legacy with a platform that emphasizes the experience of his Dream. Classes, demonstrations, and artistic performances will explore the virtues which MLK espoused within the context and immediacy of today’s world, accentuating respect for one’s self, the local community and the larger world that holds us all together. The event will focus on three educational areas:
The main stage will feature a multicultural series of performances including international blues recording artists (and Miami natives!) Ike and Val Woods, Delou Africa Drum and Dance, Jahfe Reggae music, the Miami Heat Street Band, The Hammond-Butler Inspirational Choir and youth poets from the Dranoff Poetry Slam.
“The Energy Zone” will focus on interactive activities that encourage children and parents to stay healthy and active. Free hip hop dance, yoga, karate and boot camp classes will be available during the event, demonstrating different traditional approaches to physical fitness. Community partners will also be on hand to conduct free health screenings, disseminate information about services available to children and families such as the free VITA tax preparation services, ACA assistors, EITC and financial stability, among others.
“Mother Earth’s Living Room” will feature booths with local environmental organizations offering hands-on learning activities for children on how to save the world from harm! Sample lessons include how to protect manatees in our local canals from Marine Animal Rescue Society, plant a seed with Urban Paradise Guild, and how to protect our beautiful waters with The Big Blue and You (to name a few).