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For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2013
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman

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Commissioner Edmonson Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson began her celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by attending the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship Breakfast to benefit the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation held at Parrott Jungle on January, 18, 2013.

On Saturday, January 20, she joined Florida City and City of Homestead residents and elected officials at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade through the streets of those two southern Miami-Dade County cities.
 

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson participates in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade through Liberty City. Photo by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County.

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez at the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship Breakfast. Photo by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson also visited with The Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, an auxiliary of female family members of Prince Hall Shriners, at the annual fundraiser. Photo by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped young volunteers celebrate the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) “Block by Block”  beautification project. Photo by Marta Martinez-Aleman/Commissioner Edmonson’s Office.

On Monday, January 21, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and staff rode the waves on N.W. 54 Street at the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade through the heart of Liberty City. Commissioner Edmonson also helped the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) to transform several city blocks in Liberty City into a showcase for the future of the Miami neighborhood.  On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and a national holiday dedicated to community service, MCI staff,  volunteers and neighborhood residents began “Building a Future, Block by Block” by transforming N.W. 60th Street from 17th to 19th avenues, beginning at Charles R. Drew Middle, 1775 N.W. 60th Street, Miami.

In partnership with D.J. Laz of D.J. 106.7, the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, MCI and volunteers planted trees and plants, fixed sidewalks, painted light posts, started a community garden.  To learn more about MCI and its “Block by Block” initiative, visit the non-profit MCI website, http://www.miamichildrensinitiative.org/blockbyblock.shtml.