Martin Luther King Jr.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The feud between President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis continued Monday in South Florida.

The dispute started last week when Lewis said Trump is “not a legitimate president” because of Russia’s alleged role in helping him get elected. Trump then Tweeted that Lewis is “all talk…no action.” At a Martin Luther King Day breakfast at Jungle Island in Miami, Lewis was defiant:

“Never give up," he told an audience that included young African-American scholarship winners of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.

Amanda Rabines / WLRN

Javier Diaz pulls a root from the ground of the invasive plant species Scaevola taccada, or beach cabbage. The yank releases a cloud of dirt in the humid air and sends out a leafy scent that smells like a freshly cut lawn. Sweat drips from Diaz’s face. 

“It’s hard work,” Diaz says as he laughs. “The reason we take on these big bulks of scaevola is because it’s putting a lot of pressure on the red mangroves.”

When Kennedy Odede was a kid, he lived on the streets of a slum in Kenya.

He'd grown up in tough circumstances. His stepfather was violent. There wasn't enough food to go around. He wasn't sent to school. A friend convinced him he'd do better out on his own. He'd have his freedom, he'd be able to find his own food.

So when he was around 10, Kennedy left home. His new world was a world of violence. He was caught up in gang fights. He remembers being stabbed in the arm: "I still have the scar," he says.

Kate Stein / WLRN

 

In 10 U.S. cities, airport workers spent MLK Day on Monday protesting for higher wages and collective organizing rights. One of those protests was in Miami.

The protest took place in front of the Eulen America building near Miami International Airport. Eulen subcontracts airplane cleaners and other workers for several major airlines. Workers say the company has threatened or fired employees who attempt to unionize.

Eulen did not respond to WLRN’s request for comment. But the protest wasn’t targeting just one company.

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01/20/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami law professor Donald Jones.  He criticizes the labeling of hip-hop music as destructive noise, instead of an art form. Media portrayals of saggy panted, hoody wearing thugs, he says, are stereotypes, and doesn’t consider the urban crisis which created much of rap culture. He's written FEAR OF A HIP HOP PLANET:  America’s New Dilemma.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock.

Miami Groups Gear Up For March On Washington Anniversary

Aug 19, 2013
Patience Haggin

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, local groups staged a “Pre-March on Miami” on Sunday.

About 200 people marched through a neighborhood in West Little River singing spirituals. The event was organized by the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida

Jan 21, 2013
Arianna Prothero

    

People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

More than 100 people gathered at Lakeview Elementary in North Miami to celebrate MLK Day. Brent McLaughlin, executive director of Branches, one of the non profits that put on the event, said people who grew up in the United States sometimes take Dr. King's message for granted.