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A goal to ‘dismantle bigotry and racism.’ Miami’s 5000 Role Models honors top students | Miami Herald

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A goal to ‘dismantle bigotry and racism.’ Miami’s 5000 Role Models honors top students | Miami Herald

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In eighth grade, Alexander Sanchez’s life was in turmoil.

His grandmother had passed away after battling dementia. A buddy from his football team was shot to death at a park in Homestead. Alexander stopped caring about his grades and was hanging out in Brownsville, “getting into trouble,” he recalled.

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But at the urging of family, Alexander soon became part of the lauded 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, the long-running mentoring program for young men of color in Miami-Dade County.

And on Monday, the 17-year-old Alexander was one of 42 students honored at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. As a parade of high-profile community leaders sat behind him, Alexander beamed.


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