Black History Month Calendar

 

A Miami guide to celebrating America's culture, heritage and history

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Black History Month Highlights 2013

 

Haitian Contributions to the Americas
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 10 a.m. – Noon

Presenters Jacques Fitzgerald Lemoine and Gilbert Valmè will hold a lecture at Miami Dade College that will explore the historical contributions by Haitians in politics and economics.
InterAmerican Campus (Room #401)
627 S.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL

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Augusto Soledade Brazzdance
Friday, Feb. 8-9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $35

Choreographer Augusto Soledade brings Argentine tango and American hip-hop in order to create BrazzDance. The Miami-based Soledade, is a native Brazilian and nationally recognized choreographer and dance scholar. Soledade is the recipient of the 2012 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2008 and Dance Miami Choreographer Fellowship in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Soledade was also winner of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge in support of his Miami Dance Mecca Project.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Harlem Gospel Choir
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35, $40 and $45

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir is comprised of top-notch singers and musicians from a variety of churches in the Harlem, N.Y. area. The Harlem Gospel Choir, which has been around for more than 26 years, has performed with celebrities such as John Legend, U2, Diana Ross, and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show and many more.
Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark
2400 Civic Center Place on Red Rd, Miramar, FL 954-602-4500
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Gospel Fest
Saturday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy urban gospel music featuring the sounds of Southern gospel, gospel hip-hop and praise music. Local and regional gospel dance groups, quartets, powerful vocalists and gospel music choirs celebrate this electrifying genre.
North Campus (Lehman Theater)
11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL

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Calypso Rose
Saturday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 to $65*

Get your feet tapping and your waist winding with the Queen of Calypso Calypso Rose. The songstress is well known for her chart-topping hit Fire in Meh Wire, which is often recognized at the Calypso anthem. She will also perform other songs made popular during her 50-year career in Calypso.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
1301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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School to Prison Pipeline
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An ACLU guest speaker will discuss Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow at Miami Dade College. The ACLU’s Racial Justice Program is committed to challenging the “School to Prison Pipeline,” a disturbing national trend in which children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile- and criminal-justice systems. Many have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or neglect and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services.
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center (Room 1103)
6300 N.W. Seventh Ave., Miami, FL

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Emancipation Themes in Popular Music
Thursday, Feb. 14, 9:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Philip Lane hosts a multimedia and live, musical-presentation performance that reflects the message of freedom and emancipation represented in popular music that was made between the 19th century to present.
Wolfson Campus (Room 7128)
300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL

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Economic Impact of Blacks in Miami-Dade County
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:25 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Miami-Dade Professor David Mahon will discuss potential solutions to economic challenges faced by Miami-Dade County’s black community.
InterAmerican Campus (Room 3309)
627 S.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL

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African Influence on Cuban Culture
Thursday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Mercedes Sandoval will discuss the impact of African slaves and descendants on Cuban culture.
InterAmerican Campus (Room 401)
627 S.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL

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Women of the Civil Rights Movement
Thursday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Miami Civil Rights pioneer, Dr. Shirley Johnson, will lead a discussion about African-American women’s efforts made during this important, historical era, while students portray icons of the movement.
North Campus (Room 2158)
11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL

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Jazz Roots: Monk and Coltrane with T.S. Monk with Nnenna Freelon and Kevin Mahoganyf and Ernie Watts Quartet
Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 to $130*

This special Jazz Roots concert will be headlined by T.S. Monk, critically-acclaimed drummer and son of icon Thelonious Monk. Dedicated to keeping the musical legacy of his father alive, T.S. Monk founded the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, building it to one of the pre-eminent musical education institutions in the world. Monk will be joined on stage by the supreme musicianship and improvisatory skills of the quintessential jazz vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Nnenna Freelon. The program will also showcase the high-energy quartet of two-time Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, who counts Coltrane as one of his major musical influences.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
1301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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Ayikodans
February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
February 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
February 17 at 5 p.m.
Tickets: $35*

Led by founder and artistic director Jeanguy Saintus, the Port Au Prince dance company, Ayikodans, returns to the Arsht for a third time. Ayikodans has received glowing international media attention for its unique style that depicts the culture, struggle and joy of the Haitian people. This performance celebrates the dance company's 25 anniversary season and will include the full company of dancers, drummers and vocalists.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Free Gospel Sundays: Dorothy Norwood
With Special Host ABC Local 10 Anchor Calvin Hughes
Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m.
Admission is Free

Dorothy Norwood, known as the world’s greatest storyteller, has been ministering for more than five decades. She began her career at age 8 singing alongside the indelible Mahalia Jackson. She eventually shared the stage with gospel greats Reverend James Cleveland and Albertina Walker. In 1972, in an unprecedented ministry move, became the opening act for Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones National Tour. Songs such as Victory is Mine, featured in the Oscar Award-winning movie The Help, and Somebody Prayed for Me have earned Norwood countless honors including two Dove Award nominations, six Grammy nominations and three albums appearing on Billboard’s Top 40. 56 years later, Dorothy’s ministry continues to flourish and remain a mainstay in the gospel world with her latest album, God’s Been Just That Good.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
1301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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Civil Rights Documentary
Tuesday, Feb. 19, Noon to 2 p.m.

A film presentation of the civil rights documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech followed by a Q&A to follow.
Hialeah Campus (Rooms 1119 and 1120)
1776 W. 49th St., Hialeah, FL

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Political Documentary
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, Noon

During President’s Day weekend, Miami Dade College members will analyze the 2007 presidential campaign that changed America by watching a political documentary, Barack Obama: People’s President. The film explores perceptions, culture and news in order to realize success against seemingly impossible odds.
Medical Campus (Student Life, Room 1163)
950 N.W. 20th St., Miami, FL

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A Candid Discussion with Rev. Billy Kyles
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Miami Dade college hosts Rev. Billy Kyles, a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who will discuss details about the life and legacy of the famed activist, including his final moments with him.
Homestead Campus (Room F222)
500 College Terrace, Homestead, FL

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Morena, Negrita, Neguinho
Thursday, Feb. 21 2013, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Miami Dade College hosts a panel discussion of "blackness" in Latin America. The event will be hosted by Tamica Ramos from the Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy Wolfson Campus (Room 1261)
300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Thursday and Friday, February 21 and 22 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25 to $120*

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as part of a 21-city United States tour led by Miami's own Robert Battle. In his second season as Artistic Director, Battle has added dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory. Classic Ailey works will also be performed, including the Ailey signature masterpiece Revelations.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Wade in the Water
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This special event presents a Historic Civil Rights Tour of Virginia Key Beach, the only public beach that was for the “exclusive use of Negroes” in Miami-Dade County. It is Miami’s foremost environmental treasure that is filled with deep historical significance.
Virginia Key Beach Park, Key Biscayne
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Harlem Renaissance: African-American Artistic Influences
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 10 a.m. –11:30 a.m.

Dr. Matthew Schuh, professor of Philosophy at Miami Dade College, will moderate a panel discussion on historical, artistic and philosophical influences, leading to the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.
North Campus (Room 2158)
11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL

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Objectification of Women in Hip-Hop
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Miami Dade College Professor Michael Mannino will anaylze the unadulterated and hyper-sexualization of women in hip-hop music. This seminar will also examine the roots of this trend in hip-hop culture.
Homestead Campus (Room F222)
500 College Terrace, Homestead, FL

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Closing Ceremony & Concert
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, Noon – 1p.m.

This dynamic ceremony features an Afro-Hispanic concert highlighted by music, singing, drumming, traditional garments and costumes. Audience participation is encouraged. Food and refreshments are available.
Hialeah Campus (Room 1119/1120)
1776 W. 49th St., Hialeah, FL

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