Miami Soul: Black History Month 2015 Celebrations around South Florida

Miami Soul – your ultimate source for places to go, people to see, and things to do in the black social scene. Check out this week’s weekend guide from Miami Soul. For a list of weekly reoccurring events, check out miami.com/miami-soul.

 

Why #BlackLivesStillMatter: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Obama and Ferguson
Thursday, February 5, 7PM – The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida presents a lecture on the moral and ethical issues of our day delivered by celebrated author, historian, and civil rights activist, Dr. Penial E. Joseph (Professor of History at Tufts University) followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Miami Beach Celebrates Black History Month
Friday, February 6, 6:30PM – 8PM – North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Enjoy a community celebration with night of arts and entertainment featuring song, dance, poetry, guest speakers, and a guest choir. Free and open to the public.

Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month with June Ambrose and Johnett
Saturday, February 7, 2PM – Macy’s Aventura, 19535 Biscayne Blvd

Celebrity fashion stylist and designers June Ambrose and Jonetta Boone hosts a panel discussion on Soul Era Style and its influence on today’s runway. Evelyn Onyejuruwa, Founder/CEO of Ankara Miami, is also participating in the discussion, which follows with a special reception and sneak peek of Ankara Miami Fashion Week – Florida’s first African Fashion Week. RSVP at macysaventurabhm.eventbrite.com.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Black History Month Celebration
Saturday, February 7, 4PM – Screen Post Production Ballroom, 3500 NW 15th St, Lauderhill

The City of Lauderhill and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force present a Black History Month celebration featuring guest speaker Dr. Bernice King. Tickets are $65. For info: lauderhill-fl.gov

Black Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 7, 12PM – 3PM – Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

The Festival features a host of vendors displaying an array of African fashions, books, jewelry, and other wares. Fun for the entire family with live entertainment and children’s activities including rock climbing, face painting, bounce house, and more. Featured performances include Florida Memorial University Jazz Ensemble, Jesus People Ministries International Choir, recording artist Gia Wyre, among others. Free admission.

8th Annual Gospel Explosion & Soul Food Tasting
Saturday, February 8, 5PM – 9PM – Miami Dade College North Campus – Lehman Theater Room 5120, Building 5, 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami

Miami Dade College celebrates Black History month with a cultural event featuring local choirs and singers, African drumming, arts & crafts, and a soul food tasting. Free and open to the public.

4th Annual South Dade Gospel Fest
Sunday, February 8, 5PM – South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay

Sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, this Black History Month celebration features Le’Andria Johnson, gospel recording artist and Season 3 winner of “Sunday’s Best,” for an urban contemporary gospel event featuring local and regional gospel dance groups, quartets, vocalists, and choirs. Tickets $15 adults and $3 for children under 18 years of age.

Black History Month Festival and Parade
Wednesday, February 11, 9AM – 11:50AM – Miami Dade College West Campus, 3800 NW 115th Ave, Room 1102

As part of Miami Dade College’s month-long celebration of Black History Month, the Wolfson Campus Haitian Boukan Club Dancers and Drummer will perform an interactive dance while playing rhythms of Afrocentric sounds and beats. Eric Jenkins and Lawrence Rolle from Miami Jackson Senior High School will lecture on the origins and history of their school and its influence on the African-American community. The Professional Art Club will also present their drawings.

Black Freedom Exhibit
Artist Reception: Saturday, February 14, 9PM
Opening February 14 – May 2 – Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St, Miami

Yellen Gallery presents “Black Freedom,” a series of works by Miami-based artist, Jerome Soimaud, and features the pillars of the Civil Rights Movement in Miami. “Black Freedom” responds to recent events in the U.S. such as the killing of Michael Brown an unarmed black man by a white police officer; it speaks to the re-animation of the Civil Rights Movement and intends to expose and contribute to the end of the structures of racism, both institutional and psychological.

Trayvon Martin Foundation’s Remembrance Weekend “Walk and Peace Talk”
Saturday, February 14, Registration 8AM – Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th St, Miami Gardens

The Peace Walk participants include youth, community activists, faith leaders, and celebrities including families who have lost a child to gun violence to all stand in solidarity. The Peace Talk follows the Peach Walk with an engaging community dialogue on how to empower youth and curtail violence. The Peace Talk will be at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens. Register for the walk at eventbrite.com/e/trayvon-martin-3rd-annual-peace-walk-tickets-15368673115.

Trayvon Martin’s 20th Birthday Gala & Annual Remembrance Dinner
Sunday, February 15, 5PM – Doubletree Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami

The annual gala commemorates the life of Trayvon Martin and to raise public awareness of profile and the impact of violent crimes. The dinner helps to raise funds to build create education opportunities to inn-city youth. The Foundation provides scholarships, mentoring, financial literacy, S.T.E.M and parenting assistance. Tickets: $75 ($150 preferred seating). For info, call (786) 504-4235 or visit TrayvonMartinFoundation.org.

Opening Reception for Purvis Young Exhibit at MOCA
Thursday, February 12, 6PM – 9PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St, North Miami
Exhibit open February 12 – March 12

The open reception, “The Art of Purvis Young,” co-sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Multi-Cultural Division kicks off the exhibition of the self-taught acclaimed Overtown artist, Purvis Young titled “Under the Bridge, Beyond the Beach and Above the Muck: The Art of Purvis Young.” Admission $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and complimentary to MOCA members and North Miami residents. Following the reception is the City’s Spiritual Explosion NoMi Musical Nights concert at the MOCA Plaza from 7-9 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Village Dialogue: Miami’s Black World Community’s Presence and Future
Thursday, February 19, 10AM – 1PM – South Dade Library, 10750 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay

The Black Affairs Advisory Board presents a symposium aimed at gauging the status of Miami-Dade County’s Black World Community in the Economic, Legal and Educational landscape.

Ankara Miami presents Africa Fashion Week
Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22 – various locationsrong>
Florida’s largest runway show committed to featuring emerging and established designers from the African Diaspora has extended to Florida’s first African Fashion Week for four nights celebrating African fashions. Tickets can be purchased at AnkaraMiamiFashionWeek.com. Event lineup:

  • Thursday, 2/19 | VIP Meet & Greet | Private Location
  • Friday, 2/20 | Runway Showcase | Toyota of North Miami (ticketed event)
  • Saturday, 2/21 | Runway Showcase | Kovens Conference Center (ticketed event)
  • Sunday, 2/22 | Ankara Miami Pop-Up Shop | Alessandra Gold Concept Store

 

Miami Dade College’s African-American Closing Celebration
Thursday, February 26, 5:40PM – 7PM – MDC West Campus, 3800 NW 115th Ave, Room 1102, Miami

Miami Dade College closes out a month-long series of Black History Month celebrations with an evening of African-American gospel, jazz, and blues, with a performance by the MDC North Campus Chamber singers.

Black Tech Week
February 23 – 28 – Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave

The inaugural Black Tech Week presented by Code Fever during Black History Month convenes leading Black innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors spanning the globe to change the narrative surrounding the Black community and replace it with innovation, creativity, and technology. The aim of the week-long series of events is to accelerate Miami as the U.S. gateway to the Caribbean and Africa. For info and registration details, visit BlackTechWeek.com.

Black History Month Heritage Tour
Saturday, February 28, 8AM and 1PM – The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida presents a tour of the historic landmarks and neighborhoods that make up Miami’s rich and vibrant Black Heritage communities. From the vantage point of Big Bus Miami’s open-top bus, learn about Miami’s historic sites with stops including Overtown, Coconut Grove, Brownsville, Lemon City, Little Haiti, and Liberty City. The tour also visits the largest exhibition of art from Overtown expressionist art, Purvis Young. The tours depart at 8am and 1pm with each trip lasting four hours. For info, call (786) 708-4610. Cost $10 and children 5 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at miamiblackhistorytours.eventbrite.com.

An Evening of Praise: Our Story Through Song
Saturday, February 28, 6PM – Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, 17800 NW 25th Ave, Miami Gardens

Presented by Voices of Heritage, the resident youth choir of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, the concert explores the inextricable link between gospel music and the black life experience – from the African shores to the present – and reveals how music and the church play an integral part in shaping Black History in America. The collective choirs and gospel vocalists of Voices of Heritage, AME Southern Conference Youth Choir, and COGIC Florida Eastern Youth Choir collaborate to create a 150 voice choir that unifies both Miami-Dade and Broward through song. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/evening-of-praise-our-story-through-song-tickets-15524530288.

Caribe Film Fest
February 27 – 28 – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr, Miami

The inaugural festival showcases films from the Caribbean and the Americas and includes workshops, and 72 hour film challenge, film screens, and more. Visit CaribFilmFest.com for more info.

Art of Haiti and Quebec
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes

More than 20 artists from Quebec and Haiti are featured in an exhibit showcasing paintings and sculptures of great cultural diversity.

 

 

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