Celebrate Black History Month

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By: Pam Payano

Black History month has arrived!

Black history is American history and proudly highlighted in Miami throughout February’s Black History Month. Make this year memorable with these Black, Bold and Beautiful cultural events.

Black History Tours of Virginia Key Beach Park

Throughout February

Learn about 75 years of Black history and culture during free tours at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami. This beautiful place, populated by 60 plant species, was once the only area beach where Black people were welcome. Black History Month tours are being offered in February at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. To reserve your spot, call (305) 960-4600 or email info@virginiakeybeachpark.net. At any time, take a virtual walk by downloading an app and listening to stories about the park.

Lyric Live All-Star Tribute to Betty Wright, “Miami’s Queen of Soul”

February 5, 2021

The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater is kicking off Lyric Live Season 7 on Friday, February 5th at 7:30pm, both virtual and in person, with an All-Star Show as a musical salute to the late Betty Wright, Miami’s Queen of Soul. Hosted by comedian Chello Davis with live music by Jody Hill & Deep Fried Funk Band, DJ H2, and Showtyme Junkanoo. Tribute performances by Lyric Live Alumni: VesSoul (Season 3 Winner); Laurana Strachan (Season 5 Winner); Gia Wyre (Season 6 Winner); and James P. Jackson, Jr. (Lyric Live Alumni). Purchase in-person tickets as well as Virtual Viewing Tickets.

"Art & Soul" A Virtual Affair & Fundraiser

February 6, 2021

Stay in the comfort of your home to attend this year’s “Art & Soul,” a virtual fundraiser to benefit the Fund for African American Art at the Perez Art Museum Miami. The event, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, will feature a catered option presented by the honoree, renowned Chef Marcus Samuelson. For details about the fundraiser and museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, call (786) 345-5674, bwhitley@pamm.org or visit Pamm.org.

"When Liberty Burns: The McDuffie Riots"

February 7, 2021

Attend a screening of the film “When Liberty Burns: The McDuffie Riots” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 7, presented by South Florida People of Color. The event will feature a Unity360 Community Dialogue with filmmaker Dudley Alexis. For details, including information about how to reserve your seat, visit southfloridapoc.org.

Black Affairs Advisory Board's Black History Month Kickoff

February 8, 2021

The unveiling of “The Black Family & The Children Are Our Future” photo exhibit will be a highlight of the Black Affairs Advisory Board’s Black History Month Kickoff. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 8, in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 N.W. First St., Miami. The photo exhibit, curated by My Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE), features images from Joe Wesley & Creative Soul Photography. For details, call (305) 375-4606, email Retha.Boone-Fye@miamidade.gov or visit miamidade.gov.

GMCVB Coffee & Conversation: A Renewed Look at Black History in Miami

February 17, 2021

Join the Multicultural Tourism & Development Department and the Black Archives on Wednesday, February 17th at 10am, as we celebrate Black History Month through an interactive virtual discussion focused on the rich history of the Black community in Miami. Moderated by Tim Barber, historian and Executive Director of the Black Archives at the Historic Lyric Theater, learn of the current activations in the neighborhoods and how we can elevate the visibility of the entities that continue to share these stories.

Virtual meeting access link and call-in information will be sent after registration. Register Today.

"Honoring Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, Esq."

February 17, 2021

Join the celebration to celebrate a Florida pioneer. The ”Honoring Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, Esq.” event will be hosted virtually by the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr.  Bar Association & 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. To attend the event on Zoom, request an RSVP by emailing blackhistorymonthevent@gmail.com

One Night in Miami: Historic Overtown Edition

February 18, 2021

A virtual presentation of One Night in Miami: Historic Overtown Edition will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 18. The evening of storytelling will feature legendary “Towners,” who have agreed to talk about their childhood and life in Overtown. For details about how to view the virtual event, call (305) 710-2212.

“A Conversation with Noted Historian Henry Louis Gates & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham”

February 20, 2021

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALFH) will host its marquee event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20.  “A Conversation with Noted Historian Henry Louis Gates & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham” will be a virtual presentation. For details about how to attend, visit asalh.org/calendar/marque.

“Why I am Proud of My Heritage as I Plan for My Future”

February 20, 2021

The winners of the “Why I am Proud of My Heritage as I Plan for My Future” essay contest will be honored on Saturday, February 20. The virtual event will be presented by Lemon City Cemetery Community Corporation. For details about how to attend, email Retha.Boone-Fye@miamidade.gov or visit historichamptonhouse.org.

Still Waters Run Deep: The Fight for Beach Access Across America

February 22, 2021

Join the Black Archives on Monday, February 22nd at 7pm, for a virtual discussion, “Still Waters Run Deep: The Fight for Beach Access Across America” will discuss segregated beaches throughout the U.S., the circumstances around their creation, and the protests and legal battles against these unfair racist practices. Panelists will include representatives of historic Black beaches, historians, authors, and wade-in participants. Free registration via zoom.

GMCVB Hosts a Black History Month Cultural Conversation

February 26, 2021

Join the Multicultural Tourism & Development Department over lunch on Friday, February 26th at noon, for a virtual conversation highlighting Art, Film and Culture with Founder & CEO of the American Black Film Festival, Jeff Friday and actor, educator, and activist, Lamman Rucker. Arts and culture in Miami Dade continue to serve a key role in the GMCVB’s tourism marketing and promotion initiatives. This cultural conversation includes a combination of interesting topics and inspiration for the creative to the business mind. During the first half of this virtual program Jeff Friday will give updates on the American Black Film Festival’s upcoming 25th year event happening in Miami. During the second half of the program an inspiring interview with actor Lamman Rucker will take place regarding art, entertainment, film and more. Enjoy your lunch with us and register for the cultural conversation.

24th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Weekend

February 26 – 28, 2021

Join Melton Shakir Mustafa Arts Incorporated in celebrating 24 years of Jazz in South Florida via virtual and in person events at the Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex for the 24th annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival. Starting with a jazz on the plaza event featuring live jazz, spoken word & silent art auction, virtual zoom jazz workshops, a jazzy mixer at the Lil Greenhouse Grill and culminating with the anticipated annual concert, the weekend lineup is surely one you don’t want to miss. For more details or to purchase tickets.

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