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Residents and visitors to the South Florida area can look forward to a number of exciting events to celebrate Black History Month.   The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board office has compiled a comprehensive list of events that will take place throughout the month of February 2009.   All events marked by an asterisk are sponsored by the Black Affairs Advisory Board’s Heritage Planning Committee, which is comprised of volunteer Miami-Dade County employees.

This year’s national theme is:  “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas”   Following is a listing of events and activities:   

*Month long Activities

February 1-28, 2009

Kinad, Inc. African American Timeline Exhibition

A look at African-based contributions to American history through a multi-media, interactive exhibit curated by Kinad, Inc.  The exhibit—one  of Miami-Dade County’s largest, is free and open to the general public Monday—Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stephen P. Clark Center (Lobby)

111 NW 1st Street Miami, Florida

Details: (305) 375-4606

www.kinad.org or www.miamidade.gov

Miami-Dade Transit Black History Bus Tours

February 1-28, 2009

A three and a half hour narrated tour aboard an air-conditioned Miami-Dade Transit bus, features significant historical sites and leaves from the Stephen P. Clark Center each Saturday in February.

Reservations are required and highly recommended.

To schedule a tour:  (786) 469-5028


Miami-Dade Public Library

February 3-28, 2009

Numerous events featuring storytellers, music, art projects, music from Oscar Fuentes, Nicole Yarling, Son de Ahora and various award-winning storytellers.  For a complete listing of all events check out the Miami-Dade Public Library’s website: www.mdpls.org or call

(305) 375-BOOK (2665)

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

February 1-28, 2009

Educational seminars, tours, Annual Theodore Gibson Competition

& Annual Black History Culture & Brain Bowl (January 31, 2009)

Details:  Sherrilyn Scott:  (305) 995-1492 or  sherrilynscott@dadeschools.net

City of Miami Beach

February 1—March 20, 2009

The City of Miami Beach’s Black History Theme is:  “Living the Dream 2009”

Several activities are planned by the Black History Committee including artist presentations; workshops; tribute to Jazz & Blues, “Living the Dream Celebration Banquet” and a fashion showcase.  For a complete listing of all events contact:  Simon Carvil at (305) 673-7000 ext. 6648 or the website at www.miamibeachfl.gov.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida

March 5, 2009 through January 24, 2010

“Black Crossroads:  The African Diaspora in Miami”

Sheds new light on the impact of African Americans, Africans, Black Caribbeans and Hispanics have had on South Florida and examines the Black Experience from 1896 to the present.

Details:  Member Services at (305) 376-5356 or the website www.hmsf.org


February 1—8, 2009

Florida Memorial University’s Annual Homecoming Celebration


South Florida’s only Historically Black University-HBCU—celebrates Homecoming for students, alumni and friends.

Details:  (305) 626-3600 or www.fmuniv.edu

Monday, February 2, 2009

6:00—8:00 p.m.

Grand Opening Reception for Black Police Museum Exhibit

1009 N.W. 5th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33137

Details:  (305) 250-5390

*Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

12  Noon—2:00 p.m.

Black History Month Exhibit Ribbon Cutting/Opening Ceremony

Grand opening of the  month long interactive, multidimensional exhibit curated by Kinad, Inc. which takes a historical look at the contributions of  the African Diaspora in the Americas


Stephen P. Clark Center

111 NW 1st Street

Miami, Florida

(305) 375-4606

Details:  (305) 375-4606

www.miamidade.gov/baab or www.kinad.org

Friday, February 13, 2009

7 p.m. –10:00 p.m.

 “Asili Night: An Old Fashioned Evening of Poetry and Jazz”

Featuring poets Geoffrey Philip; Joseph McNair; Zarifa Muhammad-El and Samantha Cooper with special guest Jazz Artist Charlie Austin and the Charlie Austin Ensemble

William Lehman Theater

Miami-Dade College, North Campus

Admission:  Free

Details: (305) 693-6236


*Saturday, February 14, 2009

7:00 p.m.

5th Annual Valentine “Old School” Fundraiser “Yes We Can! Valentine Dinner & Dance” 

Miami Women’s Club

1737 North Bayshore Drive

Miami, Florida

Ticketed event with proceeds to benefit the “Young Pillars Scholarship Fund”

Includes dinner, door prizes, games and dancing.

Details: (305) 375-4606 or www.miamidade,gov/baab

*Wednesday, February 18, 2009

12 noon-1:00 p.m.

Miami-Dade Transit Choir Concert

Stephen P. Clark Government Center

111 NW 1st Street

Miami, Florida

Details: (305) 375-4606 or www.miamidade,gov/baab

February 20-21, 2009

8:00 p.m.

Miami-Dade College’s Cultura del Lobo Performance Series

The Break/s

The Living Word Project by Mark Bamuthi Joseph

Details:  (305) 237-3010


*Saturday, February 21, 2009

10 a.m.—4 p.m.

Black History Extravaganza

All Day Family & Community Event

*Designated stop for Miami-Dade Transit Black History Tour, featuring food, music, fashions, art, entertainment & vendors

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

6161 NW 22nd Avenue

Miami, Florida

Details:  (305) 375-4606 or www.miamidade.gov/baab

February 21, 2009

7:00 p.m.

City of Miami Gardens’ 

Miss Miami Gardens Pageant”

Florida Memorial University’s Lou Rawls Center

15800 NW 42nd Avenue

Details:  (305) 622-8000 ext.  or visit the website at www.missmiamigardens.com

Saturday, February 21, 2009

9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

“The Evolution of Orisha Worship in Diaspora”

Featuring poets a distinguished forum of scholars, authors and practitioners and presided over by the Yeye Osun of Lagos, Chief Mrs. Ifafunke Motunrayo Olagbaju

William Lehman Theater

Miami-Dade College, North Campus

Room 2147

Admission:  Free

Details: (305) 693-6236

Sunday, February 22, 2009

1:00 –6:00 p.m.

 “Odun:  A Celebration of African Spirituality”

Family event featuring singers, dancers, drummers and masquerades from Nigeria

Joseph Caleb Center

5400 N.W. 22nd Avenue

Room 2147

Admission:  Free

Details: (305) 693-6236

Friday, February 27, 2009

11:00 a.m.

Corrections and Rehabilitation Department

Black History Month Celebration:  “Change Has Come”

$35.00 per person

Jungle Island-Treetop Ballroom

111 Parrot Jungle Trail

Featuring food, music, fashion shows, art, entertainment & vendors

Details:  (786) 263-6100 or (786) 263-6102

*Friday, February 27, 2009

(Vendors 9 a.m.—4 p.m. & Concert 12 noon-1:30 p.m.)

Free Gospel Concert & African Marketplace Vendors

Stephen P. Clark Government Center

111 NW 1st Street

Miami, Florida

Details:  (305) 375-4606 or www.miamidade.gov

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Reception 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m.          

Portrait of Empowerment Scholarship Gala

Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel

1633 North Bayshore Drive

Miami, Florida 33132

Cost:  $75 per person

 Details: Dottie Johnson (305) 769-6982



For further details, contact the Black Affairs Advisory Board at   (305) 375-4606 or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/baab.


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Thanks for this! This is the only notice of BHM 2009 events I've received so far.

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