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December 2009

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We’re fast approaching the end of 2009. Thank you for your support and encouragement. When this year ends, the campaign really begins as we countdown to August 2010.

We are only days away from our next quarterly fundraising report deadline. Please donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or even $250  before  midnight on December 31.

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Michael Brewer leaves hospital [VIDEO]

Deerfield Beach teenager, Michael Brewer got the chance to leave the hospital where he's recovering from severe burns at the hands of other neighborhood teens. Michael has a long recovery ahead and the kids who burned him are facing serious jail time.

Update: American Airlines plane crash in Jamaica

Plane crash at Norman Manley International Airport 

Plane crash at Norman Manley International Airport

If you don't believe in God or that angels protect us, these photos of the crash of American Airlines Flight 331 at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica will surely make you say a prayer or two.

It is nothing short of miraculous the plane carrying 154 people didn't careen into the ocean and there were no serious injuries among the 92 taken to the hospital.

Photos: AP


Miami Herald: Lemon City cemetery gets historic designation

Posted on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009


A quest to secure historic designation for a long-forgotten cemetery uncovered on a warehouse and auto repair shop in the Lemon City area unveiled a historical trail of black Miami and lost familial bonds.

When construction workers digging up a parcel of land on 71st Street near Northwest Third Avenue discovered human remains in April, it was unclear at the time what they found.

Led by Enid Pinkney, chairwoman of the African-American committee of Dade Heritage Trust, along with historians, archaeologists and community members; what started as an elusive search to identify unknown bodies turned into a successful mission to preserve history.

Michael Eric Dyson at FIU and other MLK activities

One of my favorite speakers, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will be in town for MLK activities at FIU. Check out the article from South Florida Caribbean News.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is Keynote Speaker for FIU's 19th Annual Breakfast to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy

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MIAMI - Florida International University's Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will once again be commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong celebration inspired by Dr. King's life and work. This year's theme is "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Dream." The MLK Commemorative Celebration is one... Read More...

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Kwanzaa, the annual African American holiday celebration of traditional community values and creative talent, will be launched in grand style with the always-inspiring Annual Kuumba Kwanzaa Art Exhibition, a showcase of new and recent works by South Florida African World visual artists, on December 26, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Amadlozi Gallery, 2166 Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (NW 62 Street at NW 22 Avenue) in Miami’s historic Liberty City district.  The Grand Opening coincides with a live performance of ACAPAI’s (African American Caribbean Performing Artists, Inc.) highly popular original Holiday stage play “Ashella,” in the Center’s Wendell A. Narcisse Theater.

The two events, appropriately, launch the seven-day celebration, with the observance of Umoja (Unity), the first of the Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa.  The following days celebrate Kujichagulia (self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).    The Kwanzaa holiday was established in the late 1960s by Dr. Ron Karenga, and is based on traditional African harvest festivals, when everybody helps with the work, the whole village shares the bounty of the harvest, and families and friends visit and exchange gifts and news before the work of the new year’s planting begins.

The Annual Kuumba Kwanzaa Art Exhibition has been a popular favorite during events  at the Cultural Arts Center during the Holiday Season, as it features many of the latest works by South Florida’s African American, Caribbean and African artists.  It will remain at the Gallery until the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 18, 2010.  School groups and senior citizen groups are especially welcome.  For further information, please call 305-638-6771 or 305-904-7620.  Admission to the Exhibition is free and open to the Public.



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