On Friday, December 31, 2011, the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, in conjunction with Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation, presented the 22nd Annual Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami.
Chief Nathaniel Styles, Jr. of Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation and Osun’s Village African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor served as host for the evening. Other Community Elders included HRH Iya Olasowo-Adefunmi; Altine Baki; William “DC” Clark; Joyce Davis; Alix Desulme; Verna Lewis Edington; Mr. & Mrs. James Farrington; Agnes Rolle Morton; Eric Pettus; Mr. & Mrs. Baljean Smith; and Dr. Arthur E. Woodard.
There was standing room only during the performances in the Theater and the feast in the Music Hall. Guests were treated to a percussion performance by Prince Emmanuel Aderele, Artist-in-Residence, Osun’s Village; Ronnie Wilson and child prodigy, Miguel Russell.
Karen Tynes of the Miami Herald, made the official announcement that Mrs. Mary Williams Woodard will be honored as one of individuals featured on the upcoming AT&T Black History calendar.
The Miami-Dade Chapter Kwanzaa Celebration committee included: Miranda Albury; Carisa Berkeley; Vanessa Woodard Byers; Shilesa Chandler; Amy Dawkins; Verna Lews Edington; Adrian Freeman; DeAnthony Friday; Dr. Carrie Keys; Clydell Koon; Austin Monroe; Baljean Smith; Natacha Stubbs and Ronnie Wilson. Romania Wilson is president of the Miami-Dade Chapter.
The standing room only crowd at the event dictates a larger venue be secured for the next event. Let's remember to practice the principles of Kwanzaa all year long to make our community a better place for future generations. Harambee!