Last Thursday, a group of lovely ladies gathered at Soyka's in Midtown Miami to celebrate the birthday of local journalistic legend Bea Hines. The gathering, the brainchild of another legend and history maker, archivist and historian, Dr. Dororthy Jenkins Fields, was multi-purposed. Not only would Ms. Hines, the first Black female reporter at the Miami Herald be celebrated, but it would be the first gathering of a small group of local African-American women journalists and writers informally named --- Miami's Black Scribes.
The inaugural group of Miami's Black Scribes includes Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields; Julia Brown; Vanessa Woodard Byers; Vennda-Rei Gibson; Bea Hines; Linda Johnson; Maude Newbold; and Andrea Robinson.
Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Woodard Byers