Miami Alliance of Black School Educators (MABSE) President Dr. Steve Gallon III cordially invites you to join the celebration as we salute our local legends, catalysts, and shining stars in education at the Legacy of Excellence in Education Awards 2020. These individuals serve as models of educational excellence in Miami-Dade County. Their service and professionalism reflect the core mission and values of MABSE.
All of this year’s honorees are current or retired educators in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. They are Legends: School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall; retired administrator Dr. George Koonce; retired administrator and current president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP Ms. Adora Obi Nweze. Catalysts: Central Region Superintendent Mr. John Pace; Human Resources administrator Mrs. Treska Rodgers; and retired administrator Mr. Lesly Prudent. Shining Stars are Norwood Elementary School principal Dr. Kevin Williams; Andover Middle School principal Mr. Kenneth Williams; and George Washington Carver Elementary School teacher and Central Region Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ashley Vangates.
The awards will be formally presented on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. at NoMi Restaurant, 738 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets at ExcellenceInEducation2020.eventbrite.com. There will be no onsite ticket sales.
This MABSE Black History Month special event is presented with the generous support of Delta Dental and Rodriguez Piña & Associates.
We are less than two weeks away from the deadline to be registered to vote in Florida’s presidential preference primary in March. Former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams will be in Miami today for a Voter Protection Town Hall at Miami Dade College North Campus at 2 pm.
Florida is the election battleground for 2020. Voting rights are under blatant attack by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-led Legislature. From ignoring the will of the people regarding Amendment 4 and the restoration of voting rights of four million Floridians to suppressing the youth vote on college campuses by establishing law making it difficult for colleges and universities to host early voting sites.
Stacey Abrams is coming to help kick off a series of Voter Protection events. Voter protection is all the more important when considering the razor-thin vote margins that determined several Florida races.
When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968, he was in town in support of sanitation workers on strike because of poor wages and dangerous working conditions. Two workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, had been crushed to death in a garbage compactor. Their deaths, on February 1, 1968, and the response from the City of Memphis provoked the sanitation workers’ strike.
So, today, in honor of Dr. King and his support, there is no garbage pickup in Miami-Dade County. That is also why sanitation trucks are featured prominently in the MLK Parade.
The WISH (Women Involved In Service to Humanity) Foundation, Incorporated and Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated invite youths, mentoring groups, and auxiliary groups in Miami-Dade County and Broward County to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Youth Symposium on Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at Miami Carol City Senior High School, 3301 Miami Gardens Drive, Miami Gardens, FL. Registration is scheduled for 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Please RSVP on Eventbrite by January 15, 2020.
This is the ninth year of this annual gathering of youth from throughout South Florida in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme is ”Never Too Young: A Youth’s Role in Activism”. The event is designed to empower young people to activate Dr. King's teachings to address modern day issues confronting our community, country and the world.
~NAACP says statements by Florida Department of Education and Polk County School District leadership is deeply concerning and they are watching developments closely statewide. ~
“Polk County Public Schools proudly display a statement across their website that reads “PCPS 2020: Focused on Excellence”. While these words are advertised prominently, we are increasingly frustrated to find that the solutions presented by Commissioner Richard Corcoran are contradictory to this vision. His attempt to intimidate, discourage, and discount the significance of thousands of teachers across the state of Florida is vile. For far too long, Florida educators have demanded adequate public funding, resources, and staffing for the betterment of their students and have received nothing but empty promises and fleeting appeasements. Without equivocation, the NAACP stands firmly with those protesting and commanding that their voices are heard throughout this process. These teachers who have toiled tirelessly to foster a generation of forward-thinking students deserve better than bad policies and low salaries. It is high time Commissioner Richard Corcoran and Governor Ron DeSantis recognize and rectify the egregious behavior of the Florida Department of Education. We can no longer teach our Florida students about our history as a nation and our rights under our democracy, while their teachers are being marginalized, mistreated, and misused. The NAACP will continue to advocate and fight for the rights of these teachers, as they are indispensable to education and the state of Florida,” says Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and member of the National Board of Directors.
3:30 pm- Gathering at the Statue of Toussaint L’Ouverture (62nd St and North Miami Avenue)
4:51 pm- Moment of silence
5:00 pm- Processional march to the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (260 NE 59th Terrace)
5:30 pm- Program at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex
The week long Pan-African holiday known as Kwanzaa was first observed in 1966 in California. This year marks the 30th consecutive year of the local celebration hosted by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association. Recognizing the uplifting and community-building potential of it’s core values or seven principles, Dr. Freddie G. Young initiated the push to celebrate Kwanzaa. Event chair Vanessa Woodard Byers recalls the meager beginnings of the celebration being held in the living room of Dr. Young’s condominium with the kinara and other symbols being sketched on poster board by her brother, Harlan Woodard. Their mother, Mary Williams Woodard chaired the presentation of the event for many years. Since it was a labor of love for her, the organization’s members chose to name the event in her honor after she transitioned in 2010.
In keeping with the spirit of Kwanzaa, the free event grew from a FAMU alumni association event to a true community celebration in collaboration with other organizations and international artists. The event grew from private homes to public facilities with attendance as large as 500 the year Tavis Smiley was the featured speaker. Byers would like to see the event garner enough support to present a countywide coordinated event each day of the week as the holiday was designed. In the meantime, an invitation is extended to this year’s milestone celebration with a challenge to everyone to make Kwanzaa a lifestyle.
If You go:
30th ANNUAL MARY WILLIAMS WOODARD LEGACY KWANZAA CELEBRATION. This joyous celebration of family, friends and community is the largest and longest-running local public celebration of the Nguzo Saba (Principles of Kwanzaa) in the Miami area.
MARY WILLIAMS WOODARD LEGACY KWANZAA CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 28, 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm
City of Opa-locka Municipal Complex
780 Fisherman Street
Opa-locka, FL 33054
Hosted by City of Opa-locka Vice Mayor Chris Davis, the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association, the Dr. Arthur & Mary Woodard Foundation for Education and Culture and Chief Nathaniel Styles, Jr. of Osun's Village African Caribbean Arts Corridor in partnership with the Opa-locka CDC, Zoe's Dolls and Next Generation Dance Academy.
The event is FREE. Register at KwanzaaMiami30.eventbrite.com. Remember that Kwanzaa is a non-religious, non-political, family-friendly holiday. Enjoy the Soul Food Feast (Potluck donations are welcome.), music, dancing and celebrating with friends.
Donations of books and new, unwrapped educational toys are greatly appreciated. This year’s donated books and educational toys will benefit the Children’s Unit of New Horizons Mental Health Center, Inc.
If you have any questions, email Vanessa Byers at email@example.com or call (305) 343-9088. Thank you. HARAMBEE!