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History of the Black Affairs Advisory Board

In 1979, longtime community activist Mrs. Athalie Range, affectionately called "Ma Range," appeared before the then Metro-Dade County Commission, representing the MLK Merchants Association. She petitioned to establish the Office of Black Affairs to optimize the Black community's access to county services. In response, the County Commission passed an Ordinance establishing the "Office of Black Affairs" in November, 1979.

In 1980, the Office of Black Affairs sponsored a four-day community-wide conference called "Black Blueprint for the 80s," out of which evolved the establishment of such programs as the Coalition of Black Organizations (COBO) and the Metro-Miami Action Plan (MMAP) now called the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) . These initiatives sought to promote inclusiveness and provide access to services and opportunities for Blacks.

The Board is committed to advocating on behalf of the Black World Community through a variety of activities and programs. The Black Affairs Advisory Board receives staff support from the Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Board of County Commissioners' Office of the Chair.

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