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For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2014
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Trenae V. Floyd

Scores Turn Out for First Black Heritage Festival

Contributions of African Americans Nationally and Internationally Celebrated


Left: Commissioner Jordan (middle) gets a first-hand look at the Black History traveling exhibit managed by Kinad Inc. Commissioner Jordan is joined by Shekina Donaldson, owner of Kinad, Inc., City of Miami Gardens Councilman Rodney Harris, Councilman David Williams and Mayor Oliver Gilbert. Middle: Commissioner Jordan poses with the dancers from the Edwin Holland Dance Company who performed during the first District 1 Black Heritage Festival. Right: Commissioner Jordan and members from the City of Miami Gardens Council visit with vendors as they showcase their wares during the Black Heritage Festival.

(Miami Gardens, FL) – More than 200 people turned out recently for the first-ever District 1 Black Heritage Festival held by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and co-hosted by City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. The event, which was created to celebrate contributions made by African Americans to the United States, was held from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens.

“While this was our first event, I am thoroughly pleased with the attendees and the participation by our vendors,” said Commissioner Jordan. “There were beautiful African artifacts, African fashions made with authentic fabrics from the Motherland and incredibly colorful and artistic jewelry.” 

Parents enjoyed a line-up of live entertainment that included stepping, singing, modern and African dance and a slew of other talent. Children were treated to rock climbing and a bounce house.

“These are the kinds of activities that our community needs,” said Commissioner Jordan. “I am committed to working with our business partners in District 1 to ensure that they help give back to the community that has continuously supported them.”

Sponsors for the Black Heritage Festival include: Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation; EAC Consulting, Inc.; EBS Engineering, Inc.; D. Stephenson Construction; H&R Block; Orion Jet Center; Overnight Success; Santana T. Moss; Black Affairs Advisory Board; City of Miami Gardens; and the Office of Commissioner Barbara Jordan.