Commissioner Jordan hosts Black Heritage Festival
Acts showcase singing, comedic and drumming skills
Left: Commissioner Barbara Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Councilman Rodney Harris with vendor Connie Williams who sells Black History T-shirts. Middle: Miami Norland Senior High School’s drumline opens the event. Right: Catherine Williams of Unique Fashions shows off one of her garments.
(MIAMI GARDENS, FL) – Mimicking moves from two of Florida’s famed universities, the Miami Norland Senior High School drumline got the crowd of more than 300 people enthused at the second annual Black Heritage Festival hosted by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Councilman Rodney Harris at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex Amphitheater on Saturday.
“All of my events focus on the needs of the total family,” said Commissioner Jordan. “While parents were being entertained by acts on the stage, children were in bliss having their faces painted, jumping in the bounce house and rock climbing.”
A few of the acts that graced the stage included gospel singer Gia Wyre, Simone’s Just Dance Performing Arts Studio, Vocalist Ashley Moss accompanied by jazz great Melton Mustafah, BMS African Drummers, Brentwood Elementary School Choir, Obsidian Order Theatre Ensemble of Florida Memorial University, and the Jesus People Ministry Choir which delivered an outstanding rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing.
The festival, also developed to give entrepreneurs exposure, showcased business owners promoting an array of cultural wares under white tents that contributed to the festive environment.
“This is my second year displaying my trendy dresses and accessories,” said Catherine Williams, who is a teacher by trade and owns Unique Fashions. “I’ve been in business for three years and I’m here because I want to learn from others and gain more self-awareness.”
“It was important for us to support the efforts of Commissioner Jordan,” said Retha Boone-Fye, director of the Black Affairs Advisory Board and coordinator of the vendors. “The BAAB advocates on behalf of residents of the African Diaspora and supports cultural events that reflect our rich heritage.”
The 2015 Black Heritage Festival was sponsored by AT&T, Inc.; Black Affairs Advisory Board; Carrie Concessions; City of Miami Gardens; D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.; EAC Consulting, Inc.; EBS Engineering, Inc.; H&R Block; IBEW Local Union 349; Marlins Foundation; Miami-Dade County Parks Foundation; Orion Jet Center; and the Santana Moss Foundation, Inc.