Commissioner Jordan hosts 4th Annual Black Heritage Festival
Commissioner Jordan accompanies a Junkaoo band as they kick off the 4th Annual Black Heritage Festival.
(Photos by Armando Rodriguez / Miami-Dade County)
MIAMI GARDENS – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan celebrated the theme “Black Excellence” at her fourth annual Black Heritage Festival. Jordan kicked off the show sporting colorful African-themed attire and dancing alongside a Caribbean-style Junkanoo band composed of drums, horns, whistles and brass instruments.
Over 200 residents attended the festival, which was hosted by Commissioner Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro on Feb. 4 at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex Amphitheater. Jordan said her festival, which is celebrated each year during Black History Month, honors the rich and diverse heritage of Black people.
“It’s important to highlight our history, culture, and the contributions we have made to this country.” Commissioner Jordan said. “Our youth, and community as a whole, need to know that our forefathers have sacrificed and paved the way.”
The festival showcased the wide-ranging talents of local residents, which included music, dance, fashion design, poetry and more. A few of the acts that graced the stage included Jesus People Ministries International Gospel Choir, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Ronnie “VOP”, Teenear, Simone’s Just Dance Studios, the Viking Freedom Writers and more.
The festival also serves as an opportunity to give local entrepreneurs more exposure. Business owners promoted an array of cultural wares along with several food trucks and other food vendors.
Children enjoyed rock-wall climbing, face-painting, and bounce houses. There were mobile units on hand from CareerSource South Florida and Kinad African American Mobile Museum.
The 4th Annual Black Heritage Festival was sponsored by EAC Consulting, Inc., Orion Jet Center, Marlins Foundation, Florida Blue, Carrie Concessions, IBEW 349, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Holsen Inc. Enterprises, and Banana Wave Milk.
At left, Commissioner Jordan and Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro make welcoming remarks at the festival. At right, Commissioner Jordan joins the crowd at the Black Heritage Festival.