Commissioner Jordan hosts 5th Annual Black Heritage Festival
Commissioner Jordan and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert accompany a Junkaoo band as they kick off the 5th Annual Black Heritage Festival.
(Photos by Armando Rodriguez / Miami-Dade County)
MIAMI GARDENS – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan kicked off the fifth annual Black Heritage Festival by dancing alongside a Caribbean-style Junkanoo band composed of drums, horns, whistles and brass instruments. Nearly 1,000 residents filled the amphitheater to “Celebrate a Rich History,” which was this year’s theme.
The event was hosted by Commissioner Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert on Saturday, Feb. 17 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.
“This type of event instills pride among our people, and it’s important to celebrate our contributions and achievements,” Commissioner Jordan said.
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, Alliance for Musical Arts Drumline, Images Modeling & Performing Arts, A.R.I.S.E. Dance Studio, the Viking Freedom Writers and more.
Over 500 elementary, middle, and high school students were acknowledged for making honor roll distinctions at 30 schools in District 1. Business owners were on site promoting 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 5th Annual Black Heritage Festival was sponsored by EAC Consulting, Inc., Airside International Business Park, D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., Marlins Foundation, Carrie Concessions, IBEW Local Union 349, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Slip-N-Slide Records, AT&T, Urban Health & Wellness Group, IGWT Construction, Inc., The Carrie Meek Foundation, and Cox Media Group.
At left, Commissioner Jordan and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert join the crowd at the Black Heritage Festival. At right, Commissioner Jordan and Mayor Gilbert greet vendors at the festival.