Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 071797
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File Number: 071797 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-751-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: CODESIGNATE PORTION OF NW 50TH ST. AS BISHOP WILLIAMS ST. Introduced: 6/6/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/26/2007
Agenda Date: 6/26/2007 Agenda Item Number: 5E
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING NW 50TH STREET FROM NW 27TH AVENUE TO NW 32ND AVENUE AS BISHOP JOSEPH DAVID ''J.D.'' WILLIAMS STREET
Indexes: RENAMING OF ROADS, BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 6/26/2007 5E Adopted P

County Attorney 6/6/2007 Assigned Murray A. Greenberg 6/6/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING NW 50TH STREET FROM NW 27TH AVENUE TO NW 32ND AVENUE AS BISHOP JOSEPH DAVID “J.D.” WILLIAMS STREET

BODY
WHEREAS, this Board has conducted a public hearing to consider codesignating NW 50th Street from NW 27th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue as Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams Street; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams was born in 1884 in Cat Island, Bahamas; he came to Miami at an early age; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams started working at the age of 10 as a water boy for a Flagler Railroad construction crew; industrious and intelligent, he obtained an education at a time when it was not the norm of young black men; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams, as a young man, became a minister and quoted the Bible in all aspects of his life; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams founded Miami’s First Church of God of Prophecy in Overtown in the early 1920s; he was the pastor at the Liberty City Church of God of Prophecy; he led the congregation to move from 62nd Street to 22nd Avenue and 60th Street. The church is currently building a new edifice at the cost of over a million dollars; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams, during his long career in the ministry, was Field Secretary for the Church of God of Prophecy, and was instrumental in building and serving churches in Hallandale, Hollywood, Liberty City and Key West; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams was an entrepreneur. As a pioneer businessman he was responsible for (under the direction of Wesley Garrison Realtors) the development of “Homeowners Paradise” and “Hialeah Gardens”; he purchased family plots and sold land from NW 22nd to 32nd Avenue and from NW 46th to 52nd Street to build homes that could be owned primarily by blacks. This was then the heart of “Brown-Sub” now known as Brownsville. On NW 27th Avenue and the 50th Street area, the first businesses were established. In later years, this two-lane dirt-road became a bustling center for black businesses in Brownsville. In 1954, he also established businesses on NW 49th Street and 27th Avenue, naming the building J.D. Williams and Sons which is still in operation. He valued business and was a visionary as an entrepreneur and believes that folks of diverse background could unite, build and develop a self-sustaining community; and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams was an active participant in voter registration long before it became a focus of the Civil Rights Era. He encouraged black people to get involved, vote and to support the process that supported self-actualization and sustainability. Believing that you can cripple people with constant handouts, he advocated that people become empowered through gaining useful skills, wisdom, education and commerce. He often quoted, “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime;” and
WHEREAS, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams passed away October 3, 1966, but the cornerstone of his life and his legacy still lives on in the Brownsville Community; and
WHEREAS, because of his spiritual leadership, his involvement and undying commitment to others and his vision for his community, Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams was beloved by all who knew him for his generosity and concern for others; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory of Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams with this codesignation; and
WHEREAS, this proposed codesignation is located in County Commission District 3,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board approves the codesignation of NW 50th Street from NW 27th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue as Bishop Joseph David “J.D.” Williams Street.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Postal Service, the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the Public Works Department and Land Development Division of the Public Works Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.



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