Commissioner Jordan hosts 7th Annual Black Heritage Festival
At left, Commissioner Jordan and Miami Gardens Councilman Reggie Leon open the Black Heritage Festival with a Junkaoo band. At right, Commissioner Jordan greets vendors at the festival. (Photos by Godfrey Mead / Miami-Dade County)
MIAMI GARDENS – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan kicked off the seventh 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 “Black by Popular Demand,” which was this year’s theme.
The event was hosted by Commissioner Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert on Saturday, Feb. 29 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.
“Every year, I’m proud to host this event to highlight our history, culture, and the contributions that African Americans have made to this country,” Commissioner Jordan said.
The festival showcased the wide-ranging talents of local residents, including music, dance, fashion design, poetry and more. A few of the acts that graced the stage included Glory Shalom, Keymah Renee, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Alliance for Musical Arts Drumline, Dominque “Know God” Rivers, Halle Rae, Fabian & Mom, Simone’s Just Dance Studio and more.
Over 500 elementary, middle, and high school students were acknowledged for making honor roll distinctions at schools throughout 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 7th Annual Black Heritage Festival was sponsored by EAC Consulting, Inc., Airside International Business Park, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, The Carrie Meek Foundation, Carrie Concessions, IBEW Local Union 349, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bombardier, and HBC Engineering Company.
A dance performance at the Black Heritage Festival