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Black Affairs Advisory Board

  • History

    In 1979, longtime community activist Mrs. Athalie Range, affectionately called "Ma Range," appeared before the then Metro-Dade County Commission, representing the MLK Merchants Association. She petitioned to establish the Office of Black Affairs to optimize the Black community's access to county services. In response, the County Commission passed an Ordinance establishing the "Office of Black Affairs" in November, 1979.

    In 1980, the Office of Black Affairs sponsored a four-day community-wide conference called "Black Blueprint for the 80s," out of which evolved the establishment of such programs as the Coalition of Black Organizations (COBO) and the Metro-Miami Action Plan (MMAP) now called the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) . These initiatives sought to promote inclusiveness and provide access to services and opportunities for Blacks.

    The Board is committed to advocating on behalf of the Black World Community through a variety of activities and programs. The Black Affairs Advisory Board receives staff support from the Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Board of County Commissioners.

  • Mission

    The Black Affairs Advisory Board is under the Board of County Commissioners and was created to serve in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Each BAAB member was selected by and represents a Commissioner from each district and serves at the will of that commissioner. 
    The Black Affairs Advisory Board exists to advocate for the social, economic, political and educational needs of the diverse Black World Community in Miami-Dade County, while advancing the quality of life for these residents in a dedicated and responsive manner.
  • Bylaws and Ordinance

    The bylaws and founding ordinance for the Black Affairs Advisory Board can be found below.
  • Agendas and Minutes

    The Black Affairs Advisory Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month (with the exception of December) in the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.

  • Board Members

    • Stephen Hunter Johnson, Chair
    • Jonathan Alexis
    • Brandon D. Bartley
    • Tracey Bowen Bell
    • Jo’Dane Craigman
    • Priscilla Dames Blake
    • D.J. Fabien
    • Rodney W. Jacobs, Jr.
    • Dr. Tisa McGhee
    • David McGill
    • Lovette McGill
    • Dannie McMillon
    • Ronald Mumford
    • Jihad Rashid
    • Pierre Rutledge
    • Sandy Sears
    • Cliff Thomas
    • Edgar Wright
  • Committees

    The Black Affairs Advisory Board has several committees which are reflective of the issues and concerns of its residents. These committees are: 

    • Black Heritage Planning
    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Housing
    • Crisis Intervention/Respect Life!
    • Economic Development
    • Budget & Finance
    • Social Media & Marketing
    • Legislative Affairs
  • Programs

    Findings and Recommendations
    Annual Pillar Awards
    The annual Pillars Awards recognizes people from the community who often work “behind the scenes” often without intentionally seeking recognition. Young Pillars are selected based on their academic accomplishments and community service. 
    For further details on the Black Affairs Advisory Board or the Annual Pillars Awards, call (305) 375-4606.
  • Volunteer

    The Office of Community Advocacy is looking for volunteers to serve as liaison between the Advisory Boards and the Miami-Dade County community at large.


    All volunteer members must be permanent residents of Miami-Dade County. In addition, members should have demonstrated an interest in the field, activity or sphere covered by the board.

    The primary consideration in appointing volunteer members is to provide the board with the needed technical, professional, financial, business or administrative expertise.

    Please note: all volunteers must pass a background check, provided by Miami-Dade County.

     Duties & Responsibilities:

    • To assist in an advisory capacity to the County Commission, the County administration, and all agencies and persons in respects to matters pertaining to the Black community.
    • To help formulate and recommend plans and programs for coordination of the activities of governmental entities and nongovernmental agencies pertaining to the Black community.

    For more information, please read the Black Affairs Advisory Board Code of Ordinance.

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