2018 Black History Month Issue Legacy South Florida

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"Providing News/Information and Connecting Florida’s Black Affluencers and Influencers"

City of

West Park


West Park Mayor Eric Jones


Years in 50 Miami Gardens


Vice Mayor Brian C. Johnson




Editor’s Note

Traveling back in �me is absolutely fascina�ng. While recently diving into documents at the Black Archives History and Research Founda�on in Historic Overtown, I was quickly transported back to 1896. That is the year Dana A. Dorsey, the son of Georgia sharecroppers, arrived in South Florida to build a real estate

fortune. Imagine an African-American building his por�olio by owning 30 acres of breathtaking waterfront property on what's now known as Fisher Island. And this happened during the tumultuous period of segrega�on that followed the na�on’s Reconstruc�on Era. That transac�on helped catapult Dorsey into Miami's elite club of millionaires – the first African-American businessman to achieve such wealth in this area at that �me. Later that day, I stopped by the Historic Hampton House in Brownsville, a former motel where the likes of the Rev. Dr. Mar�n Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X lodged during the segregated 1960s. I was greeted by historian Dr. Enid C. Pinckney, 86, who shared stories of her father, Bishop

Henry Cur�s, who led one of the first churches in a small southeast Broward County community ini�ally established for Black families in the early 1900s. It is now known as the City of West Park. It is a thriving incorporated city with a rich history of working-class Black Americans who se�led there seeking homeownership and self-sufficiency. These inspira�onal anecdotes celebra�ng Black progress and success in South Florida are o�en ignored or overlooked in mainstream history books and media. We, here at Legacy magazine, take pride in repor�ng these stories, not just during Black History Month, but throughout the year. Just ask archivist and historian Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, 75, founder of the Black Archives.

"How proud I am," said Fields in an email to Legacy a�er offering her exper�se for the February issue." Legacy magazine adds to my personal and professional mission to document the Black experience in Miami-Dade County from 1896 to the present. [Legacy CEO and President] Dexter [Bridgeman] and his associates con�nue to make an important contribu�on to recording, preserving and promo�ng Black history year round. Thank you!" Passing down rich stories of struggle and triumph from one genera�on to the next is our mission, too. Let’s never forget from whence we came so we’ll have a be�er idea than our ancestors did about the path we’re des�ned take.

Russell Motley

Editor-in-Chief, Legacy Magazine


THAT SUPPORT US: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County www.arshtcenter.org Broward College www.broward.edu Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development www.broward.org/smallbusiness City of Fort Lauderdale www.fortlauderdale.gov City of Miramar www.miramarfl.gov City of West Park www.cityofwestpark.net Florida Department of Health www.floridahealth.gov Norton Museum of Art norton.org Nova Southeastern University www.nova.edu/blackhistory Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com VITAS Healthcare www.vitas.com

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CITY OF WEST PARK The City of Positive Progression The City of West Park, Broward County’s newest municipality, was incorporated on March 1, 2005, and is located in southeast Broward County. Known as The City of Positive Progression, West Park is a multicultural city of approximately 15,000 residents. West Park boasts national designation as a Playful City USA. Residents and visitors enjoy recreational activities at Mary Saunders Park and McTyre Park which host a variety of activities for youth and seniors. The City also runs a free bus shuttle and hosts many community events including a monthly Free Fresh Foods Distribution, and the annual Earth Day Recycling Fair, Mother’s Day Brunch, Father’s Day Celebration, Back to School Supplies Giveaway, Thanksgiving Feed the Needy Feast, and Holiday Toy Giveaway. Economic development and growth is a major focus for the City, which has a thriving commercial and industrial community and offers great incentives for businesses including the annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant program.

SW 40 Avenue / Barack Obama Boulevard Complete Street Improvements: Complete street infrastructure improvements include a pedestrian friendly sidewalk, bicycle lanes, traffic calming devices, landscaping, asphalt resurfacing, pavement markings, and pavers to enhance the corridor for more friendly recreational use and enjoyment.

McTyre Park Cultural Center: The City plans to develop a Cultural Center on the 18.5 acres at McTyre Park, to serve as a focal point for community activities and social engagement. The center will offer cultural activities and youth programs and include a theater, multipurpose gymnasium, basketball courts, a fitness center, and meeting rooms.

Public-Private Partnership Development Opportunities: The City launched a strategic development program to secure underutilized Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) retention pond properties at the southeast corner of State Road 7 and Hallandale Beach Boulevard. The opportunity for development through a Public-Private Partnership, envisions construction of a mixed use complex with public parking garage and revenue generating ground floor retail space.





Commissioner's Report

Sharief: 'I Love the Congresswoman Wearing the Pretty Hat'

By Commissioner Barbara Sharief

She was instrumental in crea�ng the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project to mentor young African-American male youth through junior high school and on to college. She has single handedly increased gradua�on rates and educa�onal opportuni�es for our children in income-challenged areas. Many of the young men in our community lack male role models. The Congresswoman has done a terrific job of recrui�ng successful African-American male role models so impressively that the program fills the room every �me it is held.

As an elected official, I have frequent contact with members of Congress. This year, the person I would like to celebrate is U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Congresswoman Wilson has been an excep�onal advocate for ensuring that the African-American community gets the a�en�on it needs from the White House and the federal government.

Education By Robert W. Runcie

I believe her presence in Congress has not only shaped policy but has changed others’ view of African Americans.

earthquake of 2010. She cares about senior ci�zens and has invited me and others to join her nursing home task force. I am proud to stand with her to address these issues. She is strong, but has the kind, gentle Broward Commissioner Barbara Sharief and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson spirit of a at the groundbreaking of the South Runway at FLL teacher when I love her strong spirit and leadership she greets us in public. I believe her on tough issues. The Affordable Care Act presence in Congress has not only shaped has been under a�ack for many years, policy but has changed others’ view of but she stands her ground and refuses to African Americans. She is my sorority sell us out. She is not afraid to address sister and member of the Alpha Kappa the issue of Temporary Protec�ve Status Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Therefore, for Hai�an immigrants who have fled in closing, all I can say is I love, love, love their country because of severe poverty the lady in the pre�y hat! and harsh living condi�ons post the

Broward County Boasts Memorable Heroes in 2017

As we start a new year, let’s view each day as another opportunity to make a las�ng contribu�on. Here are some of my heroes who made memorable contribu�ons in 2017: ● The three employees from the District’s Facili�es and Construc�on Department who showed great courage

and heroism when they immediately jumped into a canal to rescue a colleague who lost consciousness and was trapped in a sinking truck; ● The McArthur High School teacher who donates one of her paychecks each year to help her students; ● Broward County Public Schools administrators and employees who worked in our school shelters providing safety, food, and care to more than 13,000 people during Hurricane Irma; ● The District’s collabora�on with the Urban League of Broward County, whose outstanding CEO raised $50,000 in four hours to bring food trucks to the Dillard High School campus to feed 5,000 people impacted by the hurricane; ● Bob Moss Construc�on employees and subcontractors who raised more than $14,000 for school supplies and uniforms for children at several elementary schools. There were so many other acts of kindness, from the United Way-Publix teacher supply drive to the

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie with staff and volunteers at one of several Broward County Public Schools locations serving free lunch and dinner meals to families impacted by Hurricane Irma. Broward Teachers Union’s support of a food pantry program at two elementary schools. The list goes on and on. Yes, I believe in the best of our humanity. All students can learn and succeed. Right now, the purpose of

educa�on seems to be college and career readiness, not life readiness. We need to make a shi�, which will require defining “life ready.” Our children deserve nothing less. May 2018 bring health and happiness to you all!









Congresswoman’s Report

Educating African-American Children Continues Dr. King’s Legacy

By U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson

What began as Negro History Week established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in February 1926, evolved into Black History Month and was officially recognized na�onally in 1976, when President Gerald Ford emboldened our na�on to honor the contribu�ons and achievements of black Americans in every area of endeavor. The story of the Rev. Dr. Mar�n

The Baugh Report By Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D.

Black History Month is a �me to honor the o�en-neglected accomplishments of African-Americans throughout our history. It is also a �me to celebrate the power and resilience of minority communi�es. One of the most remarkable achievements is the growth of African- American businesses – more than 2.5 million of them dot com communi�es across our na�on, according

Luther King, Jr. fits into this narra�ve as one of the most prolific accounts in the struggle for black equality. As this year marks the 50-year anniversary of Dr. King’s assassina�on, it is impera�ve that we reflect on his legacy, which has served as an enduring testament of the Civil Rights Movement. This milestone also begs the ques�on – what would Dr. King think of the progress we have made since the Civil Rights Movement? In present day, the rights won by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Vo�ng Rights Act of 1965 are being severely limited by voter suppression laws, travel bans, vows to build walls instead of bridges, and many other divisive policies. Dr. King paid the ul�mate price as one of the brave soldiers on the front lines in the ba�le to ensure that all children have the same access to opportunity. It is up to us to carry that mantle forward.

U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Tyler Perry, and 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project Wilson Scholars To that end, each year the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project hosts an Annual Scholarship Breakfast. As the founder of the 5000 Role Models program, I believed it was important to bring members of South Florida’s diverse community together in solidarity to commemorate the life of Dr. King, upon whose teachings I have pa�erned my life. The breakfast, which has raised more than $10 million to date, provides the community with a meaningful way to raise scholarship funds for deserving young men. This year, 58 “Wilson

Support African-American Businesses Through Lending and Purchasing

to the U.S. Census Bureau. Over the past few decades, they have expanded rapidly and into a wider array of industries, from food and tech services to financial and industrial services. Even more notably, African-American women are among the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs. Suppor�ng tenacious and passionate entrepreneurs is something we all should do during Black History Month and beyond because, let’s face it, their success is our community’s success. We should also ensure that these same companies have access to business opportuni�es to further their growth. Fortunately, there is a new tool in Broward County and across Florida to help minority-owned firms prosper. I am really excited that the Urban League of Broward County was part of last fall’s launch of a historic ini�a�ve to provide minority-owned businesses in Florida greater access to capital through the Capital Access Fund – a new lending program that offers capital and business educa�on for minority entrepreneurs. Through a new partnership between my organiza�on, Morgan Stanley, Na�onal Urban League’s Urban

Empowerment Fund, and Na�onal Development Council, CAF and my agency’s Entrepreneurship Center will expand our efforts to promote sustainability, create jobs and build community wealth in Florida. Morgan Stanley has pledged to provide $2 million in ini�al start-up capital for the fund. A similar three-year, $8 million ini�a�ve in Cleveland has created more than 150 jobs with plans for adding many more jobs to the economy. As part of the launch, the Urban League of Broward County hosted the M3 Business Summit: Money, Markets & Management, which was a�ended by Florida Gov. Rick Sco� and many other local dignitaries. The day-long summit gave minority small business owners the resources needed – technical assistance, market exposure, and capital funding – to grow and develop their businesses. This ini�a�ve is truly needed in our community. As we know, star�ng a business requires financial backing, and African-American entrepreneurs are o�en at a disadvantage. Research shows many African-American business owners are figh�ng a tough ba�le against

Scholars” in the Class of 2018 were awarded scholarships. I am extremely proud of the determina�on to succeed demonstrated by these deserving young men who never dreamed that college would be a part of their por�olio. These scholarships help young men realize their dreams, and as we approach the anniversary of Dr. King’s death it is impera�ve that all Americans embody his dream. Dr. King believed that all Americans, regardless of race, are guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as promised by the Declara�on of Independence. It is up to Americans – from the Baby Boomers to Genera�on X, the Millennials, and Genera�on Z to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy, and that of all of the revered leaders and par�cipants of the Civil Rights Movement, is not relegated to a policy of the past.

low-credit scores, racial bias, and societal expecta�ons. Simply put, without adequate capital, many minority-owned firms will not realize their full poten�al. But providing access to lending is not all that we as a community need to do. We also need to support our businesses by buying from them. Studies have found that close to $850 billion moves through African-American consumers’ hands every year, with 90 percent of that going to companies owned by non-black businesses. That is a significant amount of revenue that never makes its way to our community. I hope during this Black History Month that we will focus on crea�ng greater opportunity for individuals seeking employment, for families seeking economic empowerment, and businesses seeking financial success. The Baughtom Line: Entrepreneurship is a path for promo�ng economic growth, wealth, and jobs. This Black History Month, we need to support local African-American businesses as well as our new ini�a�ve, the Capital Access Fund, to help businesses grow and thrive in today’s economy.





Miramar Cultural Center | Artspark 2400 Civic Center Place

WALK 2 WELLNESS SENIOR 1K WALK Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00AM | Preserve Park

3150 SW 52nd Avenue Pembroke Park, FL 33023 FLY DANCE COMPANY: THE GENTLEMEN OF HIP HOP Saturday, March 3, 2018 2 PM – 4:30 PM Miramar Cultural Center Theater

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TOUR DE BROWARD Sunday, February 25, 2018 7:00AM

Miramar Regional Park 16801 Miramar Parkway FLORIDA GRAND OPERA “ALL THAT GLITTERS: THE BEST OF OPERA” Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:30PM - 9:30PM Miramar Cultural Center Theater

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CITY OF MIRAMAR CAREER FAIR Thursday, March 1, 2018 10AM - 2PM Miramar Cultural Center Banquet Hall

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The Forgotten Black History of Haiti and the United States

By Angelita “Angie” Nicolas

When you hear the leader of the free world call Hai� a “shithole” country, it breaks the heart of many. Some�mes I wonder are we really le�ng someone like this president be the face of our America? Does he even remember his history? The people of Hai� have stood by the United States and fought side by side to defeat an unjust Bri�sh Empire. The Hai�an people overthrew the great Napoleon army to make it possible for the Louisiana Purchase, which would not have happened but for that revolu�on

Politics By Christopher Norwood, J.D.

At the �me of this wri�ng, it is the Rev. Dr. Mar�n Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. I'm si�ng in the lobby bar of the Marrio� Hotel, ironically located on Mar�n Luther King Ave. The lobby is cool, no different than any one of the 6,000 Marrio� Hotels worldwide. The only difference is the

that defeated France. The Hai�an people have suffered more injus�ce than imaginable. Hai�ans have suffered from poli�cal and natural disasters. To hear our president describe Hai� as a “shithole” country is degrading and disgus�ng. I expect our president to be an example to the rest of the world. I hope this informa�on will bring all Americans together. Hai� had its own resources. We helped free other countries from imperial slavery. When I grew up in Miami, I was bullied because of the nega�ve s�gma associated with Hai�. The Hai�ans that I know have contributed so much to this country. Hai�ans own businesses. We are doctors, lawyers, scien�sts, teachers and entertainers. Did you know that Hai�ans helped the United States fight for its independence? During the 1779 Ba�le of Savannah, infantry volunteers from Hai�, then known as Saint Dominique, stood with Americans to fight for control of the vital coastal city of Savannah, Georgia. The

Ba�le of Savannah was one of the most excep�onal ac�ons of the American Revolu�onary War because of various soldiers from France, Hai�, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Poland. Though the Ba�le of Savannah was lost, Hai�an soldiers covered the bulk of the retreat so the force could live to fight another day. That day came in 1781 in Florida during the Siege of Pensacola where the Bri�sh commander was defeated. A�er the American Revolu�on, Hai�an soldiers returned to Hai� with an ideal of freedom and liberty. From 1791 to 1804, slaves in Hai� fought off their French slave owners. In 1804, under the leadership of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Hai�an slaves succeeded in throwing off their colonial power. Hai� became the first modern state to abolish slavery, the first state in the world to be formed from a successful revolt of slaves, and the second Republic in the Western Hemisphere. A�er Hai� gained its independence, the pro-slavery south in the United States worried this event would influence slaves

in the U.S. and America refused to recognize Hai�'s independence un�l 1862. From 1804 to 1914, the United States decided to annex Hai� to secure influence over the island and from 1915 to 1934, the U.S. Marines occupied Hai�. During the occupa�on, the U.S. took control of Hai�an banks and allowed foreigners to own land in Hai�. It decreed an economic, poli�cal, and governing class dominance over the island. Hai�ans suffered through an embargo because no country in the world recognized its independence. Hai�'s government s�ll felt threatened by France even a�er it had crushed Napoleon's army. In return, Hai� had to pay France 150 million gold francs, which destroyed Hai�’s economy. Today, Hai� has an opportunity to bounce back to be a healthy and great na�on. It has been discovered that Hai� has considerable natural resources in gold and oil. The ques�on is will the gold and oil be used to benefit the people of Hai�, or will the gold and oil be exploited?

America Is an Idea, Not a Race. food. It’s laced with Creole cuisine such as Lanbi Boukannen, Woma Boukannen (grilled conch, grilled lobster) and Diri Djon Djon (rice with black mushrooms) or Kalalou Djondjon (okra and black mushroom stew). I arrived in Port Au Prince a few days a�er our president u�ered another racist sen�ment at a small bi-par�san White House mee�ng. While discussing immigra�on reform, he called Hai�, El Salvador, and other African na�ons "shithole countries" and said the United States needed more immigrants from places like Norway. These words have shaken our na�on's moral compass and our rela�onships abroad. The a�ermath of his ridiculous remarks have been a spectacle, even more so since I'm in Hai� living through it. I'm ge�ng text messages that Conan O'Brien in coming to Hai� to do his show because of a “very nega�ve Yelp review” by Trump as he puts it. Conan believes that if Trump hates something then “that

means I'll love it.” So here he comes to Hai� save the day. All of this is entertaining, but this media frenzy on both sides of the spectrum may truly miss the point. The real revela�on is that Trump wants Norwegians to have immigra�on priority. This is an interes�ng policy statement that deserves real analysis. Norway is a developed European na�on, listed as No. 1 on the Human Development Index, which is a composite index of life expectancy, educa�on and per capita income indicators. The U.S. is ranked No. 10. El Salvador is ranked No. 117, while Hai� is ranked No. 163. We all should want to live in a country with universal healthcare. I want to live in a place with a robust social welfare system where higher educa�on is free. Don't we all want high schools where the student-teacher ra�o is 7 to 1. In Florida it took a cons�tu�onal amendment to get the high school student teacher ra�o to 25 to 1, less than a third of Norway's.

If Trump was really serious about his Norway comments, then he would promote policies that use the Nordic model and “Make America Great Again” by crea�ng the environment that will produce the outcome he seeks. I'm down with America first, but we must agree first that America is an “idea” and not a race. Our country has no race. It's an idea comprised of four elements: that all people are created equal, that all possess unalienable rights, all should have the opportunity to develop and enjoy those rights; and lastly, that securing them requires “a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.” This is America's gi� to the world. This is the “idea” for which people rush our shores. This is why we celebrate MLK's Birthday and why we applaud the contribu�ons of African Americans during Black History Month, because African Americans moved the “idea” of America along to higher levels of self-actualiza�on.







Career Leadership Development By Mary V. Davids

5 Leadership Skills You Absolutely Must Have To Get Ahead

To get ahead at work, having technical skills is necessary but having so� skills, referred to as “people skills,” is crucial. Most believe that if they keep their head down, work hard and deliver results, it guarantees their access to promo�ons or other work opportuni�es. Unfortunately, that isn’t o�en the case. So, if hard work doesn’t guarantee success, then what does? 1. Killer Communica�on Skills. What you say and how you say it has

implica�ons for how you are perceived in your workplace. Communica�ng with confidence, clarity, and doing so consistently will prove valuable while moving ahead in your career. Take �me to invest in developing good rhetoric. Volunteer to speak outside the workplace in your community, at your church or simply in front of your mirror. Having the ability to draw people in and influence their thinking is a treasured leadership characteris�c. 2. Conflict Resolu�on Skills. In his book Ge�ng Through to People, Dr. Gerald S. Nirenberg commented: “Coopera�veness in conversa�on is achieved when you show that you consider the other person’s ideas and feelings as important as your own.” Most people just want to be heard. In �mes of conflict, if you acknowledge you have heard them and can show empathy for them, you will quickly gain their ear when it’s �me to compromise. 3.Powerful Nego�a�on Techniques. Everyone has the skill to convince others to move or act on something. You may

not realize it, but you do. We spend our en�re lives convincing others of our perspec�ve, gaining support, and nego�a�ng for our benefit. The same strategy we use to get a discount at a store, get a new job, or convince our loved ones to do something for us is exactly how I know you have everything you need to get others to change the way they respond to you. Leaders have mastered this ability by taking those same natural techniques and applying them when in nego�a�ons. Instead of ge�ng the win for yourself, you must, as Harvey Robbins says: “Place a higher priority on discovering what a win looks like for the other person.” 4. Ability to Develop Others. Success as a leader means you have helped someone accomplish something that ma�ers to them. I’ve always felt the ul�mate compliment as a leader is being able to see someone whom you have trained and invested in reach their goals. The development of others goes beyond the training of basic func�ons. You must be able to mo�vate others and empower

them so they can really shine in areas in which they once struggled. 5. Trustworthiness and Integrity. In her book The Key Trait Successful Leaders Have, And How To Get It, author Heidi Grant Halverson says: “When your team trusts you as a leader, it increases commitment to team goals. Communica�on improves, and ideas flow more freely, increasing crea�vity and produc�vity.” A major fail most managers and supervisors make is not showing up for their team when problems arise. Instead of placing blame, focus on fixing the problem at hand. Keep your promises, too. Some�mes your word is the only thing others can rely on to give them the confidence and security they need to effec�vely do their jobs. Mary V. Davids is an executive career and leadership development coach and owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.com or email info@marydavids.com.


Workplace Sexual Harassment, #MeToo: Finding a Resolution Process

By Stanley Zamor

In the past few months social media and every industry has been flooded with allega�ons of sexual harassment. The silence has been broken and the once considered “too powerful” and untouchable are being “handled” and striped of their posi�ons and power. Sexual harassment is not industry specific. It is not new and the skeletons in the Walmart-size closets are bus�ng out. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and recent

polls: ● 75 percent of all workplace harassment goes unreported. ● 30 percent of individuals who were harassed spoke immediately to their supervisor, union representa�ve, managers or the Human Resource department. ● “Sexual harassment training is easily mocked – and o�en brushed off.” No industry is safe from sexual predatory behavior, and the behavior has been allowed to permeate the business and entertainment culture. Even the EEOC states that yearly training is not enough and is usually only focused on avoiding legal liability. A�er conduc�ng many EEOC media�ons, which led to reviewing thousands of employment manual pages, state and federal rules, regula�ons, and policies, I am comfortable saying there remains a lot of work to be done if we wish to change the sexual harassment culture. Finding a Resolu�on Process We know that vic�ms are ignored and o�en paid off. Addi�onally, li�ga�on and

he�y se�lements have not prevented predatory behavior. So what is the answer and what should be considered when seeking arbitra�on and media�on as alterna�ves? Honesty, I am not sure, but I am certain the vic�m-shaming, fear, and industry-cultural norms that allowed sexual harassment to go unchecked and underreported need deeper and broader systemic solu�ons. The following are brief points when considering other resolu�on op�ons: Arbitra�on, Akin to Li�ga�on: ● Engaged as per employment contract provision(s), due process paranoia is a challenge. ● Awards are usually confiden�al. ● Vic�ms o�en relive the incident as they did at trial. ● There is no appeals process. Media�on: Pros & Cons ● Pro: Empowerment – Many vic�ms want an opportunity to face their abuser to ask “Why?” ● Pro: Confiden�ality – Vic�ms are o�en ashamed and do not want to have to relive the event mul�ple �mes.

● Pro: Time – Media�on is much faster than li�ga�on and arbitra�on. ● Con: Confiden�ality – Media�on and the possible agreement are confiden�al. The abuser o�en gets a chance to silence the incident and vic�m and is not truly held accountable. ● Con: Se�ling – Should a vic�m compromise and se�le with the abuser? Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator and Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/arbitration rosters and has a private mediation and ADR consulting company. He regularly lectures about a variety of topics ranging from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying, and family/business relationships. szamor@effectivemediationconsultants .com www.effectivemediationconsultants.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr (954) 261-8600


Cover Story By Isheka N. Harrison


From Carver Ranches to West Park: A Historical Overview

West Park Commissioner Thomas Dorsett visits historian Cynthia Strachan Saunders at her family home, which has been transformed into a museum displaying artifacts from the city's rich African-American history. Some ci�es have rich histories. Others have inspiring legacies. The City of West Park has both. Originally known as Carver Ranches, West Park is one of Broward County’s oldest black communi�es. What began as an uninhabited area is now a close-knit community that has been independently governed for more than a decade. “This was full of palme�o bushes, palm trees and pole cats,” said Cynthia Strachan Saunders, who recalled stories about how residents were resourceful in building and sustaining the historic community. According to Strachan Saunders, a West Park na�ve, historian, and author of Promises from the Palme�o Bush: The Genesis of Carver Ranches, the community was officially born in 1940 when three white businessmen purchased 300 acres of land and built four display houses, today known as model homes. The men would only sell land to black residents, Strachan Saunders said, making the area “a planned black community from the start.” In 1941, Harrison Strachan and his wife Katherine Lumpkin Strachan purchased the first display home. Eventually, other families followed suit. By the end of the 1940s, approximately 60 families had made the town of Carver Ranches their home. “There was no running water, no electricity, an outhouse in the back and it wasn’t un�l the ‘50s that they started running lines for the electricity,” added Strachan Saunders, founder of the Bowles-Strachan House Museum.


“People did what they had to do out here, and all the businesses were black-owned.” The oral history tradi�on of Carver Ranches has preserved tales of the town’s beginnings, including a reverend who traded a cow for a down payment on a car and how Jerry’s Salvage and Building Supply, owned by Jerry Gray, was like the community’s Home Depot, carrying everything residents needed to build a home. Fast forward to 2005 when Carver Ranches was combined with parts of Lake Forest, Miami Gardens, and Utopia – three other unincorporated communi�es in Broward County – to create the City of West Park. West Park Mayor Eric H. Jones Jr. said this was a strategic move said so residents could be the decision makers concerning their community. “Once you become a city, the idea is that now you can decide your own des�ny,” said Jones, who has lived in West Park since he was in the sixth grade. “You’re able now to take your future into your own hands.” Jones admits ini�ally residents underes�mated the finances necessary to operate the city, but said they worked �relessly to overcome various obstacles and have maintained fiscal soundness since incorpora�ng. “As a people that have been here for so long, we had to fight for everything we got,” Jones said. “We found if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu, but when you’re at the table then you can select the menu, and that’s what we wanted. Whatever we had we couldn’t blame anyone else.”

West Park City Hall Today West Park boasts more than 14,000 residents and is governed by a city commission that includes: Jones, Vice Mayor Brian C. Johnson, Commissioner Thomas Dorse�, Commissioner Felicia Brunson, and Commissioner Kris�ne Judeikis. City leaders said it is an honor to serve a community with such a rich history and las�ng legacy of perseverance when overcoming obstacles. “You had people, who when no one else wanted them to live in their community, said, ‘I’ll build my own,’” shared Johnson, who said the history of West Park suggests a strong sense of self-determina�on and an entrepreneurial spirit that prompted residents to unite in order to develop their own city. “When they couldn’t find the resources to take care of their own basic needs, they did it themselves,” Johnson con�nued. “When they couldn’t send their kids to school, they taught them themselves. When they couldn’t afford to buy groceries, they grew their own food. The legacy con�nues with us loving where we live.” Brunson said a quote by acclaimed author Terry Tempest Williams best exemplifies the spirit of West Park. “The eyes of the future are looking back at us and praying for us to see beyond our own �me,’” said Brunson, who was born and raised in the community. “We are standing on the shoulders of those pioneers who came before us and because of our rich history we stand so that the folks who come behind us can

stand. We were the li�le city that nobody thought would, but we did it and now we’re thriving.” Dorse�, the grandnephew of Jerry Gray, said he is proud of the accomplishments West Park has achieved in a short period of �me. “They thought that we would fail within two years but we decided that wasn’t going to happen,” said Dorse�, who reminisced about the spirit of togetherness that permeates the community. “Every �me I go somewhere, I leave something of West Park’s. We as a small city became a powerhouse to larger ci�es.” Built on the sheer determina�on of its pioneers and maintained by the passion of its current residents and leadership, residents say West Park is a safe haven where people know and trust their neighbors. “I absolutely love represen�ng the city,” said Judeikis, who is passionate about serving the people of West Park. “If you ask me, we have the greatest group of residents in Broward County.” West Park residents say although the city may be small in size, its looming history and las�ng legacy have made it mighty in stature. “To me we are the li�le city that could,” Judeikis added. “There were a lot of doubters out there that said we would never make it, that we wouldn’t survive, but we’ve managed to prove the majority of them wrong. It’s been fun, it’s been interes�ng and I couldn’t ask for a be�er part-�me job.” Legacy magazine salutes the pioneers of Carver Ranches and current residents of West Park for a job well done.




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Business Report By Beatrice Louissaint

Small businesses, par�cularly minority businesses, are fueling South Florida’s economy. As we celebrate Black History Month, let us applaud the successes of these black-owned businesses that are making history and support black-owned companies by doing business and partnering with them. Courtney Newell is president and Chief Crea�ve Officer of Crowned Marke�ng & Communica�ons, which offers mul�media marke�ng solu�ons to reach more mul�cultural consumers.


Black-Owned Businesses Making History Crowned becomes an expert in each client’s brand, products, services, industry, compe�tors and audiences, then creates a compelling strategy to engage with more customers around the globe. More than 130 media outlets in more than 100 countries have featured its award-winning work. Newell has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and HLN, and profiled in the Huffington Post and Black Enterprise. The company’s clients include Verizon Wireless, Humana, Bacardi and Hilton (www.crownedmc.com). Benefits Outsource Inc. is a state-approved, third-party benefits administra�ve firm established in 1995 by Jackson Obasogie who immigrated to the United States more than 40 years ago from sub-Saharan Africa. A state-licensed insurance agency, BOI sells and brokers products such as property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and health insurance as well as ancillary services such as open enrollment, premium collec�on, re�ree billing and claims audit. BOI’s clients include Broward County Public Schools, Palm Beach County Public Schools, Bacardi, Coventry/Aetna, United

Healthcare, the city of Lauderdale Lakes, Hillsborough County, Humana Health Plan, Broward County Government and CIGNA Health Plan (www.boibenefits.com). Joe Louissaint is president of Show Technology Inc., an audio-visual rental and staging company with experience in providing clients solu�ons for successful conferences, corporate mee�ngs, awards dinners, concerts, events, product launches, press conferences and more. STI’s services include stage design, touring services and management, ligh�ng control, teleconference services and image magnifica�on. Its clients include the University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Ins�tute, Jungle Island, the Greek Fes�val, and Morton’s Steakhouse. The company has provided audiovisual services for presidents Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush (www.showtechinc.com). James Champion is president and Chief Execu�ve Officer of Champion Services Group, an HR consul�ng firm. Champion is a forward-thinking human resources professional with more than 40 years of experience in corporate HR

prac�ce and administra�ve management. CSG designs training and educa�onal processes for subjects including change management, conflict management, cultural competency, and diversity. CSG has worked with clients including Burger King, Florida Power & Light, the University of Miami, Kra� Foods, Interna�onal Longshore & Warehouse Union and Miami Dade College (www.championservicesgroupway.com). To meet these and many other minority entrepreneurs, a�end the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s 33rd Annual Business Expo, April 5-6 at the Broward County Conven�on Center. Learn more about the Business Expo at www.fsmsdc.org or call (305) 762-6151. Beatrice Louissaint is president and CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, which acts as a liaison between corporate America, government agencies and Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida. Learn more about the FSMSDC at fsmsdc.org or call (305) 762-6151.

Palm Beach Report By Ann Marie Sorrell

Palm Beach County Gets New Black-Owned Co-Working Space

Palm Beach County now has a new co-working space that is black-owned. Mosaic CoWork, located at 5840 Corporate Way in West Palm Beach, is a place for entrepreneurs to create, connect, and cul�vate their business venture in a professional work environment without the overhead. With rates and packages star�ng as low as $15 a day or $55 a month, small business owners can move away from noisy cafes or the distrac�ons of working at home to affordable office space that meets their schedules and budgets. Services offered at Mosaic CoWork include Hot Desking, which allows entrepreneurs to work on-demand by simply reserving a space for a few hours or a few days per week. Private office spaces are available for those who need a space to have a mee�ng or to work with a li�le more privacy. The conference room is available for hourly and daily booking and holds up to 20 people. A smart TV, projector, screen, podium,

conference services. call Mosaic capabili�es, CoWork is Wi-Fi, and centrally coffee are located east included. of I-95 off of Mosaic 45th Street CoWork and is just offers minutes addi�onal from ameni�es downtown and benefits West Palm Mosaic CoWork at 5840 Corporate Way, WPB including: a Beach, corporate address, mail forwarding restaurants, shopping, cultural and sports and physical mail storage, onsite and ameni�es, beaches, and more. online directory lis�ng, professional call “Most answering by a live recep�onist with call co-working spaces in the area are forwarding, Wi-Fi, ergonomic desks with niche-based opera�ons that target working surfaces, filing cabinets with key, crea�ve businesses, tech startups, and lockers, a copy center, snacks and coffee, lawyers to name a few,” said Ann Marie indoor break room, discounts to Sorrell, the brainchild behind Mosaic networking events and trainings, lunch CoWork. “Many are also very costly for and evening catering through preferred small businesses.” caterers, ample free parking, and Sorrell added, “Mosaic CoWork is discounts on marke�ng and prin�ng open to all professional services and

industries. In addi�on, Mosaic CoWork enables businesses based in Miami-Dade, Broward, St. Lucie and other Florida coun�es an opportunity to expand their footprint and to conduct business with government agencies and other sectors in Palm Beach County without the hassle of expensive and o�en underu�lized office space.” Mosaic CoWork will not only serve as a space for entrepreneurs to be produc�ve in ge�ng their work done but also a place that fosters networking and growth. There will be weekly networking meetups, trainings and seminars that members can access for free or at a discounted rate. Mosaic CoWork is a subsidiary of The Mosaic Group (mosaicgroup.co), an award-winning full service public relations, marketing, and government relations firm. For more information, visit mosaiccowork.com or call (561) 651-9565.




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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Returns to South Florida for 10th Season By Darrell Canty

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs "Members Don't Get Weary." The brilliance of the Alvin Ailey American Theater is that its choreography captures the state of Black America. Not since the 1960s has our collec�ve will as a people faced a more audacious challenge to civil rights. The challenge, explicit and yet surreal, is a formidable opponent of humanity. However, Alvin Ailey American Theater always inspires through art and we are reminded through its new produc�on “Members Don’t Get Weary” – they move on. Robert Ba�le, Alvin Ailey ar�s�c director and a son of Liberty City, expressed years ago for Legacy Magazine, “I definitely want to do work that has to do with social jus�ce – something to do with holding that mirror to society,” Ba�le said. “Dance is one of our most primal forms of expression, so using that expression to shine a light on some of the issues of the day is something that is very important to me – and to the future of this company.” Miami can view the grandeur of Alvin Ailey at the Arsht Center from February 22-25. This is the only South Florida stop during a 21-city na�onal tour, which began January 30 and will run through May 13. Ailey will also offer free performances to public middle and high school youth in South Florida. Jamar Roberts, the company star of Alvin Ailey, makes his debut in choreography for the dance theatre on a na�onal scale. His work is a treat to those who have witnessed his majesty filled

with an unrivaled passion. “It means a lot for me now,” Roberts said about his new work, “because I never thought the response would be this big. That’s been surprising and awesome at the same �me. It really makes me feel that hard work and the nature of this career has really paid off.” Roberts’ said the �tle of his debut piece, “Members Don’t Get Weary,” was meant to be encouraging during America’s troubling �mes of today. “I chose to use (John) Coltrane because it was music from during the �me of the Civil Rights movement,” Roberts said. “I thought through his music he wanted to spread joy and peace. The �mes that we’re in now, although different, are not too far away from the issues that we were figh�ng for.”

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Florida Memorial University Celebrates 50 Years in South Florida

By Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D.

An early plan for the campus of Florida Normal and Industrial Institute in St. Augustine, c. 1918. Courtesy the FMU Archives. The fall of 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the reloca�on of Florida Memorial University to South Florida. The historically black college, founded in Live Oak in North Florida in 1879, is one of the oldest ins�tu�ons of higher learning in the state. Its alumni include luminaries such as Harry T. Moore, Howard Thurman, and Eartha M.M. White. FMU’s migratory history is an essen�al part of its ins�tu�onal heritage. Its antecedent ins�tu�ons split, merged, and moved between Live Oak, Jacksonville, and St. Augus�ne before se�ling in Miami-Dade County. Racial violence, actual and threatened, sparked two of these moves. This 50th anniversary offers an opportunity for reflec�on and apprecia�on of FMU’s unique history. It all began 14 years a�er the end of the U.S. Civil War and the end of cha�el slavery, when the Black Bap�st Associa�on in Florida, with the support of the American Bap�st Home Mission Society, sought to create “a college of instruc�on for our ministers and children.” Despite a promising start, racial tensions soon cast a shadow over the ins�tute. In April 1892, a�er unknown persons fired shots into one of the campus buildings, the school’s leaders fled Live Oak for Jacksonville, where they founded the Florida Bap�st Academy in the basement of Bethel Bap�st Church. The school in Live Oak, however, con�nued to operate even a�er this splintering. In 1918, finding themselves landlocked and unable to expand, the school purchased the 400-acre “Old

Photograph of the entrance to Florida Memorial College in Opa-locka, 1968. Courtesy the FMU Archives.

Hansen Planta�on” near St. Augus�ne, Later, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, head of which, ironically, had been the largest the youth chapter of the local branch of sugar planta�on in the state during the the Na�onal Associa�on for the Antebellum period. Leaving its previous Advancement of Colored People, home in Jacksonville, the Florida Bap�st organized demonstra�ons against Academy began sessions at its new home segrega�on in the city in 1963 and 1964. in St. Augus�ne on September 24, 1918 The conflict reached a new level of as the Florida Normal and Industrial intensity when Dr. Hayling appealed to Ins�tute (FNII). the Rev. Dr. Mar�n Luther King Jr. and In 1942, unable to jus�fy the the Southern Chris�an Leadership con�nued support of two separate Conference for their assistance in the schools, the Bap�st Conven�on voted to fight. merger the Florida Memorial College at Students from Florida Memorial Live Oak, as it was then called, with FNII con�nued their ac�vism. In 1964, for in St. example, Augus�ne. men The wearing combined brass school was knuckles renamed a�acked the Florida FMC Normal student Industrial John and Phillips Memorial a�er he Photograph of students in front of Florida Memorial College in College in ordered Live Oak, date unknown. Courtesy the FMU Archives St. coffee and Augus�ne. Acclaimed writer Zora Neale a hamburger at a local segregated Hurston briefly taught at the school restaurant. Another student, Maude during these years. Burroughs, was arrested three �mes The advent of the Civil Rights during the protests. The campus and its Movement in the 1950s and 1960s students were a part of the resistance in brought about a whirlwind of challenges St. Augus�ne’s civil rights struggle, which and change to the na�on and St. contributed to the passage of the Civil Augus�ne was not immune. The Rev. Right Act of 1964. Thomas Wright, an alum of the ins�tuWhile blacks residents in St. �on and a faculty member, coordinated a Augus�ne won the ba�le over series of student-led sit-ins on March integra�on in the city and na�on, Florida 15-17, 1960, at St. Augus�ne’s downtown Memorial College found itself engaged in Woolworth’s. This would be the first a war for its survival. In 1963, the board ripples of civil rights ac�vity in the city. of trustees voted to relocate the

ins�tu�on to South Florida because of declining enrollment and St. Augus�ne’s lack of ameni�es. Further, during and a�er the movement, FMC was subject to a�acks that necessitated armed self-defense. A�er local law enforcement declined to provide protec�on, male students were depu�zed and armed to patrol the campus. A�er the assassina�on of Rev. King on April 4, 1968, nightriders burned crosses on the front lawn of the school. This direct threat of violence accelerated plans for the school’s exodus from St. Augus�ne. As a result, Florida Memorial College opened its fall 1968 term at its Opa-locka campus, even though there were only three buildings completed and no housing on campus for female students. In retrospect, but for the violence and racial an�pathy in the city during the Civil Rights Movement, Florida Memorial might have remained in St. Augus�ne. Instead, the hasty exodus of the ins�tu�on was a terrible and drama�c end to a rela�onship that spanned five decades. Nevertheless, since 1968, FMU has thrived in its adopted home in South Florida as the only historically black university in the region, carrying forward its legacy of resilience, survival, and a commitment of educa�on as upli� for genera�ons of Black Floridians. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D. serves as university historian and interim chairwoman of the Department of Social Sciences at Florida Memorial University. Hobbs is author of Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, published in August 2015.

South Florida File



South Florida To Welcome 3000 Black Journalists for 2019 Convention

By Legacy Staff

Journalists Jawan Strader, Calvin Hughes, Russell Motley and Juan Diasgranados are a part of the local committee that lured NABJ to South Florida. Not seen from the committee is Donovan Campbell. The Na�onal Associa�on of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the selec�on of Miami as conven�on host city for the 2019 NABJ Conven�on and Career Fair. “To court NABJ and to ul�mately secure NABJ for 2019 has truly been a team effort,” said Joe McCray, conven�on sales manager for the Greater Miami Conven�on and Visitors Bureau. “We are overjoyed to have an amazing opportunity to showcase Miami to poten�ally 3,500 media and guests. Each year, the conven�on draws more than 3,000 a�endees to par�cipate in a five-day slate of career development programs, events and networking opportuni�es. WSVN sports reporter Donovan Campbell, who has been a�ending NABJ conven�ons since 1999, said Miami is long overdue to host a conven�on. “I always dreamed the NABJ na�onal conven�on would come to my ‘Magical City,’ said Campbell, a member of the South Florida Black Journalists Associa�on, NABJ’s local affiliate chapter. “I’m so proud of everyone who helped another dream of mine come to life. I can’t wait to see all my colleagues in Miami in 2019.” “This is awesome,” said Darryl Forges, a reporter at NBC 6 Miami. “Having the conven�on come to Miami for the first �me in over 30 years, it’s going to give us a lot of exposure.” "I am extremely excited that ci�es like Miami realize the value of NABJ’s

conven�on," said NABJ Board President Sarah Glover. "We're looking forward to an exci�ng, produc�ve and mutually beneficial experience in Miami.” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has confidence that NABJ’s favorable decision for Miami will result in success. “As Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I am delighted NABJ has selected our des�na�on for its 2019 Conven�on and Career Fair. We look forward to welcoming the NABJ delegates to our vibrant, diverse, cosmopolitan community and are ready to make the 2019 NABJ Conven�on and Career Fair the most memorable and successful ever,” said Gimenez. McCray said NABJ’s conven�on will significantly impact the city. “Our city will be ready, our mul�cultural neighborhoods will be ready, our local NABJ chapter will be ready, and our hotel partner, Turnberry Isle Miami is poised to provide a conven�on that NABJ hasn’t experienced before.” NABJ has held its conven�on once in Miami in 1987. Past NABJ Conven�on speakers include U. S. President George W. Bush; U. S. Senator Barack Obama; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organiza�on for journalists of color in the na�on, and provides career development as well as educa�onal and other support to its members worldwide.




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Project 12 2018 calendar unveiling reception, Dec. 7, 2017, Zara's Restaurant and Lounge, West Palm Beach.

Ramon Barber, 1st Award Recipient for Project 12

Brandon Gilbert, State Farm Agent Juan J. Williams and Bryan Boysaw Esq.

Mike Johnson, owner of Zara's Restaurant and Lounge

Recipient Edrick E. Barnes, Esq.

Recipient Mike Albritton II, Bus One LLC

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Palm Beach County Sheriff Department

Attorney Saleshia Smith Gordon and Lawrence Gordon

Broward Small Business

Broward’s OESBD is set to host third Broward & Beyond Business Conference Special to Legacy South Florida

Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is hos�ng its third “Broward & Beyond Business Conference”. The high-powered one-day conference is scheduled for Friday, May 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie. Themed “Opportunity Has No Boundaries”, the event will afford a�endees the opportunity to learn from industry experts and successful peers while examining exis�ng lines of business and exploring unchartered prospects for

success without limita�ons. OESBD an�cipates an audience of 600 established and burgeoning business owners represen�ng various industries. “The mission of OESBD is to s�mulate economic development by a�rac�ng, retaining and expanding targeted industries with a special focus on small business growth and, thereby, enhancing the quality of life for Broward County residents, businesses and visitors,” said Jasmine Jones, OESBD’s Public Informa�on Officer. This year’s conference will feature content categorized into four educa�onal tracks: Start Up, Nonprofit, Growth, and Interna�onal Trade. Content will feature break-out and plenary sessions with such topics as: Understanding Small Business Suppor�ve Services, Financing Your Business, Leveraging Your Board for Success, Contracts: When a payment issue becomes a problem, Social Media

for any Budget, Procurement Opportuni�es in the various Public, Private Industries, Doing Business with the World and 11 Steps to Expor�ng – A Roadmap to your Expor�ng Success “The goal of this year’s annual conference is to take the lead in advancing the reach of Broward County’s various business opera�ons into the global marketplace through educa�onal content u�lizing a myriad of topical conference sessions as the conduit,” Jones added. This year the conference has a new addi�on, its inaugural business pitch compe��on, “BizBeyond Pitch Comp”. “We are looking for startup, established, and nonprofit entrepreneurs from early-stage companies to compete for prizes at this inaugural compe��on; spotligh�ng the best and brightest businesses in Broward,” Jones con�nued. “Only three companies (one from each

category) will be selected to present a one-minute elevator pitch and one-minute product overview, describing their business or product and the problem it solves. March 15, is the deadline to apply. Only those selected will be no�fied by April 15.” The conference offers significant advantages for established and burgeoning business owners. They include: • Discovering finance op�ons to strengthen business capital • Strengthening business capital. • Naviga�ng the complexi�es of contracts, bonds and liens to protect interests • Hearing about expor�ng success stories and doing business with the world For more information, log on to www.Broward.org/BizBeyond or call 954-357-6400.




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The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project hosted its 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship Breakfast on Jan. 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Miami, featuring guest speaker filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and Jason Jenkins

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and Tyler Perry

James T. and Calvin Hughes

Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Jo Marie Payton, Commissioner Barbara Jordan

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Tyler Perry

Paul Wilson

Rep. Charles B. Rangel

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Recognizing $32 Billion in Transfers to Education

Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state’s total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and administered by the Florida Department of Education.

TALLAHASSEE - As a new school year begins, the Florida Lottery today announced it has reached the $32 billion mark in contributions for the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. “We are extremely proud of this achievement and what it means for Florida’s students and schools,” said Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. “Under Governor Scott’s leadership, the Lottery is committed to doing everything we can to help ensure Florida’s children have the resources they need to compete in the new global economy; it all begins with a good education.” The Florida Lottery has proven itself to be a dependable funding source for education. For 15 consecutive years now the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficiently

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Legacy magazine awards luncheon, saluting South Florida's Top Teachers and the 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Industry, Jan. 27, 2018, Morton's The Steakhouse, downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Tina Teague

Group picture with Honorees

Jane Cross

Andrea Pelt-Thornton

Russell Motley with Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell

Russell Motley with Jane Cross

Russell Motley with Sandra Dunbar

Russell Motley with Howard Holness

Russell Motley with Miya Burt-Stewart

Jessica Garrett Modkins

Russell Motley with Kerry-Ann Royes

Group picture of Honorees

Dexter Bridgeman & Russell Motley with Mayor Barbara Sharief

Group picture of Honorees

Kim Bankhead with her mother

Denise Albritton with her husband

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Center’s offerings at www.Arsht Center.org.

Lauderhill chamber set to present 5th annual Women of Dis�nc�on Awards Breakfast NBC 6 Anchor Jackie Nespral and Broward County Administrator Bertha Watson-Henry are among the ten honorees of the upcoming 5th Annual Women of Dis�nc�on Awards Breakfast presented by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). Themed “I AM,” the event is sponsored by the Florida Panthers and honors dynamic women in Broward County. It is scheduled for Friday, March 2nd, 7:30 a.m., at the BB&T Center (1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL 33323). Influen�al entrepreneurs, professionals and public officials o�en a�end the affair. Tickets are on sale now on www.LauderhillChamber.com.

Broward College invests $5k in Fort Lauderdale housing authority’s MLK Day of Service Broward College awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s (HACFL) StepUp Appren�ceship Program $5,000 to support its Mar�n Luther King Day of Service event. To honor Dr. King's legacy, StepUp Appren�ces held educa�onal programs designed to encourage youth to rise above the odds and expose them to trade voca�ons. The event also included meaningful ac�vi�es that met and iden�fied community needs; engaged volunteers in service; recruited a diverse cross-sec�on of the community volunteers; and provided opportuni�es for sustained service and ongoing community involvement. HACFL partnered with its tax credit proper�es to serve children within those sites. Find out more informa�on at www.hacfl.com. In Memoriam: Noted humanitarian and educator Melton Mustafa succumbs to prostate cancer Legendary trumpeter Melton

Mustafa, Sr. recently passed away at the age of 70. Mustafa was a noted humanitarian and served as the founding director of the Jazz Studies program at Florida Memorial University. He helmed an annual jazz fes�val bearing his name and performed with some of the top names in Jazz including the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras among other acts. The Florida A&M University graduate leaves his wife, Zakiyyah; sons Melton Jr., Yamin and Jihad; daughter Tricia; and his older brother, saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr., and a host of rela�ves, colleagues, and students to cherish his memory. Explore his legacy at www.meltonmustafa.com

Ira Hall becomes Arsht Center PACT board chairman A�er nearly four years of board service, civil rights leader and corporate �tan Ira Hall was elected chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Performing Arts Center Trust (PACT) board of directors. An accomplished board and enterprise leader, Hall is trustee emeritus at his alma mater, Stanford University; previously served as chairman of the Execu�ve Leadership Council; and recently completed a 20-year tenure on the board of the Jackie Robinson Founda�on. Hall worked in various execu�ve posi�ons at IBM, treasure of Texaco, Inc., and is a past president and CEO of UBM, L.P. Discover the Arsht

Jackson Health System taps Hawkins to lead north medical center Jackson Health System (JHS) recently hired Roy L. Hawkins, Jr. as CEO of Jackson North Medical Center, a 382-bed facility in North Miami Beach. A long�me hospital administrator, Hawkins most recently worked as COO of Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. JHS CEO Carlos A. Migoya noted: “We are so proud to have recruited Roy, a Miami na�ve who not only knows but understands the medical needs of our community.” Hawkins added: “It is a privilege to be part of this organiza�on that impacts the lives of hundreds of people everyday.” Hawkins is a graduate of Howard University and Florida Interna�onal University a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Execu�ves . Learn more about JHS at www.jacksonhealth.org.

Miami-Dade Democrats Elect Aaron McKinney DEC State Commi�eeman Miami-Dade Democra�c Execu�ve Commi�ee (DEC) members elected Aaron McKinney as the organiza�on's


State Commi�eeman. McKinney is one of the two members represen�ng Miami-Dade County in the Florida Democra�c Party's State Execu�ve Commi�ee, for a four-year term. Commi�eemen are members of the county DEC Steering Commi�ee, the county’s DEC Campaign Commi�ee, and other commi�ees as designated by the DEC Charter and Bylaws. A past Miami-Dade Young Democrats president, McKinney hopes to advance, “progressive values,” ensure local “interests are properly represented,” and to constantly challenge the party to evolve. Find out more at www.MiamiDadeDems.org.

SEOPW CRA board promotes Shiver to execu�ve director The Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board recently appointed Cornelius “Neil” Shiver execu�ve director. Formerly the agency’s assistant director, Shiver brings more than two decades of legal, government, and community development experience to the role. As execu�ve director, the Coconut Grove na�ve is responsible for implemen�ng the board’s policies on redevelopment ac�vi�es for a designated boundary that includes por�ons of the Overtown and Park West neighborhoods.Shiver graduated from the University of Miami and St. Thomas University School of Law. He says his priori�es are comple�ng on-going projects like the Town Parks rehabilita�on and expanding homeownership opportuni�es for residents. For more informa�on, log on to www.MiamiCRA.com. To be considered for Legacy Briefs, email your job promotions, appointments and announcements to Editor-In-Chief Russell Motley, rm@miamediagrp.com.




Take A Moment. Take A Month. During Black History Month, take the time to remember all African American military personnel—men and women—who persistently pursued their right to serve.

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