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Explore South Florida’s African American communities and culture through food, music, art and dance events throughout February. 2023 focuses on “Black Resistance” exploring how African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression. Here’s a roundup:
Black History Month, Broward
WHAT: Trivia, book discussions, art workshops and storytelling at Broward County Library;
WHEN: Various dates in Feb.
WHERE: Broward County Library branches
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Black History Month, Miramar
WHAT: A month of special events, including free yoga classes, a clergy luncheon and prayer service, 5K run and Afro-Carib Festival.
WHERE: Various locations in Miramar
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Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Eco-History Tours
WHAT: Take a free eco-history tour at the park, one of the few beaches open to Miami-s African American community during segregation, now a protected park on the National Register of Historic Places.
WHEN: Every Wed., Fri. and Sat. during Feb.
WHERE: 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami
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Oakland Park Soul Fest
WHAT: Music, dance, food and fun for the whole family, celebrating the contributions and achievements of the African and Caribbean American communities.
WHEN: Fri., Feb. 3, 6-10pm
WHERE: Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy.
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Heritage Fest: Black Resistance, Arsht Center, Miami
WHAT: This year’s festival is an afternoon of free, family-friendly activities that include a dance workshop, children’s book readings, vendor marketplace, community mural painting and performances by the Rev. Melvin Dawson & The Genesis Fellowship Delegation and Victoria Blue.
WHEN: Feb. 4, 3pm-7pm
WHERE: Adrienne Arsht Center, Thompson Plaza of the Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.
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Black History Gala, North Miami Beach
WHAT: Dining and dancing in honor of Black History Month.
WHEN: Fri., Feb. 10, 8pm-1am
WHERE: The Creative Spot, 1222 NE 163 St.
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Florida’s Underground Railroad: Southern Road to Freedom, Miami Shores
WHAT: A discussion with Magdalena Lamarre about enslaved Africans who sought to regain their freedom and fought to maintain it, establishing “free towns” in Florida when the territory was part of the Spanish empire. Escaping slavery using Florida’s Underground Railroad, they lived free before the abolition of slavery in the United States.
WHEN: Sat., Feb. 11, 10:30am-noon
WHERE: Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 NE 2 Ave.
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Vizcaya Late | Resistance
WHAT: In partnership with Miami-Dade College’s Gibson Education Center, an exploration of the National Black History Month theme: Resistance.
WHEN: Wed., Feb. 15, 6-9pm
WHERE: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave.
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Black History Month Celebration, Coral Springs
WHAT: Heroes in My House: A Magical Journey through Black History
WHEN: Sat., Feb. 18, 2-3
WHERE: Coral Square, 9469 W Atlantic Blvd.
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Oak Grove Fest
WHAT: Caribbean culture is a part of Black history! This free event features musical artists curated by Miami Light Project in partnership with Community Arts and Culture, including Haitian singer Emeline Michel, Tabou Combo, Papaloko and Loray Mistik, Inez Barlatier, Cortadito and teh Spam Allstars and other guests, plus food trucks and other vendors.
WHEN: Feb. 18 beginning at 1pm
WHERE: Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159th St, Miami
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Diversity of the African Diaspora, Brickell
WHAT: Take a walk down Black Music memory lane and listen to African-rooted music like R&B, jazz, funk, hip-hop, the blues and more, plus free passed hors d’oeuvre, a liquor tasting, live performances, poetry reading and more.
WHEN: Sun., Feb. 19, 2pm-6 pm
WHERE: Brickell City Centre’s Garden Deck, 701 S Miami Ave.
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Soul Vegan Festival, Miami Beach
WHAT: The nation’s foremost urban-centric, plant-based food, spirit and wellness festival presented by The Hungry Black Man Media and the City of Miami Beach. Enjoy dishes like vegan oxtail. jerk, collard greens, peach cobbler plus live music and fun for the family.
WHEN: Feb. 24-26
WHERE: Ocean Drive between 6th and 7th Ave.
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Arts and Culture in the Gardens, Miami Gardens
WHAT: Participants work together in family groups to create African instruments and write a brief family narrative.
WHEN: Feb. 25, noon-3pm
WHERE: Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199 St.
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Pompano Beach Black History Pioneer Ball
WHAT: Annual black tie event celebrating local pioneers past and present. This year’s theme, “Making a Difference,” is dedicated to the contributions of African-American pioneers across five categories.
WHEN: Sat., Feb. 25, 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W Atlantic Blvd.
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Uncle Nearest Old Fashioned at Drift, 1 Hotel South Beach
WHAT: Throughout the month of February, guests can enjoy this special cocktail made with Uncle Neared 1856 whiskey, charred corn syrup and bitters. To commemorate and honor African- American heritage, Uncle Nearest is donating a portion of all the proceeds to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities). 1 Hotel has pledged to match this contribution.
WHEN: Feb. 1-28
WHERE: 2341 Collins Ave.
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