Forced migration of Africans to the Americas in 1619 reminds us that they came before the Mayflower (1620). The years 1619 to 2019 mark this quadricentennial of the creative industry of a people who were kidnapped and brought unwillingly to these shores and who, with resolute African spirit, fought and are still fighting for human dignity and equality.
During Black History Month we remember the trials and tribulations as well as the contributions of Africans and African Americans. It is our moment to embrace the West African concept of Sankofa, which teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward.
Our 2019 Black History Month commemoration will focus on Black Migrations, emphasizing the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.
Event 1: Sunday, February 3rd 10:30 am - Gospel Service and Soul Food Brunch at Miami Shores Community Church. Join us for a kickoff celebration of Black History Month with the Miami Shores People of Color d/b/a South Florida PoC (SFPoC) in partnership with the Miami Shores Community Church. A gospel performance by renowned singer Maryel Epps and an inspirational talk by SFPoC’s Tawnicia Ferguson Rowan will be followed by a soul food brunch.
Event 2: Thursday, February 7th @ 6pm - VENUE CHANGE TO 9900 NE 2ND AVENUE TO ACCOMMODATE THE DEMAND! PLENTY OF PARKING IN THE BACK! Brockway Memorial Library will host South Florida People of Color’s Black Migrations Exhibit and Reception. This exhibit will feature three important aspects of Black Migrations: a) Forced Migration from Africa, b) Migration patterns of Blacks in America that occurred after slavery until the 1970’s, and c) Caribbean migration to South Florida, particularly Miami. Haitian Spoken Word Artist Mecca aka Grimo will also perform during this exhibit and, back by popular demand, is our soulful saxophonist Corey Jones. Appetizers and wine will be served.
Event 3: Tuesday, February 19 @ 5:00pm – From Black Trauma to Black Healing: Part of the “What is Black?” Series This event will take place at Barry University (Andreas 112) and will involve a celebratory component of Black Independence while featuring a discussion around healing Blacks in the Diaspora. At 6pm we will analyze Dr. Joy DeGruy’s Post-traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) and panelists will contribute their perspectives on Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Healing. Panelists will include Clinical Psychologist/Drive-By Therapist Dr. Tasha Russell; Barry University Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Pamela D. Hall; Rev. Richard Clements from Barry University’s Campus Ministry; and SFPoC's Expressive Arts Therapy and Consent Culture Specialist Richard M. Wright, MA. This event will be co-sponsored by South Florida People of Color, Barry University’s Leaders and Advocates in Black Psychology and Campus Ministry.
Event 4: Thursday, February 28 @ 6pm – SFPoC and the Miami Theatre Center present a special film screening of Sankofa (Haile Gerima, 1993) and Talkback. A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery, and eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she becomes a member of a freedom-seeking Maroon colony. (124 mins, Rated R). SFPoC’s Dr. Pamela Hall and Richard Wright, MA will lead a talkback after the film.
All events are free and open to the public.
We want to thank Miami Shores Community Alliance (MSCA) for making this powerful Black History Month Celebration possible with their generous support.