All deserve a museum; let’s unite


Re the April 23 article Cuban museum wants downtown home: Metropolitan Miami-Dade County is a community of two and half million residents, and a significant beacon to Florida and the world as an economic, political and cultural center that serves as home to one of the world's most diverse and dynamic communities.

However, the cultural, ethnic and racial differences in Miami-Dade, sadly have created intergroup tensions. Recently, these old wounds have reopened and reignited old debates.

It’s within that context that the Black Affairs Advisory Board in conjunction with the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board plans to hold a Village Dialogue, A Civil Discourse on Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness, on May 7 from 1-4 p.m. in the Miami-Dade’s commission chambers in the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. Panelists have been invited from across Miami-Dade’s cultural diaspora to hold a civil conversation.

Miami-Dade belongs to us all, and we have the opportunity to address these issues head on and to serve as a template for addressing these tensions while finding ways to make Miami a vibrant and great world-class city that provides opportunities for all its residents. Every group has made contributions to Miami’s history and brings something unique to the table. We must step up to these challenges and not allow misunderstandings to tear apart the richness of our diverse culture.

Stephen Hunter Johnson, chair, Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board, Miami

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