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Miami Soul 2016 Black History Month events and celebrations around South Florida

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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. – Marcus Garvey

Black History Month is a year round celebration of the culture, heritage, and contributions of African-Americans to U.S. and world history. In February, we put an even bigger spotlight on Black history with a month-long celebration and remembrance. Check out Miami Soul’s full lineup of celebratory and commemorative events being hosted all month long by various organizations throughout South Florida. There’s something for everyone whether your preferance is for performance art or culture or if you prefer music, fashion, lively discussions, or tech.

The Black Affairs Advisory Board is paying homage to those historical places and memorials that are of significance to the history and existence of the African-American experience in the U.S. as part of the 2016 national theme, “Hallowed Ground:  Sites of African American Memories.”

Florida International University’s Black Student Union presents a month long full lineup of a wide range of events to enjoy as part of their I Am Black History Month efforts.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center presents a yearly exhibition during the month of February to celebrate and pay tribute to the history and contributions of people from the African Diaspora.

Florida Memorial University celebrates its homecoming week February 8-12 and presents a month-long calendar of events celebrating Black History Month.

February 1

Symbols of Freedom: The Power of Revolution exhibit opening

6PM – 10PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212-260 NE 59th Terr, Miami

The City of Miami and the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC) in collaboration with Lobey Art and Travel and Future Roots Collective hosts the opening reception for the museum’s latest exhibit, Symbols of Freedom: The Power of Revolution. The exhibit features the works of Haitian visual artist Florestal Evens and explores the rich history and significance of the Vèvè symbols as catalytic elements of the Haitian Revolution and subsequent establishment of the first free Black state in the New World founded by self-liberated African slaves. The exhibit will be open to the public from February 1 through March 12 and is curated by Marie Vickles, LHCC’s Curator-in-Residence, and organized by Romuald Blanchard of Lobey Art and Travel. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Miami Dade College Black History Month Gospel Music Mini-Concert Kickoff Event

10AM – 11:30AM – Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus, 1776 W 49th St, Hialeah

Miami Dade College kicks off their month-long Black History Month programming with a brunch with a a performance by Maryel Epps.

President Barack Obama: The Exhibition

January 20 – February 29 – Miramar Cultural Center Ansin Family Art Gallery, 2400 Civic Center Place

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month, the City of Miramar welcomes the Historic President Barack Obama Exhibit by White House Photographer, Pete Souza. This exclusive exhibit features historic moments during the Presidency of Barack Obama, the first elected African-American President of the U.S. in conjunction with historic moments from the journey of Mayor Wayne Messam, the first African-American Mayor of the City of Miramar in its 60 year history.

What’s Inside Her Never Dies: A Black Woman’s Legacy & Other exhibits

February 1 – 29 – Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St, Miami

Yellen director, Karla Ferguson Soimaud curates a group exhibition in collaboration with Poets & Artists Magazine to celebrate the legacy and influence of the Black woman. This exhibit marks the three-year anniversary of the Little Haiti-based art gallery and features a compelling body of artist/activists including: Sylvia Parker Maier, Tim Okamura, Joseph Adolphe, Jerome Soimaud, and Numa Perrier.

February 2

FIU Black Student Union I Am Black History Opening Ceremony

11AM – 3PM – FIU South Campus GC Pit

Motown the Musical

February 2- 7 – Adrienne Arsht Center Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

“Get ready ‘cause here we come!” The legacy of Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy’s, is spotlighted in a Broadway musical journey that shows how Motown’s legendary artists created the soundtrack that transformed America. Tickets are available online at

February 3

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill lecture

7:30PM – FIU South Campus GC Ballroom

Scholar, activist, journalist, and TV personality, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, leads a community dialogue about politics, culture, and education. Free for FIU students, $15 at the door for non-FIU students, and $20 for the general public.

Florida Atlantic University Black History Month Kickoff

12PM – 2PM – Florida Atlantic University Tradition, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton

The opening ceremony invites the FAU community to come together to explore the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

February 4


Februrary 4-6, Carnival Studio Theater at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd

Ayikodans, Haiti’s premier dance company founded by Jeanguy Saintus, presents a world premiere performance entitled M’angaje. In true Haitian fashion, Ayikodans promises to fall nothing short of pure energy with rhythmic drum beats and dances. This special performance is part of a partnership between the dance group and the Arsht Center that led to the reconstruction of their studio in Haiti following the devastation from the 2010 earthquake. Tickets are on sale at

UniverSoul Circus

February 4-15 – Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy

The hippest and most interactive circus in the world returns to South Florida with acrobatic and exciting energy. Tickets are on sale at

Grand Opening Reception for ASCENT: Black Women’s Expressions exhibit

6:30PM – 8:30PM – Nova Southeastern University Don Taft University Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

Nova Southeastern University celebrates Black History Month with a reception for the exhibit featuring the work of women of African descent from the local, national and international art scene. The exhibition, which will run through March 4.

February 5

Patti Labelle live in concert

8PM – Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

For one night only, the legendary Patti Labelle serenades Miami with a live performance of her greatest hits. Tickets can be purchased at

“3 ½ Minutes” Film Screening & Talk

10AM – Florida Memorial University Lehman Auditorium, 15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens

The film screening is on the tragedy and subsequent events following the murder of the unarmed, Jordan Davis.

Bob Marley Day

12PM – University of Miami Lakeside Patio, 1320 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables

University of Miami’s United Black Students group presents a calendar of Black History Month programming with this event celebrating the life and legacy of Bob Marley.

Lyric Live All Stars

6PM – Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Overtown Miami

The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida presents the Lyric Live Allstars Show, a special edition of the amateur night Lyric Live featuring the season’s winners competing for the grand prize.The All Stars show will also feature special guest judges and other exclusive “All Star” surprises for Lyric Live fans. The event is hosted by comedian Chello, with music by Jody Hill and Deep Fried Funk Band and Showtyme Junkanoo band to usher off the boo’d contestants.Tickets are on sale now at

February 6

4th Annual Trayvon Martin Foundation Peace Walk and Remembrance Dinner

9AM Peace Walk; 6:30PM Remembrance Dinner – Double Tree by Hilton at Miami Airport, 711 NW 72nd Ave

This year’s Trayvon Martin kicks off with a morning Peace Walk and concludes with a dinner saluting Bishop T.D. Jakes & First Lady Serita Jakes and Aaron Johnson. The legendary Harry Belafonte will also be honored with the “2016 Champion of the Year Award.” Individual tickets are $80 or $800 per table for general seating and $150 for preferred seating or $1,500 for a preferred table. Tickets can be purchased at

City of Miramar Black History Month celebration

12PM – 4PM – Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place

The City of Miramar hosts an afternoon of performances, live music, and a poetry slam. The event is hosted by Hot 105’s Rodney Baltimore and Shelby Rushin from 99 Jamz. This is a family friendly event and lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed.

February 8

The History of Hip Hop and Interactive DJ Academy

12:30PM – Broward College Judson A. Samuels South Campus Student Activity Center, 7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

Froward College celebrates Black History Month with a calendar of events and programs. This event explores the history of hip hop, since its inception.

February 9

Marcus Garvey: A Forerunner of #BlackLivesMatter

10AM – 11AM – Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave, Room 3103, Miami

As part of Miami Dade College’s Black History Month lineup of events, a lecture is being held to trace parallels between Marcus Garvey’s 20th century organization the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the 21st century Black Lives Matter movement.

February 11

A Century in the Making: The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

4PM – 6PM – HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St, Miami

Attend the preview of the newest Smithsonian Museum dedicated to the African-American experience. This event is presented by Dr. Joanne Hypolite, Museum Curator at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC)  and co-hosted by HistoryMiami and the Black Affairs Advisory Board.

The Color of Words: Poetry of the Global Black Experience

12:30PM – Broward College Judson A. Samuels South Campus Student Activity Center, 7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

Broward College assistant professor of history, Edward Cornejo, Ph.D., will present poems which highlight the black experience from different parts on the world.

February 12

Women of a New Tribe Exhibit Unveiling

11:30AM – Lobby at Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st St, Downtown Miami

The Black Affairs Advisory Board kicks off Black History Month with the unveiling of the “Women of a New Tribe: Miami” exhibit featuring the Kinad, Inc. African American Historical Timeline Exhibit. The exhibit is a photographic celebration of women of color throughout South Florida and will remain on exhibit in the lobby until March 31 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

“Black Friday” The Film: Will you leave Bills or Benefits?

7PM – The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 Northwest 2nd Ave, Overtown

The Black Archives presents a panel discussion on the importance of leaving a secure future for the next generation. This event is sponsored by Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson (District 3).

February 13

Macy’s Black History Month Celebration

12PM – 2PM – Macy’s Aventura, 19501 Biscayne Blvd

Macy’s celebrates Black History Month with a panel discussion with actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell and actor Taye Diggs on the influence and impact of African-American culture. Jurnee can be seen in John Legend’s miniseries about slavery, Underground.

3rd Annual Black Heritage Festival

12PM – 4PM – Betty Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, food, and vendors at this annual festival celebrating Black culture. The festival is sponsored by Commissioner Barbara Jordan (District 1). This event is free and open to the entire family.

3rd Annual “MLK Remix”

12PM – 6PM – Bethel-Gibson Community Center, 5800 SW 66th St., South Miami

The MLK Remix presented by Branches South Miami features the South Miami MLK Parade in the morning followed by a free outdoor festival designed to promote peace and understanding in our community through education and the arts. The festival will include several live performances including DJ Smoov, kid-friendly hip-hop dance, karate, yoga and boot camp classes, as well as hands-on activities like arts & crafts. Children can also enjoy face painting and bounce houses.

February 14

“The Loving Story” Film Screening & Discussion

2PM – 4PM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

NSU hosts a viewing and discussion of the documentary, “The Loving Story,” which depicts the struggles of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. The couple fought their conviction all the way to the Supreme Court. Free and open to the public.

February 15

Black Tech Week

February 15-20 – multiple locations throughout Miami

Black Tech Week is a week long series of events centered around diversity in emerging technology, innovation, creativity, and culture. The week-long event includes panel discussions, pitch competitions, investor sessions, youth innovation events, a women’s innovation brunch, and more. For a full lineup and event passes, visit

February 16

3rd Annual Reception for Perez Art Museum Miami Fund for African American Art

6:30PM – 10PM – Perez Art Museum Miami, 1100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

The Ambassadors for African-American art presents a lively night of art and performances celebrating Black art. The goal of this year’s celebration is to increase membership and participation at PAMM and in the African American Art Fund in order to benefit the museum’s important exhibition and educational programming. This event is free and by invitation.

February 17

Performance: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

6:30PM – 8:30PM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

NSU hosts the one-woman show performed by Ersula Knox-Odom. The show captures the essence of Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. Free and open to the public, but reservations required. RSVP to 954-262-4627 or

Gospel Explosion

7PM – University of Miami Lakeside Patio, 1320 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables

University of Miami’s United Black Students group presents a gospel show celebrating spirituality and Black culture featuring musical selections, step teams, and other performances.

February 18

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns

February 18 – 21 – Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

The Alvin Ailey dancers are back with five performances and three different programs to choose from. Alvin Ailey’s beloved masterpiece Revelations will close each performance. Tickets are on sale at

  • Thursday Evening (2/18), Saturday Matinee (2/20), and Sunday Matinee (2/21) include the premieres of Mr. Battle’s Awakening (click on image above to see a preview), Judith Jamison’s sultry duet A Case of You, and Ronald K. Brown’s Afro Latin-inspired Open Door.
  • Friday Evening (2/19) includes Rennie Harris’ electrifying Exodus, Paul Taylor’s sizzling take on the tango in Piazzolla Caldera, and Christopher Wheeldon’s dream-like After the Rain Pas de Deux.
  • Saturday Evening (2/20) also features Exodus, plus Robert Battle’s searing No Longer Silent, inspired by a long-forgotten score by Erwin Schulhoff, a Jewish composer banned in Nazi Germany.    

Black Girl: Linguistic Play with Camille Brown

11:30AM – Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave, Studio Theater in Building 5

Also on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at InterAmerican Campus, Noon-1 p.m., Room 3103

Using the rhythmic play of double-dutch, stepping, tap, ring shout and other African-American social dances, dancer/choreographer Camille A. Brown addresses the complexity of carving out a positive identity as a black woman in urban American culture. In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency or trauma, Black Girl: Linguistic Play represents a more nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.

A Conversation With Brian Brackeen, CEO of

12:40PM – 1:55PM – Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Room 1261, Downtown Miami

Brian Bracken of Miami-based facial recognition company, Kairos, leads a conversation on his success building an innovative startup that has raised over $5 million in venture capital.

Ankara Miami African Fashion Week

February 18-21

Florida’s largest runway show featuring up-and-coming as well as established designers from the African Diaspora presents a four day lineup of events. Event details and tickets are available at The event lineup includes:

  • Thurs, 2/18 – VIP Meet & Greet | Private Location (RSVP required)
  • Fri, 2/19 – Runway Showcase at Toyota of North Miami, 16600 NW 2nd Ave (ticketed event)
  • Sat, 2/20 – Runway Showcase & After-Party at Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach (ticketed event)
  • Sun, 2/21 – Ankara Delights Pop-Up Shop & Wrap Party at Tempo Lounge, 3607 NW 19th St, Lauderdale lakes 


Access to the Dream: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 18, 1PM – 3PM – Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens

In celebration of Black History Month, National Black MBA Association will partner with Florida Memorial University to present an engaging panel discussion that will arm students with the information, tools and tips needed to be successful in today’s job market. A story of success will be painted through the testimonials of alumni from the school who’ve excelled in their respective fields, which will be combined with practical tips to aide students on their academic and career journeys.

February 20

I Am: Reflection Gospel Explosion

6PM – FIU South Campus BBC Wolf Theatre

FIU’s Black Student Union presents a celebration of praise.

February 21

5th Annual South Dade Gospel Fest

5PM (Doors open at 4:30pm) – South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 S.W. 211th St, Cutler Bay

In celebration of Black History Month, Commissioners Jean Monestime, Dennis C. Moss (District 9), and Daniela Levine-Cava present the annual gospel celebration featuring Stellar award-winning artist, Pastor Beverly Crawford, and local gospel groups. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and under and can be purchased at

“Freedom Riders” Film Viewing & Discussion

2PM – 4PM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

NUS hosts a viewing and discussion of the documentary, “Freedom Riders.” What happens when non- violent activism and courage are used as a means to combat injustice and inequality? This film offers insight into some of the brave activists and their stories.

February 22

Social Justice Empowerment Revival

February 22 – 25 with forums & worship service night starting at 6:15PM – New Birth Baptist Church, 2300 NW 135th St, Miami

The National Action Network presents five days of thought provoking, civic engagement, and worship experience.

  • February 22 – Pastor Jamal Bryant
  • February 23 – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
  • February 24 – Rev Al Sharpton
  • February 24, 9AM – 2PM – Job & Resource Fair
  • February 25 – Bishop Victor T. Curry
  • February 28 – 11AM worship service – Law Enforcement Appreciation Sunday

An Afternoon with Miami Music Legend Luther Campbell

12:30PM – Broward College Judson A. Samuels South Campus Performing Cultural Arts Theater Building 68B, 7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

Broward College leads a discussion with Miami music legend Luther Campbell discussing the impact of the Miami bass sound in Florida and beyond.

February 23

Addonis Parker: Community Art in South Florida

9:50AM – 11:05AM – Miami Dade College West Campus, 3800 NW 115th Ave, Room 1102

Join the college for a lecture/demonstration on art and the community. Inspired by family, life experiences and his own struggles with life in the inner city, including a period of homelessness, Parker made the decision to give back by teaching art and establishing art programs for inner city kids in Miami.

February 24

Positively Africa!

10:30AM – 11:15AM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

NSU presents Positively Africa, a lively and enchanting duo performing songs and movement and demonstrating authentic instruments. A selection of African folktales will be available for check-out. This free program is for children of all ages with caregiver.

February 25

19th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival

February 25 – February 28, 7PM – Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

Presented in conjunction with MSM Arts and Florida Memorial University, this four-day music festival brings swing back to Overtown. The lineup features a selection of the best jazz musicians in the world, including Trombonist of the Year Wycliffe Gordon; Virtuoso Drummer Winard Harper; International Jazz Trumpeter Melton Mustafa & his 18-piece Big Band; the legendary FAMU Jazz Band under the direction of Robert Griffin, Lindsay Sarjeant, Longineu Parsons, Carlos Vega, Bryan Hall and The Young Lion Ray Nelson; The Broward College Jazz Band under the direction of Jason Hainsworth; The Tri-County Honors Big Band; The winners of the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Combo Competition; The Florida Memorial Jazz Band and Gospel Choir under the direction of Mel White; selected middle and high school bands, local bands, accomplished Authors, artist, vendors and more. Tickets are $22.09 to $106.49 and can be purchased online at

The 19th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Schedule:

  • Feb 25 – The Opening FMU VIP Reception 7-9PM,
  • Feb 26 – Artists, Authors, Live jazz, Vendors & Film presented by the Miami Jazz & Film Society 6-9PM
  • Feb 27 – Workshops, Master Class, Tri-County Honors Big Band, Featured Bands, Vendors 8AM-7:30PM
  • Feb 28 – Final Concert 6PM-9PM

The State of Black Philanthropy in Miami

6PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr, Miami

The Miami Foundation presents a lively discussion on philanthropy for Black causes and in the Black community. The invitation is by invitation. For more information, contact Roshni Neslage at (305) 371-2711.

February 26

I Have A Dream: A Broadway Musical

9:30AM -12:30PM – AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd

Theatre South presents a lively gospel musical highlighting one of America’s iconic heroes, Martin Luther King, Jr. The musical takes place during the civil rights movement and illustrates the current events during that time for an educational and culturally enhancive experience. Tickets start at $20 with an option to add a Heat ticket game and concessions. Tickets can be purchased at

“Faces of Miami” Black Art Reception

7:30PM – 9:30PM – Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave, Ft Lauderdale

Black art is the highlight at this Black History Month reception hosted by the Urban League of Broward County.

February 27

“One Heritage” Black History Month Festival

12PM – 4PM – Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83 St, Miami

Chairman Jean Monestime (District 2) presents a cultural celebration featuring food trucks and vendors with fun for the entire family.

“The Abolitionists” Film Viewing & Discussion

2PM – 4PM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

NSU hosts a viewing and discussion of “The Abolitionists,” which portrayal abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown.

February 28

Jazz in the Gallery

2PM – 4PM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

Nova Southeastern University counts down it’s month-long Black History Month celebration with a jazz concert performed by the Broward College Jazz Combo. Free and open to the public.

February 29

NAACP Black History Dinner & Open Mic Contest

6:30PM – 8:30PM – The Resource Room, 19715 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens

The Youth & College Division of the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP is calling all middle and high school students for this annual celebration. Funds raised help to support the NAACP youth attend the National Convention in Cincinnatti. Tickets are $22.09 and can be purchased at

March 3

3rd Annual “Let’s Speak Truth” Poetry & Spoken Word Night

6PM – 8PM – Nova Southeastern University Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Ft Lauderdale

Nova Southeastern University closes out its Black History Month programming with a spoken word event celebrating creativity. Free and open to the public.