Miami Gardens crowned new student champions in its Black History Month Heritage Bowl. Students from middle and high schools were quizzed on black history and historic figures at a day-long competition at Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42nd Ave.
The event, hosted by Mayor Oliver Gilbert and the parks department, took place across the campus and split the middle- and high-school teams into two divisions in a round-robin style tournament.
Carol City High won the high-school division, for the second year in a row. Dr. Henry Mack K-8 Center won the middle-school division. The winning teams received trophies and gift cards.
As the teams waited to compete in the Lou Rawls Auditorium, they had a chance to answer open-ended questions about how they would improve education of black history and expand it beyond February. Starex Smith, assistant parks director, told the children that one of the goals of the Heritage Bowl is to tell other parts of black history that aren’t typically highlighted.
“Why was that history not being taught, why was that not being known?” Smith said at the event. “Black history does not start with slavery.”