Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
305-893.6511 Ext. 12160


North Miami, FL – 1/13/2015


North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph,DO is awarding tickets to the Golden-Globe nominated film “SELMA” to 30 lucky high school students from North Miami this week. Students will be chosen based on their written reflections on why we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

Mayor Joseph will present the winners with their tickets at North Miami’s annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sponsored by the City’s University Relations Board.  The event will be held this Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the MOCA Plaza, located at 770 NE 125 Street.  The Candlelight Vigil is a free community event that features tributes to Dr. King performed by students from local K-12 schools and universities, in music, song, dance and spoken word.   

“More than ever, this movie will resonate deeply with our young people. It’s an important period in our country’s history.  Our children today should learn about the heroic struggle Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led in Selma, Alabama during the civil rights movement,” explained Mayor Joseph.  Mayor Joseph is personally sponsoring the purchase of the tickets to be awarded to the students.


About the Movie
“SELMA” is the story of a movement. The film follows the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The historic march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, culminated in President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  The film was released to limited engagements beginning on December 25, 2014, and its wide theatrical release was on January 9, 2015.  In addition to several awards it has already received from independent associations, SELMA was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards.  

About Mayor Smith Joseph, DO
Dr. Smith Joseph was elected Mayor of the City of North Miami during a special election held in November 2014. Mayor Joseph has dubbed North Miami as the City “On the Move.”  He is committed to working diligently on initiatives that will enhance the quality of life for all residents. Mayor Joseph is a Medical Doctor by profession, who specializes in Internal Medicine and he owns Universal Medical Center, a private medical practice based in North Miami.  Born in Saint Louis Du Nord, Haiti, Mayor Joseph is a graduate of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy and Nova Southeastern University, where he earned his Doctoral Degree in Osteopathic Medicine.
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