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EXPERIENCE “A CELEBRATION OF BLACK CULTURE AND THE ARTS” AT THE CITY OF NORTH MIAMI’S 2018 BLACK HIS

North Miami, FL – 2/1/2018

This February, join the City of North Miami for a “Celebration of Black Culture and the Arts,” through an eclectic line-up of free Black History Month events and family-friendly activities.  

The month-long celebration kicks-off Wednesday, Feb. 7, with a Key to the City Ceremony, honoring Deval Patrick, Esq., former governor of Massachusetts. This event will take place at the Paradise Courtyard in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. All guests must RSVP at 2018NorthMiamiBHM.eventbrite.com. Space is limited.    

The City’s Black History Month Committee will hold a Lena Horne Commemorative Stamp Dedication at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the North Miami City Hall, Council Chamber, located at 776 NE 125th St., North Miami.  This dedication will take place during the regularly scheduled  city council meeting.    

The 2nd Annual Pop-Up Block Party will take place Friday, Feb. 16, at 2:30 p.m., at Cagni Park, located at 13498 NE 8th Ave., North Miami.   High school students in North Miami will experience this college fair with a twist, which will include free music, food, contests, giveaways and live performances by local rap artists. New this year, the event also will premiere a Pop-Up Step Show, where members of African-American sororities and fraternities will represent their organizations through this unique art form, with roots in African tribal dance.

Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., the North Miami Public Library and the Miami Oratorio Society present Spirit II, an evening of classical gospel choir performances directed by Andrew Anderson. Guests also will enjoy live performances by jazz and gospel singer Tiffany Hall, along with performances by the Aaron Lebos Jazz Reality Band. This gospel and jazz concert will take place at the North Miami Public Library, located at 835 NE 132nd St, North Miami.   

Until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, the North Miami Public Library and the Oscar Thomas Foundation will accept entries for the 2018 Black History Month Essay Contest, titled, “Hidden Figures: Local Heroes In My Community.” The contest is open to students in grades 4-12. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the NoMi Library. For contest rules and entry forms, log onto .NorthMiamiFL.gov/celebrate. Entry forms may also be picked-up at the NoMi Library or the City Hall Main Lobby. This event is presented with support by the Friends of the North Miami Public Library and the Miami Foundation For a Greater Miami.   

The 3rd Annual Evening of Honors will take place Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Joe Celestin Center, at 1525 NE 135th St., North Miami. This year’s dinner will recognize contributions to youth by local performing and visual arts teachers. The evening will begin with an African-American art showcase presented by MUCE305. Guests will enjoy live music and witness the completion of a live painting by a local visual artist. Seating is limited. Guests must RSVP at 2018NorthMiamiBHMhonors.eventbrite.com.   

The City of North Miami’s 2018 Black History Month Celebration will conclude with the 3rd Annual Music in the Plaza, the City’s signature concert event. This year’s concert features live performances by Karyn White, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Chubb Rock, and headliners Dru Hill. In conjunction with Music in the Plaza, the City of North Miami will introduce its inaugural Black History Month food truck expo, “The Art of Comfort Food.” The expo will offer concert goers tastes of soulful treats from an array of South Florida based food trucks, reflecting the diversity of our community.    

For more details about the City of North Miami’s exciting 2018 Black History Month event line-up, visit NorthMiamiFL.gov/celebrate or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-895-9840. All of the City’s 2018 Black History Month events are organized by a team of dedicated staff volunteers. 
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