Miami-Dade County’s Black Communities History, Present and Future: A conversation with County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava; Dr. Yanela McLeod, author of The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948- 1958; Kalyn Lee, 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year, Miami Dade County Public Schools; and Teri Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank. Moderated by Nancy Ancrum, Editor, Editorial Pages, Miami Herald
Miami-Dade County’s Black community has been part of the bedrock of the county since its founding in 1836. In fact, 168 of the 362 men who voted for the creation of the City of Miami in 1896 were Black. But discrimination and a lack of access to capital have dogged our Black neighbors from the start, often impeding self-determination and greater successes.
Miami Book Fair seeks to focus on the County’s past as a means to understand the present and position the community for a better future. To that end, Miami Book Fair is bringing together an esteemed panel of influencers to discuss race, wealth and equity, including our Black community’s access to quality health care, affordable housing and quality education. Panelists will come together to explore our history, but more importantly to talk about our future – what concrete steps can we all take, supported by our county government, to ensure a future that fully includes and supports our Black communities and where Black residents can find themselves at the center of decision-making. Program will include public Q&A.