MIAMI — Tensions between Hispanics and blacks and the way it could affect international commerce will be addressed during a joint meeting between the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board and Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board.

Residents are invited to participate in a village dialogue called “A Civil Discourse on Cultural Diversity, Race and Inclusion,” on Wednesday, May 7, from 1-4 p.m. in the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., Second Floor Commission Chambers. A panel of Miami-Dade-based professionals and prominent community advocates will engage on controversial topics, a statement announcing the meeting said. 

“The ethnic and racial differences in Miami-Dade County have periodically created intergroup tensions.  In a community like ours, being a global center and international hub with a direct impact on regional and international commerce, it is important that these issues be addressed.  We believe that this discussion will allow residents the opportunity to address longstanding and divisive issues, discuss their feelings and clear up misunderstandings.  We believe that every group brings something to the table and that it is necessary to acknowledge our differences and work toward capitalizing on our diversity while encouraging inclusiveness,” said Stephen Hunter Johnson, Black Affairs Advisory Board Chair.

The Black Affairs Advisory Board and the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board are housed in the Office of Community Advocacy and are charged with the responsibility of identifying issues of concern and making recommendations to the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners as they relate to understanding and resolving issues affecting their County-wide constituency.

IF YOU GO

Who: Black Affairs Advisory Board and Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board
What: “A Civil Discourse on Cultural Diversity, Race and Inclusion” forum
When: Wednesday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Where: Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., 2nd Floor Commission Chambers, Miami
Information: Office of Community Advocacy, 305-375-5730