MIAMI GARDENS — More than 200 people turned out recently for the first-ever District 1 Black Heritage Festival held by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and co-hosted by City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. The event, which was created to celebrate contributions made by African Americans to the United States, was held from noon – 4 p.m., at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.
“While this was our first event, I am thoroughly pleased with the attendees and the participation by our vendors,” said Jordan. “There were beautiful African artifacts, African fashions made with authentic fabrics from the Motherland and incredibly colorful and artistic jewelry.”
Parents enjoyed a line-up of live entertainment that included stepping, singing, modern and African dance and a slew of other talent. Children were treated to rock climbing and a bounce house.
The Brothers of the Eta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. performed, captivating the audience. At the end of the performance many people asked for the brothers of Eta Delta to perform at other events, including churches and schools.
“The event was a great opportunity to network with black politicians in the Miami area, and a fun way of giving back to our local community,” said Kevin Ramseur II, the group’s secretary. “Everyone who could be in attendance participated and we represented our fraternity as Alpha men should.”
“These are the kinds of activities that our community needs,” said Commissioner Jordan. “I am committed to working with our business partners in District 1 to ensure that they help give back to the community that has continuously supported them.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF Natalie Diala
COMMUNITY SERVICE: The brothers of the Eta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. stepped at Miami’s 1st Black Heritage Festival.