- Faith & Family
Terry Elliott, Sr., owner of Elliott Enterprise Group, was instrumental in promoting the Christmas parade in December in Liberty City. Kudos also go out to Sherna Elliott and Carol Kinchens, for providing the community with this charitable event.Credit also goes out to Miami Gardens Masonic Lodge #777, Angels of Adora Chapter #99, along with neighboring lodges, The City of Miami police and fire departments, Miami Jai-Alai, law offices of David Garvin, CLE Promotions, Galandi Group, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pepsi, Longshoreman Local #1416, Model City NET and Dade Equipment Golf Cart. These sponsors provided toys for the kids.
Speaking of parades, Dr. Preston Marshall and his committee provided the community with another successful MLK parade on January 16th. The Florida Atlantic University 200-piece marching band participated followed by the football team, and cheerleaders. FIU joined The City of Hialeah with an elaborate float. Others identified by narrators Michelle Simmons and John Dixon were Florida Highway Patrol Honor Guards, Katherine F. Rundle, Tangy Sears, Fla. Times float, Rep Cynthia Stafford, “Big Mama” ( in all pink), Commissioner Jean Monestime, the Miami Norland band and of course their State Championship football team. Mayor Shirley Black of El Portal, Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, Opa-locka, Carlos Fernandez mayor of Hialeah Lucudo freedom float, Carlos Giminez, mayor of Miami-Dade county, Thomas Regalado, mayor city of Miami, and Kenny Washington. Other bands and participants included Allapattah Middle, Miramar High, Miami Northwestern, Miami Edison, North Miami High, Miami Beach High, Phi Beta Sigma Steppers, FIU, Booker T. Washington, and the show stopping group from Trinidad-Tabago. It would be outstanding if each high school has a float for school queens and the principals waving at the spectators in next years MLK.
Dorothy J. Morrison, a North Dade Jr. Sr. High graduate, entertained the seniors in Opa Locka with a special program provided by Mayor Taylor, Vice Mayor Johnson, Commissioners Rose Tydus, Timothy Holmes, Gail Miller, and Deborah Sheffield Irby, city clerk.
Caroline M. Reed, vice president of the class of 1959 at Miami Northwestern, closed out the 2011 year at a monthly breakfast at Michael’ Diner and opened 2012 with their 2012 breakfast. Discussions focused on continuing with a scholarship award, and assisting the band, chorus, and sport teams with emergency funding. Some of the classmates in attendance were Wayne Bass, Brenda Hadley, George Johnson, Howard Minter, Gerald Joseph, Bishop Joel and Maxine Pratt, Charles Taylor, Ann Williams, Lewis Williams.
As they were leaving, in came the retired coaches ready to get down as they joshed with each other about the coming Super Bowl. Joining the group was Daryl Dennis who informed the group that he was the grandnephew of Lavon Smiley, a former manager at the popular Jet Away Lounge. Others in the gathering included Ben Addison, David Biggs, Jim Caldwell, Mark Carter, Johnny Davis, Arnold Davis, Harry Floyd, William Evans, William Snell, Jerome Simpkins, and David Williams. As I left, they were purchasing a copy of The Miami Times to read about themselves. Arnold Davis was proud to share with the group that he was selected as one of the recipients of the Community Service Award for contributions he made in training athletes. He will be honored on February 18th, at the FMU banquet room when the Louie Bing Scholarship Fund will recognize him. All of the retired coaches gave him a standing ovation, and Richard Gaston announced the upcoming Pioneer Athletic Hall Of Fame for Saturday, June 2nd at FIU Kovens Conference Center beginning at 9 AM. Everyone is invited free of charge as a guest of Gaston. Georgia Jones Ayers, aka, “Spitfire” saying what she wants to regardless of the scenario was given a room at the African Culture Center to display her Black History artifacts during Black History Month. She has collected memorabilia for the past 50-years, such as LP’s of “Mom Mabel”, “Amos n Andy”, “Pigmeat Markum”, classic films, and other artifacts. Ayers is also inviting you to bring your artifacts to the center and put them on display for the month of February. Security will be in place for protection against theft. Please make sure you have proper identification on your items. For more information, call 305-688-8845.
The old adage of death coming in threes was brought out when the community was shocked after reading in The Miami Times about the passing of Marlene Burrows, 74, retired nurse and a graduate of Dorsey High; Hansel S. Higgs, Sr., 85, a retired teacher, and an active member of Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc; and former first lady of Opa-locka Virginia Alicia Wilkinson Tresvant, 88 and a long time administrator of King Memorial General Hospital. According to Fr. Richard Barry, Higgs lived a beautiful life with his family members (Gregory O. Higgs, Hansel S. II and Andrea and a host of grandchildren. Shriners of Miami, classmates from FAMU were in attendance along with over 75 brothers of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, inc. who paid tribute to him. Burrows will be known for her efficient handling of the record books with the Dorsey High Alumni. More than 100 alumni members stood during the reading of the resolution. Because of her political power and civic work in the community, Tresvant was memorialized by Alicia Donald, daughter of Juanita Lucky Hooks. Georgiana Bethel alluded to her as a classmate from BTW. Dorothy Johnson indicated how she motivated her to become a politician and bought her clothes to wear at campaign rallies.
Leome Culmer and Norma Mims were quite pleased with the responses received regarding the planned 75th reunion of those persons born in Liberty City. You can help by writing your history to facilitate in the preparation of a comprehensive journal.