- Faith & Family
Another spring has come and the season would not be complete without the entertainment and fun provided by the Church of the Open Door’s free annual Pink Tea celebration which will be held at the Liberty-City based church on Saturday, May 20th.
This year the 44th annual Pink Tea’s theme will be “Harmony of the Arts: A Youthful Celebration” and features artists from Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC), dancers from the New World School of the Arts and the SWA performance ensemble.
The Pink Tea consciously chose to highlight youth performers, according to Victoria Beatty, the 44th annual Pink Tea’s chairwoman.
“In light of Trayvon Martin and in light of incidents that really dim the light of the young, we wanted to create an event that celebrated youth in South Florida,” Beatty explained. “We say a ‘Harmony of the Arts’ because we wanted to show the synergy between drama, music and dance and how it’s the young Black folks in South Florida that have really captured true art.”
The prominent Pink Tea was inspired by a similar event hosted in Illinois. The tradition was established in Miami’s Church of the Open Door by a former pastor, Harold Long, in 1969.
Since then the celebration has grown in popularity and prominence and has attracted such national figures such as Maya Angelou, as well as local celebrities, in years past.
“The Church of the Open Door is located in the heart of Liberty City and [the Pink Tea] is a way to open doors to the neighborhood and bring the community together,” Beatty said.
The Church of the Open Door’s senior pastor is the Rev. Joaquin Willis.
The 44th annual Pink Tea for the Church of the Open Door, 6001 N.W. 8th Avenue in Miami, will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th.
By Kaila Heard