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Overtown’s defunct Black hospital served its purpose

It was a Black hospital that began when Black doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital were no longer allowed to treat patients during the Jim Crow era.

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Ingram: an advocate for poor students

He spends much of his time advocating for quality education for poor youth similar to the way Booker T. Washington did for disadvantaged Blacks. Education is part of Fedrick Ingram’s vision to help youth overcome the odds to achieve the impossible. During his career as a music teacher at Miami Carol City Senior High and Booker T. Washington in Overtown, Ingram has helped more than 250 of Ingram’s students obtain music scholarships to college.

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Haggman helps build economic foundation

Behind every successful movement, there has to be money. The federal, state and city courts paved the legal way to equal rights. Martin Luther King Jr. and others formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after the Montgomery bus boycott. Boycotts send the message that Blacks have some amount of economic power. To propel the modern civil rights movement, the next phase has to be economic justice and support. Matt Haggman, program director of the Knight Foundation, holds the purse strings to millions of dollars, some of which he uses to support our community’s pursuit of economic freedom.

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Civil rights the core of Smith-Baugh's career

As the president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh leads the organization's efforts to assist Broward County's Black community to achieve social and economic equality. An affiliate of the National Urban League -- the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States based in New York City -- the Urban League of Broward County has been empowering communities and changing lives in the areas of education, jobs, housing and health for 40 years. Smith-Baugh has been a committed advocate for economic growth and stability for families for almost 20 of those years. A graduate of Florida State University, she first joined the Broward Urban League as a program coordinator in 1996.

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Student activist emulates King and his cause

Barry University student Hector Pizarro seeks social justice for domestic violence victims

Activism starts from within to bring social change to a community. Hector Pizarro, a 25-year-old activist who attends Barry University, uses pain he experienced to raise awareness of domestic violence. Pizarro, who calls himself an Afro-Rican American, is a rape survivor. As a child, he was raped by his babysitters. The Boston-native said many people in the Black and Latino communities are taught to keep quiet or to not “snitch” when they experience violence or abuse. This year, Pizarro is breaking his silence of being a survivor of rape. “With rape, women talk about it, but men don’t, because they feel like their masculinity is taken,” said Pizarro, a Criminology major.

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Historic Black police station shines in Overtown

In September of 1944, the Miami Police Department began hiring Black police officers. In May of 1950, a police precinct was established at 480 NW 11th St. to provide a station house for Black policemen and a courtroom for Blacks judges in which to adjudicate Blacks defendants. This building is unique as there is no other known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for Blacks. The precinct closed in 1963 and the police department was integrated at the main MPD police station.

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Hatcher dreams of closing tech divide for Black youth

Felecia Hatcher is a problem solver. When she noticed that Blacks were not actively participating in the burgeoning technology scene in Miami, she acted. To participate, there was a need for education. As a result, Hatcher founded Code Fever, an initiative that trains Black youth in technology and entrepreneurship. “My husband and I came from a tech background and we just didn’t see the same kind of innovation and access in Miami that we saw going on across America,” Hatcher said. “Being sort of self-taught, we knew how important it was to get youth involved.”

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From New Orleans to the Civil Rights movement to the White House

Donna Brazile said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be concerned about the happenings in the 21st century

Democratic strategist and one of the most influential Black women in politics Dr. Donna Brazile said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be disturbed by what was going on in the country today. She said King would be upset that 50 percent of American children still live in poverty, and he would want more to be done to bring peace to the Middle East. King would ask President Barack Obama to do more on race and crime, and he would have called out those who consider themselves "1 percenters." And King would also have been concerned about the high number of young Black and Hispanic men incarcerated in this country. She decried the recent shootings of Black men, saying Black Lives Matter.

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Hill connects to people through activism

Whether it's mobilizing Blacks to the polls or honoring leaders in the community, Attorney Marlon Hill is always out in Miami’s neighborhoods championing a cause. Since he arrived to Miami from Kingston, Jamaica in 1985, community service and politics have become a part of Hill’s life.

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Irving takes mentoring to new heights

What's a man to do after he becomes the first Black person and youngest pilot to fly a plane solo around the world? If you're Barrington Irving, you launch The Flying Classroom and make it your mission to mentor minority youth. Irving’s youth mentoring began long before he flew 30,000 miles in 97 days on a solo mission back in 2007. The Jamaican-born graduate of Miami Northwestern High School and Florida Memorial University developed an

Jobs still a concern at Worldcenter

Overtown residents, union workers criticize project that will get $88 million in public funds

The pleas and concerns from dozens of Overtown residents weren’t enough to persuade city officials who, for the second time last Thursday, voted in favor of a proposed $1.2 billion Miami Worldcenter mall that will go up near the historic Black neighborhood.

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Guns in schools prompt dialogue

“On D Block, where everybody wants to be Pac and you can get popped over the new G-Unit Reeboks,” emcees rapper Eminem on “Welcome to D-Block.” The Jadakiss track was released in 2004, but 11 years later, there’s still blood on the sole.

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Dade County Deltas kickoff “Heritage Month Celebration” at soiree

Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented its “Heritage Celebration Month” kickoff at the Masque Red Soiree on Feb. 7 at Brizia on the Bay. One of the purposes of the event was for members to meet and greet community supporters, civic/social organizations and public officials; and to raise funds for chapter programs/projects and scholarships for students.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491.

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Motown comes to South Florida

Broadway musical takes music lovers on soulful journey down memory lane

There’s Smokey, Diana and Stevie. Then there are those songs that still move the soul with simple messages and catchy tunes. It has been 50 years since Motown introduced the soulful rhythms to America’s mainstream society and the world. Many Motown songs like “My Girl” and “I Want You Back” sold millions of copies at a time when America was experiencing social upheaval during the Civil Rights movement.

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It's okay to be a little kinky

Miami website company sparks movement for curly-haired women

Starting from childhood, women with curly or kinky hair learn to harbor feelings of low self-esteem because of it – a new Dove global study says – but a Miami-based natural hair movement hopes to reinstate a woman’s love for her natural beauty. The movement has morphed into International Keep it Kinky Day, slated for Feb. 21, aligned with Black History Month. While it is being observed by women as far away as Sweden, it is the brain child of Miami-based website company BlackNaturalHairstyles.org.

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“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl'

Book provides insight on road to maturity

There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like you did at 13 when hormone-driven teenagers roamed the halls with bad hair and mean girls. In “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae, Jo-Issa Diop goes on a personal journey that’s familiar to many people trying to find their own identity.

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Sit-down with 'Selma' star

If you've been reading my columns thus far, you've noticed that I'm an avid pursuer of truth. Understanding is my drug of choice and I've just got to have it. It's why I'm inviting you back to "NiteCap Live" on Feb. 26 for a sit-down with “Selma” movie star Omar Dorsey, taking place at 7 p.m. inside the Little Haiti Cultural Center. A native of Atlanta, Dorsey has starred in "Django," Showtime's "Ray Donovan" and Fox's "Rake" before his breakout role as activist James Orange in the Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic.

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Chatter that Matters

The King of Clubs of greater Miami demonstrated served its true purpose recently when it helped the family of Jerry Miller bury their loved one. Dr. Astrid Mack, president emeritus of the King of Clubs, led the effort to put together a great memorial service. James Fayson opened the service singing “Great is Thou Faithfulness”. Later in the service, Fayson uplifted the mourners with “Someone Greater Than You”. As President Richard J. Strachan played the keyboard, Reverend Harvey Lockhart, Chaplain, spoke of Miller’s spirituality and as a Godly man who always pursued righteousness.

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The Social Whirl

"The members of Just Us gathered at the Rusty Pelican to celebrate their 45th anniversary with brunch on February 14. More than a club, Just Us is a group of diverse women who have remained friends for forty-five years. The club founders, Camille Carroll-Perry, Carolyn Blake, Regina Frazier, Barbara C. Harris and Juanita Miller, along with members attending Patsy Graham, Annie Milbry, Emma Burnside, Shelaine Welters, Cecelia Hunter, Luretha Lucky, Vicki Roulhac, Lavonne

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