The City of North Miami will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February that honor cultural trailblazers of the past, while recognizing their impact on the present. This year’s theme “We Count, Census 2020,” demonstrates North Miami’s commitment to making the diverse voices of its residents heard by encouraging participation in the 2020 Census count. The signature event is the 5th Annual NoMi Music Fest, a charity concert featuring Grammy Award Winning Headliner, CeeLo Green.
“We are excited to have a recognized time in the City of North Miami to celebrate, teach and expose others to the rich history, accomplishments, perseverance and traditions of African Americans of the past of present,” said Dr. Alix Desulme, North Miami’s Vice Mayor and Honorary Black History Month Chairman. “Our series of Black History Month events will provide the community the opportunity to continue the conversation of Black legacies and achievements, as well as reflect on extraordinary impacts on our culture. And, I am especially proud to have a charitable component added to our Black History Month Celebration for the second year in a row.”
Members of the community are invited to attend the following FREE Black History Month events:
MOCA MINIMAKERS: LOVELY LOIS MALILOU JONES Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00 – 4 p.m. MOCA, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
• Children are invited to discover the work of artist, Lois Malilou Jones, while learning to create an expressive and colorful mixed media art piece inspired by art of the African Diaspora. Ages: 6-12.
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SUNDAY STORIES: I AM ENOUGH Sunday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MOCA, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
• Enjoy a live reading of “I Am Enough,” a New York Times Best Seller, written by Grace Byers. Then, experiment with all the colors of the rainbow with tempera paint. Ages: 1-5.
MIAMI ORATORIO SOCIETY GOSPEL CONCERT Saturday, Feb. 15, 2:00 – 5 p.m. North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
• Under the direction of Andrew Anderson, this annual concert highlights the richness of the musical elements of African American culture, and will feature the Tim Watson Jazz Band.
ESSAY CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY: ICONIC AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTORS Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
• North Miami students in grades K-12 are encouraged to write an essay about an iconic African American inventor. Winners will be announced during an educational event hosted by the Oscar Thomas Foundation. Refreshments will be sponsored by the Friends of the North Miami Public Library.
• Rules and entry forms are available at http://www.northmiamifl.gov/celebrate. The submission deadline is Feb. 7, at 5 p.m.
JAZZ@MOCA, FEATURING NICOLE YARLING Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
• Nicole Yarling will take the stage for Black History Month’s Jazz@MOCA concert series. Enjoy her unique sound, which combines voice, violin and fiddle.
• This event will take place rain or shine.
MARCH FOR EDUCATION Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
• This spirited event for parents, teachers and students offers a variety of local resources and programs created and designed to help the community. Supporters of education will march in solidarity from MOCA Plaza to North Miami’s Irons Manor Fountain. Register at http://www.marchforeducation2020.eventbrite.com.
For more information on the events taking place call the North Miami Parks and Recreation Department at (305) 895-9840.