The State of Black Miami

Upcoming forum to examine prosperity among the community

Does the black community in Miami-Dade County have an equal and fair shot at the American Dream? That the question for debate at the upcoming 2016 One Heritage Forum: The State of Black Miami conference. Set for April 7, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Florida Memorial University, Smith Conference Center, this free conference seeks to bring together black Miamians of all nationalities to discuss issues affecting the African diaspora and get behind a unified agenda.

This public forum will be hosted by Miami Dade County Commission Chairman, Jean Monestime. He will be joined by fellow local leaders, County Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmonson and Dennis Moss, and Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon.

The conference will feature three separate roundtable discussions to assess Black Miami’s state of economic prosperity, community development and quality of life. The expert panelists will cover a range of topics including jobs, housing, transportation, education, health, youth violence and criminal justice reform. The forum endeavors to pursue recommended ideas, initiatives, and legislation for impacting the “State of Black Miami.” The summit will also promote the cultural theme of “one heritage and inclusiveness within all of black Miami.

“At roughly 525,000, Miami-Dade has one of America’s largest population of Black residents,” says Chairman Monestime. “This is as tremendous asset that we have yet to fully unleash to our community’s benefit. Given this oneness of community heritage, we are inspired to look at our challenges and accomplishments through a common lens.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 305-694-2779.

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