Miramar, FL – June 21, 2024 – The City of Miramar recently held a series of events to celebrate Juneteenth, emphasizing the significance of Black History in American history. The events included an Awards Dinner on June 18 at the Miramar Cultural Center, featuring the esteemed civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton. Rodney Baltimore of Hot105 adeptly served as the master of ceremonies. Reverend Sharpton eloquently highlighted Juneteenth’s historical importance, calling it crucial for fostering community awareness and unity. He stated, “Black History is American history, and Juneteenth is a pivotal moment that must remain at the forefront of our national consciousness.” During the dinner, Commissioner Colbourne honored Reverend Sharpton with the keys to the City,

The evening began with powerful renditions of both the United States National Anthem and the Black Negro Anthem by Angee Griffin. Commissioner Colbourne also presented the One Miramar Community Service Awards to Edward Hill and Joyce Barry for their outstanding contributions.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson recognized Commissioner Yvette Colbourne’s dedication to community enrichment by presenting her with a Congressional Record. Colbourne was recently appointed as the first person of color to chair the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board. Congresswoman Wilson also presented the City with a generous check for one million dollars towards a new community center in the Sherman Circle area, an initiative spearheaded by Commissioner Colbourne.

The festivities continued on June 19th with a well-attended Juneteenth Family Day at City Hall Plaza. Families enjoyed various activities, including hair braiding, bead and doll-making workshops, and engaging book reading sessions, all aimed at fostering cultural pride and creativity. Each child received a free book to promote literacy and community involvement. The day also featured lively performances from local schools, churches, and dance groups, showcasing Miramar’s vibrant talent.

Additionally, the Priscilla Dames Alar Odessey Art Collection, curated by Christopher Norwood, was showcased, featuring African art and artifacts. Commissioner Yvette Colbourne reflected, “Today we pause to acknowledge our struggles and our achievements. The Juneteenth celebrations are Miramar’s way of bringing together our community to celebrate our shared heritage and the progress we continue to make.” She added, “These activities underscore the City’s commitment to honoring history, promoting education, and fostering unity among its diverse population.”

As Miramar looks towards the future, events like these serve as powerful reminders of the importance of cultural heritage and community solidarity.

For more information on upcoming events, visit Miramarfl.gov.