Along with Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Dept., from 12 noon - 6 p.m. at the MLK Memorial Park at 6000 NW 32nd Ct., numerous corporations, community and civic entities will collaborate to produce a variety of culinary experiences, cultural programs and entertainment performances--all designed to honor, promote, unify, and preserve our local, vibrant African and Caribbean heritage.

 

Rooted in the ingenuity and excitement of the human spirit, this intergenerational celebration is key to cultivating racial pride  and nurturing community building by recognizing ethnic contributions to our contemporary society and transmitting that knowledge to future generations.

 

With a people-centered approach that focuses on improving the local communities' self-reliance, social justice, and participatory decision-making, the festival engenders the connectivity, sustainability and quality of place  necessary to build strong, responsible, peaceful, loving families.  Together, we are more cognizant and adaptive to different ways of seeing, understanding, experiencing, and transforming where we live, how we work, and what we dream--both for ourselves and their world.

 

Presented by Cox Media on the  WEDR

   99 JAMZ Mainstage, hosted by

  international recording artists and top

  DJs. the Soundtrack of Our Lives will

  showcase a variety of music genres:

  R&B, Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Rap, Salsa,

  Merengue, Hip Hop, Rake-n-Scrape,

  Soca, Reggaeton & Haitian Compas. 

 

Illuminating our 2018 theme, “Continuing the Dream,” creative expressions of music, dance, and theater will be performed on the Cultural stage with  artworks exhibited throughout the venue. 

 

A Children's Village provides day-long entertainment and arts activities for

  kids.

 

An African/Caribbean Cultural Marketplace affords the opportunity to

   buy herbs, fabric, clothing, cosmetics, oils, books, jewelry, Pan-African artifacts

   and collectibles.  A Farmers’ Market will feature tropical plants, herbs, spices,

   natural products, arts & crafts, and more.

 

Local restaurants, food trucks, and grocers staff

   the Food Corner--a fan favorite, crowd unifier, and

   an impactful economic element--where you can

   sample a variety of menus  and foodstuffs  from

  Soul Food to Louisiana Creole to traditional dishes

  from the Caribbean and the Motherland. Delicious

  menus include African falafel fritters; Brazilian 

  espetinhos; African-American barbecue;

  Trinidadian doubles and roti; Jamaican patties, jerk ribs and chicken; Cuban

  arepas; Bahamian conch fritters; Haitian griot; Mexican tamales; Dominican

  empanadas; fried plantains, boiled peanuts, roasted corn, and coconut water.

 

 

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin,

but by the content of their character.”

                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.