Along with Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Dept., from 12 noon - 5 p.m. at the MLK Memorial Park at 6000 NW 32nd Ct., corporations, community and civic groups will collaborate to produce a variety of cultural programs, entertainment performances, and culinary experiences --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.
• Live music, dance, and theater will be performed on the Cultural stage with artworks exhibited
throughout the venue.
• For children 5-14, a Children's Village sponsored by Miami Parks & Recreation offers
interactive games, sport & physical challenges and an exploration of MLK history.
• A Marketplace affords vendors the opportunity to sample a variety of products, including clothing,
cosmetics, oils, books, jewelry, tropical plants, herbs, spices, natural products, arts & crafts, and
• 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.