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 productsincluding clothing,

  cosmetics, oils, books, jewelry, 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.