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Gibson as a Cadet nurse in 1945. (Courtesy of Forbearance : Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson : the life story of a Coconut Grove native)

MEET THELMA GIBSON

Born in 1926 right in the heart of West Grove, Thelma was the first black assistant supervisor nurse in the county health department. She couldn’t get most of the credentials she needed locally because “colored” students weren’t allowed in the universities, so she left the state to get her degree.

But she came back and went on to become a matriarch of West Grove. She married Rev. Theodore Gibson, who became the leader of the local NAACP chapter, and they spent the next couple decades fighting for the future of West Grove together.

After Rev. Gibson’s death, Thelma started Grovites United to Survive, which raised enough money to buy a building on the quickly gentrifying Grand Avenue.

“If you own something, you don’t have to worry about being put out,” she told us in 2016. Today  Gibson has become a symbol of what West Grove is working to hold on to amid rapid change.

PRO TIPS

Back in November, local social impact accelerator Radical Partners hosted a massive community brainstorm on how Miamians could begin taking on one of Miami’s biggest challenge: our lack of affordable housing. At the end of the week, more than 2,500 people came up with 250 ideas. And from those, Radical Partners listed these eight ways that you can help fix affordable housing without being an expert or making it your full time job. 💪

Plus, today is the Better Food Movement conference! We’re moderating a 10:30 a.m. panel on the future of food in Florida. It’s not too late to hit the conference up! It’s free, and happening right in Downtown. Details here.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

SMH. Yesterday the Florida House voted against bringing a bill to ban assault weapons to committee, which means it won’t even be discussed, let alone get voted on. And all seven Miami-Dade Republicans voted “no.” Here are their names and phone numbers. (Miami New Times)

Hands are tied. Wondering why Florida municipalities aren’t just going ahead and passing their own gun laws after Parkland, like so many cities around the country have done after other shootings? It’s because they’re not allowed. Mayors are fined $5,000 if they try it because Florida law requires that all gun laws be made at the state level. (Miami Herald)

All I do is win. Local favorite Broken Shaker, which was recently named the No. 1 cocktail bar in the U.S., is teaming up with fancy cooking store Williams-Sonoma for a line of cocktail mixes. The drinks will be as tropical and SoFlo as the bar’s  gorgeous poolside bar in South Beach. (Spirited Miami)

Walk it out. About 1,000 West Boca High School students ditched class on Tuesday to walk, run and hitch rides 12 miles away to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School so they could show their support for their fellow students. Instead of getting detention, they got water and snacks. Meanwhile, Stoneman High students are heading to Tallahassee to lobby for stricter gun laws. This New York Times reporter live-tweeted the bus ride with them. (Miami Herald)

Running schools in the “mass shooting era.” Miami-Dade County is asking the legislature to give them another $30 million in this year’s budget so they can better equip their classrooms for the “mass shooting era.” Broward County Superintendent Runcie, who is giving lawmakers daily tours of the carnage at his school, gets it. He’s retracing shooter Nikolas Cruz’s steps and telling lawmakers how it all unfolded to make them feel the weight of the tragedy – and hopefully overcome business as usual on gun reform. (Miami Herald)

Boy, bye. Dear Miami Beach residents who’ve spent the last few days sitting in bumper to bumper traffic while the bridges are up: things will be better next year. This is the last time the city is hosting the Miami Yacht Show. Next year it’ll move to the former Miami Herald site in Downtown Miami. (Curbed)

All about the U. Magic City Casino has recruited a bunch of former UM athletes to learn the great game of jai-alai. Here’s the story of how this oh-so-Miami pairing came to be. (Miami Herald)

Oops. Yesterday we accidentally called Nicolas Maduro the prime minister of Venezuela. Our bad. He is the president. Thanks for catching that, Billy.

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THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOVE

Congratulations to Johann Ali, who won two tickets yesterday to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Goya Tasting Village this weekend! And thanks to everyone who shared this here newsletter to be entered to win. Stay tuned for the next giveaway.

EVENTS

OUR EVENTS AND PARTNER EVENTS

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AROUND TOWN

🥁 2/21-2/25: Get folksy at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival (Virginia Key)

📷 2/21: Explore the Black history of Perrine (Palmetto Bay)

✂ 2/22: Turn old clothes into new favorite accessories (Little River)

💔 2/22-2/25: Reflect on love and heartbreak at “Love, Lost” in the A+E District (Downtown)

🍸 2/23: Get funky at Wynwood’s only rooftop bar (Wynwood)

💁‍ 2/23: Learn about the role of “dangerous women” in art and history at FIU (Sweetwater)

🎸 2/24: Listen to “Black music that transcends genre” and feast on soul food (North Miami)

🔬 2/24: Be a scientist for a day with Frost Science (Virginia Key)

🎻 2/24: Travel the world from a tropical park with Sultans of String (Pinecrest)

🌶 2/25: Eat all the chili at a chili cook-off (Pinecrest)

🎵 2/25: Jam at Classic Album Sundays ft. Neutral Milk Hotel and Elliott Smith (Little Haiti)

2/27: Talk shop with local creatives at the Creator’s Lounge (Allapattah)

P.S. Did you catch our guide the best unofficial SoBeWFF events? Peep it here.

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THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

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