Stories with 'black history' tag

Black Architects in the Making design futures

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Craig Aquart is a Jamaican-American architect, principal of MCHarry & Associates and the founder of Black Architects in the Making, an outreach programthat educates middle and high school students about architecture through activities, workshops and summer camps with the goal of diversifying the profession. WHAT IS HE DOING: Craig travels to communities […]

/ March 6, 2019


The legacy of Liberty Square

WHAT: The Liberty Square housing project. Created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal plan, it was the first public housing project in the Southeastern U.S. and provided a new housing option for Overtown’s segregated black residents. WHY IT MATTERS: In the 1960s, Liberty Square became densely populated, living standards declined, and violence increased. And in […]

/ February 25, 2019


This historic house is paying tribute to one of Miami’s black pioneers

D.A. Dorsey is a familiar name to many in Miami and now his historic home is revealing even more about his life.

/ February 19, 2019


Which black Miami pioneers helped shape Liberty City? Here are some names to know

We dug into Miami’s history to find a list of black leaders that helped shape Liberty City’s history.

/ February 15, 2019


Video: Inside the Historic Hampton House

Just outside Liberty City, you’ll find Brownsville, a neighborhood frequented by influential athletes, entertainers and civil rights leaders during the fifties and sixties, when Miami was segregated. Brownsville is home to the Historic Hampton House, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first rehearsed a draft of his “I Have a Dream” speech and organized strategic […]

/ February 7, 2019


Three women of color overlooked in SoFlo history

As we started digging during women’s history month into the stories of those who helped to shape the Magic City, we noticed that pretty much all the women getting shoutouts were white. So we asked you for suggestions of women who the history books missed.

/ April 1, 2018


West Grove wants to make a comeback on its own terms

Everyone says West Grove is headed toward a revival. But will it include the people who built the neighborhood?

/ May 17, 2016


The secret history of Florida prison labor

From the Tamiami Trail to the electric chair, much of Florida was built on the backs of the state’s prisoners. Here’s the story you were never told, tracing a direct line from slavery to the modern prison system.

/ January 4, 2016


Miami Black History: Florida Memorial University in the civil rights movement

To end Black History Month, we’re taking a look at one of the most important chapters in Florida’s civil rights movement. St. Augustine was the center of civil rights upheaval in Florida, and the steadfast activism of students at Florida Memorial University fueled the state’s struggle toward justice. Today, FMU is South Florida’s only historically black university. Learn how the civil rights movement shaped the school and its students, and eventually caused the storied institution’s relocation to Miami.

/ February 27, 2015


Miami Black History: 1940s to 1960s

Midcentury Miami was a tumultuous time, a period when Miami’s black culture was both important and ascendant, while the black community went to war, experienced racism and fought for civil rights. Local author Mandy Baca shares some important people, places and events in Miami black history from the 1940s through the 1960s.

/ February 11, 2015