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Black History Month 2020

Neighbors 4 Neighbors is celebrating Black history month along with our community partners. Look here for more information on some history of African American accomplishments and events going on in South Florida to honor Black History Month.


Black History Month Events from our neighbors of events happening all over South Florida:

 

Sun Sentinel - Click Here

Miami Times - Click Here 

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau - Click Here

South Florida Times - Click Here

 

Here are some interesting Black History Facts 

that you may not have known:

  •  Dr. Walter McAfee was as mathematician and physicist who was the first to calculate the speed to the moon.  He suggested bouncing a radio signal off the moon, which was the first experiment in radar astronomy and the first active attempt to probe another celestial body. It was the inspiration for later EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) communication techniques and a huge part of communicating with the astronauts as they traveled into space. 

  • Fisher Island was once owned by real estate developer Dana A. Dorsey.  He was South Florida's first African-American millionaire and later sold the island in 1919 to Carl Fisher who was developing Miami Beach.  Dorsey was the son of former slaves who moved from South Georgia to Miami in 1896 working as a carpenter for the Henry Flagler Florida East Coast Railroad. With only a fourth grade education, he purchased one parcel of land in Overtown, built a rental home on the land, reinvested the rental income to build and rent more as far north as Ft. Lauderdale, and later sold land to the City of Miami for a park for Blacks. Dorsey also owned Miami's first black-owned hotel, Dorsey Hotel, and also owned the Negro Savings Bank.

  • Historic Dana Dorsey House in Overtown
  • This year honors the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment.  Passed by Congress February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, the 15th amendment granted African American men the right to vote. These followed 13th amendment which abolished slavery and the 14th amendment granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to African Americans and slaves who had been emancipated after the American Civil War.  Today, this guarantee is enforced primarily throughout the Voting Rights Act of 1965, an enduring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement.

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