The Origins and Early History of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board

March 06, 2013 — March 07, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

The University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement is honored to present a series of events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board.

These events are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by University of Miami’s College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History, Office of Civic & Community Engagement, and the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board.

Due to limited space, please RSVP by Friday, March 1, 2013. For RSVPs or questions, please call: 305-284-6636 or e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013:
“The Origins and Early History of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board”

This evening lecture will feature Raymond Mohl, Ph.D., distinguished Professor of History at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Professor Mohl is a specialist in modern U.S. urban, ethnic, and social history. His most recent book is Interstate: Highway Politics and Policy since 1939, co-authored with Mark H. Rose and focusing on the impact of urban expressways on American cities. He is currently completing another book on the history of race and ethnic relations in Miami, Florida, to be published by the University Press of Florida.  Dr. Mohl will discuss the history of human and community relations in Miami, which led to the formation of a Community Relations Board (CRB) in the 1960s. The CRB was considered “Miami’s most significant weapon” in achieving the goals of the human relations agenda – holding to the belief that a true democracy embraced diversity and tolerance, and supported equal rights and justice.

To learn more about this lecture, the abstract can be found HERE. To download and share the event flyer, please click HERE.

Please join us at 6:00 pm in the School of Architecture’s Glasgow Lecture Hall, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146. Reception to follow in the Korach Gallery.


THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013:
“ENGAGING DIVERSITY: Lessons from the 50-Year History of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board”

This morning panel discussion will feature Dr. Raymond Mohl, as well as prominent local community leaders including Rabbi Solomon Schiff, Dr. Dorothy Fields, Rev. Dr. Walter Richardson, and student leader Tiffany Ford from UM’s United Black Students. Attendees will learn from the past as CRB members reflect on former activists who played an instrumental role in reversing racial tensions and fostering mutual collaborations between diverse ethnic groups in South Florida. Panelists will offer guidance to those who want to be involved in improving their communities and are unsure of where to begin. Panelists will also provide students with invaluable insights that will help them achieve their goal of creating positive social change and becoming more effective leaders in their communities.

Please join us at 10:00 am in the Bank United Center’s Hurricane 100 Room, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146.

To download and share the event flyer, please click HERE.


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