Posts from August 2016

Broward Park an African American First

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 5:15 PM by Kitty Oliver

Broward County is now home to the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, the first in Florida named for African Americans. Both of them were civil rights activists who made history there.

John U. Lloyd State Park, a popular recreational site in Dania Beach nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, was officially renamed July 1 by the State Legislature to honor Fort Lauderdale residents Dr. Mizell, a physician, and Johnson, a business owner. They each served as head of the local NAACP as the country moved through

Althea Gibson stepped into the international spotlight as the first African American athlete to cross the color line in tennis, winning a Grand Slam singles in 1956. But, she honed her competitive skills for many years before that as a young player with the American Tennis Association.

In the documentary film “Althea,” screened in Greater Fort Lauderdale in August as a special event honoring the 100th anniversary of the ATA, founded in 1916, the stories are intertwined. The film chronicles the making of this pioneer and the impact of the

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale enlivens the downtown entertainment and arts district starting this summer with exhibitions of traditional African art and works by African American women artists.

First, the museum, a major tourist draw in Greater Fort Lauderdale with world-renowned unique collections and world class exhibitions, joins several other major institutions around the U.S, in featuring traditional African art this summer, Selections culled from its permanent collection of over 300 works will be on display July 24-October 23,