Black Heritage

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Black “Herstory” Month by hosting a conversation with local icons who blazed the trail fighting to level the playing field. The virtual event, hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m., and is presented in part by Baptist Health South Florida.

“The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce is hosting this conversation with local icons in celebration of Black History Month,” said G. Eric Knowles, the organization’s president and CEO. “We want to shine the spotlight on women pioneers who can share their success story with the goal of motivating others to blaze their own trail and create history.”

The event moderator is Lynda V. Harris, chair-elect of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The welcome message will be delivered by Dr. Yvonne Johnson, chief medical officer of South Miami Hospital.

Panelists include Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, founder of The Black Archives, History & Research Foundation; Thelma V. Gibson, founder of the Gibson Health Initiative; and Ruth Shack, former Miami-Dade County commissioner and CEO of the Miami Foundation.

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1974 by a group of Black business leaders out of a need for a strong organization that could objectively advocate for the needs of a growing Black business community. 

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