Hampton House’s Enid Pinkney retires

The Hampton House board and staff will honor the organization's founding president, Enid C. Pinkney for a "life-time of bridging the past with the future.” The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Historic Hampton House, 4240 NW 27 Ave., Miami. The public is invited. Pinkney has worked on preserving the Historic Hampton House since 2001 and was successful in saving it from demolition and then restoring it. The luncheon will also celebrate her 88th birthday. Charlayne W. Thompkins is the newly elected president of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc.

Appearing on the program will be Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Audrey M. Edmonson; Cecilia Stewart, chair of the Board of the Historic Hampton House; Kathy Hersh, president of Close-Up Productions; Bishop Noward Dean, Regional Presbyter of the Church of God of Prophecy; Harry and Henry Coaxum, of Coaxum Enterprises; and Carl Latimore, artist; and Maria Rodriguez-Porto, of Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development.  

For tickets, please call305-638-5800; email trust@historichampton.net; or visit  www.historichamptonhouse.org.


Residents to get educated about RAD

Miami-Dade County Commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 29 voted unanimously to pass a resolution to design and create an educational program for its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

RAD is a federal program that will provide funding to the county to update more than 6,000 public housing units. After the announcement, residents expressed concern and confusion about the process.

The educational program will describe the benefits and pitfalls of RAD and inform tenants about their rights and obligations, the processes of conversion, grievance procedures and house rules.

Residents of public housing and interested parties also will be able to take part in tours of other public housing developments and model units of where the RAD conversion has already been implemented.   

The program aims to educate residents; the Overall Tenant Advisory Council Legal Services of Greater Miami; Miami Homes for All, the public and other advocacy groups throughout Miami-Dade County.

The resolution requires a funding source and a report from County Mayor Carlos Gimenez within 60 days.


Black history programming sought

The Black Affairs Advisory Board’s Heritage Planning Committee is now accepting submissions for programs to be included in next year’s Black History 2020 Calendar of Events, called Black Migrations. 

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the 15th Amendment (1870) and the right of Black men to the ballot after the Civil War. 

Through voting-rights campaigns and legal suits from the turn of the 20th century to the mid-1960s, African-Americans made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote. The fight for Black voting rights continues in the courts today and includes the rise of Black elected and appointed officials at the local and national levels, campaigns for equal rights legislation, as well as the role of Blacks in traditional and alternative political parties.

 Make submissions no later than Friday, Dec. 6 

For more information, email Retha.Boone-Fye@miamidade.gov 

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