June 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Betsy - Zoom
1440 Ocean drive
Miami Beach
Fl 33139
Deborah Briggs
Zen and the Art of Juneteenth via Zoom @ The Betsy - Zoom
The program features community leaders discussing the history and meaning of Juneteenth. Featured participants include Dr. Valerie Patterson, FIU Professor and Director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program; DeAnne Connolly Graham, recently appointed by Mayor Dan Gelber to the Miami Beach Black Affairs Advisory Committee, Chair of the Women’s Business Council and Member of the Pillar Board and Board of Governors of the Miami Beach Chamber; and André L. Williams, Esq., Co-Chair of the Miami Beach Chamber’s DEI Council, and member of the Pillar Board; Heather Shaw, Assistant Director of Tourism and Culture for the City of Miami Beach; and Kunya Rowley, Director of the Juneteenth Celebration for the City of Miami Beach, and founder/director of Huesongs, a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating Black culture.  Hosting this program is Dr. Deborah Briggs, VP Arts and Community Engagement at The Betsy Hotel, and John Stuart, AIA, Executive Director of FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. It is the 60th and final event of a cultural connections series called ‘Zen and the Art of …’ that was collaboratively created by The Betsy Hotel and FIU. More than 15,000 households have been touched through the project since its inception in March 2020.
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