Afrikan Diaspora takes root in SoFla…

In CULTURE on December 17, 2008 at UTC.21.31.

The Urban League of Greater Miami has begun a development initiative to build a 132 unit of affordable housing in the urban center known as Liberty City.  This is a quintessential mark in urban revitalization by building from within the community to restore the original luster. By retaining the historical landmarks the integrity of the community remains in tact. At the same time, local residents see the grassroots work by people whom have the sensibility & sensitivity of the historicity  of the area known as Liberty City.

In the past, this area was the cultural hub for all in the black community. From popular international jazz & blues musicians to local & state artists whom gathered around this historical mecca for black creative artists.

Moreover, just a few a blocks away there is another landmark urban revitalization project going on, headed by the  ‘Kwaku Designs International/Architecture and Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation.”

Two businessman are behind this revitalization project to turn several city blocks into a mecca of Afrikan diasporic culture once again. From NW 54 street to NW 79 street on 7th avenue will be called OSUN’s village The African & Carribean Cultural Arts corridor will meander from NW 36th street to NW 79th street.

“Chief Nathaniel B. Styles, a Miami businessman otherwise known as the Nana Kwaku Ankobeahene II of the Ashanti kingdom of Ghana, and his partner, Harlan Woodard, created the Osun’s Village and the African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor some two years ago. They made use of legislation passed by then-state Rep. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-Miami). There was also a companion bill sponsored by state Sen. Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami) and co-sponsored by state Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami).”

The purpose of these developments are to foster international trade & commerce within the state of Florida,  more so in the local area of Liberty City, Miami. The goal is to bolster the labor force through the shared cultural heritage of black people from the U.S., Caribbean, & Afrikans from the continent.


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