She was a teacher, principal and the first black teacher of the year in Miami and Florida

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She later attended Florida A & M University (then college), where she sang in the concert choir and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Education.

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Smith had humble beginnings, having been born in Miami’s Railroad Shop District, a small black community in the Allapattah area, in 1927. The area had been designated for black railroad workers who cleaned the railroad cars.

Smith was a 1944 graduate of Booker T. Washington Junior/Senior High School, where she sang in the choir and played varsity basketball. Even then, she was known as a leader and was a member of the school’s Student Council, Drama Club, Girl Scouts and the YWCA Club. She later attended Florida A & M University (then college), where she sang in the concert choir and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Education.

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50 Years Ago, Miami-Dade County Played Key Role In Nation’s First Statewide Teacher Strike

Dozens of public school teachers filled the sidewalk outside a Miami-Dade County School Board meeting earlier this month, demanding raises with loud chants and colorful signs.

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One protestor waved a piece of hot pink poster board featuring a list of the states where teachers have gone on strike in recent months, each with a checkmark after it: West Virginia. Kentucky. Oklahoma. Colorado. Arizona.

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‘We’re living in a historical moment that if we don’t take advantage of and exploit that moment, then we’re all the worse [off],’ said Alex Hernandez, who teaches U.S. history at Holmes Braddock Senior High School near West Kendall. He’s spent 18 years in the classroom.

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How Brenda Snipes Became the Face of the 2018 Midterm Elections

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On a Saturday morning in November 2003, Dorsey Miller called his old friend Brenda Snipes and asked if he could drop by. Miller, an adviser to then-Gov. Jeb Bush, didn’t explain his motivations over the phone. He knew he’d have a better chance closing the deal in person.

Expecting just a 15-minute conversation, Miller left his keys in the ignition and a friend in the passenger seat when he arrived at Snipes’ ranch-style house in Lauderdale Lakes. Miller thought Snipes, a retired principal and school district administrator, would be the perfect replacement for elections supervisor Miriam Oliphant, who was days away from being ousted by Bush for mismanagement and incompetence. But Snipes wasn’t so sure.


Publisher: Miami New Times
Date: 2019-01-29T08:00:00-05:00
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Your Concise Guide to Miami Art Week 2018

MIAMI ‘ Miami Art Week itself, which takes over the entire city and nearly all its cultural institutions, is longer than Art Basel Miami Beach ‘ the main fair at South Beach’s Convention Center ‘ but the two are synonymous in name and hashtag. There are about a hundred guides to Art Week, its satellite shows and attendant lectures, parties, openings, DIY spaces, ‘pop-ups’ ‘ guides that’ll tell you where to go, what to avoid, how to survive.

Like every year, there is plenty more of the same, and then, in some arenas, much less of that. You might laugh or cry; you will absolutely encounter horrific traffic; you will wish you’d brought different footwear. The work this year will be inevitably referred to as sobering, which is only true if you’ve been living under a rock or never expected art to reflect the times, which are a-changin’, or maybe not ‘ depending on who you ask. (For starters, go to’Nautilus South Beach, a SIXTY Hotel and check out Suzy Kellems Dominik’s INVISIBLE, a series of soft-sculpture totems without feet: ‘For without feet, one cannot escape,’ the artist writes, referring to the complexity of being a female-identifying person today ‘ the work is pleasant to the eye and a clench on the heart. It’s free to look.)

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Date: 2018-12-03T21:36:33+00:00
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