Eight years ago when I first met Miguel Murphy at Miami Dade College, he struck me as a young man on the rise. He was always passionate about his work in the community and was one of the first advisors of a Caribbean student club, Tropical Beat.
Over the years, I have watched with pride Miguel's growth as he progressed from a lab technician (and an excellent one) to an academic advisor. And now he's now a doctoral candidate at the University of Miami! What's more, he is still an advisor for Tropical Beat, and has broadened his service to include the Pan African Student Association and Haitian IBO Club.
But what really earned my respect was Miguel's role on the Caribbean Advisory Board for Miami Gardens and his vote along with Wendell James, Jr., Keith Jennings, and Hortense McGillvery to rename a section of NW Seventh Avenue as Amy and Marcus Garvey Seventh Avenue.
The proposal now goes before the commissioners. Given the demographics, it will be interesting to see how the City of Miami Gardens will vote on the issue. The City of Miami Gardens is the largest Black-majority city in the state of Florida with an estimated 80% Black population. Of these Caribbean-Americans comprise an estimated 40% of Miami Gardens.
For now, it's kudos to Miguel Murphy and the Caribbean Advisory Board of Miami Gardens. I know it wasn't easy to take a stand in a system that is seemingly inimical to the broader interests of the community, but they did. And for this, I give thanks!
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