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Bowl of Gumbo

Juneteenth Gumbo Social

On June 19, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed blacks held in slavery in the last state holding on to its confederate taditions in Texas. To honor the day the Old Dillard Museum will host a social of fun games, food and a literary discussion featuring Tameka Hobbs, author of "Junebug and the Gumbo Garden." The social will be held at 6 p.m. Seating is limited.

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The Meeting

A Play and Discussion of Civil Rights Movement

The Old Dillard Museum presented the play, "The Meeting," in Fort Lauderdale at Walker Auditorim andt in Miam at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Centeri. Directed by John Pryor the play feAtured Donnie Seward (left) as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Darryl Vaugh (right) as Malcom X. The thought provoking play by Jeff Stetson provided a timely focus for a discussion of the civil rights movement and black people coming together for the good of us all.

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Students looking to uncover cemetery's history

Boyd Anderson Wants Your Help

Woodland is a five-acre cemetery that dates back to at least the 1930s. It was the resting place for mostly poor black workers here what is now Lauderhill Lakes. Several veterans from World War I and II are buried here, too. But the names of all those buried, or even the exact number of people buried remains unknown.

A group of students from Boyd Anderson under the direction of teach Roberto Fernandez are on a mission to record the history of this often neglected site. A recent article in the Sun-Sentinel gives a glimpse of what the student are up against. Click here for the story.

If you have information about someone buried at Woodlawn Cemetery you can help by calling 754-322-0200.

Dillard Jazz Band
in the Winners Circle Again

2014 Dillard Jazz Band

Dillard Center for the Arts finished in the top three at the 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York City, May 8-10, 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that the jazz band has made the national cut as finalist, to compete among the best of the best from more than 100 schools bands from across the country. Dillard was one of the top three bands chosen from the field of 15 finalists to perform on Saturday evening during performances at Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Lincoln Center. The winning bands were chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians, including Jazz at Lincoln Center's Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The competition was the culminating event during three days of mentoring, jam sessions and workshops. At an awards ceremony following the performances, Wynton Marsalis presented prizes and cash awards to each of the 15 finalist bands. Christopher Dorsey, director of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Band accepted the third place trophy and award of $1,000 for the school. Several members of the Dillard Jazz Band were also recognized and awarded for outstanding solo performances, including Max Holm and Ulysses McClover on piano, Chris Mills on bass, Zachary Auslander on guitar, Zachary McKinney on drums, Christian Cummings on alto sax, Ben Stocker on tenor sax and Anthony Hervey on trumpet. In addition, the band’s rhythm and trombone sections received honors for outstanding performances at the competition. In previous years of the competition, the Dillard Jazz Band claimed two top place honors and received second place honors twice.

Slavery By Another Name Discussion

Slavery By Another Name Discussion

WHOT105 Radio Personality Rodney Baltimore moderates a discussion between the community and local scholars about the Civil Rights Movement. Scholars included Derrick White, Kisha King, Kitty Oliver and Tameka Hobbs. The thought provoking discussion on Feburaury 20 focused on a theme from the documentary "Slavery By Another Name." You may watch the documentary on the National Endoment for the Humanities website, and see why it was such an interesting conversation..

The Old Dillard Museum is one of 473 institutions across the country that are using the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and  the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Gilder Lehrman developed the exciting programmatic and support materials for the sites.  The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

Created Equal Public Forum

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Are you a modern day "Freedom Rider" and don't know it? Dr. Derrick White (FAU) discussed the history and impact of the civil rights movements at a public forum on October 24, 2013.

Freedom Riders Public Forum

In the early 1960s, brave Americans of many creeds and colors challenged unfair cultural traditions that used violence to attempt to scare people out of basic civil rights in this country. Do we still face unfair practices that seek to undermine our rights? As part of the national "Created Equal" discussion series, the Old Dillard Museum hostedt a public forum that compares the plight of the "Freedom Riders" to our modern day issues regarding life, liberty and the pursue of happiness.

Our Season

Our season of events will include other musical concerts, workshops, lectures and more. Check out our “Civil Rights Movement: Peace, Power, and the Almighty Dollar” Brochure for more information.

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    Created Equal National Discussion

    Created Equal Series

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has developed a special initiative, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. As part of the Endowment’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.

    Created Equal encourages communities to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides. Four hundred and seventy-three communities across the nation will receive the Created Equal film set, accompanied by resources to guide public discussion programs. The Old Dillard Museum is one of the sites participating in this national discussion. Click here to get more information about local activities.


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    Ben Williams CutoutMr. Benjamin Williams, who is often called "Mr. Fantastic," is the 2013 Tree of Life Honoree. In addition to serving three four-year terms on the Broward County School Board as the Member for District 5, Mr. Williams had a outstanding career as an educator and administrator in Broward County Schools. During his years as a administrator, he is noted as designing and implementing the county's first magnet program at Walker Elementary in 1975, he later took the Performing Arts Magnet program to Parkway Middle School in 1988 and added technology to the curriculum as the county began to utilize technology in the district. The performing arts magnet at Parkway led to adding Arts and Music to Dillard High School with Williams as the principal in 1992. Williams was also the first black administrator assigned to a predominantly white elementary school when he became the principal of Nova Blanche Forman Elementary in 1970.

    To view past Tree of Life honorees and The Legacy Continues Video Click Here

    Come to the Old Dillard Museum and be inspired. Sensational tours are available Monday thru Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Summertime hours are Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00pm. June 13th to August 11th.

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    The Old Dillard Museum is a historical landmark and an education center operated by the Broward Public School System. Funding for the museum's activities is provided in part by the Old Dillard Foundation, Funding Arts Broward, Bank of America, The Links, Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and other gracious supporters.

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