DATE: February 13, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Peggy Davis, Historical Commission
The Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, will host its February Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program beginning at 12 noon on Thursday, February 21, 2013.
Broward County’s rich cultural heritage has been celebrated since the County’s formation in 1915. People came from other countries and settlers arrived from the southern and northern states bringing with them their own customs, faith and working skills to the area. It is from this early time and the diverse people who came to Broward that has made the County’s cultural heritage something to celebrate.
A panel of three Broward County Pioneers will share their personal experiences and perspectives on their lives in Broward County. Hazel Kelley Armbrister arrived in Broward County from Madison, Florida, in 1950. Ms. Armbrister’s voice has been sought and heard throughout the City of Pompano Beach and Broward County for many years. A retired educator who taught for 31 years, she has been active in many civic and political organizations. As a long-time Broward County resident, she remembers a time when Broward County residents suffered under racial inequality; however, she feels fortunate to have lived in a time when times were tough but the struggle was appreciated.
Samuel F. Morrison is well known throughout Broward County for his many contributions to the community. He came to Broward County in 1974 to serve as the deputy director of the Broward County Libraries Division. In 1987, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he served as chief librarian for the City of Chicago, and where he was responsible for the planning, design and initial construction phases of the Harold Washington Library Center, the largest municipal library in the United States. In January 1990, he was appointed director of the Broward County Libraries Division. Morrison had a vision for Broward County - building an African-American research library in Fort Lauderdale that would house black history materials. With funding from the Broward County Board of County Commissions project as well as a community fundraising campaign led by Morrison, the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center became a reality when it opened its doors on October 26, 2002. Since retiring from the Libraries Division in 2003, Morrison has continued to be involved in many community projects and organizations.
George T. Mora, a resident of Sunrise, arrived in Dade County in 1954 from Matanzas, Cuba, and became a Broward County resident on August 14, 1974. Mora and his wife, Yvonne, have raised their family of four children in Broward County and he has worked in the public relations and entertainment industry. He is active in the community serving as a member of the Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and Hispanic Unity. He was the first Hispanic member of Vesol. A drummer, poet, presenter and political activist, he is the representative for the USA in the Bahamas Entertainment and Musician’s Union. Mora serves on the City of Sunrise Cultural Affairs Advisory Board giving him many opportunities to be actively involved in his community. He has seen great development since arriving in Broward in 1974.
Attendees should bring their own lunch. Some light refreshments will be offered. On-street parking is available; however, guests are advised to avoid parking in the numbered spaces to the south and west of the Historical Commission building. For additional information about the program, call the Historical Commission offices at 954-357-5553.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of theHistorical Commission.