Black Affairs Advisory Board
The Black Affairs Advisory Board (BAAB) is under the Office of the Chair and was created to serve in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Each BAAB member was selected by and represents a Commissioner from each district and serves at the will of that commissioner.
The Black Affairs Advisory Board exists to advocate for the social, economic, political and educational needs of the diverse Black World Community in Miami-Dade County, while advancing the quality of life for these residents in a dedicated and responsive manner.
In 1979, longtime community activist Mrs. Athalie Range, affectionately called "Ma Range," appeared before the then Metro-Dade County Commission, representing the MLK Merchants Association. She petitioned to establish the Office of Black Affairs to optimize the Black community's access to county services. In response, the County Commission passed an Ordinance establishing the "Office of Black Affairs" in November, 1979.
In 1980, the Office of Black Affairs sponsored a four-day community-wide conference called "Black Blueprint for the 80s," out of which evolved the establishment of such programs as the Coalition of Black Organizations (COBO) and the Metro-Miami Action Plan (MMAP) now called the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) . These initiatives sought to promote inclusiveness and provide access to services and opportunities for Blacks.
The Board is committed to advocating on behalf of the Black World Community through a variety of activities and programs. The Black Affairs Advisory Board receives staff support from the Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Board of County Commissioners' Office of the Chair.
Boards and Minutes
The Black Affairs Advisory Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month (with the exception of December) in the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.
- Stephen Hunter Johnson, Chair
- Edgar Wright, Chair Heritage Planning Committee
- Priscilla Dames-Blake, Immediate Past Chair
- Tracey Bowen-Bell, Secretary
- Ronald Mumford, Parliamentarian
Jeff P.H. Cazeau
Tisa McGhee, PH.D.
Dotie Joseph, Esq.
Jo'Dane J. Craigman
Vice Mayor Andreana Jackson
Brandon D. Bartley
Black Affairs Advisory Board
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 620
Miami, FL 33128
ph: 305-375-4606 (Direct)
The Black Affairs Advisory Board has several committees which are reflective of the issues and concerns of its residents. These committees are:
- Black Heritage Planning
- Health Care
- Crisis Intervention/Respect Life!
- Economic Development
- Budget & Finance
- Social Media & Marketing
- Legislative Affairs
Some of the activities of these committees include: Black History Month events featuring a month-long celebration and award-winning exhibit in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center; Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance; the Annual Pillars Awards and Young Pillars Scholarship reception; the sponsorship of “Village Dialogues” which deal with education, health care, youth, elderly, domestic violence and preservation of health and financial assets.
The office of Community Advocacy is looking for volunteers to serve as liaison between the Advisory Boards and the Miami-Dade County community at large.
All volunteer members must be permanent residents of Miami-Dade County. In addition, members should have demonstrated an interest in the field, activity or sphere covered by the board.
The primary consideration in appointing volunteer members is to provide the board with the needed technical, professional, financial, business or administrative expertise.
Please note: all volunteers must pass a background check, provided by Miami-Dade County.
- For more information, please read the Standards for Creation and Review of Boards Generally.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- To assist in an advisory capacity to the County Commission, the County administration, and all agencies and persons in respects to matters pertaining to the Black community.
- To help formulate and recommend plans and programs for coordination of the activities of governmental entities and nongovernmental agencies pertaining to the Black community.
For more information, please read the Black Affairs Advisory Board Code of Ordinance.
Annual Pillars Awards
The annual Pillars Awards recognizes people from the community who often work “behind the scenes” often without intentionally seeking recognition. Young Pillars are selected based on their academic accomplishments and community service.
For further details on the Black Affairs Advisory Board or the Annual Pillars Awards, call (305) 375-4606.
2018 Community Pillars
- Dr. Phyllis Scott
- N. Patrick Range
- Rev. Dennis Jackson and Elder Tanya Jackson
- Robert O'Bryant
- Jeff Lozama
- Dr. Katherine Ntekim
2018 Young Pillars
The Black Heritage Planning Committee also awards scholarships to “Young Pillars,” students who have enrolled in a post secondary institution and are involved in various civic-oriented activities. The 2018 recipients are:
- Osayi Izevbigie
- Isis Alexandria Nelson
- Kelly Woodson
- Dorian Mathis
- Daijah Poole
- Na'Daisha Essix
- Xarria Rhodel
- Kiyah Adams
- Ayanna Lewis
- Shaunterricka Chambers
- Jennelle Jenkins
- Mya Wright