February 21, 2014
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From left:  Winn-Dixie Miami Region Human Resource Manager David Gamble, Winn-Dixie store No. 214 Store Director James Morris and City of Miami District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon​ 
In honor of Black History Month, Winn-Dixie on Feb. 6 was announced as the title sponsor of “The Black Miami,” a historical insight into the importance and significance that African-Americans played in the founding and progress of the city.
South Florida residents, dignitaries and key community leaders attended a private screening at Miami’s Lyric Theater, the oldest entertainment venue in the city. Winn-Dixie also joined forces with Miami-Dade County District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson to provide a selection of gourmet desserts to event attendees.
The documentary features South Florida scholars, authors and historians whom share their knowledge and personal experiences of Miami’s African-American roots.
The film’s producer, Carlton Smith, said he was glad Winn-Dixie agreed to become a partner of the project to provide viewers with an in-depth look at Miami’s cultural history. The documentary will be broadcast on South Florida’s WPBT2 throughout Black History Month on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m., Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 11 p.m.
“Winn-Dixie has had a strong bond with this community and its residents for many years, so it’s great to have them present this documentary,” said Smith. “To be able to share a film about Miami’s African-American heritage in one of the most historic buildings in Miami is beyond words, and we couldn’t be more proud to have Winn-Dixie be a part of it.”
Along with the private screening, guests were treated to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lyric Theater’s new renovation, featuring the city’s historic archives. Winn-Dixie’s Miami Region Human Resource Manager David Gable, along with store No. 214 Store Director James Morris, attended the historic event.
“Stepping into the legendary Lyric Theater and celebrating the rich history of the area is something I am very grateful for,” said Morris. “It was a humbling experience to be able to represent Winn-Dixie as a title sponsor to one of the most significant, locally-produced documentaries that highlights African-American culture in South Florida.”

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