Black Heritage Banquet
The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to join us for the Annual Black Heritage Banquet. Come out for a delicious food and live performance performed by after school theater program that is made up of (30) local 8 - 17 year old children. They will be meeting every Monday & Wednesday from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM in the Leo J. Robb, Jr. Gymnasium (445 SW 2nd Street) beginning Wednesday, January 8th to learn their performance piece. Spots are still available, please sign-up HERE.
|When:||Saturday, February 22nd|
|Where:||Leo J. Robb Gym, 445 SW 2nd Street|
$25/ticket at door
$180/table; each table seats 10 guests
Tickets may be purchased at Central City Campus (401a SW 4th St) on Tuesday's or Thursday's from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St) beginning Tuesday, January 21st.
*It is recommended that guests wear African attire; however it is not required*
Keynote Speaker - Gordon Weekes
Gordon Weekes, a South Florida native has dedicated over 20 years to public service and the pursuit of justice. In 1997, he began his career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward County Public Defender's Office. Mr Weekes briefly entered private practice and was the managing partner of the Law office of Gelin & Weekes. After practicing in the are of civil litigation and employment law, he then returned to his passion -- public service at the Public Defender's Office.
Under the leadership of "Help Me" Howard Finkelstein, Mr. Weekes became the first Public Defender to specialize in representing children charges as adults. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Weekes was appointed as the Chief Assistant Public Defender in charge of the Juvenile Division. Mr. Weekes has been instrumental in implementing a host of programs that have drastically reduced the number of youth entering the system.
As Chief Assistant, he has tackled head-on abusive practices in adult jails and juvenile facilities. As a result of his efforts Florida ultimately cut ties with one of the nation's largest for-profit prison contractors. He also spearheaded a campaign to shed light on the deplorable conditions within foster homes and mental health facilities.
In addition to his work with children, Mr. Weekes currently serves as a community stakeholder on several boards including the Circuit Seventeen Advisory Board, FDPA Juvenile Subcommittee, Disproportionate Minority Contact & Zero Tolerance Committee and Broward Schools' - Prison Pipeline Committee, which has been nationally recognized for reducing the number of children arrested, expelled or suspended from school.
Emcee - Ben Preston - District 2 Commissioner
2019 Black Heritage Banquet Honorees:
Business Professional – Uprising Hair Salon
Education – Breanna Butts
Athlete – Brandon Powell & James Crawford
Community Service – Lynn Rollins
Community Organization – Order of Eastern Stars
Emanuel Knowles Humanitarian Award – Sylvia Poitier
Elizabeth ‘Peaches’ Harper Public Service Award – Elizabeth 'Peaches' Harper
Sponsorship opportunities available!
Please continue to check back for updates regarding the Black Heritage Banquet!
For more information please contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at (954) 480-4429.