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Miami Artist to Unveil Mural Honoring NNPA President and Civil Rights Leader Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Talented Florida artist Broadway Harewood, a majority owner of commercial real estate in Liberty City, has used the arts to reduce crime in the area. On Feb. 27, he will publicly unveil a mural honoring National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. The unveiling will take place at 2 p.m. in the Broadway Arts District at 6209 NW 18th Avenue. The Broadway Art District encompasses 18th Avenue, between 62nd and 71st street.

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Besides recognizing Dr. Chavis and guests, organizers will distribute 1,500 protective masks to the community during the mural unveiling. (Photo: Instagram)
Besides recognizing Dr. Chavis and guests, organizers will distribute 1,500 protective masks to the community during the mural unveiling. (Photo: Instagram)

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Talented Florida artist Broadway Harewood exclaimed that he feels like a kid in a candy store as he awaits a special unveiling taking place in the Liberty City section of Miami on Saturday, Feb. 27.

More precisely, he said he’s got the goosebumps usually reserved for the Yuletide season.

“I’m feeling like tomorrow is Christmas, but I have to wait to open my presents, and believe me, I cannot wait because I’m so excited.”

Harewood, a majority owner of commercial real estate in Liberty City, has used the arts to reduce crime in the area.

On Feb. 27, he will publicly unveil a mural honoring National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

The unveiling will take place at 2 p.m. in the Broadway Arts District at 6209 NW 18th Avenue. The Broadway Art District encompasses 18th Avenue, between 62nd and 71st street.

“[An acquaintance] said to me that I’ve been doing murals for so many people who don’t appreciate it and those who really haven’t done anything for the community,” Harewood told NNPA Newswire.

“He asked me had I thought about Dr. Ben Chavis, and I was like, ‘wow, here’s a man who has done so much for so many,’” Harewood exclaimed.

Harewood noted that he had always found himself spellbound by the story of the Wilmington Ten, the Dr. Chavis-led civil rights activist group that served nearly a decade in prison in the 1970s on trumped-up and racially-motivated charges of arson and conspiracy.

The Wilmington Ten were eventually released from prison and exonerated.

In 2012, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue pardoned the civil rights leaders, correcting a nearly five decades-old false conviction.

“Dr. Chavis was one of the Wilmington 10 and author of ‘Psalms From Prison,’ a book that was an inspiration for the film ‘Blood Done Signed my Name,’” Harewood recalled.

The 2010 film starred Natalie Alyn Lind, Michael Rooker, and Nate Parker.

“You are talking about someone who continues to fight for what’s right,” Harewood stated about Dr. Chavis.

Besides recognizing Dr. Chavis and guests, organizers will distribute 1,500 protective masks to the community during the mural unveiling.

According to a news release, the Broadway Art District kicked off Black History Month, 2021, with Commissioner Keon Hardemon’s mural unveiling and special recognition.

Harewood said the South Florida community continues to advocate for proper safety protocols and health guidelines about social distancing. With that, all who attend the unveiling must adhere to guidelines.

“I can’t wait,” Harewood stated.

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