The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is presenting a variety of free public programs in conjunction with a new exhibition, Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami.
The exhibition, which opened March 5 and runs through Jan. 24, 2010, explores the profound impact blacks from the American South, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa have had on the City of Miami.
Free guided tours of Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami will be offered at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9 (when admission is free), and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10.
To accompany the exhibition, the museum is offering a Third Thursday History & Culture Series, which includes panel discussions, lectures, and films; guided tours and special events, all free. The museum is always open free to the public after 5 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.
These are the remaining programs:
* New Scholarship on Black Miami. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Topics will include how the unified efforts of black and white groups contributed to the success of key desegregation battles in Miami and how the presence of Caribbean workers in Jim Crow-era Miami affected the labor experience for Blacks. Panelists will be Nathan Connolly, assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University; Raymond A. Mohl, professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Chanelle Rose, assistant professor of history at Rowan University.
* African Diaspora Authors: Edwidge Danticat and Tananarive Due. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21,
* Film Screening: The Year of the Bull. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18.
* African Diaspora Culinary Delights. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16.
* Saving Our History: The Preservation of Black Historic Sites. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.
* Integrating Miami’s Schools. 6:30 .m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
* From the Wolfson Archives: Historic Footage of the Civil Rights Movement in Miami. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami.