Locals and visitors alike can now visit the Destination Sistrunk Welcome Center—the
new hub for exploring black culture and heritage throughout Broward
County, here celebrating
with two days of opening festivities.
Celebrations began Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring the smooth stylings of William “Kooly” Scott & Band. and will continue Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a special
performance of the one-man musical, “KING: An ODE to the American
Dream.” Written and performed by South Florida-based actor and director Darius J. Manuel,
“KING” recounts the life of Martin Luther King Jr., blending the civil
rights leader’s famous speeches with poetry and an original score
infused with rap, R&B and gospel. Both events are free and open for
These events set the tone of the unique
cultural programming yet to come at the Destination Sistrunk Welcome Center,
which aims to engage residents, visitors, and artists alike as they explore
black culture and heritage in Broward County. The facility will feature an
information office, which will guide visitors through historic and cultural
spots throughout Broward County. The site will also function as a hub for
artists and creatives, equipped with a co-working space and arts event space.
With a nod to the past, the Welcome Center will also feature stories collected
from the community at the oral history studio.
This is all part of the Center’s mission to preserve and showcase the
county’s rich black history for both residents and tourists, while
providing a platform for the plethora of talent among today’s black
creatives in Broward County.
Photography by Downtown Photo