Bike Ride to Celebrate Liberty City, Little Haiti, and Overtown, celebrating Diversity

Emerge Miami Bike Ride Immersive Experience Strengthens Cultural Ties. Activist cycling group Emerge Miami (EM) is partnering with Celebrate Diversity Miami (CDM), developed to strengthen communal ties between different ethnic neighborhoods in the metro area. EM is sponsoring their 100th neighborhood bike ride with CDM to focus on bringing awareness of each area's cultural and civic improvements in recent years. The ride to take place on October 11th will depart from City Hall and wend its way by principal heritage spots and places of interest in Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti. Its final destination is Museum Park where a waterfront picnic will take place.


Both groups hope to educate participants on neighborhood cultural and social projects. In Overtown, a community group, URGENT Inc., is creating a series of murals, which highlight the area's history. In Liberty City at the MCI Ka Boom Playground the Miami Children's Initiative has been working on a project to lift children out of poverty one child at a time. At the Little Haiti Cultural Center they are busy managing the new opening of the Caribbean Marketplace, an updated space for arts, crafts, culture, and food.

Tangentially, the ride is to counter biased reporting the media engages in about what the neighborhoods are like and the people who live in them. Naomi Ross of CDM comments, ". . . when people go to these neighborhoods, they are just passing through . . . . This experience will allow riders to connect with the community on a deeper level."

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