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2016 WOCEC Speaker Cathy Hughes

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ATA Championships and New Home For American Tennis Association

Greater Fort Lauderdale celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the American Tennis Association (ATA) and Annual National Championships from July 31 – August 7, 2016. The mission of the Maryland-based ATA has provided a social network for recreational players and a training ground for young talent. In fact, ATA has produced many of the country’s top black tennis pros and coaches.

ATA Men's Open

ATA Men’s Open in Fort Lauderdale

In the Fort Lauderdale suburban city of Miramar, a permanent Home & Tennis Training Facility, a Black Tennis Hall of Fame and a Black-owned hotel break ground. Venus Williams’ Company, V*Starr Interiors, is designing the interior of the ATA Headquarters and Training Facility. Renderings of the facility were unveiled during the 2015 ATA National Championships. A number of HBCU representatives, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity are throwing their support behind the Black Tennis Initiative, in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The ATA National Championships hosted an incredible youth and family Tennis Clinic and opening ceremony. Fort Lauderdale next hosted the screening of the Althea Gibson Documentary at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, see

The City of Miramar and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau also broke ground on a new permanent home of the ATA National Tennis & Education Complex. This new ATA headquarters will house the Black Tennis Hall of Fame. There will also be an ATA Honors Program and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The evening will be historic and will have an array of former professional players and those that contributed to the success of the ATA’s first “100 Years”. See

Serious and enthusiast tennis players discovered that the ATA Centennial Celebration and 2016 National Championships in Greater Fort Lauderdale combined a full week of tennis, culture and fun for all generations.

ATA Permanent Home being built in Miramar, FL

ATA Permanent Home and Black Tennis Hall of Fame being built in Miramar

Downtown Fort Lauderdale Entertainment

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale enlivens the downtown entertainment and arts district starting this summer with exhibitions of traditional African art and works by African American women artists.

First, the museum, a major tourist draw in Greater Fort Lauderdale with world-renowned unique collections and world class exhibitions, joins several other major institutions around the U.S, in featuring traditional African art this summer, Selections culled from its permanent collection of over 300 works will be on display July 24-October 23, 2016 designed to appeal to visitors as well as scholars.

Lovers of art and culture will appreciate the overview – mostly from West Africa – that spans the period from the late 19th century to the late 20th Century, encompassing Yoruban beliefs, the incorporation of Christian iconography, and the contemporary influence of the Western art market in design and production. One of the most important pieces on display is by Yoruban carver Areogun of Osi-llorin (1880-1954) – a ritual figure of a kneeling woman with a bowl above her head.

Nnamdi showing his artwork at Las Olas Arts Fair

Nnamdi showing his distinctive artwork in Fort Lauderdale

“Some works in this exhibition have been shown before, but not in this context,” said Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator. By coincidence, she said, major exhibitions of African traditional art are also being mounted around the same time at sites including the Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Princeton University Art Museum.

In addition to African Art, the museum’s exhibition Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection, which has a strong focus on contemporary African-American women artists, will also open this summer. This display will run August 26, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

Family reunions and conference meetings can request special group tours of these exhibits at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and visitors enjoy complimentary admission on Free First Thursdays Starry Nights from 4pm to 8pm.

See On-Deamnd streaming from Fort Lauderdale at

Family Reunions

Greater Fort Lauderdale is the top destination of choice for African American family reunions, offering a range of experiences for all ages that make a visit memorable.

Family groups can choose from a myriad of accessible beachfront, boutique, and suburban hotels for meetings. Enjoy a large network of parks for recreational sports and kids’ activities. Shopping excursions at high-end Las Olas Boulevard and Galleria stores or outlets at Sawgrass Mall, provide a break from the organized events. Local history comes alive for youth and elders in tours of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Old Dillard School Museum. Family members can even do additional research while in town to expand their knowledge of family history during their stay.

The location is perfect for a quick excursion south to a museum in Miami-Dade County or north to Palm Beach County for an exploration of little-known Black history at the Spady Heritage Museum in Delray Beach.

Greater Fort Lauderdale is fast-approaching number one U.S. metro area for its diversity of cultures. It has become the place where people of African descent come to connect for a relaxing, intergenerational experience.

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