Mormons in Florida celebrate Black History Month

By Matrina E. Barry

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 9 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Alex Boye performs with members from the audience at the Black History Month celebration of the Miami Lakes Florida Stake.

Provided by Matrina E. Barry

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. — More than 800 people participated in a two-day Black History Month celebration Feb. 24-25 with Mormon recording artist Alex Boye and author Marvin Perkins.

Boye, who is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, emphasized Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and his performances included "Our Savior's Love."

Perkins, guest speaker and co-author of "Blacks in the Scriptures," gave a presentation of "Blacks in the Bible."

"I look at you and see the love of God," Perkins said to an audience that included those from about a dozen countries, including Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Russia, Venezuela, Mexico, Africa, Trinidad and many other countries.

“Our church is blessed with tremendous cultural diversity, which is reflected in our South Florida congregations,” said Miami Lakes Florida Stake President James Nial Robinson, who organized the event. “This diversity reflects our commitment to embrace all cultures and unite in our faith.”

Matrina E. Barry is the director of public affairs for the Miami Lakes Florida Stake.

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