Homegoing Celebration, Funeral Tuesday For Congresswoman Carrie Meek – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Homegoing Celebration is being held for trailblazing Congresswoman Carrie Meek on the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens.

A funeral service will observe at Memorial Park in Opa-locka.

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Prior to the funeral service, her household will participate in a motorcade procession, “the Carrie Meek Final Farewell Journey,” that can go by key landmarks related along with her life.

In lieu of flowers, the household is requesting donations be made to the Carrie Meek Foundation, which she based in November 2001 to supply the Miami-Dade neighborhood with much-needed resources, alternatives and jobs. Meek led the Foundation’s each day operations till 2015 when she stepped down attributable to declining well being.

Meek died final Sunday, November twenty eighth, on the age of 95.

The grandchild of a slave and daughter of a sharecropper, she was born April twenty ninth, 1926 in Tallahassee.

During her career, she was a woman of many firsts.

Meek was the primary African American girl within the state Senate and one of many first Black Floridians elected to Congress because the Reconstruction Era.

She was additionally Miami Dade College’s first Black professor, Associate Dean, and Assistant to the Vice President.

So it was becoming {that a} wake was held for Monday night time at Miami Dade College – North Campus’ William and Joan Lehman Theater.

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“To know Rep. Meek was to know someone who lived her life fiercely and unapologetically, working tirelessly for decades to promote justice and equality for all in Florida and beyond,” stated Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “And not once did Carrie Meek ever shy away from using her voice to speak out against acts of injustice.”

She is remembered for being an advocate for the Haitian neighborhood, her work in inexpensive housing, and her efforts in schooling. She was additionally instrumental in increasing MDC’s Black pupil inhabitants.

“She was someone who served as an example, always compassionate, always willing to help,” stated Miami-Dade College President Madeline Pumariega. “I remember the night the college named the Meek Center. She was beaming because she knew that it would stand for what she stood for, hope and opportunity.”

On Sunday, a whole lot attended her viewing at Booker T. Washington Senior High School.

The total half-hour of final Sunday’s ‘Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede’ was dedicated to the life and legacy of Meek.

He spoke with those that knew her finest and visited her dwelling for a dialog along with her son Kendrick Meek.

Watch Part 1 within the video participant beneath.

Watch Part 2 within the video participant beneath:
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