“The magical dynamism that is America, so vivid here in Miami,
is the product of a society continually rejuvenated by arrivals diverse in background
but homogenous in courage, vision and the entrepreneurial spirit.”
– David Lawrence Jr. and Cesar L. Alvarez, Esq.




For nearly a century, our organization has worked to build an inclusive Miami community, believing that our success has and will continue to depend on creating opportunities for everyone – a seat at the table for all, regardless of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

During our community’s most trying moments – from the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, the fight for civil rights in the 1960s, the Mariel immigration crisis and McDuffie riots of 1980, the Elian Gonzalez saga in 1999, and to more recent episodes of police brutality, attacks against Asian-Americans, and the rise of anti-Semitism – our organization has facilitated dialogue, rallied community and political leaders, fostered understanding, worked towards inclusion, and created pathways to build a better future for every member of our Miami-Dade community.

Today, our organization is led by a cross-section of our community and continues its work, building upon nearly 100 years of community engagement, to ensure that our pluralism continues to be our strength and that the American Dream is within reach of every member of our Miami-Dade community, regardless of background.