Miami Stories http://wlrn.org en A Miami Story: The Litzes Take Miami http://wlrn.org/post/miami-story-litzes-take-miami <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story, as told by Ronni Litz Julien, is part of an oral history series.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Sheila Presser (Bronx-born) and Norman Litz (a Philadelphian) both moved to Florida with their families in 1946.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:04:03 +0000 Lisann Ramos 33166 at http://wlrn.org A Miami Story: The Litzes Take Miami For 89 Years, A Charmed Life In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/89-years-charmed-life-miami <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Miami Stories is a project by&nbsp;WLRN, the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and&nbsp;HistoryMiami.&nbsp;To share your story,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.historymiami.org/research-miami/miamistories/miami-stories/submit/" style="color: rgb(62, 72, 122); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">click here</a>.</em></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:45:24 +0000 Lisann Ramos 31364 at http://wlrn.org For 89 Years, A Charmed Life In Miami Police Chief Recalls Immigrating To Miami http://wlrn.org/post/police-chief-recalls-immigrating-miami <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story, as told by Ian Moffett, is part of an oral history series.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>I was born in Georgetown, Guyana, which is the only English-speaking country in South America. At the age of 6, my parents migrated to Toronto, Canada. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:59:31 +0000 Lisann Ramos 30192 at http://wlrn.org Police Chief Recalls Immigrating To Miami The Many Different Smiles That Make Up Miami http://wlrn.org/post/many-different-smiles-make-miami <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story, as told by Marcos Oliveira, is part of an oral history series.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My experience here in Miami has shown me that here you have the opportunity to make relationships with many kinds of people. This gives you ample possibility to be flexible with people and at the same time with yourself.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:05:46 +0000 Lisann Ramos 29181 at http://wlrn.org The Many Different Smiles That Make Up Miami Going From Prejudice To Unity In South Florida's Warm Culture http://wlrn.org/post/going-prejudice-unity-south-floridas-warm-culture <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This story, as told by Mark Avila, is part of an oral history series. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was born in the city of San Pedro, California. Our family is very large and of Mexican descent. I was the youngest of four children. We grew up in a Catholic parochial school. Then I chose to further my education.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:15:26 +0000 Lisann Ramos 27096 at http://wlrn.org Going From Prejudice To Unity In South Florida's Warm Culture T. Willard Fair Was ‘The Muhammad Ali Of Black Dade County http://wlrn.org/post/t-willard-fair-was-muhammad-ali-black-dade-county <p class="p1"><em>This is the story of T. Willard Fair as told by him.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was born in 1939 in Winston-Salem, N.C. I’m the last of eight children. I was born to John Fair and Mary Lou Fair.</span></p><p class="p1">People ask me about the name “Talmadge,” which is an unusual name for me to have. The day I was born, I came home and the insurance broker came by and inquired as to whether or not my mother had named me. She said no. He said, “Why don’t you name him Talmadge?’’</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:46:33 +0000 Lisann Ramos 26467 at http://wlrn.org T. Willard Fair Was ‘The Muhammad Ali Of Black Dade County Transforming Her Pain: Ligia Houben's Story http://wlrn.org/post/transforming-her-pain-ligia-houbens-story <p>Ligia Houben left Nicaragua for Miami after her father died. She lost her familiar homeland shortly after losing her parent. As part of her grieving process, she wrote extensively. Her efforts became a self-help book that introduced 11 principles for transforming loss. She was astonished by the magic in her numbers.</p><p>Listen to her story below.</p><p></p><p>Houben now teaches classes in Ethics, Religion, and Death and Dying at Florida International University, Kaplan, and Miami Dade College.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:25:30 +0000 Lisann Ramos 24282 at http://wlrn.org Transforming Her Pain: Ligia Houben's Story A Wild Frontier In West Kendall http://wlrn.org/post/wild-frontier-west-kendall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southwest </span>132nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue was on the edge of Miami in 1972, when </span>Marily<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Reyes and her husband Frank moved into their new home just south of Bird Road. Their view across the narrow avenue was elephant grass for six long years.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Coburn 23006 at http://wlrn.org A Wild Frontier In West Kendall Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated http://wlrn.org/post/plunging-how-miamis-beaches-were-integrated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Garth Reeves was a young World War II veteran when he came home to Miami and went to work at his father’s newspaper, the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5; ">Miami Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">He bought property, paid taxes and voted in elections. But the beach at Virginia Key was the only one where black residents could go without trouble.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:55:02 +0000 Laura Coburn & Lisann Ramos 18037 at http://wlrn.org Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated