Street named af­ter me­dia leg­end Garth C. Reeves

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By ISHEKA N. HAR­RI­SON ihar­ri­son@sfltimes.com

MI­AMI – Not ev­ery­one lives to be 98years-old, and if they do, they cer­tainly don’t all do it with the swag and prow­ess of Garth C. Reeves Sr.

On Fri­day, Nov. 3, the iconic liv­ing leg­end was hon­ored with his very own street – Garth C. Reeves Way – lo­cated at NW 6 Street and NW 2 Av­enue near the Black Archives His­tory and Re­search Foun­da­tion of South Florida where he is a board mem­ber.

As pub­lisher emer­i­tus of The Mi­ami Times, which his fa­ther Henry E.S. Reeves founded in 1923, Reeves has been in­stru­men­tal in telling the sto­ries and turn­ing the tide of Black Mi­ami for most of his life.

Among his long list of ac­com­plish­ments are help­ing end seg­re­ga­tion on Mi­ami’s beaches and golf cour­ses as well as be­ing the first black board mem­ber at Mi­ami Dade Col­lege.

He was in­ducted into the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Black Jour­nal­ists (NABJ) Hall of Fame ear­lier this year.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, fam­ily, friends and other com­mu­nity res­i­dents high­lighted Reeves’ im­pact on Mi­ami.

“Every time I see Garth Reeves, I re­mind him that my first job was work­ing for him,” said James McQueen, who served as MC.

“Garth was fa­mous for bring­ing peo­ple in who were needed to get the job done and he did it on sev­eral oc­ca­sions,” said Dr. Dorothy Jenk­ins Fields, founder of the Black Archives. “Now my dear friend, for one who has done so much, for so many, for so long, I say you de­serve this and much more.”

“He was a game changer to the Mi­ami com­mu­nity dur­ing the Civil Rights Era … I can’t re­call a week The Mi­ami Times didn’t come out,” said Vice-Chair­woman of the Mi­ami-Dade County Com­mis­sion Au­drey Ed­mon­son.

“We wanted to let you know while you are here again and again and again and again that we love you and we care for you and we’re go­ing to al­ways cel­e­brate you,” said City of Mi­ami Com­mis­sion Chair­man Keon Harde­mon, who, along with Ed­mon­son, did the un­veil­ing.

When he stood to ad­dress the crowd, Reeves said he was go­ing to live to be 100 be­cause he’s talked to God about it ex­ces­sively.

“Peo­ple make too much of my age, but I’m gon’ make 100. I’ve pressed God a lot about it,” Reeves said, not­ing how ex­cited he was to re­ceive the honor of the street nam­ing. “I see a lot of my friends and I’m glad they came out to wish your old boy luck be­cause 98 is noth­ing to play with. … I don’t know what to say, I’m just so damn happy.”

He got emo­tional when he spoke about his daugh­ter, Rachel Reeves, who could not make the cer­e­mony due to be­ing ill.

“One thing I miss is my daugh­ter. I have one (sur­viv­ing) child and she couldn’t be here to­day, but we’re here with you Rachel,” Reeves said.

As he spoke, Reeves an­nounced he would be do­nat­ing $45,000 to the Black Archives.

“Though I sold my papers for a nickel, I’ve made some money in this town. This town has been good to me and I wanted to give back. Ev­ery­body should have that idea,” Reeves said.

He also as­sured the crowd that The Mi­ami Times would con­tinue serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve been telling your sto­ries and we’re go­ing to con­tinue to do that,” Reeves said.

PHOTO BY ISHEKA HAR­RI­SON FOR SOUTH FLORIDA TIMES

Garth C. Reeves Sr. looks at a replica of the street sign that bears his name af­ter it's un­veil­ing by com­mis­sion­ers Keon Harde­mon and Au­drey Ed­mon­son.

PHOTO BY ISHEKA HAR­RI­SON FOR SOUTH FLORIDA TIMES

Garth C. Reeves Sr., 98-year-old pub­lisher emer­i­tus of The Mi­ami Times, gives a speech dur­ing his Street Codes­ig­na­tion Cer­e­mony, held Fri­day Nov. 3, in His­toric Over­town.

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