Nadege Green is a writer, community historian, researcher, and editor.
A Miami native, Green’s work focuses on Black Miami’s past and present. At her core, this queer millennial mother of two is a storyteller sharing the narratives of people largely ignored from mainstream accounts of history.
“I nerd out on history,” Green tells OUTSFL. “I love empowering other storytellers to interrogate history — and the way history is defined and by whom.”
Her latest project shines a spotlight on those missing narratives.
It’s called “Give Them Their Flowers — An Exhibit of Black LGBTQ+ Miami History.” The Little Haiti Community Center exhibit includes Green’s historical research, videos, and portraits of Black LGBT Miamians.
“It was clear that there was a gaping hole around Black Queer history in Miami,” said Green.
So Green, a former journalist with the Miami Herald and WLRN, got to work collecting oral histories and unearthing photos and archival records. Filling in the gaps is crucial because Black history overlooks its queer community, and Queer history seems to forget the Black participants.
“It’s looking at history through an intersectional lens and accounting for the stories that have not been told,” said Green. “It’s about correcting the record but also celebrating them. It’s called ‘Give them Their Flowers’ because it is a celebration of Black queerness in Miami.”
The exhibit ran from March 19 through April 23. To learn more about it and Green’s other work, visit https://www.blackmiamidade.com/ or follow on Instagram at blackmiamidade.
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