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Unveiling of Portrait Bust in Honor of Hazel Armbrister

Ali Cultural Center
Jul 10 | 6:00 pm

A portrait bust of the esteemed teacher, activist and historian will be unveiled during a special event organized by Reverend Marguerite Kelley Luster, Armbrister's sister, and the dedicated tea at Rock Road Restoration Historical Group. The courtyard dedication and bust presentation will feature music, dance and remarks by Mayor Rex Hardin.

About Hazel Armbrister

A native of Perry, Florida, Armbrister lived in Pompano Beach's Liberty Park neighborhood for over 60 years. Encouraged by her late husband, David C. Armbrister, she pursued education and obtained degrees from Miami Dade Community College, USF, and Miami-Dade College.

Armbrister dedicated 31 years to teaching in Dade and Broward counties, positively influencing numerous generations. Her extensive community involvement led to numerous awards, including induction into Broward County’s Women’s Hall of Fame and the Senior Hall of Fame. She co-founded the Florida Black Democratic Caucus and the Gwen Cherry Women’s Political Caucus and was an active member of various local organizations.

Throughout her life, Armbrister tirelessly advocated for women’s and black rights, notably participating in the “Wade-In” protests against segregated beaches in Fort Lauderdale during the 1960s. In 2017, she was appointed as the “Pompano Beach City Historian” and played key roles in preservation efforts and on cultural committees. She founded the Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, housed in the Ali Cultural Center, a landmark she passionately fought to preserve.

Her legacy endures through her unwavering commitment to community service, education, and advocacy. While her absence leaves a void, her impact remains deeply woven into the fabric of her community.

The Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, Inc. 501(c)(3) was created to collect meaningful artifacts, preserve history, and educate others about the past, present, and future contributions of Black residents west of Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach, Florida. Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, Inc. will continue to act as a change agent in preserving local heritage as it highlights the history and culturally enhances the community.

Unveiling of Portrait Bust in Honor of Hazel Armbrister