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Season: February in Miami
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Miami Beach , Florida United States
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Interview Date: 03/08/2017

Political and civic leader Willie Logan was born on February 16, 1957 in Miami Beach, Florida to Willie Logan, Sr. and Ruth Logan. He graduated from high school in 1975, earning his A.A. degree from Miami-Dade College in 1976 and his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1977. He later received his M.B.A. degree in health care administration from the University of Miami in 1996.

After he earned his B.S. degree, Logan worked in the insurance industry and volunteered for political campaigns. In 1980, Logan founded the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation and became its president and chief executive officer. He was elected as mayor of Opa-locka, Florida, making him the youngest mayor in the United States at the time. Logan served as mayor of Opa-locka until 1982, when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. During his time in the House of Representatives, he was considered to be one of the most effective Democrats in the legislature. In 1997, Logan was designated by Democratic Party leadership to be the next House Speaker and he became the first African American to hold the position. Logan founded the Logan Consulting Group, which worked with businesses to help them improve the services that they provide to residents of Miami-Dade County in 1992. In 2000, Logan ran for Senate as an independent candidate but ultimately lost the election. He continued to serve as president and chief executive officer of Opa-locka Community Development Corporation and worked to transform impoverished neighborhoods across the city.

Logan has presented at numerous conferences on community development including the Future of Places International Conference on Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity in Argentina and the Project for Public Spaces Conference on Public Markets in Spain. He published a chapter in a book entitled “Revitalization & Transforming the Community,” in the book Shifting from Objects to Places. Logan served on the Child Service Council and the Performing Arts Council in the Miami-Dade area.

Logan lives with his wife, Lyra Logan, in Opa-locka, Florida.

Willie Logan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 8, 2017.

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