Don Peebles had never seen a real estate deal that required a Black developer before he came to Miami Beach in the mid-1990s. He already was a successful and wealthy developer in Washington D.C. He was familiar with projects that were geared toward women and minority developers, but one that specifically called for a Black developer — that was a first.
“I thought, ‘Wow, what could they have possibly done to make things so bad that they need to do this?'” he said.
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What happened was Nelson Mandela. In the summer of 1990, Mandela was touring the United States after being released from 27 years in a South African prison. He was due to visit Miami and the city planned to celebrate