Miami Dade County Public Schools
Alumni Hall of Fame
Class of 2020
At 84 years young, Sam Moore is the singer behind the R & B duo, Sam & Dave, and Soul Man; the last song earning him induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Moore's career began, like many others--inside the long gone, black nightclub on 20th Avenue in Liberty City called The King of Hearts. But unlike others who performed on that stage like Memphis-born Aretha Franklin and Georgia-born partner Dave Prater, Sam Moore was homegrown. Born in Overtown, he attended Booker T. Washington Senior and is the only Miamian in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has played command performances for the Queen of England and six presidents from Jimmy Carter to present day bringing his Miami music royalty to Ocean Drive as grand marshal of the Veteran's Day parade this past November. Sam's hometown pride is contagious and his love of young people is evident--partnering with local organizations like Guitars Over Guns, Miami Music Project and Little Kids Rock to put musical instruments in the hands of students and lending his voice to the a cappella choir from Miami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda Glazer.
It's a good thing for Miami-Dade that Mitchell Kaplan decided against becoming a lawyer. Born and raised on Miami Beach, this Beach High graduate went on to receive his English degree and for a short time debated whether his father's profession of law was a better choice. However, his love of literary culture landed Mitch back in Miami as an English teacher at Southridge Senior High. With the idea of becoming a bookseller in the back of his mind, Kaplan opened Books & Books in Coral Gables in 1982 - just 2 blocks from where the flagship location stands today. Two years later, he co-founded the Miami Book Fair, now the largest of its kind in the nation, deepening Miami's cultural footprint. Over time, Books & Books has expanded to nine locations including one in Grand Cayman and one in Key West with children's and young adult author Judy Blume. Although always connected to bookstores, Mitch is now also a publisher, podcaster and succesful movie producer. His company Mazur Kaplan will commence production, this spring on the suspense thriller, Let Him Go, starring two-time Oscar winner Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.
Stephen M. Ross