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Mary McLeod Bethune: Her Life and Legacy

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Mary McLeod Bethune: Her Life and Legacy

This book is easy and interesting reading. It presents the life and legacy of the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune holistically and concludes with testimonies from living witnesses. The author narrates Dr. Bethune's early years and documents how developments in those years influenced her later accomplishments. Permeating Dr. Bethune's spectacular career is a philosophy based on deep religious convictions and held that work was honorable, no matter how menial the task. - Dr. Oswald P. Bronson President of Bethune-Cookman College, July 19, 2004

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In No Ways Tired: The NAACP's Struggle to Integrate the Duval County Public School System

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In No Ways Tired: The NAACP's Struggle to Integrate the Duval County Public School System

Abel Bartley's new book In No Ways Tired is both the unique story of a particular Florida community's struggle with the integration of public schools, and a reflection of similar experiences throughout the South there desegregation "with all deliberate speed" took decades to achieve.

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Forcing Change

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Forcing Change

2018 James J. Horgan Book Award Winner

It is June 1963 and fifteen-year-old Margaret Jefferson is being arrested at a sit-in at a lunch counter in St. Augustine. The Civil Rights Movement has found its way into her hometown, and Maggie feels a deep need to be a part of it. She believes in the ideals of the movement and the ultimate goal of equality. She also finds the nonviolence that the protestors are committed to very comforting.

However, as the summer and fall of 1963 unfold in St. Augustine, their nonviolent protests are met with rising resistance, aggression, and intimidation from local government officials as well as the Ku Klux Klan. Cattle prods used on protestors, firebombs thrown into the homes of families trying to integrate the schools, teenagers held in jail indefinitely. No one is safe, it seems.

This story, told through Maggie's innocent and hopeful eyes, will help a new generation of young people to understand the strength and sacrifices of those who worked so hard for civil rights in this country. It will also help to shine the spotlight on the role that St. Augustine, and Florida, had in the movement.

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Florida's Freedom Struggle: The Black Experience from Colonial Time to the New Millennium

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Florida's Freedom Struggle: The Black Experience from Colonial Time to the New Millennium

Dr. Winsboro's works bring into focus one of the most disturbing yet vital issues in Florida history. To get an idea of the breadth and dimension of the race problem in Florida's complex and long history, one needs only to read this collection of important essays and accompanying analysis by Dr. Winsboro. From this collection, the reader will find an amazing transformation in attitudes and academic research of this issue. For this wide and fresh perspective, we must give a hearty thanks to Dr. Winsboro and the Florida Historical Society Press. -Dr. Joe Knetsch, Historian and Author, Tallahassee, Florida

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The Florida Slave: Interviews with Ex-Slaves WPA Writers Project, 1930s and Testimony of Ex-Slaves Joint Congressional Committee Jacksonville, 1871

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The Florida Slave: Interviews with Ex-Slaves WPA Writers Project, 1930s and Testimony of Ex-Slaves Joint Congressional Committee Jacksonville, 1871

"In the writings of Stetson Kennedy, education and social action are constantly joined. Generations of human rights advocates have used Stetson's investigative reporting and research to improve the conditions of agricultural workers, women, Latinos, and many others. Stetson Kennedy's pursuit of honesty, social equality, and freedom was unparalleled. He told the stories of America's forgotten people."
Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director Samuel Proctor Oral History Program University of Florida

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Crossing Division Street: An Oral History of the African-American Community in Orlando

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Crossing Division Street: An Oral History of the African-American Community in Orlando

This book includes an overview of the people, institutions, and events that shaped the establishment, growth and history of the African-American community in Orlando. We examine the creation of the neighborhood's educational centers, places of worship, and businesses, and the irony of how desegregation inadvertently led to the decline of the community. Significant instances of racial unrest in Orlando that are often overlooked are detailed in this manuscript.

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Florida Frontiers “The Lynching of James Clark”

There were more cases of lynching per capita in Florida, between 1900 and 1930, than in any other state.

Alabama and Mississippi had more total cases of lynching during this period, but Florida was the statistical leader based on population.

A 1993 study indicates that between 1882 and 1930, one out of every 1,250 African Americans in Florida was lynched. A black person was almost twice as likely to be lynched in Florida as Georgia, and seven times more likely in Florida than in North Carolina.

Florida Frontiers “Zora Neale Hurston and Voodoo”

Last week, a conference called “Tracing the Caribbean Footprints of Zora Neale Hurston: A 125th Birthday Commemorative Cruise” was held aboard the cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, with private tours in Haiti and Jamaica.

The conference cruise was sponsored by the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community. That organization is dedicated to the preservation of the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States and the memory of its most famous resident, writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.

Florida Frontiers “Black History Month Exhibit"

February is Black History Month.

A new exhibit at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science in Cocoa is recognizing the accomplishments of two internationally known Floridians with strong local ties.

On display are panels featuring rare photographs, letters, and information about educator, activist, and civil rights martyr Harry T. Moore; and writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. A video component produced by the Florida Historical Society includes commentary from scholars and oral history interviews with friends and relatives.

Florida Frontiers “Discovering the Slave Ship Guerrero”

The slave ship Guerrero was lost off the coast of south Florida on December 19, 1827, with 561 Africans aboard.

Underwater archaeologists believe that the ship has been found.

The Diving with a Purpose Underwater Archaeology Program began in conjunction with the National Park Service and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers, to have African Americans participate in the search for the slave ship Guerrero.

Reparation - a novel

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Reparation - a novel

Racial injustices of the past catch up to the present in this exciting and suspenseful novel set in rural North Florida. As innocent four-year-olds in the late 1940s, Katie, who is white, and Delia, an African American girl, become best friends despite societal pressures against them. In 1960, when the girls are sixteen, Katie abandons her childhood friend when she is needed most. In 2006, Katie is working to earn Delia.s forgiveness as danger surrounds the women's reunion.

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Reflections from ZORA!

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Reflections from ZORA! Celebrating 25 Years of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

Established in 1887, the town of Eatonville, Florida, is the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States. Writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and .30s, claimed Eatonville as her hometown. Since 1990, the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) has presented the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. This book features selected presentations made at the festival over the past quarter century, and other reflections from this important cultural event.

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