African American

Mary McLeod Bethune

Born in 1873 as the first free child in a family of former slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune would become an adviser to American presidents, an important civil rights leader, and founder of what is now Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Through the recollections of Mary McLeod Bethune and those closest to her, Nancy Ann Zrinyi Long has created an engaging biography of an influential and inspirational educator and activist.


Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy

Stetson Kennedy was born in Jacksonville on October 5, 1916.  From 1937 to 1942, Kennedy traveled the cities, towns, and rural backwoods of Florida documenting the cultural heritage of the state’s diverse populations for the WPA’s Florida Writers’ Project.  Kennedy later infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, exposing their secrets.  He was an activist for positive social change, working to make life better for all Floridians until his death on August 27, 2011.  This book is the first comprehensive look at the life and work of author, activist, folklorist, investigative journalis


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.


Reflections from ZORA!

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.

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