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Spring 2022 Florida Talks

Spring 2022 Florida Talks

Welcome to the Spring 2022 Florida Talks program. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and Delray Beach Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Black History in Florida

The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Tuesday, February 15 @ 6:30PM on ZOOM

The civil rights movement in St. Augustine drew national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited twice in 1964, sparking marches, arrests, and clashes between protesters and police on the tourist-lined beaches of St. Augustine. Local and national objectives complemented and contradicted each other in ways that affect race relations today.

About the presenter: Dr. J. Michael Butler is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at Flagler College, where he has taught since August 2008. He received both his Masters and Doctorate in History from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern history with an emphasis on the civil rights movement. Dr. Butler co-authored “Victory After the Fall: The Memories of Civil Rights Activist H. K. Matthews” and has published numerous essays in various academic journals. His latest manuscript is titled “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-2000.”

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Remembering Paradise Park

Tuesday, February 22 @ 6:30PM on ZOOM

In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs’ owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation “Paradise Park for Colored People” and put Eddie Vereen in charge. From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit.

About the presenter: Lu Vickers has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for fiction for excerpts for a novel in progress. She has also been the recipient of two Florida Book awards and three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships for fiction. In addition to writing “Remembering Paradise Park” (with C. Graham), she has written the novel “Breathing Underwater” and three other Florida history books: “Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids”, “Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland”, and “Weeki Wachee: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography”, with Bonnie Georgiadis.

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Women’s History in Florida

Florida Food in the Golden Era of Women’s Page Journalism

Wednesday, March 9 @ 2PM on ZOOM

“Florida Food, Drink & Women’s Journalism,” Florida’s women’s pages – the only place for women in journalism in the 1950s and 1960s – were considered the best in the country. The women in these sections explained Florida food and drink as the state grew. Using backgrounds in home economics, they explained changing tastes in local and national dishes, dessert trends and restaurant reviews. Featured journalists: Jeanne Voltz, Jane Nickerson and Ruth Gray – pioneering food journalists.

About the presenter: Kimberly Voss, PhD-Maryland, is a full professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida. She has published four books about women and mass media – many of the journalists from Florida. She researches journalism in the 1950s and 1960s, newspaper food history and fashion journalism, as well as political clubwomen and the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida.

Please register below.  You will receive the Zoom ID in your confirmation email.

This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and Delray Beach Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.