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Florida’s Got Soul!

February 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Florida’s Got Soul!

Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James and Bobby Purify, Betty Wright, and Linda Lyndell are some of the great soul performers with Florida roots. While many rightly associate soul music with Motown, Memphis, or New Orleans, this presentation, based on John Capouya’s award-winning book Florida Soul, reveals the rich but under-appreciated musical heritage of the Sunshine State. This engaging presentation includes classic soul music and vintage photographs in an educational and entertaining experience.

John Capouya is the author of three nonfiction books. His latest work, Florida Soul, traces the evolution of R&B and funk in the Sunshine State and received the Best General Interest award from the Florida Historical Society. Professor Capouya recently retired from the University of Tampa, where he taught journalism and other nonfiction writing for the graduate MFA program. He currently works with private writing clients.

This event is part of NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Black History Month programming and temporary exhibit Florida’s Got the Blues on view through February 2024 at the Cotilla Gallery. Registration is suggested to attend but not required.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and NSU Alvin Sherman 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, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

February 26 @ 5:30 pm -
February 26 @ 7:00 pm


Presenter Information:
John Capouya, Author and Professor
Event Fee:
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Event Registration Link:
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Event Contact:

Gena Meroth
(954) 262-4641

Event Venue:

Alvin Sherman Library
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
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Venue Phone:
(954) 262-4641

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