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Marching Forward: 60 Years After the Civil Rights

July 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On July 2, the country will mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark law in the United States that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Emerald Morrow, 10 Tampa Bay Emmy-award winning reporter, will moderate a conversation to explore the impact of this legislative action Florida through the personal stories of authors Bill Maxwell and Beverly Coyle and historical insight from Southern History scholar Ray Arsenault.

Maxwell and Coyle were among the last generation of Black and white Floridians to graduate from segregated schools, to sit in separate sections of the bus, and to drink from different water fountains. They came of age just as the curtain was about to fall on Jim Crow race laws and customs. Arsenault, one of the nation’s leading civil rights historians, provides further insight on the social climate of the United States before and following the enactment of the Civil Rights Act. Maxwell and Coyle’s stories of living in segregated Florida are included in Florida Humanities’ anthology, Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises.

Registration is strongly encouraged. A welcome reception with light refreshments and book sales will begin at 6:30pm, followed by the main program at 7pm. Tombolo Books will have copies Once Upon a Time in Florida as well as other select titles available for purchase at the event.

This program is co-sponsored by Florida Humanities, Tombolo Books, and Allendale United Methodist Church. Funding for this program was provided with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed at this conference do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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July 2 @ 6:30 pm -
July 2 @ 8:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Moderator: Emerald Morrow—Investigative reporter for 10 Tampa Bay Presenters: Beverly Coyle—Author and playwright; Bill Maxwell—Editorial writer and Former Journalist; Raymond Arsenault—Historian, author, and John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History emeritus, University of South Florida
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Stephanie Chill

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Allendale United Methodist Church
3803 Haines Rd N
St. Petersburg, Florida 33703
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