Central Florida has become an area of rapid growth. From Zora Neale Hurston to Mary McLeod Bethune, Black women made significant contributions from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. In part two of this series, our scholars will discuss the sites and stories unique to Black women in Central Florida.

Participating Panelists:

  • Dr. Julian Chambliss is a professor in the Department of History, the Department of English, and serves as Val Berryman Curator of History at Michigan State University.
  • Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston is a Lecturer in the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida.
  • Dr. Ameenah Shakir is an Instructor at the College of Education, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
  • Dr. Tameka Hobbs (Moderator) is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.

Faith and Folklore: Sites and Black Women’s Stories in the 20th Century is part of a conversation series, The Long History of Race Relations in Florida, convened by Florida Humanities in an effort to better understand the historical forces that influence Florida’s politics, culture, and economy.