Florida Humanities Speakers Directory

2021 Florida Humanities Speakers Directory

Engaging Speakers, Compelling Topics, and Thought-provoking Discussions

Welcome to the Florida Humanities’ Speakers Directory, a curated collection of the Sunshine State’s best and brightest experts, scholars, journalists, folklorists and more, poised to bring engaging presentations and conversations right to your local community.

Florida Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partnering with nonprofit organizations across the state, Florida Humanities funds a wide variety of grants and public programming that explores Florida’s rich history and culture.

How to use this directory:

Using this directory, organizations can connect with these experts to bring a wide variety of compelling humanities programming to their community.  Speakers can engage the public is several ways:

Florida Talks

Speakers may be asked to give a program for one of our Florida Talks partners. Florida Talks offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host informative and thought-provoking presentations across the state.

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Community Project Grants

Speakers may be contacted to participate as a scholar, presenter, or panelist for a Florida Humanities-funded Community Project Grant. These grants support a variety of humanities programming based on the specific needs of a community.

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Museum on Main Street

Speakers may be asked to give a program that complements the theme of one of our Museum on Main Street exhibits. These exhibits travel to small and underserved communities and explore a variety of humanities topics.

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Please Note: Speakers on this directory have agreed to a capped speaking fee of no more than $300 for a Florida Humanities-funded event. This fee does not include travel, so be sure to discuss those details as you plan your event.

2021 Speakers Directory

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Cheryl Howard

Contact Phone:: 301-514-8861


About the speaker

Dr. Cheryl Howard is the Chief Operating Officer at the African American Heritage Society, Inc. (“AAHS” and/or “the Society”), which is an Arts and Cultural, Diversity Consulting and Cultural Tourism organization in Pensacola, Florida. Cheryl is also a co-founder of the Society which was organized and incorporated September 12, 1990, twenty-nine years ago.

Programs Available

The Green Book

Discover what “The Green Book” is and was for African American’s all over the US during the period spanning 1930-60’s, and the laws that existed which made owning “the book” potentially life-saving.

The Great Migration

From 1915-70 approximately six million Black Southerners left the South and moved to cities in the North and West. Did you know that a disproportionate percentage of African Americans in New York are originally from Florida? There are specific reasons for why those travelers settled in many of the same cities. Discover why.

Pensacola Panhandle Greats

Learn about the various African Americans from the Panhandle who changed the trajectory of US History. Discover Ella Jordan, the first president of Pensacola’s Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, and close personal confidant to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Or learn about Chappie James, America’s first African American Four-Star General. Learn about some of the Panhandle’s unsung heroes.


Program format(s) available:

  • In-person
  • Virtual

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