Strange Fruit in Florida: Racial Violence in the Sunshine State
Dr. Hobbs, Executive Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute at Edward Waters University, examines Florida’s painful history of lynching and racial violence, with a focus on the life and efforts of civil rights activist Harry T. Moore’s fight against lynching and the Klu Klux Klan that led to his death in a bombing of his home. Dr. Hobbs points to the need for truth, reconciliation, and memorialization in addressing the painful legacy of racial violence in the state. “Strange Fruit” refers to a song made famous by Billie Holiday about the lynching of African Americans in the South.
Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a social justice leader, educator, and author, with expertise in African American history, public history, and antiracist education. Hobbs is the author of Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, which won the 2015 Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction, and the 2016 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award from the Florida Historical Society.
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