Wade in the Water: A Community Conversation

South Florida PBS is hosting a hybrid screening of “Wade in the Water: A Community Conversation” at the LA Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center and on Facebook Live. Locally produced in South Florida, this short film expands the conversation around South Florida’s Black communities, the water, and racism, and examines different aspects have led to modern-day lack of swim training and safety programs in the area’s Black neighborhoods. This screening will

Florida Food in the Golden Era of Women’s Page Journalism

For Women’s History Month, learn about the time when women reporters were relegated to the “women’s pages.” Professor Kimberly Voss takes us on an enlightening tour of Florida food, drink, and women’s journalism. Florida’s women’s pages — the only place for women in journalism in the 1950s and 1960s — were considered the best in the country. The women in these sections explained Florida food and drink as the state

Remembering Paradise Park

Explore Florida Black History during Black History Month as Lu Vickers presents a fascinating program about the creation and history of Paradise Park. In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs’ owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation “Paradise Park for Colored People” and put Eddie Vereen in charge. From 1949 to 1969,

The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Delve into Florida Black History for Black History Month as Dr. J. Michael Butler presents a fascinating program about the civil rights movement in St. Augustine that drew national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited twice in 1964, sparking marches, arrests, and clashes between protesters and police on the tourist-lined beaches of St. Augustine. Local and national objectives complemented and contradicted each other in ways that affect race relations

Jewish Foodways

Join Dr. Hasia Diner, Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at NYU, as she discusses the development of southern foodways through the Jewish perspective. No registration is required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Indigenous Southern Foodways

Join Dr. Margaret Scarry, Director, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as she discusses the impact Indigenous cultures have had on the foods and flavors used to create southern food. No registration is required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida

African American Southern Foodways

Join Dr. Martha Bireda, Director of the Blanchard House Museum in Punta Gorda, Florida, as she discusses the development of southern foodways through the African American perspective. No registration required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any

Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Southern Foodways

Join Dr. Sarah Fouts, University of Maryland Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies, as she discusses the influence Caribbean cultures have had on southern foodways, and vice versa. No registration required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for

Latin Southern Foodways

Join Dr. Simone Delerme, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, as she discusses the influence Latin cultures have had on southern food and culture. No registration required. Visit the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. Funding for this program was provided through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with

Food Memories of Asia

In this final conversation of the series, we will celebrate the cultural heritage and cuisine of Asian Americans in Gainesville. Using food as a focal point, this discussion examines the possibilities and challenges of maintaining a sense of culture and home in Gainesville.

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