Sanford author to discuss civil rights on Feb. 1 at Daytona library


Sarasota-based author Liz Coursen returns to the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island for two programs on Feb. 1.

140130_dt_focus03At 10 a.m., she will share information from her book, “The Complete Biography Workbook” and demonstrate how to use this information for participation in the upcoming Harvesting History project. Harvesting History, which will begin in earnest this summer, is an oral history project aimed at encouraging area residents who lived through the Civil Rights era in Daytona Beach to share their stories.

The afternoon program, which begins at 2 p.m., is based on Coursen’s anthology, “Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida.” She will discuss the history of segregation in Florida, alternating between first-person remembrances and real-life visual images of advertising, postcards and newspaper articles.

Particular attention will be given to the time between the start of WWII in the late 1930s and the time immediately after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Yearlong programs
Topics will include Jackie Robinson’s minor league baseball debut in Sanford and Daytona Beach; Fort Lauderdale’s 1961 “wade-in”; Jacksonville’s 1960 sit-in; the exclusion of Jews from hotels across the state; the integration of Florida schools; and the famous science fiction book “Alas, Babylon,” which was written by Pat Frank, published in 1959, and set in Central Florida.

Both programs are part of the library’s Connecting with the Community Series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

Throughout 2014, the library will sponsor book talks, dramatizations, panel discussions, films and music programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The grant will continue into 2015, when the programming emphasis will change to contemporary issues.

Reservations are not required for these free programs.

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


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