Library Lecture to Discuss Florida A&M University as the
Educational Anchor of the Civil Rights Movement
WHO: Leon CountyWHAT: Library Lecture Series
WHEN: Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m.WHERE: Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, 2817 S. Adams St. Join Leon County for the continuation of the 2018 Leon County Library Lecture series on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, 2817 S. Adams St. The lecture titled “The Pathway to Freedom: Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Role in the Black Freedom Struggle”, will take a look at the fundamental role that FAMU played during the civil rights era. This lecture will also examine early black political movements during the civil rights era as FAMU served as the educational anchor of the black community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Presented by Dr. Darius J. Young, the event is a part of the Annual Festival of Freedom, a month long commemoration of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee at the Knott House on Park Avenue. Dr. Young is an Associate Professor of History at Florida A&M University and his research focuses on the early civil rights movement with an emphasis on black political movements during the first half of the twentieth century. Dr. Young is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Fellowship, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Research Fellowship, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Teaching Fellowship. In 2012, Dr. Young received the FAMU Center for Disability Access and Research Faculty Pacesetter Award. Dr. Young also received the 2013 Florida A&M University Teacher of the Year Award.Leon County has selected speakers and topics that engage and inspire, appealing to the interests of all citizens. Over the course of the year, citizens will have the opportunity to attend lectures on topics ranging from history and culture to sports and science. At each lecture, books and materials related to the topic will be displayed and available for check out. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact or Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / CMR@LeonCountyFL.gov.