“The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence”

Monday, February 10th, 6:00 p.m.

Author and educator Dr. Marvin Dunn will return to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center to discuss his newest book, which addresses a century of racial violence in Florida. “The Beast in Florida is the most original and courageous book of Florida history since Stetson Kennedy’s Palmetto County was published in 1942,” states Paul Ortiz, author of Emancipation Betrayed.

With this comprehensive and balanced look at racially motivated events, Dunn reveals the Sunshine State’s too-often forgotten—or intentionally hidden—past. The result is a panorama of compelling human stories: its emergent dialogue challenges conceptions of what created and maintained The Beast.

Marvin Dunn is a retired chairman of the Department of Psychology at Florida International University, and the author of Black Miami in the Twentieth Century. He taught in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University for 34 years, retiring as head of the department in 2006. Born in DeLand, Florida, Dunn was educated in the Florida public school system. Dr. Dunn has appeared on numerous national television programs including several appearances on the CBS, NBC and ABC evening news programs as well as on CNN, Fox News and the BBC among many oters. He has directed three documentary films, “Black Seminoles in the Bahamas: The Red Bays Story”, “Murder on the Suwannee River: The Willie James Howard Story” and “Rosewood Uncovered”. Dr. Dunn is currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence for Camillus House of Miami. He is also founder of the non-profit organization, Roots in the City, which hires indigent people to develop community gardens in Miami inner-city areas.

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

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