Another Must Read for Any Serious Fan of Florida History

By Douglas C. Lyons A few years back during my stint as an editorial writer covering the Florida Legislature, a state senator and I were discussing black politics in the state. The senator, then a member of Miami-Dade County delegation, had a pretty grim assessment about black Floridians living in the Panhandle region. “Black folk […]

Another Must Read for Any Serious Fan of Florida’s Black History

By Douglas C. Lyons I remember my grandfather, James H. Lark, a religious industrious man who believed in both God and the ownership of land. He was very passionate about both. An evangelist who became a Mennonite bishop and a proud property owner, buying land was tantamount to success, particularly for a Negro making his […]

Another Must Read for Any Serious Fan of Black Florida History

  By Douglas C. Lyons I’ve got to commend Ben Green, the author of Before His Time: The Untold Story Harry T. Moore, America’s First Civil Rights Martyr. The book is a passionate biography about a man whose work for civil rights often goes unrecognized. Green wanted to correct that, and his book is a notable […]

Another Must Read for Any Serious Fan of Florida Black History

By Douglas C. Lyons No serious fan, student or advocate of black history in the Sunshine State should be without Florida’s Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government. Susan A. MacManus book is a must for anyone who’s serious about the subject —  period, end of story. Disguised as a […]

A Floridian’s Memory of Mary McLeod Bethune

“As a boy growing up in Daytona, I was of course familiar with how Mary McLeod Bethune started her school and I knew the mission she felt she was fulfilling. Very often she would come to our church, usually on the fifth Sunday night, and she would talk of her dreams for Negro youth. Often […]