Fort Lauderdale’s ‘colored beach,’ Renamed to Honor Civil Rights Leaders

By Douglas C. Lyons Fort Lauderdale’s “colored beach” wasn’t exactly a tourist attraction. It was accessible only by boat, leaving black beachgoers at the mercy of an inconvenient ferry service. There were no restrooms, and what the beach lacked in amenities, it made up for in mosquitoes. Still, for the powers-that-be, the “colored beach” was […]

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 […]