As part of our Black History Month series, the library will be hosting Liz Coursen, Sarasota-based author and speaker, as she discusses her 2014 book, Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida. The highlight of her book is the Rosenwald Schools that were prevalent in the South before desegregation in the early 1970s. Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears Roebuck in the early part of the 20th century, in partnership with Booker T. Washington, helped provide funding for schools for African-Americans in an effort to level the playing field. Liz will focus on Rosenwald schools in Alachua County in particular. Please join us to learn more about this often-overlooked part of American history.
Liz will be at the Cone Park Library on Friday, February 16, from 3:15 to 4:30 pm, or you can catch her at the Headquarters Library Saturday, February 17, from 10:30 to 12 pm. If you haven't had a chance yet, you can also read the recent Gainesville Sun article about her upcoming talk. Hope to see you there!