Stetson Kennedy: Slave and Civil Rights Narratives

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Mandarin Branch Library

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Jacksonville Public Library invites you to join Readers Theater cast members as they give life to Stetson Kennedy’s works including The Florida Slave and Palmetto Country.

Folklorist and Jacksonville author, Stetson Kennedy served as director of Ethnic Studies for Palmetto Country_Stetson Bookthe Federal Writers’ Project. The Florida Slave is a collection of the oral histories of ex-slaves gathered by the Florida Writers’ Project during the 1930s in Florida. The collection relates the ex-slaves’ hardships under the system of slavery, the abuses of their civil and human rights in the aftermath of Reconstruction, and their strength to survive and make contributions to American culture. Palmetto Country relates African-American lore gathered by Kennedy, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and folklorist Alan Lomax.

The production will be directed by Tangela Floyd and Emanuel Washington. It is free and open to the public. The program is brought to you by the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, U.S. Postal Service, Young Minds Building Success Charities and Nokturnal Escape. It is generously supported by the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.

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