February’s Third Thursday Lecture is a very unique and informative presentation which is in honor of Black History Month. Sponsored by the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, talented actors from the Young Minds Building Success Readers Theater will bring individuals to life through dramatic and powerful storytelling. Those who will be portrayed were men and women who had been enslaved and lived to tell their stories in their elderly age.
The Readers Theater cast members will give life to Stetson Kennedy’s books, The Florida Slave and Palmetto Country. Kennedy, a folklorist and Jacksonville author, served as director of Ethnic Studies for the Florida division of the Federal Writers’ Project. His book The Florida Slave is a collection of the oral histories of ex-slaves living in Florida, gathered by the Federal Writers Project during the 1930’s. 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 Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with the Mandarin Community Club. This event will be presented on Thursday, February 16 at the Mandarin Community Club, which is located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Refreshments are at 6:30 pm with the presentation at 7:00 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 268-0784.
Learn about Mandarin Museum activities at www.mandarinmuseum.net. Also visit the Mandarin Community Club website at www.mandarincommunityclub.org and learn about the Stetson Kennedy Foundation at www.stetsonkennedy.com/foundation.