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Location: Henry B. Plant Museum 
401 W. Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, FL 33606
Date: May 20, 2021 - May 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

We are proud to present “Placing Black Progress on Display: Booker T. Washington in Florida, March 1912,” a lecture by Dr. David H. Jackson, Jr.  This talk is part of a series of programs and events in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit “When the Train Comes Along”: Booker T. Washington at the Tampa Bay Casino.  During this time of cultural change, we are honored to have such a renowned scholar present this important topic.  Join us on Zoom or via Facebook on Thursday, May 20th at noon for this significant presentation on race, Florida history, and Booker T. Washington.

formal portrait of Booker T. Washington
Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
During the presentation, Dr. Jackson will discuss Booker T. Washington’s visit to Florida in 1912 during the midst of the Jim Crow era.  He visited ten cities and made several whistle stops along the way.  His tour was sponsored by the Florida State Negro Business League and was not conducted simply for self-promotion or personal gain. Instead, Washington used his visit to Florida to address the so-called “Negro problem” and to challenge white stereotypes of blacks and racist notions that black people were degenerating and retrogressing into barbarism since slavery.  These trips became a significant way that the Tuskegee leader worked to undermine white supremacy throughout the country. 
Eminent scholar Dr. Jackson is a Professor of History, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research & Continuing Education at Florida A&M University (FAMU).  His areas of expertise include African-American history since 1865, Ancient Africa with an emphasis on Egypt, and Latin American with an emphasis on Brazil.  He is the author or editor of five books, has been published over four dozen times, and has presented over 100 scholarly papers and presentations.  He has received numerous accolades and awards and has held leadership roles on many commissions and organizations.
“Placing Black Progress on Display: Booker T. Washington in Florida, March 1912” is a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Jackson and learn more about the importance of Washington’s work on civil rights, particularly in Florida.  This virtual event is free and open to the public.