Activism and 20th Century Black Miami: A Symposium

Event information
Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Kovens Center

Please scroll down to view the biographies of the panelists.


The panel discussion will feature:

Marvin Dunn: Dr. Dunn is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at FIU. He is the author of Black Miami in the Twentieth Century.

Donette Francis: Dr. Francis is an Associate Professor of English at University of Miami, where she specializes in Caribbean literary and intellectual histories, American immigrant literatures, African diaspora literary studies, globalization and transnational feminist studies, and theories of sexuality and citizenship.

Valerie Patterson: Dr. Patterson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at FIU. Her most recent research examines government and its relationship with underserved communities and persistent social equity barriers in communities of color.

Nathaniel Samuel: Dr. Samuel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Theology & Ministry at St. Thomas University. His research interests converge on issues of Caribbean religiosity and theology, narrative hermeneutics and imagination. As a trained economist, he also explores issues at the intersection of faith and economy.

The keynote address for the symposium will be delivered by N.D.B. Connolly:

Dr. Connolly writes about racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment in the twentieth century. His first book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, received awards from the Urban History Association, the Southern Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. His future projects include Four Daughters: An America Story. This collective biography will cover four generations of a single family, following the lives of four women of color whose forbearers migrated from the Caribbean to the United States by way of Britain between the 1930s and 1990s.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, Department of History Graduate Student Association (DOHGSA), Digital Collections Center, and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.