Leon County’s Library
Lecture Series continues with a look at the early beginnings of Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This
lecture is a part of the Annual Festival of Freedom honoring the first
reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee.
The lecture will
analyze the role of Florida A&M University’s first president, Thomas
DeSaille Tucker, an attorney from Pensacola, Florida. The discussion of HBCUs
at the dawn of the twentieth century was centered on the famous question of
liberal arts versus vocational education for African Americans. The lecture
will reveal tactics that Tucker used to ensure funding and other forms of
support for the young institution and give a clear definition of his
The second lecture in the Leon County Series will be given by Dr. Reginald
Ellis, Assistant Professor of History, Florida A&M University. Dr. Ellis
specializes in the history of HBCUs and African American leaders during the Jim
Crow Era. Dr. Ellis’ research also concentrates on African Americans in U.S.
History since 1887, contemporary African American history and oral history.
Leon County has selected speakers and topics that engage and inspire, appealing
to the interests of all citizens. Over the course of the year, citizens will
have the opportunity to attend lectures on topics ranging from history and
culture to sports and science. At each lecture books and materials will be
displayed and available for check out.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be
For more information, contact Cay Hohmeister, Director, LeRoy Collins Leon
County Public Library System at 606-2665 / HohmeisterC@LeonCountyFL.gov or
Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .
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