The Florida Paradox: How Diverse Communities are
Transforming the Sunshine State Virtual Public Program.
DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
TIME: 3:00PM EST / 12:00PM PST
Join us Wednesday, February 24, when the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) at the University of Florida, will host a national webinar to discuss how Latinx and African American communities in Florida are engaging the challenges of the Global Pandemic. In honor of Black History Month, we will also highlight the unique experiences of Afro-Latinx people during these challenging times.
The event will spotlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the efforts of community organizing and electoral developments in Black and Brown communities in Florida. Featured Speakers will include: Andrea Cristina Mercado, Executive Director of New Florida Majority; Reina Saco, City Commissioner of Gainesville, Florida; Roni Bennett, Executive Director of South Florida People of Color; Sonja Diaz, Civil Rights Attorney and Founding Director of the LPPI; and Dr. Paul Ortiz, author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States.
The Proctor Program launched the Pandemic Oral History Project in the spring of 2020. SPOHP has used this project to create new collaborations with the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at UCLA, the Farm Worker Association of Florida, the University of Texas’s Voces Oral History Project and others. The goal of the Pandemic Oral History Project is to give working class people in the South a chance to narrate their own stories of civic engagement and efforts on the frontlines of the Global Pandemic.
Paul Ortiz, email@example.com