Flagler College Associate Professor of History Dr. Michael Butler will be giving a reading on his new book “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980” on Thursday, Sept. 29. His book examines how institutional forms of cultural racism persisted well beyond the visible signs of racial integration in the 1960s. During his talk, he will discuss the process of researching and writing a book that, according to him, still has an impact today on race relations in Florida and throughout the nation.
“The significance of my research indicates that contemporary issues such as police brutality and the display of Confederate imagery in public places became and, in many cases, remain the civil rights battlegrounds of the post-1960s era,” he said.
The Flagler professor received both his master’s and doctorate degrees in History from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern History with an emphasis on the Civil Rights movement. He teaches, among others, courses in American History, African-American History, Slavery in the United States and The Civil Rights Movement.
The event will be held in the college’s Flagler Room, in Ponce Hall, located at 74 King Street. For more information, call 904-819-6205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read a Q&A conducted with Butler, visit here. For more information on “Beyond Integration,” visit here.