Charles E. Cobb Jr. After joining the sit-in movement during his freshman year at Howard University in 1961, Charles E. "Charlie" Cobb Jr., went to work in 1962 as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the Mississippi Delta, where he met and worked closely with Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and other grassroots leaders. As a SNCC field secretary he conceptualized and proposed the Freedom School program for the 1964 Freedom Summer. Since then, those schools have inspired dozens of similar projects.
Cobb is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He began his journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for WHUR Radio in Washington, DC. In 1976 he joined the staff of National Public Radio as a foreign affairs reporter, bringing to that network its first regular coverage of Africa. After leaving NPR in 1979 he worked as a freelance writer and reporter. He was the reporter on Frontline's Emmy award-winning "A Class Divided" in 1985. That film focused on the effort of a teacher in the tiny town of Riceville, Iowa to teach her students about racism and discrimination by awarding special privileges to blue-eyed students while discriminating against brown-eyed students. From 1985-97 Cobb was a member of the Editorial Staff of National Geographic magazine—that magazine's first black staff writer.
Cobb's journalism has won several awards including a national Emmy for "A Class Divided." In 1995, a two-part series on Eritrea, Africa's newest nation, that he produced aired on National Public Radio and won the Harry Chapin Award for best radio broadcasting about a developing nation. In 2008 the National Association of Black Journalists honored Cobb's work by inducting him into their Hall of Fame.
His books include On the Road to Freedom, a Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail and Radical Equations, Civil Rights From Mississippi to the Algebra Project, co-authored with Robert P. Moses, He was a coeditor of the book, No Easy Victories, American Activists and African Liberation Movements Over a Half Century, 1950-2000 (Africa World Press 2008) His latest book is This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed (Basic Books, June 2014).
Anne Dalton acquired the necessary skills and experience to assist creative artists with legal matters. Today she is the senior attorney for Radio City Music Hall, Network News/Business Affairs Counsel for ABC News 20/20 and Associate Producer for ABC in New York City. Dalton currently represents a wide variety of creative artists with contracts, copyright, Internet theft takedown letters, medical powers of attorney and living wills and simple estate planning. Among other nonprofits, Dalton is general counsel to the Florida Writers Association and the Arts Council of southwest Florida.
Bill DeYoung has been a journalist for 35 years. He was Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Gainesville Sun for two decades, and his historical essays have been included in more than 100 CDs. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, and is the A&E Editor and Senior Writer for the alt-weekly Connect Savannah. He will be discussing his latest book entitled Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down.
Scott Eyman has written 11 books, including, with actor Robert Wagner, the New York Times bestseller, Pieces of My Heart. He'll have two books published in 2014, one another collaboration with Wagner, the other a biography of John Wayne. Eyman is the former literary and art critic for The Palm Beach Post and has written book reviews for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.
Dr. Thomas Graham is Professor of History Emeritus at Flagler College, where he taught from 1973 to 2008. He has served on the boards of
the Florida Historical Society, the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and the St. Augustine Historical Society, where he was also President for one term. Dr. Graham's research interest
is in nineteenth century United States history. He is the author of Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine (University Press of Florida, 2014), Flagler's St. Augustine Hotels (Pineapple
Press, 2004), The Awakening of St Augustine (St. Augustine Historical Society, 1978), Hotel Ponce De Leon, The Architecture and Decoration (Flagler College 2013).
Brandon Haught is a former Marine Corps combat correspondent, a former newspaper columnist and a current public information officer with a central Florida sheriff's office. He is a founding board member and volunteer communications director for the statewide science education advocacy organization Florida Citizens for Science. Haught was deeply involved in the 2008 fight over evolution's prominence in the revised state science standards that made news headlines across the state and the country. That controversy inspired Haught to research other evolution battles in Florida's history, resulting in Going Ape.
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Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., is a civil rights activist and the author of the award-winning book, It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®! Hurst recounts with clarity Jacksonville’s racial atmosphere leading to the bloody events of August 27, 1960, when 200 whites with ax handles and baseball bats attacked members of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP “sitting in” at white lunch counters. It was never about a Hot Dog and a Coke®! has won more than a dozen local, state and national awards, including the USA Book News First Place Gold Medal Award for Multi-Cultural Nonfiction and the Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal in Nonfiction.
Hurst speaks extensively on civil rights, Black History, and racism, and is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards. He was the keynote speaker for the City of Jacksonville’s 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Annual Breakfast, and was featured in the Jacksonville Black History Calendar in 2009 and 2013. Hurst is a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and serves on the Executive Committee of the Jacksonville Branch NAACP. He also serves on the boards of several community organizations in the Jacksonville community.
Cher Krause Knight is Associate Professor of Art History at Emerson College in Boston. Dr. Knight has published her work in a variety of sources, and contributed essays to a number of anthologies. Professor Knight has also authored four books, including Power and Paradise in Walt Disney’s World, to be released by University Press of Florida in April of this year. Dr. Knight is a co-founder, and currently serves as co-chair, of the Public Art Dialogue, a professional organization devoted to providing an interdisciplinary, critical forum for the field.
Bob H. Lee is a former lieutenant and 30-year veteran of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. During his career in conservation law enforcement, he caught hundreds of poachers “flat-footed,” or in the act, through complex wildlife investigations. He taught man-tracking classes through the FWC Law Enforcement Academy. In 2007, he set out to chronicle his experiences in a collection of selected stories that became Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden (University Press of Florida).
Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He is a part-time freelance writer for law enforcement and outdoor magazines. He lives with his wife, Karen, on eighteen acres next to a secluded lake in south Putnam County. They have one son, Jason, who graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Landscaping and Nursery Management.
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Zenée Miller used her experience and technical knowledge as a former business consultant with a Fortune 500 company to form her own company, Training On the Go. Miller’s program offers training in software products, as well as SEO training and blogging. She created her first blog in 2009, later selling it for $60,000.
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Virginia Lynn Moylan is the recipient of the 2011 Florida Book Award Silver Medal for nonfiction. She’s taught English and literature in Palm Beach County for over 24 years. Moylan holds a master’s degree in the Foundations of Multicultural Education and is a founding member of the annual Zora Fest held in Fort Pierce, Florida In addition to her biography, Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade, Moylan was a contributing author to The Inside Light: Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston and the upcoming biography of one of the Highwaymen painters, Mary Ann Carroll.
Sarah Symons is the co-founder and executive director of Made By Survivors, an international nonprofit organization that fights human trafficking and slavery with empowerment, education, and employment. Made by Survivors serves over a thousand slavery survivors and their children in India, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Ghana and Fiji. Symons and her husband, John Berger, CEO of Made By Survivors, started the organization in 2005 with their own money and the contributions of a few concerned friends. Symon's book, This is No Ordinary Joy, tells the story of her work with trafficking survivors and how it has transformed her life.
Native Floridian Jackson Walker has devoted a lifetime to portraying visually arresting paintings that involve historical and military subjects with a special concentration on the nature and past of his home state. He has worked in various art-related jobs in advertising, illustration, cartooning, and graphic design, while continually pursuing his primary interest in painting with oils. Walker has been the recipient of many commendations and awards including recognition as the Florida Audubon Society Artist of the Year in 2011. His work can be viewed at various institutions in the state and beyond.