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Decolonizing the Curriculum, Episode 4: Remembering Black joy in Florida

This is an abridged version of Episode 4 of our Decolonizing the Curriculum series. The full podcast can be heard above.

In this episode, we will highlight moments of Black joy in the United States and in Florida.

Some of these moments are now widely recognized, like Emancipation Day, which is now a federal holiday.

Other moments, though, have come close to being forgotten.

In Ocala, we’ll meet Cynthia Wilson-Graham, who undertook a project to preserve the history of Paradise Park in Silver springs, a shining example of Black joy in Central Florida.

And beyond Marion County, we’ll discover the ways that segregation and the Jim Crow South impacted access to Florida’s waterways.

This podcast is the result of ongoing conversations with K-12teachers, university scholars and community leaders in Alachua and Marion counties, in an effort to evoke the complexity of black lives in Florida. This series is made possible by a Florida Humanities Broadcasting Hope grant.

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Funding for this program was provided through a Broadcasting Hope Public Media grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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