Civil Rights Icons Take the Stage
By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter
Veteran dramatists highlight a program at the Carter G. Woodson Museum.
ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the struggle for equality in the United States, civil rights activists often disagreed on the direction of the movement or how to best attain their goals. These differences of opinion are perhaps best exemplified by educator Mary McLeod Bethune and folklorist and author Zora Neale Hurston, and their visions of a racially integrated society.
Concurrent with Black History Month, on Thursday (Feb. 11) at St. Petersburg’s Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History, veteran dramatists Ersula Odom Knox and Phyllis McEwen portray these iconic women, providing insight into the world in which they lived and their vision for the future of race in America. Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, the show is titled Two Takes on a Dream.
The free event is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. The Woodson museum is at 2240 Ninth Ave. S. Bethune, who was one of 17 children born to parents who had been slaves, started a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach. It became Bethune-Cookman College, which traces its origins to 1904. Hurston was a major figure in African-American literature and is most widely known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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