History Talks: Kitty Oliver
History Talks begin with an hour for drinks, light bites, and a book signing with authors. Speakers’ books will be available in the Museum Store at the start of the season.
Kitty Oliver, PhD: Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl
In honor of Black History Month
Kitty Oliver takes readers on a journey of exploration from her hometown of Jacksonville to the University of Florida as one of its first African American freshmen in 1965, and far beyond. One reviewer describes it as “a thinking woman’s memoir of a journey with many side trips.” With humor, poignancy, and lyrical language, Oliver shares her passages from the “old world” to the new as an immigrant’s journey, indicative of the American experience. Blending past and present, she searches for roots from the Gullah, or “Geechee,” culture of South Carolina to the urban streets of North Florida to the multicultural mix of South Florida. The autobiographical essays are part travelogue, part memoir.
Dr. Kitty Oliver, creator of the cross-cultural Race and Change Initiative, is a veteran journalist (Miami Herald), author, oral historian, media producer, professional singer, and adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. Her Race and Change Oral History Archive is housed by the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale. Available in the Museum Store: Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl