What We're Working On
We are busy! The Miami Center for Racial Justice is supporting New College, resisting book banning in Florida, and helping to save abandoned Black cemeteries.
New College of Florida
The tiny New College in Sarasota has been targeted by Governor Ron DeSantis as the place “where Woke goes to die”. Dr. Marvin Dunn intends to offer a free virtual course on Black history for New College students this Fall. Dr. Dunn taught a class at New College as a guest lecturer in April. The Center has plans to take New College students and faculty on a Teach the Truth tour this Fall.
Resisting Book Banning in Florida Schools
The Miami Center for Racial Justice opposes book banning in Florida schools as it is being done by the DeSantis administration. Books are now being banned based on the political ideology of Governor Ron DeSantis. Books are being banned based on a complaint from a single parent. One parent was able to get a Florida school district to ban 182 books based only on her complaint. The Center is organizing a variety of community-based organizations to join in this fight. We are buying banned books to distribute to Parent Teacher Associations across the state. Leaving the school out of it, the parents may choose to give the banned book to their children. Banned Book Caravans are being planned for this summer to take place in several communities on the same day and at the same time.
Saving the J.W. Wright House
The Miami Center for Racial Justice is raising funds to save the home of J. W. Wright, the White storekeeper in Rosewood at the time of the 1923 massacre. His home was the only structure in the town that was not burned down. During the massacre, Mr. Wright and his wife Mary hid blacks in their home saving many from the raging mob. The home sits on thirty-five acres which the Center hopes to acquire after which we would offer the property to the United States Department of the Interior for it to become a national park.