“Several give stark accounts of segregation-era racism,” The Gainesville Sun, by Jeff Schweers, March 12, 2014.
The Gainesville Sun highlighted SPOHP’s public history program, “The Florida Civil Rights Struggle: Past & Present,” on March 12. The program featured four panelists: John Due, Dan Harmeling, Vivian Filer, and Rosemary Florence, civil rights activists looking back on their experiences and motivations over lifetimes of social justice involvement, and included video footage of civil rights demonstrations as well as oral history interview excerpts from the African American History Project, read by University of Florida students. Reverend Milford Griner gave the invocation.
“We want them to know what we did, what we went through so it will not repeat itself,” Filer said. “If we sit back and watch … it will repeat itself in another way.”
-Vivian Filer, Panelist