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AVON PARK, Fla. – Nov. 8, 2019 – Through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a presentation called “African-American Diaspora in Florida” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in Building B, Room 206, on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park. Members of the community are welcome to attend for free.
Dr. Anthony E. Dixon is the presenter for “African-American Diaspora in Florida.” In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Science in History with a minor in African-American Studies from Florida A&M University. In 2001, he received a Master of Applied Social Science from Florida A&M University with a concentration in History. In 2007, he was awarded his doctorate from Indiana University’s History Department where he majored in the African Diaspora. His studies included African-American history and African history, with a minor in Library Science/Special Collections and Archives. Dr. Dixon is a native of Fort Valley, Ga.
Dr. Dixon is the founder and president of Archival and Historical Research Associates, L.L.C., field director for the Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network, and adjunct professor of History at Florida A&M University.
“The National Endowment for the Humanities is doing something innovative with its grant to SFSC,” said Charlotte Pressler, professor of English and philosophy and director of the Honors Program at SFSC. “Its program is designed to build up the knowledge base of SFSC’s faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. We faculty can then refresh our own courses and offer our students exciting opportunities for research into this strange and wonderful state that is Florida. Florida’s history is like no other state’s history, and students can get involved with projects that illuminate the past, present, and future of this state they call home.”