Dorothy Redford visits, lectures at
Florida Southern College
The author will appear in the television special
"Roots-Celebrating 25 Years" airing on NBC Jan. 18
(Jan. 15, 2002) - Dorothy Spruill Redford, author of "Somerset
Homecoming, Recovering a Lost Heritage," will visit the Florida
Southern campus Feb. 6-8. Redford will lecture on "Antebellum
Women: Barriers and Bonds to Relationships" on Feb. 7 at 7
p.m. in the Honeyman Pavilion and will conduct a book signing after
her talk. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring her
so fortunate to have Ms. Redford as part of Black History Month.
As a woman who had a dream and fulfilled it, she is an inspiration
to us all. With her work at Somerset Plantation, she lives the conviction
that black and white history are inextricably linked," said
English professor Dr. Claudia Slate, who arranged Redford's visit
to the lecture and book signing, Redford will speak in several classes
including Race, Culture, and Human Relations and Survey of African
American Literature. She will also attend the Soul Food Dinner on
tells the story of her 10-year search for the history of her ancestors,
slaves brought from West Africa to work on the Somerset Place plantation
in Creswell, N.C. Her story and the plantation will be prominently
featured in the NBC special, "Roots-Celebrating 25 years"
airing Friday night from 8 to 9 p.m. The program, hosted by LaVar
Burton, includes footage of the homecoming event Redford organized
that brought together over 2000 descendants of the plantation's
slaves and owners. The plantation is now a state historic site,
with Redford serving as its executive director.
information, please contact Claudia Slate at (863) 680-4342.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.