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Flagler professor a featured author at Florida Heritage Book Festival

September 19, 2017 10:16 AM
Michael Butler

Dr. J. Michael Butler, Flagler College’s scholar on race relations in the South, will be a featured author at this year’s Florida Heritage Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at Flagler College on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Flagler professor will be discussing his 2016 book “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida,” which examines how institutional forms of cultural racism persisted well beyond the visible signs of racial integration in the 1960s. According to Butler, the themes that people wrestled with then — Confederate imagery and discrimination, among others — are still relevant today. He will delve into why the topic interests him as a native Southerner and his research process in crafting his award-winning book.

Saturday’s day-long festival, held in Flagler’s Ringhaver Student Center, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Butler’s session will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Parking will be available to attendees at the City of St. Augustine Parking Garage, with a free shuttle to the festival.

The Florida Heritage Book Festival showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, and Saturday’s book festival is only one part of it. On Sept. 22, there will also be a writer’s conference at World Golf Village and a Literary Legends Reception honoring author Steve Berry (at Marriott Courtyard in St. Augustine Beach).

For general information on the event, visit here.