Through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, SFSC offered 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.
Dr. Anthony E. Dixon was the presenter for “African-American Diaspora in Florida.” This thoroughly researched, wide-ranging talk focused on the multitude of important economic contributions made by members of the diaspora. He identified and described a number of diverse communities making up the diaspora, thus countering the monolithic view of African-American history so often assumed by white audiences. The contributions of Bahamanian, Jamaican, Haitian, and other African-descended peoples were discussed, as well as the hidden history of the Florida Maroons and Black Seminoles.
In 1994, Dr. Dixon 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.