Debbie Trice
James and Yvonne Brown, Retired administrators
Dr. Edward E. James II, Black Almanac Director/Producer/Host
Betty Johnson, Retired Librarian
Erin Dean, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anthropology, New College of Florida
Rev. Patrick Miller, Bethlehem Bible Church
Rev. Kelvin Lumpkin, Light of the World Senior Pastor
Dr. John Walker, Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Senior Pastor

Carolyn Y. Major Harper, Retired Educator
Ronnique Major Hundley, Sarasota County Educator
Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal
Dr. Harriet Moore, McIntosh Middle School Principal
John McCarthy
Dr. Louis Robison, LAYR, Inc. President and CEO
Robert C. Hayden, Author, Co-Author, Editor
Washington Hill, M.D., FACOG
Lauretta Anderson

Lisa Merritt, M.D., Kinesia Rehab Group Multicultural Health Institute
Hon. Charles E. Williams, Chief Judge – 12th Judicial Circuit State of Florida
Coach James Ward, Riverview High School

Media Partners

Black Almanac

Tempo News

Sarasota Herald Tribune

West Coast Woman

The Observer



Legal Partners

Keith E. Dubose, Matthews Eastmoore Trial Lawyers

Kelly Causey, Icard, Merrill Attorneys & Counselors

Douglas A. Cherry, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Linda Harradine, Legal Aid of Manasota

Judy Burns, Legal Aid of Manasota

Pamela Fields, Legal Aid of Manasota

Oral History Interviews

Beresford Powell

Verna Hall

Eddie L. Rainey Jr.

Jesse Johnson

Patrick Carter

Sheila Sanders

Jetson Grimes

Dr. Harriet Moore

Estella Moore-Thomas

Dr. Rachel Shelley

Dr. Thomas Clyburn

John Rivers

Shelia Atkins

Dr. Edward E. James II

James and Yvonne Brown

Fredd Atkins

Rev. Jerome Dupree

Dr. Louis Robison

Dr. Fannie McDugle

Helen Dixon

Alberta Hamilton

Johnny Hunter Sr.

Rev. Kelvin Lumpkin

Carolyn Mason

Willie Charles Shaw

Verna Hall

Edward James III

Gwendolyn Atkins

Henrietta Gayles Cunningham

Etienne J. Porter

Elder Willie Mays Jr.

Rosa Lee Thomas

Prevell Barber

Nathaniel Harvey

Trevor D. Harvey

Betty Jean Johnson

Wade Harvin

Mary Alice Simmons

Dorothye Smith

Julian Ross Moreland

Margaret Moreland Cherry Mitchell

Robert L. Taylor

Walter L. Gilbert III

Ethel Reid Hayes (audio cassette)

Anthony B. Major

Glossie Atkins

Alice Faye Jones

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Newtown Residents

Dr. Clifford Smith, City of Sarasota Office of Neighborhoods

Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board

Lorna Alston, Newtown Redevelopment Office

Dru Jones, Newtown Redevelopment Office

Rowena Elliott, Newtown Redevelopment Office

Manasota Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Hon. Charles E. Williams, Chief Judge-12th Judicial Circuit State of Florida

Charlie Ann Syprett, Chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee

Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association

Gary Oslin, State College of Florida photographer/videographer

Del Jacobs, State College of Florida

Bill Hartman, William Hartman Gallery

Lem Andrews, Booker High School

Cultural Resource Center, North Sarasota Public Library

Kim Stocker, Program Specialist / Senior Producer, The Education Channel

Frances Bermudez, North County Sarasota Public Library

Colin Moore, B.S.M.C.

  1. Brendan Moore, M.S.C.E.

Jenny Acheson, Photographer

John Mays Family

Thelma Upshaw

Che Barnett

Cynthia Wilson Graham

The Coffee Loft

Manatee Village Historical Park

Helen Dixon

Mary Tinson

North Sarasota County Neighborhood Association

Diane McGuerty, GIS Analyst, City of Sarasota

Miranda Lansdale, Sarasota County Government

Jane Grogg, Sarasota County Government

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex staff

Alecia Gregory, Trickey Jennus Advertising

Tom Jennus, Trickey Jennus Advertising

Ringling College of Art and Design

Melanie Thomas, Ringling College of Art and Design

Nikelle Mackey, Ringling College of Art and Design

  1. B. McCourtney, Photographer

Steve Katzman, Photographer

  1. Shenell Reed, social media strategist

Dr. Roy L. Baptiste

Daryl Waters

Sonya Waterhouse

Flori Roberts

Jane Kirschner

Sally Lucky

David Feldmar

Wendell Fletcher

Kathy Byrd Pobee

Michael Dixon

Glenda Williams

Al Abrams

Debra Livingston

Art Larkins

Wallace Boyd

Charlie Rivers

Donald Haygood

Tarelton Cherry

Izone Imaging

Cornerstone Signs and Graphics

Corin Grover, Ringling College of Art and Design

Jarred Wilson, Ringling Museum

Larry Kelleher, Sarasota County Historical Resources

Steve Koski, Sarasota County Historical Resources

Esther Washington, Smithsonian African American History Museum

James A. Gordon, Smithsonian African American History Museum

Justin Dunnavant, University of Florida

University of South Florida

Dr. Uzi Baram, New College of Florida

Victoria McCullough, New College of Florida

Sam Sanford, New College of Florida

Kathy Marsh, Family Heritage House Museum

Tuskegee University

Savannah State University

Dr. Tashia Bradley, Wilberforce University

Mary Butler

James McCloud, Genesis Health Services, Inc.

Rosa Lee Thomas

Gary E. Probst, Producer/Editor

Dennis Clove

Marc Dortch

Eileen West

Jackie Woods

Henry Richardson

Michelle Smith

Jeraline Baker Graham

Michael Suarez

John Rivers Family

Jack and Mary Emma Jones Family

Wright and Sarah Bush Family

Fredd and Shelia Atkins Family

Horras and Willie Mae Sheffield Family