Happy birthday Stetson Kennedy!

by Joe Courter

In honor of Stetson Kennedy’s 102nd birthday, the Civic Media Center will have a potluck dinner on Saturday, October 6, at 6pm, followed by a program called Voicing the Un-Voiced Stetson: Readings of Unpublished Pieces from the Papers of Stetson Kennedy. Sandra Parks, Stetson’s wife, came to the CMC and suggested the reading of recently found writings of the famed anti-racist, civil rights and environmental author and activist.

Jim Cusick from the Smathers Library at UF was asked and agreed to bring essays, poetry and other unpublished short writings from their collection, and we will all share in the readings.

The CMC’s official name is Civic Media Center and Stetson Kennedy Library Inc. because Stetson donated his personal library of over 2,500 books to the CMC before he died in 2011, and these books are integrated into the various sections of the CMC’s collection.

The event will also serve as a birthday party for Gainesville community activist Kali Blount. Vegan or vegetarian foods are preferred but not absolutely required.

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