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January - March 2009     VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1
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Black History Month Commemoration

Author Gary Corsair
Honey Brown

For Black History Month Authors @ the Library will showcase Gary Corsair author of the Groveland Four. February 12th at 2:00 p.m.,The Puryear Bldg. in Groveland sponsored by Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library, February 19th at 9:00 a.m., the MLK Center in Mount Dora sponsored by W.T. Bland Public Library and February 24th at 2:00 p.m., the Lady Lake Community Bldg. sponsored by the Lady Lake Public Library.

In 2002, award-winning journalist Gary Corsair published the first, and only, in-depth expose of the infamous 1949 Groveland Rape Trial. Now, Corsair marks the 60th anniversary of the sensational case that garnered world-wide attention with an updated version of his ground-breaking book. A Legal Lynching: The Sad Saga of the Groveland Four includes previously unpublished details and answers long-standing questions in recounting an unsavory piece of Florida history so controversial and far-reaching that it resulted in a Supreme Court ruling abolishing death as a penalty for rape.

Gary Corsair will discuss the complexities of an important, yet often overlooked chapter of Florida's tumulous race relations in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Groveland rape case made international headlines and forced America to deal with the disturbing reality of "guilty until proven guilty" when a white teenage bride accused four African American men of kidnapping and raping her. In dozens of presentations to school children, Corsair examines an injustice rivalring Scottsboro, and in the process teaches powerful lessons of acceptance and tolerance.