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Annual Friends Banquet


Rodney L. Hurst, Sr.The 2011 Annual Friends banquet was treated to a superb presentation by Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., author of It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke, a story of the sit-in demonstrations in 1960 and 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida. As a 16-year-old member of the Youth Council of the NAACP, Rodney was one of 35 young African Americans attacked by more than 200 white males with ax handles and baseball bats in downtown Jacksonville. The event became known as "Ax Handle Saturday." In his talk Hurst pointed out that lunch counter demonstrations were not about "a hot dog and a Coke," but human dignity and respect. Lunch counters were convenient venues to fight racism and discrimination.

At the banquet Dean Julia Zimerman recognized FSU Library staff members who had made special contributions during the previous year, and thanked them for their services.

 

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It was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke

 
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