Police battle with protesters on St Augustine Beach

The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Experience the Arrival of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 St. Augustine as the Florida Humanities Speaker Series Continues

Martin Luther King in 1964

Join us for a night where the story is fact, but the character is larger than life.  The Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine received national attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived to join the effort in 1964.  On Thursday, February 9, experience the struggle for Civil Rights in St. Augustine through Michael Butler’s presentation of Dr. King’s two appearances in America’s oldest city.

The Florida Humanities Speaker Series presents MLK’s “magnificent drama” – marches, arrests, clashes of protesters and police on the tourist-lined beaches of St. Augustine – a movement where local and national objectives both complimented and contradicted each other in ways that continue to impact contemporary race relations.  Dr. J. Michael Butler is an Associate Professor of History at Flagler College and received both his Masters and Doctorate in History from the University of Mississippi where he specialized in 20th Century Southern history with an emphasis on the Civil Rights movement.

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council, each Florida Humanities Speaker Series installment features a full cocktail cash bar and an opportunity to meet the author/speaker.  Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Seating is limited and Museum members are admitted free to the series. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program begins at 7pm.

About the St. Petersburg Museum:

Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History is located at 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach. For more information, please call 727.894.1052 or visit www.spmoh.org.