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An Evening with Civil Rights Legend John Due

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For Immediate Release:                                              Contact: Tamarra Jenkins,

June 11, 2020                                                                        Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


An Evening with Civil Rights Legend John Due

Please join the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) the evening of Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm EST as we celebrate the life of Florida civil rights icon John Dorsey Due. Featuring music as well as original poetry readings by E. Stanley Richardson, the first Poet Laureate of Alachua County as well as University of Florida alumnus Oliver Telusma, “An Evening with John Due” will be a joyous occasion.

The evening will feature testimonials from students, family, civil rights veterans and friends gathered to recognize one of the most influential human rights and labor attorneys in American history. John Due will conduct a live question and answer session focusing on the current Black Lives Matter social movement and other topics.

John Due moved to Florida to attend Florida A&M University Law School in 1960. Upon graduating from law school, Attorney Due worked as an attorney in Mississippi on behalf of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, monitoring civil rights activities and violence against civil rights activists. In 1963, John Due married Florida A&M student and civil rights organizer Patricia Stephens. For their honeymoon in 1963, the newlyweds traveled to Washington, D.C. to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to hear Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” address. For the next half-century, John Due and Patricia Stephens worked with an array of organizations including the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, the Urban League and many others.

Mr. Due was inducted by Governor Rick Scott into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2018. The following year, the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences nominated John Due for the Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.

University of Florida students will present the John Due Zine, a young adult reader designed to promote civil rights education in Florida’s high schools. The evening will also include a video excerpt of 2011’s “An Evening with the Dues” featuring John and Patricia Stephens Due speaking on their lives together before an audience of four hundred people at UF.

An Evening with John Due will be held online via two platforms: The links to join the event are: “Facebook Live”- or

“YouTube Live”-


MEDIA CONTACT: SPOHP Office Manager Tamarra Jenkins, (352-392-7168) and Paul Ortiz (831-334-0131)


An Evening with John Due is organized by the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and co-sponsored by the African American Studies Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and the Gator Chapter of the NAACP


June 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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