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Dr. Marvin DunnDr. Marvin Dunn
Historian, Organizer

 "The spirit of Cubans and Blacks working together comes to the forefront now that last month President Barack Obama decided to open up communications between the United States and Cuba. At the same time, panelists agreed that being Black should not be the thing that binds Blacks in America. “Skin color alone is not enough to bind a people together. We need to find cultural ties. We have to find ways to make that happen,” said Dr. Marvin Dunn, who authored “Black Miami in the Twentieth Century.” Understanding Afro-Cubans  2/4/2015 Miami Times
 

Dr. Marvin Dunn taught in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University for thirty-four years, retiring as head of the department in 2006. He was born in DeLand, Florida, and was educated in the Florida public school system. His family moved to Miami in 1951. In 1961, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career as a naval officer, serving from 1961 to 1967 aboard the aircraft carriers U.S.S Kitty Hawk and the U.S.S. Saratoga, and was the Commander of the 14th Battalion, U.S. Naval Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. While still on active duty he studied at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and received a Masters degree in education administration and supervision in 1965. In 1972, Dr. Dunn earned a Ph. D in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Dunn became an assistant professor of psychology at Florida International University, in Miami, Florida. In that position he was a seminal influence on students working for positive social change. He began such innovative programs as the Cultural and Human Interaction Center, which addressed racially motivated violence in the Dade County schools of the early 1970s. During that same period he shaped and guided the Institute on Sexism and Racism at Florida International University. In 1981, he founded the Academy for Community Education, an innovative program which addressed the needs of youth at risk of becoming school dropouts. He served as the school’s principal for fifteen years while continuing his duties at the university. His first book, a co-authored work with Bruce Porter, The Miami Riots of 1980: Crossing the Bounds, is the definitive work on that event.

In 1999 he designed and traveled an extensive photographic history of blacks in Florida with a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. This exhibit is still being widely circulated in Florida. He has also developed Florida black history photographic exhibits for Florida International University and for Camillus House’s Brownsville Christian Community Center, which was Miami’s Negro hospital in the days of segregation. His book, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century, was published in 1997. It is the only comprehensive history of the presence of blacks in Miami. His lastt book, The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence was published in August 2012 by University Press of Florida.

Dr. Dunn has appeared on numerous national television programs including several appearances on the CBS, NBC and ABC evening news programs as well as on CNN, Fox News, the BBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Black Entertainment Television, The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and Nightline. Dr. Dunn has also written articles for many newspapers including, the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, the St Petersburg Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has directed three documentary films, Black Seminoles in the Bahamas: The Red Bays Story, Murder on the Suwannee River: The Willie James Howard Story and Rosewood Uncovered. Dr. Dunn is currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence for Camillus House of Miami. He is also founder of the non-profit organization, Roots in the City, which hires indigent people to develop community gardens in Miami inner-city areas.

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Dr. Dunn has long maintained an interest in AfroCuban issues. Already in 1998, he participated in a panel sponsored by the Center for International Policy at Barry University on "View of the AfroCuban Community," as documented on AfroCubaWeb.


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A History of Florida through Black Eyes"A History of Florida:Through Black Eyes" by Dr. Marvin Dunn

I am pleased to announce that my new book may now be obtained in three ways:

1. Createspace is the publisher and the book may be ordered directly from the company. Go to Createspace.com/5876403 (For best benefit to the author please use this source.)

2. It is available on Amazon by title "A History of Florida:Through Black Eyes" or by author, Marvin Dunn.

3. For a signed copy, send check or money order for $39.99 payable to All Sunlight Consulting,Inc. at 8541 SW 181 Street, Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157. The price includes shipping. Your copy will be mailed by June 7, 2016.

Thank you for your interest in the book.

Dr. Marvin Dunn, 5/24/16

"I know Florida. I was born in Florida during the reign of Jim Crow and have lived to see black astronauts blasted into the heavens from Cape Canaveral. For three quarters of a century I have lived mostly in Florida. I have seen her flowers and her warts. This book is about both. People of African descent have been in Florida from the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1513, yet our presence in the state is virtually hidden. A casual glance at most Florida history books depict African Americans primarily as laborers who are shown as backdrops to white history. The history of blacks in Florida has been deliberately distorted, omitted and marginalized. We have been denied our heroes and heroines. Our stories have mainly been left untold. This book lifts the veil from some of these stories and places African Americans in the very marrow of Florida history."
 

The Miami Riot of 1980: Crossing the Bounds (1984)

Black Miami
Black Miami in the Twentieth Century (1997)top

Black Miami in the Twentieth Century, Questia: extensive previews of this important book on Miami

"This book was obviously based on years of intensive research and -- believe me I looked -- provided the most comprehensive source of information I found on the history of Black people in Miami during this era. It also was well-written and illustrated the complicated issues faced by Blacks who lived in a sort of anomaly of a city populated by both southern and northern Whites. I grew up in Miami during the era he writes about and was shocked to find out how much I didn't know about my home town. "

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The Black Miami, a documentary based on
Black Miami by Marvin Dunn

    

Beast in FloridaThe Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence (2013)top

Florida has worked hard to cultivate its idyllic image as a sunny, pristine paradise. But beneath the outer garments of glitz, sun, and ocean are hidden deep secrets—secrets that have been intentionally buried beneath the sands of the former lynching capital of America.

When we teach our children about the horrors of the past, we do so in the hope that exposing the true nature of these atrocities will deter future generations from repeating them. This is Marvin Dunn’s impetus in writing The Beast in Florida, an unflinching and haunting look at the dark past of the Sunshine State. A symbolic embodiment of racial violence and hatred, “The Beast” openly prowled the nation between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. It reared its head for a variety of reasons—psychological, political, and economic—but the outcome was always brutal and often deadly. As we are reminded all too frequently, the Beast is not gone; it is merely bound up, waiting to loosen its chains.

 

From the bombing of Harry T. and Harriette Moore’s home on Christmas Day to Willie James Howard’s murder, from the Rosewood massacre to the Newberry Six lynchings, Dunn offers an encyclopedic catalogue of the Beast’s rampages in Florida. Instead of simply taking snapshots of incidents, Dunn provides context for a century’s worth of racial violence by examining communities over time. Crucial insights from interviews with descendants of both perpetrators and victims, as well as newspaper, police, and court reports of these events shape this study of Florida’s grim racial history. Rather than pointing fingers and placing blame, The Beast in Florida allows voices and facts to speak for themselves, facilitating a conversation on the ways in which racial violence changed both black and white lives forever.

 

Dunn—a Florida native who lived through some of the events described in this book—writes as an insider, adding previously unknown details to the historical record. This comprehensive and balanced look at racially motivated violence presents the underside of Florida history—a story of hatred and some of its deadly results. The result is a panorama of compelling human stories that challenges conceptions of what created and maintained the Beast.

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Marvin Dunn  3/1/2015 Vimeo 

Understanding Afro-Cubans  2/4/2015 Miami Times: "The buzzwords at “A Village Dialogue: An Invitation from the Afro-Cuban Community” discussion are working together. The spirit of Cubans and Blacks working together comes to the forefront now that last month President Barack Obama decided to open up communications between the United States and Cuba. At the same time, panelists agreed that being Black should not be the thing that binds Blacks in America. “Skin color alone is not enough to bind a people together. We need to find cultural ties. We have to find ways to make that happen,” said Dr. Marvin Dunn, who authored “Black Miami in the Twentieth Century.”"

MLK Day celebration features history author  1/24/2014 Suncoast News: "The headliner was Marvin Dunn of Miami, whose book “The Beast in Florida: a History of Anti-Black Violence” is going for more than $100 on eBay and Amazon. The book, published in the spring of 2013 by the University Press of Florida, only had one printing, so copies are hard to come by. Dunn stayed afterward to sign those brought to the event."

Book review: 'The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence' by Marvin Dunn  10/6/2013 Florida Times Union: "Marvin Dunn’s “The Beast in Florida” is a subtle, Aristotelian evocation of a loathsome era in Florida and Southern history when white men — of all classes — were determined to keep black men, women and adolescents in “their place” through extra-legal violence and intimidation. Racism “commingled with perverted sexual fears and anxieties” is the psychological basis for the rage exhibited by lynchers and their supporters who, based upon photographic evidence, included women and children, says the retired chairman of the Department of Psychology at Florida International University…. The Rosewood incident has become familiar in recent years, and the survivors and their heirs have received some compensation from the state because officials admit they did not intervene until it was too late. Other sites of ethnic cleansing include Perry, Newberry, Ocoee and Groveland."

Casting Couch, Season 02 Episode 01: South Florida Author Dr. Marvin Dunn  7/10/2013 YouTube: "He is a Florida historian, legend, and an intricate part of Miami's landscape. As Resident Scholar of the Institute of Homeless Studies at Camillus House. Dr. Dunn began his career as a naval officer, serving from 1961 to 1967. He served as an officer aboard the aircraft carriers U.S.S Kitty Hawk and the U.S.S. Saratoga, and was the commander of the 14th Battalion, U.S. Naval Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. On this show he discussed his latest book, The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence."

A look at violence against blacks in Florida  6/7/2013 Herald Tribune, Sarasota: "Dunn himself bought a few acres of land in Rosewood, land where the old railroad depot from which people were rescued once stood. "I wanted to have that piece of Rosewood land protected from private development," said Dunn."

Rosewood, Dr. Marvin Dunn, John Robinson, George Boston Rhynes and moving forward!  11/28/2012 George Boston Rhynes, YouTube: "Not reported to the citizens in Valdosta-Lowndes County but I am reporting it here to all American Citizens and around the world of the great work being done in Rosewood, Florida by citizens from Valdosta!"

The Black Miami: Black Influence in South Florida from the 1800s to the '80s Riots  5/24/2012 Miami New Times: "That's why the new documentary The Black Miami has piqued our interest. Based on Dr. Marvin Dunn's book, Black Miami in the 20th Century, the film describes the history and significance of blacks in South Florida. Regardless of your background, you're sure to be captivated by the stories of The Black Miami, many of which you've likely never heard."

Rosewood: The last survivor remembers an American tragedy  1/4/2012 The Grio: by Dr. Marvin Dunn - "This week marks the anniversary of one the most tragic events in black history — the Rosewood massacre — the result of rape accusations made by a white woman against a black man, which led to violent riots and the murder of several innocent African-Americans in January of 1923. To commemorate this event, historian Dr. Marvin Dunn interviews the last survivor of Rosewood and sheds new light on the event that still haunts African-Americans."

Marvin Dunn: Overtown's Farmer  11/24/2011 Miami New Times: "Where most people saw-grass-choked, glass-caked ghetto lots, Marvin Dunn saw an opportunity to create jobs for Miami's most unemployable. In spaces politicians thought would forever be needle-strewn fields shaded by crack houses, Dunn imagined rows of organic herbs and vegetables cooled by mango trees. Rather than give up on one of the Magic City's worst neighborhoods, Dunn started an urban farming collective right in the heart of Overtown, and even amid the economic free fall, his Roots of Hope project isn't just surviving — it's expanding to Coconut Grove in the near future."

The Famous Dr. Marvin Dunn, Back In Rosewood!  6/9/2011 George Boston Rhynes, YouTube: "On location in Rosewood, Florida and keeping you informed on what is happening while you and I live. We believe in your right to know!"

Outburst in Overtown  4/1/2011 Redland Rambles: "Yet market founder Dr. Marvin Dunn claimed he repeatedly called the city about the violation and didn’t get an answer. It got him hot under the collar, so he rounded up protesters and alerted the media. He said he got the certificate of use since the very beginning. The only solution he saw is to request a resolution from the city commission to allow his market to operate for six months at a time. But even that is politically uncertain, and as Dunn put it, “Who can run a market on a whim?”

Black Florida & Red Bays: Collections of Dr. Marvin Dunn  2/1/2011 FIU: Images of the experiences of Black Americans in Florida

Rosewood artifacts unearthed  7/4/2010 Ocala Star Banner: "Dunn's primary focus now is getting professional archaeologists to the site to examine the property. With a state grant, he will conduct more research, starting this month, through the nonprofit group Roots in the City, based in Miami."

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado Salutes Roots In The City Farmers Market  4/8/2010 The Genuine Kitchen: full Flickr photostream of the opening festivities!

VIDEO: Dr. Marvin Dunn Teaches Michael How to Cook Collards  4/7/2010 The Genuine Kitchen: "When Dr. Marvin Dunn asked Michael if he’d like to learn how to cook up some of the organic collard greens grown in his Roots In The City urban gardens, Chef didn’t hesitate. In fact, he jumped at the chance."

Inner-City Garden Plants New Hope in Miami Neighborhood  3/11/2010 VOA News: "As a university professor in Miami, Florida, Marvin Dunn launched an inner-city garden to give his students an outlet for volunteer activity. Now his vision has grown into a year-round urban farm that produces scores of vegetables and fruits. VOA's Brian Wagner has more in our latest edition of Making a Difference."

Inner-City Garden Plants New Hope in Miami Neighborhood  3/9/2010 VOA: "As a university professor in Miami, Florida, Marvin Dunn launched an inner-city garden to give his students an outlet for volunteer activity. Now his vision has grown into a year-round urban farm that produces scores of vegetables and fruits. Marvin Dunn grew up in Overtown, a historical black neighborhood in Miami. He knows it once saw brighter days. "Overtown was a popular, healthy, wonderful place to live," said Marvin Dunn. "There was no unemployment here. And then over the years the community declined."

CONFRONTING CUBA'S FUTURE HEALING RACIAL RIFTS IS KEY, BLACK PANELIST SAYS  11/3/1998 Miami Herald: "Moore, along with author Enrique Patterson, Alberto Jones, executive director of the Caribbean-American Children Foundation, Florida International University psychology professor Marvin Dunn, and Winston Hale, head of the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Miami, told the audience of 125 that the future of Cuba and the Cuban-American community depends on confronting Cuban racial schisms that have been subordinated and denied for generations."


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2011 Laudare Medal Recipient, Barry University

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Rosewood on AfroCubaWeb

African Americans & Cuba

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