In Conversation: The Miami Times: Black Justice & Equality

Yanela McLeod‘s The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948-1958 highlights the 1949 lawsuit challenging segregation on the city’s public golf course brought by The Miami […]


In Conversation: The Miami Times: Black Justice & Equality

Authors:Nadege Green, Yanela Gordon McLeod


Yanela McLeod‘s The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948-1958 highlights the 1949 lawsuit challenging segregation on the city’s public golf course brought by The Miami Times, the number one Black-owned newspaper in the country. It is but one example of the paper’s commitment to desegregation, and part of the historical narrative of the civil rights movement in Florida. She’s joined by longtime Miami-Dade journalist Nadege Green, now director of community research and storytelling at the Community Justice Project.

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Nadege Green

Nadege Green is a Miami-based writer and researcher. She worked as a journalist in Miami for just over 10 years investigating how local government policies and actions— both historical and contemporary— impact everyday people. Her work centers around using analysis, data and narratives from the directly impacted to address housing inequities, climate justice, and other pressing issues in Miami-Dade County that disproportionately impact Black and brown communities. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker in academic and community settings around disparities in Miami-Dade, local history and race.

Yanela Gordon McLeod

Yanela Gordon McLeod is adjunct professor of history and director of Communications and Alumni Affairs for the College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities at Florida A&M University. In The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948-1958 (Lexington Books) author Yanela Gordon McLeod places the newspaper into the historical narrative of the Civil Rights Movement in Florida by highlighting its role in Rice v Arnold. This 1949 lawsuit, filed by black recreational golfers in Miami, opposed segregation on the city’s public golf course. The Miami Times was founded in 1923 by Bahamian-born H.E.S. Reeves who ran the newspaper with his son Garth C. Reeves Sr. Its support of the Rice v Arnold legal challenge is but one example of how, financially and editorially, the paper supported efforts to desegregate Miami schools, beaches, residential communities, public transportation systems and sports complexes. Historian Dorothy Jenkins Fields, founder of the Black Archives, History & Research Foundation of South Florida, praised The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality as An excellent book for students and others interested in American history and the desegregation of the Miami Springs Golf Course case, this-well documented book serves as a timely reminder of a bygone era.”

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