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Festival of Freedom: Rise of the Black Middle Class

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Posted at 4:23 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 04:23:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The rise of the Black Middle Class was the topic of discussion Monday night, taking an important look at Black History as part of the annual Festival of Freedom.

FAMU's Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum partnered with Leon County for the event.

It is the county's first library lecture series for 2019.

The lecture by Dr. Nashid Madyun, focused specifically on the turning point in African American history...when there was a rise in the African American middle class and how that came to be.

"This is the fourth time that we've held this type of lecture. I am really excited with our turn out. We had a fantastic turnout tonight. Every year that we've done it it's grown just a little bit more, and I do hope that people find it valuable and plan to join us next year," said Debra Sears, Library Director.

The lecture is part of the annual "Festival of Freedom" commemorating the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee at the Knott House on Park Avenue on May 20.