Channel 9′s ‘Ocoee Massacre’ documentary wins Gracie Award
ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9′s “Ocoee Massacre” documentary won a Gracie Award on June 9, The Alliance For Women In Media Foundation said. The film, which debuted in November, won the award for local television documentary. Read: Election Day 1920The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. The documentary tells the under-told story of the nation’s deadliest Election Day massacre. You can catch the full documentary by clicking here or scrolling below:Click here to read more about the massacre.wftv.com
Florida providing scholarship funding for Ocoee Massacre victims, Black city residents
OCOEE, Fla. — It’s official: The state of Florida will provide scholarship funding for descendants of the Ocoee Massacre victims and Black residents who live in the city. Ron DeSantis signed the budget this week and left the funding in, which means the scholarship applications will be available this year. READ: Florida to offer scholarships to Ocoee Massacre descendantsThe scholarship will award up to $6,100 each year to up to 50 qualified applicants who are descendants of Ocoee Massacre victims and Black residents of the city looking to attend college. The amounts of each scholarship will be given out based on need totaling up to $305,000. READ: Task force submits plans to include Ocoee Massacre in school curriculumsThe program mirrors what was done in 1994 for descendants of the Rosewood, Florida Massacre victims.wftv.com
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in quarantine after exposure to COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is self-quarantining after being exposed to someone who recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Dyer was unable to attend Monday’s COVID-19 news briefing along with other Orange County leaders, including Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, because he is in self-quarantine. [TRENDING: Eta drenches Florida | 2 killed in Orange County crash | Biden names COVID-19 task force]The Orange County mayor said with Dyer in quarantine, it is an important reminder that the virus “is still alive and well here within this community." “I am feeling well at the moment and continue to exhibit no symptoms,” Dyer said. Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz also announced over the weekend he tested positive for COVID-19.
Memorial honors victims of Ocoee Massacre
OCOEE, Fla. – It’s been 100 years since the Ocoee Massacre. City and county leaders organized a memorial ceremony to recognize the victims and descendants of the killings which drove the black community out of Ocoee. A mob of white men lynched Perry, set fire to homes in the black community, and forced families out of the city. A hundred years after the deadliest Election Day community members and faith leaders gathered in remembrance of victims and descendants of the massacre. Kenneth Thompson is a descendant of victims killed during the massacre and was in attendance for the ceremony.
100 years after Ocoee Massacre city leaders apologize, honor victims
OCOEE, Fla. – Ocoee city leaders signed an apology letter Wednesday more than 100 years after Black people were killed in the Ocoee Massacre fighting for their right to vote. Many of the stories of the Ocoee Massacre went untold for a century. The great grand-niece of July Perry, one of the men killed during the Ocoee Massacre, said she appreciates the apology but believes there’s still way more to be done. “I am asking for a change.”McWhite went on to say those changes could include more acknowledgement and respect for what happened in Ocoee. Read more about the events hosted by the city of Ocoee to pay tribute to the Black people killed in the Ocoee Massacre here.
Ocoee Massacre: City marks 100 years since deadly Election Day
The Ocoee Massacre, the day when dozens of African-Americans were killed by a white mob after Moses Norman tried to legally cast his ballot in the city. On Monday, Orlando and Orange County leaders met with descendants of the victims killed in the tragedy at a new exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. “To know that a loved one was lynched, for no reason -- senseless -- that is not something that you talk about day to day,” McWhite said. On Wednesday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared Nov. 2 as “The Descendants of the Ocoee Massacre: Honoring their Ancestors Day” in Orange County. Ron DeSantis also issued a proclamation designating Nov. 2, 2020 as 1920 Ocoee Election Day Massacre Remembrance Day in Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fails to acknowledge ACLU's request to declare a day of remembrance for the Ocoee Massacre
Florida's chapter of the ACLU and the Orange County NAACP sent a formal request to Gov. Ron DeSantis back on Oct. 23 requesting that he declare today – Monday, Nov. 2 – a day of remembrance for the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Massacre. And, as of the time of writing on Monday, that entreaty has been met with silence from the governor.Today is the centennial of the Ocoee Massacre, the largest and most horrific outbreak of Election Day violence in the United States. We've proclaimed a week of remembrance for the victims of the Ocoee Massacre because it's important for us all to learn about this horrific part of our region's history. "Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and city commissioners attended the "Descendants of the Ocoee Massacre: Honoring Their Ancestors" remembrance outside the Orange County Regional History Center to recognize the victims of the Ocoee Massacre on Monday morning.orlandoweekly.com
New Orange County History Center exhibit showcases Ocoee Massacre 100 years after violence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – In addition to Election Day, Florida is just days away from marking 100 years since an important yet dark moment in Central Florida’s history: The Ocoee Massacre. A new exhibit, entitled “Yesterday this was Home” at the Orange County Regional History Center showcases the events that surround the Ocoee Massacre. “The Ocoee Massacre is a really dynamic event to talk about,” she said. “One of the hardest things about the Ocoee Massacre is how many versions of the story exist. The exhibit comes after a strong push throughout the state to raise awareness on the Ocoee Massacre, including mandating the events be taught in Florida schools.
Ocoee community celebrates bill signing of July Perry Memorial Highway
OCOEE, Fla. The road between Winters Landing Drive and Clarke Road along State Road 438 will now be known as Julius July Perry Memorial Highway. Ron DeSantis signed SB-78 approving the honorary road designation that pays homage to one of the Ocoee Massacres notable victims. The event happened nearly 100 years ago when 50 Black men were shot and killed as they tried to exercise their right to vote. Mose Norman was among one of the Black men trying to get to the polls and was determined not to return home without his vote being counted. Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) proposed the bill to help spread the story of the Ocoee Massacre and to acknowledge the history that is woven into the towns fabric.
We will vote, by God!' How the Ocoee Massacre sparked local legislation nearly 100 years later
In just a few months, Flordia will mark 100 years since 50 Black men were shot and killed in Ocoee as they sought to exercise their right to vote, a tragic piece of history known as the Ocoee Massacre. One-by-one would-be Black voters were turned away either by threats of violence or by poll workers who found their names mysteriously absent from the voter registration rolls, ZEP reported. Pollsters instructed them to get documentation from notary public R. C. Biegelow to verify that they were indeed registered to vote. A man named Mose Norman was determined not to return home without his vote being counted, so he sought counsel from a local judge after being turned away from his Ocoee precinct. Perry was captured by the KKK, and according to the History Center, and was lynched.
Winter Park's Crealde School of Art showcases Africana from the U.S., Africa and Haiti
Sure, sure, were all excited about flapper dresses and boots making a comeback as we move into the 20s, but there are some things about the 1920s OK, a lot of things about the 1920s that we would prefer to never see again. The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, for instance, is an event that should be remembered but never repeated. A white mob killed dozens of black residents in Ocoee and burned down almost all black businesses and homes. This week, Winter Parks Creald School of Art debuts a new exhibit in conjunction with other Orange County arts groups to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre.compares 20th-century art from Africa, Haiti and the United States, showing common themes and ideas that pervade work throughout the African diaspora. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com