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Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award - 1998
Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Award - 1998
Ought to be required reading for anybody with a stake in Miami-Dade County's future. . . . His scope is so broad and his research so thorough that the book speaks to the entire community. . . . Mr. Dunn's approach is to let the facts speak for themselves. He is scrupulous about presenting all sides of an issue - and generous with praise. . . . Most significantly, Mr. Dunn makes it clear that the future of blacks in Miami will in large part determine the future of the city itself.
Marvin Dunn's book Black Miami in the Twentieth Century is must reading for anyone interested in the rich history of African Americans in South Florida. . . . In easy prose, Dunn chronicles the first 100 years of Miami's history, detailing the horrors, drudgery, courage and triumphs of the city's huge black population.
--St. Petersburg Times
From the black pirates of Biscayne Bay to the election of U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, the history of African Americans in South Florida - like that of blacks everywhere - has been punctuated by triumph, horror, drudgery, and courage. Now in his new book, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century . . . Marvin Dunn gives us the first comprehensive look at what the path has been like for the individuals, businesses, churches, civic groups and fraternal societies that cast their lot with this young community and how, even in the worst of times, they have held on.
Dunn has produced a model of local history by using all the unique events, personages, and economic trends to illustrate developments taking place in the large national context.
Black Miami in the Twentieth Century by Marvin Dunn is one of the most important historical books ever written about Miami. . . . Readers black and white must own this masterpiece, particularly those who are considered leaders.
An important contribution to the historical literature on Miami-Dade County.
--Florida Historical Quarterly
The first comprehensive account of the twentieth-century experience of African Americans in Miami and metropolitan Dade County. . . . An informative profile of the black experience.
--Journal of Southern History
A lucid, balanced history of Miami's diverse, black population.
Dunn illuminates the peculiarities of Miami’s civil rights activism.
--Journal of African American History