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Author: Kitty Oliver

Kitty Oliver

kittyNoted Greater Fort Lauderdale-based Race Relations Oral Historian, Recording Artist, and Inspirational Speaker *A CVB Multicultural Tourism Resource*

● Veteran South Florida journalist, author, and university professor with a Ph.D. focusing on race and ethnic communication. Featured on CNN.
● Producer and host of public television documentaries used widely by schools and libraries including, most recently, the 10-part series “Crossing Cultures/Changing Lives.”
● Founder of the cross-cultural Race and Change Oral Histories Archive in Special Collections at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center and The Race and Change Initiative which includes an iTunes web radio channel featuring programs by a diversity of Black, White, Hispanic and Caribbean high school and college students sharing their race relations experiences.
● Featured in the new Ron Howard film about The Beatles, “Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years” The movie has grossed over 11.9 million in theaters worldwide. Her small but pivotal part in the movie placed The Beatles in the context of the Civil Rights movement and her remarks have been cited in many reviews, interviews and essays for the U.S. and UK press including Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Newsday, LA Daily News, The Village Voice, A Variety, American Songwriter, International Business Times UK and more.

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Broward Park an African American First

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 5:15 PM by Kitty Oliver

Broward County is now home to the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, the first in Florida named for African Americans. Both of them were civil rights activists who made history there.

John U. Lloyd State Park, a popular recreational site in Dania Beach nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, was officially renamed July 1 by the State Legislature to honor Fort Lauderdale residents Dr. Mizell, a physician, and Johnson, a business owner. They each served as head of the local NAACP as the country moved through

Althea Gibson stepped into the international spotlight as the first African American athlete to cross the color line in tennis, winning a Grand Slam singles in 1956. But, she honed her competitive skills for many years before that as a young player with the American Tennis Association.

In the documentary film “Althea,” screened in Greater Fort Lauderdale in August as a special event honoring the 100th anniversary of the ATA, founded in 1916, the stories are intertwined. The film chronicles the making of this pioneer and the impact of the