City of Gainesville Black History Month Event: Public Screening of "Gator Tales"

Public Screening of “Gator Tales”

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in conjunction with Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency will host a free film screening of “Gator Tales,” the award-winning theatrical performance which highlights the experiences of the first generation of African American students at the University of Florida. The screening will be Friday, February 17, 2017 at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. Live performances will begin at 6 p.m. and the film will start at 7p.m.

“Gator Tales” is an original play devised and directed by UF Arts Professor Kevin Marshall in conjunction with the Proctor Program at UF which premiered in 2015. This special film of the live theatre performance brings vividly to life the voices of those African Americans in Gainesville who struggled for civil rights and educational equality for all. Gator Tales was nominated for the 2015 Freedom of Expression Award by Amnesty International at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Special Guests and Performances:

The Flossie B. McLendon Memorial and Reichert House Drill Teams will perform color guard presentations.    

Special guests will perform a dance titled “Young, Gifted and Black,” and will lead the audience in singing the “Negro National Anthem”

Commissioner Goston will provide opening remarks followed by an invocation by Prophet George Young

The character’s stories in Gator Tales are drawn from the oral history archive of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Interviews of Joel Buchanan, Ron Coleman, Bernard Hicks, Thomas Holland Fay, Joseph McCloud, Maime Lee Leath, Evelyn Moore Mickle, Stephan Mickle, Leitha Nichols, David Padgett, Laura Scott Reaves, Samuel Taylor, Gladys Thompson and Albert White are featured in the production.

Free copies of the “Gator Tales” DVD will be available to audience members.

This event will be free and open to the general public. Please bring chairs and seating. Early arrival is encouraged to obtain preferred seating. Free parking will be available near the Bo Diddley Plaza.

For more information please contact, The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, 352-392-7168 or Tamarra Jenkins, tamarraj@ufl.edu or Nigel Hamm with Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, (352) 393-8202 or HammN1@cityofgainesville.org