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Amelia Islander

Martin Luther King Breakfast Features Award-Winning Author

Jan 14, 2013 02:00AM
On August 27, 1960, more than 200 whites with ax handles and baseball bats attacked members of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP in downtown Jacksonville who were sitting in at white lunch counters, protesting racism and segregation. Referred to as Ax Handle Saturday, the award-winning book,  It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke chronicles the racial and political climate of Jacksonville, Florida, in the late 1950s, the events leading up to that infamous day, and the aftermath.

On January 19 at 9 a.m., the Nassau County NAACP will present its annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, featuring speaker Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., author of this extraordinary book, based on his personal account of the sit-in demonstration. It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke won the 2008 National Best Books Award for Multicultural Nonfiction, the 2009 Independent Publishers Award Silver Medal for Southeast Best Regional Nonfiction, the Bronze Medal in the 2008 Florida Book Awards Nonfiction category, the Florida Historical Society 2009 Inaugural Stetson Kennedy Award, the Jacksonville Florida 2009 Historic Preservation Commission Historic Preservation Award, the 2008 Sabrina Book Reviews Best Book Award, and the 2008 Sabrina Book Reviews General Nonfiction Award.

The event will be held in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20 per person. For reservations call (904) 277-1256 or (904) 261-9361.