Sometimes Farmgirls Become Revolutionaries: Florence Tate on Black Power, Black Politics and the FBI
Black Classic Press
June 22, 2021
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About the Author
Florence Tate, was former communications director/press secretary to both Marion Barry and Jesse Jackson, and was under FBI investigation for over two decades -- considered a radical black activist deserving of her own "FBI file" due to her close personal relationship to Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) and work with SNCC during the early 60s. As the FBI followed Carmichael's rise to power during his transition from head of SNCC to Black Power Movement leader, Hoover was to personally target Tate and her with work with DARE (Dayton Alliance for Racial Equality), which she helped to found, and Dayton's Afro American Cultural Center, which she started.
Award-winning writer Jake-ann Jones has penned scripts for stage and screen. Her work has been published and written about in Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy: Theater from the Hip Hop Generation (Theatre Communications Group, 2009), Women Who Write Plays (Smith & Krauss, 2001), The Portable Lower East Side, and Eyeball Literary Magazine. In 2011 and 2012 she was a contributing editor for Hope for Women Magazine. Jones currently resides in Largo, Florida. Longer bio: Jake-ann Jones is an award-winning writer who has garnered acclaim for her work in the theatre as a playwright, including scripting Portrait of the Artist as a Soul Man Dead, which premiered at St. Paul's Penumbra Theater. Her play, Death of a Ho: A Fairy, Scarey, Whorey Tale was published by Theater Communications Group (TCG) in their anthology, PLAYS FROM THE BOOM BOX GALAXY. She is featured in the book Women who Write Plays: Interviews with American Dramatists (Smith and Kraus, 2001). She co-wrote Urban World/HBO Film Festival's Grand Prize-winning screenplay SPOOK CITY and was the co-writer and co-producer of the webseries MONDO BLACK produced by BlackPublic Media. Her prose has appeared in The Portable Lower East Side, Eyeball Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and she is a contributing writer in the upcoming limited-edition coffee table collection of Sun Ra-inspired photographs by heralded photographer Gerald Jenkins, It's After the End of the World (ArtYard). Jones received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and has taught at the City University of New York, the College of New Rochelle, and The Writer's Voice at the West Side YMCA. She currently writes for The Weekly Challenger newspaper in St. Petersburg, FL, and works extensively with nonprofits helping them to build their brand through her marketing company PeoplePower Communications, LLC.