Two FAMU Professors To Be Featured On C-SPAN's BOOK TV This Weekend

By: City of Tallahassee; FAMU Email
By: City of Tallahassee; FAMU Email

News Release: FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) professors will be featured in the C-SPAN special “Tallahassee Weekend” this weekend.

FAMU Professor David Jackson, Ph.D. and Professor Christopher Daniels, Ph.D. were two of six local authors selected to represent Tallahassee during C-SPAN’s 2014 Cities Tour. The “Tallahassee Weekend” special highlights various local personalities and landmarks encountered during the Cities Tour and explores the literary life and history of Tallahassee.

Jackson and Daniels will be featured on the BOOK TV portion of the program, which airs on March 15 at 12 p.m. eastern standard time on C-SPAN2 (Comcast Channel 104).

Jackson will discuss his 2008 book, “Booker T. Washington and the Struggle Against White Supremacy: The Southern Educational Tours: 1908 – 1912,” which focuses on Booker T. Washington’s speeches, contributions and experiences in nine southern states, including Florida.

Washington spoke at FAMU during his tour in Florida and the podium on which Washington gave his speech resides at FAMU’s Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum, where Jackson’s interview for the segment was conducted. The podium will be a part of the segment’s backdrop.

Daniels, whose portion of the segment takes place in FAMU’s Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library, will discuss his 2012 book, “Somali Piracy and Terrorism in the Horn of Africa.”

“Somali Piracy” features Daniels’ research about the piracy and terrorism plaguing the waters of Somalia and the global threat posed by this activity.

Both professors are products of FAMU. Jackson, a history professor, received his bachelor’s degree in history education and master’s degree in public administration from FAMU. Daniels, an assistant political science professor, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from FAMU.

The interviews will be reaired and available online at

For more information, on the full “Tallahassee Weekend” line-up, visit:

News Release: City of Tallahassee

This weekend is C-SPAN’s special Tallahassee weekend, featuring programming that highlights the city’s history and literary life. As part of C-SPAN’s 2014 Cities Tour, the C-SPAN production team spent a week in Tallahassee last month visiting various sites to interview local historians, authors and civic leaders.

Tomorrow morning, Tallahassee weekend kicks off with an interview with Mayor John Marks during C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program. The program airs from 7 to 10 a.m. on Comcast channel 18. The interview with the Mayor is anticipated to air toward the end of the first hour. It will also be viewable online at

C-SPAN will have a special Tallahassee web page that will go live tomorrow, March 14, at, giving viewers an opportunity to watch the segments before they air this weekend. In addition, all video segments will be available indefinitely on the C-SPAN Video Library site at after they air.

Book TV visits Tallahassee, Florida will air Saturday, March 15, at noon on C-SPAN2 (Comcast channel 104). American History TV visits Tallahassee, Florida will air Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. on C-SPAN3 (Comcast channel 105).

Book TV programming will feature:

  • Florida’s Early Constitutions

    • Learn about Florida’s early constitutions from Jon Grandage, Archives Historian for the State Library & Archives of Florida.

  • Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America

    • Hear co-authors David Ikard and Martell Teasley discuss their book “Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barak Obama’s Post-Racial America.” In it, they analyze the expectations of African Americans after the first African American president was elected and the reality of the first African American president holding this office.

  • Booker T. Washington and the Struggle Against White Supremacy: The Southern Educational Tours: 1908 – 1912

    • Learn about Booker T. Washington’s southern speaking tours from David Jackson, author of “Booker T. Washington and the Struggle Against White Supremacy.” In it, Jackson analyzes the southern tours that Washington and his associates undertook from 1908 – 1912.

  • Somali Piracy and Terrorism in the Horn of Africa

    • Author Christopher Daniels discusses his book, “Somali Piracy and Terrorism in the Horn of Africa,” and explains how these activities pose a global threat.

  • Claude Pepper Collections

    • Tour the Claude Pepper Collection at Florida State University with Robert Rubero, Library Operations Supervisor, to learn about the personal and political life of the Florida politician.

  • Napoleon and the French Revolution - Rare Books and Manuscripts

    • Tour the Special Collections and Archives at Florida State University with Katie McCormick, Associate Dean of Special Collections. Housing almost 20,000 rare books, manuscripts and other artifacts relating to Napoleon and the Napoleonic Era, McCormick showcases a few of their hidden gems.

American History TV programming will feature:

  • Visit Mission San Luis

    • From 1656 to 1704, San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious and administrative capital. Today, Mission San Luis is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida.

  • Revisit Tallahassee during the 2000 Presidential Election Recount

    • Hear from Brent Kallestad, an AP correspondent in Tallahassee at the time, and Craig Waters, the Florida Supreme Court’s spokesperson, as they talk about their experiences and perspectives on events in Tallahassee during the months after Election Day in 2000.

  • Travel to the home of John Gilmore Riley

    • John Gilmore Riley was one of Tallahassee’s most prominent African American residents and one of the first African American landowners. The Riley historic home was constructed in 1890 and represents the thriving black neighborhood - known as Smokey Hollow - that once existed in what is just east of downtown Tallahassee.

  • Learn about the Southeast Archaeological Center

    • This collections management center for the National Park Service serves several national park sites in the southeastern United States. Take a look at some of the collections housed here.

  • Tour the Florida Historic Capitol Museum

    • Originally built in 1839 and now restored to its 1902 appearance, viewers will hear about changes that the building went through over the years and some of the people that once served within its walls.

  • Explore the State Archives of Florida

    • Archives Historian Jon Grandage will show viewers some of the State Archives’ most treasured items, taking them on a history tour from the 16th to the mid 20th century.

For more information, visit the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and the C-SPAN Cities Tour Twitter page.

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