Struggle In The Sunshine City: The Movement For Racial Equality In St. Petersburg Florida 1955-1968

Peyton L. Jones

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, Department of Florida Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg


Recent decades have seen a shift in the focus of civil rights historiography. Building upon the exhaustive studies of national figures and events, and in search of new perspectives, many historians have concentrated on local movements often ignored or forgotten. Other than the work of a few local scholars, the civil rights movement as it occurred in St. Petersburg, Florida, has received little attention. Furthermore, the limited scholarship lacks the cohesion necessary to compare and contrast the movement with similar events throughout the state and across the nation. The story of St. Petersburg's active and significant struggle for social equality, placed within its proper context, adds another piece to a larger picture and continues to reveal the complex nature of the American Civil Rights Movement.