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Author of Award-Winning Books Rodney Hurst

Image of the author Rodney Hurst appearing at the 2020 Jax Book Fest

Rodney Hurst is a civil rights activist, a Black historian, and the author of two award-winning books It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke! and Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told! He is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and writes with clarity and a historical eye. Both of Rodney’s books detail the times, the mood, and the people of Northeast Florida. He also chronicles the rich legacy of Jacksonville’s Black history. Rodney has dedicated his life to fighting injustices and documenting what it has meant, and continues to mean, to be living Black in the United States. 

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