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This oral historian is using social media to share Broward's Black history

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Emmanuel George

Emmanuel George is trying to wrap his arms around all of Broward County’s Black history.

As you can imagine, it’s an ambitious goal. The entryway to Emmanuel’s work and passion is his Instagram page, Black Broward. It’s an account dedicated to Broward County’s Black history.

That's where he shares the county’s Black history through old photos, newspaper clippings and archival video. It’s a peek into all the different kinds of work he’s doing to highlight Broward’s Black history.

George is an oral historian who collected the stories of Black elders dating back to before South Florida’s tumultuous integration.

He’s also a filmmaker who has shot several documentaries about important moments and places in Broward’s Black history.

As an archivist, he digitizes historical documents and vintage photos that are publicly available online through the Broward County Library System. He’s a community historian at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Emmanuel finds ways to celebrate Black art too. From starting a Black Art Week to highlighting Broward’s connections to artists like James Brown and Esther Rolle from Good Times.

On the Nov. 8 episode of Sundial, we talk about his interests in Broward’s Black history, which is just as varied as his Instagram account.

On Sundial’s previous episode, we went back to one of our favorite conversations. Syndicated humor writer Dave Barry joined us to talk about his newest book, Swamp Story, which features the oddities of swamp culture and TikTok. They also discuss his life growing up and how his family, especially his mother, influenced his unique sense of humor. Barry will be at this year’s Miami Book Fair for two events on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Listen to Sundial Monday through Thursday on WLRN, 91.3 FM, live at 1 p.m., rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Missed a show? Find every episode of Sundial on your favorite podcast app, such as Apple PodcastsStitcher and Spotify.

Carlos Frías is a bilingual writer, a journalist of more than 25 years and the author of an award-winning memoir published by Simon & Schuster.
Leslie Ovalle Atkinson is the former lead producer behind Sundial. As a multimedia producer, she also worked on visual and digital storytelling.
Elisa Baena is a former associate producer for Sundial.