Civil Rights Movement

UWF Historic Trust

Reverend H. K. Matthews, who recently turned 90 years old, was a trailblazer of the civil rights movement in the Pensacola area. In observance of Black History Month, WUWF looks back at his lifelong fight for social justice, which is ongoing.

He was born Hawthorne Konrad Matthews on February 7, 1928 in Snow Hill, Alabama, which is part of the state’s agricultural Black Belt region. He believes the seeds of his political activism were rooted within him at an early age, having experienced racism as a child raised by his grandmother.

Christopher Satterwhite

There was music, sunshine, diversity and laughter Monday in downtown Pensacola as the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade got under way. 

The Grand Marshal of this year's parade was David Alexander, III, Chief of the Pensacola Police Department.

"It represents the celebration of the legacy of a great man, a great leader, who not only had a dream for himself, but for his family and every human being on earth," said Alexander.

Dr. MLK Jr Celebration Committee of Okaloosa County

The legacy of slain Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being celebrated with a host of events across the region leading up to the annual MLK Day parades on Monday.

For the Fort Walton Beach area, 2016 marks their 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

“The theme for this year is “My Life Matters,” said Steve Chatman, co-chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee in Okaloosa.

UWF Women's Studies Collective

The University of West Florida’s 14th Annual Women’s Studies Conference gets underway Monday, March 16 at the UWF Conference Center. Internationally-known activist Angela Davis will be the keynote speaker.

A guest of the UWF Women’s Studies Program, Angela Davis will visit Pensacola for two days, speaking first at Monday’s conference and Pensacola State College on March 17. Her talks will address issues of feminism, justice, and mass incarceration in her two Pensacola speeches. Both talks are open to the public, but registration is required for the talk at UWF.

The University of West Florida is highlighting Black History with “The Shifting Ground” Film Series focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. Over the next few weeks, there will two documentary film presentations, as well as a program featuring celebrated civil rights leader Rev. H.K. Matthews.

Today's Youth "Have A Dream" At FWB MLK Rally

Jan 21, 2015

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was commemorated across the region this week, with events ranging from prayer services to parades and rallies. At an event in Fort Walton Beach, the focus was on teaching the youth of today about the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The spirit of community service and togetherness was alive and well as people of all ages gathered at Ft. Walton Beach High School to honor Dr. King.

UWF//City of Pensacola

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday will be commemorated Monday with the annual MLK Parade in downtown Pensacola. It’s set for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

Leading the way as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Mamie Webb Hixon, Asst. Professor of English and writing lab director for the University of West Florida. Also, Hixon will be the keynote speaker at a program afterward.