MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Tameka Bradley Hobbs has won another award for her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home, Racial Violence in Florida. This time the award is the 2016 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award; fitting because both Harry Moore and Hobbs are from Suwanee County. He graduated from Florida Memorial College (now University) when it was located in Live Oak, where Hobbs grew up and she’s now a professor at the Miami Gardens based university. In her book, she documented Moore’s anti-lynching activism that had him fighting for justice for Arthur Williams, Cellos Harrison, Willie James Howard, and Jesse James Payne, four black men whose violent deaths by lynching Hobbs researched and wrote about in Democracy Abroad.
Hobbs, interim chair of FMU’s Department of Social Sciences, was also recently named to the board of directors of the Miramar Cultural Trust. In addition to her duties at FMU, Hobbs is a national recognized expert on African-American issues and has been published in several media outlets. She founded the FAMU History Association, the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at Florida A&M University and the Lions for Justice at FMU. She is a member of the Association of African American Museums, American Historical Association, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Association of Black Women Historians, Florida Historical Society and Southern Historical Association.