Davis Houck

FSU, Mississippi School District celebrate winners of Emmett Till Archives contest

Three students from Mississippi’s West Tallahatchie School District have earned top honors in the inaugural Emmett Till Archives Award contest. The contest is a component of the Emmett Till Archival Project, a partnership of the Florida State University School of Communication, FSU Libraries and the West Tallahatchie School District in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The partnership […]

FSU expert available to discuss new evidence in the lynching of Emmett Till

Davis Houck, the Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the Florida State University College of Communication and Information and one of the nation’s leading experts on the lynching of Emmett Till, is available to discuss the new evidence uncovered in the case. The new evidence is a warrant issued 67 years ago for […]

Fannie Lou Hamer documentary inspired by FSU professor’s research to make national premiere on PBS

 A documentary telling the story of Fannie Lou Hamer will make its national debut on PBS thanks to the contributions of a Florida State University professor, alumni and students. “Fannie Lou Hamer’s America” will launch the landmark 10th season of America ReFramed with a special presentation on PBS at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. […]

FSU presents inaugural Emmett Till Archives Lecture

Two of the nation’s foremost experts on the legacy of Emmett Till will be the featured speakers at Florida State University’s inaugural Emmett Till Archives Lecture Thursday. Filmmaker and producer Keith Beauchamp and writer Devery Anderson will discuss their work on the history of the Emmett Till case and their most recent projects with Davis […]

FSU Libraries, School of Communication form partnership with West Tallahatchie School District

Florida State University Libraries and the School of Communication have formed a partnership with the West Tallahatchie School District in Tallahatchie County Mississippi. The partnership involves teaching the history of the Emmett Till case using primary source documents from the digitized Till Archives in FSU’s Special Collections. Students attending West Tallahatchie High School (WTHS) will […]

FSU experts available for context on Black History Month

Black History Month is an observance to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans and a time to examine how race continues to influence the country today. The predecessor to the event began in the 1920s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month on the federal level. The United States now has a Black […]

FSU team earns Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns prize for Fannie Lou Hamer film

A new national fellowship will help a Florida State University alumna tell the story of Fannie Lou Hamer via documentary, an important addition to the growing body of work at Florida State aimed at shedding light on the civil rights activist. Joy Elaine Davenport, a two-time graduate of the School of Communication, is one of […]

FSU graduate student wins trio of Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists college awards

A Florida State University student won big at the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists’ 2019 Excellence in Broadcast News College Contest. Alexandra Wendling, a graduate student in the College of Communication and Information, won first place in three categories of the contest. The winners were announced Saturday, May 9, during a virtual ceremony due to […]

FSU professor establishes new Emmett Till Lecture and Archives Fund

The work to remember Emmett Till will continue at Florida State University thanks to new funding established by one of the nation’s leading experts on the 1955 murder that helped launch the civil rights movement. Davis Houck, Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the School of Communication at FSU, has recently established a […]

FSU Libraries to host esteemed Emmett Till scholar

It’s been 64 years since 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi after allegedly offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store, but University of Kansas Professor Dave Tell has worked diligently to preserve Till’s story and legacy. Florida State University Libraries will host Tell for an evening of conversation and learning surrounding his […]

FSU professor’s research spurs educational curriculum

A Florida State University professor’s research has inspired a new K-12 school curriculum about 1960s Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.  Davis Houck, FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the College of Communication and Information, helped develop the educational program about Hamer’s life with assistance from Mississippi schoolteachers, historians and Maegan Parker Brooks, assistant professor at Willamette University in Salem, […]

Inside the story of Emmett Till: FSU professor launches app with digital perspective of civil rights icon

A Florida State University professor’s five-year research project has opened a new window of understanding about the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 that became a catalyst of the civil rights movement. Davis Houck, FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the College of Communication and Information, and his colleagues have […]