Governor Rick Scott has announced his three nominees for Florida’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame. All three nominations have made significant contributions to minorities in the state.
The nominees are Marvin Davies, Reverend Willie Oliver Wells Sr., and John Dorsey Due Jr.
Davies participated in protests in Tallahassee and St. Augustine while attending Florida A&M University, but is well known for his work on the frontlines as executive director for the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, acting as its spokesman.
Reverend Willie Oliver Wells Sr. is recognized for his work on Brevard County’s chapter of the NAACP, spearheading the Civil Rights Movement in the area.
And attorney John Dorsey Due Jr. helped pioneer the tactic of moving civil rights cases to federal courts, helping clients avoid being subjected to Southern state courts.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place June 7th in Tallahassee. The men were part of a list of 10 forwarded to Governor Rick Scott by the Florida Commission of Human Relations.