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Black History Month: Dr. Larry Rivers

Dr. Larry E. Rivers is presently Distinguished Professor of History at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee.

Prior to becoming Distinguished Professor of History at FAMU, Rivers served as Professor of History from 2013 to 2017 at Valdosta State University (VSU) in Valdosta, Georgia as well as the eighth President of The Fort Valley State University (FVSU) from 2006 to 2013. 

Dr. Rivers’s education and experiences had well prepared him for his various teaching and administrative positions. Having received a Bachelor of Science degree from FVSU, he went on to earn a Master’s degree at Villanova University, and two earned doctorate degrees, one in History and Curriculum development from Carnegie Mellon University, and the other in African and African American Cultural Studies from the University of London.  Rivers served in both administrative and teaching capacities at Florida A&M University for over twenty-nine (29) years before assuming the presidency at FVSU.

Dr. Rivers in the meantime had emerged as a respected author, historian, and scholar.  His book Slavery in Florida captured three national awards, and he subsequently co-authored or co-edited several other important works.  His 2012 book, Rebels and Runaways, was published by the University of Illinois Press , and won several book awards as well. His most recent co-authored book, Mary Bryan: Her Early Life and Works, was published in 2015 by the University Press of Florida. His teaching, research, writing, and community service have earned Dr. Rivers acclaim and recognition for excellence.   Georgia Trend magazine named him in January 2008 among the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

Dr. Rivers is married to the former Betty Jean Hubbard of Dry Branch, Georgia.  They have two sons, Larry Omar, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of West Georgia, and Linje Eugene, an Attorney with the Law Firm of Knowles and Randolph in Tallahassee, Florida.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:00am to 1:00pm

Holley Academic Center, Lecture Hall

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Lecture, Diversity and Inclusion, Speakers & Lectures, Holidays and Observances


Administration, Provost/Academic Affairs, Panama City, Florida Campus


Black History Month



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