Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs is an award-winning author, historian, educator, and social justice commentator.
Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a graduate of Florida A&M University (B.A., History) and Florida State University, where she earned her doctoral degree in United States History, and Historical Administration and Public History. She has taught courses in American, African American, oral history, and public history at Florida A&M University, Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and John Tyler Community College, in Chester, Virginia.
In addition to her teaching experience, she has served as a researcher, writer, consultant, and director for a number of public and oral history projects in Florida and Virginia, including the African American Trailblazers in Virginia History Program, a statewide educational program focused on celebrating African American History. Her professional experience includes serving as Director of Projects and Program for the John G. Riley Museum and Center of African American History and Culture, located in Tallahassee, Florida.
After relocating to Virginia, between 2006 and 2007, Hobbs worked as the historian and coordinator of the Valentine Richmond History Center’s Richmond History Gallery Project. From 2007 to 2011, Hobbs worked as Program and Education Manager for the Library of Virginia, where she coordinated the African American Trailblazers in Virginia History Program, a statewide educational program focused on celebrating African American History. In 2011, she authored a children’s book about the Library of Virginia entitled To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia.
Hobbs joined the faculty of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida, in August of 2011, and currently serves at Interim Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and as University Historian. Her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida was published in August 2015 by the University Press of Florida.
“Hobbs unearths four lynchings that are critical to the understanding of the origins of civil rights in Florida. The oral histories from the victims’ families and those in the communities make this a valuable contribution to African American, Florida, and civil rights history.”
-Derrick E. White, Author of The Challenge of Blackness
“A compelling reminder of just how troubling and violent the Sunshine State’s racial past has been. A must read.”
- Irvin D.S. Winsboro, Editor of Old South, New South, or Down South?
“A substantial and lively contribution to Reconstruction-era literature. This first-hand discussion of black response to Klan violence, and retaliation in particular, is novel and perceptive.”
- Michael Fitzgerald, Author of Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile