Mayor Iorio Welcomes Ray Arsenault to her Final ?Mayor's Book Talk? Program - Civil Rights Historian Shares a Story of Courage in his Latest Award Winning Work

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On Mayor Iorio’s final episode of “Mayor’s Book Talk”, she welcomes author Ray Arsenault, the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida. The two discuss his book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. The book, which describes the heroic actions of an integrated group who challenged unjust laws by riding together on segregated buses through the Deep South, will also be featured on a May episode of the nationally syndicated “Oprah” show.

Mayor Iorio also says goodbye to her mayor’s book discussion group, fifth grade readers from Rampello Downtown Partnership School. For their final show, these avid readers talk about Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede. In the book, Princess Cimorene is bored with the royal life. In her quest for excitement, she runs off to live with Kazul, one of the world’s most terrifying dragons, and deals with a bevy of questionable characters. Students can read along by logging onto for this month’s discussion questions.

Carla Jimenez from Inkwood Books shares one last time what Tampa residents are reading.

“Mayor’s Book Talk” can be viewed on City of Tampa Television (CTTV), Channel 15 on Verizon FiOS and Channel 615 on Bright House Networks. The show debuts Friday, March 4th at 8 p.m.Replay times for “Mayor’s Book Talk” are Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Mondays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

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