Award-Winning Professor, Dr. Eric Smaw To Present African American History Masterclass

Dr. Eric Smaw 

ORLANDO – The African American History Masterclass series presented by Agape Perfecting Praise & Worship Center (APPWC) resumes on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00pm featuring Dr. Eric Smaw.  Dr. Smaw, Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor of Philosophy at Rollins College, will be teaching on African Influence and the Effects of Slavery in American Culture.

This will be the second session in the series which takes place monthly at Agape Perfecting Praise & Worship Center located at 320 S. Ivey Lane in Orlando.  The first session led by Dr. LaVon Bracy, one of three students who forced the integration of Gainesville High School in 1964, was well attended and received.

The African American History Masterclass series in partnership with Faith in Florida, and the vision of Sharon Y. Riley, Pastor of APPWC, is designed to be thought-provoking, inspirational, and invoke pride and excitement about African American History in youth and adults.  “The authentic interpretation of American history is the cornerstone of cultural stability,” said Pastor Riley.

The Masterclass series is FREE and open to the public. Please call 407-293-6264 for additional information, or to find out how you can support this critical need in our community.

About Eric Smaw, Ph.D., President

Dr. Smaw earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law and Human Rights from the University of Kentucky, where he received the University of Kentucky Outstanding Research Award. Afterward, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in International Human Rights at the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a M.A. in History of Philosophy and a second master’s degree in the Philosophy of Science and African Philosophy from the University of Ohio. In the spring of 2023, he was awarded an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece for his humanitarian work.