11/14/2016: Diallo-Sekou; World Diabetes Day; Cole Pepper

Nov 14, 2016

Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Diallo-Sekou, chairman of The Kemetic Empire, a First Coast human rights organization, about the election of Donald Trump and the protests across the country. It’s World Diabetes Day, and  we were joined in studio by Brooks Biagini, the executive director of the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation along with Melody Van Zant and her 17 year old daughter Aria, who is living with diabetes. 


Days of protests occurred in cities around the country in the wake of Trump’s election, including one over the weekend in Jacksonville. There have also been reports of harassment, racial slurs and more across the country. Can a country so divided and angry come together? Diallo-Sekou spoke about his opposition to Trump being elected and what he plans to do to keep active in organizing the community.

Listen to this interview on Redux:

World Diabetes Day

To mark World Diabetes Day, our guest spoke about the need to understand there is more than one type of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Just to survive, people with T1D must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder usually diagnosed in adulthood and America’s increasing obesity rates are causing a lot more of it. Aria Van Zant has Type 1 diabetes.

 Cole Pepper 

Pepper spoke about another loss by the Jaguars and another poor performance by quarterback Blake Bortles as well as the other sports news of the weekend.

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.