Community Thread

Community Thread: The First Coast Since MLK

How far have we come toward racial equality since the civil rights era? What does it mean to be black today? How can we have a black President while events like Ferguson continue to occur? As PBS presents a nationwide exploration of these questions in “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise”, WJCT will host a televised forum with a panel of experts to discuss our progress with racial equality on the First Coast.  The discussion will be co-hosted by Melissa Ross, Host of First Coast Connect, and by Darryl Willie, Executive Director of Teach for America.  

  • Recording: October 25th at 7 WJCT Studios 100 Festival Park Ave 
  • Airing: November 10th at 8pm on WJCT TV & 89.9 WJCT FM 

  WJCT’s “Community Thread” invites the community to join in one big conversation about the topics affecting us most. “Community Thread” is a TV show and radio stories that respond directly to audience-submitted questions.  Each quarter, the public is invited to submit questions on a new topic by email to or on Twitter using the hashtag #WJCTThread. Members of the public are also invited to attend the “Community Thread” TV show taping and ask questions directly to a panel of experts. Our news team will also sift through the questions and provide answers to many of them in radio stories, to keep the conversation going.  Confirmed Panelists:

  • Paula Wright - Duval County School Board Member
  • Nyah Vanterpool - Program Coordinator for OneJax
  • JeffriAnne Wilder - UNF Racial Equality Professor
  • Alton Yates - Civil Rights Activist/Local Historian

 What are your thoughts or questions about the First Coast since MLK? Be part of our studio audience and share your voice!

  • All guests must arrive at 6:30 and must be seated by 6:45 or they will not be allowed into the studio.
  • Tickets are free, but space is limited.
Community Thread / WJCT News

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new implant to treat opioid addiction.

The medication blocks brain receptors that drive powerful addiction to pain pills.

But not everyone in Jacksonville is praising the decision. Some in law enforcement and healthcare see medication-assisted treatment as just substituting one addiction for another.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

WJCT’s Community Thread project invites listeners to submit questions about topics that affect all of us. It started with a TV show on public schools in November. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.

This one comes from Vickie Robinson. She wants to know: How successful is Duval County’s pilot program for single-gender learning at Butler Middle School? And does the district plan to expand single-gender learning to high schools?

Community Thread


WJCT’s "Community Thread" invites listeners to submit questions on topics that affects all of us. The project started with a TV show on public schools last month. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.



For this episode of Community Thread, we are joined by Nikolai Vitti, Duval Schools Superintendent; Terrie Brady, Duval Teachers United President; Tim Sloan, a parent who has a daughter in sixth grade at Landon Middle and a son in second grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary; and Cheryl Grymes, the Duval School Board Chair.