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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

3/21/2018: March For Our Lives; #realtalk; Old Time Art Show


Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with FSCJ political science professor Daniel Cronrath who will be heading to Washington on Saturday to participate in the March For Our Lives event (01:08).

The latest edition of #RealTalk hosted by WJCT contributor Charles Griggs featured free-lance journalist Christin Jordan, former The Chat TV show host Henny Stewart and UNF Sociology Professor Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder (27:54)

We heard about the Old Town Art Show taking place this weekend in St. Augustine with Show Director Lynn Wettach (46:00). 


March For Our Lives

This Saturday, millions of people are expected to participate in a march demanding more measures to keep people safer, including stronger gun laws.

The March For Our Lives will have the biggest turnout in Washington D.C. But marches and other related events are planned worldwide. It will also be observed locally, with marches in downtown Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Brunswick, Georgia.

Overall, over 800 cities around the world are participating.


March is Women’s History Month, when the contributions of women across the country and the world take center stage.

The latest part of that history is the rise of the #MeToo movement. But what many people don’t know is the movement originated with an African-American woman.

With so many women coming forward, have the concerns of black women been pushed to the side?  

That’s the subject of this month’s #RealTalk with host Charles Griggs and his all-female panel that looked at how sexual harassment can be addressed in the African-American community.

Old Time Art Show

The Old Town Art Show is a juried art and craft show consisting of outstanding artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and around the country.

The jury committee carefully selects only the best work submitted in each category to assure a well-rounded, quality art and craft show.

You'll find everything from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wonderful wood carvings.

It takes place Saturday and Sunday at Francis Field in St. Augustine.

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

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.