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1/17/19: Dueling Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfasts; Women's March; Cummer Museum

The Civil Rights Museum in St. Augustine is located in Dr. Hayling's old office
Frank Murry via St. Augustine Government
Dr. Robert Hayling (right) with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) and Rev. Andrew Young (left) during a press conference at the Elks Rest on Washington St. during the 1964 Civil Rights Movement actions in St. Augustine.

City Hall and local civil rights groups are in disagreement over who is hosting Jacksonville's premiere Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, leaving the city torn between the  events.

The Jacksonville branch of the NAACP, the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Jacksonville Urban League are presenting an MLK breakfast that will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center on the Southbank.

The city will be hosting an MLK breakfast at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, where doors will open at 7 a.m. and the event will begin at 8 a.m.

A third breakfast in honor of Dr. King will occur at 8 a.m. Saturday when the Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties has its 20th annual breakfast at the downtown Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel. The guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who previously was mayor of Kansas City.

Regular WJCT contributor Charles Griggs with the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville joined us to discuss the rift over the 32-year old tradition honoring Dr. King.

Women’s March

Credit Melissa Ross
The Crowd at the 2018 Jacksonville Women's March

Thousands of women are once again expected to march in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the world - including Jacksonville - for the third annual Women’s March this Saturday. There are two Wave Rallies in our area, the Women’s March Jacksonville and the Women’s March St. Johns in St. Augustine.

Bonnie Hendrix, Captain, Women's March JacksonvilleAlex Newell Taylor, Vice President Women's March Florida; and Patti Brigham, President, League of Women’s Voters of Florida joined us with more information.

Cummer Museum

Adam Levine (left) with Melissa Ross (right)

Dr. Adam Levine, the new Director and CEO of the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, joined us to discuss what we can expect from the museum, starting with its first-ever MLK Day event.

The event will be free and have special programs that include art-making activities, live music, and an Ecumenical Prayer for Peace, organized by OneJax will be held at 3 p.m. in the gardens.

The Cummer Museum currently has the Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman exhibit that guests can explore.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at, 904-358-6317.