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2/19/19: Violence in Jacksonville; Deeper Than Indigo; R. L. Stine

After six homicides in four days, some community leaders and lawmakers are saying it’s time to declare a state of emergency in the city of Jacksonville.

Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Tracie Davis held a press conference Monday at a park in Northwest Jacksonville, where two people were killed in a quadruple shooting last Thursday.

This evening at the WJCT Studios, OneJax will host Civil Discourse: Lifting Up Young Voices Against Violence, during which young people will have their voices heard about the city’s crime wave.

Nancy Broner, executive director of the OneJax Institute; and Mickee Brown, content manager for the OneJax Civil Discourse Project, joined us to discuss the event and ways to help prevent violence in Jacksonville.

Deeper Than Indigo

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Deeper Than Indigo: A Southeast Textile Symposium poster

The history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade was shaped more than we might ever realize by indigo, the natural dye that was traded around the world.

From Feb. 21 - 23, Flagler College is exploring this with Deeper Than Indigo: A Southeast Textile Symposium

This symposium provides an opportunity to investigate the rich history of St. Augustine and the Southeastern United States through the lens of the indigo trade, as well as the repercussions of slavery and colonialism.

Associate Professor of Art and Design at Flagler College, Laura Mongiovi, joined us with more information.

R. L. Stine

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Goosebumps (original series) Set, Books: 1 -12

Bestselling author R.L. Stine is the headliner at this weekend’s third annual Jax Book Fest.

The creator of the popular Goosebumps series will speak Saturday at the Main Library, along with author Mike Thaler and local writers like New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson and local activist Rodney Hurst.

R.L. Stine joined us with a preview.

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

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