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Acosta Bridge Lights Controversy; Critical Race Theory; Skateboard World Championship; JME

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The Acosta Bridge is pictured with its LED lighting system displaying rainbow colors for Pride month.

The Acosta Bridge rainbow lights display is back for Pride month after a controversy over the LED lighting system being temporarily changed to the color blue.

Nate Monroe has been covering the story for The Florida Times-Union, and joined us with the latest.

Critical Race Theory

Activists rallied at FSCJ’s Downtown campus Thursday morning to protest the State Board of Education’s vote to ban Critical Race Theory in schoolsBen Frazier of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville joined us with his take on the situation.

Skateboarding World Championship

Jacksonville has been selected as the host city of the inaugural Street League Skateboarding World Championship this fall.   It will take place at Downtown’s Riverfront Plaza, the former site of The Jacksonville Landing.  Alan Verlander, CEO of Airstream Ventures, the event’s local organizer, spoke to us about what’s to come.  

JME Music Experience 

This week, WJCT expanded its Jacksonville Music Expereince’s (JME) online presence with a new online platform dedicated to local music and curation. JME Contributor Matt Shaw joined us with details, as well as a few picks for our monthly JME DJ Sessions.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org and on Twitter.