07/14/16: Ben Frazier; Local Focus, Lasting Impact Awards; River City Men's Chorus; Kerry Speckman

Jul 14, 2016

Ben Frazier

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama tried to console the families of Dallas' slain police officers and ease the tensions of a restless nation.

The president was joined on stage by a slew of officials at the interfaith service, including former President George W. Bush.

President Obama closes out his second term amid lingering divisions over race, gun violence and police relations.

Those divisions are painfully felt in Jacksonville, where a series of controversial incidents involving police officers shooting civilians have sparked vigils and protests.

Ben Frazier, spokesperson with the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, joins us to discuss these shootings, Black Lives Matter, police relations, and more.

Local Focus, Lasting Impact

We spotlight the winners of the Local Focus, Lasting Impact awards, given by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida to local nonprofits celebrating creative and successful collaborative projects by local nonprofits.

Rena Couglin, CEO of the Nonprofit Center, joins us along with awardees Dr. Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Michael Corrigan, 1,000 in 1,000 Leadership Council chairman and Duval County Tax Collector; and Dr. Susan Nussbaum, executive director of We Care Jacksonville.

River City Men's Chorus

The River City Men's Chorus is performing  several concerts this summer to raise money for the Jacksonville Police Athletic League.

We learn more from Chorus director Wayne Bailey and Police Athletic League executive director Lt. Lakesha Burton.

Kerry Speckman

TheSpecktator.com blogger Kerry Speckman joins us with a rundown of this weekend's events around town.