A move to rename Hemming Park after James Weldon Johnson, the Jacksonville native who composed the famous anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing," ran into opposition this week. Local veterans organizations made a late-breaking push to rechristen the city's first and oldest park as Veterans Memorial Park.
At the same time, the Duval School Board will launch a process to consider renaming 3 additional schools — Andrew Jackson High School, Jean Ribault High School and Jean Ribault Middle School — the namesakes of which are tied to the marginalization of Native Americans.
Take It Down Founder Earl Johnson Jr. joined us with more.
Crime and Justice During the Pandemic
The American Journal of Criminal Justice at University of North Florida has released a special issue looking at “Crime and Justice During the Coronavirus Pandemic.”
The issue features nearly two dozen timely contributions from leading social scientists on a wide range of related topics that include crime trends during the pandemic, like immigration, policing, the need for a national COVID-19 crime and justice research agenda, and the overall crisis to corrections presented by COVID-19.
Mitch Miller and Holly Ventura Miller, criminal justice professors at UNF, joined us with more on this research.
What’s Good Wednesdays
Who doesn’t love those tasty tacos at Burrito Gallery? The beloved eatery is earning even more fans now, because they’re giving ten lucky winners free tacos *every day* for the rest of the year! Founding partner Tony Allegretti joined us with details.
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