Civil Rights

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Students need to stay vigilant when it comes to racial equality. That was the messge Wednesday in a speech at the University of North Florida by a key figure in U.S. Civil Rights history.

Photo via Visit St. Augustine

St. Augustine is home to one of five sites in Florida recently added to the United States Civil Rights Trail - a tourism marketing creation. The city’s historic black district is one of more than 100 locations in 15 states on the trail’s website.

Historic Markers Stolen from 2 St. Augustine Civil Rights Sites

Aug 8, 2018
ACCORD Freedom Trail / accordfreedomtrail.org

Historic markers memorializing two sites important to St. Augustine’s civil rights movement of the 1960s were ripped off their buildings over the past few weeks.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

At Jacksonville City Hall Friday, it became official — the city’s Main Post Office in New Town is now known as the Rutledge Pearson Post Office.

Pearson was a civil rights era titan not only known for his own advocacy, but his mentoring of young activists who went on to participate in the city’s most pivotal protests.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

An independent group working at the behest of outgoing Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche has finalized a report detailing how the city can do more to leverage its civil rights history, 54 years after the U.S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

As the deadline for a city report on civil rights history approaches its late June deadline, some civil rights history task force members are urging incoming Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman to allow the body to continue its work.

Mario De Biassi/Giorgio Lotti (Mondadori Publishers) / Wikimedia Commons

Local historian Scott A. Grant has made a name for himself, educating the public on little known facts that have shaped this region.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

Incoming Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman is “amenable” to allowing the city’s Task Force on Civil Rights history to continue its work through his tenure. But not without narrowing its scope and focusing its charge.

Regina Gayle Phillips

Editor’s Note: This editorial has been submitted by Regina Gayle Phillips, director of the Lincolnville Museum, which is the largest African-American museum and cultural center in St. Augustine.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union Reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT


Tuesday on First Coast Connect we heard about the city of Jacksonville’s Civil Rights History Task Force with authors and civil rights activists Tim Gilmore and Rodney Hurst (01:05).

Moveable Feast featured Suzi Renehan of Uncanny Biscotti (26:58).

Director of the Warrior Care Network Alex Balbir told us about the latest treatments to help veterans suffering from PTSD (33:24).  

Katie Provow and Katie Delaney told us about some recent changes at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s Farmers Market (46:00).               

Florida Memory/Lindsey Kilbride

North Florida Democratic Congressman Al Lawson wants Jacksonville to be nationally recognized as the birthplace of Civil Rights activist and songwriter James Weldon Johnson.

Lee Woodruff

New York Times bestselling author and CBS This Morning contributor Lee Woodruff was thrust into the position of caregiver after her husband, Bob Woodruff, was injured by a roadside bomb while reporting from Iraq for ABC's World News Tonight.

Lee cared for Bob on his long road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury, experiencing the impact that taking care of a loved one can have on a family, marriage and her own health.

The Duval County Jail has served as the main mental health facility in the region for many years. The Jacksonville Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Collaborative -- composed of mental health professionals, county officials and law enforcement officers -- met last week to begin planning a central receiving facility to help treat people with mental illness before they're put behind bars. We speak with Tara Wildes, Director of the Department of Corrections at JSO, Dr. Christine Cauffield, Executive Director of SF Health Systems, and Kristellys Zolondek, Community Engagement Specialist at LSF Health Systems.


Frank Murry via St. Augustine Government

A St. Augustine nonprofit is educating the public on the city’s role in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

The Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, or ACCORD, has worked for years to preserve St. Augustine’s history surrounding civil rights.

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