Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval elementary school safety patrols honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday Friday afternoon during a field trip to the University of North Florida.


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For people looking to get involved in the community on Martin Luther King Day, several Jacksonville charities have organized service events in his honor.

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.

Anna Hamilton

The federal Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight housing discrimination and promote equal opportunity.

Last month, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid workers commemorated its passage with a visit to St. Johns County.

It was an April morning. On the trolley tour itinerary: two Civil Rights tours, one of St. Augustine’s past and another of its present, both with an eye toward the future.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the city of Jacksonville held its annual parade downtown. High school bands and politicians were out and marching in full force.

Robert E. Lee High School Band Director Donald Jenkins was overseeing warm-ups in the EverBank Field parking lot before the parade.

Jenkins says the Generals have been prepping differently for the parade than they would to play at a game.

“Parades are physical. You have to have the athleticism to march for three or four miles carrying the instrument," he says. 

Melissa Ross / WJCT

As the country observes the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we speak with State of the Re:Union host Al Letson about race in America. Following the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases in 2014, Letson wrote commentaries about his personal experience as an African-American man growing up in Jacksonville. He will host a community conversation about race issues as part of WJCT's Race In The River City town hall event in January.

Israel Dresner

Among the moments being celebrated during the commemoration of the civil rights movement is a little known local milestone — the largest mass arrest of rabbis in United States history.

Forrest High, Michael Dunn, and Kathleen Sebelius are in the headlines today.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., obesity, and "Florida Standards" are in the headlines today.

Shatner's World

It's a long weekend for many on the First Coast with a full slate of events, from parades to an evening with Captain Kirk.

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PBS NewsHour is streaming today's commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, including a scheduled address by President Barack Obama from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Obama is expected to address issues of race and equality, including the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.