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The University of North Florida is planning to offer an Africana Studies program as part of its effort to meet the rising demand for courses and majors that focus on race.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced this week that abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face on the $20 bill.

We examine race issues surrounding this change with community activist Chevara Orrin.

Sandra Lee

Food Network star Sandra Lee is in Jacksonville this week to make her debut as BBVA Compass' newest brand ambassador to bolster the bank's Bright Futures initiative and broaden the bank's outreach to businesses.

JeffriAnne Wilder

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”


Saying “retreat is better than defeat,” the most prominent supporter of expanding equal protections to this city’s LGBT community withdrew his bill on the topic last week.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants a chance to work further with city attorneys to clarify exemptions, focus on the business side of the bill and continue to educate the public about the matter.

Hazouri joins us to discuss this.


A new book by a local author and professor looks at the understudied issue of colorism and its impact on young black women.

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder's "Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century" examines discrimination within the African-American community based on skin tone. Wilder is an associate professor of sociology and director of the new Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida.

We speak with Wilder about the history of colorism and its contemporary significance.


What started as protests over offensive Halloween costumes and racial insensitivity at Yale and the University of Missouri has spread to colleges and universities nationwide with thousands of student-protesters across the country demanding an end to what they see as systematic racism on campus. That includes an incident in Jacksonville, where students last week found a noose on the UNF campus.

At the University of Missouri, a student’s hunger strike over racism, and an unprecedented football team boycott of future games, led to President Tim Wolfe’s resignation. Protesters have succeeded in ousting administrators at other campuses too.

We speak with Jacksonville resident Howard Taylor, a Mizzou graduate and former roommate of Michael Middleton, the newly named interim president of the University. The two of them were part of the group that formed the Legion of Black Collegians at the school and Taylor was the first African American member of the Student Union at Missouri.

The results of a recent survey conducted by PBS NewsHour and Marist College’s Institute for Public Opinion point to a contrast in opinions along racial lines about the opportunities available today for African Americans. We discuss the state of race relations in America with Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, UNF associate professor of sociology and race expert.


Amid growing criticism, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol. This follows the massacre of nine African American members of an historic congregation in Charleston last week. The confessed gunman, Dylann Roof, used the Confederate symbol to represent his white supremacist philosophy.


Police and federal law enforcement agencies were in the midst a manhunt this morning for the gunman they say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church Wednesday night in what police described as a hate crime. The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun street, the oldest AME Church in the South, killing eight people. Two other people were rushed to the hospital where one died. This tragedy once again puts race issues in the national spotlight. We speak with Dr.

A McKinney, Texas, police officer is on suspension after he was seen on video forcefully taking down a 14-year-old girl and unholstering his weapon on several of her friends in the wake of an altercation at a suburban pool party last week. The incident is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate in this country over police tactics and race relations. We discuss the incident with Jacksonville attorney Tad Delegal and Wells Todd of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition.

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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.

Melissa Ross speaks with Pastor H.B. Charles Jr. and Pastor Michael Clifford of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church about the merging of their congregations - one that is predominantly black, the other predominantly white - and their new work in Orange Park.

We also speak with Hal Urban, character education lecturer and author of Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter.

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Two local pastors are challenging the old saw about Sunday being the most segregated hour of the week.

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Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.

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What are the Planet of the Apes films really about? It’s a question on the mind of First Coast Connect contributor Nick Michaud as the latest installment in the series is about to hit theaters.

In 1968, the Planet of the Apes shocked audiences. An astronaut (Charlton Heston), stranded on a strange world, finds himself imprisoned by talking apes. Our hero fights valiantly to free himself and the other human slaves.

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This week, as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida man known as the father of that legislation, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, will be in St. Augustine.

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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.

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A new report documents concern about a lack of minority judges on the local bench.

This past weekend, a Voto Latino Power Summit was held at Florida International University, the first such summit in Miami for the first time. The summit had workshops and networking opportunities with different professionals in South Florida and the country.

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Award-winning journalist, former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Jacksonville resident, Charlie Cobb was at the center of the "Freedom Summer" of 1964.

JAXPORT, judges, and Jeb Bush are in the headlines today.

 

More than 1,500 members of the civic group 100 Black Men of America are in Fort Lauderdale this week for the organization’s 28th annual convention.

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs.

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Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, historians and advocates say the country still has a ways to go when it comes to equality in education.

There are now three new inductees in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. They range from the author of the Black National Anthem to another who’s hailed as the “father of St. Augustine’s civil rights movement.”

Robert B. Hayling, a Tallahassee native, is one of the new inductees into the third annual Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Speaking at a ceremony held in the Capitol building Wednesday, the 94-year-old recalled a time when he was much younger when it was just the Historic Capitol building.

Students and civil rights activists have asked Gov. Rick Scott to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Dream Defenders were in Tallahassee this week to deliver a petition — with 5,800 signatures — protesting Florida’s race-based academic goals.

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This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring separate schools were inherently unequal.

Miami-Dade County’s Black Affairs Advisory Board and Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board spent four hours talking race, diversity and inclusion yesterday.

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: NBA Bans Sterling, Levies $2.5 Million Fine

The NBA is banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, league Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday, saying that its investigation has verified Sterling made racist comments in an audio recording that was made public Friday.

Saying that the NBA's investigation included a discussion with Sterling, Silver stated that the views he expressed "are deeply offensive and harmful."

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The sports world is still buzzing about the racist statements made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Cole Pepper gave his take on the story and discussed the week in local sports.

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