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City Under Seige by Protesters

Recent protests causes around the city range from outrage over the decision not to indict officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to the photo of a nude pregnant woman at a local museum. Area citizens have joined the national outcry of public protests by participating in surprise “die-ins” across the city. From Hemming Plaza to the interstate and the Harts Bridge, protesters have caused chao ...

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Health Department Ivestigating TB at Raines High School

The Florida Department of Health (DOH-Duval) is currently involved in the contact investigation related to a case of Tuberculosis (TB). The investigation involves an active case at William M. Raines High School; school officials, as well as families of attending students, have been notified. Approximately 150 students and staff from the school have been identified for testing. Those individuals exposed will ...

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Alpha Phi Alpha Crowns Miss Black & Gold

Taylor Baines, a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2014 during the pageant sponsored by the Jacksonville Graduate Chapter, Upsilon Lambda, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.. The contest was held November 22 at First Coast High School. Ms. Baines won a $1,000 dollar scholarship and will represent the Upsilon Lambda Chapter at various events and pageants around t ...

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Marissa Alexander Agrees to Plea Deal

Florida mother will serve 65 more days in jail and will also be subject to two years of house arrest. by Patrick Peck The controversial criminal case against Marissa Alexander, the Black woman in Florida who was facing a possible 60-year prison sentence for shooting at her estranged husband, concluded with a plea deal on Monday, the Florida Times Union reports. Alexander plead guilty to all three counts of ...

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Grand Jury Declines to Indict Ferguson Killer Cop

Diversityinc.com A St. Louis County grand jury has declined to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown. Prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch spent several minutes explaining inconsistencies in the testimony of some witnesses and blaming the “24-hour news cycle” and social media before announcing the no bill returned by the grand jury. Prot ...

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Al Austin Honored as a Community Legend

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the AnnieRuth Foundation hosted  Honoring a Community Legend. The 2014 recipient was Alfred "Al" Austin.  Honoring a Community Legend is the forum used by the AnnieRuth Foundation to acknowledge unsung heroes and heroines. Those individuals who have made significant contributions in the city of Jacksonville because it was what they were predestined to do; rather than doing it ...

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ASALH Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by Honoring Local Trailblazers

The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History recently held its’ annual luncheon  celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Movement. The theme of the luncheon was “Civil Rights, Then and Now”! The keynote speaker was Mr. Opio Sokoni, President of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizatio ...

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Goodwill Luncheon Reveals Success Against the Odds

The 14th Annual Goodwill Striving to Succeed Luncheon boasted more than 650 community leaders eagerly awaiting the celebrity fashion show and yearly awards. But the real stars of the day were the three Goodwill Achievers of the Year - Kevin Aiken, Liz Fiorentino and Deatta Simmons. Videos played out their stories on large screens, explaining the struggles they each went through to put their lives back on tr ...

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Florida’s Oldest Living Veteran is a Jacksonville Native

Lorraine Carr of the Quilt of Valor Foundation recently honored the oldest living female, World War II Veteran, Cpl. Josephine E.  Statham, age 96 with a beautiful hand-made quilt. The presentation was held at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lake City, Florida.  Quilt of Valor Foundation honored her for her service in the U.S. Army from March 3, 1943 to July 7, 1944, where she was a chef.  The ...

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AKA Pays It Forward Empowering Students With College and Career

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Gamma Rho Omega Chapter presented the 7th Beyond High School Seminar at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church’s BEST Academy last weekend to over 150 Duval County middle and high school students. Attendees received answer to their questions about college during a round-table discussion with students from Edward Waters College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, J ...

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