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New Faces of Leadership Emerge for Urban Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville kicked off the election season this week with a 32.6% voter turnout with 179,376 ballots cast that will culminate in May for most of the candidates. One of the most watched races, which would decide our next mayor, was narrowly held by incumbent Alvin Brown with 42.9% of the vote. He will face Republican Lenny Curry who received 38% of the vote. TV personality and well known crime f ...

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Selma Jubilee Draws Thousands to Commemorate Historic Civil Rights March

by Lynn Jones On the heels of Civil Rights activist, the Jacksonville Free Press was on the front line for the 50th Anniversary of the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Thousands packed the riverside town for commemorations of the march of March 7, 1965, in what became the first of three aiming to reach Montgomery, Alabama, to demand an end to di ...

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50+ Gather to Celebrate and Honor Legacy of Black History at Annual “Weaving the Web” Gathering

Shown is Felice Franklin “sharing” on PRIDE Book Club as Greg Miller looks on with others at the annual, Weaving the Web of Our History, hosted by Carlottra Guyton and friends. The annual event, held in Guyton’s Springfield home, brings guests on the last Saturday in February to share on any topic of their choice in the realm of Black History. Attendees enjoy hearing a plethora of diverse personal and more ...

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Education Symposium Works to Reclaim Young Black Males

The 7th Annual Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville's Future was held over the weekend in downtown Jax at the Main Library. Students, teachers and parents and guardians were featured and shared perspectives on the 2015 theme: "Who is teaching and leading our students in the classroom?". The symposium was held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and began with the show entitled “Succ ...

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City Embraces Eureka Gardens

For the past year when you hear about the Eureka Gardens apartment community, it is accompanied by crime statistics and unflattering remarks uncharacteristic of a stellar city. Last weekend that stereotype became a adjective of the past when Mayor Alvin Brown led the city’s Renew Jax initiative and hosted a community empowerment event at the apartment complex. The event was part of the city’s broader effort ...

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Links’ Western Gala Not Just a Party, But a Community Tradition

by M. Latimer The “Western Gala,” hosted by the Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, is no longer just a party. The event, held annually since 2003, has become a Northeast Florida tradition. Last weekend over 400 people flocked to the Western Gala for a night of line dancing, good food and games all under a western theme. Gloria Mendez, a guest that attends every year, states, “I look forwa ...

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Gamma Rho Omega Celebrates Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 107 Year Legacy

The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated its 107th Founders’ Day observance last weekend at the Hyatt Hotel. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 at Howard University and incorporated in 1913. Thirty-four years later, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter was chartered in Jacksonville, Florida on June 23, 1942 and has actively embraced the goals and initiatives of the national or ...

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100 Black Men of Jacksonville Infinite Scholar College Fair Nets $1 Million + in Scholarships

The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) recently hosted their 11th Annual Infinite Scholar College Fair  at the Schultz Center. This event featured more than 20 national, regional, and local colleges and universities . About 200 students and parents participated as more that more than $1.1 million in admissions and scholarships were awarded on the spot.  There were also workshops on financial aid, un ...

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Fisher of Men Tackle Mentoring, Fatherhood and Social Issues

Alvin W. King, founder of Fishers of Men held a “get anchored and informed” event over the weekend to inspire men to be agents of change. Founded November 2013, Fisher’s of Men is an organization that was created to develop an open discussion platform for men to gather and talk about the issues that men face with communication, relationships, fatherhood and society. After a year of successful monthly worksh ...

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Legal Mass Gay Wedding Held Downtown in Hemming Plaza

Celebrants of all genders gathered in Hemming Plaza last weekend for a mass wedding held in honor of same sex couples. With the recent announcement that gay marriages are legal in the state, over 60 members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community united in matrimony in front of City Hall. For many celebrants, the event represents forward movement for the city of Jacksonville and for Florida. While the ...

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