The Ripple Effect: How the impact of the historic St. Augustine ‘Swim-In’ still echoes today
When Black and white swimmers jumped in together and integrated the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, owner James Brock was so enraged he grabbed a bottle of acid and threw it into the pool. The fallout from that act is still being felt today.
I-TEAM: Questions raised if woman’s civil rights were violated in case of mistaken identity
A News4JAX I-TEAM investigation uncovered a mistaken identity of a Northside woman. The woman, Khristi Jackson, feels her civil rights may have been violated by Jacksonville police officers who forced their way into her home without a warrant.
International Women’s Day: Choose To Challenge
#ChooseYourChallenge is a social media campaign for International Women's Day which is March 8, 2021JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Monday is International Women’s Day -- a day of activism to celebrate the women’s suffrage movement and bring awareness surrounding issues of discrimination, human rights and equality. Some local activists are sharing their voices through a powerful social media campaign called #ChooseToChallenge. There’s also a march planned to take place at James Weldon Johnson Park from Noon-2:30 p.m. in Jacksonville on Saturday. Bonnie Hendrix, president of the Women’s March Florida joined us on The Morning Show to explain how the movement is a call to action for women’s issues. Watch her interview below:
Witness: Lot of progress since Ax Handle Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. It has been 60 years since the brutal display of violence now known as Ax Handle Saturday unfolded in downtown Jacksonville. And they came in with their baseball bats and ax handles and they started beating on us. He said officials began desegregating public schools in the early 60s, which included Ribault and Raines high schools in Northwest Jacksonville. Ribault High and Ribault Junior High those schools were built for the white kids who lived in the Lake Forest-Ribault neighborhood where I lived, he said. Finally by 1963, you had a situation where about 13 students, African American students, were integrated into five white schools, Lisska told News4Jax, noting that other civil rights issues came to light in the 60s.
World mourns death of civil rights activist, Rep. John Lewis
ATLANTA Civil rights icon, activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis died at the age of 80 on Friday night after a six-month battle with cancer. As a teenager, he joined the civil rights movement after being recruited by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A mural honoring Lewis was on display in his congressional district in Atlanta, Georgia, and many came to the mural to pray, show their respects and mourn Lewis. The world mourned the death of Lewis, the last living civil rights icon of the Big Six with King during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. He was the kind of civil rights activist that didnt just speak against injustice, he risked his life to fight against injustice.
Florida county votes to keep Confederate Flag by courthouse
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. Florida county commissioners voted Tuesday against removing a Confederate Flag that has flown outside its courthouse since the Civil Rights era. Walton County commissioners voted 3-2 to leave the flag despite please from several residents who said it had hurtful racial undertones. Walton officials said they would not consider removing the city's Confederate memorial. Tyrone Broddus told commissioners Tuesday that the Confederate Flag flying in front of a public courthouse sends a clear message to African Americans. We come to the courthouse looking for justice and when we see the Confederate Flag or the Stars and Bars we realize we are still not receiving the justice we are guaranteed, he said.