The February 2017 program at the Jacksonville Historical Society, Civil Right Struggles, from the Beach to the Courthouse was held at Old St. Andrews Church, co-sponsored by the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association of Jacksonville.
Demonstrations in St. Augustine, led by giants of history such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young, were forcefully suppressed by local authorities. Legal appeals by the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were decided in the Jacksonville courtroom of federal judge Bryan Simpson, whose rulings defied heavy community resistance and personal
criticism. Worldwide attention to local events helped move Congress to act on civil rights legislation. In 2008, Jacksonville’s United States Courthouse at 300 North Hogan Street was named in honor of Judge Simpson.
Speakers Thomas J. Jackson, Fort Mose Historical Society, and The Hon. Joseph W. Hatchett, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court, spoke at the
Jacksonville Historical Society’s headquarters, Old St. Andrews, about one of the Civil Rights era’s most pivotal events, which took place in Northeast Florida.
Recently, the Jacksonville Historical Society was awarded the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission 2017 Preservation Award for the program “Civil Rights Struggles: From the Beach to the Courthouse.” Also honored for the program are the Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar. This award will be presented on May 11, 2017.
In case you missed this program, you can view it on the Jacksonville Historical Society’s YouTube page.