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February 23rd Program: Civil Rights Struggles

Civil Rights Struggles, from the beach to the Courthouse

Please note the time change:
Reception: 6pm
Program: 630pm

Marching at Morrison’s, 1964. Florida-Times Union.

This observation of Black History Month connects Jacksonville to some of the Civil Rights era’s most pivotal events, which took place in Northeast Florida. 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.

Program speakers will describe local civil rights conflicts and the judicial process that critically upheld the right to public demonstrations.

Do to high demand, we ask that you register for the event via Eventbrite. Please click here to register for you seat. Registration is free but we suggest a donation of $5 for non-members.


Co-sponsors: the Jacksonville Historical Society, the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar and the Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association of Jacksonville.

This program and the 2016-17 program series is generously sponsored by Retina Associates P.A., Dr. Fred Lambrou, Jr.

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