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Jacksonville to establish task force on civil rights history

On Monday, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Brosche rolled out a proposal for a task force on civil rights history.

Via a draft memo, Brosche advanced a proposal for a 25 person task force, chaired by School Board member Warren Jones and Ju’Coby Pittman.

Board members include, but are not limited to, Chris HandHope McMathTony Allegretti, Marcus PollardEnnis DavisIsaiah Rumlin, Alton Yates and Darnell Smith.

Brosche noted that the task force has to be created legislatively.

The task force proposal is a reaction to Jacksonville and Florida not being on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a cause for consternation in the meeting given Jacksonville’s civil rights history and iconic residents who were central to the movement.

The trail covers 14 states and 100 historic landmarks.

Brosche would like a measure on an addendum at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, with the goal of completing the work by June 30.

Council members in attendance at a public notice meeting included Sam NewbyReggie BrownGarrett DennisKatrina Brown, and Reggie Gaffney.

There was approval for the concept, and potential developments, including a museum proposal by Councilman Brown, and a discussion of potential landmarks that could be included on the trail.

Council members discussed potentially getting money for the museum concept from Tallahassee and Washington, as potential matches for city money.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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