Jennifer Carroll, lieutenant governor under Gov. Rick Scott and now one of his more staunch critics, will be honored as a “trailblazer” in Florida politics on Thursday at the Main Library in Jacksonville.
“Without the passage of both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Right Act, a black person and a Caribbean descent of color would not have been able to break barriers to become the first elected black Republican female in the Florida House of Representatives, the first female and black elected as lieutenant governor and first black elected statewide. It’s an honor to be recognized for the work I have done that benefits the black population in Florida,” Carroll said.
She’s one of 14 African-American women who will be honored by the Jacksonville African American Library Collection at a 4 p.m. Thursday reception in the Hicks Auditorium at Jacksonville’s Main Library at 303 N. Laura St.