Category Archives: Florida

Oldest African-American City Turns 130 Years Old

The town that’s described as the oldest continuously-existing African-American city in the United States is celebrating its 130th birthday. Celebrations in Eatonville, Florida, kick off Saturday with a crafts and culture festival. The city received its charter from the state of Florida in August 1887. It was conceived as a self-governing all-black town for African… Read More »

Florida board changes mind, votes to move Civil War monument

One month after deciding not to move a Confederate memorial from public property, a county commission in Florida on Wednesday reversed itself and voted to relocate the monument to a private cemetery. The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-2 to remove the 106-year-old monument. During a public comment portion of Wednesday’s hearing, many speakers said they… Read More »

Democracy for America Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida

Democracy for America endorsed Andrew Gillum in his campaign for Governor of Florida. The million-member national progressive organization, which raised $1.8 million for Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, has 97,508 members in Florida committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement: “Now… Read More »

Florida Black Dems Set Sights on 2018 Elections

In recent years, residents and voters of the battleground state of Florida have faced their share of challenges — from the controversial presidential election of 2000 that required a vote recounting and the U.S. Supreme Court before a clear winner could be determined (George W. Bush won by 537 votes over Al Gore), and GOP… Read More »

FL NAACP calls for Bethune-Cookman president’s ouster over DeVos controversy

Allegations of student and staff intimidation at Bethune-Cookman University have the NAACP Florida State Conference demanding the ouster of school leaders. The organization is calling for the immediate resignations of President Edison Jackson and Joe Petrock, chairman of the Board of Trustees. B-CU invited Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to speak at its Wednesday commencement.… Read More »