Friday Editorial: Jacksonville belongs on U.S. civil rights trail – Opinion – The Florida Times-Union

We can’t tell the story of civil rights in America without including Florida.

Where would we be without “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James and Rosamond Johnson of Jacksonville?

Where would we be without Bethune Cookman and its predecessor, Jacksonville’s Cookman Institute?

Where would be without A. Philip Randolph, the organizer of the 1941 and 1963 marches on Washington and other prominent leaders who attended Jacksonville’s Stanton school?

Where would we be without Fort Mose, the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States?

Where would we be without the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic experiences in St. Augustine?

Without these historic figures and incidents, there would be a…

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