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Press Release for Tuesday, January 27, 2015

OneJax Institute at UNF Presents ‘Changing the Story of Race in Jacksonville’

Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida will present “Changing the Story of Race in Jacksonville” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at UNF’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044. The program is part of the Institute’s Project Breakthrough series and will continue the discussion of WJCT’s “Race in the River City” town hall meeting, hosted by National Public Radio’s Al Letson.


Nina Waters, Community Foundation president, and Brenda Priestly Jackson and Linda Lanier, Project Breakthrough alumni, will lead the discussion of race and justice, allowing First Coast residents to hear perspectives of others in the community. This conversation aims to dismantle the structures of racial disparities and build bridges for understanding.


Founded in 2006 in collaboration with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change, “Changing the Story of Race in Jacksonville” seeks to raise awareness about the implications of structural racism in diverse populations, as wells as introduce a common framework for understanding the causes of racial disparities. Since its inception, the project has reached corporate and civic bodies, the educational community, media leaders and the nonprofit sector.


For more information about this event, contact OneJax Institute at UNF at (904) 620-1529. This free event is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online .


As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds community to promote respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression.


            UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.