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What’s Happening Wednesday!

April has been a busy month for 904WARD. We want to make sure you are up to date on what is going on with us as well as know what great events we have coming up in the near future!

Race Cards & Ramadan

Yesterday, we held our first Evening Without Labels: Friendship and Gratitude Ramadan Dinner in partnership with Sel and Angie Buyuksarac. Over 70 people are out to learn a little more about Ramadan and engage in Race Cards conversations that ended with discussions of small solutions each of us can implement to make a change in our community.

Digging into History in Montgomery

The Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project, a program of 904WARD, sponsored a bus trip this past weekend to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. A group of volunteers, donors, Saint Johns Community Remembrance Project members, and women from the Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighters had an opportunity to learn more about the depths of lynching in this country as well as the impact of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and mass incarceration in America. We had rich discussions about the history, how it plays out in today’s society, and what each of us can do to engage more deeply in the work of racial justice.

It’s Time For Your Close-Up!

We want to go viral!! To celebrate Jacksonville’s 200th anniversary, we want to make sure we have 200 Conversations across the city. We are in need of volunteers to record a 90-second video, responding to one of these Bicentennial Edition Race Cards questions:

  • Jacksonville is nearly half White and half People of Color. What might change if our city fully embraced its racial diversity?

  • How do you define racism? Do you have exceptions to those definitions?

  • How do you think racial segregation continues to impact residents in Jacksonville?

  • Why do you believe some people are hesitant to confront the past when it comes to race relations?

Once you have your recording, email it to Whitney Touchton at whitney@904ward.org. And then wait for your call from Hollywood!

904WARD is Partnering for Health Equity and Social Justice

UF Health Jacksonville's Urban Health Alliance, or UHA, has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the Florida Blue Foundation that will allow the organization to establish a statewide Center for Health Equity and Social Justice.

The $3.7 million grant provides a major boost to the UHA's goal of improving health equity and social justice to ensure that families, individuals and communities of need have both the access and opportunity to achieve positive health outcomes.

The Center for Health Equity and Social Justice has a wide range of goals, which include bringing together diverse stakeholders to create and share living actionable community research, developing training curriculum, tools and approaches that are practical and focus on people and the community, and educating communities to expand opportunities to gain mutual understanding and respect for differences and similarities. The UHA will partner with three agencies to design and implement the work using Florida Blue Foundation's grant – 904WARD, the Florida Health Justice Project and the Hispanic Federation.

Next Up In Book Club: The Sum of Us

We invite you to get ready to join us for Book Club on June 22! Our midday book club will be discussing the book, The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. This fascinating book looks at how racism impacts all of us. So start reading so you can share in this insightful discussion!

Register Today!