Upcoming Events + Current Updates
The holidays are a great time to enjoy good food, connect with family, and create lasting memories. They can also bring about challenging conversations with relatives with whom you disagree. Join us on Wednesday, November 17 for a special Holidays Edition of the Race Cards where we will have a panel of experts to provide some keys to navigating family conversations without starting World War III. Then we'll break out into Race Cards conversations with some topics that will ensure you're better prepared for what the season may bring!
Past Events + Updates
Sunday October 17th at 3:00PM
Historical Marker Ceremony to commemorate the lives of Bowman Cook and John Morine, two WW1 veterans and racial terror lynching victims.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:00PM
At 904WARD, we always strive to create a safe space for the difficult conversations around race. With so much going on in our country and communities: The Derek Chauvin Trial, #StopAsianHate, #BlackLivesMatter, Florida HB1, we want to create the space to talk. Register in advance for this meeting.
Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3:00PM
The Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project, an initiative of 904WARD, will hold a soil collection ceremony on Sunday, May 16, at 3 p.m. to commemorate the lynching of an unknown man on May 9, 1909. The lynching, one of thousands of crimes of racial terror designed to instill fear in Black communities and suppress their civil rights, took place in Duval County.
Attendance at the event is virtual only. While the soil collection will take place in person, the venue does not allow for in-person attendance. It will be broadcast to all who wish to participate. Once you register, you will receive the login link and additional information.
Immediately after the ceremony, JCRP will host Virtual Caring Circles with trained facilitators for those who wish to process their experience with others in a supportive environment. More information will be sent in the confirmation email.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
904WARD releases a statement in Support of Renaming Schools >> here
"A better way to acknowledge and grapple with our history is not to cling to these particular names, but to ask ourselves: What aspects of our community’s history do we most want celebrated? What messages do we want to send to our students about the aspects of our history our community holds most dear?” — Dr. Kimberly Allen, CEO, 904WARD
Additional News Coverage
Florida Times Union, March 26th, The story behind a push to Rename Lee High School
WJCT, March 29th, School Name Change Controversy
Folio, April 15th, Robert E. Lee High School Faces Renaming
First Coast News, April 16th, Northside Coalition, local students hold news conference to demand name changes of schools
Jacksonville Free Press, April 16th, 904WARD Releases Third of Eight Retrospectives of Racial Equity Data
Florida Times Union, April 18th, Guest column: It's time to change the school names
News4Jax, April 18th, Black-owned elementary school to open in Jacksonville
February 21, 2021
Soil Collection Ceremony commemorating the lynching of Willie Washington
PRESS Release: Friday, February 12, 2021
904ward releases the first in an 8-part series of reports looking back at decades of disparities and
failed efforts to address them.
After today’s introductory report, the series will cover trends, victories, challenges and recommendations in
seven different domains:
Justice and the legal system
Politics and civic engagement
The Press Release can be found here.
Read the full report here.
January 3, 2021
Soil Collection Ceremony commemorating the lynching of Eugene Burnam
News Release - Monday, December 14
904WARD to expand, increase racial equity initiatives
Building on five years of volunteer work, more than $1 million in local philanthropy will support a dedicated executive and expand initiatives aimed at ending racism in Jacksonville
August 23, 2020
Soil Collection Ceremony commemorating the lynching of Benjamin Hart
June 18th, 2020
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly-Jackson, OneJax's Nancy Broner, School Board Member Darryl Willie and members of 904ward's Board of Directors for a facilitated conversation. The panelists will participate in an abbreviated Race Cards conversation, followed by breakout sessions that will give participants the chance for a facilitated discussion in smaller sessions. Watch the recording here.
June 5, 2020
News4Jax Interview with 904WARD leaders, Dr. Kimberly Allen and Tracy Tousey
June 4, 2020
An update from 904ward: Letter to 904WARD Supporters
May 30, 2020
Following up on Thursday's 904ward Community Conversation
May 28, 2020
Virtual event:: When is it Safe to be Black? https://www.904ward.com/when-is-it-safe
August 24 — March 1, 2020 — Visit the Museum of Science and History to see the exhibit, "Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America" on display in partnership with the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project.
September 7 — Participate in a 904ward Race Cards community conversation at the Museum of Science and History. Details and registration: https://themosh.org/event/cultural-conversations-race-cards/2019-09-07/
September 8 — Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project Soil Collection Ceremony to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Lynching of Bowman Cook and John Morine. Get more information and register.
October 5 — Participate in a 904ward Race Cards community conversation at the Museum of Science and History. Details and registration: https://themosh.org/event/cultural-conversations-race-cards/2019-09-07/
Duty. Honor. Service. Country. These are common values among those currently and previously serving in the military. How do those values and experiences intersect with race, ethnicity, culture, and discrimination? Join us on Thursday, November 11 for a very special Veterans Day Edition of the Race Cards to explore these topics and more through safe, respectful conversations. You don't want to miss one!