race relations

Mary McLeod Bethune
Florida Memory / https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/152989

Florida lawmakers want to put a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol. But the internationally renowned educator and activist isn’t the only contender.

Gary Corsair via change.org / https://www.change.org/p/exonerate-the-groveland-four

A formal apology for the Groveland Four is gaining momentum in the Florida capitol. State lawmakers want to acknowledge the mistreatment of four black men who were denied fair trials.

Florida Memory / https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/34844

In 1923, a white mob stormed the small, prosperous African American community of Rosewood, near Florida’s Gulf Coast. Fueled by racial resentment, the mob terrorized the black residents, before burning the town to the ground. Now an archaeologist is rebuilding Rosewood – online.

MGN Online

Does racial diversity play an important role in law enforcement? Some local officials say it does. The two white and two black candidates in the Leon County Sheriff’s race have their own views about how law enforcement diversity is key to helping strengthen ties with the community.

Tom Woodward/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/

Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail?

Melfoody/ flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melfoody/

The White House is actively encouraging law enforcement agencies to diversify their forces to reflect the communities they serve. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is pretty close.

Florida Memory
https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/19742

Florida’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame has three new inductees. The activists were recognized Wednesday.

Juan Alvarez/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/juanferralvarez/

Law enforcement from Baltimore, Ferguson and Sanford gathered in North Florida this week for a conference on community policing. Following the high profile killings in those cities, some departments are transforming their officer training.