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Historic Eastside Root & Rebuild: Activating the Dream

Through a series of community events, conversations, exhibits and volunteer projects, a Jacksonville historic neighborhood celebrates its roots and takes important steps in rebuilding Northeast Florida’s legacy. Due to COVID-19 precautions, remaining events are postponed through at least April 18, 2020.

Eastside community leaders and United Way of Northeast Florida are joining forces this spring to uplift our community and the dream of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

About the Eastside

Located near Springfield and Downtown Jacksonville, the Eastside saw major decline following the Civil Rights movement. Most notably was the destruction of many shops in its commercial district on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard in a racially charged riot in 1969. Efforts are now underway to revitalize and rebuild the neighborhood to a more vibrant, prosperous community.

Calendar of Events

MARCH: Rebuilding hope

Oakland Terrace courtyard restoration

Tuesday, March 3
noon to 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by GE Aviation Unison

Email to sponsor a project

Neighborhood repair/clean up

Thursday, March 5
noon to 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by GE Aviation Unison

Email to sponsor a project

Eastside Perceptions and Possibilities Gathering

date TBD
6 p.m.
Great Hall, Jessie Ball duPont Center
40 E. Adams St., Downtown Jacksonville

RSVP to Attend

APRIL: United for action

Food Giveaway with Farm Share

date TBD
Kids Hope Alliance
1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32206
Sponsored by Prudential

Voices of Change Panel Conversations

date TBD

904ward “The Remembrance Project”

date TBD

Repair Matthew Gilbert basketball court and baseball field

date TBD

Email to sponsor a project

Interested in sponsorship?

Contact Tondra Hill to learn more.

Check back soon for updated dates, times and locations.

Download print flier of Root & Rebuild events



Other partners include:
The Eastside Brotherhood • LIFE (Leadership is for Everyone, Inc.) • Melanin Market

Past Month's Events

JANUARY: Honoring the roots

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Monday, Jan. 20
10 a.m.
Downtown Jacksonville

Root and Rebuild Kickoff Reception featuring Rodney Hurst

Monday, Jan. 20
4 p.m.
In the Word International Church
925 Spearing St., Jacksonville, FL 32206

Urban Economic Development Forum: Generating Income - Employment and Entrepreneurship Benefitting the Urban Core

Thursday, Jan. 23
4:30 p.m.
​The Jesse Ball duPont Center
40 E. Adams St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

RSVP to Attend

Martin Luther King Jr. Art Exhibit Opening: Activating the Dream

Friday, Jan. 24
5 p.m.
Jacksonville Cultural Development Corporation
700 E. Union St.
Unit 1J (West Side of the Building)

RSVP to Attend

Eastside Children’s Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, Jan. 29
2 p.m.
A day of fun, food, and games to celebrate MLK's birthday and the birthdays of all the children of Oakland Terrace.

RSVP to Volunteer

FEBRUARY: Nurturing the roots

Eastside Legacy Awards Ceremony

Saturday, Feb. 8
4 p.m.
Call 904-255-4532 for more info.

RSVP to Attend

Jacksonville Business Journal African American Small Business Forum

Thursday, Feb. 13
5 p.m.
100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202

RSVP to Attend

2020 Urban Education Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 15
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Jacksonville Public Library Main Conference
303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

RSVP to Attend

Eastside Community Awareness Event featuring speaker H. James Garrett

Monday, Feb. 17
5 p.m.
Eastside Brotherhood Club
915 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32206

RSVP to Attend

Jacksonville Urban Core Economic Development Forum

Thursday, Feb. 20
3-5 p.m.
TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Featuring: Bill Taft of LISC

More info and RSVP to Attend

LISC Jacksonville’s 20th Anniversary Community Development Awards

Thursday, Feb. 20
5 p.m.
TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

RSVP to Attend

The Melanin Market

Saturday, Feb. 22
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the intersection of Union St. and A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Learn more

Eastside Black History Month Parade

Saturday, Feb. 22
11 a.m.
Starts at Florida Ave. at E. Fifth St., ends at A. Philip Randolph Blvd. at Union St.
Part of The Melanin Market

The Melanin Market volunteer needs

Saturday, Feb. 22
various times

Create college starter kits

Choose your date

RSVP to volunteer