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Historic Eastside Root & Rebuild: Uplifting the Dream

Through a series of community events, conversations and volunteer opportunities, we hope you will join us virtually or safely in-person “Out East” to help a Jacksonville historic neighborhood celebrate its roots and make important steps in rebuilding Northeast Florida’s legacy.

Eastside community leaders and United Way of Northeast Florida are proud to present the second-annual Root & Rebuild, an annual event series on Jacksonville’s Historic Eastside that advocates for race equity and inspires action grounded in the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

About the Eastside

Located near Downtown, the historic Eastside was once a thriving Black community. Economic activity slowed “OutEast” after unrest during the Civil Rights movement. This unrest included the destruction of shops on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard in a racially charged riot in 1969. But now, efforts to revitalize and rebuild the neighborhood into a more vibrant, prosperous community are underway.

Calendar of Events

JANUARY & FEBRUARY: Long-term Financial Vitality

Advancing the Dream Community Conversation

Thursday Jan. 14
5:30 p.m.
Virtual Event
Community change starts with honest conversations.

RSVP Online

Pathways to a People — Gullah Geechee Heritage in Florida & Beyond

Wednesday Jan. 13
Noon – 1 p.m.
Virtual Event on Zoom
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Register Online

Jacksonville Gullah Geechee Nation CDC Bike Donation to the Matthew Gilbert Bike Club

Saturday, Jan. 16
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Eastside Brotherhood
915 A Philip Randolph Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32206

Learn about the Jacksonville Gullah Geechee Nation CDC

40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Monday, Jan. 18
10 a.m.
Downtown Jacksonville

Eastside Introduction to Real Estate Investing series featuring JWB Founder & President Alex Sifakis

Tuesday Jan. 26
6 p.m.
In-Person and Zoom In The Word International Ministries
925 Spearing Street

Contact Travis Williams to learn more

Gullah Geechee Communities of Florida

Wednesday Jan. 27
Noon – 1 p.m.
Virtual Event on Zoom
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Register Online

Self-Care for Social Justice

Wednesday Feb. 10
Noon – 1 p.m.
Virtual Event on Zoom
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Register Online

How to Research Local Black History

Wednesday Feb. 24
3 – 4 p.m.
Virtual Event on Zoom
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Register Online

Melanin Market

Saturday, Feb. 27
11 a.m.
822 A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida 32206

Learn More

Blacknificent Culinary Arts Festival

Sunday, Feb. 28
noon - 7 p.m.
A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida 32206

Learn More

Virtual Volunteer Events

Ongoing

Learn more and volunteer

MARCH & APRIL: Cradle to Career Education

College Kits Volunteer Projects

Ongoing

El grito de Yanga/Yanga’s Freedom Cry

Wednesday March 10
Noon – 1 p.m.
Virtual Event on Zoom
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Register Online

Black Memorials with Felicia Bevel

Wednesday March 24
Noon – 1 p.m.
Virtual Event on Zoom
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Register Online

Eastside Rodeo Showdown

April TBD

Community Learning Exchange With Chris Janson and Rudy F. Jamison Jr.

Wednesday April 7
Noon – 1 p.m.
Part of The Justice Sessions presented by the University of North Florida

Learn More

MAY & JUNE: Community Wellness

Day of Action

June 17th
Annual day of service to help clean porches and front yards of Eastside seniors

Sign up here

Melanin Market Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 19
3 p.m.
822 A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida 32206

Back-to-School Collection Drive

June - July
TBD

JULY & AUGUST: Mixed-Income and High-Quality Housing

Civil Rights Conference

Thursday, Aug. 26 - Sunday, Aug. 28
TBD

Eastside Legacy Awards

August TBD

Back-to-School Collection Drive

Ongoing through July
TBD

Collection Drive Distribution Volunteer Project

July TBD

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

 

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