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In the pre-dawn hours of March 8, members representing four north Florida branches of the NAACP boarded a bus and made their way to Selma, Alabama, where they would join tens of thousands in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march. For those who made the trip, it was a day they…

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After being laid off seven years ago, Juan Segarra started Foresight Construction Group in Gainesville. Growing to three offices across Florida, Segarra’s company won best minority business of the year in November, an award granted by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Foresight’s business manager Maritza Rovira-Forino said diversity was key to their economic success…

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott announced the selection of former Gov. Reubin O’Donovan Askew, Sallye B. Mathis and Edward Daniel Davis to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Governor Scott chose these three from a list of 10 distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on Human Relations for making…

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Samuel Pasco, the county’s namesake, was English-born, Harvard-educated and a U.S. senator from Florida after he fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1887, Pasco was speaker of the state House of Representatives. In his 52-year life, he also served as a school principal, attorney and the clerk of…

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The Florida State NAACP State Conference has launched an online petition drive to ensure the governor, Cabinet and legislature do not allow prominent Confederate soldiers to be honored in the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame memorial. A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans is pressing for the inclusion of three prominent figures in Florida…

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Failure to Work With Minority Owned Businesses a Challenge in the Private and Public Sector   Submitted by Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Sr. Director NAACP Economic Department & Torey Alston, NAACP Florida State Conference Economic Development State Chairman    Diversity and inclusion has become an important subject of national debate in urban and rural areas. Yet what…

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Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and Torey Alston, State Economic Development Chair, will release a statewide Economic Development Report Card after examining the records of leading public and private organizations over the last four months. The NAACP Florida State Conference examined their records on employment, advertising and spending with minority, women…

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Promoting diversity and inclusion in business hiring, government contracting and career advancement has become a central focus of the NAACP Florida State Conference in recent years. We recently released a report card on the records of targeted cities, counties, school districts and private corporations in Florida after examining those records. In summary, most local governments…

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Promoting diversity and inclusion in business hiring, government contracting and career advancement has become a central focus of the NAACP Florida State Conference in recent years. The general public has not been accustomed to the NAACP lending its voice on economic development issues, so we took a “deeper dive” into a topic that receives little…

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