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Viva Florida Marks 50 Years of  
Civil Rights

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Now, 50 years later, Viva Florida is recognizing this important moment in history and promoting events and activities statewide that commemorate this significant anniversary.  


The Civil Rights Movement fundamentally changed the culture and laws of the United States. Florida was among other southern states where the struggle for Civil Rights was fought through the 1960s leading up to the enactment of the legislation of 1964. Cities such as Jacksonville St. Augustine and Tallahassee saw many non-violent protests such as sit-ins, bus boycotts and street demonstrations. When the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964, it ended the 89-year reign of Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation of black people in public spaces, normalized racial discrimination and began a tradition of violence towards African-Americans throughout the South. It was the beginning step towards greater equality and representation of diverse peoples in Florida and across the nation, as occurred in further laws such as the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Civil Rights Act, both of 1968.


Events are taking place around the state to mark 50 years of the Civil Rights Act. We encourage you to follow and use #FLCivilRights on your social media networks throughout July and the rest of 2014. Visit to find out more.
France and Florida: 450 Years of Fort Caroline

Viva Florida is offering a new traveling exhibit called "Florida Before Statehood," which is a collaborative production made possible by the Museum of Florida History's Traveling Exhibit Program (TREX).  


On June 29th, 1564, French colonists led by Captain René Goulaine de Laudonnière (1529-74) constructed one of the first European forts in what we today know as the United States of America. The French captain recorded a Thanksgiving feast on June 30 1564, which was celebrated with the local indigenous Timucuan people and is considered one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in America, predating the Plymouth Colony by 57 years.

This year will see the 450 year anniversary of the Fort Caroline settlement, which is believed to have been located in Jacksonville. In recognition of this anniversary, Viva Florida partners in Jacksonville have planned concerts, exhibitions and international exchanges to share the history of the French in Florida.


From the opening of the France - Florida cultural office at the offices of Visit Jacksonville, to the evening gala at the Timucua Ecological Preserve, many entertaining activities are planned. Find out more by visiting


Florida Memory Launches Streaming Radio 

Recently, Florida Memory launched Florida Memory Radio, a 24 hour streaming Internet radio station featuring a broad range of music from the Florida Folklife Collection. Available to listeners around the world, users can access the station using computers, tablets, or mobile phones, either on the Web at, or through the State Archives' Facebook page.

The Florida Folklife Collection is home to over 34,000 recordings of: blues, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and world music, featuring such artists as, Will McLean, Ida Goodson, Etta Baker and Doc Watson.  


Florida Memory Radio plays these diverse musical selections around the clock, commercial free, allowing listeners to enjoy the rich audio resources of the State Archives of Florida. In the coming months, listeners will also be able to take Florida Memory Radio on the go with the new app.


Florida Memory is an ongoing Web initiative that promotes awareness, understanding and the use of the State Library and Archives' collections and services. It enables remote access to unique records that illustrate significant moments in the state's history.


For more details about the station's programming and scheduling, please visit

June 2014 
Florida Department of State Secretary of State Ken Detzner
In This Issue
Viva Florida Marks 50 Years of Civil Rights
France and Florida: 450 Years of Fort Caroline
Florida Memory Launches Streaming Radio
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