RACE RELATIONS PROGRESS REPORT
The Eighth Edition of JCCI's Race Relations Progress Report was released at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 25. The Summary Document is on the shelf below for viewing and download. You can pick up your copy of the Summary at the JCCI Offices or at the MOSH "RACE: Are We So Different?" Exhibit. Attendees at the February 2 JAX2025 event will also receive a copy.
In 2005, JCCI published its baseline Race Relations Progress Report under a charge to produce an annual report card to measure progress and hold the community accountable for eliminating race-based disparities. This is the seventh annual report card, and each year has seen the report strengthen its ability to measure progress.
Across the United States, communities are grappling with issues of race relations and race-based disparities. Within this national context, the Jacksonville, Florida community seeks to improve race relations and address racial disparities. JCCI's 2002 study Beyond the Talk: Improving Race Relations concluded that reaching a vision of racial justice and inclusion required eliminating racial disparities and discrimination. To build support for that vision and to measure community progress in reaching that goal, the report called on JCCI to develop an annual "report card" for community accountability.
The first report was issued in 2005. Since then, annual Progress Reports have tracked a series of indicators in the areas of:
Note: The annual reports contain survey questions pertaining to perceptions of race relations and experiences of racism that have been asked annually since 1985 as part of JCCI's Quality of Life Progress Report, along with quantitative data on race-based disparities from public sources. More in-depth surveys in 2004 and 2008, coinciding with the national Presidential elections, are available in the 2008 report.
In May 1946, The Council of Social Agencies in Jacksonville, a forerunner of JCCI, issued a report on race relations and racial disparities. The report provides an opportunity to look back at some of the history of racial disparities, observe the progress made over the last 60+ years, and identify issues that remain unresolved.