2017 Inductees


QUINCY, FL | 1939-2012

Patricia Stephens Due, a native of Quincy, spent most of her life as a civil rights activist. In 1960, Ms. Due chose 49 days in jail — the first “jail-in” of the Civil Rights Movement — rather than pay a fine or bail…


JACKSONVILLE, FL | 1929-2017

Dr. Arnett Elyus Girardeau, Jr., a native of Jacksonville, served as captain of and participated in the 1960s sit-in referred to as “Ax Handle Saturday.” After serving in the military and graduating…


ORLANDO, FL | 1932-present

Willie H. Williams dedicated his life through actions and words to promote the mission of ensuring the equality of rights for all persons and eliminating racial hatred and racial discrimination…