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The Hope Initiative of the Big Bend, Inc. will host a Day of Giving for the Big Bend area on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jack L. McLean, Jr. Park, 700 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The event will feature a food giveaway, law enforcement leadership who will provide services to victims of crime, free legal services, free haircuts for youth, free school supplies and much more. For information, please email

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The Hope Initiative of the Big Bend, Inc. is partnering with local organizations, to include the NAACP, Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., Sabal Palm Elementary, and Akbar Law Firm, P.A. to host a "Justice on the Block" Free Legal Clinic for residents whose rent has doubled in the Meadows mobile home community. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at Sabal Palm Elementary School, 2813 Ridgeway Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310. The free legal clinic will address tenants' individual issues and connect them to services if needed. For more information, email:

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

Gamble Street renamed for Civil Rights ‘power couple’ Robert and Trudie Perkins Published: Sep. 10, 2021

A Civil Rights “power couple” is now immortalized on FAMU’s campus. Part of Gamble Street has been renamed Robert and Trudie Perkins Way.

“Today would have been their 75th wedding anniversary,” City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox said.

“They were anointed and appointed by God to make life better for people in our City, even though they both paid with the loss of their jobs and livelihood,” local historian Delaitre Hollinger said. The Perkins pushed for the creation of parks for African American children, equal pay for black nurses, and obtained a federal court decision requiring the City of Tallahassee to hire a black workforce that better reflected the community.

Deputy City Manager Cynthia Barber said she was a direct result of the new policy, thanking the Perkins’ daughter during the ceremony.

FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson was also at Friday’s ceremony, lauding the Perkins for their work.

“The Perkins, however, took on these battles at a time when in this community, racial and social justice issues weren’t as cool as they are today,” Dr. Robinson said. County Commissioners Rick Minor, Bill Proctor, and Carolyn Cummings were present, along with City Commissioners Jack Porter, Jeremy Matlow, Dianne Williams-Cox, Curtis Richardson, and Mayor John Dailey.

“As a math professor and as a nurse, they were graduates of what was then Florida A&M College, but they were also business owners as well,” Mayor Dailey said.

NAACP President Mutaqee Akbar said the renaming is positive; he emphasized the importance of not only telling stories of black history, but institutionalizing the history. He also said it’s important to celebrate black history year round, not just one month a year. “Our children can now look up and see a black family, and a black family that did great things for Tallahassee,” Akbar said.

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