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Table of Contents
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Rosa Parks' Records Ordered Open
A federal judge ordered lawyers for the civil rights icon Rosa Parks to
release records about her mental state that may determine whether she
approved of lawsuits over a hip-hop song that uses her name.
U.S. District Court Judge George Steeh ruled that some information
about the 91-year-old Parks' health especially her dementia should not
be shielded by a protective order. The order has kept the bulk of Parks'
medical records private.
The lawsuit alleged defamation and trademark infringement because
Parks' name was used without her permission in the song title "Rosa
Parks." The chorus is: "Ah-ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the
back of the bus."
Ajudge dismissed OutKast from the suit and Parks' lawyers filed a sec-
ond suit in August, naming BMG and two of its units, Arista and LaFace
Parks was 42 years old in 1955 when she was arrested for refusing to
give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, triggering a historic 381-
day bus boycott organized by a young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

NAACP Seeking Probe in Bourbon
Street Death of Black Student
The NAACP on called for a U.S. Justice Department investigation into
the case of a black college student who died after a New Year's Eve scuf-
fle with white bouncers at a French Quarter karaoke bar. No arrests have
been made, and an autopsy has yet to establish the cause of death.
Georgia Southern University senior Levon Jones died following a fight
outside the Razzoo Club and Patio on New Orleans' famed Bourbon
Street. Police said the fight started after a worker at the nightclub denied
admittance to one of Jones' friends because his clothing (a button-down
shirt and jeans) violated the dress code. Friends of Jones who were at the
club said four bouncers pinned Jones down and choked him.
Danatus Scott, president of the NAACP's New Orleans branch, said the
civil rights gioup is looking into %khcthel the club one of a string of bars
on Bourbon Street \\ th loud music and cheap beer selectively enforced
a dress code to keep blacks out.
The district attorney's office is also looking into the death. New Orleans
coroner Frank Minyard said his office is awaiting the results of toxicolo-
gy tests.

Wisconsin Woman Installed as
First Black Member of Congress
Wisconsin's first African-American member of Congress was sworn in
when U.S. Representative Gwen Moore took her official oath of office.
Moore defeated Republican lawyer Gerald Boyle in November's elec-
tion by a landslide to secure the 4th Congressional District seat.
The Milwaukee Democrat served in the State Assembly for 12 years.

Baltimore Judge Orders Public
Housing Desegregation
The city of Baltimore public housing should be desegregated by
spreading its residents across the region, a federal judge ruled in a 10-
3)ar-old civil rights case that challenged a half-century of government
The American Civil Liberties Union had sued the Baltimore Housing
Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
in 1995, arguing that government policies had created "black ghettos" in
The judge concluded that the plaintiffs did not prove current discrimi-
nation on the part of city officials, or a failure by city officials to right
past wrongs.
But he said HUD failed to do its duty to promote fair housing and failed
to look for solutions beyond the city limits. Garbis said it remains to be
seen whether HUD's actions were intentionally discriminatory or a result
of political pressure.
Plaintiffs' attorney Andrew Freeman said he was "pleased that the
judge recognizes that segregation is a regional problem that needs a
regional solution."
While a consent decree in the case covers 14,000 families, Freeman said
not all would move.
"Relative to the population of the region, we are talking about grains of
sand on the beach," Freeman said.

Man Jailed for Draing
Noose Around Teens Neck
A Clearwater, Florida man accused of draping a noose around the
shoulders of a black teen at a fast food restaurant was sentenced to 60
days in jail.
The judge also sentenced Louis Giannola IV, who was con\ icted in
December of misdemeanor battery, to 10 months probation and commu-
nity service. He was spared a harsher sentence because jurors declined to
label the incident a hate crime.
In a brief statement read in court, the 20-year-old Giannola apologized
to the victim and said he now understands the hurt he caused.
Giannola was arrested after he draped a noose around the neck of Hall,
15, while they and other teens were at a Wendy's restaurant in Largo in
January 2004. Prosecutors contend some people Giannola was with were

heard making racial slurs.
Giannola said he did not put the noose around Hall's neck out of hate
but because another teen, whose own father is black, bet him $10 he
wouldn't do it.

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Volume 18 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida January 13 19, 2005

King's Economic Hopes Remain a Dream

by N. Kelley
In the immediate aftermath of the
1965 Watts riots, Martin Luther
King Jr. said to March on
Washington organizer Bayard
Rustin: "I worked to get these peo-
ple the right to eat hamburgers [at
segregated restaurants], and now
I've got to do something...to help
them to get the money to buy it."
King never lived long enough to
deal with that problem, but it has
been a sticking issue, the problem
of black economic development in

a competitive market society.
In 2005, it remains a fact that 25
to 33 percent of black Americans
are still mired in poverty, yet rough-
ly 60 percent are middle-class (with
10 percent in the elite). It's ques-
tionable, however, if the black mid-
dle class, which has historically
been the leadership class, can
socially and economically repro-
duce itself without programs such
as affirmative action and minority
set-asides, which have aided them
in procuring the wealth that they

have so far.
Melvin Oliver and Thomas
Shapiro have pointed out in 'Black
Wealth/White Wealth' that while
middle-class blacks now enjoy
higher incomes, they "earn seventy
cents for every dollar earned by
middle-class whites but they pos-
sess only fifteen cents for every
dollar of wealth held by middle-
class whites."
Despite a growing black middle
class over the last 40 years, African
Continued on page 2

A Dream Deffered

is Still a Dream
SFamily of slain "Freedom Summer" civil
rights workers witness arrest of former
Klansmen 40 years later page 7

Christian Girls Ministry

Celebrates 14th Anniversary

Shown above is Honoree Beulah Clay Williams with the organization's
founder, Dr. Anita V. Allen
Celebrating 14 Years of Girls in Faith
Mrs. Beaulah Clay Williams was honored recently by the Christian Girls
Clubs Ministries at their 14th Anniversary Luncheon.Founded by Dr.
Anita Allen, the organization's mission is to teach, train and encourage
young ladies to keep God fresh and alive in their lives. For more on the
festivities, see page 3.

Barack Joins the Ranks of History
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (L) (D-IL) re-enacts being sworn-in by
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney(R) on Capitol Hill in Washington last
week. With him are his wife Michelle and their two daughters Malia
(L) and Sasha. Obama, 43, is currently the only African-American in
the Senate, and the fifth in its history.

Nation Mourns Loss of Shirley Chisolm

Shown above (inset) former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm, Muriel St. Hill, her sister, accepts the flag from Chisolm's casket from for-
mer Rep. Annette Rainwater, D-Mich., after memorial services for Chisolm at the First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast, Fla.. Shown right, a con-
gressional honor guard carries the flag draped casket.
Shirley Chisholm, the first black past months, her mouth was her "greatest politi- Chisholm once said she wanted to
woman elected to Congress and an Chisholm was raised in a predom- cal asset." be remembered as someone with
outspoken advocate for women and inantly black New York City neigh- While in Congress, Chisholm was guts.
minorities during seven terms in the borhood and was elected to the US a champion of women, minorities She'll be entombed in Forest
House, died during the early days of House in 1968. She was a riveting and the poor. She ran for the Lawn Cemetery next to her hus-
the new year. At the age of 80, and speaker who often criticized Democratic presidential nomination band, former state Assemblyman
living in Palm Coast, FL, Chisholm Congress as being too clubby and in 1972, winning 152 delegates Arthur Hardwick, who died in
had suffered several strokes in the unresponsive. Chisholm told voters before withdrawing from the race. 1986.


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King's Economic Dream
Continued from page 1 Most Africans Americans
Americans tend to lag in business achieved virtual equality, me
development, a major source of they are no longer, by dint o
wealth, as opposed to mere income, or custom, held in a perm
According to a 2000 Milken Insti- caste position and subjected to
tute minority business report discrimination. Conversely,
(prepared for the U.S. Commerce black poor are virtually segre
Department), blacks, while com- not by law or custom but b
prising 12.5 percent of the U.S. cumstances (a combination o
population, accounted for only 3.6 sonal habits and structural ir
percent of businesses. Hispanics ties).
(who have become the largest mi- Perhaps Booker T. Washing
nority since 2000) were 11 percent Annual revenue per bu.
of the population, but accounted for
4.5 percent of businesses. Asian was $225,000; Hispanic
Americans, 4 percent of the U.S. African Americans spena
population -- a third of the black ers, but take in $91 billion
population figure -- held 3.5 per- products and services.
cent of businesses in the United
States. Also, according to the re- observation that "No race tha
port, there were 1.4 million Latino- anything to offer to the mark
owned business, 1.1 million Asian the world is long in any d
and Native American businesses, ostracized" ought to be reexam
but only 880,000 black-owned en- The Washington-(W.E.B.) Du
terprises. debate was essentially over
Annual revenue per business for sort of social/public police
Asian/Native American was avenue of engagement would
$225,000; Hispanic, $130,000; and benefit blacks. Washington
blacks: $70,000. African Ameri- cated an industrial one, esche
cans spend $600 to $700 billion as "social equality" as an "ext
consumers, but take in $91 billion folly."
in sales receipts as producers of Once Washington passed
products and services, the scene, DuBois and
When noticing that immigrant NAACP's agitation for integr
and minority firms were making became the dominant mode o
inroads into "breakthrough indus- cial interaction at the expen
tries," African Americans were establishing a set of ideas or
noticeably absent in the report: cies regarding economic
"Someone of Indian or Chinese sufficiency. DuBois, however
origin starts one in four of every Igan to rethink his position on
new business endeavors." In other nomic and segregation in ligl
words, blacks are behind in the the Great Depression. He began
moneymaking technologies that advocate segregation as a mea
have fueled economic activities in defend black dignity and to a
the last decade. for an economic ag

if law
y cir-
f per-


("Cooperative Com-
monwealth"). How-
ever, the dominant ,
mode of political
mobilization was
based on integration
but no important
discussion about
black economic development ever
occurred -- except for under the
rubric of the catch phrase
"economic justice."
But "economic justice" is a na've
concept in an aggressive capitalist
society like America. As Harold

siness for Asian/Native American
, $130,000; and blacks: $70,000.
d $600 to $700 billion as consum-

on in

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ets of
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se of
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an to
ns to

sales receipts as producers of

Cruse once pointed out," Negro
intellectuals produce...no original
economic theorists who can cope
realistically with either capitalism
or socialism from a Negro point of
The recent election underscores
that the black political agenda of
the last 40 years, trying to use poli-
tics to influence the machinery of
the federal government, has failed.
This failure, however, does not
mean that blacks ought to totally
abandon politics. Instead, blacks
should also focus on developing
ideas, policies, programs, and busi-
ness models that will help them-
selves engage an internal process of
economic development, aka wealth
creation. Or put another way: Black
America needs to produce genera-
tions of nerds who'll invent prod-
ucts and applications more so than
future generations of 0"bling-
blinging" hip-hop artists and brawl-
ing athletes.



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PICTURED (top row, left to right) CGCM Inc.
Executive Officers: Addie Carswell, Annie Pearl
Griffin, Dr. Allen, Beulah Williams, Wilnita Allen,
Elaine Kyle and Susan Bernard; seated Claudia
DeBlow and Alberta Bowden. Center: Minister of
Dance, Wilnita Tonique Allen, Dr. Allen, and her
sister, Mrs. Herman (Annie Pearl) Meade, of
Pittsburgh, Pa., who traveled the longest distance; and
far right, Minister Serena Davis. Lower row:
Exemplifying a united Family CGC Unit are: the
Massaline Family (standing) Kevonda Thomas, 11; and
Addie Carswell; seated Claudia Deblaw and Alberta
Bowden; who honored Addie B. Blunt (deceased). Mrs.
Vera Cruz, Kimberly Williams, her mother, Mrs.
Beulah Williams (Witnita's Godmother), and Wilnita
Allen. -Photographer-Min. Serena Davis

Girls Clubs Ministries Inc.
celebrated their Fourteenth (14th)
Founders Day \iith a luncheon on
December 4. 2005. at the Adam's
Mark Hotel. The Christian Girls
Clubs Ministries Inc. is an interna-
tional, iiterTicnoiinational. and
interracial organization that has
been in existence since December
1990: evolved from the Christian
Girls Club of Jacksonville, Florida;
to CGCM Inc.
The CGCM Inc., a nonprofit
organization, renewed it's commit-
ment to God to continue to seek his
directions in fulfilling their mission
statement, "To teach, traiini"and
encourage girls (all ages), to keep
God fresh and alive in their lives."
The Vision of The CGCM Inc.
is to help fulfill the great com-

mission by providing Christian-
based resources to girls and their
parents worldwide. The .leadership
of CGCM Inc., equipped with
hearts to please God, commit the
rest of their lives to impacting the
lives of, and meeting the needs of
elementary aged girls, in particular.
Dr. Anita Carter Allen, founder
and executive director; and the
officers of CGCM Inc., selected
Mrs. Beulah Clay Williams as the
recipient of this year's "Woman of
the Year" award.
Mrs. Williams has worked
untiringly in the organization since
its beginning in 1990. As an
riigiial iemnber, she has served in
many capacities, including service
as treasurer, business manager,
fashion show coordinator, and
seminar instructor. She has given

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unselfishly of her time, talents, and
finances, to promote the cause of
God's work. Because of her
devotion and dedicated service, she
was made an honorary member in
2002, with all the privileges and
rights of the executive board
The luncheon program began
with the mother/daughter team of
Minister Addie Massaline Carswell
and Minister Claudia Massaline
Deblow; Sister Alberta Bowden
and Kevonda Thomas completing
the Massaline CGC family unit

which conducted Praise and
Minister Wilnita Tonique Allen
of the W. T. Allen CGC family
unit, presented Dance Praise.
"God's Woman" was rendered
in song, by Claudia M. Deblow.
Pastor Wayne Carswell, of
Christian Faith Assembly; and
Pastor Ernest Griffin, of Shalom
Missionary, Baptist Church; table
leaders: Minister Elaine Kyle, of
New Life Community UMC; and
Pastor Larry Allen, of Jordan
Temple Missionary Baptist Church;

led the Intercessory Prayer.
Dr. Anita Vernel Carter Allen
spoke on the theme: "This Is
Dedicated To The One I Love."
The essence of the message was
that God, who is Life and Love,
presents us with many choices of
love, and lovers.... "Seek, Ye First
the Kingdom of God and His
Righteousness" (Matthew 6:33), as
early as you can in life, and all
these other things will be added
unto you. She challenged (Titus
2:3-5 and Proverbs 31:11) women
to continue to mount up, unite, and

"Teach." Thusly. CGCM Inc. to
rededicate. all our bodies, soul and
spirit, to the continuous service of
Everyone received gifts of
calendars from WCGL and Larry
Allen,. Allstate Ins.: Jewelry boxes
and other goodies.
Grandmothers. Mothers, Sisters
and Daughters of all ages, to find
out more information about CGCM
Inc.. email anitaallen41@yahoo.
com: or you may write to Dr. Allen
at P O Box 9665, Jacksonvillel, FL
32208; or you may call 398-8517.






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f o St+ro n9 Sob er i n
by Charles Griggs


Former T-U editorial page editor lands in $80,000
government safety net, at taxpayer's expense.

"Has racism in America lingered and is it per-
sistent, or is it merely a small and shrinking part of
the human condition?
The evidence is rather conclusive that slav-
ery is not unique and its effects are not permanent."
-Taken from a 1999 Florida Times-Union Editorial
by Lloyd Brown titled "The Lingering Issue."
The more things change, the more they remain
the same.
And just when you're about to give out kudos to
Governor Jeb Bush for his humanitarian fact finding
efforts in the disaster torn tsunami areas, he does
something that leaves you scratching your head. And
your taxpaying wallet.
At the same time a controversial former Florida
Times-Union editorial-page editor has found 80,000
reasons to remain loyal to the conservative jibberish
that he used to spew while employed by the paper.
Lloyd Brown recently resigned from the T-U
under a cloud of controversy surrounding plagiarism
and claims of sexual harassment.
At the time a T-U task force found that Brown
had engaged in instances of plagiarism as far back as
1996. And instead of sticking around and facing the
music, Brown resigned shortly after acknowledging
that the committee findings were accurate.
Now for those of you who may not be familiar
with the journalism/op-ed industry, plagiarism is a
major no-no. Those who do it usually find themselves
at the bottom of the profession's food chain writing
copy for the telephone book.
Instead, he was rewarded with an $80,000 a year
second chance as a speech writer for Governor Bush.
The Brown fiasco broke when a former T-U edi-
torial writer penned a story in Folio Weekly that
alleged details of plagiarism and his computer porn
Billee Bussard said that Brown viewed porn on
the office computer and made comments about the
intelligence of women.
I guess by now you might be saying this Brown
guy must have been some kind of character.
As editor of. the editorial page Brown was
responsible for some of the most socially bruising
comments ever published by the T-U. In 1999 Brown
was responsible for an editorial titled "The Lingering
Issue." The editorial was deemed racially offensive by
many African Americans in the Jacksonville commu-
nity. In addition to community outrage, it also raised

a major stink within the walls of the T-U. Many
employees, lead by African American writers,
protested the paper's support for the editorial and
demanded an apology from Brown.
An apology which they never got.
In light of the fact that Governor Bush made a
zero tolerance example out of Department of Elder
Affairs Secretary Terry White over sexual harassment
allegations last week, the hiring of Brown is very
White was never given a chance to defend him-
self or to even know who his accusers were.
Yet Brown's second chance was obviously void
of any real consideration of his past allegations or,
perhaps, they just didn't matter.
For Bush to take in such an icon of conservative
controversy at this stage of the game is a mystery.
I would have to think long and hard to come up
with names of good people, let alone those whose
words have left as'many scars as Brown has, who
have been fortunate enough to get that taxpayer sup-
plemented ride into the sunset.
For many who have been cut by the words of
Brown over the years, his government hiring is very
puzzling. It's the kind of thing that continues to erode
the confidence of the public in government affairs.
It would be different if one of Bush's conserva-
tive big-wigs provided Brown some employment
space in the private sector. Then appearances would
be totally above board.
SAt this point Bush should be big enough to admit
that a mistake was made in the hiring of Brown.
That's if he wants to be taken seriously when he asks
people to believe what he says.
At the same time, Bush could preserve the
integrity of his office.
But that isn't likely to happen.
That's because the power of the party is greater
than the power of the Governor, or his integrity.
The bottom line is that in light of his plagiaristic
past Lloyd Brown is not worth $80,000 in taxpayer
dollars. And in light of all of his recent problems and
allegations, there should be at least a small price of
professional redemption to be paid.
How interesting that a man for whom his indus-
try had shunned, found his way into conservative
writing heaven, and a few dollars more.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to:
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

The Super Bowl is in the air, and
as we repave roads, plant flowers
and trees and clean up our city right-
of-ways and parks it obvious that
we are getting ready for the big
dance. Most of us aren't really in-
vited to the annual traveling festive
affair, but hopefully our city will
benefit tremendously.
I have never been accused of be-
ing overly friendly with the Mayor's
Office, but I will give them some
credit or "props" as we say in "da
hood." And my props are not about
the Super Bowl per se, but more so
about the Mayor's Office capitaliz-
ing on the attention from the big
game and introducing a new brand-
ing campaign for the city.
I always refer to Jacksonville as
the sleeping giant that has recently
been awakened, but more people
think of us as, "The Bold New City
of the South." Well, at least that's
the slogan we have used for years,
but what does it really mean?
Most of us cannot identify with
that theme or simply don't get it.
Other Jacksonville resident can't
identify with the old slogan because
it's just that old. So the admini-
stration embarked down a path that
other Mayors have probably thought
about, but simply decided it wasn't
on the list of top priorities
In this case, the Super Bowl pro-
vides the perfect vehicle to help
deliver the message that the new
theme carries. It's a unified message
that all agencies marketing the city
will use. Until now, each organiza-
tion with marketing functions (e.g.
Chamber of Commerce, Convention
and. Visitors Bureau, Tourist Devel-
opment Couincil, etc.) all used their
own internally branded theme.
Essence of the theme comes from
research done by the Dalton Agency

January 13-19, 2005

e. Where Florida Begins
which basically found that most watch via TV from around the
people had heard of Jacksonville in world.
one way or another, however not So again, if there was ever a bet-
many people who had never visited ter time to roll out a branding cam-
the city knew where we were lo- paign for a city that most people in
cated. the country have heard of, but don't
Putting on my marketing cap for a knowmuch about now is the time
moment, building a branding cam- to.do it.
paign around where we are located, But now is the time for the mil-
versus what we are about can be lion question will the new theme
risky. But as Howard Thurman once catch on? Hopefully so, but time
said, "Growth always involves the will certainly reveal if the new was
risk of failure." a good investment or a good at-
I personally like the new theme of tempt. I would imagine that most
"Jacksonville. Where Florida Be- Jacksonville citizens not engaged in
gins" because it says so much more politics or the marketing of our city
than it says. OK, I may have lost are not really excited about a new
you on that last sentence. The theme tag line for the city.
doesn't simply tell people that this When you are attempting to put
is where the state of Florida begins, food on the table where Florida be-
but also insinuates everything that's gins is not as important as where the
good about the state starts here as bank account begins and ends. Most
well. of us are not going to the games or
This new branding campaign is the extremely overpriced parties, but
somewhat important from a national us commoners will still receive
or even international perspective, long-term benefits from the Super
When the National Football League Bowl I hope!.
chose Jacksonville several years ago I must be getting soft in my old
to host Super Bowl XXXIX some age, but I finally agree with one of
people from around the country the Mayor's strategies. Maybe it's
were left scratching their heads because of the New Year, but I am
wondering why? sure that it will not be a recurring
It is sort of like the coup we theme.
pulled when the city won our NFL People often ask if I am going to
franchise. We were a long shot and the big game, and I tell them that the
no one really gave us much of a likelihood of me or you getting tick-
chance. The Super Bowl is not ets is very slim about as slim as a
much different, with a metropolitan 110 pound model on a diet. But
population of approximately 1.2 again, this game and new branding
million; Jacksonville is the smallest campaign should help but Jackson-
market ever to host the annual ville on the map. However, I am
event, reminded of one of my grandmother
Jacksonville seems to have the favorite sayings, "Be careful what
luck of the Irish or better yet the you ask for."
luck of a grandma at a Vegas slot Signing off from "Where Florida
machine on our side. The game will Begins,"
bring around i25,000 folks to the Reggie Fullwood
city and nearly a billion people will

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By Nia Nelson
It's too bad that for most of us, the
holiday on Jan. 15 commemorating
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birh-
day has become just another da otff
-- a day to vegetate, watch televi-
sion, or go to the mall and take ad-
vantage of MLK Day sales.
During the long struggle to create
Ia King holiday, it would have been
impossible to predict this level of
forgetfulness and indifference. But
unfortunately, the legacN of King --
an activist, intellectual, and vision-
ary who fought and died for social
justice -- has become static, and he
has become frozen as someone h\ ho
had a dream in 1963.
Most often in the larger culture,
honoring King's birthday consists of
endless replays of snippets from his
"I, Have a Dream" -speech, often
sponsored by a large corporation

and hooked to product advertising.
It's as if King made only one speech
and dreamed only one dream in his
short but revolutionary life.
Don't get me wrong. I think
King's speech at the 1963 March on
Washington was eloquent, power-
ful, ard enduring. What's disturbing
is that the emphasis on that one
speech in that one moment robs us
of the breadth of the man's thinking,
the evolution of his ideas, and the
radical nature of his politics.
This emphasis freezes King in
time as merely, a dreamer, when in
fact he \ as an unrelenting activist
for radical social change and justice
for all. In both subtle and obvious
%\ays, it also sends a message that
the struggle for a fair and equitable
.society is a fantasy.
Martin Luther King Jr. challenged
all of us in America not only to live

up to the ideals upon \which this
nation \%as founded but also to ex-
pand those parameters -- to put our,
bodies, hearts, and money where
our mouths are, and to make the
ideal of justice and equality some-
thing more than words It's impor-
tant for us to remember that Kingi
was far more than a taller; he waas
an activist. Yes, he used words to
inspire, but he also used his actions
to demonstrate how words and be-
liefs can be transformed into a
movement for social change. ,
During his lifetime he was jailed.
beaten, threatened, and spied on, yet
he did not retreat. At this moment in
our history -- when we are faced
with an economic downturn, an
illegitimate presidential election, the
disenfranchisement of African-
American voters, and the enormous
growth of the prison industrial com-

ple\ over the last decade -- his
words and his actions should be an
inspiration to all of us who believe
in freedom and equality.
Honoring King's memorN and
continuing his much-needed legacN
demands that \e do more than sim-
pl. take a day off. I'm convinced
that King would ask and inspire
something more from us: that \%e
take a day to consider the injustices
that remain rampant in our society ,
and then act to effect change.
As King so eloquently put it,
"Historv has thrust upon our genera-
tioa an indescribably important des-
tiny to complete a process of de-
mocratization which our nation has
too long developed too slowly. How
we deal with this crucial situation
will determine our moral health as
individuals, our cultural health as a
region, our political health as a na-
tion, and our prestige as a leader of
the free world "



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Baby Contest
One local child will have a chance
to win a New York modeling con-
tract, and kids at area hospitals will
be the real winners in Jacksonville's
Most Photogenic Baby Contest
2005. This annual contest is coming
to Orange Park Mall January 20-23.
Parents may bring their babies to the
mall fo- a professional modeling
photo shoot Thursday through Sat-
urday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and
Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
Photographs of participants will
be displayed at the mall for voting
February 18-20. Members of the
community will be able to pick the
"Voter's Choice" with a 50-cent
donation to the Children's Miracle
Network. .,

Ronald Pickings, center, hits a golf ball while Marcus Manns, 30, second-right, from Virginia looks on at the Achi-
mota golf course in Accra, Ghana. Manns and Pickings are among a number African-Americans who in recent years
have traded a career and the comfort of the U.S. and relocated to the West African country of Ghana.

African Americans Repatriating to Ghana

As a young African-American
wondering how to connect with his
heritage, Marcus Manns may have
been alone in thinking that his an-
cestral homeland had a great need
for a decent chiropractor.
Fresh out of college four years
ago, Manns landed in Ghana's swel-
tering, exhaust-choked capital with
only $1,200 in his wallet, no con-
tacts, and no ticket home.
"I thought I'd set up my booth
and there'd be people lined up for
days," the 30-year-old from Bassett,
Va., said as he played golf recently
at Accra's Achimota Golf Club. He
punched a shot through a tangle of
weeds and laughed. "Boy, that just
wasn't the case."
Some Ghanaians had never even
heard of chiropractors, he said.
Manns is among a growing num-
ber of black Americans trading po-
tentially lucrative careers and rela-
tive comfort back home for a new
life in Africa, where the former
slave-trading hub of Ghana is woo-
ing Americans with some of the
easiest immigration rules on the
continent. That includes a "right of
abode" for qualifying American
members of the African diaspora,
echoing Israel's offer of automatic
citizenship for Jews.
Ghana's first president, Kwame
Nkrumah, a graduate of Lincoln
University in Chester County, Pa.,
was a leading voice for repatriation,
enlisting Americans like the authors
W.E.B. DuBois and Maya Angelou
to help spread the movement.
Post-independence euphoria was
quickly shattered, however, as
Ghana fell into decades of military
rule before embracing constitutional

Marcus Manns, 30, from Virginia, right, and Ronald Pickings, play
a round at the Achimota golf course.

democracy in 1992.
These days, the country's expand-
ing economy, stable government
and laid-back, English-speaking
population makes it an easy holiday
choice for tourists, who flock to the
chain of slave forts that still line
Ghana's coastline.
For some, Ghana offers incentives
to stay: It is the only African coun-
try to offer black Americans "right
of abode," allowing those who qual-
ify to work and own property, said
Janet Butler, president of the Afri-
can American Association, a sup-
port group for expatriates. Appli-
cants must live in Ghana seven
cars before fully qualifying.
As many as 1,000 black Ameri-
cans are living in Ghana. They are a
varied lot: aid workers, pan-African
nationalists here since the 1960s,
entrepreneurs, retirees, Rastafarians.
A few live in mud huts, embracing
the agrarian life of their ancestors.
Among the draws: Affordable,
quality private schools and an ab-
sence of racism.

Despite the pluses, many black
Americans said their dreams of be-
ing welcomed back to Africa as
long-lost kin were quickly snuffed
out. Africans, they said, couldn't
understand why they'd abandon
Western comforts and move to an
impoverished continent.
Manns believes his move to West
Africa fulfilled a "chiropractic mis-
sion," but it wasn't easy. After two
months in Ghana, he was broke. A
friend came to his rescue, lending
him a tiny room where he worked,
ate and slept for over a year.
Four years later, Manns operates
two "wellness centers," staffed by
three black chiropractors recruited
from the United States, and a non-
profit branch that serves Ghana's
"For me, coming to Africa com-
pleted a circle," he said. "Being
here gives me a sense of purpose. It
makes my life more meaningful."
His next big idea for Africa:
Health food stores.

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21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Memorial Birthday Celebration

The United Community Out- .
reach Ministry (UCOM) will begin p"
two nights of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Celebration activities, on
Friday, January 14. 2005. The
S2005 theme is: "26 Years of A
Vision in Faith, Removing Barriers,
'Enriching and Inspiring Lives."
The Interfaith Pre-Service
SMusical will begin at 6:45 p.m. on '
Friday, January 14th at the
Southside Church of God in Christ,
S2179 Emerson Street. The Angelic
*Choir of the host church will
present selections. The speaker
will be Chaplain Walter Brown of .
the United States Navy.
Local dignitaries, great leaders, ----
and members of the UCOM Mrs. Tashaunda Brown-Cannon
Churches will gather at 7 p.m. in
the Fellowship Center of the San January 15". The occasion will be
Jose Church of Christ, 6233 San UCOM's 21" Memorial Birthday
Jose Blvd. at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Banquet Dinner. in conjunction

Last Day to Register Super CelebraUleM l
for Feb. 15th Special Athletes, Past, Present
Election is Jan. 18th 8an .......The FtnUrel
The last day to register to vote in
the February 15. 2005 Special The Jacksonville Super Bowl
Election is Tuesday. January 18 at 5 Host Committee has sanctioned
p.m. Eligible Duval County residents two events sponsored by the United
can register at the Supervisor of Community Coalition (UCC). The
Elections Office. 105 E. Monroe UCC's mission is to foster econo-
Street, at any Public Library, or on mic opportunity on Jacksonville's
the web: http://duvalelections.coj. Northside in preparation for the
"The attention given to the 2004 2005 Super Bowl, and beyond,
Presidential election was inspiring. I through powerful coalition building
hope that voters will remember the and long term strategic planning.
important role they played in taking "Uniting Today's Communities
part then and will do so again in this for Tomorrow's Prosperity", the
Special Election on Februaryl5t," UCC will is sponsoring "A Super
'stated Interim Supervisor of Elections Celebration of Athletes Past,
Bill Scheu. Present and The Future" from 11
As of January 3. Duval County has a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday,
521,636 registered voters; 240,197 January 29. 2005. at the James P.
Democrats: 193.103 Republicans; Small Park. 8' Street & Myrtle
71,515 with no party affiliation, and Ave.
16,821 belong to other political For more information on the
parties, event or to participate as a sponsor,
For more information about vendor, or volunteer, please call
,registering to vote or to request an Debra Edwards at (904) 626-9921:
absentee ballot, call (904) 630-1410. or visit www.unitedcoalition.net
Stage Aurora Presents
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Social News, Coming Events etc. at winter performances on January
no cost. NEWS DEADLINE is on 13-23, 2005. The New Year will be
,,"onday ,at' '.m. There is a small Will begin v'ith a grand start with
charge for allphotographi, wx i 'ut "'f~ .IIssic "A'"lRisin in the"Stif".
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with the organization's 26 years of
Mrs. Tashanda Brown-Cannon,
former Duval County School teach-
er. who is now Assistant Principal
at the Windy Ridge School in
Orlando. Florida. Mrs. Brown-
Cannon has established herself
among the highest leaders and
motivators of young teachers. She
serves students and teachers in
many capacities including Curricu-
lum Coordinator. Mentor Counse-
lor. and Instructional Support.
Tables of ten are available for
corporations. churches, sororities,
fraternities. and other organiza-
tions. Individual tickets available.
For reservations and information,
please call Nathaniel Washington,
event chairman. (904) 764-4439 or
Fort Mose Black
History Celebration
The Fort Mose Historical
Society and the Florida Park
Service will sponsor the I 1t
Annual Fort Mose Festival Flight
to Freedom "An American
Celebration" on Saturday,
February 5, 2005 from 10:00a.m.-
4:00 p.m. Enjoy African
drumming, dancing, singing, and a
special living history presentation
on Fort Mose......first free black
settlement in America...., and walk
through the Fort Mose Exhibit.
This ceremony begins a month full
of -activities which mark the
celebration of Black History
Month. For more information, call
MOSH Black History
The Museum of Science and
History (MOSH) will have their
annual Black History Celebration
on Saturday, February 19, 2005
from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. MOSH
will celebrate Black History Month
by honoring local African
American heroes throughout the
past two centuries. Activities for
children include African Folktale
storytelling, scavenger hunts,
crafts, and a planetarium show
about the Underground Railroad.
For more information, please call
Comedian Sinbad will be in
Jacksonville for one performance
on Thursday, February 10, 2005

Edgar Ray Killen is led away by Neshoba County sheriff Larry
Myers after his arraignment.

It's been over 40 years, but
America has not forgotten about the
deaths of three cicil rights workers
in the summer of 1964.
A stooped, frail-looking 79-year-
old former Ku Klux Klan leader
was brought into court to answer
for one of the most heinous crimes
of the civil rights era the killing of
three voter-registration workers
beaten and shot.
Edgar Ray Killen, uttered a
strong "not guilty" three times to
three murder charges in a case that
marks the latest effort by Missis-
sippi to confront its bloodstained
racist past as one of America's most
fiercely segregationist states. He
also said he could not afford an
Killen, a part-time preacher who
will turn 80 later this month, was
arrested after being indicted by a
grand jury. Killen's name has been
associated with the case from the
beginning. And FBI records and
witnesses from a 1960s federal trial
in the case indicated that he organ-
ized the carloads of Klansmen who
followed the civil rights workers
out of town and waylaid them on
the night of the killings.
James Chaney, a 21-year-old
black Mississippian, and two white
New Yorkers, Andrew Goodman,
20, and Michael Schwerner, 24,
were stopped by Klansmen, beaten
and shot to death. Their bodies
were found 44 days later, buried in'
an earthen dam.

In 1967, the U.S. Justice Depart-
ment tried Killen and 18 other men
- many of them also reputed Klan
members on federal civil rights
violations. Seven were convicted
and sentenced to prison terms rang-
ing from three to 10 years. The all-
white jury deadlocked in the case
against Killen, and he was freed.
Up until Killen's appearance in
court, the state of Mississippi never
brought murder charges against
anyone in the case. And Killen has



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long denied any role in the murders.
Prosecutors said they do not plan
on charging anyone else in the.case;
the state will not seek the death
From her home in New York,
Goodman's mother, Carolyn, said
she "knew that in the end the right
thing was going to happen." She
added: "I'm not looking for re-
venge. I'm looking for justice."
The charges mark a reopening of
one of the most notorious cases of
the civil rights movement.
In 1994, Mississippi won the
conviction of Byron de la Beckwith
for the 1963 sniper killing of state
NAACP leader Medgar Evers.

Student Documentary Kept Story Alive

Brittany Saltiel, left, Sarah Siegel and Allison Nichols, right,
students at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., watch a
videotape of a 2004 documentary they spent a year working on
about the 40-year-old slaying of three civil rights workers in Mis-
sissippi. The project helped generate a congressional resolution in
June 2004 asking federal prosecutors to reopen the case and in-
cluded a rare phone interview with Edgar Ray Killen, the Ku
Klux Klan member arrested on murder charges.

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This Saturday t a.m.-3 p.m.


Magnet Mania is a great chance to learn more about the dozens

of exciting magnet programs in the Duval County Public School

system. It's a fun event for the whole family, with live

entertainment, exciting demonstrations, and more!

You'll discover magnet programs in exciting areas ranging

from foreign language immersion and military science to

law studies and medical professions. Magnet programs

are offered to students of all ages, in elementary,

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Huddle up with Mayor John Peyton
at a Host City Huddle to learn about the impact the
game is expected to have on the community.

The mayor will be joined at four town hall
style meetings by the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host
Committee and members of his Super Bowl XXXIX team
to provide an opportunity for local residents to
ask questions and learn how the Super Bowl
will directly impact the community.

The Host City Huddles will be held in different areas of the
community to enable the public to attend a meeting at the
most convenient time or location.

Host City Huddle 1
Jan. 3,6-8 p.m.
Twin Lakes Academy Middle School
8050 Point Meadows Dr.

Host City Huddle 2
Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m.
LaVilla School of the Arts
501 N. Davis St.

Host City Huddle 3
Jan. 19, 6-8 p.m.
Oceanwbiy Middle School
143 Oceanway Ave.

Host City Huddle 4
Jan. 20,6-8 p.m.
Edward White High School
1700 Old Middleburg Road

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Page 8 Mrs. Perry's Free Press Januai-y ii~

Journey to g

Twenty-five years after his death, we celebrA

r 1

L FAl ANY had predicted it, butfew had expected it.

On Thursday evening of April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader of black people

and a crusader for the cause of humanity, was killed by a single bullet that came crashing into his

neck as he stood on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tenn. This Nobel laureate who had con-

sorted with kings and queens and who had been consulted by his nation's presidents was dead at the

age of 39. Ironically, he had gone to that Southern city to uphold the struggle of its striking garbage

collectors. The country that had spawned him and the world that had acclaimed him recoiled in hor-


He had been a calm but impassioned presence in a time of cataclysmic trouble, a fervent believer

in an age of rampant skepticism. It was the end of the road for this inspired man of the cloth who

had devoted his life to the cause of his black brothers.

In his final speech in Memphis, less than 24 hours before his death, he had spelled out the two

challenges to America: racism and poverty. And he had assured all who heard him that he had been

to the mountaintop of hope and had seen a Promised Land where such things need not exist.

His death was not the end of that for which he stood.
In the beginning... .

The Bus Boycott

Destined Beckoned to a scholarly minister
as he did in Montgomery, when he
said: "If you will protest
courageously, and yet with dignity
and Christian love, when history
books are written in future
generations, the historians will
have to pause and say, 'There lived
a great people a black people -
who injected new meaning and
dignity into the veins of:
civilization.' This is our challenge
and our overwhelming

In Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs.
Rosa Parks refused to give up
her seat on a bus to a white man
one day in 1955.
It was a warm December evening
in Montgomery, Ala., where the
segregationist codes of a defeated
Confederacy lingered in the daily
life patterns of both Black and
white. A lone Negro woman took a
seat near the front of a city bus and
refused to obey the bus driver's
order to move so that a white man
might sit down. Her defiance of
custom was one of those seemingly
insignificant acts destined to alter
history. There was no plan to it all,
and later Mrs. Rosa Parks, a
seamstress and former secretary of
the local NAACP, could only
"I was tired. My feet hurt." But
her arrest called other forces into
Black residents of Montgomery
were outraged by this flaunting of
institutionalized injustice and
turned to their headers. From their
ranks, there emerged one man
exceptionally well prepared to
accept a mandate he had not
actively sought. This was the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an
erudite newcomer to the
community and recently appointed
pastor of the influential Dexter
Avenue Baptist Church. He was not
yet 27 years old.
King was privileged as few
others of his race. The son and
grandson of ministers in Atlanta,
Ga., he had been educated to the
ultimate, with degrees from
Morehouse College and Crozer
Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D.
from Boston University. Comfort
could have been his way of life, but
he was driven toward a cause
leading to "noble ends."
The resulting 382-day bus
boycott in Montgomery led to a
Supreme Court decision against
that form of seating segregation.
Black people throughout the nation
began to take note of young Dr.
King and his methods ofnonviolent
protest. His courage and restraint
were to inspire a new quest for a
freedom long deferred. Often he
would proclaim his basic doctrine,


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1958: Arrested for "loitering" in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. King
was manhandled by police.

.... harried by day and

haunted by night...

Being black in America is a far
different thing from being white in
America, as millions of this
country's citizens well know. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was able to
articulate their cumulative
experience, to give voice to their
spiraling sense of urgency. When
he was imprisoned in April, 1963
for leading demonstrations in
Birmingham, Ala., he answered
eight white clergymen who had
criticized his "untimely" acts with
these words: "I guess it is easy for
those who have never felt the
stinging charts of segregation to
say 'wait.'
"But when you have seen vicious
mobs lynch your mothers and
fathers at will and down your
sisters and brothers at whim; when
you have seen hate-filled
policemen curse, kick, brutalize
and even kill your black brothers
and sisters; when you suddenly find
your tongue twisted and your
speech stammering as you seek to
explain to your six-year-old
daughter'why she can't go to the

amusement park that has just been
advertised on television, and see
tears welling up in her little eyes
when she is told that 'Funtown' is
closed to colored children, and see
the depressing clouds of inferiority
begin to form in her little mental
sky, and see her begin to distort her
little personality by unconsciously
developing a bitterness toward
white people; when you are
humiliated day in and day out by
nagging signs reading 'white' and
-colored,' wen your first name
becomes 'nigger' and your middle
name becomes 'boy' (however old
you are) and when your wife and
mother arc never given the
respected title 'Mrs.'; when you are
harried by clay and haunted by
night by the fact that you are a
Negro living constantly at tiptoe
stance, never quite knowing what
to expect next, and plagued with
inner fears and outer resentments;
when you are forever fighting a
degenerating sense of 'nobodyness'
- then you will understand why we
find it difficult to wait."

He. spoke not for one man, but
for many.
Nonviolence was his philosophy ,..
and passive resistance was his :'.- ; "
method. ''!
From 1957, when Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. assumed the presi-
dency of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference in Atlanta,
he was to startle and befuddle a
nation born and frequently. sus-
tained by violence. His approach to
the problem of attacking a racist
society from within was steeped in
the logic of his classical and reli-
gious training. However, he drew
his greatest inspiration from India's
martyred Mohandas Gandhi, who
had led his countrymen in their
nonviolent revolt against the Brit-
ish. In the light of Gandhi's teach-
ings, Dr. King regarded the situa-
tion of the Negro in America.
How could a minority, compris-
ing but 10 per cent of a prosperous
and powerful nation, revolt against '

'No great victory comes

without suffering'

a system that consigned it to servi-
tude without being annihilated?
Black people possessed no weap-
ons of war and did not control
commerce. In much of the South,
where he was to lead his greatest
campaigns. oppression was imbed-
ded in the very laws that suppos-
edly were designed to protect hu-
man rights. America, as a whole,
seemed to be committed to com-

How could a minority, compris-
ing but 10 per cent of a prosperous
and powerful nation, revolt against
a system that consigned it to servi-
tude without being annihilated?
Black people possessed no weap-
ons of war and did not control
commerce. In much of the South,
where he was to lead his greatest
campaigns. oppression was imbed-
ded in the very laws that suppos-
edly were designed to protect hu-

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An unknown enemy fired a shot into his rented beach cottage in St.
Augustine, Florida. Not at home during the time, he was conferring
with city leaders on racial prejudice.

man rights. America, as a whole,
seemed to be committed to com-
His answer was a novel one: to
demonstrate peacefully against
unjust laws and practices and to
pay the price for doing so willingly;
to submit to the consequent indig-
nities and to return love for hatred.
The calculated effect was to in-
flame his adversaries to the point of
acting out the worst within them-
selves. Thus the plight of his peo-
ple would be dramatized in the
broader theater of the world. He
knew that America could not afford
to present to other nations a facade
of democracy and equality without
confronting its racial hypocrisy.
Hopefully, the consciences of men
might be stirred.
Often his tactics worked.
They had worked in Montgom-
ery, and they worked in Birming-
ham, Ala., in the spring of 1963.
There it was that Eugene (Bull)
Connor was projected as the em-
bodiment of Southern police brutal-
ity when, in his role as police
commissioner, he authorized use of
police dogs, cattle prods and fire
hoses against nonviolent demon-
strators who had been trained to go
limp when physically assaulted.
Some criticized King's use of chil-
dren in the front lines of those
demonstrations, but the impact was

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te a man who lived and died for his people

Wallace refused to see
Dr. King and his company
of 4,000 when they ar-
rived in the capital. Mrs.
Viola Liuzzo, a white
woman from Detroit, was
murdered after that march.
But the result of it all was
the Voting Rights Act of

However, there were
other times when these
methods did not work.
In 1966, when James
Meredith was shot early in
the course of his solitary
walk from Memphis to
Jackson, Miss., King
moved in to hate-scarred
regions of the Delta. Then
it was that a new chal-
lenge was hurled to this
civil rights veteran by
Stokely Carmichael. The
cry of "Black Power!"
ushered in a new era. King
had asserted in that same
year: "If every Negro in
America turns to violence,
I'll still stand against it."
But there were others who
were no longer willing to
stand with him.


(above) While he was autographing books in
Harlem in 1958, a deranged Black woman
stabbed King in the chest. Aides comforted him
before he was taken to a hospital. He narrowly
escaped death.
civil rights legislation. Chanting "the movement's"
anthem, We Shall Overcome, they had marched
down the wide ribbon of Constitution Avenue in the
most spectacular nonviolent demonstration America
had ever seen. Out of the quiet respect with which
they regarded one another, a hope began to blos-
som. For one day, it seemed that democracy


O often the world ignores an
exceptional human being when he
appears on one of those rare occa-
sions in history, but Martin Luther
King Jr. was not a prophet without
honor. Humble black folk regarded
him as their "savior" and their
"Moses," while many whites con-
sidered him one of the greatest men
of the century.
After the monumental March on
Washington, he was invited to
speak in several European countries
where he was accorded a hero's
welcome. In 1964, he toured West
Germany, and had an audience with
Pope Paul VI. Shortly after his re-
turn to this country, he was in-
formed that he had been awarded
the Nobel Prize for peace. He was
the third black man, twelfth Ameri-
can and the youngest person ever to
be so honored.

On the last night of his life, he stood on the balcony of his motel in
Memphis flanked by his old friend Rev. Abernathy (r.) the Rev. Jesse'
Jackson, then a young SCLC stalwart from Chicago and Hosea Wil-
liams, a veteran King aide. The next evening, a single bullet struck
him in the neck

S The attentiot'of the world-,focuSed on thiswsotithern Blatck1minister-and o'hbis cal
when he was presented the Nobel Peace Prize

found a charred cross, calling card of the Ku Klux Klan,
the Atlanta home where he lived with his two year old son,
their King, III, wife and daughter. It was one of many

d been threatened.
Os.e who would harm children
ly-were less than human. But it
ter .four little girls were killed
Sunday morning bombing of a
Church that the nation reacted
1l Rights Act of 1964.
'ed in Selma, Ala., too, in early
King marched out his edict in a
to.'Montgomery, leading a pa-
'brities and obscure followers
sxter Avenue Baptist Church
.rney to glory had begun. It was
iaist Dallas County white offi-
ified by Sheriff Jim Clark, who
lo ,Negroes the simple right to
tivyote. Alabama Gov. George

At the foot of a gleam-
ing monument for a man
who had witnessed an
earlier struggle for free-
dom, more than 250,000
modern pilgrims stood
beneath a strangely be-
nevolent sun. The date
was Aug. 28, 1963, and
they had come to the na-
tion's capital, black and
white together, to lend
visible support to Presi-
dent John F. Kennedy's

might not be an impracticable ideology. For one
day, it appeared that man might, indeed, be able to
live in peace with his brother of another color. Now
the hopeful pilgrims paused before the Lincoln Me-
morial, awaiting a message from a man who could
make words sing out with the magic of music, a
golden orator whose brave actions gave meaning to
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rose and exhorted all
of America to share his dream of a better world. His
rich, throbbing baritone rolled out over the sea of
people before him:
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise
up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We
hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are
created equal.'
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of
Georgia the s ons o f former s laves a nd the s ons o f
former slave owners will be able to sit down to-
gether at the table of brotherhood.
"I have a dream that one day even the state of
Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat
of injustice and Oppression, will be transformed
into an oasis of freedom and justice."
But he did not see his dream come true.

Often the world ignores an exceptional human
being when he appears on one of those rare occa-
sions in history, but Martin Luther King Jr. was not
a prophet without honor. Humble black folk re-
garded him as their "savior" and their "Moses,"
while many whites considered him one of the great-
est men of the century.
After the monumental March on Washington, he

Presidents consulted him, though he often ignored their please that
he call off his marches. Another victim of the assassins bullet, the late
Pres. John F. Kennedy (above), placed a call to Mrs. King when her
husband was imprisoned in Georgia, during the presidential cam-
paign of 1960. The move was credited with swinging an election.

personally," but a tribute to those
who sought to establish a reign of
justice. He donated his purse' of
$54,600 to their fight.

B ACK in 1957, before emi-
nence overtook him and the course ,
of his phenomenal career was just
beginning to be set, Martin Luther
King Jr. stood in the pulpit of the
church he pastored in,Montgomery,
Ala., and revealed to his congrega-
tion the totality of his commitment
to a cause. Knowing that some mem-
bers of his flock had been threat-
ened because of the stand he had All w
taken on the black bus boycott, he life c(

The King family was his pride
and enjoy that included chil-''
dren MLK, III, Dexter,
Yolanda, wife Coretta and '
youngest daughter Bernice Al-
death was not too great a price to
pay for one's principles. Through-
out his life, he abided by that be-
lief, sharing the suffering with,
those whom he had stirred to rise.,,-
up against an unjust system. Though:
his words were eloquent, his ac-
tions in behalf of his cause spoke far.
Probably he did not know, at the,,,,
time of his death, that he would not ,,
live to lead a Poor People's Cru-- ,,
sade intended to establish a lobby .
of the oppressed of all races in the
nation's capital. It will have to go,
on without him. But there are some ,.,,
who cling to mystical beliefs and..,-
contend that King was something a '
little more than human and knew.-
that he was about to die.
It is a question no one can an-

'alks of life from the greats of government and to everyday public
ome to pay him his final tribute.



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Prep/Cook Time: 45 minutes
I can (26 ounces) Campbell's
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1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
8 bone-in chicken breast
_Ilves, skin removed
.MIX soup, honey, mustard and
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GRILL or broil chicken 35
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/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves,

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Saturated Fat Ig, Cholesterol
52mg, Sodium 379mg, Total
Carbohydrate l g, Dietary Fiber
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Prep/Cook Time: 10 minutes
2 slices Pepperidge Farm natural
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1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
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2 medium plum tomatoes, thinly
2 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut up
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1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's
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/4 pound boneless beef sirloin
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2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's
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1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 cups hot cooked rice, cooked
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Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol
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January 13-19. 2005

If there's one thing most of us
never have too much of, it's social
Whether we are 16, 22 or 42,
whether the issue is friendship or
intimacy, great relationships don't
fall out of the heavens on a favored
few. They depend on a number of
It is now clear that these social
skills can be learned by everyone.
Some few people absorb them ef-
fortlessly, as if in the air they
breathe, from skilled models, typi-
cally in the form of parents. They
may not realize they learned how to
"do" relationships, ,they may not be
able to articulate what they learned,
but somehow they learned a few
essential techniques. The most im-
portant include how to:
u gracefully enter and exit the
activities and conversations
D "read" other people well
D find common ground
[ defuse negativity
r peacefully solve conflicts
D enlist others in support
Make no mistake -- relationships
are very complex. Many of us will
go to our graves still trying to mas-
ter them, or apologizing for the ones
we messed up. Those who do not
master the skills of social compe-
tence put themselves at constant risk
of social rejection. Rejection is a
powerful negative experience --
perhaps the most psychically painful
of all experiences. It affects people
profoundly for decades to come.
The socially competent know that
relationships are important and so
they are willing to make time for
being with others. It is impossible to
maintain quality relationships, and
the motivation for solving the inevi-
table differences that crop up, with-
out investing time in them.
By itself, friendship is one of
life's greatest sources of pleasure
and happiness. Further, success in
friendship paves the way for success
in that most intimate of relation-
ships, marriage. Studies show un-
equivocally that it's the friendship
part of marriage that makes mar-
riage last. The skills that work
among friends work between

spouses -- the ability to open a con-
versation, to join others already en-
gaged in an activity, to resolve dif-
ferences, to control emotions, to
plan time together, to provide emo-
tional support.
Li So create opportunities for
hanging with others, with no
agenda. Invite people to visit you at
home. Extend an invitation to do
some activity together with someone
you know.
Li Learn to read others. Pay atten-
tion to signals from others that con-
vey such information as what their
interests are, or whether they want
to be left alone.
I j Tune in to the situation and the
context you are in. Mesh your ac-
tions with the behavior of others.

Respond in a clear and highly con-
nected way to others' offers to join
in activities, a way, that is congruent
with and contingent to what is said
to you. Further, communicate sim-
ply; don't blurt out embarrassing
things about feelings, but rather
offer concrete information about the
situation you're in.
To pay attention to and under-
stand others, you must learn to
modulate your own emotional
states. Regulate the level of bodily
tension created by intense feelings --
especially the negative emotions of
sadness, fear, anger and shame. Oth-
erwise, intense negative emotions
divert mental energy to defensive
coping, prompt displays of anger

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and frustration, and limit the amount
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Approach others with the ex-
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I Learn the most difficult of all
social challenges -- how to join oth-
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First engage in social reconnais-
sance -- that is, gather information
about what is going on. Direct your
focus outward onto others. Observe
and listen actively. Search for an
opening, a slowing down of the ac-
tivity, a lull in the conversation,
before jumping in. Or ask a question
elaborating on something someone
else has said. Don't wait and hover
forever. This is not the time to shift
the direction of the conversation,

and especially not onto yourself.
0 Learn how to deal with social
failure. Everyone's best efforts at
acceptance will sometimes be re-
jected. It's crucial to not take all
rejection personally (some conver-
sations are just closed deals), ac-
knowledge your hurt feelings (a sign
of how important social connections
are), but it's equally crucial to try
again. Studies show that when faced
with failure, people who are well-
liked turn a negative response into a
counterproposal. They rebound from
a tum-djwn by saying things like,
"Well, can we make a date for next
week?" Or they move onto another
group in the expectation that not
every conversation is closed.

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Keys to Great Relationships

1. Eat protein at every meal,
including breakfast.
2. Eliminate wheat- and flour-
based products for the time being.
And yes, that definitely includes
bread and pasta.
3. Eat unprocessed foods.
Ninety percent of what you eat
should be food that could have been
hunted, caught, gathered from the
ground or plucked from a tree.
4. Reduce starch to one portion
a day, and don't eat that portion
during your evening meal. Best
choices are oatmeal, sweet potatoes
and beans.
5. Don't overdo fruit: two a day
maximum, and only the low-sugar,
high-fiber variety. Apples, pears,

plums and berries all are good
choices. Bananas are not. For now,
fruit should be eaten alone or with
something light like nuts or a little
cheese. Lose the fruit juice.
6. Reduce or eliminate dairy for
the time being, especially cow's
milk. Exceptions: reasonable
amounts of cheese and occasional
portions of yogurt, but not the fat-
free kind (contains too much
7. Lose the booze. Despite what
the "studies" say, you lose no health
benefits by giving up alcohol.
There is nothing essential in alcohol
that you can't get in fruits and vege-
8. Stop using vegetable oils such

as sunflower, P, ; ;.
safflower and corn. ."'
The supermarket kind
is highly refined, and
oxidizes easily when
heated, contributing to arterial
plaque,. Use olive oil instead.
9. Watch which types of fat
you're eating. The amount of fat
you eat is probably less important
than the kind of fat you eat. The
worst arn fried foods, margarine
and foods that contain hydroge-
nized or partially hydrogenized oils.
The best is omega-3, found in fish
and flaxseed oil.
10. Obsessively drink water: at
least eight or more large glasses
each day. Every day. No excuses.

Heart disease
Sis the #1 killer
of women in
the United
S States. For
S' African
S \ American
S- women, the
risk for heart
disease is especially great. Heart
disease is more prevalent among
black women than among white
women-as are some of the factors
that increase the risk of developing
it, including high blood pressure,
overweight and obesity, and diabe-
A nationwide campaign-The
Heart Truth-is underway to raise
awareness that heart disease is the
#1 killer of women. The Heart
Truth features a Red Dress as the
national symbol for women and
heart disease awareness. This sym-
bol links a woman's focus on her
"outer self' to the need to also fo-
cus on her "inner self' and her
The good news is that Americans
can lower their risk of heart disease
by as much as 82 percent by simply
leading a healthy lifestyle. The Of-
fice on Women's Health offer the
following steps to better heart
1. Don't smoke, and if you do,
quit. Women who smoke are two to
six times more likely to suffer a
heart attack than non-smoking
women. Smoking also boosts the
risk of strike and cancer.
2. Aim for a healthy weight. It's
important for a long, vigorous life.
Overweight and obesity cause
many preventable deaths.
3. Get moving. Make a commit-
ment to be more physically active.
Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-
intensity activity on most, prefera-

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4. Eat for heart health. Choose a
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and cholesterol.
5.-Know your numbers. Ask your
doctor to check your blood pres-
sure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL,
triglycerides), and blood glucose.

Work with your doctor to improve
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The Salad Diet

Looking for a quick, no-fuss
meal that will help you lose
weight? Choose a salad! We're not
talking tired iceberg lettuce with a
few pieces of tomato drenched in
bacon-ranch dressing, though. The
Salad Diet fills your bowl with a
variety of colorful veggies, mod-
erate amounts of lean protein and
zesty dressings that go easy on
calories but wow you with taste.
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Mayor's City Huddles
Mayor John Peyton along with
representatives of the Mayor's
Super Bowl work group, Super
Bowl Host Committee, and others
will host four Host City Huddles in
January 2005. The' town hall style
meetings will provide an
opportunity for local residents to
ask questions and learn how the
Super Bowl will directly impact
their community. The Huddles will
be held on the following dates:
Huddle #2 on January 12, 2005, 6-
8 p.m. at LaVilla School of the
Arts, 501 N. Davis St.; Host City
Huddle #3 on January 19, 2005, 6-
8 p.m. at Oceanway Middle School,
143 Oceanway Ave. and Host City
Huddle #4 on January 20, 2005, 6-
8 p.m. at Edward White High
School, 1700 Old Middleburg Rd.
Auditions for The
Piano Lesson
Audition's for August Wilson's
Pulitzer Prize winning play The
Piano Lesson will be held on
January 13, 2005 from 6:00 9:30
p.m. at the Ritz Theater. The play
will be presented by the Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum in
March of 2005. Parts are available
for 5 men and 2 women, and 1
young girl. Please prepare one 2
minute monologue of your choice,
and be prepared for cold reads from
the script. Call 632-5555, ext 237
for more information.
Broadway's Aida
The Times Union Center for the
performing Arts will welcome back
the Broadway operatic treasure
Aida for one performance on
Friday, January 14, 2005 at 8 p.m.
The award winning show is set in
ancient Africa. against a backdrop
of the war between Egypt and
Ethiopia. It centers on a secret
hidden princess, "Aida". For more
information, please call 632-3373.

Chamber Players
MLK Salute
The Ritz Chamber Players will
present their 3rd Annual In
Remembrance of the Dream
Concert in memory of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. the musicians will
remember how broad and
embracing music in America has
become and how it represents an
enormous array of cultural and
ethnic backgrounds. The concert
will be Saturday, January 15, 2005
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts Terry Theater
from 8p.m. 10:30 p.m. For ticket
information, please call 354-5477.

Stage Aurora Presents
"A Raisin in the Sun"
Stage Aurora will present their
winter performances on January
13-23, 2005. The New Year will be
will begin with a grand start with
the classic "A Raisin in the Sun".
The award winning play, penned by
Lorraine Hansberry premiered on
Broadway with its story of a family
living and struggling on Chicago's
South Side in the 1950's.
Performances will be held at FCCJ
North Campus in the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium. For ticket
information, contact 765-7373.
Free Kid DNA
LifePrint Registrations
The Safety Program Kid DNA
LifePrint, a safety program
designed to promote awareness and
education for parents and children
will be in Jacksonville registering
children at North Florida Lincoln
Mercury stores on Southside Blvd.
and Blanding Blvd. on Saturday,
January 15, 2005 from 10:00a.m.-
2:00p.m. The non invasive program
fingerprints children to collects
their DNA. It is free of charge. For
.more information call 642-4100.
Magnet Mania
The 15th Magnet Mania will take
place on Saturday, January 15,
2005 at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds from 11:00 a.m. 3:00
p.m. Magnet Mania is designed to
inform parents and students about
the Magnet program options for the
2005-2006 school year. School
representatives and magnet
students will be on hand to provide
information about the programs.
Programs include INSPIRATIONS
schools, gifted, college preparatory,
aviation, visual and performing
arts, computer science/information
technology, and communications.
Some programs allow students to
continue their chosen theme from
elementary to high school. For
more information please call 390-

Mo Town and Mo
Arielle Productions will present
their show, Mo Town and Mo
performed by members of the Little
Theater of Palm Coast for the
fourth year. The performance will
be held on Saturday, January 15'
2005 at 4 p.m. in the Performing
Arts Center of Pedro Mendez High
School. The Center is located
between US1 South at 600 State
Rd. #206 and 195. For more
information on the show and/or
tickets, contact Gerald Eubanks at
794-1544 or 874-0334.


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Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Holiday
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Foundation, Inc. invites
all Duval County area churches,
clubs, organizations, schools, and
individuals to join in the
celebration of the birthday of Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on
Monday, January 17, 2005.
Groups that would like to
participate should register early to
assure their organizations of prime
positioning. Organizers are
anticipating a 400 plus unit parade.
Register via telephone at 430-0340
or online at www.mlkfdn.org. The
parade will begin at Gator Bowl
Way parking lot J and will
conclude at Waters and Jefferson
Ebony Fashion Fair
The Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. will be hosting the
Ebony Fashion Fair on Friday,
January 21, 2005, at 8:00 p.m. at
the Jacksonville Times Union
Center for Performing Arts Moran
Theater. The Ebony Fashion Fair is
the organizations signature
fundraiser event. All proceeds are
used for program activities which
include scholarships, tutorial
programs, and other community
events. We need your support to
make this event a success. For
ticket information, please call 307-
4798 or 636-2966.
Sea Cadets
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets
Corps works with youth who want
to learn about the military. The
F.D. Roosevelt Squadron, a local
unit in Jacksonville, will meet
again on Saturday, January 22,
2005 at 8:00 a.m. at the Main Gate
at NAS Jacksonville. Youth ages
11-18 are invited to attend. For
more information visit
Founders Day
On Saturday, January 29, 2005,
The A.L. Lewis Historical Society
will be celebrating the 70th
birthday of American Beach and
the Beach Lady. The celebration
.will include the premiere of the
documentary short film The
Beach Lady. The event is free and
open to the public and will take
place at the Peck Center, located &
Elm in Fernandina Beach from
7:00 -10:00 p.m. For more
information, please call 261-3248.

Beach Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund is
sponsoring a fish fry on Saturday,
January 25, 2005 from 11:00a.m.-
3:00 p.m. The Fry will be held at
376 Fourth Avenue, (Corner of 4th
Ave. and 4th St. South) at
Jacksonville Beach. For more
information call 249-7624.
Soul Release
"Super Bowl Edition"
The Soul Release Live concert
series will continue on Saturday,
January 29, 2005 for its Super
-Bowl Edition. The evening will
consist of two shows: 8:00 10:30
p.m. "soul jazz funk jam session"
featuring Leon "Timbo" Seymore
and his band with special guest
Johri. The Super Bowl Explosion
will be oh Saturday, February 5,
2005 with three shows: 7:00, 9:30
and a 12:00 a.m.. "soul jazz funk
jam session." There will also be
spoken word poetry and an after
party with DJs spinning the best in
soul, hip-hop, urban grooves and
more. LL shows will be at
Boomtown Theater and Restaurant,
1714 N. Main St. For more
information about tickets, call 626-

NFL Super Bowl
On Saturday, January 29, 2005
from 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m., the
NFL Experience will present
Jacksonville's leading gospel
performers will be out in force for
the NFL's Super Bowl of Gospel
Talent Competition at the 14th
Annual America Online presents
the NFL Experience. More than
thirty Gospel choirs, soloists,
ensembles and out-of-town
performers will compete for a
$5,000 cash prize and the honor of
being named the premier Gospel
Act of Super Bowl XXXIX. The
event will be held at the
Jacksonville Southbank. For ticket
information call (866) TIX-4NFL.

Super Celebration
of Athletes
James P. Small Ball Park 8"r&
Myrtle Ave.,, will be site of the
Super Bowl Celebration of
Athletes. Focus will be on athletes
of the past, present and future. The
celebration will be held on
Saturday, January 29, 2005 from
11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more
information, please call 710-4818.

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Super Bowl
Cheerleading Clinic
The NFL and American All-
Star will host more than 1,000
young women from local
Jacksonville schools at the ninth
annual NFL Super Bowl
Cheerleading Spirit Clinic, Sunday,
January 30, 2005 from 3:00 5:00
p.m., at JEA Park as part of the
NFL Experience. In addition to
practicing cheer and dance skills
with professional cheerleaders,
participants will also learn football
fundamentals. The program also
features "Cheerleaders of Life,"
who will speak about their lives
and the importance of getting a
good education, living drug-free
and striving to achieve one's
dreams. Anyone .interested in
participating must have a
representative from her school
contact American All-Star at 985-
893-3009, to sign up for the clinic.
Florida Golf Classic
The Florida Shootout Classic
Golf Tournament, to benefit daniel,
will be held on Wednesday,
February 2, 2004 at Cimmarone
Golf & Country Club. The
tournament begins with a shotgun
start at 1:30p.m. The "Florida Golf
Classic" will feature a host of
current and former NFL athletes in
addition to 12-year NBA Veteran
Spud Webb, among others. Each
foursome participating in the
tournament will be partnered with
an NFL celebrity. The entry
deadline to participate in the
tournament is Monday, January 31,
2005. For more information, please
call Madison Shelley at 296-1055,
ext. 1018.
Super Wellness
Health Fair
Gateway Mall will host a Super
Wellness Health Fair on Sunday,
January 30, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m. at the Gateway Mall. The
Super Wellness Health Fair will
offer a wide. variety of health
screening and referrals and provide
health, lifestyle and safety
information. The Fair will target
childhood obesity, prostate cancer
in men and diabetes screenings for
men and women, all medical issues
that threaten the health of African
Americans every day.

Forever Famous
Superbowl Celebration
The Durkeeville Historical
Society and the First Coast African
American Heritage Association are
hosting the "Forever Famous
Celebration" to honor black sports
heroes from the Jacksonville area,
on February 4-5, 2005 at the
Jefferson St. Park, from 10:00 a.m.
10:00 p.m. The highlight of the
program will be a special tribute to
Jacksonville's Bob Hayes. A
portion of the proceeds from the
event will be donated to the First
Coast Family Center for Prevention
of Child Abuse/Parent Aide.
Forever Famous
Sports Salute
On Friday, February 4, 2005,
Forever Famous Celebration:
Highlighting Jacksonville's Black
Sports Heroes, will take place at
the Jefferson St. Park. The free
event will be held from 10:00 a.m.
10:00 p.m. 'Festivities include a
block party with a special tribute to
Bob Hayes, appearances by NFL
stars musical and other
entertainment, athletic
competitions, health and
communication information booths,
arts and crafts and food vendors,
history exhibits and historic tours.
For more information, call Carolyn
Williams at 598-0102.
Celebrity Hoops Game
Game Day Gridiron Celebrity
Hoops VII, the only NFL
sanctioned celebrity basketball
game will be held on Saturday,
February 5, 2005 at Jacksonville
University at 5;00 p.m. Now in its
seventh year, the game heralded as
one of the premier celebrity-driven
events during Super Bowl week.
This year's Game Day players
include football stars Ray Lewis,
Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Jerome
.Bettis, Michael Vick, prospective
2005 NFL draft picks, actors
Morris Chestnut, Jamie Fox,
Shemar ..Moore .., and Blair
Underwood, and music artists
Brian McKnight, Jay-Z and Trick
Daddy. The game will also feature
live entertainment, food, prize
giveaways and opportunities to be
photographed with your favorite
celebrities. For more information
call 404-808-4231.

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Known as one of the hardest
working actors in Hollywood, Sam-
uel L. Jackson always has a new
attitude for each role he plays. For
the most part, most of his roles has
him playing some of type of leader,
whether it be on the good side like
in "S.W.A.T" or on the bad side
when he played the murderous
"Julius Winfield" in Pulp Fiction.
Each role is played with a certain
type of intensity that's rare in Holly-
wood. You will hardly see Jackson
play the role of a weak character.
Even when he was a crack
addict in "Jungle Fever", you can
say that his character, "Gator", was
feared, even by his parents. For his
next role, Jackson will play a high
school basketball coach who instills
education to his players when they
don't want to hear it. In "Coach
Carter, which is based on the life on
Ken Carter, Jackson brings a no-

fying. A few years ago, Jackson
played a similar role in some ways,
a teacher who wouldn't let the stu-
dents get the best of him in "187".
With "Coach Carter", Jackson's
Ken Carter clearly wants to work
with students and won't let the ad-
ministration tell him otherwise.
In speaking with Mr. Jackson in
regards to "Coach Carter", he stated
his reasons why this film was im-
portant to him. "I believe in educa-
tion and it's not often that I do
something that has social signifi-
cance and I think that this is an in-
teresting message to put out there to
kids. That playing basketball, foot-
ball, soccer or whatever you do in
school is an extracurricular activity.
Getting an education is the one thing
that can't be taken away from you.
In doing the research for this pro-
ject, it was interesting to find out
that out of the thousands of kids that
play basketball on the college level,
there only about 300 something
NBA jobs. So, are you good enough
to get one of those jobs? If not, then
you better get your education and
then you look at the bigger picture,
last year at the NCAA basketball

Halle Now a Free Woman Legally

SHalle Berry is
once again on the
market techni-
cally, at least. Al-
though she's linked romantically to
Michael Ealy, the beauty is a single
gal when her divorce from Eric
Benet finally became official. The
exes reached a settlement, and
Berry was reportedly able to get
everything she was seeking.
Sources told the show that

Berry will keep all assets she
brought into the marriage, as well
as her Beverly Hills mansion.
Benet, has downsized into a more
modest residence in the Studio City
area of Los Angeles.
Benet had reportedly said dur-
ing the divorce he would challenge
the pre-nuptial agreement they
signed, but ultimately, he did not
contest it. And contrary to earlier
wishes, Benet will not receive one

red cent in spousal support from
As for Benet's daughter India,
Berry had promised to maintain
their close relationship, but the ac-
tress bears no legal rights or re-
sponsibilities to India, reports that
Berry had adopted her.
Berry will next appear in the
ABC telefilm "Their Eyes Were
Watching God," March 6 from 8 to
11:30 p.m. on ABC.

tournament, out of the 72 teams that
are there and some are supposed to
be the best basketball players in the
country, only two of those schools
had positive graduation rates. There
were a couple of schools in the tour-
nament that never graduated a bas-
ketball player from their programs.
So, you have to look at who you are
handing your kids over to and what

those schools and what are those
people doing for them.
Jackson is known for going to
many of the Lakers games at the
Staples Center in Los Angeles, so I
wondered if he wanted to fulfill
some childhood fantasy. "I played
recreationally. I was never good
enough to be on my high school
team. They were good and it was
just a game we could get together
and play. It was something I did
from when I was a small child up
until I was out of college. I played
in the streets of New York when I
was here acting. So it's a game that
I have always loved and enjoyed,
played, watched, & cheered for.
Basketball players are heroic for us"
Playing a real-life character is
something new for Jackson, so it
was almost fate that he and Ken
Carter would have basketball as a
common interest. ": I actually met
Ken at a high school basketball
game. We hooked up at a high
school basketball tournament in LA.
With all these schools from around
the country here, we hooked up and
I was like, "You're him?" So we
hung out, talked about basketball,

watched the kids play, we com-
mented on the games, and he had a
Kangol hat on backwards, and I had
a baseball hat on, and he was like,
"So, you're really going to play
me?" I said, "I got no choice now.
I'm going to do it." I find out more
or less that he was essentially the
same kind of guy I was. He believes
in education and he believes people
should be accountable for things
they say they are going to do. In this
case, it was the kids signing the con-
tract. It's not difficult to stand in
that situation and look at the obsta-
cles that you face and portray them
honestly in a real sort of way. He
was around a lot so if I felt he was
questioning something, I would go
over and ask him, "How do you feel
about this?" or "How did you feel
how the scene played out?" Hope-
fully he would honestly say, "Oh no,
I thought it was fine. I was just
looking and I'm still amazed that
you are doing my life." I would say,
"Ok, get over it and let's go to
At the end of the day and having
done so many interviews, you would
think Jackson is ready for a vaca-
tion. In this coming year, he will be
featured in small films like "The
Man" with Anthony Mackie, and
"In My Country" with Juliet Bino-
che and then come the potential
blockbusters like "XXX: State of
the Union" with Ice Cube and then
the last installment of the Star Wars
franchise, "Star Wars: Episode III -
Revenge of the Sith". When asked
he would like the time off, he sim-
ply laughed. "I'm taking time off
now. Everybody talks about this job
like it's a 9 to 5 ditch digging killer.
It's 12 to 15 hours days but 14
hours of it is spent watching Judge
Judy, Joe Brown, or People's Court,
eating sandwiches, reading books,
and all kinds of stuff. So it's kind of
an easy job to go to. A lot of times
you're in places that you will never
get to or think of to go vacation or
you are just there like when I was in
South Africa in Capetown. You
don't work everyday. Sometimes
you get to explore the place that you
are in and hang out and see what's it
like. It's a vacation. A paid vaca-

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OF RAPE: Alleged victim pins her
Graves' disease on 1988 incident.
A Chicago woman is looking for the
big payback from the Godfather of
Soul. One-time publicist Jacque Hol-
lander has filed a federal lawsuit claim-
ing that James Brown is the cause of her
Graves' disease because he raped her at gunpoint in
South Carolina in 1988.
Hollander says she was an aspiring songwriter work-
ing as a publicist for Brown in 1988, when while riding
with him in a van, Brown pulled over, grabbed a shot-
gun and raped her. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District
Court in Chicago seeks $106 million in damages.
Although the statute of limitation on rape ran out a
while back, Hollander's attorney Donald Rosen said the
lawsuit is valid because Hollander's doctor recently
told her the thyroid disease she was diagnosed with in
2000 was caused by the alleged assault.
TON FILM: Artists willplay Wahlberg's siblings.
A resemblance may be lacking, but
OutKast's Andre 3000, crooner Tyrese,
Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund will
play brothers in a new film directed by
SJohn Singleton for Paramount Pictures.
Formerly known as "Four Brothers," the
currently untitled project will follow the four siblings
as they set out to avenge their mother's death. Principal
photography is scheduled to begin in Toronto.
As previously reported, Andre 3000 will also be seen
in the upcoming MGM feature "Be Cool," Guy
Ritchie's current project, "Revolver," and opposite his
rhyme partner Big Boi in HBO's untitled OutKast mu-
sical, due later this year.
Tyrese can currently be seen in the 20th Century Fox
remake "The Flight of the Phoenix" and will next ap-
pear in the Naval Academy drama "Annapolis" for
Walt Disney Studios.
South African icon breaks silence over taboo disease.
Makgatho Mandela, the only surviving son of former
South African president Nelson Mandela, has died of
AIDS. He was 54. F
The elder Mandela, a staunch sup-
porter of HIV-AIDS awareness efforts '\
in Africa, made the announcement
Thursday surrounded by his grandchil- .
dren and other family members. The i
revelation about his son challenged the '-
taboo surrounding the disease, which keeps many Afri-
cans from discussing the epidemic that infects more
than 25 million people across the continent. South Af-
rica's five million HIV/AIDS infections is the highest
AIDS caseload in the world killing more than 600
people each day, activists say.
The 86-year-old Nobel Peace laureate said at the
news confefrehie'"Let' us give publicity to HIV/AIDS
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Mandela lost his first son, Madiba Thembekile, in
a car crash in 1969 while he was still in prison for his
efforts to end white rule in South Africa. The apartheid
government denied him permission to attend that fu-
BEYONCE BEAT: Singer loses 'Superman'role
to Bosworth; don't call her 'bootylicious'
Could you imagine Beyonce Knowles in the role of
Lois Lane in the forthcoming feature film "Superman
S Returns?" Apparently casting directors
S couldn't. The Destiny's Child was report-
Sedly being considered for the role, but
S lost out to "Blue Crush" star Kate Bos-
Sworth to play the superhero's girlfriend
opposite 22-year-old newcomer Brandon
Routh as Clark Kent. "Superman Re-
turns" is due to start filming in Australia
in March and is scheduled for a 2006 release.
But back to Beyonce.a London paper has said she's
through with people referring to her as "bootylicious."
"Butts can never be too big. I'm proud I've helped make
curvy women sexy again. But I hate the word bootyli-
cious. Everyone shouts it wherever I go," she suppos-
edly told the "Daily Star."
Omarion, 20, says he wants to get
closer to God in 2005. The B2K vet, who
is a practicing Christian, said for his New
Year's resolution: "(I'll) spend every day
getting closer and closer to God. And buy
a Ferrari."
Jennifer Lopez is still trying to get
people to stop calling her J.Lo. "I'm not
J.Lo, she's not a real person. She was
just a bit of fun that got really crazy. I've
never been anyone but Jennifer," she
said. The entertainer, whose new song
I"Get Right" is airing exclusively on
AOL, has made it a priority in 2005 to
steer folks away from her personal life and onto her
work. "I'm trying to get the focus back on what I do as
an artist, not what I do at home," she said.
Charles Barkley's new book "Why Do
White People Hare Me?" arrives in book-
stores in May. The NBA vet has yet to
produce a manuscript for his publishers at
Penguin, according to the "New York
Post's" Page Six, but so far he has reportedly inter-
viewed Maya Angelou, Magic Johnson, Barack
Obama, Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton for the tome.
to become a half-hour program for 'Showtime'.
After years of teasing fans about a planned
"Barbershop" television series, a deal has finally been
made. According to reports, the popular film franchise,
starring Ice Cube, will be developed into a sitcom for
the cable network Showtime.



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