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Jacksonville Fla
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Archbishop Post
On the same day the nation honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,
the first black leader ol" the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was
installed as archbishop in King's native city.
Archbishop \\ litn D. G cgor\. a Chicago native, became Atlanta's
sixth archbishop and its third black archbishop.
Gregor. 5,. said he chose the King holiday for his installation as a trib-
ute to the slain civil rights leader. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, was
on hand for the ceremony.
After a 30-minute processional of congratulation, Gregory addressed
his flock for the first time. Speaking first in Spanish, he said he was eager
to work among a diverse population.
Gregory was the first black president of the bishops conference when he
was elected in November 2001. At the time, his election was seen by
black Catholics nationwide as long-awaited recognition of their presence
in the church.
Gregory succeeded Archbishop John E Donoghue, who retired.

Las Vegas Weatherman

Fired for MLK Slur
LAS \EG AS A television weatherman was fired after referring to
slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. as "Martin Luther Coon
King" on the air. station officials said.
Rob Blair, of KTNV-TV, was dehienng the extended forecast Saturday
morning when he said: "Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Day, gonna see
some temperatures in the nid-60s."
Jim Prather, vice president and general manager of the ABC affiliate,
- id BI1.ir .tiui'blLIJ ben ie utIt dJ ihi-' d 'ciil'. ., but the excuse v .i not
enough to save his job.
'This kind of incident is not acceptable undei an\ circumstances, and
I'm truly ,orrm that this event occurred." Prather said.
Blair. \\ho storked at the ration for about three months, apologized
during the station's 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscast the same day.
"I in no way intended to offend anyone," he said in the apology. "I'm
very sorry."

Customers Sue Waffle House Chain
A group of blacks have sued the Waffle House chain, claiming they
were discriminated against at restaurants in three Georgia cities.
The Georgia lawsuit joins three others recently filed in North Carolina,
Alabama and Virginia against the Norcross, Ga.-based company and its
franchisees, who are accused of maintaining a pattern of discrimination
and violating federal civil rights laws.
The company denied allegations that it fosters an environment of dis-
crimination, saying in a statement that its policy was to train workers "to
treat all customers equally."
The four lawsuits, along with 20 others filed in six Southern states,
allege that servers announced they would not serve black customers,
deliberately served unsanitary food to minority patrons, ignored blacks
while providing prompt service to whites, directed racial epithets at
blacks and became verbally abusive when asked to wait on blacks.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
joined lawsuits in two of the states and endorsed the others.

Jamaicans Want Marley to Stay Put
Jamaicans aren't happy about Rita Marley's plan to exhume her late hus-
band Bob Marley's body from a Jamaican grave, only to rebury him in
Ethiopia the holy land of Rastafarians.
The news generated a flood of calls to talk radio stations and a flur-
ry of Internet
chatter around the globe, with most people believing the transfer of the
reggae icon would rob the Caribbean island of its national heritage.
A Cuban-born Jamaican citizen who now lives in the West African
country of Ghana, Rita Marley, 58, has had an uneasy relationship with
her adopted Caribbean homeland, where some complain she has exploit-
ed her late husband's image and music for commercial gain, reports AP.

Ex-Officer Wins $1.6 Million in
LOS ANGELES A former Inglewood police officer who was fired
for punching a black teenager and slamming him against a patrol car was
awarded $1.6 million by the jury in a discrimination lawsuit he and his
partner brought against the city.
The jury voted 11-1 in favor of the verdict for Jeremy Morse, said
defense attorney Gregory Smith. He said the jury was unanimous in
awarding $810,000 to Morse's partner, Bijan Darvish, who had been dis-
ciplined in connection with the 2002 incident.
A bystander videotaped Morse in July 2002 punching handcuffed
Donovan Jackson in the head and slamming him onto a patrol car in
Inglewood, just south of Los Angeles.
Morse, who is white, said he reacted to Jackson grabbing his testicles.
The videotape does not show whether the grabbing occurred.
Morse was fired two months later, and Darvish was suspended for 10
days for filing a police report that failed to mention his partner's conduct.
The two filed the discrimination suit against Inglewood in February
2003, alleging reverse discrimination, Smith said.
Inglewood Police Chief Ronald Banks, who is black, said in a phone
interview Tuesday that race was not a factor in his decision to fire Morse
and suspend Darvish, who still works as an Inglewood officer. The city
has not decided whether to appeal the verdict.

Volume 18 No. 52 Jacksonville, Florida January 20 26, 2005

Economic Equality Remains a Civil Rights Issue

Forty years after the passage of
the 1965 Voting Rights Act and
decades after the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. made strides in
racial equality, America remains
split along racial lines divided by
the color green.
Economic equality has become the

paramount civil rights issue of the
21st century, civil rights advocates
said as they prepared to celebrate
King's birthday on Monday.
Fewer blacks than whites own
their houses, get fair loans, invest in
the stock market or sit on corporate
boards, or have any real control

over much of the trillions of dollars
flowing in mutual funds, pension
plans and the financial markets,
they said.
"Very real gains have been made
on some parts of the economic front
and the education front and most
particularly on the job front," said

Thomas Shapiro, professor at the
Heller School for Social Policy and
Management at Brandeis
University. "(But) those gains are
being reversed through widening
racial wealth gaps."
There is a difference between -
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Jacksonville King Activities

Include Motivation and Fun

Clergy Organize for Convoy of Hope
Shown above is Dr. Lewis Williams and Dr. Bernadette Williams of
Household of Faith Church with Rev. Garry Wiggins of Evangel Temple
Assembly of God, organizer of the Convoy of Hope event to be held
February 5th at Brentwood Park. The Pastors along with others held a plan-
ning session for the spiritual SuperBowl oriented event. More on page 7

National Study Reveals

Power of Black Newspapers

Preliminary results from the first
nationwide readership study of the
top 110 African American newspa-
pers uncovers the powerful role
African American newspapers play
in their ethnic community.
The unprecedented proprietary
readership study of African
American newspapers shows:
* 66% of readers cite their African
American newspaper as their pri-
mary or only source for local news
and community event information*
Only 12% subscribe to a daily
72% frequently purchase prod-
ucts or services as seen in their local

African American newspaper*
The groundbreaking, large-scale
circulation audit and readership
study will be completed next
month. The readership study will
include interviews with more than
15,000 readers of 110 African
American community newspapers
across the United States.
The study, conducted by
Circulation Verification Council
proves that while general market
newspapers receive consistent
national and regional ad spend, they
do not deliver the African American

Shown above at the Boylan Haven Event are Program Chair Charlotte
Stewart, keynote speaker Clennon King and Boylan Haven Alumni
Association President Grace Brown. At the annual observance sponsored
by the Alumni Association, King spoke on the importance of African-
Americans preserving their history.

Pictured left to right is T.C. Newman with winning team James
Richardson, Mark Brown and Robert Young with scholarship recipient
Sara Young and Ruby Newman. The Tournament, held at Mill Cove Golf
Club, is the brain child of the club owners Ruby and T.C. Newman.
Proceeds benefit educational efforts of local college students.

U.S. Marks MLK Day With Marches, Rallies

Americans inspired by Martin
Luther King Jr. took part in march-
es and rallies around the country
Mon-day, drawing from the late
civil rights leader's message to call
for an end to the Iraq war, advocate
affirmative action and speak out for
gay rights.
In King's hometown, parade spec-
tators lined the streets dancing to
Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday"
and listening to King's speeches
blaring over the loudspeakers.
Despite Monday's chilly tempera-
tures, thou-sands of marchers then
walked through the Atlanta district
where King grew up and preached.
Joining high school marching
bands, union workers and civil
rights activists, a group of several
hundred people came in support of
gay rights, saying King's message
was one of inclusion.
"Dr. King's dream is for every-
one, not just one specific group of
individuals," said Michelle Bruce, a
Riverdale city councilwoman in
Georgia who marched with a trans-
gender group called TransAction.
"If you hate discrimination and
racism, this is the place to come and

Shown above, Patricia Delifus has brought her great granddaughter
Robrianna Sparrow, age 5, to the parade every year since 2001. The
Forest park Head Start student says she looks forward to it on the

In a commemorative service
marking the holiday at the historic
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin
Luther King III asked the congrega-
tion to remember his father's legacy
of peace as America wages war in
Iraq, and to remember his message
of compassion in light of the tsuna-
mi disaster.
"Let us respond to this challenge
by reaching out to help our sisters
and brothers who are suffering be-
cause of the tsunami," he said.
King preached at Ebenezer from
1960 until his assassination in 1968
at age 39. He would have turned 76
on Saturday.
At a King day breakfast in
Boston, Sen. John Kerry made
some of his strongest comments
since Election Day about problems
with voting in some states.
While reiterating that he did not
contest the presidential election,
Kerry said: "I nevertheless make it
clear that thousands of people were
suppressed in the effort to vote."
"Martin Luther King reminded

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Gov. Bush Is Proud of Minority Spending and Minority Student Success

"I am proud of these numbers and what we have
been able to accomplish through increasing our focus
and outreach to certified minority vendors under One
Florida. This initiative is changing the way we do
business in Florida. said Governor Jeb Bush. "We
are expanding diversity in state contracting and
increasing opportunities for all Florida businesses."
In Fiscal Year 2003-2004 (July 1, 2003 through
June 30. 2004). state government spent $710,480,917
million with certified minority businesses, with
$527.196.998 spent by agencies reporting directly to
the Governor. The statewide figures represent an
increase of over $447 million since Governor Bush
took office.
"The commitment of our agencies has resulted in
one of the state's minority contractors growing
beyond the limits set out for participation in the
pIogram." said Secretary William Simon. "We are
nlaking a difference for Florida's minority-owned
businesses by lending to their growth and stability
without divisive and legally questionable practices
tch as set-asides and price preferences."
SThe S710 million spent this year does not include
ai additional $69 million in business for Miami-
bised Conmnunity Asphalt. This company, which has
been doing business with the state since 1984, has
seen significant increases in state contracts over the
past six, years. State spending with Community

Asphalt increased from $34 million in Fiscal Year
1998-1999 to $69 million in Fiscal Year 2003-2004,
totaling over $373 million. After a company reaches
certain criteria, including having more than 200
employees and a net worth exceeding $5 million, it is
no longer categorized as a certified minority
contractor: therefore, the amount spent with
Community Asphalt is not included in the figures.
This year's spending figures were presented at the
Office of Supplier. Diversity's Matchmaker
Conference in Orlando. Tlie conference focuses on
strategically bringing together key business decision
makers from both the public and private sectors and
placing them in an environment where, over a three-
day period, they continuously interface with minority
and women business owners who have products and
services to sell.
If you missed the 2004 conference. plan to attend
the 2005 conference. and mark your calendars now.
For more information on minority contracting, please
visit www.oneflorida .org.
The Governor notes that the 1999 "One Florida"
plan predated last year's University of Michigan, in
which the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that universities
could continue using race as a factor in admissions.
In university admission decisions and in state

Getting Rich From the Inside Out

li 2 Br,

Farrah Gray
Even though he's just 20, Farrah
Gray has achieved more than many
will experience in their entire ca-
reers. A remarkable young African-
American who was determined to
achieve his dreams against the
odds, Gray is a successful entrepre-
neur on a mission to inspire.
In his new book, "Reallionaire:
Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from
the Inside Out," Gray shares the
essential lessons that took him from
public assistance to a millionaire by
the age of 14. Growing up in strug-
gle as the youngest in a single-
parent household, Gray made his

first decision to help provide for his
family when his mother became
seriously ill. The first fifty dollars
he made paid for a real sit-down
dinner. He was six.
"My story, though unique, is
not unlike others who began with
nothing more than a dream fueled
by sheer determination," Gray says.
"Even if you've never walked the
streets of a housing project or seen
food stamps up close, I believe my
story will remind you of the kid in
all of us who knows no limits and
believes anything -- and everything
-- is possible."
Entrepreneurship began at age six
for Gray, when he peddled body
lotion for $1.50 door to door. In
Chicago, at eight years old, he
started UNEEC (Urban Neighbor-
hood Economic Enterprise Club).
Gray reached millions of listeners
every Saturday night as co-host of
radio show "Backstage Live" in Las
Vegas. He was 10.
At 13, he founded NE2W U.S.A.
(New Early Entrepreneur Wonders
University Student & Alumni)
Capital Search Fund headquartered
on Wall Street. Gray officially be-
came a millionaire after hitting
sales of $1.5 million for his com-

pany, Farr-Out Foods. At 15, he
served as the youngest member of
the Board of Advisors for the Las
Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
Gray, who believes that "action, as
always, counts for more than mere
words," founded the Farrah Gray
From age 15 to 18, Gray
served on the Board of Directors of
the United Way as the youngest
director ever to sit on their board
nationwide. When he was 16, he
acquired INNERCITY Magazine
from Inner City Broadcasting Cor-
poration, the largest privately held
radio broadcasting company in the
U.S. targeting African-Americans.
In "Reallionaire," with the help
of writer Fran Harris, Gray takes us
from the projects in Chicago to his
digs in Las Vegas where he now
runs INNERCITY Magazine, and
where as a real estate investor, he
also sits on the National Associa-
tion of Real Estate Brokers, Inc..
The book has been endorsed by
Bill Clinton and includes color pic-
tures from Gray's world. It capti-
vates us through storytelling and
then equips us with practical steps
that we can apply in our own lives
to achieve our goals.

are taking the preliminary SAT,
nearly four times as many African
Americans last year as in 1999. In
addition. Florida leads the nation in
the number of minority students
taking Advanced Placement exams.
These methods result in a wider
pool of applicants, from which
minorities are not excluded, as they
were in the past. The natural result
is a larger number of minority
applicants being accepted.
Just admitting students is not the
goal. however. We want these
minority students to complete their
higher education. Each year, the

uouv. J eu ousn magazine Black
government contracts, Florida has, under this
program. become race-neutral. And, contrary to
gloomy predictions in some quarters, the state
university system has not suffered, nor have minority
Extensive efforts are being made to attract African
American and other minority students to apply to our
11 universities. In 2003 more than 37 percent of
Florida university students who were in college for
the first time were from minority groups. Minority
enrollment on Florida college campuses has risen to
34 percent.
But we are not satisfied with merely trying to
attract more minority students to our higher education
institutions. We are focused on better preparing
minority students in kindergarten through 12h grade
so they will aspire to succeed in college, and be able
to do so.
We have a formal partnership with the College
Board. for example, that helps us reach potential
college students in underserved areas. Through this
partnership. more minority students are taking the

Economic Equa
Continued from front
income and wealth, which the
latter includes investments in stocks
or pension plans, equity from paying
a mortgage, and assets that can be
used to pay for education or retire-
And wealth is where the biggest
differences persist.
In 1999, during a boom economy,
Shapiro said, black middle-class
families on average had one-fourth
of the wealth of similarly educated,
similarly employed white middle-
class families.
The disparity was even starker
across all income groups black
families as a whole had only 10
cents Jn'" wealth for every! dollar
White families had, according to
government figures.
There are historical reasons gen-
erations of poverty, a legacy of slav-
ery and laws that kept them from
education, housing and good jobs.
But advocates say there also is per-
sistent discrimination in mortgages
and other loans.
"The biggest problem is that
we've been choked off to a large
degree from capital," said Shawn
Baldwin, 38, who recently started
his own brokerage and asset man-
agement firm with the help of the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, who introduced
him to executives at Citibank.
According to the Center for Re-
sponsible Lending, less than half of
black households own their homes,
while 75 percent of white house-
holds do. Home equity is the leading
source of wealth for most Ameri-
"If you don't have any equity,
you don't control anything," said
Keith Corbett, senior vice president
with the center.
Melvin Oliver, dean of the Divi-
sion of Social Sciences at the Uni-
versity of California at Santa Clara,
said there has been progress in help-
ing blacks increase homeownership,

Issues in Higher

Education ranks the top 100
colleges that produce degrees for
minority students. This year eight
Florida universities were on the list.
The University of Florida was 19h,
and Florida International
University was third.
Although we have had short-
term success. I am confident our
education reforms will result in
even future years, because we have
a comprehensive approach to
education that focuses on teacher
quality and training, accountability
measures that help us identify and
assist troubled schools, and school
choice programs for low-income

students, as well as those in failing schools.
We plan to begin a voluntary pre-kindergarten
program that will give 4-year-old children the
advantage of preparation that research shows can be
highly beneficial.
Our policy assumes all children can learn, and we
intend to ensure that they do, regardless of race or
other factors. to the extent that government can
influence results. Offering school choice where
needed has helped strengthen our public schools,
according to one study. Identifying and mentoring
troubled schools, setting high standards, and holding
the schools accountable for results also has made a
In Florida. we don't push unprepared children
forward. Nor do we separate them by racial
classification. We maintain that the best way to
ensure minority participation in higher education is to
provide the same opportunities and support to all
students and to hold all students as early as age 4, and
take them to a meaningful high school diploma a the
least, and to college and beyond if they chose.

lity Remains a Civil Rights Issue
but "that progress has mainly been attributing it to fear and a lack of
because banks have had to legally experience with the stock market
meet community investing require- and its cycles.
ments." Jackson points out that while mi-
Blacks lag in stock market invest- norities put money into mutual
ments, as well. In 1998, 57 percent funds and pension plans, they are
of blacks making at least $50,000 a scarcely to be found among the de-
year invested, compared to 81 per- cision makers who determine how

Snawn Baldwin, neaa ot a CUicago based asset management tirm in
New York, is an example of a person who landed a break in the busi-
ness world. For many minorities, access to capital is elusive. Forty
years after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, decades after
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. brought economic disparity to wide
attention, economic equality remains the paramount civil rights issue,
advocates say.

cent of whites, said Mellody
Hobson, president of Ariel Capital
Management, a minority-owned
firm in Chicago.
During the stock market boom,
the percentage of black investors
shot up 74 percent in 2002 but
had dropped to 64 percent by 2003.
Meanwhile, white investment stayed
roughly the same.
"Whites sort of pared back some
of their equity investments but they
didn't sell out of them completely.
We ran for the door," Hobson said.

those funds and plans are invested.
His Rainbow/PUSH organization
has called for more diversity on
Wall Street, among money manag-
ers and board members.
"They should be invested in the
people's interest," he said.
Corbett worried about forcing
people into a "permanent under-
"When people do not have ac-
cess," he said, "you're leaving those
people out of the system."



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"Super" March

For Jesus Jan. 29
March For Jesus will begin a day of
celebration by the Body of Christ
that. takes place on Saturday,
January 29. 2005. the weekend
prior to the Super Bowl. The
"Super" March for Jesus will
gather Christians across denomina-
tional and racial lines to unite and
take the joy of knowing Jesus
beyond the Church walls and into
the streets with joyful music,
proclamations and prayer. This
year's theme is "Lift Jesus High".
Worshipping Jesus in public
makes the event a demonstration of
our love for God. our love for one
another, and our love for the city
where we live. Churches rise above
differences to come together
around what we all have in
common. the Lord Jesus Christ.

The "Super" March for Jesus is
all about celebration for what the
Lord has done in our lives.
Stepping Out on Faith, the "Super"
March will begin behind the
Courthouse on6 (oi:lin r Drive on
the Riverfront at 10:15 a.m.

The "Super" March for Jesus
will continue to Alltel Stadium for
a Prayer Rally. A songbook/Prayer
Script will be provided.
The "Super" March for Jesus is
an event open to all believers.
Come. lift Jesus high!

NAACP Divided Over Groups Future
As the committee searches for
Mfume's replacement, the half-
million members will be
Closely watching, many of
them convinced the next leader
could remake, or break, the
S NAACP's reputation.
:Bond didn't return messages
left for him. Roslyn Brock,
SNAACP's vice chairwoman
and a member of the commit-
tee, says the search is "going
well" and that the group hopes
to have a new leader hired by

at Texas Southern University
and longtime NAACP mem-
Sber, says he hopes the process
to select Mfume's successor is
an open one, where regular
A members can have input, rather
than a closed process con-
AACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume, right, clasps hands with Chair- ducted entirely by the search
ducted entirely by the search
ian of the National Board of Driectors Julian Bond, as Mfume prepares to
address the first plenary session of the NAACP 89th Annual Convention in mitt
tlanta Monday, 1998. As the Baltimore-based NAACP searches for a leader Brittain says Mfume was se-
replace outgoing president Mfume, the nation's oldest and largest civil elected through a closed process,
ghts organization is at a crossroads, some say, presented with the opportu- but people accepted it when
ity to redefine its identity for a generation of blacks who, unlike their par- they found out the name. I think
nts, might not immediately think of the group as the champion of civil rights. people were kind of hungry for
a credible person to take over
- During his speeches to Philadel- to push us forward with a modern what was then a stumbling organiza-
hia children, J. Whyatt Mondesire, civil rights agenda." tion. Now, I think people want a
le head of that city's NAACP Mfume, who is credited with say."
ranch, likes to offer $20 to the stu- bringing financial stability and The new leader will face many
ent who can decode his group's credibility to an organization reeling challenges, including inheriting an
:ronym. from scandal and mismanagement audit as the IRS reviews the
Many think he is on a recruiting when he took over nine nears ago, NAACP's tax-exempt status. Bond
nket for the NCAA. "I've only announced.his resignation Nov. 30, says the investigation stems from a
ad to give away my money twice saying he wanted to spend more speech he gave criticizing President
seven years," Mondesire says. time with his family. Bush.
That's my challenge." Mfume has dismissed persistent Mfume's successor also will have
As the Baltimore-based NAACP rumors among the organization's to deal with the sometimes unwieldy
arches for a leader to replace out- membership that he was forced out NAACP board of directors 64
)ing president Kweisi Mfume, the because of a rift between himself members who meet four times a
nation's oldest and largest .civil and Chairman Julian Bond. But year. Some say the board may have
ghts organization is at a cross- Mfline has no role in a nine- frustrated Mfume as he tried to
ads, some say. They believe that member committee that Bond has make changes: "I publish a newspa-
e changing of the guard represents assembled to find his successor. per; I wouldn't want 64 editors tell-
chance for the NAACP to redefine Many of the members say they are ing me how to write a story,"
identity with younger black thrilled with the job Mfume did. He Mondesire says.
mericans who, unlike their par- erased a $3.2 million deficit and Among Mondesire's suggestions
its, do not immediately think of burnished an image sullied by the for the next leader are Elaine Jones,
e group when they think of civil revelation that his predecessor, Ben- the retired head of the NAACP Le-
ghts. jamin Chavis, used NAACP funds gal Defense Fund, an organization
Some members of the National to settle a sexual harassment suit. that is separate from the NAACP;
association for the Advancement of But some accuse Mfume of losing and Maxine Waters, a Democratic
colored People, such as Mondesire, sight of the issues that made the congresswoman from California.
ink a big-name replacement to NAACP the leading voice for civil Scot X. Esdaile, president of the
fume is the answer. A nationally rights for much of the last century. Connecticut NAACP, says he hopes
cognized figure, such as hip-hop Gilbert Jonas, who directed the someone like Russell Simmons gets
ogul Russell Simmons, would NAACP's national fund-raising and the job. He would "bring the young
peal to(L.Lt jt\t generation. But,publi r..cationI, upr,,tioIn .t.or.,30, people. into the..assoqiation" anl,,
me members of the old guard are years until 1995 and has written a wouldn't be beholden to corpora-
ishing for an insider, a veteran book on the group's early history, tions or special interests, Esdaile
Dm the ranks of the NAACP's says there was "a growing disen- said. A call to Simmons' publicist
embers who could navigate the chantment (among board members) wasn't immediately returned.
-acherous waters of an unwieldy that they had virtually no new pro- Esdaile, who calls Mfume "a
dy with disparate agendas. gram initiatives" during Mfume's personal mentor," says the former
"We are basically 2,200 local tenure. director will be hard to replace.
organizations with a national title," He says some of the programs "He'll go down in history as one of
ondesire, 56, says of the factions. Mfume started, such as one to en- the great black leaders," Esdaile
Fhe organization needs a heavy- courage high school students to ex- says. "Whatever happens, he's gone
eight with a national reputation cel academically, were ideas that now, and it's a big blow to the or-
io can raise money, who has a originated in the 1980s under previ- ganization."

11t hAnnual
McLendon Williamson hosted her
11"' Annual Black Heritage
Celebration Saturday evening,
January 15. 2005: As the evening
began she reminded her guest of
the words of John Hendrick Clarke,
"Iistory is a clock that people use
to tell their time of day. It is a
compass thev use to find themselves
on the map of human geology. It
tells them where they are and what
they are.
The first course "A Tropical
Fruit Extravaganza" was served.
Children and youth participated
in "A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther

Black Heritage
King Jr." which was followed by
group singing of many old hymns
including: We Shall Overcome,
Every Time I Feel de Spirit, Hush,
Hush. Somebody's Calling My
Name, Nobody Knows de Trouble I
see, Didn't My Lord Deliver
Daniel?, and Swing Low, Sweet
A game "Who Am I (women)"
was followed by appetizers which
included Okra. Chicken and
Sausage Gumbo with a Jasmine
Parsley Rice. Then the men's
game "Who Am I" commenced.
Dinner was served. The menu
included Kenya Beef Pilaf by Fa,

Jamacian Jerk Turkey, Exotically
Grilled Chicken by Zaan, Southern
Style Turnips with Mustard Greens,
Kenya Coconut Eggplant by Fa,
Apples and Sweet Potatoes from
Trinidad, Akara from Ghana Hull
Black Eyed Pea Hushpuppies,
prepared by Clara Cross; Caribbean
Toss Salad, Annie Ruth's Monkey
Bread, Kathy's Signature Symbolic
Cake, Mabel's Chum Homemade
Ice Dream in flavors of Mango;
Pineapple. Vanilla, Banana and
Peach: Mango Ice Tea. The meal
was assisted by Kreative Kreations
by Karen Catering.

Gamma Rho Omega Chapter-AKA Sorority Presents

Ebony Fashion Fair's 47th Edition January 21st

JACKSONVILLE The Gamma styles by world famous designers glamour. elegance and beauty and '
Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha such as Givenchy, Oscar de la has the energy of a Broadway,
Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. presents Renta, Bob Mackie, Christian show. You don't want to miss it!
the 47t' Edition of Ebony Fashion LaCroix. Hanae Mori and African Tickets are available at the
Fair under the direction of Mrs. American Designers: Fusha, and Times Union Center for the
Eunice Johnson. Friday evening, Kate Mack. Performing .Arts or from any
January 21. 2005. Ten gorgeous women and two member of the AKA Chapter. For
This 47t presentation entitled handsome men model the designs. information, call (904) 272-4055 or
"Living It Up" features extravagant The show is characterized by its (904) 630-3314.

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January 27, 2005, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. in the City Hall Annex 15'
floor chambers, 220 East Bay Street, Jacksonville, Florida, to hear
public comments for re-authorization of a non-ad valorem special
assessment within the downtown area of the City of Jacksonville.
The special assessment will only apply to those properties within
the Enhance Municipal Services Area (see above map). DDA will
submit a recommendation to the Jacksonville Economic
Development Commission (JEDC) for review and approval for the
continuance of the special assessment levied on behalf of the
activities managed by Downtown Vision, Inc (DVI).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and
Section 286.26, Florida Statutes (1999), persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations to participate in this hearing
should contact the JEDC at 630-1858 at least five (5) days prior to
the date of the public hearing.

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By Reggie Fullwood seen the glory of the coming of the
In 1983 the third Monday in Janu- Lord."
ary was designated a federal legal Or to use some of his most popu-
holiday in honor of Martin Luther lar words, "I have a dream, that my
King, Jr.'s birthday. Most of us en- four little children will one day live
joy the day and attend MLK Day in a nation where they will not be
S parades, and other junctions that judged by the color of their skin but
commemorate the life and legacy of by the content of their character."
Dr. King. But is that dream still a realistic
The question at hand though, is goal in 2005? Most of us deal with
do we really celebrate or commemo- the racial realities of life in America
rate the very thing he or Dr. King everyday and the reality of human
would have wanted us to be honor- nature, and those realities don't lead
ing. He was a very unselfish man, ime to believe that King's dream
who knew that the struggle for jus- may never be truly realized. But if
tice and equality was much bigger you think of the goals and objec-
w than him. tives of the Civil Rights Movement,
f a Every movement, every cause, many would say that the mission
every organization needs a leader was accomplished.
and figurehead and Martin Luther Blacks can eat in whatever restau-
S King embodied what it meant to be rants we want,,well unless it is an
NN W a true leader. At the helm of the exclusive country club, and most of
* most important movement in this us either can'tafford or they do not
* country's history at least in my want us there.' African Americans
opinion was a man named Martin. can almost and I do say "almost"
S* He was a man who wasn't perfect, live wherever we want and almost
but was perfect for the job. attend any school we are qualified
m It was almost prophetic when Dr. to attend, and that gets a capital,
* q King spoke on April 3, 1968, and "ALMOST."
* said, "I have been to the mountain We certainly have access to the
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a He went on to say that he probably approved for loans if we qualify
* would not be here on this earth to almost as frequently as whites. We
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S matter with, me now. Because I've have certainly move past those is-
been to the mountaintop. And I sues in this country right? Well,
Don't mind. Like anybody, I would not quite, but we have made tremen-
-* like to live a long life. Longevity dous strides. Wait a minute; I think
has its place. But I'm not concerned, that I just answered the question I
-* about that now. I just want to do just posed to my readers. If the
m* God's will. dream is not a goal in 2005, it cer-
N "And He's allowed me to go up to tainly should be, because while our
* the mountain. And I've looked over. achievements have been great, we
S* And I've seen the Promised Land. I still have yet to come close to cross-
may not get there with you. But I ing the finish line.
1 want you to know tonight, that we,
as 'jie~plie, 'till gefuti the'Pioomised King just migif be surprised that
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quote comes from his "I Have a
Dream Speech" when he talks about
the promise of equality given to all
Americans by the -Constitution.
King said, "When the architects of
our republic wrote the magnificent
words of the Constitution and the
declaration of Independence, they
were signing a promissory note to
which every American was to fall
"This note was a promise that all
men would be guaranteed the inal-
ienable rights of life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness. It is obvious
today that America has defaulted on
this promissory note insofar as her
citizens of color are concerned. In-
stead of honoring this sacred obliga-
tion, America has given the Negro
people a bad check which has come
back marked 'insufficient funds.'"
So if I could talk to the good Doc-
tor about his dreams and goal for an
America void of hate and inequality
has not been recognized. And as
Angela Davis once said, "I see ra-
cism as such being even more dan-
gerous in the latter nineties than it
was in the fifties and sixties. For
one thing, it is more structurally
entrenched in the economic system
and so he globalization of capital
has led to racism structures that are
often not recognized as racism."
But again, we have come a very
long way and Dr. King would be
proud of the progress that we
(Americans) have made. He might
be somewhat bothered by the fact
that issues like affirmative action
still create a wedge between many
Americans, but I can hear him say-
ing, "The line of progress is never
straight. For a period of movement
may follow a straight line and then
it encounters obstacles and the path
In closing, he might quote Booker
T. Washington and say, "There is no
power on earth that canj-perffanently'
st"ayour progress.'" '.
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Imani Akbar and Khalif Akbar, owners Ta Merry's Sports Caf6

TaMerry Brothers Gearing Up for SuperBowl

Sportsbar only Northside location for Super Bowl ESPN event

TaMerry's Sports Cafe has joined
with local non-profit organizations
to take part in the Super Bowl ex-
citement by presenting TaMerry's
Super Celebrity Billiards Benefit
Tournament. The celebrity billiards
tournament is designed to garner
support for non-profit organizations,
that otherwise during this time
would not receive support or recog-
nition. The event will be hosted by
former Women's Professional Bil-
liards Association Champion' and
Player of the Year Vivian Villar-
real, as well as former NFL and
Florida State University linebacker
-Howard Dinkins.
The event is slated for February 3 -
4, 2005 and- is a Super Bowl Host
Committee sanctioned event, which
includes it in the official Super
Bowl XXXIX activities line-up. On
February 3rd a media reception and
pairing party will be held while hon-
oring and recognizing participating
local benefiting organizations Pro-
ject Reach and the 100 Black Men
of Jacksonville. The reception will
also recognize event sponsors and
special invited guests. On February
4t the single elimination tourna-
ment will begin at noon, followed
by a VIP post event social.
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generate a great deal of support for
these two hard working organiza-
tions during and after the Super
Bowl," said Imani Akbar, Ta
Merry's owner and event sponsor.
"We believe in giving back and we
want the Jacksonville community.
and the nation to join us, while hav-
ing fun at the same time."
TaMerry's Sports Cafe has shown
a considerable commitment to the

Jacksonville community by support-
ing area organizations in their ef-
forts to fundraise, house events and
expose new talent. This event 'Will
keep that commitment and expose
the wonderful organizations that do
so much for our community to a
larger audience and possibly gener-
ate a new community of supporters.
Tournament Format
Teams of three consisting of one
celebrity and two players will com-
pete against each other ,in a 9-Ball
alternating shot format. A limit of
64 teams has been set for maximum
tournament participation. Single
elimination rounds of 9-Ball will
take place throughout day until a
champion is crowned. Additionally
there will be celebrity challenges,
speed shot, trick shot and silent auc-
The tournament will be followed
with award presentation and VIP
post event social.
A prelude to the event will in-
clude a highlight on ESPN's Cold
Pizza on the Super Celebrity Bil-
liards B nefit Tournament. The net-
work will be in town to produce the
segment on Friday, January 21st.

For registration information call

--Anyone who thought the Arm-
strong Williams/U.S. Dept. of Edu-
cation scandal would end with the
Black conservative columnist, radio
and TV personality being hung out
to dry for taking taxpayers' dollars
to secretly shill for the Bush Ad-
ministration, should think again.
Top U.S. Senate Democrats, led
by Minority Leader Harry Reid [D-
Nev.], Sens. Frank Lautenberg [D-
N.J.], and Edward Kennedy [D-
Mass.], have called for the General
Accounting Office to probe the deal
that got Williams into hot water to
see if it was illegal.
Senate Democrats are also prom-
ising an investigation, and public
A probe is also being planned on
the House side.
Several public interest groups
have filed Freedom of Information
Act requests to see if other journal-
ists or pundits have made similar
deals with the government.
According to an op-ed piece in
The Nation Magazine by David
Corn, Williams confided to him that
there were others.
"This happens all the time," he
told me. "There are others." Really?
I said. Other conservative commen-
tators accept money from the Bush
administration? I asked Williams for
names. "I'm not going to defend
myself that way," he said. The issue
right now, he explained, was his
own mistake. Well, I said, "what if 1
call you up in a few weeks, after this
blows over, and then ask you?"
"No," he said."
"Armstrong, please, help us all
protect the independence of the con-
servative commentariat," Corn rhet-
orically pleaded. "If you are not
alone, tell us who else has yielded to
bad judgment."
Williams, a Washington, D.C.
political veteran for more than 15
years who, in his younger years, has
been an aide to Associate Supreme
Court Justice Clarence Thomas and
the late South Carolina Sen. Strom
Thurmond, has said he had no idea
that what he was doing was wrong.

ased on the firestorm he's created,
he's certainly aware of it now.
As first reported by USA Today
last week, Williams took $240,000
from the U.S. Dept. of Education to
promote Pres. Bush's No Child Left
Behind (NCLB) education reform
act in the African-American com-
According to the term of the con-
tract between Williams' public rela-
tions firm, the Graham Williams
Group, and the Bush administration,
Williams was to promote NCLB on
his syndicated television and radio
programs, his syndicated newspaper
column, and also influence other
Black journalists to write positively
.about it.
He was also supposed to inter-
view Secretary of Education Rod
Paige for a series of one-minute
At no time did Williams ever pub-
licly disclose that he was being paid
to lobby for NCLB. When the news
broke, his column was dropped, and
his television show was put in
The anger in journalistic circles
was palpable.
"The deal between the Education
Department and Williams is sleazy,
unethical and a misuse of taxpayer's
money," bellowed The Philadelphia
Tribune editorial.
"Where's the money, Arm-
strong?" columnist Tracey
O'Shaughnessy wrote for the Re-
publican-American. "The wily com-
mentator-cum-promoter is not giv-
ing it back.'That would be ludi-
crous,' he told USA Today,
"because they bought advertising
and they got it. But Armstrong Wil-
liams evidently doesn't."
Even the National Association ot
Black Journalists, of which Wil-
liams is not a member, weighed in
"I thought we in the media were
supposed to be watchdogs, not lap-
dogs," Bryan Moore, NABJ vice
president for print, said. "I thought
we had an administration headed by
a president who took an oath to up

Armstrong Williams
hold the First Amendment not try
to rent it."
Newspapers across the country
that regularly ran Williams's col-
umn, like The Denver Post, also
reacted immediately.
"The Post published 21 of Wil-
liams' columns between Feb. 1 and
Nov. 19, 2004," the paper's January
I th editorial noted. "While none
focused solely on No Child Left
Behind, several pieces sniped at
critics of the law, especially the Na-.
tional Education Association. Wil-
liams is a prominent Black conser-
vative, but while his ideology obvi-
ously has a place on editorial pages,
his promotional deal made it ques-
tionable whether those judgments
were independently formed or
bought and paid for."'
Columnists across the country
didn't spare the rod in castigating
Williams for what they believed to
have been an unpardonable deed.
"Williams, who committed the
ultimate professional sin by accept-.
ing money ($240,000) to advance a
government program, provides a
case study of blurring the line be-
tween journalism and something we
don't even have a word for," wrote
columnist Kathleen Parker of the
Union Leader.

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bring together All
Nine area churches have joined
forces to sponsor a Conference on
Spiritual Renewal at the Mandarin
Presbyterian Church, 12001 Man-
darin Road, February 18-19t, 2005.
The sponsoring churches: Deer-
meadows Baptist, Glynlea Grace
United Methodist, Hendricks Ave.
Baptist, Jacksonville District Chris-
tian Enrichment School of The
United Methodist Church, Manda-
rin Presbyterian, New Bethel Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal (AME),
Orange Park Presbyterian, Orange
Park United Methodist, and Penny

Faiths and Races
Farms Memorial; invite all area
churches and their congregations to
attend this Conference on Spiritual
Renewal; and to take their Spiritual
Renewal back to all they may meet.
Richard J. Foster, Ph.D.,
Author of Streams of Living Water,
Celebration of Discipline,will be
the keynote speaker.
For information and registration,
call Rev. Pearl Boles (904) 264-
2241, ext. 209 pholes(.opume.net
or Barbara Brice (904) 268-1972 or
barbarabrice(icomcast.net. Or visit

First Baptist Churc
89 St. Francis Street St. Augusti
(904) 824-6590

9:30 A.M.

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Women of First
AME of Palm Coast
Prayer Breakfast
The Women's Ministry of First
AME Church of Palm Coast, where
The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover
is Pastor: invite the community to
their first Prayer Breakfast of the
New Year. The ministry will host
the breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday,
January 22. 2005.
First AME Church is located at
91 Old Kings Road North, in Palm
Coast. For information or direc-
tions. call (386) 446-5759.
2005 New Year's
Revival Set For
New Mt. Moriah
Mark your calendar now to be
sure and be present at the 2005
New Year's Revival at Greater
New Mt Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church, 1953 West 9h Street,
where Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Sr.
and Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Jr. are
The Revival Evangelists will be
Rev. Darien K. Bolden, of First
Missionary Baptist Church in
Ferandina Beach; Rev. R. E.
Herring. Pastor Mt. Bethel Baptist;
and Overseer B. E. Williams of
Greater New Jerusalem Full Gospel
Baptist Church.
Services will be held nightly,
January 26, 27 & 28t' at 7 p.m. If
transportation is needed, please call
(904) 354-0145.

A Family That Prays
Together, Stays
Together. Worship
at the Church of
Your Choice With
Your Family.

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return money most efficiently to
the communities that need it. While
donations will remain the most
important income streams for most
Christian organizations, we believe

Raise Fuds and meet Gals

that individuals engaged in their
normal everyday act of shopping
can become powerful and
extremely significant fundraisers,"
says Chairman and Founder James
B. Gould.
As part of this program,
members and supporters of
Christian organizations who shop
through member marketplaces can
choose to be recognized for their
contributions. Whether they are
religious leaders, church employ-
ees, teachers, students, church
members or friends, by choosing to
shop through their member market-
place, their purchases will auto-
matically generate a rebate that
averages 5.6% at no additional cost
to them.
There is a one time life-time
membership fee of $49.99 per
organization. In less than ten (10)
minutes they are able to offer their
own marketplace online, where

every purchase earns money for the
organization. Shoppers receive the
lowest online prices, merchants
attract traffic, and Christian
organizations expand their
resources to make the world a
better place. CWN supports each
member with promotional material
to inform their community of this
no-cost way to give support.
Based in Washington, DC,
Christian World Network merchant
programs completes the circle of
finance, returning money from the
for profit sector to the
organizations that need more funds
to make the world a better place.
For a full information and media
kit, please contact us Toll Free at:
1-866-828-6350: FAX 1-(866) 724-
1618: Infoni'ffcwnnet.org; Website:
Christian World Network, 2121
K Street NW.. Suite 800,
Washington. DC 20037.

Pasters, Mark Ysur Calendars fr t
1i" Black Church Week el Prayer

NEW YORK Pernessa Seele,
founder and CEO of The Balm In
Gilead. has announced that the 16th
Annual National Observance of
The Black Church Week of Prayer
for the Healing of AIDS, is set for
March 6-12, 2005.
Over the last two decades, The
Balm In Gilead, working with
thousands of faith institutions, has
championed AIDS awareness, pre-
vention and education in the Afri-
can American community. The
Black Church Week of Prayer for
the Healing of AIDS, the organi-

zation's flagship program, is also
the largest HIV/AIDS awareness
campaign targeting African
"The horrendous HIV/AIDS
epidemic among African Ameri-
cans is growing and who cares?
Steele commented. This is the
fundamental question that we are
asking our religious, civic and
political leadership as well as all
African Americans today.
To find out how your church
can get involved, log onto the
website www.balmingilead.org.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel- 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon I p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.

TV Ministry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

Pastor~-~lndon. L. WVillt7isa Sr., D. Mwi4n
1880 "WesntEddgewood Avenue Jacksonvrie, Florida 32208

"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Spiritual Renewal Conference to

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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800 Fax
"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"

Tuesday 7:30 p.mn. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)

Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

(94e'indna a Voice 4 mopee

"Welcome to Jacksonville A Blessed City
Where People Care.About People"
Drama: Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames
14th Consecutive Year
Sunday, January 30th Tuesday, February 1st
*A Life Changing Experience.
Many Thousands Have Received Christ Over the Previous 13 Years.

Jacksonville Convoy of Hope
"An Officially Sanctioned Event"
Saturday, February 5, 2005
Brentwood Park
FREE Groceries, Hot Food, Medical & Dental Screenings,
Job Fair, Kids Zone, Family Counseling, Credit Repair, Etc.
For More Information or to Volunteer
(904) 781-9393
The Katinas in Concert Sunday, February 6th, 10:30 a.m.

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January 20 26, 2005

Super Celebramlen I
Allete PaPresent Coi]
and .........The Ftlrel
The Jacksonville Super Bowl
Host Committee has sanctioned
two events sponsored by the United
Community Coalition (UCC). The
UCC's mission is to foster econo-
mic opportunity on Jacksonville's
Northside in preparation for the
2005 Super Bowl. and beyond,
through powerful coalition building
and long term strategic planning.
"Uniting Today's Communities
for Tomorrow's Prosperity", the
UCC will is sponsoring "A Super
Celebration of Athletes Past,
Present and The Future" from 11
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday,
January 29, 2005, at the James P.
Small Park. 8't Street & Myrtle
For more information on the '.
event or to participate as a sponsor, ;
vendor, or volunteer, please call
Debra Edwards at (904) 626-9921. Pastor Rick Cro,
or visit www.unitedcoalition.net Elder Lee Ha
Fort Mose Black JACKSONVILLE -
ort se Blac of Hope. a non-profi
History Celebration that partners with li
The Fort Mose Historical and other compassion
Society and the Florida Park tions by providing 1
Service will sponsor the 11 "'
Annual Fort Mose Festival Flight C onvoy
to Freedom "An American
Celebration" on Saturday, JACKSONVILLE -
February 5, 2005 from 10:00a.m.- for food distribution,
4:00 p.m. Enjoy African meetings Thursday,
drumming, dancing, singing, and a and January 27. fror
special living history presentation 8 p.m. at the North
on Fort Mose......first free black Baptist Church, 7137
settlement in America...., and walk Pastor Nick Phoenix.
through the Fort Mose Exhibit. There are volunte
This ceremony begins a month full ities for Prayer T(
of activities which mark the Services, Setup/Mair
celebration of Black History Entertainment. Safety
Month. For more information, call Children's Workers.
797-8940. vices. Community Se
Services, and Aftercar
Resurrection Ba tist Please encourage
Resurrection Baptist
Pastor Appreciation Saturc
Resurrection Baptist Church,
6046 Moncrief Road West; will
honor their Pastor. Rev. Glenn F. C OnV(
Foreman Sr.. with Appreciation
Services Thursday, Friday, and B R EN
Saturday. January 20, 21 & 22nd,
nightly at 7 p.m. Theme:
"Honoring The Watchman". 1 0
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nvoy of Hope Brings Community Together

oks of Arlington Assembly Church of God and
s, Pastor of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church

The Convoy
t organization
local churches
nate organiza-
resources and

training to assist them in meeting
physical and spiritual needs for the
purpose of making their com-
munities a better place.
Convoy of Hope's Community

of Hope Meetings
Join our team and family to get involved in this
just come to project to see the Body of Christ
January 20th join hearts and hands in sharing
n 6:30 p.m. to Jesus to Jacksonville folks.
I Main Street Students, Christians and Churches
N. Main St, are involved, and we encourage
more to do so. We plan to work by
eer opportune- shifts.
teams, Health For more information, please
atenance, Site call Mar' at (904) 781-4254; Rev.
and Security, Garry Wiggins at 781-9393; Dr.
Media Ser- Lewis Williams at 764-8400; or
services, Guest visit the website: pastomick@
re/follow-up. wordstowords.com.
your friends

lay, February 5th

y of Hope at the


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Outreaches. Disaster Response and
Supply Lines, hundreds of
thousands of families in the United
States and around the world have
received tangible help and a
compassionate touch of hope.
A Pastor Luncheon was hosted
by Household of Faith Church, on
Edgewood Ave.. where Dr. Lewis
Williams is Senior Pastor; at the
Church's Ministry Center. Area
Pastors attended the luncheon on
Tuesday. and are enthusiastic about
getting the message of the Convoy
of Hope. out to all Pastors and
Churches of all denominations.
The Convoy of Hope, now in
its tenth year has held similar
events in hundreds of cities around
the country.
Rev. Garry Wiggins, Pastor of
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
on Normandy Blvd., is the
organizer of the Convoy of Hope
event which will be held on
Saturday. February 5th from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. in the Brentwood Park,

" "'" the day bWfo'itre Suiper BowlI.
Rev. Wiggins stresses that he

feels that the religious community
has a responsibility to so something
to present Christ to the world, when
"the world" comes to our city for
the Super Bowl. He added that the
event will be the largest Christian
outreach of goods and services in
the history of our city.
Pastors are invited to join the
cause, and it is hoped that Pastors
will encourage their congregations
to join the effort. The Convoy of
Hope hopes to raise $100,000 to
present goods and services to those
who need it, on February 5h.
Rev. Wiggins said that he feels
sure that money needed for the
event will be raised. He added that
the event will show "love in action,
not preaching." Although about 50
churches are providing volunteers,
even more are needed.
A celebrity golf tournament will
raise funds for the event on
Thursday, January 27th at the World
Golf Village. Miami Dolphins
players from the undefeated 1972
team,will be featured. There will be
an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Churches and their pastors
involved in the effort include:
Arlington Assembly of God
Church. Rev. Rick Crook; Wayman
Chapel AME Church, Rev. Mark
Griffin: Greater Church of God by
Faith, Rev. Cedric Matthews;
Nocatee Community Church, Rev.
Casey Trigg; Celebration Church,
Rev. Stovall Weems; Evangel
Temple Assembly of God, Rev.
Garry Wiggins: and the Household
of Faith Church, Rev. Lewis
Dr. James Sampson, Pastor of
New Mt. Zion Baptist; and Elder
Lee Harris, Pastor of Mount Olive
Primitive Baptist Church, joined
the group for lunch, Tuesday. Both
are well known in the community.
All Pastors, all denominations,
all community organizations, as
well as individuals are invited to
join this cause. Please contact Rev.
Garry Williams at Evangel Temple
Assemble of God, (904) 781-9393;
or Dr. Lewis Williams at House-
hold of Faith Church, (904) 764-




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about cancer or h earth
dica.se. We're talking
abloutt your rhild's drug
or alcohol iose.
Teens who uset drugs
risk damaging ltheirc
developing minds and
bodie. and 'ace the
possibility ofadd:cction.
How, and when. you


respond to your teenager
when you suspect or find out he is
using drugs could have ia serros inmpct
on his future.
When should you take action?
Co m mronll si nse tells u th t
addite.silng a problem early tcan help
keep it from getting out of coUtrol amd
doing sertiots liar in our lives.
This principle i lso Itvri ds Itre when it



-' -., kid usesm marijuana or
",. '. alcohol, the more likely
:r. (~1 they are to become
,' dependent on drugs or
S t. alcohol later in life.
Though use doe not
.. lwfyv, end in' addiction.
addiction alwa.ts b begins
S with a decision to us.e
S If you suspect yonr
teenager has tried drligs
or alcohol, then you
know that your son or daughter is at a
critical crossroads. Experimentationt is a
bi deal .... ,,., is more potent than
it was when you were youngn- and
shouldn't be accepted a;I a rite of passage.
What you do n;matter's.
So, even though tltheti drug or alcohol
use might I'fel like the touglhcst issue
you've ever faced, addressing it could be

comr s Ito drug and alcohol use amtnnllog the mots imrportanl thing you do.
kids. Re earc;h shows that Ihe earlier a; Get informed :and take action early.




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Office of National Drug Control Policy
Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida and America
For information or assistance, contact:

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Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida
(305) 860-0617

Join Together Jacksonville

Len ShowaUer of Urban Ministries, Pastor James White, and Ed Suro of Inner City Ministries

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-- Roast Bee Dinners

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Watchful eye of a skilled cook, sliced deli meats are a quick and tasty dinner solution. Buy meats sliced to your liking and
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The French Dip sandwich
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Instant French
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4. crusty French rolls cut in half
1 tablespoon garlic butter, melted
1 pound thinly sliced Boar's Head
Londonport roast beef
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can low-sodium
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* Slice rolls in half, brush with gar-

20 slices Boar's Head Londonport roast beef,
sliced thin
2 cups arugula
'/2 cup shaved Boar's Head Parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons good quality olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons capers
Salt and pepper to taste
Arrange arugula on 4 plates. Layer each with
slices of roast beef. Sprinkle with equal amounts
of Parmesan. Add capers. Drizzle with olive oil
and lemon juice. Serves 4

Effortless Beef Stroganoff
1 1/2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) beef broth
6 mini carrots
2 cup boiling onions, peeled

1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, minced or 3 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup good red wine or brandy (optional)
1/2 pound 1/4-inch sliced Boar's Head
Londonport roast beef, julienned
2 tablespoons sour cream (may be low fat)
8 ounces egg noodles, cooked to taste "
Cook carrots and onions over low heat in beef
broth until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, re-
serving broth. In 8- to-10-inch saut6 pan, melt
butter over low heat, then whisk in flour and shal-
lots. Cook until shallots soften, about 4 minutes.
Add Dijon mustard and pepper, and whisk until
blended. Add beef broth, stirring over low heat
until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Add
wine or brandy and simmer over low heat to re-

Quick Roast Beef, Mashed
Potatoes and Gra vy
In addition to Londonport, Boar's
Head offers several other roast
beefs too. such as Seasoned, Cajun.
Italian and Pepper. For a hearrt,
home-cooked tasting meal, have
Filet of Seasoned Roast Beef sliced
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counter and serie with 10-Minute
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Add a green vegetablee and dinner's

Mashed Potatoes
8 medium redpotatoes
2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon Boar's Head Pub Style
Horseradish Sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Quarter and simmer potatoes until


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Mash with potato masher
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salt and pepper to taste.
Series 4

Easy Gravy
1 tablespoon butter
I tablespoon flour
I minced shallot or 3
tablespoons minced shal-

duce mixture, about 3 minutes. Remove from
heat and stir in sour cream. Add beef, carrots and
onions and toss. Serve over egg noodles. Serves 4



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1 (14 1/2-ounce) can beef
I tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
'- teaspoon pepper
Melt butter, add flour and %\hisk
I minute over medium heat. Add

tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and
shallots and continue- to %hisk- I

lic butter and toast under broiler. Serve broth alongside sandwiches
Layer roast beef on half of each and dunk before each bite. Enjoy
roll. Cover with remaining halves. with cole slaw bought at the deli
Heat beef broth in small saucepan, counter or made fresh at home.
then pour into 4 dipping bowls. Serves 4


minute longer. Whisk in broth until
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juice and pepper. Simmer, stirring
occasionally, until grave? coats back
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Thousands of Jacksonville citizens joined a multitude of clubs, organizations and schools to participate in the annual MLK parade
throughout the streets of downtown Jacksonville. Following the winding salute that concluded in Hemming Plaza in front of City Hall,
was a host of activities including performances and motivational speeches. Ethnic booths lined the plaza to empower and enlighten and
food vendors filled the air with the likes of hot fish, jerk chicken and delicious desserts. The annual MLK salute has grown over the past
ten years from a small but formidable crowd to an annual gathering with participation spreading throughout all areas and cultures of
Jacksonville. The parade is organized annually by the MLK Foundation which is composed of area volunteers.
"We make sure we keep Dr. King's dream alive in spirit and in action." said festival organizer Willor Smith.

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S'What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Prymtime Before and
After School Program
Do you need a safe haven for
your school aged child while you
are hard at work or school? A place
where your child is provided with a
positive atmosphere, homework
assistance, a well balanced snack
and a great fitness program? The
Pryme Time Before and After
School Program at the James
Weldon Johnson Family YMCA is
the place for you and your children.
For Additional information about
our program, stop by 5700
Cleveland Rd. or call 765-3589
She Speak
-All poet, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend She
Speaks. The event will be each
Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. 10:00
p.m. at the Fuel Caf6 (1037 Park
St.) Poets get I" Drink Free! For
more information, please call 502-
Learn to Read
Tutoring Sessions
Learn To Read is sponsoring its
Winter Tutoring sessions to prepare
volunteers to tutor in the
Jacksonville Reads Adult Literacy
Program. Potential tutors will be
required to attend two sessions.
Session will be held on Saturdays
and Thursdays each month
throughout March. The first two
part session will begin January 15,
2005 and will continue through
March 3, 2005. For more
information, call 399-8894.

Irrigation Workshop
The Duval County Extension
Service will present a workshop on
irrigation on Saturday, January 22,
2005 from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Come learn about retrofit, micro
and drip irrigation. Catch up on the
new watering rules, learn how to
make a rain barrel and learn tips to
help'you conserve moisture in your
landscape. Bring a drought tolerant
plant to exchange. Registration is
requested. For more information,
please call 387-8850.
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

MODEL Mentors
The Buckner Division of
Children's Home Society of Florida
(CHS) is looking for adults to
volunteer for its MODEL (Mentors
Opening Doors Enriching Lives)
Program. Volunteers will mentor
children who have at least one
parent incarcerated in a state or
federal prison. Mentors are needed
in Duval, Clay, Baker St. Johns
and Nassau counties and must be at
least 21 years old. They will need
to commit to spending one hour per
week with a child for one year. The
ages of children range from 4-15.
To become a mentor or refer a
child please contact Christine
Schaufat 493-7747.
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.
Soul Search 2005
Soul Search 2005, a signing
competition for male and female
singers where participants will have
the opportunity to sing the National
Anthem at an official Super Bowl
Celebrity event will take place at
Jacksonville University's Davis
Building on January 22, 2005
beginning at 9:00 a.m. The com-
petition is open to amateur
vocalists and may be a solo artist,
duo, trio or group. It will feature a
tournament-style competition
where aspiring, unsigned musical'
artists compete before a four-judge
panel. For more information on
eligibility requirements, rules, entry
forms and directions please visit
www.jamsport.com or email
Super Celebration
James P. Small Ball Park 8TH &
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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about your parents?
It's natural to worry about aging parents. And
hard to know where to look for help, or even how
to begin. That's where we come in. We're here to
help you find local resources, support services,
and solutions that work for your folks-and for
you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
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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 4"'
Ave. and 4'h 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 on 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-
Super Wellness
Health Fair
Gateway Mall will host a Super
Wellness Health Fair on Sunday,
January 30, 2005 from 1:OQ 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.

American Beach
Founders' Day :'1 J
Celebration p
On Saturday, January 29, 2005. t
The A.L. Lewis Historical Society I
will be celebrating the 70th I
birthday of American Beach and t
the Beach Lady. The celebration t
will include the premiere of the e
documentary short film The P
Beach Lady. The event is free and $
open to the public and will take b
place at the Peck Center, located & A
Elm in Fernandina Beach from e
7:00 -10:00 p.m. For more J
information, please call 261-3248. ii

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 3 I,
2005. For more information, please
call Madison Shelley at 296-1055,
ext. 1018.

NFL Super Bowl
On Saturday, January 29, 2005
fom 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m., the
NFL Experience will present
Jacksdnville's I.:siding gospeli
performers will be out in force for
he NFL's Super Bowl of Gospel
Talent Competition at the 14"'
Annual America Online presents
he NFL Experience. More than
hirty 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
acksonville Southbank. For ticket
information call (866) TIX-4NFL.


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Super Showtime
The public is invited for a
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be transformed into a Caribbean
paradise. The event is free and
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Battle of the Bands
The Band Bowl: "Battle of the
Marching Bands" invitational
Showcase, will take the field on
Thursday, February 3, 2005 at
William Raines High School's
Stadium at 6:00 p.m. This event
will feature the musical talents of
local high school and HBCU
marching bands. Participating
bands: from the Jacksonville area
will demonstrate. the best in
musicianship and showmanship in
addition to a performance by the
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and prizes will be awarded, in
addition to the bands receiving
$1.00 from each ticket sold to
support their school's band
program. For more information,
call 622-8389.
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 404-808-423 1.

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.

On Saturday, February 5, 2005.
rapper Snoop Dogg will be at
Raines High School for the
SnooperBowl. Snoop Dogg hosts a
youth football all-star game
featuring his West-Coast team
against a local all-star team,
including celebrity coaches, a pre-
game cheerleading clinic with The
ROAR and a halftime and post-
game concert. The event will be
held from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please call
Brodie Waters at,301 3000.
Comedian Sinbad will be in
Jacksonville for one performance
on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at
8:00 p.m. There performance will
be held at the Florida Theater. For
more information, call 355-2787.

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Jamie Foxx of the Ray Charles film biography "Ray," Hilary Swank
and director Clint Eastwood of the boxing tale "Million Dollar Baby"
won Golden Globes on Sunday, boosting their Academy Awards pros-
"Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now?"
said Foxx, considered a front-runner to win the best-actor Oscar for his
uncanny emulation of Charles, who died last year. "I wish I could take
what I'm feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we
would all love each other a whole lot more."
Earning a record three Globe nominations, Foxx lost in his other two
categories, supporting movie actor for "Collateral" and actor in a TV
movie or miniseries for "Redemption."

R&B legend pleads out to charges
Norman Whitfield, the writer of such R&B clas-
Ssics as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and
S"Papa Was a Rolling Stone," pleaded guilty Tues-
S t. -~ day to failing to report more than $2 million in
royalty income, authorities said.
T The plea was part of a deal with the Feds that
requires him to file delinquent tax returns, Gary
Tang, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice said. Wednesday. The musician admitted to
failing to file tax returns on about $600,000 a year
between 1995 and 1999, costing the government
$955,000 in tax revenue. His sentencing date is scheduled for April 18.
Whitfield, 64, has worked as a producer for the Temptations and oth-
ers. His other hits include "Just My Imagination (Running Away With
Me)," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "War."

Episode III marks end of Mace Windu. It's over for the sole black Jedi
knight in the universe. Samuel L. Jackson told the "San Francisco
Chronicle" that his character Mace Windu meets his maker in the forth-
coming "Star Wars:Episode III Revenge of the Sith. "It's rousing," he,
told the paper in Sunday's editions. "It's a great light-saber battle with
102 moves in three big rooms."

Civil rights soldier continues promise to leader.
Making good on a promise made 37 years ago
to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights
front-liner Harry Belafonte, 77, continues to work
toward the dream of his slain friend. .
On Saturday, the singer/actor met with a group"
of about 60 people, many of them children, during
a celebration of King's life at a Boys and Girls
Club. He said the 13 years he worked side-by-side
with Dr. King were "the most important of my
"Each and every one of you has the power, the will and the capacity to
make a difference in the world in which you live in," Belafonte said.
"You should go through life knowing, 'I am somebody."'
During a question and answer session following his speech, 10-year-
old Shawn Gordon asked Belafonte: "How does it feel to be free?"

DALLAS Although it's the end
of yet another long day of inter-
views in yet another city, Ken
Carter is lively and eager to pro-
mote the movie he inspired.
His snazzy blue tie remains
neatly knotted on a white shirt
that's as crisp as when it came from
the cleaners. He greets visitors to
his posh hotel room with eager
smiles and firm handshakes, casu-
ally referring to the men as "sir."
Wow, the interview hasn't even
begun and already it's evident that
the real "Coach Carter" is a lot like
the character played by Samuel L.
Jackson stylish, energetic and
really courteous.
Whether he's talking about the
reason behind the moment that
brought him to Hollywood's atten-
tion keeping his undefeated high
school basketball team off the court
until they become better students
or describing his involvement in
the movie, Carter comes alive with
the passion, intensity and commit-
ment Jackson shows on screen.
Nothing gets him going more
than talking up the movie's mes-
sage, his message: Regardless of
your circumstances, you can reach
high goals by working hard and
always doing the right thing.
"In our community, 80 percent of
our talk to each other and ourselves
is negative," Carter says, using a
statistic to set up a life lesson a
trick Jackson uses several times in
the movie.
"We say, 'I can't do this. I can't
lose weight. I can't jump higher.'
What if you turn it around and say,
'1 can, but I can't do it overnight. So
I'm going to take these baby steps.'
If you are 30 pounds overweight,
you can lose it over the period of a
year, or even two years. What mat-
ters is that you are getting there."
Carter accidentally became a ce-
lebrity in 1999 when he padlocked
the gym at Richmond High in
northern California because one-
third of his players were slacking
off in class. The publicity was
stoked by backlash from the
neighborhood; residents of the im-
poverished area didn't want to give
up the one thing they had to cheer
Producers Mike Tollin and Brian
Robbins called Carter during the
uproar. When they eventually fol-
lowed up, they discovered a man
who provided far more than one
moment to build a movie around.
They had enough for MTV Films to
make a 2-hour, 17-minute biopic
that opened last weekend as the
most-seen movie in the nation.
"When you see this movie, you
are seeing the truth," Carter said.
"That's why it grabs you and takes
you through these emotional roller
The outline of the story sounds
familiar: A tough-love authority

figure takes over a group of rogue
high school students in a dead-end
environment, gives them reason to
believe they can rise above it then
teaches them how, with some
clashes along the way.
What makes this tale unique is
A former star player at Rich-
mond, he agreed in 1997 to replace
his old coach but only on a part-
time basis because he owned a
sporting goods store.
Carter did well enough that he
drove an expensive car and wore
sharp suits, even to practice. His
sense of style was meant to show
that "not only drug dealers can
drive nice cars, dress real well and
have good perceptions of them-
Another of his creeds is that "the
way you do one thing is the way
you do all things." So he ran the
team like a business.
Players referred to him as "sir,"
and he extended the same respect to
them. They had to wear coats and
ties on game days and be good citi-
zens on campus, which meant
cleaning and painting the school
and selling T-shirts to pay for road
They also signed contracts vow-
ing to sit in the front row in class
and maintain at least a 2.3 grade-
point average 0.3 higher than
the state required to play sports.
Everything we do in life that we
consider extremely important, we
sign some type of document, from
a driver's license to getting mar-
ried," Carter said. "It was some-
thing tangible in their hand that we
could refer back to

He believed conditioning was the
one thing a coach could control, so
he ran them relentlessly, and they
ran foes ragged.
The Oilers had only seven plays
and each was named for one of
Carter's sisters: Diane, Ernestine,
Hettie Jean, Cookie, Linda, Deb-
orah and Grace. (He has a brother,
too, but there wasn't an eighth play
for Albert.)
Carter also challenged players to
think about their future. He told
them not to dream of being the next
Michael Jordan, but of becoming
the person who signs Jordan's pay-
checks. He introduced them to
business leaders and took them on
field trips to places like Silicon
Valley, encouraging them to join
the crop of cyber-millionaires.
"If you can be successful on the
basketball court, then you can be
successful in the classroom," Carter
said. "I saw what these kids could
be, not where they were.

Then Carter received progress
reports showing that 15 of the 45
players in his program varsity,
junior varsity and freshmen squads
- were violating their contracts.
"I had no choice," Carter said. "I
put a big lock on the gym door with
a chain and a big sign that said, 'All
players report to the library.'"
Over the next week and a half,
six games were forfeited, two by
each level. The varsity still wound
up making the state playoffs, al-
though they were ousted in the sec-
ond round.
Carter left Richmond in 2002,
having sent many of his players to
colleges, several on scholarships to
four-year schools. The success sto-
ries included his son, Damien, go-
ing to West Point after breaking
his dad's school scoring record.
Ken Carter's next goal is spread-
ing his message into junior highs to
set kids on the right path early. The
early box-office figures indicate

Coach Ken Carter (L) and actor Samuel L. Jackson pose at the pre-
miere of Paramounts' 'Coach Carter' at the Chinese Theater in Los
Angeles, California. 'Coach Carter' starring Samuel Jackson, was
the top scorer at the box office this weekend, grossing about 23.6
million dollars in its opening weekend, according to preliminary

His formula worked. The four-
win team he inherited won 25
games his first season and. they
lived up to academic expectations.
The Oilers started the next year 13-
Ona, pn emg1. to be dping&.finq.-in
class, too.

he's already reaching a wide audi-
"What I want the whole world to
take from this movie is that respect,
self-discipline and being kind will
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Pa2e 12 Mrs. Perry's Free Press

King Holiday Celebrated Around the Country

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, left center, is jointed Dy State sen.
Kasim Reed, left, D-Atlanta; Rep. Tyrone Brooks, right center, D-
Atlanta, and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, right, former president of
Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the front line at the
annual Martin Luther King Jr. march in downtown Atlanta, Ga.,

Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, in honor
Luther King.
Continued from front page
that yes, we have to accept finite
disappointment, and I know how to
do that," Kerry said to chuckles
from listeners. "But he said we
must ... never give up on infinite
In Montgomery, Ala., the city
where King led the famous bus
boycott, a crowd gathered at the
steps of the state Capitol near
where King spoke at the end of the
Selma-to-Montgomery voting
rights march almost 40 years ago
Speakers included Public Service
Commissioner George Wallace Jr.,
whose father, former four-time
Gov. George Wallace, once prom-
ised to preserve segregation in a
fiery inauguration speech from the
same steps.
Wallace said his father changed
his views after he was left para-
lyzed by an assassination attempt
and later visited the Dexter Avenue
King Memorial Baptist Church,
where King once served as pastor,
to ask for forgiveness.
In Ann Arbor, Mich., affirmative
action supporters used the holiday
to demonstrate against a proposed
constitutional amendment aimed at
banning racial preferences.
In Denver, tens of thousands

of slain civil rights leader Martin People gather for a wreath laying ceremony, in honor of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. at the African-
American Civil War Memorial,
Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, in

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Coretta Scott King (R), widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther
King, Jr. shares a moment with Reverend Suzan D. Johnson Cook after
introducing the speaker as her adopted daughter, during the 37th
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service on January
17, 2005 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Cook, who is Senior
Pastor of Bronx Christian Fellowship and President of Hampton
University Minister's Conference was speaker for the service on the
King Holiday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, speaks with Sen. Barack Obama, D-
Ill., during the 15th Annual PUSH Excel Martin Luther King Jr.
Scholarship Breakfast in Chicago. Later, Jackson gave the keynote
address for the King holiday program.

walked two miles to remember
King and honor his message of
nonviolent change. Many walkers
pushed toddlers in strollers or held
a leash as a dog trotted alongside.
"Dr. King set the example and we
all have the responsibility no matter
who we are to pass it on," said
Darryl Searuggs, who brought his
teenage daughter and son with him.
Thousands also marched in San
Antonio, and in Philadelphia,
45,000 volunteers showed up for
the 10th annual day of service

named for the civil rights leader.
Meanwhile, in Washington,
President Bush planned to attend an
event honoring King at the John F.
Ken-nedy Center for the
Performing Arts.
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was
a visionary American and a dedi-
cated leader who believed deeply in
liberty and dignity for every per-
son," Bush said in a holiday procla-
mation. "His faith and courage
continue to inspire America and the


U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush (L) watch as U.S. Secretary of State Colin
Powell) (C) and his wife Alma (2nd R) are presented with the John Thompson Legacy of a Dream award
by John DeGioia (R), president of Georgetown University, during ceremonies marking Martin Luther
King Jr. Day at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, January 17, 2005.
The president participated in Georgetown University's 'Let Freedom Ring' event, where Powell was given
the award for a leader who 'represents the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr, and (his) commitment to com-
munity service.'

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