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Is Your Child
Memorial to MLK Jr. Needs Repairs
The memorial where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is buried needs
$11.6 million in repairs. according to a National Park Ser\ ice report.
Problems include fire hazards and leaks at the center's archive building.
which houses King's papers and other important documents from the civld
nights movement, according to the report, which was obtained by The
The Kin- family controls the 24-year-old center through a nonprofit
corporation. The National Park Sen ice manages the site but does not
operate the King Center.
Andren Young. a former Atlanta mayor and King Center board mem-
ber. said the center is in 'a slow deterioration" but cannot afford to make
"The King Center has very little resources for maintenance." said
Young. the only one of the board's nine directors who is, not a King fanm-
il\ member. He was a close associate of King and \was w ith him when he
was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.
Founded by King's wife, Coretta Scott King. in the basement of her
home in 1968. the King Center was built in 1981. It consists of Freedom
Hall. a reflective pool and tomb. and an administration and archives
Georgia Preacher Convicted of
Stealing $9M from Churches
A Georgia preacher has been convicted of stealing nearly $9 million
from hundreds of small, black churches across the
country by promising them big returns on small
Abraham Kennard was found guilt b\ a federal
jun in Rome. Ga on 116 counts, including fraud
and eC aslonl.
Prosecutors said he ran a pyramid scheme that
took advantage of the Light network of black
preachers to which he belonged
Kennard. 46, of Wildwood. Ga.. said he \was not guilt\ of anything.
"It's not a law against ending in a Cadillac if >ou don't `want to ride in a
Volkswagen," Kennard. who represented himself, said in his opening
remarks. Michael Trost, who served as Kennard's standby counsel. said
he believed Kennard intended to help the churches.
Prosecutors said Kennard claimed his company \\as developing
Christian resorts around the country. He told preachers that for a fee of a
few\ thousand dollars, their churches could be "members" of his compa-
ny. In return, he promised that in time the churches would get a grant or
a forgivable loan of up to $500.000
The scheme spread as the trusting ministers told their friends, relatives
and fello\ pastors.
BET Founder Bob Johnson Stepping
Down to Build his NBA Team
Television w ho sold the company to Viacom for $3
billion five sears ago. will resign from his position at
BET to spend more time developing his NBA team.
the Charlotte Bobcats.
The move \as expected, since Johnson signed a
five-year contract with Viacom to remain BET chair-
man and CEO when the media conglomerate pur-
chased the network in late 2000. making him the first
black millionaire. Debra Lee, who has served as BET's president and chief
operating officer since 1996, will replace Johnson by the year's end.
'iacom counts the networks CBS. MTV, VH-1 and UPN among its hold-
ings, and its purchase of BET, the first and largest black-o\\ned cable net-
work, allowed it to gain access to the hugely profitable black conmnuni-
ty. Since then, it's choice of programming has often been critcized
Alfred Edmond. editor-in-chief of Black Enterpnrise. said progranumng
at BET is not Itkely to change simply because Johnson is lea\ ing.
"Viacom didn't buy BET to change its programming because BET is
profitable using a lo\\-cost format." Edmond said. "It's a \er\ profitable
model, and BET has one of the most profitable cable formats in the
Swaziland King Takes 13th Bride
MBABANE Swazi King Mls\ati 111 has picked a 17-year-old school-
girl as his new fiancee who will be introduced to the w ',. i
public as his 13th bride once she passes a HIV test.
Less than five months after picking 16-year-old .
Nothando Dube as his 12th bride-to-be, the 36-year-
old Mswati has now chosen Colile Nosiphe .
Magagula, known as Titi, as his next fiancee.
She will be "unveiled" once she passes an HIV test
and once she gets royal blessings from the Queen
Mother Ntombi Thwala of Swaziland, where close
to 40 percent of the population is living \ ith HIV and AIDS. Swaziland
has the world's highest per capital rate of HIV infection at 38.8 percent in
the kingdom of 1.1 million people.
Mswati has 11 official w\i\es and two fiancees. and 24 children.
The king is apparently trying to fill vacancies left b\ t\mo of his w\i\es
who left Swaziland in June this year after falling out of favor with the
royal household. Mswati, has ruled the mountainous kingdom since
1986, when he acceded to the throne at the age of 18. His father King
Sobhuza II led the country to independence from Britain in 1968, and
died at the age of 82 in 1982 \ ith no fewer than 70 w i\'es.
Host It ...
Volume 19 No. 3 Jacksonville, Florida February 10 16, 2005
Military Heroes Feted During SuperBowl Week
S' "----- Marine Corporal James Eddie
Wright, Army Specialist Danielle
Green and Navy Corpsman Jose
Ramos with keys to the city. All
three lost limbs while serving in
Iraq. The ceremony is the result of
a joint effort with Impact Player
Partners, a program in which ath-
letes, entertainers and community
leaders work together to improve
the quality of life of America's
heroes wounded in the war on ter-
Shown above at the ceremony is Mayor Peyton with James Eddie
Wright (Marines), Danielle Green (Army) and Jose Ramos (Navy).
In a ceremony at the Veterans Jacksonville honored three military
Wall near Alltel Stadium during members injured in the war on ter-
Super Bowl Week, the City of ror. Mayor John Peyton presented
Crumby Takes All in
Super 19 Trivia Contest
Jacksonville Free Press reader Vern Crumby was the winner take all
awardee in the Free Press Super 19 Birthday Contest. The faithful reader
for over four years successfully answered 16 of the 19 trivia questions. He
received a "Super Package"of .two tickets to many SuperBowl events
including the Gospelfest, Chaka Kahn, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight,
Boxing Match and the Universoul Circus. Congratulations Vern and keep
reading the Jacksonville Free Press.!
"It is fitting that we salute these
brave individuals and recognize the
service and sacrifice of all our mili-
tary men and women serving
abroad. It's a reminder that while
we are enjoying the benefits of free-
dom and safety during Super Bowl
week, many American patriots are
engaged in the defense of our liber-
ty." Said Mayor Peyton.
President to Lead
EWC in Interim
past president of
has been called to
serve as the Interim
President of the 139 year old
Edward Waters College.
Dr. Bronson's appointment was
brought about with the unexpected
resignation of Dr. Jimmy Jenkins,
who served as the historical private
college for the past eight years. His
resignation was made public by
AME Bishop McKinley Young,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The historical college is an out-.
growth of a school which was -
Continued on page 5
Students Get Taste of Circus with soul
Long Branch Elementary students recently had the opportunity to get a
pre taste of the Universoul Circus at the Ritz Theater. The students were
among seventeen essay contest winners to receive free tickets. Shown
above at the festivities are winning students Joslyn Chapman, teacher
Karen Moore, Ronnie Brunson and Tierra Williams. At the preview, the
students saw the Caribbean Soul Dancers and a contortionist from South
Africa (inset). The minority owned circus that is loaded with soul will be
at the Gateway. mall under the Big Top now through February 13th.
Founder of UNF Black Student Union to Premiere Film
University of North Florida alum
Frank Goodin will debut his first
full-length feature film "Love Trap"
at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February
14 in the Lazzara Performance Hall
of the UNF Fine Arts Center.
The movie is about a law school
student who finds out what happens
when temptation enters a relation-
ship. Parts of "Love Trap" were
filmed on the UNF campus, using
UNF students as extras. Frank
Goodin, who received his bache-
lor's degree in Communications
from UNF in 1994, wrote the
screenplay, directed and produced
the film. He also has a cameo
appearance in "Love Trap." The
movie is not yet rated.
After the movie is shown at UNF,
Goodin will ask for donations to the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
Fund and his company, Love Trap
Productions, LLC will match the
donations. Goodin was a recipient
of the UNF Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scholarship Award when he attend-
ed the University of North Florida.
Goodin, who founded the UNF
African-American Student Union in
1991 and received the NAACP
Outstanding Youth Award in 1989,
has directed several award-winning
videos. His work has been featured
at the Downstream International
Film Festival, the Kissimmee Film
Festival and the Atlanta Urban Film
Festival among others.
Tickets can be obtained by con-
acting John Yancey in the Office of
Admissions at (904) 620-1610.
Shown above is Publix Shopper Renee Mullins with Chef Dennis "Mr.
Natural" Stewart at the Dunn Avenue Publix SuperMarket.
Publix Hosts Soul Fest
Hundreds of grocery shoppers were treated to a very special experience
at their local Publix during Super Bowl week when the popular grocery
store chain hosted Soul Fest. For more photo highights, see page 3
FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK
YOUR MOnEY MMATE
Romance and Finance
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Most couples in love and contem-
plating marriage are enamored by
the thoughts of creating a family and
blissfully going on a lifelong jour-
ney together. In many cases, exten-
sive and detailed plans have been
made for the wedding day and hon-
eymoon. However, very little
thought has been given to the emo-
tional, financial and legal ramifica-
tions of the marriage contract. As a
result, 50% of all U.S. marriages
end in divorce. The top three causes
for divorce are: poor communica-
tions: financial problems; and lack
of commitment to the marriage.
Now, if you were the Captain of a
ship, you would realize that to have
a successful journey requires more
that just courting and sleeping with
the crew. A successful journey
would first involve plotting a
course, preparation for the journey,
and finally communication and exe-
cution. The journey is only sexy if
everyone is on the same course, is
willing to share their talents and is
fully committed to the journey. In
preparing for the marriage journey,
what are some of the questions that
should be asked before casting off?
Where is the
Creating a shared vision of the
family's future is important to a
successful marriage journey. As a
starter, discuss the following ques-
tions with your partner. Write the
answers down and remember that
there is no right or wrong answers.
What will this family look like in
5, 10, 20 and 40 years in the future?
What type of lifestyle will your
family have? Urban, suburban, for-
mal, casual, etc.
What are your individual profes-
sional and career goals? Are they
W'~a( type~j"~f relationships and
networks will you be involved with
individually and jointly?
Will you have natural and/or
adopted children? How many?
What are your spiritual goals and
plans? Are they compatible?
How will you maintain health and
As your life's journey progresses
and matures, your family vision will
become clearer and your goals will
Assets and Liabilities
Preparing for a successful marriage
journey requires an understanding of
the assets, liabilities and talents that
each individual brings to the union.
For younger couples with only a few
assets, this should be relatively sim-
ple. However, for older individuals,
that have significant assets and per-
haps a prior marriage, this may be
more challenging. However, trust is
the key and full disclosure is im-
perative. Consider the following
questions for starters.
What are your individual assets?
Stocks, bonds, bank accounts, retire-
ment accounts, real estate, etc?
What are your liabilities- Mort-
gages, personal debts, credit card
What other financial commitments
do you have? Alimony, child sup-
port, support of others?
What is your credit situation? Do
you have a recent credit report?
What is your risk tolerance? How
do you feel about the stock market,
What skills do you have for man-
aging money and investments?
Who are your financial advisors?
Are prenuptial agreements appro-
Managing the Journey
How will you manage your fi-
nances during your marriage jour-
ney? Rather than just letting things
happen, what would be the best ar-
rangement given the talents of the,
How will the family manage
money in the future? How will
household expenses be handled,
who will pay what?
Will there be separate or joint
checking accounts? How will sav-
ings accounts be setup?
How will important financial deci-
sions be made?
How will financial conflicts be
How will you handle beneficiary
designations on insurance policies,
pension accounts, company benefit
How will you make mid-course
How will you handle estate plan-
ning, including wills and powers of
These are tough questions, but re-
member that the three major causes
of divorce are communication, fi-
nances and commitment. These
questions require communication,
an understanding of your finances,
and commitment. As a couple, you
should be able to answer most of the
questions. Take a little time now,
because marriage is a journey not a
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Savannah Hosts 5th Black Business
and Professionals Conference
Conference presenters include Atty. Willie Gary, Media guru Dr.
Glenn Cherry and Black Think Tank Fo-sder Dr. Julia Hare.
The Black Business Professionals
and Entrepreneurs Conference will
celebrate its 5th year anniversary
April 20-23 with a three-tier part-
nership that exemplifies this year's
theme, Strengthening the Business
Landscape through Diversity and
"The BBPE conference is an im-
portant event because it exemplifies
the cohesiveness that is possible to
achieve within the African Ameri-
can community," said Frances
Hipp, MWBE Director with the
City of Savannah. "The collabora-
tion between the conference, the
City and a local minority financial
institution is a portrayal of the real-
ity that a powerful unity is possible
between minority businesses and
Conference organizers have cre-
ated an alliance that brings together
the local government's economic
development office and one of the
nation's long-standing Black owned
financial institutions, Carver State
Bank. The bank was founded in
1927 and is headed by President
Robert James who saw great poten-
tial in helping spearhead the event
as a means of helping to grow a
phenomenal program that addresses
the needs of not only the bank's
customers, but the community at-
"This collaborative, strengthens
the opportunity to participate in a
program that allows entrepreneurs
to network with other people who
have similar goals and ambitions,"
James said. "Our role is to work
with the partners to bring about a
successful program that will ulti-
mately make the professional aspi-
rations of business owners and ex-
ecutives a reality while also helping
businesses create relationships with
Fortune 500 companies that could
prove quite profitable."
The national event will take place
at the Savannah Civic Center. Or-
ganizers have developed an aggres-
sive results-driven agenda that will
also treat attendees to lower confer-
ence registration fees, discounts for
business organization members and
government employees, free bonus
sessions, musical entertainment and
complimentary admission for long-
time repeat attendees.
Conference founder Jewel
Daniels said the outpouring of sup-
port will have a tremendous impact
on the event as well as the program
extras assembled to meet attendee
needs. The conference will feature
several keynote speakers, over 30
workshops and an Awards cere-
mony. It will open on Wednesday,
Apr. 20th with a free sneak preview
session facilitated by media guru
Dr. Glen Cherry of Tama Broad-
casting. Thursday will focus on
Accessing Government Business
Opportunities; Friday's focus will
be on private sector business expan-
sion with Dr. Julia Hare, co-founder
of the California-based Black Think
Tank as the featured luncheon
speaker. Saturday's agenda will be
an all inclusive line-up of work-
shops for business owners, execu-
tives and would-be entrepreneurs.
Renowned attorney Willie Gary
will be the keynote at the Saturday
evening Awards Dinner and Gala.
Attendees will also have the op-
portunity to benefit from auction
events that will feature vacation
trips, spa treatments, girlfriend
weekend getaways, golf packages
and more with proceeds being used
for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs
Series scholarship fund.
For more information and to reg-
or call at 912-354-7400.
Superbowl Sponsors Event
for Minority Entrepreneurs
Douglas of the
ter and Coun-
ing the recep-
of the Future event. The event vancement skills and featured a
showcased the success of minor- roundtable discussion with na-
ity business leaders, encouraged tionally recognized profession-
participants to develop ad- als.
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Small business is BIG at the Chamber.
The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital
Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
year, the SBC boasts a notable track record. This year the SBC helped:
3,377 individuals attend counseling sessions
2,694 individuals attend workshops
create 161 jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $ I I million in government contracts
assist with $5 million in access to capital
To learn more about the Small Business
Center or to schedule
an appointment, call
Chamber of Commerce
February 10 -16, 2005 -'
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Shown above is Matthew Gilbert student Marvin Wilbert with Jack-
sonville Jaguar Maurice Williams. B. Burwell PHOTO
Residents of the historic Springfield were treated to "Rebuild Together"
area and the children and teens who during Super Bowl week. The NFL
utilize the Lee Boys & Girls Club players and celebrities joined forces
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.
Publix Shoppers Experience a Taste of Soul
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Shown above clockwise (L-R) are Publix Associates Stephanie Shear and Kendra Hall preparing Soul
Punch, entertainer Calvin Newborn who performed a'capella renditions, Asst. chef Armando Versace and
Publix shopper O'Dean Thomas tasting a sample of fried plantains.
Continued from front page
While much of the city was partici-
pating in Super Bowl activities, Pub-
lix Super Markets held a different
kind of celebration for grocery shop-
pers SoulFpst .
Soul Fest, a first of its kind event,
was held at Publix stores including
Gateway, Dunn Avenue, Highlands
and Riverside. Each store treated
shoppers to soul food tasting of
traditional African-American delica-
cies by a local chef, recipes they
could take home, storytelling and
live entertainment. The event, kick-
ing off Black History month is one
of many the stores will present in
celebration of the month.
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Local Boys and Girls Club
-. S ~to rehabilitate the non -profit facil-
ity located on 10th and Liberty,
4 J,- :- --.y.... which was in extensive need of
-\. -painting and repairs.
'Held annually in the Super Bowl
I host city, the Kickoff is a one day
blitz of rehabilitation and renewal
for homeowners/nonprofits who
don't have the means or ability to do
the work themselves.
The Lee Boys & Girls Club serves,
/\_ over 100 area youth each day.
In 1975. Dr. Philip Emeaqwali theorized the HyperBall International Network of
computers. Today, we call it the Internet. His mathematical equations qave rise
to the aqe of information, which has helped us all move forward. toyota.com
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Living Legends Tournament Benefit Golfers of Tomorrow
Shown above (clockwise) at the Mill Cove Golf Course are Club owners T.C. and, Ruby Newman, Mission -
Director Ju'Coby Pittman and Debra Taylor of John Deere, Francis Anderson showing Joenetta Adams how to
swing and T.C. Newman with James Harris of the Jaguars and former NFL Quarterback Doug Williams. The
NFL's Father's Association held a Living Legends Golf Tournament with proceeds benefiting the Clara White'
Mission's Greater Expectations Program which targets school aged youth residing in underserved areas. Following
a meet and greet with players, John Deere presented Mission Director Ju'Coby Pittman with a $10,000 check for
New Orleans Mardis Gras Ends with Less Fanfare
NEW ORLEANS -- Some busi-
ness owners in New Orleans' French
Quarter said business for this year's
Mardi Gras has been off. They blame
gloomy weather and the fact that the
bash fell earlier this year.
Still, thousands jammed parade "
routes. Revelers went from from bar k '
to bar, while many tried to grab
strings beads tossed from balconies.
Beer trucks lined up on Bourbon
Street to keep the suds flowing.
Beads, beer cans and trash littered
the grounds outside the stately Lou- .
isiana Supreme Court building as
workers rushed to clean up the insti-
tution on a daily basis. .
Mardis Gras events competed with
the Super Bowl, but with the game
over, the annual pre-Lenten revelry
was in full swing.
In New Orleans, the annual Bac- Fans line the streets for miles to catch the coveted beads.
chus Parade rolled through the city Mardis Gras is falling about two spring break to attract college-age
with a bevy f floats depicting dif- weeks earlier than usual because of crowds. It usually draws over ,ne
ferent NFL teams. the calendar: It's also too far from million attendees to the bayou City:
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H o Strong Soberns
by Charles Griggs
THEY CAME, THEY SAW, THEY
HADA GOOD TIME
Jacksonville has officially pulled off what many said couldn't be done.
Successfully hosted the Super Bowl
Oh (NFL) you are so big.
So absolutely huge.
SGosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can
. tell you.
Forgive us for any of our shortcomings.
But you're so strong and just so Super (Bowl).
-Jacksonville's final prayer to the NFI
Now that it's over, it seems like it came and went
in a flash.
Tens of thousands of people descending on
Florida's First Coast was as unnatural as using a brush
to style a four inch afro.
Yet, they came.
They came and had a good time without major
incident or concern.
Most of the credit can go to the incredible orga-
nizational machines of the Super Bowl Host
SCommittee, the City of Jacksonville and the National
Admittedly, as late as a month ago, things were
.hard to see coming together.
Yet no one panicked. It was all a part of the
process that got Jacksonville the game in the first
place (which was impressive all by itself).
I was one of the few with an opportunity to wit-
ness the inner workings of the Super Bowl produc-
tion. From orchestrating media support services to the
The NFL is so very big that it can't afford to
-leave anything to chance during the production of
their crown jewel which is the Super Bowl.
NFL personnel are careful to take every step to
make sure that things run as they should. From every
indication that I witnessed, the league's confidence
never wavered. If there were any major concerns
down the stretch they were handled without fanfare.
In fact, the production of Super Bowl XXXIX
makes a Sunday afternoon Jaguar game look like a
Pop Warner game.
Sure Jacksonville presented a few logistical chal-
lenges, all cities do.
Fortunately, those challenges didn't take away
from the big time, big stage and big game atmosphere
that was: mostly constructed just for outsiders.
That's'alright because just like anyone who seeks
growth the right way, Jacksonville didn't stray too far
Into trying to be something that it's not.
They, came arnd they had fun.
SThey walked the streets. They ate at the restau-
rants. They went to the malls.
For about a week, they spent money and had a
good time doing so.
Now where does that leave us now?
Only time will tell. But I would venture to say
that it has to better than the alternative of not having
the game at all.
They came and they left things behind.
To host an event such as a Super Bowl is a the
equivalent of becoming a shining star on your first job
out of college. The potential is limitless.
Now that a significant portion of the world has
been introduced to the First Coast, city leaders should
take this opportunity to plug the holes of discontent
that Jacksonville is known for.
We have proven that given the right rallying cry
things can be a lot better for all.
As a part of Super Bowl XXXIX, the NFL seeks
out opportunities to give back to the community.
Several local organizations benefited from that which
was known as the' league's community outreach
Organizations such as Habijax, the Lawrence Lee
Boys and Girls Club, and Brentwood Elementary, just
to name a few, have been touched directly by the
presence of the Super Bowl.
Maybe it's not all that should be done, but it's
more that what would have been done if the game
would not have been played here.
And that's good.
Now that the game is over it's alright for
Jacksonville to flex its muscles a little.
It's alright to step and say to the world (and all of
the doubters from cities throughout the country),
"Look what we did."
Jacksonville has done what some considered
impossible. The city stepped up and delivered.
Now it's time to take that success and turn it into
Something even more meaningful. Something even
more courageous. Something even more dynamic.
Jacksonville should now do for itself what it did
for the world.
It's time to step up and deliver the equality and
community support for everyone. It should use the
fervor of the Super Bowl to rally the troops for a bet-
ter tomorrow for all.
.After all, we can do anything.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to:
LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Moving on From Super to the Importance of History
Well, the Super Bowl is officially
over, and it looks like the little big
city, as some have recently referred
to us has, pulled it off. But not to.
any surprise to naysayers, From the
Better Jacksonville Plan, to landing
an NFL franchise to being awarded
Super Bowl XXXIX, we have been
over achievers as of late.
So as our city takes off in the
right direction, are all of its citizens
on that same path? While I would
love to continue writing about the
Super Bowl and how great the city
looked last wee, I have to talk about
the month of February since it's my
favorite month of the year.
Not only is February significant
because it my wife's birthday, but
also it is Black history month.
Growing up in a post-segregation
era, history was always my favorite
subject, especially learning about
the past of Africa and blacks in
America. So it is probably obvious
that this designated month of reflec-
tions is very important to me.
I think that it is safe to say that
while blacks have made significant
strides in this country since the 60s
there is still a long way to go. This
is a month of recognition and
thanksgiving for those who paved
the way, but it is now more impor-
tant than ever that blacks fulfill the
goals established by our forefathers.
This means black folk must get
out and vote in every election possi-
ble. It also means that we. must take
advantage of the educational oppor-
tunities that are before us and re-
verse the negative social and eco-
nomic cycles prevalent in the our
So why the reality check?
Simple. In order for people, and
not just African Americans to un-
derstand why we celebrate and rec-
ognize February as Black History
Month it's important that we under-
stand the challenges that blacks
have endured in this country.
Keep in mind that slavery still
existed some 140 years ago. Keep
in mind that less than 40 years ago
we were legally segregated in the
South and institutionally segregated
in the North.
Minister Preston Muhammad of
the Nation of Islam summed it up
best when he said, "From emancipa-
tion to the present, sons and daugh-
ters of ex-slaves not only inherited
the ill-effects of such massive and
deeply rooted damage, we carry the
legacy of having suffered the worst
of mankind's inhumanity to man.
One of the problems that African
American now face internally is that
our young black children have no
appreciation for the struggle. Today
our youth are more concerned with
what is going on right now versus
the past or the future. And although
I am fairly young, I must say that
those in my age bracket, mid-
twenties to mid-thirties, understand
the struggle of the past, but younger
generations seem somewhat lost.
Again, a major reason for the ra-
cial issues we face today is that peo-
ple do not have an understanding,
appreciation or respect for the past.
It's certainly not only the role of the
public or private school systems, but
mothers, fathers, grandparents,
aunts and uncles. We all have to
keep our valuable history alive.
If only documentaries like "Eyes
on the Prize" were made mandatory
in all public school Social Studies
classes our youth may' have more
If only books like, "The Autobi-
ography of Frederick Douglas" or
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
or even Booker T. Washington's
"Up from Slavery" were mandatory
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readings in Middle Schools young
African Americans and youth of
other races would have a better un-
derstanding of the struggles and
sacrifices endured by blacks.
And that understanding is very
critical because, if a person or
groups of people do not grasp the
struggles of another groups' past,
then there tends to be a lack of re-
spect and apathy that develops from
that very lack of understanding.
If only we could ensure that our
youth knew about the Rosewood,
Florida massacre or the hundreds or
even thousands of lynching that
took place in the post-slavery South.
Understanding our history and our
social and economical plight could
possibly be the eye
opener/motivation some need.
I understood because when I was
born the Civil Rights Movement
was still fresh on peoples mind and
we were more mindful of struggles
blacks have faced here in America.
Unfortunately, today's youth aren't
feeling the legacy that slavery has
left on the African American cul-
ture, so they can't appreciate the
importance of those who fought and
died for all of us..
Malcolm X once said, ""If you
stick a knife nine inches into my
back and pull it out three inches,
that is not progress. Even if you pull
it all .the way out, that is not pro-
gress. Progress is healing the
wound, and America hasn't even
begun to pull out the knife."
And in the year.2005, I am still
trying to figure out when America is
going to stop using band aides and
attempt to really heal the wounds.
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What the NAACP Should Do Now
bN Lana Hampton
With a changing of the guard occurring at the
NAACP. the nation's oldest civil rights organization
has an opportunity) for growth and change.
It would be in the NAACP's best interest to put itself
on a more centrist course than the one it has been on
for the past 40 years. After all, the protection of peo-
ple's civil rights is not a left- or right-leaning ideology.
It is simply a responsibility.
Fe\% would argue with the original goals of the
NAACP. It was, and, in many ways, still is an admira-
ble institution. But it has not changed with the times. It
seems to be caught in a time warp.. The issues ofrele-
vance 40 years ago are not necessarily the same issues
that are important now.
Racism was undeniably the biggest obstacle to mi-
norities back then, but now many black communities
are overrun with crime, suffering from inadequate
schools and are plagued by an epidemic of single-
parent'homes (the leading cause of poverty).
I do not hear enough from the modem NAACP on
these issues. They need to concentrate on empowering
poor blacks instead of constantly citing a never-ending
list of obstacles they claim hold blacks back.
There are many bright, capable people in our inner
cities who just need positive and constructive leader-
ship. This includes criticism along the lines of what
Bill Cosby has said. Cosb5's critique is not mean-
spirited, as some contend, but merely an attempt to
nudge people in the right direction.
It would also be beneficial for the NAACP to avoid
supporting causes which are radical or just plain ridicu-
lous. One example is its lawsuit against gun manufac-
turers. As civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Lee Pe-
terson said, "The NAACP has filed a class-action law-
suit against gun manufacturers, in effect blaming them
for black on black crime, but statistics show guns don't
kill black people, other blacks do."
Perhaps the most crucial change the NAACP needs
to make is to actually become non-partisan. They claim
to be, but they're not. One would think the IRS investi-
gation of the group would be enough of a wake-up call
to the civil rights organization, but it appears their lead-
ership is in denial about past comments and actions. It
has often been said that the NAACP has become the
left wing of the Democratic Party. More difficulties
will arise if the group continues to endorse a political
At this time, however, the NAACP has an opportu-
nity to make a fresh start. It began as an admirable
organization, and it can once again return to those laud-
able roots. But continuing to conduct affairs in the
manner that they have for the past four decades will
only lead the NAACP to self-destruction.
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February 10 16, 2005
Edward Waters College
Cont. from Front
The historical college is an
out-growth of a school which was
established in 1886 by freed
slaves and the African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church. Un-
der the direction of Dr. William
B. Stewart who was called from
his post as principal at West
Palm Beach's Roosevelt High
School to run the school, EWC
enjoyed a long period of prosper-
ity, with large student bodies.
Dr. Stewart, a native of Jack-
sonville, guided the high school
into a successful 4-year college.
During his tenure, the school
boasted a student body of over
3,000. Edward Waters College
experienced a long period of
growth and academic success
under Dr. Stewart's leadership.
Basically, every academic build-
ing standing today was erected
during Dr. Stewart's era. Build-
ings erected were the Hatcher
Building, the Stewart-Collins
Student Center, the Centennial
Building, the old cafeteria, the,
Lee Auditorium, Tookes Build-
ng, the Music Hall (Assessment
Center), and the Administration
Building. Dr. Stewart retired in
The College still maintains an
"open door" policy established to
allow every student the oppor-
tunity for a college education.
Dr. Samuel Tucker was
appointed president upon Dr.
Stewart's retirement. He was fol-
lowed by Dr. Cecil B. Cone,
James Burns, Dr. Robert Mit-
chell and Dr. Jenkins.
Under Dr. Jenkins EWC en-
joyed a period of recovery. With
the help of the late Bernard V.
Gregory he met most of the
philanthropists most likely to
support the college. With Mr.
Gregory and Congresswoman
Corrine Brown's help, CSXT
became a major supporter, along
and the community embrace this
historical institution, with pride.
Anyone familiar with educa-
tion knows that the accreditation
loss means the lost of federal aid
programs. This means that it is
time for the alumni, the com-
munity and the AME Church
body, to come to the aid of the
Give scholarships! Remember
the "open door" policy, require-
ments are a high school diploma,
and a desire for a college
education. But, often money is
If every African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church in the
11th Episcopal District would give
a scholarship, that would not
only show faith in this AME
College, but would increase the
student body by approximately
450 students, as there are about'
450 churches in this district.
Businesses, individuals, local
companies, and corporations,
churches, sororities, fraternities,
civic, social, and other organi-
zations, can come to the aid of
Edward Waters College, and
help a student desiring an
education, to get that education.
The Jacksonville Free Press
will begin this gesture by
providing a one thousand dollar
($1,000) scholarship to the
William M. Raines High School
student who graduates Spring
2005, and desires to pursue a
college degree in Mass Commun-
ications at Edward Waters
College. Criteria to be announced
and provided to the school.
The scholarship is offered to a
William M. Raines student
because Jacksonville Free Press
Editor, Sylvia Perry is a Raines
Alumni (1988); and Society
Editor Maretta Latimer, is also a
Raines Alumni, who graduated in
Jacksonville, let's get the ball
rolling and enhance this piece of
our history. EWC is not going to
die, but we can help it achieve it's
with the Weaver Foundation, in
supporting student recruitment.
The student body increased from
a mere 300 to over 1,300, The
football program was re-estab-
lished and the college became in-
volved in community develop-
ment around the campus.
Unfortunately, the college lost
it's accreditation which was
attributed to findings regarding
the report filed with the SACS.
Allegedly, the document was
.prepared by an individual hired
for that purpose. EWC has
appealed the decision and a
hearing is scheduled for this
When several members of the
EWC National Alumni Associa-
tion were interviewed, they
expressed one major concern:
that the academic status of the
college become top priority for
the enrichment of the students.
The Alumni also indicated
that the ideal president for the
college would be one of it's own.
in fact, Mack Freeman, a 1963
graduate of EWC, who went on
to become the first black
television newsman in the area,
was one of the alumni who called
for the resignation of Jenkins,
Freeman stated that it's clear
that in the 139 years, and the
graduation of thousands of
students that there are a number
of Ph. D. holders that would be
qualified to "run" the school; and
that if one was given the
"privilege", excellence could be
expected due to his/her "vested
Edward Waters College is a
Jacksonville monument to educa-
tion, one that the entire
community can look on with
pride as they remember the
history of the school, and it's fine
At this time, in the beginning
of the year 2005, during Black
History Month, it is the time that
alumni, the AME Church body,
once prominent status of
academic excellence and class
education for its graduates.
Let's get busy!
Month Activities &
Fort. Mose Celebrates
The 11th Annual Fort Mose
Festival Flight to Freed9m, an
American Celebration, is a full
month of activities in celebration of
Black History. Fort Mose, the first
free-black settlement is located at
Saratoga St. & US1. For
information, call (904)461-2035.
Kingsley Plantation Rings
Plantation Back to Life
Each Saturday during February,
Black History Month, presen-
tations at Kingsley Plantation will
celebrate the cultural contributions
of slaves who inhabited the
plantation. Anna Kingsley, wife of
Zepheniah Kingsley, who establish-
ed the plantation was a slave
herself. The Events: February 12"h;
Discovering the Underground'Rail-
road, February 26th; and the
Preservation program at the slave
quarters on February 26h. Kings-
ley Plantation is located on Fort
George Island, off Heckser Drive
which can be reached from 9A or I-
95 North. 'All events are free and
open to the public. For information,
please call (904) 251-3537.
In celebration of Black History
Month the Honorable Jeb Bush,
Governor; Mrs. Columba Bush,
First Lady; State of Florida; Glenda
E. Hood, Secretary of State; and the
Florida Department of State; are
presenting the Art of the "Harlem
Renaissance Man" James A.
Porter, in the Plaza Level of the
Florida State Capitol Building. The
exhibit opened February 1st and
will remain through March 17th
Black History Essay Contest
The Kennedy Community
Center is holding a Black History
Essay Contest. The topic is "How
Has An African American Male
Impacted My Life."
For more information on the
contest and the contest rules, please
call Tameko at (904) 507-3841 or
. email meko76(iaol.com.
*The contest winner will be
announced at 5:30 p.m. on
Thursday, February 24th.
FCCJ Presents Pulitizer Prize
Winner August Wilson's Play
August Wilson's "Fences" will
be presented Saturday, Feb. 12th at
FCCJ Kent Campus, Room F-128.
Also, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18th
and Saturday; at FCCJ Downtown.
FREE. Information: (904)646-2300
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.
Bush Welcomes Leaders to the White for Black History Celebration
100 Black Men Beneficiary of
President Bush, whose relation-
ship with black lawmakers has been
strained over the last four years, told
black leaders at a White house Black
History Celebration that the United
States can not carry freedom abroad
while holding "the. baggage of big-
otry" at home.
Bush noted legislation he signed
in 2003 to create the National Mu-
seum of African American History
and Culture within the Smithsonian
Institution. The president and his
wife, Laura, made a contribution, for
an undisclosed amount, to construc-
tion of the museum.
"It's important that our children
know that there was a time in their
nations history when one in every
seven human beings was the prop-
erty of another," he said, adding that
bigotry and discrimination did not
end with slavery.
"Americans were still barred by
law from hotels and restaurants,
made to drink from separate water
fountains, forced to sit in the back of
a bus all because of the-color of
their skin. We need to teach them
about the heroes of the civil rights
movement, who by their courage and
dignity forced America to confront
the central defect of our founding."
Those who attended the event in-
cluded Dorothy Height, 92, who
spent 30 years as the president of the
National Council of Negro Women:
members of the original Tuskegee
Airmen, a group of minority pilots
who excelled in the era of Jim Crow;
Frederick Douglas IV, great-great-
grandson of the famed abolitionist,
and actress Cicely Tyson.
Bush's relations with the, black
TaMerry's hosted the NFL's first Celebrity Billiards Tournament
during Super Bowl week benefiting the programs of 100 Black Men.
Shown above at the tournament are Brian Holloway of Project Reach
with 100 Black Men Executive Director Melvin Wooden and 100
member Reginald Brown. The tournament was designed to garner
support for non-profit organizations, that otherwise during this time
would not receive support or recognition. The tournament was hosted
by former NFL player and Ribault graduate Howard Dinkins at
TaMerry's Sports Cafe on Jacksonville's Northside.
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Pae -Ms.Perry's Free Press FebCruary 10 16,2005
:, Lent Worship
The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church; 5863 Moncreif
"Road, where Ernie L. Murray Sr. is
'Pastor; will hold Lent Worship
Service each Wednesday night at 7
p.m. The Lord's'Supper will be
You are invited to come, bring
your Prayer Requests, and expect a
Pastor Murray will deliver the
Spoken Word each Wednesday.
'Friends, and the public are invited
i to attend all services.
"College Prep Day"
At St. Thomas M.B.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church, 5863 Moncrief Road,
where Ernie L. Murray Sr.. is
Pastor; invites all 11Ith and 12t"
grade students, and their Parents to
"College Prep Day" from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. on Saturday, February 12th.
The St. Thomas Scholarship
Committee emphasizing that "now
is the time for you to start
preparing for college", will present
a FREE Annual College Prep Day.
College representatives from the
area will be available with valuable
resource and other information.
Brunch will be served.
First Baptist Church
S89 St. Francis Street St. Augustine, FL
S"MIRACLE MONDAY" YOUTH AND
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Greater Grant AME
Observance, Feb. 13
Greater Grant AME Church,
5533 Gilchrist Road, Pastor Tony
Hansberry; will hold Founder's
Day Services at 7:45 a.m. and at 11
a.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2005.
Rev. Hansberry will deliver the
sermon at the 7:45 a.m. service.
Bro. Stephen Andrew, 17, of New
Bethel AME Church, Bonifay,
Florida; will be the speaker at the
11 a.m. service. All are welcome.
First Timothy Holds .
First Timothy Baptist Church,
12103 Biscayne Blvd., Frederick
D. Newbill, Pastor; wants to know:
do you want to know God's .
Purpose for your life? Are: you
searching for direction? Are you
willing to let God transform you, JACKSONVILLE- Reverend Rud
into the person He created you to pictured, third left, with "The Youn
be? If so, please be our guest for an newly opened Be-The-Lite Center,
insightful Biblical Study entitled
"40 Days of Purpose Finding
Purpose In Life". Bethel B aptis
Biblical Study continues on
Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. Be-The-Lite (
through March 16th.
et U n M. B. to JACKSONVILLE Bethel Baptist
West Union M. B. tO Institutional Church, Reverend
Celebrate Anniversary Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. and Dr.
With the theme, "Ye Are The Rudolph W. McKissick Jr., Pastors;
Salt Of The Earth, Let's Get Opened the' doors of its' Arlington
Serious" (St. Matthew 5:13) will' facility Thursday, February 5, 2004
celebrate with an Anniversary with a blast! The star studded line-
Banquet at 6 p.m., op Saturda.' up for the Grand Opening was an
evenrig,. February 12: 200?. "- :.ir"viiaion -to-partal givingppeople.e
Friends and the public are "ofGod a .place tolget their. praise
invited to join the West Union on, get their darice on, get their
Missionary Baptist Church on this glory on, all in the name of the
occasion, at the Holidal Inn (1-295 Lord.
& Commonwealth Ave.) For more
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IIIIormation please call 353-u06o .
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
S215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904-) 354-1464
Iloph W. McKissick Jr., Pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church; is
ig All Stars", winners of Friday's Super Amateur Idol.Competition at the
corner Arlington Expressway and University Blvd.
-Photos and Text by Rhonda Silver
t Institutional Church Opens
ihristian Conference Center
The Be-The-Lite Christian Con-
ference Center, 5865 Arlington
Expressway, was formerly the
Ramada Inn Conference Center. It
is now Holy ground. A few short'
years ago, it was just a gleam in the
.eyes of the Pastors, but now is
manifested in a most glorious way.
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bol.- Weekend ....affair......y.gre
Actor/Comedian Tommy Ford and
Carl Anthony Payne, from the
Martin Lawrence Show.
The starring line-up began on
Thursday night with the notoriously
insane Ricky Smiley, Lester Berry,
former host of Comic View), and
Gospel Divas trin-Nee-Tee 5:7.
On Friday the performers
included the fabulous Brent Jones
of TP.Mobb, national Gospel R&P
rhythmm & praise) gospel'recording
artist DemetEtuLa"-dlj4a on ille's
own "Godman" Wayne Conner,
with Venick Welch.
Cont. on Page 7.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.im.
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 1p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
S Senior Pastor
Radio Ministry -
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Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.'
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV- Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
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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)
PastorErnie L,. Murray, Sr.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Welcome to Jacksonville
"Where People Care About People"
Sermon Sunday, February 12th
8:25 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 6:00 p.m.
THERE'S A HEALER IN THE HOUSE.
SDo You Need Healing?
SAre You Battling Sickness & Disease ?
Special Prayer For The Sick.
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BCCC was kicking it Saturday
with Kurt Carr, T. J. McGee
(Comic View), and Minister John
Gray, who was formerly with Kirk
Franklin, and more talent. The
Super Bowl Super Soul Weekend
climaxed with Sunday's Pre-Bowl
Fame Brunch at the all new Club
3:16 where Gospel Comedian
Broderick Rice, Brent Jones, and
the Choir of Bethel Baptist
Talk about getting in the game!
NFL Players and Celebrity guests
were on the scene every night. The
Super Amateur Idol Competition
was a highlight of Super Soul
Super Bowl Weekend.
BCCC is a vision brought to life
to serve as a beacon of hope, love
and praise. Bethel continues to be a
trailblazer in the Christian com-
munity, raising the bar, and
pushing the envelope of total
praise. G.A.M.E. is an acronym for
"Godly Activity for Ministry
Excellance". Super Soul Super
Bowl Weekend was only the
D.A. Student a
Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.,
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr., Pastor;
will celebrate the 29th Anniversary
of Dr. Williams Sr. with Celebra-
tion Services beginning Sunday,
February 13, 2005.
An Anniversary Banquet will
honor Dr. Williams Sr. at 7 p.m. on
Friday, February 11th. The banquet
will be held at the Airport Holiday
Inn, at 7 p.m.
Pastor Kelly Brown, Jr.
Pastor Virgil Jones, of Philip-
pian Community Church, will be
the speaker for the service at 11
a.m. on Sunday, February 13th
The Spoken Word will be
delivered by Pastor Kelly Brown of
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at 11
a.m. on Sunday, February 20th.
Friends, and the public are
invited to attend all services. For
reservations and more information ,
please call the church at 764-9257.
Convoy of Hope Food truck
JACKSONVILLE The Convoy
of Hope kept its promise when it
rolled into Brentwood Park with
about 100 area Churches partici-
pating distributed food and need-
ed services to several thousand
local residents. Definitely not the
Super Bowl crowd.
Jontaye Nicholas, Nyota Hines, Kim Sharpe and pastor Lewis
Pastor Wiggins gives tree grocel
Rev. Garry Wiggins, pastor of
Evangel Temple Assembly of
God, and co-director of the
Convoy of Hope's Saturday event
said the event gave members of
the community something free!
Not pictured but definitely on
the scene was Heavyweight Box-
ing Champ Evander Holyfield
who was accompanied by noted
Attorney Willie Gary.
The newly refurbished Park
had not seen so much activity
since the Easter Egg Hunts where
Rita Perry, Joe Bailey and Mike
es to Gloria Wiggins and Al Pitts--
Moore with Oscar Williams.
provided an Easter Egg Hunt
with prizes of bikes and more, for
area children, sponsored by
WPDQ and social clubs, include.
ing the Ladies of Distinction, The
Incomparable Ladies, Trotters
and Good Guys Motorcycle
Clubs. Mayor Jake Godboldf,
who grew up in the neighbor-
hood, joined the fun riding horses.
provided by the Northwest Saw-
die Club, with the children. (Foi-
give the intrusion just reminisce-
ing a little Black History.)
The "Negro Spiritual" Scholar-
ship Foundation will be holding
its final round of vocal competi-
tion for the Grady-Rayam Prize In
Sacred Music on Saturday, Febru-
ary 12, 2005 at Florida Southern
College in Lakeland. Youth from
all over Florida will be competing
including Jacksonville's own
Brandon Young from Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts will
be representing Duval County.
The results of competition will be
announced during an awards cere-
mony that will close the day at
4:00 p.m. Both the round of sing-
ing and the Music Mastery ses-
sion may be attended by invita-
tion, but are reserved to a limited
audience. Call 407/426-1717
ext.105 to request seating.
Regional competition began in
several Florida locations in late
January. Twenty students on aver-
age competed at each regional
site, including students from
many different Florida counties.
A scholarship assistance.grant
in the amount of $3,000 and a
cash prize in the amount of $300
will be awarded to adjudged win-
ners in separate categories of Fe-
male Vocalist and Male Vocalist.
Second place finalist in each cate-
gory will receive a scholarship
assistance ir;,ir in the amount of
$2000 and a cash prize in the
amount of i,20' Each remaining
entrant selected as a finalist will
receive a cash prize of $100.
Organized in 1996, the mission
of the "Negro Spiritual" Scholar-
ship Foundation, Inc. is to pro-
mote the solo voice singing of
Negro spirituals while giving
scholarship help in the form of the
GRADY-RAYAM PRIZE to Af-
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Renita Allen, Pastor Winfrey and pastor Bruce Allen
Greater Macedonia Celebrates
Pastor's 29th Anniversary
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As over 100,000 visitors converged on
the First Coast for Super Bowl XXXIX,
area residents and dignitaries partook of
many of the festivities as well as creating
their own. Festive occasions ranged from
a festive "Super" parade despite gloomy
weather for Raines and Ribault High
Schools to an all star blow
"Congressional Throwdown" hosted by
Cong. Corrine Brown with the likes of
Magic Johnson, Melba Moore, Big Boi
of Outkast and even Bishop Don
"Magic" Juan Stopping Thru.
The fun didn't stop there.
Other parties of note included a fete by
multi-million dollar award winning
attorney Willie Gary and former City
Councilwoman Denise Lee & Friends.
While in town raising funds for his foun-
dation, Gary also hosted a Role Model
Day at Raines High School with a
plethora of celebrities to show the youth
that "dreams do come true."
For those with unlimited resources,
there was a little bit of everything to get
into. Celebrity hosted parties with the
likes of Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Puff
Daddy, Paris Hilton, Playboy and
Maxim were available to the public for
those who didn't mind the steep ticket
prices which ranged from $75 to $800 effort, one could have descended upon
and whether or not you wanted the fabu- downtown Jacksonville, braving the traf-
lous V.I.P. wristband. There were also fic to Superfest. The city sponsored fun
concerts available for music lovers. Soul zone included free concerts by the likes
greats like Chaka Kahn, Gladys Knight of Boys II Men and Kool & the Gang
to gospel contemporaries such as Byron and bike propelled rickshaws to take you
Cage and Donnie McClurkin entertained around under the million dollar fire-
audiences from throughout Jacksonville. works show all amidst a bordered off
If the party scene wasn't your thing and area of vendors, shops, clubs and live
you preferred the solo fun (and free) entertainment.
In preparation for the I
infrastructure of Jackson
manently changed. We no'
renowned skyline with,
bridges and animated ma
have all remarked on ho\
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the Super Bowl is more than just a football
'per- game. It's about community. SuperBowl
vorld week changed the life of thousands in
Wing Jacksonville whether it be through finan-
uests cial means, business opportunities,
iand inspiring role models or even a
last's home.The countless events held through-
out the city spanned the gamut of diver-
itthe sity and provided the thrill of a lifetime
-the for many.
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The History ofSoul Food
[ What we know as "soul supplemented by wild game and fish smokehouse to make sure it wouldn't open pits. The people who cooked just
W food" is the descendant pulled from the streams. Squirrel and spoil. Meats were barbecued, roasted, knew how to do it. They didn't need to
of slave cooking. It is possum figure among the meats used, boiled, or made into stews. Feathered follow a recipe.
the brilliant masterpiece catfish, trout, and shrimp among the wildlife was prepared by frying, bak- Back in the days of slavery, slaves
that derived from want. Slave fish. Much soul food requires the use ing, roasting, making broths, or sim- were often forced to eat the scraps that
cooking is distinct in its use of greens, of only one pot, as time for cooking mering to form gravies. In the rivers their slave masters did not want. They
beans, and the parts of the pig rejected and money for its tools were both hard and streams, there were lots offish and turned these scraps into delicious
at the plantation house: pig's knuckles, to come by. other water life that could be eaten. dishes. Some of these foods are black-
ears, tripe, hog maws. These were In the past, African American foods Vegetables were boiled or fried. Drinks eyes peas, cornbread, bread pudding,
added to the corn rations which were were prepared in many ways. Since were made from the juices offruits. greens, sweet potato pie, and chitlins.
sometimes the only food allotted to the there were no refrigerators or freezers Meals were cooked in open fires us- From this tradition came many deli-
slaves. The meager pantry was further years ago, meat was smoked in a ing blackkettles or were barbecued in cious African American foods.
sides of skillet, until the mixture is
smooth and brown. Cook until thick,
approximately 3 minutes. Stir in
broth and cook, stirring constantly,
until bubbly; simmer over low heat
an additional 5 minutes. Pour over
mpvtt n4 dnl-a rbrmP.r adt 325 de-
minutes. Remove chops from pan to
a warm, paper towel-covered platter.
Remove all but 1/4 cup drippings
from the pan. Add sliced onion and
brown. The trick is to get the flour as
brown as possible without burning it
or the oninn Add water and stir
imeat ana Ua e, covereIU, a e- r L Un*. U 1 L
grees F. for 2 hours or until meat is Return chops to pan and add suf
, Steak and Gravy tender. Remover cover and bake an cient water to cover. Bring to a qui
Stek and Gr y additional 15 to 20 minutes. Add boil; reduce heat to low; cover a
1/4 cup all-purpose flour cream, stir, and serve. (4 servings) simmer about an hour or until cho
1 teaspoon seasoned salt are fork tender. Season to taste w
1/2 teaspoon paprika additional seasoning mix, if desire
3/4 teaspoon pepper (4 servings)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder I Fried Pork Chops
1 beef round steak, about 2 pounds Frid Pork Chop
and 1 inch thick 4 pork chops
4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large onion, chopped 1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced Smothered Pork Chops 2 cups oil for frying
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 c s ash pork chops. Mix flour, s
2 cup unsalted beef broth eas4 pork seasoned salt and pepper together. Put chops
1 cup light creamef 1 teaspoon seasoned salt bag and shake until covered. Dr
Combine flourand next 5 ingre- teaspoon pepper chops in hot oil. Fry until gold
Combine flOur and next 5 inbgre- 1 teaspoon garlic powder brown for 20 minutes. Drain on p
dients. Pound mixture into both 1/2 teaspoon onion powder per town for 20 minutes 2-4)
sides of the meat with a mallet. po er towels. (Serves 2-4)
Saute meat in 2 tablespoons of the 1A4 cup bacon drippings or vegeta-
butter and all of the oil over medium ble shortening Ham HockS
heat until brown, about 5 minutes on 1 large onion, sliced 2-4 ham hocks (allow 1 per pc
each side. Remove meat from skillet 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour son)
to a 2-quart baking dish, cover, and 1 cup water pinch of salt
keep warm. In the same skillet, saute Wash ork chose and at dry Put hock in a large pot. Add ji
onionand garlic oermedium heatMix seasonings together. Rub on enough water to cover. Add a pin
until onion is transparent; add to chops (approximately 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cover the pan and bring to
meat. Pour over additional butter if per chop). Reserve remaining sea- boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2-1
necessary. Melt the remaining 2 ta- soning for gravy. Lightly dust chops to 3 hours until hocks are tender. P
blespoons of butter in skillet, blend with flour. Heat drippings in a large, hocks in a baking dish. Place in 4
in the 2 tablespoons flour, stirring heavy skillet. Add chops and brown degree oven to brown and dry c
i constantt d .crapin b r'm an, ppi. ;l eh ,5 to 10 excess fat. Serve with greec
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tuna, add a little lemon juice.) Put in
buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle
cornbread crumbs on top. Sprinkle
melted butter over crumbs. Bake at
350 degrees F. uncovered for about
45 minutes. (8 generous servings)
1 1/2 2 cups chicken (cooked)
1/2 cup water
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 cans cream celery soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped celery
1 pkg pepperidge cornbread stuff-
4 cups noodles cooked
1/2 stick butter, melted
ut0 Combine soup, water, mayo-
ut naise. Add chicken or tuna, noodles,
Celery, water chestnuts. If you use
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Fried Catfish Fillets
8 to 10 catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper
3 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup bacon drippings
Enough vegetable shortening to
deep-fry (2 1/2 to 3 cups)
Wash fish and pat dry. Lightly
season with salt and pepper and set
aside. Combine seasoned salt and
next 6 ingredients and mix well. Dip
fillets in eggs. then in cornmeal mix-
ture. Place fillets on a wax paper-
covered plate and refrigerate at least
1 hour to allow cornmeal coating to
set. In a large, heavy frying pan,
preferably cast iron, heat bacon drip-
pings and shortening to 370 degrees
F. Oil is sufficiently hot when a hze
forms above the oil and a drop of
water can dance across the surface.
Deep-fry fish until golden brown,
drain on paper towels, and serve
immediately. Excellent with slaw
and Hush Puppy Patties. (4 to 5
5 pounds frozen chitterlings thawed
5 cups water
2 stalks celery with leaves
2 large onions chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 red pepper cut in pieces (optional)
Soak chitterlings in cold water
for at least 6 hours. Cover pot.
Drain. Strip as much fat as possible
from each piece and wash thor-
oughly in cold water. Make sure it is
entirely free of dirt. Cut into small
pieces about 1 inch. Place in full pot
of water with salt and pepper. Add
other ingredients 'to the pot and
cover. Cook over medium heat until
tender about 2 1/2 or 3 hours. Serve
with vinegar or hot sauce.
Sweet Potato Pie
2 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 1/3 cups sugar (brown or
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract .
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg --
1/2 cup milk or half-and-
3/4 stick of butter
SPeel and culbe sweet potatoes. Mash potatoes with all
the above ingredients. Beat with mixer on medium
c speed until smooth (or you can mix it by hand until
" smooth). Place in pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for
about an hour, or until firm when touched in the mid-
Years ago, people could not afford to throw anything
away. If they had a lot of leftover old bread (the bread
that was made with flour, not cornmeal), they would
crumble and save it. The whole message behind bread
pudding is that people could not afford to waste or
throw away food, so they rexyxled it. With bread pud-
ding, they used the stale bread to make this delicious
4 cups dried bread
2 eggs beaten
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
S 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
S 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
S 4 2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
S Mix all the above ingredients. Place in 350 degree
oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center is firm to
the touch. Can be served hot or cold.
SBanana Pound Cake
1 package (18 1/2 ounces)
yellow cake ,.
4 4 eggs (room temperature)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas
(about 4 medium)
1 package (3 3/4 ounces)
instant vanilla pudding
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large mixer bowl. Mix
until blended, then beat at medium speed for 4 minutes.
Turn batter into greased and lightly floured 10 inch
tube pan. Bake in 350'degree oven for 1 hour or until
done. If desired, dust with confectioner's sugar before
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons baking
2 tablespoon butter or powder
margarine 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (30 oz.) pineapple 1/4 cup shortening
slices 1 cup sugar
10 maraschino cherries 1 egg beaten
2 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon vanilla
sifted 3/4 cup milk'
Sprinkle brown sugar in bot-
tom of well-greased pan. Dot -
with butter. Drain pineapple. \ -
Place slices in pan with cherry
in center of each pineapple slice.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream
shortening. Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture, a
little at a time, alternately with milk. Pour batter over
fruit. Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown. for 50 to 60
minutes. Turn upside down on serving plate. (Serves 8-
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
3 sticks of butter (the real thing is best!)
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
6 eggs 3 cups sugar, 3 cups of flour
1 tsp lemon or vanilla extract
Cream the butter and cream cheese together with an
electric mixer until well blended. Add 1 cup of sugar
and blend well. Add 1 egg and
blend well. Alternate 1 cup
sugar and 1 egg until sugar is
depleted. Add 1 cup of flour,
blend well. Add 1 egg and
Alternate flour with egg until
Flour is depleted. Add extract
and blend well. Pour into a greased and floured tube
pan and bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 1
hour and 25 minutes. Ice with lemon glaze.
About 2 cups of confectioners sugar
1 tbsp butter melted,
3 tbsp lemon juice
(all of these measurements are approximate)
Mix these ingredients until smooth and the consis-
tency of a glaze (thicker than regular milk, but as thick
as Eagle sweetened condensed milk) Pour over the
Poppy Seed Cake
1 package yellow cake mix
1 small package instant vanilla pudding
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/2 cup cream sherry
1/2 cup corn oil
1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients together well. Pour into a greased
tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.
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7 A What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment
Show and Sale
The Douglas Anderson School
of Arts will have their annual
Extravaganza Show and Sale of
works on February 9-12th in the
school's art classroom from 6:00 -
8:00 p.m. The Gallery works will
remain on display through March
12'". The school is located at 2445
San Diego Rd. For more
information, please call 346-5620.
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.
Amateur Night at
Modeled after the Amateur
Night at the famed Apollo Theatre
in Harlem, N.Y., Jacksonville
contestants ill compete for cash
prizes on the Ritz stage and let the
cheer or jeer of the audience decide
who goes home with the cash. The
February 11t show features a
salute to Black Entertainers and
begins at 7:30 p.m. For ticket
information for the show that
usually sells out, call 632-5555.
The Jacksonville Chapter of
the Florida A & M University
Alumni Association will host its
February meeting at Ribault Senior
High School's Band Room on
February 12, 2005 at 10:00 a.m.
Don't Forget to Vote
Early voting for the February
15th election has already begun at
ten Duval County locations. Voters
can cast their ballots for Supervisor
of Elections., City Council At
Large Group 1 and City Council
District 3. Hours are Monday -
Friday. 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. at the
libi y "locations aind 8:00 a.m. -
6:00 p.m. at the Stpervisor -oo"
Elections Office. For weekend
hours, locations and other
information, call 301-2938.
Jax SuperBowl: How
Did We Do
JCCI Forward will hold their
evening Food for Thought dinner
and discussion with the question,
"Jacksonville and the Super Bowl:
How Did We Do" The session
will be held from 5;30 7:30 p.m.
at Seven Bridges Girl at Gate
Parkway N. on Tuesday, February
19, 2005 The only requirement is
that you pay for your meal.
R.S.V.P. or get more information
by calling Tes at 396-3052.
The next PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on Saturday,
February 12, 2005 from 2:00 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m. at the home of Sanderia
Smith in Ponte Vedra. The book for
discussion will be Gifted Hands by
Ben Carson, M.D. Bring your swim
suit if you want to relax in the hot
tub after the meeting. Attendees
will also be able to walk on the
beach if the weather is warm. Feel
free to bring beverages. For more
information, please call 373-0083.
Forum on Building
The Sierra Club of Northeast
Florida will hold a community
forum on "Building Sustainable
Communities." Then program will
discuss the meaning of
sustainability in the Jacksonville
community, and how people begin
to take action in their everyday
live. The forum will be held on
Monday, February 14, 2005 at
Lakewood Presbyterian Church,
Parish Hall, 2001 University Blvd.
The forum will begin at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, please 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
, si; W;,orks p,, ^
'-l;e 'Jacklonville Children's
Chorus will present their annual
Midwinter Music Workshop for
music educators and choir
directors. The workshop is an
interactive clinic focusing on
building a successful children's
music program. Featured at the
workshop will be nationally
recognized children's choir
conductor Stephen Roddy, founder
and director of the Houston
Children's Chorus. The workshop
will be held on Saturday, February
19, 2005 from 8:15 a.m. 3:00
p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. For more information,
please call 384-6001.
Spending more time worrying
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
person. Or visit www.eldercare.gov.
There's a way for older
Americans and caregivers to
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Porgy and Bess
Take a trip to "Catfish Row"
with the American masterpiece,
Porgy and Bess. Gershwin's classic
musical drama graces the Ritz
Stage for an evening of culture,
history and a must see musical. The
show will be held on Wednesday,
February 16, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
For ticket information, please call
-the Ritz at 632-5555. The Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum is
located at 829 N. Davis St.
Motown and Mardi
Gras at Universal
The Temptations and The Four
Tops will take the stage together at
Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras
celebration on Saturday, February
19, 2005. Mardi Gras at Universal
Studios continues each Saturday
night through April 9th. Live music
amidst the excitement of New
Orleans style cuisine, tons of beads,
confetti and an all new 13-float
parade, completely transforms the
theme park into a mega-musical
Mardi Gras celebration! The 8:45
p.m. show is included with park
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc.
is sponsoring a Fish Fry on
Saturday, February 19, 2005 from
11:00 a,m.-3:00 p.m. The Fry will
be held at 376 Fourth Ave S. in
Jacksonville Beach. For more
information, please call 249-7624.
NSBE Technology Day
The National Society of Black
Engineers, Jacksonville Alumni
Extension will hold its 6th Annual
Technology Day on February 19,
2005 from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
The theme for the event is
"Thinking Outside The Box -
Technology in Today's
Workforce." The purpose of this
event is to increase awareness in
Black families in the community.
Technology Day will include a
Keynote Speaker, Seminars on
computer technology and trends in
science and engineering.
Teachers, Families and Individuals
are encouraged to attend this free
event. Technology Day will be held
at Ribault Senior High School,
3701 Winton Dr. For more
information call Jamion Ber at 626-
Before You Tie The Knot, a
marriage preparation class, is
offered every other month at the
Duval County Cooperative
Extension Office. Each class
consists of two evening workshops;
participants must attend both
sessions to receive a certificate of
completion. The classes fulfill the
requirements of Florida
Statute741.0305 and 741.04,
Marriage Preparation and
*Preservation Act, which became
effective Jan. 1' 1999. A $32.50
discount on the marriage license is
waived. The next class will'be held
on February 22 & 24th. To get a
registration packet, call Stephanie
or Sandra at the Cooperative
Extension Office at 387-8855.
The North Florida Chapter of the
Florida Progressive Democrats
Caucus (PDNF) will hold its first
Organizational Meeting at the
Jacksonville Main Library, 122 N.
Ocean St., Wednesday, February
23, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. 8:00
p.m. Meeting attendees will have
the opportunity to hear about
PDNF and progressive issues, have
access to officers, and help shape
the future of the Chapter and the
Democratic Party. For more
information call 353-6333.
There will be a Black History
Essay contest by Prominent
Women of Color Contest on the
topic "How Has an African
American Male Impacted My
Life". The contest will be held on
Friday 24, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at the
Kennedy Community Center. Any
questions concerning participation
and contest rules should be directed
to Tameko at 507-3841
Sisters in the Spirit
The most inspiring musical tour
of -early 2005 will be in
Jacksonville for the Sisters in the
Spirit tour. .In celebration of
February as "Black History
Month," gospel music superstars
Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi
and Rizen join Kelly Price,
Prophetess Juanita Bynum and
health and fitness expert Donna
Richardson Joyner, who will impart
tips contained on her successful
video, "Sweating in the Spirit." The
tour will be in Jacksonville on
Tuesday, February 25, 2005 at the
Times Union Performing Arts
o S -Scrabble Soiree
Do you love a good gAme bf
Scrabble or friendly competition?
Learn to Read is inviting the public
to participate in the 71h Annual
Letters for Literacy on Thursday,
March 3, 2005 at St. John's
Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., from
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The evening
will consist of wine, hours
d'oeuvres, silent auction and prizes. ,
Scrabble teams of six to eight
members will have 30 minutes to
build the highest scoring Scrabble
board. For more information, call
The Ritz Theater will host the
Griot Festival, February 25-27,
2005 at the Museum. A "Griot" is a
master storyteller of West African
tradition, and you will see Black
storytelling at its best as nationally
known storytellers come together at
the Ritz for 3 days of performances
and education. For more
information, please call 632-5555.
The Grammy Award winning
musical songstress Nnenna Freelon
will be in concert backed by the
Count Basie Orchestra on Saturday,
February 19, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
The show will be held at the
Thrasher-Home Center of the Arts.
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The A.A.O.N.M.S. and the DOI
from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana
and Mississippi will be hosting its
annual Gala Weekend February
25-27, 2005. All. Nobles and
Daughters are requested to attend.
Ticket price includes Banquet
Dinner on the night of the 26th.
There will be a "Hospitality Party"
on February 25th starting at 8:00
p.m. until at the MACEO'S Elk's
Lodge located on the corner of W.
Jefferson and W. Duval St. Tickets
for this event are $3.00 at the door.
For more information, please call
655-2766 or 803-9172.
The Harlem Globetrotters will
make their annual stop in
Jacksonville on Wednesday,
March 2, 2005 at the Veteran's
Memorial Arena. Tip off is at 7:00
p.m. The 250 city tour is the 81s'
year for the famed troupe. They
were also recently inducted into the
Basketball Hall of Fame. For
tickets, please call 353-3309.
Girl Scouts Women of
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
will honor six women at the 171h
Annual Women of Distinction
Luncheon at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel, March 11, 2005.
This year's honorees are
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
Rita Cannon, Betty P. Cook, Ann
C. Hicks, Janice G. Lipsky and
Susan Wildes. The luncheon will
take place from 12:00 p.m. 1:30
p.m. and is open to the public with
advance registration required. For
reservations, please call 388-4653
it and the civic scene
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their Annual
Spring Concert with-the theme "A
River Runs Through It" on Sunday,
May 1, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. The
benefit will be held at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Dinner will immediately
follow the concert. For more
information and/or tickets, please
NCCJ will have their annual
Humanitarian Awards Dinner on
Thursday, May, 26 2005. The 6:45
p.m. dinner will be preceded by a
6:00 p.m. reception..This year
honorees are Dr. Guy Benrubi,
Toni Crawford, Ronnie Ferguson
and Tillie Fowler who will be
lauded for their community service
and receive the organization's
Silver Medallion Award. For more
information about the dinner or for
tickets, call 306-6225.
Everyone is invited to attend the
First Annual Alphabet Affair on
Friday, June 3, 2005. Join Learn to
Read as they travel through the
letters of the alphabet celebrating
literacy. This will be the first of
many Friday events. Beginning
with the letter "A", affairs will be
started with an Aloha Luau. For
more information, please call 399-
8894, ext 12.
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
Society, whose sole:prpo istoiwparen i..c~rj~d na state or
encourage the study, Appreciation-fede'ral pri '- ~r.ea rs are needed
and growing of orchids, both in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. Johns
species and hybrids will have their and Nassau counties and must be at
annual show on March 19-20, least 21 years old. They will need
2005 at the Garden Club of to commit to spending one hour per
Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave., week with a child for one year. The
from 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. and ages of children range from 4-15.
To become a mentor or refer a
admission is free. For more ec e a ntr r rr
information, please call 268-6453. child, please contact Christine
Schauf at 493-7747.
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
someone else's needs before their own, a friend that goes
beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate he or
she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could win a
profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50 gift cer-
tificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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about Black women and some will say
h the love the many hues of a Black
woman's skin-the reddish-brown cinna-
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cream. Ask others and they will say they
love the Black woman's inner tempera-
ment-fragile and pretty like a china tea-
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like a Chinese puzzle the next.
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women because Black women are the
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why I love Black women." been shaped by
Dexter King, former Chair- fection of Black
man, President, the tough and
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epitome of beauty, the giver of life, a
steadfast protector and a nurturer. They
will say the'y love Black women because
Black women continue to walk proudly,
absorbing life's blows with grace and
fortitude, serving as the glue that holds
together an entire race of people.
Many men will say they love Black
women, because, more than any other
woman in the world, they are the easiest
to love. And although Black men, like all
men, sometimes have a hard time show-
ing it, they will be the first admit they
cannot live without Black women.
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forces of moral
Black women. They have the authority and spirituality, and
ability to rise above severe ad- have continued to bandage the
versity and triumph over chal- wounds of Black men who have
W lenge. Black women in the face been broken by the oppressor's
of double jeopardy [being both whip."
Black and female] have demon- August Wilson, playwright
strated a toughness to survive When you grab
O and a tenderness to inspire. I am hold to a [Black]
in love with their elegance, per- woman, you have
severance and soulful style. They something there.
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rapper got a way of life
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poetry within, cap-
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inner beauty as a
part of our political and social
Andre Harrell, Music Execu-
The Black women in my life
have offered my mind strength
and given my heart peace. In
general, I love Black women
because they exemplify all that is
rich in our heritage: the soul, the
passion, the attitude, the determi-
nation and, most of all, love."
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women because ..
they are the mothers i
of our Black future.
1 love Black women
because of their
enduring strength, a strength that
at times has risen above the fail-
ures of Black fathers. I love their
curly hair, their braided hair,
their straightened and even kinky
hair. 1 love their full lips and, of
course, their brown sugar skin.
But most of all, I love Black
women because I am the product
of a Black woman. Black men
are born of Black women and
influenced by the Black women
in their lives. I have to love
Black women in order for -me to
PBS Cultures Up February with Special
Black History Month Programming
Slavery and the Making of bass style that changed jazz's film
America (Premieres Wed., Feb. 9 rhythm section forever. perfc
and 16 at 9 p.m. &Rebroadcasts DeFord Bailey: A Legend Lost tribu
Sun., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.) (Mon., Feb. 14 at 11:30 p.m.) the I
This four-hour series chronicles One of the first solo stars of the Prize
the institution of American slavery Grand Ole Opry, DeFord Bailey Ai
The series traces slavery from its was the most influential harmonica Malh
origins in 1619 when English player of the first half of the 20th Feb.
settlers in Virginia purchased 20 century. Despite such acclaim, he Fi]
Africans from Dutch traders died quietly without recognition of pain
through the arrival of the first 11 his place in American music his- expr
slaves in New Amsterdam, the tory. This documentary tells his Ame
American Revolution, the Civil story, along with the little known dign
War, the adoption of the 13th story of how black musicians influ- Ai
Amendment and Reconstruction. enced many of country music's leg- Feb.
New perspectives challenge long- ends. In
held notions (such as the idea that Briars in the Cotton Patch: The a p(
slavery was strictly a Southern Story of Koinonia Farm (Wed., Ellis
institution), and highlight the con- Feb. 16 at 11 p.m.) the
tradictions of a nation founded on This documentary explores Klu
the principle of "liberty and
justice for all" that embraced .
The Quiltmakers of Gee's
For more than 150 years, '
the women of Gee's Bend,
Alabama, have crafted quilts K
reflecting their history and
daily lives. Over generations,
they worked in isolation,
continuing to inhabit the re-
mote plantation land their Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis make for a good
parents once slaved. Today, documentary in An Unlikely Friendship.
art critics worldwide compare
them to the great creative enclaves
of the Italian Renaissance.
In the Heat of the Night (Sat.,
Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.)
Directed by Norman Jewison,
this 1967 film features a Missis-
sippi murder mystery. Sidney Poit-
ier is Philadelphia homicide detec-
tive Virgil Tibbs, a black stranger
mistakenly arrested for murdering a
wealthy white industrialist. Rod
Steiger plays Bill Gillespie, the
gum-chewing redneck sheriff who
seeks Tibbs' help in solving the
case. This 1967 film was nominated
for seven Academy Awards and
Alma's Jazzy Marriage (Sat.,
Feb. 12 at 11:30 p.m.) Alma Foster
recalls her life with her husband,
seminal jazz bassist George "Pops"
:Foster, -~wluhwpopopularized. the. slap
Koinonia Farm, one of the most
daring social experiments in the
South during the last century.
Blacks and whites lived together on
the Georgia farm, broke bread at
the same table and were paid the
same wages. The commune, started
in 1942, became the target of white
anger with bombs, boycotts and
shootings. Out of this violent his-
tory grew the worldwide movement
of Habitat for Humanity Interna-
On Stage at the Kennedy Cen-
ter Whoopi Goldberg (Sun., Feb.
20 at 1 p.m.)
Whoopi Goldberg receives one of
America's top prizes for humor in
this two-hour program, taped in the
Concert Hall of the John F. Ken-
nedy Center for the Performing
Arts i-: tshington, D,C., Through
EVENTS AT RITZ THEATRE & LAVILLA MUSEUM
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Art of Spoken Word
FEB. 10, 7:30pm
The First Thursday of every month, the
lobby of the Ritz is transformed into a
stage for poets and poetry lovers of all
ages. February features readings by
favorite Black poets and original verse by
local writers. FREE
Porgy and Bess (Conc ertVsion
FEB. 16, 7:30pm
Take a trip to "Catfish Row" with the
American masterpiece, Porgy and Bess.
The Concert version of Gershwin's
classic Opera graces the Ritz stage for
an evening of culture, history and must
see musical entertainment. Tickets $25
Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Amateur Night @ The Ritz
FEB. 11, 7:30pm
Modeled after the Amateur Night at the
famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y.,
contestants compete for cash prizes on
the Ritz stage and let the cheer or jeer of
the audience decide who goes home with
the cash. The February show features a
salute to Black Entertainers. $5.50
Sponsored in part by Mc Donalds
The Griot's Festival
A "Griot" is a master storyteller of West African
tradition, and you will see Black storytelling at its
best as nationally known storytellers come
together at the Ritz for 3 days of performance
and education. Three stage performances will
be open to the public:
Stories of Love Feb. 25, 8pm, $15
Tales and Rhythms Feb 26, 2pm, $7
Night of the Griot Feb. 26. 8pm, $15
Sponsored by AmSouth Bank
RITZ THEATRE & LAVILLA MUSEUM
829 N. Davis Street Jacksonville, Fl, 32202 904-632-5555
Tickets to all events are available at Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, Times Union Performing Arts Center,
Veterans' Memorial Arena and Ticketmaster outlets
clips, interviews and comic
)rmances, an all-star cast pays
te to the first woman to receive
Kennedy Center's Mark Twain
t for American Humor.
colm X: Make It Plain (Mon.,
21 at 9 p.m.)
Immaker Orlando Bagwell
ts the portrait of a man who
essed the anger of African
ericans and their insistence on
ity and freedom
n Unlikely Friendship (Mon.,
21 at 11:30 p.m.)
the early 1970s, Ann Atwater,
or welfare mother, and C.P.
s, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of
Durham (North Carolina) Ku
x Klan, were on opposing sides
of the debate over public
school integration. Initially,
their relationship was fraught
with distrust and hatred. Yet in
working together and under-
standing one another, they
formed a deep and loving
friendship that continues to
February One: The Story of
the Greensboro Four (Tues.,
Feb. 22 at 11 p.m.)
On February 1, 1960, four
college students staged a sit-in
at a Woolworth's lunch counter
Greensboro, North Carolina.
s film explores that pivotal
nt in the civil rights movement.
intimate portrait of four friends,
film explains what led them to
test and the impact that decision
on their lives.
'he Harlem Globetrotters: The
im That Changed the World
ed., Feb. 23 at 11 p.m.) This
gram examines two basketball
nes that helped shape post-
rid War II society, both in the
S. and abroad-the Globetrotters'
endary upset of the World
ampion Minneapolis Lakers in
48, which paved the way for inte-
tion of the NBA; and the team's
:oric trip to Berlin in 1951,
ere 75,000 fans witnessed Olym-
Champion Jesse Owens shock-
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