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The Jacksonville free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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Mississippi Senate Greenlights

Bill to Rename Highways
JACKSON, Miss. Stretches of Mississippi highways in three counties
would be renamed for ctims of the nation's most infamous civil right
killings under a bill approved by the state Senate.
A stretch of Mississippi 19 near Philadelphia, believed to be the site of
the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael
Schwerner, would be renamed for the three civil rights workers ambushed
and killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
The bill would also rename a portion of U.S. 49 East the Emmett Till
Memorial Highway, after the black 14-year-old who was beaten to death
in 1955, supposedly for whistling at a white woman. That case has also
recently been reopened by prosecutors.
If the bill is passed in the House and signed by Republican Gov. Hale\
Barbour, it will be the first state-sponsored memorial for Goodman,
Chaney and Schberner, said Sen. Glona Williamson, a Democrat from
Philadelphia. The measure \\as unanimously approved by the consenra-
tive, 52-member Senate, which has eight black members.

Lerone Bennett Retires from Ebony
CHICAGO, Ill. Lerone Bennett. the longtime executive editor of
Ebony Magazine, has retired and been named executive editor emeritus,
company officials say.
Bennett, who has worked in a %arietN of positions at Ebony for 52 years,
will continue to write several articles a year for the nation's largest Black
This is Bennett's second time retinng. In September, Bennett, 75,
announced that he was stepping down from the position, but after dis-
cussions with Ebony founder John H Johnson Jr., he chose to continue
as executive editor.
In his career at Ebony, the Clarksdale, Miss., native has covered some
.* the tl ig ,tc: -:ui-ii of the 2th :t centtLr, iuclIuding the Ma'lrcjh ot
Washington and the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. He started at John-
son Publishing Company as an associate editor at Jet Magazine, later
becoming an associate editor and senior editor at Ebony. He was named
executed editor in 1987.

Judge Approves Ford Motor

Company's Civil Rights Settlement
CINCINNATI, Ohio A federal judge has given preliminary approval
to a settlement in which Ford Motor Co. would guarantee Black employ-
ees access to an apprenticeship training program the\ say they were ille-
gally barred from in the automaker's factories.
The ration's second biggest automaker says it did nothing wrong in
administering the program at its plants nation\ ide. But the company pro-
poses to end the workers' lawsuit by setting aside 279 positions in the pro-
gram for blacks and paying 5$2.400 apiece to as many as 3,400 current
and former Ford %workers who could be eligible for the settlement.
The lawsuit represents black employees who took an application test
for the apprenticeship training program on or after Jan. 1, 1997, and were
not chosen. They said the selection process discriminated against black
applicants in violation of state and federal civil rights laws.
The proposed settlement could cost Ford more than $11 million, includ-
ing $30,000 apiece to the 11 current and former Ford workers who filed
the lawsuit in December, pay ment of their attorneys' fees and a later pay-
ment of $567,000 to the workers' lawyers for administering the settle-
ment. The settlement would create a new selection program that would
be monitored by an industrial psychologist with expertise in workplace
and personnel issues.

R&B Great Tyrone Davis Succumbs
CHICAGO, Ill. Legendary rhythm and blues
soul singer Tyrone Davis, who vaulted to fame
with hits such as "Can I Change IMy Mind" and
"Turn Back the Hands of Time," died recently at
a hospital in west suburban Hinsdale. He was 66.
Surrounded by family and friends, Davis' death
comes four months after suffering a stroke, made
worse by him being a diabetic. ,
Considered the "king of romantic Chicago
Soul" a survey on Billboard Magazine named '
him the 30th best R&B singer of all time Davis'
smooth and versatile baritone \oice could handle everything from pop to
soul to funk and blues.
Over his four-decade career, Davis recorded 38 albums. His last' "The
Legendary Hall of Fame" was re-leased in September. The singer's styl-

ish class made him especially popular with female soul fans during a
lengthy hit-making run that lasted throughout the '70s and '80s.

Kwame Making Own Black History
Kwame Jackson the first runner- up from the inaugural season of
NBC's "The Apprentice" will be the distinguished guest speaker today
at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science
(LSE) in the U.K. Jackson is the first African American to be hosted by
the LSE Student Union Business Society, known for its outstanding rep-
utation of academic excellence.
Jackson, who along \w ith rto business partners, has started his own
development company. Legac\ Holdings LLC, will speak to the LSE
Business Society about entrepreneurship, globalization and commercial
diplomacy. After his presentation, Jackson is scheduled to meet with
members of the British Parliament and various London media outlets.

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Volume 19 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida February 17 23, 2005

LEFT BEHIND: Why Do Black Men Lag Academically?

On campuses across the nation, it
is becoming difficult to distinguish
between all-female and co-ed uni-
versities. Often, the student govern-
ment president is female. It is not
uncommon for the editor of the
school newspaper to be a woman.
Walk into any classroom and the
overwhelming majority of the stu-
dents are females.
While unattached single males
might applaud that disparity, the
absence of Black men in meaning-
ful numbers on college campuses is
troubling to many and has profound
implications for the future for Black
America. If this gender imbalance
continues, it could impact future
family structures, the type of role

models available to Black boys and Why are Black males failing to
the vibrancy of the African- achieve at the same level as
American community. females?

Lewis Hopes to Gain Increased

Interest for Civil Rights March

Rep. John Lewis
Rep. John Lewis' first march
across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in
Alabama helped change civil rights
laws. Next month will be his sev-
enth march aiming to change the
The Georgia Democrat said he
expects a record congressional
turnout for this year's trip to three
Alabama cities that were pivotal in
the 1960s struggle for civil rights.
So far, 40 members of Congress
had already signed up, said the
Faith and Politics Institute, which
sponsors the expeditions. A total of
65 House members and 11 senators
have joined Lewis on past trips,
with 28 in 2003 the largest number
on any individual excursion.

The path of the journey, to be
held March 4-6, will be similar to
those of past years, but this one is
notable because it marks the 40th
anniversary of the "Bloody
Sunday" march across the famous
Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,
Ala. The Voting Rights Act was
passed five months later.
Besides Selma, the weekend will
include trips to Montgomery, where
Rosa Parks refused to surrender her
bus seat to a white person, and
Birmingham, where three black
girls were killed in a racially moti-
vated church bombing.
"It is not something that's a joy,"
said Sen. George Allen, who made
the trip last year and is one of four
congressional co-chairs this time.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-I1l., said he
had never set foot in Alabama until
his first pilgrimage in 2003. Al-
though "the education of a senator
is no small feat," Durbin says
retracing Lewis' footsteps is sure to
make any lawmaker a more effec-
tive public servant.
"Who is making those speeches
today?" Durbin said. "Who's mak-
ing us feel uncomfortable? Because
those may be the prophets we look
back on years to come and say,
'They shook us up, and I'm glad
they did."'

"Boys are much more influenced
by the streets. The biggest competi-
tors to education are rap, drugs and
sports," says Jawanza Kunjufu, a
Chicago-based expert on Black
males. "When you think about it, of
the number of Black males in col-
lege, what percent of them are ath-
letes? Sistas don't seem to be
tempted by sports, rap and drugs.
There is no question that more
brothas lean towards faster money."
"We really have to look at why 83
percent of the school teachers in
elementary are White females, 6
per-cent are African-American and
1 percent are African-American
males," explains Kunjufu, who -
Continued on page 7

The History of Black History

Americans have recognized
black history annually since
1926. first as "Negro History
Week" and later as "Black
History Month". What you
might not know is that black his-
ior3, had barely begun to be
studied-or even documented-
when the tradition originated.
We owe the celebration of
Black History Month, and more
importantly the study of black
history, to Dr. Carter G.
WVoodson. Born to parents who
were former slaves, he spent his
childhood working in the
Kentucky coal mines and
enrolled in high school at age
twent.. He graduated within
two years and later went on to
earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The
scholar was disturbed to find in
his studies that history books
largely ignored the black
American population-and when
blacks did figure into .the pic-
ture, it was generally in wayNs
that reflected the inferior social
position they were assigned at
the time.
Woodson, always one to act on
his ambitions, decided to take on
the challenge of writing black
Americans into the nation's his-
tory. He established the
Association for the Study of

Negro Life and History (now
called the Association for the
Study of Afro-American Life
and History) in 1915. and a year
later founded the widely
respected Journal of Negro
History. In 1926. he launched
Negro History Week as an initia-
tive to bring national attention
to the contributions of black
people throughout U.S. history.
Woodson chose the second
week of February for Negro
History Week because it marks
the birthdays of two men who
greatly influenced the black
American population. Frederick
Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Hotweler. February has much
more than Douglass and Lincoln
to show, for its significance in
black American history. For
-February 23, 1868: Birthday
of W.EB. DuBois.
-February 3, 1870: The 15th
Amendment was passed, granti-
ng blacks the right to vote..
February 25,1870: The first '
black- U.S. senator, Hiram.:
Revels (1822-1901), took .hi-
oath of office. .
-February 12, 1909: Thel
NAACP was founded by~.groi
of concerned 'black and wfit"
citizens in New York City.,
.. .. .:T1

Circus Proves There Is Life After the Super Bowl

UniverSoul Circus ushered in a
new era with their latest rendition of -
hip hop under the big top. In its
12th season, the unique traveling .
Circus shined brighter than ever
before with heart-stopping per- .
formances all set to a hip-shaking, -
urban influenced musical sound-
track. "" .
Filled with the sights and sounds
of truly unbelievable acts from
around the world, along with a
brand new Ringmaster team, the j
circus sold out nightly while in it's ';
Northside venue. Taking over the
ringmaster reigns together for the
first time was comedian Shuckey ._
Duckey, his side kick hoochie
mama turned glam queen Patrice
Lovely and newcomer Leighton
Condell. This dynamic blew audi-
ences away with their larger-than-
life personalities, dance moves, and
high comedy. This year marks
Shuckey Duckey's fourth re-turns to Shown above in the one of the many traveling cicus acts trained by the world'sonly African-American elephant
the center ring and his first with trainer is In the inset are wowed onlookers Marsha and Joel Oliver. FMPowell PHOTO
Ms. Lovely, known affectionately Circus," said Founder and a cross section of society, from the positive messages, and the
under the big top as Mabelle, is an Chairman Cedric Walker. "We have today's urban youth to their parents music that makes our show unique
accomplished actress, gospel singer combined our two tours in order to and grandparents regardless of The 2005 edition of UniverSoul
and comedienne. bring you the world's most exciting race or ethnicity. We're coming Circus featured a little something -
"The future is now at UniverSoul circus. It's a show that will appeal to back with the lights, the interaction, Continued on page 3

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Talking Dollars Makes Plenty of Sense

for Music Mogul Russell Simmons

Survival Guide, If You're Unemployed,

Underpaid or Broke and Can't Pay Bills

Mogul Russel Simmons
"There are so many Americans
who don't have access to a bank
account," begins Russell Simmons,
whose desire to help folks claw their
way out of debt and despair has led
the Def Jam co-founder to launch
UniRush Finanical Services a
company that offers a world of
banking opportunities, only without
the bank.
UniRush Financial
Services' offers a pre-
paid Rush Visa Card,
which acts a lot like a
checking account debit
card, but it doesn't
draw on a bank ac-
"It'll serve exactly j 5
like a bank account,"
Simmons explains,
"There are several RS
different ways to load
it via direct deposit,
you can send in a
check or money order, or you can
even go to any money gram location
and load it there. We don't charge
Simmons says his primary rea-
son for staring the company was not
only to help Americans manage
their bank account, but to assist
"those 70 million Americans who
don't have one at all. A great per-

centage of other Americans do not
claim their taxes. Two-and-a-half or
three billion dollars are held every
year and not collected. People who
don't collect it are generally the
people who need it the most. This
service obviously makes it easy for
those people who haven't collected
it in the past to start collecting."
An alliance between UniRush
and Intuit, the makers of TurboTax
products, are giving young tax filers
a faster, easier alternative to get
their tax refund. Filers can deposit
their refund to a Rush Card at the
Web site, www.TTRefund.com,
which allows customers to prepare
and electronically file their taxes
with TurboTax through the Web
service and receive their refund in as
little as 10 days.
"Ten days after they spent 10
minutes [signing up for the service],
they'd have their money directly
deposited on their new card, which
helps them have access to the rest of
the things they need, helps them
build their credit score, helps them
buy their first house even," enthuses

"There are so many things that
UniRush Financial Services Com-
pany wants to do for people. We
want to help them get health cover-
age, not health insurance, but health
coverage and develop tons of ways
for them to start to build a better
relationship and access the Ameri-
can dream."

o, Black History
Comedian Dick Gregory, who
attended Morehouse, a little known
fact, who is best known for his civil
rights activity, who protested many
times for civil rights with starvation
diets, and suffered in jail as a result
of his protests, is coming to
SGregory got his start as a
comedian while serving in the
Army during the 1950s, and rose to
stardom as he starred on stage, and
television, making his name a
household word.
Sensitive to the plight of his
fellowman, Gregory used his fame
and fortune to'fight for civil rights.
He will be the speaker for the
24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Luncheon at 12 noon on Thursday,
February 24, 2005, at the Univer-
sity of North Florida's University Activist
Individual tickets and tables for tions are availa
companies, churches and organiza- or reservations


Dick Gregory

ible. For information
, call 904/620-2878.

I idgAnnunemn

The Brentwood Park Apartment Associates, Ltd. c/o the Jacksonville
Housing Authority has advertised the bid for the construction of Brent-
wood Park Apartments. The project is for the physical site improvements
for infrastructure and utilities. Bid specifications are now available to
interested contractors and subcontractors. If you would like more infor-
mation regarding these construction projects please call 904-366-3456.

Simmons went to work on his
American dream in the early 80s

with the founding ofDef Jam Re-
cords with Rick Rubin in 1984.
After selling the remainder of his 40
percent share of Def Jam to Univer-
sal Music Group for a reported $100
million in 1999, the business tycoon
began focusing on his gazillion
other ventures, including the Phat
Farm clothing line in 1992, Rush
Communications a music and film
company, and most recently, the
Hip Hop Summit Action Network.
Proclaiming hip hop his first
love, Simmons is about to drop four
projects from artists signed to his
Russell Simmons Music Group label
- as soon as it finds a distributor.
"There are still other people bid-
ding, but it feels very strong that I'll
be back working at Def Jam," says
Simmons. "I wanna work for
[President/CEO] Jay-Z. I love L.L.
Cool J. I love the whole family. I
have Def Jam electronics, I have
Def Jam video games, I have Def
Jam mobile, which we're acquiring
tons of talent, we have Def Jam
clothing. So even though
other labels have good of-
fers and they're very ex-
cited, some of the stuff that
we're doing is locked in
Def Jam."
Pretty much everything
is going right for Russell
Simmons these days, so
much so that his strong
connection with America's
Urban youth were rumored
S to have intrigued even the
NAACP, who had report-
edly tossed his name into
the ring as a possible candi-
date for presidency.
"No one's called me about it. It's
a very flattering idea, but I haven't
discussed it with anybody," he says.
"I can't imagine [NAACP Chair-
man] Julian Bond sitting around
thinking about me taking over what
Kweisi Mfume left. We're of dif-
ferent characters. Between you and
me, I say 'ni**a' all day long."

Beaches Photo Exhibit
A photo exhibit, "Black Heri-
tage: Living, Working and Playing
at the Beaches," is presented by the
Pablo Station at Pablo Historical
Park, 425 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville
Beach. The exhibit is open Monday
thru Saturday, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. For
information, call 241-5657.
Black History Celebration
The Joseph E. Lee Republican
Club Black History celebration will
follow a short meeting at 6:30 p.m.
on Thursday, February 17th at the
Worship Place, 2627 Spring Glen
Road. Information, call 721-3108.
Museum Black History
Celebration Saturday
The Museum of Science and
History will Honor Local Heoroes
from the past two centuries
Saturday, February 19th from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be story-
telling, crafts and a planetarium
show about the Underground Rail-
road. Information: 396-MOSH.
Sorority to Present Annual Black
History Scholarship Banquet
The Delta Delta Chapter of the
National Phi Delta Kappa Sorority
will present their Annual Black
History Scholarship Banquet at 6
p.m. on Saturday, February 19"' at
the Haskell Building, 111 Riverside
Ave. For information call 502-7899

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Jacksonville's Oldes African-American Credit union, Chartered 1938

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Employees, and
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:Are Eligible to Join


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A. M. Harris, an African American author, says
that she got the inspiration to write The Broke Man's
Survival Guide from her personal experiences. Harris
grew up in a working class family. Her parents
struggled to provide a decent life for a family of six
amidst job lay-offs and union strikes. She watched
her parents use clever strategies to make ends meet
and later she used the same strategies to survive in
college. Harris says she wanted to share these
techniques with people in similar situations because
"they really work."
In her book, The Broke Man's Survival Guide to
Use When You are Unemployed, Underpaid or Just
Dead Broke and Can't Pay Your Bills, the reader is
provided with several options for people who are
down on their luck and scraping the bottom of the
barrel financially.
Harassing debt collector calls, utility disconnect-
tion notices, and vehicle repossessions are common-
place in many working class households. These
realities make it difficult for families to make ends
meet. "Forget about filing bankruptcy and credit
counseling. Most of us have been there, done that,
and are still struggling with debt." Proclaims Harris,
"Unless there is a credit counselor who can negotiate
a dollar-a-month repayment agreement, seriously
broke people are basically out of luck. And
bankruptcy, the most popular debt solution method of
choice these days, is not the "quick fix" solution
portrayed on television commercials."
Harris says each page of her book brings new
insight mixed with humor and satire, along with quite
a few ideas she hopes most readers will be anxious to
try. Most of the strategies concentrate on non-
traditional techniques that deal with real life
situations. They range from detailing clever ways to
hide from the "repo" man to describing how a broke
person can get their hands on "free money". "The
book is loaded with advice and tips that are geared
toward average, everyday people who are just trying
to make it." Harris says.

The Broke Man's Survival Guide has been
developed for hardworking people who have fallen
into a bad situation that has prevented them from
paying their bills. Most bankruptcies occur because
of illness, lost job or divorce, and are not the result of
haphazard credit use. This calculates into thousands
of honest folks who despite many years of paying
their bills on time, find themselves thrust in the sea of
endless debt. And, despite the fact that they would
pay their bills in a heartbeat, if they had the money,
they are hounded and harassed by debt collectors like
the "dead beats" they are not. So, instead of worrying
about those things that are beyond your control at the
moment, learn how to survive. This guide teaches
you how!
The 50 Strategies covered in The Broke Man's
Survival Guide are: Use The Phone, Can You Hear
Me Now? The Number You Have Reached... Hang-
Up! Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Bad Credit
Unwelcome, Dumb Or Dumber? Shut Up! Working 9
to 5, .. And 5 to 9, Down The Corporate Ladder; Hide
That Car, Take My Car, Please! Lie Like A Rug, I
Cannot Tell A Lie, Sue Their Pants Off, It's Raining,
Free Money? A New You, Avoid The Joneses, A
Slice of Humble Pie, Brother, Can You Spare A
Dime? Take A Hand-Out, Some Things In Life Are
Free, Better To Have It & Not Need It, Leave The
Light On. Oscar & Felix, Save Your House! Hey,
We're Moving On Down... Give & You Shall
Receive, Don't Worry, Be Happy; Do The Hustle,
First Things First, Rob Peter to Pay Paul. The Trail
Gets Cold, And The Winner Isn't, Tricky Little
Fellas, Do Whatcha Gotta Do, Your Name Please?
Ah, Ah, Ahhh... Power Of The Pen, Ain't Too Proud
to Beg, Moochers, Excess Baggage, Seeing Red, To
The Penny, Weather The Storm, Keep Your Head
Up, If It's Not Nailed Down, Ain't Nobody's
Business, and ...the Broke Man's Plan.
Look for The Broke Man's Survival Guide in your
favorite book store, if you have trouble looking the
book, call toll free 1 (888) 340-4433.


Most of us are familiar with the
rudimentary features of having a
credit card and the hazards that are
inherent in their use, but have you
considered that your "fixed" rate
can move to a considerable higher
rate, if you make just one late
payment? Or how long is that
"low" APR good for? What is it
going to change to after the
introductory) period? What is the
grace period allowed by your card?
How about the over the limit fees'
or late fee charges?
In addition, to answers to the
above questions that are necessary
if you are going to maintain the
good credit record that you had
when you obtained your credit
First of all you must let "never
paying the minimum" be the first
rule. Always, pay as much as your
budget will allow, but at least the
minimum plus all charges. If you
notice, the minimum usually is not
as much as the "charges" and fees.
Be on the lookout for a change
of billing address with your cards.
If the billing address is changed
and you send your payment to the
wrong address, guess what? You
get a late charge.
What does cash on your card
really cost? The rate on the cash is
usually higher than purchases, and
there is an additional fee for taking
the cash. If you are late or get
behind, there are more charges.
Do you really need credit card
theft insurance? No. If it's stolen
and you report it promptly, you are
usually liable for $50, at the most.
Beware of the tenure of Balance
Transfer fees, they are usually only

Your Credit Cards

good for 6 months. Investigate the
term before making a transfer.
These are just a few hints of
"what can happen to cost you more
money with your credit cards".
The best word is to use your cards
with discretion: planned purchases,
on a trip to avoid carrying large
sums of cash, or special occasions,
or for emergencies that may come
up that you are not financially
prepared to handle.
SThe' don't should include basic
shopping or basic necessities like
groceries or gas for your vehicle.
And, don't shop sales with credit
cards. Often the freedom to spend
will cause you to purchase things
you don't need or really want, but
because they are "such a great
Last, but not least, do not go
gift shopping on your credit cards.
At Christmas, on occasion of a
birthday, or wedding, if you cannot
pay for a gift, you cannot afford to
give it. Many persons get into
serious credit card debt shopping at
Christmas, in particular. When the
next Christmas rolls around, the
gifts for the last year are usually
not paid for.
Never, ever give another person
free use of your credit card. Many
times parents give a card to a
college student for "emergency
use". Parents, be ware. Many
parents have suffered large
amounts of debt when the student
runs up large bills.
You are already in trouble if you
have a student in college, for the
credit card companies openly
solicit the students and give them
cards based on them "establishing

credit". You probably will have to
pay for these already unless your
student is level headed enough to
listen and realize that they do not
have the financial stability to afford
the use of credit cards.
Remember, credit cards are not
"extra cash", they are like a high
interest loan!
Agencyaet, Community
Partnership for the
Protectlin of Children
Business Leaders, Community
Leaders, Social Service Agencies,
Churches and Grass Root Organ-
izations, are invited to attend the
February AgencyNet Luncheon
at 12noon on Wednesday, Febru-
ary 23, 2005, at the Hollybrook
Homes Community Center, 104
King Street. Lunch will be
provided, please RSVP by
Friday, February 18th to Teresa
Burton (904) 924-1680, ext. 2.
Come join AgencyNet, the
partnership wants your partici-
pation to improve communi-
cation and services in order to
better serve the families in our
communities. Learn and connect
with agencies that serve our
community. "Protecting Children
is Everybody's Business!"

Deadline for all Church, Social and
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be brought to the office: 903 West
Edgewood Ave., across from Lake
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Small business is BIG at the Chamber..

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-
munity including:
Business Workshops
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
(904) 924-1100.

Chamber of Commerce


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Sisters Network Hosting 7th

HKlAnniual National Conference

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Oakland Raider running back Zack Crockett signs autographs after YET Center dedication and former
City Councilwoman Denise Lee chats it up with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

NFL Changes Jax Community With YET Center

The National Football League
donated $1 million towards the con-
struction of the Jacksonville NFL
Youth Education Town (YET),
during the much anticipated Super-
Bowl Week in Jacksonville.
For more than a decade, the NFL
has constructed YETs in Super
Bowl host cities. The YET program
is aimed at positively impacting
youth in at-risk neighborhoods.
Jacksonville's YET (561 W. 25"
Street, Jacksonville) will be con-
structed on two acres of the Cath-
erine Hester McNair Park in the
Brentwood neighborhood just north
of downtown Jacksonville. The
facility is an integral element of a
revitalization and development pro-
ject in that area which will include

Continued from front
for everyone. The show opened
with a beautiful and inspirational
instrumental/dance duet between
violin virtuoso LaTonya Peoples
and classical yet soulful ballerina
Nicole Mouton both making their
big top debut. Other new acts in the
show this year include a highly
sought after high flying Trapeze act
from China, a three-man aerial
straps act, featuring Emmy Award
nominee, Jean Claude Belmat, a
solo contortionist from South Af-
rica, a high wire act from, Gabon
Africa, and a powerful male/female
aerial duet.
Overall; UniverSoul's !neup
incluoes,jincrAedible.acts frfom.10
different countries performing un-
der. the same roof for the first time.
The stellar cast features some of the
most exciting, intriguing and sought

construction of more than 325
homes as part of the Jacksonville
Housing Authority's $20 million
"Hope VI" project, and 96 HabiJax
homes (the local affiliate of Habitat
for Humanity). The Youth Educa-
tion Town will serve children from
the Hope VI project as well as chil-
dren from surrounding neighbor-
hoods. In a unique partnership,
youth services will be provided by
the managing partner of the YET,
the Boys & Girls Clubs of North-
east Florida, and additional compre-
hensive family services will be pro-
vided by other non-profit agencies
through the -United Way of North-
east Florida.
The festive dedication ceremo-
nies included Jacksonville, Mayor

John Peyton, Jaguars and other
NFL players, Boys & Girls Clubs
of Northeast Florida, 2005 Miss
America and over 100 local chil-
dren. NFL Commissioner Paul
Tagliabue dedicated the educational
and recreational facility at a press
conference at Brentwood Elemen-
tary School, a short walk from the
future location of the YET.
The NFL donates more than $1
million toward the YET project
annually. This year, funds donated
by the NFL, proceeds from the NFL
Experience and other league charity
events taking place during Super
Bowl week, and local public and
private support will be used to cre-
ate a new YET facility and pro-
gramming in Jacksonville.

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after acts in the circus world. There and Caribbean dancers, UniverSoul
will be Elephants and Horses. features Hand .Balancers from Ja-
Along with trapeze artists, aerial- maica, Cuba and Germany and a
ists, clowns, contortionists, acrobats Perch Pole act from Argentina.

an approved provider of continuing
nursing education by the Texas
Nurses Association, an accredited
approved by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center's Commission
on Accreditation. This activity
meets Type One criteria for manda-
tory continuing education require-
ments toward re-licensure as estab-
lished by the Board of Nurse Exam-
iners for the State of Texas.
More than 600 African American
breast cancer survivors, nationally
recognized medical experts, elected
officials and community leaders are
expected to attend the historic con-
ference during National Minority
Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the American Can-
cer Society, breast cancer is the
most common cancer among Afri-
can American women and the sec-
ond leading cause of cancer death

Sisters Network Inc., the nation's
only African American breast can-
cer survivorship organization today
announced plans to host its 7th An-
nual National Breast Cancer Confer-
ence, "The New Spirit of Survivor-
ship" in Houston, Texas.
The three-day conference will be
held April 15-17, 2005 at the J.W.
Marriott Galleria; registration is
$165 and includes workshops, ex-
hibits and the Awards Luncheon
featuring breast cancer expert Dr.
Gabriel Hortobagyi, chairman of
The University of Texas MD Ander-
son Cancer Center Department of
Breast Medical Oncology. Nation-
ally recognized motivational
speaker, Les Brown is the featured
speaker for the Gospel Brunch.
MD Anderson Cancer Center will
provide continuing education CEU
and CHES credits. MD Anderson is

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on the Annual 2002 Demographic''
Supplement to the March 2002'"
Current Population Survey.
Educational Achievement and
Black-White Inequality. Explores
the relationship between black-
white differences in a. variety of'
educational and economic achieve-
ment and economic outcomes for
blacks and whites and also between'
average outcomes for blacks and'
whites with similar levels of prior
educational achievement.
Publications may be ordered
online, via fax, email, or postal'
mail. To order online: http://book
Store.gpo.gov. To order by phone,.'
call tollfree 1(866-512-1800; by fax-
dial 1 (202)512-2250. Send email'
orders to contactcenter!gpo.gov.

The U. S. Government Printing
Office keeps America informed and
noting that each February Ameri-
cans unite to celebrate the long
history and many accomplishments
of African Americans provides the
opportunity for all to expand
history libraries with books that are
well written and carefully
researched accounts of the African
American experience.
Titles are available in bulk at a
reduced price, or single copies.
John Brown's Raid. The story
of John Brown's raid on the armory
at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia in
1859, including events leading up
to the raid and the aftermath. Also
contains a brief biography of John
Brown, and an eyewitness account
of his capture.
Underground Railroad. This
book describes the many ways that
blacks, took to escape slavery in the
southern U.S. before the Civil War.
It includes court records, buildings,
letters, and memories as Nwell as the
research of historians.
Underground Railroad: Offi-
cial Map and Guide. Provide brief
history of Slavery in America
(1450 1865) and describes how
slaves gained freedom through the
Underground Railroad.
Separate and Unequal: Race
Relations in the AAF During
World War II. Describes relations
between white and black Ameri-
cans in the Army Air Forces during
WWII. Through confrontation with
black and white liberal groups, the
Army Air Forces learned that
active commitment, vital leader-
ship, and equal opportunity
produced a more viable military
organization than segregation and
unequal treatment.'
Long Passage to Korea: Black
Sailors and the Integration of the
U. S. Navy. Covers contributions
of African American sailors in the
Korean War conflict. Recounts the
struggle to achieve equal treatment
and opportunity in the Navy, during
and after WWII. It explores the
changes in society, politics, and
necessities of war that persuaded
the Navy to amend its racial poli-
cies to include African Americans
in open enlisted ratings and the
general line officer corps.
Blacks in the Marine Corps. A
brief history of blacks in the U. S.
Marine Corps.

Pride, Progress and Prospects:
The Corps' Efforts to Increase
the Presence of African Ameri-
can Officers (1970-95). Account
of the Marine Corps efforts in the
last three decades to increase the
presence of African Americans
within its officer ranks.
Down Home Healthy: Family
Recipes of Black American
Chefs, Recipes that show how
you can enjoy foods that are lower
in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and
sodium, higher in fiber, and
promote good health, illustrated
with photographs of meals and the
Black Population: March 2002
Data on the demographic, social
and economic characteristics of the
black population in the U.S., based

Stanton High School Class of

1945 Planning Grand Reunion

The members of the Class of
1945 of Stanton High School are
working diligently to have a
remarkable 60th Class Reunion. The
theme for this reunion is
"Reflecting on the Past, and
Looking to the Future."
Our class photographer, Harry
Robinson, has photographed some
individuals, and some group
pictures for the reunion yearbook,
entitled "Reflections on the Past."
Members present at the Feb. 5th
Class Meeting, worked to make the
weekend of May 26-29, 2005, a
memorable one. Pictures of our
glorious past, submitted by class

members. will be included in the'
Reunion Yearbook.
The Class of 1945 has been
blessed to reach the milestone of
sixty (60) years.- One of our
members, the; late Arthur .Barlow
was funeralized this week. We,
extend expressions of sympathy to
the family.
Our next class meeting will be
at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5,
2005. The.meeting will be held at
3:30 p.m. in the Community Room
at the Bradham Brooks Northwest
Library, 1755 West Edgewood
Ave. For more information, please
call (904) 354-6747.

Dancing the Art of Johnathan Green
Of the Wall & Onto the Stage the dancing art of Johnathan Green,
will be brought to the stage of the Florida Theater on Friday, February
18th at 8p.m. Choreographed by William Starrettt, celebrated artist Joh-
nathan Green's vibrant paintings will spring to life on the stage in a vi-
sionary ballet. For tickets or more information, call 632-3373.

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting
Overeaters Anonymous: Are you Anorexic/Bulimic/an emotional eater?
All. are WELCOME, in this 12 step program of recovery. Meetings are
held daily on various sides of town. For info or directions call 904-632-
9301 or go to NORTHEASTFLORIDA.COM. There are no dues or fee's.'
Notice: Late January editions of the Jacksonville Free Press!:
Around Town page printed a coming event in regards to the Celebrity-
Hoops Game to be held during the Super Bowl fanfare. The notice read
that several celebrities would be in attendance, none of which were in
attendance or confirmed to attend. Our apologies to any readers who pur-
chased tickets in anticipation of celebrity sightings.

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among black women, surpassed,
only by lung cancer.
"Each year, Sisters' has continued:.
to provide a quality national confer-'':
ence that is not only educational;:':
empowering and encouraging, but:,:
also nurturing and promotes a spe- K
cial sisterhood survivorship bond for::
our members," says Karen E. Jack-"
son, Founder and CEO, Sisters Net=-
work Inc.
Confirmed sponsors to date in-:
elude the Centers for Disease Con-.:
trol and Prevention (CDC), Bristol-::
Myers Squibb Oncology, Astra-l*
Zeneca, Lance Armstrong. Founda-'-
tion, Aventis, Pfizer, MD Anderson:
Cancer Center Lilly Oncology and
the Houston Chronicle.
To register for the conference,
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The captain set the course and now Edward Waters College has taken the
proper steps towards saving the sinking ship.

"Illusions commend themselves to us because
they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure
instead. We must therefore accept it without com-
plaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of real-
ity against which they are dashed to pieces."
-Sigmund Freud
In the shadow of Jacksonville's love fest with the
world, angst was brewing on the campus of the First
Coast's only historically black college.
Without much fanfare, and almost stealth like,
Edward Waters College president Dr. Jimmy Jenkins
went quietly into that good night.
He had to because there was no other move to
With Edward Waters College facing the possibil-
ity of losing its appeal for reaccreditation Jenkins was
forced to consider resignation.
As the voices began to ring out in and around the
school's campus for Jenkins to assume full responsi-
bility for the plagiarism scandal that fallen on EWC,
the president held out for some clouds of silver lining.
Not only for the school, but for himself as well.
There were none.
So unfortunately for Jenkins, it wasn't in the
cards for him to survive the turmoil that was created
shortly after the school, which was by most accounts,
was on a routine course for ten more years of accred-
itation from the Southern Association of Colleges and
"If my departure can add any weight to the col-
lege's commitment to integrity, then I must put the
college before myself," said Jenkins. I must remove
myself as a distraction in the college's appeal to give'
the college the best possible chance to prevail. I am
therefore submitting my resignation as president of
EWC," added Jenkins.
And with that the Jenkins chapter ended and
EWC took a major step towards saving itself.
A move of integrity on Jenkins' part, and just
what key people involved in the appeals process need-
ed to have in their briefcase for the school's February
22nd date with destiny.
Also in a well thought out move to shore up
EWC chances at getting back on track, the school
named Oswald P. Bronson interim president.
Bronson's hiring sends a clear signal to. alumni, sup-
porters and staff that losing Jenkins' leadership won't
leave a void in the school's progress.
Due to., his,.;successfu .:tenure, at Bethune-
Cookman College, Bronson has a reputation as a

proven leader.
Even as Jenkins exits the scene, observers should
be encouraged by the recent strategical leadership
moves taken by EWC. In the past it has been very
easy for institutions of higher learning (especially
those of historically black legacy) to lose ground
while in the process of being rescued from failure.
In recent history Morris Brown College's accred-
itation was ripped from the school because of finan-
cial mismanagement.
And even closer to home, Florida A&M
University has recently begun to right its ship after
two years of bitter battling with it ousted president
Fred Ganious. As a result, the school has taken sever-
al steps backwards after years of prosperity.
However, EWC has seemed to carefully connect
the dots to calm in the middle of a powerful storm.
Making moves that make sense during these try-
ing times is not easy.
What was easier is for EWC to get lost in the
leadership shuffle as it works to preserve the hopes
and dreams of those who have benefited from the
school's success.
That could ad up to be a lot of people. Many who
didn't appreciate what EWC had to offer until this
unfortunate chain of circumstances occurred.
Yet, now is the time, as with all historically black
colleges and universities, for those who believe in
higher education to stand with EWC, Bronson, alum-
ni, students, board of directors, and yes, Jenkins in
their effort to right the ship.
For the past seven and a half years, EWC has
been on a joy ride of success. Enrollment has gone up
significantly, administration had tightened up, and the
community had started to believe in the dream that
the school was turning into reality.
Now that reality is being challenged at its very
core, its very seed to the path of of excellence.
We cannot afford to lose another school to unpro-
fessionalism and neglect. EWC and Dr. Jenkins have
taken the right steps to prove the school can rebound.
"No man ought to lay a cross upon himself or to
adopt tribulation, as is done in popedom; but if a
cross or tribulation come upon him, then let him suf-
fer it patiently, and know that it is good and profitable
for him."
-Martin Luther

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Black History Not Only

For the Celebrated Departed

By Virgil Beato
Black History Month celebrations
largely focus on those who secured
equal rights for all: People such as
Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass
and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What's often overlooked, how-
ever, is the path of opportunity they
paved and its importance today.
The accomplishments of living
African-Americans can provide the
younger generation with hope for
the future. Past heroes deserve no
less honor, but drawing attention to
those who seized upon the opportu-
nity they secured lays the ground-
work for a more prosperous future.
For example:
Before running for the U.S. Sen-
ate in Georgia last year, Herman
Cain spent over 25 years in the
business community most notably
as president of the Godfather's
Pizza chain (which he saved from
financial ruin in the late 1980s). He
also served as president and CEO
of the National Restaurant Associa-
tion, where he made national head-
lines after challenging former Presi-
dent Bill Clinton on his health care
proposal on behalf of small busi-
nesses during a nationally-televised
townhall meeting in 1994.
Kenneth Chenault is now chair-
man and CEO of the American Ex-
press Company after spending over
20 years working his way up the
ranks of the Fortune 500 gi-
ant. Chenault helped revolu-
tionize the company by in-
creasing the variety of creditA
cards issued from four to 60.
When the company's head-
quarters in the World Trade
Center was damaged in the
9/11 terrorist attack, he kept
the company stable during a j
time of great difficulty.
Dr. Ben Carson is the direc-
tor of pediatric neurosurgery
at the Johns Hopkins Medical
Institutes in Baltimore. In
grade school, Dr. Carson
struggled to succeed. With
the encouragement of his
mother, who only'had 'a'third

grade education herself, he rose to
the top of his class and earned
scholarships to both college and
medical school. He is a world-
renowned expert in separating con-
joined twins previously considered
inseparable. He also refined a tech-
nique for radical brain surgery
known as hemispherectomy, which
is used to treat seizures, and has
written over 90 neurosurgical publi-
cations and three bestselling books.
A one-act play, Ben Carson, M.D.,
has even been produced about him.
Ann Marie Fudge is the president
of the Young & Rubicam advertis-
ing firm. She became recognized
as one of America's top corporate
women while serving as an execu-
tive at Kraft Foods, where she suc-
cessfully revived old brands such as
Log Cabin Syrup, Minute Rice and
Stove Top Stuffing. Fudge suc-
cessfully linked Kraft's business
objectives to projects benefiting the
communities Kraft serves.
These people obviously owe a
debt of gratitude to those who came
before them, but they deserve admi-
ration for taking advantage of avail-
able opportunities. Thurgood Mar-
shall and Reverend Otis Brown
may have been key to the integra-
tion of our public schools, but Dr.
Carson and the others took advan-
tage of it.
They stayed in school and strove

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to succeed.
These modern-day heroes also
share strong family values. While
the American Enterprise Institute
estimates close to 70 percent of
black children are now born to sin-
gle mothers, these people have en-
joyed long marriages and raised or
are raising their children in stable
homes with both parents present.
These modern heroes also give
back to their community. Cain, for
example, an alumnus of the histori-
cally black Morehouse College,
now serves on the school's board.
Chenault serves on the board of
CASA, a drug-use prevention
group. Carson started the Carson
Scholars Fund, Inc. to help Third-
World schoolchildren stay academi-
cally competitive. Fudge is in-
volved with the Partnership for a
Drug Free America and the United
Many high-profile black'"leaders"
such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jack-
son seem to regard capitalism as
unfair to African-Americans.
People such as Cain, Carson, Che-
nault, and Fudge show the Ameri-
can Dream can work for anyone
with enough faith and determina-
They and others like them are
true sources of inspiration, and
should be honored during Black
History Month.

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Black Americans Should Jump for SS Plan
By Eddie Huff
By calling for Social Security reform, President Bush has signaled he is
serious about taking on the "third rail of American politics." This com-
parison to the lethal electric rail on a subway implies that politicians risk
certain death or at the least scathed should they take up the issue.
By now, it's understood President Bush says what he means and means
what he says. As was the case regarding Iraq, the President seems un-
afraid to take on this very difficult mission. But, as with Iraq, the admini-
stration seems to be inept at communicating the problems faced by Social
Security and the benefits of reform.
African-Americans can and should be the strongest proponents of Social
Security reform for one simple reason: Transferability.
As a financial advisor, I deal with estate planning every day. In my
experience, Black Americans seem least likely to properly plan for and
take the necessary actions required to leave an behind estate of any real
worth. Some of this can be attributed to lower income levels and poverty,
but that is not always the case.
To cut through all the rhetoric, consider the options: Under the current
Social Security plan, when you die, your spouse dies and your kids are
over 18, the government keeps your money. Under reform proposals,
when you die, you get to pass on the money your money, and hopefully
more of it to your survivors. While other groups often leave enough be-
hind for their survivors to build upon, successive generations of African-
American families appear to have to start from scratch.
Any questions?

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Reggie Brown, Executive Director of Project Reach Foundation; Carla Morrison, President of Chit
Chat Communications; Sulfur 8 Entertainment's Chello; Soloman Jennings, Publisher of School Dayz
Magazine; Michael C. Edwards Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church and Melvin Wooden
of 100 Black Men of Jacksonville and Beaver Street Enterprise Center. Shown below left are students
from th Project Reach Foundation.

Parents Strategize for a FCAT

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During Black History Month

Free Posters andActivity Sheets are available

In celebration of Super Bowl
Weekend and Black History Month,
100 Black Men of Jacksonville,
Chit Chat Communications and the
Project Reach Foundation spon-
sored C. Morrison Presents..."After
The Party, What's The Plan?" Sym-
posium Series 2005, How To Fund
Your Dream.
The symposium took place at

Project PASS (Parents And Stu-
dents Succeeding) program that
takes place every Saturday morning
in the month of January & Febru-
ary; preparing parents and students
for the FCAT. "We called this
Saturday's program the 'Super
Bowl FCAT'," said Reginald
Brown, Executive Director of Pro-
ject Reach. "Although there were

Mattie V. Rutherford School during, many activities to attend during the
the Project Reach Foundation's weekend of Super Bowl, these par-

State Literacy Grants Available
Governor Jeb Bush today opened the application process for organiza-
tions seeking literacy grants through the Governor's Family Literacy
Initiative. The grants further family literacy programs statewide and en-
hance accountability, two of the goals of the Volunteer Florida Founda-
tion.which oversees Governor Bush's family and education initiatives.
Grants will be awarded to organizations with programs focused on
teaching reading skills to parents and their young children. Existing
literacy programs are eligible to apply for full grants up to $50,000. The
Governor's Family Literacy Initiative will continue its mini-grant pro-
gram, which awards $5,000 grants to assist start-up literacy programs,
with support from GE Power Systems. Applications will be accepted
through March 31, 2005. Recipients will be announced in June.'
For more information or to obtain a grant application, visit

ents and students showed how seri-
ous they were about preparing for
the FCAT. There were over 200
students and 75 parents that partici-
pated this weekend, which was
The program consisted of Rever-
end Michael C. Edwards of Taber-
nacle Baptist Church, Soloman
'Jennings, Publisher of School Dayz
Magazine and Sulfur 8 Entertain-
ment's R&B artist Chello, who also
performed a few songs from his
album. The three men spoke about
their careers and entrepreneurial
endeavors as well as played black
history trivia with the audience.
Door prizes were provided, by
V101.5 & 92.7 WJBT FM.
At the end of the program Bonnie
Atwater, Coordinator for the FCAT
spoke about the importance of the
FCAT and the preparation that goes
into it.
Reverend Michael C. Edwards
stated, "The plan is to have a plan",
which is what the parents and stu-
dents that were in attendance ap-
peared to be devising." .

In its tradition of celebrating
Black History Month in February,
Publix Super Markets launched its
My Recipe for Living, My History
campaign to honor African Ameri-
cans for their commitment and con-
tributions to their communities and
abroad through their food.
"At Publix, we realize that food
plays a significant role in shaping
our shared culture and our history,"
said Brenda Reid, Manager of Me-
dia & Community Relations at Pub-
lix. "During this month, we're
pleased to be in a position to share
the stories of each of these notable
individuals with our customers.
American culture is very rich in
stories of food and family recipes
passed down through the genera-
tions.We hope through these stories
that our customers will be encour-
aged to explore the importance of
food in their own family histories."
During the Living History cam-
paign, African Americans from
across the South shared their per-
sonal "recipes for living". The
Campaign will feature Leah Chase

(Dooky Chase Restaurant, New
Orleans), Thelma Grundy
(Thelma's Kitchen, Atlanta), Eliza-
beth Omilami (Hosea William's
Feed the Hungry Foundation, At-
lanta) and Joe Randall (Joe Ran-
dall's Cooking School, Savannah,
Ga.) While in store, customers can
experience the living history of
each honoree through signs promi-
nently posted in the windows.
As a part of its commitment to
education, Publix is providing com-
plimentary activity sheets and post-
ers of those featured in the cam-
paign to more than 700 elementary
schools throughout the Southeast.
These materials will provide an
opportunity for students to learn
about the important cultural contri-
butions of these community cham-
pions, as well as inspire each stu-
dent to develop their own recipe for
living. Teachers may order a class-
room set of these materials by e-
mailing Stella.Smith(Imail.publix.com
while supplies last.
"In celebrating the contributions
of each of these important people,

we are optimistic that the customers
and students in our communities
will explore and embrace the sig-
nificance of food in shaping our
culture," Reid added. "Whether it's
through a secret family recipe or a
celebration with food, we hope that
this campaign encourages everyone
to recognize and enjoy the foods
that are most meaningful in shaping
their family histories.o

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Saint Thomas
Missionary Baptist
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
to attend all services.

First Timothy Holds
Lenten Biblical
Study Wednesdays
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
into the person He created you to
be? If so, please be our guest for an
insightful Biblical Study entitled
"40 Days of Purpose Finding
Purpose In Life".
Biblical Study continues on
Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m.
through March 16"h.

AF mi hatPrays
':~r, Stays.
Together. Worship
at the Church of
Your Choice With
Your Family.

ML Moriah AME Honors Senior Members

The Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Senior Members that were
honored for many years of service are pictured (left to right) Sis. Estelle Bannister, Sis.
Mary B. Williams, Sis. Carrie Brown, Sis. Lela Riggins, Bro. Jesse Spencer (son of Sis.
Nellie Walker, 102-year-old absent honoree), Sis. Loretta Marshall, Sis. Bertha Sabb, Sis.
Nettie Jennings, Rev. Martha Williams, and Sis. Emily Wesley. -Photo by Rhonda Silver

Text & Photos by Rhonda Silver
The Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church honored the
faithful service of it's senior members, many who
have been attending Mt. Moriah for up to fifty (50)
years. Flowers, a plaque, and a cash award were
presented to each honored member.
The sermon, delivered by guest minister, Rev.
Vernon Washington, was a tailor made reference to
Psalm 91:12, "A Voice from the Wilderness." Rev.
,,cWashington sited ievtets, people and places that

blazed a trail for freedom that Blacks enjoy today,
and asked that we honor the courageous efforts of
our ancestors with dignity and pride.
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." I will say
of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my
God, in whom I trust."
Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church is located at 99 Oak
Street, in Jacksonville; Rev. G. C. DeSue Sr. is the
presiding officer:' '"

Monday at 5 PM each week, is the DEADLINE for submitting your Church, Community
and Social News to the Free Press. You may FAX to: 765-3803; Email to JFree Press@AOL
.Com; or deliver to JFP Office, 903 West Edgewood Ave. (across from Lake Forest School.

NBC to Present lax
Marriage Conference
The Congress of Christian
Education, an auxiliary of the
National Baptist Convention, USA
Inc. (NBCUSA) will hold the
CBC's inaugural Married Couples
Conference, "Marriage Matters: It's
God's Will" at the Adams Mark
Hotel in Jacksonville, February 24-
26, 2005. This conference is
designed for married couples of all
The conference is designed to
strengthen and affirm marriage and
to solidify the home. Workshops
will present the exploration of
biblically based information con-
cerning various aspects of a
Christian marriage. Timely topics
include: commitment, communi-
cation, intimacy, health, finances,
parenting, and marriage ministries.
"Marriage is still sacred, even in
today's society. Though they may
face a host of challenges, couples
can endeavor to uphold their
commitment through the study of
God's word," states Dr. R. B.
Holmes, president of the NBCUSA.
"Our conference offers numerous
opportunities to fortify the bonds
between husbands and wives who
are willing to invest in their
marriage through spiritual develop-
ment. These couples will reap the
rewards of a successful marriage."
The National Baptist Congress
of Christian Education is a school
with a curriculum that focuses on
informing by offering meaningful,
well-planned, creative and innova-
For more information on the
National Baptist Congress of
Christian Education's Marriage
Couples Conference, please call
(850) 877-0105.

One Church

One Child
One Church, One Child of
Florida Inc. (OCOC) is a licensed
child placing agency in the State of
Florida. OCOC was designed to
reach out to prospective adoptive
families with particular emphasis
on churches to locate them for the
children in need of permanent
homes. Since 1988, OCOC has
expanded to include recruitment,
training, approval and retention of
both adoptive and foster families.
OCOC strives to familiarize
church congregations with children
waiting to be adopted or in need of
a foster home; To identify families
in each Church willing to adopt or
to foster; To provide support
services to adopting and fostering
families and children through
training, communications and
location of resources; and, To
decrease the time children are in
foster care waiting to be placed
with families to call their own.
You can obtain more informa-
tion about One Church, One Child
from the OCOC of Florida, Claude
Pepper Bldg., Room 806, 111 West
Madison St., Tallahassee Florida,

5V Annual Miss Teen
Christian Pageant
The 5th Annual Miss Teen
Christian Pageant has been set for
June 25, 2005 according to pageant
coordinator, Shenita N. Johnson.
The pageant, sponsored by the First
NMissionarn Baptisi Church of
Jacksonville Beach, is open to
young ladies 15-19 years of age.
For more information or to
receive an application, please call
Ms. Johnson at (904) 241-9529.

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

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church


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 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.


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"

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.
TVMinistry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (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.


Pam crto --Tan onA. L. 'Hiilltwam 0 S., D. M:inL
S1880 WesmtEdgewrood Avexnue Jacksronville, Florida 32208

"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 am.-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.
Visit our web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

"Welcome to Jacksonville

Where People Care About People"
Sermon Sunday, February 20th
8:25 a.m., 10:45 a.m.,'6:00 p.m.
It's Time To Visit With Us!
SExciting Children and Youth Ministries
SPreaching Hope and Faith to Fulfill God's Destiny.

Jim Raley
Sunday, February 27th @ 6:00 p.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

February 17-23, 2005

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Greater Macedonia holds

29th Anniversary Service

for Dr. Landon Williams

Sisters Connect Honors "Most Extraordinary Women"

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Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr.
The Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 West Edgewood
Avenue will conclude the celebra-
tion of Dr. Landon L. Williams
Sr.'s 29h Anniversary, at 11 a.m.
on Sunday, February 20, 2005.
The speaker for the closing
service will be Pastor Kelly Brown
of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
The public, Pastors and their
congregations are invited.

Dr. John D. Perry II

Greater Grant
Memorial AME Boy
Scouts to dCeebrate
95th Anniversary
The Boy Scout and Cub Scout
Troop, Number 175, of Greater
Grant Memorial AME Church,
located on Gilchrist at Sibbald Rd.,
invites the community to join them
as they celebrate their 95th Troop
Anniversary on Sunday, February
20, 2005 at the 11 a.m. Worship
The Scoutmaster is Bro. Robert
T. Bradley, who is assisted by Bro.
Herman Floyd. Bro. Bradley stated
"we are truly ecstatic about this
auspicious occasion and pray that
you will share this fellowship with
All former scouts, their families
and friends are especially invited.



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Pastor Kelly Brown
The Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church has honored their beloved
pastor with a banquet and com-
memorative services in appre-
ciation of his 29 years of service
and dedication.
Former Greater Macedonia Bap-
tist Church members, friends and
the community will be welcomed
to join them on this occasion.

Perry II, well known for his
community outreach efforts, has
authored a book, "Black Pearls: A

Treasure of Life's Wisdom". He
will appear at Gospel World, 3000
Dunn Ave., on Saturday, February
26, 2005, for book signing from
12noon to 3 pm.
Dr. Perry's book is a unique
and refreshing look at topics that
will enhance the reader's personal
and spiritual life.

An avid community activist,
Dr. Perry is the recipient of the
Winn Dixie Foundation's Good
Citizenship Award.

Iota Phi Theta Selects
Conference Site
.,Mlo,s PhiahetFraternity ,nc.
has selected Columbus, OH as the
city to host its bi annual national
meeting. The 30th National Con-
clave will be held on July 19 24,
2005 at the Hyatt on Capitol
Square in the heart of downtown
Columbus. This is the first time
the national meeting will take
place in the Ohio Valley Region
of the Fraternity. In addition to
handling the business of the. Fra-
ternity, the 2005 National Con-
clave will consist of an array of
workshops and seminars geared to
build, and equip the men of Iota
Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. to retain
our purpose, which is to continue
"The Development and Perpetua-
tion of Scholarship, Leadership,
Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brother-
hood among Men."
During the week of the national
conclave, events will include:
personal finance and home own-
ership workshops, an Iota Poetry
Slam, and a Golf Scramble. Iota
Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was
founded on September 19, 1963 at
Morgan State University in Balti-
more, Maryland. Today, Iota Phi
Theta Fraternity, Inc. consists of
over 200 chapters located in 40
States and the District of Colum-

tional Association of African-
American Music Foundation
(IAAAMF) traditionally hosts the
Spirit Awards Luncheon during the
NBA All-Star Weekend, but due to
an overwhelming response from
sponsors, guests and past honorees,
the efforts were expanded to

Continued from front
heads African-American Ima
a group that publishes and dis
utes books that promote self-este
collective values, and skill deve
ment. "America has designed a
male teaching style. There is a
sibility that a male can go K-8 [f
kindergarten to eighth grade]
never experience a Black teacher
That also troubles Robert L
ons, dean of the School of Ed
tion at Florida A&M University.
"Whenever we have the oppo
nity, we talk to the legislatures
school superintendents asking t]
to make teaching more attractive
the male. We don't get much
sponse," he says. "This has bei
trend in education for a long ti
Before the 1980s, most educ
Blacks were in teaching. This
when we couldn't go into any o
occupations, but as soon as o
ocGupations-opened.-upy-, ack-
left and went into professions
felt made more money."
In 2004, there was a large
between male and female teach
according to the National Center
Education Statistics (NCES). Of
6.2 million teachers, approxima
4.5 million (71 percent) \
women and 1.7 million (29 perc
were men. Of all teachers, only
million (8 percent) were Black.
"Since 1954 there has been a
percent decline in Black teacher
Kunjufu, who wrote the four-b
series, Countering the Conspirac
destroy Black boys, said. The I
city of African-American teac
hampers the normal development
Black males, Kunjufu argues.
Kunjufu says the lack of posi
male role models may even I
their ability to excel personally
Kunjufu says, "Thirty-two per
of our children have their fathe
the home. Girls have their mo

First Baptist Church

89 St. Francis Street St. Augustine, FL
(904) 824-6590

9:30 A.M.

9:30 A.M.

11:00 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

7:45 P.M.

include the NFL Superbowl
festivities in Jacksonville. The
IAAAMF, with WJBT Radio
Personality DeDe McGuire of the
nationally syndicated Doug Banks
Morning Show hosted the
afternoon of entertainment and
empowerment entitled "Sisters
Connect The 7th Annual Chic

Boutique Spirit Awards Luncheon"
at the Jacksonville Museum of
Modern Art (JMOMA) on Saturday
of Superbowl Weekend.
The honorees included nation-
ally-syndicated radio diva Deja'
Vu, Melanie Few of Results Inc.,
Ju'Coby Pittman Peele, president

of Ch

as a role model, but more than half gressive president of a university
of boys have no one. Another prob- would make sure seniors mentor G
lem is that many mothers raise their younger classmen." A
daughters and love their sons. They Lemons agrees.
ges, teach their daughters to be more "Education is friendlier to females
tr- responsible and more focused." than males. Those students that do ro
eem' According to the Census, the better in school are students that Co
lop- number of female-headed homes is pay attention. Females are more tio
fe- higher than 32 percent. In the Black predisposed to do that better. I'm o
pos- community, 44 percent of homes are afraid that the other things outside nie
rom headed by a woman, 23.4 percent in of school have a much stronger pull
and the Hispanic community, 13.2 per- on men," he said. in
r.51 fort
cent in the Asian community and 12 Kunjufu says there is no time to f
em- percent in the White community. focus on what we can't change. e
uca- In six year's the number of fe- "We need to point out that there fess
male-headed households in the are .1 million brothas competing for
rtu- Black community jumped by 14 seven full-time jobs in the NBA, thr
and percent. In 1999, 30.1 percent of only 22 rappers are really getting Aw
hem households were headed by women, paid, and drug dealers don't have a
for in 2000, 29.7 percent, in 2001, 28.7 retirement plan," he said Sta
re- percent, in 2002, 28.8 percent and in Although there are currently lute
en a 2003, 29.7 percent of households 200,000 more women in college you
ime. were run by women. than men, at one time men outnum- age
ated Many feel that these numbers are bered women on university cam- nes
was a direct correlation to the achieve- puses. The census reports that in annt
other ment of Black students and accord- 1950 there were almost 226,000 n
ter ing to statistics, more men in college than women.
men- In 200TI,there lightTiy~mff~r 51- len years later, that number de- Tra
they lege aged meri than women. The creased but men-still out numbered repr
Census reports that there were 14.3 women by nearly 116,000.
gap million men and 13.6 million In 1989 things changed. During grar
hers, women between 18 and 24 years this school year, the number of fe- pan"
rfor Roaa
foe old. HBCU campuses did not fol- male students jumped, surpassing Roa
low that trend. During that year, the men by six percent. In 1989 there in
Ltely total fall enrollment in HBCUs was were 1,051,344 students in col- non
vere 289,985, according to the National lege-559,648 (53 percent) were
:ent) Center for Education Statistics women and 491,696 (47 percent) Awi
(NCES). Women made up 177,111 were men. Since then, the gap in rai
(61 percent) and men 112,874 (39 male and female enrollment has exe(
a 6 percent) of that total-a difference continued to increase, especially at gov
e," of 64,237 (22 percent). HBCUs. plifi
ytook Kunjufu believes that early inter- According to Kunjufu, unless our de
y vention is key. community embraces Black men, the
au- "I still believe that it's best to their future is dismal. the
hers correct the problem K-12 [from kin- "In 1980, there were 100,000 busi
it of dergarten to 12th grade]. How are brothas incarcerated. In 2005 there E
you going to feed the college com- is 1.5 million. The million dollar Aw:
iive munity if you don't develop stu- question becomes can the Black prer
imit dents before they get to college?" he community survive if one of three of than
and asks. "Older students could mentor our men is involved somehow in the earn
younger students and plant seeds. penal institution. The answer is no, has
cen Most brothas don't have mentors, so we need to start protecting these dem
their even on college campuses. A pro- brothers."

'The Jlorida Democratic:

Party Celebrates

SBlack tlistory tMonth

CEO of the historic Clara
e Mission; Dawn Lopez of
-47 Morning News; and
resswoman Corrine Brown.
'his dynamic and diverse
nbly of women is the essence
lic Boutique," DeDe McGuire

conference Seeks
ward Nominees
'he National Black Business
fessionals and Entrepreneurs
iference is seeking nomina-
Is for the acknowledgement
leading Black-owned compa-
s and industry professionals.
ididates may be nominated
five categories with entry
ns available at our confer-
e website: blackbusinesspro-
nominations will be accepted
ough February 29, 2005.
ard categories are:
young Executive "Rising
r of the Year" Award: Sa-
s the accomplishments of a
ng man, or woman under the
of 40 who has been in busi-
s less than five years with
ual revenues of no more than
BPE ""The Road' Less
Iveled" Award:-.This honor
*esents the spirit of The
PE organization and is
ited to an individual or com-
y who dares to take "The
.d Less Traveled" by provid-
goods and/or services in a
-traditional field of business.
)nyxx Business Trailblazer.
ard: The Onyxx Business
ilblazer Award is given to an
cutive within a company or
ernment agency who exem-
es true commitment and
ication to furthering the ef-
s of leveling the playing for
equal inclusion of Black
ness enterprise.
entrepreneur of the Year
ard: Awarded to an entre-
ieur in business for no less
I five years with annual
lings of $1 million + who
excelled in business and
onstrated contribution to the
ority business community.

PICTURED from left: Ju'Coby Pittman Peele, president and Corrine Brown, Radio Hostess Deja' Vu, Melanie Few, president,
CEO of the historic Clara White Mission; Congresswoman Results Inc., and Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap.

Local Pastor Authors New Book "Black
Pearls: A Treasure of Life's Wisdom"

".Let both sides explore what problems

unite us instead of belaboring those

problems which divide us."
John J. Ktennedy January 20, 1961

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February 2005

AMERICANS have participated in
every major U.S. war, the battle for
integration and for recognition of the
accomplishments of black soldiers
has been a slow process. It wasn't
until after World War II that the U.S.
armed forces became integrated,
under a 1948 executive order by
President Harry S. Truman.
Credit to blacks in the military has
gradually been awarded where due
and where long overdue. We have
pulled out just a few historical black
regiments that exemplify the strug-
gles and the contributions by African
Americans in the armed forces be-
fore integration.
The 54th Massachusetts
ONE OF the first black units to
join the Union forces in the Civil
'War, the Fifty-Fourth had the eyes
of the nation upon it. The company,
which was largely composed of
freed black slaves from various
northern states, earned its fame in
the July 18, 1863, battle at Battery
Wagner. It was assigned the chal-
lenge of leading the assault on this
Confederate fort, which was located
on an island near Charleston South
Although the unsuccessful attack
resulted in heavy casualties, the cou-
rageous act of one member of Com-
pany. C. brought the .Fift)-Fourth
atletr~ad. uttenfioi 'During the
battle, the unit managed to briefly


capture a small section of the bat-
tery. The unit's leader, Col. Robert
Gould Shaw, however, was fatally
wounded in the process. Seeing that
the color sergeant was down, Sgt.
William H. Carney risked his life to
take the flag and lead the troops to
the parapet, upon which he planted
the colors. When the soldiers were
given the order to retreat, Carney
again took the flag while facing
heavy fire, before falling back. He
was severely wounded by two bul-
lets during the battle but survived to
become the first African American
to be presented a Congressional
Medal of Honor, on May 23, 1900.
Buffalo Soldiers
AFTER the Civil War. Congress
authorized the creation of six segre-

gated black regiments to serve in the
peace-time army, under white offi-
cers. The Ninth and Tenth Calvaries
and the 38th through 41st Infan-
tries-all composed of. African-
American soldiers- were thus
The new cavalries were mainly
stationed in the Southwest and the
Great Plains, where it was their re-
sponsibility to build forts and main-
tain order in a frontier overrun by
outlaws and occupied by Native
Americans battling land-grabbing
intruders. The black troops earned
the nickname "Buffalo Soldiers"-as
much for their ability in battle as for
their dark skin-from the Cheyenne
The men of the Ninth and Tenth
Cavalries further proved their abili-
ties in the Spanish-American War
and in guarding the Mexican border.
Members of both regiments fought
in Cuba, participating in the battle at
San Juan Hill. The Tenth also served
under General John J. Pershing in
the expedition against Mexican re% o-
lutionary Pancho Villa. In 1941, the
two regiments merged to form the
Fourth Cavalry Brigade, which xwas
led by the army's first African-
American general, Benjamin 0.
Davis Sr.., and would exist for onl\
three years before all horse cavalry)
regiments were disbanded.
The Tuskegee Airmen
War II, African Americans were


putting increased pressure on the
government to make conditions
more equal for blacks in the armed
forces. Still reluctant to integrate the
military, the government took a step
forward in 1941 by creating the first
all-black military aviation program,
at the Tuskegee Institute in Ala-
bama. The action received a great
deal of criticism from black Ameri-
cans who were outraged by their
continued segregation.
In May 1943, the first group of
Tuskegee-trained pilots was sent to
North Africa to join the Allied
forces. They were headed by Capt.
Benjamin O. Davis Jr., who would
later become the first African-
Ameiican Air Force general. The
accomplishments made by the 99th
Fighter Squadron, especially in it's
collaboration with the all-white 79th
Fighter Group in October 1943,
helped pave the way for integration
in the Air Force.

'Gihe HAl9SLEl

Originally called the New Negro
Movement, the Harlem Renais- .,- I
sance was a literary and intellec- \ I
tual flowering that fostered a new
black cultural identity in the '
1920s and 1930s. Critic and
teacher Alaine Locke described it A
as a "spiritual coming of age" in
which the black community was
able to seize upon its "first
chances for group expression and
self determination."
With racism still rampant and
economic opportunities scarce, creative expression was
one of the few avenues available to African Americans in
the early twentieth century. 'Chiefly literary, the birth of
jazz is generally considered a separate movement-the
Harlem Renaissance, according to Locke, transformed
"social disillusionment to race pride."
Perfect Timing
The timing of this coming-of-age was perfect. The years
between World War I and the Great Depression were
boom times for the United States, and jobs were plentiful
in cities, especially in the North. Between 1920 and 1930,
almost 750,000 African Americans left the South, and
many of them migrated to urban areas in the North to take
advantage of the prosperity- and the more racially toler-
ant environment. The Harlem section of Manhatten,
which covers just three square miles, drew nearly 175,000
African Americans, turning the neighborhood into the larg-
est concentration of black people in the world.
Literary Roots
Black-owned magazines and newspapers flourished, free-
ing African Americans from the constricting influences of
mainstream white society. Charles S. Johnson's Opportu-
nity magazine became the leading voice of black culture,
and W.E.B. DuBois's journal, The Crisis, with Jessie Red-
mon Fauset as its literary editor, launched the literary ca-
reers of such writers as Arna Bontemps, Langston
Hughes, and Countec Cullcn.
Other luminaries of the period included writers Zora
Neale IHurston, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Rudolf
Fisher, Wallace Thurman, and Nella Larsen. The move-
mcent was in part given definition by two anthologies:
James Weldon Johnson's The Book qfdlmerican ./Vegro
Potlryl and Alain Locke's The /Vew. Vegro.
l The white literary establishment soon became fascinated with
the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and began publish-
ing them in Ilarger numbers. But for the writers them-
selves, wider acceptance by the white world was of secon-
dary importance, as Langston Hughes put it, to the
"expression of our individual dark-skinned selves."

1. "All the courage and competitiveness of Jackie Robinson affects
me to this day. If I patterned my life after anyone it was him, not
because he was the first black baseball player in the majors but be-
cause he was a hero."
2. "I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only
thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who be-
lieve in me. We all have to take defeats in life."
3. "Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and
the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise."
4. "Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know (reply when asked
what jazz is)."
5. "Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
6. "People pay for what they do. People pay for what they do, and
still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And
they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead."
7. "If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we
accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to
salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance







Since the Civil War, much of the
concern over civil rights in the
United States has focused on efforts
to extend these rights fully to Afri-
can Americans. The first legislative
attempts to assure African Ameri-
cans an equal political and legal
status were the Civil Rights Acts of
1866, 1870, 1871, and 1875. Those
acts bestowed upon African Ameri-
cans such freedoms as the right to
sue and be sued, to give evidence,
and to hold real and personal prop-
erty. The 1866 act was of dubious
constitutionality and was reenacted
in 1870 only after the passage of the
14th Amendment. The fourth Civil
Rights Act attempted to guarantee to
the African Americans those social
rights that were still withheld. It pe-
nalized innkeepers, proprietors of
public establishments, and owners of
public conveyances for discriminat-
ing against African Americans in
accommodations, but was invali-
dated by the Supreme Court in 1883
on the ground that these were not
properly civil rights and hence not a
field for federal legislation.
After the Civil Rights Act of 1875
there was no more federal legislation
in this field until the Civil Rights
Acts of 1957 and 1960, although'
several states passed their own civil-
rights laws. The 20th-century strug-
gle to expand civil rights for African

and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything..
That smacks of discrimination or slander."
8. "You're either part of the solution or part of the problem."
9. "Life is short, and it's up to you to make it sweet."
10. "You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see
how a slave was made a man."
11. "It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this
sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others. .
One ever feels his twoness,-an American, a Negro; two souls, two
thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one
dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn
12. "I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I
want "She did it."
13. "The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every
child; it is whether we can afford not to."
14. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin
in the sun?


Americans has involved the National ited discrimination for reason of rights. The Civil Rights Act of 1968

Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, the Congress of
Racial Equality, the Urban League,
the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, and others. The civil-
rights movement, led especially by
Martin Luther King, Jr., in the late
1950s and 60s, and the executive
leadership provided by President
Lyndon B. Johnson, encouraged the
passage of the most comprehensive
civil-rights legislation to date, the
Civil Rights Act of 1964; it prohib-

color, race, religion, or national ori-
gin in places of public accommoda-
tion covered by interstate commerce,
i.e., restaurants, hotels, motels, and
theaters. Besides dealing with the
desegregation of public schools, the
act, in Title VII, forbade discrimina-
tion in employment. Title VII also
prohibited discrimination on the
basis of sex.
In 1965 the Voting Rights Act was
passed, which placed federal observ-
ers at polls to ensure equal voting

dealt with housing and real estate
discrimination. In addition to con-
gressional action on civil rights,
there has been action by other
branches of the government. The
most notable of these were the Su-
preme Court decisions in 1954 and
1955 declaring racial segregation in
public schools unconstitutional, and
the court's rulings in 1955 banning
segregation in publicly financed
parks, playgrounds, and golf

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Wal-Mart Brings Buffalo Soldiers

to the Forefront of Black History

In celebration of Black History
Month 2005, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
is sponsoring a multi-dimensional
educational program honoring the
Buffalo Soldiers, African Ameri--
cans who served in the segregated
units of the American military from
1866 to 1948. The program heralds
under-recognized heroes of Afri-
can-American history who have
contributed in profound and lasting
ways to American life.
The program's centerpiece is a
documentary: The Invisible Men of
Honor: The Legend of the Buffalo
Soldiers. The film tells the story of
the important yet unheralded role
these all-black regiments played in
the American expansion into the
West as well as their valiant service
in numerous wars and conflicts
including World War I, World War
II and the Korean Conflict. Nar-
rated by actor Tim Reid, the story
~fthe Bi-l1tiei%,sis" llh t~d"" '
with firsthand accounts of the ex-
periences and observations of 20th

NFL Makes

Historic Inroads

in February
y Cleveland Browns
coach Romeo
Crennel is all
P -^ smiles as he an-
swers questions
during a news
conference, in
Berea, Ohio. Fresh
Crennel from winning a
third Super Bowl
title as New England's defensive
coordinator, Crennel was intro-
duced last week as coach of the
Browns. Crennel is the llth full-
time coach in Browns history and
the team's first black coach.
Fowler May
Be NFL's
First Black
Fowler Former National
Football League linebacker Reggie
Fowler became the first black
owner of an NFL club, reaching an
agreement to purchase the Minne-
sota Vikings.
Vikings owner Red McCombs
announced that he reached an
agreement to sell the team to
Fowler, a deal reportedly worth at
least 625 million dollars.
McCombs bought the club in 1998
for 246 million dollars.
In a league where 70 percent of
players are black, management
jobs for blacks remain relatively
few and blacks in" head coaching
posts have become common only
in recent years. Ownership was an
unconquered hurdle until now.
"Being black didn't play a big
part in me wanting to buy this
team," Fowler said. "As James
Brown said, 'I'm black and I'm
proud,' but that didn't play part in
wanting to buy an NFL team.
"I can tell you that the price
wasn't discounted because of it."
The deal, almost certain to be.
approved by league owners in the
off-season, puts the 46-year-old
Arizona businessman and former
Cincinnati Bengals defender in
select company as a minority
owner in American team sports.

century veterans.
Capt. Paul Matthews, founder
and curator of the National Buffalo
Soldiers Museum in Houston,
Texas, which contributed substan-
tially to development of the pro-
gram, feels, "This program will
help elevate Buffalo Soldiers to the
place of honor they deserve in
American history. It is a recogni-
tion that is long overdue and we're
glad Wal-Mart stepped to the fore-
front in making it possible."
The documentary will have its
network debut on TV One Thurs-

Must Have Books for the

African- American Home Library



day February 17 at 8 PM (EST) It
will air subsequently in May and
November in honor of Memorial
Day and Veterans Day and will
also be available on-demand.
The documentary is being sup-
ported by a website
and study guide. The website fea-
tures an on-line registry and links
that allow visitors to easily access
information helpful to genealogical

The study guide is designed for
use by students in grades five
through 12. Dr. Regina E. Spellers,
who developed the study guide for
Wal-Mart, holds a doctorate in in-
tercultural and organizational
communication and has developed
curriculum materials, served on
advisory boards and consulted with
charter elementary schools and
nonprofit organizations nationwide.
Steve Clay, a noted African-
American artist who frequently
depicts African and Native Ameri-
can themes in his work, was com-
missioned to create poster art hon-
oring the soldiers. A frameable
reproduction of the poster appears
in the February issue of American
Legacy magazine. Website visitors
can also order copies of the poster,
which will be available for free
while quantities last.
"Our goal was to help develop a
comprehensive program that cele-
brates African-American history
and the men and women who made
that history by honoring their con-
tributions in a way that is meaning-
ful to contemporary society," said
Bob Connolly, executive vice
president marketing and consumer
communications, Wal-Mart Stores
Division. "We are proud to make
this investment in the telling of
such a significant story."

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You: The True Martin Luther King,
Jr. by Michael Eric Dyson, Narra-
tive of the Life of Frederick Doug-
las, The Miseducation of the Negro
by Carter G. Woodson, Autobiogra-
phy of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest
Gaines, Up From Slavery by
Booker T. Washington, Autobiog-
raphy of An Ex-Colored Man by
James Weldon Johnson, Assata
Shakur (autobiography), Angela
Davis: An Autobiography, The
Women of Brewster Place by Glo-
ria Naylor, Devil In A Blue Dress
by Walter Mosley, Fences by Au-
gust Wilson, for colored girls who
have considered suicide when the
rainbow is enuf by Ntozake
Shange, Soledad Brother: Prison
Letters by George Jackson.

Tyran K. Steward
Black History Month has once again rolled around on
the calendar, which typically means that you will be
inundated with information from every angle on all
things black.
There will be television specials and documentaries,
school programs and concerts, speeches and seminars,
rallies and marches and everything else that you can
possibly consider appropriate to commemorate the ex-
traordinary contributions and monumental achieve-
ments by African Americans. African Americans are
sure to pay visits to museums and historic civil rights'
sites where they can visually examine and experience
the history of their people.
existing in Black America.
In celebration of Black History Month and, par-
ticularly, in honor of the literary expressions that have
arisen out of Black America over the years, I thought it

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' Speeches/Essays
The Fire Next Time by
S James Baldwin, Ar'n't I A
Woman by Sojourner Truth,
The Future As I See It by
Marcus Garvey, Letters
from A Birmingham Jail by
Martin Luther King, It's the Ballot
or the Bullet by Malcolm X, I've
Been to the Mountaintop by Martin
Luther King.
(You should have
poetry selections
from the following)
Paul Laurence Dun-
bar, Gwendolyn
Brooks, Amiri Ba-
raka, Claude McKay,
Countee Cullen, Nikki Giovanni,
Gil-Scott Heron, Sonia Sanchez,
Tupac Shakur, Jessica Care Moore,
Audre Lourde, Langston Hughes,
Sterling Brown, George Edward
Tait and Derek Walcott.
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison,
Beloved by Toni Morrison, I Know
Why The Caged Bird Sings by
Maya Angelou, A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansbery, Color Pur-
ple by Alice Walker, Go Tell It On
The Mountain by James Baldwin,
Kindred by Octavia Butler, Souls of
Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois,
Their Eyes Were Watching God by
Zora Neal Hurston, Native Son by
Richard Wright, Poems on Various
Subjects by Phyllis Wheatley,
Roots by Alex Haley, The Autobi-
ography of Malcolm X by Malcolm
X as told to Alex Haley, Race Mat-
ters by Dr. Cornel West, From
Slavery to Freedom by John Hope
Franklin, I May Not Get There With

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would be beneficial to give a list of what I believe to be
the most important titles that every black family should
have in their home library. Of course, whenever you
get a list that is considered to contain the "most impor-
tant" anything, there are sure to be omissions as the list
is arbitrarily assembled and therefore, subjective. How-
ever, these are titles that I am sure that most African-
American historians, scholars and writers should agree
belong in the home library.
I have placed 28 books on the list corresponding
to the number of days in February -Black History
Month. I have also included important essays and
speeches as well as poets whose work we should have
in our possession. Everyone on the list may not be
popular or placed in high esteem. But in an effort to
gather a comprehensive library, it was important for me
to not pander to what was popular. To be certain, there
are not any safe, "keep-every-Negro-smiling" picks.

P 1 M I

The Do's and Don'ts of Better Dining


By MaryAnn J. Francis
I saw an interesting cartoon the
other day. It was a picture of a
mother dining in a fine restaurant
with her son. Like most young peo-
ple, he was probably more accus-
tomed to eating burgers and fries at
fast food restaurant rather than sit-
ting at a table being served As the
young man held up his knife and
fork with a perplexed look on his
face, his mother said, "it's a knife
and fork dear. We use them for eat-
That cartoon made me realize
that fast food restaurants have made
a tremendous impact on the way we
dine. But the question is can we

survive outside of the fast food en-
vironment? Are good manners and
dining skills necessary? The answer
is yes?
Developing socially accepted
dining skills is serious business.
Many colleges and universities are
offering courses in business eti-
quette and dining skills as a part of
their curriculum. Some have even
made it a requirement for gradua-
tion. It's a well-known fact that im-
portant employment interviews and
major business deals are often held
during lunch or dinner. A lot of as-
sumptions can be made based on a
person's table manners. Some feel
that the way a person handles him or
herself during a meal is an induction
of their character and how they do
business. It's important to remember
that business meals are for establish-
ing rapport and exchanging infor-
mation, not just for eating.
Good table manners for busi-
ness or social occasions, starts be-
fore the meal begins. If you are
seated with someone that you do not
know, introduce yourself by estab-
lishing eye contact, displaying a
pleasant smile and giving a firm
handshake. You may also want to
practice remembering names. When
appropriate, use them throughout

the conversation. It is said that noth-
ing sounds more pleasant to the ear
than a person's name. Be a good
listener and keep the conversation
light. Topics that are considered
personal, sensitive or inappropriate
are never discussed. Good conversa-
tion often sets the tone for the en-
tire meal.
Here are a few quick tips that
will help your dining experience
more enjoyable. They're not all-
inclusive, but are universally ac-
cepted in any situation, even at fast
food restaurants.
* Nothing.on a table, not even
water, should be touched until eve-
ryone is seated. The host or hostess,
if one is present, begins the meal by
placing the napkin in their lap.
* Napkins, both fabric and paper,
are folded in half and placed on the
lap with the fold close to the waist.
If you have to leave the table, leave
it in your seat, it tells the wait staff
that you will return to the table.
* Meals are usually served in the
following manner: appetizer, soup
and/or salad, entree or main course
and dessert. It is recommended that
you use this same sequence when
serving yourself from a buffet.
* As with seating, wait until eve-

ryone at the table is served before
you begin eating each course.
* Solid foods, like bread, are al-
ways on your left. Liquids, like bev-
erages, are always on the right.
* The correct way to eat bread or
a roll is to break off a small piece at
a time. Never bring the entire piece
to your mouth and bite into it.
* When using eating utensils,
start from the outside and work your
way in for each course. If a piece
should fall to the floor, leave it and
ask for a replacement. If in doubt,
follow the direction of your host,
hostess or from someone at the table
who seems to know a little bit more
than you.
* It is very polite to thank your
wait staff when being served. Peo-
ple who wait on you deserve respect
and courtesy. Many dining habits
that we've formed over the years ,
even though comfortable, are some-
times considered unacceptable. In
certain cultures, these habits are
very offensive. The one thing that
remains constant, however, is our
desire to do things in a way that is
socially acceptable and does not
cause us embarrassment. Remember
these few quick tips and you'll be
comfortable in any dining situation.

Atlanta Welcomes African-American

Family Reunion Conference
The 14th National African-American Family Reunion Conference will
take place at the Hilton Atlanta, March 4-6. Three days bf workshops.
panel discussions and events will address topics from budgeting, itiner-
aries, utilizing local resources and social issues such as caring for elder
family members and preserving family history. A special panel discus-
sion on family reunion planning will be moderated by Edith Wagner,
publisher of Reunions Magazine.
Family reunions have become big business in Ailanta, especially in
the African-American market. In
1990, the ACVB implemented a strate-
gic marketing campaign to attract Afri-
can-American tourists. Atlanta was
named the number one destination for
African-American travelers by the
Travel Industry Association of Amer- -. -
ica and the top city for African- i
Americans to live, work and play by
Black Enterprise in 2004 Home of the
Nlartin Luther King. Jr. National His-
toric Site. the annual National Black
Arts Festival. the largest conglomeration of historically black colleges
and universities and a top destination for African-American family reun-
ions. Atlanta has preserved and supported the components that make it
an attractive destination for heritage tourism.
To enhance offerings for the African-American and family reunion
markets, the ACVB has launched a new Web site.
\x\w.atlantareunions.com. The reunions Web site will provide informa-
tion on ho\w to plan a reunion and put people in contact with an ACVB
representative that can assist in the planning process.
For more information on planning a family reunion in Atlanta or to
register for the African American Family Reunion Conference, please
contact Lydia Douglas. ACVB manager of small meetings, at Idoug-

Lighten Up Menus with Great Tasting Convenient Seafood

Does lightening up dishes mean you
.... have to sacrifice big flavor?
-W 'Not at all, according to culinary
expert Lena Cutler, who says that
with today's new shelf-stable sea-
g1 ..r, food options, Americans have more
r~ flavorful and convenient seafood to
use in Lenten dishes than ever be-
"For a variety of options, people
.'-looking to replace red meat need
-not look further than the canned and
.. 3 6 pouched seafood aisle," said Cutler.
"Shelf-stable seafood has expanded
from traditional canned tuna to in-
a' clude an array of seafood from
C7 7. F" ,shrimp to smoked salmon."
"And new seafood pouches provide
additional convenience," she added.
These new seafood options are a
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great opportunity for people to experiment with their' source of omega-3.
Lenten menu repertoire, said Cutler. Research has she
"Be creative. Don't get in a menu rut by making the everything from at
same dishes throughout the season. Instead, think of pression. Among
ways you can incorporate seafood into dishes that tradi- undisputed omeE
tionally include meat," she added. "Albacore tuna is "Maintain the he
perfect for this because of its firm texture and large, straight out of the
filet-like pieces." recommends trying
From albacore tuna burgers to tuna enchiladas, pastas rich flavor makes ii
and more, the possibilities are endless. In addition, said McNerney.
salmon or shellfish can easily be added to everyday Chicken of the
salads, pizzas and more for a new twist on family favor- line of pouched she
ites. ters, crab and imi
Sharon McNerney, a registered dietitian, couldn't company's growing
agree more with Cutler that seafood is a great substitute include tuna and sa
for red meat but for another reason. seafood company
"Seafood is much lower in fat and calories," says smoked Pacific salt
McNerney. "It's also a great way to maintain proper For additional r
protein intake when not consuming meat. Some sea- www.chickenofthe,
food such as albacore tuna and salmon, are also a good, .. .'

own omega-3 to prevent or alleviate
arthritis and asthma to acne and de-
all the research, one thing remains
ga-3 is great for the heart.
:alth benefits of seafood by eating it
can or pouch," said McNerney, who
g smoked Pacific salmon. "Its full,
t ideal to eat right out of the pouch,"

Sea recently introduced a complete
ellfish, including shrimp, clams, oys-
tation crab, adding to the seafood
g list of pouched offerings that also
Imon in a foil pouch. In addition, the
is the first national brand to offer
ecipes, ideas and information visit
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Tuna Vegetable Creole
Preparation Time: 20 to 25 min-
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable
% cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh gar-
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes,
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Sz/teaspoon curry powder
teaspoonn thyme, crushed
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups diced zucchini (2 to 3
1 (15.5-ounce) can whole kernel
corn, drained
S/2 cup coarsely chopped green
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
2 (12-ounce) cans Chicken of the
Solid White Albacore Tuna in
Spring Water, drained
3 cups hot cooked rice
In large saucepan, heat oil and
saute onion and garlic until onion is
tender (about 5 minutes). Add to-
matoes, tomato sauce, sugar, salt,
curry powder, thyme, pepper and
bay leaf. Simmer, covered, 15 min-
utes; stir occasionally: Blend in
zucchini, corn and green pepper.
Simmer, covered, 5 to 10 minutes
longer or until vegetables are ten-
der. Meanwhile, combine corn-
starch and water. Stir into vegetable
mixture until well blended. Bring to

boil and cook 1 minute. Gently fold cook until crisp-tender. Gently fold
in tuna; cook until heated through. in shrimp;, stir-fry 1 minute longer.
Remove 'bay leaf. Serve over hot Divide hot rice into bowls. Top
rice. Makes 8 servings. with shrimp stir-fry and drizzle
with teriyaki sauce to taste. Garnish
Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry Bowl stir-fry bowls with cilantro and ses-
Prenaration Time: 20 minutes ame seeds. Makes 2 servings

2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
3 cups fresh or frozen chopped
vegetables, such as colorful bell
peppers, bok choy, celery, broccoli,
red onions, etc.
1 (3.53-ounce) pouch Chicken of
the Sea Premium Shrimp, drained
3 cups hot cooked brown or white
Teriyaki sauce
Chopped fresh cilantro
Sesame seeds
In large skillet, heat oil over
high heat. Saute garlic until golden
brown; add chopped vegetables and

Lemon Fettuccine With
Smoked Salmon
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive.
3 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1/3 cup rehydrated, drained and
julienned sun-dried tomatoes
Juice and zest of 2 small lemons,
/4 cup cold butter cut into pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Ital-
ian parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oreg-
1 (3-ounce) pouch Chicken of the
Sea Smoked Pacific Salmon, flaked
into bite-size pieces
1/2 pound fettuccine, cooked ac-
cording to package directions
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
Grated Parmesan cheese
.Chopped fresh basil
In large skillet, in hot oil, saute
garlic. Add tomatoes and lemon
juice; saute 1 minute longer. Add
cold butter, lemon zest, parsley and
oregano. Stir until butter has melted
and mixture has thickened slightly;
remove from heat. Gently fold in
salmon. Pour salmon-lemon mix-
ture over fettuccine; gently toss
until coated. Sprinkle with pine
nuts, Parmesan cheese and fresh
basil. Makes 2 to 4 servings


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Stats of AIDS Among Blacks Is Epidmlic

AIDS Institute, a national Black
policy organization based in Los
Angeles, recently released its
national report on the state of AIDS
in Black America, titled "The Time
is Now!" The report explains the
politics that have helped shape the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black
America, and our nation's response
to it. It articulates the challenges
faced by Black Americans in
reshaping and ultimately stopping
the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The report speaks to both AIDS
experts and members of the
community who may have just
become aware of the problem and
now need information on how and
where to get involved.
Since opening its doors in 1999,
the Black AIDS Institute has
sponsored numerous projects and
campaigns designed to raise aware-
ness of HIV's differential impact
on African American communities.

HIV/AIDS Testing
Is Offered FREE
Contact: River Region
Human Services at:
713-8967/ 899-6300

A recent RAND Corporation report
made clear, just being aware of a
threat is only the first step to
confronting it.
RAND surveyed African Ameri-
cans about HIV/AIDS and found
widespread belief in "conspiracy
theories" about the origin of the
virus and government efforts to
withhold treatments and cures from
those who are infected.
"These beliefs stem from an
undeniable reality: Public health
has consistently failed Black
America, sometimes deliberately
neglecting its needs, said Black
AIDS 'Institute Executive Director
Phill Wilson. "In this context
conspiracies about HIV persist
because the community has not
been adequately informed about the
actual political, cultural and socio-
economic forces driving the
epidemic. The Black AIDS Insti-
tute is dedicated to giving Black
America the information it needs to
move beyond imagined enemies, so
that we can start fighting our all-
Getting this information out, and
helping African Americans join the
fight, has never been more crucial,
according to The Black AIDS
Institute report. Each year, the
epidemic worsens in Black
African Americans now ac-
count for 54 percent of annual

new infections, though they are
just 13 percent of the population,
and African Americans account
for two-thirds of new AIDS cases
among teens, but are only 15
percent of the national teen
Black women accounted for
72% of all new HIV/AIDs cases
among women in the United States.
Also, studies have shown as much
as a third of Black gay and bisexual
men under the age of 30 may be
HIV positive.
"For Black America, the
moment of truth has arrived," said
Wilson. "If we're going to survive
this epidemic, we are going to have
to gather all of our resources and
marshal them for the struggles that
lay ahead."
According to the report,
"America's response to the domes-
tic epidemic -is growing weaker
each year. From media attention to
government funding for the
programs that HIV-positive African
Americans overwhelmingly turn to
for care and treatment, all signs
show the nation moving on from
the domestic AIDS epidemic.
According to the report, funding
for the primary federal AIDS
program has remained flat for the
last three fiscal years. In fact,
portions of it have been cut.
For the complete report, visit the
website www.blackaids.ore.

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National Baptist Convention, USA
Inc. (NBCUSA) will hold the
CBC's inaugural Married Couples
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God's Will" at the Adams Mark
Hotel in Jacksonville, February 24-
26, 2005. This conference is
designed for married couples of all
The conference is designed to
strengthen and affirm marriage and
to solidify the home. Workshops
will present the exploration of
biblically based information con-
cerning various aspects of a
Christian marriage. Timely topics
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cation, intimacy, health, finances,
parenting, and marriage ministries.
"Marriage is still sacred, even in
today's society. Though they may
face a host of challenges, couples
can endeavor to uphold their
commitment through the study of
God's, word," states Dr. R. B.
Holmes, president of the NBCUSA.
"Our conference offers numerous
opportunities to fortify the bonds
between husbands and wives who.
marriage through spiritual develop-
ment. These couples will reap the
rewards of a successful marriage."
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largest religious denomination of
African American Christians with
7.5 million members. The Conven-
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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
Schauf at 493-7747.
Join a Study Circle
The public is welcome to join
open dialogue and ethnic relations
by joining one of the City of
Jacksonville's sponsored Study
Circles. Each group meets for five
weeks in two weekly sessions to
share stories, experiences and
insights. The participants begin to
see new possibilities and answers
for more inclusive and satisfying
relationships within their
neighborhoods and across our
community. The groups are
forming now. For more
information, contact Bill Davis at
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
Health Symposium
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
will present a Women's Health
Symposium on Saturday, February
19, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. 2:00
p.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel. The
day will include hands on
pedicures, manicures, facials,
make-up and massages. In addition,
participants will receive tips on
obesity, diabetes, high blood
pressure, heart disease and a host of
other related health topics.
Admission is free. For more
information, please call 924-3035

Fish Fry
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.
Nnenna Freelon
In Concert
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.
For more information or tickets,
please call 276-6815.
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
technological developments among
Black families in the community.
Technology Day will include a
Keynote Speaker, Seminars on
computer technology 'and trends in
science and engineering.
Community Organizations,
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-
Tracy Morgan
In Concert
On Friday, February 18, 2005,
UNF will present comic Tracy
Morgan of Saturday Night Live and
the "Tracy Morgan Show" fame.
Also appearing will be John
Heffron from NBC's "Last Comic
Standing". The show will be at the
UNF Arena at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are
available at the UNF Box Office at
Griot Festival
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.

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Children's Choir
Music Workshop
The Jacksonville 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.
Black History
Essay Contest
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
(tmeko76 @ aol.com).
Sisters in the
Spirit Tour
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
Scrabble Soiree
Do you love a good game of
Scrabble or friendly competition?
Learn to Read is inviting the public
to participate in the 7th 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

Democrats Meeting
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.

Marriage Preparation
Class Offered
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.
Jane Elliott Lecture
In celebration of Black History
Month, WJCT will host renowned
educator Jane Elliot in the WJCT
Studios on Tuesday, February 22,.
2005 at 6:00 p.m. Elliott will
present "The Anatomy of
Prejudice," an interactive lecture
designed to expose prejudice and
bigotry. "The Anatomy of
Prejudice" will examine the
negative effects of racism, sexism
and other discriminatory treatment,
and explore shared responsibility
for eliminating them from our
environment and ourselves. The
lecture will be preceded by a
reception at 5 p.m., and will take
place from 6-8 p.m. The event is
open to the public at no charge, but
seating is limited and reservations
are required. Reservations are
available by calling 630-3405.

Masonic SE Regional
Gala Weekend
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.
Women's Heart
Healthy Forum
The Jewish Community
Alliance (JCA) celebrates Heart
Month by presenting a seminar for
women entitled "Woman to
Woman, Heart to Heart." Covered
topics include: What is heart
disease and how does it affect
women? What are the early
warning signs and symptoms of
heart attack for women? The
seminar will be held at the JCA,
8505 San Jose Blvd., on Sunday,
February 27, 2005 at 11:45 a.m.
The program is free open to the
community and there is no charge,
however reservations are a must by
February 23. Contact Beth Fleet at
730 2100 ext. 239 for further

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MLK Luncheon
Dick Gregory, civil rights
activist, social commentator,
comedian, actor, author, and
philosopher, will be the speaker at
UNF's 24th Annual Dr. Martin.
Luther King Jr. Scholarship. The
program will be held at noon on
Thursday, February 24, 2005 at
the University Center. Tickets can
be purchased at the UNF Ticket
Box Office in the UNF Fine Arts
Center at 620-2878.

Native American
Indian Festival
The 14th Annual St. Augustine
Native American Indian Festival
will be held March 4-6. Sponsored
by the Seminole Tribe of Florida,
the event takes place outdoors at
the festival field on Castillo Dr.
next to the Visitors Center in
historic downtown St. Augustine.
The weekend will feature
performances, food, artists and
craft vendors from all parts of
North America. The festival starts
4-9 p.m. on Friday and begins at 10
a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For
more information, please call 940-
Harlem Globetrotters
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 81st
year for the famed troupe. They
were also recently inducted into the,
Basketball Hall of Fame. For
tickets, please call 353-3309.
Friendly Yard Class
On Saturday, March 5, 2005
from 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuff Ave., will host
"Florida Friendly Ideas For Florida
Yards." The emphasis of this
program will be low volume
irrigation and what it means to you
the homeowner. New rules are
coming and you need to know
them. You will also learn the best
Florida Friendly landscape.
practices for spring. Please call to
register 387-8850.

She Speaks
She Speaks, an open mic for
poets, spoken word artists,
musicians, singers will be
presented at the Fuel Caf6, 1037
Park St. on March 1, 2005 8-10
p.m. Local talent wanted for
upcoming paid features. For more
information, please call 502-7444.
Free Early
Literacy Seminar
It's never too early to start
teaching your kids to read. Mark
your calendars for Monday, March
14, 2005 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. as
Dr. Michael A. Sisbarro will
present a state of the art interactive
free parenting seminar focusing on
early literacy, brain involvement,
assessment and intervention
options. A certificate of attendance
will be available by request. Please
RSVP to the JCA at 730-2100 ext.
MOSH Easter
Egg Hunt
MOSH, The Museum of
Science and History, will host an
Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday,
March 19, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. -
1:00 p.m. The annual FREE Easter
Egg Hunt is for children eight years
of age and younger. It will be held
on the Museum grounds and in
adjacent Friendship Park. For more
information, please call the
Bride and Groom
Classic Fare Catering, 1301
Riverplace Blvd., will host a Bride
and Groom Extravaganza at their
Southbank waterfront location on
Sunday, March 13, 2005 from
12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Over 75
wedding professionals will attend,
showcasing everything from
wedding & reception facilities,
catering, photography, floral
services, ice sculpture and formal.
wear. Participants will also enjoy a
tearoom fashion show. Outside
tours will be available on the
Annabelle Lee and Lady St. Johns
riverboats. To keep grooms -to-be
entertained; the event will feature
live music, prizes and a cigar bar.
For more information, please call
354-0076 ext. 212.

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Singer James Brown arrives at the awards, actress Viveca Foxx,, young entertainer Usher performed a duet with James Brown, Rapper Kayne West performs during the gospel segment of the Awards. West per-
formed 'Jesus Walks' and won the Grammy for best rap album. Singers Billy Preston and Norah Jones pose together at the 'Jammin for Ray' Post-Grammy Party for Ray Charles at Spagos in Beverly Hills. (bottom)
Ray Charles's manager Joe Adams (L) accepts the award for Album of the Year by the late Ray Charles as host Queen Latifah raps up the show, Producer Quincy Jones left, embraces Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx) after
their medley 'If I Ain't Got You/Georgia on My Mind', Prince won two Grammys and singer Mya arriving at a post Grammy party.

The Grammys got soul on this
year, honoring Ray Charles with five
posthumous awards, including the
coveted album and record of the year
It marked the first time Charles
ever received the album prize, and
the first time the award has gone to a
deceased artist since John Lennon
won the prize in 1982 for "Double
Charles' career Grammy haul now
stands at 17, tied with bluegrass mu-
sician Alison Krauss and Irish rock-
ers U2 at No. 8 on the all-time list of
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"He's just made his career about
another 50 years longer," said Phil

Ramone, one of the producers of
"Genius Loves Company," which
Charles worked on until a few
months before his death last June at
the age of 73.
The album had been a sentimental
favorite, especially given the Oscar
buzz surrounding Jamie's Foxx's
electric turn as the "genius of soul"
in the movie "Ray."
But the Grammys also delivered
some big shocks. Leading nominee,
rapper Kanye West was snubbed in
most categories, including best new
artist. That prize went to clean-cut
poP b~nd .Malpon5, whose .s.tni\d
members said West deserved the
award equally.

West took the high road, telling
reporters, "I love Maroon5." It was a
far cry from his outburst at the
American Music Awards last No-
vember when he lost the new artist
race to country singer Gretchen Wil-
Grammy organizers, who have
taken a lot of heat over the years for
some dubious choices, have tight-
ened up selection procedures. But
the West oversight, after he released
one of the most acclaimed albums of
2004, could prompt renewed criti-
cism of the event's credibility.
West, who led the field with 10
nominations, ended up with three

awards, including best rap album for
"The College Dropout" and rap song
for "Jesus Walks." U2 and R&B
singer Usher also won three each. It
was a clean sweep for U2, while
Usher had received eight nomina-
Singer/songwriter John Mayer also
seemed a little abashed to win the
song of the year prize, joking that he
planned to give the base of his statu-
ette to R&B singer Alicia Keys, who
won four Grammys, having also
received eight nominations.
Mayer took home two Grammys,
as did jazz pianist Norah Jones, 'one
of Charles' collaborators. Other two-
time winners included country vet-

eran Loretta Lynn, funk musician
Prince, roots rocker Ben Harper and
punk rock trio Green Day, who had
received six nominations.
Charles was nominated seven
times in six categories. The album
also won production awards for ar-
rangement, engineering and surround
sound, bringing its overall tally to
eight out of 10 nominations.
"Genius Loves Company" has
become the biggest of Charles' ca-
reer, selling 2.1 million copies since
its release in September, despite a
liear-total l'a t of radio- airp'lay '"
In addition to album of the year,
Charles won record of the year for

"Here We Go Again," a duet with
Jones. Their song also won the
Grammy for pop collaboration with
Charles won the gospel perform-
ance category for his duet with
Gladys Knight, "Heaven Help Us
All." He also won the pop vocal al-
bum category.
Charles beat himself in the pop
collaboration category, where his
duet with Elton John, "Sorry Seems
To Be The Hardest Word," was also
nominated. In the traditional R&B
vocal race, his collaboration with
B.B'.L King on "Sinner's Prayerflht~t
to Prince's "Musicology."

Ossie Davis 1918 2005
The stars of Hollywood joined
the people of Harlem to bid farewell
to actor and activist Ossie Davis,
filling a Manhattan church with
laughter and tears as a parade of
admirers recalled his integrity, cour-
age and devotion to family.
Friends, fans and family members
crowded into the Riverside Church
for the funeral, gazing at a video
screen bearing his picture that was
hung above an altar.
His wife of 56 years, actress Ruby
Dee, sat in the front row, near where
Davis' coffin stood covered in flow-
ers. Former president Bill Clinton
led a contingent of well-known
mourners, including Spike Lee, Cor-
nel West, Rachel Robinson and out-
going NAACP president Kweisi
"He would have been a very good
president of the United States,"
Clinton said. "I have only this to
say: Like most of you here, he gave
more to me than I gave to him."
Entertainer Harry Belafonte,
Davis' friend for six decades, gave
the eulogy.
"It is hard to fathom that we will
no longer be able to call on his wis-
dom, his humor, his loyalty and his
moral strength to guide us in the
choices that are yet to be made and
the battles that are yet to be fought,"
Belafonte said.
"But how fortunate we were to
have him as long as we did."
It was a fitting send-off for the
acclaimed actor and civil rights ac-
tivist, with rousing music provided

by Wynton Marsalis, a poem from
Pulitzer Prize winner Maya Ange-
lou, and songs from the choir at his
alma mater, Howard University. The
funeral service lasted more than
three hours.
"Ossie was my hero, and he still
is," said Alan Alda, a friend of the
family for 44 years. "Ossie was a
thing of beauty."
Burt Reynolds, his co-star on the
television show Evening Shade,
recalled Davis as a friend who could
make everything seem right. "I want
so badly someday to have his dig-
nity a little of it anyway," Rey-
nolds said.
Davis died Feb. 4 in a hotel room
in Miami Beach, Fla., where the 87-
year-old actor was working on a
film. During his lengthy career,

Musician Wynton Marsalis per-
formed a musical salute to Davis
at the service, Ruby Dee, Davis'
wife of over 57 years and
(bottom right) longtime friend
Harry Belafonte delivered the

Davis worked as an actor, writer,
director and producer, while giving
equal time to the civil rights strug-
Earlier, Dee listened as their
seven grandchildren offered memo-
ries of Davis, ending with a poem
that their grandparents often per-
formed together. Daughter Hasna
Muhammad, inviting mourners to
join their family, pulled out a cam-
era to take a picture of the congrega-
The lights in the church were then
dimmed for a slide show of Davis
and his family, with musical accom-

paniment by his son-in-law. The
crowd burst into applause at the end
of the presentation.
Attallah Shabazz, the daughter of
slain activist Malcolm X, recalled
from the pulpit the famous eulogy
delivered by Davis at her father's
"Harlem has come to bid farewell
to one of its finest hopes," she said,
quoting the man she knew as Uncle
Ossie. "Ditto."
Ninety minutes before the noon
service began, a line stretching sev-
eral blocks had formed outside the
church, filled with children, parents
and grandparents. For the residents
of Harlem, it was a chance to say
goodbye to a friend and neighbor-
hood fixture.
"For as long as I can remember.
.. .

all you had to do is drop the name
Ossie on people, and the knew you
were talking about Ossie Davis,"
said businessman and family friend
Earl Graves. "It's easy to believe
there was only one Ossie who lived
in Harlem."

i Hollywood Gossip Scooop

tic comedy reels in $45.3 million
The man they call Mr. July
proves he can also do big box
office in the lovey-dovey part of
February. "Hitch," starring
S America's de facto summer
blockbuster star Will Smith as a
"Manhattan date doctor," pulled
.-, in $45.3 million over the Valen-
tine's Day weekend, according to
Studio estimates Sunday. Smith's
first-ever romantic comedy
knocked the "Boogeyman" and its $10.8 million week-
end take down to No. 2.
Sony Pictures had the weekend's top three movies
with "Hitch," "Boogeyman" and "Are We There Yet?",
which was No. 3 at $8.5 million. "Million Dollar
Baby" took fourth place with $7.6 million, and the ani-
mated family tale "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" opened at
No. 5 with $6 million.
"Hitch" is the fifth-straight No. 1 debut for Smith,
following "Shark Tale," "I, Robot," "Bad Boys 11" and
"Men in Black II." Those movies all opened in the $46
million to $52 million range.
has had autoimmune condition since his 20s.
*Bernie Mac, the star of Fox's
"The Bernie Mac Show," issued a
statement through his publicist
Thursday that he has sarcoidosis, a
rare autoimmune disease that causes
inflammation of the body's tissues,
most frequently in the lungs.
"I've had sarcoidosis since 1983, .
and it has not altered or limited my -
lifestyle," Mac said in the statement. "No one knows
where sarcoidosis comes from or where it starts, and
there's no known cause for this condition that effects
primarily minorities."
The 46-year-old comedian was hospitalized last
Summer for what initially was described by a Fox rep
as "exhaustion," but has since been revealed by Mac's
spokesman as "double pneumonia which weakened his
lungs and his entire immune system, and the sarcoido-
sis symptoms became pronounced."
'MAMA' PATTI: Labelle in L.A. production of
'Chicago' as Mama Thornton.
*Imagine "Mama" Thornton kicking off her heels
and flapping her arms in the midst of her signature
song in "Chicago." With Patti LaBelle starring in the
L.A. stop of the play's touring company, it just may
"I'm used to just being freestyle on stage and that's
who I am always," LaBelle, 60, tells AP. "So that's why
it was so hard for me to say 'yes' to something that's
going to confine me."

But she did say 'yes' when the opportunity came
along to portray "Chicago's" tough prison matron who
helps two female prisoners beat their murder raps. The
role earned Queen Latifah an Oscar nomination in the
film version produced in 2002.
"'Mama' is who Patti LaBelle really is," she says "I'm
that character behind closed doors, I
S kick everybody's a-- ... I have a lot
Sof personalities. I can be the witch
with a capital 'B.' I can be the nice
little girl, which I really am and
quiet to myself. That's who I really
am, but then that other girl comes
out, I can't control her: 'Priscilla.'
She's bad. She's the one who beats
everybody up and,boy, you're talking (like) a sailor,
sometimes I'm embarrassed."
Watts set to host PAX series 'Lie Detector'.
In some cases, they are the accused in other cases,
they are the accusers. Both will be given a fair shake
on PAX TV's new primetime series, "Lie Detector,"
premiering Tuesday, March 8, 9:00 pm ET/PT.
While the show is hosted by talk show personality
Rolonda Watts ("Inside Edition," "The Rolonda
Show"), the real star of the show is a polygraph ma-
chine, which will be strapped to people and used to
examine the truth behind real-life stories ripped from
the headlines.
Each hour-long episode will present three compel-
ling cases with one common thread they are stories
whose conclusions are unresolved for those who tell
them. Especially intriguing is the saga of Paula Jones,
whose sexual harassment suit against President Clinton
was reignited during the Monica Lewinsky scandal; or
the case of Robert Smitty, who wants to rebut headline-
making charges that he profited from a kidney he do-
nated through an Internet site; and then there is the
fascinating tale of Ben Rowling, who insists he is the
real Harry Potter, and that his famous cousin J.K.
Rowling stole his childhood and profited from it.
After viewers get a firsthand
look at each subject through news
footage and taped interviews, Watts
goes one-on-one with each partici-
pant for an in-depth and candid 7
conversation, giving them an oppor-
tunity to tell their side of the story.
Finally, the moment of truth is
revealed when the guest submits to
a lie detector test administered by Dr. Ed Gelb, a lead-
ing polygraph expert in the field who has polygraphed
such notables as John and Patsy Ramsey and former
LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman, with the very real re-
sults all captured on camera. At the end of each seg-
ment, Watts reveals to our subjects whether they have
been vindicated or branded a liar.

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