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Working to


Legacy of

Malcom X
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Writer Antwone

Fisher Among


Black History

Month Guests
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Things Aren't

Looking Too

Good for

Potential NFL

Owner Fowler
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Stretch Far


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50 Cents

NAACP Requests Meeting on

Grounds SS Plan Harmful
Denouncing President Bush's plan for Social
Security reform as one that would dispropormionatel
hurt blacks, NAACP leaders asked to meet %h ith the
president to discuss the issue, the NAACP chairman
Julian Bond announced during the NAACP's annual '
meeting in New York. He also said he expects to
name the Baltimore-based organization's new\ presi-
dent by July.
"I want someone with the fund-raising ability of .
Bill Gates, with the oratorical ability of Martin Luther King and the man-
agerial ability of someone \hos managed big. big thing-. 'Ucessfully
and done well," said Bond, v. h has repeatedJ\ declined to identify.
potential candidates.
Among married couples, twice as man\ blacks. as whites rely on Social
Security for their entire retirement income, and blacks in their 50s are
twice as likely to become disabled as whites, he said.
But Bush says blacks would stand to benefit from his privatization plan
because, on average, they die earlier than whites and would not have to
wait until retirement to receive benefits.
In other goals for 2005, the association also plans to curb police bru-
tality by setting up watchdog groups, to urge removal of the Confederate
flag from South Carolina's statehouse and to reduce racial disparities in
education and health, Bond said.

Robert R. Merhige Jr., Federal Judge

who Pushed Desegregation, Dies at 86
RICHMOND, Va. Robert R. Merhice Jr.. a federal judge whose rul-
ings forcing schools to desegregate mad, himn -o unpopular that for a time
he required 24-1-i.,u p1 ..Lccl;..-o hi.-i. Ji-J. HL ,' .i- S6
Named to the federal bench in 1967 by President L\ndon Johnson,
Robert R. lerhige Jr. ordered dozens of Virginia' school systems to
After a 1972 decision to consolidate public school systems in
Richmond and neighboring counties for the sake of integration, his dog
was shot to death and a guest cottage on his property was destroyed by
arson. Merhige also ruled in 1968 that the conflict in Vietnam was a war,
whether or not it was a declared war. That ruling came in a case in which
96 Army reservists tried to avoid serving in Vietnam. Merhige denied
their request.
"He was a giant in the law," said former Go\ Gerald L. Baliles, whose
office at Hunton & Williams was next to the judge's.
"Whether it was civil rights, or complicated antitrust cases, or crimi-
nal matters before the court, he called them as he sa\w them. He was not
afraid of upholding the law."

SCLC Drops Co-Founder Suit
ATLANTA The Southern Christian Leadership Conference dropped a
". law suit against co-founder Joseph Lo\wery in
S hopes of moving past infighting that had clouded
the future ot the nearly\ 5i0-\ear-old civil rights
The group'h board voted earlier this month to dis-
'" mjs the suit, which had claimed the Rev. Lowery,
83. did not seek board approval before agreeing in
1994 to lease office space to an organization run by
his ,wife for $1 a year.
The complaint also named Evelyn Lowery's
group, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., saying it was guilty of fraud for using the
SCLC name "without the authorization or approval" of its board.
Lowery, who co-founded the organization with Martin Luther King Jr.
and the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy in 1957, released a joint statement with
his wife, saying they were glad the "ill-advised litigation" was ending.
The statement was given to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The legal action followed years of conflict x Ithin the SCLC. Late last
year, after a power struggle at SCLC's national convention in
Jacksonville, Fla., Claud Young resigned as board chairman and the Rev.
Fred Shuttlesworth stepped down as president. The board then chose
Steele to head the organization, and he quickly o\\ ed to bring the group
back to the forefront of civil rights issues.

Anderson Gets Stamp of Approval
Almost 70 years after Marian Anderson wa<. denied the opportunity\ to
perform at the Daughters of American Re olution's r
Constitution Hall, Pressley Merritt Wagoner. presi-
dent general of the 75-year-old auditonum apolo-
gized for the organization's actions.
At a ceremony honoring the historic opera singer
as the 28th African American icon to be featured in
the United States Postal Service Black Heritage
iScies, Wagoner told a packed audience that
included Ander-son's family, noted opera singers _
Denyce Graves and Kathleen Battle, that her organ -
ization had "deep regrets" for disallowing
Anderson the opportunity to sing at its famed facility in 1939.
"America is a better place because of her dream and her sacrifice,"
Wagoner said of Anderson. "As a nation, we can be grateful that she
opened the doors for so many who followed.'Anderson joins the ranks of
other barrier breaking African Americans honored through I.I.SPS' Black
Heritage stamp series, including Paul Robeson, Thurmond Marshall, and
Langston Hughes.

Volume 19 No. 5 Jacksonville, Florida February 24 March 2, 2005

Questions Answered on the Sale of Eartha White Nursing Home

For over a year, questions abound
as to what happened to the Eartha
White Nursing Home. Overnight,
the longstanding northside facility
had a new name, and the facility
which had for over thirty-six years
bore the legacy of Jacksonville phi-
lanthropists Eartha and Clara White
became Summer Brooke Health
According to an anonymous

source, the facility was sold
because it was plagued with law-
suits and became far too much of a
liability to keep it running.
"I wondered how they could just
sell a non profit." Said one time res-
ident Irma Miles.
The result of the sale is the cre-
ation of the Eartha M.M. White
Legacy Fund a $1.4 million
endowment, established at the

Community Foundation, marking
the Foundation's first $1 million-
plus fund having its origins in the
African American community. The
Fund's overarching purpose is to
grow philanthropy in the African
American community in
Created with the proceeds of the
November 2003 conversion of
assets of Eartha M.M. White Heath
Care, Inc., the Fund is governed by
a seven-member Advisory Board -
comprised of several former board
members of the health care facility.
Members of the Advisory Board
include Cleve Warren, Gregory
Owens, Eleanor Gay, Ronald
Austin, Barbara Darby, Howard
Taylor and Maurice Campbell.
The Fund's Advisory Committee
is now at work developing a plan


the former White Nursing Home
for community support.
"We're currently evaluating oppor-
tunities to carry out our primary
objective -- to advance a state of
knowledge and philanthropic prac-
tice within the African American
community," said Cleve Warren,
Advisory Board Chairman. "My
fellow advisory board members and
I are, indeed, excited and humbled
by the charge to help preserve Ms.
White's legacy."

EWC Students Invoke the Power

of Prayer on Eve of SACS Appeal
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Poole Thompson Nuptials

The former Geraldine Poole wed
Leonard Thompson post Valentines
Weekend at a ceremony at the Lane
& Wiley Senior Center. The bride
is employed at Shands Hospital and
the groom is retired from the
NYPD and works part time at
The wedding celebration included
the lighting of the candles, a solo by
Andrea Jackson and the traditional
jumping of the broom.

The wedding party included
Matron of Honor Tiffany Clark;
Best Man Benjamin Pinkney; Maid
of Honor Sandra Hickson and
Groomsman Richard Pearson. The
bride was escorted by Charles
Brown and services were rendered
by Rev. Michael Rogers.
Following a honeymoon in the
Bahama Islands, the couple will
live in Jacksonville.

Shown at the Prayer Service (L-R) are Student Government Association
(SGA) members K.D. Morley, Levi Williams, FAMU Provost Dr. Larry
Robinson, Miss EWS Kathy Williams, SGA Advisor Jeffrey Hardiman,
Leonard Ellis and Emmanuel Fleming. FMPOWELL PHOTO

The Student Government
Association (SGA) of Edward
Waters College showed their sup-
port of the college as administrators

100 Shows 500 Women What Love Means

Shown left to right are Ken Pennix, president of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Dr. Cheryl Bryant
Bruce, fitness expert and speaker during the afternoon session and Dr. Wayne Wells, chairman of 100 Black
Men Health Education committee. In the inset are one of the pampering sessions. CGriggs PHOTO
Because We Love You was the granted how much our women con- woman in attendance was given a
theme for the day for over 500 tribute to our lives." Said event red rose, treated to lunch and
Jacksonville Women who con- chairman Dr. Wayne Wells. allowed to participate in three sepa-
verged on the Adams Mark Hotel at The inaugural Women's Health rate pampering sessions.
the invitation of the local chapter of Symposium included everything "This is just one way to commu-
100 Black Men. from free forums and health checks nicate to the women how much we
"As men, we may often take for to pedicures and facials. Each really care about them," said Wells.

faced the appeals
committee of the
Association of
Colleges and
Schools (SACS)
Commission on
Colleges. The .
SGA coordinat-
Rev. Sconiers
ed "Praying With
Unity" on the eve of the schools
appeal in its' Milne Auditorium.
College wide prayers given by stu-
dents, staff, community supporters
and ministers from area churches,
along with performances by mem-
bers of the EWC Choir. Students
from Florida A&M University and
Bethune-Cookman also attended
the prayer service.
Administrators from the College
and leaders from the community
are part of the group that traveled to
Atlanta, GA, in support of the col-
lege's appeal to keep its accredita-
tion. Jacksonville Mayor John
Peyton and Florida Lieutenant
Governor Toni Jennings are among
the group showing support for the
139-year-old historically black col-
lege in addition to interim College
President Dr. Oswald Bronson.
"We want to demonstrate to the
SACS the importance of Edward
Waters College to the City of
Jacksonville and the impact the
school has on the surrounding com-
munity," said Mayor Peyton. "The
institution has long been an impor-
tant thread in the fabric of our com-
munity and our priority is to seek
the best possible solution for the

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Things Don't Look Good for Fowler

Commentary by Marvin Wamble
It doesn't look good for our man
Reggie Fowler, who recently
signed a purchase agreement to buy
the Minnesota Vikings for a cool
$625 million. The ink wasn't dry
on the promissory note before de-
tails about the owner and founder
of Spiral Inc., the 1 th largest Afri-
can-American owned company in
the country, began to surface. It
seems that Fowler, who could be-
come the first African-American
majority owner of a National Foot-
ball League franchise, has been
embellishing the truth about his
His much publicized biographi-
cal information states that he
played professional football for the
Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, the
Calgary Stampeders of the Cana-
dian Football League and the Ari-
zona Wranglers of the now defunct
United States Football League. It
appears at least two of those entries
are not quite accurate. What he
meant to say was he participated in
the training camps for the Bengals
and Stampders, but did not make
the team's rosters. I blame this
firmly on the concussion he will
not admit he received in the early
days of training camp. He was hit
so hard he thought it was the regu-
lar season. Plus, we are only talking
semantics here, if you participated
in training camp, did you not
"play" for the franchise?
The slight inaccuracies don't end
there. Fowler's fact sheet also
stated that he played in the Little
League World Series. Well, it turns
out that he had played in a Little
League all-star game in the Tucson,
Arizona-area. But hey, what we
have to realize is that at the time,
the Tucson area was Reggie's
World. You have to dream big

Pveurk for Rw ft-

Arizona businessman Reggie Fowler answers a question as he meets with
reporters, in Bloomington, Minn. Fowler, whose purchase of the Minnesota
Vikings is awaiting league approval, accepted responsibility for inaccuracies
in a biography that was distributed earlier this week.

dreams to accomplish big things.
And after all, he did play Little
League. If that all-star game was
his World Series, so be it. That's
close enough for me especially
when you consider the brother
pulled down $625M long.
Okay, last one. Reggie's bio,
which was so filled with inaccura-
cies and typos that it borders on a
conspiracy, said that he got his de-
gree from the University of Wyo-
ming in business administration
and finance. The reality of his
situation is his degree was in social
work, with an emphasis on business
and finance. Check this out: if our
man Reggie has been able to amass
the $625 million selling bags, cups,
containers, labels and janitorial
products to grocery stores, I believe
he paid more attend in his business
and finance classes than he did in
social work studies. In fact, he was
so focused on those classes that he
probably thought it was his major.

Though the media will slap him
around a bit and dig deeper into his
past (I sure hope he played Little
League), the bottom line is if he did
not lie about the $625 million in his
bank account, he may still get the
24 votes he needs from the 32
league owners, which will allow
him to buy the Vikings.
How will this all play out? Well,
I've always been told if a person
will lie about the little things they
don't have any problem lying about
big things, which may not bode
well for Fowler. Maybe in doctor-
ing his resume, he was simply do-
ing what he thought he had to do as
a Black man in the world of big-
time finance. I hope he survives the
scrutiny that is going to bake him
like the sun on a summer day in
Arizona, but let this not be a ba-
rometer for many young African-
American entrepreneurs of the
lengths we must go and the lies we
must tell to get ahead.

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In its tumultuous 40-year history,
affirmative action has been both
praised and pilloried as an answer to
racial inequality. The policy was
introduced in 1965 by President
Johnlqnas q .m&tbod. of redressing
discrimination that-had' persisted' in
spite of civil rights laws and consti-
tutional guarantees. "This is the next
and more profound stage of the bat-
tle for civil rights," Johnson assert 4d.
"We seek... not just equality as a
right and a theory, but equality as a
fact and as a result."
A Temporary Measure
to Level the Playing Field
Focusing in particular on educa-
tion and jobs, affirmative action
policies required that active meas-
ures be taken to ensure that blacks
and other minorities enjoyed the
same opportunities for promotions,
salary increases, career advance-
ment, school admissions, scholar-
ships, and financial aid that had been
the nearly exclusive province of
whites. From the outset, affirmative
action was envisioned as a tempo-
rary remedy that would end once
there was a "level playing field" for
all Americans.

Bakke and Reverse
By the late '70s, however, flaws in
the policy began to show up amid its
good intentions. Reverse discrimina-
tion became an issue, epitomized by
the Tamous Bakke Case in '19'78.
Allan Bakke, a white male, had been
rejected two years in a row by a
medical school that had accepted
less qualified minority applicants-
the school had a separate admissions
policy for minorities and reserved 16
out of 100 places for minority stu-
dents. The Supreme Court outlawed
inflexible quota systems in affirma-
tive action programs, which in this
case had unfairly discriminated
against a white applicant. In the
same ruling, however, the Court
upheld the legality of affirmative
action per se.
A Zero-Sum Game
for Conservatives
Fueled by "angry white men," a
backlash against affirmative action
began to mount. To conservatives,
the system was a zero-sum game that
opened the door for jobs, promo-
tions, or education to minorities

while it shut the door on whites. In a
country that prized the values of
self-reliance and pulling oneself up
by one's bootstraps, conservatives
resented the idea that some unquali-
fied minorities were getting a free
ride :.on the American .,s\stem.
"Preferential treatment" and "quotas"
became expressions of contempt.
Even more contentious was the ac-
cusation that some minorities en-
joyed playing the role of profes-
sional victim. Why could some mi-
norities who had also experienced
terrible adversity and racism-Jews
and Asians, in particular-manage
to make the American way work for
them without government handouts?
"Justice and Freedom for
All" Still in Its Infancy
Liberals countered that "the land
of opportunity" was a very different
place for the European immigrants
who landed on its shores than it was
for those who arrived in the chains
of slavery. As historian Roger Wil-
kins pointed out, "blacks have a 375-
year history on this continent: 245
involving slavery, 100 involving
legalized discrimination, and only 30
involving anything else."

Considering that Jim Crow laws
and lynching existed well into the
'60s, and that myriad subtler forms
of racism in housing, employment,
and education persisted well beyond
the civil rights movement conserva-
tives impatient for black (to, "get
over" the legacy of slavery needed to
realize that slavery was just the be-
ginning of racism in America. Liber-
als also pointed out that another
popular conservative argument-that
because of affirmative action, mi-
norities were threatening the jobs of
whites-belied the reality that white
men were still the undisputed rulers
of the roost when it came to salaries,
positions, and prestige.
Polemics Turn Gray
The debate about affirmative ac-
tion has also grown more murky and
difficult as the public has come to
appreciate its complexity. Many
liberals, for example, can understand
the injustice of affirmative action in
a case like Wygant (1986): black
employees kept their jobs while
white employees with seniority were
laid off. And many conservatives
would be hard pressed to come up

with a better alternative to the impo-
sition of a strict quota system in
Paradise (1987), in which the defi-
antly racist Alabama Department of
Public Safety refused to promote any
black above entry level even after a
full. 12 years of 'court orders de-
manded they did.
The Supreme Court: Wary of
"Abstractions Going Wrong"
The Supreme Court justices have
been divided in their opinions in
affirmative action cases, partially
because of opposing political ideolo-
gies but also because the issue is
simply so complex. The Court has
approached most of the cases in a
piecemeal fashion, focusing on nar-
row aspects of policy rather than
grappling with the whole.
Even in Bakke-the closest thing
to a landmark affirmative action
case-the Court was split 5-4; and
the judges' various opinions were far
more nuanced than most glosses of
the case indicate. Sandra Day
O'Connor, often characterized as the
pivotal judge in such cases because
she straddles conservative and lib-
eral views about affirmative action,
has been described by University of

Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein
as "nervous about rules and abstrac-
tions going wrong. She's very alert
to the need for the Court to depend
on the details of each case."
Landmark Ruling But-
tresses Affirmative Action
But in a landmark 2003 case in-
volving the University of Michi-
gan's affirmative action policies-
one of the most important-rulings on'-
the issue in twenty-five years-the
Supreme Court decisively upheld the
right of affirmative action in higher
education. The Supreme Court (5-4)
upheld UM's Law School's policy,
ruling that race can be one of many
factors considered by colleges when
selecting their students. In the
Michigan cases, the Supreme Court
ruled that although affirmative ac-
tion was no longer justified as a way
of redressing past oppression and
injustice, it promoted a "compelling
state interest" in diversity at all lev-
els of society.
A record number of "friend-of-
court" briefs were filed in support of
Michigan's affirmative action case
by hundreds of organizations repre-
senting academia, business, labor
unions, and the military, arguing the
benefits of broad racial representa-

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Did You know Newly proposed regulations
issued by the Internal Revenue Service on Janu-
ary 27, 2005 could severely hinder the ability of
consumers to get assistance when facing financial
problems. The proposed changes to laws govern-
ing credit counseling organizations severely re-
strict their activities and ability to raise funds
while providing valuable services to people fac-

Shortsighted IRS Regulations Will Injure Consumers

ing financial peril. The anticipated changes in
compliance with existing tax codes offering non-
profit status to credit counseling organizations
could effectively shut down a system that is the
current last resource for those with financial
problems, other than bankruptcy attorneys. The

proposed changes would limit the amount of time
agencies can spend on debt management plans,
their current main source of income, to less than
10 percent of their total activities, without allow-
ing any meaningful way for agencies to support
themselves to provide other needed services.

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History of Affirmative Action

Chamber of Commerce

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I l ,r Is r Ir

EWC Grad Made History When He

Became City's First Black TV Newsman

Troupe de Kent presents August

Wilson's "Fences" on all Campuses

A basketball scholarship
provided the opportunity for West
Palm Beach's Roosevelt High
School standout basketball player
to come to Edward Waters College
(EWC). Dr. William Stewart, the
college's .president was familiar
with Freeman's abilities as he was
the former principal of Roosevelt
High. He was among the gradua-
ting class of 1963, when he
received his Bachelor of Sciences
Degree in Social Science.
Freeman was one of the first
African Americans to serve as an-
instructor at the Midshipmen Aca-
demy in Annapolis, Maryland
during his stint in the United States
Marine Corp. During his tour of
duty, he received Good Conduct
Ribbons, and an Honorable Dis-
In 1968, he became a Field
Reporter at WFGA/WTLV-12, the
NBC affiliate, first Black Newsman
in Jacksonville. Mack Freeman
became a household name and was
one of the best known African
Americans in North Florida. He

remained at Channel 12 for the next
eight years.
Investigative reporting, as well
as, staying on top of the news in the
major and African American
communities. Freeman was called
to Tallahassee to serve as the
Legislative Planning Analysis for
the. Department of Health and
Rehabilitative Services (HRS). He
resigned in 1980 to return to his
hometown, West Palm Beach, to
establish his own business, the
Freeman & Freeman Consultant
Freeman returned to Jackson-
ville in 1980 when his mother,
Nancy, became terminally ill,
where he remained at her side until
she passed. Following the death of
his Mom, Freeman was called to
Miami as a Minority Consultant for
Governor Rueben Askew as he
campaigned for the office of
President of the United States.
When Askew's campaign ended, he
returned to Jacksonville and taught
Economics, American Government
in the Duval County School

In 1992, he became the Media
Specialist for the school system.
Semi-retired since falling victim
to an untimely heart attack, Free-
man remains active as a community
activist, working with the NAACP
and other organizations.
His community service includes
serving on the School Base Man-
agement Program of the Duval
County Schools Task Force;
serving on the Duval County Crime
Commission; and serving as the
Sub-Committee Chairman of the
Affirmative Action Committee.
He has received awards from the
Florida Council for the Handi-
capped (Humanitarian Award), and
he has represented the council at
the White House Conference on the
Handicapped in Washington, DC.
His memberships include the
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the
NAACP, and the Coalition for
Freeman opened the door for
African Americans in the major
media in the area, and since that
time, many have followed in his
footsteps. Now African Americans
are anchors and familiar faces on
Every station in North Florida.

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The Marilyn DeSimone Players pictured above (not in order) are Kareem Bishop, Anthony Carter
(Gabriel), Kenneth Dowling (Jim Bono), Nathaniel Harris (Cory), Tiffany Harris (Raynell), Maurice
Hicks (Lyons), Joseph Wells (Troy Maxson), and Shanette Wilson (Rose).

The Florida Community College
at Jacksonville (FCCJ), and the
Kent Campus Drama Club -
Troupe de Kent have presented
The Marilyn DeSimone Players in
August Wilson's play "Fences" at
all FCCJ Campuses during
February, Black History Month.
Offered "free" to students and the
public, the play has been presented
weekdays and on Saturdays at all
FCCJ campus locations.
Troupe de Kent originated in the
acting classes taught by Professor
Marilyn DeSimone in the 1980s.
The troupe has returned, vibrant
and dedicated since 2003 when The
Persecuted One, written and
directed by Mark-Anthony Hines,
was presented. The Troupe de
Kent is now known as "The
Marilyn DeSimone Players" in
honor of Professor DeSimone, who
had to leave her post due to family
Fences, is a play that is power-
ful in emotion, language, thought,
and example. Its morals, lessons, in

Mark-Anthony Hines
Advisor/Resident Producer and
Director-Troupe de Kent.
terms of what it means to be a
woman, a man, and to work hard
and not complain, cannot be denied
or escaped.
Mark-Anthony Hines
Mark-Anthony Hines, who re-
established the Troupe de Kent
which began under the direction of

Professor Marilyn DeSimone, is a
Professor of Speech Communica-
tion at FCCJ Kent Campus. Since
2003, Hines has been committed to
theatre at the college and in the
Mr. Hines is also a motivational
speaker, poet, playwright, certified'
mediator, and published novelist.
He has published one novel, three'
books of poetry, one meditation,
and written nine stage plays.
The Chesapeake, Virginia native
received his B.A. in English, and"
M.A. in Communication from Nor-
folk State University in Norfolk,
Virginia. 'Prior to coming to
Jacksonville, he served as Assistant
Professor of Speech Communica-
tion and Theatre Arts, and Foren-
sics Coach at Hampton University,
Hampton, Virginia.
Also as Speech Instructor at
South Piedmont Community Col-
lege in Wadesboro, North Carolina.
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performance time and place, please
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Black History Month is an opportunity for Americans to reflect on
the suffering and contributions of blacks.

"When you control a man's thinking you do not
have to worry about his actions. You do.not have to tell
him not to stand here or go yonder He will find his
'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to
send him to the back door He will go without being
told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for
his special benefit. His education makes it necessary."
Dr Carter G. Woodson
The Mis-Education of the Negro
February is Black History Month.
It is always at this time of year that I experience
a little melancholy.
As the month rolls down you tend to reflect back
on all, if any, of the events meant to commemorate the
contributions that African Americans made to the
growth of this country.
Almost 80 years after Dr. Carter G. Woodson
founded Black History Week, Black History Month
has become a significant celebration in America.
African Americans insist that without the month long
acknowledgement America would take the contribu-
tions of blacks for granted. Our place in history would
be overshadowed by the images of power that exist s6
prominently today.
To many outside the black community Black
History Month is a non-factor.
Sure they go along for the ride, but in their minds
they can take it or leave it.
For those who are not African American that
position is regretable, but understandable.
In fairness, it is difficult for those who have not
lived the struggle to comprehend the significant con-
flict blacks have endured in America. It is difficult for
whites to feel the pain that an entire race of people,
phycological and physical, have fought through to
make it to this place where they continue to debate
things such as equality.
On the other hand, many blacks have fallen off of
the knowledge wagon when it comes to Black History
Month as well.
For those of us who look forward to the annual
opportunity to highlight the contributions of blacks to
this country, it has become increasingly frustrating to
understand how February can just slip through the
fingers of many black households.
There is no excuse for black families not to be
able to comprehend the struggle of blacks in America.
All of us are living examples of survivors from a not
so pretty era in American history.
Yet, blacks have been able to fight through cen-

tries of the resistance to equality.
And America is better for it.
The end of Black History Month is a tough pill to
swallow sometimes. Only because there is much
more that can be done.
I'm not referring to more programs and commu-
nity events. I'm talking about the deep reflection that
it takes to understand what blacks in this country have
come through.
Black History Month should evoke the same type
of emotion in people that we see during patriotic cel-
All people, no matter what color, should be able
to feel the despondency and depression brought on by
the facts of slavery and Jim Crow, two of America's
most significant growth eras.
Even if they aren't able to tie themselves into the
emotional currency of the struggle of blacks, respect
for the journey would go along way to acknowledging
the contributions of African Americans.
As for African Americans, a better understanding
of who they are would go a long way to shoring up
some of the problems that exist in the black commu-
nity. History has taught us that African Americans
have always been a proud people, capable of weath-
ering the challenges of unequality.
Through the celebration of Black History Month,
blacks are able to remind themselves of the rich lega-
cy of which they were born. It's a time to dig a little
deeper into the fiber of our ancestry. It is a time to
teach our children that during times of struggle blacks
recognized education as their only way to a better life.
It was also during these times that blacks recognized
the importance of social change and began to better
involve themselves in community action efforts.
History shows that blacks made it clear they were
capable of supporting themselves during times of tur-
moil and strife.
So here we are again, at the end of Black History
Month, with not much hoopla or fanfare.
Maybe that's a sign of how far we've come in the
chase for equality in America. Maybe it's a sign of progress.
I happen to believe that Black History Month
provides an opportunity for America to say thank you
to those African Americans who helped make this
country great.
Unfortunately, one month is not long enough.
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

EWC Issue Much Larger Than Accreditiation

Booker T. Washington once said,
"Education is the sole and only hope
of the Negro race in America." He
said these words in the late 1800s,
but they hold true today in the year
In an era in our country when
there are more black males in jail
than in college, it is critical that Af-
rican Americans focus as much at-
tention and effort into educating our
youth. It is even more critical that
young black males begin to realize
the roles they must play in the Afri-
can American community.
It is no secret that education has
always been the focal point of the
black struggle. Malcolm X said,
"Education is our passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to the
people who prepare for it today."
What is the relevance of this dia-
logue about blacks and education?
Well, it's simple. Here in Jackson-,
ville, we have a historically black
college that was formed to do just
that educate African Americans
who didn't have opportunities at
other institutions.
Black colleges and religious insti-
tutions have been a strong founda-
tion in the African American com-
munity. Because as James Baldwin
once said, "A child cannot be taught
by someone who despises him." In
fact, schools like Edward Waters
College (EWC) were' formed by
churches especially for the educa-
tion of blacks after slavery.
So it is obvious that historically
black colleges and universities
(HBCUs) have played a critical role
in this country since they were es-
tablished in the face of Jim Crow,
segregation and the systematic deg-
radation of schools in minority com-
HBCUs enroll nearly 400,000
students at close to 100 campuses
across the United States and in the
Caribbean. While accounting for

only 3 percent of all institutions of
higher learning, approximately 30
percent of all degrees awarded to
African-American students are
granted by HBCUs.
EWC has been a key catalyst for
change in Jacksonville's black com-
munity and more particularly in the
New Town and College Gardens
neighborhoods, which borders the
school's campus. As the institution
has rejuvenated itself over the past
several years, so have the neighbor-
hoods. And I probably should know,
being the City Councilman for the
EWC campus and the surrounding
The recent resignation of Dr.
Jimmy Jenkins as President comes
as no surprise, but it is unfortunate
considering the impact he has had
on the institution. From my personal
perspective, Dr. Jenkins was a great
cheerleader for the college. I don't
think that anyone could out talk him
when it came down to his vision and
goals for EWC.
He was at the helm during the
college's greatest come back story.
When Jenkins arrive in 1997, the
school was probably at its lowest
point on the verge of losing it ac-
creditation, in millions of dollars in
debt and barely able to make pay
role. Dr. Jenkins rolled up his
sleeves and got heavily involved in
the local business and political com-
munities and was able to pull the
college out of the hole.
Whether to like him personally or
not, you have to respect the job he
was able to do. Even if you think
the school should lose it accredita-
tion over this most recent issue, you
have to acknowledge that EWC has
come a mighty long way.
When Jenkins announced that the
school intended to revive its football
program and start a marching band
as well, I, like may others felt like it
probably wouldn't work and was a.

waste of time and resources. And I
was wrong, the football program
helped bring an additional sense of
pride from the student body that
could not have been embedded from
simply attending the college.
It something about having a foot-
ball team that draws people, espe-
cially alumni, back to the campus.
And seeing the band marching up
and down Kings Road as they prac-
tice for their halftime performances
is a sight to be seen.
So Dr. Jenkins had the vision and
the public relations skills to make
EWC an exceptional learning insti-
tution, but it seems where Jenkins
fell somewhat short was on the ad-
ministration side of the shop.
And that's exactly what the
Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS) said as they
voted to remove EWC's accredita-
tion late last year, pending the ap-
peal that was heard on Tuesday of
this week. By now most of you
know the story, the SACS action
resulted from a self-study needed
for re-accreditation that all colleges
have to submit. The problem with
EWC's report was that it was
largely plagiarized from another
The parts of this equation that
many people are missing are those
neighborhoods I mentioned earlier.
There is an invisible umbilical cord
attached to this surrounding com-
munities and the college. EWC's
bounce back was the catalyst for ,
change in New Town, College Gar-
dens and Myrtle Avenue Neighbor-
hood Improvement Association.
The city of Jacksonville's Plan-
ning Department, lead by Jeannie
Fewell, devoted hundreds of thou-
sands dollars into a neighborhood
action plan that detailed various
community redevelopment initia-
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I didn't realize my child had to go to school on President's
Day. Why?
February 21st was President's Day, a scheduled non-attendance day
for all Duval County Public Schools' students. However, due to the
days missed resulting from hurricane weather conditions, .the holiday
was selected and approved in November by the Duval County School
Board as a hurricane make-up day. The two remaining make-up days
in which students are expected to attend school are Friday, March 11
(formerly a scheduled Teacher's Planning Day) and Friday, April 15
(formerly scheduled as a Spring Holiday).
When is the graduation for First Coast High School?
First Coast will conduct its graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on May
17. For a complete listing of all scheduled graduation dates, please
visit Duval County Public Schools' Web site at
http://www.educationcentral.org/schools/calendar/GraduationDates 0
When are magnet applications due?
The deadline for Duval County Public Schools' magnet applications
is due in the Magnet Office, located at 1701 Prudential Drive, by 4:30
p.m. on Friday, February 25. Persons interested in applying for the
Environmental Studies and Information Technology magnet programs
at William M. Raines High School which have been extended
through the 2005-06 academic year will have an extended deadline
to submit their applications. Please call the Magnet Office for more
information at 390-2082.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to school-
talk@educationcentral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval
County Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701 Prudential
Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182..

Shown (1-r) New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Audubon Ballroom, scene of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, in
New York. To the right of Bloomberg are three daughters of Malcom X: Gamilah Shabazz, left, Ilyasah Shabazz, second from right, and Malaak Sha-
bazz, far right. To the right of Gamilah is her son Malek and Reverend Al Sharpton left and Congressman Charles Rangel listen to the words of Ilyasah
Shabazz speaking about her father.

Malcolm's X's Family Aims to Preserve His Legacy

He was one of the most charis- the third of six daughters born to memoirs, notes and speeches res-
matic figures in the civil rights Malcolm X and wife Betty Shabazz. cued by his family and held by the
movement and also one of its most The Audubon Ballroom was the Schomburg Center for Research in
feared. MalcolmX energized the site this week of a commemoration Black Culture in Harlem.
Nation of Islam and met a violent Gala. Dignitaries who attended the The collection will "enlighten a
end at 39; Four decades after his event included Mayor. Michael lot of people," said Malaak Shabazz,
death, he has inspired another move- Bloomberg, Rep. Charles Rangel whose mother was pregnant with her
ment one aimed at re-examining and the Rev. Al Sharpton. and her twin sister, Malikah Sha-
and preserving his legacy. "Malcolm didn't build buildings bazz, when their father was slain.
Leading the way are Malcolm X's. or pass legislation," said the activist "There has been a lot of para-
daughters, who want to convince Sharpton. "He taught us' how to phrasing. Now there'will be a lot of
people he was a champion of human think. And when he changed our clarity," said another daughter,
rights and are converting the Audu- minds, we could build buildings and Malaak Shabazz, who hadn't been
bon Ballroom in upper Manhattan we could pass legislation." bornyet when Malcolm X was slain.
the scene of his assassination on The official opening of the Mal- "This collection really is going to
Feb. 21, 1965 into a history center colm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Me- .enlighten a lot of people."
that would catalogue his life. morial and Education Center is Malcolm X was one of the most
"It's our responsibility to make slated for May 19, on what would charismatic and feared figures in the
sure that we do preserve and docu- have been his 80th birthday, civil rights movement, a former con-
ment our history to empower future The center will house documents vict who changed his name from
generations," said Ilyasah Shabazz, about Malcolm X's life, including Malcolm Little, and propelled the

Nation of Islam from a 500-member
sect in 1952 into a political and reli-
gious organization with 30,000
members by 1963.
After his split with the Nation of
Islam in 1964 and an Islamic pil-
grimage. to Mecca, he began re-
nouncing racial separatism. His new
direction prompted anger among
black Muslims and led to his murder
during a speech at the ballroom.
The collection will also reveal a
different side of Malcolm X, his
family said.
"Looking at these letters, the vul-
nerabilities, the determination, the
commitment and the humanity was
really touching," said Ilyasah. "You
get to see that he was a young man,
he was a father, a husband, he was
someone's child."

Shown (l-R) Jonathan Green; State Rep. Arthenia Joyner, Tampa
Antwone Fisher and State Rep. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville
Gov. Jel Bush Welcomes Special Guests
in Honor of Black History Month
Antwone Fisher, Jonathan Green and Deloris Nevils among guests

Governor Jeb Bush welcomed
famed author arid producer Ant-
wone Q. Fisher, children's author
Delores Nevils and artist Jonathan
Green to Tallahassee as part of the
Governor's ongoing celebration of
Black History Month. Every
Wednesday during Black History'
Month, the4 Governor and First
Lady Columba Bush welcome Af-
rican-American leaders from
around the country for the Gover-
nor's Wednesday After School
Program. The Program is designed
to educate students of all ages on
the achievements, of African
Americans. This year Florida State
University (FSU) and Florida
A&M'University (FAMU) part-
nered with the Executive Office of
the Governor for today's events.
"I am honored to welcome Ant-
wone Fisher, Delores Nevils and.
Jonathan Green to Florida's capi-
tal, said Governor Bush. "As we
celebrate Black History Month,
their stories remind us that all chil-
dren have the ability to achieve
unlimited success. It is my hope
that their words inspire Florida's
youth to dream big dreams and
continue striving for excellence."
During their visit, speakers Ant-
wone Fisher,' Delores Nevils and
Jonathan Green addressed a group
of local college students from
FAMU and FSU. Mr. Fisher dis-
cussed his journey as a writer and
provided insight on the story of his
life, which was made critically
acclaimed movie.

Fullwood Files
Continued from page 4
the area. From that neighbor-
hood action plan, the city also in-
vested in funding a master plan
Specifically for the college that
addressed its growth and impact on
the surrounding neighborhoods.
SThe college's .positive impact
ran be seen through the commu-
hity because they have been able to
drive out many negative elements
by purchasing and renovating
boarded-up building, and dilapi-
dated houses being used for drugs
hnd prostitution. The city also part-
tered with the college to build a
13 million sports and music cen-
ter that is currently under construc-

Delores Nevils and Jonathan
Green each discussed the process
of creating the children's book
Amadeus the Leghorn Rooster and
the influence of South Carolina
Gullah heritage on their lives and
works. Directly following, they
spoke to a'group of local elemen-
tary school students at the Gover-
nor's mansion: The students re-
ceived. a tour of Green's artwork,
which is being featured in the man-
sion during the month of February.
In addition, a reception was held in
honor of the special guests at Flor-
ida State University to conclude the
day's events.
Antwone Q. Fisher is the author
of the best selling book Finding
Fish, which recounts his tumultu-
ous life story. He later wrote the
screenplay for the critically ac-
claimed movie Antwone Fisher,
starring Denzel Washington.
Delores Nevils moved to the
Gullah in 1977. She helped to in-
corporate the Gullah Festival of
South Carolina, Inc., in 1987. Dur-
ing her life, she has worked as a
sign painter, a contributor to the
local newspaper.
Jonathan Green is a celebrated
painter of the Southern experience,
whose work has been exhibited
both nationally and internationally.
His paintings chronicle the oral
history and vibrant lives of his ex-
tended family and neighbors from
the rural African American com-
munity of his childhood in South

EWC has educated more black
teachers in Duval County than any
other educational institution. When
other schools turn black students
down, EWC offers them an oppor-
tunity to get a college education,
and that is all some youth need -
one opportunity to show their
So it should not surprise anyone
that Mayor Peyton, business lead-
ers and other elected officials are
standing with the college and at-
tempting to do whatever they can
to help. The black community is
connected to the college whether
we like it or not and we must fight
to stabilize one of our vital pillars.
Signing off from Edward Waters
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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.

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
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
fostr care 'aiiiAg to be placed
witihfamilies-to-cal-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,

St. Paul AME Loses One of Eldest
Members, Poet Corine Bogans, 97
JACKSONVILLE Corine Bertha The world lost a treasure with
Bogans published a book of poems the peaceful passing on of Mrs.
and .quotations, My Way of Speak- Bogans at the Beauclerc Manor, on
'ing on Living Right, at the age of Sunday, February 13, 2005. Her
91 years. She is believed to be the late husband, Samuel E. Bogans
oldest woman in Florida to publish and her only late son, John Henry
a book. A Jacksonville resident for Williams, passed away in 1974 and
most of her life, Mrs. Bogans was 1976. She declared her survivors
born in Climax, Georgia. to be everyone who was a part of
Mrs. Bogans was also a past her life on earth, including more
president of the Stewardess Board than forty grandchildren, great-
at St. Paul African Methodist grand children, and great-great
Episcopal Church, Rev. Marvin grandchildren.
Zanders II, Pastor.
Mt. Charity Missionary Baptist to
Present the Niagara Protest Reborn

The Mt. Charity Missionary
Baptist Church, 1417 North Laura
Street, Pastor George Harvey Jr.; is
using the same theme for Black
History Month as selected by the
Florida Department of Corrections,
i.e., Niagra Protest Reborn. Pastor
Harvey and the Mt. Charity Mis-
sionary Baptist Baptist Church
conducted multiple outreaches at
Department of Corrections Institu-
tions throughout the month, using
the theme.
As a conclusion to the obser-
vance of Black History Month,
using the theme "Niagra Protest
Reborn", Mt. Charity will present a
Christian Black History program at
4 p.m. on Sunday, February 27,
2005. The Church is located at
1417 North Laura Street.
The theme, Niagara Protest
Reborn, is a fine subject for sharing
important Black History, while
addressing societal issues bibli-
cally, and- concurrently showing
that through Christ Jesus needful
changes can be made with eternal
All donations at the Christian
Black History program will be

presented dedicated and presented
for the orphans at the Children's
Home Society, in Jacksonville.

St. Paul Men of
Allen to Present
Annual Prayer
Breakfast Feb. 26
The Men of Allen of St. Paul
AME Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, Rev. Marvin Zanders, II,
Pastor; will sponsor their Annual
Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, February 26th, 2005.
A special invitation is extended
to the members of the community
and friends, to share in their
carefully planned activities and

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

Rev.Gene White
& Ribault Choir
to Sing at Sisters
Network Benefit
The Sisters Network Northeast
Florida will present a Gospel Bene-
fit Musical at 6 p.m. on Sunday,
March 6, 2005. This benefit will be
held at the Grace Baptist Church of
East Springfield, 1553 East 21st St.,
Rev. John J. Devoe Jr., Pastor.
Appearing on program will be
the Nu-Testaments, the Miracles,
the New Creations, Jerry Cannon &
The Caravans, and Soloist Pastor
Stephanie White.
Special appearances of Rev.
Eugene White & the Ribault Senior
High School Chorus; and Soloist
Brother Brandon Jones, of the
Douglas Anderson School of the
Donations will be accepted for
the work of the Sisters Network
Northeast. Florida. The public is
cordially invited to enjoy the spirit
of this evening of Gospel Music.

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
M iracle. I ...
Pastor Murray will deliver-the
Spoken Word each Wednesday.
Friends, and the public are invited
to attend all services.

PasUtrs, Malr Yur Calendars fr the
16" Black Church Week l Prayer

NEW YORK Pernessa Seele, 2
founder and CEO of The Balm In t
Gilead, has announced that the 16th c
Annual National Observance of
The Black Church Week of Prayer
for the Healing of AIDS, is set for e
March 6-12, 2005. c
Over the last two decades, The
Balm In Gilead, working with I
thousands of faith institutions, has '
championed AIDS awareness, pre- I
vention and education in the Afri-
can American community. The
Black Church Week of Prayer for
the Healing of AIDS, the organi-
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'h host ihfdh iteges, couples
ican endeavor ;to uphold their
commitment through the study of
God's word," states Dr. R. B.
Holmes, president of the NBCUSA.

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

"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-
tive courses.
For more information on the
National Baptist Congress of
Christian Education's Marriage
Couples Conference, please call
(850) 877-0105.
50 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.j
The pageant, sppAred by the Firsts
Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville Beach, is open to
young ladies 15-19 years of age.

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

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.
Pastor Rudolph Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m. Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor Senior Pastor

S. .. ...Radio Ministry -
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AM 1400
SThursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.

WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

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O1880 Wemt Eidgewood Avenue Jacksorrn lle, F1lorida 32208

"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.--Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30--7 p.m. Bible Study
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
jisit onar web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

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

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

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

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

It's Time To Visit With Us!
Exciting Children and Youth Ministries.
SPreaching Hope and Faith to Fulfill God's Destiny.
Sermon Sunday
February 27, 2005
8:25 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Jesus Still Heals the Sick Today.
Keys to Receiving Healing.
SSomething Good is Going to Happen to You.

Jim Raley

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

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Annual Conference Focuses

Hampton, Va. The 91st Annual
Hampton University Ministers' Con-
ference and 71st Annual Choir Di-
rectors' Organists' Guild will be
held June 5 June 10 at Hampton
University. HU will host a variety
of accomplished ministers.
This year's keynote conference
preacher will be Dr. Maurice Wat-
son, senior pastor of Beulahland
Bible Church in Macon, Ga. Other
nationally acclaimed speakers for the
conference include: Bishop
Emestine Reems Dickerson, pastor
and founder of Center for Hope
Community Church in Oakland,
Calif.; Dr. Floyd Flake, former U.S.
Representative and pastor of Allen
A.M.E. Church in Jamaica, N.Y.;

and Dr. Robert Smith, professor of
divinity at Samford University in
Birmingham, Ala.
Ministers' Conference President
Suzan Johnson Cook announced the
theme for this year's conference will
be "The Balancing Act: Balancing
our Lives, Balancing our Minis-
tries." The conference will focus on
assisting ministers to balance their
personal lives with the requirements
of their position in the church.
"This year's conference is impor-
tant to ministers because it centers
on self-care and self-nurture. Since
the nature of a minister's work is to
care for others, so often that is for-
gotten," said Rev. Dr. Timothy Bod-
die, executive secretary-treasurer of

on Balancing
the Minister's Conference. "It is
important to find a balance in life for
ministers so that they will have the
energy or resources to do what is
required of them."
Dr. Jerome Barber of Sixth Mount
Zion Baptist Temple in Hampton,
Va., Dr. Therman S. Evans of Morn-
ing Star Community Christian Cen-
ter in Linden, N.J., Teresa Hairston,
founder of Gospel Today magazine,
and Kenneth Royster of Met Life
will be featured on the "Balancing
the 4 M's" panel to discuss the is-
sues of money, medicine, marketing
and mission work. The conference
will also include a panel to discuss
women in ministry.
The HU Ministers' Conference

Ministry Life
is a great -.
opportunity /
to enhance
your minis- fe,
try. The
early regis- 4
deadline is
March 31
and the pre-
registration Dr. Watson
fee is $150.
The on-site registration fee is $175.
For information regarding registra-
.tion, call (757) 727-5367 or (757)
727-5681 or visit
www.hamptonu.edu/minconf t
For more information, email min-

Little Appointed to Faith Based Board

Marc Curtis Little, part-
ner/senior vice president of Brook-
sLittle Communications, has been
appointed to the advisory board for
the Office of Faith and Community
Based Partnerships. In a letter
dated January 27, 2005, Mayor
John Peyton said, "I believe you
would be a valuable asset to this
effort to support the good works of
faith and community-based organi-
zations in Jacksonville, and I hope
you will accept my invitation to
serve." Advisory board members
will oversee and advise the Office;
plan quarterly "Evenings with the
Mayor," serve as a resource for
faith and community-based organi-
zations; advise the Office of oppor-

tunities to net-
work; plan wor-
ship visits with
local congrega- I
tions and attend .i
with Mayor Pey-
ton; participate in
grant match
evaluation and award processes
among other responsibilities.
I have been following Mayor
Peyton's commitment to moving
Jacksonville to another level as it
relates to working on behalf of
underserved citizens," said Little,
who has been appointed by several
mayors and governors to numerous
boards and commissions since
coming to Jacksonville in 1972

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

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Rev. Leon Seymore (Chancellor of Tabernacle Bible College), Tom Liberti (Chief, Florida Bureau of HIV/AIDS), Deadra Green (AIDS Summit
Chairperson). The second photo is on the Faith-Based Panel Rev. Bruce Grob (C.E.O. of Fresh Ministries in Jacksonville), Michael Payne
(Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Faith and Community Based Partnerships in Jacksonville), Minerva Bryant (V.P. Clinical Opera-
tions for River Region Human Services), Ken Stokes (Duval County Health Department).

The Minority AIDS Coalition of their weapons in the fight against

Jacksonville presented AIDS Sum-
mit 2005 last week at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel. This year's Summit
featured many renowned speakers
who presented timely information on
topics related to AIDS.
Dr. John Agwunobi, Florida's
Secretary of Health, gave an inspir-
ing speech to kick off Summit. He
said, "AIDS isn't only about people
losing their ability to fight disease.
AIDS can affect the health of entire
communities. The Florida Dept. of
Health will be the last to lay down

Dr. Robert Fullilove, Associate
pean for community and minority
affairs at the Mailman School of
Public Health of Columbia Univer-
sity, was the keynote speaker on
Friday, the 18th. His fascinating
speech was entitled HIV/AIDS and
Substance Abuse: New Challenges
for 2005 and Beyond.
There were many other excellent
and insightful speakers at this year's
AIDS Summit. Michael Payne, Ex-
ecutive Director of the Mayor's Of-

fice of Faith and Community Based
Partnerships, moderated a discussion
of faith-based initiatives in the war
against AIDS. Lorenzo Robertson, a
professional actor, presented his one-
man show, me, myself, and I, a
poignant voyage through a man's
life, with strong messages of self-
image, AIDS, family values and per-
sonal responsibility.
The summit began over 10 years
ago as a one. day event in a church
and has grown from the confines of
the University of North Florida to a
three day event in the Radisson Ho-

tel. This year the Summit educated
over 487 attendees.
"If the cases in the minority com-
munity weren't still rising, we
wouldn't need to be repeating the
Summit." said Chair Deadra Greene.
In the state of Florida 1 in 46 Afri-
can-Americans is affected with the
HIV/AIDS virus. The State of Flor-
ida is 3rd in the nation behind Cali-
fornia and New York for new cases.
Startling enough, even though Afri-
can-Americans only represent 13%
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$$ Celebrating Work and Money Heroes $$

Joe Dudley
Joe Dudley failed his first grade class in
Aurora, N.C. where he had been diagnosed
with a speech impediment. Far from being
daunted by this, Dudley grew up to create
Dudley Products Inc., a company that derives '
annual sales in the neighborhood of $30 mil-
lion from black hair care products. Born in
1937, Dudley began working as a door-to-
door salesman for the Fuller Products Co. in
the late 1950s, launching his career in the
beauty business. But it wasn't until 1969 that he and his wife, Eunice,
started Dudley Products. The couple concocted beauty products on their
kitchen stove during the night, while Dudley went out and sold them dur-
ing the day. This enabled Dudley to become a millionaire at 40. Today,
Dudley has an 80,000-square-foot facility in Kemersville, N.C., and his
company produces more than 400 beautifying agents. The Dudley empire
also includes the Dudley Cosmetology University, which has two schools
in Zimbabwe. Every year, Dudley gives scores of full scholarships to stu-
dents in business-related majors at North Carolina A&T University and
Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.

Madam C. J. Walker
Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, known as
Madam C.J. Walker, became the United States' first
self-made African-American female millionaire,
thanks to developing a straightener for black hair.
She was born in 1867 in Louisiana. After her par-
ents died, Walker, seven at the time, supported her- i '
self and a sister by working as a washerwoman. By
the time Walker moved to St. Louis in 1888, her
hair had been badly damaged by years of exposure
to steam and chemicals. She began to experiment with remedies to reverse
her hair loss. Walker created a three-step technique that started with a
shampoo, then an oil massage followed by a run-through with a hot comb.
Pleased with the outcome of her treatment, Walker began selling her prod-
ucts in Colorado. Her efforts were successful, as was a bid to start a mail-
order business. In 1908, Walker and her daughter, A'Lelia, founded a
prosperous hair salon and cosmetology school in Pittsburgh. Two years
later, having trained 5,000 agents to sell her products, Walker moved to
Indianapolis and established a laboratory. By 1913, the C.J. Walker
Manufacturing Co. was generating revenues exceeding $100,000 per
month. Walker died in New York on May 25, 1919.

Cathy Hughes
In 1978, when she was general man-
ager of Howard University's radio station
Catherine L. Hughes came to a realiza-
tion. "If you know so much," a colleague a
told her, "why don't you start your own
station?" That comment sowed the seeds
for Radio One -- a radio empire with 69
stations and a 40 percent stake in the TV
One cable television network. But the
road wasn't easy. Banks rejected Hughes
and her then-husband Dewey Hughes'
loan applications 32 times before they got the "yes" they needed to pur-
chase a station in 1979. Their outfit hitched its star to a talk format but
shortly after her husband announced on air that he could no longer go on.
He left for California. Hughes stayed in Washington with her young son,
Alfred Liggins. Hardship forced Hughes, born in Omaha, Neb., in 1947,
and Liggins to live inside the tiny WOL station. They ate from a hot plate,
bathed in a sink, and parked their car several.blocks away to avoid repos-
session. But Hughes' business eventually became profitable. Today, Radio
One is the country's seventh largest radio company. Hughes.is the chair-
man, while Liggins, her son, is the president and CEO.

Reginald F. Lewis
Born in Baltimore in 1942 on the
first anniversary of Japan's bombing
of Pearl Harbor, Reginald Francis
Lewis' crowning achievement was the

purchase of an international food company for just un-
der $1 billion. TLC Beatrice Foods had operating units
in 31 countries when Lewis bought it in 1987, aided by
junk-bond financier Michael Milken. Prior to the TLC
Beatrice acquisition, the Harvard-trained lawyer had
acquired the McCall Pattern Co. in a leveraged buyout

valued at $22.5 million. A Francophile who spoke flu-
ent French and operated TLC Beatrice while living in
Paris, Lewis typically flew to four or five European
counties per day on his private jet in the course,of suc-
cessfully running TLC Beatrice. Toward the latter part
of 1992 Lewis' health began to flag, he was diagnosed

with brain cancer. Reginald Lewis succumbed to the
disease in 1993 at the age of 50. His net,worth was
pegged at $400 million at the time of his death. Lewis
had donated millions of dollars to charities affecting
black youth, and had seriously considered buying the
Baltimore Orioles baseball team at one point.

Osceola McCarty
During the three-quarters of a century she toiled as a domestic, washing, ironing and
folding others peoples' clothes, Mississippi native Osceola McCarty harbored a higher-
education dream she shared with no one. It was revealed in spectacular fashion when
McCarty shocked the University of Southern Mississippi with a $150,000 gift in 1995.
"I want to help somebody's child go to college," said McCarty, who was 87 at the time.
"I just want it to go to someone who will appreciate it and learn." The University of
Southern Mississippi used McCarty's gift to endow a scholarship for needy African-
American students, keeping McCarty's wishes. Born in Wayne County, Miss., on March
7, 1908, McCarty's formal education ended in sixth grade, when an'aunt took ill and
McCarty had to take care of the paralyzed woman. She began washing clothes in Hat-
tiesburg, Miss., to earn money. A frugal woman who never bought a car and never mar-
ried, McCarty lived in a simple frame home where she washed laundry for Hattiesburg residents. She died four
years after her philanthropic coup in 1999 at the age of 91.

Sean (P-Diddy) Combs "'
Born in Harlem, Sean Combs had his mind set on wealth and fame long before be-
coming a multimillionaire. Born Nov. 4, 1970, Combs landed down ajob with Upto%\ n
Records as a teenager, and became an executive with the company when he-was still r .
an 18-year-old Howard University student. Combs played an instruiiental role in cre-
ating successful records by artists like Mary J. Blige, before being fired from Uptown. *
An astute businessman, Combs responded by launching his own label, Bad Boy Enter-
tainment, in 1993. Bad Boy was hugely successful; launching the careers of several
talented hip-hop and R&B artists, including the late Notorious B.I.G. Bad Boy. Known as Puff Daddy at the
time, Combs' company was bringing in more than $100 million in total record sales. Following the shooting
death of Notorious B.I.G., he launched a spectacular rap career of his own. Then, in March 2001, Combs was
acquitted of involvement in a New York City nightclub shooting incident and began calling himself P. Diddy. In
addition to running his Sean Jean clothing line, a couple of restaurants and acting, Combs has raised more than
millionn for New York City schools.

Bob Johnson
While taking social science
classes the University of Illinois
at Urbana, Black Entertainment ,
Television (BET) founder .
Robert L. Johnson became fasci- -
nated with the tremendous intlu-
ence the mass media ha\e on
society. Born in East St. Louis.
Ill., in 1947, Johnson worked as
a lobbyist for the National Cable
and Telecommunications Asso-
ciation from 1976 through 1979.
The following year Johnson created the BET Network, pro-
viding a cable television venue for black entertainers typi-
cally ignored by the MTV network. BET became the first
black-owned company to be traded on the New York Stock
Exchange in 1991. Nine years later, Johnson sold BET to
Viacom for approximately $3 billion. Under that agreement,
Johnson agreed to remain BET's CEO for several years after
the sale. In 2002, Johnson became the first African American
to have a majority stake in a major sports franchise, when he
became the majority owner of the National Basketball Asso-
ciation's Charlotte Bobcats team. Johnson holds a master's
degree in international relations from Princeton University
and his BET Network reaches more than 78 households in
the United States, Canada and in the Caribbean.

John H. Johnson
Most people associate John Harold Johnson with
Johnson Publishing Co., which publishes Ebony and
Jet magazines. But in addition to those publications,
Johnson has also been a real estate owner and devel-
oper, hair care and cosmetics manufacturer and radio
station owner over the course of a successful business
career. Johnson was born in Arkansas City, Ark., in

Earl Graves
A former Army captain, Earl
Graves has excelled as a publisher,
Editor, business consultant and
soft-drink franchise owner. Black
Enterprise magazine, which
Graves created in 1970 with a $150,000 bank loan,
presently has a paid circulation of 500,000. Born in

1918, and. was only six when he lost his father in a
sawmill accident. Johnson moved to Chicago in 1933
and borrowed $500 from his mother to launch Negro
Digest magazine. That was followed by Ebony, which
debuted in 1945, and then Tan Confessions, in 1950.
Jet, rolled out in 1951, is just one of many black-
themed publications launched by Johnson that pro-
vided African Americans a rare look at the world
from their perspective. In the course of building his

Brooklyn, N.Y., 70 years ago, Graves graduated from
Morgan State University with a bachelor's degree in
economics in 1958. In 1990, Graves teamed up with
basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson to snap up
a controlling interest in the $60 million Pepsi-Cola of
Washington, D.C., franchise, making the duo the
owners of the second largest minority-controlled
Pepsi Cola franchise. Graves sold the franchise back
to the parent company in 1988. But with all his other

publishing empire, Johnson has
created thousands of jobs for Af-
rican Americans. That also holds
true for the other businesses he
owns. Johnson consistently sup-
ports organizations such as the
United Negro College Fund, the
National Urban League and the

ventures, it's still Black Enterprise that's most closely
associated with Graves. It was the first publication to
show African Americans as captains of industry,
successful entrepreneurs and savvy investors. Black
Enterprise grossed $930,000 in receipts at the end of
its first year of publication. In recognition of a $1
million gift from Graves, Morgan University renamed
its school of business and management the Earl G.
Graves School of Business and Management.

Op W infrwere filled, Winfrey was sent to Nashville to live with her father. There, Winfrey
rarerah W y landed a broadcasting job with a Nashville radio station while she was still in
A TV host, producer and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey ranks high school. After high school, she became a television reporter, attended Ten-
215th on the 2004 Forbes list of richest Americans. Winfrey, 50, essee State University and eventually hosted a TV show in Baltimore. Then she
best known for her daily talk viewed in 110 countries, has a net moved to Chicago and energized a moribund TV talk show that was renamed
worth valued at $1.3 B. In the United States alone, 30 million 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in 1986. The same year, Winfrey bought full owner-
viewers watch Winfrey every day. Bor in Kosciusko, Miss., on ship, a deal which would turn into a lucrative financial windfall. Winfrey's chari-
Jan. 29, 1954, she later moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother, but ran table giving is legendary, including $6 million she donated in 1994 to help 100
away at 13 to escape abuse. Spared a trip to a juvenile facility because the beds families move from subsidized housing.

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N eLocal elected offi- Snorts first black male champion was Ar-
cial: John Mercer Major league base- thur Ashe, who won the 1968 U.S.
Langston 1855, town ball player: Jackie Open, the 1970 Austra-
clerk of Brownhelm I 4 Robinson, 1947, lian Open, and the 1975
Township, Ohio. Brooklyn Dodgers. Wimbledon champion-
*State elected official: Alexan- NFL quarterback: ship.
Willie Thrower, avyweight boxing i
der Lucius Twilight, 1836, the Willie Thrower, champion: Jack John-
Vermont legislature. 1953 son 1908
NFL football coach: Fritz Pol- s 1
*Mayor of major city: Carl NFL footba coach: Fritz ol- Olympic gold medalist (Summer
Stokes, Cleveland, Ohio, 1967 lard1922-193 games): John Baxter "Doc" Taylor
Golf champion: Tiger Woods,
1971.1997, won the Masters golf toua- won a gold medal as part of the 4 x
*Governor (appointed): ment. 400 meter relay team.
P.B.S. Pinchback served as gov- NHL hockey player: Willie Olympic gold medalist (Summer
ernor of Louisiana from Dec. 9, O'Ree, 1958, Boston games; individual): DeHart Hub-
1872-Jan. 13, 1873, during im- Bruins. bard, 1924, for the long jump; the
peachment proceedings against Tennis champion: first woman was Alice Coachman,
the elected governor. Althea Gibson, 1957, who won the high jump in 1948.
*Governor (elected): c' Wimbledon singles Olympic gold medalist (Winter
Douglas Wilder, Vr- championship. The Vonetta Flowers, 2002,
ginia, 1990-1994. bobsled.

*U.S. Representative:
Joseph Rainey became a Con-
gressman from South Carolina in
1870 and was reelected four
more times. The first black fe-
male U.S. Representative was
Shirley Chisholm, Congress-
woman from New York, 1969-
OU.S. Senator:
Hiram Revels, be-
came Senator from
Mississippi from Feb.
25, 1870 to March 4, 1871, dur-
ing Reconstruction. Edward
Brooke (R-Mass.) became the
first African-American Senator
since Reconstruction, 1966-
1979. Carol Mosely Braun be-
came the first black woman
Senator serving from 1992-1998
for the state of Illinois. (There
have only been a total of five in
U.S. history: the remaining two
are Blanche Bruce (1875-1881)
and Barack Obama (2005-).
*U.S. Cabinet Minis-
ter Robert C. Weaver,
S1966-1968, Secretary
S of the Department of
Housing and Urban
Development under
Lyndon Johnson; the first black
female cabinet minister was
Patricia Harris, 1977, Secretary
of HUD under Jimmy Carter.
U.S. Secretary of State: Gen.
Colin Powell 2001-2004. The
first black female Secretary of
State Cundp ieza Rice 2005

Editor, Harvard Law Review: Charles Hamilton
Houston, 1919. Barack Obama became the first
President of the Harvard Law Review.
Federal Judge: William Henry Hastie, 1946;
Constance Baker Motley, became the first black
woman Federal judge, 1966.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice: Thurgood Mar-
shall. 1967-1991. Clarence Thomas became the sec-
ond African American to serve on the court in 1991. Judge Marshall
African-American Firsts: Diplomacy
U.S. diplomat: Ebenezer D. Bassett, 1869, became minister-resident to
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in 1950 for mediating the Arab-Israeli truce. Martin Luther
King, Jr. became the second African-American Peace Prize
winner in 1964.

Novelist: Harriet Wilson, Our Nig
Published Poet (published):
Phyllis Wheatley, 1773, Poems on
Various Subjects, Religious and

Science & Medicine

First patent holder:
Thomas L. Jennings
1821, for a dry-cleaning
process. Sarah E.
Goode, 1885, became
the first African-
American woman to
receive a patent, for a
bed that folded up into
a cabinet.
M.D. degree: James
McCune Smith, 1837,

Moral. Pulitzer Prize winner:
Gwendolyn Brooks, 1950, won the
Pulitzer Prize in poetry.
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Honey With a Story

A few years later Norma Jean and her
lovely sister, Carole, were smiling gra-
ciously from the cover of a milestone cook-
book, "Spoonbread & Strawberry Wine:
Recipes & Reminiscences of a Family."
"Spoonbread" was the prototype for
many other African-American cookbooks
that followed, including my two books, "Soul
Food" and "Brown Sugar. "
Norma Jean's best-selling cookbook is
filled with anecdotes, memories, recipes,
cooking, health and cosmetic tips, and her-
alds both sides of the Darden Sisters' re-
markable family. It features the Dardens of
North Carolina, who, only a generation out

of slavery, produced three medical doctors,
two lawyers, a couple morticians and sev-
eral school teachers.
And it also salutes their maternal grand-
father, William Sampson, a migrant worker
and skilled beekeeper, who in the early
1900s migrated from Wilcox County in Ala-
bama to Kentucky and on to Ohio.
"Granddad Sampson was the only
grandparent I ever met and his first love was
farming," said Norma Jean, flushed with
memories, over lunch at her Harlem restau-
rant, Miss Maude's, named for an aunt.
"He extracted the most delicious honey
I've ever tasted from his beehives, and when

fruit punch, cake icing, cakes and cookies.
"Spoonbread" features many of these reci-
pes, as well as remedies such as honey gar-
gle and cough syrup.

he sent us home with it, he often gave us "Granddad Sampson believed in the
advice on how to use it. His suggestions curative and health-giving properties of
have inspired some of my favorite soul food honey," Norma recalled. "He even advo-
recipes. Honey has always been a key ingre- cated warm beeswax for relieving stiff
dient in the down-home soul food I serve at joints."
both of my restaurants as well as at home," And then, quite ironically: "He didn't
In that vein, Norma Jean has partnered believe too much in doctors."
with the National Honey Board during Black Since the publication of "Spoonbread,"
History Month to celebrate recipes and folk- Norma Jean has opened two restaurants, a
lore surrounding honey, and our beloved catering company, and recently was
soulfood. awarded the concession at a new restau-
Over the years soul food cooks have rant/bar in Lincoln Center.
used honey as a glaze for ham, barbecued The following honey recipes are adapted
spareribs and chicken; as a toppingforfried from Norma Jean's collection. Happy Black
apples, fritters, waffles and pancakes; in History Month!

Honey 'color ranges from
almost colorless to dark am-
ber and its flavor varies
from mild to bold. As a gen-
eral rule, light-colored
honey such as Clover, is
mild in flavor, while dark-
colored honey such as Buck-
wheat, is stronger. I particu-
larly like Wildflower, a me-
dium flavored honey; other
favorites are Tupelo, Or-
ange Blossom and Red
comes in a
variety of
forms in-
cluding liquid, whipped and
comb. Store honey at room
temperature-the kitchen
counter or pantry shelf is
ideal. Refrigeration causes
honey to crystallized. To dis-
solve, simply place the
honey jar in warm water
and stir until the cnstals
When baking with honey,
remember the following:
Reduce any liquid called for
by 1/4 cup for each cup of
honey used.
Add 1/2 teaspoon baking
soda for each cup of honey
used, and reduce the oven
temperature by 25 degrees.

1 whole roasting chicken, about 4
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herb,
such as thyme or marjoram or 1 1/2
teaspoons dried herb
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Freshly.,ground black pepper
I cup-seedless red or green grapes
(not black)
4 tablespoons melted butter or mild
flavored oil, such as grapeseed or
6 tablespoons honey, about

1 can (15.25 ounce.)
apricot halves in
Preheat the oven to
450 degrees.
Rinse the chicken in
cold water and pat
dry with paper tow-
els. Combine the
herb, garlic, salt and
t pepper and rub all
over the chicken,
including the cavity.
Using your fingers,
insert some of the
seasoning under the
skin of the chicken
breast, covering the
meat all over.
Combine the
grapes with 2 table-
spoons of the honey
and place in the cav-
. ity of the turkey.
up Drizzle over about 2
tablespoons of the oil
or melted butter over
the chicken.
Using twine or
heavy string, tie the chicken legs
close to body and then fold wing
tips back and secure with skewers or
twine. Place the chicken, breast side
up, on a rack in shallow roasting
Place the pan on the lower oven
rack and roast the chicken for 20
While the chicken is browning,
drain the apricot halves. (Use the
leftover for another occasion.) Set
aside 6 of the apricot halves. Com-
bine the remaining apricots (about
3/4 cup), butter or oil and honey in a
blender or food processor. Puree
until smooth.

Reduce the oven temperature to
350 degrees. Brush about one-third
of the honey-apricot glaze over the
Roast the chicken for about 1
1/2 hours, basting occasionally with
the remaining honey-apricot glaze
and spooning over the pan dripping.
If the chicken began to 'brown a
little too fast, lay a sheet of alumi-
num foil on top.
The chicken is done when the
juice at the.thigh run clear when cut
with a knife, or when an instant read
thermometer registers 170 degrees.
Let the chicken rest in a warm
place for a few minutes before serv-
ing on a platter garnished with the
reserved apricot halves and grapes if
Makes 4 to 5 servings.

4 pounds lean pork spareribs
1 large onion, thinly sliced.
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoons ginger root, grated or
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary,
1 teaspoon dried, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped or

2 teaspoon ground sage
1 or 2 chile peppers, chopped.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Trim off visible, excess fat. Place
the ribs in a large roasting pan and
cover completely with water. Scatter
over the onion slices. Cover the pan
with a tight lid or with a layer of

aluminum foil, sealing the edges.
Place the pan of ribs on the
lower oven rack and bake for about
30 minutes, turning over in the wa-
ter at least once.
Remove the tenderized pan of ribs
from the heat and drain well.
Preheat the oven. to 450 degrees.
Rub the ribs all over with the salt
and pepper.
Lightly oil the roasting and place
in the spareribs. Bake the ribs for

about 20 minutes to brown lightly,
turning over at least once with
Meanwhile, combine in a small
bowl or cup, the honey, lemon juice,
lemon peel, ginger, garlic, herbs and
chile peppers.
Reduce the oven temperature to

350 degrees. Brush the ribs all over,
both sides, with some of the honey-
herb mixture.
Bake the ribs 1 hour longer or
until fully cooked and tender, or
until an instant read thermometer
registers 180 degrees, brushing
every 15 or so minutes with the
honey mixture.
Cut into 3 or four rib pieces to
serve. Makes 4 generous servings.

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Maryland Gearing Up to Host Country's Largest Black Memorabilia Show

The Greater Washington,
DC Black Memorabilia &
Collectible Show will be
Saturday, April 16, 2005,
at the world famous
Montgomery County
Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut
Street, in Gaithersburg,
Maryland located near
the nation's capitol and
easily accessible from
Washington, DC, Mary-
land, Virginia, and other
nearby states.

Over 100 exhibitors from around
the country will be at the show with
black memorabilia and collectibles
for sale including historical artifacts
and documents, books, figurals,
autographs, stamps, postcards, ad-
vertisements, posters, toys, paint-
ings, coins, prints, political memora-
bilia, sports memorabilia, paper col-
lectibles, dolls, textiles, kitchen col-
lectibles, banks, cookie jars, enter-
tainment memorabilia, photographic
items, jewelry and much more.
There will be exhibits of slavery

artifacts, Jim Crow memorabilia, and
African American inventors and
inventions which are very educa-
tional and informative. Also, there
will be autograph sessions with for-
mer players of the Negro League
baseball teams.
There continues to be a strong
interest in black memorabilia and
nationally there are many individuals
with significant collections. The in-
tent of this show is to provide an
environment where the public can be
educated on the African American

experience, and where they can pur-
chase desirable pieces of black
memorabilia and collectibles. Pur-
chases of black memorabilia are con-
sidered a good investment since the
value of such items have continued
to appreciate over the years. This is
the largest black memorabilia aid
collectible show in the country.
The Greater Washington, D0
Black Memorabilia and Collectible
Show will be open 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2005.For more
information, call (301) 216-0876.

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Drew was born and raised in
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also had the greatest influence.
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that.I could do anything in life I
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and served on the Air Combat
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flying time in more than 30
types of aircraft.
In July 2000, Drew was
selected as a mission specialist
by NASA and reported for
training in August 2000. Fol-
lowing the completion of two
years of training and evaluation,
be was assigned technical du-
ties in the Astronaut Office
Station Operations Branch,
Houston. He will serve in tech-
nical assignments until assigned
to a space flight.
Drew has worked hard
throughout to achieve his goals
and advises young people
to,"...understand any goal is
attainable, but it becomes a
matter of how hard you have to
work at it. The sooner you
know what you want to do or
want to- be in life, and the
sooner you start working at it,
the more you can spread out the
work, so no one challenge is
insurmountable. But, no matter
what your pursuits in life, hav-
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,:-S What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

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.
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
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.

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).
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 comer 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.
Savior's Day
On Sunday, February 27, 2005
the local chapter of the Nation of
Islam will present Savior's Day
with a live telecast of Minister
Louis Farrakhan. The event will be
held from 3-5 p.m. at the Radiss'on
Riverwalk Hotel. For more
information, please call 421-3440
ext. 1108.
Grief Support Group
One of the most helpful ways of
coping with the death of a loved
one is to share with others who are
experiencing a similar loss. In this
'6-week support group, members
have an opportunity to express their
feelings and thoughts as well as
gain an understanding of grief and
how it impacts their lives. Sharing
is voluntary and confidential. The
meetings will be held March 1, 8,
15, 22, 29 and April 5 beginning at
7 p.m. at the Hospice of
Jacksonville, 8130 Baymeadows
Way W. Ste. 202. To register or for
more information contact, Richard
Marsh at 733-9818.

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
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.

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-

Girl Scouts Women of
Distinction Luncheon
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
will honor six women at the 17th
Annual Women of Distinction
Luncheon at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel, March 11, 2005.
This year's honorees are
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
Rita Cannon, Betty P. Cook, Ann
C. Hicks, Janice G. Lipsky and
Susan Wildes. The luncheon will
take place from 12:00 p.m. 1:30
p.m. and is open to the public with
advance registration required. For
reservations, please call. 388-4653
ext. 1142.

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.
Great Jacksonville
Book Sale
The Great Jacksonville Book
Sale will be March 4-6, 2005, at
the Jacksonville Fair Grounds in
Exhibit Hall B. Hours are 10:00
a.m. 6:00 p.m. daily. All genres
of books will be covered including
hard cover, paper back, history,
health, and much more all priced
from .50 cents to $2. For more
information, call 630-1728.
Sisters Network
Gospel Benefit
The Sisters Network of
Northeast Florida A support
.Group for African American
women surviving breast cancer will
be hosting a gospel musical event
on Sunday, March 6, 2005. The
event will be held at Grace Baptist
Church of East Springfield, 1553 E.
21st. St. and will begin at 6 p.m.
Proceeds will be donated to Sisters
Network. For more information,
please call Sis. Claudia Campbell at

Masquerade Ball
The Continental Society will
present their 4th Annual
Masquerade Ball with a Zulu Flair
on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at the
University Center at the University
of North Florida. Festivities will
begin at 8 p.m. The ticket price
includes Hors d' oeuvres, buffet,
cash bar, live entertainment, casino
and door prizes. A mask will be
provided. For tickets or more
information, please call 745-5344.
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.

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Stanton Class of 1945
Reunion Meeting
The Class of 1945 continues to
finalize plans for their 60th Class
reunion and look forward to seeing
you at their next class meeting on
March 5, 2005, 3:30 p.m. 5:30
p.m., in the Community room of
the Bradham/Brooks Northwest
Library 1755 Edgewood Ave. W.
For more information, contact V.
Crumley at 354-6747.
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.
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

Ritz Chamber
Players Performance
The Ritz Chamber Players, the
nation's only all African-American
Chamber Music Society, presents
"A New Day," Spring Concert
2005 on March 19, 2005 at 8:00
p.m. at the Terry Theater in the
Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts. The performance
will feature Stravinsky L'histoire
du.soldat (The Soldier's Tale). The
nation's first chamber music
ensemble series comprised solely
of accomplished musicians
spanning the African Diaspora
brings a fresh, new energy to the
classical music genre. For more
information call 472-4270.

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Orchid Show
The Jacksonville Orchid
Society, whose sole purpose is to
encourage the study, appreciation
and growing of orchids, both
species and hybrids will have their
annual show on March 19-20,
2005 at the Garden Club of
Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave.,
from 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m..and
admission is free. For more
information, please call 268-6453.
Regional Matchmaker
The Florida Department of
Management Services and Office
of Supplier Diversity will host the
2005 Regional Matchmaker
Workshop in Jacksonville centering
on the topic, "Doing Business with
the State: What Vendors Need to
Know". On site certification will be
available. The event will be held on
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at the
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel. For
more information, please call 850-
Rabia Temple
Boat Ride
Rabia Temple #8 clown Unit
will present their 2nd Annual All
White Boat Ride from 8:00 p.m. -
12:00 a.m. on March 25, 2005.
The evening will feature a live DJ
aboard the Lady St. John as they
cruise down the St. Johns River.
The Boat will load behind Chart
House Restaurant and the ticket
price includes food and door prizes.
Must be .21 to sail. For more
information, please call 338-4037,
721-0663, or 233-8473.
RAP Home Tour
Riverside Avondale
Preservation will present their 31st
Annual Spring Tour of Homes on
Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and
24, 2005 in the Riverside Avondale
Historic District. Hours are 10:00
a.m. 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and
12 noon 5:00-p.m. on Sundaj.'
For more information, please call

Children's Chorus
Spring Concert
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their Annual
Spring Concert with the theme "A
River Runs Through It" on Sunday,
May 1, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. The
benefit will be held at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Dinner will immediately
follow the concert. For more
information and/or tickets, please
call 384-6001.

NCCJ Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
NCCJ will have their annual
Humanitarian Awards Dinner on
Thursday, May, 26 2005. The 6:45
p.m. dinner will be preceded by a
6:00 p.m. reception. This year
honorees are Dr. Guy Benrubi,
Toni Crawford, Ronnie Ferguson
and Tillie Fowler who will be
lauded for their community service
and receive the organization's
Silver Medallion Award. For more
information about the dinner or for
tickets, call 306-6225.

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Hollywood Gossip Scoop


Prosecutor says evidence too flimsy
Bill Cosby dodged a bullet with news
from a Pennsylvania prosecutor that he
will not face charges stemming from a
Canadian woman's allegation that he
drugged and fondled her. /
"The District Attorney finds insuffi- ,
cient credible and admissible evidence
exists upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could
be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt," Montgomery
County District Attorney Bruce Castor said in a state-
As previously reported, the former Temple Univer-
sity employee went to Canadian authorities Jan. 13
alleging that Cosby slipped her a substance that made
her dizzy, then fondled her at his Cheltenham Town-
ship home after a dinner out with friends in January
2004. She said she later awoke to find her bra undone
and her clothes in disarray. Cosby has denied the
Judge keeps amount at 3 grand.
She wanted an increase from
$3,000 to $15,000-a-month in child
support. Instead, Mary Anne den
Bok, the mother of Ray Charles' 17- .. A .
year-old son Corey Robinson den -
Bok, will continue to receive
monthly payments of $3,000 from
Charles' estate following a judge's
ruling Wednesday in Pasadena, CA.
Outside of court, the teen told reporters that he
wanted to return to the lifestyle he experienced when
his father was still alive including living in a bigger
house with enough room to have friends sleep over.
"I would go to his concerts, I'd go backstage, he
came to sing me happy birthday on my birthdays, he'd
come for parents day at school," he said.
Judge Coleman A. Swart did rule, however, that the
teen should receive money for his education and medi-
cal expenses, said Manley Freid, attorney for the ex-
ecutor of Charles' estate.
Cheadle, Freeman, Foxx, Okonedo to be honored.
The folks at "Ebony" magazine
I3 S J have decided to use the occasion of
its 60th anniversary to salute this
Si .... year's, African American Oscar
nominees Don Cheadle, Morgan
Freeman, Jamie Foxx and Sophie
The event, dubbed as
"Hollywood in Harlem," will be
Held Feb. 24 at the Crustacean res-
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taurant in Beverly Hills and hosted by Linda Johnson
Rice, President and CEO of Johnson Publishing, and L.
Marilyn Crawford, CEO of Primetime Omnimedia. The
gala will be sponsored by Federal Express.
Other outstanding artists and leaders to receive spe-
cial tributes during the event are Ashanti, Kimberly
Elise, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Wyclef Jean,
Clifton Powell, Kerry Washington and Pauletta Wash-

'Apprentice' star sees pattern with portrayals.
'Once you start looking at how all l
the black men are lazy and laid-back and
nonassertive and nonaggressive and all
the black women are quite the opposite, I
think there is a pattern," said Omarosa
Manigault-Stallworth, the diva of the first
season of "The Apprentice".
Conducting a telephone press conference to promote
her appearance on a Feb. 28 episode of" Fear Factor,"
Omarosa instead fielded questions about her controver-
sial run on the first season's of Donald Trump's glori-
fied job interview. Citing a current black female con-
testant as an example, Omarosa said black contestants
seemed to be ignored by the cameras if they don't fall
into a certain stereotype. Based on subsequent com-
ments, it appeared obvious that she was referring to
Tara, a New York City government employee.
"She was kind of crying, saying, 'They're not show-
ing me at all and I did all the right things,'" Manigault-
Stallworth said. "She's well-behaved, well-spoken, she
doesn't argue with anybody," Omarosa continues, and
she is getting "absolutely no air time."
The depiction of current contestant Verna, who quit
during the show's second episode citing stress and ex-
haustion, made Omarosa cringe "in the biggest way."'
She said the depiction of Verna as a quitter supported
her theory of black folks being purposely portrayed in a
negative fashion on reality television.
"I think this is more of an extension of what's hap-
pening overall in Hollywood," Manigault Stallworth
said. "There's not a whole lot of roads for black women
on television, and the roads that are presented don't
always seem to be positive."
Comedy Central is denying rumors
that writer's block is keeping Dave
Chappelle from premiering the next
season of the "Chappelle Show." In
response to talk that the comedian was
struggling to top the tremendous success
of his first two seasons, Comedy Central spokesman
Tony Fox put the speculation to rest, saying that Chap-
pelle and writing partner Neil Brennan are hard at work
this week in anticipation of the premiere on May 31.
TOn u iI H Ae il A; 1 L-

Ritz Chamber Players' founder and artistic director Terrance Patterson reviews a new chamber compo-
sition with composer Dr. Gary Smart of UNF.

UNF Music Professor Celebrates Black History

Month with New Composition at JMOMA Concert

By Clennon King
The University of North Florida's
former Music Department chair
unveiled a new chamber music
composition that pays tribute to
Black music and culture.
UNF music professor Gary
Smart, who is white, recently de-
buted his "Strings Quartet No. 1"
performed by Jacksonville's own
celebrated Ritz Chamber Players
The group is the nation's only all
black, full season, classical cham-
ber ensemble. Last year, the group
had their Carnegie Hall debut and
were broadcast in concert to 40
countries via the BBC.
"We're delighted to perform the
work of such a brilliant composer

as Dr. Smart," said RCP artistic
director Terrance Patterson. "His
work is proof positive music
crosses all racial and cultural
The concert was held. at the Jack-
sonville Museum of Modern Art,
and included a question and answer
session with the composer, along
with a reception.
The concert is part of a concert
series entitled "Those Great Jack-
sonvillians" exploring music writ-
ten after 1945, and celebrating the
genius of local artists, like Profes-
sor Smart, who call Jacksonville
"home," said Patterson.
Smart moved to Jacksonville to
spearhead the Jazz Music Program
at UNF where he's taught piano

D R U G.

'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino poses with the 'American
Idol' Barbie dolls during the unveiling of Mattel's new line to kick-off
the International Toy Fair in New York.

Black America GaGa

Over American Idol

What is Black America watching on
TV? According to Neilsen, it's the
same show all of America is watch-
ing- "American Idol." The talent
show was the highest-rated program
in black households, and ranked
No. 1 in the overall Neilson ratings
during the second week of Febru-
ary. The Tuesday and Wednesday
editions of "Idol" (at first and third
place respectively) together drew
6.2 million viewers, while Tues-
day's edition beat the Grammy

Awards at second place.
Here are the top ten shows among
black households for the second
week of Feb: 1. American Idol-
Tuesday FOX (3.2 million view-
ers)2. Grammy Awards CBS (2.7)3.
American Idol-Wednesday FOX
(2.7)4. Girlfriends UPN (2.2)5. Half
and Half UPN (2.0)6. One on One
UPN (2.0)7. House FOX (1.8)8.
One on One (1.7)9. CSI CBS
(1.7)10. Without A Trace (1.7).

since 1999.
"I'm hoping they'll enjoy the mu-
sic and see it in a new light," said
the 60-year-old composer whose
works are published by Margun
Music (Boston), and recorded on
Mastersound Recording'(Toronto).
Smart said his new'work features
four movements, each nodding at
different African American music
genres. They include bee-bop jazz,
and the negro spiritual loosely
based on the coded runaway slave
song,"Follow the Drinking Gourd."
Also included is an Afro Latin
Bossa Nova, and a variation on the
African American game rhyme
"Shortnin' Bread."
Smart's journey to jazz and black
music was an unlikely one. He
grew up the son of a coal
miner in a predominantly white
community in Central Illinois
where, according to him, he did-
n't see a black person until his
teens. But the radio allowed him
to fall in love with the music of
Louis Armstrong and Duke El-
"My piano "tel6hdr forbade
edq6m playgflj z;6zxtt PdM it
anyway," said the award-winning
Yale-trained composer, who has
performed around the globe:
Smart first met Patterson at
UNF where the RCP founder was
an adjunct professor of clarinet.
Late last year, Patterson ap-
proached Smart about the concert
series and pitched composing a
signature work for it.
At the hour-long concert, Pat-
terson's Ritz Chamber Players
also performed "String Quartet"
by Pulitzer Prize-winning com-
poser George Walker. Walker is
the only African American com-
poser to receive the honor in the
history of the award.
Among the Ritz Chamber
Players performing at the concert
were first violinist Kyle
Lombard, second violinist Or-
lando Wells, violist Dawn Smith
and guest cellist Brazilian-born
Sophia Every of the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra.
The next performance of the
Ritz Chamber's Players will be
Wednesday, April 27, 2005.


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