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30 Life Lessons from Trailblazing
Alabama Lawmakers Urge Black
Athletes to Boycott Auburn
MONTGOMERY, Ala. Lawmakers in the state's Black caucus are call-
ing for a Black athletes' boycott of mostly white Auburn University until
the school agrees to rehire two black administrators fired in a reorgani-
zation of the athletic department.
The caucus voted unanimously last week for the boycott Auburn
President Ed Richardson maintains the restructuring \as not racially
"We asked athletes to boycon Auburn until this issue is resolved
because of the money going into Auburn from sports." said Democratic
Rep. Laura Hall, caucus chairwoman.
The roughly 30 caucus members met last week \ ith Richardson and
asked him to rehire associate athletic director Stac\ DarJle and assistant
athletic director Eugene Harris, even if the. had to be placed in positions
outside the athletic department.
Both were fired earlier this month as part of a department restructur-
ing; a white assistant athletic director also was fired.
Auburn is the largest unmersity in Alabama. with an enrollment of
approximately 22,000, according to its Web site.
Democratic state Rep. Alvin Holmes said the caucus does not expect
athletes already at Auburn to leaxe. "We're just asking those being
recruited not to come to Auburn." Holmes said.
Texas Study Shows Minorities
Get Searched More
AUSTIN, Texas Two out of three Texas la\w enforcement agencies
searched black and Hispanic drivers at higher rates than white motorists
at traffic stops in 2003, according to a recently released racial profiling
When searched, however, white motorists were at least as likely as
blacks or Hispanics to be found with illegal items such as drugs or
weapons, the report found.
The data were compiled from information more than 1,000 Texas law
enforcement departments were required to record under state law. Most
of the agencies responded to public information requests for the stud,.
The stud\'s recommendations include adopting uniform reporting stan-
dards for racial profiling data; requiring extra data to be collected b,,
police agencies: and establishing an independent state\ ide repository for
reports. The report also recommended banning consent searches when
an officer seeks a motonst's permission to do a search to look for illegal
items, even if there is no probable cause. The study found three out of
five Texas police agencies were more likely to ask blacks and Latinos
than whites for a consent search.
The report conducted by Ste\ard Research Group \was commissioned
by the ACLU of Texas, NAACP Texas, the Texas Criminal Justice
Coalition and the state chapter of the League of United Latin American
Trial Delayed in 1964 Civil
Rights Students Killings
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. The trial of a reputed Ku Klux Klansman in
the 1964 slaying of three ci il rights workers as postponed Thursday to
April 18, in part to give the defense time to review tips received as part
of the reopened investigation.
Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-N ear-old part-time preacher and former lum-
ber mill operator, had been scheduled to go on trial March 28 in the
killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman,
volunteers helping blacks register to \ore.
Defense attorney Mitch Moran asked for time to look into information
received via a tip line that was set up by a church organization after pros-
ecutors reopened the case.
Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon said the three-\week delax would also
allow more time to prepare a questionnaire for prospective jurors.
Black Farmers Seek
Compensation From Government
Thousands of black farmers who say they have been left out of a land-
mark civil rights case are turning to Congress as their last hope to get
compensation for years of being denied loans by the government.
"This is not discrimination that took place in the 1950s. That discrim-
ination is taking place right now, and it took place a few years ago for me.
in 1996," said John Boyd, a Virginia farmer who is president of the
National Black Farmers Association. "Congress needs to help us fix
In the 1999 case, the department agreed to pay S50.000 or more to each
farmer who filed for compensation within six months. About 13,500 peo-
ple have qualified for more than $830 million under tins settlement.
But the Environmental Working Group and Boyd's association say as
many as 66,000 black farmers missed out because they were improperly
notified of the settlement, and thus, filed late claims.
Lawyers for some of the farmers say they notified their clients, but the
farmers didn't file for damages because they didn't believe the govern-
ment would pay them.
"We're not asking for any handouts. We're asking to be treated like you
treat large white farms or corporate farms," Boyd said. "What happened
to these black farmers was wrong. And the longer this issue festers, the
worse it gets."
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Volume 19 No. 6 Jacksonville, Florida March 3 9, 2005
Smiley Hosts Black
State of the Union
Mrs. Ella Simmons, who traced her DNA to a tribe in Atrica, holds a
picture of her great great grandfather Chief Sehlabana of the
BapediTribe in the Northern Province of South Africa.
Weaving the Web
An intimate gathering of friends
and acquaintances culminated the
5th Annual Weaving the Web of our
History Black history celebration
hosted by Ms. Carlottra Guyton.
The annual gathering, held in his-
toric Springfield, celebrated the
legacies and attributes of local fam-
ilies but most importantly the
impact and relevance of Black
"Everyone views Black history
differently," says hostess Carlottra
Throughout the evening, each
guest was given a total of ten min-
utes to discuss a historical topic of
their choice. While some chose to
focus on different aspects of their
upbringing or people in their fami-
ly, others discussed African visits.
The idea came out of a discus-
sion between her and a friend about
going to all of the traditional Black
history month programs.This year
over forty participants assembled to
share their vision.
"We are so used to hearing about
Frederick Douglass, Sojourner
Truth, Harriet Tubman and others.
Though they inspire us, they are not
the ones who have the significant
difference in our lives." Said
Guyton. Thus the inspiration of the
To some, that history is that which
is in the encyclopedias, to others,
it's the monuments and statues, but
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LITHONIA, Ga. Black leaders
debated Saturday how to develop a
checklist of political priorities that
could be submitted to politicians
seeking support from black voters.
Tavis Smiley, the PBS late-night
talk show host, asked about 40 lead-
ers to consider whether a checklist
could further the black American
political agenda. He initially
offered the checklist, or "contract,"
as a political sword, but others said
it would be better used as a self-
improvement tool for black
"The next time you come calling
on our vote, you come correct on
the contract or you don't come at
all," Smiley said at the sixth annual
State of the Black Union
Symposium, which also included
the Rev. Al Sharpton and Nation of
Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
"Black folk have always been the
conscience of this country," Smiley
said. "We are doing our part to help
redeem the soul of America ...
When we make black America bet-
ter, we make all of America better."
There was no consensus on how the
contract would be used. More meet-
ings will be held to develop the list,
which could include as many as 10
Farrakhan said politicians and
political parties could not be trusted
to fulfill a contract. He said any
checklist should be used to mobi-
lize black Americans.
"Power concedes nothing without
a demand, but power won't even
concede to a demand if it comes
frorim a' weak constituency,"
Other panels at the symposium
included former U.S. Surgeon
General Dr. Joycelyn Elders,
Princeton professor Cornel West,
former Detroit mayor Dennis
Wayne Archer and the Rev. Jesse
Links Explore Blaxploitation With Youth
The Bold City Chapter of the
Links, Incorporated took more than
twenty-five band students from
Darnell-Cookman Middle School
to the Jacksonville Museum of
Modern Art (JMOMA) in order to
provide field and cinematography
experience for youth. The activity
focused on photographic and cine-
matic visual arts. The participants
were provided a special guided tour
of the "Game Face" exhibit which
focused on women and girls in
sport. Additionally, the students
viewed excerpts from a documen-
tary on the "blaxploitation" film
genre and given an opportunity to
analyze the material presented as it
relates to their modern day context.
Their commentary was filmed and
were presented in mini-documen-
tary format at the opening of the
2nd Annual Black on Black Film
Series offered by JMOMA.
Ritz Concludes Griot Festival
Dick Gregory Visits UNF Campus
Author, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory (seated, center) takes
a moment before his speech at the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship
Luncheon at the University of North Florida to pose with this year's schol-
arship recipients. They are (standing, from left) Harold Briscoe Jr., and
Osiel Torres, (sitting, from left) Marissa Saladeen, and Derek Frazier.
(L-R) Madafayo Lloyf Wilson Storyteller/Musician, Museum Director
Carol J. Alexander, Valerie Tutson, Storyteller, and Awodesu Abayomi
Musician, joined together to conclude the Ritz's Griot's Festival. Three day
event explored many diverse varieties of African-American storytelling
and featured a different genre each night.. FMPowell PHOTO
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Boost Your Credit Score in Three Days
So-called "rapid rescorers" claim
to raise your credit score in just a
few days, helping you to qualify for
a better mortgage rate. You may hear
about these new credit reporting
agencies when you are applying for a
loan. If you do, consider yourself
lucky. These are not shady opera-
tions like many of the heavily adver-
tised "credit repair" outfits.
Rapid rescorers will quickly fix
errors and omissions on your credit
report, resulting in potentially huge
savings on mortgage payments, as
well as on payments for credit cards
and any other loans you take out
down the road.
You can always make fixes on
your own, of course, but the arduous
process normally takes four to six
weeks or longer.
The Real Deal
More than 100 credit-reporting
agencies act as middlemen between
mortgage lenders and the major
credit bureaus. When you apply for a
mortgage, your mortgage lender will
have a credit agency pull and com-
bine your credit reports from the
major credit bureaus. If you have
written documentation from your
creditor and collections, judgments,
or high balances listed in the report
have, in fact, already been paid, your
mortgage lender can have the credit
agency expedite the correction proc-
An Arizona mortgage broker
who used rapid rescoring for the first
time in mid-December said that his
client had a credit score of 729-one
point shy of the score needed to se-
Scholarships Available for
Collegiate Entrepreneurial Program
The Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs, a global network
of business owners and professionals committed to creating opportuni-
ties for existing and emerging companies, has announced the launch of
its Collegiate Entrepreneurs Series (CES) program.
The program provides entrepreneurship training, development and
mentorship for high-achieving students ages 18-24 currently enrolled in
an accredited college or university. The CES program will be facilitated
from June 22-25, 2005 at Savannah State University. Savannah, Geor-
gia. Interested students can request to participate in the program as well
as apply for admission through the George and Diane Yarbrough Schol-
Scholarship applications are currently being accepted through March
15, 2005. The scholarship will cover a student's housing, meals and pro-
gram tuition. Upon successful graduation from the program, students are
placed in a mentorship program and provided with complimentary ac-
cess to the national Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Students will gain knowledge from real-life business models and they
will be placed in groups that are given business challenges to complete
prior to graduation. Organizers say one of the major goals of the pro-
gram is to help students understand the importance of gaining on-the-job
experience that will also help sharpen their skills prior to starting a busi-
Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Applications are
available via the web at: www.blackbusinessprofessionals.com
Questions about the program may be directed to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or b) contacting the program of-
fices at: (912) 354-7400.
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cure a 5.8 per-
rate. Two errors
score: His credit
rectly listed a
tax lien that had
paid, and large
ments were not recorded. Once proof
of the lower balances and satisfied
lien was submitted and his reports
were updated, his credit score rose
by 3 points.
The result: His monthly mort-
gage payments dropped by an im-
pressive $101 a month. The $200
cost of correcting and reissuing the
credit reports and scores was picked
up by the mortgage broker.
The Bottom Line
If you are applying for a mort-
gage, be sure to request a free copy
of your credit report and score from
your lender. (Ideally, you should
order credit reports from the three
bureaus a few months before apply-
ing for a mortgage.) And if you see
errors ask your lender if it works
with a credit agency that offers paid
rescoring. There are no guarantees
that your score will go up, and your
lender may not even have heard of
these agencies because they're so
new. But it's worth a try.
Unfortunately, the service is not
available directly to consumers. You
can only work with a credit agency
through your lender. "Rapid rescor-
ing was designed primarily for modi-
fying inaccurately reported informa-
tion in a consumer's credit file when
that consumer was in the middle of a
loan application and needed quick
assistance in getting new scores,"
explains Ginny Ferguson, who heads
up the National Association of Mort-
gage Brokers Credit Score Commit-
And that's too bad for consum-
Q. I already sent in my return
but I realize now that I didn't
claim all of the deductions that
I'm entitled to. Is it too late to do
anything about it?
A. No, you have up to three
years from the date you filed the
original return or two years after the
date you paid the tax (whichever is
later) to file an amended return. So
you can still amend your returns for
2001 (until April 15), 2002, 2003,
and 2004. Use Form 1040X.
Q. My husband and I filed a
joint return for 2003 but have
since learned that our total tax
bill would have been lower if we
had filed separately. Can we file
A. Unfortunately, one you file
jointly, your union as a couple is
irreversible in the eyes of the IRS,
at least for that tax year. You can
file separately in succeeding years,
however, and even go back and
forth from year to year. Curiously,
if you had originally filed separate
returns, you could amend to a joint
Q. I don't understand many
of the forms that I've received
from my banks and brokerages.
Should I simply put them in a
shopping bag and let my tax pre-
parer sort them out?
A. If your preparer's fee is
based on the time he spends work-
ing on your return, he may be
happy to wade through your shop-
ping bag and figure out what is
relevant. If you want to keep the
bill within reason, however, you
should try to do that job yourself.
S your preparer t
"a will need: W-
S2 wage state- c
Sments and r
t of there a. 1099s reflect- o
I sury- I ing interest,
V I- .-al Intdividends, and
ments. If you haven't moved your
accounts, it may help to check the
payers listed on your 2003 return to
make sure you haven't missed any-
Q. I mailed my January 2005 f
mortgage payment to the bank in c
late December. Since the bank
didn't process the check before
year-end, it is not reflected on the
Form 1098 interest statement for
2004. Can I deduct the interest
portion of that check on my 2004
A. You are entitled to deduct
expenses in the year paid. For this
purpose, an item is paid when you
mail the check. Line 10 of Schedule
A (Form 1040) should reflect the
interest reported by the bank on
Form 1098. The additional interest
should be claimed on line 11, de-
scribing it as "additional interest
paid to Bank, but not included on
Form 1098." Remember: Unless
you prepay again at the end of
2005, you'll only be entitled to de-
duct 11 months of interest on your
2005 return (even though the 1098
for 2005 will reflect 12 months'
Q. My bank no longer returns
canceled checks to me. Without
them, how can I prove my deduc-
tions, such as contributions, or
even that I paid my IRS bill?
A. A new federal law known as
"Check 21" permits banks cut the
paperwork and handle checks elec-
tronically. Instead of physically
moving checks from one bank to
another, the bank where the check
is deposited can take a picture of
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The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital
Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
year, the SBC boasts a notable track record. This year the SBC helped:
3,377 individuals attend counseling sessions
2,694 individuals attend workshops
create 161 jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $ I million in government contracts
assist with $5 million in access to capital
To learn more about the Small Business
Center or to schedule
an appointment, call
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he front and back of the check and
ransmit it electronically to your
)ank. Legally, an electronically
created "image replacement docu-
nent" (IRD) is the same as the
original canceled check.
While a canceled check or IRD
s generally accepted as proof that
you made a payment, it doesn't
necessarily establish that the pay-
nent was for the purpose claimed.
For example, a check written to a
doctor may represent a deductible
or nondeductible medical expense
for a person who is not a depend-
ent. To back up your claims, you
should keep bills, receipts, and
other documents. In addition, spe-
cific records are required for certain
items, such as business travel and
contributions over $250.
Q. If the IRS is going to audit
my return, how soon am I likely
to receive notification?
A. Selection of returns for audit
doesn't begin until the filing season
is over. So it's unlikely you'd be
notified before the end of this year.
The IRS generally has up to 36
months from the time you file to
determine if. you owe additional
Q. I understand that there is a
child tax credit of $1,000 for chil-
dren under 17. My wife and I
have two preteens at home, but
the software program I used to
prepare our taxes computed a
credit of only $1,700. Have I done
something wrong, or is there an
error in the program?
A. Probably neither. The credit is
$1,000 per child, but the total is
reduced by $50 for each $1,000 of
income above $110,000 for couples
filing jointly. You didn't indicate
what your income is, but we sus-
pect that your adjusted gross in-
come (line 36 of your 1040 return)
is between $115,000 and $116,000.
If it is, your tax credit would have
been reduced by $300.
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AT&T Retirement Mother Hazel M. Williams Ross
Party Held For Retired Educator Succumbs
Shown above is Patricia Pearson, Maxine Engram, Martha Hemphill, Jean Downing and Longineu Par-
sons with Priscilla Williamson. RSilver PHOTO
We, Salute The Ribault 10!
Text and Photo by Rhonda Silver
JACKSONVILLE Prior to the
1954 U. S. Supreme court decision
"Brown vs. Board of Education",
across America, there were two
different worlds: one white, one
black; but even in the white world
there were black water fountains,
black restrooms, and separate
entrances and facilities at: lunch
counters in Woolworths, movie
theaters (Blacks were usually
designated to the balconies), and of
course, the back of bus.
The Supreme Court decision
forced the two races together for
the first time. But in Jacksonville,
Florida, the decision went
relatively unnoticed. It was twelve
(12) years after "Brown vs. Board
of Education" that ten (10) Black
students would stand at the
entrance of the all-white Ribault
Senior High School.
These courageous students took
steps to effect change in a massive
way. They were the pioneers who
enrolled, attended, and suffered the
consequences to graduate while
blazing the trail for integration,
despite racial tensions.
These twelve students don't
look forward to Class Reunions.
Remembering the daily. hurts and
knowing full well,.the hurts would
be repeated the next day, was very
difficult. The Ribault 10 stayed the
course, and for they deserve thanks.
We honor our own today, and
rightly so. They created change,
they paved the way.
The Ribault 10 believed they
were doing something for the
betterment of their race, and
country. We can't erase the past,
but we can look to the future with
bright hope. Because of the
suffering and sacrifice, thee ten
students endured, there is a great
freedom that students in
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To look at Sandra Sablon, she
hardly seems ready for retirement,
but after 30 long years at AT&T,
she says she is ready for retirement.
She was commended at AT&T for
serving with dependability, courte-
sy, leadership and love.
The retirement Celebration was
hosted at the Potter's House
Christian Fellowship Multiplex,
Saturday, February 26, 2005.
Co-workers, friends and family
gathered to celebrate Sandra's
retirement. The Master of Cerem-
ony, Elder Coleman expressed that
he was honored when asked to.
preside. Long-time friend and co-
worker (also retired) Laura Fench
of Atlanta, GA., sang with fervor,
"It's Your Time."
Remark after remark allowed
me to learn of a woman who with
faithfulness, encouragement and
excellence, will be missed by these
whose lives she continues to touch.
There will be new dreams for
her to dream, and new mountains
for her to climb.
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.
Hazel Marion Williams- Ross
made her transition into life eternal
on February 26, 2005 at her home
with her family.
Mother Ross, was born June 2,
1912 to the late Rev. F.W.
Williams, Sr and Mrs. Emma Berry
Williams, in Starke, Florida. Upon
the untimely death of her father,
she helped her mother to raise her
brothers and sisters.
From an early age, she was very
passionate about education. In fact
she would "hitch" rides on a
pulpwood truck to Jacksonville so
that she could complete her high
school studies. She was a graduate
of the Edward Waters College High
School Department. She then went
on to continue her education by
earning degrees at Florida
Memorial College (then in St.
Augustine) and graduate work at
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical
Always one to help those in need,
Mother Ross began her teaching
career in Fargo, Georgia. At that
time "colored" teachers were only
paid twenty-five dollars per week.
While there the local church served
as the school but because of her
vision and insight she rallied the
community and helped to build the
first school in that town. She could
be seen daily after school on
ladders working right beside
She accepted the Lord into her
heart at an early age. Anyone who
knew her, knew that she was
willing to tell you about the
goodness of God. She joined Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church after
moving to Jacksonville and in
recent years was in prayer accord
with Alexander Temple
She met a man who forever
captured her heart, Jackson C. Ross,
Jr. They were united in matrimony.
Jackson preceded her in transition.
She always said that when he
passed on so did all men in her eyes.
Her teaching career blossomed.
From teacher to principal to every
job in between, Mother Ross loved
teaching and helping people. After
forty-seven years of educating
Lake Park Homeowners
Meeting March 17th
The Lake Park Homeowners'
will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March
17th (Thursday) in the Community
Room of the Bradham Brooks NW
Library, on West Edgewood Ave.
April, May, June and July will
be Neighborhood Beautification
month. An officer of the Sheriffs
Department will speak on safety in
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Charleston, SC (6th Annual)
May 19th -21st
' Columbia, SC (8th Annual)
Norfolk, VA (1st Annual)
October 6th- 8Th
Florida Black Expo (4th Annual)
Wilmington,NC (9th Annual)
Matching Grants Program
To continue the City of Jacksonville's efforts to improve neighborhoods,
the Neighborhoods Department announces the opening of the
2005-2006 Mayor's Neighborhood Matching Grants Program.
Funding is expected to be $308,800 for next year. However, the amount is subject
to change if the mayor or City Council authorizes a different amount.
Any neighborhood association, civic organization or other community group that
has been in existence for at least six (6) months prior to the application date and is
located in Duval County is eligible. The maximum amount is $5,000.
Application forms are available at the Neighborhood Services Division,
1 17 W. Duval St., Suite 3 10-A, City Hall at St. James. Proposals will be accepted
until May 31, 2005, no later than 5 p.m..or postmarked by 5 p.m.
WORKSHOPS ARE MANDATORY!
Matching Grants Pre-application Workshops are scheduled for
the following Thursdays
March 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
March 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
April 21,6:30-7:30 p.m.
April 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
All training workshops will be held at:
City Hall at St. James, 117 W. Duval St., Renaissance Room (Lobby)
Workshops will include an overview of the application process,
project eligibility and assistance with application preparation.
Please remember: No applications for fiscal year 2005-2006 will be
accepted without a representative of the organization attending
one of the technical assistance workshops.
Call the Neighborhood Services Division at (904) 630-7398 to reserve a
seat at the workshop of your choice.
John Peyton, Mayor
Roslyn Mixon-Phillips, Director
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Hazel Marion Williams Ross
students she retired from the Duval
County Public School System in
1988. One of her most stellar
accomplishments was that she has
traveled the entire continental
United States learning African-
American historical facts about
each state that she visited. She was
also very involved politically as
precinct committee woman for
She was preceded in transition by
sisters, Alberta Watkins, Annie
Mae Allison, brothers Leon
Williams, Sr. and Fred Williams, Jr.
She leaves to carry on her legacy,
a devoted daughter and grandson
who took care of her until the last,
Ida Ross- Johnson and Rahman K.
Johnson, Jacksonville, FL.
Daughter Peggy Celestine Ross-
Williams (Andrew), Pompano
Beach, FL; grandson Marty
Phontanza Ross and one great-
grandchild Marteshia T. Ross both
of Pompano Beach, FL. Brothers
Sidney Williams, Sr. (Christine)
Starke, FL; Samuel D. Hughes,
Bronx, NY; and a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins, students and
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
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by Charles Griggs
THIRD RAIL OF POLITICS MAY
SHOCK BLACKS MOST
LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
EWC's Accreditation Issue a Crisis for the Community
"Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, into play when
though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his age. This, rep6
hand lightly upon those who have used him well; mak- tem that would
Sing them old men and women inexorably enough, but In other w
leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full Even for thosi
vigour With such people the grey head is but the share all of the
impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his The probl
blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet cal- it doesn't addr
endar of a well-spent life." ulation. Especi
-Charles Dickens Under the
There is a huge and interesting debate brewing in Security blacks
America right now. First of
It has seemed to worm its way near the top of the Americans is
hearts and minds of Americans all over the country. ethnic groups.
For the moment, I'm not talking about the ongo- plan they would
ing war in Iraq. Which in itself has is the cause of And, chan
much concern among Americans. run investment
Today, for reasons that are obvious to many, the everyone will t
Bush administration has decided to pull a Social ease. It'll be a
Security reform rabbit out of their hat. all over again.
Social Security is known as the "third rail" of No one is
politics. Meaning that it has always been too danger- problems. In f
ous to handle. government ru
With the president feeling the pressure of the war fixed, or else...
in Iraq, many feel as if he has not paid enough atten- issue of this m
tion to domestic issues. essary homewc
Critics have said that Bush, because of his per- a true remedy 1
sistence with war and foreign policy, has teken his The presi
eyes off the economic ball on American soil. In doing Security drawir
so, he has left the economy exposed to weaknesses story of who re,
that hurt lower and middle class Americans on the There he will I
economic home front. have nowhere e
Now in his second term, Bush has struggled to of the financial
build the confidence of Americans in this area. His In promote
policies have been beneficial only to those who need indicated that
financial help the least. worry about an
With that being said, many view the president's If that's tl
efforts at Social Security reform as a smoke screen to seem to be raise
help mask the realities of the war in Iraq. If that's th
A key part of the Bush proposal to reform Social eye squarely or
Security is for Americans invest their money in mouse for the I
"Private'Accounts" set up by the government. The At this stag
viability of these accounts would depend heavily on es to be heard:
the success and failure of Wall Street and the econo- American lifest
my of which it depends on for survival. equation of refi
At present the Social Security system depends on It is impo
Sp'ay-ins by an already existing work force in order to "third rail" effe
satisfy the obligations of those who are currently
receiving benefits. You can send
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irtedly, would cause a drain on the sys-
I send it into bankruptcy.
'ords, not enough money for everyone.
e who have diligently paid their fair
;ir working life.
em with the president's proposal is that
ess the actualities of the American pop-
all African Americans.
e president's proposal to fix Social
s would suffer at the end of the road.
all, the life expectancy for African
shorter than that of whites and other
Many blacks would be paying into a
d never benefit from.
ces are that dealing with a government
plan doesn't seem like something that
be able to maneuver with the greatest of
like learning how to file income taxes
denying that Social Security has its
act, you could single out almost any
n program and say "this needs to be
." However, to begin the debate on an
magnitude without doing all of the nec-
ork indicates a lack of sincerity to find
for. the problem.'
dent should go back to the Social
ng board and dig a little deeper in the
ally benefits from the program and why.
find a segment of people who literally
lse to go. This "third rail" is the conduit
dignity for which they survive.
ing his plan to save the system, Bush
people over the age of 50 need not
ly effects caused by his reforms.
he case, why are they the ones who
ing the most concerns?
e case, then that puts the reform bulls-
n the back of my generation as the test
president's legacy experiment.
ge of the game, it is important for voic-
It is important the realities of African
:yles and experiences be counted in the
rtant that President Bush realize the
'cts some more than others.
us an e-mail with your comment to:
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by Malcolm Moore
1 recently learned about an African-American
male who died of lupus at the age of 40. He is
survived by a wife and four children with the
youngest only two years old.
Although the cause of his death is somewhat
rare, the story in its essence is quite common.
African-American men often die young.
According to a 2003 report from the Centers
for Disease Control, the average African-
American male can now expect to live 68.6 years.
This is generally attributed to the poor quality of
health in African-American communities along
with poor lifestyle decisions. It is also common
knowledge that married persons generally survive
longer, so the African-American community's
relatively low marriage rate doesn't help.
This is all relevant to the debate.
As argued by Representative Bill Thomas (R-
CA), it makes good sense to consider race and
sex when assessing what Social Security has to
offer. Financial planners are first to advise devel-
oping an investment portfolio tailor-made to indi-
vidual needs. When given the opportunity, work-
ers individualize retirement portfolios.
Why should Social Security be any different?
Think about it. One presently cannot fully ac-
Black are more likely to suffer from the inadequacies
of Social Security reform.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said
that when America gets a cold, the
black community gets the flu. Let's
take that concept and look at Jack-
sonville's African American com-
There are certain institutions in
Jacksonville that are critical to
blacks in this city and I believe that
Edward Waters College is at the top
of that totem pole.-So when EWC is
hurting so is the African American
community. Although the college is
no stranger to pain and challenges,
this most recent hurdle may be to
high to overcome.
The historically black college
learned late Friday afternoon that it
had lost an appeal to keep its ac-
creditation. Most of us are in shock,
because of the broad ranging sup-
port the school has received from
not only black leaders, but also the
Mayor, Governor and business lead-
ers from around the state.
There are several distinct publics
that are affected by this decision.
Most obvious are the students. Be-
cause only accredited colleges may
receive federal, financial aid,
chances are that an overwhelming
majority of the schools current stu-
dents will either have to transfer or
quit school all together because of
the cost of tuition.
In fact, more than 90%of Edward
Waters' students rely on federal aid
to pay for their education. The other
major student-related fall out is that
a historically black school must be
accredited to be a member in the
United Negro College Fund, a key
founder of scholarships.
Student athletes will also be af-
fected. The NAIA rules ban unac-
credited schools from all postseason
tournaments and playoffs, and dis-
qualifies the teams record. Typi-
cally, small colleges like EWC use a
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cess what has been paid into Social Security until
age 65. That means that, on average, African-
American males enjoy only 3.6 years of payback
for decades of paying into the system.
This is why African-Americans alike should
favor a privatization of Social Security and the
establishment of personal saving accounts.
Furthermore, African-Americans should want
reforms that go far beyond the current debate.
First, African-Americans should want Social
Security reform that includes provisions that limit
the cost of investing. Social Security reform
should not be a license for investment companies
to steal from the cookie jar owned by working-
class African-Americans. As the cost of computer
technology continues to cheapen, personal invest-
ment should be organized so that investors can
monitor and alter their portfolios at will and at a
very low cost.
Second, African-Americans should want a pro-
vision that allows the use of these personal sav-
ings to become homeowners. If increasing Afri-
can Americans homeownership is a national goal.
it seems only reasonable to permit investors to
use their savings to purchase a home.
This provision which allows people to essen-
tially borrow from'themselves rather than be be-
mixture of financial aid and scholar-
ships to pay for many of their stu-
dent athlete's tuition and housing. If
the school is not accredited athletes
would lose their financial aid, and
the undoubtedly look towards trans-
ferring to another institution.
Last week I talked about how
important EWC is to the neighbor-
hoods surrounding the college, but
let's look at how important it is to
the black economy in Jacksonville. I
don't have the exact figures, but it
would be easy to argue that the col-
lege is a major employer of African
Americans in Jacksonville with be-
tween 100 to 150 staff members
according on the number of students
are at the school at any given time.
As enrollment drops, so does the
need for teachers, administrative
support and even maintenance per-
sonnel. So we could be potentially
looking at dozens of people out of a
job. Currently, African Americans
have the highest unemployment rate
of all races at 11 percent, which
basically is double the national rate
of 5.2 percent, according to the Bu-
reau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate in Jack-
sonville mirrors the national average
at a little more than 5 percent. But
again, the black unemployment rate
in the city is doubled.
These stats are important because
if institutions like EWC, that em-
ploy a fairly large number of blacks,
have to close their doors or make
significant jobs cuts it will have a
ripple effect in the African Ameri-
At issue here are the loss of jobs,
the training-and education of stu-
dents that is needed to receive qual-
ity jobs and the economic impact
the college has had on the local
EWC has been a key catalyst for
holden to a lender is available in most retire-
ment savings plans today. Homeownership has
historically provided a very good rate of return.
Owned property is an excellent source of income
in the form of reverse mortgages or simply their
resale value. Such a provision is not yet part of
the current debate.
Claims and counterclaims about the fairness of
Social Security for selected demographic groups -
particularly African-American males continue
to be disconcerting. Numerous articles on this
topic exist, but most are based on microsimula-
tions and not actual Social Security data.
Not until this issue is put to rest can a true de-
bate begin on reforming the Social Security to
best benefit African-Americans.
To end the controversy, African-Americans
should be calling on the Social Security Admini-
stration to produce comprehensive and corrobo-
rated studies that provide a definitive answer to
the question, "How do different demographic
groups fair under the current Social Security sys-
If it cannot provide such studies, it should tell
us why not.
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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-
With the city investing $13 mil-
lion into a new joint-use gymnasium
and music center, not to mention the
hundreds of thousands in additional
funds the city, state and federal gov-
ernments have given to the school,
Jacksonville has a vested interested
in assuring, that EWC's accredita-
tion is reinstated.
When I ran for office six years
ago, economic development, spe-
cifically jobs, was one of the most
important issues to the African
American community. Today, the
same lack of job opportunities prob-
lem exist, and when a dozens of
people become jobless at one time,
it only worsens the situation.
With the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools now denying
EWC's appeal, the battle moves to
federal court, where the schools
main argument will be that its due-
process rights were violated.
Hopefully, the federal courts will
show more mercy than the SACS. It
is often hard for academics like the
ones that sit on the governing body
for the SACS, to look beyond the
educational functions of a college
and realize the impact these institu-
tions can have on a community.
I can only imagine the ripple ef-
fect a final negative decision on
accreditation will have on the black
community .At this point, we are as
Cornell West once said, "Prisoners
Signing off from the EWC/City
construction site on Kings Road,
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Researchers Explore Southern Slave Site
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Shown above are participants listening intently to Pat Nelms describe growing up in Jamaica and the im-
pact of Jamaican independence on the country's citizens. In the bottom photos are hostess Carlotta Guy-
ton with guests Phyllis Pratt and Derya Williams. Three year veteran Evelyn Young. FMPowell PHOTO
Weaving the Web of Our History
to others in attendance, it was the
impact of the own family's history
The invitation read:
Black History Month will
Soon come to a close
All throughout the month,
Programs have been done,
Our stories being told
But before the books are put away,
And the last spiritzial has been sang,
Join us in celebrating
The history bur own
families have began.
Guests were asked on their invita-
tion to bring a small artifact from
their family digest and a covered
"If you didn't have a picture, a
great story is fine." Said Guyton.
A highlight of the evening was
Ms. Ella Simmons who delighted
te attendees with a picture of her
great, great, great grandfather.. Mrs.
Simmons has been one of the few
African-Americans taking advan-
tage of today's technology and had
her DNA traced back to its exact
tribe in South Africa. Last summer,
she made the trip to the motherland
and met her relatives.
"It came back that I was de-
scended from royalty," said Sim-
Eleanor .Hughes, who had also
been to Africa, continued her seg-
ment with insights on her visit to
Kenya. She encouraged everyone in
attendance to try and at least make
one trip to Africa. She also sug-
gested that potential travelers try to
travel with school programs.
E.B. Johnson commented on the
strength of the African people and
.the..qourage .,of.sla.ves who.,endured
the middle Passage, "When I think
about what they went through and
survived, it brings me great pride."
Other highlights of the evening
included poetic readings and memo-
ries of the civil rights movement and
According to the hostess, some
people are afraid that they don't
have enough to share. "But if they
have a memory that makes them
smile, a punishment that made them
remember, .well then they have a
legacy to share." She said.
Following the sharing of rich fam-
ily lore and memories, guests
feasted on a buffet of potluck favor-
ites ranging from jerk chicken and
jambalaya to sweet corn bread, col-
lard greens and crab pie.
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OSSABAW ISLAND, Ga. Sift-
ing through dirt from the floor of a
small cabin made from oyster shells
and sand, archaeologist Dan Elliott
is finding unexpected treasures.
He unearthed a doll-sized porce-
lain plate, clay marbles, lead shot
and a French-made gunflint fasci-
nating finds from a cabin that once
housed plantation slaves.
"We're dealing with the facts.
These are all things they left be-
hind," says Elliott, noting that toys
and firearms' material "could sug-
gest their masters were letting them
have a little bit of latitude."
Researchers say three cabins
made of tabby a cement mixture of 1
oyster shells, lime and sand on this I
undeveloped, state-owned barrier
island are among the best-preserved
slave quarters in the South.
Now, 142 years after slavery
ended, the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources and the nonprofit
Ossabaw Island Foundation are con-
ducting the first archaeological digs
here, hoping artifacts buried beneath
the cabins will yield a better picture
of how Southern slaves lived in the
18th and 19th centuries.
"It is easily one of the most im-
portant African-American slave
sites in the Southeast," said Dave
Crass, Georgia's state archaeologist.
"Normally it's a big, white-
columned plantation house that's
still there. And the people who
made the place work, their houses
are long gone."
Since most records on slaves were
kept by their owners, "you're seeing
their world through white eyes,"
Crass said. "You need archaeology
to put a face on these very abstract
ideas about what slave life was
Ossabaw Island remains one of
coastal Georgia's wildest places:
Hogs, deer, armadillos and Sicilian
donkeys roam the island's 11,800.
acres of wishbone-shaped uplands
among towering live oaks and In-
dian burial mounds. Roads criss-
crossing the island are all dirt. There
is no bridge to the mainland.
The first slaves arrived in the
1760s, when Jim Morel bought the
island and established North End
plantation to harvest live oaks for
shipbuilding timber and to grow
indigo and other cash crops. ....
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believe Morel had
about 100 slaves.
More came later
to work three ad-
tions his sons
established on the
island, which is
about 6 miles
The island had
no clay suitable
for making bricks,
and they were
Every bit of dirt at the site has to be carefully sifted
expensive to ship, through.
so slaves con-
structed their homes using oyster
shells plentifully piled in trash heaps
left by Indians.
Elliott, the lead archaeologist for a
$1.3 million study, has located bur-
ied tabby foundations indicating 18
slave cabins once stood at North
End. Only three survived intact,
built 32-by-16 feet and divided into
two living quarters sharing a chim-
ney and hearth in the center wall.
Architectural conservator George
Fore, hired to assess the cabins' con-
dition and origins, found that the
original wooden ceiling boards had
marks from a circular saw, indicat-
ing the cabins were likely built after
1840 when the first steam-powered
saws became available.
SOriginal window sashes in one
cabin suggest it had glass windows,
another unusual touch for a slave
-. ".We don't have that many planta-
tion slave quarters that are fully
intact like that," Fore said. "All
three of these have their internal
plaster intact. Nails are in the walls
where they obviously hung various
things, clothes to dry. It gives you a
personal touch with that time."
Elliott has unearthed even more
personal relics, many dating to the
18th century a sign slaves may
have built their tabby quarters on
top of older housing. The finds in-
clude a small lice comb of carved
bone and shards of an Indian pottery
called Colono-ware rare in Geor-
gia. Bones from fish, birds, pigs and
alligators hint at what slaves may
Ironically, the three slave cabins
survived not because they were left
alone, but because they continued to
be used as living quarters until the
1990s by staff of the state and the
island's last private owners.
Africa Hosts Miss HIV Pageant
GABORONE There is a cat-
walk banquet, hordes of journalists,
traditional dancing and time-
consuming hair styling -- but at
Botswana's beauty pageant every
competitor must be HIV positive.
At a palm tree-studded resort and
conference center in the capital
Gaborone, 12 girls are competing
this weekend for the title "Miss
HIV Stigma Free."
"We are saying here we are, we
are HIV positive ard it doesn't
mean it's the end of the line," 33
year: old reigning Miss HIV
Kgalalelo Ntsepe told Reuters in,
her cluttered one room cottage,
where she displays trophies of her
win in 2003.
Largest global diamond producer
Botswana has one of the highest
HIV rates in the world with an esti-
mated third of the population in-
The government is using its min-
eral wealth to provide life prolong-
Thirty two-year-old HIV positive
Cynthia Leshomo (R) hugs her doc-
tor after winning the. 'Miss HIV
Stigma Free' competition in Gabo-
rone, Botswana. The competition
aims to reduce the stigma attached
to HIV/AIDS, which has infected
roughly a third of the southern Afri-
can country's population.
ing anti-retroviral drugs -- but many
do not know their HIV status or are
unwilling to come forward for treat-
ment. Organizers say the pageant
aims to tackle that stigma.
"After I started the medicine, I
became stronger and stronger," said
Ntsepe, who was diagnosed in
"We are trying to say there is life
with this medication. Some don't
believe I'm HIV positive because
I'm so healthy," she said.
AIDS groups welcome the pag-
eant, which is sponsored by British
bank Barclays. "It may just be a
pageant, but it is important because
it brings together people with HIV
who are open about their status,"
said Brad Ryder, spokesman for the
African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS
"They need support, they need to
come out and get acceptance for
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Shown above outside one of three cabins on Ossabaw Island, Ga.,
researchers say are the most important slave sites in the southeast.
Researchers say the cabins of tabby, a cement mixture of oyster shells,
lime and sand, are among the best-preserved slave quarters in the
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COGIC Bishop Writes Powerful
New Book "The New Slavemasters"
Published by Life Journey Books
Cook Communications Ministries
Bishop George D. McKinney is
bishop over the St. Stephen Church
of God in Christ (COGIC), in San
Diego, California. The bishop holds
numerous academic degrees in
sociology and theology. He is a
magna cum laude graduate of
Arkansas State College, Oberlin
College School of Theology, and
the California School Theology, in
He has received an Honorary
Doctorate in Divinity form Geneva
College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvia
He and his late wife, Jean, are
the parents of five adult sons:
George A., Grant, Gregory,
Gordan, and Glenn McKinney.
The Presiding Bishop of the
international body of the Church of
God in Christ, Bishop Gilbert E.
Patterson says that "Bishop George
McKinney has hit the mark once
again, and this masterful and
inspired work should be read by
every parent and teacher. The
Bishop further describes the book
as "a strategy for victory".
"The perpetrator today is one
more insidious but no less
destructive than history evidences;
the new slavemaster is the evil that
has imbedded itself in the African
American culture as well as our
broader culture," Bishop McKinney
says. "This evil takes the form of
teen pregnancy, domestic violence,
adult' anrd -child'' 'pornography,
illegal drug use, and gangs. Its evil
permeates the behavior of men and
women through the diseases of
anger, rage, and irresponsibility.
Stanford University Dean of the
Beeson Divinity School, Dr. Tim-
othy George says that Bishop
McKinney has written a fascinating
book that speaks to one of the most
urgent needs in our society today,
"the strengthening of African
American families". He further
stated that "Bishop McKinney, one
of America's most sensitive and
influential pastoral leaders, has
written from the cauldron of
personal experience. And, that this
book will inspire, encourage, and
Bishop McKinney has power-
fully identified through, the meta-
phor of slavery the new slave-
masters of our culture.
To Present Evening
Of Women in Praise
The Music Ministry of .Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118
West Beaver Street, Darrell L.
Gilyard Sr., Pastor; will present
"Women in-Praise" at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, March 13, 2005.
Director of Music and Arts,
Roger D. Sears, plans an anointed
evening of Gospel Music. Evangel-
ist Tarra Conner Jones, Ms. Amy
Hall, Mrs. Keecia King, Mrs.
Karen Winston Rozier and Mrs.
Henrietta Telfair will be among the
anointed women of God to be
presented in "Women in Praise".
The public is invited.
A Famity That Prays
at the Church of
Your Choice With
The new slavemasters are societal
predators with one goal: destruct-
tion. The destruction of both an
individual, and the destruction of
Bishop McKinney writes from a
soul of conviction and a mind filled
with wisdom, He speaks the words
that we must not only listen to but
also practice. We must tell others,
and we must educate our own
minds, praying that our lives will
be tools of healing and power. This
is a clarion call to the African
American community, as well as,
to our society in general. Evil is no
respecter of race or gender. It is
time to break the imprisonment of
one's mind and spirit, and to
embrace the warrior strength that
Our God has securedfor us.
The Bishop boldly reveals the
subtle and powerful migration of
man-imposed slavery in America to'
self-imposed slavery- the destruct-
tive evils such as violence,
materialism, promiscuity, drugs
and instant gratification. These
are The New Slavemasters.
In the cultural debate that often
shuffles blame for society's evils
from race to race, Bishop McKin-
ney presents an illuminating, mes-
sage that dares to place blame
where it truly belongs, at the root of
all evil. He dares to boldly point to
God and the community of faith as
the lonely logical hope for true
restoration and freedom from
Be sure and check out the
Religious Section of your favorite
bookstore, to find BishoptMcKin-.:
ney's new book; or visit an African
American-owned bookstore, such
as Neferiti's on Lem Turner Road,
between 1-95 North & Edgewood.
& Ribault Choir
to Sing at Sisters
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
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.
The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncreif
Road, where Ernie L. Murray Sr. is
Pastor; will hold Lent Worship
Service each Wednesday night at 7
p.m. The Lord's Supper will be
You are invited to come, bring
your Prayer Requests, and expect a
Pastor Murray will deliver the
Spoken Word each Wednesday.
Friends, and the public are invited
to attend all services.
Shown above is Rosemary Washington, Rev. Dotson, Rev. McKissick
Jr. receiving an award from Deacon Scott as Mrs. Kimberly
McKissick looks on.. RSilverPHOTO
BBIC Celebrates 90 Anniversary
of Pastor Rudolph NcKlssick Jr.
By Rhonda Silver
The sky was a mist with tears of
joy as the Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church recognized
nine glorious years of excellence
and pastoral leadership by Rev.
Rudolph W. McKissick Jr. A full
day of worship and celebration
honoring God's Choice for His
House called Bethel, on February
27, 2005. What looked like a
dreary day was transformed into a
powerful day of praise.
A mighty man of God, Rev.
McKissick Jr., a prophet and vis-
Sionary, spoke of Spiritual Reforma-
tion and awakening. "A new day
dawning," he said. "A reformation
is coming. A Spiritual reformation
that will release gifts of the Spirit
in this place to do greater things for
With the theme: "9th Annual
God's Choice Award," Rev. Mc-
Kissick Jr. was nominated, and
won "Best Animation," "Best Mus-
ic Video," "Best Executive Produ-
cer," and "Best Dramatic Testimo-
ny." BBIC's 1st Lady Kimberly Joy
McKissick- was nominated for and
won, "Best Leading Lady; while
their children won, "Best Suppor-
Preaching both the 7:45 and
10:45 services, Pastor Craig Oliver
of Elizabeth Baptist Church in
Atlanta, GA, graced the pulpit with
fervor. Under his leadership
thousands have been led to Christ
at his home church, and he didn't
let no rainy day, water down his
Now for the finale! Pastor Ernie
Murray of St. Thorpms,M-issionaryp
Baptist Church, Jacksonville, open-
Cont. on Page 7.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50 p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel- 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon I p.m.
Wednesday.S:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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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)
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Ebenezer UMC Celebrates Black History Month
PICTURED (left to right, top row) Ms. Lettie Hood, Juliette and Clarence Fields, Ms. Betty Emanuel; Ebenezer Benita Harrison, who directed the Children's Moment and Ms. Monya Sharpe who recited a special reading which
United Methodist Church's Pastor, Reverend and Mrs. Newton (Derya) Williams. Second Row: The Ken inspired all.
Reddicks, Ms. Evelyn Galvin and M,. Velma Grant, Johnny and Ceciley Davis, Ms. Delores Ashley, and Ms. Mrs. Alma Green read the Scriptures from the Old Testament (Joshua 4:19), and from the New Testament
Christine Dobson. Third row: Mr. and Mrs. Green, Ms. Maxine O'Neal and guest, Ms. Demita Hamilton and son, (Mathew 7:24-29), which was followed by the Song of Preparation, Jesus Christ is the- Way.
and Ms. Minnie Reed. Mrs. Gertrude Peele, the guest speaker, used .he theme Remembering Our Pastand Celebrating4Our Future;A
The program 'egan onSunday' Morning, February 20, 2005 with the processional hymn, Kum Ba Yah, My which stimulated the mind and the heart an"conciluded with he )Organ Postlude, Make Us One, with Mr. James
Lord, and was followed by the Call to Worship where many more inspirational hymns were sung including Lift Lanier, musician.
Every Voice and Sing, and We Shall Overcome. The congregation gathered in the church's Fellowship Hall for a Soul Feast which included over thirty entrees,
Several members of the congregation contributed to this special program: Mr. William Reed gave the as well as, desserts.
Inovcation and Mr. Zebedee Shoemaker led the Psalter. Dr. Lorenzo led the selection Seek Ye the Lord. Sister -.1
Rabia Court No. 25 to Present .-'O
A Gospel Celebration 2005
The Rabia Court No. 25 March- its kind in Region 3, which consists units compete
ing Units, Daughters of Isis, will of the states of Alabama, Mississ- units from across
host their first annual gospel ippi, Georgia, Florida and South This first
concert, entitled ."A Gospel Carolina. The hard work,. dedica- Celebration" is I
Celebration 2005" featuring the tion, effort and talent of this unit the public. You a
Rescue of Love Choir, composed was displayed in its debut perfor- out and enjoy
of the Emphasis and Breath of Life mance at the Desert of Florida state evening.
Seventh Day Adventist Churches, convention's 2002 Gala Day
where Pastor Claude Matthews is Celebration in West Palm Beach.
director. The concert is set for 6 The Rabia Court No. 25 March- Shelwoo
p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2005, at ing Unit consists of women who PlaradlS Pi
the Simpson United Methodist take pride in their tireless and
Church, 1114 Cleveland Street, relentless pursuit in establishing a Let Your Vi
corer New Kings Rd, across from drill legacy.
the U S Post Office. Rev. Moses The Award Winning Rabia Don't miss
Johnson is Pastor. Court No. 25 Color Guard took let your voice
*The Rabia Court No. 25 March- first place at the 2002 & 2003, 2nd what's happen
ing Units is in its fourth season as Place in the 2004 Imperial Drill munity. Make
the first and only marching unit of Competition at the Daughter of Isis be present and
Baptist Church, Jacksonville, open-
ed our hearts with the profound
question, "Art thou the Christ, or
shall we look for another?" From
Matthew 11:2-3. John The Baptist
was in jail, awaiting execution. He
heard how Jesus had gone to
Galilee teaching and preaching, and
he sent his disciples to ask: Art
thou the Christ, or shall we look for
another?" John .was in jail for
preaching. Preaching got him in
trouble, even unto death. He was
perplexed as to why Jesus (know-
ing his situation) would go to
Christ is the same yesterday,
today.and tomorrow. When John's
disciples found Jesus, and ques-
tioned him as John instructed, he
simply told them to "Go back and
report to John what you hear and
see. The blind shall receive sight,
the lame will walk, those who have
leprosy will be cured, the deaf will
hear, the dead are raised, and the
good news is preached to the poor.
Blessed is the man who does not
fall away on, account of me."
A reception was held immedi-
ately following the worship
experience, where well wishers,'
ministries and members made
Imperial Court Sessions in Wash-
ington, DC, Philadelphia, and
Atlanta, respectively. The Imperial
Session is the national convention
of the organization where marching
at Rutledge H.
tary, 4346 R
think counts! I
against other drill
FREE and open to
ire invited to come
the spirit of the
id Forest &
voice be Heard
the opportunity to
be heard about
ring in our corn-
it your business -to
be counted at.6:30
y, March 10, 2005
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"MIRACLE MONDAY" YOUTH AND
March 3-9, 2005
Ms. Perry's Free Press -'Page
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Essence Bestselling Author Kayla
Perrin's Pens "The Delta Sisters"
The Next Hiv/AIDS
Victim Could Be You!
GET TESTED, YOU MIGHT BE SA VING YOUR LIFE
FLiielnce bc.mlmi ii a-ithor 'of The Siiers of 7T;::i IPu 1\ai;'
This Essence best-selling author of the Year list, two times.
has penned fifteen novels. She has Kayla Perrin's first foray into
received an Arts Acclaim Award mainstream fiction came with The
for her writing from the city of Sisters of Theta Phi Kappa. In "The
Brampton, Ontario; and won a spot Delta Sisters, she sensitively
on the Romance Writers of explores the relationships between
America's Top Ten Favorite Books mothers and daughters with insight
'into the power of love and the
meanings of family. She delivers a
gripping story about three genera-
tions of African American women,
their deepest secrets and their most
The best-selling author's book,
The Delta Sisters centers around
the Grayson family, one of the
pillars of New Orleans' African
American community. The book
reveals that the family matriarch,
Sylvia Grayson, has deep secrets
that she has hidden while creating
and maintaining the proper image
relative to her prominent stature in
Sylvia Grayson keeps a tight
rein on her daughter Olivia to carry
out the perfectly mapped out life
she had reserved for her. Olivia's
life is to include going to college,
joining the Delta Sorority, and
marrying the proper young man.
In 1975, on a summer day, the
town's "bad girl" is found murder-
ed. This event causes Sylvia
Grayson to pull her daughter Olivia
into an even 'tighter circle. But,'
eventually her tight control shatters
the ties between the mother and
SYears later, Olivia's own
daughter Rachelle is trying to make
her way into the world. A killer is
watching in the shadows, deter-
mineed that the secrets of the past
will not come to light. The Delta
Sisters is a spell-binding, intimate
portrait of what happens when
these passionate women have to
join together at least in the face of
Look for this exciting and mys-
terious novel in your favorite
bookstore. We recommend Neferi-
ti's, located on .Lem Turner Road
between I-95N & West Edgewood.
Applications Are Now Being for Future Grants
Grantto Mental Counseling and Nurse,
Expand Clara White Mission's Services
JACKSONVILLE The Blue the activity and officially establish- mission's efforts to meet the needs
Foundation for a Health\ Florida. ed her "mission work" as an agency of the underserved.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of in 1904. The two women gained The Blue foundation n will pre-
Florida's (BCBSF) philanthropic the respect and love of both black sent grants totaling $532,112 this
affiliate, recently awarded the Clara and white citizens for their untiring winter to nonprofit health clinics
White Mission a two-year grant of efforts to meet the need of the poor. and community outreach programs
$45,450 to help fund a full-time In 1928, eight years after across Florida. The Foundation
mental health counselor, and apart- Clara's White's death, the Clara supports programs that increase
time nurse practitioner. White Mission was established by access to quality health-related
"This gift represents the her daughter, as a memorial to her services for the uninsured and uh-
continued support we see from the mother. Inspired by the.dedication derserved. Annually the Founda-
business community as we carry and love her mother had for other tion awards up to $1 million in
out the charge left to us by Clara people, Eartha M. M. White used .grants during two grant cycles.
and her daughter, Eartha," said her skills as a businesswoman, The deadline to submit applica-
Ju'Coby Pittman, CEO and presi- educator and philanthropist to serve tions for the next grant cycle is
dent of the mission. "These funds humanity until her death. Her March 18, 2005. For an application
will allow us to assist deserving efforts live on through the Please call 1(800) 4773736, ext.
clients who come to us for help .preservation and expansion of the 63215.
The. spirt of the Clara White
Mission began in the late 19th S -
century when. Clara White
indiscriminately served free hot Family Service Specialist--Youth position
soup from her back door to the Applicant must possess college credits in pursuit of a Sociology or
hungry and homeless in our city. Psychology degree, or related fields with a minimum of four years ex-
Clara White was a former slave perience in Social Service or an acceptable combination of education
who had worked as a stewardess and experience; must have computer skills and knowledge of various
aboard luxury steamships that software and their 'operation. Apply in person at: 421 W. Church St.
cruised the St. Johns River at the Suite 705, Jacksonville, FL 32202 or fax resume to: (904) 791-9299
close of the 19"t century. Attn: Human Resources Dept.
Clara White's Daughter, Eartha Salary Range: $16,864--$24,915
Mary Magalene White, expanded
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According to the CDC, the
highest rates of sexually trans-
mitted diseases (STDs) are those
for African Americans. The CDC
notes that the presence of certain
STDs can increase one's chances of
contracting HIV by 3 to 5.
Nearly 1 in 4 African Americans
lives-in poverty. Studies have found
an association between higher
AIDS incidence and lower income.
Minority populations are dispro-
portionately affected by the HIV
epidemic. To reduce further the
incidence of HIV, CDC's initiative,
Advancing HIV Prevention can be
found at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/
Many teenagers are at risk for
HIV and other,. STD infection
Because adolescence is a time of
sexual exploration and risk taking,
often with multiple partners.
Alarming rates of STDs indicate
that teens engage in behaviors that
put them at risk for HIV, as well as
Any young teen mother, or
teen that is pregnant must realize
.that the. incident that caused her
to become pregnant could also
cause her to become HIV/AIDS
Abstinence is the only answer.
Unprotected sex is taking a risk
or your life no matter whether
you are a teen or you're 50 years
old. For teens, unprotected sex is
no accomplishment, it's a risk.
Surprisingly, the rates for teen
pregnancy began rising at the
height of the AIDS epidemic, and
is no longer a moral 'issue, but a
risky health issue, that could even
become a death sentence, if infec-
ion with HIV/AIDS is transmitted.
Based on current trends, an
average of two young people are
infected with HIV every hour of the
One in 4 new HIV infections-in
people under the age of 22.
One half of all new HIV
infections occur in people under the
AIDS is the 6th leading cause of
death among 15-to-25-year olds.
Heterosexual sex accounts for
75 percent of reported cases in
young women 20 to 24 years old.
America's STD rates are among
the highest in the developed world
and as the HIV epidemic moves
well into its third decade, hundreds
of thousands of people have died
from AIDS, mostly 20 to 24 year.
olds. New treatment of AIDS has
overshadowed the fact that the
epidemic continues and that the
rate of AIDS reported among
young Americans continues to
In young people,more than any
other group, HIV is spread sexually
More young people are having sex
in their teens than ever.
CET TESTED, AND YOU
MAY SAVE Y OU LIFE!
We, African Americans have
been at the top of the news, as we
enter the month of March 2005.
The good headliners are that the
incomparable Morgan Freeman, at
last won an academy award. He
had previously been nominated no
less than three times. He won as.the
Supporting Actor in Million Dollar
Baby. Better still young, black and
beautiful (well handsome), talented
Jamie Fox won the big one as Best
Actor in his portrayal of the late
Ray Charles in Ray. It was his
second nomination, both this year.
That was the good news, even if
USA Today sort of ignored the
success of Jamie Fox, they wrote a
great story on Morgan Freeman.
The Bad and Sad News is that
the latest statistics released on the
Hiv/AIDS crisis is that the virus
has risen in the African American
community by fifty (50) percent.
Get tested! When the drama of
the AIDS Virus first begin to play
in the early 1980s, all appearance
was that it was a disease than only
male gay person was subjected to.
How that has changed! In the year
2005, many new revelations have
been made, one of the most adverse
is that African American men may
not only be sometime unfaithful,
but that many are also bi-sexual,
and that is a major cause of the
virus being transmitted to women.
Of course, prostitution and illegal
drug use can also contribute to the
transmission of HIV/AIDS to many-
women, African American or of
other racial characteristics.
My good friend, Dr. Maude
Lofton, a Jacksonville native, told
me in the early ,1980s that the
HIV/AIDS virus can harbor in
one's system for sometimes as
long as fourteen (14) years before
it does become active. I've never
forgotten that, and neither should
you. GET TESTED!
Dr. Lofton.also told me, and
now it is common, but often
ignored data, that when you have
sex with anyone, you are also
having sex with everyone that he
or she has ever had sex with.
The fact that the HIV/AIDS
virus can incubate in one's system
for such a long period is devastate-
ing. Many persons have changed
their live styles when facts about
the HIV/AIDS virus have become
known. But, the incubation period
is still reason to get tested. If, you
are tested, and find that you have
harbored the virus, there is a
chance that through medications
that have been developed, your life
can be saved. 'No matter your
previous lifestyle, no matter, your
present lifestyle, no matter your
gender, no matter whether you are
The next HIIV/AlUS
Victim Could Be You!
single or now married, remember
the facts, and GET TESTED!
Last, but not least, remember
that the HIV/AIDS virus has
infected persons of all genders, all
races, all walks of life, the poor, the
rich, the "low lifes", the famous,
and some of the last persons on
earth that you would think could
ever become infected. Keep in
mind that you, me, and hardly
anyone that you may come in
contact with, knows someone that
has been infected with the virus; it
may be a neighbor, a church
member, family member, or a
friend, or just someone that you
have come across. That's how
prevalent the virus has run rapport
in our communities.
Keep in mind always, even if
you've been monogamous all of:
your life, many persons harbor
secrets, and you may not be your
partner's only partner, and you're
also having sex with everyone that
he/she has ever had sex with. God
bless, and please GET TESTED!
-Rita Carter Perry
In Jacksonville, you can get
tested FREE, so take advantage of
this opportunity that could save
your life. FREE testing is offered
by River Region.
. Series to Present,
First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation (FCBBIC)
will present a workshop entitled
"Personal Financial Planning at
6p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2005; at
the Ben Durham Business Center,
2933 North Myrtle Ave., Suite 100.
For most small business owners
their business is their most valuable
asset. This workshop will identify
strategies that you might use to.
determine the value of this asset
and use it to help secure the
financial future of you and your
To register, or for information,
call (904) 634-0543 or visit website
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30 Life Lessons from Female Trailblazers
"If you are inter-
ested in politics,
learn about govern-
ment first. The two
are often confused,
and without .some
both, it becomes very easy to be
misled by 'personality.'"
Carol Moseley-Braun, first
Black woman elected to the Sen-
most people made was that
after a certain age they
stopped having adventures.
We considered that a num-
ber of our friends already seemed to
be settling into routines. Now that
I'm 50, I understand how easy it is
to settle in. But I also know how
much more fulfilling satisfying and
fun it is to keep pushing yourself to
see and do and be more, emotion-
ate k ally, politically, spiritually--to con-
"When I was in kin- tinue to engage the world and the
dergarten, the teacher people around you, to plan and exe-
asked members of the cute adventures meant to challenge
class what we wanted your ideas of who you are and what
to be when we gre\u up. ou are capable of doing."
When it was my turn, I said I Pearl Cleage, best-selling au-
wanted to be a scientist. She replied, thor, cultural critic, feminist
'Don't you mean a nurse?' I under- "My last defense/Is the present
stand that she was trying to be help- tense."
ful by steering me, a young Black Gwendolyn Brooks, poet
girl growing up in the sixties, to an "Sometimes what your body
attainable career objective. But I needs and what your soul needs are
was indignant and stubborn and I two different things."
said, 'No, I mean a scientist.' I Sister Souljah, activist, novelist,
learned very early not to limit my- lecturer
self because of others' limited "With your friends, you can
imagination." experience life's possibilities--who
Mae Jemison, NASA's first you may become. Your family will
Black female astronaut teach you who you are."
"Never give up on Rosa Parks, activist, legend
yourself, no matter what .'2 "Philippians 4:13 says, 'I can do
the obstacles may be. all things through Christ who
Always know that God strengthens me.' I've learned that
has more in store for you. someone else's no can be my yes.
Always hold on to your faith, which For every door that's closed, there's
is your strength and ultimately your another one waiting to be opened.
solution. There's an inner
Cynthia Cooper, 2X MVP Most spirit guiding me
Valuable Player, Houston Comets every step of the
"There's an old saying: It is way. If I can just
difficult to free fools from take the time to lis-
the chains they revere. I've ten to it and be true
learned to pay no attention to it, the right peo-
to the naysayers of this pie, the right places and the right
world--the people who delight in circumstances will all come into my
sitting on the sidelines and telling life when I'm ready for them."
you that you can't do something. I've Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, pas-
found that it's important to follow tor; president, New York Coali-
your own path. Life, when navi- tion of 100 Black Women
gated with a positive spirit, a sense "I believe the key ingredient to
of passion and commitment, can be success in one's life is quite simple:
a tremendously rewarding journey.". Be yourself. Be au-
Sylvia Rhone, chairman and thentic. Reflect your
CEO, Elektra Entertainment %values and share your
"On my friend Karen's fortieth unique God-given
birthday, we were having drinks. gifts with all those
Karen said shethought the mistake u encounter in life."
Ann Fudge, executive vice-
president, Kraft Foods, Inc.;
"Know that you are as
blessed as you want to
be. Bless yourself and
your life each morning
and all through the day. Say it: 'I am
blessed.' Then walk in the assurance
that you, your family, your loved
ones, your projects, your relation-
ships, your goals and dreams are
blessed. Truly believing that you are
blessed dispels fears, doubts and
confusion--the enemies of a full life.
Refuse to be pulled into other peo-
ple's issues. Instead, be determined
to walk in your own blessings."
Tina McElroy Ansa, author,
"My motto is: Stay
low, stay humble
and keep moving.
When I set goals, I
focus on God instead
of my surroundings.
distract. God sees
Brandy, 21-year-old singer,
reached and kept
by men were not
but those, men,
while their. .
sleeping, toiled through the night."
Mpule Kwelagobe, 1999 Miss
"One of the hardest things about
living in a society that regularly
rejects or insults your humanity is
figuring out a way to stay open to.
others, to share who you are without
second thoughts, paranoia and feat.
This is not easy; it can feel as
though you are asking to be hurt
over and over. But the alternatives
are actually more hurtful. To not
share. To be like someone else. To
stay scared to death of rejection.
Being true to yourself and staying
open in the face of pain are lessons I
work on all the time."
Tricia Rose, author, cultural
UNF Seeking Outstanding Teachers
The UNF College of Education campaigns are prohibited and may dence of consistent excellent per-
and Human Services is accepting eliminate a candidate. formance as a classroom teacher.
nominations and applications for The Roddenberry Awards consist Those who wish to pursuegraduate
two major teaching awards -- the of five graduate fellowships of degrees must meet the requirements
Gladys Prior Awards for Career $3,500 each. The fellowships will for admission to the graduate pro-
Teaching Excellence and the support credit and non-credit gram. Applications must be made
Gladys Roddenberry Gradu- directly by teachers seeking
ate Fellowships for Teaching the fellowships. The dead-
Excellence. r line for applications is April
"Saying yes is really wonderful.
Yes opens up an opportunity to do
something. No al-
lows you to sit back
i- and be scared, lonely
Yes means that you
have to keep trying
\ -- to find a way to
Nikki Giovanni, poet, professor,
"I believe fundamentally that all
problems have a resolution. We all
have the creative genius--left to us
by generations of African-American
women--to transcend and transform
our circumstances and propel our-
selves to greater heights. It is this
gift from our foremothers, the im-
perative of vision and faith that has
brought me through, nurtured and
given me the strength to work for
new paradigms for justice. I am
guided in life by the vision of the
world of equality that should exist."
Barbara R. Arnwine, executive
director, Lawyers' Committee for
Civil Rights Under Law .
"For me, as the first Black person
to own a mainstream modeling
agency, accuracy of performance
was absolutely necessary. That need
for accuracy gave me the drive to
get it right, so no one could point a
finger and say 'She's just not to-
Bethann Hardison, president,
Bethann Management Co., Inc.
"A few years ago I took up gar-
dening. It's a hobby I wish for eve-
ryone because it contains a host of
great lessons. It renews our belief in
tomorrow. It rewards patience. It
humbles us in the capriciousness of
nature. And it reminds us that life
rarely thrives without a measure of
Gloria Naylor, award-winning
"The 1960's Civil Rights Move-
ment :is historic
because we did win
much of what we
fought for in laws
that outlawed seg-
regation and dis-
crimination. Often, .
-, '. .
however, what I have fought for has
been small and personal--to defeat a
bad habit, for example. Sometimes
the fight has been for a large public
goal, such as complete self-
government and full congressional
representation for the people of the.
District of Columbia. Whether in-
personal or political circumstances,
a safe .calculation of the odds of
winning can keep you from fighting.
There is no complete victory on
earth. Progress always brings new
problems. The movement taught me
that the good life is spent in strug-
gle. You can't win what you don't
Eleanor Holmes Norton, con-.
"I did what
a many mothers
do. I honored my
manhood. Not so
easy with my
anhood. The day
I decided to talk
to my daughters
as the adults they are instead of the
children they were was the day I
finally opened my eyes to their re-
splendent womanhood. Indeed, I
saw four self-defining women and
they saw.me in themselves."
Camille O. Cosby, philanthro-
pist, businesswoman, educator
"Do unto others as you would
hate them do
Sunto you. We
Share all living in
God's grace, and
b he all have an
n 'dance' in that
director Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater" My life song has
been a challenge to thestatus quo. I
believe that rules are meant to 'be
broken, and risks are there to be
taken. But when I get so far out on a
limb that I'm about to fall, I remem-
ber the advice I receive from Grand-
mother Rose: A hard head makes a
Julianne Malveaux, economist,
author, TV and radio personality
I I r'' i -
you are planted.
When you do
S your best where
you are, your
be noticed. This
ak N work is the foun-
dation of a solid
career and good reputation."
Alexis Herman, former U.S.
Secretary of Labor"
Be gentle to and forgiving of
yourself and others. Life is too short
and far too precious to be angry and
spiteful. Meanness will destroy your
spirit. Each day is unique and offers
a lesson, so learn to treasure each
one for the gift that it is."
Valerie Wilson Wesley, author
"I made a mess
of my life, .person-
ally and profes-
sionally. I made
and hurt lots of
though God gra-
ciously forgave me and others for-
gave me, too, I was unable to for-
give others or myself. I was bound
in a self-imposed prison of anger
and regret, hopelessly held hostage
by my depression. Today I am no
longer the victim of my circum-
stances. Whether by the hands of
others or my very own, I'm finally
free from the past. My philosophy?
Let others off the hook! Get yourself
off the cross! And take your life off
the hold button!"
Jennifer Holliday, singer, ac-
Life, when fully lived, is about
lessons. I have found that life is
richest when it centers on learning,
on exploring the unknown, and re-
discovering what is working and
what is not working well in our
world. I find the ways I can contrib-
ute, in some small measure, to mak-
ing it a better world. I learn the most
about myself as I come to under-
stand and respect those who are
different from me. And the most
profound lesson of all flows from
discovering who I am in relationship
to my Mother/Father God."
Dr.'Johnnetta B. Cole
;o i ~ .-> i b
The Prior Awards consist
of four annual awards of
$12,000 each to honor and
reward career teachers who
"sustained teaching excel- -
lence and inspiration of stu- i
dents." The award is open to
public or private school
teachers in Duval County '
schools and who have taught
at least i'O years. Anyone
may nominate a teacher for these
awards-students, former students,
parents, colleagues or administra-
tors. No special nomination form is
required. Send a letter describing
ways this teacher inspires students
and the skills and strategies of their
teaching excellence. The deadline
is April 8. Self-nomination and
courses at UNF. The criteria are
current employment as a full-time
classroom teacher in a public or
private school in Duval County; a
minimum of three and a maximum
of 10 years of full-time teaching
experience; demonstrated and docu-
mented commitment to professional
growth in K-12 education; and.evi-
Both award programs were
created through a generous
gift from Jacksonville-
based investment manager
Gilchrist Berg. .Berg named
the awards after two of his
former teachers at Ortega
Elementary School, Gladys
Prior, who taught fourth
grade, and Gladys Rodden-
berry, who taught sixth
grade. This is the eighth year of the
For more information, please
contact the Dean's Office, College
of Education and Human Services,
University of North Florida, 4567
St. Johns Bluff Road, S., Jackson-
ville, FL 32224; phone: (904) 620-
2520; fax: (904) 620-2522..
Technology Eases African-American Search for Roots
Although African Americans face
more challenges than almost any
other ethnic group when it comes to
tracing their roots, online records
can make the discovery of family
history easier than ever before. My-
Family.com, the most popular and
comprehensive' family history re-
search and connection resource
online, offers the following tips to
make the search a bit easier:
Sketch your family tree based
entirely n .memory Even if it's
full of question marks, a rough draft
will tell you what you'll need to
research in the coming months.
Gather the records you have on
hand and compare them with your
outline. Birth certificates, marriage
licenses, and death records can pro-
vide much of the information you'
Search for U.S. Federal Census
- For many African Americans, the
paper trail begins with the 1870
Census. This is the first U.S. Cen-
sus'that listed former slaves as citi-
zens and may also include the last-
known residences of their earliest
free ancestors. Another great re-
source is the Census Free Popula- insights into slave folklore, poetry,
tion Schedules. These schedules list songs, recipes and even ghost sto-
the names of African American ries. The entire Slave Narrative
citizens living in the northern free collection is available online
states prior to the Emancipation through MyFamily.com
Proclamation of 1 863. Share and Preserve -
Glancing at a census record. Show off your handiwork
can reveal information like through a tangible heir-
an ancestor's occupation, loom to pass on to chil-
annual income and home dren and grandchildren.
ownership. Census records are Consider creating a Web site
available online at Ances- through MyFamily.com to
try.com. conveniently share your,
Read slave narraties family tree, pictures and
Journals and slave narratives documents with family
are among the most e\oca- members.
tive of genealogical re- "For African Ameri-
sources for African cans, piecing together fam-
Americans. Now that ily history can present some
these texts are available unique challenges," said
online, researchers can Tom Stockham, president
easily search for and CEO of MyFam-
specific names and ... ily.com. "Fortunately,
events.. More im- there is a vast collec-
portantly these first-hand accounts tion of data available online that
not only provide a snapshot view of' can provide insight into your family
slave life in America, but also history. With more than 4 billion
sometimes provide details about a records available online, it's easier
slave's parents and/or owners. And everyday to discover who you are
many of these accounts contain and where you come from."
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Do you love a good game of
Scrabble or friendly competition?
SLearn 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
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 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
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-
Sacred Jazz Concert
The Second Harvest Food Bank
will be holding a benefit concert on
Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 8:00
p.m. in the Jacoby Concert Hall in
the Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. The featured artist
ill be Noel Freidline. For Roslyn
Phillips at 764-9485 or 477-7398.
Palms Presbyterian School wi
present their Spring Carnival c
Saturday, March 5, 2005 froi
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the school
located at 3410 S. 3rd St.
Jacksonville Beach. Highligh
include children's games, ride
cakewalks, prizes and great food
Proceeds from the carnival wi
benefit the scholarship fund an
classroom equipment. For mot
information call 247-0983.
The Continental Society wi
present their 4h' Annua
Masquerade Ball with a Zulu Fla
on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at th
University Center at the Universit
of North Florida. Festivities wi
begin at 8 p.m. The ticket pric
includes Hors d' oeuvres, buffe
cash bar, live entertainment, casin
and door prizes. A mask will I
provided. For tickets or mot
information, please call 745-5344.
Friendly Yard Class
On Saturday, March 5, 200
from 10:00 a.m. 1:.00 p.m. at th
Duval County Extension Offici
1010 N. McDuff Ave., will ho
"Florida Friendly Ideas For Florid
Yards." The emphasis of th:
program will be low volume
irrigation and what it means to yo
the homeowner. New rules ar
coming and you need to kno'
them. You will also learn the be;
Florida Friendly landscape
practices for spring. Please call t
Girl Scouts Women of
Girl Scouts of Gateway Counc
will honor six women at the 17
Annual Women of Distinctio
Luncheon at the Radisso
Riverwalk Hotel, March 11, 2005
This year's honorees ar
Congresswoman Corrine Browr
Rita Cannon, Betty P. Cook, An
C. Hicks, Janice G. Lipsky and
Susan Wildes. The luncheon wil
take place from 12:00 p.m. 1:30
p.m. and is open to the public with
advance registration required. Fo
reservations, please call 388-465.
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Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
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st The public is invited to Tournament on Saturday, March
la celebrate Women's History Month 12, 2005, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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JCCI Forward Social:
Night at the Symphony
Join JCCI for a special evening
of "Let's Dance" by the
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
and pre-show social on Friday,
March 18, 2005. The evening will
begin from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at
Mongo's Flat Hot Grill ( at the
Jacksonville Landing). There you
can learn more about JCCI Forward
and their upcoming events while
enjoying a special Happy Hour.
The show begins at the Times-
Union Center at 8:00 p.m. Tickets
are complimentary. Respond now
to reserve your seat. Call Tess at
396-3052 or email email@example.com.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse
& Museum will host a day of free
family fun at the 13th Annual
Lighthouse Festival on Saturday,
March 19, 2005. Admission to the
tower, museum and grounds is free
all day. The Victorian-era light
station will be filled with living
history activities, children's games
and crafts, pony rides, live
entertainment, a photo contest, a
silent auction and the Michelob
Ultra 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run.
For more information about
Lighthouse Festival or the St.
Augustine Lighthouse and
Museum, go to
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society is now meeting
jointly with the Jacksonville
Genealogical Society on every third
Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Willow
Branch Library. The next meeting
will be held on March 19, 2005.
For additional information please
call Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.
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 #8 clown Unit
will present their 2"d 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.
Kids Poetry Slam
There will be a Kid's Poetry
Slam and Open Mic for youth ages
10-13 & 14-17 with cash prizes on
Saturday, April 9, 2005 from 1-5
p.m. The Slam will be held at the
Kennedy Center on Lona St. For
more information, call 502-7444.
RAP Home Tour
Preservation will present their 31s'
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 Sunday.
For more information, please call
The Eight Flags Shrimp
Festival will be held in historic
downtown Fernandina Beach,
April 29, 30 & May 1, 2005, and
the Annual Shrimp Festival Pirate
Parade will be held Thursday, April
28, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. For more
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
Links Old School Jam
The Bold City Chapter of
Links, Inc. will present their 2"d
Annual Old School Dance Party.
The event will be held in the
Terrace Suites of Alltel Stadium on
Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 8:00
p.m. Attendees will participate in a
diverse musical selection of hits
throughout the decades and
delicious cuisine. You are also
requested to dress in your favorite
era. For ticket information, please
call 634-1993 or any member of the
Bold City Chapter of Links.
: -., 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.
Everyone is invited to attend the
First Annual Alphabet Affair on
Friday, June 3, 2005. Join Learn to
Read as they travel through the
letters of the alphabet celebrating
literacy. This will be the first of
many Friday events. Beginning
with the letter "A", affairs will be
started with an Aloha Luau. For
more information, please call 399-
8894, ext 12.
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annual Oscars Bedazled and Delihted movie ans
Annual Oscars Dedazzled and Delighted Movie Fans
Shown above at the Oscars are (I-R)
best Actor Jamie Foxx with his daughter
Corrine, Tonya and Spike Lee, Host
Chris Rock, Manuela Testoni and hus-
band Prince, Kim Porter with boyfriend
Sean Combs, (MIDDLE) Quincy Jones,
Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey, Be-
yonce with boyfriend, Motown CEO Jay
Z., Best Supporting Actor winner Mor-
gan Freeman with daughter Morgana,
Hotel Rwanda nominees Sophie Ok-
onedo and Don Cheadle, LaTanya
Richardson and husband Samuel Jack-
son; (BOTTOM) Al and Starr Reynolds,
"Ray" leading actress Kerri Washington
and Melvin Van Peebles with son Mario
and actress Vivica Foxx.
Are we dreaming, or did the past ity tonight.'
weekend at the Oscars really hap- said, in his be
pen? It may have been "Million Foxx also
Dollar Baby's" day in the sun on most emotion
paper, but the night, belonged to talked about
Jamie Foxx, who won the best actor raised him.
Academy Award for his starring when he spok
performance in "Ray." Foxx's sup- acting coach.
porting actor nomination for She taugh
"Collateral" was beaten by Morgan straight, put y
Freeman's role in "Million Dollar and act like
Baby," which also nabbed golden he said, addir
statues for best picture, best direc- talks to him i
tor (Clint Eastwood) and best ac- wait to go to
tress (Hilary Swank). we got a lot
The way things were going, it said.
looked as if "Baby's" Clint East- Meanwhile,
wood might take over the best actor nominee Mor
category as well, but it was Jamie his first-ever
Foxx's name that came out of pre- tricky."
senter Charlize Theron's mouth. "After 'D
When asked backstage the nature of became phil
the lengthy whispering between the Oscar," he
South African actress and the Ter- stage. "It occ
tell, Texas native before he took the ning the nomi
podium, Foxxjoked:"I said [to her], height for m
'Can we talk about you and me?'" pretty arbitrar
"When you see people like Char- be best? But
lize, like Halle, you see how beauti- name, all tha
ful they are, but it's just great to dow."
chat with them about the art," hec Foxx and
continued. "Halle was tapping
me on my shoulder saying 'are
you ready.' It's just great to
just be in that league."
With Halle and Oprah look- ~ --
ing on from the audience like
proud mothers, Foxx clutched
his Oscar and thanked "Ray"
director Taylor Hackford, his
longtime managers Jamie and
Marcus King, his late grand-
mother Estelle, and his 11-
year-old daughter and Oscar
date Corrine. punch marked
"She said, 'Dad after this, can in Oscar histo
we go to the big awards The Kid's two of the for
Choice Awards?'" Jamie told re- lowing Denz
porters backstage. "She doesn't Halle Berry's
know the significance of it right "Training Da
now, but years from now when Ball."
she's talking to her friends, she'll be Peppered t
like, 'That night me and my dad...'" ceremony wer
Foxx joins Denzel Washington ances of the
and the legendary Sidney Poitier as songs, which
the only African Americans to win number "Vois
a best actor award in Oscar's 77- from the fil
year history. During Foxx's accep- "Learn To
tance speech, he thanked Oprah for "ThePhantom
introducing him to Poitier. "Believe," a d
"He said, 'I give you responsibil- from "The Po
ity.' So I'm taking that responsibil- Ross-like outf
anks Sidney," Foxx nied each performance, and her
Poitier impression, man Jay-Z soaked in each moment
provided the night's from the audience.
moment when he And where do we begin with
s grandmother who Chris Rock?
ears began to well The comedian came out to a
of her being his first standing ovation, then quickly be-
gan slinging stingers toward Holly-
him to "stand up wood's elite. He joked about seeing
:r shoulders straight, films that made him think the star-
u got some sense," ring actors needed money. After
that sometimes she seeing Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Boat
his dreams. "I can't Trip," Rock said he sent the actor a
eep tonight because check for $80.
talk about," Foxx In another bit urging filmmakers to
wait for better talent instead of
three-time Oscar rushing bad movies into theaters,
n Freeman, 67, said Rock said: "Clint Eastwood's a star,
win is "kind of ok? Tobey Maguire's just a boy in
tights. You want Tom Cruise and
ring Miss Daisy,' I all you can get is Jude Law? Wait.
ophical about the You want Russell Crowe and all
Id reporters back you can get is Colin Farrell? Wait.
red to me that win- 'Alexander' is not 'Gladiator.' You
tion is probably the want Denzel and all you can get is
and after that its' me? Wait. Denzel's a fine actor. He
How can any of us would never made 'Pootie Tang."'
hen they call your Some two hours after that joke,
goes out the win- Sean Penn took the stage to present
the award for best actress, but first
reeman's one-two took time out to defend Jude Law
as "one of our finest actors."
After the commercial break,
Rock immediately addressed
Penn's comment, stating: "Sean
Penn, my accountant wants to see
Syou," referring to the earlier joke
"J about sending $80 checks to ac-
S tors. After the ceremony, Rock
was asked what he thought was
his best line of the night.
"I don't know, my jokes are like
my children," he said. "I liked the
Sean Penn comeback."
nly the second time This Oscar ceremony was the
that Blacks earned best year ever for African Ameri-
acting awards, fol- cans, who earned a record five of
Washington and 20 acting nominations, including
ad-acting wins for the two for Foxx. Don Cheadle was
and "Monster's nominated as best actor and Sophie
Okonedo as best supporting actress
oughout Sunday's for "Hotel Rwanda."
Beyonce's perform- It means that Hollywood is con-
Oscar nominated tinuing to make history," Freeman
cluded the French said backstage. "We're evolving
Sur Ton Chemin" with the rest of the world."
"Les Choristes," Chris Rock's take on the pres-
e Lonely" from ence of African Americans in the
f the Opera," and Kodak Theater Sunday night?
t with Josh Groban "It always feels good to see some
ir Express." Diana color in the room that don't have
changes accompa- mops."
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