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Emmett Till's Kin Oppose
CHICAGO Relatives of Eunett Till disagree over FBI plans to
exhume the boy's remains nearly 50 years after he was killed in one of
the most infamous crimes of the civil rights era.
Bertha Thomas, president of the Emmett Till Foundation. said she was
speaking for a majority of the family in saying she would rather see the
newly reopened probe end than allow the body to be exhumed.
The 14-year-old black youth from Chicago. was visiung an uncle in the
small Mississippi Delta town of Money in 1955 when he was abducted
from the home and killed, reportedly for whistling at a white woman.
The FBI said last week it planned to exhume Till's body from a Chicago-
area cemetery within the next fe\ weeks for an autopsy to confirm the
identification of the mutilated body and determine the cause of death. An
autopsy might also turn up evidence, such as a bullet, the agency said.
Two white men charged with Till's murder store owner Roy Bryant
and his half brother J.W. Milam were acquitted by an all-white jury. The
two, now dead. later confessed in a Look magazine article.
The Justice Department announced plans last year to reopen the inves-
tigation, citing information including a documentary that claimed to have
found new evidence.
Till's mutilated body was unrecognizable when it was found three days
later in a river. His mother. Manue Till Nloble,, w.as able to identify him
from a ring on his finger. An autopsy was never conducted.
Fowler's Bid to Buy
Minnesota Vikings Falls Apart
Businessman Reggie Fowler's bid to become the majority o%\ ncr of the
Minnesota Vikings has ended.
Vikings o% ner Red McCombI:h iiIac official \hat "%jN rumored The
former Arizonian is out as lead investor, and New Jersey real estate de\el-
oper Zygmunt Wilf w ill assume that position.
Wilf has assumed the lead role because Fo"ler has not come up with
the money to run the team. Fo\ \let. 'ho owTns Chandler-based Spiral Inc..
was hoping to become the first African-American majority owner of an
Fowler. who has put up at least half of the $20 million down payment.
could remain in a smaller role.
League rules say the majority owner must have a 30 percent equity
investment. McCombs is selling the club for a reported $625 million. The
majority owner would need to come up w ith $150 million if the investors
borrowed $125 rmllion from the NFL's line of credit.
Fowler last year began pursuing the Vikings. but after a deal was
announced on Valentine's Day, he was unable to close it. The deal is
expected to close in June.
Poll Finds Prayer Effective Painkiller
More than half of those who responded to a USA TODAY/ABC
News/Stanford Unilersity Medical Center poll released Monda, say the\
use prayer to control pain. Of those. 90% say it worked well. and 51%
say "very well."
Among a dozen therapies, including bed rest. massage and herbal reme-
dies, only prescription drugs were as successful as prayer in easing pain:
89%. report that such drugs work well and 51% sa\ "\erny well."
"In African-American belief. often pain is part of 'w hat we are expect-
ed to endure." says Glenda Hodges, director of a course in spirituality and
medicine at Howard Uni\ersity's College of Medicine.
The feeling is that "if Jesus endured it. I should be able to handle it."
she says. "So if I'm not able to handle the pain. there must be something
wrong \ith the spiritual connection I hae with God."
German Prison Workers Suspended
for KKK Impersonation
WIESBADEN T o prison employ ees in Germany were suspended on
amid an investigation into allegations that one of them put on an impro-
vised Ku-Klux-Klan robe and hood to taunt an African- American inmate.
Officials said the incident allegedly occurred in March at the Butzbach
prison near Wiesbaden and involved a 29-year-old pnson guard mas-
querading as a Klansman as a 51-year-old prison worker goaded him on.
The incident is said to have occurred in a storage room for bed linens.
The victim was said to be an African-American US citizen who is serv-
ing an eight-year term on a sexual-offenses con, ictuon
The unnamed victim filed complaints with prison authorities as well as
with the US embassy.
Bush Apparently Excluded From
Civil Rights Commemoration
"Several former presidents" -- but apparently not the current one -- will
be invited to take part in a celebration marking the 50th anni\ersar, of
the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott.
That's according to Weber Merritt Strategies, a Washington, D.C., pub-
lic affairs firm hired bv the Montgomery Improvement Association to
publicize the commemoration of the boycott that helped launch the civil
The organized boycott of the city's segregated buses began on Dec. 5.
1955. in response to the Dec. 1 arrest of Rosa Parks.
Webber Merritt Strategies said that "historical figures" from the civil
rights movement, including Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., will participate in the commemoration the bus boycott.
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Volume 19 No. 17 Jacksonville, Florida May 12 18 ,2005
Reparations Movement Boosted
with J.P. Morgan Apology
Financial Giants Establishes $5 Million Fund
Banking giant JP Morgan has
issued a public apology and estab-
lished a $5 million scholarship fund
for African-American students
from Louisiana upon discovering
that in the days when slave-owning
was legal, two banks linked with it
took slaves as collateral.
Citizens Bank of Louisiana and
New Orleans Canal & Banking Co
in the South used more than 13,000
slaves as collateral and wound up
owning about 1,250 of them when
borrowers defaulted, The Wall
Street Journal which quoted the
investigator hired by JP Morgan
Records show that in those days, it
is not only white people but also
some freed Blacks who owned
Among the hundreds of pages of
citizen's mortgage records, investi-
gator James Lide turned up the
minutes of an August 26, 1846
Citizens board meeting.
It showed directors considered a
request from Marie Rosette, a "free
woman of colour," who wanted to
trade a slave of hers for her son,
who was owned by a plantation that
had been seized by the bank in a
J.P. Morgan's quest began in 2003,
when its record-management
department searched the bank's
archives in order to comply with the
Chicago law. When the search
came up empty-handed, J.P.
Morgan called Mr. Lide, a historian
who had worked with the bank in
the late 1990s to research its Paris
bank accounts that had been looted
during the German occupation in
World War II. He works for History
Associates Inc., which does
research for corporate and other
Some descendants of slaves have
filed lawsuits against large compa-
nies that they claim profited from
slavdcy in pursuit of reparations, but ....
their efforts have been unsuccessful
Four Jacksonville teachers were
recipients of $12,000 each in recog-
nition of their dedication to area
students and the teaching profes-
sion. Teachers included Nancy
Lotowycz (Atlanta Beach
Elementary), Tim Clark (Baldwin
Middle School), Marjorie Nolan
(First Coast High School) and Dan
Hall (Bolles). The fund was estab-
lished by Water Street Capital's
founder Gilchrest Berg in honor of
one his teachers, Gladys Prior.
Marjorie Nolan (shown above),
taught at Raines High School for
over twenty years. She has received
the praise of administrators, fellow
teachers and students. "I believe
that learning is magical and that it
ought to be a powerful force in
everyone's life." She said.
New Atlanta Police Chief Reopens
Infamous 80s Child Murders Case
Wayne Williams, the black man
believed to be responsible for a
series of murders that terrorized
Shown above are: Ruby George, Duval Teachers United Vice President; Joann McCall, First Vice
President of FEA; Carol Gamble, Staff Member of DTU; Mr. Meeks, Delegate and CSM Henry Sellers,
DTU Board of Directors/Delegate. FMPowell PHOTO
Education Delegates Attend Florida Assembly over forty delegates from
the Jacksonville area joined the Florida Education Association for the Annual Delegate Assembly in Orlando,
Florida. Held during the first weekend in May, the Assembly gathers educators, administrators and parents all with
a concern for education. The weekend included a variety of luncheons, dinners, award ceremonies and recogni-
tion banquets. The primary focus of this year's gathering was the class size amendment which, the organization
Baltimore Airport '
ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The gover-
nor has signed a bill renaming
International Airport for Thurgood
Marshall, the first black justice on
the U.S. Supreme Court.
Beginning Oct. 1, the airport will
be known as Baltimore-
Thurgood Marshall Airport.
"Our purpose is to honor a great
mind who did the most to end legal
segregation in America," said state
Delegate Emmett Burs, a Baptist
minister who introduced the bill.
Maryland now follows other
states that recently have named
major airports after prominent
black Americans. Atlanta, New
Orleans and Jackson, Miss., have
renamed their airports for promi-
Graham has Williams
reopened an investigation into the
murders, adding he believes
Williams may have been set up.
Graham said he plans to take
another look at the slaying of four
boys between February and May
1981. Graham, who became chief
last year, said he took an interest in
revisiting the cases, dubbed the
Atlanta Child Murders, after look-
ing through old news clippings.
"After Wayne Williams was arrest-
ed, there was this decision by some
people to close the cases, and I have
never been one to espouse that kind
of investigation or paint that kind of
broad brush," Graham told
Associated Press. "I have never
believed that he did anything."
In all, 29 black youths, mostly
boys, were killed in Atlanta
between 1979 and 1981. Williams
is serving a life sentence for two of
the murders. Williams, now 47, was
later blamed for 22 of the other
slaying, but authorities never filed
any charges against him.
Continued on page 3
Area Moms Know How to Spend a Perfect Mothers Day Mothers all across
the First Coast were indulged for their own very special holiday. Some went to church, others out to dinner and
some even chose to fish and fly a kite. We found two Jacksonville Mothers spending their Sunday holiday doing
exactly what they wanted, Shown above left is Mrs. Linda Platt who fished until the early evening on Fort George
Island and Ms. Patricia Hughes who showed her kids how to REALLY fly a kite.
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By Christina Hemby
Godfather of hip-hop, Russell
Simmons, has spent the last 20 years
building a music and fashion empire
that is now worth hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars. But Simmons, who
has just begun another venture with a
new music label, Russell Simmons
Music Group, is not concerned with
just making more money for himself.
We want to teach the hip-hop gen-
eration to pay attention. The greatest
problem I think we're facing is that
people are not focused on certain
aspects of owning and developing a
portfolio, and developing a space.
The first step, which is a spiritual
step, is to put your head down, pick
up the pamphlet and pay attention.
We give away booklets with all of
the various different re-
sources and obvious op-
portunities that are being
overlooked by kids in the
community. [Young peo-
ple] aren't protecting their
credit, they're not building
wealth, they're not reaf-
firming their credit or fix-
ing their credit. They're
not doing anything. So we
are showing you -- even
the smallest thing, like my
The Rush card is a prod-
uct of your new credit card com-
It's not a credit card company. The
company is called UniRush and it's a
financial service company. The idea
is to give people who are unbanked
ways to rebuild their credit, ways to
avoid a lot of the predatory busi-
nesses that are out there waiting for
them. You spend eight to 12 hours
per week standing in line paying
your bills if you're like a lot of the
unbanked in America. And we can
avoid that. Sometimes people pay 15
or 16 percent just to cash their check.
But, with the Rush card, you receive
your cash on your card on Friday
mornings with no fee. [Then] you
can just call up Ma Bell and pay
Were you once a young kid who
was struggling financially to get
through school? And if so, would
these tips have helped you to build
your empire sooner?
My life would have been dramati-
cally different and much easier if I
Instead he is determined to upgrade
the financial portfolios of youth in
the hip hop generation. He's so
driven by that mission, that he and
other hip-hoppers like Eminem and
Reverend Run of Run DMC, are
taking their money-making act on
the road through Simmons' Hip Hop
Social Action Network, to get young
people focused on one topic -
':Creating Legacy Wealth.'
We recently spoke with Simmons
recently about his ideas for changing
the dim state of financial affairs in
What is your legacy wealth pro-
[It's about]the idea of creating
wealth that is more meaningful than
a car. Things that are lasting, and
promote stability and happiness for a
long time, not for a short period: like
to create equity versus things that
What are the specific tools that
you're hoping to teach young
adults for building legacy wealth?
knew about these resources. But
there are so many people who don't
know how to rebuild their credit,
how to protect themselves from the
predatory businesses. They are part
of a cycle. And the education in
schools is not about financial liter-
acy. College kids fall right into the
struggle. As soon as they get into
school, people start offering them
things. They misuse them or they
don't manage them properly.
Do you expect kids who are
struggling to pay their way
through college to take these tips
seriously and apply them in their
Well, the different seminars will
teach you. The first thing you have
to do like I said,... is put your head
down and read all of the literature
which is laid out to you in a very
simple way on how to take the steps
to get out of the struggle and the
cycle of poverty that's in our com-
munity. People like Suze Orman will
be speaking, people who have suc-
cess. She has a very simple way of
explaining some of the obvious
things that really should be taken
advantage of but usually aren't.
How do we teach kids, who are
attracted to the glam and bling of
their favorite hip-hop artists and
sports stars, that you can build
legacy wealth while being a police-
man or a school teacher?
What we need to do is promote
values and basic ideas. What does
the kid want to do with his life? We
need to teach them that. Success is
defined as happiness. And the artists
even say it. After they've had about
two years of success they realize that
the only thing they wanted to do was
write poetry. 50 Cent will tell you
that, and he just got a hit yesterday.
But he knows already that the big
house he bought, that he hasn't fur-
nished, is not the prize. The prize is
being able to inspire people with his
Longtime Auto Exec Asked
to Revive Ford Division
SFord Motor Co. has
SHazel to run the Ford
*J Division at the na-
S auto manufacturer.
Hazel, a 33-year Ford veteran who
previously headed the automaker's
Lincoln-Mercury Division, needs to
weave automotive magic immedi-
ately, because Ford Motor's share of
the U.S. market dropped 5.2 percent
from Jan. 1 to mid-April.
Business Concept Has
Fizzle for Shizzle
H3Enterprises Inc., headed by
former Seattle Supersonic Jackie
Robinson, announced that it plans to
,open 30 HipHopSodaShops in the
Las Vegas area over the next three
years. In addition to hip-hop music
and memorabilia, the fast-food
joints will also feature cyber-
gaming. Robinson is no business
babe in the woods, having been the
owner/operator of 53 Pizza Hut
Sony to Air a Human
Laugh Track Show
Sony Entertain- I
ment has announced
that it's giving a talk
show to Robin Quiv-
ers, who's made mil-
lions cackling at
Howard Stem's puerile and racist
utterances. In lieu of broadcasting
Quivers, how about a primetime,
serial caning of the Sony bonehead
who signed off on the 'Robin Quiv-
ers Show'? Now I'd watch that.
Buzzard Luck Follows
From Petersburg, Va., comes the
sad tale of Fenton Bland Jr., 43,
who recently received a 57-month
federal prison sentence for conspir-
acy to commit bank fraud. Bland
forged the signature of an ailing,
elderly man to obtain land used as
collateral to purchase the A.D. Price
Funeral Establishment. Bland subse-
quently endured the insanity acquit-
tal and ongoing incarceration of his
wife in the non-fatal shooting of
their daughter, a business bank-
ruptcy filing and resigning a Vir-
ginia General Assembly seat in dis-
Virginia Tech Student Has
Designs on Major Success
As graduation day approaches at
Virginia Tech, senior apparel design
major Kofi Boateng is trying to de-
cide whether to join Roca Wear,
Jay-Z's clothing line, or P.Diddy's
Sean Jean clothing label. The other
option facing the talented designer
is whether to move to Atlanta and
start his own business. Being young,
gifted and black can be so worri-
Hammerin' Hank Still
Swinging for the Fences
Hank Aaron is attacking the busi-
ness world with the same vigor that
saw him swat a major league record
755 home runs. Georgia-based
Hank Aaron Automotive Group is
opening a Kia dealership in
McDonough, Ga., to augment the
Toyota, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover,
Honda and Hyundai marques Aaroi
already sells. Good, because corpo-
rate America still largely ignores
Aaron, who rightfully should have
made hundreds of millions in en-
That Stock is a
Real Black Chipper!
The May issue of Black Financial
News magazine contains the Black
Chip Stock Index, a list of African-
American firms whose equity is
publicly traded. Among the compa-
nies holding that lofty status are
Radio One, American Shared Hos-
pital, Carver Bancorp and Citizens
Capital Corp., which is affiliated
with the Black Financial News.
Inclusion? No Thanks!
The Philadelphia African-
American Chamber of Commerce
asked the six candidates vying for
controller and district attorney in the
May 17 primary for their views on
black-owned businesses and black
economic inclusion. Republican
hopeful Lynne Abraham refused to
answer a Chamber survey, while
Philadelphia Republican Party
Chairman Vito Canuso wrote that
Philly's GOP hasn't given the issue
Paxson TV Drama
to Be Continued
In case you're ,
wondering how ~
Allen is faring in *'
his quest to buy .B
the 60-station Pax-
son TV network
for $2.2 billion,
the latest word out of Paxson Com-
munications is that the company
wants to turn PAX TV into an info-
mercial network. Stay tuned, as they
say in the biz.
Is Your Money Working for You? Eight
Ways to Ensure it Stays that Way
Master the fundamentals. "If you
don't have the basics in place, look-
ing at more sophisticated ways of
investing doesn't make any sense,"
insists Robert Pagan, a financial
advisor for Nathan & Lewis Securi-
ties, based inn Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Necessary groundwork includes 1)
putting income toward investments
or savings goals before spending on
anything else; 2) tracking your daily
expenditures in writing to ensure
you're spending on needs, not
wants; and 3) eliminating debt, par-
ticularly on credit cards and other
Set specific goals and write
them down. Concrete goals, with
dollar figures attached, help you
visualize a plan to achieve. That's
what Monica Rice did when she
received a lump sum of $60,000
from her grandmother's estate. Af-
ter doling out $30,000 to family
members and covering the cost of
the funeral, the Phoenix resident
headed over to her financial advisor
and outlined future financial objec-
tives for the remaining $30,000.
"She wanted me to put enough
money in savings to cover at least
three to six months of expenses. I
decided on three," recalls Rice.
"Then we went through a spread-
sheet to see how conservative I was,
so we could start investing."
Invest in property, whether
commercial or residential. Shirley
A. Hinton, 59, says her real estate
purchases helped her retire early.
"Back in 1974, I brought my first
piece of property," she says, recall-
ing the money she has made by pur-
chasing and selling condos over the
years. Buying a home may be far
less complicated than other invest-
ment vehicles, and first-time buyers
can withdraw from 401 (k) plans
without penalty. As long as you
thoroughly investigate the neighbor-
hood where your purchase is, you're
very likely to make a profit over
time since "real property tends to
have less volatility," says Mitchell.
Be sure an investment makes
economic sense. According to
Mitchell, you should "invest in
things appropriate for your situation
and consider the tax costs associated
with that investment." For example,
if an investment has a gross return
of 10 percent but your personal tax
bracket is high, you more than
likely will not net 10 percent, be-
cause of taxes. Also, if that 10 per-
cent return has high risk, then the
investment becomes more expen-
sive if it loses value.
Brand yourself. "If you're
viewed as a mover and a shaker,
that attracts opportunities for you,"
states Genevia Gee Fullbright,
C.P.A., P.A., vice president and
marketing director for Fullbright &
Fullbright, in Durham, N.C. She
says putting extra effort at work,
arriving at the office at least thirty
minutes early, networking and act-
ing as a resource to coworkers will
put you in a better position to ad-
vance your financial goals. Also, "if
you're known to hang around indi-
viduals who don't put forth their
best effort, then you might get
lumped in the same category," Full-
bright cautions. "That doesn't help
your career or how much salary you
Educate Yourself. Consider
getting helpful financial informa-
tion through an investment club.
Investment clubs teach you how to
buy equity stocks, and that gives
you more control over your fi-
nances. Other ways to educate you
include consulting a financial advi-
sor, logging onto websites such as
motleyfool.com and reading the
Wall Street Journal or similar publi-
Diversify your investments. If
you're looking for guidance, there's
a simple rule of thumb: Your age
subtracted from 100 should repre-
sent the equities share of your port-
folio. "If you're in your 20s, 80 per-
cent of your portfolio should be in
the stock market," People willing to
take more risk could shift that a
little. But by the time you get closer
to retirement, you're moving
(investments) into fixed income
securities such as bonds and U.S.
Find additional funds. One
way is to increase the deductions
you take on your W-4 form. "That
will decrease the money taken out
of your paycheck so you have more
in hand," says Noel. You can devote
the extra money to investments and
financial goals; just consult a tax
advisor so you don't owe too much
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create 161 jobs
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assist with $ I I million in government contracts
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Will students be dismissed
early on the last day of school?
Yes. Most elementary schools
will be dismissed at 12 noon. Most
middle schools will be dismissed at
1:15pm. Most highs schools will
be dismissed at 11:15am. Please
check your child's school for ex-
ceptions. Lunch will be provided.
Is it true that Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church is hosting
summer school for students who
have failed a class during this
academic school year?
Yes, Bethel Baptist is hosting a
summer school program from June
6th through July 15". Only high
school students who need one credit
or one course for promotion are
eligible to participate in the Bethel
Baptist program. To register, stu-
dents must pay $175, be granted a
waiver from his or her assigned
school, provide a copy of his or her
report card/official transcript, and a
copy of his or her social security
card. Registration is May 31st -
June 2nd from 9am to 3pm at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, 215
Bethel Baptist Street. For more
information, call Bethel at 354-
When is graduation for Raines
Raines' graduation is Tuesday,
May 17 at 1pm at UNF and Ri-
bault's graduation is Tuesday, May
17 at 7pm at the Moran Theatre.
For a complete listing of all gradua-
tions, please visit
Johnetta Cole will Remain at Bennett College
GREENSBORO, N.C. After
arriving home from a three-day
business trip to Washington, D.C.,
Bennett College President Johnnetta
Cole, was amazed to find a large
group of concerned students, faculty
and community leaders on the front
lawn. The crowd gathered to lend
support for her leadership after she
offered her resignation from Bennett
College for Women.
Cole, 68, who became president in
2002 of the private historically
Black college, said that a small fac-
tion of faculty members was ob-
structing her ability to perform her
duties effectively. The alleged splin-
ter group was comprised of six fac-
ulty members from various depart-
As Cole greeted her supporters,
she was given a signed statement of
confidence by State Representative
and Bennett faculty member Alma
Adams. The statement contained the
signatures of 54 out of 55 faculty
members and declared that Ben-
nett's faculty has complete confi-
dence in Cole's ability to lead, the
According to Bennett staff, the
only professor whose signature does
not appear on the statement was not
asked to sign it, because she was an
alleged leader of the anti-Cole fac-
tion. Bennett sources have identified
the faculty member as a biology
Dr. Johnetta Cole
professor, Michele "Shelley"
Garrett, whose contract was not re"
newed. Garrett could not be reached
Alma Adams presented Cole with
the petition and stated, "From all the
faculty, we love you and we need
you to guide us."
Sources indicate that the college's
faculty senate had a meeting to dis-
cuss the college's policy on tenure
and promotions which had not been
revised since 1991.
Cole told the Bennett Belles,
"What I love is you. Who you are
and who you will be. There is no
selfishness here. I've got to beg of
you the best performance on your
exams ever. Dig into those text
books and prepare. You are whole,
spiritual, wise women."
An overwhelming majority of
people refused to accept Cole's de-
parture, including the college's
board of trustees, faculty, students,
alumnae and city officials-all of
whom packed Pfeiffer Chapel to
capacity later that morning on Ben-
nett's campus to hear if Cole had
possibly changed her mind.
"It's like waiting for the Super
Bowl," said Mayor Keith Holliday,
who was also among the hundreds
who arrived on campus to await
Cole's announcement at the press
As she entered the Chapel and
made her way up to the podium,
Cole looked overwhelmed with
emotion as Mayor Holliday and
board of trustees Chairwoman
Yvonne Johnson escorted her onto
the stage by each of her arms.
"I came into this chapel to do
something that was so painful and
you said, 'No thank you."'
Cole told listeners about the nu-
merous phone calls and e-mails of
support she had received from
across the country after hearing the
news of her resignation -- making
efforts in persuading her to stay.
Besides raising more money, an-
other of Cole's primary goals for
Bennett is to increase student enroll-
ment by 100 within the next two
years. The current enrollment is just
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The ILA Local # 1408 Scholarship Fund recently held its 10t annual Golf Tournament. Nearly 100 players
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Atlanta Child Murders
Continued from page 1 I
Abby Mann, a noted Hollywood
writer, wrote the screenplay for The
Atlanta Child Murders, a made-for-
television movie that aired on CBS
in 1985. Prominent leaders in At-
lanta's black community urged
Mann not to go ahead with the pro-
ject, arguing that the continued pub-
licity generated by the movie would
add more pain to the community.
Mann initially withdrew from the
project, but later went ahead after
attending the Williams' trial. He
would go on to tell the media that he
was disturbed by the courtroom
proceedings, calling the investiga-
tion inadequate, a problem for too
many poor minority defendants. He
also said the evidence was unreli-
able and the trial was damaged by
the sensational media coverage.
Williams became the number one
suspect in the slaying that stirred
fear in the hearts of black parents
throughout Atlanta and made head-
lines nationwide. Tiny fibers found
on the bodies of victims were
matched to the rugs and other fab-
rics of the home and car of Wil-
liams' parents, with whom he lived
well into his 20's.
In 1984, Williams' conviction
was upheld by the state Supreme
Court, which later rejected an ap-
peal for a new trial.
Williams has always maintained
that Atlanta officials covered up
evidence of the Ku Klux Klan's role
in the murders to avoid a race war in
the city. However, Joseph Drolet,
the man who prosecuted Williams,
doesn't believe that to be true.
"[When Williams was arrested]
the murders stopped, and there has
been nothing since," Drolet told AP,
adding that he welcomes the new
investigation by Graham and
Dekalb County police.
Michael Jackson, one of Wiliams'
attorneys now living in Buffalo,
N.Y., believes Graham's decision
could have a major impact on his
former client's future.
"There's no question this is a sig-
nificant development," Jackson
said, "and we look forward to learn-
ing all of the facts concerning re-
examination of these murders."
Williams became a suspect in the
case when a police officer heard a
splash in the Chattahoochee River
and spotted Williams' car driving
off. The body of one missing victim,
Nathaniel Carter, 21, was later
pulled from the river. Another adult,
21-year-old Jimmy Payne, was also
murdered during the two-year kill-
"This is. about a search for the
truth, and that's what I'm trying to
do," Graham said, calling the con-
cern over reopening wounds "crap."
Graham stresses that this will not
be a quick process, but rather one
that may require a lot of time and
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2005,06. Funds expended for USDOT assisted contracts are
affected by this goal. The goal is exclusive of JTA's expendi-
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goal will be held on June 23, 2005 in the JTA Board Room at
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page'~ 3
"The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived
from nature, proceed from custom."
-Michel de Montaigne
It's been about a year now since comedian Bill Cosby let
loose on a segment of the African American community of
whom he felt was "not holding up their end in this deal."
We all remember the controversy that was caused by the
tongue lashing Cosby gave to blacks for being irresponsible
in many areas of society saying that single mothers are not
"embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband."
Single fathers aren't "considered an embarrassment if he
tries to run away from being the father" of their children.
"In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison.... I'm
talking about these people who cry when their son is stand-
ing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was
two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were
you when he was eighteen, and how come you don't know
he had a pistol?"
Deemed as harsh words by some.
Seen as much needed medicine by others.
Author Michael Eric Dyson has decided
to take on Cosby in his new book "Was Bill
Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle
Class Lost Its Mind? (Basic Civitas Books,
Dyson is careful in trying to dissect
Cosby's words by not personally attacking
him, just his qualifications to justify such
"Of course, the ink and applause Cosby i
has won rest largely on a faulty assump-
tion: that he is the first black figure to stare CHAEL
down the "pathology" that plagues poor
blacks. But to believe that ignores how fig-
ures from black intellectual WE,B. Du Bois to civil rights
leader Jesse Jackson, in varying contexts, with differing
results, have spoken controversially about the black poor
Equally intriguing is the leap of faith one .must make in
granting Cosby revered status as a racial spokesman and
critic. He has famously demurred in his duties as a racial
representative. He has flatly refused over the years to deal
with blackness and color in his comedy. Cosby was defen-
sive, even defiant, in his views, as prickly a racial avoider
as one might imagine-for a man who traded so brilliantly on
dimensions of black culture in his comedy," Dyson writes.
Now the debate/is on.
Dyson is daring Cosby, and those who support his views,
Sto respond to his criticisms of those controversial assertions.
Which is fair.
But what Dyson obviously lailsto properly,,acknowledge
' is that these are things that many black-Americans-have
been thinking for decades. There are deep-seeded feelings
of letdown from civil rights era blacks that cannot be
soothed by the success of people like P. Diddy. Because for
every breakthrough of the hip-hop generation there are
scared minds that don't seem to get the fact that society has
rules of engagement. Those rules for the most part include
law, order and, yes sometimes, conformity.
Dyson also wants to downplay Cosby's suggestion that
responsibility is key to overall success in today's society.
"Cosby's overemphasis on personal responsibility, not
structural features, wrongly locates the source of poor black
suffering-and by implication its remedy-in the lives of the
poor When you think the problems are personal, you think
the solutions are the same. If only the poor were willing to
work harder, act'better, get educated, stay out ofjail and par-
ent more effectively, their problems would go away," Dyson
writes. "In our high-tech, high-skilled economy where low-
skilled work is being scaled back, phased out,
exported, or severely under-compensated, all the
right behavior in the world won't create better
jobs with more pay," Dyson contends.
Dyson is right, all of the living right and
preparation in the world won't buy you finan-
cial- success. In fact, many poor blacks, no mat-
ter how educated they are, remain unemployed,
i undiscovered and unchallenged as contributors
to their segment of society. However, even in
their moments of struggle they can be counted
H on to respond when called on.
Dyson's frustrations are obviously more
geared towards Cosby's decision to air the "dirty
laundry" of black America without asking him
first. Some of his comments on Cosby's thoughts
are simply ridiculous excuses in an attempt to
justify some of the problems in the black community.
In Cosby's comments to black America he is simply say-
ing that "we" should expect, demand and do better among
ourselves if we plan to be better overall. He places the first
level of responsibility on your own doorstep. In the battle
for societal advancement, that's not asking too much.
Sure there are racial challenges that bare merit, however
the goal is to remove as many obstacles as possible. The one
barrier that blacks can eliminate without any legislative,
economic or racial demands is that of responsibility.
Unfortunately, Dyson's attack on Cosby doesn't seem to
And it is for that reason Micahel Eric Dyson has, in effect,
"lost his mind."
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by Charles Griggs
DYSON'S BOOK OFF THE
MARK ON COSBY RHETORIC k
Author Michael Eric Dyson attacks Bill Cosby
for his stand on responsibility...without offering solutions.
Unlikeness would be an under-
statement when addressing the fact
that over the past two decades, the
income gap has steadily increased
between the richest Americans, who
own homes and stocks, and who by
the way got major tax breaks from
our President, and those at the mid-
dle or bottom of the pay scale.
And this isn't one of my "Bash
Bush" articles, but the facts will
speak for themselves. Middle-
income America is feeling the bite
of our new tax codes, even as the
Oprah Winfrey wealthy reap the
benefits of Reaganomics II or
should we say Bushanomics II.
According to the Census Bureau,
the wealthiest 20 percent of house-
holds in 1973 accounted for 44 per-
cent of total U.S. income. Their
share jumped to 50 percent in 2002,
while everyone else's or us poor
folk's incomes fell. For those really
poor or the bottom fifth of the spec-
trum, their share dropped from 4.2
percent to 3.5 percent.
And Republicans laughed last
year at John Kerry's notion that
there are "Two Americas." The sta-
tistics don't lie, and the economic
pain that low and middle income
Americans are feeling is real. With
rising health care cost, outrageous
gas prices and ajob market as unsta-
ble as Michael Jackson's nose, we
should all be concerned. Well,
unless you are one of those in the
wealthiest 20 percent.,
Here's more data for you to pon-
der. According to estimates by the
Brookings Institution and the Urban
Institute, households earning be-
tween $200,000 and $500,000 in
pretax income receive an average
income-tax reduction of $5,000 as a
result of the tax-law changes en-
acted under the current administra-
S ion.. .. I
And if you think that those figures
are bad, just hold on. Households
earning between $500,000 and $1
million receive an average reduction
of $17,000, and households earning
more than $1 million, including the
super-rich, on average will see their
tax bills go down $93,000.
OK let me attempt to break down
the problem with this income gap as
it relates to today's economy. We all
know that job growth has stalled for
the most part, leaving the unem-
ployment rate much higher than it
Then the pressure is on current
employers and John Q Citizen who
simply cannot find a job. Mean-
while, soaring health care costs are
gobbling up much of the gains from
rising labor productivity further
discouraging employers from hiring.
So again, the poor continue to
struggle while the rich get richer.
The New Deal social contract has
been canceled, revoked and thrown
out with the trash and so have the
restraints it imposed on both indi-
vidual and corporate behavior.
Corporations and there leaders no.
longer see the big picture of sup-
porting the U.S. economy and its
citizens. That's where this whole
notion of globalization comes from,.
and that's why we have lost millions
of jobs to overseas third world na-
The income gap has widened to
the point where the lowest paid
workers no longer earn a living
wage, while the highest paid work-
ers, such as corporate executives,
board members, etc. earn excessive
wages and are able to grow their
assets through those great tax shel-
ters which greatly favor the wealthy.
I certainly do not have all of the
answers and have never claim to be
gqconomist or fiscal guru, but here
are a few ways I feel we can start
making strides to help lower income
Raise the minimum wager I
am as much of a capitalist as any-
one, but I think it's ridiculous
that we are having a debate in
2004 about a federal minimum
wage of $5.15 per hour. At least
the voters of Florida got it right -
increasing minimum wage to
$6.15 with annual adjustments.
We have to provide workers with
better wages even if you are
working at a fast food restaurant.
insurance: Again, this is a hot
topic this election season. We have
to figure out a way to provide
health benefits for the working
Adopt tax credits for the very
poor: We have a tax credits for
everything else, why not very poor
Repeal. the tax cuts that bene-
fit the rich: It's amazing that the
rich get tax breaks, the poor pay
very little in taxes, so the burden
falls on middle-class America. I
don't care how much you love
President Bush; his tax cuts have
Hmmm. Speaking of Bushanom-
ics, I pause to think back to Presi-
dent Bush's tax cuts for "us" all.
You may recall, we were told that
the "average" American (whatever
that means) we receive something
like a $10,000 tax cut. Well, I am
obviously not average because not
only am I still awaiting my two
acres and a mule, but also the other
$9,700 from my tax cuts.
Signing off from Concerned Tax
*,0 n ann no o n 1 r*
: By Kimberley Jane Wilson
SWhile shopping recently, I ended
up in one of those boxy, warehouse-
like stores with a dreaded common
dressing room. Four women of dif-
ferent races, ages, shapes and sizes
pretended not to notice each
other. .Suddenly, we heard Michael
Jackson's voice coming from the
loud speakers singing "I'll Be
There." Some of us paused to lis-
ten. "What a shame," one of the
women said when the song was over.
,. That remark melted the ice, and
we were soon talking about Mi-
chael. One of the women staunchly
defended him but conceded that his
behavior during the last ten years
made him look suspicious. Another
said Michael was a victim of a con,
spiracy an idea the rest of us re-
jected. After the conversation, we
went our separate ways.
Michael Jackson the celebrity has
been reduced to a joke, but Michael
Jackson the man is in a world of
trouble. A California Superior Court
Judge. ruleded. that past allegations.
could be introduced in his child mo-
lestation trial. Witnesses have testi-
fied that they saw Jackson engage in
inappropriate behavior with young
boys. The family of one of the wit-
nesses, a former maid who said Jack-
son touched her son in a lewd man-
ner, already received a: $2 million
According to defense lawyer Tho-
mas Mesereau, the witnesses are
simply liars with grudges against his
client. But the prosecution says
Jackson has a pattern of grooming
and preying on vulnerable boys with
weak families. He allegedly lulled
parents into complacency while lur-
ing their sons into his trap.
The oddness of the accuser's fam-
ily and other witnesses play in Jack-
son's favor. For instance, if he came
to your house and asked if he could
play with your son for the weekend,
what would you say? "Go jump in a
boiling lake," would be my re-
sponse. That the parents of Jack-
son's young accuser and the families
of the boys apparently didn't have
similar reactions is bizarre.
What will the jury believe? Will
Michael Jackson go to prison or will
he moonwalk right out of that court-
room? My hunch is that, unless the
forensic evidence against him reso-
nates with the jurors, Jackson will go
free. But you can expect to see him
in a courtroom and on tabloid covers
again unless he makes five drastic
Leave the little boys alone. For-
ever. Maybe you really do mean
well. Maybe you're just being chari-
table. You may even be the victim
of a conspiracy, but that's not how it
seems. To the average person, you
look like a predator on the prowl.
- Get rid of Neverland. Sell
it. Donate it. Better yet, burn it to
the ground. It's the site of a number
of disgusting alleged criminal
acts. Even if youare truly innocent,
why hang on to what has now be-
come an extremely expensive source
of bad publicity?
- Speaking of publicity, avoid it for
the next decade. Forget about resur-
recting your career right
now. Musical taste has passed you
by, and no one except the hardest'
of your hardcore fans would buy
your new album anyway.
Find yourself a wise priest, pastor
or some kind of mental health practi-
tioner to talk to. You're over 40
now, Mike, and it's time to grow
up. If your behavior rhas to do with
childhood issues, you need help.
- If you ignore the previous four sug-
gestions, heed this one: get on the
next plane to France. Artists are
revered in that country. Roman Po-
lanski lives a very pleasant life there,
as did Ira Einhorn the hippie
"Unicorn Killer" before he was
finally extradited to the U.S.
Michael Jackson can't go back to
his old life. The rumors and watch-
ful eyes are not going away. He
must either change for good, or buy
a one-way ticket out of here.
The Poor Deserve More than Reimports
By Council Nedd dirtier floors and surlier personnel than the ones in more affluent neighbor-
In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs has a passage which reads. "a good hoods outside of cities.
!rson knows the rights of the poor, but the wicked cannot understand such Cynics might say these stores are a reflection of their communi-
ings." The Gospel of St. Matthew talks about society's obligation to the ties. However, it's more accurate to say these urban stores look the way
he least of those among us." If we are to judge our country by our gov- they do because the owners can get aw\ay with it. These dilapidated phar-
nment's treatment of the poor, what would it say if we flooded urban macies can't be what people want, can they? No, but they exist because
armacies with potentially dangerous imported prescription drugs? people in these neighborhoods do not feel empowered enough to insist on -
There's nothing keeping a person from going to a pharmacy to get a pre- and thus marshal the appropriate authority to receive appropriate levels of
ription tilled. Often. there is even a generic alternative that costs signifi- service.
ntly less for those who have trouble affording name-brand medi- As it has been throughout the whole of history, the wealthy tend to be
ies. Now, there ar e omein Congress and at the state level seeking a able to purchase the best products while the poor get what they can af-
ird alternative imported or reimported prescription drugs. These drugs ford. In the British Commonwealth, where government-run health insur-
e cheaper because they come from other countries that often do not have ance is granted to all, the poor are last in line for non-emergency care and
r stringent quality and safety standards. surgeries. This is because the more well-to-do also have private insurance
Some lawmakers believe U.S. consumers should have access to prescrip- to supplement the coverage already provided by the state.
n drugs manufactured for use or produced in other countries. Such im- As in the book Animal Farm, everyone is equal, but some are more equal
nation raises safety concerns due to the impossibility of identifying than others.
lether they were mishandled, tampered with or even counterfeited. This Tampering with the nation's drug importation laws is not good public
because the drugs would have been outside the control of our govern- policy or an effective way to address the real problem of a lack of prescrip-
ent's Food and Drug Administration. tion drug coverage for the poor.
Man) people have already experienced a small dose of what could hap- Government has an obligation of stewardship, and providing the under-
n under government-sponsored drug importation. Consider the differ- served with potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals is the worst sort ofstew-
:es between drug stores found in the suburbs as compared to their urban hardship.
unterparts. The shelves of the urban stores usually have barer shelves.
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Congressional Panel Examines 1921 Riot
Survivor of the 1921 Tulsa race riots, Otis Granville Clark, 102, left,
acknowledges the introduction, as fellow survivors, Dr. Olivia
Hooker, 90, right, and Wess Young, 88, second left, and his wife,
Cathryn Young, second right, give their applause at the start of a
briefing before members of the
other leaders on Capitol Hill,
WASHINGTON Stooped by
age, survivors of a 1921 race riot in
Oklahoma told a congressional
panel Tuesday about the devasta-
tion inflicted upon their community
by a white mob, offering an oral
history that could build the case for
Members of the Congressional
Black Caucus heard testimony from
attorneys, historians and three gray-
haired survivors of the Tulsa race
riot, which reduced the city's pros-
perous Greenwood section to ashes
following accusations that a black
man had assaulted a white female
Survivor Otis Story, 102, gave
his recount of the tragic event.
"When the mob came in, the
first thing they did was burn my
doll's clothes," remembered Olivia
Hooker, who was only 6 when the
riot broke loose. The department
store owned by her father was
looted and reduced to rubble.
On May 31, 1921, armed blacks
and whites clashed outside a court-
house where the man was being
held. Police deputized a white mob,
Congressional Black Caucus and
opening a wave of destruction to
more than 1,000 homes. The con-
firmed death toll was 37, but some
have estimated that 300 people
A grand jury in 1921 exonerated
whites for the destruction and
Otis Clark, 102, recalled seeing a
boy shot in the hand while he tried
to ready an ambulance to help vic-
tims. When Clark returned to his
house, the structure had burned
"They haven't given us nothing,
and even to this day we haven't
received anything," said Clark, who
was 18 when the riots began.
In 2003,.more than 400 plaintiffs
including about 150 survivors of
the riot sued the state, the city and
its police department, seeking un-
specified damages. A federal judge
threw out the case, saying he could
not find a reason to extend the stat-
ute of limitations.
A federal appeals court last year
denied an effort to reinstate the
group's lawsuit, saying the statute
of limitations had expired. Harvard
law professor Charles Ogletree,
who is leading the group's legal
team, has asked the Supreme Court
to hear the case.
Attorneys for the victims and
their descendants have argued that
a report issued in 2001 disclosed
new information about the riot and
that it was not until after the end of
the Jim Crow era in the 1960s that
courts became receptive to civil
Lawyers for Tulsa and Oklahoma
have said the two-year statute of
limitations went irito effect in 1921.
Twenty-nine of the plaintiffs
have died since the lawsuit was
filed, and .members of Congress
said it was critical to document the
memories of survivors to help sup-
port a case for reparations or legis-
lative relief if their legal arguments
"We are not going to let the his-
tory of this struggle get lost be-
cause some people are not inter-
ested in it," said Rep. John Con-
yers, D-Mich., who has sought leg-
islation since 1989 seeking funding
to explore the possibility of paying
reparations to black people dam-
aged by the effects of slavery and
Dorothy Tillman, an alderwoman
from Chicago who has worked on
the case, said the nation has paid
restitution to American Indians,
Japanese-Americans and others
who have withstood prejudice. "It
was the right thing to do for them,
it's the right thing to do for us," she
Abo e is the % inning design the designer is show n in the inset.
Design Chosen for African Burial Ground
The U.S. General Services Ad-
ministration with the National park
Service has named New York archi-
tect Rodney Leon, as the designer
who will create the memorial for the
African Burial Ground site in New
York's Wall Street area.
Now designated a New York His-
toric District and a National Land-
mark, the African Burial Ground --
which stretched for five city blocks
during the 17th and 18th centuries --
is considered one of the most sig-
nificant archeological finds in U.S.
history and is the nation's earliest
known African American cemetery
dating back to the 17th century.
"The African Burial Ground
represents a unique opportunity and
responsibility for all of us to tell our
story to the world and to.specifically
honor the memories of the ancestral
Africans," said Leon of Brooklyn,
N.Y., who is President and co-
founder of AARRIS Architects PC,
and holds a Bachelor of Architec-
ture from Pratt and a Masters of
Architecture from Yale University.
"Our generation has been entrusted
with this awesome responsibility
and we're honored."
U.S. General Services Adminis-
trator Stephen Perry had said previ-
ously that the exterior memorial
should befit the national and inter-
national significance of the African
Burial Ground and provide a
"deeply enriching experience" for
this generation and all who follow.
At the press conference in the 290
Broadway GSA building adjacent to
the African Burial Ground, Perry
added, "We would hope that never
again will colonial practices be ex-
perienced here," he said during the
announcement of the winner. "We
will never forget the people who
lived and died here."
Throughout the design competi-
tion, professionals of African de-
scent provided advice and counsel.
During 2004, the GSA and the NPS
gathered public feedback on the
finalist memorial designs through
the African Burial Ground Web site
( http://www.africanburialground.com )
and special exhibits and public fo-
rums. Public comments on the five
finalists' designs are posted at http://
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Mt. Ararat to
Festival May 15
The Mt. Ararat Baptist Church,
2503 North Myrtle Avenue, where
Pastor David A. Lattimore Jr., is
Pastor; will present a Gospelfest
Musical, sponsored by the Pastor's
Anniversary Committee, at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, May 15, 2005.
The Gospelfest will feature Bro.
Walter Ponder, "The Thunderbolt
of the South"; Sis. Scherell Kemp,
the Rise Up Mission, Evangelist
Bessie Brown, Sis. Deborah
Limbric-Rasheed, the Good Shep-
herd Mass Choir, the Mt, Ararat
Mass Choir, the Bold City Mass
Choir, the Sons of Harmony, Sis.
Cora Lee Parker, and many other
The public is cordially invited to
enjoy the "spirit of this evening" of
Place to Host
The Worship Place Church,
2627 Spring Glen Road, Harold
Rollinson and Victor Martin,
Elders; is conducting a health fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June
18, 2005. Marsha Rollinson, R.N.
and Pamela Smith, R.N., B.S.N.,
are Healthcare Ministry Leaders .
The health fair will target the entire
.family, children to adults. The
Worship Place Church endeavors to
*rve the comi$iWas health anri
Services will be free to the
public, and will be provided by St.
Vincent's Hospital, Duval County
Health Dept., the Hospice, River
Region, and Visiting Physicians.
Church of God in Christ donates
$425,000 for Tsunami Relief
MEMPHIS Bishop G. E.
Patterson, Presiding Bishop of The
Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
has announced that the Church is
contributing $425,000 to the
Tsunami Relief effort to help
relieve the financial burden of
cleaning up and restoring towns
and cities destroyed by the
Bishop Patterson deemed
January 30th as "We Care Sunday."
All COGIC Churches took up an
international offering for the
Tsunami and Restoration Fund of
the Church of God in Christ.
Money will be allocated by the
COGIC Charities to various
African governments and charities
that apply for relief aid. Other
monies raised will be given to Haiti
and other countries that have been
devastated by natural disasters, said
Bishop C. E. Blake, First Assistant
Presiding Bishop of the COGIC.
The tsunami relief donation was
announced at the Inaugural
Greater Israel United
Missionary Baptist Church
to Present Summer Gospel
Extravaganza June Il"
The Greater Israel United Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 6901 North
Main Street; will host the Summer
Gospel Extravaganza at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, June 11h.
The Summer Gospel Extrava-
ganza will feature: Walter. Ellis &
The Couitry Boys, of Montgom-
ery, Ala., th&-New Holy"'LightS of
Sycamore, Ga.; The Florida Gospel
Travelers and Ms. Deborah Lim-
bric Rasheed, both of Jacksonville.
For ticket information, please call:
Bishop G. E. Patterson
Banquet for Bishop G. E. Patterson,
when he began his second term as
Presiding Bishop after being
elected in November 2004.
The Church of God in Christ is
the fifth largest church denomina-
tion in the United States, with an
estimated membership of over 6
million members. COGIC head-'
quarters are in Memphis at Mason
First AME Presents Gospel
Ensemble In Concert
First AME Church of Palm
Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North,
where The Reverend Dr. Gillard S.
Glover; is Pastor; in\ iies he public
to attend the Annual'Coricert by the
Gospel Ensemble of First AME at 6
p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2005.
Bring your mother, and be
uplifted by this post-Mother's Day
annual concert. Everyone welcome.
Mountain Moving Faith
Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc.
Jacksonville resident Pamela
Andrea Qwens has written
Greater New Hope AME to
Luncheon, Sat. May 14l
"The Trial" (Seven Sinful
Women and One Christian Judge)
will be the highlight of the First
Annual Mother and Daughter
Luncheon, sponsored' by the Rosa
Johnson Missionary Society, at the
Greater New Hope AME Church,
2708 North Davis Street. The
Luncheon will begin at 12 noon on
saturday, May 4,20b5. ,
SPlease mark your calendar and
join this fellowship, a special
program has been designed for
your enjoyment. Reverend Mary F.
Davis is Pastor.
Mountain Moving Faith: Eyewi-
tness Accounts of the Power of
God. This inspirational book seeks
to aid in the healing of both
physical and spiritual ailments
Are you physically ailing? Has
it occurred to you that maybe you
are also spiritually ailing, and that
this spiritual sickness may be part
of the underlying cause of your
As testified to in Mountain
Moving Faith, a sickness in our
soul can have a detrimental impact
on our physical well-being, and
Pamela Andrea Owens has just the
prescription you need. Providing a
list of biblical scripture with which
you can renew and strengthen your
Ms. Owens provides eyewitness
accounts of healings she has
personally been a part of over the
years. After witnessing the effects
of scriptural healing in her own
family, she has been led to various
people in her community who were
physically crippled and has led
them back to God and faith, in the
process leading them down the
road of recovery.
Make a joyful noise to receive
your own healing as you witness
the pages of Mountain-Moving
fREE of.BC large
"Ptfse a./Irn ll.rirt r rh rtih
social and community
newt to 76S-3803.
Deadline is Monday at 5p.m.
of the week you want it to run.
Pamela Andrea Owens is a
psalmist with a bachelor's of
science degree in education and
chaplaincy training. She is
employed as a youth development
specialist, and is married to Johnnie
Mack Owens Sr. They are the
parents of two children, Johnnie
Mack Jr. and Consuela.
Don't Forget to
Leave Bag of Food
JACKSONVILLE Area Letter
Carriers will pick up your
donations of non-perishable food
items this Saturday, May 14, 2005.
The Lutheran Social Services
Second Harvest Food Bank of NE'
Florida, Central Labor Council
AFL-CIO, United Way, Campbell,
1 ill participate jn the food drive.
"- Since' 191. the Letter Carriers
Food Drive has been the largest one
day food drive in the nation and
stocks food pantries across the
country through the normally lean
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon I p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
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Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
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John G Hall
Sunday, May 15-18
8:25 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
SIn Depth Look at Daniel and Revelations.
What is on the Horizon?
Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Eyewitness Accounts of
The Power of God
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Breaking the Curse of
Honorees May 26
Apostle Willie F. Williams
Gideon Christian Fellowship
3401 Elysian Fields Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122
FAX (504) 944-2286
Apostle Willie F. Wooten was
born and reared in Columbia,
Louisiana. He graduated from
Southern University in Baton
Rouge, LA, with a degree in
education. He was commissioned
as an officer in the U.S. Army
immediately after graduation and
served in Vietnam, ending his
service with the rank of Captain.
He was employed with several
Fortune 500 companies in the
marketing and insurance disci-
plines. He also served as an
instructor at Southern University at
New Orleans, prior to becoming a
He and his wife, Kathleen, are
the parents of two children, Sean
Apostle Wooten pioneered
home bible studies and provided
oversight for approximately 40
such studies in his early years of
ministry. He is the founder of
Gideon Christian Fellowship, a
multicultural church located in
New Orleans. Along with his
pastoral responsibilities at Gideon,
he serves as apostle of ministries in
the United States, Canada, South
Africa, and India.
He believes that Black America
has been under a curse for the past
40 years, and that there have been
those in leadership positions who
were relied on for guidance. Since
the Civil Rights Era, blacks have
the appearance that all is well, but
statistics tell a different story.
Today, we rank first place in
every demeaning area of life that
can be named from incarceration to
child abuse. All over the United
States, blacks bear a resemblance to
one another. Drugs are prevalent,
and robbery in black neighbor-
hoods has become a profession.
Many professionals are living
immoral lifestyles, full, of
There is no reason for despair,
there is a cure for the curse which
must be done in an open environ-
ment among church leadership and
those who have been called in
strategic positions to lead our
people. The repentance must take
place in the Church because it has
been living a lie and is in denial.
This curse over God's people must
be broken with Confession,
Repentance, and Prayer. When this
takes place, we will see a new
Read: Breaking the Curse.
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Ronnie A. Ferguson
The National Conference for
Community and Justice (NCCJ)
will honor three local citizens" Guy
I. Benrubi, M.D.; Toni Crawford,
Ronnie A. Ferguson, and Tillie
Kidd Fowler, en memorial; at the
"Building Bridges with Com-
passionate Leadership" 2005
Humanitarian Awards Dinner,
Thursday, May 26, 2005, at the
Adam's Mark Hotel.
These outstanding individuals
will receive the Silver Medallion
for their community building work.
The NCCJ, "creating communi-
ties of inclusion", was founded in
1927 as The National Conference
of Christians and Jews, is a human
relations organization dedicated to
fighting bias, bigotry and racism in
America. NCCJ promotes under-
standing and respect among all
races, religions and cultures
through advocacy, conflict resolu-
tion and education.
Dinner tables and individual
tickets are available. For more
information, call (904) 306-6225.
for Elections Office
JACKSONVILLE Supervisor of
Elections Jerry Holland has
announced that beginning this week
the Supervisor of Elections Office
wVilt be open' 7 a.m..'.to '6 .,) .',
Monday through Friday each week.
The new hours were implemented
by Mr. Holland in an attempt to
make the office more accessible.
churches across the nation
are singing the praises
of '' pr
Vickie Winans, ,, .-/ artist and national Body & Soul spokesperson
"Body & Soul is a program designed for African American churches
to embrace and celebrate good health through healthy eating.
As stewards, we have a duty to encourage the people we
love to eat a healthy diet that can help reduce the risk
of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke
and many types of cancer.
Many churches have successfully used Body & Soul
to inspire members to nourish their bodies as well as
their souls. And what better place to start than in
the church, where so many changes begin."
NEW YORK Carla A. Harris,
managing director, head of Equity
Private Placements, Financial
Sponsors and Retail Capital Mar-
kets Coverage for Global Markets,
at Morgan Stanley in New York,
where she has enjoyed a 17-year
career; is the 2005 recipient of
Harvard (her alma mater)
University's Women's Professional
Achievement Award. The award
was presented at a ceremony and
dinner last month at the Charles
Hotel, Cambridge, Mass.
At the presentation, Julia G. Fox
assistant dean of Harvard College
and director of the Ann Radcliffe
Trust stated, "A woman whose life
represents a unique balance of pro-
fessional, civic, and personal
engagement, Carla Harris is an
outstanding role model for our
students, and I am pleased that Har-
vard celebrates her exceptional
leadership and her notable
'The Women's Leadership
Awards, now in its eighth year, is
funded through an endowment
established by a gift from Harvard
alumna Terrie Fried Bloom '75. As
part of the Ann Radcliffe Trust, a
resource for women undergrad-
uates, which seeks to raise the
visibility of women and women's.
issues at Harvard and beyond.
Jacksonville native Carla Harris
received her A.B. degree in 1984
and M.B.A. in 1987, both from
Harvard. She is a graduate of
Bishop Kinney High School.
Ms. Harris was named one of
"The 50 Most Powerful Black
Executives in Corporate America"
by Fortune Magazine; and Essence
Magazine's list of "The 50 Women
Who Are Shaping the World."
Also, Ebony named her one of
their "15 Corporate Women at the
Top" for defying the limitations of
the glass ceiling. She also appeared
on Black Enterprise's list of "Top
50 African Americans on Wall
Actively involved in her
community, Ms. Harris believes
that "we are blessed so that we cqn
be a blessing'to sone else. '' -She
serves on community and
foundation boards ranging from the
Harvard Business School Alumni
Association Board, the Morgan
Stanley Foundation, New York
City Food Bank (chair) and A
Better Chance Inc., to The Apollo
Theatre Foundation, the St. Charles.
Borromeo Catholic School, and the
Executive Leadership Council of
the Boy Scouts of America.
She also finds time to pursue a
successful singing career and has
just released her second CD, a
gospel album titled "Joy is
This album follows her debut
album "Carla's First Christmas".
All proceeds from the album
were directed to St. Charles
Borromeo School in Harlem, NY;
and to Bishop Kenny High
School in Jacksonville. She is
also directing that all of the
proceeds of the album go to the
The Jacksonville native began
singing at the age of nine. She sang
in gospel choirs and migrated
towards choral music.
"This CD is all about. two
things," Harris says, "It's about
opening ourselves up to the deepest
joy that God promises, and it's also
about giving back to the
communities that have helped and
supported us. I'm so grateful that
my music can support the
education and development of
Produced by Ms. Harris and Mr.
Ron Melrose, "Joy is Waiting"
takes Ms. Harris's soaring vocals in
The Jacksopville FreePres,' will
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Social News, Coming Events etc. at
no cost. NEWS DEADLINE is on
Monday at 5 p.m. There is a small
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a whole new direction. The record
embraces the listener with the
familiarity of classic gospel music
while breaking innovative ground
with hip-hop, jazz and Broadway
sounds. "Joy is Waiting" includes
'three original tracks written by
Harris and Melrose: "Standing on
Holy Ground" and "Cast Your
Cares" along with the title song
"Joy is Waiting". A follow-up to
the joyful celebration of "Carla's
First Christmas," the new recording
focuses more on the challenges that
life brings and finding the faith to'
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To request a copy of the Body & Soul program guide
for your church, call 1-800-422.6237.
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Receives Harvard University Honor
Shines on Gospel Album with Receipts Designated for Education Foundations
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May 12-18, 2005
The Africa Channel to Give Different View of Continent
Can a glitzy soap opera change
how one nation perceives another?
It's true that much of the world once
had an image of Texas -- indeed the
entire U.S. -- that it gleaned through
the miscreant antics of J.R. Ewing
Now a group of international tele-
vision professionals is hoping that
their upcoming Africa Channel's
soaps and other TV shows in the
U.S. will dramatically change our
thinking about that troubled conti-
nent, not with a "Dallas"-like por-
trayal but rather with a real vision
Africa of today, the network's foun-
"We are looking to provide a
showcase for Africa that people are
not used to getting in the U.S.," says
James Makawa, CEO and co-
founder of the Africa Channel. A
native of Zimbabwe, Makawa wor-
ries that Africa is too often pre-
sented to the rest of the world as a
blighted land of starvation, war and
But he stresses that the channel
will not be full of dull educational
fare. Rather, it will carry the best of
African television, from movies to
soaps, travel shows, dramas, talk
shows and news. "But all the pro-
gramming will be coming to you
through an African perspective, and
the question is, how does it translate
to American audiences? Well the
fact is.that the majority of the peo-
ple who are producing these shows
in Africa now are television profes-
sionals who trained in Western
Europe or in the United States. This
is top-class programming."
Makawa and his partners Jacob
Arback and Richard Hammer hope
that by bringing over the best of
contemporary African programming
-- most of it produced in South Af-
rica -- they will change viewers'
perception of Africa as a whole.
They don't deny that there are
some horrendous problems there;
they just want to get the point across
that it's not all misery and devasta-
tion, as most newscasts and pro-
gramming would suggest. The Af-
rica Channel will address issues
across the whole continent and pre-
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The Kuumba Festival will be
held on May 28-29, 2005 at the
Clanzell Brown Park. For more
information call 353-2270,
Your Life Experiences
Are you getting married? Engag-
ed? Did you receive or are you
going to receive an award? Did
you go on a fantastic vacation?
Have a Family Reunion?
Planning one? News Deadline is 5
p.rm. on Monday. News may be
brought to the office at 903 West
Edgewood Ave. or faxed to (9.04)
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sent the beauty and rich culture of
Africa, without ignoring the uglier
realities there, they say.
For instance, says Hammer, a
television marketing veteran, "We
have the soap opera 'Generations'
that is set in a predominantly black,
upper-middle-class group, of people
who work in the advertising indus-
try. This is a society that is repre-
sentative of post-apartheid life in
But that's just a fraction of the
more than 1,200 hours of program-
ming that the partners have acquired
over the past three years of prepara-
tion for the channel's launch this
summer. Makawa, a former NBC
News correspondent based in the
U.S., returned to South Africa a
number of years ago to co-found the
African Barter Co. in partnership
with Grey Advertising Worldwide.
He launched hundreds of hours of
programming across Africa through
the company and went on to co-
found the African Broadcast Net-
work. Arback is a former vp at
DirecTV International, and Hammer
is a former executive with Sony
Their combined contacts
smoothed the way for them to pick
up the upcoming channel's program-
ming library from such entities as
the South African Broadcasting
Corp. and international reality pro-
ducer Endemol. One of the pro-
grams that will air in the U.S. is
Endemol's "Big Brother Africa." It
features contestants from 12 African
Does he believe that American
viewers will relate to programming
like that? "American audiences see
only the African tragedy, but they
have never been exposed to the
positive aspects of Africa, its music,
its culture. We are saying, how
about flipping the switch and show-
ing Africa alive and well?"
The partners say they are close to
signing agreements with carriers to
make space for their programs and
are aiming for a debut in July.
Andrew Young, former ambassa-
dor to the United Nations is chair-
man of the channel's board.
Megafest Returns to Atlanta
After setting an attendance record of 140,000 at the Georgia Dome,
and reaching 314 million homes in 235 countries worldwide in 2004,
MegaFest is returning to Atlanta bigger than before. Men, women and
children from across the country and around the globe will again con-
verge on Atlanta's top venues the Georgia Dome, the Georgia World
Congress Center; Philips Arena, and International Plaza.
MegaFest is the culmination of Bishop Jakes' most powerful confer-
ences, and several other innovative events, into one power-packed four-
day event. Gathered under four different roofs, there is something for
the entire family to enjoy:
"Woman, Thou Art
Loosed!" (WTAL) The most nota-
WTAL has featured some of the
world's most prolific motivational and inspirational speakers to focus on
issues that affect all.women, / ,
will equip and encourage men of all
races, backgrounds and walks of
life to build strong marriages, in-
crease their confidence, and take on responsibility in their community.
1. L. -- "Mega Youth Experience" Designed
S i for youth ages 13 to 21, this year's
"You're Not Forgotten" theme will fea-
ture the hottest artist in pop, rock, R&B
and gospel, and showcase events like "The Silver Ring Thing," "Livin'
It," "Extreme Sports," and other activities that will inform, prepare and
empower today's youth for tomorrow's demanding society.
"MegaKidz" For younger children, ages 5 12, from around the
world, laughing and learning in one accord.
"Just Church'n" and "Women of Purpose" A comedy and musical
event that is certain to make you laugh, make you cry and make you
leave enriched with joy featuring some of the nation's most acclaimed
"The Family Expo" One of the most innovative aspects of MegaF-
est hosting more than 200 vendors and small businesses featuring cele-
brated experts and sold-out seminars in many different fields, such as
culture, health and nutrition, personal beauty, and fashion.
This years event will be held Wednesday, August 3 Saturday, Au-
gust 6, 2005 and entertainment will include: Bishop T.D. Jakes, Steve
Harvey, Robert Kiyosaki, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Co-Pastor Paula
White, Stephen Baldwin, BeBe Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Suze
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sent her latest collection.
African-American Designer on
Display at Symphony Showhouse
Custom jewelry creator Deidre Gordon will have her designs on
display May 29, 2005, in the Concerto Boutique, of the SUNTRUST
SY PHONY SHOWHOUSE XXX at the VillaRiva, 2358 Riverside
Avenue. Part of the proceeds fiom jewelry sales will benefit the Jack-
sonville Symphony. She is the only accessory designer to exhibit for
the benefit of the Symphony. Guests of the Showhouse will tour two
condominium homes and may shop in the Concerto Boutique and Sym-
phony Shoppes for home d6cor items and personal accessories, as well
as gourmet food items and stunning plants and flower arrangement.
Kenneth Clark's Work
Needs to Be Continued
The legacy of pioneering psy-
chologist Kenneth B. Clark should
inspire Black America to seek ways
to develop and instill racial pride
into African-Americans; especially
)ouag people say.BlJal k,ps\ cholo-
gists and social sciiertistf around the
"We're in deep trouble. We have
bought into the American standard
of beauty. I look at some of the ado-
lescents and young adults in Los
Angeles. I can tell you. The last
thing they want to be. is Black," says
Sandra Cox, director of the Coali-
tion of Mental Health Professionals
in Los Angeles. "You look at the
front cover of everything but Black
Enterprise and you see what's ad-
vertised all of the blond Black
women. And the whiter they look,
the more they get on the front cov-
Clark, the psychologist and edu-
cator whose 1950 report showed
how racial segregation destroyed the
self-esteem of Black children, influ-
enced the U. S. Supreme Court to
hold school segregation to be un-
constitutional in the 1954 Brown v.
Board of Education of Topeka,
Kans. case. He died May I at his
home in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
at the age of 90.
Clark and his wife, Mamie Phipps
Clark, also a psychologist, con-
Drs. Mamie and Kennth Clark
ducted a doll study in Clarendon
County, S. C., involving 16 Black
children, ages 6 to 9. They asked the
children their perception of a White
doll and a Black doll. Eleven of the
students spoke negatively of the
Black doll and nine highly of the
At that time, Clarendon County
public schools had enrolled three
times as many Black students as
White students. But White students
were receiving more than 60 percent
of the educational funding.
"Throughout his life, he was a
scholar practitioner. He wrote
books, but he worked with Martin
Luther King and the workers and
leaders of the civil rights move-
ment," says Eddie N. Williams, of
the Joint Center for Political and
Simmons and Joyner Pediatrics
Charles E. Simmons, ZZZ, M.D.
James A. Joyner, IV, M.D.
Specializing in the Diseases
of Infants, Children
P.H.E.O. Medical Center, Suite 1
1771 Edgewood Avenue, West
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Office Hours By Appointment
May -1 2. Prs n 9
It is the substance of things
hoped for by generations of op-
pressed Black people in America. It
is a tangible force that touched all
those present yearning for the uplift
of our communities. It is a moment
that answered prayers in recogni-
tion of a greater common cause. It
is the unity of Black leadership
across ideological lines manifested
in a coalition formed to launch the
Millions More Movement. It. is the
Power of One.
For the standing-room capacity
audience that filled the grand ball-
room of the National Press Club
May 2 to attend the national kick
off for the commemoration plans
for the 10th anniversary of the Mil-
lion Man March, the press confer-
ence delivered more than a mes-
sage-it delivered the fulfillment of
Black leaders standing together for
the people despite the crafty calls
for their division by those who
prosper from our disunity. The
press conference, which was
broadcasted live on C-SPAN, offi-
cially announced the evolution of
the historic 1995 Million Man
March into a mass mobilization
Even up to that morning, several
hours before the 10 a.m. meeting
was scheduled to begin, opposing
forces to the rise of the Black
community came forward on the
front page of the website of the
ADL to issue a so-called "letter to
the leaders" who support the Mil-
lions More Movement, urging them
to step away from the coalition.
However, this morning, our lead-
ers listened to a different rhythm-
one of harmony and patience-to say
that they are committed to mobilize
our people to maximize our power.
"God has called us to this moment.
By whatever name you call Him,
we could not be in here together if
He had not called us. He called us
to serve His purpose, not only to
free our people from their suffer-
ing," Minister Farrakhan said in his
remarks concluding the platform of
speakers. "We called it a Millions
More Movement. We already had
millions at the Mall for the Million
Man March. 'Our Sisters had mil-
liftis in Phip*tM tai br the;Million
Women March. Our youth organiz-
ers in New York and Atlanta had
hundreds of thousands for the Mil-
lion Youth March and the Million
"Millions more," he explained,
"means that we are reaching for the
millions who carry the rich on their
backs. Millions more means we
intend to create a tsunami, because
the tsunami in Asia started at the
bottom of the ocean-and the rich
live from the poor, but the poor
have no advocates."
Joining with the international
peacemaker on the Millions More
Movement platform were Rev.
of One The Million More Movement
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Guest speaker Tom Diamond greets EWC President Dr. Bronson
EWC Holds Annual Principals
and Counselors Luncheon
The Edward Waters College Office of Admissions sponsored its an-
nual Principals and Counselors luncheon on May 4. Rev. Dr. Tom Dia-
mond, Sr., pastor of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church was the guest
with ti.r speaker. Over 100 princi-
pals, counselors and re-
: tired Duval County pub-
lic schools administrators
attended the luncheon.
Shown left, Dr. Karen
Buckman, vice president
for Student Affairs and
SiDr. Bronson, present Ms.
i Debra Norman, senior
guidance counselor for
Raines High School,
with the "Leaping Tiger" for having the most students acknowledging
EWC as their preference in 2004-05. Also shown is Tony Baldwin, as-
sistant vice president for Student Affairs. Shown at the Bottom right,
from left, Alvin Brown, director of the Willie E. Gary Classic; Walter
Ware; Rev. Thomas DeSue, assistant to Bishop McKinley Young;
and, Dr. Ro\ .
Mitchell, EV C .
Chapter) enjoy the
luncheon,. .t t, ,.... t r. ;,
Willie Wilson, senior pastor of
Union Temple Baptist Church and
national director for the Com-
memoration; Dr. Conrad Worrill of
the National Black United Front;
Rev. Jesse Jackson of Rain-
bow/PUSH Coalition; Dr. Dorothy
Height of the National Council of'
Negro Women; Dr. Maulana
Karenga of US, founder of Kwan-
zaa; Councilmember Marion Barry,
former D.C. mayor and his wife,
Cora Masters Barry; current D.C.
mayor Anthony Williams; Au-
thor/columnist Dr. Julianne
Malveaux; Rev. Dr. Barbara Skin-
ner of the Skinner Leadership Insti-
tute; Rev. Al Sharpton, former
Democratic presidential candidate;
Nation of Islam Chief of Staff Leo-
nard Farrakhan; Minister Benjamin
Chavis Muhammad of the Hip Hop
Action Network and former na-
tional director of the Million Man
March and the Million Family
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focus on the meaning of the Mil-
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What will make this Commemo-
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and children will be attending
To become a registered supporter
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Erykah Badu issued her call
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Women in Support of the Million
Letters of support were sent by
three illustrious women, Coretta
Scott King, Maya Angelou and
Bishop Vashti Mckenzie, the first
female bishop in the AME Church.
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Co-conveners of the Commemora- asked to not go to work, school,
tion in the audience included Atty. businesses and sports and enter-
Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New tainment venues for this one day. It
Black Panther Party; Phile should be a day to look inward and
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Rev. Sharpton was also on hand
Chionesu of the Million Woman
March; Dr. Leonard Jeffries of City
University in New York; Dr. Ron
Daniels of the Center for Constitu-
tional Rights, Dr. Ron Walters and
singer/songwriter Erykah Badu,
who was brought to the podium by
Min. Ben to share a few words. In
his opening of. the program, Rev.
Wilson heralded the moment
launching the Millions More
Movement as monumental, un-
powerful and beautiful.
"Ten years ago, more than one
million African American men
peacefully assembled on the na-
tional Mall to make an international
statement of atonement, reconcilia-
tion and responsibility," Rev. Wil-
son recalled. "The Million Man
March not only served as an inter-
national wake-up call, it also
spawned the Million Woman, Mil-.
lion Family, Million Moms, Mil-
lion Youth, Million Workers and
Million Reparations marches in an
unprecedented succession of grass-
roots calls for action."
Although these marches were
important, historical footnotes, he
noted, "the conditions affecting
millions of poor and distressed
communities around the nation still
have not improved and, in far too
many instances, people remain
even worse off than they were be-
Marches are not movements, he
continued. "What we need is a
movement," he insisted. "We need
an ongoing, sustained, consistent,
concerted, divinely inspired move-
ment to uplift the poorest and the
most downtrodden among us."
The Millions More Movement
will come to D.C. for a weekend of
events Oct. 14-16. On Friday, Oct.
14, a Day of Absence will be ob-
served. All people who can are
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Press conference held on May 2nd in the grand ballroom of the National Press Club-
May 12-18, 2005
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May 12-18, 2005
Pane 110- Mrs. Perrvs Free PrPes
May 8-14 is National Women's Health Care Week
A recent episode of the long-running televi-
sion series "ER" included a story line about an
African-American woman diagnosed with ad-
vanced breast cancer that was spreading to her
bones. It was not the cancer that brought the
woman to the hospital; she had injured herself
falling down the stairs. The doctors happened to
find the cancer while treating -her injuries from
The woman admitted that she had felt the
lump in her breast two years earlier, but had not
gone to the doctor. She lacked health insurance,
was distrustful of the health care system and
didn't feel that sick. Even after being diagnosed,
she initially refused treatment because of the
time and money it would require.
While this story is fictional, the situation is
very real for many African-American women.
It's often said that we are the glue that holds our
communities together. If that's true, then our
communities may be in serious trouble.
SMay 8-14 is National Women's Health Care
Health Disparities Put Community at Risk
k, which reminds us to stop and think about grams and pap smears. Get in the know about the health issues Afri-
health. On nearly every indicator, African- The health disparities we face are not just can-American women face, from medical condi-
rican women have poorer health than.white about health problems they're also about tions to access to health care. The National
en. We are not getting the care we need, problems with health care. One in five African- Women's Health Network (htt
Dur health is suffering. American women does not have health insur- www.womenshealthnetwork.ore./) provides in-
Black women on average die five years ance. One-third of us have delayed or forgone formation about the health policies that affect
er than white women. Over half of us be- needed health care in the past year because we you.
n the ages of 45 and 64 have been diagnosed couldn't afford it, couldn't get transportation to Raise your voice to your elected officials and
high blood pressure, twice the rate for the doctor, or couldn't take time off work. tell them to make our health a priority. Visit the
Women of the same age. We're also twice It's up to us to protect our health Use Black Women's Health Imperative's Action
.ely as white women to have diabetes. National Women's Health Week as an opportu- Center (http:// capwiz.com/nbwhp/home/), vol-
[IV/AIDS has reached epidemic proportions nity to make a commitment to improve your unteer with a local community health group, or
ie African-American community, and our own health and to stand up for the health of all join the Progressive Women's Caucus of the Na-
en are among the hardest hit. Black women African-American women. Here are three sim- tional Hip Hop Political Convention (email pro-
Int for more than two-thirds of all new nle things vou can do this week. gressivesistas(~vahoo.com for more informa-
AIDS cases, and HIV is the leading cause of
death for young black women.
We are less likely than white women to get
breast cancer, but more likely to die from it.
Black women are also more likely than white
women to die from cervical cancer. Both cancers
are treatable if caught early through mammo-
rt .I-- d ... .... ....
Make an appointment to see your doctor for
a check-up. Go online to http://www.ahrg.2ov/
ppip/healthvwom.htm to find a check list to take
to your next doctor's visit that includes informa-
tion about health screenings such as mammo-
grams and pap smears. Encourage your mother,
sisters and daughters to do the same.
The price for failing to take care of ourselves
and make our voices heard is far too high. If we
do not begin to turn the tide on our health dis-
parities, our families and communities are at
Breast Cancer and African-
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy (other than skin cancer) among American women. In fact, 1
in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Although White women develop breast cancer at higher
rates than African American women do, it is important to realize that African American women have a higher
likelihood of dying from the disease. According to a National Cancer Institute study, African American
women were 2.2 times more likely to die from breast cancer than their White counterparts.
The poorer outcomes with regard to breast cancer in African American women have been historically at-
tributed to the more advanced stage of disease at the time of presentation for medical attention. This, how-
ever, -does not totally explain the differences. Factors that contribute to the risk of developing breast cancer
and the poorer outcomes ofAfrican American women with the disease are not completely understood.
How Can You Be Tested
A mammography can identify even the smallest growth
Mammograms are x-rays focused on
the breast. Mammography is most
often used as a screening tool for
breast cancer in a woman who has
no symptoms. Though mammo-
grams do not show every breast
mass, it is a very good tool for ini-
tial screening. There is a general
consensus that women age 50 and
older should get a mammogram.
annually. There is some controversy
as to how often women age 40-50
should have a screening mammo-
gram, but the American Cancer So-
ciety now recommends a mammo-
gram every year for women over 40.
While a mammogram or examina-
tion can identify a suspicious lump
or mass, neither test can establish
with .certainty the presence of can-
cer. Biopsy (obtaining cells or tissue
from the tumor) is the only way to
tell if cancer is really present. In
some cases, a more detailed mam-
mogram or ultrasound may be com-
pleted prior to biopsy.
Types of Biopsies:
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA):
A thin needle is guided into the area
of the mass either by direct palpa-
tion or guided by an ultrasound or
mammogram. Once the needle is in
place, fluid and/or cells are drawn
out. This procedure can be per-
formed in the doctor's office.
Core biopsy: This procedure is
similar to the FNA but uses a larger
needle and can provide more details
of the cellular environment.
Surgical biopsy: This is a surgi-
cal procedure performed under gen-
eral or local anesthesia with seda-
tion. The entire lump excisionall
biopsy) or part of the lump
(incisional biopsy) is removed.
Once the biopsy is taken, it is
reviewed under a microscope and
special tests for estrogen, progester-
one, and certain genes are done.
In the treatment of breast cancer,
During a mammogram, the breast
is compressed or flattened and a x-
ray is taken, producing a black and
white image of the breast. A radi-
ologist will then look at the x-ray
focusing on areas of calcium depos-
its (also called calcifications or mi-
cro-calcifications) or masses.
Mammography can also be used
as a diagnostic tool to evaluate
changes in the breast found on ex-
Breast Self Exam (BSE)
Women discover most breast
masses by themselves during the
breast self-examination. This exam
allows a woman to become more
familiar with her breast, making the
detection of subtle changes or ab-
normalities easier. It is important to
remember that most masses discov-
ered are not cancerous, but they
should be brought to the attention of
your health care provider.
How often and when should the
BSE be done?
Experts recommend monthly self-
examination of the breasts. The BSE
should be done 7-10 days from the
beginning of your menstrual cycle.
If your periods are not regular, per-
form the BSE on the same day each
Clinical Breast Examination by
Your Doctor or Health Care Pro-
As part of routine screening, a
thorough, physical examination of
the breasts by a physician or health
care provider who is familiar with
breast disease is recommended. This
should be done annually for women
over 40 and every three years for
Currently the American Cancer
Society recommends an annual
mammogram, clinical breast exam
and monthly BSE for women start-
ing at age 40..Women between ages
20 and 39 are recommended to have
a clinical breast exam every three
years and monthly BSE.
if a Suspicious Lump is Found?
two areas are important to consider
and they can be classified as local
and systemic treatment.
Local treatment to the breast and
surrounding areas is aimed at keep-
ing the tumor from coming back to
the breast or chest wall. Surgery and
radiation are two types of local
treatment. They can sometimes be
combined for more effective treat-
ment of some conditions of the
Surgery.in the form of lumpec-
tomy (when the lump is removed) or
mastectomy (when the entire, breast
is removed) may be used after an
initial biopsy that reveals cancer.
Radiation therapy is treatment
with a high-energy x-ray given to
kill tumor cells that may remain in
the breast, chest wall, or lymph
nodes following initial biopsy or
Systemic treatment is aimed at
keeping the tumor from coming
back in other areas of the body.
Chemotherapy and hormonal thera-
pies are examples of systemic anti-
cancer drug treatment that reaches
the cancerous cells through the
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy (other
than skin cancer) among American women. It affects a
number of women in our community each year. While we
cannot change two important risk factors for breast cancer
(gender and age), there are things that we can do to reduce
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Reduce Your Dietary Fat Intake.
Please remember that screening is very important! Afri-
can American women often wait too long to get medical
attention. Early detection leads to better outcomes.
If you are over 40, make sure you get an annual mammo-
gram, clinical breast exam, and do monthly breast self ex-
If you are between 20 and 39, have a clinical breast exam
every three years and conduct monthly breast self exams.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, do not
give up hope! Many cases of breast cancer can be success-
fully treated and there are numerous breast cancer survi-
vors in our community. Knowledge is power!
You can have high blood pressure
(HBP) and still feel just fine. That's
because HBP does not cause symp-
toms. But, HBP (also called hyper-
tension) is a major health problem.
If not treated, it can lead to stroke,
heart disease, kidney. failure, and
other health problems. And, African
Americans are at higher risk for this
disease than any other racial or eth-
What Is HBP?
Sr;As. blood flows from your heart to
.~dur blood vessels, it pushes against
the walls of your blood vessels. This
pressure is measured in millimeters
of mercury (mmHg). The. reading
often is recorded as two numbers-
the pressure while the heart beats
(systolic pressure) over the pressure
while the heart relaxes between
beats diastolicc pressure). The num-
bers are written one above or before
the other. The systolic number
comes first, or on top, and the dia-
stolic number comes second, or on
Do You Have HBP?
Your blood pressure should be
checked at least yearly or more,of-
ten if it is high. It is easy, quick, and
1. Eat dairy daily.
A piece of cheese or a cup of milk
or yogurt can rev up your metabo-
lism, a recent University of Tennes-
see study found. People who cut 500
calories a day from their diets while
eating yogurt three times a day lost
13 pounds over 12 weeks, more
weight and more body fat than a
control group who only cut calories.
2. Have an apple before dinner.
How did 346 people in small-town
Washington State lose an average of
17 pounds each in three months?
With regular exercise, balanced eat-
ing, and an apple with every meal.
The residents owed their rapid
weight loss in part to the fruit's am-
ple fiber, most of which is in the skin
(a typical apple contains 5 grams).
The roughage makes you feel fuller,
blunting a raging appetite.
The Silent Killer
painless. (Get your blood pressure
checked when you see your doctor
or other health professional, visit a
neighborhood clinic, attend a local
health fairs, or even when you go to
the local drug store or shopping
Normal blood pressure is less
than 120 mmHg systolic and less
than 80 mmHg diastolic (120/80 or
lower). Doctors will say your blood
pressure is too high when it meas-
ures 140/90 mmHg or higher over
People who have blood pressure
in the range of 120-139/80-89
mmHg are considered to have pre-
hypertension and may be at risk of
developing HBP if you do not take
action to prevent it. If your blood
pressure measures in this range, you
should think about making lifestyle
changes to improve your blood
How Can You Prevent and
The good news is that there are
ways you can prevent andi control
.ABP t.id the trouble itclSan cause.
These same healthy habits will help
you keep HBP under control.
Keep a healthy weight. Being
overweight adds to your risk of
HBP. Ask your doctor if your
weight puts you at risk for HBP and
if you need to lose weight.
Exercise each day. Moderate
exercise can lower your risk of heart
disease. Try to exercise at least 30
minutes a day, 5 days a- week or
more. Check with your doctor be-
fore starting a new exercise plan if
you have a chronic health problem,
or if you are over age 40 (men) or
Eat more fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, and low-fat dairy
foods. A healthy diet i important.
To control HBP, eat a diet rich in
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and
low-fat dairy products.
Cut down on salt. Most Ameri-
cans eat more salt than they need. A'
low-salt diet will help lower your
blood pressure. Also, avoid foods
that come already prepared, as they
often are high in salt. Talk with your
doctor about your salt intake. For
more tips, check out Spice Up Your
Life! Eat Less Salt and Sodium.
Drink less alcohol. Drinking al-
cohol can affect your blood pres-
sure. The effect is different for each
person. As a general rule, scientists
suggest that men limit alcohol to no
more than two drinks a day. For
women and lighter weight people,
they suggest no more than one drink
Ouit smoking. Smoking injures
blood vessel walls and speeds up the
process of hardening of the arteries.
This applies even to filtered ciga-
rettes. So even though it does not
cause high blo npjs4. lsgtW making
is bad for anyone, especially those
with high blood pressure. Once you -
quit, your risk of having a heart
attack is reduced after the first year.
Take your HBP medicine just
as your doctor directs. If lifestyle
changes alone do not control your
HBP, your doctor may tell you. to
take blood pressure medicine. You
may need to take your HBP medi-
cine for the rest of your life. If you
have questions about your medicine,
talk to your doctor.
Know your numbers. Get your
blood pressure checked and keep a
log of your readings.
3. Be wary of white foods.
That's the color of most high-
calorie carbs-bagels, potatoes,
breads, rice,, creamed corn, and the
like. During this holiday season,
decorate your plate with brightly
hued fruits and vegetables to lower
calories, increase fiber, and help you
4. Drink water with a twist.
Everyone knows keeping water
intake up can keep calorie consump-
tion down. The problem is, many
people find plain water too dull.
Juice up your tap water with a twist
of lime or lemon, or buy flavored
seltzer or club soda.
5. Act like a kid.
Expand your definition of physical
activity to include shaking your
booty with your kids to Raffi or The
Wiggles. It's a welcome break from
the StairMaster, can bum just as
many calories (about 120 every 20 I
minutes), and is a lot more fun.
6. Munch a handful of M&M's. _
Two dozen plain candies add only
100 calories to your daily tally and
can satisfy a voracious sweet tooth.
So go ahead and have a treat when
you really want it instead of letting
your cravings build up to the point of
7.. Be picky about bread.
The fiber in bread has the same
appetite-inhibiting effect as that of
whole-grain cereals. Select loaves
with whole grain listed as the first
,ingredient, and make sure each slice
contains at least 2 grams of fiber.
8. Eat breakfast.
A Harvard study found that people
who did .so every day cut their
chances of becoming obese and de-
veloping diabetes by 35 to 50 per-
cent, compared with those who ate
breakfast only twice a week. What
you eat, though, is as important as
when. Whole grains such as oatmeal.
and cereals that contain at least 2
grams of fiber per serving help pare
9. Brush your teeth after every,
Brushing serves as a physical and.
psychological cue to stop eating.
After all, who wants to dip back into
the leftover lasagna with the minty
taste of toothpaste in their mouth?
When you're on the go, popping a
few Altoids or a breath strip can
have the same effect.
Battling the Bulge? Nine
Ways to be a Bigger Loser
Simple strategies for dropping the pouinds-and keeping them off
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Summer Meals on the Grill in Minutes
Steak your claim to the best backyard barbecue ever! Go beyond
basic hamburgers and hot dogs or traditional steak and potatoes, and
venture into the mouthwatering world of garden-fresh asparagus and
zucchini, tender and juicy filet mignon or well-marbled ribeye, even
succulent peaches or pineapple on the grill. With a little sizzle, smoke
and spice and a few easy grilling tips and recipes you can
become the resident grill gourmet.
First, the signature steak. For the best taste and texture, start off
with grain-fed Midwestern beef that is well-marbled, hand trimmed
and aged to perfection. Next, enhance the natural goodness of the
beef with a select seasoning. Create a little culinary magic by
sprinkling a savory blend of herbs and spices on the steak itself Or
serve fabulous dips, sauces, marinades or salad dressings to
complement whatever you grill.
Grill trimmed spears of asparagus or lengthwise strips of zucchini,
brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with a seasoning blend,
right along with your steak. While the grill is still hot, brush peeled
peach halves or fresh pineapple rings with melted butter and sizzle on
both sides until warmed through. Serve the grilled fruit with a scoop
of ice cream as a grand finale to your sensational summer meal.
For a free "Good Life Guide and Cookbook" filled with
mouthwatering steak recipes, call (800) 228-9055 or visit
www.omahasteaks.com. For Chef Paul Prudhomme's tips, recipes and
online catalog, visit Magic Seasonings' Web site at www.chefpaulcom
or call (800) 457-2857for a free brochure with recipes.
Clockwise from top: Magic Grilled Steak With Orange Magnolia Sauce, Steak and Potato Knife and Fork Salad With Southwest
Chipotle Dressing and Sensational Steak Strips With Creamy Garlic Dip
Sensational Steak Strips With Creamy
Makes 4 servings
Creamy Garlic Dip (see recipe)
2 tablespoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's
4 (8-ounce) Omaha Steaks boneless strip
sirloin steaks, cut into narrow strips
Make Creamy Garlic Dip; cover and re-
frigerate. In mixing bowl, combine season-
ing and steak strips. Mix well until season-
ing is evenly distributed. Reserve.
Prepare grill and preheat until coals are
very hot. Grilling surface should be about 5
inches from coals.
Lay steak strips on grill. Cook, turning-
once, until meat is seared outside but still
rare inside, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per
side. Serve immediately with Creamy Garlic
.Creaiboy'-liHut pC' : cup '
Makes about 1 cup
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
Mash together seasoning and garlic to
form paste. Add vinegar and whisk until
blended. Whisk in mayonnaise. Cover and
refrigerate until ready to use.
Magic Grilled Steak With Orange
Makes 4 servings
Orange Magnolia Sauce (see recipe)
4 (10-ounce) Omaha Steaks ribeye steaks
2 tablespoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's
Blackened Steak Magic
Season steaks evenly with 3/4 teaspoon
steak seasoning per side.
Prepare grill and preheat until coals are
very hot. Grilling surface should be about 5
inches from coals.
mediately with Orange Magnolia Sauce.
Orange Magnolia Sauce
Makes 1 cup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Chef Paul Prudhomme's
6 tablespoons ketchup
'/ cup heavy cream
Melt butter in nonstick skillet over me-
dium-high heat. Whisk in seasoning, then
ketchup, then cream. Bring to boil, whisking
frequently. Remove from heat.
Steak and Potato Knife and Fork
Salad With Southwest Chipotle Dressing
Makes 4 servings
4 (7-ounce) Omaha Steaks Flat Iron
4 teaspoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's Bar-
becue Magic Seasoning
1 head iceberg lettuce
;;.Lay steaks on grille Gook, turingtoricei .-l:poundbtRoatted)Baby Red Potatoes (see
until meat is seared outside but still rare recipe)
- teaspoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's Meat inside, about 4 minutes per side. Serve im- 1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 each corn on the cob, grilled Southwest Chipotle Salad Dressing
Crumbled blue cheese Makes 1 1/2 cups
3 tablespoons Southwest Chipotle Salad 1 /cup Chef Paul Prudhomme's Southwest
Dressing (see recipe) Chipotle Sauce and Marinade
Prepare Southwest Chipotle Salad Dress- /z cup mayonnaise
ing and Roasted Baby Red Potatoes (recipes 2 tablespoons honey
below). Season each side of thawed steaks. / teaspoon salt
with 1/2 teaspoon barbecue seasoning. Grill /2 cup olive oil
steaks to desired doneness. Grill corn until Combine chipotle sauce, mayonnaise,
lightly browned on outside. Remove steaks honey and salt in blender on lowest setting.
and corn from grill. Cut kernels off cobs. Slowly add olive oil. Refrigerate dressing
Remove core and wilted leaves from iceberg before using.
lettuce. Wash lettuce and cut 4 cross-
sectioned slices about 1 inch thick. Place Roasted Baby Red Potatoes
cross-sectioned slice of lettuce on each. 1 pound red potatoes (B size), washed and
plate. Slice steaks against grain and fan quartered
across each lettuce slice. Sprinkle each salad 2 tablespoons olive oil
with diced tomatoes, grilled corn and crum- 1 tablespoon Chef Paul Prudhomme's
bled blue cheese. Divide potatoes evenly Barbecue Magic Seasoning
and place around edge of lettuce slices. Preheat oven to 4000F. In small mixing
Drizzle each salad \itih Southwest Ch1ipytle, bo\\l ioss.jotatoes \ith oli\e oil and sea-
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More than 75 percent of American
households have a grill the major-
ity of them (ueled by propane. That's
because propane grills offer home-
owners a wide variety of benefits.
They are, for example, equipped
with convenient on/off switches,
allowing for instant heat, easy tern-
perature adjustments and quick cool-
down times. And because there are
no burning embers, propane grills
don't throw sparks or require messy
Before the grilling begins, however,
here are some important safe grilling
tips that will help ensure that you
and your family have a healthy and
enjoyable grilling experience this
-Always follow grill manufac-
turer's instructions on lighting the
grill and make sure the grill top is
-Always use or store cylinders put-
doors in an upright (vertical) posi-
tion. Do not use, store or transport
cylinders near high temperatures
(this includes storing spare cylinders
near the grill).
-When the cylinder is refilled, have
the supplier check for dents, damage,
rust or leaks.
-Before connecting or lighting a
propane gas grill, use a leak-
detection solution to check connec-
tions for tightness. Do not use
matches or lighters to check for
-After filling or exchanging, take
the cylinder home immediately.
Keep the vehicle ventilated and the
cylinder valve closed and capped.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Ribault Club Seeks
The grand historic Ribault Club
located at Fort George Island
Cultural State Park is in need of
courteous people with out going
personalities, who enjoy working
with the public, and have an
interest in history and cultural
resources. Training will be
provided to help volunteers
interpret them Club's rich cultural
past. The park requests a minimum
commitment of 16 hours per
month. Please contact the Talbot
.Islands State Parks Volunteer
Coordinator 251-2320 for more
White Linen Affair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville presents their 2"d
White Linen Affair at the
Downtown Hyatt Hotel. The event
will take place on Friday, May 13,
2005 from 6:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
The evening will consist of dining
and entertainment complete with
live jazz by Sax of Soul featuring
Party Time DJs. White linen attire
is required for entrance. For more
information, please call 924-2545
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP will sponsor its 39th
Annual Rutledge H Pearson, Jr.
Honor Guard Affair on Saturday,
May 14, 2005 at '12 noon at The
Bethelite Conference Center, 5865
Arlington Expressway. The speaker
will be Mr. Leon W. Russell, a
member of the National Board of
Directors, Executive Committee,
NAACP. The event is chaired by
Dr. C.B. McIntosh and Mrs. Mary
Ann Pearson. Tickets may be
secured from the Branch Office,
5422 Soutel Dr. or for more
information, pleasecall 764-7578.
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host its monthly meeting on May
14, 2005 at the Northwest Library
on Edgewood Ave. from 10:00 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m. For more information,
please call 910-7829.
On Saturday, May 14, 2005 the
Carriival Organization will present
its Annual Carnival full of
Caribbean flavor such as food,
music and atmosphere at a
Barbeque Block Party at Ribs on
Wheels. The venue is located at
626 May St., off Roselle St next to
Blue Cross Blue Shield. The
Carenival will begin at 9:00 p.m.
and end at 2:00 a.m. For more
information, please call 294-2898.
Links Old School Jam
The Bold City Chapter of.
Links, Inc. will present their 2nd
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.
Bestselling author Daaimah S.
Poole will be in Jacksonville to talk
about her new book, What's Real at
Books-A-Million at Regency,
(9400-015 Atlantic Blvd.) on
Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 2:00
Mayors Family Summit
Come celebrate Father's Day
in May at the Mayor's Family
Summit on Saturday, May 14,
2005 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at
The Prime Osborn Convention
Center. Families can come and
learn about literacy, kindergarten
readiness and more. There will also
be food and free giveaways.
Admission and parking are free, but
you must pre-register. For more
information, please call 588-0160"
or visit www.coj.net.
The Kuumba Festival will be
held on May 28-29, 2005 at the
Clanzell Brown Park. For more
information, call 353-2270 or visit
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
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Brought to you by
in the Arts
The public is invited to join in
Gallery Talk: Equal Opportunity in
the Arts. The talk is a candid
discussion on the issues
surrounding funding, marketing,
exhibiting and purchasing work by
minority artists. Panelists include
Cheryl Reddick, Bob White,
representatives from the Art in
Public Places Commission and
others will share their insight. This
is an open forum beneficial to
everyone.The forum will be held at
the Ritz Theater on Tuesday, May
17, 2005 from 6:00-8:00p.m. For
more information, please call 632-
The general meeting of the
First Coast C.A.R.E.S. (Consortium
for AIDS Resources, Evaluation
and Services) will be held on
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at
Smith Auditorium in the Duval
County Health Department, 515 W.
6th St. at 5:00 p.m. For more
information, please call 394-5733.
Rap As Poetry Forum
On Thursday, May 19, 2005
from 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the
large Auditorium of Florida
Community College of
Jacksonville's Downtown Campus,
a forum will be held on Rap as
Poetry. The schedule will include
1:00 2:25 Spoken Word
discussion with performances
blended in; 2:30-4:00 Workshops
about learning to do spoken word
and get published and 4:15-5:00 an
open mic session for the poets. For
more information, please call 632-
Jacksonville Centre of the Arts
will present "Quantum' 05"', their
anhi-ial'ben'fii concr at LaVillhi
School of the Arts on Friday, May
20, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. proceeds will
benefit the school's programs. For
more information and/or tickets,
Raines Class Of
The Raines Class of 1970 will
hold a 70's Costume Dance on
Friday, May 20, 2005 at the Elks
Lodge Maceo Lodge, 712 3W.
Duval St. at 9:00 p.m. The 35th
class reunion will be held the
weekend of June 10-12, 2005 at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel. For more
information, please call 765-154 or
The Annual First Coast
Writer's Festival will be held May
19-22, 2005 at The Sea Turtle Inn
in Atlantic Beach. The mini festival
will consist of seminars,
workshops, one on one session with
authors, agents and editors. Over
30 presenters will be in attendance.
,For more information, please call
The Improv Jacksonville
Comedy Theater will host a wine
tasting every other Friday night
beginning May 20, 2005 from
6:00-8:00 p.m. After the wine'
tasting, attendees will enjoy free
admission as ImprovJacksonville
takes the stage at 8:00p.m. for the
Prime Time Comedy Show. The
theater is located at 140 W. Monroe
St. at Hemming Plaza. Reservations
are recommended. For more
information, please call 535-0670.
Program for Women
On Monday, May 23, 2005
Women Business Owners of North
Florida will host a program for
potential, new and emerging
business owners. The name of the
program is "So you want to be an
Entrepreneur! Wit, Wisdom, and
Reality". The objective is to
educate and inspire attendees on
the many facets of
entrepreneurship. The panel
discussion will be at the Omni
Hotel, 225 Water St. Networking
begins at 6:00 p.m. The program is
from 7:00 -8:00p.m. Attendees will
receive a package of essential
reference materials for educational
and business resources. For more
information; please call 278-9290.
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 the late 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-
Church, Social and Community
News Deadline is 5PM on Monday
each week. News may be faxed to:.
(904) 765-3803, emailed to JFree
Press@AOL.com or brought to the
office: 903 W. Edgewood Avenue.
Spring Music Festival
The City of Jacksonville will
present their annual Spring Music
Festival on Saturday, May 28,
2005 at Metropolitan Park. This
year's Memorial Day Weekend free
concert will feature the Godfather
of Soul James Brown and Macy
Gray. For more information, please
Check out Taalam Acey, with
special guest Life and Shawana at
Soul Release Poetry, Saturday,
May 21, 2005. The Slam will begin
at 7:30p.m. in The Boomtown
Theater and Restaurant, 1714 N.
Main St. Fore more information,
Comedy in Da
No Joke Entertainment presents
Comedy in Da Basement stand up
comedy featuring national
comedians from Comedy Central,
BET's Comic View, Apollo & Def
Jam. The next event will be on
May 26, 2005 from 9:30 p.m.-
11:00 p.m. at ImprovJacksonville
Comedy Theatre, 140 W. Monroe
St. For more information, please
call 765-8880 or 399-4550.
Of 45' Reunion
All members of the Stanton
High School Class of 1945 are
urged to participate in their
upcoming celebration on May 26-
29, 2005. Class members are urged
and invited to participate in
planning meetings and all ideas and
suggestions are welcome. For more
information about planning
meetings and activities, call
Dorothy Lucas at 764-1649 or
George Bustamante at 751-2229.
Florida Folk Festival
The Florida Folk Festival
offers something-for everyone, with
activities ranging from ghost stories
and ancient Laotian hymns to a
demonstration of primitive tool use
by U.S.D.A. Forestry Service
employees. The festival will be
held on May 27-29, 2005 at
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
State Park (near intersections of I-
10 and I -75). More than 300
performers will be present,
including musicians, dancers;
storytellers, crafters and vendors
selling traditional and ethnic food.
For more information, please call
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.
Spending more time worrying
about your parents?
It's natural to worry about aging parents. And
hard to know where to look for help, or even how
to begin. That's where we come in. We're here to
help you find local resources, support services,
and solutions that work for your folks-and for
you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
person. Or visit www.eldercare.gov.
There's a way for older
Americans and caregivers to
A public service of the
U.S. Administration on Aging
www.wemokethechung .com' .
Floridct Depdrdimeht of flealth Iiriuof a r. AIDS ,
PRIDE Book Club will hold
their next meeting on Saturday
June 4, 2005 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
at the home of Rena Smith in
Middleburg. The book for
discussion is Hard Left: Straight
Talk About the Wrongs of the
Right by Tavis Smiley. For more
information or driving directions
call 291- 4931 or 630-2940. The
next meeting will be held on July 8,
2005. The book for discussion will
be PIANA by Lemuel Mayhem.
The meeting will be hosted by
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter
FAMU Alumni Association's
monthly meeting will be held at the
Northwest Branch Library on
Edgewood Ave. For more
information, please call 910-7829.
Join the Chamber at Celeb's
Corner, 736 A. Phillip Randolph
Blvd. on June 17, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. 10:00 p.m. for a celebration
of fellowship and remembrance
with community business partners
for the annual Juneteenth
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta Omnicron
Beta Chapter will celebrate its 25th
Anniversary during the weekend of
June 18, 2005. The weekend will
begin with a morning public
service from 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
beginning in front of Andrew
Jackson High School. A picnic will
convene at Metropolitan Park. The
sisters will worship together at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
For more information, please call
Yvonne Mitchell at 994-5145.
COOJI, the Carnival
Organization :of Jacksoinille Inc:,!
will present Summer Slam show
and party on Saturday, June 25,
2005 featuring live The Calypso
King of the world, the Mighty
Sparrow and others. The Slam will
be held at the Bishop Kenny,
Knights of Columbus Club, 1501
Hendricks Ave. The fun will take
place from 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
For more information, please call
The City of Jacksonville will
have their annual Fourth of July
Celebration on Monday, July 4,
2005 in Metropolitan Park. The
celebration features a star-spangled
fun day with a free concert
featuring national recording artists.
Skyblast, the First Coast's most
spectacular 4th of July fireworks
.display over the St. Johns River
tops off this great celebration. For
more information, please call 630-
All poet, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend She
Speaks. The event will be each
Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. 10:00
p.m. at the Fuel Caf6 (1037 Park
St.) Poets get 1st Drink Free! For
more information, please call 502-
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age, Albert Murray
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Keys, the final novel in
his extraordinary personal quartet
including: Train Whistle Guitar,
The Spyglass Tree, and The Seven
The MAGIC Keys begins
where The Seven League Boots left
off. Scooter, having spent two years
seeing the world while playing jazz
band and taking on political issues
during the 1930s, is now newly
married and a graduate student in
humanities at New York University.
Amid the possibilities that life
has to offer, Scooter explores Man-
hattan's libraries, jazz clubs, galler-
ies, skyscrapers, and endlessly fasci-
nating streets, meeting the people
who find his way: dapper Taft Edi-
son, who is setting down-home dia-
lect onto the pages of his novel-in-
progress, Joe States, a drummer
who brings old expectations to
Scooter's new life; and Jewel
Templeton, no longer his girl but
still a believer. Anchored by his
wife Eunice; letters from his styl-
ishly intellectual college roommate,
Jerome Jefferson; and the inex-
haustible ideas of people he meets
and those he reads, Scooter's bud-
ding career takes him back to Ala-
bama where he discovers both the
promises of everyday bliss and inti-
mations of adventures to come.
In musical, ardent prose, Murray
captures the joyful rhythms of youth
and the pulse of life at the moment
when everything seems possible.
Exhilarating and tender, The Magic
Keys illuminates one of the most
important lessons a person must
learn: what to want and who or what
will be the guide.
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COURT ASKS BOBBY BROWN,
'WHERE'S THE TRUST FUND?': Singer
blames others for his failure to furnish ends.
Looking even more scattered than on
VH1 "Behind the Music: New Edition"
S special, Bobby Brown showed up to
SNorfolk County Family Court in Massa-
of child support payments.
d Judge Paula Carey gave Brown a
few days to produce contracts showing that he has
enough income to fund educational trusts for two of his
children. Brown said he wasn't aware that the pay-
ments hadn't started.
Last year, Brown was thrown in jail for a day after
he failed to pay $63,500 in child support payments he
owed. After coming up with the money, he was re-
leased. But then he was summoned to court in March
after missing several more payments. By last Wednes-
day, Brown had caught up on the payments but still
hadn't established the educational trusts he'd promised
to set up years ago.
Brown, 36, told the judge about his pending income
from music projects and the new eight-episode reality
TV show, "Being Bobby Brown," that will debut June
30 on Bravo. The troubled singer is expected to make
four payments totaling $160,000 within the next six
months to establish the trusts.
MONTEL URGES CONGRESS TO
'LEGALIZE IT': Host wants medical marijuana
legislation puff, puff passed.
Talk show host Montell Williams, who
was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in
1999, is pleading with Congress to pass "
legislation to allow him and other sick
people to use marijuana for medical use
without fear of being arrested.
"This is really so simple it's ignorant," said Wil-
liams, alongside a group of medical marijuana advo-
cates at a Capitol Hill news conference, where a bipar-
tisan group of lawmakers said decisions about medical
marijuana should be left to the states.
So far, ten states have laws that allow residents to
spark one for medical purposes. The Supreme Court
has said that does not protect distributors from federal
Serena's lingerie deal; Barkley's book.
Serena Williams' clothing line
I Aneres has inked a deal with linge-
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Ir Infatuation, by Serena Williams.
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Charles Barkley's new book
r "Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?"
letes, politicians and entertainers.
Barkley tells "USA Today" that he is
"not an angry black man who's trying to lecture every-
one." But, he adds, "I'm in the unique position of being
black and being somewhat famous and wealthy. ... If
black people with some influence don't address this
issue and get conversations started, then who will?
Racism is a taboo topic, but it shouldn't be."
RAY' THE MUSICAL Film producers turn-
ing Charles' story into Broadway production.
The producers of the film "Ray" are re-teaming to
bring a Ray Charles stage project to Broadway, accord-
ing to the "Hollywood Reporter."
Producers Stuart Benjamin and Howard and Karen
Baldwin have acquired dramatic-musical rights to the
project from the Ray Charles estate and Ray Charles
Unlike the Universal biopic starring Jamie Foxx, the
Broadway play will span his entire career, allowing the
producers to showcase Charles' lifetime repertoire of
music. It will also combine performances with dra-
matic vignettes that will tell stories of Charles' busi-
ness, political and charitable endeavors.
"This will be more of the warmth and the personal-
ity of Ray as well as some of the anecdotes and stories
that weren't in the movie," Benjamin told the
The stage version will also .focus less on Charles'
drug addictions and infidelities, which were prominent
aspects of the film.
"This will be a celebration of Ray, somebody I got to
be very close to over the years, someone I respected
and someone whose company I enjoyed, "Benjamin
told the trade."What is really in my mind is to convey
some of that. As was the movie, this is an enormous
responsibility. We will take our time and make sure it's
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min produced both soundtrack CDs, the television spe-
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Every year, more people come to the same place for their family reunion.
Family reunions are meant for catching up with
aunts, cousins and Big Mama, not for running all over
town. Especially when you can get everything at
Publix. Where shopping is a pleasure.
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@2005 Publix Asset Management Company
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