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Not Here the
se d e Their Impact on
Will Soon be Felt
Iowa Governor to Restore
Felons' Voting Rights
DES MOINES, Iowa Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has said he will soon
sign an order restoring the voting rights of con\ iced felons u ho have
served their sentences.
Currently, felons can apply for the right to vote, but it must be approved
by the state's parole board and the o\ ernor in a length% process .
Vilsack, a Democrat, said the current system is too time-consuming and
unfairlN affects minorities. His executed\ order would automatically)
restore felons' voting rights upon completion of their sentences.
"This action we take is not going to be a pardon." V sack said at a nee s
conference surrounded by dozens of ci\ il rights acuvists. WVhen ou' e
paid your debt to society, you need to be reconnected to pociet.."
A bipartisan panel of legislators asked the governor for an execuure
order after determining that lawmakers lacked the constitutional authon-
ty to lift the ban. He plans to signi the measure July 4. affecung as many
as 500 to 600 felons a month.
Onl\ four other states prohibit felons from outingg after completing their
sentences: Alabama. Florida, Kentuckl and Virginia.
Judge Approves Ford Settlement
CINCINNATI- Ford Motor Co. will guarantee black employees access
to an apprenticeship training program under the settlement of a ciill
rights complaint approved by a federal judge.
U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel granted preliminary
approval to the clas action settlement in Februar). He held a fairness
hearing June I and formalized the deal with the automaker.
The lawsuit began with complaints in 1998 by employees at Ford plants
in suburban Ohio. It alleged dicriminiiatioin iagain-t black employee \hu
took an application test for the apprenticeship raining program on or
after Jan. 1. 1997. and were not chosen.
The program allow, unskilled laborers to learn skills for higher paring
jobs, such as electrician or null~inght. that can result in betterjob secu-
rity and improved opportunities for promotion. plaintiffs said
Dearborn, Nlich.-based Ford. \\ which deemed an' liabilts or discrnmina-
uon, supported the settlement and agreed to set aside 279 position. in the
program for blacks and to pay $2.-10-0 apiece to about 3.-400 current and
former Ford s\orkers.
Spiegel noted in his ruin that the settlement benefited the public inter-
est, Ford workers and the company b heading off length\ and expensive
litigation. It creates a new selection program to be monitored b) an indus-
trial psychologist with expertise in %workplace and personnel issues.
Hampton Professor Calls for Mandatory
Black History Class in Public Schools
A Hampton University professor says \irginia should follow
Philadelphia's lead and require that all high school students take a black
Philadelphia will soon require all high schoolers to take a year of
African and African-American studies. The school s stem hopes it will
gile students a more accurate view of hisorN.
Robert Watson teaches U.S. History and African-American studies at
Hampton University. He says Virginia vould be the ideal place for such
Watson says Virginia had the largest black population of anl of the
original colonies, and he wass the nation's history shouldn't just be told
from the perspective of Thomas Jefferson or George Washington
According to Watson, students who learn American history. reallI
don't learn the whole story."
Virginia does not require school systems to offer courses in African-
American history, but state Department of Education officials say the
sublectr does get covered withinn regular history courses.
In other Hampton news, the university is raising tuition and board rates
by five percent. An undergraduate student with full room and board IllI
pay $20,928 next year to attend HU, up from $19,930 this school year.
Frugal Public School Teacher
Donates $2.1 Million to Prairie View
HOUSTON A retired public school teacher who was so frugal that he
bought expired meat and secondhand clothing left $2.1 million for his
alma mater, Prairie View A&M -- the school's largest gift from a single
Whitlowe R. Green, 88, died of cancer in 2002. He
S" retired in 1983 from the Houston Independent School
SDistrict, where he was making $28,000 a year as an eco-
SHis donation shocked family members and friend: alike.
"He was a very meager person. I didn't think he had a million," said
Beatrice Green, a cousin by marriage. "He'd buy the cheapest things."
Sharon Green Mitchell, another cousin, said Green and her father stopped
talking for a couple of years when Green denied owing her dad $6.76. On
road trips, Green would equally divide the gas bill among the adults.
Green's frugality was matched by his belief in education and dedication
to young people, she said.
He often talked about leaving money to Prairie View, a historical\ black
university. Green graduated in 1936.
"He sacrificed for this. He would always tell us to make your money
work for you, and he did," Mitchell said. "I remember him saying, 'I'm
going to help black children get an education.' He did it."
Green's donation will be used to establish a scholarship fund.
on Rich Legacy
Volume 19 No. 23 Jacksonville, Florida June 23 30 ,2005
Are Third Party Politics the
Future of Black America?
Charles Green and Willie Flowers lead a workshop on Parenting Style
Men Team Up to Learn How
to Be a Better Man and Father
River Region Human Services and the Jacksonville Children's
Commission teamed up to present this year's Project MALE (Men
Advocating and Leading by Example) Conference Father's Day Weekend
at the Schultz Center. Workshops for the one day conference included
Step-parenting, Effective Discipline, Education, and many other important
subjects. Over one hundred men participated in the life changing forum.
By Charles Hallman
If change is indeed to come in this
country, citizens must stop looking
for it from present leaders, a 2004
presidential candidate said.
David Cobb, running for the
Green Party, received .10 percent
of the votes in the 2004 presidential
general election. According to the
Federal Election Commission,
based on campaign money spent,
Cobb topped all candidates, includ-
ing incumbent President George W.
Bush (almost $5) and Democratic
hopeful John Kerry ($4.09), with
an expenditure of barely a dollar
($1.01) a vote.
In the last two general elections,
numerous voting problems
occurred, particularly in Florida in
2000 and Ohio in 2004. Does the
current system of electing officials
need refining or overhauling? Do
citizens' votes really count? These
are questions Cobb raised during
his June 2 visit to the Twin Cities.
"It's about fundamental fairness,"
he said. "If we are to have any con-
fidence in the election process, we
need to be sure that we democratize
elections in this country."
Cobb first got involved in politics
as a college student. "My first
engagement in politics was as a
student organizer enforcing the
University of Houston to divest its
holdings in companies that did
business with that racist, oppres-
sive regime [apartheid] in South
Africa," he recalled. He later
worked on Jesse Jackson's presi-
dential campaigns in 1984 and
1988 and former California
Governor Jerry Brown's in 1992.
"I learned a lot from those cam-
paigns," said Cobb. "I learned how
to put myself under the leadership
of people of color and women." He
also learned that there's not much
difference between the two major
U.S. political parties, which against
Continued on page1l0
Justice Declared in 40 Year Old Mississippi Burning Case
Former Klansmen found guilty of murdering three civil rights workers in 1964 in infamous case
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. In the
state where it was once nationally
quoted that a "Mississippi jury
would never convict a white man
for killing Black, justice has been
Forty years following the crime
that captured national attention, an
80-year-old former Ku Klux
Klansman was convicted of
manslaughter in the slaying of
three civil rights workers that
shocked the nation exactly 41 years
ago and helped spur passage of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The jury of nine whites and three
blacks reached the verdict on their
second day of deliberations, reject-
ing murder charges against Edgar
Ray Killen but also turning aside
defense claims that he wasn't
Shown above, left is a Philadelphia, Miss., police officer walking past a trial
watcher as she sits on a wall of the Neshoba County Court House wearing a
sign of the slain civil right s workers. Shown right is Killen.
involved at all.
Killen showed no emotion as the
verdicts were read. He was immedi-
ately taken into custody by the sher-
iff along with his oxygen tank, and
will remain in his cell until sentenc-
ing for next week.
Civil rights workers James
Chaney, Andrew Goodman and
Michael Schwerner were ambushed
on June 21, 1964. Their bodies
were found 44 days later buried in
an earthen dam. They had been
beaten and shot.
The notorious case inspired the
1988 movie Academy Award nomi-
nated "Mississippi Burning.'
Cheers could be heard outside the
two-story, red brick courthouse
after the verdicts were announced.
Passers-by patted Chaney's brother,
Ben, on the back and one woman
slowed her vehicle and yelled,
"Hey, Mr. Chaney, all right!"
Continued on page 11
Phillips Appointed City's Deputy
Chief Administrative Officer
Mayor John Peyton has appointed
Roslyn Mixon Phillips as the City
of Jacksonville's Deputy Chief
Administrative Officer. Ms.
Phillips' appointment became effec-
tive earlier this week.
She will retain her duties as
Director of the Neighborhoods
Department in addition to her new
"In these times of lean budgets, it
is particularly gratifying to be able
to fill this important job from with-
in government. Roslyn is a proven
professional with skills and experi-
ence across government. I wel-
come her to my executive team and
have every confidence in her abili-
ties," said Peyton.
Phillips joined the City of
Jacksonville in 1984 as a staff
member in the Downtown
Development Authority and has
served as Chief of the Community
Development Division and as
Director of Business Development
in the Jacksonville Economic
Development Commission. She
was appointed by Mayor Peyton in
August, 2003 as director of the
Phillips will work directly with
Chief Administrative Officer Dan
"I look forward to working with
Roz and benefiting from her exten-
sive knowledge of Jacksonville's
government. She has proven her-
self to be a fine administrator and
she will be a very positive addi-
tion," said Kleman.
Ms. Phillips is a native of
Jacksonville and received her
undergraduate degree in accounting
from Florida State University and
an MBA from Jacksonville
Florida NAACP Lauds EWC President
Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr. (left), EWC's interim president, was present-
ed with "The Legacy Continues"award given by the Florida State
Conference NAACP. The award was given at the Conference's 32nd
Annual Freedom Fund & Awards Banquet, held June 17 at the Disney's
Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, FL. The NAACP saluted the collective and
individual legacies of Florida's four Historically Black Colleges and
Universities -Edward Waters College, Florida Memorial University,
Florida A&M University and Bethune- Cookman College reempha-
sizing the Conference's commitment to education. The theme of the event
was "NAACP Call for Action in Education: Infusing the Spirit of the
Niagara Movement." From left: Dr. Bronson, Mrs. Helen Bronson, and Mr.
C.J. Latimore, the artist commissioned by the NAACP to design the award.
(Photo by Phyllisl-Davis).
Ten Years After
He's Still the
Player on Tour
Five Ways to Make Your Nest Egg Last Bu IIntlc oman Ik( \lgaintl
The experts at Consumer Reports
say that the surest way to make as-
sets last is to avoid tapping them for
as long as possible and to rely in-
stead on earned income from a part-
time job to cover some of your
living costs. But many seniors
may not be able or willing to
work. The following tips are
offered on how to avoid run-
ning out of money.
Pace Your Withdrawals.
Avoid the urge to splurge. "For
money to last, retirees wili
have to find a withdrawal rate
that is sufficient to sustain an
acceptable living standard
while minimizing the risk that
you will drain your portfolio
dry before you die," says Lisa
Lee Freeman, deputy editor of
CRMA. "A broadly accepted
guideline is sipping from your
investment at a rate of three to
four percent a year and adjust-
ing each year's withdrawal to
restore purchasing power lost ,
Buy a Steady Paycheck. To
get a steady stream of income
over and above Social Secu-
rity, retirees may want to consider
an immediate annuity, an insurance
contract that, in effect, protects
against living too long. Unlike high-
cost investments in deferred vari-
able annuities, immediate annuities
begin making fixed monthly pay-
ments as soon as one makes the
purchase. Those considering an
immediate annuity should buy only
from an issuer with a top rating
from Moody's, Standard & Poor's
or A.M. Best; and stick to low or
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no-load insurers and mutual-fund
companies like USAA, Vanguard,
and TIAA-REF. CRMA warns that
immediate annuities do have sig-
nificant drawbacks. For one, many
do not provide protection against
inflation. Also, payments under a
lifetime annuity will typically end
as soon as the purchaser dies.
Punch Up Your Portfolio. With
a solid lifelong foundation of regu-
lar monthly income provided by
Social Security and a defined-
benefit pension or immediate
'ri- annuities, retirees can afford
II to keep a higher proportion of
n their 401(k) savings and IRA
assets invested in broadly
Diversified, low-cost stock
mutual funds without having
to worry about making ends
Turn Your Home into
Cash. The equity accumu-
lated in a home might be a
retiree's biggest asset. To-
Sday's 65-plussers can sell and
relocate to a smaller place
nearby or a lower-cost part of
the country, and use the net
profits from the sale to buy in
%* cash. Another option is a
[ Home Equity Conversion, a
type of"reverse mortgage."
Harvest Your Assets. With
Social Security benefits, 401
V'-: (k) plans, a conventional
,. IRA, a Roth IRA, an em-
ployer-paid defined benefit
pension, and annuities, retirees have
a crop of assets that will mature in
their own time. "If your assets are
going to sustain you for the rest of
your life, you have to harvest each
asset at its peak and spend sensi-
bly," says Freeman.
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Despite the progress we've made --
with race relations, corporate Amer-
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for black employees. --
Race only complicates the diffi-
culties a person might already face .
in the workplace. Often times, a
white co-worker or boss is insensi- .-
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A Decade After the Rise of Tiger -
He's Still the Only Black Player on Tour
Ten years after he joined the PGA
Tour, Tiger Woods still stands
alone. And not just because he's so
Woods was supposed to open the
sport up to black kids in America
and around the world. Yet a decade
later, he remains the only black
golfer on the tour. Last week, he
played at the U.S. Open, being run
by the USGA, which talks about
bringing minorities into the sport
but doesn't have a single one on its
"Am I disappointed? Yeah,"
Woods said when asked about the
dearth of blacks at the highest levels
of golf. "I thought there would be
more of us out here."
Much of the recent debate about
minorities in golf has centered on
women, led by Martha Burk's fight
with Augusta National, the home of
the Masters. Since June 2002, Burk
has demanded that Augusta admit
women, and the Masters responded
by pulling ads from its telecasts for
two years to protect corporate spon-
sors from protests. Ads were re-
stored for this year's telecast.
While many viewed that protest
as more smoke than fire, the flare-
up at Shoal Creek, home of the PGA
Championship in 1990, was much
more serious. The Alabama course
didn't allow blacks and the PGA
was pressured into creating a policy
of only taking its tournament to
courses that were integrated.
Threatened with a boycott, Shoal
Creek allowed a black to join before
the tournament began. Despite that,
there was no denying the episode
tarnished golf and exposed it for
what it pretty much was at the time -
a country-club game, mainly white,
mostly rich and not overly con-
cerned with changing its image.
Woods' arrival was supposed to
change that. But 10 years later,
Woods is the only African-
American player among the 156
contending for the U.S. champion-
ship. Vijay Singh, the other promi-
nent player on the PGA tour with
black skin, is Fijian.
With much fanfare, the PGA Tour
established the First Tee program
eight years ago, an attempt to bring
the game to the inner city and get
more minorities involved. In many
ways, the program has been a suc-
cess. Of its 450,000 participants, 44
percent are white, 27 percent are
black and 10 percent are Hispanic.
In all of golf, 84 percent of the play-
ers are white.
While programs like First Tee
offer scholarships and help set up
courses where costs are'low, golf is
not a cheap sport to play. There are
$100 greens fees. Clubs can cost
several hundred dollars. And good
instruction the kind that can turn
really good young players into top-
notch amateurs doesn't come
cheap. Nor does access to the kind
of courses they need to get used to if
they hope to move into the top
This is in stark contrast tq basket-
ball, played on playgrounds, or even
tennis, where a racquet and a $3 can
of balls can get a kid on the court.
"At the junior level there are
some players with some talent,"
Woods said. "But as you continue
to play throughout golf and continue
to move up in levels, the process of
screening kind of weeds them out.
It's hard to make it out here."
Woods has seen the numbers
grow in his 10 years as a pro.
"But we don't have a big enough
base for them to have an opportu-
nity to get out here," he said.
Meanwhile, the USGA executive
committee has had blacks before,
but currently, there isn't a single
black person among its 15 volunteer
members. Asked about that subject,
USGA president Fred Ridley
pointed out the myriad ways the
organization gets minorities in-
volved other committees, being the
single biggest contributor over the
life of First Tee. But he conceded,
"We have more to do."
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us," said Cobb of both Republi-
cans and Democrats.
He believes that a nonpartisan
form of government might be a bet-
ter way, especially in such matters
as redistricting and elections. "I
don't think a Democrat or a Repub-
lican [should] be in charge," Cobb
pointed out. "I don't think a Green
should be in charge. It would be
better [for] nonpartisan boards."
Among their key planks, the
Green Party platform includes a
Constitutional Right to Vote, guar-
anteed voter-verified paper ballots
for all voting machines, and re-
enfranchising of ex-felons. Cobb
also encourages all citizens to get
involved "and be part of a long-term
movement" especially appealing
to persons of color who either feel
disenfranchised or virtually ignored
by both major parties.
Cobb offered two. reasons for
Blacks to join the Greens. First, his
party is the only political party ac-
tively seeking reparations for slav-
ery. "That's reconciliation, justice
and fairness," he said.
Secondly, he asks Blacks to
closely evaluate their past voting.
"You are not going to get change
just by voting every two or four
-years," Cobb explained. "If you
want change in this country, and
you don't bother to vote for candi-
dates calling for change, you are
l b- r
'= bm r -
wasting a great opportunity."
Cobb believes that a real grass-
roots effort for political change
must come from the people, not
politicians. "I understand that the
real work is organizing at the grass-
roots level. There is no substitute
for putting yourself in front of an-
other person's door, knock on that
door, and introduce yourself to your
neighbor. We have to engage our-
selves as human beings because we
have so much in common.
0-- 4 Q
"There's also the telephone and
good old-fashioned shoe leather.
That's what grassroots organizing is
Cobb added that the mainstream
media often "manufacture consent
around a whole host of issues. I read
everything in the media with a jaun-
diced eye," he said.
"There are a litany of problems,
[and] the big corporate media con-
tinue to sugarcoat that," he pointed
Channel 12 Welcomes New
Anchor Victor Blackwell
last week as co-anchor of Good
Morning Jacksonville with Char-
lene Shirk. He will report on other
broadcasts as well.
"I look forward to getting out in
Sthe community, getting to know
the viewers and uncovering the
stories of the First Coast. said
Blackwell. "I'm very happy to call
Victor Blackwell earned his B.A.
in Broadcast Journalism at Howard
/. ". University and his resume includes
print, radio and television. Prior to
coming to Jacksonville, he was an
anchor in Hagerstown, MD.
Victor Blackwell As a reporter in Maryland,
First Coast News Channel 12 has Blackwell broke a story that lead to
added Victor Blackwell to their a low income senior home being to
news team. He began anchoring able to stay open.
Where Jacksonville Begins.
Mayor John Peyton invites all residents of Jacksonville to the
10th Annual Mayor's
Friday, June 24
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Continental breakfast and roundtable discussions
Luncheon address by Mayor Peyton
Annual awards to neighborhoods,
individuals and businesses
Workshops on topics of interest to
More than 100 exhibits, including "City Hall Way"
Prizes and surprises
All summit activities are free
but pre-registration is required!
Sponsored by the Neighborhoods Department
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(904) 630-7398 or email@example.com
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by Charles Griggs
FAMU'S PROUD TRADMON
BIGGER THAN PROBLEMS
After firing head football coach Billy Joe, Florida A&M University
continues to find itself in precarious situations.
"That was rough.... Thing to do now is try and forget
it.... I guess I don't quite mean that. It's not a thing you
can forget. Maybe not even a thing you want to forget....
Life's like that sometimes... Now and then for no good rea-
son a man can figure out, life will just haul off and knock
him flat, slam him agin' the ground so hard it seems like
all his insides is busted. But it's not all like that. A lot of
it's mighty fine, and you can't afford to waste the good
partfrettin' about the bad. That makes it all bad... Sure,
I know sayin' it's one thing andfeelin' it's another. But
I'll tell you a trick that's sometimes a big help. When you
start looking' around for something good to take the place
of the bad, as a general rule you can find it."
-From the movie Old Yeller
It looks like once again Florida A&M University is in a
For the football program, it's fourth and about ninety-
nine. The ball is on their own one-yard line, the clock is
running out and the Rattlers are in desperate need of a
"Hail Mary" miracle.
Last week, the school had to step up and fire their high-
ly successful head football coach Billy Joe.
Joe, the second-winningest coach in FAMU football
history, was tossed due to his presumed role in the
school's self reported 200 plus NCAA violations. The
school's athletic program has been under the microscope,
since its failed attempt at moving the football team up to
Division I-A. The ill-advised effort was an underestimat-
ed, miscalculated judgment call that opened a "Pandora's
Box" of problems for the school, the athletic program and
Compound that with the school's.financial and admin-
istrative troubles and what you have is a college with a
nausea problem on a rollercoaster ride that won't stop.
And as the "institutional ride from hell" continues,
Rattler faithful are blowing chunks at the real possibilities
of sanctions that lie ahead.
Sure. for the average FAMU supporter it may be a little
difficult to visualize all of the blue skies that could come
out of dark moments such as this.
One thing is for sure, these kinds of institutional con-
trol mistakes will never happen again on the campus of
Florida A&M University. Yes Sir, a mighty lesson has
The next time someone comes out of nowhere disguised
as a Rattler selling snake oil in the form of "bold moves,"
FAMU faithful will be at the door armed with the tools
necessary to protect the legacy and traditions that have
Built such a great institution.
And in doing so insuring a long body of established cus-
toms and beliefs that have fostered many precedents in the
growth and development of countless African Americans
here and abroad.
The nonsense that has been described by many as trials
and tribulations is the demon that FAMU is currently wag-
ing its resources. This fight to survive is unfortunate and,
in simple terms, unnecessary. Someone was entrusted
with the responsibility of continuing to drive the school on
its destination towards excellence.
Someone fell asleep at the wheel.
And while finger pointing maybe a convenient escape,
at this stage of the game, it would serve no useful purpose.
The damage has been done. It's time to move on to solutions.
Nevertheless, the school's recent failures present unique
opportunities for growth.
As far as football is concerned, Rattler fans need look
no further than Alabama State University's situation just
two years ago.
Alabama State fired football coach L.C. Cole just before
the start of the 2003 season. Charles Coe was hired as
interim head coach the first day of fall practice.
The Hornets went 8-5 that season and earned a trip to
the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship
game. In fact, win number one was a 38-22 season-open-
ing victory against FAMU.
After the season, ASU named Coe head coach. In 2004,
he went on to guide the Hornets to a 10-2 record and
Now things may not turn out so smooth and quick for the
Rattlers, but the ASU dilemma is a clear reminder that any-
thing can happen. Especially when everyone decides to roll
up their sleeves and make the best Out of a bad situation.
Some tough decisions in the best interest of the school
are being swallowed on all fronts. The closet will be
cleaned and the cupboards may end up bare for a while.
That's the way it should be. It's what has to be done.
No tears, just broad shoulders and strong backs to see
The school, as well as the football program, has too much
to offer the community it serves to rot in the circumstances
it has created for itself. At this point, these trying times that
FAMU supporters are being made to endure should be seen
as a good thing. Things will get better; the school and the
minds that are affected by it will not be let down.*
Because after all, "When the dark clouds gather on the
horizon, when the thunder and lightning fill the sky, when
fate is but a glimpse in the eye of a fallen rattler..." Real
Rattlers, you can take it from here.
Y.a c ge Wa.e-m.i. wit our cpmcent to:
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On the cover of a May edition of
Newsweek was a picture of Antonio
Villaraigosa, the new mayor of Los
Angles. The reason he makes the
cover of that particular magazine and
probably several others is that he is
the first Hispanic mayor elected in
the city's history.
Villaraigosa is not the first His-
panic mayor of a major city and cer-
tainly will not be the last, but some
see L.A. as a microcosm of the entire
country. The Latino population in
America continues to grow at a rapid
pace, which has enabled Hispanics
to become the new largest minority
group in this country. It is no secret
that the potential for Latinos to be-
come a major force in American
politics is real.
How real you might ask? Well, the
night Villaraigosa was elected all of
the top' Democrats called to con-
gratulate him Al Gore, Howard
Dean, Hillary Clinton, etc. That is a
sign of respect and a sign that De-
mocratic Party leaders realize the
importance of embracing the Latino
million Americans counted in the
Census 2000, a 58% increase from
1990. But only 19 Hispanics 16
Democrats and three Republicans -
are among the 435 members of the
House of Representatives. That's
4.4% of the House.
Going back to our friend Villarai-
gosa, he has been able to accom-
plished what Democrats hope of
doing nationwide: he energized His-
panic voters to turn out for him at
historic levels and formed a solid
multiracial coalition of supporters.
However, the numbers are chang-
ing. More non-Cuban Hispanics are
registering with the GOP. But re-
gardless of which party Hispanics
are registering as their numbers grow
so will their political muscle.
Though Democrats won the His-
panic vote last November, Democ-
rats lost ground to Republicans for
the second straight presidential-
election cycle. President George W.
Bush captured roughly 40 percent of
the Hispanic vote, compared with 35
percent in 2000.
power surge. The good news for Democrats is
The sleeping giant has officially that they still hold a vast advantage
awakened and the race is now on among blacks, but a less convincing
between Democrats and Republicans lead among Hispanics. Republicans
to attempt to win over as many His- have almost conceded the African
panics as possible. With Latino turn- American vote in a sense, but real-
out increasing from about 6 million izes that there is some potential to
in the 2000 Presidential election to gain Hispanic support to offset the
an estimated 8 million last year, how loop sided black vote.
can anyone ignore Latino issues? But population gains for Hispanics
With the growing Hispanic popu- in the Census 2000 are not equating
lation in this country, the fight for to political gains in Congress yet.
political clout is becoming a tougher State legislatures drawing congres-
battle for blacks. The numbers may sional district lines for the 2002 elec-
surprise some; but in 1990 African tion haven't been crafting enough
Americans were the largest minority districts to benefit Hispanic candi-
group with Hispanics trailing by dates, according to various national
approximately three percent. Today- Hispanic organizations.
the picture has changed and the story The most logical reason for this
has been re-written. occurring is that the people redraw-.
,I*i. 'isanieos',ow re tent 35.33 ril- i Congressional lines are not
or o f" 12. of the 14 qa In order to get lines drawn
favoring any minority group you
need people representing that group/
race at the table when the proposed
districts boundaries are being re-
For example, here in Florida the
state legislative reapportionment
committee only has a few Hispanics
and larger percentage of African
Americans, which means that those
blacks will likely be looking at pro-
tecting African American districts,
not emphasizing the importance of
developing new Hispanic districts.
It's obvious why Hispanic num-
bers continue to grow quickly. They
are simply migrating to the U.S. in
record numbers. In fact, there is no
comparison between to the number
of Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans
and South Americans and other races
that migrate to the United States.
As blacks continue moving out-
ward from the core city and into
suburbs, Hispanics are emerging as
the biggest population in at least four
of the historically black U.S. Con-
gressional districts. Popular black
Congress members like Maxine Wa-
ters and Charlie Rangel will face a
new test in their districts. Once pre-
dominately black, Hispanics are be-
coming the majority, which will to-
tally change the political landscape
in upcoming elections.
In Florida, Hispanics now out
number blacks by approximately two
percent, with Hispanics 16.8 and
African Americans at 14.6 percent.
Republicans did an excellent job
of reaching out to Hispanics in last
year's presidential election, now
Democrats have to aggressively re-
claim their Latino base. Using the
popularity of ,Mayor Villaraigosa
will help Dems, but it will take Re-
publican like strategizing to be suc-
cessful in 2008.
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Greater Macedonia The Music Ministry of First New Zion Missionary
Pastor Chosen to Baptist Presents A Summer Concert, June 26a
Give June Words of
Inspiration on WZAZ
The public is invited to tune in
to Radio Station WZAZ 1400
during the month of June to hear
Words of Inspiration from Dr.
Landon L. Williams Sr., pastor of
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church,
1880 West Edgewood Avenue.
Dr. Williams was selected by
the radio station to provided the
'You are also invited to spend
your lunch hour each Thursday at
Greater Macedonia for Noon Day
Prayer at 12 noon.
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Monday. News imay be faxed
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brought to the office.
The Music Ministry of First
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, 4835 Soutel Drive, Rev.
Dr. James B. Sampson,. Pastor; will
present "A Summer Concert" at 5
p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2005.
Rev. James J. Sampson, Minister of
Music, Bro. Ron Andres, Musician,
advise that there will be music
groups from around the city.
Greater Grant AME
Mass Choir Concert
Sunday, June 26th
The Mass Choir of Greater
Grant African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church, 5533 Gilchrist
Road, where The Rev. Tony D.
Hansberry is pastor; will host its
19th Annual Anniversary and Pew
Rally at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
Everyone is invited to come out
and hear your favorite old and new
hymns lifting the name of Jesus
Women of Power
Purpose & Destiny
Conference is Set
Married or Single Strong
Women, all are invited to attend the
Women of Power, Purpose &
Destiny Conference" Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday, July 15-17, 2005.
Single women: "Hey Girl My
Skirt's on Fire What do I do
When single living Holy, and the
heat is on?"
Married women: Behind every
The public is cordially invited to
help make a joyful noise unto the
Lord. You don't want to miss this
worship in music.
First New Zion
Revival June 27-29
First New. Zion Missionary
Baptist Churc, 4835 Soutel Drive,
where Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson
is pastor; will hold a three nights of
Revival, Monday, Tuesday, and
Wednesday, June 27-29, 2005.
Services begin nightly at 7 p.m.
The Evangelist will be Rev.
Shawn Williams of Greater New
Jerusalem; the Lecturer will be
Rev. Keith Canaday, Associate
Pastor of Greater Macedonia
The.public is cordially invited to
join in a three evenings of Revival.
Come and be blessed by the Word
to Hold Annual
Session in Detroit
The Progressive National Bap-
tist Convention Inc., a vital Baptist
1 44 '. _
strong Mantis A Strong Woma, ,- denomination of more than 1,80
Wpm~n p~Power, Pu~~ipse' d,, churches acrosst tHe.Udiwtd States,
Destiny will gather in Jacksonville with membership of over 2.5
at the Marriott Jacksonville, 4670 million will hold its annual session
Salisbury Road. August 8-12, 2005 in Detroit,
There are no registration fees. Michigan. This 44t Annual Session
To register, call 1(850)847-8635. will meet Tuesday through Friday.
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Bethel Baptist Walk-A-Thons Raise Over $200,000
JACKSONVILLE Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudolph
W. McKissick Jr., Pastors; has held their 8h Annual Walk-A-Thon for Education. Since 1998 when Bethel
held its first Walk-A-Thon, the effort has raised over $200,000 for Bethel's College Students. PICTURED
during the 2005 Walk-A-Thon are (left to right) Kenneth Reddick, April Jordan, Nadine Carwell and her
husband, Willie Carswell. Bethel Baptist Inst.
Florida General Vacation Bible
Baptist Congress t0 School July 13-16th
Do you want your child, 4-11 to
Convene at Greater develop his/her own relationship
iUia ,i I with the Lord, and mankind? The
nacednu a in July Vacation Bible School at Bethel
TheFlp,rida ;General Baptist Baptist Institutional Church_ can
Congress ,l ,W oyene Ipnd~ q giv o,,re or she this lieiinme
July 11, 2005 at the Greater foundation.
Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 Vacation Bible School at Bethel
West Edgewood Avenue, where will be held Wednesday Saturday
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr. is July 13-16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Pastor. The congress will be in nightly, and Saturday, 10 a.m. until
session through Friday, July 15th. 2 p.m. Bring your children.
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11ih Episcopal District
The 11th Episcopal District of
the ,frican Methodist Episcopal
(A ME Ch4"uiY Chrttiarhlniucation
Congress %ill met' l' ianido, July"'
22nd and 23d. The Presiding
Elder's Retreat will be held at the
The headquarters hotel is the
Rosen Centre Hotel. Orlando.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50 p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
~ T ~ L- ~ liki ILL .
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pasftor-- -_ nation L3. Willtiwma Sir., D3. WTLin
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"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
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Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
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"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"
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Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
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Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)
Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
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Sunday v 6:00 p.m.
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NCC to Present 29th AME Connectional Lay Black Catholics in America
2005 Metrotown Convention Set for Houston A A -.. --.-. -
The National Conference for
Community and Justice (NCCJ)
will present its Metrotown Institute
youth leadership program for 10-
12th graders, Monday, July 25th thru
Thursday, July 28, at Jacksonville
University. This 4-day, 3-night
residential leadership program will
offer teens 'the opportunity to
explore and discuss issues of
diversity in gender, race, religion,
culture and personal development.
"There is no place for hate in
our beautiful country and that is the
mission of Metrotown, to break
down barriers between people of
different backgrounds, ethnicities
and religions and to unite them as
one humanity," said Saman Qurae-
shi, 2002 graduate of Metrotown.
Space is limited, for registration
information, call (904) 306-6225.
Sister 2 Sister
Pastor Diane Barrino of Mercy
Outreach Church of Deliverance in
High Point, NC, mother of"
American Idol Singer "Fantasia";
and Lady Bridgett Battles, of
Power and Praise Tabernacle in
High Point; will be the speakers for
the 2005 Sister 2 Sister Conference,
Friday and Saturday, June 24 &
25th at the Faith Deliverance
Tabernacle Ministries, 220 Mill
Creek Road. Registration is FREE.
For information, call 724-6016.
through Thursday, July 28, 2005, in
Democratic National Committee
Chairman Howard Dean and
Republican National Committee
Chairman Ken Mehlman will speak
at the convention, indicating the
importance of the AME Lay and
the Voters Mobilization Project.
Other speakers include Judge
Mablean Ephriam of TV's Divorce
Court fame, who has a strong
testimony of faith; alpha Phi Alpha
President Harry Johnson; and
Judge Mablean Ephriam
Electrifying speakers and inno-
vative new programs will highlight
the 29th Biennial Convention of the
Connectional Lay Organzation of
the African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church, Monday, July 25th
Ladies Get Ready for
"ladles Night Out"
If you've heard about "Ladies
Night Out" at Bethel Baptis
Institutional Church, but you have
never witnessed "Ladies Nigh
Out," mark your calendars now
The Pastors, Rev. Rudloph W
McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudloph W
McKisick Jr. have announced tha
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at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23r
in the Jacksonville Arena.
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revitalization plan for the Dunn Ave. and Main St. corridors. Results will be
plans for future public investment along the corridors to stimulate private
development. Provide input to the design options.
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6:30 8:30 p.m.
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t award-winning gospel recording
e artist Vicky Winans is scheduled to
t perform at the convention and the
CLO President's black-tie-affair to
benefit Morris Brown College.
The Convention hotel will be
t the Hilton Americas of Houston,
Sthe city's largest convention hotel
with state of the art facilities.
AME Lay Organization Presi-
dent Jesse L. Burns states, "This
Convention promises to be extreme-
ly exciting for our organization as
we make a new millennium con-
nection demonstrating that AME
Lay are in ministry, service and
witness! We are here to help
g empower the spirits, hearts, minds
D and souls of our diverse
I constituents in a way that is deeply
meaningful to them.""
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And Ar ound the World
By Kristi Dyes
San Francisco State University
Artherine Stallworth grew up in
Mobile, Alabama, a place that she
remembers as a "Catholic town"
that was steeped in the church
doctrine of tolerance, love and
forgiveness. But, Mobile also had a
vested interest in maintaining
segregation. She remembers sitting
in the back of the church when she
attended Mass at predominately
white churches. She recalls Black
children were not allowed to attend
the town's Catholic schools, at all.
Stallwoth remembers the split
being Catholic caused in the Black
community, because many Blacks
felt that the church only appealed to
Blacks who were light skinned, as
whites in the church tried to create
a color caste system. Despite these
experiences, she said that Black
Catholics in Mobile set up their
own community where they were
able to thrive and worship
Today, Stallworth is still a
practicing Catholic who lives in
San Francisco, but she never forgot
the adverse experiences she had
growing up a Black Catholic in
Alabama. So when Pope John Paul
II died and Nigerian Cardinal
Francis Arinze was cited as a
possible replacement, she had her
"The Catholic church (as an
institution) hasn't changed much
when it comes to Black people,"
she said. "We can be cardinals and
priests, but they draw the line when
it comes to running things."
More than a month after Pope
John Paul II died, Catholics around
the world are waiting for Pope
Benedict XVI t make his first
move. During this transitional
period, Catholics, but especially the
often seen but seldom heard Black
Catholics, can reflect on the late
Pope's tenure and what they want
for the future of the Catholic
Pope John Paul II during his
tenure focused more attention on
Africans and African Americans
than any other Pope in memory.
He took nearly 12 trips to Africa,
during a 20-year period. He
visited the United States twice in
1978 and 1999, and both times he
requested delegations with Black
Catholics from throughout the
country. He appointed more than
five African cardinals during his
tenure and elevated a number of
Africans into sainthood.
According to an article on
America Online News, there are
more than one billion Catholics
throughout the world. The
Charlotte Post pinpoints the
number of U.S. Catholics at 67.2
million (with about two million of
them being African American), but
according o the San Francisco
Chronicle the number in Africa is
nearly twice that, with 150 million.
Latin America counts for nearly
half of the world's Catholics and.
this includes many Afro-Latin
Africans, and by extension,
African Americans, have long and
little known history within the
Catholic Church. According to the
book, "The History of Black
Catholics in the United States,"
Catholicism is far from being a
"colonizer's religion" brought in by
Europeans during the slave trade.
The religion goes as far back as the
4th Century in Ethiopia and ancient
Africans have historically held
leadership in the church, although
some scholars dispute whether they
were Black. Africans, since nothing
survived retaining their likenesses.
There are three known African
Popes, who were all later
canonized: St. Victor I (187-196),
St. Mitiades (311-40), and St.
"There have been African Popes
before, and there will be again,"
said Father Ken Westray, a priest at
St. Sebastian's Church in Marin,
California. Yet, he feels that Pope
Benedict XVI is an able successor
who believes that although his
approach may not. be the same as
Pope John Paul II, his similar ideals
will help him be a strong leader.
"His old job was to defend the
faith, and his new job is to proclaim
the faith," Father Westray said. "A
person who is proclaiming the faith
has more of a chance to dialog
(with others) because there is
always going to be someone (else)
to defend it."
People interviewed for this story
expressed a desire to bring
contemporary elements into the
church suoh' as women -being
allowed into the priesthood, clergy
being able to marry, and relaxing
the firm stance against birth
control, especially in regards to the
AIDS epidemic in Africa.
"Well, if the church keeps going
at how it is now, it's going to be a
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whole lot smaller," said Charles
Guyton, a black Catholic from
Berkeley (California). "It's not
progressing. It's in the dark ages.
I'd like to see it more modern,
living in the world of today."
Despite some criticism and
some negative experiences, Arth-
erine Stallworth says that she will
never leave the Catholic Church
because it is all she has ever
known. Yet, even after five decades
as a Catholic, she does not
anticipate a bright future for the
"I don't think there are going to
be many changes," she said. "I
think that people are going to keep
leaving the church."
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Sandra Lucille Buggs-Patterson
The Homegoing Celebration for
Mrs. Sandra Lucille Buggs-Patt-
erson will be held at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, June 25, 2005, at her
church, the St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief
Road, where Rev. Ernie L. Murray
Sr. is pastor.
Mrs. Patterson, 59, a resident of
1800 Edgewood Avenue, went
home to be with the Lord on June
A lifelong native of Jackson-
ville; she attended local schools and
was a member of the New Stanton
High School Graduation Class '65.
Mrs. Patterson was employed as a
school bus attendant for Joe
Williams, Minton & Minton and
Atlantic Express School Bus
Companies, retiring after 29 years
of service. She was an active
member in her church where she
served on Usher Board #4.
Predeceased by her parents,
Andrew Joseph and Marie Johnson
Buggs; she leaves to cherish her
memory, a loving and devoted
husband, Rochester Patterson; twin
daughters, Karen L. Patterson and
Sharron M. Patterson; stepson, Roy
Patterson (Dr. Sandra); stepgrand-
daughter, Shaundra Patterson; sib-
lings, Andrew J. Buggs Jr. (Betty);
Clifford M. Buggs Sr. (Miriam);
Charles T. Buggs (Georgia); June
Buggs-Davis; Karen B. Jenkins
(Godfrey); Barbara B. Hugley,
Atty. Harrel T. Buggs (JoAnn);
sister-in-law, Alice Hayes; a host of
other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, June
24, 2005 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at
the James N. Davis Funeral Home,
5879 Moncrief Road, (904) 768-
5302); and on Saturday at her
church from 9:30 a.m. to the hour
of the service. The cortege will
depart from 10934 Copper Hill
Drive. Interment in Edgewood
June Buggs-Davis, F.D.I.C.; and
Rev. Wilbur Bellamy Jr., L.F.D.
National HIV Testing Day Event
Minority AIDS Coalition
of Jacksonville, Inc.
Contact: Frances Lynch
(904) 358-1622 x230
June 27, 2005
10:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Located on the corner of
Kings Rd. and Powhattan St.
Human Services, Inc.
Contact: Lolita Hill
Human Services, Inc.
Contact: Geno Hampton
(904) 301-1148 fax
PIa 8 Ms Pry' re resIs* June 23-25, 2005
was no biological reason one race
should respond differently than oth-
But seven out of nine members of
a Food and Drug Administration
advisory panel said the drug should
be cleared for use only in blacks
because that was the group Ni-
troMed studied, and the benefits
were convincing. Many praised the
country for focusing on a group they
said needed more attention in medi-
"This was a courageous thing to
do for a population that has a dispro-
portionate burden of disease ... As a
clinician, I find .the evidence more
than adequate for approval," said Dr.
Steven Nissen, a Cleveland Clinic
cardiologist and the panel's chair-
African-Americans are more
likely than others to develop heart
failure and to die early from the dis-
ease, studies have found. In Ni-
troMed's trial of 1,050 patients who
AIDS Cases Down 30% Among
Florida Department of Health ness in minority populations;
(DOH) Secretary John O. Agwun- Commencing over 120 con-
obi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., an- tracts with organizations, including
nounced a 30 percent decrease community- and faith-based
over the past six years of HIV groups, that provide education,
cases among blacks in Florida. counseling, and other preventive
HIV cases in Florida have dropped services to Florida's minorities;
24 percent among black ,men and Providing the "Closing the
36 percent among black women. Gap" grant program to aid organi-
DOH strives to cut the new HIV zations in efforts to improve health
infection rate among blacks by half outcomes for Florida's minorities;
in the next few years. and
Florida has also seen an 84 per- Establishing and supporting
cent decrease in mother-to-child programs such as the Targeted
HIV cases among blacks from 43' Outreach for Pregnant Women Act
in 1998 to seven in 2004. There and Black Leadership and Multi-`
have been no reported cases of cultural 'Conferences on HIV/
mother-to-child HIV cases so far AIDS.
this year. Recently, Governor Jeb However, despite DOH's many
Bush signed CS/CS/SB 186 a bill successes, Florida has seen an in-
that makes the HIV testing of preg- crease in reported HIV cases
nant women a routine part of ob- among Caucasian and Hispanic
stetrical care. men who have sex with men
Florida has one, of the largest (MSM). Factors attributing to this
HIV testing programs in the US increasing trend may include: us-
with nearly 300,000 tests per- age of crystal meth and other club
formed;last year. ~[tng is only .d0Lugsaeekingrelationship j.ia jthe.
part of DOH's co ip3rehensi ee pre-"I'ntlint;; "and/of optimiti'm'abbiit"
vention efforts. Other measures treatment and complacency to-
include: wards prevention. DOH is commit-
Establishing HIV testing as a ted to establishing effective pre-
routine part of medical care; ventive measures to subside this
Expanding the state's voluntary current trend.
rapid testing program: For more information visit the
Launching the "We Make the DOH Web site at http://
Change HIV/AIDS" media cam- www.doh.state.fl.us and select
paign aimed at increasing aware- AIDS/HIV from the drop box.
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Over 30 years experience of professional and
courteous service to clients
identified themselves as black, BiDil
reduced deaths by 43 percent.
If the FDA takes the panel's ad-
vice, which it usually does, BiDil
would be the first drug to reach the
market for Lexington, Massachu-
An approval specifically for
blacks would benefit NitroMed be-
cause the company holds patent
rights for that use until 2020. The
patent for BiDil for general use ex-
pires in 2007.
Even with an approval for blacks
only, doctors could prescribe BiDil
for anyone they thought it might
Some critics of NitroMed's plan
said they felt BiDil would work in
some people of other races or ethnic
backgrounds and therefore should be
approved for general use. Some of
the critics argue that in the past,
some drugs were studied only in
white people but their approved uses
were not limited.
"I don't find any justification for
approving it only in one particular
patient population," said Dr. Ronald
Portman, a panel member and pedi-
atric nephrologist at the University
of Texas-Houston Medical. School.
Portman was one of two panelists
who backed BiDil's approval but
opposed singling out blacks.
"I think it was a very positive out-
come," Jennifer Chao, an analyst
with Deutsche Bank, said of the
panel recommendation. Ahead of the
meeting, Chao predicted annual
BiDil sales would hit $270 million in
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A Heart Pill for Blacks Only?
Family Reunions Bring
Until Labor Day, family reunion
season 2005 will be celebrated by
millions of Americans as they gather
to renew bonds and stay connected.
Of course, they'll also enjoy picnics,
parties and often the serious business
of honoring themselves and their
heritage. Reunions magazine won-
dered how important family reunions
are to the estimated over 200,000
families who gather for reunions
each year. Important enough, appar-
ently, that almost 70% of respon-
dents to a random survey of Reun-
ions magazine readers, who are fam-
ily reunion planners, said they have
reunions at least once every 24
months. Some 38% of the respon-
dents enjoy annual reunions. Long
thought of as just Sunday afternoon
picnics, family reunions have grown
to produce their own economic
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Book Offers Diet Op-
tions for the Weak Willed
New Pill headed for FDA Approval
to die ear
BiDil is a combination of two ge-
neric medicines -- isosorbide dini-'
trate and hydralazine -- that dilate
blood vessels. It was designed to
treat congestive heart failure, a pro-
gressive weakening that impairs the
heart's ability to pump. About
750,000 African-Americans have
been diagnosed with heart failure,
NitroMed said. Half the people with
heart failure die within five years of
Studies of BiDil in the 1980s did
not show a benefit for patients over-
all, but researchers said blacks fared
better than others.
NitroMed and the Association of
Black Cardiologists then studied
1,050 advanced heart failure patients
who identified themselves as black,
and gave them standard drug therapy
plus either BiDil or a placebo.
Deaths were so much lower in the
BiDil group that. researchers ended
the study early so all patients could
take BiDil. Fifty-four patients, or
,10.2 percent, died-in the placebo
group, compared with 32 deaths, or
6.2 percent, in the BiDil group.
Plan for Healthy Weight Loss" dismisses trends like the grapefruit diet,
the very low-fat diet and the low-carb diet. Although the heart associa-
tion.has published heart-healthy cookbooks before, this is its first all-out
diet book with a variety of options.
It also offers options for readers who may need to ease into eating
healthy. With more than 190 recipes, it asks readers to take quizzes to
figure out the best eating and exercising strategies.
Along with a full menu plan, the book also offers the more flexible
"75 percent solution" and "the switch and swap approach."
The first option calls for eating.75 percent of what you normally eat.
The switch-and-swap offers lower calorie alternatives. For instance,
instead of a cinnamon roll, eating cinnamon-raisin English muffin
with 2 teaspoons of light tub margarine cuts 312 calories, according to
The book recommends that those using the 75 percent approach
gradually include servings from each food group and try to avoid simply
cutting back on non-nutritional foods.
Lona Sandon, a dietitian and assistant professor of clinical nutrition at
the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas who
looked .over the new book, said it 'doesn't make changing your eating
habits necessarily so daunting. The all or nothing approach so many fad
diets tend to take obviously doesn't work."'
The menu plan approach offers 1,200-, 1,600- or 2,000-calorie menus
depending on the needs of the dieter, even allowing for the occasional
doughnut or biscuit with bacon.
The book also suggests readers figure out which of three exercise
categories would work best: joining organized exercise programs, start-
ing a walking routine or taking up new forms of recreation like bowling
Food Fun and Big Money
benefits to anyone who serves them. year period. In addition, 50% of
13% of all reunion respondents hold those who hold a reunion every year
large reunions (i.e., over 150 peo- have over 150 attendees. That means
pie). Large reunions spend big, too. a "typical large reunion" is worth-
As expected, size of reunion and $15,000 per year in consumer expen-
average expenditures are related. ditures (based on $100 per person).
Many large reunions spend less than That's over $225,000 over a 15
$50 per person, however, large reun- year period. Finally, super family
ions appear just as likely to have reunions have over 1,000 attendees.
high expenditures (i.e. over $400 per We estimate that with an average
person) as small reunions. African expenditure of $100 per person, a
American, Hispanic and Asian re- super reunion of 1,000 people will
spondents spend more per person on generate $100,000 in consumer ex-
thbpi.reunions than white respon- penditures. And, based on survey
dents. Some 60o of those holding data, that such a reunion will gener-
annual family reunions spend less ate $1,500,000 in consumer expendi-
than $100 per person. Based on sur- tures over a 15 year period. Family
vey respondents, a "typical small reunions are important for many
reunion" of about 50 people costs reasons with strengthening families
S$100 per person. It is held every 1.5 probably leading the list. Family
, years. That means that the "typical reunions are also important in the
small reunion" is worth $50,000 in economic benefit they bring to their
' consumer expenditures over a 15 hosts.
Seagrams Offers Makeovers
to 20 Cooler Women
Beginning June 20, 2005, Seagram's Cooler Escapes invites you to
nominate the "cooler" women in your community to receive a free Sea-
gram's Cooler Escapes Makeover. To nominate a friend, family member
or colleague, just provide three reasons why that special person deserves'a
Seagram's Cooler Makeover. Be sure to include examples of their fasci-
nating stories including acts of friendship, kindness, community spirited-
ness and/or heroism that make them "cooler". Some of last year's 20 win-
ners included the "queen of water safety and fundraising", the Who's Who
of American Teachers and an outstanding single mother of five.
To enter a cooler woman in your community and for complete official
rules, please visit www.seagramscoolers.com or mail to Seagram's Cool-
ers Makeover c/o 45 West 45th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036.
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In a no-nonsense approach to weight loss, the
American Heart Association's new diet book
offers options for the weak. Can't give up pizza?
Try eating two slices instead of your regular
three. Craving ice cream? Try a sorbet.
"The intent on doing this was to try to get
around the faddish diets," said Dr. Robert Eckel,
president-elect of the American Heart Associa-
tion and professor of medicine at the University
of Colorado School of Medicine. "The theme is
based on behavior, nutrition and physical activ-
Released this week, "No-Fad Diet: A Personal
The first medicine for patients of
one particular race moved closer to
U.S. approval last week after an ad-
visory panel endorsed a NitroMed
Inc. heart failure pill for blacks.
NitroMed's novel bid to market
the drug, BiDil, only for black pa-
tients sparked complaints from some
doctors and ethicists who said there
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Churches Join Dval County Health
Department to Observe "Men's Health
Day" with Screenings on June 26th
JACKSVILLE The Duval County
Health Department (DCHD), in
partnership with the Northeast
Florida Medical Society, Healthy
Jacksonville/Healthy Men, the
International Longshoremen's As-
sociation Local 1408, Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity and Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity is making a massive
effort to assure that men over 40
years of age or those most at risk
for prostate cancer, and other
diseases, get screened.
On "Men's Health Day",
Sunday, June 26, 2005, free
prostate cancer screenings, blood
pressure checks and general health
information will be offered at area
churches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During last year's event roughly
500men were screened for prostate
cancer at seven area churches. The
DCHD's goal for this year's
"Men's Health Day" is to screen
one-thousand (1,000) men.
Local Pastors have agreed to be
champions for prostate cancer
awareness and other illnesses by
encouraging men to get screened at
participating churches during the
event. The PSA, or prostate
specific antigen test, is simple and
only takes a few minutes.
The most recent statistics show
that Jacksonville has the highest
prostate cancer death rate in the
state and that African American
men are twice as likely as any other
race to die from this disease.
Men are urged to participate in
"Men's Health Day" on Sunday,
June 26th' from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for
Stage Aurora to
The Stage Aurora Theatrical Co.
Inc., in association with the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links
Inc.,will hold auditions for the Off-
Broadway Hit Gospel Musical
"Crowns" by Regina Taylor.
"Crowns" is truly the Gospel
Musical with lots of "Hattitude!"
The play is based on the popular
book of portraits by Michael
Cunningham and Craig Marberry,
about Black women in Church hats.
Powerful Gospel Singers (six
women and 1 man) are needed for
Auditions will be held Saturday,
July 9, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium at
FCCJ North Campus.
For more information call Stage
Aurora at (904) 765-7373.
FREE screenings at one of the
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist,
2360 Kings Road; Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel
Baptist Street (behind FCCJ down-
town); Faith Christian Center,
8985 Lone Star Road; First
Baptist Church of Oakland, 1025
Jessie Street; First Timothy
Baptist, 12103 Biscayne Blvd.;
Mt. Olive AME, 841 Franklin
Street; New Bethel AME, 1231
Tyler Street; Potter's House
Christian Fellowship, 5732
Normandy Blvd.; St. Paul AME,
6910 New Kings Road; St. Paul
Missionary Baptist, 550 Franklin
Street; Grace Baptist Church,
1533 E. 21sr Street; Greater
Grant Memorial AME Church,
5533 Gilchrist Road; Greater
Macedonia Baptist, 1880 West
Edgewood Ave.; Tabernacle
Baptist, 903 East Union Street;
Wayman Chapel, 8855 Sanchez
Road; and Westside Church of
Christ, 23 West 8"' Street
For more information, please
call (904) 665-2520.
EWC Hosts Black Male Explorers Program for Youth
The youth will soon travel to New York and the Capital
Edward Waters College is hosting
the Black Male Explorers Program
FAMU National Alumni
Association Conference Set
for July 2-24th in Orlando
The Florida A&M University
National Alumni Association will
hold their 2005 Conference at the
Orlando Renaissance Resort,
Wednesday through Saturday, July
The three-day convention will
include seminars, working sessions,
a memorial service, receptions,
luncheons, a step show, a golf
tournament, and a gala.
For more information, visit
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write to, P.O. Box 7351,
Tallahassee, FI 32314.
NAACP Supports Conviction in
41-Year-Old Civil Rights Case
Jury of nine whites and three blacks reached verdict on second day
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) believes an historic first step was taken in justice being
served Tuesday in the manslaughter conviction of former KKK leader
Edgar Ray Killen in the 1964 death of three civil rights leaders.
The verdict comes exactly 41 years to the June 21, 1964 ,date after
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were
brutally killed in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
NAACP Interim,President and CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes said:
"Hopefully this decision will bring closure to the families of the victims
and the survivors. This decision serves as a reminder that the crime of
murder isn't taken lightly in this country and no matter how long it
takes, justice will be served."
On June 21, 1964, Chaney, 21, a black voter registration
volunteer from Mississippi; Goodman, a 20-year-old white co-worker
from New York; and Schwerner, a white 24-year-old native of New
York, set out to investigate the burning of a black church near
Philadelphia. They were stopped for speeding and allegedly ambushed
NAACP Mississippi State conference President Derrick Johnson
said:' "We see the verdict as a victory in the efforts to have all civil
rights murders resolved. The NAACP will continue its efforts to seek
justice and holds the state of Mississippi accountable for the delay of
justice in this case."
Evidence during the trial revealed Killen as the mastermind behind
the murders using his relationship with Mississippi city officials to
strategically organize the attack. The victims were found buried in an
earthen dam 44 days after they disappeared. The killings were the
subject of the movie "Mississippi Burning."
Founding in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest
civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members
throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates
for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and
monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Attend the 96th Annual NAACP Convention in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, July 9-15, 2005.
American males to provide enrich-
ing experiences and activities
geared towards enhancing academic
skills. Approximately 60 partici-
pants are involved in the program.
The program is designed to en-
hance the each participant's ability
to communicate, understand mathe-
matical concepts, and provide a
sense of ethics and morality. To
accomplish the objectives described,
the participants will be exposed to
several presentations by community
which is a six week intervention leaders, politicians and motivational
program intended for African- speakers. They will also participate
in educational and recreational ex-
cursions throughout the state.
In addition, the Black Male Ex-
plorers will travel to New York City
June 27 July 3 and will tour such
sites as the Statue of Liberty, Wall
Street, the Empire State Building,
Times Square and the historic com-
munity of Harlem. Lodging, food,
books, classroom supplies and ma-
terials are provided at no cost to the
program participants. If you need
more information on the program,
contact Robert Clark, the program
coordinator, at 470-8137.
Sen. Hill, Dr. Williams & Greater Macedonia to
Honor Schools for 2005 FCAT Performance
Sen. Anthony "Tony" Hill
Senator Anthony C. "Tony" Hill
Sr., The Reverend Dr. Landon 1.
Williams, and the Congregation of
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church,
1880 West Edgewood Avenue; will
honor the principals, teachers, staff,
PTA and SAC's of Jean Ribault
Senior High School, Lawrence
Dennis, Principal; William M.
Raines Senior High, Carol Daniels,
Principal; Matthew Gilbert Middle
School, Tony Bellamy, Principal;
Eugene Butler Middle School,
Nongongoma Majove-Seane, Prin-
cipal; Jean Ribault Middle School,
George Maxey, Principal; Paxson
Middle-School;,, Pam Pierce, Prin-
cipal; and S. A. Hull Elementary
School, for their school's 2005
Senator Hill, Rev. Dr. Williams
and the Congregation of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church will
bestow this special honor on
Sunday, June 26, 2005, during the
church's 11 a.m. service.
Senator Hill stated that S. A.
Hull elementary, Jud Strickland,
Principal, was being honored for
their outstanding performance in
raising their 2005 FCAT score to a
"B", after scoring a "D" in 2004.
All of the other schools obtained a
grade of "D", thus removing them
from the list of "F" schools, thus
helping the Duval County School
System have all of their public
schools pass the 2005 FCAT.
Senator Hill and the Reverend
Dr. Landon L. Williams, Pastor of
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church,
want the principals, teachers, staff,
PTA, and SACs of all the schools
being honored to kow how much
their dedication and hard work is
appreciated and that they could not
let it go without some form of
public honor being shown to them.
They want the students and their
families to know that the work
Fathers throughout the city are
invited an enlightening and fun day
on Saturday, June 25h, at the
Clanzel Brown Community Center,
4415 Moncrief Road (at Golfair
Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch
will be served.
Sponsored by Healthy Start,
Healthy Families, Jax Kids, Early
Learning Coalition of Duval, and
-C.ommunity Connections:- ; (for
merely the "Y"), the event will
feature awards, door prizes and
The agenda includes Ronnie
Cage, who will deliver the wel-
come and introduce the speakers.
Dr. John White, Professor at
EWC will speak on "The Role of
Father's in Summer Fun and
Education"; Matt Thompson,
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr.
these dedicated professionals
performed will not pass unnoticed
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Director of City. of Jacksonville
Family Services, wh o will speak
on "Fathers Make A Difference;
Sharon Robinson, Parent Educa-
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Division, will conduct the Door
If you are a father, or just look
forward to becoming a father, you
don't want to miss this "Fatherhood
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Justice Served 41 Years Later in
Infamous Mississippi Burning Murders T .h
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Later, Ben Chaney thanked the
prosecutors but said that for the
community, "I really feel that there
is more to be done." He said there
were still no black businesses
Schwerner's widow, Rita
Schwerner Bender, praised the ver-
dict, calling it "a day of great im-
portance to all of us." But she said
others also should be held responsi-
ble for the slaying.
"Preacher Killen didn't act in a
vacuum," Bender said.
"Mississippi was complicit in
these crimes and all the crimes that
occurred, and that has to be opened
sentence of 20 Ai .
years in prison for '
each of the three "-i:3-
eral Jim Hood said
earlier that with a .
prosecutors had to
prove intent to kill.
With a manslaughter charge, he
said, prosecutors had to prove only
that a victim died while another
crime was being committed.
"There's justice for all in Missis-
sippi," Hood said after the verdicts
Killen was only person ever
Killen's relatives left the court- brought up on murder charges in
room without speaking to reporters, the case by the state of Mississippi.
Outside the courthouse, defense Killen, a part-time preacher and
lawyer James McIntyre, said he sawmill operator, was tried in 1967
will file an appeal, noting that the on federal charges of violating the
defense had objected to giving the victims' civil rights. But the all-
jurors the manslaughter option. white jury deadlocked,. Seven oth-
"At least he wasn't found guilty ers were convicted, but all serving
of a willful and wanton act," McIn- less than six years.
tyre said. The trial moved along swiftly,
Prosecutors had asked the jury with testimony over only four days.
to send a message to the rest of the Many of the witnesses from the
world that Mississippi has changed 1967 trial now dead; this time, their
and is committed to bringing to testimony was read aloud to the
justice those who killed to preserve jury from the transcripts.
segregation in the 1960s. They said Chaney, a black Mississippian,
the evidence was clear that Killen and Goodman and Schwerner,
organized the attack on the three white New Yorkers, were in Ne-
victims. ....... ..shoba.County, to help register black
S Killen's ilawyevs rconceded he'rvotersduningiwhat was calledtFree-
was in the Klan but said that did" dom Summer.
not make him guilty. They pointed
out that prosecutors offered no wit-
nesses or evidence that put Killen
at the scene of the crime. Killen did
not take the stand, but has long
claimed that he was at a wake at a
funeral home when the victims
While Killen was indicted on
murder charges, which could carry
a life sentence, prosecutors asked
the judge to allow the jury to con-
sider the lesser charge of man-
slaughter, which has a maximum
The three were stopped for
speeding on the night of the attack,
jailed briefly, and released, after
which they were followed by a
gang of Klansmen and intercepted.
Witnesses primarily Klansmen
- testified that Killen was a local
Klan organizer who led meetings
where members discussed the
"elimination" of Schwerner, whom
they called "Goatee" because of
Witnesses said on the day of the
slaying, Killen drove about 35
miles to Meridian and' rounded up
carloads of.Klansmen to intercept
the three men in their station
wagon. According to testimony,
Killen told some Klansmen to get
plastic gloves and helped arrange
for a bulldozer to bury the bodies.
, Killen's case marked the latest
attempt in the Deep South to deal
with unfinished business from the
civil rights era.
In' 1994, Mississippi won the
conviction of Byron de la Beckwith
for the 1963 sniper killing of state
NAACP leader Medgar Evers.
In Alabama, Bobby Frank Cherry
was convicted in 2002 of killing
four black girls in the bombing of a
Birmingham church in 1963 the
deadliest attack of the civil rights
era. In 2001, Thomas Blanton was
convicted in the bombing.
State prosecutors also have re-
opened an investigation into' the
1955 slaying of Chicago teenager
Emmett Till in the Mississippi
Delta. Till was kidnapped from his
uncle's home after being'accused of
whistling at a white woman.
In the case against Killen, prose-
cutors told jurors that a conviction
was crucial in showing the world
that times have changed.
"Because the guilt of Edgar Ray
Killen is so clear, there is only one
question left," prosecutor Mark
Duncan said. "Is a Neshoba
County jury going to tell the rest of
the world that we are not going to
let Edgar Ray Killen get away with
murder any more? Not one day
Shown above is author T.F. Young with her daughter Deena on the Dunes of American Beach
Local Author Publishes Book on Family's Rich History
Newly published author T.F.
Young now of Arlington remembers
the knock at the door.
She remembers learning seconds
later her brother had been shot to
death while trying to buy a shirt.
She says she was only 9 and re-
calls it happened back in Missis-
sippi in a store where their father
had a charge account.
And she remembers the trigger-
man, the son of the local police
chief, was never arrested or charged
for playing Russian roulette.
"It wasn't until I wrote the book
that I realized why the holidays
were so sad," said the Biloxi, Mis-
sissippi native. "My mother tells me
the reason was we buried my
brother on Christmas Eve."
It's one of many memories re-
counted in the author's recently re-
leased self-published, 200-page
multiple biography entitled, "The
Stories My Foremothers Told Me"
The book is the subject of a book
talk and oral history workshop on
Sunday, June 26 at the Jacksonville
Public Library's Regency Square
Regional Branch from 3:00 to 5:00
at 9900 Regency Square Blvd.
Young, 40, and a mother of three,
began writing the book five years
ago after being awarded a research
grant from the University of North
Florida where she works, in the
She used the money to repeatedly
make the 900-plus-mile trek to and
from New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi
and Ocean Springs to record and
chronicle the untold stories of her
mother, three aunts, and a cousin.
The book is a collection of the
oral histories of these five, very
different, black Catholic women,
living. along the Mississippi-
Louisiana coast--- lives, while, re-
markable in Young's eyes, may
have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The book, part narrative and part
q & a transcript, gives an account of
the women surviving segregation
even inside the Catholic Church,
where they were..frequently ignore
by white parishioners, she said.
"I always wondered what kind of
God would make us sit at the back
of the church because we were
"Foremothers" is unmistakably a
tribute to the author's mother.
The reason, explains Young, is
when she became pregnant at 15, it
was her mother, who stepped in to
help raise her daughter, now a 25-
year-old award-winning poet in her
senior year at the University of
South Florida in Tampa.
The book doesn't avoid the au-
thor's mother's dark side either.
In her mother's own words, she
recounts her own downward spiral
into, and rebound from, alcoholism,
following her husband's death.
"I feel an obligation to give her
and the others a voice," said Young
"They could have been poets or
essayists or novelists, but because of
the times, were not able to express
The author, who moved to
Jacksonville in 1995 as a Navy
wife, wrote the book as well for her
children, so that they knew their
own personal history.
"I want them to know that if they
don't mark history, they're destined
to repeat it."
Her daughter Deena, 14, a Paxon
High freshman who helped proof-
read the book, said she appreciates
what her mother has done.
"It just goes to show you you can
do anything you put your mind to,"
For more information about T.F.
Young's oral history workshop and
book talk on "The Stories My Fore-
mothers Told Me," call (904) 726-
5142 for more information or visit
http://jpl.coj.net/ on the Internet.
Shown abose are campers ha ing fun on the "bridge" at the Ed
Austin Regional Park. (Inset) Inspector Williams
from Jackson% ille Fire & Rescue and Dotceal Santana, Families
FIRST staff, discuss fire safety education for the Nouth.
Youth Kickoff Summer Camp and
Opportunity to Win Jaguar Tickets
Youth attending Families First
summer camp recently gathered at
the PAL's Ed Austin Regional Park
Athletic League, 3450 Monument
S Road) from Noon to 3pm, for a
whirlwind of activities to kickoff
summer camp and their participa-
tion in the Jacksonville Jaguars
Foundation Honor Rows Program.
Families First, a community service
and affordable housing initiative,
holds summer camp for children
S ages 9 to 13 at all five of its hous-
ing communities. "We hope to
have 75 children complete the re-
S quirements that will gain them a
seat in the Honor Rows of a Jag-
uars game," said Families First
Executive Director Mary-Parker
Lamm. "Children must read five
books, perform community service
and exhibit respectful behavior
during the summer camp program.
Our campers work very hard to
earn the privilege of sitting in the
Honor Rows. "
Other kickoff activities included
demonstrations by the Jacksonville
Sheriff s Dept. and Jacksonville
Dept. of Fire and Rescue, face
painting and The Duval County
Public Library helped the youth
sign up for library cards and sug-
gest books they might want to read
to fulfill the Honor Row's reading
requirement. A highlight of the
afternoon was a visit by former
Miami Dolphins player (1982 -
1992). and First Families camper
Mark Duper. The former pro so-
cialized, signed autographs and
capped off his visit with a game of
football with the campers.
After lunch, Lamm, welcomed
the children and encouraged them
in their efforts to earn a seat at a
Jaguars game. She explained the
reading program and what the chil-
dren will accomplish over the sum-
mer. Summer camp, held in the
community center of each apart-
ment complex, begins the day after
school ends and runs until the day
before school begins. Currently,
five owned properties throughout
Jacksonville provide housing for
1,013 families, including over
1,000 children. For more informa-
tion, call the Families First office at
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Jacksonville City Council to
Hold Installation June.30th
The Jacksonville City Council
will hold the Installation Ceremony
of Kevin Hyde, President-Elect and
Michael Corrigan, Vice-President-
Elect, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,
June 30, 2005. The Jacksonville
City Council Installation will be
held at the Times-Union Center for
the Performing Arts, Jacoby Hall.
Art & Soul Program to
Present "Art Exposures"
"Art Exposures," a photography
exhibit for the Art & Soul Program
will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday,
July 7h. You are invited to come
out and meet the arts and enjoy an
evening of art and 'refreshments.
This exhibit will share varieties of
photography including black and
white, color and Polaroid transfers;
and will showcase the talents of
local and regional artists. There is
free admission to the gallery. For
more information, call 722-3000.
Matthew W. Gilbert High
School All-Class (1952-70)
Reunion Set for January
Plans are in progress for the
January 7, 2006, Matt6hew W.
Gilbert High School's 8th Annual
Reunion Celebration. Two repre-
sentatives from each class from
1952 to 1970, are asked to become
involved in the planning.
Planning meetings will begin on
Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 7
p.m., and thereafter, every other
Tuesday at the Matthew W. Gilbert
please contact: Matthew w. uncItel
Alumni: Almeyta J. Lodi at (904)
355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams at
BET Awards June 28th
The Hollywood Stars, Will
Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett
Smith will h6st the BET Awards
2005 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June
28, 2005. It is expected to be the
hottest Awards Show ever.
All-Star Basketball Camp
Applications are being'accepted
for The Ten Star All Star
Basketball Camp, through July
31st. Boys and Girls, 10-19 are
eligible to apply. Past participants
include Michael Jordan, Tim
Antawn Jamison and other
basketball stars. You may write to:
Ten Star All Star Basketball Camp,
2207 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
28204; or call (704) 373-0873.
10th Annual Celebration of
Women Set for August 26th
Save the date for an evening of
inspiration, creativity and fun as the
Women's Center of Jacksonville
hosts its 10th Annual Celebration of
Women. This event will begin with
a Patron Reception at 6 p.m., with
the program commencing at 7:15
p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2005; at
the Jacoby Symphony Hall in the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. There will be a
silent auction and much more. For
ticket and group sales information,
please call (904) 722-3000.
Jax Bold City Lions Club
Charity Golf Tournament
The Jax Bold City Lions Club, a
non-profit organization that pro-
vides Eye Exams, Eye Glasses, Eye
Surgeries and Seeing Eye Guide
Dogs for the less fortunate will
hold a Charity Golf Tournament on
Saturday, August 6, 2005. If you
golf mark your calendar to play and
help a worthy cause.
There will be an 8 a.m. Shotgun
Start. Also 4-Person Captains'
Choice, Hole-In-One Prizes, Lunch
Buffet, and Awards for Ist, 2"d and
3rd Place, Longest Drive, and.
Closest to Pin, Drawings, Free Golf
and Prizes Galore.
There is an 80 person maximum
field, so reserve your space today!
Deadline to register is July 29"'. For
information, call (904) 260-8690.
Celebrates 5th Birthday
S JCCI will celebrate its 5th
birthday on Tuesday, June 28,
2005 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The
Grape in the St. Johns Town
Center (10281 Midtown
Parkway). Check out this new
place and enjoy complimentary
appetizers and the first drink as
you connect with JCCI Forward
colleagues and learn about their
latest happenings. The event is
free and open to the public. For
more information, please call
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
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Invited to Participate
in 10th Anniversary Of
Million Man March
Now is the time to start making
your plans to be a part of the 10h
Anniversary of the historic event
of the century the Million Man
March. From Unity To Loyalty
Inc. invites all adults and
children, families, single or
married, organizations, clubs,
groups, sororities, fraternities,
churches, mosques, temples, to
attend the march inn
Washington, D.C. The date of the
history making event is October
17, 2005. For more information
contact Andr'e X Neal or James
Evans Muhammad at (904) 768-
2778 or (904)768-3332.
Ribault Class of 90'
The Ribault Class of 1990 will
be celebrating their 15th Class
reunion the weekend of July 22-
24,2005. It's not to late to be
apart of the excitement! Log on
to www.ribaultl990.com for
Savannah State University
Alumni Association will hold
their monthly meeting on
Thursday, July 21st, 2005 from
6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. at the
Walker Law Offices, 625 Union
St. For more information, please
call Tourea Robinson at 632-
Class of 95' Reunion
The Paxon Senior High
School Class of 1995 will have
their 10 year reunion the
weekend of August 20, 2005.
Festivities will include a
Networking Happy Hour, semi-
formal banquet and church
services. All class members who
wish to find out more detailed
information, please send your
contact information via email to:
phsco95(Dhotmail.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
Blodgett Homes Everlasting
Families 60s & 70s Dance
The Everlasting Families of
Blodgett Homes is presenting a
"Dress Back to the 60s & 70s
Dance" at 8 p.m. on Friday, June
24, 2005, at the Florida Council of
Delibration, 29 West 6't Street.
Tickets are available at Bernard
Beauty Supply, 1432 Edgewood
Ave. West or David's, 26h &.
Pearce Streets, or at the door, or
call "Hallie" at (904) 634-0029,
The Duval County Extension
Service presents "Money
Mania," a day camp for youth
ages 12 through 18, June 28-30,
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Participants will be involved in
games, activities and field trips
during this 3-day event at the
Extension Service Education
Center, 1010 N. McDuff Ave.
The agenda includes exploring
strategies for making, spending,
and saving money. The cost is
$30 to offset the costs of
materials. Pre-registration is
necessary. For more information,
please call 387-8855.
Museum Children's One
Day Art Class, June 25th
Here's the,chance for children to
learn from Professional Black
Artists in the Children's One Day
Art Class at 10:30 a.m., Saturday,
June 25 th at the Ritz Theatre/
LaVilla Museum, corner Davis and
State Street. Participants will get to
try their hand at a variety of media
including painting, collage, clay
and mixed media. For more
information, call (904) 632-5555.
JHA's Talent Show Now
The Jacksonville Housing
Authority (JHA) is accepting
applications for JHA's 14th Annual
Talent Show Competition and
Pageant for Public Housing and
Section 8 youth. The main event
will be held at the Florida Times-
Union Performing Arts Center.
Deadline for applications is Friday,
July 8J' 2005. For application
information, please call. McArthur
Smith, Youth Sports Coordinator
Women are Invited to
Participate in "She Speaks"
All poets, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend
"She Speaks" each Wednesday at
8 p.m. at the Fuel Cafe', 1037 Park
Street. For more information, call
Career College Fair
There will be a free career and
college fair on June 27, 2005
from 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Companies will be conducting
interviews on the spot. The fair
will be held at the Holiday Inn
Conference Center, 6802
Commonwealth ,Ave. For more
information, contact Joel Walker
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
Stage Aurora will hold their
5 Annual Invitational Golf
Tournament on Saturday, August
27, 2005 beginning at 7:30 a.m.
with a shotgun star of 18-Holes.
The tournament will be held at
the Deerfield Lakes Golf Club.
Proceeds will benefit Stage
Aurora's Youth Educational
Outreach Programs. Entry fee
includes Green Fee, Cart Fee,
lunch BBQ, gift bags, and other
door prizes. Women golfers are
encouraged. For more
information, call Ray Levy 356-
8119 or Ed Hall 768-3382.
Presented by 100 Black Men
of Jacksonville, violinist Regina
carter will be in concert on
Saturday September 24th at 8
PM t the Florida Theater. For
tickets, call the Florida Theater at
"A Night of Stars"
To celebrate Florida
Community College's 40th year,
the Florida Community College
Foundation will sponsor a gala
on October 8, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
The event, themed "A Night of
Stars," will be held at the
College's Deerwood Center and
is open to the public. Proceeds
will benefit Foundation
Scholarships. For more
information, please 632-3237.
Raines Class of 1981
25 Year Reunion
The William Raines Class of
1981 will have their 25 year
reunion with a 5 night cruise on
November 11, 2006 aboard the
Destinations include the Grand
Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios,
Jamaica. For more information,
please call Cecilia Dorsey at 766-
Museum presents "Art is
Where You Find It!"
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present "Art is Where
You Find It! Trash to Treasure" at
10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16th.
Participants willlearn to create
art with found or recycled materials
with "Through Our Eyes"
Exhibitors, the mother and
daughter team, Billie and Natalie
McCray. For more information, call
Conference Set for July
20-24th in Orlando
The Florida A&M University
National Alumni Association will
hold their 2005 Conference at the
Orlando Renaissance Resort,
Wednesday through Saturday, July
The three-day convention will
include seminars, working sessions,
a memorial service, receptions,
luncheons, a step show, a golf
tournament, and a gala.
For more information, visit
write to, P.O. Box 7351,
Tallahassee, FI 32314.
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-
Fernandina's 4th &
Join Your family, neighbors
and friends at Central Park on
Monday, July 4, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. .5:00 p.m. to
celebrate Independence Day for
the Is' Annual Fernandina's 4th
and Families Festival. There will
be food, fun and entertainment
for the whole family. For more
information, to participate,
volunteer, or to be a sponsor,
contact Officer Marty Scott at
904-277-7342, x 233.
Art of Spoken Word
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will present "The Art of
The Spoken Word." The forum
will take place on Thursday, July
7, 2005. For more information,
please call 632-5555.
The next PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on Friday,
July 8, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. It will
be held at the Jacksonville.Golf
& Country Club. The book for
discussion will be PIANA by
Lemuel Mayhem. The August
meeting will be held on August
5, 2005 and the book for
discussion will be Hunted Like A
Wolf: The Story of the Seminole
War by Milton Meltzer. For more
information, and/or directions,
Improv Jacksonville Packs
Laughter for Lunch July 13
Theatre, home of Jacksonville's
only professional improvisational
comedy troupe, is hosting its
second "Laugh & Learn" Lunch at
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13th
at their home, ImproveJacksonville
Comedy Theater, 140 West
Monroe Street on Hemming Plaza.
Shriner's Boat Ride
The Shriner's of Rabia
Temple #8 will present their all
"Island Tropic" Boat Ride on
Friday, July 15, 2005 aboard the
Lady St. John Riverboat.
Boarding time is 7:00 p.m. The
boat will sail from 8:00 12:00
a.m. Contact Earl at 707-8404 or
Lou at 233-0207 for tickets or
Jazz at the Landing
Experience smooth jazz at the
Jacksonville Landing with
Atlanta based Xpressions
featuring Dee Lucus who will be
performing at the Twisted
Martini on Thursday, July 15,
2005. The performance will be
free until 9:00 p.m. -
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FORMER TEEN ACTRESS TREATED FOR
Actress Lark Voorhies, 31, is
reportedly ailing. According to radio
personality Patty Jackson of
j7 Philadelphia's WDAS, the "Saved
by the Bell" actress is bi-polar and is
7- being hospitalized for substance
S'abuse specifically, a cocaine addic-
tion. Later this year, she will be fea-
tured in the movie, "The Black Man's Guide to
Understanding The Black Woman."
LEGUIZAMO WANTS MORE LATIN
DIVERSITY IN THE MOVIES
John Leguizamo has spoken
out about the stereotypical' "
roles offered too often to
Latino actors. "We have to tell
the whole plethora of our sto-
ries," the actor said during the
23rd annual National
Association of Hispanic
Journalists Convention. "We -
have the whole spectrum ... in our culture."
In the upcoming movie "Cronicas," Leguizamo stars
as a tabloid TV reporter covering a string of serial
killings in Ecuador. The film, written and directed by
Sebastian Cordero, hits theaters July 8.
WAYANS WORLD: Bros. looking to build
Oakland facility; Damon goes 'Underground.'
Keenan Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are
interested in turning an old Oakland Army Base into a
sprawling new facility that would include a movie stu-
aruiirriion'. related retail
Ssho:,ps and a hotel.
SAlccording to AP, the pro-
posal to develop 70
acres was expected
.. to go before a City
i-' .,CCouncil committee
Last week. There
appears to be no other bidders for the site, which has
been largely vacant since the base shut down eight years
The Wayans' spokeswoman Kay Karney said the act-
ing siblings have been looking for a city to build an
entertainment complex based on the layout of Southern
California's Universal Studios. She said family mem-
bers have visited several times and were impressed with
the diversity, access and weather in the San Francisco
Wayans is busy making
plans for life after "My Wife
and Kids," his former ABC
sitcom that was recently ,.
azed after a five-year run.
"'American Idol' (was)
killing us," Damon told AP jL I
of the show's demise. "So
I'm starting a new project on -
my own. It's called 'The. ..
Underground.' It's a sketch .
comedy. I'm going to do it
on my own, with my own money. It's going to be remi-
niscent of 'In Living Color.' I'm going to be doing a
bunch of different characters. It's going to be super
sexy. I have about 30 sketches we're ready to shoot. I
got Iraq's funniest home videos, dope sick cops, a gang
of funny commercial parodies. The streets will be talk-
ing about it for sure. I think we might go straight to
DVD. People want something they can't get on TV. I
have 500 channels of nothing. DVDs give you the
option to watch what you want when you want."
TLC'S 'R U THE GIRL' TV SERIES SETS A
DATE: Reality show to debut July 17 on UPN.
For the past sev-
eral months, T-
Boz and Chilli of
..- the group TLC
Sn have been scour-
ing the country in
search of a third
Srk singer compatible
enough to join
them on an
Footage of the
entire process will begin airing on UPN July 27 in nine
hour-long episodes, with a live finale to feature T-Boz
and Chilli choosing a winner. Rumor has it a young
starlet from Jacksonville may ven be on the show
According to a UPN release, the show blends come-
dy and reality as it follows the girls on a journey filled
with emotion, surprises and special guests. For nine
weeks, T-Boz and Chilli work closely with the diverse
group to find the one with the right chemistry.
The winner will get to perform with them for the first
time during the live finale, and will record a single with
the ladies. Both T-Boz and Chilli have assured fans that
the winner of the contest is not meant to replace late
former member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The show is
meant to serve as a new beginning for the remaining
members and their fans.
Oprah Tops List of
Most Powerful Celebrities
Oprah Winfrey is the world's most
powerful celebrity, according to
Forbes magazine which placed the
talk show queen at the top of its
annual ranking of the 100 personal-
ities with the biggest pull.
Although her 225-million-dollar
income over the past 12 months was
less than that of George Lucas,
Winfreys media presence was
deemed far greater than the reclu-
sive Star Wars creator, who raked in
290 million dollars thanks to his
sci-fi blockbuster "Star Wars III --
Revenge of the Sith."
"After 21 years, her daytime chat-
fest still rules the airwaves, minting
new celebs -- and hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in profits," the mag-
Winfreys talk show pulls in
around 30 million viewers a day and
reaches 112 countries.
Despite leading the money list,
Lucas only made it to fourth place
in the power rankings, below golfer
Tiger Woods, who was runner-up
for the second year in a row, and
actordirector Mel Gibson, still
Oprah Winfrey and Shaquille
minting megabucks from "The
Passion of the Christ."
Woods pulled in 87 million dol-
lars, while Gibson earned 185 mil-
lion dollars, mainly from "the
Passion" DVD sales.
The annual Forbes list gives most
weight to annual earnings, but also
takes into account the celebrity's
presence on the Internet and in the
Fifth behind Lucas was basketball
star Shaquille O'Neal who slam
dunked 33 million dollars, while
O'Neal both made the top 10.
Steven Spielberg took the number
six spot with 80 million dollars in
Next in line was actor Johnny
Depp, while perennial top lister
Madonna outshone the only other
pop star in the top 10, Elton John.
The Material Girl packed her pock-
ets with 50 million dollars com-
pared to John's 44 million dollars
Tom Cruise with a personal take of
31 million dollars over the past 12
Patti LaBelle's TV Show Enters 2nd Season
Contemporary music legend Patti
LaBelle returns to TV One this
month for a new season of her
series that offers viewers a behind-
the-scenes look into her life, the
places she loves and the latest
lifestyle trends that tickle her fancy.
New episodes of Living It Up with
Patti LaBelle premiere beginning
Friday, June 24 from 8-8:30. Six
new episodes will premiere each
Friday at 8, repeating Saturdays at
7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM
(all times ET). Seven additional
new episodes are scheduled to pre-
miere in fall 2005.
Living It Up With Patti LaBelle,
features show themes as exciting
and multidimensional as Patti her-
self. The June 24 premiere episode
takes viewers into the recording
studio for a behind-the-scenes look
at the making of Patti's latest
CD, Classic Moments, sched-
uled to be released June 21. Its
classic LaBelle as she works
non-stop in the studio, teaming
up with Elton John and Mary J.
Blige to make beautiful music
This season she also explores
London's finest while on tour,
Philly's finest while at home,
and LA's finest from antique
stores to stylists to the stars
who share useful tips on fashion
and style. She will also intro-
duce viewers to some amazing
African American women,
from those who are charting
their own course in business
and making their own mark in
the world, to more familiar faces
like actress and comedienne
Monique, who shares her ups and
downs as she still makes her way in
the entertainment industry.
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This summer, if the sat- .i" '
old grill fare seems all to
ordinary, fire up the flavor fo
your family or party gu st
with something unexpect: : "
turkey. It may just be t
thing to restore some thrill'
grilling for barbecue enthus
asts across America. Today,
taste, healthy living an
desire for something new
luring more grillers to enjoy "
the increasingly diverse world
Turkey Grilled Southwestern Bratwurst
I package Hrone suckle Whire or Shad
How-To Brook Farnms Turkel Brar urst
1 tablespoon vegetablee oil
How do I lock in turkey's 1 large .ellow onmon. cut into I.4-inch rings
flavor? 1 large green bell pepper. cut into 1/4-inch
Combine 1 teaspoon lemon rings
zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 large red bell pepper. cut into 1.4-inch
1/2 bunch fresh basil, 1 tea-
spoon freshly ground black
pepper and 2 ounces extra vir-
gin olive oil for a great brush-on
for grilled turkey. Fabulous for
turkey breast cutlets or tender-
How do I know when
turkey is done on the
Using a meat thermometer is
the only accurate way to deter-
mine a safe temperature. Insert
the thermometer in the thickest
part of the turkey without touch-
ing the bone. Turkey is done
when an instant-read ther-
mometer reads 165F for white
meat or 180F for dark meat.
5 dinner hojgic rolls
Garnish: Mlustard or red salsa
In bowl ltos. il, onion rings jnd pepper
rings. Gnll onions and pepper, on oiled rack
3 minutes on each ide. or until ender.
Transfer peppers and onions to bol. I.
Grill brja~lurst about 15 minutes. turning
occasional\ until ,oldein and cooked
through or internal t-mperjture reaches
170F. Place bratb on hoagie rolls, top with
grilled peppers and onions. Add mustard or
salsa, if desired, and serve. Makes 5 servings
Grilled Greek Turkey Sausage
With Cucumber Salsa
1 package Honeysuckle White or Shady
Brook Farms Hot or Sweet Italian Turkey
5 to 6 buns (6 inches each), split lengthwise
1 large cucumber, peeled. ,ceded and died
1;- cup sheed grcn ononion
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Grill sausages 4 to 5 minutes per side, until
internal temperature reaches 170F. To serve,
place sausages in buns and top each with 1/4
cup salsa. Makes 5 to 6 servings
Grilled Marinated Turkey Breast
Tenderloins With Mango Salsa
1 package Honeysuckle White or Shady
Brook Farms Lemon Garlic Turkey Breast
(Top) Grilled Greek Turkey Sausage With Cucumber Salsa (Bottom) Grilled
Marinated Turkey Breast Tenderloins With Mango Salsa.
Tenderloins In medium bowl, combine mango, tomato,
Mango Salsa: onion, bell pepper, mint and salt. Cover and
1 ripe mango, peeled, cored and diced refrigerate until serving.
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced Grill tenderloins approximately 20 to 30
fi cup finely chopped red onion minutes, turning every 5 minutes or until
fi cup diced green bell pepper internal temperature reaches 165E. To serve,
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint slice tenderloins and top with mango salsa.
/tablespoon salt Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Every year; more people come to the same place for their family reunion.
Family reunions are meant for catching up with ndrles,
aunts, cousins and Big Mama, not for running all over
town,. FVperially when you can get everything at one place:
Public. Where shopping is a pleaire.
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