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Washington Public Schools Urge
Race As Admission Factor
The Seattle School District urged a federal appeals court to allow it to
use race as a key element in admissions, a program it scrapped in 2002
amid legal challenges from parents complaining skin color should not be
a deciding factor.
In 2001, 200 high school students were denied the school of their
choice because they were white, and 100 more because they were classi-
fied as a "nonwhite" minority an admissions policy that kept some stu-
dents from attending their neighborhood schools.
An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals listened to
an hour of oral arguments Tuesday, but did not indicate when it would
rule. The district has 10,000 students in 10 high schools.
In 2001, U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein of Seattle upheld the so-
called "racial tiebreaker" technique, which was implemented in 1998, as
a response to desegregating the city's neighborhoods.
The district is attempting to create an environment in \\ which each -school
has 60 percent minorities and 40 percent whites. Those percentages
reflect overall enrollment figures, and the district values a desegregated
environment, school district attorney Michael Madden said.
Nader Likens Himself to
the N Word "in defiance"
Speaking to a crowd gathered at a
Washington, D.C. fundraiser, Ralph
Nader, 70, said that leaders of the
Democratic Party made him feel like
a "nigger," the New York Daily News
reported. Nader said the party's
alleged attempts to keep him off the
ballot in southern states reminded
him of Jim Crow laws. Facing criti-
cism, Nader said he was using the
word as members of the Black Panther Party once used it: "as a word of
defiance." However, the Rev. Al Sharpton responded, "He's not a Black
Panther. He has a good track record, but he ought to be sensitive that he
does not sanitize that word," Sharpton said.
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Buck Still Busy With Baseballs
Minnesota Twins' Jacque Jones presents the ball after Negro League
legend Buck O'Neil, left, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the
Twins game against the Kansas City Royals in Minneapolis this week.
O'Neil was a star first baseman and manager for the Kansas City
Monarchs of the 1930s, '40s and '50s and became the first African
American coach in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs. He now
scouts for the Royals.
Head of Alabama Apparel
Maker Pleads Guilty to Fraud
MONTGOMERY, Ala. The leader of a small-town apparel company
that was once among America's largest black-owned businesses pleaded
guilty to defrauding banks and investors out of millions. Roy Terry, who
served as president and CEO of Terry Manufacturing Co. in the east
Alabama town of Roanoke, admitted that he overstated accounts receiv-
able and inventory until the overstatements reached $35 million. Terry
also admitted to inflating the assets to attract investors and get loans to
keep the business afloat, but it collapsed in bankruptcy in July 2003, put-
ting more than 200 people out of work.
As part of a plea agreement, federal prosecutors said they would rec-
ommend a sentence of 11 years, although that could be reduced after
determining the amount of actual loss. The company he bankrupted once
made uniforms for the U.S. military and McDonald's Corp. and fan gear
for the NHL and 1996 Olympics. He pleaded guilty to six counts of bank
fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of misusing the employees'
pension funds, one count of mail fraud, and one count of transporting the
proceeds of fraud across state lines.
Terry Manufacturing was started in 1963 by black entrepreneur J.A.
Terry, but sons Roy and Rudolph Terry took over after their father retired
in the mid-1970s. Black Enterprise magazine listed Terry Manufacturing
among the largest U.S. black-owned businesses, with total sales of $49.5
million, in 2003. But the company was already on the brink of collapse
by then, according to court records.
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Volume 19 No. 24 Jacksonville, Florida June 30 July 6, 2005
NAACP Breathes Fresh
Air With New President
Shown above (L-R) is Project Drector Ronnie Cage and Rod
Standford with presenters Matt Thompson and Sen. Tony Hill.
By Danielle Ephraim
At a critical time when America's
African-American male is consis-
tently under fire, someone cares
about their plight and that of their
offspring. A new initiative under
the guise of the Jacksonville
Children's Commission aims to
encourage the bond between
Jacksonville fathers and their chil-
The Fatherhood Workshop and
Fun Day held at the Clanzel T.
Brown Community Center on
Moncrief Road, attracted African
American fathers to the Northside
location who desired to better their
relationships with their kids and
The full day workshop included
guest speakers, Dr. John White,
Professor at Edward Waters
College and Matt Thompson,
Director of Family Services, hands
on exercises and fellowshipping
"This project is to help encourage
fathers to be active in their chil-
dren's lives, said Ronnie Cage,
Parent Educator of the Jacksonville
Children's Commission. "I chose
the location of Clanzel Brown Park
Continued on page 3
Turning to a businessman to lead
one of the nation's seminal civil
rights groups, the NAACP's board
of directors said that Bruce S.
Gordon, a retired Verizon execu-
tive, will be its next president.
Civil rights leaders throughout
this country did what they did and
died, so my generation has full
responsibility to walk in the doors
those brave people opened,"
Gordon said after his selection.
Gordon was selected by unani-
mous vote to succeed Kweisi
Mfume, former U.S. representative
and a candidate for Senate in
Maryland who resigned abruptly in
After contract negotiations,
Gordon is expected to be confirmed
as president at the association's
Schools Honoredfor FCAT Grades Shown above is
Dr. Landon Williams presenting an awar to S.A. Hull Elementary School
Principal Jud Strickland. S.A. Hull raised their FCAT grade from a "D" to
a "B", making the most outstanding impact of all the schools who
redeemed themselves. Seven schools were honored at Macedonia Baptist
Church by Sen. Hill and Dr. Williams on June 26. For more, see page 6.
EWC Joyously Celebrates
Accreditation, New President
Edward Waters College (tWC)
officials received word last week
from the Commission on Colleges
for the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS) that
EWC will retains its accreditation.
The Commission voted to reinstate
the College's accreditation and
work with the institution during the
next 12 months towards the mutual
goal of delivering quality education
to deserving students.
"This is a great day for the stu-
dents, faculty, staff, alumni and
supporters of EWC. The minds and
futures of our students are the rea-
sons that we have been fighting,"
stated Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr.,
the college's president. "We thank
God for this victory and we will
continue to push towards excel-
lence and ethics, not only at the
institution but throughout the col-
lege community and the business
Bishop McKinley Young also
announced the appointment of Dr.
Bronson as the 27th president of the
College, stating, "We are pleased
that Dr. Bronson has agreed to head
Attorney Mike Freed, faculty,
staff, students and supporters
react to the great news regarding
the College's reinstatement by
SACS. The EWC family was also
ecstatic after hearing the
announcement of Dr. Bronson's
appointment as the 27th presi-
dent of the College.
the College for the next two years
as we continue our search for a
president. Dr. Bronson, who served
Bethune-Cookman College for 29
years, brings with him integrity
coupled with leadership and a
wealth of knowledge and experi-
ence that can move EWC to the
next level. He is known worldwide
as a competent leader and a role
model for many other presidents to
It became clear
last week that
Gordon was the
marked a striking change for the
NAACP. Most presidents have been
political or religious leaders, or
prominent figures from the civil
"He will bring the passion and
commitment to justice that distin-
guished his corporate career, where
he ... proved to be an effective
advocate for diversity," NAACP
Chairman Julian Bond said in a
$10 ML Measure sponsored
by former Klansmen
The Senate has approved $10 mil-
lion to help begin groundbreaking
for a memorial to Martin Luther
King Jr. on the National Mall here -
the first monument there to a per-
son of color.
The $100 million memorial to
King is to be built on a four-acre
site next to the Franklin Delano
Roosevelt Memorial. Construction
is scheduled to begin in November
2006, provided sufficient fund-rais-
ing progress is made by the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Memorial
Project Foundation. The group has
already raised almost $40 million
in private funding for the memorial
to the slain civil rights leader.
"I have come to appreciate how
Martin Luther King Jr., sought to
help our nation overcome racial
barriers, bigotry, hatred, and injus-
tice, and how he helped to inspire
and guide a most important, most
powerful, and most transforming
social movement," said Sen. Robert
C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the sponsor of
When he was a young man, Byrd
was a member of the Ku Klux Klan
and as a junior senator filibustered
the 1964 Civil Rights Act. With
time, he has changed his views and
has spent decades rehabilitating his
The underlying $26.3 billion
measure provides, about $542 mil-
lion more than President Bush's
request but $751 million less than
current spending levels. The EPA
would absorb a $144 million cut,
about 2 percent, though senators
rejected a $370 million White
House-proposed cut to an EPA
clean-water fund that gives grants
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Jacksonville Women's Business Center
Launches Financial Mentoring Program
The Jacksonville Women's Busi-
ness Center (JWBC) recently today
launched its new Financial Matters
mentoring program. This program,
sponsored by Wachovia and Ray-
mond James & Associates, will link
a woman business owner with a
mentor team including an account-
ant and a banker or other financial
expert for a six-month period of
"The purpose of offering a men-
toring program is to help women
business owners utilize their finan-
cial reports as management tools,"
said Sandy Bartow, executive direc-
tor of the JWBC. "Understanding
the financial side of business can
improve profits and lower the risk
that naturally comes with business
The program is designed to sup-
port existing relationships with per-
sonalized guidance from account-
ants and bankers. Over a six-month
period, July through December, the
mentor team will educate the par-
ticipant in using financial and ac-
counting information to improve
management decisions within a
business. Through the program,
business owners will receive train-
ing in cash flow management, man-
agement of accounts payables and
receivables, inventory management
and linkages between all financial
"It's important for small business
owners to understand all the finan-
cial aspects of running their busi-
nesses. This is an excellent oppor-
tunity to polish those skills through
working with mentors whose jobs
will be to teach entrepreneurs ways
%I&&acme %sr I dru't o s
of improving their financial sys-
tems," said Debbie Buckland, senior
vice president, First Coast Bank
To be eligible to participate in
Financial Matters applicants must
meet the following criteria:
Own part or all of the company
(50 percent or greater), and actively
Minimum of six months in busi-
Minimum annual gross revenues
An accounting system capable of
producing financial statements such
as a cash flow, income statement,
and balance sheet
"Having a banker, a CPA and an
investment advisor available for
advice over a six month time frame
is a tremendous opportunity for
small businesses," said Linda
Larkin Smith, vice president of In-
vestments, Raymond James & As-
sociates. "Segments of the program
include cash flow and breakeven
analysis, which are critical tools in
evaluating a business's financial
status along with retirement and
Businesses selected for the pro-
gram will invest $275 and begin the
program in July. Partial scholar-
ships and payment plans are avail-
able. To apply to participate in Fi-
nancial Matters, contact Sandy Bar-
tow at 904.924.1100 ext. 224 or
The application deadline is July 15,
Gwen Griggs, Jacksonville
Women's Business Center Advisory
Board Chair, has asked for bankers
and accountants who are interested
in serving as mentor volunteers for
this six-month program to please
notify the center. According to
Griggs, "This is an ideal opportunity
for bankers and accountants to con-
tribute to the business community as
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Two-thirds of Americans are
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Sen. Obama Sees Paral- Bethel Baptist
lels to Abraham Lincoln "Ladies Night out"
If you've heard about "Ladies
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Document than a clarion call for Institutional Church, but you have
justice." never witnessed "Ladies Night
And as for what Lincoln may Out," mark your calendars now!
have thought about Obama's elec- The Pastors, Rev. Rudloph W.
.tion to the Senate in 2004? "He McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudloph W.
S may not have dreamed of that ex- McKisick Jr. have announced that
act outcome. But I like to believes the next "Ladies Night Out" will be
Sn he would have appreciated the at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23d
,' irony," Obama said. in the Jacksonville Arena.
DETROIT Racism is still
alive and it is rearing its ugly head
at Ford Motor Company, according
to a claim brought against the auto-
maker by a citizens group called the
Coalition for Corporate Justice and
The group is charging Ford of
discriminatory practices against
African-American workers at sev-
eral of the automaker's plants and
within its staff functions.
"If William Clay Ford Jr. is a man
of integrity and honesty as he said
he is, I don't think he will want a
negative rating on his leadership,"
said the Rev. Kenneth Flowers who
heads the group. "We want to find
out which supervisors are acting in a
racist manner against Black work-
Flowers said employment data are
"distorted and altered," on a regular
basis to disadvantage Blacks even if
such measure violates accounting
" In Omar' Tyree's new. .novel,
BOSS LADY, he returns to the
story of his most famous and en-
thralling character, Tracy Ellison
Grant. In his previous novels Flyy
Girl and For the Love of Money, he
followed Tracy's meteoric rise from
the streets of Philadelphia to the
gilded mansions of Hollywood.
Navigating through a minefield of
crime, sex, jealousy, and poverty,
Tracy not only survived, but ex-
celled, and achieved her dreams of
stardom. BOSS LADY picks up
where For the Love of Money left
off, with Tracy on the top other
game, on top of the world.
Even for a successful film actress,
however, life in Hollywood is no
"White employees with fewer
credentials earn more pay than Afri-
can-Americans with credentials
doing the same job," Flowers said.
"High achieving African-Americans
receive low performance reviews
while less achieving Whites receive
top achiever status."
Jackie Gilchrist, a Black woman
who works for the automaker as a
customs specialist said despite earn-
ing a B.S. in engineering, an MBA
and a law degree, it took a while [12
years] before she was promoted. At
that same time, Gilchrist said two
White workers with only high
school diplomas were promoted
before she even got considered.
"Names of Black workers are
missing from the list of promo-
tions," Gilchrist said.
Sometimes subordinates who
openly criticize and refuse to follow
instructions from Black supervisors
are often rewarded by promotion,.
the group charged.
picnic. After two medio-
cre films, Tracy's star
has dimmed. Though
she still has the fire, the
realities of working in
the excruciatingly com-
petitive world of the
studios have weakened
her once in-
& spirit. Success
just isn't what
she thought it
S Tracy Smith,
cousin, who arrives
ii Los Angeles from
Phlladelphia after a life-
alering fight with her
mother. She seeks to
escape the poverty of
home and troubled rela-
tionships with her
mother and younger
sisters, .instead seeking
outher.,fanmQus cousin to learn what
she can about the real world. Soon,
though, it's Tracy who's learning
After much prodding, Vanessa
succeeds in pushing Tracy into pur-
suing her life goal: transforming her
memoir, recaptured in the success-
ful Flyy Girl novel, into a feature
film. And as always, whatever
Tracy does, she does big. This won't
be any tiny independent film this
movie will be a blockbuster using
star actors and real locations, set in
the jumpy, frenetic world of Phila-
delphia in the 1980s. With the es-
tablishment in Hollywood dead-set
against them, Tracy and Vanessa
embark on a journey to their roots to
"When you look at the papers,
you see a parade of African-
American executives. They do not
represent African-Americans within
the ranks," Gilchrist said.
Tracy Flaggs, Marilyn Patterson,
Vinnie Newson, all African-
American women working for the
automaker, also are suffering a simi-
lar fate according to Flowers.
"I've got involved in this because
of her [Tracy Flaggs]." Flovwers
said. "This is nothing personal. It is
about racism and inequality."
Any allegation that Ford manage-
ment condones insulting or demean-
ing language or discriminatory be-
havior in the workplace is untrue
and offensive," said Jerree F. Martin
at the office of public affairs. The
company takes all claims of harass-
ment and discrimination seriously
and is committed to investigating
and taking corrective action hben
jump-start the movie of their
BOSS LADY tells the story of the
power of human perseverance and
the difficulty of achieving one's
goals, even after it appears they
have already been reached. It is a
novel about dreams colliding with
reality, and the extraordinary drive
needed to push those dreams
through to the next level. Tracy
must wrestle both a career and a
love life in a society that deems
even successful women unfulfilled
if they fail to land a man and raise a
family. Tracy tries to play by her
own rules, as always, when she real-
izes that the world of Philadelphia
and the world of Hollywood have
equally constricting notions of how
life should be constructed.
Tyree gives us another chapter in
the scintillating life of his most be-
loved character, the Flyy Girl, Tracy
Ellison. He presents a complicated
modem world, true to life from the
grittiest detail of the tough streets of
SPhiladelphia to 'the elegant parties 'of
Hollywood's movers and shakers.
BOSS LADY is sure to delight his
fans and win him new accolades.
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling au-
thor Omar Tyree is the winner of
the 2001 NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Fiction. His twelve
plus book titles include include Diary
of a Groupie, Leslie, Just Say No!,
For the Love of Money, Sweet St.
Louis, Single Mom, A Do Right Man
and Flyy Girl. He lives in Charlotte,
** Omar Tyree will be in Jack-
sonville on Wednesday Julyl3th
signing books at the Books a Mil-
lion at Regency Park at 7 p.m. **
CHICAGO Sen. Barack
Obama sees parallels between for-
mer President Abraham Lincoln's
life and his own, but he says the
16th U.S. president credited with
freeing U.S. slaves might not have
envisioned a black man occupying
the seat he now holds.
Obama, who occupies the U.S.
Senate seat from Illinois that Lin-
coln lost to Stephen Douglas in
1858, wrote about how Lincoln
shaped his life in an upcoming
special issue of Time magazine.
"In Lincoln's rise from poverty,
his ultimate mastery of language
and law, his capacity to overcome
personal loss and remain deter-
mined in the face of repeated de-
feat in all this, he reminded me
not just of my own struggles. He
also reminded me of a larger, fun-
damental element of American life
the enduring belief that we can
constantly remake ourselves to fit
our larger dreams," Obama wrote.
The issue is on newsstands now.
Obama, the son of a Kenyan
father and American mother who is
just the fifth black senator in U.S.
history, also raised questions about
Lincoln's role in ending slavery.
"I cannot swallow whole the
view of Lincoln as the Great
Emancipator," Obama said. "As a
law professor and civil rights law-
yer and as an African-American, I
am fully aware of his limited views
on race. Anyone who actually
reads the Emancipation Proclama-
One Day Workshop Embraces the Spirit of African-American Fathers
occur in the
98%- all men on
death row are
raised by one par-
ent, their mom.
- 40%- children
have father absent
homes and haven't
seen their dad in a
dad live in a differ-
- 50%- Children
have never stepped
foot in their fa-
Shown above at the event is hop hop gospel artist Blacite with his one year old son X-Avier, father and son Oscar and Robert Coleman and:
(right) a workshop being'led by Sen. Tony Hill.
Continued from page 1
Park because it was located in an
area were fathers were not active or
conducive to the male population.
Some of our registrants are normal
fathers who want to be provided
with family services, fathers we pick
up from churches, or (CCD) Com-
munity Corrections Division.
Cage said that the workshops
goal is to break the statistics labeled
under African-American Fathers.
Following the workshop, there 'were
door prizes, awards, food, basketball
and recreational activities.
"This is my firsl workshop and I
have a one ycIr o ld Thiis workshop
encourages more young black fa-
thers to be better fathers in their chil-
dren's life and I've learned many
ways to accomplish that goal." Said
participant James Moultrie.
As it seems, Moultrie will not be
coming back alone.
Christopher Williams, another
participant, adds, "This is a good
program for single fathers. After
hearing the speakers, I want to spend
more quality time with my child and
become more focused on them. I
would love to continue being a part
of this program in the future."
Derick Powe is described as a
dedicated participant of all the pro-
grams provided throughout the last
five years. He said it is a joy to come
every year. "I have two girls, 16 and
10. It is a good thing to be involved
in my children's lives. The speakers
are phenomenal and impacting. It
sends out a positive message, espe-
cially for those who start parenting
young. I started at 19 and I had to
learn early." he said
Cage said that the Jacksonville
Children's Commission partnered
with River Region Human Services
and they plan to embark on an 11
month curriculum every Thursday,
starting July 14, 2005. Their next
theme is Men Advocating and
Leading By Example. It is a pro-
gram specifically designed for Fa-:
ther's who care about their children.
Sharon Robinson, the Parent Edu-
cation Manager of the Family Ser-
vices Division is enthusiastic of the
ongoing programs. "We've had pro-
grams in the past to help fathers be-
come better parents. Now we are
progressing, getting more fathers;
involved. said Robinson.
Their next program will be July 14,
2005, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at
7240 Lem Turner Road (behind Jax
Car Wash.) For more information,
contact ms. Robinson at 904-630-
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f ot Srong Sobering
Sll COnarlOe Griggs
THE SHOCKING REALITY
Jacksonille Sheriff John R therford is bent on te implementation of
Tasers. Even in the face of possible misuse.
'7"ujsio comwowd th nselvs to us &zwse In this case, a mistake that involves 'Thse could
r save us pJ c ard allow us to er oy pleaT se very wellend he life of a middle or high school age
ead Nt munst therore accept it wit& cnht m- chili. In the nare of better law enfa meant tch-
n wPen they someimeR s coide wIt, a bt mad- unique Rutherford has chosen the side of sophisticated
fit whlb tey ce dw da to ieces." police training 'modules over what parents feel is an
7Sg4m" d FRe'ud invitation to certain disaster.
ef s see, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford just Embtedded in this debate suiounding 'Tses is the
plated a sees of twn hall meetings to talk about issue of trust.
use of Ises by police offices. Contrversy sur- People in the coarrmnity have chosen to speak out
ds 'Tsers because theme have been deaths h hted against the use of the devices because they kngw,
ser use. under the cii~c lances, accidents happen. No one
hereis also contuversy because Ruthefordi wats wants feir child to be the ist example of what is
statute use of ses in middle and high schools wonng with this fbma of istraint And obviously the
S"effective law enfosermrnt toxl." sheriff doesn't want to have to answer to soce angry
.uthettio was hoping t educate the cmnraunity parent about negligent application of fome.
ow Iasers word and to let us all know that ofi- Yet, even though this anxiety can be avoided by
would be highly trained when it care time to limiting the use of Tasers to police street work,
the trigger Rutheford plans to continue to walk that tight
That did we lean? rope of common sense veisus the need for better
based upon the information pIsente ad andpast his- law enforcement.
of 'rer se, somrtbodys child is going t die. Unfortunately, we can giidy predict that when
nd paint all over the city amre frightened. IbseIs ae officially adopted into usage for Iriddle
t that doesn't seemto rmtter, and high schools someone's child is going to die.
uthecfod has chosen to hang allof his conceals It may not happen tomownw, next monf or next
It Isei on a medical tercalled excitedd dli.i- year but know it, you know itand they know it
SThe Sheriff claims that he public attention This is no way to build trust in throughout the
Id be turned towaids e cause and effects of a community. Unless, of course building trusts not
n in this state of mind when ihey as in the your goal.
ess of comrritting a violent act not 1he officer Thoughout his campaign Rutherfod rtade itclear
is being directed to use force. that he would continue to work with the community
I many excited delirium is away out of choos- to keep ihe avenues of dialogue open to the public.
excessive force when the wost happens. H eve in this case Rutherirdistempting fate wih
use we don't know much about this condition, his insistence on the use of Tseis.
erbiod has put together a medical task force to In the Afican Arreican community 1he perception
educate and train officers on how to recognize is that black children will be the fst t be zapped in
condition. This training would better prepare some mysterious effort to :st-re order during a dis-
ers to deal with the condition before they pute. Parents have this viton of classes being shut
e to taser a suspect. down at a popular inner-city school because same-
his town hall reeings Ruthelford has been pas- one's child has passed aay in the halls. If such a
te about the line that is medical venses use of thing were to happen, investigations won't satisfy the
. Believing that because his people will be prop- damage done to families of the victims of ftose in the
prepared, he two shall never tagically meet. line of fie.
a am all ery happy to be educated on excited The only thing that can make things right is to ake
urn Moe infrmalian is better tha not Iknaw- the steps to avid the obvious tragedy tat lies ahead.
But folks aren't buying it They lakow that if T'sers belong in the streets, not in schools.
s am used in schools something bad is going The reality for parents is that the line between dis-
en t someone's child. cipine and law enfocerent ae to= blunry to be
b many people in The commit, Rutherfond is played with.
ing not to deal with the reality that is huann
e. Sametines people make mistakes that cannot
You am sedw wU5 Lewen* 1t l )M.7 ~wmei k0:
LIVE FROMcI CITY HALL
Pt, LLWO C C
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Special Interest Groups Also Play Local
Politics As Well Just Ask Mayor Peyton
Recently, a group of Westside
businessmen decided to form a not
for profit political organization,
called The Issues Group. But this
organization is far from being the
typical not for profit one might think
of. This group has apparently com-
mitted itself to the "betterment of
Jacksonville" or to cut to the chase -
overthrowing the mayor in 2007.
This group is lead by several gen-
tlemen that were once in the Peyton
camp, in fact, one of them help run
the Mayor's campaign. The others
once claimed to be "friends" with
Peyton. Man, with friends like that
who needs enemies?
Whether you like Peyton or not, he
has had to face several challenges
that were not necessarily his fault.
The courthouse, new downtown li-
brary and Better Jacksonville over-
runs were really uncontrollable. But
what has been interesting about the
Peyton administration is that he has
not been the Boogie Man many
thought that he would be.
What I mean by "Boogie Man" is
that many folks, particularly in the
African American community were
afraid that Peyton would turn his
back on blacks. Peyton would proba-
bly be the first to admit that he still
has some ground to cover in the
black community, but he has made
What interests me most about Pey-
ton's bid for re-election is not neces-
sarily what he has or has not done.
What, you might ask, is Fullwood
talking about? Incumbents run on
their records, and those records typi-
cally give an accounting of what has
been done during the politicians ten-
should be of interest to some is the
reason Peyton has such staunch op-
position from The Issues Group.
Members of this supposedly 'not for
profit' organization are some of the
same people that sued the city over
our old minority business program.
These are some of the same folk
who have their dates confused. Some
them think that it's 1955 versus
2005, and us minorities need to stay
in our place and stay out of their
way. Some of these same people
supported John Peyton because they
wanted control. And that is exactly
what most special interest groups
want some degree of control and
access to the candidate they support..
On one hand you can't blame
them too much because when you
raise a hundred thousand dollars for
a candidate's campaign you have
high expectations. But, factions like
The Issues Group should not be able
to dictate the policy that comes out
of the Mayor's Office.
Campaign donors, especially those
who give large or raise large sums of
money do deserve access and a
slightly greater degree of attention -
I do admit that. But I would never
accept a check from someone who
expected me to do actually what they
wanted every time they called.
John Peyton and all elected offi-
cials are in office to serve the citi-
zens of Jacksonville, not just those
who write checks. So it may surprise
some, but I must applaud the Ma or
for the fact that he has not been a
puppet to those who raised large
sums of money for him.
SI am not saying that some folks
who oppose Peyton do not have le-
ure. gitimate concerns, but most of the
Well, Peyton's record is impor- early opposition is again centered
tant, one tidbit of information that around control and access.
Well, if The 'Issues Group and
others want to take Peyton on, they
had better be ready to break open the
piggy banks. There is no Democrat
out there that could present much of
a challenge at all, and if Republicans
candidates surface, they are going to
need a ton of money, and a hell of a
I don't think that those candidates
exist, but one never knows, espe-
cially in politics. Most of the poten-
tial challengers that are interested in
running will probably wait until the
2011 election versus facing a well-
Special interest groups are char-
tered all around this country to focus
on every possible issue in the politi-
cal spectrum. They can be a great
source of support for a candidate and
also a great weapon to be used
against an opponent. These groups
can spend money discrediting candi-
dates or simply promoting their
cause with little or no limitations.
I would be the first to say that not
all special interest groups are misus-
ing their abilities, but there are
probably more that cross the line
than those who do not. Let's face it:
politics is a dirty game, at times, and
sometimes it makes for very strange
One thing is certain, as the 2007
mayoral race nears, it will take a lot
more than some good old boy rheto-
ric to overthrow Peyton. The
mayor'- independence. at least from
The Issues Group, is a fact that vot-
ers should probably appreciate.
As W.E.B Dubois once said, "The
cost of liberty is less than the price
Signing off from City Hall,
edS Mrbud KnHse wmrkat Moa lidMw t IrmcM
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Phyllis Bell-Davis has been
appointed Assistant Vice President
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Author Michael Eric Dyson is Armed. for Class Wars
By Anthony Neal
With roots in working class
Detroit, author and scholar Michael
Eric Dyson has been a factory
worker, a single father and welfare
recipient. That was long before he
walked the halls of some of
America's most prestigious institu-
tions, like the University of
Pennsylvania where he is a.profes-
sor. Versed in the ways of the Ivy
League and armed with cylinders of
data on class, race and culture,
Dyson also knows, from intimate
experience, the ins and outs of
growing up poor in America. That's
why he took personally comments
made by Bill Cosby during the past
year about the black poor and their
failure to be socially responsible. In
his new book 'Is Bill Cosby Right?:
Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost
Its Mind,' Dyson responds at length
to what he calls Cosby's "bash-the-
Writer Anthony Neal caught up
with him recently to talk about
Cosby, race, poverty and the class
wars in America.
Bill Cosby has spent a great deal
of energy talking about black peo-
ple and the importance of personal
responsibility. Is he wrong for that?
To talk about personal responsibili-
ty is only a small piece of the
responsibility pie. Now, good
behavior is fine and it is its own
reward in many ways. But the prob-
lem is: If you don't make the socie-
ty and the state and the political
conventions responsible to provide
opportunity within which people
Thinking Like a Chess Player
Maurice Ashley, the only black One drill in his City College
chess player to earn the title course is designed to sharpen the
International Grandmaster of notion of perspective. During the
Chess, never factored lady luck into class, his students reenact a famous
his play. Instead, this Jamaica-born
New Yorker used the fundamentals
of the game to get him to the top.
chess match. Afterwards, the stu-
dents replay the same game as
opponents. The exercise, he
explains, teaches the importance of
understanding an opponent in order
to preempt and anticipate their
moves on the chess board. The core
of the lesson is that in life people
argue their ideas with great zeal but
never really take the time to under-
stand the opposing perspective.
"Democrats and Republicans
argue with each other and often dis-
miss the other's argument by saying
'that guy must be an idiot'. In chess
that can't happen. If you don't see
reason behind an opponent's move,
you will lose," says Ashley.
Another important lesson he hopes
teachers will pass or to their stu-
dents is the importance of having
alternatives. Critical to playing the
game of chess is having other
strategies mapped out in case the
first idea fails. "Chess is a game of
incredible possibilities. In life we so
often think of one good idea and
then we are done," he says.
Ashley's lesson plans are already
having an impact. One student,
Khalid Bashjawish, a teacher in
Flags High School in the Bronx, has
already incorporated the point-of-
view lesson into his teaching. When
his students were reading 'Of Mice
and Men' earlier this year, he made
them argue both sides of the
euthanasia issue that the novel
Meanwhile, Ashley hopes to
bring his unique blend of chess and
success to larger audiences. This
summer, his first book 'Chess for
Success,' will be published by
Broadway Books, a division of
can exercise their responsibility --
all the good behavior in the world
cannot create the jobs that responsi-
ble people are supposed to take to
show their responsibility.
What's really happening with the
black poor in this country?
Most people who are poor are
working poor people. They work
every day of their lives -- 40 and 50
-hours a week -- and yet they can
barely, if ever, make it above the
poverty level. All this stuff Cosby is
missing. He's also missing that all
these people who are the working
poor are not lazy. They're over-
worked but underpaid. And then,
they're working two or three jobs.
They can't get time off to go to
SSally's or Shanequia's [performanc-
es] up at school. They can't even
take care of their health problems.
The .emergency ward has become
the health maintenance for poor
people You can be as responsible as
you want to be, but the concentra-
tion effects of poverty, through zon-
ing and the lack of political clout,
means that you are a vulnerable cit-
izen in the state. Cosby has nothing
to say about that.
What are your gut instincts about
what is really bugging Mr. Cosby?
A lot of people point out that per-
haps Mr. Cosby is dealing with
some kind of post-traumatic stress
from the vicious murder of his son2.
You can understand that, in a sense,
he might look around and say "all
these niggers ain't doing nothing.
All these poor black boys and girls
Continued on page 10
"All things in chess, you do in
life," says the champion chess play-
er. "Whether planning, solving
problems, setting goals, meeting
those goals, being able to concen-
trate [and] focus better." This
spring, he pioneered a new graduate
school course atr Hrlem's Cityr .
College for teachers. The course
lays out the dynamics of the game
and shows how strategies from the
game can be applied to helping
young people achieve.
Ashley began playing the game in
his native Jamaica but it wasn't until
his family moved to the United
States that he turned into the hard-
core chess head that he is today.
Much of his enthusiasm grew out of
competition sparked by playing a
fellow classmate from Brooklyn
Tech High School who outsmarted
him repeatedly in matches. "I
thought I was smart, but he crushed
me," says Ashley. "Lucky for me, I
was in love, obsessed with game."
After high school he began playing
with members of the Black Bears
Chess Club in Brooklyn's Prospect
Park and perfected his game.
"Before I met the Black Bears,
there really weren't a lot of black
males that I got to play against, says
Ashley. "Females? Forget it."
[These guys] were role models for
When Ashley became a grandmas-
ter in 1999, one of only 800 around
the world, he made a commitment
to mentoring. Since then, he has
been coaching children in Harlem.
"It's not just teaching them how to
play chess. It's, about transferring
gamel skills into life skills. He
says he wants to equip them to
make better decisions in their lives.
He hopes his new course on the
basics of the game will give the
same kind of life instruction to edu-
cators. He wants them to prepare
New York City schoolchildren to be
able to think on their feet and sur-
vive in any environment. "The
school system often kills creativity.
It's all about one right answer. It
promotes robotic thinking," Ashley
The idea for the course was com-
pletely unanticipated. A donor and
chess-lover gave a grant to City
College to include a chess course in
the curriculum. The president of the
college turned to the school's most
famous chess alum to lead the
course. Ashley decided to make the
idea his own. "Teaching chess to
schoolchildren is not a new idea,"
he says. "But it's only recently been
tried in urban settings."
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Rev. Kelly E. Brown Jr., pastor
of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist
Church, in Jacksonville, is
preparing for presidential candi- ..
dacy early next spring, of the
Progressive Missionary and Educa-
tion Baptist State Convention in
Florida. In this role, he will
assume administrative duties and .K*.
implement initiatives that affect the ":..
Baptist convention in Florida, and
sister-affiliate churches in the
"If elected, I will serve five
years, and provide leadership to
250 pastors and churches in Pastor Kelly Brown
Florida," Rev. Brown said.
"Although, I won't make appoint- missionary work in Florida and
ments,'I will be very influential in other parts of the world. He plans
making recommendations to to continue mission programs
churches regarding the selection of including Outreach Haiti, Panama
new pastors." and Jamaica. Baptist churches in
However, the greatest challenge these countries are offered
Rev. Brown faces as potential assistance for church development
president is finances. "Since we are while ministers from the Florida
a smaller convention in Florida, our Convention facilitate revivals,
financial resources are limited, he training sessions and workshops.
said. "If I'm elected, I will As a result of last yeai's
reorganize the convention, giving tumultuous hurricane season, the
more authority to all vice convention offered Disaster Relief
presidents on my cabinet." through a domestic missionary'
Under his leadership, Rev. program entitled Home Missions,
Brown plans to authorize vice to its congregation members that
presidents to manage a specific were affected in various regions of
geographical territory with respon- Florida.
sibility for fiscal issues including Further, following his education
budget management, finances and mission, Rev. Brown would act as a
administration. According to Rev. liaison, developing relationships
Brown, reorganization could offer a with Florida Memorial College, a
feasible solution to the conven- Baptist-affiliated college that the
tion's financial affairs. convention supports,. His sincere
Aside from managing budgets, a interest in assisting young people
cabjyrl and d1utgq pongregati~ .,,rul .eapn.deeper. ,9 i. ,
programming, with education being the students at Florida Memorial,"
one of his key callings from God. Rev. Brown said. Increasing the'
If elected, Rev. Brown would amount of scholarships will make
also assume responsibility for the convention a more attractive
resource for those seeking
assistance for a college education.
Rev. Brown has served the
Convention as Executive Director
of Children and Youth and as
Chairman of the Scholarship
Committee for the past seven years.
He has served as the interim
chairman of the Education
committee since the demise of Rev.
C. B. Dailey. He has felt
compelled to direct his ministry
further by way of seeking the
Currently, Rev. Brown directs
the Local Congress, a smaller
organization of the conglomerate
convention, that solicits training
sessions according to the congre-
gants' needs. This entity is offering
an educational mortgage seminar to
assist homeowners in reducing
mortgage loan payments.
As a faithful servant of God,
Rev. Brown has been in the
ministry for 23 years, and has
served as Pastor of Mt. Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church for the
past 12 years.
In addition to Rev. Brown's
extensive years of relentless servi-
tude, his educational background is
just as impressive. He earned an
undergraduate degree at Edward
Waters College, a masters of Arts
for Teachers at Indiana University,
Bloomington, and completed
studies at the B. F. Lee Theological
Seminary School, Florida A&M
University; and earned an Ed.D. at
Florida Atlantic University; all of
which have strongly propelled his
credentials and offers obvious
Iriditat&ts'oif'r o faabillits.
News DEADLINE, 5PM Monday
News may be faxed to: 765-3803 or
sent to office: 903 W. Edgewood.
Schools Raising FCAT Grades Honored
JACKSONVILLE State Senator Anthony "Tony" Hill and Dr. Landon L. Williams, pastor of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church felt that seven schools in Duval County, who worked hard to obtain a passing
FCAT grade, to declare the Duval County School System totaling passing the FCAT, should not go
unnoticed. On Sunday, June 26, 2005, the seven schools, their principals, PTA, SAC's and students were
honored at Greater Macedonia. The principals are pictured above (not in order) Lawrence Dennis, Ribault
Senior High School; Carol Daniels, William M. Raines High School; Tony Bellamy, Matthew Gilbert
Middle School; Nongongoma Majove-Seane, Jean Ribault Middle School; George Maxey, Paxson Middle
School; Pam Pierce; all who raised the FCAT grades from F to D; and Jud Strickland, S. A. Hull, who
raised its grade from D to B.
ITC Welcomes Xernona Clavton to Board of Trustees
ATLANTA The Interdenomi-
national Theological Center (ITC)
recently welcomed Xernona Clay-
ton, a pioneer in the media industry
with an impressive record of
accomplishments in radio, te!e-
vision and print media, to the ITC
Bbrd of eTruste She-\\l begin
4Hertermon July I -200 15 ..
Ms. Clayton has been employed
with Turner Broadcasting Systems
(TBS) for more than twenty-five
years. She currently is corporate
consultant and creator/executive
producer for TBS's Trumpet
Awards, one of the nation's most
prestigious annual events highlight-
ing African Americans' contribu-
tions and achievements.
A leader in civicand community
projects' for many years she also
promotes human relations through
bi-racial groups devoted to improv-
ing racial understanding.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
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Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)
Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
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Local Minister Seeks Presidency of State Progressive
Missionary & Education Baptist Convention
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sermon Sunday July 3rd
8:25 a.m. 10:25
"Arriving at the Crossroad"
6:00 p.m. Special Healing Service
Now is the time for our
nation to call upon the Lord
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5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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Stormy Cleveland Collaborates with Grammy Award
Nominated Producer on Sophomore Album
Nationally recognized recording gospel vocalist and songwriter,
Stormy Cleveland is currently in the studio preparing for her
sophomore album with Grammy Award nominated producer, Percy
Bady. The highly anticipated project is being produced and recorded in
By virtue of God's grace, Stormy was fortunate with a connection to
Bady's staff after blessing the audience with her soul-stirring vocals at
Bobby Jones' Retreat in December. Consequently, Bady and Stormy's
collective spirits interwined and her first single, God Stills Speaks is
scheduled to be released nationally in August.
The multiple Stellar and Dove Award winning producer has an
exemplary record of successful projects. Bady arranged, wrote and
produced music for the Ali soundtrack, Donnie McClurkin's Again and
Wow Gospel 2003 albums, Yolanda Adams, Bebe and CeCe Winans
and Marvin Sapp. Currently, Bady is negotiating with national
recording labels for distribution of Stormy's second album, as she
anticipates more success to fulfill her calling.
"I'm really looking forward to what's going to come of our
collaboration," Stormy said.
Although the project is in the preliminary stages, this album will
feature songs relating to millennium issues, including marriage and
divorce, daily survival and other unfortunate social woes that are
pervasive in today's society. While many consumers encounter these
issues, yet sometimes they grow discouraged due to the overwhelming
struggles of life.
I'm inspired by God to reach and touch people," Stormy said. With
the insurgence of contemporary gospel music that articulates candid
experiences, believers and nonbelievers are drawn to gospel artists like
"Before, we couldn't get on the secular radio, but you now find that
gospel artists are starting to cross over, like Donnie McClurklin,
Yolanda Adams, and Smokie Norful," Stormy said. "So now I think
we're making progress." Further, secular listeners are receptive to their
music as well.
No novice to the music performance business, Stormy began singing
at age eight in her family's church in Long Island, New York, and
Stormy Cleveland recording at age 17. The songstress' first gospel solo album, After the
Storm debuted on recording label Rewind, in 2004.
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The 11th Episcopal District of
the African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church Christian Education
Congress will met in Orlando, July
22nd and 23rd. The Presiding
Elder's Retreat will be held at the
The headquarters hotel is the
Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
Bethel Baptist Inst.
School July 13-16tfk
Do you want your child, 4-11 to
develop his/her own relationship
with the Lord, and mankind? The
Vacation Bible School at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church can
give he or she this lifetime
Vacation Bible School at Bethel
will be held Wednesday Saturday
July 13-16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
nightly, and Saturday, 10 a.m. until
2 p.m. Bring your children.
Baptist Congress to
Convene at Greater
Macedonia in July
The Florida General Baptist
Congress will convene Monday,
July 11, 2005 at the Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880
West Edgewood Avenue, where
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr. is
Blessed and Back By Popular Demand
Compelled by the spirit of God,
Rev. Kenneth Adkins, CEO of The
Adkins Agency is back in business,
strong and ready to transform
communication visions into
"I relaunched The Adkins
Agency on April 1st because I felt
that I was getting away from the
mission God called me to do, and
that was to be a blessing to the
body," Adkins says. As a result, he
left his former marketing position
to develop-The Adkins Agency full
The Adkins Agency is now
located in the historic Kluthos
Building at 1830 N. Main Street,
Suite 2A. The full-service agency
offers a variety of services include-
ing public relations, marketing,
web and graphic design, book
publication, media buying and
placement, crisis management, and
church financial planning.
Collectively, the staff has an
excess of 45 years of experience in
marketing and public relations.
Adkins said, "Further, we are a
faith-based firm with customized
solutions." He refers to the agency
more so as ministry, not just a
business. Nearly 30 clients,
primarily faith-based organizations,
solicit the agency's services.
Clients include Evangel' Temple
Assembly of God, Wayman Chapel
AME Church, Sherriff John D.
Rutherford, Pediatric Smiles,
Rev. Kenneth Adkins
Community Partnership for the
Protection of Children, the National
Convention of Gospel Choirs,
Stormy Cleveland and The Word
Network, just to name a few.
Initially beginning with two
staff members, today the agency
has evolved and boasts a dynamic
team of experts: a full-time web
designer, project developer and an
administrative assistant and a part-
time public relations and event
planning coordinator. Corporate-
trained, but faith-based drawn,
Adkins is sincerely interested in
offering young professionals
opportunities to develop their
"I began my marketing career
working at RJ Reynolds and
Nabisco, and then worked at
Macy's in Aventura," Adkins said.
"I'm willing to give anyone a
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Originally founded in Septem-
ber 2001, Adkins initially began
The Adkins Agency after working
as marketing director at St. Paul
Missionary Baptist Church with
Pastor John E. Guns. During a
morning service, the marketing
connoisseur experienced an epip-
hany and quickly trusted his
judgment and commenced the new
"My first client was Rev. Fred
Newbill, First ''Timothy Baptist
Church Pastor, Adkins said, he
believed in me and believed in
helping black businessmen."
However, Adkins faced a big
problem that most start-up business
owners encounter, and that is
financial support. After relaunching
the agency, Adkins can proudly
attest that faith in the creator has
been the contributing factor for
securing and establishing funds.
But more importantly, through the
struggles and .triumph of the
business, nationally recording
gospel artist and Adkins wife,
Stormy Cleveland, has played an
influential role as his support
"If it had not been for Stormy,
I'm not sure where I'd be," Adkins
said. "She helped create the vision
and kept me encouraged."
In the upcoming years, The
Adkins Agency will be executing
two big projects including "Women
on the Water," a national cruise
and conference in the Caribbean for
women in Spring 2006; and the
Super Bowl Gospel Fests in 2006
and 2007. "Women on the Water"
will be televised and features five
leading women pastors from the
Jacksonville community. The '
agency has secured the next two
consecutive contracts for the Super
Bowl XL and LI NFL Gospel
Festivals in Detroit and Miami.
After successfully managing the
public relations and marketing of
the NFL's Gospel Fest, Living
Legends Golf Tournament and
Donovan McNabb's "Bowl With
the Pros," the Adkins Agency
gained national notoriety in the
The key to any successful
business is faith and honesty. "We
operate under one important
principle, integrity," Adkins said.
The Adkins Agency can be
contacted at (904) 626-9602 or visit
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Over on Its Own
Whether you dress up Alaska salmon with your favorite marinade
or simply season it with salt and pepper, there's a reason why it
always tastes wildly delicious Alaska salmon is truly wild.
Born in the pristine waters of one of the world's last unspoiled
coastlines, these hearty fish. thrive in abundance in natural sur-
roundings, developing the firm texture and superior flavor that
make wild Alaska salmon the perfect fish for grilling and planking.
To make summer eating easy and delicious, try these simple
grilling and planking tips and recipes each recipe works great
whether you use a plank or go for it straight on the grill. And you
can feel good about serving Alaska salmon, as it is one of the best
sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Sunny Chipotle Rub
Sunny Chipotle Rub Terrific Taj Rub
2 to 3 tablespoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon garam masala (Indian
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar spice)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic 1 to 2 teaspoons packed brown
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle sugar, to taste
chiles* 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
Sprinkle vinegar (1 teaspoon per 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
portion or 2 tablespoons per side) 1/4 teaspoon paprika
onto Alaska salmon. Blend remain- /teaspoon onion powder
ing ingredients in coffee Blend all ingredients. Rub on 1/2
grinder/blender. Spread rub on fish ,,,toQ1 teaspoon per portion or all onto
(1 to 2 teaspoons per portion or all Alaska salmon side.
onto Alaska salmon side).
*Canned chiles in adobo sauce Asian Glaze
(remove seeds, if desired, to reduce 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
heat) 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger-
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh minced gar-
1 bunch green onions, trimmed
(for planking only)
Blend all ingredients. Rub on 1/2
to 1 teaspoon per portion or all onto
Alaska. salmon side. If planking,
place green onions on plank; top
For gieat ear-round.recipe ideas.f
for Alaska salmon, whitefish vari-
eties and shellfish, or for a video
demonstration of grilling and
Preparing the Grill
-Fish cooks best over a medium-hot fire; shellfish
require a hot grill.
-Make sure the grill is hot before you start cooking.
-Liberally brush oil on the grill just prior to cooking.
Grilling Fish and Shellfish
-Cut large steaks or fillets into meal-size portions
-Use a grill basket or perforated grill rack to keep flaky
fish or smaller shellfish from falling through the grill
-Brush fish or shellfish with oil very lightly just before
-Always start to grill fish with the skin side up. (If the
skin has been removed, the skin side will appear slight-
ly darker.) This allows the natural fat carried beneath
the skin to be drawn into the fillet, keeping it rich and
moist. It's also easier to turn when the more delicate or
"flesh" side cooks first.
-Turn fish/shellfish only once. For easy turning, use a
two-prong kitchen fork inserted between the grill bars
to slightly lift fish fillets or steaks, then slide a metal
spatula under the fish and turn. Use long-handled tongs
to turn shellfish.
-Cook fish approximately 10 minutes per inch of
thickness. Fish/shellfish continues to cook after it's
removed from the heat, so take it off the grill just as
soon as it is opaque throughout. To check for doneness,
slide a sharp knife tip into the center of the thickest part
of a cooking seafood portion, checking for color.
Remove from the heat just as soon as it turns from
translucent to opaque throughout.
Plank Grilling Tips
Planking is a traditional Northwest-style of cooking using aromatic pieces of wood It's a great way to add sub-
tle flavors to your wild Alaska seafood.
Planking works best for thin foods hke fish fillets or shellfish. The flavor comes from contact with the plank.
range f in. single I sofata'a ack as possible touches the aromti&.C-wood-.
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Jerk Rub Grilled Whole Fish
by Joyce White
Nothing says summer better than the aroma of fish sizzling over glowing hot charcoal on an grill out-
doors, ready in minutes. But if you are unable to grill outside, a well-seasoned ridged grill pan or a large
cast iron skillet set over very hot stove burners, will do the job just as well, thank you.
Unlike barbecuing which requires hours smoking food over an open pit or in a cooker fashioned from a
huge metal drum, grilling is done in a flash, on a rack over hot charcoal.
And fish especially takes to the grill: red snapper or whole porgies laced with a jerk rub for a real
Caribbean flavor is a winner. Filet of salmon or salmon steaks grilled with crushed coriander seeds, thyme
and lemon are divine. Shrimp marinated in a sauce made with yogurt or buttermilk and flavored with dill
and garlic is a delight. And so are halibut steaks laced with rosemary, ginger and a dash of soy sauce and
lots of garlic. So fire up the grill, open up a bottle of chilled wine, toss a robust summer salad, add a cou-
ple side dishes, and you got the perfect menu for cool summer livin.'
JERK RUB GRILLED
4 small whole fish, 10 to 12
ounces each, such as red snapper,
porgy, or striped or sea bass, scaled
and cleaned, heads on
2 to 4 tablespoons dark rum or
2 or 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 or 2 hot chile peppers, finely
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped
fresh or dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 limes or lemons
3 to 4 tablespoons olive, grapeseed
or peanut oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
Rinse the fish and pat dry with
paper toweling. Drizzle all over
with the rum or brandy, then with
the crushed garlic and chile pep-
pers. Set aside.
Make the jerk rub: Combine in a
.coffee grinder or in a mortar' and
pestle, the allspice, thyme, ginger,
cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, black pep-
per and gloves. Whirl or mash until
finely pulverized and then rub the
fish all over with the mixture.
Marinate the fish about 30 min-
utes at room temperature or until the
grill heats, or longer, if desired.
Heat the grill until the charcoal is
Grilled food cooks fast and have to be turned frequently, so don't
wander off. Have a pan or bottle of water handy in case an unwanted
Wood chunks and chips add flavor to grilled food. Apple, cherry,
pecan, and alder woods are mild and great with fish, chicken and veg-
etables. Soak the wood in water at least 1/2 hour before adding to the
Squeeze the juice of one of the
limes or lemons over the fish. Oil a
shallow grill or baking pan with 1
tablespoon of the oil. Cut the
remaining lemon or lime in thin
slices and set aside. Scatter half of
the onions and lemon or lime slices
on the grill pan, making a bed for
the fish. Place the fish on the veg-
etables and top with the remaining
onion and lemon or lime slices.
Drizzle the remaining oil over the
Set the pan of fish on the grill
rack. Grill covered for 7 minutes.
Carefully using a large metal spatu-
la, turn over the fish, topping with
some of onion and lemon or lime
Grill uncovered 4 to 5 minutes
longer or until the onions and
lemons are lightly charred and the
fish is no longer opaque when
flaked with a fork near the back
bone. Makes 4 servings.
Variation: If you are unable to
grill outdoors, generously oil a large
ridged grill pan or cast iron skillet.
Set the pan on the stove burner and
heat over high heat until the pan is
Turn the heat down just a notch,
and place on the fish, 2 at a time, not
touching each other. Drizzle a cou-
ple tablespoons of oil over the fish.
Top with the onion and lemon or
lime slices. Cook the fish for 8 to 9
minutes, or until cooked through,
turning over once with a large metal
spatula. Cook the remaining fish the
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Daily Newspaper Celebrates 10011 Anniversary
SAmerican Lung Assoc. of Florida holds Asthma Camp for Kids
The Sacred Heart's Miracle Camp hosted The second annual ASTHMA CAMP for KIDS earlier this
month. The camp offers a traditional camping experience for asthmatic children. Medical supervision is
provided by respiratory therapists and nurses, along with volunteers from the Sacred Heart Health System.
Parents were assured that their children with asthma had a safe and fun time participating in camp
activities. For more information about future asthma camps, please call 1-800-LUNG USA.
Free Toolkit Encourages African-Americans to
Discuss Kidney Disease at Family Reunions
As African Americans across the tes and high blood pressure account failure can be prevented or delayed.
country prepare for family reunions for 70 percent of kidney failure in To help families talk about kidney
this summer, NIH is encour- disease, NKDEP has created a
aging them to bring health to free, online Kidney Connection
the table by alerting family Toolkit containing everything
members about their risks for needed to share important kid-
kidney disease. ney health information at reun-
The National Kidney Dis- ions, including simple guides
ease Education Program .. for conducting a 15-minute
(NKDEP) is launching an ,' Make the Kidney Connection
initiative this week to encour- health discussion, identifying
age African Americans who and talking with family mem-
are attending reunions tof bers at risk, and distributing
reach out to relatives who kidney disease prevention infor-
'have leading risk factors for nation to attendees.
kidney diseasediabetes or '' Organizations partnering with
High blood pressure. '- NKDEP on the initiative are the
"Many people know family National Urban League, the
members who have diabetes or high African Americans. Because diabe- International Society on Hyperten-
blood pressure. Our goal is to make tes and high blood pressure run in sion in Blacks, the National Medical
them aware of their risk for kidney families, reunions offer good oppor- Association, and the COSHAR
disease and to encourage them to tunities to discuss kidney disease. Foundation. Partners are spreading
get tested and take steps to protect Kidney disease has no early warn- the word and the toolkit throughout
their kidneys," says Dr. Thomas ing signs, said Dr. Hostetter. Not the summer.
Hostetter, director of NKDEP. knowing the risks can have disas- For more information and to
African Americans are four times trous consequences. But there is download the -NKDEP toolkit, visit
more likely than whites to develop good news. Once diagnosed, kidney www.nkdep.nih.gov/familyreunion
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Lowe's Ofiers Multicultural Children's DecorProducts
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their favorite designs and
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One of Lowe's newest product
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specializing in multicultural wall-
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and parents celebrate their'heritage
through home d6cor. "Prima Balle-
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ballerinas, and "Girl Friends"
features ethnically diverse little
girls with the words "best friends"
and "friends forever."
Cultural Hangups' products are
part of Lowe's complete wallpaper
offerings of 1,000 styles available
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available in two styles and retail for
$8.95 per 5-foot scroll. Lowe's is
the first home improvement retailer
to offer Cultural Hangups to its
customers and is an example of
Lowe's commitment to working
with minority suppliers.
Lowe's also offers other
multicultural children's d6cor
products that feature well-known
characters from Nickelodeon.'
Switch plates, outlet covers and
wall art come in "Dora the
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City Council Recognizes
Essay Contest Winners
City Council President-elect
Kevin Hyde honored the Willie
Gary Classic 2005 Essay Contest
Winners at Tuesday's City Council
meeting. Mr. Hyde presented
Alvin Brown, President of the
Willie Gary Classic a resolution.
The students who won the "I Have
a Dream" essay contest, recited
their essays in front of Dr. King's
widow Coretta Scott King during
the Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
The theme for the 3rd Annual
MLK Jr. Essay Contest will be
announced in October. The Willie
Gary Football Classis is about the
game of life, closing the education
gap, empowering students with
tools, resources, and inspiration to
seek a .higher education.
John H. Sengstacke
Last week the National News-
paper Publishers Association held
their annual convention in one of
America's most progressive cities,
Chicago, Illinois. Chicago was a
fitting city 'for this significant
confab, as one of the association's
oldest members, the Chicago
Defender, celebrates its 100th
Anniversary, this year. Also,
significant is the fact that the
Chicago Defender is the nation's
only Daily Black Newspaper.
Lee H. Walker, president of The
New Coalition recently reiterated
the story of Robert Sengtacke
Abbott, who sold the first 4-page
copy of the Chicago Defender, on
the streets, in May, 1905.
A native of Georgia, Abbott
graduated from the Hampton
Normal Agricultural Institute (now
Hampton University), with a
degree in printing, and moved to
Chicago in 1897. He worked at odd
jobs while attending Kent College
of Law, where he earned a law
degree in 1898.
Although equipped with an out-
standing education, Abbott found it
difficult to earn a decent living in
either field. He decided to open a
door for himself. Abbott launched
the Chicago Defender, and became
one of America's first black
Booker T. Washington also
graduated from the Hampton
Institute. He was 12 years older
than Abbott, they worked together
on many common causes. A large
picture of Washington hangs on the
conference room wall of the
The Library of Congress which
houses the Booker T. Washington
Collection. It includes a letter from
Washington to Abbott. In the letter,
he tells Abbott about a Chicago
baker, Mr. W. A. Wallace, who
was very successful, and who was
invited to Tuskegee to speak to
students about his occupation and
success as a baker.
In the letter Washington made
the request that Abbott interview
Mr. Wallace, and that Abbot send
Tuskegee Institute 200 copies,
which they would Willingly pay for.
Washington said, thus, you will
help us and you will be helped.
"We have wasted too much time
as a race in spending our time and
Robert Sengstacke Abbott
energy on the non-essentials rather
than the essentials of life," he said.
The letter continued with him
saying, "I am glad to see that your
paper is taking this sensible view.
Another thing we must learn sooner
or later is that no matter how much
a certain type of white people may
promise to do for us in the way of
securing "rights," in the last analy-
sis, we have got to help ourselves
(and each other).
PUBLISHERS NOTE: Abbott's
nephew, John Sengstacke carried
the banner of the Chicago Defen-
der after Mr. Abbott's death He
was mentored by his uncle,
therefore well prepared to step into
his shoes. It was a privilege to
know him through NNPA.
In the late 1980s, I received a
telephone call from Sengstacke,
much to my surprise and. amaze-
ment. John Sengstacke called me,
Packing Them In
This new book written by
scholar Sylvia Hood Washington is
about "Minorities' Battle for Clean
Communities" which Jacksonville
residents should be familiar with
because of the problems at the now
defunct Mary McLeod Bethune
Elementary School, the Emmett
Reid Community Center Athletic
Field, and other sites around town.
It is the first case study in the
field to be written by an African
American woman. It traces the
roots of the environmental justice
movement to before the beginning
of the twentieth century.
Washington argues that ethnic
and minority communities organ-
ized to salvage and improve their
urban landscapes long before
modern environmental movement
began in 1980. People of color and
other minorities "have always been
aware of what's happening to them
environmentally and how it might
affect their health," she contends.
In the book, she notes that the
Tuskegee Institute ran extension
programs from its inception to
support rural black farmers'
development of what we now refer
to as sustainable communities.
Washington worked for almost
twenty years in the power industry
and at the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA)
because a lady living in Jackson-
ville had seen him on television,
and contacted him. He asked me to
visit the lady, find out her circum-
stance and report back to him.
I was glad to accommodate such
an esteemed gentleman. I visited
the lady who lived in an Arlington
Apartment, with her children, and
-was about to be evicted. I called
Mr. Sengstacke back with as much
information as I could provide. He
was pleased, he said that he only
wanted to be sure the lady was who
she said she was. And he helped
.her simply because she was in need
and he was able to help her.
Perhaps, this message will reach
someone else who will pass it on,
we must help each other no matter
whether its to help someone in
need, or someone to succeed.
R CS. I. I n .. C 6. i i ': Is.(I.S
KMmrt<; IN( C-ll'Ac:fo i n/t..-lo.
before becoming the first African
American woman to receive a
doctorate in the history of science,
technology, and the environment at
Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Ohio.
She found that little has been
written on the effects of pollution
,PACKING THEM IN: An Arch-
aeology of Environmental Racism.
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hardback and paperback, for more
information call, 1(800)462-6420
or visit website hhtp://www
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Winfrey Rebuff Bringing National Attention
To Plight of Nation's Minority Consumers
Whether Oprah Winfrey was
turned away from a bit of after-
hours shopping in Paris because of
a racist employee or a special event,
news of the confrontation outside a
luxury store has evoked empathy
and anger from many American
In living rooms and Internet chat
rooms, the Winfrey case has
sparked discussion of what many
see as a chronic problem for
minorities: poor treatment and
sometimes outright suspicion of
minority shoppers no matter how
well-educated or rich they are par-
ticularly in high-end stores.
"The presumption in America is
that if you have the wealth, you'll
get equality but where's Oprah's
equality?" asked Bruce D. Haynes,
a sociologist at the University of
California, Davis. "It picks up on
every inkling of discrimination that
a black person might experience in
He added: "Many people are say-
ing, 'I don't have the money, but
Oprah represents what I could be ...
She's like the black Donald Trump.
And if it can happen to Oprah, it
could happen to anyone."
The incident occurred when
Winfrey stopped by Hermes on
June 14 to buy a watch minutes
after the boutique closed. Though
she and three friends said they saw.
shoppers inside, neither a sales
clerk nor manager would let them
Winfre. belhees the store's staff
had identified her, according to a
spokeswoman from Harpo
Production Inc., her company.
Winfre)'s friend. Gayle King, who
was there, told Entertainment
Tonight, "Oprah describes it as 'one
of the most humiliating moments of
her life.'" Harpo sa s Winfrey plans
to discuss the incident in the con-
text of race relations on her show
Hermes said in a statement it
"regrets not having been able to
welcome" Winfrey to the store, but
that "a private public relations event
was being prepared inside." The
store did not respond to calls seek-
"As retailers, we want to treat
every customer well. So I tell retail-
ers not to look at the customer for
what they look like but to address
the product they want and what
service they're looking for," said
Daniel Butler, vice president for
merchandising and operations at the
Washington-based National Retail
Even if a store is closed, Butler
said, the staff should be empowered
to "do as much as they can to
accommodate a customer and hope-
fully use common sense."
Winfrey has often plugged
Hermes products a $135 tea cup
and saucer was featured in her mag-
azine in 2001 and was still on her
Web site at press time, along with
the company's phone number. But
she has said she will no longer be
shopping in its stores.
Many other minorities boycott
stores where they receive poor serv-
ice, according to Harriette Cole,
author of "How To Be," a book on
black etiquette that recommends
this tactic to counter biased treat-
ment. Cole also recommends dress-
ing well and, if followed, asking for
"Unfortunately, this proves how
deeply ingrained in global culture
racism is," Cole said. "There is the
assumption that a black person uill
do you harm, and/or the assumption
that a black person has no place in a
luxury establishment, cannot afford
to buy the luxury item."
Michael Leake. a black pharma-
ceutical salesman in Toledo. Ohio.
knows this experience all too well.
"It happens all the time," he said.
"That's just life."
Once, at a high-end shopping cen-
ter in Los Angeles, he said, a sales
clerk referred to a white customer
as "sir," but turned to Leake and
greeted him with, "What's up,
homes?" He confronted the clerk.
"I was like, 'How's he "sir" and
I'm your homey? I'm interested in
why you speak to him in a more
respectful way than you speak to
me. We'%e all got money to spend
here."' Leake said.
Hermes. n its treatment of
Winfrey and its response, "blew it
to a degree that's hard to imagine."
he said. "It's clearly bigoted. ...
Think about what this did to their
business. Think about all those peo-
ple who have been oppressed itb
this kind of behavior who are
going to be sympathetic to Oprah
and not go back there."
Winfrey's influence is enormous:
She reportedly earned $225 million
last year, her daily talk show is seen
in 111 countries and Forbes maga-
zine recently named her America's
most powerful celebrity. Some
commentators have suggested that
her extraordinary wealth, usually a
buffer from the everyday trials
faced by most blacks, has fueled her
On June 24, 2005 Angela R.
Collins, & Tory C. Taylor were
married at the New Church of Faith
in Orlando, FL.
Angela is the daughter of the late
Mrs. A. Linda Collins, and Mr.
Clifton I. Collins Sr. of
Michael Eric Dyson Ready for Class Wars
Continued from page 5
ain't doin' nothing and my son
who was working on his doctorate
degree was murdered." You could
The other part of it is that rich
black people hate poor black people
-- let's break it on down -- rich nig-
gas hate poor niggas. Part of the
problem that we are confronting is
that the black elite, the
"Afristocracy," simply hates the
"ghettocrats." There's a huge class
chasm within our own community.
What we don't understand is that
these are ancient tensions that have
been in our community for far
longer than people are willing to
What were some of the chal-
lenges that you faced in writing
your new book?
I realized from the very beginning
that I was going against the odds in
writing this book. Most black peo-
ple come up to me and go : "you
know what, I was with Cosby" --
even poor and working class black
people. And I'm not surprised by
that because the poor watch more
TV than anybody else. They buy
into the vicious stereotypes about
them more than anybody else. Or,
they are sold a bill of goods about
why they. are poor and they hope
that it is true that if you think right
and speak right and behave right
that you will be prosperous in this
country. They are told this by every-
one from the churches they go to
with the prosperity gospel on down
to Bill Cosby and other bourgeois
Negroes. This is warfare, bruh, and
my book is a weapon in that war-
Doesn't Cosby's willingness to
give money to black causes make
him a leader? Doesn't it give him
a right to say what's on his mind?
Cosby's philanthropy is unques-
tionable. If he
never gives another
dime for the rest of
his life, he's done
more than a lot of
people for 10 life-
times. But the
question is: Can
we allow philanthropy to silence
dissent or to squash opposition?
Money giving can't be the litmus
test for authentic black leadership.
[That would make] Bill Gates the
greatest black leader we ever had --
that cat done gave about $120 mil-
lion to Negroes -- so it can't be that.
In one sense, it's easier to give
money, as opposed to stepping on
the front line during the civil rights
movement and putting your face
out there. That would give [your
contribution] more legitimacy. But
it would also cost you some of your
cultural standing with the white
folk you want to cross over to.
Jacksonville, Fl. Angela is a gradu-
ate of Bishop Kenny High School.
She earned a Bachelors of Science
in Health Science from the
University of Central Florida as
well as a Masters of Science in
Physical Therapy. She is currently
the clinic manager of CORA
Rehabilitation Ocoee, Florida.
The groom is the son of Ms.
Linda Morris, Winter Garden, FL
and Mr. Daniel Taylor, (Orlando,
FL) attended the University of
Connecticut. He is currently a
Yeoman in the United States Navy.
The bridesmaids paid tribute to the
late mother of the bride, Mrs. Arma
Linda Collins who succumbed to
breast cancer on June 20, 2004, by
wearing pink breast cancer
bracelets to accentuate their pale
pink gowns. Following the ceremo-
ny, guests dined on a Caribbean
inspired feast at the Clarcona
Community Center. The pibce de
resistance was the decadent four
tiered cake featuring I Corinthians
13:4-8 which was scripted along
each tier. Tropical flowers adorned
the pink frosted cake which the
bride selected to pay homage to her
mother. The couple honeymooned
in Orlando, FL and will soon transi-
tion to Virginia Beach, VA were the
groom, a Yeoman in the United
States Navy, will be stationed.
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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. unuciL
Alumni: Almeyta J. Lodi at (904)
355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams at
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 Caf6', 1037 Park
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 irt 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 1 t, 2nd 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 29th. For
information, call (904) 260-8690.
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
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.
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 32203
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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 10
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-
Paxon Sr. High School
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(@,hotmail.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
NCCJ to Preset
The National Conference
Community and Justice (N
will present its Metrotown Ins
youth leadership program for
12th graders, Monday, July 25t1
Thursday, July 28, at'Jacksol
University. This 4-day, 3-
residential leadership program
offer teens the opportunity
explore and discuss issue
diversity in gender, race, reli
culture and personal develop
"There is no place for hi
our beautiful country and that
mission of Metrotown, "to
down barriers between peop
different backgrounds, ethn'
and religions and to unite the
one humanity," said Saman Q
shi, 2002 graduate ofMetroto'
Space is limited, for regist
information, call (904) 306-62
The Stage Aurora Theatrica
Inc., in association with
Jacksonville Chapter of The
Inc., will hold auditions for the
Broadway Hit Gospel Mi
"Crowns" by Regina Taylor.
"Crowns" is truly the G
Musical with lots of "Hattit
The play is based on the po
book of portraits by Mi
Cunningham and Craig Marb
about Black women in Church
Powerful Gospel Singers
womenand; 1 mn), rereede
Auditions will be held Satu
July 9, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 6
in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorir
FCCJ North Campus.
For more information call
Aurora at (904) 765-7373.
Are You a Jacksonville Free Press Unsung 8H
If you have ever been honored as an "Unsung Hero" by P
and the Jacksonville Free Press, we are asking you to droll
line and make sure that we have your.current phone no
address. Something is in the works to bring all of our Ui
Heroes together at a special Honors Affair. Wril
Jacksonville Free Press, P O Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL
Stage Aurora will hold their
5th 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.
ate in Presented by 100 Black Men
is the of Jacksonville, violinist Regina
break carter will be in concert on
tle of Saturday September 24th at 8
cities\ PM t the Florida Theater. For
em as tickets, call the Florida Theater at
wn. "A Night of Stars"
ration To celebrate Florida
:25. Community College's 40th year,
t O the Florida Community College
to Foundation will sponsor a gala
on October 8, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
15 The event, themed "A Night of
Stars," will be held at the
P College's Deerwood Center and
is open to the public. Proceeds
al Co. will benefit Foundation
the Scholarships. For more
Links information, please 632-3237.
SOff- Raines Class of 1981
25 Year Reunion
ospel The William Raines Class of
ude!" 1981 will have their 25 year
'pular reunion with a 5 night cruise on
chael November 11, 2006 aboard the
berry, Carnival Imagination.
hats. Destinations include the Grand
(six Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios,
dfo~~ r a1aiaca. For more information.
please call Cecilia Dorsey at '66-
p.m. Ritz Theatre/LaVilla
um at Museum presents "Art is
Where You Find It!"
Stage The Ritz Theatre & LaVill
Museum will present "Art is Wher
You Find It! Trash to Treasure" a
10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16th.
Ir.? Participants will learn to create
.ublix art with found or recycled material;
with "Through Our Eyes'
Sus a ,Exhibitors, the mother anc
Sand daughter team,' Billie and Natali
sung McCray. For niore information, cal
te to (904)632-5555.
32203 FAMU National
SConference Set for July
20-24th in Orlando
The Florida A&M University
National Alumni Association wil
hold their 2005 Conference at the
Orlando Renaissance Resort
Wednesday through Saturday, Jul)
The three-day convention wil
include seminars, working sessions,
a memorial service, receptions,
luncheons, a step show, a goll
tournament, and a gala.
For more information,
write to, P.O. Box
Tallahassee, F1 32314.
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
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 1St 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
a Laughter for Lunch July 13
e ImprovJacksonville Comedy
it Theatre, home of Jacksonville's
only professional improvisational
e comedy troupe, is hosting its
s second "Laugh & Learn" Lunch at
S11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13th
d at their home, ImproveJacksonville
e Comedy Theater, 140 West
1 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.
S Boarding time is 7:00 p.m. The
1 boat will sail from 8:00 12:00
S a.m. Contact Earl at 707-8404 or
, Lou at 233-0207 for tickets or
S more information.
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
S free until 9:00 p.m. -
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A new bill just introduced in
Congress is aimed at helping
blacks fill in the blanks in their
The measure, dubbed the
Servitude and Emancipation
"Archival Research Clearinghouse,
-Ior Search Act, would establish a
national archive of records that
could help black families whose
histories were shattered by slavery
and racist laws piece together the
trails of their lineage in the U.S.
It may face a tough time getting
passed, though. The funding
request comes at a time when the
country's lawmakers are faced with
tough budgetary priorities and a
The bill's sponsors, Rep. Elijah E.
Gets Bill in Support of Helping
erica Trace Their Family Trees
Cuimmings of Maryland. and Sen.:, "This year we're thinking and hop-
Mary L. Landrieu of,, Louiasian, sng that it won't get lost on the cal-
want Congress to allocate $5 il- n 'eridar," she said, noting that the
lion to create the archive andanoth- measure had- garnered several
er $5 million.to h6lp unriiersities'' HHuse' -and. Senate co-sponsors
and other institutions gather. and Asince its initial introduction.
preserve historical documents tha, -Curnmiu gs said he was inspired
might contain information abput ilto propose the measure several
black family ,trees. .The funding 'years ago when he tried to trace his
request comes at-a time when ae'. ancestry. A former head of the
country's lawmakers are faced it ,COigressional. Black. Caucus,
tough budgetary priorities ;and p Cumxmings says he was dismayed
record deficit en searches. for public records
In addition, the measure as .on y any f his antecedents beyond
introduced- in the..last Congress.. 'iN grandfather~turned up nothing.
passing the' full Senate but diag :'.Effortstoturn up property, voting
before'it got a vote in the House. ,.i and even birth or death records for
Landrieu.said last. ..eek,thath' his greaw grandfather were unfruit-
was confident the bill had enough b'ful;-he said;.until he came across a
support to pass this time around. '.' cemetery\ at a South Carolina
"It's interesting that one of the
ways we were able to get some of
the information we needed was
gravesites," he said. "The first
words I saw written about my
great-grandfather were on his grave
One expert on black genealogy
said that it is a common myth that
records on the lives of black slaves
and their descendants in the United
States don't exist.
Slave owners-kept tons of records
on their black propertyy" according
to Valencia Nelson, founder of
"Slaves were property, property
was taxed, and there are records of
all of that," she said.
Milestones Cvil Rights
cus Of New Postage Stamps
brush-and-ink drawing b- Jacob StudioElS, .a design and fabrica- War," a silk-screen print
Lawrence. .- tion finim in Ne\\ York. circa 1941, recalls President
y**-- Freedom Riders: A gouache by ._:Montgomery Bus Boycott: The S. Truman's Executive Order
--- lMay Stevens called "Freedom Boycott-is represented by a detail March on Washington: "
Riders", (1963) honors the ohun- from "Waldnpg," a 1958 painting on Washington," painted ir
teers. .* by Charles Alston. by Alma Thomas, commem
Little Rock Nine: George Hunt' Selma ,March;. This is repre- the great demonstration.
painting, "America Cares" (19971 ,,'ented -by ,"$elma March," a 1991 Voting Rights Act of 1965
remembers the nine courageous acrylic, painting by Bernice Sims. Voting Rights Act of 1965
Studentss, ,eculve Order 9981:On July gested by Bruce Davidson's
l Lunch Counter Sit-Ins: Thei 1948, President Harry S. graph "Youths on the
";in movement to integFate"ites-.Truman issued Executive Order March," (1965).
S onl" lunch counters is recalled by. 9981 mandating fill.integration in The stamps will be av
B i ;an exhibit created for the Naiional. alt-braniches .of the U.S. military. August 30th.
^-_ .Civil- ..:Rights Museum..-fb ty. ,illiam'H. Johnsons "Trainingfor
SLife Drma With Divorc
'am". "a'''With v
Philadelphia's Public School
Mandate Excites Author
Darlene Clark Hines
Philadelphia, Pa.'s decision to
mandate African-American studies
in high school should make study-
ing American history more interest-
ing and help unite students of differ-
ent backgrounds, not divide them,
says the author of the textbook cho-
sen for the course.
Darlene Clark Hine, the lead
author of "The African-American
Odyssey," said she is puzzled by
critics who say the requirement will
offend students of other races and
"This is simply a more exciting
way of teaching the history of our
country," said Hine, a Northwestern
University professor, in a telephone
interview with The Associated
Press. "All students black, white,
Asian, everyone should be inter-
ested and can learn a lot of
American history from the study of
the African-American experience
within that history."
The Philadelphia School Reform
Commission unanimously approved
the course, which was previously
offered as an elective at 11 of the
city's 54 high schools, this spring.
The 185,000-student district possi-
bly the first in the nation to require
the class is about two-thirds black.
The course topics include classical
African civilizations, civil rights
and black nationalism. The textbook
is written for college students, but a
high-school edition being devel-
oped for the Philadelphia schools
will be published in July.
Hine, who is black and was edu-
cated in Chicago's public schools,
has taught African-American histo-
ry at the college level only. But she
said any outrage among her students
stems from feeling that their high
school classes didn't give them an
accurate account of American histo-
"If anything is divisive, what hap-
pens is that both the white and the
black students become angry and
sad, and feel that they have been
lied to," Hine said.
Traditional approaches to teaching
American history sometimes turn
students off because they emphasize
memorizing dates and events,
instead of telling stories about the
transformation of the country and
its people over time, Hine said.
"Most histories will stop at the
Civil War, and then the next time
you pick up black people, they're in
the South, and we're talking about
Rosa Parks and Martin Luther
King," said Hine, whose co-authors
are South Carolina State University
professors William C. Hine and
McMillan Living Real
: From Gay Husband
By Matier'and Ross
The images of 10 U.S. postage
stamps commemorating the his-
toric events of the Civil Rights
Movement were unveiled last week
in conjunction with a performance
of the musical stage play that
recounts the experiences of Civil.
Rights activist Dr. Dorothy I.
Height. The production, "If This
Hat Could Talk," based on the
memoirs of Dr. Height, runs
through June 26 at Washington
DC"s historic Lincoln Theater.
These new stamps are part of the
Postal Service's 2005 stamp pro-
gram celebrating the people and.
events that have shaped the history
of our nation. The "To Form a,
More Perfect Union" stamps com-
memorate 10 important milestones
of the Civil Rights Movement. -
"I cannot think of a more perfect
setting for a sneak preview of these
stamps than at this play," said
Delores Killette, Postmaster,
Washington, DC, who unveiled the
stamps. "Dr. Height's untold stories
offer great insight into a number of
significant moments in America's
Civil Rights Movement. The Postal
Service is proud tO illustrate those
moments with these new stamps."
The stamp art, designed by Ethel
Kessler, uses details from contem-
porary artworks to illustrate all of
the historical events commemorat-
ed on the stamp sheet. The image
used on the selvage is a detail from
a painting made by Louis Delsarte
in 2000, From Selma to
Montgomery. A short description
of each event that is part of the "To -
Form A More Perfect Union" .
stamp pane is detailed below:
Brown v. Board of Education:
The landmark ruling is suggested
by Romare Bearden's lithograph,
"The Lamp" (1984).
Civil Rights Act of 1964: DThe
Civil Rights Act of 1964 is sug-
gested by "Dixie Cafd," a 1948
S' States; become a citizen and get
In a tale rich in lost love, closetr- rich through' someone else's
ed Wd'f nd aci u'nJoua diorce.. eftet"' MillWrote'ie 01'
-it turns out that \ writer .Terry hler filings. .' \
SMecMillan -- w hose celebrated : In fact, McMillan says Plummer
romance and subsequieht 'marriage zeroed ri :on her precisely because
to a mnan 23 years her junior.'- of iaeri elebrity- status as an author
became the stibject f 'hei.'itioir- ihose earlier books included
ized best-seller '.How Stell'a Got ,"Waiting to Exhale, which sold
Her Groove "Back" -- actuallyy got' some 4 million copies and was
her groove back with a main -ho made inmo a movie.
.now says he's gay. : In-hinterview, Plummer insisted
he story is spilling ottt ini made-" that he did-n't know he was gaN
for-HIolly ood detail ,"ii '. La when he met McMillan in June
California court where. McMillan 1995 at a Jamiaican resort. Nor, he
has filed for .divorce from. het- 'says, did he seize on the author's
Jamaican- born husband of six -fame.-
years, Jonathan Plummer. ... ,. "I was a 20-year-old kid when I
McMillan, 53, said in court docu- n' met her and had no idea that she
_ments that the marriage was'based w'as anybody other than an attrac-
O' n a "fraud" because Plummer hed Jtive,.older w oman," he said in court
. about his sexual orientation nd' ,papers.
married 'er only to gain U.S. citi- For-'her part, McMillan, who was
zenship. ,. hen 42. said she worried when she
"It was devastating to discover' first met Plummer that he was
that relationship I had publicized .' interested only in her money. "But
to lthe' world as life-affivming .and Jonathan ;was very charming and
built on mutual love was actually' mnmadO me believe that he was craz\
base4.on deceitt,1 she. wrote iniheir about me." she told the court.
deelaratibOn.''I. was iunrillated:'.' ,".' .The tWyo eventually married in
Plummer, 30, countered. in c0rft.. 'Maui on Sept. 8, 1998 -- but not
papts of' his'own that NcMilan' .befbrk Plummer signed a prenup
has 'turned on'him with a "homo.- that waived his rights to every- j
.phobic" vengeance and is uting to' thitg should they ever part, includ-
'orcd his return to an uncen ain ring "temporary and permanent
future in Jamaica. He want to void spousal support and attorney's fees,
the' couple's prenuptial agreement "' hccdrdingl6 court papers filed by
that would keep from him most-of McMillan.
the millions she's earned as ;'The couple settled in McMillan's
writer. -" $4 million-Danville home and, at
He also claims he was denied his least according to Plummer,
full share of royalties, as spelled 'enjoyed a happy life -- until the last
out in the prentp, from' "H6ow Stella few years' when the marriage start-
Got Her Groove:Back," the fiqtin- 'ed'coming'undone.
alized account of a single mother's "He became less attentive, less
torrid relationship v ith a. Jamaican' 'charming, more distracted and
young enough 'to be her :son fnit 'absent from the home," McMillan
very, much parallels the lives 6f wrote in,her declaration.
McMillan and Plummer. ;., ,' Plummer said he was spending
Plummer's attorney. Dolores long hours with a dog-grooming
Sargent, said' her client hias, no' business in Danville that McMillan
interest in embarrassing McMil tan had setup for him a couple of years
or extorting money from he r.-' ago in apparent anticipation of a
"All I want tp.'do is settlethcase split.
in away'that's'fair to both parties.., ', It wasn't until just before last
and that allows Jonathan sufficient
funds to re-establish .hii elf,"
Sargent said. "And .'e ,hav beenr'
In court papers, however,
McMillan leaves little doubt that.
she believes Plummer was always -
motivated by money.; '
"Jonathan has manipulated me
from the very beginning ii his
scheme to come to tfhe United'
-Christmas, Plummer says, that the
'-two finally split -- after he revealed
he was gay.
O"I was kicked out of the house in
December right after I told her," he
said in the interview.
In court records, however,
'McMillan says Plummer confessed
to being gay only after she con-
fronted him about all his hours of
.phone calls to a male friend living
Jamaica. She Shown above is celebrated writer Terry McMilan in happier times with
also says she later learned that husband Johnathan Plummer and the book inspired by their romance.
Plummer was participating in
online gay chat sites.
In any event, judging from the
court filings, the disclosure quickly
turned ugly. McMillan obtained a
restraining order to keep Plummer
from their house, and she claimed
she recently discovered that
Plummer had embezzled at least
$200,000 from her bank accounts
before and during their marriage.
(He admits in court papers "a gross
error of judgment" in taking
$62,000 without her knowledge,
but said that he was financially
dependent on her during the mar-
riage and that he intends to pay it
Plummer obtained his own
restraining order against the author,
alleging that McMillan constantly
harassed him for coming out of the
closet, and at one point walked into
his dog-grooming business and
tossed a ceramic object across the
"She kept calling me, saying nasty
things about me being gay, calling
me a fag," Plummer said in an
In a Jan. 14 letter written by
McMillan and filed with the court,
the author told Plummer, "The rea-
son you're going to make a great
fag is that most of you guys are just
like dogs anyway. ... You do what-
ever with whomever pleases you
and don't seem to care about the
Plummer also says McMillan
came into the dog-grooming shop
and left him a bottle of Jamaican
hot pepper sauce on which she
wrote, "Fag Juice Burn Baby
Burn," and that she also scrawled
"Jonathan's Fag boyfriend Fag" on
a photo of a friend.
"She is an extremely angry
woman who is homophobic and is
lashing out at me because I have
learned I am gay," Plummer
declared in a court filing last
McMillan's attorney, Jill Hersh --
a divorce lawyer who has handled
civil rights cases involving gay
couples and their children -- says
her client "is anything but homo-
"However, she feels betrayed and
disappointed ... that her husband is
gay, Hersh said. "And anything
you have seen in the pleadings
emanates from how she is experi-
encing the end of her marriage, and
it doesn't have to do with anything
Hersh also disputes Plummer's
contention that McMillan was
seeking an annulment as a way to
get him deported, as he alleges. In
pressing her claim of fraud, howev-
er, McMillan told the court that
Plummner waited to tell her he was
gay until he knew his application
for citizenship was approved.
Plummer says he understands that
McMillan felt betrayed by his com-
ing out. "But I was being truthful to
myself, and didn't want to hurt her
anymore," he said.
On June 17, a Superior Court
judge handed Plummer a minor
victory -- ordering McMillan to
pay him $2,000 a month in spousal
support, plus $25,000 in attorney's
fees -- until a full trial on the valid-
ity of the prenuptial agreement and
the annulment request is heard in
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