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How to Recognize
Johnnella Butler Becomes
Spelman College Provost
Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum
has named Johnnella E. Butler, provost and vice presi-
dent for academic affairs. Butler, recognized for her
work in ethnic studies, women's studies, cumculum
change and development, is responsible for overseeing
academic departments and programs. formulating edu-
cational policies, and recruiting and orienting faculty.
"Dr. Butler is a very experienced administrator who
has worked for many years as a faculty member and department chair,
and currently serves as associate dean and associate vice provost in The
Graduate School at the University of Washington," says President Tatum.
Butler views her ne\w position at Spelman as a significant career cross-
road. "Coming to Spelman represents a major turning point in reaching
goals central to both my professional and personal lives." says Butler,
who leaves UW after 17 years of progressive grow th at the institution.
Her first order of business when she joins Spelman in September
includes curriculum and accreditation reviews.
FBI Admits It Has
Files on Rights Groups
The FBI has thousands of pages of records in its files relating to the
monitoring of civil rights, environmental and similar advocacy groups,
the Justice Department acknowledges.
The organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and
Greenpeace, are suing for the release of the documents. The organiza-
tions contend that the material will show that they have been subjected to
scrutiny b) FBI task forces set up to combat terrorism.
The FBI has identified 1.173 pages related to the ACLU and 2.383
pages about Greenpeace, but it needs at least until February to process the
ACLU files and until June to review the Greenpeace documents. the gov-
ernment said in a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington.
The ACLU has sought FBI files on a range of individuals and groups
inter iewed, investigated or subjected to searches by the task forces. The
requests also are for information on how the task forces are funded to
determine if they are rewarded with government money by labeling high
numbers of cases as related to terrorism.
Officials have said agents adhere strictly to Justice Department guide-
lines requiring evidence of criminal active ity or indications that a person
may know something about a crime.
Black Farmers Miss
Chance to Appeal Bias
Black farmers who missed deadlines for appealing discrimination
claims against the government can't have another chance at compensa-
tion, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Advocates for the farmers said the ruling is another sign that legal
options have been exhausted and Congress needs to intervene.
At issue is the 1999 settlement of a class-action lawsuit by black farm-
ers who alleged the Agriculture Department had routinely denied them
loans because of their race. The department agreed to pay $50,000 to any
farmer who could show he or she was discriminated against and agreed
to unlimited payments in extreme cases.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia ruled against about 300 farmers who sought claims, were
denied them and missed the deadline for appeals.
The farmers argued they missed the deadlines either because of mis-
takes by their lawyers or because they \were not notified of the appeal
deadhne. To date. the government has paid nearly $684 million to 13,730
black farmers. Under the settlement, an independent arbitrator reviews
claims and a monitor review s appeals.
Descendants Hold Reunion
In their first meeting away from Thomas Jefferson's estate in Virginia.
about 65 people % ho believed to b% descendants of the nation's third
president and slave Sally Hemings gathered for a weekend reunion in
"My son is only 4. so I want him to meet his black cousins." said Lucian
Truscott of Los Angeles. a Jefferson descendant who has spoken at sev-
eral previous reunions.
Two of Hemings' sur iv ing four children, who claimed to be Jefferson's
sons. settled in southern Ohio: Madison Hemings settled in Pike and
Ross counties, while his brother. Eston Hemings, moved to Chillicothe,
Ohio in the 1830s and left for Wisconsin in 1852.
The gathering drew people from Ohio. California, New York. Virginia,
North Carolina. Penns)lvania and Washington.
Hemings' descendants have been trying for years to gain official recog-
nition that Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence,
fathered at least some of Hemings' children
Their argument was bolstered in 1998, when DNA tests found that a
male in Jefferson's family fathered Hemings' last child, Eston.
Some Jefferson family members, however, dispute Hemings' family ties
to the third president and have refused her descendants membership in
the family's exclusive Monticello Association.
FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 19 No. 26 Jacksonville, Florida July 21 27, 2005
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Available from Commercial News ProvIders" Shown above are local champion swimmers (L-R) Jasmine Sanders,
Tournament Junious Guinyard and Bill Rivers.
Still Waters Run Deep
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k. ... 15 Year Swim Meet of Aquatic Legacy Continues
,W Old timers, seasoned and beginning swimmers were on hand to compete
A ... and watch the 15th Annual Julius Guinyard Swim Meet, the annual aquat
S1 i ic event named after the Jefferson Street Pool's longtime Swimming
P ..... Director. Close to sixty amateur and semi professionals joined in the even
co rnmntinr in fifteen different events.
The Meet, which began in 2000 has grown from an interested 15 swim-
mers, to a statewide competition. A variety of races such as the senior
mens freestyle, the junior girls 25 yard freestyle and the junior medley
relay allow the diverse group of swimmers to showcase their skills.
More on page 5
School Board Member Breaks the Chain
New Head Coach of Silence With Book on Incarerated Teens
Carter was intro-
duced as Florida
A&M's new head
football coach this
Carter The 52-year-old
Carter spent the last 16 months as
defensive line coach at Temple. He
replaces Billy Joe, who was fired
last month along with two assis-
tants amid an ongoing cheating
probe. Joe was 86-46 in 11 years at
Carter, who has never been a head
coach, has little time to prepare for
the start of the 2005 season. Players
are due to report Aug. 7 and the
season opener is Sept. 3 against
Carter, spent a dozen seasons in
the NFL before coaching 17 years
at the pro and collegiate levels.
Shown above is the cover of the
author, School Board Member by
by Natalie Mitchell
Poor family structures, a life of
despair and fighting the age-old
cliche phrase "shoulda-coulda-
Teens Learn Servant Leadership
Through Youth Institute
from nineteen area high
schools enrolled in
Point of Light Youth
Leadership Institute ,
(PYLI) recently reno-
vated a house for i* a
Ministries. The Institute
which meets on 6 con-
secutive Fridays, is a -
program designed to
teach servant leadership
and community service
anl community service Shown above is Zeneisha Countryman, a student
skills to igh school age at Mandarin High School and Michael Thomas
s tude ts c who attends Englewood High School.
After researching Atlantic Beach Inc. The house is
Jacksonville's community needs, the pa e a4phe houe
teens decided to tackle the issue of phase of a 4 phase development
homelessness. They chose to take for Beaches area families in transi-
homelessness. They chose to take tion. The students who worked from
action by helping a Beaches home- 9:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. painted and
less family put a roof over their cleaned the interior of the house that
head. The youth completed their will become a home for a Beaches
community service project at area homeless family.
Helping Hands Ministries of
woulda" are all reasons some of
Jacksonville's misguided youth
have pointed to as the foundation
for their present incarcerated state.
In an effort to prevent others from
the same plight, Duval County
teenage inmates have offered their
intensive stories through prolific
letters compiled in a new book.
Duval County School Board
District 5 Member and education
consultant, Betty Seabrook Bumey,
is the mastermind behind the proj-
In "If These Chains Could Talk",
youth provideadvice to students,
parents, teachers, the faith commu-
nity and others. Bumey brings to
the forefront the stories of young
black males, ages 13 to 18 that were
What initially began as a form of
mentoring, the project evolved into
a book in which Bumey attributes
the book writing process to her
encouraging sister, Priscilla
Jenkins. "The assignment was for
the young men to write a letter to
students in Duval County's six aca-
demically-challenged schools to
offer them advice regarding skip-
ping school and other poor choices
that teenagers often make," Bumey
"If These Chains Could Talk" will
be published in August and will be
available for all students to read.
The dramatic letters offer advice
and a raw and personal look into the
inmates' lives and their yearning to
be loved. Burney's overall goal was
to convey a real depiction of why
adolescents commit crimes and
offer the reader tactics to maintain a
The compilation of stories reflect
the American society in all facets of
life. Many of the inmates could per-
haps be your kind neighbor next
door, the gentle-spirited usher on
the church youth usher board, or the
product of an affluent socioeco-
nomic background. While many
parents pray incessantly during the
adolescent years, no parent is
exempt from this burden. More ter-
rifying, in all three respective
lifestyles, these young men could
have potentially altered their lives
in a blink of the eye.
"I quickly realized that there is a
thin line... a very thin and fragile
line between good and bad,"
Burney said. "It only takes a split
second for a risky choice to have
dire and life-long consequences."
The book provides an array of
contributing factors as examples of
life altering split decisions. Some
include teen's rebellious failure to
heed the advice of parents, poor
family structure or 'daddy drama.'
In some cases, the local community,
including civic and faith-based
organizations (i.e. churches), failed
to intervene on behalf of the
inmate's parents in the early devel-
opmental stages of their lives.
Unlike many expose books out
there, "Chains" offers detailed plans
of action, encouraging proactive
decisions in redirecting misbehav-
ior and criminal activities.
"Teachers will learn how extreme-
ly important it is to develop a 'rela-
tionship' with each child. Ministers
and community leaders will recog-
nize that our youth need meaningful
activities that will engage them
physically and emotionally.. .as
well as spiritually," Bumey said.
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July 21-27, 2005
Delta's Song Airlines, first to contract with
Black Publisher for Airline Magazine
Mrs. Barbara Halfacre, widow of the late Edward J. Halfacre is pictured with Col. Bill Ford and golf en-
thusiast Mrs. Patricia Thompson Hairston; at right: the winning foursome from the inaugural tournament
held on November 7, 1997; wins again in this .far, the teain Al Halfacre; Peter McEntee, Dean Hecht
and Mark Rivera with John Montgomery of the YMCA."
"A Celebration of Life" 9th Annual
Halfacre MemorialGold Tournament
JACKSONVILLE Time is fastly
approaching for the 9th Annual,
Edward J. Halfacre. Memorial Golf
Tournament, which benefits the
Junior Golf Program at the James
Weldon Johnson YMCA. The tour-
nament is-scheduled for October
14, 2005, a -rain date is set for
November 18, 2005, at the
Cimarrone Golf and Country Club.
Many young golfers are golfing
today because of the dedication of
Mr. Edward Halfacre to golf, and
teachers youngsters golf. In his
retirement,. Mr. Halfacre, not only
provided classes to young people
but also secured golf clubs for the
children who could not afford
them. He began the Junior Golf
Program at. the James Weldon
Johnson YMCA in 1992. Some of.
those young golfers are probably
ready for tournament play today.
of Black Journalists
Atlanta ug. 3-7th
The .Nlartgest association of
journalists,, of color and media
related p professionals will converge
on Atianft AuRgust 3-7, 2005, for
the 30,h Anniversary Convention of
the National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ), More than.
3.000 are expected for the 5-day
convention at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel, 265 Peachtree Street NE.
"There is not a more important
journalism gathering than our
annual convention and career fair,"
said NABJ President Herbert Love,
The corinetionfi Will feature the
nation's largest journalism career
fair along with specialized
workshops, plenary sessions with
national figures, professional
development breakfasts targeted to
various journalism disciplines, an
awards banquet, a gospel brunch,
media receptions, an exhibit area
and so much more geared to the
veteran journalist and those
entering the field.
The convention will honor the
44 brave men and women who
founded NABJ in 1975, as well as,
the 15 men and women elected to
serve as president of the association
Also, spotlighted will be the 30
most influential moments impact-
ing black journalists since 1975.
For .more information, about
NABJ, or convention registration,
call (301) 445-7100; or visit NABJ
at http: "www.nabj org
Mr. Halfacre not onl\ had a love.
for the game.of gl.f, but also felt it
was a test of' taper.,a 'test of
honor, and it caled i for skill,
strategy, and se f-discipline.
The Annual Halfacre Memorial
Tournament has been renamed- to,
reference: "A Celebration of Life"
for two people: Edward & Barbara
Halfacre. Mrs. Haltacre recently
went homq;to the' L6rd 'and to join
her husbandir I tis ~-ar appropriate
way to iremefiber a man and
woman. who dIvotedl ar enormous
amouni(of their precious time and
energy, io encourage c)tlth.to reach
outside of their element to seek
involvement in a positive activity:,
the sport of Golf. .'
In August 2004, 'The- Halfacre.
Memorial Foundatioi h,.a 5010 3.,
non-profit corporation, was formed
to assure: the continued support of
:he Halfacre Junior Golf Program
at the James Weldon Johnson. Y,
The.'First- Tee' Program at: Brent-
,.ood. and oth er charitable youth.
programs, after sqfio-ol programs;
The Tournament Committee in-
cludes: Pop Alexander, Greg Atwa-
Ster, Esq,; Willard Payne, Frank R.
Keasler, Esq.; Michael J. Leskoske,
Pastor Geneaver Gibson, Dr. Xenia
H. Merrick, and Albert Halfacre,
Sponsorship donors will be
recognized with name/company
name being prominently displayed
and mentioned, in advertisement, at
banquet, with a plaque, hole spon-
sor, banner & souvenir program,
and one foursome, for the golf
Even greater success is antici-
pated with the continued support
of sponsors and donors. We reach
out to you on behalf of the youth of
Jacksonville, and the Edward and
Barbara Halfacre's support and
memory. Your support will help to
make this tournament a great
success. Monetary sponsorship and
prize donations are needed. Please
contact: Prize Committee Director
Xenia Halfacre, 11250 Old St.
.Augustine Rd., #15-153, Jackson-
ville, FL 32257.
CHARLES PERRY CONSTRUCTION, INC.
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The Indigo Publications Team (left to right) Nigel Killikelly, Editorial Director; Nikki L. Austin,
Director of Sales; Nicole Winslow, Editorial Staff; Adrienne Moore, Media Specialist; Dawnne Amey,
Vice President of Operations and Sales; Sandra Rush, Business Manager; Rita Brooks, CEO and
Publisher; lesha Daniels, Sales Staff; and Olivia Clemons, Director of Events.
ATLANTA, Ga. Delta Air Lines' low-fare air server,
Song, has launched its in-flight magazine, Song Lyric,
which is produced by Indigo Productions. The
magazine debuted with its July issue. The cover
features Mariah Carey, whose comeback album, the
Emancipation of Mimi has gone platinum.
The magazine will provide travelers with nationwide
insightful, uplifting and entertaining content that
mirrors Song's diverse offerings and customer base.
Topics will range from health and wellness, to style and
fashion and, of course, entertainment. Song Lyrics will
include monthly sections interwoven with timely
interviews and feature stories.
"Song is always looking for new ways to enhance
the inflight experience for our customers and Song
Lyrics is the perfect new addition," said Joanne Smith,
president of Song. "We want to offer content that is
refreshing, fun and entertaining to
compliment to the Song experience.
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spelling ability, flexible hours
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information, including daytime
phone number: (904) 764-6278.
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Song Lyrics will be produced every month by Indigo
Productions, an Atlanta-based, full-service marketing
and event planning company founded in 1996 by Rita
Brooks. The premiere issue of Song Lyric was
launched in New York City at the Time Warner
Center's Stone Rose, one of the newest lounges created
by nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber. Gerber formed
a partnership with Song to create a new line of
signature branded cocktails.
Indigo Productions, LLC was founded in 1996 as an
Event Planning company, and after years of hard work,
the Agency's founder, Rita Brooks, capitalized on her
experience with various Fortune 500 companies to form
a full-service creative design, production, fulfillment, as
well as media and event planning services. Today, the
Atlanta-based company encompasses 93 years of
industry experience, including a full print production
division. Indigo's current high profile clients include:
The Coca-Cola Company, InterContinental Hotels
Group, The U. S. Army, and Song/Delta Air Lines.
Stormy Cleveland &
Leofric Thomas for
"Evening of Inspiration"
To Benefit Program
For Foster Children
An "Evening of Inspiration, a
social networking charity event, is
scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, July 23rd, at Henrietta's,
corner 9t" and Main St. National
recording gospel artist, Stormy
Cleveland will perform, in addition
to Leofric Thomas. CPPC's invited
guests will learn more about the
EduCare program and how they
can become involved.
Children aspiring to launch
entertainment careers, sharpen their
artistic abilities, or seek opportune-
ities in church music ministries, can
begin right here in Jakifshville, at
th'FlFi/s 'AYi#ual'VS'o'-lh Preshia
Performing Arts Camp, at The
Worship Place,2627 Spring Glen
Road, on the Southside.
Campers will benefit from
detailed lessons conducted by
certified Duval County Public
School teachers, and master level
instructors from Gospel Music
Workshop of America.Aease call
(904) 728-7355 or (904) 396-0540.
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Civil Rights Pioneer
Arthur Fletcher Remembered
Shown left: Jacksonville School of Music founder Deborah McDuffie
(left) plays piano and coaches voice student Timothy O'Berry. Above,
McDuffie (right) directs a studio session with (from left) Howard
*.L Hewitt, the late music legend Luther Vandross, Deniece Williams, and
Acclaimed Force Behind Ritz Voices Opens
Non-Profit School of Music at the Landing
At the funeral of legendary singer
Luther Vandross, Jacksonville resi-
dent Deborah McDuffie was sitting
on the fourth row at his funeral.
And it's no wonder. The former
New York advertising exec spent
her early career writing lyrics, hir-
ing talent, and producing ad jingles
for unknowns like Vandross helping
launch them in their careers become
McDuffie's list of hires is long,
and includes music giants like Patti
Labelle, Gladys Knight, Janet
Jackson, B.B. King, Al Green,
Roberta Flack, and Jose Feliciano.
Now, a decade later, McDuffie has
organized a new venture. She's
organized the not-for-profit
Jacksonville School of Music
housed at the Jacksonville Landing.
"We're delighted to find our home
in the heart of this wonderful city of
Jacksonville," said McDuffie. "And
we hope people will take advantage
of us as we seek to enrich our chil-
dren's lives and build this important
McDuffie hasn't been shy about
promoting the school either. After
Vandross' funeral, she seized to
opportunity to tap colleague and
personal friend, grammy-awarding
song writer and singer Stevie
Wonder to lend her a hand.
"When I told Stevie what I was
doing he immediately said he want-
ed to use the youth choir on a song
called "Spread The Love," on his
soon-to-be released album," said
McDuffie, adding she and Wonder
are in the process of working out
No question this mother of two
grown sons has the Midas touch and
the track record to prove it.
Since she got here nine years
ago, McDuffie has created and
branded a series of music products
and projects including Ritz Voices,
and Amateur Night at the Ritz,
musical shows for Super Bowl
XXXIX, the Jacksonville Jazz
Festival and McDonald's
But then McDuffie has the expe-
rience. After all in 1993, she was
hired to produce and revamp New
York's Apollo Amateur Night.
McDuffie's roots in music run
The second youngest of four
girls, the Queens native grew up lis-
tening to her mother sing, studied
french horn, and spearheaded near-
ly every choral group at her high
school. It was enough to convince
her Naval worker father and home-
maker mother to buy a piano. After
high school, McDuffie studied
music composition and music edu-
cation at Western College for
Women in Ohio. She was then
recruited by top-flight New York ad
agency McCann Erickson where
she began to earn a reputation for
writing snappy jingles and produc-
ing national commercials and ad
spots for Coca-Cola Miller
Brewing, KFC, General Motors,
Seagram's and Mountain Dew. And
it was there, she began hiring "the
Luthers" of the world.
"It was a great job," said
McDuffie, who for years was one of
only two black women in the ad
McDuffie eventually opened her
own production company. But as
the music industry shifted away
from acoustic to electronic,
McDuffie found herself at a career
crossroads. She felt a longing to
teach. While visiting a friend in
Jacksonville, McDuffie attended a
teacher's job fair and accepted a job
teaching music at Jeff Davis Middle
Now, nine years later, McDuffie
is at Paxon School for Advanced
Studies and has been tapped by her
principal to chair to the school's
Fine Arts Department.
'Idid it because she's good," said
Dr. James Williams, Paxon princi-
pal. "Within 30 days of being here,
she had 200 students participating
in the school chorus. And that's a
McDuffie has her hands in many
pots. In addition to the public
schools, she works for the City of
Jacksonville's Ritz Theatre and
LaVilla Museum where she created
Ritz Voices and Amateur Night at
the Ritz. She also serves as a regu-
lar judge on WJXT TV's televised
"Gimme the Mike" talent competi-
tion, which airs Wednesdays at 8
Meanwhile, the Jacksonville
School of Music regularly produces
its own open mic talent showcase
called "Rising Stars" every
Saturday at the Landing, as well as
a series of other programs slated for
the fall. The school is also home to
the Jacksonville Youth Mass Choir,
which recently went into the studio
to provide backup vocals for four
songs on the "Tributeto Sam Cook"
album being recorded by
Manhattan's lead singer Gerald
The school will be presenting a
soulful music review of '70s, '80s
and '90s entitled "The Rhythm and
the Blues" and hosting an enroll-
ment drive for fall classes at the
Jacksonville Landing Saturday, July
23rd from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, call
Arthur Fletcher, an adviser to
Republican presidents and an early
booster of affirmative action, died
of natural causes las tweek at his
Washington home. He was 80.
Fletcher served as an adviser to
Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan
and George H.W. Bush.
As an official in Nixon's Labor
Department, Fletcher in 1969
administered the "revised
Philadelphia plan," which set and
enforced equal opportunity
employment standards for compa-
nies with federal contracts and their
After that, Ford, Reagan and Bush
appointed him to the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights, which
he chaired from 1990 to 1993.
Fletcher, dubbed "the father of
affirmative action," was also a dele-
gate to the United Nations, execu-
tive director of the United Negro
College Fund, owner of consulting
Americans adopted more than
22,000 foreign-born children last
year. But the trend is reversed for
some African-American and
rmned-raced babies born in the
United State-. Those children are
leading the country. adopted by
foreigners lii ing abroad
Among those adopting U.S.-born
African-Amercan babies are Earl
Stroud and his partner. Allison
Darke. of Ottawa. Canada. Both
are Caucasian. They adopted their
son Ethan. who is black, shortly
after he was born in Chicago.
No one has a full count on the
number of black babies from
America being adopted by foreign-
es businesses and
the first black
ing politics, he
was a" defensive Fletcher
end for the
Baltimore Colts one of that pro-
fessional football team's first black
players and the Los Angeles
Among the other influential
positions he held were: President of
the National Black Chamber of
Commerce, Deputy Urban Affairs
Advisor to President Ford, and
Executive Director of the United
Negro College Fund.
Fletcher is survived by his wife,
Bernyce Hassan-Fletcher, three
children and numerous grandchil-
ers. but Tom Atwood of the
National Council for Adoption
calls it a relatively rare phenome-
non. "Maybe we're talking about a
couple hundred or so children a
year," he says. "[That's] small
when compared to the 128,000
adopted by Americans each year."
Dr. Charles Simmons Celebrates Patients'
Honor Roll Success with Afternoon of Fun
Sen. Hill Sponsoring Town Hall
Meetings on Plight of Black Males
Senator Anthony "Tony" Hill in
conjunction with Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc. and The Black Male
Explorers Program will host a
series of town hall meetings across
the state to discuss the critical state
of African-American males in
Florida's educational system.
According to some studies,
Florida has one of the worst high
school graduation rates among
African-American males in the
country. Additionally, of the
approximate 277,000 students
enrolled in Florida's universities,
there are only 14,500 African-
American males. Of which, more
than one-third (5,200) attends
Florida A&M University. At the
same time, African-American
males comprise nearly 40% of the
Florida Department of Juvenile
Justice and 48% of the Florida
Department of Corrections incar-
cerated populations. Yet African-
American males represent less than
10% of the states entire population.
The Jacksonville meeting will be
held on July 28, 2005 at 1:00p.m. in
the EWC Milne Auditorium.
Simmons Pediatrics recently held their annual A/AB Honor Roll Celebration at Dave and Busters.
The students, all patients of Dr. Simmons (shown above far right) and their families, were recognized
for making all A's and B's on their report cards. The Honor roll program was began by Dr. Simmons
and partners to recognize students who go above and beyond the call of duty in their scholastic achieve-
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by Charles Griggs
THE REPUBLICAN WHO BUILT
Arthur Fletcher was a man diverse enough to infiltrate the
Republican Party as a true civil rights leader.
"A genius is one who shoots at something no one
else can see and hits it."
"I am as black as the ace of spades and anything
but beautiful, yet I have been summoned to the
White House to advise presidents. ... I know that I
am talking to someone in this auditorium who is
going to grow up and advise a president of the
United States, too."
Mary McLeod Bethune speaking to Arthur
Fletcher's seventh grade class. According to
Fletcher, this was the quote that inspired him to ded-
icate his life to civil rights.
He was outspoken.
He was bold.
He was black and Republican.
And he was the only man in that Party who truly
understood the potentials of Affirmative Action.
Arthur Fletcher, who was known to many as "the
father of affirmative action," died last week in
Washington, D.C. He was 80 years old.
Fletcher had a storied history in American politics,
serving as advisor to four presidents Nixon, Ford,
Reagan, and George. H. W. Bush.
And while his work was significant to all four com-
manders-in-chief, Fletcher's best work was done dur-
ing the Nixon administration when as an assistant
labor secretary in the late 1960s, he devised a plan
that required federal construction workers in
Philadelphia to set goals for hiring minorities and to
make a "good-faith effort" to meet the goals or face
sanctions. The plan became a model for affirmative
Fletcher originally got involved in Republican
Party politics in the 1950s. He believed that it was
strategically important for African Americans to be
active and influential in both parties.
His feeling was that if he was a force inside the
Republican Party he would be better equipped to bat-
tle for important civil rights efforts. As a result he was
well respected and often called upon to gauge the
thoughts and reactions of blacks prior to the crafting
Even though Fletcher believed in the Republican phi-
losophy, he didn't hesitate to criticize those at the top.
He often demonstrated his displeasure with party
politics by going straight for the jugular. For instance,
as a key adviser to President Ronald Reagan, he
called him "the worst president for civil rights in this
century." Also, during his tenure as chairman of the
Civil Rights Commission, hecatlled out President
George H.W. Bush for labeling civil rights legislation
as a quota bill.
I had the pleasure of meeting Fletcher about eight
years ago during a conference of which he was the
keynote speaker. At that point I had only heard of him
as a Nixon administration official. After mentally try-
ing to connect the Watergate dots that destroyed
Nixon's presidential legacy, I figured Fletcher for a
toe-the-line, Republican suck up.
After listening to his presentation and spending a
cheerful afternoon dinner conversation with him, I
realized that he was an independent thinker who was
perhaps smarter that any president who he had served.
Fletcher played the game with precision. He was
smart enough to get into the room, make his point and
be taken seriously without those in charge realizing
that the door had been kicked in.
Fletcher spent his civil rights activism career
defending what he brought to the American work-
To those who have been persistent in labeling affir-
mative action efforts "quotas," they haven't taken the
time to understand the intent of the reform that
Fletcher prescribed. Affirmative action was designed
to correct workforce imbalances created by centuries
of slavery and Jim Crow.
Fletcher knew that America could not succeed as a
nation with the continued racism that was being prac-
ticed and enforced in the workplace. He understood
that these imbalances would work to create more
poverty and despair throughout the country. As a civil
right activist he knew that the country had to come to
grips with its conscience and decide to correct the
margins of fairness that had been crossed throughout
Arthur Fletcher did all that he could to service his
country. He provided leadership in a diversity of
areas. He was an athlete, a politician, a soldier, a
father, a businessman, a teacher and an administrator.
His most important legacy may be giving birth to
affirmative action, however he will also be remem-
bered for coining the most important phrase known to
education, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."
This makes it clear why the genius of Arthur
Fletcher will live on and always be admired.
For those who didn't know of Arthur Allen
Fletcher, now you do.
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July 21-27, 2005
LIVE FROM CITY HALL
-. FU L. LWCOD
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Move Over Clarence There's a New "Uncle Tom"
Imagine yourself living in a tainly commend Thomas for all of GOP gets a well qualified black,
extremely low income neighbor- his amazing accomplishments they let the word know. Not only
hood with a minimum wage job from high school to obtaining his did they taut Thomas's background
basically struggling to make it on a law degree he was always at the top as the son of a sharecropper they ran
daily basis, but because of a new of his class, but it was more than his a similar campaign to get Janice
program being instituted by the gov- intellect that enabled him to Rogers Brown, the black conserva-
emnment you have the opportunity to achieve, tive California Supreme Court judge
purchase a new home in a middle I will use my favorite James appointed to the Federal Court of
class neighborhood and send your Baldwin quote, "Color is not a hu- Appeals.
children to a better school, man or a personal reality; it is po- Republican Senators and the
A couple of years later after litical reality." White House talked about how
you have gotten a better job through I just don't understand. It's Brown was born to sharecroppers in
another government program, you almost like Thomas was climbing a Greenville, Alabama, attended seg-
began lobbying against excessive latter and once he made it to the top regated schools and grew up in the
governmental pending and become he pulled the latter up and told eve- midst of Jim Crow law. If you lis-
an opponent of the same housing ryone else to find there own way. tened to the Senate confirmation
and job creation programs that made But maybe Thomas knows ex- hearings that's all you heard.
you a middle income citizen, actly what he doing. Most African Brown is much like Thomas.
Yeah, I know it sounds like American Republicans do not be- She benefited greatly from affirma-
nonsense right? If someone did that, lieve in the GOP platform, but real- tive action and many social pro-
they would be acting hypocritical ize that they will be hotter com- grams growing up, but now she op-
right? Wrong, that's exactly what is modities in politics by being in the poses those very initiatives. It's in-
happening in America today with super minority. teresting how people like Thomas
many of our so-called "Black Con- hen Thomas was nominated by and Brown advocate folks pulling
servatives." And of course the larg- Bush Sr. with the ridiculous claim themselves up by their bootstraps,
est target since brother J.C. Watts that he was "the best qualified" man but they had a lot of help pulling
disappeared from the political spec- for the job, Republican strategists theirs up.
trum is Clarence Thomas. diverted attention away from the They would rather tightly asso-
Our chief Negro Conservative judge's inadequate credentials and ciate themselves with the very party
wasn't always misguided. Once controversial record by pushing his controlling Washington that has
upon a time he benefited from the inspiring life story, grandson of a slashed the budget for literacy,
various programs he is now writing sharecropper and son of a Georgia housing, youth programs, and com-
judicial opinions against. woman who picked the meat out of munity development grants. So
You certainly do not have to crabshells. other would-be Janice Rogers
wonder how brother or ex-brother Yes, he has humble beginnings Browns and Clarence Thomas'
Thomas voted in the Michigan Uni- in deed, but must middle age suc- probably will not have after school
versity affirmative action case. How cessful African Americans have programs or Head Starts of down
hypocritical is Thomas? similar backgrounds of making it payment assistance grants for first
Thomas had to know that he through life's struggles in an op- time homebuyers to help pull their
could not make a powerful legal pressive social and economic cli- families up.
argument against racial preferences mate. The problem is that the Repub-
so he only partially dissented. But Funny though, President lican Party doesn't to support blacks
how do you even "partially" dissent George W. Bush who of course op- for the right reasons. They want us
given the fact that he got into Yale poses affirmative action is practic- in there party for political reasons.
Law School and was selected to ing that very initiative for the.sake Republicans hoped that Colin Pow-
replace Thurgood Marshall on the of his own political gain. Just in ell's announcement in 1995 that he
Supreme Court thanks to his race? time for his 2004 re-election bid he was a Republican would be the cata-
Clarence doesn't simply need a started talking about appointing the lyst for a movement among blacks
reality check; he needs a trip back to first Hispanic to the Supreme Court -back toward the Party of Lincoln
the hood. He needs to be reminded Justice, Alberto Gonzales. 'ittonnued on page '
of his humble beginnings. I cer- I must admit though, when the
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Jacksonville's Jackie Nash Elected President
of National Association of Social Workers
The Florida Chapter of the
National Association of Social
Nash ed President-
elect is Ms.
Jackie Nash, who has been involved
with NASW-FL since 1987. She
has held a variety of statewide posi-
tions for NASW-FL, including
Treasurer, Vice President,
Secretary, and Diversity Committee
Chair. She has been a four-time del-
egate to the Delegate Assembly,
and she has served at the local level
s the Northeast Unit Chair for
Ms. Nash is currently employed
as a Professional Social Worker
with the Florida Dept. of Health in
Ms. Nash has previously been the
recipient of a variety of awards' and
honors, including: 2004 Eve
Awards finalist; 2003 Public Health
Worked of the Year and 1994
Northeast Unit Social Worker of the
She received her Master's Degree
from Florida State University and is
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
She has a variety of other leader-
ship experiences, which include:
Served as a member of the
Executive Board of Hospice of
Northeast Florida; Chair of the
Minority AIDS Coalition and Co-
chair of the First Coast Community
AIDS Prevention Partnership. She
is a Life Member of the National
Council of Negro Women, and she
has been the host of Health Trends,
a weekly television show.
Jefferson Street Pool Hosts Guinyard Swim Meet
Shown above is Emrett Groomes, one of the pool's first lifeguards
receiving a special award for his contribution to the early success of
the pool from former "Seahorse" Judge Brian Davis.
Continued from page 1
The meet first began as an inspi-
ration of the Seahorses, the first
swimmers of the pool organized by
Guinyard in 1951. The young ath-
lete was recruited from South
Carolina State University by the
Jacksonville Department of
Recreation to be the Swimming
Director of the city's newly opened
first "colodq ,pqoI,,.jIer his
direction, one of the south's first
organized swim teams was created
in addition to a Golden Gloves box-
ing team (which also went on to
win awards). Many of the
Seahorses went on to utilize their
swimming skills including college
These days the, fifty-five year old
pool still sees avid swimmers dur-
ing the hot summer months but
mostly just for fun.
Few African Americans have risen
to the upper echelon of swimming.
The U.S. Olympic team has had
only two black swimmers in its his-
tory. Of the 140,000 members of
USA Swimming nationwide who
identified their race via question-
naire, only 1 percent checked
Swimming, which sanctions 2,700
clubs and the Olympic program,
has 280,000 swimmers among its
"When you're dealing with lower-
income socioeconomic groups or
ethnic groups, there are fewer peo-
ple who know how to swim than
people from upper-class or middle-
class backgrounds," said Pat
Hogan, USA Swimming Club's
USA Swimming has launched ini-
tiatives to increase African-
American participation by encour-
aging new clubs in urban areas and
community-oriented water safety
programs. Growth has been slow,
"Our focus for many years has to
been to encourage existing pro-
grams to seek more diversity," he
said. "There are several clubs that
serve disadvantaged youth in urban
areas, but we probably don't have
50 clubs in the country at this point.
While we're more diverse than we
were 10 years ago, we're not satis-
fied with where we are."
The only blacks to make the U.S.
Olympic team, Anthony Ervin and
Maritza Correia, however, have
There's a feeling of change
throughout the country at the grass-
roots level. In May, Charlotte,
North Carolina hosted its third
annual National Black Heritage
Championship Swim Meet. More
than 450 minority swimmers from
10 states competed over two days.
Similar heritage meets are held in
other major cities, which helps
expose swimming as an alternative
to traditional stick-and-ball sports.
Why don't more blacks participate
on swim teams? Cost has been a
barrier, as well as the lack of
resources in African-American
communities. Expense is an issue,
but there are cultural barriers, too.
Like hockey golf and tennis, swim-
ming is often perceived as a white
As a sport outside the mainstream
in the United States, swimming
struggles to get the best athletes at
an early age, Guinyard said.
Developing a deep pool of young
black talent now can only help
improve the country's world-class
Locally, young swimmers like ten
years old Jasmine Sanders who
learned to swim at the pool sees
swimming as a sport of fun, compe-
tition and maybe even a future. "I
enjoy the Meet," says Jasmin. "ybe
one day I could even get a scholar-
ship." She said.
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. membership pictured (L R): (Front Row) Francina King, Christine Jenkins
(Pledge Mistress), Nealey Alexander, Gloria Torrance (President) and Debra Waye (Financial Secretary);
(Back Row) Peggy Spencer, Virginia Johnson (Treasurer), Charlotte Williams, Curlue Huger (Journalist),
Alfred Colson (Recording Secretary), Thelma Hilliard (Corresponding Secretary), Doris Mixon (Keeper of
Peace), Addie Ford, Deborah Richardson (Parliamentarian), Cassandra Mitchell, Virginia Woods
(Historian), Betty Pinkney (2nd Vice President) and Flora Bonner (Chaplain). Not pictured: Darlene
Ricks, Elaine Smithson (Assistant Pledge Mistress), Barbara Reddick, Gwen Sumpter, Rose Riggins,
Priscilla Simmons, Dorothy Kennerly, Hattie Anderson, Damon Collier, Jacquelyn DeVaugn, Rometa
Porter (1st Vice President), Hazel Varner (Guard) and Veronica Smith.
Eta Phi Beta to Host Regional Conference
The Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. will host the organiza-
tion's 19th Southeastern Regional
Conference July 21 24,2005 at the
Hilton Jacksonville Riverplace
Hotel.. More than two hundred
attendees from around the south are
expected to participate in a week-
end of exciting activities that will
include workshops, luncheons, the
Apollo Night and Fashion Review,
the Miss Queen Bee Pageant and
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was
founded in 1942 in Detroit,
Michigan and is an affiliate of the
National Council of Negro Women.
It currently has 125 chapters
throughout the United States and
the Virgin Islands. The entity's pur-
pose is to sponsor and promote pro-
grams and activities that improve
the standards of business and pro-
fessional women. Current local and
national initiatives include working
with the disabled, provision of col-
Continued from front
Speaking honestly regarding the
faith-based community, Bumey
challenges clergymen to develop a
better rapport with adolescents and
to demonstrate their interest in
them instead of condemning youth.
A mother of two sons, Bumey is
highly familiar with the role of par-
enting and has actively taken a roll
in the education of Jacksonville
lege scholarships and breast cancer
For more information on the con-
ference, please contact President
Gloria Torrance at 713-8118 or the
Hilton Hotel at 398-8800.
children as an elected member of
the Duval County School Board.
A portion of the book's proceeds
will benefit the Juvenile Jail
Program for the establishment of a
foundation dedicated to interven-
tion and recidivism..
For the juveniles profiled in the
book, life in the fast lane was a
hard learned lesson.
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guys would trade any day for free-
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Stormy Cleveland and Leofric Thomas to
Perform Benefit for Foster Kids
29th AME Connectional Lay
Convention Set for Houston
Pastor Leofric Thomas
JACKSONVILLE In what is
being billed as "Saints Night Out,"
national recording artists Stormy
Cleveland and Pastor Leofric
August Release of Neville
Peter's "Simply Hymns"
release of an old fashion album of
hymns, is a breakthrough! Neville
Peter's new album is Volume 1 of
favorite old hymns, and will, be
available August 9th from
This project will lift you into the
presence of God and fill your soul
With his precious peace. It promises
to be a blessing to all who experi-
Some of the favorite hymns on
Volume 1 include: Great Is Thy
Faithfulness; Holy, Holy, Holy;
kWbit a Fri #d We Have n,Jes~
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus; My
Neville Peter Jesus I Love Thee; Whiter Than
Have you longed to hear the Snow; Near the Cross; Amazing
hymns you grew up with, the ones Grace; Nothing Between; I
your grandmother used to sing? In Surrender All; and The Judgement
this age of rapped gospel music the Has Set.
Thomas will perform a concert to
benefit children who live in foster
care. This Holy Ghost filled
evening is being sponsored by the
Community Partnership for the
Protection of Children (CPPC).
This Evening of Inspiration is
set for 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, July
23rd, at Henrietta's, 9th & Main St.
Executive Director of CPPC,
Sandra Durham, states that she is
so excited about the evening. She
went on to say that they are much
honored to have two' of the
country's rising gospel stars to
offer to help foster children. Also
appearing will be Spoken Word
Artist "Soul Flower." For more,
information, call (904) 924-1680.
Judge Mablean Ephriam
Eyewitness Accounts of the Power of God
By Pamela Andrea Owens
Dorrance Publishing Co.
Are you physically ailing? Has it occurred to you that maybe you
are also spiritually ailing, and that this spiritual sickness may be part of
the underlying cause of your physical illness?
As testified to in Mountain-Moving Faith, a sickness in our soul can
have a detrimental impact on our physical well-being, and Pamela
Andrea Owens has just the prescription you need. Providing a list of
biblical scripture with which you can renew and strengthen your faith,
Ms. Owens provides eyewitness accounts of healings she has
personally been a part of over the years. After witnessing the effects of
scriptural healing in her own family, she has, been led to various people
in her community who were physically crippled and has led them back
to God and faith, in the process leading them down the road of
Make a joyful noise and begin to receive your own healing as you
witness the pages of Mountain-Moving Faith. .
Jacksonville native Pamela Andrea Owens is employed as a youth
development specialist. Her education includes a bachelor's of science
degree in education, and chaplaincy training. She and her husband,
Johnnie Mack Owens Sr., are the parents of two children, Johnnie
Mack Jr. and Consuela.
Electrifying speakers and inno-
vative new programs will highlight
the 29th Biennial Convention of the
Connectional Lay Organzation of
the African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church, Monday, July 25th
through Thursday, July 28, 2005, in
Democratic National Committee
Chairman Howard Dean and
Republican National .Committee
Chairman Ken Mehlman will speak
at the convention, indicating the
importance of the AME Lay and
the Voters Mobilization Project.
Other speakers include Judge
Mablean Ephriam of TV's Divorce
Court fame, who has a strong
testimony of faith; alpha Phi Alpha
President Harry Johnson; and
award-winning gospel recording
artist Vicky Winans is scheduled to
perform at the convention and the
CLO President's black-tie-affair to
benefit Morris Brown College.
AME Lay Organization Presi-
dent Jesse L. Burns states, "This
convention promises to be extreme-
ly exciting for our organization as
we make a new millennium con-
nection demonstrating that AME
Lay are in ministry, service and
witness! We are here to help
empower the spirits, hearts, minds
and souls of our diverse
constituents in a way that is deeply
meaningful to them."
Internationally Renown "Sister Pat" to
Speak at Greater Grant Lay Day Service
Under the leadership of Talent- Fellowship Inc., Apostle Darryl G.
ed Dynamic Hands-on Tony McCoy Sr., and is a licensed
DeMarco Hansberry, and the Lay minister. She is the local trumper
Organization of Greater Grant in Zion Inc., under the leadership of
Memorial AME Church, 5533 Pastor Freddie Rosario.
Gilchrist Road; will be favored ,Sister Pat is an outstanding and
with the Word coming from the sought after speaker which is
Prophetess Linda Patricia Platt, anointed to teach with simplicity in
affectionately known as "Sister a way that all those listening may
Pat", at the 11 a.m. service on understand and be blessed. Her
Sunday, July 25, 2005. The Grant desire is to spread The Gospel with
Family ,invites you to be -a-part. of obedience and ,-compission has,
this service, carried her throughout the U. S.,
Prophetess Platt received Salva- Canada and several islands with a
tion and teaching under the leader- smile on her face and happiness in
ship of The Founder, Overseer and her heart.
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Sunday, July 24th
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July 21-27, 2005
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Greater Church of
God by Faith 5th
The Jacksonville District
Church of God by Faith, Pastor
Harry J. Johnson, Yulee, FL,
District Elder; will hold its
Quarterly 5th Sunday Assembly
at Greater Church of God by
Faith, 2434 Middleburg Road,
Jacksonville; Elder Cedric
Matthews, Host Pastor. The
Quarterly Assembly will begin
with services at 7:30 p.m. nightly
on Thursday and Friday, July
28th and 29th, and the final
assembly will be at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, July 30th.
The public is invited to attend
these services of Healings, deliv-
erance, and powerful messages.
First AME of Palm
Coast Offers Pre-
PALM COAST First AME
Church of Palm Coast, 91 Old
Kings Road North, where The
Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover,
is Pastor; is offering 3-4-year old
children "Pre-School Education",
sponsored by the Palm Harbor
Educational Center, a non-profit
affiliate of First AME Church of
Employment opportunities are
also available. For more informa-
tion on Pre-School or employ-
ment, please contact Ms. Delores
Hamilton at (386) 437-5142.
The Bible tells us in the Gospel
of Matthew 11:12, "the Kingdom
of Heaven suffereth violence, and
the violent take it by force." This
year's conference will focus on
youth being radical about their
relationship with Christ, and
enjoying a Godly lifestyle.
By Natalie A. Mitchell
Sixty-three percent of youth
suicides (Source: US Dept. of
Health & Human Services, Bureau
of the Census), 71 percent of
pregnant teenagers, and 85 percent
of incarcerated youths (Source:
Fulton Co. Georgia jail popula-
tions, Texas Dept. of Corrections)
all share one unfortunate and dispa-
raging similarity, father absentee-
ism. Author, Founder of the Divine
Ministry and Pastor of Generation
Church of God in Christ (COGIC),
in Gainesville, Fla. Anntwanique
D. Edwards, explores the pervasive
missing void of young girls
searching for their father's love in
her first book, "Daddy, Where Are
You?" This text discusses tactics of
accepting absent fathers, how to
deal with hurtful relationships and
how to embrace the idea of true
love found with their heavenly
In each chapter, Edwards
displays incidents of her life from
childhood to adulthood and ends
.with an affirmation for the reader.
"I encourage readers to Jook at
themselves and make decisions
about where they want to be in life
and begin to take steps to get
there," Edwards said. "I wrote
'Daddy, Where Are You?' to help
people understand the purpose for
their pain and to help them move to
a place of healing." Edwards also
asserts that it is imperative that
believers grasp these concepts
because without them they can
never truly walk in the image of
During the time she yearned for
her father, Edwards even lashed out
to God and questioned why hie
failed to bless her with a more
Pastor Anntwanique D. Edwards
caring, responsible father. She
challenged by saying, "...where
was my God, Abba Father, Daddy
in Heaven." But later Edwards
discovers that her father and God
were there when she cried in
anguish over unhealthy and risky
Further, Edwards exclaims in
the preface's closing, "Women it's
time to wake up from the
nightmare, love has been there all
the time." In this essence, Edwards
refers to God's love, our heavenly
father, who created us before our
biological fathers knew us. This
love is unconditional and provides
comfort and solace to wearied
hearts who have yet to recognize
Considering "daddy drama" is a
very sensitive subject, Edwards
attests that with her written evi-
dence as a pastor candidly describ-
ing her mistakes and painful cones-
quences, is more than encouraging
for Edward's reading audiences.
Consequently, she wishes every
Faith, Family and Fun are Ephasis for One of
Largest Religious Conferences-MegaFest 2005
ATLANTA This August people
will be on their feet, charged with
the excitement of experiencing
MegaFest 2005 at the Georgia
Dome, with Bishop T. D. Jakes.
MegaFest 2005 is set for Wednes-
day thru -Saturday, August 3 -6t'i
More than 140,000 people from 55
countries, attended in 2004.
MegaFest combines Bishop
Jakes' popular conferences: Man-
Power, Women Thou Art Loosed
and the Mega Youth Experience.
MegaKidz, will be available for
children 5 to 12. All events will be
held at the Georgia Dome, Georgia
World Congress Center, Philips
Arena and the International Plaza.
Bishop Jakes says, "I think
there's a rebirth of spirituality in
this nation unlike anything we've
every seen. When you come to
MegaFest, you can grow spiritually
have fun with the family, and enjoy
great entertainment, all in one place
and in a safe environment."
The speaker lineup includes:
"America's Best Preacher" Bishop
T. D. Jakes, a Time magazine
designation; Financial Guru Suze
Orman, and Jesse Duplantis,
former addict turned Evangelist,
author and TV host, who uses real
life experience and a unique sense
of humor to share the powerful
message of God's love with people
Award-winning guest perform-
ers include: Stephen Baldwin,
Steve "Harvey," AVery John'stif '
BeBe Winans, Gladys Knight and
Exciting family friendly events:
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T. D. Jakes
The phenomenal pastor of The
Potter's House in Dallas, Texas,
Bishop T. D. Jakes, will be the
featured speaker at the 39th
Anniversary National Association
of Black Journalists (NABJ)
SConvention 'in Atlanta, GA at
12noon, on Friday, August 5, at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The renown preacher, author,
music and movie producer, as well
as the pastor of a thirty-thousand
plus congregation, will address the
convention on the role of large
churches in the black community.
The Light the World Parade, Livin'
It-Xtremte Sports, hosted by actor
Stephen Baldwin, combining outra-
geous skateboarding and BMX
stunts with the powerful message
of God's radical love.
Convention Set to
Convene in Detroit
The 44th Annual Session of
The Progressive National Baptist
Convention Inc., and the Con-
gress of Christian Education,
will convene in Detroit, Mioh-
igan; Monday, August 8th thru
Friday, August 12, 2005. The
Progressive Baptist Convention
is a vital Baptist denomination of
more than 1800 churches with a
total membership of 2.5 million.
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Other information, call 634-1993.
young girl to learn they must deal
with their hurts before they can be
successful in other relationships
with people in any capacity. In
doing so, young girls will depend
less on male companions to fulfill
the missing void inflicted by their
In addition, Edwards discloses
that absent fathers are not just those
that fail to meet financial
obligations to their children, but
includes present biological fathers,
stepparents, guardians or spiritual
assistants such as pastors. In this
instance, sometimes these men
conduct themselves as respectful,
educated, well-mannered and God-
fearing men, but still lack a sincere
connection to prospective daugh-
ters of the like in their commun-
ities. Edwards says, "The absence
of these essential male figures, both
natural and spiritual, in our lives,
causes women who have been
molested, raped, physically and
emotionally abused, products of
incest, neglected, isolated, and
"normal" to ask, "Daddy, Where
Fathers can learn that they are
vital components in the lives of
their children by reading "Daddy,
Where Are You?" fathers should
know that when they fail to be
active or positive in their children
that can last a lifetime." Moreover,
based on "Daddy, Where Are
You?," fathers should know that
when they fail to be active or
positive in their child's life, then
they become an automatic negative
image to their kids.
Surprisingly, Edward's greatest
blessing has been the testimonials
received by fathers (who say they
can better understand the perspec-
tive their children come form now),
and young men who had a similar
struggle with an absent father.
A native of Gainesville, FL;
Pastor Edwards, a high school
guidance counselor, is marketing
her book at churches, seminars,
book fairs, and at her website:
www.divineministry.net, created by
national public relations and
marketing company, The Adkins
Recognizing Your Spiritual Father
In The Absence of Your Biological Father
By Natalie A. Mitchell
Children aspiring to launch
entertainment careers, sharpen their
artistic abilities, or seek opportune-
ities in church music ministries, can
begin right here in Jacksonville, at
the First Annual Norma Preshia
Performing Arts Camp, at The
Worship Place,2627 Spring Glen
Road, on the Southside.
Campers will benefit from
detailed lessons conducted by
certified Duval County Public
School teachers, and master level
instructors from Gospel Music
Workshop of America. Campers
can look forward to learning
creative dance, drama, instrumental
music, visual arts, vocal music,
poetry writing and oratorical
"We believe if children are put
in contact with their God-given
talents, that they're less likely to
get in trouble....... at school or
with the law," said The Worship
Place Clergyman, Pastor Harold
"With the invasive pop and
entertainment images on hit
television shows like American Idol
and cable television networks BET,
MTV and VH1, inundating the
minds of children, Pastor Rollinson
accepted a revelation from God and
quickly acknowledged the dire
need of implementing a performing
arts camp to offer proper training.
"We see a lot of kids who aspire to
be performers but really don't have
the skills to complement their
desires," Pastor Rollinson said..
Moreover, the Performing Arts
Camp is advantageous and acts as a
dual benefit for The Worship Place.
Like other pastors, Rollinson is
aware of the challenging issues of
church music ministries. Therefore
the camp will also help develop
young talent to become future
church vocalists, choir directors,
musicians or dance instructors.
Further, the summer camp acts
as a more aggressive and strategic
approach to luring younger servants
of God through the performing arts
summer camp ministry. After the
summer camp ends, the church
plans to offer these artistic lessons
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on Saturday mornings to further
extend their ministry to the
A man of compassion himself,
Pastor Rollinson and The Worshipg
Place have offset a portion of the
registration costs for deserving
campers through a charitable ban-
quet. "We're trying to reach out to
kids who perhaps don't have the
ability, or financial resources, to
take music lessons, dance lessons
or any other artistic lessons," he
The performing arts camp is
named after deceased church
member, Norma Preshia, who
contributed countless hours to the
music ministry at The Worship
Place. She wrote and directed
plays for children, and Pastor
Rollinson wishes to further her
legacy through the camp.
"I wanted to play the saxo-
phone, but my mama couldn't
afford it," Rollinson said. "There
were some things that I missed that
I want other children: to take
For more information or to
register for The Norma Preshia
Performing Arts Camp, please call
(904) 728-7355 or (904) 396-0540.
Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary Baptist to
Hold Citywide Youth
Conference July 291'
The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary,
Dr. John Allen Newman, Senior
Pastor; Min. Phillip Rawls, Pastor
of Youth and College Outreach:
will present their Second Annual
"Disturbing the Peace Youth
Conference 2005" July 29-31st.
Youth and young adults will be
empowered and equipped, during
3-days of worship, music, evangel-
ism, fellowship and fun.
With services at 7 p.m., Friday;
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; and at
7 p.m. on Saturday evening for the
DTP Club Night; and 11 a.m. on
Sunday, July 31st.
There are no registration fees
and all events are open to the
Lights, Camera, Action at
Wsca-re aW- t N. We
July 21-27, 2005.
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JaxBuild, a program of Daniel
Memorial, Inc., is a local non-profit
program aimed to give local youths
a second chance at an education,
held a graduation ceremony for six
new graduates from its GED pro-
gram on July 15, 2005, at 7:00 p.m.
at the Haskell Building located on
111 Riverside Avenue.
JaxBuild is a unique program
that offers area youth who have left
high school before graduation the
opportunity to earn their GEDs
while learning construction
skills. Supported by daniel, the
Department of Housing and Urban
Development, Habijax and
Builder's Care, this 10-month pro-
gram is open to males and females
between the ages of 16 to 21.
The students work towards
GED completion by studying con-
struction-related subjects, including
Church in New York City. The
celebrated Ms. Dunham will also
receive the National Black Theatre
"Lifetime Achievement" award at
the 16th Anniversary National
Black Theatre Festival.
Ms. Dunham taught such
celebrity students as Eartha Kitt,
Josephine Primus, Marlon Brando
and James Dean. She helped foster
the careers of many others that
have achieved fame and fortune.
Shown above is graduate Quincy Cromer and Jim Clark, President of
banking and finance, drafting and
math for construction. They also
learn leadership, teamwork and in-
dependent living skills. JaxBuild
offers job placement assistance in
the construction and other fields for
The 16th Anniversary Black
Theatre Festival, "An International
Celebration and Reunion of Spirit"
will be held August 1st 6th in
Winston Salem, NC.
Features include: Theatrical
Productions, National Black Film
Festival, Midnight Poetry Jam,
Youth Talent Show, Auditions for
upcoming season shows and films.
For information, please call
"The kids are here to learn and
better themselves," said Robin
Roundtree, program director. "With
well over 80% of our students earn-
ing their GED, we feel that our pro-
gram works and it is getting better
with each graduating class."
Free Will Planning Workshop Offered
In light of recent events and the
controversy concerning end-of-life
care. one thing is abundantly clear-
the importance of discussing your
end-of-life wishes with loved ones
and putting those wishes in writ-
ing. How do you begin to have this
important conversation with your
family? What forms should you
complete? These questions and
more will be addressed at the "Day
of Decision-Put Your Wishes In
Writing" workshop, presented by
Community Hospice of Northeast
North Florida elder law attorneys.
as well as Community Hospice psy-
chosocial and bereavement special-
The Vintage Pla:
First Coast The;
The Vintage Players, Jackson-
ville's only senior repertoire theatre
company, will present the ac-
PEACE OF MIND.
Community Hospice seeks caring
individuals who are committed to
making a difference in the lives of our
patients and families. Our employees
help make the transition easier for
those with life-limiting illnesses and
those who share their lives.
To meet the growing needs of our
agency and the communities we
serve, we are currently hiring for the
following key positions:
* Social Workers Long Term Care Dept
* RNs Inpatient, Days or Nights
* RNs Homecare, Beaches, Yulee or
* RN Floats Home teams or LTC,
Employees enjoy excellent benefits,
free on-site education & CEUs,
compassionate team environment,
liberal PTO, retirement plan and more.
Please fax resume to 904-596-6319
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ists, educate attendees on the legal
and emotional aspects of advance
care planning. These experts will
discuss Five Wishes. a living will,
and other advance care planning
documents. Notary services Nwill
also be available. Topics covered
LiLiving Wills (Five Wishes)
I Durable Power of Attorne
DHealth Care Surrogates
QDo Not Resuscitate Orders and
HoWv to Have the Conversation
with Your Loved Ones
The workshop will be held on
Thursday, July 28, 2005 from 6:30 -
8 p.m. at the the Charles M. Nevi-
aser Educational Institute, Commu-
nity Hospice of Northeast Florida.
4266 Sunbeam Road, Building 100.
For more information or to
RSVP. please R.S.V.P. to
904.268.2280. extension 6790 b.
Friday. Jul\ 22, 2005.
Call 634-1993 to get started.
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Women of Color Culural Foundation to Present 6S
Annual Heal lSyposum for People of All Nations
The Women of Color Cultural Foundatior'Inc. will
present The Sixth Annual Health Symposium for
People of All Natioihs from g30 a.m. to' 3 .m. on
Saturday, July 23, 2005, at tihe Prime' Osborn
Convention Center. 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville,
The Symposium will confront Health Issueg'-facing
children, teens, seniors, mean and women. The event is
FREE to the people of all nations.
The Symposium will feature FREE lunch to the first-
2000 registrants, FREE Heal:h Screenings, WIC,
Immunizations, School Health Exams,. Education,
Cooking and Exercise Demonstrations
The keynote speaker will be Lovell A. Jones, Ph.D.
of the University of Texas: M.D. Anderson Cancer
The Sixth Annual Health S3mposium is possible
through the sponsorship and participation of- the City of
Jacksonville, National Coalition of 100 Black Women~
Inc., American Cancer Society, American. Heart
Association, Magnolia Project, Mayo Clinic, Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Native .Sun, Council-
woman Mia Jones, Couticilan Reggie FullWotd,
Jacksonville City Council, Dalton Agency, Duval Co.
Health Department, State Representative Audrey
Gibson, African American HealthAccess Netv
NAACP, Healthy Jacksonville Coalitions,. Ba
-Caicer Institute, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville,
Florida Conference AME Ministerial Allii
Un iversit) of Florida Jacksonville, Jacksonville U
League, DCHD Community Nutrition Seirices, Oi
Psi Phi Fraternity, Fresh Ministries, African Amer
Chamber of Commerce, Community Hospice of
Florida, First Timothy Baptist Church, River Re
Hutmian Services, Florida Community College
Jacksonville, Blacksonville.com, Body and
National Congress of Black Women, Leukemi
Lymphoma Society, St. Paul AME Church, Ba
Ministerial Alliance, Abyssinia Missionary Ba
Church, Edward Waters. College, American I
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all things, both the Republican and
Democratic parties have changed
drastically over the years. Now all
of the bigoted, backward thinking
Dixiecrats is now the "Ultra
I can tell you what some black
Republicans think they represent.
They say they represent African
Americans who are not fooled by
the slave mentality -that the
Democratic Party promotes. Black
elephants feel that. they .are
different from us other misguided
black folk. They say that they are
conservative on fiscal issues, but
compassionate regarding social
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with the black community. They
are often used as tokens by the
Republican Partr and can't see it or
simple) won't admit it because there
are more opportunities in a part) bf
few minorities versus a minority-
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aptist years after aging out of the foster
East care system, 46 percent of former
dance, foster youth have not completed
Jrban high school. Even more discou-
mega raging, 25 percent are homeless,
rican and 60 percent of female youth
* NE become unwed mothers. Unfortu-
gion nately, the problem does not end
Sat there. As a result of an inconsistent
oul, life and abuse in all forms, one in
a & four suffers from post-traumatic
ptist stress disorder. Locally, 500 youths
ptist are in the foster care system in
Lung Duval County. The burgeoning
wn. catastrophe desperately requires
X to immediate intervention. EduCare, a
AIL: local program, has assumed the
tion: task of making a great impact in the
health lives of youth that enter the
632, overwhelming world of adulthood.
Founded last year under the
and auspices of the Jim Casey Youth
Opportunities Initiative, Commun-
ity Partnership for the Protection
of Children has adopted the grant-
funded program, Educare, to assist
emancipated youth, ages 14 to 23.
EduCare has developed a strong
alliance with local businesses and
agencies for access to youth.
Through these evolving relation-
ships, the agency offers encou-
ragement and resources to address
the many disparities foster youth
CPPC's original mission was to
provide protection and decrease
child abuse and neglect. Transi-
tioning to assist youth aging out of
the. foster care system, CPPC is
augmenting the initial premise to
expose youth to a proper and
healthy life model. CPPC's role is
to provide intervention to prevent
" habitual, unhealthy adult abusers in
the future. The future. signifies life
S after the foster care system.
S According to Joan Martin,
S program director, "The greatest
- challenge youth face is instability."
Consequently, The Opportunity
S Passport incentive program was
-* created to encourage students to
m-- strive for a healthy and successful
S life by learning practical skills.
First, foster youth must
complete a financial literacy class.
After completion, youth are eligible
for a deliit''card- ar-lDA'aocount
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EduCare opens with $100 and
matches up to $1,000 per year, and
a host of door openers or potential
Martin says, "If foster youth
transitioning into adulthood have
the right type of financial
background and know something
about banking, and have oppor-
tuneities around housing, education
and health care, they will increase
their possibility of a more
successful life." Door openers also
include mentors from the Kessler
Mentoring Center, Circle of
Friends. (adult support team),
independent living skills, work-
force preparedness and employ-
ment, day care accessibility, aca-
demic readiness, health, housing
and transportation opportunities.
Because housing and transport-
tation are critical procurements and
youth are emancipated from the.
Department of Children and Fami-
lies at age 18, EduCare matches the
youths' savings account balances
that they earn from jobs. The
savings accounts are designed for
asset specific areas which include
housing, transportation, education,
physical and mental healthcare,
entrepreneurship and investments.
Fortunately, EduCare offers
automobile mechanic services as
door openers to ensure that youth
become self-sufficient and under-
stand car maintenance. Secondly,
EduCare provides assistance as
wh aartmen9 'aiid fintinBal d appo, t
with apartment rental deposits :
Further, EduCare otters an array
of services that are similarly
offered by parents. Youth that
perform above average in school,
earn money. Those that are
promoted to the next grade, pass
the FCAT, complete reading list
requirements, secure employment,
all earn money from EduCare that's
divided both in their debit and
"We offer $200 to high school
graduates and a lesser amount to
GED graduates," Martin says.
"Basically, we do the same things
that parents do: parents give money
for hard work, and we at EduCare
give money for hard work."
Considering EduCare is a new
program with great expectations,
Sandra Durham, CPPC executive
director said, "EduCare is our baby,
we're trying to get the word out
about what we're doing."
Durham continued, "We're very
fortunate, in Jacksonville, to work
with the Jim Casey Youth
Opportunities Initiative." CPPC
was awarded the grant as a result of
the agency's positive impact in the
The full-service public relations'
and marketing agency, The Adkins
Agency has joined forces with
CPPC to sponsor a fundraiser event
to bring awareness to the
organization. "EduCare is just one
program under the umbrella organ-
ization Community Partnership for
the Protection of Children, and
we'd like to offer more services
and programs," Durham said.
"Since we've acquired another
program we're in need of financial
support." Potential support will
yield a significant impact in the
lives of the 72 youth in which the
Consequently, an "Evening of
Inspiration," a social networking
.charity event, is scheduled to occur
at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd, at
Henrietta's, corner 9' and Main St.
National recording gospel artist,
Stormy Cleveland will perform, in
addition to Leofric Thomas.
CPPC's invited guests will learn
more about the EduCare program
and how they can become involved.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Women are Invited
to Participate in
All poets, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend "She
Speaks" each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
at the Fuel Cafe', 1037 Park Street.
Jax Community 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 10th
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, fraterni-
ties, 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.rib-
aultl990.com for more information.
Paxon Class of 85'
Paxon High School's Class of
1985 Is Celebrating it's 20th Class
Reunion the weekend of July 21st -
July 24th at several locations all
over town. For additional informa-
tion please call: (904) 307-1463 or
(904) 803-5258 or E-mail
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 632-3239.
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center of Florida
Community College at Jacksonville
July Women's. Information
Exchange Luncheon will be held on
July 21st on the topic, "Pilates
Fitness" with Megan Gurzi in the
Martin Center, 501 W. State Street,
fourth floor Board Room, from
noon-1 p.m. Participants are
encouraged to bring a mat to join in
the demonstration. Catering will be
provided by Epicurean Market and
Caf6. Lunch is $8.50, brown-bag-
gers are welcome. Reservations are
required for all participants and
lunch reservations must be pre-paid
by Tuesday, July 19. Call
904.633.8311 to make reservations.
The Executive Circle will hold
their next Networking Mixer on
Friday, July 22id from 5:30 p.m. -
9:00 p.m. at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel at the The
Topsider. There will be a compli-
mentary hors d'oeuvres and cash
bar. This event is hosted by Perkins
NAACP Youth Council
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
Youth Council is calling all youth
ages 12-25 to join them on
Saturday, July 23rd 2005 3pm at
the Branch office, 5422 Soutel
Drive. There will be fun, food and
prizes at the meeting. They are also
in search of drummers, for the
NAACP Youth Drum Line. For,
more information, contact Tonya
Austin Youth Work Chairperson,
COOJI Boat Ride
Treat yourself to the night of your
life, with COOJI's (Carnival
Organization of Jacksonville) 3rd
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting 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
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annual Boat Ride on Saturday, July
23rd. Boarding time is 10:30
p.m.and sailing time is 11:00 p.m.-
2 a.m. SHARP dockside next to
Chart House. For more information
call 294-2898, 536-7106 or log on
Live Soul Music
Soul Release Live presents from
DC Wammie Award Winner for
Best Urban Contemporary Group,
OKTBRWRLD "Raw and Natural
Tour" at Boomtown on Saturday,
July 23, 2005 9:00pm. Boomtown
Theater and Restaurant is located at
1716 North Main Street corerr of
7th and Main Street). This event
will also feature an acoustic set by
Damien Lamar (of local soul band,
SOUL) and some of the hottest of
the spoken word poets in northeast
Florida. Admission : $10. For more
information call (904) 626-2812.
Rippingtons in Concert
Award- winning contemporary
jazz group the Rippingtons will be
in concert on Saturday, July 23 at
8PM at the Florida Theater. For
more information, call 355-2787.
Diversity is Focus
Institute for Teens
The National Conference. for
Community and Justice (NCCJ)
will present its Metrotown Institute
youth leadership program for 10-
12th graders, Monday, July 25th
thru Thursday, July 28, at
Jacksonville University. This 4-day,
3-night residential leadership pro-
gram will offer teens the opportuni-
ty to explore and discuss issues of
diversity in gender, race, religion,
culture and personal development.
Space is limited, for registration
information, call (904) 306-6225.
No Joke Entertainment Presents
Comedy in Da Basement on
Thursday July 28th at 9:30 p.m.
The evening includes stand-up
comedy featuring national comedi-
ans from Comedy Central, BET's
Comic View, Apollo & Def Jam.
The event is -held at the
Theatre, 140 W. Monroe Street
(Downtown Hemming Plaza, in the
basement below Subway) Every
Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Beer, Wine
and Food Available Call 765-8880
or 399-4550 for more information.
Town Hall Meeting
There will be a public town hall
meeting on the Status of the Black
Male. The open forum will take
place on Thursday July 28th at the
EWC Milne Auditorium from 1 5
p.m. and will include a panel dis-
cussion. For more information, con-
tact Roy Mitchell at 759-2552.
The six-part series, "Caregiving
Relationships: For People Who
Care for Adults," will be offered by
the University of Florida / Duval
County Extension Service on
Thursday at 10:00 on August 4,
11, 18, 25, & September 1 and
8th. The workshops are design to
reduce the stresses and pressures of
caregiving, while also strengthen-
ing the caregiving relationship.
They will also address the unique
issue of emotions, relationships,
and respite for the caregiver. To
register, call Sandra at the
Cooperative Extension Office at
387-8855. The classes are free and
open to the public.
The Boylan-Haven Alumnae
Association invites all graduates,
former students and teachers to
attend this year's Grande Reunion.
The Hilton Hotel at 1201
Riverplace Boulevard is the head-
quarters for the three-day event
from August 5-7, 2005. Activities
will include Island Dinner and
Dancing, City Tour, Picnic on
American Beach, Worship at
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
and lots more. For information and
registration please contact Reunion
Chairperson-Linda Pearson Belton
Jax Bold City Lions
Club Golf Tourny
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 1st, 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-
"Bits & Pieces", a unique stage
play production of humorous
scenes and monologues will be per-
formed by the Vintage Players on
Saturday, August 13th and 14th
with two shows. Now in their 11th
year, the VPs are the only local the-
atre repertoire company.
Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m. and
2:30 p.m. respectively. The show
will be at the First Coast Theatre,
1014 King Street.. For reservations
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Matthew W. Gilbert
High School All-Class
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
Middle School. For more informa-
tion, contact: Matthew W. Gilbert
Alumni: Almeyta J. Lodi at (904)
355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams at
Crowns a Soul
Regina Taylor's "Crowns", a
lively and soul stirring musical is a
moving portrait of African-
American women and how they
define themselves through the hats
they wear, will be brought to life in
Jacksonville through Stage Aurora.
The play will be performed in
FCCJ's North Campus August 19th
and 26th at 8:00 p.m., August 20th
and 27th at 2:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
and August 21st and 28th at 3:00
p.m. For more information, please
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 infor-
mation, please send your contact
information via email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
The Big Orange Barbershop
Chorus will be performing at the
Florida Theater on August 20th at
7:30 pm. To celebrate its 25th
Anniversary, the Big Show will
include Championship Quartets and
a special performance by the 125-
man, Reunion Chorus. Limited
reserved seats and general admis-
sion tickets are available now on
their website at www.bigorange-
chorus.com or by calling (904)
Celebration of Women
Save the date for an evening of
inspiration, creativity and fun as the
Women's Center of Jacksonville
hosts its 10th Annual Celebration of
Women. This event will begin with
a Patron Reception at 6 p.m., with
the program commencing at 7:15
p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2005; at
the Jacoby Symphony Hall in the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. There will be a
silent auction and much more. For
ticket and group sales information,
please call (904) 722-3000.
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 encour-
aged. For more information, call
Ray Levy 356-8119 or Ed Hall 768-
Riverside Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September
10th and 11th 2005 will be the
dates for the annual Riverside Arts
Festival. held in Riverside park,
over 140 artists and fine crafts,
hands on children's art activities,
great food, entertainment and free
bus tours of the historic district will
be available. For more information,
Violinist Regina Carter
Presented by 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, violinist Regina carter
will be in concert on Saturday
September 24th at 8 PN\ t the
Florida Theater. For tickets, call the
Florida Theater at 355-3787.
"A Night of Stars"
To celebrate Florida Community
College's 40th year, the Florida
Community College Foundation
will sponsor a gala on October 8,
2005 at 8:00 p.m. The event,
themed "A Night of Stars," will be
held at the College's Deerwood
Center and is open to the public.
Proceeds will benefit Foundation
Scholarships. For more informa-
tion, please 632-3237.
The 9th Annual Halfacre memori-
al Golf Tournament will be held on
October 14th, 2005 (raindate 11/18)
at the Cimarrone Golf & Country
Club. The tournament's namesake,
Edward Halfacre, began the junior
golf program at the Johnson Branch
YMCA to introduce urban youth to
the sport of golf. For more informa-
tion call the YMCA.
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-Grilling adds lots of flavor to foods while
adding no calories.
-Grilling makes an instant good-time out-
If you chose "all of the above!" get ready to
fire up the grill!
Since Man discovered fire, we've had a pas-
sionate love affair with grilling. And no one
has perfected this culinary tradition like
Americans. Since the average grill can turn
out enough food for a crowd, when it comes
time to throw a party, easy grilling is much
What to grill? To make mouths water, just
mention "grilling" and "steak" in the same
sentence. Beef is by far the most popular
meat for grilling in backyards across
America, and steak is prized above all.
Grilled steak for a crowd can be filet, strip,
ribeye or T-bone there's a steak for every
To treat your guests to from-the-grill steaks
with real steakhouse flavor, look for perfect-
ly marbled, premium quality Angus beef
from Sutton & Dodge. Angus cattle, raised
under careful specifications, can be counted
on for steaks that are consistent in flavor and
Created exclusively for SuperTarget,
Sutton & Dodge Angus steaks and roasts
provide the flavor and quality of a tradition-
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enjoying kabobs, filet mignon, a hearty T-
bone, strip, ribeye or roast, these Angus beef
products deliver taste satisfaction usually
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is simple with this premium beef offered in a
variety of family packs perfect for a crowd!
And when it's time to heat the grill, here
are some delicious tips for grilling steak
from Thermos Grills:
-Plan ahead: Always preheat your grill!
-Apply seasoning, whether salt and pepper
or a rub of various herbs and spices, before
-Take the "fridge chill" off steak by letting
it sit for up to 30 minutes before grilling.
-Grill steaks over medium high heat for
browning, which adds flavor and eye appeal.
-Judging doneness can be learned through
experience; if you're a beginner, use a meat
thermometer (1600F for well done).
-As a rule of thumb, 10 to 12 minutes on
medium high will cook a steak rare, 12 to 14
minutes will cook a steak rare to medium
and 14 to 18 minutes will cook a steak well to
-Let steaks rest for 5 to 10 minutes after
removing from the grill; this allows juices to
redistribute for a nice 'n' juicy steak. If cut
too soon, juices will run from steak.
-Remember that a steak will continue to
cook while it is resting.
Choose your steaks, chill the drinks and
heat the grill.Let the party begin!
Skinny tips for great grilling
Savory meals from the grill can be both delicious and nutritious. 7Tpsforplan-
ning lean and healthlfl menus fearing beef come from Dr Susan Mitchell,
registered dietitian and nutrition expert for SuperTarget:
-Lean toward "loin." Look for the word "loin" or "round" on beef packag-
ing. These words are your clue to beef cuts high in taste and low in fat.
-Palm your portion. In general. the size of your palm approximates the
amount of meat that's the right portion for your body size.
-Let savory flavors rule. Use marinade s. rubs and sauces that are low-fat fla-
vor boosters. Surron & Dodge offers a it orld of flavors in rub and marinade
Beef Tenderloin With Black Olive
Roasted Red Pepper Butter
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: Varies with degree of done-
4 tablespoons salted butter (1/2 stick) at
2 tbsp black olive bruschetta topping
4 tablespoons diced roasted red peppers
4 (6-ounce) pieces Sutton & Dodge filet
1. Preheat grill or broiler.
2. Combine butter, black olive bruschetta
topping and peppers in small bowl and
mash together with fork to combine well.
Season to taste with black pepper.
3. Brush steaks with a little olive oil and
season liberally on both sides with steak
4. Grill or broil steaks to desired doneness.
5. While still hot, top each steak with dol-
lop of prepared butter and serve as it melts
Grilled T-Bone Steaks With Gorgonzola
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
1 stick butter, completely softened and at
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
Freshly ground pepper
4 Sutton & Dodge T-bone steaks
1. Preheat grill or broiler.
2. In small bowl, combine butter,
Gorgonzola cheese and chives. Mix well to
combine thoroughly. Season with pepper
3. Season steaks liberally on both sides
withi teak seasiiniig. Grill 4 to 5 iiiiiites
on each side or to desired doneness (alter-
nately steaks can be broiled).
4. Remove steaks from grill and immedi-
ately top each with large dollop of
Gorgonzola butter. Serve with baked pota-
toes. Serves: 4
Teriyaki Grilled Beef Kabobs
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
4 Sutton & Dodge pre-made beef kabobs
from fresh meat case
1 1/2 cups Sutton & Dodge Sweet &
Tangy teriyaki marinade
Steamed white rice
1. Preheat grill or broiler.
2. Place kabobs in shallow baking dish and
coat with marinade.
3. Grill kabobs about 10 minutes, turning
over once or twice, until beef is cooked to
4. Serve kabobs over steamed white rice.
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