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COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Coretta Scott King
Hospitalized in Atlanta
ATLANTA Civil rights matriarch Coretta Scott King was admitted to
a hospital for an unspecified condition this
week and was resting comfortably, a hospital
King, 78, the widow of the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr., went to an emergency room
at Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana
King has canceled recent public appear-
ances, raising concerns about her health.
At a ceremony paying tribute to the King
family at the Georgia State Capitol on June
30, her son Martin Luther King III said his
mother was "doing well" and was only abiding by her doctor's orders to
limit her activities. He refused to give additional details.
"I had a feeling, based on her cancellation of several events, that she
wasn't doing well," state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, president of the Georgia
Association of Black Elected Officials, said Tuesday. "I have been pray-
ing for Mrs. King every day and I urge Atlanta, Georgia, the nation and
the world to pray for her."
Minister Farrakhan: Fox
Was Right on Blacks, Jobs
MILWAUKEE Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Mexican
President Vicente Fox was right to say that Mexican immigrants take jobs
"that not even blacks want."
Although Fox was sharply criticized for his
remarks by some black leaders, Farrakhan said
that blacks do not want to go to farms and pick
fruit because they already "picked enough cot-
"Why are you so foolishly sensitive when
somebody is telling you the truth?" he asked the
crowd at Mercy Memorial Baptist Church. He
said blacks and Latinos should form an alliance
to correct differences and animosity between the two communities.
Civil rights leaders including Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton
havecalled on Fox to apologize for the remark. Fox has said he was com-
menting on the contributions that Mexicans make to the United States,
and did not mean any offense.
Farrakhan, who spearheaded the 1995 Million Man March that drew
hundreds of thousands of people to Washington. D.C., was in Milwaukee
to promote the Millions More Movement, which has scheduled a rally
Oct. 15 on the National Mall.
The march is billed as a more inclusive successor to the Million Man
March. This time, organizers have encouraged women and gays to attend.
Former Negro League Star
Ted Radcliffe Dies at 103
CHICAGO Former Negro Leagues star Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe,
believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, died
Thursday. He was 103.
Radcliffe, given his singular nickname by sports writer Damon Runyon
after catching Satchel Paige in the first game of a doubleheader in the
1932 Negro League World Series and pitching a shutout in the second
game, died from complications after a long bout with cancer, the Chicago
White Sox said.
Radcliffe was frequently in the crowd at
U.S. Cellular Field and occasionally visited
the White Sox clubhouse. He made it a tra-
dition in recent years to throw out the first
ball on his July 7 birthday.
A six-time All-Star fittingly, three times '
as a pitcher andthree times as a catcher -
Radcliffe outlived his contemporaries in the
Negro Leagues and players from his era in
the majors. Strict records on the minor
leagues from those days are not kept, but there are no players known to
have been older than Radcliffe.
Pardon Set for Georgia Black
Woman Executed in 1945
ALBANY, Ga. (Aug. 15) The only woman ever executed in Georgia's
electric chair is being granted a posthumous pardon, 60 years after the
black maid was put to death for killing a white man she claimed held her
in slavery and threatened her life.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has decided to pardon Lena
Baker and plans to present a proclamation to her descendants at its Aug.
30 meeting in Atlanta, said board spokeswoman Scheree Lipscomb.
The board did not find Baker innocent of the crime, Lipscomb said.
Members instead found the decision to deny her clemency in 1945 "was
a grievous error, as this case called out for mercy," Lipscomb said.
Baker was sentenced to die following a one-day trial before an all-
white, all-male jury in Georgia. During her brief trial, Baker testified that
E.B. Knight, a man she had been hired to care for, held her against her
will in a grist mill and threatened to shoot her if she tried to leave. She
said she grabbed Knight's gun and shot him when he raised a metal bar
to strike her.
After Baker's execution in 1945, Baker's body was buried in an
unmarked grave behind a church where she had been a choir member. In
the late 1990s, the congregation marked the grave with a cement slab.
Volume 19 No. 31 Jacksonville, Florida August 18 24, 2005
," .ILA Agreement to Bring
1,800 Jobs to First Coast
Shown above is ILA #1408 President Vincent Cameron, Hiroyuki Sato,
deputy president of Japan based shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.,
Rick Ferrin, Port director, Dr. Massey, Jaxport board chair, and Nathaniel
Gardner, Local #1408 Vice President. Japanese shipping giant Mitsui
O.S.K. Lines Ltd. recently closed the deal with Jacksonville based
International Longshoreman Association that will ensure the local Port
Authority's place in the top echelons of the nation. The deal, which would
not be sealed without labor support, will create over 1,800 additional jobs
with average salaries around $45,000.
Local Author Hopes to Inspire
With Spirit Led New Book
Head Start Center Continues to
Draw Ire of Leadership Coalition
The Jacksonville Leadership
Coalition continues to lead the
protest regarding the children
and staff located in the Forest
Park Head Start Center, under
the jurisdiction of the
Jacksonville Urban League. Due
to the location being on a con-
taminated site, the Coalition feels
the center should be relocated
immediately. The pastors, par-
ents, and others have marched
daily since the opening of the
school year to draw attention to
the situation, and to protest the
situation until it is remedied.
The Head Start Center is locat-
ed at 2037 Forest Street. The
Leader-ship Coalition, Senator
Tony Hill, State Representatives
and other concerned citizens
have joined the coalition in the
protest. Carrying signs express-
ing concerns while marching
around the building is the man-
Saying that the Democratic Party
takes advantage of African-
American voters, a group of Black
Republicans has established a
grassroots organization designed to
counter what they say is "disinfor-
mation" about their party.
"We're trying to provide informa-
tion. We're about educating our
people about the facts," said
National Black Republican
Association President Frances Rice
The organization is one of the first
national groups for Black
The goal of the organization,
according to its Web site, is to
"increase the number of Black
Americans who vote Republican
and are active in the Party."
The organization, with a board of
15 members, plans to set up chap-
ters around the nation. Its member-
ship currently includes Black
Republicans from Florida, Texas,
Alaska and other states.
ner of the protest. One sign's
message was: "Do Not Put Your
Child's Life in Danger" appar-
ently an effort for parents to join
the protest by pulling their chil-
dren from the Headstart Center.
The coalition of area leaders
says that the City would not
approve land near the Forest
Park Center for a dog pound to
be build, but they will not man-
date that the children and staff be
relocated form the site.
Earlier this week in the wee
hours of the morning, several
local pastors, including Elder Lee
Harris (shown above), Rev.
James Sampson, Pastor Harold
Rollinson, and Rev. and Mrs.
George Harvey led the protest.
The protest garnered the atten-
tion of most traffic passing
through the area, who paused,
ers may seek
refuge in a
S greater spirit.
S The magni-
tude of some
Tawan Chester divine inter
vention. But how do wearied souls
achieve salvation? While this is
often a perplexed problem, the
answer is very simple according to
author Tawan Chester. Guided by
the spirit, Chester suggests initiat-
ing an "intimate relationship" with
the creator in her new book "An
Published in July, the faith-based
self-help book offers resourceful
advice and benefits to help foster
the development of a healthy rela-
tionship with God utilizing life's
triumphs and trials. According to
the author, the book was written for
the person who desires to learn
more about the greater potential of
a relationship with God.
"It is for those who struggle with
the stress and strain of everyday life
including: careers, bills, and rela-
tionship conflicts," Chester said.
Surprisingly, the Jacksonville
native did not initially have a strong
desire to become a writer..
However, Chester's decision
"I started writing at first to
improve my handwriting skills...I
would get ideas or have dreams
about a story line." Chester admits
that under a spiritual guidance, she
began writing for a reading audi-
ence and now boasts of nearly 30
years of accumulated writing expe-
rience. In 1998, she commenced
penning "An Intimate Walk". The
ease of writing was so effortless
that her ideas flowed like the "Nile
River". The result An Intimate
Walk was published in 2004 with
contents appropriate for all audi-
"I hope that the younger genera-
tion will want to curtail the amount
of problems they encounter and
seek the help that "An Intimate
Walk" can provide," Chester said.
Shown above is Joan Hartfield, Patricia Wallace, Rometa Porter and Pat LaRone Graham.
Gala Celebration Honors Rometa Porters 65th Birthday
River City Brewery was the background for the 65th Birthday celebration of Jacksonville entrepreneur and com-
munity volunteer Rometa Porter. over 100 family and friends celebrated the honoree with accolades and well
wishes ranging from custom made jewelry to Caribbean vacations. Guests dined on catered hor de' oeuvres and
danced till one a.m for the festive occasion.
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Thousands Mourn Publishing Magnet John H. Johnson
Earlier this week, thousands
mourned the death of publishing
and entrepreneurial pioneer John H.
Johnson. Hundreds of people filed
past the Ebony and Jet founder's
casket on Sunday, six days after his
death at age 87. Former President
Clinton and other dignitaries were
expected to speak at funeral servic-
es the following Monday.
The funeral was held in Chicago.
Johnson, was widely regarded as
the most influential African-
American publisher in American
history and a pioneer in media and
Above, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and
Minister Louis Farrakhan attend the services.
business. In 1942, Johnson
launched the Negro Digest, which
later became Black World. Three
years later he started Ebony maga-
zine, which was the first magazine
to show the full range of African-
American life.The first issue of the
magazine sold 25,000 copies,
instantly making it the largest-cir-
culated black magazine. It contin-
ues to be a top-seller today.
Johnson is survived by his wife,
Eunice, and a daughter, Linda
Johnson Rice, president of Johnson
Freed Slaves Were First
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Leonard E. Colvin, chief
reporter for the New Journal &
Guide, in the Hampton Roads area
of Virginia, like most African
Ameri-can newspaper writers is
himself, a depository of black his-
tory. Most recently he wrote about
the historic black community
"Hobson" which is scheduled to be
recognized by the state of Virginia.
Our history is our most valued
asset, and the more we learn, the
richer we become. The sharing of
our history is invaluable. In the
revelation of the state of Virginia
recognizing the historic black
community of Hobson, Colvin
also revealed the entrepreneurship
of its original freed slave settlers.
The area was called the
Chuckatuck District, named for
two Indians who were grand lead-
ers of the area, their names were
Chuck and Tuck, Colvin wrote,
according to state historians.
English settlers had thought there
was gold in the area, which they
did not find, but the Indians were
forced to leave, and the freed
slaves discovered the area in the
1730s. The slaves were from the
Carter's Gove Plantation near
The freed slaves pooled their
money to buy 13 acres from the
English, 384 freed slaves pur-
chased land according to English
records, Colvin reported. It was
not the rich soil, but the fertile
waters of the Chuckatuck Creek
and the Nansemond River, that the
freed slaves "struck gold".
The new residents discovered
untold riches in the waterways on
and around their land, for the creek
and river bore the fruit of rich oys-
ter beds, many fish, and crabs.
The entrepreneurial spirit was
born among the freed slaves.
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r mmBikers Raise Over $130K for daniel
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Shown above participating in the ride are Winston and Joyetta Carson of the Westside and Robert Stephens from AOL.
Canada Gets First Black Governor
Canadian Governor General designate Michaelle Jean smiles during a
news conference in front of the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in
Ottawa, Canada. Jean, who will become Canadas first Black governor
general, will take up her new position on September 27, 2005.
Prime Minister Paul Martin formally announced the appointment, of the
Haitian-born television journalist.
"Bor in Haiti, she knows what it is to come to a new country with little
more than hope," Martin said.
daniel's fourth annual "Bike to
School" Motorcycle Ride, held on
August 6, 2005, raised more than
$131,000 for the 121 year-old
organization. All proceeds of the
event will go towards daniel's edu-
Led by co-grand marshals and for-
mer Jacksonville Jaguars, Dave
Widell and Tom McManus, the
police escorted 65-mile ride of
more than 600 participants enjoyed
a celebration at Buffalo's
Southwest Caf6 afterwards.
Festivities included a live and silent
auction, a raffle, and a free concert
by Hipp Street. Buffalo's Southwest
Caf6 and Sweet Tomatoes provided
"This year's motorcycle ride was
phenomenal and a great example of
what a giving community we live
in," says Jim Clark, president and
CEO of daniel. "On behalf of the
families and children our organiza-
tion serves everyday, we would like
to thank all of our sponsors, partic-
ipants and volunteers for helping
make the motorcycle ride a great
The non profit organization is
Florida's oldest not-for-profit child-
serving agency. Originally estab-
lished in 1884 as an orphanage,
daniel has a stellar national reputa-
tion and directly and indirectly
assists more than 30,000 children,
families and other youth-serving
organizations, "improve the odds
Morehouse Students Get "Reality
Check" on South African Trip
Morehouse students Jamison Collier, left, and Clint Fluker, and Mark
Rainey, who graduated in May, meet Oprah Winfrey during their visit
to South Africa.
When he looked into the eyes of a
5-year-old South African child with
AIDS, Bronson Edwards said, the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa
became more than just statistics.
Edwards, a dual major in applied
physics and mechanical engineer-
ing at Morehouse College, now
feels a call to action, he said when
he returned June 11 from a three-
week trip to South Africa.
The time that he and eight class-
mates spent at Etafeni Daycare
Center, a facility that accommo-
dates children affected by AIDS,
seems to have had a deep impact on
many of the students. It was there,
in the Nyanga township of Cape
Town, that Edwards underwent
"one of the most moving experi-
ences I had: To watch these children
who had no idea about life and their
lives are destined to be cut short."
While other students were begin-
ning internships and vacationing,
Edwards and his Morehouse class-
mates joined the Oprah South
Africa Leadership Project, a cultur-
al exchange program funded by a
$1 million gift from Oprah Winfrey
in 1997 and centered on studying
the impact of AIDS in South Africa.
The trip, sponsored by Winfrey and
the Alcoa Foundation, allowed the
students to interact with govern-
ment and social organizations, as
well as do volunteer work.
Three students, Jamison Collier,
Clint Fluker and Mark Rainey, met
with Winfrey. The billionaire media
giant was in South Africa for one of
her "Live Your Best Life" seminars.
The Morehouse students helped
Winfrey hand out school uniforms
to South African children, and
accompanied her on a visit to a 16-
year-old girl orphaned by AIDS,
who was raising six young children.
Collier called Winfrey "a wonder-
ful person" and said he was glad to
have the opportunity to tell her how
much he appreciates her communi-
In South Africa, as of 2003, an
estimated 230,000 children were
living with HIV, the virus that caus-
es acquired immuno-deficiency
syndrome, according to UNICEF.
More than 1 million had been
orphaned by the disease. Overall,
reports the World Factbook main-
tained on the Internet by the Central
Intelligence Agency, an estimated
5.3 million South Africans were liv-
ing with HIV/AIDS in 2003, and
370,000 people died in the pandem-
ic that year.
With grim statistics such as these,
Edwards was in the country to
make a difference. When the stu-
dents reached South Africa, they
crisscrossed the country visiting
museums, universities, historic
sites, shanty towns and major cities
such as Johannesburg.
Now that the young men are back
in the United States, they are begin-
ning personal projects aimed at
slowing the spread of AIDS abroad
and at home, as well as carrying out
duties as student ambassadors for
the Leadership Project. College
officials are making plans to contin-
ue the project and further the work
that has already been done.
"I've always been big on giving
back and I knew I had to go inter-
national," said Edwards, who is
completing an internship at Harvard
Medical School. He is researching
cell activity as it relates to HIV and
AIDS, and plans to use his abilities
to make a difference in the epidem-
ic and in the world.
"As long as I'm maximizing my
potential, then regardless of what I
do, I will be in the position to help
people," he said.
Atlanta Has Become Mecca for Black Gays
By: Erin Texeiera
ATLANTA Once or twice a
week, the women's drum circle
gathers to practice. Drum Sista's
members pound and caress the
skins, bonding through the rhythm
in an atmosphere of like-minded
women -- activists and artists, all
African-American, all lesbian.
It is no accident that they found
one another in Atlanta.
The city and its suburbs have, in
recent years, become a mecca for
black gays and lesbians. The region
now is home to the biggest concen-
tration of black same-sex couples
in the South, with nearly as many
as the Chicago area, which has
more than four times as many
Many make their homes in
Atlanta for the same reasons that
tens of thousands of other blacks
have relocated to such states as
Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas:
a moderate cost of living and the
familiar culture of the South, where
most black Americans have family
Though Atlanta's blacks general-
ly reflect African-Americans
nationwide -- many are religious,
socially conservative and critical of
homosexuality -- lesbians and gays
in town are courted by elected offi-
cials and they have access to some
of the nation's best HIV-fighting
resources geared toward African-
Each year, the city hosts what
organizers say is the biggest black,
gay festival in the world.
"I had never seen that many black
gay folks in my life, and I was
blown away," said Duncan Teague
of his first visit, a two-week vaca-
tion from Kansas City in 1985. "I
was out of the closet, but not as out
as I was down here. I could be
whoever Duncan decided to be.
And I was."
He cashed in his return plane
ticket, he said, and has lived there
14 t i
"This is our home," said Mary
Anne Adams, a social worker and
chair of Zami, an advocacy group
for black lesbians that organized
the drum circle. "This is the place
that needs us the most and that we
need the most."
Census data on same sex couples
show that the metro areas of New
York, Washington-Baltimore and
Chicago have more gays than
Atlanta. But local residents and
experts say the booming southern
city is growing as a destination.
Two years ago, about 15,000
attended Atlanta's annual black gay
festival over Labor Day weekend.
A year later, that number had dou-
bled, said Michael Slaughter, co-
chair of In the Life Atlanta, which
organizes the event.
"In Atlanta, you can stand out on
Peachtree in front of a gay bar and
very rarely is someone going to say
something to you," he said. "It's
just not the same" in other cities.
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Hot S+ron 9 Sober in '
by Charles Griggs
PARENTS BE DILIGENT IN /
MONITORING SCHOOLS, KIDS j
There seems to be more going on in the schoolhouse these days
than daily lesson plans. Discouraging mind games are a reality.
"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspir-
ing the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold
iron." -Horace Mann
It's been almost two weeks since the kids headed back
to school. This is the time of year when parents sort of cel-
ebrate new beginnings for their children. An opportunity
to build on the successes of a year gone by could also be
the order of the day.
For me, and my two teenage children, high school is the
process of building a right of passage.
So much is expected, learned and tolerated.
The minds of high school students are drenched with
things that force them to do crazy things. Yet as parents we
tend not to worry too much because the things they do are
so very predictable.
By the time kids get to high school they may have
already made their minds up that life is just a bowl of
As parents our job is to shatter that belief and provide
inspiration and purpose to their journey.
But even as we embark on the journey to render our kids
independent of our life long support, other factors have to
be considered in their development.
The most important relationship outside of home is a
child's interactions and social foundation at school.
We've all been there before; school is the biggest social
gathering in a teen's life. And we as parents need to
respect that turf.
However, because we usually can't penetrate that school
courtyard comfort zone, we entrust that inspiration and
development to the teachers and administrators that our
kids run off to everyday.
From what I've seen so far, I am not encouraged.
Since school has started, in my opinion, my teens
have gotten off to a slow start simply because of a lack
of caring on the part of some of their teachers and
I've found that this year some teachers have chosen to
be discouraging and uninspiring in their expectations and
approach to the important development of these young
adults. And if I as a parent wasn't there to stand guard over
their actions my kids would run the risk of being lost in
the process and zapped of whatever inspiration that they
have to be better.
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take
home to think about besides homework."
-Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"
If I didn't see things with my own eyes I would have a
hard time believing that people who we trust tdosape the
minds of the future are capable of the manipulation it
takes to break the spirits of children. I can only imagine
the number of minds that have been lost to politics in the
schoolhouse. Especially when it comes to African
Parents need to keep a careful eye on the surroundings
of their children. Question their teachers and administra-
tors. Challenge the guidance counselors to help carve a
path to success for your child.
At the same time, talk to your kids about the challenges
they face with other adults. Remind them that the school
is there for their educational development and not the per-
sonal playground for teachers who choose to engage in
head games. Let them know that positive change can hap-
pen when they approach issues with a strategy of respect,
hard work and diligence. Let them know that if they
always try to do the right thing success cannot be denied.
Also encourage them to seek support from those who
believe in them, their talents and potential for success.
Let's face it, all teachers aren't good people. Some don't
have the best interest of your child at heart. Some of them
are guilty of labeling children as failures and are not will-
ing to work with your child. Some play favorites or sim-
ply may not be fond of your child.
I've seen it; it is a reality of social order.
Trust me, if you don't stand up for them now you may
not have a chance to stand up for them later. Then lost will
be the minds of many who may have been derailed before
they even get a chance to know their potential.
Forget Leftwich, it's the schedule that scares me
All right, so Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron
Leftwich may not have exactly gotten off to a great start
last Saturday night during the team's 27-17 victory over
the Pittsburg Steelers.
As a result many are already predicting doom and
gloom for the team if they continue to rely on Leftwich to
lead them to the Promised Land.
However, if you check out the Jags' schedule, fans need
to be worried about more than Byron's progress.
The Jags first six games may be the toughest in the
AFC. During that stretch they'll face four of last season's
playoff teams and the two others didn't miss by much.
That will be followed by three more teams that play on
another level when they face the Jags.
All in all with no visible means of offensive support, the
Jags could be in for a tough haul if the teams on the first
half of the schedule are at least as successful as they were
If that happens the Jags could be 2-7 by mid-November.
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Gas Prices Are Out of Control.. Area Black
Preachers Getting Back to Their Political Roots
Is it me or have the oil barons in
the Middle East lost their (beep)
minds? I rolled into the gas station
this week and thought that there was
some sort of misadvertisement.
They must have the regular unlead-
ed price confused with the premium
- that's obviously the case.
Let me roll into the next gas sta-
tion, surely they will have their
prices properly advertised.
Unfortunately, either I was stuck in
the Matrix or all of the gas stations
on the Northside had conspired to
play a mean trick on me. Regular
unleaded is around 2.53 per gallon -
that seems impossible.
That whole JTA Going your way
theme is starting to sound much bet-
ter these days.
It is about time for George W. to
step in and do something. I am not
asking for welfare, I'll take a $5 gas
card and a Slurpie.
Seriously, it maybe time to look at
releasing some of our oil reserves as
a means of reducing gas prices. The
SPR is the United States' emergency
oil stockpile, and is the largest
emergency petroleum supply in the
world. In 1999, under the Clinton
administration, with oil prices rising
the White House decided to tap into
its Strategic Petroleum Reserve
(SPR) in an effort to control prices
so that families in need could pur-
chase discounted oil to heat their
We pay for this oil with our tax
dollars, and I totally understand the
need to have such a vast oil reserve
especially after the 1973-74 oil
embargo that left the nation crip-
pled. But with the largest reserve in
the world, one would think that a
certain percentage could be released
to address the current oil crisis.
It cost the government $21 million a
year to maintain the oil reserve and
1,150 employees, which doesn't
include the cost we incur annually
to purchase the oil. One can only
wonder if the mere threat of the
release of additional oil would
prompt OPEC to find some "cre-
ative" solution to reduce current gas
Back to SPR and President Bush
for a moment. For an example of
the type of diplomacy that may
work, he need only look back to his
father's administration. During the
Persian Gulf War in 1991 to keep oil
plentiful and prices stable the
United States released larger
amounts from the SPR.
It was somewhat of a controver-
sial decision, but proved to be the
best option at the time. The problem
with the current administration is
that no one wants to talk about gas
prices. It is like Whitney Houston
saying that she doesn't have a drug
problem, and Bobby Brown being
chosen as the new host of the 700
Club. Some things are obviously
just not right, and gas prices obvi-
ously are out of control.
Local Black Preachers
Leading Social and
Political Change Again
I love black history, and love to
learn about the people who really
made a difference in transforming
black America. At the forefront of
the struggle for African American
equality are our black religious
leaders. From the abolishment of
slavery to the Civil Rights
Movement, African American
preachers have led the way.
The black church was and still
should be the backbone of our com-
munity, although it has not appeared
that way in recent years. Fast for-
ward to today and things are starting
to look like they used to. A group of
black preachers have stepped up to
the plate and are leading the charge
to move the Head Start Program
from the existing contaminated site
at Forest Park.
I applaud what the brothers are
doing, and confirm that they have
the full support of the city and the
black elected officials.
While some "conservative"
preachers are focusing on the gay
marriage and abortion issues, other
more traditional church leaders are
still more concerned about poverty,
education, affirmative action, civil
rights and job creation for African
Americans. You know the real prob-
lems that the black community
It is very easy to look back in our
history and find men and women
who have led by example like our
local preachers are doing. Think of
the commitment of a Fredrick
Douglas or Martin Luther King, Jr.
as it relates to furthering the African
American race. Look back to a
Fannie Lou Hamer or even a
Barbara Jordan; there are so many
example of strong black leadership.
And the goal of current leaders
should be to re-establish a continu-
ous stable of good leaders. African
Americans have focused on creating
that stable in the recent past, but all
it takes is one person or one issue to
start a movement. This Headstart
and contaminated neighborhoods
issue may be the catalyst to energize
a new crop of black leaders.
Regadless of the tactics we use,
there must be a focused effort to
- iiriptove our tormmunities.
Signing off from Forest Park,
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City Should Do More
to Prevent Flooding
by Ken Reddick
It would be nice if the City would fix all our drainage
problems. But, don't watt for that to happen before you
decide to purchase Flood Insurance. In comparison to
Homeowners Insurance, which does not cover flood-
ing, Flood Insurance is relatively inexpensive.
However, flood losses can be very devastating.The key
to minimizing greater economic losses is having the
City fix more of the problem.
There are at least three ,v ays to prevent flooding in
a dwelling: that include onstructing buildings such that
the lowest floor is elevated higher, little or no rainfall
and adequate drainage.
Poor drainage is a hazard that causes flooding
which can result m loss of income, damage property
and dwellings, loss of use of the dwelling, restoration
and replacement, significant financial losses from
unrecoverable, and most importantly, safety and health
hazards which can cause residents respiratory prob-
lems, infections and possible diseases.
Neighborhoods which ha e experienced repeated
flooding should be given higher priority on the City's
list of things to do There should be more collarbora-
tion between property and business owners, Council
persons. Publc Works. Fire and Rescue, and the
Mayor's office so that time tables and funds can be
appropriated to fix this mammoth problem, which for
many families is as equally important as crime and
While Flood Insurance can be a tremendous help,
it is to drainage what a medication is to cancer; not a
cure. We accept the fact that we cannot control rainfall
or storms However. I am certain, if given a higher pri-
ority. a plan of action, allocation of resources, and an
earnest commitment, significant improvement can be
made in neighborhoods where repeated flooding per-
sist. Will the "real leaders" accept the challenge or
must they themselves, a relative, or close friend have
to be a victim of flooding before they see the need to
get on board'?
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Greater Grant AME to Emanuel M. B.to C
present PhOibulleeial Badger Day and Cl
Pla "I Wont Complain" Pastor Herb Anderson and the
The Greater Grant family and Rev. members of Emanuel Missionary
"Tony Hansberry, Pastor; invite you to Baptist Church, 2407 Rev. S. L.
,attend a phenomenal play, "I Won't Badger Jr., Circle East; invite you
Complain", where one woman's to share with them in celebration of
strength and prayers lead her family Pastor Emeritus Rev. Soloman L.
to victor. The play was written and Badger Day, at 11 a.m. on Sunday,
will be directed by Felenna "Nina" August 21, 2005; and the 113th
McCullough, who is a member of the Anniversary of the church at 11
Greater Grant Memorial Full Gospel a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, August
Choir. The play will be presented at 5 28, 2005.
p.m. on Saturday evening at Cedar Pastor Badger, who served the
Hills Elementary School. Emanuel family for 48 years before
As a small girl Nm.a attended an retiring in 1995, will be honored
Easter Play at the church that her with a special tribute led by Mycal
father pastured in Bidgeport, Conn. Jones, 2005 recipient of the S. L.
She was enthralled at how the scene, Badger Scholarship. The message
stage and characters of that play will be delivered by Rev. Al
could tell a story, and yet be so enter- Letson, Assistant Pastor at Shiloh
training. That was the moment when Metropolitan Baptist Church.
the bug of being a writer and director Rev. George Clark of Savannah
and Nina met. Later that night she will be the speaker for the 11 a.m.
told her mother, "~ihen I get grown I 113th Anniversary service. Pastor
am going to write and direct plays." Clifford Johnson and the Zion
.And that is what she is doing, Nina New Fountain Chapel
says, "that she has a desire to
continue to allow herself to be used AME to present "The
as an instrument of God. Wm the "
Nina has been writing seriously Women of the Bille"
for nine years, "I Won't Complain" is New Fountain Chapel AME
the third Gospel play she has written 737 Jessie Street, Reverend Loui
and directed. She was inspired to do Kirkland, Pastor; and the member
this play and name it after her cordially invite you and you
husband's signature song, I Won't congregation to come and worship
Complain". She is blessed to be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 28t
married to Victor McCullough, son of as The Women of the Bilble i
Rev. Dorsey and Loyce McCullough presented.
and Ministry of Music at Greater Come, get in tune with th
Grant. He majored in music at master as we learn about thes
Edward Waters College. He says that remarkable women of the Bible.
working side by side with his wife is Sis. Joyce Jackson, chairperson.
his heart's joy. It is their belief that
the two of them have a spiritual bond You can receive the
and connective ministry. JACKSONVILLE FREE
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S. L. Badger, Pastor Emeritus
Hope Baptist Church family will be
the special guests at the 3 p.m.
service. All are welcome.
5th Annual Blodgett
Homes Reunion to
Service at Phillipian
You are invited to participate in
the 5th Annual Reunion of The
Everlasting Families of Blodgett
Homes and the surrounding areas.
The Reunion begins at 5 p.m. on
Friday, August 19th with "Get Re-
Saturday will be "Fun Day" at
Jefferson Street Park, with plenty
of food and fun for everyone.
The highlight of the day will be
the program at 4 p.m. The guest
speaker will be former Undersheriff
Joseph Nathaniel Henry.
The Reunion will culminate
with the 11 a.m. worship service at
Phillipian Community Church,
7578 New Kings Road.
Block Party August 28th
The Providence Christian Fell-
owship, 3012 West 12th Street, will
hold a Community Evangelistic
Block Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, August 28, 2005.
A Sports Clinic will kick off the
event which also includes Rides,
games, free food, health awareness,
booths, social awareness informa-
tion, vendors, and more.
Gospel Rap Artist Richie Right-
eous will perform. Raffles, FREE
clothing and school supplies will be
provided. All are welcome.
Ladies Get Ready for
"Ladies Night Out"
If you've heard about "Ladies
Night Out" at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, but you have
never witnessed "Ladies Night
Out," mark your calendars now!
The Pastors, Rev. Rudloph W.
McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudloph W.
McKisick Jr. have announced that
the next "Ladies Night Out" will be
at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd
in the Jacksonville Arena.
Ministry Invites All
The Sword and Shield Kingdom
Out Reach Ministry of the Chris-
tian Fellowship Gospel Chorus will
lift up Jesus in Praises, Preaching
and Singing from various Chris-
tians form around the city, will take
part, and you are invited.
Attend this special service and
receive a powerful blessing from
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Be at The Father's House Confer-
ence Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Bldg. #2, on Sunday, August
28't at 3:45 p.m., and be blessed
Learn More About Women's House of Refuge at
Free Banquet to be held at The Father's House
If you are interested in the
welfare of all women, no matter
if you are a Church Pastor, mem-
ber, or a compassionate member
of the community; you are
invited to a Free Banquet at 7 pm
on Friday, August 26th at The
Father's House, 1820 Monument
Road, Jacksonville. This Musical
Banquet will feature spiritual
dancers, singing, and melodrama.
Reverend Julia Reed is the
Director and Founder of the
Women's House of Refuge, in
Jacksonille. The Women's House
of Refuge is a Transitional House
that will provide shelter to
women who are ex-offenders.
The inspiration to found the
Women's House of Refuge for
Reverend Reed was "to be a part
of the solution". Since 1998, she
has visited the Women's Facility
of Montgomery Correctional
Institute (MCI), in order to give
the incarcerated women hope in
Reverend Reed says," but
what good is it to preach the
gospel when there is no action
following preaching (James 2:15-
17). First John 3:16-20 tells us to
let our love not be in words or
tongue, but in deeds and truth.
Although, I preach hope, ex-
offenders need to see God move
in their lives. I don't know where
I would be if I had not seen God
work for me by taking me away
from negative surroundings."
"You may or may not know
the struggles that ex-offenders
face when they are released back
into society. Not all of them have
what we call 'jailhouse' religion.
Some of them are serious about
changing their live, but find very
little help or no help at all. This
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1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
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Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon I p.m.
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forces them back to their old
familiar way of survival,"
Reverend Reed emphasizes.
You can help these women
become staple members of
society, you can be an inspiration
to them. Come. join other caring
members of the community on
August 26th, to find out how.
For more information about
the Women's House of Refuge,
call (904) 207-1067; or visit:
Rev. A. B. Coleman Jr.
A Retirement Celebration will
honor Rev. A. B. Coleman Jr.,
retired pastor of Saint Andrew
Missionary Baptist, on Saturday,
August 27, 2005.
The Retirement Celebration will
be held at 5 p.m., at the Phillippian
'Community Church Multipurpose
Center, 7578 New Kings Road.
For participation and reservation
information, please call (904) 713-
9831 or (904) 765-4080.
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Life Coach, Joyce G. Moore Releases
New Book "Mamma Says, Life is...."
Joyce G. Moore, a life coach
from the civil rights era, has self-
published her new book, "Mamma
Says, Life Is..."
A native of Jacksonville, Fla.,
she is a graduate of New Stanton
Senior High School. During the
50s and 60s her parents, John and
Harriett Graham ran Graham's
Joyce and her husband, Billy
Moore co-hosted a 26-week tele-
vision program "Make Your Day"
in Smyrna, Ga. She has served as
facilitator for parent education
workshops, and in-service-training
for teachers. Previously, she
headed her own real estate sales
Moore says, "My series of life
experiences keep me thinking about
how much I have benefited from
the human experience of listening
to and observing others, especially
my mamma and her one line
sermons. The greatest influences in
her life came from her mother and
her father, too."
Today, Moore reflects on grow-
ing up in the 40s and 50s in al all
"colored" and negro southern com-
munity. She realizes that was where
she achieved a firm foundation for
this journey called life. Under the
watchful eyes of the community
and understanding the magnitude of
consequences for wrong doings,
has made the journey an eye
opening experience. "Life is.....it
just is so many things," she reflects
in the book.
Moore is a seeker of wisdom
and truth in all aspects of her life.
She comments "No matter how
smooth or how rough around the
edges that mamma may be, she can
be the greatest influence on her
children, from birth to adulthood. It
is a fact, unfortunately that peer
pressure can upstage all of the
upbringing that mamma has made
the supreme sacrifices to provide.
Parenting takes on many
dimensions and it is not the easiest
of jobs. Just know that the most
phone calls take place on Mother's
Day, and the most collect calls are
said to be to fathers on Fathers'
Day" Moore, comments..
Moore says that she realizes that
her generation, having been raised
Sin a community that recognized the
need to correct any inappropriate
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Local Brewery Teams with JUL For
21st Annual Summer Youth Program
JACKSONVILLE The Anheuser- and holding a job. On the Green
Busch Jacksonville Brewery contri- Team, they learn the importance of
buted $50,000 to the Jacksonville getting along with co-workers,
Urban League's youth employment being on time and seeing a job
program, Operation Brightside. By through completion.
joining the Anheuser-Busch Opera- "Working to improve their
tion Brightside Green Team, community provides a sense of
twenty-four students have benefited responsibility that will sustain these
this summer. young people in any career path
ved the quality of life for area they choose," said Richard Dan-
residents while they advanced their ford, JUL president. "The program
education and earned money while enables the participants to fulfill
doing it. their individual missions of giving
Each summer, the Green Team back to and finding solutions to the
takes on a six-week project con- community's needs."
ducted by the Jacksonville Urban The brewery has supported the
with support from the brewery. The program which pays $6.15 per hour
project provides jobs for youths to participants, for six weeks,
from low-to-moderate income ending in August each year. The
families. One of the core compo- participants enjoy a commemo-
nents of the program is to teach job rative luncheon and a career day
skills to the participants, that helps them learn how to
"The Anheuser-Busch Green prepare a resume and search for a
Team provides an important com- job, at the program's end.
munity service by helping to beau-
tify our city," said Syl Robinson,
plant manager for the brewer. L aw
"Equally if not more important,
however, are the job skills the R ee
participants learn by taking part in eese I
the program. Some of the partici-
pants do not have role models to
teach them basic skills for getting
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PICTURED (front row, squatting) Harold Felder, Kuumba Fe
committee; (second row) far left Nikki Williams, UNF student; (
Mathis, Climb Up-Climb Out Inc.; Lawrence Tunsill, SCLC and P
School Toxic Waste Control Fighter/Activist; Brother Outlaw,
S student; Jennifer "Jaha" Jackson, school teacher; Lance Tunsill, P
School Toxic Waste Control Fighter/Activist and SCLC; (back
far left) Gary Thomas, president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Men"
Foundation Inc.; Jerome Noisett, Climb Up-Climb Out Inc.; J
Evans Muhammad, teacher and Robert "Bob" Flowers, From Uni
Loyalty Inc. and SCLC; and Andre X Neal, From Unity To Lo
Inc. and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc.
A Meeting of The Minds
Drawn together out of From some things working 1
Unity To Loyalty's Inc.'s Town within the framework
Hall Meeting for The Millions Covenant that we could
More Movement held at Edward accomplish individually.
Waters College, a diverse people The real challenge will b
some who have known each other us when each of us return f
for years, and others meeting for Millions More Movement
the first time, discussed what it that will be held on Octo
really means to have a Covenant 2005, in Washington, DC.
with black people. Millions More Move]
The one thing we initially all "A Must" for Black Pe
agreed on is there is a void among Take the Bus, and
black people that has to be filled. In av t
order to fill that void we must the riin
combine our wisdom, knowledge, Now i the time to start
understanding, willingness to grow, your plans to be a part of
and adapt to change, for the benefit Anniversary of the historic e
of all black people. The only way the century the "Millio
that can happen is for us to leave March". The local organizir
our large, sometime troublesome, mittee invites all adults ar
uncontrollable egos, outside the dren, organizations, clubs,
room. sororities and fraternities, ch
Black people have "sit-in mosques, temples to be a pai
waded-in, marched-in" and have largest gathering of African
never achieved the desired results. cans this year. The (
We have tried everything except a Saturday, October 15".
total unified effort with all black For transportation infor
people. The most Honorable Elijah please call (904)768-2778
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The Black People Is More Power-
ful Than a Hydrogen, Atomic or
Nuclear Bomb," we believe that
and are willing to use all of our
talents, gifts, resources, plus energy
to work to bring it into fruition.
Since that first meeting, we have
developed the trust, understanding,
and unity, that we feel is needed to
help our people. We pray that God
will keep us unified, with the right
mindset, pleasant spiritual attitude '-
that will allow us to accomplish
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and 20"'. Membership options at
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New options include: Personal j
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Traditions and Pride should not
I be lost as Progress is made
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Each year we honor the accom-
plishments of distinguished African
Americans during Black History
Month; we honor Dr. King's birth-
day, we celebrate Juneteenth, and
Kwanzaa, but do we maintain our
Tommy Wyatt, publisher of The
Villager in Austin, Texas, recently
addressed this issue, in particular,
the "Negro National Anthem",
which we once sang proudly during
the days of segregation, at most of
In Jacksonville, the song, and
most notably, its writers, James
Weldon Johnson and John Rosa-
mond Johnson are honored during
the Tots 'N' Teens sponsored
James Weldon Johnson Festival,
each June. The Johnson brothers
are natives of Jacksonville. But, do
we sing "Live Every Voice and
Sing" at our major events?
Wyatt notes that the song is
sometimes on program, but most
often the audience does not even
know the lyrics beyond the first
verse. He asks, why is this a
concern? "When I was in school
we could not start the day before
we sang that song. It was required
that you stand when you hear the
first cords," he said.
Of course when school desegre-
gation came about this tradition
was lost, but should it be lost from
our private functions?
In our multicultural country, we
have many natives of many lands.
They maintain their traditions, why
are we losing ours? That is the one
thing that sets us apart from other
As important as it is for us to
teach our children, the core of our
history in this country, from slavery
to the lynch era, to integration, we
must also teach them our traditions,
and maintain pride in our traditions.
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"We not only need to teach this
song to our children, we also need
to teach them the meaning of the
song," Wyatt said. "We can start by
learning 'Lift Every Voice and
Sing' so well that we will not need
the printed words. As we get ready
for future challenges, we need to
draw upon some of the experiences
that we had in the past to help
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Lift every voice and sing, till
earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of
Let our rejoicing rise, high as
the listening skies...
Let it resound loud as the
Sing a song full of the faith
That the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope
That the present has brought us,
Facing the rising sun of our
new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is
None of us can deny that "Lift
Every Voice and Sing" is a tribute
to the struggle of our people.
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Leadership Jacksonville Honors Three
Shriners Hold National Convention in Norfolk
Martha Barrett Leerie Jenkins Alton Yates
JACKSONVILLE Leadership each: Barrett said that she was All the honorees emphasized
Jacksonville recently honored three inspired by former Mayor Jake that their families were most
pf its leading citizens at their Godbold, former President Jimmy important in their lives. Each of
Distinguished Community Trustees Carter, and Mayor John Peyton; the honorees were introduced by a
at Celebration 2005. The Honorees Jenkins said that President Jimmy member of the current Youth
were Martha Barrett, Leerie Carter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Leadership Jacksonville class, they
Jenkins, and Alton Yates. Mayor and Walt Disney, inspired him; and were: Sunny D. Patel, Stanton
John Peyton served as the Guest Yates said he was inspired by the College Preparatory School; Ben J.
Presenter. It was an evening of late A. G. Gaston, President Harry Whitman, Mandarin High School;
tribute, filled with humor. Truman and General Daniel and Chelsea Dygan, Douglas
SAn interesting segment was the "Chappie" James. Anderson School of the Arts.
naming of persons who inspired
; Gary Entertains National Bar Association
at Hurrican-delayed Christmas Party
NORFOLK, Va. The Fifth Nat-
ional Biennial Shrine/Sphinx was
held this month, at the Radisson
Hotel, with approximate five-
hundred attendees from across the
country. A series of business
meetings, workshops and social
events was the focus of the confab.
Hosted by the state of Virginia
contingents of the Ancient Arabic
Order of the Mystic Shrine and the
Ancient Arabic Order Daughters of
Virginia State Senator Yvonne R.
Miller was the guest speaker at the
Two-Star General, Dr. Alvin
Bryant, now retired from the Army
Medical Corp, and practicing medi-
cine in Hampton, Va., was honored
at the banquet. He performs free
healthcare screenings throughout
the Hampton Roads area, and is
active in the Shriners organization.
Sphinx. Key presenters included
Noble George F. Fitts, the Imperial
Grand Potentate, of Miami, FL, and
Daughter Geraldine Fry, the
Supreme Most Worthy Grand
Matron, of Washington, DC.
The major highlight of the
convention was the presentation of
an $11,000 check to the local arm
of the Sickle Cell Association, at
the convention banquet. Executive
Director of the Sickle Cell
Association of Hampton Roads,
Judy Anderson, accepted the check
on behalf of the organization. A
pizza party for Hampton Roads
children, including those diagnosed
with Sickle Cell.
The Hampton Roads Shriners
were the host Oasis in affiliation
with the Most Worshipful Consoli-
dated Hiram Grand Lodge and The
Honorable Andrew L. Galloway
Grand Master. The Desert of
Virginia is divided up among the
Eastern Shore Oasis, Central
Virginia Oasis, and the Hampton
PICTURED (left to right) Philadelphia Marriott Hotel Manager Curtis Dean; President and CEO of the
Gary Foundation, Kenneth Gary; Orlando Mayor Ernest Page; Chairman of the Black Family Channel and
Attorney, Willie E. Gary; Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum; and Football Classic President and CEO,
Alvin Brown; as Gary is presented "Key to the City" during gala, by Orlando's Mayor.
ORLANDO Willie E. Gary,
prominent attorney and chairman of
the Black Family Channel, recently
hosted his annual "Christmas
Party" which was delayed by the
hurricanes of 2004. The gala was
held in Orlando at the JW Marriott,
during the National Bar Associa-
tion's 80t Annual Convention.
Thousands converged on Orlan-
do to attend the black tie event.
Baseball great, Cecil Fielder and
actor, Tommy Ford, also attended
the event, and posed for photos
with many excited fans.
The elegant party included
dinner, dancing and entertainment,
featuring The Manhattans, The
Perfect Image, and Hip Hop Emcee
D. J. Biz Markie, taking the party
well into the morning hours. The
party was open to all who wished
"We were delighted to share this
festive event with our guests," said
Gary. "The idea was to have an
evening of great food, great
fellowship and great entertainment,
and I feel that we succeeded be-
yond our expectations," continued
Gary, who has proved himself to be
an outstanding host.
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Rights Leaders in Walk of Fame"
ATLANTA, Ga. The unveiling of the 2005 inductees Shuttlesworth, Ted Turner, Judge Elbert P. Tulle Sr.,
embedded into the International Civil Rights Walk of Nancy Wilson, and The Reverend Addie L. Wyatt.
Fame will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 26th, The "Walk of Fame" is the brain child of Xerona
at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Clayton, founder and executive producer of the
450 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta. renowned Trumpet Awards, and a civil rights icon in
The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was her own right. "This is a lasting Memorial to those
created in 2004 to give recognition to those brave whose contributions were testaments to the fact that
warriors of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable."
equality a reality for all, and is expected to enhance the "We are looking forward to building a monument to
historic value of this geographic area, enrich the the civil rights struggle that depicts every step taken
cultural heritage, and augment tourist attractions. The toward the goal of justice and tireless exertions and
shoes used to create the footsteps will also be on passionate concern of these dedicated individuals," said
display during the unveiling program. Ms. Clayton.
The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame will The Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc., producers of
add eleven new esteemed civil rights leaders to the the Annual Trumpet Awards, will salute the life and
Walk of Fame. The 2005 group of inductees include: works ofXernona Clayton during the same time period
Henry "Hank" Aaron, Harry Belafonte, Congressman as the 2005 Walk of Fame. Folliwng the induction of
John Conyers Jr., Dick Gregory, Mayor Maynard H. the 2005 honorees into the Walk of Fame, Ms. Clayton
Jackson Jr., Ralph E. McGill, The Reverend Fred L. will be celebrated at a Diamond Year Birthday
Celebration on Saturday, August 27th.
BC-C 52"' Annual Gateway
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Its official! The 52nd Annual saluting HBCUs will tee off on
Gateway Classic is set for Alltel Friday, September 9th at the Mill
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IENT 17th, the BC-C Wildcats will meet be at 8 a.m. Foursomes are
the SC State Bull-dogs at 7 p.m.. encouraged and also Hole spon-
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George F. Fills, of Miami, Fl; are pictured with Blessing
Clements, 7, of Norfolk; and Imani Copeland, 9, of Suffolk,
Va., who were among the children treated to pizza and school
supplies during the Fifth National Biennial Shrine/Sphinx
Convention, held in Norfolk, Virginia.
Story and Photos by Alvin Swilley, Courtesy New Journal & Guide
August 18-24, 2005
Page 8 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
St. Thomas Celebrates 19th Anniversary of Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Shown above are Pastors James B. Douglas, Sr., Levon Ross, Jimmie Green, Nathaniel Jackson and Eugene
White saluting the Pastor Murray.
Shown above are (seated) Shirley Winthrop, Joyce Smith, Blinda Shelley, Marilyn Carter, Jakki Stubbs and
Betty Denson, (standing) Charles Marshall, David Young and Isiah Denson. FMPPhotos
Delia Scott, Ruvenia Tolend, Sheila Webb, Willye Dennis, Marcia Summer and Gwendolyn Scott.
Shown above (1-r) are the honorees family: Curtis Riks, Sarah Terry,
Damali Brown, Sendy Brown and Doris Lee (standing) Joshua Brown,
Rodney Terry, Sidney Terry and Ida Williams.
Eunice Fitts, Adam Fitts, Harriett Judge, Mamie Tisby and Barbars
The Honoree, Pastor Ernie L. Murray (right) beams with admiration
as guest speaker Rev. Torin Dailey delivers a powerful sermon.
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Ariele Thomas, Amanda Young, Laconella Heston and Deacon Burroughs.
The Saint Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church celebrated the 19th
Anniversary of Pastor Ernie L.
Murray Sr. Friday evening, August
12, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel on the Jacksonville River-
front. The celebration theme 40
Years A Divine Call to Preach,
Teach and Share the Gospel" 1st
Corinthians 9:16, honored Pastor
Murray's 40th year in the ministry.
He has served as Pastor at St.
Thomas for 19 years.
Pastor Nathaniel Jackson pre-
sided over the program which
began with a musical prelude. Pas-
tor Levon Ross gave the Scripture,
and Deacon James B. Douglas Sr.
delivered the Welcome, which was
followed by the introduction of the
dais by Pastor Nathaniel Jackson.
Pastor Jerome Robinson render-
ed a solo, and guest ministers gave
greetings, followed by the Grace by
Pastor Eugene White.
The delicious meal was enjoyed
by the honoree and guests.
Rev. Timothy Cole rendered a
solo following dinner, and the pro-
gram resumed. Rev. Torin T.
Dailey, Interim Pastor of First
Baptist Church of Oakland, was the
banquet speaker. His message was
Sis. Sheila Jaudon gave Words
of Appreciation, followed by
remarks from the honoree, Pastor
Ernie L. Murray Sr.Benediction fol-
lowed Pastor Murray's expression
Over four-hundred (400) per-
sons attended the 19th Anniversary
Banquet, in addition to twenty-four
(24) pastors and ministers.
The celebration continued on
Sunday, August 14th as guest
Pastors honored Rev. Murray's 40
years in the ministry.
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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 15, 2005. For more
information contact Andr'e X Neal
or James Evans Muhammad at
(904) 768-2778 or (904)768-3332.
On Thursday, August 18, 2005,
from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the
Duval County Extension Office
will be hosting a one day seminar
on Troubleshooting Your
Landscape. The office is located at
1010 N. McDuff Ave. on the
Westside. You can get answers to
your plant problems by bringing in
a sample of a disease or pest prob-
lem. Please call to pre-register at
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service is offering a program
geared to the do it yourself decora-
tor. The two hour class will teach
the basics of choosing home
improvement projects that will
enhance the value of a home, low
cost new looks, discussion of how
to avoid pitfalls in remodeling,
lighting, windows and floors and
more. The class will be offered at
6:45 p.m. at various locations
August 18th through September
6th throughout the city in all areas
of town. Pre-registration is
required, call 387-8855 for specific
locations and dates.
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 18,
25, & September 1 and 8th. The
workshops are design to reduce the
stresses and pressures of caregiv-
ing, while also strengthening 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 pub-
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
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry presents inter-
national spoken word poet, QUEEN
SHEBA on Saturday, August 20,
2005 at Boomtown Theater and
Restaurant 1714 North Main Street
in Jacksonville's Springfield area.
Po 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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The event will start at 7:30pm and
feature an open mic for poets and
singers and hip hop and R&B by a
guest DJ. Admission: $5 poets/$7
audience. For more information call
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 con-
tact information via email to:
email@example.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
and Book Signing
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Inc., in association with
Stage Aurora will present a com-
munity discussion and book signing
on the book "CROWNS" by
Michael Cunningham and Craig
Marberry on Saturday, August 20th
from 5 6:30 p.m. CROWNS is a
book of portraits of African-
American women and their furry,
fussy, feathery, and flamboyant
hats. The book discussion will be
held August 20, 2005 at the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus beginning at 5:00 p.m. For
more information, please contact
Darryl Reuben Hall at (904) 765-
3rd Annual Caribbean
The third annual Caribbean
Independence Dance will be held
on Saturday, August 20th from 9
p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Inn at
Baymeadows, 8050 Baymeadows
Circle West. Ticket price includes
dinner, drinks and a good time with
D,J, Chunks. For more information,
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 performance by the 125-man
Reunion Chorus. Limited reserved
seats and general admission tickets
are available now on their website
at www.bigorangechorus.com or by
calling (904) 992.2362.
The Platters, Drifters
& Coasters in Concert
Legendary doo wop groups The
Platters, Drifters and the Coasters
will be in concert at the Times
Union Center Jacoby Hall on
Saturday, August 20th. Showtime
is at 8 p.m. Call Ticketmaster at
353-3309 for tickets or more infor-
Back to School
Junior Achievement of Florida's
First Coast, Inc. will have their 3rd
Annual JA Back to School Bowl-A-
Thon on Saturday, August 20,
2005. Bowling times are: 11:00
a.m.; 2: p.m.; 5:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m.
and 11:00 p.m. The event will be
held at Southside Bowl America,
11141 Beach Boulevard (near St.
Johns Bluff). Teams of six are
encouraged to participate, with a
minimum of $50 per bowler. This
will include two games and shoes.
For more information on registra-
tion, please contact Robin
Cartwright, special events coordi-
nator for Junior Achievement, at
(904) 398-9944 ext.232 or email
Free Workshop for
Area Small Businesses
Many business owners would be
surprised to learn that there is not
one "bottom line" but five.
Learning how to make better busi-
ness decisions by understanding
and effectively using all five "bot-
tom lines" is the key to business
success. At this free workshop,
experts will explain how business
owners can use these numbers to
increase their cash flow.
Managing By The Numbers: The 5
Bottom Lines will be presented on
Thursday, August 25, 2005, from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Small Business
Center at Gateway Mall, 5000-3
For more information or to regis-
ter call 620-2477.
Fish Pond Management
A Fish Pond Management
Workshop Series conducted by the
Duval Co. Soil & Water
Conservation District will be held
at the Extension Office, 1010 N
McDuff Avenue on the westside.
Part I will be held on Wednesday,
August 24th at 5:30pm. Part II will
be held on Tuesday, August 30th at
5:30pm. Topics include Aquatic
Weed Control; Water Quality;
Types of fish to stock; Stocking
rates; Fish Suppliers; Pond
Maintenance & Management; Pond
Planning, Design, Permits and
much more. Please contact Diane
Thomas at 904-266-0088 ext. 3 to
register and for more info.
Masonic & Eastern
Come out and enjoy an evening of
fun and entertainment with the
illustrious Masons, Eastern Stars
and Veterans at Carl's Reception
Hall, located at 1748 N. Main St.
(on the corner of 8th Street and
Main Street) on Thursday, August
25th, 2005. There will be door
prizes, music (Old School, R&B
and Jazz), food and more.
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Networking and Cocktail Reception
begins from 6:00pm 7:30pm.
Drink specials available. Gala
begins promptly at 8:00pm.
Tickets can be purchased by call-
ing Traci at 904-626-1389 or email
her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Father's House will present a
musical banquet on Friday, August
26th at 7 p.m. Performances will
include spiritual dancers, singers
and mellodrama. The Father's
House is located at 1820 Monument
Road. For more information call
207-1067. This event is free and
open to the public.
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.
On Tuesday August 30th from 10
a.m. to 12 noon, the Duval County
Extension Service is offering a
course on vegetable gardening.
Learn about fall vegetable garden-
ing, composting, and enjoy a hands
on activity of making your own
recycled plant pots. Participants
will take home up to 10 vegetable
plants. Space is limited so call 387-
8850 to register. A fee of $8 will be
collected at the door.
The Piano Lesson
August Wilson's prize winning
play, "The Piano Lesson" will be
performed at the Ritz Theater
August 26th at 7:30 p.m. and
August 27th at 2 p.m. and 7:30
p.m. Wilson's poignant and humor-
ous drama is a lesson in love, fami-
ly and personal history. For tickets
or more information, call 632-5555.
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 door prizes.
Women golfers are encouraged. For
more information, call Ray Levy
356-8119 or Ed Hall 768-3382.
The Jewish Community Alliance is
having a couples workshop on yoga
during pregnancy. Pregnancy yoga
helps women prepare for an active,
normal and natural childbirth expe-
rience as possible, as well as help to
increase flexibility and strength as
well as improve circulation.The
class will be held on Sunday,
August 28th from 2-4 p.m. The
JCA is located at 8505 San Jose
Blvd.For more information call
Kem in Concert
er known on the airwaves as Kem,
will be in Jacksonville on Saturday,
September 3rd at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theater. Kem Owens is a
smooth, spiritually oriented R&B
artist inspired by the likes of Stevie
Wonder, Steely Dan, and Grover
Washington Jr. Tickets are $37.50
and $32.50. For more information
FCCJ Dance Auditions
Auditions for Florida Community
College Repertory Dance Co. and
dance scholarships will be held
Sept. 7th at 6 p.m. Auditions will
be held at FCCJ South Campus,
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information
contact Dance Professor Rosemary
Fletcher at 904.646.2361 or e-mail
Blueprint for Prosperity Executive
Director Jarik Conrad will be the
keynote speaker for the Literary
Council of Jacksonville's 5th
Annual Literacy Awards Luncheon.
The event will be held on Friday,
September 9th from 12 p.m. 1:30
p.m. at the Omni Hotel. For more
info or reservations call 724-0102.
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,
Urban Gardening Field Office
(located behind 1007 Superior
Street) will hold a Seasons of Herbs
Workshop on Tuesday September
13, 2005 10:00 AM -12:00 PM.
Participants will learn what seasons
are best to grow herbs in Florida
and how to turn their potted culi-
nary herb plants into gorgeous topi-
aries. Seating is limited call 387-
8850 to pre-register.
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E& AE I Charlie Wilson Resurfaces With Help from R.Kelly
RALPH TRESVANT PREPS NEW ALBUM
Set will be his first solo effort since 1992's 'Sensitivity.'
Ralph Tresvant, who grew up before our very eyes as
Sthe front man of New Edition, is looking to put a new
S solo album in stores by October or November.
The singer has been in the studio working on his first
solo project since
"Sensitivity," his debut released 13 years ago. The artist
is said to have new material that will satisfy the fans who
S had the New Edition buttons on their
Members Only jackets back in the 80s, as well as new music lovers.
As for New Edition, Tresvant is still involved with Ronnie, Bobby,
Ricky, Mike and Johnny, and a new N.E. album is said to be in the works
for next year.
EDDIE MURPHY DIVORCE DIRT: Reports says Nicole was
done with his reclusive behavior and may already have a new man.
Frankly, I have no idea hi.". lien .
marriage lasted this long," a 'ulce .
close to Eddie and Nicole Murphl. i1i .,
NY Daily News column Rl & -
Molloy. "I mean, they both lo,. tcei ii1
five children. Eddie is an .i.z.I1enmI
dad. But I think Nicole got fed up ill '
This "source," who is said i.) I
known the Murphys since the:, inmr- 'i'. l w
ried in 1993, gave up all of tl- Ii pei -
sonal business in an interview. ..,l.,t -
their recently-announced divorce.
;, When pressed to elaborate on what exactly about the marriage had
Nicole "fed up," the friend said: "Eddie is a very reclusive guy. He likes
dinner at home. When they do go out to a restaurant, it's a private room."
The column also reports of rumors that Eddie discouraged his wife
from working, and that she may already have a new boyfriend now that
While Eddie's lawyer, Marty Singer, said, "I can't comment on the rea-
son for their divorce. It's a personal matter," Singer does confirm thatthe
"irreconcilable differences" Nicole cited in divorce papers had nothing to
do with her husband's 1997 incident when police stopped Murphy's car to
find that he was "giving a ride" to a transsexual prostitute.
While it's unclear whether a prenup exists between the two, Nicole
stands to seek her share of money accumulated during their marriage, the
CHARLIE MURPHY THINKS 'CHAPPELLE SHOW'
IS DONE: Comedian comes to grips with the obvious.
Comedian Charlie Murphy says it's time to get real about i
the prospect of "Chappelle's Show" ever returning to .
"'Chappelle's Show' is over, man. Done," he told TV
Guide. "It took me
a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it
pretty easynow, because it's the truth.'
The comic, a "Chappelle's Show" regular whose real encounters with
Rick James were made into a skit that fostered Chappelle's line, "I'm Rick
James,^$%!," said he has come to realize that the show may never come
"I'm disappointed it ended the way it did, but I'm not angry with any-
body," said Murphy.
As the lead singer of brotherly trio
the Gap Band, the pioneering group
whose late 70's early 80's funk still
serves as a guiding light for produc-
ers and singers, it has been a long
road for Charlie Wilson. From the
dusty roads of Tulsa, Oklahoma to
the neon lights of Cali to being
homeless in the city of angels, the
brother has seen it all. "I went from
riches to rags," Charlie laughs. "But
now it's take for me to take it back
to the stage with "Charlie, Last
Anyone familiar with the rhyth-
mic repertoire of the Gap band,
including classic tracks "You
Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Bum
Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt
drug abuse. "I went from living in a
mansion to living on the street,"
Charlie confesses. "I had strangers
living in my house, stealing my
cars. I had hit rock bottom. If it
wasn't for God and family, who
knows where I would be today."
On Charlie, Last Name Wilson a
masterful performer returns to pro-
claim his rightful place on the
throne. Mixing booming beats with
chocolate love, Charlie Wilson is
bringing the truth; and, as with most
great soul singers, the gospel of life,
love and happiness can be heard in
the grain of his voice.
Me)," and "Yearning for Your
Love," can hear traces of Charlie in
the contemporary voices of current
R&B royalty. In addition to being a
cookout anthem, their song
"Outstanding" has been sampled by
many artists including Madonna.
"From day one, R. Kelly has
always proclaimed himself a mod-
em day Charlie Wilson," he says.
"He and I have been talking about
collaborating for years, and now it's
finally happening.". This was a big
step for me, because the Gap band
always did our own music," Wilson
recalls. "Letting others write and
produce for me, is a big step."
For sure, Charlie Wilson knows
about great things. From those early
days touring with the Rolling
Stones to being a major headliner in
the early '80s, the Gap Band always
brought the party. "When we per-
formed it was all about showman-
ship," informs Wilson. "That's what
I think is missing in music right
now, and I'm ready to bring it
Though Charlie has had his share
of wealth, he has also had his share
of demons. Partying hard and living
close to the edge, Charlie lost
everything due to bad decisions and
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Rhythm-and-blues singer Bill Pinkney, the last of the original Drifters,
blows out candles during his 80th birthday party in Columbia, S.C.
Bill Pinkney relished the shuffle
All Stars Collaborate for Luther Tribute
More details are trickling out of
the J. Records camp regarding its
anticipated project, "So Amazing:
An All-Star Tribute To Luther
Vandross." Due Sept. 20, the album
celebrates the music of the late
R&B icon through covers of his
classic hits from such artists as
Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Fantasia
"No one had ever heard of anyone
that sounded like Luther," says
Jamie Foxx Alicia Keyes
Mary J. Blige who puts her spin on
the Vandross classic "Never Too
Much." "No one heard anyone that
brought that much soul," she tells
In a posthumous duet, Elton John
sings the Burt Bacharach/Hal David
song "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
alongside the original vocals
Vandross recorded for his 1986
Epic Records album "Give Me the
In an intriguing choice, Wyclef
Jean puts his stamp on Luther's
"Always and Forever." Keys and
Jermaine Paul tackle "If This World
Was Mine," while Dion reworks
Luther's "Dance With My Father,"
the title track of the album released
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Elton John Usher
in 2003, shortly after he suffered a
debilitating stroke. Vandross died
on July 1, 2005 of complications
from the stroke. He was 54.
The J Records tribute also fea-
tures Aretha Franklin singing "A
House Is Not a Home," Patti
LaBelle belting "Here and Now"
and Beyonc6 covering the title
Others featured on the tribute
include Jamie Foxx ("Creepin"),
Donna Summer ("Power of Love"),
Fantasia ("Till My Baby Comes
Home"), John Legend ("Love
Won't Let Me Wait") Usher
("Superstar") and Babyface ("If
Only For One Night").
and slide steps of beach music fans
on a parquet floor as they helped
celebrate his 80th birthday.
"I hope that I live to be 100 years
old," Pinkney, one of the original
members of The Drifters, said as he
blew out an "80" candle on his
birthday cake August 15th.
Beach music is a distinctive brand
of rhythm and blues associated with
shag dancing and the Carolinas.
The music the Dalzell, S.C.
native's band helped launch is
South Carolina's official "popular
music." The shag is the state's
Bringing people together is the
enduring thing about this music,
"A lot of people have come up to
me and said, 'Bill, it's your music
that kept me and my wife together'
or 'we got married on your music
because of such and such a song.
And we're still together,'" he said.
The Drifters' hits include "Money
Honey," "Honey Love," "Under the
Boardwalk" and "Save the Last
Dance for Me."
Pinkney left the band in 1958 in a
rift over cash.
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SOUL IN THE KITCHEN
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On a hazy August day
when it is way too hot to
turn on the oven to bake a
cake, a scoop, or two of ice
cream is so cool A summer
treat And when you top the
frozen goodie with fresh
fruits and nuts, or team
with assorted cookies, or
layer in a glass with fruit .
and sauce, or infuse with a
splash of heady liqueur,
simple ice cream becomes a
In minutes flat you can
create sundaes, rainbow
like parfaits, delectable
floats, and yummy shakes,
using store-bought ice
cream that comes in a
plethora offlavors and col-
ors. Or you can make the ice cream the traditional
down home way, using some dozen recipes featured
in my dessert cookbook, "Brown Sugar."
Plain ice cream is easily adorned Grated coconut,
chopped nuts, or a sprinkling of grated chocolate
add pizazz. Split a banana, top it with a couple
scoops of ice cream, drizzle over a creamy chocolate
sauce and watch the adults nudge the children out of
the way. Or, place a scoop or two of ice cream in a
tall glass, add fresh fruit and champagne or club
soda, and please the young at heart with an elegant
You can use store bought choco-
late sauce in this recipe, or make
the creamy, delectable Chocolate
Fudge Sauce featured in "Brown
1 cup chocolate sauce, or more if
3 fully ripe bananas
1 quart coffee or vanilla ice
cream, or a mixture of both
1 1/2 cups lightly toasted peanuts
Pour the chocolate sauce into a
small pan and place over medium
heat, ',irr- un'itil just warm, about
5 minutes. Set aside but keep the
Peel the bananas and cut cross-
wise on the bias or slant into 1/4
;' ; :::bt: the sundae, spoon a
Scouple1 ,'.. :. of the choco-
late sace in 4 tall glasses or sun-
dj-' ," -..-. I ,,,, with a scoop of ice
cream, -.dJ a few banana slices
and scatter with peanuts. Spoon
over a i'l:- more sauce and add
another scoop of ice cream. Add a
couple more banana -.1 t. s, and top
with more sauce.
Sprinkle each serving generous-
ly with the toasted peanuts, and
serve immediately. Serves 4.
I like vanilla ice cream in this
sundae but strawberry is also
delightful. The coriander tea cakes
featured in my dessert cookbook,
"Brown Sugar," make a nice com-
panion for this dish. Or you can
use plain store bought cookies.
3 to 4 cups fresh berries or sliced
peaches, plums or mango
1/3 cup honey or sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon ground ginger or all-
2 tablespoons liqueur
Rinse and drain the berries or
fruit, then remove stems and pits
and discard. If using peaches,
plums or mango, peel and cut into
1/4-inch slices. Place the fruit in a
glass bowl and set aside.
But perhaps the best and simplest way to adorn a
bowl or glass of ice cream is with a generous pour-
ing of liqueur. (See HEADY POUR)
Remember though to buy good quality ice cream
such as Ben and Jerry's, Haagen-Dazs and Breyers,
which are free of preservatives and fillers, but don't
cost much more than lesser brands.
Ice cream desserts are cool and simple; perfect for
chillin' out on these lazy dog days of August. The
following recipes all adapted from my cookbooks,
"Soul Food," and "Brown Sugar."
In a medium
'. '.-:'-ip the honey or sugar,
water and spice.
Place over medium
high heat and bring
to a boil, stirring.
Cook the syrup stir-
ring, for about five
minutes. Stir in the
liqueur, and cook a
Pour the hot syrup
over the fruit, mix-
ing well. Let -cool
and then chill the
fruit until ready to
To assemble the
two or more cookies
in 4 shallow ice
S cream dishes, over-
lapping cookies if
necessary. Top each serving with 2
or 3 scoops of ice cream.
Generously spoon over the fruit
sauce and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Glazed blueberries can be pre-
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quite thick, 3 to 4 minutes.
Stir in the cherries and cover all
over with the liquid in the pan.
Reduce the heat to low and cook 2
minutes. Immediately remove the
pan from the heat, stir gently, and
set aside. Once cooled, chill the
cherries, if desired.
To serve: Place 2 or 3 scoops of
ice cream into 4 ice cream coupes
or other glass serving dishes. Top
with the chocolate sauce. Spoon
over the cherries, serve immediate-
ly and shout with joy.
Makes 4 servings.
I am not quite a chocoholic, but I
do have to pinch myself and say
"stop" when I sit down to this sun-
dae. The pistachio nuts, which are
lightly toasted, add a pretty sparkle
and contrasting flavor. Divine.
1 cup shelled pistachios, more if
1 cup chocolate sauce
1 quart chocolate ice cream
1 cup lightly sweetened whipped
Shell the pistachio nuts and scat-
ter in a large, shallow skillet. Set
the pan on medium heat and toast
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pared in the same way as cherries
in this retro dessert, and are equal-
2 to 3 cups fresh Bing cherries
4 tablespoons granulated sugar, or
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons fruit liqueur or
cherry fruit brandy
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1 cup chocolate sauce, or more if
Rinse the cherries, remove the
stems and discard. To pits the cher-
ries, cut in half with a small knife.
Insert the point of the knife into the
cut, and cut around the pit, loosen-
ing from the fruit. Discard the pits.
Combine in a medium saucepan
the sugar, cornstarch and liqueur or
fruit brandy. Set the pan on medi-
um-high heat and bring to a boil,
stirring, constantly. Cook until the
sugar dissolves, and the liquid is
the nuts, 5 to 7 minutes, or until
lightly browned, shaking the pan
to move around the nuts or stir
with a wooden spoon. Remove the
nuts from the stove and set aside.
Pour the chocolate sauce into a
small sauce pan, set over medium
heat and heat until warm, stirring,
about 5 minutes. Keepwarm while
assembling the sundaes.
Assemble the sundaes: Place a
tablespoon or so of the chocolate
sauce in the bottom of 4 sundae
dishes or tall glasses. Top with 2
scoops of ice cream and sprinkle
each serving with a toasted pista-
Spoon over more fudge sauce,
and top generously with the
remaining pistachio nuts. Add a
dollops of whipped cream and
serve immediately. Makes 4 serv-
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