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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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October 13, 2005
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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New Orlean's

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Cultural Heritage?
Page 11



Former DC Mayor Marion

Barry Back in Hot Water
City council member and former Washington
mayor Marion Barry is being investigated b\ the
Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Anorne\'s
Office in Washington for failing to pa\ taxes,
according to published reports.
The Inernal Revenue Ser- ice launched a crim-
inal in\ esugation into Marion Banr,'s tax histo-
ry after urging him for at least three \ ears to file
his tax returns, according to two officials famil-
iar with the probe.
The IRS sent delinquency notices to Bary. a D.C. Council member and
former :na or, as earl:, as 2002 and eenntall\ assigned fraud investiga-
tors to the case, the officials said. The agency\ was focused on Barry's fail-
ure to file federal income tax returns since 1998 and decided early this
year to refer the manner to the U.S. attorney's office, the officials said.
The IRS investigates most criminal cases on its own but sometimes
turns to federal prosecutors w hen there is a suggestion of fraud or the tax-
payers refuse to respond and subpoena po\ters are required.

Oprah's Wrath Yields Pedophiles
DisQusted o\er the amount of wanted child sex offenders on the loose,
talk show host Oprall \\inlre\ has devoted a portion of her Web site.
financial riches and ongoing segments to tracking down pedophile pred-
Less than 48 hours after the show\ aired, two of the fugitive offenders
shown during the program was apprehended. One in Fargo, North Dakota
and the other in Belize.
The arrests came after WinfreN said she \would post the pictures ot fugi-
tike sex offenders from the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitives list on her Web
site at oprah.com e\ern Friday. and reward $100,000 to an\ person
whose up leads to an arrest.
Eight other reputed child molesters listed b \Vinfre\'s website remain
at large. She intends to show their faces on her sho\\ once a week -- a
shol\ that almost 50 million Americans watch every week.

Liberia Holds Historic Election
Monro ia. Liberia Vting lines formed at polling stations throughout
Liberia this week as it held its first presidential elections since the end of
its civil war in 2003.At one station. otherss started lining up at 2 a.m., six
hours befoile polls opened.
Twenty-t\o candidates are
m ing for the top job in Liberia, in
tatters after 14 years of nearly\
continuous civil mar that ended

i.N peacekeepers are keeping
the calmforthe 1.3 million registered orders .
Candidates are promising to keep the peace, while rebuilding golern-
ment-nin water and elecrricitN plants and creating jobs in a country \where
less than a quarter of the population is employ ed.
Liberlans \\ ill also select 30 senators and 64 representatives a bicam-
eral s\ stem modeled on that of the United States, from \ here freed slaves
were resettled before they founded Africa's oldest republic in 1847.
"We need a president %\ho can provide for our needs. Look around. \%e
have no electrical current, no clean dnnking water, no health clinics."
said 42-year-old citizen Joseph Parhmnilnee.

Gospel Artist Shirley Caesar

Launches Label with 41st Album
A legend in the gospel music community. Caesar is about to embark oni
a new chapter in her distinguished career ith the launch of her own
label, Shu-Bel Music. Her 41st album, "I Know the Iruth." is the first
release on Shu-Bel, which is marketed and distributed through Artemis
Gospel. She has high hopes for Shu-Bel, which is named after Caesar and
her late sister Anniebell Caesar Price. "I will sign man\ others." she says
of mentoring new acts, "but I really \anted to break the ground nlmyself
and break it up with a vengeance."

Nigeria Returns Millions

to Asian Fraud Victim
LAGOS, Nigeria Nigeria returned US$4.5 million seized from scam-
mers to an 86-year-old Chinese woman last month.
A Nigerian fraud ring swindled Juliana Ching, of Hong Kong. through
false promises that she would benefit from a bogus procurement contract
sIpposedl- offered by the state-owned Nigerian oil company. The scam-
mers told Ching they needed to use her account to temporarily deposit
$25 million, promising her 25 percent of the sum. Instead. between 1995
and 2000, they withdrew $4.5 million of Ching's own money.
Nigeria has earned global notoriet,- as a base for criminals arranging
"'ad\ ance fee" or "419" scams, named after the section of Nigeria's crim-
inal code that prohibits such schemes. Among the most common seams
are e-mails proposing to share portions of dead African dictators' ill-got-

50 Cents

Volume 19 No. 39 Jacksonville, Florida October 13 19, 2005

Bush Administration Pledges to Boost Minority .0, .. / ,

Contracts in Rebuilding Storm-Torn Gulf

The Bush administration said it
would boost the number of con-
tracts given to small and minority-
owned businesses for Hurricane
Katrina cleanup work, calling the
amount now awarded too low.
The Federal Emergency

Management Agency said it would
set aside an allotment for disadvan-
taged businesses following its
announcement last week that it
would rebid millions of dollars in
contracts handed out with little or
no competition.

Pittman-Peele Receives $10K

Honor for Career Achievements

The initial $100 million contracts
to be rebid were given to four major
construction firms which had prior
relationships with the government.
The Commerce Department,
meanwhile, announced a new infor-
mation center and Web site to help
smaller, disadvantaged firms get
information about how to competi-
tively bid for Katrina contracts.
The move follows criticism in
recent weeks by minority business-
es who said they were paying the
price for the decision by Congress
and the Bush administration to
waive competition rules for many
of the larger recovery contracts.
About 1.5 percent of the $1.6 bil-
lion awarded by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
has gone to minority businesses,
less than a third of the 5 percent
normally required.
Under the procedures detailed by
FEMA, federal officials will solicit
competitive bids for remaining
Katrina work. Contracts will be for
five years, with preference given to
small and minority-owned busi-
The Congressional Black Caucus,
sent a letter to FEMA asking speci-
fication whether FEMA also
intends to push for restoring affir-
mative action rules for contractors
and reinstating a "prevailing wage"
law. Some believe the suspension
of that law has hurt the dispropor-
tionately large number of black
hourly workers in the region.

Bold City

Julius Guinyard

Jefferson Street

Pool Renamed for

Julius Guinyard
Julius Guinyard, the longtime
athletic director and swim instruc-
tor of the Jefferson Street Pool
received the ultimate honor this
week when the pool, originally
built for the city's Black population
in the 60s, and its accompanying
park was renamed in his honor.
Joined by family and friends, the
tearful senior was overjoyed as he
accepted his honor in the
Jacksonville City Council
Chambers. He was also accompa-
nied by members of the
"Seahorses", a group of swimmers
from the area that he organized into
one of the south's first all Black
swim teams many of whom still
credit Guinyard's skill as a coach
and a mentor to their success..
"I still credit Ms. Guinyard for
where I am today." said former
Seahorse, Judge Brian Davis.

Links Tap

' Experts to Inspire Youth

Ju'Coby Pittman Peele

The Millennium has brought
many things for Ju'Coby Pittman
Peele. Some she wanted, some that
left her full of joy, and some she
could have done without. She had
the opportunity to thank and remi-
nisce with the countless friends and
supporters she has garnered over
the years as she received the covet-
ed Jessie Ball duPont Award.
Over the course of the last five
years, the well respected executive
director of the Clara White Mission
had a personal roster that included
raising a daughter (who was
crowned Miss Jacksonville), get-
ting married, having a baby, experi-
encing the loss of her grandmother,
pledging a sorority, running for city
council and surgery for a brain
tumor. All the while, successfully
running a multi-million dollar facil-
ity serving the needs of the home-
less and disadvantaged in the
Jacksonville community.
Any one of the above mentioned
feats sounds like a lifelong goal for
the average person, but for Pittman-
Peele, known for being a hard
worker beyond the call of duty, it
was just another phase of life.
Pittman-Peele joined the staff of
the Clara White Mission in the
early 90s. The historic institution

located on Ashley Street desperate-
ly needed a breath of fresh air. The
building was run down, finance
books were bad, and an antiquated
system of dealing with the city's
disadvantaged was overwhelmed
by its surging homeless population.
Today, the only part of the 'old'
Mission that remains is the renovat-
ed historic building that it is still
headquartered in and the vision of
it's founder, Eartha White.
Under Pittman-Peeles direction,
alongside her long-time Assistant
Director Meg Fisher, Jacksonville's
only historically Black non-profit
organization has grown by leaps
and bounds.
On any given day, the Mission
serves over 400 meals prepared by
students and graduates of it's award
winning culinary training program.
In addition to serving as transition-
al housing for over forty formerly
homeless individuals, it also hosts a
'drop in' program for clients to
receive everything from food and a
shower to healthcare and internet
access. There are also programs for
youth, volunteer opportunities and
organizations for all ages to partici-
pate in not to mention a new multi
million dollar facility addition.
Continued on page 3

Shown above at the TEAM UP event (left to right) are Education
Committee Chair Deloris Mitchell, Chapter President Norma White,
guest speaker Joyce Danford, guest speaker Attorney Grayling
Brannon and Event Chair Pamela Grant Adams.

"It's All About You" was the
theme for the month at Highlands
Middle School as dozens of youth
participated in the Bold City
Chapter of Links Team Up
Facilitated by the women's serv-
ice organization, guest speakers
Joyce Morgan Danford and
Attorney Grayling Brannon
enlightened the youth on their
experiences and provided advice on
two topics always on teens minds' -

peer pressure and self esteem.
Students were challenged to think
for themselves and not just for the
crowd. Mrs. Danford also encour-
aged students to dress for success
and make the right choices.
The program under the guidance's
of the Links Project PRAISE
umbrella project, meets monthly at
Highlands Middle School and high-
lights a different focus of interest to
youth with hands on interactive
presentations and guest speakers.

ten estates in exchange for an advance payment fee to help move the
nonee:. The scammers keep the fees while victims receive nothing.

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Unspoken Token

Surviving in the

Working World

"When You're

the Only One"
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October 13 19, 2005

Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Entrepreneur Author Writes:

"From Welfare to Faring Well"

Your situation may be bad, but
you are never without "hope" and
this is the message that entrepre-
neur and author Ken Brown wants
those who read his first book "From
Welfare to Faring Well" to take with
them as they find their true "pur-
pose" in life.
Ken knows firsthand what it
means to lose everything, including
the house you call home. As a child
growing up in the inner city of
Chicago, Ken's family faced finan-
cial hardships and they were evict-
ed ten times twice in one year.
However, despite the circum-
stances, Ken's parents, who had
five children under the age of eight
by the time they were 17 and 18,
taught their children to always have
hope and a vision for the future.
Brown, currently the owner/oper-
ator of two McDonald's restaurants
in Michigan is a successful African-
American businessman, who hopes
to use his two McDonald's restau-
rants as his platform to make a dif-
ference, not only in the 101
employees he manages, but also in
the lives of the customers who
come in to place orders. He wants
those orders to be more than just
"Big Macs" but also "Big Dreams."
While Ken Brown was working
for Marriott International, Aramark,

Wendy's International,
Grandma Gebhardt's Cookies,
AWG, Lorenzo's Bistro and
McDonald's, he was actually
working for himself as well.
Each job was considered a
paid internship. Each chal-
lenge created character and
contacts. Each risk revealed
rewards and relationships.
"You can't focus on what you
are going through, but what
you are going to," say Brown.
It is these words of encourage-
ment that is revealed through-
out the pages of his book. Ken also
wants to spread his "Formula for
Success," which he refers to as
"FOPPA," an acronym of Ken's
guiding principles: Focus,
Ownership, Purpose, Passion and
The once white-cloth table waiter
turned business owner wants people
to look at being employed as not
just having a job, but as a paid
internship an opportunity to study
and learn the company's system.
"They should not have the mentali-
ty of I'm just clocking in and clock-
ing out," says Brown.
"It's time to "walk the talk" and be
the message you bring and take
ownership of your life in everyway.
Life is 10% of what happens to you

Entrepreneur Ken Brown
and 90% of how you respond to it,"
says Brown.
The Southern Illinois University
graduate has also established the
John & Regina Educational
Scholarship Fund, named after his
parents. Scholarships in the amount
of ten thousand dollars will be
offered to students like himself who
gre up in extreme poverty and
desire a better life.
The husband and father of three
says it's about faith, family and
finances, and he hopes that his mes-
sage resonates in others so they too
can become "A Ray of Hope" for
themselves and others around them.
To order Ken Brown's new book
"From Welfare to Faring Well" visit
his website at www.kenbrownmin-

The Unspoken Token

Life When You're the Only Black at Work

The Black Person's Guide to
Success in the White Workplace',
by Michelle T. Johnson, also breaks
down work relationships in terms
that almost every employed person
can relate to.

I Older, Wiser and Poorer Senior Americans Are

Nation's Highest Growing Debtor Population

Older Americans are the fastest-
growing demographic in America
for consumer credit counseling.
Soaring health costs, rising inter-
est rates, unplanned expenses such
as the death of a spouse, and now,
rising gasoline prices, are affecting
millions of seniors in the United
States. Fortunately, many of these
older Americans are seeking help in
search of financial freedom.
In 2002, more than 450,000 peo-
ple over the age of 50 filed for
bankruptcy, according to the
Consumer Bankruptcy Project at
Harvard University. For those who
are trying to pay
off their credit
card debt, the lat-
est report by the
research firm,
Demos, cites that
one-fifth of sen-
iors spend more
than 40 percent
of their income
on debt pay-
ments alone.
In recent years,
the slowdown in
the economy and i
the workforce
has disproportionately hit older
Americans. Older Americans are
often the first to leave their jobs and
the least likely to find new work.
Many are reluctant to reduce their
current lifestyles and rely on credit
to carry them through times of
reduced income."
In addition, longer life expectan-
cies may be fueling debt. Older
Americans are increasingly called
upon to support their even older
parents as well as their adult chil-
dren. Americans are also having
children later in life, moving major
expenses, such as college, chil-

dren's weddings and related
expenses, closer to retirement.
While the financial situation for
some seniors may look bleak, there
are ways to turn things around for
the better. The following tips and
ideas are suggested for seniors to
manage their finances and combat
Seek help Talk openly with
your children or family members
about your financial situation. It's
okay to be afraid or embarrassed at
first, but they may be able to help
and will have your best interest in

Prioritize debts Pay off high-
priority debts first and as soon as
possible. Debts that may affect
your property or car should be at
the top of the list. Do not open any
additional lines of credit, to pay off
these debts.
Reverse mortgages Many older
Americans arrange for reverse
mortgages on their homes.
Homeowners receive monthly cash
payments, converted from the
home's equity, for a specific
amount of time.
Prescription Drug Programs -
Many states participate with phar-

maceutical companies that offer
discounts on prescription drugs for
low-income households. Contact
the pharmaceutical company for
more information and application
Spousal benefits Divorced sen-
iors may be eligible for spousal
benefits if they were married for at
least ten years and have not remar-
ried. Benefits can be collected as
soon as your partner is eligible for
Social Security. In most cases, you
need to be divorced for at least two
years to receive benefits unless you
began collecting before the divorce.
S Beware of scams
Older Americans
S are often the targets
Sof aggressive credit
card companies
and scam artists
who may offer too-
rates over the
phone. Do not pro-
vide any personal
information unless
you initiated the
call and know who
you are speaking
Return to the workforce Part-
time jobs can be rewarding and low
stress. People over the age of 65
who go back to work will not lose
their Social Security benefits; those
who collect Social Security before
they reach full retirement age can
earn up to $12,000 a year without
endangering their benefits.
Use credit cards sparingly Use
credit cards for emergencies only
and charge amounts that you can
pay off each month. Paying only
the minimum payments on credit
card bills can sometimes put you in
more debt than you started with.

By Lucinda Anderson
Despite the progress weve made
with race relations, corporate
America still presents subtle chal-
lenges for black employees.
I've been the "lonely only" three
times during my career in Fortune
100 companies and once in a small
business. Despite the positive repu-
tation I have built and enjoy in my
personal life with people of all
races, in those companies I was
described as a "challenging
employee" or "hard to get to know."
Many of my black friends have
been in the same boat and this
predicament has become a favorite
topic at parties and grief sessions.
To get a perspective besides my
own, I sent out a mass e-mail and
received responses from all over the
country. Surprisingly, Gen-Xers
reported overwhelmingly similar
experiences as those over 35, and
even black professionals who
worked in pre- and post- civil rights
corporate America.
Most respondents reported a sense
of alienation at work. They
described themselves as outsiders
looking in on their network of col-
leagues. Most of them also agreed
that their workmates look at every-
thing they do through a filter of race
and are sometimes unsympathetic
to the minority point of view.
Almost all of them complained they
had to work twice as hard to get the
same kind of recognition from
Race only complicates the diffi-
culties a person might already face
in the workplace. Often times, a
white co-worker or boss is insensi-
tive to the feelings of their black
colleagues. Sometimes, they may
be racist or hold strong prejudices.
On the other hand, there is also a
tendency by black employees to
view every reprimand or action
taken against them as racist.
If you're the only African
American in an all-white work
environment, here are some things
you can do to strengthen your
image and improve your job per-
Attend the meeting before the
meeting. Scratch "C.P. Time" and
get there early. Chitchat amongst
the super punctual is not idle.
Power moves often take place

before the session begins.
Learn what's important to your
organization and work to fill that
need. It's good to stand out but only
if it fits into your company's current
Dress appropriately for the com-
pany's culture, not yours. Honor
your heritage but take into consid-
eration the culture of your work-
place. Is the dress code casual or
Keep slang to a minimum.
Attend office parties that occur
during the workday and make
arrangements to show up at a few
after-work or weekend gatherings.
This will help dispel the idea of you
being an outsider. A lot of team
bonding happens during happy
hours, golf outings and cookouts.
Get involved in planning com-
Asking "why" too much can be
perceived as being combative.
Phrase your questions in a way that
communicates a desire to learn and
not challenging the system.
Don't jump the gun. Always step
back and analyze your interactions
with colleagues. In your mind,
playback comments or incidents
you find offensive to make sure you
are not just reacting emotionally to
them. Then, weigh your options and
make the appropriate decision.
Three books humorously, yet seri-
ously, address coping when you're
the only minority. They offer suc-
cess strategies to help you make
better decisions and maintain
healthier relationships in your pro-
fessional life.
The first is 'How to Survive When
You're the Only Black in the Office:
What They Can't Teach You in
Business School'by Dr. Earl Linney
Jr., associate professor for public
administration at Virginia State
University. The second, 'How to
Supervise Blacks, Minorities and
Women,' also by Linney, gives
advice on negotiating race and
power in corporate America. In his
books, Linney found confusion
about job evaluation and job per-
formance to be the biggest dilem-
ma. His students would go to work
on time, go to lunch on time, leave
at the right time yet receive bad
evaluations at the end of the year.
Finally, "Working While Black:

A.A. Unemployment Rising
The African American unemployment rate in
September was nearly double the national aver-
age. According to a report released today by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobless rate for
Blacks last month was 9.2 percent as comparent
to the national average of 5.1 percent.

Get Your Free Credit Report
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Oetnher 13 19. 2005

Clara White Mission Executive Director Wins Big for Organization
Shown above seated(L-R) : Veronica Campbell, staff; Meg Fisher, CWM,VP; Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, CEO/President; Ruby Brown, CWM
Board member; Cynthia Thomas, CWM Board Treasurer; Angela Spears, WTLV News anchor and Annette Brown (standing). Standing in
back: Merle Odessa Wright, staff; Kristi Epperson, CWM Board Member; Chef Patti Beard, staff; Ruby Newman, CWM Board Chaplain
Kris Mattson, CWM Board member, Mark Lynn, CWM Board President; Cherrylean Rogers, CWM Board member; Bob Stone, staff; Jimmy
Daughtry, staff; Francis Anderson, staff; Erwin Maiten, staff; Keith Smith, staff; Charles Scantling, staff. FMPPhoto

Continued from front page
The Mission, before Pittman-
Peele's leadership, sometimes oper-
ated off of a skeleton crew of uncer-
tified, unqualified personnel. These
days, it's staff holds credentials that
are just as impressive as it's Board
of Directors.
The Jessie ball DuPont Fund
Award was created in 1991 to honor
individuals who demonstrate the
courage, integrity, creativity, perse-

verance and compassion that it's
namesake demonstrated in her life-
time qualities also demonstrated
by Pittman-Peele. In addition to her
organization (the Mission) receiv-
ing $40,000 for the work accom-
plished through her tenure, the
DuPont Fund personally awarded
her $10,000.
Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele never hes-
itates to tell anyone that she lives
her life by the same credo adopted

by Clara English White, "Do all the
good you can, in all the ways you
can, in all the places you can, for
all the people you can, while you
can". That same mantra is exhibited
in her countless hours of work at
the mission, in the eyes of her one
year old son, the support of her
devoted husband, the voice of her
multi-talented daughter, and the
many life saving "thank-yous"'
from the mouth's of the Missions

"Some people ask me how I do
it.", said Pittman-peele in a moment
of reflection, I just don't see it
being any other way."
Some people are content to lead
the simple life, for Ms. Pittman-
Peele, its' obvious she wants her
cake and to eat it too. She just
makes sure she brings a few hun-
dred people along with her every
day for a taste.

The Sister Study follows sound,
ethical research practices, and
keeps all personal data safe, private
and confidential. Women who join
are not asked to take any medicine,
visit a medical center, or make any
changes to their habits, diet or daily
Karen E.Jackson, Founder and
CEO of Sister Network Inc. said,
"Being a Sister Study partner gives
our membership of African-

American breast cancer survivors
an opportunity to spread the word
and help. be a part of the fight
against breast cancer."
Joining the Sister Study is fair-
ly simple, can be done from home
when it is convenient for women,
and is available in English and
Spanish. To volunteer or learn more
about the Sister Study, visit the web
site www.sisterstudy.org,
A toll free number is also avail-
able 1-877-474-7837.

Q: Can I have the schedule for the next school year?
A: The Duval County School Board has yet to receive a recommendation'
to approve the calendar for the 2006-07 academic school year. The dis-
trict's calendar committee, comprised of administrators, school faculty
members, and community representatives, are scheduled to begin a series
of meetings next week to develop a proposed plan for consideration by the
Q: At last week's School Board meeting, the School Board chairman
talked about a military form that would opt-out my child from being
in the yearbook. What is that about?
A: The School Board Chairman sought to clarify some misinformation
about parents who choose to opt-out their children's directory information
from being distributed to companies and organizations. Federal law gener-
ally prohibits the release of most information about students to anyone
other than a parent or guardian. However, the law makes an exception for
what is commonly called "directory information," which can be released to
certain groups unless a parent or guardian notifies the school in writing
that such information is not to be released at all. Directory information
includes the following:
- name field of study awards and honors
-address grade level school activities
- telephone number age height and weight
-e-mail address graduation date(s) of athletic team
- photograph dates of attendance member
-date of birth schools attended place of birth

Under a Duval County School Board policy adopted in 1998, this direc-
tory information may be released only to colleges, universities and the mil-
itary unless the parent or guardian indicates on the "Records Disclosure
Policy" form that the information may be released to any group or organi-
zation requesting it. The School Board recently revised the form to include
a fourth option that allows parents to choose to have their children's direc-
tory information from being released to colleges and universities but NOT
to the military. However, Duval County has never excluded any student
from a yearbook, based upon a parent's choice to opt out his or her child's
information from being shared with military recruiters. Yearbooks are not
handled in this manner and never have been. The opt out option the dis-
trict has in place solely deals with directory information and prevents com-
panies from having access to student records. The procedure, which has
been in practice for four years, was developed to provide parents with the
discretion to determine how their child's information would be dissemi-
nated. For more information, see the questions and answers listed on the
district's Web site at www.educationcentral.org.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to
schooltalk@educationcentral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
Duval County Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.

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Thousands of women have joined
the Sister Study, the first study of its
kind to explore how the environ-
ment and genes affect the chances
of getting breast cancer. The Sister
Study launched nationally during
last year's Breast Cancer Awareness
Month will continue enrollment
through 2007with a focus on
recruiting a diverse group of
Through a range of questionnaires
and samples from the participants,
the 10-year study will take a
detailed look at how women's
genes, and things women come in
contact with at home, at work, and
in the community may influence
breast cancer risk.
Women in the U.S., ages 35 to
74,may be eligible to join the Sister
Study if their sisters had breast can-
cer. Women who join the Sister
Study must never have had breast
cancer themselves. Researchers are
especially encouraging African-
American, Latina, American
Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian-
American/Pacific Islander women,

as well as women ages 65 to 74, to
join the Sister Study.
Patricia Bango, a 71-year-old
participants in the Sister Study and
breast health advocate, lost her sis-
ter Sally to breast cancer. "I believe
that we must take all steps available
to make women aware that the
chance of developing breast cancer
increases with age," she said.
"Women in their 70s are twice as
likely to get breast cancer as
women in their 50s." Bango added,
"The Sister Study brings new hope
in research."
Cynthia Suarez and her sister
joined the Sister Study as a tribute
to their sisters, Tany and Brenda,
who were both diagnosed with
breast cancer in their thirties. "I
decided to join the Sister Study
because I wanted to do whatever
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see my sisters suffering, because
there was not much I could do for
them at that time. But now I am
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Bennett's "Aborting Black Babies"

Comments Just Can't Be "Spun" Away

You ever hear something so
ridiculous or unbelievable that you
can only say, "What the ...."?
Those were my sentiments when I
heard the outlandish comments from
William Bennett, former drug czar
and Secretary of Education.
Bennett's comments come in the
shadows of a major push by
Republican leadership to stress the
need for black inclusion.
But before I can even talk about
black inclusion, I am still in "What
the...." mode. Because I still can not
believe that a man would say such
nonsense on a national radio show.
An even bigger issue is not what
Bennett said, but the reaction or lack
there of from Republican leaders.
His exact statement was (for
those who missed it) "I do know that

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it's true that if you wanted to reduce
crime, you could, if that were your
sole purpose, you could abort every
black baby in this country, and your
crime rate would go down."
That makes a lot of sense. It is as
lubricious and racist as saying that if
we abort all babies from pregnant
poor white people we could reduce
the number of trailer parks in the
this country.
Many people are saying that
Bennett's comments are not racist
because he was speaking hypotheti-
"Really." I say to them. Why is it
that so many Americans are afraid to
admit that we still have racial issues
in this country? This isn't the age of
Jim Crow but in America racism is
obviously still a major issue at
least for many minorities.
Why do hypothetical situations
matter? If I was an Arab American
and the government found out that I
had blueprints for the New York
subway system hypothetically
reviewing them for my own sake, I
would be thrown underneath the jail.
Bennett's comments were inex-
cusable regardless of how you spin
them. Isn't it amazing that in
America today you can say almost
anything if you have a good public
relations team.
Now Bennett supporters say that
because he later denounced that
approach to illuminating crime
quickly after making his controver-
sial comments saying that it would
be "an impossible, ridiculous and
morally reprehensible thing to do."
Really, Mr. Bennett then why even
say such nonsense to begin with? So
we should take from his statement
that blacks have a monopoly on
crime? I know that blacks are dis-
proportionately represented in our
prison system, but to make it seem
as though we have own all crime in
America is ridiculous.
I continue to subscribe to the fact
that because we are only 140 year
removed from slavery and 40 years
removed from segregation that the
main reason blacks are heavily
incarcerated is because of the eco-
nomic conditions in our communi-
ties. The vestiges of slavery and

oppression are real, and it will take
several more decades for Black
America to dig out of the hole we
were put in by this country's forefa-
But Bennett's comments are not
remote or even new to the GOP.
Trent Lott's views on segregation a
couple of years ago also stirred the
racism pot. One thing I love about
Colin Powell is that he can still be
himself and at least be honest about
the challenges that face the
Republican Party.
In his book "My American
Journey," he called former President
Reagan "insensitive" on racial issue
and called former President Bush's
Willie Horton play "a racial cheap
And please no one take my com-
ments the wrong way. Some of my
best friends are Republicans (sound
familiar?), so this is no indictment
of everyone who is a Republican.
But if GOP leadership is serious
about being inclusive someone has
to start addressing the arm of the
party that' still has some serious
racial issues.
Most Republicans are not uttering
racist statements (at least not pub-
licly) as damaging as Bennett's, but
some racial issues obviously exist
within the party. Well you can
throw politics aside, and talk about
the racial problems that still exist in
America period.
Most people base their party affil-
iation on what they feel are moral,
social and economical issues, but
there are some who consider the
make up of he Democratic party as
being too racially diverse hence the
GOP is the best option.
Regardless of your party affiliation
or your views on abortion, one
shouldn't get on a national radio
show and give potentially racist
hypothesis. And for those who may
agree with Mr. Bennett's statement I
pose a question to you. W.E. B.
Dubois once asked, "Would
America have been America with-
out her Negro people?"
Signing off from a GOP Racial
Sensitivity Seminar, and of course
it's empty,
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I 1 i Brothers at Odds Over Control of the King Center

Celebrations Planned for Life

and Work of the Beach Lady

The A. L. Lewis Historical
Society and the family of MaVynee
Oshun Betsch, widely known as the
Beach Lady, will celebrate her life
and spirit at ceremonies on
Saturday and Sunday, October 22
and 23, 2005. Her niece, Peri
Frances-Betsch said, "It is so
appropriate that the Beach Lady's
courageous work and indomitable
sprit will be lifted up on the very
beach that she did so much to pre-
MaVynee Betsch, known nation-
wide as an advocate for American
Beach, died on September 5, 2005
at age 70. She graduated from
Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio,
studied voice further in Paris, then
spent ten years as an opera singer in
Germany before moving to
American Beach, the beach where
she spent weekends as a child. As
the Beach Lady, she became an
environmental activist and tireless
promoter of the history and physi-
cal integrity of American Beach.
The Saturday, October 22, 2005
celebration of the Beach Lady's life
will be held at American Beach on
Amelia Island, beginning at 4:30
p.m.. At sunset sacred ceremonies
will take place at Nana, the dune,
and the edge of the ocean two
sights deeply loved by the Beach
A quilt will be sewn in MaVynee's
memory. Those who attend will be
given an opportunity to write down
their memories or thoughts about
her; these pieces will be sewn into
the quilt.
The Saturday ceremony in honor
of the Beach Lady's life will be held
at Lewis Street between Ocean
Blvd. and Gregg St., at American
Beach. Look for the tent. The serv-
ice will take place rain or shine.
Parking will be in Burney Park,
Burney Rd., off SR A1A. For fur-
ther information contact Peri
Frances-Betsch at 404-964-8342.
On Sunday, October 23, 2005 the
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum,
the A. L. Lewis Historical Society
and the family of MaVynee Oshun
Betsch welcome all to another cele-
bration of the Beach Lady's life and
work. The afternoon, beginning at
2 p.m., will include a showing of
the film The Beach Lady, a musical
tribute by her brother John Betsch,
and a reception at the Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum, 829 N; Davis
St., Jacksonville.
Those attending Sunday are
encouraged to participate in an
African ancestral altar ceremony,
welcoming MaVynee among the
ancestors by bringing items for the
ceremony. The film The Beach
Lady received its world premiere at
three sold-out events in January
2005 on Amelia Island when both
the Beach Lady and American
Beach celebrated their 70th birth-
For those attending either cere-
mony, or for others who wish to
honor her, the family respectfully
requests that in lieu of flowers or
gifts, donations be made to the A.
L. Lewis Historical Society as a
way to continue the Beach Lady's
life's work and to make manifest
her vision of an American Beach
Museum. The A. L. Lewis
Historical Society, P. O. Box
15563, Fernandina Beach, FL

32035, is a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization registered in the state
of Florida.
The A. L. Lewis Historical
Society is raising funds to research,
design and install the exhibits for
the American Beach Museum.
Abraham Lincoln Lewis was the
great-grandfather of MaVynee
Betsch and one of the seven
founders, in 1901, of Jacksonville's
Afro-American Life Insurance
Company and, in 1935, of
American Beach.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
recently reported of a power strug-
gle going on between Dexter Scott
King and Martin Luther King III at
the newly-reopened King Center in
Apparently, it's unclear as to
who is in charge of the Auburn
Avenue site, which houses the tomb
of their father, civil rights icon Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. The siblings
again refused to release details of
their rumored rift. Their first cousin
and Board of Directors member
Vernon King downplayed any con-
flict between the two brothers.
"I think it is just business," he
said. "They have been close to a
point. They have their philosophical
differences, but as brothers, they
are close."
After serving as the King Center's
head for ten years, Dexter Scott
King stepped down as president,
chief executive officer and chair-
man of the board in 2003 to pursue
entertainment opportunities in
His mother, Coretta Scott King,
who founded the center, became the
board's chairwoman, while Martin
King III took over as president and
CEO however, many people close
to the center felt it was only cere-
monial, the newspaper reports.
Insiders say Dexter King still called
all the shots albeit from his home
in Malibu, Calif.
In August, all talk of Dexter
pulling the strings stopped when the
board voted him out, clearing the
way for Martin to assert complete
control, according to people famil-
iar with the change.
Meanwhile Vernon King, one of
eight King family members serving
on the board, said he is "out of the

King brothers Martin III (left) and his younger sibling Dexter (right)., have recently found themselves at
odds over control of the King Center named after their legendary father (center).
loop," hasn't been to a board meet- that there have been problems at the allegations that the center misused
ing recently and only learned of the King Center. A National Park at least $1 million in
power struggle from an article in Service report found federal grants.
the daily paper. that the 24-year-old center needs The King Center was recently
The son of Martin Luther King about $11.6 million in repairs. And closed for two days while workers
Jr.'s only brother A.D. King, Vernon two federal were spotted changing its locks.
acknowledged agencies have been looking into

Jackson Leads Caravan Back to New Orleans

S.... .. the way.
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a set of buses
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series of major
southern US
io o ce d cities to pick
,i up people who
Sc" 'o st fled New
Orleans to
escape hurri-
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, talks with members of the cane Katrina
media in St. Louis. Standing behind him are survivors of and its flood
Hurricane Katrina from the New Orleans area that were aftermath.
relocated to other cities due to the hurricane. Jackson
A caravan of storm refugees led organized the caravan because it
by US civil rights icon Jesse would be tantamout to "racial pro-
Jackson arrived in New Orleans, filing" to allow the storms to pro-
picking up Katrina survivors along foundly alter the demographics of

New Orleans, he said in an inter-
view last week.
New Orleans had a majority
African-American population
before the' storms.
Returnees were invited to fill out
applications for fast-food restau-
rant jobs after the buses arrived in
the town of Mederie near New
Jackson has formed a commis-
sion dedicated to helping displaced
New Orleans residents return and
rebuild their lives
"We believe the displaced citi-
zens who are scattered across the
country have the right to return
home, and they should have the
first priority in securing jobs, job
training and contracts," Jackson
said in a written release.

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First New Zion Missionary Baptist
Celebrates Pastor's 20th Anniversary

First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive;
will present an appreciation gala to
honor Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson
for 20 years of anointed and
dedicated pastoral leadership in the
First New Zion pulpit. The
celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, October 29, 2005, at the
Prime F. Osborn Convention
At a rather young age, Rev. Dr.
Sampson is Spiritual Father to
many sons who have accepted the
role of minister, including his very
own biological son, Rev. James J.
Samson. He has incorporated
Clergy persons who have caught
his vision, try to live by his
principles and follow his percepts
by their involvement in the life of
the people of God.
Pastor Sampson is also a
visionary and builder. His religious
philosophy has been displayed in
the action and work o First New
A Candlelight

Service of
You are invited to celebrate the
memory of those you have lost this
past year, at a Candlelight Service
of Remembrance from 3:30 p.m. to
5 p.m. on Thursday, November 3rd,
at the Household of Faith
Ministries, in The Shekinah Room,
1410 West Edgewood Ave. (across
from Save-A-Lot).
Please join us for this spiritual
program of liturgy, music and
candlelight. You are invited to
bring a picture or memento of your
loved one to display on the
Memory Table.
Church News cont. on Page 9

Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson
Zion. Nearly 10 years ago, he led
the First New Zion Family from
Davis Street to its present location
at 4835 Soutel Drive. This ministry
has seen unprecedented strides in
spirituality, community service,
and many other areas. He was very
instrumental in obtaining the HOPE
Plaza and adjacent properties,
which provide opportunities for
many businesses, organizations and
empowerment opportunities for
people in the community.
Pastor Sampson continues to
serve as President of the Baptist
Ministers Alliance of Duval and
adjacent counties and he serves on
many boards and other positions of
leadership in the community, state
and nation.
You are cordially invited tothis
special evening of eleIahce and
celebration as The First New Zion
Church Family honors a Mighty
Man of God- Making a Difference.
For reservations and ticket
information, please call the church
office at (904) 765-3111.


Dayspring to Hold Dedication

Week Services for New Edifice

The 121-year old Dayspring
Baptist Church is relocating from
their Jefferson Street location to its
new edifice at 5654 Dunn Avenue.
Interim Pastor Jeffrey K. Rum-
lin says, "The move is a long time
coming for the church, but it is
right on time. There is a fresh,
warm spirit in Dayspring, and the
congregation is ready to provide
relevant ministries to a growing
community. Northwest Jackson-
ville is one of the fastest growing
areas in the city." .The book of
Ecclesiastes states, "To everything
there is a season. A time to break
down and a time to build up."
The church has already begun
Evangelistic campaigns letting the
church's new community now of
its arrival.
A few ministries that will be
available to the community are
child daycare, youth basketball and
Faust Temple to
Celebrate 64th
Anniversary Oct. 21
The members of Faust Temple
Church of God in Christ (COGIC),
2238 Moncrief Road, Bishop
Rushie L. Dixon, Pastor; will
celebrate the 64th Anniversary of
Faust Temple beginning with, a
Service on Friday, October 21st at
7:30 p.m.
Anniversary services will
continue with a Musical at 6 p.m.
on Saturday, October 22nd; and the
closing Service will commence at
4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23rd.
Sister Sharon Hunter, Anniver-
sary Committee Chairperson and
the Pastor and members invite all to
inin them in this observance.

aerobics. However, Pastor Rumlin
says, "Our primary focus will
always be on meeting the spiritual
and social needs of our community.
The opportunities that have been
given this congregation are
The Dedication Week Activities
begin with services nightly at 7
p.m. Monday, October 17 through
Thursday, October 20th. The guest
pastors and their churches are:
Monday Pastor Ernie L. Murray
& the St. Thomas Baptist Choir;
Tuesday Pastor H. T. Rhim & the
St. Joseph Baptist Choir; Wednes-
day- A Night of Testimony and a
Prayer Service; Thursday Pastor
Tom E. Diamond & The Abyssinia
Baptist Church Choir.
Interim Pastor Jeffrey K. Rum-
lim will bring the message at the
Sunday, October 23rd II a.m.
The Official Dedication Service
will commence at 3 p.m. Pastor O.
L. Blackshear & The Mt. Pleasant
Baptist Church Choir, of Atlanta,
GA; in charge of the service.
Dayspring Baptist Church is "A
Church Expecting Great Things
from a Great God." Be a part of it!

St. Matthew Baptist to Celebrate
Church and Pastor's Anniversaries

St. Matthew Baptist Church,
3731 Moncreif Road, where Rev.
George A. Price is Pastor; invites
the entire community to join them
for the Anniversary Celebration of
the Church and their Pastor on
Sunday, October 16, 2005. The
entire day will be one of praise and
celebration. "Praise ye the Lord, I
will Praise the Lord with my whole
heart, in the assembly of the
upright, and in' the congregation" -
(Psalms 111:1), is the theme.
It will be the 104'h Anniversary
of the Church, and the 42nd
Anniversary of Pastor George A.
The Third Sunday in October
will be a fulfilled day of worship-
ping and Praising God, for St.
Matthew's many blessings. This
day of celebration will begin with
Surlday School at 9:15 a.m.
followed by Morning Service.
Dr. Ron Rowe, Executive Direc-
tor of the Jacksonville Baptist
Association, will be the guest
Various churches throughout the
city will join us at 3 p.m. when the
youth will be in charge of the
The celebration will culminate
at 6:30 p.m. when the St. Matthew
Baptist Church Choir will be' in

Pianist/Organist needed for Church with full musical
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well as Cantata and Concert program. If qualified,
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Pastor George A. Price
concert singing Songs of Praise
and Lifting the Lord to the highest.
Invited guests will also appear on
the program.
St. Matthew Baptist Church
truly, and prayerfully invites each
and everyone of you to come out,
and spend the entire day of
Blessings, that the Lord has
empowered to each of us.
Concert Chorale to
Appear in Concert
The Mary McLeod Bethune
Circle #1, Mrs. Annie M. McBride,
president; will present the Bethune-
Cookman College Concert Choir,
under the direction of Dr. Rebecca
Walker Steele, in concert at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, October 16, 2005, at
Simpson Memorial UMC, Rev.
Moses H Johnson Jr., Pastor; 1.114
Cleveland Street (across from Main
Post Office on Kings Rd.).
The BC-C College Concert
Chorale will present a program of
distinction, an inspiring concert.
The concert is free to all.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800- Fax

"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)

Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)

Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.

TVMinistry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.

188amY~stFrow amo N. K.1. W i m s16ixS., X31. MMix3

"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20.
8:00 a.n.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m,-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-.Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
visit our web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aolcom


Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Evangel Temple has a variety of Ministries to Enhance your Well Being
Included in our variety of ministries serving the family are:
Children's Ministry The Children's Ministry of Evangel Temple Assembly of God is commit-
ted to reaching the children of this generation and those generations to come. Our Children's Church Ser-
vice includes puppet shows, incredible praise and worship, exciting Bible stories and Bible teachings that
apply directly to children of today.
Student Ministries -The ever-exciting Junior High program is made up of 6 th 9 th graders who have
their own activities through out the year. The Junior High Word study groups meet every Sunday at 9:45-
10:35 with a total of three different classes, which include 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th 9th combined.
Hearts on Fire The ministry takes the love and acceptance of Jesus to the community, leads them to
our youth church and helps them grow closer to the Savior, Jesus.

S5755 Ramona Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32205

Website: www.evangeltempleag.org
Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins Email: evangeljax@comcast.net



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Emanuel, Willie Roy and Beatrice Thomas. THIRD ROW: Bianca Huey, Alma Green, Denise
Morrell, Reha Williams, Annette Samuels, and other models, some names not available.

Ebenezer United Methodist
Church's Annual Fall Festival of
Fashions has become a "must see"
for a forecast of "what's in for the
upcoming season for.the fashion
conscious. This year's big show
celebrated one in a number of
activities leading up to Ebenezer's
Homecoming 2005. On November
13th, Ebenezer will celebrate its
1415 year of service to the
Jacksonville community. There are
many activities planned leading up
to the big day.
The Fall Festival of Fashions
featured casual wear, church wear,
and formal wear for male, female,
teens and children. Featured
models were: Clarence Fields,
Bruce Stamper, Averyon J. Ellis,
Kevin D. Bodie, Mr. and Mrs
Willie Roy Thomas, Erica Bright,
Alma L. Green, Denise Morrell,
Annette Samuels, Betty Emanuel,
Jacquelyn G. Schell, Carlottra
Guyton, a guest model; Rebecca E.
Williams, Bianca Huey, Marcellus
and Shambrelle Stallings, Chantle

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Sibley, Faith Webb, Avanna
Morrell, and the delightful little
Tyreshia Thomas.
All of the models were
resplendent in their fashions, many
of which were provided by
"Victoria's Closet" owned and
operated by Carolyn Bayles. This

quaint boutique is located in the
Five Points area of Riverside.
This affair was capably
coordinated through the joint
efforts of church member Deborah
Davis and Ebenezer's First Lady
Derya E. Williams. The Reverend
Newton E. Williams is the leader of
the flock.

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League's 50th Anniversary Gala
Hundreds of supporters of the J.ackionville Urban League.recently
converged on ihe Prime Osborn, Contention Center to celebrate the
Lea2Lue's 50th \ear of exisience in the Jacksonville community. The
sold out elent for the $IOi) per person event featured live
entertainment, hea3\ horse d'oeumer; and lots of hob nobbing with
many of our cit\'s commnunmt., business, elected officials and
go\ernment leaders
The program began %ith i reception complete with live
entertainment bh sa\Lophonist Lari.-sa Lockett. Welcome was given by
the ecnning's lho.st. channel -1 personalities Rob Sweeting and Joy
Purl, ,followed b, the in\oic.ion b\ Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
Jackson\ille Llrb.an League hoard chair Will Stephens greeted the
audience and introduced lrhe \ id:o presentation which documented the
mission of the LJ.k;k oinlile Ilith:in league. Following the video, JUL
Presideni. Dr Richard l).nlord presented the annual Equal
Opportunnr A\ardi. -\ccoding to D.anford, the awards are given not
oni to tI Ihe "\ ho epitoinize not >only volunteerism, by undertake
efforir that recall', arc igntii arni in terim of making a difference in the
:omimuni[, 1 he headline cniLrtinmiente for the evening was by local
talent Longineut Parson- and \cieran entertainer Lou Rawls.

A. Dano Davis- Clanzel Brown Award
Michael Stewart Equal Opportunity Award
Thomas G. Wehner Equal Opportunity Award
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Dr. Chester A. Aikens is pictured (from left) with former Deputy Mayor and presently Jack-
sonville Housing Authority Director Ronnie A. Ferguson, State of Florida Insurance Com-

missioner Bill Nelson, former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Chavis Muhammad and
President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.

Church News cont
Missionary Society
to hold Annual Old-
Fashion Tea Oct. 23
The Senior Women Missionary
Society of Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church, 2803 West Edge-
wood Ave., is sponsoring their
Annual Old Fashion Tea at 3 p.m.,
on Sunday, October 23, 2005.
The Gospel Trouble Tones of
Albany, Georgia will be the special
guests, and the Male Chorus of
Zion Hope will appear on program.
The public is cordially invited to
come and share in praise and song.
Sister Edith Hicks, president; Sister
Mary Lee Roper, program chair-
lady; Rev. Clifford J. Johnson, Jr.,
Holsey Temple CME
Annual Harvest Day
Holsey Temple CME Church,
3484 West 1st Street, Rev. Lizzie
Simmons, Pastor; invites all to the
celebration of "Harvest Day" at
11 :a.m. Worship Service on
Sunday, October 30, 2005.
The Rev. James Graham will be
the guest speaker for the occasion.
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord.
Glovine Williams and Kenneth
James, chairpersons.
Tabernacle Baptist
Inst To Celebrate
Pastor's Anniversary
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church, 903 East Union Street; will
honor Rev. Michael and First Lady
Faydra Edwards on Appreciation
Day, Sunday, October 16h, at 11
a.m. in honor of the Pastor's Third
The community is invited.
Church News cont. on Page 10


Aikens receives Key to New Orleans
New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial (right) presented a key to the City
of New Orleans to Dr. Chester Aikens. National Dental Association
President and Jacksonville dentist: during the Opening SessiOn of the
NDA's 81st Annual Convention
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Aikens receives FSU Outstanding Alumni Award
TALLAHASSEE Jacksonville dentist. Dr. Chester A: Aikens is pictured above (center). with
Cassandra Jenkins (left). Florida State University (FSU) Black Alumni Association President: and Dr.
Brenda Jarmon (right). who served as Mistress of Ceremony: at the 1994 Black Allumni Association
Banquet held September 2. 1994. Dr. Aikens was recognized with the highest honor bestowed upon
African American Alumni. administrators, and students of FSU by the Black Alumni Association.

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Freedom Fund
The Jacksonville Branch of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), will host the 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner at 7 p.m. on
Thursday November 10, 2005, at
the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel. The
speaker will be Ms. Aleathia Bon-
ello, Southeastern Regional Youth
and College Division Director.
The NAACP is the oldest, lar-
gest, strongest, and most effective
Civil Rights organization in
America. The Freedom Fund
Dinner is a special event held in the
community each year to give the
association an opportunity to salute
those citizens who have served
Jacksonville in the area of Civil
Rights. It is also an opportunity to
salute those students who have
been identified as Semifinalists in
the National Achievement Scholar-

Men's Ministry of
Bethel Baptist Inst.
Sponsor Deep-Sea
Fishing-trip for Men
The Men's Ministry of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, 215
Bethel Baptist Street, where Rev.
Rudloph W. McKissick Sr. and Dr.
Rudloph W. McKissick Jr. are
Pastors; is sponsoring the K2 Deep
Sea Fishing Trip, Saturday,
October 29, 2005.
All men and boys fishing will
meet and leave from Bethel at 5:30
a.m. Registration is available at the
church. Deacon Reginald Leonard
is in charge. For more information,
please call (904) 354-1464.
Students can receive

Credit for Christian

Heritage Course
"The Christian Heritage ol
America", an 8-week, 16-Hour
Course, will be presented at New
Life Christian Fellowship on
Hodges Blvd. every Monday night
from 7-9 p.m., October 3d through
November 28; 2005.
This exciting course is FREE,
and will include videos and great
guest speakers including: Judge
David Gooding, Rev. Ted Corley.
Dr. Steve Gyland, BishopVar
Gayton, and Randall Terry. The
truth about American History "thai
has been stolen from history
books" will be taught. Many
schools are offering extra credit in
American History for this course.
To register, or for more
information, please call Judge John
Meisburg at (904) 123-6000.
All invited to attend
Marriage Seminar
"Two are Better than One", a
Three-hour Marriage Seminar will
be presented on Saturday, October
15t. 9 a.m. to Noon by Dr. Joy
Canaday, LMHC. This seminar will
be held at the Father's House
Christian Conference Center, 1820
Monument Road; and is FREE to
the public. For more information,
please call (904) 737-0537.

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I Dinner-Nov. 10t
D ship Program for Outstanding
SNegro Students.
The speaker, Ms. Bonello, is a
I dynamic young lady who has her
Roots in the NAACP. As Director
Sof the Youth and College Division,
she is responsible for organizing
and overseeing all youth and col-
lege chapters in the Southeast
Jacksonville Branch President
Isaiah Rumlin, Chairman Jean
Pettis, and Honorary Chairman,
Elizabeth Means, implore you NOT
to miss this special event. There is
a donation for the Dinner, since this
is the major fund-raiser for the
chapter. Church, Corporate, and
organization tables are available.
For dinner reservations and
tickets, please call the NAACP
office at (904) 764-7578, or Mrs.
Elnora G. Atkins, (904) 768-8697.
First New Zion M.B.
Fall Harvest Fair set
for Saturday-Oct. 15
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
SRev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pas-
tor; invites all to their "Fall Harvest
Fair" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, October 15, 2005.
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist. Church is preparing to
celebrate the 84th Anniversary of
the Church, and the 20t
Anniversary for Pastor Sampson.
The Fall Harvest Fair is
designed to promote, inform,
educate and create awareness that
will impact Total Health Care:
Physically, Spiritually & Finaci-
ally. A community health fair will
feature many organizations and
FREE Flu Shots. There will also
be FREE food for all to enjoy.
The Fall Harvest Fair will
feature Heavenly Uplifting Music
f and Preaching, and much more.
The public is cordially invited.
S Victory AM 1360
26th Anniversary set
for November 5th
William Murphy III, Keith
Wonderboy, Alvin Darling, the
Hope Chapel Mass Choir, Akilah,
'The Christianaires, and VJ The
Messenger; are just part, of the
array of gospel artists that will
appear on program to celebrate the
26h Anniversary of Victory AM
1360, WCGL.
This anniversary celebration of
WCGL, "where Christ Gets Lifted"
will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
November 5, 2005, at The
Cathedral of Faith COGIC, 2591
West Beaver Street.
To reserve your seat, please call:
(904) 766-9955, 766-9285 or 1-800

Free Home Buyers
Seminar Oct. 20th
The Metro North Community
Development Corporation is spon-
soring a FREE Home Buyers
Seminar at 6 p.m. on Thursday,
October 20, 2005. The Seminar is
open to the public, and will be held
in the Andrew Jackson High
School Cafeteria. All are welcome.
s Don't miss this opportunity, for
I more information, call 358-1224.

Church News COnL Mt. Moriah AME Annual Women's Day Program

Hope Chapel to Host
2-Day 8th Annual
Family Conference
Pastor, Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes
founder of Hope Chapel Christian
Assembly, will host it's 8th Annual
Family conference, titled "Charting
The Course for Sexual Standards...
God's Way". The conference will
be held Friday and Saturday,
October 28-29h in the Gladys Hunt
Auditorium, at the Esprit De Corps
Center for Learning, 9840 Wagner.
The purpose of this workshop is
to help participants discover God's
position on sexual standards and to
provide families with the spiritual
tools and knowledge to help them
navigate the seas of sexual
There will be general assemblies
and workshops plus door prizes,
you can register on-site or on line
at: www.hopechapelministries.org
or call (904)924-2000 or 764-2193.
Sword and Shield
Kingdom Outreach
Ministry Presents
Special Worship
The Sword and Shield Kingdom
Outreach Ministry, invites the
public to share in a special Spirit-
filled worship service at 3:45 p.m.
on Sunday, October 23, 2005; at
the Father's House Conference
Center, 1820. Monument Road,
Bldg. 2. There is no charge.
This special worship service
will feature: Sister Donna Holland,
Sister Gladys Parrish, Minister
William G. Jennings, Rev. Melvin
Stallworth, Brother Jim Stewart,
and Brother Lavert Allen. You
don't want to miss this service!
Reverend Mattie W. Freeman,
Founder/Pastor, The Love of His

Text & Photo by Rhonda Silver
"I was glad when they said unto
me, come....." On Sunday, October
9, 2005, the Mt. Moriah African
Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church held its Annual Women's
Day Program. The themr for this
year's event was "Christian
Women in Leadership for Christ."
The keynote speaker for the
event was Evangelist Gertrude
Sabb of Emmanuel Bible Church in
Los Angeles, California. Rev. Sabb
brought the Word with boldness
and fervor. She told the congrega-
tion that she got her start right here
in Jacksonville, at Mt. Moriah,
Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church to
Present FL Memorial
Choir in Concert
The Mount Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street,
R. L. Gundy, Pastor; will present
the Florida Memorial College
Choir, of Miami, Florida in concert,
at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 16th.
This annual presentation is a call
to Florida Memorial Alumni and
the community to join Mount Sinai
in support for Higher Education, at
Florida Memorial College.
Genesis Missionary
Baptist Church to
Observe Unity Day
The Genesis Missionary Baptist
Church, 241 South McDuff Avenue
Where Rev. Nelson B. Turpin is
Pastor, and Rev. Calvin O. Honors
is Assistant Pastor; will observe
Unity Day on Sunday, October 16,
2005, at 11 a.m.
Rev. Dr. William Lavant, Pastor
of Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church will deliver the Spoken
Word. The public is invited.

Greater El Beth-El Divine Holiness to

Present Successful Role Model Banquet
The officers, board and Police Athletic League (PAL
members of The Greater El Bethel- Boys and Girls Club of Ja<
El Divine Holiness Church will ville, and Sickle Cell A
hold its annual Successful Role Patients, will be able to a
Model Banquet at 7 p.m., on Please call one of the above
Friday, November 11, 2005, at numbers for more information
Shands Place, formerly NMehodisi
Plaza. The public is invited.
Each year, since 1980, members
of the community have been
honored for outstanding leadership
and achievement. The Jackson-
ville Transportation Authority
(JTA) Executive Director Michael
Blaylock, will be the guest speaker.
Tables of ten are available, as
well as individual tickets. For table
reservations, please call 710-1586,
358-8932, 359-0661or 355-8667.
In celebration of this 25th annual
banquet, Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall,
Pastor/Chairman, and Councilwo- Assorted Po
man Pat Lockett Felder, Co-
Chairperson; are seeking sponsor- Family Pack
ships so that young people from the
Southside COGIC to
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who are still faithful members of
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If you are married, engaged or
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worship celebration of marriage to
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Saturday, October 22, 2005, at My
Father's House Church, 1820
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and maintain intimacy, as well as
testimonies from Christians whose
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the charge we know in our hearts is
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What Will Become of New Orlean's Rich African-American Culture

Are the rich heritage and traditions created by the cajun blending of cultures a thing of the past?

As black New Orleanians regroup
and put down roots elsewhere _
some temporary, some not many
wonder: What will become of one
of the nation's most complex
African-American cultures?
Pre-Katrina New Orleans was a
majority black city. It also was a
poor one, and most of the people
hardest hit by the storm were both,
as early images showed.
But broad descriptions miss the
subtleties of race and economics in
a place where French, Spanish,
Indians and West Africans mixed as
far back as the 18th century. This
resulted in a rich cultural heritage
think jazz, for starters and a mul-
tiracial, sometimes inequitable
society organized along lines of
color and class.
Now the city's native sons and
daughters, spread nationwide, are
speculating on how that culture will
change in the wake of the flooding
wrought by Katrina and Rita. Some
even question whether it will surv
ive at all.
"Once you scatter the people, I
don't know that you're going to be
able to capture the past," said
Arnold Hirsch, a historian at the
University of New Orleans. "You
may come up with something new,
you might be able to help the pover-
ty and the problems that became so
manifest during the hurricane, and
that might be to the good. But it
won't be the same."
Explaining the city means a trip
back hundreds of years and a real-
ization: What's "black" in other
parts of the country hasn't necessar-
ily been black in New Orleans.
First claimed by the Spanish but
settled by the French in the early
1700s, the port town quickly devel-
oped a large West African slave
population. For generations during
colonial times there were few white
women, and much of the population
mixed racially to a degree nearly
unheard of elsewhere in what
would become the United States.
Gradually, an ethnically mixed
community rooted in Africa with
heavy European and Native
American influences developed. Its
members were often called Creoles,
a murky term whose definition has
shifted over time, but which is fre-
quently used to refer to mixed-race
New Orleanians of African descent.
It was .commonly accepted for
enslaved Creole women to partner
with European men and negotiate
freedom for themselves and their
children. Many Creole men were
allowed to contract out their labor

to purchase their freedom.
Filling civil-service jobs and
developing middle-class enclaves
and social institutions, Creoles had
more legal rights than other blacks,
but fewer social freedoms than
whites, said Carl A. Brasseaux,
director of the Center for Louisiana
Studies at the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette.
"The unique culture of south
Louisiana derives from black
Creole culture," said historian
Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, author of
"Africans in Colonial Louisiana:
The Development of Aoo-Creole
Culture in the Eighteenth Century."
"'It was a cultural accident," added
Hirsch. "Not conscious process."
After the Civil War, amid Jim
Crow laws that restricted freedoms
for all people with African ancestry,
Creoles maintained exclusive social
clubs, schools, neighborhoods and
Roman Catholic churches in which
whites and darker-skinned blacks
were not always welcomed.
Historically, Xavier and Dillard
universities, St. Augustine Catholic
Church and High School and the
Seventh Ward neighborhood were
Creole bastions. Many Creole musi-
cians were involved in the early
jazz scene, including such pioneers
as Jelly Roll Morton.
For many black New Orleanians
who were not Creole, life was
tougher and sometimes still is.
Without historic connection to'
parochial grade schools and univer-
sities, they often faced barriers to
middle-class jobs. Before the hurri-
cane, many of the poorest lived in
tough neighborhoods such as the
Lower Ninth Ward, where poverty
rates are among the city's highest.
"There has always been a separa-
tion in terms of classes of people,"
said Ortez Taylor, a New Orleans
native who now lives in Harlem.
In practices that have long played
out within black American commu-
nities, some class divisions have
been maintained through emphasis
on family lineage, along with pref-
erences for lighter skin color and
straighter hair texture. Members of
New Orleans' Autocrat Social and
Pleasure Club, a historical Creole
group that until the hurricane still
had weekly fried fish cookouts and
dances, once barred from social
gatherings anyone whose skin was
darker than a brown paper bag.
"There is an elite in Louisiana
which generally prides itself with
being not entirely black, which
prides itself upon its wealth and
education," Hall said.

Jazz funerals, mardis gras, creole cooking and other aspects of blend-
ed cultures all fueled the legendary New Orleans.

For some, the topic is a touchy
One New Orleans native, when
questioned via e-mail about the
city's black Creole community,
wrote, "We're not all black any-
more. Didn't you get the memo?"
Declining to be interviewed, he
added that it was inappropriate to
discuss skin color and class divi-
sions in a news article.
Such sentiments reflect a long-
standing reluctance among many
blacks, including those in New
Orleans, to publicly debate tensions
within their community, said
Leonce Gaiter, a writer who was

Born in the city and now lives in
California. "Black Americans don't
want to admit that we were so poi-
soned by the toxic atmosphere that
we were forced to bear for so long
that we divided ourselves by a color
line," he said. "It's hard to admit
that that line exists."
Nationally, the civil rights move-
ment, which emphasized unity and
pride in black culture, began to
change many of these old ideas,
especially in younger generations.
Today, New Orleans' black middle
class spans the spectrum of skin
color and religion, residents said,
andthere have been signs of the old

divisions breaking down.
Mayor C. Ray Nagin, a former
cable company executive, is not
closely aligned with the Creole
power structure a fact that would
have prevented his rise to power in
generations past, Hirsch said.
Meanwhile, Creole influence has
been waning slowly as some resi-
dents have moved away from his-
toric neighborhoods like the
Seventh Ward to settle elsewhere,
particularly in and around Los
But the city's old cultural fault
lines and entrenched power
cliques have not entirely disap-
New Orleans native Kalamu ya
Salaam, an educator and writer,
pointed to a string of elected offi-
cials such as former mayors
Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial, Sidney
J. Barthelemy, and Marc H. Morial
business leaders and other influ-
ential residents who were over-
whelmingly Creole.
"Look at the black power struc-
ture. It's there," he said.
S.M.B. Miller, a sociologist at
Xavier University, noted in an e-
mail that "the sheer lack of so-
called light-skinned blacks who
were seen having to ax their way
out of their roofs" reflects the per-
sistent economic divide in the com-
munity. Overwhelmingly, middle-

class blacks in New Orleans,
including many Creoles, evacuated
via car and plane before the storm.
Now as New Orleans begins a
tough rebuilding process, many are
closely waiting to see who will
return and how that will affect the
city's black culture.
Charles Hamilton, president of the
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club,
a historic non-Creole black group
with about 500 members that enters
a popular float in the city's annual
Mardi Gras parade, said his club's
headquarters were flooded and his
members fled but most tell him they
plan to return.
Salaam has strong doubts.
He believes few blacks will have
the resources to return, and that the
city is likely to become majority
white. The long-standing class
dynamics within black New
Orleans, he said, are "historical. It's
no longer relevant."
Assumting most do return, howev-
er, few believe that a rebuilt New
Orleans will be one without color
and class barriers.
"If there is power and money in
maintaining the status quo, people
will maintain the status quo," Gaiter
said. "The black people left behind
did not have power, did not have
money. They're not in a position to
initiate change, though they're the
ones most in need of change."

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Julius Guinyard
Tennis Classic
The Julius Guinyard Tennis
Association, the only African
American Tennis Club in the
Jacksonville area, will their 9th
Annual Tennis Classic the weekend
of October 14th. Net proceeds will
benefit the junior development pro-
grams of the Association. The clas-
sic will be held at the UNF Tennis
Complex and play will begin on
Friday at 6:30 p.m. for more infor-
mation, call John Lamkin at 724-

O.P. AKA Breast
Cancer Walk/Run
Alph. Kappa .Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Pi Eta Omiega Chapter of Orange
Park is hosting its 2nd Annual
Walking Toward a Cure Breast
Cancer Walk/Run on Saturday,
October 15,2005 from 8:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. on River Road (behind
Orange Park Kennel Club) in
Orange Park. Registration fee is
$15 per person. Majority of pro-
ceeds will be donated to the
American Cancer Society. For more
information or to register, call
Sylvia Harrison at 743-1020.

Oasis on 45th Street
Northwestern Middle School's
PTSA (Parent Teacher Student
Association) is hosting an "Oasis on
45th Street Event" a neighborhood
beautification initiative, at
Northwestern Middle School from
8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Saturday,
October 15th. There will be food
served, music played, and prizes
given. The event will include
Workshops, and a Community
Conference, all free to the commu-
nity. 'or more information, please
call Nancy Jackson at 673-9208.

A Ride 4 A Cause
A call is out for all Bikers-Clubs
and Independent Riders to join in
on Saturday October 15th for the
Drive for the Lupus Foundation.
The ride will begin at Applebee's at

the beach at 10 a.m. Kickstands will
go up at 11:00 and will end the ride
at L.C. Miller park on Moncrief Rd.
A light lunch will be provide for
riders. There will also be music and
a flag football game ready to roll
after we finish riding for a worthy
cause. For more information email

Kingsley Plantation
Heritage Celebration
A full afternoon of presentations
exploring the life and times of
Zephaniah Kingsley will be offered
at Kingsley Plantation on Saturday,
October 15, 2005 The event the
annual celebration is themed
"Perspectives on Zephaniah
Kingsley and is free and open to
the public. The event recognizes the
rich culture that evolved amongst
slave communities despite the
severe oppression of slavery, and
examines the determination and
strength of those men, women, and
children. Located off Heckscher
Drive, Kingsley Plantation is open
daily, at no charge, between 9:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The day of the
event the park will close at 7:00,
p.m. For more information, call

Attention First
Time Gardeners
Would you like to learn how to
grow your own vegetables? Staffers
at the Duval County Extension will
offer a program on growing, your
own vegetables. You will also
watch a hands-on demonstration'to
learn how to turn your vegetables
into a flower garnish to use at your
next feast! The class will be held on
Saturday October 15, 2005 from
10:00 12:30 PM at'th'e'Dival'
County Extension Office, 1010 N.
McDuffAve. Call 387-8850 to pre-

Jazz Night Out
The Northeast Florida Commu-
nity Action Agency will hold their
first annual Jazz Night Out on

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p.m. at the Be-The-Lite Conference
Center. The fund raising event will
feature the smooth jazz vabd Cl
along with other local artists. For
more information call 358-7474.

AKA Walk Run
for Breast Cancer
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is
hosting their 2nd Annual Walking
Toward a Cure Breast Cancer
Walk/Run. The event will be held
on October 15th from 8 11 a.m.
on River Road (behind Orange Park
Kennel Club). For more informa-
tion or to register, call Sylvia
Harrison at 743-1020.

Domestic Violence
Panel Discussion
FCCJ will be hosting a panel dis-
cussion on Domestic Violence on
October l8th froin 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
The discussion along with the
"Silent Witness" exhibit will be in
the Kent Campus Courtyard and in
the auditorium of Building F. For
more information call

Alpha Phi Alpha
Anniversary Activities
The Kappa Upsilon Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be
celebrating its 30th anniversary the
weekend of October 21 23rd.
Kickoff festivities will be on
October 20th at 7 p.m. at EWC
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the CRC
building. All Kappa Upsilon broth-
ers & Sweethearts past & present
are encouraged to attend. The
Celebration Picnic will be held on
Saturday, October 22nd from 11
a.m:.to 3 p.m. at Metropolitan Park,..
The Fraternity will have a
Celebration worship on Sunday,
October 23rd at Greater Faith
Christian Fellowship (Billy Brock
Jr. Pastor & Dr. H.T. Brock, Co-
Pastor) The morning message will
be brought by Bro. Gerald G.
Lumpkin and will begin at 11:15

Black Engineers
The National Society of Black
Engineers Jacksonville Alumni
Extension will be having a General
Body membership meeting at the
San Marco Branch Public Library.
1513 LaSalle Streett the corner of
LaSalle and Hendricks Ave. The
meeting will be held on Thursday,
October 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 8
p.m. If you are interested in joining
NSBE-JAE contact

Free Home
Buyers Seminar
Metro North Coomunity
Development Corporation is spon-
soring a free home buyers seminar
on Thursday, October 20th at
AndrewJackson High School. The

seminar, which is open to the pub-
lic, will begin at 6 p.m. For more
information call 358-1224.

AARP Driver
Safety Program
The AARP Driver Safety Program
course for drivers 50 and older will
be held from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
Thursday and Friday, October 20th
and 21st at Southside United
Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks
Avenue,(1 mile north of San
Marco), Jacksonville, FL 32207.
The cost is $10.00 and participants
may receive a discount on auto
insurance. To register call: (904)

Experience "Two
Days" in a few hours
Florida Community College's
DramaWorks' 'production of "Last
Tuesday" and "July 7, 1994" will
bring the exploration of everyday
catastrophe to the stage. "Two
Days" will be performed Oct. 20
(preview) and Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.,
Oct. 21-22, & 28-29 at 8 p.m. and
Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. The play will be
performed at Wilson Center for the
Arts, Studio Theatre at FCCJ South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.
"Two Days" are two one-act plays
"Last Tuesday," finds commuters
on a train from New York to New
Haven, and "July 7, 1994," is a
haunting exploration of a day in the
life of a physician in an inner-city
health clinic. For reservations or
more information call 646.2222 or
Jazz Trio in Concert
An incredible evening of jazz with
Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke and
Jean-Luc Ponty will be held at the
Florida Theater on Friday, October
21st at 8 PM. Tickets for most
Florida Theatre events also on sale
at all Ticketmaster outlets, through
the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone
line at (904) 353-3309 and online at

Halloween Wine
ImprovJacksonville Comedy
Theatre is hosting a Halloween
wine tasting on Friday, October 21
from 6-8 p.m. in their new theatre
location at the Jacksonville
Landing. After the tasting, atten-
dees will enjoy free admission as
ImprovJacksonville takes the stage
at 8 p.m. for the Primetime Comedy
Show. Admission to the tasting
includes wine, the show and snacks.
Reservations are strongly recom-
mend as spaces fill up fast. For
more information visit
www.improvjacksonville.com or
call (904) 535-0670.

Jazz at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present smooth jazz
recording artist Pamela Williams at
Jazz Third Saturdays, a new caf6
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and national jazz recording artists.
The first one will be held on
Saturday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.
Both a Saxophonist and vocalist,
Pamela Williams has a style that's
lyrical, upbeat, funky and always
hot. For tickets or more informa-
tion, please call 904-632-5555.

Ladies of Elegance
Empowerment Cruise
The Ladies of Elegance
Empowerment Cruise will be host-
ed by Women .Of Power, Inc. (A
non-profit organization devoted to
empowering all women) on
Saturday, October 22nd from 6:30
9:30 p.m. It will be the first moth-
er / daughter cruise held in Duval
County aboard the Lady St. John.
The objective is to promote a strong
awareness in the importance of
obtaining personal success, having
self esteem and to provide informa-
tion on the many opportunities pro-
vided for young ladies and women
in today's society. Tickets are avail-
able in advance. If you are interest-
ed in attending please contact
Nyeika N. Green @ 904-613-4612

Ponte Vedra
SArt Festival
The 12th Annual Ponte Vedra
Beach Art Festival will be held
Saturday and Sunday, October 22
and 23, 2005. During the two day
fine art exhibition, over 175 artists
will gather at Sawgrass Village to
showcase their one-of-a-kind art-
work. Festival hours are from 10am
to 5pm. All of the work on display
is available for purchase with prices
ranging from $25 to $20,000.
Sawgrass Village located on A1A,
south of J. Turner Butler Blvd.
Admission is free. For more .
information visitors may call (954)
472-3755 or visit www.ARTFESTI-

22nd Annual Caring
Chefs to benefit CHS
The Children's Home Society of
Florida (CHS) will have its 22nd
Annual Caring Chefs Sunday, Oct.
23, from 7-9:30 p.m. at The
Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is the
first, biggest and best food tasting
event in Northeast Florida. The has
raised more than $1.9 million for
CHS over the past two decades. The
sell-out crowd will be sampling cui-
sine from more than 50 of the best
kitchens in Northeast Florida.
Tickets include admission, food,
drink and live entertainment. For
more information, call 493-7739.

Prostate Cancer
Support Group
Man to Man, an education and
support program for men with
prostate cancer, will have their next
meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at
6:30 pm at the'American Cancer
Society, 1430 Prudential Drive. For
more information please call 398-
0537. The program is designed to
help men and their families make
informed decisions throughout
their cancer journey, allowing men
to discuss their concerns openly
with other men for discussion,
education and support.

Holiday Happening
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service will present three holiday
classes. The first program is
Christmas Dinner Fast and Festive.
It will be held on Tuesday October
25th and will feature healthy and
fabulous meal ideas. The next class
is on Tuesday, November 1st and
will be on Gifts from the Holiday
Kitchen. This program will feature
simple recipes and smart packaging
to make gift giving economical and
easy. The last program, Holiday
Hospitality at its Best will be held
on Tuesday, November 8th and
will have a decorative emphasis,
showing easy ideas to produce a
party that looks and tastes like a
true celebration. Each program is
presented at 10 a..m. and again at 7
p.m. Reservations are necessary.
Call 287-8855.

Free Vegetable
Gardening Class
Lear about fall vegetable gar-
dening and hobbyist hydroponics at
one of the following evening work-
shops. The class will be held
October 24th at the Argyle Branch
Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Rd
South from 6:00 -7:00 PM and
October 26th at the Mandarin
Regional Library, 3330 Kori Rd
from 6:00 7:00 PM. Please call
387-8850 to pre-register.

JUL Annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon
The Jacksonville Urban League
will present their 31st Annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon on
Wednesday, October 26th at 12
noon. The Luncheon, themed
"Empowering Communities
Changing Lives", will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East
Coastline Drive. Former
Presidential speechwriter J. Terry
Edmonds will be the guest speaker.
Call 366-346 tickets.

J.C. Watts Speaker for
FCWS Annual Dinner
Former four term U.S.
Congressman J.C. Watts will speak
at a benefit dinner for First Coast
Women's Services on Thursday,
October 27, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.
There is no cost to attend the event
however, an opportunity to make a
financial gift to the ministry will be
extended. For more information call
Mary Hubbard at 262-2904.

Links Walk for
Health and Hunger
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Inc. will be hosting it's annu-
al Walk for Hunger on Saturday,
October 29th inside the Gateway
Mall from 9-11 am. The walk will
consist of 8 laps around the
Gateway Mall. Tickets are $5 and
all proceeds will go to a local char-
ity. If you are interested in being
apart of this event, please contact
the .committee contact person,
Monique McCarthy at 534-4388 or
the Committee Chair, Kenyonn
Demps at 292-2393. Festivities
kick off at 9 a.m.

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The Elements Return to "Illuminate"

R&B: Earth Wind and Fire reflect on musical journey from "8-Tracks to iPods"

Fresh from a summer-long tour with Chicago,
the members of Earth Wind and Fire recently
released their new album, "Illumination". The
band's first studio effort in two years is
the pl d du ..i I i illi.d.i' iii. ..1 '..rli :uch
talerin ja I iii.i'i .lli diid T.rr', Le'.'. .
M u .i- ".'j11..11, l I l .I i-, jd.: .-. ill i .n of
the blaictl iF. ed P.-
\\e % lill: I" 4 \ hi c l.Ir .pprr sch
to il'ic [pr.i. l" I- \\ Il. Il -l eIT.. le iend
Philip i a l i '. .n l ..'d i h ill-'.il rcceniiil,
reit .aed .l, .i Re ,-,d The 12-
tra,-l. Ji, il II'~ i. i-. l .- i tpui Iro r
Rapli.h l .,iili i iltree s:n.'i-s Brian
M cK I:,-,I .i lild \tl.n a--.,h s d be.:im t ers ,
Org. n:,.Jd Noise J,
Ml t11,llem i,.1 cE ]InT h i \ iid iiind Fire

for tl i ir.i m.ii r t.- c ,.e h.i d ii ...i i thc a
theoc i.d ee aii hisr e :.il t'..i the [
writ od l [.uc. iC.tcll' er i-"t tr,

"T i ii ld r i li t IIiitl .itetenae
becau-e ,:, o L .1 lirile hi-a mt.i in d,.cpthili

think tLli m.id.le a dittelnc.e tI the final
product '
The .,l Ipt',.:h.. t e 6.;. e .l
a l Tin m rtie cominii'L
for d-a
E 1,- 0I-

lov. -

B.tle;, :.r ,1> f tHie
current follow-up to 2003's
"The Promise." "You just can't do a record.
There has to be a company, the company has to
be aligned with you, everybody has to be on the
same page. We've done records to play in our liv-
ing room for ourselves, and that gets a little old.
AH those thirigs have to line' up, it just took

"You can not push the river, it's all about
God's timetable," adds Ralph. "Things happen
when they're supposed to happen."


H t i '' .. .... _

S PlIhlip, R.ilpli and \vidic appCear on
S IIurnI at.ii," the baid's 231id career alumni,
:lon-g itIh \'V:rdiiie's brotlei ind foundiing
lICinember. M.NI:Tu i.e \\ hire. It w'.a Maur ice C, ho
in I 'o camie uip V1 ith tile 'iioup 11 name ItIhe
tree lcl l ments in his pe l soial astrliLic.al
chairti one .,eai bclfoi the n.~. t.oild release1
their sell-tiled dcbit oi-i \\iarnci Bi',-. \.riotis
iull itCcij'l Ila,'.e c O ile 11nd 11 .I01 ill [le ',ears that
followed, atnd in tlh I mid-'i[ls thle =loup tenm-
porarily disbanded.
In 1987, they reunited for the Columbia
album, "Touch the World," with Maurice,
Verdine, Philip and Ralph alongside saxophone
player Andrew Woolfolk and new guitarist,
Sheldon Reynolds.
In 2000, Maurice was diagnosed with
Parkinson's Disease, but he continued to remain

active in music having produced a project for
the group Xpression and recorded vocals for the
current album.

S"The fact
V < of it is, a
S/lot ofpeo-
ple have
Grown up
on our
-. m u s i c
tlie','.e lived by
our music. Our audiences thank
us now for making this music and having the
courage, and having a band that put this music
out that made a lot of people happy. Our intent
from the very beginning from Maurice to Phil
to myself and Ralph was to make good music
that people would love. We're proud of that."

Mo'Nique is seeing double and their names ale
Jonatlian and Da\id.The "Parkers" star has glen
birth to r\in boyv. her sister Millicent lines said.
"She's doing \well." Imes said.
She said the bo-, were born last week.
Theirtherfiir i. No'Nique's fiance. Sidne\ I-lks.
Mo'Nique full name hlo'Nique Imes-Jackson -
gained popularity as silnle mother Nikki Parker on
the sitcom "The Parkers."
This ,ear. slie hosted "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance." a
beaur\ pageant for full-figired women The 36-',ear-
old actress also appears in the ilm "Domino." \ihich opened last v\eek

NMACON, Ga. Linle Richard built some goodwill in
his hometown i hen he don-:ted almost half of his
concert fees to s|Cettle concerns o,: er \ho \pas paying
the i.-b fol his sho'.
Maconii I or Jack Ellis had asked local business
W .., leaders to pick up the estimated $'5,1't00 tab for the
S g.. extent. But bustine_-s leader said ithe\ \\t rent gi\en
l ciougli tn-le to come up v\. Ith the Iones.
." Linle Richard told the almost 5.0i 11 people attend-
Ci,,g tile concert fiee of charge that hlie %ill return a
$30.(lfii portion of hls fees.
"It's not a \\,hole lot of money, but it's from the heart," he said.

Couple separate, vows to continue busine relations ship.
It's the end of the road for Kenneth 'Bab:, face"
Edmonds arid his \\ife. Trace', The couple
released a statement anriounicini their permanent
separation fol klo. in' Il\ ears of mart.ile
"After being unotficiall[, separated for quite
some time, it is \'ith deep regret that we
announce our permanent separation." read the
statement, sent b, publicist. Ra, onIe Bain "\ e
remain best friends, and ktill continue to v. ork
together in our companies and our various business ensuress.
The couple, v. ho just inai ked their I th anniitersar, last Sept. 5. said
the\ "ill continue "to provide a lot ing. caring and stable e\ ironmlent"
for then t\o sons. Brandon and Di lan Michael.

Tabloids spot the actress shopping it air strip.
Spies for British newspaper fhe Sun claim actress Halle Berry has
Slho\n interest in purchasing her o\ n pri ate jet. The Oscar \ inner \ as
reported\ seen checking out four planes recently at an air strip in Santa
lonica. CA. and discussing a potential purchase \ ith salesmen.
"Shle %as walking round the jets and gi ing them all a good inspec-
tion." an onlooker tells The Sun. "She met three salesmen and then had a
ineeltlrnl on boaid one of the jets. When she got off the planes a fe\\ otih
ers were brought for her to look at."

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Soups are a

Trend of the

Fall Season

Now is the time to take advantage o
tables and herbs, as well as lingering
mer veggies such as corn, tomatoes,
and put on a pot of soup.
Not only are soup warming, but whe
with vegetables, herbs and spices, e
garlic, chile peppers, ginger, turmeric
powder, they also boost the immune s
But I enjoy soup this time of yea
because they are quick and easy to pre
matic and delicious, often a meal in a bh
most times I throw ..',_..1' a ", ..' witl
er I have on hand. using a handftltl i th
I like robust soup 11i,iliI'Jt\ ith carrot

2 tablespoons oil, such as coconut,
peanut or corn
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme or
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoon chopped parsley or
3 cups water
1 cup beer or dry white dry wine
2 cups chopped tomatoes, fresh or
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
flakes, or to taste
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn ker-
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen okra
1 pound fresh shrimp
Rinse and drain all of the veg-

SS 0 A L

W- nI, th e itchent

With Master Chef Joyce White
\^ ^)

f fall veg-
late sum-
and okra,

n flushed
and curry
ar simply
pi re, aro-
ow\\ Andl
i whatev-
is or that,
S' onions.

garlic, a handful of dried beans, brown rice,
macaroni or corn; chunks of zucchini, eggplant,
and tomatoes, a sliver or two of smoked turkey
or leftover chicken backs, seasoned with herbs
such as rosemary, basil, thyme, marjoram or
oregano. And garlic galore.
When you add corn muffins or wedges of
cornbread, or toasted tortillas or pita bread or the
Indian-style roti or chapati bread, you got a full
meal at hand.
During the autumn season I particularly enjoy
lentil and split pea soup, which can go together
in minutes, since you don't have to presoak
either one o 'these legumes before cooking. And

t etables. Heat the oil in a 4
to 5 quart size pot. Add
.. the garlic, onion, thyme
A. and parsley or cilantro.
Saute on medium low heat
S for 4 or 5 minutes.
Stir in the water, beer or
Swine, and the chopped
Tomatoes, salt, black pep-
per and red pepper flakes.
Bring to a boil; reduce the
heat and simmer the mix-
ture for about 30 minutes.
Raise the heat and stir in the corn
and okra and cook 10 to 12 minutes
longer or until the vegetables are
tender. Stir in the shrimp and cook 5
to 7 minutes longer or until the
shrimp is tender and no longer
Serve the soup in warm bowls
with whole crusty bread or cheese
straws. Makes 4 servings.
Note: For filler flavor, substitute 1
cup of clam juice for half of the
water in the recipe. A dozen well-
scrubbed clams can also replace
half of the shrimp.

Split Pea and Ham Soup
1 pound dried green or yellow split
2 tablespoons olive, grapeseed or
peanut oil
1 large onion, sliced

on other occasions I make vegetarian soups,
using a stock full of herbs and garlic and chile
peppers, but no meat or chicken.
The other day I made my favorite soup of all,
an old Southern specialty using shrimp, corn,
okra and tomatoes. In late afternoon my neigh-
bor and I, Naomi Shine, who hails from South
Carolina, enjoyed the soup sitting out on my ter-
race, talking up old memories on a warm
autumn day.
"Won't have many more days like this for a
while," said Naomi, mother of six adult children
and almost twice that many grandchildren. "Fall
is here in all of its glory."

2 cloves garlic, crushed
5 cups water
5 cups chicken broth or homemade
chicken stock
1 meaty ham bone
1 pound fresh carrots
1 pound white potatoes
1 piece of ham, about 1/2 pound
1/2 teaspoon salt, if needed
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped parsley, cilantro
or basil
Carefully pick over the peas and
remove any stones or debris. Rinse
the peas well with cold water and
set aside. (Split peas don't require

soaking before cooking.)
Heat the oil over medium heat in
a large, heavy pot, at least 5-quart
size. Add the onion and garlic and
saute 4 or 5 minutes.
Add the water and chicken broth,

the peas and ham bone and bring to
a boil. Reduce heat to very low,
cover and simmer for at least 1 1/2
hours or until the peas are tender
and the mixture is creamy. (If
desired, during the winter months,
you can simmers the pot for 3 or 4
Scrape the carrots and cut into 1
inch chunks. Peel the potatoes and
cut into 1-inch chunk. Coarsely
shred the ham. Stir into the pot the
carrots, potatoes, ham, salt, if need-
ed, the black pepper and 1/4 cup of
the parsley or herb.
Cover and simmer 45 minutes
longer or until the vegetables are
tender. Remove the ham bone from
the pot. Shred any meat left on the
bone and return the meat to the pan.
Discard the bone. Adjust the sea-
soning, adding additional salt if
necessary. Sprinkle the soup with
the remaining parsley or basil and
serve immediately in warm soup
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Soul note: My cookbook, "Brown
Sugar: Soul Food Desserts from
Family and Friends," and "Soul
Food: Recipes and Reflections from
African-American Churches," are
available at local bookstores and on

Game Within the Game

the making of a great tailgate party

For many Americans, the summer
backyard barbecue is just training
camp for the real thing: tailgating
season. More than 94 percent of
tailgaters prepare their food at the
stadium, and 19 percent of
Americans dine on the king of
grilled goods the Johnsonville
bratwurst. And to honor these
"lords of the flame," Johnsonville is
launching the Most Valuable
Tailgater contest and recognizing
America's best brat grillers with a
once-in-a-lifetime tailgating party.
So what makes a great tailgater?
Envy! If people are walking by,
examining your technique, jealous-
ly watching and joining the party,
then Johnsonville wants see it in the
Johnsonville Bratwurst Tailgating
Hall of Fame contest.
Once again during football sea-
son, Boomer Esiason, legendary
NFL quarterback and Monday
Night Football announcer, will
team up with Johnsonville Brats to
raise at least $50,000 for the
Boomer Esiason Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation. Contenders should
submit a picture of themselves in
the art of tailgating at www.john-
sonville.com from September 1 to
December 31, 2005, and to be a
finalist for the "World's Ultimate

Tailgate Party." The winner will
receive a party on Super Bowl
Sunday in his or her hometown
with the 65-foot Johnsonville Big
Taste Grill, as well as a trip for two
to Steven Raichlen's Barbecue
University at the Greenbriar Resort.
Complete rules are available at
Ready to fire up the grill? Here's a
great recipe that's perfect for pre-
gaming or anytime.

Confetti Bratwurst Hoagie
1 package (19.76-ounce)
Johnsonville Original Bratwurst
10 slices Swiss cheese
5 hoagie rolls
Confetti Coleslaw:
1 cup finely shredded green cab-
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
3 tbsp. red Russian dressing
Prepare brats according to pack-
age directions; keep warm.
Combine cabbage, onion, pepper
and dressing; blend well. Place
brats on open-face hoagie rolls and
add 2 slices Swiss cheese to each.
Place under broiler until cheese is
melted. Top sandwiches with
approximately 1/4 cup coleslaw
mixture and serve. 5 servings

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