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the Spark Plug
that Ignited the
Engine of the Civil
FedEx Settles Bias Claim for 500K
FedEx Freight East will pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunirt Commission o\er allegations the
company discriminated against black dock\ workers in St Louis.
FedEx Freight East is a subsidiary of FedE, Corp.. which acquired
American Freightways in 2001. The EEOC suted in 2003 on behalf of 20
blacks who worked for American Freil'htwa\is Inc. at the time of the
alleged bias. The EEOC said blacks '.ere denied promotions from part-
time to full-time jobs at the company 's trucking terminal in St. Louis.
Another was denied promotion to a super% isorl position.
When the suit was filed in September 21003, anorne', Jerome Dobson
said the lapses effected black workers who were seeking more hours, bet-
ter routes and pay, and promotion opportunities. Meanwhile. he said.
white workers "leapfrogged" ovei the black workers.
Six black dockworkers joined in the law suit and the settlement. In addi-
tion to the $500,000 settlement, which must still be approved b, the U.S.
District Court, FedEx will be requIred to report on promotions to full-
time dockworker positions and to dock super\ isor positions.
Black Men Seven Times More Likely
to be Incarcerated Than White Men
Black men are seen times more
likely to be in prison than \Teirte
men. according to a ne 1,. released
report sho\ ing that the United States
incaicerates moei of its citizens than
San. other nation.
Roughl 5-.4 percent of America's
,,o'ung Black men ages 25 to 29 -
were behind bar -i compared with
abotLt 1.2 pel,.,C.l L \,\ hmi LIfl1e I ll -
lar ages. 2.5 percent of Hispanics. according to the Justice Department's
Bureau of Justicd Statistics. Blacks comprise more than 40 percent of
inmates sern ing more than a ,ear. according to the report.
The Wasliiie.ton. D.C.-based Sentencing ProJect said that the U.S.
incarceration r.te at `2-I per I 00,i.UiU people is 25 percent higher than
any other nation
The Amer icon tiapa.er is spending more money\ to incarcerate feier
violent offenders. "In 1 t S. about half the people entering state prisons
were violent oftendcrs: in Il u95 less than a third of state prisoners had
been convicted of a ielen t en me. In that same period, spending on state
and federal. prison increased fi' e times." Prison Fellow\ship sass on its
Filmmaker George Lucas Donates
$1 Million to MILK Memorial Fund
Award-winning filmmaker George Lucas has
donated $1 million to build a menminal to ci il
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. ion the National
"The ideals and principles ,for \which Dr. King .
fought have never been forgotten and are as rele antt
today as they were 40 years ago." said the man
behind such film classics as "Raiders of the Lost
Ark" and the Indiana Jones series. as \ell as the
"Star Wars" series. "Martin Luther King. Jr. has inspired millions of peo-
ple, and this memorial will ensure that his message endures for genera-
tions to come."
More than $40 million has been raised for the memorial. % ith 51 0l mil-
lion needed to finish the project, organizers said. Other notable support-
ers of the project include former Secretar3 of State Colin Po\ ell and Jack
Valenti, former president of the Nllotion Picture association n ot America.
The proposed four-acre memorial of trees, stone and flo' mg streams
would be built on the National Nall in \ashington. D.C. and situated
adjacent to the F.D.R. Memorial and bem een the lefl~feson and Lincoln
memorials, where King delivered his "I Hat e a Dream" speech on Aug.
28, 1963. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the fall of 2006. and comple-
tion is planned for 2008.
Steele Announces Md. Senate Bid
Early Poll Shows Republican Trailing Cardiol But A head of .Iiarlu'
Maryland Lt. Go\. Nlichael S. Steele todav for-
mally announced he \n ill run for the UL.S Senate.
recasting tile successful political partnership that
enabled him to become the first Airician American
elected to statewide office. He \ ill be battlinL ;Ior-
mer Congressman and NAACP CEO K.elsi
Mfume who stepped down to run.
At his announcement, Steele stood alone on
stage, delivering a speech that called for change in \ashi~ngton and neti er
once mentioned the Republican Partm. As one of the part's onl. .-\frican
American elected officials, he promised to be a bridge -- a bndge of steel
-- between cultures and communities.
The race will test Steele's ability to marshal support in a state where
Democrats outnumber Republicans on 0 iter rolls by a margin of nearly ,
2 to 1. He will count on an unlikely blend of grass-roots support nfrom
minorities who are disenchanted \, ith the Democratic Part', and financ-
ing from GOP donors who are mostly white e and conser\ati\e.
National Republicans have been grooming Steele to be their ambassa-
dor to a black community that has largely shunned the party. He has
served on the e\ccuti',e committee of the National Republican
Commniiie;. and on that Ioup's .\frican-American Advisor, Comniittee.
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Volume 19 No. 41 Jacksonville, Florida October 27 November 2, 2005
Dr. Arthur T. Jones is Areas
4th Spiritual Pulpit Legacy
Post 197 Unveils Shadow Box
Post 197 displays the Shadow Box of their legionnaires who served so
valiant and courageous during WWII. The idea, and the Box designed was
the brain child of the Post's own Jimmy Harterson (shown left), who is an
authority on military affairs and customs. Also above is Fred Matthews
(right) assisting him in the presentation. The box will remain on display at
the Post to serve as a legacy and a reminder of the servicemen's contribu-
Celebration of Life
to be Held
for Shadidi Amma
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will host the community for
Shadidi Amma: A Blanket of Love -
-a living tribute to community
activist and founder of the Kuumba
Festival, Shadidi Amma. The
Kuumba Festival, which began in
1988, is Jacksonville's first and only
African-American heritage festival.
The event will take place Saturday
October 29th at, 6 p.m.
Through the Kuumba Fest, the
Kuumba Youth Link Project and the
Eastside Production Company were
founded, taking the teachings of
African American heritage into
schools, churches, community cen-
ters and festivals throughout the
Shadidi also worked with Operation
S.T.R.E.E.Ts, to develop rites of pas-
sage programs for youth from 6 -16.
The program also launched the
S.T.R.E.E.T. Kid Dancers, which
became the Rhythm Dancers in
The program is free to the public.
Bishop Arthur T. Jones, Sr., of All
People International Church has
appointed his son, Dr. Arthur T.
Jones, Jr., as co-pastor. The
appointment is the fourth legacy
anointment in the Jacksonville area
continuing the trend set forth by
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
First Baptist Church of Oakland
and Abysinnia Missionary Baptist
In his new role, Jones will target
his ministry to the younger mem-
bers of their 1,500 strong congrega-
tion and draw a deeper interest in
church and community functions
outside of the typical "youth
Sunday" and "youth day"events.
"My desire is that their voice is
continuously heard and validated,
and their presence forever felt and
appreciated," Jones said. "Our
young people must not be consid-
ered or viewed as the church of
tomorrow; they are the church of
Secondly, because of his out-
standing musical background he
will also manage the music praise
and worship ministry as well as My
Brother's Keeper Christian Men
Fellowship an empowerment
group for men ages 15 to 45 to
become better protectors and
providers for their families and
"I know that he will carry the
Dr. Arthur T. Jones. Jr.
ministry to farther levels after I'm
gone," Bishop Jones said. "I look
for great things to come from him."
Jones said, "I attribute my earnest
desire and aspiration to be a gen-
uine God fearing leader to the life
and consistent example that my
father (my hero) and mother (my
inspirational cheerleader) lived
before me... their visual testimony
is what eventually won me to
Jones, an honors graduate with
dual degrees from Florida A & M
University, also has a masters and
doctorate degree in Theology at
Truth Bible College & Seminary.
Currently he is pursuing a second
masters in Business Administration
at the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, David, Aaron and Ethan Cole at the ceremonies. FMPPhIotos
Family, friends and advocates of American Beach gathered at the site of the late MaVynne Oshun Betsch's pas-
sion, the sand dune Nana, to celebrate her legacy. The complete three days of activities included activities both at
American Beach and at the Ritz Theater and a screening of the film The Beach Lady. More than 200 of her admir-
ers came to the final occasion at American Beach to bid the Beach Lady farewell. In a solemn and memorable
ceremony, her ashes were buried and spread at sunset in the sands of the Beach she spent Continued.on page 3
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Bill Gates Enlightens Howard Students
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates
preached the "magic of software" to
a packed ballroom at Howard
University in Washington and said
it's up to today's generation of col-
lege students to drive innovation in
"The next 10 years will change
the world more than the last 30," he
told an audience of more than 600
students and faculty, making a thin-
ly veiled reference to the 30th
anniversary of the software giant,
which Gates co-founded after drop-
ping out of Harvard University at
Gates' speech--titled "The Impact
and Opportunity of Technology:
Why Computer Science? Why
now?" -- marked the final stop on
his three-day college tour, which
also took him to Columbia and
Princeton, the Universities of
Michigan and Wisconsin, and the
University of Waterloo in Ontario,
The crux of his message was noth-
ing new, as the Microsoft mogul
has been vocal about the need to
boost a shrinking supply of com-
puter science graduates. He deliv-
ered hour-long talks at five tech-
heavy campuses last spring.
His appearance at Howard, which
counts 73 students bearing scholar-
ships from Gates' foundation, was
part recruitment effort, part product
"There's nothing more fun than
doing this," he said of the software
profession. "From Microsoft, we
need to recruit the best and the
brightest and get them involved
with these projects."
Gates mused about the inevitable
digital turn he envisions other
devices taking -- the newspaper
turned tablet PC, the television
news broadcast that displays only
what the viewer wants to see, the
camera phone that can snap pic-
tures of price tags on products and
instantly flag places to find a better
A sixth grader from Howard's
Middle School of Math and Science
later asked about Apple Computer's
influence on the company's opera-
tions. After pointing out that he
helped to write software for an
early version of the rival machine,
Gates conceded with a smile,
"They've contributed a lot. They've
done a good job."
Tips for Finding a Good Contractor
More than 50 million home-
improvement projects were com-
pleted in the U.S in 2003, and pros
were used in 60 percent of the
projects. But hiring a contractor
can be one of the most stressful
parts of the home improvement
process. Contractors consistently
rank at or near the top of com-
plaints in consumer surveys. Aside
from the usual cost overruns and
delays, consumers may also run
open houses, check out neighbors'
recent remodeling projects, and
review home magazines and books
for ideas. "The more specifics you
have, the easier it will be to present
your project to a contractor and get
an accurate estimate." says
Check Out Your Choices. It's
much easier to prevent problems
with a bad contractor than to fix
them. Consumers should get the
into scam artists. The experts at names, street addresses (non P.O.
CRMA offers consumers tips to Boxes), and phone numbers (not
increase the odds of having a satis- just cell phones) of at least three
fving home-improvenment experi- contractors, and ask each one for
ence. an estimate and several recent ref-
Do Your Own Prep Work. erences. Do not do business with a
Before contacting contarctors, map contractor who can't provide refer-
out the scope of the project. Attend ences.
Get the Details in Writing.
Consumers should insist on a writ-
ten contract with all parties' names
and contact information as well as
the contractor's license numbers. It
should also contain a detailed
description of the project. In addi-
tion, the project should stipulate
who is responsible for getting per-
mits and inspections, and outline
how changes in work orders will
be handled and the notice required
-Watch Out for Liens.
"Mechanics lien" or "construction
lien" laws grant unpaid subcon-
tractors and suppliers the right to
make a legal claim against proper-
ty that has been improved by their
labor or material. To protect
against such liens, homeowners
can pay subcontractors and sup-
pliers directly or get lien releases
from contractors with each pay-
Unhappy? You have Rights.
Recovering money from unli-
censed or unscrupulous contractors
is nearly impossible. If you get
burned, don't wait too long before
How to Find Your Perfect Retirement Haven
Helping people find the right
location for their retirement years
has become a cottage industry in its
own right. Countless books, Web
sites, and magazines now offer
advice on the subject, despite the
fact that about 80 percent of
Americans insist they don't plan to
go anywhere when the big day
finally comes. If you're among the
other 20 percent who are inclined to
head for the hills, lakes, or beaches
or if you'd just like to fantasize
about it, read on.
With so many experts leaping
into the where-to-retire business, it
shouldn't be surprising that the
places they recommend are literally
all over the map. We looked at three
best-selling guides to see which
locales if any all the authors
The books we reviewed are
"America's 100 Best Places to
Retire," 3rd edition; "Retire in
Style", which lists 60 destinations
in the U.S. and Canada; and
"Retirement Places Rated," 6th
Edition, which covers 203 places in
all and singles out 30 of those for
Lo and behold, only five cities
managed to make all three guides'
list of the primo places to retire, and
24 made two of the three lists.
While none of these cities may
match your notion of an ideal place
to hang your sun hat, collectively
they do say a lot about what to look
for. The fortunate five are, in alpha-
betical order: Asheville, N.C.; Fort
Collins, Colo.; Medford-Ashland,
Ore.; Sarasota, Fla.; and Tuscon,
What do these cities have in
common that Swamp Monster,
Idaho, for example, doesn't share?
All offer good housing stock, a
pleasant climate, lots of things to
do, and topflight medical care. Each
also has at least one college or uni-
versity, a reliable predicator of
inexpensive entertainment, ample
pizza, and sources of baby sitters
for visiting grandchildren.
None of these places is exact-
ly a bargain-basement retirement
destination, however. The median
price for a three-bedroom, two-bath
single-family house in these cities
currently runs the gamut: In
Asheville and Fort Collins, it's
$193,000, and in Sarasota it's
$326,000; in Tuscon, it's about
$200,000 and $410,000 in Ashland.
Of course, any of those might
seem like the deal of a lifetime if
you're accustomed to housing
prices in places like Los Angeles,
New York, San Francisco, or the
Washington, D.C., area. And if you
already own a home in which
you've built up a mountain of equi-
ty, selling and moving to an even
marginally lower-priced area can
produce a hillock of cash that you
can keep on hand for future expens-
Supposing none of those places
does it for you, what should you be
looking for? Some basics advice
from the experts:
Consider a college town. Warren
R. Bland, author of "Retire in
Style," who in his day job is a pro-
fessor of geography at California
State University in Northridge,
points out that in addition to a
steady supply of foreign films, art
exhibits, concerts, and football
games, not to mention coffeehous-
es, college towns often have low
crime rates and a reasonable cost of
living. Some also boast medical
schools with major teaching hospi-
Think twice about buying in a
resort community. "They can be
appealing when you vacation there,
but they tend to grow very rapidly,"
Bland says. That's because other
vacationers may be thinking the
same thing you are. The results:
traffic jams, crowds, and higher
taxes. College towns, he adds, typi-
cally grow at a slower, more meas-
Beware of places that depend
heavily on a military economy.
They may be delightful now, notes
David Savageau, author of
"Retirement Places Rated," but the
local economy could fall on very
hard times if the base ever closes.
And the Pentagon has proposed
dozens of base closings around the
Rent for a while before you buy
anywhere. And that may mean for a
year or more. "The classics mistake
is to buy in a place where you've
enjoyed vacationing in the winter,
assuming that you'll like it all year
round," Bland says.
Choose a place your family
wants to visit. Buying a nine-bed-
room mansion won't help you
attract family visitors if the site
you've chosen for your retirement
isn't near a well-trafficked airport or
doesn't have attractions for kids and
Read up on the rules. Many
retirement places, especially the
newer, gated communities, have
long lists of rules and zoning
restrictions that may make some
residents chafe. Michael C.
Thomsett, the author of numerous
real-estate books, recalls visiting a
sprawling development in Arizona
recently where retirees are allowed
their choice of precisely six differ-
ent ornaments to individualize their
otherwise identical homes. On a
more worrisome note, Thomsett
questions whether some of those
communities will have the infra-
structure (supermarkets, doctors,
water supply) to support the hordes
of baby boomer retirees they aim to
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Octnher 27 November 2. 2005
Shown above is a landscape view of many of the well wishers who came to celebrate the life of MaVynne Betsch. Shown right is American
Beach Property Association President Carlton Jones with Betty and King Holzendorf.
release of butterflies by her family.
B t h's niece said it was no acci-
said that she was, 'the symbol of
change always in constant transfor-
Other events throughout the week-
end included a quilt made in her
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mcon ue ife rom fron dent her aunt chose the butterfly as mation reinventing herself with honor and a musical tribute by h
highlight of the event was te her symbol. Peri Frances Betsch each new cause. brother John Betsch.
The History Behind African American Cemeteries
By Lisa Baldwin
A friend of mine loves to take photographs in cemeteries when she
travels. Silently moving among the many headstones and mayu-
soleums, she takes note of the family names, inscriptions and grounds,
recording these images for her photo albums along with those from the
customary tourist attractions.
It gave me the chills just thinking about it. After all, those places
are full of dead people. My mind conjured up images from all those
horror flicks that scared and "thrilled me as a teenager, with would-
be-victims fleeing from a faceless assailant through damp, dark, tree-
shrouded grounds with howling winds-the full moon above as the only
light to guide their way.
But after I began to visit historic African American cemeteries dur-
ing my travel writing sojourus, I came to appreciate not only the tan-
gible elements that my friend so enjoyed capturing on film, but also
the connection I began to feel with these folks-formewr slaves, entre-
preneurs, soldiers, civil rights activists, musicians, politicians, school
teachers, lawyers, doctors, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who
in their own ways helped paved the way for the life that I now enjoy as
founding fathers and mothers lay in
Yes, I still get goose bumps, but
it's in complete awe, administration
and gratitude for the path they have
laid for us all to follow. And for that
I always whisper a humble grave-
side "Thank You."
Above: The gates to Freedmens
Cemetary. Right: Workers have
removed a short section of wall
between the Old English
Cemetery and the Freedman's
Cemetery as work continues on
A Wealth Of
History Still Lives
-- Six Feet Under
The first time I can remember
getting the "good goose bumps"
was when I visited the historic
Black town of Nicodemus, Kansas,
founded in 1877 and still the only
remaining all Black town west of
the Mississippi River.
At the largest of the three ceme-
teries in town (for which I could not
find a name) visitors can gaze at the
modest to elaborate grave markers
proudly pronouncing the founding
families folks like Alexander,
Bates, Redd, Van Duvall, White and
Williams who were among the
350 former slaves from Kentucky
who migrated there at the end of the
Civil War. Over the years these
families transformed the town from
a prarie wasteland devoid of trees
or other building materials, which
forced them to live in dugouts, to a
thriving community recognized as a
western social and business center
with many homes, verdant crops, a
hotel, post office, grocery stores,
bank, general merchandise and
Established in 1854, Oak Woods
Cemetery in Chicago is the most
significant historic cemetery of the
city's South Side. Many famous
African Americans are buried here,
including Chicago's first African
American mayor, Harold
Washington, civil rights activist Ida
B. Wells, Olympian Jesse Owens
Just north of downtown Dallas,
Freedman's Cemetery is a pre-Civil
War African American burial
ground in what was once the
Freedman's Town Area, a small
Dallas community forced by Blacks
freed from slavery in the mid-
1960's. This is one of the largest
freedman cemeteries in the country
and the beautiful memorial built in
late 1990 to commemorate this
important site is now an historic
and state landmark memorial.
Originally known as the "City of
the Dead for Colored People,"
Mount Auburn Cemetery in
Baltimore was founded in 1872. As
the oldest Black cemetery in
Baltimore City, it is the final resting
place for numerous African
Americans -both famous and
unsung heroes-including former
slaves who escaped to freedom
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Cincinnati is the home of Union
Baptist Cemetery, the oldest
African American burial ground in
Cincinnati. Here you will find the
graves of African Americans-two of
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Jefferson-enslaved prior to the Civil
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In Nashville the two prominent
African American cemeteries are
Greenwood and Mt. Ararat. At
Greenwood folks laid to rest
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one of the original founders of his-
toric Citizens Bank; and several of
the Fisk Jubilee Singers, among
others. Just down the road, Mount
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remains of numerous influential
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ing Dr. Robert Fulton Boyd, a
Black physician and graduate of
Meharry Medical College.
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to several Buffalo Soldiers in the
Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery,
located in Vanbcouver
(Washington) just outside of
Portland, Oregon. Among the dear-
ly departed is Moses Williams, a
Buffalo Soldier from the 9th
Cavalry who earned a
Congressional Medal of Honor for
his part in a battle with Native
Americans near Cuchillo Negro,
New Mexico, in 1881.
Thanks to my forebrothers and
These are just a few of the liter-
ally hundreds of African American
cemeteries, both known and lying
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Rosa Parks Should be Remembered as Spark
Plug that Ignited the Engine of the Movement
By Kimberley Jane Wilson
Despite what you read in the
papers or heard during the often
histrionic 24-hour news coverage,
Hurricane Katrina didn't skip over
the rest of the Gulf Coast to settle
exclusively on the Big Easy.
People in Mississippi and other
parts of Louisiana were devastated,
but they're being largely ignored in
favor of what reporters see as the
bigger, juicier story.
Perhaps it is the race and poverty
angle capturing their attention,
especially if reporters were naive
enough to be startled to see poor
blacks in a part of the Deep South
legendary for its poverty.
Maybe the overwhelming atten-
tion is due to the fact that New
Orleans occupies a peculiar place in
America's imagination that attracts
the media. "In New Orleans, land
of dreams...," for instance, is what
we used to sing in our high school
Undoubtedly, the only people who
still harbor romantic dreams about
New Orleans after Hurricane
Katrina are long-gone tourists. The
unfortunate souls who were trapped
in the Superdome, however, certain-
ly woke up in a hurry.
We all like to dream. Americans
are sentimental, and we love stories
with happy endings. We admire the
man standing in front of his flood-
damaged house who says,
"Rebuild? Yeah, of course I'll
rebuild, and this time I'll make it
bigger!" We cheer the steely-eyed
farmer who replants after a fire
ruins his crops.
Being a quitter is one of the few
things Americans still consider
shameful, so when Dennis Hastert -
the Speaker of the House in
Washington suggested that it
might not be a good idea to rebuild
New Orleans like it was before
Katrina, people raised their voices
Is rebuilding a city that sits below
sea level a good idea? The port of
New Orleans is important to nation-
al commerce and the city's tourist
areas made money, but the rest of
the pre-Katrina city was downright
squalid. People make morbid jokes
about Detroit and New York City,
but the murder rate in New Orleans
was ten times higher than the
national average. The police
department's reputation was poor,
and deservedly so.
Americans were shocked by the
widespread looting and now disput-
ed stories of rape and murder
reported following the hurricane,
but anyone expressing disgust was
chided and told that the perpetrators
were poor black people who had no
other choice. But assuming that
poor black people are naturally
prone to violence is racist no matter
how it's dressed up in high-toned
How poor do you have to be to
rape somebody? How poor do you
have to be to steal a huge TV
instead of taking necessities such as
food or medicine? How poor do
you have to be to shoot at the peo-
ple who are risking their lives to
rescue your neighbors?
What happened in New Orleans
wasn't about poverty. It was about a
nihilistic thug culture being was
allowed to fester and rot for
Is it heartless to ask local commu-
nity leaders the preachers, teach-
ers, parents, the mayor and
Louisiana's weepy governor what
they're going to change once we
rebuild their city?
Yes New Orleans will be rebuilt
and the tourists will return. The
image of the city as a wicked, dan-
gerous place will no doubt draw
New York City has always cashed
in on having a tough image. At the
start of a class trip when I was 13,
one of the chaperones gathering us
together and raised his hands like an
Old Testament prophet. He dramat-
ically announced that we were in
the most dangerous city in the
world and woe to those who decid-
ed to stray from the group because
we'd end up dead or in the hands of
a child molester. The chaperone a
small, prim and humorless man -
meant well, but some of my class-
mates thought he was just being
silly. The rest of us looked at him
with wide, expectant eyes.
We were thrilled to be in such a
darkly glamorous place such as
New York City. New Orleans has
the same effect on many people.
The Big Easy will be back and the
good times will roll again, but this
time let's hope it comes back better
for all its citizens.
Imagine defying a system of
inequality that was entrenched into
the very fabric of the South.
Imagine knowing that your actions
would certainly cause you to be
arrested and potentially hurt.
Imagine sitting on the front of a bus
and telling a white man in 1955 in
Alabama that you were not moving
to the back of the bus.
Imagine as you contemplated your
defiance, you thought about
Emmett Till, the young black boy
brutally murdered that same year
for speaking to a white woman.
How many of us would have had
the courage to stay seated at the
front of that bus in Montgomery,
Alabama? How many of us would
have thought about the possibility
of being beaten with clubs and sat
there on that bus? Probably not
many of us would have had the
courage to be the catalyst for some-
thing much bigger than ourselves.
Rosa Parks had the courage to be
the catalyst that "the movement"
needed. And there was no organ-
ized, formal Civil Rights
Movement until Rosa Parks and the
Montgomery NAACP became the
spark that ignited what I concerned
the most import social, spiritual and
political movement in this country's
This week, Ms. Parks died of nat-
ural causes in her home in Detroit,
Michigan. Her courage and dedica-
tion will be missed, but her legacy
will live on for many decades.
Maybe it was appropriate for "the
Mother" of the Civil Rights
Movement to die at the 50 year
anniversary of her stance against
segregation it was certainly the
She was the spark plug that got
the engine of equality and desegre-
gation started. It was December
1955, when a white man demanded
her seat on a city bus that she
refused, despite rules requiring
blacks to yield their seats to whites.
Ms. Parks was jailed for her act of
defiance and fined $14.
E.D. Nixon, an activist, said, "The
spark became a flame and it
changed everything." Ms. Parks
spark ignited the flame of change -
we owe her dearly. And I am not
just talking about Black Americans
owing Ms. Parks, but all
Americans. The Reverend Jesse
Jackson always says that "She sat
down so that we could stand up."
Speaking to a group of college
students in 1992, she said history
too often maintains "that my feet
were hurting and I didn't know why
I refused to stand up when they told
me. But the real reason of my not
standing up was I felt that I had a
right to be treated as any other pas-
senger. We had endured that kind of
treatment for too long."
As we all know, her arrest trig-
gered a 381-day boycott of the
Montgomery bus system organized
by a young preacher named Martin
Luther King, Jr., the 26-year-old,
newly appointed pastor of the
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
At one of his speeches during the
boycott King said, "If we are
wrong, justice is a lie," he said in a
speech at the time. "And we are
determined here in Montgomery to
work and fight until justice runs
down like water and righteousness
like a mighty stream."
Obviously this was simply the
beginning of King's service to the
movement, but the boycott led to a
1956 Supreme Court decision that
said discrimination in public trans-
portation was unconstitutional. And
so the movement began.
Dick Gregory may have said it
best. He said, "This isn't a revolu-
tion of black against white, it is a
revolution of right against wrong.
And right has never lost." I will say
it again; the fight for equality was
not a black issue, but an American
issue. No, it was even bigger than
the United States.
The fight for equality was a glob-
al issue. The African American
fight was also inspired by the
Indian fight for equality in India.
The South African fight against
apartheid was inspired by the Civil
Rights movement. So the fight for
equality was much bigger than the
inequalities that existed in America.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat
to justice everywhere." Ms. Parks
knew that the injustice blacks faced
had to stop. Rosa Louise McCauley
was born on Feb. 4, 1913, in
Tuskegee, Ala. Her father was a
carpenter, her mother a teacher. Her
grandparents, with whom she
would live as a girl, had been
slaves. So she knew well the impact
that slavery left on blacks.
Malcolm X once said, ""If you
stick a knife nine inches into my
back and pull it out three inches that
is not progress. Even if you pull it
all the way out, that is not progress.
Progress is healing the wound, and
America hasn't even begun to pull
out the knife."
And in the year 2005 we can cer-
tainly say that the knife has been
pulled out, however have the
wounds of inequality, racism and
oppression healed? We have
patched those very wounds for
years, but we all know that bandag-
es are only temporary solutions.
Healing occurs when the wound is
acknowledged and properly treated.
Rosa Parks will be missed, but
never forgotten. She was a true
Signing off from the Rosa Parks
Memorial in Montgomery,
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Shown above left, Rosa Parks is escorted by E.D. Nixon, former president of the Alabama NAACP, on arrival at the courthouse in Montgomery
March 19, 1956 for the trial in the racial bus boycott. (Right) Civil rights hero Rosa Parks (L) and former U.S. president Bill Clinton look at
Parks' Congressional Gold Medal award during a ceremony in Washington in this June 15, 1999 photo.
Nation Mourns Passing of Ms. Rosa Parks
Continued from front
U.S. Rep John Conyers, in whose
office Mrs. Parks worked for more
than 20 years, remembered the civil
rights leader as someone whose
impact on the world was immeasur-
able, but who never sought the
"Everybody wanted to explain
Rosa Parks and wanted to teach
Rosa Parks, but Rosa Parks wasn't
very interested in that," he said.
"She wanted them to understand the
government and to understand their
rights and the Constitution that peo-
ple are still trying to perfect today."
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
said he felt a personal tie to the civil
rights icon: "She stood up by sitting
down. I'm only standing here
because of her."
Speaking to an audience of mili-
tary spouses at Bolling Air Force
Base in Washington, President
Bush said Mrs. Parks' 1955 refusal
to give up her seat "was an act of
Bush described her as "one of the
most inspiring women of the 20th
century" and said that she would
always have a "special place" in
Speaking in 1992, Mrs. Parks said
history too often maintains "that my
feet wereJhurt iljn ani I.didn'.il knp,
why I refused to stand up when they
told me. But the real reason of my
not standing up was I felt that I had
a right to be treated as any other
passenger. We had endured that
kind of treatment for too long."
Her arrest triggered a 381-day
boycott of the bus system organized
by a then little-known Baptist min-
ister, the Rev. King, who later
earned the Nobel Peace Prize for
"At the time I was arrested I had
no idea it would turn into this," she
said 30 years later. "It was just a day
like any other day. The only thing
that made it significant was that the
masses of the people joined in."
The Montgomery bus boycott,
which came one year after the
U.S. Supreme Court's landmark
declaration that separate schools for
blacks and whites were "inherently
unequal," marked the start of the
modern civil rights movement.
The movement culminated in the
1964 federal Civil Rights Act,
which banned racial discrimination
in public accommodations.
After taking her public stand for
civil rights, Mrs. Parks had trouble
finding work in Alabama. Amid
threats and harassment, she and her
husband, Raymond, moved to
Detroit in 1957. She worked as an
aide in Conyers' Detroit office from
1965 until retiring Sept. 30, 1988.
Raymond Parks died in 1977.
Mrs. Parks said upon retiring from
her job with Conyers that she want-
ed to devote more time to the Rosa
and Raymond Parks Institute for
Self Development. The institute,
incorporated in 1987, is devoted to
developing leadership among
Detroit's young people and initiat-
ing them into the struggle for civil
"Rosa Parks: My Story," was pub-
lished in February 1992. In 1994
she brought out "Quiet Strength:
The Faith, the Hope and the Heart
of a Woman Who Changed a
Nation," and in 1996 a collection of
letters called "Dear Mrs. Parks: A
Dialogue With Today's Youth."
She was among the civil rights
leaders who addressed the Million
Man March in October 1995.
In 1996, she received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom,
awarded to civilians making out-
standing contributions to American
life. In 1999, she was awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal, the
nation's highest civilian honor.
Mrs. Parks received dozens of
other awards, ranging from induc-
tion into the Alabama Academy of
Honor to an NAACP Image Award
for her 1999 appearance on CBS'
"Touched by an Angel."
She was born Rosa Louise
McCauley on Feb. 4, 1913, in
Tuskegee, Ala. Family illness inter-
rupted her high school education,
but after she married Raymond
Parks in 1932, he encouraged her
and she earned a diploma in 1934.
He also inspired her to become
involved in the NAACP.
Mrs. Parks was a beloved aunt to
13 nieces and nephews.
"She wasn't the mother of the civil
rights movement to me," Susan
McCauley, one of her nieces, said
last year. "She was the woman I
wanted to become."
Her later years were not without
difficult moments. In 1994, her
home was invaded by a 28-year-old
man who beat her and took $53.
She was treated at a hospital and
released. The man, Joseph Skipper,
pleaded guilty, blaming the crime
on his drug problem.
Mrs. Parks rarely was seen in pub-
lic after 2001, when she canceled a
meeting with President Bush. In
court papers filed in September
2004 in connection with her lawsuit
over the rap group OutKast's song
"Rosa Parks," her lawyers said she
After losing the OutKast lawsuit,
Reed, her attorney, said Mrs. Parks
"has once again suffered the pains
of exploitation." A later suit against
OutKast's record company was set-
tled out of court.
In 2002, her landlord threatened
to evict her from her high-rise
apartment in downtown Detroit
after her caregivers missed rental
payments. Riverfront Associates
decided in October 2004 to let her
live there rent-free permanently.
Looking back in 1988, Mrs. Parks
said she worried that black young
people took legal equality for grant-
Older blacks, she said "have tried
to shield young people from what
we have suffered. And in so doing,
we seem to have a more complacent
"We must double and redouble
our efforts to try to say to our youth,
to try to give them an inspiration, an
incentive and the will to study our
heritage and to know what it means
to be black in America today."
At a celebration in her honor that
same year, she said: "I am leaving
this legacy to all of you ... to bring
peace, justice, equality, love and a
fulfillment of what our lives should
be. Without vision, the people will
perish, and without courage and
inspiration, dreams will die the
dream of freedom and peace."
Delta Accepting Applications
for Annual Teen Pageant
The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
is accepting applications for its March 18, 2006 Delta Teen Pageant.
Contestant selection will be based upon the following requirements: (1)
2.0 or higher GPA; (2) recommendation from school guidance counselor,
administrator or educator; (3) positive attitude; and (4) talent perform-
ance at the audition.
The Miss Delta Teen Pageant provides young ladies an opportunity to
display their talents, enhance interpersonal skills and compete for schol-
arship monies and other gifts. Also included in this experience are
opportunities to participate in community service projects, attend work-
shops addressing key life management skills, and develop friendships
with newfound peers. High School ladies in grades 10th through 12th are
encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted by November 11,
2005. For more information, please contact your High School Guidance
or Student Activities Office or contact Delta Sigma Theta at deltateen-
Activities Highlight EWC
Homecoming Week 2005
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ebrate "Homecoming 2005"
beginning with festivities on
Sunday, October 30 and culminat-
ing with the Homecoming Game
on Saturday, November 5 when
the Tigers take on the Atlantic
College Journeyman of North
Carolina. The game is scheduled
for 3 p.m. in Earl Kitchings
Stadium at Raines High School.
Homecoming festivities start at 6
p.m., Sunday, October 30 with an
on-campus Mock Funeral fol-
lowed by a Hoe Down in the
Student Union Building (SUB). A
campus-wide decorating contest
takes place on Monday, October
31 and the "All EWC Talent
Show" takes place on Tuesday,
November 1, 8 p.m. in the Milne
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the SUB. The night will end with
the BET World Comedians
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the Milne Auditorium.
Thursday is "70s Day" with the
70s Day Dance at 8 p.m. in the
SUB. Friday is the Pep Rally at 6
p.m. on the Centennial Lawn, and
the Pan- Hellenic Council Greek
Step Show at 8 p.m. at James
Weldon Johnson Middle School
The EWC Homecoming Parade
will take place at 10 a.m., on
Saturday, November 5, beginning
from Stanton College Preparatory
High School and ending on the
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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
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
You are cordially invited to this
special evening of elegance and
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson
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.
Ministry of Bethel to
Host Veteran's Day
Banquet, Nov. 10th
The Miliary Affairs Ministry of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
215 Bethel Baptist S;reet, where
Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
and Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr.,
are Pastors; will pay homage to
those who have availed themselves
to the service of God and country
on Thursday evening. November
10 2005 at the Betheiite Christian
Conference Center, 5865 Arlington
Expressway (formerly'the Ramada
Tables of 8, and individual tic-
kets are available. For reservations
or ticket information, please call
Visit the Nation's Oldest City and
Enjoy BBQ at St. Benedict the Moor
Its not "what are you doing on St. Benedict the Moor Catl
New Year's Eve," its what are you Church and School, 86 M
doing Sunday afternoon. Nov. 6th? Luther King Dr., St. Augustine
Emanuel Missionary the nation's oldest city; will h,
Benefit BBQ from 12:30 to 4
Baptist to Sponsor on Sunday, November 6, 2005.
The Benefit BBQ will be
Christian Comedy the restoration project of
The Planning Committee of the Benedict's historic school, and
Emanuel Missionary Baptist have the opportunity to help,
Church, 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger Jr. enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner
Circle E. (Division St. /Kings Rd.), ribs, chicken, baked beans,
Rev. Herb Anderson, Pastor; will and yummy deserts. You can
sponsor a Christian Comedy play at under the tent, or take-out.
6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th. Saint Katherine Drexel buil
Juanita Simmons, chairperson, building in 1898 in order to t
advises that admission is FREE. Black children. Dr. Martin Lu
The public is welcome. King visited the site during his
Ribault Class '83 and March in the 1960s. The
has awarded a grant of $45,0(
& Raines to Hold the restoration project, and
necessary that we provide mate
Community funds to restore this historic
The Ribault Class of 1983
invites the public to attend a
Worship and Praise Service at the
Ribault and Raines Community
Worship Service at 8 a.m. on
Sunday, November 6, 2005, in the
Ribault Senior High School Audi-
torium. The guest speaker will be
Elder Kenneth Middleton Pastor
of One Lord One Faith Christian
The Ribault Senior High School
Choir featuring Andrea Norman
and Shelia Clayton-Christie, will
bring praise in song.
This event is being sponsored to
bring the Ribault and Raines
Community together to praise God
to give both schools an' opportunity
to fellowship and strengthen com-
munity relations. The community,
faculty, students, parents, friends
and all graduating classes of both
schools are invited.
Advance purchase tickets will
be available at St. Benedict's Oct.
23"', 30th & Nov. 61' before and
after 8 a.m. Mass; and at the
Cathedral before/after all Masses
on October 30h.
If you would like to donate
food, beverages or your time,
please call (904) 794-5609.
Southside COGIC to
Hold "Day of Fun"
The Southside Church of God in
Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson
Street, will present a "Southside
Community Festival"- a day of fun
activities, Saturday, October 29th.
This fun day will begin at 8 a.m.
There will be games, entertainment,
food, crafts, vendors and much
more. Everyone is welcome.
Northslde Church of
51s Anniversary &
The growth of the Northside
Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B,
can be likened to a tree planted in
rich fertile soil with good
nourishment and water. This type o
preparation and groundwork can
only bring forth new roots, and
produce good fruit. "A New
Beginning" speaks to keeping
salvation real; by sticking to basic
spiritual roots, staying grounded,
and being nourished in the WORD,
thereby producing new seeds and
spreading the gospel.
The celebration opens with a
FREE FISH FRY from 12 noon to
5 p.m., on Saturday, November 5th,
on the church grounds. Numerous
activities include a mega slide, fun
house, jumping games and honey
An exciting WEEK LONG
REVIVAL, November 6-10th will
begin nightly at 7 p.m. Two young
powerful and energized gospel
speakers: Samuell Pounds, Rock-
ford, Ill., and Orpheus Heyward, of
Atlanta, Ga., will deliver the Word.
These ministers are guaranteed to
strengthen the mature biblical
scholar, and cultivate new seeds for
An invigorating SONGEST will
be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
November 12th at the Prime Osborn
Homecoming Day, Sunday,
November 13th begins with the
Annual Breakfast Program, 7 a.m.;
Two Worship Services will be held
at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The
Homecoming Dinner at 12:45 p.m.
The Homecoming Program will
commence at 2:45 p.m. and the day
of celebration concludes with
Group Singing at 4:30 p.m.
Christ to Celebrate
Churches, their congregations
and the public are invited.
Hope Chapel to Host
2-Day 8th Annual
Pastor, Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes
founder of Hope Chapel Christian
Assembly, will host it's 8h Annual
Family conference, titled "Charting
The Course for Sexual Standards...
God's Way". The conference will
be held Friday and Saturday,
October 28-29t' 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
or call (904)924-2000 or 764-2193.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.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.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
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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"
JOIN US FOR OUR SERVICES
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV- Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)
Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
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GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastorx-T.-andcioxA L. WHrillimams fSLr., D. M]Wln
1880 WeI tEdgewood A.venue Jacksonville, Florida. 32208
"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-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
**FREE TUTORING IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HISTORY & MATH*
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Viuit iur web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com
LISTEN FOR OUR RADIO BROADCAST EACH SUNDA Y 2-3 PM ON WCGL 1360 AM
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Special Healing Service
Monday, Oct. 31st @ 6 p.m.
*Everything is FREE*
Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins
10:45 AM Service Interpreted for the Deaf
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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To Celebrate 201
Church & Pastors
Anniversary Nov. 13
Dr. R. J. Cameron
Pastor George Harvey Jr. has
diligently labored, through Christ's
empowerment, at the Mt. Charity
Missionary Baptist Church, 1417
North Laura Street, for the past
twenty years. On Sunday, Novem-
ber 13, 2005, the community is
invited to join Mt. Charity at 11
a.m. and 5 p.m., to worship Christ
for His blessings upon this Pastor
and Church, in the heart of the city,
for these past twenty years.
Pastor Harvey and Mt. Charity
is recognized highly throughout the
community for it's consistent
preaching and teaching ministries,
and various community outreaches.
The guest speaker for both
services will be Dr. R. J. Cameron,
pastor of the Mt. Carmel Orthodox
Presbyterian Church, in Somerset,
New Jersey. In addition to serving
as pastor of Mt. Carmel, Dr.
Cameron is also a professor at the
New York School of the Bible.
Join us to hear him preach the
Word of God, as we celebrate
Christ for the great things he has
done. Everyone is welcome.
Ribault Class '83
& Raines to Hold
The Ribault Class of 1983
invites the public to attend a
Worship and Praise Service at the
Ribault and Raines Community
Worship Service at 8 a.m. on
Sunday, November 6, 2005, in the
Ribault Senior High School Audi-
This event is being sponsored to
bring the Ribault and Raines
Community together to praise God
to give both schools an opportunity
to fellowship and strengthen com-
munity relations. The community,
faculty, students, parents, friends
and all graduating classes of both
schools are invited.
JACKSONVILLE Saint Andrew
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 125 South 9h Street,
Jacksonville Beach.Dr. William J.
Simmons, Pastor; will celebrate
"100 Years of Kingdom Building"
Monday Wednesday, October 24-
26, 2005, at 7 p.m., nightly.
Former Pastors of St. Andrew
AME will be honored at these
services, they are: Rev. John W.
Jones Jr., Monday; Rev. Eugene
Mobley Sr., Tuesday; and Rev.
Amos V. Rose, Wednesday night.
The Gala Centennial Banquet
will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday,
October 28th at the Jacksonville
Beaches Women's Club, 1315
Second Ave. North.
The public is invited to join this
very significant celebration. For
banquet tickets and reservations,
please contact Sis. Peggy Rice
St. Andres AME Church
"The Hill" tucked in the
sabal palmetto thickets of Pablo
Beach, was where African Ameri-
cans lived at the time that the St.
Andrew AME Church was found-
ed. Mother Rhoda Martin saw the
need for an AME Church in the
Wise in years, though small in
stature, Mother martin established
the church in her kitchen, along
with family members and concern-
ed Christians, on November 17,
1905. A wooden structure was
constructed at the corer of Shetter
and 7th Streets. She remained active
in the church until the age of 116.
The church was remodeled in
1929, the Bishop was the Right
Reverend John Hurst, Rev. S. C.
Baker was the Presiding Elder and
Rev. W. B. Coffey was Pastor; the
original stewards were: F. L.
Williams, D. Moore, J. Terrell, W.
Caine, and H. Jackson Jr.
Seeing the need for expansion,
the church building was moved to
its present location on September
12, 1949. An educational building
was constructed in 1960. Ground
was broken for a new church
December 16, 1979, Rev. Eugene
Mobley provided the leadership
and workmanship to inspire the
members and people in the com-
munity to aid in the construction.
Presiding Prelate of the 11 th
Episcopal District, Bishop S. S.
Plan your Summer Vai
Clara While Mission a
Have you been longing to take
that cruise you've always wanted to
enjoy? There's an opportunity that
you do not want to miss. You can
enjoy a wonderful 4-day cruise to
the Bahamas, and support the Clara
White Mission, at the same time.
The cruise is set for August 17,
2006, leaving Jacksonville, touring
Freeport and Nassau, and returning
Morris, dedicated the new church
on February 15, 1981.
Rev. Eugene Mobley retired in
1982, at the 107'h session of the
East Florida Annual Conference at
Mount Olive AME Church. His
ardent work was heralded and he
was acclaimed as a great "church
The "mortgage burning" of the
new church was held on November
23, 1985, Bishop Philip R. Cousin,
Presiding Prelate, and at the time,
President of the National Council
of Churches, presided.
The Reverend William J.
Simmons has served as Pastor since
Previous Pastors who have
served at St. Andrew are: Rev.
Coffey, Rev. J. W. Burroughs, Rev.
B. F. Ross, Rev. J. A. Waler, Rev.
Ivey, Rev. J. W. Jones, Rev. E. H.
Hartley, Rev. G. W. Smith, Rev. E.
P. Epps, Rev. Z. L. Tyrus, Rev.
William Robinson. Rev. Charles
Robinson, Rev. W. D. Young, Rev.
George Young, Rev. W. A.
Saunders, Rev. Eugene Mobley,
Rev. Leroy Sneed Jr., Rev. Amos
R. Rose, Rev. Eugene Williams,
Rev. Fharis Gibson, and Rev.
Granville Reed III.
Enjoy Community Fun
Day in Fernandina
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, Fernandina Beach; inviting
all to enjoy a Community Family
Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, November 12th, Central
Park on Atlantic Ave.. Fernandina
Beach, between 11t and 13th St.
Activities will include Fun
House Castles, Kids Train Rides,
Face Painting, Super Sliders, Horse
Shoes, Volleyball, Checkers, and
much more. Free Fndrl for all!
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. '
cation, Support the
nd Enjoy a Cruise!
to Jacksonville. Entertainment will
include a Fashion Show, Talent
Show, Old School Jams, and
workshops on Financial Planning
For more information, please
call Merle Wright or Sherlene
Perry at the Clara White Mission
(904) 354-4162, or visit website:
Nona Hendryx Prodege
12-Year Old Gospel Rising Star Set for
New CD Release and Bobby Jones Show
The Rhythm & Spirit Division of Rhythmbank
Entertainment released young Najiyah's first single
"Watchin' Over Me," was released in June, and from
the airplay received, Najiyah was kept busy during her
summer break from school, most notably at the kick-off
of Bishop T. D. Jakes Megafest in August in Atlanta.
While there she also appeared on several television -
shows, including Fox TV's "Good Day in Atlanta."
Najiyah sang at several events during the Annual
Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) held
this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin including, the Youth
Showcase, the Chairman's Choice Concert, the Gospel
Announcer's Guild Spotlight, and a special presentation
before the Women's Chorus.
Earlier in the summer, she gave a stunning
performance in the "Tribute to Luther Vandross" at
the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where ,"
she received a standing ovation and was saluted by the
other outstanding celebrities appearing at the event
including, Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, Cissy Houston,
Freddie Jackson, Erykah Badu, Meli'sa Morgan, Vivian
Green and members of Luther Vandross' family.
The New York News wrote, "As 12-year-old gospel Najiyah b
singer Najiyah, the pint-size sixth grader, with a big- began to talk
time voice, belted out "His Eyes Are on the Sparrow", making appeal
the crowd bolted to their feet, clapping, singing and Theater. Whc
swaying to the music." was making
Najiyah also joined Bobby Jones for his annual productions li
Gospel Retreat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she Her debut
performed on the youth and hip hop day; at the Edwin vocals on ico'
Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar; and shared the Jesus" and "I
spotlight with the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin some contemj
during the 22nd Annual McDonald's Gospel Fest held The Storm" th
this year in New York City's Madison Square Garden. "Dreamgirls"
In 2003, Najiyah's phenomenal voice caught the the album's ti
attention of legendary soul/rocker Nona Hendryx, who Darius Brook:
knew right away that the Harlem schoolgirl was "It's Just 1
something special. In 2004, when she and partner so check wi
Bobby Banks founded Rhythmbank Entertainment, an connected wit
independent record label, they signed Najiyah as their
Hollybrook Homes to Sponsor
Thanksgiving Feast for Hurricane Victims
Hollybrook Homes Inc. through
its Neighborhood Networks of
Community Partners has provided
housing and other social needs to
families displaced by Hurricane
Katrina. Hollybrook is now seek-
ing help from the community to
continue their support and bridge
gaps between the Katrina survivors
and the community at large.
Hollybrook Homes through the
Neighborhood Networks initiative,
Project HELPS, and other church
and community .groups; a Thanks-
giving Feast will be given to honor
Hurricane Katrina's displaced
families in Jacksonville. l
Thanksgiving Feast will be held
the Radisson Riverwalk Hot
1515 Prudential Drive, on Thu
day, November 17, 2005.
musical prelude will begin at 5:
p.m. The program will start at 6:3
Monetary contributions shot
be made payable to: Hollybro
Homes Inc. "Theme" Celebrati
Family-It Takes a Village, bef(
November 4, 2005.
For more information, plea
call .(904)894-1089, 381-0178
Richard Burton, chair, 786-7883.
Greater El Beth-El Divine Holiness to
Present Successful Role Model Banquet
The officers, board and
members of The Greater El Bethel-
El Divine Holiness Church will
hold its annual Successful Role
Model Banquet at 7 p.m., ,on
Friday, November 11, 2005, at
Shands Place, formerly Methodist
Plaza. The public is invited.
Each year, since 1980, members
of the community have been
honored for outstanding leadership
and achievement. The Jackson-
Sville Transportation Authority
(JTA) Executive Director Michael
Blaylock, will be the guest speaker.
Pianist/Organist needed for
agenda, including rehearsal
be familiar with Old Time (
well as Cantata and Conce
please call (904) 764-9257.
Tables of ten are available
well as individual tickets. For t
reservations, please call 710-1:
358-8932, 359-0661or 355-866
In celebration of this 25th an
banquet, Bishop Dr. Lorenzo I
Pastor/Chairman, and Council
man Pat Lockett Felder,
Chairperson; are seeking spon
ships so that young people from
Police Athletic League (PAL),
Boys and Girls Club of Jack!
ville, and Sickle Cell Ane
Patients, will be able to atti
Church with full musical
Is. Must read music, and
Gospel, Modern Gospel, as
ert program. If qualified,
egan singing about the same time she
Sand by the time she was six, she was
irances on the stage of the famed Apollo
en she was nine she needed an ajent and
the rounds of auditions for Broadway
ke "The Lion King" and "Hairspray."
album "It's Just Me", features her soaring
nic gospel tunes such as "Oh How I love
His Eye Is On the Sparrow": as well as .
porary gospel like the powerful "Through
hat she recorded with Jennifer Holliday, of
fame; Donnie McClurkin's "Stand" and
tie song, "Its Ok, It's Just Me," written by
Me" was released Tuesday (October 25th),
th your favorite record store and get
h Najiyah, spiritually.
The Christian Women's Club of
ne Mandarin will meet 12noon to 1.
at on Tuesday, November I ', at the
:el, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road
rs- The speaker will be Nancy
A Anderson of Apopka, Fla. She will
30 relate her experience of "learning
30. to forgive and waiting with an open
uld heart, "Changing Woes into
ng Also, Jennifer Humphrey will
ore display custom designed and mono-
grammed gifts, totes, bags and
or ... Please e-iail-ol l.cal Ciih r i.9'04)
287-6814 or caliredchar@hotmail
.coin to reserve your space. A free
nursery is available by request
when making your reservation.
Holsey Temple CME
as Annual Harvest Day
able Holsey Temple CME Church,
586, 3484 West 1st Street, Rev. Lizzie
7. Simmons, Pastor; invites all to the
nual celebration of "Harvest Day" at
lall, 11:a.m. Worship Service on
wo- Sunday, October 30, 2005.
Co- The Rev. James Graham will be
sor- the guest speaker for the occasion.
the Come, let us rejoice in the Lord.
Church, Social and Community
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With the hustle and bustle of the holi-
days, it can feel like days, even weeks, go
by without sitting down to dinner with
your family. Entice them back to the table
this holiday season, with a meal that is ele- .
gant enough to serve to company, but sim-
pie enough to prepare for the family on a
These delicious recipes look and taste
like you've been in the kitchen for hours,
but don't worry, we won't tell your secret.
They're created by using versatile pantry
staples including pouches of 100% Idaho
mashed potatoes (so you don't have to
spend time peeling), and a frozen asset
you '1 always want keep on hand grain-fed, well-mar-
bled, tender Midwestern beef With these items, you can
make almost any night "secretly simple."
Everyone loves appetizers that feel like party food -
these savory mushroom caps are perfect to pass around
as the meal is cooking. Or, for those really chilly nights,
serve creamy roasted garlic potato soup. Your family
will surely ohh and ahh as you present them with the
main course of sizzling hot filet mignons, drizzled with
wine sauce and served with festive green beans and the
classic companion to a steak buttery mashed potatoes.
After dinner, wow the kids with a moist chocolate cake.
With all of these quick and tasty recipes, you might
actually need to remind everyone to save room for
Filet Mignon With
Cabernet Potato Butter
6 (7-ounce) Omaha Steaks Filet
2 teaspoons plus 1 pound unsalt-
ed butter, divided
1/4 cup finely minced shallots
3 cups Cabernet Sauvignon (about
one 750ml bottle)
1/2 cup dry Idahoan Buttery
Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1. In small stainless steel
saucepan, place 2 teaspoons butter
and shallots. Saute briefly, until
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon sea salt
1. In boiling water with pinch of
baking soda, cook green beans to
2. Drain beans, then toss with but-
ter, red pepper, lemon juice, lemon
zest and sea salt. Serve immediate-
ly. Yield: 6 servings
Potato Chocolate Cake
1 cup margarine or shortening
2 cups sugar
3 squares chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold, prepared Idahoan
12 large or 18
or olive oil
shallots are transparent.
2. Add wine.
3. Over high heat, reduce liquid by
half (cooking about 10 minutes).
4. Reduce heat to low and stir in
dry mashed potatoes. Cook and stir
5. Cut 1 pound butter into 1/2-
6. Over low heat, add butter cubes
to sauce 1 at a time while continu-
ally whisking. If sauce gets too hot
and starts to get thin or separate,
add more butter cubes to cool it
down. If sauce starts to cool down
and get thick, let it heat up before
adding another cube. Keep between
7. Season with salt.
8. Serve immediately over grilled
steaks or hold at 1000-1200F in
double boiler. Complete the meal
with Green Beans With Butter and
Lemon (recipe below) plus pre-
pared Idahoan mashed potatoes
using remainder of the pouch for
the sauce, with one additional
pouch. Yield: 6 servings
Green Beans With Butter
Pinch of baking soda
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans,
1/4 pound butter
1/2 cup diced (3/8 inch) red pep-
Original Mashed Potatoes
2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tub chocolate frosting
1. Preheat oven to 3750F.
2. Cream together margarine or
shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs
one at a time.
3. Stir in melted chocolate and
vanilla. Add mashed potatoes and
4. Combine flour, baking soda and
salt. Add this sifted, dry mix alter-
nately to batter with buttermilk.
Blend well with each addition.
5. Grease and flour baking pans.
Distribute batter evenly between
three 9-inch layer pans. Bake 20
6. Frost with favorite chocolate
frosting. Garnish as desired.
Variation: For Chocolale Spice
Cake, add I teaspoon each cinna-
mon and allspice to sifted dry mix.
One cup raisins or nuts also may he
Yield: 12 servings
Four Cheese Potato-Stuffed
1 (4-ounce) pouch Idahoan Four
Cheese Mashed Potatoes
1. Preheat oven
: stems from
chop stems and
scoop out center
of each mush-
room cap with
5. Melt butter in 10-inch skillet
over medium heat. Add chopped
mushroom stems and cook 3 min-
utes or until tender. Remove from
heat and stir in mashed potatoes, 2
tablespoons chives and salt.
6. Fill each mushroom cap with
potato mixture, mounding slightly.
Bake 10 minutes or until potatoes
are lightly golden. Sprinkle mush-
rooms with remaining 1 tablespoon
chives. Yield: 12 appetizer servings
Roasted Garlic Potato Soup
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 large leeks, sliced
2 (13 3/4-ounce) cans vegetable or
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
I (4-ounce) pouch Idahoan
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes,
1. Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan
over medium heat. Add sliced leeks
and cook 5 minutes or until tender,
2. Add broth and pepper. Heat to
boiling. Stir in dry mashed potatoes
until mixture has thickened.
Yield: 6 servings
For more recipes and usage sug-
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SJANET'S LONG RUMORED SECRET
CHILD FINALLY CONFIRMED:
James DeBarge's brother spills beans during interview.
After 18 long years, the
existence of Janet Jackson's
child with former husband
S. DeBarge has finally been val-
idated. James' younger broth-
l er, Young DeBarge, revealed
on New York's WQHT-FM
that Janet and James have a
daughter named Renee who is
"James and the Jackson family kept everything real
close, real tight," said Young. "No one really knew how
it was working out until things kind of surfaced."
DeBarge and Jackson eloped in 1984 when Jackson
was 18-years-old. The marriage was annulled the fol-
lowing year, largely due to DeBarge's drug habit. In the
years that followed, rumors began surfacing that
Jackson and DeBarge had a baby who was given to
Janet's older sister Rebbie to raise.
Young said that Renee still lives with Rebbie. He
claims the situation has caused the relationship
between the sisters to be somewhat strained.
He said: "I think there's a little despondence. She has-
n't really revealed that, but I'm sure that there's some
feelings there. It's only natural that you wonder about
what is and how it's come to be that way."
Jackson's rep Patti Webster did not deny the claims
when contacted by media outlets, but said the singer
had no comment.
IS NEW NBA DRESS CODE RACIST?
Indiana Pacers player Stephen Jackson thinks so.
Showing up to Tuesday's home exhibition game
wearing every single chain he owns, Indiana Pacers
guard Stephen Jackson spoke out against the new
"business casual" dress code recently announced by the
National Basketball Association.
According to the new rules, which take effect when
the regular season tips off on Nov. 1, players will no
longer be able to wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, sun-
glasses while indoors, headphones during team or
league business or chains worn over clothing.
"I think it's a racist statement because a lot of the guys
who are wearing chains are my age and are black," said
Jackson before the Pacers' game against San Antonio.
"I wore all my jewelry today to let it be known that I'm
upset with it. I know a lot of guys on my team are upset
and I have no problem speaking up on it."
The new policy also requires players on the bench who
are not in uniform to wear sport jackets, shoes and
JAZZ GREAT SHIRLEY HORN DIES
Shirley Horn, the great jazz
vocalist and pianist and one of
the last links to the Miles Davis
era, has died at age 71.
The Grammy-winning song-
bird, whose vocal phrasing,
song selection and piano
prowess influenced the likes of
Norah Jones and Diana Krall,
succumbed last week to compli-
cations of diabetes in her home-
town of Washington, D.C.
She won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance
in 1998 for her tribute to Davis, I Remember Miles.
Among many other accolades, she was an inductee into
the Jazz Hall of Fame, was feted at Lincoln Center and
Kennedy Center and, in 2004, was named a jazz mas-
ter by the National Endowment for the Arts, the orga-
nization's top honor for a jazz musician.
FOXX THINKS FANTASIA PERFECT
DREAM Actor lobbiesfor singer to be cast.
"I think if Fantasia does it, it's outta here," Jamie Foxx
says, mulling the prospect of the "American Idol" win-
ner portraying the role of Effie White in the upcoming
film adaptation of "Dreamgirls."
Following his Academy Award win for "Ray," Foxx
admits that he was reluctant to do the small film when
first offered the part. But things changed once he found
out that Eddie Murphy and Beyonce would be in it.
Foxx finally signed on several weeks ago to play
Curtis Taylor Jr., the manager who leads a female
singing group, The Dreamettes, to fame and fortune.
Loosely based on the story of Diana Ross and the
Supremes, Beyonce will play Deena Jones, the Ross-
esque lead singer who eventually leaves the group to
And if Foxx had anything to say about it, Fantasia
Barrino would round out the cast as Effie, the role
made famous on Broadway by Jennifer Holiday.
"If Fantasia does the movie it's completely in the strat-
osphere. It's nuts," Foxx told reporters.
I'm Just A DJ But It Makes Sense To Me
Who can reach eight million lis-
teners in a single broadcast, pack
an auditorium two hours before
dawn with 2,000 to 3,000
fans (who have to bring a
voter-registration card), and
meanwhile raise $25 mil-
lion for Historically Black
Colleges and Universities?
Tom Joyner, the Fly Jock -
the one, the only, "hardest
working man in radio" A4
that's who. And if you don't
know who he is, you'd bet- 0
ter read his story, I'm Just A
DJ But ...It Makes Sense
To Me. This 56-year-old "L
wields far more power than
nearly any other black man
in the industry. More than a
memoir, I'm Just A DJ
But...takes us along on
Joyner's life story through a
series of anecdotes some
hilarious many serious and
poignant. He adroitly mixes all of
them with his straight-ahead,
staunch work ethic to yield an
engaging, page0turner that enter-
tains and informs.
"Expect to get paid when what
you know how to do is something
that is needed," he advises early on.
Readers who have even the slight-
est bit of secret entrepreneur lurk-
ing in their souls will choose I'm
Just A DJ But... as a daily compan-
ion; dreamers will to, because
Joyner's the textbook definition of
a mega successful entrepreneur
who was a dreamer when he was
young. But he's a realist as well.
His narrative explains how all the
while he was sweating for his for-
tune and fame; he really studied
himself, professionally and person-
ally, figuring out his weaknesses
and strengths. One of his most
heartfelt lessons is not to give up,
and he opines "The best hitters on
any team are the ones who have the
Tom Joyner makes it clear that
he's having a good run and a good
time and has enjoyed his steady
ascent to the top of urban radio. He
does, however, have some regrets.
One in particular that he recounts is
an interview he refused to do. Years
ago ne naa oooKea a ngnt snow ana
refused to squeeze in an up-and-
coming singer, even though the
young woman's representative had
vowed the new singer was going to
be the hottest thing out there.'"
He admits that passing up this
interview with Whitney Houston
was one of the biggest mistakes in
It's obvious that Joyner
has a deep abiding love for
the black community. You
can see it in his hard-push-
ing national voter-registra-
tion drives and the nonprof-
it foundation he strated in
1997 to help African-
American students gain an
education at Historically
Black Colleges and
Universities. But his advice
and inspirational story hold
great appeal for everyone,
like this chapter subhead:
"'When you find a cause, a
mission, a project you're
willing to see through to the
end that isn't motivated by
money, you'll get a feeling
far better than anything any
material possession can bring
you.'" I'm Just A DJ But...shows
how Tom Joyner has been there,
done that and having a fine, fun
time. It's a story for everybody to
The Box Office Can Tell What The Rock is Cooking
U.S. actor and former wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson poses
during a photocall for his latest movie 'Doom'. The movie helped cut
the gloom at the North American box office last weekend, with the
movie based on a cult video game snatching top spot in the weekly
ranking, final figures showed. In the inset is the actor and his wife
Dany, arriving in Hollywood for the film's premiere.
Former Professional Athletes
Catching Reality Show Fever
*"Pros vs. Joes," a new reality
show debuting in April on Spike
TV, will feature professional ath-
letes such as Jerry Rice, Karl
Malone and Bo Jackson competing
against regular folk in various com-
petitions ranging from football to
"When I was a Joe, I always want-
ed that opportunity. I know the
(contestants) will be thinking, 'If
only I got the break,"' said Rice,
who spent most of his 20-year
career as a wide receiver for the San
Francisco 49ers. "I'm sure there's
going to be a lot of trash-talking, a
lot of excitement."
The one-hour episodes will
stretch across 10 weeks and feature
19 former pro athletes in total,
including football's Hershel
Walker, Tony Dorsett, Randall
Cunningham and Jim McMahon;
basketball's Dominique Wilkins,
Clyde Drexler, Muggsy Bogues and
Xavier McDaniel; soccer's Brandi
Chastainand Alexi Lalas;
Olympians Jennie Finch, Dan
O'Brien, Gary Hall Jr. and Misty
May; baseball's Dave Stewart; and
The Joes, who are still being
selected, will compete for season
tickets for their favorite teams,
with the eventual champion earning
an elaborate fantasy sports prize
package. The cameras also will fol-
low the Pros in their preparations
for events in the locker room and
Aretha Franklin Throws
Party for Hurricane Evacuees
Aretha Franklin chats with nine-year-old Michael Barconey during a
party she threw for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Aretha
Franklin threw a party last week
for dozens of people displaced by
Hurricane Katrina, sharing soul
food and memories of New Orleans
with refugees at a hotel in suburban
About 40 people from the Gulf
Coast are making their home at a
hotel in Southfield. Franklin, who
lives in nearby Bloomfield Hills,
said she wanted to do her part to
help by hosting the event.
"It's the right thing to do," said
Franklin, who was planning another
dinner at the hotel for Saturday
night. "Hopefully some of the other
performers in town will follow suit"
Before dinner, the Motown legend
talked with some of the refugees,
posed for snapshots and sang a song
titled Jesus is Waiting to help wel-
The Queen of Soul said her first
visit to New Orleans was in 1962.
She fondly remembered watching
Mardi Gras celebrations, shopping
and eating many good meals there
in the years that followed.
The visit from Franklin was a
thrill for Antonia Washington, 50,
who is among those staying at the
"Her appearance meant so much,"
Washington said. "I never thought I
would be here to see her" .
SOctober 27 November 2, 2005
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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.
On Saturday, October 29, 2005
from 8:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. there
will be a masquerade & costume
party at The Place next to Carl's
Main St. Restaurant. The price of
admission is $15 per person. It will
include Old & New School Soul /
RB, a mini buffett of treats and
prizes for the most creative & best
costumes. RSVP to Carl Gamble
598-1255 or Nola Lester 751-2304
or email Nola at lestemkay@bell-
Share in Ramadan
During the month of Ramadan
(Oct 5-Nov 4) Muslims fast each
day from dawn to dusk by refrain-
ing from any kind of food or drink.
Your American-Muslim neighbors
invite teh Jacksonvile community
to jointhem for an fast-breaking
(iftar) feast on Sunday, October
30, 2005; 5:15 p.m. at the Islamic
Center of Northeast Florida; 2333
St. John's Bluff Road. For more
information, Mr. Ahmed at call
A wide sampling of international
art, food, film, music, and dance
will highlight the Sixth Annual
International Festival at Florida
Community College's Downtown
Campus Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Featured
events include an international
fashion show, African and flamenco
dance and live music, ranging from
gospel to Spanish song. All events
are free and open to the public.
Downtown Campus is located at
101 W. State St. For more informa-
tion call 904 633-5895 or e-mail to
receive a complete schedule
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service will present three holiday
classes. The next program 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.
Fashion Fantasy 2005
The Lasting Impression Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will present
Fashion Fantasy 2005, an Annual
Scholarship Fashion Show &
Vendor Market Place at The Ritz
Theatre & Lavilla Museum on
Saturday, November 5th starting at
6 p.m. For more information call:
904-714-3537 or visit lifemodel-
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, the longest
running spoken word poetry event
in Northeast Florida, is held every
first and third Saturday of the
month at 7:30 p.m. at Boomtown
Theatre and Restaurant at The Park
Building #140 Monre Street (down-
stairs) across from Hemming
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hop and R&B by guest DJs and
nationally known spoken word
artists. The next show will be on
Saturday November 5th from 7:30
p.m. 12 a.m.
Old Fashion Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund is
sponsoring an old fashioned fish fry
to benefit the Rhoda Martin
Cultural Heritage Museum. The Fry
will be on November 5th from 11
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holy
Church of Living God Revival
Center, 1700 Francis Avenue,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. Dinners
will include fish, baked beans, salad
and bread. For more information or
directions, please call 241-6923.
The rich legacy of Jacksonville
native and acclaimed songwriter
Charlie "Hoss" Singleton will be
celebrated atthe Sixth Annual
Durkeeville Music Festival. Many
of Singleton's songs went on to be
number one hits for artists such as
Franks Sinatra, Ruth Brown, Ella
Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley and the
Beatles. Emceed by the visionaries
son, Warner Singleton, the evening
will be full of food, fun, dancing
and fellowship. Festivities will be
held on Saturday, November 5th
beginning at 7 p.m. at the Scottish
Rites Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street.
For more information, contact Ms.
Willie Green at 353-8897.
Money Smart, a Passport To
Financial Freedom workshop, will
begin Monday, Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m., at
the Duval County Extension
Education Center, 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. The course will continue on
Monday evenings through Dec. 5.
There is no charge and a certificate
of completion is awarded to those
attending. The series is designed to
give the latest information on finan-
cial planning, saving, and credit.
This program is free and open to
the public. Registration is request-
The Duval County Extension
Service will present their Fall
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Hydroponics classes on Tuesday,
November 8th, 2005 from 6:00 -
7:00 PM at the West Regional
Library, 1425 Chaffee Rd S. Call
387-8850 to pre-register.
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP will host their 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner on
Thursday, November 10th at 7
p.m. The speaker for the event will
be Alethia Bonello, NAACP
Southeastern Regional Youth
Director. Tickets and information
for the dinner are available at 764-
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 Street at the corer of
LaSalle and Hendricks Ave on
November 10th. The meeting will
be held from 6:30 8 p.m.. If you
are interested in joining NSBE-JAE
contact email@example.com. or
904-412-2010. All are welcome to
Raines Class of 1981
25 Year Reunion
The William Raines Class of
1981 will have their 25 year reunion
with a 5 night cruise on November
11, 2006 aboard the Carnival
Imagination. Destinations include
the Grand Cayman Islands and
Ocho Rios Jamaica. For more
information, please call Cecilia
Dorsey at 766-8784.
Communities In Schools of
Jacksonville, Inc. (CIS) is hosting
their first Annual "Academy of
Friends" gala, celebrating 15 years
of service and success in
Jacksonville. The event will be held
on Friday, Nov. 11th at 6:30 p.m.at
WJCT Studios. This event is
designed to recognize individuals
and partners who have been essen-
tial to the development and growth
of Communities In Schools of
Jacksonville and will feature a
silent and live auction. For reserva-
tions contact the CIS office at 904)
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will hold its
monthly meeting at its library/head-
quarters, 6215 Sauterne Dr.,
Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday,
November 12, 2005, 10 A.M. The
speaker will be Don Berry, his
topic: "The First Real Thanksgiving
in America the Huguenots at Fort
Caroline." This will also be the
annual business meeting with elec-
tion of officers. All are welcome.
See http://sgesjax.tripod.com or
call 904-778-1000 for information.
PRIDE will be celebrating their
12th Anniversary on Saturday,
November 12, 2005 at 6:30 at Mill
Cove Golf Club. The book for dis-
cussion, with the author, will be -
BLACK RADIO....Winner Takes
All; America's 1st Black DJ's by
Marsha Washington Geroge. The
cost of the anniversary celebration
which includes dinner is $30.
Checks should be made payable to
PRIDE and mailed to 2968
Herschel Street, Jacksonville, Fl.
32205 by November 2, 2005.
God's Purpose, an up and coming
gospel ministry (singing, dancing
and spoken word) is kicking off
their southeast college tour at the
Robinson Theatre of the University
of North Florida. College students
and teenagers across the city are
uniting to lift the name of Jesus
through the arts. Admission is free.
The concert will be held on
Saturday, November 12th starting
at 7 p.m. For more info, visit
www.godspurpose.net or call
Tameka Johnson at 904-613-8782.
An Evening with
The University of North Florida
will confer an honorary Doctorate
of Humane Letters degree to
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop
Emeritus of Cape Town, at 7 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Fine
Arts Center, Lazzara Performance
Hall, on the UNF campus. Prior to
the conferment, there will be a con-
versational question and answer
session between the Nobel Peace
Prize winner and UNF President
John A. Delaney. This event is free
and open to the public. Tickets are
limited. Tickets for this free event
can be ordered online at
Roz Peanut Show
The Auntie Roz Peanut Show, a
theatrical production for kids, will
be performed November
14,15,17,18,21,22, 2005 at 9:45
a.m. and 3:45 p.m. The show will
be performed at Edward Waters
College Milne Auditorium, 1658
Kings Road and features early liter-
acy skills, health, nutrition, charac-
ter building and music appreciation.
For tickets or more information,
call 713 0885 or visit
Free Lecture Dance
Lori Belilove & Company, the
resident troupe of the Isadora
Duncan Dance Foundation, will
perform legendary solos and group
works from the Duncan repertory
revealing the life and unique
artistry of Isadora, the spirited icon
of American freedom for women. It
will be presented free at noon on
Wednesday, November 16th at the
UNF Fine Arts Center's Lazzara
Performance Hall. The program is
free and participants are encour-
aged to bring their lunch (we will
provide refreshments) and enjoy the
show. Please RSVP due to limited
seating to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Buddy Guy in Concert
Five-Time Grammy winner
Buddy Guy will be in concert
Thursday, November 17 at 8 PM.
Buddy Guy is one of the greatest
living exponent of classic Chicago
electric blues. In the course of a 45-
year professional career, he has sold
over two million albums; earned
five Grammy Awards; and won
nineteen W.C. Handy Blues Awards
more than any other single artist.
The performance will be held a the
Florida Theater. For more informa-
tion and/or tickets call 355-3309.
Jacksonville Fashion Fusion, will
take place on Friday, November 25
th 8:00 p.m. at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel featuring high
fashion and urban designers by
Jacksonville native's UNTITLED,
Inc (as previously seen at FAMU
Homecoming). Untitled, Inc.
includes men and women's attire for
all ages. For more information call)
626-2818, 707-5337 or email
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
brings the Gospel song play "Black
Nativity", written by celebrated
African-American writer Langston
Hughes, to Jacksonville as a holi-
day special December 2-11, 2005
(weekends only). The "Black
Nativity" uses rousing Gospel
music and the poetry of Hughes to
tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
The Nativity will be shown Fridays
at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00
p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and on Sundays
at 3:00 p.m. in the Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus, 4501 Capper Road. Call
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7373 for
tickets or more information.
Visit the Riverside Avondale
Historic District on Sunday,
December 18th, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the 21st
Christmas Luminaria. Visible to the
eyes will be over 36,000 luminaria
candles, a live nativity with real
animals and Christmas presenta-
tions by area churches. Drive, walk,
bicycle, or rollerblade through the
free event. For more information
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SIDS Is Still An African-American Problem
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS) is a mysterious but deadly
condition that kills healthy infants
without warning or without symp-
toms. Although the number of SIDS
deaths in the U.S. has been cut in
half in the past few years, African-
American babies are twice as likely
to die from SIDS as white babies.
Doctors do not know the cause of
SIDS, which is also referred to as
"crib death." SIDS is diagnosed
after death, after every other cause
of death has been ruled out through
an autopsy. It occurs in infants 1
year and under, particularly at risk
are babies between 2 and 4
months old. Also, SIDS deaths
are more frequent during cold
This syndrome is the third
S leading cause of U.S. infant
mortality, behind congenital
abnormalities and complica-
tions from low birth weight.
More important, two of the top
three causes of infant death
(SIDS and low birth weight)
are highly preventable.
The good news is that with the
help of health care professionals,
there is much that parents, siblings
and other caretakers of black
infants can do to lower the chances
of SIDS striking.
The fact that there is no known
cause of SIDS makes it all the more
frightening, but the medical com-
munity has identified tangible risk
factors associated with SIDS. When
it comes to the increased suscepti-
ability of AfricanAmerican infants,
doctors see environmental factors
as the culprit.
Garth Graham, M.D., of the
Office of Minority Health at the
Department of Health and Human
Services, explains that "African-
American women are prone to
multi-factorial risks, which have to
do with socio-economic factors,
and how we interact with health
care systems -- including at what
point we seek prenatal care and
early care. SIDS is not attributed to
genetics per se. Environmental fac-
tors play a bigger role."
He stresses that education is cru-
cial. "The key thing is our knowl-
edge base in terms of SIDS risks.
SIDS is preventable. Parents and
caretakers should be aware of the
steps that need to be taken to pro-
tect babies from SIDS."
Graham cites the success of the
"Back to Sleep" public health initia-
tive in reducing the rate of SIDS in
the United States. Launched in
1994, the program promotes the
practice of putting infants to sleep
on their backs. Virtually all research
points to the fact babies who sleep
on their stomachs die of SIDS at a
much higher rate.
What is certain is that SIDS
deaths have dropped in the U.S.
since the launch of "Back to Sleep."
For the black community, education
about SIDS risks is the best weapon
for combatting it -- so let's talk
about what can be done.
What to Do -- or Not Do!
Always place your baby to sleep
on his or her back, even for naps.
- Do not smoke if you are pregnant,
and don't smoke around the baby
after you give birth. Don't allow
anyone else to smoke around your
- Choose a firm mattress for your
baby to sleep on.
- Remove all soft or fluffy covers
or materials from around the baby's
mouth and nose.
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Black Colleges Joining in Fight to Battle Obesity Problem
NORFOLK, Va. As students talk
over the thump of rapper Chingy's
"Right Thurr," Tina Carroll stands
in a comer of the university dining
Piled in front of her are sliced car-
rots, peas and steaming squash
chunks. Nearby, breaded chicken
patties fan out like meaty playing
cards, and french fries glisten in fat-
Carroll nibbles her manicured fin-
gerails, her eyes darting between
each selection. At 187 pounds well
above what's recommended for her
5-foot-2 frame the 22-year-old
graduate student knows decisions
she makes here could mean the dif-
ference between the bootylicious
body of her dreams or a lifetime of
Nationwide, health experts agree
the obesity epidemic is striking
hardest among Hispanics and
blacks, with waistlines and rates
of diabetes, high blood pressure and
stroke expanding at alarming
Predominantly black colleges like
Norfolk State University are step-
ping in, rolling out veggie-heavy
menus, building walking trails and
even launching campus-wide
weight loss contests. Their aim: to
curb the ballooning of black
America by targeting the next gen-
Similar weight-loss initiatives
have been started at five other his-
torically black colleges: Talladega
College in Alabama, Alcom State
University in Mississippi, Lincoln
University in Pennsylvania, South
Carolina State University and Wiley
College in Texas.
Their programs are supported
through federal grants distributed
by the National Association for
Equal Opportunity in Higher
Education, or NAFEO. Later, the
umbrella group will turn over data
on student weight trends to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services' minority health office for
review. Estimates are that nearly two-
NAFEO grew concerned last year thirds of Americans are overweight
after noticing national obesity or obese.
trends having a striking impact at Blacks, especially women, are car-
the 120 schools it represents. trying many of the pounds: A study
"Obesity, as we all know, is an by the Centers for Disease Control
epidemic across the country, partic- and Prevention found as many as
ularly affecting minorities," said 70.6 percent of black women across
NAFEO senior health adviser Julia various age groups qualified as
Anderson. "It's no secret." overweight or obese between 1999
And while few of the participating
black colleges keep hard data,
Alcom State human sciences chair-
man Ross Santell said it's easy to
see the weight problem is alive and
well on black campuses.
"Many, many, many students are
obese," said Santell, organizer of
his campus' weight-loss effort,
which includes passing out
pedometers. "If you look around
campus, you can see that clearly our
student body is overweight."
Officials at Wiley estimate nearly
25 percent of their students are
overweight, and at Lincoln
University 90 students and staffers
have already signed up to shed
pounds through their eight-week,
campus-wide fitness challenge.
At Norfolk State, campus health
experts will teach students how to
gauge their weight by calculating
their body-mass index and to chart
weight loss through shrinking jean
sizes rather than dreaded weigh-ins.
In dining halls, monthly theme
nights highlight new kinds of fruits
and vegetables, while "PHAT sta-
tions" across campus let students
check their blood pressure and heart
Officials know they are facing an
uphill battle. They're up against
decades of cultural tradition that
emphasize pig's feet, chitlins and
other soul food staples doctors say
just aren't healthy.
Combine that with a sense of
invincibility and you get students
picking fried chicken over veggie
Being away from home also com-
plicates things, said Lincoln
women's center director Michaile
"Once you come to college, you
can pretty much pick and choose
what type of food and when you
want to eat it," she said. "You can
order Domino's at 2 a.m. because
you're studying. That's a contribu-
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.. GET ONERE
Shells & Cheese
Dinner ................. 3 4.00
Or Rotini & Cheese or Deluxe Macaroni
& Cheese or Side Dishes, Assorted Varieties,
9.4 to 14-oz box (Limit three deals on
selected advertised varieties.)
SAVE UP TO 2.15 ON 3
Lay's BUY ONEFR
Potato Chips .......... GET ONE CREE
Assorted Varieties, 11 or 11.5-oz bag
(Excluding Light, Baked and Natural Lay's.)
(Limit two deals on selected
SAVE UP TO 2.99
Prices effective Thursday, October 27 through Wednesday, November 2, 2005.
Only in Duval, Leon, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, Flagler, Volusia and St. Johns Counties in Fla. Quantity Rights Reserved.
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