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Is the Dispute
Hooks Donates $56K to Create
NAACP National Literacy Program
Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive
Director emeritus, National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP), and his
wife. Frances, will donate $56,000 to
create a NAACP National Literac
g6 Program to encourage young chil-
dren to read.
Hooks, who led the N.AACP from 1977 to 1992. said he hopes the new
reading program will help close the education gap that currently exists
between African American and vhite students.
Hooks suggested that each year the NAACP should award a $1.000
grant to a student who resides in each of the seen NAA-CP regions.
Hooks said children might be encouraged to read a biography of a his-
torical African American figure and then write an essay about the hook.
Dr. John Jackson. N.LACP Chief Policy Officer, said: "When you look
at national assessment scores, the average mean score for white kinder-
garmers is 40. while the average mean score for black kindergartners is
34. When you consider that by 9th grade black students are, on average,
more than rxo grade levels behind in reading, it clearly validates the need
for this Association to continue its advocacy and programmatic focus on
First Prominent Black Science
Fiction Writer Octavia Butler Dies
Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national
prominence as a science fiction writer died at the age of 58., .
Burler fell an'd struck her head on the cobbled walkway outside her
home, said Leslie Howle. a longtinie friend and employee at the Science
Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.
Butler's work wasn't preoccupied with robots and
ra. guns. Howle said. but used the genre's artistic
freedom to explore race, po erty, politics, religion
and human nature.
Her first novel. "Kindred," in 1979, featured a
black woman who travels back in time to the South
to save a white man. She went on to \\rite about a
dozen books, plus numerous essay s and short sto-
ries. Her most recent work. "Fledgling," an examination of the "Dracula"
legend. \was published last fall.
She received many awards, and in 1995 Butler %was the first science fic-
tion writer granted a "genius" award from the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArtliur Foundation, which paid $295,000 over five years.
Butler described herself as a happy hermit, and never married.
Hall of Fame Voters Say No to
Negro League Legend Buck O'Neil
Disappointment at the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, where
Buck O'Neil and his many supporters were awaiting word on whether
he'd make the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When the results of the balloting were announced in Tampa. the former
Kansas Cit- Monarchs pla er and manager was not on the list. There
were 39 candidates from the Negro Leagues and 17 made it. Missing out
besides O'Neil was the only other candidate still alien, e. Minnie NMonoso.
As a player. his statistics during a long career as a player and play-
er, manager were not the greatest.
But he did wvin two Negro League batting titles.
He did have a successful career as a play er man-
ager with the Kansas City Monarchs and he did
become the first black coach in the major
leagues. Most importanth. were the contribu-
tions he's made traveling the country keeping the
leeacy of black baseball alive.
Buck O'Neil has been the face. oice and inspi-
ration behind Kansas Cit,'s Negro Leagues Musetun. In the opinion of
many. those who got in ahead of him may ne'er have even been consid-
ered at all if not for O'Neil's efforts to tell their story at a time when the
country was reads to forget all about them.
Dissapointed at the news O'Neil lamented. "You think about this." he
said. "Here I am, the grandson of a slave. And here the whole world was
excited about 'whether I was going into the Hall of Fame or not. We've
come a long wa,\s. Before. we ne'er even thought about anything like
that. America, ou' e really grown and you'ree still growing."
Shani Davis Becomes First Black
To Win The Winter Olympics
TURIN. Ital Shani Davis knew what he \\as doing. Davis became
the first black to win an indi idual gold medal in Winter Olympic histo-
r last week. capturing the men's 1.000-meter speedskaring race. "I'm
one of a kind." Da' is said. fully aware of how much he stands out in the
white-dominated sport. \onetta Flowers became the first black to win
Winter Ol., mpics gold at the Salt Lake City Games four years ago. She
\\as a pusher on the two-woman bobsled team. someone who helps get
the machine going and hops along for the ride.
Davis "on this gold entirely on his own.
"It showed that all the hard work and all the sacrifice paid off." he said.
"Kids in general, if you put your mind to it and you believe it, you can
achie e it.
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FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY 50ents
Volume 20 No. 6 Jacksonville, Florida March 2 8, 2006
Unraveling the Web of Our History
The last Saturday of February is
always busy in the Guyton home. It
is on this date that for the past eight
years, a unique celebration of histo-
ry and culture has emerged in trib-
ute and camaraderie. Nestled
appropriately in historic Springfield
in a home built in 1910 with a his-
tory of it's own, a diverse myriad of
souls share, enlighten, fellowship
and inspire. Ranging from all
walks of life including doctors,
housewives, educators, skilled
labor, CEOs and clergy, the con-
stantly changing body bond togeth-
er for one moment in time, to detail
their version of what history means.
"Weave", the term coined from
the event's invitation, "Weaving the
Web of Our History", is the brain-
child of the evening's host,
Carlottra Guyton and Sylvia Perry.
"About ten years ago, Sylvia
[Perry] and I were talking about dif-
ferent events within our family,
some silly, some serious and
thought how great it % would be if we
could share that with other people
we knew." Said Guyton.
Ironically enough, others also
shared that vision, and throughout
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ber as Ella Simmons and Cheryl Brown look on The 26 students integrated the Norfolk, Virginia school
si stem that Hinton was educated in.
the years, hundreds of stories have
been told from the legacies
embraced by their families.
No story is not important accord-
ing to Sylvia Perry.
"Often people will say, 'well, I did-
n't have anything important happen
in my family'. But that's not true.
Every lesson learned is a part of our
Some attendees chose to recount
Continued on page 5
STATE OF THE BLACK UNION
10-point Agenda Offers Steps for
a Better Life in Black America
ACT-SO judge Warner Singleton and Jacquie Holmes, event chair,
congratulate Jamison Ross, 1st place winner in the instrumental music
competition. R. Porter Photo
Best and Brightest Compete
at Annual NAACP ACT-SO
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP held their annual ACT-SO, Afro-
Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, to highlight
the city's best and brightest students. Areas of competition included sci-
ence, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business at the event
held at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Students competing in the
judged competitions will be awarded medals at upcoming ceremonies on
February 26th at FCCJ's Downtown Campus. In addition, first place win-
ners move on to compete on the national level for scholarships.
EWC Weekend Dedicates
New Building, Unveils Exhibit
College was a hub of ,
activity this past week- J
end as it paid tribute to
Black History Month.
The activities included
the unveiling of the A.
Exhibit, the opening ses-
sion for the 11th
Episcopal District Black
Heritage Weekend 2006
for the AME Church, Bishop John Hurst Adams (standing) gives the
fn the d eM Ct. srh. message at Friday evening's dedication servic-
and the dedication ser- eswhile (sitting Ito r) Dr. Bronson, Dr. Jenkins
ices and naming of a new and pulpit guest listen. PB.Davis Photo
On Friday, February 24, the John Hurst Adams and Jimmy R.
College unveiled the A. Philip Jenkins Community Sports and
Randolph Exhibit which includes Music Center.
16 eight-foot panels chronicling the The guest speaker for the unveil-
life of Mr. Randolph. The unveil- ing was Florida Senator Anthony C.
ing took place in the newly named Continued on back page
The days agenda included Tavis
Belafonte and Min. Louis Farrakha
No longer content to talk about
problems plaguing black America,
several of the nation's prominent
academics, politicians and opinion
makers proposed a solution.
"The Covenant with Black
America," a 10-point agenda of
public policy changes meant to
improve the condition of black
Americans, was the focus at a sym-
posium in Houston organized by
talk show host Tavis Smiley.
For the past seven years, Smiley
has held a daylong, wide-ranging
discussion about issues of impor-
tance to black people called the
"State of the Black Union." The
event is held in February in a dif-
ferent city each year, broadcast live
Last year in Atlanta, the assembled
leaders recommended the creation
of a national action plan for
addressing the concerns that had
arise during the discussion. The
Covenant, a 254-page book pub-
lished by Third World Press, was
the response to that call.
Held at a loal church, Smiley con-
vened the first public debate about
the agenda. More than 8,000 people
registered to attend the conference,
and by 8:30 a.m. the 5,500-seat
sanctuary was filled to capacity.
Those who made it inside the
church listened to about 45 pan-
elists discuss economic empower-
ment, political activism and emerg-
"A covenant untested means noth-
ing," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, the
first speaker on the second panel of
Smiley, Dr. Cornel West, Harry
the day. The former Democratic
presidential candidate challenged
the audience to immediately put
into action the blueprints outlined
in the book.
Smiley started the conversations
as a counterpoint to the president's
annual State of the Union speech in
January because he said the presi-
dent usually fails to talk about mat-
ters important to blacks.
This year, he was angered by the
absence of any reference to
Hurricane Katrina and the devasta-
tion in New Orleans.
Dr. Cornel West said that should
have surprised no one.
"There's a parallel between the
killing fields of the slave ships ...
and the killing fields of the Super
Dome," said West, co-author of a
curriculum based on the covenant
and black history.
One of the most strident panelists
of the day was actor and activist
Harry Belafonte who again called
the president a terrorist and remind-
ed the audience that the murders of
civil rights leaders, such as the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X
and Medgar Evers, were acts of
"This is not the first covenant," he
said. "The civil rights movement
and all we did was rooted in a
covenant. I hope we will leave here
today, with a sense of rebellion and
a true sense of revolutionary
"I was honored to be in a room full
of such intelligent black people,"
said Wanda Carr. "I'm glad I came."
Lu L.'t'iL( Up
March 2 8, 2006
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Former Negro League Owner Becomes 1st Woman
Admitted to National Baseball Hall of Fame
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Effa Manley, left, who co-owned the Newark Eagles of the Negro
National League, looks over a scrapbook with one of her former play-
ers, Don Newcombe, at her home in Los Angeles in this August 7, 1973
ways, in terms of integrating the
team with the community," said
Leslie Heaphy, a Kent State profes-
sor on the committee. "She's also
one of the owners who pushed very
hard to get recognition for Major
League Baseball when they started
to sign some of their players."
Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy
Cooper, Cristobal Torriente and Jud
Wilson were the other former
Negro League players elected. Five
pre-Negro Leaguers Frank Grant,
Pete Hill, Jose Mendez, Louis
Santop and Ben Taylor were also
The new inductees will be
enshrined with Sutter elected by
the Baseball Writers' Association of
America last month on July 30 in
Only 18 Negro Leagues players
had been chosen for the Hall prior
to this election.
The election was the culmination
of a Hall of Fame project to com-
pile a complete history of blacks in
the game from 1860 to 1960.
More than 50 historians, authors
and researchers spent four years
sifting through box scores in 128
newspapers of sanctioned league
games from 1920-1954. The result
was the most complete collection of
Negro Leagues statistics ever com-
piled, according to the Hall, and a
database that includes 3,000 day-
by-day records and career leaders.
"What we're proudest of is the
broadening of knowledge,"
Petroskey said. "When we started
five years ago, we had 20 percent of
the stats. We've got 90 percent of
the stats now."
Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., D-Tenn., front left, speaks before a
crowd before entering a rally with guest Sen. Barack
Obama, D-Ill., right, at The University of Memphis.
Obama Hopes to Electrify
Harold Ford's Senate Bid
Senator Barack Obama is seeking
to boost U-S Representative Harold
Ford Junior's Senate campaign.
Obama joined Ford for a recent
political rally and plans to join him
on several stops throughout his
political trail. Last month, Obama
and Ford travelled to Iraq to meet
with U.S. troops.
"Tennessee can be convinced to
elect a young black Democrat even
though the state leans Republican."
said Sen. Obama.
Obama, a young, black Democrat
like Ford, says critics game him lit-
tle chance of being elected to
He also said voters like to elect
politicians who ignore party poli-
tics to work for the common good.
Ford says critics have a hard time
putting labels on him because he
tries to work with Republicans as
well as Democrats in Congress.
"Liberals call me too conservative
and the conservatives call me too
liberal." said Cong. Ford,
Ford, 35, is a member of a
Memphis political dynasty and bills
himself as a moderate. He delivered
the keynote address at the
Democratic National Convention in
2000, unsuccessfully challenged
Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the post of
House minority leader in 2002 and
served as a national campaign co-
chairman for John Kerry's presiden-
tial run in 2004.
Ford's father represented Memphis
in Congress for 22 years. An uncle
is a state senator now under investi-
gation for his consulting deals with
companies doing business with the
state. Other uncles and cousins hold
Incidentally, Joe Ford Junior, the
son of Shelby County
Commissioner Joe Ford, has
moved back to Memphis from Los
Angele to run for the Congressional
seat held by his cousin, Harold Ford
Junior. Other members of the Ford
family in politics include state
Senator Ophelia Ford. She is bat-
tling to keep the seat she won in a
to replace her brother John Ford
after he was indicted on federal cor-
Effa Manley became the first
woman elected to the baseball Hall
of Fame when the former Newark
Eagles co-owner was among 17
people from the Negro Leagues and
pre-Negro Leagues chosen by a
"This is a historic day at the Hall
of Fame," shrine president Dale
Petroskey said. "I hoped that some-
day there would be a woman in the
Hall. It's a pretty proud moment."
This year's Hall class of 18 is the
biggest in history, breaking the
record of 11 in 1946. There are now
278 Hall members.
Mule Suttles and Biz Mackey
were among the 12 players selected,
along with five executives.
Buck O'Neil and Minnie Minoso,
the only living members among the
39 candidates on the ballot, were
not elected by the 12-person panel.
Manley co-owned the New Jersey-
based Eagles with her husband,
Abe, and ran the business end of the
team for more than a decade. The
Eagles won the Negro Leagues
World Series in 1946 one year
before Jackie Robinson broke the
major league color barrier.
"She was very knowledgeable, a
very handsome woman," said Hall
of Famer Monte Irvin, who played
for the Eagles while the Manleys
owned the team, as did Don
Newcombe and Larry Doby.
"She did a lot for the Newark
community. She was just a well-
rounded influential person," Irvin
said. "She tried to organize the
owners to build their own parks and
have a balanced schedule and to
really improve the lot of the Negro
Manley was white, but married a
black man and passed as a black
woman, said Larry Lester, a base-
ball author and member of the vot-
She campaigned to get as much
money as possible for these
ballplayers, and rightfully so,"
Manley used baseball to advance
civil rights causes with events such
as an Anti-Lynching Day at the
ballpark. She died in 1981 at age
"She was a pioneer in so many
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Believe the Hype Black Buying
Power in the U.S. is Soaring
The economic might of African
American consumers will swell to
$1 trillion by 2010, per reports from
Packaged Facts and the Selig
Center for Economic Growth at the
University of Georgia.
The numbers from the two
research bodies are fairly close-
Packaged Facts, a division of
Md., pegs current buying power at
$762 billion growing to $981 bil-
lion by 2010. Selig noted in a quar-
terly newsletter released late last
year that the $761 billion pocket-
book of the nation's largest minori-
ty group would hit the trillion-dol-
lar mark in five years.
Selig attributed the gains to better
employment opportunities, particu-
larly since the number of black-
owned businesses has grown four
times faster than the number of all
U.S. firms, per the U.S. Census.
The number of African Americans
attaining high school diplomas
increased 10% between 1993 and
2003, the largest gain reported for
any group. Also, the median age for
the black population is 30.2 years,
meaning larger proportions are
entering the work force or are grad-
uating from entry-level jobs while
smaller numbers are retiring.
The Packaged Facts report for the
first time includes a regional break-
down of its findings, which show
that African Americans in the West
and Northeast have higher average
incomes than those in the Midwest
and the South. The disproportionate
share in the Northeast indicated, per
Packaged Facts, that African
Americans in that region are more
likely to want to get to the very top,
viewing work as a career, not just a
job. They also are more likely than
African Americans elsewhere to
feel more secure and happier with
their standard of living.
Despite burgeoning economic
power, African Americans are
largely an untapped consumer.
"Having roughly the same pur-
chasing power as Hispanics,
African Americans tend to be left
behind when it comes to marketing
and advertising because Hispanics
are expected to have more rapid
population growth," said Don
Montuori, Packaged Facts publish-
er. "Marketers would be wise, how-
ever, to tap into the African
American segments that outpace
their Hispanic counterparts, such as
those with incomes greater than
$50,000, owner-occupied house-
holds, married-couple families and
African American women-all sec-
tors which offer huge potential in
the consumer goods markets."
The national share of buying
power for African Americans will
increase to 8.6% by 2010 from
8.4% in 2005, per Selig. Hispanic
buying power is projected to rise to
9.2% from 8.1%; Asian American
buying power will rise to 4.9%
from 4.4%, while American Indian
buying power will stay steady at
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Race Profile: Politics of Empowerment
^ .by Bill Reed
get a black
;t 'man elected
support of the majority of that
state's African Americans?
At a briefing preceding a Black
History Month reception at the
Capital Hill Club, Republican
National Committee Chairman Ken
Mehlman discussed how
Republicans plan to put blacks in
top positions in across the country
and how GOP policies are empow-
ering African Americans. He dis-
cussed his African American
Advisory Committee and
"Conversations with the
The Republican National
Committee has been making very
public efforts to reach out to African
Americans, who've for decades
staunchly voted Democratic. The
RNC's plan bypasses traditional
black civil rights leadership and
promotes an alternate leadership of
black conservatives. Black
Conservative and Evangelicals gave
Bush the cushion he needed to bag
Ohio and win the White House
again in 2004. The linchpin of
Mehlman's outreach strategy has
been a series of meetings and ongo-
ing dialogues with influential
Blacks, from clergy to entrepre-
neurs to black newspaper publisher
and boxing promoter Don King.
Mehlman held 46 such
"Conversations" with blacks, telling
many: "The party of [Abraham]
Lincoln and Frederick Douglass is
here to compete." He often high-
lighted that is was Republican
Presidents that invited Booker T.
Washington to dine at the White
House; that sent the 101st airborne
into Little Rock to make sure
Central High School was integrated;
and that signed the King Holiday
In the press briefing, Mehlman
emphasized that George W. Bush
appointed more African Americans
to top government positions than
any president in American history.
An assessment of blacks hired to
important Bush Administration
positions poses the end game ques-
tion: Where are they in regards to a
black public policy agenda?
At the moment, they are a people
apart. African Americans who
speak for, and among, the
Republican conservative movement
are vastly removed from people
Mehlman & Company need if they
are to gamer more than 10 percent
of the Black vote. More inclined
toward integration within main-
stream America, political perspec-
tives held by black conservatives
are often in conflict with key social
and economic positions a high per-
centage of African-Americans
favor: reparations for slavery and
In the meeting, Mehlman suggest-
ed that African Americans will view
the Republican Party as having
taken more action than Democrats
on issues such as black homeowner-
ship, which has increased since
Bush took office. With administra-
tors such as Alphonso Jackson
heading the Department of Housing
and Urban Development, much
credit has to be given to the Bush
administration's actions to help
bring homeownership to 50 percent
of black households. In his
"Conversations," Mehlman met
with blacks such as millionaire hip-
hop impresario Russell Simmons;
who in turn, has made appearances
alongside Michael Steele, a black
Republican who is Maryland's
Lieutenant Governor and candidate
for Senator. The RNC African
American Advisory Committee
includes King, Jackson and Harry
Alford, president of the National
Black Chamber of Commerce.
Although Black Ohioans gave
Bush 22 percent of their vote, the
bulk of Black Americans are
opposed to GOP policies of mili-
tarism, regional interventions, and
other agendas conservative politi-
cians are inclined to be supportive
of. More often than not, members
of Mehlman's African-American
Advisory group have no record or
evidence of leadership, and/or artic-
ulation, to or about the African
Americans' economic issues and
solutions. Except for HUD
Secretary Jackson and Alford, most
black conservatives are simply
viewed by African Americans as a
GOP attempt to create a new black
leadership class, working in the
interest of mainstream instead of
black issues. Real leadership from
Mehlman and his group requires
development of agendas that serve
and connects core Republican eco-
nomic values and successes among
the country's black constituencies.
With Republicans building giant
coffers for them, gubernatorial can-
didate Blackwell and Senatorial
candidate Steele stand good chances
of wining their respective races
without the bulk of their states'
black votes. The question about
Mehlman & Company and the race
issue is: Will simple symbols of
black governance trump the sub-
stance of empowerment within the
nation's economic order that
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The Ebonics Game
by Kimberly Jane Wilson
One of my high school teachers
back in the day desperately wanted
his students to like him. Although
our parents paid good money for us
to be taught a prescribed curricu-
lum, this teacher frequently chose to
do his own thing.
For example, on most days we got
a free-flowing "rap session" instead
of science as he spouted off his
largely uninformed opinions on pol-
itics, religion, dating and whatever
else happened to be in the newspa-
pers. He often tried to use the same
slang we kids were using, and most
of us thought he was a fool.
My silly high school teacher came
to mind when I read that the San
Bernardino City Unified School
District last year toyed with the idea
of incorporating Ebonics into its
reading curriculum. It eventually
decided not to, but like the mon-
ster in a slasher flick this stupid
idea refuses to die.
Ebonics must be a tempting con-
cept. Instead of taking responsibili-
ty for and trying to improve aca-
demic underachievement, school
administrators, teachers and parents
are given a free pass by the Ebonics
movement. Any teacher can claim,
"Hey, it's not my fault your kids
can't read! I need to be trained to
speak their language." Parents can
say, "Hey, it's not my fault my kids
can't pass an English exam. The
school isn't addressing their unique
Ebonics isn't a language like
Japanese or Aramaic. It's just high-
ly colorful slang used mostly by
young people. Black teenagers of
this generation don't speak the way
I did when I was a teen, and I cer-
tainly didn't speak the way my par-
ents spoke when they were young.
The expression "fo' shizzle," for
example, didn't exist 40 years ago.
Thirty years ago, if you called a
black man a dog (pronounced
"dawg"), you would've been visit-
ing a dentist and possibly a surgeon
afterwards. Now, it's a term of
admiration rather than an insult.
When my dad was 15, he used
"coolcat" the way my nephew now
uses "straight-up soldier" (pro-
nounced "so-jah"). My parents used
to go to the "hop" while I used to hit
the go-go and my white friends
attended raves. In other words, we
all went to dances. Slang is like a
with the R
National Black Agenda Must Include
Drug Disparity, Incarceration Rate
By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.
The ritual of national conventions addressing
issues of Blacks-first created in the 1830s-has been
again resurrected to try to meet the varied concerns
of today's dire times. If meeting calendars are any
indication, we are now experiencing new momen-
*tum early in this 21st century. Just last weekend we
experienced Tavis Smiley's seventh annual "State Of The Black Union"
event in Houston (and live on C-SPAN); upcoming is the National Black
J a t ri lPeople's Unity Convention this month in Gary, Indiana (an attempt to re-
-- h te t create the glories of the 1972 National Black Political Convention held in
that same city); and following that, the second National Hip Hop Political
Convention, scheduled to be held this July in Chicago.
The "State Of The Black Union" speakers, including Smiley, are touring
1! 11dthis week, going to seven cities in seven days to discuss "The Covenant
ial N ew s P rov ide rs With Black America," the newly-published Black Agenda document com-
piled by the event's organizers.
I g Why are all these events happening at the same time? One possible
answer is that it is an election year. But what lies below the surface is the
o a same question many of the Black conventioneers of past eras, starting
with the freedpersons who lived and died observing the horrors of slavery,
dealt with: how do we proceed in crafting an agenda that will give us the
tools necessary to save and free our people?
And just as the agendas of conventions of the 1800s reflected on strate-
gies to end enslavement, we cannot have a Black agenda today without
strategizing on ways to end the new slavery unjust incarceration. We
cannot talk about achieving true freedom if overwhelming numbers of us
are not free. Too many Black people are iminprisoned due to harsh nmanda-
tory minimum sentences-particularly those created by the crack-powder
cocaine disparity. For the past two decades, the punishments for those
possessing crack cocaine have resulted in the warehousing of a generation
of Black youth, while those convicted of powder cocaine offenses, the
majority of whom are white, are not subject to as harsh penalties. U.S.
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Tex.) mentioned mandatory minimums dur-
i i e n my g a l b ing her State of the Black Union remarks, reminding the nation about this
wheel. The minute the old application. He wished them a good Panelist Wade Henderson-executive director of the Leadership
ch on to what the kids are day as they left. I can't be absolute- Conference on Civil Rights and a contributor to "The Covenant With
[he kids start using different ly sure, but I doubt they were hired. Black America"-is all too familiar with unjust disparities. Days after
The inability to speak proper Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Republican governor of the state of Maryland,
udy of how slang constant- English may have done wonders for vowed to veto a bill that would restore the right to vote to those who paid
ees and evolves and how those boys' self-esteem, but I'm sure their debt to society in that state, Henderson explained that American
are born, flourish and die is it didn't help them get an honest job. democracy had already been significantly impacted by this idea. "Over a
ng if you happen to be an The Ebonics movement is based million Black men could not vote in Florida in the 2000 (Presidential)
or history major, but we're on two things. First, it is based on election," he told the crowd, getting verbal affirmations from Cornel West
ng about a college linguis- the quiet, well-intentioned kind of and other panelists. "You tell me if that outcome would have been the
se here. Instead, we're talk- racism that assumes black people same if they had cast votes in that election."
ut teachers humiliating are too dumb and too crippled by The Roundtable is waiting for a response to its "Open Letter" to
es trying to "get down" the slavery of our long-dead ances- Congress, delivered Feb. 16 to the individual members of the judiciary
kids, and children are being tors to function like everyone else. committees of the House and Senate. The letter explained that this year,
f a useful education. It also thrives on intellectual lazi- the 20th anniversary of the harsh crack laws, is "the perfect time to revis-
ce watched two black ness a laziness on the part of those it and finally correct the gross unfairness that has been the legacy" of dis-
s apply for jobs at the people, including teachers, who criminatory drug sentencing. It was endorsed by over 50 organizations,
it where I was having promote Ebonics. many of whom have leaders or staffers who are involved in many of the
oth of the boys had obvi- Teaching is hard and sometimes Black Agenda efforts in Houston, Gary and in Chicago.
t finished playing basket- unpleasant work. The Ebonice- Freedom, however, is not only not free; it's also not rapidly delivered.
were covered in sweat a movement allows everyone to feel We've learned that from the echoes of those who have spoken for us at
ike against them in my good and look busy while doing past national assemblies-Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass and Martin
3ut the real killing blow nothing. Delaney in the 19th century, W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells during the
en they began talking to Whites involved in promoting Niagara conventions of the early 20th century, Fannie Lou Hamer at meet-
ager. Although obviously Ebonics get to feel smug and virtu- ings of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, scores of sisters and
, their English was poor. ous. Blacks get to feel like they've brothers at the Black Power conferences during the late 1960s and early
e speaking loud enough to done their part to combat "racism." 1970s, and other national Black leadership summits that closed out the
ances from the restaurant's The kids, however, end up unpre- century. It is time to add our 21st century voices loudly and consistently
but I could barely under- pared for the real world and will one to this historic chorus, making sure our Black agendas don't neglect those
at they were saying. day receive diplomas as worthless disproportionately warehoused behind prison walls. When our agendas
nager kept a neutral facial as Ebonics itself. are implemented, we will be able to reclaim this generation and have less
n as the pair filled out of a need for these meetings.
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personal incidents of their own
Lifelong Jacksonville resident
Alton Yates graciously captured the
audience with details of his partici-
pation in the infamous Ax Handle
Saturday, where he and other
NAACP youths worked to integrate
a Woolworth lunch counter in
downtown Jacksonville. Yates also
made a revelation revealed for the
first time in the traumatic day's near
40 year history. The ax handles
used that day were donated by
Towers Hardware, the precursor to
one of Jacksonville's most powerful
law firms today, Rogers & Towers.
"I've never said that before." Said
He also described in detail what
led him to become active in the
NAACP. Following years in the
military in a highly sensitive job
that put him at risk to die for his
country, Yates was shocked at his
treatment outside the military envi-
"Here I was with my life on the
line every day for these people and
I have to go to the back door to buy
a sandwich like a dog."
Annual attendee Ella Simmons,
who at least year's celebration
revealed she had DNA traced her
history to a tribe in Africa, shared
her upcoming opportunity to meet
with former South African
R MIW 'M _
know what he did." Ray said hold-
ing a picture of her father in her
City Council Secretary Cheryl
Brown described in awe the power
of witnessing history.
"It's almost unreal that in my life-
time we are still witnessing 'firsts',"
said Brown. The 17 year city gov-
ernment veteran has seen through-
out her tenure, the election of the
city's first sheriff, city council pres-
ident and appointment of others
such as the fire chief. In her capaci-
ty, Brown oversees a staff of 80 and
$30 million plus budget.
"I think diversity is so important
when it comes to government, I
make sure that all people are
exposed to the opportunities within
the city." Ms. Brown also detailed
some of Jacksonville's by design
drawing of district lines and pre-
"Jacksonville was on the verge of
being an all Black city that's why
those lines were drawn, and to this
day, the five minority districts are
still limited with that representa-
tion. I can't wait until I see the 6th
(minority representative) one elect-
ed." Said Brown. She also encour-
aged anyone who wanted to
research the issue further to visit
her office, where the actual city
minutes, devoid of racial sensitivi-
ty, dating to the 1700s are kept.
Charles Simmons and Tonyaa
Weathersbea both spoke on the pro-
found impact their early teachers
had on their lives. Simmons, a 1959
graduate of Lincoln High School in
Guests Derya Williams, Pat Nelms and Esmin Masters, participated in the intimate roundtable discussion and asked and answered questions
throughout the night. The event culminated with the much anticipated Heritage Feast,.
Palmetto, Fl was one of a class of
sixty-nine students who all pledged
an oath to go to college or the mili-
tary. Out of all of the students who
made the oath, only thirteen did not
follow through. A startling statistic
given the opportunities of today's
generation versus the difficulties
facing Black America in 1959.
Acclaimed writer and editor
Tonyaa Weathersbea discussed her
first grade teacher and the impact
she had on her and others in her
class. According to Weathersbea,
even in the first grade, thanks to her
teacher, each classmate was reading
on a sixth grade level.
"I wish she could have seen what
so many of us accomplished." Said
Weathersbea with tears in her eyes.
She also brought along her first
news clippings to share.
Not all of the participants shared
the American legacy. Two atten-
dees, Pat Nelms of Jamaica and
Esmin Masters from the Bahamas
described in detail life growing up
in the Caribbean.
"We didn't have to experience the
blatant discrimination witnessed by
many of you here." Said Nelms.
"Most of our discrimination is
defined on the lines of class and
money, not skin color". Nelms also
relished in the opportunity o being
raised by 'the village'.
Esmin Masters saw things a little
differently in the Bahamas. She
recalled the election of the island's
first Black Prime Minister in 1966
and the pride she felt when that hap-
pened. Up until then, British law
had Jim Crow style legalities in
place with laws such as, no Blacks
could be at the port after 6 p.m.
Following the limited 5 10
minute portrayals of Black life and
history, everyone gathered for the
evening's favorite moment, the
potluck feast. Guests brought a
dishes some recipes old, some
new, but all were devoured. Led in
a spiritual tribute of thanks and
blessing by Derya Williams, every-
one joined hands and bowed heads
to give thanks to God and the ances-
tors who brought them there. The
table held such delicacies as jerk
chicken, peas and rice, candied
yams, smothered chicken, beer
bread, double chocolate cake and
much more complimented by
Carlottra's Secret Recipe Pineapple
Before departing for the night,
each guest graciously thanked the
hostess for the invitation as the
event has now become a staple in
their calendar. The legacies, tri-
umphs, tribulations and heritage
heard throughout the evening will
live on, as living history once again
has been weaved in their hearts and
minds. History by definition can
be described as a "story or record of
important past events connected
with a person or nation". For those
intertwined in the intimate setting
nestled in historic Springfield on a
Saturday evening, it was all of that
and more. It was a time for recol-
lection, sharing, tributes and fel-
"The spirit in this place is just so
good," said Wendy Hinton. "I can't
wait until next year," she said with a
And in the true custom of events
bearing African-American heritage,
she like many others departed with
a plate in her hand for her husband
that couldn't make it.
Ax Handle Saturday participant
Alton ates, revealed formthe-first
time Who helped iisons T-h" Ai
Handles used in the event.
President Nelson Mandela. The fre-
quent visitor to the African conti-
nent will officially have an audi-
ence with Mandela on her next visit
and plans to have him autograph a
custom made tapestry done of him.
Simmons, who has visited her
African relatives has also been
granted lands to develop and
crowned Queen of the tribe.
Participants are also encouraged to
bring a memento or artifact from
their family's history. Rita Wooten
Harris brought with her a cherished
photo belonging to her
Grandmother. The photo was of
Ella Fitzgerald and her band includ-
ing Chick Webb at a nightclub and
signed by all of them. Her mother,
Lydia Wooten was also in atten-
dance and brought with her a photo
of her father at work for the post
office in 1914 on a train. She also
brought a document detailing a
raise of his annual salary to $1400,
quite an accomplishment for a
Black man at that time.
Little known mores in history were
also revealed. Derya Williams
recounted how her family, based
out of North Carolina with a strong
Native American heritage, were
always told to never admit to it, for
fear of being sent to a reservation.
She also stressed the strong work
ethic stressed by her father who
worked many jobs ranging from
school teacher to a mechanic to
send all of his children to college.
Evelyn Ray brought the audience
to tears in describing the life work
of her father.
"I never knew we were poor. We
always had everything we needed."
Said Ray. Throughout her, child-
hood and college years, Ray had
been told by her family that he was
a mechanical engineer at the local
factory. It wasn't until as an adult
while visiting that same company
as a government equal opportunity
compliance officer in a meeting
with the CEO and asked to see her
father, that she found out he was the
"There was no shame in the revela-
tion. I was just hurt that after 30
years of working for that company,
he was still doing the lowest of the
low jobs they had. All my life I had
no idea. He never wanted us to
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St. Paul AME to hold Ash Wednesday
Lenten Services, Seminar and Concert
Saint Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road, Pastor Marvin Zanders
II, and the members, welcome the community to attend Special Services
scheduled this month, Lenten Worship Services at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 8, 15, 22 & 29th; the ISIS Seminar will be held from
9 a.m. to 12 noon, on Saturday, March 11th; and a special concert featur-
ing The Ritz Voices, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 12th.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist to
hold Evangelism Explosion March
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4855 Soutel Drive, Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson, Pastor; will host an "Evangelism Exposion" Revival
conference and Worship, March 16-18th, with Services at 7 pm
Thursday and Friday evenings. Saturday's workshop will be held from 9
a.m. to 12 noon.
The guest evangelist will be Rev. Carl Johnson, of the 93rd Street
Baptist Church, Miami, FL; Rev. Fred Young, of Mind for Jesus
Ministries, will be the guest lecturer, and workshop leader.
The essence of the Revival Conference will be to celebrate what Jesus
has called us to do, as individuals and as churches, in our given communi-
ties; to strengthen in evangelism by challenging with the priority of the
Great Commission, by equipping to share the Gospel, and by providing
opportunities for sharing the Gospel with others.
The community is invited to all services and the workshop.
First AME Opens Sale to Vendors
The Inspirational Choir of First AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road
North, Palm Coast; is sponsoring a "White Elephant" Sale, Saturday,
March 11, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 2. Vendors are welcome. For more infor-
mation, call (386) 446-5759.
New Bethel AME's Project
Chase Connects Home and School
New Bethel AME Church, 1231 Tyler'Street invites all to join Project
Chase for the opportunity to improve your educational skills, earn a GED,
employment skills, and parenting skills to help your child be successful in
school. Project Chase meets Monday thru Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m., free childcare is available. A few slots are still available. For more
information, please call (904) 353-1822 or 630-7255.
Grace Baptist to host its 2006
Grace Gospel Fest March 5th
Grace Baptist Church of East Springfield, 1553 East 21st Street, Rev.
John J. Devoe, Pastor; will host the Grace Gospel Fest 2006, featuring
some of "Jacksonville's Best" at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5th.
The Soloist will be Rev. Sherman Kelly and Bro. Glenn Mebanc. Duet:
Rev. Herman and Rev. Vivian Fountain. Groups will include the New
Creations, Singing Trumpets, Gospel Tones, Nu Testaments, Royal
Spirituals, Golden Clouds, Sunny rose and the C.E. Laney Choir. The com-
munity is invited.
The Grace Baptist annual Women's Day 2006 & Conference is set for
Sunday, March 19.
St. Thomas Invites All to Join them
for "Family and Friends" Cruise
St. Thomas Baptist Church, Rev. Ernie L. Murray, Pastor; invites the
public to join them for their "Family & Friends" Cruise aboard the "Fun"
Ship, "Carnival Liberty" for an 8-day Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise,
November 25, 2006. For more information, please call Prince Walker at
(904) 696-3160 or 614--5108; or Valerie Moore at (904) 699-0404; or
Wanda at (904) 739-2224, ext. 243.
St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Observes
Church and Pastor Anniversaries
The St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church, 2606 San Diego Road, is cur-
rently celebrating the 126th Anniversary of the Church, and the 13th
Anniversary of Pastor, Rev. Dr. Richard W. Jackson, through Sunday,
March 5, 2006. The Anniversary Theme is, "We Are Working On A
Building Holding Up The Blood Stained Banner For Jesus Christ."
Scripture: Nehemiah 6:3.
Visiting Churches include: Jerusalem Baptist, Rev. Brian Campbell; and
New Bethel AME; Community Revived Center Church, Rev. Alfred
Cotton; Friday, ""March 3rd, at 7 p.m..
Jones Temple Church of God in Christ, Elder Reginald Williams;
Renewed Life Ministries, Pastors Larry and Barbara Brown; Evergreen
Baptist Church, Rev. Elbert Moreland, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rev.
Samuel Norris; Sunday, March 5th at 4 p.m.
The public is invited.
Greater Grant A.M.E. to
Celebrate Family and Friends
Day Weekend, March 10-12th
Pastor Ernie Murray
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
The Greater Grant Memorial
AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road,
Reverend Tony DeMarco Hans-
berry, Pastor; will host their Annual
Family and Friends Day with serv-
ices at 7:45 a.m., and at 11 a.m., on
Sunday, March 12, 2006.
A Fish Fry and Old Fashioned
Gospel Camp Meeting will kick off
Family and Friends Weekend at 5
p.m. on Friday, March 10th. Rev.
Ernie Murray, Pastor, of Saint
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
will be the speaker at 7 p.m. He is
an anointed man of God who has
taken his church to new heights.
A picnic with food, games, activ-
ities for kids, and good fellow-ship
in Christian love, will be held on
the Church grounds from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Saturday.
Reverend Charletta C. Robinson
of Mother Midway AME Church
will be the speaker for the 7:45 a.m.
Service on Sunday. She is a woman
on fire for the Lord and wants you
to be involved in uplifting God's
Word and Work.
Bishop Adam Jefferson Rich-
ardson, Presiding Prelate of the 2nd
Episcopal District in the African
Methodist Episcopal Church, will
be the speaker for the 11 a.m.
Service. He is renown for delivery
of messages filled with the Holy
Spirit that prepare you for the
Harvest that the Lord and Savior
has in store for you.
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Neighborhood' Strategy to Florida
Fist fights broke out and police
made more than a dozen arrests at a
neo-Nazi rally and march last
Saturday through a predominantly
black neighborhood in Orlando,
Most of the arrests came after
fights between supporters of the
National Socialist Movement and
angry counter-demonstrators, who
were upset with the group's anti-
About 30 members of the neo-
Nazi group wore khaki uniforms,
black boots and red armbands with
swastikas during the march through
the Orlando neighborhood of
Parramore. They were confronted
by more than 100 protesters, some
holding signs including ones that
read, "Stop the hate. Stop the vio-
lence" and "Love everyone."
The neo-Nazis marched down one
side of the road and protesters the
other, separated by two lines of
police. Both groups hurled insults
at each other.
"For them to come into our neigh-
borhood, it's wrong. It's a slap in the
face," said Donnell Jones, 33.
More than 300 law enforcement
officers were on the scene. Some
officers patrolled with K-9 units
and on horses, while police helicop-
ters circled above the march route.
Those arrested were charged with
disorderly conduct, battery on a law
enforcement officer and wearing a
mask, said Barb Jones, an Orlando
During the march, the neo-Nazis
held signs with slogans such as
"White People Unite" and statistics
claiming that crime is mostly com-
mitted by blacks. Later, they made
Nazi salutes at City Hall as a SWAT
team separated the white suprema-
cists from a jeering crowd.
"These are a bunch of criminal
animals out there," said Bill White,
spokesman for the National
Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi
group based in Minneapolis.
In October, the same neo-Nazi
group gathered in Toledo, Ohio, for
a march they said was intended to
protest gangs and rising crime. The
situation turned into a riot in which
businesses were burned and looted
and bricks were thrown at police.
Alabama Paper Publishes Unseen Civil Rights Photos
1966 Trailblazing "Glory Road" Team
Members Lauded at White House
Members of the 1966 Texas Western College mens basketball team gath-
er outside the West Wing of the White House after celebrations of their vic-
tory in the NCAA men's basketball national championship of 40 years ago
as part of Black History Month observances in Washington, Thursday, Feb.
23, 2006. They changed collegiate athletics forever by starting an all-black
lineup for the first time in the NCAA playoffs and upsetting the favored
University of Kentucky to win the national title. Their exploits are drama-
tized in a new film called 'Glory Road'.
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1-Participants Wanted for Study on Jacksonville's Homicide Rate
Participants are wanted for the
upcoming murder rate study,
Reducing Violence: A Community
Response, says Ben Warner,
Jacksonville Community Council
Inc. (JCCI) Deputy Director. This
study, funded by the Jacksonville
Sheriff's office, is in response to
Jacksonville's unusually high mur-
der rate experienced in the last few
The study seeks to:
1. Understand the factors influ-
encing the murder rate and associat-
ed violence in Jacksonville;
2. Assess current prevention,
intervention, and response efforts to
address community violence; and
3. Develop a comprehensive strat-
egy to address the underlying fac-
tors behind Jacksonville's murder
rate and lower the incidence of
The first study committee meeting
will be in the downtown library
auditorium on Thursday, March 9.
Thereafter the study committee will
meet every Thursday through June
29 in the downtown library general
purpose meeting room. All meet-
ings will be from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.
If you are interested in participating
in this critical conversation, please
contact Chandra at JCCI at 904-
396-3052 or email Chandra at chan-
Shown above are several speakers and organizers of AIDS Summit 2006.
Seated, from left to right: Dr. Michael Thompson (Florida A&M College
of Pharmacy)and Michael Weinstein (President of the AIDS Healthcare
Foundation), Dr. A. Gene Copello (Executive Director of The AIDS
Institute). Standing, from left to right: Deadra Green (Chairperson of the
AIDS Summit), Dr. Frank Emanuel (Florida A&M College of Pharmacy),
and Derya Williams (CEO of River Region Human Services). D.Murpihy
Annual AIDS Summit
Enlightened and Informed
The Minority AIDS Coalition of Jacksonville presented AIDS Summit
2006 on Feb. 16^th and 17th at BeTheLite Conference Center in Arlington.
The AIDS Summit has a well-earned reputation for being one of the finest
regional events of its kind. This year's AIDS Summit featured many
renowned experts. Among them were Michael Weinstein (President of the
AIDS Healthcare Foundation), Dr. A. Gene Copello (Executive Director of
The AIDS Institute), Dr. Michael Thompson (Florida A&M College of
Phartmacy), River Huston (author of A Positive Life), and many others.
The theme of the AIDS Summit was Strikeout HIV/AIDS. Hundreds of
participants left the AIDS Summit better equipped to do exactly that.
First National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day Set for March 10th
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently
preparing to launch the first annual. National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th throughout the United Slates.
To date, African American women and girls bare the brunt of
HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Between the years 2000 and 2003,
HIV/AIDS rates for African American females were 19 times the rate
for White females and 5 times the rate for Latina/Hispanic females.
African American and Latina/Hispanic women accounted for 81 percent
of new AIDS diagnoses in 2004 among women. Nationwide, an esti-
mated 944.306 Americans have been diagnosed with AIDS from the
beginning of the epidemic through 20U4. Of the 42,514 estimated new
diagnoses in 2004. 73 percent were male and 27 percent were female.
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Dr. Charles E. Simmons, III (far right) and Dr. Michelle Bell (far left) celebrated their 4th Annual A/B Honor Roll Banquet and Fun Day rewarding their
student patients who made excellent grades. The young students, accompanied by their parents, played and ate to their hearts content at the courtesy of
the medical duo. The much anticipated "invitation only" banquet was held earlier this month at Dave & Busters.
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy As You Age
The eyes may be the window to
the soul, but the mouth mirrors a
person's health throughout life and
into old age.
Strategies for maintaining healthy
teeth and gums -- such as good oral
hygiene, fluoride in drinking water
and toothpaste, and regular profes-
sional care -- are just as important
for older adults as for children.
Indeed, there is more at stake with
oral health than just having an
attractive smile and cavity-free
teeth. Oral diseases and conditions
can affect other aspects of an indi-
vidual's general health status, and
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trainer To The Stars (prone to strains), shin splints, and injuries. What they don't realize is
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and Sanaa Lathan all plantar fasciitis). Women tend to result from muscle imbalances. The
hing in common. Aside make matters worse by wearing term "antagonistic equality" refers
ng a common trainer, high-heeled shoes, to the need to keep opposite muscle
st Hollywood's best The forced plantar flexion, or groups in balance. Antagonists like
"tippie-toe" position, puts a tremen- the quads and the hams, biceps and
there is nothing as sexy dous amount of strain on the quads, triceps, pecs and rhomboids, and
rated sway in the lower as well as the knee itself. It never the hip adductors and abductors,
makes the butt so pro- ceases to amaze me when I see need to be equally strong to ensure
trainers teaching their clients to put good posture.
this lumbar arch, other- weight plates or risers of some kind Try these hamstring exercises:
n as lordosiss," is often under their heels. This not only Lying Hamstring Curls: Lying on
sign of vulnerability to worsens the quad-to-ham ratio, it your front, kick your heels up to
lower back injury, destroys the knee joint by forcing your butt with your toes pointed
balances often occur in the thigh bone (femur) to shoot for- Stiff Leg Deadlift: Using a barbell
half of the body. Nine ward "through" the knee cap. or dumbbells, slide your hips back-
f ten, clients come to us Much like the advice I give for re- ward keeping your back straight
stronger muscles on the balancing the upper body muscles, until you feel your hamstrings fully
ir thighs (quads) than the the hamstrings should be worked stretched, then slide your hips for-
ir thighs (hamstrings). four sets for every three sets of ward as you grad the weights back
ult, the "overpowering" quads. This will eventually cause up your thighs. Keep a slight bend
muscles of the thigh pull the knee flexors (hams) and the in your knees throughout.
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Many people erroneously believe
that losing teeth is an inevitable part
of aging and that there is nothing
they can do about it. While in the
1950s fewer than 50 percent of
older adults retained their teeth,
now more than 70 percent keep
their teeth into old age.
Teeth are lost due to tooth decay
and gum disease, not aging alone,
and there is plenty \"e can do to
keep our mouths healthy.
By the time people are in their 60s
and older, they generally know the
importance of brushing, flossing,
and regular dental checkups. Even
those who no longer have their
teeth or wear dentures, should
receive regular oral examinations
and dental care.
The risk for these oral problems
may increase with age because of
problems with saliva production,
receding gums that expose "softer"
root surfaces to bacteria, or difficul-
ties flossing and brushing.
Certain medications can impair
the production of saliva, which is
needed to lubricate the mouth and
gums, reduce bacterial growth, and
provide minerals to "heal" tooth
surfaces where tooth decay is just
To relieve the symptoms of dry
mouth and prevent oral problems,
dentists recommend drinking extra
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such as fluoride rinses and gels and
more frequent visits to the dental
office are often encouraged.
Finally, there are medications that
can help the salivary glands work
The use of fluoride products is
important, particularly brushing
with fluoride toothpaste and drink-
ing fluoridated water, but mouth
rinses, varnishes, or supplements
may also be recommended.
Fluoride is not just for kids. It pro-
tects against tooth decay at all ages.
Older adults also should avoid
smoking or other tobacco products,
use alcohol only in moderation, and
be conscious of maintaining a nutri-
tious diet even if they have lost
teeth and have a more difficult time
chewing fresh fruit and vegetables.
To learn more about oral health
visit the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's Web site
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Crab Cakes With Cilantro
Salsa Cilantro Salsa
1 can (15 ounces) Progresso black
beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel
sweet corn, drained
1 large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat,
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell
1/2 cup Progresso Italian style
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1 medium green onion, sliced
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup Progresso Italian style
1. Stir together Cilantro Salsa
ingredients; cover and refrigerate.
2. Stir together Crab Cakes ingredi-
ents except 2 tablespoons oil and
2/3 cup bread crumbs. Shape into
16 cakes, each about 2 inches in
3. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over
medium heat. Coat crab cakes with
2/3 cup bread crumbs. Cook in oil 3
to 4 minutes on each side, turning
once, until golden brown. Drain on
paper towels. Serve with salsa.
Veggie Parmesan Cakes
1/4 cup Progresso Italian style
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 package (10 ounces) veggie
burgers, partially thawed (4 patties)
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced toma-
toes with Italian-style herbs,
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1. In shallow bowl, mix bread
crumbs and cheese.
2. Spray 10-inch nonstick skillet
Keep these handy suggestions at your finger-
-Clear a kitchen workspace with ample room
to mix and shape the patties.
-When working with sticky mixtures, wetting
your hands with water or spraying them with
cooking spray helps prevent a mess.
-Consider mixing and forming the patties up
to 24 hours before cooking. Store them tightly
covered, or sealed in plastic wrap, in the refrig-
-Freeze patties 30 to 45 minutes to firm them
up before cooking they won't fall apart when
placing them in the pan.
%%1ith cooking spr a',: heat o\ er inmedi-
tun heat. Dip veggle burL'ers into
egg white, coat withl bread crumb
mixture. Spra,, both sides of each
burger \hith cooking spra.s add to
skillet. Cook 4 to 6 minutes or until
browned on both sides.
3. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and
basil; stir gently to mix. Reduce
heat to medium-low; simmer 5 to
10 minutes or until sauce is of
desired consistency, stirring occa-
sionally. If desired, serve with addi-
tional Parmesan cheese.
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1/4 cup dried lentils (2 ounces),
sorted and rinsed
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup finely chopped cashews
2 tablespoons Progresso bread
crumbs (any flavor)
2 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
4 medium green onions, finely
chopped (1/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 medium stalk celery, sliced (1/2
1 medium carrot, sliced (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
Hot cooked Chinese noodles or
rice, if desired
1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat rice,
lentils and 1 1/2 cups water to boil-
ing. Reduce heat; cover and simmer
30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasion-
ally, until lentils are tender and
water is absorbed. Cool slightly.
2. Mash rice mixture slightly with
fork. Stir in cashews, bread crumbs,
2 tablespoons stir-fry sauce, the
green onions and egg. Shape into 4
patties, each about 1/2 inch thick.
3. Spray 10-inch skillet with cook-
ing spray; heat over medium heat.
Cook patties in skillet about 10
minutes, turning once, until golden
brown. Remove patties from skillet;
4. In same skillet, heat remaining
ingredients except noodles to boil-
ing. Reduce heat to medium. Cover
and cook about 5 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until vegetables are
crisp-tender. Add patties. Cover and
cook over medium heat 5 to 8 min-
utes or until patties are hot. Serve
sauce and patties over noodles.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
"Grease" the Musical
Stage Aurora presents "GREASE"
By Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs.
"Grease is the word". The most
popular, fun-filled musical brought
to life via the big screen will be per-
formed on Friday March 3, 2006
8:00p.m., Saturday March 4, 2006
2:00p.m. & 8:00p.m. and on
Sunday March 5, 2006 3:00 p.m.
All performances will be held in the
Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus, 4501 Capper Road. For
more information call 765-7372.
Focus of Free Lecture
The Historical Significance of the
African American Experience in
Jacksonville will be explored in a
free program and lecture on
Saturday, March 4 from 1 3 p.m.
at the Ritz. The African American
community of Jacksonville, Florida
has often been referred to as the
Harlem of the South because of its
vibrant cultural life during the 1930
s, 40s and 50s. This public program
will explore the contributions in lit-
erature, music, art and culture that
grew out of Jacksonville's African
American community. Also, the
team of scholars working on the
upcoming exhibition Crossing the
Color Lines will present the results
of their research. For more infor-
mation, please call 904-632-5555 or
Attendees will learn how to pre-
pare their landscape for spring on
Saturday, March 4, 2006 from
11:00 1:00 PM. The free class will
be at the Mandarin Branch Library,
3330 Kori Road. This class will
teach low maintenance landscape
techniques, how to calibrate sprin-
klers, and how to take soil samples.
You will also hear about 2006 plant
selections and plant trends. Space
is limited. To register, call 387-
15th Annual American
The 15th Annual Native American
Indian Festival is scheduled the first
weekend in March (Saturday 3/4
(10 a.m. 9 p.m. Sunday 3/5 10
a.m. 6 p.m.) in St. Augustine.
Sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, the event takes place out-
doors at Francis field on Castillo
Drive in historic downtown St.
Augustine. Festival highlights
include the Yellow Bird Indian
Dancers from Mesa, Arizona who
will perform authentic Apache,
Southwest and Northern Plains
dances, authentic Native American
cuisine, artists and craft vendors
and much more. For more informa-
tion, visit www.seminoletribe.com
Free Donna Brazile
Lecture at UNF
Donna Brazile, author, educator
and political activist will be speak-
ing at 7:30 p.m. on Monday,
March 6, at the University of North
Florida's Lazzara Fine Arts Center.
The lecture will include topics such
as Hurricane Katrina, challenges
Brazile has faced as a woman in a
predominantly male arena, women
in politics and what's in store for the
future of women. After the post-
election fight over the votes in
Florida where she served as Al
Gore's campaign manager, she was
appointed chair of the Democratic
National Committee's Voting
Rights Institute. This lecture is free
and open to the public. For more
information, contact Amanda Gude
at (904) 620-2528 or e-mail wom-
The University of North Florida's
Women and Girls Health Initiative
will feature Dr. Edith A. Perez, a
world renowned breast cancer
researcher, at a luncheon from
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
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Brought to you by
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday,
March 7, at the Jacksonville
Marriott Hotel at Southpoint, 4670
Salisbury Road, Jacksonville. The
program will also include cancer
survivor Donna Hicken, a First
Coast News anchor and
Jacksonville native. UNF's Women
and Girls Health Initiative aims to
motivate, educate and engage indi-
viduals in the strengthening and
delivery of excellence in women
and girls' health care. Tickets are
available by calling (904) 620-
The UniverSoul Circus returns to
Jacksonville, March 8-12 at
Norwood Shopping Center, 5290
Norwood Ave. 2006 is the most
ambitious production to date,
breaking new ground with the cir-
cus world premier of Soul on Ice,
Krump hip hop dancing Clowns, a
brand new Ringmaster and the
UniverSoul return of half-pint
Ringmaster sidekick extraordinaire,
Zeke. Tickets are on sale now via
Ticketmaster. For more information
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
National Society of Black
Engineers will have their next
meeting on Thursday, March 9th at
6:30 p.m. All engineers and profes-
sionals are welcome. The meeting
will be held Downtown at the new
Main Library. For more informa-
tion, call 412-2010 or email nsbe-
Kirk Franklin will make a stop in
Jacksonville on national tour in
support of his latest CD Hero along
with Grammy Award winning duo
Mary Mary. In the spirit of the CD's
title, Franklin also plans to cele-
brate and honor "hometown heroes"
in each market. The concert will
be held on Friday March 10, 2006
at the Times Union performing Arts
Center. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call 353-3309.
Audition for a Play
Professor Plum's Playhouse, an
interactive murder mystery dinner
theater is holding and open audition
for "The Falsettos" on Saturday
March 11th from 1-3 p.m. at 4578
Blanding blvd, Jacksonville. ALL
ROLES ARE COMPENSATED.
Talent should have good memoriza-
tion skills and be prepared to read
sides from the script. Production
dates are 4/20/06 6/3/06.
Headshots and resumes requested
but not required. The Playhouse is
located at 4578 Blanding Blvd. For
more information, call (904) 772-
Violence and the Poor
Focus of Free Lecture
with Renowned Expert
Dr. Elijah Anderson, distinguished
professor of sociology at the
University of Pennsylvania, will
discuss "Violence and the Inner
City Poor" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday,
March 13, at the University Center
on the campus of the University of
North Florida. Anderson is an
expert on the sociology of Black
America and is the author of the
classic sociological work, "A Place
on the Comer: A Study of Black
Street Comer Men." The public can
order tickets for this free lecture
online at www.unf.edu. Click on the
2006 Lectures link.
AARP Senior Safe
AARP will offer the Driver Safety
Program an 8 hour course for driv-
ers 50 and older. It will be held
from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on
Wednesday, March 15 and
Thursday, March 16 at North
Florida Motors, 4620 Southside
Blvd. Participants do not have to be
member of AARP. Participants will
receive an appropriate discount on
auto insurance. To register call:
Day at MOSH
Visit the Museum of Science and
History on March 17th to recog-
nize Women's History Day : Spend
The Aztec Dancers are a beautiful and colorful Family, originating
from Mexico City, now living in NE Florida. They are featured enter-
tainers at the upcoming March 4 & 5 American Indian Festival in St.
this Women's History day learning
about Female Firsts! Marie Curie,
Amelia Earhart, Aretha Franklin,
and Oprah Winfrey are just a few of
the wonderful women to make
breakthroughs in women's history!
Children can create crafts that rep-
resent some of the special talents
that these women are remembered
for. Activities will run from 10:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m
GS. Women of
The Girl Scouts of Gateway
Council will honor six local women
at the 18th annual Women of
Distinction fundraising luncheon at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville on
March 17, 2006. This year's hon-
orees are Representative Audrey
Gibson, Susan Adams Loyd, Kelly
Madden, Susan Remmer Ryzewic
and Emily Balz Smith and the late
Fran Peacock Coker. The luncheon,
will take place from 12:00pm -
. 1:30pm and is open to the public
.For reservations, please call (904)
388-4653 ext. 1125 by March 10.
Maysa at Jazz
and Blues Lounge
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present contemporary
jazz recording artist Maysa at the
Ritz Third Saturday Jazz and Blues
Lounge on Saturday, March 18th.
The Lounge is a new caf6 style con-
cert series featuring local and
national jazz recording artists.
Maysa brings her authentic, upbeat,
groove to the stage for a memorable
night of smooth jazz. Her deep,
smoky voice is bottomless, and her
sophisticated style will fill your
night with music and soul. For more
information, please call 632-5555.
Hotel Rwanda' Hero
to Speak at JU
Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the
Rwandan genocide portrayed in
Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 28 at Jacksonville
University's Swisher Gymnasium.
His speech, "Hotel Rwanda: A
Lesson Yet to be Learned," will
touch on the events of the 1994
genocide, the current political cli-
mate in Africa, and the internation-
al response to the current crisis in
Darfur, Sudan. For more informa-
tion, call 256-7520.
Diabetes Exposed 2006
The American" Diabetes
Association of North FL is hosting
Diabetes Exposed, a one-day con-
ference with screenings, seminars,
and exhibits designed to give peo-
ple with diabetes and their care-
givers up-to-date information about
diabetes diagnosis, prevention,
treatment, and healthy living. The
Conference will be at the Bethelite
Conference Center on Saturday,
April 1st from 9 3p.m. For more
information, call 904-730-7200.
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Host Cuba Gooding Jr. enters between twwo members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity who had just concluded some of their world class step-
ping and Samuel L. Jackson accepts the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in 'Coach Carter' (bottom) Jamie
Foxx accepts the award for Outstanding Male Artist, actress Kimberly Elise accepts the Image Award for outstanding actress in a motion pic-
ture for her role in 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' and Susan L. Taylor, (L) editorial director of Essence magazine, received the President's
Award from NAACP President and CEO Bruce Gordon.
Annual NAACP Image Awards
Honors Best in Black Entertainment
With only a week to go before the
Academy Awards, the Oscar-nomi-
nated film "Crash" was named best
picture by the NAACP at its 37th
annual Image Awards on Saturday.
The awards show, hosted by actor
Cube Gooding, Jr., -honors the
achievements of African Americans
in film, television and music. Other
winners included ABC's "Grey's
Anatomy" for television drama, and
the UPN comedy "Everybody
Hates Chris" for outstanding come-
The racially charged "Crash" was
given the Image Award for out-
standing motion picture, beating
out nominees "Hustle & Flow,"
"Coach Carter," "Hitch" and "Diary
of a Mad Black Woman." Oscar-
nominee Terence Howard also
received a best supporting actor
award for his performance in the
A dramatic year punctuated by
Hurricane Katrina and the deaths of
civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and
Coretta Scott King, lent a serious
tone to much of the show.
Honoree Susan L. Taylor, editori-
al director of Essence Magazine,
reminded the audience that the pop-
ular Essence Music Festival, held
traditionally in New Orleans, would
instead take place in Houston this
Festival organizers hope the gath-
ering of civil rights leaders and
prominent African Americans can
lay out an agenda for black
America, she said.
Comedian Chris Rock, co-cre-
ator of "Everybody Hates Chris,"
remained lighthearted in a reference
to the -civil rights struIggles -of
African Americans, and the realiza-
tion of Dr. Martin Luther King's
dreams of racial equality.
"To me, the dream is that (black
entertainers) can be paid to be
mediocre, just like white people,"
His hit show, based on hia
Brooklyn upbringing, won the
award for best television series.
"I want to thank all the white kids
who beat (me)," said Rock during
his acceptance speech. "I'm rich!"
Actor Jamie Foxx picked up the
first major award for his musical
endeavors during the 37th Annual
NAACP Image Awards, taped last
weekend at the Shrine Auditorium
in Los Angeles.
The Oscar-winner for 'Ray' was
chosen as best male musical artist
for his album 'Unpredictable.' He
summed up the honor backstage by
stating that music was "what I
always wanted to do."
Alicia Keys won for best female
artist, and also took home top song
and video awards for
"Unbreakable." Mariah Carey, who
just earned three Grammys earlier
this month, received a best album
award for 'The Emancipation of
The Bernie Mac Show scored
wins in three categories: Mac for
best actor, Camille Winbush for
best supporting actress and director
SMil'icerit Sfielton for best television
"America, I heard your prayers,
and you wanted me here," Mac said
during the ceremony. "The Mac
Man cometh and I'm bringing hell
On the film front, Samuel L.
Jackson took best actor award for
'Coach Carter,' 'Crash' received the
best movie honor, and its star
Terrence Howard beat three of his
co-stars (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges,
Don Cheadle and Larenz Tate) to
win the supporting actor nod. The
Oscar-nominated talent also took
best actor in a TV movie or minis-
eries for HBO's 'Lackawanna
The Young and the Restless staples
Shemar Moore and Victoria Rowell
each took home best actor and
actress awards for daytime drama.
Carlos Santana, who performed at
the show, received the NAACP Hall
of Fame Award while the Neville
Brothers received the Chairman's
Award. Writer and businesswoman
Susan Taylor was honored with the
President's Award. Other big win-
ners were Actress S. Epatha
Merkerson exults onstage after
receiving the award for Outstanding
Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series
or Dramatic Special for her work in
'Lackawanna Blues,' and Alicia
Keys accepts the award for
Outstanding Female Artist
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Madea earns $30.3 million to
clobber closest competitor.
Tyler Perry fans already know that Madea is not
to be messed with. Over the weekend, the "pistol-
managed to reduce a team of eight life-saving sled
." dogs to scared little puppies as "Madea's Family
SReunion" took over the No. 1 spot at the weekend
The film opened with an estimated $30.3 million worth of tickets sales,
knocking last week's winner "Eight Below" to No. 2 on sales of $15.7 mil-
"Reunion" arrives almost one year after "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
shocked the world with its No. 1 bow at just over $20 million.
Perry's lucrative "Madea" franchise began with sold-out plays featuring
the filmmaker in drag as the head of a dysfunctional family. Last year's
"Diary" was budgeted at $5.5 million and ended up grossing $50 million.
Impressed with "Diary's" opening weekend performance, "Reunion"
was booked in 711 more theaters than its Madea predecessor with 2,194
venues having showed the film over the weekend.
Comic unsuccessful in trying to trademark N-
word for clothing line and retail store.
For the past 14 months, actor Damon Wayans has been in a battle with
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to clear his use of .
the term "nigga" for a new clothing line and retail store.
According to Wired Online, Wayans is looking to use
the word to represent 14 kinds of attire, including shirts
and pants; and as part of a label to appear on "clothing,
books, music and general merchandise," as well as
movies, TV and the internet, according to his applica-
His registration, dated Dec. 22, was rejected by trademark examiner
Kelly Boulton based on a law that prohibits marks that are "immoral or
scandalous." A previous attempt by Wayans was turned down on the same
grounds six months earlier.
"While debate exists about in-group uses of the term, 'nigga' is almost
universally understood to be derogatory," Boulton wrote to Wayans' attor-
ney, William H. Cox, according to the application.
Denzel Speaks on "Lovechild" Issue
In the upcoming Hollywood issue of Essence magazine, Oscar-winning
actor Denzel Washington finally responds to rumors that he has a secret
lovechild with his "Out of Time" co-star Sanaa Lathan. "I've heard (the
rumors). Having babies, I've left home and all this... I'm a big boy. I can
take it. But what bothers me about all of that stuff is the effect on the fam-
ily." Washington tells Essence that he and Pauletta his wife of 22 years -
are still happily married and are supporting each other amidst the rumor
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Phi Delta Kappa Annual Civil Rights Banquet Salutes Black History
Seated L-R: Sandra Milton, Basileus flora JarKer, Helen venix, (stanamg) Delorns woods, JacKie MvcKenney, alame ivernweatner, Betty
Burney, Jakki Stubbs, Shirley Willis, Curlue Huger, Rebbecca Highsmith, Jean Farmer, Joanne Parks and Leonella Williams. Top right:
Nychaunda Hickswho read the Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King and Kennethia Smith who read the Life and Legacy of Rosa Parks.
By Rhonda Silver
The Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa,
Inc. Delta Delta Chapter, a national
professional organization of educa-
tors, recently held their Annual
Commission on Civil Rights
Clarice C. Bradwell Scholarship
Banquet at Shand's Methodist
Towers Building. Held on Saturday,
February 25th, 2005 the Banquet
raises money to benefit their
deserving college bound youths
The keynote speaker for the occa-
sion was L. Jerome Spates -
President Board of Directors, Sickle
Cell Disease Association. He
brought the audience to a time of
remembrance when segregation
was enforced in the Jacksonville
Police Department with separate
stations. He reminded the audience
that discrimination continues today,
as evidenced in the recent Fire
Department debacle just last week.
He also inspired hope in the future
for a people who have the ability to
solve our own issues.
"We can make a difference
through commitment and volun-
teering. It's sad but it's so true.
We've come along way, but there's
still a long way to go." Said Spates.
"As we build today for tomorrow,
let us rededicate ourselves and
embrace the vision of those virtu-
ous women of the past, who took
the challenge by making it a reali-
ty." said Sorority Basileus Flora
McClendon Parker. "We cannot for-
get our struggles as we prepare our
youth for the many challenges that
they are confronted with... we are
dedicated to the task of teaching our
youth to move above and beyond
all barriers, and to conquer and
achieve their highest goals." She
Entertainment for the evening
was provided by Voices of Victory,
and a solo by Kanisha Mitchell.
The program also included a read-
ing on the lives and legacy of
Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks
which was presented by (Xinos)
Nychaunda Hicks and Kennethia
EWC WEekend Dedicates
New Building, Unveils Exhibit
R to 1: Senator Tony Hill and members of the local chapter of the A.
Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), Ms. Luella McQueen (APRI treas-
urer), Ms. Yvonne Smart and Rev. Dr. Landon L. Williams, pas-
tor/Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, gather for the unveiling of
the Randolph Exhibit. Photo by Chamyne B. Thompson.
African-American youth, and
African Ameri-cans in general
become more interested each year
in their history. They are looking
beyond the unbalanced portrayals
of African mayhem and instability
that dominated the media to mean-
ingful first hand experiences of the
continent of their ancestors. Last
year, 17 African American high
school students ventured to South
Africa to attend the Summer
Academy at Cape Town (SACT). In
addition to a curriculum of African
history, culture and politics, stu-
dents gained a broad experience of
South Africa, ranging from the
beautiful beaches of Cape Town to
community service in townships.
William Hambrick, an outstand-
ing African-American student from
a troubled neighborhood of
Hayward, California, participated
in the SACT. He found a new inspi-
ration in Steve Biko, a martyr of the
Black Consciousness movement in
"The tenacity, resourcefulness,
caring and love he shoed for his
people helped me to gain a new
respect for the resistance (against)
the Apartheid ear," says Hambrick,
a freshman at Morehouse College.
Though far from home, Hambrick
found solace and brotherhood in his
peers at the academy. "When peo-
ple found out near the end of the
trip that my father had p assed, they
began to cry and became extremely
emotion in sharing my sorrow."
In spite of these tragic events,
Hambrick returned from the
Summer Academy inspired and
empowered by his experience in
Africa. "This trip has inspired me
and helped me to realize numerous
things about African culture that I
could be proud of. I wouldn't trade
this experience for anything in the
Last summer, SACT enrolled 70
globally di-verse students in the
program. The students were from
12 countries, 13 US states and 44
schools. They grappled with global
issues and discussed the issues of
Africa's past and future leadership
with dynamic guest speakers such
as Nobel Laureate Archbishop
Desmond Tutu. They also traveled
to historic sites such as Robben
Island, where Nelson Mandela was
incarcerated for 18 years.
The SACT is committed to pro-
viding teenagers an experience to
broaden their world view and fur-
ther their leadership skills through
academic study, meaningful com-
munity service and cultural
exchange. Enrollment for this sum-
mer is still open, although space is
limited. For information about the
Summer Academy at Cape Town
program, visit: or contract Ronalee
Zarate-Bayani at (888) 358-4321 or
continued from front
"Tony" Hill, Sr. of District 1.
Senator Hill referred to himself as a
disciple of Mr. Randolph, stating,
"Whenever I am faced with major
decisions, my first question to
myself is what would Mr. Randolph
do? I want to be fair because Mr.
Randolph was a fair man."
Senator Hill and members of the
local A. Philip Randolph Institute
agreed to adopt the three EWC stu-
dents who were winners in the A.
Philip Randolph Essay Contest.
"These students took time out of
their lives to write about Mr.
Randolph. We want to provide
opportunities for these students to
work with one of the unions in our
Union Summer Program and pro-
At 7 p.m., Bishop McKinley
Young, chairman of the EWC
Board of Trustees, performed the
dedication service for the John
Hurst Adams and Jimmy R. Jenkins
Community Sports and Music
Center. The dedication service took
place during the opening session of
the 19th Annual Eleventh Episcopal
District Black Heritage Weekend
The Center is a 50,000 square foot
facility that seats 1,800 persons and
is located on the west end of the
campus. This is the first facility of
its kind built along the Kings Road
corridor in over 40 years. It will
offer the College Park area and the
community a venue for community
programs and other community
Bishop Adams, who was the fea-
tured speaker for the service and
one of the honorees, spoke on the
Double E Principle: Excellence
and Ethics. He encouraged the
audience, which included mostly
school-aged young people, to
"strive for excellence in all that you
do and don't settle for less than your
best." There were over 2,000 per-
sons from the llth Episcopal
District from Florida and the
Bahamas who attended the Black
Heritage Weekend 2006.
A Month in South Africa Helps
Teen Discover His Roots
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