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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
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Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
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March 30, 2006
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Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
March 30, 2006
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00063

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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


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Table of Contents
    Main
        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
        page 5
    Main: Faith & Spirit
        page 6
    Main continued
        page 7
        page 8
        page 9
    Main: Around Town
        page 10
        page 11
        page 12
Full Text







Take a Peek

Inside the Free
ress Anniversary
Album as We

Revisit the
Last 20 Years
Page 9


Black Women

Have Long

been the

Backbone

of Our

Communities
Page 4


Despite Appeals, Judge Upholds April
22nd as Election Day in New Orleans
A federal judge in New Orleans ordered lawyers this week to come up
with solutions to problems that would limit the ability of displaced city
residents to participate in upcoming city elections, but he did not post-
pone the election date.
"If \ou are a displaced citizen, like I am, we have a burning desire for
completeness," said U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, whose own New
Orleans home flooded after Hurricane Katrina.
Several key offices are on the ballot April 22, including mayor and city
council. Fourteen New Orleans candidates have emerged to challenge
incumbent Mayor Ray Nagin for his job. including Lt. Governor Mitch
Landrieu, 45. an influential Louisiana politician whose sister is U.S.
Senator Mary Landrieu, (D-La).
A coalition of organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund,
had appealed to the courts to delay what would be the city's first munic-
ipal elections since the hurricane, arguing that too many black residents
won't be able to participate.
Former residents are able to participate through absentee voting. Voters
must request an absentee ballot by April 18 and the ballots must be
returned by April 21. So far, more than 9.000 voters have requested
absentee ballots.

Black Soldiers Represent 10 Percent

of U.S. Military Killed in Iraq War
Since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq, at least 235 black men and
women have died in the Iraq War. A majority of those deaths -- 196 --
have been in the Army. 31 in the Marines, four in the Navy and three in
the Air Force, according to U.S. Department of Defense statistics.
The nmmbet of black deaths account for roughly 10 percent of the total.
A majority of the war deaths. 74 percent, have been among whites.
"It is now three years since the beginning of the war in Iraq. In this peri-
od, our men and women have fought bravely and valiantly, and these sol-
diers and their families hate made tremendous sacrifices," said U.S. Rep.
Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.).
"Tragically, we have now lost more than 2.300 U.S. soldiers and more
than 17,000 have been %wounded." said Meek. who is a member of the
Congressional Black Caucus and serves on the House Armed Services
Committee.
"There is no doubt that the Bush administration has poorly managed
the war in Iraq. From the manipulated pre-war intelligence and poor
planning to the astonishing contracting abuses that have costs U.S. tax-
payers billions, this war has been plagued by incompetence, corruption
and cronyism." Meek said.

Former Liberian Pres. Charles

Taylor Disappears Pre Extradition
S: .,V Two days after Nigerian President Olusegun
-, Obasanjio agreed to new Liberian President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleafs request to extradite former
President and warlord Charles Taylor to Sierra
Leone to stand trial for war crimes and crimes
against humanity. Taylor has gone missing from his
Nigerian residence.
In March 2003, the Special Court for Sierra Leone
issued an indictment against Taylor who served as
the President of Liberia from his election in 1997
until August 2003 when he accepted a Nigerian
offer of exile contingent on the arrival of a peacekeeping force (consist-
ing of US forces joined w ith troops from Economic Community Of West
African States lECOWAS)) in Liberia.
The indictment alleges that beginning min December 1989 the National
Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) led by Taylor began conducting
"organized armed attacks" in Liberia and, in an effort to obtain access to
the %ast diamond mines of Sierra Leone, supported the Revolutionary
United Front (RUF) in its uprising against the Sierra Leone government.
As such. Taylor is charged with being responsible for the brutality that
gripped both countries for over a decade. Daily horrific activity for
Liberians included citizens routinely shot. hacked and burned to death .
brutal rapes, mutilations and murders. The total number killed in West
Africa during Taylor's involvement in the region has been estimated in
excess of 300,.000 with millions more "homeless. raped and maimed."

Navy Honors Academy's First

Black Graduate With Building
ANNAPOLIS. Md.- Wesley Brown says he felt "a certain euphoria" as
ground was broken for a building to be named in
his honor.- .
Brown, the first African-American graduate of
the Na\al Academy. was honored last weekend on
a stage next to %what will become the Wesle)
Brown Field House.
The 140.0).0-square-foot. $45 million complex is
set to be completed in about rto years. Academy i
officials sa\ the building will be one of the pre- I
mier sports facilities in the nation. The 78-year-old Brown entered the
academy in 1945 after five other black midshipmen had failed to finish
their first year there. He endured a campaign by white midshipmen to -
quote "skin him out on demerits."
Chief of naval operations Admiral Michael Mullen says Brown repre-
sents sern ice to the nation "as well as anybody that has ever put on a uni-
form."


Volume 20 No. 9 Jacksonville, Florida March 30 April 5, 2006


Stagnation, Retrenchment: The State of Black America


by H.T. Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) In
evaluating recent nominees to the
U.S. Supreme Court, too much
emphasis was placed on compe-
tence and academic achievement
while not enough weight was given
to basic values, retired federal
Judge Nathaniel R. Jones says.
Jones' analysis appears as an
essay in the National Urban
League's 2006 State of Black
America report, released this week.


"One's fitness to be a U.S.
Supreme Court justice transcends
what so many focused on during the
recent confirmation process stellar
academic achievements and a
degree of unquestioned profession-
al competence," writes Jones, a for-
mer lawyer for Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and ex-general counsel for
the NAACP. "While such creden-
tials are relevant, they should be the
beginning of the scrutiny, not the
end. The critical question is one of


values, not competence."
Jones noted that Chief Justice
Roger B. Taney, who presided over
the Dred Scott case was a supreme-
ly qualified jurist and had served as
Secretary of Treasury in the
Andrew Jackson administration.
"Yet, when faced with the funda-
mental question of whether a one-
time slave, Dred Scott, had standing
to sue to retain his newly-acquired
free status, Justice Taney wrote that
black people -slaves were not per-


sons within the contemplation of
the framers of the Constitution and
were therefore powerless to sue.
Had Chief Justice Taney been
imbued with a different scale of
values, our national history on race
might have been considerably dif-
ferent," Jones writes.
In another landmark case, Plessy
v. Ferguson, then-Chief Justice
Henry Billings had impeccable
legal credentials.
Continued on page 3


S Local Black Men

Rank Higher

Nationally


Shown L-R are students Ben Gatewood( JWJ) ; Katie Dempsey (JWJ); Janai Smothers, Southside Middle;
Kelsey Bacon (JWJ); Tina Ng, (JWJ); Ebony Simon, Terry Parker H.S.; Keiondra Smothers, Southside
Middle and Christiana Broughton, (JWJ).
Students Spend Break Volunteering for Mother Earth


Local Jacksonville students vol-
unteered their time during their
Spring Break in preparation for
Earth Day 2006. Students from
James Weldon Johnson Middle
School and Terry Parker High
School created and assembled arts
and crafts kits from recycled goods
to be used for the 36th annual cele-
bration of Earth Day. From plexi-
glass suncatchers to foam fish-on-
sticks, volunteers assembled at var-
ious art stations to trace, cut, paint,
pack and prepare the thousands of


kits needed for the celebrations.
Thousands of participants are
expected to gather at the
Jacksonville Landing on April 22 to
take part in environmental educa-
tion, children's activities, recycled
craft projects, live music and the-
ater. Earth Day has been a national-
ly recognized holiday since 1970.
More than 50 public and private
organizations will commemorate
the 36th anniversary of Earth Day.
United by the common purpose of
protecting the environment, hun-


dreds are expected to gather at this
local festival to learn about conser-
vation, reducing energy and water
use and preventing pollution.
"The celebration of Earth Day
underscores our city's commitment
to protecting and preserving
Jacksonville's unique environmen-
tal assets," said Mayor John Peyton.
"As we prepare to launch a major
river cleanup initiative, it is more
important than ever for our resi-
dents to be good stewards of these
resources for future generations."


in Prostate

Cancer Diagnosis
Inner-city black men are almost
twice as likely to be diagnosed with
prostate cancer as whites and are
four times more likely to be in
advanced stages of the disease at
diagnosis, according to a new study
led by University of Florida
researchers.
The findings call attention to the
need to screen these men early -
beginning at age 45 instead of 50 -
and to offer them ongoing prostate
cancer education, UF researchers
report.
Prostate cancer remains the second-
most-commonly diagnosed cancer
and the second-most-common cause
of cancer deaths in American men
over age 45. Even so, prostate cancer
mortality rates in the United States
have been steadily declining during
the past 10 years, thanks to serum
prostate-specific antigen, or PSA,
blood tests and improved treatments.
But the researchers found a dif-
ferent situation for inner-city men
in Jacksonville, Fla.
"It all came about when we noticed
that several patients we screened in
Jacksonville were presenting with
more advanced disease than what we
had seen in similarly sized settings -
namely Houston and Winston-
Salem," said Dr. Charles Rosser, the
study's senior author and an assistant
professor of urology at UF
Jacksonville. "Patients who present-
ed in Houston and Winston-Salem
had already been screened so thor-
oughly that Continued on page 3


Thousands Brave Crowds and Chilly Temps to Witness Golf Pros at TPC
The annual Tournament Players Championship brought visitors, golf enthusiasts and local residents to Ponte Vedra to see some of the country's best
golfers, including golf phenom Tiger Woods. On hand for the occasion was Joshum Shipman with his father dad Lloyd Shipman at the 17 T. Shown right
is Woods who returned after an abrupt visit to his ailing father. Canadian golfer Stephen Ames moved up 37 places to No. 27 in the current Official World
Golf Rankings following his win at The Players Championship. The top six players from last week retained their positions this week: Tiger Woods was
first again, followed by Vijay Singh of Fiji, Retief Goosen of South Africa, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els of South Africa and Sergio Garcia of Spain.














The Unnatural Disaster for Black People


By Philip Jackson, Founder and
Executive Director
The Black Star Project
My aunt, who is a "young" 80-
years-old, told me recently that
"Black people are in trouble!" She
told me that Black people have not
been in this 'bad of shape' since we
left the cotton fields of Georgia and
Mississippi." She reminded me that
the "Great Depression" wasn't that
bad for Black people because we
had hope for a better life. "Today,"
she says, "Many Black people have


What


What I
By Norman Hill, President
Philip Randolph Institute
Philip Randolph, the greatest
black labor leader in American his-
tory, was also one of the foremost
twentieth-century leaders of the
Civil Rights Movement. In 1963,
he initiated the great March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom,
the largest demonstration in
American history to that time. That
march rallied the forces that
secured passage of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights
Act of 1965. Together these laws
which essentially outlawed racial
discrimination in the United States,
constitute the Magna Carta of
African Americans.
Randolph said "freedom is never
granted, it is won. Justice is never
given; it is exacted. Freedom and
justice must be struggled for by the
oppressed of all lands and races,
and the struggle must be continu-
ous; for freedom is never a final
fact, but a continuing, evolving
process."
A look at today's America con-
firms Randolph's warning. While
we have not, of course, returned to
the bad old days before the civil


no hope." Many Black people in
America are living in social and
economic conditions not much bet-
ter than those just after slavery
ended.
The official Black unemploy-
ment rate in America grew from
10.8% in May 2005 to 11.8% in
June 2005. a rate of growth that was
three times that of the rest of
America. Additionally, Black peo-
ple in America are more than twice
as likely to be unemployed than
other Americans. In some commu-


nities, the unofficial unemployment
rate of young Black men is upwards
of 50%. The net worth of Black
families dropped 16% to $5,998
while the net worth of White fami-
lies rose 17% to $88,670 in 2002,
according to a recent Pew
Memorial Trust survey.
The incarceration rate of Black
men in American prisons is unac-
ceptable! America's prison popula-
tion is the largest in the world, and
about 1 million of those behind bars
are Black men. In stark contrast,


only about 600,000 Black men are
in college. Since college-age Black
men make up a significant portion
of those incarcerated, the learning
power and economic potential of
the Black community is dangerous-
ly undermined. Few opportunities
exist for Black men released from
prison to legitimately support them-
selves and their families.
These conditions worsen. Tthe
racial academic achievement gap is
growing. In 2002, Black males
across America only had a 41%


We Haven't Achieved,and


We Can Do About It.........


rights movement, some things
remain stubbornly the same.
African Americans remain vulnera-
ble to harassment and brutality at
the hands of the police. Although
many areas of employment oppor-
tunity have opened up for blacks,
the African American rate of unem-
ployment continues to be about
double that of whites, a proportion
that has remained constant for
many decades.
Housing discrimination remains
rampant as real estate operators
continue to employ blockbusting
and other racist tactics, while banks
use redlining to deny African
Americans home mortgages. Year
after year, the Federal Reserve
issues statistics showing that at
every income level, blacks are more
likely than whites to be shut out in
this regard.
In some areas, things are getting
worse, over fifty years ago Brown
V. Board of Education of Topeka,
which banned segregated school-
ing. A lot of progress in desegregat-
ing schools was made during the
late 1960s and 1970s. But, the
Harvard University's Civil Rights
Project: Brown at 50: King's Dream


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or Plessy's Nightmare? shows that
a process of re-segregation is occur-
ring. In 1991, the Supreme Court's
ruling in Dowell v. Oklahoma
authorized a return to segregated
local schools. Under that ruling,
courts have lifted desegregation
orders in many school districts. As a
result, school re-segregation has
been growing in every region of the
country. Students in segregated
minority schools face serious disad-
vantages, including larger class
size, relatively inexperienced teach-
ers, and less technology-aided
instruction, compared to predomi-
nantly white schools. So increased
school segregation puts African
Americans at a competitive disad-
vantage in every form of material
well-being from employment to
housing, to medical care.
Outside of the strictly civil rights


arena, another area in which things
are going backward for African
Americans is social welfare. This is
not a matter of direct racial discrim-
ination, but because a dispropor-
tionately large number of blacks
have modest or low incomes, right-
wing attacks on programs that ben-
efit workers and the poor hit blacks
particularly hard. The attacks have
reached a new level of intensity
under the current administration of
President George Bush.
Blacks are less likely to be able
to afford private health insurance
than other groups. Most blacks
need a safe retirement pension. A
disproportionate number of blacks
earn the minimum, which the
administration refuses to increase
even while it gives the rich huge tax
cuts.


high school graduation rate. In
2006, the average 12th grade Black
student has the reading and math
scores of the average 8th grade
White student. Out of the 400,000
Black students in Illinois, only 35%
of the Black students who graduat-
ed from high school in 2005 read at
grade level. The failing Black stu-
dents of today become the unem-
ployed, homeless, incarcerated and
government-dependent adults of
tomorrow.
Without a long-term vision, com-
prehensive planning, effective lead-
ership, talented and creative man-
agement and immediate action, the
Black community, as we know it,
might not survive this unnatural
disaster. For the Black community
to save itself, it must look to itself
while working with government,
the faith-based community and cor-
porate America, to create and man-
age a viable plan. The Black com-
munity, with help from people of all
ethnicities, must start immediately
doing the work necessary to fix
these problems.
The most important work that the
Black community can do, with the
support of the government, the
faith-based community and corpo-
rate America, is to rebuild the Black
man into: a father for his children; a
husband for his wife; a provider and
protector for his family; an employ-
ee, an employer, and a contributor
to the economy; and a builder of his
community.
Without viable Black men, we
cannot consistently create good
families. Without good families,


there will be few strong communi-
ties. Without strong communities,
there can be no effective institutions
for transmitting positive culture.
Without a positive culture, there is
no framework for the proper educa-
tion of children. Without the proper
education of a people, there is no
economic base. All of these deficits
leave many Black communities
exactly where we are today, in the
heart of this unnatural disaster!
Every Black person in the United
States needs to create and work an
effective life plan for Black people
to thrive. Black families must
encourage every family member to
participate in a family-planning
process. Black communities must
create communal plans to ensure
our future and to help our families
plan for the future. This life-sur-
vival "work" plan should address
habits, actions, thoughts, steps,
strategies, goals and visions of self.
Every Black person can begin a
plan today! Every Black family
must encourage every family mem-
ber to participate in the planning
process which should be completed
in about six weeks. Then, all con-
centration should be on implemen-
tation of the plans. Without a com-
prehensive, systematic and strategic
survival plan, Black people as a
whole will never thrive, and might
not survive. As my Aunt said, "We
are in trouble!" And it is only by
doing the "work" to ensure our sur-
vival that Black people can stop this
unnatural disaster.
We must become the change we
seek.


Education and Entrepreneurship Can



Solve Problems of Black Americans


By John Horton
One glance at today's media and
one could become very distraught
about the status of and projected
future for Black Americans. A quick
look at statistics reveals that almost
40 percent of black kids may be
functional illiterates. Also, there are
almost as many young black males
being processed in the criminal jus-
tice system as there are in the post-
high school educational system.
As one writer says, "There
appears to be an overabundance of
Black American problems and a
paucity of viable solutions."
In my opinion, there are two
basic grass root solutions for this
so-called black dilemma. Simply
stated, these two solutions are, edu-
cation and entrepreneurship.
Knowing it and owning it is what it
is all about.
First let us take a look at educa-
tion. The labors and fruits of educa-
tion allow you to dream the impos-
sible and to due the impos-sible.
Education is the path and the key
for an individual or for a people. It


doesn't guarantee you the first place
in life, but education does allow
you to enter the competition for
first place.
We, as black people have a prob-
lem among ourselves, and the only
immediate and long-term solution
is among ourselves.
Many may say: "There we go
again, blaming the victim for those
things that he has no control over."
I, for one black person, am tired of
this relenting and unfulfilling slav-
ery mentality. We, as black people
and human beings, do have the
capacity to overcome our circum-
stances and determine our future.
But, we have to believe. Then, we
have to get busy and do what is nec-
essary to determine a brighter
future for ourselves.
We are a capable and competent
people. We are not slaves emotion-
ally, psychologically, intellectually,
morally, physically, or spiritually.
We are intelligent toward and per-
ceptive of the trials and tribula-
tions of life. It may not all be fair or
right, but we can overcome the


obstacles and barriers that have
been put before us.
We should do everything within
our power to rid ourselves of these
debilitating social and familial ail-
ments; fratricide, fatherless homes,
teenage pregnancy, crimi-nal activi-
ty and trafficking in drugs, youth
school dropout, unemploy-ment
and underemployment, ...and our
failure to become savers, investors
and producers.
Second, let us take a look at
entrepreneurship. Ownership gives
you a stake in life and an invest-
ment for the future. If you don't
own anything, you don't feel you
have anything to lose.
In effect, a lack of ownership
can cause a feeling of impotence
and alienation in a person or people
If not corrected, it can erode your
sense of self-worth & personhood.
Entrepreneurship is the "Gol-den
Rule of Economics! He who has the
gold gets to make the rules." This is
a fact of life, like it or not, right or
wrong. Economics (entrepreneur-
ship in its various forms), almost


always ensures the collateral social
and political 'clout. Moreover, eco-
nomic autonomy does provide
access to and autho-rity in today's
and tomorrow's real world.
.Knowing the rules of the entre-
. preneurial. game, we must be an
enterprising and cohesive people.
We must become providers and
producers, .....not just spenders and
consumers.
We can demand respect all day
long; we can beg for our fair share;
we can talk about what's owed to
us; but, none of that will get us any-
where in the real world of econom-
ics and politics.
It is now time for us to learn
from our past and present so that
our future will be better for all of
our people. Let us remember that
our task can be accomplished, and
there is something in it for all of us.
John L. Horton is a resident of
Norfolk, Virginia. He is a retired
Marine sergeant major and recently
retired juvenile probation officer. He
volunteers to work with inner-city
youths, families and organizations. He
is a contributor to the New Journal &


NOTICE OF


PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $1,203,107
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an
opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2005/2006 Bus and Bus Facilities
Program of Projects in which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between
federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all pro-
jects listed below.
Replacement Paratransit Vans Earmark #107 $1,070,759
Replacement Paratransit Vans Earmark #549 433,125
Total Program of Projects: $1,503,884
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on
April 30, 2006. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled
and the public notified. This notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urban-
ized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project imple-
mentation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor
will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of
Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through April 30, 2006
during normal business hours. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.

Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

JTA 100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203


NOTICE OF


PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $ 2,466,050
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an
opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2005/2006 Bus and Bus Facilities Pro-
gram of Projects in which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Ad-
ministration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between
federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all pro-
jects listed below.
Rolling Stock Earmark #548 $1,416,938
Rollinq Stock Earmark #306 1,665,625
Total Program of Projects: $3,082,563
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on
April 30, 2006. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled
and the public notified. This notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urban-
ized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project imple-
mentation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor
will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of
Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through April 30, 2006
during normal business hours. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

JTA 100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203


Pag-e 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press


March 30 April, 2006











Ms. Perry's Free Press


YIariti i u tprJIII 2, uuoI


Woell-I E *MnthAalut


The Status of Black America


Mrs. Charlotte Stewart


Childhood Friends Change the Face of Jacksonville


History by Defining it Through the Circle of Three


Charlotte Dwight Stewart, Camilla Perkins
Thompson, and the late Hortense Williams
Gray, loved their home-town; and were proud of
the legacies left by their parents and other tal-
ented Black Americans, in our city. The three
life-long friends, and Jacksonville natives, all
chose education as a vocation. All three were
graduated from the Historical Boylen Haven
School for Girls.
However, their educational expertise was exer-
cised far beyond the classroom. They were
always eager to share their knowledge of the
lives of their forbearers, and soon became high-
ly recognized as oral historians. Slides gave
their audiences actual views of the subjects and
venues in their oral presentations.
These three ladies answered every call with-
out preference to the locale, which in time inclu-
ded prisons and other institutions, as well as col-
leges, churches and presentations for many
groups and various organizations. They asked no
compensation, they only desired to share their
knowledge and documentation of the rich histo-
ry of their community, and their people.
Mrs. Thompson is the daughter of the late
Attorney Daniel Webster Perkins and Mrs.


Camilla Bolton Perkins. She received a masters
of Education with the emphasis in Chemistry mi
Florida A&M University's Charter Masters
Graduating Class. She served the Duval County.
School System until her retirement.
Active in the community, she has or is serving
on the Board of Directors of the Clara White
Mission; as co-chair of the Board of Directors.
and Project Director of the Eartha M. M. White
memorial Art and History Resource Center;
chair of the History and Archives Ministry at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church: and a board
member of the Jacksonville Historical Society.
Mrs. Thompson serves as Historian of the
Association For The Study of African American
Life and History (ASALH); and is Chair and
coordinator for The Black Heritage Tour spon-
sored by the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She authored a
column, "Reflections on Black Jacksonville" for
many years, in the Jacksonville Free Press.
Mrs. Stewart is the daughter of the late David
H. Dwight Sr. and Mrs. Florida Cutton Dwight.
She is a graduate of Florida A&M College, who
did graduate work at the University of Michigan
and at the University of Colorado. She taught


physical education for nineteen years before
becoming a guidance counselor. Mrs. Stewart
retired after serving in the Duval County School
System for thirty-four years.
She is very active in the community and is
serving or has served on the African American
Music Advisory Board at UNF; board member
of the David H Dwight Memorial Committee
for Scouting; board member for the Ritz District
Restoration Project and the Jacksonville
Historic Center; and a Sunday School Teacher at
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church.
The late Dr. Gray was born to the late Dr. I.E.
Williams and Mrs. Amrnola "Mama" Williams.
She retired from FCCJ in 1991. after forty years
in the field of education. She was a graduate of
Fisk. Columbia and Nova Universities. She
served as a teacher, counselor, and dean in sec-
ondary schools and colleges in Florida,
Delaware, and Tennessee.
Dr. Gray served her conummnunity in many
capacities at her church, the St. Gabriels
Episcopal Church, the Learn to Read organiza-
tion, the Mayor's Commission on the Status of
Women, and the Jacksonville Historical Society.


Lack of Education is Key to Jax High Cancer Rates


Continued from front
- that they presented with a lot ear-
lier disease than what we saw here.
We wanted to know why
Jacksonville's numbers were so
much higher."
Although several variables may be
involved, Rosser thinks the cause is
a lack of prostate cancer screening
and ongoing education in inner-city
Jacksonville.
"Other communities our size have
had fairly large screening initiatives
- first directed to the general com-
munity and then directed to minori-
ties in the inner city," he said. "Here
in Jacksonville we didn't have any-
thing like that until 2003, when UF
College of Medicine-Jacksonville
urologists, in partnership with the
Duval County Health Department,
began offering free screenings at
UF's affiliated hospital, Shands
Jacksonville."


Using the data from these screen-
ings, the, seven-member research
team set out to assess the detection
rate of prostate cancer and disease
stage at diagnosis. Researchers col-
lected and analyzed clinical and
pathological data from the biopsies
of 368 men 52 percent white, 42
percent black, 5 percent Hispanic
and 1 percent Asian. Because of the
small numbers, Hispanics and
Asians were excluded for study
purposes.
Researchers then reviewed clinic
and hospital records for several key
outcomes, including cancer inci-
dence, tumor stage (if and how far
the cancer has spread) and tumor
grade.
Still, the researchers were sur-
prised to find these men were four
times as likely to have advanced
cancer, Rosser said.
"The chance of usually presenting
with advanced disease is maybe 5


percent nationwide," he said. "Our
study;sample showed 16, percent for
blacks and 3.8.,percent for whites a
statistically significant finding."
When patients don't begin treat-
ment until cancer is advanced, the
cure rate drops dramatically.
"Once the cancer has spread
beyond the prostate, we're not look-
ing to cure the disease we're just
looking to slow its growth," Rosser
said. "Our findings strongly suggest
that, despite two decades of increas-
ing emphasis on prostate cancer
screening and detection in the
United States, such programs may
not be reaching or having the
desired effect on underserved inner-
city populations, especially blacks."
Annual screenings should include
the PSA blood test and an exam,
with biopsy and further examina-
tion recommended for a PSA level
above 4.0, Rosser said.
Not only do black men have a


higher incidence of the disease but
their death rate is two to three times
higher than white men.. Data also
suggest the disease may be growing
faster among blacks than whites, so
genetics, diet, prostatitis and health-
seeking behavior are also being
studied.
The study identifies a disparity in
prostate cancer screening and
detection among men of differing
social strata that is especially worri-
some at a time when the under-
served especially blacks stand to
benefit most from such programs,
Rosser said.
"We need to rectify this disparity
by establishing in underserved
inner-city communities across the
United States large-scale and inno-
vative screening programs to edu-
cate men about prostate cancer,
screen them for the disease and
assist them in obtaining follow-up
care," he said.


Continued from front
"Justice Brown had served on the
Sixth Circuit of Appeals and was
the holder of degrees from Harvard
and Yale," observed Jones, who
retired from the same appeals
court. "Yet, he lacks the values that
sensitized him to understand why
the 13th, 14th and 15th
Amendments had to become part
of the Constitution. That responsi-
bility fell to the lone dissenter,
John Marshall Harlan, the son of
Kentucky slave owners,. Justice
Harland offered an eloquent
prophecy that the court and the
nation would regret the doctrine it
had imposed on the nation.
"At first glance, Justice Brown's
academic and career credentials
may have appeared more impres-
sive than Justice Harlan's. But in
the final analysis, it was Justice
Harlan, with his superior values,
who was unquestionably the finer
judge. Clearly, if Justice Harlan's
dissent had been the majority view,
we would not be faced with the
continuing struggles over race."
Jones' contribution was one of
eight essays included in this year's
State of Black America. In addition
to the essays, the report present's
this year's annual National Urban
League Equality Index, a yardstick
for measuring progress, and an
analysis of African-American
presence on Sunday talk shows.
"I wish that the Urban League
could tell you that the State of
Black America in 2006 was
improving. We can't," said Marc H.
Morial, president and CEO of the
National Urban League. "We are
here to tell it to your straight. The
State of Black America is in trou-
ble. We can't close the great
divides in this country in a day just
like we can't end poverty in a
night. But we're going to start by
speaking truth to power. America
is not America when millions of
our citizens are still viewed as a
fraction of a person."
The essay on Black home own-
ership contains some stunning rev-,
elations. Between 1994 and 2004,
the Black homeownership rate rose
from 42.3 percent to 49.1 percent,
the highest rate in history.
Moreover, the Black homeowner-
ship rate grew faster than the
White rate. Despite these impres-
sive gains, however, the Black
homeownership rate in the first
decade of the 21st century was
only beginning to approach the
White homeownership rate of
1900.
NNPA News Service Editor-in-
Chief George E. Curry served as
editor of this year's State of Black
America report and wrote a chap-
ter titled, "Racial Disparities Drive
Prison Boom."
He cites a Sentencing Project
report: "African-Americans who
use drugs are more likely to be
arrested than other groups, and
then to penetrate more deeply into
the criminal justice system. White


African-Americans constitute 13
percent of the nation's monthly
drug users, they represent 35 per-
cent of those persons arrested for
drug crime, 53 percent of drug
convictions and 58 percent of
those in prison for drug offenses."
Curry wrote that racial disparities
grow even wider in states with
"three strikes and you're out"
mandatory sentencing require-
ments. California, the nation's
most populous state, is a case in
point.
Quoting one report, he writes:
"Minorities tend to be arrested at
higher rates than whites, then the
disproportionality increases as
they proceed through the sys-
tem... African Americans consti-
tute 6.5 percent of the state popula-
tion but 21.7 percent of the felony
arrests. Going deeper into the sys-
tem, they constitute 29.7 percent of
the prison population, 35.8 percent
of second strikers and 44.7 percent
of the third strikers.
On the other hand, whites consti-
tute 47.1%t of the population but
only 35.7% of felony arrests and
28.7% of the prison population.
Whites constitute 26.1% of second
strikers and 25.4% of third strikers.
Thus, as cases move through the
process into progressively harsher
punishment, the proportion of
whites diminishes while the pro-
portion of Blacks increases.
Stephanie J. Jones writes:
"Although the preliminary report
was widely-publicized with the
hope that networks would take it
upon themselves to present a more
diverse palette the full two-year
follow-up study showed no signif-
icant progress since publication of
the initial study. Indeed, in some
areas there has even been retrench-
ment."
For example, the percentage of
Sunday morning news shows with
no interviews with Black guests
increased between the two studies
from 78 percent to 80 percent."
A widely referenced component
of the Annual State of Black
America is what the organization
calls it's equality index," mieasur-
ing the decreasing or increasing
gaps between Blacks and Whites
in health, education, economics,
social justice and civics.
Of those areas, the greatest dis-
parity was the economic gap,
which more than 20 percent wider
than in any other category. The
median net worth of Blacks
($6,166) is 10 times less than that
of the average White family
($67,000.) Much of that difference
is because of the different rate of
home ownership, with nearly 50
percent of African-Americans
owning their homes, compared to
more than 70 percent of Whites.
"Overall, the Total Equality Index
is virtually unchanged, registering
0.73 in both 2005 and 2006," this
year's report stated. "This is not
surprising, since wholesale nation-
al changes move at a glacial pace."


NOTICE OF


PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant


URBANIZED AREA:
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT:
RECIPIENT:


Jacksonville, Florida
$336,600
Jacksonville Transportation Authority


Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an
opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2005/2006 Bus and Bus Facilities Pro-
gram of Projects in which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Ad-
ministration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between
federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all pro-
jects listed below.


2on 75;n


Total Program of Projects:


$420,750


Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on
April 30, 2006. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled
and the public notified. This notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urban-
ized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project imple-
mentation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor
will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of
Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through April 30, 2006
during normal business hours. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
JTA 100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203


Dr. Hortense Gray


NOTICE OF


PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $146,651
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an
opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2005/2006 Fixed Guideway Modernization
Project in which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration
(FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between federal, state,
and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed
below.

Facilitv/Guideway Unarades $183,314
Total Program of Projects: $183,314
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on
April 30, 2006. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled
and the public notified. This notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urban-
ized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project imple-
mentation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor
will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of
Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through April 30, 2006
during normal business hours. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
JTA 100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203


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"The true worth of a race must be
measured by the character of its
womanhood," said Mary McLeod
Bethune. And with March being
women's history month one can
only reflect back on the vast contri-
butions that women have made in
this country, and particularly black
women who have been the strength
and backbone of the African
American community.
In my opinion women are quiet
possibly the strongest beings on this
The legacy of slavery is v
much more far-reaching tha
will admit to, but it b
destroyed the black family sti
It made black women stron,
took away the black male's r
ability of raising their children,
earth. And let me quantify that by
saying I am not merely speaking of
physical strength, but a woman's
ability to be a leader and nurturer
makes her very unique.
Sure they are too emotional at
times, but a woman's strength lies in
her ability to encourage and support
her family and the numerous other
responsibilities on her plate.
What is so amazing about women
are the remarkable strides that have
made over the years. Much like
African Americans, women in gen-
eral were not allowed to vote and
even once those rights were granted
often faced discriminatory chal-
lenges when attempting to vote.
So black women were essentially
double minorities. They couldn't
vote because they were black and
because they were women. But that
never stopped women like Mary
McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm
and Fannie Lou Hamer.
One of the most prophetic state-
ments I heard regarding the strength
of black women was from W.E.B.
Dubois who said, "I most sincerely
doubt if any other race of women
could have brought its fineness up
through so devilish a fire."
Entertainer Lena Home, said,
"Black women have the habit of
survival." And there are so many


examples of strong women. We
have all heard of the strength, forti-
tude and drive of Harriet Tubman,
who lead hundreds of slaves
through the Underground Railroad,
but there are everyday people who
we should acknowledge as well.
Women likes like my grandmoth-
er who worked some 35 years for
the school board cooking for stu-
dents, and one could easily imagine
that those were not an easy 35 years.
She knew that she had a family to
help support, and not
,ast and only did she work during
rn many the day she worked at
basically home taking care of my
mother and sex eral other
ructure. nieces, nephews and
ger and other farnil members
'sponsi- that she would take in.
fs. My grandmother and
many other grandmother
or "Big Mamas" have always been
the backbone of our families. They
are the wise ladies that not only
cook a mean sweet potato pie, but
also can give you advice on every
topic from home health remedies to
relationships.
A good woman's worth is invalu-
able.
Today's women play prevalent
roles politics and business in this
country, and many of them do this
while being great mothers and
wives. Once sanctioned primarily
to being nurses, teachers and secre-
taries, women are now dominating
corporate boardrooms, law offices
and the political scene.
Take the Jacksonville City Council
for example, when I took office in
1999 there were nine males and 10
women, so it shouldn't be easy to
figure who dominated the Council.
And what about all of the women
who raise families by themselves?
Again, I am convinced that women
are the strongest living organisms
on the face of the earth. From my
mother to yours, women have done
and continue to do miraculous
things.
My heart goes out to "The ladies
having babies on your own, I know
it gets rough and you are feeling all
alone." Strong words from the


immoral rapper Tupac Shakur who
understood the value of woman
growing up in a single parent house-
hold. That's what is so phenomenal
about women they are natural
leaders, providers, caregivers, and
lovers.
A woman can work an eight hour
day, pick up the kids, help the chil-
dren with homework, cook a meal,
bathe the kids, do the laundry, wash
the dishes, iron everyone's clothes
for the next day and then make love
to her husband that night. Man, I
got tired from just typing that sce-
nario.
And as I mentioned before, black
y\ omen are certainlN unique because
of all of the challenges they have .-
'faced since the days of slavery.
Working as field laborers, nannies
to the plantation owners children
and even mandatory mistresses to
slave owners certainly tested the
will of black women and proved
that sisters have had to go up the
rough side of the mountain.
I can't imagine the pain and
anguish felt from having a child and
that child being taken away and sold
as one would sale a puppy. Or what
about being a designated "bed
wench" against your will or being
raped at anytime or even dying
because of the lack of basic health-
care these are all the conditions
black women lived in during slav-
ery.
The legacy of slavery is vast and
much more far-reaching than many
will admit to, but it basically
destroyed the black family struc-
ture. It made black women stronger
and took away the black male's
responsibility of raising their chil-
dren. That is a fact that African
American families deal with today
in America.
From Sojourner Truth to Barbara
Jordan and my grandma, black
woman have led when men were
not able to lead or were too afraid.
And as a great man once said,
"There was never a great man who
had not a great woman behind him."
Signing off from the League of
Women's Voter office,
Reggie Fullwood


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Looking Back and Looking Forward


In January, we Black Ameri-
cans, and others, celebrated the tri-
als and accomplishments of our
late'leader, The Reverend 'Matiffi
Luther King Jr. The first African
American to have a national holi-
day celebrated in his honor. In
February, four living presidents
attended the funeral services of Dr.
King's wife, Coretta Scott King.
In February, we revisited the
accomplishments of many African
Americans from "Booker T." to
"Ice T." We also "looked back on
our forefathers who were stolen
and enslaved, here in America."
Slaves were literally the back-
bone of the American economy. It
was the slaves who planted and
harvested the cotton fields. It was
the slaves who built homes, and
bridges. After the Emancipation
Proclamation which freed the
slaves, who were deprived of an
education, the slaves had to invent
lives for themselves. They did.
They used the same talents that
they had been forced to use while
enslaved to build their own com-
munities, which prospered.
Until integration, black neigh-
borhoods and communities were
often self-sufficient with their own
grocery and clothing stores and
entertainment venues, most of
which met their demise with inte-
gration. Its fact that the rights that
we fought for reversed the econo-
my of the black community.
In the year 2006, we have many
Black Americans who have sought
to achieve the highest education
possible, some of heading many of


our nation's largest corporations. of the children. It puts more
Some have attained cabinet posi- responsibility on the teachers for
tions and elected offices in our they are the only ones that have the
national, state and. local govern- contact %ithl children. that can
ments, but despifteo1_uf-'evdoms, shape their future. It puts a burdeni
there are many Black Americans on the teachers, but who else?
who are not in any better condition Sometimes children are reached
than the freed slaves, only after they become a statistic.
Let's put the blame where the Sometimes they have to "get in
blame lies. If a young girl does not trouble" before they receive any
have sex, she cannot become a teen help. This shouldn't be, there
aged mother, can she? should be a better solution.
They don't pass out dope with Many of us detest "rap music"
the school books, someone who but thank God, for rap music. Do
chooses dope has to seek it, you realize how many young men
whether next door or in the street., and women rap music has saved
Children must be taught from an from a life behind bars, or death in
early age that nothing in life that is the streets. Rap music has brought
worthwhile comes easily for most success as well as fame to many of
of us. For black folk it can come as these "at risk" children; Rap music
a result of education, or for those is a form of entrepreneurship.
that are determined, entrepreneur- But just as these young people
ship, or being proficient in a trade, found success with rap music, there
as many of our forefathers were. are many other doors open to the
Children must be taught that easy "at risk" children who may be left
money can mean "hard time." behind. Education is the first and
Where does the burden lie in our foremost solution. Education is a
Black American society? It should ticket to ride in today's society for
begin in the home, but often, heads those that do not possess extraor-
of lower income households, have dinary other talents.
not been taught themselves. There The Village must rally around
are often three or more generations these innocent young human
of unwed teen mothers in some of beings, just as those against abor-
these families, tion say the unborn child has a right
Who has contact with these so to life, these children labeled as "at
called "at risk" children? Let's face risk" have a "right to life" and the
it.... The teachers, and hopefully village must help all of the children
the Churches. achieve a better life.
Where do we begin? All of us Everyone should ask herself or
must assume responsibility for himself, what can I do? Every
those that cannot, the children. We, church should ask? What program
here in the village must help to or help can we provide?
raise, not just our children, but all All of us should "get busy".


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-. Spelman College Celebrates 125 Years


Shown above is honoree Ruth Wheaton, Johnestine Young-Daigeau (sister), Estelle McKissick, Dr.
Rudolph McKissick, Lt. Col. Carl S. Young (nephew). BOTTOM: Robert Anders (cousin) Allen Tukes
(nephew) and Richard Anders (cousin) andEugeniaBrown (former Girl Scout leader and teacher).
Celebrating A Special Birthday With Ruth C. Wheaton


By C. P. Thompson Tamara Briton.
The Dining Room at Bethel Many appropriate tributes and
Baptist Institutional Church in reflections were given by family
downtown Jacksonville, was beau- members and friends. Among them
tifully decorated for the 85th were classmates: Evelyn Galvin
Birthday Celebration for Ruth and Marilyn Surcey; childhood
Cornelia Stanley Wheaton. Guests friend: Camilla Perkins Thompson;
were greeted and seated by her sis- clubmembers: Charlotte Dwight
ter, Johnestine Stanley Daigeau, Stewart, Emma McCoy, Joan
who sponsored the event, along Spauling, Barbara J. Robinson,
with her husband, Andrew Daigeau. Priscilla Williamson; her former
The honoree was surprised to find Girl Scout Leader and teacher, Ms.
so many guests present for what she Eugenia Brown; and college room-
thought was to be a small family mate: Joyce Nelson, of St.
dinner p arty with a few longtime Petersburg.
friends. Family tributes were given by
Mrs. Wheaton's niece, Evelyn niece, Traci Iszard (Reginald), who
Tukes presented over the event and read an original poem of dedica-
set the tone with a beautiful poem tion; nephew, Kimio Wheaton and
and tribute. The solo that Tonya niece, Rena Wheaton, both of the
Brown rendered a solo tribute that Los Angeles area, who suggested
was greeted with much enthusiasm the celebration. Her sister and host,
by the honoree and guests. Pastor Johnestine Daigeau gave tribute
Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. gave and thanked guests who came from
tribute to the honoree from he and out of town to bring tribute, which
his wife Estelle; followed by prayer included Richard Andrews and his
and the blessing of the food. The son, Kenneth; W. C. (Bobby)
delicious and nutritious meal was Anders, and wife, Barbara: and
prepared b1 "friend's, headed' uiup y':'' nephew, Allen Tukes.


Ruth Wheaton was high in praise
and appreciation for the recognition
on her birthday. She expressed her
happiness of being back home
where she reaffiliated with Gamma
Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority; and with
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
where she had served in the Sunday
School and established the first Girl
Scout Troop. She was especially
happy to be affiliated with the
Birthday Ministry, Love Ministry,
History and Archives Ministry, and
the Keenager Ministry. In the com-
munity, she volunteers with the
National Council of Negro Women
(NCNW), and is a member of the
Park Senior Club Inc.
Mrs. Wheaton and her husband,
Kenneth Wheaton, lived in New
York until their retirement to Cape
May, New Jersey, where he suc-
cumbed.
The celebration ended with the
singing of hymns and a tribute and
prayer by her nephew, Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) Carl Young, of Atlanta.
Georgia., > ; "


Since 1881, Spelman College has
educated women who have been
agents of change, women who have
challenged the status quo -
women who have worked to make a
difference in their communities.
This 125-year legacy will be cele-
brated from April 1-11 with a series
of programs, including "An
Evening with Donnie McClurkin,"
a scholarship fund-raiser; and the
125th Anniversary Signature Event
to be held at the Georgia Aquarium
on Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
A formal program that features an
evening of music, drama and dance,
the Signature Event will honor
those whose lives, legacies and
achievements bear witness to the
College's mission of academic
excellence, service and social
change. Alumnae honorees include

City Offering
Financial Freedom
Workshop
The Duval County Extension
Education Center, 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue; is offering a workshop
series: "Money Smart: A Passport
to Financial Freedom", FREE. The
workshops will be held at 6 p.m. on
Wednesday evenings, April 5th
thru May 3rd. A certificate of com-
ple-tion will be awarded.
The workshops will help you to
set financial goals, develop spend-
ing and saving plans, and use cred-
it wisely. Or if you need help on
your road to credit recovery, these
workshops can help you. To regis-
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HOPE Inc. offers
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HOPE Inc., 435 Clark Road,
Suite 614; is offering two computer
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Adults over 60, both are free, and
both offer: Basic Computer Skills,
Microsoft Word, and Internet
Access. Registration closes April
(3rd. For information, call. 766-
k7862.


Continentals Awarded $50 K to Continue Service Projects


In recognition of their outstanding
work with under privilege children,
the Eartha M. M. White Legacy
Fund, in conjunction with The
Community Foundation of
Jacksonville has awarded the
Jacksonville Chapter of The
Continental Societies, Inc. a
$50,000.00 Endowment Grant. The
Continentals will have access to the
accrued annual interest to help fund
their service projects and local
scholarship fund.
Locally, the chapter is continuing
to make strides in' many


Jacksonville communities. In
2005/2006, this service organiza-
tion, comprised of 40
African/American women, has
taken on the responsibility of serv-
ing the children of Girl Scouts,
Community Connections, Boys and
Girls Club of America and the
Team-Up students at Eugene Butler
Middle School. In their quest to
branch out and touch these schools
and communities in Jacksonville,
the organization has divided into
groups to provide service to these
young people.


While providing service to under-
privilege and disadvantage children
in the community, areas encom-
passing Health, Education, employ-
ment, Arts and Humanities and
Recreation are the focal points in
their programs. Their diverse scope
of service has included presenting
special guest speakers from within
the community, etiquette work-
shops, health fairs, reading groups,
brain brawls and field trips to the
Ritz and Cummer Museum.
Recently, a special group of young
ladies from Eugene Butler's Team-
Up program, had the privilege of
attending the Fashion Fair Fashion
Show at the Moran Theatre.
During November and December,


'Team 3, chaired by past president,
Hazel Yates-Campbell brought in
managers from State Farm and
BellSouth to provide workshops
covering; dress for success, how to
create a resume, how to fill out a
job application and interviewing
strategies.
The Continentals have also been
able to provide relief to two fami-
lies affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Wal-Mart gift certificates were
given to enable the families to pur-
chase food and winter clothing.
The organization's mission is to
create wholesome environments
within communities that empower
children and youth to have access to
optimum quality lives.


legendary opera singer Mattiwilda
Dobbs, leading feminist scholar
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, ground-
breaking scientist and historian
Evelynn Hammonds and renowned
cultural historian and founder of a
cappella group Sweet Honey In The
Rock Bernice Johnson Reagon. In
addition, philanthropists Charles
Merrill, and Ted and Barbara
Aronson will be honored, along
with the Cosby and Rockefeller
families. Also, the dynamic
Johnetta Patton, artist manager and
mother of R&B superstar Usher
Raymond, will be recognized with
the Legacy Award.
Additional program participants
include actress and alumna Keisha
Knight Pulliam, author, playwright


and alumna Pearl Cleage, television
personality and alumna Rolonda
Watts, ESSENCE editorial director
Susan Taylor, actress Sheryl Lee
Ralph, hip-hop legend MC Lyte,
flutist extraordinaire Bobby
Humphrey, celebrity chef and TV
One Television host G. Garvin, and
Atlanta Mayor Shirley C. Franklin.
Other activities include: Sunday,
April 9, 10 a.m. Noon, Founders
Day Worship Service; Monday,
April 10, 7 p.m. 125th
Anniversary Signature Event; The
Georgia Aquarium; Tuesday, April
11, 10 a.m. Noon Founders Day
Convocation Sisters Chapel.
Noon Founders Day Festival
Campus Oval. Call 404-270-5013
for more information.


Liberian President Bends


Ear of President While in U.S.
President Bush, right, meets with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf in the Oval Office of the White House last week in Washington.
President Sirleaf is the first female African head of state and completed a
successful 10 days official visit bordered on ways the US can help revive
the ailing economy, reconstruct damaged infrastructures and renewing bi-
lateral relations.



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New Fountain Chapel
AME Celebrates (89th)
Church Anniversary
The New Fountain AME Church, 737 Jessie Street,
Reverend Louis Kirkland, Pastor; invites the commu-
nity to join in the celebration of the Church's 89th
Anniversary. Services continue nightly at 7 p.m.,
Thursday and Friday, March 30 & 31st. Bro. Bruce
Harmon, Steward Pro Tem. The Anniversary Theme:
"As for me and my house, We will serve the Lord." -
Joshua 24:15.
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church to celebrate Church
& Pastor's Anniversary
A majestic month-long celebration will celebrate
the 100th Anniversary of Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church, 7141 New Kings Road, and the 2nd
Anniversary of Rev. Aloysious D. Denard; April 2 -
30, 2006. The Centennial Celebration will kick off at
11 a.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. A Banquet is set for 6
p.m. on Saturday, April 29th, at the Airport Clarion
Hotel. The community is invited. For reservations (by
April 9th), and information, call (904) 765-3107.
Bethel Baptist Institutional
to hold Spring Revival
Nightly, April 3-5th
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel
Baptist Street, Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. and Dr.
Rudolph W. McKissick Jr., Pastors; will host Spring
Revival '06, with services at 7 p.m. nightly on
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-5th.
Dr. Ralph D. West., Senior Pastor of the Church
Without Walls, in Houston, Texas, will be the guest
Evangelist. The community is invited to come and
share in the celebration of God's love toward us and to
each other. The essence and theme of this Spring
Revival is "Let's Love One Another."


Zion Hope M.B. to hold
Homecoming Celebration
The Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803
Edgewood Ave., Rev. Clifford J. Johnson Jr., Pastor; will
celebrate Homecoming Saturday and Sunday, April 8 &
9th. The Homecoming Theme: "The Blessedness of
Brotherly Love."
On Saturday, there will be a free carnival on the
church grounds that will include food, games, music,
and a FREE Health Fair, sponsored by Shands and the
Elderly Ministry.
Spirit-filled Services will be held at 11 a.m. and 3
p.m. on Sunday. Deacon Gary Bronner, chairman; Sister
Rena Brown, co-chair.
St. James AME to Present
Spiritual Drama on Palm
Sunday, April 9th
The Saint James AME Church, 2128 Forest Street,
Reverend Latanya Warren Floyd, Pastor; will p resent an
uplifting spiritual drama, "Spectators at The Cross",
directed by Mrs. Arizona S. Love; on Palm Sunday,
April 9, 2006, at 4 p.m. The community is invited.
Greater Macedonia
Schedules Special Easter
Week Preparation Services
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West
Edgewood Ave., Rev. Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr.
Pastor; invites all Christians to participate in the obser-
vance of the commemoration of the death and resurrec-
tion of Jesus Christ. Prepare yourself for a special
Spiritual Healing Service at 7 p.m. on Good Friday,
April 14th, by reading Psalm 51 every day, and fast from
midnight until noon, beginning Sunday, April 9th.
Join the Greater Macedonia Church Family for
Worship Services each Sunday, at Early Worship, 8 a.m.;
Sunday coolo, 9:30'.a.. and Morning Worship, at 11
a.m.


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Bishop Robinson Kimberly McKissick Prophetess Sharon Seay-Eiland

Blessed Deliverance Ministries to hold 5th

"Totally Fulfilled Women's Conference"


Blessed Deliverance Ministries
will hold its Fifth Annual "Totally
Fulfilled Women's Conference" -
one of the most power-packed
Women's Conferences in the area.
The 2006 Women's Conference and
Retreat will be held Friday and
Saturday, March 31st & April 2nd
at The Renaissance Resort at World
Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.
Titled "Refining the Remnant",
under the direction of Evangelist
Thelma Rigby, this year's confer-
ence is designed to encourage,
inspire and develop women in the
ministry and the community by
empowering them through spiritual
enrichment, emotional healing and
physical relaxation.
Prophetess Sharon Seay-Eiland
of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be the
keynote speaker. Other guest speak-
ers include: Bishop Ed ward
Robinson Sr., of Southside COGIC;


Pastor Carrie B. Kinsey, of
Cathedral of Faith COGIC; Dr.
Bernadette of Williams, of
Household of Faith Ministries; First
Lady Kimberly McKissick, of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church;
Prophetess Barbara Mims of New
St. James Holy Family; Evangelist
Laura Wiley; Minister Barbara


Royer; and Pastor Jeanette Richo of
Greater Fernandina Church of God.
A pre-conference "Just for Me"
Health Clinic, facilitated by the St.
Vincent's Medical Center, with free
health screenings, will be held at
the Gateway Mall. For more infor-
mation about either events call 396-
4298 or email tthlmrigby@aol.com.


Abyssinia Missionary Baptist to host
Community/Evangelistic Food Festival
The Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center
Drive (between Dunn Ave. & Clark Rd.), Reverend Tom Diamond, Pastor;
will host a Family & Friends Community Health Evangelistic Food
Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2006. The day will be
filled with fun for the kids, music, crabs, barbeque, hot fish, give-a-ways,
including a TV/DVD and gas cards; a Health Fair, and more.
Spoken Word, Spirit of Truth, Open Mic!
The community is invited to experience Christian Spiritual Poetry the
first Saturday of each month (April 1st), at the Spirit of Truth Deliverance
MNiiistry, 5354 Verna Blvd. at 6 p.m. This event is FREE and "open inic".
Poets are encouraged to register at (904) 993-0467.


The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief
Road, Ernie L. Murray Sr., Pastor;
will celebrate their Holy Week
Revival with services nightly at 7
p.m., Monday thru Thursday, April
10-13th. Pastor Rudolph
McKissick Jr., of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church will be the
guest preacher on Monday; Pastor
Darien Bolden, of First Missionary
Baptist Church, of Fernandina
Beach, Tuesday; Pastor Timothy
Cole, of West Friendship Baptist
Church, Wednesday; and Pastor


Darrell Gilyard, of Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church, will
be the guest preacher on Thursday.
The St. Thomas Mass Choir,
under the direction of the St.
Thomas Minister of Music, Bro.
Alonzo Jones, will be presented in
concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April
4th. Everyone is invited to attend


all services.
St. Thomas will celebrate Early
Rising Service at 5 a.m. on
Resurrection Sunday, April 16th.
An Easter program will be present-
ed at 4 p.m. The Ordinance of
Baptism will follow the program.
Everyone is invited to come out and
share in these great services


First New Zion Missionary Baptist to
Present Seven Last Words of Christ


First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,


New Redeemed Church of God in Christ
Celebrates Pastor's 6th Anniversary
The New Redeemed Church of God in Christ, 2771 Mayport Road,
Atlantic Beach, FL; will celebrate "A Pastor with a Heart of Gratefulness",
the 6th Anniversary of Pastor Wayne Milliner and First Lady Gail Milliner,
Wednesday April 12th thru Sunday, April 16, 2006.
The New Redeemed COGIC "Where there's no side like Christ's side"
invites the community to join them for services nightly at 7:30 p.m., and
on Sunday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m.


Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor;
will present "The Seven Last Words
of Christ" at 7 p.m. on Good Friday,
April 14, 2006. The "last words"
spoken by Christ on the cross are
full of divine wisdom, human emo-
tion and suffering.
The public is invited to experi-
ence this beloved work of anointed
preaching, singing and narration of
the gospel account of the Passion
Story of Jesus' last words spoken
from the cross at Calvary.


Evangel Temple Assembly of God


Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins


New Southwest Campus
Hwy 218 acium from Wilkinson Jr. High
Clay County April 2nd
Come Experiencethe Pr~rsc Power &Anointing of the Lord
Sun. W945 a.m. Sunday School Sun. 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
Thursday 7:30 p.m. Bible Study

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205

904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeljax@comcast.net
10:45 dnm. Service Interpretedfor the Deaf


The Church That Reaches Up to GodAndl ut to Man


St. TThcmad MissiOnaryv

1aptist Church.
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 Be(904) 764-3800


SUNDAY
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m..
Morning Worship .10:45 a.m.,
1 t.S.unday-3:45 p.m.,
Lord's.upper ..
'4th Sunday'- Training Miistry -
:Tued 730. pm-.
Prayer Meeting.and-Bible Study
Wednesday- 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday 4:00 p.m."
Bible Study.'





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Pastor Ernie Murray; Sr. .
Welcomes You!
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464



Weekly Services
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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel


Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


'" 1 Radio Ministry
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Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
"1 1400 Tlhursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry &Ft(
IVTLV Chamnnel 12
- p m Stmday Niomings at 6:30 a.m.


St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to

Hold Holy Week Revival Services


Central Campus
Lane Ave. &I-10
Sunday, April 2nd
&15 aan. & 10:45 a.m.
- Where Are the Miracles ? Where is the Latter Day Revival
Sunday @ 6:00 p.m.
Combined Campus Bevival Service
ItMs Time for a Mighty Move of God


Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins


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SLooking for juicy tw ideas toJadd variety to your cookout repertoire this summer? Take a cue from one of
the nation's top culinary pros.
"Chefs have been going wild for tropical fruits lately, and not just in sweet dishes," says Melissa Kelly, food
trend expert and executive chef of Primo (with restaurant locations in Maine, Arizona and Florida).
"Incorporating exotic fruits such as mangos into savory dishes using a lean meat like pork is hotter than ever."
[ Mangos are the world's favorite fruit, and Americans are beginning to experiment with this exotic, luscious
fruit in everything from entree salads to desserts. Pork is a natural partner for fruit and is perfect for grilling,
thanks to the variety of cuts and cooking times. Because its versatile flavor blends harmoniously with a vari-
ety of seasonings, grilling with pork is sure to spice up any meal. By pairing pork with the unique flavor of
mango, the result is a mouth-watering and naturally healthy summer meal that's definitely not blah.
11 hen entertaining this summer, consider these delicious recipes that are bursting with tropical taste,
yet quick and easy to prepare on the grill. The menu options, perfect for lunch or dinner, feature suc-
culent pork and tropical mangos. -


Tropical S'mores
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
8 marshmallows
8 (3-inch) soft molasses cookies
1 large mango, peeled, pitted and
sliced
Optional toppers: caramel
sauce, toasted coconut, chopped
macadamia nuts
Toast marshmallows on long
metal skewers over hot coals until
golden brown outside and soft
inside. Place 2 marshmallows on
each of 4 cookies and top with
mango slices. Drizzle with caramel
sauce and sprinkle with coconut
and nuts, as desired. Top with
remaining 4 cookies.
Makes 4 servings

Grill Power!
A Girl's Guide to Grilling
This summer, the National Pork
Board commemorates grilling sea-
son by offering a free booklet titled
"Grill Power! A Girl's Guide to
Grilling." .
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Thai Pork and Mango Salad With Mango-Mint Dressing


Whether you're a seasoned "grill
girl" or this is your first date with
the grate, the booklet offers "grill-
friendly" recipes and guidelines.
From choosing the right cooking
methods to incorporating flavorful
rubs and marinades into your reper-
toire, this booklet offers tips for
hosting the perfect outdoor gather-
ing for the family or girlfriends.
To order the free recipe booklet,
and for hundreds of other grilling


meal ideas and tips, visit
TheOtherWhiteMeat.com and click
on "Freebies" on the menu bar. This
booklet also is available by sending
a self-addressed mailing label to
"Grill Power! A Girl's Guide to
Grilling," National Pork Board,
P.O. Box 9114, Des Moines, IA
50306. While online, look under
"All About Pork" on the menu bar
for a demonstration video: "Fire Up
the Grill."


Bacon-Wrapped Pork With Spicy
Mango-Basil Relish
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 12 to 16 minutes
4 boneless pork chops,
1 1/2-inch thick
8 strips bacon
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 to 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Spicy Mango-Basil Relish (recipe
follows) Wrap 2 strips of bacon
around outside edge of each pork
chop, securing in several places
with toothpicks. Mix together soy
sauce, lime juice, cayenne pepper
and garlic. Reserve half of mixture
for basting and place half in shal-
low baking dish. Add pork to dish
and turn to coat both sides. Cover
and refrigerate at least 1 hour, turn-
ing pork occasionally. (Marinate
longer for more flavor.)
Remove from marinade, discard
marinade and place pork on grill
over medium coals. Cook 12 to 16
minutes total, basting with reserved


marinade several times, until pork
registers 1600F with instant-read
thermometer. Serve with large dol-
lop of Spicy Mango-Basil Relish.
Makes 4 servings
Spicy Mango-Basil Relish: In
small bowl, stir together 1 peeled,
pitted and chopped mango, 2 table-
spoons fresh lime juice, 2 table-
spoons chopped fresh basil and 1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Thai Pork and Mango
Salad With Mango-Mint
Dressing
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 to 25 minutes
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
4 cups shredded coleslaw mixture
(cabbage and carrots)
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 chopped baby bok choy (dark
green leaves only)
2 large ripe mangos, peeled, pitted
and diced
1 cup julienned red bell pepper


2 tablespoons julienned, peeled
fresh ginger
Mango-Mint Dressing (recipe fol-
lows)
Season pork lightly with salt and
pepper, then rub curry paste onto
meat surface. Grill over medium
coals 20 to 25 minutes, or until pork
reaches internal temperature of
160F, as measured with instant-
read thermometer. Remove from
grill and let cool slightly. Cut into
strips and place in large bowl with
coleslaw, romaine, bok choy,
mango, red pepper and ginger.
Drizzle with dressing and toss well
to coat.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
ango-Mint Dressing: Puree 1 peeled
and pitted mango, 1 medium peeled
and chopped shallot, 1 sliced green
onion, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 table-
spoons vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons
sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in
blender or food processor until
smooth. Add 1 tablespoon fresh
mint leaves and pulse until
chopped.


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Seeking the

lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19-20


Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.


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 Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.

FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.


The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your fandly. If we may I4e of any-asslstane toi
you in your spiritual walk; please'contatt us at9-74-9257 or via email at GreaterMat@aoLcr6inmr


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Fitness a Consistent Problem for African-Americans


Too many Americans suffer from
poor fitness and obesity. African-
Americans are at particularly high
risk, a new study shows.
Carl J. Lavie, MD, is co-director
of cardiac rehabilitation and pre-
ventive cardiology at the Ochsner
Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.
Lavie and colleagues collected data
on more than 5,000 men and
women aged 52-74 who underwent
treadmill heart stress tests at the

National

Alcohol

Screening Day

to Test Alcohol

Propensity
National Alcohol Screening Day
is an opportunity to learn about
your risk, or that of a family mem-
ber or friend, for a range of alco-
hol-related problems in a free, con-
fidential meeting with a health pro-
fessional.
One in every 13 adults suffer
from alcohol abuse or alcohol
dependence. Millions more drink
in ways that can place themselves
or others at risk. To protect your-
self, it is important to know the
facts about alcohol and pay atten-
tion to how, when and why you
drink.
River Region Human Services
and Gateway Community Services
are working together this year to
provide alcohol screenings at
Hemming Park from 10:30 a.m. till
1:00 p.m. on April 6th.
For more information about the
local event, contact Connie Sanders
of River Region at 359-6962.
HOPE Inc. offers
FREE Computing
Training for Adults
HOPE Inc., 435 Clark Road,
Suite 614; is offering two computer
training classes: Adults 18-59, and
Adults over 60, both are free, and
both offer: Basic Computer Skills,
Microsoft Word, and Internet
Access. Registration closes April
3rd. For information, call 766-
7862.


Ochsner Clinic.
The major findings:
On average, African-American
men in the study were three years
younger than the white men, yet
African-American men's fitness
capacity was 7% lower than that of
white men. The difference is con-
sidered significant.
On average, African-American
women in the study were four years
younger than the white women. Yet
African-American women's fitness


capacity was 3% lower than that of
white women. This difference is not
considered significant.
African-American men were
more likely to be obese than white
men: 44% vs. 33%.
African-American women were
more likely to be obese than white
women: 37% vs. 27%.
African-American women were
also more likely than white women
to be severely obese: 19% vs. 11%.
Lavie notes that the best predic-


tor of premature death is poor phys-
ical fitness. He points to studies
showing that the best way people
can reduce their risk of early death
is to improve their exercise habits.
"The message here is that both
obesity and fitness are very impor-
tant to all races and genders," he
says. "But in African-Americans,
we need even greater attention not
only to reducing weight, but in
improving fitness. The two go
together but are separate, too."


Shown above is the 1940 graduating class of the Brewster hospital, an organization of primarily African
American women in Jacksonville (at the time) that will be discussed at the lecture.
Black Women Organize Focus of Free Lecture


African American women have
left a lasting legacy on every aspect
of life in Jacksonville. From poli-
tics to small business, African
American women challenged seg-
regation, integrated schools, built
the economy, lead organizations,
supported great leaders, and raised
generations who changed the land-
scape of America.
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
presents, "The Women Organize", a
lecture and dialogue on the legacy
of African American Women in
Jacksonville, April 22, 2006, 1 -3
p.m. From the famed Richmond


Hotel to renaissance woman Eartha
White, "The Women Organize" will
explore the lives of women who
stood in the face of racism and sex-
ism, and built enduring businesses,
institutions, and educational oppor-
tunities for their communities. This
free public program is the last in the
Crossing the Color Lines lecture
series, presented by the Ritz as a
prelude to an upcoming exhibition
chronicling the history of African
Americans in Jacksonville from the
Civil War to Consolidation.
The lecture will be held at the his-
toric Clara White Mission, founded


by Eartha White in 1928, at 613 W.
Ashley Street. Crossing the Color
Lines Scholar and FSU professor,
Maxine Jones, Ph.D., will present
her research on some of
Jacksonville's greatest entrepre-
neurs, artists, politicians and advo-
cates.
In addition, there will be a guid-
ed, first-hand tour of Clara White's
personal objects, and local witness-
es will discuss the role of women at
LaVilla's Brewster hospital. For
more information; call 904-632-
5555 or visit www.ritzlavilla.org.


Channel 7 Offering Free Community Parenting Workshops


WJCT Public Broadcasting is
bringing research on best parenting
practices into the lives of parents
and caregivers on the First Coast
with a series of workshops on April
29 and June 24, 9 a.m. until noon, at
WJCT Studios. Co-developed by
the Talaris Research Institute and
KCTS Seattle Public Television,
and sponsored locally by WJCT,
"Parenting Counts: A Focus On
Early Learning" is a training ses-
sion with goals of stimulating
greater awareness of early learning
(ages birth to five years), promoting
more effective parenting and care-
giver techniques and enhancing
parent/child relationships.
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As we journey throughout the 20th year of our publication, join us as we celebrate the
many faces, places and events that have graced our pages over the past two decades.
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Businessmen Wendell Holmes and Tony Nelson, who was then with
the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, join then HelpCenter
Director, the late Bob Ingram.


Before Charles Griggs wrote his nationally known Blackcoffee
album and became a local marketing guru, he honed his skills as a
graphic artist for Channel 7 in this early 80s photo.
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In 1996, (L-R) Councilman King Holzendorf, Sen. Betty Holzendorf,
Rep. Tony Hill, the late Hortense Gray and Rep. Willye Dennis, gath-
ered together at the Road designation of the sign honoring Gray's
mother, the late Arnolta "Mama" Williams.


It was a long time coming, but then Councilwoman Denise Lee's
efforts came to fruition when funds were allocated for the restoration
of four Black Northside cemeteries. Shown above is Lee (right) pre-
senting City Council Secretary Cheryl Brown with a special recogn-
tion for her efforts to the funding.


Jacksonville tried many "First Friday"events. One of the more suc-
cessful First Friday ventures were lead by Pat Robinson (left) and
Patrice Weaver shown above.......


Before she was Miss Jacksonville and starring in the UPN series
"Who's the Girl" with TLC, Alju Jackson was a Sweet Sixteen in
Jacksonville, Florida. Shown above the Wolfson High School student
was at her surprise birthday party where she also received her first
car. Left to right is her mother Ju'Coby Pittman, Great Grandmother
Essie Battle (d), Alju and grandmother Coby Hayes.


Urban Ministries of Springfield sponsored a very successful "Men
Who Cook" event at Gateway Mall under the directives of Carlottra
Guyton. Shown above at the event were three of the chefs. In their cur-
rent positions are JTA Executive Director Michael Blaylock, Help
Center Director Cliff Coleman and ILA President Vince Cameron.


Long before Rahman Johnson
graced the big screen in shows
like Sheena and as a Nickelodeon
host, Johnson starred locally in
an Easter production as "Jesus".


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PUBLIC HEARING
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2004 Section 5316 Grant
Job Access and Reverse Commute Program
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
Appropriation: $2,973,779
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an
opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2003/04 Program of Projects which fed-
eral funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is.
generally available on a 50/50 matching basis between federal and local sources. The pub-
lic is encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed below.
Project Administration $297,378
Expanded Night Services 517,430
Customized Bus Lines Project 3,988,420
Inter-County Feeder Services 773,570
Riders Request Project 325,000
Customer Information Program 45,760
Total Program of Projects: $ 5,947,558
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on
April 30, 2006. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled
and the public notified. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5316 Job Access Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
and Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Or-
ganization (FCMPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements are
expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no sub-
stantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to
the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of Projects are available for review at 100
North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida through April 30, 2006 during normal business
hours. This notice will constitute the final publication unless the Program of Projects is
amended.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
JTA 100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203


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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.
x3064.

Diversity Gala
The Jacksonville Fiversity
Network will host their First
Annual Diversity Gala on Saturday
April 1st. The public is invited to
enjoy food, fun and fellowship.
Attendees will be exposed to a
diverse variety of events such as
having someone read your fortune,
learning a Russian Dance, or per-
haps meeting your next best-friend
who will be from a completely dif-
ferent culture. The event will be
held at Carl's on Main Street. For
more information, visit
www.JacksonvilleDiversityNetwor
k.org.

V101.5 Funkfest
V101.5 presents Funk Fest
Featuring Frankie Beverly & Maze,
Cameo, Whodini, and the SOS
Band. on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at
Jacksonville Metropolitan Park.
Tickets available at all Chicken
Koop locations, Athletes Foot on
Dunn Ave, and Normandy Blvd.
and DJ's Records and Tapes.

Youth Poetry Slam
The youth of Jacksonville will
continue the tradition of slamming,
poetically speaking. Loud Mouth
Pens, Inc., a non-profit organization
that promotes literacy through the
arts, will be hosting its annual
YOUTH SPEAKS: Youth Poetry
Slam on Saturday, April 1st at the


Robert Kennedy Center in Historic
Springfield. Doors open at 11:30am
with music by DJ Wiz and Intro/
Youth Open mic starts at noon.
There will be games trivia and
prizes awarded. For more informa-
tion call: (904) 502-7444

Mayors Book
Club Meeting
Mayor John Peyton is inviting his
Book Club members and their fam-
ilies to meet him for a Book Club
meeting and zoo animal-themed
story time on Sunday, April 2, 1:30
p.m.at the Regency Square
Regional Branch Library, 9900
Regency Square Blvd. Mayor
Peyton's Book Club meetings are a
series of themed story times for
youth that rotate among 11 branch-
es of the Jacksonville Public
Library on Sunday afternoons. To
learn more about Mayor Peyton's
Book Club, visit the Children's
Commission online at jaxkids.org
or call (904) 630-4754.

San Marco Art Festival
The San Marco Art Festival
returns on Saturday, April 1 and
Sunday April 2 from 10 a.m. 5
p.m. The event is free and open to
the public.Fine art on display will
include copper sculptures, hand-
crafted fine jewelry, functional and
decorative pottery, original paint-
ings, photography and more.
Adding to the ambiance of this out-
door event will be live solo musi-
cians playing the sitar, steel drums
and keyboard. The Festival will be
held outdoors along San Marco
Boulevard at Hendricks Avenue.All
Original one-of-a-kind pieces rang-
ing from $25 to $20,000. For more
information call (954) 472-3755 or
visit www.artfestival.co

Summer Season
Gardener
The Duval County Extension
Service will offer a program titled
"Summer Season Gardener" featur-


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scape principles. You will also learn
how to reduce your efforts and save
money on water, fertilizer and pes-
ticides. The free class will be on
Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 5:30 -7:30
p.m. at the Murray Hill Branch
Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S. Call
to pre-register 387- 8850

Fabulous Fashions
Luncheon
Area ladies are invited to attend
the Mandarin Christian Women's
Club April Luncheon "Fabulous
Fashions" on Tuesday, April 4,
2006 at the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin. The luncheon will be
held from 12:00 1:30 p.m. Peggy
Johnson, owner of the Petunia
Patch, will present a fashion show
featuring the boutique's designer
and maternity clothing. The speak-
er will discuss "Fairy Tales Can
Come True, it Could Happen to
You." Reservations for Lunch &
FREE Nursery can be made by call-
ing Patsy at 287-2427or Mary at
880-2792 or email pbkwjk@bell-
south.net.

Jazz Festival Art Walk
In celebration of the Jacksonville
Jazz Festival, enjoy the Jazz Walk
from 5 9 p.m.,on Wednesday
April 5th. Art and jazz enthusiasts
can enjoy live jazz performances,
art and more in the heart of the city.
Choose your own route or begin Art
Walk at the Jacksonville Bank, 100
North Laura Street. Formore infor-
mation, visit dowtownjack-
sonville.org.

Volunteer Jax
Celebration of Service
Volunteer Jacksonville will pres-
ent their annual Celebration of
Service honoring First Coast volun-
teers on April 6, 2006 at the Times
Union Center. The reception is at
5:30 p.m. followed by the Awards
presentation at 9 p.m. For more
information call 332-6267.

The Langston
Hughes Project
The Langston Hughes Project,
featuring Ask Your Mama: 12


Moods for Jazz, is a masterwork
written in 12 parts by poet laureate,
Langston Hughes in the early
1960s. The performance will be
held on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at
7:30 p.m. at the UNF Fine Arts
Center.

Great American Jazz
Piano Competition
The Great American Jazz Piano
Competition of the 2006 Jazz
Festival will be held on Thursday,
April 6 at the The Florida Theatre
beginning at 7 p.m. (Doors open at
6 p.m.) Tickets are on sale at the
Florida Theatre Box Office (904)
355-2787.

Amateur Night
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will be held on Friday, April 7
at the Ritz Theater. The Apollo style
amateur talent will be an evening
packed ful lof local talent.
Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. The show
usually sells out. call 632-5555 for
tickets or more information.

'Round Midnight
Jazz Jam
Local musicians are invited to
bring their instruments and partici-
pate in the 'Round Midnight Jazz
Jam featuring the Kelly/Scott Jazz
Quartet. Admission is free at the
event that will be held on Saturday,
April 8th at the Jacksonville
Marriott 4670 Salisbury Road. The
fun will kick off at 10 p.m. 2 a.m.

"CHAMPS WALK"
Mark your calenders and join
Project Reach Foundation for their
next CHAMPS Walk on April 8,
2006 from 10 to 12noon. All com-
munity-based and faith-based
organizations are invited to partner
to promote education and commu-
nity resources for families. The
walk will start at Ribault Middle
School, and go door-to-door dis-
seminating community resource
information and encouraging
parental involvement in schools.
For more information or to RSVP
your organization. call Reginald L.
Brown at (904) 721-0042.


Geneaology Meeting
The April 8th meeting of The
Southern Genealogist's Exchange
Society will be held at the SGES
library at 6215 Sauterne Drive, on
Jacksonville's Westside, at 10 a.m.
The public is invited. The speaker
will be Mr. Jerry Spinks, a member
of the Jacksonville Historical
Society and chair of the Merrill
House Restoration Project. For
more information call 778-1000.

Comedian Rickey
Smiley and Friends
On Saturday, April 8, 2006 in the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts, Comedian Ricky
Smiley, will take the stage to create
and impersonate characters to
which everyone can relate to.
Showtime is at 8 p.m. Call ticket-
master at 353-3309 for ticket info.

2006 Jazz Festival
The 2006 Jacksonville Jazz
Festival will be held on Sunday,
April 9th at Metropolitan Park,
Jazz East Stage. Gates open at
Noon and music begins at 1 p.m.
Headliners include The Fusion
Band 1 p.m; The Rippingtons fea-
turing Russ Freeman ,2:30 p.m.;
Peter Cincotti, 4:15 p.m. and Herbie
Hancock at 6 p.m.

Pittman-Peele Among
Leadership Jax
Celebration Honorees
Leadership Jacksonville's 11th
Annual Celebration of Leadership
Dinner will honor A. Hugh Greene,


Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele and William
Scheu for their dedication to our
community. The event will be on
Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 6:15
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential
Drive. Tickets can be purchased by
calling Leadership Jacksonville at
904.396.6263 or by visiting the
www.leadershipjax.org.


Women Crossing
the Color Lines
From education to business and
industry, the work of women has
changed conditions for the better in
the African American community.
This program highlights the contri-
butions that women made to
Jacksonville in the face of racism
and sexism. This program will take
place at the Clara White Mission,
613 W. Ashley Street on Saturday,
April 22nd at 1 p.m..

Reading Volunteer
Tutor Training
Learn to Read is currently prepar-
ing volunteers to tutor in the
Jacksonville Reads Adult Literacy
Program. Potential tutors will be
required to attend all class sessions
in each series, he next training
classes will be held on Saturday,
April 22nd and 29th, 2006 from
9:00 a.m. 3 p.m. at the LTR
Headquarters, 917 Children's way
in San Marco. The training cost is
$15 for materials and supplies and
registration is required. For more
information call 399-8894.


Volunteers Needed for Florida First

Coast Writers' Festival 3/30 4/2
The Florida First Coast Writers' Festi\ al, scheduled for March 30-April
2 at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel in Jacksonville is recruiting volunteers.
Volunteer duties may include introducing speakers, distributing and col-
lecting workshop critiques, staffing the registration table or assisting atten-
dees with directions and information.
In its 20th year, the Writers' Festival brings in published authors, editors
and agents to conduct workshops on writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry,
playwriting, and screenwriting. Like many popular events in the
Jacksonville area, volunteers are the key to success.
Interested parties may e-mail Dougherty at wfd 3rd@bellsouth.net and
include name, telephone number and e-mail address.
For detailed information about the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival,
including workshops and speakers, go to www.fccj.org/wf.


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DIDDY HOSTING CELEBRITYCOOK-
ING REALITY SHOW
Supermodel Naomi Campbell and
rapper Ja Rule are among the famous
faces booked to compete in Diddy's
upcoming NBC reality show
"Celebrity Cooking Showdown."
Also taking part are "Days of Our
Lives" star Alison Sweeney, country music performer Big
Kenny, actor Tom Arnold, Tony Gonzales of the NFL's
Kansas City Chiefs, volleyball star Gabrielle Reese, strug-
gling singer Ashley Parker Angel and Miss USA 2005
Chelsea Cooley. The series, will air five consecutive nights
beginning April 17. Diddy is executive producing the
show.

MARY J TAKING ON NINA SIMONE
Mary J. Blige is anxious to get started on her big-screen
debut as Nina Simone in the as-yet-untitled biopic of the
legendary singer, but, "They're still writing the script,"
Blige told MTV recently. "That's
*the last news I've gotten." In the
meantime, Blige has kept herself
busy brushin up on Simone's
career. "She was just incredible,"
Blige noted. "The things we have
in common is that we both move
people, we're about truth, we
stand up for what we believe in
and we have morals at the end of the day. Her husband was
managing her, and my husband manages me, and we're
people that are not afraid to walk through the fire. Nina
Simone was vocally incredible; she just .gave you those
goose bumps."


NEW EDITION TO REUNITE
The members of New Edition, including the ever-unpre-
dictable Bobby Brown, will reunite for one performance at
the Essence Music Fest, to be held July 1-3 in Houston.
The reunion, if it happens, will be one of the few rare
occasions the entire group including Ronnie DeVoe,
Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill and Ralph
Tresvant have shared the same stage since Brown was
LnF voted out of the group
in 1986.
Other performers
announced include
Diddy, who will host a
"Diddy and Friends"
show, and singers
Jaheim and Chris
Brown. They'll join
previously-confirmed performers Mary J. Blige, Steve
Harvey, LL Cool J, Earth, Wind & Fire, Yolanda Adams,
Toni Braxton, Cedric "The Entertainer", Charlie Wilson,
Keyshia Cole and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx has also been tapped to partic-
ipate in the festival's "Now or Never" empowerment sem-
inars, along with Magic Johnson and actor Shemar Moore.
This year's seminars will focus on helping those devastat-
ed by Hurricane Katrina.
OPRAH CHOOSING BRANGELINA SIDES
Oprah Winfrey has reportedly gotten off the fence at
least publicly when it comes to the drama surrounding
her "good friends" Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Star
magazine quotes a source who claims the talk show maven
has promised Aniston never to have Brad Pitt and Angelina
Jolie appear on her show as couple, believing such an invi-
tation would be a slap in the face to the actress.


Freeman to Shed Light on Black Panther Batallion


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all-black annrmored unit to enter
combat during World War II.
"They were called up in late
1944 after General Patnon had
pretty much burned out much of
the mechanized portion of the
33rd Army and needed more
tanks and men," explains
Freeman. "Against General
Eisenhowet's wishes, he called
up this group, and they were sent
from England to France, attached
to the 26th Infantry, and fought
their \'aN to the Rhine River,
where they were 183 days to
front. Go back and do some
research and find out what that
means."
It means, 183 days fighting on


the frontline without rotation.
"In spite of attempts by brass
to keep them back, they were the
first American units to hook up
with the Russians at the Rhine
River, they had to steal gasoline
and ammo to get there, but they
did it." Freeman continues.
"They were the tip of the spear.
You know how Patton was going
through Europe? They were
leading the way."
"It isn't your responsibility to
tell my story. It's not an active
holding back [by Hollywood].
it's just negligence," Freeman
affirms. "I'm the negligent one in
my story. You want your story
told. then it's up to you."


Mo"nique Looking For 'Fat' Girls for New Show


"Next stop is Baltimore...yes I
will be there baby.. .that's home,"
comedian/actress Mo'Nique said
about the Oxygen Network's five-
city casting call tour coming to
her home town of Baltimore for
the Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance
reality show.
Ten lucky finalist will be chosen
to be on the reality show and
compete to be crowned Ms.
F.A.T. (Fabulous And Thick).
Mo'Nique says the criteria, aside
from being a plus size, is to have
"good self-esteem and a beautiful
shapely figure."


Florida was the first stop, after
Baltimore the casting call tour
reached Seattle, then Los Angeles
and ended in New York.
"Baby let me tell you some-
thing, history has shown they
(men) always liked voluptuous
women: black men, white men.
See Hollywood says you have to
be size zero with long blond hair
and blue eyes to be beautiful."
The Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance
special airs on the Oxygen
Network in July, 2006. www.oxy-
gen.com to apply.


Inside the Mind of Spike Lee


Spike Lee's eyes light up at the
prospect of himself and Denzel
Washington emerging as this gener-


auon s iviarun n corsese ana Rooert
DeNiro.
"We got a couple more films [than
Scorsese/DeNiro]," Lee says, before
quickly rethinking his response.
"Wait, how many did they do togeth-
er? Let's count them: 'Mean
Streets,' 'Raging Bull,' 'Goodfellas,'
'Taxi Driver,' 'Casino' five right?
[They have] one more! One more,
and we there!"
Lee says a fifth film with Denzel
will definitely happen down the line,
and sooner rather than later. The two
New Yorkers began their working
relationship in 1990 with Lee's
fourth feature film, "Mo' Better


Blues," and was followed by 1992's
"Malcolm X" and 1998's "He Got
Game." The eight years between
"Game" and the recent opening of
"Inside Nian."' marks the
longest time they've spent
apart.
"If you look at the time
S. table, t's been a minute
since 'He Got Game,'" he
S sa s. "\We both said look,
the ne\t film can't [take] as
long. We don't know what
it's gonna be, but we know
we wanna work together
S soon for number five." .
It \\as a miracle that their
number four even took
place. According to
Spike, Denzel was
supposed to do
another film but it
fell through at the
last minute.
"When you're
Denzel, he's getting
$20 million a film,
so he's like,
'Alright, I'm doing
this film behind this
film, and this film.'
So when his last film fell apart, he's
like, 'I got this block here.' That's
when he played Brutus in [the
Broadway play] 'Julius Caesar.' But
the run of the play wasn't the run of
the [vacated] window. So he still had
time after the play ended. So I gave
the script to Denzel. He said, 'Spike,
I wanna do this, but you got X
amount of time.'"'
Lee, who recently turned 49 is cur-
rently celebrating his 20th year mak-
ing feature films. With several dozen
movies, documentaries, television
projects and music videos on his
resume, the Brooklynite has certain-
ly been a source of inspiration to his


peers both aspiring directors and
veteran filmmakers. It's something
Lee views only as part of a cycle that
began with the influence of his
heroes.
"Gordon Parks, who just passed,
Ossie Davis, those are individuals
that made it possible for myself," he
says. "The granddaddy of them all,
Oscar Micheaux, Melvin Van
Peebles, those men enabled me to
tell stories."
"'She's Gotta Have It' came out 20
years ago," he continues. "When it
opened in LA, I was in front of the
theatd' arid afterfthe movi 6let out,
this skinny kid with glasses this
thick said, 'Hello, my name is John
Singleton. I'm in high school. I
wanna make movies like you.' True
story. So it's an evolution, you
know. People are making films
now that were inspired by John
Singleton's film 'Boyz n the
Hood.' So you just gotta keep it
going."
Lee has passed one of his
Hollywood torches to play-
wright-turned-filmmaker Tyler
Perry, whose Hollywood cache
went from zero to 60 on
February 25, 2005 the day his
"Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
entered theaters en route to a
box-office shocker.
"I've got mad love for Tyler,"
Lee says. "He's someone who's
become a force. When he was
trying to get that film made,
people were telling him, 'Black
people who go to church don't
go to movies,' and that type of
stuff. He didn't take that or let it
stop him, and he's been a box
office king. So hopefully people
will use him as an example, if
you have a vision and you're
driven, no matter who you are,


black, white, Latino, Asian, you get
your stuff done."
Lee has had to remind himself of
that can-do stamina lately as he con-
tinues work on his next project,
"When the Levees Broke," an HBO
documentary due Aug. 29 about the
issues of class and race uprooted by
Hurricane Katrina.
"My first documentary, '4 Little
Girls,' was about the bombing of the
16th St. Baptist Church, which took
place in Birmingham, Alabama in
1963," he says. "We did that film 20
years later. For the most part, that
story x would* e"beentibld." But for
this documentary, everyday there's
something new. This story is con-
stantly shifting and changing, so it is
a challenge."


Richard Pryor's Bowl Nets $7000
A bowl painted ini'the fall of 2005 by the late comedian Richard-
Pryor for the Geauga County Humane Society's Rescue Village
fundraiser is shown Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in South Russell,
Ohio. The bowl raised $7,099 in an online auction benefiting the
Ohio animal rights group.


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"Do you remember "Glory?'
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upcoming film project that's as
close to his heart as his beloved
home on the Mississippi Delta.
The actor's query yields
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anger that "Glort" the stoi\ of
the Alassachusetts 54th
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scored \with valor in the CiEil
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