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NAACP, Barack Obama Call for
Earned Citizenship for Immigrants
The NAACP is calling on Congress to enact immigration reform that
does not include enforcing a mass deportation campaign and a provision
to build a 700-mile security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Our nation's immigration policy must be consistent with humanitarian
values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect and digni-
ty," Bruce Gordon. president of the NAACP, said in a statement.
A U.S. House bill passed in December -- which has drawn fierce oppo-
sition from Latino groups -- would make illegal immigration a felony.
impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants, require
churches to check the legal status of parishioners before helping them
and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Democrats like Sen. Barack Obama iD-lL) say immigration reform is
a diisike issue but contend that lawmakers should work collectively to
assist immigrants living in the U.S.
"I know that this debate evokes strong passions on all sides," Obaina
said in a statement. "The recent peaceful but passionate protests of hun-
dreds of thousands around the country are a testament to this fact, as are
the concerns of millions of Americans about the securitN of our borders."
Capitol Police Want Congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney Arrested
U.S. Capitol Police have asked a federal prose-
cutor to approve an arrest warrant for Rep.
Cynthia McKinney after she tangled with a uni-
formed officer last week.
McKinney, 51. scuffled with a police officer on
March 29 when she entered a House office build-
ing without her identifying lapel pin -and did not
stop when asked. Several police sources said the
officer, who was not identified, asked her three
times to stop. When she kept going, he placed a
hand somewhere on her and she hit him, according to the officials, who
spoke on condition of anonymity.
McKinneN issued a statement of regret for the incident but no apology.
At a press conference, she and her lawyers declared that she was a vic-
tim of inappropriate touching and racism and said they were considering
pursuing civil action against the officer.
Her supporters.including Black clergy and other lawmakers tried to
minimize the incident which the\ called political, not criminal but
they also suggested it was an example of racial profiling. They called
publicity surrounding the episode a distraction that is being used by "her
enemies" to keep the congresswoman from performing her elected duties.
Fewer Minority Families
Owning a Home Than in 1978
Nearly 70.o, of Americans own their homes, a record high. but the rate
of homeownership for working families with children is lower than in
1978. according to a study being released Wednesday by the Center for
The surprising trend is being driven by a combination of factors: soar-
ing housing costs that have oershot wage increases, higher health care
bills and a rise in the number of single parents.
Minority working families ha\e struggled the most. Their homeowner-
ship rate has stagnated at 450o, far below white families (71%) as of
2003. the last \ear for which figures are available.
The effects are being felt in communities where teachers, police and
firefighters can't afford to live in the communities where they work, if
their want to own homes.
Homeownership for working families is highest in the Midwest, fol-
lowed bh the South, the Northeast and the West. The drop in homeown-
ership rates for working families carries repercussions for their children,
too. Studies have shown that children of homeowners are more likely to
perform well in school and are less likely to ha\e behavior problems.
Former Students Sue School District
For Not Protecting Racial Strife
Two former California Golden West High School students who say they
were targets of racial threats and harassment by white students for a year
and a half while officials did nothing have filed a federal lawsuit against
the Visalia Unified School District.
The suit \\as filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno against the Visalia
Unified District, its Superintendent Stan Carrizosa, several faculty and
administrators in addition to 25 unnamed people.
It's the adults that let [the students] do it and teach these attitudes," said
Douglas Hun., the atitorne representing Keith and Kevin Pankey. "Even
the children \who are shouting 'nigger' are % icrims of poor teachers."
The claim states that the Pardnkey brothers who are African American
- were harassed "on a dailN basis. openly on the campus in public areas,
in classes and at athletic practices." Their attorney said the Pankeys' civil
rights \were isolated along with their equal protection rights under the
14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Also outlined in the claim was a list that Ke\ in Pankey wrote down spe-
cific incidents and turned them into assistant principals Lairma and
Guzmnan. No action was taken despite the lists being turned in to the
This isn't the first time Golden West High School has been the tar-
get of a lawsuit claiming harassment. Another formerstudent sued the
school district in federal court on grounds he was harassed because he
was gay. In August 2002, he collected a $130,000 settlement.
Bill Cosby, Al
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Volume 20 No. 10 Jacksonville, Florida April 6 -12, 2006
1965 Voting Rights Provisions .
Set to Expire Next Year
On what would become known as
"Bloody Sunday," voting rights
marchers in March 1965 reached
the highest point on the Edmund
Pettus Bridge near Selma, Ala., and
saw a blue sea of uniforms awaiting
them at the end of the bridge.
Television would show images of
Alabama state troopers armed with
guns, night sticks, bull whips and
tear gas severely beating marchers.
Days later, President Lyndon
Johnson promised to bring
Congress an effective voting rights
bill, and that August he signed into
law the Voting Rights Act of 1965,
considered one of the most signifi-
cant laws in the nation's history.
Now, more than four decades
later, sections of the act are set to
expire. The looming expiration date
- Aug. 6, 2007 has ignited debate
over the provisions' effectiveness
and relevance, and over whether
they should be extended.
Continued on page 7
Councilman Fullwood is shown above with his wife Latasha and son
Reginald Jr greeting supporters at his campaign kick off.
Fullwood Kicks Off
Campaign for State House
City Council District 9
Representative Reginald Fullwood
officially began his run for the State
House last week at his campaign
kickoff held at the Amsterdam
The standing room only event,
which was also his first fundraiser,
raised over $26,000 with the major-
ity minority attendees. The two
term councilman is running against
incumbent Rep.Audrey Gibson for
the House of Representatives
District 15 seat.
Citing his extensive experience
in community development and a
host of accomplishments serving
his constituents for eight years,
Fullwood pledged to lead his cam-
paign under the theme, "We Can
Notables present to pledge their
support to Fullwood included Rev.
Frederick Newbill, Former ILA
President Charles Spencer, City
Council Secretary Cheryl Brown,
Councilwoman Pat Lockett Felder
and First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation Head Tony
Nelson among others.
State Brings Business Opportunities to Jax
The State of Florida's Dept. of Management Services Office of Supplier
Diversity, brought millions of dollars of opportunity to Jacksonville minor-
ity owned businesses at the recent Regional 2006 Matchmaker Conference
held at the University of North Florida. Shown above is Angela Jackson
of the Florida Lottery discussing opportunities with John Demps, Sr.,
President of Merchants Bankcard Systems and how their organizations can
benefit from one another. For more on the conference, see page 3 FMP Photo
Local Golfer Selected from
Thousands for Sports Reality Show
Larry Baker of Jacksonville will
be among 30 amateur golfers from
across the country to compete to
win $250,000 in its dynamic new
reality TV show, "The. St. Joseph
Baker, an 8.1 handicap, is no
stranger to pressure: the married
father of three is a police detective
and hostage negotiator with the
jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
"A man with a gun in your face is
pressure," said Baker. "Shooting
par for money? That's an altogeth-
er different type of pressure. I say,
bring it on!"
The cast will compete in a "clos-
est to pin" qualifying competition
and golfers who advance to the first
tee will then attempt to par nine
consecutive holes, each with an
increasing monetary value ($1,000,
$2500, $5000, etc). A $250,000
grand prize is awaiting the players)
who can accomplish the feat.
Participants will be entitled to three
mulliganss" golf-speak for do-
overs with a limit of one per hole
and not to be used for putting.
Shown above at the event are representatives from Stanton's oldest and current classes present: (L-R) Ms.
Camilla Thompson, Class of 1936, Event Coordinator, Mrs. Evelyn Galvin (62') and Mistress of
Ceremonies and Stanton Class of 2006 senior Lauren Elliott.
Decades of Blue Devils at Annual Luncheon
The Stanton Cultural Heritage Committee presented their Fifth Annual Cultural Heritage Luncheon in honor of
Stanton Classes of 1956, 66', 76' 86' and 96' last week with many graduates throughout the decades in attendance.
Coordinated by Mrs. Evelyn Galvin (62'), the school's auditorium was filled with former faculty, administrators
and graduates who participated in the event where the school's current students generously catered to the
Alumnus serving their lunch and asking plenty of questions about their high school days. Alumnus also enjoyed
a 'past and present' video presentation, historical poetry and the award winning band. See page 5 for more.
After each par, players must decide
whether to keep their winnings or
continue to play and risk their win-
nings on the next hole. After five
consecutive pars, players are guar-
anteed to leave with no less than
Baker will head to The Links at
Lighthouse Sound in Ocean City,
Md.next week for the taping of the
show which will air on CBS May
14, 2-3 p.m.and May 20, 2-3 p.m.
The Governor's office has estab-
lished a web site that parents will
be able to view their child's
Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT) reading and
mathematics scores on the
Internet beginning this spring
when FCAT results are released.
To view test results, families can
log on to the FCAT Parent
Network at www.fcatparentnet-
work.com. The site will also
include detailed information on
the meaning of the scores and pro-
vide resources to improve student
performance in the future.
The benefits of the site will
include rapid report delivery,
security of test data, clarity on the
meaning of scores, tools to
improve student performance and
additional parent resources.
To sign on, parents will receive
a letter from their child's school
with the appropriate login and
password information. The web-
site will provide parents with
scores, resources and additional
information on the FCAT.
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Creating Family Wealth
Torn screens inmany Florida homes like the one above are
eligible for tax relief.
Hurricane Victims Urged to
Take Advantage of Tax Relief
Floridians victimized by the 2005
hurricanes are urged to make sure
they are not missing out on favor-
able tax treatment for lost or dam-
aged property. Free tax assistance
is now available to determine if
hurricane victims have a qualifying
tax loss along with assistance
preparing their tax returns. The
program is available to those
impacted by Hurricanes Katrina,
Rita or Wilma.
"I'm urging hurricane victims to
take advantage of every tax benefit
available to help them rebuild their
lives and homes, and improve their
finances," said Insurance Comm.
Tom Gallagher. "Tax benefits
available this year could help
Florida families at every income
Victims of Hurricanes Katrina,
Rita or Wilma wishing to claim dis-
aster-related losses on their 2004-
year federal income tax returns will
have until October 16, 2006, to
make this choice rather than the
original April 17th deadline.
"Often declaring losses on the prior
year's return can lead to a larger
deduction," Gallagher added.
Unreimbursed property losses
caused by the hurricanes can be
claimed on either 2004 or 2005 tax
returns. Eligible losses include but
are not limited to insurance
deductibles, spoiled food caused by
a power outage, or trees and land-
scaping that were replaced. Losses
to homes, automobiles or property
that were not fully covered by
insurance may qualify for special
The IRS has issued a publica-
tion explaining changes to the tax
law and relief provisions available
to those affected by Hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Floridians can access Publication
4492 by logging on to www.irs.gov
or find it where IRS forms are dis-
tributed. The IRS has also set up a
special help line to assist hurricane
victims at 1-866-562-5227.
City Offering Free Workshop
on Financial Freedom
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 comple-
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-
ter, please call (904)387-8850.
Training for Adults
HOPE Inc., 435 Clark Road,
Suite 614; is offering free computer
training classes for Adults 18-59,
and Adults over 60. Classes offer:
Basic Computer Skills, Microsoft
Word, and Internet Access.
Registration closes April 3rd.
For information, call 766-7862.
Ava L. Parker has been appoint-
ed to the board of the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority. She is a
managing partner at the law offices
of Lawrence, Parker & Neighbors,
LLC. Parker's civic and profession-
al affiliations include serving as
charter member of the State of
Florida Board of Governors, a
member of the Jacksonville
Housing commission and executive
board member of the Cathedral
Foundation of Jacksonville, Inc.
ed to the board
O'e e r
is a partner at
Austin and previously held the
position of Division Chief, Trail
Section in the City of Jacksonville's
Office of General Counsel. Her
professional and community mem-
berships include the Florida Bar,
the Jacksonville Women Lawyers
Association, the United Way of
Northeast Florida and the
Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials, National
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
"Wealth is not about what you can
acquire but about what you can
accomplish, and accomplishments
take discipline, self-denial and, yes,
time. To build wealth, to experi-
ence true abundance in our lives,
we must go beyond meeting short-
term needs and wants-a roof over
our heads, clothes on our backs, the
'bling' of things quickly acquired
and just as easily discarded-to focus
on long-term goals," wrote Earl G.
Graves, Sr., Publisher of Black
Enterprise Magazine in recognition
of the magazine's 35th anniversary.
"True wealth building is about an
investment of time as well as
If you took a poll of American
adults, I am quite confident that
more than ninety-five percent
would raise their hands and say that
they want to be wealthy. However,
the facts would indicate that only
20 percent of the US population
controls over 80 percent of the
wealth. Creating wealth is more
than just wanting to be wealthy or
acquiring the outwardly visible
trappings of wealth. Creating fam-
ily wealth begins with a state of
A State of Mind
The first step to achieving any
serious goal is to write it down and
then visualize yourself having
achieved that goal. The subcon-
scious mind then begins to direct
your thoughts and actions towards
your goal. Most people do not
achieve their goal, because they
never fully mentally commit them-
selves. They will make half-heart-
ed attempts and then give up at the
.' .' ... ,
first sign of adversity.
Take Financial Responsibility
Taking financial responsibility is
more than earning a paycheck and
dutifully paying your bills. Being
financially responsible is knowing
how much money you have, where
it is coming from, where it is going,
and what it's doing in the meantime.
This includes keeping a monthly
income and expense report and an
annual net worth statement. Now,
most people will say that keeping
track of their money is too much
work, but when you consider how
many hours a week you work to
earn it, wouldn't spending a few
hours a week managing your
money be worth the effort?
Pay Yourself First
"Pay yourself first" and "it's not
what you earn, but what you keep
that makes you rich," are both well-
worn phrases. You have probably
heard both phrases hundreds of
times, but how many people actual-
ly live by these rules? Wealth accu-
mulators save 20 percent or more of
their gross incomes." Achieving a
saving rate at that level is not easy.
Taking control of your finances and
efficiently allocating your money
will allow you to keep a fair portion
Own a Business
Most wealthy people own busi-
nesses. It is difficult to accumulate
wealth by strictly relying on a pay-
check. A job creates an income,
which in most cases just satisfies
the wage earner's basic living
expenses. Additionally, employ-
ment wages are not given favorable
tax treatment. In most cases, you
earn a certain income, subtract a
few deductions and then calculate a
percentage of tax to be paid to the
federal, state and local govern-
ments. On the other hand, business
ownership affords the owner the
opportunities to legitimately
expense items used in the business,
such as equipment, supplies and
home-office space and write them
off against the businesses income.
The business owner has more flexi-
bility to legitimately manage their
tax burden. Additionally, if thte
business is successful and increases
in value, the increased value is not
taxed until the business is sold and
then at favorable capital gains rates.
Now, I am not advocating that
everyone quit their job and go out
and start a business. However, I am
recommending that you consider
ways that you can create a part time
business or other streams of
income, so that you can supplement
your income and take advantage of
the favorable tax treatment afforded
If you continue to manage your
financial affairs in the same manner
that you are right now, will you
achieve family wealth? Some will
answer yes, but for most people, the
answer will be no. Unfortunately,
most people will spend a lifetime
working and then retire from their
J.O.B-Just Over Broke! It doesn't
have to be that way and it doesn't
have to happen to you. Start today
on a program that will create wealth
for you and your family.
Michael G Shinn, CFP Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
information or to send your comments
or questions to shinnm@financialnet-
Free Seminar on Business
Opportunities with the City
Flip the script and let the City of Jacksonville write you a check! There
are many opportunities for small businesses to become well paid service
providers with the City of Jacksonville. First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation (FCBBIC) will present a workshop entitled
"Business Opportunities with the City of Jacksonville." Representatives of
the City of Jacksonville will provide information on vendor opportunities
for the New Year.
The workshop, "Business Opportunities with the City of Jacksonville"
will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933 North Myrtle Avenue. The workshop will
be presented by the City of Jacksonville.
To register, or for more information, call us at (904) 634-0543 or visit our
website at www.firstcoastbbic.org.
Need an Attorney?
Contact Law Office of
Reese Marshall, P.A.
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional
and courteous service to our clients
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City Sponsored Symposium Offering
Hope for Potential Homebuyers
Bana Lewis with L 2 Unlimited Promotions. and Kensworth Moody University of North Florida Purchasing Coordinator.and (right) Ok Sun
Burks Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Manager State-up Resources and Marketing Small Business Center.
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by John Bracey
Buying a home can be expensive,
complex, even intimidating. And if
you're a first time buyer, you've got
a bunch of questions.
Thanks to the City of Jacksonville,
homebuyers and those considering
such a purchase can learn all about
the process and more at the Fourth
Annual Fair Housing Awareness
Symposium April 22 at the Hyatt
Getting a House/Keeping a
-Budget Wise Decorating/
- Home Improvements
Landlord/Tenant Relations and
- Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act
"The idea is to move families out
of affordable housing and into
home ownership," said Jim Greene,
who is coordinating the event for
the Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission (JHRC). "This sympo-
sium provides information that any
and every family should know
whether you rent or own."
Last year more than 300 people
The free educational event will be
held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is
free and open to the public, but reg-
istration is required by calling 630-
4911 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Free parking is available behind the
Duval County Courthouse at 330 E.
Receive State Onyx Awards
Shown above is ReGina A. Johnson of the Purchasing Analyst with the Florida Depart of Education discussing opportunities with Jenny Zerefa
Staffing Coordinator ICATT Consulting, Gabe Hamda CEO of ICATT Consulting and Andrew E. Harold Jr. President with A. Harold &
Associates, LLC a technology education and training service firm. Shown right are two of the ladies who helped make the Matchmaker a suc-
cess, Dr. Bridget Lee, and Patricia Hall all with the Florida Department of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity.
2006 Matchmaker Brings Access to State's Multi-Million Dollar Budget
Over 125 business owners and
entrepreneurs attended the
Department of Management
Services Office of Supplier
Diversity's 2006 Regional
Matchmaker held at the University
of North Florida.
Held once a year for the past
seven years, the free one day forum
allows potential businesses owners
and certified minority businesses to
meet with governmental purchasing
and minority business officials and
other businesses looking for small
and minority businesses to do busi-
The next Matchmaker Conference
will be held May 18, 2006 in
Tallahassee, FL at Tallahassee
In addition to meeting with
Kent Campus Offers Free Viewings
of Local Civil Rights Documentary
Florida Community College at p.m., in Room F-128. Filmmaker motel pool, which was filled with
Jacksonville's Kent Campus is Dean is scheduled to attend the demonstrators against segregation.
offering two opportunities to view screenings. The screenings are free Bedlam ensued and the reports
"Dare Not Walk Alone: The War of and open to the public, shook the nation. The following
Responsibility," a documentary by In 1964, the Civil Rights day, the Civil Rights Act of 1964
local filmmaker Jeremy Dean Movement had succeeded in the passed in the U.S. Senate. Kent
detailing June 1964 activities of the drafting of the Civil Rights Bill, but Campus is located at 3939
Civil Rights Movement in St. it had stalled in filibustering. On Roosevelt Blvd.
Augustine. Screenings are April 10 June 18, a St. Augustine motel For more information call
at 11 a.m. and April 11 at 12:30 owner poured muriatic acid into his 904.646.2300.
agency representatives, participants
also had the opportunity to view
presentations on such topics as,
"Making State Agency Spending
Plans Work for You", "Supplier
Diversity Inclusion," "What to Do
When You Don't Receive a
Contract", "Navigating the OSD
WEbsite," and more.
Representing agency's included:
Agency for Workforce Innovation,
Dept.of Business and Professional
Regulation, Dept. of Children and
Families, Dept. of Corrections,
Dept. of Environmental Protection,
Dept. of Health, Dept. of Juvenile
Justice, Dept. of Management
Services, Dept. of Military Affairs
and the Dept. of Transportation.
Two local leaders were among the many honored at the recent Onyx
Awards. Shown above is longtime educator Jim Williams of Paxon
High School receiving the Education Award and (right) Bishop
Vaughn McLaughlin of the Potters House receiving the award for
Spiritual Leadership. The ceremony, held in Orlando, Fl, honored the
state's best in African-American Achievement. David Williams Photo
197 Sponsoring Empowering Our Youth
Jacksonville Post 197 will host a community forum on "Empowering
Our Youth". The forum will be held on Thursday, April 13th from6:30p.m.
- 8:00 p.m. The free symposium will be a social gathering where there will
be a free interchange of ideas. There will be presentations, discussions and
addressing of issues in the community. The Post is located at 2179
Benedict Road For more information call 693-4113.
If You Were Impacted by
Hurricane Katrina or Rita,
You May be Eligible for Help from FEMA.
The deadline to register for
FEMA assistance is April 10, 2006.
There are a number of disaster programs for which you
may be eligible. The programs include: temporary
housing assistance, replacement grants for serious
disaster related needs and home repair not covered by
private insurance, or other assistance programs including
low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small
Business Administration. You do not need to complete a
loan application with the SBA to be considered for
FEMA's temporary housing assistance or funds
for certain other disaster related needs you may have.
Call FEMA to register or go online
1-800-621-FEMA (6:00 a.m. Midnight daily EST)
Multilingual operators are available
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, age, disability, or economic status.
If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call
FEMA at 800-621-3362 or contact your State Office of Equal Rights.
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
The City Will Miss McKissick's
Dedication to Helping Juveniles
Last week's Jacksonville City
Council meeting was certainly spe-
cial to me and the entire city
because we had the opportunity to
recognize one of our city's unsung
heroes. The Council acknowledged
the accomplishments of Richard
McKissick with a framed resolution
that outlined his great career with
the City of Jacksonville.
* I often say that it is easier to talk
aboutta problem than it is to give up
your time and energy to do some-
thing about it. Or as Alfred Alder
once said, "It is easier to fight for
one's principles than to live up to
We all find ourselves in that situa-
tion more often than we care to
admit. It is always easier to identify
a problem than it is to find a solu-
tion, but the key is not always find-
ing an immediate solution some-
times it more important to start tak-
ing one bite of the elephant at a
Someone once said, "It is the
greatest of all mistakes to do noth-
ing because you can only do a little.
Do what you can."
Jacksonville has its share of
unsung heroes that should be
acknowledged, but few have made
such an impact on juveniles in our
city's correction system as Richard
McKissick has over his 30-year
career. As he retires from his career
with the city he will be sincerely
The theme of doing what you can
do resonates throughout
McKissick's life because he recog-
nized a long time ago that he may
not be able to totally stop young
men from being incarcerated, but he
could do his part to get them back
on the right track.
For over 30 years, in both the pri-
vate and public sectors, Richard
McKissick has worked to provide
troubled youth with a second
chance and opportunities to acquire
an education, workforce skills and
employment to become construc-
tive citizens in the community.
He retired as a Transition
Counselor for the City of
Jacksonville's Department of
Community Services' DAWN pro-
gram, (Developing Adults With
Necessary Skills) where McKissick
addressed the needs of 18 to 23 year
Around three years ago I was
asked by Richard to speak to these
youth and I must say that the expe-
rience has left a lasting impression
on me. Many of the youth were
from the same neighborhoods that I
grew up in, and the only difference
between us was one bad decision or
lack of guidance at home.
That is exactly why Richard has
been so involved over the years it
was not only his job, but a passion
and that's is why the National Child
Labor Committee (NCLC) recog-
nized him as with their Lewis Hine
Award in November of 2002.
The award and recognition was
truly a testament to his dedication,
but while we are acknowledging his
accomplishments we must also
embrace the struggle to educate and
keep young men out of jail.
I have used the following data so
much that it has to feel like a box of
perm at James Brown's house, but
the trend of there being more black
males in jail than in college has to
Bob Marley once wrote,
"Emancipate yourself from mental
slavery; none but ourselves can free
our minds." We have to hammer
into the heads of these young men
that there are limitless opportunities
if you believe in yourself. And they
have to know that just because you
are born in ghetto doesn't mean that
the ghetto is born in you.
The city will miss Richard
McKissick's commitment to helping
those who need the most help.
As I think back to my speaking
engagement at the jail I remember
feeling as if more people would vol-
unteer a small percentage of their
personal time we could make such
an impact on the lives of so many
young men. And it doesn't take a.
City Councilman, Judge, Astronaut
or Doctor ordinary people who
care can have a great or even greater
impact than any "professional" per-
As I think of the young men I
spoke to a few years ago, I wonder
how many of them would be in jail
if they had a big brother or strong
father figure in their lives providing
guidance. I wonder how many of
them would be in the same situation
if there were more Richard
Mckissicks' or other community
activists that actually believed that
every little bit makes a difference.
Based on the current rate of incar-
ceration, 28.5 percent of black
males will likely serve time for a
felony conviction, a rate seven
times that for white males. Again,
we have to reverse those frightening
trends, and more of "us" have to get
engaged in making a difference in
I will end with a quote from Vince
Lombardi who said, "The quality of
a person's life is in direct proportion
to their commitment to excellence,
regardless of their chosen field of
We thank and appreciate Richard
McKissick and others like him for
your tireless dedication and passion
to help others. And we congratulate
him on his well deserved retirement
from the City of Jacksonville.
Signing off from City Council
Chambers, R ggiee Fullwood
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Foundation, under the leadership of included a Roll Call of classes,
Mrs. Grace Brown Galvin, present- singing of the fight song and a
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Luncheon honoring the historic the luncheon was the renaming of
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Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
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
Calling all women of God!
Prophetess Bradi Beasley and
Natasha Oquendo, are coming to
Jacksonville, for a FREE 2-Day
Women's Conference, Friday and
Saturday, with services at 7 p.m. on
Rev. Darryl Gilyard
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
Friday, April 21st; and at 5:30 p.m.
on Saturday, April 22nd; at the
Love of Christ Community Church,
1481 East 16th Street, Jacksonville.
The theme: Jeremiah 9:17-18.
"Thru brokenness, there is power.
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 partici-
pate in the observance of the commemoration of the death and resurrection
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.
In addition to Easter Services, the church will also be hosting a free
health Fair on April 22ndon the church grounds. All kinds of free testing
including free mammogramswill be avalailable from 9 a.m. to 2p.m.. Join
the Greater Macedonia Church Family for Worship Services each Sunday,
at Early Worship, 8 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:30 a.. and Morning Worship,
at 11 a.m. For more information call
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
Celebrates Church & Pastor Anniversaries
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist
Church, 485 West First Street (at
Broad St.), will celebrate the
Church's 76th Anniversary, and the .
36th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. H. T.
Rhim, during the month of April. 0
Worship services will be held at
7 p.m. on Sundays, April 9th, 23rd,
30th and Monday, May 1st. The
special guest preacher will be the
Rev. R. L. Anderson, Pastor of St.
John First Baptist Church, in Fort
Myers, FL. He will deliver both the
11 a.m. and 7 p.m. sermon on
Sunday, April 9th.
A special service of Praise and
Celebration will be held on Mon- Rev. Dr. H.T. Rhim
day, May 1st in honor of Pastor ary Baptist Church. Sister Churches
Rhim's 36th Anniversary as Pastor and the public is invited to share in
and Teacher at St. Joseph Mission- the fellowship and praise services.
St. Thcmas Missicnary
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 Ba(904) 764-3800
Femandina 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
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
Women from all denominations and
ministries are invited to find out
about travailing and getting to the
next level in Christ. To reserve your
space, please call (904) 703-6585.
"Seven Last Words
of Christ" Upcoming
at First New Zion
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
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 emotion 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.
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, bar-
beque, hot fish, give-a-ways,
including a TV/DVD and gas
cards; a Health Fair, and more.
V101.5 will do a live remote broad-
cast. Everyone is welcome!
SEary Worship 8:00 aim.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship10:45 a.m.---
s.. :t Sunday .-3:45 p.- m .
Lord's Supper .
. 4th Sunday Training Ministry.
S Tu.esdy7:30 p.m.
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Wednesday- 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
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Friendship Missionary 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, please call (904) .765-3107.
St. Phillip's Episcopal to Present
"The Seven Last Words of Christ"
The Chancel Choir of St. Phillip's Episcopal
Church, 321 West Union Street; will present "The
Seven Last Words of Christ", a Sacred Cantata for Soli
and Chorus, by Theodore Dubois; at 7 p.m. on Good
Friday, April 14, 2006. Henry A. Mack,
Organist/Conductor; James P. Smith, Guest Organist.
This Cantata is free and open to the public.
New Redeemed C.O.GI.C.
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
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.
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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.
First AME of Palm Coast Hosting
Several Easter Events
A Pre-Easter Concert "Colors of Grace" featuring the
Ministers of Music, Trinity and their special guests is
set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9th, and you are invit-
ed. Worship will follow a free Seder Meal at 6:30 p.m.
on Thursday, April 13th. "The Seven Last Words of
Christ" will be presented by the Rev. Edwin Coffie, the
Rev. William Green, the Rev. Kim Corbin, the Rev.
Walter Lassiter, Bro. Brian Bernard, Evangelist Faye
Dadzie, and the Rev. Jeffery Devoe; at 12 noon, on
Good Friday, April 14th. First AME of Palm Coast is
located at 91 Old Kings Road North, in Palm Coast.
Also upcoming is a Men's Fellowship Breakfast:
The Master's Mighty Men of First AME will host their
Men's Fellowship Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday,
April 22, 2006. For reservations and information, call
Zion Hope Missionary Baptist 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
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.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Hwy 218 acnaes from Wilkinson Jr. High
Clay County April 9th
Come Experience the raen Power &Anointing of the Lord
Sun. 9:45 a.m. Sunday School Sun. 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
Thursday 7:30 p.m. Bible Study
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for the Deaf
Pastor Ceciland Pauline Wiggis I
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to
Hold Holy Week Revival Services
Wailing Women Conference Planned
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Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Lane Ave. &TI-10
Sunday, April 9th
8:15 am. & 10.45 am.
fle 1Real Sufferings of Jwos
Sunday @ 6:00 p.m.
Combined Campuses Revival Service
!Me Plophery of theFiEnd'Ilmes"
Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins
New Southwest Campus
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The Duval County Chapter of Charmettes: The Charmettes are (standing, left to right) Sherry Warrick,
Ladorne Austin, Towanda Young, and Loretta Bolton. Seated: Elizabeth Miranda, Synester Jones, Barbara
Hopkins, Henrietta Sam, Genelieve Oliver, and Janice Austin. Not pictured: Vivian Flowers, Wilma
Lauray, Lillian Bryant, and Bonnie Flowers, president.
Miss Charmette Pageant Set for April 8th
Ribault High School
The Duval County Chapter of
The Charmettes Inc., a sisterhood
of dedicated professional women,,
who are committed to enhancing
the quality of life within our com-
munity; will present their major
fundraiser, the "Miss Charmette
Pageant" at 7 p.m. 'on Saturday,
April 8, 2006, at the LaVilla School
of The Arts, 501 Davis Street.
Proceeds from the pageant are
used to provide scholarships for
students at Florida Community
College at Jacksonville (FCCJ),
and colleges and universities
The public is invited to this event
in support of higher education for
Chala Williams Courtney Matthews
Englewood High School Sandalwood High School
Andrew Jackson High School
Darnell Cookman Middle
Mclntosh, Pearson Heading
NAACP Life Membership Luncheon
Continued from page 1
It also has generated rumors,
mostly on the Internet, that black
Americans will lose the right to
vote en masse next year. The
rumors have prompted officials at
the U.S. Justice Department to post
a notice on their Web site.
"It's important for folks to know
that the right to vote even if those
sections expire will not expire,"
said Justice Department spokesman
Eric W. Holland.
The provisions last renewed by
Congress in 1982 for 25 years -
cover a wide range of protections.
They allow the government to
approve new voting procedures in
areas with histories of discrimina-
tion and send election monitors to
make sure voters are allowed to cast
ballots and their votes are counted.
The provisions also send officials to
register voters in counties where
blacks are refused registration.
"It's a myth that we stand to lose
the right to vote, but we do stand to
lose critical protections that have
allowed us to participate fully in the
political process," said Debo
Adegbile, associate director of liti-
gation at the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund.
"We've seen consistently, even with
the provisions in place, continuing
efforts to weaken minority voices in
the electoral process."
The provisions also require inter-
preters and translated election
materials in precincts with high
populations of non-white voters
who have difficulty understanding
English, said Margaret Fung, exec-
utive director of the Asian
American Legal Defense and
The issue has slowly been making
its way through Congress and the
Justice Department and President
Bush both support renewing the
provisions. Some opponents, how-
ever, question whether the provi-
sions remain relevant and effective.
Edward J. Blum, a visiting fellow
at the American Enterprise
Institute, testified before a congres-
sional committee recently that the
provisions are outdated.
"Bull Connor is dead," he said,
referring to the notorious segrega-
tionist police commissioner in
Birmingham, Ala. "And so is every
Jim Crow-era segregationist intent
on keeping blacks from the polls."
In 1965, Congress found "rampant
racial discrimination" in Southern
elections, he said. "By today how-
ever, the data simply do not support
a similar finding."
But Adegbile, the NAACP defense
fund lawyer, said some provisions
in the law are important, especially
a section that requires federal
approval for election changes.
Adegbile said that in Louisiana
alone, the Justice Department has
blocked nearly 100 proposed elec-
tion changes since 1982. The
changes, he said, would have
diminished or weakened minority
Most of the sections about to
expire, he explained, resulted from
blatantly race-based, often violent
tactics, such as the 1965 Pettus
Before then, blacks already had
voting rights, in theory at least,
Adegbile pointed out. Shortly after
the Civil War, the 15th Amendment
gave formerly enslaved African-
Americans voting rights.
Without the Voting Rights Act and
the provisions set to expire, "the
15th Amendment would've contin-
ued to be a dead letter," he said.
will be held
2- May 6, 2006,
12:00 noon at
Dr. McIntosh the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential
Drive. The speaker will be Dr.
Randolph Bracy, Jr., M. Div., Ed.
D., Pastor of the New Covenant
Baptist Church of Orlando,
Rev. Bracy is a native of
Jacksonville, Florida and the son of
the late Randolph Bracy, Sr. and
Ethel Bracy. He was educated in the
public schools of Jacksonville.
Rev. Bracy is a member of the
Florida State Conference, NAACP
Executive Committee and serves as
Chairman of the Religious Affairs
The Life Membership Luncheon
was named after the late Mr.
Rutledge H. Pearson, a former
President of the Jacksonville
Branch, NAACP and civic leader.
Persons who have paid out their life
membership of will be recognized
and receive a beautiful plaque.
Dr. C. B. McIntosh and Mrs. Mary
Ann Pearson, Chairman and Co-
Chairman for this event invite the
Jacksonville community to come
out and celebrate with us and hear
this dynamic speaker. Mr. Isaiah
Rumlin, President of the
Jacksonville Branch, challenges
everyone not to miss this historic
Tickets can be purchased by call-
ing the office at 764-7578.
t 8:00 A.o Early Morning Worship
Seeking thesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
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.
Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and youi lanmily. If we may be of any assistance to
you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via e-mail at GreaterMac@aol.com.
March 30 April 5, 2006
Links Close Service Year of Serving Youth
The Bold City Chapter of Links, I
Inc. culminated a complete year of
serving the youth of Highlands .,
Middle School with a banquet at L
Through monthly topics on vary-
ing subjects, the women's service-
organzation presented forums for
the youth through Project PRAISE
to expand their horizons ranging .
from international trends and art to
Black history. The chapter's youth
program was under the directives of L
Bold City founding Chapter mem- i
ber Pamela Grant Adams.
The Bold City Links are one of
many chapters throughout the coun- ....l ..
try and abroad dedicated to improv- Shown above at the year end banquet is Highlands student Orrion
ing the life of others. The local Wilson with the event's speaker Michael Stewart of the Jacksonvile
chapter's efforts have produced Airport Authority and Link's program chair Pamela Grant Adams
everything from a school in Africa Over 150 students participated in the program and those with perfect
to scholarships for youth, attendance each received Wal Mart gift cards.
Voting Rights Act to Expire in August
March 30 April 5, 2006
Pare 8 Ms Perry's Free Press April 6 12, 2006
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Amateur Night information and encouraging
at the Rit parental involvement in schools.
at the itz For more information or to RSVP
The monthly Amateur Night at the your organization. call Reginald L.
Ritz will be held on Friday, April 7 Brown at (904) 721-0042.
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.
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.
WGV Easter Egg Hunt
World Golf Village's annual Easter
Egg Hunt will take place Saturday,
April 8. The event will feature
more than 10,000 plastic eggs filled
with candy and prizes, an appear-
ance from the Easter Bunny and
much more. Other activities avail-
able for children to enjoy will
include bounce houses, clowns,
breakfast with the Bunny, an Easter
train and more. Registration will
begin at 10 a.m. and admission to
the event is free and open to the
public. For more information on
Easter activities, call 904-940-4123
or visit www.wgv.com.
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
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.
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.
Free Teen Dating
The Women's Center will discuss
women's issues and empower teens
on aspects of dating and relation-
ships. This is an excellent opportu-
nity for school groups, mothers,
daughters, even dads, brothers and
boyfriends to learn about appropri-
ate behavior in social situations and
how to get help in crisis situations.
The free forum will be held at the
Highlands Branch Library, 1826
Dunn Ave. on Saturday, April 8 at
2:00 p.m. For more information call
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.
NOMN OE O WEEODA
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Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
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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.
Current Class leaders of Old
Stanton, Stanton Vocational, New
Stanton and Faculty and Staff of
that era will meet Monday April
10th at 6:30 p.m. in the old dining
hall of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church (First Street entrance) to
discuss plans for the first "Annual
Gala". For more information con-
tact Kenneth Reddick 764-8795.
The 4th Annual Fair Housing
Awareness Symposium will be held
on April 22nd from 8:30 a..m, 3
p..m. A continental breakfast and
lunch will be served atthe event that
will be held at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront. The sym-
posium is open to the public.
Registration Deadline April 10.
Workshops will be held on a variety
of topics including: When You
Rent Landlord/Tenant Relations
and Predatory Lending; Getting a
House/Keeping a House and mnor-
ity outreach. For more information,
call 630 -4911.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887, 103rd St.,
Jacksonville, Fl., at 1:30 p.m. on
April 15, 2006. The guest speaker
will be Ann Staley, professional
genealogist and lecturer. Her pro-
gram will be "Genealogical
Research--Online." Rescources dis-
cussing search engines, mail lists,
on-line libraries, and primary
search sites for genealogists with
emphasis on free web sites avail-
able. For more information contact
Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.
Bowling to Strike Out
Hunger- Charity Bowl
The Clara White Mission is hold-
ing there 8th annual "Alley Oop!
Charity Bowl Bowling to Strike
Out Hunger" This years theme is
"Jazz'in it up for charity". The tour-
nament will be held on Saturday,
April 15th at noon. For more infor-
mation/applications Contact Ruby
Brown: (904)778-1983 or Phoenix
Lanes on Blanding blvd.(904)387-
Jon Lucien at Third
Saturday Jazz Lounge
Contemporary jazz recording artist
Jon Lucien will be presented at the
Ritz Third Saturday Jazz and Blues
Lounge, a new caf6 style concert
series featuring local and national
jazz recording artists. Peppered
with Caribbean and Brazilian
rhythms, Lucien's acoustic
melodies weave poetic tales of
affection, hope and endless devo-
tion. The concert will be on
Saturday, April 15th at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call 904-
Leadership Jacksonville's llth
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
When the Gourd
Speaks: Gourd Arts
and Craft Workshop
The Ritz Theater will host a work-
shop on the Gourd on Saturday,
April 22, 10a.m. 2 p.m.Explore
the amazing possibilities of gourds
in a hands-on workshop in the art of
decorative gourds. Participants
learn to paint, bum or carve gourds,
as well as how to grow them. Ages
7+. Advance registration required
for more info call 632-5555.
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Call "The Picture
Girls Only Career Fair
Girl Scouts Inc. will be holding a
"Girls Only" Career Fair on
Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 10
a.m. 2 p.m at Fidelity National
Financial, 601 Riverside Avenue.
The Fair is for young ladies looking
for a summer internship or commu-
nity service hours, want to scope
out potential employers or those
just trying to decide what kind of
career they want in the future. The
targeted age range are girls age 14 -
18. A variety of careers will be rep-
resented. There will also be work-
shops on how to dress for success,
develop your resume, make a great
first impression and interview for a
job. To register or for more infor-
mation call 388-4653, ext. 1149.
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..
Learn to Read is currently prepar-
ing volunteers to tutor in the
Jacksonville Reads Adult Literacy
Program. 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, from 9:00 a.m. 3 p.m. at
the LTR Headquarters; 917
Children's way in San Marco.
Registration is required. For more
info call 399-8894.
BB King in Concert
The legendary B. B. KING,
America's undisputed King of the
Blues will be in concert on
Tuesday, April 25th at 8PM. For
more information call the Florida
Theater Box Office at 355-2787.
The public is invited to see "An
Evening with Sinbad" non
Thursday, April 27th at the Florida
Theater. Showtime is at 8 p.m. The
performance will benefit the
Community Asthma Partnership.
For more information, contact
Jeanne Torbett at 765-7938.
Madea Goes to Jail
Super producer Tyler Perry will
bring his ultra funny Madea antics
to the Jacksonville stage for
"Madea Goes to Jail". The play will
be held April 27 30 at the Times
Union Center for the performing
Arts. For ticket information and
showtimes, call 353-3309.
Crowns the Musical
Stage Aurora will present Crowns,
a stand up and testify musical writ-
ten by Regina Taylor. The play will
be performed in FCCJ's ezekiel
bryant Auditorium April 28 May
14th on the weekend only. Based
on the book by Michael
Cunningham, Crowns is a soul stir-
ring tribute to the unique cultural
phenomenon that fuses faith with
fashion and celebrated African-
American women and their church
hats. Showtimes are Fridays at 8:00
p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m and 8
p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. For
tickets, call the Stage Aurora Box
Office at 765-7373.
YMCA Summer Camp Registration
It's Summer Camp registration time at the Johnson Family YMCA. Slots
are now open for Kiddie Camp kids ages 4 through 6 at the Johnson
YMCA. Adventure and Explorer slots for kids ages 7 12 at Raines High
School and Frank H. Peterson Academies are now open. To register at
these locations call 765-3589 or stop by the Johnson YMCA at 5700
Cleveland Road. Scholarships are available.
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KING AND QUEEN OF DEF JAM'S
Now that the separation of
Russell and Kimora Lee
Simmons has been announced,
details of their impending
divorce have already begun
bubbling to the surface as they
admit to have beenon the rocks
for the last 15 years.
According to the New York
Post, the two have lived and still remain in isolated
wings of their 10-bedroom home in Saddle River, NJ. As
previously reported, Russell is said to be dating model
Denise Vasi, and Kimora is also rumored to have a new
arm piece New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury.
Russell, the founder of Def Jam Records and the Phat
Farm fashion label, met Kimora when she was a 17-year-
old from St. Louis working the runway for New York
Fashion Week. Following their marriage, the two soon
became partners in business as well as the parentsof two
daughters. Kimora oversaw the launch of Baby Phat, a
women's line for Phat Farm that has grown to include
jewelry and other pricy accessories. They also have two
Russell's official statement announcing
the split reads: "Kimora and I will remain
committed parents and caring friends with ..
great love and admiration for each other. We .
will ... continue to work side by side on a daily '1
basis as partners in all of our businesses."
WHITNEY'S DRUG TALES
IN THE ENQUIRER
Whitney Houston's crack use has hit a ne .
low, according to her sister-in-law Tina Brovw n.. .
She says the singer hits the pipe every day and has all but
forgotten about personal hygiene.
The former songbird with the angelic voice now spends
most of her days disheveled and locked in her bathroom
where she can smoke her crack in peace.
In the interview, Tina described how Whitney spends
days locked in her bedroom sur- -
rounded by piles of trash. When |
high on drugs, the singer imag- |
ines that demons are beating her,
but Tina says the "beating" is W '
really Whitney biting and punch- *
ing her own body without realiz- -
ing it. She also claims that .
Whitney was so drugged out one '
time that she urinated on herself .
- then put on a baby's diaper. Also, Tina says her sister-
in-law once smoked crack on her way to a rehab facility,
and said during the ride, "I'm just gonna act crazy."
JUDGE MABLEAN RETIRING
After seven seasons of listening to bickering couples
air their dirty laundry, Judge Mablean Ephriam has had
enough. The popular judge on the syndicated show
"Divorce Court" will hang up her robe and step down
from the bench to make way for new judge
L\ nn Toler, who will pre-
S side over the eighth season
S when it premieres this fall.
Toler, an African --
American attorney who '
served as an elected .w
judge on the Cleveland
,0-. :-i%-' Heights Municipal Court in Ohio, left the
Bench in 2001 after being picked to act as
' "Ji'-- a judge on another Twentieth Television
\ indicated court show, "Power of Attorney."
by J. Murray, BV
If you can't afford it as a child,
make your own when you grow up.
That's what actor Marlon Wayans
has done with his new comic book
series 'Super Bad James Dynomite'
(5-D Comics). Growing up the
youngest of 10 children, Wayans
said buying comic books was total-
ly out of the question.
"I grew up loving comic books,
but I couldn't afford them," said
Wayans. "As a fan of black
exploitation movies-"I watched
'The Mack,' I grew up with
'Dolemite,' 'Willie Dynamite,'
Wayans' New Comic Book
Highlights 70s Hero
g- Super Bad James Dynomite
on the website
The lead character, Super Bad
James Dynomite, has Wayans'
face and an oversized penis
down to his knees. "It's basical-
e t ily based on me, and I do all of
the faces and the artist draws to
Sm. y faces. I gave him a little
endowment-well, that was very
..... me. 'Cause he looks like me so I
7 i thought it was only fair that he
represent me to the fullest. So I
Super bad James Dynomite gave him a little endowment,
(shown left) is the brain- because that's part of the charac-
child of comedic sibling ter of who he and I am," said
Marlon Wayans (above) of Wayans laughing.
the famous Wayans clan. There's a questionable scene in
that's my world, I love the comic strip where Super Bad
that world and I studied black James Dynomite checks out the
exploitation" it was inevitable backside of both a woman and a
that Wayans' comic strip would be man. "He ain't down low! It's the
set in that era. "I was doing 70s. They partied in the 70s, so it
'Dungeons and Dragons' in was a little bit of this and a little bit
Europe, and I was on the plane of that. He ain't gay, but he's exper-
coming home. I saw this 'Austin mental. Like he said, 'Hey, it's the
Powers' poster on Virgin Airlines 70s! It's free love!' It's Woodstock.
and I was like I want to do a black You have a drink and you got a
one of him, but from the 1970s. So bunch of girls next to you and your
I started working on it and writing buddy is behind you. It's a party, I
it and putting it together, and that don't know. So he ain't down low
was like five years ago," Wayans or in the closet, and if you call him
recalled, gay he'll probably beat you down,
The comic book is now a quarter- 'cause he don't play that. It's the
ly release sold in retail outlets and 70s, it's all love," Wayans said.
Janet Jackson Returns in May With New CD and
New Body Following Reported 50 lb. Weight Gain
Broadway Musical to Open Based
on the Music of Earth Wind & Fire
Hot Feet, the uew
Earth, Wind & Fire
begau its only pre-
Broadway run March to h
23, at Washington,
DC's National Theatre clp a
and will open at
Theatre on April 18.
Hot Feet-the fourth s
"jukebox" musical to
land on Broadway this
season. is directed and
choreographed b. A scene from "Hot Feet'" '
Maurice Hines. and features the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. Hot Feet
features a book by Heru Ptah and nusic and IrTICS by Maurice White of
Earth, Wind & Fire fame.
Hot Feet, according to a press statement, is a "Faustian tale about ia
beautiful young dancer Kalimba, whose whole life's dreams arid ambid
tion are to be a Broadwa dancer Kalimba is cajoled to dance with -
pair of magical and enchanted red shoes; when she puts them on th '
begin to take control of the talented dancer's fate."
Unfortunately, so far the play has not received good reviews. Areview-
er in the Washington Post said." If there are any consolations, they..,OCi
that the show moves at a decent clip. and some of the dancers' acrobail-"
ics get the old blood flowing. But they cannot hide the jaw-dropping
truth: "Hot Feet" is a serpentine mnusfire.
As any critic knows however, the best critique is one you do yourself.
Janet Jackson, who has reportedly
inated the star in the 90's. She has
After several years away from the
spotlight (minus the naked butt
bongo video leaked on the Internet
late last year), Janet Jackson will
return to the spotlight next month
with the first single from her as-yet-
According to Virgin Urban presi-
dent Jermaine Dupri, also her
boyfriend, the single is expected to
arrive at U.S. radio in May, and the
ly gained over 50 lbs. during her absence from show business (left), a far cry from the fit superstar that dom-
been said to be working out hard to be back in shape fro the release of her CD.
album will likely follow at the end
Jackson's new CD will be the first
since 2004's "Damita Jo," which
dropped in the midst of the fallout
surrounding her Super Bowl half-
time show. Her longtime produc-
tion team Jimmy Jam and Terry
Lewis have contributed tracks to
the new set as well.
"It's a milestone year for us and
for the collaboration," Jam previ-
ously told Billboard.com. "It'll be
20 years since the release of
(Jackson's 1986 album) 'Control,'
so there's definitely a little bit of a
nod to that on the new album."
Dupri also contributed tracks to
the project, but tells Billboard that
he won't be a featured guest on any
of the songs. "But I don't know if
Jermaine Dupri the artist exists any-
more. I'm not into that right now.
It's far on the back burner," says
J.D., who will also oversee the 2006
Virgin Urban releases of albums
from Beenie Man, Sleepy Brown,
Johnta Austin, Young Capone and
Daz Dillinger. "It's probably in the
cards somewhere down the road.
But it's the last thing I'm thinking
about right now."
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National Leaders Rally For New Orleans Voters
Demonstrators at a protest rally applaud entertainer Bill Cosby.
Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, flanked
by former New Orleans Mayor and President of the Urban League
Marc Morial, left, and Rev. Jesse Jackson
Hundreds of protesters led by the
Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al
Sharpton rallied last weekend, say-
ing the city's election plans will dis-
enfranchise voters displaced by
The system of mail-in voting set
up for the April 22 election for
mayor and other positions in the
city will make it difficult for voters
living elsewhere to cast a ballot,
Jackson and other activists said.
Black people, who made up 70 per-
cent of New Orleans before Katrina
hjit form a large majority of those
"We want the Voting Rights Act,"
Jackson said at a news conference
before the rally. Black leaders have
argued city elections could violate
the landmark 1965 law designed to
ensure voter equality.
The city election could have a
broad effect nationwide, Sharpton
said: "What happens in New
Orleans will affect voting rights all
over the United States."
Jackson and other activists are
demanding satellite polling places
for displaced voters in cities outside
TV Judge Greg mathis raises his
fist in protest.
New Orleans, and even outside
Louisiana. Fewer than half of the
city's 460,000 residents have
returned since the Aug. 29 storm
flooded the city.
Activists also urged the release of
updated lists of displaced voter
addresses, a request the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
has denied, saying it would breach
About 2,000 people attended the
rally and march, police said.
The rally was held at the conven-
tion center, site of some of the most
vivid scenes of desperation out of
Hurricane Katrina. It included state
and federal lawmakers and comedi-
an Bill Cosby, who urged residents
to rebuild without the murders and
drug dealing that plagued New
Orleans before the storm.
"It's painful, but we can't heal our-
selves unless we cleanse the
wounds," Cosby said.
After the rally, protesters marched
across a Mississippi River bridge
where residents trying to leave the
city after Katrina were turned back.
A lawsuit filed by two state legisla-
tors claims police in the city of
Gretna used excessive force when
refusing to let fleeing evacuees
cross. State prosecutors are also
investigating allegations of civil
rights violations. Gretna officials
have said they lacked resources to
take in evacuees.
Emelia Mays, a 52-year-old from
suburban Avondale, said she
marched with her family to support
those unable to return.
"I am home, and I can vote," said,
Mays, who remembers being forced
(middle) A woman holds a sign
questioning U.S. government pri-
orities during a rally for voting
rights of displaced residents in
New Orleans April 1, 2006. Many
citizens scattered across the
country since Hurricane Katrina
may be unable to vote in the
city's April 22 mayoral election,
according to march organizers.
(above) Jesse Jackson and Al
Sharpton lead the march across
the bridge over the Mississippi
River. The thousands of protest-
ers snaked behind him in the
rally held last weekend.
to the back of a New Orleans bus
with her mother as a child. "For
those that can't, I have to stand up."
In an interview after the march,
Jackson said mail-in ballots will be
vulnerable because of delay-
plagued postal deliveries in the city.
He also said it was unfair to eligi-
ble voters and candidates that the
names and addresses of displaced
residents have not been disclosed:
"The running don't know who is eli-
gible, and the eligible don't know
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