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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:
June 29, 2006
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

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African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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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."

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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
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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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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:
June 29, 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:
UF00028305:00076

Related Items

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
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National Pediatricians Elect First

African American President
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has elect-
ed Washington, DC. pediatrician Renee R. Jenkins,
MD, FAAP, as its new vice president. This is the first
time the AAP has elected an African American. The
AAP is the nation's largest pediatric organization, with
a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians,
pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists.
Dr. Jenkins will take office as president-elect at the
October 2006 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, GA,
and will serve as the 2007-2008 AAP president.
Dr. Jenkins is professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child
Health at Howard University and adjunct professor of Pediatrics at
George Washington University. both in Washington. DC. She graduated
from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her res-
idency at Jacobi HospitalbAlbert Einstein College of Medicine in New
York City. After completing a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at
Montefiore Hospital in New York. Dr. Jenkins started an adolescent med-
icine program at Howard. In 1994. Dr. Jenkins %%as appointed
Department Chair, and during her tenure directed the departmental train-
ing program and practice plan.

ACLU Probes Six Flags

Ban on Ethnic Hairstyles
The American Ci\ it Liberties Union is investigating complaints from
more than a dozen black employees at a Six Flags theme park who were
told their hairstyles were inappropriate.
Jonathan DeLeon, 17. w\as hired at Six Flags America in Largo, Md., in
March to'wear the costumes of Sylvester and Daffy Duck. A few weeks
later, he said he was told to cut his braids, which were at least 3 feet long.
Though his mother cut more than 2 feet of his hair, park officials were
dissatisfied, he said.
"They told me I had to cut them even shorter or go home," DeLeon told
The Washington Post. "They said they wanted an all-American thing.
That's what they said to all the black people. I had already cut it a lot, so
I just left."
The 2006 Six Flags America handbook states that employees are not
allowed to have "any hairsts le that detracts or takes away from Six Flags
theming."
Terry Prather, the park's general manager, said that the policy is not dis-
criminatory and that exceptions are made for employees with religious
and medical reasons for not cutting their hair.
Some employees said they tried to adjust by buying wigs to cover their
hair or by paying to have their hair braided into cornrows, but they too
were told that the hairsty les were inappropriate.

Presidential Wedding in the Congo
Business and politics took a back seat temporarily as the president of
ihe Democratic Republic of Congo. Joseph Kabila, said "I dol" to his
longtime girlfriend in a lavish wedding ceremony observed by the nation.
Kabila married Olive
Liemba Disita, 26, at their
presidential palace in
Kinshasa attended by "
Catholic and Protestant
clergy. Images of the cer-
emony ere broadcast on
state tele\ vision showing o r .
Kabila dressed in blue
and his veiled bride ..
walking past a military
honor guard.
Kabila and Disita have lived together for years and have a 6-year-old
son. She is Congolese and the daughter of a civil servant. The nuptials
come just weeks before Congo's first free national elections in four
decades.
Kabila presides over an interim government and is one of 33 candidates
for president in the elections, scheduled for July 30. He assumed the pres-
idency of Congo in 2001 following the assassination of his father, former
rebel and President Laurent Kabila.

Controversial DVD Getting Attention
First their was "Girls Gone Wild". even '"Boys Gone Wild", now an
Atlanta based company has created "Crackheads Gone Wild."
The internet sold onl.' documentary debuted with a multitude of con-
troversv across the U.S. The feature focuses on the crack epidemic that
has affected many communities across the nation.
The film provides ra\% footage of a da\ in the lives of drug addicts
and even gives a tour of a real "Crackhouse" uncensored from its daily
"Crackhouse" activities. "Some have found this DVD to be shocking,



is touched by drug abuse. As sad as it is. almost every person has a
Crackhead in their family and can identify with this film," said
Donoman. "This DVD takes look at modern day casualties of war, lost on
drugs and gives you the truths to what many don't want you to see!"
"We felt this was an important film to release to the public. Crack has
hit our communities in epic proportions, with no end clearly in sight." he
said.


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Pending Supreme Court Cases Could Undermine Desegregation


by H.T. Edney
Two new cases to be considered in
the fall by the U. S. Supreme Court
endangers desegregation in elemen-
tary and secondary public schools
across the nation, civil rights
activists warned during the annual
summer conference of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association.
"This could set us farther back
than Plessy v. Ferguson," says
Shanta Driver, national Co-chair of


BAMN, (By Any Means
Necessary). That's the Michigan-
based group that led a march and
rally of 50,000 outside the Supreme
Court during recent Michigan
Affirmative Action cases that
resulted in the reaffirmation of
affirmative action in higher educa-
tion.
"I feel that we have a tremendous
opportunity facing us," Driver said.
"This nation is becoming increas-


ingly polarized. They've given us
an opportunity to build a new civil
rights movement to stand together
and fight and take back what we
have lost because of our inability to
mobilize."
. Driver and other activists have
been pleading with media to get the
word out about the continued
attacks on affirmative action around
the country, including in Michigan
where Black conservative Ward


Shown above (L-R) are participating students Gabriella Cenci, Jereme Raickett, event host and former
ACT-SO alumni Rahman Johnson, Vanessa Long, Terry Jecoby Young and Moneq Scott (front).
NAACP Youth Utilize Talent as Gateway to Education
Youth members of the NAACP and their guests packed the Adams Jenkins Center on the Edward Waters
Campus last weekend to showcase their talents that will be seen in Washington, D.C. Chaired by Jacquelyn
Holmes, the ACT-SO competition sends Jacksonville's best and brightest artistically to the national NAACP event
to compete for scholarships and monetary awards. Students compete in a variety of areas including visual arts,
dramatics, poetry, dance, vocals and oratory.

Black America Shocked as Latest Terrorist

Plot Arrests Yield South Florida Muslims


CHICAGO (NNPA) Seven peo-
ple were arrested a week ago in
connection with the early stages of
a plot to attack Chicago's Sears
Tower and other buildings in the
United States, including the FBI
office in Miami, a federal law
enforcement official said.
As part of the raids related to the
arrests, FBI agents swarmed a
warehouse in Miami's Liberty City
area, using a blowtorch to take off a
metal door. One neighbor said the
suspects had been sleeping in the
warehouse while running what


seemed to be a "military boot
camp."
The official said the alleged plot-
ters were mainly Americans with no
apparent ties to al-Qaida or other
foreign terrorist organizations. He
spoke on condition of anonymity so
as not to pre-empt news confer-
ences planned for Friday in
Washington and Miami.
Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander
Acosta said in a statement that the
investigation was an ongoing oper-
ation and that more details would
be released later.


"There is no imminent threat to
Miami or any other area because of
these operations," said Richard
Kolko, spokesman for FBI head-
quarters in Washington. He
declined further comment.
Residents living near the ware-
house said the men taken into cus-
tody described themselves as
Muslims and had tried to recruit
young people to join their apparent-
ly militaristic group.
The residents said FBI agents
spent several hours in the neighbor-
Continued on page 3


Connerly has pushed through a ref-
erendum for a ballot in November
that would allow voters to ban affir-
mative action. A report by the
Michigan Civil Rights Commission
says Connerly's so-called Michigan
Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI)
obtained its petition signatures
fraudulently by misleading people
into thinking they were signing to
hold a referendum for affirmative
action. Continued on page 3

EWC Back

on Track with

Accreditation
Officials at
Edward Waters
College (EWC),
Florida's oldest
Historically
Black College,
Sjo yously
announced that
u A the o college's
Bishop Young accreditation has
Board Chair been reaffirmed
through 2014 and the warning sta-
tus has been removed.
EWC was verbally informed by
the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS) of the reaffir-
mation and the lifting of the warn-
ing status.
"We have worked very hard," said
Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., EWC's
27th president. "This news is the
culmination of a huge team effort.
We have worked hard to rebuild the
faculty, add new administrators and
enhance protocols to improve our
institution as well as strengthen our
academic programs."
Bishop McKinley Young, chair-
man of the EWC Board of Trustees,
made the announcement at a press
conference prior to the EWC staff
appreciation celebration. Bishop
Young was joined by Dr. Bronson;
members of the Board of Trustees;
Dr. Valdrie Walker, vice president
of academic affairs; and Dr. James
McLean, vice president of institu-
tional advancement. Members of
the community were also present to
hear the good news.
"We acknowledge with gratitude,
the new, positive spirit of coopera-
tion with SACS," said Bishop
McKinley Young. He added "We
could not have asked for better
news."


Clergy Kickoff National Conference to Mobilize November Elections


DALLAS -- Prominent black
leaders said they will work to com-
bat Christian conservatives they say
have used same-sex marriage and
abortion to distract from larger
moral issues such as the war, voting
rights, affirmative action and pover-
ty.
The Revs. Al Sharpton, Jesse
Jackson and Joseph Lowery and
hundreds of black leaders from
around the country are focusing on
mobilizing black voters for the fall
elections. They kicked off a three-
day black clergy conference this
week in Dallas.
"There are no gay people coming
to our churches asking to get mar-
ried," Sharpton said. "But there are
plenty of people coming with prob-
lems voting or their sons in jail."
Sharpton said tours are planned of
swing states starting in July to bring


out black voters and push
Democrats to take a tougher stand
on social justice issues.
Jackson said the mid-term elec-
tions, which will determine hun-
dreds of congressional seats and
many governorships, are a "fight
for America's soul."
If Democrats fail to address social
concerns, Sharpton said he has not
ruled out a run for president in
2008.
A spokesman for evangelical con-
servatives accused Sharpton of
stereotyping Christian conserva-
tives, many of whom agree with
black churchgoers on key issues.
"Let's not play off each other in
ways that are based on stereotypes,"
said the Rev. Richard Cizik of the
National Association of
Evangelicals, which includes many
conservative churches.


The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, speaks during a news conference at the
kickoff of the National Conference and Revival for Social Justice in
the Black Church in Dallas, Texas earlier this week..
A spokeswoman for the has been hiring black organizers,
Democratic National Committee meeting with black leaders and
said Democrats are not taking black speaking out on issues that concern
voters for granted. The committee black voters, she said.


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driving records and have never had
an at-fault accident may be faced
with higher premiums if they run
into a new breed of credit score
used by insurers.
Known as credit-based insurance
scores, these numbers are computed
from bill-paying and loan data col-
lected by the major credit bureaus.
They have become as important in
determining annual premiums as
driving records and neighborhoods.
Consumer Reports' investigation
found that scores and their uses
vary among insurers and that cred-
it-based insurance scoring could
cost many drivers hundreds of extra
dollars.
Credit scores used by insurance
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report information. Some big com-
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others may use it for both.
Moreover, CR notes that the credit
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insurance scoring, and efforts to
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Blacks & Whites Differ in

Strategies for Retirement
With traditional sources of retirement funding in flux, including corporate
pensions and Social Security, Black and White Americans differ in their
expectations about retirement, according to the 9th Annual Ariel/Schwab
Black Investor Survey. While more Blacks than Whites participate in
employer pension plans and large numbers of both groups are concerned
these plans are in jeopardy, fewer Blacks than Whites (26% versus 30%)
say they are worried about their retirement. The annual survey of 500
Blacks and 500 Whites earning over $50,000 also finds Blacks plan to
retire earlier and are pursuing different strategies than Whites for their
retirement years, such as investing in real estate or opening a business.
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Shop harder than ever before:
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quotes from several insurers are
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Use credit that insurers favor:
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A briefcase and its contents belonging to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
was displayed at Sotheby's prior to it's impending auction.

Prized King Collection


Finds Home in Atlanta


Sotheby's had to cancel its sched-
uled auction of sermons, books,
notes and speeches from Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. thanks to his alma
mater Morehouse College in
Atlanta, which purchased the entire
lot outright.
"This is a wonderful outcome for
this collection," Dexter King, son
of the slain civil rights leader, said
in a statement. "I know my mother
would have been happy to see the
collection housed permanently in
Atlanta, which always meant so
much to her and to our family."
Dexter King and his brothers and
sisters had tried to sell their father's
papers to the U.S. Library of
Congress in 1999, but the deal fell
through. The Sotheby's auction,
which was scheduled for last
Friday, raised concerns that the his-
toric archive containing more
than 10,000 of King's manuscripts
and books would end up scattered
among the collections of numerous
buyers.
The archive, valued at $30 mil-
lion by Sotheby's, includes a draft
of King's 1963 "I Have a Dream"
speech, books that King annotated
while reading and memorabilia
such as plane tickets and suitcases.
It also includes his "Letter from
Birmingham Jail" and a telegram
inviting King to President Lyndon
Johnson's signing of the Voting
Rights Act of 1965.
"It is great that Atlanta is embrac-
ing its own history," Mayor Shirley
Franklin of Atlanta said in a state-
ment issued by Sotheby's. The com-
pany's Vice Chairman David
Redden said he was glad the
archive would be returned to
Atlanta.
"This historic archive is of
extraordinary significance and the


King Estate and Sotheby's had
hoped -- and worked hard to ensure
-- that its disposition would permit
access to the public and to scholars.
This has now been achieved,"
Redden said.
SunTrust Banks will provide a
$32 million loan for the transaction,
which will be paid off with dona-
tions from a cross-section of influ-
ential Atlantans, businesses and
local institutions.
Coretta Scott King for years kept
the collection in the basement of
her west Atlanta home after her
husband's assassination in 1968.
Sotheby's first tried to sell the
papers in 2003 for the King estate
- which at the time included
Coretta Scott King, who died Jan.
30, and her four grown children:
Dexter, Bernice, Martin III and
Yolanda.
But Atlanta wasn't the only city
interested in the papers. Institutions.
that have had an interest in King's
papers in the past include the
Schomburg Center for Research in
Black Culture in New York City,
the Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History at the New York
Historical Society, the Center for
American History at the University
of Texas at Austin, and Boston
University, where King earned his
doctoral degree.
Dexter King confirmed that there
were other potential buyers inter-
ested in making a private deal for
the collection. But, he said, it was
always the family's desire to have
the papers in Atlanta.
"We didn't know that Atlanta was
that serious until Mayor Franklin
reached out. It's a sweet homecom-
ing for me," King said. "I feel both
my father and mother are smiling
down on us."


Voting Right

DETROIT Civil Rights leaders
ire enraged over efforts to 'high-
ack' proposals to extend the Voting
Rights Act this year and are urging
voters to express their dissatisfac-
ion.


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"The Voting Rights Act got
derailed, high jacked, expropriated
by a hand full of you fill in the
blank southern members of
Congress, who literally, in the last
hour, raised loud and vociferous
objections to going forward," said
Marc H. Morial, president and CEO
of the National Urban League. "The
argument advanced by these mem-
bers of the House have absolutely
no merit whatsoever. They are 40-
year-old arguments that have been
stirred in a 21st century pot, put in a
microwave and zapped."
Bruce Gordon, president and CEO
of the NAACP, says the organiza-
tion is encouraging its members to
call their elected representatives.
"We are doing a lot of work," he
says. "In the civil rights movement,
we learned that some things happen
in the back room where the deals
are made."
Gordon said while most of the
public attention is focused on the
House, the Senate has been slow to
renew the voting measure. Gordon
has met with Sen. Arlen Spector (R-
Pa.), chairman of the Judiciary
Committee, to register his concerns.
"The Senate is slowing their roll,"
Gordon says. "They're not moving
this with the sense of urgency that
they should."
The two civil rights leaders made
their comments in a joint appear-
ance before the annual convention
of the National Newspaper
Publishers Association, a federation
of more than 200 Black newspa-
pers.
Key provisions of the 1965 Voting
Rights Act expire next August.
Activists are eager to get the meas-
ure extended this year to avert pos-
sible last-minute legislative glitch-
es. In a rare show of bipartisanship,
Republicans and Democrats, along
with President Bush, voiced sup-
port for for H.R. 9, called the
Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and
Coretta Scott King Voting Rights
Act Reauthorization and
Amendments of 2006.
The sponsors include Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-
Tenn.), Minority Leader Harry Reid
(D-Nev.) and Sens. Arlen Specter
(R-Pa.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and
Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). The
House sponsors include Reps.
James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.),
John Conyers (D-Mich.) and
Melvin Watt (D-N.C.).


ts Extension
"In the 1960s, many active citi-
zens struggled hard to convince
Congress to pass civil rights legisla-
tion that ensured the rights of all --
including the right to vote. That vic-
tory was a milestone in the history
of civil rights. Congress must act to
renew the Voting Rights Act of
1965," President Bush said in a
Black History month speech at the
White House.
Given the broad political support,
civil rights leaders and members of
the Congressional Black Caucus
were stunned last week when a
handful of southern Republicans
held up the legislation, complaining
that the South the region most
covered by the legislation -had
been unfairly targeted. However,
Black political disenfranchisement
was common in the Deep South
during the early 1960s, when the
legislation was first passed.
Opponents of the voting extension
argue that it should be nationalized
so that one region will not be
unfairly burdened. However, civil
rights activists say that would only
lead to nullifying the measure
because, under recent Supreme
Court rulings, past discrimination
must be established in order for a
measure to be held constitutional.
"We have worked extremely hard
over a number of months to reach
bipartisan and bicameral agreement
on this legislation and had reason to
believe it would be considered
expeditiously," CBC Chairman Mel
Watt said in statement. "The Voting
Rights Act has always had strong
support from Democrats and
Republicans alike. We fear that
pulling the bill could send the
wrong message about whether the
bill enjoys broad bipartisan support
and that delaying consideration
until after the July 4 recess could
give those with partisan intensions
space and time to politicize the
issue."
Even some Republicans are baf-
fled by the holdup.
House Judiciary Committee
Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner
Jr. (R-Wis.) says the bi-partisan bill
was crafted after months of study-


Supreme Court Cases


continued from front
The two pending cases, Parents
Involved in Community Schools v.
Seattle School District and
Meredith v. Jefferson County Board
of Education (Kentucky), are
expected to be heard in the fall. In
each case, the school programs
before the court were upheld as
constitutional by federal appeals
courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Sixth Circuit in the Jefferson
County case and the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the
Seattle case, ruled that the pro-
grams did not violate the Equal
Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment, meaning that race
may be considered in the placement
of students.
An adverse ruling by the reconsti-
tuted court could have the affect of
overturning the desegregation man-
dates set forth in the 1954 Brown v.
Board of Education of Topeka,


Terrorist

Arrests
continued from front
The residents said FBI agents
spent several hours in the neighbor-
hood showing photos of the sus-
pects and seeking information.
They said the men, who appeared to
be in their teens or 20s, had lived in
the area about a year.
The men slept in the warehouse,
said Tashawn Rose.. "They would
come out late at night and exercise.
It seemed like a military boot camp
that they were working on there.
They would also stand guard."
She talked to one of the men about
a month ago: "They seemed brain-


Kansas.
"The Court's ruling in these cases
will have far reaching implications
for the future of the nation's
schools," says a statement issued by
the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund. "Since the
Court's unanimous decision in
Brown v. the Board of Education,
which ended legally- sanctioned
segregation in public schools, the
nation has struggled to integrate its
public schools and its institutions of
higher education. Unfortunately,
Brown's 52-year history has been
marred, first by resistance and,
most recently, by continuing legal
attacks."
The upcoming cases have caused
anxiety in the civil rights communi-
ty because of the loss of Sandra
Day O'Conner, the swing voter in
close cases. Justices Clarence
Thomas, Antonin Scalia, new
appointee Samuel Alito and new

washed. They said they had given
their lives to Allah."
Rose said the men tried to recruit
her younger brother and nephew for
a karate class. "It was weird," she
said.
Benjamin Williams, 17, said the
group had young children with
them sometimes. Sometimes, he
added, the men "would cover their
faces. Sometimes they would wear
things on their heads, like turbans."
Xavier Smith, who attends the near-
by United Christian Outreach, said
the men would often come by the
church and ask for water.
"They were very private," said
Smith, 33. "They spoke with like an
accent, sort of a Jamaican accent."
The 110-floor Sears Tower is the
nation's tallest building. Security


Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr. are
staunch conservatives. David
Souter, Ruth Bater Ginsburg,
Stephen GE Breyer, and Justice John
Paul Stephens are the only liberals
left on the court. Justice Anthony
M. Kennedy could emerge as the
court's new swing voter.
"We can win. We can seize this
opportunity, this overreach, and we
can use it as the basis to continue
this new civil rights movement,
fight and win. It's going to be up to
us," says Driver. She says BAMN
will revive its protests of three
years ago by trying to mobilize
masses of people outside the
Supreme Court on the day of the
arguments.
"If we can get a million people
there, we can convince Justice
Kennedy that it's too dangerous to
overturn these programs and that
the conservative thing to do is to
uphold

was ramped up after the Sept. 11
attacks, and the 103rd-floor sky-
deck was closed for about a month
and a half.
The FBI's headquarters in Miami
sits near a residential neighborhood
just east of Interstate 95.
Several terrorism investigations
have had south Florida links.
Several of the Sept. 11 hijackers
lived and trained in the area, includ-
ing ringleader Mohamed Atta, and
several plots by Cuban-Americans
against Fidel Castro's government
have been based in Miami.
Jose Padilla, a former resident
once accused of plotting to detonate
a radioactive bomb in the U.S., is
charged in Miami with being part of
a support cell for Islamic extrem-
ists. Padilla's trial is set for this fall.


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'Highjacked'

ing more than 12,000 pages of testi-
mony that indicated there is much
work to be done in assuring non-
discrimination before the vote of
the Voting Rights Act is complete.
"Some members, whom I believe
are misinformed, have expressed
concerns about voting on this legis-
lation now," says Sensenbrenner in
a statement. "I stand by this bi-par-
tisan legislation. H.R. 9 is a good
bill."
Congress first amended and
strengthened the Voting Rights Act
in 1982, when it was first set to
expire, and then extended it for 25
years until 2007. Key sections are
set to expire next year. One is the
pre-clearance clause of Section 5,
requiring all or parts of 16 states
with a history of discrimination to
submit any changes in voting pro-
cedures to the Department of
Justice for approval before they can
take effect.
Those states are: Alabama, Alaska,
Arizona, California, Florida,


in Congress
Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan,
Mississippi, New Hampshire, New
York, North Carolina, South
Carolina, South Dakota, Texas anid
Virginia. The state, county or local
governments must prove to federal
authorities that voting changes do
not have racially discriminatory
purposes and that they will not
make racial minority voters worse
off than they were prior to the
change. The attorney general can
then prevent a change by issuing an
objection, which can be challenged
in the United States Court of
Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit. Section 5 also
requires federal poll watchers to be
onsite during voting.
Some civil rights leaders had pre-
dicted trouble. Jesse Jackson Sr.
said during the 40th anniversary of
the act last year: "The forces that
we defeated in 1965 never stopped
trying to take it back...They never
stop."


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Black State Legislators Present EWC

with 2006-07 State of Florida Allocation
State Representatives Audrey Gibson (D-15), Terry L. Fields (D-14) and
State Senator Anthony C. "Tony" Hill (D-l) presented Dr. Oswald P.
Bronson, Sr., president of Edward Waters College (EWC), with 2006-07
state allocation on June 21, 2006. The College received a $323,475.00
increase in the budget, which brings the College's total amount from the
state to more than $3,500,000 dollars.
"We are very supportive of our school and will work to make sure that
EWC receives the support that it needs." said Rep. Hill-











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The African Commonwealth


i by William Reed
The problem of the
world's blacks has been a
lack of unity. No individual or organization
has ever succeeded in uniting members of
the Black race.
In the early 20th Century, Marcus Garvey
sought to unite US blacks, those in the West
Indies, South and Central America with
those of Africa to better all's industrial,
commercial, educational, social, and politi-
cal conditions. Garvey wanted every black
to work toward a common objective of
building a nation of his own on the African
continent.
If not for lack of unity, African Americans
would be leading efforts to build cities,
nations, governments, industries of their
own in Africa. Instead, Black Americans
are engaged in American Establishment
designed political programs of disinvest-
ment, not building in Africa. Garvey's
Dream of economic and industrial growth
occurring in Africa is being done by the
Chinese and their government.
The "I ain't left nuthin in Africa" attitude
endures among African Americans. As the


Chinese fund growth for millions on the
African continent, African Americans play
politics. The Chinese government's African
Policy Paper supports investment in Africa
and offers favorable loans and credits in
such projects. While African Americans
endorse establishment programs to "spank"
places like Sudan and Zimbabwe "back into
line", "China is establishing strategic part-
nerships with Africa based on equality and
mutual trust on the political front and 'win-
win' economics.
China is building railways and roads in
Angola, Nigeria and Kenya, revving up
trade volumes with South Africa and
Zambia and, most of all, guzzling up
Africa's rich reserves of oil and minerals.
Beijing is increasingly courting resource-
rich countries, like Sudan and Zimbabwe,
which have been marginalized in recent
years by the West, forging partnerships on
the strength of its non-interference foreign
policy. This flies in the face of the United
States' "big stick" policy for Africa.
As Americans carry a stick to deal with
Africa, Beijing's diplomacy has been
backed by a steady wave of investment in


rebuilding and expanding infrastructure in
the impoverished continent. Private invest-
ment between China and Africa is in the bil-
lions. China's largest African trade partner
is South Africa with annual revenues of $8
billion expected. China pledged a loan of
$1 billion to oil-rich Nigeria to help it repair
its dilapidated railway system. It has simi-
lar infrastructure deals throughout the con-
tinent Throngs welcomed Chinese
President Hu Jintao during his recent
African tour. He was cheered when empha-
sizing China's intention to adhere to long-
standing non-interventionist policies in
dealing with other countries.
Africans welcome the Chinese approach of
doing business and not pegging economic
activity to political conditions there. But,
African Americans aren't about that. Most
recently, African American groups and
political leaders have been caught up in
hostility toward Africa, vocally encourag-
ing America to weld a "big stick" there.
Anti-Africa actions among African
American stand in the way of a Garvey-like
movement of positive involvement.
Mostly, we stand aside Western human


rights groups' assertions that China actions
are wrong-headed and its main purpose is to
provide a shield against international efforts
to reform corrupt regimes in Africa.
Isn't it time for us to cease being becom-
ing permanent pawns of the establishment
and start thinking past supporting the
American status quo. Like the Chinese,
blacks should be involved in activities to
extract raw materials from African soil and
manufacturing them into items useful for
our benefit. Working with our African kin
will help us create more jobs, production
and wealth on the planet.
In contrast to Chinese investment in
Africa, American Blacks are in a time warp,
still engaging processes used to fight
apartheid.. Instead of pushing for American
investment in Africa, at the behest of estab-
lishment-oriented politicos, African
American lawmakers are in statehouses in
Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New
Jersey, and Texas pushing legislation to
exert financial pressure on Sudan barring
their state from investing in companies that
do business with Khartoum. Is that the way
to build railroads?


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Now College Must Focus on Growth


by Councilman Reggie Fullwood
There is a term that many old
timers use that is probably very
appropriate in this occasion. When
someone or a situation is perplexing
or just hard to figure out or get con-
sensus on some say that "The ox is
stuck in the ditch."
And that is exactly where Edward
Waters College has been for the
past couple of years stuck in a
ditch in with some hope, but little
certainty on how to get out. But as
my grandmother would say hope
and prayer are enough to make a
way out of no way.
And while some had put the final
nail in the college's coffin, many
kept the faith, and business, reli-
gious and community leaders ral-
lied to show support. That conver-
gence of entities made a strong case
and has led to last week's announce-
ment that EWC has been fully reac-
credited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS) with no strings
attached.
Let's see how much positive press
this story gets. The school has been
under extreme scrutiny over the
past couple years and it will be
interesting to find out if our local
newspaper gives this good news its
proper billing. I doubt it.
The Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools revoked
EWCs accreditation in December
of 2004 after a plagiarism issue.
The college appealed the decision
and lost, and then filed a lawsuit in
federal court alluding to the unfair-
ness of the process. The college
eventually dropped the suit after the
association agreed to work with the
school on a solution.
Last year, I talked about how
important EWC is to the neighbor-
hoods surrounding the college, but
let's look at how important it is to


the black economy in Jacksonville.
I don't have the exact figures, but it
would be easy to argue that the col-
lege is a major employer of African
Americans in Jacksonville with
between 100 to 150 staff members
according on the number of stu-
dents are at the school at any given
time.
As enrollment drops, so does the
need for teachers, administrative
support and even maintenance per-
sonnel. So although the college did
have to make some layoffs, the sit-
uation could have been disastrous
for the school and the community.
Currently, in this country African
Americans have the highest unem-
ployment rate of all races at 11 per-
cent, which basically is double the
national rate of 5.2 percent, accord-
ing to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics.
The unemployment rate in
Jacksonville mirrors the national
average of a little less than 5 per-
cent. But again, the black unem-
ployment rate in the city is doubled.
These stats are important because
if institutions like EWC, that
employ a fairly large number of
blacks, have to close their doors or
make significant jobs cuts it will
have a ripple effect in the African
American community.
Albert Einstein once said, "In the
middle of difficulty lies opportuni-
ty." And this has certainly been a
difficult position for the college, but
there are many opportunities that
the school can gain from this expe-
rience.
For example, through this contro-
versy the college has redefined and
tightened up many of their past
administrative practices. Their
organizational structure and man-
agement practices have also been
restructured and new policies have
been put in place to assure account-


ability and transparency.
The college didn't need a complete
management overhaul, but it clearly
needed more focus placed on orga-
nizational efficiencies. Other
opportunities have included new
processes being put in place to han-
dle the creation and management of
important documents.
These changes were critical for the
college to get its full accreditation.
As Moms Mabley once said, "If
you always do what you always
did, you will always get what you
always got."
EWC also had to fix several prob-
lems with student records, which
establishing a more concrete
method of measuring enrollment
and storing student records. The
accreditors also criticized the col-
lege for not following its own poli-
cies on changing grades. Some
grades were changed with correc-
tion fluid and without professors'
approval.
Historically black colleges like
EWC have played a critical role in
this country since they were estab-
lished in the face of Jim Crow, seg-
regation and the systematic degra-
dation of schools in minority com-
munities. It is critical that continue
to support these institutions, and it
is extremely important that our
youth understand the roles they
played our past, the present and
future.
Edward Waters College will be a
better institution of higher learning
because of this recent hardship.
Overcoming difficultly is a part of
the human experience, and as John
Hope Franklin once said, "If the
house is to be set in order, one can-
not begin with the present, he must
begin with the past."
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Frequently Asked Questions

2006 School Accountability Grades
Part 2
Q: What caused the decline in many elementary and high school
scores?
This year's grade letter designations are consistent with the results of
2004. Last year's gains were an anomaly. One factor for last year's increase
in student performances may have been the result of a change in Board
policy that linked FCAT results with grade promotions. At the beginning
of the 2004-05 school year, the Duval County School Board approved a
district policy requiring all students in grades 4-10 to achieve a satisfacto-
ry score in reading on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
in order to be promoted to the next higher grade. This policy contributed
to the extremely significant improvement in gain scores on the 2005 FCAT
in both reading and mathematics at all grade levels. A cursory study of this
phenomenon indicated that students who traditionally had not put forth
their best efforts in the past, when confronted with the need to score well
or be retained, took the FCAT seriously and demonstrated their true abili-
ty for the first time leading to a gain in performance over the previous year.
Because that group of students performed well in 2005, it was more diffi-
cult for them to replicate the same level of gain in 2006.
Q: How can the district expect to increase academic rigor for all stu-
dents when it has failing high schools?
Last month, the Duval County School Board approved a change in grad-
uation requirements that will now require incoming freshmen to partici-
pate in more rigorous course offerings including an increase in credits
required to graduate (26 credits, as opposed to 24); two years of foreign
language, and college/career preparation coursework. These changes sup-
port current research that reveals that high school rigor and intensity of
curriculum is the greatest predictor of college success. While all students
may not choose to go to college, all will need a college-preparatory level
high school curriculum to give them the math, science and reading skills
that even traditional vocational jobs are now requiring. As the United
States becomes ever more technologically advanced and is forced to
increasingly compete directly with other countries for jobs, this will
become even more critical.
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fraternity will kick off its official
100th anniversary celebration at its'
national convention in Washington,
D.C. on Tuesday, July 25, 2006.
Founded on December 4, 1906 by
seven distinct men at Cornell
University in Ithaca, NY, Alpha Phi
Alpha is the first and largest Greek-
letter fraternity established for
Black college students.
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Warren Sapp
NFL Champion Warren Sapp, the
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open in Central & North Florida,
announced recently that the first
location will be in Orlando.
"We just signed a lease in
Orlando, and we are gonna go from
there."
"Definitely Orlando, definitely
Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville and
we are gonna go from there," Sapp
explained on a recent CNBC
money show. "It is going to be
everything you can possibly imag-


ine. It is not just a nice healthy
meal, we will have everything to
keep you there for a few hours. We
do good things; we get the kids off
the street. In my neighborhood you
couldn't buy an Xbox, but you
could go to the Hip Hop Soda
Shops and play the games."
Sapp, who i a native of Orlando,
Florida, had originally planned on
bringing the stores just to Central
and North Florida, but now plans
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When NASA Astronaut Stephanie
Wilson heads into space in a few
weeks, she will become the second
African-American woman ever to
fly in space. Wilson is a mission
specialist on the Space Shuttle
Discovery, scheduled to launch July
1, 2006 from NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida at approxi-
mately 3:49 p.m. EDT.
The STS-121 mission will deliver
research equipment to the
International Space Station and test
new flight procedures to increase
shuttle safety. During the 12-day
mission, Wilson and her six fellow
crew members will deliver cargo
for future expansion of the space
station. Wilson will operate robotic
arms on the space shuttle and the
space station during vehicle inspec-
tion and provide assistance during
two spacewalks.
Wilson began her NASA career in
Southern California at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory. She worked
on JPL's Galileo mission to Jupiter
from 1992 to 1996, responsible for


the spacecraft's antenna pointing
accuracy. She also developed soft-
ware for one of JPL's technology
programs.
Selected as an astronaut in April
1996, Wilson spent several years
working with space station pay-
loads, then as one of the primary
communicators in Mission Control
at NASA's Johnson Space Center in
Houston with on-orbit crews.
Wilson is from Boston, Mass. She
received a bachelor of science
degree in engineering science from
Harvard University, Cambridge,
Mass., and a master of sciefite
degree in aerospace engineering
from the University of Texas. She
dreamed of becoming an astronaut
after interviewing a local astrojip-
my professor while in junior h gh
school. Wilson plays the piano-and
is an avid stamp collector.
The first African-American
woman to travel in space was Dr.
Mae Jemison, who flew on the
Space Shuttle Endeavor on Sept.
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Gospel Recording Artists "New Revelation" will be presented in a live
recording concert, produced by famed gospel producer, Troy Sneed, on
Friday, June 30, 2006.
BreMaDa Productions is pre-senting the live recording concert at 7 p.m.
on Friday, June 30, 2006; at the New Life Evangelistic Center, 2016
Anniston Road, Jacksonville.
For more information, call (904) 744-8150.

Abyssinia, First Timothy & Join Heirs
to Hold Dunn Avenue Unity Fest July
Dayspring Baptist Church, The Truth for Living Church, and New Life
Community UMC, will join Abyssinia Baptist Church, First Timothy
Baptist Church, and the Join Heirs Christian Center to host the Dunn
Avenue Unity Fest, Friday and Saturday, July 28 & 29, 2006.
A Men's Conference at 6 p.m. at Truth for Living, 145 Clark Road;
and the Women's Conference at 6 p.m., at Abyssinia; on July 28th, will
kick off the Dunn Avenue Unity Fest.
The Youth are not left behind as the Young Adult Conference start at 6
p.m. at New Life Community UMC, Wingate Road; and the Youth Step
Show will be presented at Joint Heirs, 2100 Dunn Ave., on the 28th, also.
On July 29th, Saturday's events will begin with the Couples Conference
at First Timothy, 12103 Biscayne Blvd. at 9 a.m.; the Singles Conference
will be held at Dayspring Baptist, Dunn Ave. at 9 a.m.; and the Youth
Sports & Evangelism Conference will begin at 9 a.m. at Joint Heirs.
The Dunn Avenue Unity Fest will climax when the Food Festival,
Health & Job Fair begins at 12 noon at Joint Heirs.
The public is invited to all events, which are free to everyone.

Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to Hold Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder and Pastor; invites the community to share in Serious
Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, at the Father's House Conference
Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2. .
Come hear 'he \Vprd and join4,.with the Prais-cisers, under the direc-
tion of Ms. Kenshela Williams. Rev. Mattie W.'Freeman, F6under and
Pastor. You are invited to .come be a part of this great worship experience.
Af are welcome.


The New Creation Gospel Singers will kick off their Anniversary
Celebration with "Youth Night", at 7 p.m. on Friday July 15th at the New
Spirit Full Gospel Church, 4511 Soutel Drive; Drs. Forest and
Wilhelmenia Gilbert, Pastors.
On Saturday evening, July 15th, Elder Ron Walker and First Lady
Waljker, will host the New Creation Gospel Singers at 7 p.m. at the
Cathedral of Prayer Ministry, 3329 North Pearl Street.
The celebration will climax when Rev. C. E. Banks hosts the event at
the Greater Mount Salem Baptist Church, 2335 Moncrief Road.
The community is invited to come and enjoy the Lord with the New
Creation Gospel Singers, as they celebrate their anniversary.


Southside COGIC Celebrates

Bishop's 27th Anniversary


Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.
and Lady Cynthia Robinson
The Southside Church of God in
Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson St.,
will celebrate the 27th Anniversary
of Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr.
and Lady Cynthia Robinson,


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
July 5-7th, and Sunday,July 9,
2006.
Pastor James Sampson of First
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, will be the opening speak-
er on Wednesday; Bishop Virgil
Jones, of Philippian Community
Church, will be the speaker on
Thursday; and Pastor John Lump-
kin of Family Life Fellowship
Church, will be the speaker, Friday
evening. Services will begin at 7:30
p.m. nightly.
The Anniversary Celebration
will conclude at the 11 a.m. Service
on Sunday, July 9, 2006.
The community is invited to join
the church fellowship as they honor
, Bishop Edward and Lady Cynthia
Robinson. The church is located on
Emerson, between Phillips and St.
Augustine Road.


Stage Aurora to Present "Great Men
of Gospel" August 17-27th
The Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, under the direction of Daryl
Reuben Hall, founder; will spirit the musical "Great Men of Gospel" Spirit
into Sound", August 17-20th and August 24-27, 2006, at the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium, FCCJ North Campus. Performances at 8 p.m. on
Friday and Saturdays. Matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 p.m.,
Sunday.
"Spirit into Sound" travels through history in music that clearly shows
where the "soul" in soul music originated. The music mirrors black his-
tory with hymns like "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Wade in the
Water" which both refer to escape on the Underground Railroad.
Tickets may be purchased at TicketLeap.com or call Stage Aurora at
(904) 765-7373 for more information.

Old Stanton Students, Faculty
and Staff to meet at Bethel
All school/all class reunions of Old Stanton, New Stanton, Stanton
Vocational, and Stanton College Preparatory Schools, have been so suc-
cessful, that a first "Annual Gala" is now being planned. All are welcome
to attend a planning meeting to discuss plans for the first Annual Gala, at
6 p.m. on Monday, July 10th in the 2nd Floor Conference Room (First
Street Entrance), at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. For more infor-
mation, call Kenneth Reddick (904) 764-8795.

Northwest Jacksonville CDC
to Host First Annual Banquet
The Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation
(NJCDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting housing and
economic opportunities in the northwest quadrant of Jacksonville. The
NJCDC's mission, since 2001, is to improve the quality of life in the NW
Quadrant in a way that embraces economic diversity, makes businesses
eager to invest, honors history, and creates a thriving community for fam-
ilies, in a holistic way, to address the needs of the community. Paul
Tutwiler is executive director; Dara Davis, is Project Manager.
The First Annual Northwest Jacksonville CDC Banquet and fundraiser,
will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at the Phillippian
Community Church Multi-Purpose Center, 7540 New Kings Road. The
attire is Semi-formal/Formal. Tickets may be purchased at the NJCDC
office, 1122 Golfair Blvd. For more information, call (904) 764-1805.


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



Weekly Services


IPastor Rudolph
'McKissick, Sr.


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.


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


SPastor 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 family. Irwe may be of any assistance to
you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com.


St. Thl mas iMi siCnda

EudPtiSt Ch urChli
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL32209
(904) 768-8800 Fax (904) 764-3800


Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Central Campus
Lane Ave. & 1-10)
Sunday, July 2nd
8:15 a.m. &10:30a.m.
THE BOOTH BROTHERS
IN CONCERT
6:00 p.m. Special Healing Emphasis *

Evangel Temple Southwest '
Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson Jr. High
New Campus Pastor
Steve & Kristen Coad
Sunday School- 9:45 a.m.
Monming Worship 10:46 a.nim.
Thursday Night 7:30 p.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple@evangeltemple.org
10:30 a.m. Service Interpretedfor Deaf@ Central Campus


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CalM fornia Churches Unite

-iend lDrive for Jobs

I:OS ANGELES (NNPA) Pastors from some of the largest church-
es in South LosAngeles churches united recently to kick off an initiative
geared toward finding employment for African-American men who they
believe are underrepresented in the county's workforce.
The United,.Job Creation. Initiative seeks to find construction jobs for
men who weie at one time incarcerated and are now looking to make a
positive contribution in their communities, said Jean Franklin. the initia-
tive's executive director.
"W. know a lot of people aren't interested in construction jobs, but we
are targeting construction jobs because they are sensitive to the needs of
the formerlyy incarcerated]," said Franklin following a Tuesday morning
news conference at City Hall.
The initiative seeks to set aside 30 percent of those jobs for "at-risk
individuals" living in communities where construction projects are
planned or under way, she said.
Beginning next Sunday, members of several South L.A. churches will
be asked to sign petitions asking the L.A. City Council to approve an
ordinance that would establish "set aside" construction jobs for people in
the communities where projects are being built.
"We can break the cycle of repeat criminal offenders through jobs and
education." added Brad Carson, a deputy probation officer and a sup-
porter of the initiative. "And we can achieve the quality of life issues
through jobs and education for absolutely everyone."
During the news conference, Councilman Herb Wesson told the assem-
bled clergy that Mayor Antonio Villiaraigosa was a supporter of their
efforts.
"1, personally, will be a partner with you and the mayor to use whatev-
er influences and relationships that I have," Wesson said. "I am commit-
ted to this as you are."


The Black Panther Party: A 40-year Journey


By. Brandon Perry
This year marks the 40th anniver-
sary of the formation of the Black
Panther Party, an organization that
pushed the limits on what steps
Blacks can take to protect them-
selves, achieve civil rights and
become self-sufficient in their own
communities.
As surviving Black Panther lead-
ers prepare gatherings to share the
nostalgia of their accomplishments
and reminisce about members lost
in the struggle, they are making it
clear that the best way activists
today can honor their legacy is to
address the latest set of challenges
being faced by African Americans,
and humanity in general.
In a recent statement the Dr. Huey
P. Newton Foundation, the organi-
zation that currently represents
many of the original Black
Panthers, noted that in some
aspects, conditions for African
Americans are worse today than
they were in the '60s.
"Blacks in the main continue to
live in poverty," the statement
reads. "Disproportionate percent-
ages of Blacks die from AIDS and
cancer, as the Black infant mortali-
ty rate continues to be double that


The Black Panther Party as they
of whites. There is a desperate need
for liberation agenda."
Originally named the Black
Panther Party for Self-Defense, the
organization was formed by
Newton, Bobby Seale and Richard
Aoki in 1966 in the wake of the
assassination of Malcolm X, the
riot in Watts, Calif., and the frustra-
tion some Black leaders had with
nonviolent civil rights efforts.
The new group immediately
announced its principles in a revo-
lutionary Ten-Point Program that
called for, among other things,
"land, bread, housing, education,
clothing, justice, peace, an end to


are most remembered in the 60s.
capitalist economic exploitation"
and exemption of African
Americans from military service.
One of the primary goals of the
Black Panther Party was to stop
abuse committed by local police
departments, especially those in the
South. Starting in their native city
of Oakland, armed Black Panthers
conducted neighborhood patrols to
watch police and ensure that law
enforcement officials did not harass
Black citizens.
The party, which had more than 30
chapters nationwide, was known
for instituting several survival pro-
grams in various cities that were


designed to serve neighborhoods
that were in need of aid or thought
to be neglected by the government.
These services included clothing
distribution, classes on politics and
economics, free medical clinics,
drug and alcohol abuse rehabilita-
tion, an emergency ambulance pro-
gram and transportation to prisons
for families of inmates.
"They came up with solutions for
some of the poverty based problems
in the Black community with such
initiatives as the Free Breakfast
Program for school children," said
Ramla Bandele, a professor of
political science.
The Huey P. Newton foundation
recently issued a statement in which
original Black Panther leaders con-
demned the New Black Panther
Party as illegitimate.
"They denigrate the party's name
by promoting concepts absolutely
counter to the revolutionary princi-
ples on which the party was found-
ed," the statement said. "The Black
Panthers were never a group of
angry young militants full of fury
toward the 'white establishment.'
The party operated on love for
Black people, not hatred of White
people."


Black Churches Turning to Technology to Spread Gospel, Attract Members


Black churches across America,
long dependent on word-of-mouth
to fill their pews, are turning to
technology to reach a broader audi-
ence, energize their evangelism and
attract new members, church lead-
ers say.
Facing declining memberships and
stagnant donations, many churches
are expanding their outreach strate-
gies and are starting to rely on tra-
ditional and web-based marketing
and advertising to expand their
reach and woo potential parish-
ioners.
It is a matter of both service and
survival, pastors say.
"If the church is going to survive
in the present age of computers, cell
phones and PDAs, it must embrace
modem technlogy", says interna-'


tionally known religious leader
Rev. Clay Evans, retired pastor of
Chicago's Fellowship Baptist
Church. "To not do so would only
spell doom for our churches, our
congregations and our Christian
mission."
Church leaders are turning to tech-
nology, activists say, because of the
staggering number of Americans
who say they are looking for salva-
tion but have no church home.
More than 75 million Americans
are "unchurched," recent studies
show, even though 40 million of
them classify themselves as
Christian. Of that 40 million, nearly
30 million say they have made a
personal commitment to Christ that
is still important in their lives.
Reaching those 75 million people


requires a diversity of strategies,
experts say.
Nearly 1,000 churches across the
U.S. have signed up to a new web-
based marketing tool called 877-
BLESSED to promote their church-
es and attract new members. The
multi-media outreach service puts
churches and their ministries in
touch with thousands of prospective
members and donors all at the
touch of a keypad.
Rev. Stephen J. Thurston, presi-
dent of the 3-million-member
National Baptist Convention of
America, calls the 877-Blessed con-
cept "the essence of spiritual con-
nectivity."
"Finding a church to attend when
you are away from home is indeed
imperative," says Rev. Thurston,


senior pastor of New Covenant
Missionary Baptist Church in
Chicago. "877-Blessed has taken
the guesswork out of doing so."
Company president Curtis Green
said Americans black and white -
need the answers that church can
provide, but churches have never
been aggressive about marketing
those solutions.
"Our system breaks down the
'DNA' of churches and places it in
front of a church-seeker in a user-
friendly fashion," Green added.
"Now, church seekers can visit a
church in advance via the internet
- to see if there's a fit."
Patterned after such outreach ini-
tiatives as 800-DENTIST and 800-
DOCTOR, Green said the 877-
BLESSED system is simple to use,


either via the internet or the compa-
ny's toll free number.
Here's how it works:
Church-seekers go online or call
the toll-free number and enter a ZIP
code. Following the prompts, the
visitor selects options based on
church preferences, (i.e., member-
ship size, style of worship, outreach
initiatives, ministries, etc.).
Once the visitor has narrowed the
search, he or she may select an
option to hear a 3-minute version of
a pastoral sermon (online visitors
may also see the sermon). If the vis-
itor likes what he sees, he may then
be connected with the pastor or a
church representative to ask more
questions about the church.
Green said the program is becom-
ing wildly popular with pastors


across the country because they
understand that they must adapt if
they are to survive.
"We are in the age of information
and gadgets people use cell
phones and laptops and
Blackberries and all other sorts of
tools to get the information they
want," Green said. "It's about time
the church community caught up
with the times and marketed them-
selves using the latest technology."
"At the end of the day, it's about
using all the tools at our disposal to
export a Christian message and
save as many souls as we can,"
Green added. "What can be more
righteous than that?"
For more information, call 877-
Blessed (877-253-7733, option 4)
or visit 877Blessed.com.


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Howo Tell if Your Loved One is Getting Alzheimer's
' IfOQu are 'copcepiedl;about the time of dreams, plans and savings is no cure. family members that the individual
coda ,or!of4n :ldr .fa*ly' rmern- draining, loved ones and caretak- Symptoms of Early Alzheimer's doesn't seem to act like themselves
beri vedSt oie-you. are likely ers physically, emotionally and How can you tell if a loved one is anymore.
.asdngyourselfthesane questions spiritually. suffering from this disease? Here 5) Loss of Orientation: The indi-
thousa ds of otherss. '.e'asked '- What is Alzheimer's Disease? are nine classic symptoms you vidual may have difficulty driving
before: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the should be on the lookout for: or navigating their way when shop-
.' know there' s, siething most common cause of dementia in 1) Short Term Forgetfulness: ping or running simple errands.
wrong&.. Could lirbe Al rimer's?" older people. A dementia is a med- Short Term Memory loss is a major 6) Difficulty with previously easy
r t* syT (s-shoild I be ical condition that causes loss of sign of Alzheimer's disease, and is tasks: Routine tasks such as get-
ioon .opr?,' memory or intelligence. However. usually the first noticed symptom. ting dressed, cooking a meal, or
' "lIs.t'e anyt ilng we can do?" AD is not a normal part of aging. This will often show itself xery driving a car can become a source
Ho' an tell ifiwe need help?" The onset of Alzheimer's disease subtly. Signs to watch for include: of confusion and frustration.
,,rYo 'tareIotabe:. Many folks share is usually very slow and gradual, 2) The "txhatchamacallit" syn- 7) Need of prompting: Sometimes
these 'silent". fears and concerns seldom occurring before age 65. drome: Another common sign of they are unable to complete a task
abla.tQved ones' or family.inem- Over time, however, it follows a Alzheimer's disease is difficulty without direction or cueing.
bers" bho show -signs of memory progressively more serious course., with word finding. Often the per- 8.) Poor Judgment: Lack of good
lapses or have difficulty perform- Among the symptoms that typical- son will have a name or %word right judgment, especially in personal
ing routine. tasks. They fear ly develop, none is unique to on the tip of their tongue, but can't hygiene habits may become appar-
Alzheimer's 'a progressive brain Alzheimer's disease at its various seem to find it. ent. Patients tend to bathe less fre-
disorder that strips away one's stages. It is therefore essential for 3) Wrestling with Numbers: The quently and are more inclined to
mental and physical capabilities, suspicious changes to be thorough- ability to manage household finan- wear soiled clothing.
Today, there are more than 4 mil- ly evaluated before they become cial affairs and tasks such as bal- 9) Out of focus: Because
lion Americans over age 65 suffer- inappropriately or negligently dancing a checkbook is impaired. Alzheimer's patients often have
ing from Alzheiiner's. And bad as it labeled Alzheimer's disease. Every Any mathematical calculations difficulty performing simple,
is, that numbet'is .expected to dou- day, scientists learn more about become increasingly difficult. everyday tasks, they often abandon
ble within the next 25 years. It can AD, but right now the cause of the 4) Changes in behavior and per- activities and interests that they
- and often does -- wipe out a life- disease still is unknown, and there sonaliti: It is often commented by once thrived on.



Talking Can Pay Big Health Dividends


NNPA Talk may be cheap, but it
can produce a wealth of health
improvements if mothers do more
of it with their daughters, according
to a prominent medical researcher.
"If the mother-daughter commu-
nication is open and free-flowing,
then the woman will feel comfort-
able speaking with her physician
about these same types of intimate
issues which will allow in turn the
physician to give that woman more
comprehensive care," said Lari
Warren-Jeanpiere, a research asso-
ciate for the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral
Neurosciences at the Wayne State
University School of Medicine.
Jeanpiere studied 17 Black moth-
er/daughter pairs and found that
many of them have delayed medical
treatment because of poor experi-
ences with doctors who have had
lumped them into the group she
calls the "Jezebel, freak, welfare
queen and the babies mamma."
The researcher also said the
respondents often felt uncomfort-
able when their doctors asked about
their marital status when seeking
gynecological treatment. "They
automatically think we're sleeping
around with any and anybody,"
Jeanpiere said, quoting one of her
patients.
But Jeanpiere urged Black women
to be assertive and let their doctors
know they feel uncomfortable.
"Marital status and sexual behav-
ior shouldn't be a factor," Jeanpiere
said.
While most of her participants
came from the Black middle class,
Jeanpiere said, she believes stereo-
typing by physicians knows no
class boundaries.
In Jeanpiere's recent study, partic-
ipants ranged from ages 20-82. The
researcher said one of the most star-
tling findings was that older and
younger generations of Black
women share the same experiences
of being stereotyped while getting


medical treatment and in some
cases have been automatically diag-
nosed for sexually transmitted dis-
eases when they only had urinary
tract infections. I
"Over 40 years, there was no dif-
ference in the way women were
treated stereotype-wise," Jeanpiere
stated.
She said helping women helps the
Black community.
"If we're able to elevate African


Amerncjn \\omen to utilize these
services, then that would serve to
improve the health of the African-
American community," she
explained
Dr. Sophie Womack, chief of
Neonanatology at Sinai-Grace
Hospital said health access is not
the only problem.
"I cannot get enough Black peo-
ple to stop doing these bad things to
their children. We got into the habit


of putting our kids in car seats but
we can't seem to get people to turn
their babies over onto their backs,"
Womack said. Consequently, Black
babies suffer high infant mortality
rats, especially from Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome. The Centers for
Disease and Control reports that
Black babies are two times more
likely to die of SIDS.
"When I first arrived to Detroit it
was 21, so we have made some
headway but still not large enough
of a headway."
According to Womack, six infants
per 1,000 births will die in the first
year of birth. In urban areas, that
number rises to 17 infants per 1,000
births.
Another contributor to the deaths
of Black babies are the high num-
bers of premature and low birth
weight babies being bom to teen
mothers who have multiple chil-
dren.
She 'said 10' percent of.Black
babies will be born premature. The
March of Dimes said African-
American women younger than 17
and older than 35 and poor women
are at a greater risk of having pre-
mature babies than other groups.


UNF Offers Life Lessons


Seminars
The University of North Florida's
Division of Continuing Education,
in partnership with Life Lessons,
will offer Life Lessons Seminars
for young adults ages 17-25, begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July
13, at the University Center, room
2144, on the UNF campus.
Life Lessons Seminars are packed
with real information that young
adults need to be informed and
ready when it's time to make adult
decisions. Life Lessons was devel-
oped to improve the financial liter-
ary of this generation and genera-
tions to come.


for Young Adults


The first seminar in this young
adult series will focus on money
management and will cost $20. The
following topics will be covered:
How credit works and the danger
of misusing credit; minimum pay-
ments; accelerated interest rates;
credit scores; credit reports
How to develop a budget and stick
to it, budgeting worksheets, tech-
niques for handling unexpected
problems
Identity theft and how to avoid
being a victim of the No. 1 white-
collar crime in America today!
Banking: everything from check-


ing and savings account, ATM and
debit cards and the hidden charges
and costs of banking
Mortgaging your future with
school loan: the future value of bor-
rowing money and how to evaluate
your spending habits and needs
The topic of the next seminar will
be "Purchasing Your First Car" and
will be held at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 14, at the
University Center. "Planning for
Your First Home Purchase" will be
the topic of the third seminarin
November. For more information on
the classes, call 620-4260.


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Pets Need Preparation

as Well for Disasters
Disaster recovery officials urge pet owners to have a disaster plan for
your pets in preparation for the new hurricane season. Pet care is an often
overlooked aspect of disaster preparedness.
With hurricane season upon us, your pets need to be included in your
family emergency plan.
BEFORE
1. Contact your local animal shelter, a veterinarian or emergency man-
agement office for information on caring for pets in an emergency. Find
out if there will be any shelters set up to take pets in an emergency. Ask
your veterinarian if they will accept your pet in an emergency. Also, the
Humane Society can be invaluable in providing answers to pet owners.
2. Decide on safe locations in your house where you could leave your
pet in an emergency. You will need a portable pet home that allows your
pet to rest, stand up and turn around inside. Put familiar items such as the
pet's normal bedding and favorite toys inside and label the outside with
the pet's name.
3. Assemble a portable pet disaster supply kit. Keep items in an acces-
sible place and store them in sturdy waterproof containers that can be car-
ried easily. Your pet disaster supply kit should include: medications
(heartworm, flea prevention, rabies/vaccination), registration records,
microchip/tattoo information, sturdy leashes or harnesses, and/or carriers
big enough for your pet to stand up and turn around, current photos of
pets, food and drinkable water for three days, bowls and manual can
opener, cat litter/pan, information on feeding schedule, medical condi-
tions, behavior problems, and name and number of a veterinarian in case
you have to foster or board animals.
4. If your pet is on medication or a special diet, find out from your vet-
erinarian what you should do in case you have to leave it alone for sev-
eral days. Try and get an extra supply of medications.
5. Contact motels and hotels in communities outside of your area and
find out if they will accept pets in an emergency if you evacuate with
your pet. Some will require a nonrefundable deposit of $250 upfront, plus
a $10 charge for daily accommodations.
Visit the following Web sites to get more information on pet friendly
lodging, www.petfriendlyhotelsandtravel.com or call 1-800-852-1889.
You can also visit on the Web at www.petswelcome.com ; www.flori-
dadisaster.org; American Veterinary Medical Association www.avma.org
and Humane Society of the United States www.hsus.org, for advice on
preparing for your pet's safety.
DURING
Bring your pets inside immediately. Animals have instincts about
severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are
afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away.
Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
Leave a two or three day supply of dry food, even if it's not the pet's
usual food. The food should not be moistened because it can turn sour or
rancid. Leave the food in a sturdy container that the pet cannot overturn.
Place the water in a sard.. no-spill coritainer: Large. dogs imay be able to
obtain fresh water from a partially filled bathtub. Also leave familiar
items such as the pet's normal bedding and favorite toys.
Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dog and cat normally get along,
the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally.
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What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?


During the 1850s, Frederick Douglass typically spent about six months of the year travelling extensively, giving lectures. ( ,-
During one winter -- the winter of 1855-1856 -- he gave about 70 lectures during a tour that covered four to five thousand
miles. And his speaking engagements did not halt at the end of a tour. From his home in Rochester, New York, he took part
in local abolition-related events.
On July 5, 1852, Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
held at Rochester's Corinthian Hall. It was biting oratory, in which the speaker told his audience, "This Fourth of Julyj'

is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." And he asked them, "Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by ask-

ing me to speak to-day?"


Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9


Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting
in respect for the fathers of this
republic. The signers of the
Declaration of Independence were
brave men. They were great men,
too < great enough to give frame to
a great age. It does not often happen
to a nation to raise, at one time,
such a number of truly great men.
The point from which I am com-
pelled to view them is not, certain-
ly, the most favorable; and yet I
cannot contemplate their great
deeds with less than admiration.
They were statesmen, patriots and
heroes, and for the good they did,
and the principles they contended
for, I will unite with you to honor
their memory....
...Fellow-citizens, pardon me,
allow me to ask, why am I called
upon to speak here to-day? What
have I, or those I represent, to do
with your national independence?
Are the great principles of political
freedom and of natural justice,
embodied in that Declaration of
Independence, extended to us? and
am I, therefore, called upon to bring
our humble offering to the national
altar, and to confess the benefits and
express devout gratitude for the
blessings resulting from your inde-
pendence to us?
Would to God, both for your sakes
and ours, that an affirmative answer
could be truthfully returned to these
questions! Then would my task be
light, and my burden easy and
delightful. For who is there so cold,
J#hat a nation( mpacth. otild not,
warm him? Who so obdurate and
dead to the claims of gratitude, that
would not thankfully acknowledge
such priceless benefits? Who so


stolid and selfish, that would not
give his voice to swell the hallelu-
jahs of a nation's jubilee, when the
chains of servitude had been torn
from his limbs? I am not that man.
In a case like that, the dumb might
eloquently speak, and the "lame
man leap as an hart."
But such is not the state of the
case. I say it with a sad sense of the
disparity between us. I am not
included within the pale of glorious
anniversary! Your high independ-
ence only reveals the immeasurable
distance between us. The blessings
in which you, this day, rejoice, are
not enjoyed in common. inheritance of justice, liberty, pros-
perity and independence,
bequeathed by your fathers, is
shared by you, not by me. The sun-
light that brought light and healing
to you, has brought stripes and
death to me. This Fourth July is
yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I
must mourn. To drag a man in fet-
ters into the grand illuminated tem-
ple of liberty, and call upon him to
join you in joyous anthems, were
inhuman mockery and sacrilegious
irony. Do you mean, citizens, to
mock me, by asking me to speak to-
day? If so, there is a parallel to your
conduct. And let me warn you that
it is dangerous to copy the example
of a nation whose crimes, towering
up to heaven, were thrown down by
the breath of the Almighty, burying
that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can
to-day take up the plaintive lament
Iqf a peeled, and woe-smittenapeo-
ple!
"By the rivers of Babylon, there
we sat down. Yea! we wept when
we remembered Zion. We hanged


our harps upon the willows in the
midst thereof. For there, they that
carried us away captive, required of
us a song; and they who wasted us
required of us mirth, saying, Sing
us one of the songs of Zion. How
can we sing the Lord's song in a
strange land? If I forget thee, 0
Jerusalem, let my right hand forget
her cunning. If I do not remember
thee, let my tongue cleave to the
roof of my mouth."
Fellow-citizens, above your
national, tumultuous joy, I hear the
mournful wail of millions! whose
chains, heavy and grievous yester-
day, are, to-day, rendered more
intolerable by the jubilee shouts
that reach them. If I do forget, if I
do not faithfully remember those
bleeding children of sorrow this
day, "may my right hand forget her
cunning, and may my tongue cleave
to the roof of my mouth!" To forget
them, to pass lightly over their
wrongs, and to chime in with the
popular theme, would be treason
most scandalous and shocking, and
would make me a reproach before
God and the world. My subject,
then, fellow-citizens, is American
slavery. I shall see this day and its
popular characteristics from the
slave's point of view. Standing there
identified with the American bond-
man, making his wrongs mine, I do
not hesitate to declare, with all my
soul, that the character and conduct
of this nation never looked blacker
to me than on this 4th of July!
.Whether we turn to the declarations
of the past, or to the professions of
the present, the conduct of the
nation seems equally hideous and
revolting. America.is false to the


past, false to the present, and
solemnly binds herself to be false to
the future. Standing with God and
the crushed and bleeding slave on
this occasion, I will, in the name of
humanity which is outraged, in the
name of liberty which is fettered, in
the name of the constitution and the
Bible which are disregarded and
trampled upon, dare to call in ques-
tion and to denounce, with all the
emphasis I can command, every-
thing that serves to perpetuate slav-
ery < the great sin and shame of
America! "I will not equivocate; I
will not excuse"; I will use the
severest language I can command;
and yet not one word shall escape
me that any man, whose judgment
is not blinded by prejudice, or who
is not at heart a slaveholder, shall
not confess to be right and just.
But I fancy I hear some one of my
audience say, "It is just in this cir-
cumstance that you and your broth-
er abolitionists fail to make a favor-
able impression on the public mind.
Would you argue more, an
denounce less; would you persuade
more, and rebuke less; your cause
would be much more likely to suc-
ceed." But, I submit, where all is
plain there is nothing to be argued.
What point in the anti-slavery creed
would you have me argue? On what
branch of the subject do the people
of this country need light? Must I
undertake to prove that the slave is
a man? That point is conceded
already. Nobody doubts it. The


slaveholders themselves acknowl-
edge it in the enactment of laws for
their government. They acknowl-
edge it when they punish disobedi-
ence on the part of the slave. There
are seventy-two crimes in the State
of Virginia which, if committed by
a black man (no matter how igno-
rant he be), subject him to the pun-
ishment of death; while only two of
the same crimes will subject a white
man to the like punishment. What is
this but the acknowledgment that
the slave is a moral, intellectual,
and responsible being? The man-
hood of the slave is conceded. It is
admitted in the fact that Southern
statute books are covered with
enactments forbidding, under
severe fines and penalties, the
teaching of the slave to read or to
write. When you can point to any
such laws in reference to the beasts
of the field, then I may consent to
argue the manhood of the slave.
When the dogs in your streets,
when the fowls of the air, when the
cattle on your hills, when the fish of
the sea, and the reptiles that crawl,
shall be unable to distinguish the
slave from a brute, then will I argue
with you that the slave is a man!
...Allow me to say, in conclusion,
notwithstanding the dark picture I
have this day presented, of the state
of the nation, I do not despair of this
country. There are forces in opera-
tion which must inevitably work the
downfall of slavery. "The arm of the,
Lord is not shortened," and the


doom of slavery is certain. I, there-
fore, leave off where I began, with
hope. While drawing encourage-
ment from "the Declaration of
Independence," the great principles
it contains, and the genius of
American Institutions, my spirit is
also cheered by the obvious tenden-
cies of the age. Nations do not now
stand in the same relation to each
other that they did ages ago. No
nation can now shut itself up from
the surrounding world and trot
round in the same old path of its
fathers without interference. The
time was when such could be done.
Long established customs of hurtful
character could formerly fence
themselves in, and do their evil
work with social impunity.
Knowledge was then confined and
enjoyed by the privileged few, and
the multitude walked on in mental
darkness. But a change has now
come over the affairs of mankind.
Walled cities and empires have
become unfashionable. The arm of
commerce has borne away the gates
of the strong city. Intelligence is
penetrating the darkest comers of
the globe. It makes its pathway over
and under the sea, as well as on the
earth. Wind, steam, and lightning
are its chartered agents. From
Boston to London is now a holiday
excursion. Space is comparatively
annihilated. -- Thoughts expressed
on one side of the Atlantic are dis-
tinctly heard on the other.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene


Jazz in June along the
Downtown River
Get a jump on summer with Jazz
in June, every Saturday in June
from 6 9:00 p.m. along the
Northbank riverfront! This exciting
new event will feature live jazz
music at four out door riverfront
locations, including The
Jacksonville Landing, Plaza III
Steakhouse, the Hogan Street gaze-
bo and the Pearl Street gazebo adja-
cent to CSX. Artists and crafts peo-
ple from the Ponte Vedra Cultural
Center, the First Wednesday Art
Walk and the Hemming Plaza
Farmers' Market will set up dis-
plays and exhibits along the river
between each location, and there
will be two outdoor bars positioned
to quench your thirst. For more
information call (904) 634-0303
Ext. 230.

Through Our
Eyes Opening
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will have the opening
"Through Our Eyes" Exhibit recep-
tion on Thursday, June 29th from
5:30 7:30 p.m. Local artists will be
in attendance displaying their medi-
ums that will be featured in the
exhibit. Works inspired by the his-
tory of Jacksonville's African-
American community.

ABC's of Grant
Writing Workshop
The American Society for
Concerned Citizens (ASCC) will
host a half-day grant-writing work-
shop from 9:00 am. 1:00 p.m. enti-
tled The ABC's of Grant Writing on
Wednesday, June 30 and July 1,
2006 at the Baymeadows
AmeriSuites Hotel. For more infor-
mation, contact Art Brown at (866)
208-558.

Independence Day Jam
On Saturday July 1st, beginning


at 9 p.m., get a jumpstart on your
4th of July festivities with the 1st of
July Indepen"dance" Day
Celebration at the Deep Blue Old
South Brewery in the Jacksonville
Landing. For your enjoyment there
will be drink specials and free food
Must be 21 yrs. of age to attend. For
more info call 904-622-7208 or
904-703-1610.

Habijax Home
Improvement Sale
Habijax will be hosting a Home
Improvement Sale on Saturday,
July 1, 2006 from 7 11 a.m. at
Habijax Hubbard St. (between
14th and 15th off Main St.). There
will be rock bottom prices on all
your home improvement needs!
Appliances, carpet, commodes,
doors, flooring, furniture, sinks
windows and more! Contact:
Nicholas (904) 798-4529 ext. 201.

City July 4th Celebration
Join the City of Jacksonville as
they celebrate the birthday of
America with Freedom, Fanfare &
Fireworks, July 3 & 4, 2006 in
Downtown Jacksonvillewith free
admission for all activities. For a
complete listing ef events, call
(904) 630-3690 or e-mail
events@coj.net.

The Summertime
Linen Party at Arielles
On Monday, July 3rd from 7 9
p.m. Arielles Fine Dining located at
7707 Arlington Expressway will be
the place to be in your best linen
ensemble. Live entertainment and a
guest DJ will highlight the evening.
Dinner for 2 will be awarded to the
best dressed. Call 251-5557 for
more information.

Mad Dads
Membership Breakfast
On Saturday, July 8th at 9:30
a.m., the Worship Place Church will


host the Annual Mad Dads
Membership Breakfast. The church
is located at 2627 Spring Glen
Road. Join the organizations as new
and old members are welcomed.

PRIDE Book Club
The next book club meeting will
be held at the home of Rena Smith
on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:00 -
4:30 pm. The book for discussion
will be SO YOU CALL YOUR-
SELF A MAN by Carl Weber. The
August meeting will be held on
Saturday, August 5, 2006. The book
for discussion will be THE
COVENANT WITH BLACK
AMERICA by Tavis Smiley. The
meeting will be hosted by Marsha
Phelps at American Beach.For more
information, email feliceF@bell-
south.net.

N.W. Jax CDC Banquet
The Northwest Jacksonville
Community Development Cor-
poration will have their first Annual
Banquet on Saturday, July 8th at 5
p.m.at Philipian Community
Church Multipurpose Center, 7540
New Kings Rd. The NJCDC is a
non-profit organization dedicated to
promoting affordable housing and
economic opportunities in the
northwest quadrant of Jacksonville.
Contact 764-1805 for more infor-
mation.


Thursday, July 13th at 6 p..m. atthe
Bradham Brooks Library, 1755
Edgewood Avenue North. Contact:
Marilyn Fenton-Harmer 904-630-
7024for mroe information.

Doing Business
with Walt Disney
The Florida Minority Supplier
Development Council is hosting a
workshop on "How to do business
with the Walt Disney World
Resort". This workshop will be
given by Disney World execs and is
being held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, June 13th at the Hyatt
Regency Jacksonville Riverfront,
225 E.Coastline Drive. You must
RSVP to attend this meeting. Please
call Debbie Armstrong at 904-356-
0040 or visit www.fmsdc.org.

Spyro Gyra in Concert
Spyro Gyra will be in concert on
Friday, July 14th at 8 p..m. at the
Florida Theatre 128 East Forsyth
Street. Spyro Gyra is an American
jazz fusion band that was originally
formed in the early 1970s. With
over 20 albums released and 10 mil-
lion copies sold, they are among the
most prolific as well as commer-
cially successful groups of the
scene. Call 904-355-2787 for tick-
et information.


Praxon Class oi !ii
Northwest Citizens Bon Voyage Party
Advisory Committe Calling all Mighty Eagles! This is
orthe year of the Paxon Class of 91'
The Northwest Citizens Advisory 15 year Class Reunion and big
Committee will hold a meeting on


things are planned for you. The
class will be hosting a Bon Voyage
Party on July 15th at 7:30 p.m. at
Dave & Busters. This party is the
prelude to a the cruise planned for
July 21-24. For more information
call (904) 588-2621 and/or
www.classmates.com.

Love, Sex & the I.R.S
The ALhambra Dinner Theater
will open Love Sex & the IRS on
Wednesday, July 19th August 20,
The play is a wild farce with twists
of fate, sight gags, mistaken identi-
ties and hilarious lines.. Call 641-
1212 for ticket information.

Teddy Wasington
Performance
Teddy Washington, a local leg-
endary trumpet player formerly
with James Brown and BB King, is
performing a benefit to raise money
for foster children to have lessons
in the arts on July 20th, 7:30 pm, at
the newly refurbished 5 points
Theatre, 1028 Park Street. Also
performing is an 18-piece big band,
The St. Johns River City Band, and
guest artist Terry Myers doing a
Benny Goodman Tribute.

Omar Tyree
Book Signing
Omar Tyree will be signing his
latest book WHAT THEY WANT
on Thursday, July 20th at 6:00 pm
at Wal-Mart, 12100 Lem Turner Rd.
For more information go to
www.walmart-events.com.


Health Screening and
Food Basket Give Away
Lutheran Social Services 4615
Philips Highway, will be hosting a
day of health screenings and food
baskets.Over 25,000 pounds of
food will be distributed to local
families to take home. Health
Screenings will also be provided at
no charge. Call 730-8284 for more
information.

Jax Housing Auth.
Annual Talent Show
Calling all public housing and
Section 8 residents in grades 1 -
12th. The Jacksonville Housing
Authority & The Resident
Advisory Board will be hosting the
Annual Talent Show Competition
on Saturday, July 29th at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Participants are asked to sign
up to show their talents and win
cash prizes. Call 366-6096 or 786-
9433 for more information.

FCCJ Dance
Ensemble Auditions
Plan ahead now for auditions for
the Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Companies. Auditions will be held
on August 30 at 6 p.m. at the
Florida Community College South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
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Up Front and Personal With


Entertainer Bill Withers


EUR
It was 1971 when Bill Withers
blessed the world with "Ain't No
Sunshine," a song about the pro-
found emptiness surrounding the
absence of a loved one.
The then 33-year-old singer was
working during the days at a Ford
assembly plant in Los Angeles and
made the decision to stay on the 9-



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5 job, even as the single became a
hit on the charts. Withers believed
the music industry was too unstable
to turn his back on a steady pay-
check.
Thirty-five years and an armful of
hit records later including "Lean
On Me," "Lovely Day," "Use Me"
and "Just the Two of Us" Withers
says he's living proof that the music
industry is not only rickety but
down right shady. The Slab Fork,
West Virginia native, who turns 68
on July 4th, says his sudden depar-
ture from the music business was
the result of record company poli-
tics and a concerted effort by his
label CBS Records to throw him


under the bus.
All the dirt that had been pent up
for nearly 20 years came spilling
out of the music legend during an
interview with Lee Bailey, who
traveled to Withers' office in
Beverly Hills to talk about his
impact on the industry, and the
honor of his ASCAP award, given
to members who have had a major
S impact on the legac\ of soul

Q: ARE YOU AT LEAST
COGNIZANT OF YOUR
IMPORTANCE TO THE
INDiUSTRY ?
S A: I w itouldni't call it impor-
tance. I %would sa. there's a
certain impact that I'm a\\are
of that I['e had arid that's
because people tell \oti. That's
something ;,oti get b: bits and
pieces from guss like \ou,
other artists, they'll let \ou
know where \ou stand.
I'm not out and about
and into things all the
time. I hardly\ ever
come up here. NMs w, ife
and my kids, they
come up here and run
this place. And I'm
Smnostlk iust off in
Sim\ little corner
S'of the world


DOING WHAT, IF I MAY ASK?
A: Right now, whatever crosses
my mind, if that's going to Home
Depot, or watching "Judge Judy" or
whatever. At this point, I don't real-
ly have a structured plan. But yeah,
you become aware of some of your
effect. I get letters from people
occasionally; people talk about
"Lean On Me." I got a lot about that
over the years.
Q: ARE YOU COMFORTABLE
WITH THE ADORATION? THE
FAME?
A: I'm not really famous. I can go
out right now and you and me could
walk around all over town and
probably more people will know


who you are than me. I get a lot of
calls to find out if I died or not. I got
a call earlier this month from Jesse
Jackson, he wanted to know
whether I died or not.
Q: WHAT WAS THAT ALL
ABOUT?
A: He said his wife was walking
around the house upset because she
heard that I had died. We get a lot of
those [calls], from foreign countries
and everything. I'm used to it by
now. I was at Roscoe's Chicken and
Waffles, this is a true story, this was
maybe within two years ago. There
were some sisters sitting at the next
table and they were talking about
some "Bill Withers song," you
know. So I thought I'd have some
fun, I leaned over and said, "You
won't believe this but I'm Bill
Withers." And this lady said, "No
you're not. Bill Withers is dark-
skinned, darker than I am." And she
was a dark-skinned sister. So even
if I'm standing there, people argue.
So I just let it go.
Q: WELL MAYBE WHAT
LEADS TO THAT IS THE FACT
THAT YOU LEFT THE BUSI-
NESS SUDDENLY AND JUST
DISSAPEARED. FROM AN
AUDIENCE POINT OF VIEW,
YOU JUST STOPPED. WHY?
I guess I said what I had to say for
the time, and then life goes on. I
wasn't socialized as a music person.
I was in my 30s when I started
doing this. So I really learned how
to live as an adult doing something
else. So when I got a family and
things, there's plenty to do there.
really stopped recording because
I couldn't get in the studio. For
seven years, I was at CBS records
and I couldn't get a purchase order
to go in the studio. Execs came up
with such brilliant suggestions like
I should cover Elvis Presley's "In
the Ghetto." I don't cover Elvis
Presley. The songs that I've written
did well for themselves, and broth-
ers don't cover Elvis, Elvis covers
us. So that kinda turned me off to
the whole process


MORE THURGOOD FILM NOTES
As previously reported,
Terrence Howard will play
Thurgood Marshall in "The
SCrusaders," a New Line drama
'e about the landmark 1954 Brown
v. Board of Education case.
Variety reports that Topher Grace
("That 70s Show") has been cast
w a, opposite Howard and director
Alex Graves is attached to helm the picture. "The
Crusaders" follows recent law school grad Jack
Greenberg (Grace) and Marshall, as head of the
NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, and their joint effort to
end segregation in schools. Marshall eventually
became the first Black Supreme Court justice.

MALIK YOBA ON BROADWAY
Malik Yoba will join Daphne RubinVega in
"Everything's Turning Into
Beautiful," a new play scheduled .'
to run at New York's Theatre Q, *
Row (410-412 West 42nd St.)
from July 17 through August 26.
Billed as a "musical story," the ...
production centers on two song '" -
writers facing their 40s, failures
and the possibility of new love.
Annabella Sciorra and Bobby Cannavale were original-
ly announced to appear in the play, but both pulled out
due to scheduling conflicts, reports Broadway.com.

APARTHEID STRUGGLES ON STAGE
"Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise," a play made up of
personal stories from South Africa, is scheduled to
begin an off-Broadway run at The Culture Project (45
Bleecker St.) from July 20 through August 27. Created
and directed by Yael Farber, the show paints a portrait
of survival in the South African townships, with narra-
tives based on the real lives of the five performers who
make up the cast: Tshallo Chokwe, Roelf Matlala,
Bongeka Mpongwana, Phillip "Tipo" Tindisa and
Jabulile Tshabalala.

ALI FOLLOWS IN FATHER'S AFRICA
FOOTSTEPS WITH AFRICA BOUT
Muhammad Ali's daughter
Laila will defend her women's
WBC light heavyweight title
this summer in Cape Town,
South Africa as part of the coun-
try's month-long celebration of "
women's empowerment. The
Aug. 5 fight against Atlania-
based Nigerian Ij eoma Egbunine ( -


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will be Ali's first trip to the continent, as the 28-year->
old was not born when her father fought in Kinshasa,
Zaire (now the Congo) and knocked out George'
Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle.Some fight pro-
ceeds will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation.-
Also, Ali plans to spend three weeks in South Africa-,
leading up to the fight, visiting school kids and impov-
erished neighborhoods.

BELAFONTE FUNER-
AL 'DIS'INVITE A BIG
MISTAKE
Harry Belafonte has expressed
being extremely hurt by the per- '
ceived politics that kept him
from the funeral of his friend,
Coretta Scott King. The Chicago
Defender is now reporting that
her son, Martin Luther King III, says Belafonte's omis-
sion from the program was the result of a "big mix-up,"
and not because of a request from deep within the Oval
Office as Belafonte was told.
The singer/activist, a longtime critic of President
George W. Bush, said that he was invited to speak at the
service, but that the invitation was rescinded at the
insistence of the White House. Bush was among the
four U.S. presidents who attended the Feb. 7 service.
"There was a big mix-up," King explained of'
Belafonte's rescinded invite. "It certainly didn't have
anything to do with President Bush being there."

AUGUST WILL SEE NEW OUTKAST
FILM AND MUSICAL RELEASE
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