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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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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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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:
July 27, 2006
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

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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
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UF00028305:00079

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* Hundreds of

Black RVers

Trek Across

U.S. for

Annual Tour
Page 5


Renewal of the


Voting Rights

Act Wasn't as

Easy as

it Should

Have Been
Page 4


Navy's First African-American

Diver Carl Brashear Dies at 75
RCart Brashear, the first African-American Navy
Diver this week at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He
was 75 years-old.
Master Chief Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 at
age 17. He was the first black deep sea diver, first
.black master diver and first person in naval history
to be restored to full active duty as an amputee.
i He held the position of Master Diver in the US
Navy from 1975 to 77. According to his official
Navy biography, Carl Maxie Brashear was born on
January 19, 1931 was the first African-American to become a United
States Navy diver, in the early 1950s. On January 17, 1966. he suffered
an accident while on duty, which left him without a leg. After a long
struggle, he became the first amputee to be certified as a diver, in April
1968. His life story was the hit biopic "Men ofH starring Cuba Gooding
Jr. and Robert DeNiro.

Tiger Wins One for Dad
An emotional Tiger Woods
won his 11th major champi-
onship at the British Open golf
tournament Sunday in
s ( Hoylake, England. It was
Woods' first major victory
since losing his father to can-
cer earlier this year. After his
win against Chris DiMNarco,
making \.oods the first player
since Toni Watson in 1982-83
to win golfs oldest champi-
onship in consecutive years.
Woods broke down and cried
on his caddy's shoulder. After being presented with the Claret Jug. Woods
said he was thinking,"After my last putt, I realized my Dad is never going
to see this again. I wish he could have seen this one last time. I tried at
Augusta (the Masters) and it did not happen. But he was out there today.
keeping me calm. I had a very calm feeling the entire week and especially
today. Certainly I was thinking about a chance to say that I love my dad
and I miss him very much."

Cigarette Butt DNAs

Frees S.C. Man
A Missouri man spent 23 years in prison for a
rape he didn't commit. Briscoe was then three
months sh. of his 30th birthday. Today, he is two
months shy of his 53rd birthday.Last week,
South Carolina authorities released Johnny
Briscoe at the age of 52, to become a free man,
thanks largely to DNA from a cigarette butt bat
proved someone else committed the crime. When first accused of the
rape. Briscoe said he thought it was a joke. He said his defense attorney
never met with him, and Briscoe, who is black, was convicted by an all-
white jury. He was sentenced to 30 years for rape, plus an additional 15
years on related convictions. At his trial, the victim identified Briscoe.
who didn't testify, because he had prior burglary convictions, as the
assailant. McCulloch said there was a resemblance between the two men
and the real villain had used the name "'JohnnN Briscoe" that night. The
attacker knew Briscoe from the same neighborhood.
Under a law passed this year. Briscoe would be eligible for up to
$36,500 in compensation from the state for each year he was wrongly
incarcerated, but he must agree not to file suit. Briscoe said he hasn't yet
thought about the money.

Johnnetta Cole to Retire as

President of Bennett College
The void that Johnnetta Cole will leave
after retiring as President of Bennett
College is already being felt by local alum-
nae. Cole has announced that she will be
vacating the position at the end of the 2006-
07 school year, after serving the full five
years that she'd originally promised the pri-
vate, historically black liberal arts college
for women.
This b ill be Cole's second retirement. She
came out of retirement in 2002 to steer
Bennett. She had previously led Atlanta's
renowned Spelman College.
When she came to Bennett, the school was on academic probation and
operating at a more than $3 million deficit. The college was taken off of
probation soon after she took the helm. Since Cole took office, the col-
lege has enjoyed financial growth and national attention.
Cole's stellar leadership was evident in many areas. Bennett's enroll-
ment has grown to more than 550 students. She's brought many notable
people to the school for fundraisers and speaking events, including for-
mer President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Campus buildings have
also been remodeled and new programs have been established in addi-
tion, the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute at
Bennett College was established during her tenure.


C 0 S I Q : A I Y 3 L C K W EE KL Y 50 Cents


Volume 20 No. 27 Jacksonville, Florida July 27 -August 2, 2006


Feds Probe Letter Scare at NAACP Branches


Threatening letters, at least two
containing a white powdery sub-
stance, were sent to NAACP offices
in three states, a spokesman for the
organization said this week.
The civil rights group's offices in
Baltimore and New York City


received letters with the powder,
said spokesman Richard Mclntire.
The branch in Norfolk, Va., also
received a letter, the FBI said,
although it was not immediately
determined whether the letter con-
tained powder.


Marvin Cheatham, who heads the
Baltimore office of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, said he opened the
letterlast week and the substance
later was identified as boric acid.
The substance found in New York


had not been identified.
All three letters originated from
Baton Rouge, La., said Mclntire.
What the letters said was not
immediately known. The FBI was
investigating the letters as a hate
crime.


Black Leaders Credited with Forcing


Congress to Act on Voting Rights Law


A. ..1

Dr. and Mrs. Kenyon Meadow
Allen -Meadow

Nuptials
Wilnita Tonique Allen and
Kenyon Morrell Meadow were
married last week in Memorial
Park. The bride, daughter of the
late Willie Thomas Allen and Dr.
Anita Carter Allen, graduated from
Raines High School and Florida A
& M University.
The groom is the son of the late
William Lawrence Meadows and
Barbara Jean Meadows. He gradu-
ated from Case Western Reserve
University for both undergrad and
medical school. He completed his
residency in Radiation Oncology at
the University of Florida.
The couple will make their home
in Dotham, Alabama.


by H.T. Edney
By. Hazel Trice Edney
At this point in history, many feel
passage of the Voting Rights Act
extension was one of the civil rights
community's finest hour. Civil
Rights leaders and Black members
of Congress, jointly and separately,
rallied Blacks across the nation.
They organized letter-writing cam-
paigns, visits to Capitol Hill and
challenged the Republican leader-
ship in the House not to cave into
what Jesse Jackson called modem-
day Confederates. It was because of
that "street heat" that the measure
passed the House with only 33 dis-
senters and sailed through the
Senate 98-0.
"The civil rights community was
impressive, but it was mostly the
Black congressional leaders that
deserves the credit," says Lorenzo
Morris, chairman of the political
science department at Howard
University. "The organizational
activities and influence certainly
makes way for the same kind of
activism on non-civil rights issues,
such as health care and jobs."
Todd says leaders and activists
must continue to pressure the
Department of Justice to enforce
the pre-clearance mandates. Even
Georgia's mandatory voter identifi-
cation recently stricken by federal
court had been approved by the
Justice Department, he points out.
Documents obtained by the
Boston Globe provide some insight
into the Justice Department's per-
sonnel.


The Bush administration has been
"filling the permanent ranks with
lawyers who have strong conserva-
tive credentials but little experience
in civil rights," according to the
Globe. Only 42 percent of the
lawyers hired since 2002, after
Attorney General John Ashcroft
started giving political appointees
more power in the appointment
process, Just two years earlier, 77
percent of hirees had civil rights
experience.
In the key areas voting rights,
employment litigation and appel-
late sections only 19 of 45
lawyers hired since 2003 in those


sections were experienced civil
rights lawyers. And of the 19,
almost half nine gained their
experience while defending
employers against discrimination
suits or fighting against race-con-
scious policies and programs.
Clearly, getting voting legislation
extended will be useless if the
Justice Department fails to enforce
laws on the books.
Toni-Michelle Travis, a University
of California political science pro-
fessor, says Black lawmakers aren't
receiving enough credit for their
roles in getting the Voting Rights
Act extended.


Brown Treats Youth to Capital Treatment
Congresswoman Corrine Brown and staff treated the Jacksonville youth
delegates to lunch and tour of Congressional Chambers while in town for
the NAACP Convention. The group is shown above on the Capital Steps
with their hostess.


Bush Pushes Sudan Rebel Leader on Peace


President Bush prodded Sudan
rebel leader Minni Minawi on
efforts to implement a fragile peace
deal for the country's troubled
Darfur region, the White House
said.
"The meeting was a candid

exchange, with the president
expressing his concern for ending
the violence in Darfur," US nation-
al security spokesman Frederick
Jones said, using diplomatic lan-
guage for blunt talk.
Bush "stressed that Minawi's
forces must refrain from instigating
violence. The president urged Mr.
Minawi to support the UN mission
and pressed Minawi to forge an
alliance with other Darfur factions
to secure broad political support for
the Darfur peace agreement," Jones
said.
"The president stressed that it's
time for the international communi-
ty to come together to stop the
genocide," he said.
Minawi's Sudan Liberation
Movement was the only one of the
three Darfur rebel groups to sign
the peace deal in Abuja.
The meeting came one week after
Bush met with Sudanese Vice
President Salva Kiir at the White


U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Minni Arcua
Minnawi, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) leader, in the Oval Office


of the White House this week.
House as part of a diplomatic effort
to promote the deployment of an
international force for Darfur.
The international community has
agreed to transform the cash-
strapped African Union Mission in
Sudan into a United Nations force
to help protect civilians, who have
been targeted by both the govern-


ment-backed militia and rebel
groups.
Between 180,000 and 300,000
people have been killed in Darfur
and at least 2.4 million others dis-
placed since fighting broke out
between local rebels and the pro-
government militia in February
2003.


One-Sided

Coverage of

Israel's Actions
By. Emad Mekay
(IPS) Numerous U.S. groups,
intellectuals, politicians and media
outlets are mobilizing in the United
States to back Israel in its ongoing
assault on neighboring Lebanon
with one main idea to promote --
that Israel is always the victim.
Last week, millions of U.S. citi-
zens watched as the former speaker
of the House of Representatives,
Newt Gingrich, a Republican from
Georgia, argued on the network tel-
evision news show "Meet the
Press" that the Israeli demolition of
Lebanese infrastructure, targeting
of civilians and total blockade of
the small Arab nation was an act of
self-defense.
He and many other public figures
in the United States also echoed the
Israeli line of blaming Iran and
Syria for recent events.
There is, Gingrich said, a "Syria,
Hezbollah and Hamas alliance try-
ing to destroy Israel."
"You clearly have Iranian involve-
ment, there are at least 400 Iranian
guards in south Lebanon," he
added, without citing any evidence.
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Shopping Break the Bank


Many parents have a love/hate
relationship with back-to-school
season. They love that their chil-
dren will be back in class, but they
hate the costs associated with it.
Families in the U.S. are expected
to shell out $17.6 billion on back-
to-school gear this season, up from
$13.4 billion last year. The average
family will spend nearly $530 for
back-to-school items.
Back-to-school spending can be a
burden for many families, especial-
ly those living paycheck-to-pay-
check. If you use a credit card to
pay for expenses and can't pay the
balance off immediately, you can
end up paying hundreds of more
dollars in the long run.
Statistics show that electronics and
clothes fuel the majority of school-
related costs. Finding ways to con-
trol spending while ensuring your
children are prepared for a year of
learning is no easy feat.


The following tips to help you
stretch your cash this season:
Create a Back-to-School Budget
- How many times have you gone
shopping for a few small items, and
come back with much more? It
happens to all of us, and it can be
detrimental to our pocketbooks.
Create a list of what your child
absolutely needs and stick to it. If
your child is shopping with you,
explain your strategy ahead of time
and enlist him or her in helping you
find the best bargains. This can be
a good opportunity to brush up on
math and life skills for your child.
Buy in Bulk Organize a back-
to-school shopping trip with family,
friends and classmates. Purchasing
the basics in bulk can save a lot of
cash now and in the future when
more supplies are needed.
- Go Online Before you shop for
textbooks in bookstores, check out
online sales. Web sites like


www.amazon.com and www.cam-
pusi.com offer deals on new and
used textbooks. Just be sure to
order the books at least two weeks
before the first day of class to allow
for shipping time.
Break Open the Piggy Bank -
Have your kids chip in for their
back-to-school shopping. They
will be more likely to spend less if
they are paying a percentage of the
total cost.
Wait it Out Unless your child's
school requires uniforms, don't buy
your child's entire back-to-school
wardrobe before school starts. Buy
a few items for those important first
days and let them scope out the new
trends before purchasing the rest.
Most kids wear a few favorite
things anyway so large wardrobes
usually lead to unworn or barely
worn items. When it comes to sup-
plies, wait and see what teachers
require before you blow your budg-
et. This way, you don't end up pay-
ing for unused items .
Recycle Supplies If your kid's
backpack or binder are still in good
shape, don't purchase new ones just
because it's a new school year.
Offer to trade with a friend or
encourage your child to decorate
with appropriate, original art. If
you must buy new items, purchase
a classic-looking backpack that
won't go out of style before the next
school year.
Out with the Old, In with the
New Many kids outgrow their
clothes before they are worn out.
Sell clothes that are still in good
condition to consignment or used
clothing stores, using the money to
help purchase new clothing items.
You can also take brand-conscious
kids to outlet malls and spend a
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JAXPORT Deputy Executive Director

and CFO Completes Harvard Program


Ron Baker, Deputy Executive
Director and Chief Financial
Officer for the Jacksonville Port
Authority (JAXPORT), recently
completed a three week course at
Harvard University in Cambridge,
Massachusetts.
The program, which is offered
through the John F. Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard,
is designed for Senior Executives in
State and Local Government. The
purpose of the program is to pre-
pare decision makers to tackle com-
plex policy issues and to develop
implementation strategies around
major initiatives.
Baker said he looks forward to
applying ideas and techniques he
learned through the course in his
work at JAXPORT, where he over-
sees finance, human resources,
information technology, engineer-
ing, contract administration, pro-
curement and corporate perform-
ance.


Ron Baker
"Given the rigorous admission
process and the opportunity to share
with peers in such a rich learning
environment, the training was well
worth the work and sacrifice,"
Baker said.
Harvard notes that given the com-
plexities of public service and the
need to implement programs and


activities to improve the overall
performance in state and local gov-
ernment; the program is a perfect
match for those individuals wanting
to excel and sharpen their profes-
sional skills. Baker's class of 65
individuals comprised elected offi-
cials (mayors, state legislators,
commissioners, etc.), appointed
officials and senior level career
employees from 30 states,
Australia, Ireland and Taiwan
The focus of this program is to
introduce each participant to the
structure and foundation needed to
focus, think and learn not just how
to lead but to lead with insight.

Urban League

Installs New Board
The highlight
of the recent
An nual
Meeting, host- i
ed by the
Jacksonville
Urban League
was the instal-
lation of offi-
cers, conducted Derrick Smith
by Judge Brian Davis. The new
officers include Derrick Smith, of
CSX Transportation, vice chair;
Macdonald Auguste, treasurer;
Andre Higgins, assistant treasurer;
Brian McDuffie, secretary; Rev.
Odell Smith, chaplain; and Debra
Koeppel Wotiz, past chairman.
Other board members include
Michael Blaylock (JTA), Douglas
Booher, (St. Joe Companuy); Brian
Dunmore, (PGA Tour); Atty.
Andrew Fawbush, Wayne Givens,
(JM Family Enterprises); Zoraida
Jirau, (Crowley Maritime); Atty.
Bradley Johnson; Beth Mchaffey,
(Baptist Health); Philip Mobley,
(Blue Cross Blue Shield); Atty.
George "Buddy" Schultz; J.
Sabrina Simmons, Convergys; Bill
Soumis, (UPS); Deborah
Thompson, (First Coast African
American Chamber of Commerce);
Michael Wilkes, (Nationwide
Insurance & Financial Services);
Angie Williams-Howell,
(Anheuser Busch); and Chip
Vance, (Enterprise Rent-A-Car).


Ava Parker graciously smiles as
she is welcomed at her first JTA
Board of Directors meeting.
Attorney Ava Parker was recently
introduced as the newest member
of the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority Board of Directors.
Parker replaces Jacksonville attor-
ney, Cynthia Austin, who served on
the JTA Board for eight years.


Parker is a partner in the law firm
Lawrence, Parker & Neighbors,
LLC. She brings years of govern-
ment experience to the board, hav-
ing previously worked for both the
Public Service Commission and the
Florida Department of
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"Ava Parker
brings an
excellent
knowledge and
understanding
of how a gov-
ernment
agency oper-
ates," said JTA
Blaylock Ex ecutive
Director/CEO Michael J. Blaylock.
"That experience will serve her
well on this board, and will be a
tremendous asset to the JTA. We at
the JTA are all looking forward to
working with Mrs. Parker."
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Journalism from the University of
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The reason the United States
should continue to back the Israeli
campaign with weapons and aid is
because this is "World War III",
which includes the United States,
Gingrich claimed.
"I mean, this is absolutely a ques-
tion of the survival of Israel, but it's
also a question of what is really a
world war," he said.
The so-called U.S. mainstream
media has also largely avoided
depicting the scenes of civilian car-
nage on the Lebanese side, with
many referring to the onslaught as
one that has targeted Hezbollah. In
fact, the targets have so far included
women and children, a lighthouse, a
medical truck and a dairy factory.
On Monday, for example, the front
page photo on the Washington Post
was of stressed out Israeli rescue
workers operating in Haifa, where
eight people were killed by
Hezbollah rocket fire on Sunday.
However, the previous day, when
13 members of one family, includ-


ing children and women, were
killed in an Israeli air attack, the
paper ran a relatively bland picture
of an explosion near advertising
billboards in Lebanon.
Most headlines have also either
favored Israel or remained so gen-
eral that the intensity of the Israeli
attack was hardly conveyed.
Many television stations here
sought to present the current crisis
in terms of equal suffering, with
Israeli civilians hit by Hezbollah
rockets as savagely as Lebanese
civilians were targeted by Israel's
U.S.-made bombs.
More than 250 Lebanese, most of
them civilians, including women
and children, have bee killed in
Israeli air sorties using 500-pound
laser guided U.S.-made bombs. The
Lebanese economy suffered bil-
lions of dollars worth of damage
after Israel targeted Beirut's airport,.
bridges, roads and factories.
To date, 25 Israelis have been
killed, half of them uniformed sol-
diers in combat with Hezbollah
fighters.
"Syrian President May Hold Key
to Mideast Crisis", "Toll Climbs in


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Mideast as Fighting Rages On,"
were headlines for the same day.
In editorial after editorial, Israel
was portrayed as the victim.
"Make no mistake about it:
Responsibility for the escalating
carnage in Lebanon and northern
Israel lies with one side, and one
side only. And that is Hezbollah, the
Islamist militant party, along with
its Syrian and Iranian backers," said
the Los Angeles Times editorial on
Monday.
Palestine Media Watch, a group
monitoring coverage of events in
the Middle East, says it called
CNN's International Desk on
Sunday to complain about the net-
work's lack of coverage of civilian
suffering on the Lebanese side.
The pro-Arab organization report-
ed that the answer they got from
CNN was "they did not have
enough equipment and could not be
everywhere at the same time".
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have hurried to the defense of
Israel, repeating the Israeli line that
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SHow Relevant is Today's NAACP to You?


by William civil rights organization has inflated
Reed its membership numbers over
African recent decades.
Americans after It's fact, not fiction; the NAACP
h it was revealed has a history of weighing in on the
by the NAACP side of blacks in pressing issues of
chief how few of them financially the day. There are literally millions
support it were absurd. "I am a of African Americans who have
Lifetime Member, but I haven't kept their jobs because of NAACP
up my dues lately," guilty said actions. Many millions were able to
many of the over-50 group that buy homes for the first time because
actually haven't supported the of the NAACP. Many black busi-
NAACP since the Civil Rights nesses were able to get contracts
years. Their children, Hip Hopper from the public and private sectors
and Generation Xers unabashedly directly because of NAACP law-
say: "It's not relevant to me" suits and agitation. Black
What African American can Americans, numbering a population
empirically say "the NAACP is not of 38 million, should be embar-
relevant?" That attitude surfaced rassed. Gordon's admission that the
among dues-derelict African NAACP has fewer than 300,000
Americans after President and CEO members means that less than one-
Bruce Gordon admitted at the 97th tenth of one percent of African
convention that the nation's oldest Americans financially supports the


by R. Fullwood
It's hard to imagine that in the
year 2006, this country is even
having a discussion about a citi-
zen's right to vote. Just over 40
years after the Voting Rights Act of
1965, some in Congress are delay-
ing the extension of ....
Yeah I know, it's about as unbe-
lievable as $3 a galloon gas, but
unfortunately it is real.
Last week, the Senate voted 98-0
to renew the groundbreaking 1965
Voting Act for another quarter-cen-
tury. It is amazing that some folk I
talked to did not even realize what
has been going on in Congress.
And while both Democrats and
Republicans celebrated the passage
of the bill, the politics of the
process was shameful.
Republicans targeted the once-
controversial law hoping to
improve their party's election-year
standing with minority voters. I
don't have a problem with playing
politics, both parties do it, but
when we are dealing with the fun-
damental right to vote it's time to
stop playing games and do what is
right.
If you stop and think about it for
a moment, the one right that many
of us take for granted and the pro-
tections associated with the right to
vote was about to expire. The leg-
islation, which now goes to
President Bush for his signature,
opened voting booths to millions of
minorities after its passage at the
height of the nation's civil rights
struggle.
What made the 1965 legislation
so brilliant was that did not simply
outlaw discrimination at the ballot
box. It also gave voters new tools
to ensure fundamental fairness in
the voting process. If Congress had
not taken action then in 2007, some
of these important components
would have expired.
The Voting Rights Act was the
centerpiece of the 1960s civil
rights movement, the law ended
poll taxes, literacy tests and other
election devices that had been used
for decades to keep blacks from
voting.
As he pushed for the passage of
this historic feat, President Lyndon
B. Johnson said, "We have talked
long enough in this country about
equal rights. We have talked for a
hundred years or more. It is tie now
to write the next chapter, and to
write it in the books of law." It was
highly contested in the 60s and sur-
prisingly contested by some today.
The House passed the bill two
weeks ago 390-33 with opposition
from a group of mostly Southern
legislators who objected to renew-
ing a law that requires their states


group.
All African American households
should support the NAACP. The
lack of pride in the NAACP, and its
legacy, reveals much about the
mindset of contemporary Black
Americans. Many admit the
NAACP was at the focal point in
eliminating Jim Crow and its barri-
ers, but they say: "that was a long
time ago". Many even have criti-
cized the NAACP for having corpo-
rate sponsorships underwrite its
convention and portions of its $9
million-a-year operation. But, if
just 2 million African Americans (5
percent of population) bought a $50
membership each year the NAACP
wouldn't have to go to Corporate
America to fund it activities.
Compare how we bicker over
small stuff to the political and eco-
nomic power of American Jewry.


They are close-knit, supportative of
each other and pound for pound the
most clout of any ethnic/cultural
group in America. The influence of
American affairs is far dispropor-
tionate to its size, one-sixth the
African American population.
Annual operating budgets of
American Jews six leading civil and
human rights groups are 10 times
that of the NAACP. Ironically,
American Jews have supported the
NAACP in disproportionately high-
er numbers than blacks. .
No matter that 34 percent of
African Americans have incomes
over $50,000 per year, as America
enters the 21st Century; most of
them have integrated the suburbs
and scant evidence that the country
has made progress embracing issues
relevant to African American com-
munities. Serious violations, appar-


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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood


Final Passage of the Renewal of the Voting

Rights Act Wasn't as Easy as it Should Have Been
get Justice Department approval for all citizens. I think we some- hearings began in Washington, and
before changing any voting rules. times forget about that brotherly soon after a bill was crafted that
Many of them said that they are love concept that this country was became the Voting Rights Act.
being punished for past racist prac- built on. The words of Martin Who better to some the struggle for
tices and that provisions such as Luther King echo in my head, civil rights and justice up than
these are not necessary today. when he said, "Strangely enough, I someone who fought on the front
Unfortunately, some of these can never be what I ought to be lines? I was at a church service
same lawmakers either do not real- until you are what you ought to maybe a year ago and Georgia
ize or just choose to ignore the fact be." Democratic Rep. John Lewis was
that discrimination is not dead in The passage of this legislation by visiting with Congresswoman
the new millennium. I have said it the House and Senate is great news Corrine Brown. Representative
before, but sometime you have to regardless of the politics endured Lewis talked about his days as a
take off of your rose colored glass- to ensure the passage. This whole young man in the Civil Rights
es to see the truth. As Angela Davis thing started with the murder of Movement. To hear his testimony
once said, "The struggle today is voting-rights activists in sent a chill through my body.
much more difficult now because Philadelphia, Mississippi, gained He gave a similar testimony on
racism is more entrenched and national attention, along with the House floor two weeks ago
complicated." numerous other acts of violence saying, "I have a concussion. I
Some lawmakers also objected to and terrorism, almost died. I gave blood; some of
provisions that require jurisdic- Finally, the unprovoked attack on my colleagues gave their very
tions with large populations of March 7, 1965, by state troopers on lives," Lewis passionately spoke,
non-English-speaking citizens to peaceful marchers crossing the while other civil rights leaders like
print ballots in languages other Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, looked on
than English. Now, I could under- Alabama, en route to the state capi- from the gallery.
stand some hesitation regarding tol in Montgomery was the prover- "Yes, we've made some progress;
this provision, because one would bial "straw that broke the camel's we have come a distance," Lewis
think that if a person is a citizen back." This blatant act of racism added. "The sad truth is, discrimi-
and has the right to vote, then that persuaded the President and nation still exists. That's why we
person should be able to read Congress to overcome Southern still need the Voting Rights Act,
English. lawmakers' resistance to effective and we must not go back to the
However, on the other hand, we voting rights legislation. dark past."
should be doing whatever we can President Johnson issued a call In appreciation to those who
to make the voting process easier for a strong voting rights law and fought for our civil rights,


Wn' Coni 7


ently apparent only to groups such
as the NAACP, abound. Aside from
blatant injustices of the justice sys-
tem, cases of racial discrimination
in employment, advancement and
other economic equity still await
the NAACP.
What better vehicle for black
empowerment than the NAACP?
Gordon wants a million members
by the NAACP's 100th Convention.
He should be able to get them, but
to get from here to there Gordon
needs to hit the streets with an
aggressive membership drive
engaging Old Guard techniques
with modem marketing outreach.
Gordon needs a new generation of
Church Ladies, whom people over
50 remember as going door-to-door
extolling the NAACP and "sham-
ing" every household into at least a


S- -


basic $50 membership. The
NAACP will have to get its local
affiliate up in the face of African
Americans as volunteers did in
black enclaves up to the 1960s.
They need to show what the
NAACP does currently in commu-
nity and African American-specific
projects.
Elements of the campaign should
include membership solicitations
through advertising in black-orient-
ed newspapers and radio stations.
People should hear about the
NAACP through direct mail and
Website interactive media recruit-
ment. To be successful getting
blacks back to the fold, the NAACP
will have to go back to black
enclaves and involve traditional
black leadership in mutually-bene-
ficial relationships.


Bush Gives Israel More

Time to Kill the Innocent
by Akbar Muhammad
The tragedy unfolding in Lebanon in the Middle East is a reminder of
the Katrina disaster in America. The Bush White House suffered from
brain paralysis while thousands of mainly black and poor people of New
Orleans suffered and died. Why would the American administration stand
by and watch what she knows is a humanitarian crisis, and do nothing?
The death casualty is now nearing 500 people in Lebanon alone. Most of
them are civilians. Amongst the civilians are women, children, and the
elderly. When the Israeli officials are asked why they are bombing the
city of Beirut in Lebanon while women and children are being killed and
displaced, their answer is that "these people in southern Beirut may have
rockets in their homes under their beds." The world knows that not one,
rocket has been fired from the city of Beirut into Israel. Why won't the
Israelis just bomb the areas where the rockets are coming from? Instead,
they have chose to destroy the infrastructure of an entire nation. In the
process, they have killed innocent men, women, and children.
The one person who could stop the killing today is President George
Bush. He could pick up the telephone and tell the leaders of Israel that
enough is enough. You have proven your point. He could say that if you
don't stop, you will not get the nearly $10 billion in aid that the American
people give you each year. For the nearly 25,000 Americans caught up in
the cross fire in Lebanon, they have a chance to get a sense of how the
thousands of people in New Orleans felt when they sat in that dome and
had a sense of hopelessness wondering why the government had not
moved faster to save lives. These same 25,000 plus Americans are the
families who give Israel what it needs in order to destroy a people and a
country. This is in the form of taxes that they pay each year to the
American government.
The world did not stand up and protest when the Israelis arrested mem-
bers of the Palestinian Authorities :who represent the legitimate govern-
ment of the Palestinian people. Bush did not say a word when the Israeli
government cut off the power, water and food to the people of Gaza.
Does America think that the Imams, religious leaders as well as over
2,000 mosques in America will praise the actions of Israel to their con-
gregation or will these Imams who are strong condemn the killing going
on in Lebanon and condemn America who has given them more time to
finish their business, the business of killing. Will America stand by while
Israel creates its own killing fields? The Israelis should be the first one to
share their experience with its American partners. The Palestinian and
Lebanonese people will produce new generations that will not only hate
and seek to destroy the state of Israel, but now the same hatred will be
directed towards America. America stood by its number one Middle East
ally in their unacceptable behavior before the entire civilized world.


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Georgia's First Black Congresswoman's Election Bid Takes a Turn


ATLANTA Democratic fire-
brand Rep. Cynthia McKinney
immediately started preparing for a
surprise runoff with former DeKalb
County Commissioner Hank
Johnson, who has deep roots in the
heart of her core constituency after
finding out she will be in a run off.
McKinney finished with 47 per-
cent of the vote to Johnson's 45 per-
cent.
"We've been here before, but you
know what? It is impossible to keep


a good woman down," McKinney
told cheering supporters, shortly
after dancing and playing a tam-
bourine.
"I intend to fight the good fight. I
will continue to tell the truth and I
will challenge anyone who dares to
destroy anything about the work
that I do. ... This battle is now
engaged, and we intend to win."
The recent primary was the first
time that McKinney faced voters
since her scuffle with a Capitol Hill


police officer in March. Four years
ago, McKinney was upset in the
Democratic primary by political
newcomer Denise Majette, who
vacated the seat after one term to
run for the Senate, opening the door
for McKinney's return to Congress.
The Republican crossover vote
was key in McKinney's primary
defeat in 2002, when Majette won
by promising not to embarrass her
constituents as Majette claimed
McKinney had done for a decade.


However, that was not believed to
have been as much of a factor in
this week's primary because of
some high-profile statewide races
on the GOP ballot.
What is at stake in the runoff is
McKinney's core constituency,
which Johnson has targeted to oust
the incumbent. South DeKalb
County is home to Johnson's law
firm and some of the country's most
affluent blacks.
McKinney was largely criticized


for questioning the Bush adminis-
tration's knowledge of the Sept. 11
attacks, claiming the president it to
happen so his friends could profit
from the bloodshed.
At her party, McKinney continued
her opposition to the Iraq war. She
entered the auditorium with anti-
war activist Cindy Sheehan and
also was joined by Patricia Roberts,
whose son, Jamaal Addison, was
the first Georgia soldier killed in the
war


Across the U.S. hundreds of R.V.
filled with adventurous African-
Americans are touring the U.S.
Shown above are Mike and
Beverly Watson of Green Coy
Springs, FL enjoying the experi-
ence.
National Black

RV Association

on Annual Tour
Traveling across country and vis-
iting various historical sites and
cities is a dream for most people.
For the members of the National
African-American RV Association
traveling across the country is a
reality.
More than 340 RVs are expected
to be at the Missouri State
Fairgrounds this week as the asso-
ciation holds its 14th annual
national rally.
Anne Shearer-Steele, 61, who is
the first female president of the
association said the group was
formed in 1993 on a campground
outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
"A group of 52 families camped
together in '93," she said. "The next
year, in 1994, we decided to do it
again, only this time we invited as


many people as possible by word
of mouth."
The group was officially formed
in 1994 and now boasts more than
3,000 members, with a national
headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
The rally is rotated among the
association's five regions.
Ms. Steele, of Las Vegas, Nev.,
said the non-profit organization
contributes to groups that helps
blacks.
"We've given to the NAACP
before and the United Negro
College Fund for the past two
years," she said. "It's up to the
region as to who the money will be
donated to."
Members make lasting friend-
ships.
Alvin "Sarge" Kimbrough, 72, of
Lexington, S.C., said he has been
to every state except Alaska and
Hawaii, and he enjoys being
around the people at the rallies.
"This is all friends with the same
common interest," he said. "I like
the camaraderie, the educational
seminars about the RV industry and
the new products that come out
each year at the rallies."
Alvin Scruggs, 61, of Detroit,
Mich., the northern regional direc-
tor, said he's been living the RV
lifestyle for 30 years.
"I like this because I have the
freedom to pack up and go," he
said. "It's the freedom of the road
that I like."
"It's affected a lot of people," he
said. "Depending on the type of rig
someone has, you can get about
eight to nine gallons per mile."
Mr. Scruggs said people coming
in from Washington, New York and
Florida can expect to pay $1,000 to
$2,000 on gas round trip.
He said despite the gas prices this
year's rally is full of events.
"We've got a tour planned to
Kansas City, a gospel concert, a
rhythm and blues concert and sem-
inars for everyone," he said. "We're
going to have a good time."
Ms. Steele said the RV lifestyle is
a wonderful way to keep couples
and families together.
"You can't be in these close of
confines and not like each other,"
she said. "There's no other experi-
ence like it."
For more information about the
National African-American RV
Association visit the Web at:
http://www.naarva.com.


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Rev. Fred Newbill Rev. Eugene Dimond Rev. Gary Thomas
First Timothy Baptist Church Abyssinia Baptist Church Joint Heirs Christian Center

Northside Churches Join Forces to Present

Dunn Avenue Unity Fest July 28 & 29


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 Confer-
ence at 6 p.m., at Abyssinia; on July
28th, will kick off the Dunn Avenue
Unity Fest.


Prison Fellowship Ministries to pro-

vide School Supplies for Children
Members of the community are invited to join the Prison Fellowship
Ministries, Sam Roberts, Duval County President; in providing school
supplies for the innocent children of prisoners. Supplies will be given to
the children on Saturday, August 5th. Donations may be left at Second
Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road; or at the Watch the Lamb Ministries,
2519 Soutel Drive. Supplies will also be picked up from your residence or
business, if requested by calling Mr. Roberts at (904) 994-1044, or 764-
1104, and 354-8268. Clothing contributions will also be accepted and dis-
tributed.


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 Four Brothers" to be
presented at Southside C.O.GI.C
The Four Brothers: Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.,
Superintendent Willie Frank Robinson, Deacon George
Robinson, and Brother Harold Robinson; will be pre-
sented in a special program at 7:30 p.m. on Friday
evening, July 28th. The Southside Church of God in
Christ, 2179 Emerson Street, invites the community to
attend.
Greater New Hope AME to hold
115th Anniversary Closing Service
The Greater New Hope African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 2708 Davis Street, Reverend Mary F. Davis,
Pastor; will hold the Closing Service for its 115th
Anniversary Celebration, at 7 p.m. on Friday, July
28th. The Anniversary Theme: Down Through The
Ages, Standing in Awe of God." The community is
invited. Sis, Shirley Harris and Bro. Elijah Brooks,
chairpersons.
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry to Present Spoken Word
The community is invited to come experience
Spiritual Poetry like never before on Saturday evening,
July 29, 2006, at the Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry, 5354 Verna Blvd. on the Westside.
This is a free, open Mic event. Come witness the
move of God through some of this area's most gifted
poets. Refreshments will be served. To register to per-
form, please call J. Reddick, at (904) 993-0467 or 378-
9277.
Dorothy Norwood to help Geneva
Sapp celebrate 12th Anniversary
The Gospel Princess of the Airway Geneva Sapp,
will celebrate her 12th Anniversary at 6 p.m., August 6,
2006, at Angel Square, 5133 Soutel Drive. Rev.
Marcius King and the St. Matthew AME Mass Choir,
and Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, will be the special
guests. Local guests will include: the Sounds of Joy,
the Singing Trumpets, the Gospel Carjansii. and
"Jessie and The Miracles" and more. For more infor-
mation, please call (904) 379-7623 or 708-4776.


Historical Mount Zion AME
Celebrates 140th Anniversary
The Historical Mount Zion African Methodist
Church, 201 East Beaver Street, Reverend F. D.
Richardson Jr., Pastor; will celebrate its 140th
Anniversary, Sunday, July 30, 2006. Mount Zion is the
second oldest AME Church in the state of Florida.
After the fire of 1901 that destroyed downtown
Jacksonville, the Church was reborn when construction
of the present structure was began in 1906, and was
completed in 1910. Many great events have evolved in
the history of this great church, including the establish-
ment of the first chartered African American Boy Scout
troop; and the establishment of the Divinity High
School which later became Edward Waters College.
The community is invited to worship at Church
School, 8:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, at 10 a.m., and a
unique celebration featuring the music of the Mass
Choir at 4 p.m., with the organ presentation of Minister
of Music, Brother James Smith.
Reverend James H. Davis, presiding elder of the
Suwannee-North District; will deliver the Morning
Worship message.

Woodlawn Presbyterian to present
Dennine Mathis White in Recital
A Flute Recital featuring Dennine Mathis White will
be presented at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2006; at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 3026 Woodlawn (at
Cleveland Road). Dr. Joanna Sobkovska, will accom-
pany Ms. White. The public is invited.

First Missionary Baptist of Jax
Beach to host Come Together Day
The First Bap6tist Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville Beach, 810 Third Avenue South, where
Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McQueen, is Senior Pastor; will >
sponsor their Annual Come Together Day, Saturday, >
August 5th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be free food, clothes and school supplies
for those in need. All are welcome. To donate, or for
more information, please call Alberta Floyd, (904)727-
5027; or Beverly Prescod at 751-9951.


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July LU I AgUst I.VV


Black Soldiers


Dr. Henry Gates
BOSTON, Mass. Thousands of
black men fought for American
independence during the
Revolutionary War, yet their contri-
butions rarely appear in modem
history books.
Harvard University professor
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Sons
of the American Revolution are
hoping to change that with an ambi-
tious project to identify those sol-
diers and their descendants.
"My first goal with this project is
to enhance the awareness of the
American public of the role of
African-Americans in the struggle
for freedom in this country," said
Gates, director of the W.E.B. Du
Bois Institute for African and
African American Research at
Harvard.
"Plus, my concern is that there are
many people walking around, like
me, who had no idea that I had an
ancestor who fought in the
Revolution," he said.
Gates was inspired to begin the
project after he learned he had a rel-
ative who fought in the Revolution


Sought Who Served in the America Revolution
during filming of the PBS docu- Of nearly 27,000 members of Ailes said she has already identified
mentary series "African American Sons of the American Revolution, more than 20 people who may have
Lives," which used DNA testing fewer than 30 are black, said Jim served in the Revolutionary War,
and genealogical research to inves- Randall, executive director and including an escaped slave.
tigate the ancestry of notable black chief executive of the Louisville, Gates was inducted into the Sons
Americans. Kentucky-based organization. Of of the American Revolution earlier
The project, funded by Harvard 165,000 Daughters of the American this month, and several other mem-
and the Sons of the American Revolution members, only about 30 bers of his family may join as well.
Revolution, will identify blacks are black, Dooley said. He said it was something he had
believed to have fought in the war An estimated 5,000 blacks fought dreamed of since reading Du Bois's
and encourage their descendants to for independence during the "Dusk of Dawn."
come forward. Revolutionary War. Du Bois, a Massachusetts-born
Joseph W. Dooley, the chairman "It's not recognized by most black activist of the early 20th cen-
of the Sons of the American Americans that perhaps as much as tury, was admitted to the organiza-
Revolution's membership commit- 10 percent of George Washington's tion's state chapter but rejected by
tee, said he wants to identify as troops were black," Dooley said. the national organization because
many people as possible who con- "It's reasonable to say that the con- he could not provide sufficient doc-
tributed to the war. He envisions tribution of blacks in the American umentation.
future projects tracking the contri- Revolution was indispensable." "I envied him for having the
butions of women and Native Genealogist Jane Ailes, who also knowledge that he could make that
Americans. traced Gates' ancestry, plans to look claim, but I never thought I'd be
The descendants will be eligible over 80,000 pension applications standing up there," Gates said. "It
to apply for membership in the for Revolutionary War soldiers and was a great honor and very exciting
Sons of the American Revolution or compare the names against federal to pay homage to my ancestor. He
the Daughters of the American census records, which often con- risked his life to fight for the free-
Revolution. tained information on race. dom of this country."


Alphas Celebrate Centennial in D.C.


President Darryl R. Matthews, Sr.,
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,
officially kicked off the 100th
anniversary celebration with his
brothers at their national conven-
tion 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 inter-
collegiate Greek-letter fraternity
established for Black college stu-
dents.
"Our founders envisioned a day
when the leadership of African-
American men would become


Baptist Pastor Announces to

10,000+ Congregation He's

Joining the Nation of Islam


Pastor Jasper Williams
Jasper Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor
of Salem Bible Church where he
has been pastor since the age of 19
announced his joining the Nation


Of Islam this week after 40 years in
the pulpit. The nationally known,
prominent Baptist minister began
serving as pastor of Salem in 1963
while a student at Morehouse
College. Rev. Williams first
preached at Salem on Easter
Sunday in 1963. Currently, Salem
is one church in two locations with
a 10,000 plus membership. His son
Joseph Williams also serves as pas-
tor of the Salem Bible Church
along with his father. The longtime
pastor made the announcement to
the congregation during his Sunday
service last week.


widely-recognized and respected,
despite challenges of social and
economic inequality," said
Matthews. "And since many of our
members have had a tremendous
impact on the nation's social and
economic policies, this made
Washington an ideal place to both
honor our founders' vision and cel-
ebrate 100 years ofAlpha Phi Alpha
achievements."
Alpha Phi Alpha has not only
been influential in the areas of gov-
ernment and business, but also in
education, community affairs,
sports and entertainment. The fra-
ternity's prominent members
include Rev. Martin Luther King,
Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Charles
Rangel, Marc Morial, Kwame
Kilpatrick, Art Shell, Lionel
Ritchie, the list goes on.
Over the years, Alpha Phi Alpha
has lead hundreds of campaigns to

Hospice Earmarks

Scholarships for

Area African-

American Students
Community Hospice of Northeast
Florida has four scholarships for
African-American students avail-
able who have experienced hospice
and/or have experienced a loss in
their immediate families. One
scholarship will be awarded in each
of the following four (4) cate-
gories: Liberal Arts a student at
Edward Waters College; Health
Care a student in the nursing pro-
gram at Florida Community
College at Jacksonville (FCCJ);
Arts a student at Douglas
Anderson or LaVilla School of the
Arts; and Higher Education a
high school senior who has partici-
pated in Community Hospice's
Camp Healing Powers.
The deadline has recently been
extended! Applications must be
postmarked no later than August
18 2006. The winning applicants
will be notified by August 31.
Presentation of the scholarships
will take place during the Living
Through Giving gala event on
Saturday, September 9, 2006. For
more information, please call
904.407.6176.


uplift the African-American com-
munity, including the Million
Dollar Campaign to support the
NAACP, National Negro College
Fund and the National Urban
League. The renowned "A Voteless
People is a Hopeless People" cam-
paign was the first real organized
demonstration to encourage
African-Americans to vote. The
fraternity's most recent campaign,
the Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Project, has raised nearly
$60 million to date.
Alpha Phi Alphas' over 650 chap-
ters combined have contributed an
estimated 650K in scholarships
annually.

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Shown above are the newly elected national leaders (L-R) Lula Lang-
Jeter, Josephine Dunbar David, Margo James Copeland and
Gwendolyn Byrd Lee.

Links Set Agenda, Elect

Officers at 35th Assembly


The 35th National Assembly of
The Links, Incorporated recently
convened in Philadelphia (PA), the
city of its founding, to celebrate 60
years of service. Approximately
5,000 members of The Links and
their families attended the biennial
meeting. Gladys Gary Vaughn,
PhD, the 13th National President of
The Links, Incorporated, presided
over five days of business meetings

and events. An array of initiatives
and activities supported the confer-
ence theme, Crossing Points: 60
Years Proud Past, Promising
Future. "The framework for our
deliberations during the Assembly
propelled us to demonstrate anew
the connections between friend-
ship, service and the common good,
and to plan for our future," Dr.
Vaughn said.
The Assembly elected and
installed its new officers for the
next biennium. Dr. Gwendolyn
Byrd Lee, from the South Suburban
Chicago (IL) Chapter, was elected
National President; Margot James
Copeland, Cleveland (OH)
Chapter, Vice President; Lula
Lang-Jeter, Arlington (VA) Chapter
was elected Treasurer; and Dr.
Josephine Davis from the Fort
Valley (GA) Chapter was elected
Secretary. Upon her election, Dr.
Lee said, "The Links, Incorporated


is an amazing organization of
women whose collective force can
do wonders to make a difference in
our communities, cities, states and
the world. We have a great legacy
to build upon and we are up for the
tasks ahead of us."
Highlights of the Assembly con-
sisted of two public service projects
in the local Philadelphia communi-
ty that included testing and educat-
ing the community on Sickle Cell
Disease and a partnership with the
General Motors Safe Kids/Healthy
Kids Project to give away car seats
for children. Other special features
were a Public Issues Forum on
health disparities, the introduction
of an on-going plan for disaster pre-
paredness and relief, and the
unveiling of the first US Postal
Stamp by an African American
organization.
The Assembly featured seminars
and workshops designed to assist
chapters in carrying out the organi-
zation's service mission and named
fifteen chapters to receive the dis-
tinguished "Programming Awards."
In addition, grants of $1,176,000
were made and/or committed dur-
ing the 35th Assembly and the the
National Civil Rights Museum in
Memphis, Tennessee was named
third $1 million dollar grantee by
the Links Foundation.


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FCAT Forum
There will be a free forum on the
FCAT at the EWC Schell Sweet
Center on Saturday, July 29th
beginning at 1 p.m. This event will
provide students in Middle and
High School to discuss strategies to
pass the FCAT. For more informa-
tion call Marie Heath at 470-8142.

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.

The Clarke/Duke
Project in Concert
On Thursday, August 3rd at 8
p.m., The Florida Theatre will wel-
coming two musical greats as
Stanley Clarke and George Duke
come together to bring the
Clarke/Duke Project to the stage.
For more information call 904-355-
2787.

100 Black Men
White Linen Affair
100 Black Men of Jax will present
"SUNSET IN THE GARDEN"
white linen event at the Riverside
Garden Club on Friday, August
4th, from sunset to 12 a.m. To pur-
chase tickets contact Kevin Cotton
at 904-476-0351.

Ticket's-on Sale for the
City's Senior Prom
The City of Jacksonville's
Community and Senior Center
Services Program will present the
25th Annual Senior Prom


"Remember the Times" on Friday,
Aug. 4, from 6-10 p.m. at the Prime
F. Osborn Convention Center. The
Fabulous Moods of Roger Glover
will provide musical entertainment.
Tickets include dinner. They are
available at Mary L. Singleton
Senior Center, 150 E. 1st St. For
more information, call Jeannie
Baldwin at 630-0952 or the senior
center at 630-0995.

PRIDE Book Club
The next book club meeting will
be held on Saturday, August 5th
from 2:00 4:30 p.m. The meeting
will be hosted by Marsha Phelts at
her home on American Beach. The
address is 5400 Ocean Blvd.,
American Beach, Fl. The book for
discussion will be THE
COVENANT WITH BLACK
AMERICA by Tavis Smiley.
Participants are welcome to bring
beach attire and enjoy the beach
after the meeting. Call 904-261-
0175 for more information or direc-
tions.

Troubleshooting Your
Landscape
Learn how to troubleshoot your
lawn problems before they start
with a class sponsored by the Duval
County Extension Service. The
class will be held on Saturday,
August 5, 2006 at the Mandarin
Library, 3330 Kori Road from
11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. This program
covers drought issues, what to do
with weeds, how to handle pests,
plus trees and their troubles.
September and October landscape
maintenance schedule also includ-
ed. Get answers to plant and tree
problems by bringing in a sample of
a disease or pest. Call to register
387-8850.

Free Family Day at
The Cummer Museum
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting Family Day, a
free event with a variety of activi-


ties. Bring the entire family and
enjoy a day of art, gardens, educa-
tion and fun. The day will be filled
with live music, special art-making
activities, scavenger hunts and
more. Family Day will be held on
Sunday, August 6, 2006, 12 to 5
p.m. at the Cummer Museum of Art
& Gardens, 829 Riverside Avenue.
For more information, please call
904-356-6857.

Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society, Inc., will hold its
monthly meeting on Saturday,
August 12, 10 a.m., in the SGES
library, 6215 Sauterne Drive, in
Jacksonville, FL. The subject is
"Francis Fatio and the Founding of
New Switzerland." For more infor-
mation about The Southern
Genealogist's Exchange Society,
visit www.sgesjax.com. You'll find
information about the greatest
genealogy library in northeast
Florida, along with a map and other
contacts.

Alpha's Sponsor MLK
Jr. Fundraiser
The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Inc. invite the communi-
ty to come out and show their sup-
port by continuing the Legacy in
Building the Momument for "Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr." in
Washington D.C. on the Memorial
Plaza. A FUNDRAISER will be
held at the Jacksonville Landing on
Saturday, August 12, 2006 from
12:00pm 6:00pm on the 1st floor,
suite 106. All donations are Tax
deductible and a Tax I.D. number is


available. Call 904)891-4903 for
more information.

Dreamgirls at the
Alhambra
FromWednesday, August 23rd -
Sunday, October 1, Dreamgirls the
musical will be on stage at the
Alhambra Theater. Theater goers
will laugh and cry at the price of
fame and its effect on all involved.
Dreamgirls is soon to be released as
a major film musical. Call 641-
1212 for more information.

How to Start
a Fall Garden
Choose a date to learn about start-
ing a fall garden on either Saturday,
August 26 or Tuesday, August 29
from 10:00 AM NOON at the
Urban Gardening Field Office on
Superior Street, one block West of
the Duval County Extension Office
. The cost of the class is $5.00 at the
door, which will include some take
home seedlings. Call 387-8850 to
pre-register. Seating limited to 25.

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
904.646.2361 or e-mail
rfletche@fccj.edu.


Tom Joyner
Family Reunion
Tom Joyner will join Mickey
Mouse over the Labor Day week-
end when he hosts "The Tom Joyner
Family Reunion" at Disney World.
This event brings hundreds of fam-
ilies from across the country to the
popular vacation destination for pri-
vate parties and concerts as well as
special events for the entire family
such as family fitness workouts, a
Sunday worship and gospel service
and more.
The celebrity lineup of entertain-
ers will include Aretha Franklin,
Sinbad, LL Cool J, Chris' Brown,
Ne-yo, Keyshia Cole -- and more!


For more information about the
events and to book specially priced
packages, log onto blackameri-
caweb.com or call 1-888/TJ-FAMI-
LY (888/853-2645).

Gateway Classic
Football Game
On Saturday, September 2, at
Alltel Stadium, this year's match-
up will feature Bethune-Cookman
College and Southern University.
Football tickets are now on sale at
all Ticket Master Outlets or online
at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Call 912-353-3149 for more infor-
mation.


Matthew Gilbert High

School Alumni Meeting
Plans are currently being made for the January 6, 2007 Matthew Gilbert
High School 9th Annual Reunion Celebration. Two representatives from
each class (1952-1970) are asked to become involved. The meeting will
take place on Tuesday, August 8th and every other Tuesday following at
Gilbert Middle School. For additional information, please contact
Almetya Lodi at 355-7583.

Learn How to Shop Smart and

Healthy With a Free Supermarket Tour
There's an educational program to help consumers select foods to build
a healthy diet -- and it's free.
Educators from the University of Florida will conduct Smart and Healthy
Nutrition Tours in selected Publix supermarkets in Duval County. During
the class, which lasts about three (3) hours, consumers will study how to
choose foods that are nutrient dense and lower in fat, salt and sugar. This
course, developed by. the University of Florida Cooperative Extension
Service Family and Consumer Sciences Program, will provide participants
with skills they need to make good food decisions.
Class sizes are limited. For registration information on dates and times
and location of the Smart and Healthy Nutrition Supermarket Tours,
call the Cooperative Extension Service Program at 387-8855.


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Is It Boomtown for Black Comedians?


Moms Mabley
Stand-up comics have long occu-
pied an exalted station in the pan-
theon of African-American pop
culture. In the latter half of the 20th
*century and beyond, wildly suc-
*cessful comedians from Redd
*Foxx and Moms Mabley to Bill
-Cosby and Richard Pryor, Eddie
-Murphy and Martin Lawrence to
Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle -
have been perhaps the most
beloved Black cultural figures,
their renown among African-
Americans arguably exceeding that
which is enjoyed by A-list
Hollywood names.
While Chappelle's recent depar-
ture from television has in one
sense deprived the Black comedy
scene of a mainstay that is, a
singularly popular figure who
drives interest in stand-up in
another sense, Black comics have
perhaps never been in such high
demand.
Around the country, the traveling
comedy circuit, which showcases
almost exclusively black talent
may be the hottest tickets in town.
Frequently, Jacksonville's own
Florida Theater and the Comedy
Zonehost a mix of stand-up and
*sketches that has drawn nationally
recognized names such as Martin
Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Bruce

Tenors Creator

Presents 3 Mo Divas
In 2000 Marion J. Caffey created
a show called "Three Mo' Tenors,"
an- Ati Lcan-Ainerican version of
"The Three Tenors," which was
made up of the legendary opera
stars. Caffey's show became such a
sensational success, Caffey has
produced a female spin-off he's
called "Three Mo' Divas."
The "Divas" DC production
debuted July 15, although the show
was initially produced in 2004
"Divas" features classically trained
vocalists who cover 400 years of
music, including opera, Broadway,
soul, jazz, blues, spiritual, gospel,
and new school. The DC troupe is
made up of a split cast of six.
Even with the success of his first
concept for "Tenors," Caffey says
that "Divas" is a little bit different.
"Mo' Divas" is not positioned as an
African-American show like its
predecessor. In fact, the cast mem-
bers are not all black and the music
aims for crossover appeal with
songs ranging from Aretha
Franklin to Celine Dion.
"We span from Puccini to the
Pips," says Caffey. Caffey, who
refers to his twin shows as "Mo'
Music," hasn't left the fellas just
yet. His "Mo' Tenors" is preparing
to play the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe next month and head out on
a U.S. tour in the fall.


Redd Foxx
Bruce and many others have guest-
starred on local stages.
"I don't know if you would even
define it as 'black' comedy,
because I would call it 'urban'
comedy," says Pookey Wigington,
who is a national comedy tour pro-
moter. An Inglewood native, the
39-year-old former college basket-
ball star found his niche as a come-
dy promoter after a potential NBA
career was nixed by injuries.
"Black comedy has transcended
the boundaries of ethnicity," he
said. "You have your urban Asian,
Persian, Chinese, even white
comics taking a piece of what we
would call black comedy from
Redd Foxx to Richard Pryor."
He added: "I think it's incredible
that black comedy has grown from
the comic who does tours and
makes money on the road [with]
just one or two guys making a liv-
ing doing TV and films. Right now
there are 20 guys out there making
a million a year from TV and film
because of their crossover appeal
and don't even have to do the
clubs."
Historically, A lack vaudeville
set the stage for the modem-day
verbal gunslinger with a mic.
Jackie 'Moms' Mabley, n6e
Loretta Mary Aiken, was born in
1894 and became one of the most
successful entertainers of her time.
At the height of her career, in the
1960s, the native North Carolinian
was earning $10,000 a week at
Harlem's Apollo Theater. Billed as


Richard Pryor
"The Funniest Woman in the
World," she tackled topics too edgy
for many other comics of the time,
including racism.
Redd Foxx was perhaps the fun-
niest and certainly the raunchiest
comic of his era, and he influenced
the likes of Richard Pryor and
Eddie Murphy. The "Sanford and
Son" star, whose party albums
adorn many of the young comics'
record collections today, was one
of the first Black comedians to play
the Las Vegas Strip.
With the exception of Bill Cosby,
whose sugar-coated delivery
seemed at odds with the styles of
other black comics, the fascination
with adult-oriented themes contin-
ued, culminating in the celebrated
HBO series "Russell Simmons'
Def Comedy Jam." The show,
which aired from 1992-97,
launched the careers of a modem
day comic dynasty that includes
Chris Tucker, Lawrence, D.L.
Hughley, Jamie Foxx, Steve
Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer.
In 2000, Cedric, Hughley and
Harvey would go on to star in the
successful "The Kings of Comedy"
tour, which reportedly took in over
$40 million in two years and
spawned a hit concert film directed
by Spike Lee.
While the story of black comedy
might seem to be a male-dominat-
ed domain, just as Mabley got the
ball rolling 40 years ago, some of
today's hottest acts are the sisters
with attitude.


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Bruce Bruce
"My definition of black comedy
is just that black comedy," BET
Comic View regular Luenell, who
is currently on tour, said in a tele-
phone interview. "The urban tag is
just where people live. It's defined
by an aggressive attitude, but we're
not bashing anybody's race
because we want everyone's
money."
The Arkansas native who is
soon to star in a film with notorious
British comic Sacha Baron Cohen,
aka "Ali G" was no less forth-
right on the topic of sexism on the
circuit. "Black women have a hor-
ribly difficult time on the circuit,"
she said. "We have to fight, fight,
fight, to gain recognition. We con-
stantly get that 'bitch' handle when
we have to fight to get our money."
Tiffany Haddish is another emerg-
ing star on the L.A. comedy scene.
A self-described "twentysome-
thing" who could easily pass for a
teenager, Haddish has been enter-
taining nightclub audiences since
she was sixteen. The Laugh
Factory regular also has a real-life,
Pryor-esque story: She was born in
South Central L.A. to an absent
Ethiopian father and schizophrenic
mother, which led to a childhood in
foster care. With that background,
she retreated into an imaginary life
that she hopes will ultimately put
her on the path to fame and fortune.
"I want to be a Lucille Ball,
George Burns, Halle Berry, Jim
Carrey mix," she said. "I want to
smoke cigars, get into trouble and
be cute and funny."
Comedian Bruce Bruce willbe in
Jacksonville at the Florida Theater
for a concert.


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Hammer Sells Catalogue for $ Million
*Uh-oh.. .uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh. After poking fun at
his dire financial situation for Nationwide Insurance
ads, the 80s rapper M.C. Hammer's newest attempt
to avoid a cardboard box on skid row is no joke.
According to media reports, the one-time suc-
cessful rap artist has sold his entire back catalog of
songs for a reported $2.7 million.
Hammer's library, which includes such hits as "U
Can't Touch This," "Pray" and "Let's Get It
Started," was referred to in a statement by Evergreen Music Company as
"some of the best-selling and most popular rap songs of all time."'

Usher Ushering in Ticket Sales
With little surprise from show producers, the box
office for Broadway's "Chicago" has boosted thanks
i to the impending debut of R&B/pop star Usher.
The New York Post reported that ticket sales for the
production spiked as soon as it was announced that the
singer would take on the role of lawyer Billy Flynn in
the Tony award-winning musical. Ticket sales have
risen 30% with the box office reportedly taking in as
much as $100,000 a day.
Usher's run on Broadway begins August 22 and is scheduled to end Oct.
1. However the New York Daily News adds that with this response there
is speculation Usher's run will be extended.
"Chicago" plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th
Street.

First Black Model in Paris Dies
Dorothea Towles Church, the first successful black
model in Paris and a pioneer who made it possible
for women of color to model at major European
fashion houses, died July 7 at the age of 83.
Born July 26, 1922, in Texarkana, Tex., Church
was the seventh of eight children in a farming fami-
ly and eventually broke down racial barriers in an
industry that preferred white models to represent
beauty. During the 1950s, Church work the runways J-.
for such designers as Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli.
Church also studied biology at Wiley College in Marshall, Tex She
completed a master's degree in education at the University of Southern
California.

Janet Letting Fans Decide New ALbum Cover
Janet Jackson wants to make a family affair of her upcoming set "20
Years Old," by giving the fan a chance to weigh in on her album cover.
The newly 40-year old handed over the artwork to the fans through a
~ Yahoo! Music contest that began Tuesday, July 18.
Fans are able to download 33 images of Jackson to
develop their own covers. Jackson will be the judge and
will choose four .finalists, whose winning covers will
appear on "selected publicly distributed copies" of the
album, according to Virgin.
... Another sixteen fiiRlistf w11 win JaMaof'l&onfidte
album discography on CD. Each design will get its own
link that can be shared.


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tude of activities, workshops, enter-
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Publications provided complete
series coverage of the entire event
and surrounding activities via mul-
tiple articles and columns.
On the floor and through the
crowd, the noise was deafening.
There were a number of people that
were there of diverse backgrounds
from all across the globe, coming
together to praise, give thanks and
receive healing. The energy was
spine-tingling.
When Bishop T.D. Jakes took the
stage and welcomed his audience,
the energy went through the roof. It
was very hard to contain compo-
sure, throughout his sermon. He is
an awesome speaker with such a
commanding presence.


Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke about
healing yourself from within, "You
can't deal with the fruit until you
deal with the root. You can't rebuke
a conflict on the outside if you have
a conflict on the inside. What you
are dealing with that is seen, starts
with the spiritual realm which is
unseen."
Such power in his words. The
audience was riveted and overcome
with the spirit. He ended his sermon
by asking everyone to hold hands
with a prayer partner and pray
"Peace Unto You." Praying for their
personal well-being, their families'
well-being, and for spiritual heal-
ing. Afterwards, the audience
rushed to the stage with arms held
high to receive a special prayer
from the Bishop.
Thursday night, Bishop T.D. Jakes
was commemorated for his 30 years
of ministerial service during The
Celebration of Unity Concert at the
Georgia Dome. The attendees were
treated to five hours of gospel


Shown left, former NFL greats Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin honor Bishop T.D. Jakes and his 30-year
ministry. (right) The diverse aroused crowd at one of the many events.


music with a twist of soul featuring
performances by Aretha Franklin,
Donnie McClurkin, Shirley Caesar,
Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Fred
Hammond, Vanessa Bell Armstrong
and Jeff Majors, and the Grammy
award-winning Potter's House
Mass Choir.
Celebrities that personally
addressed the Bishop included
Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Will
Smith, Boris Kudjoe, LL Cool J,
Star Jones and Tom Joyner. Bishop
T.D. Jakes' children also stood up
and congratulated their father on his
accomplishments and for just being
a great father. All of the perform-
ances were memorable and much
respect to Aretha Franklin.
However, after Kirk Franklin exited
the stage and the audience began
chanting "Oh Oh ... Oh Oh Oh", he
turned it out when he came back
and had everyone jumping to
"Stomp." Donnie McClurkin sur-
prised the audience with a personal-
ized rendition of "Killing Me
Softly," which was dedicated to


Bishop Jakes. The crowd was
amazed at Shirley Caesar's bound-
less energy and rapping skills. Yes,
she really did her thing. The concert
was a wonderful event that enter-
tained into the late hour. "A portion
of the proceeds will benefit the
Hurricane Katrina survivors and the
construction of fresh water wells in
Kenya, Africa as part of the Potter's
House emergency relief efforts,"


according Bishop T.D. Jakes, refer-
ring to The Celebration of Unity
Concert.
Friday night, The Just Churchin'
Comedy Show at Philips Arena,
featuring Tommy Davidson,
Jonathan Slocumb, Vickie Winans,
and Mr. Brown from "Meet the
Browns", was one event guests
were looking forward to in particu-
lar. Steve Harvey hosted again this


Conference Planned for Future


After the success of last year's
event in Houston, the only national
pre-law conference created espe-
cially for aspiring Black lawyers is
returning this fall. The National
Black Pre-Law Admissions &
Preparation Conference and Law
Fair 2006 will be held from Friday,
September 8 10, 2006 at the
Magnolia Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
The conference theme is
Encouraging Excellence, Strategic
Thinking; and a Competitive
Mindset Among African American


Pre-Law Aspirants.
Over eighty accomplished and
community-minded speakers, pre-
senters and panelists including law
school administrators, law students,
law professors, attorneys and
judges will be participating from
all over the United States .In addi-
tion to all of the invaluable infor-
mation that will be provided for two
full days, critical networking activ-
ities are also planned to encourage
social interaction between atten-
dees and opportunities to create


year and did another stand up job.
He kept the show going with his
tell-it-like-it-is humor and cool
demeanor, without swearing for the
sake of his audience. There were
also cameo appearances by
Christopher Reid and Christopher
Martin (Kid 'N Play), Cheryl "Salt"
James (Salt-n-Pepa), and Diane
Amos (The Pine-Sol Lady). Tommy
Davidson was a MegaHit! He com-
manded his audience with his
comedic gestures and incessant
humor. A favorite part of his act was
the musical tribute to the old-school
R&B songs that are "gone," which
had the audience singing along.
Overall, MegaFest 2006 was a
very positive and inspiring event.
No one can deny the fact that he is
truly saving lives and healing souls
through the word.
Bishop Jakes is quoted in Gospel
Today saying, "I really want
MegaFest and events like this to be
a platform that we can introduce
new speakers and new ideas and
new concepts and expose people
who wouldn't ordinarily be
exposed. At this point, after 30
years, I'm not particularly as inter-
ested about being on the stage as I
am in becoming a stage whereby
new generations and new speakers
and new voices can continue to be
heard and exposed. That's one of
the ways that the body of Christ can
continue to grow and develop and
hear what God is saying into the
lives of other people."

Black Lawyers
relationships with potential men-
tors. Also An intensive LSAT
preparation course will also be con-
ducted simultaneously that partici-
pants can register for separately
providing over 12 hours of training.
Further detailed information on
registration and updates regarding
the conference schedule can be
found at the conference website:
BlackPreLawConference.com. You
may also call 281-247-4070 or send
an e-mail to blarkpralawconfer-
ence@gmail.com.


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