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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
August 3, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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


Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
August 3, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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:

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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    Main: Around Town
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Crisis has

to be Dealt

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With Black

Casts in the

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Fall Television
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Massachusetts Governor in Hot
Water for 'Tar Baby' Remark
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has outraged some Black folks for
using the term "tar baby" at a political gathering over the weekend.
While campaigning for presidential points in Iowa, the Republican gov-
ernor, referring to one of Boston's major tunnels, told a couple hundred
lowans. "The best thing for me to do politically is stay away from the Big
Dig just get as far away from that tar baby as I possibly can." the
Boston Herald reported.
Nearly three weeks ago. 12 tons of ceiling panels collapsed in the Big
Dig tunnel and killed a woman. Romney said he was speaking about the
huge political risks of his effort to oversee the $14.6 billion project that
has a list of problems including leaks, falling debris, delays and cost.
overruns, the Associated Press reported.
Although the phrase has had different meanings over the years, includ-
ing "sticky mess," for Blacks, it's widely recognized as a racial epithet to
humiliate Black folks with dark skin.
A spokesman for the governor says Romney was unaware the phrase is
offensive to some people, and that he is sorry.

Nation's Capitol Cracking Down on
Juveniles with 10 p.m. Curfew
Beginning Monday of this week, D.C. juveniles will have to call it quits
a little earlier. As a part of crime-emergency legislation, city officials are
moving up what was a midnight curfew (which has been in place for sev-
eral years) to 10:00 p.m.
-Anyone age 16 or under found on the streets of the nation's capital
between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. could be taken into police custody and their
parents could be fined up to $500 or community service. The earlier cur-
few will be in place through Aug. 30, which could be extended.
Two juvenile holding facilities have been set up at schools and if the
child is not picked up by 6 a.m. by a parent or guardian, he or she will be
handed over to the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency.
The move by city officials is an effort to try to overcome a spike in
crime that's been marked by a rise in juvenile arrests. During the last
week of June, 44 juveniles were arrested for serious crimes in the city.
That number nearly doubled to 82 during the week ending July 22.
Youth accompanied by parents or guardians will still be allowed on
the streets during curfew hours. Other exceptions include traveling on
interstate highways through the city or between work and home. Young
people are also allowed to be on the sidewalks in front of their own
As of Sunday, there were 21 homicides in the city for July.

GOP Chairman Continues Campaign
to Convince Blacks to Join the Party
The Republican Party -- gearing up for the November congressional and
Senate elections -- is aggressively taking its message of diversity and
inclusion to black audiences across the country.
Last week was no different for the GOP as Ken Mehlman. the chairman
of the Republican National Committee, spoke to the National Urban
League during its annual convention in Atlanta. His appearance marked
Mehlman's 50th speech to black organizations since 2004.
Mehlman told delegates, "The Repubi.can Party is inextricably linked
with the journey of the African-American community -- the party of
Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington. Sojourner Truth and Frederick
Douglass -- and of Condi Rice, Michael Steele, Colin Powell, Michael
Williams. Ken Blackwell, and so many others."
Republicans have been aggressively courting black voters over the past
two years in hopes of persuading blacks to join the GOP and abandon the
Democratic Party. President Bush and Methman have repeatedly told
black voters that Democrats are insincere, and they have stepped-up their
rhetoric in preparation for the next congressional and Senate elections.

Middle East Publications Not Too
Kind in Covering Condoleeza Rice
JERUSALEM While U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has
been in the Middle East meeting regional alongside Israel's military, cam-
paign in Lebanon, media outlets controlled
by Palestinian Authority President
"m Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party have been
using racist rhetoric in their reports, refer-
ring to the Secretary as the "black woman,"
"raven," "colored dark skinned black lady"'
S and "black spinster."
Sl lThe Palestinian media coverage follows
an article last week in which WND reported
senior Fatah members staged an anti-
American protest outside the main govern-
ment building in Ramallah while Abbas met
with Rice. The Palestinian media coverage
follows an article last week in which WND
reported senior Fatah members staged an
anti-American protest outside the main gov-
ernment building in Ramallah while Abbas met with Rice. One publica-
tion showed pictures of ralliers brandishing anti-Rice placards, some
reading, "Murderer Rice go to Hell" and "Get out." One placard had Rice

drinking the blood of dead babies and stating, "I need more blood." Also,
cartoon in the PA controlled Al Quds depicted Rice pregnant with a mon-
key. A caption read, "Rice speaks about birth of new Middle East."

DCSB Director of
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Shown on the front lines for the announcement are jacksonville Transportation Director Michael Blaylock, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
pastor Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church Pastor Darryl Gilyard, Sheriff John Rutherford. Bethel Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr., and the grandparents of slain 8 year old DreShawna Davis, Vonnie and David Frazier.

Power Entities Join Forces to Heal a City in Crisis

It took just one more slaughter of forces in an unprecedented effort to
the innocents for Jacksonville to curb the escalating murder rate in
mobilize. Following the death last Jacksonville.
week of eight year old Dreyshawna Flanked by city officials, politicos
Davisinside of her home, "the pow- and leading clergy, Mayor Peyton
ers that be" have officially joined pledged with tears in his eyes that

every effort possible would be
made to assist in eradicating the
epidemic. The. antowic 'ment \'as
made in front of the home where
the child was killed in. Efforts will
include millions of dollars to be


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Bold Dollars Go a Long Way The Bold City Chapter of Links used some of their
hard earned resources to help educate Kenyan doctors to the latest medical technology. Shown above at a meet
and greet reception hosted by Ruby and T.C. Newman are (L-R) Host T.C. Newman, Chapter President Norma
White, Dr. Charles Munyiri, Dr. Sam Oula, Mayo Dr. Susan Christopher who helped the doctors during their stay
and Hostess Ruby Newman. At the reception, the doctors gave a first hand account of the medical conditions in
their homeland and the impact their medical education from studying at Jacksonville's Mayo clinic will have on
their patients. The rural doctors see hundreds of patients each week. The chapter sponsored a transit grant to assist
with the doctors expenses. This isn't the first transatlantic aid provided by the Bold City, they have also built a
school in South Africa.

funneled to the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office for an additional
fiftN officers per shift. In addition,
a no holds barred backing of area
clergy for programs will take place.
The first planned collaborative
effort will be a Day of Faith on
August 12th. For more details on
the plan, see page 3.

NAACP's Green
Paper Outlines
a Plan for Peace
In April. the area branch
NAACP hosted a Community
Empower-ment Forum and
Conference entitled "Stop The
Violence Start The Love". The
forum composed of a variety of
organizations, was held in
response to the rising murder rate
in Jacksonville and continued
Black on Black crime.
Experts from across the country
and locally shared data, first-hand
knowledge and preventive meth-
ods on many of the ills plaguing
the ciry ranging from gangs and
single parent households to
employment and health.
On pages 7 and 8, you will find
highlights of "The Green Paper"
("Green Paper" indicating a need
for ACTION on a topic) that sum-
marized the conference and
hopes to encourage using a pro-
active approach in stopping the
violence and starting love.

Bush Signs Voting Rights Act Into Law Amidst Fanfare
President Bush signed legislation s President Lyndon Johnson in 1965
Thursday extending for 25 years the "broke the segregationist lock on
Voting Rights Act, the historic 1965 the voting box."
law, which opened polls to millions The list of 600 guests reads like
of black Americans by outlawing a who's-who of prominent black
racist voting practices in the South. leaders and civil rights veterans: the
"Congress has reaffirmed its belief Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse
that all men are created equal," he Jackson; friends and relatives of
declared. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa
Bush signed the bill amid fanfare Parks; Dorothy Height, the long-
before a South Lawn audience that time chairwoman of the National
included members of Congress, Council of Negro Women; and
civil rights leaders and family Urban League head Marc Morial.
members of civil rights leaders of .The NAACP also sent several rep-
the recent past. It was one of a resentatives, including current pres-
series of high-profile ceremonies ident Bruce Gordon, chairman
the president is holding to sign pop- President George tW. Bush signs H.R. 9, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Julian Bond and former head
ular bills into law. Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Benjamin Hooks.
The Republican-controlled Amendments Act of 2006, on the South Lawn. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who
Congress, eager to improve its sions were not set to expire until political future lies at the heart of last week encouraged the president
standing with minorities ahead of next year. the American experiment," Bush to sign the extension, but to also
the November elections, pushed the "The right of ordinary men and said. He said the Voting Rights Act "walk the talk" when it comes to
bill through even though key provi- women to determine their own proposed and signed by then- civil rights


August 3 9, 2006

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CSX Honors Exec for Being Top 50

Under 50 in U.S. Among Black MBAs

Derrick Smith and Michael Ward shortly before the CSX United Way
campaign kickoff at the CSX headquarters downtown.

Michael Ward, chairman and
chief executive officer of CSX
Corporation, honored Derrick
Smith, vice president emerging
markets, for his selection by Black
MBA Magazine as a "Top 50 under
50" executive. Ward honored
Smith at the company's United Way
campaign kick-off ceremony. In
addition to his regular responsibili-
ties, Smith is serving as a Co-Chair
of CSX Corporation's United Way

Black MBA Magazine recognizes
fifty African American business-
people each year under the age of
50 holding a MBA degree.
Selection for this award is both a
salute to Smith's impressive
achievements and representative of
the deep reservoir of talent at CSX,
Ward said.
"Since his arrival at CSX in 1986,
Derrick has been an influential
member of the CSX community,"
Ward said. "He is actively involved

in the development of new business
opportunities, and therefore in
shaping the future of the company."
CSX invested more than $1.4 bil-
lion in 2005 to expand network
capacity and to prepare the compa-
ny for future growth.
The Emerging Markets Unit is an
organization targeting high-growth
business opportunities and capital-
izing on them by developing rail-
based service solutions for markets
ranging from heavy construction
equipment to international sales on
freight traveling through U.S. ports.
In addition to his work with CSX,
Smith dedicates much of his spare
time to civic and professional
organizations. Through his mem-
bership with the Jacksonville Urban
League, the WJCT Foundation, and
the First Coast Manufacturers
Association, Smith is actively
involved as a leader throughout the
Jacksonville community.
Smith received a B.S. in Civil
Engineering and Public Policy from
Carnegie-Mellon University in
Pittsburgh and a M.B.A. with a
focus on Marketing from Columbia
University Graduate School of
Business. Smith and his wife
Cristalia have two children and live
in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Harlem Says Thanks But "No Thanks" to Clinton

No good deed goes
unpunished," an old
7 pessimistic adage
spoken by New York
j wit Clare Boothe
Luce that seems to
Clinton describe the backlash
that America's "first black
President" Bill Clinton is receiving
behind his decision to move his
offices to Harlem, New York (affec-
tionately known as the Black
Capitol of America).
In a symbolic show of solidari-
ty with the African American com-
munity at large, Clinton chose to
locate his offices in the largely
black M~l.,nhi-nai, neighborhood of
* Harlem, but his actions have

sparked a protest among the resi-
dents, mainly the elderly, citing
anger over sky-rocketing property
Organized by the Harlem Tenants
Council, approximately 40 angry
African Americans demonstrated
last week outside the 125th street
building that houses the former
president's staff, charging that his
move has led to the gentrification of
the area and increased the price of
homes beyond their reach; rents
have risen by as much as 100 per
According to the Washington Post,
the top price for a brownstone ter-
race house in Harlem in 2001 was
$400,000 (215,000). Now a fully

renovated townhouse costs as much
as $4m. Even this is a relative bar-
gain: 30 blocks south, similar hous-
es which need considerable renova-
tion start at $5m.
After a long period of low rents
and high poverty, Harlem is now
home to many young black profes-
sionals who can afford the inflated
prices that are putting pressure on
poorer, older tenants in low-rent
properties to pay more. As prices
rise sharply, the area is fast becom-
ing more staid and crime is falling. -- -- .-,---- -- .o--

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Return responses no later than, Friday, August 11, 2006, to attn:
Jacksonville Port Authority
Louis Naranjo
Manager of Procurement and Inventory
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, FI 32202
Fax Number: 904-357-3065
Phone Number: 904-357-3077


JAXPORT Project No. G2006-04
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1167R

July 27, 2006
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time, August 24, 2006, at which time, they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Develop Christmas
Tree Property-Clear and Grub, 1593 Jessie Street.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1 167R, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Procurement and Contract No. C-1167R, which may be exam-
ined in, or obtained from the Procurement and Contract Services
Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the third floor
of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue,
Jacksonville, Florida 32206 (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for infor-
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The JSEB/MBE Participation Goal established for this project is 15%.
X Federal funds are being utilized in conjunction with this project.

Louis Naranjo
Manager of Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority



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Mayor Peyton Promotes
Four in City Hall

A 22-year veteran of city govern-
ment, Ms. Mixon-Phillips has an
extensive background in housing,
economic development and devel-
oping community partnerships.
Most recently she held the position
of Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
In her new capacity, she will over-
see the connection of the city's poli-
cies and procedures with neighbor-
hoods and community organiza-
tions. She will oversee the Office
of Faith and Community-based
Partnerships and the Northwest
Area Economic Development Trust

Mayor John Payton made key
appoints last week within the con-
fines of City Hall of four high rank-
ing city officials. The appointments
are as follows:
Alan Mosley has been promoted
to the position of Chief
Administrative Officer for the
City of Jacksonville. His promo-
tion will become effective upon
Dan Kleman's departure from gov-
ernment. The Chief Administrative
Officer is the highest ranking man-
ager in government. Mr. Mosley
will oversee the day to day running
of the government, including finan-
cial oversight and chairing the
Mayor's Budget Review
Committee. Mr. Mosley will report
directly to Mayor Peyton.
Pam Markham has been
appointed to the position of Deputy
Chief Administrative Officer. After
a distinguished career in the Office
of the City Council Auditor, Mayor
Peyton asked Ms. Markham to join
his team to direct the Office of
Performance Auditing and
Management Accountability where
she has directed successful audits
that have both saved money and
identified new practices to provide
better services at a lower cost to
taxpayers. She will assume her new
duties, effective Monday, July 31,

Roslyn Phillips
Roslyn Mixon-Phillips has been
appointed the City's Chief
Community Officer replacing Pete
Jackson who resigned last month,
reporting directly to Mayor Peyton.

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Kevin Holzendorf
Mayor Peyton also announced that
Kevin J. Holzendorf will succeed
Pam Markham in leading the office
of Performance Auditing and
Management Accountability
effective Monday, July 31, 2006.
Mr. Holzendorf joined Mayor
Peyton's team in November, 2004
as a member of the Mayor's policy
team. He served as the Mayor's
office liaison to the establishment
of the Jacksonville Small and
Emerging Business Program and
has been instrumental in working
with the team he will now direct in
the Office of Performance Auditing
and Management Accountability.
"These four professionals repre-
sent the best talent our community
has to offer and I am so proud they
have agreed to step up in this way.
I have great confidence in their
abilities and I know they will work
hard to make Jacksonville a better
place to live and work," said Mayor


Springfield Youth Clean Up Neighborhood for National Night Out- Shown above (left) Lareal
Jackson and Charleen Bearup, staff with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, distribute ice cream to local club members after their
walk around the Springfield Neighborhood and (right) 11-year-old Julius Smith, a member of the Lee Boys & Girls Club, picks up trash around
the Springfield neighborhood in honor of National Night Out. As part of the National Night Out Against Crime, members of the Boys and Girls
Club of Northeast Florida walked their various neighborhoods and participated in an ice cream social. Youth from Victory Pointe Boys & Girls Club,
Kooker Park Boys & Girls Club and the Lee Boys & Girls Club walked about a block in the Springfield neighborhood picking up trash, and cleaning
up the streets.

Plans in Place for Day of Faith, Increased Police

Mayor John Peyton joined wby
Sheriff John Rutherford, State
Attorney Harry Shorstein, Chief
Judge Don Moran, City Council
President Michael Corrigan,
Councilwoman Gwen Yates and
other City Council members, area
pastors and other community
announced a plan for enhanced
police presence in area higher crime
neighborhoods. They also declared
August 12, 2006, A Day of Faith;
Arming the Prayer Warriors.
Both initiatives are part of an
effort to marshal all resources com-
munitywide to reduce the violence
the city continues to experience.
The mayor will take a recommen-
dation to the Jacksonville City
Council to spend up to $5 million in
overtime pay for the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office, providing for the
equivalent of 50 new police officers
on the street in targeted neighbor-
"This is the quickest way to add a
police presence," said Peyton.
"These costs will be eliminated
when approximately 70 new offi-
cers are sworn in and added to the
force in the first quarter of next
year. In the meantime, citizens will
know that there is an additional

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police presence on their streets."
"The only way we will curb vio-
lent crime in Jacksonville is with
strong law enforcement and com-
munity involvement," he added.
"We are calling for our police offi-
cers to join with neighbors, elected
officials and the faith community to
fight for Jacksonville. Faith is our
greatest strength and the faith com-
munity is one of our greatest assets.
We need our pastors to lead the
community in prayers every day,
and we need people of faith to take
a stand against criminals."
A Day of Faith; Arming
Jacksonville's Prayers Warriors is
planned for August 12th at 2 p.m. at
the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. The event is open to all and
is an effort to gather people of faith
and action to come together in sup-
port of a safer community.
Additional transportation will be
made available by the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority and park-
ing fees will be waived.
Attendees of the Day of Faith will
be give the opportunity to partici-
pate in such efforts as mentoring,
minister/JSO community canvass-

Rev. Darryl Gilyard and Councilwoman Gwen Yates were among the
attendees at the announcement.

ing, establishing youth recreational
programs, making financial contri-
butions for such initiatives gun buy-
backs,,gun bounty programs and the
Crime Stoppers Reward program,
as well as other grassroots-organ-

ized activities. Pastors will sponsor
congregational meetings in the
week following the event to organ-
ize and equip parishioners to do this
important work in their neighbor-



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by R. Fullwood
A wise man once said, "In the mid-
dle of difficulty lies opportunity."
In Jacksonville we are currently
faced with very difficult times. I
recently asked one of our high
ranking officials with the Sheriffs
Office if he had ever seen the type
of violence we seeing now since
he's been on the force.
With confidence the 20 year vet-
eran said, "No!" We are dealing
with a group of people in this city
who have no regard for themselves
let alone others. As Susan Taylor
said, "Self-hate is a form of mental
slavery that results in poverty,
ignorance and crime."
But there has to be a silver lining
in the dark cloud that hovers over
this city. While those who commit
the crimes may be lost, there are
many youth and John Q. Citizens
who are not.
It is imperative that we use this
difficult moment in our city's histo-
ry to find ways to physically,
socially and mentally change our
communities. Last Sunda\, my pas-
toripreached that the people com-
mitting these murders are doing the
work of the devil and that we need
a spiritual solution to combat evil.
However, we need to do more
than pray, we also have to changing
the mentalities of those committing
crimes. And we have to start while
they are young! I am not saying
write off those who may be young
adults, but if you cut a snake off at
the head, the rest of the body my
move, but it will eventually die.
Unfortunately, there is no short
term solution to changing the cul-
ture and cycles of self-hate and
poverty that many people from
urban communities live through
everyday. There is a sense of hope-
lessness that many have that must


by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

Murder Crisis
be dealt with for our communities
to progress. The great educator,
Benjamin Mays, said, "The tragedy
in life doesn't lie in not reaching
your goal. The tragedy lies in hav-
ing no goal to reach."
And that quotes gets to the heart of
the matter. Not enough of our youth
have goals because they are not
being properly educated and not
enough black men are taking
responsibility for raising their chil-
There doesn't seem to be much
discrimination in age either,
Radarius Jackson, a 13 year old
was gunned down in a drive-by
shooting Saturday night as he and
his older brother walked home
from a club. His death was
Jacksonville's 49th homicide of the
Last week, 8 year old DreShawna
Davis was killed as someone
sprayed bullets into her family's
Third Avenue home. She was play-
ing video games at the time, which
is another reminder that people are
not even safe inside of their homes.
Prior to DreShawna was another
painful reminder of how the inno-
cent can suffer from the violence in
our communities was the murder of
a 13 year old Highland Middle
School honor student. All of the
murders that have taken place are
bad, but when children die from

Has to be Dealt With ASAP!

simply seating in their homes play-
ing a game or reading a book we
are to the point of pure reckless-
We all know that good people die
everyday, but for children with
such bright futures ahead of them
to die in this way should outrage
this community. These deaths like
many of the others hit home in so
many ways. I remember Sheriff
Nat Glover used to say that if a
child dies in the Southside of town
it should bother families on the
Northside of town, and if a child
dies 'on the Northside it should
affect families on the Southside.
The Sheriff was basically saying
that we live in one city, and
although we may be still segregat-
ed in many ways, we should care
enough about each other to come
together to combat violence and
Throughout history there has been
a strong correlation between vio-

lent crime and poverty. Many of the
recent murders have involved
black-on-black crime in core city
neighborhoods, and of course the
majority of these crimes are being
committed by young black males.
Last year, police reported 91 slay-
ings, which was down from 104 in
2004. Unfortunately, it just August
and we have matched last year's
total number. "

Again, we have to reach out to the
youth and stop the violence behav-
ior and attitudes before they get
embedded in them. If we are really
going to help those young black
males that suffer from a lack of
guidance, we have to provide them
with option other than violence and
drugs. We now live in an age,
where Hip Hop music glorifies the
"Thug Life" image and drug deal-
It is certainly not Hip Hop's prob-
lem to deal with, but ours because
we have to somehow let our youth
know that as some of the old timers
would say, "Fast money, ain't
always good money."
We can not always blame the lega-
cy of slavery and racism, which are
very legitimate factors for much of
the decay of the black family, but
certainly does not explain the
chronic nature of black on black
crime. Arthur Ashe said it best,
"Racism Is not an excuse to not do
the best you can."
If this years murder continue,
Jacksonville could be looking at a
record year for homicides. People
around the city should not be mis-
taken, this is not a black issue it's a
citywide issue and we need to forge
citywide solutions.
Sending my thoughts and prayers'
to the families of all that have been
murdered, Reggie Fullwood

As the Face of America Changes,

So Should Our Notions About-Race
Joseph C. Phillips, BAW
Don't let Amy's blond hair. blue eyes and fair complexion fool you. She
grew up on the ethnic streets of Chicago's south side. is fluent in Spanish
and, as it happens, has a black husband and infant baby boy. Amy swears
she is going to %write a book entitled, "I'm Married to a Brother, So Why
Can't I Be a Sister?" I assured her that, following publication, she would
be deluged with mail from sisters writing volumes on why wedding
vows do not membership in the sisterhood make.
Amy is experiencing the loneliness of being '.the other," of being
excluded from conversations because she is not a "person of color," of
being approached with wariness and suspicion, in short, of the world lit-
tle appreciating the complex and unique person beneath her racial clas-
sification. More than a few "sisters" would be tempted as I was to
shrug their shoulders and offer a sympathetic "Welcome to the club."
That is until theN pause -- again, as I did -- and began to consider their
own frustrations with race. of feeling "otherness" and unappreciated. I
realized then that Amy's tongue-in-cheek quest to join the sisterhood is
not a plea to move beyond color. She has had a taste of invisibility and
found it not to her liking. Instead, she wishes to move beyond race, to be
free from constricting definitions that rob us of odr individuality.
The world is changing faster than we are rewriting the rules of race.
According to the 2000 Census, the fastest growing'ethnic group in
America is that of mixed race. If the growing number of biracial citizens
\ ere not enough, the advent of affordable DNA testing has begun to
reshape the way in which many others are defining (or redefiniig) their
racial selves. A swab of saliva has suddenly made clear that. racially
speaking, we all have a lot in common.
Yet. as peculiar as genetics are, they don't seem nearly as important as
the way in which we interact with the world and, more importantly, the
way in which it interacts with us. After all. DNAdoesn't mean a whit if
it has no real-world impact on the way in which one traverses the cul-
tural landscape. I grew up with a girl that was one-fourth Native.
American but looked like a Barbie doll. She could talk about being
Native American all day long, however, her experience in the world
more resembled that of Grace Kelly than that.of Pocahontas;
Our outdated views on race and continued need for racial classifications
often turn us into actors in a kind of absurdist theatre.
As we move further into the 21st century, the face of America is rapid-
ly changing. Our notions of race must keep pace without tying us into
convoluted knots. Amy may never write her book, though such a tome
might generate a ver> necessary conversation about our need to begin
discarding archaic and divisive notions of race and racial authenticity in
favor ot an expanded definition that gives voice to the breadth of our
human experience

Women Gain When Men Wrongly Accused of Rape Are Freed

By. Maddy deLone, NNPA
Last month, Alan Newton walked
out of a Bronx courtroom a free
man. Twenty-two years after he was
convicted for a brutal rape that he
didn't commit, he was finally exon-
erated. For the first time since 1984,
he decided what he would wear and
what he would do.
One of the first things he did was
approach several dozen reporters to
talk about the rape survivor who
mistakenly identified him as the
perpetrator, leading to his convic-
tion. Before addressing his own
wrongful conviction and his new

freedom, he said his thoughts were
with the rape survivor. His voice
chocked with emotion, he
expressed compassion and sympa-
thy for her.
To date, 182 people nationwide
have been exonerated with DNA
testing. The Innocence Project rep-
resented many of them, just as we
represented Alan Newton. Because
we only take cases where DNA can
yield conclusive proof of inno-
cence, many of our clients are men
who were wrongly convicted of
sexual assault. Ninety percent of the
182 exonerations involved sexual

assault (sometimes in combination
with murder and other crimes).
While the criminal justice system
began using DNA testing two
decades ago to help identify the
guilty and exonerate the innocent, it
has become more prevalent and
more sophisticated in recent years.
Since our clients are primarily men
convicted of heinous crimes against
women, some people wonder
whether our work serves the inter-
ests of rape survivors and women
generally. I strongly believe that it
does in very specific, individual
ways, and also more broadly and

When the wrong man is convicted
of assaulting a woman, nobody sees
justice. The true perpetrator can
remain at large, unpunished for a
horrible crime and able to rape
again. In one-third of the 182 DNA
exonerations, we haven't just
proved someone's innocence; the
DNA has been used to help identify
the true perpetrator.
As Alan Newton recognized earli-
er this month, wrongful convic-
tions--once they're finally over-
turned--reopen crime victims'
wounds and prevent them from

moving forward, often decades
after a crime. Once DNA proves
that the wrong man was convicted,
rape survivors are often brought
right back to the night of the crime.
Many are left questioning how they
identified the wrong man, and won-
dering whether they will have to
endure another trial, years later. The
pain survivors experience at such
times could be avoided if wrongful
convictions were prevented in the
first place.
In the years since, Christy
Sheppard has pressed for state leg-
islation to create an Innocence

Commission that would study
wrongful convictions in the state
and identify steps to avoid future
wrongful convictions. She says this
advocacy is her way of fighting for
real justice for her cousin, and for
countless other women.
In very different ways, Christy
Sheppard and Alan Newton remind
us why working to free the wrongly
convicted and prevent wrongful
convictions is critical for everyone
involved. They show us not just
what's at stake, but that all of us
can--and must--do our part to cor-
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Black Episcopalians Discuss Homosexulaity
The Rev. Sandye Wilson, of the Union of Black Episcopalians, speaks
during a meeting of the organization in Richmond, Va.,. Wilson told a
national gathering of black Episcopalians that Episcopalian leaders are
focusing on the issue of homosexuality at the cost of addressing minority
concerns, and are using African churches to fight a battle that isn't there.
Issues the group discussed include expanding the black church, working
with youth and responding to the issues of gays in the church.
Factions of the Episcopalian church worldwide have been at odds fol-
lowing the 2003 election of the first openly gay bishop, V-Gene Robinson
of New Hampshire. The Reverend Sandye (SANN'-dee) Wilson is the
group's immediate past president and spokeswoman. She says while there
is a variety of opinions, many black Episcopalians see issues of gay cler-
gy as secondary.
She says, "We who have been oppressed don't believe we should ever be
oppressing others."

Duval County students will enjoy their final weekend of
summer vacation as schools open Monday, August 7, 2006.
Remember, learning begins day one... so school atten-
dance on the first day is critical. Following are frequently
asked questions and information parents and students can
reference throughout the school year. Happy New Year!

Q: How can I register my child
to attend a public school in Duval
A: State law requires all children
ages 6 16 to attend school.
Registrants should provide a birth
certificate; Florida certification of
immunization or exemption; health
examination certification (less than
1 year old); and the most recent
report card, if granted from anoth-
er district.
A kindergarten student must be
five years old on or before Sept. 1st
First grade students must have suc-
cessfully completed kindergarten
and be six years old on or before
Sept. 1st. For detailed information
call 390-2144.
Q: What time does school begin
for elementary students?
A: Most elementary schools start
at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
Middle schools are in session from
9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and high
schools operate from 7:15 a.m. to
2:15 p.m. There are some excep-

tions due to school bus transporta-
tion schedules. Please contact your
child's school for confirmation.
Q: What can you tell me about
Magnet Programs?
A: Magnet Programs are special-
ized educational programs that
enable students to take advantage
of additional resources and innova-
tive techniques that focus on their
special talent or interest. Students
must apply to attend magnet pro-
grams. Call 390-2082 for more
Q: How can I transfer my child
to another school?
A: Transfers to other schools are
based on a variety of factors
including space availability. For
detailed information, contact Pupil
Assignment at 390-2144.
Q: Where can my child catch
the bus to her assigned school?
A:Transportation is provided at no
charge to all students who live
more than 1.5 miles from their
assigned school. For a bus sched-

ule listing, please contact the
assigned school. Transportation for
magnet, exceptional education, and
special choice option program stu-
dents is provided under specific
guidelines. Exceptional education
students should call 390-2077.
Other inquiries should call 381-
Q: How much money does my
child need for school meals?
A: As a participant in the National
School Lunch Program, the Duval
County Public School system pro-
vides both breakfast and lunch
meals for its students. Costs are as
follows: breakfast is $ .75; elemen-
tary lunch is $1.30; secondary
lunch is $1.45; and extra milk is
$.30. Free and reduced price meals
are available to eligible students.
Call 390-2013 for more informa-
Q: Does Duval County Public
Schools serve handicapped stu-

A: Yes; the district provides edu-
cational opportunities to students
who are physically handicapped,
mentally handicapped, sensory
impaired, emotionally disabled, as
well as gifted. Parents interested in
more information about special
education services should contact
the Exceptional Student Education
Office at 390-2071.
Q: Are there any extended day
programs in which I can enroll
my children?
A: Duval County is recognized as
a leader throughout the state for its
innovative community education
programs. These programs include
extended day services, wellness
and recreation activities, adult lit-
eracy programs, summer camp and
intercession activities, and many
others. To learn more about these
programs or to gain information on
how to become a district volunteer,
contact the Community Education
Department at 858-6080.

Sharpton Tells Corporate World Don't Execs
Forget 'How and What You Got There'
The Rev. Al Sharpton is projected on a large screen as he speaks during
a panel discussion at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
Monday, July 31, 2006, in Dayton, Ohio. Blacks who have succeeded in
the corporate world must not turn their backs on the civil-rights activists
and groups who helped open the doors for them, Sharpton said.

A New Civil Rights Movement Focus of League
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, right, shakes
hands with National Urban League President Marc Morial, left, at the
National Urban League annual convention, Thursday July 27, 2006, in
Atlanta. Mehlman on Thursday touted President Bush's signing of the
renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as an example of the GOP's
efforts to reach out to black Americans, during his address to the National
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Health Department Offering Free Youth Immunizations
The Duval County Health file at their school. the first birthday with a definite or documented history of the dis-
Department (DCHD) Immunization To meet the requirements for recorded date. If the MMR vaccine ease is required to attend pre-school
Program will offer free back-to- immunization, a child must have was given before the first birthday through 3rd grade.
school immunizations August 7th the following: or a definite recorded date is not Under Florida law, students who
10th, at DCHD's Pearl Street At least four doses of the DTP listed for the MMR vaccine, revac- do not have the proper immuniza-
Immunization Center, 5222 North (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vac- cination is required. Kindergarten tion documents on file will not be
Pearl Street (at the comer of 44th cine with the last dose given on or through 12th-grade students will be able to attend.
and Pearl). Provided will be all after the fourth birthday (otherwise, required to present proof of two For more information on immu-
school required vaccines for chil- a fifth dose is required). doses of the MMR vaccine. nizations, call 904-359-3814.
dren ages 0-18, from 8:00 a.m. At least three doses of OPV HIB (haemophilus influenza type Other back-to-school health serv-
5:00 p.m. Hours of operation may (polio) vaccine with the last dose b) vaccination for children under ices provided by the DCHD
be extended. given on or after the fourth birthday five years of age. include: WIC Certification,
Florida law requires that students (otherwise, a fourth dose is Hepatitis B series is now required Physicals and Healthy Start
must have on file Florida required). to attend pre-school through 6th Registration. For more information-
Certification of Immunization (DH The MMR (measles, mumps, grade. call 904-630-3300.
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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 18-20th and August 25-27,2006, at 8 p.m., at the
Ezekial 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. For information, please call (904) 765-7373.
"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.
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
Caravans, and "Jessie and The Miracles" and more. For more information,
please call (904) 379-7623 or 708-4776.
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.
All Stanton Students, Faculty and
Staff Planning Meeting for April Gala
The all Stanton School Gala date has been set for April 28, 2007; at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center. All alumni, faculty and staff from
either school are invited to meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 14th at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 1st Street Entrance. Come help make
this a spectacular affair. For more information, please call Kenneth
Reddick at (904) 764-8795.

Sword and Shield Kingdom St. Thomas to Celebrate 20th
Ministry Serious Praise "Service Anniversary of Pastor Murray

The community is invited to share in a Spirit filled worship service and
give thanks to Our Lord and Savior. When praises go up Blessings come
down. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Sword & Shield founder and pastor
invites all to hear the Word, and join in with the Prais-cisers, under the
direction of Ms. Kenshela Williams. Pastor Jermaine Moore will bring the
message at 3:45 p.m., Sunday, "August 13, 2006; at the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2.

Prison Fellowship Ministries to
Provide School Supplies for Children
Members of the community are invited to join the Prison Fellowship
Ministries, Sam Roberts, Duval County President; in providing school sup-
plies for the innocent children of prisoners. Supplies will be given to the
children on Saturday, August 5th. Donations may be left te the 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. Dedicated to this project despite a recent heart attack,
Mr. Roberts would appreciate the community's support. Clothing contri-
butions will also be accepted and distributed.

Rev. Ernie L. Murray
The Saint Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief
Rd., will celebrate the 20th Anni-
versary of their beloved Pastor
Ernie L. Murray Sr. at 7:30 p.m. on

Friday, August 11, 2006, at the
Hyatt Regency, on the Riverfront.
Pastor Frederick Newbill will be
the banquet speaker.
The Anniversary Celebration
will climax on Sunday, August 13th
with Services at 8 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Pastor Leofric Thomas
will bring the Spoken Word at 4
p.m. with the following churches in
charge: Open Arms Christian
Fellowship, Pastor Leofric Thomas;
Dayspring Baptist Church, Pastor
Jeffrey Rumlin; Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church, Pastor Landon L.
Williams Sr.; Jerusaleum Baptist
Church, Pastor Brian Campbell;
and Greater Grant AME Church,
Pastor Tony D. Hansberry.
The public is invited to share in
these services.

Florida Central Presiding Prelate Announces Convocation 2006

The Florida Central Second
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church
of God in Christ (COGIC) will hold
Convocation 2006, Tuesday, Aug-
ust 15th through Friday, August 18,
2006. Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.
is Presiding Jurisdictional Pre-late.
Mother Mildred Eason is
Supervisor of Women; Participat-
ing Administrators include: Supt.
John Lee, Supt. Charlie Little, and
Supt. Derrick Hutchins. The
Convocation Theme: "Kingdom
Building Through The Empower-
ment of the Holy Spirit".
The Conference, head-quarter-

ed, at the Southside Church of God
in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street; will
kick off with Holy Commun-ion
Celebration on Tuesday. Elder
Ricky Ross, of Fresh Anointing
COGIC, Apopka, FL; will be the
speaker for the evening.
Wednesday is "Women's Day"
with Mother Mildred Eason, of
Orlando, FL, officiating.
Elder Gabriel Hall, of Emanuel
COGIC, Jacksonville; will speak on
"The Convocation Experience" on
Friday is the "Official Night"
and Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.,

will be in charge. The guest speak-
er will be Apostle Otis Lockett,
National Director of Church Grow-
th Development, of the Evangel
Word Ministries, Greensboro, NC.
Services will begin nightly at

The Conference will also feature
Prayer, Music, Women & Youth
Educational Workshops, Healing
and Deliverance Ministries.

Who Can Vote in the Sept. 5th Primary
All voters will have the opportunity to vote in the September 5, 2006
Primary Election. Voters affiliated with a party who have candidates in the
race will be able to vote for those candidates in their party in the Primary
as well as non-partisan races for circuit judges, county judges and school
board, where applicable. Those who are not registered with a party who
has a candidate in the primary race, will have the opportunity to vote for
non-partisan races such, as circuit court judges, county court judges and
school board members.

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There's something irresistible about cooking and eating outdoors. Fresh air, lively con-
versation, beef sizzling on the grill and great wine all add up to pure enjoyment.
Think about the smoky flavor of grilled steak, paired with a crisp green salad. Add crusty
bread with olive oil for dipping and the meal is no-fuss, delicious and totally satisfying. Pour
favorite wines and it's time to dine.
Keep dessert simple and seasonal. Marinate fresh fruits and berries in a dessert wine such
as moscato and chill before serving. It's al fresco perfect!

Italian Marinated Steak
With Grilled Ratatouille
Total preparation and cooking
time: 45 to 50 minutes
Marinating time: 6 hours or
Makes 6 servings
1 beef top round steak, cut 1 inch
thick (about 1-1/2 pounds)
1 small eggplant, cut crosswise
into 1/2-inch thick slices
2 large red or yellow bell peppers,
cut lengthwise into quarters
1 medium zucchini, cut length-
wise in half
1 medium yellow squash, cut
lengthwise in half
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh toma-
1/3 cup lightly packed chopped
fresh basil
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup Colavita Extra Virgin
Olive Oil
1/2 cup Sutter Home Sauvignon
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Combine marinade ingredients
in small bowl. Place beef steak and
1/2 cup marinade in food-safe plas-
tic bag; turn steak to coat. Close
bag securely and marinate in refrig-
erator 6 hours or as long as
overnight, turning occasionally.
Cover and reserve remaining mari-
nade in refrigerator.
2. Remove 2 tablespoons of
reserved .marinade for ratatouille;,
set aside. Brush eggplant, bell pep-
pers, zucchini and yellow squash

Experts Share Their Tips
The Beef & Veal Culinary Center provides guidelines for perfect
-Grill steaks over medium coals. Wait until the flames subside and
the coals are covered with gray ash. If the grill is too hot, steaks can
char on the outside before the interior reaches the desired doneness.
Charring is not recommended.
-Use an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into steaks to
determine doneness -1450F for medium rare.
Enrico Colavita, a fourth generation olive oil producer, recommends
extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings, steak rubs and marinades
because of its superb flavor and aroma.
-Extra virgin olive oil is produced from freshly harvested olives
pressed without the use of chemicals or heat.
-Straight from the bottle, or combined with coarse salt, crushed pep-
percorns or fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil makes a superb dipping
oil for bread.

with some of remaining reserved
3. Remove steak from marinade;
discard marinade. Place steak in
center of grid over medium, ash-
covered coals; arrange vegetables
around steak. Grill steak, uncov-
ered, 16 to 18 minutes for medium
rare doneness, turning occasional-
ly. (Do not overcook.) Grill egg-
plant and bell peppers 12 to 15
minutes; zucchini and yellow
squash 8 to 12 minutes or until ten-
der, turning occasionally and bast-
ing with remaining reserved mari-
4. To prepare ratatouille, cut
grilled vegetables into 1-inch
pieces. Combine with tomatoes,
basil and reserved 2 tablespoons
marinade in large bowl; toss to
coat. Carve steak into thin slices.
Season ratatouille and steak with
salt and black pepper, as desired.
Serve ratatouille \\ith steak.
Wine Pairing: Ser\e this flavorful
Italian-inspired dish \ith Suner

Home red or white wine. Rich,
spicy Zinfandel can hold its own
with grilled foods. For a softer
approach, Merlot, with its ripe fruit
flavor and velvety red texture, is
perfect. And if you're a white wine
fan, try a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or
lightly oaked Chardonnay.

Ribeye Steaks With Blue
Cheese Butter &
Total preparation and cooking
time: 35 to 40 minutes
Makes 4 servings
4 well-trimmed beef ribeye steaks,
cut 1 inch thick (about 12 ounces
2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 medium portobello mushrooms,
stems removed (about 14 ounces)
2 tablespoons Cola-ita Extra
Virgin Oli e Oil

Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Blue Cheese Butter:
2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons chopped rehydrated
sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in
1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
1. Combine thyme, garlic and pep-
per in small bowl; press evenly
onto beef steaks. Set aside.
2. Brush mushrooms with olive
oil. Place steaks in center of grid
over medium, ash-covered coals;
arrange mushrooms around steaks.
Grill steaks, uncovered, 11 to 14
minutes for medium rare to medi-
um doneness, turning occasionally.
Grill mushrooms 16 to 18 minutes
until tender, turning occasionally.
3. Meanwhile combine Blue

Cheese Butter ingredients in small
bowl until well blended.
4. Coarsely chop mushrooms;
divide evenly among 4 plates.
Spread Blue Cheese Butter evenly
over each steak. Carve steaks into
slices; arrange evenly over mush-
rooms. Season with salt, as desired.
Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Cook's Tip: To rehydrate sun-
dried tomatoes, cover with boiling
water; let stand 10 minutes. Drain
well before using.
Wine Pairing: The classic pairing
with beef is Sutter Home Cabernet
Sauvignon, excellent with tender,
juicy ribeye steak. Or open Pinot
Noir. It's a bit lighter in style, but
has a subtle earthiness which mir-
rors that of the portobello mush-

Baby Greens With Shallot,
Orange & Red Wine Dressing
Total preparation and cooking
time: 15 minutes
Makes 4 servings
3 tbsp Cabernet Sauvignon
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup Colavita Extra Virgin
Olive Oil
6 cups mixed baby salad greens
1. Combine wine, orange juice,
shallot, orange peel, salt and pep-
per in large bowl; gradually whisk
in olive oil until blended.
2. Add salad greens to bowl; toss to
-coat evenly.

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The World Around Us

The issue of Black on Black crime and the continuation of
violence in central city communities reflect the City's toler-
ance of racism and job discr!mlna ion and the apathy an([
lack of action by leaders and members of the African
American community. Throughout the history of Africans in
the United States, this issue and its solution have remained
amazingly consistent, but only fitfully executed. The process
of ebbing the tide of violence and healing our communities
involves multiple stakeholders and diverse interests moving
in concert with unified and pprposeful action.
Without slavery, the African American phenomenon would
not exist. New slavery? In 1954, there were 98,000 African
Americans in jail or prison. Today, there are more than
900,000 African Americans in jail or prison. This is a shock-
ing statistic because America's current prison population is
estimated at 2.5 million people under some form of judicial
Challenges issued by the Planning Group reflect an urgent
need to address today's problems now and plan to be proac-
tive by taking our history and molding our future with love.
The Consultant recommends actions such as the establish-
ment of a local Organization or Black Congress (name to be
determined by consensus) that reflects the collective princi-
ple; its members must stress unity and unified collective
action and it must remain as independent as possible. All
and sundry African Americans adult and young, rich and
poor in Duval County and surrounding areas should be

The issue of Black on Black
crime and the continuation of vio-
lence in central city communities
reflect the City's tolerance of
racism and job discrimination and
the apathy and lack of action by
leaders and members of the
African American community to
address these issues in a substan-
tive way. Throughout the history
of Africans in the United States,
the issue of Black on Black crime
and its solutions has remained
amazingly consistent, but only fit-
fully executed. The process of
ebbing the tide of violence and
healing our communities
involves multiple stakeholders
and diverse interests moving in
concert with unified and pur-
poseful action.
According to Dennis Wade,
Planning Team member and
NAACP member, "One of the
major root causes of crime in
Jacksonville, and in the country, is
Black unemployment and under-
employment. Although unem-
ployment is reportedly going
down in Jacksonville, there is no

indication the high rate of Black
unemployment has changed since,
the 2000 census...in 2000,
Jacksonville's unemployment sta-
tistics were: Blacks 8.3%, Whites
3.8% and Hispanic or Latino
6.2%...It's disturbing and
appalling that Black unemploy-
ment in Duval County is over
twice that of White unemploy-

tact with the criminal justice sys-
tem...reduction in domestic vio-
lence, drug use and dependen-
cy...as well as, helping Black
families stay together."
We have to understand who we
are and where we come from.
Until we acknowledge that we
have dual selves American and
African and respect ourselves as

"You can't lead where you

won't go and you can't



know. N. Carnell Robinson, Neighbors Against Gangs

ment." Mr. Wade goes on to say
that no major entity government
or business tracks the number and
percentage of Black unemploy-
According to Wade, the benefits
of increasing Black employment,
include: reduction in overall
crime, reduction of Black adult
and youth disproportionate con-

worthy and valuable, the violence
will not stop. We have been more
than adequately "brainwashed"
and "socialized" to think of our-
selves as "less than" White
Americans. Our links to the
African continent, rather than our
links to slavery, must be our start-
ing point for building the founda-
tional knowledge that all Black

people in America should have.
We live in the duality of being
Black in America, which suggests
that we all have a type of schizo-
phrenia. In order to be "success-
ful" in America, mainly the strate-
gies of American Assimilation
were used prior to the 1990's. The
younger Black adults (Hip Hop
Generation) as they grow into
their maturity have developed
their own strategies and tactics for
dealing with White America. It
has been very exciting to see that
generation explore their political
power and unify around politics in
the last two Presidential elections,
registering millions to vote, while
poised for action as a diverse
"group". This same group has
developed its own relations with
the African continent, where they
know they need to give back.
Hurricane Katrina also brought
out the best of all Americans, but
Black musicians, athletes, enter-
tainers, businesses, and churches
practiced the art of community
responsibility in their outpouring
of money and love.

Plans and Programs Already in Place: "How Do We Stop The Violence?"

Examples/Models from the Conference: Expert presenters, locally and from across the country, shared data, firsthand knowledge and prevention methods related to the following topics
in panels: Gangs and Violence Prevention; Drugs and Their Side Effects; Education; Church, Community, Police and Juvenile Justice; Housing/Health; Corrections/Prison and Criminal
Justice and Employment and Economic Empowerment. Some of these are presented below, The selection is in the hands of those willing and able to make a difference.

Weed and Seed National
Department of Justice (DOJ) pro-
gram with law enforcement and
community collaboration to week
out crime and seed communities
with positive activities to prevent
crime. As a DOJ community-based
program its goal is to prevent, con-
trol and reduce violent crime, drug
abuse, and gang activity in targeted
high-crime neighborhoods through-
out the country. Weed and Seed
strategy follows a two-pronged
approach: local law enforcement
agencies and prosecutors cooperate
in "weeding" out criminals who
engage in violent crimes and drug
abuse, and "seeding" brings to the
area human services encompassing
prevention, intervention, treatment,
and neighborhood revitalization. A
community-oriented policing com-
ponent bridges weeding and seed-
ing strategies: officers obtain coop-
eration and information from area
residents while they assist residents
in obtaining information about
community revitalization and
JCCI Report: Community
Response to Violence Draft lists
"Identified practices and policies
that do not work or are counterpro-
ductive include": Weed and Seed
programs that "weed out" or
remove problems from the commu-
nity, but fail to "seed" or implement
improvements and as we learned
from The Youth Advocate Program
(see below) Director at the
Conference: Termination of funding
of successful programs in favor of
untested programs.
Neighbors Against Gangs (N.A.G.)
- a partnership model designed to
raise awareness of gang prolifera-
tion and assist neighbors/stakehold-
ers in developing gang prevention
and protection strategies.
MAD DADS, Inc. Men Against
Destruction, Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder found-
ed in May of 1989 by a group of
concerned Omaha, Nebraska par-
ents who were fed up with gang
violence and the flow of illegal
drugs in their community. They
present themselves as positive role
models and concerned loving par-

Dozens of crosses were planted on Myrtle Avenue, each symbolizing the useless death's of Jacksonville
youth for the first Unity March sponsored by JACAAP.

ents who are a visible presence in
local neighborhoods, against the
negative forces destroying children,
families, neighborhoods, cities and
ultimately our country. The
National President lives in
Jacksonville. Organized in October
2002, the Jacksonville Chapter
President is Donald Foy. The group
recruits strong, drug free men and
women to become surrogate parents
for youth in the community. These
parents serve as real models as they
bridge the gap between the commu-
nity at large and the youth on the
Project Reach (The Project
Reach Foundation, Inc.) is a non-
profit agency providing assistance
to public schools in Duval County
that have received failing or unsat-
isfactory ratings from the Florida
Department of Education. Created
in 2000, it has linked faith-based
and community organizations, and
businesses to help challenged
schools. "This organization helps
students who are performing poorly
in reading, writing, math and sci-
ence to bring their grades up. Six

years after it started, Project Reach
has added a "fatherhood initiative."
The purpose of such an initiative is
to close the gap between fathers and
their children. It does so by offering
workshops on responsible father-
hood. "Children need a father's
presence in life", By Danette
Mitchell, The Reporter.com,
Families Against Mandatory
Minimums (FAMM) a national
nonprofit that challenges inflexible
and excessive penalties required by
mandatory minimum sentencing.
Youth Advocate Program In the
wraparound model utilized by the
Youth Advocate Program and the
Community Partnership for the
Protection of Children (see below),
there are a number of key compo-
nents utilized: 1) Individualized
Service Planning, 2) Community-
Based Care, 3) Child/Family Team
and 4) Discharge Planning. The
Youth Advocate Program provided
case managers to help families
access needed services such as
employment, child care, respite,
substance abuse treatment, mental

health treatment, domestic violence
services, mentoring, after school
programs and others. Services were
provided through community serv-
ice providers to 30 youth and their
families at two schools in the focus
communities during 2002/2003.
The students had not entered the
juvenile justice system upon
entrance to the program. The pilot
was to tell us how effective wrap-
around services are at helping youth
and their families to access and stay
in needed mental health and sub-
stance abuse treatment services and
at preventing a youth's entrance into
the juvenile justice system. [It is not
longer funded though it was effec-
Empowering Youth Summer Work
Program In conjunction with First
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, H. 0. P. E., Inc. of
Jacksonville has developed
"Empowering Youth Summer Work
Program" with students 15 18
years old in mind. Our goal is to
decrease the amount of juvenile
crimes and arrests in Duval County
by providing positive opportunities

and experiences for students while
they are out of school for the sum-
mer. During this summer work pro-
gram students will spend two weeks
in orientation receiving job educa-
tion, positive life and workforce
skills, then be placed in a work
environment/business providing
employment opportunities to stu-
dents as interns for a period of four
weeks. Youth will be paid by the
agency and donations.
Second Chance Program restor-
ing ex-offenders' citizenship rights;
Connecting State Prisoners with
Houses of Worship before release;
Adopt A Police Officer in Prayer;
Support Groups Family &
Friends, Victims and Perpetrators;
Mentorship Programs
Other Local Programs:
Community Partnership for the
Protection of Children ambitious
child safety organizing project tar-
geting Washington Heights and four
other housing developments near
the Ribault High school in
Jacksonville. They have built new
relationships between local service
providers and transformed a discon-
nected array of programs serving
the area into a comprehensive web
of support for residents. They have
enlisted many of the district's child
welfare case managers in efforts to
more frequently include family
members and community represen-
tatives in planning individualized,
case-by-case support services for
parents and children who need help.
And they have begun to fortify the
community for the long haul, build-
ing up social networks among
neighborhood residents, connecting
them with one another and with res-
idents from other housing develop-
ments, as well as community lead-
ers and staff from nonprofit and
government agencies.
Ready4Work is designed to pro-
vide mentors to people still in jail
and give them work experience
once they're freed. The
Ready4Work program is run by
Operation New Hope and City
Center Ministries, a partnership of
religious and business officials
formed about four years ago to help
the homeless, ex-cons and others

looking for work, housing and a
decent life. The Jax program
received a $1 million grant in 2003.
President Bush plans to use
Ready4Work as a national model
for $23 million in similar programs
in at least 15 other cities.
New Local Programs:
Night Basketball League -
"Church launches night hoops: A
Jacksonville church is getting into
the business of "saving young peo-
ple." Northside Church of Christ
on Avenue B plans to host a night
basketball league for boys and men
ages 12 to 25 in an effort to keep
them off the streets and out of trou-
ble and to address the city's homi-
cide rate. The League, an eight-
week pilot program designed to
reduce neighborhood crime, is not
just about basketball. Each child
who signs up to play will also be
required to attend workshops on
conflict-resolution, self-discipline
and -control and taking responsibil-
ity. Youths who do not attend will
not be allowed to play in the next
scheduled game. Article by
Union, June 6, 2006.
Project C.R.I.M.E. (Clergy
Response to the Indifference to the
Murder Epidemic) African
Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.)
Ministers Under Project CRIME,
the local AME ministers are
involved in a door-to-door cam-
paign to distribute information
regarding unsolved murders, com-
munity activities in high-crime
neighborhoods, and airing radio and
TV commercials about crime
reporting. Newest initiative, the
Jobs for Guns program, involves a
gun buyback program and an
employment program targeting ex-
offenders. Article by JESSIE-
LYNNE KERR, The Times-Union,
June 6, 2006.
Jacksonville Coalition of African
American Pastors (JCAAP) A new
group of local pastors, led by local
mega churches, including Bethel
Baptist, Shiloh Baptist, Abyssinia,
Springhill and others, sponsoring a
Festival at Edward Waters College,
Prayer Vigil and Prayer Services.

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Understanding the American Assimilation Philosophy

For many years Blacks in America
have denied their African-ness or
ethnic and racial roots. Our shame
in their slavery made us loathe to
understand our history in this
nation. We are Africans in
America of The Diaspora places
where people of African descent
have spread throughout the world.
The basis of the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960's was de-
segregation and equal opportunity.

School desegregation, including
busing, really did not substantially
improve Black children's academic
achievement. Racial disparities
exist in education, health, employ-
ment and all the other sectors of life
in the United States. Integration, as
the anti-thesis to segregation, has
not worked as a whole for Black
people. However, advances have
been made for those with opportuni-
ties and skills to assimilate into the

larger culture, but not without a
price. Their children, along with
those children trapped in urban
communities or lacking resources,
have not directly benefited from the
direction and guidance of the
activists of the 1960's.
Assimilation as a strategy does not
appeal to the younger generation.
Their preoccupation with violence
in movies, music and video games
has made them anesthetized to the

values of humanist philosophies of
their grandparents. Nothing has
been institutionalized on a national
basis that will continue their educa-
tion and indoctrination about their
"Africanness" and the inherent
value of African Americans.
As new generations determine their
own paths to liberty, freedom and
equality, it will be the task of elders
to guide them through institutions
geared to teach them who we are.

A particular ritual from our histo-
ry of African traditions is Rites of
Passage, a developmental and trans-
formational process, culturally-spe-
cific, not universal. It is based on
the multi-cultural premise that a
group must recognize and affirm
itself before it is able to share and
appreciate the differences of others
and it also recognizes that entry into
adult life involves the realization of
social obligations and the assump-
tion of responsibility for meeting
them. What initiation does is to set a
time on the journey for bringing the
individuals into formal and explicit
relation with their kindred. .. .Rites
of Passage not only provides self-
development and cultural aware-
ness, but fosters a sense of belong-
ing; adolescents and adults become
part of community life--not persons

alone, lacking support, sanction,
and purpose... The failure of mod-
em society to dramatize or take seri-
ous the need for such transition dur-
ing adolescence has contributed to
disruptive social groups such as
youth gangs and the mid-life crisis
of the "unplaced" or "uninitiated"
persons...The major challenge to
utilizing an African life paradigm
(Rites of Passage) in contemporary
America is presupposing the exis-
tence of a healthy (centered and
whole) community of adult males
and females. Western society's
moral and ethical fabric, by all
accounts, has eroded to the point
that the words health and communi-
ty are mutually exclusive terms. ...A
problem related to implementing an
acculturation and transformation
process ...for African American

Organizing for Change
Challenging Self As Servant Leader

Rites of passage programs have been a mainstay of many cultures no
matter where they are Unfortunately, Africans in America have lost
that tradition.
youth is the lack of communities available to provide leadership and
and initiated/sanctioned adults service.

Issuing C


Murder Suspects (Number = 326)
Black Males 55.83%
White Males 31.90%
White Females 5.83%
Black Females 3.37%
Asian Males 3.07%
65% of suspects are between the ages of 15 and
29. 73.02% of the known suspects had a "relation-
ship" with the victim. 75.77% of the known sus-
pects had a previous criminal history at the time
they were identified.

Murder Victims (Number = 531)
Black Males 50.83%
White Males 24.86%
White Females 12.52%
Black Females 11.23%
Other <0.6%
53.05% of adult victims had a criminal history.
Source: Murder in Jacksonville, Sheriffs OOffice, 2006

African American males have a 32% change of
serving time in prison compared;to I.,
Hispanics and 6% for white -af. i
-1 out of 3 African Am.e.ricar% jgs;
spend some time in jaii or prtsoh du
time. .
-1 out of 18 African America nf I .

A llerdinng ta


Model Leaders The Conference
highlighted many leaders who
determined for themselves that
action was needed and they
answered the call! Most notable
among locals were Richard Burton,
quoted in this paper; Isaiah Rumlin,
President, Jacksonville NAACP;
Elder Lee Harris, Pastor, Mt. Olive
Primitive Baptist Church; Eddie
Staton, President, MAD DADS,
and Rev. James B. Sampson,
Pastor, First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.
A critical mass and community of
men and women is needed to take a
step "forward to the past" and pro-
vide that much-needed servant
leadership as adults and elders.
However, such a step is predicated
upon a cadre of adults undergoing a

Isiah Rumlin
process of self-discovery and train-
ing. The real voyage of discovery
consists not in exploration but in
seeing with new eyes. Such a jour-
ney begins with the following ques-
tions: Who am I? What values, his-
tory, traditions and cultural precepts
do I recognize, respect, and contin-
ue? Am I really who I am? To what
extent do I have, understand, inter-
nalize, employ, and reflect the cul-
tural authenticity of my people?
Am I all I ought to be? To what
extent do I possess and self-con-
sciously apply the enduring and
permanent cultural standards and
meanings which measure the
"being" and "becoming" of black
people in terms of our cultural sub-
stance and concrete conditions?
(From National Rites of Passage

According to members of the NAACP Planning Team, there are immediate challenges facing African Americans in Jacksonville today. These
challenges are being issued to the faith community and the Black Community, in particular, for without their support, there will be no positive
movement. These challenges are being issued to government systems and institutions, such as the public schools, law enforcement and the City
of Jacksonville. The consequences of a lack of action will be determined by the organization in place unifying the Black Community, as initi-
ated b3 the NAACP.

Church and
Below is a list of issues that
require action:
- Increase rates of graduation and
decrease dropout rates for African
American youth.
- Assist parents in keeping youth in
school to prevent youth from
receiving Certificates of
Completion or Attehdance.
Support Project Reach, other
tutoring/mentoring programs for
youth, and establish new more cre-
ative approaches to Black youth
- Establish a community education
center/focus at Edward Waters
College to assist with GED prepara-
tion and "Freedom Schools" teacher
training, orientation and curricula.
Monitor activities of Duval
Public Schools and its Community
Engagement Office.
Identify employers that do not
hire Black folks and those with no
Blacks or low numbers in manage-
ment positions
- Fund more jobs for youth, espe-

cially in summer, and summer
camps in Jacksonville Black com-
munity must participate in budget
process to ensure adequate funds.
- Challenge all churches and faith-
based groups to sponsor a summer
youth employment program for
youth, mainly funded by their con-
Measure African American
unemployment rate in the City as a
base for problem identification.
- Assist youth in preparing for jobs
with work readiness skills, includ-
ing social and communications
Facilitate Community Re-entry
of Ex-offenders
- Assist them in regaining citizen-
ship rights, i.e. Second Chance
Effect policies prohibiting ex-
felons from living in public housing
and working in government jobs
Facilitate the re-entry of ex-
offenders with special programs,
such as Ready4Work, Blueprint for
Violence Reduction through Law

- Organize communities and target
populations/groups through street
- Request JSO to provide data on
increase in gang activity and its
- Curfew and truancy enforcement
Gun control eliminate gun
shows and distribution and sales of
guns in Duval County
Monitor police programs and
Youth Development
" Open Community Centers
and church facilities in target neigh-
borhoods for after-school, evening,
nights and weekends for a variety
of activities
" Fund successful youth
activities, such as Youth Advocate
Program and Community
Partnership for the Protection of

Children, as well as individual pri-
vate and public programs that work,
including faith-based initiatives of
Violence Prevention through
Community Activities
- Obtain funds for effective Weed
and Seed Program
- Increase opportunities for citizen
involvement in crime prevention
Increase training in anger man-
agement and conflict resolution -
train-the-trainers and community
- JSO and City must enforce exist-
ing laws and ordinances on the
books in target neighborhoods
- City Property code enforcement
- absentee property-owners
- City -- Trash & garbage pick-up
on time and when called
- JSO Curfew enforcement

Accountability The new Black leadership group will
expect participation from business, including both
Chambers of Commerce Jacksonville & African-
American, government, churches and other institutions
and groups. They will be monitored for the quality and
quantity of participation.

Recommendations: Back to Action With Love

An organization will be formed:
Black Congress & Coalition (name
to be determined by consensus)
The organization should reflect the
collective (communal) African
principle and value; its members
must stress unity and unified collec-
tive action and it must remain as
independent as possible. It is there-
fore suggested that only individuals
without "dependence" on White or
non-Black institutions for a liveli-
hood, lead this group.
Membership: The number and
diversity of groups and organiza-
tions in the "Black Community"
speak to our "already organized"
situation. All and sundry African
Americans adult and youth, rich
and poor in Duval County and sur-
rounding areas should be involved
and represented, including, but by
no means limited to: NAACP,
MADDADS, BBIC, Urban League,
SCLC; Religious and Faith-based
Groups All denominations of
Christian & Blacks in Other reli-

gions (i.e. Muslim, Buddhist,
Ba'hai, Unitarian, Unity and other
New Thought churches & groups);
Fraternities, Sororities & Social
Groups (i.e. 100 Black Men, 100
Black Women, Tots and Teens);
Educators and Academicians (all
fields of study & endeavor);
Historically-Black Colleges &
Universities Alumni & Friends;
Black Elected Officials local,
regional, state and national; African
American Leaders (community,
civic, trade, associations);
Community-Based Organizations
Organizations); Cultural Leaders &
Artists; Activists & Community
Organizers; Law Enforcement;
Interested Citizens ...and others we
do not know about and those we
cannot even imagine at this
time...A concerted effort must be
made to become more inclusive of
youth and women in leadership
Charge to Black Congress:

Organize as The Black Leadership
Group to coordinate and monitor
collective action. Continue work of
NAACP Planning Committee &
Work Groups forums, confer-
ences, data collection, information
dissemination; all the while gather-
ing consensus and support for col-
lective planning, decisions, strate-
gies and actions. In order to succeed
we must stay at the table and wel-
come the emotions, invite the inter-
action and remain open to the
process. Existing work groups
should remain until re-structured,
based on collective decisions -
Gangs and Violence Prevention;
Drugs and Their Side Effects;
Education; Church, Community,
Police and Juvenile Justice;
Housing/Health; Corrections/Prison
and Criminal Justice and
Employment and Economic
Empowerment. Timetable:
Perpetual & continuous.
Consequences and Strategic
Actions: Members of the Black

Congress must be willing to act
TOGETHER when challenges pre-
sented in this document are not
taken up by groups, organizations
and institutions. Actions can
include: demonstrations, boycotts,
press conferences, petitioning and
other tactics designed to spur the
offender along the right path.
Determining which
strategies/actions/tactics to requires
agreement by consensus.
Active/Prevention for Survival:
(For the more progressive &
African-centered who see the need
to begin changing fundamental atti-
tudes and minds now AND who
realize that massive right action by
Blacks will be met with resistance
from, a multitude of fronts.)
Practice and Celebrate KWAN-
Develop and Operate Rites of
Passage for Boys and Girls
Develop and institutionalize
"Freedom Schools" on Saturdays

and Sundays, after-school and vaca-
tions (combine with Tech
Centers/Child Care Centers) and for
adult leadership training.
- Create a Black Community Fund
- Promote an unboughtt and
unsold" campaign; Determine how
groups, organizations, businesses
and individuals can safely and con-
fidently invest in a "Black
Community Fund" for self-suffi-
ciency and independence;
Coordinate fundraising efforts,
including joint funding applica-
tions, utilizing existing assets of
community cooperatively; Develop
and operate a major Community
Cooperative Enterprise (i.e. Chain
Store Franchise, Credit Union,
Farmers Market, Community
Technical Center, Community Arts
Center, etc.).
Establish Media Control -
Develop and fund own media; sup-
port traditional Black media (news-
papers, radio) and create new video
and Internet vehicles, including

global mass media (owned and
operated by those of African
descent) to deliver the message of
the Diaspora.
Reactive/Actions Now: For those
who want to contribute to the bet-
terment of the race, preferring the
American Assimilation philosophy
over Africa-centeredness.
- Media Campaign "Stop the vio-
lence Start the love" challenge
the community with positive
images; promote programs that
work; publicize a call to action
Leadership Training for Servant-
Leaders in Our Black Community
Volunteer Recruitment unpaid
service as organizers, mentors,
tutors, teachers, writers, dreamers,
activists, wherever your talents and
skills can be of use.
- Join civil rights, political action
and civic groups!

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

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. The
book for discussion will be THE
AMERICA by Tavis Smiley.
Participants are welcome to bring
beach attire and enjoy the beach
after the meeting. Call 904-261-
0175 for more info or directions.

MMM Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement will sponsor 'A Fish Fry'
.selling fish dinners, sandwiches
and cold can sodas on Saturday,
August 5, 2006 from 12:00 am til
7:00pm on the corner of Myrtle
Avenue and State Street. Get
involved to take back our commu-
nities through education and self
help For more info call 355-
9395or e-mail axn@bellsouth.net.

Troubleshooting Your
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

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

OES #655 Grown
and Sexy Party
The Ladies of Essence Chapter
#655 of OES invites you to their
Grown and Sexy Party, August 5th,
at the Scottish Rite Masonic Hall on
6th and Main Street. Festivities kick
off at 9 p.m. For ticket information
please contact Keasha Dean @ 304-
5287 or at kvdean98@yahoo.com

Protecting Communities
Workshop with JSO
Aimed at building mutual trust,
collaboration and understanding
between residents and the Sheriffs
Office, several city sponsored
meetings in a series of workshops
entitled, "Protecting Communities,"
will be held The meetings provide
a forum for residents and JSO offi-
cers to discuss key issues and how
they can strengthen relationships to
build better neighborhoods.
Remaining meetings for August
will be held at the Bethelite
Conference Center, 5865 Arlington
Expressway on August 8th and
15th beginning at 6:30 p.m. For
more information call 630-7377.

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 Society or geneal-
ogy in Florida, visit www.sges-

Do you know an

Unsung Hero?

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ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
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American Beach
Author Meet & Greet
American Beach author Marsha
Phelts is hosting an author Meet &
Greet on Saturday, August 12th
from 4 6 p.m. with Annette Myers,
author of "The Shrinking Sands of
an American Beach". Ms. Myers is
a lifelong residents of American
Beach and has a home that is regis-
tered on the National Register of
Historic Places. For more informa-
tion and/or directions, please e-mail
Marshaphelts@aol.com or call
(904) 261-0175.

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 Monument 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.

Workshop on Doing
Business with the D.O.T.
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) plans to
spend more than $2 billion over the
next ten years and has the goal of
doing more business with small and
emerging business in north Florida
than ever before.
This workshop will feature pro-
curement officers of FDOT who
will introduce a new program that is
designed to ensure more small
firms in north Florida secure con-
tracts with FDOT. The free work-
shop, will be held Tuesday, August
15, 2006, at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm,
at the Ben Durham Business Center,
2933 North Myrtle Avenue. To reg-
ister, or for more info, call the FCB-
BIC at (904) 634-0543.


We are born with limitless potential.
Help us make sure that we all have the chance
to achieve. Please visit uncf.org or call
Give to the United Negro
S College Fund.

Great Men of Gospel
Stage Aurora presents "Great Men
of Gospel" straight from Broadway.
It will be directed by it's New York
author Elizabeth Van Dyke and cho-
reographed by Jacksonville's own
Darryl Hall. This Gospel musical
highlights the hits of yesterday and
today. Show dates are August 18,
19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2006 at the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium (FCCJ
North Campus). Showtimes are at 8
p.m. with matinees on the week-
end.Purchase tickets online at con-
tact@stageaurora.org. or call Stage
Aurora at 765-7373.

Dreamgirls at the
From Wednesday, 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

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-

Living Through Giving
Scholarship Awards
Join Community Hospice as they
recognize Northeast Florida African
Americans who have made signifi-
cant contributions to the communi-
ty in various fields. Guest speaker is
Connie Payton, widow of football
great Walter Payton.
Awards will be presented to recip-
ients of the Living Through Giving
Scholarship Program to four out-
standing African-American stu-
dents in the areas of liberal arts,

health care, higher education and
the arts. This event will be on
Saturday, September 9th at the
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum,
829 North Davis Street. For more
event information, call 407.6176.

Riverside Arts Festival
The Annual Riverside Arts
Festival featuring a variety of medi-
ums will be held Saturday and
Sunday the weekend of September
9th from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at
Riverside Park. Bonnie Grissett at
389-2449 for more information.

Northwest Citizens
Advisory Meeting
The Northwest Citizens Advisory
Committee will hold the September
meeting on Thursday, September
14th at 6 p.m. the meeting will be
held at Northwestern Middle
School 2100 West 45th Street.
Call Marilyn Fenton-Harmer at
630-7024 for more information.

Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November llth. The five night celebration will go to the Grand Cayman
Islands & ocho Rios Jamaica departing from Miami. For more informa-
tion, call Cecilia at 904-766-8784.

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 Tours, call 387-8855.

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Will Black Dramas Ever Be Able to Sell?


Soulfood, cancelled last year was the first and only long-running black
drama that was very successful. It is now in syndication on B.E.T.

by EUR Cherie Saunders
If you believe Ali LeRoi, an exec-
utive producer and writer of
"Everybody Hates Chris," it's a
complete waste of time to discuss
the state of TV through the lens of a
particular culture, because green is
the only color that matters in
Hollywood. In other words, the
boob tube is actually a colorblind
pimp willing to put actors of any
race on the track, as long as they
can pull in as many (viewers) as
possible which in turn boosts rat-
ings, which in turn increases ad
rates, which in LeRoi's words -
can ultimately "sell some soap."
"Nobody has the right to be on a
TV show," LeRoi snapped at a
black TV critic during a panel dur-
ing a discussion on the lack of black
dramas next season. "We all argue
about 'I'd like to see more repre-
sentation about this and more repre-
sentation about that.' But at the end
of the day, dude, you got to sell
some soap. And if you are not sell-
ing soap, they got no interest in
you. So black drama, smack drama.
Man, I don't care. It's about mak-
ing a good show for the audience
that's buying the product."
According to the powers tat be, its
the fault of Black viewers their
genre is lacking. Basically, when
enough viewers start watching
black dramas, television will have
no problem putting them in its
primetime schedule because after
all, networks will gladly go wherev-
er the ratings are and exploit the
concept until people get exhausted
from overload and tune out. We saw

this with "American Idol" and its
spawns CBS' "Rock Star:
INXS/Supernova," NBC's
"America's Got Talent" (produced
by "Idol's" Simon Cowell) and
ABC's "The One," which was can-
celled "One" week after its debut
because not "One" person tuned in.
Networks copycat successful
shows all the time, and it would be
naive to think that television would-
n't flood their schedules with
African American-themed dramas
if they could look to one such show
that pulled in as many viewers as
hit shows "CSI" and "Grey's
Anatomy" each week.
The problem is... there are no
black dramas next season for net-
works to use as litmus tests. Execs
aren't willing to take a chance and
add them to the schedule. Why?
Traditionally, not enough viewers
have tuned in each week to justify
its space in a lineup. Ultimately,
whose fault is that?
Nielsen Media Research can take
at least half of the blame, as its
meters have long been accused of
providing inaccurate information
on the viewing choices of African
American households. In 2001, the
company was sued for $10 million
by on claims that it deliberately
provided ratings that were "inaccu-
rate and/or unreliable." The suit
said Nielsen used inadequate sam-
pling to estimate African American
viewers, resulting in the under
counting of the African American
Thanks to pressure from the
NAACP, Nielsen has since made

significant changes to its people
meters to yield a more accurate
count of African American viewing
choices. But even with Nielsen's
corrections, are networks brave
enough to give black-themed dra-
mas another chance to prove they
can generate high ratings among
mainstream audiences? Based on
the lack of them present in the fall
lineup, the answer is apparent.
No one would know this, but dra-
mas with predominantly-black casts
are being pitched in Hollywood all
the time. "All of Us" executive pro-
ducer Jada Pinkett Smith, sitting
two seats down from LeRoi on the
same panel, said she has two dra-
mas that she's going to pitch during
the next pilot season, which lasts
from January through April each
year. Also, CBS just grabbed LL
Cool J in a deal that will allow him
to develop dramas starring African
Americans if he so chooses.
But where does that leave peo-
ple like Dawnn Lewis? On several
occasions, the former "Different
World" star has told the story of
how she sold a pitch to ABC sever-
al years ago called "Blackjack,"
which starred Nia Long as an
undercover operative who kept her

Girlfriends is now in its last sea-
son after a successful T.V. run.
job a secret from the people around
her. It co-starred Dyan Cannon, Bill
Duke, Malik Yoba, and was execu-
tive produced by Forest Whittaker.
"It was sold to ABC in five sec-
onds," Lewis said during the Nick
at Nite panel for "A Different
World." "They spent millions of
dollars supporting my idea, writing
the script, shooting the pilot, and
then it got put on the shelf for the
next two years. What took its place,
"The Return to Fantasy Island,"
lasted two episodes. And "Cupid,"
that lasted one episode. And two

Natalie Cole Releasing New Album
.her 20th studio album, 'Leavin', Grammy Award winning count
Sept. 26, on Verve Records -- coin- singer's Shelby Lynn's 2000 1
cidentally, the same day Miss song. The album will feature a ne
Jackson will release her latest, composition, "5 Minutes Away
"Twenty Years Old." co-written by Cole, Austin and ke
For her new set, the eight time boardist Chanz Parkman.
Grammy Award winning daughter "Leavin' represents a musical fre
of the late, great Nat King Cole, has dom that has given me the opport
,M .. teamed with hit-maker Dallas nity to explore the greatness in t
Austin, for what has been described songs of some of our most talent.
as "an eclectic mix of classic pop, and gifted songwriters," Cole sa
Aiut R&B and rock tracks." of the project.
u j~ m II "^ On the 12-track disc, Cole takes on "It was a lot of fun to be able to p
songs previously recorded by our spin on these songs and I the

Fiona Apple ("Criminal"), Neil Dallas was absolutely brilliant
NIti i e C Young ("Old Man"), the Isley the studio and together I think w
Natalie Cole Brothers ("Don't Say Goodnight") were able to present a fresh ne
Janet Jackson isn't the only per- and Etta James ("Loving Arms"). twist on some great music. I ca
rmer celebrating the big "2-0" Marking her first recording in four wait for our fans to hear the album
is year. years, the title track is a cover of she said.

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years later, what ends up on TV?
'Alias,' basically a revamped ver-
sion of my show but now it's not
featuring people of color."
"That's what happens," Lewis
underscored. "It's not that good
ideas aren't out there. Good ideas,
great ideas, opportunities are out
there, but they seem to be offered to
other people."
If the head of ABC looked at
Nielsen's list of Top 25 shows in
black households last season, he'd
see the UPN sitcoms bunched up in
the Top 5 each week ("Girlfriends,"
"All of Us," "One on One," "Half
and Half," etc.), with "CSI,"
"Grey's Anatomy," "House" and
"Without A Trace" always a fixture
in the Top 10. The latter four dra-
mas stayed in the Top 10 on
Nielsen's general market tallies as
When a black drama was last seen
on TV (UPN's "Kevin Hill" got
axed in May 2005) it was also a
perennial Top 10 show in black
homes, but it ranked so low on
Nielsen's mainstream list that it was
cancelled anyway. To quote Dawnn
Lewis, "that's what happens" when
not enough white folks tune in to
watch the black dramas that do
make the primetime schedules.
Remember, it's the mainstream list
that advertisers consider during
sweeps months, when ad rates are
set based on ratings. (The higher the
ratings, the more networks can
charge for advertising.)
We live in America, and it's unfor-
tunate that most white people tradi-
tionally stay away from television
programs and feature films with
predominantly-black casts, believ-
ing automatically that it has nothing
to offer them. Until this tide
changes and more mainstream audi-
ences become less discriminatory,
black dramas (even critically-
acclaimed ones like "City of
Angels" and "Under One Roof')
will rarely have enough viewers in
black audiences alone to satisfy the
bottom line of a network.
The fact that there are zero
African Americans dramas next
season is due to a numbers game,
which is the ,only game network
executives are willing to play.

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Post reports singer's closeness to
Tamar may have started rift.
Within days of learning that Prince's
wife Manuela Testolini Nelson had
filed for divorce, rumors began circu- s-
lating that the reason behind it may be
related to the large amount of time the
artist is spending with his latest pro-
t6g6, Tamar.
Testolini Nelson, 29, used to work
for Prince's recording complex Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. In
2001, the two married in a secret
Jehovah's Witness ceremony in Hawaii. She currently runs Gamillah Inc.,
which includes a production company, a line of designer candles and other
Testolini Nelson's attorney, Edward Winer, did not elaborate on her rea-
son for filing divorce papers on May 24, but said her decision was difficult
and that she is hoping for a quick and "cooperative resolution."

Rapper's family to spread late rapper around Soweto township
Some ofTupac Shakur's ashes have already been scattered in the Pacific
Ocean and Malcolm X Square in New York. Soon, part of his remains will
rest in a third location of great significance for the late M.C.
In September, Shakur's family will fly to South Africa to record a track
with local rap sensation, Zola. During their visit, a portion of Pac's ashes
will be scattered in the township of Soweto.
A spokesperson for the Tupac Foundation said the location was chosen
because it played a big part in the struggle of black South Africans against
apartheid. Meanwhile, the track, which also includes Snoop Dogg, is to be
included on a CD commemorating the upcoming 10th anniversary of
Tupac's death on Sept. 13. Zola, also served as Snoop's opening act dur-
ing the rapper's recent tour in South Africa.
Actor/comedian Steve Harvey will host the 11th annual Bermuda Music
Festival, to be
held October 4-7
at spots through-
out the island.
booked for the
event include
Gladys Knight,
Maze featuring
Frankie Beverly, Steve Harvey Gladys Knight Teena Marie
Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, India.Arie, Teena Marie and Anthony
Hamilton. Also on hand will be The Original Manhattans featuring Gerald
Alston & Blue Lovette, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes and The Trammps.
Exclusive Bermuda Music Festival package rates start at $1,288 per per-
son for four-day/three-night stays based on double occupancy and include
airfare, hotel accommodations, ahd general admission to festival events.
Packages can be reserved from: Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New York City,
Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. For additional details, tickets and
package, information, please.,visitthe Festival xebsite ai. \%w.bermu-
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