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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
August 17, 2006
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weekly
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Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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

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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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notis - AKN0341
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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
August 17, 2006
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

Subjects

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

Notes

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

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00082

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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


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

SChildren's Color

Preference Test

Produces Same

Ugly Result
Page 8



!,Desperate Times
Desperate Measures

In the World of

Politics, the Old

Political Party

PLoyalty Debate
Always Rises
Page 4

Nagin's New Orleans Katrina
Commemoration Angers Some
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin announced a tLum-
ber of events last week to mark the storm's one-year
anniversary. A jazz funeral-style parade, including a
march starting in the hard hit Lower Ninth Ward,
was announced as part of the program. Also planned
is a pre-anniversary human chain around the
Superdome, where many were trapped for days in
addition, bells are scheduled to ring at 9:38 a.m.,
when the first levee was breached on Aug. 29.
Many citizens were angered at news of Nagin's ini-
tial plan to have fireworks commemorate the disaster, which killed 1,339
people in the region, according to the National Hurricane Center. Nagin,
whose wife, Seletha. is a chair of the city planning committee, said the
city had not been the organizer of the fireworks. Still, some residents
expressed outrage.
"This man wanted to have a celebration. What are we supposed to cel-
ebrate? That we lost everything'" asked jazz station aWWOZ disc jockey
Bob French, who criticized festive plans and Naginon his morning show
this week. "We should line up that day, get about 10 black caskets or
more, put 'em on the street, get about eight or nine jazz bands, and do a
funeral." French told Reuters. "If we keep going in the direction we are
going in. we will be dead and buried."

NBA Veteran Eddie Johnson Goes
on Rape Spree in Ocala, Florida
NBA veteran Eddie Johnson, 51, was denied
baillast week in Ocala. Fl. on charges of sexu-
all assaulting an 8-year-old girl.. Johnson
requested to represent himself, but Marion
County Judge John Futch assigned him a pub-
S lic defender. The former guard from Auburn,
who played with the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland
Cavaliers and Seattle SuperSorics. is accused
of entering the apartment where the young %ic-
tim was staying while her mother was out. The
girl told detectives Johnson ordered her into a
bedroom, where he assaulted her, according to the police report. He then
told her "not to tell anyone about what just happened," and tried to kiss
her before lea% ing, the report stated. He was charged 0ith sexual battery
on a child under the age of 12 and residential burglary. He has also been
charged with sexual battery and burglary in the rape of a 25-year-old
woman Aug. 6 at an Ocala motel room. Johnson. (not to be confused with
the Eddie Johnson who is now a television analyst with his former team,
the Phoenix Suns). was being held at the Marion County jail.

Cynthinia McKinney Loses
Controversial Election
Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinneN, the legislator who made
headlines earlier this year following her run-in with a U.S. Capitol police
officer. lost a Democratic primary runoff election Tuesday for her dis-
trict's Democratic nomination.
Attorney Hank Johnson won the nomination with 59 percent of the
vote, surpassing McKinney by more than 11,000 votes, reports the
Associated Press.
McKinney, Georgia's first black congresswoman, has been a contro-
versial figure tlhoughout her run in Washington. Her suggestion that the
Bush administration had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks may
have contributed to her loss in 2002. However, she returned in 2004 to
regain her seat in Congress.
In March, she was accused of striking a Capitol police officer who failed
to recognize her without her trademark braids and attempted to keep her
from entering a House office building.
A grand jury in Washington declined to indict her, but she was forced
to apologize before the House. She drew less than 50 percent of the vote
in last month's primary.

Earl Hilliard Following
in Father's Political Footsteps
-Birmingham, AL Earl F. Hilliard, Jr., son of for-
mer United States Congressman Earl F. Hilliard
(1992-2002. Alabama's first African-American


Congressman since Reconstruction), won the
Democratic primary election for the Alabanma State
House of Representatives. District 60, which cov-
ers a large part of western Birmingham and sur-
rounding areas.
r Hilliard won forty percent (401'o) of the votes cast
in the Democratic primary on June 6, 2006 and was the top candidate in
a field of five candidates. He received fifty-seven percent 1.57%0,) of the
votes in the July 18th runoff election. Hilliard does not have any opposi-
tion in the November general election.
Mr. Hilliard no%\ practices law with the law firm of Hilliard, Smith &
Hunt, LLC with his father. Former U.S. Congressman Earl Hilliard, his
wife Janine Hunt-Hilliard and his sister, Alesia Hilliard-Smith. Hilliard is
also a filmmaker and president of Magic City Films, Inc. which has pro-
duced two feature films and is currently producing a documentary) on the
campaign. Mr. Hilliard is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Incorporated. He is married and has two children.


Defining

Moments

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HEAL


CITY


Unified city government calls on faith to heal and end violence plaguing Jacksonville


By Rhonda Silver
In the history of civilization, there
exists individuals whose legacy
became greater in death than in life.
For 8 year old Dreyshawna Davis,
her potential to impact will forever
remain unknown as her young life
was cut short in a senseless cow-
ardly killing.
What is known is that her death
was not in vain. The cowardly mur-
der of the young girl served as a
catalyst for the city of Jacksonville
to unify in an unprecedented cir-
cumstance to end the violence that
has overwhelmingly consumed the
city. Barely half way into the sec-
ond half of the year, Jacksonville
has witnessed ninety-five murders.
In 2005 for the entire year, there
were only ninety-one.
Spearheaded by the City of
Jacksonville, A Day of Faith:
Arming Our -"Prayer- Warriors,
brought together diverse faiths and
citizens side by side with crime vic-
tims and area politicos to discuss,
share, pray, solve and serve as a
venue to begin the end of
Jacksonville's violent crime wave.
Continued on page 5


Shown above is Pete Jackson, pastor of Westside Church of Christ who presided over the program. To
his right is Cong. Corrine Brown and Mayor John Peyton who were among the many elected officials pres-
ent at A Day of Faith. R. Silver Photo

African-American Leaders

Proclaim AIDS a 'Black Disease'


It is time for the African-
American community "to face the
fact that AIDS has become a black
disease" and find %%a.s to defeat it,
said the NAACP Chair Julian
Bond at the international AIDS
stunmit .
Bond. the Rev. Jesse Jackson and
other powerful African-American


leaders called on their own com-
munity to accept responsibility for
ending the devastation of AIDS,
which has claimed more than
200.000 black Americans since the
epidemic began 25 years ago.
In a first for the political leaders.
the\ blamed a lack of will for the
disaster and pledged to do more.


Hundreds Celebrate 20th Anniversary
of Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.


A Bike and a Smile 7 year old Shayla Green was joined
by her sister, 17 year old Stanton student Keshonda Green, and mother for
"Bless the Children Day" at Ribault High School. Much to her surprise,
the Normandy Village student was also 'blessed' with a bicycle. For more
on the spirit filled event for teens, see page 9


Shown above is honoree, Pastor Ernie L. Murray with Pastor Brian
Campbell of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Rev. Federick
Newbill of First Timothy Baptist Church. The two pastors joined Rev.
Murray and countless others in celebration of his 20th Anniversary.
For more photo highlights from the event, see page 7. E. Mervin photo


State Offers Free Home Hurricane Inspections


Florida homeowners flocked to a
new state program this week at
MyFlorida.com that offers free
hurricane-preparedness inspections
and grants to help cover the cost of
improvements.
More than 3,500 people applied
online within hours after the state
began accepting applications. The
$250 million My Safe Florida
Home program, passed by the


Legislature in May, is a way to help
control skyrocketing costs in
Florida's insurance market.
With eight hurricanes in two years
and insurance company losses hit-
ting nearly $40 billion, insurance
premiums have spiraled, and some
residents have said they can't find
private coverage at any price.
The program provides free home
inspections outlining ways in which


homeowners can protect their prop-
erty from storm damage.
Inspectors will look for things
such as whether the roof-to-wall
connections should be reinforced,
whether stronger garage doors are
needed and whether shutters should
be installed.
"It's not hundreds of things that
need to be done," Gov. Jeb Bush
said. "It's a handful of things."


Homeowners can apply for
matching funds from the state to
make improvements, and some
low-income homeowners can get
grants with no matching required.
The program will begin in South
Florida and then expand to coastal
communities. Itis open to perma-
nent Florida residents living in sin-
gle-family homes with an insured
value of $500,000 or less.


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Colorstruck?
Reports Show Skin
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Should you be putting money in
savings or investments at the same
time you're paying off a loan?
That's one of the most frequently
asked questions from consumers,
and the answer isn't always obvi-
ous. Even if you have run up a bal-
ance on a high-rate credit card, you
may hear a nagging voice in your
head urging you to keep plowing
money into savings for retirement,
college for the kids or a new home.
The simplistic solution -- to invest
if you can earn a higher interest rate
than you're paying on your loans --
can be downright dangerous. That
became clear when, in the late '90s,
a wave of questionable advice sug-
gested that homeowners actually
create more debt to invest in the
booming stock market -- by pulling
out some equity via a cash-out refi-
nancing or home-equity loan. Then
came the bear market.
The best answer lies in separating
good debt from bad debt. It's almost
always a good idea to get rid of
credit card and other high-interest
loans before you start setting aside
cash. However, you probably don't
want to accelerate mortgage or stu-
dent loans at the expense of saving


for retirement.
Begin by making a list of all your
debt and the interest rates on those
debts to prioritize which ones you
should pay first, says Deena Katz,
president of Coral Gables, Fla.,
financial planners Evensky, Brown
and Katz. Then look at your alter-
natives for saving and investing
and, if necessary, reset your priori-
ties.
Step 1: Pay off the high-interest
debt If you have high-interest cred-
it card debt, tackle that first. It does-
n't make sense to start saving or
investing until you've paid off this
debt. You'd have to make more than
20% after-tax return on stocks,
bonds or mutual funds to make
them a better investment than pay-
ing off a credit card with an interest
rate above 15%, says Clark
Randall, a financial planner with
Lincoln Financial Advisors in
Dallas.
There is one exception to that rule
of thumb: If your employer offers a
401(k) plan and will match your
contributions up to a certain level,
fund it up to that level -- even if you
have credit card debt -- because
you're getting a 100% return on


S.C. Teen Named Teenpreneur of the Year
18 year-old Drive Safe founder
Chestina Perry is helping to make
America's highways a safer place.
The budding mogul has developed '
products designed to educate
motorists about safety through her
company's driver notification signs.
With help from her mother, Winnie,
Perry manufactures a variety of signs
-- priced at $7.50 each -- that display
messages such as "Driver in Training U .
(Please be Patient)" and "Senior r-..
Citizen (Please be Patient)." For her
ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit,
Perry has been named the 2006 i
Teenpreneur of the Year by Black I.0 Hs
Enterprise. For more information on i i l
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your investment, says Randall.
Contribute more than the match
level once you've paid off your con-
sumer debt.
If you're drowning in debt, liqui-
date assets such as stocks and use
your savings -- but not a 401(k) or
IRA -- to pay off your credit cards.
If you're in dire straits, you can bor-
row up to 50% (no more than
$50,000) from a 401(k). Although
you pay yourself back with interest,
you give up tax-free compounding,
and you will have to pay back the
loan immediately if you leave your
employer.
Step 2: Identify the good debt For
the most part, it's usually not a good
idea to pay off your home mortgage
unless you have a lot of extra cash.
After all, Uncle Sam refunds part of
your interest payment if you item-
ize your deductions on your tax
return.
Use your money instead to invest
in liquid assets. However, Randall
recommends paying off your mort-
gage (and any other debt you might
have) by the time you retire so you
can get by on less money.
Don't be in a rush to pay off stu-
dent loans, either. The old rule that
allows a tax deduction only for
interest paid during the first five
years of repayment is ending.
Qualifying interest on student loans
can be written off no matter how
long it takes to pay off your loans.
Step 3: Save and invest Once
you've eliminated high-interest
consumer debt, start saving as
much as you can. The best place to
begin is a 401(k). The next best
option is an IRA.
In addition to putting money into a
retirement account, you need cash
that's readily available in an emer-
gency so you don't have to rely on
credit cards. (If you are paying
down your credit card balances and
still paying high rates, it is probably
better to keep paying off the cards
and borrow from them in case of an
emergency.)


Community Home Buying Fair to be
Held this Weekend at Prime Osborne


Anyone interested in becoming a
home owner is encouraged to come
to the Jacksonville Community
Home Fairt his weekend to learn
the ins and outs of buying a home.
The educating event will present
information through a series of fun,
family-friendly learning stations.
The all-day Home Fair will include
a variety of educational sessions,
events, food and prizes including
two chances to win $10,000 toward
a new or existing home. Mortgage
specialists, home buyer education
providers, financial consultants and


local realtors will also be in atten-
dance to answer questions about
getting into a home, including get-
ting your finances and credit in
order, mortgage options that require
little or no down payment and how
to apply for mortgages. Entrance is
free.
The event will be held on
Saturday, August 19, 2006 from
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center.
Sessions will run throughout the
day. To pre-register call 1-800-350-
9252.


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Study Says Skin Tone More Important

Than Education for Blacks Seeking Jobs


Shown above (L-R) is Mayor Peyton, Attorney General Charlie Christ, Paul Tutwiler and Rev. Atnhony Wyche.

Attorney General Stops in


Jax for Northside Roundtable


The man rumored to be Florida's
next governor, State Attorney gen-
eral Charlie Christ, stopped in
Jacksonville last week to have a
roundtable with a consortium of
community members and pick up a
campaign endorsement from Mayor
Peyton. The meeting, which includ-
ed Sen. Tony Hill, area ministers
and business and non-profit com-
munity members, was a casual up
front and personal session.
Held at St, Matthew Baptist
Church, everyone in attendance had
the opportunity to introduce them-
selves and the particular agenda
that they represented.
"I want to know how I can go
from being and MBE to the next
level", said small business owner
Barney Spann. Spann informed the
gubernatorial candidate that the
"Minority Business Enterprise" sta-
tus helps, but also hurts as it stig-
matizes businesses. He said he
would like to see policies put in
place that increase development.
A particularly moving please was
made by Rev. Anthony Wyche. The
former drug dealer turned evangel-


ist gave Christ first hand knowledge
of the difficulties faced of individu-
als who have "paid their dues to
society" .
"I know good and evil..," began
Wyche, "the non ability to forgive
felons and allow them to live a sta-
ble lifestyle legally penalizes them
twice." he said.
"Education is expensive, but igno-
rance cost us all a whole lot more."
said Wyche.
Both Sheriff Rutherford and the
Mayor agreed with Wyche's testi-
mony. They both vowed to assist


Christ with advocating legislation
for change concerning reformed
felons. Christ also said if elected,
the first law he would make would
be against probation violaters.
Not all in attendance were pleased
with the event. An attendee who
asked not to be identified said he
felt "bamboozled" by the invitation
coming from the Mayor's office.
"I came here under the pretense
that someone really cared about our
community and everything going
on in it, turns out it was just anoth-
er campaign event" he said.


Business community joins local law
enforcement fight to reduce murder rate
A coalition of local business leaders, led by the Jacksonville Regional
Chamber of Commerce, made a $200,000 commitment on behalf of the
business community in support of Operation Safe Streets, a Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office (JSO) initiative designed to prevent gun crime and
reduce the murder rate. After less than one week of fundraising, over
$180,000 has already been pledged. The program's key initiative, the
Gun Bounty program different from a Gun Buyback asks local resi-
dents to anonymously alert law enforcement of illegal handgun posses-
sion by neighbors, family, friends or acquaintances through the First
Coast Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-866-845-8477 (TIPS). If an arrest and
weapon confiscation occurs, the tipster will receive $1,000.


Everyone knows about the insid-
ious effects of racism in American
society. But when it comes to the
workplace, African-Americans may
face a more complex situation--the
effects of their own skin tone.
For the first time, a study indi-
cates that dark-skinned African-
Americans face a distinct disadvan-
tage when applying for jobs, even if
they have resumes superior to
lighter-skinned black applicants.
Matthew Harrison, a doctoral stu-
dent at the University of Georgia,
presented his research today at the
66th annual meeting of the
Academy of Management in
Atlanta. Along with his faculty
supervisor, Kecia Thomas, a profes-
sor of applied psychology and act-
ing director of UGA's Institute for
African American Studies, Harrison
undertook the first significant study
of "colorism" in the American
workplace.
"The findings in this study are,
tragically, not too surprising," said
Harrison. "We found that a light-
skinned black male can have only a
bachelor's degree and typical work
experience and still be preferred
over a dark-skinned black male
with an MBA and past managerial
positions, simply because expecta-
tions of the light-skinned black
male are much higher, and he does-
n't appear as 'menacing' as the dark-
er-skinned male applicant."
While there have been other stud-
ies of effects of colorism socially,
this is the first study designed
specifically to examine how it oper-
ates in hiring and in the workplace.
In America especially, Harrison
says, when people think of race or
race relations they commonly think
of black and white. In fact, skin
tone differences are responsible for


increasing differences in percep-
tions within standard racially
defined groups such as "blacks."
This diversity within races based on
skin complexion has a long history
but only recently have researchers
begun to understand what these dif-
ferences can mean.
Participants in the study that
Harrison, himself an African
American, directed for his master's
thesis included 240 undergraduate
students at the University of
Georgia, some of whom participat-
ed in the study voluntarily, while
others got class credit for their
involvement. While there were a
disproportionate number of females
in the study (72 percent), this was
due to the high percentage of
women majoring in psychology at
UGA and was adjusted for in
reporting the research.
Each student was asked to rate one
of two resumes that came with one
of three photographs of a theoreti-
cal job applicant (one man, one
woman) whose skin color was
either dark, medium or light.
Harrison manipulated the skin tones
of the applicants with Adobe
Photoshop so facial characteristics
could not be included in how the
students rated the job applicants.
"Our results indicate that there
appears to be a skin tone preference
in regards to job selection," said
Harrison. "This finding is possibly
due to the common belief that fair-
skinned blacks probably have more
similarities with whites than do
dark-skinned blacks, which in turn
makes whites feel more comfort-
able around them."
Harrison refers in his paper to
numerous studies that show that
light skin is almost universally val-
ued among all racial groups.
Hierarchies based on light skin are


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prevalent in Hindu cultures in
India, for example, and in Asian
and Hispanic cultures as well.
"While the respondents in this
study were University of Georgia
students, we think we would find
the same response no matter where
such a study was done in the coun-
try," said Thomas. "When you con-
sider that probably no more than 1
percent of industrial and organiza-
tional psychologists are black, you
can see why a study like this just
hasn't been done before regarding
colorism in the workplace. There
are real-world consequences to
these issues."
Harrison said he was surprised that
skin hue was even more important
than education in evaluating job
applicants.
"Given the increasing number of
biracial and multiracial Americans,
more research similar to this study
should be performed so that
Americans can become more aware
of the prevalence of color bias in
our society," he said. "The only way
we are going to begin to combat
some of the inequities that result
due to the beliefs and ideologies
that are associated with colorism is
by becoming more aware of the
prejudices we have regarding skin
tone due to the images we are
exposed to on a regular basis."
Society, he said, equates lighter
skin with attractiveness, intelli-
gence, competency and likeability,
while we are often given a "much
more dismal and bleak picture" of
those who have darker skin.
"The more we challenge these
images and our own belief sys-
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NOTICE
VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD

Jacksonville residents who have a complaint regarding a property tax assessment or denial of an exemption
have the right to file a petition for review by the Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
To be considered, obtain a petition from the Property Appraiser=s Office (231 E. Forsyth Street), or you
may obtain form DR-486 (Real Property) or DR-486T (Tangible Personal Property) online from the Florida
Department of Revenue. Complete the petition in full, have it notarized, then file it with the Clerk of the
VAB, along with your filing fee of up to $15.00. Homeowners appealing a homestead exemption denial,
and persons with appropriate certificate or other documentation issued by the Department of Children and
Family Services, will be exempted from paying a filing fee. Location for filing petitions Monday through
Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., are as follows:


August 14 -
September 11


St. James Building
117 West Duval Street
1st Floor, City Hall, Comm Room "A" or "B"
Jacksonville, FL 32202


The Clerk must receive all Tangible Personal Property, Homestead Exemptions and Greenbelt
Classification petitions by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2006. They can be mailed or delivered in
person, but they must be received -- not postmarked -- by September 6th, or they cannot be accepted.
The Clerk must receive all Real Property petitions by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2006. They
can be mailed or delivered in person, but they must be received -- not postmarked -- by September 11th, or
they cannot be accepted,
For your convenience, petitioners are urged to file prior to their referenced deadline to avoid the long lines
that are typical on the last day of filing.
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.. y Anthony Samad
.'.As traditional black leaders: try to taking
America back rom the Republican Party this
Novehnber, they'find themselves facing a for-
.Winirdable opponent unlike no other they've faced
bfore: themselves in the mirror.
-The most vocal mouthpieces for what Black
America wants (or needs), one self-anointed,
Rev, Al Sharpton, and one self-appointed (but
long since embraced), Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
A find themselves between a rock and a hard
-place in trying to mobilize voters through ven-
.ues that have. now become the focal point of outreach agenda, black
'"Mega" churches.
Both Sharpton and Jackson have seen the need to "call out" the "new"
-black church and their purpose in the never ending struggle to achieve
equality and self sufficiency. I've been writing about the hypocrisies of the
black church since 1993. When I write about black churches, it makes some
of my publishers as "nervous as a whore in church."
The discussion, however, is about whether the mega-church movement
is so focused on capitalistic ventures that they've forgotten their role in the
social justice movement. Jackson and Sharpton, standing in Connecticut
last week with the first victor of what Sharpton says will be many
"Lieberman nights" (former vice presidential candidate, Joe Lieberman
becoming the first casualty of the Democratic Party's supportusilence on the
war) in this mid-term "anti-war" election, are trying to register millions of
voters and see that the mega-churches are an appropriate place to start. Of
course, the Republican Party's relationship with these churches is the focal
point, as most of them have been "large" in their pursuits of "faith based
initiatives," the GOP's carrot that brought church and state in the black
community a whole lot closer than it's been in the past.
The black church's favorite invitation is, "The doors of the church are
open, won't you come?" Well, the Republicans came, money (disguised as
programs) in hand, and "Rev"- not one to miss an "offering"- handed them
the plate. Sharpton and Jackson, who have had a corner on the "black mis-
ery market" for decades, neither of which have been known to step over a
dollar, find themselves in the position of having to question other preach-
ers mission and motives-as others once questioned (and still are question-
ing) theirs. Meanwhile, Republicans have broken the Democrats' sanctity
over a key constituency base and are now.in the church-house courting
black social conservatives on issues like abortion, gay marriage and per-
sonal responsibility and helping black church's entrepreneurial efforts.
Religion has now replaced liquor as the largest "growth industry" in the
black community. Many communities have a moratorium on liquor stores
but new churches are opening up every day. There's one of two reasons for
that; either black people are becoming 1) more religious, or 2) more dis-
parate in their desire to change their lives Either way. "opportunity" has
created churches so large that even the Republican Party (who traditional-
ly looked past black voters) couldn't miss it. The mega-church preacher
became the "new black leader" as far as the GOP were concerned (they also
knew the Democrats bad a headlock on the old black leaders). Most of them
were unknown beyond their regions until they got invitations to the White
House. Their flashlights became spotlights. Their parting hands became tin
cups and the question in black leadership went from. "Who are they? to
Why is President Bush meeting with them instead of us?

Tavis Smiley put the first spotlight on it last year at his "State of the
Black Union" weekend at Eddie Long's church. Then T.D, Jakes found
himself defending his relationship with the White House at the National
Association of Black Journalist Convention in Atlanta last August. Now
Sharpton made mega-preachers the topic of his National Action Network
Conference, and Jackson-a proven voter registration machine-has been
"jabbin' 'em" as he proclaims the upcoming November elections a battle for
the "soul of America." It's been entertaining watching' black preachers try to
outpimp each other. But some of these mega-preachers have an edge since
some of them were pimps in their street lives (before they got saved [sic]).
Some of 'em still dress like pimps, as "prosperity" is their spiritual mes-
sage-their large congregations are guilted (or jilted) into giving until they
canlt give anymore-and if these poor souls' lives don't change-it's because
they're short on faith, not money, causing Sharpton to claim that black min-
istry is short on ministers but long on preachers.
Meanwhile, mega-preachers do quite well-living in mansions and driv-
ing Bentleys, and the churches become conglomerates unconcerned with
ministering to lost souls' needs. Now, some preacher's aspiration is not to
just serve God, but to become a mega-preacher. Jesus has been co-opted as
preachers pursue riches not more than silver and gold. There's no end in
sight on this. You can only expect the preacher war to get more vicious as
. "who's holier than thou" is shouted through church doors open to business
and politics. What would Jesus do if he were to show up at church, got a 15
minute "drive through" sermon with a parade of politicians and business
folk taking up your prayer time? He'd be turnin' over tables like he did the
last time. Vendor tables, voter registration tables, you know, all the stuff
you see in church lobbies and walkways every Sunday. You run outta
money in a mega-church, there's an ATM- in the lobby, just for your "spiri-
tual convenience." Jesus would be hard pressed to run the "money-chang-
ers" out of the mega-church. Them ATM machines tend to be pretty hard to
lift by yourself. But then we're talking' about Jesus here, so nothing's impos-
sible.The point is. the Mega Church is now big business in our community
and the GOP's right there.
Who'll win the battle for the soul of the mega-church, business or pol-
itics? Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Democratic Party or Eddie Long,
T.D). Jakes and the Republican Party.
"The door of the church is open. won't you come?" Let the preacher wars
begin.


LIVE FROM CITY HALL



*FO LLOCD


Many of you faithful Free Press
readers know that I am running for
office, State House District 15 to be
exact. Recently my connectedness
to the Democratic party has been
questioned, which in my opinion is
as ludicrous as cool day in June in
our fair city. I find the notion
humorous at best, but also charac-
teristic of an opposing campaign
who cannot debate their opponent
on issues affecting our community.
Instead of talking about crime,
neighborhood revitalization, better
infrastructure and education, some
candidates who do not have a real
vision and strong track record use
half truths to paint false pictures of
their opponents.
For example, the owner of Acme
Electric could have given a cam-
paign contribution to someone like
Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
That same person could have writ-
ten a check to the George W. Bush
campaign in 2004. So someone
could easily say that Cong. Brown
is being supported by the same per-
son as President Bush.
This is how desperate candidates
use half truths to attempt to influ-
ence voters. It reminds me of the
last Presidential election when
Republicans made a push at black
Democrats, which is about as
ridiculous as someone accusing me
of being a closet Republican.
At the 2004 Urban League
Conference in Detroit, President
Bush asked some very tough ques-
tions of the majority black audi-
ence. He asked, "Does the
Democratic Party take African
American voters for granted?"
That's a tough question because on
one hand the answer is "sort of,
maybe yes," but on the other hand,
African Americans are the
Democratic Party. Let me explain,
the issues that affect our communi-
ties and that we feel passionately


by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood


The Old Democrat / Republican Debate

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures


about are apart of the annual
Democratic national platform. So
we are essentially wedded to the
Democratic Party because the
organization does give us a voice.
But that's the short answer, and we
will get into it a little more in a
moment. The president also asked,
"Is it a good thing for the African
American community to be repre-
sented by one political party?"
In short, if the Democratic Party
is the only party that supports issue
like affirmative action, stronger
public schools, universal health-
care, real tax breaks for lower and
middle class families, etc. then
there is no debate regarding which
party or the number of parties
blacks should be apart of.
If I ever had a conversation with
Mr. Bush I would simply say that if
you want blacks to start seriously
looking at the Republican Party,
then put your platform where your
mouth is. He knows the political
and social issues that are critical to
blacks. If you really want black folk
to take you serious then stop oppos-
ing initiatives that we view as ben-
eficial to our communities.
These are very simple answers to
two very good questions posed by
the President, but sometimes sim-
plicity is the best route to take for
such good, but asinine questions. If
you want to make inroads with
African Americans you have to do
more than point a disparaging fin-
ger at the Democratic Party.
We may not be the smartest people
on the planet, but we certainly are
not the dumbest, and we can see
through the campaign rhetoric of
Republican leadership. I look at the
GOP argument that Democrats take
the black vote for granted from a


different perspective. To me, and
this is just my opinion, I feel that
Republicans are basically saying
we don't have enough common
sense to make intelligent decisions
regarding who we should vote for.
Every once and a while the histo-
rian in me comes out and I feel that
I must explain or better yet clarify
my beliefs and why I wear a don-
key uniform. Although I am a
Democrat, I do pride myself on
looking beyond party affiliation
and reviewing issues from a more
objective perspective. The
President's notion that Democratic
Party may not be the right party for
blacks made me put on my history
professor hat and review the issue
from a more historical perspective.
Whether you know it or not,
blacks vote Democratic for the
right reasons and history certainly
dictates that fact. As I said earlier,
Republicans have not made any
real efforts to be inclusive to blacks
besides the smoke screens that they
throw out during campaign time.
But let's talk about how the Solid
Democratic South has become the
Solid Republican South. African
Americans were once predominate-
ly Republican, thanks to Abraham
Lincoln, but the change started in
the 1930s, and was cemented dur-
ing the Kennedy/ Johnson presiden-
tial era in the 1960s.
In a nutshell, as the Democratic
Party adopted the Civil Rights
Movement, the Southern racist or
segregationist or Dixiecrats who
were always "Yellow Dog
Democrats," became disenfran-
chised and moved over to the
Republican Party, which became
more conservative during the 60s.
That is the simple reason in which


the South transformed from a high-
ly Democratic region to a
Republican stronghold. Basically,
the impact of the Civil Rights
Movement was not only seen in the
human rights gains, but also a shift-
ing of many Southern whites to the
GOP for racial reasons. James
Baldwin once said, "Color is not a
human or a personal reality; it is
political reality.
I am certainly not saying that that
is the case today, but it certainly
was the reason for the major politi-
cal shift in the Southern states over
the past 30 to 40 years...
So as Democrats lead by
President Kennedy and after his
assassination President Johnson,
embraced the African American
cause, the hard-line segregationist
vote shifted to Republicans.
Johnson confirmed his party's
stance by his sponsorship of the
1964 Civil Rights Act, which final-
ly began to dismantle the founda-
tion of segregation and racial dis-
crimination in the South.
Reginald Fullwood, a closet
Republican? Naysayers need to get
a grip. That's about as likely as
Mayor Peyton becoming a client at
the Clara White Mission. It has
been crystal clear to me why
African Americans vote with the
Democratic Party. As a Black man,
father, husband, son, business
owner and constituent of this great
country, I have no choice but to
align myself with the Party that has
my best interest at heart. But if
African-Americans want to contin-
ue to have a voice in American pol-
itics we must do a better job of
showing up at the polls.
Signing off from campaign head-
quarters, Reggie Fullwood


An African-American Report Card


by William Reed
It's back-to-school time. As
almost 9 million African American
students go off to classrooms, isn't
it time black parents and communi-
ties assume more responsibility for
their education?
Bill Cosby has a back-to-school
message African American parents
should take note of: "Proper educa-
tion has to begin at home." It's
black parents' responsibility to pay
attention to their children's educa-
tion by engaging with them and
sending them off each morning,
well fed, rested, and ready to learn.
Mr. Cosby quotes statistics show-
ing that the deficiencies in African
American children's educational
status begins way before they first
go through shabby doors of schools
where they live. Black kids enter
school significantly below their
white peers in everything from
vocabulary to number awareness to
self-control. Black kindergarten
children are much less likely to
show persistence in school tasks, to
pay close attention in class, or to
seem eager to learn new things than
are their white counterparts.
In America, economic and educa-
tional achievements are inter-
twined. For that reason, education


should begin at home and at the
heart of political efforts to promote
boarder equal opportunity in the
country. Cosby's logic and point is
that education begins at birth and
continues throughout life. It covers
experiences from formal learning to
the building of understanding and
knowledge through day-to-day
experiences. Formal education is
just the starting point for a lifetime
of learning and doing. A truly out-
standing education is one that
instills in students moral values and
ethical behaviors.
The Report Card on black students
is that they are on the short end of
underfunding, poor facilities and
resources. In a constantly changing
world that is demanding increasing-
ly complex skills from its work-
force; its imperative African
American parents take actions that
assure their children aren't left
behind. Studies suggest that sup-
port and encouragement students
receive from their families and
communities can help keep them in
school and engaged in that process.
Intensive pre-school programs help
to build important noncognitive
skills, such as persistence and moti-
vation and have significant net ben-
efits. Instead of waiting for the


school to call about their children;
effective parents attend PTA meet-
ings, know the names of their chil-
dren's teachers, and send them to
after-school tutoring, test prepara-
tion sessions, and similar scholastic
lessons.
Minorities comprise 40 percent of
55 million students to be enrolled in
the nation's 95,615 public elemen-
tary and high schools and 29,273
private elementary and secondary
schools this fall. These schools
will award 3.2 million high school
diplomas this school year. The
nation's colleges and universities
will host 17.6 students, of which 2
million will be black.
Education in America is very
much a political tool. It is provided
mainly by the government, with
control and funding coming from
federal, state and local levels. The
average per-pupil expenditure on
elementary and secondary educa-
tion nationally in 2004 was $8,287.
New Jersey ($12,981) spent the
most among states or state-equiva-
lents, followed by New York
($12,930) and the District of
Columbia ($12,801).
Mr. Cosby's premise is that
African Americans should increase
overall academic and educational


achievements. Eighty-one percent
of African Americans have at least a
high school diploma, but less than 3
percent have an advanced degree.
A college degree can substantially
narrow the longstanding gap
between black labor market experi-
ences and those of whites. Studies
show that four years of college can
boost the recipient's earnings 65
percent. The average annual earn-
ings of workers with advanced
degrees is $74,602. This compares
with $51,206 a year for those with
bachelor's degrees, $27,915 with a
high school diploma and $18,734
without a high school diploma.
If African Americans don't do all
that we can to help and encourage
parental responsibility, we will con-
tinue reaping the ugly dividends on
our streets. Our kids will advance if
black parents match white parents
in being deeply involved in the edu-
cation of their children and provid-
ing learning experiences outside the
classroom. A good education is
much more that just the classroom-
based learning of facts. Planned
and deliberate parental and family
investments in children's educa-
tions increase their probability of
realizing substantive employment
and high income lifestyles.


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Auigust 1'7 23.2006


Shown above is Glen Mitchell standing at the podium. Jenina him is
Ellis Curry. Mitchell's son was slain in a robbery attempt by Curry
and three others twelve years ago. The two both spoke on their expe-
riences.


Continued from page 1
by Rhonda Silver
A much needed, long awaited call
to arms was sounded by
Jacksonville Faith and Community
Leaders, and thousands, upon thou-
sands of victims' families and citi-
zens who responded to the call. "A
Day of Faith... .Arming Our Prayer
Warriors" was held at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on August 12, 20061. This
well planned and meaningful event
commenced without a hitch despite
atheist filing a lawsuit to stop the
event on "church and state"
grounds. A federal judge turned
down the lawsuit.
From every walk of life, from
every corner of Jacksonville, this
diversified swell of people found a
common thread to bond them. They
were gathered to rally against the
senseless violence which has
plagued our community this year.
They were searching for answers,
looking for resolve, sharing goals,
pains and plans, and finally ...mov-
ing beyond listening, to hearing
what God put on the hearts of our
leaders, to bring bout a positive
change. Now, faith is the substance
of things hoped for and the evi-
dence of things not seen!


On this day, with this covenant,
and prayers, this community came
together as never before to under-
score the urgent need to seek God
and show faith. A victim's father,
Glen Mitchell, of Compassionate
Families; gave testimony stating,
"we seek to become the most elite
of families by expecting no more
members!" Standing with Mr.
Mitchell was Ellis Curry, who as a
teenager was one of those responsi-
ble for the death of Mitchell's son.
Curry admitted his guilt, and told of
his past life and of his carrying a
gun. He said, "the Sheriffs Office
didn't know I had a gun, the police
didn't know I had a gun, but every-
body in the community knew that I
had a gun. If someone had reported
me, I wouldn't be here today."
In other words it's everyone's
responsibility to try to help stop
crime. If you know that someone is
carrying a weapon, you can help he
or she, not hurt them by turning him
in. That is the message that Curry
was trying to convey.
JSO 'Chaplain David Williams
gave the Invocation, and COJ
Brother Pete Jackson kept the pro-
gram flowing as Master of
Ceremony. There musical selec-
tions by the Honeysucker


The audience in addition to television viewers were able to hear pro-
posed solutions from area elected officials including Cong. Corrine
Brown, Mayor Peyton, Sheriff Rutherford and State Sen. Tony Hill.
Duval County School Board Chair Brenda Priestly was also on the
panel. Closing prayer was given by Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr.


Community Choir and the Ritz
Voices, but the real food for thought
at this "Day of Faith" was the Panel
Discussion, the testimonials and the
inspirational words delivered by
Faith Leaders: Pastor Trey Wright,
Zion Community Church; "Swift to
listen, Slow to speak"; Pastor Garry
Wiggins, Evangel Temple
Assembly of God: "The thief comes
to steal, kill and destroy"; and
Pastor Rudolph W. McKissck Jr.,
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church:
"Our children have no business on
the battlefield."
The platform was filled with lead-
ers from local churches, city and
state. Not all of them had an oppor-
tunity to speak, but those who did,
had powerful things to say.
Pledge cards, pamphlets and
stones with the word "Faith" on
them, were presented, with greet-
ings to all who entered the arena.
By the event's end, everyone had a
deeper Spiritual understanding of
how Faith, like a rock can arm us
against the giants of social, political
and economic depravity.
Many of us came in hurting, and
left out hoping.
Some say "A Day" is not enough.
Some say, "it's a start". Everyone
was encouraged to sign' the


Covenant in their souvenier pro-
gram. Tenets include: Pledging to p
ray for the next 40 days, support
law enforcement, serve as mentors
and volunteers, give, strive, encour-
age learning initiatives, love and
finally, to lead by example
The longest journey begins with
a step. How will this community
reach our goal, if you don't take it?
For more information, call 630-
CITY, and Get Involved!


Who Can Vote

September 5th
All voters will have the opportu-
nity to vote in the September 5,
2006 Primary Election. Voters affil-
iated with a party who have candi-
dates 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 reg-
istered with a party who has a can-
didate in the primary race, will have
the opportunity to vote for non-par-
tisan races such as circuit court
judges, county court judges and
school board members.


New Orleans Churches Now

Battling Post Katina Depression
African-American ministers, organizing anti-crime efforts or
accustomed to providing spiritual establishing community health clin-
guidance to their congregations, are ics in poor neighborhoods.
helping members cope with serious "These were the vulnerable people
mental and emotional disorders to start with," said University of
nearly a year after Hurricane California at Los Angeles psychol-
Katrina hit. ogist Vickie Mays. "And the city
"It is, at times, overwhelming," services that weren't working well
said Rev. Larry Campbell, assistant before, now really aren't working at
pastor of Israelite Baptist Church in all."
the Central City neighborhood. He Studies conducted in Katrina's
has counseled worshipers with sub- wake have found significant
stance abuse problems and suicidal increases in substance abuse,
thoughts, referring some to
mental health professionals,
when possible.
"There's a sense of hopeless-
ness as it relates to, 'When are
we going to get this city back .
to where it was?"'
Katrina killed 1,339 accord-
ing to the National Hurricane
Center. It flooded 80 percent
of the city, and most New
Orleans residents evacuated. A church which collapsed in the flood-
Only about half the population waters of Hurricane Katrina rests in the
is back and the city is slowly Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
is back and the city is slowly


rebuilding.
African-American churches, like
the communities they served, were
hit hard, and many are still strug-
gling to regroup.
"They are being called upon to do
all kinds of phenomenal things, in
terms of dealing with the loss and
the pain," said Jennifer Jones-
Bridgett, director of PICO LIFT, a
statewide interfaith coalition of
churches.
Ministers, Jones-Bridgett said,
report being overwhelmed by the
anxiety, depression and frustration
with the slow pace of recovery
expressed by many residents of the
storm-ravaged city.
"They are dealing with these con-
cerns in their own personal lives, as
well as in the lives of members of
the congregation who are coming
home," she said.
Black ministers were on the fore-
front of the Civil Rights movement
here, and local church-run benevo-
lent societies have a long tradition
of helping needy members.
Religious institutions often sup-
plement scanty city services by


depression and suicide.
But only 22 of the 196 psychia-
trists who practiced in New Orleans
have returned, according to a report
published this month.
A state-run psychiatric hospital
re-opened last week with 10 adult
beds, a fraction of what was avail-
able before the storm.
As the city waits for its share of
$80 million in federal relief funds
allocated for rebuilding the state's
mental health care infrastructure,
local pastors are being called upon
to fill the void.
Mays, in town for the annual
meeting of the American
Psychological Association, helped
organize a workshop for local cler-
gy to help them identify and refer
people with serious mental health
problems.
For ministers like Campbell, the
effort will help augment the
church's spiritual mission.
"We always believe the word of
God can help in all situations," he
said. "But also there are times when
people have psychological issues,
and we need to make referrals."


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* Rev. Coley Williams, Sr.
Pastor of Springfield
Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
* Rev. Perry Robinson, Sr.
Pastor of Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church
* Rev. Jeremiah Robinson, Sr.
Pastor of Royal Tabernacle
Missionary Baptist Church
* Rev. J.D. Robinson
Pastor of New Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church
* Rev. Mark Griffin
Pastor of Wayman
Chapel A.M.E.
* Rev. Marvin Zanders
Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church
* Rev. John Perry
Associate Pastor of Pastor
of St. Paul A.M.E. Church
* Psalmist Stormy Cleveland
National Recording Artist
* Bishop Terrance Calloway
Pastor of Independent
Church Fellowship Conference
* Rev. A.T. Jones, Jr.
Pastor of All People
International Church


* Rev. Shawn Williams
Pastor of Greater New
Jerusalem Baptist Church
" Rev. Kelly E. Brown, Jr.
Pastor of Greater Mt. Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church
* Kenneth Adkins
CEO, The Adkins Agency
* Revs. David and Dee Black
Pastors of Total Praise
Ministries
* Rev. Harold Rollinson
Pastor of The Worship Place
* Rev. Vernon Walker
Pastor of Solid Rock
Ministries
* Rev. Joseph Brazwell
Pastor of Nikio Ministries
* Rev. Leofric Thomas
Pastor of Open Arms
Christian Fellowship
* Rev. Ken Middleton
Pastor of One Lord
One Faith
* Rev. David Thomas
Pastor of Joint Heirs
Ministries


" Former Family Law General Magistrate, General Master, and
Hearing Officer for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, presiding over
12,000+ hearings, deciding immediately 99% of the time; Co-
founded Florida's only Family Law Night Court
* AV Rated by Martindale-Hubble,which is the highest attorney rating
possible
* Partner with Lanigan & Combs, P.A.
* Former General Counsel for the Fourth Judicial Circuit
* Former President, Florida Association of Magistrates and Hearing
Officers Former
* Former Adjunct Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law (Florida
Constitutional Law, Remedies, and Lawyering Process I and II)
" Awarded "First Annual Dignity in the Law Award" for public service
on behalf of Florida's families by the Family Law Section of the
Florida Bar (2003)
* Awarded Clay County Child Advocate of the Year in 2001 and 2002,
Clay County Guardian Ad Litem's Office
* Awarded Clay County Child Advocate of the Year in 2003, Clay
County Child Advocates and Custody Evaluators, Inc.
* Former Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of Law and Public
Policy at the University of Florida College of Law
* 1991 Honors Graduate, University of Florida College of Law
" Former Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
* Active Continuing Legal Education Lecturer




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H. Alvin Green Choral & J. W.
Honeysucker Choir in Concert
The H. Alvin Green Memorial Choral and the J. W. Honeysucker
Community Choir, both acclaimed groups appeared at the "Day of Faith",
on Saturday, which was telecast on four local stations, and seen by thou-
sands.
The Sons of Allen and the C. A. Gibbs Male Chorus will sponsor the
Choir and Chorus in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2006, at
Historic Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. The public is invit-
ed. The concert will benefit the Charles Lott Scholarship Fund.

African American Ministries

of Florida Baptist Convention

to hold Leadership Conference


The African American Ministries
Division of the Florida Baptist
Convention, Dr. Eugene
McCormick, director; will host
their 2006 Church Leadership
Development Conference, Friday
and Saturday, September 22 &
23rd. Dr. John Sullivan, Executive
Director-Treasurer of the FBC
invite you to join them on Friday
evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at
8:30 am., at the First Baptist
Church of Jacksonville, 124 W.
Ashley Street, Jacksonville.
The Special Guest Lecturer and
Consultant is Dr. Tony Evans,

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Mrs. Felecia Bailey in Concert
The G. W. Bruton Board of Ushers at New Bethel AME Church, 1231
Tyler St., Rev. William H. Lamar, IV, Pastor; will present Mrs. Felecia
Bailey of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Concert. The concert will
be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 20th. The public is invited.
St. Paul AME Lay Organization to
Celebrate 58th Anniversary, August 27th
The James L. Williams Sr. Lay Organization of St. Paul AME Church,
6910 New Kings Road, Marvin C. Zanders II, Pastor; will celebrate their
58th Anniversary, at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 27, 2006.
The celebration will feature "The Master and Miss Lay Organization
Pageant and Coronation". The contestants are: Tabitha Cobb, Jazmyne
Cushion, Jordan Johnson, Jayon Lesesne and LeJeremy McGhee. The
community is invited. Sis. Maria Pearson, President.
Greater New Mt. Moriah to Hold Annual
Family Conference August 24- 27th
Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, West 9th
Street, Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Sr. and Dr. Percy Jackson Jr., Pastors; will
hold their 2006 Family Conference, Thursday and Friday, August 24 and
25, 2006, nightly at 7 p.m. Conference guests include: Dr. Bruce V. Allen
and The Church Fellowship, Rev. C. E. Preston and St. John Baptist
Church of Orange Park. Dr. Richard Johnson and New Covenant
Ministries of Orange Park, will close the conference, Sunday, August 27th.


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The Women's Ministry of
Wayman Chapel AME Church,
8855 Sanchez Road; Dr. Cynthia
R. Griffin, Director; will celebrate
their 7th Annual Women's
Conference, Thursday, August
17th through Sunday, August 20,
2006.
This year's conference will begin
with a "Sisters Fellowship &
Game Night at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, August 17th. A Prayer
& Praise Celebration with Guest


Speaker Prophetess April
Anderson of the Titus Harvest
Dome, will begin at 7 p.m. on
Friday evening.
Conference workshops on
Saturday will be led by such pow-
erful women of God as Sister
Sheila Thomas Upson of Miracle
Deliverance; Sister LaVon Smart
of Perez Ministries International
Inc.; and Sister Mavis Bush of
Greater Payne Chapel AME
Church.


Sister Tracy Hay of St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church will
serve as the Guest Superintendent
of the Church School at 8:30 a.m.
on Sunday, August 20th. The
dynamic Dr. Rita V. Womack of
West Angeles Church of God in
Christ, Los Angeles, California;
will be the keynote messenger at
the 10 a.m. service.
Everyone is invited to attend all
of the conference events. For more
information, call (904) 739-7500.


First New Zion Missionary Baptist
Revival Closes Friday, August 18th
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive, Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson, Pastor; invites the community to not miss the oppor-
tunity to hear Rev. Alphonso Jackson, of Second Baptist Church, Miami,
FL. Come and be blessed by the Word of God at 7 p.m. on Friday, August
18, 2006.

Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary
Ground Breaking August 19th
Pastor Kelley E. Brown Jr. and the Greater Mount Vernon Missionary
Baptist Church officials invite the community to attend a "History in the
Making... Groundbreaking Ceremony" of the new Mount Vernon
Sanctuary. Saturday, August 19, 2006 is the date and the location is 1462
Prince Street, at 11 a.m. Come out and enjoy the festivities, food and fel-
lowship.
"We have worked very hard, said Pastor Kelley E. Brown Jr. "This
news is the peak o a huge team effort by members of the church. Many
city, state and national officials have been invited to participate in this his-
torical event, but your presence is important, please come.

Rev. Walter Ellis & The Country

Boys In Concert, Aug. 19th
Rev. Walter Ellis & The Country Boys In Concert, Aug. 19th
It's a summer gospel concert that you do not want to miss. Rev. Walter
Ellis & The Country Boys, of Montgomery, Alabama, will be presented in
concert by B&W Productions at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th .
The concert will be held at the Israel United Missionary Baptist Church,
5901 North Main Street. For information, call 254-0786.

Missionary Society Breakfast to be
held At St. Paul AME Church
The Violet Williams Missionary Society. Brenda Smith, President; will
hold a Prayer Breakfast at St. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road,
at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2006.
The public is invited to come and experience a mighty move of God
through prayer, praise, inspirational words and fellowship.


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St. Thomas and Friends Help Pastor Ernie Murray



Celebrate 20 Years of Ministering the Word


Pastor Murray with his daughter Sarah Terry and grand-daughter
Sidney Terry.


Pastor Brian Campbell (Jerusalem Baptist Church), the honoree, pas-
tor Leofric Thomas (Open Arms Christian Fellowship), Minister
Terry Hill Rev. James Peete helped celebrate two decades.


Decon James Douglas, Bro, James Whaley and Deacon Byron
Copeland enjoy the festivities.



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Ahsa Rogers, member of the W..C. Neal Choir gives praises and
greeting to her Pastor.


Councilwoman Mia Jones, Cong. Corrine Brown and Michael
Blaylock helped the pastor commemorate the event.


Behind the scenes, Gracelia McGauley carefully handles the
Anniversary cake.


"Soaring to Lofty Heights:
Enhancing the Kingdom" befitting-
ly was the theme for the St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church
Celebration of Pastor Ernie L.
Murray Sr.'s 20th Anniversary on
Sunday, August 13, 2006. "Higher
Ground" was the selected them
song.
The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church has risen to new
heights under the leadership of
Pastor Murray and its not just in
words, but visible for the communi-
ty to see. The St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church Family
Life Center is nearing completion
as it becomes the center of attrac-
tion on the comer of Moncreif Road
and Rowe Avenue, with only Bank
of America occupying other space
in the block along with the St.
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
Sanctuary.
On the right of the church, the


refurbished St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church Day Care Center
will soon be ready for opening. It is
located where the Davis Mortuary
once stood.
Across the street on Moncrief is
a beautifully restored complex of
buildings that now house the St.
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
Food and Clothing Pantry. This
facility is open Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to all.
Not only have the ministries of
St. Thomas expanded under Pastor
Murray's leadership, but the church
has become an integral force in the
community and is providing needed
services. The family life center will
further expand community services,
and will offer athletics, as well as
banquet facilities, and other com-
munity services.
Sunday, August 13, 2006 was
indeed a day of commemoration
and celebration. A Continental


Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall
and Sunday School set the pace for
the day. Services at 8 a.m., 10:45
a.m. and 4 p.m. followed.
Deacon Henry Simmons led the
Call to Worship with an Opening
Prayer; Bro JaKari Clark gave the
Welcome, and Min. David Dupree
delivered the Spoken Word, at the
early service.
Pastor Ernie L. Murray Jr. deliv-
ered the Spoken Word at the
Morning Service. Sis. Mary L.
Moore, of the Southside Church of
God in Christ rendered a solo. Sis.
Claresa Morton gave announce-
ments, and Sis. Ophelia Fogle
acknowledged visitors.
Visiting Deacons, Pastors and
Congregations commanded the
Evening Service, which included:
Pastor Leofric Thomas, who deliv-
ered the Word, and the Open Arms
Christian Fellowship; Pastor Brian
Campbell, New Jerusalem Baptist


Church; Pastor Landon L. Williams
Sr., Greater Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church; and Pastor Tony D.
Hansberry, Greater Grant Memorial
AME Church.
Words of appreciation were deliv-
ered by Sis. Gloria Taylor; General
Chairlady, Sis. Felicia Edwards,
made presentations; and remarks
were given by Deacon James B.


Douglas Sr. and Pastor Ernie L.
Murray Sr.
This day of commemoration was
complete when the Pastor, congre-
gation, and guests enjoyed deli-
cious refreshments in the
Fellowship Hall.
he Anniversary Commemoration:
Sis. Felicia Edwards, General
Chairwoman; Sis. Sheila Jaudon,


Sis. Graclia McGauley, and Sis.
Sonya Rogers; expressed their
pleasure in serving for the 20th
Anniversary Celebration of their
esteemed and eminent Pastor, Ernie
L. Murray Sr. The committee also
noted that "The Northside/Moncrief
Road will never be the same
because of Pastor Murray's vision."


Florida Senator Found Guilty of Theft


ORLANDO, Fla.. A state sen-
ator was found guilty Monday on
charges that he misused taxpayer
money by having state employees
work to support his re-election
campaign in 2004.
The jury deliberated about three


hours before finding Gary Siplin, a
Democrat guilty of third-degree
grand theft of $5,000 or more, a
felony, and using services of
employees for his candidacy, a mis-
demeanor. No employees were
charged.


He faces up to five years in jail on
the felony charge, court officials
said.
Siplin remains free on bail. Judge
Julie O'Kane scheduled his sentenc-
ing for Sept. 27.


Mugabe Issues Ultimatum to


New Black Farmers in Zimbabwe


HARARE Zimbabwe's President
Robert Mugabe has warned new
black farmers to either produce
food on farms taken from whites or
have the land seized back.
"Those with land should use it to
prove they were indeed interested
in farming in the first place,"
Mugabe said at a Heroes' Day cele-
bration this week.
"Those who can't produce, be
warned, we will take the land back.
We now need to distinguish capable
and committed farmers from hold-
ers of land who are mere cancers
and who should be made to seek
opportunities elsewhere," he said.
Around 4,000 white farmers have
lost their land, since Mugabe
launched his widely criticised land
reform programme in 2000 to
redress the imbalances in land own-
ership from the colonial era.
Fewer than 600 farmers remain on
their properties in Zimbabwe, once
called a regional breadbasket, and
the programme has been widely
criticised as a failure.
"If farming is not in your blood,
switch to what you are good at. We
want those with land to use it. We


President Robert Mugabe
don't want to keep begging for
food," Mugabe told thousands who
gathered to celebrate Zimbabwe's
fallen liberation struggle heroes.
Critics blame the land reform pro-
gramme in part for the country's
economic woes, saying the majority
of its beneficiaries lacked the skills
and means to farm and relied
instead on state handouts.
The octogenarian leader also
warned against stiff punishments
for cash hoarders and black market
currency changers following the a
series of currency reforms aimed at


fighting world-record inflation.
"On this day, let it be known that
wrongful self-enrichment will not
be allowed to go unpunished.
"Whoever is caught on the wrong
side of the law in the ongoing cur-
rency reforms will be charged
according to their crime," he said.
Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank slashed
three zeroes from its currency two
weeks ago and introduced new
bank notes in an effort to reduce
inflation and snuff out a burgeoning
parallel foreign currency market.
Mugabe called on the crowd to
compare "the patriotism and sacri-
fice" of the country's heroes "to the
character of our people who have
chosen to worship the god of wealth
and who have shown greed, corrup-
tion and self-aggrandizement."
"These economic saboteurs should
take heed that we are determined to
fight the scourge of corruption and
do honour to the dignity and
integrity of our nation," he said.
Zimbabwe's annual inflation
declined to 993.6 percent in July
from 1,184.6 percent, while reeling
under spiralling unemployment and
severe fuel and food shortages.


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While Floridians stash away bottled water and bat-
teries in preparation for the next big one, there's one
thing they may be forgetting preparing for the elder-
ly, especially those with Alzheimer's disease.
Florida has the largest per capital elderly population
in the country, with 17.5 percent of Floridians 65 or


If you evacuate:
- Know where you and your loved
one will stay in advance. Many
shelters cannot adequately care for
people with special needs. Make
sure your temporary accommoda-
tions can handle any supplies or
equipment you must bring.
Know how you will get to your
evacuation spot. Make sure you
have access to a mode of trans-
portation that can accommodate
equipment such as a wheelchair, if


older in 2005. Additionally, almost 450,000 Floridians
are living with Alzheimer's. That amounts to one out of
every 10 Alzheimer's sufferers in the US. Many people
with the disease live at home with loved ones.
Caregivers must take extra precautions to care for their
loved ones in a hurricane.


necessary.
Make sure your loved one wears
an ID bracelet that lists the contact
information for your evacuation
spot as well as your home.
Did You Know?
An individual lives with
Alzheimer's on average eight years
from the time of diagnosis to death.
Direct costs of caring for an
Alzheimer's patient average
$174,000, and 70 percent of that is
carried by loved ones, family mem-


bers and caregivers.
- There is hope! Florida can cure
Alzheimer's. Please visit
www.byrdinstitute.org and
www.curealzheimersnow.org for
more information.
The mission of the Byrd
Alzheimer's Institute is established
in statutory language, and more
than 80% of the Institute's budget is
used for these purposes.
The Institute provides grants for
researchers throughout Florida.


What's My Motivation? Identifying Why Weight Loss Matters
The big reunion is coming up. don't want to change, but their impetus for an effort,but by them- need some new vigor to a current
You want the energy to play ball health problems have forced them selves, they. wn?t keep us on task. effort, try this simple approach for
with your kids. into it. Many have been browbeat- No single incident or experience, getting focused.
You've been seriously frightened en into it. Others have tried before no matter how jarring, can continue Get yourself some index cards.
by a near-fatal heart attack. and failed, to stand up to the daily onslaught of Sit down and think about what ben-
Usually, the main reasons for The first thing you have to do Is "eat-more' messages and our own efits you hope to get from losing
wanting to lose weight are to feel identify your own motivation for ingrained, unconscious habits. We weight. Write one such benefit per
and look better, but the nuances to losing weight. There's usually have to dig a little deeper to find card, as many as you can think of.
those motivations are as varied as some compelling reason that gets values that are at least as ingrained When you are finished, organize
the people who have them. people to start a weight-loss effort. as our bad habits, to identify. posi- the note cards by your own priori-
It can be helpful to figure out ways For a woman, it might be a question tive goals that we want to achieve ties. If you've got 60 or 85 or 100
that even the humblest motivations about when your baby s due but as much as we want to avoid the reasons, the mental exercise might
can support your dieting efforts. you're not pregnant For a man, he negative consequences of our over- take a while, but there's a benefit to
Identifying personal motivators might notice the activities at this weight. the very process. You have to look
Individuals facing a new weight- )ear's company picnic seemed so If you are getting read) to take at each idea. think about it, weigh it
loss attempt aren't always terribly much more difficult than last year. another stab at losing weight and against others, let it sink into your
excited about the prospect. Some These turning points are often the getting healthy, or even if you just consciousness.


Shown above are Brandon Harris (Wolfson), Lindsey Harris (Paxon)
and Nigal Mitchell (Jackson). All three are peer health educators.
Youth Enlightening Fellow Teens

on Health Wellness One at Time


While some young Black males
are out there living up to negative
stereotypes, teens representing
Project Youth Link are mentoring
and educating their peers about
their health. The goal of the organi-
zation is to increase awareness and
understanding of HIV/STDs and
empower young people to take
responsibility for themselves.
The program provides a spiritual
forum for youth weekly and coordi-
nates programs and activities that


appeal to teens in a language they
can understand. They also conduct
workshops.
"It's great talking to them," said
KaLisa Ellis, a 17 year old student
who visited their booth at a recent
event. "You often hear from adults
on issues like that. I can relate to it
much better hearing it from some-
one my age." she said.
If you would like the teens to talk
to your group or be present at a par-
ticular event, call 353-2514.


50 Year Old Test Produces Same Ugly Result


The reassuring female voice asks
the child a question: "Can you show
me the doll that looks bad?"
The child, a preschool-aged Black
girl, quickly picks up and shows the
Black doll over a White one that is
identical in every respect except
complexion.
"And why does that look bad?"
"Because she's Black," the little
girl answers emphatically.
"And why is this the nice doll?" the
voice continues.


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"Because she's White."
"And can you give me the doll that
looks like you?"
The little girl hesitates for a split
second before handing over the
Black doll that she has just desig-
nated as the uglier one.
This was not the 1954 doll test
used by pioneering psychologist
Kenneth B. Clark to help make the


case for desegregation in the land-
mark Brown v. Board of Education
Supreme Court decision outlawing
segregated public schools. Rather, it
was a doll test duplicated in
Harlem, N. Y., last year, more than
a half-century after Brown. To the
chagrin of parents and psycholo-
gists across the nation, the results
were unchanged.
The test is again in the news
because of an 8-minute documen-
tary produced by 17-year-old film
student Kiri Davis of Manhattan's
Urban Academ', %ho participates
in the Reel Works Teen
Filmmaking program, a free after
. school program supported by
HBO.
The \ ideo taped doll test
resulted from a collection
of writings Davis had
compiled on issues
of impor-
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4 01B lack
girls in
S her high
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In that
writing,
she noticed that complexion was a
recurring theme.
"I knew what my friends were
going through. These standards of
beauty just kept coming up," Davis
said in an interview with the NNPA
News Service. "I thought it was an
issue that needed to be exposed
more, although at times it seemed
too taboo to talk about. But I


thought a film would just put it all
out there and cause discussion."
In realizing that so many dark-
skinned girls have been told that
lighter or Whiter skin is more beau-
tiful, Davis decided to drive home
her point by conducting the doll
study.
"You could tell these people about
the standards of beauty that are
forced on young girls all you want
to. But they won't get it until you
show them," she said.
And that, she did.
The children are from a Harlem
Day Care Center. And 15 of the 21
children surveyed preferred the
White doll over the Black one, a
results that has astounded many.
Clark and his wife Mamie Phipps
Clark, also a psychologist, conduct-
ed the doll study in 1950 that
showed how racial segregation
destroyed the self-esteem of Black
children. The Clarendon County, S.
C. experiment involved 16 Black
children, ages 6 to 9. They asked
the children their perception of a
White doll and a Black doll. Eleven
of the students said the Black doll
looked "bad" and nine said the
White doll looked "nice".
The test results influenced the U.
S. Supreme Court to hold school
segregation to be unconstitutional
in the 1954 Brown v. Board of
Education of Topeka, Kans. case.
Arguing against the separate-but-
equal doctrine in 1952, Thurgood
Marshall, then an attorney for the
NAACP Legal Defense and


Educational Fund, cited Clark's
work as proof of the doctrine's
damage to the self-image of Black
children. On May 17, 1954,
Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl
Warren announced the court's deci-
sion to desegregate schools in
Brown v. Board of Education.
Clark's doll test was one of his cita-
tions as proof of the psychological
damage on Black children.
The Davis test shows that psy-
chology has not changed very much
at all..
"I'm really not shocked, I am sad
to say," says Julia Hare, a San
Francisco psychologist. "If you
keep doing what you've always
done, you're going to keep getting
what you've always had. Our chil-
dren are bombarded with images
every day that they see on television
screens and on coffee tables either
the light-skinned female that every-
body is pushing or they give prefer-
ence to the closest to White
images."
Davis' film also features brief
interviews with four teens who
object to having been stereotyped
as less intelligent or uglier simply
because they do not meet the expec-
tations of advertisers' perceived
standards of beauty.
That White-is-right image is also
projected through music.
"Look at our rap artists and enter-
tainers, and not just the Lil' Kims
and the Beyonc6s," says Hare.
"Their skin is getting lighter and
lighter and they're getting blonder


and blonder."
Gail Wyatt, a professor of clinical
psychiatry at the University of
California at Los Angeles, says she
would recommend to any parent to
instill racial pride into their children
well before pre-school.
"Youngsters come into their
homes making disparaging remarks
about being brown or African-
descended or about nappy hair,"
says Wyatt. "It is a definite concern
of any parent. We want to know
how our children can grow up in,
their own skin. We can't leave that'
part of a child's development to the
school system or the neighbor-
hood."
Children should be socialized
between the ages of 2-4 to under-
stand culture and skin color, Wyatt
says. "They should be taught a con-
cept of beauty and a context of
ancestry."
Kiri's mother, Ursula Davis, an
education consultant, says educat-
ing her daughter and instilling pride
about her heritage was a high prior-
ity around the home.
She says that when Kiri was in pre-
kindergarten, enjoying the tales of
Cinderella and Snow White, she
once said out loud at school that she
wanted to be a princess, too.
A little friend, a Hispanic boy,
quickly dispelled her dream. He
told her she couldn't be a princess
because she was Black and that
only White girls were princesses.
For a while, Kiri believed her lit-
tle friend but not for long.


"She grew up with African art
around her. We took her to an
exhibit in the Smithsonian about
Black women in Washington,
D.C.," Davis recalls. "She began to
read veraciously about Black her-
itage and African-American stud-
ies...She has immersed herself
since she was very young and
we've immersed her in the celebra-
tion of who she is."
Some parents say their children
are bombarded with countless hega-
tihe images eachday and that it
takes a special effort to" compete
with those images.
"I make sure I know what they see
and what they watch on television.
And many times we are watching
things together," says Alethea
Holland, a Washington, D.C. moth-
er of three daughters ages 7, 9 and
15. "And I give them each a mirror
and I try to make them look in the
mirror and appreciate their beauty
and I make sure that they hear what
I say; not what other people say -
especially at school."
Sandra Cox, director of the
Coalition of Mental Health
Professionals in Los Angeles and a
past president of the Association of
Black Psychologists, says the short
film clip may have understated the
problem.
"I believe if any of us out here [on
the West Coast] were to do the same
study, it would be still worse," she
says. "Hollywood created the stan-
dard."


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Faith and Hope Spread to Teens at Bless the Children


Tamara Brooks, Brittany Hodges, Satese Dickinson and 17 year old
Jade Harrell of Lee High School enjoyed the fellowship.


U.S. Army recruiters were on hand to recruit them young. Shown
above at the Army basketball hoop is Baron McFadden of Oak Leaf
Elementary and Clarence Robinson of Wayman Academy.
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NAACP Youth Council Advisor Flo Rush-White and 17 year old
Raines student Takisha Williams registered youth to vote.


Representing Big Brothers and Big Sisters are Cynthia Gathings and
Gary Stewart.


The youthful crowd enjoyed the variety of Christian rap and dance.


Telishia Nefi leads the teens in the Snap Your Fingers dance contest.


While over six thousand
Jacksonville citizens converged on
the Arena for the Day of Faith,
Ribault High School was the head-
quarters for many youth to get a
dose of faith teen style. From 2 5
p.m. the Ribault High School
Auditorium rocked to the sounds of
bass, steppers, dancers and a live
D.J thanks to WCGL radio.
Targeted to youth of all ages, the
well rounded event included every-
thing from free bicycles and a


dance contest to a unified prayer
and mini health, community and
wellness fair. In addition, there
were also free book bags of school
supplies given away to youth in
attendance.
Themed "Bless the Children",
organizers hoped the event atten-
dees would take away a strong
sense of knowledge that they are
supported by the community and
wants them to succeed in life. Many
of the youth in attendance felt the


SNew Orleans --
S U.S. Rep.
Will i am
Jefferson, whose
Washington
S0office was raid-
ed by the FBI
amid a federal
Rep. Jefferson bribery investiga-
tion, will face a dozen challengers
in the November election.
The official sign-up period for
Louisiana's Nov. 7 congressional
election ended Friday. In Louisiana,
there are no earlier party primaries;
if no candidate gets more than 50
percent of the vote on Election Day,
the top two go to a December
runoff.
Although some are lesser-knowns,
a few challengers carry significant
name recognition, political ties and
fundraising potential that could lead
the eight-term Democrat into his
first hard-fought race in years.
Several candidates said the New
Orleans-based district needs some-
one focused on hurricane recovery,
rather than a federal investigation
that has embroiled Jefferson.
Jefferson framed his opponents as
opportunists who won't succeed in
unseating him.
"I'm not going to be making any
bets on how it turns out. This'll have
a question mark right down to the
end," said Elliott Stonecipher, a
Louisiana-based demographic and
political analyst.
Jefferson was accused of using his
position to promote the sale of
telecommunications equipment and


services offered by iGate, a firm
that sought contracts with African
nations, and of soliciting bribes in
return. The FBI said it found
$90,000 stashed in a freezer in his
home. Two men have been convict-
ed as part of the scandal.
A federal appeals court temporar-
ily delayed the bribery investigation


D.J. The Messenger brought the crowd up with his Christian oriented


rap tunes.
mission was accomplished as they
had opportunities to meet police
officers one on one and even get
information on financial aid.
"It feels good being here," said
Clarissa Adams. The 15 year old
student said adults seems to think
all Black teenagers are getting preg-
nant and trying to rob someone. "If
they take a look around here they
will see we can do it good and
orderly it's just done our way.."


while Jefferson challenges the
legality of the unprecedented FBI
raid on his Capitol Hill office.
Jefferson has not been charged
with a crime and has denied wrong-
doing, but was stripped of his seat
on the powerful Ways and Means
Committee because of the investi-
gation


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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.

Casting Call
Harvest Fields Entertainment
Gospel Stage Play "I Just Wanna Be
Right," will be holding auditions on
Saturday August 19th from 1 4
p.m. Actors, actresses, choreogra-
phers and dancersare needed.
Auditions will be held at The
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
(Across from Bethel Baptist
Church), 101 West 1st. Street. Raw
talent is welcomed to audition also.
For questions, call 904.997.1035.

Back to School Picnic
with ALL 4 ONE
Motorcycle Club
The public is invited to join ALL
4 ONE Motorcycle Club of
Jacksonville to celebrate Back to
School 2006 with a picnic which
includes free food and drinks,
games, swimming, and free school
supplies. The picnic will be held at
Blue Cypress Park, Saturday;
August 19, 2006 from 12pm to
5pm. Contact Black Stallion 904-
864-8187or Jazzy Blaque 904-535-
9105 for further information.

Landscape Design
Workshop
A landscape design workshop that
will also cover drought tolerant
plants and low flow irrigation will
take place on Monday, August


21st, 5:00 8:30 PM at the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Loretto Road. Participants will
learn how to create a garden room
or develop an eye-catching spot in
the landscape. You will learn which
plants to choose for sunny, shady,
wet and dry areas and how to con-
vert flower beds to low flow irriga-
tion. Call 904-387-8850 to pre-reg-
ister. Light refreshments will be
served.

Free Tutoring for
DCPS Students
Title I is now accepting applica-
tions for FREE TUTORING after
school. You must register your
child before the September 8 dead-
line. Meet providers, pick up an
application, and get your child on
the road to academic success at the
Providers Fair. Students must attend
Title I schools and be on free or
reduced price lunch. Fairs will be
held: August 21st 5:00 PM 7:30
PM at R. L. Brown Elementary'
August 22nd, S. P. Livingston
Elementary and on August 23rd,
5:00 PM 7:30 PM at Andrew
Robinson Elementary. For more
information or questions, call (904)
390-2123 for further information.

New Children's
Chorus Auditions
Ms. Twila Miller, Founder and
Music Director of Vox Angelica, is
holding auditions for children ages
9-15 who are interested in singing
with a new Children's Chorus. The
Chorus is holding auditions on the
following Tuesdays in August,
22nd and 29th, from 5:30-7:00
p.m. According to Miller "Children
need to bring only their healthy
voice and joy of music to the audi-
tions so that we can match their
musical pitch. Rehearsals begin on
Tuesday, September 12 and Friday,
September 15. Two required
rehearsals will be held each week.
Tuesday's will focus on vocal train-
ing and choral work. Friday's will


be reserved for dance and move-
ment. To schedule an audition, call
the Cultural Center at: 280-0614.

Dreamgirls at the
Alhambra
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.

Learn About 4H
The public is invited to join the
Duval County 4-H Youth
Development Program on
Thursday, August 24, 2006, as 4-H
Kicks-Off a new year. Learn about
their programs and educational
opportunities. The Kick-Off will be
held at the Extension Office, 1010
N. Mc Duff Ave, at 6:30 p.m. For
more information call (904) 387-
8858 and ask for Andre Townsend.

African American Collections
Dedication.
The Jacksonville Main Library
will have their African-American
Collections Dedication on Saturday,
August 26th at 2:30 p.m. The
African American Collection is new
to the library and contains various
materials files that highlight the his-
torical, social, civic, religious, eco-
nomic, and cultural life of African
Americans. The keynote speaker
for the ceremony will be local
author and educator Bettye J.
Sessions. The public is invited to
participate in the dedication which
will take place in the Main auditori-
um and is free and open to the pub-
lic.
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


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TERRIBLE
THING
TO WASTE'
We are born with limitless potential.
Help us make sure that we all have the chance
to achieve, Please visit uncf.org or call
1-800-332-8623.
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the Duval County Extension Office
. The cost of the class is $5.00 at the
door, which will include some take
home seedlings. Call 387-8850 to
pre-register. Seating limited to 25.

FCCJ Dance
Ensemble Auditions
Plan ahead now for auditions for
the Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Companies. Auditions will be held
on August 30 at 6 p.m. at the
Florida Community College South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
904.646.2361 or e-mail
rfletche@fccj.edu.

Labor Day Weekend
at American Beach
Launch the Labor Day celebra-
tions with family and friends on
American Beach, Saturday,
September 2, 2006 from 11:00 a.m.
- 8:00 p.m. at Burney Park. The
American Beach Property Owners'
Association and the A. L. Lewis
Historical Society are hosting this
annual family affair. Enjoy dancing
to a live band, beach games, silent
auction, book signing for "That
Summer at American Beach" and
much more. For additional infor-
mation contact, J. M. Smith,
Chairman, 904-261-7906.

Tom Joyner
Family Reunion
Tom Joyner will join Mickey
Mouse over the Labor Day week-
end when he hosts "The Tom
Joyner Family Reunion" at Disney
World. This event brings hundreds
of families from across the country
to the popular vacation destination
for private parties and concerts as
well as special events for the entire
family such as family fitness work-
outs, a Sunday worship and gospel
service and more.

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 on sale at Ticket
Master Outlets or online at
www.ticketmaster.com. The week-
ends activities will include an
awards and recognition banquet on
Friday night, a Family Fun Day and
a post victory celebration at the
Hyatt Hotel. Call 996-7122 for
more information.

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
African-American students in the
areas of liberal arts, health care,


higher education and the arts. it will
be on Saturday, September 9th at
the Ritz Theatre. 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 11th. 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.
Volunteers Needed for Coastal Cleanup
Local volunteers are needed to join the world's largest one-day cleanup
event. The City of Jacksonville's Clean It Up, Green It Up Division will
coordinate local efforts for the 21st Annual International Coastal Cleanup,
on Saturday, Sept. 16. Residents are encouraged to volunteer a few hours
of their time to achieve cleaner, safer shorelines, waterways and neighbor-
hood roadsides throughout Jacksonville. Advance registration is NOT
required; bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers are needed at
Jacksonville Beaches, Hanna Park, Huguenot Park, Fort Caroline National
Memorial, Blue Cypress Park and Talbot Island Parks. Participants must
be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult and should bring water and wear
sturdy footwear and sun protection. For information about designated
times at the various parks, contact Clean It Up, Green It Up, at 630-3420.
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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Reflections

On a Night

to Remember

Every now and then we can
reflect on a moment that made an
impact on our lives, or at least
one that can be revered as very
special. The Jacksonville Free
Press will periodically detail
those special moments in reader's
lives through a new segment enti-
tled. Defining Moments. Readers
are encouraged to share their
experiences. Our series will begin
with Reflections on a Night to
remember. Enjoy
By Sylvia Perry
One night, not too man.
years ago, I had the
opportunity of co-
hosting a party to an
event that reigns
supreme as the
most delightful
evening in my
life. It occurred in i:
May, 2000.
Five very special ;:,i
friends and I, AI
JuCoby Pittman l
(Peele), Charles ,. ;
Griggs, Vincent
Cameron, Reggie Full 'ood '",.
and Rahman Johnson decided
to throw a party. We really had no
special reason other than the fact
that at the time most o f us'. \\ere all
still single and Nwe frequently
enjoyed the camaraderie of each
others company, so why not share it
with just a few others. The best laid
plans were put in place allowing us
to create the ambiance of a luau on
the Trout River on a beautiful May
night. The chosen date was selected
because it was my best friend's
birthday so why not. Out of town
guests flew in from Ohio and
California and other places for the
"Luau" experience we created.
The party took three months to
plan and all of the hosts contributed
a minimum of $500. In addition, we
were all were responsible for
recruiting at least three additional
friends to "work" the party. We
decided to prepare the food our-
selves to save on costs but believe
me, it was no cheap event.
Delicacies included Polynesian
fried rice, Hawaiian Shrimp
Kabobs, Beef sticks, asian
dumplings, etc and your choice of
beverage ranged from orange juice
and Kool aid to Courvosier and
Moet. Every two weeks we met in
preparation for our affair that even-
tually became dubbed Luau 2K.
Each person was allowed to invite
25 guests which hopefully gave us a
max of 150 people because we
know not everyone shows up right?
We painstakingly talked my
mother into letting us hold the party
in the backyard of her home and as
the date grew closer, the rules and
regulations grew steeper. There will
be nobody allowed in the house, no
one is allowed to park in front of the
house and block the driveway, no
children allowed ... I began to
think she spent her days devising
ways to sabotage the party. Every
wish however was granted. Our
invitation instructed guests to park
their cars at a park down the street


(for which we had hired JSO) to
watch, and the official luauu shuttle'
brought them back and forth to the
house. We did have an occasional
Ferrari or some other uber luxury
vehicle insist on curb service as
jaguar players and the like made
their way by our gathering and
insisted on parking at the residence.
The night was perfect from tem-
perature to atmosphere. As each
guest arrived (who ranged in age
from 21 71), they were greeted by
one of our volunteer hostesses and
given a lei before entering the luau
tunnel complete with
lights and
flo- -


r a .. ;.
Garnish. As
guests arrived at the
backyard, the pool which was col-
ored a Bahama blue, glowed in the
moonlight which was adjacent to
the patio where D.J. Charles
Scantling was set up. The big yel-
low tent was headquarters complete
with table and chairs and food, the
utility house had been set up as the
full service bar and the boathouse
was the card playing headquarters.
Somewhere in between the patio
and the tent became the dance floor
and it was on. We electric slided,
ate, drank, played cards and fellow-
shipped till the cows came home.
Before the .night was over, we
would have even played hide and
seek. Crazy right?
My mother would occasionally
take her special friends inside to


The cast of "Grey's Anatomy"
will have an additional person-of-
color for its 2006/2007 run. Veteran
actress Diahann Carroll, who made
history in 1968 as the first African
American woman to star in a TV
series, will join the cast of the pop-
ular ABC drama when it kicks off
its new season on Thursday, Sept.
21 at 9 p.m.
"Each time, I'm surprised [to still
be asked to appear on a television
show]," she tells Entertainment
Tonight in an exclusive interview.
"I feel as though they've counted
me out. I might as well sit on the
beach. Then the phone rings."
Thirty-eight years after breaking
barriers with "Julia," the 1968
series starring Carroll as a widowed
nurse raising her son, the 71-year-
old Bronx native received a call
from "Grey's Anatomy" creator


enjoy watching the zoo in the air
condition. Others were left to the
mercy of the mandatory port-o-let.
But it was all good. There were no
complaints. Our birthday girl final-
ly arrived close to midnight and we
still sang Happy Birthday to her.
Over the night, there was an esti-
mated four hundred plus guests that
ventured our way. And, you know a
police had to stop by a time or two
to complain about our noise which
really wasn't all that bad.
The next day, everyone arrived for
the cleanup and we did it all over
Imm-. again as we


reflected on the evening. People
that were there the night before
even stopped by to help. They said
that it was so much fun, they knew
we would still be around the next
day.
That night, all of those years ago
now seems like a lifetime away,
though it was only five. So much
has changed. Ju'Coby is now mar-
ried and has a toddler son. Vince is
married too with five kids and is
president of the I.L.A. Reggie is
married and is expecting his second
child on the eve of his election bid
to the Florida House of
Representatives. Rahman Johnson
has been on a hit television show
and is in talks for his own produc-
tion deal with HBO. Other people


in the photograph have had similar
life changing experiences with new
marriages, children and career
changes. Most significantly, "Uncle
Bruce" (who is shown in the photo
kneeling) the bartender passed
away the following year
May 6, 2000 was a night when we
were all footloose and fancy free
enjoying life and sharing it with
friends. An evening devoid of com-
plications and drama, Luau 2K was
the culmination of some of the best
laid plans, and an exemplary exam-
ple of how a machine can work
together to make something
absolutely perfect for no reason but
out of good will and love. I will
N always cherish and celebrate the
memories from that very
special night and the
events leading up to
I it. Witnessing the
birth from all of
our preceding
hard work
4 was glorious,
it was simply
S. di perfect for us
-d -and everyone
Swho attend-
ed. Now that
we all have
.<.. grown in many
S. di Tle rent directions
anid ailen our places,
The party's hosts and
S-olunteer staff" are shown
aboi e. LUnfortunately through-
the entire e enl, only three pic-
taken.

responsibilities and roles in society,
the time and effort it took to make
that party happen is no longer there.
Every now and then when some of
us are in the same place, the con-
versation will fondly drift back to
that wonderful night in May. Each
memory shared brings a smile and
dote of laughter to the participants.
Needless to say the consensus
remains even six years later, it was
one of the best nights of our lives.
If you have a special memory that
you would like to share. Please send
to: Defining Moments, Jacksonville
Free Press, P.O. Box 43580,
Jacksonville, FL 32203 or e-mail
JFreePress@aol.com


SNEAK PEEK AT DREAMGIRLS
*DreamWorks is offering video content from
its upcoming movie musical "Dreamgirls" at
the film's official Web site
www.dreamgirls.dreamworks.com. Footage
includes a "Making Of' featurette containing
interviews with co-stars Beyonce and Jennifer
Hudson, as well as an interview with director-
screenwriter Bill Condon. The film adaptation of the Tony-winning
Broadway play also stars Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx and Danny Glover in
the story of a girl group and its troubled rise to fame. The "Teaser Trailer"
is also available for viewing on the Web site.
NEW RWANDA FLICK POINTS FINGERS
A new film about Rwanda's 1994 geno-
.. cide puts the United Nations on blast for
not doing enough in the early stages of the
," s' I conflict. "Shake Hands with the Devil" is
Based on the book by Romeo Dallaire, the
"' former Canadian general in command of
U.N. forces in Rwanda at the time who
was so traumatized by his failure to stop
the massacres he later tried to kill himself. "It is really about the bigger
issue of what the U.N. role is in situations like these," director Roger
Spottiswoode told Reuters. Spottiswoode said the film was particularly
timely given the calls on the U.N. to intervene to end the war in Lebanon,
and the ongoing efforts to send a U.N. force to address Sudan's troubled
Darfur region.
PUFFY SHOWS HIS DIVA SIDE
If you thought Janet Jackson's Fijian water
demands were a bit diva-ish? Diddy's recent
actions in St. Tropez may very well put the "Call
On Me" singer to shame.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's
gossip site, the Bad Boy exec and girlfriend Kim
Porter were attempting to fly from St. Tropez, in
the south of France, to Rome when the pilot told
him there was too much luggage to fly. Combs promptly spent $16,200 for
a second jet to carry his Louis Vuitton luggage alone. Rumors also say she
is pregnant with their second child
A source said: "His girlfriend also wasn't pleased with the chef they'd
had all week, so Diddy had another flown in from Monaco to replace him."
DONNA SUMMER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Donna Summer has signed with Sony BMG imprint Burgundy Records
and is set to record a new album to be released in 2007. The disc, accord-
S .S ing to the disco diva, will feature original songs,
and maybe several covers, including something
.: tit from Marvin Gaye. Summer said she was
preparing to record some duets with the late
Motown artist in the early 80s before his untime-
ly death. "I have always loved his work,"
.. Summer tells The Associated Press. "I was lis-
tening to his music the other day. His songs are
relevant, touching and gripping. A couple of
them' would make for very" tmnei) -covers."
Burgundy Records also includes artists Chaka
Khan and Aaron Neville.


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Shonda Rhimes
about becoming a
regular for the
new season.
"She said the
most lovely
thing," Diahann
recalls. "She said, 'I knew when I
was a girl that if I had any success
in television or film that I wanted to
work with you.' I said, 'When I hear
things like that, you make me feel
so wonderful that I'll work for noth-
ing.'"
Unfortunately, Carroll promised
producers that she would not reveal
details about her character, nor
divulge information about upcom-
ing storylines.
"They explain that you just say
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