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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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English
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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Jacksonville Fla
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August 31, 2006
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Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
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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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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Material Information

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 31, 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:
UF00028305:00084

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


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Table of Contents
    Main
        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
        page 5
    Main: Faith & Spirit
        page 6
    Main continued
        page 7
        page 8
        page 9
    Main: Around Town
        page 10
        page 11
        page 12
        page 13
        page 14
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All is Fair


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Jefferson

Descendant Still

Being Denied

DNA to Prove

Genealogy
Page 9


Obama

Takes on

Africa
America's First Black Senator
Since Reconstruction Making
Lasting Impression on Tour
Page 14


in Love and

War for

Desperate

Politicians
Page 4


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50 Cents


South Africans Fall Victim

to Oprah Winfrey Fraud Scam
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Police began questioning suspects after
discovering an investment scam that used. Oprah Winfrey's name days
after she interviewed prospective pupils in South Africa for her new all-
girls school.
Some 500 people crowded into a community center in the eastern city
of Grahamstown after being told that they had to make a simple payment
of $1.40 with the promise of then receiving $168 per month for 10 years.
Police said Winfrey knew nothing about it.
Authorities who went to the community center Thursday after hearing
locals boast about their pending windfall were shouted.at and told to go
away, the South African Press Association reported. Police confiscated
160 applications and returned nearly $280. he said.
Scams are a frequent occurrence in South Africa, targeted mainly at the
poor and uneducated. The latest one was apparently fueled by publicity
surrounding Winfrey's brief visit to the country to interview prospective
pupils for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.Earlier in the
week, Winfrey selected all 73 girls aged 11-12 who had shown up for
interviews. More children from other parts of South Africa will be cho-
sen later this year.

Miss Texas is First Black

Contestant Representing State
Last weekend. Miss Frisco Shilah
Phillips was crowned Miss Texas, making
L k V1 her the first African-American woman to
represent the Lone Star state in the Mtiss
.America aPgeAi.'-
While most pageant contestants go
through the motions a couple times before
winning a crown, Phillips won as a first-
time participant. She decided to enter the
world of pageantry after-bearing about it
from a friend. -
"I feel so honored to have that title, and
I feel that many more [African-American
women] will enter the system knowing
that they have a chance," said.Phillips.
The scholarship money involved in the Miss America Pageant is defi-
nitely a motivating factor for Phillips. but the chance to spread her plat-
form is equally important to her.
"Children need to know that whatever dream they have, they need to get
an education firstt" she says.
Phillips learned this lesson the hard way after dropping out of college
to pursue stardom as a singer. She returned to school, and is now ajun-
ior at the University of North Texas. After she finishes her bachelor's
degree in jazz studies, she will continue in that program to earn a mas-
ter's degree. Her eventual goal is to be a performer.

Bus Driver Orders Students to the

Back of the Bus for White Children
LOUSIANA Nine black children attending Red River Elementary
School in Coushatta. LA were directed last week to the back of the school
bus by a white driver % ho designated the front seats for white children.
Vickie Welborn of the Shreveport Times writes that the situation has
outraged relatives of the black children who have filed a complaint with
school officials. Superintendent Kay Easley was to meet with the family
members in her office on Thursday morning.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also
is considering filing a formal charge with the U.S. Department of Justice.
writes Welborn. NkAACP District Vice President James Panell. of
Shreveport, said hie wouldd apprise Justice attorneys of the situation this
week. He's considering asking for an investigation into the bus incident
and other aspects of the school system's operations, including pupil-
teacher ratio along with a breakdownii of the numbers of black and white
teachers employed.
"If the smoke is there, then there's probably fire somewhere else," Panell
said in a phone interview from New Orleans. "At this point, it is extreme-
ly alarming. We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we wvon. Why is this
happening again?"


Volume 20 No. 33 Jacksonville, Florida August 31 September 6, 2006

Bush Administration 'Turns Its

,ine~ Back' On School Integration


Shown above reviewing a display, part of the new African-American
collection at the Library are the Straughter family: Terrel, Terry, Essie
Ford and Terica.

African-American Collection

Providing a New Experience


Going to the Library used to be a
very ordinary experience. These
days, it can be life changing.
Gone are the days when a library


Central Bus
With an original 1956 audio record-
ing of Rosa Parks discussing the bus
incident that ignited a boycott thai
would help change a nation, local dig-
nitaries joined together to commemo-
rate the official name changing cere-
mony of the Jacksonville Transil
Authority's central bus facility
Formerly known as the FCCJ Transil
Station, Rosa Parks' name now pre-
cedes it's original moniker.
The JTA Has come a long way in the
diversity arena since it was first inte-
grated with eight Black professional
bus drivers in the fall of 1960.
Between 1960-1964 nearly twc
dozen Black drivers were working.
These days there are countless Blaclk
drivers and of course, riders may sil
where they want.
The event marks a time of recogni-
tion for our city, at a time when race
relations are slowly improving,
despite pitfalls. Ceremonies included
the unveiling of a bronze plaque fea-
turing Parks and a glass-encased dis-
play marking her achievements as
well as a tribute to JTA's original
African-American bus operators.


was just about books. Thanks to the
Better Jacksonville Plan, the new
main library is a rewarding experi-
ence continued on page 5


by Lorinda Bullock, NNPA
Briefs filed last week by the Bush
administration to halt voluntary
school integration programs have
civil rights and progressive legal
groups fearful the gains made by
the 1954 Brown vs. Board of
Education Supreme Court decision
will be reversed.
"Brown vs. Board was one of the
most significant land mark deci-
sions of the 20th Century in 1954.
Now 52 years later in 2006, that
battle is still being fought in the
schools," said John Brittain, chief
counsel of the Lawyers Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law in
Washington, D.C.
The administration has sided with
White parents in districts in Seattle
and Louisville, who claim integra-
tion guidelines actually discrimi-
nate against White students and
violate the equal protection clause


of the Constitution.
U.S. Solicitor General Paul D.
Clement urged the justices in the
briefs to rule "That the use of racial
classification to achieve a desired
racial balance in public schools" is
as wrong as racial segregation.
Along with the lawyers for the
Jefferson County and Seattle school
districts, Ted Shaw, Director-
Counsel and President of the
NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund and Brittain will
file briefs that argue voluntary inte-
gration does not violate the
Constitution in October.
The Supreme Court should hear
the arguments in December and are
expected to rule by next spring,
Brittain said.
In the Louisville case Meredith vs.
Jefferson County,a White parent
said her son was home because of -
Continued on page 7


Station Named in Honor of Rosa Parks
U .. f I, ',,


(left to right) Michael J. Blaylock, JTA Executive Director/CEO; Donald P. Hinson, JTA Chairman of the
Board; Mayor John Peyton; State Senator Anthony Hill; Cleve Warren, JTA Board of Directors; Mark
Kerrin, former Rosa Parks' security chief; pose in front of the Rosa Parks display at the newly dedicat-
ed Rosa L. Parks/FCCJ Transit Station in downtown Jacksonville. Rosa Parks is in the inset.


Felons Right to Vote Fight Wins Major Victory


Last week, in a major voting viduals with a felony conviction.
rights victory, an Alabama judge The NAACP Legal Defense and
ruled that state and local election Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and
officials have improperly disfran- Alabama attorney Edward Still
chised eligible voters in violation of filed Gooden v. Worley to challenge
the State Constitution. the unlawful denial of the right to
The Court in Gooden v. Worley vote to eligible voters with felony
ordered the Alabama Secretary of convictions Alabama law only
State and Jefferson County barred people whose felony convic-
Registrar to "cease and desist in tions involved "moral turpitude,"
refusing voter registration" to indi- which the statute did not define.


The Alabama Secretary of State,
however, had expanded the reach of
the law by instructing voter regis-
trars to refuse registration to all
people with felony convictions.
It was not until the passage of the
Voting Rights Act of 1965 that
Plaintiff Richard Gooden, like thou-
sands of other African Americans,
was permitted to register to vote.
Until that time, Alabama relentless-


ly and systematically pursued
efforts to deny voting and office
holding to Blacks. Mr. Gooden was
registered to vote from the mid-
1960s until 2000, when he was con-
victed of felony DUI, and informed
by the State of Alabama that his
voting rights were revoked.
The Court concluded that the sta-
tus quo prior to the ruling required
Continued on page 12


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Thinking of Going Back to School? Better Think Twice


Going back to college may be one
of the most important financial
investments an adult can make,
whether it's undergraduate or post-
graduate work.
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, the expected lifetime earn-


ings of a bachelor's degree-holder
are $2.1 million, whereas those
with only high school educations
are expected to earn $1.2 million.
Tack on a master's degree, and the
expected lifetime earnings jump to
$2.5 million.


Frat Brothers Start Their

Own Lemonade Company


Tony D. Nelson

Nelson Elected

Jaxport Chair
The Governing Board of the
Jacksonville Port Authority (JAX-
PORT) today selected Board
Officers for the new fiscal year
(beginning October 1), electing
Tony D. Nelson as Board
Chairman.
Mr. Nelson, Vice Chairman during
the fiscal year now ending, is
President of the First Coast Black
Business Investment Corp. in
Jacksonville. In addition to Mr.
Nelson, the Board elected the fol-
lowing Board officers:
- Ricardo Morales, Jr. was elected
Vice Chairman;
Ambassador Marilyn McAfee
was elected Secretary; and
William C. Mason, III, Ed.D,
was elected Treasurer.
Other members of JAXPORT's
Board include Thomas P. Jones, Jr.;
T. Martin "Marty" Fiorentino, Jr.;
and Jerry W. Davis.
Each fiscal year, JAXPORT's
seven-member Board elects from
its membership officers to serve
one-year terms, ending September
30 of each year. All seven members
have served on the Board since the
new maritime-focused Jacksonville
Port Authority was formed in 2001.


By Carla Thompson, BV
Montgomery, Ala.-based Ensemble
Beverage Company is a growing
and still unknown African-
American business, but the owners,
three brothers of Omega Psi Phi
fraternity, hope that Heritage
Lemonade and other assorted fla-
vored drinks will become the bev-
erage of choice for people across
the country and around the world.


Robert Smith, partner and director
of marketing, and James Harris,
president, are Alabama State
University grads. They, along with
their partner, Nate Shaw, are trying
to make a mark in highly competi-
tive yet rapidly growing industry
with their Down Home Country
Juices whose flavors include black-
berry and watermelon, as well as
lemonade.
While it has been widely reported
that sales of carbonated beverages
have been relatively flat, fruit and
fruit flavored drinks were the lead-
ing category in new drink launches


in November 2005 to January 2006
with 90 percent more beverages
released under this category in the
same time frame last year," accord-
ing to ProductScan Online. And
according to the most recent figures
from Beverage Digest, "Americans
spent roughly $91.4 billon annually
on refreshment beverages."
Obstacles to Opportunity
In 2001, James Harris was laid off
from his position at
Coca-Cola. He didn't
have a job but he did
have a plan -- an old
business plan for a
beverage company
that he developed as
part of an MBA class
at Auburn University.
Smith and Shaw
signed on and the
three started creating
nd Nate Shaw. their first flavors.
After a series of fits and starts,
including purchasing equipment for
a plant only to discover it did not
have running water to a key part of
the facility, they began to have lim-
ited success. One of their first cus-
tomers was Calhoun Foods, an
Alabama-based black-owned gro-
cery store chain. Barber shops and
other small stores also began to
carry their product.
Since Ensemble Beverage was a
small company with a "zero mar-
keting budget" the partners had to
find more creative ways to pene-
trate the market and increase sales
volume.
Continued on page 7


Statistics show the significant
financial benefits of holding a
degree; however, the road to get
there is sometimes blocked by hid-
den financial barriers. Mike
Sullivan, director of education for
Take Charge America, a national
nonprofit credit counseling agency,
says adult students often have more
financial burdens than their
younger counterparts.
"Many adults who return to col-
lege have full-time jobs, children
and own homes," he said. "It can
be a challenge to balance these
financial responsibilities with
school and not fall into debt."
Despite the additional expense,
many adults are finding their way
back into the classroom. The U.S.
Census Bureau reports that 6.1 mil-
lion college students or 37 percent
- are older than age 25.


If you're thinking of hitting the
books to advance your career, keep
in mind these five expenses as you
make our plans and set your budget:
Child Care Parents of young
children will need to pay for child
care during school functions if a
spouse, family member or close
friend is not available. In addition
to class time, you may need a
babysitter to cover you during out-
side school projects and when
doing homework on the weekends.
House/Yard Work Extensive
school work can take you away
from daily house chores and yard
work. Many adult students find it
easier to hire a cleaning or lawn
maintenance service; yet, that could
set you back considerably each
month.
Healthcare If you are leaving
your job to return to school, or


switching to a part-time position,
you may lose full-time benefits,
such as healthcare. This can be
especially burdensome if your
spouse and/or children are attached
to your health plan at work. Single-
enrollment plans can easily be three
times as expensive as being part of
a group.
401(k) Similar to healthcare
benefits, switching to a part-time
job could force you to stop regular
deposits into a 401k plan. If you
have been counting on a specific
retirement date, does this force you
to delay your plans? Do you have
other investments to pad the loss?
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Aiuoust 31 SPntembher 6, 2006


Parents and administartors shred the moment in a picture as the honorees (holding money trees) said good-
bye to the youth program they had worked with for years. Shown (L-R) are Brenda Lewis, Jessica Giraldo,
Robin Lang, Tia Mackey and Jettie Collier. FMP Photo
MWKF Says Goodbye to Program

Administrators at Annual Family Night
S The Mali Vai Washington Kids
Foundation held their annual
Family Night for parents and stu-
dents to acquaint them with the
benefits of the free kids tennis pro-
igram. Held annually at the begin-
ning of the year, over 100 parents
came out to the Emmett Reed
Center to enjoy a pizza dinner and
learn about the activities their kids
will be participating in.
In addition to learning about pro-
.-~ gramss for their kids, tax help and
mortgage assistance experts were
,. ..on hand to answer questions about
their new programs.
Program participants clockwise from left: Benzell Lang, Tyrone The youth are currently practicing
Davis, Jeffery Hunnicutt, Trenden Davis, Tyquan Brown, Myranda for their first match on September
Love, Tamera Surrency and Ashton Scott get acquainted. 9th.

Elections Supervisors, Realtors

Join Forces to Move the Vote


people i in>udiately about register-
In; an id pro\u des them with the
applica.iiori 10 do so."
Rejaltor office. i the five counties
ill tij\i 'otcr iegistratioinlJ.pplica-
tions in specially designed contain-
ers. Iii .t dditi-ill, %o01i1 n jteli.ils
v.ill be offered to home buyers as
par t o 0 their closing.


Keynote speaker, Florida State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, District 13,
shared with local Realtors the importance of public/private partner-
ships to make projects like Move the Vote successful.


Supervisors of Elections and
Realtors from Clay, Duval, Nassau,
Putnam and St. Johns counties
joined forces in an unprecedented
public private partnership to regis-
ter voters.
The project is called Move the
Vote. "When people move either


into the community or within one of
our counties, they need to register
or update their existing registra-
tion," commented Barbara
Kirkman, Supervisor of Elections
for Clay County. "That's why we
thought it would be perfect to part-
ner with the Realtors. It reminds


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BOSTON Renovators working archaeology and
at a Beacon Hill townhouse uncov- anthropology pro-
ered what archaeologists believe fessor, who is help-
are the remnants of a 19th century ing lead the exca-
free black household. vation, told The
The shoes, doll fragments, hat Boston Globe. "To
pins, children's marbles and an get a look at a free
empty sarsaparilla bottle, among African-American
other items, were found beneath the household -
flooring of what once was thought wow!"
to be a privy and could provide Workers doing
insight into the lifestyle of free renovations for
black families in Boston during that property owner Ellen Berkland, an archaeologist for the city (
time, experts said. Michael Terranova Boston, displays an empty sarsaparilla bottle while
The house was built about 1840 by exposed brickwork standing in what archeologists believe is the ren
Robert Roberts, a free black man beneath the floor nants of a 19th century free-black household, i
who was an active abolitionist and of an attached Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood
worked as a butler for Gov. shed. "I hadn't thought it was possible t
Christopher Gore. He wrote "The Terranova consulted the staff at the get archeologists here," sai
House Servants' Directory" in 19th-century African Meeting Terranova, who was not legally
1827. House, the free-black church and obligated to report the discovery
Despite the national influence of community center whose Beacon historical artifacts on his property
Boston's black families in the aboli- Hill site is now affiliated with the "These people were poor, but the
tionist movement, there is almost National Park Service. They point- did great things," Terranova sai
no record of their daily lives. ed him to Beaudry and Ellen "They fought for integration
"It's a wonderful piece of history," Berkland, archaeologist for the city transportation, theaters, and ti
Mary Beaudry, a Boston University of Boston. schools."


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LIVE FROM CITY HALL







by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood



All Is "Not" Fair in Love and War


Many politicians feel that they
must win elections by "any means
Necessaryy" I guess if a political
.office is your livelihood, then you
have to do what you have to do. Not
that I agree with that position, but it's
'a sentiment that is shared by many
elected folks.
As for me, when campaigning I
-think that there needs to be certain
boundaries that are not crossed.
'Many of you faithful Free Press
readers know that I am running for
office, State House District 15 to be
'exact. And as a candidate I believe
that when running against someone
you stick to the issues that affect the
community.
However, many politicians use sep-
-arate election communication groups
or 527s as most refer to them, to do
their dirty work. These organizations
are not bound by the contribution
limits of candidates so they can raise
as much money as they want. One of
the richest political groups in the
state is the trial lawyers.
Every election year they form sev-
eral 527s and work to make sure that
their chosen candidates are elected
or re-elected. They work very close-
ly with candidates and have almost
unlimited amounts of money to beat
up on the opposition. Well, my oppo-
nent in this highly contested race and
her trial lawyer friends have decided
that I am obviously enemy number
one.
They have been sending out litera-
ture connecting me with big
Republicans like George and Jeb
Bush yeah, if anyone knows me
you are probably laughing at the
notion. I predicted this in the Free
Press two weeks ago and they do not
call me the Swami for nothing.
Actually, this group and my oppo-
nent are very predictable. When can-
didates or organizations can not
attack someone on their voting
record or simply focus on the issues


they go the route of attempting ruin
your good name. Or as a good friend
would say, they attempt to "muddy
the waters."
Let me just state for the record that
I am not a Republican and never will
be. However, I think that it is a mis-
take to lump everyone from the same
political party in the same boat. I am
a loyal Democrat, but there are a lot
of Democrats that I don't like.
On the flip side, I have a lot of
friends who are Republican, and I
am sure that it's not a surprise to any-
one with half a brain, but all
Republicans don't act or think like
George W. Bush. Most of us regard-
less of party affiliation agree on the
majority of problems facing our
country.
It's the 10 to 15 percent of issues
that we deal with that divide us.
Issues like abortion, gay marriage
and war with Iraq are the wedges
that divide. But getting back to little
old me or a moment. My character is
being attacked by my opponent and
her trial lawyer's friends in the most
asinine way.
They are sending out direct mail to
voters and putting my photo with the
Bush brothers and other prominent
Republicans attempting to say that
because some businesses that donat-
ed money to Republicans also donat-
ed money to me.
Yeah I know, it's ridiculous, but
they are doing it. In fact, The Florida
Times Union pointed out that my
opponent has more "Republican"
backers than I do. In fact, one of her
supporters gave $150,000 to the
Florida Republican party last year. If
this is not a case of "the pot calling
the kettle black" I don't know what
is.
I find the notion of me being an
undercover Republican humorous at
best, but again indicative a candidate
who can not debate their opponent
on the issues that are 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.
But as I said earlier, this was of no
surprise to me. I witnessed it before
in the Tony Hill and E. Denise Lee
campaign. Some organization, prob-
ably the same trial lawyer group sent
out similar direct mail pieces on
Denise Lee calling her a Republican.
I remember thinking who would
believe that Denise is an undercover
Republican?
Unfortunately, groups like these
trial lawyers are well funded and
state legislators have created laws
that allow them to be as negative as
they want.
Louis Farrakhan once said, "I can-
not tolerate black exploitation of
black people any more than I can tol-
erate it from white people."
Attack ads that falsely paint candi-
dates in a certain light should be
very offensive to the electorate
because they assume that we are not
smart enough to see through the non-
sense being put out. But I guess they
have been somewhat successful
because they keep sending out the
same garbage every election cycle.
What is even sadder than the nega-
tive direct mail is the fact that this
group is funding another group that
has been standing on corners and
passing out false information about
me to any and everybody who will
take the literature. I guess desperate
people do desperate things.
As Marcus Garvey taught, "Let us
not try to be the best or worst of oth-
ers, but let us make the effort to be
the best of ourselves."
Signing off from campaign head-
quarters,
Reggie Fullwood


Disrespectful merchants,


By. Louis "Hop" Kendrick


Andrew Young was partially
correct
A few months ago I wrote a col-
umn about the almost non-exis-
tence of Black entrepreneurs. I
explained that throughout the Black
communities all of the merchants
were different than us. The
Russians own the gas stations,
Pakistanis, the fish stores, Koreans,
the nail stores, Arabs, the rent-a-rim
stores, Chinese, the beauty sup-
plies, East Indians, the clothing
stores, and their market is 99 per-
cent Black.
I am compelled to write this col-
umn again because Andrew Young
made a similar statement, which
resulted in his termination form
Wal-Mart. In my estimation he was
partially correct, but incorrect in his
presentation.
Jewish people owned all of the
stores in my youth and usually
there were positive interactions. We
all lived in the neighborhood, went
to school together and generally
had a respectful relationship. I dis-
agree with Andy's negative remarks


why do we accept them?


about the Jewish merchants with
whom I came in contact. However,
I am in almost total agreement with
his accurate description of how we
allow merchants of an array of dif-
ferent nationalities to disrespect us
as a people and we continue to sup-
port them with our money. Some of
these merchants call talk shows and
are candid about how they feel
about us. I have heard them say,
"Those people have been here for
centuries and have done nothing.
We just arrived four years ago, but
look what we have done."
Black beauty stores have been put
out of business because we buy the
weaves and other items from other
nationalities and have inherited to a
large degree that mindset of yester-
year-"white folks ice is colder than
Black folks ice."
The Russians at an East Liberty
gas station have been so insulting
that some of the people responded
by shooting all of the windows out.
That method is totally wrong,
because they could have shot inno-


cent people. If you cease patroniz-
ing the store you hurt them in the
pocket book and that hurts worse.
One day I stopped in a store to pur-
chase a newspaper only to realize
when getting back to my car that it
was yesterday's paper. I went back
to exchange it and all of the papers
were from the previous day. When I
said to the clerk-who not too long
ago was living outside of America-
that the paper was yesterday's he
answered in a very negative tone,
"What difference does it make?" I
would be unprofessional to write
my response, but I did not shoot out
the windows-but the windows rat-
tled. I never went into that store
again.
It's obvious to me that these
newly arrived people came to
America with a negative perception
of Blacks and as we make them rich
their perception is reinforced. Black
citizens, you have the option either
to open your own businesses or
spend your money in a way that
demands respect.


Desperate Political Tactics Taint

But Don't Hinder the Vision


By Sylvia Perry
As I flipped through my pile of
mail, I received yet another hand-
out depicting my friend Reggie
Fullwood's picture (they come
every other day it seems). This one
was entitled, "Will the Real
Reggie Fullwood Please Stand
Up". The literature with cheap dig-
itized pictures of the District 9
Councilman went on to attempt to
associate him with restricting the
right to vote. neglected schools
and even the Governor's One
Florida initiative. That's some of
the simplest bull I've seen yet
(pardon my French). Get a grip. I
surely hope that the voters of
Duval County are not as shallow
and ignorant as Gibson campaign
proponents would prefer for them
to be disseminating mess like that.
They are talking about the same
Reggie Fullwood who marched
against One Florida. the same
Reggie Fullwood with a child in
the public school system and the
same Reggie Fullwood who soon
after we met. insisted I write him a
three page essay on wh) anybody
Black would legitimately want to
be a Republican. In that essay.
which I did write, the same issues
could be discussed on why some-
one could legitimately be a demo-
crat... because it was their right to
choose. Your political party is
about as personal a decision as
your sexual preference, in other
words, it's your business. And I
honestly haven't met a politician
yet turn down money. They would


probably take it from a prostitute if
they offered.
The race for the House seat
between Fullwood and incumbent
Gibson has gotten increasingly
ugly, and I can proudly say, not at
the behest of the Fullwood
Campaign. He has tried to run a
decent campaign on the issues and
has stuck by them. However 'turn
the other cheek' only works so
long. It's shameful in the midst of
his Grandmother having a stroke
and his wife about to give birth at
any day that he has to see a man on
a comer with a bugle horn yelling
"don't vote for Reggie
Fullwood".... I wonder if the man
was a volunteer? Folks must be
getting pretty desperate.
I asked him. even before he ran,
why in the world he would even
want to get involved in that mess.
"You have a great business, a
beautiful family... vwhy bother".
He said simply. "I think I can do
better.'"
We all knew that the mud sling-
ing was going to come that's the
only way folks in the opposing
campaign know how to fight.
Their track record speaks for itself.
For most political battles, especial-
ly when it comes to African-
American races, it's just a matter
of time. I guess I should be thank-
fiul they don't want to start a news-
paper right? Yeah right, I'm afraid
that would be a little too much
work for them. But hey if they do
- I'm ready for them. You see. I
believe certain people were born


to do cer-
tain things.
I was born
to do this.
Reginald at the age of 24 became
the youngest city councilman in
Jacksonville's history, leadership
is a part of his life. I've watched
him grow and stand bN the issues
he believes in most of all his con-
stituents. He could easily sit back
with his family and enjoy a
lifestyle extending way into the six
figure income range. Instead, he
has a vision for a better
Jacksonville that those in his cor-
ner hope the voters will all share to
futility. The State House is not just
a job that he'll tr\ for a while until
the next best opportunity comes
along. I suppose for some parties
involved, it's best they try to get
the young visionary out the way
now before he sets his eyes on
their office.
As a Black American. I wish
both candidates luck. Of course I
wish Reginald the most. We have
an enduring friendship that spans
over eight years, he's a columnist
in my newspaper, he is an inde-
pendent that's not afraid to "wait
his turn" and a he's a man of his
word. And in Ebonics terms -
"word is bond".
It's too bad political races can't be
ran on the premise of principle and
record, and it's also unfortunate
that people with good intentions
let themselves be brought down by
people who lack them.
To the victor gets the spoils.


Katrina's Other Victims


by Georeg Curry
GULFPORT, Miss. Residents
of Mississippi's Gulf Coast have
been victimized more than twice in
a year. First, it was Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita doing the damage.
And for the past year, most of the
public attention stemming from the
natural disaster has been centered
around New Orleans, relegating
residents here to second-class sta-
tus.
Just as Pluto has had its plant
membership revoked, many resi-
dents in this area feel they, too,
have been kicked out of the uni-
verse.
That became clear to me over the
weekend when I was invited to
moderate a Town Hall meeting in
Gulfport sponsored by the
Mississippi State Conference
NAACP and Oxfam America, a
human rights group.
One by one, people thanked me
for visiting the gulf and expressed
disappointment -sometimes anger
- that their needs are not receiving
as much attention as displaced resi-
dents from New Orleans.
NAACP National President Bruce
Gordon, Actor Danny Glover and
other activists were taken on a tour
of East Biloxi, a poor community
within the shadows of the state's
thriving casinos. Hurricane Katrina
left behind a calling card missing
roofs, rows of uprooted houses,
blocks of empty land that once con-
stituted neighborhoods and a string
of deaths.
A report issued jointly by the state
NAACP and the Mississippi
Institutions of Higher Leaming's
Center for Policy Research and
Planning, citing HUD figures,
show that 21 percent of owner-
occupied housing units in the state


suffered at least some minor dam-
age from Katrina. Approximately
22 percent of renter-occupied units
suffered a similar fate.
Unlike Louisiana, where the
Democratic mayor and Democratic
governor have been roundly criti-
cized for being inept, Mississippi
Gov. Haley Barbour has been able
to project a different image. The
former chairman of the National
Republican Committee has
President Bush's ear and has pro-
jected himself as effectively
responding to Hurricane Katrina.
But a report by Oxfam titled,
"Forgotten Communities, Unmet
Promises: An unfolding tragedy on
the Gulf Coast," paints a different
picture.
"Almost $17 billion in the form
of Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) funds were desig-
nated this year for long-term hous-
ing recovery. It took Congress and
the president four months to make
the first appropriation; they made a
second in June 2006. Eleven
months after Katrina and 10
months after Rita, not one house in
Mississippi or Louisiana had been
rebuilt with those funds."
The governor has received a series
of waivers from the Department of
Housing and Urban Development,
lowering the number of units that
must be set aside for low-income
residents. He has also set it up so
that his administration, not the state
Legislature, will have the final say
over how most of those funds will
be spent.
A doughnut of casinos surrounds
East Biloxi, a community that has
an equal proportion of Whites and
Blacks (39 percent), along with
growing numbers of Hispanics and
Asians.


And as new casinos are con-
structed and others are allowed to
build farther back from the shore,
that hole in the middle is getting
dangerously smaller.
There were nine casinos operat-
ing pre-Katrina. Mayor A.J.
Holloway has predicted more than
twice that many will be operational
by 2010. Gaming officials expect
revenue to rise from $1.2 billion
before the storm to $4 billion by
2010.
There is a reason public officials
are gambling on the casinos.
"By 2005, gaming was second in
economic impact in Biloxi only to
the U.S. military, which had
Keesler Air Force Base west of
downtown," states the report. "The
casinos accounted for almost $20
million in local tax revenues -
more than one-third of the city's
general fund and employed
15,000 people. State government
coffers received $334.6 million in
taxes from gaming in fiscal 2005,
with Gulf Coast casinos accounting
for about 45 percent of the
statewide market."
Before casinos were built in
Biloxi, there were the usual boasts
about how casinos would hire
mostly form the local labor force.
That hasn't turned out to be true.
Or, in the immortal words of Bill
Clinton, it depends on what is is.
This week, the eyes of the nation
are focused mostly on New
Orleans. While honoring the
deceased in neighboring Louisiana,
it is equally important to uplift the
memories of those who died in
Gulfport, Biloxi and surrounding
communities. Their lives are just as
valuable as those being honored in
New Orleans.


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Collection Gives Patrons a New Library Experience

State of the art African-American Collection has something for everyone


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(Top) Families of all ages enjoyed the African-American collection's debut. Shown above (L-R) are the
Gonzalez Clan: Tina, Tracey, Geno and Theresa checking out one of the interactive files on the computer,
Collection curator Pat Morrison receiving special editions of keynote speaker Betty Sessions latest book,
Some of the 35 subscribed to periodicals available and Novic Lee checking out the new new A. Phillip
Randolph exhibit on loan. (Bottom) Barbara Stith walks through the aisles of 8000+ volumes of the African
American experience and Cynthia Penniman in one of th e museum style galleries.


continued from front
ranging from wi-fi and refresh-
ments to catching the latest films
and music. The recent opening of
the fourth floor's African-American
collection will enlighten and expose
thousands to first hand history and
knowledge.
Jacksonville author and historian
Betty Sessions keynoted the open-
ing celebration of the state of the art
collection with an information
packed speech entitled, "African-
American Moments in Search of a
Moment in Time". In her brief but
potent presentation, Session's
enlightened audience members to
pivotal moments in Jacksonville's


history through key points such as
education, civil rights, business,
politics and employment. Adding a
personal touch, she often gave first
hand accounts of her experience
growing up in the city. The audi-
ence was left wanting more at her
conclusion as she petitioned the
audience to ask of themselves:
"Much achieved, much more to be
done, what are we going to do in the
21st century?" Sessions urged
attendees to begin the search for the
answer by starting with our fami-
lies, community, public schools and
financial decisions.
Garnered largely through pur-
chases and first hand donations, the


collection contains countless mate-
rials highlighting the cultural,
social, civic, historical and religious
experience of African-Americans in
Jacksonville. The evolving collec-
tion consists of books, microfilm,
photographs, micro-fiche, periodi-
cal and more than 1700 subject and
biography files. Truly state of the
art, patrons can reference materials
via computer with a simple request
of a keyword. To preserve the qual-
ity of the collections, resources
have been scanned and digitized for
an endless lifespan.
, Several individuals/families have
donated to the collection. Noted in
the opening ceremonies were: The


David Dwight Collection African- songs. Several other collections are to thirty-five different African-
American scouting pioneer; The also being processed. From letters American publications of reference.
Florida Dwight Collection First asking about tax payments to Everything is open and available
director of parks and recreation for images from local high school per- for public perusal. Materials can not
Negroes; The Emerson Jones formances, all aspects of life are be checked out, but can easily be
Collection local portrait and wed- shown. copied.
ding photographers in the 60s and To date, the Collection contains Citizens are encouraged to donate
70s and The Charlie "Hoss" over 8000 books, 600 reels of their personal files of relevance to
Singleton Collection Lyricist of microfilm, 1400+ microfiche files, the collection. For more informa-
Strangers in the Night and other hit 1700+ vertical files, and subscribes tion, call 630-2960.


City Sponsors Low Interest Financing and Down Payment Assistance to Homebuyers


Mayor John Peyton in cooperation
with the Jacksonville Housing
Finance Authority (JHFA) have
approved a program to provide
financial assistance to moderate
income workers purchasing homes
in Duval County.
"As real estate prices across the
county continue to rise, working
professionals in our community


have experienced difficulty pur-
chasing a home for the first time,"
said Peyton. "This exciting program
is a way to help overcome some of
the barriers to homeownership in
our community, which is one of my
top priorities."
The JHFA will issue Single Family
Mortgage Revenue Bonds, the pro-
ceeds of which will be used to pro-


vide low interest mortgage financ-
ing and down payment assistance to
eligible homebuyers. To qualify for
the program, an individual or fami-
ly must meet income, credit and
residency requirements. They also
must be either first-time homebuy-
ers, or buyers who haven't had own-
ership in a principle residence with-
in the preceding three years.


Buyers must also use the home as
their primary residence.
Income limits vary depending on
the size of the family and the loca-
tion of the home. For example, cur-
rent annual household income for
one to two member families may
not exceed $60,300 and $69,350 for
families of three or more. Purchase
prices may not exceed $247,500.


Homebuyers will have the oppor-
tunity to apply for the program
through a list of participating
lenders beginning in October 2006.
Interested buyers may call (904)
588-0172 to be placed on a list to be
contacted once more details
become available.
This program is in addition to
other services available through the


Jacksonville Housing Commission,
which works to provide funds to
support the development of housing
for low-to moderate-income fami-
lies. For more information on
Jacksonville's Housing and
Neighborhoods Department, visit
www.coj.net.


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Memorable Moments is title of African American Ministries of
what's new from Richard Smallwood Florida Baptist Convention to hold


Richard Smallwood was humming
hymns before he could talk, but by
Sy the time he founded the Richard
Smallwood Singers in 1977, he was
well trained and accomplished both
as a classical and church musician,
the secret of his incredible impact on
gospel music.
Fans will savor "What He's Done
For Me." "We Magnify Your Name,"
"The Glory Of The Lord," "Great Is
The Lord," "Center Of My Joy," "I
Give You Praise," "He's Able," "His Mercy Endureth Forever," "Jesus,
Lover Of My Soul," and "Oh Lord, Stand By Me."

Christian Poetry Contest
A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest spon-
sored by the Christian Poets Guild, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes,
totaling $5,000.
One poem of 21 lines or less may be entered. Poems may be written on
any subject, using any style. A typical poem might be a love poem, or
nature poem, one that inspires the reader.
To enter, send one poem to: Free Poetry Contest, 1638 Dogwood Lane,
Ackworth, GA 30102-1820. Be sure your name and address appear on the
page with your poem, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to
receive a winners list. Or, you may enter online at www.freecontest.com.


Church 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, located at 124 W. Ashley Street.
The Special Guest Lecturer and Consultant is Dr. Tony Evans, Pastor
of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas Texas.
For more information and to reserve your space, please call (904) 596-
3035; or 1(800) 226-8584, ext. 3035.
Dr. Jeanetta Holmes is Women's
Day Speaker at St. Andrew AME
The Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 125
Ninth Street South, Jacksonville Beach; invites you and your church fam-
ily to their Women's Day Celebration at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday afternoon,
September 24, 2006.
This special event will feature the Reverend D. Jeanetta C. Holmes,
Pastor, Hope Chapel; and the Hope Chapel Mass Choir.
Dr. Vallie M. Holloway, Chairperson.
"Turn Back To God Crusade" set for Hemming Plaza
Mark your calendars now to attend the Word of Faith "Turn Back to God
Crusade" at Hemming Plaza, Downtown Jacksonville, on Saturday,
October 21, 2006. For more information, call (904) 358-6722 or (904)
723-0763.


Rev. Rudolph McKissick Sr. Celebrates the 40th Anniversary


"Celebrating 40 Years with A
Living Legend....Priceless" is the
them for Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church's Celebration of the 40th
Anniversary of Pastor Rudolph W.
McKissick Sr.
The celebration kickoff at 7 p.m.
on Friday September 8, 2006. \\hen
"The Legend's Ball" will be held at
the Alltel Stadium West Wing


Clubhouse Ballroom. It's a formal
attire affair!
On Saturday, September 9th, "The
Legend's Basketball Game, featur-
ing "The Original Team" formed by
Pastor Sr. versus "A Stacked Team"
formed by Pastor Jr., with both
Pastors coaching, is set for 1 p.m. at
Edward Waters College.
Worship Service on Sunday,


September 11th will be at 7:40 a.m.
and 10:40 a.m.
"A Tribute to the Legends" in
drama, song and dance, will be pre-
sented by the Children & Youth
Ministry, at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, September 13th.
A live recording by the Fine Arts
Ministry of Bethel will be presented
at 7 p.m. on Friday, September


15th, in the Main Sanctuary.
"The Anniversary Worship
Services", the Celebration Finale,
will be at 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
on Sunday, September 17, 2006.
Friends of Bethel, as well as mem-
bers past and present, are invited to
all Anniversary events. For more
information, please call the Church
Office at (904) 354-1464.


Families of Slain Children Meeting
The Families of Slain Children Inc. holds weekly meetings from 7 to 8
p.m. on Sundays. Meetings are held at the First Timothy Baptist Church,
12103 Biscayne Boulevard; Rev. Frederick Newbill, Pastor.

Love of Christ to Host Gospel Extrav
The Love of Christ Community Church, 1481 East 16th Street, Rev.
Charles Greene, Pastor; extends a welcome to you with this invitation to
get your praise and worship on. Local gospel recording artists will be pre-
sented in a Gospel Extravaganza, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 9,
2006.
There will be singing, dancing, poetry and so much more. You are invit-
ed o come expecting Word from the Lord, and to have a hallelujah good
time! There will also be singing, dancing, poetry, and much more. There
is no charge!
Come hungry spiritually, and physically, to get both your needs met, the
kitchen will be open.

A Weekend of Ladies Inspiration at
W.S. Church of Christ, Sept. 15-17
The three-day event, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 15-17,
2006, "A Weekend of Ladies Inspiration", at the Westside Church of
Christ, 23 West 8th Street, Pete Jackson, Pastor; will begin with a
Women's Wellness Workshop at 6 p.m., on Friday, conducted by the
Wellness, Health and Awareness Ministry (WHAM), and the American
Heart Association. The workshop will focus on heart disease and its
impact on women's health.
The "Ladies Day" and Seminar speakers will provide spiritual enrich-
ment for women's hearts and minds. Topics include: "A Heart That Serves
God," emphasizing service as a Christian woman, by Stephynie Perkins;
and "A Heart That Loves God," which explores a Christian woman's char-
acter, by Tammy Cason.
The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown, will deliver the keynote address,
"A Woman After God's Own Heart', reflecting how faith is a source of
hope, strength and security in God during life's trials and everyday life.
Judge Brown was appointed by President George W. Bush, to the U. S.
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court generally
regarded as a stepping stone to the U. S. Supreme Court.
The event will conclude with a special Ladies Bible Class at 9 a.m., and
Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 17, 2006.
For more information, call Linda Richardson, (904)353-5063.


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Shown above (L-R) is Ready 4 Work Staff Lisa Jacobs-Testimony, Ana Rodriguez- Case Manger, Leroy Mervin-Career Dev., Paula Jamison-
Administrator, Kevin Gay- President & Pastor Robert Brown and Operation New Hope's Faith In Action Volunteers Leslie Benjamin. Pastor
Bill Caverly and Cheryl Barlow.by R. Silver

Operation New Hope's Ready 4 Work, Needs You


by R. Silver
Rev. Bill Caverly of Beverly Hills
Baptist Church and Operation New
Hope, and Rev. Robert Brown of
Ready 4 Work joined forces with
Rev. Costell Cross who is Pastor of
Evangelism & Outreach at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. The
trio together have formed a busi-


Integration
continued from page 1
The district's guidelines said that
Black enrollment in each elemen-
tary school should be at least 15
percent and no more than 50%.
In the case of Parents Involved in
Community Schools vs. Seattle
Schools, a group of parents brought
legal action against the district, say-
ing their children were not accepted
in to their first choice high school
because of their race. Seattle
schools adopted their integration
guidelines in 1998 to prevent segre-
gation that was caused by the self
segregation in housing patterns in
the area.
Although legalized segregation
ended with Brown, Brittain said
segregation caused by region and
where people choose to live still
affect racial makeup in schools.


ness, faith, community, criminal
justice partnership to help ex
offenders re enter the workforce.
The group recently held a training
session for mentors. If caring is
your calling, they need, want and
solicit your help.
Ready 4 Work aids the ex-offenders
through development initiatives.


"In short, school integration is in
the intensive care unit of the hospi-
tal. It's on life support by these vol-
untary measures," he said.
Shaw said he was especially dis-
turbed by the administration's
stance.
"The government has taken a posi-
tion which supports the notion that
it is illegal to consciously do some-
thing that is aimed at reducing
racial segregation or inequality.
That's a terrible position for the
government to take," he said.
He was particularly bothered
because in May 2004, President
Bush went to Topeka, Kansas and
celebrated the 50th anniversary of
the Brown vs. Board.
During Bush's speech that elo-
quently highlighted the struggles of
African-Americans in the United
States since their arrival as slaves,
he said, "Segregation is a living
memory and,, many still carry its


They're in the business of restoring
ex-offenders to working, produc-
tive, responsible citizens.
Operation New Hope was selected
by the president in 2002 to develop
a national model for ex-offender
work re-entry.
"I believe that God is about to
reclaim the lives of many of the


scars. The habits of racism in
America have not all been broken.
The habits of respect must be taught
to every generation. Laws against
racial discrimination must be vigor-
ously enforced in education and
housing and hiring and public
accommodations."
Shaw said there is a glaring dis-
connect from what Bush said in
2004, with what's happening now.
"This is where the rubber hits the
road. This is what counts. That was
all ceremony. This is reality and the
government's position is one that
puts it on the side of those who are
arguing positions that ultimately
will produce even more segregation
in public schools. Public schools in
the united states have increasingly
become more segregated over the
last 15 or 20 years as Brown vs.
Board of Education has been aban-
doned."
Brittain said people prematurely


youth of our city. Ready 4 Work
stands ready to help that happen."
said Pastor Robert Brown.
Ready 4 Work is located at 1830
N. Main Street in downtown. For
more information call (904) 425-
6001.


breathed sighs of relief after the
Supreme Court upheld the affirma-
tive action policy at the University
of Michigan law school in 2003, but
every one must remain vigilant in
America's secondary schools.
But the justices have changed
since that 5-4 decision three years
ago. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor,
known for often being a swing vote
in a conservative court resigned in
2005 the same year Chief Justice
William Rehnquist died. With the
appointment of Chief Justice John
G. Roberts Jr., it was simply one
conservative replacing another con-
servative. However, ultra-conserva-
tive Judge Samuel Alito replaced
O'Connor, a swing voter, moving
the court even more to the Right.
"This is the latest chapter in the
ongoing struggle in affirmative
action," Brittain said. "These two
new cases have snuck up over the
summer."


Demetris Harris, owner of a Title I approved tutoring company,
informs Deanna Smith about free tutoring options for her son.


Parents like Chiquita Adams
know the benefits of the Title I pro-
gram. Last year, Adams witnessed
her daughter's grades and FCAT
scores improve. Adams feels that
the after school tutoring program
made the difference. This year,
more than 13,000 Duval County
Public Schools students are eligible
for free tutoring services.
"We want as many families as pos-
sible to take advantage of this serv-
ice and we want every child to suc-
ceed," explained Myrna Allen,
coordinator for Supplemental
Educational Services. "Parents
should have a plan for their child.
Our tutoring programs put students
on the road to academic success."
Title I Supplemental Educational
Services provides free tutoring in
math, reading and language arts to
students in grades K-8. Services are
provided before and after school by
qualified state approved tutoring
companies. Instructional sessions
are conducted in small groups, one-
on-one, or on the computer. The


Title I Office's partnership with
companies allows each student to
receive more than $1,200 worth of
tutoring services at no cost during
the 2006-07 school year.
"Teaching a child how to learn is
key," said Andrea Vallee, a field
support specialist at Bright Futures
Learning Centers, an approved
tutoring company. "They learn the
skills needed to succeed in their
class work. And it is great to notify
parents of their child's progress."
Students who are eligible for this
program attend a participating Title
I school and receive free and
reduced lunch. Applications are
now available in the Title I Office.
The deadline to register for the
2006-07 school year is Sept. 8,
2006. For more information and to
obtain an application, contact the
Duval County Public Schools' Title
I Office at 390-2123.
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Risky Legacy: African DNA linked to prostate cancer


By Ben Harder
The high rate of prostate cancer
among African American men may
result in large part from a newly
identified stretch of DNA passed
down from their African ancestors.
A black man's odds of developing
prostate cancer by age 55 are more
than twice those of a white man.
The racial discrepancy is less pro-


nounced when the disease appears
later. Researchers have suspected
for years that genetic factors
account for part of the racial differ-
ence in risk.
Most African Americans have
both African and European fore-
bears, so their chromosomes are
mosaics of genes from the two con-
tinents. Previously identified genet-


ic markers indicate that in U.S.
blacks, an average of about 80% of
the DNA is African in origin.
Geneticists have long hypothe-
sized that they could identify dis-
ease-causing chunks of DNA by
sifting through the genomes of eth-
nically mixed populations and not-
ing where people with a disease
tend to have genes from the same


ancestral source, says David Reich
of Harvard Medical School in
Boston. Recent technical advances
have made this approach feasible.
Reich and his colleagues analyzed
the genomes of nearly 1,600
African Americans who had devel-
oped prostate cancer. In those men,
a portion of chromosome 8 contain-
ing nine known genes was more fre-


quently of African origin than were
other portions of the DNA.
When the team tested nearly 900
cancer-free African American men,
African ancestry of DNA turned up
no more frequently in the implicat-
ed portion of chromosome 8 than
elsewhere in their genomes.
Those findings suggest that hav-
ing African rather than European


DNA at the chromosome-8 location
places a man at high risk of prostate
cancer, the researchers report in an
upcoming Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
The most dramatic link WAS
determined between men's develop-
ing cancer at a young age and hav-
ing the African chunk of DNA.


September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month


SiLkletCCI S :l? Cel I.. ia Laia
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If one parent has Sickle Trait (AS) and the other parent has the usual
hemoglobin (AA):For each pregnancy there is a 50% chance that the
child will inherit the trait (AS) and a 50% chance that the child will
have the usual kind of hemoglobin (AA). NONE OF THE CHIL-
DREN WILL HAVE SICKLE CELL DISEASE.
What is it? haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying
Sickle cell anaemia is a genetic protein found in red blood cells.
condition which is inherited from Instead of normal haemoglobin
your parents. (HbA), they carry a mutated form
It is caused by an abnormality in known as sickle haemoglobin



Do the Kids Need to Know?


Most parents want to protect their
children not only from physical
danger, but also from the emotion-
al pain that life can bring. While
we accept that small hurts will
happen -- a disagreement with a
sibling or friend, the loss of a toy -
we usually believe we're helping
our children by sheltering them
from the bigger problems.
Unfortunately, being overly pro-
tective can do harm. Kids are usu-
ally more aware of bad news than
we. suspect,, but, often get the
details wrong and may even feel
responsible for what's gone wrong.
Most children know when a fam-
ily is having problems, even if
nobody has
said anything
directly to
them. But, kids
frequently get
the news in
bits and pieces
that add up to
an incomplete,
confusing and
often frighten-
ing picture.
The solution is to share informa-
tion with your children. No child
needs all the gory details of a job
loss or a troubled marriage, but
should have enough age-appropri-
ate information to feel included
and part of something important to
the family.
Start by reassuring your children
that what is happening is not their


fault. Kids are used to being
blamed for messing up, and they
often assume that when trouble
happens, whether it's economic
woes or marital strife, it's usually
because of something they did.
Reassure your children that you,
their parents, are on top of things
and are working to fix the prob-
lem. Let the kids know it's okay to
ask about what's going on, espe-
cially if they see you upset, wor-
ried, angry or crying. Children feel
reassured when they know they
can ask questions, get information
and feel included.
Of course, how much information
you share depends on your chil-
dren's ages. A young child doesn't
understand economic issues asso-
ciated with a job loss, but will
know that you're upset, worried,
and acting differently. Older chil-
dren may need more details, both
to keep them from blaming them-
selves for the problem and to help
them prepare for changes that may
be coming.
Communicating with your chil-
dren about family problems or
possible changes, should always
be one of your first priorities. A
child left in the dark is a frightened
child.
If you need help, look for books
-at your library or bookstore on
family communications, or talk to
your child's school counselor
about possible approaches.


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If both parents hale Sickle Cell Trait (AS): For each pregnancy there
is a 25% chance of inheriting the usual hemoglobin (AA), a 50%
chance of inheriting Sickle Cell Trait (AS), and a 25% risk of inherit-
ing Sickle Cell Disease (SS). THESE CHANCES ARE THE SAME


FOR EVERY PREGNANCY.
(HbS).
Red blood cells carrying HbA are
donut-shaped, but are able to bend
and flex, and so can easily travel
along even the narrowest of spaces
in the tiniest of blood vessels.
Those carrying HbS, however,
have a distinctive sickle shape. This
is because when HbS gives up its
oxygen to the tissues it sticks
together to form long rods inside
the red blood cells.
This destroys the cells' natural
flexibility, making them rigid and
less able to squeeze through small
blood vessels.
This can lead to blockages in the
vessels, preventing oxygen from
getting through to the tissues, and
causing severe pain and damage to
the organs.
What are the symptoms ?
When a blood vessel becomes
blocked this can trigger an attack of
pain known as a crisis.
This is more likely to happen when
the person is stressed by other ill-
nesses, exhaustion, cold, dehydra-
tion and other problems.
Organs such as the liver, kidney,
lungs, heart and spleen become
damaged, causing severe pain,
especially in the bones.
In addition, red blood cells con-
taining sickle haemoglobin do not
live as long as the normal 120 days
and this results in a chronic state of
anaemia.
Despite this, there is no reason
why people with the condition
should not lead normal, active lives.
Who is at risk of sickle cell ?
Most people with sickle cell are of
African or Caribbean descent.
However, the condition does also
effect people from Asia, the Middle
East, and the eastern
Mediterranean.


Symptoms are only apparent in
people who carry two copies of the
mutated gene one from each par-
ent.
People who inherit a copy of the
defective gene from one parent, but
a healthy copy from the other are
said to have sickle cell trait.
Effectively, they are carriers of the
condition, and have the ability to
pass it down to their children.
They seldom show any signs of the
condition themselves, as they have
enough normal haemoglobin to
keep their red blood cells flexible.
They do however have to be care-


ful when doing things where there
is less oxygen than normal, includ-
ing scuba diving, activities at high
altitude and going under general
anaesthetics.
Is it easy to spot the condition?
Yes. A simple test will reveal if a
person has sickle haemoglobin.
Tests can also identify the haemo-
globin type of a baby from about 11
weeks gestation.
Is there any treatment?
There is no cure for sickle cell
anaemia.
Minor crises can be safely man-
aged at home on the advice of a
doctor with pain killers and
increased fluid intake.
When the pain is more severe a
patient should be admitted to hospi-
tal, where they can be given strong
pain relief, intravenous fluids and
antibiotics to minimise the risk of


infection.
Sometimes it might also be neces-
sary to provide oxygen treatment.
Bone marrow transplants have
been used in some cases and, while
it is still early days, the procedure
holds promise for the future.

What can the patient do?
People with sickle cell anaemia
should try to keep in good shape.
They should eat a healthy balanced
diet, get plenty of regular sleep, and
try, if possible, to keep exposure to
stress to a minimum.
It is also important to consult a
doctor before considering strenuous
exercise, and particularly before
planning to start a family.
When a person is found to have a
sickle cell disorder it is important
that all members of the family be
tested.


Annual Sickle Cell

Scholarship Awards Banquet
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and as a part of the
awareness campaign, the local Sickle Cell Association will present their
annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet on Friday, September 8th at St.
Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road. The 37th Annual Banquet will
feature Dr. Paul Pitel, Pediatrics Chair of Newmour's Children's Clinic
and Dr. Bruce Mitchell of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic.
Proceeds will be used to promote awareness and support services pro-
vided by the association throughout the year including transportation and
medications and other events such as the annual essay scholarship contest
and back to school events..
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DNA to Prove Colonial Lineage


Between 1802 and 1805, the story
of Yellow Tom made news all over
the world. U.S. Congressmen,
neighbors, and friends all agreed
that he, President Thomas
Jefferson, had one son that particu-
larly looked just like the President
himself. Yellow Tom's name was
also Thomas Jefferson and the talk
of the town was the question of
where he disappeared to sometime
between 1802-1805.
Exactly 200 years later, in 2004,
Thomas Jefferson Clayton II
(TJCII), formerly Ronnie R.
Clayton, visited Monticello for the
first time. TJCII knew in his heart
that history was being 'made right'
then and there. Thomas decided to
hand deliver his Great Grandfathers
death certificate, since no one at
Monticello would return his calls
after this discovery. Thomas had no
proof of how his Great-Great-
Great-Great Grandfather was taken
from Virginia and left with an
Indian Chief in Kentucky.
Thomas thought that if he told
other descendents in the Jefferson
linage of his existence that they
would embrace him and be his ally.
But in fact just months earlier, the
new Thomas Jefferson Foundation
dismissed all notions that President
Thomas Jefferson had ever fathered
children with his slave mistress
Sally Hemings. Even though histo-
ry says otherwise.
When TJCII told the new Thomas
Jefferson Foundation Staff at
Monticello that his Grandmother
told him he had three Grandfathers
named Thomas Jefferson, starting
with his Grandmother Rena Bell
Claytons's own father, Thomas was
ridiculed and laughed at.
Monticello told Thomas that he
needed documents to prove these
facts instead of a bed confession.
The Monticello staff also told him
that he "would be the first to show
documents with Thomas Jefferson's
name on them from the 1800's!"
When Thomas finally was able to
'show' thdm the actudalf ath 'certifi-"'
cate showing his Great


Grandfather's name as Thomas
Jefferson Clayton, Thomas could
not explain the look on their faces.
Thomas later found substantial
proof in documents that prove
"John and Sara Clayton, migrated
to Russell, Kentucky from
Albemarle County, Virginia in the


John and Sara Clayton are the cou-
ple that took President Jefferson's
'son' Yellow Tom, to Russell,
Kentucky and left him with the
Indian Chief. John and Sara are the
parents of Poindexter Clayton who
is listed on the 1830 Census in
Russell, Kentucky, and listed as the


Shown above is Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Jefferson Clyton
(right) who bears more than a striking resemblance to his namesake.


spring of 1804, which is where
Monticello is located." The 1804
migration from Virginia to Russell,
Kentucky was one of the largest in
Virginia History. Between 1800 -
1830, 500,000 people migrated
from Virginia to Kentucky.


head of household of fourteen, but
only lists (12) people which
includes six (6) slaves and six (6)
whites. It is documented that he
actually had fourteen (14) in his
household final total. It is speculat-
ed that the two extra people were


Harriet and Beverly Hemings. Four
of the slaves were their children.
Harriet left Monticello around
1816, Beverly in 1820. Beverly
lived on the Creelsboro River with
the Indians and Harriet ended up in
Knox County, Indiana after being
runaways. Thomas Great-Great-
Great-Great Grandfather Thomas
was dropped off with the Cherokee
Indians in 1804.
The Indians lived in a cave and
TJCII has reason to believe that
Sally Hemings' sister's son, Jamie,
was with him. It is documented that
Jamie ran away in 1804 and that he
was three years older than Thomas
who was around fourteen (14) or
fifteen (15) years old at the time.
TJCII says the mystery about
Jefferson's and Sally Hemings' chil-
dren is over. TJCII likeness and the
solid proof connecting Harriet,
Beverly, and Thomas to Russell,
Kentucky warrants his family's
right to a DNA test. 1850 census
proves half of Russell, came from
VA. 1850 is the first time the birth
places were listed on the census.
Thomas Jefferson Clayton has
launched a media campaign in
hopes that the Jefferson descen-
dents will come to allow a DNA
test.


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"Who would've thought that would
happen down here ... that we can
have some of our quilts on a
stamp?" said Mary Lee Bendolph.
The fact that the quilts created by
her and nine other residents of
Gee's Bend, Ala., are going to be on
this year's American Treasures
series has the whole, primarily
African- American community
buzzing.
"Every time I look, somebody is
calling me, asking me about it. I tell
them I'm very happy about it," she
said.
... The Quilts of Gee's Bend, which
will be featured on 10 stamps
issued Aug. 24, are known for their


unexpected color com- explained.
binations, bold patterns [ The biggest (part) of
and improvised designs. Z:' i l i K the quilt is made of left-
Bendolph's design, over scrap. In this case,
called "Housetop," is it was a pair of pants she
the first stamp on the found at her daughter's
top left of the booklet of house in Connecticut
stamps. The design while visiting.
seems almost like mod- c "If you wore 'em, you
ern art. loved 'em and when
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show a housetop. CBSNews.com.
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of it. They just named it from the poor, rural, iso-
'Housetop,'" she Some of the stamps based on the Quilts of Gee's Bend. late Alabama communi-
'Housetop," she lated Alabama communi-


ty include scrap materials. Gee's
Bend is surrounded on three sides
by the Alabama River. There's only
one road running into town.
Entries in the series often make
their debut at "Stampshow," one of
the biggest stamp collecting shows
of the year, sponsored by the
American Philatelic Society. This
year's show, and the "first day" cer-
emony launching the stamps, will
be held in Rosemont, Ill., a suburb
of Chicago near O'Hare Airport.
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First Friday
Kickoff Party
All alumni and students 23 and up
are invited to come and enjoy a
First Friday Gateway Classic Kick
Off Party on Friday September 1st
at the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. Doors open at 8 p.m. Get
tickets at ticketmaster on line or call
353-3309.

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.

Mary Monroe
Book Signing
Book Author Mary Monroe will
be doing a author appearance and
booksigning on Thursday,
September 7th at Books-A-Million
in Regency located at 9400 Atlantic
Blvd, at 6:45pm. Mary Monroe is
known for insightful, entertaining
and poignant stories spun around
the complicated dynamics between
friends, lovers and family, and the
atrocious situations people, being
people, create, often despite them-
selves. Her list of titles include:
God Don't Like Ugly, The Upper
Room and God Don't Play.

All Male Review
Calling all ladies. Sting Ray
Productions will present an all male
review themed "Teasing & Pleasing
in September. The event will be
held on Friday, September 8th at
the Scottish Rite Masonic Hall, 29
West 6th Street in Jacksonville.
Doors open at 9:15 p.m. and show-
time is at 10 p.m. For tickets and
more information, call 535-5173.

Sickle Cell Scholarship
Awards Banquet
September is National Sickle Cell
Awareness Month and as a part of
the awareness campaign, the local
Sickle Cell Association will present
their annual Scholarship and
Awards Banquet on Friday,
September 8th at St. Paul AME
Church, 6910 New Kings Road.
Proceeds will be used to promote
awareness and support activities
provided by the association
throughout the year including an
essay contest and other events. For
tickets and more info call 764-8795.
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The Main Library will be the loca-
tion for a free class on "Beginning
Genealogy". Held in the Electronic
Classroom on Saturday, September
9th from 10 a.m. 12 noon, the
class will instruct students on where
to begin in studying their roots. It
will also cover how to use the basic
tools and resources available in
researching your family. Pre-regis-
tration is required. For more infor-
mation or to register, call 630-2409.

2006 Heart Walk
The Heart Walk, which helps fight
heart disease and stroke will be held
on Saturday, September 9, 2006.
African Americans are at greater
risk for heart disease and stroke
with greater prevalence among
males and females compared to
other races. The Walk raises funds
to support lifesaving research, pro-
grams and education. It also helps
people take the first steps toward a
heart-healthy lifestyle by becoming
more physically active. Activities
begin at 8:00 a.m. followed by the
Walk at 9 a.m.at Metropolitan
Park. The route is 3.2 miles or a 1-
mile survivor mile. For more infor-
mation call 739-0197.

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


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Riverside Park. Bonnie Grissett at
389-2449 for more information.

Cancer Prevention
Cooking Course
There will be a free Cancer
Prevention and Survival Cooking
Course (four classes), September
11 to October 9 (Mondays, no class
Sept. 25), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The
cooking course is designed to help
Jacksonville residents prevent and
survive cancer through proper diet
and nutrition. All classes will take
place at the Lake Shore United
Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding
Blvd., To register for the free class
or for more information, contact
Mary Graves at 904-771-3670.

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.

Free Comedy
Concert on Diversity
One Arab. One Jew. One Stage =
Two Very Funny Guys. Rabbi Bob
Alper & Nazareth will be the hosts
of an internationally acclaimed
evening of humor, healing, and
understanding. Thursday
September 14th at 7 p.m. inside
the FCCJ Kent Campus's Main
Auditorium will be the site of this
event which is free and open to the
public. Space is limited.
Reservations are suggested. For
more information e-mail
info@nfccj.com or call 354-1529.

Literacy Training
The Duval County extension
Service is seeking volunteers to be
trained in the CAL (Children and
Literacy) program. The program
trains community volunteers to read
to Pre-K youth and to assist young
children through 8 in developing
reading skills. Trained volunteers
will be allowed to select a site con-


venient to them to serve which will
be either an elementary school, day-
care, headstart program or church
nursery. Volunteers will be asked to
give a minimum of 4 hours a month
to the program.Training will be
held on Thursday, September 14th
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
programs' Westside Office at 1010
N.McDuff Avenue. To make your
reservation for training, call 387-
8855.

Dream Big College
and Recruiting Fair
The 4th Annual Dream Big
Dreams College and Recruiting
Fair held in conjunction with the
Willie Gary Classic will be held on
Saturday, September 16th at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. College
recruiters from all around the coun-
try will be in attendance. Students
are encouraged to bring transcripts
for on the spot admissions and
scholarships. Attendees will also
receive a game to the Classic.

Free Forum on
Why Africa Matters
Johnnie Carson, former U.S.
ambassador to the republics of
Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda will
present a free forum on "Why
Africa Matters," Tuesday, Sept. 26,
7:30 p.m. at the University Center
at the University of North Florida.
Currently, Carson is senior vice
president at the National Defense
University and. He was responsible
for rebuilding and restoring full
diplomatic services at the U.S.
Embassy in Nairobi, following its
destruction by terrorists in 1998. All
lectures are free and open to the
public; however, tickets are
required. Tickets can be ordered
online at www.unf.edu. Click on the
Fall 2006 Lectures Link. For more
information, call 620-2102.

Green Cove Springs
Soul Food Festival
The 5th Annual Soul Food Festival
will be held on Saturday, October
7, 2006, at the Vera Francis Hall
Park, located on Martin Luther
King, Jr. Avenue in Green Cove


Springs, FL. The parade of pride
will begin at 12:00 noon. There will
be entertainment at the park
Amphitheater, a mens softball tour-
nament, a sweet potato pie contest,
food vendors, arts and crafts ven-
dors, voting booth, fashion show
for children and adults. For more
information, call 904-622-7903 or
(904) 264-3558.

National College Fair
The National College fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, October 14th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osbornme
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The Fair is an opportunity for
local students and their parents to
meet representatives from over 100
colleges and universities.
Informative sessions will be held on
scholarships, financial aid, entrance
essays, HBCU's, testing and much
more. For more information stu-
dents can contact their guidance
office or visit jaxcollegefair.com on
the web.

32nd JUL Equal
Opportunity Luncheon
The Jacksonville Urban League
will present their 32nd Equal
Opportunity Luncheon on
Wednesday, October 25th at 12
noon at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. For more information,
contact Linnie Finley at 366-3461.

The Ethics of Identity
One of America's leading public
intellectuals, Kwame Appiah will
present a free forum on "The Ethics
of Identity," on Monday, Oct. 30,
7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center
Lazzara Performance Hall on the
University of North Florida
Campus. Appiah is a scholar of
African and African-American
studies. His book, "In My Father's
House," became an instant classic,
placing him in the forefront of the
study of African struggles for self-
determination. All lectures are free
and open to the public; however,
tickets are required. Tickets can be
ordered online at www.unf.edu.
Click on the Fall 2006 Lectures
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Survivor Garnering Attention and Controversy


with Race Based Teams for New Season


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new castaways who will compete when 'Survivor: Cook Islands' premiers on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, pose
for a photo on the beach in Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands.


Just as producers of the show
wanted, "Survivor's" premise this
fall of separating tribes according to
race has everyone talking from
nmoming shows nationwide to Fox
NFL Sunday's weather-lady Jillian
Barberie stating she would have to
be on the black team, to Native
American and Arab folks wonder-
ing what happened to their teams.
So far, the most vocal opponents
of the publicity stunt, which CBS
describes as a way to meet diversi-
ty demands, has been a coalition of


New York City officials, led by
Asian city councilman John Liu. He
has spearheaded a campaign for
CBS to pull the entire season,
which has already been filmed up
until the final two contestants.
"This idea is so ill conceived that
it would be funny--but for the fact
that racism does still sometimes
rear its ugly head," Liu said at a
press conference Friday. "This
show has the potential to set back
our nation's race relations by 50
years. Nowhere else do we tolerate


racial segregation, and we certainly
won't stand for it in this battle-of-
the-races scheme to prop up sag-
ging television ratings."
Liu is teaming up with the coun-
cil's Black, Latino and Asian
Caucus to promote the quest for
"Survivor's" removal.
"This is not the type of premise
that promotes unity," council mem-
ber Robert Jackson said at the press
conference. "This show does not
foster an environment that is con-
ducive to diversity."


Commentary
by Kam Williams
There's something very eerie
about watching an Emmy Award
Show year after year where the
audience is 99% white, the nomi-
nees are 99% white and the winners
are 99% white, when all you have
to do is channel surf for a minute to
see that this fails to reflect either the
diversity among actors and actress-
es appearing on TV.
This persistent slight tends to
overshadow the TV industry's
annual celebration of itself. Andre
Braugher was the only African-
American to take home a trophy. He
won for playing a thief on Thief, the
already-cancelled, FX mini-series
which he had hoped the network
would renew for this fall. Good
luck, bro. By comparison, the


Andre Braugher holds the award for
outstanding lead actor in a minis-
eries or a movie for his work on
'Thief' at the 58th Annual Emmy
Awards .
British did relatively well as usual,
with Helen Mirren (Elizabeth I),
Jeremy Irons (Elizabeth I), and


Kelly Macdonald (The Girl in the
Caf6) all walking away winners.
Perusing the list of not only the
winners, but even the nominees,
you fail to see the name of almost
any blacks or black shows. Besides
Braugher, there were just also-rans
Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy),
and Alfre Woodard (Desperate
Housewives and The Water Is
Wide).
What's up with this? If blacks
and members of other ethnic groups
can't act, why is there a profusion
of colorful thespians on television?
The Emmys obviously is in dire
need of a more diverse nominating
committee. Otherwise, the event is
likely to remain reminiscent of the
days in my youth when virtually
every contestant in the Miss
America contest was lily-white.,


Last week, right-wing radio host
Rush Limbaugh offered his take on
which ethnic team would win.
Latinos, he said on his show, "have
shown a remarkable ability to cross
borders" and "will do things other
people won't do." Asians, per
Limbaugh, are "the best at espi-
onage, keeping secrets." Blacks
"lack buoyancy" and are "more
likely to drown," while the white
man's burden will weigh down the
last team with "guilt over the fact
that they run things."
Also, the betting Web site
bodog.com has set odds on what
race would win the most challenges
before the merge. Whites placed
first with 3/2 odds, followed by
African Americans at 7/3; Latinos
at 3/1 and Asian Americans 13/7.
"Survivor: Cook Islands" pre-
mieres Sept. 14.

Tyler Perry TV

Show Sold to TBS
Tyler Perry's
television show
"House of
Payne," which
was taken out for
a test drive this
'. ^. summer in such
cities as Atlanta,
Perry Baltimore ,
Chicago and Dallas, has inked dis-
tribution deals with TBS and Fox
reported to be worth about $200
million.The sitcom sold 100
episodes to cable's TBS, which will
get exclusive rights to the show
starting in June 2007.
Perry decided to circumvent the
five main networks by using his
own money to produce a two-week
test run of the sitcom in 10 major
markets. The filmmaker decided to
go this route after realizing that a
network deal would mean he'd
have to give up control and owner-
ship of the series.
"House of Payne" stars Allen
Payne as a member of a multi-gen-
erational family living under one
roof.


MASTER P PENS PLAY ON HURRICANE KATRINA
Rapper/actor/basketball player/music executive
Master P can now add playwright to his title with *
the completion of "Uncle Willy's Family,"
described as a hip-hop, gospel comedy play about
Hurricane Katrina.
According to Yahoo! Music, the production
stars P, his son Romeo, his brother Silk the
Shocker and Terry Miles in the story of an ex-
Vietnam veteran (Miles) who takes in his family
after their home was destroyed by the hurricane. I
With the use of humor, the play tells the story of \
the family's hardships following the deadly storm.
"The moral of the play is: put your trust in God," Master P says, "believe
in your family. Use hard times as an opportunity to grow."
For information on Uncle Willy's Family, visit the website,
http://unclewilly.com.

WAYANS DEBUT FAMILY INSPIRED CARTOON
Inspired by their own childhood experiences, funnymen Shawn, Marlon
and Keenen Ivory Wayans lend their unique comedic touch to Thugaboo,
a hilariously heart-warming series of kids animated specials debuting on
DVD August 29th, following Nickelodeon
primetime broadcasts.
In the tradition of "Charlie Brown" and "Fat
Albert," Thugaboo takes a humorous look at the
1 trials and tribulations of nine very different
5 kids.
SBoasting an impressive all-star voice cast,
I r Shawn and Marlon Wayans are joined by sister
b .' ~Kim Wayans ("In Living Color"), Michael
Rapaport ("Dr. Doolittle 2"), George Gore II
("My Wife & Kids"), Aries Spears ("Mad TV"), David Alan Grier ("Life
With Bonnie") and Charlie Murphy ("Chappelle's Show").
Thugaboo is The Wayans Family's homegrown moniker for kids who
may appear hard on the outside, but are simply soft, normal, curious chil-
dren on the inside.

RUMORS SWIRL AROUND A BEYONJAY WEDDING
SIs it really true this time? Star magazine is citing
a source that claims Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z
will finally jump the broom in late November dur-
ing a lavish $3 million ceremony on the Caribbean
P island of Anguilla.
I I P "Beyonc6's telling friends it will be 'the wedding
to end all weddings,'" the source tells the tabloid,
which reports that Oprah Winfrey and U.N. head
S* Kofi Annan are among the celebs on the guest list.
,1 The magazine says Beyonce's father, Mathew
I *. a 4 Knowles, was the lone road block to the wedding,
but has recently relented and given the union his blessing.
Guests will reportedly feast on $300,000 worth of Beluga caviar as well
as lobster and Italian truffles and $200 bottles of Dom Perignon.
The source noted: "Beyonc6 feels like she's living a fairy tale so why
shouldn't her wedding be equally magical?"
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the presentation of the 2006 LivingThrough Giving scholarships
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History of African-American Fraternal Organizations Exploi

Prior to the 1970s, only a handful of major U.S. white fraternal associations were willing to accept African Americans as members. African Americans
invariably protested the hypocrisy of racist exclusion by white fraternal orders. Protests proved to little avail, however, forcing African Americans to
organize parallel orders of their own. In this series of articles, drawn from the book, What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups
and the Struggle for Racial Equality by Theda Skocpol, Marshall Ganz, and Ariane Liazos, we visit the histories of some of the major African American
fraternal orders.


Prince Hall Masons
The Prince Hall Masons were the
first African American fraternal
order. This group was founded at
the birth of the nation by a remark-
able West Indian immigrant who
became a clergyman serving a pros-
perous church in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. In 1775, Prince
Hall apprenticed with the British
military lodge of Masons in Boston
and soon became a Master Mason
along with fourteen other African
Americans.
Hall and his associates requested,
and were denied, a Masonic charter
from the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts. But in 1782, Hall
petitioned the Grand Lodge of


because Prince Hall Masonry saw
an explosion in membership
between 1900 and 1930. The Great
Depression contributed to declining
memberships in the 1930s, but
membership revived and reached
new heights in the mid-1950s.
Since then the number of Prince
Hall Masons has remained persist-
ently in the 250,000 to 300,000
range.
Although its growth in the early
twentieth century was impressive
and men of many occupational
backgrounds were accepted, the
Prince Hall Masons always
remained the most socially selec-
tive of the major African American
orders. The organization has tradi-


WOODMEN OF AMERICA
HOLD CONVENTION


LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 6.-
Many delegates from OkLahoma, Ar-
kansaa and Missouri attended Lhe. d s-
Irect conference of the Americn- I
Woodmtrs, a Negro fraternalT inaur 1
a.nce orgtDIzation. wblch opened Mon-
4dy at the Arka.nsaa Baptist College.
The--orPg"IratIon has a mnenber-Slhip


The delegate were welcomed by


England for a charter, which was
delivered in 1787, launching what
would eventually evolve into a vast
order.
Until the 1820s, Prince Hall
Masonry was centered in New
England and Pennsylvania, but it
soon spread southeast and into the
Midwest and West. By 1865, there
were more than 2,700 Prince Hall
Masons meeting under the jurisdic-
tion of 23 grand lodges. By the
early 1900s, their numbers had
swelled to over 117,000 members
meeting in 2,575 lodges.
And this was just the beginning,


Lemonade

Continued from page 2
As luck would have it, the compa-
ny was selected as a featured com-
memorative beverage at Governor
Bob Riley's inauguration in 2003,
which prompted state-wide press
coverage. And as luck would have it
-- bad luck this time -- Ensemble
Beverage Company attracted the
attention of the state health depart-
ment and other regulatory agencies.
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tionally stressed black heritage and
the assertion of civic leadership and
counts among its members promi-
nent African American leaders like
Booker T. Washington, W.E.B.
DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, and
Andrew Young.

Grand United Order
of Odd Fellows
The Grand United Order of Odd
Fellows, founded in 1843, grew in
time into the very largest African
American fraternal federation.
Denied a charter by the white


Ensemble had a business license,
they had not registered with those
agencies.
'We weren't actually selling bottles
at the event," said Smith. "That's
what saved us." If they had been,
the business would have been shut
down.
Subsequently, they filed the appro-
priate paperwork and established
great relationships with the agen-
cies, says Smith, 39. This attracted
the attention of a co-packer who
assisted them in producing, bottling
and shipping their beverages.


Independent Order of Odd Fellows
in the United States, members of an
African American literary club in
New York City applied for and
received a charter from a Liverpool
lodge of English Odd Fellows, the
Grand United Order. When a hand-
ful of U.S. white lodges affiliated
with that branch objected, the
Grand United Order stood by the
African Americans and so the
Grand United Order of Odd
Fellows was born.
Before the outbreak of the Civil
War, the Grand United Order of
Odd Fellows spread lodges into all
major eastern seaboard cities and
across Pennsylvania. Following the
Union victory and the
Emancipation of the slaves, Odd
Fellows lodges sprouted rapidly in
the heavily rural South as well as in
the more urban North. By the time
the black Odd Fellows staged an
extravagant biennial national con-
vention in Philadelphia in 1886,
they had already become the largest
African American order, with
52,814 members meeting in more
than 1000 lodges.
The black Odd Fellows supported
their communities by providing
social insurance benefits; building
social-welfare institutions as well
as halls that served as meeting
places for many black groups; and
engaging in impressive parades and
ritual displays.
In the 1910s, the Grand United
Order attained extraordinary mem-
bership heights enrolling more than
11 percent of all black men. Steady
membership erosion followed in the
late 1920s and 1930s, however, and
the black Odd Fellows did not
recover fully after the Depression
and World War II. Still, the Grand
United Order of Odd Fellows in
America survives \itih
a substantial mnember-
ship to this daN. fl

Colored Knights
of Pythias
The founding! o tf tie
Colored Knilits. of
Pythias is an inriguirng
tale. In 1870, the \ lite
Knights of P',thlias
officially refused to
extend brotherhood
across racial lines.
After years of further
petitions, a handful of black men
who could "pass" racially gained
admittance to a white lodge so they
could learn its secrets and rituals.
The leader of this group was Dr.
Thomas W. Stringer, a black
Mason, African Methodist
Episcopal minister, and
Reconstruction-era Mississippi
State Senator. Drawing on the ritu-
als they observed at the white
Knights of Pythias, Stringer and
associates formed the first black
Pythian lodge and a Supreme,
Council in Vicksburg, Mississippi
in 1880.
Though the new fraternal group
borrowed some of its structure and
practices from the white Knights of
Pythias, they had a much bolder
name: The Knights of Pythias of


"Mastering the art of understand-
ing and solving problems is invalu-
able. When you are solving prob-
lems, you are creating opportuni-
ties," says Smith. "Every time there
is a problem there is an opportunity
in that problem. No don't always
mean no. It means find another
way," says Smith.
As the business has grown, so has
the friendship between partners.
Their ideas about what defines suc-
cess have changed.
"At first, we wanted to get rich,"
says Smith. "Now it's not really


North America, South America,
Europe, Asia and Africa (later it
became "...Asia, Africa, and
Australia"). For short, the organi-
zation was sometimes called the
"Colored Knights of Pythias."
The Colored Knights of Pythias
suffered a schism in the early
l.o0s, but not long afterwards the
main order grew very large, with
enrollments reaching a peak of
alinost 200,000 in the 1920s, more
tlan 6% of African American men.
Like the black Odd Fellows, the
black Knights of Pythias participat-
ed in their communities by offering
social insurance benefits and pro-
viding meeting halls and welfare
institutions, including a sanitarium
in Arkansas. Perhaps to a greater
degree than any other black order,
the colored Knights of Pythias fea-
tured a "Uniform Rank" marching
order that offered thousands of
members, at least in the North, the
chance to parade in smart, military-
style formations. Along with other
orders, the colored Knights of
Pythias suffered during the
Depression; it failed to recover
much afterwards and barely persists
today.
Improved Benevolent
and Protective Order of
Elks of the World
The dramatic story of the founding
of the African American Elks
begins in a familiar way with the
white Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks spurning potential
black members. However Arthur J.
Riggs, a former slave, managed to
procure a copy of the white Elks rit-
ual and thus the "improved" order
of Elks was founded in Cincinnati,
Ohio in 1898.
Because the White Elks had failed


Knights of Peter Claver


to legally protect their ritual, the
African American Elks were able to
obtain a copyright from the Library
of Congress a move which proved
important in subsequent legal dis-
putes.
Riggs was threatened with lynch-
ing for his role in launching the
black Elks and had to give up his
job as a Pullman porter (a much-
coveted elite job at the time). He
eventually withdrew from public
activities, but his associates led by
,B; F. Hunter of Covington,
Kentucky persisted in building the
new African American order,
named the Improved Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks of the
World (IBPOE of W) and by 1899
they boasted twelve lodges in eight


about (us) but about generations
that come behind (us). (We) want
the ability to generate funds and
opportunity."
"One pitfall of small and minority
businesses is that we don't set spe-
cific goals," says Smith, goals for
profit. (Minority businesses) are in
it for making a lot of money. We
want the bling, bling but the Lexus
and the BMW are not making
money for us."
They still hope to have a factory
and will expand their markets to
Philadelphia and Chicago


eastern states.
In spite of inner con-
flicts at the beginning
of the twentieth cenru-
ry, the new order
became popular. The
newly urban African
American population
that streamed north- -ss ---
ward was drawn to i
the Elks because of ---
its secularism, toler-
ance toward moder-
ate use of alcohol, I
and emphasis on-
educational pro- .
grams, community I I
service, and agitation for black civil
rights.
In spite of temporary setbacks
during the Great Depression, the
IBPOE of W grew steadily through-
out the twentieth century, reaching
an impressive high point around
1953, when some 300,000 to
600,000 Elks were enrolled-
between 6.5% and 13% of all black
men. In the 1970s, the black Elks
claimed up to 450,000 members;
however, U.S. Elks membership
has not kept up with population
increases. Nevertheless, the IBPOE
of W is still touted as "the largest
Black fraternal organization in the
world" and claims half a million
members in the United States and
abroad.
Black Shriners
At the Chicago World's Fair in
1893, African American Prince Hall
Masons met in Apollo Hall on State
Street to launch their own Shrine
order, called the Ancient Egyptian
Arabic Order of the Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine of North America,
South America, and Its Jurisdiction.
By 1895, there were already 23
urban temples spread
across major cities in all
regions. .. In 1919,
SChicago's Oasis Temple
was the largest black
Shrine lodge, boasting 345
members. And by 1922,
the black Shriners claimed
2000 members overall.
Over the past century, as
white Shriners have parad-
ed to support their well-
known burn institutes and
other charitable causes,
black Shriners have sup-
ported hospitals and med-
ical research on diseases affecting
African Americans, while also con-
tributing the National Negro
College Fund. In the late 1950s and
the 1960s the black Shriners
became active in legal struggle for
Civil Rights and these issues
remained live concerns moving for-
ward.
Black Shriners survive today, and
proudly include members serving
overseas in the U.S. military.

American Woodmen
The American Woodsmen is a par-
ticularly interesting black fraternal
federation. Not only did it launch in
the West-in Denver, Colorado, in
1901-and then spread into the East,
Midwest, and South, but it broke
with tradition by admitting both


Albertsons stores. They will also
purchase more vending
machines/refrigerators to be placed
in grocery stores and businesses
which can cost approximately
$6000 for each one, including
graphics.
With gross revenues of over
$950,000 in 2005, they anticipate
becoming profitable in the next two
years.
"Now we don't have to take out
loans to get stuff," says Smith, who,
along with his partners, do not take
a salary. "We are still in debt but we





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women. Formed
primarily to provide social insur-
ance, there is little evidence that the
American Woodmen ever got
directly involved in politics or in
campaigns for civil rights
The aims of this African American
order are nicely captured in its mot-
toes "Brotherhood of Man" and
"Protection of the Home." They
focused largely on insurance provi-
sion, social activities, membership
recruitment, and managing pro-
grams for young people.
By 1923, the American Woodmen
were operating in 25 states plus the
District of Columbia; and in 1948
the order still had active chapters in
at least 19 states however, it is not
clear if their membership ever grew
much beyond the 100,000 members
it claimed from the mid-1920s to
the early 1930s.

Knights of Peter Claver
While most African American fra-
ternal orders were led and populat-
ed by Baptists and Methodists, the
Knights of Peter Claver is remark-
able because it emerged especially
for black Catholics.
In the late nineteenth century, the
Catholic Church urged its-American
adherents to avoid Protestant-domi-
nated fraternal groups like the
Masons. To offer an alternative
venue for would-be fraternalists,
Irish and Italian Catholics built the
Knights of Columbus. Although the
Knights of Columbus never offi-
cially banned black Catholics,
African Americans were discour-
aged from joining and could not
receive the requisite number of
votes to gain membership.
So, in 1909 in Mobile, Alabama,
a parallel black order, the Knights
of Peter Claver, was launched by
three laymen and four priests of the
Josephite order.Within a year,
branches proliferated beyond
Mobile to Norfolk and Richmond in
Virginia, to Nashville, Tennessee,
and to Mississippi. As of 1961,
some 13,000 members were report-
ed to be meeting in 200 local
groups.
By the late twentieth century, the
Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver
got involved in a whole series of
civil rights endeavors, including
voter registration drives, support for
making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday a national holiday, and
support for the extension of the
Voting Rights Act of 1965.


are paying down debt. We are not in
the black but we are not in the red
either." Regardless of how busy his
day may be and how many chal-
lenges he may face, Smith remains
optimistic and enthusiastic -- loving
the life of an entrepreneur.
"You wake up in the morning, you
may not know what you are going
to eat for lunch, but you know one
day you are going to eat like a
king," says Smith. "It feels good
being a player in your own destiny."


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NYC Sponsored Billboards Aim to

Challenge Black Gay Steroetypes


"I am gay and this is where 1
play," say the billboards featuring
African-American athletes that
went up in several New York bor-
oughs earlier this month.
The New York State Black Gay
Network intends the billboards to
send the message that gay men are
a part of the African-American
community.
There are three versions of the bill-
board, bus shelter and subway ads.
See them at WeArePartofYou.org.


"All of us stand here together in
common purpose to say enough is
enough," said Will McLaurin, head
of the NY Black Gay Network. "We
can no longer allow our lives to be
caricatured and demonized and
condemned and somehow placed
outside the circle of life in the black
community when, in truth, as the
campaign so simply, but plaintively
declares, we have always been here.
From the basketball courts to the
corner bodega, from the church


sanctuary to the school classrooms,
black gay men have always played
an integral role in the community."
The ads are paid for with $350,000
from the city's health department.
The ads battle the anti-gay bias that
health officials and activists believe
are contributing to rising rates of
HIV infection among African-
American men.
The New York State Black Gay
Network hopes to raise additional
funds to continue the campaign.


FAMU Heads BE's List of Top

50 Colleges for African Americans


Black
Eniiterprise
Magazine has
released its
2006 list of the
Top 50
Colleges for
African
Americans. Of the 10 highest-rank-
ing schools for 2006, five are his-
torically black colleges and univer-
sities (HBCUs); five are located in
the South; and eight are private
institutions.
Attaining the No. 1 rank is Florida
A&M University in Tallahassee,
FL. Founded on October 3, 1887, as
.the State Norimal College for
Colored Students, the venerable
HBCU offers 62 bachelor's degrees
in 103 majors/tracks and provides


36 master's degrees in 56
majors/tracks. Florida A&M previ-
ously achieved the No. 6 rank in
2004. "FAMU's reputation for edu-
cational excellence continues to
thrive," said Interim President
Castell Vaughn Bryant. "We pro-
vide our students with well-rounded
experiences and equip them with
the skills they need to be successful
and productive citizens. The impact
of our students' success penetrates
into an improved quality of life for
the communities they go on to
serve."
Closely following Florida A&M is
(2) Howard University, which
ranked No. 4. in 2004. Rounding
out the topi 10 are: (3) North
Carolina A&T State University; (4),
Harvard University; (5) Spelman


College; (6) Hampton University;
(7), Stanford University, Stanford,
CA; No. 8, Columbia University,
New York, NY; No. 9, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
and No. 10, Wesleyan University,
Middletown, CT.
The list was derived using the fol-
lowing variables: black student
graduation rate; average survey
score for the school's academic
environment; average survey score
for the school's social environment;
total black undergraduate enroll-
ment; black undergraduate students
as a percentage of total undergradu-
ates (credit for this variable was
capped at 50% for HBCUs); and
ranking on the 2004 BE Top
Colleges list.


DUVAL CLAY AND NASSAU COUNTIES
















Experience That Matters


Jeff Morrow has been an attorney
protecting people for 23 years. He's fought
for the rights of victims, defended private
property rights, represented families, and
battled insurance companies for abuse
and failure to pay medical bills.
'Tve prosecuted nursing home sexual offenders in civil court, made sure
drivers who cause death or serious injury are held accountable, and
tried defendants charged with D.U.I. manslaughter in civil court for
medical bills and funeral expenses.
My experience is extensive with over 100 jury trials and over
100 appeals and oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court
and District Court of Appeals. My legal experience is the kind that
matters." Jeff Morrow


* Rev. Cole) William, '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 Ass. Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church
* Psalmist Stormy Cleveland National Recording Artist
* Bishop Terrance Calloway of Independent Church Fel-
lowship, Conference


* Rev. A.T. Jone-. Jr. Pastor of All People Int. 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 Min-
istries
* 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 of Open Arms Christian Fellowship
* Rev. Ken Middleton Pastor of One Lord One Faith
* Rev. David Thomas Pastor of Joint Heirs Ministries


Unlike My Opponent, My Campaign




is About Positives Not Negatives!

8 W I have a strong track record, and I will fight
for you in Tallahassee. I will:
Implement a Five-Point Crime Reduction plan.
Get more education funds for our communities.
Ensure that we have affordable health care options for families.
Fight for better Medicare and prescription drug programs for
our seniors.
Fight for more affordable housing dollars.


Reggie FU LLWOOD


House


District


15


Reggie Fullwood is a lifelong Democrat who has

been fighting alongside strong Democrats like

Bill Clinton, Nat Glover and Pat Lockett-Felder!


No wonder his opponent is

lying about Reggie's Record!


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(TOP) L-R: US senator of Kenyan descent Barack Obama(L), D-IL,
greets his grandmother Sarah Obama at their rural home in Siaya,
Kisumu, 365km western of the capital, during his first visit in 14
years; Obama addresses the crowd as he visits Nairobi's sprawling
Kibera slum where he had to wade thru wastes and sewage just to get
there to address thousands; the Senator and his wife take an AIDS test
in hopes others will follow. In Kenya, where fear and social stigmas
have slowed progress in fighting the disease.; (BOTTOM) U.S. senator
Barack Obama (R) and former South African political prisoner
Ahmad Kathrada look through the prison bars of Nelson Mandela's
cell on Robben island in Cape Town, South Africa and US Senator
Barack Obama, left. planting an African Olive Tree at Uhuru Park
Naiorbi, Monday, Aug. 28,2006, helped by his children.On the right is
Nobel Peace laureate, Wangari Maathai.


Obama Takes On Africa With Hero


Sen. Barack Obama started a two-
week tour ofAfrica last week with a
visit to Nelson Mandela's former
prison island, paying tribute to the
"incredible courage, resilience and
hopefulness" of the anti-apartheid
movement.
The only black member of the U.S.
Senate and one of the Democratic
Party's rising stars, Obama said the
two-hour visit to Robben Island
made him realize that everyday
worries in the United States were
"fairly trivial stuff compared to the
very elemental, basic struggle" of
Mandela and other former inmates.
Though, members of America's
House of Representatives, both
Senators and Congressmen, fre-
quently undertake such goodwill


tours, none in recent memory has
attracted such attention, or been so
eagerly anticipated. This is Africa's
first look at black America's rising
star.
Obama, the sole black member of
the Senate, says "one of the mes-
sages I'm going to send is that, ulti-
mately, Africa is responsible for
helping itself'. He's also expressed
great desire to learn as much he can
about the twin scourges of
HIV/Aids and poverty.
Obama's is a compelling and dis-
tinctly American story. His father
was a Kenyan goat herder who by
the will of his wit, made his way to
the US where he became a Harvard
graduate, whereupon he returned to
his homeland as a government


economist. Along the way, Mr
Obama Senior met, married and
divorced a white American woman.
The short liaison produced one
child, the now Senator Obama.
While on his multi-nation African
tour, Obama also visited one of the
world's worst slums, Kibera in the
nation of Kenya, where he told res-
idents he wants everyone in
America to know about their plight
and promised to push the U.S. and
Kenyan government to help.
About a third of Nairobi's total
population, at least 700,000 people,
are crammed into a single square
mile in the slum of Kibera, with lit-
tle access to running water and
other basic services.
"I love all of you, my brothers all


's Welcome
of you, my sisters" Obama told a
crowd in Kibera. "I want to make
sure everybody in American knows
Kibera. That's why we have all the
news crews."
The Illinois Democrat arrived in
Kenya last Thursday for his first
visit to his father's homeland since
taking office.
On his visit, he visited a program
to start small businesses, and also
stopped by an AIDS prevention
program in Kibera. The program is
affiliated with the University of
North Carolina and he met with stu-
dents who are part of local absti-
nence campaigns. The group, called
Carolina for Kibera, estimates one
in five of the slum's popuaion is
HIV positive.


AIDS prevention has been a theme
of Obamna's visit. On Saturday, he
and his' wife, Michelle, underwent
public HIV tests at a hospital in
Kenyan city of Kisumu in an effort
to reduce the public stigma associ-
ated with HIV testing.
"Everybody in Kibera needs the
same opportunities to go to school,
to start businesses, to have enough
to eat, to have decent clothes,"
Obama said over a megaphone as
hundreds of cheering people sur-
rounded him.
The slum stands in sharp contrast
to the elegant homes, luxurious
hotels and impressive office build-
ings found elsewhere in the city.
Kibera residents are mostly squat-
ters, with no legal claim on the land.
Kenyans have claimed Obama as
one of their own, even though he
was mostly raised in Hawaii and
did not know his Kenyan father
well;
Obama said he hopes his 15 day
trip, which will includes visits to


South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti,
Chad and Sudan, will help improve
ties between the United States and
the continent, and give him a better
perspective on problems such as
HIV/AIDS.
"Here's how Obama can help," the
Nairobi Sunday Nation said in an
editorial. "There is an emergent
Africa, a more confident, smarter,
self-reliant Africa. And it is the
message of this new Africa that we
would like Sen. Barack Obama to
take back home with him: It is pos-
sible for Africa to pull itself out of
the morass, perhaps not overnight,
but certainly in our lifetime."
"That one can spring from the
green, rolling grasslands of Alego,"
where Obama's ancestral village is
located, "to one of the most impor-
tant offices in the world ... that,
indeed, is a priceless message,"
columnist Odipo wrote.
"lven if Obama legype Tg dollars
in his trail, that simple message will
be more than sufficient."


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