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Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
October 5, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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

Record Information

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

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
October 5, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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

Record Information

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

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Senator John Kerry Introduces

Bill for Minority Entrepreneurs
Senator John Kerry introduced a bill to assist aspiring and existing
minority entrepreneurs in achieving success in the marketplace.
"Minority entrepreneurs are underrepresented at the helm of America's
small businesses, which means that they are not accessing the opportuni-
ties. the financial stability and the sense of pride that business ownership
can offer." said Kerry, who serves as ranking member of the Senate 's
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "By investing in
minority entrepreneurship. we can ensure that these hard working
Americans have e\ery opportunity to pursue the American dream of
owning a successful business."
African Americans represent 12.3 percent of the population but onl\ 4
percent of all U.S. businesses. Hispanic Americans represent 12.5 per-
cent of the U.S. population but just 6 percent of all U.S. businesses.
Kern's bill would create an Office of MNinority Small Business
Development at the Small Business Administration to increase lending
and contracting opportunities for minority small businesses. The head of
this ne"\ office will work with SBA's partners, trade associations and
business groups to identify more effective ways to market to minority
business owners.
UM Unveils Bronze Statue

in Honor of James Meredith
OXFORD. Miss. -- The University of Mississippi marked on Sunday
the 44th anniversary of its integra-
tion b) dedicating a civil rights mon-
ument at a ceremony attended by
politicians, actor Morgan Freeman
and James Meredith, the student who
started it all.
The monument features a life-size
bronze likeness of Meredith. the first
black student admitted to the univer-
sity. The statue is posed as if it is
striding toward a 17-foot-tall lime-
stone portal topped with the ,ords
"courage." "perseerance." "oppor-
tmnirn" and "knowledge."
Meredith, "3. now l hes in Jackson. Miss. He attended the ceremony
but was not a speaker. The monwunent was built with $160,000 in grants
and pri- ate donations.
The university campus also contains a statue of a Confederate soldier,
about 100 .ards away from Mleiedith's. as a tribute to students %0ho
fought in the Cix il War.
Greenwood, Miss. Gets Black

Woman Mayor Amid Controversy
GREENWVOOD Sheriel Perkins became Greenw ood's first African-
American female mayor when she was sworn in
oxer the weekend.
Perkins, 5I1, a Democrat, took the oath of office
last week at a quiet ceremony at her husband's law
She said that once she obtained her bonding and
certification from Gov. Haley Barbour she acted
quickly "so that the city would haxe an official
mayor o% er the weekend."
"I wanted to go on as soon as I found out I could
go on and get in the job." she said.
Attempts to contact outgoing Mayor Harr- Smith were not successful.
He has said a decision to challenge the election, based on ,oting "irreg-
ularities" might be made this week.
Perkins "\as certified the w inner of the court-ordered special election on
Thursday by the Greenwood Election Commission. She received 3,135
votes to Smith's 2.843 for the job that pays about $67.000 annually.
In the regular election in June 2005, Perkins appeared to be the winner
with unofficial election results show ing a 201-vote lead. A da\ later, the
Election Commission declared Smith the winner b% six votes after citing
errors by poll workers.
A state court judge this August ordered a new election after determining
too many questions surrounded the ballots cast.
Graves Advises the South

is Where You Need to Be
Earl G. Graves Sr. keeps a Fifth Avenue office in Manhattan for Black
Enterprise. the magazine he founded in 19I0 and grew to a readership of
4 million. His three sons attended Iv. League schools, and he's a \eter-
an of Washington. ha\ ing worked for U.S. Attome\ General Robert
Kennedy and operated a Pepsi franchise there.
Speaking at a recent lecture Gra\es said if he had to like his 71 years
over again, the Northeast wouldn't even be on his map.
"The South is "here you need to be." Gra\ es told students at USC's
Moore School of Business, referring to the region's job growth and
friendly small-business environment. "There's a genuine opportunity
here in the South if you're serious about success."
"Newx York is a little bit of a rat race." he said. "There's something real-
ly healthy about the tow n closing dow n and e' erybody going to the foot-
ball game."
While Graves \as wistful for the simple life. he also said the United
States must increase its efforts for creating di erse workplaces and mar-
kets, and must improve education, especially for black males.
Recognizing and embracing the changing racial makeup ofAmerica, he
said, will help pro\ ide more opportunity.

Volume 20 No. 38 Jacksonville, Florida October 5 -11, 2006

17 Insurers and Banks Named in Reparations Lawsuit

Lawyers for slave descendants
asked a federal appeals court last
week to revive a landmark repara-
tions case that demands 17 of the
nation's insurers and banks publi-
cize and pay for their roles in the
country's slave trade.
The case, which names Wall Street

giants JP Morgan Chase & Co.,
Aetna Inc., Bank of America,
Lehman Brothers and others, says
the companies' predecessors issued
loans to slave owners and, in some
cases, owned, insured and trans-
ported slaves all at a financial
profit that helped ensure their suc-

cess today.
"We were left in poverty. My fam-
ily's hardship and free labor was not
in vain," said Antoinette Harrell, a
genealogist from Kentwood, La.
who clutched raw cotton as she
spoke inside federal court .
But lawyers for the companies

told a panel of judges at the 7th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago
that the case is without merit and
the corporations did nothing to
harm the current-day descendants.
"These are inherently speculative
claims," lawyer Owen Pell said.
Continued on page 11

Just a few short weeks after Black
Firefighters in Jacksonville began
running paid televised advertise-
ments about the racism experienced
within the City run Fire and Rescue
Department and a week after a
national appearance on the Montel
Williams show, the Jacksonville
Fire Chief has stepped down. Chief
Richard Barrett resigned due to
recent surgery that rendered him
unable to perform his duties for a
period of months. His replacement,
Dan Kleman, is currently the city's
chief administrati e officer
According to the Mayor's Office,
One of Kleman's focuses as interim
director will be to work with the
internal group appointed by the
mayor to develop a plan to address
recommendations included in the
report issued by the Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission.
However the replacement is not sat-
isfactory. According to sources rep-
resenting the Black Firefighters, the
fact that he Mayor chose to replace
the Chief with someone else the
commission recommended be fired

is just "another insult" to the situa-
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
'Department came under fire earlier
this year when a local fire fighter
found a noose in his locker.
Following a Mayoral sanctioned
review, a city panel recommended
firing four department officials an
action the Mayor's Office refuses to
take. Over the course of the last few
months, in addition to area minis-
ters, the national NAACP has got-
ten involved in the fight.
.-"Hol% the administration believes
this solves anything is absolutely
ludicrous", said Cheryl Williams, a
publicist for the Black Firefighters
who accompanied them to New
York for the Montel Williams tap-
ing. According to Williams, the
Brotherhood will issue an official
statement and next course of action
later this week.
"I look forward to aggressively
working toward an organization
that is inclusive, diverse and treats
every employee fairly and with
respect." said Kleman.

Washington Presents Over $150K

in Scholarships at Annual Gala
Children and the Debi Andreassen
Memorial Scholarship Fund. In
total, more than $125,000 in schol-
arships were awarded over the
course of the evening.
Celebrities that joined host
MaliVai Washington in the festivi-
ties included PGA Tour Player Fred
Funk; former tennis professionals
Ivan Lendl, Todd Martin and Brian
Gottfried; former Jaguars Tony
Brackens, Kevin Hardy and Tony
Boselli; and others.

From left, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Valdrie presents
Nathaniel Glover with an appreciation award for being the
Convocation speaker.

Glover Challenges New Students

to the Merits of Leadership

EWC's Fall convocation, the
annual induction of incoming
freshmen and transfer students into
the EWC family, welcomed EWC
students with one of their own, for-
mer Sheriff Nat Glover.
Students were encouraged to prac-
tice principles that will make them
effective leaders as they listened to
the Convocation address delivered
in the Milne Auditorium.
Nathaniel Glover (c/o '66),
revealed the four principles of plan-
ning, preparation, perseverance and
prayer, as being key to becoming
effective leaders.
Glover, who was the first African
American to be elected Sheriff in
Florida in more than 100 years, told
the audience which consisted most-
ly of freshmen and new students,

"you must plan well and prepared
yourself to extract the greatness of
your potential. Sometimes your
potential is not reached because
you don't defer social events.
Remember, you are two grades
from excellence and two steps from
Glover concluded, "You have the
opportunity to do great things to
alter and illuminate our time.
Never settle for second place when
first place is available. And always,
always, remember to pray because
prayer changes things."
The students were presented with
the challenge of becoming dedicat-
ed leaders and ambassadors of the
College by completing their degree
at EWC. The fall 2006 enrollment
totals 847 students.

Homegoing Services Set for Shadidi Amma

Shown above is former Tennis
Pro Malivai Washington and
scholarship recipient Syreeta
The MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation (MWKF) recently held
its 10th Anniversary Mercedes-
Benz/MaliVai Washington Golf and
Tennis Gala awarding over
$150,000 in scholarships. This
year,. the annual two-day event
raised nearly $150,000 to benefit
the programs and youth of MWKF.
Activities for the event included a
Tennis Pro-Am held at Deerwood
Country Club, a Golf Pro-Am held
at Marsh Landing, and a Gala
Dinner & Auction hosted at the
Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa.
During the Gala Dinner, Syreeta
Smith was named MWKF's 10th
Player of the Year and received a
$1000 scholarship. Rijana
Hadziavdic received a $10,000
Mercedes-Benz Drive Your Future
Scholarship to assist with further-
ing her education at UNF. Fourteen
additional students received schol-
arships from MWKF, Take Stock In

Shadidi Amma
After a long courageous battle
with cancer, cultural awamess pio-
neer Shadidi Amma, passed away
peacefully. Amma, also known as
Stephanie Bryant was the co-
founder of the Kuumba Arts and
Cultural Festival of Jacksonville.
She was also the founder of the
Kuumba Youth Link a cultural arts
program she started in the

Washington Heights Community.
Her life's quest gave great mean-
ing to the African American com-
munity. She restored and (in many
instances) instilled a sense of pride
in the African Culture as well as
educating others to the many
African American inventions and
contributions to this country. In
1988, her efforts bridged a gap
between communities as she spear-
headed Jacksonville's first African-
American cultural heritage festival
still known today as "KUUMBA".
Amma spent years as a member of
the cultural acting group Some
Positive People. During her work
with the group, the New African
Performers was bom. This group
traveled the country promoting cul-
tural awareness and showcasing tra-
ditional African Songs and cloth-
Shadidi's interest in African
Culture was spawned by her broth-
er Anthony and the Rev. John H.
Farmer. Anthony chided her as a
child for not wanting to be called

black and helped her to understand
the beauty of the title. She then
became involved in Rev. Farmer's
Afro-American Cultural
Development Center and began to
share what she learned with others.
"Shadidi was quick to quiz me
about facts and dates that she had
learned at the center. She would
make sure that I knew them and
knew them right", said her younger
brother Patrick.
As an accomplished poet,
Culinary and Visual Artist, she
always brought beauty and panache
to her surroundings. She graduated
from Florida Junior College with an
Associates Degree in Graphic
Design and from Florida State
University with a Bachelor of Fine
Arts Degree in Visual Arts.
"Shadidi was a pioneer", said
Padrica Mendez. Mendez designed
the costumes for the Kings and
Queens of Africa Float for the
Kuumba Festival Parade and was a
frequent collaborator with Amma.
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Howard Dodson, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, speaks as Edward Lewis, chairman and founder of Essence
Communications Inc., right, listens during a news conference announcing the establishment of the African Burial Ground Foundation, a not-for-profit
foundation with the objectives of raising funds and generating global outreach for the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City last
week. Dodson and Lewis are two of the founders of the African Burial Ground Foundation. An illustration of the planned African Burial Ground memo-
rial is at left. The actual site of the memorial, still under construction, is seen outside the window. The African Burial Ground memorial, still under con-
struction, (shown right) is seen as New York City school children, on sidewalk outside the memorial, take part in a ring shout around the four block
perimeter of the site in the Manhattan borough. The burial ground, discovered in 1991 by construction workers, contains more than 400 remains of what
is believed to be the first group of African slaves brought to the city. It also tells a little-known story of early New York.

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Nagin Orders Minority Participation

in New Orleans Rebuilding

* Orleans' mayor signed an order this
week requiring that large business-
es use as many local and minority-
owned firms as possible when they
seek millions of dollars in tax
incentives and grants for Hurricane
* Katrina recovery.
Mayor Ray Nagin's executive
order requires applicants for the
incentives to involve 50 percent
local businesses and 35 percent
women- or minority-controlled
- businesses whenever possible.
A similar requirement has been in
place for government contracts, but
- the mayor's order expands it to
businesses applying for assistance
S. promised by various federally fund-
ed recovery programs administered
by the city and the state.
___ "We just want to make sure we
don't go back to a city of haves and
have-nots," Nagin said at a news
M In the immediate aftermath of the

storm, many local firms com-
plained that the main beneficiaries
of large government contracts for
emergency cleanup and recovery
were out-of-state businesses and
Nagin said his order should help
ensure that local firms enjoy the
benefits of the enormous federal
rebuilding investment and help
them secure small-business loans
and other financing.
He said his order should not slow
the rebuilding or send more busi-
nesses to adjacent parishes that
don't have similar requirements.
"This is such a big pie. We just want
to make sure itexpands," he said.
City workers will examine proj-
ects seeking incentives or tax
breaks and determine reasonable
goals for local and women- or
minority-controlled companies,
said Judith Williams, co-chair of
the mayor's 100-day commission,
established at the start of Nagin's
second term.

Black Texas Churches Unite for Economic Empowerment

The African American church
community in Central Texas is tak-
ing a new business approach to how '
they deal with financial institutions.
Many church leaders say they have
had trouble obtaining loans to
expand or purchase property, even
though theN had been with a partic-
ular bank for decades.
"Many- of them had had banking.
relationships with them for 20, 30,
40 years and were. trying to get
loans to expand or purchase proper-
ty and they--xere being told they
couldn't get the money although the
banks still., had relationships with
them and were carrying a lot of
money in accounts," Reverend

Joseph Parker, Jr. of David Chapel
Missionary Baptist Church said.
A group of churches formed Texas
Congregations United for
Empow erment, a nonprofit that set
out to find a bank that would
meet the needs of the churches and
ite individuals the% serve.
Everett Williams, a member of
TCUE and Eastside Baptist Church,
attended a recent event to recruit
members from his church to sign up
for TCUE.
'"Wheft Wanted to invest and do
something 'with the money that I
had, I just didn't get the support that
I felt like I should have gotten,"
Williams '$aid.

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"When I wanted to get a car loan
for my daughter in college they did-
n't fund it," Grant AME Worship
Center member Shirley Temesgen
After interviewing and meeting
with almost 40 banks, TCUE
choose to work with Wells Fargo.
The group is not just influencing
those in East Austin. TCUE already
has more than 6,000 memberships
from congregations in Travis,
Williamson and Bastrop counties.
The idea goes beyond better loan
and interest rates, it's also about

looking to the financial future of the
African-American community.
"Financial literacy that will teach
children, that will teach
teenagers, that will teach adults
how to manage their money so they
can be financially stable," Parker
TCUE said it looks to expand into
other communities and plans to
consider additional industries that
might be a good match for a similar
type of relationship with the
African-American community.


Terminal Rail Improvements
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. B20006-08
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1186R

October 20, 2006

Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time, November 28, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Terminal Rail

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ing for Contract No. C-1186R, which may be examined in or obtained
from the Procurement and Contract Services Department of the
Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the second floor of the Port
Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida
32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for information.)


Bid and contract bonding are required.

The JSEB/MBE Participation Goal established for this project is 10%.

Louis Naranjo
Manager Procurement and Inventory

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Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville port Authority (JAX-
PORT) until 2:00 p.m. local time on November 1, 2006, at which time
they will be opened in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206, for Security Guard
Services. A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal conference will be held at
2:00 P.M. on October 18, 2006, at the above location.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request for
Proposal 06-14, which may be obtained after 8:30 a.m. on October 6,
2006, from:

Procurement Department
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32206


Terminal Pavement Repairs
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. B2006-07
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1185

October 20, 2006

Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
3:00 PM, local time, November 28, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Terminal
Pavements Repairs.

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1185, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Procurement and Contract Services Department of the
Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the second floor of the Port
Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida
32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018) for information.)


Bid and contract bonding are required.

The JSEB/MBE Participation Goal established for this project is 15%.

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Manager Procurement and Inventory

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South Africa Seeks to Recover

Art Lost in Apartheid

Shown above (L-R) are: SITTING: Jimme Brown, Willie Brown (family patriarch)and Adrain Brown. STANDING: Former Pittsburgh Steelers
Larry Brown, Linda Brown, Starke Mayor Mrs. Carolyn Brown Spooner, and Bernard Brown. FMP Photo
Brown Family Celebrates 23rd Annual Fish Fry
For the past 23 years, the six offspring of Starke pioneering family of Willie and Ola Brown have celebrated with a family fish fry the weekend of
their parent's anniversary (September 29th). The eighty-four year old former farmer and DuPont retiree welcomes over 60 people every year on the
family land in Starke, FL. The Brown siblings, which include a 14 year NFL veteran and Starke's first African-American Mayor, also gather for their
annual family reunion in Hazelhurst Georgia.

Fresh Ministries Adopts Four Schools

and Hosts its' first Family Literacy Night

South Africa is scouring the globe
to recover lost works by black
artists that depict the turbulent
apartheid era in a drive to educate
young people about the struggle
against white rule.
Vivid paintings of Zulu warriors
and strife-torn black townships
were shunned as too controversial,
or simply too African, by mostly
white South African art collectors
under apartheid, and some were
even banned.
But many paintings were quietly
snapped up by foreign diplomats or
visitors and spirited out of the
country to adorn the walls of homes
and boardrooms around the world.
The Ifa Lethu foundation, support-
ed by the ministry of culture, is try-
ing to bring those works back to
South Africa to display them in a
touring exhibition of schools and
community centers.
"This is about inspiring South
Africans and forcing both black and
white to confront their past and to

celebrate what we have been able to
achieve despite all the pain," Ifa
Lethu Chairwoman Mamphela
Ramphele told Reuters at the proj-
ect launch in Soweto.
The traveling exhibition is also
meant to educate young South
Africans about the country's violent
struggle against white rule and the
sacrifices made by their parents'
"It is making people aware of who
they are and where they come
from," said jazz maestro Hugh
Masekela, who is backing the proj-
ect. "If you don't know where you
come from then you don't know
where you are going."
The project first started when
Australian diplomat Diane
Johnstone donated a collection of
17 art works amassed during a post-
ing to South Africa in the violent
1970s to the Pretoria Art Museum.
That inspired a wider hunt for sim-
ilar works.

teered to secure the food and pro-
vide volunteers to serve the 450
plus children and parents attending
R. L. Brown Elementary School's
first Family Literacy Dinner on
September 28th.
Prior to dinner, parents/guardians
and students attended informational
seminars designed to encourage
parental involvement in their chil-
dren's education, the importance of
developing strong reading skills at a
young age, and the value of recre-
ational reading. At the evening's
conclusion, the organization gave

age appropriate books to each child
attending the Family Literacy
The pasta dinner was donated by
Carrabba's Italian Restaurant, locat-
ed with FreshMinistries' staff pro-
viding the desserts, beverages and
service staff.
If you or your organization would
like to "adopt" a school or class of
students, or sponsor a Family
Dinner Night at one of our 4 core-
city schools, please contact Vicki
Burke by email: vicki@freshmin-
istries.org or call 904.854.4444.

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Former Ambassador Lectures at
UNF on Why Africa Matters
Ambassador Johnnie Carson, senior vice president at the National
Defense University and former U.S. ambassador to the republics of Kenya,
Zimbabwe and Uganda, with Jacksonville resident Brenda Kirckpatrick.
Carson guest lectured at UNF last week about why Africa matters.
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FreshMinistries' Vanessa Boyer (left) helps serve spaghetti dinner to
the over 450 students, parents and guardians attending Family
Literacy Night at R. L. Brown Elementary School.

FreshMinistries has "adopted"
four core-city Jacksonville schools
(Longbranch Elementary, R. L.
Brown Elementary, Matthew
Gilbert Middle School and Jackson
High School) with the goal of
improving parental/guardian

involvement in the educational
process and increasing the high
school graduation rate in one of the
state's lowest performing school
To help launch our education ini-
tiative, FreshMinistries' staff volun-


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African-Americans Deserve

More From Social Security
By Malcolm Moore
I recently learned about an African-American male who died of lupus at
the age of 40. He is survived by a wife and four children with the
youngest only two years old. Although the cause of his death is somewhat
rare, the story in its essence is quite common. African-American men
often die young.
According to a 2003 report from the Centers for Disease Control, the
average African-American male can now expect to live 68.6 years. This is
generally attributed to the poor quality) of health in African-American
communiques along with poor lifesty le decisions. It is also common know 1-
edge that married persons general survive longer, so the African-
American community's relatively low marriage rate doesn't help.
This is all relevant to the Social Secarity debate.
As argued by Representative Bill Thomas IR-CA), it makes good sense
to consider race and sex when assessing what Social Security has to offer.
Financial planners are first to advise developing an investment portfolio
tailor-made to individual needs. When given the opportunity, %workers
individualize retirement portfolios.
Why should Social Security be any different?
Think about it. One presently cannot fully access what has been paid into
Social Security until age 65. That means that, on average, African-
American males enjoy only 3.6 years of payback for decades of paying
into the system.
What happens to the rest of the money? Well. the Social Security "trust
fund" is little more than an IOU. What has been paid in has probably
already benefited someone else. It is gone, and none of it will go to the
deceased's family at least not directly.
Cr.i cs, downplay this-disparity,-s-aying African-Americans. on average.
still get more from the system than the\ pay into it because survivor and
disability benefits provide for those left behind. Maybe so, but where is
the dignity in depending on welfare rather than the nest egg that suppos-
edly grew with each paycheck? This is wh\ young and old African-
Americans alike should favor a privatization of Social Security and the
establishment of personal saving accounts. Furthermore, African-
Americans should want reforms that go far beyond the current debate.
First, African-Americaus should want Social Security reform that includes
provisions that limit the cost of investing. Social Security reform should
not be a license for investment companies to steal from the cookie jar
owned by working-class African-Americans. As the cost of computer
technology continues to cheapen, personal investment should be organ-
ized so that investors can monitor and alter their portfolios at %will and at a
very low cost.
Second, Af-ican-Americans should want a provision that allows the use
of these personal savings to become homeowners. If increasing African
Americans bomeownership is a national goal. it seems only reasonable to
permit investors to use their sa\ wings to purchase a home.
This provision which allows people to essentially borrow from them-
selves rather than be beholden to a lender is available in most retirement
savings plans today. Homeownership has historically provided a %ery
good rate of return. Owned property is an excellent source of income in
the form of reverse mortgages or simply their resale value. Such a pro\i-
sion is not yet pan of the current debate.
Claims and counterclaims about the actuarial fairness of Social Security
for selected demographic groups particularly African-American males -
continue to be disconcerting. Numerous articles on this topic exist, but
most are based on microsimulations and not actual Social Security data.
Not until this issue is put to rest can a true debate begin on reforming the
Social Security to best benefit African-Americans.
To end the controversy African-Americans should be calling on the
Social Security Administration to produce comprehensive and corroborat-
ed studies that provide a definitive answer to the question. "Ho\w do dif-
ferent demographic groups fair under the current Social Security system?"
If it cannot provide such studies. it should tell us why not
Malcolm Moort is a writer ',tir the black leadership neti ork Projiect 21
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Fullwood

Not Enough Parents are Properly Raising Their Children
"Children respond to the expecta- If we are going to expect our chil- It also goes back to that James she has not had the opportunity to
tions of their environment," states dren to grow and be true leaders Baldwin quote about how our learn how to motivate herself. How
Price Cobb, a black physiatrist. It's within our communities then par- youth learn from adults without can she teach her child the impor-
a powerful statement and extreme- ents must do a better job raising realizing that they are learning cer- tance of black sustainability?
ly true. If you think about youth and teaching youth especially in tain characteristics and behaviors. African American families are
that is exactly what they do. the black culture. James Baldwin Jesse Jackson once said, "Youth are clearly still very strong and viable,
Many children from poor house- said it best, "Children have never looking for something; it's up to but we have to focus on how our
holds in which the parents have been good at listening to their eld- adults to show them what's worth children are being raised. From the
low expectations don't perform ers, but they have never failed to emulating." images they see on television to the
well in school hence they end up imitate them." In other words we Better parenting and prevention things they see when walking down
in the same cycle of poverty as have to lead by example. of teen pregnancy have to be at the a neighborhood street, it's impor-
their parents. Then there is the Last week, I talked about the high very top of priorities for the "black tant that they fully understand the
opposite side of this social coin. number of black women who have agenda." The bible tells us that "a path to success versus the path to
Some youth use their environment children out of wedlock. The num- good tree can not bare bad fruit." destruction.
to motivate them to excel academi- ber high for whites and Hispanics So we have to be stable, strong It is no secret that strong parents
cally and in life. as well (25 percent and 42 percent, trees to raise good offspring, can shape their children's character
The percentage of people who are respectively), but astronomical for Dr. Robert Johnson, is a parenting and ability. For the most part, good
self motivated is extremely small African-Americans at 69 percent. specialist and says, "African parents equate to good children,
especially compared to those who There is obviously a major prob- American children in this country with some exceptions of course. It
can't break the cycle of poverty and lem in this country when nearly 70 are growing up under the weight of is also no secret that by and large,
low achievement. percent of all African American the pressures that are created by adult conduct in society is learned
Over the past few weeks I have babies are born to unwed mothers racism and it has an effect in -as a child. Again, getting back to
talked about various components of and of that percentage most are schools and commercial settings the root issue properly raising our
the African American- family and teens. Those mothers are far more everywhere and parents need to children is critical.
how-it.is-the key to the-revival of likely than. married mothers to be strengthen their children with the I will close this series of articles
black communities. Perhaps the poor, even after a post-welfare- abilities and skills to overcome with a quote from President
most important factor is how we reform decline in child poverty, that." Lyndon Johnson who said these
raise our children. What types of They are also more likely to pass His comments also get to the root words at Howard University in the
morals and values are we instilling that poverty on to their children. of the problem in our communities 60s. He said, "When the family col-
in them as they grow up? Kay Hymowitz, the author of The if a teenage mother who probably lapses, it is the children that are
Whether you know it our not, our Black Family: 40 Years of Lies has not been motivated to achieve usually damaged. When it happens
youth often mimic their surround- says, "The truth is that we are now despite obstacles then how will she on a massive scale, the community
ings. We have too many children a two-family nation, separate and properly raise her child to over- itself is crippled."
being raised by teenage mothers unequal-one thriving and intact, come life's challenges? Signing off from some
who have yet to mature enough to and the other struggling, broken, How can a 15 or 16 year old Strengthening Families Initiative
fully understand their role as a care and far too often African- young woman teach her baby the near you, Reggie Fullwood
giver and guardian. American." importance of self-empowerment if

Who's Bedeviling Who?

by William

. "-. : .
-.". % Would you let
Hugo Chavez
L U give you a free
eye operation?
If you are more into politics than
you are into effectively heating
your home and getting optical prob-
lems fixed free, then not only
would you turn down the eye oper-
ation, it would be a cold day in hell
before you'd even take much need-
ed oil from Chavez!
People of color demonizing Hugo
Chavez include Harlem's
Congressman and a Native
American lobbyist. Because
Chavez called President Bush "the
devil," New York's 15th District
Representative Charles Rangel has
told Chavez to "stay out of his dis-

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trict". Prompted by their
Washington representative, Dimitri
Philemenof; leaders of the Aleutian
Pribilof Island Association, a group
of Native American Alaskans, have
refused to accept $5 million of free
oil from Chavez "out of loyalty to
the country and Bush". The war of
words between the Bush
Administration and Venezuelan
president Chavez poses a clear
racial divide that African
Americans need to assess in regards
to economics versus politics.
The South American leader has
boldly sought to forge ties with
poor communities of color in the
US. In wake of Hurricane Katrina,
Chavez provided relief assistance
to African American disaster vic-
tims. CITGO, the U.S. subsidiary
of Venezuela's state-owned oil

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company, set up disaster relief cen-
ters in Louisiana and Texas and
provided humanitarian to more than
50,000 victims.
Though Rangel doesn't want
Chavez in his predominately black
district, Chavez's initiatives pro-
vide millions of barrels of oil in
energy assistance to schools nurs-
ing homes, hospitals and poor com-
munities in the US. Despite
Congressman Rangel's "banish-
ment," Chavez provides over 8 mil-
lion gallons of discounted oil in his
district and Congressman Jose
Serrano's adjoining 16th
Congressional District. Serrano,
who represents the heavily African
American and Latino populated
Bronx district, has openly invited
Chavez there.
People such as Chavez, Serrano,

Kennedy and employ-
ees of Citizens Energy
are proving more
accountable to poor people of color
than Rangel and Philemenof. They
are responsible for millions in dis-
counted oil programs to low-
income families in Boston, New
York City, scores of states, and
among Native American Tribes that
Rangel and Philemenof now scorn.
If you can get past politics, you
may want to investigate free eye
operations Chavez seeks to provide
to 150,000 African Americans a
year. Part of "Mission Miracle,"
the eye program is one of the social
programs Chavez has been imple-
menting in past years. It provides
operations for cataracts, myopia
and pigmentary retinosis. People
who are interested should contact
Venezuelan embassies in their own

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Annual Black Expo Links Consumers With Black Entrepreneurs

Blacksonville.com representatives from left to right, Chad Hendrick,
Patrick Stewart, John Sloan and Fred Wilson.

Shown above is Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer William Perry with for-
mer child star Kim "Tootie" Fields.

Representatives from Winn Dixie: Linda Glace, Sidney Glace, Karen
Jones, Sisteria Manns, Pamela Bryan and Nancy Robison.

Shown above center are Black Expo celebrity guests Alfre Woodard and Gabrielle Union with Expo staff.
Publishers of the Black Pages recently hosted the 5th annual Florida Black Expo over the weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The one-
day event featured over 150 exhibitors and attracted thousands to the vendors of an about interest to Black consumers. The family-oriented event expos-
es the community to business opportunities and cultural resources. This year's Expo 05 included seminars/workshops, health fair, vendors, celebrity
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Bush Urges UN to Act on Darfur
WASHINGTON-U.S. President George W. Bush has said the United
Nations should send a peacekeeping force to the troubled Darfur region
of Sudan without further delay.
"The United Nations can play an important role in helping us achieve
our objective, which is to end human suffering and deprivation," Bush
said as he dispatched special envoy Andrew Natsios to the region. "In
my view, the United Nations should not wait any longer."
The Sudanese government has thus far resisted mounting internation-
al pressure to accept a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur. Bush contends
the UN should deploy such a force anyway..
A three-year conflict in the Darfur region has killed roughly 200,000
people and displaced millions of others. Violence in Darfur has
increased since a peace deal was signed in May between the Sudanese
government and one rebel group.
Former President Bill Clinton says he feels the biggest mistake dur-
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Greater Grant Memorial AME to Islamic Center of Northeast Florida Invites Community For Third Annual "Sharing Ramadan"

Celebrate "United Effort Day"
The Right Reverend John Hurst Adams, 87th Elected and Consecrated
Bishop (Retired) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; will be the
Messenger at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2006, at Greater Grant
Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, Reverend T. DeMarco
Hansberry, Senior Pastor.
"United We Stand on the Promises of God" is the United Effort Day
theme. The community is invited.

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.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry 2006 Serious Praise Service
Come join the Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry in its 2006
Serious Praise Service, a Spirit filled worship service, as we give thanks to
Our Lord and Savior, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th.
When praises go up, Blessings come down! Join in with the Prais-cisers,
under the direction of Ms. Kenshela Williams. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman,
Sword and Shield, Founder/Pastor; will deliver the message. You are
invited to come and bring a friend to be a part of this great worship experi-
ence. All are welcome.

EWC Founder's Day Worship Service set
for St. Stephen Sunday, October 8th
The St. Stephen AME Church, 5th and Davis Street, Rev. Michael
Mitchell, Pastor; will host the Edward Waters College Founder's Day
Worship Service, at 10 a.m., Sunday, October 8, 2006. EWC President, Dr.
Oswald P. Bronson Sr., and the world renowned Edward Waters College
Concert Choir will participate in the service. All are welcome.

Resurrection Baptist Church Christian

Center Celebrates 4th Anniversary
The Resurrection Baptist Church Christian Center, 6040 Moncrief Rd.,
will celebrate it's 4th Anniversary with Services at 7:30 p.m nightly,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 4-6th. Rev. Glenn F. Foreman
Sr., and First Lady Cheryl Foreman, extend an open invitation to you to
help give God the Glory for this 4th Year Anniversary. The celebration will.
culminate with Service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th. The public is cor-
dially invited. Chiquanda Feacher-Foreman. Chair.

the community are extended an
invitation to attend the Third Annual
"Sharing Ramadan" event, at 6 p.m.
on Sunday, October 8, 2006, at the
Islamic Center of Northeast Florida,
2333 St. John's Bluff Road (between

Southside COGIC
Men's Conference '06
The Southside Church of God in
Christ, 2170 Emerson Street,
Bishop Edward Robinson Jr.,
Pastor; will present "Is There A
Man In The House?", Men's
Conference 2006; Friday and
Saturday, October 6-7th.
Workshop Topics and presenters
include: "The Silence of Adam",
Pastor Cedric Johnson, Carpenter's
House COGIC, Jacksonville;
"Man's Identity Crisis", Elder
Donell Neal, Southside COGIC;
"Bringing Home the Bacon", Pastor
Gabriel Hall, Emanuel COGIC,
Jacksonville; and "Putting God
First, Getting Back to the Basics",
Pastor Loverso Walker, Faith
Temple COGIC, Daytona, FL.

"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, please call (904)
358-6722 or (904) 723-0763.

Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
1880 EdgewoodAvenue Jacksonville, FL 32208 or via e-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

Matthew 28: 19-20
"Seeking to save the lost for Christ...
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 A.M. Sunday School
11:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 P.M. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 P.M.

Landon Williams, Sr

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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209

call (904) 768-8800 or Fax (904) 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murry, Sr.
Welcomes You!
Early Worship 8:00 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM
Morning Worship 10:45 AM
1st Sunday 3:45 PM
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 PM
Bible Study 7:00 PM
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 PM

Atlantic and Beach Blvds.). Ramadan to be a blessed month, as Modest dress code is the norm for
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Lurng tne mont or Kamaaan,
Muslims refrain from food, drink
and other worldly pleasures, from
dawn to dusk. At sunset, fasting
Muslims break their fast with food
and drinks. Muslims believe

it is Lile moniU$Ii w 1111 ten ei iy Qurani
was revealed to Prophet
Muhammad. Muslims also believe
that fasting is not unique to their
faith, for it is also enjoined and
practiced by Jews and Christians.

Islamic Center. Your cooperation
will be appreciated. Parvez Ahmed,
on behalf of the Islamic Center of
Northeast Florida. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 229-6259.

The Senior Women's Missionary
Ministry of Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church, 2803 West
Edgewood Ave., Rev. Clifford J.
Johnson Jr., Pastor; will celebrate
their Annual Old Fashion Musical,
at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 22,
2006. The community is invited.

Rev. Frank Evans and the Clef
Tones, the Gospel Caravans, the
Voices of Harmony, the Sisters of
Praise, and Sister Synetta Drayton-
Haggary, will be featured in this
year's "Old Fashion Musical". This
spirit filled program will give
honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus

Christ. An "Old Fashion Dinner"
will also be served.
Sister Edith Hicks, President,
Senior Women's Missionary
Society; Sister Mary Lee Roper,
Program Chair; Sister Mary
Howard, Co-Chair.

St. Paul Lutheran Fall Rev. Sapp & The Angelic

Festival Oct. 7th Voices "Live Recording
Friends, neighbors and the community are invited to The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South
attend the Fall Festival at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2730 McDuff Avenue (at 1-10), Rev. Calvin 0. Honors,
West Edgewood Ave., on Saturday, October 7, 2006, Interim Pastor; will present the "Rev. J. D. Sapp and the
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Angelic Voices" in a live recording concert at 5 p.m. on
This inaugural Fall Festival will feature crafts, music, Sunday, October 8, 2006. A spirit-filled program has
food and much more. There will be a "Kids Corner" with been planned and you, your family and friends are invit-
crafts, activities, and face painting. There will be other ed. Sis Eric Turner, Chair.
activities for all ages.
Booths and tables will be available to vendors to mer- Potter's House to Host
chandise their goods and provide early shopping for the
holidays. To reserve your booth or table, please call Service of Rememberance
Naomi Mungin at (904) 502-9001; or visit .
Naomi Mungin@bellsou at (904) 502-9001; or visit The Community Hospice of Northeast Florida invites
; you to celebrate the memory of those you have lost this
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Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Exciting Worship Strong '
Biblical Preaching Powerful Alter Services
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Thursday Night 7:30 p.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393 4,
Website: www.evangeltempleag.nrg Email- evangeltemple@~ vangeltemple.nrg Z
10:45 a.m. ServiceInterpretedfor Deqaf@,Central Campus Pastors Steve & Kristin Coad

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

Rev. Rudolph McKissi
.Senior Pastor

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Thusdy 815- 845AT

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonvile, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 AM 10:45 A
Church School 9:30 AM

3rd Sunday 3:30 PM (Historic Sanctuart)
ak The Word from the Sons & Daughters of Beth
ick, Sr, Rev. Rudolph McKissick, J;
Wednesday "Miracle at Midday" 12 Noon 1 PM Senior Pastor
1 Dinner 5:00 PM & Bible Study 6:30 PM

"Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:30
"AmL -

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Annual "Old Fashion Musical" to be presented at Zion Hope

Central Campus
Lane Ave. & 1-10
Sunday, October 8th
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Hope thou in God
This could be life changing


Pastor Gary vrinl Ki In V\. oris

Southwest Camnpus

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AKAs' and Omega's Providing Economic Leadership

Fraternities and Sororities Join

Spiritually for the Circle of Love
by Karen Richardson
The evening proved to be truly inspiring for many members of
Jacksonville's African American fraternities and sororities as they joined
together in worship and song during the 7th annual Circle of Love service
on Tuesday, September 19th, at Central C.M.E. Church in Jacksonville.
The Reverend John Walker, pastor of Central C.M.E., delivered the inspi-
rational message.
The Circle of Love is a service promoting fellowship and Christian prin-
ciples among the local chapters of African American fraternal and sorori-
ty organizations. It began seven years ago by Delta Sigma Theta's chapter,
Jacksonville Alumnae. It's lovingly referred to as the "kick-off blessing"
for the calendar year. Combining some traditional elements with non-tra-
ditional, the service also includes a tribute, a reading, prayer of unity, and
founders salute. Representatives from all Greek organizations are invited
to participate.
Speaking from this year's theme, "The Presence of the Lord is Here",
Reverend Walker encouraged and charged the audience to continue the
work of service to others and the community, effect positive change and be
a vessel of love to people.

Cash Poor, Mike Tyson
Even Mike Tyson doesn't know don't think I'm worthy of those who
why people would pay to see him come out to see me, but they do."
fight anymore."That's what I said," The former champ appeared calm
he said to that question Thursday, and relaxed, smiling and joking
drawing laughter at a news confer- about the shape he's in physically,
ence to announce "Mike Tyson's mentally and financially.
World Tour," in which he will fight But he said he was nervous to be
in a series of 4 round exhibitions. back in front of an audience and in
"I think I'm useless to society. I inner turmoil, his recent years

Far More Terrible

for Women
by Patrick Minges
"When they told me my new-born
, babe was, a girl," wrote Har-riet
Jacobs, a North Carolina slave, in
1860, "my heart was heavier than it
had ever been beofe. Slavery is ter-
rible for men; but it is far more ter-
rible for women."
Jacobs's stories of enslavement
were first published in the New
York Tribune and later in a book
called Incidents in the Life of a
Slave Girl. Jacobs was an excep-
tion. Most of the women enslaved
in the United States before never
had a chance to tell the world of the
degradations they endured.
In the 1930s, the Federal
Writers' Project gave that chance to
roughly 1,500 female former slaves
by conducting interviews in nearly
20 states, and by turning these
interviews into oral histories.
Patrick Minges selected 27 of
these narratives for his new book,
Far More Terrible for Women:
Personal Accounts of Women in
Slavery, the 14th title in the Real
Voices, Real History series form
John E. Blair, Publisher.
"In these stories are dramatic
images of life and death, pain and
perseverance, devastation and deli-
verance, all related by the women

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whose memories serve as a record
and reflection of a turbulent period
in American history," Minges
writes. "They speak of a time long
gone but whose importance
demands respect and reverence."
Louise Everett recalled a master
who would force slaves to copulate
in his presence. He often invited
his friends to watch or even partic-
ipate. Julia "Aunt Sally" Brown
said her owners "didn't believe in
selling slaves, but... they sold one
once' cause the other slaves said

by James Clingman
In 1998, I spoke at the organizing
meeting of the Nashville Black
Chamber of Commerce. In addition
to the occasion of Black folks tak-
ing control of their economic
resources, the meeting was even
more special for me because it was
held in a building that the local
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority built
and owned. I was so proud to be
speaking about economic empow-
erment within a glowing example
of economic empowerment. I
remember pointing out that we need
more examples of ownership
among our Greek organizations.
Eight years later, I am pleased to
see these organizations implement-
ing real economic empowerment
strategies. Guided by intelligent,
conscious, and aggressive leaders,
sororities and fraternities are using
their collective leverage to effect
positive economic change via real
estate development, technology,
financial literacy, entrepreneurship,
banking, and other areas in which
their members have expertise.
I recently came in contact with
two of those leaders, and it was a
pleasure to hear their plans and
share their visions for helping to
move our people into the 21st cen-
tury of economic empowerment.
Barbara McKinzie, the newly-
installed International President of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, is a
sister with whom I thoroughly
enjoyed talking. She has that rare

combination of consciousness and
commitment, under-girded by a
wealth of talent and experience in
finance as a Certified Public
Accountant. It did not take long for
me to see that McKinzie definitely
understands not only what it will
take to move us forward economi-
cally, she is also willing and quite
able to support her words with
In her new role with the AKAs,
the oldest and largest sorority
(200,000 members worldwide),
Barbara will continue her quest to
empower our youth by preparing
them to be leaders and instilling in
them her philosophy of "making
excellence a habit." McKinzie has
also adopted the theme, "Continued
Improvement," which has to do
with enhancing and strengthening
our basic competencies, and
encourages a "pay as you go, not
after you get there" system among
Black people. Now I like that.
One of the most impressive things
McKinzie shared with me was:
"You can't give what you don't
own." She gets it. She knows that in
order for our people to be economi-
cally empowered we must be own-
ers of wealth-generating assets. She
cited the age-old, wrong-headed
message that has gone out to our
youth for years, "Get an education
and get a good job." Instead of that
message, McKinzie strongly advo-
cates for business ownership and
business growth, which is indeed

to Do Exhibition Fights

marked by embarrassing fights --
inside and out of the ring -- and
staggering debt.
"The money I make here is not
going to help any of my bills really
from a tremendous standpoint," he
said. "But I'm going to feel better
about myself. I'm not going to be

The "baddest man on the planet"
acknowledged he's in horrible
shape and only capable of going
three or four rounds.
So Tyson, who last fought a los-
ing battle in June 2005 to the
unknown Kevin McBride, will
return to the ring Oct. 20 in
Youngstown, OH for a pay-per-
view event against former sparring
partner Corey "T-Rex" Sanders.
"Hopefully, he's gentle and kind to
me," Tyson said. "If he starts wing-
ing, I'm going to start winging."


Barbara McKinzie
Alpha Kappa Alpha
the proper economic message for
our people. Barbara McKinzie is a
blessing and a model for the brand
of leadership we need.
The other leader I want to high-
light is Warren Lee, newly-elected
Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc. I met Brother Lee
during a recent visit to Dallas, when
he emphasized his commitment to
the theme: "Economic Empower-
ment Leading to Social and
Political Change." Warren, an
entrepreneur himself, understands
that by devising and implementing
economic initiatives that establish
and grow businesses, Black people
will be empowered. He also knows
how important home ownership is
for Black people, who are at the
bottom in that category, and that is
where he is placing his emphasis.
Lee has adopted Claud Anderson's
Powernomics philosophy, which is
refreshing. Many of our brothers
and sisters who claim to be leaders
are reluctant to espouse and support
anything that is all Black, despite
the fact that their organizations and
those whom they supposedly lead
are all Black. How sad it is to be so
conditioned that you would not sup-
port your own people unless other
groups are involved. Warren Lee is
just the opposite. He knows who he
is and he is not ashamed or afraid to
claim it.
Lee stated, "We have the capacity
to be a lot better and to do a lot

the) \would kill him 'cause he had a
baby by his own daughter. So to
keep him from being' kilt, they sold
Mary Reynolds told her inter-
viewer that "I seed them put the
men and women in the stock with
they hands screwed down through
holes in the board and they feets
tied together and they naked
behinds to the world. Solomon, the
overseer beat them with a big whip,
and Massa look on... They cut the
flesh most to the bones, and some
when they taken them out of the
stock and put them on the beds,
they never got up again."
Minges divides the narratives
according to theme- "Jezebel and
Mamy," "Friends and Families,"
"Witches/Doctors," "Herstory," and
"Mother/ Child."
"One of the first notions to be
shattered by the narratives is any
sense of understanding of what
these women's lives were like,"
Minges writes. "The complexities
of their lives... prevent easy cate-
gorization of what it meant to be a
female slave."

Warren Lee
Omega Psi Phi
more when it comes to having a
positive impact on Black people.
It's not that we are against anyone;
we are simply for Black people, and
we will contribute what we can to
the cause of Black economic
empowerment." Lee's local Omega
chapter in Dallas recently started an
investment club called,
"Omeganomix." Dallas entrepre-
neur and Omega man, Detrick
DeBurr, describes it as enhancesing
economic literacy and builds wealth
In my call for and support of new
Black leadership, these two leaders
fit the bill. There is a document
making its way into Black newspa-
pers, on radio talk shows, and
around the Internet called, "Open
Letter to Black America, It's Time
to Bring Back Black," which poses
some questions about our direction
and, of course, our leadership. An
excerpt from that letter states,
"Enough is enough, Black people
are in need of leaders who without
apology are committed to the very
real needs of Black Americans.
You will never know how good it
makes me feel to know that Barbara
McKinzie and Warren Lee are
around. I know the Kappas, Alphas,
Deltas, Zetas, Sigmas and any that I
omitted, are doing similar things on
economic issues. Please let me hear
from you. Let's spread the word
about this most important subject:
economic empowerment.

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Recover from toxin overload so
you can look and feel your best at
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remove all those unnecessary ele-
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detoxifying your body and spirit,
you definitely need a plan. Try
these top twelve tips and get on
your way to a new, healthier you:
1. Find spiritual peace through
prayer and meditation.
2. Eat healthy! Make sure you get
plenty of fiber, brown rice and
organically grown fresh fruits and
vegetables if they are available. If
you cannot find organically grown
produce locally, try growing your

own fresh fruits and vegetables.
Visit www.localharvest.com for
locations of organically grown
fruits and vegetables in your area.
3. Drink plenty of water! At least
two quarts of water daily.
4. Cleanse and protect!
Elimination of stools and urine is
the body's primary method of get-
ting rid of toxic substances.
Especially important during detox,
regular bowel movements decrease
the likelihood that toxins will be
reabsorbed into the body. Using
herbs such as dandelion root, bur-
dock, and milk thistle are great for
cleansing the liver. Drink ginger tea
to strengthen digestion, improve
5. You need your Vitamin C! This
important vitamin known as the
wonder worker is an effective
antiviral agent helping the human
body, build collagen protein while
doubling as an antioxidant along
the way.
6. Relax and breathe! Taking deep
breaths allows oxygen to circulate
more completely throughout.
7. Bust Stress! Do away with
stress by emphasizing positive
emotions as well as the positive in
every situation. Avoid, say good-
bye, or simply push delete to people
who are always negative.

8. You got to sweat it out! Sweat in
a sauna or steam room so you can
eliminate waste by perspiration.
9. Hydrotherapy is important! Try
taking a very hot shower for five
minutes, allowing the water to run
on your back and visualizing the
stress running off and down the
drain with the water. Follow this
with cold water for 30 seconds.
Repeat this three times, then get
into bed for 30 minutes and relax.
10. Dry-brush your skin! This will
help remove toxins through pores.
You can locate special brushes at
natural or health food stores.
11. Say no to anything electronic
in your bedroom and yes to sex
(safe). For the ladies Sex is a
beauty treatment. Scientific tests
find that when women make love
they produce amounts of the hor-
mone estrogen, which makes hair
shine and skin smooth. For the men
- Sex is one of the safest sports you
can take up. It stretches and tones
up just about every muscle in the
body. It's more enjoyable than run-
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12. Exercise! Oh yes, you knew"
that word was in there somewhere.
Be sure to exercise for one hour

Last week, Congresswoman
Corrine Brown, along with various
colleagues of the Congressional
Black Caucus, underwent a test for
the HIV-AIDS virus in an attempt
to encourage young people, particu-
larly in minority communities, to
get checked for the virus as well.
The testing was conducted by the
District of Columbia's Mobile

Health Unit.
"Today, many Members of the
Congressional Black Caucus and I
undertook a test for the HIV-AIDS
virus. By doing so, we as Members
of Congress are trying to set an
example for our nation's youth, par-
ticularly in the African American
communities, and encourage them
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The statistics of AIDS in minority
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racial and ethnic minorities repre-
sent 72% of new AIDS cases and
65% of Americans living with
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population is black.

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The Florida Society of
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2. Find out your family history of
eye disease. In many cases, having,
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3. Wear protective goggles when
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EYES (3937), to see if you qualify
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The program offers eye exams
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The Seniors EyeCare Program is designed for people who:
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Over exposure to the sun's rays can
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Dean Expedites Courting of Black Vote

The Democratic Party can no
longer sit back and wait until three
weeks before an election to ask
minorities for their vote,
Democratic National Committee
Chairman Howard Dean said.
"In many ways, the Democratic
Party hasn't moved itself out of the
'60s and '70s," Dean said in remarks
to the DNC's African-American
Leadership Summit, which is
aimed at mobilizing black voters.
"If we don't get smart about hav-
ing folks on the ticket that look like
the people whose votes were asking
for, in meaningful positions of
authority, then we're not going to
win. The party that gets to do that
first is going to win," Dean said.
Annie Mae Holt, a 59-year-old
Detroit teacher who attended the
gathering, said Democrats must be
careful not to allow Republicans to

create a divide.
"We need to make sure that people
who look like the diversity that is
evolving in the United States is rep-
resented on our Democratic ticket,"
Holt said in an interview.
Black voters could be crucial to
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's
effort to overcome a stiff challenge
from GOP challenger Dick DeVos.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
recently promised to energize city
voters for Granholm and avoid a
repeat of the low 1990 turnout that
contributed to a Republican nar-
rowly winning the governorship.
"In order for this party to win, we
have to include more people,"
Kilpatrick said. "The numbers say
that we need to move the African-
American (and) Latino vote inside
urban America. Unless we go get it,
we won't win."

Dr. Lonise Bias was the guest
speaker last week at River Region
Human Services' Annual Dinner at
the Omni Hotel. Bias is the mother

Farrakhan Illness Casts Doubt on Nation

Min. Louis Farrakhan
by Rachel Zool, BAW
Minister Louis Farrakhan, ailing
and in seclusion at his Michigan
home, has ceded leadership of the
Nation of Islam to an executive
board while he recovers, saying the
movement must prove that it "is
more than the charisma, eloquence
and personality" of one person.
But those who have watched the
Nation evolve over decades believe
that the organization known as
much for the dark suits and bow ties
of its followers as for its doctrine of
black supremacy will falter with-
out a dynamic figure like the minis-
ter in charge.
"When Farrakhan dies; my predic-
tion is the movement will split,"
said Lawrence Mamiya, a Vassar
College professor and an expert on
African-American religion. "I don't
think this movement can be gov-
erned by a board. It runs off the
charismatic energy of one person."
The 73-year-old Farrakhan wrote
in a Sept. 11 letter to followers that
he was anemic and 20 pounds
lighter because of complications
from an ulcer in the anal area. He
had surgery in 2000 for prostate
"In this period of testing, you can
prove to the world that the Nation
of Islam is more than the charisma,
eloquence and personality of Louis
Farrakhan," he wrote. "You can
prove that the Nation of Islam ... is
more than the physical presence of
any individual, and that it will live
long after I and we have gone."
Conrad Worrill, of the Inner Cities
Studies program at Northeastern
Illinois University, traveled with
Farrakhan to Cuba, where he was
initially diagnosed this year. "It's
serious, he needs to recover, but
he's not on his deathbed," he said.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who
spoke with Farrakhan by phone
Sept. 24, said the minister had
given up oversight "because he
wants to devote his time exclusive-
ly to physical restitution."
Still, it's clear from Farrakhan's
letter that he is concerned about
who will succeed him.
He has firsthand experience with a
messy transition at the top. He had
to rebuild the Nation in the late
1970s, after W.D. Mohammed, the
son of the late Nation leader Elijah
Muhammad, broke away and
moved his followers toward main-
stream Islam.
While the Nation has obviously
survived, no one can say how suc-
cessful the revival has been.
A longtime target of federal sur-
veillance, the movement is highly
secretive and suspicious of out-
siders. At Mosque Maryam in
Chicago, the Nation's headquarters,
security guards stand watch behind
brass-plated doors.
Even researchers who follow the
group closely do not know for sure
how many members or mosques it
has, how much money it takes in or
whether it is shrinking or growing.

Yet Farrakhan's popularity among
many Black America is clear. The
hundreds of thousands of black men
he drew to the 1995 Million Man
March in Washington are only one
example. He is popular with hip-
hop artists, who praise the Nation in
their music, and a trusted mediator
in gang conflict. This support is
baffling to many outsiders, who
remember Farrakhan only for
provocative comments, including
calling Judaism a "gutter religion".
For many blacks, the Nation is
known mainly for its local busi-
nesses and for social service pro-
grams, including health projects
such as HIV/AIDS awareness and
prostate cancer screening, and an

extensive prison ministry. Members
of the Nation, whose militia is
called the Fruit of Islam, also pro-
vide security for housing projects,
with some forming independent
security firms.
To many, the movement may
seem like an anachronism more
suited to a time when segregation
was the law and any opportunities
blacks had they had to create for
themselves. But observers say the
Nation will have an appeal as long
as racism and poverty continue.
"As long as there's problems,"
said Ridgely Abdul Mu'min, who
runs the Nation's Muhammad
Farms in Georgia, "nothing's going
to change."

of the late Len Bias, the standout
University of Maryland basketball
player who tragically died of drug-
related causes in 1986, two days
after being drafted in the NBA. Dr.
Bias turned her personal loss into a
mission to help others, addressing
the issues of drugs, alcohol, family,
hope, and love throughout the
Bias challenged the audience to
wage war against substance abuse.
"Kids need adults to protect them
and to watch over them. In addition
to telling young people not to do
drugs, we must help them to devel-
op character. It's time for communi-
ties to wake up and save their chil-
dren," she said. The appreciative
audience gave a long standing ova-
tion when she closed.
The annual dinner also included
the installation of new board offi-
cers for the organization that pro-
vides substance abuse treatment,
intervention, and prevention servic-
es in Northeast Florida.

Shown above at the event are: L-R (top left) Board members being
sworn in Judge Jean Johnson, Boyd Henderson (Treasurer), Cindy
Craft (Vice President), Kay Fullwood (President). Rich Hatfield, the
new Secretary, was not present; County Judge Pauline M. Drayton,
River Region Executive Director Derya Williams and keynote speaker
Lonise Bias; (bottom)Jackie Nash, Estella (Trudy) Dixon; Gloria
Williams; Esmin Master. FMPowellPhoto

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SFlipping Through
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the Free Press Files

Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages.
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.

Join us as we glimpse

At the Annual Miracle on Ashley Street, which brings together local
celebrities and clients to feast on a gourmet meal at the Clara White
Mission were servers Krista Coleman and Rev. Michael McConnell.

At the forefront of the local Black Republican scene were Helen
Ridley and present State Rep. Jennifer Carroll.

A past EWC commencement brought together local and national
notables such as Rev. Wallace Hartsfield, Radio Jock Tom Joyner,
National Urban League President Hugh Price and Jacksonville Urban
League President Richard Danford.
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Former sheriff Nat Glo er takes a moment to strike a pose with Tots'
N' Teens ingenue Sharoon Coon and Judge Al Washinglon.

Dr. C.B. McIntosh (1) and Mary Ann pearson presents the
NAACP Life Membership Plaque to Ms. Josephine Fiveashe (center).

Valerie Christian and Janice Nelson at their Jack N' Jill induction.

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Dr. Ken Jones and Atty. Ronald Austin examine art work at the
annual Kuumba Festival.


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At the Florida Memorial Salute to the late Rev. A.B.Coleman, Mrs.
Barabara Edwards, Florida Memorial Vice President of Development
presented flowers to the honorees and Board Chair's wife, Mrs. Ida
Coleman. At the event, Dr. Coleman announced the first Rev. Dr. A.B.
Coleman scholarship recipients.

Mrs. Thelma Howard is shown with longtime friend and soror Mrs.
Ruth Solomon at the unveiling of the Women's History Poster honor-
ing her friend.

Grand ladies of Jacksonville strike a pose at a social event. Shown
above are Camilla Thompson, Lydia Wooden, Bettye Sessions and
Linnie Finley.

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Shown above is Irvlyn Kennebrew (center) and friends admiring
The Harp by Augusta Savage at a Ritz Through Our Eyes Exhibit.

Ken Pennix, President of 100 Black Men presented the Man of the
Year Award to then EWC President Dr. Jimmie Jenkins with 100
members Dr. Levi McIntosh in the center.

Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free

October 5 11, 2006


SH.S. Drop Outs Drop In On Congress

8th Graders Fight

for Right to Wear
Confederate Flag
TEXAS Two eighth-graders at
a junior high school in Texas,
thinking it was cool to sport
Confederate gear, are stirring up
controversy at Harby Junior High.
Marshall Alexander rolled up on
the Alvin, Texas campus, not far
from Houston, wearing a belt buck-
le with the Confederate and U.S.
flag on it, and his friend Robert
Carter had a sticker on his binder.
Both were told that the symbols
were disruptive and inappropriate.
"My first thing was, 'how can
history be disruptive?'" asked
Tracee Alexander.
"I'm not trying to bring back the
Confederacy. I'm not trying to
bring back slavery," Alexander
said, adding that he wore the buck-
le in honor of his ancestors who
fought in the wars throughout
American history.
"That is the school's history. The
school was founded on the
Confederacy," said Hope Carter.
And Carter was right.
The school is named in honor of
Grace Harby, a former elementary
school teacher and daughter of the
When Harby left the school, she
also left some of her legacy behind
like pins, pictures and all sorts of
Confederate memorabilia once
displayed in the school's hallway.
The school recently removed the
confederate memorabilia.
A school district spokeswoman
said that Confederate history is def-
initely a part of the school's legacy,
but it creates cultural divisiveness,
The Associated Press reported.
The two students have started a
petition to get Ms. Harby's belong-
ings back to the school. So far,
they've gotten more than I00 signa-
tures, and they said they plan to
present that petition to the school

continued from front
The three-judge panel seemed to
"If you think you've been
wronged, it shouldn't take 100
years to investigate the conduct of
Aetna, Lehman Brothers and the
like," Circuit Judge Richard Posner
said. "'There are a lot of people liv-
ing today whose parents were
wealthy in the 19th century who
have nothing."
The case made its way to the
appeals court after the lawsuit was
dismissed last summer by a federal
judge, who said the debate about
reparations should be decided by
the legislative or executive branch.
If the reparations advocates suc-
ceed, the companies will have to
account for the income they earned
from slavery, produce historical
records and give up the profits
earned from slavery. The damage
awards would be used to create a
court-supervised fund to help fix
problems in the black community.
Wednesday's hearing comes at a
pivotal time for the reparations
This summer, the Moravian
Church and the Episcopal Church
apologized for their roles in the
slave trade and a North Carolina
commission urged the state to
repay descendants of a violent
1898 white supremacist campaign
in Wilmington, N.C.
And corporations have begun to
acknowledge their ties to slavery,
in part because of a series of state
laws requiring companies to do so.
Several cities including Chicago,
Detroit and Oakland also have
laws requiring businesses to make
such disclosures.
Lawyers pushing for the compen-
sation said the current day "mar-
ket value" of the company-owned
slaves would be at least $850 mil-
The company has since apolo-

gized for its role in slavery and
funded a $5 million college schol-
arship program for black students
from Louisiana. Company
spokesman Tom Kelly declined to
comment on the litigation.

Last week, Out-of-School youth
from several states dropped in on
the Senate to send a clear message -
We will not be left behind!
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President of the Youth
Development and Research Fund
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country touting "Leave No Child
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very important fact. This country
only provides alternative educa-
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Out-of-school youth are those who
never graduate from high school
and those who graduate but are
unable to secure employment or
entry into post secondary educa-
tion. Statistics show only 50% of
African American and Latino stu-
dents graduate high school.
The purpose of the demonstration
was to educate policy makers and
the public about the out-of-school
youth who have been undervalued

and overlooked, and who have the
potential to become America's best
resource or worst liability.
The young people called their
demonstration, Hug-A-Thug.
Participant Javier Starks stated,
"when the majority of Americans
see us on the street, they cross to the
other side. They think we are 'social
predators', or irresponsible citizens.
As a result, they invest little or no
money in programs to help us
improve our situation. They don't
realize we vote, want opportunity,
and give back to our communities."

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

African American
Chamber Mixer
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce will host a a
Network Mixer and Membership
Drive on Friday, October 6th
beginning at 5 p.m. Existing and
prospective members are invited to
take this opportunity to learn how
membership with the FCAACC
helps to develop and implement
programs, partnerships and strate-
gic alliances for all businesses. The
Mixer will be held at Club Endo
Exo, 1224 King Avenue. Call 396-
7733 for more information.

Green Cove Springs
Soul Food Festival
The 5th Annual Soul Food Festival
will be held on Saturday, October
7th 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 entertain-
ment at the park Amphitheater, a
mens softball tournament, a sweet
potato pie contest, food vendors,
arts and crafts vendors, voting
booth, fashion show for children
and adults. For more information,
call 904-622-7903.

Eastern Stars
Old School Prom
On Saturday, October 7th, the
Eastern Star Chapter Ladies of
Peace #1008, will be holding their
This event will be held at the
Fraternal Order of Police Building
at 5530 Beach Blvd. The attire is
semi formal or formal and tickets
MUST be purchased in advanced.
Contact Pam at 504-9595 for tick-
ets. to this BYOB affair.

Dot's Fall Fashion Show
Dot's Fashions inside Gateway
Mall will be presenting it's 2006
Fashion Show on Saturday,
October 7th at 2 p.m. The show

which is free and open to the public
will feature the hottest trends,
prizes and discounts. For more
information Call 904-764-8909.

Comedy Extravaganza
& Network Reception
A collaborated blend of network-
ing and hearty laughs will come to
the Jacksonville area with a
Comedy Extravaganza and
Business Network Reception. The
new monthly outing will debut on
Monday, October 9th at the Rain
Entertainment Complex. The busi-
ness reception begins at 6 p.m. and
the comedy show begins at 8 p.m.
For reservations, VIP services or
more info, visit www.12unlimite-
dent.com and www.focusedonbusi-
ness.com or call 904-757-1342.

Haven Hospice offers
grief support program
A helpful way to cope with loss is
by sharing your experience with
others going through a similar loss.
Haven Hospice offers a support
program for anyone coping with the
loss of a loved one regardless of
how that loss has occurred. This
support group offers an opportunity
to express feelings and thoughts as
well as gain an understanding of
grief and how it impacts your life.
Sharing is voluntary and confiden-
tial. The group will meet on
Wednesday, October 11, 18, and
25 and November 1, 8, and 15 from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Haven Hospice,
8301 Cypress Plaza Drive Suite
119. For ore information or to regis-
ter, call Regina Kujawa or Katie
Altahando 904-733-9818

Heather Headley
in Concert
Award winning vocalist Heather
Headley will be appearing at the
Florida Theatre on Thursday,
October 12, 2006 at 8 p.m. For
ticket information, call 355-2787.

Do you know an

lUnsung Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
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Benefit Performance
by the Playback Theatre
On October 14th the Jacksonville
Playback Theatre will give a public
performance to benefit The
Sanctuary on 8th Street in
Springfield. The performance will
be at Karpeles Manuscript
Museum. The Sanctuary works to
help young people in the heart of
Springfield and is a non-profit
organization. Jacksonville Playback
Theatre uses improvisational the-
atre to place a mirror to the individ-
ual experience of an audience mem-
ber and draw attention to the human
element that is common to all. The
Museum is located at 101 West 1st
Street, across from Klutho Park and
near Main Street. For more infor-
mation call 610-0424.

B.E.T. Gospel
Comedy Explosion
The B.E.T. Gospel Comedy
Explosion featuring Chocolate,
Dexter T, World Famous Jacko, and
Willy and Woody Saturday
October 14th at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center.
Contact Cory Harvey at 904-338-
4269 for more info and tickets.

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 Osborne
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 j axcollegefair.com on
the web.

Art in the Park
The City of Jacksonville will have
its annual Art in the Park event at
Riverside Park from 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
on Sat., Oct. 14th. The ark is locat-
ed at 2801 Myra St. (in Five
Points). Activities and workshops
will include drawing, painting,

ceramics, photography and crafts.
Entertainment will include per-
formances by the Tribe Vestah
Belly Dancing Troupe, Jacksonville
Drum Circle, JaxParks martial arts
instructors and students, the
Jacksonville Jugglers and a special
concert by the River City Jazz Trio.
For more information call 630-
CITY or visit www.jaxparks.com.

Cancer Prevention
Cooking Course
There will be a free Cancer
Prevention and Survival Cooking
Course (four classes) October 16 to
November 6 (Mondays) from
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The classes
will be held at Lake Shore United
Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding
Blvd. Each class centers on impor-
tant cancer-nutrition topics as local
cooking instructor Allison Davis
guides students through the prepa-
ration of recipes. The free classes
are sponsored by the Cancer
Project. For more info on the class,
contact Ms. Graves at 771-3670.

FCCJ Choral Concert
The Florida Community College
Choral Concert: "Come to the
Music" under the direction of
Professor R. Wayne Bailey,
Director of Choral Studies will take
place on October 17th at 7:30 p.m.
at the FCCJ South Campus. The
free concert will feature contempo-
rary selections to American spiritu-
als to the music of William Byrd.
The concert will be held in the
Wilson Center.. For more informa-
tion call 904-646-2364.

UNF to Roast
President Delaney
University of North Florida
A.Xtletics and the UJNF Osprey Club
will host a roast of UNF President
John A. Delaney at 7 p.m. on
Friday, Oct. 20th, at the University
Center on campus. A silent auction
will also be held at the University
Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Four
community leaders and friends will
be "roasting" Delaney during the
course of the evening. They include
Nat Glover, Marty Lanahan, Mark
Mahon and Richard Mullaney.

Sapelo Island
Gullah Festival
Cultural Day at Sapelo Island, Ga.
is an annual festival celebrating
Gullah / Geechee heritage. Events
include storytelling, African dance,
cultural demonstrations, food, arts
and crafts and more. It will be held
8:30 a.m. 5 p.m., on Saturday,
October 21, 2006. Tickets must be
purchased in advance. For more
information on the event, call (912)
485-2197. You can also visit
Website: www.sapeloislandgeorgia.org.

Genealogy Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their regular
monthly meeting October 21,
2006, at 1:30 p.m., at the Webb-
Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd
Street, Jacksonville, Florida. Our
speaker and program will be
announced at a later time. For fur-
ther information please contact
Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.

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: All lectures are' free and
open to the public; however, tickets
are required. Tickets can be ordered
online at www.unf.edu. For more
info call 620-2102.

NAACP Freedom
Fund Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will host it's 41st Annual Freedom
Fund Dinner, Thursday, November
2, 2006, 7:00 p.m., at the Wyndham


Hotel (formerly the Radisson
Riverwalk), 1515 Prudential Drive
(Southbank), Jacksonville, Florida.
For ticket information, call (904)
353-5199 or 764-7578, FAX 764-
7572 or e-mail flossyl4@aol.com.

An Evening with
Teddy Washington
An evening of elegant music hon-
oring area unsung heros and enter-
tainment pioneers will take place on
Thursday, November 2nd at the
Florida Theater. Festivities will
include Teddy Washington and the
15 piece "Point After" Band a VIP
reception and a silent auction.For
more info, visit www.jacksonville-
follies.com or call 230.2629.

Lasting Model
Fashion Show
LIFE The Image Company cele-
brates 9 years with their annual
fashion show on November 4, 2006
at the Ritz Theatre & Lavilla
Museum. 18 Phenomenal models,
women (including full figured)
teens and 3 male models will don
the designs from area stores. The
show is characterized by its glam-
our, elegance and beauty. For more
information contact 537-1600 or
by e-mail: Lastingmod@aol.com.

Sankofa Artists Market
The Second Annual Sankofa
Artists' Market will be held the
weekend of November 4th and 5th
at the Springfield Women's Club
located at 210 West 7th Street. The
free art fair will feature works and
creations by local and nationally
renowned African-American artists
and craftsman. He juried two day
event will open with an evening
reception on Friday. Featured cre-,
ations \\11. include je\%elr.,. cloth-,
ing, fine art, dolls, table ware, furni-
ture and stationery. The times for
the event are from 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Ann
Chinn at 598-1502.

Crafternoon Benefiting
Children's Home
Society Set for Nov. 4
Crafternoon benefiting Children's
Home Society will be Saturday,
Nov. 4, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the
Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach.
The event is for kids ages 2-102
that features more than 10 hands-
on craft stations including tie-dye
T-shirts, tile painting, cookie deco-
rating, poster painting, candle hold-
er making and more. in addition to
food, dance groups and live music.
The event is free to attend. Call
493-7739 for more information.

Author Nora Roberts
Speaks at UNF
The University of North Florida
Women's Center, will bring best-
selling author Nora Roberts to the
UNF campus on Thursday, Nov. 9,
at 7 p.m. Roberts will be visiting
the First Coast to promote her latest
release "Born in Death." She will
be speaking about her new book
and participating in a question-and-
answer session followed by a book
signing with Roberts.
For more information contact
Brian Dunmire or Dr. Annabel
Brooks (904) 620-2528.


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Shown above are two scenes that are a part of the Eyes on the Prize Series: African American demonstrators march in downtown Birmingham,
Alabama, 1963 and (r) Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) conducts a march in Washington, D.C., in memory of Negro youngsters killed in
the Birmingham bombings, September 22, 1963.

Landmark Documentary Eyes on the Prize

Returns to PBS After 13 Year Hiatus

Eyes on the Prize, the landmark
documentary series on the Civil
Rights Movement that first aired 20
years ago, returns to public televi-
sion beginning this Monday
evening on PBS WJCT CHannel 7.
The celebrated six-part series cap-
tures the birth of the movement
from Emmett Till's murder in 1955
and focuses on key moments in the
movement, including the Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a
dream" speech capping the 1963
March on Washington, the Freedom
March in Alabama, the rise of the
Black Panthers, desegregation and

Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH
Originally broadcast in 1987,
Eyes on the Prize is considered the
definitive history of this formative
time in the nation's life. In the first
re-broadcast since 1993, the six-
hour series will be shown from 8 to
10 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 2, 9 and
16, and rebroadcasts from 4 to 6
p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22
Eyes on the Prize hasn't aired on
television since 1993 due to a storm
of disputes over expired copyrights
for archival film footage.
But when the film's creator, Henry
Hampton, died in 1998, his sister

Judith dedicated herself to bringing
the long-admired series back to the
small screen.
With those copyright disputes now
resolved, the original producers of
the series hope the re-broadcast of
Eyes on the Prize will inspire a new
generation to take up the cause --
and continue to push for the "prize"
of racial equality and social justice.
The acclaimed series includes
compelling testimonies from key
figures who have since passed
away, including:
The Reverend Ralph Abernathy,
a leader of the Montgomery bus

- Coretta Scott King, wife of slain
civil rights leader Martin Luther
King, and activist in her own right;
Kwame Ture, also known as
Stokely Carmichael, leader of the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee; and
- George Wallace, 1960s Alabama
Governor who resisted integration.
The series is narrated by political
leader/civil rights activist Julian
Bond, and includes stirring music
from Bernice Johnson Reagon,
founder of Sweet Honey in the

In his upcoming
100-page book
"This Year You
SWrite Your
Novel," author
Walter Mosley
will attempt to
Mosley guide budding writ-
ers through the process of complet-
ing a book project within the span
of a year.
"People always come to me and
say that they really want to write a
novel," Mosle) said in an interview
with Reuters. "Some want to do it
because they think it will make
them rich, some think it will make
them famous, or become a movie.
This (book) is for if you believe
there is a novel in you and you want
to write that novel.
"It tells you how to write a novel
in a year. I am not saying how good
the novel will be or that it will ever
get published. All I am saying is
that you can write a novel. The
activity of writing a novel is an
extraordinary thing. This can have a
significant impact on your life. At
the end of the book I say congratu-
lations -- and the next one will be
Best known for his crime novels
starring private detective Easy
Rawlins, Mosley, 54, has written
about 20 books throughout his
career, including his latest, "Fear of
the Dark." The story is set in black
Los Angeles in 1956 and is the third
in a series starring Paris Minton, the
owner of a used bookstore, and his
friend Fearless Jones. Mosley said
his two series of books running
concurrently was not deliberate.
"Easy Rawlins is a drama verging

on tragedy while Paris Minton is a
drama verging on comedy," he
explained to Reuters. "Inside writ-
ing, you know it is an unconscious
activity. It wasn't a deliberate deci-
sion to do this. Easy Rawlins may
come to an end. There will be one
more book in this series. It feels
like it is final...but it is a hard thing
to define."
Mosley had no trouble defining
his novel, "Killing Johnny Fry."
"[It] has the subtitle 'a sexistenial,
novel.'?It uses sexas the medium,
for the transition of the character,"
he explains. "It uses a lot of sex. It
is a new book for me and some-
thing different for me. I am very
excited about it and proud about it.
I do something different every two
or three books. I like being able to
write in so many different ways and

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Who Says PFunk and Chicken Don't Mix?
The Grand King of Funk (right), George Clinton was caught taking
a break from commanding his funkateering army to enjoy a bite of
food. Shown above at Sneakers restaurant prior to his performance at
the Freebird Cafe is Frank Poi ellI
(shown 2nd left) with Clinton and
other band members.

A week after Janet Jackson was interviewed by Oprah
Winfrey, both appear in the latest edition of the
Guinness World Records book under separate cate-
gories. Jackson replaces pop star Britney Spears as the
most searched-for news item on the Internet, while
Winfrey holds the record for the highest paid person on
Segregation has ended on "Cook Islands." CBS' race experiment on this
season of "Survivor" lasted only two episodes after several weeks of
media hype. Blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos are now all mixed togeth-
er among two tribes Raro and Aitus. "We're back to America. We're a
melting pot," said Parvati, a boxer on the new Raro tribe. "I love it."

The blog Young Black and Fabulous is quoting
sources close to Terrell Owens who claim the Dallas
Cowboys receiver is dating actress Sanaa Lathan.
Because of her friendship with his publicist Kim
Etheridge now famous in her own right due to last
week's suicide false alarm Lathan was part of
T.O.'s entourage last summer when he arrived to
training camp in Oxnard, Calif. The two met last
year at the ESPY Awards.

Cartoon Network is using the old Teena Marie phrase "sophisticated
funk" to describe the vibe of its latest
offering, "Class of 3000," the animated
half-hour series created, voiced and
scored by Andre "3000" Benjamin of
The show centers on Sunny Bridges ..-__.
(Benjamin), a music superstar and Nobel
Peace Prize winner who gives up his :
glamorous life to teach a group of gifted
musical prodigies at his old Atlanta alma
Before the show's one-hour season pre-
miere on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., Cartoon
Network will air the half-hour special
"Sunny Bridges: From Bankhead to Buckhead" on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7
p.m. The "mockumentary" chronicles the life of the fictional superstar
with interviews from the character's fans and celebrity friends.
As previously reported, "Class of 3000" will feature a new song every
week from Benjamin within the context of a music video. Benjamin also
wrote and performed the series' theme song.
Sean "Diddy" Combs announces the sex of his twins with girlfriend Kim
Porter in the November issue of Vibe magazine. "I'm having twin girls,"
the 36-year-old tells the publication, which arrives on newsstands Oct. 17.
"People say, to a so-called ladies' man or whatever, that when you have
girls it changes you," said Combs, who has an 8-year-old son, Christian,
with Porter and a 12-year-old son, Justin, from stylist Misa Hylton-Brim.
"So I was like, 'What's God trying to tell me by giving me two girls? When
I pray every morning, I thank God for showing me what he showed me
while I still have a chance to enjoy myself." i j .. L ; -u .ea.
*::As. for ever.marrying his'babymama Porter, Diddy said he "would love
to get married," just not right now.
"I didn't grow up around a married family, so it's taking me a bit longer,"
he says. "A lot of guys out there get married, and they still do their own
thing. I don't want to get married and fail."
His new album, "Press Play," is slated for release Oct. 17.

Trumpet Awardees Announced
Toni Braxton, Dionne Warwick, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and
Michael Jordan are among the legends to be honored at the 15th Arnnual
Trumpet Awards, which salutes achievements of African-Americans in
such diverse fields as law, politics, medicine, business and entertainment.
The black tie ceremony will be held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas,
NV on Monday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m., and broadcast for the third year on TV
One. Tapes of the ceremony are made available to schools throughout the
country to provide motivation and role-models to heighten the goals of
young people in many urban communities.
The Awards sends a message across America and abroad that African
Americans are doing things second to none", said Executive Producer
Xerona Clayton. "Our students will see there is much to aspire to."

* Toni Braxton Entertainment
* Ed Dwight The Arts
*Michael Jordan Goodwill
* Donnie McClurkin & CeCe
Winans Gospel Giants

* Justice Alan C. Page Legal
* Percy E. Sutton Business The
Pinnacle Award
* Tommie Smith & John Carlos -
1968 Olympic Track Stars
* Dionne Warwick Living Legend

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Shadidi Amma- A tife Devoted to Jacksonville's Cultural Awareness

Ms. Amma had many experiences throughout her brief lifetime that would have been considered newsworthy, but enlightenment, not recognition was her goal. Shown above are some of the scenes of the past twen-
ty years that helped fulfill her life including: the participation in an African Healing Ceremony, presenting th African Kings and Queens Parade, her work with the young ladies of Washington Heights, presenting the
first Kwanzaa. Even after she became ill and even wheel chair bound, she still continued to remain active in the community as much as possible.

Continued from front
"She was really, drawn to help
those most in need. From helping to
bring Kwanzaa to teaching the chil-
dren of the community she did not
wait on funding or people, she did
what need to be done", said
In 1985, Amma with Some
Positive People Founder Mansong
Kulubaly and Adewole Omowale
Kulumele helped to bring the con-
cept of Kwanzaa to Jacksonville.
Kwanzaa (a Swahili word mean-
ing first fruits) founded by Dr.
Maulana Karenga in 1966, Js the
African-American cultural celebra-
tion that focused on celebrating cul-

ture and bringing people together.
The group held the first public cele-
bration in Jacksonville at EWC
with one hundred attendees.
Ida Ross- Johnson, an educator
and former radio personality, was a
program participant in the first cel-
"Shadidi WAS Kwanzaa. Behind
the scenes she was there with all of
us cooking food, printing flyers,
making phone calls and doing what
needed to be done. When you need-
ed her she was there. She was a
gentle calming spirit that was never
angry", Johnson stated
During her career Amma worked
with Operation S.T.R.E.E.T.S. as a


Program Manager, Staff
Photographer for the Jacksonville
Free Press, was director of: The
Carter G Woodson Committee for
Positive Education, The Street Kid
Dancers, The Rhythm Dancers and
of late was the Director of Kuumba
Youth Link. Her presentations on
African History and Culture, took
her to almost every school, college
and university in Jacksonville.
She was honored most recently in
October of 2005 at the Rita Theater
and LaVilla Museum with "A
Blanket of Love". It was a program
to celebrate her lif iiiid continbu-
tions to the world. The program
included many of her friends and

family and a proclamation from the
City Council.
One of her most heartfelt goals
was to see an African American
Cultural Center built in the commu-
nity. As we remember the vision of
this mother eagle, may we be
inspired to let our flowers be sym-
bolic in pledge to fulfilling her
dream for a center of cultural
She was preceded in death by her
father Boaz Bryant. Her memories
and work are cherished by her
mother, Gladys Boaz Bryant, broth-
ersi Anthony (VeWi6iicaii); Pafiik
(Louanne) Bryant; aunts, Elvie
Robinson, Louise Fluker, Catherine

(Herbert) Ramos, Inell Robinson,
Cora Lee (Mansfield) Gainer;
uncle, Jeff (Amy) Fluker; and a
devoted friend, Alvin (Helen)
Mitchell; along with a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, other rel-
atives, students and friends.
Homegoing services will be held
Saturday, October 7, 2006, at 1:00
p.m. at Abyssinia Missionary
Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate
Center Drive. The family will
receive visitors at the Northside
Marion Graham Mortuary, 1504
Gandy Street on Friday, on October
6; 2006; Ifr6fi i00 "i:i imuntil 8:00

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