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Negro Spirituals to be Recognized as
'National Treasure' by Congress
If some Democratic lawmakers have their way, the African-American
spiritual -- soulful rhythms born of African slaves -- may soon be offi-
cially recognized as a "national treasure" in the U.S. Congress.
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn) has offered a resolution calling on the
U.S. House of Representatives to formally acknowledge the African
American spiritual. songs with deep historical roots that are staples in
many of the nation's black churches.
The resolution acknowledges the African-American spiritual as a
national treasure and expresses "the deepest gratitude, recognition, and
honor to the former ensla\ ed Africans in the United States for their gifts
to oar Nation."
The congressional measure would be the first such honor for the
"African-American spirituals are more than just songs and are about
more than just lyrics." Menendez said in a statement. "For an entire peo-
ple. these songs simuhltaneousIl represented hope, dissent, courage and.
ultimaiel',. an abiding faith in a promised land free from the ravages of
slaxerv and oppression."
Bill Proposed Banning Contracts for
Firms That Benefit from Sudan Conflict
Black congressional leaders and actim ists are urging the United States to
help end genocide in Sudan's Darfur region by placing economic sanc-
tions on some prominent American companies.
Last week. U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and 48 co-sponsors
announced a bill that would bar companies benefitting from the conflict
in Darfur from receiving federal business contracts.
Meanwhile, activists are calling for a United Nations peacekeeping
force to seize control of the 'olatile situation.
"No one should have to worrn that their tax dollars are supporting geno-
cide." Lee said at a Capitol Hill press conference. "The bill is designed to
%%ash the blood off of our federal contracts, protect the rights of states to
digest their own public pension funds from companies doing business in
Sudan and increase financial pressure on Khartoum to end the genocide
It is estimated that companies associated with the conflict have amassed
about $6100 billion since- 2004. according to data from the government's
General Ser. ices Administration (GSA) Procurement Data System.
Precise figures cannot he liiown since no comprehensive list of busi-
nesses said to profit from the conflict exists.
Cleopatra Jones Star Dies
n. Tamnara Dobson, the tall.
%% [ho portrayed a strong female
role as Cleopatra Jones in tnwo
"blaxploitation" films, has
Dobson was striking as the
ikang-fu fighting government
agent Cleopatra Jones in
S19"3. She reprised the role in
am Aoi1975's "Cleopatra Jones and
the Casino of Gold."
"She was not afraid to start a
trend.' said her brother. Peter Dobson, of Houston. "She designed a lot of
the clothing that so man\ ',omen emulated."
DobsT a lso1 a ppeaed in "Cone Back. Charleston Blue," 'Norman. Is
She had TV roles in the early 1980s in "Jason of Star Command" and
"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
Dobson lived most of her adult life in New York, her family said. She
\\as diagnosed six years ago with multiple sclerosis.
MLK Papers Return to Atlanta
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 78th birthday in January will feature
a gift to the city: the first public vie'\ ing of more than 10,000 of his doc-
uments, notes and other personal items.
Pieces of the King Collection -- from a term paper he wrote as a student
at Atlanta's Morehouse College to a draft of his 'I Have A Dream' speech
-- will be on display at the Atlanta History Center.
This summer, Mayor Shirley Franklin led the effort to acquire the papers
from the New York offices of Sotheby's auction house, which had
planned a public sale.
"The Martin Luther King Jr. Collection is home," said Franklin.
The collection includes handwritten versions of King's"Letter from a
Birmingham Jail,"his famous"I Have a Dream"speech, delivered at the
1963 March on Washington, and his acceptance speech for the 1964
Nobel Peace Prize.
After years in the basement of the King family home, the documents,
books, and other items in the collection were moved to Sotheby's nearly
a decade ago. Sotheby's tried to sell the collection, but previous negotia-
tions fell through. It put them back on the market after King's widow,
Coretta Scott King, died in February.
The mayor pulled off the 11th-hour deal to buy the papers in June for
$32 million with the help of more than 50 corporate, government and pri-
Morehouse College owns the papers. Archivists have been organizing
the collection, including hundreds of books with scribble-filled margins
and numerous sermons and writings.
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Volume 20 No. 39 Jacksonville, Florida October 12-18, 2006
Affirmative Action Under Attack One State at a Time
A ballot initiative to amend the
Michigan constitution to ban affir-
mative action in public institutions
has not only galvanized civil rights
organizations, but has spurred a
lawsuit alleging fraud in a petition
drive and led a congressman to call
for an IRS investigation of one of
the proposal's lead sponsors.
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In addition, the amendment's chief
proponent, a Michigan woman who
successfully challenged the
University of Michigan's use of
race in admissions three years ago,
is being accused of misrepresenting
the circumstances under which she
was denied admission to the school.
The amendment, called the
"Michigan Civil Rights Initiative"
backed by a group by the same
name, will be put before Michigan
voters on Nov. 7. It was placed on
the ballot after a petition drive in
which supporters submitted more
than 500,000 signatures.
If passed, it would ban special
consideration of race, gender, color,
ethnicity or national origin in state
contracting, education and employ-
Opponents see the amendment as
a blatant attack on affirmative
action in Michigan and say the
potential casualties of the proposal
include college scholarships that
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EWC Celebrates 140 Years With Riverfront Celebration
Edward Waters College Alumni, faculty and supporters celebrated the historic Black colleges 140th anniversary
with a gala celebration at Riverplace Towers. The evening which included the colleges elite complete in Black
Tie attire, lauded President Oswald Bronson and Atty Willie Gary. Shown above at the event are (L-R) Rodney
Hurst and Dr. James McLean presenting the Eagle Award to President Bronson as Atty. Willie Gary looks on. For
photo highlights from the gala affair, see the back page. FMPowell Photo.
Mistrial Declared in FAMU Frat Hazing Case
A judge declared a mistrial in the
hazing case involving five Florida
A&M University fraternity mem-
bers after the jury said following
just three hours of deliberation that
it could not reach a verdict.
A verdict would have been the first
test of a new state law that makes
hazing a felony if it results in death
or serious bodily injury.
The mistrial was declared this
week about 20 minutes after the
jury sent a note to the judge asking
for a definition of serious bodily
injury. The jury asked how to dis-
tinguish between serious and mod-
Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker
told the jury there \,as no further
Kappa Alpha Psi brothers were
charged with using canes, boxing
gloves and bare fists to beat aspir-
ing fraternity member Marcus
Jones of Decatur. Authorities say he
was beaten so severely over four
nights of an initiation ritual that he
suffered a broken ear drum and
needed surgery on his buttocks
Links Give Youth Sneak Peak at College Life
Shown above is 7th grader Anthony Emanuel of Highlands Middle School singing an a'capella rendition
of I Believe I Can Fly. (L-R) STANDING: Project Chair Deloris Mitchell, EWC Administrator Teri
Littleberry and EWC Admissions Director Lonnie Morris. SEATED: college life panelists, Chloe Liles,
Chara Wilson, Theresa Christopher and Jabari Branch.
Does EWC have a cheerleading
Are the dorms coed?
What is psychology?
These may sound like basic ques-
tions to some, but for youth at
Highlands Middle School, the
answering of these same simple
questions may make the difference
in their future choices.
Over 100 students who partici-
pate in the Bold City Chapter of
Links Project PRAISE program
recently had the opportunity to visit
the Edward Waters College
Campus and get a first hand
account of student life. Sitting
game style in the bleachers of
EWC's new Jenkins Adams
Building, the students were face to
face with current students and
administrators for straight talk on
"Our goal here today is to tell you
what is here, how to get here and
how to stay," said Deloris Mitchell,
Links Education Program Chair.
The Education Committee works
annually to inspire and foster high-
er education in area youth.
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: ^' by George Fraser
1. Make A Profit and Make A Difference.
X_ Doing Well While Doing Good!
It is now clearer to many Blacks in America that
the smartest and least risky way to great Wealth in
America is to be self-employed, and if you stay the course, go through
the pain, build the business, and hire more people, the long-term
prospects of creating more role models and building greater wealth that
can be transferred to future generations is excellent.
A recent study listed the top five categories of self-made millionaires.
74 percent self-employed.
10 percent senior executives. With new government scrutiny and reg-
ulations, this will change.
10 percent doctors and lawyers. With managed care it has become
more difficult to gain great wealth.
5 percent salespeople. It's about time Black people did more selling
than buying. My advice: Find something to sell, even if it's only part-
1 percent stock market, inventions, sports, entertainment, and lottery
Bottom Line: Entrepreneurship is open to anyone willing to take
the risks and do the work... most of the barriers are now down.
Black Teen Unemployment Seven
Times the National Average
While the nation's unemployment
rate decreased slightly in
September to 4.6%, the unemploy-
ment rate among African American
teens shot up 12% to the shocking-
ly high rate of 32.2%, according to
the Labor Department's September
The Employment Policies Institute
(EPI) warns voters who will vote
on minimum wage hike ballot ini-
tiatives in November -- that raising
the minimum wage will destroy
entry-level jobs and make it even
harder for African American teens
to find work.
Overall teenage unemployment
continues to hover around 16%,
while African American teen unem-
ployment escalated to seven times
the national rate. This translates
into well over a quarter of a million
(267,000) African American
teenagers who are actively seeking
employment but are having a hard
time getting their foot in the door.
Decades of economic research
conclude that mandated wage, hikes
eliminate entryf-lev 1 jobs, putting
particular pressure on minorities
and the low skilled. A Cornell
University study found that black
young adults typically bear almost
four times the employment loss of
their non-black counterparts after a
minimum wage increase.
Specifically, they found that a 10%
increase in the minimum wage will
result in an 8.5% decrease in
employment for black young adults
"What these teens need is a
healthy entry-level job market
where they can start acquiring the
skills necessary to move onward
and upward in their careers," said
Michael Flynn, EPI's Director of
Legislative Affairs. "Unfortunately,
'minimum.wage hikes putr that vital
first job even farther out of reach."
Four Financial Scams and How to Avoid Them
Identity crooks are making billions
of dollars off of people like you.
Last year 8.9 million people
became victims of identity fraud
last year, costing each victim an
average of nearly $6,400. That
amounts to $56.6 billion a year in
fraud claims. To help you stay safe
are four common financial scams
and how to avoid them:
Phishing The Internet is riddled
with "phishing" scams. Phishing
happens when crooks send fake e-
mails or use pop-ups to lure, or
"phish," financial information away
from a consumer. The consumer is
forwarded to a fake Web site that
appears to be legitimate, and he/she
is asked to enter personal financial
information, such as a credit card
number or social security number,
allowing the crook to steal his/her
identity. Do not send any personal
information over the Internet unless
you are positive you know who is
receiving the information and that
Free Workshop on Obtaining
and Managing Business Financing
Is your company suffering from lack of financing? Do you need an
increase in capital to expand your business? If you answered yes to these
questions, this is the workshop that can turn your company around. This
workshop will feature a business specialist who will inform business own-
ers and employees about strategies that can increase the financial position
of their business. If you are a small growing business you can not afford to
The workshop, "How to Obtain and Manage Business Financing" will be
held Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933 North Myrtle Avenue.
To register, or for more information, call First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation at (904) 634-0543.
the information is secure.
Advance-Fee Loans These scams
guarantee consumers a credit card
in advance for a fee before they
even apply. These offers are illegal
and often target people with credit
problems. The credit crook will
typically take off with your fee and
the loan.will never materialize. If
someone calls you at home with
this offer, tell the person not to call
anymore and hang up. Legitimate
credit offers never require up-front
IRS Impersonators The Internal
Revenue Service is in the process of
a new, private debt collection effort,
where a small segment of taxpayers
who owe back taxes will be con-
tacted by private sector debt collec-
tors. Scamsters try a variety of
tricks to impersonate the IRS in
hopes of tricking taxpayers into
divulging personal or financial
information, or even conning peo-
ple out of cash. Keep in mind that
all taxpayers who will be a part of
the private debt collection effort
will know they are in the program
before they are contacted by a pri-
vate collection agency, so be wary
of bill collectors that say they are
working on behalf of the IRS. In
addition, all checks collected by
debt collectors should be made
payable to the US Treasury not
companies or individuals. If you
suspect that someone is trying to
scam you, call the IRS at 800-829-
"Free" Credit Reports There's
only one way to get a free credit
report each year: www.annualcred-
itreport.com. The Web site
www.freecreditreport.com is very
deceiving because "free" doesn't
really mean free. While the latter
Web site does have a disclaimer,
many consumers are still getting
duped. If you order a credit report
from this site, you will be enrolled
in Triple AdvantageSM Credit
Monitoring. If you don't cancel
within 30 days, you will be charged
$12.95 per month.
If you or someone you know
becomes the victim of a financial
scam, contact the Federal Trade
Commission's Consumer Response
Center at 877-FTC-HELP.
Affirmative Action Under Attack
Continued from front
that consider race and gender,
minority retention programs, and
federal and state contracts awarded
to minority- and women-owned
They have gone on the offensive
against the proposal's chief
spokespersons: Ward Connerly,
who backed similar initiatives in
California and Washington; and
Jennifer Gratz, who prevailed
against the University of Michigan
in 2003 after she was denied admis-
sion to the school in 1995.
"It's huge," said Shanta Driver, a
spokeswoman for By Any Means
Necessary, a civil rights organiza-
tion based in Detroit. "If we lose in
Michigan, it sets a national prece-
n.,Along with the, NAACP and a,
group called One United Michigan,
BAMN has responded with a vigor-
ous campaign to educate voters
about the proposal, which is mod-
eled after Proposition 209, a consti-
tutional amendment adopted by
California voters in 1996, and
Initiative 200, a similar measure
approved by voters in Washington
As in those states, the engine
behind the Michigan initiative is
Connerly and his Sacramento,
Calif.-based organization, the
American Civil Rights Institute.
According to the Michigan secre-
tary of state's online contributions
database, the American Civil Rights
Coalition, an affiliate ofACRI, con-
tributed more than $750,000 in cash
and in-kind donations to the
Michigan campaign between April
2004 and January 2005. o;
"It's really outrageous," Driver
said. "It's such an affront to democ-
racy to be able to have such impor-
tant fundamental questions about
civil rights bought and paid for."
Also leading the fight against affir-
mative action in Michigan is
Jennifer Gratz, executive director
It was Gratz's lawsuit against the
University of Michigan that led to
the U.S. Supreme Court decision
that invalidated a freshman admis-
sions policy at the University of
Michigan in which Blacks,
Hispanics and American Indians
were automatically awarded 20 of
the 100 points needed to guarantee
On the same day, however, the
court ruled in a separate case that
the university's law school could
stillt"consider" race as part of its-
,criteria in making admissions deci-
In June, a number of plaintiffs,
including BAMN and Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, sued
MCRI in federal court, alleging
widespread fraud during its petition
drive and violations of the Voting
Although the drive netted more
than 500,000 signatures, BAMN
said a high number of minorities
signed the petition because they
were deceived about its intent. Of
500 signatures BAMN examined,
Driver said, 87 were by Black vot-
"Not a single one of them had
signed the petition knowing it was
to end affirmative action," she said.
"It was deception on such a massive
scale that there was no way they
collected enough signatures to get
that on the ballot."
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Florida's Black Congressmen Outraged at Handling
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Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Florida)
said it's not enough for
Republicans just to say, "Don't do
it any more."
"We know about the single child
that was involved. But I am worried
about all the pages. Does this go
beyond what we know?" Hastings
said. "When the children come to
work as pages, they are not
Democrats or Republicans."
Hastings said he had heard
rumors about Foley's sexual orien-
tation. "Foley was rumored to be in
the closet. Everyone knew some-
thing was amiss. When the
Republicans received information
about the emails, it should have
immediately sent a red flag,"
Meek called the incident a traves-
ty to the child and said. He wonders
what impact it will have on the
page program in the future.
"Because of this, the program will
not carry the credibility that it has
carried in the past," he said.
Last week, Democrats called for
a temporary halt to the page pro-
gram while an investigation is con-
There also have been numerous
calls for Speaker of the House
Dennis Hastert to step down. The
Republican leadership, including
Hastert, is said to have known of
the improper email contact between
Foley and a 16-year-old page at
least six months ago.
The scandal threatens Republican
leadership in the House and Senate,
with the November 7 midterm elec-
tion only weeks away. Democrats
would need to pick up 15 seats to
gain control of the House and six to
gain control of the Senate. Foley's
seat in South Central Florida
of Foley Case
District was considered to be a
stronghold for Republicans, but
now is on the Democrats radar.
Foley had held the seat for 12
years. A replacement has already
been named but Foley's name will
still remain on the ballot.
"It is unfortunate, but Democrats
must consider how to spin this to
get us out to the polls," she said,
"You know if this had been a
Democratic congressman, the
Republicans would be all over it
.They'd be saying, 'He's another
Bill Clinton.'" said political analyst
Nealy Alexander, a member of
Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., has once
again received national acclaim for
her poetry and writings. Ms.
Alexander, a renowned poet,
recently was awarded the
International Society of Poets
Crystal Award. She was invited out
to California where the award was
presented. Ms. Alexander is no
stranger to the poet community. She
has received numerous awards and
accolades from such sources as The
National Library of Poetry,
President Bill Clinton, First Lady
Barbara Bush, Mayor Hazouri, and
The Institute of Children's
Literature, just to name a few.
She has been invited to partici-
pate in various poetry symposiums,
which included the United States,
Canada, and fifteen other countries.
She received an invitation to Milton
Berle's 85th Birthday celebration.
In addition to her many accom-
plishments, Ms. Alexander has
served in many leadership capaci-
ties in various poet organizations.
She constantly shares her talents
with her sorority.
Women's Commission in Search of
Outstanding Local Women for Poster
The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women is seeking outstand-
ing women to honor at the 21st Women's History Month Breakfast to be
held March 7, 2007. The commission is accepting nominations of women
who have made lasting contributions to the Jacksonville community. Four
nominees will be recognized at the event and featured on a commemora-
tive poster.Nomination forms for both categories are on the commission's
website at www.coj.net (search: women). They also may be obtained by
calling the commission at (904) 630-1650.
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Local Historians Travel to Atlanta for National History Convention
Shown above (L-R) is Dr. John Flemming, incoming president of ASALH and Lydia Wooden, Camilla Thompson, acclaimed historian John Hope
Franklin and Dr. Adelaide Cromwell.
Local members of ASALH, the Association for the study of African-American Life and History, recently traveled to Atlanta to attend the organiza-
tion's 91st Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Events included the Institution Builders Reception, Youth Day, the ASALH Film Festival, the Black
History Tours, and the Friday Unveiling of the Carter G. Woodson Library Collection at Emory University. The theme for this years confab was
Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social, and Civic Institutions. Established in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson (whose Grandson
also spoke at the event), ASALH's goal is to promote, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the glob-
Living While Black Index Measures Stress
Drs. Shaun Gabbidon and Steven
Peterson of Pennsylvania State
University have come up with the
Living While Black index, which
measures stress factors for African-
Americans by using economic,
social and health factors, reports
The study includes state-level
comparisons of black poverty rates,
the number of black prisoners, the
lack of access to healthcare, homi-
cide rate, infant mortality rate, busi-
ness earnings of black-owned firms
and the percentage of non-elderly
who are uninsured.
"There are many previous studies
on the impact of health, economic,
sociological and criminological fac-
tors separately," said Gabbidon,.
"But this study tries to determine
whether being black in America
exacts a 'social cost' by being
exposed to several stressors that can
severely affect the quality of life
among Black Americans."
The researchers found that quali-
ty of life for blacks was negatively
affected by the economic factors
and by death factors the infant
death rate and the homicide rate.
But studies also showed that reli-
gion and faith served as a buffer and
reduced the impact of the stressors,
according to the findings published
in the Journal of Black Studies.
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Corrupt Black Leadership and Culture
of Failure Impede Black Progress
By La Shawn Barber
On May 17. 2004. during the NAACP's 50th anniversary celebration of
Brown v. Board of Education the 1954 Supreme Court case that ended
govermment-mandated racial segregation in public schools featured
speaker Bill Cosby surprised the audience of limousine liberals.
Instead of a canned speech about the benefits of Brown and how far
blacks had come since segregation, he led with a righteously indignant
censure about wasted opportunities in the post-civil rights movement era,
including criminalist illeginimacy, drug abuse and other pathologies that
have eroded poor black communities.
This is what's known in the %ernacular as airing dirts laundry.
National Public Radio senior correspondent and FOX Neuws political
analyst Juan Wilhanms has conmtritted the same sin in his new book,
Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of
Failure That Are Undermining Black America and What \\e Can Do
About It. Williams exhorts so-called black leaders to return to the days
\%hen leadership had meaning and purpose beyond corporate shakedowns,
scandals and outdated rants about the sins of white people.
Influenced by Cosb\'s, resounding and still-reverberating speech,
Williams argues that poor blacks are not holding up their end of the Brown
deal. With the enormous changes effected through civil rights legislation.
blacks toda\ have opportunities those who came before them couldn't
even imagine. Poor blacks aren't poor because of white racism; the\ are
caught up in a culture of failure, and the current crop of black leaders helps
perpetuate the c\cle.
Black leaders must stop painting blacks as powerless victims, says
Williams. and use their energy and resources to help poor blacks equip
themselves to compete in a global economy, w\\hich has little regard for his-
torical iand outdated racial grie ances. Toda.y's leaders "misinform, mis-
manage and miseducate by refusing to articulate established truths about
Sbhat it takes to get ahead: strong families, education and hard \work "
In a fluid prose sti le, Williams provides a panoramic view of post-slav-
ery black leadership, which emphasized high moral character, hard work
and self-sacrifice. iexealing a sharp dividing line between leaders like
Frederick Douglass. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, and cor-
nrupt post-civil rights "leaders" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and big-city
mayors like Marion Bany.
Blacks did not make enormous gains during their struggle for full citi-
zenship and equal justice bv playing put-upon victims. They made those
gains by harnessing the power to control their own destinies. Williams
"A streak of self-determination rises at e\er\ turn in the history\ of black
American leadership. But since the stunning success of the modem civil
rights movement.., the strong focus on self-determination has faded, at the
moment %\lhen it.-, impact could have been the most powerful. In its place
is a tired rant by ci\ ii rights leaders about the power of white people."
Long before the left-leaming ioumahlist wrote Enough, a book with a
decidedly conser\ati\e slant. Williams was considered a turncoat, his sup-
port for policies like affirmative action not ithstanding. One \would
assume that a man w ho penned Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights
Years. 1954-1965. the companion volume to the award-winning PBS
series of the same name. would be immune from such charges. But his
conserve ati e-like \iews on taboo issues lea\e him wide open for insults.
Swaying let alone stray ing from the party line seems to be the only
taboo left in black America. High clime and out-of-%wedlock birth rates
were accepted as normal long ago. Williams breaks through the taboo and
offers common sense ad\ ice and solutions.
But the a\oid-po\erty formula sounds too simple for some. It's also
de\oid of whites-as-oppressors language. Simple solutions that have
served black Americans well, including the courage to face hardships, the
dignity to withstand insult and persist despite obstacles, and a commit-
ment to sacrifice for the next generation, are of little interest to black lead-
ers focused on white guilt, "oppression" and dollar signs.
Williams quotes Booker T. Washington. a former slave who knew all
about oppression and had actual grievances against white America: "We
should not permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities."
That is the \ ital Net simple message of Enough.
b& by Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Fullwood
Deval Ready to
Robert Kennedy said it best,
"Only those who dare to fail great-
ly can ever achieve greatly." And in
a country where blacks have had a
long storied history, it is critical
that African Americans not be
afraid to be trailblazers.
If anyone knows about daring to
fail greatly it's me, but as Einstein
said, "In the middle of difficulty
lies opportunity." Since blacks
began the fight for equality and
freedom in this country, politics
have been a consistent struggle.
After being freed from slavery,
blacks began to run for office -
especially in the South, but with
very little long-term success. Today
in America there are some 9,000
black elected officials across the
U.S. (31 hold statewide offices).
Back in 1989, L. Douglas Wilder
became the first African American
to win a gubernatorial seat as
Governor of Virginia. No candi-
dates on either side of the political
isle have been as successful since
Wilder. Barack Obama is the lone
black in the 100-member Senate.
All of this may change very soon
thanks to Deval Patrick, an African
American running for governor of
the state of Massachusetts. For
those who don't know Patrick, he
has a very intriguing story. Born
and raised in the projects of
Chicago, he ended up with a law
Make History as Nation's Second Black Governor
degree from Harvard.
Patrick, 50 years old, is a lawyer
and former assistant attorney gen-
eral for civil rights in the Clinton
administration. Before announcing
his run for governor, he was basi-
cally an unknown in Connecticut.
He recently resigned as General
Counsel for Coca Cola, one of the
world's most successful companies.
So one can easily see how Patrick
appeals to the masses. "You are not
judged by the height you have
risen, but from the depth you have
climbed," said Frederick Douglass.
Born in 1956, Deval grew up in
one of Chicago's toughest neigh-
borhoods; he lived in a single par-
ent household with his mother and
sister. The family was on welfare
and shared a single bedroom apart-
ment in the projects.
The nation's first black governor
and Patrick share similar back-
grounds as men who rose up from
poverty to become successful attor-
neys then politicians. In 1985,
Wilder was elected lieutenant gov-
ernor in Virginia. Four years later,
he ran for statewide office again,
and, on January 13, 1990, L.
Douglas Wilder became Virginia's
sixty-sixth governor. He was the
first elected African American gov-
ernor in United States history.
Two weeks ago Patrick won the
Democratic primary defeating two
well funded challengers. One the
state's attorney general, Tom Reilly
and a venture capitalist named
Chris Gabrieli. Both his opponents
raised more money than Patrick,
but his rags to riches story and abil-
ity to put together a strong cam-
paign was the difference.
Although the state always votes
Democratic during national elec-
tions, no Democrat has been elect-
ed governor in Massachusetts since
Michael Dukakis 20 years ago.
Patrick is a very interesting char-
acter, and he certainly has a back-
ground that appeals to voters from
all walks of life.
And when I say all walks of life
that's exactly what I mean. His
landslide victory in the Democratic
primary proved that he has broad
support. From rural to the urban
areas he has built a strong base, and
should do well in next month's gen-
Of course being a former senior
aide to President Clinton helps the
cause especially if you are run-
ning in a strong Democrat state like
Connecticut. Patrick will also have
all of the big name Democratic
supporters like Katie Couric, Jessie
Jackson, Al Gore, etc.
But it is important to note that
formula for success. Patrick is not
running as a black candidate for
governor. Much like Barack
Obama, he has that crossover
appeal; because he's a great speak-
er with a great story to tell and
strong views that resonate well
with all voters. He is not seen as a
Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton type,
but has a strong liberal base.
He appeals well with the business
community because of the leader-
ship roles he played while at Coca
Cola. Conservative Democrats like
him because he's a family man with
a strong religious foundation and
solid fiscal policy ideas.
So this would be a big story
regardless of Patrick's color, but
because he's black it makes the
story even more intriguing. In the
primary he obliterated his two
opponents carrying 321 towns and
every county in the state.
The beauty of Patrick potentially:
winning the governors race is that
hopefully there is some little
minority boy or girl that is living in
the projects or in some low-income
community that hears about him
and says if he can do it so can I.
As Senator Obama said, "I stand
here knowing that my story is part
of the larger American story, that I
owe a debt to all of those who came
before me, and that in no other
country on Earth is my story even
Signing off from diaper duty,
"Your Grandaliher Didn't Play Golf with my Grandlaiher"
by Harry Alford
What a perfect response to a naive
question. Recently, New Orleans
Mayor Ray Nagin held a press con-
ference to formally announce his 35
percent Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise procurement goal for all
city projects and contracts. He
made the announcement at Baker
Ready Mix, a concrete plant owned
by National Black Chamber of
Commerce Board Member Arnold
Baker. A Fox News reporter
approached Arnold and asked the
question "Why is the mayor doing
this? Can't Black business owners
network their own way into busi-
ness development without such
affirmative action?" Without rais-
ing his voice or showing his anger,
Arnold simply said, "Here's the
deal your grandfather did not and
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father. In essence, this is why we
are here today."
It is concise but is also so pro-
found. It reminds me of my person-
al story, which isn't much different
than yours, depending on which
generation you fall in. My grandfa-
ther was born and lived as a share-
cropper. He did not network with
Whites, business wise or personal.
In fact, in Louisiana it was against
the law and downright unhealthy if
one would attempt. He never spent
a day in school. His 10 children
were obligated to work with him
nine months a year. In the winter
months of December, January and
February, (no crops to work) they
were allowed to attend school.
Three months a year and schooling
stopped at the 8th grade. The near-
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est high school was 40 miles away
in Shreveport and the tuition and
boarding was totally prohibitive.
Such was the plight of my grand-
father. The reporter's grandfather
certainly played by different rules
as the sky was the limit. Schools
were public and access was certain.
His grandfather lived the American
dream and everything his father had
was passed onto him and his sib-
lings. He had inheritance, land, net-
working infrastructures and other
advantages that were very valuable
to ensuring that the future would be
bright. My grandfather's father was
born a slave and, like his son, was
illiterate and boxed in by a society
and nation that treated him as a
bona fide third-class citizen. The
contrasts are very enormous and the
fact that the times have changed is a
testament to the courage of the gen-
eration that came after my grandfa-
That next generation, my father,
decided to make a difference. He
took his 8th grade (3 months a year)
education and moved to California
during World War II and worked
the docks of Ventura County, then
bustling from the war effort. He
later became a local truck driver
while my mother was a domestic
for Whites whose fathers and
grandfathers made big bucks own-
ing gigantic farms and ranches in
the Golden State. He was resolved
to make a good living, buy land and
demand public access at all levels
for his children especially when it
came to education.
See Grandfather, continued on
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I *! l .i l Lincolnville Fest Will Celebrate
Oldest City's Black Heritage
Shown above: Buck O'Neil catches a baseball in an undated photo-
graph released by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. O'Neil, base-
ball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with
Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame,
died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006. He was 94. He is shown right with Charles
Griggs when he received the Trumpet Award in Atlanta.
Buck O'Neil Passes Away at 94 Without Hall Honors
The first black coach in Major
League Baseball was born in
Carrabelle,FL the grandson of a for-
mer slave and the son of a
farmer..He escaped the life of a
former by winning a scholarship to
Edward Waters College in
Jacksonville, where he earned his
high-school degree. He then
became a star in the Negro Leagues
but never played in the seeg ated
majors of his time. The Chicago
Cubs put him in their uniform as a
coach in 1962 and filmmaker Ken
Burns brought O'Neil into our
homes in the documentary
The beloved national figure as the
unofficial goodwill spokesman for
the Negro Leagues died last week-
end in a Kansas City hospital, eight
months after he fell one vote. short
of the Hall of Fame.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig
asked for a moment of silence to be
observed before Saturday's playoff
"Buck was a pioneer, a legend and
will be missed for as long as the
game is played," Selig said. "I had
the good fortune of spending some
time with him in Cooperstown a
couple of months ago and I will
miss his wisdom and counsel."
A star in the Negro Leagues who
barnstormed with Satchel Paige,
O'Neil later signed Hall-of-Famers
Lou Brock and Ernie Banks as a
scout. In July, just before he was
briefly hospitalized for fatigue, he
batted in a minor league All-Star
contest and became the oldest man
ever to appear in a professional
Always projecting warmth, wit
and a sunny optimism that some-
times seemed surprising for a man
who lived so much of his life in a
climate of racial injustice, O'Neil
remained remarkably vigorous into
his 90s. He became as big a star as
the Negro League greats whose sto-
ries he traveled the country to tell.
He would be in New York taping
the "Late Show With David
Letterman" one day, then back
home on the golf course the next
day shooting his age, a feat he first
accomplished at 75.
Long popular in Kansas City,
O'Neil he rocketed into national
stardom in 1994 when filmmaker
Ken Burns featured him in his
The rest of the country then came
to appreciate the charming Negro
Leagues historian as only baseball
insiders had done before. He may
have been, as he joked, "an
overnight sensation at 82," but his
popularity continued to grow for
the rest of his life.
Few men in any sport have wit-
nessed the grand panoramic sweep
of history that O'Neil saw and felt
and was a part of. A good-hitting,
slick-fielding first baseman, he
barnstormed with Paige in his
youth, twice won a Negro Leagues
batting title, then became a pen-
nant-winning manager of the
Kansas City Monarchs.
In 1962, a tumultuous time of
change in America when civil rights
workers were risking their lives on
the back roads of the Deep South,
O'Neil broke a meaningful racial
barrier when the Chicago Cubs
made him the first black coach in
the major leagues.
Jackie Robinson was the first
black with an opportunity, to make
plays in the big leagues. But as
bench coach, O'Neil was the first to
"I can't remember a time when I
did not want to make my living in
baseball, or a time when that wasn't
what I did get to do," he said in an
interview with The Associated
Press in 2003. "God was very good
to old Buck."
St. Augustine The African-
American heritage of the Nation's
oldest city will be celebrated with
music, food and fun when the
Lincolnville Festival returns to St.
Augustine's Historic Lincolnville
on November 3rd through 5th.
The festival gets underway on
Friday with live R&B music, food,
arts and crafts. Saturday features
narrated tours of Historic
Lincolnville sites, live country/pop,
jazz and dance music throughout
the day and a special "Soul Food"
contest. On Sunday, the day's
entertainment features great gospel
music along with more food and
Funds raised from the festival will
go to the second phase of the Fort
Mose Museum, which is being built
in St. Augustine. In 1738, the
Spanish Governor of Florida
Chartered Fort Mose as a settle-
ment for freed Africans who had
fled slavery in the British
Carolinas. The only requirements
for freedom for the Africans were
to convert to Catholicism and to
form a militia to protect St.
Augustine, which they did.
Consequently, Fort Mose is the first
free African-American settlement
in what is now known as the United
States. The story of Fort Mose rep-
resents a story of courage, determi-
nation, and perseverance. The sto-
ries of Africans fleeing to freedom
and of Native Americans who aided
them, as well as tales of the many
other people touched by Fort Mose
will inspire everyone who visits the
Historic Lincolnville is one of the
oldest African-American communi-
ties in the U.S. with more than half
of its buildings dating from the late
19th century. Held on Granada and
Washington Streets, admission to
the Festival is free. Festival hours
are Friday, 5 tol0 p.m.; Saturday,
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to
6 p.m. For more information, call
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Your Grandfather Didn't Play Golf
Continued from page 4
For this, there were multitudes of
death threats. We woke up one
morning at 4 A.M. and there was a
10-foot burning cross in our front
yard. He would often say "They
have us up against the Pacific
Ocean, all we can do now is fight."
One of his proudest achievements
was a lifetime membership in the
NAACP. He was never really intim-
idated. I guess the fact that his
father would have been lynched for
the positions my father fiercely
stood up for and remained alive was
My grandfather didn't know what
golf was and my father never
dreamed of playing it. If they had, it
would not have been a networking
event and no Whites or business
brokers would be anywhere around
to cut deals and make profitable
plans. No, it was my generation that
finally got to the golf course and
that was very late in life. As we
attempt to enter this capitalistic
society for the first time in the his-
tory of this nation, it is obvious that
we are playing a very big game of
"catch up." Our college degrees are
fresh and our skills are newly
learned. We enter Board Rooms as
a groundbreaking event. Although
we have been paying taxes since the
Emancipation Proclamation, access
to this economy has been extremely
So now we go into the great sys-
tem of capitalism. We are neo-
phytes to programs that exist
through our oppression and unfair
advantage benefiting those who
really didn't deserve such. Don't
think the field is level and nothing
ever happened to make you on top.
Affirmative action is here to right
the present wrongs that were built
through exploitation and unfair rig-
ging. The playing field is far from
Harry C. Alford is the
President/CEO of the National
Black Chamber of Commerce.
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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.
"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
Holsey Temple CME to Celebrate
Women's Day, Sunday, October 15th
Holsey Temple CME Church, 3484 West First Street; will host their
Annual Women's Day on Sunday, October 15, 2006. The community is
invited to come and join in lifting up the Lord. The day will begin with
Sunday School at 9 a.m., followed by Morning Service at 11 a.m., and
Service at 4 p.m. You are welcome to the House of the Lord.
Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate
their 65th Anniversary Oct. 19 22nd
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC), 2238
Moncrief Road, Bishop Rushie L. Dixon, Pastor; invite the community to
join in the Celebration of their 65th Church Anniversary. Services will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, October 19-20th; and the Closing
Service is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 22nd.
Daughters of Promise Prayer Breakfast
The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, State of
Florida, Northeast District; will present the "Daughters of The Promise
Prayer Breakfast" at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2006; at the Greater
New Jerusalem FGBC, 207 West 6th Street. Lady LaTrice Williams will be
the speaker. For ticket information, please call (904) 356-2110.
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Annual Musical to be Presented at Zion Hope
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.
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist to Celebrate
124th Anniversary October 15 22, 2006
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist
Church, 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue,
Elder Lee Harris, Pastor; will cele-
brate 124 years of outstanding serv-
ice, Sunday, October 15th, through
Sunday, October 22nd. The commu-
nity is invited to join the Mt. Olive
Primitive Baptist Family for all
The Anniversary Theme:
"Celebrating The Power Of The
Church." (ACTS 1:8).
The Annual Honoree Banquet
will kick off the Anniversary
Celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
October 15th, at the Crown Plaza
Hotel (formerly the Hilton). The
Honorees will be Mrs. Betty Harris,
Mrs. Annette Rodgers and Mrs.
Deloris Scott. For ticket informa-
tion, call (904) 355-0015.
Services will be held nightly at 7
p.m., Monday, October 16th
through Friday, October 20th. All
are invited on Monday evening. The
guest speakers and their churches
who will be in attendance on
Tuesday Reverend Levi White,
Greater New Birth Baptist;
Wednesday Reverend William
Levant, Bethel Baptist Sweetwater;
Thursday Reverend Louis Parker,
New First Corinth M. B.; and Friday
evening, Reverend Jeremiah
Robinson, Tabernacle Baptist
The Celebration will close on
Sunday, October 22nd. The day's
activities will begin with Sunday
School at 9:30 a.m., followed by
Potter's House to Host
Service of Rememberance
The Community Hospice of Northeast Florida invites you to celebrate the
memory of those you have lost this past year at a spiritual program of litur-
gy, music and candlelight, at 3 p.m., Thursday, October 26, 2006; at the
Potter's House Chrisrian Fellow ship Church, 5119 Normandy Boulevard.
You are invited to bring a picture or memento of your loved one to display
on the Memory Table, please RSVP to (904) 407-6215. Refreshments will
follow the service.
Morning Worship at 10:50 a.m.
Elder Benji McMiller, a dynamic
preacher, of Nazareth Primitive
Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC; will
be the speaker for the Afternoon cel-
ebration at 3 p.m.
The Jacksonville Branch, National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) will host
its 41st Annual Freedom Fund
Dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
November 2, 2006, at the Wyndham
Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive.
Rev. Nelson Rivers, Chief
Operating Officer, NAACP; will be
the keynote speaker. Civil Rights
Leaders of Jacksonville will be
highlighted, and area high school
students will be honored for their
Because of your support in the
past, the Jacksonville Branch
NAACP has been effective in Voter
Registration, Youth Activities and
Civil Rights. To place an ad in the
program, or for ticket information,
please call (904) 764-7578.
Rev. George Price
Saint Matthew Baptist Church,
3731 Moncrief Road, Rev. George
A. Price, Pastor; will celebrate the
105th Anniversary of the Church;
and the 43rd Year of dedicated and
faithful service by Pastor Price; on
Sunday, October 15, 2006. The
community is invited to join the
Saint Matthew Congregation on
this joyous and solemn occasion.
The observance begins with
Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. The
guest speaker for the 11 a.m. serv-
ice will be Bishop Walter 0.
Granger of Mt. Calvary Baptist
Church, West Palm Beach, FL. Area
pastors and their congregations will
be in charge of the 3 p.m. service,
followed by the Adult Choir Annual
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Civil Rights Icon Joseph
Lowery Still Needed at 85
Civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery holds hands with wife Evelyn
Lowery while they speak to a reporter at the SCLC Women's Center
in Atlanta which Evelyn founded and chairs.
The Rev. Joseph Lowery was
looking forward to retiring from the
civil rights movement, trading
marches and speeches for life as a
grandfather and golfer. He's had a
hard time sticking to that plan.
"People call and drive and push as
much as they ever did," Lowery
said. "In fact, some more, because
they think I have more time."
That the civil rights icon, who
turns 85 on Friday, is still in
demand is a testament to his life's -
and his health. After surviving
prostate cancer and Jim Crow, not
much about him suggests his age.
And Lowery is still capable of
making headlines. In February, his
criticism of the war in Iraq and
poverty in the U.S. during Coretta
Scott King's funeral as President
Bush looked on raised eyebrows
and sparked a standing ovation.
He quit his job in 1998 as head of
the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference the organization he
co-founded in 1957 with the Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr., and other
ministers and left the pulpit in
1992 after a 40-year career as a
United Methodist preacher. For the
dean of the civil rights movement,
retirement exists in name only.
He and Evelyn Gibson Lowery, his
wife of 55 years, remain as commit-
ted to the cause of social justice as
they were when they were a young
Alabama couple risking their lives
to gain the right to vote and see an
end to segregation.
The movement of their youth may
be over, but Lowery says his work
on earth is not yet done.
"Many of my colleagues have
gone, and the Lord has let me stay
here," said the Huntsville, Ala.,
native. "And I figure that I know he
didn't let me stay here 'cause I been
so good, nor so wise. So it must be
because he wants me to continue to
preach his word and witness for
truth and justice."
The Rev. James Orange, who first
worked alongside Lowery in the
SCLC in Alabama during the 1960s
and has continued to work with him
in Atlanta, said Lowery's reputation
still commands respect.
"When he calls, folks respond,"
Orange said. "His involvement
makes a lot of folks get involved."
Though he says he enjoys the
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"The powers-that-be have decided
that this is a post-civil rights era,"
Apathy and a changing definition
of his mission have made his role
more difficult, but no less important
with war, poverty and racism still
around, Lowery said.
He continues to be outspoken on
voting issues, including the reau-
thorization of the Voting Rights Act
of 1964. He is a staunch opponent
of Georgia's efforts to require vot-
ers to show government-issued
photo ID to cast a ballot, which he
condemns as a racist tactic meant to
disenfranchise black voters.
Lowery said he hopes to use his
voice to empower youth through
the Joseph Lowery Institute for
Justice and Human Rights. At a
recent lecture, featured comedian
Bill Cosby, who urged students to
learn from Lowery.
"This is a bad dude," Cosby told
the students, pointing at Lowery.
"He didn't carry a gun, but he
walked up to the gun. You weren't
there, but he was doing it for you."
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and other health disparities in their
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Weinstein Kicks Off Campaign with a Prayer from Bishop Jones
Surprise Mayoral candidate Mike Weinstein kicked off his bid for City Hall with a special anointing visit and
prayer by Bishop Arthur Jones, Sr. of All People Church International. Shown above giving a special thankyou
and greetings following the service is Bishop Arthur Jones, Jr, Bishop Arthur Jones, Sr., Pastor Sharon Jones,
Sarah Weinstein and Mike Weinstein. The candidate said he entered the race because he believes the city has lost
some of it's momentum that it had four years ago. He also believes that he has the experience and the vision to
lead this city back to it's former mantra as the bold new city of the south. Weinstein has been credited with being
a major factor in bringing the Super Bowl to Jacksonville.
Other Health Disparities is a nation-
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leaders and representatives from the
African American church to
enhance and strengthen their capac-
ity to address HIV/AIDS, as well as
other diseases that are dispropor-
tionately affecting African
Americans such as cervical cancer,
Hepatitis C, stroke, renal disease
"The overall health status of
African Americans is poor. One in
every 50 Black men and one in
every 160 Black women are living
with the virus that causes AIDS,"
says Pernessa Seele, Founder and
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organizer of the conference. "Right
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special performance titled
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AIDS Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph.
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tor steps in
Now \ot wVondeir ust Ihow, much dietar:,
damage that piled-high food v ill ha'e on
sour resolve... not to mention \our waistline.
According to info culled from the web.
some of our favorite Chinese picks are ooz-
ing fat. Take that egg roll. It can easily\ boast
of 11 grams of fat which means 52'", of its
calories come from fat! Then there's the Moo
Shu Pork. %which can have 64 grams of fat
It's e\rremely high in saturated fat and about
4'., of its calories come from fat.
Sern ings of Kung Pao Chicken and Sweet &
Sour Pork rack up some '6 and "I grams of
You ma\ recall that back in I194 the noto-
rious Center for Science in the Public Interest
iCSPIi stir-fried up a lot of buzz b-, outing
Chinese food for its nutritional numbers. Lip
until then. man-, American assumed Chiniese
food \was healthy.
But back to the thigh-stretching numbers.
The CSPI report warns. "One of the nastiest
dishes is Kung Pao Chicken A dinner portion
% without the rice averaged 1,275 calories, 75
grams of fat i 13 of them saturated), and more
than 2.61110 mn of sodium. That's about a day's
worth of fat and sodium crammed into one
In all, the CSPI digested 15 dishes, then
ranked them from worst to best, listing c
percentage of calories from fat and total
grams of fat. a
Without going into a delve of too many
dishes. the worst on the list was the Egg th
Roll holding 52% of fat calories and llg
of fat. Most of the fat comes from the M
fried \\oonton v.rapper that surrounds the
smidgen of egetables and pork or shrimp.
Number one on the list was 15. Szechuan
Shrimp i1 8"... 19g fat). Shrimp stir-fried in C
hot sauce. A day's worth of cholesterol, but
overall Iour best choice. In between was a
barrage of choices with moo-shu pork, kung
pao chicken and sweet and sour pork round-
ing out the \\orst list. On the good list were
items sIuch as stir fried vegetables, and
shrimp with garlic sauce.
The CSPI summed it up with this warning:
"The average Chinese dinner we looked at
contains more sodium than you should eat in
an entire day. It also has 70 percent of a day's
- An order of King Pao
chicken can have as much fat
s FOUR Quarter Pounders.
- Moo Shu Pork has twice
he cholesterol of an Egg
- House Lo Mein has the
ame salt as a Pizza Hut
fat, 80 percent of a day's cholesterol, and
almost half a day's saturated fat."
And it's important to remember that they
were talking about sit-down restaurants, not
buffets where you are only held back by your
Chinese Food in America
pt. onevjerym" u """ "
- Soup is often high in sodium. If you choose soup, select clear, broth-
type offerings. Wonton, egg drop and hot and sour soups are your best
Get steamed! Steaming is the safest method of food preparation.
You can request chicken, vegetables, fish, seafood and soybean or tofu
dishes prepared steamed.
Avoid dishes connected to the phrases "crispy," "sweet and sour,"
and "bird nests." These choices are likely to be high in fat and calo-
Chinese vegetables are very nutritious! Tofu, bean sprouts, bok
choy (Chinese cabbage), broccoli, cabbage, string beans, eggplant and
spinach are great sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Opt for steamed rice over fried rice: a serving of rice is 1/3 cup, or
one starch serving.
Steamed whole fish is delicious. Order sauce "on the side" and con-
trol the amount.
Dim sum is a good choice, but order items steamed and keep an eye
Opt for pineapple or some other fresh fruit for dessert. And munch
on your fortune cookie for about 50 calories, and no fat.
Avoid the standard food court offerings of egg rolls, spare ribs and
chow mein and chop suey! Instead, order a pint of hot and sour or egg
drop soup, steamed chicken and vegetables with white rice.
How to Avoid the Flu I
ChinatownConection.coin, N% e
Americans are to blame for most of
the fat, calories, sodium and cho-
lesterol in our Chinese foods.
The xiebsite proclaims. "Ethnic
Chinese cooking does not involve a
lot of deep-fried cooking. Chinese
restaurants in America have deep-
fried dishes to promote business
and to please Western tastes. This
clearly reflects why there are more
over \eight and high blood pres-
sure concerns in Westem culture."
Different types of restaurants
Mandarin. These xery popular
dishes, which originated from old
Peking (now known as Beijmg),
include mu-shu pork and Peking
duck with steamed buns. As this
type of cuisine originated from the
old northern imperial courts, most
of the dishes are often decorated
with vegetables. animals and
designs that are intricately made.
Shanghai. This type of cuisine
originated from the southeastern
region of China. It is composed of.
dishes that are braised and stewed
slowkl to get that fuill-bodied taste
The sauces are also thick and rich
because of the slow% cooking
process applied. In addition,
Shanghai cuisine includes pre-
senred foods such as pickled veg-
etables and cured meats, noodles,
as well as the region's wine.
Canton. Canton cuisine came from
the areas of southern China.
Cantonese cuisine constantly has
like fish and seafood in their list, as
well as mild and subtle sauces.
Popular Cantonese dishes are
shark's fin soup. roast stickling pig,
and steamed \\hole fish.
Szehuan and Hunan. These two
are considered to be C hina's hottest
dishes, literally The former is gen-
erally spicy, with a combination of
flax ors of% vinegar and sweetly fried
food. Chiuli peppers and red pepper-
corns are used to heighten the taste
of food. Sunilarly. Hunan dishes
are hot and are cooked in oils, gar-
lic and chill-based sauces. Well-
known dishes are hot crispy fish,
orange beef or chicken, and spicy
eggplant in garlic sauce.
A quick and easy flu shot is well worth the pinch you feel.
If you are sick and tired of getting high risk. Vaccines are recommend-
the flu or a really bad cold each ed for young children, pregnant
year, take heart and follow some women, seniors and those with
practical advice to try to avoid chronic medical conditions.
being felled by germs this season. However, remember that your
Flu shots should be your first line immune system takes a few weeks
of defense, especially if you're at to develop flu-fighting capability.
Here are some other common
sense preventative measures from
Dr. Jeff Robertson, Chief Medical
Officer for Regence, the largest not-
for-profit health insurance carrier:
- Get enough rest, exercise and eat
right. Eat a balanced diet, including
plenty of fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles. Good nutrition, including
foods rich in vitamins A, C and E,
helps support a healthy immune
system. Examples of such foods
rich include citrus fruits, green veg-
etables, nuts, carrots and tomatoes.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids
- Keep your distance from people
displaying symptoms like sneezing
and coughing, Robertson stresses.
Wash hands often. If no sink is
available, use alcohol-based hand
wipes or sanitizing gel.
"Keep sanitizing gel or alcohol-
based hand-wipes in your car, kids'
backpacks, purse or brief case,"
Robertson says. He also points out
that some hand-wipes are not alco-
hol-based and won't be as effective,
so read labels carefully.
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Two quarts of pork fried rice.. rwo egg
rolls... two orders of chicken w ings... tmo
orders of boneless spare ribs... a pint of
beef and broccoli... and a pint of
Sczhechuan pork... oh, and lots
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wish list %%hen %e get the urge
tto order from our favorite
Who doesn't loxe Chinese take-
S, out or a %isit to the plentiful
Buffets? Linforrtriately, mani\
of us don't know the dietarN
dangers of eating the quick
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First off: eating at anm trpe
of buffet or smorgasbord is
Sexrremely dangerous to an,
dieting health. MNlost find it
tough to eat only until "com-
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Octnber 12-18. 2006
Harold Ford Aims to Make Tennessee History
aims to make
No one knows
whether God is
l" attention to the
the Senate race is paying a lot of
attention to God.
The latest and perhaps most
revealing battle in the clash for con-
trol of the Senate seat in Tennessee
hinges on a campaign commercial
shot in a church by Rep. Harold
Ford Jr., the Democrat seeking the
Republican-held seat being vacated
by retiring Sen. Bill Frist.
"Here," Ford says in the ad, walk-
ing down a church aisle before sit-
ting in a pew and ripping into his
opponent, "I learned the difference
between right and wrong."
Not well enough, counter the
"What kind of man parties with
Playboy Playmates then films
political ads in a church pew?" asks
an ad aired by the Republican
Senatorial Committee, referring to
Ford's attendance at a Playboy
magazine Super Bowl party.
The skirmish over Ford's place in
church underscores a central theme
in the campaign: whether Ford is
culturally and politically conserva-
tive enough to win over rural white
voters and become the first
Democrat elected from the state in
16 years -- and the first black ever
popularly elected from the South.
If Ford wins he would help his
party to the six-seat gain it needs to
win control. A Ford victory would
signal that Democrats could win
again in the South, where it has
been losing in all seats and races.
Polls show the race a tossup
between Ford and Republican Bob
Corker, the former mayor of
Chattanooga. Ford has the support
of more than 90 percent of the
state's blacks, and solid support
around his Memphis base. But he
trails among whites, and polls often
miss hidden bias against black can-
didates that could mean he trails
among whites by a larger margin.
To be elected, he needs to win and
hold the center.
"They say I don't look like you,
but I share your values," he said to
applause from more than 200 rural
He lauded Ronald Reagan,
bragged of his support for gun
rights, balanced budgets, the Patriot
Act and the war in Iraq, and con-
stantly illustrated political points
with references to church, the Bible
In a later interview, Ford said his
biggest challenge is the image of
the national Democratic Party.
"There is a national perception of
the Democratic Party that they are
out of touch on moral and cultural
issues, they're unable to protect and
defend the country," he said. "I
think that perception is wrong, and
clearly we are making progress in
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The AFRO-American News-
papers of the Northeast DC area
will be sending reporter Leonard
Sparks to Bagdad to be embedded
with American troops in mid-
The historic publication hopes to
provide a first-hand account of the
war's progress and soldier stories
from a Black news perspective. In
doing this, the AFRO will not only
bring weekly news stories from
Bagdad to the newspaper, but also
daily updates, entitled 'Today in
Bagdad,' which will include audio
and video feeds through its web-
site Afro.com and other unique
content for AFRO readers. Sparks
will also be available for sched-
uled broadcast interviews to radio
and television networks through
radio satellite communication.
"This is a great opportunity for
me, the AFRO and our readers,"
said Sparks, an award-winning
journalist who has worked for the
AFRO for almost three years.
"The majority of the war coverage
we receive focuses heavily on
roadside bombings and politics,
but there is much more needed to
give us a complete picture partic-
ularly in the area of personal sto-
ries concerning our troops."
The AFRO is notarized as being
the only, black newspaper to send
reporters to war zones for on-the-
ground coverage. During the
AFRO's 114 year history, the
newspaper played an active role in
sending reporters to several war
zones including, World War II,
Vietnam War and others for first
hand coverage from an Afro-
"Historically we've made it our
mission to bring to our readers the
faces and first-hand stories of our
brave men and women, who make
up our military's front line," said
AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver.
"The only real way to tell the
authentic stories is to be where our
Sparks will be embedded for
nearly a month. He has been
preparing with research on the
environmental conditions, history
of the people and country, gather-
ing gear, getting shots, and famil-
iarizing himself with the military
process and situation in Iraq.
Lolt Seeks Postage Stamp Honoring
First African American Senator
The first African American to serve a full term in the United States
Senate represented the State of Mississippi. and U.S. Senator Trent Lott
has asked the Senate to honor him %with the issuance of a commemora-
tive postage stamp.
Blanche Kelso Bruce was elected to the Senate in 1874 by the
Mississippi State Legislature %%here he served from 1875 until 1881.
"On February 14. 1879, he broke a second barrier by becoming the first
African American to preside over a Senate session." Senator Lott said.
"He was a leader in the nationwide fight for African Amencan rights,
fighting for desegregation of the Arnm and protection of voting rights."
Blanche Kelso Bruce %was born into slaery near Farmville. Virginia,
on March 1. I,' 41. and spent his early eax. in Virginia and Missouri.
He was 20 .\ears old when the Cil il War broke out. He tried to enlist in
the Union Armt but was rejected because of his race.
Lott said he then turned his attention to leaching, and % bhile in Missouri
organized that state's first school for African Americans.
In 1869 he mo'.ed to Mississippi to become a planter on a cotton plan-
tation. and the Magnolia State is where he became acti e in Republican
politics. He rose in Mississippi politics ftom membership on the
Mississippi Leee Board, as the sheriff and tax collector for Bolivar
Count-\. and as the Sergeant at Arms foI the Mississippi State Senate.
Long's bill, S. 3974. would direct the Postmaster General to issue a first
class commemorative stamp in honor of Senator Bruce %which would be
placed on sale as soon as practicable.
Southern Area Links Raise 250K for HBCUs
(Shown L-R) Margot James Copeland National Vice President, Margaret Thompson Johnson-Southern Area Director, Nancy Wilson fea-
tured artist and Ambassador for Education. Dr. Gwendolyn B. Lee -National President, Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn-13th National President and
Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy President of Johnson C. Smith University. Paul Williams Photo
The legendary Miss Nancy
Wilson sang from her heart to an
audience of 1,500 plus fans last
month, at the North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms.
Wilson performed In Concert
With Education to assist The
Southern Area of The Links,
Incorporated with the endowment
of fifty-one (51) Historically Black
Colleges and Universities located in
North Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Mississippi,
Alabama, Louisiana, the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
and the Republic of South Africa. "I
believe in a level playing field for
our children," said Miss Wilson.
And leveling the playing field for
students attending Historically
Black Colleges and Universities is
certainly what the Scholarship
Endowment Initiative of The
Southern Area Links is all about.
Raising more than $250,000, with
the assistance of the benefit concert,
event proceeds will be used to
underwrite scholarship endow-
ments at each of the historically
black colleges and universities in
the Southern Area. Dr. Gwendolyn
Lee, Links National President,
kicked off the fund raising by pre-
senting a check for $30,000 from
The Links Foundation.
Under the leadership Margaret
Thompson Johnson, a member of
the Jacksonville Chapter of Links,
the Southern Area of The Links
launched a scholarship endowment
initiative to serve youth.
"These leaders will be the design-
ers of the societies and environ-
ments that will impact our sunset
and they will lead and inspire our
heirs for generations to come," said
Ms. Johnson. The program has
already endowed students from
around the south including those in
attendance at Bethune-Cookman
College, Florida Memorial
University, Edward Waters College
and Florida A &M University.
"We are just getting started," Mrs.
Johnson added, "We are committed
to doing our part to break the cycle
of despair through educational
opportunities for our young peo-
Army Extends Iraq
Duty for 4000
In a new sign of mounting strain
from the war in Iraq, the Army has
extended the combat tours of about
4,000 soldiers who would other-
wise be returning home, defense
officials said on anonymity.
The 1st Brigade of 1st Armored
Division, which is operating in the
vicinity of Ramadi, the capital of
Anbar province, will be kept in
place for several weeks beyond its
The brigade's home base is in
Germany. The soldiers' families
were notified on Monday that
instead of going home in early
January as scheduled, the brigade
would be kept in Iraq until
February an extension of about
six weeks, one of the officials said.
Army officials also have notified
members of Congress.
The brigade has about 4,000 sol-
diers in Iraq. They are not the first
to be extended.
In late July the Army extended
the Iraq tour of the Alaska-based;
172nd Stryker Brigade. :About 300.
soldiers from that unit had already
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Trailblazing politician Mary L.
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The Governor will select by
November 1st up to three women
for induction into the Hall of Fame,
which recognizes and honors
women who through their works
and lives, have made significant
contributions to the improvement
of life for women and for all citi-
zens of the state of Florida. The ten
finalists were selected by the
Florida Commission on the Status
Singleton served the city and the
state as an elected official political
appointee. In 1967 she became the
first women elected to the
Jacksonville City Council along
with Sallye Mathis. In 1972, she
became the first woman elected to
the House of Representatives from
After four years in the House, Ms.
Singleton was appointed Director
of the Florida Division of Electors,
which made her the highest ranking
African American in the executive
branch of state government.
This year marks the twenty-forth
anniversary of the Florida
Women's Hall of Fame. The
Commission accepts nominations
for the Florida Women's Hall of
Fame each year from April 1 -
July 15. This year's inductees will
be honored at a ceremony on
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Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
Ethelyn Taylor, Marsha Phelts and Charlene Taylor Hill smile for the cam-
era at a community event.
as we glimpse
Shortly after Governor Bush entered the Capital, one of his first initia- [
tives was the implementation of the One Florid Plan. Something that is
still controversial today. The event caused for a massive rally. Shown Shortly after the disappearance of her son, James Coon, mem-
above on the front line are Cong. Kendrick Meek, Jesse Jackson, then bears of the community came together for a prayer vigil in hopes
NAACP Chairman Kweisi Mfume, Urban League President High Price of finding him. Shown at the Friendship Fountain occasion are
andCarol Alexander, Sharon Coon and Leanie Payne.
and Cong. Alcee Hastings.
Michael Stewart presents (center) a demonstration in the NAACP's annual ACT SO competition as a
young Landon Griggs (now a high school senior looks on.
Michael Blaylock (JTA), Cliff Coleman (the Help Center) and Vince
Cameron (ILA) all participated in "Men WhoCook" sponsored by the
Urban Ministries of Springfield. The men all prepared dishes sold in
Surrounded by family and friends the lovely Cristella Bryant is all smiles at her retirement celebration with
her husband, Dr Ezekiel Bryant at her side.
Then fellow council persons, Denise Lee and Terry Fields chat politics
before the wedding of Carlottra Guyton.
Greg Miller, Michelle Grant and Ronnie Belton attend a reception for
the 2002 Much Ado About Books.
Photo by Charles Griggs at the Million Man March.
Cong. John Lewis and NAACP Preisdent Isiah Rumlin greet an aspir-
ing youth at the Chamber's Annual MLK Breakfast.
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NAACP Considers Lifting its Economic Boycott of South Carolina
Terrel Owens to Release
Learns to Share
In perhaps an even bigger shock
than erroneous reports of a suicide
attempt, Dallas Cowboys receiver
Terrell Owens has announced he
will release his first children's book
Titled "Little T Learns to Share,"
the book follows the main charac-
ter's refusal to share his football,
until he realizes that he can't enjoy
his prized possession without the
participation of friends.
"I tried to play outside alone and
throw it by myself, but football isn't
football unless you play with some-
one else," Little T says in the book.
"It's a life lesson for discipline,"
co-author Courtney Parker said
Friday on The Dallas Morning
News' Web site. "It's ironic because
he's considered one of the more
undisciplined players in the NFL."
The book is the first to be released
from T.O.'s Timeout Series, reports
the Morning News. The second
book, "Little T Learns What Not to
Say," is due in spring 2007, and the
third, "Little T Learns To Say I'm
Sorry," is scheduled for release the
Meanwhile, on the gridiron
Sunday afternoon in Philly, Owens
and the Dallas Cowboys battled it
out with his nemesis Donovan
McNabb and the Philadelphia
Eagles. Basically T.O. the "Boys"
were unimpressive. On the other
hand, McNabb and the Eagles were
extremely impressive. The bottom
line: McNabb and the Eagles beat
T.O. and the Cowboys 38-24. The
rematch is on Christmas. Day in
For Kitty Green, the NAACP's
call for an economic boycott of the
state seven years ago was a "slap in
While the teacher-tumed-entrepre-
neur supports the civil rights orga-
nization's effort to remove the
Confederate flag from the State
House grounds, the sanctions hit
her business hard.
Now some members of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
are questioning whether it's good
policy to continue the boycott. In
2000, the flag was moved from atop
the State House dome to a monu-
ment in front of the capitol, and
there's no plan to move it again.
NAACP president and chief exec-
utive officer Bruce S. Gordon met
behind closed doors recently with
black legislators and rank-and-file
members behind closed doors.
Members say Gordon, who has led
the NAACP since June 2005,
solicited their thoughts about the
sanctions. Gordon also told them
they would hear back from him
after he and his staff review the
boycott and the issue behind it: the
No lawmaker has given any indi-
cation the Legislature has new
interest in the issue, and only the
Legislature has the power to
The boycott has been in effect
since July 1999, when the state
NAACP called for it as a protest of
to the flags flag atop the State
House and inside the House and
Senate chambers. The boycott
called on groups and individuals to
avoid traveling to the state for busi-
ness or pleasure and discouraged
residents from visiting South
Carolina beaches or patronizing
restaurants and motels.
The compromise that resulted in
moving the flag to the Confederate
Soldier's Monument did not satisfy
the NAACP, which has continued
NAACP members and legislators
who met with Gordon have been
tight-lipped about the discussions.
"It was an excellent meeting," said
state Rep. David Mack, D-
Charleston, who is chairman of the
Legislative Black Caucus. "We
don't want to get into any of the
details," he said, adding there could
be strategic adjustments made to
That comes late though for busi-
ness owners like Green, caught in
the boycott's crossfire of the boy-
Green said it took years of build-
ing and grooming her business,
Kitty Green Gullah-N-Geechie
Mahn Tours, then more years of
marketing it to tourists, to finally
reach the brink of success before
"We had come to such a good
place with the state," Green
recalled, referring to the
Lowcountry's rich cultural heritage
and the working relationship she
had nurtured with the state tourism
When her business opened in
1992, Green's tours of plantations,
old praise houses and a number of
structures built by slaves were com-
peting for elusive tourist dollars
with a surging interest in golf.
Green said by 1999 her business
finally had received much-needed
support from those who pushed
South Carolina tourism.
Under the boycott, major
Lowcountry cultural events were
spiked. The Penn Center's Heritage
Days Festival was canceled two
years in a row, and Beaufort's
Memorial Day Gullah Festival was
canceled one year.
Since African Americans African-
Americans were only getting only a
small piece of the tourism pie any-
way, Green said, the boycott hurt
them even more.
Despite the ongoing sanctions, the
direct impact of travelers on South
Carolina's economy has grown to
$10.9 billion last year from $7.5
billion in 2000 to $10.9 billion last
year, according to the S.C. Tourism
The return of tourist dollars to the
state has left some wondering
whether the NAACP's call to action
is serving any purpose. Black busi-
ness owners are torn over loyalty,
pride and the need to survive.
"I don't think a lot of people are
paying attention to it," said James
Williams, a minister, undertaker
and executive board member of the
NAACP's Sumter branch. "They
are not concerned about it (the
"Any objective person would have
to agree that once the Confederate
flag came off the (State House)
dome, many people saw that as the
end of the road," said Bruce
Ransom, a Clemson University
political scientist. "They said, 'Let's
put this thing to bed,' thinking that
the NAACP had gotten what they
Links Give Youth a Sneak Peek at College Life
Shown above (L-R) standing is Jasmine Stewart asking one of many
questions to the panelists, Links sitting with the students Janice
Nelson and Ernestine Bivens and Langston Dunham showing the
Middle School students a step from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Continued from front
The seventh and eight grade stu-
dents sat quietly and intently as five
students from diverse backgrounds
gave brief background descriptions
and their reasons for choosing the
small historic Black college and
"I'm very family oriented,' said
Jabari Branch, a junior majoring in
psychology from Orlando. "At
home all I did was study, go to
school and to church. That's all I
knew how to do."
EWC's campus size and small stu-
dent/faculty ratio was his impetus
to choosing the school.
"I knew from my background JI
didn't need to go anywhere too big,
after visiting the campus, it was a
perfect fit." Branch added.
In addition to the straight talk
about campus life, the students
were also exposed to Greek life.
Panelist Langston Dunham repre-
sented his Phi Beta Sigma fraterni-
ty by letting the students hear the
various Greek calls and even per-
formed an impromptu "step" rou-
"Before you here about the rest,
let me expose you to the best." he
The college students were not hes-
itant to also impart a few words of
wisdom to the young ears.
"Don't ever be afraid to tell some-
body something going on." Said
Rashonda Chinn. Chinn briefly
described a past middle school inci-
dent where she reported to school
officials something she knew was
wrong an action she believed
saved her life.
Many of the PRAISE students had
questions of the diverse scholarship
opportunities available. Recipients
were on hand who benefited from
the colleges scholarship opportuni-
ties ranging from volleyball, aca-
demics to football. One lucky
Highlands student even answered
the call of participating in a mock
on call choral scholarship. Seventh
grader Anthony Emanuel sang "I
Believe I Can Fly" a'capella fol-
lowed by a rousing applause of his
"If you want a choral scholarship
here you have to be ready to sing,
whenever, wherever," said Theresa
Christopher from the Virgin
Islands. Christopher stated she
chose EWC based on it's religious
"I attended an AME church at
home all of my life, it was only nat-
ural that I attended an AME
school." Said Christopher.
The organization's topic next
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
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.
The 9th Annual Jacksonville
Caribbean Carnival will be held on
Staurday, October 14th from 12 9
p.m. downtown in Metropolitan
Park.There will be a street parade
from Bay & Market Streets, to
Metropolitan Park, Caribbean
Food, Music, Drinks, Arts & Crafts
and live music. For more informa-
tion visit jacksonvillecamival.com.
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 jaxcollegefair.com on
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.
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-
Do you know an
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ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
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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.
How to Obtain and
This free workshop will feature a
business specialist who will inform
business owners and employees
about strategies that can increase
the financial position of their busi-
ness. If you are a small growing
business you can not afford to miss
this! The workshop, "How to
Obtain and Manage Business
Financing" will be held Tuesday,
October 17, 2006, at 6:00 pm until
7:30 pm, at the Ben Durham
Business Center, 2933 North
To register, or for more informa-
tion, call First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation at (904)
UNF to Roast
University of North Florida
Athletics and the UNF 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.
Dance Recital with
Earth Wind& Fire
Led by choreographer, David
Parsons who is celebrated around
the world for presenting modem
dance with a mesmerizing force
will present a recital on Friday,
October 20, at 7:30p.m. You will
witness gifted dancers that possess
charisma, wit, and that dance with
an electricity and sense of humor
like you've never experienced
before all to the hypnotic music of
Dave Matthews Band and a soulful
romp to Earth, Wind and Fire that
will leave you breathless! For tick-
ets or more info call 620-2878.
Experience Amateur Night at the
Ritz on Frida October 21st at 7:30
p.m. Come to Amateur Night at the
Ritz, where you will see some of
the hottest talent in Jacksonville!
Like the Apollo's show in Harlem,
contestants compete for cash prizes
and the cheers or jeers of the audi-
ence decide who goes home with
the cash. Tickets are available at the
Ritz Theatre at 632-5555 or you can
purchase them online at
Kingsley Celebration -
Flight to Freedom
You've heard of the Underground
Railroad come out and discover
the story of slaves who ran south to
Florida to find freedom! The 9th
annual Kingsley Heritage
Celebration: Flight to Freedom will
be held Saturday, October 21, 2006
at Kingsley Plantation. Kids activi-
ties, speakers, storytellers, and the
musical play Magijeen (about the
life ofAnta Magijeen Jai Kingsley)
are presented free and open to the
public, sponsored by the National
Park Service and the Florida
Humanities Council. For more info,
log onto http://www.nps.gov/timu
and click on "Kingsley Heritage
Celebration" or call 904.251.3537.
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
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
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 Ritz Theater will be hosting a
Quilt Making Workshop on
Saturday, October 28th from 10:30
12:30 p.m. Participants will learn
the basics of yo-yo quilting from
famed local artist Billie McCray.
Inspired by Faith Ringold's story
quilt masterpieces, Billie will share
fun and easy quilting techniques.
For more info call 632-5555.
Mocha Moms Meeting
Mocha Moms, a support group for
stay-at-home-moms of color to net-
work and gain support with other
moms like yourself will meet on
October 30th from 10 a.m. 11:30
p.m. Child care is available with
activities geared especially for chil-
dren. Meetings are held at the
Burnett Community Center, 3740
Burnett Park Road. For more infor-
mation call 268-77510.
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.
Yes, I 'd like to subscribe to be a part of the Jacksonville Free Press Familny!
Enclosed is my check m_ oney order for $35.50 (Local) or $40.50
(Out of Town) to cover my one year subscription. Gift subscriptions are also avail-
able and will include a welcome card with your name on it.
This is a gift subscription.
Please note that It is a one year
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening with
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.
AKA Scholarship Gala
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc-Pi Eta Omega Chapter will
have their 4th Annual "20 Pearls
Scholarship Gala and Silent
Auction" on November 3rd from 9
PM-1AM at the Jacksonville
Marriott. Attire is semi-formal. For
Ticket Information or Sponsorship
Opportunities, please call 982-2820
or 874-3374 or email us at
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 will include jewelry, cloth-
ing, fine art, dolls, table ware, fur-
niture and stationery. The times for
the event are from 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Ann
Chinn at 598-1502.
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.
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Forrest Whitaker IS Idi Amin
in the Last King of Scotland
Great actors are few and far between, but actor/director Forrest
Whitaker is an exception to that rule. Through the years, Whitaker
has earned kudos for his roles in front of the camera ("Bird," "The
Crying Game" and "Ghost Dog"). The Texas born teddy bear sized
actor has also spent equal amounts of time working behind the scenes
as a producer and director of projects that include: "Waiting to
Exhale", "Hope Floats," "Feast of All Saints" and "Chasing Papi".
Currently earning critical praise (and Oscar buzz) for his portrayal of
former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, in the new film "The Last King of
Scotland," Whitaker spent some time to talk with the Robertson vig'
Treatment to share his insights about enigmatic ruler, who lived in
exile in Saudi Arabia when he died in 2003.
Robertson Treatment: Amin was a
very eccentric and complex charac-
ter and aside from the fact that you
haven't played someone of this
scope and depth before what else
attracted you to the part?
Forrest Whitaker: Yeah, [nods] Idi
Amin is a very specific character
and I have done a lot of different
characters and a lot of different
types of work but there are a couple
of things that made me take the
project. As an artist I thought it
would interesting to get inside his
skin and understand the way he
works and the way he thinks, the
way he feels and understand him as
a person and the politics of the
nation and the place. I think also it
was a deeper attraction to go to the
African continent and experience
RT: Did you learn anything new
about Amin? In addition to what
you already picked up through
FW: People told me the intimate
details of his youth growing up. I
met with elders of the plantation
where he grew up who knew him as
a child. We talked about his leader-
ship abilities, the messianic quality
that he felt he had because people
came in and took him away to teach
him. He was a very bright kid as
they say and then they found that he
was a great fighter so they decided
to train him to be a boxer. And ulti-
mately he was the heavyweight
champion of Uganda for like 9
years and he was a ball player and
ultimately he was one of the best
soldiers that the British had. There
were so many different things that I
had to learn and understand about
him. Some Africans that I talk to
don't know the completeness of
like what occurred during that peri-
od of time. It was a social structure
that was happening in Africa at the
time and that's why he was put in
RT: Being that you read and
breathed everything out there
about this supposed evil dictator
who has been compared to Stalin
and Hitler, do you think he was
really insane or he was just a
crook gone wrong?
FW: The movie deals with power,
corruption and the West going into
a culture and like dictating what it
wants and then what kind of mon-
sters are created. Do I think he was
insane or anything like that or bipo-
lar? I guess when I was working on
the character I never really thought
of it that way. I just looked at my
passions and looked at how he felt
about certain things and the way he
would feel like as a soldier because
he was a soldier. He didn't want to
be president and how he had
rewarded for years, the massacre
and all these different things for his
ability to fight during combat. In his
mind as a politician he becomes
surrounded by his enemies and then
he starts to behave as a soldier as he
did before. The very reason why
they put him in power and why they
liked him in the beginning became
the thing that created the downfall.
RT: Why do you think Amin
was so popular? Do you think his
negative popularity and deeds
were blown out of proportion by
the West? Was it an anti Western
FW: He became even more popu-
lar because he was one of those
African leaders who could kick the
West out, but I think he was always
very popular. He was popular in the
army with the people when he was
first elected. In Israel they 'loved
him and they promoted him from
nothing. He went to the OAU, he
spoke and the UN in his own native
tongue, tribal languages. Why the
West did it? Because when you look
at it from a global point of view, it's
impossible to for me to comprehend
that many people died, but when I
look at it and I look at the numbers
of leaders around the world in the
West there are many leaders who
are responsible for deaths more
RT: Kevin [director] men-
tioned most of Amin's family wel-
comed the movie, that is aside
from his son who didn't want to
meet you and I read that he is
now threatening a lawsuit claim-
ing the depiction of his father is
inaccurate, what happened
FW: He didn't meet with me I
tried to meet with him a bunch of
times and I met with his brothers
and sisters and another one of his
children and I tried to meet with
Taban who was a general there and
he's a busy man. I can't claim to say
that he just like didn't want to meet
with me because he's never told me
that but I set up maybe 4 meetings
and they were canceled.
RT: What are. some of your
favorite parts of the movie?
FW: I like the scene when
Nicholas tries to leave. That's inter-
esting as its complex also the first
scene being on the road is interest-
ing as it establishes the struggle that
he has with loving the West. There's
a lot of moments that I like.
RT: Looking back, when you
watch the movie do you see any-
ways you could have improved
your role as Amin, the walk, the
talk, expressions or anything else
you now feel you could have
changed or done better?
FW: I think that I did as much as I
could and I worked extremely hard.
There were a couple of moments
where I talk to a security advisor
and I say he is from my tribe and I
wanted to speak to him in
Chichewa because to me he should
be speaking in Chichewa and not
Kiswahili and I only learned some
Chichewa. I feel like I did every-
thing that I could do. If it works it
works but I gave myself I served
the character and the project com-
pletely and everyway and there
wasn't nothing else I could have
RT: This move and your por-
trayal is garnering an Oscar
buzz, how do you feel about that?
FW: it's nice when people say they
like your work and I am really
happy about that and I hope people
would go see the movie if they keep
talking about it. You have to be
careful when you start thinking
about awards. I have been in a
position where I have been in a lot
of movies that have been up for
awards and projects where people
have talked about my performance.
It happened to me last year when I
was working on the Shield and I
wasn't even nominated [laughs].
You have to kinda keep your focus
'and live in the moment and try' and
enjoy the moment and right now I
am very happy I did my best and it
Special thanks to Samantha Ofole
for conducting interview.
BET MAY 1TAP HBO'S \\IRE':
Networks are finalizing deal to find home for show's syndication run.
Soon, BET viewers might be able to catch all five seasons of HBO's
"The Wire" in a new syndication deal reportedly on the table between the
two cable channels.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, both sides are keeping quiet about
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The deal's price tag could not be deter-
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SMOKEY HITS THE SOAPS
Smokey Robinson will guest star on the NBC
ir'" soap "Days of Our Lives" on Nov. 14 and 15,
1 where he'll perform "I Love Your Face" from his
recent album "Timeless Love." In the two-
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the upcoming "Rocky Balboa" film as well as a
feature film version of his 80s TV hit "The A
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Forest Whitaker embodies the aura of Idi Amin.
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