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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
October 19, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
October 19, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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

Record Information

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

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Black Panther

Party Celebrates
40 Year

Anniversary with

Oakland Reunion
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Obama Hasn't Ruled Out the White House
-- U.S. Senator Barack Obama graces the cover of
S Time this week to tout his new book, "The
Audacity of Hope." In the pages of the magazine,
he was asked if he would consider a run for pres-
ident once the November's midterm legislative
elections have ended.
The 45-year-old Illinois law-maker has said no to
this question many times before. But on this occa-
sion, he left a crack in the door of a possible White
House run.
"When the election is over and my book tour is done. I will think about
how I can be most useful to the country and how I can reconcile that w ith
being a good dad and a good husband." he is quoted as saying by Time.
"I ha% en't completely decided or unraveled that puzzle yet." said Obama.
the only African-American currently serving in the US Senate.

Hate Crimes Drop by Six Percent
Hate crimes in the United States dropped last Near by 6 percent, the FBI
reported although % violence against people based on their race account-
ed more than half of the reported incidents.
Police nationwide reported 7,163 hate crime incidents in 2005. target-
ing victims based on their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and
disabilities. That was down from 2004, with 7,649 incidents.
The xast majority of hate crimes in both years were motivated by race.
according the reports, which detailed the data based on so-called "single-
bias" incidents. That means the crime was motivated by only one kind of
bias against the victim. according to the FBI.
Race-based criminal activity accounted for 54.7 percent of hate crimes
last year, up slightly fiom 52.9 percent in 2004, the FBI found. Another
17 percent of hate crimes in 2005 targeted victims for their religious
beliefs, and 14.2 percent for their sexual orientation.
The data %was collected from police agencies across the country, repre-
senting cit., county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies.

'Ghetto Fabulous' Costume Party

Causes Frye at Texas

Law School
AUSTIN. Texas A group of first-year
lav students at thie Uriiersit- of Texas at
Austin has been eluded by the dean for
participating in a' Ghetto Fabulous"-
themed part\ and posting pictures from it
The party is the latest racially insensitive
incident to emerge from the university.
\ahich has struggled for years to boost
minority enrollment and make students of
color feel w welcome.
Nick Transier. a first-year student %'ho attended the party in September
and posted pictures on his Web site. said nobody meant to offend anyone
of an\ race.
But the photos in which partkgoers carried 40-ounce bottles of malt
liquor and wore Afro wigs, necklaces with large medallions and name
tags bearing traditionallN black and Hispanic names upset some black
law students, said Sophia Leckrv. president of the Thurgood Marshall
Legal Societ).
About "0 of UT's roughly 1.300 law students are black, according to
prelisninar, enrollment figures. There are about 800 white students. 225
Hispanic students. '75 Asian students. 55 foreign students and 75 whose
ethnicities C"ere unknown.
Former UT President Larry Faulkner ordered sweeping changes in cur-
riculuni and culture in 2004 after a series of incidents that included the
egging of the Martin Luther King ir. statue and fraternity parties where
blacks e\ere portrayed in racial stereo, pes.

Chicago Lawmakers Fund Slavery Study
CHICAGO (NNR-PA State legislators are hopeful that a study to be
released in the spring s" ill provide a clear picture of the negative effects
of the transatlantic slave trade on Black Americans.
At a news conference last week. community leaders and five Black leg-
islators announced the establishment of the Illinois Transatlantic Slave
Trade Commission.
A 2005 point resolution funded a $400.000 grant to the Center for Inner
Cit. Studies of Northeastern Illinois University., where elected officials
and members of the 25-member commission discussed their plans to
improve the lives of those historically disadvantaged.
The commission includes Go\. Rod R. Blagojevich, state legislators
and researchers and scholars from all over the country.
"We sant to find out what really happened to African Americans and
% hat vestiges of slavery remain with us today." said Anderson
Thompson. director of research for the project.
Theneral Assemb ill address the isprinact og.f politics economics education and

General Assembly in the spring.

Volume 20 No. 40 Jacksonville, Florida October 19-25, 2006

Felon's Right to Vote Law Needs a Closer Look as 40%

of Black Men Are Projected to Be Disenfranchised

NNPA In 2004, Republican can-
didate George W. Bush won the
presidential election for a second
term. beating Democratic candidate
John Kerry by about 3 million pop-
ular otes. An even larger number
of Americans 5.3 million- cannot
legally vote because they are ex-
convicts on probation, parole or
have completed their sentences.
Depending on how they would

vote, if given the opportunity, that
group alone could have changed the
outcome of the election. Even if the
outcome remained the same in
2004, or if Kerry became the leader
of the free world, Ryan King,
author of "Decade of Reform:
Felony Disenfranchisement Policy
in the United States," believes those
5 million additional voices would
have had an enormous impact on

many political races, regardless of
whether they were national or local.
"The fact of the matter is there are
7 million people in this country that
are under correctional supervision
and it is an extremely diverse popu-
lation of people," King said.
"It has become, in many ways, a
very politically diverse community.
These are people who-in the sur-
veys that have been done-care

Students Net Computer for Reading Books
Show n above (L-R) are outstanding students Jada Timley flanked by her mother Nicole Timley, grand-
mother Lynette Powell, Kevin Lamb and his brother, honoree Devin Yarn and their mother Gwen Harris.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown launched the first computer giveaway to the successful readers of the
Community Book Club Reading Initiative. The program,which began in the summer of 2006, requires interest-
ed school age students to read 25 books and complete a short book report. Upon completion, they become eligi-
ble to receive a free refurbished computer, which has been donated by corporate partners. Shown above at the
gi eaway are two outstanding students Jada Timley of Henry Kite Elementary who read 110 books and Devin
Yam of Lavilla Middle School who read over 200 books. FMPowell Photo

about the exact same issues that you
and I care about, whether it's the
"War on Terror," (or) whether it's
tax rates... These are people that
have the same sort of desires and
concerns as everyone else."
A new report about the growing
acceptance of ex-felon voting rights
was released last week by the
Sentencing Project, a criminal jus-
tice organization based in
Washington, D.C., where King is a
policy analyst. The study examines
the last 10 years of felony voting
rights reform and reveals that indi-
vidual state governments are
becoming more receptive to extend-
ing voting rights to ex-offenders.
Continued on page 5


Defies Federal Law
B.y. Harry C. Alford
Section 3 of the HUD Act (24CFR
Part 135) is a beautiful piece of leg-
islation. It wv as enacted in response
to the first \antts Riot of 1965. It
was later enhanced after the 1992
Rodne) King riot. It requires recip-
ients of HUD funding, i.e. states,
cities, housing authorities, coun-
ties, etc., to employ people living in
public housing or under the pover-
rt level to have preference on new
jobs. Up to 25 percent of new
HLUD-funded jobs should go to
Section 3 residents via contracting
Section 3 businesses on HUD-
funded projects. The intent is so
American. Funding economic
development and affordable hous-
ing for those in need should also
offer employment to assist those in
getting out of that public need.
There was just one big problem
with this program no one was -
Continued on back page

Augusta Savage Project Perfect Example of Public Private

Partnership in Bringing Art to Schools with Lagging Curriculum

the galleries along with time in the
art studio to create their own art-
work. In addition to the primary
benefits of the program, students
and their families receive the equiv-
alent of museum membership,
including free admission to The
Cummer and all offered art classes.
While the program is a necessary
addition to the students' education,
Project Augusta Savage also assists
the teachers at St. Pius and Holy
Rosary. Through a series of three

Hol Rosary students work in the art classes provided by Project

Augusta Savage.
The Augusta Savage Project, a
program began by the Cummer
Museum in 1997 at St. Pius and
Holy Rosary Schools is expanding
from a pilot project to servicing all
of the school's student body, from
the three-year olds to the eighth
For approximately 300 students,
the program offers exposure to the
arts in a curriculum-based setting,
serving as the art department at
schools which otherwise would not
have one.
"Project Augusta Savage has been
bringing art into the classrooms of
these schools, which do not have a

dedicated art department, for
almost a decade. It has been very
gratifying to provide this essential
exposure of art to all of these stu-
dents and their families," said
Dulcie Stahler, Project Augusta
Savage Coordinator.
Pre-kindergarten through first-
grade students at both schools
receive eight classroom visits from
a museum educator throughout the
school year, in addition to two
museum trips. Second through
sixth-grade students will enjoy
three museum visits throughout the
school year, which will include spe-
cially designed educational tours of

seminars throughout the year,
teachers will have the opportunity
to receive in-service professional
development training in teaching
art curriculum. Teachers will be
able to supplement their usual sub-
ject matter with art programming.
This instruction will be invaluable
to the students at both schools in
emphasizing the role of arts in
building literacy skills, self-esteem
and a love of learning.
Continued on page 3

NAACP to Monitor

November Elections

As a part of a national manoatate,
volunteers for the NAACP will be
checking polling places in 10 states
for problems similar to those that
cropped up during, the September
primary. The volunteers will docu-
ment complaints from voters and, if
necessary, forward reports of irreg-
ularities to the U.S. Justice

Department. The group already has
made appeals to local authorities to
take steps to fix technical glitches
and mistakes by inexperienced
workers that plagued the primary.
Volunteers will focus on Maryland,
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, Texas,
Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and
Pennsylvania. The local NAACP
branch will be working 1 with
Election Protection which is a part
of the National efforts. There will
have an office open on election day
at 1301 N Myrtle Ave. Volunteers
who wish to work with us on elec-
tion day may call 764-1753 or 355-

86 Year Old

Tells Why Age is

Just a Number

When it Comes

to Taking Care

of Her Body
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IiIL'. :[ Annual Matchmaker Conference Connects Florida's

cby George Fraser

S People Skills and Networking
"People skills--or, as the3 are known in modem
business jargon. interpersonal skills--are simply
your ability to get along ,ith people you don't kno\\
well. You don't need people skills at a family reunion, obviously, unless
it isn't your family's reunion.
In the working world, you do need people skills, unless you are the
night watchman and want to stay the night watchman. The first things I
look for when networking or interviewing a prospective employee are
the following six people skills:
Effective listening skills
Strong communication skills
Well-groomed and tasteful appearance
Sincere desire to help others and to share expertise.
Bottom Line: I advise you to take advantage of any opportunity to
enhance your people skills, whether through readings, seminars, or
videos. These are vital tools for successful networking, and it takes
study and practice to become skilled.

A Crash Course in Credit

for College Students

By Jason
College students
have many sound
reasons for get- .'!.i
ting a credit card:
It's a good way to
start building a
solid credit histo-
ry, safer than car-
rying large amounts of cash and can
be a lifesaver in an emergency. But
inexperienced credit card users who
don't fully understand how they
work, or the need for restraint and
responsible spending, sometimes
dig themselves into a deep hole.
If you're just starting to build your
credit history, or have a child who
is, here are a few tips and cautions
regarding credit card use:
Read the fine print. College stu-
dents are often deluged with credit
card offers. Don't just apply for one
because it has a free gift, and be
alert to cards that offer low teaser
interest rates. Often those rates rise
dramatically after a few months.
Instead, look for a card with low or
no annual fees and that provides a
lengthy grace period before finance
charges commence (three to four
weeks, ideally).You can compari-
son shop for the best card online at
Ask about late payment and over-
the-limit fees. Under federal law
these are spelled out in the applica-
tion process, but make sure you
fully understand what each one
means. Look for a card that offers a
leniency period with no additional
charges, in case your payment gets
Pay off the full balance owed each
month, whenever possible. Interest
payments add up over time. For
example, if you paid only the mini-
mum amount due each month
(assuming 4 percent) on a $1,000
balance, it could take over seven
years and cost more than $500 in
additional interest charges for a
card with an 18 percent annual rate
- and that's only if you don't make

"; any new pur-
chases. Practical
Money Skills for
Life, a free per-
sonal financial
management site
sponsored by
Visa USA, fea-
tures an interac-
tive calculator
that helps you estimate the true cost
of credit card purchases over time
by entering different annual per-
centage-rate and monthly payment
scenarios (www.practical-
If you can't afford a purchase
today, chances are you won't be
able to afford it in a month when
the bill arrives. Also, understand
the full costs of using your credit
card for cash advances, which can
carry much higher interest rates and
start accumulating finance changes
immediately. This can lead to a
downward spiral of debt that's diffi-
cult to overcome.
Explore other alternatives. If you
want the flexibility of carrying a
credit card without the risks of
incurring unmanageable debt, look
into other options such as debit
cards (where money is drawn from
your checking account), secured
credit cards (where you add cash to
the account to be charged against),
and prepaid cards like the Buxx
Card, where parents fund the
account and manage it online or by
Before you start missing pay-
ments, contact your credit card
company. They may be willing to
work out a repayment schedule that
won't damage your credit rating,
since that could make it difficult to
rent an apartment or buy a car or
house, later on. Also, many
employers and insurance compa-
nies now run credit checks on can-
Students have enough to worry
about with mid-terms and piles of
laundry getting an 'F' in credit
cards shouldn't be one of them.

Minority Entrepreneurs with Government Vendors

The Florida Department of
Management Services (DMS),
Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD)
will host the annual Matchmaker
Conference and Trade Fair on
November 15-17 at the Orange
County Convention Center in
Orlando. Matchmaker, recognized
as Florida's signature event for
minority/women business entrepre-
neurs, provides a forum for minori-
ty businesses, state purchasing offi-
cers and private industry to share
ideas and develop business partner-
The OSD Matchmaker Conference
is an outgrowth of Governor Bush's
One Florida initiative, in which he
challenged Florida's state agencies
to increase minority businesses
spending and expand outreach and
services to minority businesses
statewide. In 1999, when the initia-
tive was introduced, total certified
minority spending among
Governor's agencies was approxi-
mately $150 million, since then
government agencies have
increased minority spending by

263.5 percent to $397 million.
"There is no doubt, minority busi-
nesses statewide have benefited
from the Governor's emphasis on
minority contracting," said DMS
Secretary Tom Lewis, Jr.
"Matchmaker is just one of the
many ways we help minority ven-
dors connect with government
spenders. Governor Bush had a
vision, and it has come full circle."
This business conference is
designed to create an atmosphere
that allows small and minority busi-
nesses to interact directly with state
procurement officials and large cor-
porations to build working and last-
ing relationships. The agenda is
packed with events that offer atten-
dees numerous opportunities to
enhance their business skills.
Nationally known speakers and pre-
senters, as well as top state leader-
ship, have been invited to attend.
"Matchmaker is a one stop shop
for minority businesses, state pur-
chasing officers and private indus-
try to share ideas and develop busi-
ness partnerships," said OSD

Director, Windell Paige. "We are
thrilled that our previous sponsors
and participants are excited to
return and we look forward to fos-
tering new partnerships."
This year's event features more
than 200 companies that will seek
to purchase goods and services
from eligible, certified minority
vendors. Through this event, the
OSD is working to enhance vendor
involvement with purchasing per-

sonnel, not only through traditional
series of professional development
workshops and plenary sessions,
but with opportunities such as the
professional development break-
fast, awards banquet, and nightly
networking receptions.
For more information visit
www.flmatchmaker.com or contact
the Department of Management
Services, Office of Supplier
Diversity at 850-487-0915.


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Railroad Construction at the F&J and Duffer Yards at TMT
Talleyrand Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. T2005-06
JPA Contract C-1153

October 17, 2006

Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
3:00 PM, local time, November 21, 2006, at which time they shall be
opening in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office
Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida for Railroad
Construction at the F&J and Dufer Yards at TMT.

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1153, which may be examined in, or obtained
form the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering
Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the
second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018
for information.)


Bid and contract bonding are required.
State funds are being utilized on this contract. The DBE Participation
Goal established for this project is 12%.
Louis Naranj o
Manager Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority


New Aggregate Terminal
Dames Point Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. D2006-04
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1180

October 17, 2006

Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
10:00 AM, local time, November 21, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for New Aggregate

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1180, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering
Services Department of the Jacksonville Port authority, located on the
second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.
(Please telephone 904/357-3018 for information).


Bid and contract bonding are required.

State funds are being utilized on this project. The DBE Participation
Goal established for this project is 15%.
Louis Narajo
Manager Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority


Cruise Terminal Upgrades (Mooring Bollard)
Dames Point Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. D2006-02
JAXPORT Contract No. MC-1176C

October 20, 2006

Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time November 21, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Cruise Terminal
Upgrades (Mooring Bollard).

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. MC-1176C, which may be examined in, or
obtained from the Contract Administration Procurement and
Engineering Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority,
located on the second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone
904/357-3018 for information.)


Bid and contract bonding are required.

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

Louis Naranjo
Manager Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority

October 19-25, 2006

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NAACP Freedom
Fund Dinner Set
for November 2nd
The Jacksonville Branch, 1
National Association for the r
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) will host its 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner at 7 p.m. on I i
Thursday, November 2, 2006, at
the Wyndham Hotel (formerly B
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel), 1515 p
Prudential Drive. -. *- 1 fl,
Rev. Nelson Rivers, Chief. iii
Operating Officer, NAACP; will be
the keynote speaker. Civil Rights .
Leaders of Jacksonville will be 1. t, R u Ud p-.
highlighted, and area high school 1
students will be honored for their i
academic achievement. Ie i
The NAACP is an organization W o ks
that does not receive tax-supported 4,
funds and the dinner is the primary I
fund raiser.. Because of your sup- Standing, left to right: Bryce McClure as Sheriff Sam Guidry, Mark Stater as Deputy Paul Bonin, Velencia
port in the past, the Jacksonville Witherspoon as Emma Glenn, Michael Ross as Rev. Moses Ambrose, and Jaleesa Howie as Vivian Baptiste.
Branch NAACP has been effective Seated are Travis Williams as Jefferson, Co'Relous Bryant as Grant Wiggins.
in Voter Registration, Youth
Activities and Civil Rights. Stanton takes on A Lesson Before Dying Stanton College Preparatory School's drama
To place an ad in the program, program will stage Romulus Linney's play A Lesson Before Dying at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct.
or for ticket information, please 19-21, in the school's auditorium. Linney based his play on Ernest J. Gaines' 1993 novel of the same name. The
call (904) 764-7578 or 768-8697. best selling novel was also selection for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. The play takes place in 1948 in a small
Louisiana town, where a young African-American man has been innocently sentenced to death for a murder.

Protecting Communities Workshops

Designed to Strengthen the City

Prayer Vigil Held for Breast Cancer Survivors
Community, business, and religious leaders gathered to pray for breast
cancer and cancer survivors in honor of October being Breast Cancer
awareness month.. This event sponsored by Shands'Heal Thy People pro-
gram that promotes health awareness through African-American churches,
brought leaders across social, cultural, and racial lines to gather to solicit
spiritual help in fighting this dreaded disease. The event was held last
week at All People International Church. For more information please
call Kenneth Adkins at 626-9602.

Aimed at building mutual trust,
collaboration and understanding
between residents and the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO),
a series of workshops entitled,
"Protecting Communities," will be
held for the second time in the
Historic Arlington community as
part of Mayor John Peyton's Seeds
of Change: Growing Great
Neighborhoods initiative.
The meetings provide a forum for
all residents and JSO officers to dis-
cuss key issues and develop plans
to strengthen relationships for
stronger, safer neighborhoods.
All meetings will be held at
Carpenter Shop Ministry located at
1601 N. University Blvd.
Refreshments will be served from
6:30-7 p.m. The meetings will
begin at 7 p.m. and will last approx-
imately oneand a half to two hours.

The workshops are free and open
to the public.Workshop dates:
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Nov. 2,
Monday, Nov. 6, Tuesday, Nov. 14
For directions or additional infor-
mation, please contact Bill David or
Joan Dolbear at (904) 630-4911

Q: It's scary how so much violence is happening in schools across the
nation. What is the county doing about improving safety in Duval
County schools?
A: While it is true that incidents of school violence have escalated in
recent years and months, school safety and student discipline have long
been of great importance to Duval County Public Schools. In order to con-'
tribute to quality teaching and learning in a safe and secure environment,
Duval County Public Schools offers numerous programs within schools to.
promote safety, good behavior, and staff-student communication about
issues. The district also partners with a variety of community and city
organizations for assistance with concerns at schools, homes and commu-'
nities. In recent years, Duval County has instituted a zero tolerance policy,'.
formalized in the Code of Student Conduct, for types of behavior that*
intimidate or pose threats to students or staff members. In addition, secu-
rity monitoring systems have been upgraded, school bus conduct regula-
tions have been tightened, additional funding has been put into truancy
programs, and students are encouraged to report any situation or behavior
that presents a safety concern. An anonymous school safety hotline num-
ber is available at 1-877-723-2728. For a complete listing of safety initia-
tives and prevention programs, please call the district's Safety Office at
390-2131 or visit our Web site at www.educationcentral.org.
Q: Will report cards go home on time this year?
A: Report cards for the first grading period of the 2006-07 academic year,
which ended on October 9th, are scheduled to be released as announced,
(see below for complete schedule). During the first grading period of the
last school year, elementary report cards were delayed three working days.
This was an isolated event that was caused by a technology issue.
Elementary Middle/High 4x4 Block
October 31 October 24 September 13 February 14
January 18 January 16 October 19 March 27
April 2 April 2 November 17 May 25
May 30 January 9 May 30
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to schooltalk@education-
central.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval County Public Schools,
Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.

Augusta Savage Project

Continued me from front
Family involvement is a major
component of the program, and
family members are expected to
help their child not only with art
projects, but also to earn points for
a special scholarship program.
Students in kindergarten through
sixth grade are eligible to earn a
free scholarship to Camp Cummer,
a one-week summer art camp. The
scholarships will be awarded to stu-
dents based on, a' points program.

This year 30-40 students will earn
scholarships to Camp Cummer.
Celebrating a year filled with
learning and family appreciation of
art, Project Augusta Savage con-
cludes at the end of the school year
with a Family Day Celebration at
The Cummer as well as with the
fifth annual Project Augusta Savage
Art Exhibition in late Spring 2007.
The exhibition will feature artwork
created at the museum b.\ second
through sixth-grade .srtidents. The

Family Day Celebration will be a,
fun-filled day of activities for stu-
dents and their families concluding,
with an awards ceremony and the,
announcement of the recipients of,
the Camp Cummer Scholarship.
Project Augusta Savage is made
possible with corporate funding.,
For more information on Project
Augusta Savage contact Amy,
Chamberlin at (904) 899-6034 or-

Public Notice
Jacksonville Housing Authority
Housing Assistance Program
Section 8 Rental Assistance for Very Low Income Families

Effective October 23, 2006 applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
will be open to households who meet the selected criteria of very low income. Preferences
shall be given to senior citizens, persons) with disabilities, veterans, families and those
displaced by Jacksonville Housing Authority action. Beginning that day, you may pick up
a preliminary application at 1300 Broad Street, on the 2nd Floor between 8:00 a.m. and
2:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. There will also be applications made available at
some local community centers. You may call our automated information line for the avail-
able locations.

Criminal history verification from the Sheriff's office must be returned with the complet-
ed application along with a copy of your picture identification and social security card
before the application becomes valid. Completed applications must be received at 1300 N
Broad Street, on the 2nd floor by 2:00 PM daily. You may mail the application to us. Any
false information will result in denial or termination of assistance.

Any eviction within the past (5) five years or felony convictions of family members with-
in 12 months of the application may make the applicant ineligible. If you or any family
member has ever be convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine on the
premises of an assisted unit and/or are subject to a lifetime registration requirement under
a state sex offender registration program, you are permanently disqualified from receiving
assistance. Your income must be stated clearly on the application. Very Low income is
defined as follows:

Persons Per Family

Very Low Income
$ 21,100
$ 24,100
$ 27,150
$ 30,150 5
$ 32,550
$ 34,950
$ 37,400
$ 39,800




Many voters will be voting at a new polling place.
Make sure you know where to vote by calling 630-1414.


You can also request an absentee ballot by November 1, 2006
to vote absentee in the General Election (absentee ballots
must be received by the Supervisor of Elections Office
by no later than 7:00 p.m. on November 7, 2006).

From October 23 through November 5, 2006,
at any of the following early voting sites:

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race,
color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.

Notice: Individuals with disabilities requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate
should contact our office at (904) 630-3820 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Means

Ronnie A. Ferguson

(904) 630-1414 www.duvalelections.com

TDD: 630-3894 Information line: (904) 630-3893


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Black Reparations Circa 2006
... ~ by William Reed
Do you think that the idea of reparations for African
Americans is "an issue of justice long denied and
overdue?" In a national survey, 89 percent of blacks
reported they believe the federal government should
offer a combination of cash payments, debt forgive-
ness and social welfare programs to compensate for
the devastating effects of slavery and racial segrega-
tion. Despite the overwhelming number of African
Americans that say they support the concept, the population has yet to
forge a unified national agenda on reparations.
It's not a new issue. Since slavery officially ended, generations of
African Americans have tried and failed to persuade Congress to both
apologize and make appropriate restitution. The real test over whether
blacks will ever be paid is occurring in the 7th Circuit Court of'Appeals in
Chicago where a group of blue-chip corporations face a court challenge
that, if successful, will force them to compensate African Americans for
wealth created using slaves as labor.
Deadria Farmer-Paellmann filed the initial class action against the cor-
porations in 2000 in a Brooklyn federal court. She had realized that suing
the government was more difficult because of challenges such as statutes
of limitation and sovereign immunity. which precludes plaintiffs from
suing the government unless the government grants permission to do so.
Farmer-Paellmann contends that many in Corporate America profited
from slavery. During the Slavery Era, insurance companies made profits
insuring slaves as property. Banks, shipping companies, and investment
houses also made enormous profits from financing slave purchases,
investments in Southern land and products, and the transport and sale of
slaves. Several of America's companies profited from slavery and its lega-
cy. Fleet-Boston Financial, profited from loans made to a Providence,
Rhode Island slave trader. Though the actual loans were made by
Providence Bank, which no longer exists, it is one of hundreds of prede-
cessor banks that have merged to form Fleet-Boston. Aetna Inc's prede-
cessors wote life insurance policies on the lives of slaves with slave-own-
ers as beneficiaries.
Corporations that are defendants in the current Chicago court case
include: Aetna. American International Group (AIGl, Lloyd's of London.
Ne-w York Life Insurance Company, Southern Mutual Insurance
Company, Fleet-Boston Financial Corporation (Bank of America). AFSA
Data Corporation, Brown Brothers Harriman, JP Morgan Chase
Manhattan Bank (Bank One). Lehman Brothers, RJ Reynolds Tobacco
Company, Brown and Williamson. Liggett Group Inc.. Loews Corporation
(Lorrilard), Canadian National Railway, CSX Corporation, Norfolk
Southern Corp.. and Union Pacific Railroad.
Reparations advocates are arguing in court that "slavery was a crime
against humanity and there is no statute of limitations on a crime against
humanity." They maintain that "all blacks in America have been injured
by the lingering effects of slavery, and it is unnecessary to prove individ-
ual injury".
Blacks are still the major economic and social victims of racial discrim-
ination. Across America, blacks are far more likely to live in underserved
segregated neighborhoods, be refused business and housing loans, be
denied promotions in corporations and attend cash starved, failing public
schools. Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Andrew Brimmer esti-
mates discrimination costs blacks $10 billion yearly through the black-
white wage gap, denial of capital access, inadequate public services, and
reduced social security and other government benefits.
Despite apathy in the post-civil rights generation, there is an increasing
and active interest among African Americans for reparations. "It's now an
issue that has legitimacy iu the mainstream of black folks' thought," say-i
Roger Warebam, a lawyer in the cases. "There's a greater understanding
of what it is. It's not begging; it's not a hand-out. It's a demand for a debt
owed to us, and although the initial acts occurred 150 years ago. the peo-
ple who have benefited. like the corporations we're suing, still exist."
Instead of individual payments, plaintiffs in the case are petitioning that a
humanitarian trust fund be created.
City councils in Atlanta, Chicago. Cleveland. Dallas, Detroit, Oakland,
Los Angeles, Washington, DC and other cities have passed resolutions
supporting a federal commission to study reparations and approved ordi-
nances that require companies wanting to do business with them to inves-
tigate and disclose any profits from the American slave trade.

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Black Exploitation in TV Alive and Well in 2006

Whether you watch Flavor Flav
and his "Flavor of Love" show or
Jerry Springer or one of the many
judge shows it painfully obviously
that black exploitation is alive and
well in 2006. And I am certainly
not being a hypocrite, I often find
myself sitting on the sofa cracking
up over the stupidity of some of
these shows.
Most of us sit there and say the
exact same thing who are these
people and why are they embar-
rassing black folk like this. It seems
like every episode of Jerry Springer
or Maury, is about some estrange
relationship or paternity test that
will determine which of the four
men this young black woman is
sleeping with is the baby daddy.
Of course, you know that a fight
must break out in every show. On
the other end of the spectrum there
is Oprah, Tyra and Montel, who
have talk. shows as well, but they
don't specialize in the buffoonery
like some of these other shows.
You may see Tom Cruise making
a fool of himself by jumping up and
down on a sofa and you are certain
to see a ton of crying on Oprah, but
no buffoonery. No sister girls fight-
ing over their baby daddy, who by
the way isn't paying child support
for any of his children.
Now you may see some shows
that are a bit of a stretch, but for the
most part the black talk show hosts
are much more classier than the

by Dr. B.B. Roninson
Why are black Americans so suc-
cessful at creating, developing and
operating religious institutions?
In part, it is because we have a
long history in the church business.
Churches also have roles and func-
tions that permit almost everyone
to find a niche. But the most
important reason why blacks have
successful churches may be that,
we trust in God and in our relatives,
neighbors, friends and colleagues
when it is in a religious setting.
From time to time, we hear an
unfortunate story about how a pas-
tor disappears with his secretary
and the building fund, but we gen-
erally have trust and confidence in
our churches.
Trust, on a larger scale, is the key
to most forms of success. Families
are successful when husbands,
wives and children trust each other.
Neighborhoods are most successful

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Springer's of the world.
And you can't really be mad at
Springer or Maury because they are
not forcing people to be guest of
their shows we are actually going
for free in most cases. I guess using
the term free isn't fair because they
do get a round trip ticket and paid
hotel accommodations.
Talk about selling yourself short.
This leads to my favorite buffoon-
ery of all "The Flavor of Love."
This show's popularity is based on
the fact that former rapper and
member of Public Enemy, Flavor
Flay, is probably one of the most
unattractive tacky dressing brothers
on the planet.
I often find myself watching the
show because it is so unbelievable
that women are actually fighting
over "Flavor Flav" as he constantly
calls himself. Many of you who
don't watch the show may recall
that Flayv, was the guy in Public
Enemy that wore the big clocks
around his neck and said "Yeah
Boy" all the time.
He was sort of the softer side of a
very serious intense Public Enemy
rap group that focused many of its
songs on black empowerment and
awareness. Flav certainly wasn't
the guy in the group who could
articulate the black struggle, but he
was clearly on board with the
group's message.
Back then, Flay dressed pretty
wild, but if you fast forward to

when residents believe that their
neighbors are going to promote
positive outcomes such as main-
taining their homes, contributing to
neighborhood institutions and not
permitting negative factors to infil-
trate the neighborhood. A nation is
successful when its citizens believe
that those in charge have their best
interests at heart and there are no
glaring indications to the contrary.
When there is trust and confi-
dence present, members of these
social institutions can invest most
of their energies in growing and
expanding as opposed to protecting
themselves from distrust and fear.
What about the link between trust
and economics? In a recent article
in The Journal of Economic
Perspectives, researchers contend
that trust has everything to do with
economic success. Trusting and

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today you will see him dressed in
more pimp-like clothing, which
subtlety reminds us that he's a play-
boy/pimp. What's even funnier is
that he changes clothes at least
three to five times a show one
clown outfit after another.
His wardrobe consists of large
clocks (hanging around his neck)
of all types, three piece pink, laven-
der and whatever other color you
can think of suits and top hats.
The premise of the show is very
simple, especially if you have seen
shows like "The Bachelor." Flav is
basically looking for a "soulmate"
and women compete for his love or
to be the one. Throughout the sea-
son the women get various oppor-
tunities to prove the love through-
out various dates and challenges.
The buffoonery takes place week-
ly as these women argue and fight.
for Flav's attention and did I say
that they literally fight for his atten-
tion. In one episode, one of the
ladies actually used the bathroom
on the floor and she didn't "num-
ber one," she number two'ed (if you
know what I mean).
That's the type of idiotic behavior
that goes on during this number
one rated show. It is very entertain-
ing because you never know what
stupidity is going to happen next,
but it is very embarrassing from a
pure social perspective. Many of
these women end up having sex
with Flay and going on ridiculous

dates to places like Kentucky Fried
Chicken. The producers specialize
in making these young black
women look like fools.
Again, while the show is enter-
taining I would loose my mind if
my daughter or sister was on any
television show making a complete
fool of herself. Much like the way
talk shows take advantage of those
who "don't know any better" as my
grandmother would say," Flav and
the show producers don't seem to
have any respect for these women.
The young lady who was the final-
ist in the last week's season finale
even left her daughter back home
for several weeks to be apart of the
show. At the end of the show he
gave her a gift box with fitted gold
teeth to place in her mouth.
It is sad, but black folks are still
making fools of themselves on tel-
evision, which is ridiculousj, con-
cerning all the, positive images we
could be portraying. But I guess
positive images don't sale shows
and generate ad dollars. Where's
the Cosby Show when you need it?
John Jacob, of the National Urban
League once said, "As a people, we
must remember.that we are not as
weak as we have allowed ourselves
to be painted, and we are not as
strong as we can be."
Signing off from a loveseat with a
remote in hand,
Reggie Fullwood

in Life is All About Trust

confident individuals are more
likely to be entrepreneurs. These
entrepreneurs believe customers
will be honest and will compensate
them for goods and services they
produce leading to economic suc-
cess. The conclusion is the greater
the degree of trust in an economy,
the faster that economy will grow.
Black Americans in particular
should make efforts to learn and
benefit from this thinking. We
should do whatever it takes to build
greater trust in our families and in
our communities. We should use
this increased level of trust to gen-
erate greater economic growth in
our communities. If we want to
truly benefit from America's eco-
nomic outcomes, we must also
engender trust with other ethnic
groups in the nation.
History may serve as a high and

thick barrier to creating the type of
beneficial trust between blacks and
the broader community necessary
to lead to our community enjoying
the full benefits of America's eco-
nomic possibilities. We know,
however, that the current economic
disparity between ethnic groups in
the nation is explained, to a signifi-
cant degree, by the lack of trust
between these groups.
How can we foster this trust and
make it work to improve our eco-
nomic outcomes? It's simple: One
individual at a time, one family at a
time, one community at a time and
one day at a time.
Once we begin to truly trust each
other, we can fearlessly and confi-
dently direct our energies to
achieving our most productive and
beneficial goals and thereby live
lives that are satisfying.

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Sigma Gamma Rho Presents Yellow Tea Rose Coterie

Ashlee Davaun Cooper
Age 15 GPA 3.4
Samuel W. Wolfson 10th Grade
Simpson Memorial United
Methodist Church. Goals:Plans to
persue a career in law.
Hobbies: reading, taking photo-
graphs, singing, dancing, skating.
Parents: Carolyn and W. Vaughn

JaVonne Little
Age 17 GPA 3.0
First Coast Sr. High 12th Grade
First Timothy Baptist Church.
Goals: Computer Software
Designer/ Web Designer
Hobbies: Writing, singing, play-
ing piano, being on the computer
and playing sports.
Parents: Spencer and Syretta Little

Jacobi Allysia Morgan
Age 14 GPA 3.6
Paxon School for Advanced
Studies- IB Program 9th Grade
1st Baptist Church of Mandarin
Goals: To become a Doctor,
Psychologist, or Pharmacist.
Hobbies: Sports, piano, drawing,
computers, mall/ movies. Parent:
Joyce Morgan

Letrice Alexandria Walton
Agel4-GPA 3.85
Wm. Raines Sr. High 9th Grade-
Adv Intem'l Certificate Program
St. Paul AME Church.
Goals:Become an Ob/Gyn & open
a Women's Clinic.
Hobbies: Reading, researching
medical illnesses. Parents: Latrice
and John Walton

Sarah Rosemary Johnson
Age 16 GPA 3.2
Jackson Sr. High 11th Grade
Central Baptist Inst. Church
Goals: Become an Orthodontist or
presue another Health care field.
Hobbies: Playing piano, shopping,
music, videography and traveling.
Parents: Ronald and Rosemary

Verenee Nicole McClendon
Agel5 GPA 2.9
Frank H. Pearson Academy of
Technology 9th Grade.
Greater Church of God By Faith
Goals: Become a Cosmetologist
with a Business Degree.
Hobbies: Styling Hair, Drawing,
and reading
Parents: Carlos and Wynee Brown

The local chapter Gamma Omicron Sigma of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will present it's bi-annual Yellow Tea Rose CoteriE Saturday, October 21st, 2006 at the Clarion Hotel, locat-
ed at the airport. The Coterie will culminate a yearlong bevy of educational and fun filled enrichment activities designed to enhance the quality of life of these young ladies and the com-
munity. The highlight of the affair will be the crowning of "Miss Rhomania" Yellow Tea Rose. Rhomania is the international scholarship fund raising project of the organization. The
debutante crowned "Miss Yellow Tea Rose" will receive a scholarship to the school of her choice from the proceeds. Throughout the year, the debutantes attended a variety of workshops
and enrichment seminars n such topics as: Teens and Etiquette; Smart Choices, formal dancing lessons, conflict resolution and dressing for success. Escorting the young ladies will be
the Ribault Senior High Junior ROTC Marine Corps. Soror Luvina D, George leads the Jacksonville chapter, and the Corterie chair is Soror Mascelia S. Robinson.

Closer Look Needed at Felon's Voting Rights

Continued from front page
"The 10-year trend shows 16
states have expanded voting access
to people with felony records
reforms ranging from repealing
lifetime bans to easing the restora-
tion process. More than 600,000
people in seven states have
regained their voting rights in 10
years," said the study.
King says Florida, Kentucky and
Virginia are among the states least
willing to relax felony voting laws.
"They have the most restrictive
laws and the most difficult restora-
tion process-essentially lifetime
disenfranchisement," he said.
King said even states that have
complex voting restoration sys-
tems, such as Tennessee, (that had
lifetime disenfranchisement for ex-
offenders) and Alabama, have
become more flexible.
The study also showed that of all

the ethnic groups affected by disen-
franchisement and the criminal jus-
tice system, African-Americans are
hit the hardest.
"One in 12 African-Americans is
disenfranchised because of convic-
tions-five times the rate of non-
African Americans," King said.
The study also explains that voting
power in African-American and
poor communities has been diluted
by the high rates of people from
those communities-particularly
Black men- becoming ensnarled in
the correctional system.
"Thirteen percent of Black men
are disenfranchised and as many as
40 percent of Black men are pro-
jected to lose their right to vote in
states that disenfranchise ex-
offenders," said the study.
Laleh Ispahani, a senior policy
counsel for the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), agrees

that minority communities are crip-
pled by high incarceration rates.
"When you look at the fact that all
these people are drawn from a few
communities, you also have to
understand the people who remain
in those communities are hurt by
this too because their own voting
power is accordingly diluted. So
they can't vote as a bloc and actual-
ly get anything done to improve
their own lot, their own condition,"
she said.
While a number of states are
wrangling with the issue, this
November, Rhode Island voters
will decide if ex-offenders should
be allowed to cast their ballots.
King said interest in felony voting
rights has been mounting over the
years and reflect public opinions
polls showing that 80 percent of the
American public believes ex-
offenders should have the right to

vote upon the completion of their
"It's all over the place. It's region-
ally diverse, it's politically diverse,
a number of these states have
Republican governors that have
signed bills as well as Democratic,
so we've seen bipartisan support for
reform we've seen every thing from
some states repealing lifetime vot-
ing prohibition to other states mod-
ifying procedures of restoration and
everything in between," he said.
In this year alone, the study said
73 bills on felony disenfranchise-
ment were introduced in 22 states
and of those, 85 percent sought to
expand voting rights. Meanwhile,
11 states have lifetime voting bans
on ex-offenders.
"I think it's becoming increasing-
ly obvious to-politicians and legis-
lators that it doesn't serve anyone's
interest to disenfranchise people for

conviction of a crime," Ispahani
"It doesn't rehabilitate the individ-
ual offender, it doesn't make a vic-
tim whole, and in fact, it might be a
deterrent to rehabilitation," she
Ispahani said a study done in
Minneapolis about two years ago
revealed that ex-offenders who
voted were less likely to be rearrest-
"You're trying to reintegrate a com-
munity that is exiting, 600,000 peo-
ple exit the prison system every
year. They either come of parole,
(or) probation. Very often you can-
not get licenses for certain profes-
sions once you've been in prison,
you may have to live in a certain
place, now you tell them you cannot
vote and that's a civic engagement,"
Ispahani said.
But while the study shows a

steady stream of growing support
from both public and political on
the issue, there are people like
Harriet Salerno, who believe ex-
offenders who have committed vio-
lent crimes, and crimes against chil-
dren should never be able to vote.
Salerno, who is the president of
Crime Victims United of California,
an organization devoted tovictim
advocacy believes that for other
offenders, exceptions can be made
with strict rules.
"There should be a timeline,"
Salerno said. "They've got to earn
their right back. You've got to earn
it once you've committed a violent
crime. You've murdered somebody
and you've devastated the families
that can not get the pieces of their
lives put back together and they
come out of prison and everything's
supposed to be honky dory? Nope,
nope, nope."











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Spiritual Emphasis Weekend
Families are invited to come together for fun, food, workshops and
spiritual enlightenment during Spiritual Emphasis Weekend with activi-
ties scheduled from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on Friday, beginning with Dinner. A
Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served on Saturday, which will
be highlighted by Mayor John Peyton reading stories to the children at
9:15 a.m. There will also be face painting, and fun games for the children.
Theme related workshops for Young Believers, Teens, Young Adults, and
Older Adults. There will be activities of interest for everyone. The com-
munity is invited, so please come.
This will be an exciting and inspirational weekend with fun, food,
workshops and spiritual enlightment.
Sunday, October 22, 2006, Revival Services begin at 11 a.m., and Monday
- Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.; the Reverend Doctor Richard Dozier,
Pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina,
will be serve as the speaker.
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
(904) 723-0763.
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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Fall Festival West Union Family & Friends Day Celebration
The West Union Missionary BRATS of Alpha Kappa Alpha begin with Sunday School at 9:30
& Fi h F ry Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Sorority will conduct competitive am., followed by Morning Worship
Street, under the leadership of games for young people who are at 11 a.m. The community is invit-
The Holy Church of the Living God Leroy C. Kelly, Pastor; will cele- service orientated. ed. Sis. Sandra Thompson and Dea.
vhe Holy Churchof the Living Go brate their Annual Family and The celebration on Sunday will Comelious Williams, co-chairs.
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Kevivai enmerIL, rn / uu cLsa i.
Avenue, Atlantic Beach (across
from Jordan Park), will hold its
Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Saturday, October 21, 2006.
There will be a Church Yard
Sale, Bake Sale, Craft Sale and
many activities for the children.
The community is invited.

Friends Day with a Health and Fun
Fair with free testing, free flu shots,
medical screenings, and plenty of
free information from 10 a.m. until
2 p.m. There will also be activities
for children, free food and drinks.
There will be fun and games for
all ages, under the direction of
Coach Cluade Simmons. The

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 Christian Fellowship 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.

Genesis M. B. to Celebrate Deacons

and Deaconess Joint Anniversaries
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuffAve., Rev.
Calvin 0. Honors, Interim Pastor; will observe "Deacons and Deaconess"
Joint Anniversary at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2006.
A spirit-filled program has been planned. Dea. T. Carter, Chairman,
Deacon Board; and Sis. C. Carter, President, Deaconess Board. Sis. Erica
Turner, program chair.

First AME of Palm Coast to Celebrate 6th
Annual Choir Day, Sunday, October 22nd
Gospel themes will resound Sunday at 4 p.m., with the Sixth Annual
Choir Day presented by the Inspirational Choir of First AME Church, 91
Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor.
The choirs from Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mt. Calvary Baptist
Church, Palm Coast United Methodist Church, the First AME choirs, the
New Destiny Ensemble and more. All are welcome and invited.

Annual Musical Oct. 22nd 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.
Sister Edith Hicks, President,
Senior Women's Missionary
Society; Sister Mary Lee Roper,
Program Chair; Sister Mary
Howard, Co-Chair.

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Mt Olive Primitive Baptist Continues 124th Anniversary Oct 22nd

Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist
Church, 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue,
Elder Lee Harris, Pastor; will con-
tinue celebrating 124 years of out-
standing service through Sunday,
October 22nd. The community is

invited to join the Mt. Olive Family
for all events.
VU-nder the Anniversary theme of
"Celebrating The Power Of The
Church", services have been held
nightly since October 15th and will

continue until Friday, October 20th.
where Reverend Jeremiah.
Robinson, Tabernacle Baptist
Church will preach at 7 p.m.
The Celebration will close on
Sunday, October 22nd. Activities

will begin with Sunday School at
9:30 a.m., followed by Morning
Worship at 10:50 a.m. Elder Benji
McMiller, of Nazareth Primitive
Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, will
culminate services at 3 p.m.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Join us for our Weekly Services

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 P.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace (

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



Pastor Ernie Murry, Sr.
MVlIcomes You!
Early Worship 8:00 AM
Sunday School 9:15 6AM
Moving VUbrship 10 A~ AM
1st Sunday 3:45 PM
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sun day 7:00 PM
Bible Study 7:00 PM
Noon Day Worship
Thurs day
Youth Church 7D00 PM

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Central Campus
Lane Ave. & 1- 10
Sunday, October 22nd
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
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October 19-25. 2006

First New Zion to Host Youth and

Young Adult Conference Oct. 26-29th
Youth and Young Adults of the community are invited to participate in
the 2006 Youth and Young Adult Conference at First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive, Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor; Rev.
James J. Sampson, Conference Director; and Sis. Vernetta Young, Youth
Director promise a spiritual enlightening conference and fellowship for all
young people.
Beginning with Revival Services at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with
Lecturer Min. James Smith, on Thursday; and the Message by Rev. Marvin
McQueen Jr. The Lecturer on Friday will be Min. Alvin Hodge, and Elder
Terry Hill Jr. will deliver the message.
The Conference begins on Saturday with Breakfast and registration at 8
a.m. Workshops & Topics include: Sex Education, Artisha Allen,
Facilitator;' Money Budgeting, Anthony O'Neill; Spirituality, Tony Baker.
Mid-Day Workship will be at 12;30 p.m., Rev. Lawson J. Boddie will
deliver the message. Food and Fellowship will follow.
First New Zion will celebrate its Annual Youth Day at 4 p.m. on Sunday,
October 29th. Rev. Percy Jackson Jr. will deliver the message.
This conference is free and open to all youth and young adults. For more
information, please call (904) 765-3111.

Shown left, Former Black Panther Party national chairman Bobby Seale holds a February 1967 photo at his home in Oakland, Calif., of him-
self, left, wearing a Colt .45, and his Black Panther co-founder Huey Newton, right, with a bandoleer and shotgun in Oakland. The Black
Panther Party officially existed for just 16 years. Seale never expected to see the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. BLACK PAN-
THER PARTY MEMBERS pose for a group picture on the front steps of the Alameda County Courthouse to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Black Panther Party Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Shown above is honoree Marie Haeth, Mistress of Ceremonies Joyce
Morgan and Gene Heath.

Community Resource Center

Seniors Honor Marie Heath

The seniors of the Community
Resource Center at Edward Waters
College recently honored Mrs.
Marie Heath for her efforts to pro-
vide meaningful activities and
employment opportunities to the
participants in the Schell-Sweet
Building. Mrs. Heath also was
feted for her birthday along with
other October birthday celebrants.
Joyce Morgan served as the
Mistress of Ceremonies where var-

ious members of the college staff
and also seniors who have been
touched by Mrs. Heath gave acco-
lades. A highlight of the program
was the honororary veterans cap
presented by the Veterans
Reintegration Center, making her
an Honorary Vet. This Center
offers technology skills to Veterans.
After the program, all were treated
to a very tasty meal which was pre-
pared by the seniors.

OAKLAND Some were lay-
ered in reunion T-shirts and others
were bundled in leather jackets, but
Black Panther Party members
endured the cold weather Saturday
to celebrate their 40th anniversary
at DeFremery Park in West
People of all ages came to join in
the festivities and to learn about the
Panther legacy. Members traveled
from as far away as New Jersey,
Philadelphia and Detroit to attend.
"This is great," said Kathleen
Cleaver, a former Panther who is
now a New York attorney. "Who
would have thought that after the
level of attack against the party that
40 years later we would be at a
reunion party?"
The atmosphere was filled with
music and food, and several Black
Panther Party newspapers and pho-
tographs were on display.
Organizers said the event was
geared to celebrate the party's
"Community Survival" programs,
such as free breakfasts, sickle cell
anemia testing and voter registra-
tion drives.
The organizers also said they hope
young people will be inspired by
the group's legacy and become
involved with social activism.
J. Hadiah McLeod, of San

Francisco, is a former Panther who
was a member from 1966-67. She
said the spirit of the party is still
very much alive.
"We are still doing positive things
in the community," she said. "As
long as there's one, the power of the
people will continue."
The Panthers fought for social jus-
tice by demanding equal rights in
education, housing and employ-
ment in poor black communities.
The party also armed its members,
claiming guns were needed to
defend against police brutality.
Earlier during the reunion, some
Panthers posed for a group picture
on the front steps of the Alameda
County Courthouse, where years
before, in 1969, many of them had
rallied in support of party co-
founder Huey Newton. He was con-
victed of manslaughter in an
Oakland police officer's death, but
two years later the verdict was
Anthony Scott, 25, traveled from
New York to Oakland to attend the
reunion to gain insight into how to
combat gang violence and drugs in
his community.
"I'm young, and I'm trying to fight
through the same social and eco-
nomic oppression the Panthers did,"
he said. "I think it's important to go

to our elders and to learn from
Co-founder Bobby Seale never
expected to be around to see that
reach 40 years later.
"Grass roots, community, pro-
grammatic organizing for the pur-
pose of evolving political, electoral,
community empowerment," Seale
says. "This was my kind of revolu-
tion. This was what I was after."
Seale joined in on the festivities
which included workshops on top-
ics ranging from Hurricane Katrina
to ethnic studies in higher educa-
tion, as well as presentations on
party history.
The Panthers were born Oct. 22,
1966, the night Seale and Huey
Newton completed the party's 10-
point program and platform. At the
time, Newton was a law student and
Seale was working for the Oakland
Department of Human Resources as
a community liaison.
When they were finished, they
flipped a silver dollar to see who
would be chairman. Seale called
heads. Heads it was.
Later, when he saw Newton look-
ing sharp in a black leather jacket,
he decided that members should
wear something similar as a kind of
uniform. They added berets after
watching a movie about the French

resistance in World War II.
The Panthers' most controversial
accessories were the then-legal
weapons they carried when they
began monitoring police activity in
black neighborhoods.
In 1967, as state legislators were
considering gun restrictions that
eventually passed, armed Panthers
showed up at the state Capitol in
protest, grabbing national attention.
"They filled a critical kind of
void in the civil rights struggle,"
says Charles E. Jones, chairman of
the Department of African-
American Studies at Georgia State
University. "At a time when folks
began to reassess the utility of non-
violence and turning the other
cheek, the Black Panther Party
offered an alternative."
A number of factors led to the
Panthers' demise, starting with gov-
ernment opposition, Jones says. In
1967, the FBI launched a counterin-
telligence program against what it
termed "black hate groups" as well
as other activists.
Internal disagreement on tactics
and leadership weakened the party
further and, "ultimately, people just
got burned out. It's hard being a
full-time revolutionary in the
United States," Jones says.

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By Tasha Ho-Sang
Philadelphia citypaper.net
Fourteen years ago, when Morjorie Newlin
was 72, her neighborhood supermarket had
50-pound bags of kitty litter on sale. Without
anyone to help her carry the bags back to her
house, she struggled mightily under the load.
Never a particularly athletic woman, but
staunchly independent, she decided that she
had to do something about her deteriorating
physical capabilities.
Though osteoporosis was also on her mind,
the septuagenarian began lifting weights for
her cat.
Built to last: "I want to be as independent as
I can be, for as long as I can," says Newlin, a
great-grandmother and retired nurse who
turned 86 recently. "I just want to do things
for myself."
After 13 years of weight training, Newlin is
more than taking care of herself. At her two-
story home in Mt. Airy, Newlin, who runs up
the stairs with the sprightliness of a 10-year-
old, has a room dedicated entirely to plaques,
certificates and trophies (some almost as tall
as her) from bodybuilding competitions that
have taken her as far away as Italy, France
and Germany. She's won more than 40 tro-
phies in her late-blooming career. "There are
so many, I don't know what to do with all of
them," she says.
"I chuckled when I saw this little old lady
walk inside the gym," says Richard Brown, a
personal trainer at Rivers Gym in Mt. Airy,



where Newlin began her training. "I was a
little leery. I was just training young athletes
at the time."
The little old lady quickly showed him what
an older athlete could do.
"She kept coming in day after day, week
after week, and month after month," Brown
remembers. "She didn't want to do 'girly'
workouts. She wanted to train with us fel-
"After a few months of training, I looked at
her physique and knew she was ready for a
[bodybuilding] show," he continues. "She
definitely had something to show."
Newlin was bench-pressing 65 pounds
when she was 73 years old. A year later she
was throwing up 85.
The bodybuilding competitions are broken
into two divisions. Newlin's first competition
was in the Amateur Athletic Union, which is
open to the public.
Newlin recalls being a little reluctant when
she saw the string bikini she'd have to wear
in front of the bodybuilding audience.
"I knew the contest meant a lot to my train-
er so I went along with it," she says. To
everyone's surprise, Newlin won. The crowd
went crazy on hearing she was 74 years old.
Newlin began her competition career in that
AAU's Master's Division, which splits con-
testants into two categories: under and over a
certain age limit, usually 35 or 45 years old.
Newlin obviously fell way over the dividing
line, wherever it was set, but was competing




and winning against women half her age.
"I was always the oldest in all my competi-
tions," says Newlin.
The daughter of very active Barbadian
immigrants, Newlin admits that athleticism
is in her genes: "My family is used to walk-
ing and running long distances."
Although she's taking a break from body-
building competitions for now, Newlin is still
training at least three days a week, now at
Bally Total Fitness in Cedarbrook, and can
still throw down with the best of them. "I
could bench-press 90 pounds with a spotter. I
can dead lift 95 pounds. I can squat 135
pounds," says Newlin.
She's been featured on Oprah and The View,
and has appeared in commercials in
Barbados. She spends her time out of the
gym as a motivational speaker at schools and
banquets, discussing the importance of exer-
cise, weight training and dieting. "A lady
called me earlier this week from Hawaii,"
Newlin says. "She asked questions about
how to use weights."
Though some in her position might wonder
how much longer they can keep it up or
how far they might have come if they'd start-
ed earlier those questions never cross
Newlin's mind. "Every day is different. The
next day will take care of itself," she says
with Zen-like calm.
"Age is only a number," says Brown. "There
is only one Morjorie Newlin. ... She could do
this for as long as she wants."


Surveys Role

of HIV in

Duval County
On Saturday, October 21, the
Minority AIDS Coalition of
Jacksonville and the Interfaith
Advisory Group of Jacksonville
will host a community forum
entitled. "Silence Is Death:
HIV/AIDS In Duval County."
The forum will be held at
Abyssinia Baptist Church facili-
ties on 2360 Kings Road starting
at 9am.
The forum will be an in-depth
discussion and workshop cover-
ing a recent report issued by the
Florida Department of Health
regarding HIV/AIDS in the
African-American population. It
will be a unique opportunity to
\ isit %N ith and hear experts from
the field and from the depart-
ment analyze this major health
There is no cost associated with
this program, and all community
partners are strongly encouraged
to have representation for the
sessions. If you have any ques-
tions regarding the program or
the agenda. then contact either
Shannon Nelson (904-233-4967)
or Eula Johnson (904-358-1622,
ext. 230).

Free Screenings and Information at
the Heart Truth Road Show
The Heart Truth Road Show 2006, a traveling exhibit about women's
heart health will be in Jacksonville October 20-22 to offer free screen-
ings and information about heart disease and its risk factors. FREE
heart disease risk factor screenings will be available, including diabetes,
high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and body mass index.
Screening times are Friday, October 20 from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday,
October 21 from 12-6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 22 from 12-6 p.m. at
the Regency Square Mall. No appointment is necessary.
One in three women die of heart disease. An astonishing 80 percent of
midlife women (ages 40 to 60) have one or more risk factors for heart
disease.. Some risk factors, such as age and a family history of early
heart disease, can't be changed. Women can, however, control certain
risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, dia-
betes, smoking, obesity, and being physically inactive.

Free Training in the

Hospitality Industry
The Jacksonville Hospitality Institute (JHI), a new Fresh Ministries' ini-
tiative, is currently seeking individuals, 18 45 years old, interested in free
training for jobs in the hospitality industry. JHI offers job readiness and
skills training, job placement assistance, counseling, mentoring and
advanced training to program participants. Working internships in culinary
arts at the Clara White Mission and hands-on internships at area hotels,
motels, resorts and catering companies will also be available to give par-
ticipants hands-on work experience.
The 9 16 week free training class, scheduled to begin November 16,
2006, will be conducted at JHPs new training facility located in the Beaver
Street Enterprise Center, 1225 West Beaver Street. For further information
on JHI curriculum or to register for the November training class, call Todd
Jones, 904.854.4444.

Lifestyle Diva Sought For Serving Up Soul Contest

Councilwoman Mia Jones, Sen. Tony Hill and School Board Pres.
Betty Burney flanked by Rutledge Pearson students led the walk.
Area Politicos Lead the Way

at Annual Walk to School Day

Rutledge Pearson Elementary
School, Healthy Jacksonville, the
Otis Smith Kids Foundation and the
Duval County Health Department
(DCHD) recently joined schools
from around the world to celebrate
International Walk to School
The International Walk to School
Month Kick-Off event is a day to
bring together school staff, chil-
dren, parents, families, and the sur-
rounding community to create
awareness of the benefits of active
children, families and communities.
The event is being held to encour-

age more physical activity in our
schools, family physical activity,
and safe routes for walking and
bicycling in our neighborhoods.
Walk to School events work to
create safer routes for walking and
bicycling and emphasize the impor-
tance of issues such as increasing
physical activity among children,
pedestrian safety, traffic conges-
tion, concern for the environment
and building connections between
families, schools and the broader
community. Over 5,000 schools in
all 50 states participated in the

General Mills is looking for a
lifestyle diva. The company today
announced an essay and photo con-
test, as it searches for a consumer
whose amateur entertaining abili-
ties are on par with a professional's.
B. Smith, celebrated restaurateur
and lifestyle expert, and Essence
magazine Food Editor, Jonell Nash,
will be among a panel of judges
who will select the grand-prize win-
ner this January in a "reality"
themed entertaining challenge early
next year in New York City.
"The Serving Up Soul contest is an
opportunity for consumers to dis-
play their entertaining prowess and
show us the signature style that they
showcase when entertaining family
and friends. Working with B.
Smith, we developed this contest to
celebrate the style and talent that
everyday people bring to the art of
entertaining," said Serving Up Soul

Marketing Manager, Adrienne
Daniels. "Whether it's a creative
birthday party, or a backyard barbe-
cue, a church circle brunch or a fan-
tastic family reunion, General Mills
is excited to acknowledge those
hosts and hostesses that make
everyday occasions memorable."
To enter, contestants must submit
a photograph showcasing their per-
sonal sense of style at an event or
occasion that they hosted.
Photos should highlight their cre-
ativity, illustrate the presentation of
the meal or menu, and demonstrate
their personal, domestic flair.
Contestants must also complete a
brief, 250-word essay explaining
their entry.
"We all know women who host
gatherings that are simply not to be
missed," B. Smith explained.
"These hosts and hostesses set the
tone for their events when they set

the date. The Serving Up Soul con-
test pays tribute to women who
know that entertaining with style
means bringing a little something
extra to whatever they do. These
consumers' entertaining style is an
individual declaration of their
domestic prowess."
Three finalists will be selected
and flown to New York City in
January 2007, where they will com-
pete for a grand prize. The grand-
prize winner will receive an all-
expense paid weekend for two to
Las Vegas. Second and third place
prizes will also be awarded.
Entry forms for the Serving Up
Soul contest are available online at
www. ServingUpSoul. com.
Submissions should be sent to the
web site for receipt no later than 12
p.m. December 15, 2006. In addi-
tion, entries postmarked no later
than December 10, 2006 may be

Lifestyle guru B. Smith will be
one of the judges of the contest.
mailed to Serving Up Soul Contest,
P.O. Box 72248, Rockford, MN,
55572. For additional information
and official contest rules, please
visit www.ServingUpSoul.com.

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Flipping Through



Free Press Files

Over the past twenty years, many people, places
back at some of the events that helped shape our

and events

have graced the Free Press
into the publication that it is

pages. Join us as we glimpse

The First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce presented their
2nd Annual Heritage Breakfast. Shown at the event are Louella Fowler,
event speaker Elizabeth Cline and Chamber Chairman Lewis Siplin.

Jaguar visionary Mike Weinstein with team owners Delores and Wayne Weaver with
Sheriff Nat Glover at a Chamber MLK Breakfast.

Cristella Bryant, MaVynne "Beach Lady" Betsch and Sybil
Webster at a Ritz event.
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Sir Spencer Cobb, then president of the Friends of Clara White, gives a
hand organizing at the annual Thanksgiviing Basket Food Give-Away.

Darlene Spann, Barney Spann, Dr. Evelyn Young, & Jaquie Holmes listen to Dr.
Wendell Holmes' early experiences on the Duval County School Board, as they
attended the annual Black history celebration "Weaving" hosted by Carlotta

Marilyn and Arnette Greene attend the annual Kuumba Festival

1-r (back row) Helen Jackson, President WOC & NCBW, Dr. Julie McKay, Sen. Betty Holzendorf,
Cheryl Grant Parker, Dr. Janis Dorsey. 1-r (front row) Lois Diamond, Leslie A. Mays, President NCBW
Inc., Gwen Moore.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women held their first Parade of States Scholarship Pageant in [ i f:;. / .
2002 at the RitzTheater. Shown above are Coalition members Gloria Peterson, Hattie Matthews, and Councilwoman Gwen Yates, shown with Mrs. and Pastor John E. Gunns along with Ronnie Furguson at an opening of a
Juanita Simmons with Miss Parade of States Elizabeth Sullivan (second left). park in one of St. Paul MBC's Community Development sites.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

A Lesson
Before Dying"
Stanton College Prep School's
drama program will present
Romulus Linney's play A Lesson
Before Dying at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, Oct. 19-21, in the
school's auditorium. A Lesson
Before Dying takes place in 1948 in
a small Louisiana town, where a
young African-American man has
been sentenced to death for a mur-
der that he did not commit. The
novel was a best-seller, won the
National Book Critics' Award for
fiction, and was a selection for
Oprah Winfrey's Book Club.
Tickets for all seats for this produc-
tion cost $7, and may be purchased
at the door. For more information,
call 630-6760, ext. 315.

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.

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

The Latin Jazz All
Stars Tribute to Ruiz
The Latin Jazz All Stars' special
tribute to pianist Hilton Ruiz is a
phenomenal ensemble featuring the
masters of Afro Cuban, salsa,
Brazilian and Latin Jazz, take the
stage at the Ritz Theatre for an
evening of brilliant music dance
and rhythms. The show will be on
Saturday, October 21st at 8 p.m. at
the Ritz Theater. Ticket cost is
$22.50 and are available at the Ritz
or Ticketmaster. For more informa-
tion call 632-5555.

Amateur Night
at The Ritz
Experience Amateur Night at the
Ritz on Friday 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

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

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

Do You Know an

Unsung Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.

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at Kingsley Plantation. Kids activi-
ties, speakers, storytellers, and the
musical play Magijeen (about the
life of Anta 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.

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

Haiku Slam
at The Cummer
The Cummer Museum invites the
public to experience the art of
Haiku in a high-energy poetry slam
in the Japan in Jacksonville exhibi-
tion. Guests will enjoy creative
haiku while surrounded by the
exhibit Japan in Jacksonville: The
Cummer Collection of Japanese
Prints. The exhibition, on view
through November 12th, highlights
the museum's Asian art collection
and provides a wide-ranging view
of the styles and themes encom-
passed by this vibrant genre. The
Slam will be on Thursday, October
26th 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more
information or to register, please
call 904-899-6003.

Candidates Forum
A candidates forum will take place
at First Timothy Baptist Church,
12103 Biscayne Blvd. on Thursday,
October 26th from -6V 8 p.m.,
Voters are asked to join in and hear
from the candidates who are asking
for your votes in the November
election. For more information,
contact Juanita Powell at 354-0130.

ASALH Annual
Membership Luncheon
The JWJ-ASALH (Association for
the Study of African American Life
and History), will present its 4th

annual Membership Luncheon on
Saturday, October 28th at 11:30
am in the Conference Center of the
Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street.
The theme for the luncheon is
"Dynamic African-American
Women in Florida." Dr. Maxine
Jones, Director of the Graduate
Program for the Department of
History at Florida State University,
will serve as the luncheon speaker.
The event is open to the public. For
ticket or more information, call
(904) 765-8239.

Quilt Making
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. For more info call

An Evening of Spoken
Word at the Ritz
Come to the Ritz Theater on
Thursday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.

The lobby of the Ritz is trans-
formed into a stage for poets and
poetry lovers of all ages. Show off
your own talent for verse, or just
come, listen and soak up the cre-
ative atmosphere. FREE

An Evening with
Teddy Washington
An evening of elegant music hon-
oring area unsung heroes 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
Durkeeville Historical
Society's Music Fest
The Durkeeville Historical Society
7th Annual Music Fest honoring the
memory of Jacksonville's song-
writer, Charlie "Hoss" Singleton
will be on Saturday, November 4th
at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple
at 29 W. 6th Street. The event will
feature local live bands. The music
director and emcee of the program
will be Singleton's son and musi-
cian Warner Singleton. Tickets are
available in advance or at the door.
For more info call 353-8897.

Lasting Model
Fashion Show
LIFE The Image Company cele-
brates 9 years with their annual
fashion show on November 4, 2006
at the Ritz Theatre & Lavilla
Museum. 18 Phenomenal models,
women (including full figured)
teens and 3 male models will don
the designs from area stores. The
show is characterized by its glam-

our, elegance and beauty. For more
information contact 537-1600 or
by e-mail: Lastingmod@aol.com.

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

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

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

Pearl and
Cufflinks Gala
The "Pearls and Cufflinks," Gala
to benefiting the Clara White
Mission will take place on Friday,
Nov. 10, 2006. The evening begins
with a reception at 6 p.m., fol-
lowed by dinner and entertainment
at 7 p.m. Festivities will be held on
the Citi Cards Campus, 14000 Citi
Cards Way in Baymeadows. The
fundraiser celebrates the Clara
White Mission's 102nd anniversary
For more information, call the
Mission at (904) 354-4162.

PRIDE 13th
PRIDE Book Club will celebrate
their 13th Anniversary on Friday,
November 10th at 7 p.m. at Mill
Cove Golf Club, 1700 Monument
Road. The cost for the event
including dinner is $35.The book
for discussion with the author will
be a handful of life: a novel by
local author Sean Watts. For more
information, contact felicef@bell-

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The winner is "Deelishis" ... and
VH1. A record-breaking 7.5 million
total viewers watched Flavor Flay
select "Deelishis" as his love match'
in the season finale of "Flavor of
Love 2", making the show the #1
telecast on cable for the night.
The one-hour season finale of i
"Flavor of Love 2" averaged a4.6 in
the key 18-49 demo, beating out all other programs on all of cable on
Sunday night.
In addition, 1 out of every 3 African American adults (18-49) were tuned
in. The series has consistently been the #1 program in its time slot on all
of television (cable and broadcast) among African- American adults
throughout the series run.
New York Post columnist Cindy Adams is reporting that Ridley Scott has
finished shooting "American Gangster," the
drama starring Denzel Washington in the real life
story of a man who smuggled drugs into Harlem
in the coffins of American soldiers returning
from Vietnam.
The movie is based on the life of drug-kingpin-
S turned-informant, Frank Lucas, who grew up in
,f t segregated North Carolina where he watched as
his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at a
white girl.
He eventually made his way to Harlem where
he became a heroin kingpin by traveling to Asia's Golden Triangle to make
connections, shipping heroin back to the US in the coffins of soldiers
killed in Vietnam. He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in
drug sales.
Lucas was shadowed by lawman, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), who
finally helped bring the kingpin to justice. The two then worked together
to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals who made importing
heroin so easy.
Refund requests total nearly half a million.
Folks apparently were not trying to see the Ps
Broadway revival of "Chicago" without Usher in 4,.
the role of Billy Flynn.
Once word got out last week that the performer
had a severe case of strep throat and would not
return before his scheduled run ended on Saturday
(Oct. 14), fans began rushing the box office
demanding refunds...to the tune of approximately
When an above-the-title star is absent from a production, theatre-goers
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Despite Usher's early exit, his stint in the long-running musical was still
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As previously reported, Usher's manager/mother released a statement
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Faith Ringold's Southern Roots at the Ritz


The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will be exhibiting works
of internationally known painter,
mixed-media sculptor, performance
artist, writer and teacher Faith
Ringgold's. The "Southern Roots"
exhibit opened last week. The
multi-media display of works will
take visitors on a journey in paint-
ing, quilting and storytelling.
Faith Ringgold is well-known for
her story quilts, soft sculptures and
books that recognize African
American and women's history. Her
work is in the collections of such
major art institutions as The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the

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"New York"
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twice-spurned lover of Flavor Flay
and true star of his reality show
franchise "Flavor of Love," cur-
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as the subject of its new spinoff,
As previously reported, the
"Flavorette" concept involves 20
single guys vying to win the heart
of Flavor Flav's most "dramatical"
contestant. But according to New
York, the men appearing on her
show give the women from "Flavor
of Love" a run for their money in
the drama department.
"These guys are so dramatic,"
Patterson, 24, tells the New York
Post. "They're worse than the
women who were on season one
and season two [of "Flavor of
Love"]. This show is so chaotic, it's
overboard, it's over-the-top, it's
extreme and these guys know
they're fighting for a wonderful

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other's throats and I'm flattered by
it. I can't complain."
"Flavorette" is currently in the
final weeks of shooting, and VH1
has yet to set a premiere date for the
series. As of press time, Patterson
says only three guys remain, and
she's catching feelings for each one
of them.
"There's one man in particular that
I can definitely see myself living
out the rest of my life with," she
According to Patterson, who lost
out in Sunday night's "Flavor of
Love" finale to Deelishis, viewers
are in store for even more over-the-
top mess among her harem of men.
"I like it when the guys go at each
other," she says. "I'm a prize, I'm so
worth it frankly, it turns me on."

Guggenheim Museum.
The Ritz outreach programs for
the exhibit: Faith Ringgold's
Southern Roots include a quilt mak-
ing workshop with local artist,
Billie McCray, on Oct. 28, and an
opportunity to meet Faith Ringgold,
during a captivating presentation on
Nov. 16 from 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Ringgold will share unique stories
and imagery capturing politics,

civil rights, humor and jazz.
Participants will learn how the
artist's southern roots date back to
the 1800s in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ringgold's great-great grandmoth-
er, Susie Shannon survived slavery,
lived to be 110 years old and died in
Jacksonville circa 1937.
For more information on outreach
programs contact Lydia Stewartt at
(904) 632-5555.

Museum of Modem Art, the
Guggenheim Museum and the
National Museum of American Art.
She began her career more than 40
years ago as a painter. Today, she is
best known, for her painted story
quilts that combine painting, quilt-
ed fabric and storytelling.
Ringgold's first book, the award-
winning Tar Beach, was published
in 1991. It has won more than 20
awards, including the Caldecott
Honor and the Coretta Scott King
award for the best illustrated chil-
dren's book of 1991. The painted
story quilt, "Tar Beach," is in the
permanent collection of the

Robin Harris (1953-1990) was one
of those stand-up comics that other
comedians raved about and went
out of their way to catch live. This
explained why so many of his col-
leagues, including Cedric the
Entertainer, DL Hughley, Joe Torry
and director Reggie Hudlin make
touching tributes crediting Harris
with influencing their work in We
Don't Die, We Multiply, a half bio-
pic, half concert flick directed by
Topper Carew.
Hailing from the Windy City,
Robin's raunchy "in your face"
style resonated with fans even
though he had the house lights
turned up to ridicule members of
the audience. Like a black Don
Rickles, he somehow managed to
make fun .without antagonizing
anyone, and this ability is what
endeared Harris with folks from all
walks of life.
Early after moving to Los
Angeles, we learn that Robin got a
gig as the emcee at a nightclub in
South Central. As word of his com-

edy genius spread
across town, H : as '.- 'a
some of the best
in the business
started coming
round to catch his
act. This led to his
landing roles in
such flicks as I'm Gonna Git You
Suck and Harlem Nights, as well as
Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues and
Do the Right Thing. But he's
undoubtedly best remembered as
Pop, Kid 'n' Play's father in the
original House Party in 1990.
Sadly, that same year, at the
peak of his fame, Robin Harris died
of a heart attack at the age of 36, a
couple of hours after wowing the
crowd at a sold-out performance.
Besides accolades from his contem-
poraries, the DVD features a vari-
ety of revealing reminiscences by
friends and relatives who felt
blessed by his presence, all of
which adds up to paint a picture of
a man who was clearly special both
on and off stage.

Wesley Snipes Indicted on Tax Fraud

WASHINGTON Movie actor
Wesley Snipes was indicted this
week on eight counts of tax fraud
accusing him of trying to cheat the
government of $12 million in false
refund claims.
Snipes, 44, also failed to file tax
returns for six years, according to
an indictment unsealed in Tampa,
Federal prosecutors said that
Snipes fraudulently claimed
refunds totaling nearly $12 million
in 1996 and 1997 on income taxes
already paid. The indictment also
charged him ,with failure -to file
returns between 1999 and 2004.
According to the indictment,
Snipes had his taxes prepared by
accountants with a history of filing
false returns to reap payments for
their clients. As part of the deal, the
indictment alleges, the firm,
American Rights Litigators, would
receive 20 percent of refunds from
Snipes faces a maximum of 16

Wesley Snipes
years in prison.
Snipes, who had a home in
Windermere, Fla., has not been
arrested because authorities don't
know where he is, the IRS said.
In 2002, the Justice Department
sued a Florida tax preparer who it
said filed bogus tax refund claims,

including a $7.3 million demand for
Snipes was not named as a defen-
dant in that case, but the lawsuit
said the preparer's largest claim was
an amended income tax return filed
on behalf of the actor and dated
April 14, 2001. The return request-
ed a $7,360,755 refund for taxes
paid in 1997. The return said that
Snipes' adjusted gross income was
zero, according to the lawsuit.
It said the preparer, Douglas P.
Rosile Sr., told clients that only
income from foreign sources was
subject to taxation. The resolution
of that lawsuit could not be imme-
diately determined.
Snipes is the star of the star of the
"Blade" trilogy and as well as films
such as Spike Lee's "Jungle
Fever," and the 1992 blockbuster,
"White Men Can't Jump."
In 2005, South Africa refused to
admit him after officials said he
tried to enter the country with a
forged passport.


October 21, 2006


Ritz Theatre &

LaVilla Museum

829 N. Davis Street ~ Downtown
632-5555 www.ritzlavilla.org

The Latin Jazz All Stars, a phenomenal
ensemble featuring the masters of
Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian and Latin jazz,
take the stage at the Ritz Theatre for

Robin Harris Biopic Now On DVD

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October 19-25, 2006

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-ean.-.. .National Black Chamber at Odds with City Over Federal Guidelines

Krystal Hinson, UNF junior, and UNF sophomores Janay Hubbard
and Ashley Currieo put puzzles, crayons and stencils inside the Big
Fun Box on the campus of UNF Friday, Oct. 13th.
UNF Students Log Volunteer

Hours for Hospitalized Children

The Big Fun Foundation, a non-
profit organization that distributes
Big Fun Boxes to hospitalized chil-
dren, assembled over 1,000 Big
Fun Boxes bright red plastic
boxes filled with toys and activities,
on the UNF campus last week. The
organization was founded by UNF
sophomore Grant Prather, along
with his mother Jo Anne
Around 60 UNF volunteers com-
mitted over 100 hours to the proj-
ect. The filled Big Fun boxes will
be distributed to pediatric hospitals
throughout the state for kids who

are hospitalized frequently or for
extended periods.
Grant was diagnosed with cystic
fibrosis when he was 2 months old
and made numerous trips to the
hospital. He and his family got very
good at inventing games and ways
to have fun. The Big Fun
Foundation is a result of his person-
al illness and a way for him to give
back by helping other families.
Today, this healthy young UNF stu-
dent is making sure children with
extended hospital stays nationwide
make the best of it with games,
puzzles, books and love.

continued from front
complying with it.
The National Black Chamber of
Commerce saw this as a big oppor-
tunity. When the NBCC was found-
ed in May 1993, only two commu-
nities in the nation were complying
with Section 3. We saw it as a
primer with our newly-started local
chapters. We brought cities such as
Peoria, Buffalo, Charleston,
Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville,
San Francisco into compliance.
Over the last 15 years through our
advocacy, we have brought billions
of dollars into the Black business
community and more than 100,000
career jobs for those formerly living
in poverty. We are extremely proud
of this. Some cities came willingly
and others had to come kicking and
screaming with labor union inter-
ference, but most have come just
the same.
There was one city that was
extremely combative and rigid in a
discriminatory pattern against
Blacks, Hispanics and especially
people living below the poverty
level. This was and is Jacksonville,
Fla. It is truly a piece of the old
South when it comes to diversity.
We have been wrestling with this
city from the beginning. In October
1993, we had a member file a for-,
mal Section 3 Complaint. James
Alford (a distant relative) filed the
complaint on behalf of his construc-
tion company, Alfair Development
Co. on October 19, 1993.

Section 3 complaints are sup-
posed to be resolved within 180
days. However, after nearly two
years, HUD ruled in favor of Alfair
Development Co. They made the
city of Jacksonville pay the compa-
ny $20,000 for the pain of being
excluded from HUD-funded con-
tracts because there was no Section
3 Contractors list published and
promoted by Jacksonville. Most
importantly, HUD required
Jacksonville to begin complying
with Section 3 and include Alfair
and all other local Section 3 compa-
nies in the program. This agreement
was dated July 25, 1995.
Stunningly, Jacksonville did not
lift one finger towards complying
with Section 3. We brought the late
Arthur Fletcher, the father of affir-
mative action, and principals from
Parren J. Mitchell's organization
MBELDEF, to plead with the elect-
ed officials of this city. None of
them, White or Black, paid any
attention to us. The city, under fed-
eral pressure, even had a disparity
study done with aggressive recom-
mendations. They ignored it as
well. The local NAACP told us to
get out of town. So on June 21,
2003, James Alford filed yet anoth-
er complaint, this time complaining
that nothing had been done to com-
ply with Section 3 as a finding from
the original complaint. It is total
arrogance from a city that gets mil-
lions of dollars from HUD annually.
On August 23, 2006, HUD ruled:

"After review of the complaint and
evidence, the Department has deter-
mined that the City failed to comply
with the 1995 binding resolution by
not notifying the complainant about
contracting opportunities... .ensure
that contractors and subcontractors
comply with Section 3...notify
other Section 3 business concerns
about contracting opportun-
ities... award contracts to Section 3
business concerns and provide pref-
erence for Section 3 business con-
cerns in contracting opportunities."
HUD also said, "If informal
attempts to resolve the complaint
fail, a resolution will be imposed.
Sanctions for violation of Section 3
regulations include limited denial
of participation in programs, sus-
pension and debarment."

It's been more than 13 years and
its time to play some serious "hard-
ball" with a City of Bigotry -
Jacksonville. How can elected offi-
cials whose charge is to protect the
needy and provide opportunity for
them be so cold and callous? HUD
should freeze their funding until
they comply with Civil Rights Act
and provide equal opportunity. The
NBCC is considering a class action
lawsuit on behalf of the residents of
public housing and Section 3 con-
tractors. This Jim Crow or spirit of
apartheid must go now and forever
more. Let's draw the line in the
sand at Jacksonville. No city should
be allowed to openly discriminate.
Harry C. Alford is President/CEO of the
National Black Chamber of Commerce.


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event included (top) a halftime $4 million check presentation to College
President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed for a new football training facility and
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