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Afro papers reporter
Leonard Sparks is first
to give account of Iraq
from a Black perspective.
Mr T. Still
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Ground Broken on August Wilson
Center for African American Culture
Pittsburgh, Pa Ground was broken last week in Pittsburgh on the $36
million August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Construction on the 65,000-square-foot building starts next month.
It is expected to open in 2008 with a 500-seat theater, a 4.000-square-
foot gallery, a gift shop. a cafe and office spaces. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-
and Tony Award-winning playwrTight, was from Pittsburgh and wrote a
cycle of 10 plays. nine of them set in Pittsburgh, about the African
American experience in the 20th century.
Wilson died Oct. 2, 2005. in Seattle, where he lived the last 15 years of
his life. Find out more at www.africanaculture.org.
Breast Cancer Worse for Black Women
Although black women are less likely to have breast cancer than white
women, they are more likely to die from the disease. Many factors are
linked to this disparity -- and now tumor biology can be added to the list.
Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in
Houston examined two independent series of clinical trials for breast can-
cer treatments. Black women came to the trial with later stages of breast
cancer and larger tumors, on average. Their tumors were more likely to
be estrogen-receptor negative, so they were more difficult to treat.
Analysis of tumor biology included primary tumor size, receptor-nega-
tive status, and spread of the tumor.
The study reveals black women have more dangerous tumors, on aver-
age, which contributes to lower breast cancer survival rates. Hispanic and
white women both had 10-year survival rates, which were 10-percent
higher than black women when treated with chemotherapy. Other treat-
ments options yielded similar results.
Socioeconomic status, access to health care, and racial bias are other
factors that appear contribute to higher mortality rates in black women
with breast cancer.
Researchers concluded more efforts should be done to increase breast
cancer awareness and screening within the black population.
Harvard University's Skip Gates
Receives Special Professorship
Henry Louis Gates Jr.. director of the African-
American research institute at Harvard
University. has been named a University
Professor, a distinction held by only 20 other
current faculty members.
al leaders, if not the intellectual leader, in shap-
ing the entire field of African-American studies
over the last quarter century." Harvard's interim
President, Derek Bok said.
Gates, co-editor of the newly released Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin"
whose honors include a MacArthur Fellowship. the George Polk Award
for social commentary and the National Humanities Medal, taught at Yale
University., Cornell University and Duke Uniersity before joining the
Cambridge. Massachusetts. institution in 1991.
He served as chairman of the department of African and African-
American Studies from 1991 until this year, and is director of the W.E.B.
Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. the Web
site said. He holds a Ph.D. in Er'glish language and literature from
Cambridge University in England.
The professorship was created at the oldest U.S. university in 1935 as
a way to recognize people 'working on the frontiers of knowledge, and
in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties,"
according to the release.
'Matriarch of NAACP' dies at 102
Enolia McMillan. "the first female
president of the N.A-CP and an educator
whose career spanned 42 years." died
Tuesday at the age of 102.
Former NA.ACP president and CEO
Kw.eisi Mfume. tells the Sun that
McMillan was a "pillar of the civil rights
"She was veDr much the matriarch of
the NAACP." MNfume says. "She was a
fighter '%ho was relentless in pursuing
McMillan graduated from Hoeyard .
University in 1927 and soon after began teaching in Caroline Countey.
iMd. In 1933. she earned her master's degree from Columbia Unitversity.
Her thesis, the Sun writes. \as "The Factors Affecting Secondary
Education for Negroes mn Mar land Counties."
In 1935. dhile teaching in Baltimore, she helped reactivate the city's
N.LACP chapter. In 1969. she became president of the city's chapter and
later served as national president.
"The role at the time was largely ceremonial," the Sun reports. "but Mrs.
McMillan wielded a considerable influence o'er the organization's
national policy and its daily operations."
She remained active well into her years: "In 1985. she led a protest
against South Africa's apartheid system in front of the country's embassy'
in Washington. In 1998, she joined NAACP leaders in Atlanta for the
group's annual convention."
Friends and family) had helped her celebrate her birthday) just last
a 2008 White
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Volume 20 No. 41 Jacksonville, Florida October 26 November 1, 2006
Jacksonville Escalates to #4 in AIDS Cases
Be afraid, be very afraid.
The City of Jacksonville, accord-
ing to newly released statistics from
the Health Department has risen
from number 6 to 4 in AIDS cases
in the State of Florida. The startling
statistics were revealed in the
guide: Silence is Death.
Jacksonville with over 2,800
known cases, is preceded by coun-
ties Dade, Broward and Palm
More blacks in Florida are liv-
ing with HIV or are already dead
from AIDS than any other racial
or ethnic group. In Florida in
2005, 1 in 58 non-Hispanic black
males and 1 in 83 non Hispanic
black females were living with a
diagnosed case of HIV/AIDS. This
compares with 1 in 310 non-
Hispanic white males, 1 in 1,625
non-Hispanic white females, 1 in
148 Hispanic males, and 1 in 553
Hispanic females. There are
HIV/AIDS gaps between blacks
and whites and gaps between
Hispanics and whites, but the
black-white gap is the widest by far.
The analysis in the report focuses
on persons living with a diagnosed,
reported case of HIV/AIDS
(PLWHAs) in the 20 Florida coun-
ties with a total of at least 600
PLWHAs through 2005. Racial/eth-
nic HIV/AIDS disparities are pres-
ent in each of the counties, though
more extreme in some than in oth-
The Health Department found
many underlying factors that con-
tribute to the disproportionate
amount of cases including: Amount
of HIV already in the community,
late diagnosis, access to and accept-
ance of diagnosis and care and stig-
ma and denial among others.
The findings of the report were
unveiled in Jacksonville last week
at a community forum at Abyssinia
Baptist Church. The forum featured
an in-depth discussion with area
professionals and practitioners and
included workshops on how to
strategize to battle the astounding
Women Get Informed with the Heart Truth
The Heart Truth Road Show, which is a traveling exhibit about women's heart health, visited the Jacksonville
area at Regency Square Mall offering FREE heart disease risk factor screening tests for diabetes, blood pressure,
blood cholesterol, and body mass index. Shown above is Patricia Jones, a medical assistant with OnSite Wellness
takes a blood pressure reading from Ruth Patterson. Participants learned the heart truth is that one in three women
die of heart disease. And an astonishing 80 percent of midlife women (ages 40 to 60) have one or more risk fac-
tors for heart disease with African-American women being disproportionately affected. Oscar Sosa Photo
Continues to Grow
The Chicago-based Nation of
Islam is preparing for more change
after Louis Farrakhan handed con-
trol to trusted council leaders, a
Earlier this year, Farrakhan expe-
rienced pain he said resulted from
radiation treatment he received for
prostate cancer in 1998, The
Washington Post said Sunday. In a
general communication toa follow-
ers, the "73-ear-old Farrakhan said
he % as "postponing indefinitely"
The lirnister is not totally gone
from th public eye, over the week-
end, he called in to a Chicago radio
show. "Let me thank God because
he has blessed me to be alive," said
Farrakhan, who was not scheduled
in advance to be part of the
Saturday broadcast. "I have good
days and bad days."
He is said to be recuperating at
his farm in Michigan, added that
medical professionals were "work-
ing to get me well so I can get back
on the battlefield."
While considered equals, board
members are positioned themselves
to take over the organization if
Farrakhan doesn't fully recover. It
includes Abdul-Alim Muhammad,
Farrakhan's medical adviser;
Leonard Muhammad, the chief of
staff; and Mustafa Farrakhan, one
of the leader's sons.
Black Voters to Remain Loyal to Democrats
Republicans have been stymied in
their efforts to woo African-
American support and black voters
are expected to constitute the
Democrats' most loyal voting bloc
in upcoming US elections.
After the 2004 presidential elec-
tion, Republicans stepped up their
efforts to recruit blacks, heartened
by returns that showed that George
W. Bush had garnered a surprising-
ly high proportion of the African-
But rather than making continued
gains, polls show Republican
retrenchment in the black commu-
nity. A survey a year ago by the
Wall Street Journal found Bush's
support had sunk to a stunning two
percent -- an all-time low.
When black Americans go to the
polls in congressional elections on
November 7, "my guess is that it is
going to be a typical African-
American vote, which is going to be
10 percent for the Republican and
90 percent for the Democratic can-
didate," said David Bositis of the
Joint Center for Political and
As the demographics of the United
States change, and a greater propor-
tion of the American electorate is
African-American, Latino or Asian,
Republicans -- seen by some as the
party nearer to conservative whites
-- have stepped up efforts to reach
out to minorities.
Bush earlier this year, for exam-
ple, finally ended his boycott of the
annual meeting of the prominent
black group the NAACP, which
many of his predecessors in the
White House have attended.
Republicans also have fielded a
handful of high profile black candi-
dates to be their standard bearers
for key races this year, including
the governorships of Ohio and
Pennsylvania, and US Senate seats
in Maryland and Michigan.
But the party has been hurt by the
perception of a slow response to
last year's Hurricane Katrina disas-
ter -- which hit African-Americans
in New Orleans especially hard --
and the continuing US troop pres-
ence in Iraq, which black America
"African-Americans are, and have
been from the very beginning, the
most anti-war group in the United
(NAACP) President Bruce Gordon (L) introduces US President
George W. Bush at the NAACP Convention in in July 2006.
Republicans have been stymied in their efforts to woo African-
American support and black voters are expected to constitute the
Democrats' most loyal voting bloc in upcoming US elections.
States," said Bositis, whose center recruiting high-profile black candi-
tracks policy issues relevant to dates for marquee races, some polit-
black America. "They were dubious ical observers said.
about going to war to begin with." None of the crop of black
African-Americans also, by and Republican candidates is given a
large, oppose the Republican Party good shot at winning, and they have
stance on affirmative action, tax equally little chance of convincing
cuts, the minimum wage, immigra- fellow blacks to abandon the
tion and education. Democrats, whom they see as more
The party's position on those closely representing their social and
issues cancels out its successes in economic interests. Cont. on page 3
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-- by George Fraser
You Forgot It Already?
Ho\\ do 3ou handle it \ hen, iusi thee minutes after
being introduced to someone. .ou are called upon to
use his or her name and you can't come up with it?
Don't wait for your memory to save you, because under such pressure,
it probably won't come up with the name until about three in the morn-
ing, when you will shoot up in bed and shriek at the top of your lungs,
"Khalalia Mfumbotuma! That's it! Why couldn't I remember that?" Here
are some tips when memory fails.
- Look for a name tag. (Well, miracles do happen.)
- Don't guess. In this case, two Wongs won't make a Wright.
- Do try to remember the exact circumstances of the original introduc-
tion. This might trigger old Mister Memory.
- Ask for a business card. Brilliant!
- Reintroduce yourself, using your full name. Often, people will mere-
ly think you are senile, and go ahead and reintroduce themselves.
- Ask an associate to introduce him or herself, and get the mystery name
on the sly.
Bottom line: If all else fails, rely on honesty. I know, it may be dif-
ficult, but 'fess up and say: "I've had a memory lapse, probably due
to overexposure to tortilla dip. Please tell me your name again."
Black Family Channel Launches Literary Living
A New Series Featuring African American Book Publishing Personalities
Tony Rose, Exec. Producer
Tony Rose, Publisher and CEO of
Amber Communications Group,
Inc. (ACGI) the nation's largest
African American publisher of self-
help books and celebrity bios,
recently announced the launch of
Literary Living on Black Family
Literary Living hosted by best-
selling author Heather Covington,
airs every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
(EST). The show targets an exclu-
sive audience, the African
American book buying market. The
half-hour program will take viewers
on a journey through the offices and
streets of New York City; will intro-
duce some of today's greatest pub-
lishers, authors, writers and poets
including: Haki Madhabuti; W.
Paul Coates; George C. Fraser;
Wade and Cheryl Hudson;
Kassahun Checole; Terrie
Williams; Barbara Reynolds; Jewel
Parker Rhodes; Melvin Van
Pebbles; Ruby Dee; Wendy
Williams; Hill Harper and Tavis
Smiley. The series give viewers a
complete African American literary
experience to include exclusive
newsworthy events and interviews.
Literary Living has joined a spec-
trum of other popular programs cur-
rently airing during Black Family
Channel's weekly prime-time
block: Robert Townsend's Partners
in Crime: The Next Generation
hosted by comedian Corey "Zoo"
Miller; Playhouse 22, a drama
series and Spoken a show featuring
new spoken word artists hosted by
author and poet Jessica Care
Tony Rose, Creator and Executive
Producer of Literary Living is rec-
ognized as the nation's first
African-American book publisher
to successfully publish commer-
cial/pop/self-help book titles to the
African-American consumer. Rose
stated, "We want to give a national
platform to African American pub-
lishers and authors who have, for
years, worked hard to bring us the
best information and the best stories
- both fiction and non-fiction. By
partnering with the Black Family
Channel, along with our great cast
and crew, we will be able to intro-
duce many of our country's book
publishing professionals into every
African American household within
the scope of the network's program-
Jim Davis Unveils Plan to Lower Hurricane Insurance
Rates with the Hurricane Premium Protection Fund
Florida is facing a hurricane insurance crisis that threatens our economy and our future. We need to take
immediate action to lower rates, stabilize the insurance market, and rein in the insurance industry's grip
over the rate-setting and claims resolution process. The Hurricane Premium Protection Fund will lower
rates, expand coverage, and provide Florida policyholders with more protection.
Coupled with the Policyholders Bill of Rights, Jim Davis claims the Hurricane Premium Protection Fund
will expand the scope of Davis's hurricane insurance plan. The Hurricane Premium Protection Fund will
lower rates by providing inexpensive capital to insurance companies to allow them to pay claims in a time-
ly and efficient manner. After lowering the cost of capital, Davis says
accountable for passing the savings on to policyholders.
FORCE RATES UPWARD
Sharp rate increases are primarily
due to the rising cost of reinsurance.
According to the Orlando Sentinel,
"reinsurers are sharply increasing
their rates in Florida coastal areas,
making it more expensive for insur-
ance companies to sell policies.
And so property insurers are pass-
ing along the higher costs in the
form of higher premiums."[i]
State Farm reports that their rein-
surance costs have more than
tripled, from $17.5 million a month
to $55 million a month. [ii] Rates for
private reinsurance have skyrocket-
ed to 80 cents for every $1 of cov-
There are several aspects of the
Hurricane Premium Protection
Fund that will lead to lower rates.
First and foremost, the Hurricane
Premium Protection Fund will
lower rates because insurance com-
panies will not have to purchase
expensive reinsurance. Instead,
they will have access to inexpen-
sive capital to pay claims to policy-
holders. It will also lower rates
because the fund will accrue capital
during less damaging hurricane sea-
sons. In addition, the fund will
spread risk across every property in
Florida to keep rates low.
Since the Hurricane Premium
Protection Fund will not need to
make a profit, will not need to pay
taxes, and will have very low over-
head, virtually every dollar collect-
ed will go toward paying claims.
Financial exposure to the state will
be limited by capping the maximum
capacity of the fund at $20 billion,
similar to how the current
Hurricane Cat Fund is capped. That
means the fund will be held liable
for paying no more than $20 billion
in claims per hurricane season.
How the Hurricane Premium
Protection Fund Lowers Rates
Using published reports of the
average property insurance premi-
um in Palm Beach County, and pub-
lished reports of reinsurance rates,
we can roughly calculate how the
Hurricane Premium Protection
Fund will lower rates for a typical
Palm Beach property owner.
$6,786: Projected premium costs
for $150,000 home in Palm Beach
County in 2007 under current sys-
[Calculated by taking the average
premium of a $150,000 home in
2006 ($3,923)[iv] and adding in the
73% increase by State Farm Florida
$4,153: Projected premium costs
for $150,000 home in Palm Beach
County in 2007 under Davis's
Hurricane Premium Protection
[Calculated by taking the average
premium of a $150,000 home in
2006 ($3,923) [vi] and factoring in
the lower cost of reinsurance for
State Farm Florida ($230)[vii]]
$2,633 (39%): SAVINGS result-
ing from Davis's Hurricane
Premium Protection Fund.
The Hurricane Premium
Protection Fund will result in a 39%
reduction in rates for the average
homeowner in Palm Beach based
on inflated reinsurance costs for
Davis's Plan To Lower
Hurricane Insurance Rates
Create Hurricane Premium
The current Hurricane Catastrophe
he will hold insurance companies
Fund will be restructured to create
the Hurricane Premium Protection
Fund and will be capitalized with a
portion of the premiums collected
by insurance companies from wind-
storm policies. The Hurricane
Premium Protection Fund will
cover a percentage of the hurricane
loss sustained by properties. The
fund will be overseen by the gover-
nor and the Cabinet. The governor
and the Cabinet will have authority
to adjust the coverage limits per
policy, potentially up to $500,000,
and the percentage between 70%
and 90%. These adjustments will
allow for changing conditions in the
insurance market and the amount of
cash that is built up in the Hurricane
Premium Protection Fund.
.Insurance companies will still sell"
insurance policies and adjust
claims. They will tap the Hurricane
Premium Protection Fund to pay
claims. The maximum annual pay-
out of the fund would be capped at
Immediate Rate Rollbacks
The Office of Insurance
Regulation will order insurance
companies to file for new rates
reflecting the savings from the
Hurricane Premium Protection Plan
within 90 days of the effective date
of the legislation. For years, insur-
ance companies have been passing
along higher expenses to policy-
holders in the form of higher rates.
With the Davis plan, they'll be
required to pass along the savings
to customers too.
Maximize Mitigation and
Boost Mitigation Fund
As described in the Policyholders
Bill of Rights, annual funding will
be provided to the Mitigation Fund
and insurance premium discounts
will be offered for mitigation
efforts. Excess sales taxes collected
as a result of reconstruction after
hurricanes will be deposited in the
Hurricane Premium Protection Plan
and the Mitigation Fund. The gov-
ernor and Cabinet will be given the
authority to decide, based on cir-
cumstances, the proportion of the
excess sales tax that is deposited
into each fund.
Stop Insurance Increases
Without Prior State Approval
Insurance companies will be pro-
hibited from raising rates without
prior approval from the Office of
Insurance Regulation, commonly
referred to "File and Use." It is
unfair to policyholders to allow
insurance companies to raise insur-
ance premiums, then ask for per-
mission after they've already col-
lected the money, as is the current
practice. In addition, recent legisla-
tion giving insurance companies the
ability to raise rates by 10% without
state approval will be prohibited.
Insurance companies will be
required to file and justify every
Help Homeowners Rebuild
Their Homes More Quickly
If a combination of wind and
water damage is involved, the bur-
den of immediately paying claims
for any damages not in dispute falls
on the insurance company. This
gives homeowners access to some
capital to rebuild their homes more
quickly. If the property owner
believes the insurance company has
incorrectly denied a claim by call-
ing it flood damage rather than
wind damage, the burden is on the
insurance company to prove that
the damage was caused by water
instead of wind.
Require Insurance Companies to
Sign Oaths for Rate Increases
The CEO of each insurance com-
pany will be required to sign, under
oath, that his or her company's rate
change requests are accurate and
The Office ,of Insurance
Regulation will set the required col-
lateral requirements for both
domestic and foreign reinsurance
companies based on the credit rat-
ing of the company, as opposed to
differing requirements for domestic
and foreign reinsurance companies.
This will increase competition
among reinsurers and will lower the
price of private reinsurance in order
to potentially lower costs even fur-
End Higher Rates Charged
by Take-Out Companies
Policyholders will be allowed to
stay with Citizens if rates offered by
take-out companies are higher than
Citizens. Currently, some policy-
holders face rate increases of more
than 200% from take-out compa-
nies, yet they have no choice but to
leave Citizens and pay the larger
bill. Policyholders will have
recourse when take-out companies
want to charge higher rates and take
their policies, whereas currently
they do not. The ultimate goal is to
depopulate Citizens, but not by
forcing homeowners and policy-
holders to pay the higher rates
charged by opporituistic take-out
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Nat Glover Helps Roast UNF Pres. John Delaney
Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover "roasted" University of North
Florida President John A. Delaney during a fundraising dinner on Oct. 20,
hosted by the UNF Osprey Club and UNF athletics. Proceeds from the
event will benefit student athletic scholarships and the UNF Athletics
Department. Other roasters included Marty Lanahan, Mark Mahon and
continued from front
The resistance of black voters to
the Republican Party has little to do
with the color of the candidates and
everything to do with the nature of
the party's policies," Clarence
Lusane of American University
Bositis said that as far Republican
recruitment efforts go, many blacks
remain unconvinced, given the
demographics and historical under-
pinnings of the party, that there
really is room in the Republican
Party for vibrant, active, outspoken
"If you look at the Republican
base, the most important part is
white southern conservatives," he
said. "The Democratic Party is a
A Democratic majority in the
House could give four of
Washington's most prominent jobs
to black lawmakers: the chairman-
ships of the Judiciary, Ways and
Means, Homeland Security and
There is currently one black mem-
ber of the US Senate, Barack
Obama if Illinois, but another black
Democrat, US Representative
Harold Ford (news, bio, voting
record), is making a strong bid for
Tennessee's vacant Senate seat.
Democrats need a net gain of 15
seats to wrest control of the House
and a six-seat gain to take over the
The community is invited to join
together for the 2006 Interfaith
Thanksgiving Service. Participants
will gather in the spirit of
Thanksgiving to honor spiritual
traditions from across the world
that are practiced right here in our
community. Experience prayer and
music of with different faiths. The
service will be on Tuesday,
November 14that 6:00pm at St.
John's Cathedral, 256 Church
Street, in Jacksonville.
The event is free and open to the
Jax Bikers Ride Out for Biketoberfest
(L-R) Tru-Ryders Motorcycle Club, Inc.: Milton Jones, Kenny Brown, Aaron Guess, and James Craft
Though some regular attendees have thought the event had lost some of it's luster, bikers from all over the coun-
try converged on Daytona Beach,FLfor the annual Biketoberfest. Bike Clubs from Jacksonville in attendance
included the Tru-Riders, J-Ville Ryders and the American Beach Motorcycle Vlubs. This year's event claimed 5
lives. The annual springtim Bike Week claimed 16 lives last year.
"It's not as big as it used to be," said Johnanha Browner, who has been riding down to Biketoberfest from
Jacksonville for the past 15 years. "It's not like Bike Week."
"And there's not as much entertainment," said Browner's friend, Sharon Blake.
"But we're bikers," Browner said.."We'll never stop coming." FMPPhoto
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When DNA testing was offered
as a way to trace black family her-
itage three years ago, it seemed that
at long last African-Americans
whose histories were lost in the
trans-Atlantic slave trade had found
a way home.
TV talk-show host.Oprah Winfrey
took a test that linked her to the
Kpelle people of what is now
Liberia. Composer Quincy Jones
was informed that he was a likely
descendant of the Mbundu or
Kimundu tribe in present-day
Angola, and Harvard University
professor Henry Louis Gates was
told that his ancestry was Nubian.
Each test was conducted by African
Ancestry, a Washington firm that
claims exclusive rights to the most
comprehensive database of DNA
sequences from Africans.
African Ancestry executives say
this large database makes it possi-
ble to pinpoint one's origin to a spe-
May be Duped
cific region and sometimes tribe. "It
can be done," said co-owner Gina
Paige. "We don't always just find
one group. We determine our
results based on match frequency."
But since the tests began in 2003,
questions have been raised about
their accuracy: specifically whether
tracing mitochondrial DNA, which
is passed from the mother's side of
the family, can reliably pinpoint
Those doubts were given a public
voice this week with the publication
of an article in a Britishjoumal. It
said a study found that fewer than
10 per cent of black Americans
whose mitochondrial DNA was
identified matched perfectly with a
single African ethnic group, and 40
per cent had no match.
The authors relied on a study that
compared DNA sequences from
170 African-Americans with DNA
sequences from 3700 Africans who
by DNA Hopes
live below the Sahara. "The finding
... suggests that few African-
Americans might be able to trace
their ... lineages to a single ethnic
group," the article said.
At best, said co-author Bert Ely, a
professor of biological sciences at
the University of South Carolina,
the test can give people a probabili-
ty that they hail from a specific
region on the African continent
rather than a specific ethnic group.
Professor Ely, who has his own
genetic testing company and is a
competitor of African Ancestry,
said he believed the company was
using a "maximum-likelihood
approach to pick the best outcome".
Some researchers, despite qualms
about African Ancestry's claims,
say DNA testing is useful when
combined with other genealogical
tracing tools, such as historical
records, folklore and archaeology.
The Edward Waters College
administration recently added a
new name to its roster by appoint-
ing Mr. Lonnie Morris, the new
Admissions Director. Morris is a
graduate of both Morgan State and
Johns Hopkins Universities.
"I plan to enhance the recruitment
efforts and recruit smarter by using
data through strategic decisions
and funneling these efforts through
the Office of Institutional
Effectiveness," says Morris.
The James Weldon Johnson
Branch of the Association for the
Study of African American Life
and History (ASALH) will host
their 4th Annual Membership
Luncheonm at 11:30 a.m. on
Saturday, October 28, 2006, in the
Conference Center of the Main
Library, 303 North Laura Street,
Jacksonville. The theme for the
luncheon is "Dynamic African
American Women in Florida."
Priscilla Williamson, is Program
The mission of the organization is
to research and present programs
that highlight significant African
For ticket information, please
call: (904) 765-8239.
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!the Cracker Barrel
by William Reed
Are Rose Rock's charges of racial discrimination
against Cracker Barrel warranted? Comedian Chris
Rock's mother claims she was racially discriminated
against because for over 30 minutes servers at a South Carolina Coast
Cracker Barrel restaurant ignored her table.
The incident is raising headlines in the media and hackles on backs of
many blacks. Rose Rock may file a multi-million-dollar discrimination
lawsuit against the chain. But, the suit could get more contentious if mil-
lipns ofAmericans, black and white, who've waited 30 minutes for a serv-
er, can sue for "bad service" as well.
It's not as if Ms. Rock unknowingly stumbled into the Murrells Inlet
Cracker Barrel. She is a local resident and regular. In early summer. Rock
and her daughter arrived at the Cracker Barrel about 4:30 PM, during shift
change, states the restaurant manager who contents that during the new
shift Rock's table was not assigned a server. To overcome the mistake, the
manager gave Rock a gift package and offered a free meal.
--Ms. Rock says. "It's hard to miss two black people in a sea of white
folks. We stick out." She may be operating under the assumption that
whites in service occupations always give perfect service to other white
people; and, w blcks don' eiy t le of service
racial'discr ton.In aca.. ,across-8 OObillior a ,
commercial fo'o inflheverage'TNsditr,'. "goo srice'" is te CW& a
rather than the rule. Sometimes people drop the ball at restaurants. Could
this be more a case of'don't you know who my son is???!'
,Americans make almost 2 billion road-trips a year, and of that number
.over 300 million travelers are blacks. Black Cracker Barrel devotees say:
"It's got the hottest, freshest biscuits available anywhere". If you don't
know, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., (CBRL Group Inc.) is a $3
billion-A-year-chain of 548 stores, located in 41 states. Each operation is
typically located along an interstate highway and combines a retail store
and.restaurant. The chain has become an American favorite serving tradi-
tional.American Comfort food, including grits. There are two menus; one
for 'breakfast' and one for lunch/dinner, but breakfast is available all day.
Cracker Barrels each have an outer porch with rows of rocking chairs for
guest -use before'or after dining. There is usually a fireplace and a check-
ers table. The retail store sells nostalgic merchandise, collectibles, house
wares, crafts, toys, classic candies, and entree items.
Black. customers have filed numerous lawsuits against Cracker Barrel.
In May 2004, the company settled a civil-rights lawsuit brought by blacks
who said they were made to wait longer for tables, segregated from white
;patrons when seated and given inferior service. Cracker Barrel admitted
no wrongdoing; but agreed to deal with the allegations, and initiated high
school leadership classes in conjunction and a college scholarship find.
.Cracker Barrel's real problem among African Americans may be its
name.. The -word "cracker" is a racial epithet used toward Caucasians.
But, Cracker Barrel's image is built around an image associated with its
rural roots. Back in the day, a trip to the store was a chance to socialize.
The country store was the. focal point .of rural communities, and at the
heart of the country store was the cracker barrel. Folks would gather,
around the cracker barrel to chat about the community and its happenings.
Before all blacks take umbrage against Cracker Barrels for bad service
Rock got, take note of the chain's business vendors: Baldwin Richardson
Foods Co., based in Frankfort, Ill., is a black-owned firm that has provid-
edi'ce cream toppings, apple toppings for desserts and sauces for Cracker
Barrel"s chicken entrees since 1997. The company operates a plant in
Rochester. New York, employing almost 200 people. Omar Medical
Supplies, an African American-owned Matteson, 111.-based firm, began
with Cracker Barrel in 2002. The company, which employs 105 people.
provides disposable gloves and supplies Cracker Barrel with over 55.000
cases of gloves each year for use by employees washing dishes, cleaning
When my grandfather was grow-
ing up in Jackson% ille his goal was
to get a good job and start a family.
At the time making $1.75 an hour
was pretty good money. It was a
livable wage back in the 40s and
50s back then a good blue-collar
job could pretty much pay the bills
and put food on the table.
Of course most black folk were
not living "high on the hog" as the
old folk say, but we made it. Fast
forward to 2005 and of course
things have changed drastically, but
have they really? Some 12 years
ago in high school I was a bag boy
at the W'inn Dixie on McDuff
Avenue. Things have certainly
changed physically that old Winn
Dixie is now a retail shopping cen-
My best friend and I were happy
to make about S5.50 an hour. We
still lived with our parents, and
'basically needed money for
clothes, shoes, an occasional date
and other miscellaneous things. So
I guess we were living high on the
hog, as the old folks %would say.
That is hyv it's so amazing when
you think about the fact that the
federal minimum wage is still only
$5.15 an hour. I cannot think of one
single job that should be paying
employees a minimum wage. It's
absolutely ludicrous that there are
people being paid such a low
I don't care if you work in the fast
food industry. janitorial services,
digging ditches or watching paint
dry surely our American corpora-
tions can afford to pay their
employees a true "living wage."
Going back to my grandfather for
a moment, a job should be a bridge
out of poverty, an opportunity to a
make a living from the work or
ser- ices you provide. But for mini-
mum wage workers, especially
those with families, it is not.
According to The AFL-CIO. "The
inflation-adjusted value of the min-
imum wage is 24 percent lower
today than it was in 1979 and in
real dollars, $5.15 an hour mini-
mum wage is worth just $4.75. If
the wage had just kept pace with
inflation since 1968 when it was a
$1.60 an hour. minimum wage
%would hale been $8.46 an hour in
At least us Floridians can say that
we are closer to that figure than the
federal minimum wage. Last %ear,
the state's minimum wage changed
to $6.15 an hour, a dollar above the
federal figure. There are an esti-
mated 400,000 workers less than
five percent of the state's 8.5 mil-
lion-person work force that will
benefit from the minimum wage
So on the surface on could easily
say that it's not that big of a deal
because only five percent of the
workforce will be affected, but I
would argue that it is a big deal.
Hopefully, by changing the mini-
mum wage bar it will have a ripple
effect and cause public and private
sector companies to adjust their
low wage salaries accordingly.
The minimum wage was first
enacted in 1938 as part of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Initially just 25 cents per hour, it
has been raised several times in the
.decades.since. It was- raised to its
tlifrerfft~inount i-"'1997. So it's
1"6een nearly 10 years and workers
have not seen an increase.
I don't think that I have to remind
anyone that the price of everything
else has gone up drastically. 10
years ago we were paying around a
dollar for a gallon of regular gaso-
line; of course we are paying well
over $2 today. Everything from.
milk to bread and clothing has gone
up significantly over the past 10
And let's not even begin to talk
about housing prices. Affordable
housing is a critical issue in this
city, state and country. But why is it
so hard for our federal representa-
tives to understand that our mini-
mum wage needs to be adjusted?
One would think that the Feds
would follow Florida and the 13
other states that have increased
their minimum wage's lead, but of
course there is and has been oppo-
sition from you know who. The
Bush administration and
Republican congressional leaders
have successfully blocked attempts
to pass legislation to raise the min-
Again, the federal minimum wage
is $5.15 per hour, and the federally
proposed Fair Minimum Wage Act
would raise the minimum wage to
$5.90 per hour 6, days after enact-
ment and to $6'.65 per hour one
year after that.
This measure would put addition-
al money into the hands of an esti-
mated 10-12 million low-wage
workers, which would give the
economy a real boost unlike to the
President's tax cuts, which most of
us normal folks don't see. The only
part of this proposed act that the
SPresident does support is allowing
states to "opt out" of the minimum
Another ridiculous notion, I cer-
tainly feel that all politics is local
and states should" have certain
rights, however in matters dealing
with human rights issues (i.e. Civil
Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, etc.)
the Feds should definitely trump
state and local governments.
I am amazed that more people are
not up in arms regarding this issue.
A 2001 U.S. Conference of Mayors
study found that 37 percent of
adults seeking emergency food aid
were employed. Officials in 63 per-
cent of the cities 'surveyed identi-
fied low-paying jobs as a primary
cause bf hunger.:
How do you buy food for your
family, pay rent, childcare, car
insurance and provide clothing for
members of your household mik-
* ing a minimum or low wage? There
are four-member families that
nake 'over l600.t(00'a',(e'rand still
struggle to imike ends meet, so I
know that it is' extremely hard for
some of our low income families.
"To be a poor man is hard," said
W.E.B. DuBois. "But to be a poor
race in a land of dollars is the very
bottom of hardship."
Signing off from: Can A Brother
Get A Few More Dollars.com,
Hispanics vs. Blacks: The Battle For "Preferred Minority" Status
by Lashawn Berber also are a minority group, but they ., Blacks have always been THE
As someone who loathes govern- are not "preferred," particularly as preferred minoritygroup, but those
ment-mandated race preferences, I far as college admissions are con- days are coming to an end. Cases
look forward to years of laugh-riot cemed, because they tend to be like Boyd's are only the beginning
fun as preference-loving blacks and overrepresented. In fact, admis- of the battles between Hispanics
Hispanics duel it out, fighting each sions for Asians may be suppressed and blacks for preferred minority
other over government goodies. in order to conform to liberals' status. Hispanic groups are already
I recently learned about a case notions of a proper racial balance, urging the federal government to
involving a black cop named U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hire more Hispanics. Incidentally,
Kenneth A. Boyd in Wilmington, member Peter Kirsanow writes: whites are becoming a minority
Delaware who claims he was Asian Americans, though only group in states like Texas and
passed over for promotion because four percent of the nation's popula- California. Will they one day
he's black. tion, account for nearly 20 percent become a preferred minority?
Boyd alleges that police chief of all medical students. Forty-five With illegal aliens working on the
Michael J. Szczerba promoted an percent of Berkeley's freshman cheap, look for more stories about
undeserving Hispanic instead. Oh, class, but only 12 percent of blacks crying,"Hispanic racist" If
why does this sound familiar? California's populace, consists of for no other reason than Hispanics
According to The News Journal, Asian-Americans. And at UT- are supplanting them as "pre-
Szczerba "fostered a diverse police Austin, 18 percent of the freshman ferred,".blacks should be speaking
force," which is code for skin-color class is Asian American, compared out against amnesty-for-illegal-
preferences. Only in this case, the to three percent for the state... aliens the loudest.
Negro wasn't the "preferred minor- President Clinton worried that, Here's some advice: Jump off the
ity." without preferences, "there are uni- preference bandwagon now and
A preferred minority group is one versities in California that could fill start supporting hiring and promot-
that is ostensibly under-represented their entire freshman classes with ing based on merit, seniority any-
in certain jobs, schools, etc. Asians nothing but Asian-Americans." thing but race. Corit. on page 5
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Minority Voters Reassessing Ties to the GOP
A major effort to draw Latinos and
blacks into the Republican Party, a
central element of the GOP plan to
build a long-lasting majority, is in
danger of collapse amid anger over
the immigration debate and claims
Republicans haven't delivered on
promises to direct more money to
church-based social services.
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By the way, being against race
preferences for college admissions
doesn't mean one. can't support
admissions based on legacies, ath-
letics or any other criteria. Racial
discrimination, above any other
kind, has its own unique place in
our history. This country has
fought a long and hard battle to
make amends for enslaving blacks
and sending them to the back of the
bus and making them walk through
Our race is part of who we are,
something as immutable as death
and taxes. No country calling itself
free and a respecter of individual
rights should be mandating that one
race of people receive preference
over the other. No government
should condone admissions and
hiring that is based on the color of
nation and preferences based on
race were supposed to have been
dismantled. That is what civil
rights are about; these rights don't,
can't and shouldn't guarantee that
blacks or any other "minority" will
be represented in any job or school
in proportion to their percentage of
The modem civil rights move-
ment, the struggle for full, citizen-
ship status, has been corrupted.
And the same people who support
this corrupted form of "civil,
rights," which is nothing more than
government skin trade, will reap
what they sow.
But all that preaching is for
naught. Chasing and pointing at a
phantom white racist is much more
profitable and satisfying than,
standing up for race-neutral poli-
cies. Perhaps after dozens more
lawsuits in which blacks allege that
Hispanics were hired or admitted at
their expense, blacks who now sup-
port skin color preferences will
finally understand that to sink or
swim based on what you can do
instead of on your membership in a
preferred minority group is not
such a bad idea after all.
State of Connecticut
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District of New London
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Whose last known residence
was in the town of Mayport,
Pursuant to an order of Hon.
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London Regional Children's
Court, 470 Bank Street, New
London, CT 06320 on
November 16, 2006 at 2:30 PM.
On an application for
Continued Termination of
Parental Rights concerning a
certain minor child born on
February 19, 2001. The court's
decision will affect your inter-
est, if any, as in said application
on file more fully appears.
RIGHT TO COUNSEL: If the
above named person wishes to
have an attorney, but is unable
to pay for one, the court will
provide an attorney upon proof
of inability to pay. Any such
request should be made imme-
diately by contacting the court
office where the hearing is to be
By Order of the Court
Doris Sanders, Clerk
tors who had been courted by the
White House have been fueled by a
tell-all book by former White
House aide David Kuo. The new
book says that Bush, referring to
pastors from one major African
American denomination, once
griped: "Money. All these guys care
about is money. They want money."
A White House spokeswoman said
that nobody there recalled hearing
such a comment from the president.
The Rev. Eugene Rivers, a Boston
minister and one of about two
dozen black clergy invited to White
House meetings with Bush, said
that black leaders had been wooed
with assurances that their social
service groups would receive
money from the president's faith-
based initiative. But, Rivers said,
the bulk of the money had gone to
Rivers plans to send a letter early
this week to the White House
demanding to know how much
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"Meetings at the White House show
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Jackson railed against senior
administration officials who, he
said, had insulted clergy at a meet-
ing this year by dismissing their
contribution to Bush's reelection in
2004. He also complained about
"the GOP's failure" to react speedi-
ly to the House page scandal
involving former Rep. Mark Foley.
Jackson still supports some
Republicans, including Michael
Steele, an African American candi-
date for Senate in Maryland. But in
an essay on the website
townhall.com, Jackson offered a
caution for the party: "Evangelicals
must ask themselves if we can work
in harmony with a group that takes
us for granted and compromises on
major moral principles."
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Families of Slain Children Meeting
The Families of Slain Children Inc. holds weekly meetings from 7 to
8 p.m. on Sundays. Meetings are held at the First Timothy Baptist Church,
12103 Biscayne Boulevard; Rev. Frederick Newbill, Pastor.
Clara White's Birthday
Celebration Gospel Fest 2006
The Clara White Mission will host the Clara White's Birthday
Celebration Gospel Fest 2006, at the Zion Hope Baptist Church, 2803,
West Edgewood Avenue, Rev. Clifford Johnson, Pastor; Sunday,
November 5, 2006, at 5 p.m.
Special guests include: Recording Artist Victoria Farrie, Nu Testament,
Golden Clouds, Lil Jessie & The Miracles, Shirley & The Sons of
Harmony, Jerry Cannon & The Caravans, Elder & Evangelist Gregory
Vickers, Elder Robert Jackson and the New Sprit Travelers, Nu Sound
Gospel Singers, the Spirit & Truth Dancers, Ella Mae Chappell, the
Sisters of Praise, and Al Andres.
There will be an open door. All donation proceeds will go to benefit
the Clara White Mission.
Wear your "Prettiest Hat" to the
"Hatitude Event" at West Union MB
All ladies are invited to wear your "prettiest hat" and come to the
"Hatitude Event" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2006, at the West
Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Street, Rev. Leroy
C. Kelly, Pastorl
The acclaimed actress and singer, Roslyn Burrough, known to many as
"Auntie Roz" of The Auntie Roz Peanut Show, will be the special guest
Mistress of Ceremonies. Ms. Burrough has appeared in 17 Broadway
Musicals, and received critical acclaim for her performances in The Wiz,
Bubbling Brown Sugar, Purlie, Porgy & Bess, The Sound of Music, and
Comin' Uptown. She is also a featured singer on the album My
Appreciation, produced by the Bill Cosby, on the PolyGram label.
Victory AM-1360 WCGL to Host
27th Anniversary Celebration
The community is invited to the 27th Anniversary Celebration of
Victory AM 1360 Gospel Radio Station, "Where Christ Gets Lifted."
The celebration will commence at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 4th,
at the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ (COGIC), 2581 West
The celebration will feature The Christianaires, The Anointed Pace
Sisters, and Troy Sneed. For more information, call (904) 766-9955, or
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Celebration to Honor Sis. Rose Kirkland
A Celebration of Love Honoring Sister Rose S. Kirkland and celebrate
her 14 years serving as MC in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, will be
held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2006, at Angel Square (Old Skate
City), 5133 Soutel Drive. It will be an Open Door affair. You are invited to
come show your love.
The celebration's featured guests include: Williams & The Anointed
Praise Singers, of Brunswick, GA; Faithful Few Gospel Singers, of
Madison, FL; Higher Praise Gospel Singers, Lake City, FL; Elder Robert
Jackson & The New Spirit Travelers, The Rejoice Gospel Singers, The
Sunny Rose Gospel Singers, the C. E. Lancy Choir, Gospel Tones, New
Creation, Royal Spirituals, and Soloist, Recording Artist, Deacon Marvin
Kirkland, and many others.
Ebenezer United Methodist Women
and Youth & Children's Ministries
celebrate Children's SabbathOct. 29th
"Congregations Stand for Healthy Children: Bringing Hope and
Healing," is the theme for "Children's Sabbath" day on October 29, 2006,
presented by the Ebenezer United Methodist Women, and the Youth and
Children's Ministries of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, comer Soutel
Drive and Norfolk Blvd. Mrs. Anita Campbell, of the Florida United
Methodist Children's Home, Enterprise, Florida; will be the speaker for the
occasion. Her message will bring information about the problems facing
our children, which will help us commit to God's call to nurture and protect
"Children's Sabbath" will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 29th. We
invite, and urge all parents, caregivers and interested persons to attend this
special service. There will also be beautiful and inspiring musical selections
rendered by the Ebenezer UMC Children's Choir and special guests.
Everyone is welcome.
Potter's House to Host Service of
Remembrance Thurs., Oct. 26th
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
liturgy, 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.
First New Zion M. B. to Host Youth
and Young Adult Conference
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. Vemetta Young, Youth Director
promise a spiritual enlightening
conference and fellowship for all
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 regis-
tration at 8 a.m. Workshops &
Topics include: Sex Education,
Artisha Allen, Facilitator;' Money
Budgeting, Anthony O'Neill;
Spirituality, Tony Baker.
Mid-Day Workshop 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 info call (904) 765-3111.
Poll Workers Needed for Nov. 7 Election
Members of the community are needed for work at polling places as well
as former polling places on November 7, 2006. Training and orientation
will be offered on November 5 or 6th at the Elections Center. Pay for
November 7th will be $150. If interested, email email@example.com or call
Maggie Johnson at the Supervisor of Elections Office: 630-8015.
Early Voting is now in progress and will continue, Monday through
Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
through Sunday, November 5, 2006.
NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch, National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) will host its 41st Annual Freedom Fund Dinner
at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2006, at the Wyndham Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. Rev. Nelson Rivers, Chief Operating Officer, NAACP;
will be the keynote speaker. Civil Rights Leaders of Jacksonville will be
highlighted, and area high school students will be honored for their aca-
Because of your support in the past, the Jacksonville Branch NAACP has
been effective in Voter Registration, Youth Activities and Civil Rights. To
place an ad in the program, or for ticket information, please call (904) 764-
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
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Sharpton Takes Affirmative
Action Debate to Yale
Rev. Al Sharpton gives the keynote speech to the Yale Political Union on
affirmative action, at Yale, in New Haven, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006.
Sharpton vigorously defended affirmative action and criticized conserva-
tives who seek to ban the use of race and gender preferences in a speech
that opened debate on the topic at the Yale Political Union.
Project Clean Slate Gives Property
Owners Three Months of Amnesty
Aimed at revitalizing neighbor-
hoods through the elimination of
blight and unsafe properties,
"Project Clean Slate," part of
Mayor John Peyton's Seeds of
Change: Growing Great
Neighborhoods program, will pro-
vide eligible property owners an
amnesty period to bring their prop-
erties into compliance with city
requirements and clear them of
existing fines imposed by the city's
Municipal Code Enforcement
Board (MCEB) or Special Master.
"'Project Clean Slate' is an inno-
vative approach to improving
Jacksonville," said Peyton. "The
program will not only facilitate an
enhanced collection of outstanding
fines; but it will also benefit proper-
ty owners, prospective buyers and
the community at large by reducing
the number of blighted or vacant
properties which lead to lower
property values and create potential
havens for criminal activity."
Effective Nov. 1, 2006 through
Jan. 30, 2007, the City of
Jacksonville's Housing and
Neighborhoods Department will
accept applications to settle exist-
ing fines for 25 percent of their face
value. Settlements will not exceed
10 percent of the market value of
the property (as determined by the
Property Appraiser's records.) To
be eligible for the reduction of out-
standing fines/liens, the property
owner must bring the property into
compliance or make arrangements
to clear the property of violations
within a designated window before
the settlement becomes effective.
Applications and an outline of eli-
gibility criteria will be available
beginning Monday, Oct. 16 online
at www.coj.net or by visiting City
Hall at St. James Building. 117 W.'
Duval St.; all Jacksonville Public
Library branches (locations listed at
www.coj.net); the Cir. of
Jacksonville Property Safety
Division, 1801 Art Museum Drive,
Building 3500, Suite 200; or by
calling (904) 391-3596.
LIVE FROM BAGI)IIHADI)
> WITH LEONARD SPARKS
The Historic Afro American newspapers of the northeast recently became the first
newspaper to send a correspondent to report on the War in Iraq from a Black perspective.
Finally in Baghdad
It's been a long day of travel, but I
finally reached the International
Zone in Baghdad late Monday
night, capping off a day that began
at 5 a.m. I didn't think my chances
of getting out of Kuwait would be
good, mainly because I was No. 48
on the list of people seeking trans-
port. I was even more doubtful
when I got up at 5 to check the
schedule for Baghdad International
and saw that there was only one trip
scheduled for the whole day. But I
took my place in the waiting room
at 6:30 a.m., and almost immediate-
ly, the desk clerk asked, "Who's
going to BIAP." (BIAP is the ini-
tials for Baghdad Interational
Airport.) Needless to say, I sprinted
toward the desk. Three hours later, I
was on a Japanese cargo plane
crammed mostly with American
After arriving at Baghdad
International an hour later, I had to
wait another hour for 1st Lt. Garron
Gam to pick me up and take me to
Camp Slayer, which is just south-
east of Baghdad. In the center of the
camp is Al Faw Palace, one of
Saddam Hussein's gifts to himself.
The palace is surrounded on three
sides by a wide moat, part if which
is filled with carp and bass. And of
course, there was a lot of marble.
I had a healthy lunch at Slayer and
waited around for about five hours.
and was taken to Camp Liberty.
There I was to catch a ride at 6:15
p.m. in a BlackhaWk helicopter that
would take me to the International
Zone. But Camp Liberty did not lib-
erate me right away.
When the scheduled choppers
arrived, those of us going to
Baghdad were lined up and prepar-'
ing to board when we were told that
the copters were low on fuel. No
one complained when they left to
refuel, because that's important, but
if I knew another four hours and 20
helicopters would pass before one
came that we could catch, I might
have taken my chances with the
Part of the wait, we were told, was
because the air space over Baghdad
was temporarily closed. The
thought of catching a taxi crossed
my mind, but in the end, I deter-
mined that that was a mindless
thought. Finally, we caught a bird.
It was my first time in a helicopter,
and I thoroughly enjoyed it. From
the sky, Baghdad looked somewhat
pretty. I was lit like any city, and
some of the neighborhoods looked
like middle to upper-class neigh-
borhoods you would see in any city.
After being dropped off, I was
picked up and driven to CPIC, the
Combined Press Information
Center. The drive over was dark,
and there were concrete barricades
everywhere. I was like going
through a maze. When we arrived, I
was photographed and fingerprinted
and given a media pass. That was
after Rev. Boulware was called for
some minor assistance. I was also
given some good army leftovers,
because I was somewhat starving.
Tomorrow, I begin the last leg of
my journey, which is to head north
of Baghdad and meet up with the
Close, but not yet
It took most of the day, one heli-
copter ride and one ride on an air
force C130 to get me almost to
where the 298th is based. It was
barely bearable lugging three pieces
of heavy luggage on to and off of
the transports, especially since they
don't exactly pull up the the passen-
ger area. There is just one more leg
to go. Right now, I'm at camp sle-
icher, which is near Saddam
Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. It is
a rather large base, and tomorrow,
i'm going to spend most of the day
taking photos and talking to sol-
I did meet a private from East
Baltimore today. His name is Julian
Dove. I did a 30 minute interview
with him. He said there's a female
soldier here who is also from
Baltimore and is going to tell her
I'm here in the hopes that we can
There was also a jazz quintet play-
ing here today, all of them soldiers
stationed in Hawaii. Before today, I
Shown above is Sparks at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, one of Saddam
Hussein's gifts to himself.
didn't realize that "band" was an
army MOS. They were pretty tight,
and moved easily between ballads
and hard bop.
Judging by their song selection,
they seemed particularly fond of
Coltrane and Miles. I left the inter-
national zone at about noon today
to catch a helicopter ride to
Baghdad International and a plane
from there to camp sleicher. Not
only did I have to leave just before
a press conference by Gen. George
Casey, but I didn't see much of the
zone. The heliport was probably
tor for Kellogg, Brown and Root.
But when I- asked him for on-the-
record comments, he declined
because the much-maligned KBR is
telling ifs contract workers not to
do any media interviews. He did tell
me that he's making six times what
he made per year at his previous
job. That's a pretty good incentive.
Tomorrow, I'm to hop a helicopter
to the finally reach the 298th. I've
heard that it's pretty quiet where
they are and that I may be able to go
off base to see some rebuilding
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five minutes from where I spent the
night, and on the way, all I could
see were barricades, military vehi-
cles and few human beings. It was
surreal at best.
During the chopper ride to BIAP,
I did get an aerial view of parts of
the city. Like I wrote in my last
blog, there were neighborhoods that
looked like any suburban neighbor-
hoods, with nice, spacious houses,
yards and driveways. But there was
also a sense of decay and it looked
like a city that's been abandoned. I
was told that many people who
could afford to leave have left. Fear
could also be keeping people
On my way to BIAP, I started a
conversation with a Black contrac-
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U.S. researchers say they've
found people living in highly con-
centrated African-American neigh-
borhoods are more likely to report
their health as poor.
In the study examining the rela-
tionship between racial-ethnic
neighborhood concentration and
self-reported health, the scientists
at Columbia University's Mailman
School of Public Health found peo-
ple in neighborhoods with a high
concentration of African-
Americans were twice as likely to
report poor health as their counter-
parts living in neighborhoods with
a lower concentration of blacks.
Based on data from more than
2,800 people who self-identified as
white, black, Hispanic, or Asian,
the study is the first to examine the
effects of racial-ethnic neighbor-
hood concentration and self-report-
ed health in New York City.
People living in highly black con-
centrated neighborhoods were more
likely to report their health as poor
(27 percent) when compared with
counterparts living in low (17 per-
cent) and medium black concentrat-
ed neighborhoods (22 percent), the
The researchers also said their
findings persisted even after addi-
tional adjustments for the socioeco-
nomic circumstances of the neigh-
borhoods and the individual's per-
ception of their own neighbor-
The study is to appear in a forth-
coming issue of the journal
Ethnicity and Disease.
Women's Commission Searching
for Outstanding Women
The Mayor's Commission on the
Status of Women is seeking out-
standing women to honor at the
21st Women's History Month
Breakfast to be held March 7, 2007,
at the UNF University Center. The
commission is accepting nomina-
tions of women who have made
lasting contributions to the
Jacksonville community. Four
nominees will be recognized at the
event and featured on a commemo-
Women's History Month Poster
- Should have made contributions
of lasting value to the community
- Must reside in Jacksonville or an
Should serve as an exemplary
role model for young women and
- Should have had life experiences
and/or occupations that have been
varied and meaningful
For the third year, the commission
also will recognize Jacksonville's
leaders of tomorrow during the
The Adult Services Division of
the City of Jacksonville,
Community Services Department,
along with the Duval County
Council on Elder Affairs,
ElderSource and AARP Florida,
will host a Legislative Forum on
Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Schultz
Center, 4019 Boulevard Center
Drive. The event will begin at 10
a.m. and lunch will follow.
Members of the Duval Delegation
have been invited to hear issues and
concerns facing senior citizens.
Michael Kom, Chair of the Life:
Act 2 Partnership Council, will
address United Way of Northeast
Florida's role as a model of local
partnerships to enhance the quality
of life for seniors in Jacksonville.
Reservations must be made in
advance by calling 630-7392. If
you have questions or need more
information, call 630-7392.
breakfast. "Young Women of
Vision" nominees will be selected
on the following criteria:
Varying life experiences, occu-
- Having exhibited courage in the
face of adversity, overcome great
barriers to achieve success, or
demonstrated an extraordinary
commitment to helping others in
the community or making
Jacksonville a better place.
Nomination forms for both cate-
gories are on the commission's
website at www.coj.net (search:
women). They also may be
obtained by calling the commission
at (904) 630-1650.
Shown above were program participants (L-R): Ken Stokes, Jackie Nash, Deanna Washington, Derya Williams, Minerva Bryant and David
Anderson. FMP Photo
Forum Surveys Role of HIV in Duval County
The Minority AIDS Coalition of
Jacksonville recently sponsored a
public forum at Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church last
weekend. Themed Silence is Death:
The Crisis of HIV/AIDS, the forum
was based on a recently released
report from the Health Department
revealing the city of Jacksonville
has risen from number six to four in
number of AIDS cases. Over 200
participants of all ages were in
attendance as public health present-
ed the devastating statistics relative
to AIDS prevalence in Duval
County and surrounding areas. The
purpose of the forum was to inter-
pret the impact of AIDS on the
Black community and determine
what cause of action is needed.
Focus groups developed strategies
for more effectively communicat-
ing the message of prevention
throughout our community.
Newly appointed Director of
Minority Health for the State of
Florida, Dr. Deana Washington
served as the guest speaker. After
reviewing feedback from the
groups, Dr. Washington found the
Health Department had not been the
center of resource of health infor-
mation for health providers and she
vowed to change that.
We've all been touched by
HIV/AIDS. The Office of Minority
Health is going to help in whatever
way it can to get positive health
messages out to the community.
We're on a mission," she told the
The panel that was presented was
moderated by Patricia Alexander of
the City of Jacksonville Ryan White
program,. Members of the panel
included David Andress (Duval
Health Department), Granville
Reed (Minister), Derya Williams
(River Region ) and Mary Stokes
New Book Tells You How to Eat Healthfully With Soul
Soulfully call African Americans
Etinog SOulfully have less access to dia-
betes information than
and H health ully whites, and the food
plan required to lower
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diabetes is atypical for
While the genetic caus-
es are uncontrollable,
the cultural risk factors
can be remedied. As a
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diabetes educator with
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and stay healthy. As
part of her plan, she has
written Eating Soulfully
and Healthfully with Diabetes, a
comprehensive guide that provides
nutrition information and carbohy-
drate-counts for foods that will
appeal to African Americans who
suffer from diabetes.
Diabetes educators agree that the
first step to prevention and manage-
ment of diabetes is access to helpful
information. It is especially impor-
tant for African Americans to
understand the dangers of diabetes
since they have a higher risk for
complications like kidney failure,
visual impairment, or amputation.
According to the American
Diabetes Association, 2.8 million
African Americans over the age of
20 currently have diabetes*. That's
10 African Americans for every 6
white Americans with diabetes.
"There are several reasons for this
disparity," explains Constance
Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE,
and CDN. One is genetic: African
Americans are more susceptible to
diabetes than whites. They also
have a higher rate of obesity, which
also increases the risk of diabetes.
The other reason is cultural typi-
Lack of education* is the first prob-
lem that Brown-Riggs tackles in her
book, explaining diabetes and clear-
ly outlining how it can be managed.
The hardest part of diabetes man-
agement, however, is food. "The
basic dietary recommendations for
those with diabetes are culturally
insensitive," observes Brown-
Riggs. "People with diabetes are
generally given vague instructions
like 'stay away from sugar,' or 'just
eat smaller portions' which only
make everything more frustrating.'
And," she points out, "instructions
for food management typically
don't take into account cultural or
ethnic food preferences." She
hopes her book offers one step
toward solving this problem.
In Eating Soulfully and
Healthfully with Diabetes, Brown-
Riggs has devised several ways for
people with diabetes to be mindful
of their eating habits while still
enjoying foods popular in the
American South and the Caribbean.
Her "Soul Food Pyramid" for those
with diabetes organizes food by car-
bohydrates, since the carbohydrates
break down into glucose, and it is
the glucose that is out of balance in
people with diabetes. The 96-pages
of charts include all the necessary
nutritional information, from por-
tion size and calories to fat and car-
bohydrate grams, even carb choices
and exchanges depending on what
plan works best for each individual.
THE BOOK INCLUDES
o A Diabetes Soul Food Pyramid and explanation
o An extensive listing of traditional foods from the
South and Caribbean
o Fast food and brand-name Nutrient information and Label-
o A two-week soul food menu plain and sample food diary
o A glossary of food terms
o Tips for upscale dining
Alongside information on turkey
burgers and omelets, there is also
information on dishes like black-
ened catfish and stewed tomatoes
and okra. This should help in the'
preparation and enjoyment of tradi-
tional ethnic fare while maintaining
normal glucose levels and healthy
food intake. While offering impor-
tant resources and valuable tips,
Brown-Riggs also encourages
everyone with diabetes to shed
pounds, improve food choices, and
The. book hopes readers will be
able to better adapt their lifestyle to
diabetes management without sacri-
ficing the foods they love. And dia-
betes educators will be able to bet-
ter address the cultural needs of
their African American patients.
Free Training in the
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 JHFs 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
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
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Obama Giving "Thought" to a 2008 Presidential Run
By. Brandon Perry
INDIANAPOLIS (NNPA) -After
saying for months that he intended
to service his full six years in the
Senate, Sen. Barack Obama of
Illinois reversed field Sunday,
admitting for the first time that he is
at least considering a run for the
White House in 2008.
Speaking on "Meet the Press,"
Obama said: "I am still at the point
where I have not made a decision to
- to pursue higher office," he said.
"But it is true that I have thought
about it over the last several
Appearing on the cover of Time
magazine last week, Obama has
been urged to seek the Democratic
nomination, though he has been in
the Senate less than two years.
Currently, he is on a national pub-
licity tour to promote his new book,
"The Audacity of Hope."
Earlier, Obama made a rare stop
The popular and charismatic
politician visited the Circle City to
support and attend a fundraiser for
Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth and
Baron Hill Democrats running as
challengers in three of the nation's
closest congressional races (2nd
District, 8th District and 9th
Obama convened a brief news
conference to discuss why voters
should support the candidates, but
much of the discussion was devoted
to his thoughts about various issues.
First, he was asked about bipartisan
attempts by former Indiana
Congressman Lee Hamilton and
former Secretary of State James
Baker to bring more international
partners into the effort to rebuild
Obama called for "a renewed real-
ism around our foreign policy and a
recognition that building alliances
doesn't reflect weakness, it reflects
our strength. We can defeat any
nation on Earth but rebuilding
democracies and creating order
Two predictable questions, posed
in different ways, were directed to
Obama about his thoughts on run-
ning for president in 2008.
Although he didn't rule out the pos-
sibility, Obama said such questions
are premature and his focus is on
this year's election.
"I have actually focused on trying
to get more Democrats in the House
and Senate so I can get a bill
passed," he joked. "As a member of
the Illinois Legislature and as a
U.S. senator, I've been in both the
minority and the majority, and
being in the majority is more fun."
On serious note, he added that
efforts to address issues like provid-
ing health care for children, control-
ling energy costs and finding a
pragmatic way to "bring the troops
home" can't be accomplished until
there's "some balance" in
"People are responding to the fact
that we have an ideologically driv-
en group that has consolidated
power and has lost touch with what
ordinary people want," he stated.
Obama, who was born in 1961, was
asked about his party's commitment
to educating people about new laws
passed by some states (including
Indiana) that require voters to show
a form of photo ID at the polls. He
said minorities, low-income per-
sons and seniors who are less likely
to have a birth certificate or driver's
license are all burdened by it.
"It's constitutionally problematic
and I suspect that it will be chal-
lenged," Obama said. "I am confi-
dent the Democrats will ensure that
we've got lawyers and others onsite
in all polling places to make sure
that the right to vote is protected.
However, another concern is people
who have the ID to vote and just
aren't doing it because they feel too
cynical about the political process."
After speaking to reporters Obama
rushed to a private event held for
Congresswoman Julia Carson, who
represents the 7th District that cov-
ers most of Indianapolis. Carson
was not among the candidates
included in the press conference,
presumably because she is an
incumbent and not (according to
most analysts) running in a "close"
Obama is currently the only
African-American in the U.S.
Senate, but that could change on
Election Day (Nov. 7) if
Democratic Rep. Harold Ford wins
a close race in Tennessee and
Republican Michael Steele pulls an
upset in Maryland.
Some observers at the press con-
ference, though pleased to see
Obama, quietly remarked that they
wished he was available to talk
more about "bread and butter"
issues. Others however, expressed
amazement at the fact that Indiana
Democrats brought in Obama a
Black urban freshman senator, to
endorse white candidates seeking to
represent mostly rural districts.
Mike Edmondson, executive
director of the Indiana Democratic
Party, explained that because of his
optimism and ability to connect
with voters, Obama has become a
top campaigner for candidates in
tight races, including those in
"Indiana is in the national spot-
light, and the national figures go
where they're needed," he said.
"Our state has become a target for
both national parties. These con-
gressional races could provide the
number of seats needed to take back
2007 Essence Music Festival 'Coming
Home' to New Orleans July 5, 6, 7
The Essence Music Festival, the
nation's largest annual African-
American event celebrating Black
music and culture, is 'Coming
Home' to New Orleans on July 5-7,
2007 for its" annual three nights of
The announcement .marks the
return of the 13th annual Festival to
its original home, since relocating
temporarily to Houston in 2006 fol-
lowing the devastation of Hurricane
Katrina. The homecoming of the
world renowned "party with a pur-
pose" is expected to bring more
than 200,000 visitors to the City of
New Orleans and will benefit the
local and state economy; including
businesses that employ local resi-
dents many of which are still in
recovery post- Katrina.
"ESSENCE is proud to join with
the State of Louisiana in support of
the City of New Orleans and bring
the Essence Music Festival back
home, where Festivalgoers can
once again experience the richness
of New Orleans' culture-- including
distinctive music, traditions, and
cuisine celebrated with old- fash-
ioned southern hospitality," said
Michelle Ebanks, President,
Essence Communications Inc.
"Continuing the longstanding tradi-
tion of outstanding music, culture
and community, the Essence Music
Festival's return to New Orleans in
2007 is not to be missed!"
Queen of R &B Mary J. Blige has graced the Essence stage often.
The newly-restored Louisiana
Superdome will host three fantastic
nights of live performances by the
biggest names in entertainment, and
during the day, the Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center will house the
free and open-to-the- public
Essence Cares Empowerment
Seminars, as well as the popular
From 1995 to 2005, the Essence
Music Festival added over $1 bil-
lion to Louisiana's economy with
combined attendance of over 2 mil-
The Festival has featured a host of
legendary performers over the
years, including Alicia Keys,
Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan,
Destiny's Child, Earth, Wind &
Fire, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J,
Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Kanye
West, Lionel Richie, Luther
Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Prince,
Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Patti
LaBelle, and Yolanda Adams, to
name a few.
People travel from all over the
world to attend the Essence Music
Festival, and the celebrity acts who
grace the Essence stage Look out
for the December 2006 issue of
ESSENCE magazine or log on to
www.essence.com for updates on
tickets, performers, and hotel
accommodations, as well as weekly
Many voters will be voting at a new polling place.
Make sure you know where to vote by calling 630-1414.
Remember when you go to vote, you will be required to present
photo and signature identification. Some acceptable forms of ID are:
, ~ V.
THE DUVAL COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE
(904) 630-1414 www.duvalelections.com
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
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
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
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.
Holiday Happenings Classes
The University of Florida Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer
Sciences Program and the Master Food and Nutrition Education Program
will present a series of three holiday programs, each at the Extension
Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue. The programs will feature ways to max-
imize time, energy and money with quick and creative holiday food ideas
for busy families. Many tips on nutrition, shopping and entertaining will
The first program "Christmas Dinner Fast and Festive" will be held on
Tuesday, October 31st. Healthy, fast and fabulous meal ideas will be fea-
tured; On Thursday, November 9th, "Gifts From the Holiday Kitchen"
will be presented. This program will feature simple recipes and smart
packaging to make gift giving economical and easy and the last program
"Holiday IIHopitalini at Its Best" on Tuesday, November 14th, will have
a decorative emphasis, showing easy ideas to produce a party that looks
and tastes like a celebration of the first order.
Each program will be presented at 10:00 AM and again at 7:00 PM.
There is a cost of $8.00 per class or $21.00 for all 3 classes. Educational
materials will be available ONLY to those attending the classes. RESER-
VATIONS ARE NECESSARY and can be made ONE WEEK PRIOR TO
EACH PROGRAM by calling the Extension Office at 387-8855.
Do You Know an
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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The Ethics of Identity
One of America's leading public
intellectuals, Kwame Appiah will
present a free forum on "The Ethics
of Identity," on Monday, Oct. 30,
7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center
Lazzara Performance Hall on the
University of North Florida
Campus. Appiah is a scholar of
African and African-American
studies. All lectures are free and
open to the public; however, tickets
are required. Tickets can be ordered
online at www.unf.edu. For more
info call 620-2102.
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will host it's 41st Annual Freedom
Fund Dinner, Thursday, November
2, 2006, 7:00 p.m., at the Wyndham
Hotel (formerly the Radisson
Riverwalk), 1515 Prudential Drive
(Southbank), Jacksonville, Florida.
For ticket information, call (904)
353-5199 or 764-7578, FAX 764-
7572 or e-mail email@example.com.
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
An evening of elegant music hon-
oring area unsung heroes and enter-
tainment pioneers will take place on
Thursday, November 2nd at the
Florida Thift 6. 'Fati6Vities 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.
Fl Memorial University
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
and all surrounding county chapters
of Florida Memorial University will
be having a Presidents Meet and
Greet with Dr. Karl Wright. The
event will take place on Friday,
November 3rd at 6 p.m. in the
Education Building of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. For
more information, call 764-4439 or
at The Ritz
Experience Amateur Night at the
Ritz on Friday November 3rd 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
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
Phi Delta Kappa
National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter
will host its annual Teach-A-Rama
on Saturday, November 4th, from
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This
year's activity will be. a FAMILY
AGENUVil FAIR lhedb vat ibaultt x
Middle School Media Center, 3610
Ribault Scenic Drive. Come and
learn about: parenting workshops,
budgeting/finances, abstinence pro-
gram, family counseling, and much
more. Food will be served. For
more information, please contact
Lillian Porter at 514-1975or Sharon
Robinson at 924-1680. The entire
family is invited.
Bikers Boat Ride
Urban Biker Council Presents the
"Bikers Boat Ride Extravaganza",
Saturday November 4, 2006.
Parking and boarding will take
place at the Chart House
Restaurant. Tickets are $20.00
(obtain your tickets early, because
they are going fast). For more infor-
mation please contact: All 4 One
M/C at 904-312-1574 or 904-312-
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.
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
i-'The Sec6nd-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, fumi-
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.
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.
The Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida will host a
Volunteer Recruitment Open House
on Thursday, November 9th from 3
6 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church, 4751 Walgreen
Road. Community Hospice volun-
teers help improve the quality of
life for patients and families at the
end of life. Volunteer opportunities
range from administrative tasks to
direct patient care services such as
visiting patients and providing
respite for caregivers. There will be
refreshments and door prizes. For
more information call Liz Kirce, at
Author Nora Roberts
Speaks at UNF
The University of North Florida
Women's Center, will bring best-
selling author Nora Roberts to the
UNF campus on Thursday, Nov. 9,
at 7 p.m. Roberts will be visiting the
First Coast to promote her latest
release "Born in Death." She will be
speaking about her new book and
participating in a question-and-
answer session followed by a book
signing with Roberts.
For more information contact
Brian Dunmire or Dr. Annabel
Brooks (904) 620-2528.
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 Mission's
102nd anniversary For more info,
call the Mission at 354-4162.
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, call 389-8417 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Katrina's chaos to reach out to
poor and minority neighborhoods to
inform them of options.
But their ad appeals on local radio
did little to inform the thousands of
mostly black residents who were
displaced to Houston. And giving a
toll free number for help didn't help
poor minorities who stayed behind
with no telephone or cell service.
Officials acknowledge victims
slipped through the cracks.
"The message doesn't get to
everyone," Louisiana Insurance
Commissioner Jim Donelon said.
More than a year after the epic
hurricane laid waste to much of the
Gulf Coast, frustration and anger
More than 700,000 insurance
claims were filed for damage result-
ing from Katrina in Gulf Coast
states and to date, only $14.9 billion
out of $25.3 billion in insured loss-
es have been paid, the national risk
modeling firm ISO estimates.
In Louisiana, more than 8,000 res-
idents have filed Katrina-related
complaints with the state insurance
office. Using open records law, AP
obtained the files of more than
3,000 complaints that have already
been settled and analyzed the out-
comes by the demographics of the
victims' current ZIP code neighbor-
Nearly 75 percent of the settled
cases were filed by residents cur-
rently living in predominantly
white neighborhoods. Just 25 per-
cent were filed by households in
predominantly minority ZIP codes,
the analysis found.
The analysis also suggests income
was a factor. The average resident
who sought state help lives in a
neighborhood with a median house-
hold income of $39,709, compared
with the statewide median of
$32,566 in the 2000 Census.
AP analyzed 3,118 complaints
filed by homeowners still living in
Louisiana. The state's data did not
identify whether the addresses on
Katrina Aid Recipients Show Big Racial
Divide with Whites Faring Much Better
as the damaged homes. The state
also refused to release any informa-
tion on approximately 5,000 com-
plaints still under review.
The findings surprise few on the
front lines of a disaster that has
reawakened issues of racial equali-
Donelon, the insurance commis-
sioner, said his department made an
extra effort to reach as many people
as possible and let them know the
agency was willing to press their
case with insurers.
State workers crisscrossed the
state, using mobile complaint cen-
ters, user-friendly Web sites and
advertisements on television and
radio. When complaints were
received, state insurance officials
determined whether they had merit,
and lobbied insurance companies
for more money for homeowners
That message, however, never
reached the water-stained stoop of
Doretha Kitchens' house, which
was enveloped in a 9-foot wave of
muddy water when the Lower
Ninth Ward's aging levees broke.
For months, she had no access to
computer, radio or TV and couldn't
hear the state agency's messages.
Kitchens also didn't know she
could appeal Allstate Corp.'s settle-
ment offer to the state, but doubts it
would have changed anything. Her
husband, she said, simply lost faith
that anyone would help.
"My husband didn't want to be
bothered. I asked him, 'Why don't
we sue the insurance company?' He
said, 'They ain't gonna do nothing
no way.' White just decided they
was gonna go file. Black, we just
gave up easier."
The Kitchens didn't have flood
insurance but their dispute with the
insurer was over damage in their
attic, where winds ripped off the
In New Orleans, where blacks
made up two-thirds of the 454,863
pre-Katrina population,, only about
445 -homeowrners resolved com-:
plaints with the state department. In
contrast, the mostly white residents
in the suburb of Slidell resolved
more complaints (489) even though
New Orleans' population is 16
Notice of Public Hearing
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2007 Section 5307 Formula Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $14,475,449
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity
for a public hearing to consider its FY 2006/2007 Program of Projects from which federal funds are
being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an
80/20 matching basis between federal and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on
any and all projects listed below.
Rehab/Renovate Facilities (Yards & Shops)
Purchase Shop Equipment
Misc. Support Equipment
Misc. Support Equipment (Office Furnishings)
Rehab/Renovate Shop Equipment
Transit Salettite Transfer Amenities
Rehab/Renovate Transit Satellite Transfer Amenities
Fare Collection Equipment
Communications/Misc. Support Equipment
Management Review Audit
RTS Educational Marketing Campaign
NE Florida Regional Vision
Trolley Service Program Review
Reevaluation of Waterbourne Transit
Skyway Construct People Mover
Skyway Rehab/Renovate People Mover
Skyway Shop Equipment
Skyway Computer Hardware
Skyway Computer Software
Skyway Security Equipment
Skyway Miscellaneous Support Equipment
Skyway Fare Collection Equipment
Skyway Program Administration
Skyway Facility Improvement/Rehab Stations
Skyway Preventative Maintenance
CTC Miscellaneous Support Equipment
CTC Shop Equipment
CTC Preventative Maintenance
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2006. If a
request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5307 Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "O"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Unified Planning Work
Program (UPWP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area.
No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no
substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through November 30, 2006
during normal business hours. This notice will constitute the final publication unless the Program of Projects is
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Doretha Kitchens, 58, walks down the driveway of one of her two
homes in the Lower Ninth Ward section of New Orleans. Kitchens two
homes both of which took nine feet of water, destroying everything.
She received an initial $19,000 on each house from two insurers,
Allstate Corp. and the state-run insurance pool Louisiana Citizens
Property Corp., but was unhappy with their settlement, explaining
that they had to borrow money to begin their repairs. 'The blacks did-
n't complain 'cause they got tired,' said Kitchens, who recalls numer-
ous phone calls to her insurer that often ended with her being put on
hold before she ultimately accepted her insurer's offer.
NEW ORLEANS The Littles and
the Kitchens watched helplessly as
Hurricane Katrina battered their
homes. Both families waited
patiently for an insurance adjuster
to settle their losses. And both were
sorely disappointed with the out-
Then, their paths diverged.
Richard and Cindy Little, a white
couple living in a predominantly
white neighborhood, filed a com-
plaint with the Louisiana
Department of Insurance.
Eventually, they won full reim-
bursement for their repairs.
Doretha and Roy Kitchens, a black
couple living in New Orleans' over-
whelmingly black Lower Ninth
Ward, simply gave up and took
what their insurer gave them. They
didn't know they could appeal to the
Though poor and minority neigh-
borhoods suffered the brunt of
Katrina's fury, residents living 'in
white neighborhoods have been
three times as likely as homeowners
in black neighborhoods to seek
state help in resolving insurance
disputes, according to an AP com-
The analysis of Louisiana's insur-
ance complaints settled in the first
year after Katrina highlights a cold,
hard truth exposed by Katrina's
winds and waters: People of color
and modest means, who often need
the most help after a major disaster,
are disconnected from the govern-
ment institutions that can provide it,
or distrustful of those in power.
"The blacks didn't complain
'cause they got tired," said Doretha
Kitchens, 58, who recalls numerous
phone calls to her insurer that often
ended with her being put on hold.
Ultimately, she accepted her insur-
er's offer of about $34,000 for dam-
ages that actually total more than
The insurance industry and state
regulators saN they made special
efforts even in the midst of
(Top) Former National Football League star Art Monk, left, a 1980
Syracuse alumni, walks off the field with Duane Walker, one of the
Syracuse Eight, after a ceremony recognizing the nine black Syracuse
University football players who became rebellious outcasts in 1970 when
they quit the team to protest racial injustices and their unequal treatment.
36 years later, the university is ofticiall3 recogmzing the rune former play-
ers for their courageous stand against discrimination. The ceremony took
place during halftime of the Louisville-Syracuse college football game in
Syracuse, N.Y. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006.
Monk handed the alumni them their long-denied letterman jackets at the
halftime ceremony. Pictured, l-r, Art Monk, Ron Womack, Duane Walker,
Alif Muhammed, Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Clarence McGill,
Dana Harrell, John Lobon, Greg Allen, and Richard Bulls.
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-
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
2 $ 24,100
3 $ 27,150
4 $ 30,150 5
5 $ 32,550
6 $ 34,950
7 $ 37,400
8 $ 39,800
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.
Elizabeth Means Ronnie A. Ferguson
TDD: 630-3894 Information line: (904) 630-3893
October 26 November 6
Lincolnville Festival Will Celebrate
Oldest City's Black Heritage
ST AUGUSTINE The African-American heritage of the Nation's old-
est city will be celebrated with music, food and fun when the
Lincolnville Festival returns to St. Augustine's Historic Lincolnville on
November 3rd through 5th.
The festival gets underway on Friday with live R&B music, food, arts
and crafts. Saturday features narrated tours of Historic Lincolnville
sites, live country/pop, jazz and dance music throughout the day and a
special "Soul Food" contest. On Sunday, the day's entertainment fea-
tures great gospel music along with more food and more fun.
Festival hours are Friday, 5 tolO p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
and Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 904.377-3421.
Syracruse Lauds Players 36 Years
Later for Civil Rights Protest
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Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
Shiloh Pastor Darryl Gilyard (right) welcomes new EWC President, Dr. Jimmie Jenkins and his wife
Faleese to the City of Jacksonville.
Karen Smith and Kevin Cotton participate in a Project Blueprint class orientation at the Ritz Thearer
preparing them for leadership roles in the non-profit community
Family photo Barney Spann and kids
Kathy Wilson-Byers on location in South Africa on behalf of the Bold City Chapter of Links. She was
there celebrating the opening of the chapter's African schoolhouse which they soley funded. She is
shown above being congratulated by a Goodwill Ambassador.
Former 101.5 FM Radio Station head Ralph Christian is all smiles as
he poses with mega celebrity Cheryl Lee Ralph.
Tom Joyner receiving the key to the city while politicos look on and participate in his liveradio broadcast.
Shown then was Rep. Willye Dennis, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Council Member Terry Fields, and
Council Member Warren Jones.
Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press
October 26- November 1, 2006
Octbe 26- ovebe 1.206 s. ery'sFre Pes ag 1
The new television
season is shaping up
to have some rather
S unique and exciting
television, but there's
one new reality series
that is quite pity-full
TV Land network's
"I Pity The Fool,"
starring the infamous
That's right, the man who brought us one of the
most known characters of 80s television, is trav-
eling the country and dishing out his brand of
tough love, advice, and self- help along the way.
While Mr. T is certainly maintaining the
aggressive style of B.A. Barakas from his days
on "The A-Team," the new show won't include
head-bashing and fight scenes, instead, Mr. T
will be more of a guru, a title that some may find
. T Still Schooling Fools
to be a less evident transition.
"It started with my cartoon," Mr. T said of his
move from TV action star to advisor. "I would
give advice to little children. You know, I've
always sort of been giving help when people ask
me to inspire them. They ask me how did I make
it. So I'm always inspiring people. That's what I
do best, inspire people and motivate and get
them started. That's what they like about me."
What the network hopes audiences will like
about him is his rather unorthodox way of han-
dling problems and helping people cope; a style
quite different from help-talk and motivation
stars like Dr. Phil and Tony Robbins.
"I tell people they give advice. They are doc-
tors," Mr. T said about his TV counterparts. "Me,
I just have something unique. A lot of people
know that I bring a different aspect to the game.
So I'm not a doctor. My show ain't no Dr. Phil
where people sit around crying, 'What's wrong
with me? What's wrong with me?' You are a fool.
That's what's wrong with you."
In addition to just coming with it for his audi-
ence and guests, "I Pity the Fool" goes out to
people instead of being taped in a studio.
"I go out there to the people. I go to the bar-
rio, to the ghetto, to the farms, to the suburbs.
That's where I go. I take it to the people. They
receive me. They know I bring more than just
being tough. See, I grew up in the ghetto, but the
ghetto didn't grow up in me," he said.
Why does Mr. T pity the fool?
"You pity the fool because you don't want to
beat up a fool,"
Mr. T explained. "You know, pity is between
sorry and mercy. See, if you pity him, you know,
you won't have to beat him up. So that's why I
say fools, you gotta give [them] another chance
because they don't know no better. That's why I
Free Movie Screening Passes
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.. starring Eva Longoria Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez
~. a new movie by the
director of Training Day
S"Harsh Times" is the coming of age story of two men
S/ in their 20s set in South Central Los Angeles. Bale
Sand Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") play the two
leads, with Longoria playing Rodriguez's character's
The screening will be on
I Tuesday, November 7th
at 7:30 p.m.
S. at Regal Cinemas Beach Blvd 18
Passes can be picked up from the
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QLi NCY JONES TO WORK THE 2008 OLYMPICS:
Producer named Culture and Art Consultant for Summer Games.
Multi-Grammy winning producer Quincy Jones has been named as a
Culture and Art consultant to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Jones will join previously announced culture and art consultants Steven
Spielberg and Ang Lee in advising the Beijing Olympic Committee on the
creation of the opening and closing ceremonies of the XXIX Olympiad
which will take place Aug. 8 24, 2008.
In addition to serving as an advisor on the opening and closing cere-
monies, Jones will also compose an original song for the Games.
Restaurant says racial bias was not cause of Rock's mother's long wait.
Officials for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in South Carolina are
blaming a shift change for the long wait experienced last May by Rose
Rock, the mother of actor/comedian Chris Rock.
The company sent representatives to a news conference held Wednesday
outside of the Murrells Inlet restaurant, where Rock and her 21-year-old
daughter, Andi Rock, say they were the victims of racial discrimination
after waiting over 30 minutes for attention as other people were being
Rock, a resident of Georgetown, S.C. and host of a local radio show,
was supported at the press conference by Rev. Al Sharpton, who offered
to help with a planned lawsuit against the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant
"We're outraged that racism is permitted," Sharpton said, according to
South Carolina's The State.com. "Mrs. Rock did what was right. In frus-
tration, she reached out to us."
TYSON BEGINS BOXING TOUR WITH A 'WIN':
About 4,000 fans came out to witness spectacle in Youngstown, Ohio
On day one of "The Mike Tyson World Tour" in Youngstown Ohio, about
4,000 fans filled the 6,000-seat Chevrolet Centre to watch the former
heavyweight champion of the world beat his former sparring partner
Corey "T-Rex" Sanders.
"It was fun, that's my first time boxing since my last fight," said Tyson,
who retired last year after losing to Kevin McBride. "I didn't know how
tough it would be."
Tyson dropped Sanders to the canvas early in the first round. Critics
described both fighters as being overweight, with Tyson having to support
Sanders from falling down several more times more during the four-round
match. Tyson, whom Sanders outweighed by 50 pounds, was reportedly
gasping for air during each of the 2 V2 minute rounds.
The Associated Press wrote the following account of the match:
"Tyson made his way to the ring. But not long after Tyson knocked down
Sanders, the warm buzz quickly faded. With Tyson and Sanders locked up
like two ballroom dancers, the crowd, which paid up to $200 for a ticket,
first began a vulgar chant directed at Tyson and soon began to boo at what
looked more like a pillow fight than a boxing match.
"Tyson responded with a right-left combination that buckled Sanders.
But instead of finishing off his opponent the way he almost always did,
Tyson wrapped his arms around Sanders to prevent him from hitting the
"I don't know what people were looking for," said promoter Sterling
McPherson, who said Tyson will choose among eight locations for his
next fight. "We weren't trying to fool anyone or pull the wool over any-
one's eyes. This was an exhibition.;iPeople boo at real fights. ... This isn't
about him beating anybody up."
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October 26 November 1, 2006
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October 26- November 1, 2006
by Maynard Eaton
ATLANTA (NNPA) The
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference (SCLC), the venerable
civil rights group, was co-founded
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and
other black ministers in 1957. Now
nearly 50 years later, SCLC, which
was struggling for its very survival
just a few years ago, is celebrating
its renaissance with the planned
construction of $3 million interna-
tional headquarters on Auburn
"It establishes us as an institu-
tion," says SCLC's charismatic
president and CEO Charles Steele.
"Here at SCLC, we're about build-
ing an institution. This symbolizes
where we are going internationally.
We're developing an institution that
will live forever."
"This is the beginning of a new
day and a new way in the words of
Charles Steele," adds Atlanta State
Rep. Tyrone Brooks, a former
SCLC staff member. "We're sup-
posed to be on Auburn Avenue;
that's Martin Luther King Jr.'s
street. That's where he and Ralph
Abernathy brought SCLC in 1957.
We could not be on any other
Ground for New
The new SCLC headquarters,
which will open in July 2007 when
the group hosts its centennial
anniversary, will be a 12,500-
square-foot, two-story building that
will house SCLC offices as well as
retail shops and eateries. The build-
ing is debt-free; the money has
already been raised by Steele.
"The first job and priority of a
CEO is to deal with the money,"
says Steele, who took over SCLC
two years ago. "Everybody can't
raise money, but He gave me that
gift. We've been anointed and
appointed to raise hell and to raise
money. I have gained new money
with new relationships and new
friends. People and corporations
who had never given to SCLC
before have been sold on the con-
cept and the imagery of which we
When Steele came on board,
SCLC was financially strapped.
Now it boasts a $1.5 million annual
budget and Steele has not missed a
'I never thought [SCLC] was
dead," says former SCLC president
and co-founder Rev. Joseph
Lowery. "It was going through
some transitional pains. They've
come through it. I think Charles
Steele was a good man for the tran-
sition. SCLC will continue to be a
moral, independent voice in the
struggle for justice and equity."
"The white media tried to make
people believe that we were on our
deathbed; that the internal disagree-
ments were going to cause us to go
out of business," adds Brooks.
"We've always known that SCLC
would be around, but it does mean
that in the perception of the public
that we are back. Perception
becomes reality. Charles is shrewd
enough to be able to tap into those
business entities and corporate
leaders to the extent that they can't
say no to him."
SCLC has also changed course.
It's now an international group that
has opened campuses in Israel and
launched a program at Mississippi
Valley State University.
"We're not a localized organization
anymore," Steele says. "Atlanta is
an international city, we have an
international concern. It's all glob-
al. We have 50 students enrolled at
Mississippi Valley State University
being taught in the Kingian theory
which we call 'conflict manage-
ment, conflict resolution.'"
November 4th at 3 p.m.
EWC Tigers vs.
Southern Virginia University Knights
Earl Kitchings Stadium/Raines High School
Turn Key Reception for the newly constructed John Hurst Adams/Jimmy
R. Jenkins Community Sports and Music Center & Community
12 noon 4 p.m., 1859 Kings Road @ Spires Avenue
Tigers Basketball Season Opener
Adams/Jenkins Center Lady Tigers vs Allen University Yellowjackets 6 p.m.
Tigers vs Southeastern University Fire 8 p.m.
Greek Step Show
8 p.m. in the Adams/Jenkins Center
8 a.m. line up at Stanton College Prep
10 a.m. Parade begins from Stanton College Prep, south on Myrtle Avenue,
north on Kings Road, and ends at the Adams/Jenkins Center
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