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I QUALI I Y 8LACK( WEEKLY 50Cents
Negro Leagues' Oldest Player Silas
Simmons Passes Away at 111 Years
Negro League baseball legend Silas
Simmons, said to be the oldest living profes-
sional baseball player. died last weekend, two
weeks after his 111th birthday. The former
S left-handed pitcher and outfielder died in a
*Orlando retirement nursing home according to
Zion Hill Mortuary. Simmons played for sev-
era] teams from 1912-29. including the New
York Lincoln Giants of the Eastern Colored
i. League, the Cuban Stars and the Blue Ribbons
,f of Germantown, who later became the
Homestead Gra',s. He was born in Middleton, Del., in 1895, the same
N ear as Babe Ruth, and honored by the Center for Negro League Baseball
Research on his birthday Oct. 14.
Black Women See Education,
Iraq as Key Election Issues
A new sun ey saN s Black women are more likely to consider education
as a key election issue. with 98 percent say ing it is either extremely or
very important. Low-income women are likelier than higher income
women to cite education as highix important.
The sure% was conducted by the National Council for Research on
Women and shows a majority of both women and men want to increase
student aid for college. By a margin of more than five to one overall -
and six to one for women they would vote for a candidate who favored
increased student aid over a candidate who opposed it.
Black and Hispanic women are united in their opposition to the Iraq,
War. according to the surve.. Among Black women voters, 83 percent
said they Nwould vote for candidates who favor withdrawal from Iraq, and
only 9 percent would vote to stay the course, a margin of nine to one.
Among Hispanic women voters, the margin is six to one.
Connerly Criticized for Klan Comments
Opponents are criticizing a key backer of a ballot initiative to end pub-
lic affirmative action programs in Michigan after he made comments that
appeared to welcome the Ku Klux Klan's support.
Ward Connerly. a California businessman who is pushing the Michigan
Civil Rights Initiative and helped to get similar measures passed else-
where. ,was quoted in a documentary examining affirmati e action. The
measure would ban the use of race and gender preferences in state go\-
ernment and university admissions.
In a video posted to the Web site YouTube.com. Connerly is shown say-
ing."If the Ku Klux Klan thinks that equalir, is right. God bless them.
Thank them for finally reaching the point where logic and reason are
being applied instead of hate."
Connerly. 'who is black, defended his remark, say ing he accepts support
for banning affirmative action wherever he finds it.
"Throughout my life I have made absolutely] clear m\ disdain for the
KKK."ConnerlN said in a written statement. "If they or an\ group accepts
equality for all people. I \%ill be the first to \welcome them."
Reparations Suggested by Brown Univ.
President for Involvement in Slavery
Brown University and its president Ruth Simmons recently\ issued a
report titled, Slavery and Justice, which was intended to detail the
University's links to slavery. Recommendations noted in the report sug-
gest that the school should build a slavery memorial, establish a research
center on slaver\ and justice, and increase efforts to recruit more minor-
ity students, especially from Africa and the West Indies.
According to the report, the university benefited, directly or indirectly.
from the slave trade. Among its findings, the institution's founder. James
Manning,. was a sla\e owner, 30 members of the college's governing cor-
poration owned or captained slave ships. and slaves helped construct
some of the school's buildings. Simmons praised the report as an "oppor-
tunity to appreciate not only the full historical context of the Uni\ersity's
founding, but also to use these insights as a point of departure to inform
the choices to be made in the face of contemporary\ moral dilemmas."
Simmons says she % ill soon issue a response to the committee's recom-
King Memorial Will Be First to
African American On The Mall
On a hot August afternoon in 1963. the Re'erend Martin Luther King
On November 13th, a half-mile from the spot Dr. King made his famous
1963 "I Have a Dream speech, a diverse group of celebrities, corporate
leaders and ordinary Americans \% ill help turn the first shovels of dirt for
a memorial honoring the civil rights leader. It %\ill be the first monument
to an African American on the National Mall in Washington.
Poet and novelist MayaAngelou is scheduled to join Oprah Winfrey and
others who have been working for more than a decade to help build the
Angelou says the groundbreaking is even more special because it comes
nearly a year after the death of King's widow.
Donations, mostly from major corporations, have topped 65 point five
million dollars for the monument.
Its location is flanked by the Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D.
Roosevelt memorials near the eastern edge of the Potomac River Tidal
Volume 20 No. 43 Jacksonville, Florida November 9-15, 2006
Democrats Take the House
rI i .
NAACP Lauds Trailblazers and Activists
at 41st Annual Freedom Fund Dinner
The Jacksonville BranchNAACP celebrated it's heroes and sheroes at it's
recent Freedom Fund Dinner. Shown above are NAACP Branch President
Isaiah Rumlin, Elnora Atkins accepting an award posthumously for her sis-
ter Olivia Gay Davis, Sandra Thomspon (Rutledge Pearson Award) and
guest speaker Nelson Rivers. For more see page 7 T Austin Photo
Democrats swept Republicans
from power in the U.S. House of
Representatives and gained seats in
the Senate, riding to victory on a
wave of public discontent with the
Iraq war, corruption and
President George W. Bush's leader-
Democrats were headed to gains
of about 30 seats in the House,
according to network projections of
Tuesday's vote, giving them control
for the first time since 1994.
Democrats, who needed to pick up
six Republican Senate seats for a
majority, gained at least three seats
while three others were still too
close to call.
The split control of Congress and
narrow governing majorities in the
Senate were almost certain to
spawn more partisan gridlock and
political warfare during Bush's final
two years in office.
Democratic control of the House
will make outspoken liberal Rep.
Nancy Pelosi the first female
Speaker, slam the brakes on much
of Bush's agenda and increase pres-
sure for a change of course in Iraq.
"Tonight is a great victory for the
American people," Pelosi told a
Democratic rally on Capitol Hill.
"Today the American people voted
for change, and they voted for
Democrats to take our country in a
All 435 House seats, 33 Senate
seats and 36 governorships were at
stake. Democrats also scored big
wins in governors' races, taking
five seats from Republicans and
nearing a national majority that
could give them an edge in the
2008 presidential election.
Continued on page 3
Phi Delta Kappa Hosts Teach-A-Rama at Ribault Middle
Shown above (L-R) are the Xinos and Kudos, the youth component of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority: Evan Bell, Carl Porter IV, Desmond Long
and Coralin Sneed who helped staff the event along with their mentors, sorority members: Delores Woods, President Lillian Porter, R. Ernestine
Poole, Diane Huff and Jean Farmer. The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter hosted its annual Teach-A-Rama last
weekend at Ribault Middle School Media Center. Parents and teacher were invited to come and learn about parenting workshops, educa-
tion/tutoring, budgeting/finances, abstinence programs, family counseling, and more at the free event.
Duval Health Department Reaching Community
Through Non Traditional Resources and Services
When one thinks of the Health
Department, past images of limited
healthcare, kid based crowded cen-
ters came to mind. These days, the
Duval County Health Department
is changing stereotypes and the
community with programs
designed to enhance and educate a
While existing programs that help
children and expecting mothers
have been in place for decades, the
Health Department has stayed the
course of time consistently creating
new divisions such as Health
Policy & Evaluation Research
which started about 5 years ago and
Institutional Medicine which began
two months ago that services the
incarcerated population. Duval
County was also the first to imple-
ment mobile units and four full-
service clinics handle nearly 24,000
patient visits a year.
"In the past, you had to come to
the Health Department for care,"
said marketing specialist Charles
Griggs, "these days we are coming
That statement is quite true. Over
the course of the past few years, the
Health Department has undergone a
complete imaging and outreach
campaign. Much of the marketing
is targeted to one of the nation's
most underserved population the
Statistics show that while many
people assume that having a job
also means having health insur-
ance, a new report shows that about
one in five working African
American adults are uninsured. In
addition, African American adults
who do not have health coverage
experience significant gaps in med-
ical care when compared to African
American adults with coverage.
While no racial or ethnic group is
immune to going without health
insurance, working African
Americans suffer disproportionate-
ly. About 18 percent of African
American adults with jobs are unin-
sured, compared to just 11 percent
of working but uninsured white
Continued on page 10
Shown above is Diane Baxter being fitted for her free biker's helmet
from the DCHD's Lowrie Ward at the Agape Health Festival.
Pnup *2 1MAv1rr l'rpp Pv-Free Press
November 9-15, 2006
I I IA 1 ''11:1 There are many major corporations
br Fin the marketplace that demonstrate a
by George Fraser strong outreach to our community.
S Networking Using The You see Black people in their ads, you
working Us g T see their ads in our publications, hear
Hammer of Reciprocity them on our radio stations. They spon-
Hamme sor those events, institutions and spe-
cial programs that are important to us.
They have a large work force that includes Blacks in a variety of responsible and productive positions and
they purchase our products, skills and services. In general, they have a high profile and a good image in our
community. They deserve our support; it's called reciprocity!
List those companies that come to mind. If you don't know the company, list the brand and buy their prod-
ucts and services. For those who do not make your list, reduce your spending with them by 25% per year over
the next four years until you have gotten them out of your system.
Company Name: In the 21st Century we must break this
Brand Name: addiction of supporting those who take us for
The Jacksonville Children's
Commission of the City of
Jacksonville, FL, will require the
professional services of a consult-
ant/firm to provide Consulting
Services for Screening/Training of
Volunteer Mentors for
Jacksonville's Youth (P-10-07). All
interested persons can contact the
City of Jacksonville, Department of
Procurement Office, 117 West
Duval Street, Suite 335,
Jacksonville, FL 32202 or phone
Charles Robertson @ (904) 630-
1196 for a copy of the RFP or you
can download the RFP @
www.coj.net, go to Procurement
Office, go to Professional Services,
Request for Proposals. The City of
Jacksonville is an Equal
Opportunity Employer and encour-
ages expressions of interest for the
described services from
Jacksonville Small and Emerging
Business Enterprises (MBE).
Replies must be delivered to the
City of Jacksonville, Department of
Procurement, Attn: Professional
Services Specialist, 117 West Duval
Street, Suite 335, Jacksonville, FL
,32202. Proposals must be received
no. later than 4:00 p.m., Friday,
December 8, 2006. ,,,u.,,
granted and do not support us! There are
about 100 national companies that show up
all the time, let's do business with them and
boycott the rest! That's Power networking.
INVITATION FOR BIDS
Upgrade Spreader Trim System
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. B2007-02
JAXPORT Contract No. EQ-1229
November 6, 2006
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time, December 7, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office
Builidng, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Upgrade
Spreader Trim System.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. EQ-1229, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering
Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the
second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/357-
PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 14,
2006 AT 10:00 AM, IN THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM, FIRST
FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING
LOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE. ATTENDANCE BY
A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPECTIVE BIDDER IS
REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM ANY
BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH CONFER-
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The JSEB Participation Goal established for this project is 5%.
.Manager Procurement and Inventory
NOTICE OF PUBLIC
RE: 49CFR Part 37, U.S.C. 5310
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $31,500
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
2007/2008 Program of Projects in which federal capital funds are being
requested from the State of Florida, Department of Transportation.
Funding is available on an 80/10/10 matching basis between federal,
state and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any
and all projects listed below:
CTC Miscellaneous Support Equipment: $35,000
Total Program of Projects: $35,000
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing
before 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 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 5310 CTC Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
This project will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization
(MPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements
are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. This project
will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they
adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. The FDOT
contact person for District 2 is:
Gwendolyn H. Pra, District Rural Transportation Coodinator
FDOT District II
2198 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, FI 32204-2730
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100
North Myrtle Avenue through December 7, 2006 during normal business
hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the
meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC
TDD 636-7402. This notice will constitute the final notice and program of
projects if no comments are received.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
;- i^_ JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
I'. Regional Transportation Solutions
NOTICE OF PUBLIC
RE: 49CFR Part 37, U.S.C. 5311
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $76,650
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 in which federal operating are being requested from the State of Florida,
Department of Transportation. Funding is available on an 80/10/10 matching basis
between federal, state and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on
any and all projects listed below:
Total Program of Projects:
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00
p.m. on December 7, 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 5311 CTC Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
This project will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program
(TIP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of the
Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as
a result of project implementation. This project will have no substantial harmful
effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly
or disabled. The FDOT contact person for District 2 is:
Gwendolyn H. Pra, District Rural Transportation Coodinator
FDOT District II
2198 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, FI 32204-2730
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle
Avenue through December 7, 2006 during normal business hours. Persons with
disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meeting should contact the JTA
Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will constitute
the final notice and program of projects if no comments are received.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
C p JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
S Regional Transportation Solutions
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
RE: FY 2007 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $146,651
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 2005/2006 Modernization
Project in which federal funds are being requested from
the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is
generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between
federal, state, and local sources. The public is
encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed
Facility/Guideway Upgrades: $183,314
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the
JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2006. If
a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing
will be scheduled and the public notified. This notice will
serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5309 Modernization Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 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 December 7, 2006
during normal business hours. This notice will constitute
the final notice if no changes occur.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
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Regional Transportation Solutions
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African-Americans Face Surprise Outcomes in Key Races
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Keith Ellison, Democratic candidate for Congress (L), celebrates his
5th District victory in Minneapolis, MN. With the win, Ellison, 43,
becomes the first Muslim in Congress as well as the first black repre-
sentative from Minnesota.
Continued from front
Locally, incumbent Democrats
retained their sets including State
Rep. Audrey Gibson who had no
competition and Rep. Terry Fields.
on a state level, Republican can-
didate Charlie Christ will be headed
to the White House following a
defeat of former Cong. Jim Davis,
whose supporters were among the
first he thanked and welcomed in
his acceptance speech.
"The people of Florida and
America today voted for a new
direction." said Florida Democratic
Chair Karen Thurman.
"By choosing Alex Sink,
Floridians elected a true financial
leader as their next Chief Financial
Officer. She will bring balance and
fiscal responsibility to the state's
Cabinet. She will serve as a watch-
dog against outsourcing and help to
bring real relief to property owners
by appropriately regulating the
"In Congressional races, we were
heavily outspent, but our message
of a new direction resonated with
the people of Florida, who helped
deliver a Democratic majority to
the nation. Leaders Ron Klein and
Tim Mahoney will bring common
sense and a new direction to
Washington, and they will serve the
people of Florida well." she said.
Floridians are also sending more
Democrats to the state legislature.
With at least six new members in
the state House.
"This legislature will have to hold
Governor-elect Charlie Crist
accountable for the promises he has
made." she concluded in a state-
"We're finally beginning to
become a national party again after
12 years," said Democratic Party
chief Howard Dean, who has
worked over the last year to build
up party operations in all 50 states.
A Democratic victory in either
house gives the party control of leg-
islative committees that could
investigate the Bush administra-
tion's decisions on foreign, military
and energy policy.
Early exit polls showed voters
disapproved of the war in Iraq by a
large margin, but voters said cor-
ruption and ethics were more
important to their vote than other
issues including the war, CNN said.
"There's not a lot we can do to
actually force the president to leave
Iraq, but ultimately we can have
some influence and I think you'll
see certainly an attempt by
Democrats to change the direction,"
Dean told CNN.
12 Who Care Celebrates 19th
Year of Individual Volunteerism
Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. leaves the Little Rebel
Bar and Grill during a campaign stop for the midterm elections in
Jackson, Tennessee. He was beaten by Republican Bob Corker, a for-
mer mayor of Chattanooga, turned back Ford's effort to become the
first black senator from the South since Reconstruction.
Powell Participates in Mule Day
As the air is turning cool in the small southwest Georgia town of
Calvary. A handful of Lions Club members meet at the Lions Den to
make ready for the Annual Mule Day festivities held each year on
the first Saturday in November. Only about 200 people call Calvary
home, but on this day Calvary's population grows to 60,000 to 90,000
(count does not include mules). The highlight of the day is the noon
day parade of Mules. There's a parade, lots of arts & crafts, cane
grinding and syrup making for the masses who come early and stay
all day during the first weekend in November.
Deval Patrick greeting supporters on the campaign trail.
Deval Patrick Becomes Nation's
2nd African-American Governor
Mass Deval Patrick was elected
governor of Massachusetts on elec-
tion day restoring the Democratic
Party to the Comer Office after a
16-year absence, and putting him-
self into the history books as the
first black to win the state's highest
office in its 218-year history.
In addition to the state distinction,
the victory made Patrick just the
second African-American governor
in the nation since Reconstruction.
The first, L. Douglas Wilder of
Virginia, left office more than a
decade ago, in 1995.
"I believe in a grass-roots strategy
to campaign. I believe in a grass-
roots strategy to govern," Patrick,
50, said earlier in the day. "Our
biggest challenge is how we trans-
fer that energy and that excitement
and willingness of people to con-
nect and check back in into day-to-
day governing and into a revived
civic life," he said.
Patrick, 50, who served as assis-
tant U.S. attorney general for civil
rights under President Bill
Clinton, defeated Republican
Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey,
independent convenience store
owner Christy Mihos and Green
Party candidate Grace Ross.
The incumbent, Republican Mitt
Romney, didn't seek re- election
and is a potential 2008 presidential
A Chicago native, Patrick came to
Massachusetts as a youngster when
he won a scholarship to Milton
Academy, a prep school south of
Boston. He went on to Harvard
Law School. Moving to the corpo-
rate world, he was general counsel
for Texaco and then Coca-Cola Co.,
the world's largest soft-drink maker.
Patrick's run was his first for pub-
lic office. He depended on a grass-
roots and Web-based organization
to raise money and drive his cam-
Called to Conquer
JDG Ministries is inviting the
community to the first annual
"Called to Conquer" Convocation
at One Accord Ministries where
Bishop Jan Goodman is pastor.
The three day event is the week-
end of November 10-12th.
Speakers from around the state will
inspire beginning with opening
night services at 7 p.m. On
Saturday, the Youth Explosion will
kick off at 9:30 a.m.and the
Women's Worship Service will be
at 7 p.m. Closeout services will be
Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
The church is located at 2971
Waller Street at the intersection, of
McDuff and 1-10. For more infor-
mation call 389-7373.
Twelve exceptional volunteers
were honored by First Coast News
for their outstanding community
service at the station's annual 12
Who Care community service
awards program, now in its '19th
year. 12 Who Care recognizes and
honors the unsung heroes in our
communities, those who epitomize
the essence of volunteerism by self-
lessly giving of themselves to others.
Hosted by News Anchor Jeannie
Blaylock, the program was held at
the Ritz Theater/LaVilla Museum.
An hour long special of the 12 Who
Care service awards program, will
air on WTLV-12 on Saturday,
November 17, 2006, from 7 to 8 p.m.
The 2005-2006 Honorees: Clara
White Mission Volunteer from Citi-
Card, Kristi Bageant-Epperson,
who recruited over 500 volunteers
and has raised thousands of dollars
for the mission.
Laura Ward Crooks, volunteers
at the Brentwood Elementary
School, which became the first Inner
City School to receive an "A" rating,
which it has kept for three years. She
creatively teaches reading and writ-
ing skills. Mrs. Crooks is also a vol-
unteer at "The Sanctuary on 8th
Street", an after school program for
Almethia "Mama" Davis is a
community activist with the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, who
accompanies the Sheriff on his
neighborhood walks, contacting the
citizens in the communities prior to
the event so that all can be involved.
Her other volunteer activities include
helping to establish the Lincoln Villa
Community Center, the Mayor's
Council on Elder Affairs.
Coach James Day has inspired
many youth over the course of his 50
year coaching career. He originated
the Bob Hayes Invitational Track and
Field Meet in 1964 to help fund the
Athletic Department at William M.
Raines High School. The event
received national news coverage, and
includes a Scholarship Golf
Tournament. Coach Day has been
honored more than 250 times.
Larry Dixon is adDevout advo-
cate for the homeless, Mr. Dixon has
recruited over 60 volunteers to assist
the homeless. To relieve their gloom
he performs as a clown He works in
his church's Soup Kitchen, and has
spent nights sleeping with the home-
less to understand their needs.
Rhonda Hiser, wheelchair bound
and fighting MS, spends her week-
ends camping with either her Girl
Scout troop, or her Cub Scout den, or
helping the Scouts earn their Merit
Badges. When kids can not afford
scouting, she often uses her own
money to pay for their scouting
Thomas R. "Rod" Lee a volun-
teer with St. Andrew's Lighthouse
spends countless hours providing
banking and financial record keeping
for the facility. His own kidney trans-
plant experience inspired him to
organize a support group for organ
Marilyn L. McGuire works qui-
etly behind the scenes to help the
need and the lonely in her neighbor-
hood. Her help varies from painting
in someone's home to providing
clothes from her own closets to those
in need. She refers to the things she
does as "A Ministry of Helps."
MaliVai Washington, this former
professional tennis star, settled here
after retiring, and founded the
MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation which provides kids the
opportunity to leam tennis, and more
importantly receive tutoring help and
help in executing life issues.
Christy Smith, is a pilot, and a
member of Angel Flight, which pro-
vides free air transportation for peo-
ple who must travel to specialized
health facilities or distant destina-
tions. She also organizes a Christmas
time outing for the children at the
Sulzbacher center when they have
Nadylis "Nay" Wood along
with her poodles Kiddo and Kayla,
provide "pet therapy" to oncology
patients at several local facilities.
She helps to heal the spirits of those
entering the end stages of life at
Phil Woodworth works at night
but uses his daytime hours, volun-
teers at Lone Star Elementary
School. "Mr. Phil" directs traffic,
plants gardens, cleans, weeds,
mulches and builds flower boxes and
arbors, even a Butterfly Garden that
the kids take care of. He formed the
"Lone Star Dad's Club" who all pitch
in to make Lone Star Elementary a
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press November 9-15, 2006
a by George
fits of this
-- a close is
that we won't continue to be bom-
barded with TV commercials
drenched in lies and distortion. The
closer it got to Tuesday's election, it
seemed, the bolder the lies became.
Much has been made of the racially-
tinged commercial in which a White
actress claims to have met Harold
Ford Jr. at a Playboy party. The ad
ends with the woman, with only a
necklace visible, pretending to be
holding a phone, saying: "Harold,
FactCheck.org, the Web site that
serves as a credible referee for all of
the political charges and counter-
charges, provides us with other
examples of false political claims in
Ford's unsuccessful Senate race in
Tennessee and other campaigns.
Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob
Corker's campaign teamed up with
the National Republican Senate
Campaign to produce a TV com-
mercial that proclaimed,
"...Congressman Ford voted
against reauthorizing the PATRIOT
Act, which protects us from terror-
ists. He voted to cut defense spend-
ing by 16 percent. Just who does he
think is going to provide our securi-
ty? And get this, Congressman Ford
even voted to let liberal judges
release felons from jail because of
FactCheck.org noted, "It's true, as
the ad says, that Ford voted in favor
of an amendment proposed by the
Congressional Black Caucus that
would have cut defense spending by
over 16 percent for fiscal 2001,
directing the additional funds to
education ad working class family
safety net programs.
"What the announcer doesn't tell
us is that Ford cast the vote in 2000,
before the attack on the World
Our Debt to Society
by Vilham Reed
Now that African American voters have exercised
their electoral franchises, isn't it time they demand
-- that the people they elected correct America's sys-
tern of racially selective policing, prosecution and
S .. mass imprisonment? The operation of the crime
control industry continues to devastate lives of mil-
lions of black families and the economic and social
fabric of their communities.
The "law and order" priorities of legislation and judicial actions over
recent decades have plagued black families' worse. The nation's lowest
wages, life expectancy, highest unemployment and number of single par-
ent households are among African American prisoners, former prisoners,
and the ruined communJities they come from and are discharged into.
American legislators have run a costly con game on blacks. Through
"law and order" legislation and judicial processes enacted over the past
two decades. Black Americans are 8.2 times more likely to be in prison
than White Americans. Their practices have created a situation where 9
percent of African Americans are in prisons and jails, and nearly as many
more are on probation, parole, bail, house arrest or court supervision
Black Americans, who comprise 13 percent of the national population,
are currently the main fodder of America's era of incarceration. We are
30 percent of the people arrested, 41 percent of people in jail, and 49 per-
cent of those in prison. Building and running prisons is one of the fastest
growing industries in America, supported by a judiciary eager to keep
them filled. Combined, state governments spend $40 billion a year to
operate their prison systems.
The US has a higher percentage of its citizens behind bars than any other
country. The remarkably high and increasing rates of incarceration since
the 1980s have not been driven by increases in violent crime. Rather, the
burgeoning prison population is the result of changes in penal policies and
practices and soaring number of drug offenders given prison sentences.
America's 'War on Drugs has created a social situation among young
African Americans where more hare done prison time than military serv-
ice or earned college degrees.
The US spends an average of $7.000 per year to educate each youth, and
over S35.000 to lock up one. Black otherss need to ask their elected offi-
cials to answer: "How can lawmakers justify continuing to spend such
money annually per an inmate from neighborhoods where we spend one-
fifth of that per pupil?"
The problem is that public policN in America onl\ moves to address
human needs when under the insistent pressure of mass movements.
When will a mass movement come to change Am-nerica's racial% select\ e
policies of incarcerations? Will Black Americans demand more from
officeholders on this issue? We need moratoriums on prosecutions of
juveniles as adults: advocates for the extension of health care. job and edu-
cational opportunities, rights of citizenship to the prisoner class: and more
questions regarding the economic and social effects of the crime control
industry on black children, families and communities?
It's time for a return on the votes blacks have inm ested into the electoral
system. Nothing can excuse policymakers from the responsibility to end
racist criminal justice practices impacting African American families.
More then merely a symptom of the tangled mess of problems that create,
sustain, and deepen America's savage patterns of class and race inequali-
ty. mass incarceration of blacks has become a central part of the mess. For
these and other reasons, it will be an especially worthy target for creative.
democratic protest and policy formation in the new millennium.
Lawmakers need to do more toward allocating funds toward communi-
tv-based crime-prevention programs. Most offenders can be dealt with
through much cheaper community programs half the costs of imprison-
ment. Pure prevention programs for disadvantaged youths can pay con-
siderable dividends in the future. For eenry dollar inMested, taxpayers get
from $3 to $5 in return later in terms of crimes prevented, taxes collected
from the youth working, etc.
Black Americans' current debt to society is to place "law and order"
issues at the forefront of each of tour political agendas and address wvaN s to
dismantle a xast prison industrial complex that feeds on our people.
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Trade Center or the beginning of
hostilities in Iraq; the date of the
vote does appear in fine print at the
bottom of screen, where you can see
it if you squint hard."
The watchdog site stated, "Since
9/11, Ford has supported rapid
increases in defense spending for
the war and national security, vot-
ing, for example, in favor of the fis-
cal 2006 defense spending bill as
well as the 2003 emergency supple-
mental funding bill. The ad also
doesn't mention that on the same
day he voted for the amendment
Corker cites, Ford voted in favor of
an amendment that would have
increased military spending, though
only seven-tenths of a percent,
which isn't enough to keep up with
The ad correctly notes that Ford
voted against reauthorizing the
PATRIOT Act, once on the House
committee report and again on the
conference report. However, much
of the objection to the new legisla-
tion was based on concerns over
"...Republican Sen. John Sununu of
New Hampshire then introduced a
separate bill containing civil liber-
ties provisions on which both
Democrats and Republicans could
agree," FactCheck.org reported.
"Ford voted for the Sununu bill,
without which, it seemed clear at
the time, the PATRIOT Act would
not have been renewed."
As for the claim that Ford "voted
to let liberal judges release felons
from jail because of overcrowding,"
again the ad misstates the facts. The
reference was to a bill introduced by
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) that
would have prevented judges from
exercising their right to release pris-
oners in overcrowded state facilities
back into society. "Ford, we note,
did not vote to allow judges to
release felons from jail, he voted
against restricting their existing
right to do so," the group said. The
DeLay measure never made it to the
Perhaps the most egregious com-
mercial was sponsored by the
Republican National Committee
and aired against Rep. John Murtha,
a Pennsylvania Democrat who had
been one of the staunchest support-
ers of the war in Iraq until recent
This is what Murtha said: "Fifty-
six percent of the people in Spain
think it's more dangerous, the
United States is more dangerous in
Iraq than Iran is. Every one of our
allies think that the United States
being in Iraq is more dangerous to
world stability and world peace,
every one of our allies, Great
Britain, every single country, they
think it's, we're more dangerous to
world peace than North Korea or
Iran. That says something."
In the RNC ad, Murtha is made to
say: "We're more dangerous to
world peace than North Korea or
The monitoring group says, "...In
this case the RNC manages to pres-
ent Murtha as seeming to say nearly
the exact opposite of what he actu-
The commercial ran on television
and appeared on the Republican
National Committee's Web site.
FactCheck pointed out, "This is the
same RNC web ad that attracted
attention because of an image of
Democratic party chairman Howard
Dean that appeared to have been
altered to give him the faint hint of
a Hitler moustache."
This election went beyond the
usual mudslinging. It was down-
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief of the NNPA
News Service and BlackPressUSA.com. To contact
Curry go to his Web site, www.georgecurry.com.
Government All Checks and No Balance
by lames Klingmani
B\ the time \ou read this article the election
of 2006 \ ill be o'er. I wanted to write it in
anticipation of the change I hope and pray will
take place in the Congress. I am trusting that we
%%ill kick those good-for-nothing perpetrators
ior is it just "traitors"? i out of office and finally
let the %\orld kno%\ that the "American people"
are not as stupid as \\e appear to be, having
selected and supposedly elected a dunce for our
president and a Congress that rubber stamps
e erything he proposes een if it's illegal.
I \\as taught in my earl\ .\ears in school that
the three branches of go emrnment were institut-
ed to assure a sy stem of checks and balances. In
our current administration, the only checks are
those being handed to Hallibturton and Kellogg,
Brown. and Root, and all the other war profi-
teers, such as Ex,.on oil receipt ing tax incentives
despite profiting $10 billion per quarter.
Billions of dollars in checks are being passed
among the corporate insiders that Bush has
brought in to perform jobs for which they have
no experience. In Iraq. \\here they are building
the largest U.S. Embassy in the world, at least
$9 billion is still unaccounted for.
Checks and balances? I think not. What have
%e gotten front this corrupt government we live
under is a direct contradiction of the principles
upon which the U.S. was founded. Read the
Declaration of Independence's list of complaints
against King George and you will find an eerie
similarity to our complaints about our "King"
George. This administration is all about the
money and power, and they will do anything to
get it and keep it.
Heaven only knows what awaits after the elec-
tion. I know change in the make up and control
of Congress is not a done deal yet; Deibold will
work hard to maintain status quo with its corrupt
and corruptible voting machines. So, don't be
surprised if your vote does not count. Don't be
surprised if the exit polls say one thing and the
results say the opposite. And don't be surprised
if those candidates who were behind by double
digits win their contests. Computers can work
wonders, you know.
The way to check this gang of thieves is to
kick them out of office, if we can figure out how
to get fair elections, especially in 2008. I don't
know if that is possible, but I am not giving up
on those of us who want to bring back the orig-
inal system of checks and balances. I pray we
will follow through, because right now the only
checks we have are those flowing through world
banks, and the only balances that count are
found in those huge bank accounts of corrupt
politicians and corporations.
And then we have the "Decider" and his
henchmen, Karl Rove, Speedy Gonzalez, and
Michael Chertoff (does his Russian surname
really mean "son of the devil"?). These guys and
their minions around the country, some of whom
have already been convicted and sentenced for
corruption, some of whom are awaiting sentenc-
ing, some of whom are perverts of the highest
order, and some of whom are wealthier beyond
their wildest dreams because Bush is president,
they have given us the worst corruption in his-
tory. (Is Ken Lay still dead? Did he really die?)
I trust we have the will to change this govern-
ment before it's too late. Too many lies have
been told, too many lives have been lost, and too
much money is missing. I trust our votes will
reflect those realities.
Let's get back to real checks and balances. And
may we never again get ourselves into a situa-
tion like the one we are in now. We must have a
Congress that really does check the president
when he or she is out of order; and we can only
have that kind of system through a balanced
approach to how we vote and for whom we vote.
All the negative advertisements we saw were a
stark indication of how low some of these can-
didates would stoop to get elected. They also
illustrated how stupid they think we are. Doesn't
that just make you sick?
Road to Greater College Graduation for Black America
Must Be Paved With More than Good Intentions
By Marc H. Morial
President, National Urban League
O er the past decade or so, the
number of African Americans pur-
suing higher education has hit new
heights, according to a ne'% report
by the Washington. D.C.-based
American Council on Education.
From 1993 to 21003. black enroll-
ment at the nation's colleges and
universities surged nearly 43 per-
cent to more than 1.9 million stu-
dents. Students of color made up
2".S percent of nearly I million
students on campuses across the
country. up from 21.S percent in
And, according to The Journal of
Blacks in Higher Education, blacks
in 2004 earned an all-time high of
131.241 bachelor's degrees from
four-y ear American colleges and
uniiersities, up 6 percent Irom
21113 and more than tm ice that of
But don't go cracking open the
champagne just \et. According to
the American Council study,
African Americans are the most
likely to drop out of college than
an\ other minority group. (O stu-
dents \\ho entered college in the
1995-1996 academic Near, only
36.4 percent of blacks received a
degree, compared to 42 percent of
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Hispanics, 58 percent of whites and
62.3 percent of Asian Americans.
Obviously, somewhere along the
line there has been a major discon-
nect. While blacks are entering col-
lege at record highs, they're lagging
significantly behind whites and
other minorities in terms of gradu-
In September, a U.S. Education
Department advisory committee on
student financial aid concluded that
as many as 1.6 million degrees
were lost in the 1990s among low-
and low-middle income students
who decided not to go to college
because of costs and other factors.
With a median income of $30,858
and net worth of roughly $6,000,
African American households are
at a substantial disadvantage in
affording college compared to
whites, whose median income is at
least $20,000 or more a year and
whose net worth is 10 times that of
According to a July survey by the
Project on Student Debt, 56 percent
of black adults said they worried
somewhat or very often about not
being able to afford education costs
for their children. Nearly 60 per-
cent said they felt students carried
too much debt after college and 66
percent said it was too hard to pay
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Back in March, Harvard
University announced that it would
no longer expect households with
less than $60,000 a year in annual
income to contribute to their chil-
dren's education. It represented a
major expansion of its 2004 finan-
cial aid initiative that set the cutoff
at $40,000 per household and
brought about a 24 percent hike in
enrollment of students from low-
Harvard's decision in 2004 to
raise the financial aid stakes served
as the catalyst in a chain reaction
among its competitors including
Yale, Stanford and to a large extent
my alma mater University of
Pennsylvania, which replaced
loans with grants for students from
households earning less than
$50,000 a year.
"We will accomplish nothing sig-
nificant in improving access for
students from low- and middle-
income families unless we focus
our attention on strengthening our
need-based financial aid pro-
gram," wrote University of
Pennsylvania President Amy
Gutman in a Washington Post com-
mentary from early October.
"Financial aid based on need is
the great equalizer of opportunity
in higher education. Nothing pro-
motes equity and socioeconomic
diversity more effectively. Even if
tuition rates were frozen, a college
education would simply be out of
reach for low-income and most
middle-income families were it not
for need-based financial aid."
Our democracy cannot expect to
continue down the same track and
remain a superpower if our most
talented children are denied access
to the highest-quality education.
We cannot pin the sole responsibil-
ity upon the world of academia and
individuals. Some of it lies on our
state and federal governments.
The powers-that-be in
Washington, D.C. and elsewhere
cannot expect our nation to contin-
ue to excel in the global market-
place if they continue to cut back
Pell Grant funding and downsizing
federal and state financial aid pro-
grams. According to the Project on
Student Debt, a majority of African
Americans agree: 64 percent said
the federal government was doing
too little to make higher education
more affordable and accessible.
Our nation's investment in higher
education is an investment in our
future. The less we invest the less
our children will have to celebrate.
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Jacksonville Follies Awards Unsung Heroes of the Arts
Shown above is Charles Griggs, manger of his son's youth jazz band P.M. Experience, with band members: Landon Griggs, Teddy Washington,
Rhonda Bristol, T.J. Norris and Jeremiah Hunt. The young musicians' band were mentored by Washington. (BOTTOM) Hostess Sharon
Johnson with awardee Lawrence Walden, hostess Elana Brunson and Mistress of Ceremonies Joyce Morgan. Shown right is awardee and
drummer Von Barlow who performed the drum solo "Cute" by Neal Hefti. FMPowellPhoto
Jacksonville fans were all smiles last weekend at the victorious 37-7
win of the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Tennessee Titans. Shown
above in the stands are Jaguar fans (TOP) Alevia Cloe, Canley Sharon
Robbins and Nisha Batts who braved the rain to watch the Jaguars'
new starting quarterback (2) David Garrard increase the Jaguars'
record to 5-3. In the bottom photo is Claude Myers directing the
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind students Kayla Preston,
Annisha Blanks, and Leah Trenton through the Star Spangled Banner.
To Be A
A dream came true for
Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of
Fame member, Teddy Washington,
with the debut of the "Jacksonville
Follies Awards. The event pre-
miered Thursday, November 2,
2006 at the Florida Theatre. The
evening of elegant music honored
local unsung heroes of the arts.
Washington said, "my mission is
to create an annual cultural event
that highlights the contributions of
those unsung heroes of entertain-
ment and the arts. Those individuals
who, absent from the limelight until
now, the Jacksonville Follies
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Win $100 gift card for you, and a
$100 gift card for a family in need.
Awards Show will recognize people
for their ongoing or past contribu-
tions to the rich history of
Jacksonville entertainment, and the
arts throughout the state.
Artists, educators, public figures
and other individuals will be identi-
fied by an annual process, conduct-
ed by a selection committee.
"Ultimately, I envision a show of
shows that involves the past, pres-
ent, and our youth that will repre-
sent the future. The Jacksonville
Follies Awards will be a celebration
of you cuinnie, history and poten-
tial." Said Washington.
Washington led the 15-Piece
"The Point After" Band through all
musical selections during the show.
Selections ranged from Duke
Ellington's "A Train; to Stevie
Wonder's "Living for the City", to
Burt Bacharach & Hal Davis'
"What the World Need Now", all
presented during the Overture.
Joyce Morgan Danford presided
over the program, and was joined
by David Thomas, Ju'Coby
Pittman, Kezia Justice, and Pat
Harris, for the presentation of
awards. Award recipients included:
Florita Camp, Ray Love, Kathy
Brown, Teddy Washington's
Mission, Lawrence Weldon, John
Thomas, Harvey Williams, Von
Barlow, Emma Shipp, Al Waters,
Womack Howard, and Larry Nader.
Dr. Janette Norman and John
Leynes, were among the speakers.
The program flowed through the
evening interspersed with music
ranging from Gershwin to Dizzie
Gillespie, to Marvin Gaye.
"The Teddy Washington
Jacksonville Follies Awards Show
is an opportunity to attract history,
the present, and the future with
awards to the unsung heroes of our
state and community. With
Jacksonville's rich history in the
arts and entertainment, it only
seems logical that an event such as
'this can bring recognition to our
city as a supporter of the arts and
culture.. How better to associate our
city against the world we live in
today." Teddy Washington.
FEDERAL GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
The Housing and Neighborhoods Department Housing Services Division (HSD) of the City of Jacksonville,
FL., is announcing the 2007-08 applications will be available beginning Thursday, November 16, 2006, for
the following City of Jacksonville Consolidated Plan federal grant programs:
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG)
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Projects Only
Written proposals will be accepted from public and private non-profit 501 (c)(3) agencies until January 26,
2007. Projects in which CDBG funds are requested must meet one of the following CDBG national objec-
Benefiting low-and moderate-income persons, or
Aiding in the elimination or prevention of slum and blight.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
All non-profit 501 (c)(3) agencies applying for CDBG Housing Funds, SHIP, ESG, HOPWA, and
Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) reserve and operating expense are required
to attend a mandatory technical assistance workshop. Applications may be picked up at the workshops or
at the HSD Office, 1 West Adams Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202, Monday through Friday from
8AM to 5PM, beginning Thursday, November 16, 2006. At the workshops, JHC staff will explain the grant
application process, project eligibility and provide information to assist with application preparation. Please
call the JHC office at (904) 588-0172 to let staff know which workshop you will attend.
Workshops will be held on:
Thursday, November 16, 2006 3:00 PM
Small Business Center
5000-3 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Tuesday, November 29, 2006 6:00 PM
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
1225 West Beaver Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
No applications for CDBG, SHIP, ESGC HOPWA or HOME funds will be accepted from agencies that
have not attended a technical assistance workshop. If, after attending a workshop applicants need addi-
tional assistance, JHC staff will be available beginning Wednesday, November 30, 2006 from 9:00 am until
12:00 noon at the address above, or by telephone at (904) 588-0172.
If any non-English speaking persons or person with mobility, visual or hearing impairments wish to attend the
workshops and have special needs, please notify the Housing Services Division at 588-0172 in advance so that
accommodations may be made.
Kerri Stewart, Director
Housing and Neighborhoods Department
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St. Philip's to present Five Gifted
Sopranos in Concert November 19th
Five gifted sopranos: Annie Hightower, Margarett Ferguson, Shawnda
Mack, Lula Odongo and Phillis Vamado, will be presented in a sacred
concert at Saint Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union Street, at 4
p.m. on Sunday, November 19th.
This concert will honor Saint Cecelia, patron saint of church music.
Classical, sacred and spirituals by well known composers from the
Baroque period to the present, will be sung. The sopranos will be accom-
panied by Mr. Henry Mack, church organists.
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church
to Observe Harvest Day Nov. 12th
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, "The Little Church with the Big
Heart", 241 South McDuff Avenue, Rev. Calvin 0. Honors, Interim
Pastor; will observe "Harvest Day" at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 12,
2006. Rev. Martae Telfair-Smith, Associate Minister of New Bethlehem
Baptist Church will deliver the Spoken Word. The theme is "Harvest for
Expectancy". All are welcome. Sis. Erica Turner, chairperson.
Ebenezer UMC Homecoming Celebration
Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 9114 Norfolk Boulevard, Rev.
Newton E. Williams, Pastor; will be celebrating Homecoming on the
occasion of the Church's 142nd Anniversary, Sunday, November 12,
"Love and Unity", the theme from John 17:21 (I Corinthians 13:13).
Mr. Warren W. Schell and Mrs. Minnie Reid, co-chairpersons, Pastor
Williams, and the entire Ebenezer UMC Family invite the community.
Charles Spencer to Keynote El Bethel
Annual Role Model Banquet
The Officers, board and members of The El-Beth-El Divine Holiness
Church will host it's Annual "Successful Role Model" Banquet on
Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of
Police banquet hall located at 5530 Beach Boulevard. Keynoting the event
will be Charles Spencer, ILA District Vice President.
Since 1980, the church has honored individuals from the community
for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions
This year's honorees are: Edye McCowan Fresh Ministries; Dr. Chuck
Ways Optimum Health Chiro-Care; Dr. Frank Hurst Hurst Chiropractic
Clinic; Lt. Bobby L. Deal Police Athletic League; Mr. Jaamal Anderson
- A.. Constructionand Attorne- Reginald Estell, Jr .
For tickets or more information call 710 -1586.
God's Ark of Safety Ministries Celebrates
14th Church and Pastor Anniversary
God's Ark of Safety Ministries Inc., 722 West 21st Street, Dr. Corene
Williams, Pastor and Founder; will celebrate their 14th Church and Pastor
Anniversary, Thursday, November 16th thru Sunday, November 19, 2006.
Bishop John Harrod, Prince of Peace World Wide Assemblies of
Restoration, of Coca Beach, Fl; will deliver the Word at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, November 18th. Bishop William Todd of Philadelphia, PA;
Presiding Prelate Bishop of Worldwide Assemblies of Restoration; will
deliver the message at 12 noon, on Sunday, November 19th.
The community is invited to share this occasion.
Southside Church of God in Christ
(COGIC) to Host Annual Fall Festival
The Women in Ministry of the Southside Church of God in Christ will
host the Annual Fall Festival on the grounds of the Southside Church of
God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street, Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. The festival is lots of fun for everyone.
There will be Food, Games and much more for all. The community is
invited to come, and bring a friend.
Northside Church of Christ Celebrates
Homecoming with Weekend Activities
The Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B opened its 29th Annual
Homecoming Celebration with a Free Community Fish Fry on November
5th. During the week all have enjoyed the spirited preaching on internation-
ally recognized speakers. The celebration will climax with the Acapella
Gospel Songfest on Saturday, November 11th at the Times Union Center
for the Performing Arts. The Annual Memorial Breakfast is at 7 a.m. on
Sunday, November 12th, followed by two powerful worship services at
8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Homecoming Dinner at 12:45 p.m., and the con-
cluding Homecoming Program, 2:45 p.m. For ticket information for the
Songfest, or if you need a ride,call (904) 765-9830.
Greater New Mt. Moriah M.B. to
Hold 31st Pastoral Appreciation
The Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1953 West
9th Street, Percy Jackson Sr. D. Min., Senior Pastor; and Percy Jackson Jr.,
D.D., Co-Pastor; will present their 31st Pastoral Appreciation for Rev. Dr.
Percy Jackson Sr. The Appreciation programs will be held at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, November 12 & 19th. The special guests will be Rev. Dr. Rudolph
W. McKissick Sr., Bethel Baptist Institutional Chitrch; and Bishop Edward
Robinson, Southside Church of God in Christ, with their congregations and
choirs. The community is invited.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry Spirit-filled Worship Service
The Kingdom Outreach Ministry invited all to share in their 2006
Serious Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2006; at the
Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Rd., Bldg. 2.
When praises go up, Blessings come down! Rev. Harrell Lagree of
Philadelphia Baptist Church, will bring the message. Holy Communion will
be served. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder/Pastor, invites all to come out
and help lift the Name of Jesus.
Ribault Oversight Committee to Meet
The Oversight Committee Meeting which is open to the public will
meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2006; at the Ribault
Full Service School, 3701 Winton Drive, which serves Zip Codes 32208
Families of Slain Children Meet Weekly
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.
West Union Missionary
Baptist Celebrates Dual Day
s W Beaver Street,
Leroy C. Kelly,
Pastor; is invit-
ing the commu-
Snity to join them
Dr. Simmons as they celebrate
their Annual Dual
Day, Sunday, November 19, 2006.
"Christian Sisters & Brothers
Committed, Standing on a Solid
Rock" is this year's theme. "Solid
Rock" is the theme song. Sis.
Valerie Redmond & 'Sis. Kimberly
Simmons are serving as chairper-
sons; Dea. Andre Bell and Dea.
Michael Ray, are co-chairpersons.
Dr. Brenda Simmons, Executive
Dean for the Liberal Arts and
Workforce programs at FCCJ,
North Campus; will be the keynote
speaker for the 11 a.m. service.
Dr. Simmons is a native of
Jacksonville with numerous degrees
including a doctorate from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania.
West Union Missionary Baptist
is known as the Church 'of the
Friendless, all are invited to worship
on Dual Day; and at all times.
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Valuing Our Votes Focus of NAACP's 41st Freedom Fund Dinner
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Shown above (L-R): Joan Turner who received the Sallye B. Mathis Award for her work with seniors from Atty. Juanita Powell of the NAACP
Executive Committee; Lloyd Pearson, recipient of the President's Award, who also received surprise birthday greetings and a cake from fellow
award winner Sandra Thompson; Joe Mosely awards corporate sponsor Alvin Brown; (BOTTOM) Attendees included life member Walter
White and one of his table guests Alyce Denson and last year's President's Award Honoree Wendell Holmes and his wife Jacquie; Free Pres rov-
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The Jacksonville Branch
NAACP held their 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner last week
honoring trailblazers and advocates
for civil rights. Included in the
evening's agenda were the presenta-
tions of the Life Membership,
Rutledge Pearson, Sallye B. Mathis
and President's Awards. The
evening also recognized local youth
who excelled in scholastic.
"As always, each year is another
opportunity to view the challenges
ahead of us and to decide how to
meet those challenges." Said
Branch President Isaiah Rumlin.
Since this years Banquet was on the
eve of a critical election, the theme
for the event was "Voting Our
The NAACP which regularly sup-
ports youth through the arts and
academia, presented youth awards
to high scoring SAT youth.
Recipients included: Jaleesa
Johnson, Darren Harvey, Bridgette
McMillan, Terica Wallace, Valencia
Witherspoon and Brian Shepherd.
Life Membership Awards, which
recognize individuals who have
paid membership fees of $1,500 or
more were given to Ruby George,
Eric Bums, Randolph Gaines, Larry
Roziers, Bandele Olesande, James
Nesmith, Delores Williams,
Elizabeth Nesmith, Altamese
Henry, Shirley Kemp, Shirley Dash
and Anthony Rogers, Margaret
Dyson and David Thompson.
Area politicos on local, state and
national levels were-in attendance
in addition to a plethora of voting
education information was readily
available to educate attendees.
Nelson Rivers II, National
NAACP Chief Operating Officer
keynoted the event. It was under
Rivers directive that the NAACP
began its ongoing boycott of South stopped by a police man, he
Carolina for its display of the referred to me as nigger this and
Confederate Flag on the State nigger that," said Rivers. "Now
Capital. Nelson, also an ordained when you get stopped (and you do
minister, aroused the audience' still get stopped), they call me Mr.
emotions in his speech about how Rivers" he said.
times have changed since he was a The NAACP leader also called on
young man. Continuing in the attendees to invoke the power of
event's theme, he also encouraged prayer.
everyone to "vote their values". "We need prayer right how: Your
"When I was young and was children are raising their parents."
The Jacksonville NAACP has
been at the forefront of local civil
rights battles in Jacksonville for
decades involved in everything
from school desegregation and the
One Florida initiative to the recent
human rights violations within the
Fire and Rescue Department. Funds
raised from the"Banquet are uti-
lized in these fights.
Black Churches Urged to Return to Reclaim Heritage
INDIANAPOLIS (NNPA) -
Hundreds of individuals gathered in
Indiana last week to hear an all-star
list of national and local leaders
during the National Dialogue and
Revival for Social Justice in the
Black Church conference.
The interactive conference, which
started with a breakfast session and
ended with a revival service,
offered a forum that Black leaders
and citizens could use to discuss
solutions to various challenges fac-
ing African-Americans in urban
areas across the country.
One of several national confer-
ences presented by the National
Action Network (NAN), a progres-
sive rights group led by Rev. Al
Sharpton, the event was designed to
help Black churches reclaim their
heritage of social activism.
Many pastors, Sharpton believes,
have strayed away from the advoca-
cy of such ministry leaders as Dr.
M.L. King and Father Divine and
have embraced a more materialistic
version of "prosperity ministry."
"Part of the problem is many peo-
ple don't understand why the Black
church was established in the first
place," Sharpton said. "The Black
church itself was formed in protest
to segregation in the White church.
We must realize that church work is
not just about getting your praise
on, it's about getting in the trenches
and changing people's lives."
Sharpton noted that some African-
Americans believe the time for civil
rights organizations has passed,
although many observers cite the
poor federal response to Hurricane
Katrina and attempts to scale back
affirmative action as signs of lin-
Blacks, he continued, are still four
times more likely to be incarcerat-
ed, five times more likely to be
denied a loan, less likely to gradu-
ate from high school and have a
higher incidence of illnesses such
as diabetes and HIV.
"One day a lady wished me luck
in 'my struggle,'" Sharpton
quipped. "I asked her, 'When did
they free you and keep me?' We
have made progress as a people, but
the struggle won't be over until we
are truly equal and treated fairly
like everybody else."
Comedian and activist Dick
Gregory, Rev. Frederick D. Haynes
III, Jonathan Jackson
(Rainbow/PUSH activist and son of
Rev. Jesse Jackson) were among
the other national speakers who had
participants standing on their feet at
various phases of the conference.
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Kamita Fuller provided a free manicure to Rosa Smith.
Free food and drinks were given to all in attendance.
Three year old Tairi Huggins enjoys face painting from Cotton Candy
the Clown while her mother Shavondra looked on.
Volunteers from the National Brotherhood of Firefighters were pres-
ent including Phillip Mobley, NBF President Adrian Johnson,
Secretary Liz Henderson and Willie Avery.
continued from front parities, the Duval County Health
- Association, the largest and oldest Department (DCHD) and the Agape
national organization representing Community Healthy Center hosted
African American physicians and a Fall Health Festival last weekend
their patients. "African Americans the first in a series of four com-
who don't have insurance are forced munity entrenched health opportu-
to go without care. As a result, nities. The purpose of festival was
small health problems become to increase awareness of preventa-
major ones." ble health problems and to encour-
In an effort to address the vast dis- age the early detection and treat-
BIlack Men: A Prostate
Exam May Save Your Life
What do Nelson Mandela, for-
mer President of South Africa;
Colin Powell, former U.S.
Secretary of State; Harry
Belafonte, actor, musician, and
social activist; Ben Carson, promi-
nent neurosurgeon at John Hopkins
Medical Center; Sidney Poitier,
actor; Louis Farrakhan, Nation
of Islam Leader; and Andrew
Young Jr., former mayor, Atlanta;
form UN Ambassador; have in
common, except being famous
They share a common bond,
each of them is a prostate cancer
survivor. Among African American
men diagnosed with prostate cancer
between 1996 and 2002, 98% had
survived five years later.
A man's risk for prostate cancer
increases with age. More than 70
percent of prostate cancer cases
occur in men over 65. Having a
family history of prostate cancer
also increases a man's risk, as does
eating a diet high in animal fat or
meat. There are now two tests
available to detect prostate cancer:
the digital rectal exam (DRE), and
the prostate specific antigen (PSA)
blood test. Men 40, and older may
decide to have one of these tests,
and should discuss prostate health
with their doctor.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
include enlargement of the prostate,
which can slow down or stop the
flow of urine; painful, burning, fre-
quent urination, as well as frequent
pain in the lower back, upper thighs
or hips. Blood in semen or urine
and difficulty with erections are
also symptoms. Men experiencing
these symptoms should see a doc-
Volunteer Alvis Kallum from Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
tended the Barbecue Grill throughout the afternoon.
ment of diseases. The community
based project was the brainchild of
Jocelyn Turner, Director of
"The Agape Health Center is here
to serve the community," said
Fayshonda Glover, R.N., Agape
Health Center Manager. "The Fall
Festival gives us the opportunity to
encourage community-wide interest
in good health and wellness."
Free health information was pro-
vided during ongoing feature pre-
sentations entitled "Ask the
Doctor." There was something
available for the entire family
including free bike helmets, blood
pressure, body mass index, lead,
cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
The festival, which serviced over
Anna Green, Dr. Phyllis Varanado, Jeanette McKenzy and LaQuanda
Dace provided health information an dental workshops.
200 participants, also included free
refreshments, music, step shows,
face painting, clowns, and work-
"We believe that addressing health
disparities in the African American
community is the number one pub-
lic health concern in Jacksonville.
Blacks consistently have higher
rates of obesity, heart disease, dia-,
betes, infant mortality, sexually
transmitted diseases, and
HIV/AIDS," said Dr. Robert
Harmon, Director of the DCHD.
"This Fall Festival was designed to
bring the community closer to
available access to healthcare, as
well as promote good health, nutri-
tion and physical activity through
education and outreach."
A Guide for African-Americans to Have a Heart Healthy Holiday Season
Tis the season for big family
gatherings! Between holiday par-
ties, late night feasts and traveling,
healthy habits can easily go right
out the window.
The American Heart Association
encourages you to enjoy your tradi-
tional meals in moderation during
Kwanzaa and New Year's
Celebrations. Extra calories can
quickly convert into additional
pounds, which can increase your
risk of cardiovascular disease and
Heart disease and stroke are the
No.1 and No.3 killers of African-
American men and women, claim-
ing the lives of over 100,000
African Americans each year,
accounting for 33 percent of all
deaths among blacks in the United
The rate of high blood pressure, a
major risk factor of cardiovascular
disease, in blacks in the United
States is among the highest in the
world. Other risk factors include
increasing age, gender,
heredity/race, smoking, high cho-
lesterol, physical inactivity, obesity
and diabetes mellitus.
During the holiday season, we
often have busier schedules, leav-
ing less time to prepare holiday
meals and less time for physical
activity. About 27 percent of black
men and 34 percent of black
women aren't physically active.
The American Heart Association
urges you to control your risk for
cardiovascular diseases during the
holiday season and into the New
As well as eating a healthy diet, it
is important to maintain physical
activity during the holidays. The
American Heart Association rec-
ommends 30 minutes or more of
physical activity on most or all
days of the week. To help you
make healthier choices over the
holidays and reduce your risk for
heart disease and stroke, the
American Heart Association sug-
gests the following holiday tips:
Make the holidays healthy...
Take time to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.
Gather around the fire to enjoy low fat hot chocolate and share favorite
- Offer vegetables in addition to traditional side dishes such as stuff-
ing, potato salad or macaroni and cheese at your holiday meals.
- Use the holidays to create quality family time. Turn off the televi-
sion and go %walking or bike riding with the kids.
- Don't load up at the buffet table. To help keep portion sizes small.
put your snacks on a small plate instead of a large one and limit your
trips to the buffet.
Survey the entire buffet before you fill your plate. This .will help
you select only the foods that you want.
- Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food from the buf-
fet. You'll often find that you're no longer hungry. Spend the time min-
gling with friends and loved ones instead of hovering around the buf-
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City Sponsoring Free Medicare Plan D Seminar
The Duval County Extension
Service is offering a Medicare Plan
D seminar on Tuesday, November
21, 2006 from 9:30a.m. to 12:00
pm at the Duval County Extension
Service, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. This
seminar will help answer questions
regarding the current Medicare
Prescription Drug Plan and will
help qualifying individuals review
the various options available for
2007. Participants will learn about
possible ways to save money on
prescription costs and can receive
help in determining what program
might meet their particular needs.
Three representatives from the
University of Florida Extension
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information into the computer in
order to provide current informa-
tion on the best available choices,
based on individual needs. It will
be necessary for people desiring
this assistance to bring along their
Medicare card, any additional
insurance cards, and prescription
medication bottles currently being
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at www.medicare.gov or by con-
tacting Anita McKinney at the
Duval County Extension Service.
Representatives of the Extension
office are available to meet with
groups of seniors at various loca-
tions throughout Duval County
upon request. Spanish language
service is available.
For more information about the
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Seator Tony Hill
State Senator Anthony C. "Tony"
Hill, Sr., Chair of the Florida
Conference of Black State
Legislators (FCBSL), publicly
commended his colleagues last
week in the Florida Legislature for
their support in backing the resig-
nation of Rep. Ralph Arza.
Arza resigned from the Florida
House of Representatives follow-
ing disclosures of his repeated use
of racial epithets and other profane
The Jacksonville Democrat,
together with the FCBSL, first
raised the issue of Arza's behavior
with the House Rules Committee,
after Dr. Rudy Crew, Miami-Dade
County Public Schools
Superintendent brought the issue to
the FCBSL in March 2006. At that
time, Dr. Crew, who was the target
of the epithets, demanded an apolo-
gy. Senator Hill urged the
Superintendent to file a complaint
of his own with the Florida House
at that time.
"Representative Arza's resigna-
tion was the only appropriate solu-
tion to the problem, especially
since no action had initially been
taken by the Florida House regard-
ing his actions," said Hill. "Months
after the incident, Rep.Arza again
used racially sensitive language,
with added profanity, toward his
colleague Representative Gus
Barreiro after learning that he had
filed a complaint with the House
when Dr. Crew's complaint was
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bid and a viable threat to the cur-
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for the White House in 2008.
Recently he announced that he
might be considering a run for the
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Cincinatti Wins for NAACP Convention
At its recent quarterly meeting the NAACP National Board of
Directors unanimously chose Cincinnati, Ohio as the host city for the
organization's 2008 annual convention.
"Ohio will be the epicenter of our nonpartisan efforts to elect a pro-
civil rights Congress [that year], and we look forward to visiting the city
again," said NAACP Board Directors Chairman Julian Bond.
The 99th gathering of NAACP is expected to bring between 4,500 and
5,000 to the region leading to an estimated 11,575 hotel room nights and
an economic impact of more than $4 million.
The annual convention is one of the largest annual gatherings of
African Americans, often drawing political, academic, business and
social leaders along with entertainers and other influential personalities
over its week of activities/ meetings. Next year it will be in Detroit, MI.
Cincinnati beat out Las Vegas for the opportunity to host the event.
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Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
SFormer Bank of America Vice President and Toyota Black
Achiever Tony Brown with Michelle Williams and her father,
Greater Macedonia Pastor, Landon Williams.
Dr. Anita Allen and a young lady are pictured during the Right of
Anheuser Busch executive and noted skier Sam Hall
displays some of his medals won during a National
Brotherhood of Skiers Convention in Austria.
Mrs. Phyllis Mack and Carrie Washington, longtime
volunteers for the Friends of Bradham Brooks
Library, work at the organization's annual book sale.
Dr. Kenneth Jones, Irvlyn Kennebrew, G Pritchy Smith and he r daughter Karen Smith
share a moment at a social event.
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(L-R) Alpha Kappa Alpha National Area Officer C\arolyn House Stewart, Diane Parker,
Ernestine Bivens, hostess (seated), AKA National Basileus Barbara McKinzie, former
Basileus Norma White, and Gayle Holly at the meet & greet at the Bivens home..
Madeline Scales Taylor, Rita Perry and Howard Taylor share a pose at the annual FlaJax
Dance,one of the city'soldest holiday traditions.
s Cheryl Reddick shares the importance of art with her daughter
Libby at an opening for the works of Black artists at the Ritz
Earl M. Johnson, Jr., son of Jacksonville's first Black City
Councilman and his mother Janet Johnson, an educator, peruse
the Black History Calendar in which she was one of the honorees.
McDonald's owner/ operator Randy Marshall and Manager Ben Turner
are pictured as they presented a certificate of achievement to Lindsey
Philllips, one of three Ribualt High School basketball players nominated
to the 1998 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team.
Rev. Joseph Carswell, President, African American Chamber, spon-
sorer of 33rd Bob Hayes Track and Field Meet is pictured with the leg-
endary Bob "Bullet" Hayes, Lewis Sipliing, owner Jax area Churches
Chicken Restaurants, Leon Surcey, Sr. and Darnell Price, Office
Manager Team Surcey. The 33rd Annual Bob Hayes Invitational was
held March 15th, 1997. The ceremony began with a torch run which
started at EWC and ended at the Raines High School Track -Field.
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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., followed
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.
Curves Full Figured
Dangerous Curves Jacksonville
will hold their 3rd Annual Full
Figured Model Search on Saturday
November 11 starting at 10 AM
Sharp for 1DAY ONLY. No
Experience Necessary and there is
no height requirement. It will be
held at the Wyndham Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. Women will be
selected based on ability to walk a
runway, beauty, flare, personality,
level of enthusiasm, and style.
Arrive on time with walking shoes
the attire is all black or black and
white. (dress to impress). For more
information call 904-537-1600.
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 email@example.com.
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement are hosting the
Southern Regional Local
Organizing Committees for the
Millions More Movement.This
event will be held on Saturday,
November 11th at Edward Waters
College Milne Auditorium from
1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The theme
is Bringing Millions More To The
Movement .Discussiond will be
held on finance job creation,devel-
oping effective organizations,
galvinizing communities, becoming
an entrepreneur, self help, self
knowledge and unity. It is free and
open to the public. .For more infor-
mation call 904-355-9395 or visit
It's time to PARTY WITH A PUR-
POSE! THE RAGIN' BULLZ
Motorcycle Club along with THE
CREW, will be having a
Thanksgiving food drive on Sunday
November 12th It will take place
at The Post on Benedict Rd. from 3-
8 p.m. Please bring NON perishable
items only. Free admission, food
and DJ. For more info. call 504-
9595 or 994-8346
The holidays are special times
when we join with family and
friends to celebrate seasonal tradi-
tions. But they also have a way of
reminding us of our grief. While
usually filled with joy, these days
can be very difficult to face after the
death of a loved one. Join Haven
Hospice for a time of sharing and
support at our bi-annual memorial
services. Refreshments will be
served. The service will be held at
the River Garden Hebrew Home,
11401 Old St. Augustine Rd., at 6
p.m. on Thursday, November 16th.
For more information, contact:
Nina Powell at (800) 727-1889.
An Evening with
Artist Faith Ringold will present a
captivating forum surveying her
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.
CITY STATE ZIP
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career from the 1960s to the pres-
ent. Ringold will share unique sto-
ries and imagery capturing politics,
civil rights, humor, jazz and her
southern roots. Ringold's artistic
talents combine painting, quilted
fabric and storytelling with histori-
cal and cultural commentary that
speaks to women and minority pop-
ulations. It will be held on
Thursday, November 16th from 6 -
9 p.m. For more information call
BRATS Food Drive
The Gamma Rho Omega B. R.
A. T. S. (Brilliant, responsible,
alert talented scholars), will have
their first annual food drive benefit-
ing the I.M. Schulzbacher Center
for the Homeless on Saturday
November 18th at the AKA House
located at 1011 West 8th Street
from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. The communi-
ty is asked to bring donations of
nonperishable food items and gift
cards to purchase turkey and hams.
For more info call 619-2776.
at the Ritz
Neo jazz soul artist Rachelle
Ferrell will be at the Ritz Theater
for one performance only on
Saturday, November 18th. For
tickets and/or more information,
please call 632-5555.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting November 18, 2006 at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street. The
meeting is the annual "Heirloom
Day and Social," where members
bring their family treasures or heir-
looms for display and discussion.
Food will be available. For addi-
tional information please contact
Mary Chauncey (904) 781-9300.
Help Center Annual
The Help Center, Inc., A transi-
tional Living / Recovery &
Treatment Facility, will host its 6th
Annual Golf Tournament, Monday,
November 20, 2006. Registration
starts at 7:30 AM. Shotgun start at
9:00 at the Hidden Hills Country
Club. The entry fee includes
Practice Range Balls; Captain's
Choice Format, lunch and
Presentation of Prizes following
play. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd Places, Longest Drive,
Longest Putt, Closet to the Pin,
Hold in One Prizes on all Par 3s,
Door Prizes, and Raffle. For more
information call 633-9383, ext 10.
Tour of Homes
The Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village presents the sixth annual
Nutcracker Tour of Homes, a free
holiday home tour featuring beauti-
ful homes decorated in themes
inspired by The Nutcracker ballet.
The homes on the tour will be open
to the public Nov. 24-Dec. 3, 2006
from 12-4 p.m. daily. For informa-
tion, call (904) 940-5000.
National AIDS Quilt on
Display at City Hall
In observance of National AIDS
Day, once again at Noon the AIDS
Memorial Quilt ceremony will be at
the City Hall. Come at 11:30 and
participate in the ceremony or come
at noon to observe on Wednesday,
November 29th. Quilts will be
hung from the balconys and placed
on the floor by volunteers to com-
memorate the lives of those who
have died of AIDS. World AIDS
Day Memorial Service scheduled
for December 1, 2006.
6th Annual Signature
Join Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa
Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi for
their .annual fundraiser ball on
Friday December 29th from 9 p.m.
2 a.m. The event will be held at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. Elite band will be
performing and there will also be a
DJ. This is always one of the
biggest events of the year with over
1,000 people expected. Tickets are
available now from a member of
any of the sponsoring organiza-
tions. $50 in advance, $60 at the
door. Formal attire.
Men College Fair
100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc.
will present the 4th Annual College
Fair on January 20, 2007 from
9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel.Over
50 college representatives will be
on hand to interview and answer
questions and scholarships will be
awarded on site, if you qualify. In
addition, information on financial
aid and other resources will be
available. Students are encouraged
to bring their transcripts. Though
the program is free and open to the
public, students need to pre-register
online at www.infinitescholar.com
for a pass to the event. F or more
information call (904) 616-7727.
Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
present, "I CAN'T STOP LOVING
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a stunning cast of soulful singers,
sassy dancers and electrifying
musicians performing the super-
stars hits in glitzy style! The per-
formance will be on Thursday,
January 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the
UNF Fine Arts Center. For more
information, call 620-1921.
Four Tops & Temptations in Concert
Motown recording artist The Temptations and The Four Tops will be in
concert together at the Florida Theater on Sunday March 18th, 2007 at 8
p.m. For ticket information call 355-2787.
Race Relations Expert to
Mentor Jacksonville Audience
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission (JHRC) will host an
evening with a renowned authority :
on the psychology of racism. Dr.
Beverly Daniel Tatum will be the
featured speaker at the event on
Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at
WJCT Public Broadcasting
Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave.
The event is free and open to the
In an interactive lecture based on
her critically acclaimed book,
"Why Are All The Black Kids
Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
And Other Conversations About
Race," Tatum will explain that it's
not just the black kids sitting
together-but adults across the
country are clustered together, too.
She will discuss whether the self-
segregation phenomenon is some-
thing society should try to fix or a
coping strategy we should support.
Tatum asserts that straight talk
about racial identity is essential if
we are serious about bridging racial
and ethnic divides.
Dr. Tatum is the ninth president of
Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.
She is a clinical psychologist whose
areas of research interests include
black families in white communi-
ties, racial identity in teens and the
role of race in the classroom. Tatum
earned a bachelor's degree from
Wesleyan University in
Middletown, Conn. and her mas-
ter's degree and doctorate in clini-
cal psychology from the University
of Michigan. She also holds a mas-
ter's degree in religious studies
from Hartford Seminary.
For more information, call 630-
1212 ext. 4813.
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Idi Amin's Son Threatening Suit Over Film
People magazine is reporting that
Flavor Flay is expecting his 7th
child by a woman other than
Deelishis, the winner of his VH1
reality show, "Flavor of Love."
"Flav has confirmed this and
Deelishis is aware that after things
did not work with the season-one
winner, Flav conceived a child with
a woman he had been dating on and
off," the rapper's manager said.
The Public Enemy hype man
broke the news this week on Tom
Joyner's Show, telling the host that
he still loves "Deelishis", and
recently met her family in Detroit.
Joyner joked to Flav of his 7th
offspring, "Man, you are running
out of flavors." Flav replied: "I
want 10 (children). And one thing I
will never do is deny any of them."
Asked if he would marry the
woman, whom Flav described only
as a Shortyy in Las Vegas," the rap-
per said, "I'm not marrying any-
body. I'm too young to die."
Taban Amin, the 51-year-old son
of late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin,
is upset over the depiction of his
father in Fox Searchlight's new film
"Last King of Scotland" and has
threatened to sue the filmmakers.
"It is wrong to show him like that,"
he told The Sunday Telegraph from
his home in the Ugandan capital
Kampala last week. "It degrades
our father and it abuses the reputa-
tion of a former head of state of
Uganda. We will be taking action
against those behind this."
The highly acclaimed film stars
Forest Whitaker as the historical
figure in a fictional story about his
relationship with his Scottish per-
sonal physician after he seizes
power in 1971.
Whitaker's portrayal of Amin
included notes of eccentric behav-
ior, which included awarding him-
self a fraudulent Victoria Cross and
inviting the Queen to "come over
and meet a real man" via telegrams
addressed simply to "Liz". He also
spoke of raising an army to fight for
Scottish independence, a boast that
inspired the title of the film.
Taban Amin, the eldest of Amin's
43 children and currently a major
general in the country's state securi-
ty services, said that while the film
had not yet been screened in
Kampala, his numerous siblings
living in America had already seen
it and were furious over the depic-
tion of their father.
"I can tell you that any time now
we will be announcing this legal
action," Taban Amin vowed. "My
representatives are preparing it
now. We will be taking action in the
U.S. because it is where the compa-
nies and the actors come from. So
we will take it to them in their
Idi Amin, who married five times
and liked to be addressed as "Big
Daddy", died in exile in Saudi
Arabia in August 2003, having been
warned he would face war crimes
charges if he ever returned home.
Denzel Thanks His Mentors in New Book
In his new book, "A Hand to
Guide Me," Denzel Washington
celebrates the often ignored role of
mentors in the lives of high achiev-
The actor gathers essays from
more than 70 famous entertainers,
sports figures, businessmen and
political leaders who share stories
of their own childhood mentors.
"It's a celebration of the people
behind the people those who
don't get the recognition who influ-
ence the Bill Clintons or the Jimmy
Carters or the George Steinbrenners
of the world," Washington told the
Among those featured in the book
are Whoopi Goldberg, Atlanta
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick
and both former presidents Clinton
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and Carter. In Washington's own
story, he writes of a counselor who
mentored him at the Boys Club in
his hometown of Mount Vernon,
N.Y., a high school English teacher
who had students read the New
York Times every morning. He also
found a mentor in a barber at a shop
where he earned money sweeping.
Washington said he hopes the
book will inspire adults to "find
themselves in it and reach out" to a
child who may need a similar guid-
"We all have the potential to help
out and inspire young people and to
make an impression upon them,"
The Oscar winner says he will
receive no money from the book.
Sixty percent of the proceeds will
help fund the Atlanta-based Boys
and Girls Clubs of America, with a
quarter of that going to his child-
hood club in Mount Vernon.
Real Life Hero of "Catch of Fire" Meets with Actor
Patrick Chamusso with Derek Luke who starred him in the film.
.By Marie Moore
Derek Luke plays the real life
South African hero in "Catch a
Fire." Fortunately, just as Nelson
Mandela was around to tell his
story, Patrick Chamusso's real life
saga is now at theaters.
When writers first approached
Chamusso, however, he did not
think his story was worthy of the
big screen since he wasn't in prison
nearly as long as Mandela.
"I wanted this story to be told so
that people like me, the common
man like me knows that everyone is
important in the space of this uni-
verse," Chamusso explained. It's
not only those with money that are
important. If a man down there
where we're not even counted sees
this film, it will be very important
to them. In the place that I live,
there is not even any running water.
It's very poor there."
Chamusso is very proud of the
film. "I was very impressed with
how accurate the story was and I'm
very proud that the story is being
told while I'm still around. Even
though Tim [Robbins] enacts the
viciousness that was done, I think
he did that so that the film would be
able to be watched, people could
One of the themes of the film is
forgiveness, which Chamusso
found was necessary.
"Although I was sentenced to 24
years in prison, I was there for only
ten," he stated. Two to three years I
was very angry. There were those
sentenced 30 years to life. So I told
myself it's not good to be angry. I
got involved in political discussions
on a daily basis. We came to the
conclusions that let us forgive these
people because we made examples
of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and
those countries which are not doing
well because of their anger. Why
can't we just forgive these people to
show them that we're not as vicious
as they thought. We came to the
decision that it's good to forgive
someone. If you forgive someone
you will live in peace."
In addition to being a part of a
movement that freed his people
from, apartheid, Chamusso has
established" a home fori -rphired
"I have a website, www.twosis-
ters.org.za and an e-mail
says. "Some of the most important
necessities for the children are food
and medicine for their treatments.
People can assist me financially
with enabling me to be able to feed
them, to educate them, to get a big-
ger house to accommodate them
because the house that I have is too
small for the number taken in."
When Derek Luke told his father
he was going to South Africa to do
a film, "He got really excited and
angry." Trying to understand why
he had been rebuked by his well
traveled dad, Luke inquired: "Have
you been? And he says, 'I couldn't
get in.' I said what do you mean you
couldn't get in? He says, 'I tried to
go in the 80s but I couldn't get in.' I
said you knew about this and you
didn't tell me? That started a whole
The whole idea of torturing an
innocent man and changing his
political perspective is just as rele-
vant today, of which Tim Robbins is
"That's one of the things that
when I read the script I thought it
made it particularly relevant to
now," Robbins allowed. "It was a
combination of that, and essentially
that bad police work can create
more criminals than you want or
desire." Could Robbins forgive as
the oppressed native Africans did?
"I can admire it," Robbins admits,
"and I can relate to it, but I would
hope that I would have the same
generosity of spirit were I presented
with the same challenge."
-: Told that"Luke ;had inentioned'
h%'took him to a Reggae club ad he
was the only white guy there,
Robbins laughed because he was
told by the filmmakers to separate
himself from the Blacks so that he
could stay in character.
"Well, I'll tell you exactly what
it was. When you spend your entire
day with White Afrikaners, those
kinds of nights were what Africa
was about for me." Robbins said.
He and his wife Susan Sarandon
have long been proponents of civil
rights and social issues.
CHRIS ROCK FILES FOR DIVORCE
Chris Rock may have a new film
on deck called "I Think I Love My .
Wife," but the actor-comedian has '
apparently lost the love for his real ".
wife, Malaak Compton-Rock. '
According to TMZ.com, the film .
star has filed for divorce.
The couple, married in -
November of 1996, have two daugh- '
ters 4 year-old Lola and 2 year-old. .
Zahra. According to TMZ, Rock has
hired a high-powered divorce attorney to represent him.
Compton-Rock is the Founder and Executive Director of
StyleWORKS; a non-profit, full-service organization that provides free
services for women transitioning from welfare into the workforce.
Rock served as director and star of "I Think I Love My Wife," which
tells the story of a married man who daydreams about being with other
women, and finds his will and morals tested after he's visited by the ex-
mistress of his old friend. Gina Torres plays Rock's wife in the film, due
in theaters next year.
SIMMONS TO FILM CARTOON ABOUT VOTING
Russell Simmons wants today's young kids to grow up with a sense of
importance regarding their right to vote.
The 49-year-old co-founder of Def Jam records has made it his latest
business to film a short cartoon about voting to emphasize its importance
to children and their parents.
Produced by the educational company BrainPOP, the film explains the
basics of voting and encourages children to push their parents to the
In one scene, Simmons visits the home of a family that includes a
robot named Moby and helps wake up the parents to tell them to vote.
"Just remind them of all the taxes they pay every April," Simmons tells
Moby. The five-minute cartoon will be shown in schools throughout the
GOLDMAN LOSES FIGHT FOR OJ'S NAME
The father of Ron Goldman, a victim in the OJ Simpson murder trial,
lost a legal bid to win control of the former football star's image rights.
On Thursday, a judge in Santa Monica, Calif. turned down the challenge
offered by Fred Goldman to have Simpson's "right of publicity" trans-
ferred to him in a bid to repay the civil trial judgment of $33.5 million.
Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Linda Lefkowitz said handing over
Simpson's image rights risked violating the constitution.
SNIPES WORKS OUT PAYMENTS WITH IRS
While shooting a film in Namibia, actor Wesley
Snipes has apparently been busy on his down time
working out a settlement with the U.S. government
that will keep him out of prison on tax fraud
According to Variety, the actor will surrender to
federal authorities when he returns to the U.S. next
month. In return, he will receive no jail time and
.wil be allov.ed to pat, offihii debt with'a payment
plan.. The agreement also.allows-for Snipes both to
continue working and to travel abroad.
PRINCE TO WORK WEEKLY AT HIS VEGAS CLUB
Move over Toni Braxton and Celine Dion.. .Prince has officially set
up shop as a concert destination on the Las Vegas strip. Beginning Nov.
10, His Royal Badness will perform every weekend at his new nightclub
3121, located inside of the Rio hotel.
Prince will play Friday and Saturday nights for the grown and sexy
(21-and-over) crowd. Tickets are $125 and went on sale Thursday (Nov.
2). For table reservations, call 702-777-7776
Prince will also host Wednesday-night concerts at the club by other
artists. His arrival in Vegas as a marquee performer follows similar
moves by Dion, Braxton, Elton John and Barry Manilow.
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November 9-15, 2006
West Union's "Hatitude" Brings Out Jacksonville's Most Fashionable
Roslyn Burrough and Lillian Smith
Dr. Sabrina Sessions
Anointed Kovenant Angels
Lee Nelson ALL PHOTOS BY T.AUSTIN
They've written books about them
- even been showcased in a broad-
way play, now the pageantry and
style of hats worn by Black women
have been profiled in Jacksonville
at the recent "Hatitude" event host-
ed by West Union Baptist Church.
Ladies of the community were
invited to wear their "Prettiest Hat"
to "Hatitude", held last Sunday
The legendary actress and singer,
Roslyn Burrough (Auntie Roz of
the Auntie Roz Peanut Show)
delighted the audience as she gra-
ciously served as Mistress of
Ceremonies. Her appearance was a
special treat as she has performed
on Broadway in such productions
as The Wiz, The Sound of Music,
and Bubbling Brown Sugar.
The program featured various
gospel singers and praise dancers,
for the highly attended event
despite the 'inclement % weather but;
thI'tarts"of the 'Hatitude' Event"
were the gorgeous hats, and the
ladies who wore them. The event
was a tribute to the memory of Ms.
Doretha Johnson and Mrs. Doris
Randall, both ladies passed this
year, and both exhibited the real
meaning of "Hatitude."
The judges were Sis. Barbara
Hopkins, of Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church; Min. Audrey
Brown, and Dr. Sabrina Sessions,
both of Bethel Baptist Institutional
' "^And, the winners were: Ms.
Carolyn Enoch, first place; Sis. Lee
Nelson, was the second place win-
ner. Plans are in the making to
hold a second "Hatitude Event" in
the Spring. So, plan to show off
your "Easter Bonnett" at the event.
Dressing up for the glory of God
is an important aspect of Sunday
service in the African American
community with the congregation
presenting the best of themselves
for worship. Hats have served a
purpose to cover the woman's head
in church, but their s.) les and fash-
ion have become their own state-
Delaney Williams and Ellen Williams
AT HOLIDAY FE ST-
Holiday parties are easy when you start
planning at Publix. Join us for party food
samples, prizes, and more!
Thursday, November 16,4-7 p.m.
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