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FACE THE CHALLENGE
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take a final
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kLORKiVA'S kI-KSY COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 20 No. 47 Jacksonville, Florida Dec. 21 Jan. 3, 2007
The People Speak: Race Still Matters in Jacksonville
Nearly 142 years after the end of
slavery, people are still talking
about racism. And in our fair First
Coast City. 78 percent of African-
Americans and 55 percent of WVhite
respondents said racism as a prob-
lem. The findings were the result of
a survey conducted by JCCI The
findings represent a 5 percent
increase among blacks and 12 per-
cent among whites over last year's
findings. The results were based on
a survey conducted for JCCI in
their annual look at race relations in
Where do we go from here? Many
ask that question. including Phillip
larnning,a local financial analyst.
"Everybody kno'w`s it's a problem,
but no one is doing anything about
it. I guess we should be grateful that
it is even being acknowledged." he
Manning joins throngs of African-
Americans in Jacksonville fed up
with what is deemed as "lip sen-
ice." But not all agree that the find-
ings are the status quo.
"I think that it makes a difference,"
said retiree Clair Evans. "You have
to acknowledge a problem before
you can rectify it."
The cirt as an entity has done
many things to bring the different
races together. The Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission created
Study Circles to provide intense
inter racial in olvement and organ-
izations such as the Diversity
Network hold social events to
encourage cultural awareness.
"The problem is you're preaching
to the choir." Said Charles Griggs, a
Continued on page 3
No Shopping No Peace A protester waving a Black
Nationalist flag marches down Fifth Avenue to protest the police shoot-
ing that killed Sean Bell on his wedding day in New York. Saturday, Dec.
16, 2006. Thousands of protesters, counting in unison from one to 50 to
mark the number of shots fired by police in the death of an unarmed
black man last month, clogged Fifth Avenue on Saturday in a 'Shopping
for Justice' protest three weeks after the slaying and one week before the
Country More Likely to Elect an
African-American than a Woman
IWhile Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and
Barpck Obama are sizing up each other's
White House hopes, a new poll suggests the
OX country is a bit more ready to make an
African-American president than to elect a
woman as President.
A Newsweek poll finds 86 percent of regis-
tered voters say they would back a qualified
woman nominated by their part). For a black
person, 93 percent say they would be willing
AL to back the candidate.
The survey also found Americans think their fellow citizens still are a
bit reluctant to elect either. Only 55 percent say the United States is read%'
to elect a woman; 56 percent say they can see the country selecting an
Such polls are likely to be seized upon by both Obama, D-Ill., and
Clinton, D-N.Y. Each would have to conince Democrats that the coun-
try is ready to elect someone other than a white man.
Clinton remains the front-runner, but Obama has vaulted to the second
tier with 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards. Head to head.
Clinton beats Obama 50 percent to 38 percent, Newsweek said.
U.N. Seeks $98 million for Haiti Aid
The United Nations has asked for S9S million to help. Haiti, the poor-
est country in the Americas, achieve stability in the wake of its first elec-
tion since the 2004 ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The money would be used to help meet humanitarian and development
needs and improve governance standards up to the end of 2007, the U.N.
said in a statement released in Geneva.
Despite the presence of a U.N. peacekeeping force, Haiti has struggled
to shake off decades of political violence that peaked with the bloody
rebellion ending Aristide's rule two years ago. The Caribbean country
remains plagued by armed gangs. corruption and poor infrastructure.
Agronomist Rene Preval, who was Haiti's president from 1996 to 2001.
was voted back into power in February.
More than half of Haitians live below the extreme poverty line of SI
million per day, less than 40 percent of those in the capital Port-au-Prince
and other cities have running water, and 4 to 5 percent of the million pop-
ulation is infected with HIV.'AIDS. according to U.N. figures.
Judge Encourages Coca-Cola to
Maintain Commitment to Diversity
A federal judge last week encouraged The Coca-Cola Co. to maintain its
commitment to diversity in the workplace after receiving the final report
from a task force born from a $200 million discrimination settlement by
the world's largest beverage maker.
"I challenge you to keep it as a critical part of the manifesto." U.S.
District Judge Richard Story told Coca-Cola executives.
The comment came during a hearing at which the task force chaired by
former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman issued its fifth and final report
stemming from the settlements reached between 2000 and 2002,
Coca-Cola agreed to the diversity task force after reaching hefty racial
and gender discrimination settlements. The original suit was filed in 1999
on behalf of current and former employees. The main settlement applied
to about 2,200 salaried black employees who worked for Coke between
April 22. 1995. and June 14. 2000. Some plaintiffs opted out and sought
their own settlements with Coke
Tis the Season to Get Healthy
Shown abore is Mayor John Peyton with youth from the Kings Dural County Health Department Community Relations Director
Kids Developmental Academy. FLP Pholo Jocelyn Turner (left) joined State Representative Audrey Gibson in a
M mayor Hosts Holiday Open House playful moment with Head Start children during the Urban H61iday
Festival at the Jacksonville Urban League. More than 500 children
Mayor John Peyton hosted the Annual Holiday Open House at City Hall attended the event held on December 19th that also included free
tonight to ring in the season w ith acti\ cities for all ages in the community. lunch, health screenings. games, gifts and entertainment.
The event which was free and open to the public, included 'isits with The purpose of the free festival was to increase awareness of pre-
Santa, craft making, cookie decorating, like music, carriage rides and ventable health problems and to encourage the early detection and
refreshments. For more photo highlights, see page 7. treatment of diseases, while enjoying holiday fun for everyone.
Statue Dedicated to Jax's Negro League History
major leagues," said Wynn. "It's a
tribute to their love of the game,
through celebrity in their own ranks
and finally breaking the color barri-
er of the major leagues to triumphs
we have today -"rounding the plates
Also located near the field's entry
gates is the J.P. Small Museum and
Negro League Exhibit. A motion
activated oral history describes
Jacksonville's Negro League and
baseball legacy, while artifacts and
photographs dated back to the
1800s are on display. The contribu-
tions of civic leader, 40+ year
Stanton Coach J.P. Small as well as
i the Durkeeville community that
grew up around the field are also
S The J.P. Small Memorial Park has
played an important. role in
Jacksonville's baseball history as
well as serving as the heart of the
African-American community that
grew up around it. The park has
hosted teams from the Negro
hown above are former Negro League players and barnstormerser" L-R: Odell Norris, Leo Christi, Leagues. Sally Leagues and others
rold "Buster" Hair and Art Hamilton next to the unveiled statue. FMlP Photo through integration.
ity Councilwomnan G%%en Yates Luminaries set the tone at the his- graced the field. "This is a celebration of sports,
the Parks Dept Department toric ball field where baseball The highlight of the event as the history and neighborhood pride."
ed forces to commemorate the greats such as Hank Aaron. Lou unveiling of the life size bronze said Councilwoman Gwven Yates.
cy of Jacksonville's National Gehritg and Babe Ruth once played. statue. "Heading for Home." by "The legacy of J.P. Small (who the
ro League and baseball hiistor. From 1938 to 1942. it was the home local artist. Daniel \Vnnrm. park is named after) and the
an official statue unseiling and of the Jackson' ille Red Caps Negro "I wanted to honor the contribu- Durkeeville Community is one that
2bration at James P. Small League baseball team. Jacksonville tion these men made to American should never be forgotten.".
Memorial Park. I'01 MyNrtle Ave. native James Weldon Johnson also baseball, although barred from the
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A commitment to the idea
A commiment to building
a meaningful life.
Relaies to the common good
. of family and community.
A belief that wealth and
resources should be shared.
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A day for reviewing the
purpose for living.
Relates to building and
developing creative potential.
Belief in the ability to control
one's own destiny.
in celebrating the spirit of Kwanzaa.
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December 2 1.i January. 3,'-,2007
SMichigan Schools Can
W WK^ ]^ % ; Use Affirmative Action jIIILifl
Shown above are Betty Carley chair of the study, Mayor John
Peyton, Jim Crooks and Charlene Taylor-Hills with the Human Rights
Commission at the report's release.
Report Shows Race Still
Matters in Jacksonville
A federal judge ruled this. week
that Michigan's top universities can
continue using race and gender in
their admissions decisions for next
year's incoming students, despite a
voter-approved ban on affirmative
action that was supposed to take
effect this weekend.
U.S. District Judge David Lawson
acted at the request of the
University of Michigan, Michigan
State University and Wayne State
University. The schools said it
would be too disruptive to do away
with affirmative action immediate-
ly because they have already begun
accepting students for next fall.
The judge gave the universities
until July 1 to follow the new rules.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm, who was against the ban
on affirmative action, helped reach
the deal to delay the measure.
"The voters have spoken. We
understand that," she said. "But
we're also extremely committed, as
an administration, to -diversity, and
to fostering diversity."
Voters on Nov. 7 approved an
amendment to the Michigan
Constitution that bans affirmative
action based on race and gender in
public education, employment and
the awarding of contracts. The law
takes effect this weekend.
COMTO Celebrates the Holidays
The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials recently held their
annual holiday party at Endo Exo Shown above are local officers: (L-R)
Michael Holcomb, Ken Middleton DBE Outreach Chair, Cheryl Lynn
Freeman Sectary and Jacksonville Chapter President Michael Blaylock.
Clients Get a Taste of Sharon's Favorite Things
Continued from front
a former chair of the Jacksonville
Urban League Auxiliary. "The peo-
ple attending these events want to'
make a change, it's those you can't
reach you have to worry about.",
The report also revealed that
homeownership is up among both
black and. whites. The number of
blacks buying homes increased by
60% from 2004 to 2005. However
the statistics are not with fanfare.
They march side by side with the
high rate of foreclosures in the
Jacksonville area, specifically the
northwest area ranking Jacksonville
10th in the nation overall.
- That should be no surprise, few
areas can you ride throughout the,
north side of town without seeing
signs saying, "Rent to Own," "Own
for $250 down" or "We Buy Any
House Any Condition". Forty-one
percent of Black home owners in
Jacksonville received loans at high-
er sub-prime lending rates. Due to
the loans carrying, higher interest
rates than conventional mortgages,'
there is the increased likelihood
they could end up in foreclosure.
Even more disturbing, the survey
followed up a 1946 report called
"Jacksonville Looks at its Negro
Community". The comparison
showed that the most eminent prob-
lems in 1946 wereaccess to health
care, affordable housing and crime.
Ironically enough, these are the
same problems that plague the
Black community today. These
facts need no witnessing statistics
to back them. On the eve of yet
another new year, Jacksonville's
Black community remains seg-
mented and divided.
A random Free Press visitor was
asked who she thought represented
Jacksonville's Black leadership.
"I don't know," said. the' college
educated woman who asked not to
be identified. She said she frequent-
ly went to her pastor for leadership
"Unfortunately with over 100
churches in Jacksonville serving
the minority community, that's a
great many chiefs and a whole lot
of Indians.", said former council-
man Reggie Fullwood. While in
office, Fullwood pushed for a Black
Leadership that never came to
fruition. "We just couldn't get it
together." He said.
With no cohesive leadership, an
unprecedented crime rate, foreclo-
sure rates at an, all time high in the
minority community and a widen-
ing education gap between the
races the report is all too true that
race does still matter, 145 years
after slavery even as we head into
Winners of the cruise gift certificates included Carl)n Jenkins, Lisa
Drayton and Tanzy James.
Participants included Rometa Porter, Kim Harris, CharnissaBrinson,
Tanzy James, Janell Porter, Pamela Kashif, Latona Butler, Carolyn
Jenkins, Lisa Drayton, Katrina
Henderson and Joann Telfair.
Sharon Porter-Thompson, owner
of The Room -Salon knows the
meaning of reciprocity. The talent-
ed entrepreneur recently celebrated
the holiday season with her clients
by hosting her 5th Annual "My
Favorite Things" Christmas party.
Like that of the party's role model
Oprah Winfrey, Sharon delighted
each of her invited guest with cus-
tom gift bags filled with her
favorite things. The bags included
wine, candles, chocolates, mas-
sagers, jewelry totes and a santa.
Mack,. Crystal Lewis Linda
There were also five raffle winners
receiving gift certificates for cruis-
es. Thompson's clients also show-
ered her with gifts.
Held in her custom decorated
home, the festive soiree included
catered seafood salad, crab legs,
pasta, fruit and wine capped off
with her mothers sunshine punch
and frozen mango tango daquiris.
"I just like to show 'them .how
much I appreciate their business."
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Sharon % asn'i the only one giving. She received a "Believe" plaque
from client Joann Telfair.
No really, .GO AWAY
IBut take us when you goll
Going away for the holidays? The Jacksonville Transportation. Authority now
offers FREE surface parking at the Kings Avenue Garage, and $3 rides to the
airport from the downtown area. Exact fare is required. Our AirJTA buses have
plenty of storage for your luggage, and our free surface parking at the Kings
Avenue Garage will leave some extra jingle in your pockets. AirJTA service
operates Monday through Friday only.
Visit our Web site at jtafla.com or call us at 630-3100,
TDD 630-3191 for AirJTA schedule information.
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
FRegional Transportation Solutijons
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While Blacks Are Receiving More Mortgage Loans;
Foreclosure Rates are Skyrocketing as Well
Affordable housing for the work-
ing class and low-income house-
holds continues to be a major issue
in the country, state and city. The
good news is that there are several
great programs in place that assist
families :and individuals as they
purchase their first homes.
You can get down payment assis-
tance, help 'with closing cost, free
credit counseling and grants that
allow your mortgages to be more
affordable. Couple these programs.
with a lot of creative financing
from various banks, relatively
modest' prices, and low interest
rates and 'ou can understand why
our city is a good place to purchase
a home and raise a family.
Here's the flip side. of the equa-
tion. While these programs are des-
perately needed and homeowner-
ship is Up nationwide, so is the'
That's right, what's that old say-
ing, "Neer look a gift horse in the
mouth." Well, sometimes people
are accepting gifts that they may
not be ready to handle. Sort of like
someone giving a three yearold a
cute puppy and telling him he is
responsible for feeding it.
Many people are getting homes at
low interest rates, but the rates are
adjustable so three years later their
mortgage payments are increasing
and they may be adding other bills
to the equation, while annual
salaries are stagnant. .
It is also easier to get a mortgage
today than it was in past, which.
means that folks who traditionally
wouldn't have qualified, are now.
getting new houses.
Also, many people are qualifying,
despite living paycheck to pay-
check. So any small unexpected
expense like a car breaking down
or other unexpected bill could
affect a'person's ability to paN their
mortgage. All of this makes for a
recipe for financial disaster
Of course,.yoit can't throw every,
foreclosure case in same bag. There
are also investors out there that
may have bitten off more than they
can chew. Many investors used the
ease of financing a few years back,
to overextend themselves creating
This also meant that many of,
them are now stuck paying mort-
gages on houses that they didn't
anticipate having to fund. Add the
national slow down in home sales.
and life really becomes complicat-
ed for investors.
According to a report released ear-
lier in the year by RealriTrac. a
company that runs an online mar-
ketplace of foreclosed properties,
Jacksonville is number seven in the
by Bishop Council Nedd II1
There are several passages in the Bible sug-
gesting that much is expected from those to
whom much is given. One of the greatest gifts
that God has given to his people on earth is the
gift of good health.
Like all gifts, however, competent steward-
ship is also required.
Medicare was originally designed as a health
care safety net for America's seniors. Launched
in the mid-1960s, just a few% \ears after
America's fis't lnafilned space'n0iSsion', it'filled
a void in our society. Throughout most of
human history; old age "%as often synonymous
with chronic illnesses. Until the advent of
Medicare, many senior households faced finan-
cial devastation by the bills that accompanied
long hospitalizations and surgical procedures.
As our space program once did. Medicare still
offers hope. It still protects millions from
In the over 40 years since Medicare's cre-
ation. and the world has changed. Our obses-
sion of putting a man on the moon has become
passe and great technological advances in phar-
maceuticals have cut man\ hospital stays in
half. Diabetes and hypertension., which once
nation in foreclosures. Indianapolis
was number one, followed b\
Atlanta: and Dallas-Ft. Worth.
'In the first quarter alone.
Jacksonville had nearly 3.600 fore-
.The Northwest part of town had
the most foreclosure. No surprise
here, because although minority
mortgage number have increased in
Jacksonville and around the coun-
try that bit of good news can be
very misleading. Predatory lenders
traditionally focus on. blacks and
other minorities. Sometimes we
want a home so bad that \\ e do not
do enough homework before sign-
'ing on the dotted line.
Some lenders can get you into a
house with an initial low\ to moder-
ate monthly mortgage paN ment.
Two to three years later, that pay-
ment balloons and 'becomes a
major problem. And w hen you are
living paycheck to paycheck, a
$ 150: increase in your mortgage
payment is substantial.
So while the number of blacks
receiving home loans increased last
'ear, so did the number of foreclo-
sure, which really\ negates man\ of
the positive mortgage gains at
African Americans have achieved.
A study released earlI this \ear
showed that among cities across
the country. Jacksonville had the
seventh largest increase in loans
made to African-Americans from
200-1 to 2005 at 42.4"o. The
Northeast Florida metropolitan
area also had a 51.5"'i increase in
loans made to all types of minori-
ties, hence giving Jacksonville the
10th-largest increase among areas
that had at least 1.000 loans to
minorities in 2005.
Again, while this sounds like
progress the number of foreclo-
sures amongst black home owners
is extremely significant. In fact. a
study bN the Center for
Responsible Lending released in
May showed that blacks and
Hispanics were more than 30 per-
cent more likely to receive a high-
interest loan than whites who have
similar credit risks.
Getting home loans is no longer a
major hurdle for us. Educating our-
selves on ho\w wve finance homes is
no\\ the major issue.
Former Congresswoman Barbara
Jordan perhaps said it best,
"Education remains the key to both
economic and political empowver-
ment. That is \\hN the schools
charged \with educating African
Americans have, perhaps, the
greatest, the deepest challenge of
Signing off from an undisclosed
credit union. Reggie Fullwood
The Gift of Good Health
devastated the black community, can now be
fought with medications never imagined even
20 \ears ago.
Until last year, Medicare strictly\ adhered to its
original 1965 model not offering prescription
drug coverage or emphasizing preventive care
or disease prevention. Congress, in adopting
the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, which
for the first,time provided a prescription drug
'benefit for Medicare beneficiaries, has no\w
determined that seniors can be kept healthier -
and taxpayers can save money if Medicare
reflects the realities of 21st century health care.
The program has been in place for over a
year, and not all "\ho are eligible have applied
for these benefits benefits that can directly
affect the stewardship of their health.
Currently. we are in the midst of the Medicare
"open season," which ends on December 31st.
Now is the time for seniors to sign up for the
Medicare prescription drug benefit or make
changes to their current prescription drug plans.
The Medicare prescription drug benefits go a
long way toward eliminating a problem that
man\ seniors faced the choice of buying food
or paying for prescription drugs. There are
many in the inner-city across this cotmuntr who
are forced, for monetary reasons, to make the
unimaginable choice between food or medicine
or one medicine over another.
Medicare also offers early detection screen-
ings for cardiovascular disease and diabetes as
well as wellness exams. These things will.
hopefully, lead to black Americans not only liv-
ing longer, but ha- ing healthier lives. It raises
the prospect of closing the current 12-yeaf life
expectancy gap between the races and promot-
ing longer healthier lies for all.
Critics must realize that the program is as
inevitable as it is necessary. Modem medical
technology is keeping people healthier longer
and saving taxpayers money by reducing the
need for emergency room trips and long hospi-
The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act is not
the panacea that will cure all the ills of the
American health care system, but like man
landing on the moon it continues to be one
giant leap in the right direction.
2006 the Year that Was
- Dear readers, will this issue, we officially close
-oar20th year celebration and say goodbye to the
year 2006.. Instead of having a big ticket selling
banquet or filling the paper with advertisements of
anniversary acknowledgements to no use of you,
we chose instead to focus on those who have made
the past twenty years possible. Each week we have
highlighted-individuals who have graced our lives and publication in one.
way or another. And, judging from the responses we have received,. our
efforts were well appreciated.. Through our publisher Rita Perry as the
foundation of the Free Press, our publication has grown by leaps and.
bounds.Our first editions were produced in our living room while I was
still in high school We have held office residence in the Afro-American '
Life Insurance Building, the Aikens complex on Edgewood.Ave. and our
present and permanent location at 903 West Edgewood Ave. '
A big thank you once again to the many over the years who have made
it possible. If it weren't for our extended 'family', we might just'be like
any other rag full of press releases and void of useful information.
-.Cleaning oui the closets, it's almost funny to look at an edition fifteen.
years ago. But you readers have stuck with us, and encouraged us, to
Spring you the best positive product out there. And we do so with pride. *
It's hard to believe that another year has rolled by. Jacksonville began
*the new year with an unprecedented amount of murders that continued
throughout the year. The city came together in prayer and unison for our
O light. In the midst of the massive prayer vigil, ministers and NAACP
leaders rallied the third floor of Cit' Hall for a change within .the Fire
Dept. a challenge that fell on deaf years. The year closed with a reveal-
ing look at Blacks in America in a report done by the Jacksonville
Community Council that says we have the same problems we did 60 years
ago when the 1946 report, "A Look at Jacksonville's Negro Communlity"
was done. Surprised?
Our minority schools, courtesy of the FCA T test remain in a frazzled
state. I am allfor standardized testing, but not at the win lose or draw cost
at stake courtesy of the state of Florida. Our schools (i.e. Raines,
.Ribault), used to be a source of nourishment in the community::
Institutions that produced trailblazers and served as havens forfuture :
leaders. These days our best and brightest flock to the next best thing,
One of our favorite sons. Reggie Fullwood ended an eight year tenure
on the Jacksonville City Council in a defeating bid for the State!
Representative seat. Now currently hard at work on his development
business (check out his beautiful multi-unit apartments, "Christine
Cove" on Soutel Drive), it is doubtful that the still youthful politician has
seen his lust days in politics. Ie are fortunate that he has chosen to con-
tinue to impart his unsolicited words of wisdom in his column, now titled
It was also a bad year for our arts community as we lost many treasures
such as Ruth Brown, Lou Rawls, If71lson Pickett and the recent passing'.
of Eddie LeVert. We also said goodbye to icons such as Coretta Scott King
and acclaimed journalist Ed Bradlev. Locally, African cultural aware-
ness pioneer Shadidi Amma passed away. Fortunately we will have the
Kuumba Festival to always remember her legacy.
Sadly enough, Jacksonville also witnessed the closing of the
Jacksonville Advocate this year, the weekly newspaper published by lsiah
Williams and his wife. No matter how close to home, mi' heart goes out
to any Black business that closes, especially one that has been around for
decades. This newspaper business is no easy task. It requires constant
research, outreach, upgrades. Information and most of all, money to keep
it goingon a .EEKLY basis. Heavy is the crown that chooses 't become
involved. What does that say for the status of African-Americans in our
community when a business is allowed to just close shop without any fan-
fare? I tell you what, I hope I never know.
2007 is looked upon with great enthusiasm. iRe here at the Free Press
look forward to bringing you more of everything. Be on the look out for
our new columnist, Imhotep Marcel Furious, who will'"Speak Louder"
on local issues each week. We also will begin "Come Sunday Morning"
highlighting 'us' in our Sunday best on the way to church. I will. domny
best to try and bring back more "Points to Ponder", but in our efforts'to
bring you a more quality product, it has cost me greatly ii-the creattie
energy department. r
As I close this moment of sharing, Jacksonville please .take atmomehtjto
remember the reason for the season and remain safe. Keep your. Ied
ones close and special no matter how many or few as no day is prommse
Happy New Year, Sylvia Perry
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UCOM To Host 22nd Annual
MLK Memorial Banquet
Shown above left is JCA CEP Kezia Justice and students at the performance. FMPPhoto
Talented Students at Northside Center of
The Arts Strut Their Stuff at Winter Recital
The United Community Outreach
Ministry (UCOM), a coalition of
thirty-two church congregations
including Protestant, Catholic,
Jewish and citizens of all races on
Jacksonville's Southside will host
its 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Memorial Birthday
Banquet in conjunction with
UCOM's 28 years of "A Vision in
The Douglas Anderson High
School Alumni, and the Southside
Community Churches, join UCOM
in sponsoring the banquet, on
Saturday, January 13, 2007, in the
Fellowship Center of the San Jose
Church of Christ, 6233 San Jose
Boulevard; Rev. Calvin Warpula,
Pastor; will serve as host.
The Honorable Henry E. Davis
will be the banquet, speaker. Judge
Davis is a Circuit Court Judge,'
Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval
Judge Davis is a product of the
Southside community, and a mem-
ber of the 1966 graduation class of
Douglas Anderson High School.
He was appointed Circuit Judge by
Governor Lawton Chiles in March
Hon. Henry Davis
The community is invited to come
out and support this annual coni-
memoration banquet that honors
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with all
proceeds used toward improving
the life of Southside residents with
concentration on the education of
the children. For ticket informa-
tion, please call (904) 764-4439.
765-22316 or 210-6422.
Nine years ago, Kezia Hendrix
Justice returned to Jacksonville, her
hometown, with the conviction to
raise the caliber of professional per-
formances and production, while
presenting new opportunities for
new, budding, and experienced per-,
forming artists. She established the
Northside Center of the Arts (NCA)
and the Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts Pre-Professional Program
(JCA) five years ago.
The mission of the JCA, a non-
profit organization, is to promote
greater appreciation in the fine arts,
while providing intensive training
in dance, music, art and theater for
Partnerships with the Ritz Theatre
- LaVilla Museum and other entities
have pro, ided performing opportu-
nities. Man;, graduates have
received college scholarships, oth-
ers have pursued professional
Ten choreographers comprise the
staff, and include: Kezia Hendrix
Justice (Classical & Contemporary
Ballet), Conrad De'Andrea Lewis,
(Modem Jazz), Mayra Femandez,
(Classical. and Contemporary.
Ballet), Olga Tchekachova (Ballet
and Pointe), Tera Nikkia Gates
(Tap, Modem & Jazz), Julia
Gregory (Ballet, Tap, Jazz.
Modem), Sayat. Asatryan (Ballet,
Pointe, Pas de deux), Monique
Jones-Cistrunk (Ballet, Tap,
Modem, Jazz, African), Christa J.
Paulk (West African), and Amalia
Rivera (Modem, Jazz & Hip Hop).
Two intems: Angela Oldham and
Landis Dixon, round out the well
equipped staff of instructors.
Kezia Hendrix-Justice, owner of
both the JCA and NCA is/ also
Adjunct Dance Teacher at the
LaVilla School of the Arts and The
Bolles School. A graduate of
Jacksonville University, she
received her first professional invi-
tation and became a dancer, singer,
and Dance Captain in the Latin and
Country Shows at Busch Gardens
in Tampa and then to Disney.
The JCA & NCA presented their
Annual Winter Recital on Sunday
evening, December 17, 2006 at the
Florida Theatre. Themed
"Awakening...A New Generation",
the recital included ballet, jazz,
modeling; west African dance, tap
hip hop arid modem dance in a vari-
ety of ensembles. The vignettes
were performed by students who
range in age from 3 years old to
The Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts & Northside Center of the Arts
is located, 2049 North Pearl St.
Alvin White and Bertha Padgett interacting in pairing activity.
St. Gabriel's Members Retreat
t ,Develop a Strategic Plan
Millions More Movement Send Young Men to Holiday Season in Style
Euguene Butler Middle School teachers and staff joined forces with the Men of the Millions More Movement
and From Unity to Loyalty to provide free haircuts to students. The initiative, which fosters self pride, is part of
the initiative to stop the % violence in our community and advance reading in the FCAT tests. The barbers who pro-
vided services, Lester Muhammad, Tony Bethone, James Muhammad, Leslie Muhammad, Todd Muhammas and
Timothy Freeman, are shown above with the students. For more information call 768-2778 or 355-9395.,
Father Eddie Jones, Vicar at Saint
Gabriel's and his wife Jailine,'
recently facilitated a retreat for the
members of Saint Gabriel's
Episcopal Church. The retreat was
held at Camp Weed and Cerveny
Conference Center, in Live Oak,
Florida. The purpose of the event
was to develop a strategic plan for
the future of the church located in
Throughout the weekend, partici-
pants explored and discovered how
church members can best carry out
their unique purpose, and con-
tribute their unique gifts to one
another as a Christian community.
The retreat was the vision of Dr.
Alvin White, former Senior
Warden. Tt was his vision for the
church retreat in hopes the' atten-
dees would concentrate on an oit-
reach program designed to de\ elop
strategies to increase the member-
ship .at St. Gabriel's. In addition,
youth involvement and renewed
efforts to moving toward a parish
status was also the focus.
Through group settings, those in
attendance reflected upon their
God-given purpose,, gifts and
strengths, both as individuals and as
a church body. The group discussed'
and formed Focus Groups for
developing goals and new direction
for the congregation. Singing, wor-
ship, sharing and fellowship were
vital components of the Retreat.
Participants departed from the
weekend with a renewed sense of
purpose and vision for St. Gabriel's
For more information call 904-665-2520
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Sword and Shield Kingdom Ministry
Christmas Eve Serious Praise Service
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry invites all to its 2006
Christmas 'Eve Serious Praise Service, at the Father's House Conference
Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2, on December 24, 2006. When
Praises go up Blessings come down.
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Sword and Shield Founder/Pastor, ill de I i -
er the message. Come and celebrate the Birth of Our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season.
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
Christmas Day Worship Service
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Avenue, Dr.
Landon L. Williams Sr., Pastor; invites the community to Christmas Day
Worship at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 25, 2006.
Bethel Baptist Inst. and Day Spring
to Hold Joint Christmas Service
The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will worship with Day Spring
Baptist Church, 5654 Dunn Avenue, Rev. Rumlin, Pastor; at 11 a.m.
Christmas morning. Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick Jr. will deliver the
message. The community is invited.
St. Paul AME Hosting 4-F Ministry /
Wednesday for the Entire Family
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, Rev. Marn in Zanders H; invites the community to their new 4-F
Ministry. 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. on Wednesdays. The 4-F Ministry is
Bible Study for the Mwhole ahmil\, a time of renewal.
The community is invited to Christmas Eve Worship Service at 10 a.m.
on Sunday. December 24th. Church School \ ill begin at 8:30 a.m. End
of the Year Worship on Sunday, December 31st will commence with
Sunday\ School at 8:30 a.m. Morning Worship will be at 10 a.m. Watch
Night Sen ice will begin at 10:45 p.m..
Church news is published free of charge. Information must
,be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday,
at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information
received prior.to the event date will beprinted on.a space
available basis until the date. Fax to 765-3803 or e-mail to
Dimension of Praise Min. to present
25th Silver Pre-Anniversary Concert
The Dimension of Praise Guests: the 'Sisters of Praise,
Ministries, 580 Ellis Road, Dr. Singing" Trumpets, Pure Gold,
Carol Baker, Pastor; will present a Royal Spirituals, Jerry Cannon and
25th Silver Pre-Anniversary the Caravans, and other guests.
Concert, 'at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, For more information, call
January 6, 2007; Evangelist Joann Wyatt, 772-8018.
The Concert will feature Special
Registration for BEST Academy Jan. 6th
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, has
announced that' Registration for BEST Academy Session II Classes, will
begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2007. This registration is for all chil-
dren that did not attend Session I. BEST is open to all students in grades 3-
10. 11-th and 12th grade students are provided with FCAT and SAT/Act
Instruction. For information, call (904) 354-1464.
Sister Beatrice Ishmeal will cel-
ebrate her 18th Anniversary, at 6
p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2007, at
the West Friendship Baptist
Church, Rev. Timothy Cole, Pastor;,
Rev. Richard L. Wilson, Senior
Special guests on program will
be the New Creations, Nu
Testament, Golden Clouds, Bro. Al
Andres, Sister of Praise, Sunny
Rose Singers, God's Spiritual Gifts,
Dea. W\Villie Kirkland. the Florida
Gospel Tra\elers. Shirle\ and the'
Sons of Harmond, and Lil Jessie &
The Miracles. The community is
Watch Night Services
St. James AME Church, Rev. Alesia Scott-Ford, Pastor; 535;McIntosh
Avenue, Orange Park; will be praising and uplifting the name of God, 10
p.m. until the New Year arrives.
Mt. Zion AME Church, 3811 St. Augustine Road, Reverend Alton
Coles, Pastor; will host Watch Night Service at 10:30 p.m. on December
31, 2006. The community is invited tojoin for fellowship in thanksgiving
for where the Lord has brought us.
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Ave., Dr.
Landon L. Williams, Pastor: '\ ill hold New Year's EveWorship Service,
at 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2006. The community is invited.
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, Reverend Marvin C. Zanders,, II, Pastor; extends a warm welcome
.to the community to share, in "End of the Year Worship" Watch Night
-Service at 10:45 p.m
One Accord to Hold "A Gospel Christmas to Remember"
One Accord Ministries
International, Bishop, Dr. Jan D.
Goodman Sr., First. Lady
Productions, OSAAT Inc., Dr. Craig
Oswald, the New St. James Holy
Family, and Faith United Miracle
Temple will present a Christmas
Celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
Rev. Al Sharpton to
Deliver Keynote Address
at Daytona MLK Banquet
President of the National
Action Network, Rev. Al
Sharpton, will deliver the keynote
address at this year's Dr. Martin,
Luther King Jr. Banquet, spon-
sored by the Daytona Beach
Halifax Area MLK Holiday
The, Banquet and other acti\ cities
N ill beheld on
or more infrmatdn, please
call (386) 316-1867 or email
.December 23, 2006, at One Accord
Ministries International Inc., 2971
Waller St.:(McDuff & 1-10).
A Gospel Christmas to Remember
will be an evening of singing, danc-
ing, and skits, featuring recording
artists, Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman.
Sr. & The Voices of One Accord;
Tamara Halyard & Brother Jay, and
the dance sensations, "Trilox".
Kids can bring their parents, to this
holiday program and receive FREE
TOYS and ,GIFTS. Everyone is
invited to the celebration. For more
information, or to make a donation
call (904) 425-0806.
Opening for Church Musician
for AME Church.
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For more information, call (904) 768-1679
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The History of Watch Night Services
Many of you who live or grew up
in Black communities in the United
States have probably heard of
"Watch Night Services," the gather-
ing of the faithful in church on New
Year's Eve. The service usually
begins anywhere from 7-10 p.m.
and ends at midnight with the New
Year. Some folks come to church
first, before going to out to cele-
brate. For others, church is the only
New Year's Eve event.
Like many others, I always
assumed that Watch Night was a
fairly standard Christian religious
service -- made a bit more
Afrocentric because that's what
happens when elements of
Christianity become linked with the
Black Church. Still, it seemed that
predominately White Christian
churches did not 'include Watch
Night services on their calendars,
but focused instead on Christmas
Eve programs. In fact, there were
instances where clergy in mainline
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An image of the lirst watchh Night sen ice captured in Mass. located in
the Library of Congress.
denominations wondered aloud importance of New Year's Eve serv-
about the propriety of linking reli- ices in African American congrega-
gious services with a secular holi- tions. The Watch Night Services in
day like New Year's Eve. Black communities that we cele-
However, there is a reason for the brate today can be traced back to.
gatherings on December 31, 1862 ,
also known as "Freedom's Eve."
On that night, Blacks came together
in churches and private homes all
across the nation, anxiously await-
ing news that the Emancipation
Proclamation actually had become
law. Then, at the stroke of midnight
, it was January 1, 1863 and all
slaves in the Confederate States
were declared legally free. When
the news was received, there were
prayers, shouts and songs of joy as
people fell to their knees and
Black folks have. gathered in
churches annually on New Year's
Eve ever since, praising God for
bringing us safely through another
year. It's been nearly 145 years
since that first Freedom's Eve and
many of us were never taught the
African American history of Watch
Night, but tradition still brings us
together at this time every year to
celebrate "how we got over."
Shown above are Councilwoman Gwen Yates, Travis Powell, Alton
Yates and Frank Powell. Council members also hosted constituents in
Standing I-r Dr. Percy Sutton, Taj Nlatthesss, Texas State Rep. Ruth
Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio), Mr. Chuck Andrews. Seated us
the Honoree Rev. Claude Black.
Lenette Myers (left) and twin Jeanette Myers meet and greet Mayor
Peyton. FMP Photos
Taj Matthews, Cheryl Matthews, Deasia Matthews, Omari Matthews
and Martin L. King III.
Matthews Orchestrates Gala for Civil Rights Pioneering Grandfather
Taj Matthews and his grandfather,
Rev. Claude Black have been close
his entire life.
To himJ ,fiwas the lo' ing patri-
arch of the Black clan of Texas. But
to the citizens 'of San Antonio,
Texas, the ninety year old preacher
remains a. civil rights icon.
As pastor of Mount Zion First
Baptist Church from 1949 until he
retired in 1998, he became a major
force in ending segregation at lunch
counters, theaters and other public
accommodations in the city. Active
in the civil rights movement, he
became an associate of such leaders
as A. Philip Randolph, Martin
Luther King, Jr., Thurgood
Marshall and others.
In San Antonio, Rev. Black found-
ed several community groups as
well as the city's first black credit
union. He often denounced City
Council decisions that were unfair,
to minorities and served four terms
on the San Antonio .City Council
1973-1978, becoming the city's
First Black .Mayor Pro Tem. In
S honor of his service to the city, a
street and a public building have
been named for Rev. Black and it
has been proposed that his home be
named an historic site.
"All of my life. I grew up watch-
ing him address the poison of dis-
crimination. He would take me to
City council meetings, banquets,.
political rallies, events at numerous
churches and community func-
tions." Said Matthews. "It was in
me long before I knew."
The ci\il rights struggle is no
stranger to Manhe%%s. His father
Fred Mattheiws, was president twice
of the Jacksonville NAACP
After an encounter with family
friend and historian; Dr. John Hope
Franklin, who had a similar 90th
birthday party in Hawaii. The
young Matthews decided to honor
his Grandfather in a gala celebra-
I wanted to find a way to honor
the person that has done' so much
for so many." He said.
Four months prior, Matthews,
who lives in Jacksonville, began
contacting the many different peo-
ple that has shared the limelight
with his grandfather throughout the
years. Names such as the family of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Fred
Shuttlesworth, business pioneer
Percy Sutton and others were eager
Greetings were sent by Former
President Bill Clintotn. General;
Colin Powell, NAACP National,
President / CEO Bruce Gordon,
Urban League President Marc
Morial, authors Tavis Smiley and
Dr. John Hope Franklin.
"The celebration took on a life of
its own. The city of San Antonio.
has never had an African American
honor in that, way." Matthews
remarked. The event was co hosted
by the city .of San Antonio in con-
junction with the Claude Black
Project. Despite cold weather, over
600 guests attended the event.
As a result of the bond between
Matthews and grandfather which
has intensified over the last \ ear, he
and his wife will be. relocating to
San Antonio in the next few weeks.
The Ribault graduate will be serv-
ing as CEO of the Claude &
ZerNona Black Foundation and the
Claude Black Paper Project. He is
also working additional projects on
the Civil Rights Mo ement that % ill
collaborate %%ith NMLK Ill. Dr. Fred
Shurtlesworth and many others.
Tanjia Hayes enjoyed the free festivities inside Gity Hall.,.
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by Glen Ellis
Obesity has reached near epidem
ic proportions in the U.S. Obesity
rate are high among Africar
Americans, particularly Blacl
women. The fisk of diabetes is sig
nificantly related to obesity.
'Cultural changes in food prepare
tion and family meals likely play
role in the problem. In 1934, al
food was prepared from scratch ant
was largely consumed based on sea
sonal harvests. The advent of frozen
food in 1954. opened up a wide
array of food choices, and the intro
duction of the microwave, oven ir
1974 meant that children could tak
a far more active role in choosing
and preparing foods without
Adding to this problem is th
recent trend of eating food that ha
been prepared outside the home
National food, surveys show tha
about 30 percent of family meal
and Obesity: lbs Can Do
nationwide are fixed outside the cose, it must move from the blood- provic
- home, regardless of family income, stream into the individual cells. body
y Such meals often are higher in calo- This process requires insulin. The
n ries and fat and contain larger por- Insulin is produced by the beta bloods
k tions than those prepared at home cells in the pancreas. When glucose, the h
- Results from studies indicate that from the foods we eat, enters our always
there is a relationship between obe- blood, the pancreas should automat- amour
t- sity and the increased risk of dia- ically produce the right amount of amou
a betes. Diabetes is the sixth leading insulin to move glucose into our rises t
11 cause of death in the United States. cells. People with type 1 diabetes will r
d It is estimated that 14 million produce no insulin. People with' more
- Americans. had diabetes in 1995 type 2 diabetes do not always pro- causes
n and that number is expected to' duce enough insulin. blood
r increase to.22 million in the year To understand why insulin is To k
- 2025. Diabetes' is a major health important, it helps to know more from
n problem for African Americans for about how'.the body uses food for glycer
e whom the prevalence rate is 1.6 energy. Your body is made up of bod.
g times the rate for whites. millions of cells. To make energy, some
it When we eat, our bodies break these cells need food in a very sim- in the
food down into organic compounds, ple form. When you eat or drink, Peo
e one of which is glucose. The cells .much of your food is broken down make
s of our. bodies& use' glucose as a 'into a simple' sugar called "glu- long:
. source of energy' for movement, cose." Then, glucose is transported leadir
t growth, repair, and other functions. through the bloodstream to the cells defini
s J But before the cells can use glu- of your body where it can be used to blood
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de some of the energy .your
needs for daily activities.
e amount of glucose in your
stream is tightly regulated by
hormone insulin. Insulin is
s being released in small
ints by the pancreas. When the
nt of glucose in youm blood
o a.certain level, the pancreas
release more insulin to push
glucose into the cells. This
s the glucose levels in your
eep your blood glucose levels
getting too low (h>po-
niia or low blood sugar), your,
signals you to eat and releases
glucose from the stores kept,
pie \ ith diabetes either don't
insulin or their body's, cells no
r are able to recognize insulin,
ig, to high blood sugars. By
ition, diabetes is having a
glucose level of 126 mil-
iis per deciliter (mg/dL) or
after an overnight fast (not
Heart disease is the leading cause
of death for people with diabetes.
Three out of four diabetes-related
deaths are caused by heart and
blood vessel (cardiovascular) dis-
ease. People with diabetes are 2-4
times more likely to have heart dis-
ease than persons without diabetes.
Even people with type 2 diabetes
who do not have heart disease have
an increased risk of having a heart
attack. People with diabetes also.
tend, to have other risk factors for
heart disease including obesity,
high blood pressure, and hardening'
of the arteries atherosclerosissi.
,O\ er time, high blood sugar levels
can damage the blood, vessels, that
feed the' retina of the eye. In non-
proliferative diabetic retinopathy
(NPDR), an early stage of diabetic
eye disease, the blood vessels may
leak fluid. This may cause the reti-,
na to sw ell and \ ision to blur, a con-
dition called diabetic macular
edema. In advanced or proliferative
diabetic retinopathy (PDR), abnor-
mal new blood vessels grow on the
surface of the retina. The abnormal
blood vessels don't supply the retina
with normal blood, flow. In addi-
tion, they may eventually pull on
the retina and cause it to detach.
Even when drugs and diet are able
to control diabetes, the disease can
still lead to kidney disease (diabetic
nephropathy) and kidney failure.
Healthy kidneys act like filters to
clean the blood of waste products
and extra fluid. Damaged kidneys
do not clean the blood well. Instead,
waste products and fluid build up.
With so many people (of all ages),
affected by diabetes and" obesity,
its' time we all start to really take
these issues more seriously. A
weight loss of 5-10 percent of body
weight has been associated with
significant improvements in med-
ical disorders such as' type 2 dia-
betes, hypertension and cardiovas-
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The first officially Recognized Holiday
for African-American in the Diaspora
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Daily Schedule for Your Kwanzaa Celebration
December 19 Gather and arrange
Kwanzaa symbols and any other decora-
tions. Arrange the symbols on alow table or
on the floor.
- Spread the Mkeka (Straw Mat).
- Place the Kinara (Candle Holder) in the
center of the Mkeka.
Place the Muhindi (Ears of Corn) on
either side of the Mkeka. One ear of corn for
each child in the family.
Creatively place the Zawadi (Gifts),
Kikombe Cha Umoja (Unity Cup); Tambiko
(Water and Soil), and a basket of Mazao
fruit on the Mkeka.
- Hang up a Bendera Ya Taifa (Flag of the
Black Nation). It should be facing the East.
Candles) in the
should be red,.
black and green.
Use any creative
C match you desire.
Red; Three Green;
One Black;, Two
Red; Two : Green;
-Begin using the
Gani" and the response "Nzuri Kwanzaa,
Nguzo Saba". Note, the response changes.
on the first day ,of Kwanzaa to Umoja, on
the second day to Kujichagulia, etc.
A -week of fasting, from sunrise to sunset,
to cleanse the body, discipline the mind and
uplift the spirit is suggested.
December 24 Gather and arrange
Kwanzaa symbols and any other decora-
tions. Arrange the symbols on a low table
or on the floor.
- Spread the Mkeka (straw mat).
- Place the Kinara (candleholder) in the cen-
ter of the Mkeka.
- Place the Muhindi (ears of cprn) on either
side of the' Mkeka. There should one ear of
corn for each child in the family. .
- Creatively place the Zawadi (gifts),
Kikombe Cha Umoja (unity cup), Tambiko
(water and soil) and a basket ofM\ azaj fruit
on the Mkeka. :
- Hang up a Bendera YajTaifa (flag of the
Black Nation). It should be facing the east.
- Place Mishumaa Saba (seven candles) in
the Kinara. Remember the Mishumaa
should be red, black and green Use any
creative combination you desire. For exam-
ple, three red, three green and one black; or
two red, two green and three black. etc
Begin using the. greeting "Haban Cani"
and the response "Nzuri Kwanzaa, Nguzo
Saba." Note: the response changes on the
first day of. K\\anzaa to "Umoja:" on the
second day to "Kujichagulia.'" etc.
December 26 On the first day .of
Kwanzaa, the Mmmnie i leader or minister)
calls the family together. W\hlen e\ eryone is
present, the M1tume greet them. "Habari
Gani," and the family responds "Umola."
Thus, the Kwanzaa celebration begins. The
celebration is conducted in the following
order, substituting each principle for the
response on its respect\ e day.
- A member of the family (all standing)
Harambee (let's pull together) is a call for
unity and collective work and struggle of
Each member raises his/her right armn with
an open hand; then pulls the arm down,
closing the hand into a fist.
Harambee is done in sets of seven in
honor and reinforcement of Nguzo Saba.
- Zawadi igifisi are played do\'1n and spiri-
tual and social rejuvenation is played up.
Hand made gifts' are strongly encouraged
over commercial purchases. Items related
to black heritage or items that hate special
meaning and will help the person through
-the next year are- encouraged. The gifts
should be reflective of a commitment to
education and the riches of our cultural her-
itage and a sign of the struggle for liberation
for black people. The gifts can be fruits
shared each night b. members. The gifts
can be given to children in one of two -ways:
)One gift can be'given each day to enforce
the principle of that day.
All gifts can be given on December 31st
during Karamu (feast).
December 31 The Karamu (feast) is
held and includes food, music, dance, etc.
Closing pray er.
The Kwanzaa song can be repeated as
often as is wished- for the elevation of the
I MKEKA (Nl-kay-cah) The
L Mkeka is a straw mat on which all
; 4the other items are placed. It is a
traditional item and therefore sym-
C' Sbolizes tradition as the foundation
'-. -=" on which all else rests.
m KINARA (Kee-nah-rah) The
Kinara is a candle-holder which
holds seven candles and represents
the original stalk from which we all sprang. For it is tra-
ditionally said that the First-Born is like a stalk of corn
which produces corn, which in turn
becomes stalk, which reproduces in the
same manner so that there is no ending
to us. .
MSHUMAA (Mee-shoo-maah) The
seven candles represent the Seven
Principles (Nguzo Saba) on which the
First-Born sat up our society in order
that our people would get the maximum
from it. They are Umoja (Unityi
Kujichagulia (Self-Determinatnion i
Ujima (Collective Work and
Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative
Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba
(Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
MUHINDI (Moo-heen-dee) The ear of corn repre-
sents the offspring or product (the children) of the stalk
(the-father of the house). It signifies the ability or poten-
tial of the offspring, themselves, to become stalks (par-,
ents), and thus produce their offspring -- a process
which goes on indefinitely,
and insures the immortality
of the Nation. To illustrate
this, we use as many ears of
corn as we have children
which again signifies the
number of potential. stalks
(patents): Every house has
at least one.ear of corn; for there is always the potential
even if it has not yet been realized.
KIKOMBE CHA UMOJA (Kee-coam-bay chah-oo-
moe-jah) The Unity Cup symbolizes the first principle
of Kwanzaa. It is used to pour the libation for our ances-
tors; and each member of the immediate family or
extended family drinks from it in- a reinforcing gesture
of honor, praise, collective work and commitment to
continue the struggle began by our ancestors.
ZAl\ADI (Sah-wah-dee) The presents (gifts) repre-
sent 1) the fruits of the labor of the parents, and 2) the
rewards of the seeds sown by the
children. Parents must commit their
children to goodness which to us is
.' .I- beauty. We must commit them to
good acts, good thoughts, .good
0I grades, etc., for the coming year and
| .<- 'reward them according to how well
they live up to their commitments.
Goodness, again, is beauty and beau-
ty is that which promises happiness
to the family and community. For all
acts, thoughts and values are invalid
if they do not in some way benefit
KARAMU The feast symbolizes
the high festive celebration that brings the community
together to exchange and to give thanks to the Creator
for their accomplishments during the year. It is held on
the night. of December 31 and includes food, drink,
music, dance, conversation, laughter and ceremony.
Secondary Symbols of Kwanzaa
NGUZO SABA (En-GOO-zoh Sah-BAH) -
Symbolizes the seven-principles of Kwanzaa which
were developed by Maulana Ron Karenga. The Nguzo
Saba are social principles dealing with ways for us.to
relate to each other and. rebuild our lives in our own
BENDERA YA TAIFA The flag of Black
Nationalism symbolizes the struggle of Liberation. The
Red represents the blood of our ancestors; Black is for
the collective color of all Black people, and Green
reminds us of the land, life and new ideas we must con-
tinue to strive' to obtain.
TAMBIKO Symbolizes the libation by which honor
is given in a special way to our ancestors and a call to
carry out the struggle and the %work they began. It clear-
ly sN mbolizes the recognition of and respect for the con-
tributions of those before us, our history and the models
it offers us to emulate.
HARALMBEE Symbolizes a call to unity and col-
lective work and struggle. The word means Let's pull
HABARI GANI What's the news; : hat's happening
Swahili 'term used when greeting others.
KWVAHERI Swahili term used as an expression of'
parting. with good iNshes and an. expectancy to meet
The celebration of Kwanzaa is
not meant to replace Christmas,
prayer or any other kind of
celebration during, the yuletide
season. Nor is it a religious
holiday or an alternative. It is,
designed to uplifit the spirits of
African Americans as a means of
opposing black-on'black crime.
with. black-on-black love and a
ceremony of commitment based
on the seven
of the holiday.
Whia as KWAN2AA?
By Conrad Worrill -
It is estimated that more than 18 million African
Americans participate in some sort of Kwanzaa event. In
the wake of the rising African-Centered Education
Movement in America, it is important that every segment of
the black community begin preparing for the Kwanzaa sea-
son. In order for Ihis to occur, parents, teachers, principals,
ministers, business people and community activists must
begin preparation immediately.
The first question that should be asked in preparation for
the Kwanzaa season is, "What is Kwanzaaa and kbhy it it so
important for African American people?"'
In the 1960s. the Black Power explosion shook up America
and successfully began dismantling the legal system of
racial segregation in the south. However, many blacks felt
there was a deeper meaning to the ideas of freedom, justice
and equality that had riot been advocated by the Ci\ il Rights
lMovemnent. The call for Black Power by Congressman
Adam Clayton- Powell, Kwame Toure (Stokely
Carmichael), and others gave a-new impetus for the Black
Liberation Movement in America.
When the smoke cleared from the watts rebellion in 1965,
an organization emerged in the Los Angeles area called
"UA." Its leader, Maulana Karenga, Ph.D., became a noted
spokesman for the independence, liberation and the acqui-
sition of power for African American people.
After intense study of African cultural traditions, Karenga
established the only nationally celebrated, indigenous, non-
heroic black holiday in the United States the holiday he
The concept of Kwanzaa was, as Karenga established it,
derived from the African custom of celebrating the harvest
season. He explains, "the origin of Kwanzaa on the African
continent .is the agricultural celebration called the "first
fruits" and, to a lesser degree; the full or general harvest cel-
ebrations. It is from these first fruit celebrations that
Kwanzaa gets its name from the Sxwahili phrase "Matunda
Ya Kwanza." .
Karenga further notes, "The first fruit celebrations are
Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith), recorded in African
history as far back as Egypt and Nubia and appearing in
ancient and modem times :in other classical. African civi-
lizations such as Ashantiland and Yourabland."
Karenga created Kwanzaa to introduce black people to
new values, which, if practiced, would give us a set of pri-
orities and lead us to our liberation and a higher level of
human life. That is the major reason that all African
American people should celebrate Kwanzaa. -
The concept of Kwanzaa strikes at the root of the African-
Centered Education Movement in this country. It provides
a forum for us as a people to define ourselves in the context
of our own experiences.
Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26th Jan. 1st, and each day
is dedicated to the concept of Nguzo Saba (the Seven
Principles of Blackness). They are: December 26-Umoja
(Unity); December 27-Kujichagulia (Self-determination);
December 28-Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility);
December 29-Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); December
30-Nia (Purpose); January 1-Imani (Faith).
Kwanzaa is a celebration that gives African people in
America a re-affirmation of our greatness and the possibili-
ties for continued growth. It is a holiday season for us that
gives us a chance with our families and loved ones for the
prospects and future of black liberation. It gives our chil-
dren positive reinforcement for what we must continue to
fight for as a people.
If you are not familiar with Kwanzaa, purchase and read
Maulana Karenga's book, The African American Holiday of
I in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa is based on harvest festivals traditionally practiced throughout Africa. Kwanzaa
brings families and communities together to celebrate the "fruits" of their year's labors, to give thanks (asante), to evaluate
.. their achievements and contributions to the family and community and to lay plans and set goals for the year ahead.
The holiday name Kwanzaa comes from the East African Swahili word Kwanzaa, meaning "the first."
Mlatundeya Kwanzaa is a Swahili phrase meaning "the first fruits". The extra "a" in the Kwanzaa holiday
name gives the word seven letters, one letter for each of the seven principles in the Kwanzaa value system.
Kwanzaa is the only celebration of its kind and encourages people of African descent to turn to their
own culture and value systems. The Kwanzaa celebration knows no.religious barriers and is now
celebrated by more than 18 million people around the globe.
Kwanzaa is not intended to be a "Black Christmas" but signifies "Black Holy" Days.
Traditionally, among people everyone gathered together to celebrate the harvesting of the first
B. crops and give collective efforts that had made the community prosperous. The celebration is also
a time to renew and strengthen communal ties that enable us to make progress. It is an African
celebration that reflects our traditional way of life that our western experience has made strange
to us. It mixes traditional, communal, social and economic system with our present situation and
.. our present needs. Kwanzaa is the time we-set aside to mentally, physically and spiritually prepare
J ourselves for continued progress.
The holiday is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. Each day of Kwanzaa rep-
.- resents one of the "Nguzo Saba" or Seven Principles.
As a Kwanzaa celebrant, you should try to live the principle for that day. When asked
S. "Habarigani? (Swahili for what's happening or what's the news) we should respond with the princi-
ple that corresponds to the day.
Black, red and green are the colors of Kwanzaa. Black is for the color of our people. Red is
for our continuing struggle, and green is for the lush, rolling hills of Africa. Green also is the
color for hope, represented by African American children.
On the last day of Kwanzaa there is always a gigantic Karamu (feast) where everyone
brings what they have grown as their feast contribution. This reminds everyone that the
community is no greater than the efforts of the individuals that comprise it.
Kwanzaa addresses self-esteem: one is called to celebrate cur-rent efforts, as well
as, past glories, prepare for the future, as well as, triumph over yesterday's injus-
tices. Kwanzaa is affirmation: a way of saying, "Yes, African Americans are peo-
i-n-n -. pie of history, of the present, and of the future. Kwanzaa is motivation to African
Dr. Maulauna Karenga, Founder of Kwanzaa American people to "Keep on Keeping on."
Preparing Mentally for Kwanzaa
itfa/rapi refae lto.he past in order to understand the present and deal with the future. .
It :riook forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
ritain a hiory?. History is knowledge, identity and power.
fi i ectr -.-i.i .
lic ihe .principles in our lives that helped our ancestors endure oppression, slax ery and racism.
ete unity of the black family.
r'elf d ,facilitate a positive black self-esteem by exposing individuals to "Kwanzaa." a
desirable pattern of principles, to help them live their lives and to encourage the highest lev el
ie Black self-esteem and spiritual development.
Nguzo Saba (social and. spiritual principles)
UMOJA (UNITY) dM to 11=C Our MrMh- their traditional areat-
(oo-MOE-jah) To ers' and sisters' prob- ness.
strive for and maintain lerns our problems and KUUMBA (CRE-
unity in the Family, to solve them together. ATIYITY) (koo-
Community, nation UJAMAA (COOP- OOM-bah) To do.
and race. ERATIVE ECO- always as much as we
KUJICHAGULIA NOMICS) (oo-JAH- can, in the way that we
(SELF DETERMI- mah) To build and can, in order to leave
NATION) (koo-jee- maintain our own our community more
cha-goo-LEE-ah) stores, shops and other beautiful and benefi-
To define Ourselves, businesses and to cial than when we
name Ourselves, create profit together frorn inherited it.
for Ourselves and them. IMANI (FAITH)
speak for Ourselves. NIA (PURPOSE) (ee-MAH-nee) To
UJINIA (COLLEC- (nee-AH) To make believe with all Our
TIYE WORK AND as Our collective voca- hearts in our parents,
RESPONSIBILITY) tion the building and our teachers, our lead-
(oo-JEE-mah) To developing of our ers, our people and the
build and maintain Our community in order to righteousness and vie-
cornrnunitv touether restore our people to tory of our struggle.
Kwanzaa, Kwanzaa, Kwanzaa
Is an African holiday
Seven Black days
for the African
KWANZAA READING LIST
"Kwanzaa: Origin, Concepts, Practice," by Dr.
Maulana Karenga, Kawaida Publications (1977).
"KWANZAA, Everylhing You Every Wanted to
Know But Didn't Know Where To Ask," by Cedric
McClester, Gumbs & Thomas, Publishers, Inc. (1985).
"The African American Holiday of Kwanzaa: A
Celebration of Family, Community & Culture" By
Maulana Karenga, University of Sankore Press (1989).
"Introduction to Black Studies" by Dr. Maulana
Karenga, Kawaida Publications (1982).
"LET'S CELEBRATE KWANZAA: An Activity
Book for Young Readers" by Helen Davis-Thompson,
Grumbs Thomas Publishers, Inc. (1989).
PLEDIIi TO THE RE111D BACK AND GREEN FIAG(,
WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE RED, BLACK, AND GREEN, OUR
FLAG, THE SYMBOL OF OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE, AND TO THE LAND
WE MUST OBTAIN; ONE NATION OF BLACK PEOPLE, WITH ONE GOD
OF US ALL, TOTALLY UNITED IN THE STRUGGLE, FOR BLACK LOVE,
BLACK FREEDOM, AND BLACK SELF-DETERMINATION.
at the Ritz Theater
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum will have
their annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday,
-" December 30th 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
Celebrating "Nia" the 5th day of the week-
long celebration, the Ritz will host the tradi-
tional Kwanzaa celebration where visitors wit-
ness the lighting of the mishumaa saba (the
seven candles), the pouring of libation and the
cultural unity of this community wide celebra-
tion. Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum's
Kwanzaa celebration will incorporate song,
dance, musical performance, African drum-
ming and poetry performance by members of
the community. Visitors are encouraged to
bring fresh fruit in the African harvest celebra-
tion tradition. Kwanzaa at the Ritz is free to
the public. For more information, please call
904-632-5555. It is located at 829 N. Davis
Origins of tt
Red is for the Blood. Black is the
Black People. Green is for the Land.
Red, Black and Green are the oldest
national colors known to man. They are
used as the flag of the Black Liberation
Nlovement in America today, but actually
go back to the Zinj Empires of ancient
Africa, which existed thousands of years
before Rome, Greece, France, England or
The Red, or the blood, stands as the top
of all things. We lost our land through
blood; and we cannot gain it except
through blood. We must redeem our lives
through the blood. Without the shedding
of blood there can be no redemption of
this race. However, the bloodshed and sor-
row will not last always. The Red signifi-
cantly stands in our flag as a reminder of
the truth of history, and that men must
gain and keep their liberty, even at the risk
The Black is in the middle. The Black
man in this hemisphere has yet to obtain
land which is represented by the Green."
The acquisition of land is the highest and
noblest .aspiration for the Black man on
this continent, since without land there
can be no freedom, justice, independence,
The colors were resurrected by the Hon.
Marcus Garvey, Father of African
Nationalism, as the symbol of the strug-
gling sons and daughters of Africa, wher-
ever they may be. Since the 1950's, when
Black Nationalist Flag
the independence struggle began to reap
fruit, the Red, Black and Green have been
plainly adopted by Libya, Kenya and
Afghanistan. Other African States have
included the colors Black and Red, com-
bined with yellow or white.
The colors were established in 1920 as
the banner of the Universal .Negro
Improvement Association, and adopted as
the symbol of Africans in America at the
convention of the Negro People's of the
World. It. is a symbol of the devotion of
African people to the liberation of the
African Continent, and the establishment
of a Nation in Africa ruled by descendents
of slaves from the Western World.
-In addition, with the formation of the
Republic of Ne\\ s Africa, it has become
the symbol of devotion for African people
in America to establish an independent
African nation on the North American
Thus, the colors were not chosen at any
limited convention of Black persons; but,
have beei, in centuries past, and are now
the emblem of true Black hope and pride,
as embodied in all theories of Pan-
Africanism and Black Nationalism.
Deeme 21-Jnay4 07M.PrysFe rs ae1
Over the past twenty years, many pe<
back at some of the events that help
he Free Press Files
kd shape our
have graced the Free Press pages. Join us
into the publication that it is today.
Mrs. Mary Mitchell shows off a fash- Participating in a 2000 MedWeek Celebration are Jacquie Gibbs. Mia Jones, Attending a City Hall reception are Judge James Ruth, Charlene Taylor Hill, ilayor
ionable hat. Annette Davis and Janice Sampson John Delaney and Linda Grant-Hunter
Michelle Grant and Joyce Morgan chat it up at a
Boxing guru Don King was in town to make a presentation to Martin
Dr. Ruben Brigety is shown with his son. Ensign Brigety and proud mom Luther King Elementary School. Shown here is Lisa Newsome presenting a
Barbara Brigety at his son's graduation from the U.S.Naval Academy. school Tee-Shirt to King, while PTA President Charles Griggs (right) looks
Before JTA CEO Mlichael Blaylock was appointed to his position, Jacksonville turned out in a variety of events in an uproar over his
being overlooked for the position after serving as the Vice Director for many ~ ears. Shown above at a rall) held outside Alltell Stadium
are Joann Manning, Eric Green, Denise Lee, Tony Nelson. John Peck, Richard Danford, and John Clark in support of Blaylock.-
Rep. Tony Hill and Fire Chief Ray Alfred lead the Links \Valk-a-Thon at
EWC in 1999.
Taj and Cheryl Nlartheis on their wedding
day in 1999.
Greg Miller, Carol Alexander and
at the Miracle on Ashley Street.
Ronnie Ferguson share a gourmet meal
business at her
annual "Weaving the Fabric" Black History event.
Brenda Roundtree and Charles Scantling volunteer for Enjoying the annual FlaJax dance in 2001 are Gail & Edgar
Urban Min. of Springfield's "Men Who Cook" fundraiser. Mathis with Yvonne & Roy Mitchell.
Michael Scott and his son little Mike at
the fair many moons ago.
Warren Jones and his son Warren, Jr.
who is in High School now.
as we glimpse
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Pa2e 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press December 21, 2006-January 3, 2007
What to dofrom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Fla Jax Dance
The FlaJax Club will host their
annual formal Christmas dance on
Tuesday, December 26th. This year
marks the 77th annual event which
will be held at the Wvndham Hotel
beginning at 8 p.ni. Contact any
member of Fla Jax for more info.
Celebration at EWC
A Kwanzaa Celebration celebtat-,
ing the Umoja principal "Unity"
will be held on Tuesday, December'
26, 2006 6:00-9:00pm at Edward
Waters College Milne Auditorium
1658 Kings Road Jacksonville, FL.
Admission: Free. Please bring 3
friends and fruit The event will fea-
ture live entertainment. African
drumming and a vendors market-
place and more. For more info, call'
Signature Gala Ball
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. Over 1,000 people expected.
Tickets are available now from a
member of any of the sponsoring
organizations. $50 in advance. $60
at the door. Formal attire.
Kwanzaa at the Ritz
Celebrating "Nia" the 5th day of
the week-long Kwanzaa celebration
on December 30th, the Ritz will
host the traditional Kwanzaa event
incorporating'song: dance, musical."'
peFform'ance.,' Aftrican drumminig-1
and poetry performance by mem-
,bers of the community. Visitors are.
encouraged to bring fresh fruit in
the African harest celebration tra-
dition. Kwanzaa at the Ritz is free
.to the public. For more information.
call 904-632-5555. II is located at
829 N. Davis Street in downtown
PRIDE Book Club
The first meeting of the year for.
PRIDE Book Club will be on
Friday, January 5th, 2007 at the
home of Debra Lewis at 7 p.m. The
bopk for discussion w ill be 40 MIL-
LION SLAVES: THE RISE, FALL
and REDEMPTION OF THE
BLACK ATHLETE by William
Rhoden. In it's 14th year, PRIDE is
the' city's oldest and most active
ethnic book club. The February
meeting \\ill be held on Friday
FebruarN 2nd at the home of Marie
Carter. The book for discussion
will be A SIN AND A SHAME by,
Victoria Christopher Murray. For
more information call 389-8417.
Forrest High School
Name Change Meeting
The official process to change the
name of Forrest High School from
the Founder of the Ku Klux Klan to
that of Jacksonville humanitarian
Eartha NI. White is under was.
There will be a school Advisor'
Council meeting on Monday,
January 8th beginning at 6 p.m.
Forrest High School in the
Resource Center. The school is
located at 5330 Firestone Rd. For
more information call 614-6422.
Yolanda King to Hosti
Gary MNILK Luncheon
The W\illie.Garn Classic, Inc..1,ill
host the 4th Annual Willie E.
Gary/Martin Luther King, Jr.
Luncheon Tuesday January 9,,
2007 at 11:45am at the Be The Lite
Conference Center. The honorable
Ms. Yolanda King. eldest daughter
of the late Dr. and Mrs. Martin
Luther King.Jr. will be the keynote
speaker for the event. Tickets for
the luncheon are $25. For informa-
tion and ticket sale locations call
There will be a charity bowling
fund raiser on Saturday, January
13th with proceeds benefitting the
Martin Luther King Memorial
Foundation and Scholarship Fund.
The event will take place at the
Bowl America San Jose location.
The event begins at 2 p.m. Contact
Gene Logan at 904-4"6-4836 for
Annual MLK Parade
The Annual 'NILK Parade ,\will be
held on NMonday January 15th. It
begins at Water and Jefferson
streets: heads east on Water to
Newnan St.: North on Newnan to
Bay St: East on Ba\ to Gator Bowl 1
Wa\; ends in parking lot J.
Following the parade, there will be
a Holiday Celebration at
SMetropolitan Park begins at Noon.
and ends at 5 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 476-4836.
Players MLK Concert
The Ritz Chamber Players will
have their annual MLK concert
themed "Iii Remembrance of the
Dream". The classical concert will,
be a Humanitarian Award and
Concert honoring Dr. Johnetta
' Cole'."Thie concert' Will ie held on
Wednesday. January 17th at 7:30
p'.m. at the Times Union Center of
the Performing Arts. For tickets or,
more information, call 354-5547.
Men College Fair
The 00 -Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. will present the:
4th Annual College Fair to."
January 20. 2007 from 9:00 a.m.-
;3:00' p.m.at the Wy idham
Riverwalk Hotel. Over 50 college
representatives will be on hand and
scholarships will be awarded on
site. In addition, information on
financial aid and other resources
will be available. S Students need to
pre-register online at infiniteschol-
ar.com for a pass to the event. For
more information call 616-7727.
Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
present. "I CAN'T STOP LOSING
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of'Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a cast of soulful singers, sassy
dancers and electrifting musicians.
The performance will be on
Thursday. January 25th at 7:30
p.m. at the LINT Fine Arts Center.
For more info call 620-1921.
Ebony Fashion Fair
The 49th Ebony Fashion Fair will
be held on Friday. January 26th at
the Florida Theater beginning at 8
p.m. Proceeds from the fashion
extravaganza will benefit commu-
nity projects of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority's Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter. Every ticket price includes
a choice of a one- \ear subscription
to Eborvy'o r Jet -and 'bWher "tSafle
opportunities. For Ticket informa-
tion contact: Levon' Spradley-
Burnett (904) 272-4055.
O Onyx Awards
SOnce again. Jacksonville is in the
spotlight with'-the annual Onyx.
Community Awards sponsored by
Onyx Magazine. Beginning .at 5
p.m.. on Saturday, January 27th.
Th evening is a night of high
recognition for local leaders,. The.
event will be held at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. For riore event
details, call (904) 254-7230
Black Art Collection
The Walter 0. E\ ans Collection of
African American Art will be on
display at the February lst
through April 17, 2007 at the The
Cummer Museum of Artn & Gardens
located at 829 Riverside Avenue.
For more information, call (9041:
Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will ha\e their annual Western Gala
- a celebration of country soul'" on
Saturday. February 10th, 7:30
p.m. at the Jackson% ille
Fairgrounds. For more information,
Contact any i member of the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links.
Inc. or email thewvesterngala'hot-
NCNW Presents Sweet
Honey in the Rock
The National Council of Negro
Women will present Sweet Honey
in the Rock in concert on Saturday,
February 1Oth at 10 a.m. at the
Florida Theater. Proceeds will befA-
efit NCNW programs. For tickets or
more information, call 634-0367 or
The First Coast African-American
Chamber of Commerce will have
their 9th Annual Heritage Breakfast
on Friday. February 23rd at the
BeTheLite Conference Center
beginning at 7:30 a.m. The theme
for the event is "Continuing the
Legacy of a Dream". For tickets or
more information, call 652-1500.
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Our Community Hit Hardest by HIV/AIDS
Reasons are complex; include poverty and unstable housing
HIV/AIDS is ravaging the
Forty-seven percent of the roughly
1 million people living with HIV in
the United States at the end of 2003
were black, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and
The reason, according to a
November report by the National
Minority AIDS Council, is "a com-:
plex, set of social, individual and
One factor is unstable 'housing.
Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, the newly chosen chairwoman of the
Congressional Black Caucus, center, takes part in a news conference
on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee,
D-Texas, Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., Cheeks Kilpatrick, and Rep.
Danny Davis, D-Ill.
CBC Elects New Leadership
- The Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC), has named the new CBC
leadership lineup for the 110th
Congress. Unanimously elected as
the new officers for the 110th
Congress (2007 2008): are Rep.
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI) Chair;
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) 1st
Vice; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-
MO) 2nd Vice Chair; Rep. Danny
Davis (D-IL) Secretary and Rep.
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Whip.
"Personally, and on behalf of the
CBC, I congratulate Carolyn and
each member of the Caucus' new
leadership team. Each will bring a
tremendous energy and dedication
to the Caucus and no doubt will
continue to lead the work of the
'CBC in reaching the goals of the
founding members closing dispar-
ities that 'persist between African
Americans and other Americans."
Said former Chair Melvin Watt.
by George Fraser
Make a Commitment to
Network and Make it for Life
In .2007, take a
vov, marrM the networking concept, and be faithful to it in sickness and
in health. Make a commitment in 2007:
To the first principle of networking Give first, share always
To treat everyone as an equal
To prejudge no one. Information, resources, and referrals are more
important than titles
To be flexible and keep an open mind
To return your phone calls and emails promptly and don't ever for-
get where you came from, because your friends and family surely won't!
Bottom Line: Don't,spend major time with minor people. And
remember, if you want to change your life, change your relation-
ships. Have fun and a safe holiday!
by T. Henry, BV
A number of new studies, have
confirmed what nobod. in America
can disagree with -- at least not
with a, straight face: A large seg-
ment of black men, mostly under-
educated attd mostly poor, are
being locked out of the economic
and social mainstream of American
life. Compared to white men and
Hispanic mien from similarly poor
backgrounds, the number of black
males living on the margins of
society is higher and growing .
The studies reveal that a majority
of the 5 million black males in
America between, ages 20 and 39,
are unemployed,, under-employed
or. because of criminal history,
unemployable. In 2004, 50 percent
of black men in their 20s who
lacked a college education were
jobless, as were 72 percent of high
school dropouts. In this age'range,
there were also more.black men in
jail than working. This is no run-of-
Still, the reports do not prompt
surprise. Neither will they arouse
much sympathy., problematic black
men in America.. Nothing new.
From disappearing :baby-daddies
"and down-loW brothers, to gang-
bangers, 'hustlers, petty criminals.
and players,- the "black male has
attracted more stereotypes than
anyone one person could, with any
Resolve to Pay Down Debt in 2007
By Jason Alderman
I've learned the hard way that although New Year's res-
olutions can be a great starts if you set unrealistic goals
they'll likely fizzle out after a few months. Sometimes
small steps are the answer.
Not surprisingly, the number one resolution for many
people is paying debt. Unfortunately, without the
willpower to stop accruing new debt, this effort can
fail. If you're determined and can set responsible
spending habits, these approaches jusf might work for
Make a budget and stick to it. This is the best thing,
you can do to control your finances, but it's hard to do
alone. Money inagazine's Web site,
www.money.cnn.coni'pf'101, contains; a detailed
overview for setting financial goals. And' Practical
Money Skills for Life
(www.practicalmoney skills.com budgeting), features a
guide to creating a budget ou can like w ith, along with
interactive budgeting tools.
Targeted payoffs. If you owe money on several
accounts, list all outstanding balances and their corre-
sponding interest rates. Each month, pay the minimum
amount due on each account except for the one with the
highest rate. Pay as much as you possibly can on that
account until it's paid off, then move to the next-high-
est-interest loali, and so on. This is the only time you
should ever pay the minimum due, because that can
add years to payoff times. But your sense of accom-
plishment at paying off accounts one by one may
inspire you to kick it up a notch. Just be sure to retire
those higher-rate cards and only use them for true
emergencies; other\ ise, you'll be back \%here you start-
Consolidate debt. Sometimes it makes sense to open
a new credit card with a very low interest rate to pay off
other cards. Carefully examine all the terms, however:
Low rates sometimes skyrocket after an introductory
period and additional fees can,drive up costs.
Tap savings, Most experts recommend keeping three-
to six-months' pay in easily accessible sa% ings accounts
or short-term CDs for emergencies. But, if you've
saved more than that, you could be losing money in the
long run. Say you ha\e $10,000 in savings earning 3
percent interest, but ha\e 55.000 in credit card debt at
IS percent. You're pay ing six times as much in interest
as you're earning plus, interest earnings are taxable.
Caution: Only try this if you absolutely won't use it as
an excuse to rack up new debt you worked hard to
save that money. And don't close out a CD early for this
purpose .- you'll pay a penalty that will void possible
Home equity loans/lines of credit. In recent years;
many people have used these tools to consolidate debt
because they offer lower interest rates than credit cards
and interest may be an income tax.write off. However,
recent downturns in the housing market and interest
rate increases make this a riskier strategy, so check with
a financial advisor before pursuing.
Resolutions are never easy if'they were, we'd
already be doing them. But the long run. pay ing off
debt and getting a fresh start is well worth the effort.
'When families spend a bulk of their
income on rent and food, medical
care can't be prioritized.
Another factor is the high incar-
ceration rates among African-
American men, in terms of behavior
in prison, such as unprotected sex
and intravenous drug use, and out-
of-prison behavior, in the way the
disease can be transmitted to others.
Distrust of the medical establish-
ment and poverty also fuel the
Monica Ruiz, the acting director
for public policy at the American
Foundation for AIDS Research,
cited a lack of access to health care
as another contributing factor.
"There are still many disparities
just for general health," she said.
A lack of preventative health care
is coupled with late diagnoses of
HIV, making it too late for medica-
tions to be effective, according to
In rural areas, the stigma associat-
ed with HIV-infection becomes a
barrier to care.
Black men have the highest rates
of HIV infection, in part because
they are less likely to identify them-
selves as gay or disclose their sexu-
al behavior to others.
It's sometimes more difficult for
black men to come out, said Perry
Lang, the executive director of the
San Francisco-based Black
Coalition on AIDS.
Men of color, Lang said, have to
ask themselves a difficult question:
"'How do (I) affirm who (I) am and
move within the culture?'"'
degree of sanity. truly live down. National Center for Public Policy While Massie's tough-love.
So who's really shocked that this Research, on the other hand, tough-talk postire is provocative.
"low-reaching, underachieving, believes the blame squarely falls on perhaps even necessary, to excite
criminal-minded" sub-segment of black, males themselves and (heir people to action, it is a results-
society ends up being the .American tragic decision-making processes, ".. focused approach that completely
rearguard? Nobody. "Anti-social behavior has a price; -.overlooks key contributing factors:
What these studies, conducted by and that cost is admittedly being the history of job discrimination,
scholars at Harvard, Princeton and born disproportionately- by black: the history of social discrimination,
Columbia, along with some other men in today's workplace," argues of legal discrimination (that only
policy wonks from around the Masssie. "But it is not because of ended only some 40 years ago), the
country, do, however, is harden the some nefarious" or Machiavellianf ingrained sense of. self-doubt that
edges of the problem and make it conspiracy to hold' black males being on the bottom of society can
more conspicuous, uncontestible. down." Massie says it is a tragic: ..over time instill..
There is an elephant in the room situation but responsibility must be Edelman acknowledges the need
and its sucking,.up a whole lot of assumed by those responsible. '. for improved parenting and person-r
your tax dollars and a lot of your "The black family has collapsed. al responsibility, bu't he also
societal energy as well. What will under the -weight of irresponsible .. believes the nut of the problenM
we do about it? decisions and multiple out-of-we4- .be attributed to society's i sstep.'
"With the current political climate lock births to single mothers," her :4le takes into account politics,
in our country, we won't get any continued. "In essence: dthe' sins of- racial history, social trends and his-
kind of constructive response from the fathers are being born by the. 'orical biases of government.,
the national policy establishment." children.' The study underscores O obviously. millions of black nen
says Georgetown Law Center pro- what many of us have argued for a have jumped the hurdles and imaide
fessor, Peter Edelman. Edelman, long time.- no education, poor it. Therefore, the reasons large
who has exteitsive thoughts on this social skills, no marketable. utmbers. are sill being left. behind
topic based on years of research. employment skills and participate at a time when America is 'at'its,
argues that compounding the prob- ing in violent criminal behavior -- economic ahd social b.estp
lems facing black males are: results in near-zero opportunity for ,ib.ecome.the focus ofour eiinergi.e:
benign neglect by the government, success in life. Sadly, even aftir;a .a lckme.n-ftf.must drop ll
out-of-wedlock births. enduring decision is made to corrt 'A aid' excag.es andhholda emseles to the
forms of institutional racism and aberrant behavior." Massie pmiit: results, of their actions in the
deficient'schools serving black and out in 1964 when the Civil:Rhts i standing -paternal. man-of-the-
Hispanic youth;. Act. was signed, 82 perceitof.black house wayV.that Malcolm X advo-
Edelman says he hopes with more households had two parents and 40 cated: But doing that shouldn't have
prominent news coverage of this percent of those owned businesses. to preclude pointing out where
topic. there will be more public The solution can be cobbled. society has historically slipped, fal-
debate or, it and the country will together from both Massie's and. :tered. and failed.
finally begin to make some Edenlman's points of views. Massie Being aware that you must run
progress towards solutipps. stresses individual responsibility.' twice as hard to get.to-first base. qan .
NM chal .Mlasie, a conservative Edelmari sees the problem' as'soci- be asidefeating asAitifcn be empokk,-.
columnist and fellow at the ety's collective failure. ering.
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WEBSTER UNIVERSITY'S M.A. IN MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
The hot ffollwood holiday movie season has
kicked with a few winners. New openings last week
include "Blood Diamond" starring .Academy .-tward
nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimnon Hounson and
Ithe much hyped "The Pursuit of Happyness" (yes that is
spelled just that way) with 0I711 Smith and his son Jaden.
Blood Diamond is an action packed
filn that is already surrounded by lots
of Oscar talk. DiCaprio (Titanic. The
Aviator) stars as a ruthless diamond
trader who crosses path with
Hounsou (Amistad), an tunfortunate
fisherman who was taken from his
home and to work in the diamond
mines while his son wAas kidnapped
by the rebels to be a child soldier. While in the mine he comes across a pre-
ciots pink diamond that anyone and everyone is ready to kill for ever.y-
bodn but Solomon (Hounsou's character). whose sole desire is to reunite
his family. The modie journey's on DiCaprios manipulative guise to help
him find his family with possession of the diamond being his desired end
result. Meanwhile, a curious reporter has joined their pursuit subtly falling
in love with DiCaprio. The movie has quite a few vern intense scenes that
will make most shed a tear or two. Are they intense enough to give the tro
fine leading actors the Oscar Gold? Well. probably riot. Poor Djimon.
though well performed, is still limited to his four or five liner pivotal
scenes with his thick African accent. DiCaprio's character shows lots of
range but the movie, though enlightening to the background of conflict
diamonds, does leave you missing something. I really don't think it shouted
enough of the blood shed in Sierra Leone and Liberia over the precious
stones. The number of Africans who have lost their lives and limbs to the
precious stones don't pay homage to what is shown in the film. The movie
gives you a glimpse of the horror avhen in actualit. it ias actual commu-
nities that \were decimated
All in all, Blood Diamond is a good film. Its' action packed scenes will
leave you not wanting to leave .our seat while in the end, unlike the real
world, justice does prevail in an inspiring finale.****
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happ)ness. produced and starring in their first fihn togeth-
er is %%ill Smith and his oh so cute son Jaden. The film is the biopic of
multi-million dollar rags to riches story of stockbroker Christopher
Gardner. But more than a film of
prosperity, the film shows the strong
S love of a single father and his son.
Abandoned by his wife ipla:ed b\
Thandie Newton) for not being able
to provide for their family. Gardner
and his son live in shelters and on the
streets while he tries to complete an
unpaid six month stockbroker intern-
ship. The movie pro ides a quick feel
good but lacks balance. Though ful-
filling the story of telling Gardner's loxe for his son, it provides no insight
to the fruits of his toils. The riches... ho\ he's [i\ ing now. The mo\ie \%as
a great testament of character, but didn't show us much of the man.
Little Jaden Smith appears to be an acting natural. It is no surprise though
as it is- it his blood. His peronalratirt. exudes charm i-ll o\er the screen. But
critics in this camp don't think it's enough to draw\ box office honors.
though it has drawn box office dollars. The film topped the gross receipts
last week bringing in $27 million.
By the way, at the end of the film, in the ver. last scene. you \ill see the
real Christopher Gardner walking by his character on the street.
Unfortunately. like the rest of the movie. b\ the time Nou leave the theater
.ou xill have forgotten you even saw him but really wish .ou did. ***
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