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Lawmaker Wants McKinney's
Name Removed from the Road
Just a week after Cynthia McKinney filed her final Congressional meas-
ure to impeach the president, Georgia Rep. Len Walker pre-filed a bill in
the Georgia Legislature to strip McKinney's name from Cynthia
McKinney Parkway and restore the name Memorial Drive.
"I, along with many Georgians, find it totally inappropriate for Cynthia
McKinney's name to be honored," Walker said in a interview.
Walker's bill has slim chance of passing. Georgia law requires that leg-
islators proposing street names must live in the district where the streets
are, and Cynthia McKinney Parkway is in DeKalb County, west of
Walker's proposal has also prompted charges of racism McKinney is
black and threats of retaliation from African American lawmakers.
McKinney's supporters argue that the road runs through predominant-
ly African American neighborhoods in Decatur, where McKinney still
enjoys considerable support. They say criticism of the road name comes
mostly from outsiders who see the signs as they whiz by on the interstate.
Former Morris Brown President
Gets Probation for Financial Fraud
ATLANTA Dolores Cross, the former Morris
S' .if Brown College president who pleaded guilty to
embezzling student aid money to try to save the
Atlanta school from financial disaster, was sen-
tenced last week to five years of probation, but
avoided prison time. The sentence includes 12
months of home confinement and 500 hours of
Cross, 70, pleaded guilty in May to defrauding the
government of financial aid money, admitting to knowingly accepting
money for students who were not enrolled.
Cross will pay $13,942 in restitution to the government, the amount the
U.S. Department of Education said it is owed, and a $3,000 fine. She
could have received up to 16 months in prison.
The sentencing brought to a close a years-long saga that began with
Cross's appointment as president in 1998 and ended, ultimately, with the
college losing its accreditation. The government said that Cross and
financial aid director Parvesh Singh fraudulently obtained millions of
dollars in federal loan and aid money to try to keep the institution solvent.
Cross and Singh eventually took out loans on behalf of students who
were unaware the college had applied for financial aid in their names, the
Sharpton Considers Presidential Run
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton said this week he is seriously consid-
ering a run for president. "I don't hear any reason not to," Sharpton, 52,
said in an interview during an urban affairs conference sponsored by
another civil rights leader, the Rev.. Jesse Jackson.
"If we're talking about the urban agenda, can you tell me anybody else
in the field who's representing that right no%\?" Sharpton asked. "We
clearly have a reason to run, and whether we do it or not we'll see over
the next couple of months."
Sharpton mounted a long-shot bid for the White House in 2004, in
which his wit and fiery denunciation of President Bush often enlivened
Democratic primary debates. He dropped out of the race after losing sev-
eral state primaries and endorsed the eventual nominee. Massachusetts
Sen. John Kerry.
Despite widespread interest in the likely candidacy of another influen-
tial black Democrat Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Sharpton said he's
heard little substantive discussion of issues that might influence his deci-
sion about running.
Sharpton ran for the Senate from New York in 1988, 1992 and 1994,
and ran for New York City mayor in 1997.
MLS Gets First Black Owners
WASHINGTON Former Duke
co-captains Brian Davis and
Christian Laettner wore black and
red soccer scarves instead of basket-
ball jerseys as MLS unveiled a new,
minority-led ownership group that is
paying a league-record $33 million
for the rights to D.C. United.
SiNow comes the hard part find-
ing a way to build the team a new
stadium in the poorest section of the city.
Davis and Laettner joined a group called D.C. United Holdings and led
by San Francisco businessmen Victor MacFarlane and Will Chang.
MacFarlane and Davis are the first black owners in MLS, commissioner
Don Garber said. Chang, one of the owners of baseball's San Francisco
Giants, is the first Chinese-American MLS owner, according to Garber.
"Soccer is the No. 1 sport for people of color all around the world, but
not here in the U.S. yet," MacFarlane said. "We want to be part of the
change that is now on the horizon. We would love to help make soccer
the sport that African-Americans and other children of color first look to
for recreation and entertainment."
The new owners will now focus on building a stadium on the south bank
of the Anacostia River, across the river from the site of the new
Washington Nationals ballpark. The soccer stadium will cost $150 mil-
lion to $200 million, and the goal is to complete it by the 2009 season on
land now owned by the National Park Service.
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Volume 20 No. 43 Jacksonville, Florida January 11-17, 2007
Can America Live Up
by H.T. Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) If he
were still alive, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. would be turning 78 on
Monday,. Jan. 15. And more than
likely, he would still be preaching
the gospel on behalf of the
.oppressed. Even in death, his for-
mer aides say, King still provides
,an example for us to. follow.
.'"Mairtin was theologically ground-
ed to keep the boycott morally
to Dr. King's Legacy?
based and spiritually motivated," says the Rev. Joseph Lowery, 85, who
co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with King in
1957. "Martin's training and personal commitment to 'love everybody'
came shining through in his leadership.... "We must hate the sin while lov-
ing the sinner.'"
The 381-day Montgomery bus boycott that began in Dec. 1, 1955 was
the first major civil rights leadership role for Dr. King, a young preacher
then only 26 years old. Rosa Parks, a young seamstress, was arrested for
refusing to sit in the back of the bus. But, by then, King had received his
bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester. Pa.
and was pastor of the Montgomery's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
He also had been severely tested. Continued on page 5
NAACP Not Satisfied With
Arrests in Boot Camp Death
TAMPA One year later after 14
year old Martin Lee was laid to rest,
Florida NAACP President Adora
Nweze has said that arrests of offi-
cials and closing the boot camps
throughout the state are not enough.
"Everyone who played a role in
the death of Martin Lee Anderson
needs to be brought to justice,"
Nweze said. "That means the sher-
iff, medical examiner, supervisor of
the guards and nurse, the head of
FDLE who has since resigned. We
need to hold everyone, up and
down the line, accountable."
The remarks were made at a
Tampa area community forum on
the one-year anniversary of
Anderson's collapse at the Bay
County Sheriffs Boot Camp on Jan.
5, 2006, after being manhandled by
drill instructors when he failed to
complete a run.
Anderson died the next day at
Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola
about 12 hours after collapsing.
Seven drill instructors and a camp
nurse were charged in November
with aggravated manslaughter of a
person younger than 18. They face
up to 30 years in prison if convict-
ed as charged.
Shortly after Anderson's death,
there were accusations of a conspir-
acy to cover up the death between
the city's Sheriff, the former
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Commissioner and
the County Medical Examiner.
Special Investigator Mark Ober,
the Tampa-area state attorney,
found no wrongdoing on any of
those men's parts after concluding
his probe. Nweze, however, said
NAACP members would soon meet
with Gov. Charlie Crist to press him
into reopening the investigation.
Nweze also told forum attendees
that the system itself is "rotten to
the core," but more care needs to be
taken to keep children from getting
"When there's a child in trouble,
that means there are parents in trou-
ble," she said. "We need to take our
share of the responsibility."
Amateur Night at the Ritz
Reveals City's Homegrown Talent
The Ritz Theater kicked off their first round of winners from the Amateur
Night at the Ritz monthly talent extravaganza. Shown above are winners
from the recent event (L-R): First place winner Truman Ball, who wowed
the audience with his James Brown dance and youth winners Daiquan
Flagler who received a standing ovation for "His Eye is on the Sparrow",
Nalani Quintello who sang "I Will Always Love You" and Destany who
belted out a country tune.The 1-3 placed winners will advance to the semi-
finals for a chance to compete for the Ritz Crown at the end of the year.
King Sibling Urges "Celebrate the Dream and Not the Icon"
by Dana Maule
The Willie Gary Foundation jump
started the bevy of celebrations
honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.
Jr. with their annual luncheon held
this week at the Bethelite
Conference Center. Yolanda King,
the oldest daughter of the lun-
cheon's honoree, motivated and
provoked the community of
Jacksonville to make the dream her
father spoke of a reality.
Jacksonville was the first city on
Ms. Kings' agenda to be visited dur-
ing the week of the MLK holiday.
Attorney Willie E. Gary expressed
Jacksonville's pride at being the
first to be graced with the presence
of the matriarch of the King family
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Atty Willie Gary, Yolanda King and Kenny Gary at the Bethelite Center.
. Alongside King on the dais in cel-
ebration of the birthday of her
father was President of the Willie
Gary Classic, Alvin Brown,
Superintendent of Duval County
Schools, Dr. Joseph Wise and
President of Edward Waters
College, Dr. Oswald Bronson
among many others.
King began her speech by honor-
ing her father. She recognized him
not only as a father but as that
which his name means, a king. He
was not bowed down to, he did not
have servants, and he did not sit on
a throne. Yolanda illustrated her
father as an humble king, one who
was kin to all of humanity.
Continued on page 9
City's Faith Based Office Gets New Director
Rudolph Porter, current pastor of
Irvin Hill Missionary Baptist
Church in Valdosta, GA has been
tapped by Mayor Peyton to lead the
Faith and Community-Based
Partnership Office. A Jacksonville
native, Porter has extensive experi-
ence in both the public and private
sectors, including service as deputy
mayor for the City of Anderson,
Ind., and a 26-year career with a
division of General Motors), where
he served in a variety of superviso-
ry and marketing roles.
Pastor Porter's position will fall
under the umbrella of the programs
directed by Chief Community
Officer Roslyn Phillips. Phillips
was appointed to the position in
October following the resignation
of Pete Jackson who also served in
a dual capacity as head of the Faith
and Community Based office.
In Porter's new role, his job
description will include the forma-
tion of at least two programs by
October improving the quality of
life of Jacksonville citizens by
reducing violence and improving
literacy in addition to other identi-
fied community needs. He will also
work with organizations to estab-
lish partnerships to assist the city's
underserved communities. In short,
Porter will be the 'go-to guy'
between Jacksonville's many faith
centered institutions and organiza-
tions and the Mayor's Office.
"I am excited that Pastor Porter is
joining our team," said Peyton. "His
extensive experience working with
the community, public agencies and
private companies will be a tremen-
dous asset as we work to help local
non-profit organizations build
capacity and fill gaps in services
that exist in our community."
Porter will also link the Mayor to
the community by coordinating
quarterly breakfasts and semi-annu-
al evenings with the Mayor to share
information on City Hall initiatives,
gain input from a cross section of
community leaders and discuss top-
ical issues facing the City.
Pastor Porter is a graduate of
Bethune-Cookman College and
holds a bachelor of science degree
in psychology. His appointment is
in effect and his salary will be
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The Success OfAll
As you contemplate your personal goals in the coming year, realize that
collectively we have used our God-given powers of creativity,
endurance, intelligence, and forgiveness to move us into the next phase:
We are dreamers and we are doers, but we must not be lulled to sleep
by our progress. We must be diligent as we build and grow.
This is not an individual task; it is a collective one. Therefore, we must
think through and act upon our agenda; our resources and personal
achievement must be translated into an excellence that improves the
Our thinking and values must embrace the Afrocentric principles of
cooperation, not competition; community, not just the individual.
Our reemergence will occur because our collective consciousness is
slowly being awakened to the importance of "we versus I."
Our commitment to continue this legacy is tied to our commitment to
the Kwanzaa principles of collective work and responsibility.
Our commitment must parallel those of the great dynasties--be they
cultures or great companies.
A "New Agenda" will help us carry out the ideas that many fertile minds
have laid before us. If we change the word companies to cultures or com-
munities, we will have an important plan and a powerful vision.
Bottom Line: As we enter into 2007, let's continue to chart our course
and stay that course. Happy New Year!
Powell Honored by Coast Guard
What is Financial Success?
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Financial success is achieving
your family's financial goals. The
seven steps to setting financial
goals are not secrets. We do it all
the time on our jobs, when we set
sales or production goals, cost
reductions or specific project
achievements. The trick is to apply
the same techniques to your
finances, with the same rigor and
personal management. You can
chart your financial course just as
well as anyone. You just have to
invest a little time.
True financial success cannot be
achieved by shortchanging other
key life areas such as: family and
relationships; health and fitness;
spiritual growth; and career devel-
opment. Everything affects every-
thing else. Persons who literally,
"sell their soul to the devil" to
achieve financial success will not
be able to truly enjoy the fruits of
their labor. If they have poor
health, bad family relationships or
are not at peace with themselves,
what have they gained?
Seven Steps to Setting
Step 1- Sit down with a clean sheet
of paper and brainstorm the ques-
tion, "What do I really want out of
life?" Write down every possible
financial goal that comes to mind--
-- a house, early retirement, debt
payoff, children's education, new
car, overseas vacation, etc. Dream
and write them all down.
Step 2- Discuss the list with your
family or people who are signifi-
cant in your life. With their input,
expand and modify the list. In
working with clients, I find that
many times they have not discussed
their family's financial goals and
agreed on the priority. This lack of
communication about finances can
lead to serious family conflicts and
Step 3- Now go over your list a
second time. This time, refine and
prioritize the list, adding an element
of realism to it. Write down the
items that are most important on a
sheet of paper called "Key
Financial Goals." Cross off the
items you really don't want or need.
Move anything you might have
mixed emotions to a separate sheet
called "Future Goals." After you
have achieved some of your key
goals, you may want to include
some items from this list.
Step 4- Expand each of your key
goals, estimating the cost and when
you will achieve the goal. It is very
important that you are specific in
each of these areas. For example:
Develop a college fund for my son,
that will pay 50% of his college
expenses at a public university-
$24,000 needed by 2017.
Step 5- Separate your Key Goals
into short-term, intermediate and
long-term objectives. Short-term
goals can be achieved in less than
one year and might include, estab-
lishment of an emergency fund, this
years vacation, or minor home
improvements. Intermediate goals
of one to five years might include,
paying off credit card debt, saving
for a house down payment or mak-
ing major home improvements.
Step 6- Develop a plan for achiev-
ing each Key Goal, breaking down
large goals into their main ele-
ments. Using the college fund
example: Research public college
costs; Open a Uniform Gift to
Minors college fund account; Invest
$174 per month using automatic
withdrawal from my checking
account; Research investments that
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14 recently honored
one of their own, Frank M Powell (left). Powell's Coast Guard supe-
riors (shown above) Tom Hayden Flotilla Commander and Bill
Williams Vice Flotilla Commander officiated the ceremonies held in
Amelia Island. Signed by the Coast Guard's Commander, the presti-
gious proclamation given.to Powell cited meritorious service and out-
standing achievement throughout 2005 while serving as a member of
the Auxiliary Task Force 14 of the 7th Coast Guard District.
Cosigning For A Friend
May Harm Your Credit
Q: Recently, I checked my cred-
it report and found that a joint
account I had held with a friend
is marked as charged off. Five
years ago she needed a car and
couldn't qualify for the loan, so I
cosigned for her. I called her after
I saw my credit report and found
out that she had run into finan-
cial trouble and missed pay-
ments. Now the loan is complete-
ly paid off, but the charge-off is
still on her credit report and
Is there anything I can do to get
the mark off my credit report?
A: Because you cosigned you
were just as responsible as your
friend for paying off the debt. So,
the mark will stay on your credit
report for seven years.
You've learned the biggest danger
of cosigning. If the person with
whom you cosign a debt doesn't
pay the bill, you may not find out
about it until it is too late. Issuers
are generally not required to con-
tact the cosigner when a loan falls
Your friend should have notified
you when she stopped making the
payments. Now that she's hurt both
of your credit reports, there's not a
lot you can do about it.
Don't bother adding a statement to
your credit report to explain,
because it will stay on your credit
report long after the charge-off
expires, unless you remember to
remove it. Also, most loan process-
ing is automated so the statement
would not be factored in to the loan
decision. If you apply for a mort-
gage, though, be sure to write a let-
ter to the lender explaining the situ-
ation and showing proof that the
loan is paid off. Mortgage loans are
typically approved by hand, so that
information could help your
chances of approval.
Q: I have about $12,000 in cred-
it card debt, but I have developed
a plan that will allow me to
reduce it in half in a year, and pay
it off in two years. I am hoping
this plan will work because I'm
planning to buy a house.
I want to check my credit every
so often to see how it is improv-
ing, but I don't want to hurt it by
creating too many inquiries into
my credit. In a previous column,
you mentioned that mortgage
inquiries sometimes count as a
single inquiry. Does that mean I
can apply for a mortgage credit
check now, three months later
and six months later without any
A: You don't need to bother with a
mortgage credit check. Ordering
your own credit report creates what
is called a "consumer inquiry."
These inquiries are not shown to
anyone but you and do not nega-
tively affect your credit in any way.
Some credit reporting agencies
offer "monitoring" services where,
for an annual fee, you can check
your credit report as often as you
like. That may be the way for you
Quick Tips Reducing Insurance Costs
A huge mistake people make is dropping insurance to save money. That
is just a recipe for disaster. Don't do it. Instead of dropping expensive
insurance, just reduce the cost by shopping for a less expensive plan.
Insurance cost reduction involves an insurance review for home, car, life
and medical costs. Take a few minutes right now and ask for lower rates
from at least the two places listed below. You may be very surprised at
how much you can save. Even if you discover that you already have the
lowest cost policies, you will get confirmation you are doing the right
thing. A very smart thing to do.
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could provide a higher return.
(Assumes college cost inflation of
6% and a rate of return on the
invested funds of 6%. Total sum
needed in 2017 is $66,678)
Step 7- Monitor your progress, by
reviewing your financial goals at
least annually and revising your
plan as necessary.
Your Piece of the Rock
Some might say that this seems
like a lot of work and it is! But I
have to ask you, "How many hours
a week do you work at your job, 40,
50, 60 hours or more?" How many
hours do you spend working on
your own "piece of the rock," plan-
ning for your family's financial suc-
cess? Think of the time as an
An investment, that will help lead
you and your family down the road
to "Financial Success." If your
financial position is not where you
want it to be, you have to take con-
trol and make it happen!
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Investment Adviser
Representative of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment Corporation, mem-
ber SIPC. Visit www.shinnfinancial.com for more
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la "PRoject PRAISE" program at FCCJ North Campus recently.
Over 100 kids participated in the health oriented day chaired by Link
member, Dr. Barbara Darby. At the onsite activity, the students from
Highlands Middle School were exposed to various health care careers.
Shown above in attendance is Links Southern Area Vice Director
Patricia Bivins with student Corey Booker and Link Gracie Chandler.
Civil Rights Supporters Hold
Key Spots in New Congress
by H.T. Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -
Nothing illustrates the shift in polit-
ical power in Congress more dra-
matically than this: Under
Republican control, all key com-
mittee chairpersons earned an F on
the NAACP Report Card. All of the
key incoming Democratic chairs in
the House and Senate earned As or
Bs under the latest grading system.
"This says that there is a great deal
more hope. The chairs of the com-
mittees are the gatekeepers. They
determine which issues come
before their committee before they
go to the floor of the House or the
Senate to be voted on. This means
that in many cases, now we also
have chairs who are original co-
sponsors of legislative priorities for
the African-American community
and the NAACP," says Hilary 0.
Shelton, director of the NAACP
Washington Bureau. "When you
really look at what it means to have
people who have a proven track
record of supporting our agenda,
regardless of their race, they sup-
ported us 100 percent and 97 per-
cent of the time."
Among the most powerful House
committees with oversight over
important issues are the Judiciary,
Ways and Means, and Homeland
Security. They are all headed by
African-Americans: John Conyers
of Michigan, Charles Rangel of
New York and Bennie Thompson of
Mississippi, respectively. With all
As on the NAACP report card, they
have replaced Republicans James
Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin,
William Thomas of California and
Peter King of New York, all of
whom had Fs.
In the Senate, the Judiciary,
Finance and Homeland Security
committees are now headed by
Democrats Patrick J. Leahy of
Black Men in Focus in U.S. HIV Drug Trial
AIDS research in the United
States has often focused on gay
white men because the virus was
identified early in that group and
they developed an effective lobby-
But a clinical trial by the AIDS
Research Consortium of Atlanta is
focusing on gay black men, who are
not as well organized but who have
a higher incidence of the disease.
The trial aims to determine whether
an AIDS drug is safe for people
who are negative for HIV, the
virus that causes AIDS. It has
stirred debate among participants
and researchers about gay sexuality
within the black community and its
attitude to safe sex.
"The black gay community has
become complacent about HIV and
STDs (sexually transmitted dis-
eases) as a whole," said Duncan
Teague, recruitment coordinator for
"A lot of people in the black gay
community are looking for love so
they have sex because they think
that means that that person loves
them," Teague said.
Blacks make up around 12.8 per-
cent of the U.S. population but
comprised 50 percent of new diag-
noses of HIV in 2003, according to
data from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the
U.S. Census Bureau.
In Georgia, 78% of people diag-
nosed with AIDS and 81 percent of
people diagnosed with HIV in 2005
were black, as were almost all of
the women who were newly diag-
nosed, said Melanie Thompson, the
trial's lead investigator.
"African-American men are dis-
proportionately affected by HIV
and underrepresented in clinical tri-
als. We are testing in order to know
whether a drug is safe for the peo-
ple who will ultimately use the
drug," she said.
"While the study is open to men of
any race, we are working hard to
enroll as many men of color as pos-
sible," she said.
The trial involves giving daily
doses of the drug tenofovir, an anti-
retroviral drug made by Gilead
Sciences Inc. and marketed as
Viread, to men.
Participants, who could also be
given a placebo, complete a com-
puterized questionnaire about their
sex lives and get risk-reduction
counseling and condoms at every
As a control, half the group don't
receive the drug for the first nine
months to see if taking a pill that
might potentially make them less
likely to contract HIV might
encourage men to take more risks
with sexual health.
It's part of a long-term project that
includes similar studies in
Botswana and Thailand and else-
where to determine if a drug that
suppresses the AIDS virus could
one day be used as a prophylactic to
prevent people from contracting it.
Researchers said one reason for
the reluctance of blacks to partici-
pate in the study is the legacy of the
notorious 40-year-long Tuskegee
experiment, which was exposed in
1972 and led to an apology by
President Bill Clinton on behalf of
the government to the victims.
In that experiment, the U.S. Public
Health Service starting in 1932 told
400 blacks with syphilis in
Alabama they had "bad blood,"
leaving the syphilis untreated to
study its long-term effects on the
Some 43 percent of men enrolled
in the AIDS drug study are black
but many others were reluctant to
take part because of misunderstand-
ings about what the study entails
and fear within the black communi-
ty about clinical trials, Thompson
"My first question was 'Wait, are
you going to inject me with the HIV
virus?,"' said Dorrington Poitier,
who is now taking part.
Vermont and Max Baucus of
Montana and Democrat-turned-
Independent Joseph Lieberman of
Connecticut, respectively. All three
received Bs on the report card.
They replaced Arlen Specter of
Pennsylvania, Chuck Grassley of
Iowa and Susan Collins of Maine,
who got all Fs.
Political analysts are asking: What
does all of this mean?
Although voters sent a clear mes-
sage last November that they do not
support keeping U.S. troops in Iraq,
Democrats are gingerly tip-toeing
around the issue of cutting off fund-
ing for the war. And not everyone is
happy about that reluctance.
"This is about the lives of men
and women. And Democrats have
to go beyond and think like world
citizens. And any world citizen
would say we need to change the
course," says Clifford Alexander,
who 30 years ago become the first
Black secretary of the army in the
Carter Administration. "The
Democrats are not the command-
ers-in-chief. But they certainly can
say and should say in as much uni-
son as possible, 'We need to get out
Even if withdrawal from Iraq is
not imminent, Shelton says the
change in leadership opens a
chance for Democrats to deal with
critical issues of the Black commu-
nity, such as anti-racial profiling,
anti-police brutality, anti-hate
crimes, and legislation to address
failures in mandatory minimum
sentences; the re-enfranchisement
of felony offenders, and school con-
Important domestic issues, includ-
ing minimum wage, are on the front
burner for the first 100 days of
Congress. But Democrats with
one eye on the White House in 2008
- appear fearful that Americans will
think they are undermining the
commander-in-chief if they take
strong legislative stances on the
war, says Alexander.
"Here's what they can do. They can
hold very quick hearings on appro-
priations and they can say very
clearly, 'There will be no money
appropriated for new people going
to Iraq.' Some of the Republicans
will say, 'That's unpatriotic. You're
hurting our soldiers,'" Alexander
observed, "Then, at least the oppo-
sition party can be very clear that
they are going to have any and
everything to do with blocking any
new policies that put American men
and women in harm's way or any
policies that do not reel people out
of Iraq as quickly as possible. Then
they should give him a certain
amount of time to give a plan of
reduction of people and you will
only fund enough for that reduction
and for maintaining the safety of
President Bush was expected to
announce a new strategy for Iraq
this week, including the possible
deployment of at least 20,000 more
After taking the oath of office last
week, new Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a polite
phone conversation with the presi-
dent. They said they were looking
forward to working together.
In public comments, Pelosi said,
"It is the responsibility of the presi-
dent to articulate a new plan for
Iraq that makes it clear to the Iraqis
that they must defend their own
streets and their own security, a
plan that promotes stability in the
region and a plan that allows us to
responsibly redeploy our troops."
Far less restrained than Pelosi,
new Congressional Black Caucus
Chairwoman Carolyn Cheeks-
Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), a member of
the Appropriations Committee,
made it clear at the CBC swearing
in that the CBC motto for the next
two years will be "Change the
She told the audience in the
packed Library of Congress audito-
rium, "We won in November
because the people said, 'Bring the
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Leak Proved His Worth Despite
I can only imagine the pressure of
being a quarterback at a major
Division I football school that has a
tradition of the University of
Florida. But on top of the Gator
Nation's love for football are a few
Four years ago senior quarterback
Chris Leak walked onto UF's cam-
pus and immediately started as a
freshman. He was one of the most
highly recruited quarterbacks in the
nation. He left his home in a
Charlotte, NC suburb to become
one of the best quarterbacks in
He will also be remembered for
being one of the most criticized in
Florida history. Despite having a
great record and playing big in a lot
of games, many fans just didn't
support Leak for whatever reason.
Leak just so happened to also be
the first starting black quarterback
since one of Jacksonville's own
some 30 years ago.
There haven't been many black
quarterbacks at the University of
Florida, so Leak is unique in many
ways. In 1973, Jacksonville's own,
Don Gaffney became the first black
starting quarterback on the Gator
In the recent Bowl Championship
game, Leak proved his critics and
ignorant fans that littered the chat
rooms, personal websites and talk
radio with enough bull to fill Alltel
by George Curry
After outlining a safe agenda of its
first 100 hours, Democrats in
Congress are being forced to
become more aggressive in chal-
lenging President Bush on the Iraq
war and may have to address grow-
ing complaints that they are mov-
ing too slowly in developing an
Democrats regained control of
Congress not because of a master-
ful political strategy, but largely
because of the public's disenchant-
ment with our military presence in
Iraq. Until this week, Democrats
had been reluctant to challenge
Bush on the war for fear of being
depicted as being unsupportive of
U.S. combat troops. Republican
propagandists have repeatedly
described Democrats as offering a
"cut and run" strategy in Iraq and
gun-shy, fragmented Democrats
have been content letting
Republicans mis-define them.
Even after voters repudiated
George Bush's "stay the course"
policies in the Persian Gulf,
Democrats were still hesitant to act
on the central issue that swept them
into power in the first place the
war. But Bush's planned
Wednesday night speech on the
war in which he is expected to
announce a plan to send more
troops into Iraq, changed that. It
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Stadium that he was one of the best
- if not best in Gator history.
Frederick Douglas once said,
"You are not judged by the height
you have risen, but from the depth
you have climbed." Chris Leak
climbed the mountain and was
named MVP of the college football
He has often been criticized for
his quiet, laid back approach to the
game and for being slow or not tall
enough. Those same critics have
got to be saying that Leak now
looks like he's 10 feet tall.
For those who are not into sports
or if you been in hibernation, the
Florida Gators won their second
national championship in college
football and were lead by quarter-
back Chris Leak. The cool calm
quarterback showed great confi-
dence and poise as the Gators, who
many sports fans and experts (or
so-called experts) wouldn't be able
to hang with Ohio State, shocked
the college football world by upset-
ting the Buckeyes.
Leak completed 25-of-36 passes
for 213 yards and one touchdown.
By the way, what the heck is a
The Gators also became the first
school in major college sports to
hold a national championship in
Football and Basketball at the same
time. The UF basketball team won
their first national title in April of
Leak has broken almost all the
significant offensive records at the
school and many of the
Southeastern Conference (SEC)
records as well.
I mentioned earlier that Leak may
be one of the most criticized suc-
cessful quarterbacks in Gator histo-
ry. In fact, when Tebow was
replaced by Leak during the
Kentucky game in Gainesville in
September, fans began to boo loud-
Some feel that there is some
degree of racial tension associated
with this criticism, and some have
said that some Gator fans don't
want to see a black athlete hold
many of the records that are cur-
rently held by Danny Wuerffel, a
Gator God to some fans.
Chris Leak's father, Curtis, in an
interview with Mike Freeman of
CBS Sports, said, "There are fans
who don't want Chris to break
Danny's records because Chris is
black," Curtis explained. "I can't
say it is every Gator fan. It's not.
But it's enough. I hear about that
from white friends and white fans
that support Chris. It's unfortunate
it has to be that way, but that's the
way it is."
Regardless of what critics or mis-
guided fans may say Leak will now
take his place as one of UF's top
two quarterbacks in the schools
history. At the end of the day Leak
has to feel vindicated by the results
of the last two games of his final
year as a Gator. He beat Arkansas
38-28 to win the SEC title in
Atlanta and on Monday night beat
the team that everyone felt was
unstoppable the ranked No. 1
ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Leak was named offensive MVP,
and talk about being a "stand up
guy," despite being unappreciated
over the past two years, he never
lashed out at fans or critics. On
Monday night he said, "It's the
greatest feeling to be national
champ. My legacy was to get the
University of Florida back here."
Coach Urban Myer said of Leak,
"He is officially one of the top two
quarterbacks to play at the
University of Florida." Myer is
referring to Danny Wuerffel as the
other quarterback, and not Steve
Spurrier who didn't when a nation-
al championship, but won a
Heisman trophy while at UF.
Chris Leak can rest well knowing
that he completed a great college
career and will be remembered for
being more than that black guy
who used to play at Florida. He's in
the record books and is a national
Signing off from my sofa basking
in Gator glory,
Iraq Forces Democrats to
Shake Up 'Safe' Agenda
forced Democrats to abandon their
intention of focusing only on safe
domestic issues, such as raising the
minimum wage, expanding college
aid, and funding stem cell research.
Voters have made it clear at the
polls in November and in subse-
quent public opinion polls that they
want the new Congress to deal with
the war. A recent CBS News poll
showed that 45 percent of the pub-
lic wants Democrats to focus on the
war; a distant second at 7 percent
was an emphasis on the economy
With Bush going on the offensive
with a nationally-televised speech
to the nation, Democrats have
shifted into second-gear by quickly
arranging a series of public hear-
ings. On Wednesday, the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee is
expected to have Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice discuss Bush's
strategy in Iraq. On Thursday, Rice
is expected to testify before the
House Foreign Affairs Committee.
And on Friday, Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates and Marine
Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the
Joints Chief of Staff, are expected
to appear before the House Armed
All of the jockeying by
Democrats and Republicans is
done with an eye cast toward the
2008 presidential election.
Democrats want to show before the
next election that they can lead
effectively. Republicans want to
portray them as being weak on ter-
rorism, paving the way for them to
return to power in 2008. Both sides
are making their moves while
claiming to be interested bi-parti-
As Democrats step up their
involvement in addressing the war
and continue to champion their
announced 100-hour agenda, they
are facing criticism from Jesse
Jackson and others who charge that
Democrats have no urban agenda.
At his 10th annual Wall Street
conference this week in New York,
Jackson assembled Congressional
leaders, mayors and civil rights
leaders in an effort to pressure
Congress to pay more attention to
"We need an economic agenda
that corresponds with our political
victory in November," Jackson
said. He noted that while it is
important to raise the minimum
wage, that action alone does not
address the needs of the unem-
ployed or other serious problems
Indeed, the new leaders in
Congress could help revitalize
urban America by simply restoring
the cuts in domestic spending.
There is no question that cities
need more help. A survey released
in December by the U.S.
Conference of Mayors, for exam-
ple, showed that overall requests
for emergency food assistance
increased in 2006 by an average of
7 percent over the previous year;
74 percent of the surveyed cities
registering an increase.
"This survey represents real peo-
ple with real needs in cities all
across our nation," U.S.
Conference of Mayors President
Douglas H. Palmer, mayor of
Trenton, N.J., said at the time. "As
mayors of cities in the richest and
most powerful nation in the world,
we cannot simply stand by as our
residents -- families with children -
- continue to suffer. We have a
responsibility to work together
with our federal partners, as well as
the private sector to turn the tide of
those most in need in America."
Palmer also noted that cities are
having difficulty providing shelter
for the homeless.
President Bush has essentially
slashed domestic spending to fund
an unnecessary war and unneces-
sary tax cuts that largely benefit the
If Democrats want to make their
mark, they should start by repeal-
ing the tax cuts and quit funding
the war. They can't credibly say
they're against the war yet continue
to provide the financing.
Bush has forced Democrats to
finally deal with the war. Now,
Democrats should force him to deal
with a strong domestic agenda.
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief
of the NNPA News Service and
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The State of Black
ALI- b. WAilliam Reeed
The talented tenth, elitist thinking Negroes, have
nothing to offerthe masses of Black people. Their
T.- minds have never functioned in the all important
As we enter 2007, 36 million African American
live in the United States and make up 13 percent of the population. Fifty-
five percent of African Americans live in the South. 18 percent live in the
Northeast, I1 percent in the Nlidwest and 9 percent in the West. Almost 88
percent of African Americans li\e in metropolitan areas.
EconomicallN. blacks continue to benefit from ad ances made during the
civil rights era. Fort\ \ears since racial disparir, in pok er-t rates has nar-
rowed slightly: the black middle-class has grown substantially and almost
50 percent of African Americans own their own homes. Comparatively,
income gaps between black and white families are wide and widening.
African Americans are still underrepresented in government and employ-
ment and unemplo\ meant rates are twice that of w whites. Black households
have the lowest median income ($30,134 1 among America's race groups.
Asian households had the highest median income ($57.518). white house-
holds ($48,977) and Hispanic households $134.2411.
One in four African Americans lives in poverty, three times the rate of
whites. Employed blacks earn 77 percent of the wages of whites in com-
parable jobs. Seventeen percent of African Americans. 25 years and older.
earned bachelors or higher degrees in contrast to 28. I percent of whites.
This year, 18 percent of African Americans will be uninsured. Rates of
births to unwed African American mothers will be three times, or more, the
rate of hits. It's estimated that every African Americcan \ ill experience
about 200 racially-based incidents this coming year; from slurs hurled by
passing motorists to cashiers that don't put change in their hands, to a vari-
ety of other events.
African Americans exist at all levels of the nation's economic and class
structure. Two million African American families hae an annual income
of $75,000 or more. Twenty-seven percent of black married-couples have
annual incomes exceeding $50,000. There's a "black elite" of about 500
incredibly wealthy and politically influential blacks. At the lower-upper
level, about 1500 black entertainers or athletes ha\ e millionaire status and
African Americans' ci\ il rights-oriented leadership touts "political enfran-
chisement" over collective business and capitalistic pursuits. Yet as an
example of the futility of this, NAACP President & CEO Bruce S. Gordon
deems the performance of members of the 109th Congress addressing fun-
damental ci\ il rights agenda items as "unacceptable". Gordon alleges that
"There is a lack of aligrunent between the priorities of the communities the
NAACP ser es and the majority of the members of Congress".
The reckoning Black America has to make is that in a capitalist society an
individual or group that doesn't own anything is powerless. Black America
is severely restricted in its ability to educate and advance the masses on
political issues because we own pitifully little of the necessary means of
economic clout and communications. Black activism since the civil rights
movement is characterized by a tug-of-war between black political power
on one side and economic conditions in black communities on the other. In
2007, the quest for black political empowerment and the realities of eco-
nomic and social life remain countervailing forces.
The nation's black bu' ing power is an estimated $775 billion, yet African
Americans have \,rtually no stake in the nation's vital and valuable com-
munications networks. Individually, collectively or average stockholder.
blacks own pitifully little of the manufacturing, wholesale and retail
sources from which we purchase our goods and services. This )ear,
African-American consumers will account for almost nine cents out of
every dollar that is spent. Even the places where Black Americans social-
ize are not black-owned. In coming years someone outside our ethnic
group will manufacturer and/or supply everything Black Americans use.
The sad "State of Black America" will continue as long as black institu-
tions instill notions of landing a job inside businesses that belong to other
races and purchasing "name brand" goods from outside our race, in place
of concepts of capitalism and tenets of entrepreneurialism and land owner-
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Living Up to Dr. King's Legacy
(olttitnlcid t', lu n(i
l tic nol t l had passion aid con-
ipassion, but he always lhasd a plan,
,.I\ Jesse Jackson Sr,. who
dropped out of the Chicago
Tl ,olo'icail Seminary in I'1 "r to
participate in the Selma-to-
\lMomnoiiier March for voting
"He planned and then acted on the
plan." says Jackson. "For example,
our last staff meeting we had with
him, his last work day, we were
planning a Poor People's Campaign
to organize for jobs and income and
health care for every American. He
was pulling together a multi-racial
coalition of Blacks, Hispanics,
Latinos and Native Americans."
Today's leaders should take a les-
son from that, says Jackson.
More than 58 years since Dr.
King was assassinated at the
Lorraine Motel in Memphis on
April 4, 1968, many still remember
him most for his melodic and pow-
erful oratory that communicated the
human misery and injustice of Jim
Crow segregation amidst viscous
racism and violent attacks. But, Dr.
King was not always certain he
would be a preacher.
"I first met him when he was
about 15," recalls Dorothy Height,
president emeritus of the National
Coutttcil of Negro \\i'nci Atl he
time, around '1945 she was a rnt .
in the home of then Morchouse
College President Dr. llniii.iuini
.I\ -, and his \\ iIc
"One ,.i\ they invited me to come
home early to meet his favorite stu-
dent, who was Martin King," she
says. "The experience was sitting at
dinIine with a young student, trying
to decide whether he was going into
medicine or the ministry. This is
what he was talking about. He said
he was trying to make up his mind
what he wanted to do...Of course
his father was a minister. But he did
not automatically think of being
what his father was."
Height, who grew to her own
prominence and is now treated as
civil rights royalty, says she grew to
respect Dr. King as a civil rights
leader, but as a human being.
"As philosophical and as deep of
a thinker that he was, he was always
down to earth," Height says. "He
had a good sense of humor."
Lowery, also well-known for his
sense of humor, was nine years
older than Dr. King, but came to
respect him like an elder in both the
ministry as well as in the struggle
for civil rights.
"I met Martin for the first time in
Boston at a seminar when he was
utlending llBoston IUniversity],"
Ilowery remembers. King received
a doctorate of philosophy from
Hoston in 1955. "lHe was a warm,
friendly brother whose intellect and
spirituality were obvious, but not
ostentatious," says Lowery, then
pastor of the Warren Street United
Methodist Church in Mobile, Ala.
He said they met again after King
began in Montgomery, Ala. at an
Alabama Council on Human
"I remember that we warmly con-
gratulated each other with the usual
agreed that we would preach for
each other at the earliest possible
date. We did. This was the genesis
of a warm friendship that endured
until his assassination."
Though fighting mammoth battles
for civil rights, he also had the
patience to intervene in staff con-
flicts, she recalls.
"He had the ability to listen with
inner-city young people like Jesse
Jackson and Andrew Young," said
the Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a long-
time member of the Rainbow/
PUSH board of directors.
S"He had the ability to listen and
then to think things through and
then say, 'Now, I've been sitting
here for an hour and I've been lis-
tening to you all.' And then he
would make us look at each other,
talk to each other and it somebody
was supposed to apologize, they
would apologize. To me that was so
Envisioning the future, Lowery
says he doubts that there will ever
be another King-like leader.
"Media, among other factors, will
do everything possible to preclude
such circumstances," Lowery says.
"There are many leaders in many
areas of the Black experience. The
civil rights movement has inspired
many to be vigilant and alert and
take a stand for justice, even in their
respective fields. Elected officials,
educators, journalists, preachers,
business persons, corporate execs,
as well as the civil rights techni-
cians are involved in the triL.L,.. in
diverse ways...So perhaps there is
less need for one leader...if ever
there was [just] one."
Team leadership remains the key
to winning, says Jackson.
"He would often say, 'Don't give
me all the credit. Give credit to my
ground troops,'" recalls Jackson.
"He had a team of us. We think of
Dr. King and we see pictures of Dr.
King and we think, 'There he is. lie
had a dream.' But, he also had a
team...And we're still that team."
Man Set Free After Spending 39 Years in Prison
by Ernest Alexander
BALTIMORE (NNPA) -- Imagine
that you are convicted of a crime
you didn't commit. Despite pleas of
innocence, you face racially biased
testimony and a jury not composed
of your peers. You are found guilty
and sent to jail. Your freedom
stripped and your dignity lost. What
do you do, how do you cope with
the reality that is now your life?
This was the reality for Walter
Lomax, after serving nearly four
decades in prison for a crime that he
said, like many, didn't commit.
Lomax, now 59, was released in
December after being accused, tried
and convicted for the killing of
Robert Brewer, a 56-year-old con-
venience store manager in 1967.
Over the next 39 years, Lomax
faced countless struggles and hard-
ships and had to live with the fact
that this was not only affecting him,
but his family as well.
"My position has always been tak-
ing the stigma off my family," said
Lomax. "They [his family] knew
that I didn't do it, but they had to
live with it all these years. So even
if I was released, I would continue
After years of claiming innocence
and four recommendations for
parole, Lomax's case was finally
reopened when Circuit Judge Gale
Rasin saw the evident racial dis-
crimination that took place during
the original trial. "In the interest of
justice," Judge Rasin reopened
Lomax's case and ultimately over-
turned his life prison term and re-
sentenced him to time served.
Upon entering prison, Lomax
faced many difficulties that made
the transition from life as a free
man to one of an institutionalized
one hard. "The first ten years were
somewhat difficult because I was
angry and bitter about it. After that
I just realized that I had to struggle
to get out," said Lomax.
Lomax, having dropped out of
high school earlier in his life, had a
lack of basic reading and writing
skills back then, he reflects on the
events that had transpired in his life
and the changes that could have
been made during the trial.
"When I went into prison, I was
basically functionally illiterate...
Which is primarily responsible for
me not being able to participate in
the trial," said Lomax.
During his trial, an all White jury
found him guilty after five White
eye witnesses identified him as the
shooter. Despite claims of inno-
cence and physical constrictions
that would have made it nigh
impossible for him to commit the
crime, he was found guilty.
Two weeks prior to the robbery
and murder of Brewer, Lomax
received severe injuries sustained
by an assault while he was escort-
ing his two younger sisters to a
party. The resulting effect was that
Lomax had to wear a long thick cast
on his wrist and arm due to a stab
wound he received from the beat-
ing, a fact that all five eye witness-
es failed to note when they fingered
Lomax as the killer.
During the time of the murder
Lomax, who said he had no idea
where the store was then or now,
was at his sister's house recovering
from the injuries and he recalls the
seriousness of his physical state at
"Because of the severity of the
injuries, I mean the hand injury in
and of itself was severe, but my
knees were scraped and busted and
my ribs were severely cracked. I
was in pretty bad shape. I was phys-
ically incapable of coming out."
Upon hearing Lomax's story and
realizing the inconsistencies that lie
beneath the surface of his trial,
Steve Delaney and Jim McColskey
of Centurion Ministries, a New
Jersey nonprofit organization
geared at helping people they feel
are wrongly convicted gain their
freedom, got involved. Dubbed the
"dream team" by Lomax and family,
Delaney and McColskey along with
Lomax's lawyers Larry Nathan and
Booth Ripkey went to work fight-
ing hard to free Lomax from an
One of the reasons that Lomax's
release took much longer than
expected was his firm stance on his
innocence in the crime and that he
would never accept any responsibil-
ity for the crime, a fact he stressed
to Centurion to relay as they were
putting together the details of his
Overcoming many of the adversi-
ties in his path, Lomax learned to
read and write while he was in
prison. He also wrote a book and
received an AA degree from Essex
Community College in criminal
justice and business administration
as well as credits from Morgan
State University, Towson
University and various community
colleges while incarcerated. His
spotless prison record also afforded
him the privilege to be let out on
work release from 1"' -I to 1993 and
see his family.
Now a free man, Lomax is look-
ing past the drama, lies and court
trials and looking to spend time
with his family and live as an ordi-
nary man. Spending time with his
grand kids and great-grand kids and
seeing many of the faces he hasn't
seen in years, Lomax just revels in
the fact that he is home with loved
He said, "The reality is that I am
so elated to be with my family, to
have my freedom which is very
important to me as well as for my
family because they had to suffer
this over the years."
"I was present when he addressed
media following the bombing of his
home," says Lowery, the dean of
the civil rights movement. "I was
present in Birmingham when, as he
was speaking, a young White man
leaped upon the stage and struck
him in the face before anyone could
intervene. I marveled at his refusal
to insist that the conifsed young
man be arrested, but engaged him
in dialogue with forgiveness and
compassion." JOHN LOWERY
Dr. King didn justt surround himself with sen-
ior warriors, he used wisdom to tmix seasoned
civil rights leaders with the youth, says the Rev.
Willie T Barrow, a long-time member of the
Rainbow/PUSH board of directors.
"He was able to get the weak and the strong.
He put those two together: And many leaders are
not able to do that. They've got to have a 'yes'
person, a person that would agree with them on
everything, practically, but that was not him,"
a - "The King week should be
the busiest week for voter
S registration and voter
restoration for those 5 mil-
lion who have lost the right to
vote. And for the ending the
war in Iraq because it's tak-
e ing away the budget we need
for development," Jackson
says. "That would be a very
simple plan, a plan for
Talent and Culture Highlight
Zora Neale Hurston Festival
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will be the featured performers at the 20th Annual Zora Neale Hurston
Festival in Orlando January 20-28.
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Center Stage. Tickets provide access to the entire street festival, includ-
ing the performances.
The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities is an
annual celebration in Eatonville, Florida, the nation's oldest incorporat-
ed black municipality, established in 1887. The multi-disciplinary,
multi-day celebration of the arts and humanities festival has been a cel-
ebrated event of the Central Florida community since 1990 and attracts
over 50,000 locals and tourists. The festival is named after the legendary
literary figure, Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), the dominant female
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Bishop McKinley Young to Keynote
72nd American Beach Anniversary
The Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 202 S. 9th
Street, American Beach, Florida; Reverend Patrick Sasnett, Pastor; will
host the 72nd Anniversary Celebration of American Beach, at 3:30 p.m. on
Sunday, January 14, 2006.
Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate, the 11th Episcopal District
of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Florida and the
Bahamas; will deliver the keynote address.
A reception to meet and greet Bishop Young and his wife, Dr, Dorothy
Young; in the Fellowship Hall, will follow the program.
Saint Thomas Missionary Baptist to
Host 8th Annual Prayer Breakfast
The Saint Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Emie Murphy Sr.,
Pastor; will host the 8th Annual Baptist Ministers Conference Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 13,
2007. The Prayer Breakfast will be held in the King David Banquet Hall at
the Saint Thomas Family Life Center, 2119 Rowe Ave. (comer Moncrief
Road). For reservations, and ticket information, please call (904) 766-7862
Baptist Ministers Association to Hold
King Day Celebration at 1st New Zion
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties will
hold their Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, January 14th at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1920
Mount Street, Orange Park, Rev. C. E. Preston, Pastor.
In Jacksonville, the Annual Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday,
January 15th at the First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Drive, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor.
Zion Hope Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate 78th Ann. Jan, 16-21st
The Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 West Edgewood
Avenue, Rev. Clifford J. Johnson Jr., Pastor; invites the community to share
in Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church's 78th Anniversary Celebration;
and the Pastor's Third Anniversary, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14,
2007. The Anniversary Celebration will continue at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
January 16th; Friday, January 19th, and will conclude at 5 p.m. on Sunday,
Deacon Bruce and Sister Verrse Hickson, Chairpersons; Deacon Daryl
The 50th Year Commemoration
at St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church, 5863 Moncrief Road, Rev.
Emie L. Murray, Sr., Pastor: will
commence with "Hymn Time" at
7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12,
2007. The Commemorative
Worship Services will be held at 8
a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 4 p.m. on
Sunday, January 14, 2007.
The 50th Year Commemoration
Worship Service Speakers will be
Moderator Darien Bolden, Pastor
Eugene Overstreet, and the
Reverend R. B. Holmes. The com-
munity is invited to "Hymn Time"
and all Commemoration Services.
The St. Thomas Missionary
San Jose Church of Christ to Host
UCOM/Douglas Alumni MLK Banquet
Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Henry E. Davis will be the banquet
speaker for the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Banquet, in
conjunction with UCOM's 28 years of "A Vision in Faith", on Saturday,
January 13, 2007. Judge Davis, a product of the Southside community is a
member of the Douglas Anderson High School Class of 1966. The Douglas
Anderson High School Alumni and the Southside Community Churches,
along with the United Community Outreach Ministry (UCOM) are spon-
sors of the banquet.
The banquet will be held in the Fellowship Center of the San Jose
Church of Christ, 6233 San Jose Boulevard, Rev. Calvin Warpula, Pastor;
will serve as host. All the proceeds will be used toward improving the life
of Southside residents with concentration on the education of the children.
For ticket information, please call (904) 764-4439, 765-2316 or 210-6422.
The Spirit and Truth Mimes to cele-
brate 1st Anniversary at St. Timothy,
The community is invited to celebrate with worship and praise to God
for all that he's doing in the lives of three young men, The Spirit and Truth
Mimes, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2007, at the First Timothy
Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd.
Musical selections will be performed by the Rejoice Gospel Singers,
Reverence, the First Timothy Young Adults Choir, New Creation, God's
Special Gifts, and others.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2; invites the com-
munity to share in 2007 Serious Praise Service, Sunday, January 14, 2007.
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder/Pastor, will deliver the message.
Holy Communion will be served.
Baptist Church Family Life Center,
comer Moncrief Road and Rowe
Avenue is now open, and the church
offices are now located there.
Breakfast is served every Sunday
from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dinner is
served after Morning Worship.
The Family Life Center has facil-
ities that can accommodate many
types of community affairs. The
Baptist Ministers Association of
Duval and Adjacent Counties will
hold their Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the
St. Thomas Family Life Center, at 4
p.m. on Sunday, January 14th. For
information, please call (904) 768-
Cathedral Basilica to Host 22nd Mass
for Solidarity and Unity, Jan. 14th
The 22nd Mass for Solidarity and Unity will be held, Sunday, January
14, 2007 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place,
St. Augustine, FL. Msr. Mauricio West, vicar general and chancellor of
the Diocese of Charlotte, will be the guest homilist.
Bishop Victor Galeone will celebrate the Mass that not only honors Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also recognizes the rich cultural diversity of
the Diocese of Saint Augustine. The diocese covers 17 counties in
Northeast and North Central Florida, and serves about 165,000 registered
Catholics. Several cultures will be represented at the Mass, including mem-
bers of the Catholic Caribbean, Haitian, Vietnamese, African and French
Music for the Mass will be performed by the St. Francis of Assisi Choir
of the Diocese of Palm Beach; Pillars of Joy from St. Matthew Parish,
Jacksonville; the African American Youth Bell Choir, and the Diocesan
Gospel Choir, under the direction of Erskeline Favors.
Pre-Mass music will begin at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend
Sunny Rose Gospel Singers Celebrate
58th Anniversary at New Life
The community is invited to the 58th Anniversary Celebration of the
Sunny Rose Gospel Singers, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2007; at
New Life Ministries, 513 Odessa Street, George and Americus Spencer,
Many groups of the city will appear on program, including: The
Rejoice Gospel Singers, Willie Kirkland, the Royal Spirituals and the
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Year
Pastor Ernie Murray
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6 p.m.
2007 "The Year of More"
*More Anointing More Power
*More of the Holy Spirit *More Healing Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
January is a great time to let go of the past, refocus
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It has been said that one of the
most effective ways to become the
best is to receive excellent teach-
ing. Kurt Carr, extraordinary
writer, producer and musician was
musically knighted by the late
King of Gospel, Rev. James
Having served as Pianist and
Music Director for Cleveland, he
learned on the front line the keys to
effective music ministry and
artistry. Now he is fulfilling anoth-
er dimension of his calling as a
teacher. More aptly, he is a
Gospel Musician Clinician Via
The Kurt Carr Workshop, educat-
ing music ministries nationwide
about the artistry of Gospel music.
Carr says, "I believe that my gift
was given for the perfecting of the
saints and for the edifying of the
Body of Christ, not just to make
records and do concerts. When I
am before a choir/praise team
teaching and developing, I know
that this is a major part of my call-
To his credit he has written many
songs that have blessed the "Body
For TV and radio host Tavis
Smiley, 2006 was one for the books
and the best-seller lists. Smiley
celebrated 15 years in broadcasting,
wrote a memoir focused on his
childhood and education and was
the force behind another book,
"The Covenant with Black
America." an exami- ..
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Covenant," which he conceived and
vigorously promoted, both landed
on The New York Times' list of top-
Among the issues addressed in
"The Covenant" are health care,
public education and justice.
Contributors include Marian Wright
Edelman, founder of the Children's
Defense Fund, and prominent
scholar Cornel West.
Smiley, 42, who hosts the PBS
show, "Tavis Smiley" and Public
Radio International's "The Tavis
Smiley Show," doesn't plan to slack
off in 2007. A sequel to "The
Covenant" is in progress and his
annual symposium, "State of the
Black Union," which airs on C-
SPAN, is set for February and will
expand from one day to two.
His career path hasn't been entire-
ly smooth, as he recounts in his
memoir. His tenure at Black
Entertainment Television ended
with a messy firing that drew view-
er protests and he had a falling-out
of Christ." "In the Sanctuary,"
"God Blocked It," "The Presence
of the Lord is Here," "God Great
God," "I Almost Let God" just to
name a few. At least six (6) have
been number one hits at Gospel
Radio and many are standards in
every church's repertoire. Yet Carr
is much more than just a song
Also, Carr served as Creative
Director of Music at the renowned
West Angeles Church of God In
Christ for over 10 years, where he
with National Public Ra
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book,' if you will. This
was an integral part of the creation
of the Black Praise and Worship
sound. He recently just completed
producing the latest Tramaine
Hawkins and Bishop Paul Morton
Though he is constantly traveling
with his powerful ensemble, The
Kurt Carr Singers, Kurt also makes
time to share his gift with churches
and their music departments.
The Kurt Carr Workshop will
transform church music ministry.
Sharing openly all of his experi-
ence, training and more important-
ly his anointing, Kurt will help
develop, cultivate, and inspire
those within your department to do
greater works for God. Because he
is gifted in many areas including
writing, ministry, musicianship,
vocal techniques, he will be able to
impact your entire department.
There are different formats
available to meet specific ministry
needs. Most of his workshops cul-
minate with an anointed worship
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sted himself for how we take 'The Covenant'
to Indiana and put it into action how do you
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and working Covenant' went to No. 1 without
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ional stage, didn't touch it. Oprah Winfrey did-
he distance n't touch it. We sent it to everybody.
nd present? ... Which means that everyday
t a day goes black people put this book on the
fateful for the list. When that happens, it says to
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seriously ... else paying attention, that there is a
certainly hunger and a thirst in black
,w people of America for a plan to make black
he chance to America better.
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lot of people derives from the fallout of
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you're going not forgotten and will not anytime
estion, pray- soon. In the aftermath of the hurri-
to raise the cane, everybody was ready for it,
Else raised. ready for an agenda. Second, look
re going to at the midterm elections. There's no
e that they way Democrats do that without
filed, who their primary, most loyal base,
getting on so black folk. Now I'm not arguing
's. that black people should be as loyal
ful year for to the party as they have been, but
ration? it's a reality. ... Three, 'The State of
ad been after the Black Union.' It's Feb. 9-10 this
lis book (the year in Jamestown, Va., and the
Dr years for a energy and expectation around that
the least of event (shows) there's a lot of energy
young to sit for some change in black America.
ir. But over Q: Does the buzz surrounding
maybe I do Barack Obama as a possible con-
that I could tender for the White House indi-
better lives. cate America is ready to elect a
n the follow- black president?
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he Covenant to be the right person. And I think in
ce essential- some ways Barack has the right
lays out the image. Whether he has the right
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new book is you?
Life Story of First Recognized Black
U.S. Priest Is Unknown To Most Catholics
by M. Irvine
There are only small signs that
Augustine Tolton ever existed. A
few buildings, including a home for
senior citizens, carry his name. But
the Roman Catholic church where
he preached his sermons to flocks
of adoring parishioners on
Chicago's South Side is long gone.
And few know the story of the
man himself_ a slave who grew up
to become the first acknowledged
black Catholic priest in the United
"When he was alive, his life
would probably not have been con-
sidered that newsworthy. He lived
at a time when to be a person of
color automatically meant that you
were not a person of significance,"
says Atlanta Archbishop Wilton
Gregory, who served from 2001-
2004 as the first black president of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops. "So the very fact that he
was able to accomplish what he
accomplished under severe limita-
tions was to his credit."
Even Gregory, a native Chicagoan,
did not know Tolton's story until he
was well into adulthood.
Smiley: There's no grand prize
here for me. There's no ultimate
goal. What I am attempting to cre-
ate is a life that's built around love
and service. I love people and my
greatest joy comes from serving
people. So long as there is a need in
our world and work to be done, as
long as the media looks the way it
looks, then somebody's got to be
there asking these questions. As
long as there are books being writ-
ten that tell one side of the story but
not the other side of history, some-
body's got to write a book. ... As
long as there is a need for a more
enlightened dialogue, then there's a
role for people like me. As long as I
have access to radio, TV, print
there's no end game. It's just trying
to find a way to be of greater serv-
ice. That's what makes me sleep
better at night.
"We need to find vehicles to make
him better known today," he says.
To that end, a book about Tolton's
life "From Slave to Priest" is
being reissued by San Francisco-
based Ignatius Press.
It is a story of struggle and perse-
The second of three children,
Tolton was born in 1854 to Catholic
parents who were slaves in
Missouri, just a few years before
the start of the Civil War.
His father, Peter Tolton, was one
of many slaves who escaped to join
the Union army and fight for black
freedom-and who died battling for
that cause according to the book.
Augustine, along with his mother,
Martha Jane, and his two siblings,
escaped across the Mississippi
River to Illinois, rowing a boat
while ducking Confederate gunfire.
Eventually, they landed in
Quincy, Ill., where Martha Jane,
Augustine and his brother Charley
worked in a tobacco factory.
Tolton met priests and nuns
throughout his life who helped him,
including some who taught him to
read. Others, however, were angry
that a black boy was being educated
with whites and tried to stop him
from realizing his dream of becom-
ing a priest.
After years of rejection by U.S.
seminaries, pleas on his behalf from
sympathetic Catholics finally
allowed Tolton to study in Rome,
leading to his ordination in 1886,
when he was 31.
Tolton had hoped to become a
missionary in Africa as an escape
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from American racism. Instead, he
was assigned to a church in Quincy
and later Chicago a bitter disap-
pointment that he nonetheless duti-
fully accepted. He went on to face
more hardship and resentment, and
little financial support for the black
churches he oversaw.
"If anybody had an excuse to
leave the Catholic Church, it was
him," says Harold Burke-Sivers, a
deacon in a Portland, Ore., parish,
who is also African-American and
who wrote the introduction to the
newly issued biography.
But Tolton recognized that
Catholics who discriminated
against him were violating church
teaching on the dignity of all people
and he dedicated himself to chang-
ing that, says Burke-Sivers.
"He saw what the church could
be," he adds.
Tolton was credited with becom-
ing a unifying force for black
Catholics, especially in Chicago.
"Good Father Gus," as his parish-
ioners often called him, was known
for his eloquent sermons, his beau-
tiful singing voice and his gift for
playing the accordion.
By 1893, however, Hemesath
wrote that Tolton was beginning to
be plagued by "spells of illness,"
though he shrugged them off, pre-
ferring to focus on his work and his
parishioners. He collapsed and died
during a brutal Chicago heat wave
in 1897. He was 43.
Only about 4 percent of the
nation's 64 million Catholics are
African-American, according to an
estimate by the Center for Applied
Research in the Apostolate. Just last
month, New Orleans Archbishop
Alfred Hughes issued a wide-rang-
ing pastoral letter decrying racism
and acknowledging the problem
still exists in the church.
"After all these years, nothing
really has changed," says Adrienne
Curry, managing editor of the Black
Catholic Chicago Web site, who
also works for the Archdiocese of
"I think Father Tolton would be
saddened but hopeful at the same
time just like we are."
One Simple Step to Help African-
Americans Lose Pounds in the New Year
Rather than resolve to lose 20
pounds this month, to never eat
refined sugars again or to always
eat whole grains over the white
stuff, why not resolve to make one
simple resolution that supports any
weight loss resolution?
Resolve to make adequate rest
your highest priority. According to
the "Sleep in America 2005" poll
conducted by the National Sleep
Foundation, adults are getting a
mere 6.9 hours of sleep a night on
average, despite recommendations
of 7.5 to 10 hours.
Research shows that lack of sleep
can contribute to poor job perform-
ance, difficulty concentrating, irri-
tability, increased sickness and yes,
weight gain. In a recent study pub-
lished in the American Journal of
Epidemiology, women sleeping 5
hours a night were one third more
likely to have substantial weight
gain, to the tune of more than 30
pounds over the 16-year study peri-
od, than those who slept at least 7
hours a night.
There is much speculation about
why chronic lack of sleep leads to
weight gain. Some scientists cite
hormonal variations which create
disregulations in appetite and blood
sugar control leading to chronic
overeating and corresponding
"People who sleep a natural, con-
sistent amount generally maintain a
more regular hormonal system than
those who do not," says Dr.
Douglas B. Kirsch, a Clinical
Instructor in Medicine at Harvard
Medical School and Medical
Director for Sleep HealthCenters in
In addition to the hormonal pitfalls
of too few hours of
shut eye, there is
the issue of dwin-
dling willpower to
stay adherent to a
sound diet when
sleep is low and
fatigue is high.
"Fatigue plays a
key role in your
chances to get to
the gym and to
healthy for the
rather than stop-
ping off for fast
food," notes Dr. Kirsch.
Guarding against fatigue by
resolving to sleep roughly 8 hours a
night will not only balance your
hormones, but will bolster your
willpower to exercise and eat
healthy. Who knows, with reduced
fatigue, you may even be inspired
to park the car in the far corer of
the lot to sneak in a few extra calo-
Here are some helpful tips to start
the New Year off on the right side
of the bed:
Get up at a regular time every-
day, including weekends. While it
may sound downright dreadful to
be waking at six in the morning on
a perfectly good Saturday, keeping
a regular wake
time helps you
fall asleep easier
Sat night, which
- .-, overall. Plus, as
long as you are
awake at your
regular time, feel
free to lounge in
bed for awhile
yourself to phys-
ically be out of
bed. The key is
that your body
has received the "time to wake up
signal" at the usual time, regardless
of the day of the week.
Avoid heavy meals right before
bed. Ideally, stop eating 3-4 hours
before bedtime so that your body
has a chance to do some digesting
before you go into sleep mode.
Avoid daytime naps, unless you are
especially worn out. If you must
nap, keep it to 45 minutes or less.
You want to take the edge off of
your sleepiness, not go into your
deepest sleep in the middle of the
Avoid caffeine after lunchtime.
Giving up the mid-afternoon latte
may seem like an insurmountable
challenge, but limiting caffeine
later in the day will help ensure a
better night's rest. Often people are
convinced caffeine does not affect
their sleep because they fall asleep
without difficulty. However, caf-
feine can wreak havoc on the quali-
ty of your sleep and thus, deny your
body precious time in the deepest
sleep cycles during the night.
Create a bedtime ritual. Tuck the
kids in, pack the lunches, feed the
dog or do whatever chores require
your attention in the evening, and
then allow adequate time to
unwind. For some, this can mean
bubble baths, candles, or soothing
music, but it can also mean simply
turning off the evening news for
starters. The important point is to
establish a routine that signals your
mind and body that bedtime is
Resolve to sleep more this year, so
there will be no reason to even con-
sider another weight loss resolution
Will More Black Doctors Benefit Urban Communities?
Attempts to address widespread
and persistent health disparities
between African Americans and
whites has led to advocacy for
increasing the number of African
American physicians in the health-
care workforce. A recent article in
Health Services Research proposes
that this will improve health out-
comes in African American com-
munities and among the disadvan-
taged and poor.
The study found that African-
Americans, specifically those of
lower education, lower income, less
insurance, poorer health and those
who live in rural areas, are being
treated in increasing numbers by
international medical school gradu-
ates. "The percentage of African
American physicians in the United
States has remained constant over
the last thirty years at 3.9 percent,
while the percentage of internation-
al medical school graduates provid-
ing medical care in the United
States has increased dramatically
over this same time-period," says
You can help make a difference. A major Drain imaging study led by
the National Institutes of Health may help us learn how to stop the
progression of Alzheimer's.
Please consider joining the study if you are between 55 and 90 and.
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author of the article. A sizable pro-
portion of African Americans are
seen by African American physi-
cians. Therefore, as these physi-
cians retire, they are being replaced
by foreign-trained physicians who
are predominately from different
Research literature shows that
African American physicians have
been more available to African
American communities based on
historical patterns of geographic
distribution and service provision,
thus increasing access and improv-
ing outcomes. These physicians are
also better in understanding the cul-
tural and social contexts of illness
and treatment preferences in the
African American community.
The study proposes a re-examina-
tion of healthcare workforce policy
that is inclusive of African
Americans as well as incorporating
cultural competency training into
the education of all health profes-
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NAACP Gives Congress a Failing Grade
"Unacceptable" is how the
NAACP describes the performance
of members of the U.S. Congress in
addressing fundamental civil rights
agenda items in the last two years.
In its final Legislative Report Card
on the 109th Congress (which
adjourned Dec. 9, 2006) the
NAACP found only slight improve-
ment in the voting record among
members of both chambers. The
majority of U.S. Senators (54 out of
100) and Representatives (225 out
of 435) voted in support of the
What Does Oprah
Do With Her Money?
In Oprah news, GuideStar.org and
federal tax filings have revealed
just how much money is being
donated from Winfrey's three char-
ities The Oprah Winfrey
Foundation, Oprah Winfrey's
Angel Network and The Oprah
Winfrey Operating Foundation.
The Angel Network, mostly a
means for fans to help raise money
for worthy causes, distributed more
than $4 million to 40 organizations
in 2005, the majority of which
related to Africa, reports Fox411's
Roger Friedman. They also sent $2
million to disaster relief for victims
of Hurricane Katrina and the Indian
Ocean tsunami. The Angel
Network claimed $15 million in net
assets in 2004-2005.
Oprah's Operating Foundation
has $19 million in assets and will
go toward its sole beneficiary, her
recently opened Leadership
Academy in South Africa.
The Oprah Winfrey Foundation,
according to its most recent filing,
has total assets of $172 million.
Just last year, Winfrey donated $36
million of her own money to the
Foundation, which in turn distrib-
uted $8 million to numerous educa-
tional, arts and medical groups.
Historically Black Colleges
Jackson State University in
Mississippi and Morehouse
College in Atlanta are among her
largest recipients, reports
Friedman. But she also has con-
tributed a significant amount of
cash to the exclusive Miss Porter's,
a finishing school in Farmington,
Conn. where she sent her nieces in
the early '90s, Friedman reports.
In addition, she's put about $5
million into a Boys and Girls club
in her Mississippi hometown, for
example, and last year another
$500,000 went to the Alvin Ailey
Continued from front
On January 15, Dr. Martin L. King
would have been 78 years old this
year. Those who are 38 years of age
and younger would not remember
the protests, the speeches and the
riots associated with the civil rights
era, and the struggle that King
fought for. It would only seem as a
historical folktale and a blurred
memory of our American past. Yet
we are all beneficiaries of the strug-
This past is not so far from our
present. King spoke of a "wilder-
ness of ignorance," describing how
detached the younger generations
are from the civil rights movement.
Jim Crow laws were injustices suf-
fered by our mothers and grand-
mothers, fathers and grandfathers.
The very restaurants that restricted
them from dinning in their busi-
nesses are still serving us today and
now everyone enters in through the
"This holiday should make us
evaluate ourselves," said King.
Her speech asked attendees to
question what exactly they are they
celebrating on during the three day
weekend? Are we only catching up
on our rest and barbequing, or are
we insuring the future of our chil-
dren and helping the brotherhood?
In Kings' opinion, "the dream is
still a dream." The world her father
preached about and ultimately died
attempting to create has not been
accomplished. It seems that the
death of King has removed the
motivation to change and desensi-
tized the drive to fight and educate.
King stated "it is easy to build
monuments" but the change of our
communities is more challenging.
"It has been easier for us to cele-
brate the icon, the man, Dr. Martin
Luther King, than it has been to
change the world." she said.
NAACP's position less than 59 per-
cent of the time, receiving a grade
of "F" from the NAACP.
Since 1914 the NAACP
Legislative Report Card has pre-
sented a summation of key civil
rights votes taken in the U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives. It is
designed to provide NAACP mem-
bers with insight into the voting
patterns of their congressional rep-
"The latest legislative report card
shows how members voted on 28
key votes in the Senate [out of a
total of 645 recorded votes in the
entire 109th Congress] and 36 pri-
ority votes in the House of
Representatives [out of a total of
1,214 cast in the entire 109th
Congress]," said NAACP
Washington Bureau Director Hilary
O. Shelton. "Votes on topics like the
minimum wage, health care, budget
issues, education, gun control, vot-
ing rights, low income energy assis-
tance, community development,
criminal justice and trade are
included in the assessment.
Legislation that did not progress
beyond the committee level is not
included in the assessment."
In the House, 176 representatives
voted in support of the NAACP's
position 90 to 100 percent of the
time receiving an "A" grade. Forty-
one representatives earned Bs from
the NAACP while 15 received Cs.
Eleven received Ds. The average
score in the House was 58 percent,
also up 2 percent from the mid-term
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Ringgold's Southern Roots, closes in
grand style with the return of the
renowned artist on January 18, 2007.
Faith Ringgold will conduct two lec-
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Library in downtown Jacksonville at
12:30 and 3:00 PM and then meet
gallery visitors at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum for a book signing
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African Fashion Show
An African Fashion Show spon-
sored by the First Baptist Church of
Mandarin Malawi mission ministry,
will be held on Friday, January
12th at 7 p.m. Come enjoy fash-
ions, entertainment, and sample
food from Africa. Call  268-
2422 for ticket purchases. The
event will be fun, informative and
door prizes for ticket holders.
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association will hold their
Annual Meeting on Saturday,
January 13th at the Peck Center,
516 S. 10th Street in Femandina
Beach beginning at Noon. The
meeting will feature a tribute to the
late Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch,
a champion of the preservation of
American Beach. For more infor-
mation, call 904-261-0175.
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 476-4836 for details.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will hold their
monthly meeting Saturday,
January 14th, 10:00 a.m. at the
SGES Library Headquarters, 6215
Sauterne Drive. The speaker is our
own Richard "Dick" Cardell. He
has a world of knowledge to share
on Scottish Ancestry. Light refresh-
ments will be served and there is no
charge to attend. Call 778-1000 for
The Boylan-Haven Alumnae
Association will have their annual
"Share the Dream" MLK
Observance on Monday, January
15th at 11 a.m. The speaker will be
the honorable Judge Pauline
Drayton and music will be per-
formed by the Ribault Senior High
School Chorus. The program will
be at the St. Paul AME Church,
6910 New Kings Road. For more
information call 765-3878.
Clay County NAACP
The Clay County Branch of the
NAACP will celebrate Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday,
January 15, 2007, at 11:00 A.M.
The celebration will be held at First
African Baptist Church, 433
Palmetto Avenue, in Green Cove
Springs, Florida. For more infor-
mation, please call Gwen Hunter at
(904)304-1479 or Hattie Alexander
Annual Old Timers
The Old Timers are back for their
annual MLK game. The 15th
Annual Flag Football Tournament
will be held on Monday, January
15th at 3 p.m. at Boobie Clark park
8793 Sibbald Road. Trophies will
be given for MVPs on both offense
and defense. Everyone is asked to
bring their own food and grills.01
Annual MLK Parade
The Annual MLK Parade will be
held on Monday January 15th. It
begins at Water and Jefferson
streets; heads east on Water to
Newnan St.; North on Newnan to
Bay St; East on Bay to Gator Bowl
Way; ends in parking lot J.
Following the parade, there will be
a Holiday Celebration at
Metropolitan Park begins at Noon
and ends at 5 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 476-4836.
African American Artists
The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artists new
exhibit will opens Jan. 16 at FCCJ
North Campus. Themed
"Subliminal Visions: Abstract and
Non-objective Works", the opening
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reception will be held on the 16th
from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will fea-
ture the unique work of JCAAA
members Yuwnus Asami, Solomon
Dixon, Annelies Dykgraaf, Jelena
Gallon, Marsha Hatcher, Gil
Mayers, Traci Mims-Jones,
Suzanne Pickett, Princess Rashid,
Pablo Rivera, James Robinson,
Salmone, Laurence Walden, John
Wise and Dan Wynn. The opening
reception is free and opento the
public. For more info or Gallery
times, call 766-6786.
Players MLK Concert
The Ritz Chamber Players will
have their annual MLK concert
themed "In Remembrance of the
Dream". The classical concert will
be a Humanitarian Award and
Concert honoring Dr. Johnetta
Cole. The concert will be 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.
Caring for Your
Staffers at the Duval County
Extension Service will be offering a
workshop on "Caring for your
Edible Landscape" on Thursday,
January 18th from 10:00 12:30
pm. It will be at the Urban Garden
Field Office which is directly
behind the City Traffic Engineering
Dept. at 1006 Superior St. Come
learn how to prune Muscadine
grapes, learn what cool season
herbs to grow and how to propagate
them. Also the workshop will cover
recommended fruits for North
Florida and worm composting. The
cost is $5.00. Pre-register by calling
387-8850. You can pay at the door.
20th MLK Breakfast
The 20th Annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Breakfast, hosted by the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce and other organizations
will be held on Friday, January 19,
2006, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Prime
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Osborne Convention Center.
Featured speakers include Bill
Bond, co-founder of the Martin
Luther King Jr. Breakfast, and Dr.
Jarik Conrad, executive director of
Blueprint for Prosperity at the
Chamber. For tickets or more infor-
mation call 366-6600 x 7620.
Phi Beta Sigma State
Conference in Jax
The Phi beta Sigma State
Conference will be held in
Jacksonville January 19-21, 2007.
The Nu Beta Sigma, Gamma Pi and
Beta Beta Kappa Chapters will all
be hosting. For more info email sig-
email@example.com or visit
Arbor Day Program
There will be an Arbor Day
Program on Friday, January 19th
from 10-12:30 p.m. at the Duval
County Extension Service, 1010 N.
McDuffAve. The program will fea-
ture speakers on pruning trees,
planting trees, invasive species and
the recommended trees for planting
under power lines. Redbud and
Ashe Magnolia seedlings will be
given out after the program. Call
387-8850 to register.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting Saturday, January 20,
2007, at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida, at 1:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be author
Flo Rush-White, who has two
books in the Library of Congress
and is currently working on a third
book. Her talk to the society is
titled, Discovering Our Roots.
African-American Genealogy." For
additional info contact Mary
Chauncey at 781-9300.
Men College Fair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. will present the
4th Annual College Fair on
January 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Over 50 college
representatives will be on hand 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.
Free Safety in the
There will be a free two part pro-
gram focusing in the community on
Tuesday, January 23rd at 10:00
a.m. at the Duval County extension
Office located at 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue. The 2 1/2 hour program
will have two topics. The first, done
in conjunction with the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office, will focus on tech-
niques for protecting yourself from
crime whether at home or in the
community. The second presenta-
tion will deal with issues of home
safety related to aging issues.There
is no charge for the program but
reservations are necessary. For
more information call 387-8855.
Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
present, "I CAN'T STOP LOVING
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a cast of soulful singers, sassy
dancers and electrifying musicians.
The performance will be on
Thursday, January 25th at 7:30
p.m. at the UNF 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-year subscription
to Ebony or Jet and other raffle
opportunities. For tix or more info ,
contact Levon Burnett at 272-4055.
Once 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 more event
details, call (904) 254-7230.
Free Class on
The Duval County Extension
Service will offer a free class on
landscaping entitled, "Good and
Bad Guys in the Landscape" -
Natives & Invasives. The class will
be held on Wednesday, January
31st from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. The class
will be held at the Argyle Branch
Library, 7973 Old Middleburg
Road. Participants will learn to use
native plants in the landscape and
how to identify and control inva-
sives. Hands-on activity included.
Call to register at 387-8850.
Jamie Foxx in Concert
Actor, singer, comedian Jamie
Foxx will be in concert for one
night only on Wednesday, January
31st at the Times Union Center. The
show starts at 8 p.m. and the multi-
faceted. artist will be joined by
Fantasia. For tickets call 353-3309.
Black Art Collection
The Walter O. Evans Collection of
African American Art will be on
display at the February 1st
through April 17, 2007 at the The
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
located at 829 Riverside Avenue.
For more information, call (904)
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the year for
PRIDE Book Club will be on
Friday, February 2nd at the home
of Marie Carter. The book for dis-
cussion will be A SIN AND A
SHAME by Victoria Christopher
Murray. In it's 14th year, PRIDE is
the city's oldest and most active
ethnic book club. Friday February
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.
Own a Picasso
The R. Roberts Gallery will be
holding a charity auction benefiting
Habitat for Humanity on Thursday,
February 8th from 7-9 p.m. The
auction preview begins at 6 p.m.
The special auction will feature
original works by Pablo Picasso,
Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and
Georges Braque. The gallery is
located in the shops of historic
Avondale, 3606 St Johns Avenue.
For more info, call 388-1188.
Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will have their annual Western Gala
"a celebration of country soul" on
Saturday, February 10th, 7:30
p.m. at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds. For more information,
Contact any Jacksonville Chapter
Links member. or email thewestern-
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 10th at 10 a.m. at the
Florida Theater. Proceeds will ben-
efit NCNW programs. For tickets or
more information, call 634-0367 or
American Beach Tea
The Peck Center, located at 516 S.
10th Street in Fernandina Beach
will be the site of the American
Beach Association's Silver
Anniversary President's Day Tea
beginning at Noon. The February
19th Tea will honor the
Association's past presidents
including founding president Ben
Durham, Frank Morgan, Sr., Bobby
Dollison, Henry Lee Adams, Jr.,
Annette Myers and Carlton Jones.
The organization received a charter
from the State on February 26,
1982. For more information, call
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New Task Force Being Formed to
Address Violence in the Community
The Jacksonville organization Character Counts is forming a citizens'
task force to deal with the issue of violence in our community. Everyone
is invited to attend an informational meeting on January 17th, 2007 in
Meeting Room "A" at City Hall from noon until 1 PM. At this meeting
an overview of the local Character Counts! Coalition will be given,
along with specific ways that citizens can get involved to make a differ-
ence. Sheriff John Rutherford will be in attendance, as well as other
local community leaders.Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A. at the
Avenues. Please join us at this important meeting to find out what YOU
can do to make Jacksonville a safe cit, in which to liie and raise our
families. RSVP to Gail Keith at 384-5501
January 11-17, 2007
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GiCbert ACumna fMoiCdrand Reunion
Student and Teachers of Classes 1952-1970 Keep Memories Strong
Oliva Thompson, Mazy Mondy and Jackie Mondy
Cozzie Wilson, Sam Owens, Jean Owens, Lewis Palmer, Ray Palmer,
Charles Sneed, Vera Green, Roslyn R. Fowler and Teddy Martin.
S Emma Jones, Gean Jones (Class of 57), Annette Peek (Class of
Toni Owens, Debra Daise, Carla Thompson and Roz Brown Class 65), Melvin Jones, IsaacJones (Class of 61) and Booker Peek
of 68. (Class of 58).
Earl Kitchings and Charles Sutton Class of 68 Debrah West-Daniels and Armenia Green
Gloria Johnson, Maxine Johnson, Donna Jackson, JiJlius Chris Iphe (seated), and
Kirk Floyd, Barbara Wilson, Jacquelyn Porter, Chris Floyd and Yvonne McClendon
(Standing), Class of 64.
Alfonso West, Lynda Holmes, David Holmes, Edward Green, Shirley Holsey, Simon
Cull and Ronald Waye. Class of 66.
(Seated) Laconnetta Weston, Barbara Edwards, Lisan Hutchins, and . r- -,, *'
Leroy Hutchins. (Standing) Paytie Cross, James Burroughs, Mary Jones, -
Cynthia Peoples and John Peoples. Yvonne and Walker West, Jr.
Dr and Mrs. William Scott
Tommie and Gracie Chandler, Class of 57
Anthony Jenkins and Charlene Ashley, Class of
67. All photos by Frank M.Powell
In the words of Matthew W.
Gilbert's faithful Alma Mater..
'We'll always sing your praises!'
Truer words have never been spo-
ken by the students, teachers, prin-
cipals and staff of M. W. Gilbert.
The classes from 1952 through
1970 held their 9th Annual Grand
All-School reunion at the luxurious
Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel,
Saturday January 6, 2007.
Reunion Chair, James Daniels
made a point of thanking God that
the teachers were able to take part
in the celebration. He spoke of
alumnae as family. A family believ-
ing in God, encouraging one anoth-
er and the love and togetherness
that remains in their hearts through-
out their lives.
The reunion can be hailed as a
party with a purpose. Funds raised
provide scholarships for relatives of
alumnae, a free hospitality night,
book fairs, carnivals, cards and
even flowers for deceased teachers,
The MWG reunion has been a
continuous success, since 1998,
when the Class of 1957 met to dis-
cuss their upcoming reunion, It was
then the all school concept was sug-
gested by Harriet S. Jarrett. Each
year the reunion has grown even
adding humanitarian and legends
The 2007 Legend Honorees were
Mary Gadling Crumbly, a Math
teacher, Nathaniel Davis, a mem-
ber of the Business Department
who taught bookkeeping, Emma
Holly Morgan, a Home Economics
teacher, Luvenia Quarterman
Newman, a math teacher, William
Watson, a math teacher, and finally
Juanita Wright Tunstall, an English
teacher. Awards were presented by
This year's reunion was a time for
fellowship and love. The banquet
began with MWG Middle School
Principal Jackie Simmons presid-
ing, the Class of 57 processional,
Lydia Jackson welcomed, and then
the lights went down, and every
head was bowed as Ather Sampson
led the memorial prayer as candles
flickered in remembrance of class-
Nothing brightens the spirits of
the MWG family like that ole Alma
Mater. They sang with fervor and
joy was rekindled. Coach Nathaniel
Washington sounded the much
anticipated roll call.The evening
concluded with an after party dance
immediately following the banquet
where door prizes were presented.
The first and second Grand
reunions were held at the Holiday
Inn Airport. From there they
moved it-to the Raddison to its
Matthew Gilbert carved its niche
into Jacksonville history after
becoming the second high school
established for African-Americans
in Duval County. Its presence, lead
to the popular East/West Classic
and a legacy of camaraderie that has
lasted throughout generations.
Coby and Frank Hayes. dress toimpress on a night to remember.
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The national holiday honoring Dr. King is an occa-
sion for joy and the celebration of his life and .
work toward nonviolent social change in America and
Traditionally, we celebrate holidays with parties,
family picnics, fireworks, a trip back home or to the
seashore. However, we must also be mindful that thai
is a special holiday one which symbolizes ouO
nation's commitment to peace through justice; to ni -
versal brother- and sisterhood; and to the noblest ide,
of all: a democratic society based on the principles
freedom, justice and equality for all people.
This holiday is an occasion for thanksgiviSnI-
unselfishness, and rededicating ourselves to the caus-
es for which Dr. King stood, and for which he died.
We encourage you to use this occasion as an oppcr=
tunity to enlist your community in helping us to
establish a lasting, living monument for honoring
Martin Luther King, Jr.
January I- 'A7, 2007b
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Minister Louis Farrakhan success-
fully underwent a 12-hour surgery
Friday, according to a message
posted on the Nation of Islam web-
According to the statement, doc-
tors told Farrakhan's family that
they are pleased with the outcome,
though they said they would "close-
ly" monitor his recovery over the
next two days.
It is not clear where the surgery
took place, but a source told
BET.com that the operation was in
the United States. On occasion, the
minister has been treated by a team
of doctors in Cuba.
It was in Cuba last May that doc-
tors found an ulcer in Farrakhan's
anal area. In a letter posted to the
NOI web site in September,
Farrakhan disclosed that he had
been fighting pain and infection
since the ulcer was found and that
he had lost quite a bit of weight.
Consequently, he said, he was turn-
ing the day-to-day operation of the
organization over to an executive
committee of NOI leaders so he
could concentrate on his health.
Almost five years before, the 73-
year-old leader underwent treat-
ment for prostate cancer. But this
latest health issued stirred specula-
tion that the minister was on his
death bed, especially since he said
in his September statement that
NOI followers must continue the
work of the organization, even if he
wasn't around. Others close to
Farrakhan denied he was that ill.
Farrakhan is expected to make his
first public appearance when he
delivers the keynote address at the
annual Saviour's Day conclave
Feb. 22-25 in Detroit.
Surgery a Success
IRmnc,-lA,'e "Thp T inn K
Four days after jumping into sub-
way tracks to rescue a 19-year-old
film student who suffered a
seizure, construction worker
Wesley Autrey is still being praised
as "the hero of Harlem."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg pre-
sented the 50-year-old subway
hero with the Bronze Medallion -
the city's highest award for civic
achievement. And if that wasn't
enough, David Letterman invited
him as a guest on his late night TV
show and real estate mogul Donald
Trump put a little change in
Autrey's pocket $10,000 worth.
Disney World also offered Autrey
a free trip and the New York Film
Academy gave him $2,500 to start
a scholarship fund for his children.
Autrey was also offered tickets
and a backstage tour to
may prove to be a year's worth of
free subway rides.
"I had a split-second decision to
make," Autrey later told reporters.
" Do I let the train run him over and
hear my daughters screaming and
see the blood? Or do I jump in?"
Twenty minutes later, Autrey
emerged to be reunited with his
daughters, Syshe, 4, and Shuqui, 6,
Autrey continues to insist he did
nothing out of the ordinary.
"By selflessly leaping to the aid
of a fellow New Yorker and per-
forming a type of heroic act nearly
unrecallable to the memories of
veteran transit workers, Wesley
Autrey has captured the spirit of
our city," said Metropolitan
Transportation Authority Director
Director Elliot "Lee" Sander.
Cost to End Alabama Racial Bias Suit
Hits $206 million After 20 Years
MONTGOMERY, Ala. A racial
discrimination lawsuit against the
Alabama Dept. of Transportation is
drawing to an end after more than
21 years of legal battles that cost
the state more than $200 million
and created dramatic advances for
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Sharing History Richmond, Va., Mayor Lawrence Douglas
Wilder, right, the first African American to serve as governor of a
state, shares a light moment with the crowd waiting for Massachusetts
Gov.elect Deval Patrick to take the oath of office in front of the
Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. Patrick was sworn in as
Massachusetts' first black governor, and only the second black elected
governor in U.S. history. Wilder was governor of Virginia from 1990
African-American 'Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof' to Reach Broadway in 2007
.i." Kenny Leon will direct a new Broadway
j staging of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot
Tin Roof, featuring an African-American cast.
The production will reach New York during
S-""f the 2007-08 season, Leon told Playbill.com.
.F?, "It's going to come straight to Broadway,"
mi' said Leon. "It'll probably be like a 20-week
i i run." He said that the cast would be
Announced at the end of January.
The play would be Leon's fourth on
SBroadway, after the recent revival of A Raisin
in the Sun starring Sean Combs, the
Kenny Leon Broadway debut of August Wilson's The Gem
of the Ocean and the upcoming production of Wilson's last play, Radio
Golf. Leon is currently directing Radio Golf at the Goodman Theatre in
Leon completed filming on a television version of Raisin in December. It
will air in September 2007.
Leon expressed satisfaction that he was finally getting the opportunity to
direct Williams on Broadway. "I've studied Tennessee Williams all my
life," he said, "but when five or six Williams plays were done in New York
over a two-year period recently, they did not call out to an African-
American director to direct them."
Cat was last seen on Broadway during the 2003-04 season in a produc-
tion that starred Ashley Judd, Jason Patric and Ned Beatty. Anthony Page
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higher than Alabama's 26 percent
State officials say the state has
paid out $206 million, so far, on lit-
igation costs and that will climb
some as the case winds down. The
expenses include paying the legal
bills for both sides, hiring consult-
ants and experts, paying contempt
fines, and compensating people
who suffered damages.
They estimated an additional $100
million in "soft costs," including
paying state employees who
focused on implementing new hir-
ing and promotion practices and the
extra cost of contracting out state
engineering work that would have
been in-house except for a long hir-
ing freeze that resulted from the
Could have paved interstate high-
ways all of them
The governor said the cost is more
than enough to pave all 1,000 miles
of interstate highways in Alabama
and then give Interstate 20 a second
"Now, we will be able to direct the
money we have been paying in
legal bills and fines back into mak-
ing our highways better and safer,"
When Riley entered office in
2003, the state was paying $63,000
per week in court fines. In his first
State of the State speech, Riley said
ending the long-running case was a
Working with Attorney General
Troy King and the state personnel
department, state Transportation
Director Joe Mclnnes hired a team
of lawyers to work on each aspect
of the case. They quickly whittled
down unresolved issues, got the
fines stopped, and rebuilt the staff
with new hiring and promotions
The transportation department,
which was reduced to 3,500
employees in 1997 when the hiring
freeze was in effect, now has 4,500.
The attorney general said there are
two lessons to be learned from the
case: The state should have moved
quickly to institute race-neutral
testing for jobs and promotions and
"federal judges don't make good
New Orleans Experiences Nine Murders in First Eight Days of the Year
NEW ORLEANS In only the band wounded as they walked out- Mayor Ray Nagin would soon City Council President Oliver
t eight days of the new year, nine side their Faubourg Marigny home make an announcement with Thomas the politician who sug- .
pie have lost their lives in the with their toddler. specifics for ending the violence. gested the need for a municipal '
scent city. The city, still recov- Police Superintendent Warren Nagin expressed concern over the therapist said a curfew alone .
ig from a state of despair over Riley said he has not asked for more weekend that the killings might dis- would not be enough. He said it is .4
ir slow recovery from the hurri- troops, and is instead considering courage residents from staying in going to require reinstating mentor- K':
cane, is grasping ror ways to stop
The police superintendent is talk-
ing of a possible curfew and
lamenting his understaffed force.
Tourism officials are rushing to
reassure visitors with the Mardi
Gras season approaching. And at
least one politician is only half-jok-
ingly suggesting the city needs a
"shrink" to help it deal with its
problems more than 15 months
after Hurricane Katrina.
The outburst of violence emerged
despite the presence of over 300
National Guardsmen and 60 state
troopers who were brought in last
June to help patrol the streets
because of a surge in killings.
While police say most of the
recent slaying have involved drugs
in neighborhoods accustomed to
violence, some took place in quieter
areas. Last week, a filmmaker was
shot to death and her physician hus-
ways to stretch his hurricane-
depleted force. Those could include
increasing foot patrols, reassigning
officers to front-line duty, and
imposing a citywide curfew, he
The police force is down from its
pre-Katrina level of 1,700 officers
to about 1,400. But that number
includes about 100 officers on leave
for injuries or illness.
The frenzy of violence comes at a
time when mistrust of the police
department is running high, accord-
ing to community leaders. Seven
officers were indicted last week on
murder or attempted murder
charges over a shooting episode on
a bridge during the turmoil that fol-
Stephen Perry, president of the
New Orleans Convention &
Visitors Bureau, sent a letter to
hotels, restaurants and other mem-
ber organizations, telling them
the still-rebuilding city.
"We're going to have periods of
time when we feel very comfort-
able, and we are going to have very
tough periods when we are going to
feel very uncomfortable," he said.
New Orleans had 161 homicides
last year, the lowest total in 60
years. But the population was way
down from its pre-Katrina total of
455,000, and is still only about
A curfew would be an unpopular
measure in a city that loves its
nightlife, especially with Mardi
"We're very much opposed to a
curfew," said Earl Bernhardt, presi-
dent of the Bourbon Street Alliance,
a merchants organization. "For one
thing, it would send a terrible mes-
sage nationwide that would hurt us
more than the murder rate. It would
look like it was totally unsafe to be
on the streets after dark."
ing programs tor troubled young-
sters, creating neighborhood watch
groups, establishing more of a law
enforcement presence and holding
speedier trials for criminals.
Other efforts include community
associations working to get private
funding for emergency pull boxes,
security cameras and more police
patrols, including officers on horse-
back and scooters.
To some extent Hurricane Katrina
is to blame for the spike in killings,
said Dr. Howard Osofsky, chairman
of psychiatry at the LSU Health
"The norri 1 support structures for
many parts of the community are
gone," Osofsky said. "The church-
es, the community centers, the fam-
ilies and people in neighborhoods
that all have a governing effect on
residents are gone in many cases."
In turn, the killings affect the
recovery from the storm, he said.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley and Mayor Ray
Nagin, right, discuss the cities recent murders at a news conference, in
"People are already dealing with such a huge measure of violence to
the slowness of recovery, the all of that, people will wonder if it's
destruction of their lives, the loss of worth it to try to come back."
so much," he said. "When you add
Autrey is shown above in an appearance on David Letterman's show.
Accolades Still Rollling in for NY Hero
The litigation has gone on so long
that six different governors have
been involved with it, and the orig-
inal plaintiff, Johnny Reynolds,
died two years ago without seeing a
Reynolds sued the Department of
Transportation in May 1985, when
Gov. George C. Wallace was serv-
ing his last term. His suit contended
discrimination in the highway
agency's hiring and promotion of
Eventually, some white employ-
ees joined in, saying they were also
discriminated against because they
weren't promoted during the
The focal point of the case a
consent decree reached between the
state and the plaintiffs in 1994,
when Jim Folsom Jr. was governor
- was finally completed last year
by Gov. Bob Riley's administration
after years of delays, and it was
allowed to expire on Dec. 31.
The expiration of the decree -
which spelled out hiring and pro-
motion goals for the agency to
achieve doesn't mean the case is
"There are a lot of issues left,"
including what to do with millions
in fines paid by the state, said
Robert Wiggins, lead attorney for
Fingerpointing under way
Each side blames the others for the
In 1994, when the consent decree
was reached, 24 percent of the
department's employees were
black, but many minority employ-
ees were in lower-paying jobs clas-
sified as "service maintenance."
Few blacks were in high-paying
jobs, with 9 percent of the profes-
sionals being black and 10 percent
of the technicians.
By 2003, the staff was 35 percent
black, and many of the black
employees were in higher-paying
job. That included 31 percent of the
department's professionals and 25
percent of its technicians.
The 35 percent black staff has
remained consistent since 2003,
and it is much higher statistically
than the overall labor market and
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Over the past year in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we paid tribute to the many people, places and events, that have graced the Free Press pages. Though
our celebration is officially over, we received such overwhelming response to the "Flipping" page, we have decided to continue the page on a monthly basis as
we continue to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication.
the Free Press Files
Jacksonville Resident Herbert "Herb" Barnhill, played for the
Jacksonville Red Caps in the Negro Leagues, His career
Jamese Quiller, a Ribault Graduate spanned 12 years. He is shown above in a file photo sharing some
was chosen as B-CC's Miss Junior 2002. of his memorabilia.
The creators of Blacksonville. com, Michael Jones
and Jermyn Shannon share their inspiration for
their entrepreneurial spirit.
.... The Meninak Club presents their 6th Annual Leadership Grant Awards
Barbara Young, Rebecca Williams, Derya Williams, Taffeta Young (Bride to be) to Oana Condorateanu-Oroveanu, Courtney J. Patterson, Rohit. Agarwal,
and Carlottra Slayton (Hostess) pose at the wedding shower of the honoree. Elizabeth Ann Brotman and Christina Isipconde.
Atty. Tosha Andrews, is one of the participants in
the annual FCCJJob Fair sponsored by Cong.
Connie Butler tests Emmitt Alexander at the Clay
County's NAACP Come Together "Promoting Health
Initiatives Health Fair.
Lawrence Walton (rear) attends the Project Male Conference with
his kids Jawayne, Jawren and J'wroyce. "The Importance of
Fatherhood." The series of workshops was sponsored by River Region
Human Services. c r-VF
Wanda Jackson, Family Support Worker, Healthy Families
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Atty. Victor Murray is all smiles as daughter, Victoria Murray, Miss Delta
Teen 2001-2002, presented a special Fathers Day tribute "What about the
Children" at a Evening of Elegance sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
J1IiNE i,2002 1OAM-,2
SScreening one Food1 fledfny,
Otis Story, CEO of Shands Jacksonville is shown above with Selena
Webster- Bass, Director of Shands' Family Practice Center &
Community Medicine at a Health Explosion held to show Community
Holistic Approach. (Shown below are some other participants)
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Emmanuel Appiadu-UNF RN Student poses with
Bobby Marcus of the Shands Jacksonville Community Reginald Bythewood talks with Lindsay Fields, Aprile Morrison and Larry Reese as they
Education & Wellness Center. visit the Community Outreach booth for Florida Kid Care at the Health Explosion.
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Theodore Holmes, th t H d Soil & Water Comm. Rahman Johnson with supporters on the steps of City Hall Shown above at the Ritz Theater Wall of Fame dedication honoring
Theodore Holmes, with jazz great Herbie Mann and Joe announcing the clearance of charges brought on him by fellow commissioners for ille- JTA's first Black bus drivers are Janice Sampson, Amos Ealy (retired
Moseley at a CD signing held at the Ritz Theater. gal use of a cell phone in this 2002 photo. _JTA & Honoree) and JTA Director Michael Blaylock.
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Sister of Florence Ballard Sets Record
Straight on the "Real Effie White"
The attention lavished upon
Jennifer Hudson for her role as
Effie White in the film adaptation
of "Dreamgirls" has renewed inter-
est in Florence Ballard of the
Supremes, whose story loosely
inspired the character originated on
Broadway by Jennifer Holliday.
About the Book
Florence "Blondie" Ballard, Diane
But "Dreamgirls" was just the tip
of the iceberg when it comes to
revealing all of the drama surround-
ing Ballard. Her closest sibling,
Maxine Ballard Jenkins, is hoping
to set the record straight in her new
self-published book titled, ""The
True Story of Florence (Blondie)
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and Mary Wilson met and became childhood friends
during the 1950's. Under the watchful eye and skilled
tutelage of Milton Jenkins, the friends later became
the trio The Primettes, ultimately transformed into 4
the greatest female singing group of all time The 3g
Supremes. In 1967, Florence Ballard left the group,
and though much has been written about her life after the Supremes, the
true facts of her story have never surfaced until now. Maxine "Precious "
Ballard Jenkins the sister of Florence Ballard has written the true
account of Florence Ballard's life, including her reasons behind leaving
the group, the relationship she shared with childhood friends, Mary and
Diane, and the dramatic turn her life took in later years. The book also
helps to dispel many of the rumors surrounding Florence Ballard's death.
For example, Ballard was reared
in a family of 15 children in
Detroit's Brewster-Douglass proj-
ects and had even more attitude
than the character played by
"Jennifer Hudson did a really good
job; she was sassy and all that. But
with the real Florence, there would
have been words exchanged in
there, and maybe somebody would
have gotten a slap or two in
between," Ballard's sister tells
Susan Whitall of the Detroit News.
"While the character is not entire-
ly based on Ballard -- Effie tri-
umphs at the end, while Ballard
died in poverty in 1976, at age 32 -
- the movie closely follows the for-
mer Supreme's life story. Both Effie
and Ballard started a girl group,
were forced out of the group at its
peak, and ended up on welfare,"
Maxine Ballard Jenkins with photo
of The Supremes.
Read details of Florence Ballard's
upbringing in Detroit, her discovery
by the manager of The Primes (later
The Temptations), the formation of
the Primetttes with best friend Mary
Wilson and later Diana Ross and
much more in Whitall's full.
Jenkins, a retired kindergarten
teacher, will release the book in the
following months through her Web
Who Loves New York?
Flavor of Love Drama Queen Gets her Own Reality Show
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"New York", a.k.a. Tiffany patterson is shown
her mother who also made a name for herself.
Now that she's wiped away her
tears from getting dumped twice by
Flavor Flav, New York's got a show
all her own to kick guys to the curb
in a search for her true love.
On "I Love New York", which
premiered this week, the high-
maintenance drama queen will sift
through 20 guys in 10
episodes to find her
"What's really impor-
tant for me is that
everybody knows that
this is really me look-
ing for love and it's not
just me looking for
camera time," New
The show borrows
all the themes from
"Flavor of Love." The
guys are given nick-
names, dog tags
(instead of clocks) and
New York gets a flam-
Chamo. Her mother,
Sister Patterson, is
thrown in for good
measure as she serves
as the fire-breathing
dragon the guys have
wito get around to
get to her heart.
Will it be as
crazy and shocking as Flavor of
"Each episode is a little different
from the next," New York explains.
"Competition gets heavy; there's
guys that don't want to leave. So
much drama and chaos!"
Has she met her counterpart?
"Oh of course. There's a couple.
Some guy's mouths are too big and
their egos are too big. I'm like that's
me in a jersey and a baseball cap,"
New York jokes.
Since Flav isn't in her heart any-
more, what kind of guy is she look-
"I am looking for a guy with a
great sense of humor, someone that
is really confident and able to sup-
port me and lift me up when I am
down and just be around me and be
able to put up with my stuff and
when I say stuff you know I mean."
That may sound good in the per-
sonals, but from the previews, New
York immediately is smitten by a
loud-mouth, drunken rapper-type
nicknamed "Chance." Her mother
of course, gives him thumbs down
and seeks to get him kicked off the
New York, whose real name is
Tiffany Patterson, shot to house-
hold-name fame after appearing on
the first season of Flavor of Love,
featuring old school rap legend
Flavor Flav. She was one of the two
women standing last to claim him,
but her demanding ways and over-
bearing mother didn't sit well with
Flav. She lost out to contestant
Hoopz. The series became a surprise
hit for VH1 thanks to the show's
controversial stereoypical cast.
Then New York and mom were
invited back midway into season
two. They wound up souring the
stomachs of new contestants and in
the end New York was beat out
She says the producers thought she
was a great chick who deserves
love and decided to create a show
around her. But she said she took
stock of her situation first before
"My heart was with Flay, but
that's over. Now before I said yes to
the show, I told them the love has
got to be real and it is a real show. 1
had to do some soul searching and
purge these evil thoughts (for Flav).
I just wanted to make sure I could
find true love on my half of the deal
and not be bitter towards Flav."
She says nowadays she's enjoying
her fame, getting recognized wher-
ever she goes. She hints that she
wants to continue her showbiz
career and may have some love on
"I can say I am very happy with
the outcome (of the show). So
what's next for me is that I am real-
ly trying to build a foundation with
the wonderful young man that I
picked and then I can look at the
As for her and Flay, she says they
are "cordial" when they run into
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LAURENCE FISHBURNE, WIFE EXPECTING BABY
Little one will be couple's first together.
The stork is due to pay a visit to actor
Laurence Fishburne, 45, and his wife,
actress Gina Torres, 38.
Married in 2002, the couple are expect- ** 4 *"
ing their first child together, Fishburne's -_ ",
rep, Alan Nierob, confirmed Monday. No i' i
other details were given.
Fishbume, who last appeared on screen ra k
in 2005's Emilio Estevez-directed film
"Bobby," has two children from a previous marriage.
Torres stars in Fox's "Standoff," and will next appear on the big screen
opposite Chris Rock in the film "I Think I Love My Wife," due in the-
aters March 16.
JAMES BROWN STREET PROPOSED IN HARLEM
Fresh from officiating the public funeral of
m., his mentor James Brown in Augusta, GA,
SRev. Al Sharpton has turned his attention
toward honoring the music icon in Harlem
: with a street bearing his name.
S According to Newsday, Rev. Sharpton
Says he has met with officials from
SCommunity Board 10 about renaming a
stretch of street from Lenox Avenue to
Broadway "James Brown Way."
The street runs in front of the new head-
quarters of Sharpton's activist group, the National Action Network. To
the south, 125th Street is named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The
block of 125th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, which runs
in front of the Apollo Theater, is named "Nat King Cole Way."
Sharpton said he was approached about the street renaming by Yasmin
Cornelius, district manager of Community Board 10. Any street renam-
ing must be approved by the City Council and the mayor.
Other Harlem streets named to honor famous African-Americans
include Malcolm X Boulevard, Frederick Douglass Boulevard and
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.
WAYANS ALLOWED BACK AT COMEDY CLUB
Comedian )Djnon Wa'ans was scheduled to return to the Laughl
Factory last week, even though he was banned from the stage last month
for saying the N-word 16 times against club policy.
The rule was imposed after "Seinfeld" star Michael
Richards used the \ ord in No ember to berate audi-
ence members during lik coned) set.
In response to the uproar and pressure from ci\ il
rights groups, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Mlasada
[pronounced muh-SAH-duh] said comics who use
the N-word would be fined and banned from per-
forming at the venue.
Nevertheless, Masada gave Wayans a temporary "Get Out of Ban Free"
card for so that he can perform for an event billed as "All Star Week."
DENZEL SECRETS UNVEILED IN NEW BOOK
In new book "Off the Record," a collection of celebrity interviews
conducted by Newsweek reporter Allison Samuels, Denzel Washington
reveals that he refused to do a love scene with Julia Roberts in 1993's
"The Pelican Brief" out of loyalty to his Black female fan base
Washington explained to Samuels. "Black women are not olfen seen as
objects of desire on film. And they have always been my core audience."
The actor also said he turned down a starring role in the 1992 film
"Love Field" opposite Michelle Pfeiffer because of the N-word.
"It was ni**er this and ni**er that. I wasn't going to be but so man',
ni**ers in a film," said Washington, who was replaced in the film by
Also included in "Off the Record" is Eddie Murphy, who says he was-
n't thinking straight when agreeing to star in the last two sequels for
"Beverly Hills Cop."
"There was no reason to do the third and fourth ones. I could tell they
were bad I read the script," Murphy said. "But when you never had
money, you always want more, and you're worried you're going to run
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