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Virginia Becomes First Government
to Apologize for Role in Slavery
Richmond, Va Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate
Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously last weekend
to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.
Sponsors of the resolution say they know of no other state that has apol-
ogized for slavery, although Missouri lawmakers are considering such a
measure. The resolution does not carry the weight of law but sends an
important symbolic message, supporters said.
The resolution passed the House 96-0 and cleared the 40-member
Senate unanimously. It does not require Governor approval.
The resolution says government-sanctioned slavery "ranks as the most
horrendous of all depredations of human rights and violations of our
founding ideals in our nation's history, and the abolition of slavery was
followed by systematic discrimination, enforced segregation, and other
insidious institutions and practices toward Americans of African descent
that were rooted in racism, racial bias, and racial misunderstanding."
The apology is the latest in a series of strides Virginia has made in over-
coming its segregationist past. Virginia was the first state to elect a black
governor L. Douglas Wilder in 1989 and the Legislature took a step
toward atoning for Massive Resistance in 2004 by creating a scholarship
fund for blacks whose schools were shut down between 1954 and 1964.
More Blacks Converting to Islam
Growing numbers of African Americans have been converting to Islam
since Sept. 11, 2001, according to Reuters. The news agency cites Blacks'
attraction to Islam's identification with oppressed people and its empha-
sis on prayer and submission to God. This attraction has flourished in
spite of the increased scrutiny that Muslims in America face; in fact,
many African Americans have grown increasingly suspicious of the fed-
eral government's "new enemies" since 9-11, given how Malcolm X and
Martin Luther King, Jr. were stigmatized by the government and main-
stream America in their day, the report
May December Romance Leads to
Marriage for R&B Singer Usher
Much to the lament of his female fanbase, the R&B superstar with the
six-pack abs will be leaving his bachelor days behind after getting
engaged to his girlfriend and stylist Tameka Foster.
No word exactly when Usher,
whose full name is Usher
Raymond, popped the question or
when the twosome will tie the knot.
A rep for the 29-year-old singer has
declined to comment on various
media reports that the two decided
to get hitched on Valentine's Day.
The first clear sign that Usher had
taken himself off the market came
during last week's NAACP
Theatre Image Awards in Beverly Hills, where he accepted his Spirit
Award by thanking Foster and introducing her as his fiance6e" Foster,
37, has also been spotted about town recently sporting a 10-carat rock on
her ring finger.
The couple have been an item for a year. They first met back in 2004
when Foster, who has previously worked with such music stars as Toni
Braxton and Lauryn Hill, joined Usher as a stylist on his Truth tour sup-
porting his last multi-platinum album, Confessions, which spawned the
Miami is Home to First U.S. Courthouse
Named For African American
The late African-American Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson of Miami will be
remembered at a dedication of a federal courthouse named after him.
Judge Ferguson was named to the U.S. District Courthouse for the
Southern District of Florida by Pres. Clinton in 1993.
He was the son of Bahamian parents, born in Miami in 1938. He died
from leukemia while still in office on June 9, 2003. He was 65.
The federal courthouse was commissioned by the U.S. General
Services Administration as part of its 12-year-old program, which seeks
lasting, world-class architecture for major federal commissions.
Brown University Begins
$10M Reparations Campaign
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Brown University on Saturday promised to raise
$10 million for local public schools and give free tuition to graduate stu-
dents who pledge to work there in response to a report that found slave
labor played a role in the university's beginnings.
The university will also explore creating an academic center on slavery
and justice, strengthen its Africana Studies Department, begin planning
for a slavery memorial and revise its official history to provide a more
accurate account of the school's early years.
The actions are a result of the Slavery and Justice Report, a report com-
missioned last year by a committee that was instructed in 2003 to study
the university's early relationship with slavery and recommend how the
school should take responsibility.
It identified about 30 former members of the college's governing cor-
poration who at one time owned or captained slave ships. It also found
that slave labor was used in the construction of Brown's oldest building,
and money used to create the university and ensure its early growth was
derived directly or indirectly from slave trade.
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Volume 20 No. 50 Jacksonville, Florida March 1- 7, 2007
FBI Reopening 100 Civil Rights-era Cold Case Murders
When the FBI reopened, tried and
convicted murderers decades after
their deaths in such instances as the
case of Medgar Evers and the bom-
ing of the four little girls in
Birmingham, it was just the begin-
ning for countless killers who had
previously gotten away.
The FBI has been reviewing near-
ly 100 unsolved suspected murders
from the civil rights era more than
40 years ago and focusing initially
on a dozen cases to investigate fur-
ther, the FBI announced this week.
The cases, mostly from the U.S.
South, stemmed from a year-old
FBI cold case initiative to identify
and to take a fresh look at old,
unsolved racially motivated mur-
ders committed during the historic
civil rights movement.
"Many murders during the civil
rights era were not fully investigat-
ed, were covered up or were
Shown above (L-R) Back: Alice Denson, LaRue Stephens, Lenella Williams, Callie Meriweather, Betty
Burney;(2nd row) Olester Williams, Judith Lancaster, Delores Woods, Betty Donald, Helen Felix and (front)
Rebecca Highsmith, Marva Salary, Jakki Stubbs, Basileus Flora Parker, Lillian Porter and Ruth Pool.
Sorority Continues 28th Celebration of Black History
The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Delta Chapter, recently celebrated their 28th tribute to Black
History with their annual Black History Program. The musical tribute paid homage to the accomplishments of
Black America with songs such as "Hold On, A Change is Coming", "Yesterday" and "Swing Low". Participating
musicians and soloists included Marva Hilliard, Linda Nelson and the Voices of Victory, Sara McWhite Singers
and Gloronda Johnson.
misidentified accidental death or
disappearance. Many trails ran
cold," FBI Director Robert Mueller
told a news conference.
He said the 100 cases will be
assessed to determine if they can be
investigated further and prosecuted.
Continued on page 9
DNA to Resolve
The Rev. Al
Sharpton said he
wants a DNA test
whether he is
related to former
Sharpton through his great-
grandfather, a slave owned by an
ancestor of the late senator.
"I can't find out anything more
shocking than I've already
learned," Sharpton told the Daily
News, which reported the link
based on genealogists' findings.
Sharpton's spokesman, Rachel
Noerdlinger, confirmed that
Sharpton plans to pursue DNA test-
ing, but had no further details.
Sharpton and Thurmond didn't
appear to have much in common:
Thurmond ran for president in
1948 as a segregationist. Sharpton
ran for president in 2004 calling for
racial equality. Last week,
Sharpton learned about the connec-
tion. Continued on page 3
MLK III Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Poverty at EWC
Martin King III
kicked off of a
i 30-city tour in
Part of a national
the nation's atten-
tion to the chal-
King lenges and oppor-
tunities of poverty.
One of the best known names in
the civil rights arena, King held an
open Town Hall Meeting to address
the issues at Edward Waters
College joined by local leaders and
the Jacksonville community which
addressed "Poverty in America".
Johnny Mack- VP of Realizing the
Dream was Master of Ceremony,
and panel guests included, Rena
Coughlin, Richard Danford, Carrie
Davis, Connie Hodges, Brenda
Priestly Jackson, Wanda Lanier,
JuCoby Pittman, Keto Porter, and
Civil Rights Experiences Shared
at Springfield "Weave" Experience
Shown above are Dr. Jim Crooks and his wife Laura listening intent-
ly as Rev. Newton Williams describes why clergy was at the forefront
of the civil rights era.
Carlottra Guyton and friends con- intimate roundtable followed by a
tinued their annual February tradi- potluck feast.
tion with holding the "Weaving the This year's theme, "Memories of
Web of Our History" event. Held the Movement", asked guests to rec-
over the past eight years, invited ollect where they were and what
guests bring family mementos and they were doing during the turbu-
memories to share with others in an lent civil rights movement years.
Edward King, joined King to listen,
learn and satisfy the concerns on
local financial issues for people of
"My parents worked to uplift all
people, and it's sad to see the extent
to which the poor and impoverished
people of our nation have been
largely ignored," King said. "But if
we can bring elected officials and
community leaders together to dis-
cuss poverty that puts a human face
on the larger issues, such as home-
lessness, unemployment, a dismal
state of education in our public
schools and a lack of programs for
In Jacksonville, King toured the
area community centers in addition
to meeting with Mayor Peyton,
State Attorney Harry Shorestein,
NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin
Continued on page 3
Shown above are Bob Flowers and Andre X Neal in Detroit.
40,000+ Attend 77th Saviour's Day
The Nation of Islam held their 77th annual Saviours Day Conference at
the city it all began Detroit Michigan and the Free Press was there. Bob
Flowers (left) and Free Press roving eye Andre Neal were on hand to wit-
ness Min. Farrakhan's final public address as he stressed unity in an effort
to bridge the gap between the Nation America's other Muslim facets. For
more on Saviour's Day, see page 9
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Youthful Credit Missteps Can Haunt You Later
uged with loan offers upon graduat-
ing. Before they know what hit
them, many people enter their twen-
ties saddled with thousands of dol-
lars of debt, mounting student loans
and a damaged credit rating that can
take years to fix.
Fortunately, many resources are
available to help guide students -
and their parents through these
temptations and lay the groundwork
for a solid financial future. For
example, the JumpStart Coalition is
a not-for-profit organization whose
goal is to improve the personal
financial literacy of students from
kindergarten through college.
JumpStart offers a personal finance
clearinghouse of more than 580
books, pamphlets, DVDs and other
materials on financial literacy top-
Another helpful program is
What's My Score
(whatsmyscore.org), which is
geared toward helping college stu-
dents understand their credit scores
and take control of their financial
future. Originally developed by the
Responsible Credit Partnership of
the Saint Paul Foundation, What's
My Score (whatsmyscore.org) was
recently acquired by Visa USA.
Among the many topics What's
My Score explores are: The impor-
tance of establishing a responsi-
ble credit history. Creditors,
lenders, employers, and even land-
lords can use your credit score to
determine whether to give you
credit, loans, a job, or an apartment.
How credit scores are deter-
mined. Financial institutions, like
banks and credit card companies,
supply information to credit
bureaus on your financial perform-
ance history, which they in turn use
to calculate your credit score.
Lenders and others use that infor-
mation to determine your financial
reliability, which impacts your
interest rates and ability to get a
Continued on page 9
City's Only Black Owned Hair Care
Shown above (L-R): Randy Evans, President of FreshMinistries USA,
Shante Browder, JHI Graduate, Todd Jones, Director of JHI, Henri
Landwirth, keynote speaker and Shante's daughter, Tymple Browder.
Freshministries Program Provides
New Life for Hospitality Graduates
by Pam Kearney
It was a night of triumph for the
first graduating class of the
Jacksonville Hospitality Institute
(JHI) last week at the Hyatt
Surrounded by family and friends,
Gloria Acker, Patricia Anderson,
Shante Browder, Barry Filene,
Eugenie Gill, Rose Hughes,
Gwendolyn McKinney, Charmaine
Price, Stephanie Smith, Jackie
Stewart and Catina Williams cele-
brated completion of the concen-
trated nine week course at JHI and
the beginning of promising new
careers in the hospitality industry.
Accepting their diplomas from JHI
Director Todd Jones and
FreshMinistries, J. Randall Evans,
each of the graduates took center
stage in the intimate, meaningful
ceremony to give a brief testimony.
"JHI was the turning point in my
life," said graduate Shante
Browder, who is now employed at
the front desk of the Hyatt Regency
A victim of domestic violence,
Browder talked of being held in vir-
tual bondage for nearly four years
before escaping to Jacksonville
with her two daughters (ages 18
months and 3) in May of last year.
Browder and her children were
homeless, had nothing but the
clothes on their backs, and knew no
one in Jacksonville when they
arrived. For a brief time, they
stayed in the Salvation Army shel-
ter before moving into public hous-
ing, where they currently live.
Browder rode buses to WorkSource
each day, seeking job training and
"I was in the military years ago,
but had lost touch with reality for a
long time and found that I had few
marketable job skills left," she said.
Therewere times, she recalled, that
she "just wanted to die." "But I
knew somebody had to take care of
my babies so I just kept running
for that bus and praying that God
would help us." said Shante.
It was on a WorkSource bulletin
board that Browder found the
answer to her prayers. When she
saw the JHI flyer offering free nine-
week training in the hospitality
industry, Browder jumped at the
An initiative of FreshMinistries, a
organization the Jacksonville
Hospitality Institute is located at
Beaver Street Enterprise Center.
Providing training in specific hos-
pitality industry-related job skills to
homeless and disadvantaged youth
and adults (ages 18 to 45), JHI
launched it's first class in
November of 2006.
"Like Shante, nearly all of our
graduates here tonight are already
working in area hotels," said JHI
Director Todd Jones.
"One thing I learned at JHI is that
no one can do it all alone," said
Browder. "Everyone in our class
helped each other and we are all
headed for an exciting future."
The keynote speaker for the grad-
uating class was hotel magnate and
nationally known philanthropist
Henri Landwirth, who regaled
graduates with his own dramatic
rags to riches story. A 79 year-old
Holocaust survivor, Landwirth
talked of arriving in the U.S. in
1950 with a 6tth grade education,
$20 in his pocket and no English.
"I learned how to do every job
from bellboy to manager and ended
up owning hotels," he told the grad-
uates, noting that honesty, hard
work and belief in miracles took
guided his successful path.
"Mr. Landwirth was a great inspi-
ration," said Browder, "and JHI is
one of the miracles he was talking
about. I've got a new job, new
goals, and a new life."
As much as Black America spends
on their hair and products that sup-
port it, the average person would be
surprised if not shocked to know
that their is only one Black owned
hair care supply store in
Jacksonville. After over twenty
years in business, Bernards Beauty
Supply has opened their own store
with over 10,000 square feet of
products for and by the Black com-
The Black hair care industry has
been dominated by Asians in the
last decade. Nationally, Korean
businesses receive 90 percent of the
money in the Black hair industry,
although 100 percent of the con-
sumers are Black people, A century
ago, African-Americans created
and dominated the industry. Some
say Madam C.J. Walker became the
first African-American millionaire
in the early 1900s by selling black
hair- care products. Since then,
black -owned companies such as
Soft Sheen emerged to manufacture
and/or distribute conditioners,
Store Celebrates Grand Opening
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Shown at the Grand Opening are Jerome Williams, Jermarne Wilson, Ann Williams, owner Bernard
Williams and Jerlyshe Williams letting customers know the hair care business is a family affair.
shampoos, and relaxers. But by the Alberto-Culver, and Proctor & shows that black businesses can and
late 1990s, these owners began sell- Gamble are the top three sellers of will prosper in the African-
ing their businesses to mainstream black hair- care products. Bernards American community and thankful
corporations. Today L'Oreal, new store on Edgewood Avenue by the grace of our own. FMP Photo.
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By Jason Alderman
I don't want to date myself, but
when I went to college, tuition was
much more affordable and it was
nearly impossible for students to
qualify for credit cards and car
loans. What hasn't changed since
then, however, is that many young
adults still don't realize the impact a
few bounced checks or late pay-
ments can have on their future abil-
ity to borrow money, rent an apart-
ment or even get a job.
It probably doesn't help that four-
fifths of high school seniors are not
required to pass a personal financial
management class in order to grad-
uate, or that they'll likely be del-
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Coalition of Concerned Citizen's Rally
Gives Families of Slain Victims a Voice ,
Shown above coalition members with victim's families speak during a news conference. Concerned
Coalition members include Mikhail Muhammad, Jerome Noisette, Raymond Stiles, Oscar Mathis, James
Muhammad and Andr'e X Neal.
The Coalition of Concerned
Citizens held a rally for citizens of
the Sable Palms and Westmont
communities recently plagued by a
rash of violence. The citizens of the
communities who have witnessed
the death of three of their citizens
by the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
were treated to free food and enter-
tainment at the rally. The victims'
families also had an opportunity to
tell their side of the stories about
their loved one, many of whom
have never been contacted by JSO
or the mainstream media.
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Panelists included Connie Hodges, Richard Danford, JuCoby Pittman Peele, Wanda Lanier, Martin Luther
King, III, Edward King, Carrie Davis, Rena Coughlin, Brenda Priestly Jackson and Johnny Mack.
Continued from front and education. Officer for the Dupont Foundation
At the Town Hall Meeting, atten- "Very few are willing to put their Reflecting on days of his youth,
dees were implored to ask questions money where their mouth is. King recalled that his father
among the many experts in atten- Sometimes you have to move with engaged people at every stop to reg-
dance. Problems cited by audience your opportunity or create opportu- ister to vote. Closing, he shared a
and paneilists included, drugs, nity by starting your own business," quote, "Be ashamed to die until you
FCAT testing, self-empowerment said Edward King, Program have won a victory for humanity."
Over 800 Success Stories Created from At
Risk Youth Through Challenge Academy
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Antonio Evans, Angelia Evans, Kamel Evans Maj General Burnett, Florida National Guard Youth
Challenge Cadet Tamyiah Evans, and Ramel Evans at Family Day. FMPphoto
Willie Brown Celebrates 82nd Birthday with Family and Friends
STARKE Mr. Willie Brown recently celebrated his 82nd birthday with a surprise fete by family and friends.
Shown above honoring their family's patriarch are: (Back) Lewis Livingstone, and former NFL pro Larry Brown,
(middle) Sarah Livingstone, Rachael Livingstone, Hannah Livingstone and Jimmie Brown; (front) Ashton
Lowery, honoree Willie Brown and Rahmann Brown. FMPphoto.
Sharpton Wants DNA to Resolve Slavery Link
The Florida Youth Challenge
Academy program recently held a
festive Family Day to invigorate
their resident youth.
The quasi-military training and
mentoring program for at-risk
youth develops life skills, educa-
tional levels and employment
potential for 16-18 year old high
school dropouts or expellees. The
program includes a 17 month
residential stay at Camp Blanding
in Starke, FL. Students graduate
from that phase and enter a post-
residential phase where they work
with their self-chosen mentor .The
program has created over 800 suc-
cess stories in northeast Florida.
Family Day is for family and
friends to see their cadet in his or
her new environment. Cadets show
family members how and where
they live and what they do on a
daily basis. This day instills pride
and confidence and gives the kids a
boost towards achieving the goal of
graduation and becoming a produc-
tive part of the community.
For information on the Challenge
Academy (FREE to at-risk youth),
call, 1(866)276-9304 or visit
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"It was probably the most shock-
ing thing in my life," Sharpton said
at a news conference Sunday, the
day the Daily News reported the
Professional genealogists found
that Sharpton's great-grandfather
Coleman Sharpton was a slave
owned by Julia Thurmond, whose
grandfather was Strom Thurmond's
Sharpton was later freed.
"Based on the paper trail, it seems
pretty evident that the connection is
there," said Mike Ward, a genealo-
gist with Ancestry.com, who called
the link "amazing."
Ancestry.com's chief family
genealogist, Megan Smolenyak,
said Sharpton would need to match
his DNA with a present-day descen-
dant to see if they are biologically
The revelations surfaced after
Ancestry.com contacted a Daily
News reporter who agreed to have
his own family tree done. The
intrigued reporter then asked
Sharpton if he wanted to partici-
pate. Sharpton said he told the
paper, "Go for it."
The genealogists, who were not
paid by the newspaper, uncovered
the ancestral ties using a variety of
documents that included census,
marriage and death records.
Strom Thurmond, of South
Carolina, was once considered an
icon of racial segregation. During
his 1948 bid for president he prom-
ised to preserve segregation, and in
1957 he filibustered for more than
24 hours against a civil rights bill.
But Thurmond was seen as soften-
ing his stance later in his long life.
He died in 2003, at 100. One of the
longest-serving senators in history,
he was originally a Democrat but
became a Republican in 1964.
His children have confirmed that
he fathered a biracial daughter.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams'
mother was a housekeeper in the
home of Thurmond's parents.
Sharpton said he met Thurmond
only once, in 1991, when he visited
Washington, D.C., with the late
James Brown, who knew
Thurmond. Sharpton said the meet-
ing was "awkward."
"I was not happy to meet him
because what he had done all his
life," Sharpton said.
Sharpton said he hadn't attempted
to contact the Thurmond family. As
far as he knew, he said, the family
hadn't tried to call him, either.
Some of Thurmond's relatives said
the nexus also came as a surprise to
them. A niece, Ellen Senter, said
she would speak with Sharpton if
he were interested.
"I doubt you can find many native
South Carolinians today whose
family, if you traced them back far
enough, didn't own slaves," said
She added: "And it is wonderful
that (Sharpton) was able to become
what he is in spite of what his fore-
SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE DUVAL COUNTY CANVASSING
BOARD FOR THE MARCH 20, 2007 UNITARY ELECTION
Tuesday, February 27
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Public Logic and Accuracy Test of voting machines
Friday, March 16
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Public inspection of unopened absentee ballots received prior
to March 16
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Logic and Accuracy testing of voting machines
Opening and machine processing of absentee ballots
Saturday, March 18 through Tuesday, March 20
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Public inspection of unopened absentee ballots received Friday,
March 16 through Tuesday, March 20
Opening and machine processing of absentee ballots
Tuesday, March 20
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 7:00 pm
Tabulation and canvassing of precinct and absentee election returns
Wednesday, March 21
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 pm
Logic and Accuracy testing of voting machines
After Logic and Verification and tabulation of provisional and
un-scanned ballots Accuracy Tests
Thursday, March 22 (if required) and thereafter until all provisional ballots are
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
OFVerification and tabulation of provisional and un-scanned ballots
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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
INVITATION TO BID (ITB) FOR MOWING AND GROUNDS
MAINTENANCE SERVICES AT TALBOT ISLANDS STATE PARKS
SOLICITATION NO. 2007047C
Sealed responses will be received by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, Procurement Section, Mail Station #93, 3800 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Carr Building, Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, until 2:30
P.M. ET on Monday, March 26, 2007.
Organizations interested in participating in this procurement opportunity may
view and download the subject solicitations from the Florida Department of
Management Services Vendor Bid System. To view the solicitations, go to
http://www.myflorida.com and select "Business". Select "Doing Business with
the State". Under the "Everything for Vendors and Customers" heading, select
"Vendor Bid System". Then select "Search Advertisements". Use the "Agency"
search field to search for advertisements for the "Department of Environmental
Protection" and click on "Initiate Search". Select 2007047C and follow the
instructions at the bottom of each page.
There will be mandatory site visits for all prospective contractors in the presence
of Aaron Rodriguez, Assistant Park Manager, or his/her designee, at Talbot
Islands State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, 32226, prior
to submitting a bid. The site visits will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2007 and
Friday, March 9, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. However, a prospective contractor is only
required to attend one of the scheduled site visits. Directions may be obtained
by calling Aaron Rodriguez at (904) 251-2323. Failure to attend the mandatory
site visit and sign the site visit attendance sheet shall preclude a prospective
Respondent from submitting a bid for this solicitation.
Organizations must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the
solicitation documents. Adobe Acrobat Reader maybe obtained, free of
charge, at the following website:
Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to participate in this
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March 1-7, 2007
FCAT Needs To Be Trashed In
Favor of Performance Assessments
As children throughout our love-
ly county buckle down this week
for the FCAT, the state's version of
a standardize test used to evaluate
public school students, it awakened
the same ill feelings that I have
retained for the past several years.
With a son in the sixth grade I
have gone through the whole FCAT
prep and mental motivation thing
more times than I can remember.
And maybe those ill feelings
have increased because the FCAT
because I continue to feel like our
public school children are being
subjected to learning to pass a test
versus a more well balanced circu-
But who am I? I am certainly no
scholar, but I don't see how the
FCAT is helping students or
schools. This is a standardize test
that does more bad than good,
because many students have
become intimidated by the empha-
sis placed on passing it.
Politics can be a treacherous
game, and the public school system
has become a pawn for some law-
makers who would like to disman-
tle our current system. Hopefully,
the Governor Crist will take a seri-
ous look at the FCAT and use it as
a tool for improvement versus a
In contrast to the way the state
uses the FCAT, most private
schools rely on performance
assessment, which focus more on
what people can do and less on
how well students take tests.
Rather than addressing issues that
would boost achievement, such as
smaller classes, more time for
teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politi-
cians and policy makers have
imposed the FCAT on students
without providing any evidence
that testing improves teaching or
Question: If we are going to use
the FCAT to determine a student's
success or failure then why are we
even giving quarterly grades?
Doesn't the sheer institution of
standardize testing insinuate that
our teachers and school system is
not competent enough to properly
evaluate a child based on their
everyday schoolwork and test?
That is exactly what it says to me.
Funny though, the majority of
these same law makers who advo-
cate for the FCAT and test like it
have children that attend private
schools. And a large percentage of
private schools do not participate in
annual standardize testing of stu-
I don't have to tell my educated
Free Press readers this, but the
FCAT will only tell part of what we
should know about student's
achievement. What really bothers
me is that most schools are so
focused on the dang (and I really
want to use another word) FCAT
that they distort curriculums to pre-
pare for exams and little else.
The emphasis on testing in our
public schools promotes anxiety
and a preoccupation with test
scores that often undermines stu-
dents' interest in learning and
desire to be challenged.
Students are learning very little
about Civics, Social Studies,
Science and Art because the stakes
are so high that it becomes impera-
tive that teachers focus on "the
test." That is not what our educa-
tional system should be about. We
should be concentrating on bal-
anced curriculums that introduce
children to all aspects of education
not just those on a standardized
Studies have shown over and
over that standardize test like the
FCAT continue to be remarkably
biased and inaccurate assessments
of the abilities of many of our stu-
dents. And not just the FCAT, but
other standardize test including the
most popular one, the SAT, are
I can give you a personal testimo-
ny as well, to the fact that standard
test don't mean much. I took the
SAT in high school and did not do
well, but I made it into college
because of my high GPA. Several
of my friends made at least an 1100
or better on the SAT and most of
them flunked out of college.
Numerous studies show that SAT
scores explain just about 16 percent
of the variation in actual freshman
college grades. A student's high
school record alone is the best pre-
dictor of performance in the first
year of college; further, the SAT,
when combined with high school
grades, adds only modestly to the
predictive power of high school
And my biggest problem with
"standardize test" is the most obvi-
ous in my opinion these test
penalize women and many minori-
ty students. Females tend to do
worse than males on standardized
tests, but consistently earn better
grades than males.
Because of many cultural bias'
associated with standardize test
minorities; especially blacks do not
do well. It has nothing to do with
African Americans not being as
smart, but everything to do with the
environment and type of schools
that we learn in.
If standardize test prove any-
thing, they prove that there is still
tremendous inequality in our public
school system. So what happens as
a result of these lower test scores?
Researchers consistently find that
adding test scores to the admissions
equation results in fewer women
and minorities being accepted than
if their academic records alone
On the basis of test scores, chil-
dren are denied access to learning
opportunities, retained in grade,
and may be denied a diploma,
regardless of what they know or
can do in authentic life situations.
That is simply not right, advocates
for these types of test either do not
care about our students or don't
understand the negative effects of
Governor Crist, it's time to take a
bold step and trash the FCAT in its
Signing off from Paxon Middle
School, Reggie Fullwood
Have Blacks Advanced in the 21st Century
By B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.
Six years ago, I made a public
plea for our community to achieve
a set of goals that would move us
further up the path toward full inte-
gration into American society. I
said at that time and I still consid-
er it to be true that if full integra-
tion is the goal, then black
Americans needed to make every
effort to achieve this outcome to
ensure our survival.
Consider the following quote
from a New Visions Commentary
that was published by Project 21 in
February of 2001:
Many in our modem civilization
may find it adequate to "make it up
as it goes along." A people plagued
by the enormity of problems that
are faced by African-Americans,
however, cannot settle for a hap-
hazard unearthing of solutions. We
must use our knowledge of history
and of the present day to formulate
solutions that we can forecast. This
is history on a planned basis, so
that we achieve our goals during
the 21st Century. Procrastination
may result in the non-existence of
African-Americans as we know
ourselves today by the end of the
In "What are Black Americans'
Goals and Will They Be Realized
During the 21st Century?" I took
the liberty to set goals in three
areas where black Americans could
initially strive for parity with their
white and other racial counterparts.
These areas were per capital income
(defined as the total money income
for a group spread evenly across
the entire community), educational
attainment and political participa-
I also suggested that the likeli-
hood of success in achieving these
goals would be directly proportion-
al to the amount of care and plan-
Since then, how well have we
On the first count, data available
from the Census Bureau's web site
reveals that blacks lost ground in
achieving per capital income parity.
In 2002, black per capital income,
adjusted to exclude the effects of
inflation, was 66.7 percent of that
for all Americans. By 2005, that
ratio fell to 66.4 percent.
In the case of educational attain-
ment, the news is better. Census
figures on this subject show blacks
increased their level of educational
attainment faster than the general
population between 2002 and
2005. While the percentage of
blacks relative to whites who were
25 years or older in 2002 and held
at least a high school diploma stood
at 93.6 percent in 2002, it increased
to 95.2 percent by 2005. Similarly,
the percentage of blacks relative to
whites age 25 or older with bache-
lor's degrees stood at 63.7 percent
in 2002. That ratio rose slightly to
63.8 percent in 2005.
As for black voting habits,
Census documents show the ratio
of reported black voters as a per-
centage of total black citizens -
compared to overall reported vot-
ing as a percentage of all citizens -
increased from 91.8 percent for the
congressional elections of 2002 to
94.0 percent during the 2004 presi-
dential election. While overall vot-
ing tends to increase in presidential
election years, it nonetheless indi-
cates that blacks did make progress
in political participation.
Some might be tempted to think
"two out of three ain't bad."
However, others can make a strong
argument that income and wealth
trump the other two areas.
Consequently, the fact that blacks
made progress in achieving educa-
tional and political participation
parity but lost ground in income
parity is disconcerting.
Why have we failed to advance
toward economic parity, and to
tell the truth have only progressed
slightly in the other areas? Might it
have something to do with those
who claim to be our leaders?
Instead of providing the vision and
guidance that can stimulate blacks'
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In reality, this may explain why
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I asked for and set some goals
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These goals still need work and
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"Rather than addressing issues that would
boost achievement, such as smaller classes,
more time for teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politicians and policy
makers have imposed the FCAT on students..."
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The Credit Illusion
by William Reed
Illustrating successful rappers' and his gen-
eration's debauchery and frivolity toward
v money, in the infamous Tip Drill video, Nelly
swipes a credit card through White
I i Chocolate's ample thong-clad backside. This
"in your face" irresponsibility may create
,i hype among "big bailers" viewing the \ideo;
' but grievously distorts how credit cards should
I ; I be utilized.
.: i Nelly's actions illustrate the mis-education
o' of the "Just Do It" culture of the Credit Card
Nation. Such actions hype materialism and
distain for traditional values. America's motto used to be "Sa' e for a rains
day" but now it's "Borrow today...pay back, whenever." Nell) & Compan)
have grown up with the credit card as a way of life and figure this \ulgar
symbolism is an example of how to "make it rain" money.
America as a whole is a nation propped up on credit card debt, and most
minorities are at risk of damaging their financial futures due to poor credit
card use and management. In America's credit card nation, it's impossible
to rent a car or book a hotel room without a credit card. In many places it's
a form of identification and personal checks are not accepted \ without a
credit card. What is needed among African Americans is higher literacy
about credit cards, their use, and credit consciousness.
It's hard to not get Nelly's mentality when more than five billion pre-
approved credit card offers totaling over $350,000 of credit per family -
pour into American mailboxes each year. As they swim in America's eco-
nomic mainstream, many young African Americans have fallen into a trap
of bad credit for items that depreciate in value, such as cars, furniture, elec-
tronics, and appliances.
Since the first credit was introduced for New York's \ healthy if T950 by
Diners Club, Americans have used cards more and more to the point that
by 2003 we used cards credit, debit and others to buy retail goods and
services more often than cash or checks were used. Currently. American
consumers owe over $2.4 trillion, nearly one-fifth of the economy.
Conversely, our country borrows over $2 billion a day just to cov er this
A current documentary, Maxed Out, contrasts with the rap culture's fool-
ish portrayal of wealth. Maxed Out shows how the modern financial indus-
try really works and explains realities of why the poor are getting poorer
and the rich getting richer. This portrayal gives explanations as to xwhy so
many are in debt and how banks and financial institutions pre\ upon them
especially lo\\er income families and young people who don't understand
how to manage money.
In addition to unorthodox consumer behavior; African-American house-
holds are at greater financial risk and more in credit card debt than their
white counterparts. The average American consumer carries 11 credit
cards and $10,000 in credit card debt 60 percent of these consumers car-
rying a balance from month to month. Consumers who pay only the
required minimum of two percent on a $10,000 credit card balance at a 13
percent interest rate will end up paying $11,450 in interest over the 33
years it takes to pay off the debt. Just by doubling the minimum payment
to approximately four percent of the balance, the same consumer could
reduce his or her repayment period to 13 years and cut amount of interest
Credit consciousness is what we need. Credit card debt has caused
African American families to use critical financial resources to pay mount-
ing monthly interest payments instead of saving or acquiring assets. It has
caused long-term disadvantages for African Americans because of the way
lenders assign interest rates and insurance companies set premiums.
Financial companies base interest rates on credit scores that are calculated
by looking at how people use their credit and whether they pay their debts
Credit cards serve a very important purpose, but good financial manage-
ment requires tracking their usage and considering it a portion of overall
net worth. Sensible Americans focus on paying their bills on time and not
using all of their available credit. Most of all, they are more diligent with
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Governor, Cabinet Hear Needs of State's Black Publishers
Shown above (L-R) meeting with Gov. Crist are Florida Association of Black Owned Media publishers
Tammy Johnson (N-Touch News), Diane Speights (Weekly Challenger), Bobby Henry (Westside Gazette),
Gov. Crist, Johnny Hunter (Tempo News) and Debra Thompson (Metro News).
The Florida Association of days of meetings in the capitol city. Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink,
Black Owned Media, Inc. The publishers of Florida's leading The FAMU School of Journalism,
(FABOM), met with Florida's polit- Black newspaper organization's Attorney General Bill McCullom,
ical and business leaders during two itinerary included meetings with House Democratic Leader Dan
Gelber, Agriculture Commissioner
Charlie Bronson and Gov. Crist.
The afternoon session with
Governor Charlie Crist was held in
the Governor's office. True to form,
Crist was personable, candid and
sincere in showing an interest in
issues in the African American
community. Crist also pledged to
remain in touch with publishers and
call on them for help.
Tuesday began with a reception
for FABOM hosted by CFO Alex
Sink. Sink the lone Democrat in the
cabinet also sponsored a resolution
honoring the organization and
praising the role of Black media in
informing communities during the
meeting of the Governor and
Lunch at Associated Industries
of Florida followed. AIF is Florida's
largest business representative.
Peter Harris and Jose Gonsalez host
that lunch that was also attended by
Iris Wilson Florida's first Black
Chancellor of K -12.
This was the second Black
Media Forum conducted by the
Mayor's Housing and Neighborhood Summit
to Bring Residents and Government Together
The City of Jacksonville will
hold its Housing and
Neighborhoods Summit on
Tuesday, April 3, at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center.
Sponsored by the city's Housing
and Neighborhoods Department,
the summit will provide neighbor-
hood leaders and government repre-
sentatives the opportunity to dis-
cuss ways to improve Jacksonville's
"Healthy neighborhoods are the
cornerstone of a strong, healthy
city," said Mayor John Peyton.
"There are a number of ways to
partner city and community
resources to enhance neighbor-
hoods across Jacksonville. The
summit is an excellent way to con-
nect government and community
leaders so we can work together to
make our neighborhoods even bet-
The summit will be from 1 to
8:30 p.m. This is the first time the
summit will include evening activi-
ties for individuals who cannot
attend during traditional working
At 5:15 p.m., Mayor Peyton will
present awards to individuals,
neighborhoods and businesses that
have made differences in
Jacksonville's communities. New
to the summit awards this year is
the Mayor's Housing Design
Award. Home builders are invited
to submit designs, which will be
displayed at the summit and judged
The summit will also feature
exhibits on city services and work-
shops on code enforcement, land
I SrageBu TueNes
Male AKAs? Some outwardly gay students at Texas Southern
University have established their own chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority. Complete in their pink and green attire, the 12 young men wear
paraphernalia and participate in step shoes as the "Tri-Alpha MiAKA
chapter ofAKA". Miaka stands for "Men Interested In AKA.
use and zoning, energy conserva-
tion, transportation, homeowner
and contractor consumer education,
predatory lending, neighborhood
crime fighting and neighborhood
organization. Additionally, infor-
mation on home-buying and rehab
programs will be available.
"The theme of this year's sum-
mit, Hand in Hand Building Better
Neighborhoods, reflects the
Housing and Neighborhoods
Department's commitment to work-
ing with the community to improve
not just housing but everything that
makes a neighborhood safe and liv-
able," said Kerri Stewart, director
of the city's Housing and
Neighborhoods Department. "With
a picnic supper and lots of time for
networking, the summit promises to
be fun and informative."
The Housing and
Neighborhoods Department was
created last spring to combine city
divisions that focus directly on
Pre-registration to attend the
summit is required by March 21.
The $10 registration fee includes a
picnic supper and all summit activ-
ities. Sponsorships and exhibit
spaces are available. For registra-
tion or more information, call the
Neighborhood Services Division at
Shown above is Williams today and at the time of his arrest (inset).
DNA Tests Ordered in Decades
Old Atlanta Murder Case
A judge on Monday ordered
DNA testing of dog hair and other
evidence used to convict a man
linked to two dozen murders more
than a quarter of a century ago.
Wayne Williams' lawyers say the
DNA tests were not available when
Williams went to trial in 1982.
Prosecutors agreed to the tests, say-
ing they don't believe the outcome
will prove Williams was wrongful-
Williams was convicted of mur-
dering Jimmy Ray Payne, 21, and
Nathaniel Cater, 27, and sentenced
to two consecutive life terms. Their
killings were two of 29 black slay-
ings, mostly boys, in the Atlanta
area between 1979 and 1981.
After the trial, officials declared
Williams responsible for 22 other
deaths, and closed those cases.
Williams maintains his inno-
cence. His attorneys requested the
DNA tests in hopes of winning
Williams a new trial.
Superior Court Judge Thelma
Wyatt Cummings Moore ordered a
comparison of animal hairs found
on some of the victims to samples
of hairs from the defendant's dog.
In Williams' original trial, dog hairs
found on most victims were found
to be consistent with hairs removed
from his family dog.
Additionally, human hair that
was used as evidence will be com-
pared to samples of Williams'
DNA. A car seat and clothing from
victims also will be analyzed.
It was not immediately known
how long the tests would take.
Williams, who is black, has
maintained that Atlanta officials
covered up evidence of Ku Klux
Klan involvement in the killings to
avoid a race war in the city, a claim
investigators have denied.
Town Hall Meeting
Please join City Council Member Mia Jones, District 10
to discuss the proposed New Kings Road Soutel Drive
Community Redevelopment Area (CRA).
Thursday, March 8,2007
William M. Raines High School
3663 Raines Avenue
The purpose of the meeting is to provide
a project update and to receive input from
members of the community.
For more information, call 630-1684.
TICKE T i:F s vliltly i a u e S e i 11 .1
The welfare state is bigger than
ever despite a decade of policies
designed to wean poor people
from public aid.
The number of families receiv-
ing cash benefits from welfare
has plummeted since the govern-
ment imposed time limits on the
payments a decade ago. But other
programs for the poor, including
Medicaid, food stamps and dis-
ability benefits, are bursting with
The result, according to an
Associated Press analysis: Nearly
one in six people rely on some
form of public assistance, a larg-
er share than at any time since the
government started measuring
two decades ago.
Critics of the welfare overhaul
say the numbers offer fresh evi-
dence that few former recipients
have become self-sufficient, even
though millions have moved
from welfare to work. They say
the vast majority have been
forced into low-paying jobs with-
out benefits and few opportuni-
ties to advance.
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First Missionary Baptist Women's
Confab Continues Friday & Sunday,
First Missionary Baptist Church, 810 Third Ave. South, Jacksonville
Beach; Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McQueen I, Pastor; invites you to join the cele-
bration of faith, love, glory and honor unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
during their Women's Ministry's Annual Women's Conference which con-
tinues at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd.
This powerful and uplifting praise and worship experience for women
of all ages, with the theme, "Christian Women Ministering in Ministry,"
(Samuel 25:23-25) is open to the women of the community. The Women's
Conference concludes with services at 8 a.m. and 11a.m.
on Sunday, March 4th.
Northside Church of Christ to Hold
Spring Gospel Revival Meeting
"A New Beginning, Let The Bible Speak" is the them for the Spring
Gospel/Revival Meeting, Saturday, March 3rd thru Thursday, March 8th at
7:30 p.m., nightly; at Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, Charlie
McClendon, Senior Minister; Devins Jackson, Assistant Minister. Bro.
William Jones, of Memphis, TN will be the guest evangelist.
A Leadership Workshop will begin nightly at 6:30 p.m. A Free Acappella
Concert featuring The Northside Acappella Mass Chorus will begin at 7
p.m. on Friday evening. Family and Friends Day will be celebrated at
10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th.
The community is invited, and free transportation is available, please call
Rev. Henry E. Green III to Speak at
Greater Grant Memorial March 11th
The community is invited to welcome the son of Reverend Henry E. and
Mrs. Jennifer R. Green, Reverend Henry E. Green III, to Greater Grant
Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road (at Sibbald), at 10:45 a.m. on
Sunday, March 11, 2007; Family and Friends Day.
Reverend T. DeMarco Hansberry, Senior Pastor and Sis. Arwyn Mallory,
General Chairperson, are pleased to present the son of former Greater Grant
Memorial Pastor, Reverend Henry E. Green, the speaker for Family and
Reverend Henry E. Green III, is a graduate of Miami Carol City Senior
High School, Miami Gardens, FL.; and a 2004 Graduate, of the University
of Florida, Gainesville. He is currently attending the Interdenominational
Theological Center in the Atlanta University Center. He was ordained an
Itinerant Deacon at the 2004, South Florida Annual Conference of the AME
Dr and Mrs James W. Henry
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Reverend Herb Anderson, Pastor
of Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church; presided over the 100th
Anniversary Celebration of the
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church, Sunday, February 25, 2007.
The church was founded one hun-
dred years ago, on the corner of 18th
and Mars Street, in the home of the
late Deacon and Sister Robert
Perkins where prayer meetings were
held every Sunday afternoon. Many
St. John Miss. Baptist to Celebrate
Church & Pastor Anniversar
Rev. Bartholomew Banks, President of the Progressive M&E State
Convention of Florida, will be the speaker for the Church and Pastor
Anniversary Celebration at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2007.
The church is located at 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg, FL. The com-
munity is invited to hear this dynamic speaker.
New Fountain Chapel Calling All
Leona Daniel's Day Participants
Plans for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Leona Daniel's Day are
now in preparation. This celebration will take place on the Third Sunday
in May. Anyone who's been involved with the Leona Daniel's Day
Celebration from the beginning is asked to please call Fountain Chapel, at
358-2258, or Sister Eunice Harmon, at 354-3021, as soon as possible. Be
a part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration!
souls were saved at these prayer
meetings and bible studies. The
group raised funds to buy a lot on
the corer of 20th & Mars, and soon
erected the first edifice. Under the
leadership of Rev. P. B. Burris, a
new church was built in the 1950s.
The congregation, under the leader-
ship of Dr. James W. Henry, pastor
since 1992, celebrated the 100th
Anniversary of the Church in a new
and larger worship sanctuary.
First AME of Palm Coast to Hold
White Elephant Sale, Sat. March 10th
Clothing, bric-a-brac, home d6cor and hardware are available for sale,
as well as refreshments, at the Annual White Elephant Sale, 8 a.m. to 2
p.m., on Saturday, March 10th; sponsored by the Inspirational Choir at First
AME Church of Palm Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast; Rev.
Dr. Gilliard S. Glover, Senior Pastor. The public is invited to showcase their
merchandise, for information on securing a table, please call (386) 446-
A Family Fish Fry is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 16th. Its
an "Eat-in or Take-out" affair featuring the classic meal by Edward Tucker
Caterers Unlimited. The fish fry takes place every third Friday of the
month. The charge is reasonable.
The Ladies Enthusiastic About Praise (LEAP), will host a Prayer
Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17th. Rev. Shirley Watson of the
Greater Allen Chapel, Starke, FL, will be the speaker. Information is avail-
able about all services and activities by calling (386) 437-5142.
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
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.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Doris Bell, Frank Adams and Frances Waniels
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Lanaon Williams
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Sunday March 4th
Come Experience Spiritual Revival.
Isn't it Time to go to
a New Level Spiritually?
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Americans have always loved and
treasured timeless love stores and
enduring marriages are priceless
American icons. The story of
Willis and Dorothy Hughes is both
timeless and priceless. After 60
years of marriage, the two are a
model of love and sustainability for
other married couples.
The former Navy serviceman and
vetenarian assistant met his bride to
be while she was a student working
at Walker's Business College. "It
was love at first sight for me, says
Dorothy Hughes. "I already had a
fiance but when I saw Willis, I
completely forgot about the other
Ministerial Alliance Retains Advertising
Agency to Encourage Voting
The Adkins Agency has been retained by a coalition of African
American Pastors and Ministerial Alliances to promote and encourage
early voting by deeming Sunday March 18th as "Super Sunday".
Pastors are encouraging members of their congregations to go directly
to the polls following Sunday morning service to cast their vote for
various council member races, Mayor's race, supervisor of elections,
and the sheriffs race. The group will also support this initiative with
radio and television advertising and by providing transportation to and
from the polls. Churches will begin by announcing this push as early
as this Sunday from their perspectives pulpits.
Bishop Paul Morton's Full Gospel
The 93rd Annual Hampton
University Ministers' Conference
and 73rd Annual Choir Directors'
and Organists' Guild will be held on
June 3-8 at Hampton University.
The Conference, which focuses on
the tradition of worship in the
African-American church, is the
largest group of interdenomination-
al African-American clergy that
meet anywhere in the world.
This year marks the first confer-
ence where the Rev. Dr. William
Curtis, senior pastor of Mt. Ararat
Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Penn.,
will preside as conference presi-
Conference Seeks to Fill Mega Fest Void in Atlanta
dent, replacing outg
president Dr. Suzar
Curtis is the young
theme will be "The
of Preaching" and v
various and diverse
pastors and minister
awesome task of g
theme as the headli
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retired senior past
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the nation's most in
ers, Taylor was a fr
Practice of Preaching
;oing conference of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s and in Howard University's School of
n Johnson Cook. 2000 was presented with the Divinity and pastor of the Third
gest president in Presidential Medal of Freedom by Street Church of God in
President Bill Clinton. Washington, D.C. The conference
That this year's The Rev. Ralph West, senior pas- will also feature the annual Women
Form and Shape tor of Brookhollow Baptist Church in Ministry luncheon.
will focus on the in Houston, Texas, will serve as this The HU Ministers' Conference
e ways in which year's keynote conference preacher, and Annual Choir Directors' and
ers approach the Other nationally acclaimed speak- Organists' Guild is a great opportu-
ospel proclama- ers for the conference include: nity to enhance your ministry. The
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, presiding early registration deadline is April
3s insight on this prelate of the 13th Episcopal 13 and the pre-registration fee is
ner for Dr. A. C. District of the AME Church; Dr. $150. The onsite registration fee is
atesmen's Hour Cleo LaRue, eminent professor of $175. For information regarding
Iner C. Taylor, practical theology at Princeton registration, please call (757) 727-
tor of Concord Theological Seminary in Princeton, 5367 or (757) 727-5681 or visit
of Christ in N.J.; Pastor Jimmy Baldwin of www.hamptonu.edu/minconf to
nown as one of Shiloh Christian Community download a registration form.
fluential preach- Church in Baltimore, Md.; and Dr. For more information, email min-
iend and mentor Cheryl Sanders, noted professor at email@example.com.
throughout the U.S., North America
and the world.
Headquartered in New Orleans,
La., the Fellowship has found a sec-
ond home in Atlanta in the after-
math of Hurricane Katrina. One of
the events scheduled in partnership
with The Points of Light is the
"We Are Family" victory concert
which will commemorate the sec-
ond anniversary of Katrina.
Proceeds from the benefit con-
cert would be donated to rebuilding
efforts on the Gulf Coast. For con-
ference information visit:
www.fullgospelatl.com, call 1-888-
4 CHANGE or Text "FULLG" to
Megafest will not be held this
year, but the chocolate city will still
host another super-sized church
and family convention this summer.
The Full Gospel Baptist Church
Fellowship International, Inc.
conference and exhibit themed
"Embracing the Next Dimension,"
will be held June 24 29, 2007 at
The Georgia World Congress
Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The convention is expected to
draw more than 30,000 attendees,
10,000 leaders of faith, a multitude
of youth, and thousands of busi-
nesses and community organiza-
Visitors can expect such activi-
ties as daily spiritual sessions, over
50 enrichment seminars, a corpo-
rate and a business luncheon, lead-
ership and entrepreneurship
forums, an exhibition plaza, a youth
& adult summit, and lots of enter-
tainment, family fun, education and
value added activities for youth,
young adults and seniors.
"We hope to fill the void created
by the Mega Fest conference in
Atlanta, and brings millions of dol-
lars into the local economy" notes
Paul S. Morton, Sr., President of the
To this end, Bishop Morton is
committed to forming partnerships
with every sector of the Atlanta
community to develop initiatives
that will create long term win-win
relationships with the city's corpo-
rate, community and political bod-
ies. The Full Gospel Baptist Church
Fellowship's unique value proposi-
tion involves a network of church-
es, ministries and covenant partners
A MIND IS A T[ 1IBIE THIN TO WASTE.
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After being invited by a friend to when you were first married. Keep 4
New Berlin for an Oyster Roast, the up the good habits; keep saying the
rest became history: Dorothy, the sweet things you say." wr
petite valedictorian of her class, "We were best friends before we
began dating Willis and they were were lovers", says, Dorothy. "To ,
both married a few months later on keep our marriage fresh and alive,
February 8, 1947. we communicated with each other
The Hughes', who have six adult often. We discussed our likes and
children, enjoy traveling, walking dislikes and there were no right or
and spending time with family. wrong choices for activities, as long
They both have been active in vari- as we were together."
ous ministry areas at Hope Chapel "The longer we are married, we
Ministries, Inc where Willis serves know we have to be a role model
as a deacon and Dorothy serves on and example for our children and
the Mother's Board. Sharing a others to see, continued Dorothy,
strong commitment for family and "Our love grows stronger as each
prayer, they consistently meet with passing year goes by."
a small group of church members Willis and Dorothy Hughes cele-
each Wednesday to pray for the brated their 60th Wedding
needs of the church, families and Anniversary with a family outing to Nation Honors Black Veterans
the community. This practice has Daytona Beach, Florida. They will
continued for several years. The enjoy an extended trip this summer. Master Sgt. Curtis Womack, of Clinton, Md., center, shakes hands
Hughes' have been active in the They were married on February 8, with retired Brig. Gen. Leo A. Brooks, Jr., left, as retired Maj. Gen.
ministry since 1983. 1947 in Leesburg, Florida. Their Leo A. Brooks, Sr., stands at right, during a ceremony honoring
When asked what advice they children are: Brenda Butler, African-American veterans, Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 in the nation's cap-
would give to others who desire to Jacksonville, FL; Anthony Hughes, ital. Womack is a re-enacter of a Buffalo Soldier and the Brooks fam-
have the same type of longevity in Tallahassee, FL; Donald and Willis ily is the only African-American family with three generals in the
their marriages, the Hughes' com- Hughes, Oakland and Manteca family.
mented that it is important to for- CA; Adrian Batiste, Atlanta, GA;
give and forget. "Take your wed- and Leslie Greenhill, Detroit Y a r *. -
ding vows seriously and when Michigan. The Hughes' have
things happen, endure", says Willis. eleven grandchildren.
"Don't stop doing the things you did
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A new study has found that
women who make direct eye con-
tact with people they talk to are
perceived as being more likable
than those who don't. The study's
Chances are, you've probably
heard these lines before:
"I've always been a big woman.
I'm big boned!"
"He's a big guy; he's not over-
weight. It's just that he has a large
Somewhere along the way, many
people have mistaken bones for fat,
especially on overweight people
who are very tall. First of all, unless
you have X-ray vision, you can't
tell if someone has big bones if
there's a lot of body fat over them.
Tall people who are over-fat are
often referred to as "big boned" or
"large framed." It's fascinating,
because the size of a thigh bone
does not determine how much body
fat is stuffed into that thigh. And
how do big bones create a 40-inch
the Eye Ladies
lead author, Malia Mason, a Ph.D.
candidate at Dartmouth College in
New Hampshire, says that this
is probably. because eye contact
sends the message that the per-
son being spoken to and
listened to is more interesting
than anything or anyone else.
The study also found that
e'e contact increases your
ability to persuade others. If
S o, are perceived as likable
then people will be more
open to paying close
attention to you and being
convinced by your point
of % iew, Mason says.
So what can women
glean from this study? If
you're trying to get your
i. husbands or other peo-
S pe to do something for
you, it might be better
to talk to them face to
face rather than on the
phone. And when you do raise a
topic, fix your gaze on the person
you're talking to and you'll be
more likely to get cooperation.
someone is overweight.
Excess body fat can be so dense-
ly packed within a particular space
(such as thighs), that it almost mim-
ics the appearance of muscle
because it's not a "fluffy" or jiggly
kind of fat. When this tightly-
packed fat is on a tall frame, the
person is perceived as being big-
Resistance training, not height, is
what influences bone density and
thickness. Next time you see a "big-
boned" person, imagine what his or
her body fat reading would be with
a caliper skin-fold test.
And even when a person has
thick bones, this doesn't necessarily
mean generous girth. A thick bone
on a six-foot-tall woman can still be
surrounded by a thin layer of body
fat and lean muscle. Look no fur-
Tall people who are over-fat are often
referred to as "big boned" or "large framed."
It's fascinating, because the size of a thigh
bone does not determine how much body fat
is stuffed into that thigh. And how do big
bones create a 40-inch waist?
A 5'10" woman who's over-
weight is hardly referred to as
plump or pudgy. But a 5'2" woman
with proportionately the same
amount of excess body fat is typi-
cally called plump or pudgy.
Size of fat cells and height of
person are not related
A tall person has longer than
average bones. But bone length has
nothing to do with bone mass or
body fat. A "solid" build is not to be
confused with a muscular build.
"Solid" is a polite way of saying
their than many competitive tennis
players such as Venus Williams
(6'1") and Maria Sharapova (6'2").
And a delicate, thin bone on a
six-foot-tall woman can be sur-
rounded by layers of fat, creating
the appearance of that "large
frame." There is no relationship
between bone length and fat cells,
period. Diet and exercise are the
key players here. Thus, a very tall
person can have a light or delicate
frame, such as fashion models and
skilled high-jumpers. Likewise, a
very short person can have a com-
Dairy's Important Role in African American Health
by Jack Diamon
Got dairy? If the statistics are any
indication, the answer is probably
no. According to the National
Medical Association, the largest
African American physician's
group in the USA, African
Americans should get 3-4 servings
of milk, yogurt or cheese daily.
However, recent studies show that
African Americans are getting less
than 1 serving of dairy foods per
day and over 80% fail to get the rec-
ommended daily amount of calci-
um. Getting adequate calcium in
your diet is extremely important as
it can help reduce the risk of high
blood pressure, obesity and osteo-
How Much is a Serving?
1 serving of dairy provides about
300 mg of calcium. Some examples
of serving sizes are: 1 cup of milk,
1 cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt,
or 1.5oz of cheese (2 thin slices).
Lactose Intolerance is the body's
inability to digest lactose, a sugar
that is found in milk and dairy prod-
ucts. Lactose Intolerance affects up
to 80% of African Americans.
Every person is different, but most
people who are lactose intolerant
are able to eat a small amount of
dairy. The trick is to eat dairy prod-
ucts in combination with other
foods that do not contain lactose
and not eat too much dairy at once.
It can also help to keep a food diary
to learn which foods your body can
or cannot tolerate. Some ideas to
help improve your body's sensitivi-
ty to lactose:
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
Drink milk with meals, and try
drinking it in smaller quantities.
Cheese is naturally low in lactose,
so try adding a slice to your sand-
Try lactose reduced/ free milk.
Some non-dairy foods that are
high in calcium include dark green
vegetables (such as broccoli) and
fish with soft, edible bones (such as
sardines and salmon.
Hypertension or high blood pres-
sure is a risk factor for heart dis-
ease, kidney disease, and stroke -
particularly among African
Americans. One in three African
Americans suffer from hyperten-
sion, and may develop it earlier in
life and with greater consequences
than Caucasians. Results from the
DASH study found that a low-fat
diet that included 3 servings of
dairy foods and was rich in fruits
and vegetables significantly low-
ered blood pressure.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone
disease characterized by low bone
mass, which makes bones fragile
and susceptible to fracture.
According to a recent analysis, 38%
of African Americans have low
bone density. Between 80-95% of
fractures in African Americans over
the age of 64 are due to osteoporo-
sis and African American women
who sustain osteoporosis related
fractures suffer increased disability
and decreased survival rates com-
pared to white women.
In most cases, osteoporosis can be
prevented by adequate intake of
calcium, Vitamin D (foods such as
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
milk, eggs and fortified cereals and
breads) and appropriate exercise.
It is estimated that over 60% of
African Americans are overweight.
Research is showing that a bal-
anced, reduced calorie eating plan
that includes milk, yogurt and
cheese is associated with a lower
body weight. You can keep your
calories down by choosing fat-free
and low-fat varieties of your
favorite dairy products.
bi t boned or oveIwei4htl i
How to Tell the Difference
pact structure, such as some gym-
nasts and wrestlers.
Let's examine two body types
Excess body fat tends to distrib-
ute evenly throughout the meso-
morph's naturally athletic-looking
build. But endomorphs have natu-
rally below-average muscle mass,
are rounder in shape and have a nat-
urally higher body fat percentage
than mesomorphs. Body fat tends to
concentrate in the endomorph's
hips, thighs and upper arms. All of
this is a tendency. Weight lifting
and food intake are potent variables
that affect apparent body type.
A 5'10" female mesomorph who
is 30 pounds overweight will carry
the weight more proportionately
than the 5'10" female endomorph.
Yet both women can have identical
body fat percentages. It's easy to
see how the tall mesomorph with
extra body fat can be perceived as
big-boned, rather than overweight.
"She's a big girl!" is a common
expression for the tall, overweight
mesomorph. And even endomorphs
with extra pounds are called "natu-
And let's not forget tall men with
weight to lose. Does "big guy"
come to mind? Let's face the truth:
In a society that serves up huge por-
tions of high-calorie foods, big
screen TVs with their remotes,
computers and electronics making
life increasingly immobile, a very
tall person is just as prone to carry-
ing excess fat as is a shorter indi-
vidual. Stop blaming the bones!
Slow metabolism is also a cul-
prit, and with an unhealthy lifestyle,
any "body type" can fall victim to a
stunted metabolic rate. Next time
you think someone is "just natural-
ly big," ask yourself what the big
bone inside? If you think it's mus-
cle, ask him to flex
it. Fat cannot be
people who get
time? Do bones get bigger? Or do
fat cells get bigger? The opposite is
true when it comes to bones; as we
age, bones become smaller: less
dense, less "thick." But something
else increases: body fat. This fact of
aging occurs to people of all
Height and weight charts-
Such a standard chart says that a
5'8" woman can weigh up to 165
pounds and still be within a normal
weight range. Even when a compet-
itive female bodybuilder of this
height builds up a lot of muscle
(which is heavier than fat), she still
may weigh only 150. So how can
165 pounds translate to "normal" or
"healthy" weight for the average
Chuck these charts. Reach for
the skin-fold calipers instead.
According to the American Council
on Exercise, the "athletic" range for
a woman's body fat is 14-20 per-
cent; and for a man, 6-13 percent.
People who are blessed with sur-
plus height need to exercise and eat
healthfully as much as anybody
else. Never use your regal stature as
an excuse to avoid working out.
Body fat percentage is just one of
several elements used in gauging a
person's physical fitness-and the
importance of a healthy body fat
percentage is equally applicable to
men and women of all heights. The
other elements are: muscle strength,
muscle endurance, cardiovascular
fitness, and flexibility.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Is there anything I can do to make your job easier?
This is a "no-brainer," because the answer is crystal clear. The answer
involves the patient being open and honest in providing accurate informa-
tion to enable accurate diagnosis, as well as to support the doctors' ability
to follow-up and track the progress of the treatment plan.
2. Regardless of what my insurance company will or won't pay for,
will you please inform me of all treatment options, which could help.
This is extremely important because it allows you the patient to have the
right and the ability to decide. For example, if there is an option for treat-
ment that appeals to you, this allows you to find the money to pay for it
out-of-pocket, if necessary.
3. How are the tests you are ordering going to help you in making
your final diagnosis, and what are the risks (if any) of these tests?
Here we have the information to not only understand what's going on as
you take what could be a battery of tests, but also to play an active role in
the diagnostic process without "playing doctor."
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40,000+ Attendees Hear Min. Farrakhan's Message
of Unity at Saviours Day During Final Public Address
Min. Farrakhan greeted the crowd with a rousing standing applause.
Songstress Anita Banker sang the black national anthem.
Dignitaries and celebrities at the event spread the gamut. Over an
hour of greetings and proclamations preluded the Minister's address
including those by Rusell Simmons and Cong. John Conyers.
Attendees braved freezing temperatures to attend.
The Muhammad family from Jacksonville journeyed through JIA to
make the occasion.
98 year old NOI member Akir Muhammad was the oldest in atten-
dance at Saviour's Day.
Min. Farrakhan receives greetings from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
DETROIT The man whose call
drew over one million Black men to
the nation's capital, gave his final
public address last weekend at the
Nation of Islam's 77th Saviour's
Day. Minister Louis Farrakhan
returned to the birthplace of the
Nation of Islam railing against the
Bush administration and calling on
all religions to unite.
"Say to the world, 'Something
went wrong with our leadership!'"
he told the crowd. "You can get it
back! But you have to do the right
thing, and you have to do it quick.
"But you know what? You all are
scared," he said, turning around to
the dais, where some political and
religious leaders sat.
More than 40,000 braved icy
conditions to hear a robust, if slight-
ly underweight, Farrakhan make his
first public appearance since last
fall. The 73-year-old leader had
been suffering from complications
related to prostate cancer, first diag-
nosed in 1991.
Because of his lingering illness
there had been speculation that
Farrakhan's speech would be wist-
ful, or that he would appoint a suc-
cessor. Last fall, he had admonished
followers to keep the faith in his
There were no farewell state-
ments on Saviour's Day, although
he did acknowledge the severity of
"I have had a rendezvous with
death," said a smiling Farrakhan,
dressed in a light beige suit. And I
would like to thank everyone who
prayed for me.
"...But I don't see expiration for
me. I see exultation."
After an hour of remarks from
politicians and members of
Farrakhan's staff, many in the bois-
terious crowd jumped up and
applauded at the sight of Farrakhan,
moving slowly through well wish-
ers. Some wept; there were shouts
of "There he is!"
Earlier, the vibe in downtown
Detroit was electric, and reminis-
cent of days of yore. Seas of
women wearing white hajibs tra-
ditional Muslim headwear made
their way on foot to Ford Field, a
stadium in the neighborhood where
the Nation of Islam was founded in
1934. Some men were dressed in
bow ties and fedoras. There were
young men in baggy jeans; some
elderly were pushed in wheelchairs.
"I just had to bring my family
down to see this. I just couldn't miss
it," said Celinthia Thomas, 34, of
Detroit, accompanied by her three
young children. "You never know
Youthful Credit Mistakes
continued from page 2
Common credit myths, such as: Closing old accounts will always
improve your credit score (sometimes the reverse is true); paying off a
negative record will remove it from your credit report (negative records
such as late payments may remain for seven tolO years after they are first
posted); and poor credit scores will be with you forever (if you continue to
make payments on time and pay down debt, your score will steadily
improve over time).
Ways to improve your credit score. These include establishing a pat-
tern of responsible credit behavior, such as paying bills on time, making
more than the minimum payment, paying off long-term debts, not opening
too many new accounts, paying off credit card debt rather than moving it
to new cards, keeping credit balances low relative to available credit, and
reviewing your credit reports regularly to spot and correct any errors.
Cautions about the harmful effects identity theft can have on your credit
are also discussed.
If you arm yourself and your kids with this valuable information, hope-
fully the only thing they'll need to worry about for now is their grades.
when you'll get another chance to
see Farrakhan. This is history."
The Rev. Wendell Anthony, pas-
tor of the Fellowship Chapel church
in Detroit, said it was significant
that Farrakhan made his first post-
illness speech in Detroit.
"We know that this is the birth-
place of the Nation of Islam, but
beyond that, Detroit has a history of
Black activism. This is the place
where Martin Luther King Jr. gave
his first "I Have a Dream" speech in
1963; this is the music capital of the
world; we have renowned Black
preachers and faith-based organiza-
tions," said Anthony, who has host-
ed Farrakhan in his church.
"Politically, Detroit has one of
the youngest mayors in the country,
a Black man. We have the chair of
the Congressional Black Caucus,
and the first African-American
chair of the House Judiciary
Committee. So it is significant, but
it's not a surprise."
Inside, Farrakhan told the crowd
he's always been about peace,
though detractors have painted him
"I've been called anti-Semetic,
and anti-White, none of which is
true, in hopes that someone would
rise up to kill me."
Farrakhan also emphasized the
importance of education and a
drug-free lifestyle, adding that
African Americans must become
"You can't tell people to stop
selling drugs, if you don't have any-
thing to replace that lifestyle with,"
he said in his two-and-a-half hour
Farrakhan said hip hop can be a
positive influence in the communi-
ty, if used in a positive manner.
"If you call your brother a n-----,
that's how you're going to treat
him," he said, with hip-hop mogul
Russell Simmons sitting on the
stage behind him. "But don't talk
down to hip hop, just because we
don't like everything it says. Talk up
to it. If we don't like the lyrics, we
can talk to them about changing
Before the speech, Simmons told
BET that "it's important to celebrate
(Farrakhan) while he's alive, so that
we can celebrate him forever.
"His legacy is that he's the great-
est civil rights and spiritual leader
that we have had in the last 50
years. And he's deserving of the
support of all people of good will."
Detroit Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick (D) attended the speech,
as did his mother, U.S. Rep.
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), and
U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).
Conyers said Farrakhan's Detroit
appearance was of "great historic
significance." Singer Anita Baker
sang the Black National Anthem."
Farrakhan saved his harshest
criticism for President Bush and the
war in Iraq. "You've got to get rid of
him," he told the crowd. "You've
got to get rid of Cheney. You've got
to get rid of (Secretary of State)
"You got to get rid of the whole
kit and kaboodle." Andre Neal Photos
FBI May Reopen Southern Cases Involving
Racial Slayings During 1950s and '60s
continued from front
New forensic technology is avail-
able and witnesses who are no
longer afraid may now come for-
"In too many instances, the truth
has been hidden for too long. Many
individuals have quite literally got-
ten away with murder," Mueller
He cited the case brought last
month in which a former Ku Klux
Klan member was indicted on kid-
napping and conspiracy charges in
the 1964 murders of two black teen-
agers in Mississippi.
James Seale, 71, has pleaded not
guilty to the federal charges in a
case that has highlighted the vio-
lence used by white supremacists
during the civil rights era.
The civil rights movement led by
Martin Luther King used nonvio-
lent tactics and civil disobedience
in a campaign to outlaw racial seg-
regation in the South and permit
blacks to vote there.
Atty. General Alberto Gonzales
said the FBI and the Justice
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, center, speaks during a news con-
ference at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 27,
2007, to announce a new partnership aimed at the Civil Rights-Era
Cold Case Initiative. From left are, National Urban League Executive
Director Stephanie Jones; FBI Director Robert Mueller; Gonzales and
NAACP Chief Policy Officer John Jackson.
Department would work with civil
rights groups like the NAACP and
the National Urban League, and
with the Alabama-based Southern
Poverty Law Center.
"We know that not every case will
be resolved. In some cases, the per-
petrators may already be dead,"
If it turns out that federal charges
cannot be brought in some of the
cases, they still could be referred to
state or local officials, he said.
Robert Cohen of the Southern
Poverty Law Center said it has a list
of an additional 76 suspicious
homicides. "There are a lot of
stones to turn over," he said.
FBI officials said the 100 cases
involved 17 of the FBI's field
offices but gave no further details to
protect the investigations.
Most recently federal prosecutors
brought kidnapping and conspiracy
charges against James Ford Seale,
71, who allegedly participated in
the 1964 kidnapping and murders
of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry
Hezekiah Dee in southwest
Seale was arrested Jan. 24 after
the U.S. Justice Department
reopened its investigation and
learned that he was still alive. He
has pleaded not guilty and is due for
trial in April. The case qualified for
federal prosecution because the
captors allegedly took Moore and
Dee across the state line into
Louisiana while they were still
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Black Art Collection Kingsley Ave. Classroom #2. This to 6 p.m. and March 4 from Noon to and its impact on their lives. The will be in concert together at the ExZooberation
The Walter O. Evans Collection of free event will feature tips on low 6 p.m. (half price day). Admission six-week group will meet at 8301 Florida Theater on Sunday March The Jacksonville Zoo will host it
African American Art will be on fat foods, flavoring fiber, dietary and parking is free. Cypress Plaza Dr., Suite 119, on 18th, 2007 at 8 p.m. For ticket 12th annual ExZooberation Fund
display at The Cummer Museum of alternatives, antioxidants and more. In addition, there will be more Wednesdays, March 7 April 11, information call 355-2787. Raising Gala on April 14th at 6:30
Art & Gardens through April 17th. For registration information please than 100,000 other books available from 3:00 4:30 p.m. For more p.m.. The theme for the event will
The Museum is located at 829 call Jill Buie at (904) 213-2601. from .50 cent to $2. information or to register, contact Free Landscape Class be, "A Garden Party On the Wild
Riverside Avenue. For more infor- Septic System Regina Kujawa at 904-733-9818. at Highlands Library Side". The event will be held at the
nation, call (904) 356-6857. The Art of The Duval County Extension zoo located at 8605 Zoo Parkway
Spoken Word Workshop Job Fair Servicewil p unt y tenson off of Hecksher Drive. For ticket
BlIalr A r.+ 1 llai l,, . The Duval County Extension There will be a Job Fair hosted by ,pren free cls .n information call 757-4463 ext. 196.
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Inspires Next Chamber
The Ritz Chamber Players,
inspired by the Walter Evans Art
Collection will culminate The
Cummer Museum of Art's Concert
Series on Sunday, February 25,
2007 at 3:00 p.m.. The performance
will be at the Friday Musicale locat-
ed at 645 Oak Street in Riverside.
The Ritz Chamber Players are an
ensemble comprised of accom-
plished musicians from across the
country that brings a fresh, new
energy to the classical music genre.
For more information please call
Starting and Growing
Your Vegetable Garden
The Duval County Extension
Office" is hosting a one day semi-
nar on "How to Start and What to
Grow in your Spring Vegetable
Garden" on Thursday, February
27th from 10:00 a.m. Noon. The
office is located at 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue. Call 387-8850 to register.
There will be a free candidates
forum sponsored by Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church on
Thursday March 1st at the church
located at 10325 Interstate Center
Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. For
more information, contact Anna
Matthews at 764-3616.
Free Cancer Prevention
The Cancer Project is sponsoring a
free Cancer Prevention and
Survival Cooking Course beginning
March 1st 22nd, at the Orange
Park Medical Center, 2001
Held me first nursaay or every
month, 7 p.m.The lobby of the Ritz
is transformed into a stage for poets
and poetry lovers of all ages. Show
off your own talent for verse, or
just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The free art
forum will be held on Thursday,
March 1st. Call 632-5555 for more
The next PRIDE meeting will be
held on Friday March 2, 2007 at
the home of Priscilla Williamson
on the northside. The book for dis-
cussion will be THE AUDACITY
OF HOPE: THOUGHTS ON
RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN
DREAM by Barack Obama. For
more information, email
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held this Friday, February March
2nd at 7:30 p.m. Patterned like the
Apollo's show in Harlem, contest-
ants compete for cash prizes and the
cheers or jeers of the audience
decide who goes home with the
cash. Tickets are available at the
Ritz Theatre or you can purchase
them online at http://www.ticket-
Book Sale Has Great
Black Titles Cheap
The Friends of Jacksonville Public
Library have a special section of
over 1000books identified as being
of interest to African-Americans.
These books are offered at the
annual booksale at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds on March 2 from 10
a.m. to 8 p.m., March 3 from 10a.m.
Office will have a Septic System
Workshop on Monday, March 5,
2007 from 6:30- 8:00 PM at their
offices located at 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue on the Westside. Staffers
will present a program about
Jacksonville's new septic tank
requirements and how to properly
maintain them. The will be a charge
of $2.00 for light refreshments and
handouts. Pre-register by calling
3 Mo' Tenors
The three classically trained and
multi-talented African American
"tenors" will display their versatili-
ty by using their voices as impecca-
ble instruments on the UNF
Lazzara Stage. The performance
will be on Saturday, March 10,
2007 at 7:30 p.m. For prices call
box office 620-2878.
Finding Your Way
After Losing a Mate
There will be a free group therapy
session for those who have lost
their mate. Members will meet to
express feelings and thoughts and
to gain an understanding of grief
FCCJ on Wednesday, March 14th
from 9 a.m. 12 noon in the
Downtown Campus Lobby, 101 W.
State St. The fair is free and open to
the public. Exhibitors may also par-
ticipate for free but are required to
reserve space by Feb. 15. For more
information call 904.633.8270.
Audition for your 15 minutes of
fame for Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum's talent competition
Amateur Night at the Ritz. The
next audition will be on March
15th from 5 6: 15 p.m. There are
spots open in the adult and youth
categories for all upcoming shows.
The Ritz is looking for singers*,
musicians, dancers, actors, poets,
rappers, comedians and other tal-
ents to compete in the upcoming
Amateur Night shows. Please bring
your Sound Track or accompani-
ment. No viewing public.
For more info, call 632-5555.
" ood and JBaa Guys in the
Landscape Natives & Invasives".
The class will be held on Monday,
March 19, 2007 from 1:00 3:00
p.m. at the Highlands Branch
Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.
Participants will learn to use
native plants in the landscape and
how to identify and control inva-
sives. Hands-on activity included.
This is a free program. Register by
Soho's Sports Bar to host a
Masquerade Ball in the Plush
Complexon March 23rd from
9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. You're invit-
ed to a night of fun and entertain-
ment with DJ Xclusive on the 1 &
2's. For more info call 234-1912.
World of Nations
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent the 15th Annual World of
Nations Celebratnon Marcn 29 -
Four Tops & April 1st at Metropolitan Park. The
event celebrates the many diverse
Temps in Concert cultures of the First Coast and
Motown recording artist The throughout the world. For more
Temptations and The Four Tops information call 630-3690.
Jacksonville Jaguar and3x Pro
Bowler Marcus Stroud invites the
community to participate in the 2nd
Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
on April 16th at Queen Harbor
Yacht & Country Club. The event
will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join
Stroud and his teammates for this
worthy occasion to benefit ongoing
projects given by the Marcus Stroud
Foundation. For more information
call (404) 457-6341.
Celebration of Service
Celebration 2007 honoring
Community Trustees will honor
Bob Helms, Wachovia, Peter
Rummell, The St. Joe Company and
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Mayo
Clinic. The event will be held on
Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the
Prime F. Osborn Convention Center
from 6:15 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Master
of Ceremonies is Chamber of
Commerce President Wally Lee.
For tickets call 396-6263.
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ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
they could win a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Publix
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Febhriarv 22-28. 2007
Dreamgirls star Anika Noni Rose
Forest Whitaker and wife Keisha
Jada Pinkett Smith
Hudson and Whitaker Strike Oscar Gold
It didn't quite work out exactly the
way a lot of folks would've liked,
but Jennifer Hudson and Forest
Whitaker for winning best support-
ing actress and best actor Oscars
respectively at last night's Academy
Awards made Oscar history.
Unfortunately Eddie Murphy lost
his bid for best supporting actor.
Murphy lost to Alan Arkin of
"Little Miss Sunshine" early on
which grinded the evening to a halt
for the African American nominees
until nearly the end of the show.
Murphy gave Barbara Walters an
interview for her pre-Oscar show
and she showed a clip of an inter-
view with him in 1987. She asked
if he wanted to win an Academy
Award and he replied, "Everybody
would like to win an award, but it's
not in the cards for me." He was
shocked he was nominated, but
always knew the film was some-
"Dreamgirls is like a Crossroads
picture for me. When something
like this comes along ... it's like
wow ... it's like heaven sent."
But things got better later in the
evening when Hudson won the
Oscar for best supporting actress.
The beginning of her speech was
the truth of the matter, "Look what
God can do." A young woman who
had never acted before, was
shunned by the infamous Simon on
"American Idol" and then lost,
comes up against a heavyweight
like Cate Blanchett for "Notes On a
Scandal" and "Little Miss Sunshine
herself," Abigail Breslin. Not only
was she up against them, but also
co-stars from Babel which had two
supporting actress nominations.
"Oh my God, I have to just take
this moment in. I cannot believe
this. Look what God can do. I didn't
think I was going to win," Hudson
said through tears of joy. "If my
grandmother was here to see me
now. She was my biggest inspira-
Hudson, along with Beyonce and
the third of their trio, co-star Anika
Noni Rose, gave an effortlessly per-
fect performance of three songs
from "Dreamgirls" that were nomi-
nated for best Original Song, but all
lost to Melissa Etheridge's "I Need
to Wake Up" from Al Gore's An
And then ... the other big
announcement of the evening ...
Forest Whitaker was able to grab
his golden man for best supporting
actor. But this time, unlike the
Golden Globes, he was prepared
with a written speech.
"Receiving this honor tonight
tells me that it's possible, it is possi-
ble for a kid from East Texas, raised
in South Central L.A. and Carson,
who believes in his dreams, com-
mits himself to them with his heart,
to touch them and to have them
happen," the actor said as he
accepted his award.
Whitaker's speech ended a memo-
rable evening with these perfect
words, "It's possible."
The oscars, with a recordbreaking
total of four Black nominees ended
with the barage of fashion and par-
tying captured above. This years
win show that Hollywood is not
blind anymore to the talent of actors
and actresses of color.
Ving Rhames will join Gabrielle Union in the cast of ABC's pilot
"Football Wives," which centers on women whose lives are transformed
when they marry NFL superstars. Rhames will play the GM of a football
FANTASIA ANNOUNCED AS THE NEXT 'MISS CELIE'
*After weeks of rumors, Fantasia Barrino used the "American Idol"
platform that made her famous to announce that she
will take over the role of Miss Celie in Broadway's
"The Color Purple."
Not only did she belt a re-orchestrated version of
Celie's song "I'm Here" on last week's "Idol", but the
High Point, N.C. native also brought along one of
the musical's producers, Quincy Jones, to help pro-
mote the new gig.
As previously reported, rumors of Fantasia's cast- .
ing were in the air even as producers announced last
weekend that Kenita R. Miller would take over the role originated by
LaChanze and continued by Jeannette Bayardelle. Miller's run began on
Feb. 19th, and she'll continue to "shake her shimmy" until Fantasia is
passed the baton on April 10.
Attendance has dropped at the play in the last month, and the weekly
gross has dipped below the $500,000 mark. According to Daily Variety,
producers hope the casting of Fantasia will give a jolt to the box office.
NICK CANNON MARRIES VICTORIA SECRET MODEL?
Us magazine claims he put a ring on her finger in Vegas last weekend.
After just three weeks of dating, entertainer Nick Cannon has reportedly
tied the knot with Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks.
Usmagazine.com says the nuptials took place last
weekend at the Palms Casino Resort Hotel in Las
Vegas, where the couple stayed during festivities for
the NBA All-Star Weekend.
As previously reported, Ebanks and Cannon met
during Super Bowl weekend in Miami. Born in the
Cayman Island, Ebanks was the personal choice of
retired model Tyra Banks to receive her Victoria's
Secret wings in a symbolic passing of the torch.
The newlyweds will host a wedding reception in
.I^*i*| ^. Los Angeles this coming weekend, a source tells the
BOBBY BROWN JUST NEEDS A BREAK:
Singer talks about career path, says he and Whitney remain friends.
Bobby Brown showed up at the annual pre-Oscar Vanity Fair party
"dressed in a three-piece suit and acting so sweet that butter wouldn't melt
in his mouth," recounts Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman.
"I just need a break now," the singer told Friedman. "I've got a new real-
ity show that a couple of networks are interested in. I want to get into act-
ing. And I'm going to do a new album."
Brown also showed much love and respect for his ex-wife, Whitney
"There isn't a time when she doesn't look good," he said, referring to
recent reports of his ex out on the town. During the Vanity Fair event,
Brown told People magazine that he and Houston will remain close friends
for the sake of their 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
"We're trying to work everything out so the divorce goes right not like
a Hollywood divorce," Brown said. "We're friends, you know. We're
friends. I'm really looking-forward to her doing her thing, and me doing my
thing. And that's raising a child. It's beautiful. Our child is beautiful."
On Feb. 11, the Bobby and Whitney were photographed at a West
Hollywood restaurant with their daughter.
"It has brought us closer together, always," Brown told People of par-
enthood. "We have been close because of who we are together, and what
that child means to us. She's the greatest thing in both of our lives. We just
appreciate each other now that we know the direction that we want to go."
sked if he was dating any new women, Brown said, "There's a few."
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African American Chamber Presents 9th Annual Heritage Breakfast
Deborah Thompson presents a plaque to Teresa Williams receiving on behalf of Lewis Siplin.
Deborah Thompson presents a plaque to Teresa Williams receiving on behalf of Lewis Siplln.
Elder Tarra Jones-Unity Christian Fellowship Ministries
Keynote Speaker Ronald Baker- Deputy Director &
Chief Finance Officer of JaxPort,
Glenda Allen, and Jason and Grace Mount were recipients of Small Business Awards.
Cliff Grant Vice Chair FCAACC
Dr. Richard Dansford- Jax Urban League and Angela Spears News
Anchor and Mistress of Ceremony for the Breakfast.
Deborah Thompson in a rare photo opportunity with her
daughterSabela Thompson who was visiting from college.
Glenda Allen- GA Janitorial and Annie Clydes- Homemade Cakes
thought the Heritage Breakfast was a huge success.
Bennie Seth- Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Jerry Holland- Supervisor of Elections and
Corrine Brown Congresswoman chatting it up at the Breakfast.
Former Fire Chief Ray Alfred talking with entertainer Roz
Text and photos by Rhonda Silver
"Continuing the Legacy of a
Dream" was the theme for the First
Coast African American Chamber
of Commerce (FCAACC) Heritage
Breakfast held at the Bethelite
Christian Conference on the final
Friday of Black History Month The
well attended breakfast feast served
up some generous portions of net-
working, strong words for change,
and the bright hope of growth and
Keynote speaker for the occasion,
JaxPort Executive Ron Baker did a
wonderful job of being effectively
factual, provoking a sense of you found them." Said Baker.
responsibility to rest on each indi- The program included Deborah
vidual to implement change. Thompson- President/Executive
"There's no secret", he began, Director FCAACC, Inc. providing a
"change begins with the individ- brief history of the Chamber, and
ual... Don't wattle in your battles. entertainment by Elder Tarra Jones.
Be ready when opportunity WTLV Anchor Angela Spears guid-
knocks... and leave excuses where ed the morning's events as the
Mistress of Ceremony and Bishop
Carolyn Love of Truth for Living
Ministries, Inc. gave the Invocation
FCAACC has experienced an
astonishing increase in clientele,
from 150 to 555. Currently, they
are certifying, packaging small
loans from $5,000 to $28.000. One
company GA Janitorial got pre-
pared for the Superbowl in '06 and
is courting another bid. "We have
trained, mentored and employed
over 100 people through workforce
development programs" said
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