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British Taking Steps
to Heal Slavery Scar
HULL, ENGLAND
"'.' .i Marchers wearing
vokes and chains set
off Thursday on a 250-
mile trek to London to
mark the 200th
anniversary of the abo-
lition of the British
sla e trade.
'The northeastern
port city of Hull was
Marchers begin a 250-mile walk to London the home of William
to mark 200 years since trade ended. Wilberforce, who led a
20-year campaign in Parliament to abolish the trade a goal achieved on
March 25, 1807. But it was 26 more years before Britain banned slavery
in its possessions, mainly in the Caribbean.
One of the marchers, Andrew Winter, said Britain's history as one of
Europe's leading slave-trading nations is "a scar on our nation that we
have not dealt with."
"Foremost we want to bring about an apology from Britain and Europe
and the slave-trading nations, saying sorry for our involvement in that,"
Winter said.
William Wilberforce, a great-great-great-grandson of the parliamentar-
ian, and great-great-great-granddaughter Kate Davson joined the group
as it left Holy Trinity Church in Hull.
The group plans to be in London by March 24 to join a Walk of Witness
led by the leaders of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan Williams and Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

DJ Suspended Over Obama Remark
TEXAS An Austin, Texas, disc jockey was suspended and the local
NAACP plans to file a complaint over a racist remark on the air about
Sen. Barack Obama.
Sam Allred and his KVET co-host, Bob Cole, joked last week about a
recent comment by Sen. Joe Biden, one of Obama's political attributes is
that he is "clean."
Biden has since said that was a poor choice of words.
After Cole said Biden had described Obama as clean, Allred said
"clean darky," a transcript of the broadcast said.
After a commercial break Allred said: "See, I was making fun of politi-
cians who say things like that."
Nelson Linder of the NAACP told KXAN TV, Austin, the group is
working on getting Allred to apologize publicly.
"That kind of ignorance has no place in this country in 2007," said
Linder. "When a black man runs for president, we ought to be proud."
Allred told KXAN he was within his rights.
"It's called the First Amendment," he said, "and you get the right to say
anything."
KVET issued a statement saying it is not the station's "intention to be
offensive. ...We do not discriminate against individuals regardless of
race, religion, gender age or sexual orientation."

More Black Women Than Men

Entering Medical School
The trend of fewer and fewer young African-American males seeking
higher education appears to be showing up in medical school enroll-
ments. According to data released last week by the Association of
American Medical Colleges, Black female applicants and medical school
students now outnumber Black males by better than two to one.
Among all ethnic and racial groups, the male-female ratio in the
nation's medical schools is around 50-50. But among Blacks, females
account for nearly 70 percent of medical school students, according to
the association. The developments in medical schools reflect a disturbing
national trend in which the number of Black females acquiring higher
educations is rapidly outpacing the number of Black males seeking col-
lege education. On many college campuses, Black females also outnum-
ber Black males by around two to one.
Some social analysts say this "imbalance" poses potential problems in
the future regarding income, marriage and family stability.

Minorities Taking Bigger Hit

With Closing of Car Plants
African-American autoworkers have taken a bigger hit than whites and
Latinos as U.S. automakers have cut tens of thousands of jobs in recent
decades and new factories have sprouted up in the rural south, according
to a study released Thursday by a Washington-based think tank.
From 1970 to 2006, blacks have lost the equivalent of about 120,000
auto jobs, given the current size of the work force, said John Schmitt,
economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and co-author
of the report.
Whites and Latinos are losing ground, too, but the percentage drop is
far greater among blacks, the study finds. In 1979, 2.1 percent of all
African-American workers in the United States had a job related to the
assembly of cars and trucks. At that time, most auto plants were in urban
areas in the Midwest such as Detroit and Flint.
By 2006, with more than two dozen foreign-owned plants now operat-
ing in the South, the percentage of black workers assembling vehicles fell
by one-third to 1.3 percent of all blacks in America, according to the


study.


A L L I'1 H L A C K hE K L Y 50C


Volume 20 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida March 8-15, 2007

Congress to Honor Black Press on 180th Anniversary
The U.S. Congress is expected to duced by the leadership of the National Newspaper Publishers of the Black community beginning
give special recognition to the Congressional Black Caucus will Association (NNPA), the trade with the anti-slavery movement and
Black Press on its 180th anniver- be presented to officials of the group for the more than 200 Black the founding of the first black
sary during the annual observance National Newspaper Publishers newspapers. The resolution will newspaper, Freedom's Journal on
of Black Press Week, March 14-17. Association Foundation, sponsors cite the historic role of the Black March 17, 1827.
A congressional resolution intro- of Black Press Week, and the Press as the strong, influential voice

National NAACP President

Resigns After 19 Months
NAACP President and CEO
Bruce Gordon, who resigned last
week, citing a clash with the orga-
nization's 64-member board, appar-
ently was unable to reconcile his
corporate conciliatory style with
the board's veteran civil rights
advocates.
"I saw myself as a change agent. I
came to the association to be a
transformational leader; not a main-
tenance of the status quo leader.
And, rightly or wrongly, my
approach to affecting change is not
something that the board bought Bruce Gordon
Jacksonville residents and avid bikers Rachelle Bivins Earl Dennis into," Gordon says in an interview And we are not aligned. There's a
and Karen Hodge enjoy Bike Week in Dayton Beach, FL. FMPowellPhoto with the NNPA News Service. lot more to it and I have no desire to
Diverse Crowds Enjoying Bike W eek "They thought they knew what they get into it. What matters is that we
were getting. I thought I knew what just weren't all on the same page."
The week once hearalded as a haven for a rough and rowdy crowd is I was getting into. And I certainly Well-placed sources close to the
growing increasingly popular among minority populations. Bike Week, think that I misread it. What I found organization said trouble started
held in Daytona Beach, FL. The 10-day event, which began last Friday, was not what I expected...At the brewing soon after Gordon, a for-
will bring about 500,000 bikers to the area. Though fun is on the agenda, end of the day, the CEO and the mer Verizon executive, was hired
safety is priority No. 1 for law enforcement officials and motorists this board must be aligned in order for 19 months ago. One source said he
year after 21 biker fatalities last year. the organization to be affective, tried to resign Continued on page 3



Obama Passes Hillary in Black Support


by H.T. Edney
(NNPA) U. S. Senator Barack
Obama's rock star-like following in
his Democratic bid for the presiden-
cy has now overtaken Sen. Hilary
Clinton's support in the Black com-
munity, causing two former Black
presidential candidates to skeptical-
ly say Obama really could become
America's first Black President if
he overcomes major hurdles.
"I guess anyone has a chance,"
says activist Al Sharpton, a


Democratic candidate for president
in 2004. "But, the poll challenges
him more than anything else. I see
the poll saying that he was better
than he was, but he's got a long way
to go before he talks about win-
ning."
A Washington Post-ABC News
poll shows Clinton at 36 percent
and Obama at 24 percent generally
consistent since January. But, in
Black support, the poll shows a dra-
matic shift since January when


Clinton led Obama 60 percent to 20
percent. The most recent poll late
last month showed Obama with 44
percent to Clinton's 33 percent. The
margins of error were three percent-
age points.
Sharpton is not impressed.
"He's got to get more than 44 per-
cent of the Black vote. He's got to
get double that and a lot of White
votes to win," Sharpton says. "With
the cover of Time Magazine, 60
Minutes, all of the positive press


put together, and he doesn't have 50
percent of the Black vote? That's
not good,"
The first-term senator from
Chicago, who climbed to national
fame after an electrifying speech at
the 2004 Democratic National
Convention in Boston, appears to
be slowly winning the hearts of
Blacks who have been uncertain
about his stances on issues impor-
tant to Black America. The same
Continued on page 5


Several Municipalities Consider

Resolutions Asking Residents To

Voluntarily Curb Use of N-Word


New York City has joined several
municipalities that are considering
measures asking its citizens to vol-
untarily stop using the word "nig-
ger."
Last week, Queens Councilman
Leroy Comrie urged his colleagues
to approve a symbolic resolution
calling for New Yorkers to volun-
tarily stop using the N-word. The
effort began weeks ago at the start
of Black History Month, and has
gradually gained nationwide notice
and support.
Comrie and other backers of the
nonbinding measure say its purpose
is to call attention to what they say
is a troubling trend among enter-
tainers and youths to try to repack-
age the N-word as a term of endear-
ment and camaraderie.


Of greater concern, some say, is
the ease with which whites and
other non-black people use the term
when speaking about, or to, black
people.
Last November, the subject was
ignited when comedian Michael
Richards went on a racially charged
rant in a Los Angeles comedy club
after, he said, he was heckled by
black audience members.
Just two weeks later, comedian
Andy Dick reportedly hopped
onstage to join a fellow comedian
at L.A.'s Improv comedy club and
then dropped the n-bomb on a room
full of clubgoers as he exited the
stage.
About a month ago, socialite Paris
Hilton, dancing at a nightclub with
continued on page 3


Shown above Sam Hall, Inga Strauss and Orrin Mitchell ski the Alps.
African-Americans are enjoying traveling and vacations all throughout
the world without much of the aggravation experienced in the U.S. Check
out the recent adventure of Sam Hall while vacation with the Florida Ski
Council to Innsbruck, Austria and the Czeck Republic on page 6.


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Magic Johnson to Pump $70M into


Orlando's Black Neighborhoods


NBA legend Magic Johnson is bet-
ting millions on being able to help
revive some of America's poorest
neighborhoods.
The Canyon-Johnson Urban fund,
an equity firm co-led by Johnson
could bring shops, condos to
beleaguered communities. The
Company is the nation's largest pri-
vate equity fund focused solely on
revitalizing diverse communities
and their eyes are now set on the
Paramore community in Orlando,
FL. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
says the money will provide afford-
able housing, jobs and retail devel-
opment in the predominantly black
neighborhood.
According to information provid-
ed by the venture, it started with
$300 million in capital, sparking 13
development projects worth $1.4
billion. In 2005, the fund raised
$600 million more for additional
investment.
Most of the fund's projects have


Magic Johnson
included a combination of retail
space and apartments or condo-
miniums. It has invested in projects
in Milwaukee, Chicago, Brooklyn,
N.Y., Miami, Cleveland, Atlanta,
Baltimore and Houston, among oth-
ers.
The fund brings redevelopment
projects to problem areas that have
suffered from a lack of investment,


Turner said. It generally partners
with local developers on projects
that might not otherwise be possi-
ble, targeting investment sites that
have more than 250,000 people
within a five-mile radius and a
minority population of at least 40
percent.
"We've got money and are looking
to spend it," said Robert "Bobby"
Turner, the fund's managing part-
ner. "We are nothing short of ecstat-
ic about this opportunity."
Turner said representatives of the
fund will talk with members of the
Orlando community, elected offi-
cials and local developers before
deciding on one or more projects.
The aim is to boost minority areas
"We've toured areas that the mayor
feels are important to continued
revitalization," Turner said. "We're
looking for communities where we
can not only make money, but raise
the bar for investment and elevate
minority communities."


Johnny
Cochran, the
celebrity
attorney who
successfully
Same to the
aid of the
likes of O.J.
Simpson and
: Michael
Jackson
Chapman passed away
two years ago leaving behind of
America's most successful African-
American owned law firms. Now
under white ownership, the firms
Black attorney's are unhappy and
even suing.
Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley
has sued the firm claiming, among
other things, that its leaders dis-
criminated against her because she
is black. Holley said that after
Cochran's death in 2005, leader-
ship of the firm was turned over to
white men who began to discrimi-


nate against black lawyers and
black clients.
Cochran, the great-grandson of
slaves, founded his firm in 1965.
He was best known nationally for
his successful defense of Simpson
against charges that Simpson mur-
dered ex-wife Nicole Brown
Simpson and her friend, Ron
Goldman.
But for decades before that 1994
killing, Cochran was well-known
in Los Angeles for a string of cases
in which he won historic financial
settlements and helped bring about
lasting changes in police proce-
dure.
By the time of Cochran's death
two years ago of an inoperable
brain tumor, his firm had gone
national with offices in 20 U.S.
cities. Other changes brought con-
troversy, including the addition of a
criminal division, based in Santa
Monica, and the departure of
Holley and another black partner,


Eric Ferrer, who also had worked
extensively with Cochran.
Holley, who worked with Cochran
for 17 years, was appointed two
years ago to work as a liaison
between the Cochran civil firm and
the national criminal defense firm,
according to her suit.
Holley claims she became con-
cerned about the quality of crimi-
nal representation being offered to
clients. But when she raised her
concerns with the partners at the
Cochran firm, they ignored her,
then demoted her.
According to the suit, the demotion
was approved by five managers of
the firm, four of whom "are
Caucasian males."
Then, in January 2006, according
to her suit, she was fired.
McMurray, the Cochran firm part-
ner, denied terminating Holley.
"She was not fired," he said. "Our
perceptions of her leaving the firm
are different."


Never was anything so shrouded
in mystery as the mortgage closing
process. Horror stories abound in
the local and national media, chron-
icling how a couple expected to
bring a certain amount of money to
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sister to Biggie Small's
"Hypnotize," invites a camera guy
to film them. In the video clip, she
goes up to the camera and says,
"We're like two niggers!"
The rash of ill-considered remarks
have led some black artists and
entertainers, including comedian
Paul Mooney, to say they are drop-
ping the n-word from their acts.
Some pundits have challenged
hip-hop artists and rappers to do
likewise.
Others say the word belongs to
black folks and they shouldn't be
ashamed about using it. Still others
see the whole discussion as little
more than a tempest in a teapot.
It all depends on how you use it,"
said Matthew Green, a 20-year-old
writer in Landover, Md. "If you're
using it just to say 'hi' or talk to a
friend that's okay. If you're using it
as a racial slur then that's not cool."
Green said he and his buddies
haven't spent much time thinking
about the celebrity rants or the
ensuing debate. Richards, et al,
aren't big enough stars in their cir-
cle isn't to have much influence on
the way they think, Green said.
One thing black people should
take away from the debate, Campt
said, is that it is "a positive that this
is a national outrage. We've come
very far in terms of national value
around degrading language and
behavior. Even white people were
outraged and that wouldn't have
been true 30 years ago. ...This is a
reminder we need to upgrade our
conversation about race."


Lee Secures Top Political Endorsements


Hall (left) is shown with the mastyerchef and fellow cooking class participants in Prague.
Cultural Experience Abroad is More Than Meets the Eye


While the connotation of "Driving
while Black" has taken on a nega-
tive personae, traveling while Black
means something quite different.
For many people of color, who take
advantage of traveling for fun and
leisure to far and exotic places,
group travel offers an opportunity
to explore the world around us,
while keeping the camaraderie
experience close to heart.
Jacksonville travelers Sam Hall
and Orrin Mitchell have indulged in
the options of traveling alone and
with groups, most recently to
Innsbruck, Austria. Joining fellow
sports enthusiasts, Hall and
Mitchell traveled with the Florida
Ski Council to ski the Alps in
Austria and then on to the Czech,


Republic.
Hall, who has been to many cities
around the world, thought that the
Czech Republic was one of the
most beautiful he has ever seen.
While in Prague he attended the
Opera, cooking classes, a blues
concert, castles and museums.
"Contrary to what people may
think, even I was so surprised at
how well we were received in
Europe." Said Hall. On his second
Austrian vacation he had the oppor-
tunity to chat with the Chancellor of
Austria who commented on the
National Brotherhood of Skier's
(NBS) visit there.
The NBS's bi-annual confab
brings thousands of African-
American skiers for a week of snow


fun and competition in which hall
actively participates.
"He was very enthusiastic on the
Brotherhood returning," said Hall.
"He thought we were great
American ambassadors and the eco-
nomic impact was out standing."
In addition to discounted rates for
traveling in bulk, the travelers also
get to know each other well in
route. The recent trip consisted of a
contingency of 385 Floridians.
For those wishing planning to trav-
el abroad, Hall encourages all to
read up on their newspapers.
'Europeans are very astute on
world affairs and will often engage
you I stimulating conversation. It
will behoove you to know what's
going on." Said Hall


In the ardent quest to reclaim the
seat she had to vacate due to term
limits after serving 18 years,
District 8 City Council Candidate
Denise Lee's campaign picked up
steam this week by gaining the
endorsements of former mayor
Jake Godbold and U.S. Rep.
Corrine Brown.
The former and current leadership
are not alone in their choosing to
back Lee. Clergy, business, and
community leaders have also
joined the coalition to bring the
candidate whose campaign mantra
"proven leadership" is preceded by
an impressive resume for her con-
stituents. Other endorsements
include: Rev. Marvin C. Zanders,
Bishop McKinley Young, 11th


Baptist Ministers Conference
Duval & Adjacent Counties, CLU
Pac, DTU Tiger Cope, First
Coast Manufacturers Association,
JaxBiz, NEFBA P. E. Local 630
- N.E. Fl. Public Employees,
Northeast Florida Association of
Realtors, Northeast Florida
Builders Association, Northeast
Florida Building & Construction
Trades Council, The Construction
Trade Workers Union, The
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce's PAC, The
Jacksonville Firefighters
Association, The Jacksonville
Fraternal Order of Police and the
UA United Association of
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local
Union #234.


NOW ON STAGE!


Bruce Gordon Resigns from NAACP Citing Clashes With the Board


Continued from front
tried to resign only six weeks
after starting the job, but was talked
into staying.
Board Chairman Julian Bond was
candid in his assessment of the con-
flict.
"We had some disagreements
about whether the NAACP should
focus all of its energies on social
justice or whether we should focus
on social service. The board
believes that we have been a social
justice organization for 98 years.
Although we very much appreciate
and value social service, that's not
what we do. And that's not what
we're going to do," Bond says. "I
think it was a gradual realization on
both parts that we were not attuned
and that I don't know whether he
came to us with the attitude, 'I'm
going to show those 1960s Negroes
where to go and where they need to
be.'"
Bond continues, "Haven't you run
into people like that who haven't
been involved in the struggle for
civil rights but think that they know
so much more about it than people
who have been and who think that,
you know, that was good when Dr.
King was alive, but, it's another day
now?"
Gordon hasn't been shy about his
lack of traditional civil rights
involvement. In an interview with


NNPA shortly after taking the post,
the retired Verizon executive, who
won wide acclaim for his Black hir-
ing efforts before his retirement
nearly four years ago, acknowl-
edged that he had not participated
in traditional civil rights marches,
but believed there were other ways
to achieve justice.
Gordon believes social services
such as a housing assistance pro-
gram through the Bank of America
was also necessary for the NAACP
as well as increasing its member-
ship and giving an accurate count.
Gordon says he also clashed with
the board on his hiring practices.
"I think we need a whole lot of
talent in our staff and I think there
are multiple ways to get that talent.
You can hire it or you can contract
it. I was trying to tap all resources
to get more skills at the table. That
was not an approach that the board
was comfortable with," he said.
Gordon's conciliatory style was
ultimately demonstrated last sum-
mer when President Bush broke his
five-year boycott of the organiza-
tion, embraced Gordon and spoke at
the NAACP's summer conference,
where he promised to support the
renewal of the Voting Rights Act.
Despite the sudden resignation,
Gordon calls his tenure a success.
"We've got over 400,000 mem-
bers and associates. I'm very excit-


ed about that," he says. "We had
membership below 300,000 when I
started. I think that our profile in
Washington in terms of our inter-
face with this administration and all
branches of government, I think we
have a stronger profile than we've
ever had."
Sources said he submitted the res-
ignation formally on Feb. 17, but
had agreed to work with the board
on an agreeable time to announce
his resignation and to leave. But,
the day after the NAACP Image
Award live television broadcast
March 2, Gordon told reporters,
catching board members, including
Bond, off guard.
"He resigned. We didn't dismiss
him. And although the relationship
wasn't smooth, we were prepared to
carry on with that," Bond says.
Former NAACP Board Chair
Myrlie Evers-Williams, who has
been inactive over the past year
because of knee surgery, says the
size of the 64-member board with
an elected membership consisting
of veteran civil rights leaders and
activists has frequently clashed
with executive styles.
"The issue of the size of the 64-
member board has been a major
issue for a very long time," she
says. "You have to know what your
goals and purposes are and you
have to be able to agree on that. ...


The higher purpose is what is to be
served."
Bond is less inclined to blame the
board structure for the controversy
surrounding Gordon.
"[Former President and CEO]
Kweisi Mfume stayed for 10 years,
former [Executive Director] Ben
Hooks stayed for 15 years. This guy
stayed for 19 months. So, where's
the problem seem to be?" Bond
questioned.


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DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

File


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Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives


Purpose and Effect:The purpose of the proposed rule change is for the School Board to amend
The Student Progression Plan to comply with the statutory/procedural changes. The effective date of the doc-
ument will be the date of adoption by the Board.

Subject Area to be Addressed: Student Progression Plan
Specific Authority: Section 1001.41(2), Florida Statutes
Laws Implemented: Sections 1003:41: 1003.42(1); 1008.22 Florida Statutes
Adopted: April 1, 1997

A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THIS PROPOSED RULE WILL BE HELD AT
THE TIME, DATE AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:

Time and Date: 6:00 p.m., April 3, 2007
Place: Board Room of the Administrative Building,
Duval County School Board,
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A copy of the proposed rule and additional information regarding it can be obtained by contacting:
Chief Officer of High School Education
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Local Game Rooms Providing Entertainment


for Some and Addiction for Others


Several years ago I took my first
trip to the Bahamas and went into
one of the local casinos. I quickly
noticed that you didn't see many
Bahamians in the casinos gambling
and inquired as to why that was.
I was told that the locals were
forbidden in the casinos for several
reasons, but the one that really
caught my attention was the notion
that gambling would have a nega-
tive effect of the lives of those who
were already poor.
That stayed in the back of my
mind. That's like someone who is
poor becoming addicted to drugs or
even cigarettes. Talk about making
a bad situation worse.
About two years ago we started
seeing these local game rooms pop
up around town. Of course, the
majority of them are either in low-
income neighborhoods or busy
commercial areas that are conven-
ient for just about everyone.
And these "game rooms" don't
feature games like Ms. Pacman,
Galaga, or Mortal Combat. These
new game rooms are basically
mini-casinos. They get around the


legality of the issue by saying that
the machines are not of chance, but
games that require skill.
They don't cash you out like a
casino in Las Vegas or AC would.
And for those gambling novice
"AC" is Atlantic City. These game
rooms deal in Visa gift cards or
other forms of debit cards that can
be used to buy groceries, gas, etc.
Normally you will find a packed
house at most of these places, and
senior citizens just love to hang out
at them. Much like real casinos you
can smoke and normally the
refreshments are free.
Several months ago the City
Council introduced a bill that
would ban these types of opera-
tions and later backed off because
there are several cases pending in
state court that will determine the
legality of these "arcades."
Last month Jacksonville Sheriff
John Rutherford ordered that the
arcades remove all slot machines.
The Sheriffs Office considers
arcades using the machines to be
illegal gambling houses as defined
in Florida statutes. Any game room


violating the statue will face third-
degree felony charges.
Here's where this arcade scenario
gets tricky to me. On one hand you
have a bunch of senior citizens who
may be getting taken advantage of
by going to these establishments,
but on the other hand these are
adults who are consciously making
a decision to spend their money the
way they want to.
Most seniors view gambling as
simply a form of entertainment.
Who am I to tell little Miss Sally
not to spend her pension or social
security money gambling? Who am
I to attempt to manage the lives of
our elderly and poor citizens?
We have to be concerned despite
the fact that the people who fre-
quent these rooms are adults capa-
ble of making their own decisions.
According to the American
Psychological Association (APA),
"Addictive gambling is sometimes
referred to as the 'hidden illness,'
because there are no visible physi-
cal symptoms".
The APA classifies compulsive
gambling as a mental health disor-


Virginia Apologizes For Slavery, Congress Should Too


by E.O. Hutchison
When Ohio Congressman Tony Hall introduced two
resolutions in 1997 and 2000 asking Congress to offi-
cially apologize for slavery, he was blasted from pillar
to post. Irate whites called the resolution wasteful and
racist. Many blacks ridiculed it as much too little and
much too late. Virginia is the latest to deal with it when
both houses unanimously passed a resolution apologiz-
ing for slavery. The resolution was mild, innocuous,
and ultimately toothless, but at least it acknowledged
the monstrous wrong of slavery.
Now Congress should follow Virginia's lead and
apologize for slavery. And it's not just a matter of
doing the morally right thing. The U.S. government not
just a handful of evil Southern planters encoded slav-
ery in the Constitution, and protected and nourished it
for a. century. Traders, insurance companies, bankers,
shippers, and landowners, made billions off of it. Their
ill-gotten profits fueled America's industrial and agri-
cultural might. For decades after slavery's end, white
trade unions excluded blacks and confined them to the
dirtiest, poorest paying jobs.
The state legislature in Florida in 1994 agreed to
make payments to the survivors and relatives of those


who lost their lives and property when a white mob
destroyed the all-black town of Rosewood in 1923.
The Oklahoma state legislature has also agreed at least
in principle that reparations and apology should be
made to the survivors of the dozens of blacks killed,
and the hundreds more that had their homes and busi-
nesses destroyed by white mobs with the complicity of
law enforcement in the Tulsa massacre of 1921.
The ugly truth is that a mainstay of America's con-
tinuing racial divide is its harsh and continuing mis-
treatment of poor blacks. This can be directly traced to
the persistent and pernicious legacy of slavery. Virginia
took a light stab at confronting the state's hideous
racial past. Congress should do even better by apolo-
gizing for slavery, and putting teeth behind the apolo-
gy by passing the Conyers bill. If the commission
deems that more needs to be done to help end discrim-
ination and black poverty that's a byproduct of the
legacy of slavery, it should do that too. Virginia did the
right thing on this too. It created a scholarship fund for
blacks whose schools were closed during the state's
massive resistance campaign to integration from the
mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. But it all starts with the
apology. If Virginia can apologize so should Congress.


der of impulse control. It is inter-
esting to also note that compulsive
gamblers across age groups also
use tobacco, alcohol, marijuana,
cocaine, and other drugs more
often than do other groups.
But flipping the coin again, isn't
our state lottery a form of gam-
bling? How many people do we
know that play the lottery every
single week? I know people who
are so obsessed about the lottery
that the week in which they don't
play that's when their lucky num-
bers will drawn. Hence, one must
play every single week.
I will not even talk about those
dreaded scratch lottery tickets.
There are some that play those as
often as they eat. So if the state can
mandate and promote gambling to
support "education" then why can't
these "arcades" do the same? Of
course, they're not funding the
state's educational system, but
some could agree that neither is the
lottery not fully anyway.
The state sensationalizes the lot-
tery and one could argue that the
bulk of the people that play the lot-
tery consistently are not wealthy or
even middle class individuals. Isn't
it interesting that the people with
the least discretionary income are
the ones playing lotto the most?
Sounds just like the arcade/game
room concept to me. I am certainly
not advocating these game rooms,
but I am just being objective about
the facts. If the game rooms were
state operated then we wouldn't be
having this discussion at all.
Regardless of if you play lotto,
fly to Vegas or the Bahamas, or
simply walk up to your neighbor-
hood arcade it's all gambling. It
can be destructive and compulsive
if not properly controlled.
I have a feeling that the grannies
who are hanging out in the arcade
can manage their own financial
affairs, but the courts will have the
final say on this issue.
Signing off from the Paxon
Shopping Center, Reggie Fullwood


By Jeffrey Hicks
The "n-word" is perhaps the
most emotionally-loaded term in
the English language.
Throughout its history, the n-
word's usage was meant to dehu-
manize, debase and dishonor
African-Americans. In the "good
old days," the word was used by
bigots with either contempt or
patronization. Its underlying mean-
ing, however, was always the same.
Increasingly, many African-
Americans use the n-word as if to
say, "Yes, we are worthy of dehu-
manization, debasement and dis-
honor and we're dar proud of it."
It's now even used to identify a
friend or associate. What they
don't acknowledge is how they still
might fire off that word during
heated altercations and conflicts,
which suggest the word is not still
quite the term of endearment that
may maintain it is at other times.
Some within the ghetto subcul-
ture try to rationalize the continued
use of the n-word by claiming that
an alternate spelling "nigga" sig-


nifies a positive meaning.
Positive?
Is the ghetto underclass that des-
perate for positivity? The word
"sucker" has just as negative a con-
notation when it's spelled "sucka,"
so the alternate spelling argument
holds no water with me. That these
people can muster any justification
at all for using the n-word is sur-
prising, but that justification fails
when it is juxtaposed with the vile
historical origin of the word.
The truth of the matter surround-
ing the n-word is that the black
ghetto subculture has willingly
internalized its meaning. John
McWhorter, author of acclaimed
book Winning the Race: Beyond
the Crisis in Black America dis-
cusses the concept of therapeutic
alienation in black America. He
says this alienation priorities
social defiance over social
progress, and manifests itself in the
ever-present exaggeration of all
that is negative in black America.
By calling themselves and others
the n-word, members of the black


ghetto subculture reinforce and
comfort themselves with the thera-
peutic alienation that is at the very
core of that subculture.
Black America has historically
allowed itself to be defined by its
worst and least-respected citizens,
not its best and brightest. This
strategy, in my opinion, has actual-
ly hastened the attainment of some
political and legal victories over
the years. But black America now
suffers from a dictatorship of the
black lower class so well-
entrenched it would make Karl
Marx himself proud.
This black lower class has appro-
priated the n-word, and the ineffec-
tual black middle and upper classes
can do nothing to wrestle the ani-
mal back into the cage. Bill Cosby
was skewered in his attempt to
publically castigate the destructive
practices of the black underclass.
The result?
We now have white youngsters
who throw around the n-word with
their friends of all ethnic back-
grounds. I never thought I would


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live to see the day when a white
teenage waiter would find it
acceptable to use the term in my
presence as a customer, but it hap-
pened. The teen explained that he
meant no harm by using the word
in my presence, and I that should
"get over" my complex about the
term. I opted to simply leave it to
his employer to resolve his naivete.
Clear-thinking people need to
call out this new use of the term.
Simply mentioning that it is unac-
ceptable in polite usage will at least
prompt some to reconsider its use.
Alternatives should be suggested,
and people should be held account-
able until they realize that even
"nigga" is viewed by most as an
offense ethic slur.
Unfortunately, thanks to the long
marriage of mass media to black
ghetto subculture, black Americans
can increasingly expect to be greet-
ed with "Hey, my nigga," "Good
morning, my nigga" and "How can
I help you, my nigga" all around
the world. For that, we have only
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Z-7 Your Ancestry?

by William Reed
SGenealogists have found that civil nights
Activist, Rev. Al Sharpton, is a descendent of a
slave owned by relati\ es of the late Sen. Strom
Thurmond. Rev. Al is not heir to substantive
Thurmond family wealth or holdings; instead
i* ^ political and pastoral flair seems the common
thread between him and Strom.
"Wheu studying genealogy of formerly enslaved African-Americans.
identify ing and researching the roots of the white slave owner is essential
to trace the enslaved family's history backwards into time." sa.s Tony
Burroughs. a leading African-American family historian and author of
Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African-American Fanuly
Tree. "The Reverend's family history is proof that records for African-
Americans do exist and that tracing black family roots can be done."
Ancestry corn uncovered the ancestral ties using documents that included
census. marriage and death records.
Ancestri.com found that in the mid-19th century Al Sharpton's great-
grandfather. Coleman Sharpton, was a slave owned bN Julia Thurmond,
whose grandfather \%as Strom Thurmond's great-great-grandfather. Julia
and Strom w ere first cousins, but twice removed. Coleman Sharpton (who,
as happened frequent \% ith slaves, originally took his surname from his
white owner. Alexander Sharpton) was freed after the LIS Civil War. He
became a wood hauler and his son, Coleman Junior MNr Sharpton's grand-
father \was a turpentine \worker, later to become the owner of a small gro-
cer. store during the Depression. Like his grandson, he was also a minis-
ter.
Strom Thurmond \\as once considered an icon of racial segregation.
During his 194S bid for president, he promised to preserve segregation.
Sharpton, who ran for president himself in 2004. said he met Thurmond
once in 1991 \lhen he visited Washington, D.C.. with his mentor, soul
singer James Brown, who knew Thurmond. Ancestri.com also proved that
there are links connecting Sharpton and James Brown They say that
according to the 1910 Census, Rev. Sharpton's paternal grandfather.
Coleman Junior, was a turpentine chipper in Georgia along with James
Brown's own father, Joseph.
While the Ancestry.com discovery has spawn much talk show discussion
about the iron. of Sharpton's bloodline, the fact remains Coleman Sharpton
was a gilt to pa off a debt and illustrates the wealth slaves made for fam-
ilies such as the Thurmonds. Commodities produced in volume by slaves
- sugar, tobacco, coffee, cotton were crucial to America's emergence as a
world economic power. Today, the bounty of America is in its skN scrapers.
universities, railroads, insurance companies, and Wall Street assets. People
who "ow\n" tins \ health still retain economic power o\ er those \ hose ances-
tors created it.
Edgefield. South Carolina, where Strom Thurmond \was born. was home
to great Southern wealth. It is in South Carolina's "Up Country" and \was
part of a plantation belt that included the most fertile soils along the coastal
plain. A player on the world stage, the region was integrated into the world
economic with its cotton, tobacco, rice and sugar. B\ the mid-I Sth century
the slaves on rice plantations provided their masters \ith the highest per
capital income in the American colonies.
B\ the 1 "20s. rice grown in the marshy swamps on South Carolina plan-
tations became the colony's first great staple crop and created enormous
wealth. Rice planters relied on the expertise and labor of large numbers of
slaves from the rice-gro\ ing regions of coastal West Africa. B\ the 1730s.
two-thirds of South Carolina's population \as slaves. The major influx of
slaves was from Angola. the Gambia River area and the Windward Coast
where nce growing had been the dominant part of the culture since 1500
BC.
Indigo. whichh produced a blue d\e prized in England. was successfully
cultivated in the 17l"-0s and became another source of wealth for the
colons's planters and farmers. Before the American Revolution. South
Carolina \\as the most prosperous Biitish colon\ in North America. Of the
ten \wealthiest North Americans of the period, nine were Lo\w Country
South Carolinians.
Sharpton's lecac\ ma\ be limited, but other African Americans' bloodline
discoveries ma\ lead to recoverable wealth. Ancestrn.com's African-
American Historical Records Collection feature over 55 million black fam-
ily history records. It ma\ worthwhile to contact them.




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Year of Independence
Ghanaians celebrate in Accra during ceremonies marking independence
from Britain. Ghanaians turned out in their thousands Tuesday for colour-
ful ceremonies marking independence from Britain 50 years ago when the
country became the first black African state to break the bonds of colonial
rule


A total of 76.6% voted to amend
the tribal constitution to limit citi-
zenship to "blood" tribe members.
Supporters said only the
Cherokees had the right to deter-
mine tribal members.
Opponents said the amendment
was racist and aimed at preventing
those with African-American her-
itage from gaining tribal revenue
and government funding.
The Cherokee Nation has
250,000 to 270,000 members, sec-
ond only to the Navajo.
'Right to vote'
The list of descendants stems
from the Dawes Commission,
established by Congress more than
100 years ago. It created what are
known as the final rolls, establish-
ing different categories including:
"blood" Cherokee, Cherokee freed-
man (of African descent), Cherokee
by intermarriage and Delaware
Cherokee.
Principal Chief Chad Smith said
about 8,700 people had voted -
more than the turnout for the


Cherokee constitution vote of four
years ago.
He said: "The Cherokee people
exercised the most basic democrat-
ic right, the right to vote.
"Their voice is clear as to who
should be citizens of the Cherokee
Nation. No-one else has the right to
make that determination."
But opponents of the amendment
levelled accusations of discrimina-
tion.
Tribal council member Taylor
Keen said: "This is a sad chapter in
Cherokee history... this is not my
Cherokee Nation. My Cherokee
Nation is one that honours all parts
of her past."
The vote followed a ruling by the
Cherokee Nation Supreme Court
last year securing tribal citizenship
for descendants of freedmen.
Members can obtain government
benefits and tribal services includ-
ing housing and medical support.
Slaves were held by a number of
native American tribes and were
freed after the Civil War in 1866.


Ruth Adair Nash and her brother Everett Adair look over some of
their family history paperwork at Ruth's home in Bartlesville, Okla.
They both are freedmen, descendants of slaves once owned by


Black Cherokee Indians said they
will challenge the vote to kick them
out of the tribe that once owned
their ancestors as slaves.
The vote would remove from
tribal rolls 2,800 people who were
mostly "freedmen," or descendants
of slaves owned by the tribe before


the U.S. Civil War brought their
freedom.
Exclusion from the tribe means
the black Cherokees cannot vote in
tribal elections or receive entitle-
ments such as health benefits or a
share of casino revenues on tribal
lands.


Obama Surpasses Hillary With Black Support


When will I know my child's FCAT score?
The results for all students administered the FCAT (Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test) are expected by mid-May. Please note
that students in grades 3-10 are required to score above a Level 1 in read-
ing (or demonstrate an acceptable level on an alternative norm referenced
test) to be promoted to the next grade level.
When does the first day of school start next year?
Duval County students will return to school on August 20, 2007 the first
time in seven years when Duval County classes won't resume the first
week in August. The Duval County School Board has traditionally
approved an earlier start date for students, enabling them to complete the
entire first semester before the December holiday break. Schools can pro-
vide more comprehensive instruction for students during the second
semester based on first semester performance, and provide maximum
instruction prior to the administration of the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test. This change to a later start date is the result of state leg-
islation restricting districts from opening school no more than 14 days
prior to the Labor Day holiday. Following the defeat of Senate Bill 148 in
January which would have granted school districts local control of their
school calendars the School Board decided to enact Calendar B, which
includes an August 20th start and June 5th end for students. Please visit the
district's Web site at www.dreamsbeginhere.org.
When will I be notified if my child was accepted into a magnet
school?
Students interested in enrolling in a Duval County magnet program were
required to submit applications by February 28. The lottery will be con-
ducted during the first week of April and notification of the results will be
made in mid- to late- April.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to schooltalk@edu-
cationcentral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval County Public
Schools, Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL
32207-8182.


Continued from front
poll shows that 70%t of
African-Americans say they now
have a favorable impression of
Obama, up from 54% in January.
University of Maryland Political
Scientist Ron Walters says the more
that African-Americans hear
Obama, the more they like him, dis-
pelling early questions of whether
he was "Black enough".
"He's reaching out, I think, being
at the right places," says Walters.
"People were doubting at first
because everything they heard
about him was Hawaii (his birth-
place) and Indonesia (his mother's
home, where he spent part of his
childhood), etcetera. But, now, he's
beginning to roll out his record, I
think that makes a difference."
As of last weekend, that record
included a key note speech Sunday
morning by Obama at the historical
Brown Chapel AME Church in
Selma, Ala. as part of a service to
commemorate "Bloody Sunday,"
when African-Americans were,
beaten during a voting rights march
from Selma to Montgomery more
than 40 years ago.
But, Obama had company. In the
same neighborhood, at Selma's
First Baptist Church Sen. Clinton
was the Sunday morning speaker.
Her husband, former President Bill


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Clinton, was also inducted into the
National Voting Rights Museum's
Hall of Honor as part of the com-
memorative activities.
Sharpton speculates the former
president could be Hilary Clinton's
secret weapon.
"Hilary hasn't even brought out
Bill Clinton yet, who a lot of Blacks
rightfully or wrongfully like. If I
was Hilary, I'd not be scared of this
poll. I'd say wait 'til I bring out Bill
who some Blacks called the first
Black president," says Sharpton.
But, twice presidential candidate
Jesse Jackson Sr. says Blacks will
be able to distinguish the difference
between a Black presidential candi-
date and a former White president
who was popular with Blacks.
"Let's dispel the foolishness of
that. Clinton was a White presi-
dent," says Jackson. "His reaching
out to Black people socially was
endearing. There's not a question
about that, but this time, there will
be intense competition for the
Black vote and there should be. No


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one should be able to take the Black
vote for granted or inherit it."
Jackson and Sharpton agree that
Obama must aggressively seek the
Black vote in order to win the
Democratic Primary. Therefore,
strategy will be key, they say.
"He must identify areas of inter-
est in his constituents, [Blacks,
Whites, Jews, labor], and stay close
to them," says Jackson, who won
77 percent of the Black vote in
1984 and 92 percent of the Black
vote in 1988. "He must find the
lines between constituency groups
and the common ground...We are
not dealing with who and with
what. Who has the best plan to end
the war in Iraq and to end poverty at
home? What is the agenda?"
Sharpton says Obama must
become even more personable in
the Black community.
"If he's got more than half of
Black people saying they're not
supporting him, what does that
say?" Sharpton quizzes.," Jesse
Jackson got 90 percent of the Black


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V First Coast Manufacturers
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i Northeast Florida Association
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vote, I carried every Black district
in Washington and Detroit. ... He's
going to have to start doing things
on the ground. He's going to have
to have organizers on the ground.
He cannot do it through the media."
Among the hottest issues for both
is how to end the war in Iraq.
Clinton voted for the war authoriza-
tion in 2002. But, both candidates
are proposing phased deployment
strategies. Therefore, for Black
voters, they must distinguish their
candidacies on other issues. That
may be difficult when both have
scored 100 on civil rights issues of
the NAACP and the Children's
Defense Fund's Score Card.
If the race between Clinton and
Obama gets too nasty, political
observers speculate voters might
opt for other Democratic candidates
in the wings, next of which could be
former Sen. John Edwards of North
Carolina. The leading candidates
among Republicans are former
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,
and Sen. John MoCain of Arizona..


i U. S. Rep. Corrine Brown
i Former Mayor Jake Godbold
I Duval County Tax Collector
Mike Hogan
I Council Vice President
Daniel Davis
i/ Former Council President
Alberta Hipps
i Former U.S. Marshall &
Florida Rep. Goerge Grosse
i Joe Forshee, Former City
Councilman
I Pastor Jeremiah Robinson, Sr.
SRev. J. C. Green
i Rev. Perry Robinson
t Rev. Kennetta Carter
I Rev. Michael Jackson
i Rev. Dr. Bernard E. Wright, Jr.
i AME Bishop McKinley Young,
11th Episcopal Disctrict
/ Rev. Marvin C. Zanders


M- FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS


"I have known and worked with Denise for 30 years, and her greatest
strength is that she has the community interest at heart, in her heart. Denise
deserves and needs to be back on the City Council and to that end I fully
endorse her candidacy."
U. S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown

"Denise's public service record speaks for itself. Her work ethic and integrity
are unmatched. She's unafraid and un-owned. The most important reason
to elect Denise is the trust she's earned."
Mayor Jake Godbold

"Denise is experienced and effective. She wakes up in the morning thinking
of what she can do for her constituents...and it's the last thing she thinks
about before falling asleep. She gets things done."
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Rev. Henry E. Green III to Speak at Grace Baptist of East Springfield to St. John Miss. Baptist to Celebrate

Greater Grant Memorial March 11th Celebrate Women's Day on March 18th Church & Pastor Anniversary


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
Friends Day.
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
Church.
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, call (386) 446-5759.
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.

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!


Grace Baptist Church of East Springfield, 1553 East 21st Street, Rev.
John J. Devoe Jr., Pastor; Rev. John A. Payne, Pastor Emeritus; will cele-
brate their Annual Women's Day on Sunday, March 18, 2007.
Grace Baptist Church, the Church with a Friendly Atmosphere, invites
all to celebrate "Women full of grace give Birth to God's Vision for Today's
Time." Prophetess Patricia Frances, will be the speaker at the 11 a.m.
Morning Service.
The Youth and Drama Ministry, under the direction of Sister Stephanie
Williams, will be in charge of the 4 p.m. service. This service will touch the
Spirit and heart of all those in attendance.
TO ALL CHURCHES If there are any Ministries in your congregation
that would like to render service (Sunday School Teachers, Sunday School
Superintendent, Ushers, Choir Members, you are invited to participate.
Please RSVP to Evangelist Buena Reed at 354-2941 or 765-5707.

Prophetic Revival Set for March 13
Apostle Earl S. Thomas invites all to "Come Be Delivered and Blessed"
at the True House of Deliverance, 1893 Rowe Ave. At 8 p.m. each evening
Wednesday thru Friday, March 13-16th. All are welcome.


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.
Elder Robert Jackson & The New

Spiritual Travelers 20th Anniversary
All Saints of God are invited to come Praise God at the 20th Anniversary
Celebration of Elder Robert Jackson and The New Spiritual Travelers, at 5
p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2007; at Faith Temple Fellowship Ministries
COCWIH; 2133 Wishart Street, Bishop Gregory Davis, Pastor.
Special guests include: The Mighty Golden Voices of Daytona Beach;
Billy Crayton and Christ's Ambassadors, of Orlando; Elder Carl Joseph &
The Gospel Tru Tones, of Valdosta, GA; and LaVonne Cooper & The
Voices of Harmony of Deland, FL.
Also, appearing on program: the New Creations, Golden Clouds, the
Royal Spirituals, C.E. Laney Choir, Sweet Inspirations, God's Spriritual
Gifts, the Rejoice Gospel Singers, Florida Gospel Travelers, Jerry Cannon
& The Caravans, and Rev. J. D. Sapp & The Angelic Voices. Its an evening
and celebration that you don't want to miss.


Conference Aims to Make Jacksonville Better, One Man at a Time


Dr. Gary Williams, Pastor, First
Baptist Church of Mandarin tells
why "A Man's Relationship with
God Mirrors His Relationship With
Social, Domestic, and Occupational
Life." Dr. Williams explains that
these times try men's soul. This past
year, we have witnessed our
beloved city journeyed down a road
less traveled, although we know that
crime in 2006 was on the rise across
the country, Jacksonville was
touched in a way that changed our
city forever.
It dawned on me that much of the
mayhem occurring in our city is in
some way, shape, or form stemming
from men. Young men committing


burglary and murder. Old men
guilty of domestic violence. It was
from this concept that "Man to
Man" was born.
Men of Jacksonville came togeth-
er for six consecutive Monday
nights in 2006 from October 2nd
thru November 6th, at the campus of
First Baptist Church of Mandarin,
and talked "man to man". Issues
dealt with included: Man and His
Mind, Man and His Mate, Man and
His Masculinity, Man and His
Mother, Man and His Master, and
Man and His Money. There was an
average attendance of five hundred
(500) men and boys each night.
Many of these men were not reg-


ular church attendees. They came
from all walks of life, including ex-
cons, drug peddler, wife abusers, a
motley group of men. Each night
themes focused on matters that
revealed how man's relationship
with God mirrors his relationships
socially, domestically, and occupa-
tionally. When a man has a good
vertical relationship, he should have
a good horizontal relationship.
When man is in right relationship
with God, he will be in right rela-
tionship with man.
i tThe Sociodemographics.:-.
SEdfcition, Unemploy-meht,
Criminal Justice, Health and Health
Insurance, will be addressed, for


when "Man is strengthened, the
Family is Strengthened, and thus,
the Community is Strengthened,"
emphasizes Dr. Williams.
"I believe the explicit impact
made by Man to Man will be expe-
rienced for years to come. This year,
we look forward to making an even
greater impact in the lives of the
men and boys of our great city. "So
goes the man, so goes society."
"Man To Man 2007" designed to
"Strengthen a Man's Spirit, so that
his Body will follow," is set for
. Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
/September 13-15th, at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. For
more information, call 268-2422.


Seeking the lost for Christ .i L
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School


Pastor Landon Williams


11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.


Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Join us for our Weekly Services


Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons


Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.


and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Honl CommunioM on Ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m.


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.


Grace and Peace


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ASSEMBLY OF GOD

Central Campus
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Sunday March 11th
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March 11

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Who Gets Our Vote?

Black Vote May Focus on Economic Issues?


SELNMA Voting rights were
what blacks in 1965 marched for.
but blacks in 2-Oi aren't sure votingg
makes much difference if the eco-
nomic gap bet-ween the races isn't
closed.
For Karen Johnson of Orange
Park. the issue today\ is parit..
"The people can vote, but most of
them can't buy a house" said
Johnson."I'd rather have a house
than a vote."
Political heavyweights including
Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and
Hillary Clinton of New York gath-
ered in Selma, Alabama last week-
end meeting face to face with more
than a thousand others for the
anniversary of a 1965 march for
equal voting rights.
Tattered curtains blowing in the
shattered window of an abandoned
home on Martin Luther King Jr.
Street and businesses with iron bars
across their doors greeted atten-
dees, who came to celebrate the
march he participated in as a
teenager.
"Selma looked a whole lot better
when I was growing up than it does
now," said 42-year-old Jerome
Rush. "I mean, look around you."
Loss of jobs and increased crime
have contributed to the boarded
windows, vacant lots and debris
scattered on the sidewalk, he said.
Downtown "don't look like it
used to," said resident Alice
Peterson, calling the area "dead."
Any new businesses struggle to
stay open, she said.
"The thing is, this is just not a
place for young people that are try-
ing to make a better life for them-
selves ... Not a place for young peo-
ple coming up in the world,"


Peterson said "If you'ree uneducat-
ed. or look like you'ree uneducated.
the world is going to walk all o\er
\ Ou.
To revitalize Selma %ill take
eternone pulling together. Johnson
said.
"After that march there %%as a
sense of calmness and even the
white people with the shotguns
loaded against us could feel it," he
said. "It's going to take something
like that, everyone getting together.
I'll never forget that sense of calm-
ness."
Before the march, Obama and
Clinton spoke at churches only
three blocks apart on Martin Luther
King Jr. Street. The Democratic
presidential candidates focused on
the ongoing struggle for civil rights.
Both, according to a political sci-
ence expert, are vying for the black
vote next year.
"Alabama has a very large, black
Democratic voting base and for
either candidate to ignore that
would be dangerous," said Andra
Gillespie, an assistant political sci-
ence professor at Emory University
in Atlanta. "They could lose the
state nomination if they lose those
voters."
Selma residents Virgil and Mary
Franklin listened to Obama's
speech from outside Brown Chapel
AME Church. Moments later, they
listened to both Obama and Clinton
speak at a rally from the steps of the
chapel.
"I am really excited about next
year's presidential race," Mary
Franklin said. "For the first time in
a long time, I feel like we are all
going to have some quality choices
when voting in next year's pri-


mar." At the march later. a woman
hoisted a placard into the air. read-
ing "Hillar., .ou should could ha\e
chosen another da. to beg blacks
for votes!!'"
Jean Jones. 49, had biting words
for all white e candidates \ ho
descend on black churches during
campaign season.
"That's where we are on Sundays
is in church and the most segregat-
ed hour in the South is 11 o'clock on
Sunday and that's during church
services. So if we really are for all
the people all the time, then why
can't we go to church together?
Why do we just have to see the
white candidate in our church dur-
ing election time?" said Jones, a
child advocate.
Clinton, she said, shouldn't have
skipped Alabama but played her
hand differently. The senator could
have, for instance, focused her
efforts on Troy State University's
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
instead.
"She missed her golden opportu-
nity in Alabama," Jones said. "She
could have gone to Montgomery to
the Rosa Parks Museum where the
women actually started the civil
rights movement and she could
have expounded on that and ran
with the feminist theory," she said.
John King, a black deacon with a
Baptist church in Mobile, said he
believes the two candidates will
split the black vote because Bill
Clinton has set such a precedent for
responding to the needs of black
constituents.
"He did a whole lot for black peo-
ple, a whole lot for black people,"
King said. "He wasn't black but he
did a whole lot for black people."


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A diverse cast of re-enactors brought the settlement back to life.

First Free African-American


Settlement Celebrated at Fort Mose


In celebration of Black History
Month, Anastasia State Park, the
Fort Mose Historical Society hosted
the 11th annual Flight to Freedom
event last week. The celebration
commemorates Fort Mose, the ear-
liest known free African American
settlement in the United States.
"In 1738, the Spanish Governor of
Florida declared Fort Mose a free
settlement for Africans who fled the
British Carolinas," said Florida
State Park Director Mike Bullock.


"By honoring this significant period
in African-American history,
Florida commemorates the hard-
ships and struggles that lead to free-
dom throughout the nation."
Flight to Freedom portrays the
story of African slaves escaping the
Carolinas to become free people in
Spanish Florida. The living history
event featured re-enactments such
as a man fleeing from slavery and a
Yamassee Indian that assists him.
Other historic figures brought to


Teen Suicide Focus of Forward Forum
High murder rates in Duval County have received a lot of media and pub-
lic attention. However, high suicide rates do not. But there are more sui-
cides in Duval County than murders. There has been no public outcry in
response to the high suicide rate. Suicide is becoming an even larger prob-
lem for the young, as suicide is now the third leading cause of death for
young persons ages 10-24.
As a resut, JCCI Forward has chosen teen suicide as the focus of its next
forum series. Meetings will be held on Thursdays starting March 22
through May 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at JCCI, 2434 Atlantic Blvd. JCCI
Forward Issue Forums offer a venue for citizens to interact with respected
community leaders and resource experts on issues of concern to Northeast
Florida's citizens.; To sign up for the study, contact JCCI Forward Planner
Karen Kempf at 396-3052 or email Karen@jcci.org.


life include a slave trapper pursuing
Francisco Menendez, the leader of
the Fort Mose militia.
A part of Anastasia State Park, the
34-acre Fort Mose was designated a
National Historic Landmark in
1994. Fort Mose was originally
established as a part of the northern
defense line for St. Augustine. The
first free African-American com-
munity harbored 100 former slaves
who fled South Carolina and
Georgia for freedom in Spanish
Florida. When Spain ceded Florida
to the British in 1763, the liberated
slaves left Fort Mose for Cuba with
the Spanish garrison and colonists.
Currently under construction, the
state park's visitor center is dedicat-
ed to the memory of those who
risked their lives struggling for
freedom. Visitors were able to fol-
low the footsteps of early Floridians
by meandering along the trails to
interpretive exhibits featuring a
reproduction of the fort, picnic
pavilions and a, connection, to,.the
existing tidal marsh boardwalk..


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Are you one of the many people
who think they can get rid of that
"belly" by strengthening their
abdominal muscles? Think again.
You can do sit-ups 'til the cows
come home, but nothing short of
actual weight loss will do the trick.
The Two Types of Belly Fat
There are two types of fat that
you have in your abdominal area.


The first type that covers up your
abdominal area is called subcuta-
neous fat and lies directly beneath
the skin and on top of the abdomi-
nal muscles. The second type of fat
that you have in your abdominal
area is called visceral fat, and that
lies deeper in the abdomen beneath
your muscle and surrounding your
organs.
Visceral fat also plays a role in
giving certain men that "beer belly"
appearance, where their abdomen
protrudes excessively but at the
same time also feels sort of hard if
you push on it. The average
American has about 30 billion fat
cells and each of them is filled with
greasy substances called lipids.
When you pump doughnuts, potato
chips, and candy bars into your sys-
tem, those fat cells can expand-up
to 1,000 times their original size.
But a fat cell can get only so big.
Once the fat cell reaches its physi-


cal limit, it starts to behave like a
long-running sitcom. It creates
spin-offs, leaving you with two or
more fat cells for the price of one.
Only problem: fat cells have a no-
return policy. Once you have a fat
cell, you're stuck with it. They
never go away. So as you grow
larger and double the number of fat
cells in your body, you also double
the difficulty
you'll have
losing the
lipids inside
S .. them.
Many of us
tend to store
Sfat in our bel-
S lies, and that's
'-. where the
Y'' health dangers
of excess
weight begin.
Abdominal fat
doesn't just sit
there and do
nothing-it's
active. It functions like a separate
organ, releasing substances that can
be harmful to your body. For
instance, it releases free fatty acids
that impair your ability to break
down the hormone insulin (too
much insulin in your system can
lead to diabetes).
Fat also secretes substances that
increase your risk of heart attack
and stroke, as well as the stress hor-
mone cortisol (high levels of corti-
sol are also associated with diabetes
and obesity as well as with high
blood pressure). Abdominal fat
bears the blame for many health
problems because it resides within
striking distance of your heart,
liver, and other organs-pressing
on them, feeding them poisons, and
messing with their daily function.
Now, we all know the obvious:
proper diet, adequate exercise,
plenty- of water, and sufficient
sleep. In fact, so far, physical activ-


ity and weight loss appear to be the
key. Several new studies indicate
that regular exercise, such as brisk
walking for 30 to 45 minutes a day,
can significantly decrease such fat.
Serious Health Problems
At greatest risk of developing
health problems from too much hid-
den belly fat are men whose waists
are wider than 40 inches and
women whose waists are wider than
35 inches.
But, there are a couple of nutri-
tional supplements that may be of
interest. One is CLA (conjugated
linoleic acid). While CLA has been
known since the 1930's, the real
benefits of CLA were first explored
in 1987. CLA (conjugated linoleic
acid) has been shown to be very
effective in reducing waist size. The
weight around your waist is fat.
CLA helps burn and liberate fat-
so it can have great results around
your middle. This is in contrast to
many diet pills that really just help
you lose water weight. Clinical
studies have shown CLA to be
effective in reducing body fat and
increasing lean muscle mass. The
most recent 1 year human study in
the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition showed a reduction in
body fat and increase in muscle
mass. Contrary to early reports,
CLA does NOT appear to be a use-
ful supplement for people with dia-
betes, and might in fact contribute


to diabetes in overweight people. In
addition, it might increase cardio-
vascular risk in another manner.
The typical dosage of CLA
ranges from 3000- 5000 mg daily.
As with all supplements taken at
this high a dosage, it is important to
purchase a reputable brand, as even
very small amounts of toxic con-
taminants in any medication or sup-
plement could quickly add up.
Chromium is an essential trace
mineral for the human body.
Chromium supplements are often
sold for weight loss, particularly for
obese people who may be in danger
of developing diabetes. Scientists
have been studying the supple-
ment's potential role in weight con-
trol. The best and safest source of
chromium is food. Whole grains,
ready-to-eat bran cereals, seafood,
green beans, broccoli, prunes, nuts,
peanut butter, and potatoes are rich
in chromium. Sugary foods are low
in this mineral and may even pro-
mote chromium loss; vitamin C
may increase its absorption. Don't
exceed the amount in multivita-
min/mineral pills-20 to 120
micrograms-that preferably
should not be in the form of
chromium picolinate.
Remember, I'm not a doctor. I
just sound like one. Take good care
of yourself and live the best life
possible!


Month of Sundays Initiative

Colorectal Cancer Education
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Mayo Clinic, Healthy
Jacksonville, and the American Cancer Society will present informative
lectures every Sunday during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Everyone is invited to learn about the importance of colon health.
A presentation will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, following the
worship service at Truth for Living Ministries, 159 Clark Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32218. The session is free and refreshments will be
served. Call 953-0974 or 953-0977 for more information.


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Migraine headache pain can be debilitating enough to prevent you from
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Earlier Cancer Tests


Urged for Blacks

African Americans should be screened for colorectal cancer beginning
at age 45 five years earlier than other people, according to new guide-
lines issued by the American College of Gastroenterology.
The recommendation stems from earlier findings that African Americans
are more prone to have earlier onset of the disease and higher incidence
and mortality rates of colon cancer as compared to whites.
The new guidelines are published in the March edition of the American
Journal of Gastroenterology. They state that most African Americans
should undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 45. A
colonoscopy allows physicians to visually examine the entire colon and
remove polyps that might turn cancerous. African Americans tend to be
diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age than whites. A 2001
study found that 10.6 percent of African Americans with colorectal cancer
were diagnosed before age 50, compared with 5.5 percent of whites.
Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third most common type of cancer
in African American men and the second most common type in African
American women. African American men were 10 percent more likely to
have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer than white men from 1997 to
2001, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). African American
women were 20 percent more likely than white women to have been diag-
nosed with the disease.
According to the ACS, about 16,090 new cases of colorectal cancer will
be diagnosed among African Americans this year.
Obesity and cigarette smoking increase the risk for the disease. Exercise,
a healthy diet, hormone replacement therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs and
screening with removal of polyps are believed to provide protection from
colorectal cancer, the ACS says. Lack of access to healthcare is one of the
reasons believed to cause delay in early cancer detection and removal of
colonic polyps which are potential sources of colon cancer.
The average cost of a colonoscopy is about $650, and it may sometimes
be twice as high, ancillary costs not being included.
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will soon pay for widespread earlier testing. It took many years and pres-
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Gerald Mannefield presents the Award for
Education to St. Clair Evans Academy Principal Gail Mathis presents the Community Service
Gloriden J. Norris. Award to Janet Owens of Gateway Girl Scouts.


Ebony & Ivory Gala hosted by Women of Color Foundation. Ebony & Ivory Chair Gail Mathis, left, is
pitcured with women of the community honored by the organization. Janet Owens, JuCoby Pittman, Rita
Perry, Rula Carr, Debbie Sapp, Gloriden Norris and Women Of Color President Helen Jackson.


The Northeast FL Chapter of Sickle Cell host-
ed the 25th Annual Conference in 2001. Ben
Green- Conference Chair presented Cynthis
Passmore with the "Outstanding Volunteer of
the Year".


Miss EWC 2001, Shalonda Dennis o' Apopka. FL. &
her Court. (L-R) Smaeka Johnson. Sabrina Varo.
Gewndolyn Wright of Jacksonv ille and Jasmine \\elch.


The Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rosalind Villas, Jan. 2002. Participants are; Dr. Jeanetta Norman,
Councilwoman Gwen Yates, Mr. Nathan Kerestul, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Sheriff Nat Glover,
Councilwoman Pat Felder, Dr. Landon L. Williams, Deacon, Mr. Joseph Kyle, Ms. Rosalind Phillips. Also
Ms Jeanie Fewell, Mr. Darryl Griffin, Attorney's Noel Lawrence and Terry Moore, Mr. William Sweet and
Mr. Don Miller.

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Antwuane Williams, a fourth-grader at Long Branch Elementary,
was the proud recipient of a new computer provided by Logical
Business Systems (LBS). The Jacksonville United Against Truancy
(JUAT) sponsored a drwaing and Williams name was selected. He
attained perfect attendance during the first 9 weeks and steadily
improved his academic performance.


Shown above are Lake Park Homeowners Ass. taking charge of
their neighborhood one stepat a time, late 2001. (L-R) Mr. & Mrs.
John Harper, Ervin Norman, James Ross, Leroy Saint Thomos and
Phyllis Mack. Seated are Sonya Ross and President Mary Brown.


Wilder Park Senior Club celebrates their annual luncheon Dec. 2001.
Pictured here are the late Joan Spaulding, Mrs. Alma Daniels, Rudolph
Daniels, Carol Alexander and Linda Rollins.


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Black Art Collection
The Walter O. Evans Collection of
African American Art will be on
display at The Cummer Museum of
Art & Gardens through April 17th.
The Museum is located at 829
Riverside Avenue. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 356-6857.

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.

Kappa Golf Tourney
On Saturday March 10th, the
Jacksonville alumni Chapter of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will
hold a scholarship fund raising golf
tournament. The shotgun tourna-
ment will be held at Mill Cove Golf
Course beginning at 10 a.m. For
more information call 359-1176.

FAMU Alumni
Monthly Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
hold their monthly meeting at
Ribault Senior High School in the
Band Room on March 10th, from
10-11:00 AM For more informa-
tion contact President Godfrey
Jenkins at (904) 910-7829.

Delta Community
Empowerment Day
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hav-
ing a Community Empowerment


Day at Benay's Restaurant on
Saturday, March 10th. The restau-
rant is located at 1440 Dunn Ave.
from 1:30 4:00PM. Delta
Chapter's worldwide are celebrating
community empowerment. Black-
owned Businesses and entrepre-
neurs are encouraged to come.

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
and its impact on their lives. The
six-week group will meet at 8301
Cypress Plaza Dr., Suite 119, on
Wednesday, March 7 April 11,
from 3:00 4:30 p.m. For more
information or to register, contact
Regina Kujawa at 904-733-9818.

Free Colorectal
Cancer Seminar
A host of health organizations will
present informative free lectures
every Sunday during march,
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month. The next presentation will
be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March
11, following the worship service at
Truth for Living Ministries, 159
Clark Road. The session is open to
the public and refreshments will be
served. Call 953-0974 or 953-0977
for more information.

A Salute to
African American
Inventors & Inventions
A Salute to African American
Inventors & Inventions and People
of Color in Ancient Egypt and


Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
Millions More Movement,Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc.,is now in the process of gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes Give-
A-Way.If you are in the process of cleaning out your closets for spring,or
have clothes ,shoes,jackets etc.you have outgrown and want to get rid of
bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue.,from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. Give them
to Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., we will make them a
part of our next scheduled Clothes Give-A-Way.Visit our
website:www.jaxloc.com for more information about us,or contact us at
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Mesopotamia will be held from
March 12th, through 16th, at the
Jacksonville Public (Main) Library
Room 419. For more information
call 630-0731.

Job Fair
There will be a Job Fair hosted by
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.

2007 Amateur
Night Auditions
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.

Monthly Genealogical
Society Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting on March 17th at 1:30
p.m., at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd. St. For addi-
tional information please contact
Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.

Four Tops &
Temps in Concert
Motown recording artist The
Temptations and The Four Tops
will be in concert together at the
Florida Theater on Sunday March
18th, 2007 at 8 p.m. For ticket
information call 355-2787.


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Free Landscape Class
at Highlands Library
The Duval County Extension
Service will present a free class on
"Good and Bad 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
calling 387-8850.

Masquerade Ball
Soho's Sports Bar to host a
Masquerade Ball in the Plush
Complex on 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.

Masquerade Ball
Soho's Sports Bar in the Plush
Complex will be having a Mardi
Gras Masquerade Ball on March
23rd, from 9:00AM 2:00AM. For
more info call 234-1912.

Jacksonville's
Connection to the
Harlem Renaissance
Visit The Jacksonville Public
(Main) Library on March 24th,
from 10-11:00AM for a discussion
highlighting the art of the Harlem
Renaissance presented by the
Cummer Museum of Art and
Garden in junction with the Walter
O. Evans Collection of African
American Exhibit. For more infor-
mation call 630-0731.

Holocaust
Remembrance Exhibit
The Jacksonville Main Library
will host a special exhibit on the
Holocaust entitled "Letters to Sala".
The event will be held on Sunday,
March 25th from 2- 4 p.m. at the
Main Library in downtown
Jacksonville. Attendees will be


enlightened and inspired by corre-
spondence that is an unforgettable
account of one Jewish family's WW
II experience set within the Nazi
labor camp system.

World of Nations
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent the 15th Annual World of
Nations Celebration March 29 -
April 1st at Metropolitan Park. The
event celebrates the many diverse
cultures of the First Coast and
throughout the world. For more
information call 630-3690.

Fred Hammond on Tour
Fred Hammond 25th Anniversary
Tour will make a stop at the
Abysinnia MBC on March 30th.
The church is located on Clark
Road from 7-10:30 PM. Hammond
will perform selections from his
new "Free to Worship". For more
info call (904) 962-7284.

The Art of
Spoken Word
Held the first Thursday of 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,
April 5th. Call 632-5555 for more
information.

4th Annual "All
White Boat Ride"
The Clown Unit will host the 4th
Annual "All White Boat Ride" on
Friday April 6th. All aboard The
Lady St. John (behind the Chart
House), boarding time 7:00 PM,
Appropriate dress is required to
sail. Advanced ticket purchase
required. Call Lou (904) 233-2007,
Jeff (904) 458-6061 or Tony (904)
899-3398 for ticket information.

"Voices"Stage Play
A musical stage play & comedy is
coming to The Florida Theatre on
April 6th and 7th. The theatre is
located 128 E. Forsyth St. 3-
11:00PM. This baby mamma


drama will speak to issues of moral-
ity and maturity through tears and
laughter. For more information call
(904) 355-2787.

Funk Fest
The Funk Fest is coming to
Metropolitan Park on April 7th.
Entertainment will kick off at
5:00PM- until 12:00AM featuring
MC Lyte, Frankie Beverly and
Maze, Lakeside and Anthony
Hamilton.

"The Wiz"
Stage Aurora presents "The Wiz"
the story of a young girl whisked
away from home to the mystical
Land of Oz. The production will be
held on April 13th, at the FCCJ
North Campus Zeke Bryant
Auditorium.

The Jacksonville Jazz
Festival
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival
opens April 13th 15th, and will
feature the dynamic talents of
Wayman Tisdale, Chuck Mangione,
Diane Reeves, George Benson, Al
Jarreau, Diane Schurr and more.
For tickets or scheduling check out
coj.net or call 355-2787.

ExZooberation
The Jacksonville Zoo will host it
12th annual ExZooberation Fund
Raising Gala on April 14th at 6:30
p.m.. The theme for the event will
be, "A Garden Party On the Wild
Side". The event will be held at the
zoo located at 8605 Zoo Parkway
off of Hecksher Drive. For ticket
information call 757-4463 ext. 196.

Marcus Stroud
Golf Tournament
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 benefit-
ting ongoing projects of the Marcus
Stroud Foundation. For more infor-
mation call (404) 457-6341.


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Michelle Williams
Former Destiny's Child Joins Purple Cast


First Fantasia, now Michelle
Williams of Destiny's Child will
join the cast of the Color Purple as
vixen Shug Avery.
The singer, who has enjoyed a
successful gospel career since DC's
first hiatus, will debut April 17th in
the first national tour of Oprah
Winfrey's Broadway hit at
Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre
(151 West Randolph St.)
"This is just a dream come true,"
said Williams, whose hometown of
Rockford is about 80 miles west of
Chicago. "I could not pass up the
opportunity to do The Color Purple.
To have the privilege of even audi-
tioning was an honor for me."
Producer Scott Sanders said
Williams will make a perfect Shug
Avery because the character is the
lone person in the musical who has
"seen the world."
"I've always liked the idea of find-
ing an actress for that role that real-
ly brings that sort of otherworldly
sensibility," he said. "And so


Michelle, living outside the
Broadway community, but yet hav-
ing the capabilities and the chops to
both sing and act it, we just thought
was great."
Williams' theater resume includes
playing the title role in Broadway's
"Aida." She'll be joined in the
Chicago cast by several stars of the
New York production, including
Jeannette Bayardelle as Celie, and
Felicia P. Fields, who received a
Tony nomination for her portrayal
of the feisty Sofia.
"American Idol" veteran LaToya
London is also in the Chicago cast
as Celie's sister Nettie. As previ-
ously reported, London's "Idol"
colleague, Fantasia Barrino, will
take over the role of Celie on
Broadway April 10.
The Color Purple will be staged
at Chicago's Cadillac Palace
Theatre from April 17 through July
22. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at
(312) 902-1400, visit
www.BroadwayInChicago.com.


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i is definitely a
different type of
movie. Starring the diversely tal-
ented Samuel L. Jackson and.
Christina Ricci who has grown
up and out since her Addams
Family Days will surprise and
delight, if the viewer can get
over the movie's carnal base.
Perhaps carnal is an under-
statement.
Ricci, whose character "Ray"
epitomizes the "PWT poor
white trash" poster child, is also a
nymphomaniac. She lives in a
trailer, wears Daisy Duke shorts
at 10 a.m. in the morning, and
gets it on when and where with
whomever she can. So much so,
that she has spells where she
actually blacks out until her
needs are met.
Enter Samuel Jackson, a down
on his luck and love blues
singer/farmer whose wife just lef
him for his brother. He turns to the
bottle for comfort but still has


dents, Ray is beaten and abused
and left for dead on the side of
.'. the road just right in front of
Laz's house. Scared of being
'. found hovering over a half
naked white women in the mid-
die of Tennessee, he takes her in

SAt For once the ailing nymph meets
l someone who doesn't want to
Sexually abuse her and the
t "" wounded soul Laz finds some-
: thing in his life he can make
f' good reluctantly.
Brought to you by the same
S director who made "Hustle &
-i.l' j Flow" and produced by John
Singleton, "Moan's" southern
roots have a little something we
S'"can all identify with. It will
shock, surprise and even make
you laugh along the two central
characters path to redemption.
Ricci and Jackson in Black Snake Moan ates ath to ee tion.
Somehow a long the way, its'
Semblance of his deep religious deep seeded issues get lost in the
s background that somehow personi- storyline but seeing Samuel
t fies his Biblical name Lazarus. Jackson keeping a white woman
e After a wild night on the town chained to his radiator makes it
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Who can forget watching Roots
for the first time. In January 1977,
80 million viewers watched the
mini-series that followed the lives
of several generations of a slave
family and changed the racial con-
sciousness of a nation. A stunning
85% of all television homes saw all
or part of the mini-series, and it still
claims the position as the No. 1
mini-series of all time.
Unavailable on DVD since 2004,
Warner Home Video will re-release
the seminal mini-series 'Roots" in a
30th Anniversary Special Edition
on May 22. The package includes
an additional bonus disc of special
features and will retail for $59.98.
Based on Alex Haley's best-sell-
ing novel about his African ances-
tors, "Roots' is the story of Kunta
Kinte (LeVar Burton), a West
African youth captured by slave
raiders and shipped to America in
the 1700s. The saga follows the dif-
ferent generations up until the Civil
War where Kunte Kinte's grandson,
Chicken George (Ben Vereen)
gained emancipation.
Special features of the DVD


include: "Crossing Over: How
Roots Captivated An Entire
Nation," newly created for this 30th
anniversary edition; behind-the-
scenes documentary "Remem-
bering Roots"; video highlights fea-
turing key cast members relaying
their memories of filming particular
scenes; audio commentary by key
cast members LeVar Burton, Cicely
Tyson and Ed Asner; and a CD-
Rom titled Roots' Family Tree.


Springing the Blues Festival Has

Strongest Line Up In Its' History


The 10th annual Springing the
Blues Festival will be held April 6-
8 at the Sea Walk Pavilion in
Jacksonville Beach with the
strongest line up ever..
Artists scheduled to perform at the
Easter weekend festival include
Eddie Kirkland and Willie Green,
Greg Baril, Michael Burks,
VuduBlu, Sue Foley, Roger
"Hurricane" Wilson, Little Charlie


and the NightCats, Shane Dwight,
Tab Benoit, The Eric Steckel Band,
the Rounders, Eddie Shaw & the
Wolf Gang and Willie "Big Eyes"
Smith. Most of the artists from
Muddy Waters' and Howlin' Wolf's
bands will be performing.
Although the festival runs three
days, several "warm up" activities
precede it. On March 30, James
Cotton will perform at Mojo
Kitchen and Blues Bar in
Jacksonville Beach. Cotton, also
known as "Superharp," is celebrat-
ed for his harmonica playing a
talent he honed while performing
with Blues icons Sonny Boy
Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.
April 2 marks the pre-festival con-
cert with the Steve Miller Band at
the Florida Theatre.
For performance times and more
information on George's Music
Springing the Blues Festival, go to
www.springingtheblues.com.


DENZEL DIRECTS 2ND FILM
Denzel Washington is in the midst of pre-
production on his second directorial effort,
"The Great Debaters," based on the true story
of a professor at historically black Wiley
College in Texas who inspired students to
form the school's first debate team in 1935.
Washington will also star in the film as
the professor, Melvin B. Tolson. His team of
skilled debaters went on to challenge Harvard
in the national championship.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in mid-May, according to
Production Weekly, with "Stomp the Yard" star Columbus Short in talks to
play one of Tolson's students.
In the meantime, Washington will next be seen in the film "American
Gangster" as Frank Lucas, the real life drug lord who smuggled heroin into
Harlem during the 1970s by hiding the stash inside the coffins of American
soldiers returning from Vietnam.
WYNTON GETS POLITICAL
Promoting his upcoming album "From the
Plantation to the Penitentiary" LAST
SWEEK on ABC's "This Week," trumpeter
~S Wynton Marsalis told host George
S- Stephanopoulos that its message is directed
Toward American citizens who are apathetic
about politics.
S"Find out where the tax money is going.
SFind out why something happened. Write to
people. Just be a participant," said the New
Orleans-born musician.
Marsalis said the song "Where Y'all At"
targets the generation that came of age during the 1960s and its attitude
toward today's young folk.
"We always want to blame a younger generation. What are we giving
the younger generation?" Marsalis said.
Marsalis said people need to participate to help solve the nation's prob-
lems. "Instead of saying 'What can we do about it?' we have to be spurred
to action," he said.

YOBA JOINS JANET IN NEXT TYLER PERRY FILM
Tasha Smith ("Daddy's Little Girls"), Michael Jai White, Richard T.
Jones, and Malik Yoba are the latest to join the cast of Tyler Perry's next
film, "Why Did I Get Married." Last week, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal and
Jill Scott were announced as cast members for the project, which centers
on a couple that enjoys a winter getaway with friends each year to re-
examine their marriage in a group setting. One of the wives brings along a
sexy young temptress who causes plenty of trouble for the couples.

SHAQ IN NEW REALITY SERIES FOR OBESE KIDS
Shaquille O'Neal is currently in production on a six-episode reality
weight-loss series for ABC that is scheduled to air this summer, reports
Variety. The hour-long show will follow the Miami Heat center as he sets
out to help Florida elementary and junior high school kids lose weight.
Throughout the program's run, Shaq will interact with the kids as he
encourages them to stick to their regimen.. The program is shooting in
Broward County, Fla.


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but I am confident that we can meet those challenges successfully.


I am motivated by the powerful words of Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing, the inspiring anthem
written by two of Jacksonville's most famous residents James Weldon Johnson and John
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