The Jacksonville free press ( January 24, 2008 )

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Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Jacksonville free press
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )


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Volume 21 No. 39 Jacksonville, Florida January 24-30, 2008

Election Watch: Voters Generations Apart in Thinking

by S. Macafrey
When Black civil rights elders
signed on to support Hillary
Rodham Clinton's run for president,
it was seen as a coup in the compe-
tition for the black vote, especially
in the Deep South.
Yet many younger black voters
seem to be shrugging off the sway

of leaders such as Rep. John Lewis
and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew
Young, siding instead with Barack
Obama's history-making bid to be
the nation's first black president.
It's a generational struggle that
should serve as a warning to
Democrats as they head into pri-
mary contests in states with large

black populations:
It also suggests the influence the
civil rights leaders have enjoyed as
political kingmakers is waning.
"The figureheads are not actually
gatekeepers to the black vote," said
William Cobb, a 38-year-old histo-
ry professor at Spelman College.
The candidates face their first

showdown for black votes in South
Carolina on Jan. 26 and another
Feb. 5 in Super Tuesday states with
large minority populations, such as
Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas.
Clinton and Obama have been
aggressively courting black votes
for some time. Both visited Selma,-
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A.P Randolph Student Selected Out of
100 Youth Nationally for Disney Academy

Ask the youth of today what they dream of you may get a variety of
answers. But harnessing that dream and motivation is exactly what Steve
harvey did when he and Walt Disney World deliberated over tens of thou-
sands of essays for particpation in the first Disney Steve Harvey Academy.
A Phillip Randolph Student Manuel O'Neal (shown above showing his
class ring) was selected for the adventure.See page 3 for more.

100 Event Yields Admissions Info and
On-the-Spot Scholarships for Area Youth
The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. presented its 5th Annual Infinite
Scholars Scholarship Fair at the Wyndam Hotel last weekend with over
300 students in attendance. Over 100 colleges and universities were on
hand to deliver on the spot scholarships, admissions information,and
financial aid. Pictured are:(L-R) Cydni Griggs (Wolfson High School),
Brandon Mitchell (Raines High School), Cicely Harpe (Recruiter, South
Carolina State University), Ken Pinnix (100 BMJAX), Sha'Terraca
Williams and Nyasha Poiter (Paxon School for Advanced Studies) and
Kevin Cotton (100 BMJAX).

Martin III Reveals Marriage, Pregnancy at King Celebration

Martin Luther King, III

There were new reasons to cele-
brate during this year's celebrations
honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
For the first time, it has been
announced the King name will live
on as his eldest son, Martin, III
announced that he and his wife,
Andrea, are expecting the King
family's first grandchild.
The eldest son of the revered civil
rights leader, has been married for
almost two years to Arndrea Waters
of Tallahassee, FL and the two are
expecting a daughter in May.
The joyous announcement is espe-

cially welcome after the King fami-
ly lost Coretta Scott King, the
widow of King, and their eldest
child, Yolanda King, in the last two
Coretta Scott King made her last
public appearance at the dinner two
years ago before she died of cancer
three weeks later. Yolanda King
died last May of a heart attack.
"In light of the devastating losses
that our family has suffered with the
passing of Aunt Coretta and
Yolanda, this is great news that a
grandchild of Martin Luther King is

coming into the world," Isaac Farris
Jr., president and CEO of the King
Center and a first cousin of the
King children, told the media.
"Our legacy continues." King III
married Waters shortly after his
mother's death, but the wedding
was not made public.
King III was the first of Martin
Luther King Jr.'s four children to
marry, and he will be the first to
have a child.
The event was announced at the
Salute to Greatness Dinner in
Atlanta, Ga.

Reddicks' and Friends Join City in Celebrating MLK Birthday

The King Holiday was a family affair for the Reddick family. Armed with family and friends, the clan made the trip downtown braving tem-
perature in the 40's to make sure the younger family members paid reverence to Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday. Joining thousands of
their fellowJacksonville citizens were: maleek McCullah, Marqueise McCullah, Monika Reddick, Jenea Reddick, Pat Parks, Sandra Prince,
Keyare parks, Genene Reddick, Kizzie parks, Jerahmi Gordon and Dee Reddick. For more parade photos, see page 11. FMe 'hoto

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Celebrity 'Village' Embraces Youth to Inspire at Disney's Dream Academy

Local student Manuel O'Neal Selected from thousands to 'feel the love'

Darlene Finley was treated to the trip by her son Manuel O'Neal

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By Lynn Jones
Motivation and inspiration were
the motives behind the recent King
weekend first annual Walt Disney's
Dreamers Academy. Hosted by the
multi-talented Steve Harvey, one
hundred youth were selected from
throughout the nation to participate
in the all expense paid weekend
including their parent. The mentor-
ing program was designed to recog-
nize and encourage promising
To be chosen each student had to
write an essay on their goals,
dreams and accomplishments. Out
of thousands of applicants, Manual
O'Neal, a student at A. Phillip
Randolph Academy and his mother
Darlene Finley joined the festivi-
During the first-ever career

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enrichment program of its kind, stu-
dents participated in interactive
workshops focusing on a variety of
subjects including Walt Disney
World Imagineering techniques,
entertainment, sports, culinary arts,
and more. Throughout the three-
and-a-half days, Disney cast mem-
bers, executives and celebrity
guests shared their blueprints for
success including tips on network-
ing, making a good first impression,
job interview skills and finding the
right career path. The 100 teens also
had the opportunity to enjoy all of
Disney's theme parks.
The young people in attendance
spanned the gamut of experience.
Youth who have overcome obsta-
cles such as being homeless, HIV,
foster care, drugs, adoption and par-

Harvey surrounded by the "Academy and his co-host, Mickey

What are your dreams for the future?
"I do not have dreams some dreams do not come true I have goals.
My goal is to go to University of Advancing Technology and gradu-
ate with a masters in engineering and a masters in gamming. Anther
goal is owning a muti-billon dollar company that will buy out win-
dows. Another goal is to be somebody in life instead of another black
man working at burger king or another black man in jail for selling
drugs. I want to be a black man on the news for donating to charity
or just built a after school program like Team-up to help other kids to
go on the road and stay on the road to success, this my goal that I

am going to make happen."

entless were all there to experience
the Disney magic and fuel their
Celebrity participants in the
Academy include R&B artists
Keyshia Cole and Musiq Soulchild;
actors Tichina Arnold ("Everybody
Hates Chris," "Martin"), Victoria
Rowell ("The Young & the
Restless"), Kyle ("Corey in the
House") and Chris Massey
(Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101"); truTV
Host Star Jones Reynolds; and hosts
of BET's "106th and Park" Rosci.
During the weekend, Harvey
shared his secrets to "Hosting a
Radio Show" in one session. Noted
experts from the world of profes-
sional sports -- including NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers star line-
backer Derrick Brooks; ESPN on-
air talent Stephen A. Smith and

Jemele Hill; sports marketing con-
sultant Erin Patton, whose clients
have included Michael Jordan and
Stephon Marbury and renowned
sports agent Greg Nared, who has
worked with Tiger Woods and
Michele Wie offeredd their expert-
ise about "The Business of Sports"
and other sports-related topics. And
members of Walt Disney
Entertainment -- including perform-
ers from the "Lights, Motors,
Action! Extreme Stunt Show" at
Disney's Hollywood Studios --
offered tips on making it in the
entertainment business.
The celebrities not only talked
the talk, but walked the walk. When
one student who had a T-shirt busi-
ness presented some of his shirts to
Harvey as a gift, Harvey bought one
hundred shirts on the spot to show

students what happens when prepa-
ration meets opportunity.
The program culminated with a
graduation ceremony featuring
noted entrepreneur Bob Johnson,
founder of BET Networks and cur-
rent owner of the NBA Charlotte
Bobcats, as the keynote speaker.
"When you talk about the Disney
World organization, it has as many
jobs as a single corporation can
have and I'm excited to see these
kids have an opportunity to experi-
ence everything that Disney has to
offer them," said Harvey. "We'll
show these kids that there are many
ways to follow your dreams."
"The Steve Harvey Morning
Show" conducted the Dreamer's

Contest to help identify the partici-
pants in Disney's Dreamers
Academy. This program was creat-
ed for high school students who
show promise -- but may need a lit-
tle motivation. All of the selected
students shared a trait: the power to
DREAM. Parents, teachers, school
administrators, church groups and
even the students themselves nomi-
nated more than 3,000 aspiring
dreamers from across the nation for
the program. Participants were
selected by a panel of judges
including educators, civic leaders,
business professionals and Disney
Parks' executives. It was so success-
ful, plans are beiung made to con-
tinue the program next year.

Governor's Office Announces

Black History Month Contests
Governor Charlie Crist has opened Florida's Black History Month
"Pioneering the Future" Web site and invited students in kindergarten
through 12th grades to participate in the Florida Black History Month
essay contest. Full-time African-American educators in elementary, mid-
dle or high schools are also eligible for the Black History Month
Excellence in Education Award.
Winners will receive a computer and a full four-year tuition scholarship
to a Florida public college or university of their choice. Essays should
answer the question: "How have the contributions of African-American
scientists or inventors impacted your life?"
For nomination forms, visit www.floridablackhistory.com.

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The 21st Annual Kuumba African, African American Cultural Arts and and
Music Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24th-
Memorial Day Weekend. This year in addition to its local and regional artists
displays, national artist will be represented as well as a major National per-

Want to get involved in a worthwhile event and support a worthy cause?
Volunteer with Kuumba. Volunteers are needed for this year's event.
Volunteers will assist with stage management, crowd control, parking, set up
and take down of seating and hosting of the workshops.

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Is the Dream Even Still Relevant

or Has Reality Set In?

In 1983 the third Monday in
January was designated a federal
legal holiday in honor of Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Most of
us enjoy the day and attend MLK
Day parades, and other junctions
that commemorate the life and
legacy of Dr. King.
The question at hand though, is
do we really celebrate or commem-
orate the very thing he or Dr. King
would have wanted us to be honor-
ing. He was a very unselfish man,
who knew that the struggle for jus-
tice and equality was much bigger
than him.
Every movement, every cause,
every organization needs a leader
and figurehead and Martin Luther
King embodied what it meant to be
a true leader. At the helm of the
most important movement in this
country's history at least in my
opinion was a man named Martin.
He was a man who wasn't perfect,
but was perfect for the job.
It was almost prophetic when Dr.
King spoke on April 3, 1968, and
said, "I have been to the mountain
top and seen the Promised Land."
He went on to say that he probably
would not be here on this earth to
see it, but he knew that blacks
would truly gain equality in this
Dr. King said, "We've got some
difficult days ahead. But it doesn't
matter with me now. Because I've
been to the mountaintop. And I
don't mind. Like anybody, I would
like to live a long life. Longevity

has its place. But I'm not concerned
about that now. I just want to do
God's will.
"And He's allowed me to go up
to the mountain. And I've looked
over. And I've seen the Promised
Land. I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight,
that we, as a people, will get to the
Promised Land. And I'm happy,
tonight. I'm not worried about any-
thing. I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of
the coming of the Lord."
Or to use some of his most popu-
lar words, "I have a dream, that my
four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but
by the content of their character."
But is that dream still a realistic
goal in 2006? Most of us deal with
the racial realities of life in
America everyday and the reality
of human nature, and those realities
don't lead me to believe that King's
dream may never be truly realized.
But if you think of the goals and
objectives of the Civil Rights
Movement, many would say that
the mission was accomplished.
Blacks can eat in whatever
restaurants we want, well unless it
is an exclusive country club, and
most of us either can't afford or
they do not want us there. African
Americans can almost and I do say
"almost" live wherever we want
and almost attend any school we
are qualified to attend, and that gets
a capital, "ALMOST."

We certainly have access to the
same financial institutions and get
approved for loans if we qualify
almost as frequently as whites. We
can own businesses and be as suc-
cessful as some, but we still seem
to struggle to get opportunities in
numerous industries.
What about racism and hate, we
have certainly move past those
issues in this country right? Well,
not quite, but we have made
tremendous strides. Wait a minute;
I think that I just answered the
question I just posed to my readers.
If the dream is not a goal in 2005, it
certainly should be, because while
our achievements have been great,
we still have yet to come close to
crossing the finish line.
King just might be surprised that
many of the same issues we were
talking about prior to his death are
still issues today. My favorite
MLK quote comes from his "I
Have a Dream Speech" when he
talks about the promise of equality
given to all Americans by the
Constitution. King said, "When the
architects of our republic wrote the
magnificent words of the
Constitution and the declaration of
Independence, they were signing a
promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir."
"This note was a promise that all
men would be guaranteed the
inalienable rights of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. It is
obvious today that America has
defaulted on this promissory note

insofar as her citizens of color are
concerned. Instead of honoring this
sacred obligation, America has
given the Negro people a bad check
which has come back marked
'insufficient funds.'"
So if I could talk to the good
Doctor about his dreams and goal
for an America void of hate and
inequality has not been recognized.
And as Angela Davis once said, "I
see racism as such being even more
dangerous in the latter nineties than
it was in the fifties and sixties. For
one thing, it is more structurally
entrenched in the economic system
and so he globalization of capital
has led to racism structures that are
often not recognized as racism."
But again, we have come a very
long way and Dr. King would be
proud of the progress that we
(Americans) have made. He might
be somewhat bothered by the fact
that issues like affirmative action
still create a wedge between many
Americans, but I can hear him say-
ing, "The line of progress is never
straight. For a period of movement
may follow a straight line and then
it encounters obstacles and the path
In closing, he might quote
Booker T. Washington and say,
"There is no power on earth that
can permanently stay our
Signing off on MLK Day,
Reggie Fullwood

Upcoming Voter ID Decision Could Have

Lasting Impact On U.S. Election System

by Marc Morial
With the presidential race in full
swing, the U.S. Supreme Court
iscurrently considering a case that
could have a huge impact on the
nation's electoral system forever. It
revolves around an Indiana statue
that requires voters to showcurrent
state-issued photo identification
when they cast their ballots.
Last Election Day, 61-year-old
Valerie Williams attempted to vote
in the lobby of her retirement home
as she had the past two elections.
This time around, poll workers
turned her away because she lacked
a current Indiana-issued photo
identification card.
Her telephone bill, social securi-
ty letter and an expired Indiana dri-
ver's license weren't enough to
prove I.D. though they had been in
previous elections.
So, Williams, who requires a
cane to get around, was permitted
to cast a provisional ballot, which
was discarded when she couldn't-
secure a ride to the local voting
office to verify her identity with-
inl0 days as required by state law.
She and 31 others affiliated with
the case recounted similar experi-
ences. Most failed to comply with
the law because they lacked the
transportation to get to the local
voting office to convert their provi-
sional ballots into actual votes or
couldn'tafford state-issued identifi-

cation. They represent as much as
12 percent of all voters, a dispro-
portionate number of them elderly,
poor, minorities or disable, who do
not have government-issued photo
identification. And a recent hearing
of oral arguments over the case by
the nation's top court did little to
give them hope. Major media out-
lets predicted it would rule in favor
of thelaw.
In 2006, the U.S. House of
Representatives, under different
leadershipthan in 2007, passed leg-
islation imposing the photo I.D.
requirement along with proof of
citizenship upon all Americans,
just weeks afterreauthorizing the
landmark Voting Rights Act.
Fortunately, the notion hasn't gar-
nered as much support in the cur-
rent Congress yet at least.
Proponents of photo-ID require-
ments continue to labor under
themisconception that they're need-
ed to deter individual voter
fraud,hardly the most pressing
problem facing our nation. As the
Boston Globeeditorial page sagely
noted recently, "The American vot-
ing system hashad all manner of
problems lately, but an epidemic of
voter fraud is notone of them."
And in a 2007 Washington Post
editorial, the New York University
LawSchool's Brennan Center for
Justice's Michael Waldman and
Justin Levittconcluded "the notion

of widespread voter fraud ... is
itself a fraud."I must concur.
Falsely claiming citizenship and
voting fraudulently have long been
federal offenses. From 2002 to
2006, only 86 U.S. residents were-
convicted of federal election fraud,
according to the Department of
Justice. All this fuss over less than
100 convictions among millions
ofvotes cast?
Still, that hasn't stopped legisla-
tors in 27 states from introducing
legislation just like Indiana's, even
though in some states like Georgia
similar efforts have been struck
down by state and federal course.
That is what makes the Supreme
Court's decision all the more
important. Theprecedent our
nation's most prominent jurists set
will dictate thecourse of our
nation's elections system for years
to come.
More than 40 years after the first
wave of the civil rights movement,
we must continue to fight for and
encourage the full participation of
ourcitizenry in the electoral
process, not move to disenfran-
chise thousands of registered vot-
In 2005, a federal judge in
Georgia concluded that a photo-ID
requirement passed by that state's
legislature constituted a poll tax. I
would dare to say it's a 21st
Century poll tax.

If the Supreme Court upholds the
Indiana law, it threatens to take the
United States back to the days of
literacy tests and all kinds of Jim
Crow-era tactics that kept African
Americans from voting for decades
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The Assimilation

of the Negro

By William Reed
Political Correctness is going to be the death of
us! Santa is no longer allowed to say Ho Ho Ho
because it may offend "some women". And,
words such as "colored" and "negro" are being
cast as products of a bygone era. "Colored" and
"Negro" are archaic and considered by some to be derogatory. This has put
civil-rights organizations like the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and United Negro College
Fund (UNCF) in a quandary. Should they change the names of their his-
toric institutions to modernize?
Technically, Negro is a racial term referring to people who have high
melanin content. P.C.-wise, it is a form of speech or writing that is no
longer current. Prior to the shift in the lexicon of American and worldwide
classification of race and ethnicity in the late 1960s the designation was
accepted as a normal formal term both by those of African descent as well
as non-African blacks. Now many consider it as an ethnic slur.
"Negro" as an affront is the issue the United Negro College Fund is
attempting to address in a subtle manner worth noting. The 64-year-old
organization isn't officially removing "Negro" from its name but rather
unveiling a new branding effort that focuses on the acronym "UNCF." The
group's new logo and theme is toward refocusing attention on its universal
catchphrase, "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste."
In regards to its new identity, UNCF president and CEO Michael L.
Lomax said: "This is a proud and crucial moment for UNCF. This is a time
to move forward and advance our brand while still embracing our her-
itage." The new "UNCF" logo emphasizes the acronym and is updated in
contemporary colors. The UNCF and its historically Black colleges and
universities (HBCUs), have to attract money and young people. UNCF
schools, and non-affiliated HBCUs, award 18 percent of all the undergrad-
uate degrees received by African American students across the country.
The UNCF supports 60,000 students at 900 colleges and universities.
They say that there is a "new racial dynamic" in the county, so the notion
of making a name change for groups such as the NAACP and UNCF are
more than simply symbolic. These organizations are making what they
view as business decisions to remain relevant and attract younger mem-
The NAACP name is probably one of the last historic references to use
the term "colored people." Some say the name has "historical signifi-
cance". Others say "the NAACP has remained in a 60s time zone". Steve
Harvey, host of "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," echoes thoughts of
many, saying the organization needs to change its name "in order to appeal
to younger generations and increase membership". As it moves toward its
centennial, many blacks wonder aloud whether the NAACP's mission is
still relevant. NAACP membership is down. And some lifetime members
never attend a local branch meeting.
The NAACP and UNCF can't just engage in name changes. They have
to develop new, creative and effective business strategies. President
Lomax hopes the UNCF is moving in the right direction. "We were able to
remain respectful of our honored past while creating a more progressive
and encompassing look to our future. UNCF is taking a bold step forward
to attract new donors, reinforce our relevance and appeal to a broader base
of public support," Lomax said. Tom Joyner's "Morning Show" and foun-
dation raise money to support scholarships, bricks and mortar, endow-
ments, special funds and projects for the UNCF. When a school is desig-
nated as "school of the month," the radio program and its affiliated entities
raise money for that college.
Many of our younger generation object to the term "Negro" because it
serves as a reminder of the humiliation and degradation through which the
race has passed. But, many blacks say "nothing changes for us in
America's social dynamic whether we are "colored" "black" or "Negro". In
the long run; isn't it true that any race will derive its reputation from its
character and worth and not from the appellation by which it is known?

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Boylan-Haven Alumnae Salutes First Black Bus Drivers Symbolic of the diversity and our changing times, the
Boylan Haven Alumnae Association, held it's 23rd annual Black History Month program with guest speaker Michael Blaylock, Chief Executive Officer
of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority speaking on "Sharing the Dream Then and Now". Being honored at the event were JTA's first Black bus
drivers who gave first hand accounts of their experiences as the integrators of the public transportation system. Shown above are honored drivers with
the CEO: Jaye Wand, Charles McRoy, Melvin Wilson, Michael Blaylock, Rev. Richard Wilson, Rev. Thomas Cummings and Amos Ealy. KFP Photo

Introducing look Who's

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Say it loud.
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"I'd rather be disliked for who I
am than loved for who I am not,"
says Marsha G. Oliver who returns
to the Jacksonville Free Press in
February with a new column,
"Look Who's Talking."
Each month, Oliver will feature
interviews with people who are
finding fulfillment by "talking and
living out loud." Each interviewee
will be granted an opportunity to
reveal how he or she is living life
on purpose...with an identity that
is not defined by an employer,
spouse, or parent.
Do you know who you are and
what you want? Do you embrace
life and the changes that come
with it? Have you become your
own hero by remaining true to
yourself? Personalities that can
answer those questions with ease
are some of the individuals that
will be profiled in the new column.
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Generation Gap Separating Decisions of Young Black Voters

Continued from front
Ala., in March for the anniversary
of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights
march in 1965. And Obama spoke
at Martin Luther King Jr.'s
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
over the weekend, a visit expected
to rich in symbolism coming the
day before the King holiday.
In a sign of what's at stake, a heat-
ed dispute has erupted over
Clinton's comment that King's
dream of racial equality was real-
ized only when President Lyndon
B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights
Act of 1964.
Bill Clinton's putdowns of the
Illinois senator also have offended
some blacks. Altogether, the scrap
between the Clintons and the
Obama camp has awakened racial
sensitivities in the party that is sup-
posed to know better.
Blacks have traditionally voted
overwhelmingly Democratic and
Obama is picking up their support

fast, according to new polls. An
ABC-Washington Post survey this
week found a 21-point increase in
support for Obama among black
voters in the last month, putting him
up 60-32 over Clinton. He led the
New York senator 49-34 in a CBS-
New York Times poll.
Still, Clinton's husband enjoyed
such strong support from black vot-
ers that he was dubbed the first
black president. And Hillary
Clinton has been able to capitalize
on long-standing friendships with
the black political elite in scoring
endorsements. Whether that will
translate into black votes is any-
one's guess.
"For me personally, I have a long
association with the Clintons and
I'm very loyal to my friends," said
Cong. Lewis.
Younger blacks don't share the
same loyalties. And some lump
older black leaders with the politi-
cal establishment they say Obama

is aiming to upend.
One civil rights veteran who is
backing Obama shares that view.
Joseph Lowery, former head of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Council, calls colleagues who are
supporting Clinton "good old
"They are business-as-usual, old-
guard politicians and it's hard for
them to break out of that mold,"
Lowery said.
At a speech before the Hungry
Club in Atlanta, Lowery said
blacks who doubt Obama's ability
to compete are guilty of "a slave
"No matter how much education
they have, they never graduated
from the slave mentality," Lowery
said. "The slavery mentality com-
pels us to say, 'We can't win, we
can't do.'"
Clinton has lined up the support
of baseball Hall of Famer Hank
Aaron, one-time basketball super-

star Magic Johnson, Motown
founder Berry Gordy and Black
Entertainment Television founder
Bob Johnson among others. Obama
has Oprah Winfrey in his comer as
well as R&B crooner Usher.
Clinton has poet Maya Angelou;
Obama has the rapper Ludacris a
generational split all its own.
The campaign has divided some
prominent households, too.
Jesse Jackson, who tried to
become the first black president in
his 1984 and 1988 campaigns, and
his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., are
backing Obama. The elder
Jackson's wife, Jacqueline, is sup-
porting Clinton.
Georgia state Rep. Bob Holmes,
former director of Clark Atlanta
University's Southern Center for
Studies in Public Policy, said blacks

in the South could once count on a
rigid brand of machine politics in
which black churches and civic
leaders delivered their voters.
That machine is no more, he said.
"The younger generation is more
independent and make up their own
Holmes also said younger blacks
feel the old guard set its sights too
"This isn't the generation of slow
struggle," he said. "This is the Me
Generation and if they see a viable
black candidate for president they
don't see a reason why that should-
n't be possible right now."
Rick Dent, a political strategist
who has worked for Democratic
campaigns throughout the South,
said older black leaders adopted a
more pragmatic political approach

out of necessity.
"For the John Lewises of the
world, who've been hit in the head
with a baton, they have a different
perspective," Dent said. "You've got
a new generation of African-
Americans with no contact or
understanding with what he had to
go through, thank God."
LaDawn Jones bounced her 5-
month-old daughter Lyndon on her
knee at a party that brought several
hundred Obama supporters together
to watch returns in the New
Hampshire primary won by
Clinton. She said she backed
Clinton at first because she thought
the New York senator had a better
chance of winning in November.
Now Jones is behind Obama,
explaining, "I want to go for the

Black History Month Kickoff Reception Black History Month Reception and Auction
Black History Month Cultural Festival Contemporary African-American Artists
Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes Afroprovocations Ladysmith Black Mombazo
Harlem Globetrotters 2007 Tour Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

The Riley House. C.K. Steele Memorial. The Union Bank Building. These are only
a few of the historic homes and civil rights monuments that enrich Tallahassee's Black
Heritage. We invite you to come and join us in the capital city in celebration of Black
History Month. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the Black History Month
festival itself are merely a couple highlights of our celebration. For more information
about our Black Heritage events, call 1-866-628-2866 or go to VisitTallahassee.com.


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The Stormwater Advisory Committee (SWAC) invites you to learn about the
proposed plan for the billing, collection and use of the new stormwater fee and
to provide feedback.

All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

District 4 Thursday, January 24, 2008
Hogan-Spring Glen Elem., 6736 Beach Blvd., 32216

District 10 Monday, January 28, 2008
Raines High School, 3663 Raines Ave., 32209

District 3 Monday, February 4, 2008
Alimacani Elem., 2051 S. San Pablo Rd., 32224

District 12 Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Crystal Springs Elem., 1200 Hammond Blvd., 32221

Meetings are being held in other districts throughout February.
Visit www.jaxswac.com or call 630-CITY (2489) for details.

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Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Former Mrs.USA to Speak at Women
Take to the "Street"to March and Clean for Christ Luncheon, Feb. 12th

The Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1953 West 9th
Street, Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Sr. & Jr., Pastors; are calling on the commu-
nity to join them on Saturday, January 26th as they take to the streets to
reach out to those in need of a relationship with Christ. Come back Sunday,
January 27th for 10 a.m. Worship and enjoy Brunch and Fellowship fol-
lowing the service. For more information, call 534-0145.
Come Hear "Healing Spiritually"
"Healing spiritually: The Relevance of Christ Jesus' Example today" is
the topic to be presented by Mr. Ryder Stevens, a former Army Chaplain,
now engaged in the full time practice of public Christian Science healing.
The free lecture will be held at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1505
N. 2nd Street, Jacksonville Beach. Childcare will be provided for very
young children.

Protecting the Black Church
Bobby Johnson of the New Black Panthers Organization/Dallas Chapter
and other members stand around the Antioch Baptist Church during a morn-
ing worship service in Jena, La., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. The church had
received threats prior to the white supremacists march on MLK Day in the
small Lousiana town.

St. Pius V and Crucifixion Catholic
Churches to hold Family Game Night
St. Pius V and Church of the Crucifixion Catholic Churches will host
their 2nd Annual "Family, Dinner and Game Night II" on Saturday, January
26, 2008, at 6 p.m. at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 1470 West 13th Street.
Games will include "Scrabble," "Jenga," "Battleship," video games,
cards, and more. Spaghetti dinners will also be served, takeout will also be
available. Price includes dinner and two free raffle tickets. For more infor-
mation, call Mrs. Cummings at (904) 463-2392.

National Baptist Deacons Convention
of America to Meet in Savannah, Ga
The Chatham County Deacons and Deaconess Union are excited about
hosting the 74th annual session of the National Baptist Deacons
Convention of America Inc., and its Auxiliaries.
The Convention will be held in Savannah, Georgia July 28th, thru August
2nd, 2008. The location is the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel, 100
Ge-neral McIntosh'Boulevard Savannah, Georgia 31401. Telephone: 912-
233-7722 or 1-800-285-0398.

The Women for Christ of Jacksonville, will hold their Annual Luncheon
for the twenty-third year at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at
the Prime Osborn Convention Center. In keeping with their tradition a
Christian woman speaker will be presented, this year it is the former Mrs.
USA, Sheri Rose Shepherd.
Mrs. Shepherd and Dr. James Dobson are seen on the #1 acclaimed tel-
evision show, "Focus on the Family." As a young woman she battled
severely overweight, depression, and an eating disorder. Her books Life is
Not a Dress Rehearsal, Preparing Him for the Other Woman: A Mother's
Guide to Raising her Son to Love a Wife and Lead a Family, have been fea-
tured on Lifetime Television for Women and NBC's Inside Edition. For
ticket information please call (904) 642-5570 or visit website at: www.jax-

Historical Marker Unveiled for City's First Black Police Officers

Shown above are a photo of the first six officers, right is the bronze plaque.

On the eve of Black History
month, Jacksonville paid tribute to
the first Black police officers serv-
ing the Sheriff's Office. Henry
Harley, Edward Hickson, Alvin
James, Beaman Kendal, Marion
Massey and Charlie Sea weree hon-
ored with a bronze marker on the
site of the old Blodgett Police

Substation. The men were the first
African-Americans to serve as
policemen in Jacksonville in the
20th Century. Funding was provid-
ed to the Durkeeville Historical
Society to erect historic markers
throughout the northwest core.
From Reconstruction to the end of
the 19th century, African-American

men served as policemen in
Jacksonville. However, by the early
20th century, black men were no
longer employed in these positions.
In 1950 the "Colored Division" of
the Jacksonville Police Department
Was developed and Sgt. W.L. Bates
commanded the unit. This division
was housed at a substation at the

Blodgett Homes Housing Project
near the location of the event.
Despite many limitations and
obstacles, these pioneers in 20th
century law enforcement served
with distinction and were a source
of great pride to the African-
American community.
FM Powell photo

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Creflo Dollar Sells Rolls Following Financial Probe

The Rev. Creflo Dollar, the TV
preacher whose Bling Dynasty is
being probed by a ranking U.S.
Senator, says that he has sold his
$280,000 Rolls-Royce and donated
the money to his children's min-

"If you want good news, I sold
the Rolls Royce and donated the
money to our children's ministry,"
the Atlanta-area minister told
ABC's Nightline TV news maga-
zine. "But I didn't sell the Rolls
Royce to please everybody ...
because there's nothing wrong
with having a car that members of
church bought for me."
Dollar, along with several other
televangelists who preach the
gospel of prosperity, said that he
has spent his own personal wealth
purchasing 100 cars for elderly and
single mothers, and that he has
bought houses for people. And,
regarding his large estate in Atlanta
and his $2.4 million apartment in
New York, Dollar says that those

purchases have nothing to do with
the $69 million his church brought
in last year. They were bought with
the money he earns from his many
private business deals, he said.
As for the private jet, he says he
needs it, like a carpenter needs a
hammer, as a tool to carry out
God's work. And for anyone who
thinks being a Christian means you
need to pledge to a life of poverty,
they need to go back and read the
Bible, he says.
"I say pick the Bible up and read
it for yourself," he told Nightline.
"And as you begin to read it, you'll
go through the entire Bible and
find out that Abraham, was rich.
Isaac and Jacob was rich. Joseph
was rich. Solomon was one of the
richest people in the world. These

were all servants of God. Well,
why in the world would God allow
his son to come and not be at least
to the level of those servants?"
Not everybody agrees, including
the Rev. Dr. Joseph Hough, presi-
dent of Union Theological
Seminary in New York.
"This claim that Creflo Dollar
makes that Jesus was rich is so
ludicrous as to hardly bear exami-
nation," he said. "All of the people
who followed Jesus were poor peo-
ple .... Ninety-five percent of the
people who lived in the culture that
Jesus was part of were very poor
people. It is wrong to make people
believe that if they follow a certain
formula, that God somehow is
going to transform their circum-

Florida Teacher of the

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Nominations for the Florida
2007-2008 TOTY (Teacher of the
Year) are being accepted through
April 30, 2008.
The award will include $1,000 to
the winning teacher and a $500
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Florida TOTY Award winner will
also be eligible for the national
Teachers, students and parents can
nominate any of the state's more
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Southern Genealogists
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Jodi Mack, 7th Grade ELA/Wrting Teacher.

As parents around the city are a
struggling for a better understand-
ing for the all important FCAT,
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School is bringing the message to
them. For the first time, the alterna-
tive school held their first
"Strategies for Success" program
with eighty-four parents attending.
an evening of motivation, encour-
agement and education.
Under the leadership of Principal
Kenneth Reddick, Asst. Principal
Philip Mitchell Instructional Coach
Dr. Monica Ford-Davis, the parents
were privy to PowerPoint presenta-
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focuses: Language Arts (writing),
Mathematics, and Reading.
The first presenter, Mrs. Jodi
Mack, 7th grade ELA and Writing
teacher, provided instructional
insight on what the essay evalua-
tor's expect from students; thereby
ensuring a successful completion of
the FCAT writing requirements.
Next, Karen Holsey, 8th grade
Mathematics teacher, presented an
example of one technique used to
solve a mathematical word prob-
lem, and provided website and
tutoring information to improve a
student's necessary math skills for
success. Finally, Ms. Lorietta
Howard, Reading coach, placed

emphasis on the test-taking strate-

gies of the "T-H-I-E-V-E-S and
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parents to take an active role in
their children's learning needs
through advocating reading as a
part of his or her daily routine.
Other Mattie V. Rutherford
administrators were also onhand to
meet parents including teachers
from the 6th, 7th and 8th grade
classes. The information was well
received. The packed audience of
parents took detailed notes, asked
relevant questions, and were
extremely appreciative of the mate-
rial provided on how to better help
their children on the FCAT.
Administrator's goals for the pro-
gram was to provide parents with a
better understanding of how the
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Depression knows nothing of
skin color, yet cultural influences
shape how people of different races
deal with the illness. So says Terrie
M. Williams, author of Black Pain:
It Just Looks Like We're Not
Hurting, which arrived in book-
stores this month. Williams, an
African-American, is a social work-
er by training and a public relations
professional by trade-and has her-
self battled depression. In the
African-American community, she
says, there's a tendency to hide or
ignore symptoms of depression,
which include sadness, energy loss,
feelings of worthlessness, thoughts
of death or suicide, change in
weight, and oversleeping or diffi-
culty sleeping. That tendency
means missed opportunities to hit
the disorder with effective treat-
ments, including talk therapy, anti-
depressant medication, or both.
More than 20 million people in the
United States are clinically
African-Americans are less likely
to have access to "comforts"-such
as mental health services, massage,
and yoga-that can make dealing

with depression easier, Williams
says. "If you don't have access to
those comforts that cushion what
you're going through, that in and of
itself makes [dealing with depres-
sion] different and very difficult,"
she says. In an interview with U.S.
News, Williams provided some
insight into how depression affects
the African-American community.
Is there more stigma tied to
depression in the African-
American community than in
other groups?
Depression is a sign of weakness
in the black community. Black peo-
ple would rather say that they have
a relative in jail before they will
acknowledge that they have a men-
tal illness. But many of my white
friends and colleagues who are very
much more open will tell you that
they can't make an appointment
because they are going to see their
therapist. But it's a very different
experience in the African-American
You say in the book that misdiag-
nosis of depression in the African-
American community is common-
that the "strong personal style" of

given day, you can see that we are a
people who are hurting. I hear many
different kinds of reasons. What I
know is that we experience life in
this country in a way that makes it
very difficult to be.
What symptoms of depression
transcend across cultures?
You run from yourself. It's a
human thing to keep things locked
up inside of you. When you're
working 24-7 and you don't have
the energy to do anything at all,
when you have difficulty concen-
trating, when you're not doing work
that fills your spirit those are
things that mean you have unre-
solved issues. And you may also
sleep a lot because you're afraid to
get up.
How can people be more
attuned to signs of depression in
African-Americans suppress and
repress pain. [Still], there are many
signs of depression that are like
neon lights, but we don't really pay
attention, or we don't have time to
listen. With more dialogue, maybe,
just maybe, there will be more sen-
sitivity. Remember, everyone has a
story. Assume that that person has a
story just like you do, is just as frag-
ile and as challenged as you are.
You went through your own
personal struggle with depression
and chose to share your story
through this book. Why?
I've always been a very sensitive
person. I feel other people's pain
and have a tendency to absorb it. I
have a sense of the universality of
humanity. I have a sense that under-
neath the face that everyone wears,
we all share the same thing. People
speak to you on so many different
levels. I often will pay more atten-
tion to a person's body language
than I will to what they say. That's
what speaks really loudly to me.
And a lot of times, I think three of
the hardest words to answer honest-
ly are, "How are you?" We usually
lie, and when we do lie, it chips
away at our spirit. So when we do
ask this question, really listen to the

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African-Americans, "on top of
beliefs that we can handle anything,
often makes white professionals
miss how much pain or anguish
we're in." How so?
We're perceived to be ones who
can handle our business, and so
there is that tendency to not recog-
nize depression in African-
Americans. In general, I think that
there's a lack of knowledge about
the black experience with depres-
sion. I feel that we are in such a
major crisis. We haven't really
named what's ailing us. Almost any

- Alright ladies,
I'm trying to move on from the
topic of weaves but that seems to
be the question that is on every-
one's minds so here we go, this
time we're taking a look specifi-
cally at sew ins.
If you've been reading my col-
umn then you know that yes I am
a fan of sew ins. Let's face it,
compared to many of our daily
hair routines a sew in can seem
like a dream come true because of
the lack of maintenance. Weaved
hair has better memory which
means it holds styles longer. Yet
there are some important things
to keep in mind if you're consid-
ering one.
First I know it may be tempting
to skimp on the hair, but trust me
you don't want to. It's critical that
you start off on the right foot, and
the best way you can do this is by
purchasing quality hair. There is a
good chance you will see a few
boxes when you walk into the
hair store with hair that's around
nine dollars. For the most part
keep on walking, you need quali-
ty hair. I insist on this, the better
the quality of the hair the less
shedding you will encounter. You
don't have to break the bank and
get hair for 200 dollars either;

The Truth About Long Term Health Insurance

The key to maintaining a healthy
and independent lifestyle as you
age is being able to exercise the
freedom and control of staying in
your own home environment. This
may prove to be more conducive to
healing healthier and receiving
quality care. Care received from a
nursing home is no match for qual-
ity care received in the home.
Studies still reveal that Black
Americans far short of planning
ahead for Long term Health care
insurance. Black families' multi
task the two of caring for a love one
that has fallen victim to a critical
illness and raising their family at
the same time. Here are the facts:
Long term care is not covered
through a traditional medical insur-
ance plan, or Medicare.
Long Term care is a unique Plan
of its own.
The Plan covers custodial care,
referred to as everyday living,
Assisted Daily Living, (ADL), such
as a person who may be hired by a
family to render services to do laun-
dry, or cook meals, or providing
bathing, and clothing.
A Long Term Care Plan covers a

Appeal for

Your Excess

The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a
non-profit organization 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 winter, or have
clothes, shoes, jackets etc. you
have outgrown and want to
get rid of, we will make them
a part of our next scheduled
Clothes Give-A-Way.We will
also come pick up your gift of
clothes.Contact us at 240-
9133 for more information.



wide range of providers from med-
ical doctors, nurses, certified nurs-
ing assistant, and in some cases, an
unlicensed family member who
may be the Caregiver.
Planning ahead to add Long term
care to your portfolio is wise and
prudent. If you are still working,
find out if Long term Care is
offered through your employer.
Many employers have started to
make Long term care an optional
benefit that an employee can pur-
chase on their own, and once a per-
son leaves the Company, the policy
becomes portable, and can be taken
with them.
With the age of the baby
boomers, interest is the long term
products have become pretty wide-
spread. Some people may ponder
the question, Will I Need Long-
term Care?

About 60 percent of people over
age 65 will require at least some
type of long-term care during their
Information from the National
Clearinghouse on Long term care
provides this cost assessment: One
year of care in a nursing home,
based on the 2006 national average,
costs over $62,000 for a semi-pri-
vate room. One year of care at
home, assuming you need periodic
personal care help from a home
health aide (the average is about
three times a week), would cost
almost $16,000 a year.
When shopping for a long term
policy, assess your individual
needs, for example, how long will
you need the policy, or will there be
care and support provided by fami-
ly and friends.

plan on spending at least twenty
dollars a pack, and get human
hair. For African American hair
Yaki Perm works well, but of
course it depends on the texture
of hair that you have. Speaking of
texture you need to match it as
well as color with your own hair.
Now when it comes to actually
getting your hair sewn in, ask
your stylist about the types of
braids they use. You don't want
your braids too thick, because
your hair will appear lumpy. The
more braiding patterns they can
do the more styles they will be
able to execute for you. So
sounds pretty simple right. Once
you have your beautiful new
style, remember to get it washed
at least every two weeks. Please
don't leave it in any longer than
three months. Doing so could
cause your braids underneath to
dread, and chances are your sew
in won't have that natural look. If
you're interested in getting a con-
sultation call me, I have coupons
on my website. Dsspasalon.com
If you would like to ask
Dyrinda a please email her at:
DS Spa and Salon is located at
9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2.
She can be reached at 645-9044.



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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

50th Annual Ebony
Fashion Fair
The 50th Annual Ebony Fashion
Fair, featuring the best of the best in
fashions from the nation's top
designers hosted by Alpha Jax
Foundation, Inc.to benefit the com-
munity projects of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be held on
Friday, January 25th at the
Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth
Street. For more info, call 998-9183
or email myraann@aol.com.

Men in Black
January Jam
The Men in Black are sponsoring
their 2nd Annual 'January Jam' on
Saturday, January 26, 2008, at the
Scottish Rite Masonic Cathedral.
Located on 29 W 6th St. comer of
Main St. The Doors will open at 8
pm and close 'round midnight.
There will be door prizes, dinner
and dancing! For more information,
call 904-226-0405.

Jax Assoc. of Black
Journalists Meeting
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists will be holding a
reorganization meeting on
Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at the
Florida Times-Union auditorium, 1
Riverside Avenue. At the meeting,
participants will shape the future of
the much needed and beneficial
organization. If for some reason
you can't attend but want to partici-
pate in JABJ, contact the following
number. For more information, call
Tia Mitchell at 502-1625.

St. Pius Hosting
Family Game Night
St. Pius V and Church of the
Crucifixion Catholic Churches are
hosting "Family, Dinner and Game
Night II" on Saturday, January
26, at 6p.m. at St. Pius V Catholic
Church, 1470 W. 13th Street.
Everyone is invited to come and
enjoy "family fun" for all ages
including "Scrabble," "Jenga,"
"Battleship," video games, cards
and more. Spaghetti dinners will
also be served. For more informa-
tion, please call Ms. Cummings at

Childrens Diversity
Celebrated in Concert
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network is sponsoring a Children's
Performance to showcase the tal-
ents and skills of the children in the
community featuring the
Jacksonville Mass Choir; dancing
with the St Pius Youth Ministry
Dancers and spoken word by
Minister Joseph Tolbert and Marcus
Miller of For Real Ministries. The

performance will be on Sunday,
January 27, 2008 from 2:30 to
5:00 p.m. The event will be held at
the Karpeles Manuscript Library
Museum, 101 W 1st Street. Call
356-2992 for more information.

Train to be a
Hospice Volunteer
The Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida will host
Volunteer Training during a three-
day session starting on Tuesday,
January 29-31 from 9 a.m. 5
p.m. It will end at various times
daily. Training will be held at the
Sanctuary at Mount Calvary 4751
Walgreen Road. Volunteer oppor-
tunities range from administrative
tasks such as greeting visitors to
directing patient care services like
visiting patients and providing
respite for caregivers. For more
information call 904-407-7064 for
information and to register.

FCCJ Artist Series
Presents A Kids Life
FCCJ Artist Series will present "A
Kid's Life" a heart warming, musi-
cal filled with upbeat music, daz-
zling dance and adorable charac-
ters. The play is about Zack, an
adorable 5 year old boy and his
beloved golden retriever and best
friend, Starsky. Over the course of
the day, Zack and Zoe encounter
many new friends. It will be for one
night only on Tuesday, January
29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson
Center for the Arts. For tickets or
more information call 632-3373.

Master Magician
David Copperfield
Master Magician David
Copperfield will present An
Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion
on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 for
two shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. at
the Times-Union Center, Moran
Theater. Call the FCCJ Artist Series
for tickets at 632-3373.

Wakaguzi Forum
Presents Folktales and
Southern Culture
On Wednesday, January 30th
from 7:00- 9:00p.m., The Wakaguzi
Forum of Edward Waters College
pwill present University of North
Florida, Professor Keith Cartwright
who will discuss "Looney Tunes,
African Folktales and Southern
Culture", and their impact on
African influences, literature, lan-
guage, music and food. Location is
the EWC Schell-Sweet Bldg.,on the
1st floor. This event is free and
open to the public. If you need more
information contact Professor
Baruti Katembo at 904-634-1561.

Planning ahead for Spring
Plant Propagation
Made Easy
On Thursday, January 31st,
there will be a free plant propaga-
tion workshop from 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
at the West Branch Library, 1425
Chaffee Road South. Staffers from
the Duval County Extension Office
will host the workshop on how to
take cuttings of your favorite plants
or your Mother's heirloom plants
and propagate your own. There
will be a hands-on activity on how
to make seed pots to start your
spring garden. This is a free pro-
gram, but registration is required.
Call 387-8850 to register.

Bobby Jones and Peabo
Bryson to Highlight
Zora Festival
ORLANDO The 19th Annual
ZORA! Festival will take place
January 26 February 3, 2008.
This year's event features appear-
ances from entertainers, including
Peabo Bryson, inspirational Gospel
leader Dr. Bobby Jones, actress
CCH Pounder and the legendary
actress Miss Ruby Dee. For full fes-
tival schedule and details, visit

Club Meeting
The February PRIDE book club
meeting will be held on Friday
February 1, 2008 at the home of
Marie Carter. The book for discus-
sion will be HOW TO DUCK A
SUCKAH: A Guide to Living a
Drama-Free Life by Big Boom.
Dinner will be provided. For more
information, call 389-8417.

Kingsley Plantation
Heritage Celebration
The public is invited to join the
tenth annual Kingsley Heritage
Celebration each Saturday in

February from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for
a special afternoon event.
Presentations will offer unique
insight into both the lives of the
enslaved who toiled on Fort George
Island as well the lives of the
owner's families, including the
Kingsley family. For more infor-
mation, call 904-251-3531.

Politics on the Agenda
at JCA Discussion
Dr. Matt Corrigan, political sci-
ence professor at the University of
North Florida and faculty director
of the Public Opinion Research
Laboratory, will discuss current
political issues as well as the recent
primary elections at 10:30 a.m. on
Monday, Feb. 4, as part of the
JCA's "Conversations with ..." pro-
gram. The series brings together a
group for women for a monthly dia-
logue regarding issues designed to
be thought-provoking and current.
The Jewish Community Alliance
is located at 8505 San Jose Blvd.
Call 730-2100 ext. 223 for more

Comm. Connections
Mardis Gras Tuesday
Community Connections is spon-
soring a Mardis Gras Costume
Party to benefit their programs on
Fat Tuesday, February 5th at the
Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street
from 6 10 p.m. There will be
music, games, prizes and a King
Cake. Costumes are encouraged.
For tickets or more information,
call 350-9949.

EWC Alumni Host
"I Love EWC"
Valentine's Gala
Calling all Tiger alums and
friends! The Edward Waters
College Alumni Association is
sponsoring the first annual "I Love
EWC" Valentine's Gala on Friday,

February 8, 2008 from 8:30pm -
1:30am at "The Place," located at
1748 S. Main Street, at the intersec-
tion of 8th and Main Streets, next
door to Carl's Main Street
Restaurant. Attire is business casu-
al, and red-and-white. Tickets may
be picked up from EWC alumni, at
the EWC Alumni Affairs Office,
Call 470-8252, 766-3056, or email
slpowell@ewc.edu for more infor-

Fort Mose Black
History Reenactment
The Fort Mose Historic State Park
will celebrate the first free black
community in the United States on
February 9th from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Re-enactors in period clothing will
tell the story of Fort Mose in "Flight
to Freedom" a living history event.
In addition, the St. Augustine
Garrison will perform Colonial
Spanish military drill, give demon-
strations of musket and cannon fir-
ing. For event details or informa-
tion about volunteering, contact
Kathryn Getz at 904-823-
2232.10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
The park is located at 15 Saratoga
Blvd. in St. Augustine, FL.

Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Raisin' Cane featuring Jasmine
Guy. The special performance will
be held on Saturday, February 9th
at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $28.50. Call

Free Investor Seminar
at the Library
The Jacksonville Public Library
will offer a free Investor Education
seminar at Pablo Creek Regional
Branch Library, 13295 Beach
Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
Saturday, February 9, 2008. This
seminar will educate the public
about investing wisely for retire-

ment and is designed to help indi-
viduals make informed investment
decisions, whether in their compa-
ny-sponsored retirement accounts
or in their private savings accounts.
Seating is limited; and advance reg-
istration is required. Call 992-7101
to register.

Links Western Glitz
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will present their annual Western
Gala A Celebration of Country
Soul on Saturday, February 9,
2008 from 7:30 p.m. to Midnight at
the Jacksonville Fairgrounds..
Dinner will be served from 8-9 p.m.
For more information, contact a
member of the Jacksonville Chapter
or email thewesterngala@hotmail.com.

Annual Multicultural
Association Black
History Banquet
In celebration os Black History
Month at Jacksonville University,
the United Multicultural
Association will host their Annual
Black History Banquet on Tuesday,
February 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the
Bartlett Kinne University Center.
Keynote Speaker for this event will
be The Rev. Rudolph McKissick,
Sr; of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. This event is open to the
public. For additional information,
contact Ms. Pittman at (904) 256-

Alvin Ailey
Dance Theater
The earth shaking superstar of
American contemporary dance
returns to Jacksonville celebrating
it's 50th anniversary of captivating
performances and unparalleled
artistry that is the staple of the his-
toric African-American Dance
Theater. The show will be in
Jacksonville on Tuesday, February
12th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 632-3373.


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Will Black Women Prove

Political Analysts Wrong?

Some offended by notion they will vote based on either race or gender

January 24-30, 2008

McDonalds Celebrates First Black

Owned Restaurant in Chicago
Don Thompson, left, President McDonald's USA, shares a laugh with
Herman Petty, McDonald's first African-American franchisee, at the grand
reopening of McDonald's first African-American owned restaurant
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 on Chicago's south side. The newly remodeled
restaurant was opened by Petty in 1968, and is reopening under the lead-
ership of the Black McDonald's Operators Association of Chicago opera-
tor Yolanda Travis.
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Hucakabee Announces Key Black
Endorsements on MLK Day in Atlanta
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,
says goodbye to Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African
American Pastors, after holding an availability announcing the endorse-
ments of various African-American leaders in Atlanta, Ga. this week.

First Black Super Bowl Ref to Debut
Mike Carey will become the first black referee in Super Bowl history.
Carey, in his 18th year as an official, was notified by the NFL office
this week he had the assignment for
the Feb. 3 game in Glendale, Ariz.
The NFL will not officially
announce the assignments until the
week of the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl officials are chosen on
merit, with the highest ranked at
each position getting the assign-
ment. Carey, who runs a skiing
accessories company, has been
among the NFL's top crew chiefs for
a decade and has been a Super Bowl
alternate, but has never been the ref-
eree. Mike Carey
Black officials have been increasing in number over the years. This
season there were 26 on the 17 crews, a single-season high.
They also have been well-represented in the Super Bowl at other offi-
ciating spots. Among them was Burl Toler, a former player who worked
several early games.

The United States has never
elected a president who looks like
Gladys Pressley Morgan.
This year, though, she has a
choice between a candidate of her
race Sen. Barack Obama and one
of her gender Sen. Hillary Clinton.
But when she steps into the vot-
ing booth Jan. 26, Morgan said,
skin color and gender will be the
last things on her mind.
"That has nothing to do with who
I'm going to vote for," said Morgan,
who lives in Columbia. "There
always has to be a first something,
but that's not my issue. I'm voting
on health care, education and
Political analysts say that black
female voters could largely deter-
mine the outcome of first
Democratic primary in the South. If
history is a guide, that important
voting block will account for more
than a third of all Democratic vot-
Much of the coverage of the race
has portrayed their choice between
Clinton and Obama former Sen.
John Edwards of North Carolina
attracts almost no support from this
group, polls show as a choice only
between race and sex.
But in interviews with several
black women across South
Carolina, they universally rejected
that notion, calling it overly sim-
plistic and, to some degree, insult-
"It would be history to have the
first African-American or the first
woman. However, I'm looking for
change, and at what they have to
offer that's a new direction for our
country," said Jennifer Wright, a
black voter from Camden.
In particular, these voters said,
the choice between Obama and
Clinton comes down to their posi-
tion on the same issues that many
Democrats of all races care about -
such as ending the war in Iraq,
health care and the economy.
Improving education is also
important. In South Carolina, as in
many states, schools with large
black populations perform less well
than majority white schools. And in
a state with a troubled history of
disenfranchising black voters, equal
access to the polls is also a key
If black female voters are truly
looking beyond race and gender, it
would run counter to previous elec-
tions featuring politicians who

broke gender or color barriers, said
Bruce Ransom, a political scientist
at Clemson University who has
studied black-voting trends.
"In this day and age, we're sup-
posed to be colorblind. They might
say that's not affecting their vote,
but I'm quite sure that, in their heart
of hearts,
the historical aspect is important,
whether they say it or not," Ransom
It's also possible, he said, that
because both Obama and Clinton
would shatter a key equality barrier,
it has lessened the importance of
race and gender to these voters.
Lonnie Randolph Jr., the presi-
dent of the South Carolina chapter
of the National Association for the
Advancementof Colored People,
said he found the notion that black
voters would vote purely on such
superficial qualities as skin color or
gender offensive.
"African-American voters are
just as complex as any other group.
We vote our best interests, and we
are smart enough to vote on issues
that matter to us," Randolph said.
As they crisscross the state,
Obama and Clinton have paid par-
ticular attention to black women,
making overtly historical appeals.
So far, Obama is winning the bat-
tle for black women, polls show.
Among all voters, Clinton is lead-
ing Obama in South Carolina 42
percent to 37 percent, with Edwards
pulling down 11 percent, a
Washington Post-ABC News poll
released earlier this week showed.
But Obama attracted the support of
59 percent of black women, with
Clinton getting 35 percent, and
Edwards 2 percent, according to the
Clinton, acknowledging that
some black women may be torn
between gender and race, has made
the case that the struggles for equal-
ity by women and blacks are equal-
ly important.
"The only way forward on behalf
of justice and equality is together.
We cannot stand apart. Because
while we may
be fighting different injustices,
we are fighting for the same cause,"
she said at a black Presbyterian
church in Columbia on Sunday.
The issue of race has become the
dominant narrative in the battle for
South Carolina over the past week,
after comments from Clinton that
some prominent blacks viewed as

diminishing the role the Rev.
Martin Luther King played in the
passage of the Civil Rights Act.
As race became a larger part of
the campaign, both Obama and
Clinton issued appeals to turn the
focus to other issues, something
many black leaders in the state wel-
"I think that people are talking
about race versus gender, when we
ought to be talking about
Democrats vs. Republicans, when

we ought to be ... comparing health-
care programs," Rep. James
Clyburn, D-S.C., the top-ranking
black in Congress, told PBS talk-
show host Charlie Rose earlier this
Gladys Carter, a black voter from
Columbia, agreed.
"I would like it not to come down
to a race issue," she said. "I would
like it to come down to who would
serve this country best."

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big screen project with a prominent storyline involv-
ing white characters.
The script follows two families from different sides -
of the tracks that become intimately involved in love
and business, reports Variety.
Sanaa Lathan, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and
Rockmond Dunbar have already been cast for the
project, which Perry will direct from his own script. It is slated to begin
shooting on March 2 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Following the production, Perry will begin directing "Madea Goes to
Jail," based on his stage play. Meanwhile,
Lionsgate will open Perry's "Meet the
Browns" on March 21.
Gabriel Aubry, 32, has given his pregnant
girlfriend Halle Berry a $10,000 eternity ring
to symbolize their commitment to each other
and the upcoming birth of their baby, reports
In Touch Weekly. The Cartier pave diamond
eternity platinum ring was spotted on the 41-
year-old actress at a Cartier event in Los
Angeles earlier this month. "The diamonds
aren't huge but they are perfectly cut and
sparkle," said a source.
Based on stories that leaked from Eddie
Murphy's previous marriage to Nicole
Murphy, gossip reporter Janet Charlton says
his former new bride, Tracey Edmonds, was
in for an interesting ride.
Charlton wrote on her blog: "Eddie has
strict rules. He expected his beautiful wife
Nicole to appear at the breakfast table every
day with her makeup and hair DONE, and
looking very together.
But she was for his eyes only. He instructed every guy who worked at
the house gardeners, repairmen, pool men etc, NOT to look directly at
her! Anyone caught staring at Nicole was instantly fired.
We're guessing he'll have to lighten up on the rules with Tracey. But how
does he explain Johnny Gill living in a wing of the house"?


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Jr., left, sings 'We Shall Overcome' with Bishop Vashti Murphy their early voting receipts after casting their ballots in the 2008 Illinois
McKenzie, second fron left, her aunt Christine King Farris and her primary on Martin Luther King day during the Chicago Board of
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US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-
IL) (C) participates in a Martin Luther King Day march to the state
capitol in Columbia, South Carolina.

Protesters hold signs during a march on the holiday for slain civil
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in New York. The main targets
of the protest included Dobbs of CNN and radio personality Don
Imus, recently hired by ABC radio.

A man watches as a white supremacist group passes by his house in
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Six and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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a Lockheed Martin complex in King of Prussia, Pa.,

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