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nificant experiences in history whether first hand or a partoftheir family's history. On hand to tribute their ancestors this year were (shown above): Front
row seated: Alton Yates, Wendy Hinton, Rodney Hurst, Brenda Kelly, Charlotte Stewart, and Dr. Evelyn Young. Standing: Carlottra Guyton, hostess,
E.B. Johnson, Pat Thomas, Jenifer Wiley, Khmil O'Joyo, Rev. Newton Williams and Elliot Lewis, Hattie Mathews, Ella Simmons, Derya Williams,
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Reddick Natashia Swindler and Minerva Bryant River Region
Human Services and Department of Juvenile Justice employees were
on the planning committee. FMIP Photo
River Region Honors Nat Glover
for life the same way the generation
before us helped us. I'm not sure
we're doing this as well as it has
been done in the past."
The Honorable Nathaniel "Nat
Glover, who made history when he
became Florida's first black elected
sheriff since the reconstruction era,
was the keynote speaker at River
Region Human Services, Inc. Black
History Celebration and the
Department of Juvenile Justice at
their Nidtown Center office.is r_
ing, and uplifting. "We all have
opportunities to make a difference
in someone's life. Wherever you
are planted, you should take the
opportunity to help people. Take a
risk. Give someone a break," he
said. "Part of our responsibility is to
help the next generation get ready
Shown above are the Sorority sisters who have been AKA's for 50+ years. (Bottom). The original founding
sisters of Gamma Rho Omega sixty-one years ago and (right) Dr. McKinzie receiving a proclamation from
her soror, Councilwoman Mia Jones.
of pink and green at the Hyatt
Hotel. Mistress of Ceremonies
Eliza Atwater, President of the Pi
Eta Omega Chapter, in Orange
Park, FL was the Mistress of
Ceremonies for the program that
included a variety of musical selec-
tions and the address by Dr.
McKinzie. A highlight of the cele-
bration was the presentation of over
$20,000 in scholarships to local stu-
"It is a pleasure for me to be here
today to welcome the Centennial
Supreme Basileus, Dr. Barbara A.
McKinzie to my home town." said
Dr.. Norma White, Jax native and
25th Supreme Basileus of the
Sorority. "We are excited about this
celebration for it represents one
hundred years of service. Each of
us here today will be here in spirit
in 3008 when Alpha Kappa Alpha
celebrates 200 years of service."
Mu Theta Chapter, (UNF), Nu
lota Chapter, (EWC), Omicron
Delta Chapter, (JU) joined with the
Gamma Rho Omega and Pi Eta
Omega Chapters to celebrate the
sororities centennial anniversary.
On hand to commemorate the occa-
sion was the Supreme Basileus
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"Exceptional Sisterly Participation"
and included a festival celebration
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Celebrates Founders Day
the Past and
Signing at the Ritz
Local authors share insights on
what inspiredt their work anld what
it takes to get published, covering
an array of topics from politics to
life lessons and historic family
recipes. Featuring Cynthia F.
Anderson's Open Your Mouth,
Willye Dennis's Joy Cometh in the
Mhrnig "Cah" Wii NDo sey
Rodney Hurst's It was never about
a hot dog and a Coke and Marsha
Phelts' The American Beach
The evening includes a reception
with music performed by Ritz
Voices and book signing with the
authors. The event is free and open
to the public
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DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
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The Stormwater Advisory Committee (SWAC) invites
you to learn about the proposed plan for the billing, col-
lection and use of the new stormwatler fee and to provide
"At-Large" Thursday, February 28, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall Renaissance Room, 117 W. Duval St., 32202
District 6 Monday, March 3, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Loretto Elementary, 3900 Loretto Road, 32223
District 2 Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Police Athletic League, 3450 Monument Rd., 32225
Visit www~jaxswac.com or call 630-CITY (2489)
for more information about the stormnwater utility.
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Executive Director of Operations
Duval County Public Schools
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Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision made by the Duval County School Board with respect to
any matter considered at this hearing or who may decide to appeal such decision will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and for such purpose of appeal may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.
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The following month, however,
at an event sponsored by Hillsdale
College in Michigan, Thomas was
more combative when asked about
Suppose surgeons started dis-
cussing the merits of removing a
gallbladder while in the operating
room, Thomas said, as quoted by
U.S. News & World Report. "You
really didn't go in there to have a
debate about gallbladder surgery,"
he said. Similarly, "we are there to
decide cases, not to engage in sem-
"One thing I've demonstrated
often in 16 years is you can do this
job without asking a single ques-
tion," he told an adoring crowd at
the Federalist Society, a conserva-
tive legal group.
The book tour showed that the
topic comes up even among friend-
Indeed, Thomas' comment was
provoked by this question: Why do
your colleagues ask so many ques-
His response: "I did not plant that
question. That's a fine question.
Weletyou figure outs the answer,
The typical hourlong argument
session can sometimes be difficult'
even for a practiced questioner.
"I really would like to hear what
those reasons are without interrup-
tion from 11l of my' c~dlleaguesn
Justice John Paul Slevens said atati
argument in the fall.
The newest justice, Samuel Alito,
has said he initially found it hard to
get a question in sometimes amid
all the former law professors on the
The last time Thomas asked a
question in court was Feb. 22, 2006,
in a death penalty case out of South
Carolina. A unanimous court even-
tually broadened the ability of
death-penalty defendants to blame
someone else for the crime.
In the past, the Georgia-born
Thomas has chalked up his silence
to his struggle as a teenager to mas-
ter standard English after having
grown up speaking Geechee, a kind
of dialect that thrived among for-
mer slaves on the islands off the
South Carolina, Georgia and
He also has said he will ask a per-
tinent question if his colleagues
don't but sees no need to engage in
the back-and-forth just to hear his
Lately, he has focused on the lat-
"If I think a question will help me
decide a case, then I'll ask that ques-
tion," he told C-SPAN's Brian
Lamb in October. "Otherwise, it's
not worth asking because it detracts
from my job."
He talked in that same interview
about descriptions of him as the
"I can't really say that it's unfair
to say that I'm silent in that context.
I would like to, though, be referred
to as the 'listening justice,' you
know," Thomas said. "I still believe
that, if somebody else is talking,
somebody should be listening."
Justice Clarence Thomas
Two years and 142 cases have
passed since Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas last spoke up at
Hardly a case goes by without
eight justices peppering lawyers
with questions. Oral arguments
offer justices the chance to resolve
nagging doubts~ab ut a case, probe
its weaknesses or~mde a point to
their colleague% "'
The last time Supreme Court
Justice Clarence Thomas spoke up
during oral arguments was to ask a
question in a death penalty case on
Feb. 22, 2006.
Left, right and center, the justices
ask and they ask and they ask.
Sometimes they debate each other,
leaving the lawyer at the podium
helpless to jump in. "I think you're
handling these questions very
well," Chief Justice John Roberts
quipped to a lawyer recently in the
midst of one such exchange.
Leaning back in his leather chair,
often looking up at the ceiling,
Thomas takes it all in, but he never
He occasionally leans to his right
to share a comment or a laugh with
Justice Stephen Breyer. Less often,
he talks to Justice Anthony
Kennedy, to his immediate left.
But in the course of his publicity
tour for his autobiography, "My
Grandfather's Son," the 59-year-old
justice discussed his reticence on
the bench on several occasions.
The questions may be helpful to
the others, Thomas said, but not to
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"Woodlawn Prebyterian to Celebrate Northside Church of Christ Annual St. Nich~olas Bethel Baptist to Close
,Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning: Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
ASSEMBLY OF G`OD
'**-r Central Campus
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night at 7:30 p.m.
St. Marys, Ga Campus 901 Dilworth Street (vi z) sez-zoo,
Sunday Worship and KIDS Church at 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday prayer Mtg. -7:30 p.m. Wednesday Service at 7:oo P~m. Sunday School at 9:3o a.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple@,evangeltempleag.org
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February 28-March 5, 2008
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5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Woman's Day, Sunday, March 9th
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, Woodlawn at Cleveland Road, will wel-
come back former member Ms. Juana Jordan on Women's 'Day, March 9,
2008. Ms. Jordan, now a resident of Tallahassee, is a journalist and also is
employed at Florida A&M University. The community is invited to share in
Disciples of Christ
Pastor Robert LeCount and Disciples of Christ,
438 2061 Edgewood Ave. West; extend an invitation to all
to worship as they celebrate their Church and Pastor's
5th Anniversary. Services will begin at 7 p.m.,
Thursday and Friday, February 28 & 29, 2008.
Bishop Designate Rudolph McKissick Jr. will be the guest speaker at 6
p.m., Sunday evening, March 2nd. Come and be blessed!
Southside COGIC to sponsor Home
Buying Seminar on Sat., March 1st
The Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street, will spon
sor a free Homebuyers Seminar which will kickoff at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
March 1st. The seminar topics include: First Time Home Buyers Program,
Down Payment Assistance, Pre-Qualification, Free Credit Reports, and
more. Refreshments will be served, and you will find answers to all your
home buying questions. Information: 881-9584
Grace Commuinty Church of
NaSSau Holding Youth Church
Grace Community Church hosts young-adult, small-group worship serv-
ice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The group welcomes young adults, ages 20-30, for
faith and fellowship regardless of their church affiliation. The church'
which had a handful of young adult members last year, now has more than
40 regular attendees.
The young adult group will meet at the Northeast Florida Baptist
Association building, 921 S Us Highway 17, Yulee. Contact Pastor Jerry
Klemm to register to attend at (904) 422-1523. Information is also avail-
:able on the church Web site at weirw.gr~acenassatr .M~m. rui~ in none ?
Spring Gospel Revival, March 1-6th
The Northside Churrch of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, will hold its Annual
Spring Gospel/Revival meeting March 1-6, 2008, beginning with the
Northside Acappella Mass Chorus (Total Praise) in a Free Concert at 7
p.m., Saturday, March I st.
The guest speaker will be jack Evans JIr. from Fort Worth, Texas. H-is
energy will cause you to refocus your knowledge of the Word, and
st eng hen yordio wak IayFaty anull.F ends Da~~ bgins at le:1 on,
to onl, conlowing te Mnss Worship service at 1o:3o n.m.
Revival Services will continue Monday thru Clhursday, March 3-6th at
7:30,.r 1)"e '' evening.
FREE TR'ANSPORT1`\ fl`ON is available to all events, call 223-0538.
All M~en are Invited to Greater Grant
AME Prayer Breakfast, Sat. March 1
Greater Grant AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, at Sibbald, is calling
ALL MEN to a special Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday,
March 1, 2008. 'The speaker will be the: Reverend Marvin Nash of
Friendship Baptist Church, Mayport, F~lorida. This breakfast will feed your
body physically, anld ulplift your soul spiritually; and will help all of you to
come closer to God, your family, and the community.
B-CU Alumni present B-CU Concert
Chorale at Simpson Memorial UMC
The Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter of Bethune-Cookman University (B-
CU) will present a special ministry in music featuring the 128-member
Concert Chorale of B-CU in concert at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 16, 2008, at
the Simpson Memorial Urnited Methodist Church (founded I884), I114
Clevelanld Road (across from Main U1S P'ost Oftice on Kings Road, ofT` 1
This is the 21st year of` the presentation at this Kings Rd. cornerstone.
In addition to providing financial support, Simpson UIMC has been instru-
mental in sending students to B-CU. Alumni among the membership
includes: the Pastor, Dr. Moses Johnson; his sister, Diana 1. Dingle, Cicely
Jackson, Priscilla Simmons, Elizabeth Williams, Lisa King, Lillian Dennis,
Jamal Simmons and Perdita Wilson.
Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Steele, Director of Choral
Music/Cultural Affairs, at B-CU for 28 years, the Concert Chorale has
earned the reputation of unparalleled achievement and has recorded numer-
1'6us albunisk arid CDdi thikveled extensively as Am~bassadors for B-CU. The
chorale includes str'ings. guitarists. i~nstrulmental ensemble and liturgical
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1i p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Homecoming Sunday March 9th
It's Time toCome Home You are Needed"
*Special Concert of Music Message by
Pastor Cecil* Dinner on the Grounds
6:00 p.m. Service Conducted by
Pastor Shane and Young Adults
Seeking thze lostfor Chzrist E
Matthew 28:19 20
h a31 11 :OO( A.M. Early Morning Worship
Pastor Garrry & Kim Wiggins
Pastor Cecil &r Pa:uline Wiggins
Pastor Landon Williams
128th Anniversary Activity M~arch 2
St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist, 2606 San Diego Road, Rev. .Dr. Richard W.
Jackson, Pastor; the Congregation, and the community are continuing the
celebration of this auspicious occasion, and the 15th Anniversary of Rev.
Dr. Jacktson, at 7 p.m. on F~riday, February 29th,
The Closing Service will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2008. Churches,
their congregations, and the community are invited.
EWC Choir to Kick Off Family &
Friends Weekend at Greater Grant
Greater Grant AME Church, Reverend Tony D. Hansberry, Pastor; invit-
ed the community to a weekend of activities to uplift the Word of God, in
celebration of their Annual Family and Friends Weekend, Friday, March
7thl thru Sunday, March 9th.
The Edward Waters College Choir will lift the occasion with Gospel
songs, at 7 .m., Friday, March 7th.
Family FuLn Day, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8th, will pro-
vide a Fish Fry, games, entertainment, and the opportunity for all the famn-
ily to fellowship together. There will also be a Free Clothes Give-A-Way.
The Pastor, Reverend Hansberry, will deliver the message at the 7:45
a.m7. Sunday, Morning Service. Church School will follow at 9:30 a.m.
Reverend John Frank Green of Bethel AME Church, Tallahassee, FL; will
bring a powerful message to help you and your family experience a revival,
at the 11 a.m. Closing Service. All are welcome.
Bishop Russel Wright to speak at New
Bethel Spring Glen AME, March 9th
The Dynamic Bishop Russell Wright, Pastor of Providence Full Gospel
Methodist Episcopal Church in Panama City, Florida; will deliver the mes-
sage at the 11 a.m. Worship Service, Sunday, March 9th at the New Bethel
Spring Glen AME Church, 5031 Halls Drive. Rev. Ricardo Bright, Pastor;
Rev. James Grahamn, Associate Pastor; and the New Bethel Spring Glen
Church Family invite the community.
Sword and Shield Kingdom
Outreach Ministry Service, March 9
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry invites you to share
in 2008 Serious praise Service at 3:45 p.m., on the Second Sunday, March
9, 2008. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Pastor, will bring "The Word". Holy
Communion will be served and you are invited to share in this Spirit-filled
service. When Praises go up, Blessin~gS'c~odie doo~me48ftates -are held~ at
the Father's House Conference Cehter;' 1820 Mdintiment.Confetence Cdriter,
Building #2. All are welcome.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
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11:00 naln. Morning: Worsh~ip
Tuelsd~y~ Eivening 7p.ml. Prayer kSerice
H'edlnesday~ Hible Study 6i:30 7 p.ml.
Miid-Weel WIorship fl p"m.
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Nuonday~ 2t PM 3 PM
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HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUEFSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
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The Black Church W~eek of
Prayer for the Healing of AIDS
March 2nd 9th, 2008
This is a National Church Observance
All Churches are encouraged to pray for the healing of AIDS
Sponsored by: Inter-Faith Based Advisory Group of Jacksonville
Sunday, March 2 at 10:30 a~m.
Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church, 4611 Pearl Street
Sunday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m.
Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street
March 3-7 at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Southsid Chdrch od m4Cthristt 27 9Emerson Street
Total Praise Christian Ministry, 2851 Edgewood Avenue North
Wednesday, March 5th at 1:00 p.m.
Central Metropolitan C.M.E., 4611 Pearl Street
(Meditation Prayer Program) 2:00 p.m. Luncheon & HIV Testing
Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00 p~m.
Church of God in Christ Temple, 338 Chelsea Street
Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Mt. Sinai Christian Assembly, 1146 W. 21st Street
(Prayer for the Youth)
Friday, March 7th
Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson St.
Prayer & Meditation: 6:00 a.m.- 7:00 a.m.
Prayer Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
For more information about local Week of Prayer Events, call
Minerva Bryant at 899-6300, ext. 4451
Disciples of Christ
Su a A F~ullhGospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move int
worship with prayer, praise an power!
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present day society? T'he answer is
these churches have no power and
the reason they have no power is
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How to plan your way to riches
The true purpose of money
How to get your treasure work-
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- and he was night. "In our society
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influence, and the ability to live a
life of freedom." Releasing Your
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ture in 2 Cormnthians 4:7 which
states, "But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels..." Now it is our job
to discover that treasure, stir it up
and release it. God's will is to estab-
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Trailblazers and Dream Keepers: The Signifcn
If you think of history as nothing but a dead, dull record of events that happened ages before you were even a thought, think again. History, eJ
ing place during our lifetime, in just the last 20 years or so. Some of these achievements are recent enough that you have witnessed them ~you
African Americans are profiled below along with thre pioneers in their fields-- business, government,photography, the arts, medicine and socl
significance in being the second, third, fourth, and fifth. It is their commitment to make the way better for those that follow, to leave behind..
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Council in 2007.
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-- Williams, MD
Born in the West Indies
in 1884, Isreal Elias (L.E.)
Williams had the honor of
becoming the first African
American chief of sta ff for
SBrewster, which served
blacks during Jim Crow
and segregation beginning
in 1885, later became
Methodist Hospital. Dr.
Williams not only operat-
ed a highly successful
internal medicine practice, but was considered a "black giant
in science." He was an ingenuous inventor with a passion for
chemistry that led him to create a number of health care prod-
ucts including the formula for Kramer Cough Syrup. He also
did considerable research on the heart and created tablets to
provide relief to cardiac patients.
Dr. Williams used his love of science and spirit of entreprt-
neurship to venture outside the field of medicine. He estab-
lished the Velveteen Chemical Company, which developed
numerous hair care products such as follicle and shaft growth
and restoration, conditioner, shampoo and tonic. He believed
that with hard work, there were no limitations on what anyone,
especially African Americans, could accomplish.
Dr. Williams was married to the late Arnolta Williams, a com-
munity leader and civil rights activist in her own right, and
father to the late Dr. Hortense Williams Gray, an educator and
historian. He died in 1970.
Mary Singleton (1
Mary Littlejohn Singleton was born in Jac
along with Sallye B. Mathis, became the fistla
Jacksonville City Council since 1907.
Prior to entering politics, Singleton gradulitC
She and her husband, Isadore Singleton, ow
Bar-B-Q restaurants, the predecessors to Jenk:
er of a daughter and a son.
Mary L. Singleton served the City of Jackso
of Florida as an elected official political aPli
first woman elected to the Florida House ofR<
After four years in the House, Ms. Singlete
Florida Division of Electors, which made.
American in the executive branch of state.go
as a public servant, Ms. Singleton has champ
needs of children through better childcare se
early childhood education services.
Ste rpeettvsbigsonit h
Floereridas Bankings aninning Dwrnivisionie
when she died of cancer at the age of 54.
Since 1991, the City of Jacksonville has hos
Memorial for Justice, Peace and Social Harms
lades during her life and posthumouslyginclui
the Status of Women designation and induc~tic
E. Denise Lee
Outspoen, hard working and dedicated~are~s
word constituents have used to describe their'ct
Currently Jacksonville's City Councilw
District 8, E. Denise Lee demonstrated lgerala\
tics at an early age. As a FAMU student,*Lee
and managed political campaigns that irieludel
Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Gov. Lawtod C
Bob Graham, Rep. Corrine BrownI; Sen
Girardeau, and Mayor Jake Godbold.
In 1982, Lee was appointed to fill theav~
District 8 seat on of her friend and mentor; S
Council for seventeen years, where she swdsgida
constituents. Her efforts led to big gain 'fo
northwest quadrant that include signifie~uite
improvements like road pavement andy du~
Gateway Shopping Center, The PGA's'First"I
renovated Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Mulseumlial
DDS, PA, MBA, JD ~
Chrester Aikens has successfully practiced den-
tistry in Jacksonville since 1980, but has spent his .4
entire lif-e as a community advocate and leader. He
has been a champiaono t~he urnrderevd promot-
ing issues such as inclusion, racial harmony and
equa;lity. He has also been a proponent of provid- -3.
ing quality healthcare and education for all. -
Dr. Aikens was installed in 1994 as the 69th pres-
ident of the National Dental Association, the
nationwide organization representing the dental
concerns and issues of African Americans since -.
1913;. He has served on numerous boards, helping I i
to address the needs of Jacksonville's citizens. 4
These include, but are not limited to: Jacksonville
Aviation Authority, Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Urban
League and UNF Foundation. He is a contributor several educational organizations including the Alliance for World
Aikiens received additional national attention for his efforts against racial segregation. He fought to integrate the exclu-
sive Florida Yacht Club, which originally barred blacks from membership.
A member of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a founding member of the Gamma Beta Boule Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi
Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Aiketns has been the recipient of numerous awards including thle FSU Outstanding Alumni Award,
LeRoy Collins Distingu~ished Community: College Alumni Award, NFCC 2000 Region II Award, NCCJ Humanitarian of
the Year Award, the Jack~sonville Chamber of Commerce' Smnall Business of the Year Award, First Coast Business Hall of
Fame 2001 Inductee, Who's Who Among Black Americans, and Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Influential Black
Americans, and many, many more.
Dr. Aikens is also a strong believer in the importance of continuous education. A graduate of Florida State University,
Howard University, Jacksonville University' and Florida Coastal School of Law, he now holds a Masters of Business
Administration and a law degree.
He is married to Jean Aikens and is the father of two sons.
A debutante (or deb) is
a young lady from an
aristocratic or upper
class family who has
reached the age of matu-
rity, and as a new adult,
is introduced to society
at a formal presentation
known as her "debut" or
Originally, it meant the
young woman was eligi-
ble for marriage, and
part of the purpose was
to display her to eligible
bachelors and their fami-
Formed in 1944, Les
Treize Amies Club was
organized by Mrs.
Florence Lawson Wilson
as a bridge club, with the
main purpose of social-
izing and having fun.
Beginning in the 1950s,
the group hosted a series
of exclusive community
Jacksonville's first cotil-
lion or debutante presenta-
tion for African American
County Armoryi for twenty-one young
women. The debutantes were: .
Thelmetia Argrett, Iva Baker,
Jacqlueline Baker, Marguerite Baker'
Barbara Bonner, Miriam Burney'
Yvonne Cameron, Zeta Gibson, Joyce
Graham, Annette Harper, Leila
Hickson, Margalene Jennings, Serena
Joyner, Agatha Roberts, Marilyn
Solomon, Marvene Tolbert, Penelope
Tolbert, Mary Washington, Marilynn
Wesley, Myrna Wilson and Sandra
Wilson. Before the culminating event,
the debutantes enjoyed an active social
season filled with several events .iS
including a fashion show and luncheon, L~
holiday coffee and more. r.W";
Les Treize Amies Club presented
debutantes beginning in the 1950s and
1960s, but discontinued hosting the
cotillion. The Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. presented fifty-one young .-
ladies at its first Silver Rose Debutante
Coterie in 1981 at the Jacksonville Civic Rebecca Williams
Auditorium. Alma Daniels introduced Pr-esented in 2007 by Alpha Kappa Alpha
the idea to the Gamma Rho Omega Sorority, Inc.
Ch~apter, and the organization has pre-
sented debutantes every two years since. T'o date, there have been 379 debutantes.
In7 2007, the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter presented seventeen young women to society m
the 15th Silver Rose Debutante Coterie. The debutantes were exposed to a number of cul-
tural, social, educational, and philanthropic activities including a Mardi Gras party, several
teas and gourmet food tasting, etiquette and art classes, pool parties and more.
Marguerite Baker Warren
Presented in 1960 by Les Treize Amies Club
In 1960, Les Treize Amies Club hosted the formal presentation to society at the Duval
Mill cove owner
believes that "golf -w-
emulates life" and *
that "there is a
need for economic
in the Black com-
munity." H-e has
improvements to the golf course, includ-
ing a new practice arena behind the ninth
green and extensive landscaping. H-e's
pur'chased top-of-the-line equipment, and
you're even greeted by an attendant,
emphasizing Newman's focus on high
A graduate of Morgan State Ulniversity,
Newman shares golf and opportunities
with the community. Hle holds clinics fo~r
131ack youth and opens the course to the
golf team at the local H-BCUI Edward
Lincoln Golf and Country Club (Founded 1927)
Built in 1927, Lincoln Golf and
Country Club became one of the
) South's first black-owned golf and
'~country club facilities. It was con-
sidered the "pnide and showcase of
southern blacks" fr~om the 1920s
though thre 19L50s, becoming a social
4 .,and recreational center for affluent
~ people of. color. Black celebrities
like world heavyweight champ Joe
Louis played golf andi enjoyed tne
dining and socializing at the Lincoln Club. Joe Louis helped to integrate the sport. Blacks played
for the first time in the PGA in 1957.
Co-founder and former president of the Afro-American Life Insur~ance Company, A.L. Lewis
thought that a country club would be a sound investment. H-e owned land near U.S. I in
Jacksonville and decided to build Lincoln Golf and Country Club. Blacks weren't allowed to
become members of country clubs in the majority community, so Lewis created a facility that gave
prominent African Americans access to golf, tennis courts and more. Lewis became the club's
treasurer. Other affluent members and officers included Dr. S.P. Livingston and D.W. P'owell. .
After World War II, whites were admitted as members of Lincoln Goll` and Country Club, and it
became the city's first integrated golf club. When A.L,. L.ewis dlied, the Inlcility and land were sold
to a construction company. Today the area is the site of` a housingp developments.
Mill Cove Golf Course
Bulilt inl 1990, Mill Cove Golf Course is
Jacksonville, Florida's only black-owned
golf facility. The sports' complex was
bought by T.C. Newman, a former execu-
tive at Pfizer and Warner Brothers, in
2001. Newman and his wife Ruby want-
ed to create an environment where African
Amllericans could "feel comfortable" and
learn to play golf.
Designed by fhmed grolfer Arni Palmer, ,
Mill Cove is a public, 18-hole, 6,6(71 yard
course with wetlands and mar~sh areoas-
tree-lined fairways and native bunkers.
Mill Cove also f~eatulres a filll-ser~vice
club, with all the amenities including a
pro shop and fine dining. Its live dilr~erent
tee settings appeal to golfers of` all skill
levels. The on-staff` golf pr~o offers les-
sons, and annual memberships may also
NOf 1181 1011 &Tiny DotO
I Mbutantes' the 'D~ad ition of
lIiroducing Young Ladies to Society
Sports Golf, America's Last Sport to be Integrated
.lo~nt ributions of Afr rican Americans in Jacksonvi lle
piecially Black history -is a living, continuing story, and some of the most significant achievements in our history and our community are tak-
rsel and someday you will recount their impact to your own children and grandchildren in stories that begin, "I remember when .. .. Six
ety but their legacy goes far beyond their titles of "Ifirst. As it has been said, "There may be significance in being the first, but there is more
something that lasts longer than their own spotlight, that sets these trailblazers apart. Maretta Latimer
E Wendell P. Holmes, Jr. (School Board Member 1969 1992)
Wendell Holmes hlas been a philanthropist and business owner in thle Jacksonville area fo
more than forty years. A native of Brunswick, GA and a graduate of H-ampton University, hi
D foundsfly rvdn ihqaiysevcs otectzn fteFrtCatf~ned Wendell Holmes Funeral Directors, Inc. in 19)56. The business continues to operate
Holmes distinguished himself not only with his business acumen, but with his dedication te
U the community, particularly in the areas of civil rights and education. In 1969, he became thl
first African American elected to a school board in Florida and in Duval County. He served
on the Duval County School Board for twenty-three years, four of which he spent as Boare
Chairman, fighting for all children in Jacksonville to receive a quality education-
CHolmes' passion for education has extended to other organizations, including his alma mate
SHampton University, where he served as the national president of the university's alumni asso
ciation. He has also been a member of the Boards of T'rustees of H-ampton University (twen
ty-six years, nine as board chair) and Bethune-Cookman University (twenty-seven years
A eleven as board chair). The Wendell P. Holmes Busines
Building is now a part of Bethune-Cookman University'
Campus, and the Wendell P. Holmes, Jr.'s Men's Dormitory i
~on Hampton University's campus. He was also the forme
chair of the Council of Board Chairs, Association of the
1 Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, represent
ing over 32,000 members at over 1700 colleges and univer
Hollmes has been the recipient of more than one hundred
awards, including an honorary doctorate. He s also a lifi
~member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the found
ing sire archon (president) of Gamma Beta Boule of Sigm;
Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Holmes is married to Jacquelyne Holmes, is the prouc
N h fu rncide n w ra-rncllrnfather of a son (Wendell Ill) and a daughter (Carolyn), ane
r (School Board Member since 2004)
eTh~e Honorable Betty Seabrook Burney serves as the cur-
e rent chairperson of Duval County School Board and repre-
sents School Board District 5. Burney has a motto that all
o children are "Smart .... Intelligent ..... and Good!" and has ~~-~
e spent her entire career promoting quality education. She
di holds an undergraduate degree from the University of b
dMiami and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from
Northern Illinois University. She is also a graduate of
rWilliam M. Raines High School. She is an education con- I-
-sultant and a motivational speaker for students and parents.
-Burney was the owner/director of Kidsville Learning
,Center, Inc. for fourteen years, where she developed a chal-
s lenging, broadly-based curriculum for her students. She
swas the executive director of The Project Reach Foundation Inc., a non-profit agency provid-
s ing assistance to public schools in Duval County that have received failing or unsatisfactory
gratings from the Florida Department of Education. Project Reach, which was created in 2000,
e has linked faith-based and community organizations, and businesses to help challenged
-schools. Burney played an administrative role in establishing Project Reach before becoming
-its executive director.
Burney volunteers much of her free time mentoring children. She often attends school activ-
d ities, awards ceremonies and visits classrooms throughout her school board district in her
eefforts to motivate youth. She is active in other areas of the community as a member of Alpha
-Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Florida, the Community
a Connections Board of Directors (A.L. Lewis Foundation), NAACP Education Committee,
Wayman Chapel AME Church, chairperson for the Willie Gary Classic College Fair and the
d Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is the author of the book, If
dThese Chains Could Talk, and is a frequent volunteer at the Duval County Jail with incarcer-
W V guF Kezia Rolle decided early that she wanted to
expose African American children to the beauty of
dance. She opened her dance studio in Jacksonville's'riottli~e; estiodniuli-
ty, later moving it to historic Springfield. w~
She is the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Center of the
Arts Pre-Professional Program, owner of Northside Center of
the Arts Recreational Program, Entertainment Coordinator for
the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum, works as an Adjunct
Dance Teacher at LaVilla School of the Arts, and The Bolles
School. Kezia also contributed her time as an Associate
Professor of Dance at Jacksonville University.
Kezia studied dance and vocal music at Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts. After graduating in 1988, she received a it Y
scholarship at Jacksonville University (JU). During her stay at
JU, Kezia spent her evenings and weekends teaching for Duval
County Community Schools' local day care centers, instructing
girls for local pageants. She also taught modeling and etiquette class-
es at Denise Carol Modeling and Talent Agency. She danced on the Dolphin Dolls Dance Team
as dancer captain, the Nutcracker Ballet, and the Nivlek Dance Company.
After college graduation in 1992, she received her first job at Busch Gardens, Tampa as a
dancer, singer, and dance captain for the Latin and Country Shows. She also began dancing at
Walt Disney World in 1994, where she performed in many Disney shows, Christmas parades, and
convention shows. At the Super Bowl, she was a showgirl for Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett.
Kezia was also chosen to dance for the NBA Orlando Magic Basketball Dance Team.
A consummate professional model and actress since 1987, Kezia can be seen in a number of
print and commercial ads and on the runways. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and
Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2003.
Kezia is married to Wade Rolle, and they share three children. She is also the proud teacher of
many students, some of whom have gone on to have great success as dancers with organizations
like the famed Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe.
ksonville in 1926. In 1967, she,
fricanA~merican members of the
~from FAMU and taught school.
aed and operated five Singleton
a~s'JBar-B-Q. She was the moth-
aville for five years and the State
ointee:- In 1972, she became the
presentatives from North Florida.
a,wasi appointed Director of the
herithe, highest ranking African
vTernment. Throughout her career
ioned the greater attention to the
-ices and increased funding for
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Sharon Coon (Established ~1985) P e rv s
Born in Greenville, Florida, Sharon Coon showed
signs of artistic talent at an early age. She enter- 55 W M
tained her younger siblings with her beautiful voice
and ability to play the piano. She learned that the arts were a great medium for instruction and
that exposure to culture helped in the development of children.
In 1985, inspired by her son, James Lee' bon, Jr. (now deceased), she established Tots 'N'
Teens Theatre (TNT), a national model African-American Multidisciplinary Culture Arts Center
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Jacksonville City Council mem-
bers designated, October 3, 1985, as Tots 'N' Teens Theatre Day and encour"
aged all of Jacksonvillle's citizens to become involved in the objectives of
a ~the theatre. The following year, the "TNT Musical Concert" was held'
-' featuring 500 inner city youth from Jacksonville to commemorate of the
Opening of the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center. A few months
later, the Mayor of Jacksonville proclaimed the week of October 19
through 25 as Tots 'N' Teens Theatre week in celebrationI of accom-
Splishments in the arts.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, TNT introduced thousands of inner
city youth to the arts, enjoying success with productions like "Purlie,"
: L 4 'featuring community leader and dentist Dr. Chester Aikens in the lead role'
at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, the Florida Theatre, and the Civic
~Auditorium. Other TNT achievements included coordination of a 600-voice
mass choir and a county wide Black History Brain Brawl for Jacksonville's youth.
By 1991, Coon had created the James Weldon Johnson Poetry and Dramatic Arts Contest
encouraging students to pursue the creative arts using James Weldon Johnson as a muse. In
1997, she established the James Weldon Johnson Arts Festival and the James Weldon Johnson
Institute. In 1999, she organized the statewide campaign that led to James Weldon Johnson's
induction in the Florida Artist Hall of Fame and the the James Weldon Johnson Heritage Tour.
Today, Coon continues her philanthropic work with youth and the arts. She currently serves
as the Inaugural Director of the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network, the
director of TNT and the James Weldon Johnson Institute.
Coon is the proud mother of two children, James (now deceased) and Felicia, and grandmoth-
er of two grandchildren.
Fltorida House in 1972 are (L-
mrrit6;rMary L. Singleton, John
rinethe state legislature from
vFis'narmed Ms. Singleton to direct
ihe.held this position until 1980
ed the-annual Mary L. Singleton
syr- Shb received numerous acco-
linigithe Mayor's Commission on
n into the Florida Women's Hall
>mne.of the _
oman~ for .
Norked on .
Icant Jacksonville City Council
illye~Rlathis. Lee served on the
lighly effective champion for her
6 the residents of Jacksonville's
neighborhood and infrastructure
inage,. new park construction,
ti Golf Course at Brentwood, the
Id:the Bradham/Brooks Regional
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Called the "renaissance developer of the First Coast" and a grad-
ulate of Howard and Catholic Universities, Carlton D. Jones is a
highly successful urban planner, designer, realtor, general contrac-
tor, and economic developer in both the Jacksonville, Florida and
Washington, DC areas. His motto is to "turn a vision into reality"
and believes in using economic development and historic preserva-
tion to benefit communities. His projects have had an economic
impact of more than one billion dollars, resulting in greater access
to jobs and other resources for thousands of people. These projects include, but are not limit-
ed to: Renaissance Plaza, Gateway Town Center, Kings Avenue Station, Interstate North
Office Park, Hope Plaza, Renaissance Riverside, Margaret Street House, Laura Street Transfer
Station, The Portals, Fort Lincoln New Town, Fairfax Village, Iowa Condo Project, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, Bethune-Cookman University, Jacksonville Baseball Park and
Arena, and the City of Jacksonville Times-Union Performing Arts Center.
Jones is the chairman of Colbyco Enterprises, Inc., the president of Renaissance Design
Build Group of Jacksonville, Inc., and the managing general partner of Gateway Town Center.
Jones' involvement in Gateway Town Center has revitalized an area that was once economi-
cally depressed. H-e is also the publisher of The People's Advocate newspaper.
Active in the community, Jones serves via the following organizations: past president of the
Northwest Chamber of Commer~ce, past president of Leadership Jacksonville, First Coast
African-American~ Chamber of Commerce, Zoe University Board of Trustees, member of
Nortlheast Flor~ida Builders Association, member of Leadersh~ip Florida, past board member of
Jacksonville Zoological Gar~dens, past president of Associated Builders and Contractors, ewc
Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Rotary, Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., Beta Gamma Chapter of the
Boule, Chlaracters Count, Becthel Baptist Institutional Church, 100 Black Men, NCCJ, JCCI,
Youth Crisis Center Board of Directors, board member of BB&T, anld many more. He has also
been involved with the preservation and restoration of American Beach, serving as president
of the homeowners association and a a board member of the historical society.
Jones is an ordained minister and associate pastor at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, is
married to Barbara A. Jones, with three sons and one daughter. He is also the recipient of an
honorary doctorate forl his service to the community.
7 ~A.L. Lewis (1865 1947)
Born in 1865 in Madison, Florida, Abraham Lincoln (A.L.) Lewis was a
pioneering, visionary, and highly successful businessman who became
Florida's first African American millionaire. He was at the forefront of eco.
nomic development for African Americans on the First Coast for the first
\ ~four decades of the 20th century. He was also a true philanthropist and com-
munity leader who believed in providing opportunities for others.
In 1880, Lewis moved to Jacksonville, where he worked in a lumber-
,g ~ yard/sawmill. His leadership skills became evident when Lewis joined the
$ ~African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1884 and served in several capaci-
ties. He also worked in a Masonic Order and through his business acumen,
the Masonic Temple of greater Jacksonville was built in the early 1900's.
Lewis was perhaps best known for co-founding with six other businessmen the Afro-American Life
Insurance Company in Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in 1901. Each of the Afro-American Life
Insurance Company's seven founders contributed one hundred dollars to fund a burial league, organiz-
ing the Afro-American Industrial Benefit Association. This association evolved into the Afro-American
Life Insurance Company, Florida's first: African-American-owned insurance company. Called "the
Afro," this company became Florida's first African-American firm7 to earn more than one million dol-
lars in revenue. Lewis held the positions of treasurer; secretary and general manager; president and
treasurer; and chairman of the board from 1901 through the 1940's.
Lewis helped to found both the Negro Business League with Booker T. Washington and the National
Negro Insurance Association. He was a heavy contributor to black colleges such as Edwar~d Waters
College and Bethune Cookman University, where he served on the Board of Tlrustees for more than
twenty years. Additionally, Lewis created Florida's first black-owned bottling company.
Segregation prevented African Americans from using Jacksonville's recreational facilities, so L~ewis
founded in 1927 Florida's oldest, black-owned golf club, Lincoln Golf and Country Club. In 1935, he
bought two beachfront acres in Nassau County,, establishing American Beach, a thriving vacation spot
for African-Americans in the 1930s, '40s and '510s,
A.L. Lewis died in 1947 and was interred in the family crypt in a historic black Jacksonville cemetery.
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"Sit up straight -- youI'll hurt your
back," Mom always said. It turns
out Mom was wrong, according to a
u g stud90 rhfound sitting in an
more strain on the back than sitting
in a slightly reclined 135-degree
"Everybody knows that if you sit
for long periods you have back
pain," said Dr. Amir Bashir, a radi-
ologist from the University of
Alberta Hospital in Canada.
To search for the optimal back-
friendly sitting position, Bashir and
colleagues used a "positional" MRI
surgery as they sat in three different
positions: a slouching position in
which the body is hunched forward,
like over a keyboard; an upright
straight-back position with legs at
90-degrees and knees and hips at
the same level; and a "relaxed" 135-
degree tilt back position. "In this
position, the legs are lower than the
hips and the back is slightly for-
ward with a normal curvature
which provides lumbar support,"
Bashi eoxundt the reclined 135-
degree position is the ideal sitting
position because it actually is simi-
lar to a neutral relaxed lying down
position," Bashir told Reuters
Potentially harmful spinal disk
movement was most pronounced
with the 90-degree sitting position;
it was least pronounced with the
135-degree relaxed position, indi-
cating that less strain is placed on
th pne tn asoae nmules
"With the 90-degree sitting posi-
tion, your back goes completely
straight and you're actually strain-
ing your back against gravity,"
As expected, "the bending forward
or slouching position is the worst
sitting position for your back," he
STry on different brands.
SWear the socks/stockings you
plan to wear with the shoes,
-Buy the right size. Feet widen
and lengthen with age have them
-Shoes should be comfortable
when you try them on don't try to
"break them in."
SBuy different sneakers for differ-
ent athletic activities.
-Limit the amount of time wearing
of high heels.
"Ideally, I'd like to convince
women that there are plenty of nice
looking shoes out there with low
heels and good support and to stay
away from high heels, and that
includes chunky and wedge heels,"
said Albreski. "But realistically, I'll
,adyise, thm to save those. high-
fashion heels for extra special occa-
experience pain in
the balls of their
feet, and develop
blisters, corns, cal-
luses, back pain,
and aching heels.
The pressure on
the toes can lead to
as bunions, claw
toes, corns and
According to Dr.
women, is neuro-
ma, caused by tight
and narrow styles.
"When the shoe
pushes your foot in
tighter and pinches
a nerve, tissue
grows around that nerve and cause
severe pain," said Dr. Albreski.
"This occurs between the third and
fourth toes or along the sole of the
foot. In extreme cases, surgery may
Open-toed sandal heels and back-
less sandals pose yet another prob-
lem. "There is little support from a
few straps," said Dr. Albreski. "A
quick turn or stumble can easily
cause you to become off-balance,
putting you at risk for a fall and a
turned ankle or worse," he said.
"Platform shoes, popular this sea-
son, are even more unstable." Toes
are at risk too. "Toes often extend
over sandals exposing them to
injury and pain," said Dr. Albreski.
Preventing foot problems is Dr.
Albreski's primary goal. His
-Shop for shoes late in the day.
Ok so they are sexy and they
make you look taller and slimmer,
but whatis the real impact of wear-
ing high heels?
"My feet are killing me." It's not
an uncommon refrain from women,
especially women in high heels.
And it's no wonder, says Douglas
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UConn Health Center. High-heeled
shoes put the feet in an unnatural
position, Dr. Albreski explained,
and prolonged walking in heels
places unnecessary stress on the
back and neck. All of which can
lead to permanent changes in pos-
'(It's not unusual for career women
who regularly wear high heels to
he lsthhesees tses oces resnidnohn h
shosdenh ma ing t'ttoothsehot uor
wear of flat shoes and stretching
exercises, it should return to resolve
"High-heels with pointed toes and
thin soles cause crowding of the
toes and offer little if any support,"
said Dr. Albreski. "Women can
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Page 12 Ms Perry's Fre s
Conversations of Our
City Past and Future.
Join the Ritz Theater on February
28th from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. for
a reception featuring conversations
and reflections about Jacksonville's
historical and political issues with
leaders, community advocates and
youth. Music of t Te strugg e per-
formed by Ritz Voices and guest
and book signing with local
African American authors. It is all
presented free. For more informa-
tion, call 632-5555.
The Great Jacksonville Book Sale
will be held Feb. 29 -- March 2nd
at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
You'll find tens of thousands of
books, generally priced from 50-
cet o$2.00, i Exhibit Hall Ba
the fairgrounds. Parking is free.
Hours of the sale are 10- 8 p.m. on
Friday, 10 6 p.m. on Saturday, and
12 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, contact
Harry Reagan at 630-2304
Breakfast @ the Hyatt
Join the local Black Chamber of
Commerce at its Annual Heritage
Breakfast with local professionals
Aurora at (904) 765 7372.
Dreamgirls will perform at the
Florida Theatre May 10-11, 2008.
Jax Children's Chorus
Auditions at Brentwood
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus
(www.j axchildrenschorusbcom) is
children grae m2st1 aoun ondayr
April 7, 2008 at Brentwood
Elementary School from 6-7 p.m.
The school address is 3750
Springfield Blvd. To schedule an
audition, call (904) 346-1636.
FlOrida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster,Bformer NFL pro and
aTiki Barber retire in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. For
ticket information call 202-2886.
Bill Cosby in Concert
Veteran comedic entertainer Bill
Cosby will be returning to
Jacksonville for two performances
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The shows will be
on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 5
p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or for I
more information call 353-3309.
"Cure by Design"
The 9th annual "Cure by Design"'
Fashion Show and Luncheon will
be held Wednesday April l6, 2008,
at 11:00 a.m. There will be a:
Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction,
Lunch and Couture Fashion Show
featuring celebrity models and can-
Jakoe il 0 eern hw ch i
Boulevard. This event is a celebra-
ti i oag stesurvivorship or t cee
information, contact the American
Cancer Society 904-391-3608.
Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God will beon the stages of the Ritz
Theater April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Loosely based on the Gospel of St.
Matthew, this two-act musical
pa7 .dF tBroadway from 176 to
tured on a specially designed poster
to be displayed at the breakfast. The
theme for the breakfast is Women
Take Flight. Mayor John Peyton
will proclaim March as Women's
History Month in Jacksonville and
astronaut Eileen Collins will serve
as the keynote speaker. Collins is
the first woman to pilot and com-
mand an U.S. spacecraft. Call 665-
RSVP to make reservations or get
Freda Payne: A Tribute
to Ella Fitzgerald
On Thursday March 6, songstress
Freda Payne will present a tribute to
Freda Payne. The performance will
be held on Thursday, march 6 at the
Florida Theater For more informa-
tion, call 353-3309.
The Art of Spoken
Word at the Ritz
The First Thursday of every
month at 7:00 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 next open
session featuring free admission
will be held on March 6th. Call
632-5555 for more information.
PRIDE March Book
The March book club meeting will
be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008
at 5:30 pm at Oakleaf Plantation'
Oakleaf Village Clubhouse, 370
Oak~leaf Village Parkway, Orange
Park, Fl. 32065. The book for dis-
cussion will be Blond Faith by
Walter Mosley. For more informa-
11II cl 389 8417.
Choruses Join Forces
The African Children's Choir and
the Jacksonville Children's Chorus
will be in concert together Saturday,
March 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The
one time performance will be at the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts, Jacoby Hall.
People of Color Science
& Invention Expo 2008
The 2008 Annual People of Color
Science and Invention Expo will be
at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center, March 14 -23, 2008. The
national exhibit, founded by Miss
Ernestine Johnson, a native of
Jacksonville, is quite remarkable
and maintains it's innovative; with
indigenous artifacts more than
3,000 years old. For details, please
RtZ Ama eur
bAre you ready to take your skills
to the next level? The Ritz Theater
will hold their next Amateur Night
auditions on Thursday, March 13,
5:00-6:15 p.m. This is your chance
to show your skills to all of
Jacksonville--right on the Ritz
stage! Please bring accompaniment
nausic. All ages and talents wel-
come! Your piece must be no longer
than 3 1/2 minutes. Auditions are
closed to the viewing public. For
more information call 632-5555.
Girl Scouts Women of
The Gateway Girls Scouts
Council will have their 2008
Women of Distinction Luncheon on
Friday, March 14, 2008. The
luncheon and awards program will
be held at the Omni Hotel at noon-
This year's honorees include
Roslyn Phillips, Pam Paul, Mary
Terry, Nina Waters and Kristi
Bageant-Epperson. For tickets or
more information, call 421.3486.
singersdand dancer are needed.on
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from
Oun~dy Marc ht6, 28 fom 1 0
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Center of the Arts,
2049 N. Pearl Street. Male and
Females performers must be at least
18 years of age. Please prepare a
song ron the playdtht rahows o f
more mnformation please call Stage
on Friday, February 29th at 8 a.m.
The Florida Black Science and
Inventors Exhibit will be on dis-
play. The theme for the event is
Partnering for a better community
and the guest speaker is Joyce
Morgan DanfordFor details, please
call 652-1502, or www.feaacc.org.
There will be a free Homebuyers
Seminar on Saturday, March 1st at
the Southside COGIC 2179
Emerson St. The seminar will kick
off at 10.a.m. It will include: First
time home buyers programs; Down
Payment Assistance; Pre-
Qualification; Free Credit Reports.
Refreshments will be served. For
more information on attending, call
FCCJ Presents 100
Years of Broadway
Neil Berg's widely acclaimed 100
Years of Broadway, a musical revue
of Broadway's most celebrated
shows featuring a dazzling cast of
five Broadway stars accompanied
by an all-star New York band is
coming to the Times-Union
Center's Moran Theater on
Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 8:00
pm. For tickets call 353-3309.
Herbs for Gardenmng
Class at the Zoo
The Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens will have their next class in
its series of gardening classes,
"Herbs for Gardening and Fun".
The class will be held Saturday,
March 1, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. at the Zoo's PepsiCo
Education Foundation Campus.
The topic of the discussion will be
why herbs are a great addition to the
garden and how to utilize them in
every day life. Pre-registration is
required, and seating is limited. For
more information or to pre-register,
visit the Zoo's Web site at
www.jacksonvil ezoo.org or call
757-4463, ext. 21.
Everyone is invited Tuesday,
March 4th to a "Mad Hatter"
luncheon, hats will be judged and
prizes awarded. Joanne Byrns will
share how her life was transformed
when her husband a pilot mn the Viet
Nam war, was shot down and
Missing in Action. Doors will open
at 11:30 a.m.for buffet and the pro-
gram begins from 12:00 to 1:30. It
will be held at the Ramada Inn
East Room in Mandarin 3130
Hartley Road. RSVP and
Complimentary Child Care call
Kathy 737-3032 or e-mail mandar-
inewc~yahoo.com for more infor-
Three local women will be hon-
ored at the 22nd Annual Women's
History Month Breakfast sponsored
by the Mayor's Commission on the
Status of Women. The event will be
held on Tuesday, March 4, at the
Hyatt Regency Hote Cargo
Brady, Joann Manning, and
Karen Brune Mathis will be fea-
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ings, chapter community service projects, and mom's night outs. The group
meets every Monday from 10am l l:30am at Burnett Park's Community
Center, located at 3740 Burnett Park Rd. To join the Jacksonville Chapter
of Moca Momns, visit www.mocamoms.org and complete the registration
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The Real Reason Black
People Don't Want
to Vote for Obamna
Ib am ac icalou eething with all of the black people,
especially so called "intelligent", "educated", black people giving a million
tired excuses of why they won't vote for Barack Obama and will vote for a
1. He's not ready/He's not experienced. Man please. You have the top
3 Democratic candidates with 1 Senate term under their belt. Hillary as the
First Lady has experience? Not one executive decision is made as the first
lady. That's like Stedman recommending a book, endorsing a candidate, or
having his own show...SO WHAT.
2. White America is not ready for a Black president. Was White
America ready for slavery to end? Giving us the right to vote?
Desegregation of our society? When did black people ever let white people
dictate when and where we were getting our just due, our break? We've
always stepped up and demanded what we wanted, or we were either hitting
the streets and tearin' up some stuff, escapin', marching, or picketing.
3. Barack is half black and half white, so he's not really black anyway.
I should blacksmack anyone who has ever thought that. Ever heard of the
one drop rule? It has not only been a social standard for WHO is black, but
it was also upheld in the Constitution in keeping us from suing a white per-
son over personal property. No black person ever refers to another black per-
son as "biracial". You black. You might have another heritage in your line-
age, but this country as well as any other sees you as black, PERIOD. Lame
4. I don't know what issues Barack stands for. When the heck has that
ever prevented black folk from voting for a black candidate, really? I guess
now, but the main people saying that couldn't tell you anything about
Hillary's or John Edwards platform either. Please stop fronting.
5. All he did was give that one speech. How many great people have
defined their lives, the scope of human history, and changed the world in a
speech? Moses, Jesus, Paul, Martin Luther, Frederick Douglas, Abraham
Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther
King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela,
Jesse Jackson, and Jim Valvano all have changed the course of the history of
the world and the hearts of billions of men and women in societies since the
beginning of time with a speech.
That is the purpose of a rally. A person speaks, and it prepares all to act in
relation to the spirit of what is spoken. That is why we go to church, not to
just hear our pastor blather, but to refresh God in our hearts and spurn us to
take up God's will in our lives. So save all that ying yang about that speech.
6. If all of those white people are supporting him, he must be in their
back pocket. You can also save the conspiracy theory. He's liked because
lie comes at a time where a person that looks exactly like them lied to their
face (two in a row, if you include Bill Clinton with Monica and of course
Bush with Iraq), and flat out said what no politician would admit: We have
two Americas, blue and red, black and white. It was not publicly said, and
on top of that proposed that we ACTUALLY DO something about it, not
find more ways to be divided and not come together despite our differences.
Noble concept and one to be championed. That's JFK, FDR, and Abe
Lincoln material. So they were feeling it, just like I was and you should too.
His legislative work has been indicative of this as well, including his Fuel
Standard work with President Bush. Check the resume, it shines.
THE REAL REASON BLACK PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO VOTE
F OBAMA IS THAT THEY ARE AFRAID THAT HE'LL WIN,
1. WE'LL HAVE NO MORE EXCUSES LEFT.
We won't be able to say, "America is racist", "I cannot get a break because
I'm black", and all other random excuses many blacks make for not achiev-
ing anything in their lives.
2. IF SOCIETY IS LEFT UNCHANGED AFTER HIS PRESIDENCY
WE'LL LOSE HOPE. If a black man becomes President, I honestly
believe many black people feel that all of the world's problems should come
to an end. No more crack selling, no more black on black crime, no more
baby mama drama and dead beat daddies, no more people on welfare and on
the chow line, no more winos, no more police brutality, no more DWB, no
more predatory loans, no more ghettos, no more racism period, no more
Middle East unrest, just everybody singing Kumbaya. To some degree, I
think a lot of white people, especially liberal, feel that way too, that's why
they are supporting him as well.
THAT'S RIDICULOUS. If it happened, he'd be one of the greatest people
that ever lived, but that's way too much pressure to put on one man. I feel
that people are really not ready for the world to get better anyway. It's like
that father you never knew but won't make a relationship with because you
don't want to be let down. It's unfair and let that go. Barack will make a great
::-:::::.,boul e won' sole a f the world's problems, nor can he solve all
3. IF HE MESSES IT UP, WE'RE ALL SCREWED. Back in the day
blacks with degrees could do nothing but shine shoes outside the company.
Now we're in them, making decisions, even CEOs like my man Stanley
O'NTeal, the first black American to take the helm of a major Wall Street firm.
That brother completely mismanaged the company, like many others who
mismanaged banks causing losses equity because of security back sub prime
loans. Now, those that are in the know are afraid that a black man cannot
ever get that opportunity to be THE MAN at a major institution again.
Not only that, if Barack messes it up, there will be a backlash on all of
black America. "You guys had your chance to run the free world, and you
Sorry Charlie, Barack is one man. You can't use the logic for yourself as
far as getting ahead, but lose it for this man. George Bush completely
botched America's standing in the world, but I don't see anyone afraid to
elect another white man. So come off of it.
150 Years Later, Education is Still the Answer
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ing to read a book.
We have to teach our children
that knowledge is power and the
slave master knew it. They knew
that with some education slaves
would be much harder deal with.
The relevance of that information
should inspire black youth today.
I know that I am getting old
because it seems like I am loosing
more understanding with young
folk every year. I really do not
understand why more minorities,
especially black youth are not tak-
ing advantage of the educational
opportunities available for them.
When I was in high school we
still had to use the encyclopedia for
research and rely on counselors for
collegiate information of any sort.
If the internet was around then, 1
would probably be a genius or
multi-millionaire today. The possi-
bilities are endless.
Hundreds of thousands of
Americans white and black fought
and died for blacks and women to
have equal rights in this country.
How can we let those sacrifices
fade away in vain'? Or better yet,
how do we let those sacrifices dry
up "Like a raisin in the sun."
So a lack of educational opportu-
nities is no longer the problem, but
I am certainly not saying that
blacks no longer face challenges in
this country. There are still many
inequalities that exist in the hous-
ing finance industry, college admit-
tance, Corporate America and
many other areas.
There's an old hymnal that
church folk sing that says, "Soon
and very soon we are going to see
the King." Well, soon and very
soon we are see how much
America h~as matured racially.
Blacks have consistently made
strides in this country. Langston
Hughes once said, "I swear to the
Lord I still can't see why
Democracy means everybody but
But is that still the case?
Presidential candidate Barack
Obama will test that notion soon
and very soon.
Malcolm X once said, "If you
stick a knife nine inches mnto my
back and pull it out three inches,
that is not progress. Even if you
pull it all the way out, that is not
progress. Progress is healing the
wound, and America hasn't even
begun to pull out the knife."
So again, the question at hand is
has America as a whole progressed
enough to truly make history in
2008 by electing the first black
president ever? Has that knife that
Malcolm talked about been not
only pulled out, but is the wound
Time will certainly tell the story.
Zora Neale Hurston said, "There
are years that ask questions and
years that answer." The question
has been asked and this year will
provide that answer.
I cannot say it enough that Black
History Month is a time for not
only reflecting back at our past
accomplishments, but it's a time to
also look forward. There are a lot
of ailments that affect our commu-
nity education continues to be the
Signing off from Edward Waters
"It is a peculiar sensation, this
double-consciousness, this sense of
always looking at one's self
through the eyes of others. .. One
ever feels his twoness,-an
American, a Negro; two souls, two
thoughts, two unreconciled striv-
ings; two warring ideals in one
dark body, whose dogged strength
alone keeps it from being torn
These are the words of W.E.B.
Dubois, and they written over 100
years ago in his book, "The Souls
of Black Folk."
It's this "twoness" that Dubois
talks about that for many years has
made many blacks feel that we
couldn't achieve in this country. It's
that same feeling of twoness that
has discouraged so many African
Americans from following their
It is funny how that past still
speeches to us today. I continue to
say that the long term solution for
improving our communities rest in
the arena of education.
It's what Dubois and Booker T.
Washington debated about in the
late 1800s and early 1900s. How to
best educate former slaves so that
they can be self-sufficient and pro-
vide for their families. Of course
Washington wanted blacks to focus
more on trades while Dubois
favored a more formal education in
Regardless of their methods of
trying to help black folk, education
was at the center of the debate.
Again, that was some 100 years
ago, but it's probably even more
relevant today. How do we reverse
the cycles of poverty we see in our
communities? How do we create a
stronger black middle class? How
do get more black professionals
and business executives'?
Education is still the solution
whether it's 1908 or 2008. And
black leaders have known this from
the days of slavery until now.
George Washington Carver once
said, "Education is the key to
unlock the golden door of fr~ee-
"Educate your sons and daugh-
ters, send them to school, and show
them that beside the cartridge box,
the ballot box, and the jury box,
you have also the knowledge box,"
said Frederick Douglas.
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
said, "Education remains the key to
both economic and political
"Education is the sole and only
hope of the Negro race in
America," stated Booker T
Many viewed him as a militant,
but the real story of Malcolm X
tells a totally different story. He
knew the importance of education
saying, "Education is our passport
to the future, for tomorrow belongs
to the people who prepare for it
So that past has relevance even
Remember that old racist saying
that if you want to hide something
from a black man, put it in a book?
Most of you know this, but it's
important that our youth under-
stand why the slave master didn't
want their slaves to know how to
read or write. A slave could be
killed if caught reading or attempt-
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Dinner at my house is great when Mariana and
Amy come. Mom makes granddaddy's gumbo.
She says, like us, it's a lot of different things ':ir
that go together. Amy says she's the t ~iato
because of her reddish blonde hair. I sa 'm
the okra because, like me, it has African roots.
Mariana says she's the chicken becan he
hates scary movies. She's so silly! But we ovlfe hen
It's nice to have someone who appreciates my
African American history the way I do. :
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Who's coming for dinner?
At my house: Love.