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Financially Strapped Fisk
University Ends NCAA Athletics
Amid a deepening financial crisis, Fisk administrators recently
announced that they were ending all of the university's NCAA athletic
programs after this year and will develop a system of intramural sports in
their place. According to a statement by Provost Kofi Lomotey, released
Feb. 25, the Nashville university views the move as an opportunity to
involve more students in sports.
But many current students, alumni and faculty see the loss of the sports
program as potentially devastating to student life on campus.
"It decreases the camaraderie between students now that you don't have
a function or an event where students get together. It decreases school
pride. What are you rooting for, other than your academics?" said Dave
Hill, who is majoring in physics with plans for a career in astronomy.
University Spokesperson Ken West said the university annually spends
$263, 075 to support the athletic program while only generating $10,000
in revenue from an NCAA grant for participating in certain games. West
said none of the school's approximately 100 athletes are on scholarships
related to their participation in the NCAA Division III sports. He said the
university expects the intramural program to cost $60,000 annually.
Holyfield in Talks for Considering
Boxing Re-match with Tyson
Evander Holyfield said in an interview published last week that he was
in talks with Mike Tyson for a re-match of their infamous 1997 fight.
Speaking to The Guardian, Holyfield, who failed in his quest to regain
a version of the world heavyweight title in October, said: "There has been
some talk between us.
"Mike had Jeff Fenech, who's been training him, call me a few months
ago. Jeff says Mike wants to fight me again -- but he needs to know if I
would agree to it. I said, 'It all depends on what they gonna give is --
because I'm gonna catch a lot of flack if I say I'm fighting Mike Tyson
again. I've already said I don't want to fight Mike no more'.
In their 1997 fight, the second between the two boxers, Tyson, now 41,
bit Holyfield, now 45, twice and ripped off a chunk of his ear, which he
spat onto the canvas.
Florida 13 Year Old Charged with
Hanging Noose in Neighbor's Tree
OVIEDO -- Oviedo police have arrested a
teenager and charged him with tying a noose
to a tree in front of a home belonging to an
The teen, 15, has been charged assault, tres-
passing and with a hate crime. Because of the
boy's age, his name can not be released.
The family had been living in the Lake
Roberts Estates subdivision for about three
months when police arrived this weekend to
find a white nylon rope tied to a tree branch in
the front yard.
Neighbors said the act isn't representative of the people in their neigh-
"I'm just totally shocked. I just can't imagine in today's world that that
kind of thing is still happening. I'm disgusted," said Peg Wooden.
Jamaica Explores Legalizing Marijuana
KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica is considering the legalization of mar-
ijuana, a drug revered by members of the island's large Rastafarian pop-
ulation who say smoking it is part of their religion.
A seven-member government commission has been researching possi-
ble changes to the Caribbean nation's anti-drug laws, which some police
complain are clogging courts and jails with marijuana-related cases, a
government official said.
In 2003, a government commission recommended legalizing marijuana
in small amounts for personal use. But lawmakers never acted, saying
legalization might entail loss of their country's U.S. anti-drug certifica-
tion. Countries that lose it face economic sanctions.
A U.S. State Department report said that Jamaica is the largest produc-
er of marijuana in the Caribbean and a major hub for drugs bound for the
1 of 9 Black Males Incarcerated
According to a report released last week by the Pew Center on the
States, for the first time in history more than one in every 100 American
adults is in jail or prison.
The report urges states to reduce soaring incarceration costs by devis-
ing alternative sentencing programs, especially for non-violent offenders.
The group bearing the greatest burden of the increased incarceration is
young Black males between the ages of 20 and 34. The Pew report found
that a startling 1 of every 9 African American males in that age group is
in jail or prison.
For the nation as a whole, 1 of 30 young men in the 20 to 34 age group
is living behind bars. As of January 1st, there were 1,596,127 people in
state and federal prisons and another 723,131 in local jails.
The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation
in the world. Even though communist-led China has at least 4 times as
many citizens as the United States, it has fewer of its citizens in jail or
prison. [For more details, visit online http://www.pewcenteronthes-
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Volume 21 No. 45 Jacksonville, Florida March 6 12, 2008
Democratic Race Re-Energized with Clinton Wins
Sen. Hillary Clinton has scored clinched the Republican nomina-
comeback primary wins in Ohio, tion.
Texas and Rhode Island this week Clinton's three triumphs Tuesday
denting Barack Obama's 1,434 del- night ended a month of defeats for
egate lead in the presidential race the former first lady.
raising her total to 1,357. 2,025 are Clinton picked up at least 100 del-
needed to secure the nomination. egates in Ohio, Rhode Island,
Arizona Senator John McCain has Vermont and Texas, while Obama
City Restores Relocated
Historic Brewster Hospital
Shown above at the resopration kickoff are (L-R) Diane Melendez,
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson, Councilman Warren Jones, Lois
Gibson, Liz Means and Lamont Cruse, son of Vera Cruse.
City Council Members Glorious
Johnson and Warren Jones kicked
off the restoration of the historic
Brewster Hospital along with mem-
bers of the Brewster Hospital
Alumni Community Nurses
Association in it's new location in
the LaVilla area.
"Many doctors and nurses have
come from this great institution
who are now living in all parts of
the world," said Council Member
Johnson. "As the first training hos-
pital for African-Americans in the
nation, its history must not be for-
gotten. The restoration of Brewster
will allow our children the opportu-
nity to learn about the history of
those who cared for so many people
in the Jacksonville community."
Located just west of downtown at-
Continued on page 7
picked up at least 77. Nearly 200
delegates are still to be awarded at
press time, including 163 in Texas.
Three states will hold races in the
weeks ahead. Several territories and
states also have conventions to
decide delegates. The next stop is
the Wyoming Democratic caucus
on March 8 with 12 Democratic
delegates at stake; Mississippi on
March 11 with 33 Democratic del-
egates and the big Pennsylvania pri-
mary on April 22 with 158
Democratic delegates at stake.
Coach Willie Dorsey with his inspiration, Edgar Bennett, Sr.
First Coast Authors Reveal Motivation on Books
The Ritz Theatre closed Black History Month by making yet another
trailblazing step. For the first time in it's history, the historic museum
hosted five local African-American authors. Each author in attendance
spoke on the motivation behind their titles, answered the audience ques-
tions and signed books. For more on the event, see page 12.
Idea of Confederate Flag License
Plate Not Being Welcomed
Some people call it heritage
preservation, others say it is a way
for racists to publicly display their
hate. Either way, a recent state law-
maker's bid for the "southern her-
itage" license plate is causing much
Mitchell Lane Wedding Celebration
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Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Mitchell, Mrs. Gwendolyn Lane, Mr. Ernest Lane, Mrs. Sadie Lane and brother of the
groom Mr. Eddie Lane, Jr. san,, Johnson Photo
The former Gwendolyn Mitchell recently wed Rev. Ernest Lane of Tallahassee, Florida in a festive celebration
encompassing four days of activities. Over 300 guests participated from throughout the country to witness the ele-
gant wedding themed "Timeless Elegance". In venues including the Hyatt Riverfront, Historic Mount Zion AME
Church and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Lane's made sure their wedding celebration provided
a memory of a lifetime for themselves and their guests. For pictures and story of the nuptials, see page 11.
Making the outdated flag syn-
onymous with the pre civil war
south a possibility is no easy task.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans
had to raise $60 thousand dollars,
gather signatures, and put together
a design for the license plate salut-
ing 'Southern Heritage.'
SCV Executive Director Ben
Sewell said his organization has
been successful in the past at get-
ting the license plates in numerous
states and feels they've met the
requirements in the state of Florida
to acquire the tag.
"The laws have been relatively
even for non-profit organizations,"
he said. "In Tennessee we've been
able to do a lot of things with the
money such as sponsoring muse-
ums that preserve historical flags."
According to the group's esti-
mates, the process for the acquiring
the tag in Florida has cost nearly
$200,000 and taken three years to
be adopted into a bill.
"You know, it's over. Let it rest!"
says Irisa Kearse. She bristles,
every time she sees a Confederate
flag display. "It just brings back so
many memories. The movies, and
the way they did the black people. I
don't think it's right, no."
We respect Rep. Brown [Don
Brown who initiated the bill], but
we think he is wrong on this," said
Northwest Florida National
Advancement of Colored People
Director Sabu Williams. "We will
fight and do anything to stop this
from getting state sponsored. That
includes putting some boots
(protesting) in front of his office."
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Standing left right: Sara Wilder, Jerrett Roberts, Katie Glover, and Samella Smith, Darius Smith (aged twelve), and Friends of the
DeChantal Williams. These four friends get together every year to Jacksonville Public Library volunteer Burt Kagen. Like thousands of
shop for favorite authors and African-American texts at "The Great other book lovers, Smith and son Darius patronize the sale annually to
Jacksonville Book Sale." satisfy their "need to read."
10 Best Sellers Draw Thousands to the
Fairgrounds for Annual Library Book Sale
by Marretta Latimer
Imagine a room filled with tens of
thousands of books of every genre,
and those books cost between fifty
cents and two dollars. Some call it
Duval County's "sale of the year."
Others deem it the best place in
town to locate hard-to-find texts.
For anyone who loves books, the
February event is the place to be.
Well, literature lovers and budg-
et-conscience shoppers had their
dreams fulfilled this past weekend
at "The Great Jacksonville Book
Sale." Hosted annually by Friends
of the Jacksonville Public Library
at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, this
three-day event promotes commu-
nity awareness and use of libraries.
If you ask Samella Smith, she'll
tell you the book sale inspires youth
to read. She shared, "I live in Clay
County and don't have easy access
to a library. My husband and I
emphasize the importance of read-
ing in our home. I bring our son to
the book sale every year so that he
has books at home that will develop
his love of reading."
Joyce Clybum, another patron of
the book sale, agrees. She noted,
"We always come for my teenage
daughter Tyesha. She's an avid
According to Friends of the
Jacksonville Public Library volun-
teer Burt Kagen, the book sale actu-
ally has two purposes fundraising
and literacy. He stated, "The library
system is a living, growing thing.
We are constantly updating inven-
tory and take the library's excess
books and sell them here. We
donate the proceeds raised back to
the library to fund children's pro-
grams and other important proj-
Friends of the Jacksonville Public
Library is a non-profit organization
formed in 1956 to encourage inter-
est in libraries. In addition to
organizing "The Great Jacksonville
Book Sale" and other events, the
group's volunteers run BOOKtique,
the book store located at the Main
Library. Kagen noted, "We want
everyone to know that BOOKtique
is open seven days a week. People
can shop year-round for great
After perusing mysteries and
African-American texts at "The
Great Jacksonville Book Sale,"
shopper Jerrett Roberts added, "I'm
a book fanatic. I always come to
this event with my friends and am
guaranteed to find something that I
Black Jewels Ladies Golf Association
Helping to Change the Face of Golf
Association Encouraging African American Women and
Girls To Golffor Health, Socializing and Mentoring
On Monday mornings
at office coffee stations
around the world, mil-
lions of people --
women in particular --
find themselves inca-
pable of participating in
conversations when golf
recount their respective
chips, putts, fairways,
woods, irons: what's all that
about? Starting with the basics,
Black Jewels Ladies Golf
Association, Inc. (BJLGA)
ensures that its membership is
well versed in the game of golf,
and having lots of fun while learn-
ing and competing. From the
game's history to its jargon; from
game rules to course etiquette;
even addressing course fashion,
BJLGA covers it all. The New
York City-based organization's
founder and CEO Rasheena
Wilson is establishing Black
Jewels Ladies Golf Association
"Each week, my office receives a
growing number of inquiries from
ladies asking how they can locate
recreational and social golf activi-
ties in their cities and towns
across the country," said African
American Golfer's Digest publish-
er Debert Cook. "Still others seek
to learn how they can become
involved on the business side of
the game to work in the golf
industry in sales and marketing."
The Black Jewels Ladies Golf
Association is looking to make a
impact on the game by influenc-
ing women and girls nationwide
to take up the sport.
If you would like to establish a
Black Jewels Ladies Golf
Association, Inc. in your city, con-
tact Rasheena Wilson, Founder,
P.O. Box 6615, New York, NY
10150; 917-545-9996 or email
Farrakhan Says "Stick with Obama" Despite Recent Denunciation
Minister Louis Farrakhan has said
that backers of Democratic presi-
dential candidate Barack Obama
shouldn't be dissuaded by the sena-
tor's denunciation of him during a
His statement follows last week's
televised debate between Obama
and Clinton about Farrakhan's sup-
port for the Obama campaign.
Obama said he denounces
Farrakhan's past anti-Semitic
remarks and rejects his support.
Farrakhan sent an unsolicited
statement to the media that he said
was meant to respond to "outrage
expressed by'Iariy" over Olattn'
"Those who have been supporting
Sen. Barack Obama should not
allow what was said during the Feb.
26 presidential debate to lessen
their support for his campaign. This
is simply mischief making intended
to hurt Mr. Obama politically."
Farrakhan, through a spokesman,
later clarified that by "mischief
making" he was referring to the
questions posed by debate modera-
tor Tim Russert, host of NBC's
"Meet the Press."
The issue arose when Farrakhan
praised Obama atthe annual
Saviour's Day Conference even
comparing him to the religion's
founder, Wallace D. Fard
Muhammad, who also had a white
mother and black father.
"A black man with a white mother
became a savior to us," Farrakhan
said. "A black man with a white
mother could turn out to be one who
can lift America from her fall."
The Obama campaign moved
quickly to distance itself from
Farrakhan. Hours later the cam-
paign said, "Senator Obama has
been clear in his objections to
Minister Farrakhan's past pro-
nouncements and has not solicited
the minister's support.:" '..
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Farrakhan has drawn widespread he and Farrakhan live in Chicago,
attention in the past for making that's where their ties end.
anti-Semitic remarks, including "I have been very clear in my
calling Judaism a "gutter religion." denunciation of Minister
In recent years, officials with the Farrakhan's anti-Semitic comments.
Nation of Islam have said they I think that they are unacceptable
favor unity and tolerance among and reprehensible," Obama said. "I
religions, and Farrakhan now often did not solicit this support."
quotes the texts of other religions in Following an exchange with
his speeches. Officials with the Clinton, he then added: "There's no
Nation have long argued that formal offer of help from Minister
Farrakhan's comments are often Farrakhan that would involve me
taken out of context. rejecting it. But if the word 'reject'
During Tuesday's debate, Russert Senator Clinton feels is stronger
pressed Obama about whether he than the word 'denounce,' then I'm
accepts Farrakhan's support The happyy to concede the point, and I
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I am too young to have experi-
enced segregation, but of course
my parents and grandparents where
not. As bad as the concept of segre-
gation was, it had many positive
impacts on the black community.
Black businesses did well, there
was a stronger sense of pride in our
communities and black public
schools and colleges were often
more coveted than they are today.
I am certainly not saying that
black businesses are not doing well
or that there is no pride in black
communities, but I think that most
would agree that when minorities
were basically forced to live in cer-
tain communities it created neigh-
borhoods that were more stable.
Think about the fact that you
might have a doctor living next
door to a postal worker or mechan-
ic. This dynamic created not only
diversity in class levels, but also
stability in the black communities.
Today, we do not see that sort of
diversity in America. In fact,
instead of people being segregated
by race we are naturally segregated
by income levels. And the reason I
use the word natural is because
normally it is not intentional, but
folk like to live in communities
with folks who are on their same
People who live in Queens
Harbor live there because the
homes are nice, there expensive
and most people who live in the
community are at least upper mid-
dle class individuals and families.
With nicer neighborhoods comes a
certain status level that some peo-
ple have more of an appreciation
for than others.
I personally do not care to live in
a gated community, but that's
important to some people for vari-
ous reasons. There are not any
gated communities in "traditional."
black communities hence folks
have to move out of the core city to
live in one of those neighborhoods.
So what happens when you take
the majority of African American
middle and upper-middle class
families out of the core city? It
leaves behind a mixture of folks,
most of whom have pride in their
communities, but it's the small per-
centage of folks who don't that can
ruin a neighborhood.
So one of the by-products of inte-
gration has been the creation of
more poor communities with high
crime rates and slum and blight
because of abandoned commercial
One could also argue that deseg-
regation is not the cause of many
blighted communities but simple
socio-economics. As people make
more money they buy nicer homes
and want to send their children to
nicer schools (often private).
As people make more money and
move into these nicer communities,
which by the way always seem to
be outside of the urban core, older
neighborhoods are left without sta-
It's been interesting to see how
different age groups respond to the
question at hand. Older African
Americans definitely feel that it
was necessary, although some are
quick to acknowledge the negative
affect on the black community.
Young black urban youth seem to
be on the other end of the spectrum.
AllHipHop.com ask the same
question that I ponder in this article
- Integration vs. Segregation. Most
bloggers landed on the side of seg-
regation, however we are talking
about a bunch of young folk who
probably have no real appreciation
or understanding of segregation
and the struggle for equality.
Desegregation was critical to the
quality of life for minorities espe-
cially in the South. The thought
that blacks and whites could not
attend the same public schools or
drink from the same water founda-
tions is simply amazing.
The fact that blacks were forced
to live in certain neighborhoods
and forced to educate ourselves in
certain schools speaks volumes. So
as I read through the AllHipHop
blog I see a lot of extremist views
that speak about the fact that black
youth have not benefited from inte-
gration and how the poverty level
among blacks has dropped since
Again, these tend to be extremist
views that don't outweigh the big-
ger picture. It's one thing to make
the argument if the country was
separate, but equal. We all know
that separate also meant unequal.
Look at segregation in today's
terms. America is no longer about
blacks and whites. Hispanics have
become the largest minority and
Asian Americans numbers are
small, but still increasing. How
would you enforce segregation? It's
a ridiculous notion no matter what
side you are on.
The most interesting argument
about segregation from my per-
spective is not necessarily if deseg-
regation should have happened, but
how it should have happened. For
example, I think that bussing was
necessary to desegregate schools,
but it hurt many of the neighbor-
hood schools. Youth were being
bussed across the city or county to
But there needed to be drastic
change in order to "force" the issue.
So although no one likes bussing
children across the city, it was the
only means to bring about immedi-
ate change. Now if the Supreme
Court ruled that all barriers used in
segregation had to be removed and
kids were able to enroll in any
school they wanted as long as they
lived in the neighborhood then seg-
regationwould hhayhqppened at a,
snails pace. -
We would probably still have
many all white and all black
schools, but some would ask if
that's a bad thing. As long as they
schools have equal resources and
qualified teachers then is there is
need to "force" segregation?
The collegiate level is a totally
different ball game. When you
look at the college system of
admission there clearly had to be
forced desegregation, but has that
hurt Historically Black Colleges
The black college experience can
be extremely rewarding and tends
to be much more unique than those
shared by African Americans at
predominately white schools. I can
make such a definitive statement
because I attended both a predomi-
nately black and white colleges,
and I can attest that the experiences
were like day and night.
So again, if we look at desegre-
gation on the college level is some-
what ideal. If blacks and other
minorities have legitimate shots at
being admitted to predominately
white colleges and also have the
option of attending HBCUs then
your options are plenty.
The problem is, not all predomi-
nately white institutions have a
good track record of admitting
minority students, and that's why
affirmative action programs were
so critical in the past. In fact, those
programs are still needed in many
So there is no real debate over
segregation versus integration. The
only debate is over the affects on
the black community. Coretta Scott
King may have said it best,
"Segregation was wrong when it
was forced by white people, and I
believe it is still wrong when it is
requested by black people."
Signing off from a desegregated
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Gov. Crist (right) and Hester Clark (center) listen to fellow attendee, Ana Smith (left), as she discusses the
state of small business in Florida.
Local Entrepreneur Among Invitees for Governor's black Business Symposium
Governor Charlie Crist hosted African-American Business Owners from across the state last week for his
Tallahassee Tuesday series. "Tallahassee Tuesdays" are informal gatherings where the Governor and citizens can
exchange ideas and discuss Florida's future. Representing Jacksonville among invited guests was none other than
Hester Clark, president and owner of advertising agency The Hester Group.
"Today's symposium reflects the changing face of business owners and our impact to Florida's economy," says
Clark. "I'm honored that the work of my firm and other black-owned organizations is being recognized by
Governor Crist."she said.
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Awards Awarding $15,000 for Teaching Excellence
The Delta Delta Chapter ,
National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa, Inc. recently celebrated its
African American Commission on
Civil Rights Banquet at the Holiday
Inn, Commonwealth Ave. The
theme: "Educating Tomorrow's
Television 12's First Coast News
Anchor Angela Spears served as
Mistress of Ceremony. The speaker
for the occasion, Senator Anthony
C. Hill, challenged the Sorority to
help the youth, and especially, the
young men in our society. Sen. Hill
challenged the Sorority and banquet
guests, to become more involved in
the betterment of the lives of young
men; and to encourage our young
men, and foster a sense of determi-
nation to become future doctors,
educators, businessmen and lead-
A highlight of the evening was
the presentation of Dr. Martin
Luther King's "I Have A Dream"
speech, by the Williams brothers.
The Sorority presented Ken
Amaro with the "2008 Serviceman
of the Year Award" for his out-
Students from S.P. Livingston recited MLK's "I Have a Dream".
Shown above are brothers Ernest, Jarrod, Jalyen and Jarrel Williams.
standing work he does in the com- we would not be able to enjoy many
munity, researching facts and get- of the luxuries that we take for
ting to the root of problems. granted. We must commit to taking
"The legacy of a strong and care of our elders, and we must edu-
proud African American people will cate our youth, to ensure a better
live on as we do not forget the quality of life The legacy of a
shoulders on which we stand "our strong and proud African American
elders". For with their sacrifices, people will continue.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Names
Rakita Dozier as its 2008 Youth of the Year
The College of Education and
Human Services at the University
of North Florida is accepting nomi-
nations for the 2008 Gladys Prior
Awards for Career Teaching
Excellence. The two major criteria
for selection of teachers for the
award are sustained teaching excel-
lence and sustained inspiration of
To be eligible for the award,
teachers must have at least 10 years
of teaching experience in a Duval
County public or private school.
The award carries a $15,000 cash
prize to the recipients, who are free
Continued from page 1
Keith Lengyel suggests people
ignore movies and media, and read
some Civil War history. "Well they
try to say 600-thousand people died
over slavery, the fact was it was
taxation. The Southern people were
trying to make a living. The
Northern people wanted to tax their
products. I think it's a lot more than
black and white."
This idea is only a proposal, but
the sponsor will promote it, before
the legislature, starting this week.
Our state already has 109 specialty
The Sons of Confederate
Veterans would get $25 dollars for
every plate sold. The group would
use the money to restore cemeteries
of Confederate soldiers, and for
Civil War displays in museums.
Although the bill is on the table,
it still has a long way to go before
it is put into legislation.
"We're not going to let it hap-
pen," said Williams. "Rep. Brown
does not want this fight."
to use the funds in any way they
wish. Up to four Gladys Prior
Awards are presented annually by
the College of Education and
Any person (colleague, adminis-
trator, student, parent or community
member) may nominate a teacher
for the award. The nominee should
write a letter describing how the
teacher inspires students through
excellent teaching. Teachers may
not nominate themselves.
Campaigning for a teacher via sub-
mission of multiple nomination let-
ters is discouraged.
For more information about the
Gladys Prior Teaching Awards,
contact Patti Robbins at 620-1799.
Nomination letters deadline is
Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m.
Rakita Dozier from the S.A. Hull
Boys & Girls Club TEAM UP was
announced as the 2008 Boys &
Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
Youth of the Year on Thursday,
February 28, 2008.
In a room of almost 200 guests,
Rakita was overwhelmed with joy
when guest emcee, Jennifer Waugh
with WJXT Channel 4, announced
Rakita as the winner of this year's
Youth of the Year title for the Boys
& Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.
Rakita is a three year member of
the S.A. Hull Boys & Girls Club
TEAM UP. She works very hard in
becoming a role model for younger
members of the Club, and has
become a tremendous help to the
staff. As a member of Ribault High
School, she is actively involved in
all her honor classes, and is a mem-
ber of the "Divas of Fidelity" step
team. After graduation Rakita plans
to attend college and major in edu-
cation or nursing.
"Helping people is my passion. I
would go to the boundaries to help
someone. From men to women,
kids and animals," said Rakita.
As a Youth of the Year winner,
Rakita will receive a $2,000 schol-
arship. The winner and nominees
also were given backpacks filled
with educational supplies and
Rakita will now compete against
other Boys & Girls Club members
for the Florida Youth of the Year
title in Tallahassee this weekend. If
Rakita wins at the state level, then
she will compete in the regional
competition where five regional
winners will compete for the
national honor in Washington,
D.C., where President Bush will
announce the National Youth win-
ner at a White House ceremony. In
addition, the national winner
receives a $10,0Q0 scholarship, ..
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EWC Choir to Kick Off Family & Gospel Celebration to Highlight Points of Excellence Awards
Friends Weekend at Greater Grant I I I the Performing Arts-Moran Theater Heath-care Dr. Eric Stewa]
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
7th thru Sunday, March 9th.
The Edward Waters College Choir will lift the occasion with Gospel
Songs, at 7 .m., Friday, March 7th.
Family Fun Day, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8th, will pro-
vide a Fish Fry, games, entertainment, and the opportunity for all the fam-
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.m. 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 Graham, 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, Blessings come down. Services are held at
the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Conference Center,
Building #2. All are welcome.
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 United Methodist Church (founded 1884), 1114
Cleveland Road (across from Main US Post Office on Kings Road, off I-
95). This is the 21st year of the presentation at this Kings Rd.
Brenda Priestly-Jackson Dr. Gary Williams
On Saturday March 29, 2008, Gospel Choir, gospel artist Vickie
Northwest Behavioral Health Farrie, The Ritz Voices, and the
Services will host it's 4th Annual First Baptist Church of Mandarin
Points of Excellence Awards Worship and Praise Team.
Celebration featuring The Bethune The event is scheduled to take
Cookman University Inspirational place at The Times Union Center for
A.T. Jones, Jr. Invites Public to
"Spiritual Vibe" CD Listening Party
The public is invited to experience an extraordinary evening of excellence
and the introduction of an uncommon sound without compromise for this
public listening party of the upcoming CD release, 'Spiritual Vibe' by
Arthur T. Jones Jr. The event will be held at the All People International
Church, 1993 W. Edgewood Ave. starting at 7 p.m.
Palm Coast AME Hosting Healing Service
.A healing service is scheduled for the second Sunday of each month,
beginning 3 p.m., at First A.M.E. Church. The next service will be on
Sunday, March 9, where everyone is invited. Experience God's healing
power with the Rev. Gillard S. Glover and the First A.M.E. healing team.
It's healing of every kind, whether physical, spiritual or emotional.
First A.M.E. Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, can be reached for direc-
tions at (386)446-5759.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run.
Information received prior to the event date will be print-
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at 7:00 p.m. beginning with a Silent
Auction. Six community leaders
will be honored for their contribu-
tions in the areas of Healthcare,
Education, Economic Development,
Faith Leadership and Public Service
and a special recognition for the
Sara Cotton award for community
The honoree's are as follows:
Education Honorable Brenda
Development Jack Diamond; Faith
Leadership Dr. Gary L. Williams;
Public Service- Mrs. Kimberly
Spence and Sara Cotton and
Community Service Mr. Dorothy
For event/ticket information call
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Media Consultant is Women's
Day Speaker at Woodlawn
The Women's Association of
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
U.S.A., will celebrate Women's Day
at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 9, 2008.
The guest speaker will be Ms. Juana
Jordan, an award-winning journalist
turned Media Consultant. She is a
former member of Wood-lawn
Presbyterian, and is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Otis and Shirley
The noted dynamic speaker is a
graduate of Jean Ribault High
School and Johnson C. Smith
University where she earned a bach-
elor degree in broadcast journalism.
She then spent nearly 14 years writ-
ing and editing for daily newspapers
in Georgia and Florida.
Ms. Jordan has now started her
own media consulting business. She
is assisting the Gadsden County
Board of Commissions, and is serv-
ing as adviser to Florida A&M
University's student news-paper;,
the FAMUAN. She con-tinues to
write as a freelance journalist, for
Your Health maga-zine. She is also
co-host with her pastor for "The
Power of Love" spiritual talk show
which deals with relationships on
Tallahasse's WTAL 1450 AM.
A member of New Life United
Methodist Church in Tallahassee,
Ms. Jordan heads up the Interces-
sory Prayer and Evangelism Minis-
try, and coordinated ministries for
women and single adults. Recent-
ly, she was admitted into the Emory
University Candler School of
Theology, where she will pursue a
Masters of Divinity degree.
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Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
(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
Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night at 7:30 p.m.
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunda at 4:50 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.
Grace and Peace
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wethdesday Bible Study 6:30 7p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
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How well do you know your history of Black women? Now you can win $50
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Historic Brewster Hospital Undergoing Restoration
Photo of the original Brewster
continued from page 1
the Northeast corner of Monroe and
Davis Streets, Brewster's exterior is
being restored to preserve its origi-
nal Victorian "gingerbread style"
architecture. The $1.2 million cost
of design and construction is pro-
vided by various grants and trusts.
The first phase of the restoration
project is expected to be complete
by summer 2009. Future phases
will include the completion of a
museum and office space.
Funding for the preservation of the
structure is due to the efforts of
Council Member Johnson and
Brewster Alumni Community
"It is fitting that the City of
Jacksonville fulfill its commitment
to preserving and restoring the his-
toric structures that remain in the
LaVilla community," said Council
Member W. Jones.
Originally constructed in 1885 as
the private residence of Hans
Christian Peters, a meat dealer, the
building is one of Jacksonville's
oldest Victorian structures. Peters
sold the home in 1901 to the
Missionary Society of Methodist
Episcopal Church which--through a
partnership with the Boylan-Haven
School--converted the building to
the "Brewster Hospital and Nurse
Training School." The first hospital
for African-Americans in
Jacksonville, Brewster Hospital
opened its doors to both all races
during the Great Fire of 1901.
The city relocated the structure
from its former location at 915 W.
Monroe St. to the northeast corer
of Monroe and Davis Streets in
The Brewster Hospital Restoration
Celebration has been dedicated to
Vera Williams Cruse, R.N., M.S.,
Ed. D. Cruse was a well-known
nursing educator among other affil-
iations. Cruse mentored many nurs-
ing students in their careers, show-
ing her inspirational leadership, and
encouraging them to believe that
nursing is an art.
Following the Brewster Alumni
Nurses motto, "A
Charge to Keep,"
9 awareness to all
'" beauty and bar-
Vera Cruse ber shops with
her Shop Talks The Touch of Life.
Cruse was born and raised--and
started her nursing career-- in
Florida. She was a crusader for the
preservation of Brewster Hospital.
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Being young when the w
topic of "relationships" com
we normally think of the rot
kind that involve kissing, hu
some drama, and a host of
about the relationships that
receive as much attenti
Relationships such as with
the community, your family,
and the one that I'm speak-
ing of today, relationships
between a father and his
Black Dads on Relationships
ord or verbal or physical abuse. by recognizing whether the rela-
es up, For many fathers that I have spo- tionship is good for you or bad for
antic ken with, especially young Black you. Remember, relationships are a
gging, fathers, there is a battle being CONSTANT and not stagnant, so
other waged. The battle is between the the work you have to do in order to
What desire make a relationship work has to be
don't constant as well.
~obn? Try something different, be a
n n father and begin the process of
.. '' .' healing and building healthy
Consist of two or more
child are just as important. -M i
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enrich us, encouraging our
well being, and help support our r res
sense of self-worth are considered ide
healthy relationships. Other con- to be
nections we have may create dis- there for his children) or to be self- cati
comfort, increase stress levels, and ish and do his own thing.
be detrimental to our mental and Unfortunately, these two things and
physical health. These are regarded cannot share the same energy and *
as unhealthy relationships. space with each another. vac
Whether a bond is healthy or For those men out there who may
unhealthy often depends on our be a little fuzzy on determining and
willingness to nurture it and our what relationships are healthy, I've
capability to determine whether or compiled a list to help identify
not it is hurting us or helping us. healthy and unhealthy relation- call
During healthy relationships, we ships. *
often learn to compromise and However, many relationship
avoid unnecessary frustrations, problems can be transformed with cisr
Unhealthy relationships may communication, a willingness to
involve criticisms, ridicule, and support a healthy connection, and per
persons who support one
Maintain a high level of
;pect for person, property, and
Have open and clear communi-
Are non-violent, emotionally
Maintain a level of trust and pri-
Encourage growth both inside
I outside of the bond
May be emotionally or physi-
Lack respect for privacy
May involve ridicule, criti-
ns, and jealousy
May negatively impact either
Cause emotional tension, stress,
comfort, and sadness
Often includes dishonesty, lack
rust, and intimidation
WJCT, Baptist Health and the
Women of Color Cultural
Foundation are teaming up to host
Universal Sisters, presented by
Speaking of Women's Health. The
program is designed to address the
unique health concerns of women
of color and educate them about the
significance of preventive health
care. The one-day event will feature
speakers, breakout sessions, and
free health screenings, and will take
place at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront on
Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 4
Seating for the one-day health
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William L. Cody, M.D.
event is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early
by calling (904) 549-2938 or visit-
ing wjct.org. The ticket price
includes continental breakfast,
lunch and a gift-filled canvas bag.
The First Coast's honorary chair is
Helen Jackson, Ph.D. Dr. Jackson is
director of community nutrition
services at the Duval County Health
Department. She is also president
and CEO of the Women of Color
Cultural Foundation, and a lifelong
advocate for women's health, safety
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Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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pursuit of new choir robes.
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donate $100 to the qualified non-profit organization of your choice.
Simply open your SunTrust checking account, accept and make any purchase with your
new SunTrust Visa Check Card, and submit a completed redemption form. SunTrust
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
Oakleaf Village Parkway, Orange
Park, Fl. 32065. The book for dis-
cussion will be Blond Faith by
Walter Mosley. For more informa-
tion, call 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
int:nn1 vlhibi;t fn,.ntpd d b Miq;
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.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their regular
monthly meeting, March 15, 2008,
at 1:30 p.m., at the Webb-
Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887
103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida.
We are very pleased to have as our
speaker, Dr. Carolyn Williams,
Professor of History at the
University of North Florida. She
will discuss African-American
History and Genealogy; From
Slavery to Freedom; African-
American Migration from Fort
George Island to Jacksonville,
1870-1910." For additional infor-
mation please contact Mary
Chauncey at 781-9300.
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Ernestine Johnson, a native of Dreamgirls
Jacksonville, is quite remarkable Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
and maintains it's innovative; with will hold auditions for their upcom-
indigenous artifacts more than ing production "Dreamgirls"
3,000 years old. For details, please singers and dancers are needed.
ca11 904-358-0945. Auditions will be held on
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from
Ritz Amateur 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 1:00
Night Auditions p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the
bAre you ready to take your skills Jacksonville Center of the Arts,
to the next level? The Ritz Theater 2049 N. Pearl Street. Male and
will hold their next Amateur Night Females performers must be at least
auditions on Thursday, March 13, 18 years of age. Please prepare a
5:00-6:15 p.m. This is your chance song from the play that shows off
to show your skills to all:. of your vocal range and character. For
Jacklnville-rigl on tli~ ft more information please call Stage
stage! Please bring accompaniment Aurora at (904) 765 7372.
music. All ages and talents wel- Dreamgirls will perform at the
come! Your piece must be no longer Florida Theatre May 10-11, 2008.
than 3 1/2 minutes. Auditions are
closed to the viewing public. For Liza Minelli in Concert
three Tonys, two Golden Globes, a
Grammy and an Emmy. She is best
known, however, for her live con-
certs. The performance will be at
the Moran Theater. Call 632-3373
for tickets or more information.
There will be a free class on Plant
Propagation Basics, "Setting seeds
and taking cuttings". Tuesday,
March 25, 2008 from 6:00 8:00
p.m. The class will be held at the
Webb Wesconnett Regional Library
6887 103rd Street. Participants will
learn how to take cuttings and start
your own seeds. Hands-on activi-
ties are included with ways to recy-
cle paper products and take home
your own seed pots. Call 387-8850
to register. Space is limited.
All former faculty, administrators
and graduates of Old, new,
Vocational and College Preparatory
Stanton are invited to the seventh
annual Cultural heritage Luncheon.
The classes of 38' 48' 58' 68' 78'
88' and 98 will be honored. The
luncheon will be held on Thursday,
March 27th from 11:30 a.m. 1:30
p.m. in the Stanton Auditorium. For
more information or to RSVP your
attendance, call Ms. Grace Brown
Galvin at 630-6760 ext 118.
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,
,gr'just come, listed 'ahitsoak up the
create e atmosphere The ne\t open
session featuring free admission
will be held on April 3rd. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Funk Fest 2008
Concert at Metro Park
Funk Fest 2008 will take place on
Saturday, April 5th at Metropolitan
park. Featured artists include
Morris Day and the Time, Big
Daddy Kane, Betty Wright and the
Gap Band. The show starts at 5 p.m.
For more info call 223-3587.
Jax Children's Chorus
Auditions at Brentwood
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus
holding fall semester auditions for
children grades 2-12 on Monday,
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, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired 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
more information call 353-3309.
"Cure by Design"
Fashion & Luncheon
The 9th annual "Cure by Design"
Fashion Show and Luncheon will
be held Wednesday April 16, 2008,
at 11:00 a.m. There will be a
Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction,
Lunch and Couture Fashion Show
featuring celebrity models and can-
cer survivors. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph
Boulevard. This event is a celebra-
tion of life, survivorship, and the
fight against cancer. For ticket
information, contact the American
Cancer Society 904-391-3608.
Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God will be on 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
played on Broadway from 1976 to
1979. For tickets call 632-5555.
One Jax Humanitarian
The 2008 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner presented by Onejax, will be
held on April 29th at 6 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. The special event
honors those who have demonstrat-
ed an unwavering commitment to
serving the community. This year's
honorees include Gertrude Peele,
". i el Korn, James Burt and
Deboarah Pass. For more informa-
tion, call 354-1529.
This year's 45th Annual Isle of
Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be
held on May 2, 3 & 4. Located in
historic Fernandina Beach, FL,
when not feasting on shellfish or
other festival fare, visitors can
enjoy the works of over 300 award-
winning artists and craftspeople and
their creations in various mediums.
The festival also boasts an excellent
showing of fine antiques and col-
lectibles, including furniture,
depression glass, jewelry, crystal
and coins. Visit www.shrimpfesti-
val.com or call 866-4-AMELIA.
Universal Sisters is a program
designed to address the unique
health concerns of women of color.
The one-day event will feature
dynamic keynote speakers, break-
out sessions, and free health screen-
ings, and will take place at the
Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, May 3
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating for the one-day health
event is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early.
Tickets are available by calling
(904) 549-2938 or visiting wjct.org.
The ticket price includes continen-
tal breakfast, lunch and a gift-filled
Harvey in Concert
You've seen him in everything
from the television shown named
after himself to being one of the
Kings of Comedy, now Steve
Harvey will grace the stage of the
Times Union Center on Saturday,
May 10th at 8 p.m. For tickets call
Ticketmaster at 353-3309.
more information call 632-5555.
Girl Scouts Women of
The Gateway Girls Scouts
Council will have their 2008
Women of Distinction Luncheon on
Liza Minnelli began performing at
the age of three and hasn't stopped
since will be in Jacksonville for her
first performance in 15 years on
Sunday, March 16th at 7 p.m. An
icon of stage and screen, the leg-
endary superstar has won an Oscar,
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- Lane Nuptials
Atty. Kathy Wilson takes a moment to chat with Dr. William Cody.
Howard Taylor, Pamela Adams and Mr. and Mrs. John Darby.
The bride receives the traditional KappaAlpha Psi serenade.
The bride received the customary Alpha Kappa Alpha serenade.
Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Dwayne M.
Murray and fraternity member Dr. Chester Aikens.
The bridal party who arrived in two stretch limousines and a Rolles Royce were Rikka Flemning-Gartrell, LaTanya Hicks, Kathy Bailey, Marcia
Sanders, Mamie Davis, Little Miss Kionna Akil, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lane, Little Master Khalil Akil ring bearer, Maj. Spencer T. Bruce, Rev.
Tony Hansberry, Virgil Speed, Edward Tollliver and Ronald McCoy. Stan Johnson Photos
Guests danced throughout the evening in the festively custom deco-
rated room to the tunes of the Ray Love Ensemble.
A sunny Florida evening set the
tone for a bright future for the for-
mer Gwendolyn Mitchell and
Ernest Lane who chose March 1st
to unite in Holy Matrimony. The
wedding ceremony designed under
the theme, "Timeless Elegance",
culminated a courtship brought
together by mutual friends. Lane,
CEO of Ernest J. Lane Men and
Women's Gifts & Apparel in
Tallahassee, FL traditionally
dropped to one knee and asked
Gwendolyn for her hand in mar-
riage during the December holiday
season. The busy real estate execu-
tive gladly accepted and began a
whirlwind of plans to bring togeth-
er, friends and family to commemo-
rate their union.
Held in Historic Mt. Zion AME
Church, over 300 guests witnessed
the sacred exchange of vows by the
couple officiated by Rev. F.D.
Richardson and the bride's father,
Dr. Robert L. Mitchell. The bride's
designer champagne colored gown
with gold accents and crystal pallets
was elegance personified. As one
onlooker remarked, you could just
feel the groom's happiness as he
lifted the veil of his new bride to
look into her eyes. The double ring
ceremony culminated with a first
communion and the Lord's Prayer
sung by Cherrye Best-Branch.
Guests packed the Cummer
Museum of Art for the reception
that included roses encased in ice
sculptures and walking waiters.
While waiting for the newlyweds to
finish up taking their new photos,
well wishers had the opportunity to
stroll the museum and gardens and
view priceless works of art. Prior to
the entrance of the couple, guests
were welcomed to their seats in a
festively custom decorated hall to
welcome the Bridal Party.
The couple strolled in arm in arm
beaming with pride in each others
faces as they immediately celebrat-
ed their first public appearance as
man and wife with a dance to the
tune of "I'll Always Love You".
Eleventh Episcopal District AME
Bishop McKinley Young did the
honors of blessing the smorgasbord
of gourmet delights including
Atlantic Prawns, Maryland Crab
Cakes, and Carved Roast beef. The
evening's dessert menu included a
variety of fresh fruit that could be
dipped in the flowing chocolate
fountain and of course the well
anticipated wedding cake. The cut-
ting of the four-tier wedding cake
which replicated the intricate lace
design of the bride's designer gown
was followed by the cutting of the
groom's cake, a surprise to the
groom from the bride. The cake was
a red velvet replica of his diamond-
shaped fraternity pin and as a finale,
there was special entertainment for
the bride by the groom by his fra-
ternity brothers who performed
"The Old Walk".
Festivities did not end with the
reception. The following Sunday,
the Lane's continued their celebra-
tion with family and friends at a
brunch hosted by the bride's parents
in their elegant northside home.
Prior to departing back to their
respective locations, out of town
guests celebrated once again with
the newlyweds who graciously
shared their excitement of the boun-
ty of gifts received by opening each
and every one of them.
Ernest Jerome Lane is the son of
Mrs. Sadie M. Lane and the late
Eddie Lane, Sr. In addition to being
an entrepreneur, he is also Associate
Minister of First Institutional
Missionary Baptist Church of
Tallahassee, Fl. He holds a Master
of Divinity degree from Smith
Bible College and is a member of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Riley
House Museum and FAMU
Marching 100 Alumni Association.
Major Spencer Tyrone Bruce served
as the best man.
The former Gwendolyn Yvette
Mitchell is the daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Robert L. Mitchell. She holds
both a Bachelor and Masters of
Science degree from Florida State
University. Her memberships and
affiliations include Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, The Drifters, and
the Links, Inc.
Following a honeymoon at the
Coastal Resort with an additional
international destination planned
this summer, the Lanes will reside
in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Shown above are participating authors (L-R) Cynthia Anderson, Willie Dorsey, Willye Dennis, Rodney Hurst and Marsha Phelts
Local Authors Reflect on Inspirations and Sign Books at the Ritz
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Local authors shared insights on
what inspired their work last week
at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla
Museum. The distinguished panel
of Jacksonville citizens have titles
covering an array of topics from
politics to life lessons and tradition-
al family recipes.
LaVilla Museum Director Lydia
Stewart beamed with pride as she
looked upon the audience. The
assembled group waited anxiously
for the five presenting authors to
tell them more about the inspiration
behind their works. Each author
graciously presented what in their
thoughts motivated them to be put
their experiences to words.
Cynthia Anderson, author of
"Open Your Mouth" described her
book as "full of goodies of how to
do something." Drawing on Divine
inspiration, she created her book
based on Biblical principles and
every day life.
Noted Jacksonville citizen Willye
Dennis has compiled many of her
favorite quotations for "Joy Cometh
in the Morning." She credited fel-
low panelists Rodney Hurst with
her first book and hopes that it will
inspire and motivate young people.
The pocket sized book includes
anecdotes about life followed by
inspirations. She drew on her per-
sonal experiences and special
prayers and quotations that got her
through her life and career thus far.
"People are surprised when they
find out it is not a biography" said
Dennis. She says perhaps that is
next on her list.
Longtime Coach Willie Dorsey
brought his winning strategies to
life in "Changing Defense by the
Numbers". The Jacksonville native
who has been coaching for over
thirty-five years said he when he
first began he couldn't find any
material to help him coach. Over
twenty years ago, his friend, Edgar
Bennett, Sr. gave him a book enti-
tled "How to Write" in hopes he
would put some of his experiences
and winning strategies on paper.
Mr. Bennett's hopes finally came to
fruition this year when Dorsey, who
is known for writing everything
down, published his book.
Black History Month
was the perfect
time for Rodney
Hurst to release his .
memoirs on his
the civil rights
Jacksonville in "It
Was Never About a
Hotdog and a Coke".
Hurst, who was active
in the NAACP and par-
ticipated in the legendary
Axe Handle Saturday A"
wrote his book at the
urgency of family friend and col-
league Marsha Phelts.
"Young people need to know what
happened," Hurst told his audience.
Backing up his book's title, he said
his book was about human dignity,
respect and courage.
The final panelists was the
evening's veteran, two time author
Marsha Dean Phelts. Her first book,
chronicling the rich history of
American Beach revisited
the historic resort commu-
nity with a cookbook of
"This book has recipes
from Big Mama, Aunt
Liza, Emma Morgan
Sand all of the beach
S legends," said Phelts.
The celebrated chef
has included recipes
Sof southern tastes of
Livers and He
Shorty's Pig Feet to
Smothered Catfish Nuggets and
Squash Casserole. The book begins
with a map of American Beach and
a brief history.
Following the descriptive motiva-
tions behind their books, each
author attended their own display
tables where they signed books and
answered questions from the curi-
ous literacy lovers.
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