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


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Jerome Dickie

Signs Books and

Gives Exclusive

Page 9

Will Condi Jump in the Mix?
Is she or isn't she? For months, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice has said she looks for-
ward to returning to private life after the Bush
administration ends, downplaying speculation
about any interest in higher office. Now, howev-
er, the blogs are buzzing with speculation that
Rice wants to join the Republican ticket.
GOP strategist Dan Senor says Rice is "active-
ly" campaigning to become John McCain's run-
ning mate, according to ABC News. That's news
to McCain, who told reporters Sunday, "I missed those signals." The New
York Times has more on what McCain said, including his tip of the hat
to Rice as "a great American."

Jackson Says It's Time for

a Black/Brown Coalition
CHICAGO, Ill. he Rev. Jesse Jackson says that it's time for Blacks
and Latinos to stop battling and to join forces for common concerns.
On Saturday, the civil rights leader urged the formation of a "Black-
Brown Coalition" to push for immigration reform, school safety and
other needs.
"How do you honor Dr. King's legacy 40 years later?" Jackson asked.
"We go to schools together; we work in hospitals together; we vote
together; we raise our youth together. So we must lean to live together."
His call for a union between the two minority groups came at the head-
quarters for his Rainbow-PUSH headquarters on Chicago's South Side.
On May 1, that coalition will get its first major test when Jackson and
other activists will march for the legalization of the America's 12 million
to 13 million undocumented immigrants.
Organizers have been strategizing at PUSH headquarters, which has a
Latino chapter, to garner more African-American interest in the march.
Plans include radio interviews and announcements during church servic-
es and union meetings. PUSH also recently launched Spanish classes.

Jordan Up for Third

Paternity Test
ERIE, Pa. A woman who claims
Michael Jordan fathered her child wants
the former NBA star to submit to a third
paternity test.
Lisa Miceli also is asking a judge to lift a
temporary restraining order imposed after
Jordan filed a harassment suit against her.
Miceli, 35, of Meadville,PA claims
Jordan fathered her 4-year-old son, but
Jordan's lawsuit says.a pair of 2005 paternity tests rule him out as the
boy's father.
Jordan's attorney Frederick J. Sperling participated in a hearing by
phone Friday, denying Miceli's claims that the restraining order prevents
her from negotiating a child-support agreement settlement with Jordan.
Jordan had already consented to a second paternity test on the condition
that Miceli have no contact with him if he was ruled out as the child's
father. The second genetic test did just that, the response said.

Obama Snaps Up 40

Million Dollars Plus in March
Bouncing back fromhis national attack from his relationship with Rev.
Jeremiah Wright, Democrat Barack Obama trounced his rival Hillary
Clinton by raising 40 million dollars in March, twice as much as the for-
mer first lady before their next key White House nominating clashes.
But Clinton insisted she could still win the battle for the Democratic
Party's nomination to stand in the November presidential elections.
Obama's windfall, another staggering show of financial muscle follow-
ing a record 55-million-dollar take in February, saw another 218,000 new
donors join what his campaign called his national "grassroots army."
"Today we're seeing the American people's extraordinary desire to
change Washington, as tens of thousands of new contributors joined the
more than a million Americans who have already taken ownership of this
campaign for change," Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe said.
Clinton raised 20 million dollars in the same period, a campaign source
said, boasting that it was her second best monthly take of the entire cam-
Black College Union

Crowds Hit All Time Low
DAYTONA BEACH --Black College Reunion is under way in Daytona
Beach, but light crowds tell a different story.
It's a far cry from the heyday when the beachfront was packed full of
Spring Breakers from across the country.
Police and other law enforcement were out in full force, although in
some areas there are more of them than vacationing college students.
"I'm trying to see what it looks like this year, man. It's my first time,"
said Derrick Roberts from Atlanta.
"I've been down for Cookman's homecoming and that wasn't really
what I wanted to see. Hopefully BCR will be something that will make
me fell a little better this time," said Reggie Nelson, another visitor from
There's been no official count yet of this year's attendance.
BCR concludes on Sunday.


50 Cents

Volume 21 No. 50 Jacksonville, Florida April 10-16, 2008

Poisoning Communities: Study Reveals Alcohol

Cheaper and More Plentiful in Black Neighborhoods
A recent University of Minnesota hoods with high concentrations of Malt liquor is of particular concern, gallon of milk.
study revealed that alcohol, espe- Black citizens had significantly the university researchers said, Researchers said while upper- an
cially malt liquor, is more widely greater than average numbers of because of its high alcohol content middle-class neighborhoods ar
available in poor, Black neighbor- liquor stores, 40-ounce bottles of and the fact that its 40-ounce con- likely to organize against such bus:
hoods. malt liquor in coolers, and store- tainers are sold cold for immediate nesses, poor and minority commu
The study found that neighbor- front ads promoting malt liquor, consumption at a low price. The nities, long ago disenfranchised, ai

study found the average 40-ounce
bottle cost just $1.87, less than a


not likely to put up much of a fight.
What would Martin say to that?

Florida Man Receives $1.25 Million from
State After Being Imprisoned 24 Years

.. te... .' .

EWC Celebrations Continue

Azschrielle Jackson and mother Yvctte Washington along with Rahman
Johnson enjoyed the concert. President Williams is in the inset. FMP Photo
The accolades continue for newly inaugerated EWC President Dr. Alan Crotzer, standing, acknowledges the applause of the people in
Claudette Williams Hundreds attended a reception and musical salute to the Senate gallery following Senate passage of a bill regarding com-
her sponsored by the Ritz Chamber Players last week at the Times Union pensation to him for being wrongfully incarcerated last week in
Center for Performing Arts. Free Press Look Who's Talking columnist Tallahassee, Fla. Crotzer served 24 1/2 years after being convicted of
Marsha Oliver sat down with the inspiring educator. See page 7. a crime he did not commit. Alan Crotzer, the man who spent 24 years n

Thousands Brave the Rain in the Name of Funk- George Clinton
would be proud. Thousands of Jacksonville fans endured torrential rain and thunder storms to experience Hot
101.5's annual Funk Fest. Veteran performers Betty Wright, Morris Day & The Time, Big Daddy Kane and the
Gap Band brought the audience to their feet and even stayed an extra hour in the spirit of fan dedication. For more
photo highlights, see page 9. Shown above enjoying the event with all of their rain gear is Cheryl Little, Pat
Jones, Prince Walker and Broderick Walker. FMPowell Photo.

in jail for a rape he didn't commit,
will finally get what's coming to
him. The Florida Senate voted last
week to pay him $1.25 million in
compensation.That's about $137
for every day he spent in prison
after being convicted of rape and
participating in a home invasion
robbery in Tampa.
While he was there, he was
His mother, who encouraged him
not to give up, died and he couldn't
get out to be with her as she did, or
to go to her funeral.
The House has already acted, so
the bill just needs the Governor's
signature something he's already
said he would do.
He was originally convicted in
1982, and had to wait until 2006 for
DNA evidence to clear his name.
Crotzer is also eligible for a free
state education something he says
he plans to take advantage of.
He is one of nine men in Florida
who have been proven innocent by
DNA. Eight of them were freed,
one died just before he was exoner-
The Senate passed the bill 33-5.

Crime Down, but More People in Jail

Crime has steadily declined over
the past three decades but there are
more people in jail for reasons that
have nothing to do with the severi-
ty of their crimes.
Detailed in the study, "Jailing
Communities: The Impact of Jail
Expansion and Effective Public
Safety Strategies", was released this
week by the Washington, D.C.-
based Justice Policy Institute.
Co-authored by Amanda Petteruti
and Nastassia Walsh, the report said
that communities are bearing the
cost of a massive explosion in the
jail population and that jails are
now warehousing more people -
who have not been found guilty of
any crime for longer periods of
time than ever before.

Because of the rising costs of bail,
people arrested today are much
more likely to serve jail time before
trial than they would have been two
decades ago, even though crime
rates are nearly at their lowest lev-
els in 30 years.
Additionally, the report said that
the jails are filled with people with
mental health issues, immigration
violations and those who are home-
less. It states that six out of 10 peo-
ple in jail are struggling with their
mental health.
Petteruti, one of the co-authors,
observed: "Twenty percent of the
people in this country's jails are not
legally guilty. They have not been
convicted of anything and yet they
are sitting in jail. That's not right

and it doesn't make sense."
Petteruti used the example of
recently deceased rhythm and blues
singer Sean Levert as an abuse of
the system. "Sean Levert died in a
jail in Cleveland because he did not
pay child support," she said. "I
know that we have to hold people
accountable, but do we have to put
people in jail for that?"
Jailing has a steep fiscal cost. In
2004, local governments spent a
staggering $97 billion on criminal
justice, including police, the courts
and jails, the report said.
More than $19 billion of county
money went to financing jails
alone. On the other hand, local gov-
ernments spent just $8.7 billion on
libraries and only $28 billion on

higher education.
racial disparities
includes who gets
to stay in jail.
Latinos are most
likely to have to
pay bail and least San LeVert
able to do it.
Blacks are nearly five times as
likely to be incarcerated in jail as
Whites and three times as Latinos.
Immigration violations are being
jailed at an increasing rate, up 500
% in the last decade, the report said.
Los Angeles County, Calif., has
the most people in its jail system
with 19,062, according to the report
that drew on Department of
Justice's Bureau of Statistics data..

Jax Citizen One

of Top Three

Finalists to Head

the National

NAACP Office
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It turns out Lil Jon drinks more
than crunk juice -- the larger-than-
life producer and rapper has started
his own wine label, offering selec-
tions including chardonnay and
"It kind of came out of nowhere,"
Lil Jon said of his new venture,
Little Jonathan Winery. "We were
just going to do some private label
stuff (for parties) and we did it, and
people was like, 'Hey, it's pretty
Lil Jon acknowledges that he's no
wine connoisseur. "I'm not no
'drink wine every day' kind of
dude," he said in a telephone inter-
view. "I'm not like an expert, so
don't ask me no questions ... I just
like the taste."
And he knows what he likes,
including white wines and dessert
wines (winemakerAlison Crowe is
responsible for the label, made in
Little Jonathan Winery is not Lil
Jon's first venture into the drink

market: He launched Crunk!!!
Energy Drink a few years back:
The concoction took its name from
the rap style he made famous. But
he is treating his venture into
winemaking with a more serious
approach, which is why he decided
against using his stage name for
the label.
"My full name is Jonathan," the
Atlanta-based artist said. "The
wine is more nature: I wanted to
not just have a direct connection,
but make it just a little bit more
upscale than regular 'Lil Jon.'...
This is not no ghetto Boone's
Farm; this is some real wine."
Lil Jon has more time on his
hands these days for winemaking
and other ventures: While he con-
tinues to produce hits, he hasn't
released an album since 2004's
best-selling "Crunk Juice" with the
Eastside Boyz. It may be a little
while longer before fans hear new
music, since his label, TVT
Records, recently went bankrupt.

Lil Jon
Lil Jon said he has an album
ready to go he's just waiting for
the TVT situation to resolve itself.
"I want to get it out ASAP, but
TVT has top figure out there busi-
ness, and that's about all I can say,"
he said with a laugh.
He joins other entertainers in the
beverage business including P.
Diddy and Jay. Z.

City Offering Free Class on Rebuilding Your Credit

The current economic problems
are causing many to re-think their
S" credit card and other debts. Those
Swho want to take control of their
credit score or debt problems can
learn about steps they themselves
can take to change their situation.
Re-build Your Credit is a class
- .- offered by the Duval County
S- Extension Service on Thursday,
S- April 17, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the
Extension Center, 1010 N McDuff
The Extension Service is an edu-
S national division of the City of
Jacksonville and the University of
Florida IFAS. There is no fee for
the class and the information pro-
vided is practical and research-

f I Body, Heart, Spirit!

If you're not taking care of yourself, you can't
take care of others. That means you can't click or
build extraordinary relationships if you're neglecting the number one
person in your life--you!
So promise to nurture yourself every day -- in mind, body, and spirit
-- so that you can offer your best self to the world.
Take an honest inventory of your lifestyle:
Mind. Is your brain a cyclone of cynicism? Does it reel with anxiety,
even when you close your eyes to sleep? List three ways that you can
calm your mind. Promise you will utilize these tools throughout the day
to calm your mind.
Body. You hear it constantly, because it's the gospel. Without health,
you have nothing. Poor health habits will make you sluggish, cranky,
unattractive, and downright sick. And none of those will help you suc-
ceed. So promise yourself that you will take excellent care of the amaz-
ing machine that enables you to enjoy life.
Heart. Our hearts are an internal radar system that guides us to say
and do the right things. We should use this intuitive power to make deci-
sions, cultivate relationships, and work toward goals. So turn inward
and ask: Do I listen to my heart? Do I consider the strong influences of
my heart when making decisions, and setting goals? How can I open
myself up to listen to what my heart is telling me and act accordingly?
Spirit. Strong spiritual beliefs are key to the most prosperous, pro-
ductive, and peaceful life. Take a moment to ask yourself: How strong
are your spiritual beliefs? How do you connect with God or a higher
power? Do you meditate? Pray? What can you do throughout the day to
connect most intimately with God or your higher power?
Bottom Line: Only when you take care of yourself (Mind, Body,
Heart, Spirit) can you achieve your maximum potential to click with
other people, and enjoy great relationships!

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The class will give details about
seven steps to take control of debt.
Anita McKinney, Extension
Educator and presenter, explains,
"First, we need to make a commit-
ment to stop adding to debt. Then
we.need Jo assess the source of the
problem in order to make changes,

to old habits that landed us in this
situation or recognize temporary
situations that we may be able to
reverse." She further explains that
the third step is to break down the
challenge into manageable steps
and set goals. Steps four and five -
tracking our expenses and finding
the money will give resources to

help implement our goals. Several
techniques that individuals can use,
such as PowerPay and negotiation,
will help in the final step of talking
with lenders to implement the cho-
sen strategy to achieve being debt-
For more information and to regis-
ter, call Sandra at 904-387-8855.

Black Caucus Members Take

Aim at Cherokee Nation Funding
TULSA, Okla. Some federal lawmakers are urging the U.S. Senate to
deny housing benefits to the Cherokee Nation unless it recognizes descen-
dants of the tribe's former black slaves, known as freedmen.
But a spokesman for the Tahlequah-based tribe says some lawmakers are
coercing Cherokees to give rights to non-Indians that Congress took away
more than 100 years ago.
The letter was sent last month to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by
members of the Congressional Black Caucus. That group of about three-
dozen members says it will actively oppose passage of the Native
American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization
Act of 2007 unless the bill contains the limitation.
At stake is $300 million in federal money that would go to the Cherokee
Nation, the country's second-largest Indian tribe. The money pays for
health clinics, Head Startrprograms, elderly care and housing' assistance.


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Had Lived?

by A.G. Breed
The preacher in him would have
continued speaking out against
injustice, war and maybe even pop
culture. He would likely not have
run for president. He probably
would have endured more harass-
ment from J. Edgar Hoover.
Four decades after the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. fell to an
assassin's bullet, colleagues and
biographers offer many answers to
the question: What if he had lived?
For his children, however, the
speculation is more personal. They
know their lives would have turned
out differently had they had their
beloved father to guide and teach
Instead, history moves on,
remaking the world in myriad ways.
The nation has grappled with issues
of race and inequity without the
benefit of King's evolving wisdom.
A generation has come of age cele-
brating him in a national holiday,
like other figures of the frozen past.
But given the trajectory of his life
- from his appearance on the nation-
al scene during the Montgomery,
Ala., bus boycott of 1955 to his
death on a second-floor balcony of
the Lorraine Motel in Memphis,
Tenn., on April 4, 1968 some of
those closest to him have a good
idea what King might be doing
now, and where we might be as a
In the months before his death,
King was speaking out against the
growing U.S. involvement in
Vietnam and was working with
other civil rights leaders on a Poor
People's Campaign, with a march
on Washington scheduled for that
May. He was in Memphis that
spring day to support striking sani-
tation workers.
Were King alive today, the disci-
ple of Mahatma Gandhi would most
certainly be speaking out against
the Iraq War, says King biographer
David J. Garrow. However, citing
the famous "Drum Major Instinct"
sermon King delivered from the
pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church
in Atlanta just two months before
his death, Garrow says people
might be surprised to hear echoes of
presidential candidate Barack
Obama's controversial former pas-
"God didn't call America to
engage in a senseless, unjust war,"
King said of the fighting in
Vietnam. "And we are criminals in
that war. We've committed more
war crimes almost than any nation
in the world, and I'm going to con-
tinue to say it."
While King didn't go as far as the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright in suggesting
that God "damn America," he pre-
dicted that the almighty might pun-
ish this country for "our pride and
our arrogance."
"And if you don't stop your reck-
less course," he imagined the deity
admonishing, "I'll rise up and break
the backbone of your power."
Garrow and others feel comfort-
able saying that King would not
have sought elective office.
In 1967, King was being courted
by the "New Left" to make a third-
party run for president on an anti-
war ticket with the renowned pedi-
atrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock. FBI
wiretaps reveal that King gave seri-

ous thought to running, but ulti-
mately decided that his role lay out-
side the political arena.
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who co-
founded the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference with King
and marched alongside him, doesn't
think time would have changed his
friend's mind.
"I think Martin was a preacher,
and I doubt very much if he would
have wanted to subject himself to
the need to compromise and play
certain games that are requisite to
political candidacy," says Lowery.
"I think he would have preferred to
do what he did best, and that was
point out to ALL candidates and
ALL officials ... 'Thus sayeth the
Had he chosen that path, his ene-
mies chief among them FBI
Director Hoover would have laid
bare potentially embarrassing
details of King's personal life.
Then-U.S. Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy authorized the
wiretapping of King's home and
offices in a campaign to ferret out
communists. The secret recording
campaign failed to prove that King
was a communist, but it did provide
evidence of the civil rights leader's
extramarital affairs.
William C. Sullivan, head of
domestic intelligence under
Hoover, told a congressional com-
mittee that King was subjected to
the same tactics used against Soviet
agents and, "No holds were barred."
Hoover's office was unable to
marginalize King with his support-
ers or cow him into silence with
threats of exposure. But how might
King have fared in the Internet age,
when every peccadillo is exposed
and every word parsed in a 24-hour
news cycle?
The late Hosea Williams, one of
King's chief lieutenants, once told
Martin Luther King III that his
father was "unstoppable" because
he had conquered the two things
that made men most vulnerable: the
fear of death and the love of wealth.
Some, however, feel King's influ-
ence was on the wane and that at the
time of his death he had already
reached the zenith of his public
career. He had "run out of things to
do," the late Chauncey Eskridge, a
King attorney, told Garrow.
"The painful truth is that in his
last two months or so before he was
killed, King was so exhausted -
emotionally, spiritually, physically -
that a lot of the people closest ... to
him were really worried about his
survival, his survival in the sense of
would he have some sort of break-
down," Garrow says. "It would be
expecting something truly superhu-
man, literally superhuman, for King
to have continued the pace of life he
had lived over those 12 years for
another 12 years, never mind for
another 20 or 40 years."
Journalist, author and commenta-
tor Juan Williams wonders whether
King would be able to connect in a
meaningful way with today's youth.
Although he was just 39, the
1964 Nobel Peace laureate's insis-
tence on nonviolence was bumping
up against the burgeoning black
power movement, says Williams,
author of "Eyes on the Prize" and
more recently "Enough: The Phony
Leaders, Dead-End Movements,

and Culture of Failure That Are
Undermining Black America-and
What We Can Do About It."
"The big issue would be whether
or not when he spoke out against
the excesses of the rappers, for
example, or when he spoke out on
the high number of children born
out of wedlock, whether or not he
would be lumped in with the Bill
Cosbys of the world .." Williams
But he has no doubt King would
be a force on the international stage.
"I don't think he'd be in the petty
fray in the way that we think of
some of these civil rights guys who
are kind of ambulance chasers,"
says Williams. Instead, he sees an
elder King as a man of "some stand-
ing, some stature, that people wait
to hear from him... I think of Nelson
Mandela in this way."
Lowery says that when King
died, part of the nation's conscience
died with him. Four young children
lost something much more person-
To Marty, Yolanda, Dexter and
Bernice, the baby, Martin Luther
King Jr. wasn't the icon or the
dreamer. He was Daddy the man
who smelled of Magic Shave and
Aramis and chlorine from the
YMCA pool where he taught his
sons to swim, and of the long-
stemmed green onions that some-
how fell outside the prohibition
against eating before the evening
One of Bernice King's fondest
memories is of the ritual she and
her father shared when he'd return
from a trip, like the time he came
home for her fifth birthday party on
March 29, 1968 a day late because
of a march in Memphis. She would
jump into his arms for the "kissing
game," in which each member of
the family had a different spot on
his face. Bernice's "designated
spot" was his forehead.
Had her father lived, the 45-year-
old minister is fairly certain she
would be married and have children
by now. But his graphic death and
ponderous legacy, she fears, have
made her a less than "viable candi-
date" for domestic bliss. Part of the
problem is that her father set the bar
so high. She remembers something
her mother often said.
"She said, 'I didn't marry a man. I
married a mission,"' the daughter
says. "So for me, a spouse is more
than just a companion. It's someone
to fulfill your destiny with. And I
think in my case, because the des-
tiny is so great, because you had a
man whose life was cut short and
there was some work that had to be
completed, that you now have a
responsibility to participate in, that
makes it a little more difficult."
Martin III, likewise, feels he
wouldn't be having his first child at
age 50 had his father not been
killed. "I wasn't clear that I even
wanted to bring a child into the
world," he says.
Both siblings are quite certain,
however, that their father's death
did not determine their career paths.
"I don't feel like I could have
been exposed to what my father and
mother were doing without being
involved in this movement," says
Martin King, president of the non-
profit group Realizing the Dream.

Each year as the assassination
anniversary approaches, legions
flock to the Lorraine Motel, which
now houses the National Civil
Rights Museum. Among those who
made the pilgrimage last week were
two lions of the civil rights move-
ment U.S. Rep. John Lewis and
the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
If King were alive today, Lewis
has no doubt he would be speaking
just as forcefully and with as much
authority as ever about the issues
that matter most to Americans, old
and young.
"He would be the undisputed
leader," the Georgia Democrat says.
"Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years
later would still be speaking out
against poverty, hunger, against
violence, against war."
Jackson, then 26 years old, was in
the parking lot of the Lorraine that
day, talking up to King when he
was shot. During his recent visit,
the aging activist stepped over a
low wall meant to keep out ordinary
tourists, climbed the stairs to the
balcony where his mentor lay
dying, and wept.
King would be 79 now, but
Jackson feels his power to move
would remain undiminished.
"He might not be leading the
marches, but he would have set the
frame of reference," says Jackson.
"His voice would be a voice of
great moral authority."
Of all the "might be's" and "what
ifs," MLK III feels sure of one
thing. Had his father lived, the
country would be closer to realizing
the "beloved community" he'd envi-
Still, he feels his father's guiding
force pulling us inexorably in that
"From my perspective, his light
still shines," he says. "His voice, his
message, we're living every day.
We're embracing more and more.
We're not as close to it as I would
like to see us, but we're still living
it. We're still moving toward it."
So, in that way, he lives.

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investment is part of a 5 year $112
million combined vision with
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500 new jobs to the Northside.

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The Jacksonville Children's Commission (JCC), the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of
Education will partner to provide nutritious snacks and lunches to
Jacksonville children from Monday, June 9 through Friday, Aug. 15.
The JCC is seeking community partnerships to serve lunches and snacks
to alleviate child hunger in low-income neighborhoods free of charge
and in a safe, effective and efficient manner. To qualify as a Summer
Lunch Program sponsor, sites must be in an area where there is a school
with at least 50 percent of its students enrolled in the free and reduced
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Jaxport's Economic Impact Growing in Northeast Florida

Many people don't realize that
Florida's seaports are responsible
for over 350,000 jobs in this state.
Locally, our ports fly under the
radar as well Jaxport has become
a vital economic engine to our city
and region, but not many people
realize it.
"We have quietly grown, and as
the port grows so do the opportuni-
ties for high paying jobs," says
Tony Nelson, Jaxport Chairman.
"The port's impact on our local
economy is tremendous consider-
ing the jobs and goods moved
through the port annually. And not
to mention the international expo-
sure we give the city."
Because Florida is a peninsular,
and most of us native Floridians
learned this in elementary school,
we have water on all sides, which
provides various economic oppor-
tunities. Our state has several major
ports that stretch around the state
from Jacksonville to Pensacola. In
fact, Florida has 14 deepwater sea-
ports, which have become the cor-
nerstone to our states economy.
Nelson adds, "Because of our
location and the state's shape,
Florida has always had a maritime
industry that was vital to all states
east of the Mississippi River."
Port jobs have become increas-
ing more important to the African
American community. If you look
at the International
Longshoreman's Association (ILA)
you see an organization that is pre-
dominately black. A large percent-
age of port jobs are ILA positions
and the other jobs are associated
with port clients who hire local
worker to run their national or
international operations.
Eric Green, Jaxport Senior
Director of External Affairs, says,
"That's the story that hasn't been

told. We are one of the region's
largest employers and once the new
Mitsui project is fully underway we
are looking at hiring an additional
1,500 area workers. On top of folks
that Mitsui will hire directly, the
development will indirectly create
an additional 5,600 jobs."
Construction on a new $220 mil-
lion container terminal for
Japanese shipping giant MOL will
be completed later this year, which
will open new trade lanes to Asia
and Europe.
With the MOL project coming to
fruition the Jaxport secret is start-
ing to get out. The problem that the
organization may face is actually
filling the jobs it's creating. I know,
it sounds crazy, but it may be a
serious issue. According to Jaxport,
port-related development will bring
an additional 25,000 to 50,000 jobs
to Jacksonville in the next 10 years.
The average annual salary for
port jobs is $44,000, which is well
above the state average. Many of us
who know Longshoreman know
that they make great salaries and
often have the opportunity to dou-
ble that average salary with all of
the activity going on at the port.
In fact, where else can you make
that kind of money people make at
the port without a degree? The
answer is easy, not many places
provide the opportunities that port
jobs provide. The average wage
stated above is double the average
annual wage for all other non-
advanced degree occupations
($23,254) and $10,000 more than
the average annual wage for all
occupations ($34,420) according to
the Florida Ports Council.
With the unemployment rate
higher in the black community, port
jobs are obviously are great oppor-
tunity for young African Americans

who are not only interested in a job,
but a career with great benefits. But
much like other opportunities that
blacks have access to, we have to
get engaged and take advantage of
jobs that pay quality wages.
Too many times I have heard
young men complain about there
not being any "good jobs" out
there. How can you make that
argument with the port providing
occupation for thousands of area
workers with many more addition-
al jobs coming soon?
Jaxport's total impact to the
Northeast Florida area is $1.3 bil-
lion annually. In 2006, $72.6 bil-
lion worth of goods moved through
the ports, which was two thirds of
the state's international trade.
1 have often written about the
need to grow the African American
middle class, and its jobs like these
that can help grow and sustain a
strong black middle class. Again, I
can't say it enough, but the oppor-
tunities provided by Jaxport are
critical our local economy.
Not only should African
Americans take advantage of the
jobs coming online, but anyone in
the community that is looking for a
career path should.
Mae Jemison, an African
American astronaut said, "Failure
to recognize possibilities is the
most dangerous and common mis-
take one can make."
So the possibilities are there, it's
now up to those in need to step up.
It's certainly not easy or quick
money, but these jobs are providing
middle class wages for individuals
and families.
Not only will the MOL project
provide hundreds of jobs that
development is just the being
according to Jaxport. The organiza-
tion announced late last year that it

now has an opportunity to develop
a facility for Hanjin, a major Asian
container carrier. The port feels that
once Hanjin begins operations in
Jacksonville there will be other
international companies to follow.
Like the MOL project, Hanjin
will bring hundreds of jobs with
average salaries of approximately
$40,000 a year. Again, these are
jobs that young men and women
directly out of high school can
being training for through the ports
workforce development program
that it is putting together.
Hanjin is expected to open a ter-
minal in Jacksonville by 2011.
"One of our major challenges as
MOL comes online and the Hanjin
deal gets worked out is actually
finding people to fill the position
that will be available," added
Nelson. "In the near future we will
be aggressively going out into the
community promoting the career
opportunities at the port."
Much of what Floridians eat,
wear and use travels through our
ports. The cost of that cup of
Starbucks coffee or those shoes
from Wal-Mart would be much
higher if Florida didn't have ports.
Anyway, it would be unfortunate
if those from the neediest commu-
nities didn't take advantage of the
port related jobs that are available,
but then again, some folks want
things delivered to them on a silver
To those who are looking for
good career opportunities I would
suggest that you check out jax-
port.com. As Moms Mabley once
said, "If you always do what you
always did, you will always get
what you always got."
Signing off from the Talleyrand
Reggie Fullwood

Haters Didn't Hurt the Hip-Hop Mayor, He Did

By Tara Setmayer
Pride goeth... before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18,
I wonder if any of the 60 Detroit
pastors supporting embattled
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are
reminding him of this Biblical prin-
ciple? As the drama unfolds in
Detroit, it makes me wonder about
public integrity. Are our leaders so
drunk with power that honesty,
character and respect for their
offices and the people they repre-
sent now secondary nuisances?
From Marion Barry to Eliot
Spitzer and Richard Nixon to Mark
Foley, character and integrity or
the lack thereof know no party
affiliation or skin color.
Detroit Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick, "King Kwame" or the
"Hip-Hop Mayor" to some, is yet
another example of a politician
drowning in his own narcissistic
sense of infallibility. The opportu-
nity to earn the public trust is a
privilege, and politicians often for-
get who they are working for.
Anyone aware of Mayor
Kirkpatrick's tenure shouldn't be
surprised. Arrogance and a sense
of entitlement are a recipe for dis-
aster, especially when the resources
of an entire city are at one's dispos-
al and high-ranking city officials
act as enablers.
Mayor Kilpatrick's supporters
claim he's done wonders for the

city's economic development -
helping rebuild the downtown and
creating jobs. To summarize a
point famously made by comedian
Chris Rock, I'm not going to praise
him for something he is supposed
to do. Are we supposed to excuse
away despicable, and now appar-
ently illegal, antics because he's
done what is expected of him?
In that vein, should drug dealers
not be arrested as long as they build
playgrounds, hand out turkeys and
donate money to the local commu-
nity center? This warped sense of
self allows a corrupted sense of
right and wrong to perpetuate the
dismissal of personal responsibility
and its' consequences.
Those pastors supporting Mayor
Kilpatrick claim to support the per-
son and not the mistakes he made.
That's a good thing, considering
that the litany of mistakes King
Kwame has made as both a public
servant and a father and husband is
quite long beginning with perjury
and obstruction of justice and end-
ing with adultery.
Although one pastor claimed the
Mayor seemed "contrite" when
they prayed for him before his
arraignment, the smirk in his mug
shot tells me something different.
It looks like humility needs to be
added to those prayers, between
forgiveness and repentance.
Race-baiting and defiant and

blaming everyone from the "haters"
to the media for his troubles -
Mayor Kilpatrick's behavior is not
that of a contrite man whose self-
inflicted downfall brings a cloud of
shame and humiliation not only to
himself and his family but also the
people of Detroit. "Haters" didn't
write over 14,000 text messages,
including sexually explicit mis-
sives, to his city-employed para-
mour. Nor did "haters" decide to
inappropriately fire Officer Gary
Brown because he was investigat-
ing suspected misconduct on behalf
of the Mayor's personal security
team and an alleged (but never
proven) stripper party at the city-
financed Manoogian Mansion resi-
dence. And "haters" didn't make
anyone allegedly lie under oath to
hide misconduct.
I'm sick and tired of people say-
ing the very serious felony charges
are the product of an overambitious
prosecutor's witch-hunt over a sex-
ual affair. Let's not forget that
Mayor Kilpatrick not only took an
oath to uphold his office with
honor, but another to honor his
marriage. He has apparently failed
at both with himself to blame.
We all make mistakes, but part
of learning from those mistakes is
accepting responsibility for them.
This often requires a heavy price.
No one is above the law. Not
even Mayor Kilpatrick. Not even


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in Detroit. No matter how large the
entourage, how luxurious the vehi-
cle or how flamboyant his clothing,
he is still a public servant account-
able to the people of Detroit.
If the Hip-Hop Mayor wants to
live the lifestyle of a 50 Cent, he
needs to relinquish his public office
and become a member of G-Unit
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40 Years Later the FBI Still

Has Some Explaining to Do
by. E.O.Hutchinson
"Dangerous," "evil," "colossal fraud," were the choice terms that then FBI
director J. Edgar Hoover and other top FBI officials routinely spit out about
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They didn't stop at the name calling. They talked
ominously of "neutralizing" him as an effective leader. And even more omi-
nously they sent him a letter flatly saying "King you are done."
The FBI's name calling, paranoid harassment and violent threats brutally
and disgustingly captured the secret and patently illegal wiretapping of King.
This is not smoking gun proof that the FBI had a hand in King's murder. The
tapes do raise the legitimate question: What did the FBI know and when did
it know it about possible attempts on King's life?
Americans certainly deserve to know the whole truth about the killing of
King. But there are two truths about the murder. The first is too painful for
those who fervently believe that James Earl Ray was a Lee Harvey Oswald-
type patsy and that the government orchestrated King's killing. Yet, the evi-
dence is still overwhelming that Ray was the triggerman. His fingerprints
were on the murder weapon. He was at the crime scene, and he confessed. At
different times before his death, Ray gave conflicting, confusing and muddled
accounts of his activities and whereabouts at the time of the murder.
His protests of innocence and frame-ups sounded like a discredited man's
desperate effort to salve his conscience, grab media attention, and cash in on
the notoriety of the case. It worked. Ray's public trashing about on the King
murder sent conspiracy buffs stampeding to the barricades shouting that the
government killed King. The King family gave Ray's much belated feigning
of innocence credence when Coretta Scott King took the stand on his behalf
at a civil trial in Memphis in 1999.
The verdict of history stands that Ray killed King. But Ray's guilt, doesn't
let the government off the hook, as the FBI wiretaps show. Unfortunately, the
other truth is that the House Select Committee on Assassination that investi-
gated King's murder ordered the files sealed for fifty years. They are still
sealed. So we don't really know what the FBI did or didn't do in the run-up
to King's murder. The files just might answer many questions about the secret
war the FBI waged against King from the late 1950's to his murder.
The assault on King was more than Hoover's acting out his paranoid obses-
sions against King. It was a war against the Black movement. Hoover decid-
ed that the cheap and dirty way to win that war was by discrediting the most
respected and admired symbol of that movement.
Hoover assigned Assistant FBI director William Sullivan the dirty job of
getting the goods.. Sullivan branded King as the "most dangerous Negro of
the future in this nation." In his book My Thirty Years in Hoover's FBI,
Sullivan described the inner circle of men assigned to get King. The group
was made up of special agents mainly drawn from the Washington and Atlanta
FBI offices. Their job was to monitor all of King's activities. Much of their
dirty tactics are well known. They deluged him with wiretaps, physical sur-
veillance, poison-pen letters, threats, harassment, intimidation, and smear sex-
ual leaks to the media, and even at the time of his murder, Hoover had more
plans to intensify the spy campaign against King. Decades later, Sullivan still
publicly defended the FBI's war against him, and made no apology for it.
We know only the bare outline of what the FBI actually did toward King in
his final days. There are still a lot of dots that beg to be connected in the FBI's
murky onslaught against King.
Then there's the actual assassination investigation. FBI officials who direct-
ed the illegal spy campaign against King and the FBI agent who played a
major role in running the program in Atlanta were also involved in every
phase of the assassination investigation. That's raises even more questions
about the scope, or lack thereof, of the investigation.
The re-opening of the King assassination won't uncover any solid evidence
that the government had a deeper hand in King's death than is so far known.
But full disclosure by agencies involved in the investigation of King's assas-
sination could allay some of the lingering doubts and suspicions that govern-
ment agencies didn't tell the complete truth about King's murder.
However, even this won't absolve the FBI of its shameful, destructive, and
illegal campaign against King. The climate of suspicion and hostility it helped
nurture toward the civil rights movement made it possible for Ray to murder
King. Forty years later, the FBI wiretaps still tell the sordid tale of a govern-
ment agency out to destroy King at any and all costs.

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40 Years Later, America Still Celebrates the Dream Maker

Members of the Memphis group "Beloved Community" take part in
a march to the Lorraine Hotel, the site where Martin Luther King Jr.
was killed, as part of the opening event marking the slain civil rights
leader's death in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Martin Luther King, III, left, Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and actress Mo'Nique
lead the Recommitment March, in Memphis, Tenn. The march started at the
city hall in Memphis and led to the Lorraine Hotel where King was assassi-

People hold signs in the rain in memory of the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr.

Sen. Hillary Clinton stands in the spot Dr. King was killed while Dr.
Benjamin Hooks and Charles Taylor recant his final moments.

White-haired veterans of the
sanitation workers strike that
brought the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. to Memphis in 1968
marked the 40th anniversary last
week of King's assassination by
marching to the motel where he was
cut down by a sniper's bullet.
"Dr. King was like Moses," said
Leslie Moore, 61, who was a sanita-
tion worker in 1968 and is still on
the job more than a generation later.
"God gave Moses the assignment to
lead the children of Israel across the
Red Sea. He sent Dr. King here to
lead us to a better way."
The morning rally which
included a dozen or so of the origi-
nal strikers, along with hundreds of
other people, mostly members of
AFSCME, the public employees
union was one of two marches to
the Lorraine Motel, once a blacks-

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Memphis, now a civil rights muse-
In the afternoon, about 800 peo-
ple made their way through the
streets in the rain, wearing bright
slickers and carrying umbrellas.
The crowd was mostly black but
included people of all colors and
stations, a display of the kind of
unity King once dreamed of and
found so tragically elusive in the
violence-drenched spring of 1968.
"I was too young to be a part of
the struggle," said union member
Sherl Commodore, 50, of
Baltimore. "But to be able to come
here 40 years later is awesome."
Baxter Leach, 68, a retired sanita-
tion worker, took part in the strike,
which marked the beginning of the
end for white domination of gov-
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Martin Luther King III, left, his wife Arndrea, and his sister, Rev.
Bernice King, pray at the tomb of their father, civil-rights leader the
Rev. Martin Luther Jr., Friday, April 4, 2008, in Atlanta.
Memphis. Before the walkout, like President Lyndon Johnson. The
black sanitation workers labored FBI had wiretapped him, and foes
long hours for little pay and could of integration reviled him.
be fired at the whim of white boss- This week, the president and
es. They eventually won union rep- presidential contenders Hillary
presentation. Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama
The National Civil Rights and John McCain honored King, as
Museum opened in 1991 at the did lions of the civil rights move-
Lorraine Motel, which now holds ment.
exhibits tracing the history of "The world still listens to
America's struggle for equal rights. Martin," said C.T. Vivian, who
The museum also encompasses the helped organize sit-ins in Nashville
flophouse across the street from in 1960 and fought for voting rights
which James Earl Ray, a white man, in Selma, Ala. "There are people
fired the bullet that killed King as who didn't reach for him then who
he stood on a balcony at .1-i moil. ii each for 1l now. They want to
Ray died in prison in 1998. ,-
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under siege when he came to -
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Thousands March on Main Street in Memphis, Tenn. in the "Recommitment
March" to the Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, mark-
ing the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

know this man. What did he say?
What did he think?"
Obama decided against a person-
al pilgrimage to the city of King's
death. He campaigned instead in
Indiana, where he said King's
dream has yet to be realized fully.
Ethel Kennedy was scheduled to
speak at an evening ceremony at
what is now Martin Luther King Jr.
Park in Indianapolis. Her late hus-
band, Robert Kennedy, gave a pas-
sionate speech there the night of
King's assassination that was cred-
ited with quelling violence in the
ci y .

Retired Elders Still in Hot Demand

Lee Elder signs autographs for patrons outside the club house at
the 2008 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club
earlier this week. Elder was the first African American to play at the
Masters in 1975. The Masters tournament begins on Thursday, April

In Atlanta, Bernice King and
Martin Luther King III placed a
wreath at the national historic site
where their father and their mother,
Coretta Scott King, are buried.
They went to Memphis later in the
President Bush said in a state-
ment that 40 years ago, "America
was robbed of one of history's most
consequential advocates for equali-
ty and civil rights. ... We have made
progress on Dr. King's dream, yet
the struggle is not over."
In Memphis, speakers urged the
. cod to following's examWie by
working to help the poor, improve
public schools and provide housing
for the homeless.
Willie Herenton told the crowd he
remembered marching with the san-
itation workers in 1968 and protest-
ing city policies. He is now the
city's first black mayor.
"I never dreamed that one day I
would come from a protester
against the mayor to enter City Hall
as the mayor," Herenton said.
In Atlanta, the Martin Luther
King Jr. Historic Site was com-
memorating the anniversary with
the opening of a special exhibit
chronicling the final days and hours
before King's death, as well as his
funeral procession through his
hometown five days later.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is
the wagon that was drawn by two
mules as it carried King's casket
from his funeral at Ebenezer Baptist
Church to Morehouse College, his
alma mater.

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One Accord Ministries Int. Presents
"Taking It All Back" April 12th
One Accord Ministries International Inc., 2971 Waller Street, (at
McDuff & 1-10 West) Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Pastor; will present
"Taking it All Back" a program of "Unspoken Praise," Mime & Praise
Dance Recital featuring: AKA Mimes, Tina E. Trilox, Women of Zion,
Praise & Worship Mimes (PWM) and the Elite Mimes.
"Taking It All Back" will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2008.
Musical at Faust Temple to Feature
American Idol Singer & Elder Dove
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road, Elder R.
L. Dixon, Pastor; invites the community to enjoy a Musical, Saturday,
April 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Elder John Dove, Carliss Smith, who appeared on American Idol;
Pamela Roberts, The Touchtone Singers, Lil Jesse and the Miracles, The
Singing Trumpets, God's Spiritual Gift, Gospel Disciples of Savannah,
GA and Minister Reginald Graham. You don't want to miss your spiritual
blessing. For directions, call (904) 353-1418.
Northside Church of Christ to
Celebrate Ladies Inspirational Days
"Loving like Jesus, Living in His Image" is the theme for The Northside
Church of Christ's 28th Annual Ladies Inspirational Days. The theme
challenges women to confront truths about themselves. This year's ladies
inspirational weekend promises to give you a new beginning as you jour-
ney through your life and to help you review, renew, and re-charge your
spiritual mind.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 9th. On Saturday, May 10th,
Kandice Jacobs-Armstrong, a Jacksonville native who is a poet, vocalist,
public speaker and is the acclaimed author of "Creating Kandice", will be
the keynote speaker. There will also be workshops, breakout sessions,
prizes and goody bags filled with gifts. A continental breakfast, and a
lunch will be served.
For more information call the church office at (904) 765-9830, or email
Chairperson Jackie Kern, at ihker@comcast.net.
First AME of P.C. Healing Service
First AME Church of Palm Coast invites the public to experience God's
healing power at a healing service on Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m. God can
heal any sickness or disease. The Church located at 91 Old Kings Road
North,Rev. Gillard Glover, Pastor.
The church is also forming a teen church for youth ages 12 to 18. They
will be part of the history-making for the first youth community choir in
Palm Coast. The First A.M.E. Youth Community Choir will get its start
Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. The teens need not be members to participate.
For more details, call the church at (386) 446-5759.

Rev. Gary Williams Kimberly K. Spence
Faith Based Public Service

Dr. Eric Stewart
Health Care

Brenda Priestly
Jackson Education

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Jack Diamond
Economic Development

Dorothy Trevette
Hero of Merit

Gospel Celebration to Highlight Northwest Behavioral

Health Services 4th Annual Points of Excellence Awards

The Northwest Behavioral Health
Services will host it's 4th Annual
Points of Excellence Awards cele-
bration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April
26, 2008, at The Times Union
Center for the Performing Arts, in
the Terry Theater. The Ritz Voices,
Gospel Artist Vickie Farrie, and the

First Baptist Church of Mandarin
Worship and Praise Team will be
featured on program.
Six outstanding members of the
community will be honored for their
contributions in their areas of
expertise. A special recognition for
the Sara Cotten Award for commu-

Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to hold 3rd Sunday Service
All are invited to share in 2008 Serious Praise
Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 20th and each
Third Sunday at the Father's House Conference
Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2. Rev.
Mattie W. Freeman, Pastor. "When Praises go up,
Blessings come down." Come, be a part of this spirit-
filled service.
Stanton Class '78, Now
Planning Reunion
Classmates are searching for ALL Stanton High
School Class of'78 members, as they are planning for
their "30th Year Reunion." The Reunion is scheduled
for June 8-15, 2008. Activities will include, a Cruise,
Black/White Ball, and a Sunday, Church Service.
Class members please call: Darlene Neal, 699-4089,
Linda Robinson, 866-1880; or Barbara Belfield, 612-

nity volunteerism will be presented.
The honorees are Health Care: Dr.
Eric Stewart; Education: the
Honorable Brenda Priestly-Jackson;
Economic Development, Jack
Diamond; Faith Leadership, Dr.
Gary L. Williams; and Public
Service, Mrs. Kimberly Spence.

Black Jewel & Co. to Present the
Play, "Do The Christ Thing"
This powerful and anointed stage play about individuals
facing everyday situations of temptation, validation, perse-
cution and spiritual warfare, all with a choice to make, will
be presented at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 101 West 1st Street
in Springfield.
Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed Praise and Vickie Farrie
will be the featured guests. The play is hilarious and stars a
diverse and talented cat as they bring healing and blessings
to your soul. There is NO CHARGE. For information,
please call (904)591-0448.
Dr. Carlton Jones Keynotes Shalom M.
B. Church's Family & Friends Day
The Shalom Missionary Baptist Church, 600 Eaverson
Street, Rev. Ernest L. Griffin, Pastor; will celebrate "Family
and Friends Day" at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 20, 2008.
Dr. Carlton Jones will be the speaker for the occasion. The
community is invited to help lift up the name of Jesus.

The Sara Cotten Community
Volunteerism Award will be present-
ed to Ms. Dorothy Trevette.
Ticket information is available by
calling 781-7797, ext. 321/33.

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Join us for our Weekly Services

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Claudette Williams is "one in a million. "Actually, she is one of
only several thousand, as evidenced by the small percentage of
female college/university presidents employed throughout the
nation. In The American College President, the most recent report
published in 2002 by The American Council on Education, 21%
of the nation's college presidents (two- and four-year) are female,
a dramatic increase from the 10% employed in 1986. Among
African-American women, Dr. Claudette Williams is among
When Dr. Williams accepted the job as President of Edward
Waters College last June, she not only joined a unique pool of
nationally-recognized female educational leaders, but earned dis-
tinction as the first female president appointed to the 142-year-old
Recently, college, business, and community leaders across the
country shared in the inauguration activities, celebrating Dr.
Williams' presidency and the new vision she brings to the state's
oldest private institution of higher education specifically founded
to educate newly freed slaves. "It is about the future that beckons
us at this new beginning. Our founding fathers recognized that
education was the key that opened the doors for freed slaves
... Today we stand on the threshold of a new beginning that is built
on the successes of our past," said Dr. Williams who is leading
EWC to "reinvent itself in the 21st century."

Q: Tell me about Claudette
A: I was brought up and raised in
rural Jamaica. I enjoyed my child-
hood and I was fortunate to be able
to develop and grow in an environ-
ment that allowed me to acquire
diverse skills and knowledge and a
respect for all people regardless of
race, gender or ethnicity. Some peo-
ple think that growing up in the
developing world is a disadvantage.
For me it was a wonderful advan-
tage. The diversity of skills and
knowledge that you gain in the
developing world is sometimes
absent in the developed world
where there is greater specialization
and division of labor. I grew up in a
highly structured Christian home.
At the time I could not appreciate
growing up in such an environment;
but I conformed. Today I thank
God for my home. Much of the
person I am today, my values and
morals, are the result of the home in
which I grew up. I would never
trade anything for the life I had
growing up. Everyone cared for
every child in the neighborhood..
They took care of you, encouraged
you, disciplined you if necessary,
and as a result you respected them
all. Thank God for the village it
took to help raise this child.
Q: Were there any specific dif-
ferences in the education system
where you were raised and the
one you now lead?
A: I grew up under the British
system of governance in Jamaica.
The educational system was highly
competitive. When I went to the
University of the West Indies, only
two and one half percent of the pop-
ulation could gain access to the
University. The institution was able
to educate a limited number of stu-
dents and so you had to excel aca-
demically to gain access. Despite
the competition to enter, the institu-
tion graded your work on the bell-
shaped curve so there were always
students who did not excel despite
having had to demonstrate excel-
lence to gain a place in the institu-
tion. Being in such a system taught
me that only the best was good
enough. I thank God for a system
that required the best of me. The
only regret is that there were still
hundreds of other students who
could have done well if they had
been given the opportunity to do so.
The fact is, the country did not have
the resources to educate a large
number of students beyond a partic-
ular level.
Q: Have previous experiences
throughout your life ever brought
you to or provided any associa-
tion to Jacksonville?
A: Yes. My most recent mentor is
a Jacksonville native. Dr. Johnnetta
Betsch Cole shared much informa-
tion about Jacksonville with me:
her family history and growing up
in Jacksonville. Approximately
two years ago, her sister MaVynne
Betsch, an accomplished scholar,
vocalist and environmental activist,
passed away. I came to
Jacksonville to attend a memorial
service for her. That was my first
and only association with
Jacksonville prior to interviewing
for the position of president.
Did you every dream of becom-
ing a college president? If not, what

were your aspirations as a
child/young adult?
I did not dream of becoming a
college president. I wanted to
become a Church Army Sister. At
the time I spoke about it with my
Bishop, he indicated that I was too
young and needed to come back to
discuss the matter in about two
years. I was about sixteen at the
time. I went to teach and, as they
say, the rest is history. I have
remained in education for more
than 36 years.
What most interested you
about the presidency at Edward
Waters College? What most con-
cerned you?
A:The thing that interested me
most about the presidency at
Edward Waters College was the
opportunity to help this precious
institution implement and adhere to
effectiveness practices. One of the
problems faced by many HBCUs
[Historically Black Colleges and
Universities] is operating in keep-
ing with best practices. HBCUs,
for the most part, have to accom-
plish very much with very little.
They are committed to preparing
students for success and they are
good at doing that. However,
because they are so focused on the
student, they sometimes fail to doc-
ument their story adequately or fail
to maintain the type of information
which will demonstrate their suc-
cess in preparing students for the
world of work or to pursue profes-
sional and advanced studies. In this
age of accountability, we must doc-
ument and demonstrate that we
measure up to and sometimes sur-
pass expectations in meeting the
needs of our students and in prepar-
ing them to pursue graduate and
professional studies or to take their
place in the workplace.
The thing that concerned me
most was trying to change the cul-
ture to one that really demonstrates
excellence, ethics and accountabili-
ty. It is always a challenge to
change a culture; but I know that
acceptance of the need to do so and
implementing accountability sys-
tems will lead to a culture that will
demonstrate excellence. I think
most members of the EWC family
accept the need to do things differ-
ently so that we can demonstrate
that we are capable of being an
institution of which we can all be
proud: one that operates with excel-
lence and credibility and one that is
worthy of being supported in every
way as it continues to make a sig-
nificant contribution to the city, the
state, the nation and the world..
Q:The college has been plagued
with numerous issues dating
back to the early 1900s when it
was destroyed by the Great Fire,
to recent accreditation chal-
lenges. What do you say to those
"historians" about the EWC of
today and your top priorities and
goals for the future?
A:There is no doubt that EWC
has had its share of challenges. It
has had its struggles; but experi-
ences of this type are not unique to
EWC. Many other private HBCUs
have endured similar challenges.
What we need to establish is the
reason for the problems, determine
how we can solve them and then
work to remove them. Addressing

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the challenges of EWC is not a one
person task. It is a task for the com-
munity, for the city and for the state.
The bottom line is that there is
nothing wrong with EWC that
money and accountability systems
cannot fix today. This institution
needs to become financially stable
so that it can move to a new level of
success and effectiveness.
Consequently, my top priorities and
goals for the future are to ensure the
use of effectiveness practices in the
operation of the College and raise
funds to help stabilize the college.
These are the two basic goals
which, if achieved, will impact sup-
plemental goals.
Q: Finish this sentence -
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities are ... important ele-
ments of the academy as they help
to diversify and enrich the educa-
tional environment in which stu-
dents are educated and prepared for
life. They take students where they
are and help them achieve academ-
ic successes even they thought they
would never achieve. Finally,
HBCUs offer an education to many
who otherwise would not have the
opportunity for an education.
Q: What is your fondest college
A: I used to read the news on our
College radio. I really enjoyed
doing that and this is what comes
readily to mind as a fond college
Q: Have you ever heard of the
term, the glass cliff (Exeter
Research 2005, U.K.); it's a term
coined by University of Exeter
researchers that support that
when companies do badly, or
there is a crisis situation, women
are more likely to be given lead-
ership positions. What's your
reaction to this?
A: Although accepting the prob-
lems and inequities of the past, I
always like to think about the good
that may have resulted from those
situations. Historically, women
have had to take on and solve crises
in the home. The skills they devel-
oped doing this in the basic institu-
tion of society are similar to those
skills needed to manage crises in
the workplace. In some way, the
primary roles and responsibilities
we held in the past may have better
equipped us to successfully work
through some very tough chal-
lenges. It is good to know that we
are becoming a society that reward
people primarily on merit rather
than on other less objective meas-
Q: What advice would you give
to a woman seeking to find bal-
ance in a demanding and high-
pressured job?
I think there is a time for every-
thing. I believe in the responsibili-
ties of a woman as set forth in the
Bible. As such, I think a woman
should not neglect her obligations
to her family at the expense of a
career. I think a woman needs to
plan and organize well. She needs
to ensure that her family is taken
care of, especially her children.
She will never have a second
chance to train up her children in
the way they should go and, as
such, she needs to ensure that the
upbringing of her children does not
take second place to her personal
advancement. Her children will be
in the impressionable age for a lim-
ited time; but she will have the
opportunity to advance herself
when she has done her part in rais-
ing up her children to be successful,
independent and productive citi-
zens. Additionally, once on the job

delegate where appropriate and to
the appropriate individual; exercise
daily; and always find time to enjoy
your family.
Q:We are so proud to add to
our community an educational
leader with many outstanding
personal and professional accom-
plishments. Of what are you most
Based on my philosophy of life, it
is difficult to identify my proudest
accomplishment. I am just very
blessed and, by the power of the
Holy Spirit who guides me, I have
tried to live in obedience to God's
Word. Consequently, I do not con-
sider achievements in isolation. 1
am just blessed to be able to make a
difference for others.
A:Making a difference is what we
can expect from Dr. Claudette
Williams, an educational leader
whose vision for EWC is, indeed,
one in a million.
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Tyler Perry may be the man
behind "Meet the Browns," but the
Manns of the movie (and stage
play), just steal the show.
David and Tamela Mann star in
the film as the very lovable and
laughable Leroy and Cora Brown.
The real-life couple has been work-
ing together longer than the 20
years that they've been married and
have found success in both
respects. While riding the waves
of the film, now in theaters, the two
are talking about their respective
debut gospel CDs, too. And accord-
ing to David, "hers will make you
cry, his will make you laugh."
He recently released "Mr. Brown's
Good Old Time Church," based on
his film/play character. The theme
of the disc, according to the duo, is
that Mr. Brown never misses
church, but he misses it that day.
"And then it goes all down hill
from there." Tamela described.
The disc is full of what David
describes as "old-timey" church
music, but with a comedic twist.
The two explained that David want-
ed to record some of those old
songs, with new arrangements.
"The character of Mr. Brown, he
has a lot of old church songs, so I
said, 'Let me go back and record
that and then put a Mr. Brown twist
on it,'" David described.
What they put on wax was appar-
ently so funny, that the tracks also
include the candid laughing and
chuckles of the background singers.
"It was such a good time," Tamela
said, though she just watched to
studio shenanigans from the side-
line. "It just brings a lot of joy. It
makes you think back to old school,
wood floor churches."
"It got real crazy," David told
said. "We had a hard time editing,
because we were trying to edit out
the laughter, but keep the good stuff
that we were doing."
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the Family, singing with him for
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in the movies."
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and cross over."
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On April 12th at 6:30 p.m., the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will
host its 13th annual
ExZOOberation gala benefiting the
Zoo. The theme is "A Night in
TUSKany" using an Italian theme,
with an animal twist. Cocktails and
hors d'oeuvres will be served in the
Zoo's new Stingray Bay interactive
exhibit and then guests will enjoy
animal encounters, entertainment, a
silent and live auction, a delicious
dinner and dancing. For tickets or
more information call 757-4463,
ext. 196.

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.

Non Violence
March at EWC
On Saturday, April 12th, Edward
Waters College will have their first
1st Annual Non-Violence March/
Rally. Students will speak on vio-
lence and it's effect on the commu-
nity and the city of Jacksonville.
The march will take place from
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 916
N.Myrtle Avenue and will conclude

at the Adams Jenkins Center with a
party in the gym.For more informa-
tion contact 904-755-8937 or 904-

Genealogy Meeting
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will be meeting
on Saturday, April 12th at 10:15
AM. The meeting will be held at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Road.This month's topic is
Publishing Your Writings", a follow
up to our March Meeting of
"Bringing Your Ancestors to Life"
writing workshop. The meeting is a
free and open to the public. For
additional information, call (904)

2008 Stanton Gala


Current class leaders, faculty and
staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton
and Stanton Vocational high
schools are urged to attend a
Gala/Reunion Meeting Monday,
April 14, 2008 at 6:00 P.M. at
Bethel Baptist Church, 215 Bethel
Baptist Street (First Street entrance)
to discuss plans for the May 3, 2008
Stanton Gala. For more informa-
tion, please call Kenneth Reddick,
Gala Chairman at 904-764-8795 or
visit the Stanton website at

"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.

Annual Celebration
of Leadership
Leadership Jacksonville will have
their 13th annual Celebration of
Leadership honoring Barbara
Drake, Noah Henderson and Teala
Milton on Thursday, April 17th
atthe Hyatt Regency. For tickets or
more information, call 396-6263.

Rebuild Your
Credit Class
The current economic problems
are causing many to re-think their
credit card and other debts. Those
who want to take control of their
credit score or debt problems can
learn about steps they themselves
can take to change their situation.
Re-build Your Credit is a class

offered by the Duval County
Extension Service on Thursday,
April 17th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the
Extension Center, 1010 N McDuff
Ave. For more information and to
register, call Sandra at 904-387-

Florida Black
Caucus Gala
The Florida Conference of Black
State Legislators will present their
annual gala celebration on Friday,
April 18th in Tallahassee, FL.
For tickets or more information,
call 850-224-0937.

Ritz Black
Broadway Performance
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.

Genealogy Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, will hold their monthly
meeting on April 19th, 2008, at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd street,
Jacksonville, Fl. We are fortunate to
have Tom Barry present a program
titled, "The History of Guana
Peninsula; The European Discovery
of St. Augustine; Spanish, Indian

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information please contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.

Latin Kings of Comedy
The Florida Theater will be the
site of a night of comedy at the
Crown Royal Latin Kings of
Comedy tour. The concert will be
held on Sunday, April 20th.
Entertainers include Paul Rodrigez,
Manny Maldonado and Frank
Lucero. To purchase call the box
office at at 355-2787. The Theater
is located at 128 East Forsyth St.

Networking Workshop
JCCI will host a free workshop on
"The Power of Networking:
Relationship Building Skills" with
Juanita Ecker. Relationships open
doors everyday- Does your rolodex
serve your needs? Are you a wall-
flower at social events?
Participants are asked to sign up
ASAP for the Wednesday April 23
workshop that will be held from
8:15 noon at the Schultz Center.
Seats are limited. Reserve your
spot by contacting Lashun@jcci.org.

Healthy TV for
the Family Class
The Duval County Extension
office is offering a "Healthy TV
Viewing for the Young Family class
on Friday, April 25, 2008, 10:00
a.m. at the Duval County Extension
office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Free. The week of "TV Turnoff
Week" is April 21-27, 2008.
Parents will learn about the effects
of television viewing on children,
how to make the most positive
impact on childhood viewing,
media guidelines for parents and
the rating systems, and suggestions
to productively spend children's
time. To register or for more infor-
mation, call 387-8855.

Annual Fair Housing
Awareness Symposium
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present a day of
workshops to educate the commu-
nity on fair housing. It will be held
Saturday, April 26th from 8:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Workshop topics
include: Updates of Title VII of
The Fair Housing Act; Predatory
Lending ; Getting a House/Keeping
a House; Budget Wise
Decorating/Home Improvements;
Reasonable Accommodations;
Housing Resources in a Multi
Cultural Society; Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Bums Money.
To register by phone call 630-2489.

Riverside Avondale
Tour of Homes
The Riverside Avondale
Preservation Association will have
their 34th Annual Spring Tour of
Homes on Saturday and Sunday
April 26 and 27th throughout the
historic district. The self guided
tour of neighborhood homes will be
throughout the day until 5 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call

One Jax Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
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 event honors
those who have demonstrated a
commitment to serving the commu-

nity. This year's honorees include
Gertrude Peele, Michael Korn,
James Burt and Deboarah Pass. For
more information, call 354-1529.
B.B. King in Concert
The legendary B.B. King will be
in performance at The Florida
Theater on Wednesday, April 30th.
The blues legend will be perform-
ing all his top hits with his famous
guitar "Lucille" in tow. To pur-
chase call the box office at at 355-
2787. The Theater is located at 128
East Forsyth Street.

Women in
Leadership Forum
Elexia Coleman-Moss will facili-
tate the workshop "Women in
Leadership: Where are we headed?"
on Thursday, May 1st. This con-
versation to examine the recent and
current involvement of women in
leadership roles in our community.
Join us from 5:30 7:00 to explore
ways that women are engaged and
encouraged to participate and what
our future holds. The forum will be
held at JCCI headquarters located at
2434 Atlantic Blvd. Reserve your
seat by e-mailing Lashun@jcci.6rg.

May PRIDE Book
Club Meeting
The PRIDE Book Club, North
Florida's oldest and largest African-
American book club, will be meet-
ing on on Friday, May 2, 2008 at
7:00 pm. at the Gateway Book
Store at the Gateway Shopping
Center. The book for discussion
with the author will be The Human
Stain by Philip Roth. For more
information, contact Felice
Franklin at 389-8417 or 703-8264.

45th Annual
Shrimp Festival
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.
Strawberry Preserves
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Monday, May 5, from 9AM to
Noon. Celebrate the gardening sea-
son by learning how to make straw-
berry preserves and take some
home for your family to enjoy. You
must pre-pay to register. If your
group is interested in making a dif-
ferent item, or for more informa-
tion, call at 387-8850.

Universal Sisters
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 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.

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A Few Cuestions & Answers

with Best Selline Authcr Eric Jerome Dickev

Eric Jerome Dickey, author of fifteen books, eleven of which have
been best sellers, stopped at the Atlantic Blvd. Books-A-Million on
Wednesday, April 2nd to promote his new work, "Pleasure." Dickey
also spent a few moments with Marretta Latimer of the Jacksonville
Free Press, discussing inspiration, fans and the future.

Q: You have had such an inter-
esting career. Why did you start
EJD: I don't really know. It's just
something 1 enjoy doing. I really
like writing. It's truly the way I
express myself creatively.
Q: How old were you when you
created your first work?
EJD: I started writing after col-
lege. This is one of those profes-
sions where age isn't important.

Q: You incorporate a lot of fac-
tual places, ideas, even people in
your books. What inspires you?
Real-life experiences?
EJD: This may sound cliche, but
everything inspires me. I am
always trying to write a different
story, and my work is character-
driven. Real people I've met, places
I've been influence what I do. Read
"Pleasure" and you will see refer-
ences to Atlanta, GA, for example.

Q: I'm very familiar with
Atlanta. Reading "Pleasure" was
a lot like taking a drive on 1-285
[an Atlanta highway]. I felt like I
was there. Was that your inten-
tion? If so, why?
EJD: If you felt that way, then I'm
doing my job! I usually write in
first person, and that makes what I
write very personal. My characters
are usually patterned after real peo-
pie. I also think it

by Eric Jerome Dickey
The author of fifteen books, New
York Times best-selling writer Eric
Jerome Dickey delivers his trade-
mark mixture of sensuality and sus-
pense in his latest work, "Pleasure."
"Pleasure" is aptly named, provid-
ing readers with a glimpse into the
life of Nia Simone Bijou, a very
attractive, well-educated, young
black woman, exploring her inner
self through sexuality.
Nia seems to have everything -
looks, intelligence, a successful
career, personal wealth, and a man.
Nia is, however, dissatisfied and
lonely. And her love life seems to
be the source of her angst.
In the course of the novel, Dickey
introduces you to the relationships
that guide Nia's choices. The first
is her close, but complex bond with
her highly successful mother, Hazel
Tamana Bijou-Wilson. Hazel, a
native of Trinidad, is a Hollywood
power broker and producer, always
wanting the best out of herself and
her daughter. Nia admires and

loves her mother, but feels she is
unable to live up to her mother's
The second connection that helps
to define Nia is her admiration for
poet Anais Nin. Anais was a writer
who believed in freedom and
exploration. Nia feels acceptance
in Anais' writing and that her
"unnatural desires" are not a "devi-
ation from the norm." She makes
Nia feel it is okay to be sexually
The third relationship that had a
profound effect on Nia was with
her college boyfriend. He hurt and
betrayed Nia, crippling her for
future relationships.
Unfortunately, Dickey's creativity
becomes cliche in parts because of
Nia's college love. Nia becomes
the desperate, drama-driven black
woman. She appears to be a shell
of a person, unable to commit fully
to any man.
Nia's lack of commitment and fear
of relationships lead her to break up
with her current boyfriend Logan.
She then becomes involved in three

search for
physical pleasure and
Pleasure, however, is rarely free of
pain, and Nia's affairs spiral out of
control. Author Dickey has readers
asking, "Will Nia find that special
someone who can satisfy and com-
plete her? Or will she continue to
put herself and others at risk?" He
also makes his audience question,
"Why does a woman who has
everything behave as if she has
While unrealistic and even "over-
the-top" in some respects,
"Pleasure" is a fun, entertaining
ride. Dickey fans won't be disap-
pointed. M. Latimer

Shown at the book-signing on April 2nd at the Atlantic Blvd. Books-A-Million: Longtime fan Keshia
Brinson and best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey. Brinson has been reading Dickey's books for seven

years and describes them as "always exciting." M LatimerPhoto
gets back to basic language. You pense and mystery. For any book, I
[as an author] try to write love, try think those qualities have to be
to write doubt, or try to write fear there. The suspense, the anticipa-
[or any emotion]. You want the tion that keeps you turning the
reader to feel like he/she is there pages, regardless of the genre (erot-
with the characters. ica, crime, mystery).
Q: You seem to create this con- Q: You seem to write primarily
nection with readers. Once a per- for women. Are there any partic-
son becomes your fan, he/she ular challenges in writing for
remains loyal. Why is that? women?
EJD: You know I don't really EJD: No, I don't feel it's difficult
know. You would have to ask the at all. And, overall, everyone's
readers. This is the way I have buying audience is female. Most
always written. It's probably a readers in general are female.
combination of things the charac- Q:: I too am a female fan. I
ters, the stories, the twists. And I noticed that some of the same
love what I do. I am really sur- characters keep reappearing in
prised and pleased by readers and your books.
their support. EJD: It's funny. Someone always
Q: Speaking of readers, many comes to a book-signing and tells
describe your books as "exciting" me she identifies with a character
and stimulating." Any thoughts I've created. People have this emo-
on that? tional investment and get attached
EJD: [Laughing] I often write to good characters. Also, a lot of
erotica, and erotica is supposed to writing is rewriting. And just like
stimulate. I also try to include some real life, characters keep evolving.
basic elements in my work sus- They have more to say.

Q: Describe yourself in three
EJD: Very hard working.
Q: Any advice for aspiring writ-
EJD: This is very hard work. You
must learn the craft. It looks easy,
but people don't see the hard work
involved. You have to do this
because you love it. Know that you
must be disciplined and willing to
sacrifice. There are no guarantees.
Q: What's next?
EJD The book tour. Planes, trains
and automobiles. Early mornings,
late nights. A lot of travel.
Q: Any movies in the works?
EJD: There are some options out
there. There's some interest in turn-
ing "Friends and Lovers" into a
movie. We are trying to get that
together now.
Q: Any message for
EJD: I miss y'all. This has always
been a great area for me.

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