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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
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Place of Publication:
Jacksonville, Fla
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May 8, 2008
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General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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The BoPn
A Look at Five
First Coast Mothers
and their Presence in
the Lives of
their Daughters
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the Heart and

Soul of Women

of Color
Page 14

Former Liberian President

Had Billions in U.S. Banks
Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor had trans-
actions of about $5bn in two U.S. bank accounts
during his presidency, according to his prosecuting
attorney Stephen Rapp.
Taylor is being tried by a UN-backed war crimes
court for backing rebels in Sierra Leone while in
He denies trading arms for diamonds and chal-
lenged the international community in 2003 to
trace and seize any monies they alleged he had.
During Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war, which officially ended in
2002, tens of thousands of people died and thousands more were muti-
lated, raped and had limbs amputated.
Mr Taylor's case has been transferred from Sierra Leone to The Hague
for security reasons, although it is still being conducted by the Special
Court for Sierra Leone.
He denies 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
About $375m had been debited from one account and Mr Rapp said he
was in the process of tracing the funds and a number of countries were
co-operating. If recovered, Rapp said that the money would be subject
to a UN freeze on Mr Taylor's assets.
He said that he hoped any money recovered would be shared between
the victims of the Sierra Leone civil war and the Liberian state, if Mr
Taylor was found guilty.

Madea Has Come a Long Way
What does Tyler Perry have in common with
President Bush, the Dalai Lama, Rupert Murdoch,
Russia's Vladimir Putin, and presidential candi-
dates Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and John
In Time magazine's estimation: world influence.
The native New Orleans movie mogul is among
the nearly 30 artists and entertainers named last
week to Time's list of the world's 100 most influ-
ential people. Also making the list: teen singer
Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Mariah Carey, filmmakers Joel and Ethan
Coen, finance adviser Suze Orman. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and
Oprah Winfrey were cited in the list as "heroes and pioneers" for global
Once homeless and so poor he had to live in his car, the 38-year-old
Perry is known for inspirational stories and donning drag to play the
crotchety, foul-mouthed signature character, Madea, in his hit films and
stage plays.

Reputed Klansman Appeals

Conviction in Deaths of Black Teens
A reputed Klansman serving three life sentences in a federal prison in
Indiana for kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 abductions and
killings of two black teenagers gets another day in court.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear James Ford
Seale's appeal on June 2 in New Orleans.
The bodies of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were
fished out of a Mississippi River backwater in 1964.
Seale, 72, is serving his sentences at the federal prison in Terre Haute,
Ind., according to the Bureau of Prisons.
He was convicted June 14, 2007, in the deaths of Dee and Moore, who
were both 19 when they disappeared from Franklin County on May 2,
1964. Their skeletal remains were found more than two months later.
The prosecution's star witness was Charles Marcus Edwards, a con-
fessed Klansman who received immunity from prosecution for his admit-
ted role in the abductions and his testimony. Edwards testified that he and
Seale were the only ones who participated in the crime who are still alive.
Edwards said he and Seale were members of the same KKK chapter.
Seale was arrested on a state murder charge in 1964, but the charges
were dropped. Federal prosecutors say the state case was dropped
because local law enforcement officers in 1964 were in the Klan.

Jay-Z Establishes Trust Fund

for Sean Bell's Children

Entertainment mogul Shawn "Jay-Z" Larter has
established an educational trust fund for the chil-
dren of Sean Bell, the unarmed African-
American man who was shot and killed by police
on the day he was to be married.
Typically, a trust fund is regarded as a long-
term, profitable program that can provide signif-
icant monies that vest when a child becomes an
S adult or graduates from college.
They can also become available at a designated
Shown is Bell, fiancee point in the future. Trusts, educational or other-
Nicole and one of their wise, are generally set up in the child's name, by
daughters. their parents or others close to the child.
Now that the trial is over, Jay-Z will resume his efforts for the children
of Sean Bell in the form of a stock-based trust fund.
Judge Arthur Cooperman acquitted NYPD officers Mike Oliver (who
fired 31 shots at Bell), Gescard Isnora (11 shots) and Michael Cooper
(four shots) in a case that has instilled nationwide outrage in Bell's sup-


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Make a Difference

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Volume 22 No. 2 Jacksonville, Florida May 8-14, 2008

America Moving Closer to First Black Presidential Candidate

As African- Americans continue
to flock to the polls in record num-
bers, Barack Obama swept to a con-
vincing victory in the North
Carolina primary and declared he
was closing in on the Democratic
presidential nomination. Hillary
Rodham Clinton eked out a win in

Indiana as she struggled to halt her
rival's march into history with a
narrow two percent lead.
"Tonight we stand less than 200
delegates away from securing the
Democratic nomination for presi-
dent of the United States," Obama
told a raucous rally in Raleigh, N.C.

- and left no doubt he intended to
claim the prize.
Clinton stepped before her own
supporters not long afterward in
Indianapolis. "Thanks to you, it's
full speed on to the White House,"
she said, signaling her determina-
tion to fight on in a campaign

already waged across more than 16
months and nearly all 50 states.
Next up for the candidates are the
final remaining states: West
Virginia, Kentucky, South Dakota,
Puerto Rico, Montana and Oregon.
2,025 delegates are needed to
secure the Democratic nomination.

Thousands Attend Annual Stanton Gala

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Rosa Lancaster Smith ('54), Dorothy Thompkins-Lovett ('54),
Rebecca Thompkins (Melbourne).
The 2nd Stanton High School All Class Reunion was held at the Prime
Osborn Center last weekend, celebrating the school's 140 year legacy. The
participants were graduates of classes ranging from 1936 1978. KFPPhoto
For highlights from the event, see page 5.

Legendary B.B. King Sells Out Jax
The legendary B.B. King sold out yet another performance in
Jacksonville last week at the Florida Theater to the majority white audi-
ence. Music lovers from across the first coast enjoyed the impromptu clas-
sics of the eighty-two year old music pioneer. "Just because I'm over fifty,
doesn't mean I'm a dirty old man," said King from the stage following his
confession that women have always been his true weakness. Shown above
at the concert are Elonya Davis (L), who purchased works of art by artist
Adrian Pickett Jr. in King's image.. Shown right are Sinclair and Tracey
Wilcox. FMPPhoto

Brown Goes Unchallenged for Ninth Consecutive Term

Cong. Brown

They used to
try and unseat the
Now, they don't
event bother.
This week Rep.
Corrine Brown
was among a

selected group of elected officials
automatically re-elected because no
one stepped forward to challenge
Brown, 61, represents Florida's
third congressional district, which
includes DeLand. Brown could not
be reached for comment Monday.
According to her staffers, as a

longtime member of the Committee
on Transportation and
Infrastructure, Brown will likely
focus on transportation in the
upcoming term, including highway
and road improvements. And, like
most Democrats, Brown is banking
on a Democratic White House win
to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and

President NAACP-Jacksonville Branch. Jeanine Ferguson Photo

Kappa Alpha Psi Honors Fraternity Brothers

and Community Trustees at Public Meeting
The Jacksonville City Council Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Public A select group of individuals

Chambers were abuzz lastoration honorees ing. Jclude (L-R) Christopher D. Davis, Pghty-three impacting all facets of e commu-
Association; Councilwoman Mia Jones; Allen L. Moore, Sr.; Tracie Collier, Director of Education, Duval

County SupervWho"is making a differ- years old, the Jackserry Holland, Supervisor of Elections; Isaiah Rumlin
President NAACP-Jacksonville BrAfricanch. Jenine Fer first African- to history were honored in additionPho
Kappa Alpha Psi Honors Fraternity Brothers

and Community Trustees at Public Meeting
The Jacksonville City Council Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Public A select group of individuals
Chambers were abuzz last week of Meeting. Just over eighty-three impacting all facets of the commu-
"Who's Who" is making a differ- years old, the Jacksonville Alumni nity from grassroots to government
ence in Jacksonville's African- Chapter is the first African- to history were honored in addition
American community and the city- American chartered organization in to high achieving youth. For more
at-large for the local chapter of the state. on the event, see page 11.

realign wartime funding to social
services like housing and veteran
affairs, according to David Simon,
one of her staffers.
Currently Cong. Brown, who is
supporting Sen. Clinton in the pres-
idential nomination campaign, has
been working to get Florda's ballots
counted towards the race.

Governor in
Talks with
Insurers for State
Health Plan
Governor Charlie Crist has met
with representatives of Florida's
health insurance industry who
have expressed interest in com-
peting for the opportunity to pro-
xide affordable coverage for
Florida's 3.8 million uninsured
individuals through the
Governor's Cover Florida plan.
Governor Crist has proposed
legislation that will allow the
State of Florida to negotiate with
health insurers to develop
affordable health coverage for
uninsured Floridians ages 19 to
"The number of uninsured Indi-
viduals in Florida is a tragedy %%e
can avoid, and I applaud the
health insurance companies here
today for their %willingness to
step forward to meet the needs of
the people of Florida." Governor
Crist said. "I look forward to
seeing the affordable benefits
packages that insurers will
develop to help provide afford-
able, quality choices for the peo-
ple of Florida."
Private insurers have indicated
that the Governor's Cover
Florida plan would allow them
to create benefits packages for -
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Thousands Expected for Ani

American Business Summit

More than one thousand African-
American leaders, executives,
entertainers and activists will head
to Tanzania for the annual African-
American Business Summit with
their African counterparts to help
raise living standards on the world's

poorest continent.
Organizers said that U.S. partici-
pants in next month's summit will
include executives from the Coca-
Cola Co., General Electric,
Chevron Corp. and Procter and
Gamble. Civil rights leader Jesse

This comes
back to being
real--with your-
self. Sometimes in our excitement
and enthusiasm to embark on a
new adventure and opportunity,
we overestimate our ability to do
certain things.
Despite our most energetic and
well-meaning intentions, we're
simply unrealistic. The result? It
backfires. When we cannot meet
the deadline or produce all the
product on time or downright fail,
we look like a fraud.
So take a moment to think about
the things you say and the promis-
es you make.
Do you exaggerate?

Does your exuberance about a
new undertaking inspire you to
underestimate the amount of time
the work will require?
Do you consistently fail to fac-
tor in obstacles and delays?
Never make a commitment you
can't fully expect to keep, espe-
cially if it will seriously affect the
public reputation of a friend. The
trick to this is knowing yourself,
backwards and forwards, and
sticking with truth.
Bottom Line: Take a hard look
at yourself your capabilities, your
time requirements. Then make an
informed statement about what
you can and cannot do. That way,
you keep your reputation intact.

aual African-

in Tanzania
Jackson, comedian Chris Tucker
and NBA player Kelenna Azubuike
also plan to attend.
"This is kind of a poor man's
African Davos," said summit co-
chairman Andrew Young, referring
to the annual economic forum in the
Swiss mountain resort. "It's a pot-
pourri of ideas and projects."
Young, a former U.S. ambassador
to the United Nations and mayor of
Atlanta, said the meeting will focus
on topics ranging from climate
change and energy needs to jobs for
young people, improving health
care and rising food prices.
The June 2-6 gathering in Arusha,
Tanzania will give American busi-
nesses "a good sounding board as to
what ideas and what products, and
frankly what countries, are most
susceptible and ready for invest-
ment" in Africa, he added.
The summits began in 1991 and
were the brainchild of Rev. Leon H.
Sullivan, a civil rights crusader who
called for companies doing busi-
ness in South Africa to give oppor-
tunities to their black workers an
initiative that helped end apartheid.
This will be the eighth Leon H.
Sullivan Summit. Visit www.thesulli-
vanfoundation.org for more info.


Financial Spring Cleaning

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Spring is in the air and this is a
great time to do some financial
spring cleaning that can help
improve your family's financial
position. Consider working on
three areas that can have immediate
impact, with the least amount of
effort. Let's take a look at your
credit, investments and financial
records. Now, interspersed with
writing this column, I am doing my
own financial spring cleaning, so I
am practicing what I am preaching.
Dust off your credit report.
The quickest way to look at your
overall credit situation is to review
a copy of your credit report. Go
online to annualcreditreport.com or
call 877-322-8228 and request a
free copy of your credit report. In
most states, you can receive a free
copy of your credit report each year
from each of the three major credit
reporting agencies. Additionally,

First Time Homeowners are a Hot Market in '08

In today's inventory-rich housing
market the newbie is like a full tank
of gas a valuable commodity.
With no house to sell before mak-
ing the move, the first-time buyer is
in an enviable position to strike a
good deal if their credit and down
payment are in the ballpark. Sellers
are motivated, prices are down and
lawmakers have raised the limits on
low down-payment government-
guaranteed mortgages.
Builders report that traffic from
first-time buyers has picked up
since limits were increased on FHA
loans earlier this year. Lenders also
are seeing more parents "gift" the
down payment and co-sign mort-
gages for their children if they are
-working to ,help them..qualify.
Both measures are acceptable with
an FHA loan, which is targeted
specifically to the first-time buyer.
In fact, the latest research from the
National Association of Realtors
shows that 22 percent of homeown-
ers receive their down payment
from a family member.

"A down market is a great time to
make the jump from renter to
homeowner, particularly for those
who are at the end of a lease and
expect their rent to go up," said
Diana Van Stone, a sales and mar-
keting vice president for Beazer
Homes. "Aside from the tax advan-
tages and the opportunity to build
your net worth, there is a feeling of
empowerment that comes from
home ownership."
Purchasing a first home can be
confusing and likely will be the sin-
gle largest purchase a person or
family will make. First time home-
buyers often lack general knowl-
edge about the marketplace and
more importantly don't know what
they can afford.
Banks, credit unions and even
local governments offer seminars to
help guide new buyers through the
loan process. The Internet also
offers a wealth of information.
For example, the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban
Development website offers 100

questions and answers about buying
a new home. Here are some abbre-
viated tips Van Stone recommends
you consider even before starting
your home search:
Pay off your debt. Use extra cash
to eliminate credit card and other
high-interest consumer debt. It
should pay off with a better credit
score and perhaps even lower the
interest rate on your mortgage.
Save for down payment. Take a
page from new car shoppers, who
are changing their spending habits
so they can save up for a new car.
The latest Kelley Blue Book
Marketing Research study says that
since October, new-car buyers are
eating out less often (53 percent)
and shopping less for non-essentials
(65 percent) and media entertain-
ment (48 percent).
Research assistance. Check with
your local government to see if you
qualify for a HUD grant to help
with closing costs o0 the down pay-
ment. For the down payment assis-
tance program, a consumer can earn

no more than 80 percent of a
region's median income.
Get pre-approved. The best way
to set realistic expectations is to get
pre-approved by a lender so that
you know how much you can
afford. The lender will ask how
much you'll be putting toward a
down payment as well as what you
owe on credit cards, student loans
and car loans. The lender will look
at your debt-to-income ratio, check
your credit report and approve or
disapprove your application.
Go mortgage shopping. FHA-
backed mortgages are 30-year fixed
loans and borrowers can finance 97
percent of the purchase price and
put down 3 percent. In some
instances, when combined with
other types of loans, the down pay-
ment can be zero.

for less than $10 you can request a
copy of your credit score from one
of the credit reporting agency.
When reviewing your credit
report look for the following:
What is your total outstanding
credit balance?
How do the reported balances
compare with your current state-
Are there open accounts that you
are not familiar with?
Are there accounts that you
should close or consolidate;
What is your credit score? Is it
where you want to it to be?
How are your
investments growing?
Look at your first quarter or most
recent monthly investment state-
ments. This would include savings,
brokerage and mutual fund
accounts; retirement accounts, such
as 401k, IRA and company
accounts; annuities and cash value
life insurance; other investments
such as real estate and privately
held investments.
Compared to the market, how did
your investments do? The first
quarter of 2008 was a negative for
most investments with the S&P 500
index benchmark down 9.4%.
How did your individual invest-
ment accounts fare for the first
Should you rebalance your over-
all asset mix?
- Are there accounts that you could
consolidate to simplify life?
Should you open college savings,
retirement or special event
Schedule a meeting with your
investment advisor to review your
overall financial situation?
Stash and trash your records.
There are no hard and fast rules for
personal financial records retention.
However, having recently survived
a tax audit, I can testify that having

the backup records to support my
tax returns proved invaluable dur-
ing a stressful time. Financial
records you should retain are:
Tax Returns and supporting doc-
umentation- Generally keep seven
Retirement and IRA Plans- Keep
annual statements.
Investment Accounts/Brokerage
Accounts- Keep annual statements
Home Mortgage and Auto
Loans- Keep annual statements
Major Purchases Keep proof of
purchase during warranty
Bank Statements and Cancelled
Checks- Keep non-tax related for
one year.
Credit Card statements and
receipts- Keep non-tax related for
one year.
Paycheck Stubs- Dispose of pay-
check stubs after one year.
Regular Monthly Bills- Non-tax
related, dispose of after one year.
After you have stored this year's
records it is now time to dispose of
records from several years ago.
Just throwing your old financial
records in the trash is not a good
idea. Anything that is put in the
garbage can becomes public prop-
erty. Identity thieves could be wait-
ing to dive into your trash can to
steal your sensitive information.
It's best to invest in and use a reli-
able paper shredder.
It took me about three hours to do
these three financial spring cleaning
tasks. Take some time this week to
do your own spring cleaning and
help get your family finances on the
road to financial success.
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered Representative
and Advisory Associate of and securities offered
through Financial Network Investment
Corporation, memberSIPC. Visit vwwshinnfinan-
cial.con for more information or to send your com-
ments or questions to
shinnm@financialnenworkcomn. The information
provided is a guideline and should not be consid-
eredprofessional or legal advice. Please consult a
tar professional or attorney for specific legal

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Foreclosure affects more than just you.
It affects your whole family.

A million families will face losing their homes
this year. Call today for real help and guidance.
Because nothing is worse than doing nothing.



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Trustees and Celebrity Pastor Keynote EWC's 141st Commencement

Pictured at Edward Waters College's (EWC) 2008 Commencement is graduation keynote speaker Rev.
Clifton Davis (center), along with EWC Board of Trustees' members Orrin Mitchell, Esther Snowden,
LeRoy Kennon, Marguerite Warren and Ralph Wilson. Davis is an award-winning actor, pastor and
songwriter, and is best known for his television roles on "Amen" and "That's My Mama."

MMM Provide Free Hair Cuts for Butler Students

M en at Work: 100 Black Men of Jacksonville continued to support the projects they believe in by
renovating the A.L. Lewis YMCA, a contribution to the AARP Make a Difference Day. Over forty volunteers
spent their Saturday painting, nailing and hammering and beautifying the center where they mentor students
weekly. Next up for the industrious chapter is the plans for their "White Out Weekend" in July. The action packed
weekend will include a white linen party. gospel concert and basketball tournament. Shown above (L-R) are
Robert Porter, Kevin Cotton, Kenneth Pennix, James Bailey and Maurice Brown.

First Public Inner-City Elementary School Teacher

Receives Prestigious Gladys Prior Teaching Award

Adults pictured above are (L-R) : Mrs.Toliver, Mr.Reddick, Bro.Lesley Muhammad (barber),
Ms.Franklin, Bro.Todd Muhammad (barber), Bro.Jamil Muhammad (barber), JLOC MMM's Bro.
Reylius Thompson, Jr., andJames Muhammad. (Not shown is Bro.Andr'e X)

The Jacksonville Local Organi-
zing Committee (JLOC) for the
Millions More Movement Inc. part-
nered with Black Educators for
Justice and Coalition of Concerned
Citizens to give free hair cuts to the
young men of Eugene Butler
Middle School. Based on their aca-
demic achievements, some students

were rewarded with a free 3 day
trip to Washington, D.C. to see the
nations capital.
JLOC's James Evans Muhammad
that headed up this project said,
"We want our young men to look
and feel good as they represent their
school, community and the city of
Jacksonville,on their trip."

The event was made possible
thanks to school staff and barbers
that donated their talent and time to
make this project successful.
If you want to learn more about
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement Inc., visit
www.jaxloc.com or call 240-9133.

Cleo Jones
Four Duval County public school
teachers, including the first inner-
city elementary teacher, were
recently recognized as winners of
the 2008 Gladys Prior Awards for
Teaching Excellence. Administered
by the University of North Florida,
the teachers receive a prize of

For the first time in the 11-year
history of the Gladys Prior Awards,
an elementary teacher from an
inner-city public school is a recipi-
ent of the award. Cleo Jones is a 40-
year veteran at Rufus E. Payne
Elementary School, where she
teaches kindergarten.
Last August, only 53 percent of
her students came to school with
basic readiness skills. In December,
100 percent of her students tested
on grade level.
Jones doesn't accept failure from
her inner-city kids.
Her students and their parents
have no choice but to be excited
about learning. If parents don't
come to her, she shows up on their
doorstep with a bag of books for
them to read to their children.
Albert Duane Chester II, a former
student of Jones, said she ignited a

fire within him to excel. "She
sparked a drive in me that led me to
Florida A & M University's College
of Pharmacy and to play the quar-
terback position on the football
team," he said. "I have no doubt
that Ms. Jones made a huge differ-
ence in my life and set me on the
road to success."
In addition to Jones, three other
teachers were recognized today.
Awards went to Susan Bell, a phys-
ical education teacher at Woodland
Acres Elementary School; Jeffrey
Clayton, choral music teacher at
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts; and Laurie Stucki, a fourth-
grade teacher at Atlantic Beach
Elementary School.
The Prior Awards were estab-
lished in 1998 by Gilchrist Berg,
founder and president of Water
Street Capital, a Jacksonville
investment firm. He has given 44


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Much like many of you that are
reading this column, I cannot begin
to express the gratitude, love,
admiration and thankfulness I have
for my mother and all of the other
mothers in my life.
From wifey to grandma to moth-
er-in-law, the mothers in my life
are phenomenal. From stepmom to
auntee to sisters and cousins -
mothers are God's gifts to us all,
and on Sunday we are supposed to
take time to recognize these special
women; but one day is certainly not
A bouquet of flowers or a nice
dinner is nice but not enough to
express your love for mom, one
day is simply not enough to rein-
force the love and appreciation that
we should be showing throughout
the year.
Comedian Chris Rock once said
that we are always recognizing
mamas. Mamas get songs, mamas
get cars and houses when their chil-
dren make it big, Mamas always
get shout outs, and what do us
fathers get ? The big piece of chick-
en at dinner time!
He goes on to list a number of
songs that have been written as
dedications to mothers, but he
points out that the only song ever
made for fathers was "Papa was a
Rolling Stone."
Now that's funny stuff, but very
true at the same time.
Mothers are the foundation of
most families. They are the glue
that keeps families and lives
together. Who can you turn to when
there is nowhere else to turn -

I tell people all the time that my
mother and grandmother were the
reasons that I am the person I am
today. Having these strong women
in my life made all the difference in
the world.
So this Sunday and every
Mother's Day I plan on recognizing
the women who have done so much
for me. Many people don't realize
that Mother's Day or the celebra-
tion of mother's goes pretty far
Mothers Day is not a new holi-
day. The ancient Egyptians held
ceremonies and celebrations each
year to honor the goddess Isis. To
the Egyptians, Isis represented
motherhood and fertility, and was
believed to be the mother of Horus,
who was considered to be the
mythological ruler of Egypt.
Thus, Isis became the "mother of
all pharaohs" and the celebration of
Isis became a celebration of moth-
ers. So Mothers Day goes pretty for
back throughout the world.
While the strength of mothers
certainly crosses racial and ethnic
lines, black women have had to
play a more prevalent role because
of the divisive history of African
American culture in the United
States as it pertains to families.
One of the most prolific state-
ments I have heard regarding the
strength of black women was from
W.E.B. Dubois who said, "I most
sincerely doubt if any other race of
women could have brought its fine-
ness up through so devilish a fire."
How do you talk about Mother's

es: Happy Mother's Day
Day without acknowledging the Despite the challenges an
strength and dedication of African heartache, our mothers continue to
American mothers throughout the encourage, challenge and under
years? Too often black women had stand us when no one else does.
to the play the role of mother and While we are recognizing moth
father. ers we also need to recognize the
How many of us have mothers need to continue to educate younl
who pushed us to reach for things women about the importance o
that they only dreamed of? Zora abstaining or only having protected
Neale Hurston said, ""Mama sex.
exhorted her children at every We obviously have a major prob
opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We lem in this country when nearly 70
might not land on the sun, but at percent of all African Americai
least we would get off the ground." babies are born to unwed mothers
The great African American This is a problem that we have to
writer, Alice Walker, once said, address head on, but we will sav
"And so our mothers and grand- this issue for another day.
mothers have, more often than not I could go on and on about th
anonymously, handed on the cre- value of strong mothers, but I wil
ative spark, the seed of the flower simply close with some of th
they themselves never hoped to see lyrics from Tupac Shakur's song
-- or like a sealed letter they could "Dear Mama."
not plainly read." He said, "Cause when I was low
My mother and grandmother you was there for me, And neve
were not college graduates, but left me alone because you cared fo
stressed the importance of college me, And I could see you comil
to me on a regular basis. And like home after work late, You're in th
most mothers in urban communi- kitchen trying to fix us a hot plate
ties, my mom may not know how Ya just working with the scraps yo
to do Calculus, but she made sure was given, And mama made mira
that I did. cles every Thanksgivin."
As I mentioned before, black He added, "But now the road gc
women are certainly unique rough, you're alone, You're trying to
because of all of the challenges raise two bad kids on your owr
they have faced since the days of And there's no way I can pay yo
slavery. Working as field laborers, back, But my plan is to show yo
nannies to the plantation owner's that I understand, You are appreci
children and even mandatory mis- ated."
tresses to slave owners certainly Thank you mothers for being th
tested the will of black women and extraordinary beings you are
proved that sisters have had to go Happy Mother's Day!
up the rough side of the mountain Signing off from a local florist,
often alone. Reggie Fullwood











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Blue Devil Legacy Celebrated at 2nd Annual Gala

Ben Harris ('52), James Bradley ('52) and Fredericka Bradley ('52)

Samuel Muller ('52), Loretta Perry ('65), Lloyd Pearson III (Northwestern), (Lloyd Pearson (1939)

Old Stanton, New Stanton & Stanton Vocational


Students Celebrate Schools' 140 Year Heritage
The alumni of Stanton High walked the halls of Stanton. He Brown '54, and Norma Solomon
iool, New Stanton and Stanton continued, thanking all former fac- White '51, who provided the
national celebrated the "140th ulty and staff members who helped Souvenir Program. The decora-
niversary of Stanton" at their the alumni achieve their tions etc. were prepared by Gail
d Annual Gala, held at the Prime "Impossible Dreams" through love, Walden Holley '59, Helen Davis
born Convention Center the commitment, and even "physical Bailey '64, Annette Bell '59,
cning of May 3, 2008. chastisement." He also cited the Barbara A. Davis, '58, Samuel L.
ablished in 1868, "Old Stanton" first gala which allowed alumni to Peterson '61, Rometa Graham
s the first high school for fellowship with friends they had not Porter'58, Deborah Richardson'70,
rican-Americans in Jacksonville. seen in 30, 40, and even 50 years, and Carla Liucas Whiteside '71.
.enneth W. Reddick, Class of The evening paid tribute to Shirley T. Ealey '62, Helen Davis
63, greeted alumni with that deceased alumni that passed during Bailey '64 and Larletta Galvin
Id Stanton Spirit", citing the the past year emphasizing not to Reddick '64, provided the public
ipture "Behold how good and take life for granted." There was relations.
w pleasant it is for brothers and also a "Tribute to Teachers". Other extensive committees work-
ers to dwell together in unity" Stanton Alumni who spearhead- ing to make the night a reality
alms 133:1). In his welcome ed the Gala preparation included: included Community Outreach,
Iress Reddick emphasized how Sandra Cummings Thompson '60; Finance, By-Laws, Tickets, and the
n~s have changed since attendees Deborah L. Bell '72. Norma Lang Entertainment Committee.

Joan Owens ('57) and
Delores Mosely ('60)


Delores Saunders ('52), Brodes Hartly ('52), Laura Lee ('52),
Jessie Bryant ('52), Vivian Hill ('52), Dewitt Cooper, Sr. ('52)


Supplemental Notice from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court







The Engle Class Action was filed in 1994 and went to trial against the tobacco industry in July 1998. HowardA.
Engle, M.D., et al., (Plaintiffs) v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris, Inc., Brown & Williamson Tobacco
Corp., individually and as successor to American Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co., Lorillard, Inc., Liggett Group,
Inc., Brooke Group Holdings, Inc. f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc., Councilfor Tobacco Research U.S.A. and Tobacco
Institute (Defendants), Case No. 94-08273 CA (22) Dade County Circuit Court. This Notice addresses a distinct,
unprecedented monetary fund (the "Engle Trust Fund") created for the class by Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt,
counsel for the class.


You may be qualified to receive money from the Engle Trust Fund if you (or your decedent) have suffered, presently
suffer, or have died from diseases and medical conditions (listed below) caused by addiction to cigarettes that
contained nicotine. The disease or medical condition must have been first diagnosed or first manifested itself on or
before November 21, 1996. YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN JUNE 16, 2008, TO BE ELIGIBLE TO
RECEIVE A SHARE OF THE ENGLE TRUST FUND. You will be required to submit contemporaneous.
verifiable proof to support your claim. You will also be required to submit your claim under penalty of perjury.

aortic aneurysm
bladder cancer
cerebrovascular disease (including stroke)
cervical cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COPD (including emphysema)
coronary heart disease
(including cardiovascular disease,
hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis,
coronary artery disease and
arteriosclerosis, angina, abnormal blood
clotting, blood vessel damage, myocardial
infarction (heart attack))
esophageal (throat) cancer

kidney cancer
laryngeal (throat or voice box) cancer
lung cancer (including adenocarcinoma,
large cell carcinoma, small cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma)
complications of pregnancy
oral cavity/tongue cancer
pancreatic cancer
peripheral vascular disease
(including Buerger's disease)
pharyngeal cancer
stomach cancer


At the hearing on April 15, 2008, the Court set a schedule for the allocation and distribution of the Engle
Trust Fund. Qualified Engle class members MUST register by mail or online no later than June 16, 2008,
to be eligible to receive a share of the Engle Trust Fund. Registration does not assure qualification to share
in the Engle Trust Fund.

Individuals who received a copy of this Notice by mail should have also received a copy of the Registration Form
that must be submitted by the June 16, 2008, deadline. To obtain another Registration Form, if necessary, contact
the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1 (888) 420-1666; send an email to EngleTrustFund(,gardencitygroup.com;
send a written request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101;
or download a copy of the Registration Form at www.EnglcTrustFund.com. Alternatively, class members may
submit Registration Forms online at www.EngleTrustFund.com no later than midnight on June 16, 2008.

The Claims Administrator will mail letters acknowledging receipt of each Registration Form. The letters will request
and identify all additional information and paperwork necessary to determine whether you qualify for a share of the
Engle Trust Fund. The letter will also provide specific information regarding deadlines. Class member paperwork
must be submitted to the Claims Administrator by August 1, 2008. Distribution by the Claims Administrator shall
be equally made on a per smoker basis.


You may hire counsel, at your own expense, to represent your interests in connection with the allocation and
distribution of the Engle Trust Fund money or the Court-appointed Trustee will determine how your interests will
be represented. If you have an attorney who represents you (or your decedent) with regard to a tobacco claim,
please consult your attorney regarding this notice and the applicable registration and claims deadlines.


Do not call or write the Court, the Trustee or the Clerk of the Court for further information. Any inquiries or questions
concerning this Notice or the distribution and allocation process should be directed to the Claims Administrator by
toll-free phone at 1 (888) 420-1666; by email to EngleTrustFund@gardencitygroup.com; or by sending a written
request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101.

DONE and ORDERED this 18th day of April 2008 / S

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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 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 ihkern@comcast.net.

St. Andrew Mother's Day Luncheon
The Alice M. Graham Women's Missionary Society of St. Andrew
AME Church. will present their 5th Annual Mother's Day Luncheon at the
Village Inn Restaurant. 200 North Third Street, Neptune Beach, Fl. The
luncheon will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008. For ticket infor-
mation. please call Dr. Vallie M. Holloway at (904) 249-7624.

Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to hold 3rd Sunday Service
The community is invited to share in 2008 Serious Praise Service at
3:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 18th, at the Father's House Conference Center,
1820 Monument Road, Building 2. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman is Pastor.
"When Praises go up, Blessings come down." Come, be a part of this spir-
it-filled service.

Mothers Taking Our City Back
True House Deliverance Temple, Apostle Earl Thomas, Pastor invites
all to come out for "Mothers Taking Our City Back From Crime Day" at
1893 Rowe Ave., on Saturday, May 10, 2008.
Join other mothers for a day of prayer, free food, drinks and prizes.
Prayer changes people, things, circumstances, situations, and the person
doing the praying.

Holy Tabernacle to Host Bible
School Convention May 9 & 10th
Holy Tabernacle Church, 6416 Miriam Street, will hold its annual Bible
School Convention with services at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
evenings. The theme is "Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord, Teach Me Thy
Paths (Psalms 15:4). All are welcome, for information or directions,
please call (904) 764-3754 or 708-5331.

Believers of Christ Temple Invites Greggs Temple AME to Hold
All to Family & Friends Weekend Annual Women's Day Celebration

The Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, 5318 "C" Street,, Pastor M.
O. Drinks and First Lady Tanya Drinks; invite the community to enjoy the
warmth and blessings of their annual "Family & Friends Weekend", Friday,
May 23rd thru Sunday, May 25, 2008. Join the Believers of Christ Temple
Ministries Family for the "2008 Blessings Without An End, Weekend".
"Intercessory Prayer and Blessings Night" kicks off the weekend at
7p.m., Friday evening. The "Fun Day & Cook Out" will begin at 10 a.m.
on Saturday morning.
Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service
begins at 11:15 a.m. The Choir Concert will commence at 5 p.m., Sunday
evening. Come and be blessed.

Redeeming Faith Begins Services
The newly organized Redeeming Faith Missionary Baptist Church,
Pastor T. L. Boone, will celebrate "A New Opportunity For Worship" as
they begin weekly Worship Services, at 11 a.m., Sunday, May llth, at the
Grand Park Educational Center, 2335 West 18th Street.
The community is invited to come and be renewed and empowered by
the message, and fellowship with a spiritual congregation.

Greater Mt. Salem to Hold Revival
The Greater Mt. Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2335 MoncriefRoad,
Pastor C. E. Banks will hold Revival Services at 7:30 p.m. nightly May 14,
15 & 16th. The community is invited.
Pastor Darin Bolden, of First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina
Beach, Florida; will be the guest revivalist.

Dr. Vera Goodman & Anointed
Praise Debut CD on May 17
The community is invited to meet Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed
Praise, at Gospel World, 3000 Dunn Ave., Suite #48; 12 noon to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, May 17, 2008. This Electrifying Praise CD is listed #18 on the
Top 20 Gospel Chart. Your CD will be autographed. Come and be a bless-
ing, and receive a blessing. For more information on Dr. Vera Goodman and
Anointed Praise, please call (904) 425-0806.

Stanton Class '78 Reunion June 8-15th
Alumni of the Stanton High School Class of 1978 are seeking their
classmates as they plan for their "30th Year Reunion", June 8-15th.
Activities will include a Cruise, Black/White Ball, and a Sunday, Church
Service. Class members are asked to call Darlene Neal, 699-4089, Linda
Robinson, 8868-1880, or Barbara Belfield, 612-7348.

The community is invited to join the pastor, Reverend Patricia McGeathy
and the congregation of Greggs Temple AME Church, 1510 West 45th
Street; for their Annual Women's Day Celebration, May 18th.
Services will commence with Sunday School at 9 a.m., and will contin-
ue at 11 a.m. Morning Service. Sis. Flo Rush-White, Chairperson; Sis.
Celisha Gibson, Co-chairperson.

Plan now to attend Family & Friends
Weekend at Believers of Christ Temple
The Believers of Christ Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, Pastor M. O. Drinks
and First Lady Tanya Drinks, invite the community to enjoy the warmth and
blessings of their annual "Family & Friends Weekend", Friday, May 3rd
thru Sunday, May 25, 2008.
"Intercessory Prayer and Blessings Night" kick off the weekend at 7 p.m.
Friday evening. The "Fun Day & Cook Out" will begin at 10 a.m. on
Saturday morning. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning
Service begins at 11:15 a.m.. The Choir Concert will commence at 5 p.m.,
Sunday evening. Come, and be blessed.

1st Timothy to Host Summer Haven
with Camp First Timothy 6/2-8/8
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Frederick D.
Newbill, Pastor, will provide a Summer Haven for children 5-12 years of
age, at Camp First Timothy. Camp activities will include First Tee Golf,
Movies, MOSH, the Jacksonville Zoo, and much more. Registration is now
underway on a first come, first served, basis. For more information, please
call the Church Office at (904) 757-9878.

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

Pastor Rudolph
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Senior Pastor

Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship

7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
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 Holv Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

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

Pastor Landon Williams

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Newsweek Probes Why Oprah Broke from Wright's Trinity Church
then she stopped," The magazine comes in the wake her. But it just wasn't what she wa
writes Newsweek's of Sen. Barack Obama's recent looking for in a church."
Allison Samuels in the break from Rev. Wright after clips And while Winfrey, who hi
S current issue. of his more politically-charged ser- endorsed Obama and campaign

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was a
regular member of Ch
Trinity United Church of
from 1984-1986, and attended
odically into the mid-1990s

"A major reason-but
by no means the only
reason-was the Rev.
Jeremiah Wright,"
Samuels continues.
"According to two
sources, Winfrey was
Rev. Jeremiah never comfortable with
the tone of Wright's more
cago's incendiary sermons, which she
Christ knew had the power to damage her
d pr- standing as America's favorite day-
d peri- time talk-show host."
s. "But

mons ended up on YouTube and
caused havoc within the
Democratic candidate's campaign.
"Oprah is a businesswoman, first
and foremost," says one longtime
friend of Oprah's, according to
Samuels. "She's always been aware
that her audience is very main-
stream, and doing anything to
offend them just wouldn't be smart.
She's been around black churches
all her life, so Reverend Wright's
anger-filled message didn't surprise



on his behalf, had long understood
the perils of a close association with
Wright, friends say she was blind-
sided by the pastor's personal
assault on Obama, writes Samuels.
"She felt that Wright would never
do anything to hurt a man who
looked up to him as a father figure,"
said her close friend. "She also
never thought he'd intentionally
hurt someone trying to make histo-
ry and change the lives of so many

Marriage Battle
The ballots in California will
include a proposed constitutional
marriage amendment setting the
stage for what could be the high-
est-profile and most expensive
political battle yet over gay mar-
riage issue.
According to a report by Michael
Foust/Baptist Press, voters in
Florida and Arizona will also vote
on a constitutional marriage
The California amendment bat-
tle, though, could attract the most
attention and not just because it's
the most populous state in the
The California Supreme Court is
set to rule on a lawsuit seeking the
legalization of gay marriage. If the
justices decide to change the defi-
nition of marriage to include
homosexual couples, the ballot
initiative this fall in the midst of

at the Ballot Box
a presidential campaign no less -
would determine whether the
decision stands.
If the amendment is defeated
and California legalizes gay mar-
riage, the Foust article says that
same sex couples will take the
marriage licenses to other states
and sue for recognition. The
amendment simply states: "only
marriages between a man and a
woman is valid or recognized in
In The Arizona House, approval
was given on April 22nd to a pro-
posed constitutional marriage
amendment. If it passes the House
and Senate, it will go on the
November ballot. In Florida a vote
on a constitutional marriage
amendment will be on the ballot,
in November, thanks to a success-
ful petition drive.

Raines Cheerleaders Hosting Clinic for Teens
The Raines Varsity Cheerleader will host a one-week Cheer Camp, June
9-13 at W.M. Raines High School from 5:30-8:30. This camp is for
girls/boys ages 5-18. The fee is only $50 and includes a t-shirt and a week
of fun and learning. For more information, please feel free to contact
Coach Kisele at 904-614-7697.

Alpha Kappa Alpha to Hold

Centennial Convention July 11-18

Jacksonville Chapter of Links Adds New Members to Sisterhood
The Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an international community service and social organization comprised of more than 10,000
African-American women, recently inducted five new members at the Deerwood Golf and Country Club. The new members are Heather Bloom,
Candace Thompson, Jamminda Thompson, Kelly Toaston and Claudette Williams. Shown above in the group photo following the private induction are:
Seated (l-r): Thelma Lewis, Lydia Wooden, charter members Elizabeth Downing and Bessie Canty, Gwen Leapheart and chapter president Geraldine
Smith. Middle Rows (1-r): immediate past area director Margaret Johnson, immediate past vice area director Pat Bivins, Dana Cunningham, Betty Davis,
Heather Bloom, Adrienne Taylor, Marguerite Warren, Kelly Toaston, Pat Mitchell, Barbara Young, Jamminda Thompson, Wanda Montgomery, Evelyn
Young, Candace Thompson, Brenda Simmons, Claudette Williams, Marjoria Manning, Barbara Brigety, Susan Jones, Pam Seay, chapter vice-pres.
Marietta LeBlanc-Jones. Top row (-r): Anest McCarthy, Johnetta Moore, Marretta Latimer, Karen Smith, Monique McCarthy, Kelly Martin, Betty Cody,
Victoria Warner-White and Terri Stepter.

More than 20,000 members of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will
converge upon Washington D.C.
from July 11-18 for its 100th inter-
national convention. The weeklong
event is being billed as a celebra-
tion of 100 years of sisterhood and
In January 2007, the Sorority
launched its two-year Centennial
Celebration with a series of events
at each of the ten regional confer-
ences. This year's convention repre-
sents the high point of the festivi-
ties, which continue through
December 31, 2008.
The convention which will be
held at the Washington Convention
Center, represents the culmination
of a journey that began on January
15, 1908. Today Alpha Kappa
Alpha has evolved into one of the
world's leading service organiza-

tions with
200,000 mem-
bers in 975
chapters world-
The weeklong
theme is
Commitment to McKinzie
Leadership." The
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to the grocer\ store ith her is Iike ciplinaran.";she as
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eas La\ \lon care_ tfor a special needs daugliter I
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lof nieces and neplheFI "I bellete i, the t-wel\e-hour dais. but still fi\ed break-
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[ i \'l child." I'%e learned that a good mother is sat, n m mother tolunteering in the con
left to right are Brenda Jordan (daughter and a mother of three. Julian Jordan (grandson). Claudette Elp% eter vigilant in the guidance of her munnit She also niade sure I as
Ind grandmother) and Clarissa Jordan Igranddaughterl. Elps. a retired educator %ho currently pro ides math charges into the dcoer and de\elop- inoled in e\tracurrcular a e
for at-risk students. raised fi e children, all of d hom are college-educated. T" o of her children follow ed in her ment of their indi idual uniquenest She she sa\ I couldn't understand ho\ she
one becoming a teacher and the other an administrator. Elps also helps to rear her grandchildren and .a her
e perfect otherr. Da i(or ani da ) is to ha e all of her children and grandchildren o er for dinner.
Latimer "-'Ni children say. me \\%ork hard to pro- at -4" 1". I 'mni the imolnnia, and at 5'5" and '
le onl\ celebrate mothers \ide the h positie experiences I droII. hg i li"e' the daiighter "
Lrinda. in Ma' asked them to do their best. God ook \ heni asked her goals for her daugl iter.
erh-ood is a dailk lifelong care of eter% thing else Riddick"'. are 'i1miple "Be ise Be .
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tit.e and erandrinother of er Iof Libb. a Iolbb i rieenl ii "t t'm to Flon PPRE,
ni. s'e %'..,uld ka. noPe oear-old student and a\'ring d, incel .,i ROMETA l,,pp li\ it esI -i ie
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re tha!i sur\t i\e. the, .orld paintedd tlei to be ucce' il ,ind ied to rld of education. Like her mother, she is a school principal and one of the
ie. ed W\hile a ophonmore Riddick encouraged her daughter" I le:,d h almvinple "" ounge%,t in the countN.
FA.Nlli. EIps left college to. exceptional talents earl, on and enrolled
married. \Vhen her niar- her in dance lessons at age three "'.- juggled e\er\tling. She is amazing
-e ended more than a decade good mthher lo es and nurtures her .hild No,% the principal of Orte.a Elementar\
-r. shlie as afraid of not like no other huinian bein.'" she ,\s School..enn nifer fol,:,ed in her another'
no able to prot\ide for her "Libb', is trained in ballet. pointe. od- '"footsteps Biov\,n sa\. that
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ending college.'" lie sa\s the\ hae man\ of the same interests- then he chanced her imair to
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married She e,ent on to fond of telling people that 'about 3. 1ecars ihot\e\er. %\as 'ecretli pleased bt R
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dren amended college. Pictured left to right are Relbecca LaHson (granddaughter). Jo ce L.Uwi another it ionln a wonde fll pent and
~d t, ~ \.ork a second [--~.* Imotlher andi'anndnlother) and ,lo Lawson (daughter and the nlolher of one gea Ilen b e is the best ad sor
dhiilins .mmlrlolesn son). ,Ioce. Lab on, 1 retired educator and community leader, Ila not onlh lhe _,i "'I cai, alt,~,i call Oi he ald I
'ning, at FCCJ "'[ raised t'o children, but a special needs granddaughter, other grandchildren. et caeel ,id ice because she under-
,ouldri't he ble to 1 along w ith a host or nieces and nephen s. Niece Joannia Reid states lhant ".'Uil stands the challenges I face at w.k "
~hllre.on Bcct "J o ce .molhered" e' erul'one ilh her encouragemenlt and ,tupplort.l nd ~I' a. leniiter deslltbe' iei iitheri ht.
ented. sitar and the "glue" that kept their extended family close. of iei fin't ,iade 'tudets ene het oie
lie sa'.. Foil .ears. Porter worked a' a reg- is a constant friend, but not .i pal will, .t anid greet her She mii.itna n1 "open
others tron' i.teied inur'se and 'pent countless peer-like relationliup dooi police," at hei .cliool..irist Ike her

ated, tti., oft tiion_ that addressed health issue' .
rning Nlaster's like 'ickle cell anemia and breast
m no proud I: cancer
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icial i rker director, aiid lien tiouinice't child,

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Kappa Alpha Psi Honors Their Own, Community Trustees and Scholars at Public Meeting

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Micha'le Simmons, Kiara Wright, Chandler Chapman, Christopher
Robinson, Lafayette Adams; Back row: Kendall Johnson, Brandon
Backmon, Anthony Grant, Jr. and Jeremy Johnson.

William C Hines, Chairman Kappa League-Guide Right Committee;
Betty Cody, Chairwoman, Cody Memorial Scholarship Committee;
Matt Thompson, Director, Jacksonville Children's Commission; Back
Row: Dr. William L. Cody, Chairman, Foundation Golf Committee;
Dr. Frank S. Emanuel, 7th Southern Province Polemarch; Allen L.
Moore, Sr., Polemarch; Reginald Luster, Chairman, Bylaws

Committee. Jeanine Ferguson Photos
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
held its Public Meeting last week in
Chambers of City Hall. This year's
honorees included a mix of com-
munity leaders and fraternity mem-
bers who have gone beyond the call
of duty throughout the year. In
addition to adults, youth were
acknowledged with scholarships
from the Kappa Alpha Psi
Foundation and the Caroline A.
Cody Scholarship Fund. In addi-
tion, a dozen high school achievers
who participated in the Kappa
League Guide Right Leadership
Retreat activities were recognized.
"This year's honorees were an
outstanding group upon which

young people could find examples
of achievement in every field of
human endeavor," said Allen L.
Moore, Sr., the Polemarch (presi-
dent) of the Jacksonville Alumni
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was
chartered in February 27, 1925-
making it the first African
American organization chartered in
Florida. Since then, it has spon-
sored various charitable, education-
al, and cultural endeavors, along
with providing mentoring and
scholarship opportunities for the
residents of Northeast Florida. For
more information visit, www.jack-

'm '-c' nI '
Beltt Cod) (L) and Dr. \\ illian Cod) present Surah Johnson (iM
$1,500 as winner of the Caroline A. Cody Memorial Scholarship.

Allen L. Moore, Sr., Polemarch with Norma Solomon White, 25th
Int. President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., along with Mary
L. Brown, Bonnie C. Atwater, President Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
and Eliza Atwater, President, Pi Eta Omega Chapter.

Community Individual Award Recipients included
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., for its Centennial Celebration
Councilwoman Mia Jones District 10, borders Kappa Fraternity House
Councilwoman Denise Lee-District 8, borders Kappa Fraternity House
Charles Kemp, Sr., CEO--Top Choice Poultry
Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, CEO Clara White Mission
Fraternity Award Recipients include:
Dr. Solomon Badger III-- Florida A & M University Board of Trustees
Tommy J. Chandler-- public health advocate
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Past Polemarchs: John T. Floyd,
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Mitchell, Lawrence V. Jones, Earl A. Sims, Dr.
Solomon Badger, 1ll, J. Burnie Caine, Laroda Barnes, Dr. Frank S.
Emanuel, Dr. Herman Miller, Jr., Dr. William L. Cody, John F. Burrell,
Dennis Gamble, and Allen L. Moore, Sr.
The Jacksonville Silhouettes
William Surcey-Tuskegee Airman
J. Cliff Warren Head Coach Jacksonville University Dolphins
Lt. Col. Alton Yates pioneer for the Air Force and the City

The Kappa Quintet(L-R):: Jarrod Keaton, Kappa League; Julius L.
Collins, Keeper of Records; James Campbell, Co-Chairman, Kappa
League; Robert Mitchell, Band Director, Raines High School, played
Alexander's "Ragtime" during the Public Meeting.

Tommy Chandler, public health advocate, and Rev. Carlton D.
Jones, Gold Sponsor of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation Annual
Charity Golf Tournament and President of the Kappa Alpha Psi



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Honorees include: front row Dr. William L. Cody, Nolan G
Gilmore, Alien L. Moore, Sr., John T. Floyd, Lawrence V. Jones; back
row- Earl A. Simms, Dr. Herman Miller, Jr., Dr. Frank S. Emanuel,
Dr. Solomon L. Badger, III, Dennis Gamble.

Republicans Gleeful at Obama's Rocky Period

by L. Sidoti
Republicans can hardly contain
their glee as they watched Barack
Obama battle through a rocky peri-
od. And why should they?
Nothing else is breaking the GOP's
way this year. But, at least now, the
Democrats' political phenom is tar-
nished, and, if he defeats Hillary
Rodham Clinton for the Democratic
nomination, will enter the general
election campaign not only bruised
and battered but also carrying
baggage as he faces Republican
John McCain.
"We've had a rough couple of
weeks. I won't deny that," said
The Illinois senator has repeatedly
had to address and repudiate -
the ranting of his bombastic former
pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama has continued facing ques-
tions about his relationship with
indicted Chicago businessman
Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The candi-
date's patriotism has been ques-
tioned. So has his readiness.
On the eve of a critical
Pennsylvania primary, Obama
caught flak for claiming that small-
town folks are bitter and thus cling
to guns and religion. Then he turned
in a lackluster debate performance
that left many wanting him to
"toughen up". He ended up losing
that primary to Clinton in part
because he didn't attract enough
white, working-class voters.
"The bark is stripped off him a lit-
tle bit," said Reed Galen, a
Republican who worked on
President Bush's campaigns. "Are
the folks on the Republican side of
the aisle happy to let Hillary do
that? Absolutely."
Among Republicans and
Democrats alike, Obama's turbulent
time is raising questions about why
he can't seem to put away Clinton
after a 16-month primary fight and
whether Obama in his first hard-
fought race is prepared not only
to go up against McCain this fall
but also to withstand the rigors of

the White House.
Republicans hope Obama will be
damaged goods come the general
election and McCain will have a
stronger shot at hanging onto the
White House in an extraordinarily
difficult political environment.
Most Americans disapprove of
Bush's job performance and think
the country is on the wrong track,
while the Iraq war continues and the
economy bears down on if it's
not already in a recession.
The GOP now sees a glimmer of
light a variety of Obama vulner-
abilities they can try to exploit if he
is the nominee.
One prominent Democrat who

backs Clinton recognized as much.
Last week, Indiana Sen. Evan
Bayh raised the possibility that the
GOP will use Obama's association
with Wright to try to destroy his
character in a general election as the
pro-Republican group Swift Boat
Veterans for Truth did to Democrat
John Kerry in 2004. Said Bayh:
"I'm sure the far right will be out
there trying to do the whole 'Swift
Boat' thing."
Already, Republicans are testing a
theory that Obama could be a liabil-
ity for Democrats down-ballot, run-
ning ads in special congressional
races that linked the Democratic
candidate to Obama in hopes of

helping the Republican candidate.
Phil Musser, a Republican strategist
who backed former Massachusetts
Gov. Mitt Romney's GOP presiden-
tial bid, said of Obama's woes:
"These are very damaging self-
inflicted wounds and may heal over
with a lot of happy talk at the
Democratic convention, but may be
re-exposed in the fall campaign."
Indeed, GOP operatives are intent-
ly watching the Democratic pri-
mary fight to see how to push
Obama's buttons. They also hope
Obama's missteps and losses have
alienated key general election con-
stituencies or at least planted
negative impressions with them that

will last into the fall.
"Each time that Clinton racks up a
victory in these blue-collar-type
states, it shows that Obama's really
losing the Reagan Democrats,
which gives Republicans great
comfort and a great strategy go
after those Reagan Democrats,"
said John Feehery, a Republican
who formerly worked for then-
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-
Democrats dismiss any notion that
the damage will be lasting. They
counter that six months is plenty of
time for Obama to bounce back,
and they argue it is unrealistic to
imagine Obama would have gotten

through his first ever rough-and-
tumble campaign unscathed.
"It hasn't been a great couple
weeks, but some of these problems
were going to emerge anyway, and
it's better that it happened now than
in the fall," said Mark Mellman, a
Democratic pollster who worked
for Kerry's campaign and is
unaligned in the primary. He said
Obama has gone through a "learn-
ing period" and that will benefit
him in fall if he is the nominee.
Added Erik Smith, a Democrat
and former aide to Dick Gephardt:
"There's something to be said for
getting this stuff behind him, and
not having any October surprises."

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Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society meeting is
Saturday, May 10th at 10:15 AM.
The meeting will be held at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Road, Jacksonville, Florida in
the Community Meeting Room.
The guest speaker will be Patricia
Barefoot of Quarantine Island,
Georgia. Author of several books,
Mrs. Barefoot will speak on
"Researching in the Georgia
Piedmont". The meeting is free and
open to the public. Additional
information, call (904) 778-1000.

Free Jewelry
Making Class
The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artists is holding
a jewelry craft workshop at the

Karpeles Museum (101 West 1st
Street) on May 10th from 1 3 p.m.
There is a small cost to cover mate-
rials. Come and be creative.

Comedian Steve
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.

Dreamgirls on Stage
at the Florida Theatre
Stage Aurora will bring
Dreamgirls to life at the Florida
Theatre May 10-11, 2008.The soul-
ful locally produced show boasts
such show-stopping musical num-

$3.anualyloal 32 Zp ods) $4,ousideof it

bers as "And I Am Telling You",
and "I Am Changing". Jacksonville
natives and Broadway performers
Angela Robinson (The Color
Purple) and Executive Director
Darryl Reuben Hall (Porgy and
Bess -Lincoln Center) will serve as
co-directors. For more tickets or
more information, call 765-7372.

Twelve Angry
Men at TUCPA
The critically acclaimed play
"Twelve Angry Man" will grace the
stages of the Florida Times Union,
May 13-18 starring Richard
Thomas. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call 632-3373.

Women's Lunch
and Learn
Channel 7 will continue their
Lunch 'N' Learn series for women
this month emphasizing "Stroke:
Advice for Women". The free
luncheon seminar will feature Dr.
Sean Orr on Tuesday, May 13th,
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WJCT
Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave.
across from Alltell Stadium.
Seating is limited.Call 549-2938.

Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links
will present their annual Old School
gala on Friday, May 16th at Alltell
Stadium. The 70s themed event
includes a soul food buffet, prizes

for best attire. For tickets or more
information, e-mail
BoldCityLinks@aol.com or contact
any Bold City member.

Susan Taylor
Book Signing
Former Essence Magazine Editor
and social activist Susan Taylor will
be in Jacksonville for a book sign-
ing and conversation on her new
book, "All About Love". It will be
held on Friday May 16, 2008 from
2:30 4:30 pm at Gateway Book
Store, 5238 Norwood Ave. RSVP
your attendance to Dorothy Hughes
at 765-9582 or dorothyhugh-

Jax Asso. of Black
Comm. Meeting
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Communicators will hold
their next meeting on Saturday,
May 17th at 10 a.m. at the Times-
Union Auditorium on Riverside
Avenue. The agenda will include a
discussion about the upcoming
Candidate's Forum as well as a
Community Forum/Reception. For
more information, email

NJCDC Health and
Neighborhoods Day
Partnering with Mali Vai
Washington, Northwest
Jacksonville CDC is hosting its 4th

Annual Health and Neighborhoods
Day event. There will be free health
screenings, and lots of fun and
games for the kids. The event will
be held on Saturday, May 17th
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Mali
Vai Washington Youth Center in
Emmet Reed Park at 1096 West 6th
Street. For more information, call
Felicia at 904-764-1805 for more

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting on May 17, 2008 at 1:30
p.m. in the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street. The
meeting will be a "round table" dis-
cussion for anyone with questions
on solving their family history
research. Bring your questions and
ideas to the meeting. Let everyone
know what has worked for you in
your research. For further informa-
tion please contact Mary Chauncey
at (904) 781-9300.

Need a Job?
Cong. Corrine Brown will be host-
ing her annual Fair in the lobby of
FCCJ's Downtown Campus on
Monday, May 19th from 9 a.m.- 2
p.m. Dozens of local employers
will be in attendance for on-the-
spot interviews for a variety of
positions. Participants are asked to
bring resume's and dress your best.
In addition, there will be a series of
job readiness workshops to help a
person to brush up on their inter-
view skills. For more information
call 354-1652.

Up & Cummers' Wine
Tasting and Reception
The Up & Cummers of the
Cummer Museum of Art will have a
wine tasting and reception on
Tuesday, May 20th from 5:30 p.m.
to 7 p.m. The event will be held at
the Urban Flats in Ponte Vedra
Beach, 330 A1A North, Suite 208.
Ticket prices include wine sampling
and appetizers. For more informa-
tion about the event contact Connie
Thiemonge at (904) 899-6007 or
email at cthiemonge@cummer.org.

Code of the
Street Discussion
JCCI is hosting a discussion of
Code of the Street: Decency,
Violence and the Moral Life of the
Inner City on May 20th. Dr.
Michael Hallett, chair of the
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Department at UNF, will open with
short remarks about Jacksonville,
violent crime and the importance of
Elijah Anderson's work. It will be
on Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7
p.m. at JCCI, 2434 Atlantic Blvd.
Space is limited, please RSVP by
calling 396-3052.

Jax Children's
Chorus Auditions
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus is holding auditions for
children in grades 2-12 on Tuesday,
May 20th from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at
Orange Park United Methodist
Church, 152 Stowe Avenue, Orange
Park, FL. To schedule an audition
time, call (904) 346-1636 or visit
www.j axchildrenschorus.com.

Kuumba Festival
The 21st Annual Kuumba Cultural
and Arts Festival is scheduled for

May 23rd and 24th at a variety of
venues throughout the city. This
year's two day event will feature
our traditional Kings and Queens of
Africa Parade, Health Fair,
Workshops on key issues facing the
First Coast African American
Community, the Youth Tent as well
as Art Exhibits. Vendors from
throughout the area will be there
along with plenty of music, dance
and more. Call (904) 327-1261 for
info or visit kuumbafestivalfl.org.

Open Discussion with
the School Superint.
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in an open discussion with
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannels on
Friday May 23rd starting at 9
a.mm at the Ritz Theatre. For more
information call 327-126.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour
of Downtown galleries and muse-
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses on the
first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine. Choose your own
route, or begin at Headquarters at
100 N. Laura St. The next one will
be held on Wednesday, June 4th.
For more details go to: www.down-

Cooking Camp
for Kids
Youth ages 12-18 are open to reg-
ister for the UF Extension Service's
Cooking Camp for Kids. The one
week camp will be offered June 17-
20 or June 24-27 from 9 3 p.m..
Camp programming includes culi-
nary and food safety, nutrition,
meal planning, bread making,entree
dishes, salads, breakfasts and
desserts will be taught. Adult volun-
teers will assist the participants.
Extension offices are located at
1010 N. McDuffAvenue. To regis-
ter or more info call 387-8855.

Gilbert Class of 1968
The Matthew William Gilbert
High School Class of 1968 is hav-
ing their 40th reunion June 20-22,
2008. The banquet will be held June
21st at 7pm at Jacksonville
Marriott Hotel 4760 Salisbury Rd.
For more information, contact
James Wright at 303 9897 or Lydia
Jackson at 904 765 9224.

Soul Food
Music Festival
Area radio stations will present a
Soul Food Music Festival on
Saturday, June 21st at
Metropolitan Park. Classic artists
including the Whispers, Peabo
Bryson, Loose Ends, Dru-Hill and
Howard Hewett will be performing.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and showtime
is at 6 p.m. For tickets or more
information call 1-888-512-SHOW.

"Portraits of Music"
Musical at the Beach
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc
will sponsor their annual musical
"Portraits of Music" featuring the
church ladies cast members from
Broadway's "The Color Purple".
On Sunday June 22nd at 5:30pm
at the Historical RITZ Theatre
Tickets are $30. For more informa-
tion call Ms. Sullivan at 305-8654.

Appeal For Your Excess Clothes

The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is now
in the process of gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes
Due to the extended cold winter weather Jacksonville is
experiencing if you have extra jackets, gloves, caps,
sweaters, coats, blankets please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through
Saturday. JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at :
www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.

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y aWorld of Naions Fesival Highlighs Ciy Cultural Diversity

World of Nations Festival Highlights City's Cultural Diversity

(L-R) Bruce Turner, Taylor King, Hlixx Pompey, Kelsey Pompey,
Amber Pompey, Lyansha Melvin and Lydia Melvin. FMP Photos

(L-R) Anijah Thompson, Judy Thompson, Kimberly Rutledge,
Shaun Thompson and Candace Rutledge.

The Annual World of Nations Festival was held last weekend in Metropolitan Park highlighting the city's cultural diversity. Held over three days,
sights, sounds and culinary delights from around the world were within footsteps of each other. Meanwhile,international talent graced the podium stage
with everything from native dances and rituals to lessons in dialect. The $5 entrance fee opened the gates to countries such as South Africa, The Bahamas,
Cambodia. China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Spain, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria,
Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Senegal, St. Lucia, Taiwan, Turkey, Venezuela and Vietnam provided by local residents.

Matriarch of Racially Mixed Marriages Dies

U.S. Supreme Court overthrew bans after Mildred Loving challenged law

Mildred Loving and her husband Richard Loving are shown in this
January 26, 1965, file photograph. Mildred Loving's challenge to
Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme
Court ruling.
RICHMOND, Va. Mildred
Loving, a black woman whose chal-
lenge to Virginia's ban on interracial
marriage led to a landmark
Supreme Court ruling striking
down such laws nationwide died
last week in her Virginia home at
the age of 68.
"I want (people) to remember her
as being strong and brave yet hum-
ble and believed in love," said
her daughter Peggy Fortune.
Loving and her white husband,
Richard, changed history in 1967
when the U.S. Supreme Court
upheld their right to marry. The rul-
ing struck down laws banning 8 8
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unanimous decision.
She cited 'God's work'
Her husband died in 1975. Shy
and soft-spoken, Loving shunned
publicity and in a rare interview last
June, insisted she never wanted to

Richmond. They pleaded guilty to
charges of "cohabiting as man and
wife, against the peace and dignity
of the Commonwealth," according
to their indictments.
They avoided jail time by agreeing
to leave Virginia the only home
they'd known for 25 years. They
moved to Washington for several
years, then launched a legal chal-
lenge by writing to Attorney
General Robert F. Kennedy, who
referred the case to the American
Civil Liberties Union.
'We're not marrying the state'
Attorneys later said the case came
at the perfect time just as law-
makers passed the Civil Rights Act,
and as across the South, blacks
were defying Jim Crow's hold.
"We loved each other and got

married," she told The Washington
Evening Star in 1965, when the
case was pending. "We are not mar-
rying the state. The law should
allow a person to marry anyone."
After the Supreme Court ruled,
the couple returned to Virginia,
where they lived with their chil-
dren, Donald, Peggy and Sidney.
Each June 12, the anniversary of the
ruling, Loving Day events around
the country mark the advances of
mixed-race couples.
Richard Loving died in a car acci-
dent that also injured his wife.
"They said I had to leave the state
once, and I left with my wife," he
told the Star in 1965. "If necessary,
I will leave Virginia again with my
wife, but I am not going to divorce

Shown above is the 1916 photo of the American Giants Team
Negro League Picture Sells for $35K

A rare photograph of an all-black
barnstorming baseball team posing
in Vancouver, Canada in 1916 sold
at auction yesterday for $35,260.
The panoramic image shows the
Chicago American Giants standing
in front of an outfield fence at old
Athletic Park in Vancouver. A
dozen players in baseball flannels
flank team owner and some-time
pitcher Rube Foster, a rotund figure
in a formal three-piece suit.
Two of the men in the image Mr.
Foster and John Henry "Pop" Lloyd
- were posthumously inducted into
the Baseball Hall of Fame at
Cooperstown, N.Y.
The photograph is believed to
have gone unseen for many decades
before being revealed in Canada
last year.
Jennifer Koos owned a stack of
historical photographs given to her
by her grandfather, Harold
Crummer, a railroad labourer and
Second World War veteran. Mr.
Crummer told her he had received
the photographs from his father-in-
law, a commercial photographer
named Stuart Thomson.
Ms. Koos, who had 17 portraits of
baseball teams, called the
Vancouver Canadians baseball
team for advice. The club put her in

touch with team historian Bud Kerr,
who suggested she visit Nat Bailey
Stadium during a meeting of local
baseball fans.
It was consigned with Robert
Edward Auctions of Watchung,
N.J., a prominent baseball-col-
lectibles auction house that holds a
high-profile annual sale.
This year's simultaneous-close
auction ended this week with the
photo among its' treasures. The fre-
netic last few hours of bidding dou-
bled the price of the baseball photo-
graph. The final price, including a
buyer's premium of 17.5 per cent,
was $35,250.
The photo, which measures 42 by
16 centimetres, was purchased by a
prominent American collector, said
auction house president Robert
The starting bid for the item was
$2,500. The auction firm had esti-
mated it was worth more than twice
that amount.
Mr. Lifson said the photo could
have attracted the attention of pho-
tography, as well as baseball, col-
lectors. It also held special signifi-
cance to those interested in African-
American history, as it was shot in
an era of segregated sports.

Timothy Hutton and Lela
Rochon starred in a made for TV
movie about the couple called
"Mr. and Mrs. Loving".
be a hero --just a bride.
"It wasn't my doing," Loving said.
"It was God's work."
Mildred Jeter was 11 when she and
17-year-old Richard began court-
ing, according to Phyl Newbeck, a
Vermont author who detailed the
case in the 2004 book, "Virginia
Hasn't Always Been for Lovers,"
picking up on the state's tourist slo-
She became pregnant a few years
later, she and Loving got married in
Washington in 1958, when she was
18. Mildred said she didn't even
realize it was illegal.
"I think my husband knew,"
Mildred said. "I think he thought
(if) we were married, they couldn't
bother us."
But they were arrested a few
weeks after they returned to Central
Point, their hometown in rural
Caroline County north of

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Heart and Soul of Women of Color

Nurtured at Universal Sisters Health Event

Tara Bell, Donna Johnson and Whitney

Laura Wiley, Dr. Jeannene Rosser, Dr. Carolyn
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Jackie Killian, Elydia Fedd, Katrina Killian

By Lynn Jones
On Saturday May 3, 2008 WJCT
hosted the "Universal Sisters" at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront in conjunction with
Baptist Health and the Women of
Color Cultural Foundation. The
program was designed to address
the unique health concerns of
minority women.
Designed to celebrate women of
color, the event focused on educa-
tion and the significance of preven-
tive health care. The one-day con-

ference featured celebrity keynote
speakers, breakout sessions, and
free health screenings.
Women of Color Cultural
Foundation CEO and President
Helen Jackson, PH.D. was this
year's Honorary Chair and is a life-
long advocate for women's health,
safety and well-being. Women of
all ages, shapes and sizes visited
booths that were geared toward
health, wealth and well-being from
the familiar to the innovative. An
oxygen booth provided attendees

Nearly 60 percent of

black children can't swim

NEW YORK Nearly 60 percent
of African-American children can-
not swim, almost twice the figure
for white children, according to a
first-of-its-kind survey which USA
Swimming hopes will strengthen its
efforts to lower minority drowning
rates and draw more blacks into the
Stark statistics underlie the initia-
tive by the national governing body
for swimming. Black children
drown at a rate almost three times
the overall rate. And less than 2 per-
cent of USA Swimming's nearly
252,000 members who swim com-
petitively year-round are black.
USA Swimming is teaming with
an array of partners local gov-
ernments, corporations, youth and
ethnic organizations to expand
learn-to-swim programs across the
United States, many of them target-
ed at inner-city minorities. One of
the key participants is black
freestyle star Cullen Jones, who
hopes to boost his role-model status
by winning a medal this summer at
the Beijing Olympics.
USA Swimming's motives are
twofold, executive director Chuck
Wielgus said.
"It's just the right thing to do -
making an effort so every kid can
be water-safe," he said. "And quite
frankly it's about performance.
We're something of a niche sport

and for us to remain relevant, con-
sidering the changing demograph-
ics of the population, it's important
we get more kids involved at the
mouth of the pipeline."

with flavored oxygen to heal and
open nasal passages. The morning
breakout session speaker Joyce
Morley-Ball, Ed.D. owner and
CEO of Morley-Ball & Associates,
Inc., engaged her audience with a
motivational speech that was
geared towards training, executive
and relationship coaching.
Afternoon speaker, renowned rela-
tionship specialist, certified sex
counselor and author Dr.
Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant gave the
audience an energetic and enthusi-
astic lecture that included how to
heal yourself and most profoundly
stated that "when it come to intima-
cy, men only know one part of the
word and that's the in".
Dr. Goldsby, also a columnist for
Essence Magazine, took an interac-
tive approach with the audience by
integrating role playing as the atten-
dees were paired off to be arrested
and once arrested participants had

to express what they were giving
The audience also gave thanks to
sisters over 50. Ms. Goldsby
informed the crowd that these are
the woman that make "aging the
best part of life".
WJCT President/CEO Michael
Boylan was all smiles as he was the
only male in attendance with the
exception of the stage crew.
Attendee Catherine Davis
exclaimed that she would definitely
attend next year's event and was
"glad that someone is focusing on
minority health prevention as
opposed to the general medical
community". Toi Jefferson a door
prize winner expressed, "It was a
spectacular event." she said. "I've
attended other health related events
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geared towards the African-
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Dear Dyrinda;
Recently, I decided to give my
friends' stylist a try and went in
for a wash & set. I was amazed at
how straight she managed to get
my hair and it had tons of body.
When I asked her how she was
able to do this, she explained that
it was her blow out technique. I
guess my question is if I continue
going to this stylist, should I be
worried that blowing out my hair
too much will damage it?
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for a while. The blow out is very
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office visits, office surgery, behav-
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and hospital emergency care servic-
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coverage for vision, dental, cancer
and discount medical options.
Senate Bill 2534 would allow the
State of Florida to negotiate with
health insurers to develop afford-
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that it can be damaging to
African-American hair. And the
extreme heat can and will cause
spilt ends. The excessive blow
drying and hard brushes that are
frequently used to achieve the
blow out are culprits.
In stylist and author Valerie
Webster's book Growing Longer,
Healthy Hair: A Common Sense
Guide for African-American
Women" she says the combina-
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deadly for our hair. "...Blow dry-
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mare...and if you are using both
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hair is breaking more than neces-
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Bernard Evans, Leah Parson, Tonya Hester and Adrian Plummer

David Fulton and Chris Manford

by Lynn Jones
Whoever thought that First Fridays were no
longer in effect must not have paid a visit to
the new Ultimate First Fridays hosted by
S' Lamar Cruse and Wendell Thompson of
Spectacular Thompson. For the third consec-
utive month, the entrepreneurs have added
celebrity hosts to the lineup of attendees. Last
week actor Morris Chestnut and his dazzling
smile lit up Alltell Stadium to the delight of the
hundreds of ladies in attendance.
The live band provided music to dance by
with a DJ on cue in between sets. It was an
exciting night filled with networking and
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African-Americans Giving Their Regards to Broadway With Money, Time and Talent

At the Broadhurst Theater on
Broadway, an all-black cast, lead by
James Earl Jones, is re-interpreting
Tennessee Williams in "Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof." Around the corner,
at the Belasco Theater, another all-
black cast is playing African-
American, Dutch and German char-
acters in the autobiographical rock
musical "Passing Strange."
Meanwhile, down the block, at the
Booth Theater, Laurence Fishburne
Sis bringing civil rights stalwart and
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood
Marshall to life in the recently
opened one-man show "Thurgood."
One street over, at the Bernard B.
Jacobs Theater, Morgan Freeman is
playing a washed-up actor opposite
Frances McDormand in the revival
of "The Country Girl."
This unusual confluence of shows
with all-black or mixed-race casts,
with black actors in roles that have
typically been cast white, has some
in the Broadway community won-
dering if blacks have finally
"arrived" on Broadway.
"It's a new day and an exciting
one," said Marcia Pendelton,
founder of Walk Tall Girl
Productions, a marketing and group
sales company that reaches out to
non-traditional theatergoers.
"African-American artists are able
to do what they've been trained to
do and play all the kinds of roles
that we're seeing on Broadway this
"Broadway is changing," agreed
David Binder, the lead producer of
the "Raisin in the Sun" revival with
Sean "Diddy" Combs. "It looks like
New York City."
A big reason for the change is that
large black audiences are flocking
in droves to see shows with some of
their favorite stars and with themes
that reflect their lives. "It's not as
mysterious as you think," Pendelton
said. "The fact that more people are
interested in bringing work [with
African-Americans] to Broadway is
because they have a viable audience
of people of color. If there's some-
thing for us to see, we will definite-
ly come out."
Stephen Byrd agrees. The rookie
producer of "Cat" said that his audi-
ence, which he estimates to be 70 to
80 percent black, has already
brought in more than $12 million
since it opened in March 6, making
"Cat" one of the highest grossing
shows on Broadway. "We're helping
Broadway," Byrd said. "We're
bringing new audiences to
Change came slowly, however. In
1987, the all-black production of
"Fences" the only play written by
black Pulitzer Prize-winning play-
wright August Wilson that was a
box-office hit hardly drew a black
crowd. Even in 2002, Russell
Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam" had
difficulty attracting black theatergo-

ers, while Suzan-Lori Parks's
Pulitzer Prize-winning "Topdog/
Underdog" with Jeffrey Wright and
Mos Def, became a commercial
success with a diverse audience.
Many credit Binder's "Raisin" with
being the first to attract large black
crowds to Broadway. But, even
with Combs at the helm, Binder
said many people were dubious
about his play ever finding an audi-
ence. "Everyone said an African-
American audience would never
come to Broadway," said Binder,
who spent five years trying to get

Laurence Fishburne is currently
in the one man play "Thurgood".
the show to the stage. "If I could get
20 percent of the audience to be
black, it would be a miracle."
Instead, what happened was the
audience found the show over time
through word of mouth. After a few
weeks, propelled by an audience
that was 80 percent black, the show
began setting house records and,
within nine weeks, had recouped its
initial investment.
For many audience members,
"Raisin" was their first Broadway
experience. Binder recalled how
some people arrived at the box
office, only to discover that the
show was sold out. Thinking it was
like a movie theater, they would
naively ask if they could get tickets

for the show later that night.
When "The Color Purple" opened
on Broadway in 2005, black audi-
ences showed up in buses from
cities from around the country.
Jacksonville patrons even went by
bus for the play. "These people
segued from church right into
'Purple,' hats and all," Byrd said.
"They felt comfortable on
That was fortunate for Byrd, who,
after years as an investment banker
at Goldman Sachs, set out to do
something different in the mid-
1990s and found his way to the
stage after reading a stack of books
on how to be a Broadway producer.
He was able to secure the rights to
"Cat," "A Streetcar Named Desire,"
"Death of a Salesman" and James
Baldwin's novel "Giovanni's
Room." He's planning a multi-racial
version of "Streetcar."
James Earl Jones signed on to
"Cat" right away, telling Byrd, "1
always wanted to play that cracker."
Still, it would take almost another
10 years before he was able to
assemble the rest of the cast and the
right director. Byrd's mandate was
that the play be an event. "With all
due respect to August Wilson,"
Byrd said, "like Woody Allen, his
plays do well artistically but not
And the reason for Byrd's com-
mercial success? "It's a combination
of an American classic written by
an icon, and the cast," he said.
Along with James Earl Jones, the
show's cast includes Terrence
Howard, Phylicia Rashad and
Anika Noni Rose (from the film
Liz McCann, the lead producer for
"Passing Strange," believes the
appeal of "Cat" is its all-star cast.
"It's really an all-star revival," she
said. "It's going to entice the same
kind of people who love to see
"Passing Strange," which is about
a black man's journey toward self-

Oprah Winfrey re-energized the "Color Purple" and now it is on a
national tour. Stars appearing in the classic included Fantasia (above),
Chaka Kahn and Bebe Winans.

discovery that takes him from
South Central Los Angeles to
Holland and Germany, has a differ-
ent appeal, McCann said. "Is
'Passing Strange' a black play
because it has an all-black cast?"
McCann wondered aloud. "No, I
have a universal play."
And it seems to be attracting a
more universal audience, less than a
quarter of which is black.
"The headache for this conversa-
tion is what do you mean by
'black?'" McCann said. "I find it a
very elusive question. When we

talk about race, we lose sight of that
fact, that our culture grows and fes-
ters on other life experiences. All
blacks aren't looking for their cul-
tural identity in the same place. It's
the same with the presidential race."
Pendelton believes a "Passing
Strange," which has struggled to
attract an audience, and an all-black
"Cat" should be able to co-exist on
Broadway. "It's about time this kind
of stoiy was told," shesaid tb9q
"Passing Strange." "We [black peo-
ple] need to become interested in
not only seeing stars."

Byrd, who has seen "Passing
Strange" four times, said he would
have cast Lenny Kravitz in the
show to draw a bigger crowd. He
believes theater owners are looking
for that solid event.
"I don't know if it's primarily eco-
nomic or about bringing cultural
integrity to the masses." But, he
added, "If 'Thurgood' or 'Passing
Strange' loses money, we'll all catch
hell. Once the laterr owners sItt
losing .money, theyihc m~ln relu-
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