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Uncle Sam Wants Your Child... For Military Service
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by Jesse Muhammad
Children as young as 11-years-old
are targets of military recruiters,
who dangle video games, drive
flashy SUVs, spin tales of adven-
ture, promise money for college and
other pipe dreams and trinkets in a
campaign to entice youngsters into
military service, according to the
American Civil Liberties Union.
The U.S. is violating its own laws
in failing to safeguard children
under 18 from military recruitment,
while high school girls have been
raped and groped by recruiters in
The report, "Soldiers of
Misfortune: Abusive U.S. Military
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The Florida Conference of Offices for Black Catholic Ministries hosted
their Third Annual Conference in Jacksonville last weekend. The confer-
ence, held every four years, featured workshops centered on spiritual con-
cerns and issues and health disparities in urban areas across the state of
Florida. Shown above (L-R) are event organizers Ella Simmons, Gwen
Robinson, Sr. Joan Grabbin Grace and Antionette Feliciano. FMPPhoto
Recruitment and Failure to Protect
Child Soldiers," found military
recruiting practices violate interna-
tional protocols for the recruitment
of child soldiers-a practice the
United States routinely condemns
in conflicts in Africa and other
Victor Jackson witnessed viola-
tions firsthand after being
approached by a recruiter while in
"He (the Air Force recruiter) made
a lot of promises to me and the only
promise they kept was the part
about me getting hollered at and -
continued on page 11
Thelma King Receives National Award for Foster Grandparenting
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HBCU Historical Documents and
Materials Now Available Online
The first digital collection of documents and materials chronicling the
founding of America's historically Black colleges and universities is now
available online at contentdm.auctr.edu.
"A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically
Black College and University" includes more than 1,000 scanned photo-
graphs, manuscripts, letters and publications from 10 institutions desig-
nated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
The project, which was funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
represents the first collaborative effort by HBCU libraries to make a his-
torical collection digitally available. The online collection is hosted by
the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center.
The contents of the collection date back to the early 1800s and include
campus charters, student yearbooks, early campus architectural draw-
ings, and a rich assortment of photographs featuring first presidents,
graduating classes, famous alumni and churches, which often served as
the first classrooms at several of these institutions.
The online collection features materials from Alabama State University,
Atlanta University Center, Bennett College for Women, Fisk University,
Grambling State University, Hampton University, Southern University,
Tuskegee University, Tennessee State University and Virginia State
Jacksonville resident Thelma King
received a Spirit of Service Award
from the Corporation for National
and Community Service in recogni-
tion of her accomplishments as a
Foster Grandparent with the City of
Jacksonville Foster Grandparent
program. The award was presented
during the Senior Corps Luncheon
at the National Conference on
Volunteering and Service.
Granny King, as the children call
her, supports inner-city youth at
Jean Ribault High School's
Exceptional Student Education
Program, which serves emotionally
and academically challenged stu-
dents. With emotionally challenged
younger students, she uses auditory,
cognitive, and kinesthetic skill-
building activities that help students
with no linguistic ability learn to
use their bodies to communicate.
When asked how she communi-
cates with these children, her
response was, "All children under-
stand the language of love." King's
success with these children has not
only helped to raise their self-
esteem, but also has raised their
graduation rates by 82 percent.
Her support of the students in the
Ribault High School Second
Chance Graduation Initiative is
equally impressive. These students,
many of whom are older, are in the
care of foster parents and too often
do not have a stable home environ-
ment. King tutors the students,
preparing them to pass the GED.
She also serves as a Guardian Ad
Litem, advocating on behalf of chil-
dren who have been abused, aban-
doned, or neglected.
Banquet and Scholarship Culminate Journey Into
Womanhood's Year Long Rites of Passage Program
Jarik Conrad, guest speaker Atty.
and Conrad Emerson. FMPPhotos
Young ladies ages 9-17, revealed
to a crowd of more than 150, the
possibilities for a successful future,
at Empowerment Resources, Inc.'s,
Fourth Annual Journey Into
Womanhood Scholarship Banquet.
Journey Into Womanhood is
Empowerment Resources' signature
program. Empowerment Resources
Inc. is a private non-profit organi-
zation whose mission is to focus on
making children and their families
stronger while empowering them to
Womanhood Banquet were (L-R)
Adrienne Conrad, Lakeria Clark
become successful leaders in the
community. During the school
year, every other Saturday, the
young ladies participated in JIW, a
rites of passage program designed
for female adolescents that address-
es issues that plaque girls and their
voyage into womanhood.
"We address development, educa-
tional enrichment, money manage-
ment, abstinence, plus offer a par-
ent support group," said Elexia
Coleman-Moss, executive director.
Scholarship award winner
The organization has serviced over
250 youth and families with the
Journey Into Womanhood (JIW)
Throughout the program, the
young ladies revealed the knowl-
edge they've gained through
speeches, poems, song, dance and
dramatic performances. Two JIW
ladies had the pleasure of introduc-
ing the speakers for the occasion,
Semone Blair, president and
founder of Meobachi Spa and Salon
and Adrienne L. Conrad, an attor-
ney with McGuireWoods LLP.
Both shared stories from their jour-
ney into womanhood. They encour-
aged the ladies not only to be lead-
ers, but to be a positive influence on
others and not allow negative influ-
ences to change them. "Have a
plan, and don't allow anyone to
detract you from your plan," said
At the banquet's conclusion,
Empowerment Resources presented
a $700 scholarship to four year pro-
gram participant, Jasmine Harris, a
recent graduate of. Wolfson High
School. In her acceptance speech,
Jasmine shared with the audience
how the program and the visits to
various college campuses, made a
difference in her life. "I realized
that education was the only way to
excellence," she said. "These assets
will allow me to be more grounded
student at any university.
Participating in Journey Into
Womanhood, now makes me want
to take on every challenge and seize
every opportunity." Harris will
attend the University of Florida and
major in communications/public
relations, with the goal of becoming
a public relations specialist for a
Africa Celebrates Obama A Kenyan man buys a local
newspapers selling in the streets of Nairobi with the front page of US
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama last week.
Kenya, where Obama's father was born, has led the continent in cheer-
ing the US senator's nomination victory, squarely backing him to
become the first African-American to clinch the most powerful office in
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Many people find it increasing-
ly difficult to make ends meet in
today's troubled economy,
whether because of mortgage
woes, high fuel costs, job inse-
curity or other financial prob-
lems. If that weren't bad enough,
predatory con artists target these
vulnerable folks with increas-
ingly sophisticated scams
designed to cheat them just
when they can least afford it.
Seniors are particularly at risk
because they often live on fixed
incomes, face increased medical
costs and are looking for ways
by Michael G Shinn,
June 1, 2008 will go
down in infamy as the
day that the boat sank.
Sunday afternoon, after
Church, a couple of T
friends, my wife and I h
took a leisurely boat
ride on Lake Erie. We docked at
an on-the-water restaurant for
lunch that we have visited many
times. As we were finishing up
lunch, someone yelled, "a
freighter just hit a boat!" Having
one of the eight pleasure boats
docked at the restaurant, we had
more than a casual interest. As
we approached the dock, we
could see the Beverly II, mortal-
ly wounded; take her last gasp
before succumbing to the depths
of the Cuyahoga River.
A six hundred-twenty foot
Great Lakes freighter, ironically
named the "Cuyahoga" had just
rammed head-on into our
beloved boat of seventeen years.
Our range of emotions went
from panic-what can we do to
save her? Then next to anger-
what in the heck could that cap-
tain have been thinking or drink-
ing? To relief-thank God that no
one was hurt! And finally to res-
ignation-we've lost her, what do
we do next?
Life Comes at You Fast
In less than a minute, we went
from yacht cruisers to boatless
people looking for a ride. The
Nationwide Insurance commer-
to make their savings keep up
Here are a few troubling
frauds making the rounds:
Retirement investment scams.
If you're over 50, your mailbox
has likely been flooded with
offers to attend free-lunch
financial seminars that prom-
ise to significantly boost your
retirement savings returns.
While some are legitimate,
others use high-pressure
sales tactics to steer seniors
into risky, fee-heavy invest-
ments or annuities, or sell
them products they don't
4; need or that are impractical
for their situation.
Before entrusting your
hard-earned money with
"L anyone, particularly from an
unsolicited offer, do your
homework. The U.S.
Securities and Exchange
Commission offers compre-
hensive advice to help sen-
iors manage their invest-
ments, including key questions
to ask investment advisors
Other helpful sites include the
North American Security
Administrators' Fraud Center,
which provides tips for spotting
con artists, top investor traps
and more (go to www.nasaa.org
and type "Fraud Center" in the
search engine), and AARP's
Investment Fraud Center (visit
www.aarp.org/sitemap and click
on "Be a Wise Consumer" under
"Money and Work").
"Foreclosure rescue" scams.
The Better Business Bureau
reports an alarming increase in
unscrupulous companies prey-
ing on homeowners facing pos-
sible foreclosure because they
can't meet their mortgage pay-
ments. Some companies prom-
ise to negotiate with the lender
on the owner's behalf for a
sizeable upfront fee.
Others use more nefarious
practices such as "equity skim-
ming," where they convince the
homeowner to add an investor's
name to the home's title, in
exchange for lowered payments
while supposedly working out a
payment plan with the lender.
This ruse drains equity from the
home and often results in own-
ers losing their homes and being
left even further in debt.
It's far wiser to call your lender
directly as soon as you think
you may have trouble paying
your mortgage. Also consider
working with a U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban
ing counselor. To find one, call
ie Day the Boat Sank
cial says it all, "sometimes, life
comes at you fast." Every day,
lives are changed by "normal"
tragedies such as: fire, flood,
accidents, theft, injury, illness
and even death. Each circum-
stance brings with it the potential
for a second tragedy-a financial
catastrophe. Besides being
blessed and lucky, successfully
surviving a tragedy often
depends on two major factors.
It is impossible to prepare for
every type of emergency that
might affect you and your fami-
ly. However, it is possible to
create an atmosphere within
your family, where family mem-
bers are able to respond quickly
and confidently. Developing a
Family Emergency Plan pro-
vides a basic framework for the
family to work with during an
emergency. Examples of what a
plan would include are:
Discussion of the major risks
to your home and community;
for example, floods, tornados,
hurricanes, fire, etc.
- Determining the safest places
in your home in case of an emer-
Determining the best escape
routes from your home during an
Choosing a common contact
outside of the immediate area if
the family is separated.
- Emergency water, food, flash-
lights, first aid supplies, etc..
- First aid and CPR training.
Two websites that can provide
additional information on
Family Emergency Planning are:
An adequate insurance plan
should cover nearly all cata-
strophic losses that may occur
without spending money on cov-
erage and extras that are not
needed. Some of the major areas
where most families need cover-
- Disability income insurance is
paycheck protection against dis-
abling illness or injury that could
render the bread winner inca-
pable of working.
Life insurance is needed to
replace the financial support that
a breadwinner provides for
dependents and family.
- Health Insurance in needed to
provide coverage for illness or
injury that could deplete the
Fake check scams. The count-
less variations on this scheme
usually involve someone offer-
ing to buy something you're
selling, provide an advance on a
contest you supposedly won or
pay you to work at home.
They'll send an authentic-look-
ing check for more than the cor-
rect amount and ask you to wire
them the difference.
Meanwhile, the check you
deposited is fraudulent. Even
though your bank may initially
clear it, you are responsible for
making good on the money
when the check ultimately
bounces you could even face
legal charges. Bottom line:
There's no legitimate reason for
someone giving you money to
ask for funds to be wired back.
For tips on spotting and avoid-
ing these and other check scams,
visit the National Consumers
League's fraud center at
It's a good idea to consult a
financial professional about any
decisions concerning your
money. If you don't know one,
www.plannersearch.org is a
good place to start your search.
Bottom line, remember the old
sayings: "There's no such thing
as a free lunch," and "If it
sounds too good to be true, it
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family's assets and destroy finan-
Property and Casualty
Insurance would include
replacement coverage of the
home and its contents, auto
insurance and owner's liability
coverage. Boat insurance is a
specialty area in property and
It.is.important to review your
insurance coverage with your
insurance professional regularly
to assure that you are adequately
managing your risk and effec-
tively utilizing your insurance
- Although the Beverly II is his-
tory, we do have the confidence
of being prepared for most of the
emergencies that we could antic-
ipate on the water. Additionally,
we have adequate insurance to
cover most anticipated financial
losses. "Sometimes life can
come at you fast", but being pre-
pared and having adequate insur-
ance can help you and your fam-
ily successfully survive.
Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate of and
securities and investment advisory services
offered through Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit www.shinn-
financial.com for more information or to send
your comments or questions to shiuim@finan-
cialnetwork.com. Michael G. Shinn
10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker
! Think you have been a little bit touchy about what co-workers
may say? You are not alone. Diversity.com has revealed the top
ten things NEVER to say to a Black co-worker. See if you agree
or pass it on to someone who just may need to read it!
"Fried chicken anyone?" "You
speak really well." "Is that your
In 2008, you'd think the taboo
subjects and phrases would be
clearly outlined and understood
by all when it comes to what is
and is not acceptable to say to a
Black colleague. But that's far
from the case. Here are 10 things
you never want to say to a Black
coworker or boss.
1) You're so articulate
You're so ... articulate? Smart?
q Different? Yes, the speaker may
intend a compliment, but what
may be meant as praise instead
comes across as being conde-
scending. It implies the person
being complimented is an excep-
tion to the rule and is exhibiting
behavior atypical of others of his
S- or her ethnic background.
"I haven't had it said to me,
maybe I'm not articulate enough,
but I've heard a number of Blacks
say they've had it said to them ...
you're so articulate or you're so
smart or intelligent," says
Berlinda Fontenot-Jamerson, for-
mer director of diversity at
Disney ABC Television Group. In
her many years in the diversity
industry, Fontenot-Jamerson has
seen and heard it all. Some of it
still makes her cringe.
"I feel like education and aware-
ness is my mission, so I try to be
kind when I check people to help
them understand what they just
said," she says. "I might make a
joke to help them understand that
it was a faux pas, and hopefully I
have good enough relationships
with them to have further conver-
sations with them."
2) Is That Your Real Hair?
Danielle Robinson, director of
diversity, talent and organization-
al design at Diageo, a wine, beer
and spirits company, said she was
amazed when she got this ques-
tion from a colleague. But instead
of getting angry, Robinson
explained to her coworker why
the question was inappropriate.
"There are a number of ways to
respond. But I told the person
they had no idea if they might be
asking that question to someone
suffering from a medical condi-
tion [such as] someone recover-
ing from cancer treatment," she
says. "I wound up giving this one
woman a little lesson because you
never know what the situation
might be of the person you're ask-
ing a question."
3) "You" people
"I've heard this one several
times," says Fontenot-Jamerson.
Who exactly are "You people,"
and how do they differ from regu-
lar people? Use this poorly cho-
sen phrase at your own risk.
4) Do you eat a lot of ... (plug
in the offending stereotype
Some stereotypes simply refuse
to die. There's nothing wrong with
natural curiosity about the ethnic
eating habits of some of your
coworkers. The problem lies in
focusing on stereotypical Black
fare such as fried chicken, water-
melon, etc. It reveals the speaker
has a very limited and narrow per-
ception of Black culture and cui-
"One of my young relatives told
me when they go out on inter-
views they may get queries about
fried chicken and the stereotypes
about the food that we like to eat,"
5) Why are you so angry?
This one is more often directed
at Black males, thanks in large
part to the media, which often
portrays Black men as being
angry and/or criminals.
6) Why are you acting white?
Consider this a relative of
"You're so articulate." Why would
exhibiting proper behavior, man-
ners or dialect be categorized as
acting white? If that's the case,
what does it mean to act Black?
7) You don't sound Black over
What does Black sound like?
8) I don't think of you as
DiversityInc Partner and
Cofounder Luke Visconti
received a letter from a reader
who was presented with this par-
ticular compliment. He respond-
ed, "What you are experiencing is
the first instance of a person
accepting another person who is
outside of their 'tribe.' Although
the words and the sentiment are
insulting, the person expressing
them is (usually) not consciously
trying to insult you. In their back-
ward and ignorant way, they are
actually trying to give you a com-
9) You graduated from where?
This particular offense came to
our attention directly from one of
our readers, Beatriz Mallory, who
wrote, "In a career of nearly 30
years, I've heard them all. I am
both African American and
Hispanic, so I get it from both
sides, on top of being a female. In
trying to recall the worst, I'd have
to nominate this one. It is the
unguarded question "YOU went
to CORNELL? WOW!" The
implication is that in their mind,
someone like me isn't automati-
cally worthy of such an accom-
plishment. 1 never express my
10) The N-word
The ultimate faux pas. Just
because you've seen repeats of
Dave Chapelle's show where the
word is used liberally, that doesn't
give you--or anyone--license to
make conversational use of the
word. To read more on the debate,
read Double Standard: Can You
Use the N-Word? in the Jan./Feb.
2008 issue of DiversityInc.
And don't fall into the trap of
thinking substituting an "A" for
the "er" makes the word accept-
able. Fontenot-Jamerson believes
it's a word used far too casually
among youths, both white and
"The new generation uses the N-
word very loosely [and] white
kids do it too," she says. "I've
been in company where the
youngsters use the word because
they don't understand the history
that comes with it."
Robinson looks at each misspo-
ken phrase as an opportunity to
teach and educate. "A lot of the
questions are usually out of igno-
rance or genuine curiosity. So I
always look at opportunities like
these as a chance to educate,"
says Robinson. "Instead of getting
angry, you don't want them to
make this mistake with someone
else. There are ways to ask a
question more inquisitively that
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He is a "Real Jackson-villian"
(Jacksonville Magazine); he even
has a key to the city of Jacksonville
to prove it. Despite a travel sched-
ule that takes him around the world
each year, award-winning musician
Terrence L. Patterson always
returns home to open doors and
windows that offer the nation a
glimpse into the dynamic cultural
scene of Jacksonville, Fla. Terrance
L. Patterson is Founder and Artistic
Director of the Ritz Chamber
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A: I am a Jacksonville native who
has been an avid lover of music for
as long as I can remember. When
you're raised in a family with 12
brothers and sisters, you have to
find creative ways to make yourself
heard... and in ways that make peo-
ple want to listen. Music [the clar-
inet] provided me with that voice. I
received my formal training at the
Peabody Conservatory of Music of
the John Hopkins University and
Temple University. The experiences
that I gained afforded me the oppor-
tunity to play with the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx
Symphony of Detroit and the Las
Q: What is the Ritz Chamber
A: Following a career as a per-
former with the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra, Professor of
Clarinet at UNF and FCCJ, I found-
ed in 2002 the Ritz Chamber
Players, an ensemble of accom-
plished African-American musi-
cians. We could be headquar-
tered anywhere in the world but
I chose Jacksonville to help
change the "face" of classical
music so that our minority com-
munity could see that they too
have roots in cultural arts.
Q: Multicultural audi-
ences...are your audiences
A: We're getting there but have
a long way to go. For too long,
the African-American commu-
3 nity has not connected with the
cultural arts community in the
city, and rarely attended orches-
tra performances. The Ritz
Chamber Players has made great
efforts to continuously engage the
African-American community and
will seek to increase our efforts.
Jacksonville has the largest
African-American population in the
state, but in our city, the participa-
tion of multicultural audiences and
communities don't reflect our
Q: You're wearing an Obama
button what does his historic
nomination say to you about
A: This campaign has shown me
a lot about the lack of unity that
exists among and between all types
of people young and old; black
and white; Democrats and
Republicans; etc. It is through such
diversity that we can appreciate the
differences of our humanity. If we
expect people to support, enjoy, and
learn from all sorts of experiences -
be it the arts, politics, etc., we must
create an environment that is warm,
open and relative to all cultures.
Complete this sentence People
don't know that the Ritz
Chamber Players... has garnered
national and international attention
(Ebony magazine, BBC Network,
Essence magazine), creating expo-
sure to the wonderful and growing
cultural offerings in Jacksonville.
The city of Jacksonville can share
in the pride of our accomplishments
and milestones as a resource within
this community that is committed to
greater artistic expression, sus-
tained vitality for arts and culture,
and a high-quality presence of arts
Complete this sentence The
state of cultural activities in
Jacksonville is... constantly grow-
ing and evolving and the African-
American community should have
more of a voice in its revolution.
The Arts are the only pure vehicle
we have in today's society that can
cross cultural and ethnic barriers
and allow people to transcend their
While he no longer serves as an
educator in the classroom setting,
Terrence Patterson continues to
teach the young and old how to
aspire for greatness that is beyond
what many may dare say is possible
- a lesson his father and mentor
George Patterson taught him.
To celebrate all fathers, the Ritz
Chamber Players is hosting a con-
cert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15th
at Jacoby Symphony Hall at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts, 300 Water St. Fathers will be
admitted free with the purchase of
one general admission ticket ($20).
Marsha G Oliver is Executive Officer
of O. Communications, a Jacksonville-
based marketing and communications
firm. Contact Marsha Oliver at mar-
Saint Clair Evans Holds 8th Annual Awards Program
Saint Clair Evans Academy Elementary School Principal Edward Robinson (shown left) joined excelling stu-
dents for the school's 8th Annual Awards Program. Held in the Media Center with award-winning students
Sydney Mahone, LaKeisha Taylor, Charliene Shivers, and Briana Way (Television/Video Production, WSCE
Awards) along with Safety Patrol Honorees, Captain Sidney Mahone, Co-Captain Nataila Kohn, Ferris Brown,
Sharmar Jenkins, Takiyah Longs, Charliene Shivers and Lakiesha Taylor, we re all given words of wisdom by
Judge Brian Davis (shown right). A delicious meal was enjoyed by all, following the awards ceremony. A high-
light of the program was Judge Davis' speech. He told the honorees "not to rush to be an adult, that they were
approaching the age of reasoning, and shared with them the importance of making good decisions."
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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Edward H. White High School Auditorium
1700 Old Middleburg Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32210
(Principal: Jim Clark)
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
William M. Raines High School Auditorium
3663 Raines Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32209
(Principal: Nongongoma Majova-Seane)
Call 630-1684 to confirm your attendance and or with questions.
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Hillary Clinton: Right Woman, Wrong Time
Sometimes two unprecedented
movements cannot survive at the
same time. One has to precede the
other. The Women's Rights
Movement paved the way for the
Civil Rights Movement and other
humanitarian movements around
the world including the ending of
apartheid in South Africa.
Over the past year we have seen
history being made in this country.
What's interesting is that some peo-
ple get it and some do not. For the
first time since this country
Although she will not be the
Democratic Party's candidate, she
has made a historical run that will
open doors for other women candi-
Clinton and her 18 million vot-
ers, as she likes to tout, simply ran
into an immovable force. That
force is the message of change and
hope. It energized young folks who
have never voted before and ree-
negerized those who have felt dis-
enfranchised for years.
Not to be out done by the Obama
fine-tuned and well organized.
From fund raising to grassroots
fieldwork, he out organized her,
and his people were much more
Her message was another major
issue. While Obama waved the flag
of change in Washington, Clinton
stressed her experience in
Washington. We know whose mes-
sage won out.
By the way, does being a first
lady really give you the "experi-
ence" of running a country?
Clinton also may have hurt her-
self amongst African American
voters with her attacks on Obama.
Although I have always said des-
perate people do desperate things,
and with her campaign unraveling
she didn't have much of a choice
but to go negative.
It was a move that helped her
some especially in those manu-
facturing states like Ohio and
Pennsylvania, but didn't help her
with the Democratic base.
The other major mistake that she
made, and some will debate me on
this, but she stayed at the dance too
long. On Saturday, she finally con-
ceded the race, but because of her
stubbornness she may have hurt the
Democratic party/Obama in the
If she would have conceded a
few months earlier there may not
be as much divisiveness amongst
supporter on both sides.
Many of her "die hard" support-
ers dislike Obama because of the
long drawn out campaign and
according to a recent CNN poll, 22
percent say that they will vote for
McCain in November.
That number is very high, but it's
still really early and a lot can hap-
pen between now and the general
In her concession speech, she
said the right things. Saying to a
crowd of hundreds that her goal
was, "to ensure that Democrats
take the White House back and
defeat John McCain."
Now the million-dollar question
or questions are: 1.Will she be able
to truly persuade her supporters to
vote for Obama in November?; and
2.Will Obama seriously consider
her as a running mate?
There are certainly negatives and
positives associated with the
Clinton's, and yes you have to say
"the Clinton's" because they are a
package deal at this point in their
I personally say no for a few rea-
sons. First, both Clintons come
with a lot of baggage, and will def-
initely fire up the Republican base.
I have never quite understood why,
but many Republicans seem to hate
Secondly, chemistry is extremely
important when picking a running
mate. How do you control Bill and
Hillary? Of course they will be
team players as it relates to defeat-
ing McCain in November, but how
do you ensure that they stay in
check and on message.
Think about it Hillary couldn't
even control Bill on the campaign
trail. He lost his temper numerous
times and may have hurt his wife's
campaign in the process.
Lastly, picking Hillary could
anger some of Obama's base. He
has done extremely well with inde-
pendents, and they may be turned
off my Clinton joining the Obama
Now there are some positives.
She did receive some 18 million
votes and seems to have an
extremely strong connection with
women, Hispanics and white work-
ing class and elderly voters.
The vice presidential decision
will be a very tough one for
Obama, and regardless of if he
picks Clinton or not, it doesn't take
away from her historic run. She is
certainly a phenomenal woman,
but it's time for her to get on board
and work to change this country.
As Gandhi once said, "You must
be the change you wish to see in the
Signing off from Obama.com,
declared its independence in 1776,
a woman and an African American
were in position to be a major polit-
ical party's candidate for President
of the United States.
That is profound. I am guilty as
well. I have been watching this bat-
tle between Senator Hillary Clinton
and Senator Barack Obama unfold
and missing the magnitude of it.
This is actually what activists
have been fighting for throughout
the last century.
Again, sometimes two powerful
movements cannot coexist. Hillary
Clinton was the right woman, but at
the wrong time.
It's Obama's time to challenge
the hearts of Americans. It's his
time to test the waters and see if
this country is ready to live up to
it's founding creed that all men are
created equal. The race between
Senator John McCain and Obama
will be for more than the presiden-
cy of the United States.
This election will be a test for
America. It will be a measuring
stick that will undoubtedly show
just how far we have come in this
"Sweet land of liberty."
Hillary Clinton would have chal-
lenged the establishment in the
same way Obama is. No woman
has come close to being a major
party's nominee for President.
movement, Clinton had a move-
ment of her own women,
Hispanics and many working class
whites latched on to her message.
Many Bill Clinton supporters
became Hillary's base and she built
on that group of supporters creating
a massive campaign machine.
The problem for Clinton wasn't
necessarily her shortcomings. She
was up against something that this
country has never seen before.
Obama is the figurehead, but it's
his message that won so many peo-
ple over. All it takes is to look at
any of the rallies he held. From
Oregon to Iowa, he packed arenas.
He did extremely well with his
base of well-educated, affluent vot-
ers, blacks of course and the
At least three out of the four
groups would have been Clinton
supporters if not for Obama with
affluent voters being a possible
There were some missteps on
Clinton's part. The biggest was the
fact that she underestimated
Obama early on. She assumed that
she would run away with the nom-
ination and before she knew it, she
had been punched in the mouth and
didn't quite know what to do next.
By the time she realized that
Obama was real, his machine was
The Continuing Fight to
Protect the Voting Rights Act
by Ryan Haygood
The long march toward political equality for Blacks and other people of
color recorded an important victory last week when a three-judge federal
court in Washington, D.C., upheld Congress' recent 25-year extension of
Section 5, a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, the crown jewel of American democracy, is
the most effective tool for protecting minority voters against persistent and
constantly shifting techniques that impede minority voting strength. Section
5 of the Voting Rights Act covers the entire state of Texas and all or part of 15
other jurisdictions with a well-documented history of voting discrimination.
As a covered jurisdiction, Texas must submit all proposed voting changes in
the State to the Department of Justice or a federal court for preclearance
before the changes can take effect.
The case decided last week, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District
Number One v. Mukasey, was filed by a small utility district in Austin, Texas
just days after Congress overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the federal
oversight provisions of the Voting Rights Act in the summer of 2006.
The utility district argued that it was entitled to "bailout" or seek exemption
from coverage under Section 5 and that Congress did not have the power to
enact the extension. The utility district also maintained that discrimination in
voting rights does not exist today as it did in 1965 and that continued cover-
age imposed a "badge of shame". .
The Court rejected both arguments, holding that the utility district was not
eligible for a bailout because that opportunity is limited to jurisdictions that
conduct voter registration, which the utility district does not do.
In rejecting the utility district's second argument, the Court disagreed with
the contention that racial discrimination in voting does not persist in the mod-
em day. "This case implicates Congress's express constitutional authority to
remedy racial discrimination in voting" under the Fifteenth Amendment, the
Court maintained, and "given the extensive legislative record documenting
contemporary racial discrimination in voting in covered jurisdictions,
Congress's decision to extend Section 5 for another twenty-five years was
As the Court recognized, the record in the case, which spans more than
16,000 pages, documents the essential role that the VRA plays in pursuing
political equality for minorities.
The record contains numerous examples of Section 5's role in barring and
deterring voting changes that would have been harmful to minorities. For
example, since the VRA's passage, every plan initially submitted by Louisiana
to redraw districts for the State's House of Representatives has been rejected
by a federal court and/or the Department of Justice, and frequently challenged
by civil rights groups as discriminatory. Without Section 5, the burden of
proof that a new voting law will not weaken African-American voting
strength, whether intended or not, would shift from the state or local govern-
ment to the people whose collective voice would be lost at the polls before a
remedy could be implemented.
More broadly, as a result of the VRA, the number of Black elected officials
in this country increased nearly fivefold within five years after its passage.
Today, there are over 9,000 Black elected officials, 43 of whom serve in
Congress. Most of these officials are elected from districts created or pro-
tected under the VRA where minorities form a majority of the voters.
Moreover, as a sign of continuing progress, the sole Black member of the US
Senate made history this week by becoming the first Black Democratic
Nominee for the President of the United States.
.These are accomplishments of which we as a nation can be proud.
What remains to be done, however, is as daunting as the advances in the
march toward political equality have been great. As we celebrate the Court's
important ruling here, which will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, a-
Continued on page 7
Solving the Mystery of Picking a President
by Rev. James L. Snyder
The Gracious Mistress of the
Parsonage and Yours Truly were
casually sitting on the back porch
enjoying our evening coffee togeth-
er. Unexpectedly, the conversation
turned to things political. This does
not happen very often so at the
moment I was a little surprised by
this turn of current events.
My wife does not spend much
time keeping up with political news
or events. Therefore, I was amazed
when she made some comments in
this area. It began when my wife
said, "Why is it every politician
running for president insists that
Washington is broken and they are
just the ones to fix it?"
Well, she had me there. Most
politicians worth their pork barrel
payment have the audacity to
believe they are political prophets
able to see what is wrong with
everything in this country, particu-
larly those things in Washington,
DC. Not only can they see what is
wrong but also they know the exact
way to fix it. However, no two
solutions are alike.
They look at the Washington, DC
area and view it as a fixer upper.
Then they go around the country
hammering away with the promise
that they can fix it and fix it for
good. All these politicians have
"fixed" our government for sure,
but not in the way they think. It is
more along the line of when you
take "Lucky" to the veterinarian to
have him fixed. The results are the
same in both situations.
Then my wife made this observa-
tion. "If these politicians are so all
fired up about fixing problems I
would like to show them our
Of course, what my good wife
does not realize is politicians can
only fix hypothetical problems not
real ones. And the more hypotheti-
cal the more eloquent they are in
their speeches about it. Whenever
you hear a politician waxing elo-
quent in his speech you always
know you are listening to an airbag.
Then, it was my turn to astonish
"I have solved the mystery of
picking the president of the United
States," I said rather arrogantly. I
was waiting for her response, and I
did not have to wait long.
Then I laid out for her my scheme
for picking the president.
"It's very simple. People pick a
president about the same way they
pick their nose."
I knew from her astonished look at
me I would have to explain what I
meant. But it is true, nevertheless,
picking a president is like picking
The first thing is that nobody gets
to select the nose they will have for
the rest of their life unless of course
they submit to plastic surgery. I
have seen some noses that if it were
mine, it would not be mine for
long. We may owe plastic surgeons
more than we know for saving the
on looking public the excruciating
pain of looking at ugly noses.
It is the same way nobody gets to
choose the list of potential presi-
dents they will have to decide on in
the upcoming election. We all have
to learn to live with the one or the -
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Believers in Christ Christian Center Commentary: Obama nomination gives 'goose bumps'
Founders Celebration to onen June 18
"Obtaining the Promise" is the them of Believers in Christ Christian
Center's Founders Celebration when Bishop Clinton Lane, Shabach
Christian Center International Fellowship Church, will kick off the cele-
bration at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20th at the Highlands Elementary
Multiplex Building, 1000 DePaul Dr.
Dr. Barbara Mims, Pastor, New St. James Holy Family Church, will be
the speaker at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 20th at the Prime F. Osborn III
Convention Center, 1000 Water Street (Headquarters).
The Women's Conference will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday. Deborah A.
Bernard, Host Pastor; and Elder Myra Henry, of Zoe International; will be
the speakers for the morning session.
Pastor Ronald Walker, of Anointed Outreach Ministries, Vineland, New
Jersey, will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. service.
Host Pastor, Dr. Don Edward Bernard, will deliver the message at the 11
a.m. Sunday Morning.
Apostle I. L. Carter, Prophetic Anointed International Ministries, San
Antonio, Texas; will deliver the closing sermon at 6 p.m. at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center.
Boys2Men at Potter's House
Workshops, presentations, and much more will highlight the full-day
Boys2Men Conference Friday, June 13th at the Potter's House. The confer-
ence will address violence among teen males, poverty, drugs, and family
life, and much more; targeting boys 11 to 18 years of age. To register or for
information, please call Jermyn Shannon 962-7284.
Union of Black Episcopalians to
Present Father's Day Jazz Brunch
The Jacksonville Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians will pres-
ent a "Father's Day Jazz Brunch" 12 Noon 3 p.m., at Carl's Banquet Room,
8th and Main Streets, in Historic Springfield. All are invited. Music will be
by Lawrence Walden & Band. For more information and reservations, call
JUL Annual Empowerment Summit
The Jacksonville Urban League will present its Annual Empowerment
Summit from 1 tO 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 2008. The Education
Initiatives, Economic Empowerment, Employment and Training
Workshops and Job Fair, will be presented at the Jacksonville Urban
leaguee, 9Q03WstUWlpion Street, in Downtown Jacksonville..YQu,may, reg-
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Dy Disnop I.J'. Jakes
Last night, 1 like most Americans
of all stripes, watched with visible
goose bumps as history was made. I
sat with my 13-year-old son and
looked from the screen to his eyes
as Sen. Barack Obama became the
first African American in history to
lead a U.S. major-party ticket when
he claimed the nomination for the
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the United States.
I congratulate Sen. Obama on this
historic accomplishment. I thank
him for accepting the torch that was
lit by our forefathers and proudly
carrying it through the darkness of
our struggles, trials and tribulations,
bringing light and hope to a new
generation, and for facing all those
All are Invited to Family Day at
True House Deliverance Temple
Pastor Earl Thomas and Sister Shannon Thomas, invite all families to a
special Family Day dedicated to "Taking Our City from Crime". There will
be Free Food and Drinks, Free Prizes, and good, clean fun for the whole fam-
ily beginning at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2008.
This day of fellowship will bring the Word of God to help us turn this city
around through faith and prayer. If you need directions, more information,
or a ride, please call (904) 766-1666.
Cousins AME Celebrating Anniversary
The Philip R. Cousin AME Church, 2601 Orange Pickers Road, Pastor
Eugene E. Moseley Jr.; will celebrate their Choir Anniversary at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, June 22, 2008. The community is invited.
Historic Franklintown UMC to
Celebrate 120th Anniversary
The Franklintown United Methodist Church on Historic American
Beach, will celebrate the Church's 120th Anniversary, at 11 a.m., Sunday,
June 22, 2008. The Reverend William 0. Holmes, President of the Nassau
County Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will be the guest
speaker. Lunch will be served following the service. All members of neigh-
boring communities are invited.
Gospel Night Out Competition, June 28th
The 1st Annual Expanding Minds Competition will give you an opportu-
nity to show off your talents at "Gospel Night Out" beginning at 4 p.m.,
Saturday June 28, 2008. The Joint Heirs Christian Center is located at 2100
Directed by Michael White, there are three categories of performers: Solo
& Group Singers, Dance & Step Groups, and Spoken Word & Rap. For more
information, please call (904) 887-3309.
who said "No" and "You can't win,"
or "It will never happen," and firm-
ly, proudly, defiantly saying, "Yes I
However, what I really hope peo-1
ple take away from that night is that
this is not just a victory for African
Americans, it is a victory for
democracy that proves that our
country provides possibilities for
all people. It is also a sign that a
metamorphosis is in progress.
Today we saw that Americans
respect experience, but are interest-
ed in change. I hope that we can
somehow merge the best ideas of
our differences and emerge with a
president who epitomizes our high-
est and best ideals. While it remains
unclear where we are going, last
night proves that we as a people
have moved beyond business as
I congratulate not just Sen.
Obama on his victory, but the coun-
try on this landmark event that has
shattered a past all too often filled
with reasons to separate us as
opposed to a voice of reason to unite
us. The victory cup does not rest on
the shoulders of the senator alone,
but to all those who have been able
to lift the conversation from petty
racism, antiquated cut-throat poli-
tics, and fear-based campaigns to
the larger issues of how we would
like to see our country led into the
future and ultimately how our coun-
try will be remembered.
As the days and discussions of this
political season continue, it is my
sincere hope and prayer that we do
not sink back into the abyss of polit-
ical pettiness that has plagued our
country and our lives for so many
years. I am grateful to Sen. Hillary
Cimnton ior giving, tnrougn mis
campaign, a chance for my daugh-
ters to see that their femininity is not
a liability. Today both my sons and
daughters came to understand that
their ethnicity isn't viewed by pro-
gressive Americans as a limitation
or a liability. iReport.com: Readers'
feelings on Obama
For me it was almost deja vu as I
sat with my son. I remembered a lit-
tle over 40 years ago watching the
famous King speech with my dad.
Similarly, I watched with my
youngest son last night as a histori-
cal moment unfolded. He and I saw
the dreams of slaves come true as
the sons of slaves and the slave
owners clapped their hands in one
progressive sweep. As I drifted into
sleep, all I could see was the twinkle
in my son's eyes. His eyes were illu-
minated with possibilities, and his
heart was filled with the potential of
what is attainable for qualified,
competent people of all types who
prepare themselves intellectually
and are well vested with a divine
sensitivity to the "fierce urgency of
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[ .. Churches are Filled with so Many Single Women
Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in
southern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office.
A new beginning: Blacks giving the
Mormon Church a second look
Angela Carson used to jump up
and frequently yell "Hallelujah!" in
church. Now, she sits in the middle
pew and sings quietly, with a softer,
Carson, a 28-year-old black
woman, left her Baptist church in
New York last year feeling unin-
spired and removed from the con-
gregation. She visited many tradi-
tional black churches, but she found
her new home with the Harlem
branch of the Mormon church.
The religious pillars of service and
community outreach appealed to
Carson, but so did something that
may surprise many blacks: the
commitment to diversity she saw at
the Church of Jesus Christ of
"I was approached by two younger
African-American Mormon mis-
sionaries, and it made me think
about the church in a different
way," she said. "So many people
have asked me why I joined a racist
religion, which makes me sad that
people would think this faith teach-
Carson and other blacks who have
left churches long associated with
their communities, such as the
Baptist and the African Methodist
Episcopal congregations, say they
often find cultural resistance from
their families and friends who may
be skeptical of how the Mormon
church can minister to a black
"I remember my dad telling me
that if I joined the church, I would
have a hard time finding an
Carson said. "I thought about mar-
riage prospects, but I date all kinds
of men so it wasn't an issue."
There are roughly 13 million
Mormons worldwide, and about
half of those live in the United
States, according to figures fre-
quently cited by the church, which
doesn't record members' racial or
However, about 3 percent of the
Mormon Church in America is
black, and less than 0.5 percent of
black Americans are Mormon,
according to a survey in 2007 by
the Pew Forum on Religion and
Public Policy. That would translate
to slightly less than 200,000 black
Mormons in America ---- a huge
increase from the 5,000 to 10,000
estimated by many experts at the
turn of the century.
The growth of Mormonism among
blacks is commonly tied to two
In 1978, the church abolished a
long-standing practice that kept
black men from seeking priest-
hoods and black women from par-
ticipating in temple ceremonies. In
2006, Mormon president Gordon B.
Hinckley publicly declared the faith
open to all people. Contd. on p. 11
by Soul Stirrings
New movie tries to find the
SOULMATE IS an award-win-
ning documentary examining why
the church is full of single black
Christian women. The film is caus-
ing a storm in black Christian cir-
cles. Soul Stirrings talks to writer,
producer and director Andrea
Wiley, who has worked on classic
US comedies like The Prince of Bel
Air and The Parkers.
(SS): What made you decide to
make Soulmate and how long did it
Andrea Wiley (AW): After I read
The Purpose Driven Life, God sent
me down a path of becoming more
intimately acquainted with Him and
His purpose for my life. While
working on a sitcom, I could clear-
ly hear Him ask, 'How will you use
the gifts I have given you for My
glory?' I left my position as a
Hollywood sitcom writer that day.
A few weeks later, a single girl-
friend told me she was going to
freeze her eggs and pick a man with
whom to have a baby. My heart
went out to her and all my single
girlfriends and I began making
Soulmate a few weeks later.
Soulmate took just under two years
to make from start to finish.
(SS): What key message were
you trying to convey through
Director Andrea Wiley
(AW): I wanted to reveal who our
true soul mate is. Our goal in life
should be to get to know Him inti-
mately. He is our one true soul
mate. Any love we receive on top of
His unconditional love is just icing
on the cake!
(SS): What in your view were 3
the most touching parts of your ,
(AW): The most touching
parts of the film for me were dis- P
covering that a black child had a
better chance of growing up in a r
house with a married mother
and father during slavery than
today, that 70 per cent of black
children are born to single moth-
ers, and realizing how many
people live their entire lives
without ever knowing their pur-
pose. These tragic truths speak
to the break down of the family,
which is the foundation of soci-
SS): How have people been
responding to the DVD when it has
(AW): The response has been
simply overwhelming. There have
been tears, laughter, revelations and
lots of hugs. I give God all the glory
for touching hearts, changing minds
and transforming lives through
(SS): Do you feel the church's
role is to help people find partners?
(AW): No, 1 do not. I believe that
the role of the church is to guide
people to have an intimate relation-
ship with God through Jesus Christ.
The church should teach people
how to read the Bible, which is
God's instruction manual for life.
The church should help train people
to live lives that bring glory and
honour to God.
(SS): What role should the church
play in helping women deal with
their singleness, longing for mar-
riage and children?
(AW): In 1 Corinthians 7:34,
scripture says that the unmarried
woman cares about the things of the
Lord, that she may be holy both in
body and in spirit. I don't think that
single women are taught that sin-
gleness is a gift. What an honour to
dedicate your season of singleness
to caring for the things of God.
Instead, many women are desper-
ate, bitter and angry at God because
He hasn't brought them their hus-
The film examines Black women's spiritual connectedness to the church.
The church needs to teach all
people that God is not here to serve
us, we are here to serve Him and it
should be our goal to please Him.
The other role the church should
play is helping to prepare women
for marriage and motherhood,
because single women are not pre-
pared or equipped. They are not
taught properly about the founda-
tional virtues of humility, servant-
hood and submission, and as a
result many marriages end disas-
(SS): Are you working on any
other Christian documentary/pro-
(AW): Our next film, God will-
ing, will be a documentary about
black men in America.
(SS): How long have you been a
Christian, and how does your faith
impact the kind of work you do?
(AW): I have been a Christian for
24 years. My faith drives my life.
This relationship informs the work I
do and the choices I make in every
area of life, not just work. It is my
desire to be a living, breathing
extension of Christ in this world.
(SS): What message do you have
for single Christian women still
looking for their soul mate?
(AW): Trust God. The sovereign
God of the universe knows exactly
what is best for you. Don't try to
make things happen because of
fear, loneliness or a ticking biologi-
cal clock. You could end up making
a decision that you will regret for
the rest of your life.
Get to know God during this time
and understand that singleness is a
gift. You can serve God unhindered
by the demands of a spouse and
children, and believe me once you
are married with children, your time
is no longer your own.
Learn about what it takes to be a
good wife in Proverbs 31, 1
Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 5:22.
Being a godly wife entails serving,
sacrificing and submitting to your
husband. If this is not appealing to
you, you are not ready to be a wife.
(SS): We can't forget about the
brothers. What message do you
have for those wanting a soul mate?
(AW): It is the same message I
have for women. Remain rightly
related to God and He will direct
your steps. When we have an inti-
mate relationship with our Creator,
we are not desperate or fretful. God
fills all the empty places and allows
us to move through life with grace,
ease and love. That is quite appeal-
ing to the opposite sex.
Spend quiet time with God and
meditate in His Word, daily. Allow
His still small voice to reveal His
purpose for your life and who He
wants you to spend the rest of your
Visit www.soulmatefilm.com for
Solving the Mystery they have
Continued from page 4 a nose. It
other that has been given. Sad to is the most prominent feature of his
say, in both areas, most of us have or her face but everybody has the
truly blown it. right to live in the wonderful land
In this area of picking, some do it of Denial.
openly and unashamedly. They do Then I come to the more technical
not care who sees them or hears aspects of this matter of picking.
them for that matter. They firmly Some prefer the left over the right
believe as Americans they have the while others prefer the right over
constitutional right to do this plain- the left. Then of course there are
ly and blatantly. those who do both at the same time
Of course, there are always those confusing everybody watching
who deny they even have a nose let them.
alone stooping to picking it in pub- It is very baffling talking with
lic. Some things, according to them, these people because one time they
are better done in private, behind are on one side and the next time
closed doors. Whoever invented they are on the other side. I know
"closed doors" has probably done both sides are equally significant
society more benefit than any other but I hate being confused.
invention. I must admit with some These I think would be called
people it is quite hard to ignore the "equal opportunity pickers." They
do not prefer one side to the other
both sides, in their opinion, is good.
It is hard to argue with logic like
that. It is the same kind of logic that
your wife uses when she asked you,
"Does this dress make me look
No matter if you are picking the
president of the United States or
your nose, you always end up with
the same thing.
There is only one selecting process
that is devoid of any frustration at
all. Jesus mentioned it, "Ye have
not chosen me, but I have chosen
you, and ordained you, that ye
should go and bring forth fruit, and
that your fruit should remain: that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, he may give it
you." (John 15:16 KJV).
God's choice has eternal ramifica-
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Is There a Doctor
or Two, or Three
in the House?
by M. Latimer
The members of the Mitchell fam-
ily give new meaning to the adage,
"like father, like son" literally.
Patriarch Orrin Mitchell finished
Howard University's School of
Dentistry and opened his orthodon-
tics practice in Jacksonville in
Both his daughter, Kia, and his
son, Derrick, "followed in his foot-
steps," pursuing careers in health-
But here's where things get inter-
esting. Father, daughter and son all
answer to "Dr. Mitchell."
Kia finished the University of
Miami's School of Medicine and is
an emergency room physician.
Derrick graduated from Howard
University's School of Dentistry
(like his father) and is a dentist with
the State of Florida.
If you know Orrin Mitchell, how-
ever, his children's success comes
as no surprise. "My proudest
moments were when I saw my chil-
dren born. From the beginning of
their lives, I wanted to provide them
with the best education possible and
a good value system based on
Christianity," said Mitchell. "I
have always said that they could do
or become whatever they wanted if
they were willing to pay the price -
studying and working."
While Mitchell was busy in his
practice and establishing himself as
a community leader, his children
were watching and learning.
Derrick notes that he received
some valuable lessons from his
father. "The first is the value of
hard work. That is something that
Dad has preached since Kia and I
were young," he said. "We were
free to do whatever we wanted as
long as school came first. Talent
can only get you so far, but hard
work can take you anywhere you
want to go."
Mitchell, however, did not only
teach his children to have a good
work ethic. He also wanted them to
enjoy healthy, happy lives.
Kia says her father emphasized
the importance of maintaining a
sense of balance. "My father is so
wise. He always told us that you
cannot let work consume you and
neglect other aspects of your life,"
she said. "He stressed keeping God
first, enjoying quality time with
your family, taking a moment to
give back, continuing to seek
knowledge, adopting a healthy
lifestyle, and always making time to
Mitchell's children also share that
he played an important role in their
favorite childhood memories.
Derrick remembers the skate parties
The Mitchell family gives new meaning to the adage, "like father, like son." Pictured left right at
Jacksonville Orthodontics, Orrin Mitchell's Baymeadows office are: daughter, Dr. Kia Mitchell-Kemp, an
emergency room physician; father, Dr. Orrin Mitchell, who has been practicing orthodontics in
Jacksonville for three-three years; and son, Dr. Derrick Mitchell, a dentist.
his father would host for all his
patients. While Kia cites "the talk"
Mitchell gave to her and her broth-
er,, encouraging both of them to
become each other's best friend
when they were teens.
Despite their father's obvious
influence, both Mitchell children
state that dentistry and medicine
were not their initial career choices.
"I wanted to be like Dad early on,
but it wasn't until I was in my early
30's that I decided dentistry was the
career for me," said Derrick.
"Something Dad said when I was
young stuck with me. Dentistry, as
rewarding as it is, also gives you
flexibility personally. Our father
wanted to attend any recitals, award
ceremonies, or sporting events that
Kia and I were a part of."
Kia says that initially she was
unsure about her college major. Her
father "came to the rescue" and
encouraged her to observe and learn
from people in different profes-
sions. "In high school, dad was
awesome when he realized that I
was a little lost and talked to his fra-
ternity brothers and other profes-
sional friends. They allowed me to
talk candidly about their career
paths and shadow them in the
offices. That is when I figured out
what I could not spend the rest of
my life doing," she said. "Medicine
affords me an opportunity to help
people regardless of socio-econom-
ic status, interact with all personali-
ties and ages, use problem-solving
skills, and every day is unique. It's
But father, daughter and son have
more in common than healthcare.
All three are very social and love to
laugh and joke around. They also
enjoy sports, music and travel. And
attending Jaguars' games together
is a favorite pastime.
The most important quality, how-
ever, the Mitchells share is a love of
family. Derrick said, "Family is the
primary reason I moved back to
Florida. My dad and I talk a lot. He
always hugs me when he sees me
and tells me he loves me before he
hangs up the phone." A self-pro-
fessed "daddy's girl," Kia says her
parents provided unconditional
love. "No matter what, Dad would
have been proud; but he and Morn
are awesome parents. Dad is sup-
portive, he's funny, and he listens,"
Mitchell freely admits that he is a
proud and doting father, and that
seeing his children grow up to be
strong, productive citizens is one of
the biggest compliments to him.
He also has some words of advice
for young parents. "There is some-
thing missing when there is no
father in the household to help raise
the children. Each child is differ-
ent, so treat them as individuals.
Don't expect them to be perfect.
Get them involved in music and
sports. Read to them early and
often. And be available, be present,
and show interest in every facet of
your children's lives," he said.
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by Vaness Jones, BG
In a recent episode of "Snoop
Dogg's Father Hood," the rapper's
10-year-old son, Cordell, and his
son's friends play around by fake-
slapping one another. Snoop doesn't
approve of what they're doing and,
as he leaves the room, tells them to
stop. The kids don't listen. Instead,
Cordell becomes slap happy, fake-
hitting three friends in a row. One
gets up and slaps Cordell, acciden-
tally connecting with Cordell's eye.
Snoop Dogg has no sympathy as
he returns to the room after hearing
his son's cries. "I told y'all 20 min-
utes ago to stop playing," he says.
As his wife, Shante, takes a look at
Cordell's face, Snoop says to his
son, "You got to be able to take a
blow if you can give a blow, cuz."
"Father Hood," an E! channel
series that shows Snoop parenting
his three children with his wife, is
one of three television shows
depicting fatherhood from a rap-
per's perspective. "Gotti's Way,"
which ended its first season on VH1
late last year, focused on producer
Irv Gotti as he tried to revive his
record label, The Inc.; it included
family scenes of him interacting
with his children. "Run's House,"
which has completed four seasons
on MTV, shows former Run-DMC
member Rev. Run parenting his
family: three children from his first
marriage and twins by his second
"We think that these guys -
because they're rappers, because of
their connection to hip-hop and
because of the way that we think of
black men as fathers in this society
- we think, 'OK, they must not be
good men. They can't be good
fathers,' says Mark Anthony Neal,
a Duke University professor spe-
cializing in pop culture. "But when
it comes to their children, what you
see are men who are very much
engaged, in touch and responsible
about their children."
The parenting abilities displayed
in these shows play against persist-
ent stereotypes in pop culture that
present black men as absent fathers.
It's not only celebrities who are
fighting this perception. Plenty of
black men have become effective
parents despite lacking a father fig-
ure growing up. Until recently,
these men's struggles were barely
recognized. Now a number of
books, television shows and films
are celebrating this movement by
showing black fathers responsibly
parenting their children.
Photography books featuring
images of black fathers were
released last year including "Pop:
A Celebration of Black
Fatherhood," and "I Am a Father:
Fathers." Recent films such as
"Daddy's Little Girls," "The Pursuit
of Happyness" and "Something
New" showcase black fathers who
are important in their children's
But television shows such as
"Father Hood," whose season finale
aired earlier this month, reflect the
reality of black fatherhood only to a
certain point. Few men enjoy the
wealth of these rappers, nor can
they resolve their children's prob-
lems within the limits of a half-hour
Census figures show that black
households headed by mothers out-
number those headed by both par-
ents or fathers. In 2006, 5.5 million
black children lived with their
mothers, 3.9 million lived with both
parents, and just more than 500,000
lived with their fathers. But Neal
says the statistics don't tell the com-
plete story of how present fathers
(or other men) are in families head- /
ed by women. In comparison,
almost 42 million white children A
lived with both parents, 10 million
lived with their mothers and 2.6
million lived with their fathers.
"You're more likely to find that
black men, while they may not
be in the household, will find
ways to contribute to the par-
enting process," says Neal.
"That may mean taking them
to the park once a week, it may
mean trying to provide for them
economically in some ways, but
they're much more likely to be
with the kids, even if
they're not in the household, than
some white men are."
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by M. Latimer
Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr., pas-
tor of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church (BB1C) for more than forty
years, trained his only son Rudolph,
Jr. to be a devout Christian.
He stressed the importance of
being a devoted family man.
He encouraged him to become a
leader, to develop his talents, and to
give back to the community.
He even described him as a "chip
off the old block."
But he wasn't sure if his son
would join him in the pulpit.
While both father and son pos-
sessed oratory skills, McKissick,
Jr.'s real gift seemed to be singing.
"I was an opera major in college. It
was not my intention to follow my
father," he said.
But God (and his dad) had other
At the age of twenty-one,
McKissick, Jr. decided to join the
ministry. Following his graduation
from Virginia Union University, he
returned to BBIC in 1995.
The rest, as they say, is history.
"My inspiration for the ministry
came as a result of my understand-
ing of what God called me to do,"
said McKissick, Sr. "I believe that
God brought my son through the
ranks of the church so that he would
have no doubts about his being a
co-worker in the preaching of the
McKissick, Jr. says his father is
his greatest role model and source
of guidance. "My father inspired
me by always pushing me to be the
very best at whatever 1 did and
showing me how to be disciplined
and caring about the things 1 love,"
he said. "I learned that being a man
means taking care of your family in
every way and being true to whom
God made you."
McKissick, Jr. also notes that he
had an idyllic childhood. Favorite
memories include playing ping
pong and pool with his father. And
Saturday nights were particularly
special. Once the lights went out in
McKissick, Sr.'s church office, his
son knew his father would head
home and spend quality time with
He now provides his three chil-
dren with the same positive envi-
ronment. "My childhood was won-
derful. I wasn't limited because I
was the pastor's son," he said. "I
try to do the same for my children."
McKissick, Sr., in turn, shares
that his son inspires him. "I was so
proud when my son made decisions
like completing his college career,
accepting the work of the Lord, and
finding a good wife," he said.
"Sometimes I feel that I have
learned more from him than I taught
McKissick, Sr. even admits to
making a few mistakes along the
way. "Regretfully, every father on
this earth has to say, 'Yes, my child
has adopted some of my bad
habits,'" he said.
And he shares that he would have
liked more time with his son. "All
fathers who have tried to do all pos-
sible to relate properly with their
sons have to be truthful and say, 'I
wish I could have done more, or
something else differently.'"
But McKissick, Jr. doesn't see
any deficiencies in his upbringing.
In fact, he clearly idolizes his father,
calling him a "legend." "I have a
great father, who is proud, protec-
tive and a provider. We are alike in
the sense that we both are very pas-
sionate about our beliefs. We are
different in that he is more outgoing
and a 'people person,'" he said.
"Contrary to popular opinion, I am
the opposite. I hate crowds and am
While father and son express the
belief that they share a special
bond, both admit it is complicated
by the demands of leading a con-
gregation of approximately 12,000
"The ministry today is many-
sided. It requires constant prepara-
tion and participation. The struggle
comes in finding that balance," said
McKissick, Sr. "When you love the
Lord and people, however, you find
your joy in doing the Lord's work."
According to McKissick, Jr., the
challenges of the ministry are, for
him, even more complex. "These
are unique to me in some ways.
Having grown up in this church,
there are many who see me as the
child they knew or the 'pastor's son'
and have no intention of Jo i11 n2 ,n -
thing else. To them, I am RudJ\ .nd
not 'bishop' or 'pastor,'" he jaid
"But there is great joy i-. being
home with my parents. being
able to help nurture the
church I grew up in, and in
watching God transition it
to new dimensions olI -
Regardless of the
difficulties they face,
both father and son
address those issues
together. "We must :
make sure that at all
times the flock over
which God has
placed us always
has access to one of
us," said McKissick,
Sr. "It helps to have
an excellent staff, but
the key to it all is
McKissick, Jr. "We
must communicate and
also be able to compro-
mise with each other when
And both pastors encour-
age other fathers and sons to
focus on having healthy, lasting
relationships. According to
McKissick, Sr., a good father sim-
ply consults the Commandments.
"Bring up a child in the way he
should go, and when he is old, he
will not 'depart,'" he said. While
McKissick, Jr. adds that a good son
honors his parents. "A good son is
always respectful of his parents, no
matter what the age might be," he
grow to the
point where he can
continue to lovingly care for Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr and
his parents as they grow older." father, Pastor Rudolph Mckissick, Sr.
American Coalition for
Fathers and Children
The members of the American
Coalition for Fathers and
Children are dedicated to the
creation of a family law system,
legislative system, and public
awareness which promotes equal
rights for ALL parties affected by
divorce, the breakup of a family
or establishment of paternity.
1718 M. St. NW #187
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 800 978-3237
Facsimile: 703 442-5313
E- mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Nat'l. Fatherhood Initiative
The National Fatherhood Initiative's
mission is to improve the well being
of children by increasing the propor-
tion of children growing up with
involved, responsible, and committed
fathers. They work through educating
through public awareness campaigns,
research, and other resources.;
Equipping and developing leaders of
national, state, and community father-
hood initiatives through curricula,
training, and technical assistance.
National Fatherhood Initiative
101 Lake Forest Boulevard, # 360
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Phone: (301) 948-0599
Fax: (301) 948-4325
Black Men Raising Girls Alone
Black Men Raising Girls Alone
(BMRGA) is dedicated to strength-
ening the moral and spiritual fiber
of the young black woman that is
parented only (or primarily) by her
Their goal is to ensure that the
young black woman has the highest
likihood of being successful, happy,
healthy and safe.
Members fit in to one of three cat-
Fathers currently raising girls
From the Hilltop
Fathers that in the past have raised
their daughters) alone.
Adult women that were raised by
their fathers only.
Black Men Raising Girls Alone
P.O. Box 5892
Washington, D.C. 20016
Phone: (301) 324-5680
Fax: (301) 324-5052
Daughters of Men
by Renee Gallard share remarkable stories about the
We constantly hear the statistics or love and support of their fathers.
stories about black men who aban- You'll hear from Cathy Hughes
don their children, but what about about the fact that when she was
the tons of fathers who don't? sixteen and pregnant, it was her
Well, DAUGHTERS OF MEN: father who told her, "You know, this
PORTRAITS OF AFRICAN- could very well be the turning point
AMERICAN WOMEN AND in your life. You don't know who
THEIR FATHERS God is going to
is a tribute to those bless you
men that stood by with...You just
their girls and need to make
helped to make the best of the
them the successes siu at i o n. "
they are today. In Today, Hughes'
the coffee-table son is the presi-
book, filled with dent and CEO of
beautiful photo- her multimil-
graphs of both Daughters of Men lion-dollar cor-
father and daughter, portion, Radio-
author Rachel One.
Vassel includes sto- What's inter-
ries from a diverse testing is that
collection of women--CEOs,
actresses, educators, journalists,
and musicians. And many of the
names and faces you'll recognize
like Yolanda Adams, Beyonc6,
Cathy Hughes, Mary Mary, Rene
Syler, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and
Tracey Edmonds. These woman
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Vassel, the author, didn't grow up
with her father. In fact, while
exploring the power of the paternal
bond for the makings of this book,
she sought to rebuild her relation-
ship with her own father and simul-
taneously recognized that she was
surrounded by strong male role
models including her grandfather
In the introduction, Vassel, who
held a career in corporate America
before pursuing a creative one,
writes, "The most important thing I
noticed during this project was that
there are many paths to great
fatherhood. Each of the fathers pro-
filed in this book had a unique style
of parenting, yet they were all suc-
cessful parents. What they have in
common is a strong dedication to
their daughters. Upon reflecting on
her father's sacrifices, one woman I
interviewed said in tears,
"Fatherhood is free." I immediately
understood what she was trying to
convey. She meant that no matter
what his financial circumstances
may be, any man can be a great
father if he puts in the time."
I don't have much more to say
about this book, but, buy it! Buy it
for yourself. For your daughter. For
your father. For your brother. For
your son. For a friend. DAUGH-
TERS OF MEN is a powerful testa-
ment to the importance of black
Father and Son Spiritual Duo Share
Joys from Singing to the Pulpit
Dedication To Black Fathers
by Richard Rowe
To Black fathers who have tried to provide and protect.
To Black fathers who continue to encourage and empower
To Black fathers who love Black mothers.
To Black fathers who practice what they preach.
Set the example.
To Black fathers who reach out and reach back.
Continue to uplift.
To Black fathers who are honest and honorable.
Remember Martin King.
To Black fathers who are determined and disciplined.
To Black fathers who have not given up.
To Black fathers who are courageous and demanding.
To Black fathers who are systematic and work hard.
For Black fathers who are self-determining.
Remember Booker T.
For Black fathers who have decided to win,
who have decided to fight back,
who don't make excuses and
who promote and practice the essence of
Let's continue to celebrate the power of our endurance.
Let's continue to choose the right path.
Let's remain strong and let's keep the faith.
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June 12 18, 2008
Pa2e 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 12-18, 2008
Don't Let it Worry You, Destress Now!
Stress is definitely the buzzword
of the moment and it has taken on
many different meanings.
It is defined as a feeling of tension
that is both emotional and physical.
150 Men Learn to Improve Family Skills at Project MALE
(Men Advocating and Leading by Example) Conference
"For the past nine years, River
Region has been organizing Project
MALE conferences that have
helped hundreds of men in the
Jacksonville area,"said Kenneth
Arnold, Senior Director of
b 'Intervention Services for River
Region Human Services. "This
year, we partnered with the
Commission and the Jacksonville
I _____Housing Authority. Participants
'- found the material both valuable-,
Sand helpfuIl. It was a very success-.
Panel members were Ronnie Cage
Aaron Mitchell leads a workshop at Project MALE Conference Godfrey Story of River Region.
150 men attended the 9th Annual "Strengthening the family by Geno Hampton of North-South
SBehavioral Services was the moder-
Project MALE Conference, which strengthening the man." To kick Behavioral Services waste moder-
was held at Brentwood Lake things off, a panel of local experts actor and Aaron Mitchewho owns
Community Center on June 7th. on fatherhood fielded questions a local construction company, led
The theme of this year's event was from the audience. one of the workshops.
FCCJ Accepting Applications for Bachelor's Degree Programs
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville has began accepting
applications for Fall Term 2008
admission to each of its four bache-
lor's degree programs. Deadline to
apply is June 26th.
Each of the College's four bache-
lor's programs-nursing, supervi-
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and telecommunications, and fire
science management-have other
specific requirements for admis-
sion. Bachelor's degree applicants
will receive advising and informa-
tion regarding other documentation
required and submission deadlines
for their desired program.
To be selected for any FCCJ bach-
elor's degree program, applicants
must first complete an associate
degree. Prospective students whose
ultimate goal is to earn a bachelor's
degree may enter an associate
degree program and begin course-
All bachelors' programs have
selective admission with a limited
number of spaces. To be considered
for admission, applicants must meet
or exceed the admissions require-
ments as established by each pro-
gram. Classes for the new bache-
lor's degree programs begin Aug.
25, pending approval by the
Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS).
For more information visit
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lens and feelings without judging
you does a world of good. It also
helps to hear a different point of
view. Friends will remind you that
you're not alone.
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep
improves your ability to deal with
stressful situations. It's very impor-
tant we get at least eight hours of
sleep each night.
Write down your thoughts.
Keeping a journal can be a great
way to get things off your chest and
work through issues. Later, you can
go back and read through your jour-
nal and see how you've made
Set limits. When it comes to work
and family, figure out what you can
really do. There are only so many
hours in the day. Set limits with
yourself and others.
If the job is unbearable, plan and
execute a career change. Send out
resumes or work on transfers with-
in the company.
Get help from a professional if
you need it. Talk to a therapist. A
therapist can help you work through
stress and find better ways to deal
In closing, it should be noted that
no single method is successful: a
combination of approaches is gen-
erally most effective. It is important
that you learn to put aside fears and
worries about things beyond your
control, and face change with
courage and commitment.
sion, anxiety and eating problems.
Ask yourself the following ques-
At work, do you have too many
Do you have conflicting demands
oi e\xpoL nations relative to co-work-
ei, ni.,iLagement or superiors?
l Unire about job security due to
dov nsizing, cutbacks or reor-
Are there limited opportu-
nities for advancement or
Too many hassles and
If you answered yes to
more than one item, it is
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action to learn new cop-
ing skills or to effectively
apply the ones you have.
Efective ways to deal with
Relax. It's important to unwind.
Each person has their own way to
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Take a break, a change of pace,
no matter how short can give you a
Take advantage of break times, go
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Talk. When things build up talk to
a friend. Finding someone who will
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Home Decorating Course by Mail
The Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Office will sponsor a
home decorating course through the mail beginning in early July. The
eight-lesson study course will run for two months with a set of four lessons
being sent each month. A certificate of completion form the University of
Florida will be given upon completion of the course.
The course is geared to provide basic decorating information on a range
of topics. Each lesson will contain literature to completely cover each
topic plus a test on the lesson content for those persons desiring a comple-
tion certificate. The following eight-lesson topics are: Design in Home
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Fabrics; History of Furniture and the Art of Combining Furniture Styles.
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natural reaction to everyday
changes and challenges. Your body
cannot tell the difference between
good or bad news. What is most
important is not the stress itself, but
how a person reacts to it.
Stress can take on many different
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toms of illness. Common symptoms
include headaches, sleep disorders,
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June 12 18., 2008 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
UNCLE SAM WANTS YOUR KIDS
Continued from front
and bossed around," Jackson,
who was discharged after serving
13 months. "He lied about the
options I would have once I got in,
the opportunities for me were
altered and even the dream sheet
they have you fill out is a lie."
Jackson signed up to make
money as he awaited the birth of his
daughter, but later regretted it.
"They moved me from Texas to
Delaware, which wasn't my place
of choice. I was told that I would
get at least six months to prepare
myself to go overseas but within
three months I was in Saudi Arabia.
They made us watch videos to put
in us hate for people across seas but
I saw that everyone over there is not
like that. They are a bunch of liars,"
"Military recruitment tools aimed
at youth under 18, including
Pentagon-produced video games,
military training corps, and data-
bases of students' personal informa-
tion, have no place in America's
schools," said Jennifer Turner of
the ACLU Human Rights Project.
"The United States military's pro-
cedures for recruiting students
plainly violate internationally
accepted standards and fail to pro-
tect youth from abusive and aggres-
sive recruitment tactics," she said.
The ACLU report was released
The report notes that recruiters
disproportionately target poor and
minority students and use public
schools as prime recruiting
grounds. The ACLU charges exag-
gerated promises of financial
rewards, coercion, deception and
sexual abuse by recruiters nullify
so-called voluntarinesss" of recruit-
ment. A 2007 survey of New York
City high school students by the
New York Civil Liberties Union
and other organizations found more
than 1 in 5 students, including stu-
dents as young as 14, reported the
use of class time by military
Jeremy Jenkins, a high school
senior, was first approached by a
Marine recruiter at 16-years-old.
"They (military recruiters) are
always at school career days and
other events with attractive setups
to entice young people. I think the
national defense is important but
recruiters should only impart
knowledge to young people and not
influence them under the age of
18," he said.
Jenkins is on his way to the Naval
Academy because of his dream to
be a pilot. "It had nothing to do with
a recruiter or the Jr. ROTC because
I didn't want to join on. However,
the Navy has presented me with an
opportunity to achieve my dream
but of course they make no guaran-
tees," he said.
Statistics from the New York sur-
vey noted nearly one in five respon-
dents at selected schools did not
believe anyone in their school could
properly advise them about the
risks and benefits of military enlist-
ment. Additionally, almost one in
three students surveyed were
unsure if such a person was avail-
able in their school. Nearly half of
respondents did not know who
should be told about military
"I wanted to join the Marines in
the 8th grade because they had
brochures at the carnivals we had at
school," said Toni Cervantes, who
is now college bound. "But I quick-
ly changed my mind after hearing
stories from my friends who joined
and discovered that it was nothing
like the recruiters promised. The so-
called free ride is a long process."
Are Blacks and Hispanics the pri-
mary recruiting targets? According
to information from the Department
of Defense, from 2000 to 2007, the
percentage of Blacks enlisting in
the various armed forces decreased
by 6 percent while Hispanic enlist-
ment jumped about 30 percent.
Defense Department population
studies revealed most recruits are
from lower income backgrounds
and only 8 percent of recruits have
a parent who is a professional. With
over $1 billion a year spent on
recruiting efforts, the Defense
Department examines long term
trends in the youth population and
evaluates how to increase interest in
"It's no mystery that the armed
forces target the urban areas," said
an Army military recruiter in
Houston and the country's south-
west region. "We go to a lot of
Black and Hispanic schools for
career days, programs, and other
functions because we have a quota
to meet every year as it relates to
Blacks and Hispanics. It is true that
those students are more adamant to
join on with us because of the
opportunities that are given to
them-although many may dis-
agree. But we do help a lot of peo-
ple who don't have any other option
coming out of high school."
School boards and local educa-
tion departments are being asked by
the ACLU to create a transparent,
system-wide policy governing
recruitment in public schools. The
policy should defend students' and
parents' rights to withhold informa-
tion from the military, limit military
recruiter access to high school cam-
puses, protect student safety, and
ensure educational integrity, the
ACLU said. It should also clearly
inform public high school students
about their rights in relation to mil-
itary recruitment, protect students
from coercive military recruiter
practices, and consistently enforce
such procedures and guidelines
across the school district, the civil
Voting Rights Act
Continued from page 4
a continued threat to roll back the
accomplishments of the VRA
stands before us. To be sure, other
challenges like those launched by
the utility district in Texas will be
mounted. In addition, jurisdictions
will likely continue to resort to
increasingly sophisticated tools and
devices to restrict the rights of
minority voters including the adop-
tion of restrictive government-iden-
tification requirements, intimida-
tion, deceptive practices, purging of
abuse by mili-
gation in 2006
interest in the e
recruiters, raped on recruiting
office couches, assaulted in govern-
ment cars and groped en route to
entrance exams. Many of the vic-
tims were under 17 years of age.
The Army alone had 53 allegations
of sexual misconduct that year but a
spokesman defended that it "is not
indicative of the entire command of
An Associated Press investiga-
tion revealed most recruiters found
guilty of sexual misconduct were
only disciplined administratively,
facing a reduction in rank or forfei-
ture of pay. Military and civilian
prosecutions remain rare.
The ACLU wants the U.S. to
eliminate the military recruitment
provision from the No Child Left
Behind Act; create accessible griev-
ance procedures for recruiter abus-
es; apply meaningful punishments
to recruiters who engage in abusive,
harassing, or deceptive recruitment
practices; and create a "Recruit's
Bill of Rights" that must be publi-
cized and posted in recruitment sta-
tions to detail opt-out procedures
and the right not to enlist.
The U.N. Committee on the
Rights of the Child received the
ACLU report because it oversees
the relevant international protocol.
The committee was to review the
report before late May questioning
of a U.S. government delegation on
its compliance with protocol obli-
gations in Geneva.
The report also criticizes U.S.
detention of children at
Guant6namo and U.S.-run facilities
overseas without recognizing their
juvenile status or observing interna-
tional juvenile justice standards.
Details of U.S. denial of asylum to
former child soldiers under immi-
gration provisions intended to bar
their victimizers and child victims
of human rights abuses denied pro-
tection in the U.S. are included in
voter rolls, and aggressive chal-
lenges inside the polls on Election
Day. We must vigilantly defend
against those attacks while ensuring
that Section 5 is vigorously
enforced as a tool to block threats
to the fragile gains that have been
made on behalf of African
We owe it those whose human
sacrifice led to the passage of the
VRA and to the future of American
democracy to continue the march
toward the fulfillment and protec-
tion of the VRA, both in the courts
and in our communities.
Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. Retires
Unbeaten welterweight Floyd
Mayweather Jr. announced his
retirement again last week, with
boxing's unofficial pound-for-
pound king saying he no longer has
the passion necessary to fight.
Mayweather, an Olympic bronze
medalist who has won belts in five
weight classes, made the abrupt
announcement in a letter to. The
31-year-old WBC welterweight
champ (39-0, 25 KOs) hasn't
fought since beating Ricky Hatton
last December, but was widely
expected to take on Oscar De La
Hoya in September in a rematch of
the richest fight in boxing history.
"This decision was not an easy
one for me to make, as boxing is all
I have done since I was a child,"
said Mayweather, the son and
nephew of three of the sport's top
trainers. "However, these past few
years have been extremely difficult
for me to find the desire and joy to
continue in the sport."
Mayweather also said he was
done fighting after each of his last
two bouts, but his letter somberly
described the reasons for his deci-
sion to "permanently retire from
Though Mayweather reportedly
earned more than $50 million com-
bined for his split-decision win
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
over De La Hoya and a knockout
of Hatton last year, he has seemed
much more interested in being a
celebrity and a mogul than a fight-
er over the past 18 months, perhaps
best evidenced by his self-pro-
claimed nickname change from
"Pretty Boy" to "Money."
In the past year alone, he has
appeared on "Dancing With the
Stars," worked on his record label,
served as the honorary starter at the
Indianapolis 500 and entered the
wrestling ring for a choreographed
tussle with the 440-pound "Big
Show" at WrestleMania in
Orlando, winning that bout with a
set of brass knuckles.
" Floyd was a very talented fight-
er, no question about it, but he got
to a particular point where it was
just for the money," said Bob
Arum, Mayweather's longtime pro-
moter with Top Rank before the
boxer began promoting his own
career. "Which is all right, it's a
professional sport, but there's noth-
ing wrong with his decision. It's a
"I am sorry I have to leave the
sport at this time, knowing I still
have my God-given abilities to
succeed and future multi-million
dollar paydays ahead, including the
one right around the corner,"
Mayweather said. "But there
comes a time when money doesn't
matter. I just can't do it anymore. I
have found a peace with my deci-
sion that I have not felt in a long
Mayweather gave no indication
of what he plans to do next, though
it probably involves increasing his
fame. He gained a broader measure
of fans through two short-run real-
ity shows on HBO leading up to his
last two fights, detailing the wacky
family dynamics of the
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Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through July 12,
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INVITATION FOR BIDS
ANNUAL MAINTENANCE DREDGING FY09
Blount Island, Talleyrand, and Dames Point Marine Terminals
JAXPORT Project No. 175/176/189.5855
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1276
June 12, 2008
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until 2:00 PM, local time, July 17, 2008, at
which time they shall be opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building, 2831
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All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and drawings for Project No. C-1276, which may
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Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the second floor of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for information.)
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON June 26, 2008, AT 10:00 AM, IN THE
PUBLIC MEETING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING
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WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH CONFERENCE.
Bid and contract bonding are required.
There is a 0% JSEB Participation Goal established for this project.
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Jacksonville Port Authority
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Ribault Class of 1983
The Jean Ribault Class of 1983
will be celebrating their 25th
Reunion June 12-15th at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. The
weekend event will include a luau,
all white party, excursion trip and
worship service. For more informa-
tion, contact Letitia Flanders at
Rachelle Ferrell in
Concert at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will present jazz
vocalist Rachelle Ferrell in concert
on Saturday, June 14th at 8:00
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, please call 632-5555.
The Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials (COMTO),
will have their 3rd Annual Bowl A
Thon on June 14th. Teams of three
will compete for packages and
awards. There will be food, fun,
prizes, and lots of fund raising. The
Jacksonville Chapter is raising
money to support the General and
Scholarship Funds. It will take
place at Bowl America, 11141
Beach Blvd. beginning at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact
Endya Cummings at 630-3197.
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. Extension
offices are located at 1010 N.
McDuff Avenue. To register or
more info call 387-8855.
The Jacksonville Black
Firefighters will be hosting a Social
Event for Charity at SOHOs Sports
Grille located in the Town and
Country Shopping Center at
University and Arlington Exp. It
will be held on Thursday, June
19th starting at 6 p.m. Come out
and enjoy live jazz starting with
free food and drink specials fol-
lowed by D.J. Rex.Proceeds will
benefit the Brotherhood's commu-
Join the Ritz Theater for their
Apollo style Amateur Night semi-
finals on Friday, June 20th at 7:30
p.m. The showcase of the best of
area talent features a variety of cul-
tural genres. For more information
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.
Caribbean Boat Ride
On Saturday, June 21st, there will
be a Caribbean "Carmeritage" Boat
Ride aboard the Lady St. John
departing from 1501 Riverplace
Blvd. It will board at 10:30, depart-
ing at 11 p.m. For more information
The monthly meeting of the
Jacksonville Genealogical Society
will be held June 21, 2008, at 1:30
p.m. in the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, Jacksonville, Fl. Our
speaker will be Ann Staley,
Certified Genealogist, with a new
program dealing with "Heritage
Quest Online-The Ins and Outs."
Ann will help you in your explo-
ration of Heritage Quest. For fur-
ther information contact, Mary
Chauncey, at (904) 7682-9300.
Dangerous Curves of Jacksonville
will present their Total Woman Plus
Size Fashion Show on Saturday,
June 21, 2008, at the Ritz Theatre
& Lavilla Museum. The show, host-
ed by Karen Washington will begin
at 7 p.m. For more information on
the event, visit dangerouscurves-
jacksonville.com or contact 904- June 23 from 1 PM to 3 PM.
554-9930 or email at lasting-
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.
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center in cooperation with the
Duval County Extension Service
will host a workshop on Monday,
Celebrate the harvest season by
learning how to make Blueberry-
Lemon Preserves. The cost
includes all materials and you will
take home two half-pints of pre-
serves. Space is limited. Call 387-
8850 to register. Deadline is June
Free Trash into
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension Office will present take-
home ideas for recycling for your
garden and how and what to com-
post. The will also teach about the
basic mulches and where to use
them. The "Trash into Treasure"
class will be held on Thursday,
June 26th at the Webb Wesconnet
Regional Library, 6887 103rd Street
from 2 4 p.m. This is a free class
but registration is requested. Call
Becky 387-8850 to pre-register.
CATS the Musical
The show that revolutionized
musical theatre is coming to the
Times Union Center's Moran
Theater in Jacksonville for 5 per-
formances June 27 -29th, 2008.
Direct from Broadway, "Cats" is
the longest continuously touring
show in American theatre history.
For tickets or more information,
call (904) 632-3373.
Summer White Party
Uptown Saturday Night will fea-
ture a Summer White party on
Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 8
p.m. 2 a.m. at the Mill Copve Golf
Club, 1700 Monument Road. The
event will include free food, live
jazz, spoken word and a DJ. Fo
more information call 742-1203.
at the Ritz
On Thursday July 1st, the Ritz
Theater will present a free evening
of spoken word. You are welcome
to participate or listen. For more
information call 632-555.
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will have their next
meeting on Wednesday July 2nd
from 9:30-1 :00a.m. It will meet at
the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Dr. in Atlantic
Beach. The speaking topic will be
"In America, is Everybody
Insane?". There will also be a trib-
ute to teachers. For more informa-
tion, contact Kate at 534-6784.
Book Club Meeting
The July meeting of PRIDE Book
Club will be held on Friday, July
11th and the book for discussion
will be EVERY WOMAN NEEDS
A WIFE by Naleighna Kai. For
more information call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008 For information call (800)
849-0248 or visit
Basketball in Jax
Local residents will be able to
check out professional basketball
right in our own backyard with an
NBA pre-season basketball game
between the Orlando Magic vs. the
Miami Heat. Tickets go on sale
June 9th for the game that will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call (904) 353-3309, or online
Rae sntarting at $36ea year
The Norwood Neighborhood Association and Grace and Truth CDC will
join efforts to clean up the North Brookside neighborhood on
Jacksonville's Northside. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter and
trash removal. Registered volunteers will receive breakfast and lunch.
Clean up efforts will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sat. June 14th. Volunteers
will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at Hardee's located at 6914 Norwood Ave. All
interested volunteers should contact Thea Garfield at 904.338.9990 or
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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one of his
11 children falsely accused him of
skipping child support payments
only to embarrass him.
"I'm not broke. I'm just not liq-
uid," Holyfield told the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. "I do feel
kind of sad because things have
always been positive and now
everybody wants to jump on me
like I'm the worst person in the
world and I went out and blew all
The former heavyweight boxing
champ was responding to a foreclo-
sure notice that appeared in
Wednesday's Fayette Daily News.
Lien holder Washington Mutual,
demanding full repayment of a $10
million loan, had scheduled an auc-
tion on July 1.
According to the Journal-
Constitution, a law firm represent-
ing Holyfield's lending company
confirmed Friday that the estate -
as of Thursday was no longer up
for auction. He declined to com-
ment further. Holyfield, too, would
not elaborate, except to say "every-
thing is alright with the house now."
The 9-year-old home, worth an
estimated $20 million, sits at the
end of Evander Holyfield Highway
and has a bowling alley and movie
theater. According to the Journal-
Constitution, the ex champ has
taken out two additional mortgages
totaling more than $5 million.
Meanwhile, there were also head-
lines last week that Toi Irvin, moth-
er of Holyfield's 10-year-old son
Evan, filed a petition for contempt
in Fayette Superior Court, claiming
the "Real Deal" is behind on his
"I would've liked to have seen him
take care of his child support obli-
gations before worrying about his
house," said Irvin's attorney Randy
Kessler, who expects a court date to
be scheduled within 30 days. "If he
hasn't made the proper arrange-
ments by then, we'll ask that he be
Regarding the delinquent child
support accusations, Holyfield said
"Never -- I would never do some-
thing like that. I have always taken
care of my children. It's just one of
the mothers who's saying some-
thing because she thinks it will
embarrass me. I just have to roll
with the punches in this situation."
Added to that situation, Holyfield
also is being sued by a Utah con-
sulting company for failing to repay
a $550,000 loan. The lawsuit, filed
last month in U.S. District Court in
Salt Lake City, alleges Holyfield
borrowed the funds to pay for land-
scaping on his estate. Holyfield
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