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Volume 23 No. 14 Jacksonville, Florida August 7 -13, 2008
Statistics Showing AIDS is Becoming a Black Disease
The recent reports of H.I.V. infec-
tions occurring in the United States
have alarmed the Black community
based on the high incidences. Now
the Black community is more than
alarmed, but shocked to find out
that the previous statistics were
The number of people infected
with HIV, the virus that causes
AIDS, is 40 percent higher than the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention has been reporting each
year, according to new figures
released last Saturday.
According to the CDC, approxi-
mately 56,300 new HIV infections
occurred in the United States in
2006. The previous estimate had
been 40,000 new infections per
"It's important to note that the new
estimate does not represent an actu-
al increase in the number of new
infections, but reflects our ability to
more precisely measure HIV inci-
dence and secure a better under-
standing of the epidemic," said Dr.
Kevin Fenton, director of the
CDC's National Center for
HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD
and TB Prevention. "This new pic-
ture reveals that the HIV epidemic
is and has been worse than pre-
viously known and underscores the-
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Bring Candidates to the People
First Black Bureau Chief Named
to be Tim Russert's Successor
NBC News Senior Vice President Mark
Whitaker has been appointed the network's
Washington bureau chief in the post held by Tim
Russert, who died in June.
Whitaker's duties will include management of
the D.C. bureau plus oversight of "Meet the
Press" and election and political coverage. NBC
News said Whitaker will work closely with
political director Chuck Todd as well as
Russert's deputies, Wendy Wilkinson and Brady
Whitaker became the first black editor of a
national newsweekly in 1998 when he took over as editor of Newsweek.
The position came 21 years after working as an intern at the magazine
while a student at Harvard. He officially joined Newsweek as a full-time
reporter in 1981 and went on to serve as an assistant managing editor
from 1991 to 1995.
In May 2004, Whitaker was elected president of the American Society
of Magazine Editors, only the second African American to hold that posi-
Jobless Rate at 4 Year High with 1.7 M
According to the Labor Department's recently released report, unem-
ployment in America reached a four-year high last month climbing to 5.7
percent for the overall population.
However, African Americans saw their jobless rate climb to 9.7 percent
in July up from 9.2 percent in June.
The 9.7 percent Black unemployment rate compared to a 5.1 percent
jobless rate for whites and 7.4 percent for Hispanics.
However, while joblessness was increasing for both Blacks and whites,
it actually declined for Hispanics dropping from 7.7 percent in June to
7.4 percent last month.
Overall, 1 million 726 thousand African Americans were looking for
work but could not find it. The Labor Department only counts a person
as unemployed if they are actually looking for work. Thus, those persons
who have given up the job search are not officially considered unem-
ployed even if they do not have a job.
Meanwhile, "labor force participation" figures released by the depart-
ment showed that 63.8 percent of American Blacks were in the labor
force. This compares to 66.4 percent of whites and 68.6 percent of
Hispanics. (source: Taylor Media Services)
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City Breaks Ground on New
Center Benefiting City's Northside
Shown above are panelists (1-r) Latasha Fullwood, Kevin Gay, Tom
Patton, Dan Evans and Pedro Cohen. KFP Photo
The Perkins Bar Association and
the NAACP concluded their last in
a series of three candidates forum
bringing candidates on the upcom-
ing ballot to First Coast voters.
Held in the Auditorium of FCCJ's
downtown campus, candidates
from City Council District 10, the
School Board and City Council At
Large Group 2 were addressed by a
panel in addition to fielding audi-
The panel was moderated by
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Mayor John Peyton joined other
governmental officials this week to
break ground on the new Northwest
Upon completion, this multipur-
pose community center will provide
space for meetings, after-school
programs, summer camps and
events. It will also feature an indoor
walking track, gymnasium, teaching
kitchen, classrooms and a fitness
center. Continued on page 3
Former Springfield Visionary
and Actress Sara Allen Passes
Former Springfield Resident and
Activist Sara Allen Passes
Ms. Sara Allen, a former advocate
of the Springfield community,
passed away last week in New York
Allen, a Broadway actress, along
with her daughter, retired tennis pro
Leslie Allen, moved to Springfield
JLOC Travels to Atlanta for a Day of Service and Strategizing
Shown in Orlando after serving food in the park are (L-R) Chairman Bro.Jerome Noisette, Mrs.Noisette, Juan
Muhammad, Sis.Estasema BLOC,Sis. Mary Muhammad, Sis.Maude Robinson ATLOC, Sis.Terri Muhammad -
FLOC, Sis.Flarrie Muhammad NLOC, Second row: Bro.James Muhammad, Bro.Darryl Muhammad, Bro.Clarence
Muhammad BLOC, Bro.. Reylius, Bro.Allah, ,Bro.Raymond and Bro.Leo. Photo by Bro.Andr'e X
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement traveled to Atlanta ,Ga.
Last weekend to strategize with fel-
low members from the southeast for
the Southern Regional Conference
Meeting. The one day event
brought together committee's from
urban communities in Georgia,
Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee
and Alabama. The two fold confer-
ence also symbolized their commit-
ment to service. The day begin with
the entire group feeding people at
Atlanta's Oakland City Park. It con-
cluded with an evening session
where plans for future projects were
developed and formulated to bring
to fruition. They also discussed a
wide variety of subjects ranging
from developing disaster plans to
learning to grow your own vegeta-
bles. To find out more about
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.for Millions More
Movement whose sole mission is
dedicated to improving our commu-
nity "through education not incar-
ceration", visit their website
www.jaxloc.com, or call 904-240-
Ms. Sara Allen
from New York City and purchased
several properties as one of the
early advocates of the historic
neighborhood in the mid 80s. She
brought with her, several other act-
ing friends who helped generate
attention and served as the catalyst
for the Springfield Renaissance
today. They also owned property on
American Beach. Following over a
decade of trying to make a change
in the Jacksonville community, the
mother and daughter returned to
their northern roots.
In her professional career, her
expansive acting resume included
everything from the Cosby Show to
the movie, "Divine Secrets of the
Ya-Ya Sisterhood" to playing
"Sookey" in the American
Shakespeare Theatre's revival on
Broadway of "Cat on a Hot Tin
Sarah was an accomplished
actress of stage and screen, an edu-
cator, entrepreneur, tennis enthusi-
ast and avid traveler. A celebration
of her life will be announced in the
near future. Donations in her mem-
ory may be made to the Actors
Fund, "Lillian Booth Actors Home"
729 7th Avenue, 10th floor, NYC
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Author, Historian and College Administrator
Elected to Lead Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
At their 102nd annual convention,
in Kansas City, members of the
nation's oldest African-American
Greek-lettered organization named
Rev. Herman "Skip" Mason its next
Mason is interim vice president of
student services at Morehouse
College and a pastor. He's also a
noted historian, author and docu-
mentary producer. Mason was nom-
inated at the fraternity's Orlando
convention in August, 2007 along
with Darryl Peal, of Columbus,
Ohio. The two campaigned for the
fraternity's highest office for the
past year crisscrossing the country
and abroad to meet and greet fellow
When Mason takes the oath of
bers to Washington, D.C. for the
dedication of the Martin Luther
King Jr. National Memorial. The
monument project was spearheaded
by the fraternity, of which King was
initiated into and is a member of its
Omega Chapter for deceased broth-
Mason, who was named national
Alumni Brother of the Year in 1989,
is the past president of the Atlanta
chapter of the fraternity, and was
elected for a four-year term. He
succeeds General President Darryl
Matthews, Sr., of Johns Creek, Ga.
Mason was initiated while matric-
ulating at Morris Brown College in
the heart of the Atlanta University
Center in 1982. A graduate of
Morris Brown with a bachelor's
degree, Mason also holds a Master
of Arts in Library and Information
Science Degree from Clark Atlanta
University. He is the pastor of
Greater Hopewell Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church in
Mason is married to Harmel Codi
Mason. They are the parents of two
children and reside in Ellenwood,
Georgia just outside Atlanta.
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Mason (bottom right) is shown above with Jacksonville Alpha
brothers at a 'meet and greet" hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Orrin Mitchell.
office the weekend of January 23-
25, 2009, he will formally become
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's 33rd
general president, the official title
of the office. The Inaugural
Celebration is to take place in
Downtown Atlanta's Marriott
Marquis Hotel and on the campus
of Morehouse College. Former U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations
Andrew Young, Atlanta Mayor
Shirley Franklin, and Retired U.S.
Justice Department Community
Relations Director (and the 26th
General President of Alpha) Ozell
Sutton, and Congressman David
Scott are honorary co-chairs of the
Inaugural. Vice President of the
United Negro College Fund
Maurice Jenkins has been appoint-
ed chairman of the Inaugural
"Alpha Phi Alpha has always led
on the great issues of the day--in
America and around the world,"
said Mason. "My election as gener-
al president will provide a unique
opportunity to further that part of
our work and I look forward to the
In 2010, Mason will lead a dele-
gation of thousands of Alpha mem-
Woman With KKK Links Reps Florida
School for Underprivileged Black Youth
PAHOKEE,FL A school in
Florida that aims to lift underprivi-
leged African American and
Hispanic children out of poverty
has as its spokesperson a woman
with ties to white supremacists.
Chloe Black, the ex-wife of for-
mer Ku Klux Klan head David
Duke, is now married to Don
Black, the creator of the white-
power hate site Stormfront, reports
FoxNews.com. She is also a
spokesperson for Glades, a charter
school for the children of African-
American and migrant workers in
Pahokee, a rural town in Palm
Fox reports that some of her
salary may be funding her hus-
band's activities on the hate site, as
Don Black has had no clear source
of income for "years and years,"
according to the Southern Poverty
Law Center, an organization that
tracks hate groups.
When contacted by
FOXNews.com, Chloe Black
declined to comment on the allega-
tions or her role in Glades
Academy. She told the New York
Post earlier this month that she
hasn't been involved with the
white supremacy movement "in 30
But the SPLC, which has tracked
the Blacks as principal leaders of
the white supremacist movement
for decades, said Black in June
attended a key conference of the
Council of Conservative Citizens,
a group that says on its Web site
that it opposes "all efforts to mix
the races of mankind" and once
described black people as "a retro-
grade species of humanity."
Chloe Black is the executive
assistant at Florida Crystals, a
sugar conglomerate whose owners,
the Fanjul brothers, have donated
hundreds of thousands of dollars to
help build a new campus for the
school. Billionaire Jose "Pepe"
Fanjul's wife, Emilia, is chairman
of the board of Glades Academy,
and she hired Black to help pro-
mote the school.
There is no indication that the
Fanjuls or Florida Crystals were
aware of Chloe Black's right-wing
sympathies when she was appoint-
ed to speak on behalf of Glades
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Popular Channel 7's "Week In
Review" Falls Prey to Budget
WJCT Channel 7 recently
announced a reduction in local pro-
gramming and staff as a result of
the downturn in the economy and
other factors. While individual
donor support continues to hold
steady, the sluggish economy is
resulting in some reduction in other
WJCT Chairman Rick Morales
says, "Like everyone else we are
feeling the impact of a slowing
economy and increasing energy
costs. When you combine this with
the 20% cuts in state and local gov-
ernment funding we've experi-
enced over the past two years, we
appreciate that management must
be proactive in reducing some serv-
ices and staff in order to maintain a
balanced budget for fiscal year
Cuts to WJCT's budget will affect
the production of some local pro-
gramming including the television
version of Week In Review, WJCT's
costliest program to produce and
broadcast, will be cancelled in the
coming months. Other services
being discontinued include the pub-
lication of the bimonthly WJCT
Magazine. Although it is WJCT's
goal to continue providing the best
in programming and outreach to the
First Coast, WJCT President and
CEO Michael Boylan adds, "Doing
the same or even more with less
simply defies logic, particularly in
light of the fact that we have signif-
icantly expanded our offerings in
recent years for essentially the
same revenue we experienced prior
to the federal mandate to convert to
The National Sorority of Phi
Delta Kappa Inc. Delta Delta
Chapter, the professional educa-
tors sorority and their youth
groups the Xinos and Kudos will
host their annual school supply
give away next weekend.
Free items for school age youth
will include backpacks, pens,
pencils folders, themebook,
crayons and much more.
It will be held at the Lincoln
Villa Community Center on
Saturday, August 8th from 10:00
a.m. noon. For more informa-
tion, contact Olester Pat Williams
The center is located at 7866
New Kings Road on the city's
Grace Memorial Sends Kids to School Packing in Style Grace Memorial Funeral
Home, through their community service outreach organization, "The Caring Professionals", reached out to lend a
helping hand to local families in the Northside area. Kids were invited to stop by for back packs and school sup-
plies on Monday, August 4th at the funeral home on Edgewood Avenue. Receiving their supplies (shown above
with volunteers) were: Jaedon Stokes, Darnell McCord, Melanie Johnson, Monet Johnson, Cleveland Thomas,
Aamay Robinson, Sigmund Griffun, Tina Canady, Christopher Sparrow, Anthony Ray and volunteers Herbert
Thompson, Sr. and Mr. Orrin Greene. KFP Photo
New Service Offers Free Marketing Analysis for Black Authors
For years, African-American
Authors have struggled to survive
in their craft with an alarming num-
ber of black book stores closing
across the country. Very few
authors actually enter the walls of
major chains, such as Borders or
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Ground Broken on Multi-use Community Center
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In addition, the 35,000 square-
foot facility will also function as an
emergency public shelter for the
citizens of northern Duval County.
The structure's ability to withstand
160 mph winds and debris, coupled
with the fact that it can accommo-
date special needs citizens for the
duration of a major storm, will
serve as a model for future shelter
construction in the county. The cen-
ter will be able to house 478 people
in general population with 62 addi-
tional special spaces citizens in the
event of an emergency. This will be
the first shelter of its kind in the
northern portion of the county.
"This facility addresses two
important facets of public safety:
emergency preparedness and pro-
viding opportunities to keep our
young people safe and productively
engaged," said Mayor Peyton. "The
city's investment in this center,
along with the funding I have pro-
posed in the upcoming fiscal year,
will keep children off the streets
and involved in constructive activi-
ties. It will also provide a safe
haven for citizens in northern Duval
County in the event of a hurricane,
including individuals with special
"After identifying the disparity
that existed within this community,
I worked with our State
Representatives to ensure that the
needs of the community would be
met," said Councilwoman Jones.
"Today, as we break ground we are
not just turning dirt, we are lighting
an eternal flame that will serve as a
beacon for the residents of all ages
in the community for years to
come. We will now have a place to
conduct programs that will keep our
youth involved in structured activi-
ties and provide a safe haven for
seniors and families in times of
The cost of design, planning and
construction of the center is esti-
mated at $8 million. The project is
supported through a Community
Development Block Grant and
other federal grants along with
Council District 10 bond funds and
the City of Jacksonville's Capital
Improvement Plan dollars. The
center is scheduled to be complete
by summer 2009.
For further information on the
Northwest Community Center call
(904) 630-CITY (2489).
Barnes and Noble; who rarely give
the front table display to anyone
who is not signed to a major pub-
lishing house. So, how do we
expect to preserve an art so vital to
the black community if there are so
few ways to market the little guy
Registration Underway for Senior Games
Jacksonville residents 50 years and older are invited to register for the
2008 Jacksonville Senior Games. The games will be held September 22 -
28 at Cecil Field and other locations throughout the city.
To register, seniors must return the registration form along with the $15
registration fee for the first event and $3 for each additional event. There
are additional fees for golf, bowling, basketball and softball. There is no
fee for recreational games only.
Senior participants may enter in any of the 20 events, including bowling,
swimming, track and field, cycling, croquet, golf, road race/race walk, ten-
nis, basketball and softball (team events). Participants will compete for
gold, silver and bronze medals within their age groups.
Senior Games registration forms are available and through the City of
Jacksonville Mayor's Special Events for Seniors Program, 117 West Duval
Street, Suite 220, Jacksonville, Florida 32202 or at www.coj.net.
For more information call 630-7392.
27th Annual Senior Prom
Tickets are on sale now for the City of Jacksonville Adult Services
Division's 27th Annual Senior Prom. It will be held on Friday, Aug. 15
from 6-10 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Jacksonville residents ages 60 and over are invited to done their best
attire and join the fun for this annual event. The Aloha-themed Senior
Prom will feature dancing, music by Elite and a seated dinner.
Tickets are available for $10 per person by calling Jeannie Baldwin at
(904) 630-0952 or 630-0995. Pictures will be available for purchase.
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OK, 1 have written time and time
again about the importance of the
"youth" vote in local, state and
national elections. And I must say
that I have been extremely disap-
pointed one election after another.
Come on, under 35 year olds now
is the time to step up and do some-
thing you have done since John F
Kennedy ran for office show up in
massive numbers and decide the
Presidency of the United States.
Think about it it's not that hard.
You either go to an early voting
location, which should be fairly
close to your home since that are
organized to cover various regions
of the city, or simply go to the polls
on Election Day.
Take 30 minutes out of your day
and vote. I almost wanted to curse,
but I caught myself. It's no secret
that young voters may end up being
Barack Obama's not so secret
How do you do the unheard of as
a Democrat and win over
Republican voting states like
Georgia, Louisiana, and North
Carolina? You change electorate to
include more young people and
No one is counting their vote now,
so change the rules of the game. I
keep writing about the importance
of young people voting because I
am trying to wake at least some of
All of us have cousins, friends,
neighbors or whomever that just
Obama Attempting to Rewrite
the Electoral Map with New Voters
don't see voting as being an impor-
tant factor in their lives. Most
young people think for today and
not tomorrow, or in other words
they don't see the importance of
voting and how the people elected
to office affect them on a day-to-
I am still dumbfounded by the
voter apathy I see amongst young
people and especially African
Americans. Just think back to the
2000 Presidential Election. I get
pissed just thinking about it.
And you don't think that your vote
matters? Your votes could have
kept us out of Iraq and saved hun-
dreds of Americans lives.
But this very apathy is what the
Obama camp is trying to tap into
and change. But how do we ener-
gize young people to get out and
vote, and vote on a consistent
basis? How do you get young
blacks to understand that the right
to vote is one of the most important
rights our forefathers died for?
Maybe it's by putting it on "MTV"
or "BET." Been there done that -
can probably write a book about it.
"Rock the Vote," MTV's effort to
get young people voting has
helped, but it certainly hasn't had
the impact that most expected.
Throughout the primary, the
Obama campaign has made regis-
tering and educating new voters in
the election process a fundamental
For the general election, the
Obama camp rolled out a new ini-
tiative this week aimed at targeting
community-based small businesses
and organizations to help expand
upon the campaign's continued out-
reach to the African-American
Minorities need to realize that
some people anticipate and expect
that you will not vote. Why live up
to those negative expectations?
James Baldwin once said, "Color is
not a human or a personal reality; it
is political reality.
I say all of this to say that it does-
n't make sense to sit around and
bash Bush or any other elected offi-
cial if you are not doing your part.
Every vote counts
I am tired of people talking about
this politician or that politician,
while these same people are not
casting a vote for anyone at all.
So although the picture seems
blurry at times, "I am a prisoner of
hope," as Cornell West once said.
And Democrats have finally nomi-
nated a candidate that does inspire
not only Democratic activist, but
common folks as well.
Obama may be able to register
enough new voters and engergize
enough apathetic voters to rewrite
the way campaign are run and cer-
tainly make history in the process.
How you cannot want to be apart of
a movement of this magnitude?
We have to gradually change the
"don't care" attitude that many
youth have. We have to start
investing for our children's future
by not just educating them on the
importance of math and reading,
but the importance of issues like
political involvement and econom-
A hungry man is not a free man.
And I am not just talking about
food; I am talking about mental
freedom gained through education
and self-belief. So parents, even if
you are not a frequent voter, it is
not too late to start, and it is imper-
ative that you teach your children
the value of a vote.
Booker T. Washington once said,
"At the bottom of education, at the
bottom of politics, even at the bot-
tom of religion, there must be eco-
How can you gain economic inde-
pendence if are not even exercising
your right to vote?
Signing off from voting precinct
9S, Reggie Fullwood
African Americans' most crucial issue into the 21st
Century is not getting a Democrat into the White
House. The 2008 Presidential race is about exercis-
ing black voting patterns that get us public policies and legislation toward
Sadly, such black empowerment activities have been put on the back burn-
er. African Americans are allowing themselves to be swayed away from
issues critical for them, such as affirmative action and reparations, to main-
stream propositions such as "colorblind" standards. Blacks' unflinching ded-
ication to America's two-party system establishment negates any notion of
these parties engaging to correct public policies and practices that keep us at
the bottom of America's pile of plenty.
Status quo adherents use black spokespeople to posture positions of both
major political parties that, in reality, are impediments to African American
advancement through political policy. They staunchly support Republican
and Democrat party officials' positions opposing Affirmative Action and
minority set-aside programs as "un-American".
Maturing into the mainstream is the mindset of many middle-class blacks.
They have willingly bought into two bogus ideas establishment political par-
ties and media have sold them America is colorblind and centuries of injus-
tices should be ceded. Barack Obama's mainstream candidacy dispenses a
yam that America has solved its race problem and can now be viewed as
color-blind. They say "racism is dead" and race-specific policies, such as
affirmative action, cannot be justified and are in fact "detrimental". Even the
most well-meaning liberal tends to believe that institutional racism is a thing
of the past and that any racial inequalities in criminal justice, wages, family
income, and access to housing or health care can be attributed to African
Americans' cultural and individual failures.
In spite of America's "official line" that we are now a colorblind society,
Black Americans are foolish not insisting on Affirmative Action legislation
and reparations remedies. Affirmative Action was supposed to correct injus-
tices blacks had been subjected to over centuries. Now, affirmative action has
such a bad reputation that liberals and conservatives entice us to join the
clamor for a colorblind society. Blacks are the least color-blind segment of
American society and any who buy into the deception are just plain blind; tak-
ing the public pronouncements of politicians and pundits at face value over
their conventional wisdom of the serious public problems two-thirds of blacks
experience every day.
Color-blindness is a mainstream media myth. The concept continues racial
inequality and impediments to Black Americans gaining racial justice and
appropriate public policy. The establishment's policy-making structure
erodes affirmative action; dilute civil rights and spend fortunes building new
prisons most of whose occupants will be black. America's Establishment has
sidetracked any movement toward equal justice for African Americans and
few seem worried.
Neither party offers us "a chicken in every pot," or mentions racial equity
and too many blacks blissfully accept this. Racism persists in the effects of
organized racial advantage across many institutions in American society -
including the labor market, the welfare state, and criminal justice system; yet
the tone of presentations of African American pundits and officeholders are
more about political positions and personalities than championing core issues
to end persist racism in employment,, education, criminal justice, and politics.
African Americans hired under "affirmative action tenets" are among its
principal antagonists. IfAmerica's "colorblind society" is measured by the 30
percent of blacks who have assimilated into the American Dream by the "con-
tent of their character," what does it say about the none-to-moderate-income
70 percent still suffering from institutionalized practices such as persistently
double unemployment rates; having less than 10 percent the wealth of aver-
age whites; half the homeownership rates and triple the loan decline rates
caused by the color of their skin?
The concept of America being "colorblind" is disingenuous in purpose and
practice, and a costly proposition for blacks. We are foolish to discard debts
due us; but if we do "buy in" we have to realize that we are joining in on elim-
ination of billions, possibly, trillions of dollars that could lead us actual racial
parity and real equity.
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Sen. Tony Hill and Rev. Gary Williams
Call on Teens for STD Conference
State Senator Tony Hill, State
Senator and Rev. Dr. Gary
Williams, Senior Pastor, of First
Baptist Church of Mandarin are
hosting a youth conference address-
ing Black teens and the STDs epi-
The free event will be held on
Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 9:30
a.m. at Rev. Williams' church locat-
ed at 3990 Loretta Road in
Organizers hope the conference
will serve as a wake-up call on sex-
ual awareness highlighting the epi-
demic rate of sexually transmitted
diseases among youth in Duval
County. Latest statistics show there
was a 92% increase in STDs report-
ed among African American males
between the ages of 15 and 19 in
The open forum will include an
intense discussion about abstinence
and sexually transmitted diseases.
It is designed to make aware and
address the issues in a recent report
by the Centers for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control
issued a report this year on the
reproductive health of African
American teenagers that revealed a
that one in every four African
American females age 15-19 are
infected with a sexually transmitted
disease. This conference seeks to
provide pertinent information by
health professionals to local
teenagers that may raise their
awareness to the travesties of sex
and its potential consequences. The
conference will be conducted with
a general session and age appropri-
ate break-out sessions for boys and
girls and a special break-out session
Students age 13 and above along
with their parents are invited to
attend. This conference is free and
open to the public. Lunch will be
For more information, please con-
tact Charyl Liptrot at 924.1646.
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a.m. 1 p.m., the Teacher
Supply Depot located at 3108
Lenox Avenue, will be giving
away school supplies.
The Teacher Supply Depot is a
warehouse of reusable materials
donated by businesses and com-
munity members. These
materials are distributed free to
Duval County Public Schools'
(DCPS) teachers to enhance
instruction in their classroom
and promote student achieve-
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their School Board ID to enter,
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LIMA, Ohio An Ohio jury has
acquitted a white police officer in
the drug-raid shooting death of an
unarmed black woman who was
holding a child.
The shooting in January shook the
city of Lima in northwest Ohio and
touched off protests.
The all-white jury this week found
Sgt. Joseph Chavalia (SHUH'-val-
ay) not guilty on misdemeanor
charges of negligent homicide and
He had faced up to eight months in
jail if convicted of both counts.
Chavalia shot and killed Tarika
Wilson and injured the year-old
baby she was holding. Prosecutors
say he carelessly fired before he
knew whom he was shooting or
whether she had a gun.
His attorney said Chavalia heard
gunfire and thought his life was in
Details of what happened between
the time police entered the home
and when gunfire erupted are
unclear. Police and the prosecutor's
office have not released details of
the investigation report.
Family members have said Wilson
was an innocent, unarmed
bystander in the incident.
Police arrested Wilson's
boyfriend, Anthony Terry, on drug
charges and said they found sus-
pected marijuana and crack cocaine
in the house. He was later indicted
on three counts of trafficking in
crack cocaine, six counts of permit-
ting drug abuse, and four counts of
trafficking in marijuana for inci-
dents occurring between September
2007 and Jan. 4, the day of the raid.
The FBI is investigating possible
civil rights violation in the shooting
and the NAACP chapter, ministers
and other local leaders in Lima
have said the charges against
Chavalia should have been more
The Supervisor of Elections Main Office, 105 East Monroe Street, Jacksonville
The Supervisor of Elections Branch Office, (Gateway Mall) 5200-2 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville
Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville
West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road South, Jacksonville
Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
to VOTE BY MAIL IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION
(absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of
Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on August 26, 2008).
DUVAL COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
(904) 630-1414 www.duvalelections.com
Police Officer Acquitted in Shooting
Death of Woman Holding Her Baby
Tarika Wilson is shown above holding her baby.
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Celebrate Pastor's Anniversary
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 22nd
Anniversary of Pastor Ernie L. Murray Sr., beginning with a Banquet at 7
p.m. on Friday Evening, August 8, 2008 in the St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2119 Rowe Ave.
Pastor Anthony Q. Robinson of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Church, Palatka, FL will be the speaker. For banquet ticket information,
please call (904) 768-8800.
The Anniversary Celebration will culminate Sunday, August 10th, with
Worship Services at 8 a.m., 10: 45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special guests will be
visiting churches from around the city, including Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church, Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr., Pastor; New Jerusalem
Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Campbell; Pastor Torin Dailey of the First
Baptist Church of Oakland will deliver the Spoken Word.
Mt. Olive to Hold "Back to School"
Carnival with Supplies, Fun & Games
Mount Olive AME Church, 841 Franklin Street; will hold a "Back to
School Carnival" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 9th. There will
be FREE school supplies, drinks, hotdogs, popcorn, with Clowns, Jumpers,
Safety Tips, and much more. For Directions or Information, please call
Youth Director Audrey Pridgen at (904) 354-6085.
Rev. John F. White II is Family &
Friends Day Speaker at New Bethel
New Bethel AME Church, 1231 Tyler Street. Rev. Elizabeth E. Yates,
M. Div., Pastor; will celebrate Family and Friends Day, Sunday, August 10,
2008. the theme is "United Champions For Christ" (1 Peter 2:9). Sunday
School begins at 9 a.m.
The speaker for Morning Service at 10:30 a.m. is Rev. John F. White II,
the son of the 130th Elected Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal
Church, John F. White Sr., who is also a former pastor of New Bethel.
Rev. White II is a M. Div. graduate of the I.T.C. and is currently writing
his dissertation for the D. Min. d4gree. The community is invited.
Atlantic Beach Women's Connection
The Atlantic Beach Women's Connection will meet on Wednesday
September 3rd from 9:30-11:00a.m. at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 SelvaMarina Drive in Atlantic Beach. The speaker Jill McGahan will
share how she went from "mi':'. dependable" to least dependable" and
back again. 'Going Full Circle the Hard Way". There will also be a
fashion show featuring clothing and accessories. All area women are wel-
come and encouraged to attend!
Pastor Ernie Murray
Wayman Chapel August 15 17
The Women of Wayman (WOW) Chapel AME's Women's Ministry will
present "WOMEN'S CONFERENCE 2008: TAKING AUTHORITY
OVER OUR LIVE"!, August 15-17, 2008, at the church located at 8855
Events include: Friday, August 15th: 6:30-9:30 pm LADIES FEL-
LOWSHIP & GAME NIGHT All women are invited to a night of fun,
food and fellowship. Saturday, August 16th: 8-8:30 a.m. Continental
Breakfast & Registration followed by workshops on topics such as "Being
True To Myself', "Why Am I Here?", "It's My Dream", "I Have The
Authority" and "What Are You Waiting For" with classes for adults and
youth. Closing services will be held on Sunday, August 17th with speaker
Dr. Cynthia Griffin andmusic provided by Sisters In Song.
All are welcome. For more information, call (904) 739-7500 or log onto
First Baptist of Oakland Hosting
Back to School Jam This Weekend
The First Baptist of Oakland will host a Back to School Jam this
Saturday, Aug. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, featur-
ing the distribution of 1,000 backpacks, as well as food, games, entertain-
ment and a Health Fair. For more information contact Charlette Lee at
(904)955-2236 or by e-mailing her a firstname.lastname@example.org.
God's Treasure House of Prayer
Anointing Service set for August 16th
God's Treasure House of Prayer Ministry Inc., Apostle Ruth E. Young,
Founder; will hold an Anointing Service at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August
16th, at the Gates of Southpoint, 7035 Phillips Highway, Suite 30 (near J
TB). You are invited to bring your bottle of oil to be blessed. Come and be
American Idol's Ruben Studdard at
St. Paul's on Behalf of Sickle Cell
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Northeast
Florida in collaboration with the Be Sickle Smart
SProgram are sponsoring a Sickle Cell Patient
9 am 3 pm. Rubeh Studdard of Aierican Idol will
.l be the featured cielebritn guest. Call (904)'504-9772
or (904) 353-5737 for more information.
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Pastor Landon Williams
EThyeodoors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assis=ance
to 0: ac;a
to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol. com.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to Women's Conference Set for
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
r Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
-"' Church school "Miracle at Midday"
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
Pastor Rudolph 3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor ome share In hi 0 Communion oin I SSundayat 4:50 .m. Senior Pastor
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Jax Gospel Announcers Guild to Hold
Conference & Award Celebration
The Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Road will be the headquarters for
the Jacksonville Gospel Announcers Guild Conference and Award
Celebration, Saturday, August 30th, so make your plans now to attend.
The VIP Gospel Industry Roundtable featuring Stellar Awards Board
Members, Top Gospel Labels, National Gospel Radio Announcers, man-
agers, and producers; will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 30, 2008..
Make your reservations now by calling (904) 766-2266.
Headliners at the conference include Bishop Bruce Allen, Twinkie Clark,
CBS-47's Dawn Lopez, Pastor Merry Racheal, V. Michael McKay, NtoU
Magazine, Dr. Yvonne Capehart, VShawn Mitchell, Ken Amaro, Destiny
Praise Atlanta, and the UNF Gospel Choir.
National Worship Beyond Measure
Retreat Kicks Off in September
Lance Williams announces the True Worship Retreat 2008: "Worship
Beyond Measure: An Intimate Experience."
The retreat kicks off Thursday, September 11th, with featured perform-
ances by Tye Tribbet, with multi-Stellar Award winning artist Dewayne
Woods & many others.
The retreat will be held at the Christian Pentecostal Church, 971 Clinton
Avenue in Irvington, NJ from Thursday September 11 Saturday,
On Friday, September 12 "The Intimate Place" Concert will highlight
the ministries of Lance Williams & True Worship, Maurette Brown-Clark,
and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, along with other premier Gospel artists.
Each nightly event begins at 7:30 p.m. and general admission is free
(preferred seating has a fee). For preferred seating or to register for the sem-
inars/workshops logo onto www.TrueWorship.org.
First AME of Palm Coast
Continue Celebration of Women
The Women of First Coast AME Church; 91 Old Kings Road North, in
Palm Coast, FL will continue their women's celebration with a Women's
Revival; Saturday, August 30, a Health and Beauty Pamper Party, acces-
sorized by vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the culmination of Women's
Day on Sunday, September 14, at the 10:45 a.m. service.
The women are wearing shades of purple for the service. A wonderful
meal has been planned, and a Women's Day Choir is underway, directed by
Sophia Booker, for making adoration at the actual event of Women's Day.
Also on schedule is their Third Annual Music Workshop and Concert
conducted by Music Direct Michael Booker. It will be held on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2008.
The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sluiday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
August 7-13, 2008
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Bethel Ministries Join Forces for Area Youth
Over 40 representatives from various ministries of Bethel baptist Institutional Church joined forces for Back to
School Blast 2008. The second annual event held in A. Phillip Randolph Park, provided hundreds of area chill-
dren with backpacks filled with back to school supplies. The youth and their parents in attendance also received
drinks and snacks to combat the Saturday afternoon heat. Shown above are Joy Jenkins, Janene Young, Rozlyn
Carter, Steven Young, Sharon Wilson, Tina Nulligan and Virginia Swain. R. Silver photo
Houston Bank Turns in Pastor for
Stealing Church's Money According to a report
by KPRC Local 2 in Houston, Rev. Val Adams was arrested and accused
of theft and forgery. The preacher has been accused of stealing from his
Rev. Adam took over Canaan Baptist Church when his father, Lonzo
Adams, became ill. Church members said that is when money started
He is known for his ambitious business ventures. Former members
told KPRC, according to an article by Daniella Guzman, that Adam
would ask members for money to invest in different business ideas.
Rev. Adams' own bankers alerted the police that he was depositing
checks from the church to this personal account. He deposited more than
$70,000 of the church's money to his own account.
Edward Waters College's CLIMB
Program Now Offers Online Classes
Edward Waters College CLIMB
(Credentials for Leadership in
SManagement and Business)
"Program, an adult-focused, acceler-
ated bachelor's degree completion
program is now being offered
online. Through successful com-
pletion of the blended classroom
and online program, learners will
receive their bachelor's degree in
Starting fall 2008, the CLIMB
Program will offer participants the
ability to complete the program
requirements online in the comfort
of home or office in as few as 18
months. Learners are required to
attend on-site classroom sessions
only one evening every five weeks
for the duration of the program.
The remaining learning experience
is completed online.
Classes are taught one class
immediately after the other in a
sequential format over an eighteen-
month period. The program's
design and academic content is
ideal for individuals employed in
areas such as for-profit or non-prof-
it organizations, educational institu-
tions, hospitals, financial institu-
tions and government agencies.
CLIMB Program Advantages:
Participation in a five-week class
format with the same group of fel-
low learners for the duration of the
- Classes are held onsite at EWC
one night, every five weeks.
Small class size (10 20).
Course content is geared toward
practical, real world application
- Courses are taught by instructors
who work in the fields they teach.
- Students may earn up to 15 cred-
its for prior life experiences and/or
Students may transfer up to 30
credits earned via the College-
Level Examination Program
Financial aid is available for
If you are interested in learning
more about Edward Waters
College's enhanced CLIMB
Program, please call 904.470.8075,
or send an e-mail to
So You Think You're
Ready to be Fit?
So, you've finally decided to join the gym and begin
a physical fitness/workout program.
You're not sure where to begin so you consult with
various on stand magazine which lead you to a per-
sonal fitness trainer. After a series of general health
questions, you are asked about your fitness goals and
the usual response is, "I want to lose weight and tone
Before you embark, you envision being able to shoot
hoops with your 10 year old without fear of passing out
how you last sprained your back from simple garden-
But before you began any lesson, it's important to
remember to educate yourself. The Components of
Physical Fitness, include Body
Composition,Cardiovascular Fitness, Flexibility,
Muscular endurance and Muscle strength.
The saying goes, "The more you know, the more you
grow" and "with knowledge comes understanding",
which helps to create a lifestyle of healthy living.
To know where you are going, it's improtant to knoe
where you been. It's time to begin: the personal fitness
trainer pulls out an odd looking device, inputs your
weight,age and height. They are measuring your BMI
or body mass inde. This precise number shows the rel-
ative percentage of body fat compared to lean body
organs, water etc).
Doctors use the
BMI to assess
patients and their
chances of major
heart disease, dia-
betes and others. In
short, a BMI of 25-
29 is considered overweight, 30 and above is consid-
Body Mass Index ( BMI) = (Weight in
Kilograms) / (Height in Meters Squared)
Step One: Divide your weight in pounds by 2.2.
This is your weight in Kilograms.
Step Two: Divide your height in inches by 39.37.
This is your height in meters.
Step Three: Square your result from step two.
Step Four: Divide your result from step one by
the result from step three. This is your BMI
So now you know your BMI and it's time to move on.
Next week we will determine starting steps based on
your fitness level and determine steps necessary to
chart reaching your goal.
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Frustrated Christians Turn to Prayer at the Pumps
A group of prayer intercessors are
pleading to a higher power to do
what the government seemingly
can't-lower gas prices.
Wearing black t-shirts with the
words "the church has left the
building" printed on them, the
group has been seen at D.C. area
gas stations with bowed heads and
joined hands, praying and singing
at the pumps and the movement is
"..if politicians could-
n 't lower gas prices, it
was time to ask God to
These activists are participants in
the Pray at the Pump Movement
that aims to get the astronomical
gas prices around the nation down.
The movement's founder, Rocky
Twyman said prayer is the answer
to everything. Like the biblical
walls of Jericho if enough collec-
tive noise is made, they believe the
walls of raging fuel costs will come
Participants of the Pray at the
Pump movement bought gas,
prayed and then sang "We Shall
Overcome" with a new verse that
goes, "We'll have lower gas prices."
There have been talks about U.S.
offshore drilling, using alternate
energy sources such as corn and
sugar as fuel sources in the United
States, but it seems that tapping into
a divine authority has gotten the
quickest results. Started in April,
their effort made headline news
after the story aired on Fox D.C.
and the news has spread all the way
A Fox and Friends newsman said
that ever since Twyman and compa-
Two ministers pray at a St. Louis gas station.
ny have been praying, prices have
Various reports indicate gas prices
have dropped at least thirty cents
over the last week -below $4 a gal-
lon--even though petroleum prices
remain at a record high.
Twyman believes prayer without
works is ineffective, so he is asking
that people walk more, carpool, and
plan their days better to conserve
fuel. Sometimes strangers join their
prayer circle, lock hands and sing
"We Shall Overcome" with a new
verse that goes, "We'll have lower
Twyman said if politicians couldn't
lower gas prices, it was time to ask
God to intervene. There must be
some power in the prayer since
prices have started to fall below
four dollars a gallon.
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Back to school? It's just a hop,
a skip and a jump away..
It's that time of year again...time to put away the jump ropes and fishing poles and get ready
to go back to school. This school year will be better than ever...and Winn-Dixie is here to
help. We've got everything you need to fill up those backpacks and lunchboxes. Plus, we've
got the backpacks and lunchboxes, too! From cool notebooks and pens to the tastiest snacks
and lunch goodies, we've got what you need to hop into the new school year in style.
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dler's hair is so
short is there anything I can do to
help her hair grow?
A: First of all make sure she has
a balanced diet; your hair grows
from the inside out. Of course
you can also try some of the old
home remedies that have been
proven effective such as 100 per-
cent organic olive oil. You may
not have heard of this one, but
trust me it works for all hair types
no matter your age. Simply apply
a small amount of the organic
olive oil it directly to your scalp.
Another technique to try would
be to mix a little Vaseline or any
type of petroleum jelly, to help
with the consistency of the olive
oil. Not only does it help to pro-
mote hair growth, but it's also
good for your skin overall. This is
what I did for my daughters as
well as my granddaughters when
they were young. You can also
try 100 percent carrot oil, rose-
mary oil, almond or coconut oil
and Tea Tree oil. Before you use
any of these natural products
make sure you or your child
won't have an allergic reaction to
them. One last tip, you probably
won't have this one in your cabi-
net but don't forget about Castor
Oil. All of these oils have been
known to promote hair growth.
Keep in mind Rosemary and
Teatree can help with Dandruff
and itchy scalp. Out of all of these
my favorite though is the olive oil
and Vaseline. Good luck.
Q: I've noticed that older
women still grease their scalps on
a regular basis and I hardly ever
use grease should I?
A: It's your preference, but you
should know that the grease does-
n't hurt your hair; if anything it
may help your hair. Ethnic hair
has the least amount of moisture
and the grease may help retain
moisture. Keep in mind with a lot
of styles women are wearing
today you might be better off
making sure your maintenance
products have moisture in them
such as your shampoos and con-
ditioners. If you like to wear your
hair wrapped with a lot of body
the grease could wear it down.
For years people thought grease
cut down on dandruff but that's
not true. If anything it may hide it
I usually tell my clients to take
time to massage their scalps more
to help their natural oils to come
up, but if you'd like to use some
type of oil on your scalp I recom-
mend 100 percent organic olive
oil. You can find it at any health
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AIDS Epidemic Wost Than Estimated
continued rom front
challenges in confronting this dis-
The study shows that HIV has the
greatest impact among African-
Americans and gay and bisexual
men of all races.
"The rate of new infections among
non-Hispanic Blacks was seven
times as high as that among Whites
in 2006 (83.7 versus 11.5 new
infections per 100,000 popula-
tion),i the CDC said. "Blacks also
accounted for the largest share of
new infections (45 percent, or
24,900). Historical trends data
show that the number of new infec-
tions among Blacks peaked in the
late 1980s and has exceeded the
number of infections in Whites
since that time."
The CDC acknowledged what
activists have being saying all
along: More concentrated preven-
tion efforts are needed if the virus is
ever going to be contained among
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The A. Philip Randolph Institute
(APRI) will convene its annual 39th
National Education Conference on
August 13-17, 2008 in
Themed, "Lift Every Voice!", more
than 1,000 APRI members from
more than 150 chapters in 36 states,
along with other delegates and visi-
tors, are expected to participate in
training modules and seminars
geared to address pertinent issues of
concern to the voting populace.
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August 14 will feature a Forum
addressing "The Power of the Black
Vote". Moderated by XM radio host
and civil rights activist, Joe
Madison "the Black Eagle", this dis-
cussion will precede an Authors
Pavilion where convention goers
will have an opportunity to speak
with activist Bill Fletcher,; Ken
Riley, subject of the book, "On the
Global Waterfront: the Fight to Free
the Charleston 5" and National
Labor College professor, Dr.
Yvonne Leftwich Scruggs, author of
"Sound Bites of Protest".
The second Forum on Friday,
August 15 will address the
"Housing Crisis" with panelists
from several lending and banking
institutions. Eight different
Workshop sessions will center on
the following subjects:
Disenfranchisement of the Vote,
Voter Mobilization, Healthcare
Issues, Communicating the
Message, Mental Health, as well as
a session on the Digital Television
The Friday luncheon on August 15
is expected to be filled to capacity to
hear renowned civil rights activist
and religious leader, Rev. Jesse
Jackson, Sr. who will be the keynote
Additional information on the A.
Philip Randolph 39th National
Education C6oiference can be found
on the website: www.apri.org .
Shown above at the Awards Ceremony are Loann Honesty King,
International Program Chairman who received the Founder's
Graduate Service Award, Dr. Norma White recipient of the National
Leadership Awards and Terry Bellamy who received the Septima
Poinsette Clark Award.
White Recipient of National AKA Award
Dr. Norma Solomon White of
Jacksonville received the Alpha
Kappa Alpha National Leadership
Award for exceptional leadership in
the sorority through the years. The
Carey B. Preston Award was estab-
lished by Dr. White in 2002 in
honor of Mrs. Preston who was the
first Executive Director of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority and who
served in that position for twenty-
five years. White is the third recipi-
ent of the award.
White was selected because of her
leadership as President of Gamma
Rho Omega Chapter, South
Atlantic Regional Director,
Chairman of the Structure and
International Program Chairman,
International First Vice President
and International President of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
First and Third Vice President and
National President of the
Foundation Board and Chairman of
the Centennial Celebration
Under her leadership as
International President the sorority
built and dedicated ten schools in
South Africa, contributed 40,000
shoe boxes to children in Africa,
established and kept 15,000 at-risk
students "ON TRACK" Program,
contributed 75,000 coats to home-
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established the Leadership
Development Program, initiated the
AKA Buckle Up Program, institu-
tionalized "AKA Day at the State
Capital" around the country, and
formed partnerships with a variety
of governmental entities and other
organizations among her leadership
As Centennial Chair, her commit-
tee accomplishments included
assisting with the International
Alpha Chapter Founders Day, coor-
dinated the 365-day countdown to
the Centennial and raised over
$100,000. for the celebration
Dr. White, initiated into Beta
Alpha Chapter, Florida A and M
University in 1952, is the only pres-
ident to have served in two cen-
turies and is the only Florida resi-
dent to have served as international
president of the country's oldest
African American sorority. She is
the first Legacy National President
(the only National President whose
mother is a member of the sorority).
Her mother, Mrs. Ruth C. Solomon
is lifelong matriarch in the
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The meeting will be an open house format with visual
displays where interested citizens can review
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Annual Jacksonville Chamber
Hob Nob will be held Thursday,
August 7 from 4:30 7:30 at
Metropolitan Park Park. This year's
event will include the always antic-
ipated Presidential Straw Poll.The
free event is a non-partisan political
venue to meet the candidates run-
ning for office in our upcoming
elections. Food and beverages will
be provided. For more information
Aaron Bing in Concert
Jacksonville's own saxophonist
Aaron Bing will be in concert on
Friday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m.
and 10:30 p.m. at the Times Union
Center Terry Theater. For tickets
Cong. Brown Hosts
Cong. Corrine Brown will host a
Housing and Foreclosure Workshop
with Individual Counseling
Sessions at the Beaver Street
Enterprises Center located at 1225
West Beaver on Saturday, August
9th from 8:30 a.m. 12:00 noon.
Everyone from homeowners in dis-
tress to those preparing to buy are
urged to attend the free forum. For
more information and registration,
contact Carolyn Chatman at (904)
354-1652 or via email at
Raines Class of '72
Members of the William M.
Raines Class of 1972 are invited to
attend a reunion planning meeting
on Saturday, August 9 at 4:30pm at
the Bradham-Brooks Northwest
Library on Edgewood Avenue. For
more information, call Ms. Gaffney
Sickle Cell Education
Day and BBQ with
The Sickle Cell Disease
Association of Northeast Florida in
collaboration with the Be Sickle
Smart Program are sponsoring a
Sickle Cell Patient Education Day
7 Bar-B-Que at St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church, 3738 Winton
Drive, August 9th from 9 a.m. 3
p.m. Ruben Studdard of American
Idol will be the featured celebrity
guest. Call (904) 504-9772 or (904)
353-5737 for more information.
Back to School Jam
Students, parents and the entire
community are invited to the Back
to School Jam, presented by the
First Baptist Church of Oakland.
This event will be held at A. Philip
Randolph Park on Jacksonville's
Eastside on Saturday, August 9th
from 12 3 p.m. They will be giv-
ing out free backpacks and school
supplies and offering free immu-
nizations and screenings at the
$3 anull lca (22ZiSCds) $42,ousideof it
health fair. There will also be food,
games, and live entertainment. For
more information, visit
www.theoak.org or call the church
Info Session for Parents
Journey Into Womanhood, a rites
of passage program for girls ages 9-
17, is now accepting applications
for the August 2008 to May 2009
semester. Young ladies and parents
can learn more about the program
by attending an informational ses-
sion on Tuesday, August 12th from
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. at the Yates
Family YMCA, 221 Riverside
Avenue. For more information or to
RSVP, call 268- 8287 or e-mail
There will be a free storytelling
event for children (ages six and up)
on Tuesday, August 12 at 2:30 p.m.
in the Mandarin Branch Library
(3330 Kori Road). The free event is
designed to entertain and educate
children about Northeast Florida in
the 1880s. During the program,
"Emma" will give children a look
back into the Golden Era (1880s)
on Amelia Island, and a typical day
in the life of a Victorian Lady.
Following the presentation, there
will be a craft opportunity for chil-
dren, as well as light refreshments.
Parents are encouraged to attend.
For more information on the story-
telling event call (904) 226-3548.
10th Annual Toast
to the Animals
Tickets are now available to the
Jacksonville Humane Society's
10th annual "Toast to the Animals."
The wine tasting event is Aug. 15 at
the Florida Theatre from 6- 9 p.m.
This year's event will feature
gourmet hors d'oeuvres, desserts
and more than 200 varieties of wine
in addition to a live and silent auc-
tion. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or by calling
Ribault Class of 1978
The Ribault class of 1978 will
have it's 30th social social gathering
on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at the
Commonwealth Holiday Inn start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Call 651-0567 for
more info or to stay connected.
How to Grow Your
Is your grocery bill out of control?
Want to learn some ways to reduce
that bill? Try growing your own
vegetables. The Duval County
Extension Office is offering a
hands-on workshop on how to start
your own vegetables from seeds.
The class will be held on Saturday,
August 16th, from 10 a.m. noon
at the Extension Office, 1010 N.
McDuff Ave. You will take home
your own planted seed try and light
refreshments will be served. Call
387-8850 to pre-register.
Grown & Sexy All
The Jericho Lodge #606 and
Ladies of Essence Chapter #655
will present a Grown and Sexy
Dance on Saturday August 16,
2008, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. at the Knights
of Columbus Hall, 1501 Hendricks
Ave. This is an all white attire affair
and partyers are encouraged to
dress to impress. Contact Sis. K.
King, 904-537-8629 for more infor-
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting at the Clay County
Archives in Green Cove Springs,
with Claude Bass as host. The
meeting time will be at 1:30 p.m. on
Saturday, August 16th. Mr. Bass is
archivist with many, many interest-
ing stories to pass on. For addition-
al information please contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
Reggae Legend Beres
Hammond in Concert
Reggae legend Beres Hammond
will be in concert for one show only
at the Plush Nightclub. The show
will be on Thursday, August 21st.
For tickets or more information,
An Afternoon with
Charles Cobb, Jr.
The Jacksonville Public Library's
African American Collection
Author Series will feature author
Charles Cobb, Jr. on Saturday,
August 23rd at 2:00 PM Cobb is
the author of On the Road to
Freedom : A Guided Tour of the
Civil Rights Trail.
For more information, call 630-
FCCJ Family Literacy
Fair at North Campus
The Sixth Annual FCCJ Family
Literacy Fair will be held on
Saturday August 23, 2008 from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. It is free and open to the
public. The annual event includes
live performances by celebrity
readers, storytelling, age-appropri-
ate reading activities and lists, free
books, face painting, prizes, sur-
prises and free lunch. For reserva-
tions (appreciated) or more infor-
mation call 904-766-6553.FCCJ's
North Campus is located at 4501
Gospel Artists Sought
for Talent Showcase
The Jacksonville Gospel
Announcers Guild is looking for
soloists & groups to take part in
their upcoming Gospel Industry
Showcase, Aug. 30th in
Jacksonville. Showcase your talent
to industry professionals, record
company execs, national radio
announcers, Stellar Award board
members and more. For details,
call (904)766-2266 or log onto
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will meet on
Wednesday September 3rd from
9:30-11:00a.m. at the Selva Marina
Country Club, 1600 Selva Marina
Drive in Atlantic Beach. The speak-
er Jill McGahan will share how she
went from "most dependable" to "
least dependable" and back again..
."Going Full Circle the Hard
Way". There will also be a fashion
show featuring clothing and acces-
sories. All area women are welcome
and encouraged to attend!
For more information call Kate
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
September 5th at 7:30 p.m. Some
of the city's hottest talent in
Jacksonville will compete for cash
prizes and the cheers or jeers of the
audience decide who goes home
with the cash. Tickets are available
at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum, Times Union Performing
Art Center. Call 632-5555 for more
Book Club Meeting
PRIDE Book Club will have their
September meeting on Friday,
Septefiber 5th at 7 p.m. hosted by
Ros Richardson. The fiction book
for discussion will be "On the
Eighth Day She Rested" by J. D.
Mason. For more information, con-
tact Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
The time is now to get your teams
together to walk for sickle cell. The
Annual Sickle Cell Walk-A-thon
will be held on Saturday,
September 6, 2008 at Florida
Community College Jacksonville
(FCCJ) Downtown Campus loca-
tion. Registration begins at 8:00
am, the run begins at 9:00 am and
the walk will begin promptly at
9:15 am. If you have any questions,
please call (904) 244-4472 or (904)
353-5737 or email me at
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. will present their
fifth annual Ebony and Ivory Gala
Saturday, September 13, 2008,
7:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville
Hotel. The Ebony and Ivory Gala is
a black-tie affair where women who
have made significant contributions
in health, education, and economic
development are recognized in
addition to a community service
agency. For additional information
contact Dr. Helen Jackson at 635-
5191 or on-line at woccf.org.
with Rodney Hurst
The Jacksonville Public Library,
as part of their African-American
author series, will present
"An Afternoon with Rodney
Hurst", author of, It Was Never
About a Hotdog and a Coke. The
free forum will be held on
Saturday, September 27th at 2:00
PM at the Main Library.
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The Jacksonville Genealogical Society meets monthly
solely to discuss geneaology. Their next monthly meet-
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Springs, with Claude Bass as host. The meeting time
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Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe was born in
Vienna, Austria on March 8, 1973 to Eric, a physician from
Ghana, and Ursula, a psychologist from Germany which is where
he was raised along with his siblings, Patrick and Nadja.
While attending Virginia Commonwealth University on a tennis
scholarship, the striking, 6'3" student-athlete was spotted by a tal-
ent scout and signed to a contract with the Ford Modeling Agency.
After appearing in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis,
Yves Saint Laurent and The Gap, Boris blossomed into a rarity,
one of the world's few male supermodels.
So, it's no surprise that he would one day be named one of the
50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People Magazine.
In 2000, he turned his attention to acting, making his big screen
debut in Love & Basketball, following that up with well-received
appearances in everything from Brown Sugar to The Gospel to
Madea's Family Reunion. On Broadway, he's worked opposite
James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
On TV, he was cast in the hit series 'Soul Food' as Damon
Carter, a role for which he would land a trio of NAACP Image
Award nominations. While doing the hit show, he fell head over
heels in love with his attractive co-star, Nicole Ari Parker, and by
2005 the inseparable pair would marry back in his hometown,
Gundelfingen, Germany. They now have two kids, Sophie Tei-
Naaki Lee Kodjoe, 3, and Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe, 1. Despite being
quite the power couple, they've decided to make their home away
from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood in relatively-sedate
Here, Boris talks about all of the above and his latest movie, All
about Us, a romantic dramedy about a Hollywood couple who
decide to settle down in Mississippi after shooting a movie there,
rather than return to L.A.
Interview by K. Williams
Kam Williams: Hi Boris, thanks
for the interview. How are Nicole
and the kids?
Boris Kodjoe: They're good.
They're on their way back from
L.A. She was doing a pilot for
ABC, called Never Better.
KW: What interested you in
doing All about Us?
BK: First and foremost was the
script, because I rarely, to that
point, got a chance to consider play-
ing a role like that, a regular family
guy who is basically trying to bal-
ance his career goals with his obli-
gations to his family. It's a very
heartwarming story with some real-
ly interesting, fleshed-out charac-
ters. And when I had a meeting with
the director, Christine Swanson,
and her husband, Michael, I
admired their passion for what they
KW: The script was semi-autobi-
ographical. So, it must have been
interesting to be acting out the film-
makers' life story.
BK: Yeah, it was interesting. I
talked with Michael about the char-
acter, and about his path and his
journey. And it was fun to sort of
associate certain things that he went
through with things that I've been
through in my life. For instance, I
had a young daughter, too, so there
were many parallels that I could
draw on. It was funny, because we
were different people, yet all young
fathers obviously"go through some
of the same stuff, and have some of
the same concerns and anxieties.
So, the process was really cool to
KW: And you and Nicole left
L.A. yourselves, in your case for
KW: How did you decide to settle
BK: We never wanted to raise the
kids in Hollywood. We wanted to
be in an environment that spoke to
us, culturally. That's how we chose
Atlanta and found our dream home.
KW: I know you are quad-lin-
gual: German, English, French and
Spanish. What languages are you
going to teach your children?
BK: Well, they speak three, right
now: obviously English, plus
German and Spanish. Our nanny is
Guatemalan, and she only speaks
Spanish to them. And we speak
German to them.
KW: I heard that your mother's
Jewish. Is that true?
BK: Well, by blood, yeah. My
grandmother's part Jewish, which
makes my mother and myself
Jewish, by blood. But we weren't
raised in the Jewish faith. I remem-
ber my mother teaching me from
the age of about 3 or 4 that we had
to find our own way based on many
different religions, that there were
many different doctrines but that
they all had the same purpose. I
always remember that, because it
was so simple, and so poignant and
deep at the same time. I try to apply
that now and expose my kids to
many different ideas and philoso-
phies, so they can find their own
KW: Did you lose any relatives in
BK: Yeah, on my mother's side,
my maternal great-grandmother. It
was ironic in a way, because my
grandmother wasn't pure-blooded
Aryan, and therefore she wasn't
considered a member of the master
race. But she got pregnant by my
grandfather who was 200%
German. So, it was quite a tumul-
tuous time for her, because they had
to hide her for her to survive the
Second World War.
KW: Did she have any close
BK: Yeah, she told me that some-
one once reported her, but she was
lucky that when the SS came to
investigate and found her hiding in
a back room, one of the officers was
in a good mood and didn't arrest
her. She said those kind of experi-
ences occurred frequently. It was a
time of sheer terror and no one
knew what was going on, and
everyone knew somebody who had
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suddenly gone missing for no rea-
son. And apparently you didn't talk
about it over the dinner table at
night. They were just paralyzed
with fear. You didn't utter a word
about what could possibly be going
on or about what they had heard. It
was a very scary time.
*KW: I hope she's writing her
BK: Yeah, I'm going to help her
write it. She had some quite inter-
esting experiences. And then later
in her life her daughter brought
home an African from Ghana,
which didn't go over so well with
my grandfather. He kicked them out
of the house until I was born. They
went back with me when I was a
couple months old, and said, "Look,
either you accept us, or you'll never
see us again." And at that moment
he made a 180 degree turn and
accepted me from that moment on.
KW: Wow, you're going to have
to write an autobiography, too.
BK: We all lived under the same
roof. He had lost both of his arms in
the war from a Russian hand
grenade. From when I was 4, I
would shave him in the morning
and feed him breakfast every day.
KW: Did you have to deal with
racism as a child? You must have
been one of very non-white kids in
BK: Me and my brother were
always the only black kids. Racism
is universal, but it's very different in
different cultures. Where I grew up,
racism was more about ignorance
and a lack of knowledge than a con-
trolled and focused prejudice. So, I
was subjected to the type of racism
where people called me names, but
I had a lot of great friends, too.
Overall, it was a great environment
to grow up in. The place I was
raised was in the Black Forest and
looks like The Sound of Music. We
had a great childhood, full of fun
and outdoor adventure. It was very
sane and well-rounded. My mother
always told us we were perfect the
way we were, and that we wouldn't
have to worry about what people
said because there are just a lot of
ignoramuses in the world, and that
you will encounter them until the
day you die. That was her approach,
and now when I look back, I can
really appreciate it.
KW: Barack Obama also had a
white mother and an African father.
What do you think of him?
BK: That's just one of the aspects
of him that I find intriguing. I think
that he's an incredible and powerful
man, very charismatic and intelli-
gent. He also has great integrity and
pride, and loves the country. I
believe he's someone who will not
only improve America internally in
terms of the economy, healthcare,
education, the environment and
Social Security but also repair the
country's reputation which has suf-
fered around the world over the past
eight years. He's someone who I
believe can sit down with potential
allies on the international level and
try to make the world a better place
for everyone. So, I'm supporting
him wholeheartedly. I hope that
people will wake up and take the
country back. It's hard to believe
that we have a president who could
officially deny the fact that -the
world is being affected by global
warming. It's embarrassing.
Nicole and Boris's second child Nicholas strengthed their family bond.
KW: What's it like being named Surrogates.
one of the 50 Most Beautiful People KW: Well, good luck with that,
in the World? Has it changed your and I hope to speak to you again
life? when that gets released.
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BK: [Laughs] That's hilarious.
No, it hasn't changed my life at all.
It's one of those things, like the
tabloids, that you can't really take
seriously. Obviously, I'm very flat-
tered, but that's as far as it goes. It's
a nice thing, but I can't take any
credit for it. I don't wake up and go,
"Woo-hoo! I'm one of the 50 Most
Beautiful! Yeah!" There are a lot of
things that are much more impor-
tant, like being a husband and
father. I've been blessed with a great
wife and amazing children who
have changed my life. It's not nec-
essarily a walk in the park every
day, but it's absolutely the most
rewarding gift ever.
KW: How was it playing Brick on
Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin
BK: It was a dream come true,
getting to play one of the significant
roles in one of the most significant
classics. I was honored and hum-
bled by the experience. Everybody
was so supportive, James Earl
Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie
Allen, Anika Noni Rose and
Giancarlo Esposito. And the crowd
response was great, everything was
KW: The Columbus Short ques-
tion: Are you happy?
KW: Is there any question
nobody asks you that you wish
somebody would ask?
BK: What nobody ever asks me is
how difficult it was to come to
sound like this, probably because
they all assume I'm African-
KW: True, your American accent
has no traces of German. So, how
difficult was it to sound like this?
Did you study English in Germany?
BK: I learned it here. I took class-
es, had a dialect coach, and watched
a lot of MTV. When I prepare for a
part, I still have to figure out the
appropriate accent and cadence.
KW: How do you want to be
BK: I want to be remembered as
a great father, and as someone who
inspired people to have. integrity
KW: What's up next for you?
BK: I'm shooting a movie right
now with Bruce Willis called The
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Shown above (L-R )are members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter Michelle Howard and Jacquelyn Snead. Carlottra Guyton with her
sorority sister AME Bishop Vashti McKenzie.
By Carlottra Guyton
When Twenty-three students from
Howard University formed the
Delta Sigma Theta sorority on Jan.
13, 1913, they probably had no idea
their legacy would produce
America's largest sorority of color
with over 250,000 members. These
students simply wanted to use their
collective strength to promote aca-
demic excellence and to provide
assistance to persons in need. Two
months later, they were marching
for women's suffrage on the streets
of Washington, D.C. By 1930, they
That initial act of civic involve-
ment defined the women of Deltas
as something more than a social
organization for black college
women. Now the sorority is known
for their dedication to community
Last weekend, close to 15,000
Delta sorority sisters converged on
Orlando, FL for their five-day
national convention. The 49th bi-
annual confab, one of the areas
largest of the year, surpassed an $18
million impact on the central
Throughout their convention,
Delta's were united, inspired and
rededicated to their mission of
improving their communities
throughout their 900 chapters in the
Americas and beyond.
Attendees saw performances by
CeCe Winans and Brian McKnight,
heard from renowned speakers such
as Dr. Ian Smith, Dr. Julia Hare,
Bishop Vashti McKenzie and Dr.
Julianne Malveaux among others.
While the evenings were accented
with various galas and dinners of
note, days were filled with handling
business with everything from ple-
nary sessions and luncheons to a
plethora of over thirty workshops
such as "Officers Roles and
Responsibilities" to "Get Your
Money Straight in 2008" designed
to enhance the lives of sorors and
"Being a Delta is a lifetime com-
mitment," said Amita Washington,
president of the Sanford Alumnae
chapter. "Once you become a Delta,
you know you are expected to be
committed to community service
and sisterhood until you die. That is
just how it is."
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across America (including the First Coast) paraded down Main Street U.S.A., Aug. 2, 2008 at the Magic Kingdom
in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The teens are at Walt Disney World for the 2008 National ACT-SO Competition in cat-
egories including business, sciences, humanities and performing and visual arts. During their weekend at Walt
Disney World, the students attended workshops and panels with Disney cast members, ACT-SO alumni and cor-
porate and community leaders. 2008 marks the NAACP 30th anniversary of the ACT-SO youth enrichment pro-
gram. Mark Ashman, photo
Presidential Hopefuls Share Plans at Urban League Conference
Marc Morial, President and CEO
of the National Urban League,
applauded Senators Barack Obama
and John McCain for attending the
civil rights organization's confer-
ence this past weekend in Orlando,
Florida. More than 3,000 confer-
ence attendees and guests attended
the sessions where Senators
McCain and Obama addressed their
plans to revitalize urban communi-
"The National Urban League was
proud to receive the two presump-
tive presidential nominees at our
98th annual conference," said
Morial. "With the presidential elec-
tion approximately 90 days away, it
is important to give our audience
the opportunity to hear the candi-
dates' views on critical issues fac-
ing urban communities."
Senator Obama focused on eco-
nomic and social issues that are
plaguing the nation ranging from
education, unemployment, health-
care, and the fallout from mortgage
foreclosures that are devastating
communities across the nation. He
also gave a strong endorsement of
"The Opportunity Compact" the
National Urban League's blueprint
for economic equality.
"Change does not happen from
the top down but from the bottom
up," said Senator Obama. "We can-
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not have a thriving Wall Street and
a struggling Main Street. There are
47 million Americans who do not
have healthcare. Children in public
schools in our cities have a fifty -
fifty chance of graduating from
high school. There are 2 million
homeowners facing foreclosure. If
we can bailout Wall St. and the
investment bankers, we can help the
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Death of Philly Teen
Example of Failure of Child Welfare Sytem
build a Martin
Luther King Jr.
ing drive on Clear Channel Radio
stations across the country.
The monthlong campaign on
more than 25 radio stations will
begin in August and will feature
celebrities including Aretha
Franklin and Samuel L. Jackson
talking about the significance of
the memorial. It coincides with the
45th anniversary of King's March
on Washington and his "I Have a
The effort will culminate in a
radiothon on Aug. 28 to help com-
plete fundraising for the memorial.
The King Memorial foundation
already has raised $94.8 million of
the initial $100 million goal.
The radio campaign is set to air in
Baltimore, Chicago, New York,
New Orleans and other cities.
Seven more city employees
have been suspended in connec-
tion with the starvation death of a
A grand jury said the human serv-
ices department workers taken off
the job bore some responsibility in
the death of 14-year-old Danieal
Nine other people have been
charged in the case, including
Danieal's parents and two city
social workers. The social workers
suspended last week face charges
of child endangerment and could
result in their dismissals.
For days before Danieal Kelly
died in a fetid, airless, hot room -
the bedridden teenager begged for
something to drink until she could
muster only one word: water.
Unable to help herself because of
her cerebral palsy, she wasted
away from malnutrition and mag-
got-infested bedsores that ate her
flesh. She died alone on a putrid
mattress in her mother's home, the
floor covered in feces. She was 14
but weighed just 42 pounds.
The nightmare of forced starva-
tion and infection that killed
Danieal while she was under the
protection of the city's human-
services agency is documented in
a 258-page grand jury report that
charges nine people her par-
ents, four social workers and three
family friends in her death.
The report describes a mother,
Andrea Kelly, who was embar-
rassed by her disabled daughter
and didn't want to touch her, take
her out in public, change her dia-
pers or make sure she had enough
fluids. It portrays Daniel Kelly,
the father who once had custody
of Danieal, as having no interest in
Andrea Kelly, 39, the only defen-
dant charged with murder, was
ordered held Friday without bail.
The social workers suspected
of falsifying home visits and
progress reports in the case. -
face charges ranging from child
endangerment to involuntary
manslaughter. The family friends
are accused of lying to the grand
jury about the girl's condition
before her death.
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Danieal Kelly is shown above.
Kelly's parents were charged
last week in her starvation
death, as were two city employ-
ees assigned to monitor the
moved to Philadelphia in 2003. He
eventually asked his estranged
wife to move in, even though she
had several other children and he
knew she was incapable of caring
for Danieal, authorities say. He
then moved out.
The Department of Human
Services received at least five
reports of Danieal being mistreat-
ed between 2003 and 2005. All
described a "helpless child sitting
unattended, unkempt and
unwashed, in a small stroller in
her own urine and feces," her
screams ignored by her mother,
the grand jury report said.
The grand jury report said Laura
Sommerer, a city social worker,
failed to hold the now-defunct
company accountable when,
months later, Danieal still was not
enrolled in school or receiving
In the meantime, the report said,
she entertained friends, attended
classes and fed her other children.
"This behavior indicates that
Andrea Kelly did not merely
allow Danieal to die," the report
said. "She may have even wanted
her disabled daughter to die."
When an ambulance responded
to a 911 call for Danieal on Aug.
4, 2006, the girl had been dead for
several hours. She had been lying
on the filthy mattress for so long
that her body outline was imprint-
ed on it.