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Best selling urban drama writer Carl Weber was the star of the hour at
a meet and greet at the Regency Square Library last weekend. The
Waycross' author's latest book, "Something on the Side" was on hand as
he visited with fans, answered questions and signed autographs. Shown
above with Weber (seated) are librarians Marshelle J. Berry and Tyhedra
Wilson with who helped facilitate the event. KFPPhoto
In a reception paying tribute to past, present and future leaders'
Duval County School Board (DCSB) members Betty Burney and
Brenda Priestly Jackson were the guests of honor at the Ritz Theater
last week. Hundreds attended the event organized by a local leader-
ship team. Shown above is JaxPort Chief Financial Officer Ron Baker
presenting DCSB Chairwoman Betty Burney with a soaring eagle in
recognition for her achievements For more photo highlights from the
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Local Politicos Make Good on Promise to Restore Felon's Voting Rights
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland recently partnered with area elected officials to present a
voting restoration workshop. Longtime proponent of the legislation passed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007, Sen.
Tony Hill helped organize the event with local attorneys and other community leaders which also included a free
workshop and a job fair. Centrally located at the Supervisor of Elections Branch Office in Gateway Mall, over
one hundred attendees anxiously reapplied to have their rights restored. Due to the legislation, former felons may
now be eligible to regain the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, the right to hold public office and the right
to apply for certain occupational licenses.
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Notice of Public Hearing
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act,
Chapter 120, F.S., notice is hereby given that the Duval
County School Board intends to hold a public hearing to
recommend boundary changes for the 2008-2009 school
year for the following schools:
Henry F. Kite Elementary #37 and
Martin Luther King Elementary #220.
The public hearing will be held at the School Board's meet-
ing on March 4, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Charles Cline
Auditorium of the Administration Building, 1701 Prudential
The purpose of this proposed action is to revise attendance
areas for the above-named schools for the 2008/2009 school
Legal Authority is F.S. 1001.42(4)(a).
Costs to the Duval County Public Schools Board for imple-
mentation of this change will be the costs of printing and
distribution of the boundary changes.
The text of the proposed revision is available for review at
the Duval County Public Schools Building, Office of School
Choice/Pupil Assignment, 2nd Floor, 1701 Prudential Drive,
between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision by the
Duval County School Board with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this hearing or who may decide to appeal such
decision will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose of appeal may need to ensure verbatim records of
the proceedings be made. This record will need to include
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
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Former School Board member Jimmie Johnson, honorees Bety Burney and Brenda Priestly Jackson with
Duval County's first African American school board member Dr. Wendel Holmes. hor`l Phlotos
(L-R) JLOC members Warren Ali, Raymond Stiles, James Muhammad, Steve Jones, Jerome Noissette and
Oscar Mathis. (not shown Andr'e X). The smell of hot chili filled the
air, the weather was beautiful and
Organizing Committee Inc. for the
if Millions More Movement gathered
to Serve Food and Give-A-W'ay
In a lot off Myrtle Avenue, JLOC
served free food for all who were
hungry. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau,10 percent of the
families in Duval County live in
\\ poverty. In an effort to help the
local struggling community, JLOC
~~\V5~C8 ~ ~ -~ ~ P~~~lkil s monthly provides free necessities
~ such as food and clothing. The
projects are done entirely through
\ ~donations of the local community.
Visit their website
www.jaxloc.com or call 240-9133.
Help JL.OC "as we work to end the
hitle red~o~b~~j ~ P~ti~a CarerandKaii~hCater_,E~ ~~OolTdlceC through education and
(itte Fed ou s. athia Crte an Kar in C rter en no~t more mecarceration".
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Cleve WIarren and Nathaniel Glover
Dr. Barbara Darby and C. Smith
State Representative Audrey
Gipson and City Council Woman
Glorious Johnson presented the
guests of honor with proclamations
detailing their commitment to their
communities and the children that
they support. In addition to their
governmental proclamations. Each
also received glass eagle to epito-
mize their leadership of local chil-
Walking to the podium with tears
in her eyes, Priestly Jackson was
honored that her community had
bestowed an honor upon her that
she had not expected. She
explained that her fight is one that
is to "represent the community and
the children who do not have access
to an education".
I am you and you are me", said
By Lynn Jones
Ron Baker, Ava Parker and a host
of other dignitaries secretly planned
and executed a tremendous ceremo-
ny honoring two women who have
been role models to many -
Duval County School Board Chair
Betty Burney and former Chair
Brenda Priestley Jackson. Two
women who dare to make differ-
ence. The mistress of ceremonies
Andrea Giggetts was excited as she
expressed to the audience that these
"two women have built self esteem
for students throughout the Duval
county school system."
The program consisted of singing
and dancing from Duval County
students in addition to various trib-
ute. "See what we can do when we
stand by our children, see what we
can do when we motivate them."
Said Burney. Program speakers
Ehda dWaehntrume oq dntly us oe
the words of Maya Angelo reciting
"How important it is to celebrate
our Heroes, and Sheroes."
"Brenda shares so much of herself
and Brenda is god-fearing, a moth-
Ser, a leader and courageous" said
Ms. Washington. She also noted
that when the school board was
looking for a new member, Brenda
was not looking for us, we were
looking for her".
The honorees also received praise
from those they govern. Duval
County teacher Charles Lee praised
]%renda as anl "awesome student" .
"Brenda exem fies hnining light
for little girls and boy he adde j~
Betty Burney was feted with acco-
lades from students who have gone
on to pursue their dreams. Carmin
Williams her niece was proud to
state that her aunt Betty Burney "is
her rock and her hero" and that it
was she who taught her that "my
potential is limited by my imagina-
tion and it is up to me to fulfill your
destiny" and that "every action that
you carry out, be the best" .
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Think Amendment 1 Means Extra Money Think Again
drainage projects, park improve-
I am talking about all of the stuff
that makes a city what a city should
be -central services.
So why didn't the governor see
the affect on local governments
before now? There's another
American Indian proverb that I
love. It says, "You can't wake a per-
son who is pretending to be
Jacksonville will soon face a
crossroads that will take tremen-
dous leadership to decide which
route to take. With a major budget
deficit looming, do you raise taxes,
create new taxes or user fees or
stop providing key governmental
'That's the million-dollar question
at hand. What do we do now? And
on top of the deficit throw in the
f~act that crime continues to be a
major concerns on7 citizen'ls mmids.
H-ow do municipalities provide
public safety if they can't pay
police officers and firemen?
Jacksonville citizens may see a
break on their property taxes, but a
fee issued for things like trash pick
up, drainage usage and public safe-
ty will negate any savings you may
get excited about. Well, at the least
Duval County defeated the referen-
dum. Unfortunately, our vote does-
n't speak for the rest of Florida.
Signing off from City Hall,
like most complicated political
issues the complexity is normally
more facade than actual substance.
Here is where the Governor's
Amendment 1 referendum gets
really confusing. I gave you the
simplified version, but as I just said
- with every action there has to be a
Amendment 1 doubles the home-
stead exemption to $50,000 and
more important to folks with
expensive homes, it allows proper-
ty owners to take up to $500,000 in
Save Our Homes tax cap benefits
with them if they move.
Good stuff right?
Well if it's so good then why does
the new state budget that the gover-
nor recently proposed include a
$338 million increase in property
taxes to help fimd state schools?
Are you confused yet?
If not, just hold tight I have a lit-
tle more data for you. And just how
will the good governor fill the addi-
tional gap in the state budget.
Shouldn't be a surprise gambling
revenue. As in the words of the
good pastor "You'll get that in the
Some of you may want a time out
for a minute while you digest this
information. Well here's the Cliff
Notes version: Although the gover-
nor pushed to cut property taxes, he
has to increase them somewhat to
pay for schools. He also has to find
new revenue sources to pay for the
lost funds from the tax cut so hie
now has turned to gambling rev-
enue to fill the gap.
Not that I have anything against
folk who gamble, but doesn't it
seem like the governor used the
property tax cut to justify allowing
additional slot machines on
Seminole reservations and dog
Is it me or does it seems like
someone is playing a simple shell
game with our tax dollars?
In the meantime, while the gov-
ernor is sitting in Tallahassee play-
ing with state revenue sources,
local governments are faced with
tremendous budget deficits. Small
municipalities are staring the
annexation into larger cities or the
county right in the face because
they can't afford to run their small
Some counties and cities want to
see the property tax reform, but
most don't. It's nlot that cities and
counties don't care about the people
who live in their municipalities, but
local governmental budgets are
built on property tax revenue.
The math is simple for most
small governments. If you cut
property taxes then they don't have
the money needed to provide serv-
ices and programs for its citizens.
And no I am not talking about
liberal social programs although I
support most social programs
aimed at helping low-income indi-
viduals and families. I am talking
about police, fire, trash collection,
There is an old American Indian
proverb that says, "The frog does
not drink up the pond in which he
lives." Someone should have
explained this proverb to the
Governor because after months of
campaigning for Amendment 1,
which is basically a property tax
cut bill he now realizes that he will
have a budget deficit because of it.
Yeah I know, that doesn't quite
sound legit. How could you push
for a referendum to cut property
taxes then realize that those very
taxes you were pushing to cut have
left the budget unbalanced.
It about as crazy as a referendum
that puts money back in citizens
pockets for a short period of time
until local governments impose
new taxes that cancel out any say-
ings you thought you earned.
With the recent passage of
Amendment 1 many people are
ecstatic.. Most of those folks reside
south of Duval County. In fact,
they reside way south of us at the
very bottom of the state.
The concept sounds good though
- lesser property taxes and more
money in the pockets of Floridians
- good stuff right?
But with every action there is a
ripple effect or reaction. Or to sim-
plify it even more it's the elemen-
tary theory of cause and effect. If
you cut taxes then some program or
service has to pay for that tax cut.
Yes, I am over simplifying this
complicated matter at hand, but
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he said. "Events like this provide
opportunities for people to get edu-
cated about the disease and
screened for it."
Lolita Hill is the Director of
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Director of a new security studies
program at George Mason
University. His service has includ-
ed Human Rights Watch (HRW)
research missions in Afganistan in
2002 and in Iraq in 2003.
Dr. Brigety II was an examiner
of the increasing permeability
between military and development
operations in the US national secu-
rity poHy ,at he Royal nstite of
House), and independent interna-
tional affairs think-tank, and is not
Previous participants have includ-
ed Mahatma Gandhi, Winston
Churchill, Margaret Thatcher,
Ronald Reagan, Mikhall
Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, the
Dalai Lama, Yasser Arafat,
Viadmimir Putin, Thabo Mebeki
and Kofi Annan.
In 199'1, Reuben~ Brigety III
graduated from Sandalwood High
School in Jacksonville. Young
Brigety followed his dream and
became a distinguished midship-
man graduate of the US Naval
Academy, where he earned a B.S.
degree In Political Science, with
merit. While at the Academy,
Brigety served as Brigade
?oomniander, and ecei ed the
for graduate study. He holds an M.
Phil and a Ph.D. in international
relations from Cambridge
University, England. H-e is the son
of Dr. Reuben and Mrs. Barbara
Bri et of Jacksonville. Dr.
Brigety 11 resides in Alexandria,
VA with his wife, Dr. Leelie
Selassie, and their two sons.
Dr. Brigety 11 is the Director
of the Sustainable Security
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Dr. Ruben Brigety, Jr.
Program at the Center for
American Progress in Washington,
DC. He is also Assistant Professor
of Government and Politics, and
management processes that are
more prominent at PRWT. Prior to
the founding of PRWT, Mr.
Johnson served as CEO of Fidelity
Systems Inc., a cable/line con-
struction company, which he
PRWT negotiated with Merck
for two years prior to its acquisi-
tion of the Cherokee Plant January
1, 2008. The Cherokee Plant is a
state-of-the-art API manufacturing
facility of products and antibiotics
for humans and animals. All 400
employees at the plant were invit-
ed to remain on their jobs.
Established in 1891, Merck cur-
rently discovers, develops, manu-
factures and markets vaccines and
medicines to address unmet med-
ical needs. The sale of the plant is
part of Merck's global restructur-
ing of its manufacturing opera-
tions to create a global manufac-
turing network. Merck has also
entered into a supply agreement
with the Cherokee for an estimat-
Willie F. Johnson is principal
and chairman CEO of PRWT
Services Inc., headquartered in
Philadelphia, PA, with six addi-
tional offices around the United
States. PRWT is one of the fastest
growing minority owned and
operated companies in the nation.
The Jacksonville native is a gradu-
ate of Matthew W. Gilbert High
School, and Allen University in
Columbia, SC with a Bachelor of
Arts in Sociology. He earned a
Masters Degree in Social Work
from the University of
Mr. Johnson served in senior
government management posi-
tions for more than I8 years,
including as Commissioner of the
Office of Social Services (PA
Southeastern Region), Director of
the Youth Services Coordinating
Office for the City of Philadelphia
Office of Employment and
Training. During that period Mr.
Johnson developed the themes and
by Dan Murphy
Many community based organi-
zations and other organizations
gathered on the campus of Edward
Waters College on February 7th to
observe the Seventh Annual
National Black HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day (NBHAAD). This
year's slogan was, "Get educated,
get tested, get treated, and get
Organizations at the event includ-
ed The Duval County Health Dept.,
River Region Human Services,
HealthEase, The Minority AIDS
Coalition, The Interfaith Based
Alliance Group, the U.N.F. Nursing
Dept., and North-South Florida
Behavioral Health. Shannon Nelson
of The Minority AIDS Coalition
said, "Local organizations made
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day a
success in Jacksonville. Over 100
were people were tested today."
Aaron L. Hilliard, Ph.D., is the
Director of Disease Control and
'Environmerital He~alth for the Duval
County Health Dept. "Young
African-Americans are being sig-
nificantly impacted by HIV/AIDS,"
ed value of $100-200 million
PRWT, founded in 1988, pro-
vides business process outsoure-
ing (BPO) services to state and
local governments across the
country. One of the largest minor-
ity-owned businesses in the US,
PRWT has been ranked in the top
100 by Black Enterprise maga-
zine, for the pastieven years.
Ella Simmons of River Region Human Services tells students just how
easy taking the test for HIV is. o: MurrplnPhroto
eight percent of AIDS cases report-
ed," she said. "For fifteen years,
HIV/AIDS has been the leading
cause of death for black Floridians
between the ages of 25 and 44. The
State of Florida and community
based organizations have done a
great job at getting people tested.
However, we still have more work
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Palm Coast AME Celebrating
15th Anniversary, Elephant Sale
Palm Coast First A.M.E. The Inspirational Choir of the First
Church will celebrate their 15th A.M.E. Church, on Saturday,
anniversary kick-off on Sunday, March 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
February 24, 4 p.m. with preach- First A.M.E. Church is the pas-
ing by Dr. Rudolph McKissick, Jr., torate of the Rev. Gillard S.
pastor at Bethel Baptist Glover, 91 Old Kings Road North.
Institutional Church. For further details or table reser-
The church is also holding a vations, call Gwendolyn Howard
White Elephant Sale, sponsored by at (386) 446-5759
Grace Commuinty Church of
NRSSau Holding Youth Church
Grace Community Church hosts young-adult, small-group worship serv-
ice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The group welcomes young adults, ages 20-30, for
faith and fellowship regardless of their church affiliation. The church,
which had a handful of young adult members last year, now has more than
40 regular attendees.
The young adult group will meet at the Northeast Florida Baptist
Association building, 921 S Us Highway 17, Yulee. Contact Pastor Jerry
Klemm to register to attend at (904) 422-1523. Information is also avail-
able on the church Web site at www~gracenassau.com.
YOuth Workshop on College/Career
PreparatiOn at Greater Macedonia
There will be an informational session regarding vocational planning for
students wishing to attend college, university or to enter the workforce.
Information regarding the application process for scholarships and grants
will be discussed as well as community service hour requirements. The ses-
sion will be held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of the Northside,
1880 West Edgewood Avenue. The workshop is for students in grades 8th
through 12th and their parents. It will be held on Tuesday February 26th at
6:30 PM. For more information, contact Alzic Upton at 764-9257.
Clergy Hosting Open Meeting on Crime
Project C.R.I.M.E.(Clergy Response to the Indifference to the Murder
Epidemic) Neighborhood Partnership Initiative is holding a community
meeting, Thursday, Februlary 21st, 7pm. The meeting.wilL~takeplace at the
Spirit of Life Worship Center, 1 176 Labelle Street,.(off Cassat Avenue &
Plymouth Street). If you are interested in helping reduce crime in your
neighborhood, join with community leaders, ministers, and churches from
across the city. For more info, call (904) 693-1503.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1i p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning W~orship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 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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WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Pastor Landon Williams
West Union 108th Anniversary
St e Wes Ucneon Mtiessionary Batist viurchlocated at 1605 WestaBeave
Anniversary of the Pastor Leroy C. Kelly. Services commemorating the
anniversary will be held continued Sunday February 17th, & 24th 2008 at
4:00 p.m.The Theme for the Anniversary is "This Victory is Jesus" with the
theme song "Victory in Jesus". The Church Anniversary Banquet will will
be hosted at the Phillipian Multipurpose Center 7540 New Kings Road on
Saturday February 23,2008, at 5:00 p.m. Dea. Cornelious Williams and Sis.
Delaney Williams are the Chair Persons for the Anniversary Celebration.
Greater Grant A.M/.E. Church
Celebrates Scout Sunday
In commemoration of the 100~th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of America,
Greater Grant A.M.E. Church will celebrate Scout Sunday. This special
event will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at 11:00 a.m.
The speaker for this memorable occasion will be the Honorable Betty
Burney, Chairwoman of the Duval County School Board. She is the author
of "If These Chains Could Talk" and is dynamic speaker to convey a posi-
tive and uplifting message for the young and the old.
The location of the church is 5533 Gilchrist Road.
New Bethlehem Revival
Come February 17- 19, 2008 to New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Church, 1824 Prospect Street, to attend "2008, A Year of Breakthrough" a
Revival beginning on Sunday February 17th at 5:00 PM. The hour for serv-
ices held onwMonsdpay an Tuesdaev wicbl rea u7 00 Pa on oedynami
be the lecturer and Elder Chester Brown, Tallahassee, FL will be speaker.
For additional information, please call(904) 764-5727, Eric A. Lee M. Th.,
Dr. Vera Goodman & Anointed Praise
to Debut CD "Sanctuary of Praise"
First Lady Productions Inc. invites the community to the debut o~f the
much anticipated release of Dr. Vera Goodman & Anointed Praise's new
CD release, "Sanctuary of Praise," at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 16,
2008, at One Accord Ministries International Inlc., 2971 Waller St. (near
McDuff & I-10), where Bishop Dr. Jan Goodman is Pastor.
The Sanctuary of Praise CD~ features such hits as "Sanctuary of Praise,"
"Beautiful" and "For You."
Gospel Recording Artists Jimmy Hill & A.V.O.P. and Ms. Carmelita
Terry, will also be featured on program. For more information, please con-
tact: First Lady Productions, at (904) 425-0806.
St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist to Celebrate
128th Anniversary and Pastor's 15th
Historical St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church, 2606 San Diego Rd., Rev.
Dr. Richard W. Jackson, Pastor; will hold Anniversary Services to celebrate
the 128th1 year of the Church, and the Pastor's 1 5th Anniversary, beginning at
4 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2008..
Anniversary Services will continue at 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday evenings, February 25, 27 & 29th. T'he closing service will be at 4
p)m. on Sunday, March 2, 2008. T'he community is invited to all services-
Unitarian Universalist Church Celebrates
Black History Month with Special Services
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington
Expressway, where Rev. Dr. John L. Young is Pastor, and Minister Henson
Markham is music director; invites the community to join them for special
services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday as they celebrate and honor Black
History Month. The significant accomplishments African Americans have
made will be celebrated. All are welcome.
Rev. Richard Curry and Rev. Chester Brown are Revival Speakers at New
Life Church International First
Annual Empowerment Breakfast
On Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9 a.m., Life Church International is
hosting itlifirst Anna sE poerer t u e sfsaT sisPya them is"h
of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church and Wanda Baldwin Davis,
FHUID, NFHC, NTI, and FDIC Money Smart Trainer. The community is
invited to attend. Come be empowered by the message, where not only will
your body be fed but also your mind, spirit and soul!
For information, contact Life Church at 356-2109) or Joy Alexander at 294-
2602 to get your tickets. They can also be purchased at the door. Tickets are
$10 per person,
20th Annual Gospel Extravaganza
To help celebrate Black History Month, the United Multicultural
Association of Jacksonville Univ;ersity will host their 20th Annual Gospel
Extravaganza on Monday, February 18th, 2008 at 6:45 pm in Terry Concert
Hall. Come out and enjoy an exciting and inspirational evening provided by
the JU UMA Gospel Choir, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church music and
dance ministries, Serenity Christian Fellowship Church dance ministry and
many others. This event is free and open to the public. For additional infor-
mation contact Ms. Pittman at (904) 256-7150.
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41 20 2008
Behold, how good and pleasant
it was,; a riday night of joy,
Feobruar~y 8, 2008, at Danyspring!
Music filled the room with laughing
and swaying, while singing familiar
tunes. The crowd was electrified by
the rhythmic guitar of Rev. Edward
Brown, as he and his wife sang the
soulfidl "Let's Stay Together." Rev.
Brown said that he knew there
would be some "seasoned saints" in
the house, so he wanted to set it off
with something everyone could
Bro. JeffTaylor's a cappella ren-
dition of "Always and Forever"
stirred the hearts of many. Bro. Jeff
Taylor's turn came as he advised
that "he needed someone to sing
to." His wife answered the call and
he serenaded her with his tantaliz-
ing tenor voice. Brother-in-law,
Bro. William C. Hines ll urged him
on shouting, "Go head, brother-in-
Bro. Joe Simmons demonstrated
the choreographic steps of the
Rockette which set the stage for
dancing, with Bro. Sonny Sledge
being the usual smooth operator.
The highlight of the evening was
the performance of Sis. Jelissa
Taylor and Sis. Ti Ti Barnes, who
invited everyone to join them in
performing the "Hokey Pokey," the
Mr. and Mrs. Hartley cut their cake. R. Silver Photo
Herbert anzd Ellen Hartley
Celebrate 50 Years ofMarriage
The Harriet Beecher-Stowe Community Center was the festive celiebra-
tions in honor of Herbert & Ellen Hartley in celebration of 50 years of mar-
riage. Hosted by their daughter Carolyn Murphy and daughter-in-law
Tammy Hartley, the faithful members of Phillip Cousin A.M.E. Church
renewed their vows and partook in all of the fanfare of newlyweds.
Rev. Eugene Mosley officiated over the ceremonies that first took Iplace
February 6th 1958 at the Jacksonville Court House. Throughout their
Union, the Hartleys' have 8 children, 11 grand-children and 17 great-
"It's been a long road, but a good one." said Mrs. Hartley.
Shown above Sis. Shirley and Sis. Sheila Spivey along with other Dayspring members are all smiles while
doing the Electric Slide.
"Electric Slide", and the "Cupid Bro. William Hines Sr. brought The Dayspring Baptist Church
Shuffle". Sis. Brenda Mills everyone back to reality as he test- Men's Fellowship Ministry glowed
"cranked that" along with ed everyone's knowledge of the with pride as all in attendance
nSoljagirls" Je Je and Ti Ti with Bible, Music, Black History, and expressed their gratitude for a great
nSolljaboy" Hines II. Bro. Joe other trivia. The Dynamic Sis. evening of dance, and fun at the St.
Simmons and Sis. Brenda Mills Sandra Prince, served as the point Valentine's Night of Joy and
demonstrated the "Twist". person. Celebration, an unforgettable event.
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Museum, is the keynote speaker the
The Black Heritage competitions
begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,
February 16th and will continue
throughout the day. Competitions
sites will be in the Complex, J.W.
Johnson School and Milne
Auditorium. A directory of event
times and locations will be posted
on the campuses. The much-antici-
pated Step Show, comprised of
members from the various confer-
ences of the state and the Bahamas
islands, closes out the evening in
the Adams-Jenkins Complex. Black
Heritage Weekend concludes on
Sunday with the traditional Service
of Seliya, a worship and spiritual
service, which pay homage to
African ancestry, with participants
and many congregants adorning
African attire. An exciting young
preacher, Reverend Nathaniel
Robinson III, will deliver the clos-
ing worship message. The awards
presentation ceremony follows im
mediately after the service. Sunday
service begins at 10:00 a.m. in the
The public is invited to partici-
pate as spectators. For more infor-
mation, call 608-5019
The 21st Annual Black Heritage
Weekend of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church (AME) will be
held Friday through Sunday,
February 15-17th headquartered on
the campuses of Edward Waters
College and James Weldon Johnson
Middle School. Over 2,700 youth
participants are scheduled to com-
pete individually and as teams in
the areas of drama, liturgical dance,
essay writing, poetry, speech,
music, sports, and the popular Brain
Bowl, likened as a "Bible
Jeopardy" contest of religion facts
A Health & Education Fair will
be held in the JW Johnson cafeteria
with screenings, blood pressure
checks and other free services
available. Voter registration will be
on going. Visitors can also view the
wonderful artwork on display from
the young artisans. Demonstration
Chess is the new "kid on the block"
and has been added as a non-com-
The state of Florida and the
Bahamas Islands comprise the 11th
District of the AME church. Black
Heritage, presented solely in the
Eleventh District of the Church, is a
popular event among its' youth
members. This year yields the
largest contingency ever from the
Bahamas Islands with 75 competi-
tors and also a record number of
registered participants. This also
marks the third year for the
Jacksonville area as host for this
event. Previously, Tampa and
Lakeland had been the competition
site for the past fifteen years.
"With great enthusiasm, we look
f ddrdto thi t 13ack Heritag,
Jackson Young, Episcopal
Supervisor of the 11th District.
The weekend starts on Friday
evening with the Opening Worship
Service, where Ms. Carol
Alexander, Executive Director of
Regions celebrates Black History Month.
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OBSTETRICAL & GYNE COLO GICAL
February 14-20, 2008
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The Hair W~ar Chest,
What Every G~irl Shoubl Have
daily moisturizer: This is what
you'll put on your hair after
you've thoroughly cleaned it to
continue to provide oil and mois-
ture. Two of my favorites are
Design Essentials and Mizani's
Serum. (not just for natural hair
but does work well on all hair
types) This serum not only pro-
tects from heat, it leaves the hair
feeling smooth and sleek and
smell great too.
A comb for your hair type.
Don't try to drag one of those
skinny toothed combs through
your natural kinky or curly hair.
You'll just end up pulling it out
and breaking it off. And rat tail
combs are good for parting the
hai bu little Ile
a A god beoar bistle brush; use
sparingly though. Brushes period
aren't good for African-American
A scarf, cap, or wrap to wear
on your head at night- or a satin
pillow case (well, two)
-A spray bottle to mist your
hair, especially if you have natu-
rally curly hair. Having the cor-
reo t ol inpaecnol ake
I hope that everyone has a few if
not all of the items mentioned.
Finding the right tools for you not
only make it easier for you to be
the queen that you are, but will
give your hair that shine, sheen
and in some cases, help it grow.
Whatever tools you carry with
you into battle, make sure you are
using them as instructed. And if
you have questions about a prod-
uct or just have a question for me,
don't be afraid to ask. Or e-mail
me at www.dsspasalon.com
If you would like to ask
Dyrinda a please email her at:
DS Spa and Salon is located at
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by Dyrinda Sapp
Ladies, we all know that some-
times you just have to go to war
with your hair. And if you are
planning on winning this war, not
just one or two battles, the right
tools are definitely needed.
Having the proper tools at your
disposal only makes sense. I'm
sure that everyone has their
favorite comb and or brush, but
do you have the right tools? Just
to make sure we all are on the
same page lets clear out that bath-
room drawer, you know the one
you keep all of your products and
hair accessories and start fresh!
First find a good shampoo:
They will be more expensive.
But, they'll use more gentle
cleansers and be more concen-
trated. You may find they save
you money in the long run. And,
your hair will definitely show the
Also find a good acidifier. An
acidifier is a conditioner with a
low pH. You can easily identify
conditioners with low pH bal-
ance boyelooAin iat tet bc o
A oo hot n~onl tr ent or
deep conditioner, we touched on
these in my last Coolum, be
sweet to your hair. Another treat-
ment that we did not talk about is
Shea Butter. Shea butter is a nat-
ural moisturizer derived from the
nut of a tree (the Karite tree) that
grows exclusively in West Africa.
It is highly prized for its benefits
to both hair and skin. Look for
hot oil treatments that contain
Shea Butter. Hot oil treatments
work best when you apply the
conditioner or hot oil treatment to
the hair and scalp, cover with a
plastic cap and sit under a dryer
for 15-20 minutes. This is very
important for dry brittle hair.
A good leave in conditioner or
some a e
we age a
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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
The Stormwater Advisory Committee (SWAC) mnvites you to learn
about the proposed plan for the billing, collection and use of the new
stormwater fee and to provide feedback.
All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.
District 8 Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Stanton Prep, 1149 W. 13th Street, 32209
District 14 Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
FCCJ Kent, D-120, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., 32205
District 13 Monday, February 25, 2008, 6:30 p~m.
Twin Lakes Middle, 8050 Point Meadows Dr., 32256
"At-Large" Thursday, February 28, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall Renaissance Room, 117 W. Duval St., 32202
Meetings are being held in other districts throughout February.
Visit www.jaxswac.com or call 630-CITY (2489) for details.
SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
INVITATION TO BID
Haskell, as Design Builder for the UNF Osprey Fountains Student
Housing, is soliciting bids from certified Minority Business
Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
subcontractors and suppliers who are interested in providing goods
or services. MBE trade contractors must be currently certified by
the City of Jacksonville, State of Florida OSB or DOT. Interested,
MBE-DBE subcontractors must Pre-Qualify by completing and sub-
mitting a Vendor Qualification Form and Letter of Interest prior to
receiving instructions to access the FTP site for specs and plans.
Scopes of work being bid are due 2-22-08 to the Haskell contact list-
Division 2 Site Hardscape, Chain Link Fence,
Division 9 Ceramic Tile, Carpet & Base Cawthon
Division 10 Specialties, Toilet Accessories Cawthon
Division 11 Athletic Equipment Adams
Michael Adams-904 791-4503, Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfonzo Cawthon-904 791-4631, Alfonzo.email@example.com
Diane Whipple-904 791-4601, firstname.lastname@example.org
Haskell is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
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The Engle Class Action was filed in 1994 and went to trial against the tobacco industry in July 1998. Howard A. Engle, M.D., et al., (Plaintiffs) v. R.J.
Reyroklds Tobacco Comrpanr: Philip Morris, Inlc., Blarow & Williamson Tobacco Corp., individually and as successor to American Tobacco Co., Lorillard
Tobacco Co., Lor~illard. Inlc., Liggett Group. Inlc., Br~ooke Groupr Holdings, Inc. f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc., Council for Tobacco Research U.S.A. and
Tobacco Institurte (Defendants), Case No. 94-08273 CA (22) Dade County Circuit Court. This Notice addresses a distinct, unprecedented monetary fund
of over $700 million (the "Engle Trust Funld") created for the class by Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt, counsel for the class. The Engle Trust Fund is
approaching $800 million.
II. QUALIFIED ENGLE CLASS MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A SHARE OF THE TRUST FUND MONEYS
You may be qualified to receive a monetary distribution from the Engle Trust Fund if: 1) you (or your decedent) smoked cigarettes
and 2) developed one or more of the diseases and/or medical conditions mentioned below, and 3) that disease or medical condition
was first diagnosed or first manifested itself (first appeared) on or before November 21, 1996, which is the class cut-off date established by the Florida
atherosclerosis, coronary artery
disease and arteriosclerosis, angina,
abnormal blood clotting, blood vessel
damage, myocardial infarction (heart
esophageal (throat) cancer
laryngeal (throat or voice box) cancer
lung cancer (including adenocarcinoma,
large cell carcinoma, small cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma)
complications of pregnancy (miscarriage)
oral cavity/tongue cancer
peripheral vascular disease
(including Buerger's disease)
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -
COPD (including emphysema)
coronary heart disease
(including cardiovascular disease,
hardening of the arteries,
III. THE ENGLE TRUST FUND IS NOT A SETTLEMENT OF CLASS MEMBERS' CURRENT OR FUTURE INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS
Qualified Engle class members are eligible to receive money from th~e Engle Trust Fund without giving up existing or future individual claims against any
defendants. The Engle Trust Fund distributions are separate from your rights in any individual lawsuit for damages for personal injury or death from
smoking except for th~e possibility of a set off depending on the payment plan adopted by the Court. Class members who choose not to bring their own
lawsuits are still eligible to receive money from the Engle Trust Fund.
IV. A HEARING WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 15, 2008
A. Allocation Plans Considered
A hearing will be held before the Honorable David C. Miller in Courtroom 4-3 of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Dade County,
Florida at 73 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130 on April 15, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. The Court will consider comments that have been timely submitted
regarding the allocation and distribution of money from the Engle Trust Fund.
B. Attorneys Fees Considered
The Court will also consider whether to grant Class Counsel's application for attorneys' fees of $218,000,000 and reimbursement of costs not to exceed
$5,000,000. This application is for the substantial work performed by Class Counsel over a period of approximately fifteen years (1993-2008) in handling
all aspects of the Engle class action including the two-year class action trial; multiple appeals in state and federal courts; the creation of the Trust Fund of
approximately $800 million anld the establishment of multiple findings to be given r~es judicata (binding) effect in class members' lawsuits. The entire Court
file in this case, including Class Counsel's fee application, with accompanying affidavits of experts, is available for review at the Office of the Clerk at the
Dade County Courthouse.
C. Motions to Inter~vene will be Consider~ed
The Court will consider timely submitted motions to intervene, written comments and/or objections of qualified class members concerning the allocation
of the Engle Trust Fund and/or the attorneys' fees and reimbursement of costs for Class Counsel. To be considered, the plans, objections, and/or Motions
to Inltervene must be timely filed with the Court with a copy to Judge Miller at: 73 West Flagler Street, Room 414, Miami, FL 33130 and Stanley and Susan
Rosenblatt at: Engle Trust Fund, P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101 and postmarked on or before March 31, 2008.
Your submission must include information as to Engle class membership, including
(1) your and/or the decedent's name, address and date of birth;
(2) the dates/time frame you (or the decedent) lived in Florida;
(3) the date (or approximate date) you (or the decedent) was diagnosed with one or more of the diseases or medical conditions listed
above or when that disease or medical condition first manifested (appeared); and
(4) the decedent's date of death and your relationship to the decedent.
Your submission must be signed and dated by the class member, even where the comments or objections are filed by your counsel.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A SHARE OF THE ENGLE TRUST FUND.
V. YOU WILL, AS REQUIRED, RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Court's final determination regarding a plan of distribution of the Engle Trust Fund along with any deadlines and other applicable information will be
provided inl further communications to the Class through a supplemental Notice. You may also obtain copies of this Notice and all future Notices by
VI. DO I NEED TO HIRE AN KfITORNEY?
You may hir~e counsel, at your own expense, to represent your interests in connection with the allocation and distribution of the Engle Trust Fund money
or the Court will determine how your interests will be represented.
VII. ALL INQU~IlES CONCERNING THIS LEGAL NOTICE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED SOLELY TO CLASS COUNSEL
Do not call or write the Court or the Clerk of the Court for tirthecr information. Anly inquiries or questions concerning this Notice should be directed to the
Engle information hotline at 1-888-420-166,6 or by writing Class Counsel:
Engle Trust Fund
P.O. Box 013241
Miami, FL 33101
David C. Miller
Circuit Court Judge
DONE and ORDERED this 1l"' day of February, 2008
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FLORIDA SMOKERS, EX SMOKERS AND SURVIVORS
OF SMOKERS MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO SHARE IN
A TRUST FUND OF OVER $700 MILLION
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Investing For Your Future Class
Targets Beginning Investors
Is now the time to invest? How do I know what to invest in? Should
I purchase, stock, bonds, or mutual funds for my retirement? To help
Jacksonville residents make the transition from "saver" to "investor,"
Duval County Extension Service is offering a basic investing series
called Investing for Your Future, Thursdays, February 28, March 6, 13,
20, and 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Extension Center, 1010 N McDuff
Ave. Anita McKinney, Extension Educator, is the presenter.
The course begins with a session on basic topics such as setting goals,
investment principles (e.g., diversification), and "finding" money to
invest. It then discusses specific types of investments, including stock,
bonds, and mutual funds. In addition, the series covers investor
resources (e.g., books, websites), how to select professional financial
advisors, and information about types and warning signs of investment
fraud. Participants will receive the notebook, Investing For Your Future.
The Extension Service is a service of the University of Florida IFAS
Extension and the City of Jacksonville and is an unbiased source of
information on this topic. This is not a sales program.
The registration fee for the course is $15. Checks should be made out
to FCS Advisory Committee and mailed to Investing For Your Future,
Duval County Extension, 1010 N McDuffAve, Jacksonville, FL 32254.
The series is limited to 20 participants. For more information, call
Sandra at 904-387-8855.
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February 14-20, 2008
United in song, and in
pu rsuit of new choir robes.
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Whant to do fi om social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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at the St. Augustine Apmhitheater,
1340-C A1A South of the
Lightouse. For more information
Phi Delta Kappa Black
The National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa, Inc. Delta Delta Chapter
invites the community to hear
African A~merican History
commission on Civil Rights speak-
er Sen. Anthony "Tlony" H-ill. The
theme was "Preparing Leaders for
Tomorroww. It will be held on
Saturday, February 23rd at the
Holiday Inn Commlonwealth at 6:30
P.M. For more information, contact
Rebecca Highsmith at (904) 355-
There will be an informational ses-
sion regarding planning for students
wishing to attend college, universi-
ty or to enter the workforce.
Information regarding the applica-
tion process for scholarships and
grn tvy 11 bsedi cussed asr wlli a
ments. The session will be held at
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
of the Northside, 1880 West
Edgewood Avenue. The workshop
is for students in grades 8th through
12th and their parents. It will be
held on Tuesday February 26th at
6:30 PM. For more information,
contact Alzic Upton at 764-9257.
Keb'Mo to Perform
a~t the Florida Theater
Artist Keb'Mo will be in per-
formance at the Florida Theater on
February 27th at 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist
Keb' Mo's music is a living link to
the seminal Delta blues. His dis-
tinctive sound embraces multiple
eras and genres, including pop,
rock, folk and jazz. Tickets and
complete performance information
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indigenous artifacts more than
3,000 years old. For details, please
Girl Scouts Women of
The Gateway Girls Scouts
Council will have their 2008
Women of Distinction Luncheon on
Friday, March 14, 2008. The
luncheon and awards program will
be held at the Omni Hotel at noon.
This year's honorees include
Roslyn Phillips, Pam Paul, Mary
Terry, Nina Waters and Knisti
Bageant-Epperson. For tickets or
more information, call 421.3486.
ing production "Dreamgirls"
singers and dancers are needed.
Auditions will be held on
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 1:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the
Jacksonvill ar teretof Mhae ants
Females performers must be at least
18 years of age. Please prepare a
song from the play that shows off
your vocal range and character. For
more information please call Stage
Aurora at (904) 765 7372.
Dreamgirls will perform at the
Florida Theatre May 10-11, 2008.
are available at 904-355-2787. The
Florida Theatre is located at 128 E.
Forsyth Street Downtown.
The Great Jacksonville Book Sale
will be held Feb. 29 -- March 2nd
at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
You'll find tenls of thousands of
books, generally priced from 50-
cents to $2.00, in Exhibit Hall B at
the fairgrounds. Parking is free.
Hours of the sale are 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on
For more information, contact
Harry Reagan at 630-2304
Breakfast @ the Hyatt
Join the local Black Chamber of
Commerce at its Annual Heritage
Breakfast with local professionals
on Friday, February 29th at 8 a.m.
The Florida Black Science and
Inventors Exhibit will be on dis-
Par nern fr e be trt n euni y
and the guest speaker is Joyce
Morgan DanfordFor details, please
call 652-1502, or www.feaacc.org.
Three local women will be hon-
ored at the 22nd Annual Women's
Histoey M nthsBromak tsi sponsoed
Status of Women. The event will be
held on Tuesday, March 4, at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel. Carol
Brady, Joann Manning, and
tured on a specially designed poster
to be displayed at the breakfast. The
theme for the breakfast is Women
Take Flight. Mayor John Peyton
will proclaim March as Women's
History Month in Jacksonville and
astronaut Eileen Collins will serve
as the keynote speaker. Collins is
the first woman to pilot and com-
mand an U.S. spacecraft. Call 665-
RSVP to make reservations or get
PRIDE March Book
The March book club meeting will
be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008
at 5:30 pm at Oakleaf Plantation,
Oakleaf Village Clubhouse, 370
Oakleaf Village Parkway, Orange
Park, Fl. 32065. The book for dis-
cussion will be Blond Faith by
Walter Mosley. For more informa-
tion, call 389-8417.
Choruses Join Forces
The Afnican Children's Choir and
the Jacksonville Children's Chorus
will be in concert together Saturday,
March 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The
one time performance will be at the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts, Jacoby Hall.
People of Color Science
&i Invention Expo 2008
The 2008 Annual People of Color
Science and Invention Expo will be
at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center, March 14 -23, 2008. The
national exhibit, founded by Miss
Ernestine Johnson, a native of
Jacksonville, is quite remarkable
and maintains it's innovative; with
speaking about lessons he's learned
on his life journey.
The scholarship luncheon will be
held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the
University Center Banquet Hall on
the UNF campus. The Grammy-
winning gospel group "Take 6"t wl
ets or more information, call (904)
2t nnual ospel
To help celebrate Black History
Month, the United Multicultural
Association of Jacksonv:ille
University will host their 20th
Annual Gospel Extravaganza on
Monday, February 18th, 2008 at
Coepmt ad enoy anoe c tng an
inspirational evening provided by
the JU~ UMA Gospel Choir, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church music
and dance ministries, Serenity
Christian Fellowship Church dance
ministry and many others. This
event is free and open to the public.
For additional information contact
Ms. Pittman at (904) 256-7150.
On Wednesday, February 20th at
7p.m., The Wakaguzi Forum of
Edward Waters College will present
a talk by Dr.Abel Bartley, Pan~
African Studies Director at
Clemson University. The topic will
be Black Studies in an Integrated
Sooc i n: Nedeld or So 1. w
Community Resource Center on the
EWC campus.This event is free and
open to the public For more infor-
mation contact Professor Baruti
Katembo at 904-504-2069 or mhen-
FL. Ass of Mortgage
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
Florida Association of Mortgage
Brokers will host its February meet-
ing and seminar on February 21,
2008 at the Jacksonville Marriott -
4560 Salisbury Road. The meeting
will last from 11:30 AM 1:00 PM
and feature a presentation on the
state of the mortgage industry and
protecting the livelihoods of
Florida's mortgage brokers.
Register online at www.famb.org or
via fax 850.942.4654. For more
information please call
St. Augustine Art
& Craft Festival
There will be an art & craft festi-
val including fine art and crafts on
Feb. 23 -24 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. on
Saturday and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on
Sunday. The festival will take place
Book signing ankSd
Lecture at the RitZ
Big Boom a former
player/pimp/hustler who incessant-
ly preyed on women, but now hap-
pily married will offers an inside
look at howo'no good men," th n
being part of their games. The uthor
of "How to Duck a Surckah" will be
in Jacksonville on Friday,
February 15th at 7 p.m. in the Ritz
Theater. In his latest book, Boorn
explains his controversial past and
why he has decided to take a stand
by guiding women out of the "sit-
ting duck syndrome". For more
information, call 212-69-.4384.
Book Signing with
Author Charles Cobb
Author Charles Cobb will be sign-
ing his book "On the Road to
Freedom: A Guided Tour of the
Civil Rights Trail" on Saturday,
Feb. 16, 2008, 7 p.m. at the Book
Mark, 299 Atlantic Nlvd. For more
information call 241-9026.
Lalah Hathaway at
the Florida Theater
The Florida Theatre will present
Lalah Hathaway in concert on
Sunday, February 17th at 8PM.
Contemporary R&B/jazz singer
Lalah Hathaway burst onto the soul
and jazz scene in 1990 with her
warm, elegant voice. Despite the
notability just for being the daugh-
hr soln maes it clar Hha the i
a true-and distinctive-talent.
Tickets and complete performance
information are available at 904-
355-2787 or online at www.flori-
datheatre.com. The Florida Theatre
is located at 128 East Forsyth Street
in Downtown Jacksonville.
The current class leaders of Old
Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational High Schools will meet
on Monday, February 18th at 6:00
p.m. atthe AKA House, 1011 West
8th Street. On the agenda will be
upcoming plans for the gala on May
3, 2008. Tickets are available from
class leaders. For more information,
contact Kenneth Reddick at 764-
8795 or stantonhighschool.org.
Blair Underwood and
Take 6 Keynote
UNF MLK Luncheon
Blair Underwood, actor, director,
producer and author, will be the fea-
tured speaker at the 27th Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Luncheon at the University of
North Florida. Underwood will be
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EWC Alun2ni Host "I Love EWC" Valentine's Gala
Call for Participation
1 st Annual< Kuumba African-American Cultural Arts festival
The 21st Annual Kuumba African, African American Cultural Arts and and Music
Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24th-Memorial Day
Weekend. This year in addition to its local and regional artists displays, national
artist will be represented as well as a major National performer.
Want to get involved in a worthwhile event and support a worthy cause? Volunteer
with Kuumba. Volunteers are needed for this year's event. Volunteers will assist with
stage management, crowd control, parking, set up and take down of seating and
hosting of the workshops.
Kuumba Festival is a project of the Carter G. Woodson Committee for Positive
Education in Jacksonville, Inc. a non profit organization.
For more information on how you can get involved visit
the website at ku um bafestivalfl.org or call (904)327-1 261 .
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EWC Alumni Assn Jax Chapter President and Class of '75 member
Charles Moore, winner of the money tree raffle and Class of '75 mem-
ber Faye Young-Thomas, and friend of EWC Traci Irven.
EWC alumnus Clarence Fields leads line dancing.
Dr. and Mrs. Roy Mitchell, Alumni Assn Immediate Past National
President and Class of '63 member.
Janice and Otha Hice, Alumni Assn. VP and Class of '75 member.
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Alumni Association officers in attendance included: PR Chair, Carl
Johnson (70', Parliamentarian Levi Bell (66'), EWC President Dr.
Claudette Williams, PresidentCharles Moore (75'), Exec. Secretary
Linda Sue Holmes (71'); (sitting) National President Marguerite
Warren (65'), and Financial Secretary Claudette Elps (82').
our support for the President's [Dr.
Claudette Williams] 1866 Society.
The College remains a viable edu-
cational institution. W'e want the
community to know that."
EWC's first female president, Dr.
Claudette Williams, created the
1866 Society in 2006. The organi-
zation garners assistance, financial
and otherwise, for EWC. Founded
mani Ihad,; EWC is the State of
Yfll led's oldest Histb~ricallL Black
L..I~ley~ University (HBCU).
While "I Love EWC Gala" atten-
dees offered their help to the insti-
tution of higher learning, most sim-
ply spent the evening having a great
time. Highlights of the night
included line dance instruction and
a money tree raffle. Leah
Cummings-Mills, a member of the
Class of 1993, said, "This was fab-
ulous. I'm so happy I came out and
enjoyed the event."
National President of the EWC
Alumni Association and member of
the -Class oaf- P965 Mairguerite
W~itr~rbrhidded, "Thiis 11 ~a 'party;
with a purpose.' We wanted alums
and friends to have fun and help
preserve EWC's legacy of provid-
ing a quality education."
Fran~ces nced. 10 11 Ilha~nl aInd Derhc Mel~~tenticalll friendr of E11C(.
Harvey and Jimmie Pearl Harper, both members of the Class of '61.
Class of 1970 Carl Johnson noted'
"We organized the Gala to pledge
Story and Photos by M. Latimer
Love was in the air at the First
Annual "I Love EWC Gala."
Over three hundred Edward
Waters College (EWC) graduates
celebrated both their alma mater
and Valentine's Day with an
evening of dancing and catered hors
d'oeuvres. Claudette Elps, a mem-
ber of the Class of 1982 and EWC
Alumni Association Financial
Secretary, stated, "Tonight offered
us an opportunity to socialize with
classmates and remember why
EWC is important to so many peo-
While guests en~joyed food,
friendship and furn, the event had a
more serious purpose. EWC
Alumni Association Public
Relations Chair and graduate of the
3 Card Poker
Caribbean Stu d
Fri-Sun on a chartered plane from JIA
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Nando over. My mom always makes him Hoppin'
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but she doesn't use black-eyed peas in her rice. I tell
him these same exact little black and gray peas have
been used in Africa for centuries. He said they sure
taste good to be so old. I laughed so hard! We're like
brothers. It's nice to have someone who appreciates
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