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Steele steps down as SCLC chief
After a half-decade as the productive leader
: .- of the civil rights group that Dr. Martin Luther
King helped found, Charles Steele Jr. is step-
"The time is right for new leadership," the
62-year-old Steele said. However, he said he
will continue to work as a consultant for the
Atlanta-based group, the Southern Christian
During his tenure at the SCLC, Steele led the
near-bankrupt organization to financial stabil-
ity and helped build its new headquarters. He
also helped it establish conflict resolution centers abroad.
In 1957, King, Ralph Abernathy, Fred. Shuttlesworth, Bayard Rustin
and others founded the SCLC to address civil rights issues.
In the 1960s, the group shifted focus to fighting poverty, believing that
this evil was the root of inner-city violence.
SCLC vice president Byron Clay of Kenner, La., will serve as interim
president until a successor is found, the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Michael Vick may be transferred
It could be the beginning of the end for Michael Vick's time in custody
for his dogfighting conviction.
A lawyer for the former NFL star says Vick could be transferred to a
halfway house in Virginia any day now.
The news came during a hearing the lawyer had before a federal bank-
ruptcy judge this past Friday. The judge asked about the transfer during
a hearing at which he also approved arrangements to sell off some of
Vick is serving a 23-month sentence at the federal penitentiary at
Leavenworth, Kansas for his role in a dog-fighting ring.
He's scheduled for release July 20. But it's possible that he could serve
the last few months of his term at a halfway house in Newport News, Va.,
Another of Vick's lawyers told the hearing that it's expected Vick will
be reinstated by the league. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has-
n't said whether he will lift Vick's suspension once he's released.
Blago costs Jackson $100K in bills
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) spent $100,000 on legal expenses one
week after it became clear that he was listed in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's
(D) arrest documents as "Senate Candidate No. 5," according to Federal
Election Commission documents.
Jackson paid Chicago attorney James Montgomery $100,000 from his
campaign account in one lump-sum payment on Dec. 18. The payment
represents nearly one-tenth of what Jackson raised last cycle.
Blagojevich's arrest documents describe telephone conversations in
which the governor says that an "emissary" for that candidate had prom-
ised to raise Blagojevich $1 million if the candidate was appointed to
President Obama's former Senate seat.
Jackson is rumored to still be interested in running for the Senate seat,
which has since been awarded to former Illinois Attorney General Roland
Burris (D). Burris is expected to face a primary if he opts to seek the seat
Madame Tussauds to unveil
wax figure of first lady
Madame Tussauds wax museum is adding Michelle Obama to its col-
lection of famous figures in Washington. Museum officials released pic-
tures of the design process last / .
week and said the full figure '
will be unveiled in March.
Designers will have spent six -
months on the figure, studying .. -
photos and video of the first _. ./.
General Manager Janine !
DiGioacchino says having an .. -
image of Obama is an honor -
because "as our nation's first
African-American first lady, a proud working mom and budding style
icon, Mrs. Obama is a role model to women around the corner and
around the globe."
The figure was designed at Merlin Studios in London and will be placed
alongside President Barack Obama's figure in a replica Oval Office.
Former employee to repay
$40,000 to Bethune-Cookman
DAYTONA BEACH A former Bethune-Cookman University employ-
ee was ordered today to repay the university nearly $40,000 as part of a
Elgena Wallace, 33, was sentenced to two years community control and
one year probation after pleading no contest to grand theft and organized
scheme to defraud, a State Attorney's Office spokesman said.
Wallace had worked in the accounting department for the historically
black university in Daytona Beach and was accused of accepting checks
from students and depositing them into her own bank account, according
to a police report.
As part of her sentence, she cannot enter the campus. In court, she pre-
sented a check of $6,775 as her first repayment to the university.
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Volume 23 No. 19 Jacksonville, Florida February 5-11, 2009
First Days of Black History
Month One for the Record Books
Steele Holder Tomlin Pres Obama
While this February may not seem
like the usual Black History Month,
African-Americans are continuing
their stride into the anals of history.
Within the course of the last seven
days, African-American men made
their mark in our country's history
books.We have witnessed the first
African-American Atty. General
(Eric Holder), the second African-
American NFL Coach to win a
Super Bowl (and the youngest -
Mike Tomlin) and even the
National Republican Party named
an African-American chair
(Michael Steele).. These feats are
usually saved for once a year status,
however after the recent inaugera-
tion of our first President of color, it
is obvious America better be on
"Barack Obama is President of
the United States, Halle Berry is
named the most beautiful woman in
the world and Jay Z and Beyonce,
made more than any other enter-
tainers." If that's not telling
America a change has come, I don't
know what more we need" declared
Free Press reader Tazmine Boggs.
Shown above are Cong. John Lewis, essay winning student Luis
Orozco and the event's presenting sponsor, Atty Willie Gary at the
Willie Gary Luncheon honor Dr. Martin Luther King. R Silver photo
Cong.Lewis Keynotes Gary MLK Luncheon
The 6th Annual Willie Gary Martin Luther King Luncheon held at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center, celebrated the achievements of local
students with the awarding of essay winners with a trip to the MLK
Memorial in Atlanta. The keynote speaker was 22 year veteran
Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis whose message centered
around rhe civil rights movement, the philosopies of his friend, Dr. Martin
Luther King and the recent election.
A little bit of country with a whole lot of soul The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
held their annual Western Glitz Gala last weekend at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Donned in their best western
attire, hundreds of guests socialized and fratenized with the women's service organization. Shown above at the
event are (L-R) Jacksonville Link Barbara Brigety, Connecting Link Reuben Brigety, Margaret Morford, and Dr.
and Mrs. Charles McIntosh. For more photos, see page 9. M Latimer photo.
Eleanor Gay Humanitarian
Awards this year on evening of
May 7, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency.
The OneJax Humanitarian Awards
honor those who have demonstrat-
ed the highest level of personal and
professional integrity, have given
generously and extensively to the
community, and have been dedicat-
ed to the improvement of human
relations among diverse groups in
This years honorees are Eleanor
Gay, Dr. Scott Ackerman Ann
Baker and Gregory A. Matovina.
Super Bowl Nets Super Fun for fans and Attendees
Eddie Walker, Darnease Houston, with a Street vender singing and Lynette Jones attends the Super Bowl Father's Luncheon and talks
Cheryl Houston in Ybor City Saturday night. FMP Photo football with NFLer Donovan McNabb.
Some Jacksonville citizens
enjoyed the Super Bowl experience
so much during the game on the
First Coast that they traveled to fel-
low Florida city, Tampa, FL for the
festivities. The match up between
the now Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the
Arizona Cardinals left tongues
wagging for next year.The Steelers
sealed the 27-23 victory in a nail
biter during the final minutes of the
Known for bringing so much more
to communities, the Super Bowl
activities included everything from
luncheons, concerts and charity
events to parties, celebrity tasting
and events for kids.
Unfortunately it marks the end of
the official NFL season and we will
all have to wait until next year for a
little football. Next year's game
will continue it's Florida trek and
will be held in Miami, Florida.
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by George I-raser
Rules and Tools
Networking affairs are not places for going into detail on the finer
points of your laser printer. Save that for the sales meetings. If you can't
answer a question or describe your latest five-speed turbo widget in
under two minutes, save it for the follow-up meeting. Even nonstop
humorous monologues wear thin.
Long-winded jokes are even worse, and there is no place for blue or
sexist humor at a networking meeting. Save it for the back room. In fact,
I'd suggest that you not tell jokes at all in networking situations.
The best humor springs from real-life situations, and if you can tell a
funny story about yourself or your family that fits into the conversation-
al flow, fine. Most "jokes," however, do little more than interrupt the
flow of networking conversation, and all too often, they are told at some-
On the occasion when I encounter a monologist, I slip in a quick ques-
tion when he or she pauses to draw a breath. Thank goodness, everyone
has to breathe.
Effective networking can only take place when there is a dialogue, or
when the conversation includes several people. If all you talk about is
yourself, then prepare to have a one-man network, which is about as
effective as a one-hand clap. R member these good conversation rules:
Never talk for more than three or four minutes without including
someone else in the conversation.
- Ask relevant questions of other speakers and LISTEN to their answers.
- Encourage others to get involved by asking: "Do you have any ques-
tions about this?"
- Acknowledge new people and invite them into the conversation.
- Interrupt only when there is a give-and-take flow going.
Don't make gender or status-based power plays in conversation, or
Bottum Line: Remember, the words you speak today are waiting
for you tomorrow.
Auto Refinancing Can Lower
Interest Rates And Payments
Pros and Cons of Debt Consolidation
In a nation where consumers have
accumulated more than $800 billion
in high-interest credit card debt, it
would be safe to say that Americans
are obsessed with plastic.
Tack credit card debt onto mort-
gages, auto loans and student loans,
and it's easy to see how regular
monthly bills can become over-
whelming. One solution: debt con-
In an effort to reduce or eliminate
debt, a consumer takes out a debt
consolidation loan at a low or fixed
rate in order to pay off additional
forms of debt at higher interest
rates. The loan used to consolidate
debt is often a home equity loan;
however, any loan or line of credit
can be used, including credit cards.
"Debt consolidation may help
some individuals and families get a
grip on their daily finances, but it's
certainly not for everyone," said
Mike Sullivan, director of educa-
tion for Take Charge America, a
national non-profit credit counsel-
ing company. "If you have a friend
or family member that has success-
fully consolidated debt, it doesn't
mean the same process will work
for you. Cookie-cutter solutions
don't work when it comes to
Sullivan examines the pros the
cons of debt consolidation:
-PRO: Take Control of
Temporary Debt Debt issues are
not always associated with over-
charging credit cards. A debt con-
solidation loan can help financially
stable consumers who have
acquired a large amount of debt that
is associated with a temporary
issue, like an illness, accident or job
- PRO: Opportunity to Save As
long as the monthly payment on
your debt consolidation loan is less
than the sum of the monthly pay-
ments on your individual loans,
debt consolidation can help you
Grants Available for Arts Enhancing
Programs in St. Augustine
The Community Foundation has available grants for organizations
with programs that enhance art appreciation and art education in St.
Augustine, Florida. These grants are made possible through the Dr.
JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund for Art Appreciation in St. Augustine.
Grants of up to $7,000 will be made to nonprofit organizations for
work lasting up to 12 months. Organizations can submit a preliminary
application online at www.jaxcf.org by March 2, 2009.
The Community Foundation will provide an opportunity for repre-
sentatives of interested organizations to learn more about the fund, and
how to apply, during a free informational session scheduled for 9:30
a.m. until 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Crisp-Ellert Art
Museum, Flagler College, 48 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. Call 904-
356-4483 for reservations.
take control of your
daily finances. ,
Making one lower
payment can help a
consumer get a reality
check on the extent of
his or her credit prob-
lem. If the payment is -
lower than the sum of
the payments on the
consolidated bills, it L J
may free up extra
money in the monthly
budget to purchase
necessities, start an "
emergency fund or
contribute to a college
fund, among other
Advant- PRO: Tax
Consumers who take
out home equity loans can reap
advantages at tax time. Some or all
of the interest on the loan may be
deductible. However, individuals
and families with poor credit histo-
ries or a track record of overcharg-
ing are generally advised to avoid
home equity loans.
- CON: You Can Get Deeper in
Debt Paying off your credit cards
means you have credit available. If
you keep charging, you'll just have
more debt and fewer options for
dealing with it. Consolidation only
works if you stop charging.
CON: Lower Rate Doesn't
Mean You'll Pay Less Don't be
fooled by low interest rates. If the
term of your debt consolidation
loan is longer than the terms of your
smaller existing loans, you may end
up paying more in total interest,
even if the interest rate on your con-
solidation loan is lower. You won't
be saving money in the long run,
even though your monthly pay-
ments will be less.
CON: You Can Lose Your
Home If you use a home equity
loan to consolidate your debts, the
loan is secured by a lien on your
home. That means the lender can
foreclose on your home if you
default on the loan.
Before consolidating debt, Sullivan
suggests talking with a credit coun-
"There is no magic formula when
it comes to debt consolidation.
Every financial situation is unique,
and a credit counselor has the tools
to help you decide which path is
right for you," he said.
Visit the Better Business Bureau at
www.bbb.org to check out rep-
utable credit counselors.
Q: I got a car loan 18 months
ago with an interest rate that's
even higher than my credit cards.
I think I might qualify for a lower
interest rate now. Can I get a new
loan and pay off the old one?
A: Automobilerefinancing, while
not as common' as mortgage refi-
nancing, can lower your interest
rate, lower your monthly payment
and save you thousands of dollars
over the life of the loan. For people
who have excellent credit, the rates
are as low as 5.49 percent and there
are usually no fees involved. Visit
Bankrate.com to see how the inter-
est rates are running today.
Your best bet for finding the low-
est rates is through an online bro-
ker, such as eloan.com, or your cur-
rent bank or credit union. In most
cases the application is simple. If
you apply through an online service
you can find out in as little as a few
hours if you qualify for the lowest
Q: You might want to share with
your readers that they should
take advantage of interest free
offers from retailers. I bought
furniture recently and used the
finance plan offered by the store.
I don't have to make a payment
for 12 months. In that time I'll be
able to save enough money to pay
off the balance.
A: Buy now, pay later offers sound
like a sweet deal, but they can cost
you more in the long run.
Buy now pay later offers allow
you to take something home today
and not worry about paying for it
for sometimes as long as a year. But
during that year, interest is accruing
on that purchase, and that can be
something to worry about.
If the purchase is not paid for in
full by the time that one-year grace
period is up, all the interest that has
been accruing since the day you
made the purchase will be added to
the balance of the purchase. If you
can stick to your plan and pay off
the furniture before the due date
you will have gotten a great deal
and free financing. If not, you're
going to end up owing a lot more
that the original purchase price.
Putting Your Teenager's
Cell Phone to Good Use
by Jason Alderman
Many American teenagers seem
to have a cell phone permanently
glued to their ear. With more than
200 million U.S. cell phones now in
use, they're clearly not going away,
especially as cell phone manufac-
turers and service operators target
younger audiences with ever-
increasing features, including
games. Parents usually foot the
bill and many are torn between the
convenience and security of being
able to keep closer tabs on their
children and the annoyance and
expense these hunks of chirping
metal can engender. Plus, some
worry that cell phone Internet
access may allow their children to
access inappropriate Web sites.
In fact, a whole subspecies of
"kid-friendly" cell phones and serv-
ices that parents can monitor has
emerged, including products from
TicTalk (www.tictalk.com), FireFly
Common features include allowing
parents to limit who can call and be
called from the phone, limit the
number of minutes allowed each
month, set hours of operation and
even include Global Positioning
System (GPS) tracking, so they
know their kids' whereabouts.
One bit of good news is that in
addition to photos, songs and
annoying ring tones, more and
more cell phone-downloadable
educational games and software
programs are becoming available
that do everything from teach
young children basic math, phonics
and logic skills, to translate foreign
languages, to help older students
study for placement exams. While
some of these programs are free,
others charge a one-time download
or monthly service fee for use.
Financial Football combines the
structure and rules of the NFL with
financial education questions.
Players can pick the teams they
want to compete, choose the game
length and set the level of question
difficulty to make the game more or
less challenging. Gamers gain
yards and score points by answer-
ing questions correctly and lose
yardage for wrong answers.
Parents, kids and teachers can
download the free Financial
Football by texting "Visa" to
24421. The game itself is free,
though your cell phone carrier may
charge you for airtime
Remember, four out of five high
school students graduate without
taking a personal financial manage-
ment class, yet they'll soon need to
balance a checkbook, file taxes and
manage credit cards. You might as
well turn the necessary evil of cell
phones into something a little more
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Governor Invites Students to Participate
in Sunshine Week Essay Contest
Governor Charlie Crist has announced Florida's 2009 Sunshine Week
"Government in the Sunshine" Web site and invited Florida students in
grades 9-12 to participate in the Florida Sunshine Week essay contest.
Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2009, celebrates the State's dedication to
making state and local government more accessible to the public.
The essay contest is open to all Florida school students in grades 9-12,
and winners will be notified the week of March 9, 2009. The first place
winner will receive scholarships from $3,500 $1,500.
The essay topic is: "Describe the various public records available
under Florida's open government laws and how access to these records
strengthens citizens' civil rights and liberties."
For more information, visit www.flgov.com/og_sunshine.
Former Klan Leader Says Recent Election
Has Caused a Surge in Membership
Online registrations for white
supremacy group the Ku Klux Klan
(KKK) have significantly increased
following Barack Obama's presi-
dential win, a former KKK leader
Johnny Lee Clary, a former impe-
rial wizard, the highest-ranked
member of the KKK, said the cur-
rent global financial crisis and
political change in the United States
were fuelling Klan membership for
the first-time in decades.
"It's serious, serious enough that
the FBI ... and other law enforce-
ment agencies are trying to get on
top of it because the klan has made
direct threats to Obama," pastor
Clary, who now fights against the
group as a born-again Christian,
Plea Agreement Reached in FAMU Kappa Hazing Case
TALLAHASSEE Two former
Florida A&M University fraternity
brothers today pleaded no contest to
hazing a pledge and will avoid a
third trial in the case.
Two years ago, a jury convicted
Michael Morton and Jason Harris
of beating the Kappa Alpha Psi
pledge in the first test of the state's
felony hazing statute. But an appel-
late court in August reversed their
Circuit Judge Mark Walker sen-
tenced Morton and Harris to time
served 614 days and withheld
adjudication as part of a plea deal
with prosecutors. That means their
records will be cleared of the felony
convictions because the sentences
do not include probation.
Morton, originally from Fort
Lauderdale, and Harris, from
Jacksonville, previously had been
sentenced to two years in prison
and three years on probation.
Three other fraternity brothers
pleaded no contest in 2007 to mis-
demeanor charges and were placed
The fraternity members struck
the victim, Marcus Jones of
Decatur, Ga., on the bottom with
wooden canes and in the head with
bare fists and boxing gloves during
unauthorized initiation rites in
2006. A doctor operated on his but-
tocks to help heal a large bruise and
he also had a broken ear drum.
Jones agreed with the plea deal,
said Dawn Whitehurst, a lawyer
representing him in a lawsuit
against the fraternity and the five
Morton, who is married and has a
19-month-old daughter, said he was
relieved and plans to speak to fra-
ternities and sororities about the
consequences of hazing.
"Look at me," said Morton said.
"I was Student Senate president and
a straight-A student, and I wound
up in prison for two years for a stu-
Even if they were retried, the men
couldn't have been sentenced to
more prison time and keeping the
convictions off their records will
lift an obstacle to future employ-
ment in certain fields, Whitehurst
The five defendants were tried
together. The first jury was unable
to reach a verdict for any of them.
The second could agree only on
verdicts for Morton and Harris.
Prosecutors then let the other three
plead no contest to the lesser
Both juries were perplexed by the
law, which makes it a felony to
commit hazing that results in "seri-
ous bodily injury" but offers no def-
inition of that term.
The Florida Legislature passed
the 2005 law in response to the
death of Chad Meredith, a
University of Miami freshman who
drowned in 2001 while trying to
swim across a lake with members
of a fraternity he wanted to join.
A civil suit against Harris,
Morton and three other fraternity
brothers is still pending as Jones
tries to recoup damages for medical
bills and more.
At one recent
rally in Alabama, P
more than 300
people signed up,
a number he said
actually sent me
an email just the
other day and
were telling me
Obama was the
best thing that m.T a
ever happened to In the know ... Johnny Lee Clary during his
them and they're days as a Ku Klux Klan leader, and now, inset.
excited and happy
because their membership is grow-
ing larger than it ever has," he said.
"Even when he was running
against Hillary (Clinton) the klan
went on YouTube and were talking
about how they were going to get
Clary also warned the notorious
race hate group is actively recruit-
He has told New Zealand media
his contacts have informed him that
KKK paraphernalia is being distrib-
uted as far away as in Auckland,
New Zealand to recruit young
He warned the organization was
targeting young people from low
"They don't go where people are
happy with money in their pocket,"
pastor Clary said.
"They pick on the poor, the-mis-
erable, the down and out."
Pastor Clary left the KKK 20
years ago and now travels the world
as an anti-racism motivational
"I will spend the rest of my life
chipping away at that wall of hate."
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I almost want to start this article
off by saying "Surprise it's Black
Why the big surprise you might
ask? Well, I thought that it was just
me, but it seems that the recent
President Obama frenzy has almost
overshadowed the fact that we are
now in midst of Black History
Most of us try to celebrate black
history and educate our children
and ourselves year round, but I still
enjoy the programs and tributes
that are highlighted in February.
Now, I must ask the obvious
question. Does Barack Obama's
election represent an end to
inequality, injustice and racism in
America? Of course is doesn't.
Maybe a more realistic question is
does Obama's election water-down
or make Black History month less
Perhaps that's a debate worth
having. First, let's start the conver-
sation from a view 10,000 feet in
the air. Was Black History Month
meant to last forever? Was the des-
ignation ever supposed to sunset?
We know that Black History
Month originated in 1926 by Carter
G. Woodson as Negro History
Week. Why February? Well,
Woodson selected the month in
deference to Frederick Douglas and
Abraham Lincoln who were both
born in February.
No one really knows if Woodson
ever foresaw this country's evolu-
tion to the point where a black man
could be elected to President so
soon. I have a feeling that a sunset
date never entered Woodson's
If it was supposed to sunset then
what's the trigger? Is it a black man
being elected to President of the
United States? If you would have
asked me a couple of years back I
would have said that it will be
another 20 to 30 years before that
happens, and it would have seemed
like a pretty good prompt.
I guess we can fault Obama for
being the ultimate overachiever.
The nerve of him to actually stock
the world and put together probably
the best presidential campaign ever.
Some would argue that over
time, the relevance of Black
History month has diminished. I
can understand that argument
because with each generation of
African American youth they are
more removed from the Civil
Rights era and the legacy slavery.
No one living today has ever
experienced slavery directly and
most of your youth can't begin to
fathom the impact that slavery has
had on black culture so they have
no frame of reference.
Many Americans don't see race
relations as a major problem in
America. The second black coach
in the history of the NFL just won a
Superbowl and no one is talking
about the fact that he is black. He
just so happens to also be the
youngest coach to ever when a
Superbowl at the age of 36.
So what does that tell you?
Because he wasn't the first, the his
race simply was not as significant.
A recent email that said that said
we have a black man in the White
House, a black man as the youngest
coach to win a Superbowl, and a
black man is now running the
national Republican Party it must
be Black History Year.
Let's not forget that fact that Eric
Holder just became the first African
American U.S. Attorney General.
Now if we can just get Tiger
Woods to admit that he is black
then we would really have some-
thing to brag about. Or better yet, if
Michael Jackson would on second
thought, Michael hasn't been a
black man for a while now.
So does Obama's election signify
that Black History Month is no
longer needed? Keep in mind that
slavery still existed 145 years ago.
Keep in mind that less than 45
years ago we were legally segregat-
ed in the South and institutionally
segregated in the North.
Most blacks feel that we are still
far from equal despite major
advancements in equal opportuni-
ties. To put this issue into perspec-
tive, the immortal words of Martin
Luther King, Jr. ring true today.
He said, "Being a Negro in
America means trying to smile
when you want to cry. It means try-
ing to hold on to physical life amid
psychological death. It means the
pain of watching your children
grow up with clouds of inferiority
in their mental skies."
One of the aspects about being
black that I love the most is the
sense of togetherness blacks gener-
ally have. Our communities use to
emulate the very essence of black
pride and support for one another.
That's sort of a side bar issue, but
isn't having a strong sense of black
pride at the very core of Black
Obama's election should not
diminish the need for Black History
Month and I don't believe that we
should ever stop celebrating our
past and present accomplishments.
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By. Gary L. Flowers
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the National Football League's
Super Bowl by defeating the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers wore black and
yellow and the Cardinals adorned red and white.
The victory of the Steelers rested on their philosophy of a rugged running
offense as opposed to the passing philosophy of the Cardinals' offense. Also
last week, the Republican National Committee elected its first African-
American chair, Michael Steele, since its inception in 1854. The choice of
Michael Steele suggests the Republican Party is painting by numbers a polit-
ical picture in response to the national election of a Black man in the form
of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.
Apparently, Black is back. The philosophical facts reveal otherwise for the
In 1854, the Republican Party was founded on, among other political plat-
forms, the abolition of the institution of Slavery in the United States. The
most prominent White Republican became Abraham Lincoln who was elect-
ed the 16th President of the United States by campaigning against, and even-
tually led the nation in abolishing slavery.
The preeminent Black Republican was Frederick Douglas, who had liber-
ated himself from bondage and risen to status a national and international
statesman. Mr. Douglas famously said, "There is no Negro problem. The
problem is whether the American people have the courage, loyalty, and
patriotism enough to honor their Constitution."
Others of both races including: William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth,
John Brown, Harriet Tubman agreed on the need to end the Trans Atlantic
Slave Trade. In consideration of a progressive political platform African
Americans supported the Republican Party.
On the other side of the philosophical floor was the Democratic-
Republican Party, founded by Thomas Jefferson as a Congressional Caucus
in 1792. While fighting for the "common man's" Bill of Rights, the
Democrats supported the institution of Slavery.
Jefferson wrote eloquently on the "inalienable rights" of all men,
"...among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Yet, Jefferson
and other Democrats claimed ownership of African Americans as property.
Predictably, Black Americans viewed Democrats with displeasure due to
their racially discriminatory positions. Like the Super Bowl; two clubs with
While both political parties have supported the false notion of White
Supremacy, a partisan shift for African Americans occurred in the presiden-
tial campaign of 1960.
While Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a Birmingham jail for
advocating an end to racial segregation in America, he reached out for sup-
port of the Republican candidate, Richard Nixon.
Dr. King, his father, and many Black people in America considered them-
selves "Lincoln Republicans" in honor of President Abraham Lincoln's
Emancipation Proclamation issued 100 years prior (although nearly all
African Americans could not exercise their right to vote due to racially dis-
criminatory state laws or practices).
When Richard Nixon refused to respond, and Democratic candidate John
F. Kennedy did so, many African Americans switched their political patron-
age to the Democratic Party. In turn, the Republican Party shifted its philo-
In 1968, following the Democratic passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,
the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act, Republican can-
didate Richard Nixon used the infamous "Southern Strategy" to appeal to
southern Whites to support the Republican Party as an anti-civil rights, "law
and order" party.
The football exa pl ofthe Super Bowl is instructive. Team philosophies
are demarked by uniform colors. Black players on the Cardinals could not
ask the Black players on the Steelers for strategy on the basis of their
Blackness. Likewise, the Black coach of the Steelers could not offer money
to the Black players of the Cardinals to turn away from their football phi-
losophy. The same holds true for politics.
While we applaud the ascension of Michael Steele in the Republican Party
there is a difference in pigment and platform. If the Republican Party wish-
es to enter the new political paradigm, they must end their record of racial
divisiveness and political posturing. They must not color by numbers.
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Long Overdue Honor Finally Awarded
to Bob Hayes into the NFL Hall of Fame
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi (right) attends the opening of the
African Union summit in Addis Ababa, February 2. Gadhafi took the
reins of the 53-nation African Union at the summit Monday amid con-
cerns over deadly unrest in Madagascar and a bid to indict Sudan's
president for war crimes.
Libya's Gadhafi Chosen
to Lead African Union
African leaders have chosen
Libyan President Moammar
Gadhafi as chairman of the African
At a closed session earlier this
week, the 53-member Assembly of
the African Union Heads of State
and Government elected Gadhafi to
replace the Tanzanian President,
Jakaya Kikwete, who held the posi-
tion for the last year.
Chairmanship of the AU went to
the northern African nation because
the post is a rotating position held
by heads of state for one year.
According to Libya's official news
agency, Gadhafi will attempt in his
new role "to take a decision on
establishing an executive instru-
ment for the AU, to push Africa
forward to become African united
states, such as the United States of
"In terms of our working with the
AU, we're going to continue,
because we have a lot of interests
and joint interest in terms of trying
to bring peace and stability and
economic development and deliv-
ery of humanitarian assistance to
the continent where it's needed,"
said U.S. State Department
spokesman Robert Wood.
The United States named Libya a
state sponsor of terrorism in 1979
and severed diplomatic relations in
1981 after years of strained rela-
tions following a 1969 coup that
left Gadhafi as head of the govern-
But the two countries moved clos-
er after Libya agreed to pay restitu-
tion to families of victims of the
1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over
Lockerbie, Scotland, and
announced its decision to abandon
a weapons of mass destruction pro-
The United States removed Libya
from the list of state sponsors of
terrorism and restored full diplo-
matic relations in 2006.
TAMPA, Fla. The long, slow
wait to get into the Hall of Fame
ended at last for one of the fastest
men to play in the NFL, Bob Hayes.
"Bullet Bob," the 1964 Olympic
100-metre gold medallist who went
on to star for a decade with the
Dallas Cowboys, was elected on
Saturday, 28 years after first
becoming eligible for induction.
His problems off the field were
believed to have contributed to the
delay, and though he died in 2002,
he made sure his sister would be
prepared if, somehow, he made it
"He left a statement for me to read
in case this day came," Lucille
In the letter, Hayes thanked every-
one who supported him, even those
who may not have voted for him.
He thanked teammates, everyone
who played for the Cowboys sin-
gling out Roger Staubach and also
thanked the San Francisco 49ers,
with whom he finished his career.
Hayes paid tribute to his high
school, Florida A&M and conclud-
ed by thanking his hometown of
Jacksonville, Dallas and the state of
"Just thank everyone in the whole
world. I love you all," he wrote.
Hayes had drug and alcohol prob-
lems and legal issues in an era when
the public wasn't nearly as accus-
tomed to seeing its sports stars
struggle off the field. He served 10
months in a Texas prison after
pleading guilty in 1979 to deliver-
ing narcotics to an undercover offi-
That "destroyed my life" Hayes
wrote in his autobiography, "Run,
Bullet, Run: The Rise, Fall, and
Recovery of Bob Hayes." The
prison term ended at about the same
time he became eligible for the hall.
Earlier in week Staubach said he
was pulling for Hayes to get in and
spoke about how his teammate rev-
Jacksonville has honored its' hometown hero Hayes with a grave marker
(shown above with family), a statue and a street named in his honor.
Former Detroit Mayor Released from Jail
Kwame Kilpatrick regained his
freedom this week emerging from
jail after a 99-day sentence and
stepping back onto the streets of the
city he once ruled as mayor.
The 38-year-old Kilpatrick, about
25 pounds lighter than when he
entered jail at the end of October,
left the Detroit dentention facility
just after 12:30 a.m.
Flanked by a number of men, sev-
eral dressed in fedoras and long
coats, Kilpatrick then was rushed to
a waiting blue Chevrolet Suburban.
He waved from behind tinted win-
dows as he was whisked away as
part of a multi-vehicle caravan.
Kilpatrick made no statements to
the media during his release, upon
the orders of new defense attorney
Willie E. Gary.
"He's not bitter. He said he learned
a lot," Gary said during an
impromptu sidewalk news confer-
ence. "He said this has been an
experience he'll never forget, and
he thinks because of it he'll be a bet-
It's been more than a year since a
text-messaging sex scandal started
the long process that ended in
Kilpatrick's arrest, plea, jailing and
release. Now, the man who quickly
rose from a state representative to
mayor of a city of 900,000 people
simply is looking for work.
Kilpatrick was expected to meet
with state probation officials before
heading to a job interview
Wednesday with an unnamed com-
pany at an undisclosed location in
Texas. His wife, Carlita, and three
young sons, already have left
A judge has ordered that he return
by Feb. 9.
"The job prospect is very, very,
very favorable," Gary told
reporters. "We want to make sure he
can get, and land, the job. That's his
first thing. He wants a job. That's
what he is concerned about now. He
wants to get with his family, get
with his kids so he can start his life
The next five years, though, will
be spent on probation and paying
off the bulk of $1 million in restitu-
tion to the city. He also has had his
law license revoked.
If Kilpatrick lands the job in
Texas, he must first get permission
to transfer his probation from
Michigan to that state.
Kilpatrick was into the middle of
his second term as mayor when sex-
ually explicit text messages with his
then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty
were published by the Detroit Free
olutionized the passing game,
changing the way defences played.
Staubach claimed Hayes would be
the fastest player in the NFL if he
were playing today.
One of Hayes' biggest supporters
for induction was Cowboys owner
Jerry Jones. In 2001, Jones made
sure Hayes was inducted into the
team's Ring of Fame.
"This is a deserving honour for
one of the Cowboys' most truly gift-
Hayes and five others made the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan.
31, 2009. He wore #22 for the Dallas Cowboys.
ed stars," Jones said. "We all know
he changed the game on the field,
but he also brought a unique star
quality to the NFL that helped make
professional football the most pop-
ular sport in the world. He was a
world champion in two different
sports, and he had a world-class
"This is a great day for Bob Hayes'
legacy, his family and the Dallas
Hayes twice led the NFL in touch-
down receptions and in average
yards per catch. He also was a ter-
rific kick returned.
At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics,
Hayes won the 100 metres, tying
the world record of 10.05 seconds.
He anchored the U.S. 400-metre
relay team to victory in a world-
record 39.06. Hayes' relay split was
a sensational 8.6 seconds.
That speed translated to the foot-
ball field, but his other troubles
seemed to obscure his accomplish-
"It didn't matter how long it took,"
his sister said, "The day is here, and
it is historic."
The nomination is not without a
bit of hometown controversy.
Behind the still-fresh euphoria of
Bob Hayes' election to the Pro
Football IHalf'of Fame,''a squabble
has erupted among the late
Cowboys receiver's loved ones.
In the aftermath, Hayes family
members have waged an angry
retort. They not only question the
letter's validity, but assert that
Hester is not actually Bob Hayes'
"As far as I'm concerned, she's a
phony," said Bob's brother, 71-year-
Lucille Hester at the press con-
ference. FMP Photo
old Ernest Hayes. "Nobody in his
original family likes her, at all. The
further she stays away from us, the
better off she'll be."
Hester expressed shock at the alle-
gations, reiterating that she did
share the same biological father as
Bob Hayes and that the letter she
read was authentic. Two former
Cowboys also recalled Bob Hayes
introducing Hester as his sister.
"I guess the question is, 'Why are
they doing this?' ": Hester said. "I
just don't know why. And I don't
want to make this a distraction from
such a beautiful event."
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Believers of Christ Temple Ministries
invites all to February Special Events
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, 5318 "C:" Street, Pastor M. L.
Drinks; invites the community to join them as they celebrate special events
during the month of February. Beginning with the celebration of First Lady
Tanya Drinks' birthday with a special honor at 11:15 a.m.
A Christian Valentine's Party is set for Friday, February 13th, 7 p.m. to
10 p.m.. Please call Pastor Drinks at 765-0827 or Sister Sherry Maxwell at
534-0679, for more information.
A Black History Celebration program will be presented at 11:15 a.m. on
Sunday, February 22nd, the public is invited to all events and services at
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries.
21st Annual JU Gospel Extravaganza
Jacksonville University will present its 21st Annual Gospel Extravaganza,
with Praise and Worship, on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 6:45 p.m., in the
Terry Concert Hall at Jacksonville University. The community is invited to
enjoy an inspirational evening of gospel music and dance. Admission is free
and open to the public. Info: 256-7150;
Discussion with Author of "1 Drop"
The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and Project Breakthrough
will present "ONE DROP", My Father's Hidden Life A Story of Race and
Family Secrets, "An Evening with Bliss Broyard, author of "One Drop."
The author of "One Drop", Bliss Broyard, will discuss how racial iden-
tities are defined and their impact on our society.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation by the
Keynote Speaker at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.
2009 Stanton Gala Committee Meeting
Current class leaders, faculty and staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational high schools are urged to attend a Gala/Reunion
Meeting Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. at Bethel Baptist Church,
215 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street entrance) to discuss plans for the May
2, 2009 Stanton Gala. For more information, please call Kenneth Reddick,
Gala Chairman at 904-764-8795 or visit the Stanton website at www.stan-
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run.
Information received prior to the event date will be print-
ed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Join MAD DADS to help address the Greater Macedonia to Celebrate 33rd
Rise in Young Black Male Shootings
You don't have to be a "Dad" to participate in Crime Prevention Activities
with MAD DADS, the national organization working to help prevent the
deaths of our young Black Males. that continues as we enter a new decade.
MAD DADS is continuing community organizing, neighborhood watches
and neighborhood canvasses to break "the code of silence" to aid in the pre-
vention of more deaths.
Elder Donald Foy, Chapter President is working with Bishop Vaughn
McLaughlin, Pastor of The Potter's House Christian Fellowship. These two
strong men are asking other Community Leaders, Pastors, and members of
the community to join them in the effort to save more lives from vicious,
usually unprovoked attacks in our communities. For more information,
please call (904) 781-0905.
24th Women of Christ Luncheon
Women for Christ will hold their 24th Annual Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.,
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Nationally syndicated columnist Shaunti Feldhan, will be the honored guest
speaker Ms. Shaunti Feldhaln's best-sellers include for Women Only: What
You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and For Men Only: A
Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women, have sold more than a
million copies and have been translated into eighteen languages.
For reservations and more information, please call (904) 387-9298.
St. John M.B. to host Men's Fellowship
The St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. C. Edward Preston, Pastor;
located at 135 Brickyard Road, in Middleburg; invite brothers from all sur-
rounding areas to fellowship with your brothers in Christ as the St. John
Missionary Baptist Church's Men's Ministry will host a "Men's Fellowship
Praise and Worship Service, Monday, February 9th For directions, or more
information, please call (904) 272-5100.
Mt. Olive AME Pastor & Choirs
Perform at Kingsley Feb. 14
Rev. Granville W. Reed III & The Mt. Olive AME Choir & Children's
Choir, will appear at the Kingsley Plantation Heritage Celebration, "The Art
of Song," at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 14th.
The Art of Song will present American music that has been influenced by
the experience of slavery, particularly, Gospel music. Rev. Joshua Wiggins
and the Living Truth Ministries Choir; and the Community Blessings Youth
Choir of Jacksonville, which features fourteen youth from the Florence N.
Davis Center transitional housing program, will perform in six various lan-
guages at 3 p.m.
Anniversary of Dr. Landon Williams
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Avenue,
will celebrate Pastor, Dr. Landon L. Williams' 33rd Anniversary with spe-
cial celebration services at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 8th and Sunday,
February 15, 2009.
The Spoken Word will be delivered by Bishop Virgil Jones, Pastor of the
Philippian Community Church on Sunday, February 8th.
Dr. John Guns, Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, will deliv-
er the Spoken Word on Sunday, February 15, 2009.
For more information or directions, please call (904) 764-9257.
St. Andrew Gospel Choir to Celebrate
with Song, Dance & Praise
The Gospel Choir of St. Andrew AME Church, 125 Ninth Street South,
Jacksonville Beach; will celebrate their Choir Anniversary through song,
dance and praise at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 8th.
Sister Hazel B. Martin and Sister Carrie J. Brewton invite the commu-
nity to "Come out and Praise the Lord" with the St. Andrew AME Gospel
Choir. For directions or more information, please call (904) 646-1532.
The Paxon Advanced Studies Choir &
The Jax Mass Choir in Concert
Good Shepherd's thrilling acoustics will resound with the voices of the
Jacksonville Mass Choir and the Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Choirs, under the artistic direction of Deborah J. McDuffie, for the presen-
tation of "Lift Every Voice and Sing!" at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 8th at the
Church of the Good Shepherd.
The 150+ Mass Choir will perform the Works of celebrated American
Composers: Roland Carter, Duke Ellington, Moses Hogan, Arnold Servier,
Richard Smallwood, Royal Stanton, and Richard Wise. American Idol's
George Huff will be a special guest. There is no charge and the concert is
open to the public.
Dates set for Much Ado About Books
Much Ado About Books, a yearly book festival presented by the
Jacksonville Public Library, will take place on Friday, Feb. 27 and
Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville. Most of
the event activities are free. However, there are three, ticketed events: a
brunch with David Baldacci on Friday, Feb. 27; the Ex Libris Gala: Journey
to Xi'an on Friday, Feb. 27; and Lunch with Adriana Trigiani on Sat., Feb.
28. For complete event and author information, visit www.muchadoabout-
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 450 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
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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
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Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Seeking the lost for Christ
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Friends and Family Celebrate 90th Birthday of Mrs. Bessie Brooks
Surrounded by her loving family and friends Mrs. Bessie Brooks recently celebrated her 90th birthday at the
Community Rehabilitation Center. Born and raised in Bushnell, Florida as one of 16 children, six of her siblings
also joined in on the celebration.. Mrs. Brooks is showed with the 1st ladies of her family, (L-R) first born grand-
daughter, Chandra Brown-Warlick, first born daughter, Lucille Brown and first born great- grandchild Kasheika
Brown and the honoree is seated. Close to one hundred celebrants attended the traditional event complete with
festive song, tributes and birthday
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African-Americans are Most
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An analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life suggests that
blacks are considerably more religious than the overall U.S. population.
Its highlights include:
- Nearly eight in 10 blacks (79 percent) say religion is very important in
their lives, compared with 56 percent among all U.S. adults.
- Blacks attend religious services and pray more frequently than the gen-
eral population. While 39 percent of all Americans report attending reli-
gious services at least once a week, 53 percent of blacks report the same.
- Similarly, while 58 percent of all Arhericans report praying at least once
a day, 76 percent of blacks report praying daily.
- The vast majority of blacks are Protestant (78 percent), compared with
51 percent of the U.S. adult population as a whole.
The survey also highlights the cultural and social conservatism of U.S.
blacks on issues such as gay rights.
The 2008 survey revealed, nearly two-thirds of blacks said they opposed
gay marriage compared to 51 percent among whites.
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February 8 February 15, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Spoken word by Bishop Virgil Jones
Phillipian Community Church
- Mt Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Robert
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Pastor Kelly Brown
Dr. Landon L. Williams
Dr. John Guns
All services wil be held at
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1880 West Edgewood Avenue
Sunday, February 15, 2007
The spoken word by Dr John Guns
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.---S .The History of African
SAmerican Cooking and Recipes
traditional Dishes from our Kitchens
African Heritage (300-1619)
Back in this era, most African
men were farmers, cattle raisers and
fisherman. Planting, sowing and
harvesting crops were considered
women's work. Cooking was one of
the most important skills a young
girl needed to learn. One traditional
dish called fufu was made of pound-
ed yams. Fufu was served with
soup, stew, roasted meat and differ-
ent sauces. During this time in his-
tory, cooking was done over open
pits. Africans were very skilled in
roasting, frying, stewing, boiling
and steaming their foods. Their
native foods were yams, okra,
watermelon, cassava, groundnuts,
black-eyed peas and rice.
Indentured Servants and Slavery
In August, 1619, the first group of
Africans landed in America at
Jamestown, Virginia. These
Africans were indentured servants.
They gave up four to seven years of
labor just to pay for transportation
to America. Southern plantations
consisted of Africans from many
different tribal nations. These
Africans made up the slave popula-
tion in southern America. Verbal
exchanges of recipes on these
Southern plantations led to the
development of an international
African cooking style in America.
The slaves enjoyed cooking pork,
yams, sweet potatoes, hominy, corn,
ashcakes, cabbage, hoecakes, col-
lards and cowpeas. On these planta-
tions, cooking was done on an open
fireplace with large swing blackpots
and big skillets.
African American cooking tech-
niques and recipes were also influ-
enced by Native American Indians
all across the United States. When
Africans were first brought to
America in 1619, they lived on
farms. In many areas, local Indians
taught them how to hunt and cook
with native plants. Indian cooking
techniques were later introduced
into the southern society by black
American cooks. Dishes such as
corn pudding, succotash, pumpkin
pie, Brunswick Stew and hominy
grits are a few examples of Native
American dishes found in African
American Revolution 1776
Between 1773 and 1785 thou-
sands of Africans were brought to
America. They were brought ashore
in Virginia, Georgia and the
Carolinas (Sea Island). In America,
slaves were cooks, servants and gar-
deners. They worked in the colonial
kitchens and on the plantations as
field hands. At the Big House,
slaves cooked such foods as greens,
succotash, corn pudding, spoon
bread, corn pone and crab cakes.
These foods were cooked on an
open pit or fireplace. On the planta-
tion, breakfast was an important and
an early meal. Hoecakes and
molasses were eaten as the slaves
worked from sunup to sundown.
Both the northern and the south-
ern armies hired black Americans as
cooks. Most of the cooking
throughout the South was done by
black cooks. Slaves created their
own recipes and made the best of
hard times and scarce supplies.
Cajun and Creole cooking devel-
oped during this period. These
foods included jambalaya, bread
pudding, dirty rice, gumbo and red
beans and rice. Cooking was done
on a great big old fireplace with
swing pots and skillets with legs.
Westward Movement 1865
At the end of the Civil War, black
Americans began to move west-
ward. They migrated to Kansas,
Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Black Americans became cowboys
and cooks on the cattle drives.
Many black Americans were also
pioneers and as farmers they sur-
vived off the land. They adapted
their cooking habits and formed
new ones when necessary. It was a
great challenge to create good food
with primitive tools and very limit-
ed ingredients. They cooked such
foods as: biscuits, stew, baked beans
and barbecued meat.
The Great Migration 1900-1945
During this period, a large num-
ber of black Americans worked as
cooks in private homes, shops
restaurants, schools, hotels and col-
leges. Many moved to such large
cities as Chicago, New York, Ohio,
Detroit and Pennsylvania to work.
Black cooks, chefs and waiters also
worked in Pullman cars of the old
railroads and on the steamboats.
Many black Americans also started
small businesses such as fish mar-
kets, barbeque and soul food restau-
rants throughout the United States.
These establishments specialized in
fried fish, homemade rolls, potato
salad, turkey and dressing, fried
pork chops, rice and gravy and
southern fried chicken. Cooking
was done on wood burning and gas
Civil Rights Movement
In the early 60s and 70s, soul
food, the traditional food of black
Americans, was very popular. Soul
foods were candied yams, okra,
fried chicken, pig's feet, chitlin's,
cornbread, collard greens with ham
hocks and black-eyed peas. Today
in the 90s, soul food preparation has
changed. Black Americans are
becoming increasingly health con-
scious, thus, they are avoiding foods
with high levels of fat and choles-
terol, and increasing their intake of
fruit, vegetables and fiber. Black
Americans are still in the kitchen
cooking, but now they are owners
and managers of restaurants. Today
cooking is done on electric, gas and
The delectable tastes of 'soul
food' remain popular as restaurants
continue to pop up around the coun-
try from 'mom and pop' to five star.
1 cup water
Wash pork chops and pat
Steak and Gravy
:1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 beef round steak, about 2 pounds and
1 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups unsalted beef broth
1 cup light cream
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients.
Pound mixture into both sides of the meat
with a mallet. Saute meat in 2 tablespoons
of the butter and all of the oil over medium
heat until brown, about 5 minutes on each
side. Remove meat from skillet to a 2-quart
baking dish, cover, and keep warm. In the
same skillet, saute onion and garlic over
medium heat until onion is transparent; add
to meat. Pour over additional butter if nec-
essary. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of
butter in skillet, blend in the 2 tablespoons
flour, stirring constantly and scraping bot-
tom and sides of skillet, until the mixture is
smooth and brown. Cook until thick,
approximately 3 minutes. Stir in broth and
cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly; sim-
mer over low heat an additional 5 minutes.
Pour over meat and bake, covered, at 325
degrees F. for 2 hours or until meat is ten-
der. Remover cover and bake an additional
15 to 20 minutes. Add cream, stir, and
serve. (4 servings)
Smothered Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup bacon drippings or vegetable short-
I large onion, sliced
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
dry. Mix sea-
sonings together. Rub on chops (approxi-
mately 1/4 teaspoon per chop). Reserve
remaining seasoning for gravy. Lightly dust
chops with flour. Heat drippings in a large,
heavy skillet. Add chops and brown each
side, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove chops from pan to a warm, paper
towel-covered platter. Remove all but 1/4
cup drippings from the pan. Add sliced
onion and brown. The trick is to get the
flour as brown as possible without burning
it or the onion. Add water and stir. Return
chops to pan and add sufficient water to
cover. Bring to a quick boil; reduce heat to
low; cover and simmer about an hour or
until chops are fork tender. Season to taste
with additional seasoning mix, if desired. (4
Fried Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups oil for frying
Wash pork chops. Mix flour, salt and pep-
per together. Put chops in bag and shake
until covered. Drop chops in hot oil. Fry
until golden brown for 20 minutes. Drain
on paper towels. (Serves 2-4)
2-4 ham hocks (allow 1 per person)
pinch of salt
Put hock in a large pot. Add just enough
water to cover. Add a pinch of salt. Cover
the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and
simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours until hocks are ten-
der. Put hocks in a baking dish. Place in 450
degree oven to brown and dry out excess
fat. Serve with greens. (Serves 2-4)
1 1/2 2 cups chicken (cooked)
1/2 cup water
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 cans cream celery soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped celery
1 pkg pepperidge cornbread stuffing
4 cups noodles cooked
1/2 stick butter, melted
Combine soup, water, mayonaise. Add
chicken or tuna, noodles, celery, water
chestnuts. If you use tuna, add a little lemon
juice.) Put in buttered casserole dish.
Sprinkle cornbread crumbs on top. Sprinkle
melted butter over crumbs. Bake at 350
degrees F. uncovered for about 45 minutes.
(8 generous servings)
Fried Catfish Fillets
8 to 10 catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper
3 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup bacon drippings
Enough vegetable shortening to deep-fry
(2 1/2 to 3 cups)
Wash fish and pat dry. Lightly season
with salt and pepper and set aside. Combine
seasoned salt and next 6 ingredients and
mix well. Dip fillets in eggs, then in corn-
meal mixture. Place fillets on a wax paper-
covered plate and refrigerate at least 1 hour
to allow cornmeal coating to set. In a large,
heavy frying pan, preferably cast iron, heat
bacon drippings and shortening to 370
degrees F. Oil is sufficiently hot when a hze
forms above the oil and a drop of water can
dance across the surface. Deep-fry fish until
golden brown, drain on paper towels, and
serve immediately. Excellent with slaw and
Hush Puppy Patties. (4 to 5 servings).
5 pounds frozen chitterlings thawed
5 cups water
2 stalks celery with leaves
2 large onions chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 red pepper cut in pieces (optional)
Soak chitterlings in cold water for at
least 6 hours. Cover pot. Drain. Strip as
much fat as possible from each piece and
wash thoroughly in cold water. Make sure it
is entirely free of dirt. Cut into small pieces
about 1 inch. Place in full pot of water with
salt and pepper. Add other ingredients to the
pot and cover. Cook over medium heat until
tender about 2 1/2 or 3 hours. Serve with
vinegar or hot sauce. (Serves 4-6)
Sweet Potato Pie
2 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 1/3 cups sugar (brown or white)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
3/4 stick of butter
Peel and culbe sweet potatoes. Mash
potatoes with all the above ingredients.
Beat with mixer on medium speed until
smooth (or you can mix it by hand until
smooth). Place in pie shell. Bake at 350
degrees for about an hour, or until firm
when touched in the middle.
Years ago, people could not afford to
throw anything away. If they had a lot of
leftover old bread (the bread that was made
with flour, not cornmeal), they would crum-
ble and save it. The whole message behind
bread pudding is that people could not
afford to waste or throw away food, so they
rexyxled it. With bread pudding, they used
the stale bread to make this delicious
4 cups dried bread crumbs
2 eggs beaten
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
Mix all the above ingredients. Place in
350 degree oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or
until the center is firm to the touch. Can be
served hot or cold.
Banana Pound Cake
1 package (18 1/2 ounces) yellow cake
4 eggs (room temperature)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (about 4
1 package (3 3/4 ounces) instant vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large mixer
bowl. Mix until blended, then beat at medi-
um speed for 4 minutes. Turn batter into
greased and lightly floured 10 inch tube
pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or
until done. If desired, dust with confection-
er's sugar before serving.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Sprinkle brown sugar in bottom of well-
greased pan. Dot with butter. Drain pineap-
ple. Place slices in pan with cherry in cen-
ter of each pineapple slice. Sift together
flour, baking powder and salt. Cream short-
ening. Add sugar gradually and beat until
fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
Add flour mixture, a little at a time, alter-
nately with milk. Pour batter over fruit.
Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown. for 50
to 60 minutes. Turn upside down on serving
plate. (Serves 8-10).
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
3 sticks of butter (the real thing is best!)
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
6 eggs 3 cups sugar 3 cups of flour
1 tsp lemon or vanilla extract
Cream the butter and cream cheese
together with an electric mixer until well
blended. Add 1 cup of sugar and blend well.
Add 1 egg and blend well. Alternate 1 cup
sugar and 1 egg until sugar is depleted. Add
1 cup of flour, blend well. Add 1 egg and
alternate flour with egg until flour is deplet-
ed. Add extract and blend well. Pour into a
greased and floured tube pan and bake in a
pre-heated 325 degree oven for 1 hour and
25 minutes. Ice with lemon glaze.
About 2 cups of confectioners sugar
1 tbsp butter melted,
3 tbsp lemon juice
(all of these measurements are approxi-
Mix these ingredients until smooth and
the consistency of a glaze (thicker than reg-
ular milk, but as thick as Eagle sweetened
condensed milk) Pour over the cake.
Poppy Seed Cake
1 package yellow cake mix
1 small package instant vanilla pudding
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/2 cup cream sherry
1/2 cup corn oil
1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients together well. Pour
into a greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at
350 degrees for 1 hr.
Homemade Peach Cobbler
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
sugar, about 1/4 cup, divided
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
3 1/2 cups sliced peaches (one large can,
28 to 32 ounces, drained)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon butter
1 cup sweetened whipped cream or vanil-
la ice cream
Sift flour into bowl with baking powder,
salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. With
pastry blender, cut in shortening until
crumbs are fine. Add milk to make a soft
dough. Combine sliced peaches with lemon
juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and
butter in a casserole or baking dish. Pat out
dough to fit over the top of peaches; vent to
allow steam to escape.
Bake in 4500 oven for 10 minutes;
reduce heat to 350 and bake for an addi-
tional 25 minutes, or until crust is golden
brown. Serve warm with a dollop of
whipped cream, ice cream, or light cream
with a little sugar and nutmeg to flavor.
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Links' Western Gala: a Little Country, a Lot of Soul
Cowgirls ready to greet Western Gala guests at the door (L-R):
Jacksonville Links Candace Thompson, Pamela Seay, Marietta
LeBlanc and Marguerite Warren.
Jacksonville Link Vivian Walker presenting door prize to guest and
Bold City Link Santhea Brown.
Connecting Link Joe Gibbons, Jacksonville Link Ava Parker, Bold
City Link Pam Prier and Connecting Link LeMorris Prier.
Connecting Link William Cody, Jacksonville Link Betty Cody, Bold
City Link Gracie Chandler, and Connecting Link Tommy Chandler.
Jacksonville Links Heather Blume and Brenda Simmons.
It's a family affair (L-R): Roderick and Kyra Wade, Jacksonville
Links Adrianne King and Kelly Toaston, and Connecting Links Larry
King and Ryan Toaston.
Bold City Link Mary Brown, Gwen Mathis, Edward Robinson,
Vernell Robinson and Jacksonville Link Marjoria Manning.
Cowgirls just want to have fun (L-R): Joan Williams, Alicia
McKenzie, Jacksonville Link Karen Estella Smith, and Rachel Gaiter.
Pictured holding the Jacksonville Links' $2,000 donations to both
Edward Waters College (EWC) and the United Negro. College Fund
(L-R): Connecting Link Valton Williams, Jacksonville Link and EWC
President Claudette Williams, Brenda Bellard-Harris and EWC soph-
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activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Royal Vagabonds will host
their annual Valentine Sweetheart
Ball on Saturday, February 7, 2009
at the Southside Women's Club -
2560 Club Terrace from 7:00 p.m.
until midnight. For further infor-
mation please call 866-0477.
Author Tina McElroy Ana will be
the guest speaker for the February
PRIDE Book Club meeting. Held
at the main Library Downtown, the
free meeting will be held on
Saturday, February 7th at 3:00
p.m. She will be discussing her
book "Taking After Mudear". For
more information call 630-2665.
Legends to Highlight
Jax Blues Festival
On February 8th 2009,
Jacksonville will get a major case of
the BLUES! Playing the Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m., will
be Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd, Theodis
Ealey, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Clarence Carter, Latimore, Marvin
Sease and Sir Charles Jones all
sharing the Coliseum stage. Tickets
can be purchased at 904-353-3309.
Study Circle Kicks
Off on Race Relations
Author Bliss Boyard will kick of
the jacksonville HuCoalitiom's
Study Circle Series with "ONE
DROP My Father 's Hidden Life"
- a story of race and family secrets.
It will be held on Thursday, Feb.
12th at the Channel 7 Studios, 100
Festival Park Ave. The evening will
begin with a 6 p.m. reception fol-
lowed by the keynote speaker at 7
p.m. Admission is free. For more
information call 630-4620.
On Thursday, February 12, 2009,
the Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will begin the celebration of the
100th Anniversary of the organiza-
tion with a birthday party.
This will be in collaboration with
its monthly meeting at 7:00 PM at
the Branch Office 5422 Soutel
Drive. Other activities in relation to
the Centennial Celebration will be
announced at this time.
The public is invited to attend. For
further information, call Isaiah
Rumlin, President at 764-1753.
Menopause the Musical
Menopause the Musical will be
performed at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts
February 13-22. Inspired by a hot
flash and a bottle of wine,
writer/producer Jeanie Linders cre-
ated the show as a celebration of
women who are on the brink of, in
the middle of, or have survived The
Change. Call 632-3228 for tickets.
Valentine's Day Dance
for Teens and Children
Stage Aurora is presenting teens a
chance to treat their special guy or
girl, Mom or Dad, or any other fam-
ily member or friend to an evening
of dancing, food, and fun! There
will be music, dancing and socializ-
ing for the under 18 crowd only.
The dance will take place on Friday,
February 13th from 5 9 p.m. at
the Stage Aurora Performance Hall
in the Gateway Town Center. For
more information or tickets, please
call Stage Aurora at 904 765-7372.
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum Black Broadway series
will continue on February 14,
2009 with Gospitality. The 8:00
p.m. performance is a hand-clap-
ping, fan waving gospel review,
traveling through the history of
gospel music. From slave ship
rhythms to call and response in the
cotton fields, moving spirituals
such as "Wade in the Water"and
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've
Seen" are included in this journey
which includes over 20 gospel
songs. Call 632-5555 for tickets.
tied "Colors of Courage" chroni-
cling the African-American experi-
ence in the Americas.It will be per-
formed on February 14, at 7:00
P.M. at the Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company Performance Hall, 5188
Norwood Avenue which is located
inside the Gateway Town Center
near Foot Locker. For additional
information, call 765-7372.
On Saturday, Feb. 14th, The
Southern Genealogist's Exchange
Society, Inc. will host guest speaker
Mrs. Shannon Palmer at 10:15 a.m.
at the Mandarin Regional Library,
3330 Kori Road The topic will be
"Tales of Working with the Silent."
The meeting is free & open to the
public. For more information call
778-1000 or e-mail:
Cleo Parker Robinson
The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Ensemble will be in Jacksonville
for one performance only at the Ritz
Theater on February 21st at
8:00pm. Ticket prices are $21.50.
Call 632-5555 for more informa-
Stage Aurora Presents Fort Mose Living
Colours of Courage History Program
In celebration of Black History Fort Mose Historic State Park will
In celebration of Black History commemorate Black History
month, Stage Aurora will present a commemorate Black History
contemporary dance program enti- Month on Saturday February 21st,
from 10 a.m. 3 p.m., by celebrat-
ing the first free black community
in the United States. Re-enactors in
period clothing will tell the story of
Fort Mose in "Flight to Freedom" a
living history event. In addition,
food, drumming, and the St.
Augustine Garrison will perform
along with demonstrations of mus-
ket firing. Festivities will be held.
The park is located at 15 Fort Mose
Trail in St. Augustine. For more
information, call 904-823-2232.
Betsch to Keynote
The 11th Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will be held
on Saturday, February 21st at 2:00
p.m., the event also features a musi-
cal presentation by the EWC Choir.
The guest speaker will be Dr.
Johnnetta Betch Cole Kingsley
descendant and former president of
Spelman College. The Kingsley
Heritage Celebration recognizes the
culture that evolved amongst slave
communities despite the oppression
of slavery and celebrates their
determination and strength. For
more information, call 904-251-
Uptown Civitan, a local women's
civic group, is hosting the largest
World Series of Poker sanctioned
one night satellite charity event
ever held in North Florida. The
Celebrity Poker Challenge will be
held February 24, 2009 at The
Poker Room in Orange Park, FL.
Top prize is a $10,000 seat in the
World Series of Poker with over
$30,000 in cash and prizes awarded
to top finishers. Entry fee is $350
of which $265 is a charitable tax
donation. Call 733-2650 or register
online at www.pinecastle.org.
"Clean Up Woman". Showtimes
include evening and matinee shows.
Call 353-3309 for tickets.
Duval Extension is hosting a
Beginning Vegetable Workshop on
Saturday February 29th from 9
a.m. to noon. Learn about general
requirements for growing vegeta-
bles, organic gardening tips, con-
tainer gardening and managing
pests followed by hands-on practice
working with vegetable transplants
that you can take home for your
garden. Cost is $10 to attend. Call
387-8850 to register.
African Child Soldier
to Speak at FCCJ
Child soldier, refugee, best-selling
author and activist Ishmael Beah
will speak at FCCJ South Campus'
Wilson Center on Wednesday,
March 4, 2009 at 7 p.m. Author of
"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a
Boy Soldier," the book chronicles
Sierra Leone-born Ishmael Beah's
incredible experiences as a boy sol-
dier, thrown into battle and trained
to kill at age 13.; The program starts
at 7 pm. Inside of the Wilson
Sinbad in Concert
Clean cut family comedian Sinbad
will be returning to Jacksonville for
one performance only on Friday
March 20th at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. Call 355-2787 for more
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HALLE BERRY'S MAN LOOKING
TO GROW FAMILY: Model says he wants a
little brother or sister for baby Nahla.
Nahla Ariela isn't even one-year-old yet and her
daddy, model Gabriel Aubry, says he looking to have
a second child with his girlfriend, Halle Berry.
"She needs a sibling," Aubry told People.comrn
"I've never known anybody who's had a single child
S' [and] I've always been around big families," adds
Aubry, who has seven siblings. "I believe in big families."
And what does Berry, 42, think of his plans to expand the family? "She's
okay with it," he says. "Absolutely."
Nahla, who turns 1 on March 16, is walking and talking, and even prac-
ticing a second language, says her dad.
BET ACQUIRES 'GAME' II. |
BET has picked up off-net rights
to the CW comedy series "The
Game" and will start airing episodes
from its first two seasons this month
The show centers around the
wives and girlfriends of professional ,
The cable channel has acquired
rights to ABC's Emmy-nominated made-for-TV film "A Raisin in the Sun,"
as well as theatricals "Not Easily Broken" and "Soul Man," starring the late
ARETHA'S HAT: Museum puts in a
formal request for item to join special
Aretha Franklin's Inaugural hat continues
to make headlines in the wake of its debut on
Following reports of the bow-tied,
Swarovski jeweled, heather grey wool hat
being in high demand, the Smithsonian
Institution has just asked Franklin if she will
donate the item to its planned exhibit of
President Obama's Inauguration, joining other items such as First Lady
Michelle Obama's Inaugural night gown.
"I am considering it," Franklin said of the Smithsonian's request. "It
would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning
moment in history. I would like to smile every time I look back at it and
remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American
history. Ten cheers for President Obama."
ESSENCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATING 15 YEARS
New Orleans' official "party with a purpose", the Essence Music Festival,
will be held July 3 5 celebrating 15 years. Performers announced so far
include Beyoncem, Maxwell, Al Green, Anita Baker, Solange, Robin
Thicke, EnVogue, Teena Marie, Eric Benet, Ne-Yo, Raphael Saadiq, Lalah
Hathaway and The Blind Boys of Alabama just to name a few. Packed with
informational seminars during the day and concerts in the evening, stay
tuned for more artists to be announced as it is destined to be one of the
largest to date.
T.O GETS HIS OWN REALITY SHOW
Controversial Dallas Cowboys wide receiver
Terrell Owens is the newest addition to VHI's
"celebreality" lineup with an upcoming show that
follows his offseason activities.
The NFL star, known just as much for his off-
the-field rants as for his athletic talent, will have
his off-season life documented for a series to
debut in July, reports AFP. His best friends and
publicists, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams, ,.
will also be featured on the program.
There will be plenty of drama for the show, as
most of the offseason attention has been about '""
whether T.O., who is due a $3.1 million roster bonus in June, will return to
the Cowboys following their inability to make the playoffs this year.
There have been rumors that Owens was a disruptive force and had
blowups late in the season with teammate Jason Witten and offensive coor-
dinator Jason Garrett.
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A judge in South Carolina should
soon approve a long-awaited settle-
ment over James Brown's estate
because legal battles are harming
the late soul singer's legacy and
draining his estate of value, a court-
appointed trustee announced.
Russell Bauknight, a trustee and
accountant, testified that approving
the settlement that divides the
estate between family members
and Brown's charity is critical and a
reason why he endorses a settle-
Brown died in an Atlanta hospital
on Christmas Day 2006. For more
than two years, claims of unpaid
debts, inadequate accounting and
misappropriated funds have thrown
his estate into turmoil.
The proposed settlement would
give 50% of the estate to Brown's
charitable trust to educate needy
students, 25% to Brown's surviving
spouse and 25% to some of
Brown's adult children.
The total value of the estate has
not been made public, though
lawyers for family members ay
cited numbers totaling up to $80
million. But it also has a significant
amount of debt.
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Only two other men have looked
like Mike Tomlin and done what he
is about to do on Sunday. As the
third African American coach to
reach the Super Bowl, the
Pittsburgh Steelers head man is also
the youngest in league history.
But at just 36 years old, Tomlin is
quick to divert attention from any
edge his youth might add to his role
"I think it's in vogue right now to
talk about the youth of coaches,
being able to relate to today's ath-
lete and so forth," Tomlin told
reporters in Tampa. "I don't know if
I buy into the concept that today's
athlete are any different than they
were some 20, 30, 40 years ago. I'm
a traditionalist in that way and I
think that people that have a way
with people and can communicate
with people and teach people and
convey messages to people they
can do it at 35, 45, 55, or even 71. I
think it's a personality thing and not
an age thing."
Much can be said about Tomlin's
personality. He grew up with his
mother in Newport News, VA, a
scholar-athlete. His athletics were
notable, but it was his academic
achievement that helped him adapt
to life at the elite William and Mary
College. A thinking man, Tomlin
always studied the game and his
opponents, and was quick to offer
advice to his coaches.
"I've been blessed to be around
some great coaches, some people
who took personal stake in my
growth and development." It's clear
going into his first Super Bowl in
only his second season as head
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Mike Tomlin, right, stands %ilh his wife. KiNa during a press con-
ference at the Steelers headquarters in Pittsburgh. Tomlin was the
defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings before being hired by
the Steelers becoming the first black head coach in the
team's 74-year history.
coach of the Steelers, that he is just ty easy."
as influential with his players, even His age
if only a few years their senior, and race
"I thought it was going to be kind might be
of weird when he first got here," notewor-.
said Steelers linebacker James thy, but
Farrior, who once played against f o r
his coach in a college game. "I M i k e
knew the age difference. So I Tomlin,
thought it was kind of funny to just the only
think of my head coach being a year stat that
or two older. But once he got here matters is
and I saw what type of guy he was, victory.
I knew he was the boss. It was pret-
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