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Jacksonville, Fla
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NFL's $45

million man

dollar spends

spare time

helping youth get
higher education
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More Black

women finding

beauty, style

and savings

in wearing

natural hair
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O'Neal Pays for Shaniya's Funeral
Professional basketball star Shaquille O'Neal
paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina
girl whose body was found after an extensive
Authorities believe the child, Shaniya Davis, was
kidnapped, raped and murdered after being report-
ed missing November 10. Her body was found six
days later on a roadside about 30 miles from her
hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her
funeral was Sunday.
O'Neal said in a statement released by his team, the Cleveland
Cavaliers, that he was touched after seeing Davis' story on CNN sister
network HLN's "Nancy Grace" show.
"What happened to her was tragic. I wanted her to have a funeral that
would be as beautiful as she was," ONeal said in the statement.
The girl's father, Bradley Lockhart, and his family had set up a trust
fund to help raise money to pay for the service, according to the
Fayetteville Observer.
Police have charged Mario Andrette McNeill with kidnapping and said
he also will face murder and child rape charges.
Davis' mother, Antionette Nicole Davis, has been charged with human
trafficking and other offenses and is believed to have sold the girl. Police
have said they believe she was prostituting the girl. She was recently
moved to another jail for her own safety.

Cruise companies cancel trips to

Nassau after tourist robberies
NASSAU, Bahamas At least three cruise ship companies have can-
celed excursions within certain parts of Nassau after police in the
Bahamas reported several tourists being robbed.
Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz says the decision to sus-
pend trips to Earth Village is temporary. She said Monday that the com-
pany is offering other trips as an alternative.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line officials said they also
have suspended excursions within Nassau.
Bahamas tourism director Vernice Walkine says police have increased
foot and car patrols in popular tourist areas as a response to the recent
robberies. She said she deeply regretted the incidents.
More than 2 million cruise passengers come through the port of Nassau
each year.

NAACP to file complaint against

Wayne county school system
Durham, N.C. -- The state chapter of the NAACP says it will file a
complaint against an eastern North Carolina school system alleging that
its practices have hampered black students.
The organization said in a news release that it would file the complaint
against Wayne County schools, citing policies that have resulted in lower
graduation rates, higher suspension rates and more and stiffer discipline
for black students.
The statement said the complaint would be filed with the U.S.
Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Wayne County schools said officials hadn't received
the complaint yet and couldn't respond to the allegations.

Serena sets another record by being

served the largest disciplinary fine
Serena Williams, who reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis
this season, was fined a record $82,500 this week for her profanity-laced
outburst during the U.S. Open in September and could be suspended
from the event if she commits another major infraction in the next two
The sanctions were handed down by Grand Slam administrator Bill
Babcock after nearly three months of deliberation over how to discipline
the most dominant player in women's tennis for a tirade that was captured
on national television and replayed countless times.
In it, Williams cursed and physically threatened a lineswoman who
called her for a foot fault, a seldom-cited infraction, just two points shy
of match point in her semifinal against the tournament's eventual winner,
wild card Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
"I am thankful that we now have closure on the incident, and we can
all move forward," Williams said in statement released by her publi-
cist.The fine represents a fraction (about 1.25 percent) of the $6.5 mil-
lion she earned this season, a record for a female tennis player.

Close race decides Atlanta's new Mayor
With a margin of 40,994 to 39,687, Kasim Reed defeated fellow can-
didate Mary Norwood to become Atlanta's next mayor. The narrow 51%
to 49% margin was a race many say came down to race.
Norwood, a white city councilwoman, and Reed, a black former state
senator, have waged a hard-fought battle across the city and over the air-
waves in the month leading up to Tuesday's runoff.
Political watchers in the city predicted blacks' hold on City Hall could
be ending because of the influx of white residents in recent years. At the
same time, tax increases, budget cuts and layoffs have soured many vot-
ers on the current Mayor Shirley Franklin and her allies, which includes
Mr. Reed, her former campaign manager.
If elected, Norwood would have been Atlanta's first white mayor in 35
years and the first white woman ever.

Despite pact,

Coast Guard

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lagging behind

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Volume 23 No.10 Jacksonville, Florida December 3-9, 2009

Unemnlovment Becoming Showdown Between Black Leaders and the President

African-American joblessness -
nearly twice the national rate is
quickly becoming the first show-
down between Black leaders and
the nation's first Black president as
national Black and civil right lead-
ers raise their voices telling the
Obama Administration it's time to

end the jobs crisis in the Black
"We're sending a strong message
to the president and Congress that
we need to step up. We need imme-
diate jobs not some time six, eight
and 10 months down the road,"
National Urban League President

Adams Sylvester Nuptials

Bishop Arthur L. Adams and Elder Henry Nicholson did the honors
of uniting the former Denisha Adams and Spencer Sylvester IV last
weekend in Holy Matrimony. Held at the Fire of the Word Christian
Center, friends and family watched with love and affection as the two
exchanged vows in the double ring ceremony which also included a
"salt covenant". Following a honeymoon in Daytona Beach, Fl, the
couple will reside in Jacksonville. R. Silver photo

Marc Morial said in an interview
with the NNPA News Service.
"African-American leaders are not
just saying do something. We're
offering solutions."
Morial has sent a letter to the
Obama Administration and
Congressional Leaders outlining

specific recommendations for job
creation as President Obama pre-
pares for a job summit this week in
the wake of national unemployment
numbers that grew into double dig-
its 10. 2 percent in October. In
his letter, dated Nov. 24, Morial -
Continued on back page

Felicia Hill of Jacksonville's Northside and her stepson, Demetrius
Campbell, age 10, smile for a photograph with Jaguars star Maurice
Jones-Drew Gives Back to Single Moms
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Winn-
Dixie Stores, Inc., provided Thanksgiving dinners of turkey and all the
trimmings to 50 families during the kick off of the holiday season. Jones-
Drew, greeted the families at a Winn-Dixie store on Jacksonville's
Southside. Raised himself by a single mom, he conducted the giveaway as
a way of giving back to the Jacksonville community for its support of him
and the Jacksonville Jaguars

Noted Jacksonville Publisher Isaiah "Ike" Williams Passes

Isaiah J. Williams, founding pub-
lisher of The Jacksonville
Advocate, passed away last week
after a lengthy illness.
The Jacksonville native was a
noted historian and community
advocate. In addition to publishing
the weekly Black publication for
over twenty five years, the innova-
tive entrepreneur also ventured into
cable television and banking.
Born September 27, 1931 to Helen
and Isaiah Williams, "Ike" as he
was affectionately called, went on

to receive degrees from Edward
Waters College, Florida Memorial
College, Florida A & M University,
and a MJD from Brooklyn School
of Law in New York.
After college where he became a
member of Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity, he lived in New York
and successfully practiced law there
for 10 years. While there, he was
involved in the civil rights move-
ment, was an attorney for the Black
Panthers, and became friends with
powerful leaders such as Adam

Clayton Powell and Malcolm X.
Upon his return home, he became
active in many organizations
including the NAACP, Masons,
and was a founding member of the
National Business League. Ike also
served as Publisher Emeritus of The
People's Advocate Newspaper
His numerous awards include the
Jacksonville Urban League's
National Leadership Award and the
Onyx Award for Communication.
He is survived by his devoted wife
of 10 years, Marilyn Wilkerson-

NAACP and Black Caucus Want More Florida

Black Businesses in Stimulus Contract Mix

by G Andrews
Orlando-The federal stimulus
dollars flowing from Washington,
D.C. may be pumping up some
businesses in Florida's struggling
economy, but when it comes to
minority-owned companies, change
has yet to come.
So was the conclusion of "The
Status of Black Florida," a three-
day issues conference held by The
Florida Conference of Black State
Organized by Caucus Chairman
Senator Gary Siplin (D-Orlando),
the initiative, began on November
18, included Florida NAACP
President Adora Obi Nweze, who
served on several panels and
addressed a broad range of issues
important to black Floridians.
Siplin emphasized that the
Caucus mission was to gather infor-

nation to help build the agenda for
the upcoming 2010 legislative ses-
sion which begins in March. "We
have to propose solutions that will
take our community to a better
place. Black Floridians are dispro-
portionately impacted in a negative
way, in every category from health
care to employment to contract par-
ticipation. Combine that with the
bad economy, and there's a prob-
lem," Siplin said.
"We are not even close to where
we need to be as participants on all
levels. We will stay focused and
vigilant for the future and our sur-
vival," Nweze added.
The three day conference hosted
over forty experts and state and fed-
eral government department heads
who fielded questions from partici-
pants. Conference panels included
the Census Plan of Action, Energy

Policy, Healthcare and Education,
Corrections and Juvenile Justice,
and Economic Advancements.
Secretaries and top administra-
tors from the Departments of
Corrections, Health, Juvenile
Justice, and Transportation gave
status reports on Black business
participation, which is low. Despite
stimulus revenues pumped into the
system, Black businesses, large or
small are not included in many of
the billions of dollars in contracts
awarded thus far.
Senator Siplin noted that the
forum resulted in a positive
exchange and pledges of future
cooperation. But he cautioned that
both he and Nweze would follow
up on those commitments and mon-
itor their progress during the next
several months.

Isaiah Williams
Williams, daughter Helen Rogers,
(Eric), Fayetteville, NC, sons,
Rodney Williams, Jacksonville,
Florida, Ira Marche' (Marcia) ,
Dover, Delaware, Isiah Williams
IV, Jacksonville, Florida, Mark
Benson, Washington D.C.,
Grandchildren, Rhonda Calhoun,
Norfolk, Virginia, Sherrie Lowman,
Jacksonville, Florida and Nicole
Edwards-Scatliffe (Rufus) of
Chicago, Illinois.
A viewing will be held from 4:30
- 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December
3rd at the Ritz Theater, 829 W.
Davis Street. Funeral Services will
be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday,
December 4th at St. Paul AME
Church, 6910 Kings Road (US1).
Internment will follow at 2:00 p.m,
at the Jacksonville National
Cemetery. Arrangements are being
handled by Carthage Chapel
Mortuary .

1t 4

December 3-9, 2009

Paye 2 Ms. Perrv's Free Press

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by E. Harris
The saying "when life gives you
lemons, make lemonade" seems
easy until you're faced with exactly
that prospect. For those Americans
who are too young to have experi-
enced the Great Depression, the
economic outlook may never have
seemed quite as sour as now. With
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
listing the national unemployment
rate at 10.2 percent nationwide, and
15.7 percent for blacks -- there are
lots of lemons to go around.
Yet in the face of such bitter cir-
cumstances, some of the unem-
ployed are turning their layoffs into
Last October, Tommy Venerable
of Washington, D.C., found himself
out of a job as a graphic Web
designer, a position he'd held for
five years. With some 14 years of
experience in the industry,
Venerable initially thought it would
be easy for him to find another job.
"I kept getting rejections," he
said. "I kept getting, 'Do you have a
four-year B.A. in graphic art?' And
I'm like, 'No, I don't have a college
degree -- don't have a college
degree in graphic art; don't have a
college degree in anything.' So after
about two weeks, that's when I real-
ly started to panic."
Venerable's company had given
him a severance package, but those
funds were drying up. In need of a
new source of income, he found
inspiration in an unusual place for a
graphic Web designer.
"I'm at the grocery store," he said,
"and I wanted to get tortilla chips
and salsa and I could not find a
salsa that I liked. And that's when
the light bulb went off in my head."
Not long thereafter, Venerable
whipped up Tommy V's Salsa and
formed his own company, Tommy
V Foods, LLC. He ran into some
road bumps along the way, getting
the proper permits. But he got them
and started selling his salsa at a
farmer's market this past June.
"I broke even in August. And
from then on, I've been up about 10
to 15 percent profit margin,"
Venerable said.
For Karl and Jennifer Carpenter
of Nashville, meanwhile, life
seemed to have been going along as
planned. They met years ago when
he went to view an apartment in a
building that she managed. They
fell in love and married. He was an
engineer and then an executive,
eventually moving into manage-


ment with his company. She was a
homemaker happily raising their
five children while buying invest-
ment properties for the family. But
then the recession hit and Karl was
laid off.
"The bottom fell out last year
when the company downsized from
4,000 to maybe 400," Jennifer said.
At that difficult moment, the
Carpenters decided to make use of a
historic building they owned in
downtown Nashville. Using their
savings and Karl's severance as
start up capital, they turned it into
their new restaurant, the Garden
Brunch Cafe.
"Getting ready for Sunday
brunch, I looked in the mirror," said
Jennifer. "And I was putting on my
little chefs hat and I almost broke
into tears because I'm like, 'God,
you really have a plan.' Because I
never dreamed that this is what I
would be doing. People gave me
the title of chef after tasting my
food. But I've never been to culi-
nary school. The caf6 opened in
May and the crowds keep coming.
The U.S. Small Business
Administration reports black-
owned businesses are one of the
fastest growing segments of small
business development. Martin
Leham, with SCORE, Counselors
to America's Small Businesses, says
new companies that make it
through the recession will likely be
stable and have good reason to
believe they will survive long-term.
"Running a business is a day-to-
day thing," said Leham. "I tell peo-
ple, it's a 25-hour-a-day job. And
you have to know what you did yes-
terday and what are you going to do
Not all new businesses succeed.
According to the U.S. Small

Business Administration, only
seven out of 10 newly formed com-
panies make it past the two year
mark, and half survive five years.
For the Carpenters, it's a risk
worth taking.
"What I hope this restaurant will
do for my children is show them
that they have the ability to do their
own thing," Jennifer said. "If it's not
taking over the business that we
already started, it's them starting
their own business, something of
their own, something that they may
have a passion for."
The Carpenters hope their caf6
will break even in spring and turn a
profit by the end of next year. In the
meantime, they plan to keep serv-
ing generous portions of steak and
eggs and the crowd favorite banana
frosted pancakes, as well as healthy
fare like seared salmon, grilled
chicken and blacken tilapia.
Lemonade's not on the menu but
it is sure in the air.

Beaver Street Enterprise Seminar presents open

workshop on women in untraditinal businesses

Layoffs lead to start-ups

of new black businesses

December 8, 2009 from 9- 11:00
AM at the University of North
Florida,University Center, 12000
Alumni Drive.
The goal for this event is to
enlighten and encourage women to
pursue non-traditional roles and
opportunities in this changing eco-
nomic environment. Speaking

firsthand will be women owners of
companies including, construction,
manufacturing, pumps and law
To reserve your space or for more
information, contact Suzy M.
Jackson at 265-4732 or e-mail
your request to sjackson@bsecen-

Rebuilding After Bankruptcy

By Jason Alderman
No one takes the decision to
declare bankruptcy lightly.
Besides being an expensive, time-
consuming and awkward process,
bankruptcy can have serious and
long-lasting impacts on your
credit score, which in turn may
affect your ability to borrow
money, rent an apartment or even
get a job.
Whether you are emerging
from bankruptcy, paying off accu-
mulated debt or just starting out
financially and looking to avoid
future mishaps, there are several
steps you can take to build or
rebuild stronger credit:
Monitor your credit. Negative
information such as late pay-
ments, tax liens and foreclosures
can remain on your credit reports
for many years up to 10 years
for bankruptcy. On the other
hand, once you reestablish sound
credit habits, such as paying bills
on time and lowering balances
owed, your credit score should
start rising within months.
To ensure your improved credit
behavior is being reported proper-
ly, periodically review your cred-
it reports from the three major
credit bureaus: Equifax

(www.equifax.com), Experian
(www.experian.com) and
TransUnion (www.transunion.com).
You can order one free report a
year from each bureau through
Reestablish creditworthiness.
One way to demonstrate your
ability to repay debt properly
(thereby later qualifying for more
favorable lending terms) is to
open a secured credit card linked
to a savings account you main-
tain. Typically, you can only
charge up to the amount on
deposit, which prevents you from
charging more than you can
Look for a secured card:
That will convert to an unse-
cured (regular) credit card with
more favorable terms after you've
made several on-time payments
That bas zero or low annual and
application fees and a low interest
Whose lender will consider
reporting your payment history to
all three credit bureaus
Be mindful of monthly usage
fees and other charges that can
deplete your balance. Try your
credit union or go to websites -
Continued on page 5

Did you know...

-Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of
reported AIDS cases.
-Blacks comprise 15 percent of the adult popula-
tion; yet represent over half of AIDS cases and 45
percent of HIV cases.
-In 2007, HIV was the 6th leading cause of death
among Hispanic men and the 3rd leading cause of
death among Hispanic women, ages 25-44.
-For the last 15 years, HIV/AIDS has been the lead-
ing cause of death of black women aged 25-44.

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The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center invites the public and bud-
ding entrepreneurs to their upcom-
ing workshop, "Breaking Ground
& Ceilings: Women Leaders In
Non-Traditional Businesses "
Held in conjunction with other
business oriented entities, the
workshop will be held on Tuesday,

African American
youth hit hardest by
Those ages 16 to 24 have higher
uIelllpoyment rates than the
rest of the population. Young
Affican Amenicans are aficted
mofe than any other group.
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More Black women finding beauty, style

and savings in wearing natural hair _'

number of compliments from Non-
African Americans surprisingly."
Visits to the hair salon can easily
range locally from $35 $300
depending on what exactly you get
done. Freedom from the wallet and
chemicals are not the only advan-
tages of making the change.
"There are so many options for
wearing your hair natural... short,
long, locks, braids, twists... even
bald! There's a look to fit every
personality. Once you go nappy,
you'll always be happy "said
A return to chemicals is not an
option for most who go the natural
"I feel beautiful the way I am,"
she said
Josephine Hamilton feels the
. same way.
"I'm extremely happy. I would
i ne, er, ever, ever relax in my hair
again." she said. "I don't think
relaxed hair is good hair. I think
Sit's related hair."
"Every now and again it crosses
my mind but only for a minute. I
love my hair. I love the look and
the freedom of natural hair. I don't
think I will ever go back to chemi-
cally treated hair." Said Spicer.
(Diana Spicer and her signature
hairdo is featured on the front page

Thanksgiving at the Jones' Family and friends enjoyed the traditional
Thanksgiving fare in the Northside home of Lawrence and Hannah Jones. Guest of all ages enjoyed food,
family. camaraderie and football on the American holiday. Shown above are EuDell Bryant, Frank Powell,
Angelo Brown, Ashton Brown, George Davis, Ashley Brown, Ashley Cuiler, Monica Brown, State Rep Mia
Jones, seated Qail Davis, Gretehen D Cuiler, Lawrence Jones, Parris Henry, and Hannah Jones.

Home weatherization funds available to stop space heater deaths

With the recent news reports of at
least three local deaths due to fire
caused by space heaters, the
Northeast Florida Communication
Agency (NFCAA) has announced
that funds are available for home
While most homeowners can
make a few simple improvements
to increase the energy efficiency of
their homes, many low income
families in Duval County don't

have the means to do so. With
NFCAA's weatherization program,
eligible residents in Duval County
can get help.
NFCAA's weatherization program
provides free energy audits and
weatherization services to qualify-
ing individuals with gross incomes
below 200% of Federal Poverty
Income Guidelines. Weatherization
services include improvements
such as caulking and weather strip-

ping doors and windows, replacing
door threshold replacements,
repairing duct systems, adding
insulation to attics and walls and
making minor repairs to floors and
Duval County residents interested
in learning more about the weather-
ization program should call the
Northeast Florida Community
Action Agency at 398-7472 ext.

L"Stewart h bn w i' h air nt "NM deci-
Lydia Stewart has been wearing her hair natural for sion was not

over forty years.
American hair could be beautiful
without chemicals.
"I know for a fact by the time I
was in the third grade I had a relax-
er," the 27-year-old resident
revealed. "I think I probably had a
relaxer when I was in kindergarten,
maybe first grade."
When a friend said she was going
to stop relaxing her hair, "I literally
thought: 'You're going to look
crazy.' Hamilton said, laughing.
Now Hamilton herself has "gone
natural," vowing to embrace the
hair she says God gave her. She,
along with countless others, has
documented the transition in videos
on YouTube.
African-American women have
long relaxed their hair to try to
make it straighter.
Comedian Chris Rock explores
the African-American hair industry
in his documentary "Good Hair,"
which was recently in theaters.
As the story goes, Rock's daugh-
ter Lola one day asked him "Daddy,
how come I don't have good hair?"
Rock then set off to investigate
why his daughter felt that way.
Hamilton says she knows.
So-called "nappy" hair, she said,
"isn't acceptable by either culture.
It's really like a taboo type thing."
To fit in with both black and
white people, Hamilton says she
felt she had to relax her hair.
"When it was relaxed, it was soft
and silky," she said. "Now, obvious-
ly there's no more soft and silky.
But what is better, which goes back
to what is good hair in the first
place? I think it's better because it's
what God gave me."
Most women have different rea-
sons for taking the plunge and
undergoing the ceremonial BC also
know as "the big chop". For some it
is for cultural reasons, others cite
"My hair was chemically dam-

accepted by
all. Both my husband and mother
did not approve. They were and are
from the old school of thought in
that women should have long
hair..." said Spicer.
For Stewart, her decision has
even rubbed off on her mother and
spanned the generations,
"My mother cried the first time
she saw me wearing my 'fro! She
thought I had become a radical mil-
itant, but by the end of that summer,
she was wearing her hair natural
too. Now, my daughter and two
granddaughters also wear their hair
natural." She said.
Twanda Hamilton, the founder
and president of Tangles Unlimited
Inc. said she has noticed more
younger African-American women
choosing to quit relaxing their hair.
A stylist since 1982, she said she
quit relaxing her own hair. It is thin-
ning as she gets older and the chem-
icals were breaking her hair off. She
couldn't relax and color her hair,
too, she said.
Carrie Jones, a stylist at Urban
Image, returned to her natural hair
about five months ago.
She had relaxed her hair since
high school.
"I always liked my hair natural
when I was a little girl," Jones said.
"I liked the texture. My mother
brought us up to believe that there
was no such thing as good hair."
Jones said she feels sassierr" with
her natural hair.
"I think it's beautiful," she said.
But she said there's pressure to
look a certain way.
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Jacksonville Jaguars Critical to the City's Future

Every once and a while I get to
mix my two favorite subjects -
sports and politics. I guess we owe
this auspicious occasion to the
Jacksonville Jaguars.
Being a Jag fan like many of you,
I must admit that I haven't been a
big supporter this year. Like most
people or at least folks with com-
mon sense, when financial times
get tough you have to figure out
areas to make cuts in order to
weather the storm.
For many Americans their love
for sports has taken a back seat to
the need to pay mortgages, daycare
bills, JEA, etc.
Locally, we have seen the econo-
my's affects on sports perhaps more
than any other NFL city with all
five of Jacksonville's home games
being blacked out so far due to low-
ticket sales. Perhaps we shouldn't
simply blame the economy, the
Jags play has had a lot to do with
the sluggish game attendance.
But attendance in sporting events
is down in all sports from
NASCAR to the NBA and NFL.
So what happens if we continue
to black out games and team rev-
enues continue to fall well, it's as
easy as considering the fact that the
Jaguars aren't simply a sports fran-
chise, but a business.
Businesses that are successful
know how to evolve and grow in
order to find new means of making
money when their core business
begins to struggle.
OK, I'll cut across the field and
make it plain if the Jaguars con-
tinue to struggle here in
Jacksonville, there are several other

cities starving for an NFL fran-
chise. One of them is the second
largest city in the county, which
also makes it the second largest
media market in the country Los
Angles, CA.
Yes, it's hard to believe that LA
doesn't have a team, but I wouldn't
bet any amount of money that that
fact will last for long.
A few months ago the LA City
Council approved a developer's
plan to build a new world-class
football stadium. That would pave
the way for a new team or the relo-
cation of a team.
Again, unlike the Florida Gators
and FSU Seminoles, this is profes-
sional football and despite the pas-
sion of many fans and the support
from local government, "Cash rules
everything around me," according
to the Wu Tang Clan.
Or in other words, if the Jags
continue to struggle here financial-
ly, then the grass in LA starts look-
ing much greener! In fact, LA
maybe a gold mine for Jags owner
Wayne Weaver, especially if he
wants to cash out and sell the team.
Of course, this is all speculation
right now, but it is the kind of sce-
nario that Jag fans need to be think-
ing about.
No need to talk about the value
or impact of the Jags on our local
economy. To be honest without the
Jags our city's self esteem would
plumet. So we will not waste any
ink explaining why we need to
make sure that the Jags stay in
Indulge me for a moment as I
have a flashback. I recall being a

young man, and being proud of the
Jacksonville Bulls USFL team.
Most of us natives loved the
Bulls, but with the USFL, you
always felt like you were on the JV
football team not the varsity. For
years we put together potential
ownership groups and local politi-
cal leaders lobbied the NFL for a
In 1993, I was a freshman at
Morehouse College when the
announcement was made that
Jacksonville and Charlotte
(Carolina Panthers) would be the
newest NFL teams. Talk about the
underdog winning. Being a long-
time Washington Redskins fan I
immediately put the Skins on the
backburner and embraced my
beloved Jags.
OK, enough of that stroll down
memory lane. The question at hand
is what can we do to ensure that the
Jags stay in our fare city?
Yes, I know what you are think-
ing the obvious answer is to buy
more tickets. Unfortunately, it's not
that simple.
That's why Touchdown
Jacksonville, the very organization
that helped bring the NFL to
Jacksonville is being revived to
help keep the Jaguars here.
The group is being led by former
Times Union Publisher Carl
Cannon and several other local
businessmen and civic leaders.
Mayor Peyton is the honorary
And speaking of a revival, the
group is using the theme, "Revive
the Pride."
The Revive group will put

together a series of events and pro-
motions designed to better connect
fans with the Jags. With only a few
homes games left they had better
move quickly. If this group or any
other effort out there can push tick-
et sales enough to at least avoid a
full season blackout then their
efforts would be a success.
Right now, the Jags are the dead
last in the league in attendance,
which will continue to put a major
target on the teams back as it
relates to rumors about teams being
The best chance to avoid a black-
out may be the December 17th
game against the Indianapolis
Colts. Not only is it a major divi-
sion rivalry, but also it's a Thursday
night nationally televised game,
which makes it a little more excit-
The one area that I will disagree
with the group on is the fact that
they only point to the economy as a
factor for the low attendance.
While they have to take the politi-
cally correct route I can simply
keep it real.
As I mentioned earlier, the teams
performance or shall I say lack of
performance is an obvious factor as
well. Everyone loves a winner, but
it takes a lot of commitment to love
a loser.
Regardless of the cause, I am on
board and plan on doing my part.
Let's keep our Jaguars here in
Duval where they should be!
Signing off from the Gator Bowl
or Alltel Stadium or whatever the
name is now,
Reggie Fullwood

Time for the Tiger Beatdown

by E.O.
Beat em'
when they're
down and beat
em' again for good measure before
they can get up. The beat down
supposedly is not the American
way of dealing with those who are
down. The ground rules radically
changed the moment Tiger Woods
did life threatening damage to a
tree and a fire hydrant. With that
the beat down started with a
vengeance. No matter that the only
body damage done was to Woods.
There was no allegation or hint of
drugs or alcohol. No matter that the
law did not compel Woods to talk
to police just to provide his license,
registration and proof on insurance.
No matter that he publicly accepted
responsibility for whatever damage
he caused, called the gossip "mali-
cious," and pleaded for the media
and public to respect his privacy.
None of this has mattered. It's
irrelevant not because a sex,
celebrity gossip, rumor and innuen-
do starved and obsessed main-
stream media salivates at the
prospect of scandal and titillation at
the mishaps of celebrities. Nor
have Woods' pleadings that the
accident is a non-issue been
sloughed off because he is one of
the sports world's most bankable,
best known noblesse oblige goody
two shoes role model for the sport-
ing world.
The truth is that the Tiger Woods
beatdown began ages ago. The
whispers, innuendoes, and back

biting began the instant that he
exploded on the golf scene. He
wasn't black enough. He was too
black. He was too arrogant. He was
too aloof. He was too selfish. The
more green Masters Tournament
winners jackets that he donned and
world class tournaments he won,
and the fatter his bank account
grew, the undertow of carping
about him continued unabated.
There have even been personal and
race tinged digs and cracks that
golfer Fuzzy Zoeller ("fried chick-
en") and Golf Channel's Kelly
Tilghman ("lynch him") made
about him.
Woods graciously and diplomati-
cally shrugged off the inanities and
kept doing what he does best and
that's win tournaments. It didn't
stop the gossip mongers. Woods
was simply too big, too good, and
too rich for the tastes of a wide
swath of the public and the celebri-
ty crazed media.
Despite Woods careful and cau-
tious downplay of race, for another
swath of the public he was still a
black sports icon who dominated
what for decades was a gentleman-
ly, high brow, near sport of kings,
white man's game. The price a
black sports icon pays for resting
on that high perch can be steep.
One misstep and he or she can
become the instant poster child for
all that's allegedly wrong with cele-
briity, sport and society.
There are two reasons for that.
When Woods tore up the greens he
became the gatekeeper for the
storehouse of fantasies and delu-

sions of a sports crazed public as
well as advertisers, sportswriters,
and TV executives in desperate
need of vicarious escape, titillation,
excitement, and profits. Woods was
the ultimate in the sports hero who
fulfilled that empty need.
He was expected to move in the
rarified air above the fray of human
problems while raising society's
expectation of what's good and
wholesome. He's been handsomely
rewarded for fulfilling that fantasy
even though as he admitted in his
statement about the accident on his
website tigerwoods.com, he is only
human. He reminded the world the
obvious. He has the same flaws and
foibles as anyone else, and that cer-
tainly includes sports icons.
The other reason for the Woods
beat down is his fame and fortune.
Black super stars cause much
media and public hurt when they
supposedly betray the collective
self delusion of sport as pure and
pristine. That stirs even greater
jealousy and resentment. That's
evident in the constant fan and
sportswriter carping about how
spoiled, pampered and over paid
Woods and black athletes suppos-
edly are. The first hint of any bad
behavior by them ignites a torrent
of self-righteous columns and com-
mentary on the supposed arrogant,
above the law black athlete.
Woods has not had nor will he
have a day in court. He hasn't done
anything to warrant one. But he
squirms on the hook in the other
court, the court of public opinion.
Many in that court have tried, con-

victed and sentenced him. His sen-
tence is cruel. That is having to
cancel golf tournaments, hearing
whispers from sponsors and ad per-
sons about his image, and of
course, the drumbeat tabloid gos-
sip. But given who he is the sen-
tence is not unusual. It's called the
Tiger beat down.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson isan author and
political analyst. His forthcoming book, How
Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and

Who's Who Among Blacks

in Washington D.C.
As the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is
often referred to as the "most important city in the world".
Founded on July 16, 1790, the City of Washington is his-
torical among Blacks. Originally a separate municipality
within the Territory of Columbia until an act of Congress in 1871 effective-
ly merged the City and Territory into a single entity called the District of
Columbia. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and
is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland on all the
other sides. The District has a resident population of 591,833; but with com-
muters from the surrounding suburbs, during the workweek its daytime pop-
ulation rises to over a million. The Washington Metropolitan Area has a
population of 5.3 million, the nation's ninth-largest metropolitan area.
In 2006, D.C. residents had a personal income per capital of $55,755, high-
er than any of the 50 states. The area houses the highest concentration of
high-income Blacks in the world. Many work in the Federal Government.
Washington has been an area of opportunity for Blacks since its creation. In
its early days, and since slavery, Washington, DC has had a significant Black
population. By 1810, the region's free Blacks totaled 10 percent of the pop-
ulation. Black residents of the District composed about 30 percent of the
population between 1800 and 1940, and by 1970 Washington's Blacks com-
prised 70 percent of the population. By the 1980s, Washington DC was
America's Blackest city. "Chocolate City" was surrounded by vanilla sub-
urbs, with Blacks at the levers of power of the city. Way before the rise of
Atlanta, DC has always been a Mecca for Blacks. DC's Black culture has
always been a trendsetter. It was a major stop on the Chittlin Circuit of
nightclubs and theaters that featured Black performers catering to Black
audiences. The U Street scene was the Black Broadway before Harlem.
Since 1990, the Black share of the DC's population has fallen 11.2 per-
cent, leaving the city under 50 percent Black. Seemingly, with their
advancements in positions and tenure, Blacks of means abandoned
"Chocolate City" by the droves to suburbs like Prince Georges' County,
Maryland. Adjacent to the District of Columbia to the east and southeast,
Prince Georges' County is, dubiously, a symbol of Black Laborers' success
in America. The Washington suburban area is the richest majority-Black
county in America. Over 500,000 Blacks now reside in a county known his-
torically as a hot-bed of racially prejudiced low-income Whites and have
made it acres of McMansions with two-car garages housing late-model
Benzs, Rolls and BMWs. Compared to the District of Columbia govern-
ment, now majority-White, Blacks in Prince Georges' County control that
government top to bottom. Prince George's County (median 1999 house-
hold income $55,256) is home to residents in occupations from doctors and
lawyers to hotel owners and restaurateurs. The county is populous enough
to have its own Representative to Congress, currently Donna Edwards.
However; the real wealth in the Washington Metropolitan Area is in
Montgomery County, Maryland (median household income $71,551) and
McLean and Fairfax County, Virginia (median household income $81,050).
These suburban areas have legacies of wealth and over the years have alter-
nately been named America's richest counties. The area's richest Black
resides in the prestigious Virginia countryside about 40 miles from DC.
Billionaire Sheila Crump Johnson is president and managing partner of the
WNBA's Washington Mystics. She co-founded Black Entertainment
Television (BET) and is an owner/partner in three professional sports fran-
chises: the Capitals (NHL), Wizards (NBA), and Mystics.
The business of Washington is government and the most-recognizable
Black names work in government. The Mayor is the young, bi-racial Adrian
Fenty, who was an early "Friend of Barrack". Former Mayor Marion Barry
is a Councilmember representing the city's predominately-Black and most
economically disadvantaged political Ward. Blacks hold six of 13 seats on
the City Council. The city's Delegate to Congress is Eleanor Holmes
Norton. A major network media center, Washington's Blacks still rely on the
110 year-old African American newspaper chain and 45-year-old
Washington Informer for their informational needs.

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NFL's $45 million man helps Skid Row

teen's and other youth realize college dream

by W. Dash, CNN
LOS ANGELES, Ca -- The high
school honor student and the NFL's
highest-paid defensive back strolle
down the streets of Skid Row.
"I can sell you something right
quick," a drug dealer hisses.
Another shouts, "Gonna whoop
your a#$!" More expletives are
Seventeen-year-old Kenneth
Chancey is giving a tour to Nnamdi
Asomugha, showing the NFL star
the streets that he and his sister used
to walk to get to school while living
in a Skid Row homeless shelter.
The two make it safely past the
park, one of the roughest areas of
Los Angeles. An orange soda
whizzes through the air, nearly hit-
ting the teen and the Oakland
Raiders' All-Pro cornerback worth
$45 million.
It is Kenneth's inner strength and
his love for education that have
brought together this high school
class president and NFL star.
"The thing I took away is how
fearless he is," Asomugha said later.
"The things he's been through are so
big and so severe -- they were
threatening our lives and throwing
things at us on Skid Row. But it
doesn't bother him."
Escaping through education
Even while Kenneth lived on Skid
Row, he dreamed of attending
Harvard to become a neurosurgeon.
When Asomugha saw Kenneth's
story on television, he wanted to
help. He runs a foundation, the
Asomugha College Tour for
Scholars, that takes inner-city kids
on tours of college campuses they
otherwise would never be able to
see. He's helped get 25 teens into

college over the last four years.
On this day, he's come to tell
Kenneth that he will be among the
16 students traveling in the spring
to visit schools in Washington, D.C.
Hours before the Skid Row tour,
Asomugha traveled to Hollywood's
Helen Bernstein High School,
where Kenneth is a starting running
back in his senior year. They met at
the school's football stadium, where
Asomugha told Kenneth in person.
His father, Gordon Costello,

where education was stressed from
day one. He remembers asking his
mom as a boy, "Can I have some ice
"No," she responded. "You haven't
finished your homework."
"I'd say, 'but I'm 3!' "
Asomugha's sister is a pediatri-
cian, his mother holds a doctorate.
Two other siblings have secondary
"I am the least educated in my
family," Asomugha said. "I catch a


Asmougha and Chancey stand in front of the homeless shelter he

once called home.
joined in and handed a folded paper
to Asomugha. The proud dad didn't
show off football awards or his
son's athletic achievements.
Instead, it's Kenneth's latest report
card, straight A's.
"He might overqualify for the
tour," Asomugha said as he studied
the report card. "This shows some-
one with a lot of drive and ambi-
tion. These are some great grades."
Asomugha came from a family

lot of heat from my family."
The football star, who is the high-
est-paid defensive back in NFL his-
tory, has a degree in finance from
the University of California-
Kenneth is energized. "I'm going
to be the first one in my family to
get a secondary education," he told
"And everyone will follow you,"
his father added.

Kenneth spent his sixth-grade
year living in a van with his mother
and stepfather. His sister once was
beaten up by someone who wanted
her shirt. Kenneth was held up at
gunpoint for his laptop. He refused
to hand it over because his grand-
mother bought it for him.
"If you're going to shoot me, shoot
me now," he told the robber..
"He said, 'I ain't gonna kill no lit-
tle kid.' "
Mantra: Always
keep your head up
From February to August of this
year, Kenneth lived at the Union
Rescue Mission homeless shelter
along Skid Row with his father and
sister. After his story appeared
onnational television, his friend
invited him and his sister,
Stephanie, to stay with his family,
while Kenneth's father looked for
Kenneth says he constantly
thought about dropping out to get a
job to help his father financially.
His dad would have none of it.
"Your education will pay off," his
father always told him.
On the tour at Skid Row, Kenneth
took Asomugha to the shelter's
rooftop. It's a million-dollar view of
the Los Angeles skyline. It's where
Kenneth studied. It's also where he
learned his biggest lesson: to
always keep his head up.
"Anytime you look down over the
ledge, you start to see the negative,"
Asomugha said. "When you keep
your head up, you're seeing all the
positive. Was that your mantra?"
The teen smiled. "That's how you
do it in life," Kenneth said. "I just
try to keep my head up, to look into
the future."

Hilton Head puts renewed focus on site of former freed slaves' village

A little-known piece of Hilton
Head Island's history could one day
come to life.
A group of native islanders and
town staff are developing a plan to
turn a tiny sliver of town-owned
land on the northern end of the
island into a living history museum
to commemorate Mitchelville, the
first freedmen's village in the
United States.
Museum planners would build
replicas of the freed slaves' 12-by-
12-foot wooden houses and general
stores, said town community devel-

opment director Charles Cousins.
The idea is in the very early plan-
ning stages, said Curtis Coltrane,
assistant town manager.
Foundations of tabby -- a build-
ing material made of shell, lime,
sand and water -- are all that remain
of the village's former structures.
The village once stood on a parcel
now occupied by the Hilton Head
Airport and parts of Port Royal
Plantation. The only marker to
commemorate the site is a plaque at
Mitchelville Beach Park.
The village, built during the Civil

War, drew international attention
for its efforts to create a sustainable,
self-governing community of freed
slaves. It was named Mitchelville
after Union Gen. Ormsby Mitchel,
who oversaw its construction.
Costs are unknown at this early
stage, but they could be significant,
given the delicacy of working
around historical ruins, said town
manager Steve Riley. Any site at
Mitchelville would take many years
to put together, town officials said.
The project has drawn interest
from the Gullah/Geechee Cultural

Heritage Corridor Commission.
The corridor is a $10 million initia-
tive Congress created in 2006 to
protect the Gullah heritage, from
North Carolina to northern Florida.
On the state level, the S.C.
Department of Parks, Recreation
and Tourism expects the project to
be included in a tourism plan for the

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Jacksonville's 3rd Annual Downtown One Accord Ministries presents "The Soulful One" Patric Robinson
Historic Church Tour December 5th A Christmas to Remember in Concert at St. Nicholas

Tour a century of sanctuaries in one afternoon at nine Downtown historic
churches. The tour will be held on Saturday, December 5th from I 5 p.m.
Guides at each church will highlight the architectural and historical signif-
icance of the building. Visitors can walk or use the complementary trolley
service provided along the tour route. The tour begins and ends at the Main
Library. For more information e-mail katherine@downtownjacksonville.org.

Believer's in Christ Celebrate
Pastors' 15th Anniversary
Believers In Christ Christian Center will be having a Pastoral Anniversary
Celebration honoring Drs. Don & Deborah Bernard for fifteen years of ded-
icated service to ministry on December 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clarion
Hotel & Conference Center, 2101 Dixie Clipper Drive.
For more information contact the church office, 904-908-8858 or check
out the website at believersinjacksonville.org.

Special Services at Summerville M.B.
Celebrate "History with the Summerville Historians.
The senior citizens of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will be hon-
ored on Sunday December 20, 2009 during the morning worship. The
church will be showing their support and appreciation for those who blazed
the trail as they worshiped and depended on the almighty God for strength,
patience, guidance and endurance.
The Sunday School Christmas program will also be held on this Sunday
at 5:00 p.m.
Watch Night Service will be held on Thursday December 31, 2009. The
church is located at 690 W. 20th Street.
For more information call 598-0510. Pastor Dr. James W. Henry.

NASITRA 50th Anniversary
NASITRA, INC. will have their 50th Anniversary and Christmas Banquet
at St. Thomas Family Life Center ocated at 2119 Rowe Av. from 7:00 p.m.
to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday December 12, 2009. The Gene White Trio will
perform. It is a black tie event. For tickets or more information, contact
George Greenhill at 704-7192 or 721-5488.
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First Lady Productions will present their 8th Annual Toy and Gift
Giveaway on Saturday December 5th at 7 p.m.. This event will feature a
concert including Dr. Vera J. Goodman and Anointed Praise, Kizzy Walker,
T. Mission, and TC2C. There will also be door prizes for Children and
adults. Gifts and toys will be distributed to all children present. This is a
event is free and open to the public. It will be held at One Accord Ministries
International, Inc. 2971 Waller Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32254
For more information, call (904) 425-0806.

McKissick to Keynote First
Church AME's 17th Anniversary
First Church of Palm Coast continues with their 17 years anniversary with
guest speaker Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr. senior pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church on Jacksonville. McKissick will bring his choir for the
celebration. The date is Sunday Dec. 13th at 5p.m. Be there at First Church
the pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover at 91 Old Kings Rd. North in
Palm Coast. The telephone number is (386) 446-5759.

St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist and Baby boyy Productions presents "The
Soulful One' Patric Robinson in concert Saturday December 5th at 2:00
p.m. St. Nicholas is located at 2606 San Diego Rd. Come experience an
afternoon of traditional gospel and songs on inspiration. Patric will use his
energy love of music and unwavering vocal styling to stir the emotions with
such favorites as: The Lord's Prayer Joshua Fit the Battle, Touch the Hem
of His Garment, We'll understand it by and by, The Rose Danny Boy and
more. No tickets will be sold. For additional information call (791-9986.

Carols by Candlelight
The 18th Annual "Carols by Candlelight" concert will be held at
Deermeadows Baptist Church on December 6th and 7th (Sunday and
Monday) at 7 p.m. The church, located at 9780 Baymeadows Rd.,will fea-
ture "Carols by Candlelight by the
Deermeadows Choir and Orchestra as W ayman Chapel
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General admission is free and doors
will open at 6:30 p.m.

McClurkin speaks out against homosexuality

but admits thoughts still remain in his mind

.. .

Pastor Donnie McClurkin
Pastor Donnie McClurkin has
shown no tolerance for homosexual-
ity calling gays "vampires" and

His anti-gay rants were videotaped
at the Church of God in Christ's
Holy Convocation Youth Service in
Memphis last weekend and were
uploaded to Youtube.com.
McClurkin, who is admittedly ex-
gay, lambasted Tonex, the gospel
star who recently confirmed his
long-rumored homosexuality.
According to reports, McClurkin
said Tonex is a "perversion" and
must pray away the gay.
"God did not call young people to
such perversion. Society has failed
him, his church has failed him ... I
would be homosexual to this day if
Jesus hadn't delivered (me). "I see
feminine men, feminine boys,
everywhere I go ... No, don't
applaud 'cuz it ain't funny. It's

because we failed. I see them every-
In a second video, McClurkin
turns his hate toward young lesbians
saying ...
"These young girls are just as bad
as the boys in homosexuality, you
don't see it. They can hide ... but
there are some evil young hard
butch girls."
The COGIC is embroiled in
numerous lawsuits, criminal investi-
gations and internal church investi-
gations around sexual abuse involv-
ing clergy.
McClurkin recently suggested he
still had gay sexual urges and com-
pared homosexuality to diabetes
saying ...
"I don't eat sugar, but it doesn't
mean that I don't want sugar."

Sponsors toy
drive to benefit
Eureka Gardens
Wayman Ministries are asking the
community to please donate
unwrapped toys for the Spirit of
Christmas Annual Extravaganza to
benefit families at Eureka Gardens.
Toys can be dropped off at the
Spirit of Life Worship Center, 1176
Labelle Street(corner of Cassat
Ave. & Plymouth); Wayman
Chapel, 8855 Sanchez
(Baymeadows area) or the Mattie
V. Rutherford Education Center,
1514 Hubbard Street.
The deadline is December 18th.
The event will take place on
Sunday December 20th in the
Wayman Academy of the Arts gym-
nasium, 1176 Labelle Street. The
families will be treated to a wonder-
ful meal, music, entertainment and
more. Plus toys for the children.
For more information or toy pick
up, contact Speedy Brown at 693-
1503 or 739-7500.

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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8:00 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.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

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Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
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4 :00 p.m.

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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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Sharpton and widow lead vigil on
3rd anniversary of groom's shooting [ | I F

mRev. Clarence Heath
Rev. Clarence Heath

Bishop & Mrs.
Lawrence Reddick Dr. Leo Pinkett

5th Episcopal District of CME

Church to Convene in Jax

Nicole l'aultre-Bell, the widow ot police shooting victim sean SBen, is
joined by Rev. Al Sharpton and three dozens friends and relatives for
an early-morning vigil on the 3rd anniversary of his death.
JAMAICA, NY The widow of police shooting victim Sean Bell, mark-
ing the third anniversary of his death, stood sadly on the Queens street
where her late fiancee drew his last breath last week.
Nicole Paultre-Bell, surrounded by about three dozen relatives, friends
and supporters, renewed her call for federal charges against the cops who
fired a 50-shot fusillade at Bell.
"Someone is dead and no one's responsible," Paultre-Bell said at the 5
a.m. gathering. "All I can do is just hope and pray."
The mourners lit two dozen white votive candles at the spot where Bell
was gunned down before sunrise. A bell was then rung 50 times, one for
each shot fired at the groom-to-be.
Bell and Nicole were due to walk down the aisle together just hours after
his Nov. 25, 2006, shooting.
In Aril 2008, three NYPD detectives were acquitted of state charges in
the shooting that killed Bell and seriously wounded two of his friends out-
side a Queens strip club.
The federal investigation was launched immediately after that verdict.
"It's three years later, and I'm still as outraged as I was when I got the call
three years ago this morning," said the Rev. Al Sharpton who attended.
Sharpton said he recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder to ask about the progress of the federal probe.
"I think those officers were guilty of a crime and should be punished to
the fullest extent of the law," Sharpton said.
The reverend noted that federal charges came two years after the state
of California found the officers who beat Rodney King innocent.
"If it can be done in California with Rodney King, it can be done in New
York with Sean Bell," he told cheering woshippers at a 6 a.m. service in
Bell's memory held at the Praise Tabernacle in Jamaica.

On December 16, 1870, in
Jackson, Tennessee, The Colored
Methodist Episcopal Church in
America, (now, The Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church as of
1954) was organized in the South
by freemen following the Civil War
in relations to 70,000 (free slaves)
congregants. The faith now
includes approximately 800,000
congregants and more than 3,000
congregations in the United States,
the Caribbean, and western, east-
ern, and southern Africa.
The CME Church established its
national publishing headquarters in
Memphis, Tenn. Its ministries have
included sponsorship of four histor-
ically Black colleges Miles
College (Birmingham, Alabama),
Lane College (Jackson, Tenn.),
Paine College (Augusta, Ga.), and
Texas College (Tyler, Texas). In
1944, the CME Church founded the
Phillip School of Theology as part
of the consortium that makes up the
Inter-Denominational Theological
Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Leaders and lay members of the
Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church from the states of Alabama
and Florida in addition to visitors
from across the nation are visiting
Jacksonville. This major denomina-
tional gathering will be Friday
through Saturday, December 11-12,
2009, at the Crowne Plaza
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel under
the directorship of Bishop

Lawrence L Reddick III, with the
support of the local host pastor
Reverend Clarence Kelby Heath of
Central Metropolitan CME Church,
4611 North Pearl Street.
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III,
the Presiding Prelate of the Fifth
Episcopal District, comprising of
Florida and Alabama, calls this
meeting a primary link between the
mission of the international denom-
inations and its local churches.
Pastors and other clergy and lay
members of the congregations will
represent the 225 congregations of
the Fifth Episcopal District (com-
prising of approximately 29,000
The theme for the gathering is the
denomination's theme: "From Good
to Great: The Jesus Challenge". It
also serves as a significant part of
the denomination's program that
will be expressed through sermons,
and other presentations. Another
vital part of the gathering is the
reporting of apportionments from
local churches to support the
denomination's program and the
program of four regions, which
comprise of the Fifth Episcopal
District (North Central Alabama,
Birmingham, Southeast Alabama,
and Florida).
The conference schedule is as
follows. All activities will be at the
Riverfront Crown Plaza Hotel
unless otherwise noted.
Friday, December 11. 2009.

Rev. Dollie Howell Rev. Dr. W. E. Lockett

Dr. Charles Holbrook Rev. Wendell Oldham

11:00 A.M.
1:30 P.M. Afternoon Session
Speakers addressing the subject
under discussion, "The Ships that
Sail from Good to Great" are Mr.
James H. Perkins, Moderator,
Director of Christian Education,
North Central Alabama Region
Reverend Wendell Oldham,
Presiding Elder, Monroe District;
Pastor, Lewis Temple CME
Church, Grambling, Louisiana
The Reverend Dr. Charles E.
Holbrook, Sr., Jackson State
University and Pastor, Lynch Street
CME Church, Jackson, Mississippi
Dr. Adrian Evans, Director of
Christian Education, Southeast
Alabama Region, Bishop State
College, Mobile, Alabama
Reverend Charles B. Williams,
Jr., Director of Evangelism and
Missions, Birmingham Region
Dr. Leo Pickett, General
Secretary of Ministry of Men,
Atlanta, Ga.
The Reverend Dr. Vanessee J.
Burns, Pastor, Carter Tabernacle
CME Church, Orlando, FL
Reverend Alfred Tharpe, Sr., Mt.
Ararat CME Church, Alexandria,

Rev. Dr. Vanesee Burns

Reverend Dollie Howell
Pankey, Miles College, and Pastor
of Poplar Springs CME Church,
Northport, Alabama
Evening Worship will be held on
Friday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.
at Central Metropolitan CME
Church, 4611 Pearl Street featuring
Bishop Othal Hawthorne Lakey,
44th CME Bishop of the 6th
Episcopal District for the state of
The Morning Session and
Closing Message will be held on
Saturday, December 12, at 9 a.m.
back at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The Gathering Closing Speaker
will be Rev, Dr. W. E. Lockett,
Pastor of Metropolitan CME
Church in Houston, Texas.
The public is invited to join the
Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church as they continue to play a
major role in society through spiri-
tual growth, tourism, education,
economics, and mission ventures in
our communities and beyond our
For more information on any of
the activities, call 444-3743.

Natural and Wantinq
by Pekela Riley
I recently went natural, and while I love it, I do miss having my hair
straight sometimes. I hated getting my hair relaxed, but I miss the ver-
satility that a perm could bring. Do you have any suggestions?
First of all I hope you're not limiting yourself with your natural look.
Going natural can open up a whole new realm of hair styles for you
depending on your personality. I've found that most people automati-
cally assume that going natural is easier, but that's not necessarily the
case, as I'm sure you've found.
I have two suggestions if you want to keep people guessing when it
comes to your natural look by switching it up a bit.
Have you ever had your stylist wash and condition your hair? Instead
of placing you under the dryer, blow it out. By minimizing the amount
of products on the hair, blowing it out and then flat ironing it could be
just the solution you're looking for. Now is a great time for a "blow out"
because the weather is cooling down and there's not as much humidity
which would add frizz.
My other suggestion is for you to try a weave. Depending on the
length and texture of your hair you may have to get a sew in, but if you
go to a professional your natural hair will be protected.
I hope this helps. PK
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Holiday Grief Workshops
Haven Hospice is hosting holiday
grief workshops open to anyone in
the community who would like tips
on how to get through the holidays
after a loss. They will be held once
a week throughout December at
various locations throughout the
city. They are free of charge. For
more information, contact Margaret
Rose Glenn, at (904) 733-9818.

Jax Diversity Book
Club Dec. Meeting
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network Book Club will hold their
next meeting on Saturday,
December 4th from 2:30 4:30
p.m. The book for discussion is
How Lincoln Learned to Read:
Twelve Great Americans and the
Education that Made Them by


Daniel Wolff. It will be held at
Chamblin's Uptown, 215 North
Laura Street. It is free and open to
the public. Call 674-0868 for more

PRIDE Book Club
The December meeting for PRIDE
book club will be held on Friday,
December 4th at 7 p.m. The book
for discussion will be at UP AT
THE COLLEGE by Michele
Andrea Bowen. For directions,
location or more information, call
Felice Franklin at 389-8417.

Springfield Annual
Holiday Home Tour
The 23rd annual Springfield
home tour will feature eight homes.
The tour will start at Third and
Main, with wine, treats and festivi-

Matthew Gilbert Grand Reunion
Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.- Sr. High School Alumni Incorporation will pres-
ent its 12th Annual New Year Students and Teachers Grand Alumni
The reunion will honor 60 classes beginning with the Class of 1960 for
their 50th Year Reunion.
There will be a special presentation to NFL Hall of Famer Robert "Bob"
Hayes a member of Class of 1960 for his achievements as the only man to
receive two Olympic Gold Medals and an NFL Super Bowl Ring.
All alumni, teachers attendees and guests are invited to attend the
Welcome Reception on Friday January 8, 2010 from 7-11 p.m. and a
Banquet the following Saturday night from 6:00p.m. to 1:00a.m. Both
events will be held at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel.
Ticket are on sale now, Purchase Deadline is Sunday December 27, 2009.
No tickets will be available at the door.
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ties then off to a guided tour. You
will also stop by the Springfield
Women's Club for cookies and was-
sail. Each ticket comes with a cal-
endar that includes an artistic rendi-
tion of each stop. It will be held on
Friday, December 4th and the fol-
lowing Saturday from 4:30 9
p.m.Tickets can be purchased
online www.springfieldwoman-
sclub.org or by phone at 665-9308.

Black Nativity
Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company's Annual holiday
favorite, Black Nativity written by
Langston Hughes, will come again
to the stage December 4 13th
(weekends only), in the Stage
Aurora Performance Hall located at
5188 Norwood Avenue inside
Gateway Town Center. Black
Nativity features gospel music,
dance numbers, brilliant costumes
and the majesty of poetry. Tickets
or more information may be pur-
chased on line at www.stageauro-
ra.org or by calling (904) 765-7372
or (904) 765-7373.

EWC Night of Lights
Tree Extravaganza
The Edward Waters College will
present a Night of Lights Holiday
Tree Lighting Extravaganza on
Saturday, December 5th, from 4-6
p.m. The afternoon will feature
music from The Ritz Voices and
The Blue Moon Jazz Ensemble.
This event is free of charge and

open to the public. Come out and
see the holiday lights and enjoy
some hot chocolate and cookies.
Kids can come take a photo with
Santa, do arts and crafts, explore the
winter wonderland, and hear a story
read by Mrs. Clause.For more
information call 470-8255.

Downtown Historic
Church Tour
Tour a century of sanctuaries in
one afternoon at nine Downtown
historic churches. The tour will be
held on Saturday, December 5th
from 1 5 p.m. Guides at each
church will highlight the architec-
tural and historical significance of
the building. Visitors can walk or
use the complementary trolley serv-
ice provided along the tour route.
The tour begins and ends at the
Main Library. For more information
contact: katherine@downtownjack-

Canning workshop
There will be a Canning Workshop
at the Jacksonville Canning Center
on Tuesday, December 8th at 9
a.m. Come learn how to make and
can vegetable soup. The cost is $20.
Class is limited. For more informa-
tion and to pre-register, call Jeannie
at 387-8850.

STOMP from Broadway
STOMP, the international sensa-
tion, is making its triumphant return
to Jacksonville on December 11-

13, 2009 at the Times Union
Center's Moran Theater for five
performances only. The percussive
hit also brings some new surprises,
with some sections of the show now
updated and restructured. For tick-
ets or more information call (904)

Winter Workshop
Making your own herb vinegar,
growing strawberries and caring for
for wildlife during the winter
months are some of the topics that
will be covered at the upcoming
Winter Workshop. It will be held on
Monday, December 14th from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration must be
pre-paid. Call Becky at 387-8850
for more information.

Lynn & Friends Show
Kicks off New Season
Local personality and talk show
host will begin her new season
Wednesday, December 16th with a
taping of a live show at Havana Jax
Caf6. Taping begins at 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are
$10.00. Dinner served before the
show. To purchase tickets and
become a part of the studio audi-
ence call Destiny at 329-6879.
Havana Jax is located at 2578
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion, visit www.lynnandfriends.com.

Wildcats Annual
Christmas Party
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter of Bethune-Cookman
University will be having an
Annual Christmas Party at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel on
December 17th at 7:30 p.m. We
welcome all WILDCATS, family
and friends! Please call
904.610.3412 for tickets or visit
http ://duvalnassaubcualumnichap-
ter.org for more information.

Kem in Concert
R&B crooner Kem will be in con-
cert Sunday, December 27,2009 at
8 p.m. the Florida Theatre. For
more information call 630-4964.

Chamber of Commerce
Annual MLK Breakfast
The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will present their 23rd
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Breakfast on Friday, January 8,
2010 at the the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. The annual
event will begin promptly at 7 a.m.
featuring keynote speaker and
author Rodney Hurst. For tickets or
more information, call 366-6600,
ext. 7606.

Rickey Smiley
in Concert
Funny man Rickey Smiley will be
in concert Saturday, January 9th
at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are
now on sale. For more information,
call 630-4964.

The Harlem
String Quartet
The Harlem Quartet, comprising
First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx
Competition whose mission is to
advance diversity in classical music
to new audiences highlighting
works by minority composers is
coming to Jacksonville. They will
be in concert on Friday, January
15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Church
of the Good Shepherd. The church
is located at 1100 Stockton Street.
For more info call 387-5691.

Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir was
formed to celebrate the unique and
inspirational power of African
Gospel music. The 26-strong choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches in and around
Soweto. They will be in concert on
February 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theatre. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.

Boyz II Men in Concert
Boyz II Men hailed by the RIAA
as the most commercially success-
ful R&B group of all time return
to center stage at the Florida
Theatre on Thursday, April 8, 2010.
Tickets are now on sale. Call 630-
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Allen crossing cultural barriers with latest endeavor

Imagine being a Hollywood star
complete with Tony and Emmy
award nominations and multiple
tri s

the Oscars.
Reaching that pinnacle of success
in your career, but believing none
of it compares to what you are
doing now.
Enter Debbie Allen.
The mere mention of her name
probably has the "Fame" theme
stuck in your head: "Fame! I'm
gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn
how to fly, high."
Allen was the only character to
reprise her role in all three versions
of the "Fame" franchise. She's also
worked on reality show "So You
Think You Can Dance," Mariah
Carey's World Tour and choreo-

graphing the Academy Awards
numerous times.
She was the first African-
American woman to produce a
major motion picture -- 1997's
"Amistad" directed by Stephen
Spielberg. She said it took her
I years to get produced.
"I'm a Capricorn, I'm
patient and persistent,"
said Allen.
She also directed the
first all black cast of
Tennessee Williams
famous play "Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof' on New
York's Broadway and
London's West End.
So what can be better
than all that?
"I think the ["OMAN ... 0
Man!" show] might be the most
important thing I've done because it
speaks to young people right now,"
Allen said.
"OMAN ... 0 Man!," pronounced
"Oman oh man," is a show created
by Debbie Allen to dispel the myths
of Middle Eastern culture told
through the eyes of two 12- year-
old boys -- one Omani Muslim and
one American Christian who meet
at a military academy. The play was
commissioned by the Kennedy
Center in conjunction with their
Arabesque festival to celebrate
Arab culture.
To choreograph the play, Allen
took 12 young students from the
Debbie Allen Dance Academy in

Los Angeles, California, to Oman
to meet with the country's Sultan
Qaboos.' They also met with Omani
dancers and dignitaries.
Allen said she was inspired by the
story of Oman's Sultan Qaboos
childhood at a military academy in
the United Kingdom.
"So I thought two young boys
that would meet in the military
academy, would have a very honest
and innocent conversation and that
could be the beginning of a magical
journey that could cover history,
cover culture, religion, language,
money, everything," said Allen.
The play even caught the atten-
tion of the White House. After see-
ing their inaugural sold-out per-
formance, Michelle Obama told
Allen, "Every child in America
needs to see this play." That's exact-
ly what Ms. Allen has in her plans.
"The hope that I have for this, [is]
that every family and so many peo-
ple in America will get to see this so
we will start to open our eyes about
cultures that we don't understand,
or people that maybe we have pre-
conceived notions about," said
Allen said she has already seen
the effects of the play .
"Watching the American kids
experience [Omani] culture ... by
the time we separated ... they were
in tears because they were leaving
one another and they were now
brothers and sisters," said Allen.
"They had formed a bond ...

because we don't speak the same
language or don't have the same
culture or even understand that we
pray to the same god, we do love
the same music, we do love the
dance, we do love the art. And that
is something that can bring us
together," Allen continued.
One reason Allen may be so pas-
sionate about dispelling the myths
of a different culture is her own
experience growing up in a segre-
gated South Texas while trying to
make it as a dancer.
"I just remember dancing from
the beginning and it was a little dif-
ficult because I was in Texas and
there was quite a bit of racial segre-
gation. It took a while to get the
serious training that I needed. Patsy
Swayze -- Patrick Swayze's mom,
taught me before anybody would
take me in their class," remembered
Her persistence paid off. Debbie
Allen was the first black dancer
accepted into the Houston Ballet on
full scholarship. She went on to
graduate from the historically black
college Howard University in
Allen is hoping to tour the United
States and Middle East with
"OMAN ... 0 Man!" next year.
"OMAN ... O Man!" is sponsored
by the Kennedy Center, The Sultan
Qaboos Cultural Center in Oman
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Jackson's doctor welcomed back to his Houston clinic

With a bodyguard beside him, Dr. Conrad Murray, left, the cardiolo-
gist under investigation in the death of pop star Michael Jackson,

arrives at his clinic last week.
Michael Jackson's doctor
returned to work at his Houston
medical clinic on Monday for the
first time since the pop star's death
and his patients welcomed him
back without reservation.
Dr. Conrad Murray was greeted
by several patients and the pastor of
his church when he arrived at the
Armstrong Medical Clinic. One
church member held up a handwrit-
ten sign that read "Welcome Back."
Patients later praised Murray's
work as a cardiologist and called
him a community role model, say-
ing they have no concerns about
being treated by the man under
investigation in Jackson's June 25
The doctor has been the focus of
a Los Angeles police homicide
investigation since telling investi-
gators he administered propofol, a

powerful operating room anesthet-
ic, to Jackson to help the pop star
sleep. The Los Angeles County
coroner has ruled Jackson's death a
homicide, caused primarily by
propofol and another sedative.
Murray, who was with Jackson
when the 50-year-old singer died,
has not been charged with a crime.
"He's a good doctor, he's a kind
man," Ransom Craddock, 81, said
as he sat outside the clinic, a nonde-
script brown brick building next to
a supermarket in a lower-income
area of north Houston. "We all in
this community welcome him back.
We need him in this community."
Ruby Mosley praised Murray for
providing care to low-income
patients and said she believes very
little about what the media has
reported about his possible role in
Jackson's death.

"I can't tell you the joy. We were
proud to see him," Mosley, 80, said
of the visit she and a group of
patients had with Murray at the
clinic on Friday. "I see him as a
physician and a friend."
Murray, who was scheduled to
see six patients on Monday, didn't
speak with reporters before entering
the clinic.
While attending services at
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
in Houston, Murray stood before
parishioners and told them he
returned to serve his community.
"I am taking my life back step by-
step. I wanted to come home,"
Murray said in video shot by
Houston television station KPRC.
Murray has been primarily living
in Las Vegas, where he also has a
clinic. His attorney, Edward
Chernoff, said the cardiologist has
been unable to earn a living since
Jackson's death.
"His legal fees are enormous and
his debts have mounted to the point
where it is unclear whether he will
be able to keep his house or support
his family," Chernoff said. "His
intentions are to attend to these
patients who have continued to sup-
port him, despite the attention and
despite the threats."
Murray, who wore sunglasses as
he spoke to parishioners on Sunday,
did not mention Jackson or the
investigation directly, only saying
"It appears I was at the wrong place
at the wrong time" and "I know
what trouble is."
Murray, licensed in Nevada,
Texas and California, was hired to

be Jackson's personal physician
during a world tour.
Authorities searched Murray's
Houston clinic and a rented storage
unit on July 22 and conducted
searches later at Murray's home and
office in Las Vegas, at properties in
Los Angeles and at a Las Vegas
pharmacy where police say Murray
bought five 100-milliliter bottles of
Chernoff said Murray has been
followed and threatened since
Jackson died and felt he had to
close his Las Vegas office because
patients were being harassed as
they came and went. Chernoff said
Murray will eventually reopen that

ABC says Chris Brown will appear on its "20/20"
newsmagazine Dec. 11. In what's billed as an in-depth
interview, the singer will discuss his assault of ex-girl-
friend and recording superstar Rihanna that happened
last February. He is on probation for the beating.
Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC's "Good Morning .A,
America," conducts the interview. It was taped last ,
ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider says clips may
also air on "Good Morning America." He says Brown will not perform
live. Brown is scheduled to release his album "Graffiti" on Dec. 8. He has
previously spoken about the attack on MTV News and "Larry King Live."
Rihanna was interviewed this month by ABC's Diane Sawyer. She says she
has ended the relationship.
Oprah Winfrey will spend at least part of the
holidays back at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. film-
ing a primetime special that features an inter-
view with the first couple as its centerpiece.
The network has announced that it will air
"Christmas at the White House: An Oprah
Primetime Special" on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10
The special, marking the first time Winfrey
has interviewed Obama since he took office, will also go behind the scenes
as staffers prepare the White House for the holi-
day season.
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and began missing payments four years later, the Journal News reported,
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Actor Ving Rhames is being stalked by Uncle Sam. According to
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Despite pact, few blacks at Coast Guard Academy


Eight years after the U.S. Coast
Guard and the NAACP signed a
voluntary agreement to work
together to boost the number of
African-Americans at its 1,000-
cadet service academy, the annual
enrollment and graduation figures
for blacks remain in single digits.
Seven blacks graduated from the
academy based in New London,
Conn., in the spring of 2001, the
year the agreement was signed.
The same number graduated from
the Class of 2006, the first class for
which blacks were recruited under
the agreement.
Subsequently, there were seven
black graduates in 2007, five in
2008 and four in 2009.
That makes 23 graduates in four
years under the agreement, includ-
ing the academy's first black female
valedictorian. In the four previous
years the number was 33.
Leading lawmakers have grown
increasingly upset with results even
as they repeatedly are told the
Guard is working hard to improve
diversity in a service where only
311 of its 6,787 commissioned offi-
cers are black, with only one black
Under a House bill, sponsored by
Oberstar and Rep. Elijah
Cummings, D-Md., the Coast
Guard subcommittee chairman,
members of Congress would nomi-
nate candidates for the academy. All
the other service academies have
long used congressional nomina-
The Coast Guard Academy his-
torically has taken pride in viewing
itself merit-based and choosing its

applicants without regard to their
geographical distribution among
the states.
Cummings, a member of the
Congressional Black Caucus,
expects black enrollment to grow
with congressional involvement, at
least in part because the House typ-
ically has about 40 black lawmak-
ers who would be effective
recruiters in largely black congres-
sional districts.
The Coast Guard's position on the
bill has been rather subdued.
The Coast Guard Academy grad-
uated its first black officer in 1966.
In the 43 years since, only about 2
% of the academy's graduates have
been black and only once has there
been as many as 10 in a single year.
Two years ago, the academy drew
national attention when a noose was
found among a black cadet's per-
sonal effects on a Coast Guard ves-
sel. That was followed with the

appearance of a noose for a white
officer who was conducting race
relations training at the academy.
Cummings said at the time that
the Coast Guard must redouble its
efforts in the face of a clear attempt
to threaten and intimidate efforts to
increase diversity.
An investigation involving 50
federal agents including the FBI
produced no arrests or motives.
At present, the academy reports it
has 136 minorities, with 72
Hispanics, 39 Asians and 25
Lawmakers lashed out at the
Coast Guard at a hearing last June
for admitting so few blacks for the
2013 class only months after a pre-
vious hearing and discussion about
the need to provide for congression-
al nominations.
"I am shocked that you only have
five African Americans entering the
class of 2013 and that you only

offered two African American stu-
dents appointments that were com-
ing directly from high school that
did not need additional preparation
from a preparatory school,"
Oberstar said. "The Naval Academy
found 149 fully qualified African-
Americans to attend their
The U.S. Naval Academy, in
Annapolis, Md.,, accepted 1,328 as
cadets for its Class of 2013. For that
class, 327 African-Americans
applied, with 138 of the 149 blacks
deemed fully qualified accepting
offers of admission.
The Coast Guard, for its own
2013 Class, offered admission to
411 of 1,672 applicants, with 290
accepting offers. Only 47 blacks
had applied, with seven being
offered admission and five accept-
ing. At the same time, 26 Hispanics
and five Asians accepted.
"We are able to attract the cream
of the crop, but more importantly,
the Coast Guard has the ability to
select applicants which meet its
demands," Rep. Howard Coble, R-
N.C., a Coast Guard veteran, said of
the current admissions system
"This could continue with a direct
nomination process, but it injects a
component that removes the acade-
my from the equation."
The Coast Guard must graduate
70 percent of its cadets in science,
math and technological fields. For
the 2013 Class, the average SAT
math and verbal scores totaled
1240, with the average GPA a 3.8,
and half of the students were in the
top 10 percent of their high school

President Barack Obama with daughter Sasha, First Lady Michelle
Obama, and daughter Malia, distribute food for Thanksgiving at
Martha's Table, a food pantry in Washington. November 25, 2009. Pete
Souza photo

First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha,
accept delivery of the White House Christmas tree from Eric
Sundback as it is delivered to the North Portico of the White House.
The 18-1/2-foot Douglas fir was planted by Mr. and Mrs. Sundback
13 years ago on their Shepherdstown, W.Va., farm. November 27,
2009. Samantha Appleton photo

t since August, 2008,
Unemploymentand for Latinos
since February,

continued from front
reminds the Administration that
the Black community has suffered
double digit jobless rates for well
more than a year.
"While I applaud the
Administration for publicly
acknowledging the gravity of our
nation's employment situation, I
would add that double-digit unem-
ployment has been a reality for
communities of color since last
summer for African Americans

2009," he writes. "As President and
CEO of the National Urban
League, the nation's oldest and
largest community-based move-
ment devoted to empowering
African Americans to enter the eco-
nomic and social mainstream, I
have firsthand knowledge of the
tremendous obstacles these fami-
lies have been facing, not just since
national unemployment reached
10.2 % in October, but for over a
year now."

Morial's strongly worded letter
came on the heels of a Nov. 17
statement issued by leading African
American civil right groups, the
NAACP, headed by Ben Jealous,
the Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights, headed by Wade
Henderson, and other major civil
rights organizations.
"Despite an effective and bold
recovery package we are still fac-
ing a prolonged period of high
unemployment. Two years from
now, absent further action, we are
likely to have unemployment at 8%
or more, a higher rate than that

attained even at the worst point of
the last two downturns," said the
joint statement.
"Joblessness on this scale cre-
ates enormous social and economic
problems-and denies millions of
families the ability to meet even
their most basic needs. It also
threatens our nation's future pros-
perity by casting millions more
children into poverty, foreclosing
educational opportunities for many,
limiting the investment and innova-
tion that will fuel future growth,
and dimming long-term labor mar-
ket prospects, especially for

younger workers."
The joint statement credits the
Obama Administration for priori-
tizing the economy as its first major
action, pushing through a $787 bil-
lion stimulus package approved by
Congress and already creating
more than a million jobs.
Despite the issue of health care,
still very much on the front-burner
as it is slated for Senate debate this
week, the jobless crisis is demand-
ing equal attention as it boils to the
top. House leaders hope to vote on
a jobs bill by mid December while
Senate leaders have indicated they

would take up a jobs bill after the
health care debate.
"Make no mistake this is the
civil rights issue of the moment,"
said LCCR President and CEO
Wade Henderson, in a statement
posted on the organization's web-
site, Civilrights.org. "Unless we
resolve our national job crisis, all of
our other priorities from reform-
ing health care and fixing our bro-
ken immigration system, to stem-
ming home foreclosures and
expanding economic opportunity
for all Americans are in real jeop-



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