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Music lovers trek to Miami for Jazz
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Stephanie Moore & Calandra Oliver
Over 40,000 people, including many from the Jacksonville area, made
their way to Miami, Fl last weekend for Jazz in the Gardens. The festive
music festival included performances by Teena Marie, Joe Sample and
Robin Thicke early one evening before waiting 90 minutes for Mary J.
Blige would take the stage. For more photo highlights, see page 11.
Winning big at Bob Hayes -Second generation
runner following in the footsteps of her mom, sixteen year old Erica
Jenkins won the 300 hurdles race in a time of 43.50. Miss Jenkins is a
junior at Wolfson high and has been running track since her freshman
year. She was one of the hundreds of competitors at the Bob Hayes
Invitational Track Meet held at Raines High School. The Meet, which
highlights track and field now it's 47th year, is named after Jacksonville
Olympian Bob Hayes. incent Cameron photo
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Shown (L-R) Jeannie Blaylock, Jacqueline Nash, Jessie-Lynn Kerr and Ellen Siler.
2010 Women's History Month Poster Honorees
Each year the Mayor's
Commission on the Status of
Women honors local women who
have made indelible impressions on
the Jacksonville community
through their positive efforts.
Women are selected for their con-
tributions of lasting value to the
community and are featured on the
Women's History Month poster.
This year's poster was recently
unveiled with a reception and
exhibit of the permanent collection
of commemorative posters from
1986-2010 at the Thomas G.
Carpenter Library, University of
2010 honorees are Jeannie
Blaylock (co-anchor at First Coast
News), Jessie-Lynne Kerr veteran
reporter with The Florida Times-
Union), Jacqueline Nash retiredd
clinical social worker) and Ellen
Siler (CEO of Hubbard House).
The poster honorees were selected
from nominations received from
individuals, women's organizations,
agencies and businesses.
The list of past honorees reads
like a who's who of prominent
Jacksonville women including
Vera Davis, Eartha White, Mary
Singleton, Sallye Mathis, Arnolta
"Mama" Williams, Forida Dwight,
Willye Dennis, Gertrude Peele,
Lois Gibson and Eleanor Gaye.
Delta's Celebrate Anniversary with Sheryl Lee Ralph
Shown above center is Mrs. Ralph flanked by her fellow sorors including Thelma Lewis, JoAnn Thayer
and Tia Mitchell. T Austin photo
The Jacksonville Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta cele-
brated nearly 65 years of service to
the Jacksonville community and 97
years globally with actress Sheryl
Held at the Florida Theater, the
one act performance of "An
Evening with Sheryl Lee Ralph"
served as the sorority's major
fundraiser, with proceeds going
toward scholarships, programs for
at-risk girls, health outreach and
Ralph was inducted in July 2004
as an honorary member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the
47th National Convention in Las
Vegas, Nevada. She is most noted
as starring in the original Broadway
production of "Dreamgirls" and on
the television show "Moesha".
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March 25-31, 2010
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A year and some change into his
presidency and Barack Obama has
achieved one of his biggest policy
goals health care reform.
Politicians typically make a num-
ber of promises on the campaign
trail. Most actually try to get most
of the issues on their platforms
accomplished, but at some point
reality sets in. And that reality is
normally related to the fact that it is
extremely hard to make monumen-
tal change in Washington.
Many of the political analyst or
talking heads have said that Obama
was putting his presidency on the
line by pushing for universal health
care. What has been his response?
So be it!.
Real leadership is not being
afraid of loosing the battle, but
fighting the fight because you think
that it's the right thing to do. And
it's the right thing for the country.
Republicans have been success-
ful at convincing a large percentage
of the public that health care reform
is a bad thing. Of course they are
saying that. The goal and nature of
each political party is to gain con-
trol or keep control.
The GOP has to do whatever it
takes to discredit Obama and
Democratic leadership so that the
public looses confidence and starts
voting their way again. It's just fun-
damental Washington politics.
So what's the rhetoric being
tossed out the country could go
bankrupt, it's government run
health care, it's unconstitutional,
When did trying to ensure that all
Americans have access to health
care become such a terrible thing?
Look, I get the Republican mind-
set. It's survival of the fittest and
limited government involvement in
your personal lives. I can see why
that would appeal to some.
But for those of us who realize
that there is no level playing field
and life simply isn't fair, it's hard
identify with the GOP. Not every-
one can pull themselves up by their
bootstraps and have a house in the
suburbs with a white picket fence, a
dog and 2.5 kids.
There are plenty of hard working
people that go to work everyday,
but their employers don't provide
health care benefits or they simply
can't afford to pay the high premi-
ums and take care of their families.
That's life 101. And whether you
believe it or not bad things happen
to good people too. So you could
have gone to college, got a great
job and started a terrific family. All
of a sudden the company down-
sizes or goes out of business and
you are stuck in a rut with the mil-
lions of other Americans looking
Your health care coverage has
run out and COBRA and other tem-
porary health care programs are too
expensive for your slim budget.
Shouldn't you still have access to
quality health care without waiting
until an illness is so bad that you
show up at the emergency room?
And guess who pays for those
emergency room visits from people
without health care you do!
For example, the city of
Jacksonville pays Shands Medical
Center approximately $25 million a
year for indigent health care.
On Sunday, the House of
Representatives finally passed the
health care reform bill after nearly
a year of drafting, public meetings,
debates, negotiations and scrutiny.
On Tuesday, the President signed
the monumental bill into law.
Some may not realize the magni-
tude of the moment, but this land-
mark bill seeks to guarantee health
care to every American, and is con-
sidered to be the broadest piece of
social policy legislation since
President Lyndon B. Johnson's
I mentioned that Obama has been
fighting this battle for a year well
some Democrats would say that
health care reform has been a cen-
tury-long battle. Sunday night's
vote provides the mechanism to
expand coverage to 32 million peo-
ple and attempts to contain the
escalating costs of health care.
Many low-income individuals
and families will receive a tax cred-
its to help afford insurance premi-
ums as well as assistance with
deductibles and co-payments.
What should appeal to most
Americans is the fact that the bill
affords protections that Americans
had long hoped for against insur-
ance-company practices that could
deny them coverage for a number
of reasons including pre-existing
I think that some of us who have
health insurance sometimes take it
for granted, but there are millions
of Americans who make decisions
every day not to go to see a physi-
cian because they simply cannot
What makes matters even worse
is that even folks with insurance are
making decisions not to get health
exams because of all the cost not
covered by insurance companies.
And who is affected the most by
the ridiculous cost of healthcare -
poor folks, and unfortunately
blacks fall into that category more
than any of race in America.
The poverty rate for blacks is
around 24.5 percent, Hispanics
21.5 percent, Asians 10 percent and
whites approximately 8 percent.
The passage of the health care
reform bill is so significant in so
many ways. For a President who
has said that he was committed to
health care reform regardless of the
political fall out, not getting the bill
passed by Congress would have
damaged the rest of his presidency.
For Democrats in Congress who
have made health care reform a
vital platform issue since the
1960s, it would have not only made
them the jokes of Washington, but
would have been the beginning of
the unraveling of their majority.
With the passage of the health
care reform bill, Obama proved
that although he prefers to play nice
guy and be bipartisan, he could
take off the gloves and be dogmat-
ic and partisan with a purpose. And
that's what real leadership is about!
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Mfume to head NMA F _
Former NAACP President and
CEO Kweisi Mfume, a former
Congressman and chair of the
Congressional Black Caucus, will
take the helm of the nation's oldest
and largest Black medical associa-
tion at the end of this month as the
head of the Natinal Medical
Mfume served in Congress, rep-
resenting Maryland's 7th
Congressional District for five
terms and as NAACP chief for nine
years until 2004.
While serving as NAACP presi-
dent and CEO, Mfume says he
gained an in-depth understanding
of health disparities in the nation's
health care delivery system and the
devastating effects that such dispar-
ities have on families; especially in
the Black community. Mfume went
on to establish the organization's
first National Office of Health
Advocacy to educate and advocate
on behalf of access and affordabili-
ty in health care.
Prior to his tenure there, he
served as a five-term Congressman
from Maryland's 7th Congressional
District, where he chaired the Joint
Economic Committee, the
Congressional Black Caucus, and
co-founded the Congressional Task
Force on Sarcoidosis Disease
Awareness. Mr. Mfume also served
on the Baltimore City Council for
seven years, where he chaired the
Committee on Health.
Blessing of the Fleet
set for March 28
Mayor John Peyton, the City of
Jacksonville and Captains' Club
presents the 26th annual Blessing
of the Fleet, Sunday, March 28 at 2
p.m. This event will feature the
blessing of watercraft vessels on
the Northbank of the St. Johns.
The purpose of this annual event
is to bless the armada in asking for
good weather and safe boating con-
ditions for the upcoming naviga-
On Sunday, March 28 the Main
Street Bridge will be closed to
vehicular traffic from 1 4 p.m.
Hogan Street will be closed from
Water Street to the St. Johns River
from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sister Cities
Road will be closed from Friday,
March 26 at 8 a.m. to Sunday,
March 28 at 6 p.m. The St. Johns
River will not be under any extra
Ritz Amateur Night Semi-finalist ready for the next round -The Ritz Amateur Night produced their
first semi-finalist for the year last week with (left) Joshua Wiggins who took first place for his Spoken Word performance and (right) TC2C" who danced
their way to the top spot in the youth division. The winners will advance on to the finals to be held later this year. .Amateur Night is a "Apollo" style
talent showcase featuring local untapped talent held at the Ritz Theater. T Austinphoto.
Black Chamber files lawsuit against Florida
Governor Crist in Census ad contracts
According to a suit filed by the
Florida Black Chamber of
Commerce, Gov. Charlie Crist and
the state of Florida discriminate
against black-owned businesses by
awarding state contracts for market-
ing to black communities to white-
owned businesses. They were upset
because Florida awarded the
Moore/Ketchum Agency a contract
to advertise the 2010 Census in
black communities, though it
"lacked the plaintiffs' vast depth
and varied experiences with respect
to service and outreach to the tar-
geted communities," according to
Gov. Jeb Bush's "One Florida"
executive order in 1999 allegedly
was meant to "eliminate race and
other classifications as measures in
the awards of state contracts," the
complaint states. It further states
that spending with African
American vendors has seen an 88%
decline between 2003 and 2009,"
according to the complaint.
The Black Chamber of
Commerce says that "lingering
aspects of discrimination remain in
Florida" and the problem with One
Florida is that "there are no race-
neutral tests, studies or measures in
place to ensure that federally fund-
ed state contract at issue was so
allocated on an equal basis."
The plaintiffs seek declaratory
and injunctive relief for racial and
The Florida Black Chamber of
Commerce is represented by Chuck
Hobbs of Tallahassee, Florida.
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Appeal for your excess clothes The Milions More
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March 25 31, 2010
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New Bethel Holy Week Palm Sunday
New Bethel AME Spring Glen located at 5031 Halls Dr., Rev. Ricardo
Bright, Pastor will have their Holy Week Palm Sunday Service on March
28, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. The Theme is preparing the Christian Heart and Guest
Speaker is Rev. Mark Griffin of Waymon Chapel AME Church. For more
information call 396-6911 (All Are Welcome)
Hope Chapel Ministries Celebrates
Love Feast for 37th Anniversary
Hope Chapel Ministries will conclude their 37th anniversary celebration
on March 28th with closing services and the Founders Banquet.
The theme for the event was "Restoring the Church's influence by
Standing on the Sure Foundation, Walking in the Old Path and Running the
Race Set before Us. "
The Church is located at 9850 Wagner Road. Call 764-2193 for more
Stage Aurora Gospel Amateur Night
Gospel Singers, Comedians, Dancers, Actors, Mimes, Musicians, and
Novelty Acts are invited to compete for $2,000 in cash prizes when Stage
Aurora theatrical Company presents "2010 Gospel Amateur Night. The big
event will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 27th, at the Stage Aurora
Performance Hall (inside the Gateway Town Center, 5188 Norwood
Avenue. For entry information call (904) 765-7372.
Summerville Worship Center
Good Friday Observance
Ministers of the city will come together at 7 p.m., Good Friday, April 2nd
to speak on the "Seven Last Words of Christ from The Cross" at the
Summerville Worship Center, 690 West 20th Street, Dr. James W. Henry,
Pastor. The community is invited.
St. Thomas Missionary Holds
Baptist Holy Week Revival
Churches and Pastors will join Pastor Ernie Murray and the congregation
of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church for Holy Week Revival Services,
Monday, March 29th thru Good Friday, April 2, 2010, at 7 p.m. nightly.
Pastor C. Edward Preston of St. John Missionary Baptist, Middleburg,
FL will be the speaker Monday evening. Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick
Jr. of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,will be theTuesday speaker.
The final Lent Worship Service will be held on Wednesday March 31 st.
at 7:00p.m The public is invited to attend. The Church is located at 5863
Moncrief Rd. For more information call the church at (904) 768-8800.
New Bethel AME Planning Holy Services set for Mr.
Week Palm Sundav Service
The New Bethel AME Church, 5031 Halls Drive, Dr. Rev.
Richardo Bright, Pastor, will observe Holy Week on Palm Sunday at 4
p.m. Rev. Mark Griffin of Waymon Chapel AME Church will be the
speaker. The community is invited.
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist
to hold 3-Night Revival
"Getting Back to the Basics" is the theme for Mt. Lebanon Missionary
Baptist Church's 3-Night Revival, Monday, March 29th thru Wednesday,
March 31st. Services begin nightly at 7 p.m., the Theme: "Getting Back to
the Basics". Pastor Jeremiah Robinson Jr. of New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, in Fernandina Beach, will be the Guest Speaker. Rev. Freddie
Sumner, Interim Pastor and the Mt. Lebanon Congregation invite the com-
munity.The Church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd. (off Soutel Drive).
St. Philip's to present "The Seven
Last words of Christ"
The Music Ministry of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union
Street, will present a Sacred Cantata for Soli and Chorus, by Theodore
Dubois at 7 p.m., Good Friday, April 2, 2010. Henry A. Mack
,Organist/Choir Director; Roger D. Sears, Conductor. The public is invited
Emanuel & Summerville Baptist
to hold Joint Sunrise Service
The Emanuel Baptist and Summerville Baptist Churches will jointly
celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at 6a.m., Easter Sunday Morning
at the Worship Center, 600 West 20th Street. For directions or informa-
tion:Call (904) 598-0510.
St. Joseph to celebrate 80th Church
and Pastor's 40th Anniversary
The Saint Joseph Missionary Baptist Church Family invites the com-
munity to their "Anniversary Weekend Celebration" April 23-25, 2010.
The Pastor Reverend Dr. H. T. Rhim will be honored for "40 Years of
Leadership" with a Pastor's Reception, followed by a Mega Service at 6
p.m., in the Jacoby Symphony Hall. Dr. James Forbes, Pastor of the
Riverside Church, New York, Neiw Ydrk; will bl the speaker at the 11 a.m.
Worship Service, Sunday, April 25th, celebrating "80 Years of service in
the Black Bottom Community." The Community is invited.
A life led by integrity and fait
George Edward Patterson, Sr. wi
be laid to rest on Thursday, Marc
25, 2010 at Evergreen Cemeter
Mr. Patterson passed away Sunda
March 21, 2010, yet his legacy
entrenched in the Jacksonville con
munity through his pioneerir
architectural business and the live
of countless students he inspired a
a drafting teacher at William 1\
Raines High School.
While he was an entrepreneur ar
educator, the most important aspe
of his life was his children and h
loving wife, the late Gloria Delorn
Patterson. He is survived by the
13 children, Angela Gryce, Georg
Edward, Jr., Roland Fletcher, Glor
Elaine, Anthone6 Jerome, Jerr,
Wayne, Kenneth Evont, Gwendol)
Marie, Mashal Denise, Kevi
LaVern, Terrance LeRon, Anec
LaShaun, Charise Delores, 3
grandchildren and 17 great grant
children and his brother Arthur Le
Patterson of Rivera Beach, Florida
He will be remembered as a
architectural pioneer, a man <
impeccable character, and a lovir
husband and father whose life was
living example of spirituality.
Mr. George Patterson
In lieu of flowers, please make a
donation to his favorite charitable
organizations: The Church of the
Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic
Faith (P. 0. Box 40341,
Jacksonville, FL 32203) or The Ritz
Chamber Players (www.ritzcham-
berplayers.org). THERE WILL
BE NO PUBLIC VIEWING.
Interment arrangements organized
by ALPHONSO WEST MORTU-
ARY, INC. 4409 Soutel Drive,
Stanton All Class Reunion
The 4th Annual Stanton Gala for alumni, faculty and staff of Old Stanton,
New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High School will be held May 1, 2010
at the Prime Osborn convention center. This year's event will spotlight for-
mer Stanton Bands and honor, posthumously, Band Director Mr. Kernaa
For more information about this year's Gala and to view previous Galas,
visit www.stantonhighschool.org or call Gala Chairman Kenneth Reddick
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
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 Sundayat 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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For many black Americans, putting a ring on it just
isn't a priority. Close to 42 percent of African
American adults have never been married, and by
their early 40s, 31 percent of black women have never
been wives, compared with 9 percent of white women,
11 percent of Asian women, and 12 percent of
But, in a show of support for black matrimony,
African American couples in cities across the country
are renewing their vows in honor of Black Marriage
Day and encouraging others in committed relation-
ships to head to the altar, too.
Organizers of the March 28 observance are hoping
that this year, the loving union of President Barack
Obama and the First Lady will inspire other African
American couples to put marriage before the baby car-
According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau reports,
black females ages 35 to 44 are the only American
women in their child-bearing years with lower mar-
riage rates than men of the same race or ethnicity. By
their early 40s, 31 percent of black women have never
been wives, whereas 9 percent of white women, 11
percent of Asian women and 12 percent of Hispanic
women have never been married.
The outlook for the traditional family is also bleak-
er for black Texans, who have the state's highest
divorce and out-of-wedlock birth rates, according to
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fig-
So why aren't black people getting or staying mar-
Marriage advocates and relationship researchers say
the answer has multiple layers.
"African-Americans are on the forefront of an over-
all retreat from marriage," said Holly Heard, a Rice
University sociology professor, who noted that
income and education are "highly predictive" factors
of matrimony. "African-Americans are more likely to
be poor and less likely to have a college degree.
There's also some concern about [gender] ratios and
fewer marriageable black men."
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
As a kickoff to the 3rd Duval Urban
Debate Tournament of Jacksonville,
local professionals are invited to
join an evening of music and enter-
tainment on Friday, March 26th
from 5 8 p.m. at the Rivercity Jazz
Business Mixer at the St. Joe
Building. For more information call
Cocktails for a Cause
The public is invited to C4aCz
event raising funds for
Empowerment Resources, Inc. It
will be held on Friday, March 26
from 4:30 7 p.m. at the University
Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd. Event
highlights include Mistress of
Ceremonies Angela Spears and
door prizes. For more information
Get Up and Get
Fit for Seniors
The Elder Affairs Department is
hosting Get Up and Get Fit, a free
event encouraging seniors to live a
healthier lifestyle while promoting
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Friday, March 26, 2010. The
scheduled activities include nutri-
tional information, health informa-
tion, screenings, and an exercise
session. Refreshments will be
served. It will be held at the Charlie
Joseph Senior Center, 6943 Buffalo
Ave, Jacksonville FL 32208. For
more information, call Sharita
Clark at 850-414-2120.
San Marco Art Festival
The 13th Annual San Marco Art
Festival on San Marco Blvd. will be
held March 27th-28th from 10
a.m. 5 p.m.
City sponsored home-
The City of Jacksonville's Housing
and Neighborhoods Department
will conduct homebuyer workshops
and housing fairs on March 30 and
31. Lenders will be available to pro-
vide mortgage qualification infor-
mation and developers will show-
case homes that are available The
March 30 event will be from 6:30-8
p.m. at St. Pius V Catholic Church
at 2110 Blue Ave. The March 31
event is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m.
at the Main Library at 303 N. Laura
Street with street parking available
in addition to the Duval Street park-
ing garage located at 33 W. Duval
Street. Call 630-2581for mre info.
E3 Business Group will present a
free workshop entitled, "End the
Blame Game" on Thursday, April
1st at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Museum of Contemporary Art, 333
North Laura Street across from City
Hall. The workshop will discuss
how to understand and address the
mindset which causes some fathers
and mothers to play the "blame
game" instead of working together
to have and raise healthy babies."
To register or for more information,
call 735-8627. Seating is limited.
Heart & Soul Concert
There will be a Heart & Soul
Concert April 2nd and 3rd featur-
ing artists Charlie Wilson, Cameo,
Mint Condition, Ohio Players and
Doug E. Fresh. For more informa-
tion visit www.heartandsouljax.com.
Book and Author
Network Book Club invite the pub-
lic to join them on Saturday, April
3, 2010, from 2:30 4:30 p.m. For
a book discussion with author Dr.
Jarik Conrad on his book: The
Fragile Mind How It Has
Produced and Unwittingly
Perpetuates America's Tragic
Disparities. It will be held at
Chamblin's Uptown, 215 N Laura
Street downtown. Call 674-0868 for
Jazz Collage Workshop
with Rhonda Bristol
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting a Jazz Collage
workshop with painter Rhonda
Bristol. During the workshop, par-
ticipants will create a painted and
collaged work incorporating per-
sonal image while exploring the
power of music to aid artistic
expression. Activities and discus-
sions will focus on collage and
multi-media techniques using dif-
ferent techniques. It will be held
Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. For more information call
DiscussionBoyz Men in Concert
The Jacksonville Diversity
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.
Call 630-4964 for more info.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater in
Thursday, April 8, 2010. The free
event will start at 7 p.m. Spoken
word night is held on the first
Thursday of every month where
poets, writers, vocalists and some-
times musicians gather to present
and hear some of the area's most
powerful and profound lyrical voic-
es in a casual open-mic setting. For
more info call 632-5555.
PRIDE Book Club
The April meeting of PRIDE
Book Club will take place on
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 3 p.. a
the home of Linda Mack. The book
for discussion will be Not Without
Laughter by Langston Hughes. For
directions or additional informa-
tion, call 703-3428 or 703-8264.
Ritz Jazz Jamm
On Saturday, April 10th, join the
Ritz Theatre for the Ritz Jazz
Jamm. Admission is $15 at the
door and includes 1 drink of your
choice. It's an experience of relax-
ing music, beverages and a unique
atmosphere. You are welcome to
bring your instrument or vocals and
Jam with the band. Or just bring
your "Ears on Jazz"! The first
Saturday of every month the Ritz
Jazz Band features a different jazz
artist. This month is the music of
Grover Washington. Call 632-5555
for more information.
Grease from Broadway
The new Broadway production of
the Tony Award nominated musical
GREASE, opens in Jacksonville at
Times Union Center's Moran
Theater on April 27 May 2, 2010
for eight performances only.
Platinum-selling recording artist
and "American Idol" winner, Taylor
Hicks, stars in the production as
"Teen Angel." For tickets or more
information, call The Artist Series
Box Office at (904) 632-3373.
The Annual Gala of alumni, facul-
ty and staff of Old Stanton, New
Stanton and Stanton Vocational
High Schools will be held May 1,
2010 at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. This year's
event will be held at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center and
will honor Band Director Kernaa
McFarlin. Monthly meetings are
held at Bethel Baptist Instituitional
Church. Tickets are now available.
For tickets, more information, or to
participate in the planning process,
in 20 Minutes
The Jacksonville Historial Society
will present "Jacksonville History
in 20 Minutes" on Tuesday, May
4th, 7 p.m. at Old St. Andrews
church.This JHS film project sports
a "working title." It's a film premier
followed by a panel discussion of
noted area historians and history
buffs offering perspective on a city
history film overview in just 20
minutes-the "right on" story and
analysis of the "rest of the story."
Old St. Andrews is located at 317 A.
Philip Randolph Blvd.
This year's One Jax Humanitarian
Award Dinner will be held on May
13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront This year's
event will honor Cleve E. Warren
Martha "Marty" Lanahan John J.
"Jack" Diamond. For tickets or
more information, call 354-1529.
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Activist Group ACORN Set to Close April 1
that some workers
The once mighty community
activist group ACORN announced
it is folding amid falling revenues
- six months after video footage
emerged showing some of its
workers giving tax tips to conser-
vative activists posing as a pimp
Several of its largest affiliates,
including ACORN New York and
ACORN California, broke away
this year and changed their names
in a bid to ditch the tarnished
image of their parent organization
and restore revenue that ran dry in
the wake of the video scandal.
ACORN's financial situation and
reputation went into free fall with-
in days of the videos' release in
September. Congress reacted by
yanking ACORN's federal funding,
private donors held back cash and
scores of ACORN offices closed.
Earlier this month, a U.S. judge
reiterated an earlier ruling that the
federal law blacklisting ACORN
and groups allied with it was
unconstitutional because it singled
them out. But that didn't mean any
money would be automatically be
Bertha Lewis, the CEO of
ACORN, which stands for the
Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now,
alluded to financial hardships in a
weekend statement as the group's
board prepared to deliberate by
ACORN's board decided to close
remaining state affiliates and field
offices by April 1 because of
falling revenues, with some nation-
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"ACORN has faced a series of signed by 'Mickey Mouse' or other
well-orchestrated, relentless, well- cartoon characters.
funded right wing attacks that are
unprecedented since the McCarthy
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For years, ACORN could draw
on 400,000 members to lobby for
liberal causes, such as raising the
minimum wage or adopting univer-
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arguably most successful at regis-
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low-income voters, though that
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