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Volume 24 No.11 Jacksonville, Florida December 23-29, 2010
Congress delivers Obama a Christmas | !
stocking of mixed
Senate Democrats on Dec. 18
voted to repeal the "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" ban on gays in the mili-
tary. Republicans, however, con-
tinued their attempts to amend the
arms control START Treaty while
successfully blocking the immigra-
tion reform DREAM Act.
The measures were issues on
which Obama issued campaign
pledges during the 2008 presiden-
tial campaign. He had promised to
end the "don't ask, don't tell" poli-
cy governing homosexuality disclo-
sure in the military, and to revise
both immigration policy and the
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
(START) with Russia.
The Senate voted 65 to 31 for a
procedural measure that will begin
the process of repealing the 17
year-old "don't ask, don't tell" pol-
icy, a measure that the president
said he will sign in the next few
In a letter, Obama thanked his
Democratic colleagues and others
for fighting hard to get the legisla-
"When that bill reaches my desk,
I will sign it, and this discriminato-
ry law will be repealed," Obama
said. "Gay and lesbian service
members -- brave Americans who
enable our freedoms -- will no
longer have to hide who they are.
The fight for civil rights, a struggle
that continues, will no longer
include this one."
Continued on page 5
AKA honors Lt. Gov. Elect Jennifer Carroll
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
honored their sister, Lt. Governor elect Jennifer Carroll last weekend with
a reception in her honor at the Omni Hotel. Shown above in attendance for
the public/private reception are Donna Cobb, Gloria Reid, Lt. Governor
Elect Jennifer Carrol, Shirley Ealey and Prudence Williams. TAustin photo.
Khaziyah, Zaria, and Naomi Morgan participated in Breakfast with
Santa presented by Stage Aurora atthe gateway Town Center.
As celebrations conclude all across the First Coast, the Jacksonville
Free Press is pleased to wish you and yours a joyous and safe holiday
Civil-rights days "not so bad",
recalls Mississippi governor
In an interview that set off a new round of debate
across the country this week about racial attitudes
and politics, Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., a poten-
tial presidential candidate, recalled the 1960s civil-
rights days in his hometown, Yazoo City, saying, "I
just don't remember it as being that bad."
In a profile published in The Weekly Standard,
Barbour also talked about the White Citizens'
Councils of the late 1960s, which some historians
have said were organized to oppose racial integration. Barbour, who was
a teenager and young adult during the 1960s, said that in his town, they
were a positive force, praising them as "an organization of town leaders"
who refused to tolerate the racist attitudes of the Ku Klux Klan.
In the article Barbour recalled seeing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. speak in his town in 1962, but said he did not remember what King
said. "We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what
boys do," he said.
Mom sues McDonald's
for using toys to 'bait' kids
While parents like Leslie Reiss in Cincinnati see McDonald's Happy
Meals toys as collectibles, others see them as a Ronald McDonald's plot
to entice kids to eat poorly.
"I would like my children to make decisions about food aside from a
toy that they would like to have" says Monet Parham.
Monet Parham is leading a class action lawsuit, claiming McDonald's
features toys to bait children; which it claims is inherently deceptive and
unfair. Parham claims that kids aren't old enough to understand that ads
for a good toy don't mean good nutrition.
"They then respond to those advertisements by asking me to take them
to McDonald's" she says.
Kwame Kilpatrick hit with
new federal indictment
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was indicted this week on
even more corruption charges. These charges also implicated his father,
Bernard Kilpatrick. Federal prosecutors argue that Kwame and his father
engaged in a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud," leading to the 38-
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade refers to the conspiracy as the
"Kilpatrick Enterprise," claiming that the goal of the enterprise was to
enrich Kwame Kilpatrick and his family members. They argue that
Kilpatrick and his family used their positions of influence to coerce oth-
ers into helping them achieve their objectives. Kilpatrick served as
Mayor of Detroit from 2005 until 2008. He was removed from office
upon pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. He is currently serving a
prison term that relates to violating the conditions of his probation.
The indictment came after a six-year investigation into the activities of
the Kilpatrick family. One of Kilpatrick's business associates, Bobby
Ferguson, is accused of kicking back $424,000 in cash and other valu-
ables in exchange for tens of millions of dollars in city contracts. Also,
while Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor, his father Bernard deposited
$600,00 into personal bank accounts. He is therefore being charged with
making false tax filings for 2004, 2005 and 2007.
100 Black Men tackling prostate cancer for the holidays
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. celebrated the
holiday season last week with the
kick-off of a new cancer prevention
program "Men Tackling The Big
"C" at the City Kidz Events Center.
S" The program teaches Black men
in Northeast Florida how to pre-
-. ,vent, treat and/or beat prostate and
colon cancer. The 100 Black Men
introduced their new website,
which allows men to log on and
take a free cancer risk assessment.
,The website also provides tips and
information on the importance of
Regular preventive screenings and
early detection in improving cancer
Sen. Hill spoke on the issue, stat-
...ing, "most black men don't find out
aboutt colon or prostate cancer until
it's too late...but if they screened
for prostate cancer at 40 years old
4 .. and colon cancer at 50 years old
Shown above are 100 Black Men of Jacksonville members (L-R): Malcolm Johnson, Tillis DeVaughn, then they could successfully pre-
Pres. Robert Porter, Kenneth Pinnix, Sen. Tony Hill, Paul Tutwieler and Ron Robinson with the "Big C" vent or beat the cancer through
helmet as they kick off their campaign to 'tackle" prostate cancer in the African-American community. early detection.
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The Bold City Chapter of Links, Inc., joined by Connecting Links and invited guests, culminated the year with their annual holiday party. Held in the
home of Colonel and Mrs. Robert Porter, the festive occasion included food, fellowship and fun throughout the evening as guests enjoyed everything
from an open bar and buffet to "Linko" and Bid Whist. Chapter President Ruth Waters set the tone for the evening's greetings and a special prayer was
provided by AME Bishop McKinley Young. A capella carols were sang by a semi-professional artist in addition to a joint rendition of "Jingle Bells".
Shown above in attendance are (STANDING) R.L. Mitchell, Pam Prier, LeMorris Prier, Ernest lane, Josephine and Robert Porter, Gracie and
Tommy Chandler, Marsha Oliver, Richard Byers, Barbara Shuman, Mary Brown, Tony Nelson, Bertha Padgett, Adrienne and Jarik Conrad,
Eugene Eubanks and Roslyn Phillips. (SEATED): Kathy Wilson, Gwen Lane, Deloris Mitchell, Jackie Lee, Ruth Waters, Janice Nelson,
Barbara Darby, Alice Vinson, Norma White and LaVonne Burnett.
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N iP. llh :) Steve Harvey's latest 'Straight Talk' on the Best Seller list again
Obama Signs Bill for Post Office
to bear Dorothy Height's Name
In one of many underrated
accomplishments of the Obama
administration, and one of the more
morally symbolic, President Barack
Obama signed H.R. 6118 bill on
last week, which names the United
States Postal Service on
Massachusetts Avenue in
Washington, D.C. as the Dorothy I.
Height Post Office.
Height, one of the most signifi-
cant, but unsung Civil Rights lead-
ers and Chair Emerita of the
National Council of Negro Women,
worked tirelessly for equality for
blacks, women both white and
black farmers, and poor families,
as well as helped desegregate the
YWCA, among other accomplish-
She was known for her regal hats
and dignified persistence; she met
with President Obama over a dozen
times before she passed away this
past April at age 98. She had the
opportunity to talk with him about
the landmark health care reform
bill. President Obama delivered the
eulogy and wept openly at her
Height was snubbed by Barnard
College, where she gained entrance
but was refused admission because
they only allowed two black stu-
dents per year. She graduated from
New York University and would go
on to advise presidents from
Eisenhower to Obama on issues of
At her eulogy President Obama
said, "Dr. Dorothy Height deserves
a place in this pantheon," referring
to leaders whose legacies are taught
tirelessly in schools. "She, too,
deserves a place in our history
books. She, too, deserves a place of
honor in America's memory."
Steve Harvey's recently released usually tell you. Steve Harvey will
book has once again made it to the give it up."
New York Times Best Seller list. "I go so deep into the mindset of
Arriving on Dec. 7, 'Straight men and how we operate and func-
Talk, No Chaser' is the follow-up to tion, and I give women real things
the media superstar's debut relation- that they can do to help in
ship book, 'Act Like a their relationship," Harvey
Lady, Think -. said.
Like a Man,' In "Straight Talk, No
which skyrock- \Chaser," Harvey shares
eted to the top of his insights on the male
the New York / mind, with a guide to
Times Bestseller's how men think about
List and remained a relationships from
top seller for more 0e'es their twenties to
than a year.,s A fifties and beyond,
Publisher's Weekly and answering all
proclaimed the book to the questions he's
be "a thorough, witty heard about love,
guide to the modem ies, common
man." myths and taking charge of
The Queen of Soul, relationships with trusty candor,
Aretha Franklin, heralded Harvey, humor and real-life stories.
who she said "dispenses a lot of "You know, look man, men are
fabulous information about men. not bad people. But women think
It's more than the average man will we're bad because they don't get us
Christmas shopping Jaguar style Jags player Kirk Morrison #55 and his team
mates took 25 children Christmas shopping from Community Connections at Wal-Mart to celebrate Christmas.
He is shown above with Jasmine and Camron. The private event gives homeless, neglected and abused children
from the Jacksonville area a night of fun, filled with food and games, and a $100 shopping spree at Wal-Mart with
their favorite Jaguars football players. T Austin photo
at all. We're very, very simple. We
all think alike. We all basically
think alike when it comes down to
commitment, love, relationships,
money, sex, whatever it is. We all
about basically think the same."
"Women have this odd notion that
we should think like them," the new
'Family Feud' host continued.
"I help them get beyond that. I've
got a chapter in a book, I've got
chapters in this book, that deal with
this subject matter, whether you're
independent and strong, but lonely.
I "I don't care if you've been cheat-
ed on. I don't care if you have a
relationship with a guy who won't
commit to you. I don't care if your
guy labels you as a nagger. Why are
you always nagging? Why you all
always seem to argue and fight
about money? I cover everything in
this book, much deeper than I did in
the first book."Harvey says.
Mayor greets young beauty queen
Miss Sunshine State Sweetheart
Mayor John Peyton took a few moments out of his day to greet local
beauty queen, little Miss Zahria Womack. She was received in the
Mayor's Office at City Hall where Mayor Peyton graciously asked and
answered a few questions for the young lady.
Who would have thought? Garrett Morgan did in 1923. The Traffic Signal. developed by Garrett Morgan,
is just one of the many life-changing innovations that came from the mind ofanAfiican American M ."
We must do all we can to support minority education today, so we don't miss out on the next i .'
big idea tomorrow To find out more about African American innovators and to support the United
Negro College Fund, visit us at uncf.org or call 1-800-332-UNCF. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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Shown above (L-R) Kaci Smith, Brandon Moore, Kelsey Smith. 2nd Row: Amme Smith, Gus "Santa"
Redmond, Geornesia Moses and Advisor Sandra Thompson. Back: Kayla Cobb, Holly Webster, Co-
Advisor Tonya Austin, Amber Smith and Spencer Raspberry.
AKA BRATS assist Santa with community service The Gamma Rho Omega B.R.A.T.S.
held their 4th annual Christmas Party for three families and fifteen children. The B.R.A.T.S. sang songs and
played games with the children among their evening's activities. The children along with parents and guests were
served dinner, received presents and were surprised by a early visit from Santa. The Gamma Rho Omega
B.R.A.T.S. are a teenage community service group established in 2006 sponsored by the ladies of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority. The BRATS have a combined total of over 5000 hours of community service.
Is it now popular to 'pass' for black?
by Thomas Wlliams. TR
In a country with Jim Crow seg-
regation laws and the "one-drop
rule" determining who was black
and therefore where and what a per-
son was permitted to be, it's easy to
see why those who plausibly could,
might pass as white. But new
research published in the December
issue of Social Psychology
Quarterly shows that black-white
biracial adults now exercise consid-
erable control over how they identi-
fy and the authors find "a striking
reverse pattern of passing today,"
with a majority of survey respon-
dents reporting that they pass as
Today's passing, according to the
study's lead author, University of
Vermont sociologist Nikki Khanna,
is about adopting an identity that
contradicts your self-perception of
race and it tends to be contextu-
"Most people in my sample iden-
tified themselves as biracial or mul-
tiracial but talked about certain sit-
uations, with a group of friends,
say, where they might downplay
their white ancestry, which can
carry its own negative biases,"
Khanna says. Other reasons cited
for passing as black included a
desire to take advantage of post-
Civil Rights era educational and
employment opportunities some-
times available to those who are
The phenomenon of passing as
black, according to the study, sug-
gests a changing culture around
race relations and politics in the
United States. Blackness, the
authors argue, is less stigmatized
today. In fact, as suggested by the
study's title, "Passing as Black:
Racial Identity Work among
Biracial Americans," bira-
cial and multiracial
more free to
identity and *
pride in their
take steps to accent \
attributes that they con-
Expressing pride in their black-
ness -- that is a good thing, and the
authors of the study use their data to
make the case that this phenomenon
of reverse passing demonstrates
that blackness itself is less stigma-
tized today than in the past, which
is certainly evidence of progress.
However, what is troubling about
the study is also what I find so dis-
turbing about the criticism sur-
rounding Obama's census decision -
- namely, the flawed premise that in
America, an opposition can exist
between "biracial" and "black."
"Today's passing," Nikki Khanna,
a sociologist at the University of
Vermont and the study's lead
author, says, "is about adopting an
identity that contradicts your self-
perception of race -- and it tends to
be contextual." In other words,
biracial blacks, who are themselves
aware that they are not simply black
something other, are making the
conscious decision -- at least in cer-
tain social situations -- to project
what must therefore be a less-than-
authentic black identity.
In addition to providing historical
context along with research
methodology and analysis, the arti-
cle presents quotes that offer per-
sonal accounts of both those who
once passed as white to overcome
racial barriers and accounts of those
who are now traversing black and
Lee, Brown among first to qualify
for Jax Mayor's race by petition
number of voter
signatures to be
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First Election on
March 22, 2011. Alvin Brown
The campaigns for Mayoral candi-
dates Alvin Brown, Mike Hogan
and Warren Lee each garnered
more than 5,000 signatures of
Duval County voters petitioning to
support their candidacy. Sheriff
candidate Ken Jefferson was also
among the qualifiers. Other candi-
dates for Mayor not qualifying by
Sing fee in
By law, can-
Warren Lee didates who do
not pursue qualification by petition
must pay 3% of the Annual Salary
of the office they are seeking, along
with a 1% Election Assessment and
a 2% (political) Party Assessment
to be eligible to qualify according
to the elections office.
The first election will be held on
Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
Congress delivers to president
Continued from front
The last days of the lllth
Congress reflect the storm-tossed
nature of Obama's first two years in
He's made some key progress on
economic recovery and health care
reform, but has also seen
Republicans use the lack of job
growth against his party as the GOP
took the House back in the 2010
On Dec. 18, the scoreboard was
mixed for the president. The
DREAM Act, which would have
laid out a path to citizenship for
hundreds of thousands illegal
immigrants through higher educa-
tion or military service, failed to
reach the Senate floor for debate.
The Senate voted 55 to 41 to move
the bill forward, but fell five votes
shy of the 60 votes needed to bring
it to the Senate floor for debate.
"I am disappointed that a small
minority in the Senate continues to
block the DREAM Act from con-
sideration," said Sen. Ben Cardin,
D-MD, in a statement. "This is
important legislation that started
out with bipartisan support but,
despite substantive changes, has
been twisted into something it is
not. This is a compassionate bill
that recognizes that we should not
hold innocent children responsible
for the sins of their parents."
But Senate Democrats were able
to orchestrate a limited victory for
Obama on the START treaty, voting
59 to 37 to remove language from
the proposed pact with Russia, a
move that will allow Senate debate
on the treaty to get underway.
The treaty would establish new
guidelines between the two coun-
tries for inspection of nuclear
weapons, and limit the stockpiles
the U.S. and Russia would be
allowed to keep to 1,550 warheads
and 700 launchers each.
The treaty passed the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee last
September. The president had indi-
cated the Senate would take up
debate of the treaty before the end
of the year, but since the measure
failed to progress the president is
now forced to face the prospect of
his administration having to
maneuver through a more hostile
Senate in the 112th Congress.
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Why providing vouchers for all
Florida students is not the answer
A couple of weeks ago
Governor-elect Rick Scott
announced he was considering a
plan to make a voucher-type pro-
gram available to all Florida stu-
dents. Much like Bright Futures is
available to all college students
meeting a certain criteria, the new
Governor's plan is not only radical,
but also unheard of.
What may surprise some is that
am not opposed to parents having
options and choice. I have talked
about an education toolbox that
encompasses neighborhood public
schools, magnets, charters and pri-
There is no one right answer
when it comes to having a quality
education system. I used to be
opposed to the very notion of
vouchers, but there is a place for
vouchers if properly used as an
option for parents who have not
found a good fit for their child in
Here's the biggest challenge I see
with the Gov-elects plan right
now a certain percentage of stu-
dents attend public school lets say
the number is 50 percent. And to
educate that 50 percent of students
it costs the state $1 billion.
Well if you now commit to pro-
viding vouchers to all school-aged
students now you have increased
the pool of families receiving pub-
lic funding for school.
So now the under funding of
public schools now gets much
worse now that funds are being
I am a realist when it comes to
the education of our children.
Public school is not for every fami-
ly and neither are private schools
and charters, but we have to look at
education from a more holistic per-
spective that encompasses various
I still say the most important
option is having strong productive
public schools. Instead of turning
our backs on public school we
diverting funds, we have to figure
out a way to make our schools bet-
I will give the Governor credit
for attempting to change the game.
Sometimes drastic change is the
only way to shock the system.
But not all change is good. "All
change is not growth; as all move-
ment is not forward, said Ellen
Here is the second major chal-
lenge associated with a statewide
universal voucher system.
Imagine if I told you that I would
give you an education voucher that
allowed you to take little Johnny or
Sue to whatever private school you
felt would benefit your child.
That's right this voucher would
allow your child to go to local pres-
tigious private school in the city or
state. So Bolles and Episcopal here
Well probably not, but that's
actually what the folks who support
school vouchers want you to
believe. School vouchers allow
parents to have a choice in their
child's education right? Again,
sounds great, but as grandma says,
"Everything that glitters ain't
The factor that many forget about
is private school admission poli-
cies. So just because you have a
voucher certainly doesn't mean that
you can go to any private school
Maybe in a perfect world that is
the case, but we are not leaving in
an alternate universe, there are cer-
tain realities that must be dealt
with. A voucher in hand doesn't
guarantee anything. Public schools
must accept all students regardless
of disabilities, race, religious affili-
ations, test scores, income, etc.
Private institutions are quite the
opposite. They can accept based on
test scores, religion, background,
income, social status and whatever
other factors they want. In fact,
many of the factors they use are not
I have been writing about vouch-
er programs for some time now and
I am still amazed that some people
still think that a "voucher program"
is the key to solving our state's
public education challenges.
We certainly are not living up to
the goals in which the public school
system was formed to accomplish,
but let's not totally give up on pub-
lic education yet.
I say let's invest our resources
into making public schools better
and providing more public school
options for parents and students?
Let's target and concentrate of
low performing schools, instead of
labeling them with failing grades
let's provide incentives so that the
best teachers and administrators to
go into these schools and turn them
I am not saying that there is no
place for vouchers under no cir-
cumstances, but again they have to
be a tool used not the entire tool-
Signing off from the State
Michael Vick's dog would be
1 Any dog
would be the luckiest dog on the
planet. But a dog won't get that
honor, at least not just yet. And it's
dumb and silly not to give Vick the
chance to give a dog the love, care
and devotion that he would give the
lucky pet. There are two reasons
why Vick won't get to own a pet
now. They tell much about the idio-
cy of a court system that deals in
rigid absolutes and about many that
are still blinded in part by mania
over the Vick's past reprehensible
actions toward dogs, and in part
because of racism.
Vick is barred from buying, sell-
ing and -- most grievously to him -
- owning a dog. Grievous, because
he has publicly pined to own a dog,
his children's desire to have a dog,
and most importantly that owning a
dog would send the message that
redemption is more than just a
Webster dictionary word. Vick
understands the importance of that
message and said so in an inter-
view, "I think it would be a big step
for me in the rehabilitation
process." Wayne Pacelle, president
of the Humane Society of the
United States cosigned that mes-
sage when he said "I have been
around him a lot, and feel confident
that he would do a good job as a pet
The sad thing is that Vick and
Pacelle can talk all day about the
message that Vick would send by
being allowed to own a dog but it
won't change anything. This is the
same Humane society that whipped
P.O. Box 43580
Jacksonville, FL 32203
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Jt'hnambeFr o! Commicte Vickie Brc
up public rage against Vick to the
point that Vick was tried, convicted
and sentenced in the court of public
opinion long before he put a toe in
a court room. This assured that
Vick's name would be spat out in
the same breath as the names of the
worst of the serial killers,
pedophiles, and terrorists.
Vick could have volunteered
round the clock at PETA events,
camped in front of fur manufactur-
ers with a picket sign, cleaned ken-
nels at pet shelters, and bankrolled
and appeared in ads against animal
abuse. It would not have changed
his fate. The imprint "reprehensi-
ble" that NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell stamped on him and his
crime, not to mention the much less
charitable epithets that thousands
have hurled at him in Internet chat
rooms and on sports talk shows
would have still stuck tightly in
big, bold letters on him. Despite
Vick's 19 month sentence served,
full cooperation with federal
authorities in identifying dog fight-
ing rings, storybook triumphant
comeback with the Philadelphia
Eagles, his earning the accolades of
coaches, the NFL establishment
and sportswriters for his gracious,
thoughtfulness, and exemplary
comportment on and off the field,
Vick is still a much hated figure
He was not just a dog torturer. He
was a rich and famous African-
American celeb that went bad. That
instantly stirred a mob vendetta
against Vick. The Atlanta NAACP
understood that. It publicly pleaded
against rushing to judgment about
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his guilt and begged that Vick not
be permanently barred from the
NFL. It took much heat for that and
drew the inevitable squawk that it
was playing the race card. But it
understood that in the case of men
such as Vick, even when they admit
guilt and plead for forgiveness, the
words mercy and compassion are
He could spend millions and hire
legions of pricey publicists, con-
sultants and image makeover spe-
cialists and it wouldn't change one
whit the public's hostility and nega-
tive perceptions of him. The bad
boy image of Vick was indelibly
plastered on their foreheads by the
Public revulsion over Vick's
crimes and resentment at his fame,
wealth and race only partly explain
why he's in a near hopeless spot
when it comes to rehabilitating his
image. He's the latest and handiest
target for a public sick to death of
sports icons and mega celebrities
getting kid glove treatment for their
misdeeds or outright lawbreaking.
Vick will pay and continue to pay
two steep prices for his crime. He's
done the jail time, coughed up a
load of cash in fines and restitution
and legal debts, and was ousted for
a time from the NFL. That price
was fair and warranted. And he's
more than paid it. The other price
that he'll never stop being asked to
pay is that he'll be the permanent
poster boy for animal abuse and the
bad behaving celebrity, a black
celebrity that is.
Vick put it best when he said that
he feels that his shameful actions
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Will black farmers
really ever get paid? e
Headlines are saying that "Black Farmers Are
Getting Paid" because President Barack Obama has
signed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 that author-
izes $1.15 billion to settle claims Black farmers won initially from the US
Department of Agriculture over a decade ago. Before we all trumpet "suc-
cess and justice" in this matter, take a look at how we got to here.
In 1997, a Black North Carolina farmer named Timothy Pigford filed a
claim against the government for reparations. Four hundred Black farmers
joined Pigford's suit and claimed USDA discrimination against them on the
basis of race. Then-Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman found that 205
of the 116,261 loan and crop payinents issued by the USDA's Farm Service
Agency involved the possibilities of racial discrimination. January 4, 1999
Judge Paul Friedman signed a consent decree that awarded damages to
Blacks who farmed, or tried to farm, between January 1981 and December
1996 and had applied for USDA aid. Claimants were supposed to file by
September 15th 2000, but around 73,800 did not.
Many Blacks know it, but maybe many do not, but institutional racism
can be defined as "the collective failure of an organization to provide an
appropriate and professional service to people because of their color, cul-
ture, or ethnic origin". The "Pigford" case has bounced back and forth for
years. Now, there is a second payoff effort, but the problem for Whites
now is that when the 1999 settlement was reached there were a total of
18,000 Black farmers. Now, more than 94,000 people have filed claims for
The Pigford case shows America's deplorable legacy of slavery, segre-
gation, Jim Crow and benign neglect is institutional and pervasive.
Shunned by commercial banking institutions, Black farmers were espe-
cially dependent upon the USDA as a "lender of last resort" for their farm-
ing needs. Actually USDA agents delayed Black farmers' loan approvals
until late into the crop season, would alter loan applications to increase
Black farmers' chances of being rejected, and would alter loan repayment
schedules without notice to the borrower.
Despite the USDA's dastardly performances toward Black farmers, stip-
ulations the agency managed to include in the award have turned out to
pose problems for Black farmers. This time, the Obama administration
wants to bring "long-ignored claims of African-American farmers to a
rightful conclusion." Now, Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann
has promised that "every claim will be investigated before a single dollar
goes out the door". Bachman claims the Black farmers' suit "rife with
fraud" because there more claimants than there are Black farmers. Iowa
Representative Steve King has called the case "a form of reparations for
slavery" and that the bulk of the Pigford II claims are fraudulent because
there are fewer Black farmers than claimants. Bachmann and King repre-
sent Whites' typical obstacles to justice. The number of Black farmers may
have declined in direct proportion to the number who lost their farms due
to USDA discrimination that denied them loans the point of the settlement
Although he says that payment to Black farmers is "long overdue", the
USDA's current Secretary Tom Vilsack "doesn't know" how long it will
take for Black farmers to actually get paid. It could be at least a year before
Black farmers get payments, but its highly unlikely anyone will get money
until some time in 2012. Blacks who have left the farm, or are still there,
need to make sure they get paid. They should start gathering information,
particularly any proof that they filed a claim in the original Pigford case.
They should also gather any proof that they were denied loans or other
assistance, or received less favorable terms, than White farmers. The set-
tlement applies only to Black farmers who missed the deadline for filing a
claim in the Pigford I case, but even farmers who can't prove they filed an
application past that deadline should still pursue a claim. Final court
approval may not happen until next summer and farmers likely will have
six months after that to file claims.
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dance. Shown are Valerie Vann, Shirley Gelzer, Shirley Pollard, Janice Dasher, Rosa Harris, Karl Smith, Gail Wright, Evangeline Walls, Elaine White, Janet Goins, Deborah Brill, Sandra McCoy, Helen Moore, Diane
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Class of 1968 Mikki W alker, Errol Schell, Patricia Schell, Barbara Brow n, Margie McDaniel, Sandra
Milton, Ralph Brown, Joann Buggs, Michael Campbell, Linda Campbell, Shelia Allen, Fatima Whatley,
Jessie Lowe, Joe Ross, Janet Hankins, Bobby Miller, Pat Fletcher, Charles Milton and Henry Weathers.
CLASS of 1965: Essie Fason, John Lee, Earl Flounoy, Portia James, Charlenene Martin, Arnest McCarthy,
Betty Williams, Maxine Gadson, Alfreda Bullard, Carolyn Collier, Al Feagin, and Nathaniel Farley.
Sandy Jones, Allen Tukes, Greene, Jimmy Greene, Katina Mutch, Freddie Mutch, Ken Brockington.
Charlie Kennebrew, Geraldine Jackson, Irvlyn Kennebrew, Geraldine Smith, David Holmes, Cynthia
Baker, Linda Holmes, Cassandra Austin, Annie Washington, Gilda Brown, John Payton, Carolyn Williams,
and Jackie Darby.
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Dawson Jones, Gwen Hunter Bryant, Faye Young Thomas, Darcel Dawson Bell, Patricia Kelsey, James
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Vespers and New Years Eve Praise Baptist Ministers plan MLK Events: Summerville Sunday School
Celebration Service and annual Prayer Breakfast
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties will
have their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Service and Prayer
Breakfast during the weekend preceding the MLK holiday. On Friday,
January 14th at 7 p.m., the Celebration Service will be held at First New
Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive. The speaker will be
Rev. John A. Newman, The Prayer Breakfast will take place on Saturday,
January 15th at 8 a.m. at the Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Multi-
purpose Center, 2407 S.L. Badger Jr. Circle, East.. The breakfast speaker
will be Baptist Ministers Conference President, Rev. Darien K. Bolden.
This year's theme is "Contending for the cause through courage, compe-
tence and commitment". Both events are in honor of the late Bishop Tom
Diamond. For tickets or more information, call 765-3111.
The Faith United Miracle Temple will host the North Eastern
Emancipation Celebration Association as it kicks off its 1st Southern
Celebration, January 1, 2011 at 12 Noon. The theme is "148 Years of
Freedom-Let's We Forget". All people welcome. For more information call
(904) 647-5981. Come and relive the day of freedom. The church is locat-
ed at 1860 West 5th Street and is under the guidance of Bishop Desso
Benjamin, Host Pastor and Dr. Rhonda Mitchell-Addo, Coordinator.
Holiday Services at Greater Grant
A Christmas Day Worship service will be held on Saturday morning,
December 25, 2010 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church. Everyone is invited to join in the praise and celebration service
honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.
The church is also inviting the pubic to ring in the New Year with them
with worship service on Friday, December 31st. The worship experience
will begin at 10:00 p.m. with refreshments immediately following the serv-
ice. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road (Sibbald Avenue @
Gilchrist Road); Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr. is the pastor. Call (904) 764-
5992 for more information.
St. Paul AME presents Christmas
pageant and Candle Light Service
St. Paul AME Church will present "The Perfect Gift" Christmas pag-
eant.It will be presented by the Christian Education and the Fine Arts
Department. This special production will be held on Sunday, December
19th at 11 a.m. There will be a Candle Light Service on Friday, December
24, 2010 at 7 p.m. The community is invited to all events. The church is
located at 6910 New Kings Road. Call 764-2755 for more information, Dr.
Marvin C. Zanders, Pastor.
Party at Palm Coast in December
The First Church of Palm Coast are planning special events for the holi-
day season. The community is invited to relive the heralding birth of Jesus
Christ through the wonderful world of sacred jazz. First Church will pres-
ent "The Christmas Jazz Vespers" on Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. They are also host-
ing a "Praise Party" on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, at 10 p.m. The Music
Ministry has planned great music to go along with the pastor's inspiring
First Church, the pastoral ministry of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is locat-
ed at 91 Old Kings Road North. For more information call (386) 446-5759.
Matthew Gilbert Annual Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion of Matthew Gilbert will be held
January 28 & 29 at the Hyatt River walk Hotel. Festivities will begin with
a reception, Friday at 6 p.m. and the Banquet will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The event will include two exciting full days celebrating Gilbert Great
Eastside History. The Class of 1961 will be honored. Tickets are on sale
now, no tickets sold at the door.
For more information contact class leaders or Linda Jackson-Bell at (904)
Central Metropolitan CME Church
invites all to special services
Join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath and members of Central on the Pearl,
4611 North Pearl Street for a variety of their regular church offerings. The
public is also welcome to join the church on Tuesdays, at 6:00 p.m. for
Prayer Time, 6:30 p.m. for Bible Study, Wednesdays, at noon for Bible
Study, 2:00 p.m., for the Feeding Ministries, and 6:00 p.m. for the Temple
Physical Maintenance Ministries. Wear comfort clothes and sneakers for
fitness class with retired physical educator, Jackie Johnson. Classes are free
and open to the public. For more information, call 904 354-7426. Need
transportation to attend Sunday Church School, Sunday Morning Worship,
and Bible Study call the church one week in advance at 354-7426.
Donate a crib for Christmas
Join Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of North Florida, Inc's
2nd annual Cribs for Christmas Campaign. You can help make sure that all
babies can sleep in a crib. Many of the infant deaths in our community are
due to babies not having a crib. For $100 you can provide a safe sleep envi-
ronment for a baby. Choose the campaign as your holiday community serv-
ice project you and your friends, family or co workers. 2010 Campaign goal
is providing 100 babies with cribs.
To donate, visit www.hmhbcjaxnfl.org or call 854-7100 ext 14.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
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Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
N Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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Ministry Christmas Service
The Sunday School Ministry of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church
will present a Christmas service recognizing and honoring the birth of
Jesus. It will be held on Sunday, December 19th at 5 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 598-0510.
Black History Month
Poetry contest for Youth
The Jacksonville African American Genealogy Society will present it
Fifth Annual Black History Month Poetry Competition for elementary-
high school students. The theme for the contest is "Remembering the Past
for Future Generation Longevity".
All entries submitted must be original and include the student's name
birthdate, address, grade, school, homeroom teacher, and parental permis-
sion to participate. Submitted poems will become the property of JAAGS
and emailed / postmarked before 12:00 AM February 20. 2011. Entries
should be mailed to JAAGS 3730 Soutel Drive #2201, Jacksonville, FL
32208 or emailed to email@example.com. Cash prizes will be awarded to
winners in addition to a 1 year family membership to all participants.
Faust Temple end of the year revival
The Faust Temple Church of God in Christ,located at 3328 Moncrief Rd.,
will be hosting an End of Year Revival With Pastor Carlos Hutchison, an
anointed man of God from Panama City, Fl. The Revival begins Wednesday
December 29th thru Friday December 31st. Wednesday and Thursday starts
nightly at 7:30p.m. and Friday Watch Night services begin at 10:00 p.m.
The public is welcome to come out and be revived, delivered and set free
and to start the New Year out praising and Blessing God for his wonderful
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Guilty by association? Bishop Eddie
Long now linked to mortgage faud
It looks like Bishop Eddie Long
has some new legal and ethical
problems to deal with.
On top of claims by four men that
he seduced them sexually while
they were teens, reports say he's
also being investigated by the U.S.
Secret Service for being linked to a
"questionable mortgage venture"
that caused many church members
to lose their homes.
According to CBS Atlanta News,
Long is accused of using his New
Birth Missionary Baptist Church to
assist in a corrupt mortgage scheme.
Matrix Capitol Mortgage
Company and its front man, Fred
Lee, held mortgage payment semi-
nars at New Birth, promising to
lower homeowners' payments.
Instead many of the attendees -
some of whom where New Birth
members lost their homes to fore-
closure and ended up in bankruptcy.
Weekly, Lee would come to New
Birth and collect money $1,500 a
piece from over 1,000 attendees
after he convinced them that he
could get them better notes.
"People trusted Lee because he
made the promises of lowering their
mortgages in the sanctity of their
own church, reported CBS Atlanta
In a statement, a spokesperson for
Long says New Birth only provided
Lee with a room to hold his meet-
Just when you thought the scandal
couldn't get anymore scandalous,
another piece of evidence emerges
from the fray in regards to his mis-
Several of Bishop Eddie Long's
accusers now claim that the reason
they broke in to his office earlier
this year was to obtain evidence
against Bishop Eddie Long for a
pending lawsuit. This is in contrast
to previous reports that the men
broke in to Long's office for money.
"That man was hurt," said one of
Long's accusers, Jamal Parris. "He
wanted to get evidence to prove
what was happening to him and to
all of us."
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 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
December 23-29, 2010
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Kwanzaa, the weeklong celebra-
tion held in the United States hon-
oring universal African-American
heritage and culture, will have sev-
eral celebrations planned in the
Jacksonville area. Traditionally
observed from December 26 to
January 1 each year, it features
activities such as the lighting of a
kinara and libations, and culmi-
nates in a feast and gift giving. It
was created by Maulana Karenga
and was first celebrated from
December 26, 1966 to January 1,
1967. All events are free and open
to the public.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Honoring cultural activists in
Jackosnville at 6 p.m. in the
Edward Waters College Milne
Auditorium. This event will
include music, art and special
photo exhibit of Kwanzaa celebra-
tions in northeast Florida and cul-
Monday, December 27, 2010 -
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
(Collective Work and
The Black Candle, a film by M.K.
Asante Jr. and narrated by Maya
Angelou, will be shown at 3 p.m.
and 5 p.m. The Community
Gathering will begin at 6:00 p.m at
the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829
North Davis Street.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
6 p.m. at the Voo Swar, 51 Robert
Street in Atlantic Beach, FL featur-
ing a film and panel discussion
about solutions to problems facing
the African American community.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Local members of the New Black Panther party
participate in regional Black Community Survival
Summit On Saturday December 18th, several members of the
Jacksonville Chapter of the New Black Panther Party traveled to Atlanta,
Ga. For the the annual Black Community Survival Summit. Headlined by
Dr. Malik Shabazz and Ga. State Rep. Roberta Salaam, the one day confab
tackled such subjects as jobs, youth, health care, education, politics and
unity. Shown above in attendance is Imam Akbar National Minister of
Justice, Mikhail Muhammad NBPP, Dr. Malik Shabazz NBPP National
New Year's resolutions to
improve personal finances
Many people dread making New Year's resolutions because they're
afraid they'll fall short. However, one minor setback doesn't mean having
to write off the rest of the year. Success can be attained by starting out with
Improving personal finances is a popular New Year's resolution. Here
are a few ideas from Jason Alderman, Personal Finance Expert and
Director of Visa's Practical Money Skills for Life program:
Most dieters know that the key to success is to monitor every morsel
you eat. You can use the same strategy when designing a livable budget.
For one month write down every cent you spend: rent, food, gas,
clothes, cable, insurance, 401(k) contributions, entertainment every-
Start paying down debts. List all outstanding balances and their corre-
sponding interest rates. Then, each month pay the minimum amount due
on each account except pay as much as possible on the highest-rate
account or loan.
Start building an emergency fund. Start slowly with a few dollars
each month. For example, set aside $1 a day for a month. Then double
that amount to $2 for the next month. Double that again a month later
and keep that pattern up.
Look to the future. Buying a home, paying for college and retirement
are all big-ticket items that require sound budgeting and credit manage-
Black women with finely
primped hair may be jeopardizing
their health, according to recent
Some environmental justice
advocates and scientists say the
unnatural chemicals found in many
hair care products, especially those
on the Black hair care market such
as relaxers, hair grease and oil
sheen, can cause cancer, infertility
or early puberty.
Hazardous chemicals including
lye can cause visual bums and
blindness, while others interfere
with natural processes inside the
body. Phthalates, for example, com-
monly described as a 'fragrance' on
some product ingredient lists, is
linked to endometriosis, a painful
condition that causes the uterine
lining tissue to grow outside the
uterus, according to the report.
These additives-labeled hor-
mone disruptors by endocrinolo-
gists-don't only affect Black
women or even just beauty prod-
ucts. Over 85 percent of recent
man-made chemicals have not been
tested by the FDA for their health
effects, according to a health report
released last year from the
Collaborative on Health and the
Environment. A large percentage
that have been tested do increase
health risks and can be found in
every day products like plastic con-
tainers, baby bottles or electric
But scientists say some products
in the multi-billion dollar Black
hair industry may expose Black
women to a high risk of ill-health
effects. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a
plastic chemical often linked to
heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
In a 1998 study, four Black girls
between the ages of 1 and 8 devel-
oped breasts and pubic hair after
using hair products with estrogen
and placenta-a disruptive that
mimics hormones-over a two-
month span. When the children dis-
continued use of the products, the
premature development stopped.
Almost a quarter of Black girls
and 15 percent of Latina girls are
developing breasts by age 8,
according to a study released this
summer, thegrio.com says.
Hazardous chemicals, fatty foods
and heavy body weight are the like-
ly causes, say scientists.
"Lifetime exposure to estrogen
increases your risk of breast can-
cer," Zota said. "If you're getting
your menstruation earlier, that's
increasing the natural estrogen that
you're exposed to."
A bill called the Safe Cosmetics
Act, has been passed by both cham-
bers of Congress and would outlaw
products with known dangerous
chemicals and require evaluations
to ensure products are safe before
they are sold in stores. The differ-
ences between House and Senate
versions of the measure are still to
be ironed out in a conference com-
mittee and observers say the
chances of enactment are dim in
both the 111th and 112th congress-
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Experience Kwanzaa at the Ritz
heater on Tuesday Dec. 28th at 6
p.m. Admission is free. Come join
the Ritz as they celebrate
Kwanzaa's 3rd principle UJIMA
(collective work & responsibility).
For more info call 632-5555.
New Years Eve
at the Landing
Enjoy New Year's Eve fireworks
and ring in the New Year in
Downtown Jacksonville with live
entertainment, Gator Bowl team
pep rallies and more. All will be
headquartered at the Jacksonville
Landing on December 31st starting
at 9 p.m.
sponsors trip to DC
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
is sponsoring a trip to Washington
to Witness the swearing in ceremo-
ny of the 112th congress. The $375
fee includes motorcoach transporta-
tion, lodging, site seeing, a capital
tour, luncheon and dinner. The
dates are Jan. 3 6, 2011. For more
info, call Mary Adams at 765-3600.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
Thursday, January 6, 2011. 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
musicians gather in a casual open-
mic setting. Call 632-5555 for info.
of 1945 meeting
The Stanton class of 1945 will
meet on Saturday, January 8, 2011
at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the Bradham-Brooks
Library in the community room.
Ritz Jazz series presents
The Ritz Jazz & Jamm series will
present jazz saxophonist Marion
Meadows in concert for two shows
on Saturday, January 8th at the
Ritz Theatre. For more information
or showtimes, call 632-5555.
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, north Florida's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color, will meet on Saturday,
January 8, 2011 at 4 p.m. The
book for discussion will be Open
Wide the Freedom Gates: A
Memoir by Dorothy Height and
hosted by Jennifer King. For direc-
tions or more info, call 703-8264.
Annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Breakfast
Tickets for individuals and corpo-
rate tables are on sale now for the
24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Breakfast held on Friday, January
14, 2011 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Doors open at 7
a.m. Program from 7:30 9:30 a.m.
Old Timers MLK Day
The Old Timers will have a trib-
ute and celebration to the memory
of Ronald Elps on MLK Day,
Monday, January 17th. The event
will include a Youth Basketball
Tournament and Old Timers
Football Game featuring DJ Roach.
Bring your own grill. All children
will eat free. For more information,
call Cookie Brown at 405-3723.
The annual MLK day Parade will
take place on Monday, January
17th, 2011. To register or more
information, visit mlkfdn.com or
call 807-8358. The parade travels
through downtown Jacksonville
starting at 9 a.m.
C I I
Lift Ev'ry Voice and
Sing MLK Concert
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present the Second
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"
Concert, Monday, January 17,
2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Times-
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Channel 12 anchor Joy Purdy
and author Rodney Hurst will serve
as Masters of Ceremonies. Featured
performers include choruses from
local schools and churches. Call
353-1636 for more information.
of 1942 meeting
The Stanton class of 1942 will
meet on Friday, January 14, 2011
at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held
at the Bradham-Brooks Library in
the community room.
of 1947 meeting
The Stanton class of 1947 will
meet on Tuesday, January 18th
noon. The meeting will be held at
the Bradham-Brooks Library in the
Community Room. The purpose of
the monthly meeting is to maintain
contact with class members and
preparation for the upcoming annu-
al class reunion.
Drum Line Live
Come experience a professional
drum line live at the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts. The
one time performance will be held
on Saturday, January 22nd. Call
632-3015 for tickets or more infor-
Open dialogue on
Jax race relations
E3 Business group will present
"Real Talk Real Change Are you
living color?" The open forum is a
dialogue on the state of racism and
prejudice in NE Florida. Expert
panelists will discuss workplace
prejudice, racism, class and "pimp-
ing your pedigree". It will be held
Thursday, January 27th from 6 -
8:30 p.m. at the Main Library The
forum is free and open to the public.
Call 888-525-2299 xll7for info.
Triple Threat Tour
The Triple Threat tour featuring
feat. Tank, Chrisette Michelle &
Marsha Ambrosius will be in
Jacksonville on Friday, January
28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Times
Union Center. contact Ticketmaster
for more information.
Gilbert Jr/Sr. Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion
to be held January 28 & 29 at the
Hyatt River walk Hotel. Festivities
include a welcome reception and
banquet on Saturday, starting at 6
p.m. The Class of 1961 will be hon-
ored. Tickets are on sale now, No
tickets sold at the door. For more
information contact class leaders or
Linda Jackson-Bell at 713-0973.
Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Bus Trip
On January 29, 2011, the Clara
White Mission will sponsor a bus
trip to the Zora Neale Hurston
Festival in Orlando, FL. The bus
will leave the Clara White Mission
at 8:30 a.m. and depart Orlando at
7:30 p.m. Bus cost includes trans-
portation and refreshments. For
more information call 354-4162.
Comedians Sommore, Bruce
Bruce, DL Hughley and others will
be in concert on Friday, February
11th at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale
now through Ticketmaster.
Hip Hop Tour
Legends of the 80s hip hop scenes
will be in Jacksonville for one night
only for the Legends of Hip Hop
tour. At the Veterans Memorial
Arena will be Salt-N-Pepa, Dougie
Fresh, M.C. Lyte, Whodini, Kurtis
Blow, and more. The concert will
be on Friday, February 25th at 8
p.m. For tickets call 1-800-745-
Stageplay "What my
husband doesn't know"
David E. Talberts hit urban stage-
play "What My Husband Doesn't
Know" will be at the Florida
Theatre on Saturday, February
26th for two shows at 3 p.m. and 7
p.m. For tickets call 355-2787.
Diana Ross in concert
Music icon Diana Ross will be in
Jacksonville for her "More Today
Then Yesterday" greatest hits tour.
It will be held on Friday, March 4,
2011 at 8 p.m. in the Times-Union
Center Moran Theater. Tickets start
at $58. Call ticketmaster for tickets.
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters will be doing an expe-
dition game in Jacksonville on at 7
p.m. on March 11th. It will be held
in the Veterans Memorial Arena.
For tickets or more information,
The Jacksonville Blues Festival
featuring Mel Waiters, Sir Charles
Jones and more will take place on
Friday, March 11th at the Times
Union Center. Contact Ticketmaster
for tickets and showtimes.
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess
clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next
"Clothes Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m.You can also call us to pickup your donations.Our contact number is
904-240-9133 .If you would like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM
visit their website, www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
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