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Serena Williams treated for blood
clot in lungs, may face a year absence
Serena Williams' absence from tennis
could stretch to almost a year after two new
health scares a blood clot in her lungs
followed by a hematoma have added to
her injury woes.
.. She was diagnosed with a pulmonary
embolism last week and later needed treat-
ment for a hematoma. The 13-time Grand
Slam champion hasn't played an official
match since winning Wimbledon last July
because of a foot injury she sustained not on
the court but at a restaurant.
Her latest health problems have been "extremely hard, scary and disap-
pointing," Williams said in a statement. "I am doing better. I'm at home
now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control. I
know I will be OK, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me
"While I can't make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back
by early summer. That said, my main goal is to make sure I get there safe-
Former aide files sexual harassment
suit against Rep. Alcee Hastings
A former aide to Rep. Alcee Hastings filed a lawsuit
this week claiming he repeatedly made unwanted sex-
ual advances and threatened her position when she
refused him, allegations the congressman denied as
The conservative legal group Judicial Watch is rep- .
resenting Winsome Packer in her sexual harassment
claim against Hastings, a Florida Democrat, and the
Helsinki Commission that he chaired. Packer served
as the commission's staff representative in Vienna and
said much of the harassment occurred when Hastings was in Europe on
business for the commission, which advises on U.S. policy about securi-
ty, human rights and other issues involving Europe.
Packer's suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, said Hastings
kept asking to stay at her apartment or get her to visit his hotel room, hug-
ging her and making lewd comments including asking her what kind of
underwear she was wearing.
Hastings, a 74-year-old serving his 10th term in the House, issued a
written statement denying Packer's claims.
Eddie Long's church facing money
woes, cutting employees and salaries
ATLANTA, Ga. Eddie Long's church, New
Birth Missionary Baptist in Lithonia, Ga. is tak-
ing a major hit, possibly because tithes and
offering and maybe attendance is down since
,the controversies surrounding Long personal
business and the church finances.
Because of the reduced income, the church is
cutting staff and reducing employee salaries.
"Like numerous other churches and charitable
organizations across Georgia and the rest of the
country, New Birth and its faith community
have been impacted by the nationwide downturn in the economy," the
church said in a statement.
Whether the bishop's salary will be affected is yet to be announced.
However, other employees will take a 10 percent cut.
The announcement actually comes just months after a Senate investi-
gation into the church's spending. New Birth was among four ministries
that refused to cooperate with the investigation led by Sen. Charles
Malcolm X's daughter extradited to
New York to face fraud charges
Malikah Shabazz, youngest daughter of iconic
human rights activist, El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
(Malcolm X), has been extradited from North
Carolina to New York City to face criminal charges
stemming from the 2009 identity theft of a family
Shabazz, who holds a Ph.D in Educational
Administration and Human Development, will stand
trial in Queens, NY for possession of stolen proper-
ty, grand larceny, forgery, and criminal possession of forged instruments.
On February 22, one day after the 46th anniversary of her father's death,
Shabazz was arrested for her crimes against the widow of her father's
bodyguard, who was with Malcolm X when he was assassinated.
"She used the fake identity to charge more than $55,000 in the victim's
name between August 2006 and November 2007," said Queens District
Attorney Richard Brown.
Shabazz's crimes were revealed when investigators, responding to a
misleading report of truancy in her Mars Hill, North Carolina home, dis-
covered a warrant for her arrest. Shabazz's thirteen-year-old daughter
was inside the home being properly home schooled, but the investigators
were searching for a previous resident.
Volume 24 No. 21 Jacksonville, Florida March 10-16, 2011
Black America's True Religion:
By Lee A. Daniels
There they go again.
Don't they know any better?
African Americans as a group
continue to be battered worse than
any other Americans by the nation's
nomic crisis. In both stand-alone
and comparative terms, from the
top to the bottom of the socio-eco-
nomic ladder, they've suffered a
severe loss of the little wealth they
possessed and have almost no pro-
section against a future economic
For example, their unemploy-
ment rate, now at 15.7 percent, has
been in double digits (nearly double
that of Whites) since the Great
Recession began three years ago.
They're more likely than Whites to
be trapped among the long-term
unemployed; and the housing and
foreclosure crisis has pushed the
Black homeownership rate down to
its level of 15 years ago and left
more than 20 percent of African
American homeowners in danger of
losing their homes.
And yet, in a survey released late
last month Blacks by a large margin
declared themselves in sharp con-
trast to Whites full of optimism
about their financial standing for
the present and the future.
The survey, conducted by the
Washington Post, the Kaiser Family
Foundation, and Harvard
University, found that 85 percent of
Blacks are "optimistic" about their
future, compared to 72 percent of
Whites; that 65 percent feel "finan-
cially secure;" and that 59 percent
of Blacks believe that "when it
comes to the availability of good
jobs for American workers ... the
best times are yet to come. Only 40
percent of Whites think that is so.
Latino Americans, though less
confident than Blacks, are also
markedly more optimistic on most
Continued on page 3
Local student experiences thrill of
a lifetime with Disney's Dreamers
Shown above is Christeanna Lalla with actress Raven Symone at
Steve Harvey's Disney Dreamers Academy. R. Silver photo
by Rhonda Silver
Being selected to participate in
Disney's Dreamers Academy
(DDA) in Orlando, FL, was a real
dream come true for 14 year old
Christeanna Lalla of Oakleaf High
School, in Orange Park. As many as
4,000 students submitted their
dreams to DDA with Steve I-arvey
and Essence Magazine. Each year
100 students are chosen to share in
an experience that inspires, encour-
ages, challenges and enlightens "
l)reamers" oil how they can bet-
ter/begin to realize their personal
Students along with their chaper-
ones fiom all over America were
invited to Disney World for the
annual inspiring event. DDA began
4 years ago, and some of the former
participants are already successful
in business and career endeavors.
VIP's were comprised of celebrities
& professionals as wide onnging as
the youths dreams. Sessions includ-
ed testimonies of humble begin-
nings, hard work and difficult days,
with one thing in common they
dared to dream, and they didn't
give up. Students were also given
intense exposure into the various
fields of interest they desire for
The cadre of celebrities lining up
to talk to the youngsters included
host Steve Harvey who spent lots of
one on one time, Ruben Studdard,
BET's Terrence J, Tamera Mowry,
Raven Symonc, Yolanda Adams
For Cii, ile.uii. whose interests
include singing, dancing, swim-
ming and drama, she had the
opportunity to put her talents to
work with an impromptu perform-
ance with actress Raven Symone of
Cosby Show fame. Without hesita-
tion, she stepped up to the mike and
performed the Star Spangled
Banner. In regards to her week-
end's experience, she replied.
"DDA is giving me faith. I can do
anything.. I would tell anyone to
start planning what you want to do
right now! It's never too early."
Shalapria Harris cashes in on her
talent at the Ritz Shalapria Harris, shown above,
wowed the highly selective Ritz audience with her rendition of "Home"
from the Wiz at the recent Amateur Night. Selected by the audience
"Apollo style", she will progress on to the semi-finals to vie for the grand
title. Young master Will Harden channeled Michael Jackson for top youth
The monthly cadre of talent includes everything from spoken word and
step dancers to musicians and monologues. Amateur talent from around
the First Coast step up to the mike with dreams of being the Ritz Amateur
Night headliner with top honors \ ring cash and prizes. TAuistin photo.
Ladies Night out with The Boss
Shown above (L-R) are Alice Venson, Carolyn Newton. Shirley Gibbs, Annette Samuels and Willetta
Richie who traveled together to enjoy the Diana Ross concert last week. I .4,stin /,photo
The timeless legendary talents ofDl)iana Ross charmed a packed house last week as thousands converged on the
to see "The Boss" at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts. The consummate performer at the age of 67,
Ross underwent five wardrobe changes to sing all of her hits and those belonging to The Supremes as well.
Accompanying her on stage were a pianist, guitarist, bassist, two drummers, four-man horn section and three
backup singers. Ready to get to work, she was not accompanied by an opening act. She entered the stage in the
above inset picture to the tune of "I'm Coming Out." Other crowd favorites performed included "Stop In the
Name of Love," "Love Hangover," "Do You Know Where You're Going To?" (theme from the film 'lM.lli'og.in\.")
and "I Will Survive.". She even received an encore and performed "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hland)".
Myths and realities of credit reporting
Herman Cain has been mulling his politics for years. Though never elected,
the self made millionaire believes he's ready for the mainstream.
Former pizza mogul mulling
2012 presidential run
Most Americans haven't heard of
Herman Cain, the former head of
the Godfather Pizza chain of pizza
restaurants who is considering
seeking the Republican presidential
But in Iowa, home to the nation's
first presidential caucuses, Cain has
caught the attention of conservative
activists influenced by the tea party
movement who aren't bothered by
candidates who have succeeded in
business but have never held a pub-
"He's creating quite a buzz." said
former Iowa Republican Party
Chairman Richard Schwarm. "He is
someone Iowa caucus-goers are
going to take very seriously."
Cain, 65, from suburban Atlanta,
has visited Iowa several times
recently. This week, he returned to
express his views similar to other
speakers, including former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich, former
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and
former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick
Santorum, but he'll offer a vastly
Apart from a failed 2004 run for
the U.S. Senate in Georgia, Cain
hasn't sought election to public
office. Instead, he held a series of
high-profile business positions that
culminated with part ownership of
the Godfather's Pizza restaurants.
He left the company in 1996 and
among other positions has worked
as host of a radio program in
Atlanta, where he gave his views
against abortion and in support of a
strong national defense, a smaller
government and a return to the gold
In January, he announced the for-
mation of an exploratory committee
to consider seeking the GOP presi-
dential nomination. "I couldn't sit
back and watch this country contin-
ue to go down the wrong track,"
Cain said in an interview. "What
we have lacked is leadership."
His message is finding an audi-
ence, especially among tea party
activists. Last month he was invited
to speak at a Tea Party Patriot gath-
ering in Phoenix, where he won a
presidential straw poll. "He's very,
very engaging," said Jenny Beth
Martin, national coordinator of the
Steve Scheffler, a member of the
Republican National Committee
and leading social conservative in
Iowa, said Cain was "beginning to
garner some interest" in the state.
Last fall Cain campaigned for two
state legislators aligned with the tea
party who defeated incumbent
Republican strategist Rich Galen,
who worked on former Sen. Fred
Thompson bid for the 2008 GOP
presidential nomination, said some
conservative supporters are noting
that it didn't take long for Barack
Obama to rise from community
activist to U.S. senator to president.
Like Obama. Cain is black, putting
him in a small category of African-
Schwarm said even little-known
candidates can compete in Iowa
against those with better national
name recognition. In 2000, Steve
Forbes finished a strong second in
the caucuses behind George W.
Bush but far ahead of John McCain.
"He is a long shot, but so is
almost everyone else right now,"
Schwarm said. "The variable is
how active will the tea party people
Cain said his business success
has left him wealthy, but not at a
level where he could self-finance a
campaign. Cain said he's eager to
travel through Iowa and other
early-nominating states. meeting
one-on-one with voters.
"Leadership is the ability to take
a good idea and sell it." said Cain.
"When the public understands it.
they will demand it. You've got to
be able to sell the idea."
by Denise Campbell
Before making a major purchase,
arm yourself with the right informa-
tion. Below are a few hypothetical
real life examples to prepare you in
Garnell Shumate wants to buy
a home in 2011, so she works hard
to maintain a good credit score.
Each year, she requests a copy of
her credit report from each of the
three major credit reporting
agency and makes sure to dispute
any items that are incorrect. The
goal has been to pay down the
cards with highest interest and
work her way down.. Shumate
understands that the ability to
purchase a home is largely
dependent on her ability to man-
age debt. If you like plan to make
a big purchase in the near future.
It's important to understand all
the factors that affect your credit
score. You also need to be able to
separate fact from fiction. Below
are a few common myths about
credit and debt management.
Myth: If you have a good credit
score you don't have to pay atten-
tion to what's in your credit report.
Reality: Read and understand
what's in your credit report. A mis-
take could coast you the best rate on
a loan or cause you to be denied. It
could also make you a target for
Look at the
fully and make
yours, says Liz
and author of
Stake: How to
Improve the 3-
That Shapes Your Financial Future.
If you see an account that is not
yours dispute it. Ask for validation
to prove the debt is yours. If they
can't prove it, they have to remove
it. If you're ignored see a lawyer
with knowledge of credit card laws,
Myth: Credit inquires will ruin
Reality: Credit inquiries don't
matter as much as rumored. Say
points, but then
it fades quickly
in a few
months, A hard
report for two
apply for credit
or a car loan or
open a bank
account. A hard
inquiry will lower your score but
only for the first five years that it's
on your report. A soft inquiry
occurs when you yourself, a
prospective employer or a lender
with whom you have an existing
relationship checks your credit
Myth: Bankruptcy will solve all
your credit problems:
Reality: Bankruptcy is the single
worst thing you can do to your
credit, so call (creditors) about a
solution first, says Weston. Chapter
7 bankruptcy remains on your
report for 10 years and chapter 13
for seven years. Your credit score
can drop by as much as 300 points.
Myth: You're safe as long as you
pay the minimum.
Reality: Credit utilization is
important. FICO credit scores look
at balances reported and available
credit. The higher one's percentage
of credit used, the more damage it
does to his or her score. Paying the
minimum may put you in good
stead with the credit card company,
but there's still an unpaid balance
over time, which affects your score
says Barry Paperno. Consumer
operations manager for my
FICO.com Experts advise using as
low a percentage of your available
credit as possible, but the ideal per-
centage is below 10%.
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March 10-16. 2011 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
By George E. Curry
The showdown between public
unions and the governor of
Wisconsin is a drama likely to be
replayed in other budget-challenged
states over the next few months and
may determine whether American
unions rebound or become a fading
fixture of the past.
According to the National
Conference of State Legislatures,
44 states and Puerto Rico have
introduced legislation governing
labor unions and collective bargain-
Because so much is at stake, both
pro- and anti-labor groups around
the nation have sent protesters to
Wisconsin during the past week to
support their cause. Thousands of
protesters, including teachers, ral-
lied in Madison, the state capitol, to
voice their concerns. Anti-labor
protesters have also marched in the
streets to express their support for a
proposed measure to strip public
unions of much of their power.
At the center of the debate is
Governor Scott Walker's proposal
to save $330 million through mid-
2013. Under the plan, government
workers will have to pay more than
half the costs of their pensions and
at least 12.6 percent of their health-
care premiums. Unions would still
be allowed to represent workers,
but could not seek pay increases
above the Consumer Price Index
unless approved by a public refer-
endum. Firefighters, police offi-
cers, and state troopers would be
exempted under the new plan.
Labor officials say they are will-
ing to compromise on pension and
healthcare benefits, but not their
ability to freely negotiate on behalf
of government workers. At the
national level, the budget battles
feature organized labor, a key base
of Democrats, and fiscally conser-
vative Republicans, the key to GOP
election gains last November.
Although public unions are being
blamed for many of Wisconsin's
woes, they are not the real culprits.
In Wisconsin, organized labor is
losing the public relations battle as
anti-labor Republicans enjoy a larg-
er share of state houses and gover-
In Wisconsin, organized labor is
losing the public relations battle as
anti-labor Republicans enjoy a larg-
er share of state houses and gover-
According to the U.S.
Department of Labor, the union
membership rate of public sector
workers (36.2 percent) is more than
five times the private rate of 6.9
percent. Within the public sector,
union membership was highest
among local government workers
such as police officers, firefighters,
A Labor Department survey in
2010 showed that African
Americans were more likely to be
union members (13.7 percent) than
Whites (11.7 percent). Asians (10.9
percent) or Hispanics (10 percent).
Unionized full-time wage and
salary workers had a median week-
ly income of S917 in 2010.
Workers not represented by unions
earned $717 S200 less than
The United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union
234 held its Il0th Anniversary at the Hyatt Hotel in Jacksonville,
Florida last weekend. Members were honored for service 25 65
years. Shown above paying their respect to the labor movement were
Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown and Cong. Corrine Brown honoring
35 year members Robert Bias. KI '
The U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported that 11.9 percent
of all wage and salary workers in
the U.S. belonged to unions in
2010, down from 20.1 percent in
By all accounts, labor unions
were primarily responsible for cre-
ating the American middle class in
the bygone era when manufacturing
was king. In an era of economic
belt-tightening and rising
Republican influence in politics,
however, they are serving as con-
venient scapegoats for pro-business
voices that wanted to get rid of
them all along.
Labor unions are fighting for survival
continued from front
measures than Whites.
The survey marks at least the
fourth time in the last year that a
major study has reached the same
conclusion: Blacks (and Latinos),
though significantly worse off
than Whites, are significantly
more optimistic about the coun-
try's future and their own. So said
a study by Betsey Stevenson and
Justin Wolfers (PDF), faculty
members at the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania.
So stated a white paper on the
impact of the Great Recession
(PDF) released in June by the Pew
Research Center, and a January
2010 report also released by Pew.
The title of the latter "Blacks
Upbeat About Progress,
Prospects" accurately reflects
the psychological state of the
majority of Black Americans now,
despite the economic devastation
they've endured and are likely to
face for years to come.
In articles on the findings of the
previous studies, I've dismissed
assertions made by some that
Blacks are simply misperceiving
the seriousness of their predica-
ment. These studies' other find-
ings indicate Blacks are fully
aware of how unequal and precar-
Kirby Smith Middle School PTSA
Selected for 1897 Grant Award
Kirby Smith Middle School environmentally focused. The
PTSA was one of 32 schools activities were kicked off Monday
nationwide to receive the 1897 with a "Wear Green Day". Those
Award from National PTA to host students wearing green were able to
"Take Your Family to School take a free photo from a profession-
Week", in recognition of the year al photographer. Aaron Mervin of
that PTA was founded. Parent Headshot Studios. On Wednesday.
engagement is a key component to a Geography Bee was held with
education reform and National PTA parents and students testing their
feels strongly about supporting and knowledge about places in the
rewarding parents at the grassroots world and enjoying a green dinner
With salads and sandwich-
es. A financial literacy
program was hosted ill
partnership with the
University of Florida
SExtension Program on
4 Thursday. The students
I. r were placed in real life
.- situation and given a
S. 't,;' : )T budget in which to man-
age. The Friday celebra-
tion honored students
i -. making the honor roll for
the second nine weeks
Shown above is Kirby Smith Principalwith an invitation to a
Marshall with Michelle Lomax during theGreen Dessert Afternoon
Green Dessert Afternoon
parent engagement activity.
level who are contributing to the
reform movement every day.
This grant award in the amount of
$1897 provided Kirby Smith
Middle School with an opportunity
to provide family friendly activities
during the second week in
The theme for the week was
"Kirby Smith Gives a Green Heart"
with a focus on making families
sponsored in part by
Cakes Galore. A Clean Up activity
in the school courtyard was held on
Saturday. During the month of
February, a plastic bag contest was
conducted with students bringing in
over 35, 000 plastic bags to recycle
for Trex Company and Winn-Dixie.
This week of activities surpassed
its goals and achieved much in
engaging the parents in the activi-
ties of the school. .
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ious their economic standing
remains. Further, the Pew survey
of January 2010 reported that
more than 80 percent of Blacks,
compared with about a third of
Whites, believe that racism
remains a significant factor in
American life. Nonetheless, the
surveys also found that Blacks,
and to a lesser extent Latino
Americans, feel that under a
Democratic administration, they
have a chance for improvement.
In other words, Blacks aren't in
a swoon now that the President of
the United States is a Black
American. Instead, I've explained
it as a matter "equanimity" born of
historical experience and "faith."
Those explanations apply to the
findings of the Washington Post-
Kaiser-Harvard poll as well. They
stem from the most sustaining root
of Black Americans' society-
their profound religiosity The last
finding of the Post-Kaiser-
Harvard poll revealed that 83 per-
cent of Blacks (compared to 50
percent of Whites and 61 percent
of Latinos) count "religion or faith
in God as very important in help-
ing them get through tough finan-
cial times. They lead one to con-
clude that, whatever their denomi-
nation, Black Americans have an
over-arching common religion:
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A SIMPLE FORMULA: Strong neighborhood schools + char-
ters + afterschool programs = good toolbox for education
Many organizations and compa-
nies are using the word "toolbox"
to explain training courses or initia-
tive they are using to create solu-
tions to problems.
The concept is very simple. What
is in everyone's toolbox various
tools or devices right?
How do you fix public educa-
tion? There's simply no one answer
to the question. It has to be a com-
plete mixture of public policy,
parental involvement, curriculum
and the ability to motivate students
- various tools.
Education's toolbox has to
include strong public schools, high
performing charter schools and
education initiativeslike the
Harlem Children's Zone that focus-
es on youth from "cradle to col-
lege." The Harlem model is unique
because it provides those "wrap
around" services or support servic-
es that students and families' need.
National Charter Schools like
KIPP have also had a lot of success
for several reasons, but one of the
most prominent is that they have
figured out how to motivate stu-
dents in ways normal public
schools have not.
Obviously that is one of the solu-
tions especially for minorities -
unique or cultural techniques used
to inspire and motivate.
Is it so wrong to use Hip Hop
music to teach multiplication
tables? I don't think so.
When it comes to education we
have to take some of the formal
boundaries off and look at ways to
get parents more involved and stu-
dents more motivated and focused.
Students from low-income fami-
lies face so many distractions that
fusing music and other elements of
culture into education can help
bridge that comprehension gap that
In 1933, Carter G. Woodson
wrote what many consider as one
of the most profound pieces of
African American literature "The
Mis-Education of the Negro."
Woodson basically was saying
that the educational system [public
education] has failed throughout
the years to present authentic
Negro history in schools. And
essentially taught in a rigid struc-
tural way that has not been benefi-
cial to blacks.
It may sound a like simple issue
of history to some, but Woodson
argued that the lack of black histo-
ry being taught in classrooms was
only the tip of the iceberg. He
argued that the neglect and distor-
tion of facts "deprived the black
child and his whole race of a her-
itage, and relegated him to nothing-
ness and nobodyness."
One could easily argue that
Woodson's concerns were extreme-
ly relevant in the past, but what
about today in America? In this
new Information Age is it so much
easier to get information on literal-
ly any topic imaginable. Many
would also argue that the lack of
Black History being taught in
schools pales in comparison to the
actual lack of quality education in
many public schools.
Many folks who push education
reform push the notion of "Choice"
as one solution. The notion is sim-
ple all students should have vari-
ous options when it comes to their
education versus being stuck at
failing or marginal schools.
Makes sense, however what do
you do about the failing or below
average public schools? If you
encourage this "choice" then how
do you ever fix the bad schools and
motivate good students to return to
I believe that charters have a
place in the toolbox, but I am not
willing to trade off neighborhood
public schools for charters. Strong
quality neighborhood schools and
charters can coexist. In fact, I think
that we need to start using the best
practices of good charter and pri-
vate schools to help make our pub-
lic schools better.
Let's look at student who has
fallen behind in school and apply
the toolbox concept. So whose fault
is it that little Johnny is two-grade
levels behind in reading? There's
certainly a lot of blame to go
around, but one can't fix Johnny's
problem with one solution.
You can probably see where I am
headed with this. We as parents
have to be willing to step up or in
when the public school system does
not provide the level of education
or types of curriculums that benefit
Johnny's first tool is simple -
stronger parental involvement.
Little Johnny may need to be at a
Magnet School that focuses on
reading and phonic learning tool
two. Or maybe Johnny needs to be
at school like Tiger Academy,
which is striving to be one of those
high performing charter schools
that I mentioned before tool
Maybe another tool is a
Communities in Schools after
school program that focuses on
intensive reading for two hours a
day and helps fill the gaps from his
regular school day.
And maybe it will take a combi-
nation of tools to help Johnny
become a better student, but we
have to get to a point where we can
evaluate each student and figure
out the best tools for them to be
The education of our children is
so much broader than the schools
they attend. Education has to be
bigger than the school campus,
which takes me back to the first
tool I mentioned when referencing
The responsibility starts and
stops with parents. If the school
system will not figure out the best
"toolbox" solution for your child
then it's on you to at least try to
find tools to help your child suc-
Take ownership in your child's
education. I hear teachers say it all
the time. The students who normal-
ly succeed are the one's whose par-
ents are active in their child's
school lives and push their children
Signing off from a high perform-
ing public school,
Why so many white men still don't like President Obama
found a lot of
Voter anger against government
even among those that identify as
Tea Party backers is down, the
Wisconsin union standoff hasn't
stirred any widespread anti-labor
backlash, and there's more toler-
ance than ever for same sex mar-
But the poll also found a trou-
bling note, a continuing troubling
note for the White House, and a
happy one for the GOP.
White males still by big margins
either disapprove or strongly disap-
prove of the president's job per-
formance. The continued high dis-
approval ratings among this group
is even more glaring since it comes
at the point where more Americans
than in the past year say they like
the job Obama's doing. That is
again all except, a majority of
The temptation is to chalk the
continued skepticism and down-
right hostility to Obama of many
white males up to the stereotypical
gun rack, beer guzzling, white blue
collar Joe. Many of those that don't
like Obama do fit that image. But
many don't. A significant percent
in the Pew Center survey are mid-
dle to upper income, college edu-
cated, and live in a suburban neigh-
Their numbers are big and their
political influence potent. The cur-
rent crop of GOP presidential can-
didates know that, and bank on
them to once more be the driving
force in the 2012 presidential elec-
tion. There's some reason for that
In 2000, exit polling showed that
while white women backed Bush
over Democratic Presidential con-
tender Al Gore by 3 percentage
points. White men backed Bush by
27 percentage points. Without the
big backing of Southern white
males for Bush in 2000. Gore
would have easily won the White
House, and the Florida vote deba-
cle would have been a meaningless
sideshow. In the 2004 election the
earlier polls that showed Bush get-
ting sixty percent of the white male
votes nationally were totally accu-
rate. In the South. he garnered more
than 70 percent of their vote. Four
years later the margin was 26
points for Bush over Democratic
presidential rival John Kerry
among white males. Bush swept
Kerry in every one of the Old
Confederacy states and three out of
four of the Border States. That
insured another Bush White House.
In 2008, GOP Presidential candi-
date John McCain got nearly sixty
percent of the white male vote.
Though this was down slightly
from prior presidential years, it still
was high enough to keep McCain
The intense and unshakable loy-
alty of a majority of working and
middle class white men to the G(;OP
is not new. lThe gcnldc gap \Vwas first
identified and labeled in ithe 1980
contest between Reagan and Carter.
That year Reagan had more than a
20 percent bulge in the margin of
male votes he got over C'arter. Blv
comparison, women voters split
almost evenly down the middle in
backing both Reagan and Carter.
Men didn't waver from their sup-
port of Reagan during his years in
office. In fact, many of them made
no secret about why they liked him.
His reputed toughness. firmness
and refusal to compromise on
issues of war and peace fit neatly
into the often times stereotypical
male qualities of professed
courage, determination, and tough-
Though the penchant for white
males to back Republican presi-
dents gave Bush the electoral edge
in therace against Gore and Kerry
in 2000, Gore won the popular vote
as well as the electoral votes in
more than a dozen states and
women voters provided the margin
for victory in those states for him.
The GOP's grip on nale voters,
however, could have even spelled
doom for Bill Clinton in his reelec-
tion bid in 1996.
If women had not turned out in
large numbers and voted heavily
for Clinton, GOP presidential con-
tender Robert Dole may well have
beat him out. While men rate
defense, a strong military, the war
on terrorism, and national security
as high on their list of concerns,
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While racial, gender, and eco-
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to the )GOP, they're hardly the only
reason for their political love affair
with the party. Republicans have
also played hard on the anger. fius-
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harbor toward government and
their swoon over military tough-
ness. The Tea Party. Palin, the Fox
News Network and the shrill pack
of right wing bloggers and talk
show hosts have fanned and
inflamed the anti-government and
borderline racism of many white
males to power their movement.
This paid big dividends in the
November mid-term elections.
And for four decades before that it
has been the trump card for win-
ning GOP presidents and even los-
ing GOP presidential candidates,
Win or lose, the (OP still banks
heavily that that vote will be there
for whomever emerges lrom the
G)OP presidential contender pack
again. The Pew ('enter Survey sinm-
ply confirmed it's not a fawn hope.
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Candidates missing mayoral forum
sends clear message to Black community
by Noval Jones
"Clearly, the widening of our disparity gap is the single greatest threat to
our community. We are not moving quickly enough to achieve the aspira-
tional goals of Dr. King. We must do more." Mayor John Peyton (speech
given during MLK Breakfast)
It was just about eight years ago when candidate John Peyton attended a
forum on race relations during his quest to become the next mayor of
Jacksonville. Eight months earlier, the Jacksonville Community Council,
Incorporated (JCC1) released its report on race relations called, Beyond the
Talk: Improving Race Relations. For many, the study provided clear docu-
mentation of things often left unsaid. Whether the good old boys wanted to
admit it or not, Jacksonville was a town mired in racism that in many ways
was impeding the full potential of the city. Much of the information in the
report made it clear that Jacksonville lacked the leadership to move the city
beyond its historical racist barriers into an era of greatness.
"While Jacksonville has made progress in race relations over the past 40
years, significant race-based social and economic inequalities still exist in
Jacksonville, and racism still persists," the JCCI report stated as the first of
twenty-one conclusions. "Much improvement is still needed, because
racism breaks the body, mind, heart, and spirit of people."
During the forum held in 2003, Peyton held to his "business model"
strategy for running government. He insisted that generic equal footing
would be applied to all and through this process disparities would elimi-
nate themselves. After all, bottom lines are what really matter when deal-
ing with taxpayer dollars. At least that's what Peyton seemed to think at the
strategy won him the
However, much to his
surprise, running a gov-
ernment hasn't been as
bottom line oriented as
anticipated. For as much
as we all hate high taxes
and big government,
there is a price to pay for
steering your community
around issues that some
would like to remain
invisible. And even
would prefer to ignore it,
racism at its roots spawn
It is a clear indicator of what to
expect if any one of the two miss-
ing candidates are sworn in as
the city's next leader. We can
probably expect closed doors,
closed minds and a healthy dose
of open denial of the damage
hemorrhaging racial disparities
are doing to the quality of life for
us alL The same thing Peyton
suffered from as he stumped his
campaign eight years ago.
many social disconnects that governments even-
tually end up shouldering the burden anyway.
During the most recent Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, as a means of
refection, Peyton attempted to explain how far he has come as a leader who
once believed that racism was an issue that would eventually resolve itself.
"In business, decisions usually boil down to return on investment and
often require discipline and accountability. And results are easy to measure
you either hit your number or you didn't," Peyton indicated. "Being a
civic leader is really quite different. Return on investment is often harder
to measure, issues are far more complex and deep understanding, trust and
compassion are essential ingredients for outcomes that are most likely to
So here we are eight years later. The stage was set once again to engage
a conversation on race relations with candidates who seek to be
.lacksonville's next mayor. The Jacksonville Urban League and twenty
other community organizations sponsored the Reality of Race Relations in
Jacksonville Mayoral Candidates Forum as a vehicle for dialogue on a
range of issues. Four of the six candidates made the event a priority. The
two white male Republican candidates, Rick Mullaney and Mike Hogan,
opted out. To many. their absence spoke volumes regarding the respect they
have for an entire segment of the Jacksonville community. It also is a clear
indicator of what to expect if any one of the two missing candidates are
sworn in as the city's next leader. We can probably expect closed doors,
closed minds and a healthy dose of open denial of the damage hemorrhag-
ing racial disparities are doing to the quality of life for us all. The same
thing Peyton suffered from as he stumped his campaign eight years ago.
Just like other campaign issues such as tax cuts, crime and economic
development, race relations is worthy of a solutions debate. And given
there are significant lessons learned regarding race during the Peyton
administration, candidate debate could be substantive with specific solu-
tions put on the table. There would be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide
with accountability as the ultimate decider. What we have instead are two
candidates who believe the wants and needs of the extreme right wing frac-
tion of the Republican Party are more important than the collective growth
of the community. And that is a shame.
As the JCCI report stated as its first recommendation more than eight
years ago. "the Mayor of Jacksonville should take ownership of the race
relations problem in Jacksonville. The Mayor should galvanize communi-
ty leadership, including government, business, education, and the faith
community, to create a vision for Jacksonville of racial justice and inclu-
sion, in which all residents feel free to, and actually do, participate fully in
public life, unimpeded by race-based disparities or discrimination."
Now that we know where they stand, there can be no expectations of
racial progress from a possible Mullaney or Hogan administration. Not
unless a message of inclusion is delivered by voters throughout the com-
munity to the absent candidates at the ballot box.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "If once you forfeit the confidence of
your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."
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-Ole. Georgia marks Civil War's
// '40 acres and a mule' rule
Queen Diva Norma White
Vice Queen Bertha Padgett
Secretary Anest McCarthy
Treasurer Gloria Reid
New chapter of Red Hat Society established
Ladies of DivaNation was recent-
ly established in Jacksonville as a
chapter of the Red Hat Society. In
celebration, they commemorated
the birthday of Diva Gail Kenney.
The Red Hat Society is a global
society of women that supports and
encourages women in their pursuit
of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfill-
ment, and fitness through organized
activities and of course wearing
The organization has become the
international society dedicated to
reshaping the way women are
viewed in today's culture.
The goal is for members to bond
as they travel through life together.
The Society is not a sorority or a
voluntary service club. There are no
initiations or fundraising projects.
A founder or leader of a local
chapter is usually referred to as a
"Queen". Members are called "Red
Hatters". Members 50 and over
wear red hats and purple attire to all
functions. A woman under age 50
may also become a member, but she
wears a pink hat and lavender attire
to the Society's events until reach-
ing her 50th birthday. She is
referred to as a "Pink Hatter."
Seven Zeta Phi Beta members
face assault and hazing charges
BALTIMORE,Md. Seven for-
mer and current members of Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority were formally
charged with assault and hazing
last week after allegedly beating
and severely bruising a former
pledge at the University of
According to court documents.
Lavisha McClarin said that she
was choked, shoved into a wall
and hit on her buttocks with an
oak paddle by the sorority mem-
bers on more than one occasion.
The assaults are alleged to have
taken place in two different loca-
tions, one of which is the home of
Kandyce Jackson, a 32-year-old
member of the organization. Both
alleged attacks occurred in
After the second hazing inci-
dent, McClarin reported the
attacks to the University of
Maryland and withdrew from the
historically black sorority. The
university suspended Zeta Phi
Beta indefinitely in November
2010. The other members range in
age from 22-26. "Hazing of any
kind is strictly prohibited, and is
inconsistent with the principles of
the sorority." according to a state-
ment by Zeta Phi Beta spokes-
woman Stacve Montez.
A lawyer for Pendleton. who is
weeks away from earning a gradu-
ate degree and who has been
accepted into a Ph.D. program.
denies the charges, saying that his
client finds hazing "abhorrent"
and isn't sure how her name
appeared on the list. IPndlcton is
accused of being one of the mnci-
bers who struck and choked the
The officers of the Ladies of
DivaNation are : Queen Diva
Norma White, Vice Queen )iva
Bertha Padgett, Secretary liva
Anest McCarthy and Treasurer -
Diva Gloria Reid.
The DivaNation rosier also
includes Brenda White, Bettie
Hudson, Sarah Roberts, (loria
Reid, Catherine Ford-Mobley,
Patricia McGriff, Bettye Lang,
Mary Madison, Yvette Thomas,
Sandra Milton, Ruby George,
Jimmie Harper, Betty Howard and
The Red Ilal Society (RIIS) is a
social organization, founded in
1998, for `women approaching the
age of 50 and beyond. As ofl
January 2011 there are over 70,0)00
registered members and almost
24,000 chapters in the UInited States
and 25 other countries. It is the
largest women's social group in the
The official Red Hat Society day
is April 25 each year.
Legislator files bill to end FCAT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Rep.
Dwight Bullard (D-Miami) has
filed legislation to improve student
performance and school quality
with a new education accountabIill-
ty plan for Florida.
House Bill 1341 phases out in four
years the use of the Florida
(omprehensive Assessment Tcsl
( 't:'\' ) as the oinl\ loolI0 loi detcl
niIin sgiStudent andi school pei t)ro 1-
ancc in most grades. Thic IA'.T
would be replaced with an account-
ability plan that considers the
cilirct V of w11hat st udents learn
throughout tlhe \iar instead of the
currentiI practice of iudging per-
fomi1n1ce1 n il one standILrdi/cd lest.
11l 1341 wouldd end the high
slakes nalurc ol all sliuind idicd
itA ddll c 1M I ,,ol s1u'tid lll l'l I i 1,' 1in1
tests ihat cal Im low be used to l ealunt
3a child III 11"h s o1
a highl schlo ll stldc l I lrol 1 uil-
ing siiillp\ tot dolln' wpoolk ,tin one
test. 1 t'I i theiC bill, ludcnils td
schliotols would d he iudgcd h the
cntii'cl\ o tl llcii \\ iork I ll icsc and
otlier subjects to gi\c I lloidiian- a
true picluic of lihe quatilit ot the
entire public school sIsteinc.
Sen. Maiia Sachs (D-lD)elay
Beach) is sponsoring the bill in thel
by R. 13ynuin
SAVANNAH, Ga. It was an
attempt by the U.S. government to
help former slaves on the road to
freedom. Known by the phrase "40
acres and a mule," it came to sym-
bolize America's broken promises
during a century of struggles for
black Americans following the
The policy was hatched in
Savannah by Union (ien. William
T. Shernlan in January I'865, a
montl after his Union troops cap-
tured the city. The idea: (ive thou-
sands of freed slaves land seized
from white planters on the Georgia
coast, plus a mule to help alarm it.
'o coincide with the 150th
anniversary of the first shots of the
Civil War, the Georgia Historical
Society unveiled a historical mark-
er yesterday summing up the histo-
ry of "40 acres" outside the cotton
merchant's mansion that served as
Sherman's headquarters toward the
end of the war.
"This was an event of national
significance," said Todd Groce, the
society's president. "You're at a
point where African-Americans are
beginning to make a transition out
NFL great Jerome Bettis greets and
bowls with local fins -lFormer Pittsburgh Steeler and
Sup crb\\ l Champion Jerome "'The Bus" Bettis made a guest appearance
at Latitude 30 to meet and greet fans and sign memorabilia, as well as
ho\\ Bettis was in to\\n checking out the bowling alley as he is planning
to open a Latitude 30 in Pittsburgh.He is shown above with Jacksonville
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of generations of slavery. And we
see just how long and painful a road
that's going to be."
The "40 acres" policy actually
came down as a military order,
Special Field Orders No. 15, issued
by Sherman after he met with
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
and 20 black ministers.
The ministers were asked for
advice on how to deal with thou-
sands of freed slaves who had been
following Sherman's army since its
long march from Atlanta.
The general didn't want them in
tow, saying he couldn't feed or pro-
tect them. Sherman's order granted
the ex-slaves each 40 acres, to be
located along the U.S. coast from
Charleston, S.C., to the St. Johns
River in Florida.
The promise of "40 acres" didn't
last. A few months after Abraham
Lincoln's assassination in April
1865, President Andrew Johnson
ordered that lands seized from
Southern whites be returned.
Many white planters allowed
blacks to stay and keep farming
their land, resulting in the share-
cropper system that wasn't far
removed from slavery.
March 10-16 2011
March 10-16, 2011
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Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll headlines
Greater Grant Family & Friends Day
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church will celebrate their annual
Family & Friends Day on Sunday, March 13, 2011 with Bishop Virgil Jones
and Florida's Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll as the guest speakers for the
early and mid-morning worship services. Church school will begin at 9:30
a.m. and will include visiting guest teachers. Everyone is invited to come
out and share in this wonderful celebration.
The early morning worship at 8:00 am features the Bishop Virgil C. Jones,
Sr., pastor of Philippian Community Church, as the messenger of the Word.
Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Florida, will be the
guest speaker for the mid-morning worship experience beginning at 11:00
am. Carroll made history as the first African American and the first woman
elected to this position. She previously served as the Florida House of
Representatives for seven years.
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road
(Sibbald Avenue at Gilchrist Road) and the Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr.
is the pastor. Call (904) 764-5992 for more information.
Celebrate Church and Pastor
Anniversaries at St. John
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, located at 135 Brickyard Road in
Middleburg, FL 32068. will be celebrating the Church's 130 years of exis-
tence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr.'s, 21 years of service. The celebration
will be continued throughout the month of March as follows: Friday 11th,
18th & 25th at 7 p.m. Wednesday 23rd at 7 p.m. and Sunday 13th. 20th
& 27th at 4 p.m. Come and experience the move of God and be blessed
with singing, praying, and preaching at these services. For further informa-
tion call 272-5100.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29.
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll. by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more
information, call Rev. Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400 or e-mail CFIGC-
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be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
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to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress(naol.com.
First Timothy hosting Keeping it Real
Empowerment Slumber Party for Girls
First Timothy Baptist Church will host "Keeping it Real 3", a conference
and slumber party for women and girls. Sponsored by Empowerment
Resources, Inc. and the Family Planning division of the Duval County
Health Department, the unique event is promised to be educational as well
as iun. Girls will receive educational sessions on healthy relationships,
Internet safety, self esteem and HIV/AIDS in addition to free health screen-
ings and HIV testing on Saturday morning. Other fln activities include
karaoke, creative memories scrapbooking, free massage therapy for women
and an early morning Zumba exercise. The opening keynote address is on
Friday by Melanie Lawson, from WJXL, channel 4 news.
The event begins Friday March 11 at 6 p.m. and ends on the 12th at noon
at the church located at 12103 Biscayne Blvd.. It is free for women and
girls, age 9 and up. For more information on the event please call (904)
268-8287 or (904) 556-5200 or visit www.empowermentresourcesinc.org.\
Church Fellowship Worship
Ministries Anniversary Celebration
Join Bishop Bruce V. Allen and the Church Fellowship Worship
Ministries, March 9-13, as they celebrate their 13th Pastor and Church
Anniversary. The theme is "The Year of Turn-Around." The dynamic roster
of speakers include: Friday 3/11 Pastor Leofric Thomas, Open Arms
Christian Fellowship (all services at 7 p.m.); Saturday 3/12 9 a.m. Men's
Prayer Breakfast with Bishop A.C. Richardson, New Life Evangelistic
Center; Sunday 3/13 10 a.m. service with Apostle Fred Gooden III, Divine
Influence Worship Ministries; Sunday 3/13 5 p.m. Bishop Allen T.D.
Wiggins, The Hope Church of Orlando. Saturday events also include a
Women's Luncheon at 1 p.m. and youth activities at 5 p.m.
The Church is located at 8808 Lem Turner Road. For more information,
Global Day of Prayer
The Global Day of Prayer will be celebrated locally at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Christians will be united across the country as festivities
will be streamed live from 6 10 p.m. Approximately 400 million
Christians in 220 countries participate in the Global Day of Prayer. The pur-
pose of the event is to unite Christians for worship through praise and
prayer while mobilizing the church to become involved in social issues
such as redeveloping urban areas, feeding the poor, clothing the unclothed
and supporting the oppressed. For more information, log on to www.glob-
aldayofprayer.com or contactJ .hilie Watson at 737-0012.
Summerville honors Hurst In honor of Black
History Month, Summerville Missionary Baptist Church paid tribute to
hometown hero Rodney Hurst. Hurst, a Jacksonville native, was instru-
mental during the civil rights movement with his participation in the
NAACP and specifically Ax Handle Saturday. He is also author of the
award winning Hotdog and a Coke" Shown above is Rodney Hurst
receiving his plaque from Summerville's pastor, Dr. James Henry.
Family and Friends Day at El Beth El
The pastor, officers and members of El Beth El Divine Holiness Church
invite the community to worship with them and be their special guest at
their Annual Family and Friends Day Celebration. It will be held on April
20th at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. The Honorable Sheriff John Rutherford
will be the guest speaker tfr the 11 a.m.. service and Pastor Frederick
Jacob, Pastor of Great Awakening Ministries Church, will speak at the 3
p.m. service. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lorenzo Hall
Sr. at 904-710-1586. Dinner will be serving after both services.
Thle church is located ;tl 723 \\est 4th Street Jacksonville, Fla.
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
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Former Inmates Get a Second Chance with
Bishop T. D. Jakes' TORI Rehabilitation Program
DALLAS Tx The Texas
Offenders Re-entry Initiative
(TORI), started at the Potter's
House, is giving former inmates a
chance at a new beginning.
After seeing the need for a reha-
bilitation program for imnates try-
ing to re-enter society. Bishop T.D.
Jakes started TORI in 2004.On
Saturday, 100 participants of the 12
month program graduated.
To walk a mile in the graduates'
shoes, is to take quite a rough jour-
nev. Decisions each of them made in
the past landed them in prison.
"30 years." said TORI graduate,
Frank Jenkins Jr. "I done 30 flat and
I've been out about 16 months
A year ago, standing 100 strong,
the men and women who graduated
Saturday decided to fight.
"To climb, to stretch, to grow and
go, and turn my life around and stop
looking back so I could see where I
was going," said TORI graduate,
The Texas offenderss Re-enlry
Initiative showed Wagner the light
The Church is located at:
215 Bethel Baptist St.
Fax: (904) 353-9993
Bishop Jakes congraaulates ex-offenders from the program.
she needed to move forward. "One of the biggest advantages
"It gave me a place that 1 could be we have is the spiritual component."
around someone that understands said TORI executive director. Tina
where I come from and where I'm Naidoo. "It gives you hope. It
trying to go." Wagner said. allows you to get past the rejection
lThe programin taught her life and because unfortunately our society,
job skills and gave her a spiritual our community is not so forgiving."
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church celebrate their Pastor, Bishop
Rudolph McKissick, Jr. for 15 years as the church Pastor and 25
years preaching God's word. He has dedicated his life to serving
the Lord and his community. Please come and join us during this
time of fellowship and celebration.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Special Family Fun Day "Gaming With The Bishop"
From 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Sulnda,, March 20, 2011
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Worship Services
Pastor Corey Brown
Providence Baptist Church inNewport News, Virginia
6:00 p.m. Anniversary Worship Service
Pastor Jamal Bryant
Empowernient Tei'mphle' in ialtimore, Maryland
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'Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
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BWhat's the Difference: Alzheimer's vs. Dementia
by Dr. Robert Stern
In a nutshell, dementia is a symp-
tom, and Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
is the cause of the symptom. When
someone is told they have demen-
tia, it means that they have signifi-
cant memory problems as well as
other cognitive difficulties, and that
these problems are severe enough
to get in the way of daily living.
Too often, patients and their fam-
ily members are told by their doc-
tors that the patient has been diag-
nosed with "a little bit of demen-
tia." They leave the doctor's visit
with a feeling of relief that at least
they don't have Alzheimer's.
There is great confusion about
the difference between "dementia"
and "AD." The confusion is felt on
the part of patients, family mem-
bers, the media, and even health-
"Dementia" is a term that has
replaced a more out-of-date word,
"senility," to refer to cognitive
changes with advanced age.
Dementia includes a group of
symptoms, the most prominent of
which is memory difficulty with
additional problems in at least one
other area of cognitive functioning,
including language, attention, prob-
lem solving, spatial skills, judg-
ment, planning, or organization.
These cognitive problems are a
noticeable change compared to the
person's cognitive functioning ear-
lier in life and are severe enough to
get in the way of daily living with
social and occupational activities.
A good analogy to the term
dementia is "fever." Fever refers to
an elevated temperature, indicating
that a person is sick. But it does not
give any information about what is
causing the sickness. In the same
way, dementia means that there is
something wrong with a person's
brain, but it does not provide any
information about what is causing
the memory or cognitive difficul-
ties. Dementia is not a disease; it is
the clinical presentation or symp-
toms of a disease.
There are many possible causes
of dementia. Some causes are
reversible, such as certain thyroid
conditions or vitamin deficiencies.
If these underlying problems are
identified and treated, then the
dementia reverses and the person
can return to normal functioning.
However, most causes of demen-
tia are not reversible. Rather, they
are degenerative diseases of the
Fullwood learning hands on
A platinum wedding came to
Jacksonville by way of Charzetta
Patrice Spencer becoming one with
Derrick Benjamin Small on
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
The ceremony was performed by
both of the couple's Bishops,
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr.
and Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick,
Jr. at an afternoon ceremony. The
ceremony was witnessed by a few
hundred of the couple's family
members and closest friends.
The former Charzetta Spencer is
the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles
F. Spencer and Ms. Pat Lockett-
Derrick Small is the son of the
late Mr. Derrick L. Small and
Prophetess April Anderson.
Immediately following tihe cere-
mony, the couple hosted their
reception at the University Club.
The bridal party included seven
attendants on each side, 3 flower
girls, a Bible and Ring Bearer, 7
hostesses and 6 Ushers.
The Bride wore a custom
designed strapless trumpet styled
dress during the ceremony, while
the Groom was custom fitted in an
all grey Cut-Away tuxedo, white
shirt, white paisley ascot and vest.
During the reception, both the
Bride and Groom changed into
their evening attire to celebrate
with their guests from around the
country. The couple and their
guests enjoyed the sounds of both a
the live band, "Kemistree", as well
as, Mr. Al Pete, while Gene Dot
Com honored the couple as the
evening announcer. The couple's
wedding cake was a custom 5-tier
lemon with cream cheese tower
with fresh hand-picked orchids.
Their first dance was to the sounds
of Kemistree's rendition of
"Golden" by Chrisette Michelle.
The Bride, accompanied by the live
band, serenaded the Groom, with
her very own rendition of W\Vitilne
Houston's "All The Man 1 Need"
and received a standing ovation
from both her (Groom and guests.
The couple traveled to Mexico for
their honeymoon, after first attend-
ing church service the morning fol-
lowing the ceremony.
The couple will reside in
Stanton Gala Committee Meeting
Current class leaders, faculty and staff of Old Stanton. New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational high schools are urged to attend a Gala/Reunion
Meeting on Monday, March 14, 2011, 6:00 P.M.. at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street entrance to
discuss plans for the 5th Stanton Gala on June 25, 2011. For more infor-
mation, visit the Stanton web site at www.stantonhigh.org. or call
Kenneth Reddick, Gala Chairman at 904-764-8795.
Appeal for a truck donation
The Millions More Movement ,Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for the donation
of a truck.This truck will be used for clothes pickup and restricted to
only organizational business. The truck will be most useful in helping to
better do what they best "Serve The Peoplc".lelp Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., for the Millions More Movement, "as we
work to end the violence through a good, quality education and not
more incarceration ".Visit our website:www.jaxloc.org or call us at
904-240-9133 if you want to learn more about our organization .
.Rep. Reggie Fullwood recently
visited DaVita Inc., a leading
provider of kidney care to learn
more about Kidney Disease as
March is National Kidney Month.
While there, he met with patients
and care givers to learn more about
dialysis and the kidney care needs
of Jacksonville residents.
"It was a very enlightening expe-
rience to visit DaVita. It gave me a
better understanding of the dialysis
process and how it affects fami-
lies," said Fullwood, whose grand-
father was on dialysis. "It's
important to provide support and
funding to individuals and families
in need of dialysis care."
More than 31 million Americans
are affected by CKD, most of Shown above is Rep
whom are unaware they are alfect- Reginald Thomas.
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. Reginald Fullwood meeting with
ors (those 60)
include diabetes, hypertension, car-
diovascular disease or a family his-
tory of these conditions.
brain that get worse over time. The
most common cause of dementia is
AD, accounting for as many as 70-
80% of all cases of dementia.
Approximately 5.3 million
Americans currently live with AD.
As people get older, the prevalence
of AD increases, with approximate-
ly 50% of people age 85 and older
having the disease.
It is important to note, however,
that although AD is extremely com-
mon in later years of life, it is not
part of normal aging. For that mat-
ter, dementia is not part of normal
aging. If someone has dementia
(due to whatever underlying cause),
it represents an important problem
in need of appropriate diagnosis
and treatment by a well-trained
healthcare provider who specializes
in degenerative diseases.
When someone is told they have
dementia, it means that they have
significant memory problems as
well as other cognitive difficulties.
Contrary to what some people
may think, dementia is not a less
severe problem, with AD being a
more severe problem. There is not a
continuum with dementia on one
side and AD at the extreme. Rather,
there can be early or mild stages of
AD, which then progress to moder-
ate and severe stages of the disease.
One reason for the confusion
about dementia and AD is that it is
not possible to diagnose AD with
100% accuracy while someone is
alive. Rather, AD can only truly be
diagnosed after death, upon autopsy
when the brain tissue is carefully
examined by a specialized doctor
referred to as a neuropathologist.
During life, a patient can be diag-
nosed with "probable AD." This
term is used by doctors and
researchers to indicate that, based
on the person's symptoms and the
results of various tests, it is very
likely that the person will show
pathological features of AD when
the brain tissue is examined follow-
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SWhat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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,
PRIDE Book Club
The PRIDE Book CLub. northeast
Florida's largest book club for peo-
ple of color, will hold their next
meeting on Friday March llth. It
will begin at 7 PM in the home of
Marie Carter. The book for discus-
sion is Don Bring Hone a ItWhite
Boy by Karyn Folan. For directions
or more information, call 220-4746
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.
The Miracle in Rwanda
On March 11,2011, at the Times-
Union Center for the Performing
Arts Terry Theatre, St. Gerard
Campus will host a presentation of
a one-woman performance based
on the true story of Immaculee
Ilibagiza, a survivor of the genocide
in Rwanda. This amazing perform-
ance is both spiritual and powerful.
Tickets are $55 for adults, $35 for
students and are available through
Ticketmaster or the Box Office.
BCU alumni annual
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter of Bethune-Cookman
University will host its Annual Dr.
Mary McLeod Bethune Community
Leadership Breakfast on Saturday,
March 12th at 9 a.m. It will be
held at the Crown Plaza Hotel
Jacksonville International Airport.
Tickets are now available. For
more information, call 307-8492or
visit us www.duvalnassaubcualum-
The Skin Cancer Foundation's
Road to Healthy Skin Tour will
offer FREE, full body skin cancer
screenings and the latest skin can-
cer information to the public.
Screenings are first come, first
serve and will be held on Friday,
March 11th from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing
Pier, 503 1 st Street North. For more
info, visit www.SkinCancer.org/Tour.
There will be a Children's Arts
workshop on Saturday, March
12th at 31 West Adams St., down-
town, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Youth aged 5 to 15 are welcome to
attend and there is a nominal cost of
$5 for art supplies. Children will
learn block printing techniques with
found objects and will also create
their own block in addition to learn-
ing the art of collage. They will
come home with their own made
wrapping paper and a piece ofcom-
For more information, contact
the Art Center at 355-1757.
For Colored Girl
at Stage Aurora
The award winning play "For
Colored Girls will be presented by
Stage Aurora March 18-20 and 25-
27 at the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue.
Tickets are currently on sale. For
more information call 765-7372.
at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will conclude
their Ladies of Jazz series with
Diane Reeves. The performance
will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday,
March 19th at 8 p.m. For tickets
Ms. Delta Teen Pageant
The 57th Miss Delta Teen Pageant
will take place on Saturday, March
19, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. The theme this year, Lift
Ev 'ry Voice: A Celebration of
Jacksonville Sights and Sounds,
features our contestants portraying
at the Ritz
Come visit the best local talent out
there at Amateur Night at the Ritz
on Friday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m.
The monthly event always sells out.
For more info call 632-5555 or visit
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
April 7 at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
Kevin Hart at the
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
performance on Friday, April 15th
at the Florida Theatre. Showtime is
8 p.m. Call the box office for tick-
The BET Music Matters tour will
feature Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie
Fiona and Anthony Day. The artists
are committed to giving their audi-
ence a complete musical experience
by combining meaningful lyrics
with passionate performances. It
will be on Saturday, April 16th at
8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre.
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Fernandina Beach has been moved
up to the weekend of April 29th.
Attendees will be able to treat them-
selves to a feast of the sea and live-
ly entertainment in the birthplace of
the modern shrimping industry.
There will be food, music, arts.
crafts, antiques and live entertain-
ment Friday Sunday. For more
information, visit www.shrimpfesti-
Dwight Eubanks hosts
Runway Fashion Show
(elebritv stylist Dwi\ght liubanks
fromi the Atlanta IHousewives will
he hosting "The Ultimate Runway
2011 Fashion Show" at The Garden
Club on Saturday, April 30th with
doors opening at 6 p.m. The Garden
Club is located at 105 Riverside
Avenue. For more information, call
The annual FunkFest two day con-
cert will be held May 5 & 6 at
Metropolitan Park. This years head-
liners include Guy, Maze & Frankie
Beverly, Earth Wind & Fire, Ledisi,
MC Hammer, Musiq Soulchild,
Faith Evans and more artists to be
announced. For tickets or more
info, call 1-800-514-3849.
and Kirk Franklin
The Gospel Comedy Tour starring
Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin
will stop in Jacksonville on
Saturday May 21st at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Showtime is 8
p.m. Call ticketmaster for tickets.
Trail of Tails: Fun
Walk & Festival
Join the Jacksonville Humane
Society for the third annual Trail of
Tails: Fun Walk & Festival on
Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Landing. Registration is $30 per
person, $25 p.p. for members of
teams of four or more. Registration
includes a T-shirt and goodie bag.
A festival featuring food, fun and
free kid's crafts follows the event.
Call 725-8766 or visit www.jax-
The 2011 Humanitarian Awards
dinner will be held Thursday, May
26, 2011 at the Hyatt Hotel starting
a 6 p.m. This years honorees
include Nathaniel Glover, Delores
Barr Weaver, Martha Barrett and
Mark Green. For tickets or more
information, call 354-1Jax.
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March 10-16, 2011
March 10-16, 2011
Talking Shop with Idris Elba
Tyrese wants Lee Daniels for
Tyrese Gibson hasn't been shy about his
desire to play legendary R&B and soul singer
Teddy Pendergrass in a biopic. And judging
from both men's bright smiles and honey-
.smooth vocals, Hollywood's been hard-pressed
Sto find someone better for the job. Now Gibson
is reaching out to award-winning director Lee
Daniels to make the film a reality.
"My dream director would be Lee Daniels, 'cause he's from
Philadelphia and he's raw, knows how to tell the truth about characters
and layers," Gibson said. "He knows how to get people to go there."
Tyrese noted that it would be his first time singing in a movie and that
he got Pendergrass' blessing on the film before he passed away.
"I was there during the last days of him being on this earth," Gibson
said. "He said to my steppops, he told me himself, 'I don't want nobody
else in this world to do this movie but you.' At first it was an opportuni-
ty, now it's a responsibility."
Taraji headed to the small screen Taraji P. Henson is follow-
ing a growing trend of big screen actors moving to television. She
recently got signed up to be part of new CBS drama series, "Person of
The new show tells the story of an ex-CIA agent, who is recruited by
an off-the-rocker billionaire to fight crime in NYC. Henson will play the
role of Carter, female detective.
Henson has been appearing in quite a few films lately and is ready to
try something new. Her talent and reputation are certainly going to take
her far on the television screen.
Chris Brown on feeling abandoned after Rihanna fight -
Chris Brown has opened up about the loneliness he
felt in the aftermath of his fight with ex-girlfriend
Rihanna, as friends and industry colleagues gave
him the stiffarm.
"A handful of people stuck by me," he tells the
New York Post's Page Six. "But when people see
certain things happen to somebody, they usually
turn away. They don't want to get involved with it
because they don't want their name attached to
Brown was left with an assault conviction after
he beat Rihanna in a violent argument in 2009. His career nosedived in
the wake of the incident, but two years after the incident, the R&B
crooner is convinced many of his former friends are coming back to
"They wanna get on the record. They wanna let me back in the door,"
he says. "The last two years, everybody dissed me. But my fans were so
dedicated. The way I look at it is, you can't walk around mad, because
then you just prove everybody right that you're an angry person."
for upcoming role
Jennifer Hudson took her role as Winnie
Mandela to a whole new level. To pre-
pare for the upcoming biopic on Nelson
Mandela's exwife, the Acadenmy Award
winning actress ays she slept in a dank
South African prison for several
experience some of the hell that
woman went through."
While locked in her cell,
crew shot scenes of her confine-
ment to depict the 500-plus days
Winnie Mandela was imprisoned.
By the third day, the actress said her
hair was tangled, her eyes had sunken
in, and she began hallucinating imagi-
nary conversations with her son.
"Imagine living that? This was her
life! This was real," Hudson told the
Daily Beast. "As a woman. I am angry
for her, hurting for her. And as a mom?
God, being in solitary confinement,
away from my son just for five days
when shooting those scenes--it was too
much for me. I was drained and stripped
Down. I was changed."
As a fitting close to Black History
Month, actor Idris Elba was the fea-
tured speaker for the Lens Project's
"Artist Spotlight" series. Held at the
Paul Robeson Center of Rutgers
University's Newark campus, the
lecture brought forth some honest
answers from one of Hollywood's
new leading men.
Adopting an 'Inside the Actor's
Studio' format, Elba discussed
everything from his solid middle
class beginnings in East London,
his upcoming projects, to the cur-
rent state of black cinema in
The UrbanDaily was on campus
for Idris 101 and bring you the
On his most prolific role as
Stringer Bell on HBO's 'The
"I was a huge Ian of Stringer Bell
being killed offright at the height of
his popularity. I commend the writ-
ers for a realistic view of living a
life of crime...as a drug dealer you
either end up dead or in prison."
On the Golden Globes and this
year's Oscar 'white-out':
"Halle Berry and I were the only
two black actors nominated for this
year's Golden Globes (Idris for
Luther and Halle for Frankie &
Alice). The Oscars aren't designed
for us...let's focus on making more
On the controversy surround-
ing his role as Heimdall, in the
"It's so ridiculous. We have a
man (Thor) who has a flying ham-
mer, and wears horns on his head
and yet me being an actor of
African descent playing a Norse
god is unbelievable? I mean,
Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth
Taylor and Ghandi was played by
Does he watch any of his films?
"I don't watch myself. It's excru-
On his decision to become an
"My parents were hard-working
and believed in security, getting that
paycheck. Paul Barber (another
black British actor) came to speak
at my school, and I realized '1 could
do that too.' When I told my parents
I wanted to be an actor, my father
said to me (at this point Idris mim-
ics a dead-on African accent)
'Kuna, you know actors don't make
money.' So I got a job working at
the Ford factory and after 2 years, I
was like, I gotta go back to acting."
(Idris would eventually win a place
in the National Youth Music
Theater, thanks to a Prince's Trust
On speaking to today's youth:
"I'm just a beacon... actors and
people in the film industry should
speak at schools to inspire stu-
dents." ldris is the anti-crime
ambassador for the Prince's Trust
grant, a U.K. based youth
charity that provides
only child I
had a vivid
gets me in trouble,
it gets me awards and
it gets me paychecks"
On what role he finds most
"While the U.K. is known for
their drama schools, they are very
expensive. I wasn't classically
trained in theater, so 1 have a natu-
ral fear of Shakespeare. But I'd like
to tackle King Lear or Othello."
On the Spike Lee vs. Tyler
"Can I be candid?" he asks before
turning to face the audience direct-
ly. "I don't like all of Tyler Perry's
films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for
"Daddy's Little Girls" because it
portrayed a positive image of a
black father. I am happy for Tyler's
success...we need Tyler Perry...by
going to support his movies, we
need to show
strength. But we are
also responsible for elevating film.
I'm not with buffoonish characters
like Madea or Big Momma."
By the end of the lecture, it was
clear that Idris Elba hasn't been
coasting on just his good looks.
Thoughtful, resourceful, and hum-
ble, Idris Elba continues the legacy
of strong and positive depictions of
black masculinity in Hollywood.
In other news, Idris has just been
cast in the, not quite Alien prequel,
Ridley Scott helmed Prometheus.
Puttin' on the Ritz
Shown above are Mariah Carev, ('01. Mut i nmar G(iadaffi and Bevonce.
Celebs returning Gadaffi
R&B crooner tUsher is the most
recent A-lister celeb who is clinging
his hea;d low alter learning that lie
accepted "blood monies" from
Libyan terrorist dictator MNuaimmar
Abu Minyar el-Qaddafi (pictured
Usher released a statement last
week saying that although he was
paid for only appearing at Beyonce
's 2009 St. Bart's concert, he is "sin-
cerely troubled" and will donate
monies to human rights organiza-
tions: "I will be donating all of my
personal proceeds from that event
to various human rights organiza-
tions," he said in a statement
released to the Associated Press.
The statement also said Usher
made a contribution to Amnesty
International, which the organiza-
tion confirmed. The amount of the
donation will be kept private.
The singer is not the only per-
fornic \iho has decided to take
their Qaddali earnings andl re-gill it
to some lhuiimanitariani charity.
Nell\y urltadlo came out of the
closet last week and led the pack by
publicly admitting to receiving a S
1 million, after a 45-minute 2007
concert and pledged to hand o\er
her monies to charity.
Beyonce also decided to make a
smart PR move by announcing that
although she performed for Qaddafi
and his kin back in back in 2009.
she had already donated all of her
fees and commissions to Haiti.
Mariah Carey also jumped on the
humanitarian bandwagon and has
stated that she, too. will donate her
million-dollar 2008 concert earn-
ings from the Qaddafi clan.
World acclaimed artists Songwriter and jazz vocalist Rene Marie per-
formed at a sold out show last week at the Ritz Theater. Marie began her
professional music career at age 42. In her work. the singer often combines
contrasting songs ("Dixie" and the anti-lynching "Strange Fruit" on
Vertigo) or combines other works (Ravel's Bolero and Leonard Cohen's
"Suzanne" on Live at Jazz Standard.) The performance was part of the his-
toric arts mecca "Ladies of Jazz series that includes Diane Reeves and
Graminu Award winner Esperanza Spalding next week. Tonvi Austin
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Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
President visits former failing Florida High School
President Obama is shown above with Miami Central High School seniors at the presentation.
MIAMI. Fl Miami Central Education gave out $3.5 billion ovation, in infrastructure --
Senior High School was on the worth of the grants. This year the
verge of being closed down just a Obama administration will increase Benjamin D
few years ago. Today, it has seen the grants by $545 million. They Benjamin DrU
increases of 40 percent in writing requires schools to take solid steps by Jeff Mays
and a graduation rate that jumped to to turn around their schools by As the Space Shuttle Dis
63 percent from a bottom of the adopting one of four models: makes its final descent frc
barrel 36 percent. The school Turnaround Model:Replace the International Space S
received a $785,000 School principal, screen existing school Wednesday morning and
Improvement Grant from the staff, and rehire no more than half heads to the Smithsonian Ir
Department of Education and the the teachers; adopt a new gover- to be preserved for h
praise of President Obama. nance structure; and improve the Benjamin Alvin "Al" Drew
"You are proving the naysayers school through curriculum reform, be able to say that he was pJ
wrong you are proving that professional development, extend- historic moment.
progress is possible," Obama said. ing learning time, and other strate- The retired Air Force col
"There is always plenty of naysay- gies. the only African American a
ers out there who will say it's not Restart Model:Convert a school The crew delivered the
even possible, who say that turning or close it and re-open it as a char- humanoid robot in to space.
around failing school means just ter school or under an education 48, also performed a pair of
throwing good money after bad, management organization. walks during this final history
who say too many of these schools School Closure:Close the school The two spacewalks hel
are beyond repair, who say we and send the students to higher- upgrade important parts
ought to give up on those schools achieving schools in the district, international space station. I
and focus on places that have more Transformation Model:Replace one of the spacewalks. Dre
breaks and have a little more going the principal and improve the tasked with removing toxic
for them. Here's what I say. I say I school through comprehensive cur- nia from a cooling unit. Acc
am not willing to give up on any riculum reform, professional devel- to Space.com, he was "rer
child in America." opment, extending learning time, thermal coverings, attaching
That's the message Obama is and engaging the community and era lens covers and adjusting
sending to every school aged kid in families radiator grapple beams th
America as he kicks off "Education "A good education equals a good been improperly installed di
Month." The federal government is job. If we want more good news on previous shuttle mission."
using the school improvement the jobs front, then we've got to Discovery is NASA's oldi
grants to rejuvenate schools like make more investments in educa- most traveled shuttle. Onl
Miami Central Senior High. tion. As a nation, making these more shuttle launches
Last year, the Department of investments -- in education, in inno- before the priogr.um is shuttle
art of a
them are essential," Obama said.
The president also used this as an
opportunity to talk about how now
is not a time to cut things that can
help. Educating young people is
one of those things.
"If we want more good news on
the jobs front then we've got to
make more investments in educa-
tion," Mr. Obama told students in a
crowded gymnasium. He went on,
"I want everybody to understand:
Our job is not just to cut. Even as
we find ways to cut spending what
we can't do is cut back on invest-
ments like education."
The president is right. If our
country is to be successful, it starts
with education. We won't have the
people with the necessary skills to
run the country if our schools are
failing. Before we get clown to mak-
ing budget cuts, it's important to
have our priorities in order.
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Marchers mark Bloody Sunday in Alabama -
Congressman John Lewis, center, walks arm in arm with Rep. Steny H.
Hoycr (D-Md.), left center Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-
Nev.), right, prior to addressing fellow members of the The Faith &
Politics Institute gathered on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.,
Sunday, March 6, 2011, the 46th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Thousands participated in the commemoration of the voting rights con-
frontation 46 years ago. Law enforcement officers attacked civil rights
demonstrators marching toward Montgomery across the bridge on March
7, 1965. The movement only grew, and the Selma-to-Montgomery march
was held later in response. The march is credited with helping build
momentum for passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Jr. performs 2 Spacewalks on final Discovery Mission
good. The shuttle is expected to
disconnect from the International
Space Station this morning and "
spend another two days in orbit
before returning to Earth.
"What a great program, and I got
to be a part of it," Drew said in an
interview before this trip.
Drew had a long journey to make
it to the space station.
Growing up in Washington,
D.C., he remembers wanting to be
a pilot as young as 4. By 5, he was
asking his father whether it was
better to be a pilot or an astronaut.
Drew's father told him to pursue a
path as a pilot since many astro-
nauts back then were also pilots.
"I didn't want to give up either of
them," he recalled.
And he didn't. As a pilot, Drew
flew 60 combat missions over
Panama, the Persian Gulf and Iraq
in the early 1990s.
"I was smitten with that whole
idea of just being at treetop level at
night in a formation of helicopters
with guns," Drew said. "That was
clearly not the straighi-line path to Benjamin Alvin "Al" Drew, Jr.
being an astronaut. But it seemed goal of becoming an astronaut. stepped in to space on his firs
like a very cool idea at the time." And now he has earned his place space walk, he became the 200t
In 2000. Drew realized his other on a historic flight: when he person to do so.
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