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D.C. no longer 'Chocolate City'
WASHINGTON, D.C. For decades Washington D.C.affectionately
known as the Chocolate City, named after the Parliament Funkadelic
song of the same name, can be called that no more. Today, the news has
broken that, after a 51-year run, Washington is no longer majority Black.
It's the end of an era, and it's something you should care about.
Experts believe D.C.'s Black population slipped below 50 percent
sometime in February, though the population slide has been happening
for far longer than that. With the economy flagging and government jobs
drying up, many African-Americans, who are disproportionately
employed in the public sector, were faced with financial crises. White
and wealthy gentrifiers had been moving into the city and jacking up the
prices on everything from housing to food. Ultimately, Black families
who'd been in the city for decades were forced to move.
Al Sharpton, MSNBC host?
Al Sharpton could be made MSNBC's next host, TVNewser reports.
Sharpton has suddenly become a frequent presence behind the anchor
desk for the network. He has guest hosted "The Ed Show" multiple times
and, for the past two weeks, has been filling in for Cenk Uygur at 6 PM.
It is in that slot that Sharpton may emerge victorious, TVNewser writes,
with Uygur being pushed aside.
MSNBC, as well as the other cable news networks, have also been
drawing fire for its lack of on-air diversity. There is not a single African
American prime time host on any cable news channel, something the
NAACP recently blasted the networks for. However, if Uygur, who is
Turkish, were displaced by Sharpton, it would still leave the network
with just three hosts of color across the entire day: Sharpton, Tamron Hall
and Richard Lui.
Bill may make Atlanta educators
repay bonuses post cheating scandal
ATLANTA Teachers and administrators may have to repay bonuses
due to a possible introduction of a bill for APS schools involved in the
State Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) plans to introduce the bill
-- requiring teachers and administrators who have confessed to the stan-
dardized tests crime to not become "unjustly enriched, while their stu-
dents are placed in peril."
According to Mitchell, accused teachers involved in what's being called
"the nation's worst cheating scandal", which implicated 178 educators,
will have the chance to defend themselves with any of the charges before
the required repayment.
The Georgia Federation of Teachers and the Georgia Association of
Educators will support the bill.
NAACP protesting U.S Air for
student arrested with baggy pants
The San Francisco chapter of the NAACP recently held a protest out-
side of the US Airways ticket counter at the city's international airport in
support of Deshon Marman. Marman, 20, was ejected from a flight last
month after airline employees determined his pants were too saggy. He
was later arrested for refusing to comply with a request from crew mem-
bers to leave the plane, which was parked at the gate. Charges against
Marman were later dropped, but the NAACP is calling foul.
"This is another instance in which an African American young man has
been victimized by the new Jim Crow," Dr. Amos Brown, the president
of the NAACP's San Francisco chapter, told the HuffingtonPost.
Man rejected from
donating blood for 'acting gay'
A Gary, Indiana man is suing a local blood bank for rejecting his blood
sample because they thought he was gay.
Pace, who is 22 and insists he's straight, was rejected from giving blood
by Bio-Blood Components Inc. in Gary, Ind.
According to federal guidelines, gays are prohibited from donating
blood dating back to 1983 and the outbreak of AIDS.
"I was humiliated," Pace told ABCNews.com. "This was my first time
Black male Casey Anthony
receiving death threats on Facebook
"I can't change my name ladies and gentlemen," said Casey Anthony, a
43-year-old male from Darby, PA who shares the same name with the 25-
year-old Orlando, FL female who was found not guilty of killing her 2-
year-old daughter, last week.
Darby's Casey Anthony has been bombarded on Facebook, he estimates
he's gotten at least 300 friend requests, messages, and posts, all targeted
to the other Casey."After the verdict that day, it went crazy. It was like
everybody wanted to know and wanted to comment on this Casey
Anthony's Facebook profile also posts his cell phone number which
lead to numerous phone calls and after being harassed by the first few FL
area code calls, he just stopped picking up. "Making comments about the
verdict, who am I to take a child's life. And then I'm sitting back like
excuse me, I'm not the Casey Anthony you think."
Volume 24 No. 40 Jacksonville, Florida July 21-27, 2011
by Nisa Muhammed
It's no secret Republican Florida
Governor Rick Scott recently
signed into law a bill requiring
adults applying for temporary cash
assistance to undergo drug screen-
ing. His rationale is to increase per-
sonal accountability and prevent
Florida's tax dollars from subsidiz-
ing drug addiction, while still pro-
viding for needy children. Parents
failing the required drug test may
designate another individual to
receive the benefits on behalf of the
"While there are certainly legiti-
mate needs for public assistance, it
is unfair for Florida taxpayers to
subsidize drug addiction,"
Governor Scott said. "This new
law will encourage personal
accountability and will help to pre-
vent the misuse of tax dollars."
However, this new bill flies in the
face of research and evidence that
proves such bills are ineffective and
"Given the high cost of treatment
programs and the waiting lists for
services in many areas, mandatory
drug testing of all applicants or
recipients of TANF benefits is a
poor use of resources. In a time of
tight state budgets, it is perverse to
spend limited funds in pursuit of the
small number of substance abusers
who are not identified through
screening processes, rather than on
providing actual services," wrote
Matt Lewis and Elizabeth Kenefick
of the Center for Law and Social
Policy (CLASP) in their February
report, Random Drug Testing of
TANF Recipients is Costly,
Ineffective and Hurts Families.
"Despite the persistence of pro-
posals to impose drug testing at the
state and federal levels, these pro-
posals have consistently been
rejected because the data do not
support the money-saving claims."
Continued on page 3
Intervene schools' supporters celebrate
victory with one year reprieve from state
After months of uncertainty over
the fate of four northside schools
plagued by low test scores, the
Florida Board of Education gave
the School Board one more year to
try to turn them around.
On a 5-1 vote, the board approved
a one-year waiver of state rules that
would have required Jackson High
School, Raines High School,
Ribault High School and North
Shore K-8 to be either be closed or
turned over to outside management.
The vote followed a request by
Duval County's superintendent and
a series of pleas from several par-
ents, students and alumni from the
schools throughout the year.
Up until last week, the communi-
ty group Duval Partners for
Excellent Education was preparing
to take over the four schools that
had failed to to meet academic stan-
dards for several years and even
hired an executive director.
"All the promises made today must
be kept," board member Akshay
Desia told the Duval County dele-
Shown above traveling to Tampa in support of the four intervene
schools were Friends of the Northwest Jacksonville Schools: Donna
Pressley, Eunice Barnum, Ayanna Thomas, Siottis Jackson, Sarah
Fowler, Marlene Remy, Bessie Herring, Jackie Williams, Pervalia
Gaines-McINtosh, Earl Kitchings, Aunye Thomas, Lawan Siplin and
Casey Barnum. KFP
gation just before the vote. "Please
don't disappoint me next year."
The victory however is not with-
Florida's Commissioner of
Education John Winn's recommen-
dation comes with the following
The district would hold a well-
publicized "school choice" event by
Aug. 5, letting parents of these
schools know they their children
can attend other schools in the
vicinity and that transportation will
The district would hire "an inde-
pendent, effective school manage-
ment or turnaround entity ... to
assist in improving the performance
of these schools."
The district would fully partici-
pate and cooperate with the Florida
Department of Education in a Race
to the Top sponsored initiative.
including holding at least five pub-
lic meetings about improving stu-
dent learning at these schools,
'en1.a'iiig community leaders and
requiring their involvement in pro-
viding the highest quality educa-
tion, and designate a manager and
staff for the project.
Social Security cuts poised to drive Black women to poverty
while the median for all single
women is $13, 200.
The poverty line for individual
seniors is $ 10, 458.
This in itself does not mean that
the chained CPI would push many
senior African American women
into poverty. But according to SSA
(Social Security Administration)
data nearly half--45.6 percent--of
non-married African Americans
aged 65 older rely on Social
Security for all of their income;
54.1 percent rely on it for 90 per-
cent of their income or more.
Taken together, these two pieces
of information--that the median
benefit would go below the poverty
level for non-married African
American women, and that a near-
majority of non-married elderly
African Americans rely on Social
Security for all of their income--
lead to the conclusion that the
chained CPI would lead to an
increase in poverty among elderly
What is more, the fact that the
chained CPI's cuts increase as ben-
eficiaries age will be especially
harmful to African American
women, who live longer than
African American men. Life
expectancy for African American
women at age 65 is 83, compared
with 79 for African American men.
Worst of all, non-married African
American women seniors already
suffer from high rates of poverty
and near-poverty. According to the
Census's Current Population
Survey, nearly half--47.8 percent--
of African American women living
alone have an income under 125
percent of poverty, and one-third--
33 percent--have income below 100
percent of the poverty line.
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the chopping block in debt talks in
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single, elderly, African-American
women will be further driven into
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Women's Law Center's analysis of
Current Population Survey data
shows that if chained CPI, a Social
Security COLA is cut, the median
benefit for African-American single
women seniors will dip below the
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by Gary Flowers
Recently, a criminal jury acquit-
ted Casey Anthony of murdering
her 2-year old daughter Caylee
while convicting her of the lesser
charge of lying to police investiga-
tors. Ms. Anthony has been released
from jail amidst an avalanche of
animosity by observers of the case.
Whether Casey Anthony was guilty
of murdering her little girl has been
the subject of a national discussion.
Over the past year, the case of
Casey and little Caylee has domi-
nated news coverage on many tele-
vision networks, most notably
Caylee's case begs broader ques-
tions: Why do little white girls gar-
ner so much more media coverage
after going missing than little Black
girls? Why does the nation know
the names ofJon Benet Ramsey and
not, let's say, Diamond Bradley or
In a report by Kathy Chaney,
writer for the Chicago Defender,
the circumstances of four Black
girls in Chicago received little, if
any media coverage-local or
More disturbing was a Scripps
Howard report that examined miss-
ing child statistics from 2000 to
2004 reported by Thomas Hargrove
and Ansley Haman, in The Capitol
Hill Blue. According to the
authors, "For a missing child to
attract widespread publicity and
improve the child's odds of being
found, it helps if a child is White,
wealthy, and under 12 years old."
Statistics within the study found:
White children are only 50% of
United States missing children, but
2/3 of Associated Press dispatches
Missing Children under 12
years old are only 1/6 of all cases in
America by 2/3 of national news
White children account for 67%
of Associated Press reports, and
76% of ('NN reports, but only 53%
of the 37,000 cases reported to the
National Center for Missing and
Defenders of the disproportionate
reporting statistics cite state laws
that differ around how evidence in
children's welfare issues can be
released to the public. Such argu-
ments are refuted by the fact that
once children are known to be miss-
ing White children are dispropor-
tionately featured by national media
campaigns. If there were more
equity in national media reporting
missing children of any color per-
haps the "Amber Law" may have
had a name such as Aisha or Asha.
In the case of Caylee Anthony,
CNN "Nancy Grace" has nearly
focused solely on the case of Casey
Anthony since the 2008 murder of
the 2-year old. At one point, a one-
hour feature was solely devoted to
As a result of the Casey Anthony
case in Florida, "Caylee's Law" has
been proposed to: 1) make it a
felony for parents/caregivers to not
report the death of a child to author-
ities within an hour, whether or not
the death was accidental; and 2)
make it a felony for guardians to
not notify police of the disappear-
ance of a child within 24 hours.
While "Caylee's Law" will help
law enforcement in Florida-and
potentially around the nation-the
disproportionate level of care to the
disappearances and deaths of chil-
dren of color as opposed to White
children cannot be legislated.
We as a nation must value life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
for ALL people, regardless of pig-
Gary L. Flowers is the Executive
Director & CEO of the Black
Leadership Forum, Inc.
Continued from page 1
deficit reduction not harm the
poor--the Center for American
Progress (CAP) and the Center on
Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP)-
-are on the record supporting a
switch to the chained CPI COLA
cut. (See here and here for evidence
of CAP's and CBPP's support for
the measure, respectively.) Given
those groups' specific commitment
to deficit reduction that does not
"increase poverty," perhaps they
should reconsider their support for
the chained CPI--at least as it is
applied to Social Security.
Of course, any changes to Social
Security will have no effect of
Drug testing the poor
Continued from front
According to the National
Conference of State Legislatures
many states have proposed drug
testing for welfare recipients since
the passage of welfare reform in
1996. Drug testing is expressly
permitted in the federal rules gov-
erning the TANF block grant.
Michigan was the first state to
implement mandatory drug testing,
but the law was found unconstitu-
tional in 2003 by a Michigan Court
of Appeals. The Florida legislation
is the first to be passed by a state
legislature since the Michigan case.
The bill seems to be based more
on stereotypes than the facts of life
for poor people.
"A lot of stereotypes exist about
poor people and why they're poor.
People want to attribute their
poverty to poor choices and not to
our economy even though we're
coming out of one of the worst eco-
nomic recessions," said Elizabeth
Lower-Basch, CLASP Senior
The bill requires all applicants for
TANF to be tested for controlled
substance use and the applicant
must pay for the drug test. If they
test negative the applicant will be
reimbursed for the cost by adding
the amount to their benefit check.
If an applicant tests positive, the
applicant is ineligible for benefits
for one year, but can reapply in six
months if he/she completes an
approved substance abuse treat-
A parent's positive test result does
not affect the child's eligibility for
benefits; however, any benefits
received must be disbursed through
a protective payee, who must also
pass a drug test.
The Florida chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union
warned that the bill may be chal-
lenged in court and is headed in the
same direction as its Michigan
"The wasteful program created by
this law subjects Floridians who are
impacted by the economic down-
turn, as well as their families, to a
humiliating search of their urine
and body fluids without cause or
even suspicion of drug abuse,"
Howard Simon, the chapter's exec-
utive director told reporters.
deficit reduction, because Social
Security cannot contribute a penny
to the deficit. But if implemented as
part of a "deficit reduction" deal,
the chained CPI is, at the very least,
purported "deficit reduction," that
has the effect of increasing poverty.
Nationwide cheating scandals
show flaws in No Child Left Behind
by Marcus Fleming
Not long ago, everyone trusted
teachers to make sure students did-
These days, however, it's teach-
ers who are being scrutinized for
In Atlanta, 178 public school
teachers and principals have been
accused of cheating to raise scores
on state standardized tests.
In Washington, D.C. the U.S.
Department of Education and the
D.C. Office of the Inspector
General are investigating similar
And state education officials in
Florida have told 14 school dis-
tricts, including Miami-Dade
County, to conduct internal
reviews, saying "extremely unusual
levels" of erasures on standardized
tests raised red flags.
Allegations of testing impropri-
eties by teachers and administrators
are spreading across public school
districts, from Houston to
Baltimore. Educators are accused
of giving students inappropriate
help and, in some cases, of chang-
ing students' answers -- all to raise
their schools' test scores.
The high-stakes tests are used to
measure student achievement,
teacher effectiveness, and schools'
annual progress under the federal
No Child Left Behind Act. School
funding, staff bonuses, and jobs
often hinge on the scores.
"It's easy to look at the individu-
als who were involved in changing
wrong answers to right answers,"
said Aaron Pallas, a professor of
sociology and education at
Teachers College, Columbia
University. "But it's more appropri-
ate to think of this as an example of
organizational misconduct," he
said, citing examples in other fields
such as the widening phone hack-
ing scandal at a British tabloid and
price fixing by U.S. corporations.
"We're seeing some features that
are similar among these school dis-
tricts: pressures inside and outside
of school districts to raise scores
rapidly," Pallas said. "There's a big
gap in school districts between tar-
gets and goals they're being held
accountable for and legitimate
means for reaching those goals.
Whenever there's a gap between
goals and having legitimate means
for reaching those goals, there's
tremendous pressure and cheating
becomes a way of dealing with that
One goal of No Child Left
Behind -- that 100 percent of the
country's students meet state stan-
dards in math and reading by 2014
-- is "unrealistic," Pallas said,
adding that NCLB needs to be
This week, New York City
announced it will permanently dis-
continue a bonus program that dis-
tributed $56 million in perform-
ance bonuses to teachers and other
staff members over the last three
years after a study found the bonus-
es had no positive effect on student
performance or teachers' attitudes
toward their jobs.
So far, the most widespread case
is in Atlanta, where 50,000 students
attend public schools. This month,
Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan
Deal released a report accusing 178
Atlanta teachers and principals at
44 schools -- nearly half of the
city's schools -- of cheating to raise
their schools' scores on state stan-
dardized tests. At one Atlanta ele-
mentary school, the report alleges,
four educators gathered at a col-
league's home for a "changing
party," using answer sheets provid-
ed by a school official.
Beverly Hall, the Atlanta super-
intendent who retired June 30,
knew about the cheating accusa-
tions, the report concluded, but
ignored them or tried to cover them
up. Hall has apologized but denied
The investigations into cheating
stretch beyond Atlanta to other
parts of the country.
Last week, the Houston
Independent School District said it
had found evidence that teachers at
two elementary schools helped stu-
dents change answers on standard-
ized tests. The school district also
is investigating suspicious era-
sures, in which answers were
changed from wrong to right, in
In Michigan, the state's education
department announced that it was
reviewing state test scores. The
examination began after a newspa-
per reported improvements at 34
schools throughout the state that
the newspaper report said were
"statistically improbable" and
should be investigated.
Education officials in
Pennsylvania are reviewing an
apparently overlooked 2009 report
from a previous administration that
cites possible cheating -- question-
able answer patterns and erasures -
on state exams in dozens of
school districts, including
The U.S. Department of
Education and the inspector gener-
al are investigating reports of
cheating allegations in Washington,
D.C. School officials there
announced in May that 2010 test
scores in three classrooms would
be invalidated after a separate
"investigation found evidence or a
strong suspicion" of cheating. Also
in May, the D.C. school district,
which serves 45,000 students,
released a list of possible testing
procedure violations during the
2011 standardized tests in April.
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Page 4 Ms Perry's Free s
As I sat at the State Board of
Education meeting in Tampa this
week awaiting a vote related to the
request of a waiver for North
Shore, Andrew Jackson, Jean
Ribault, and William M. Raines, I
was reminded of the complexity of
public education. I once said that
the story of public school education
in Jacksonville is about as compli-
cated as a Rubik's cube; with every
action having a cause and effect.
Some of these effects have been
devastating particularly to the
African American community.
There is probably dozens of sce-
narios that have led to the current
state of the four intervene schools.
And there is certainly enough
blame to go around students, par-
ents, teachers, and the school
The other point that struck me as
I sat in the meeting in Tampa is the
apathy from the African American
community. I certainly understand
that people cannot take off from
work to drive to Tampa to help
fight to keep these schools open,
but there has been numerous rallies
in Jacksonville that should have
been packed with former graduates.
It may not be important to some,
but having strong neighborhood
schools is the foundation of a good
I am certainly not saying that the
four intervene schools should be
allowed to be run without any
checks and balances; but having
strong community schools is criti-
cal to stabilize neighborhoods. A
strong sustainable community is
ie schools worth fighting for
one that is well balanced, and I will
say it again, the foundation has to
be the neighborhood schools.
All four intervene schools have
struggled over the past few years,
so it is no doubt that the schools
deserve additional attention. I am
not sold on the state's intervene
school model/program or to use the
official name: Differentiated
Accountability State System of
Again, I agree that these schools
have issues and deserve some state
intervention; but it needs to be done
right. The state has to continue to
move towards more diversified
Most finally agree that a simple
FCAT score is not enough to give
anyone a full understanding of how
a school or student has performed.
The current intervening process
fails to provide a clear rationale and
objective way of measuring
progress. Not only is the measure-
ment of students and schools an
issue, but the process or lack of
clear steps that defines how schools
get out of this intervene status.
Mark Twain once said, "It is eas-
ier to stay out than get out."
The intervening school process is
one that desperately needs to be
simplified. The merging of the
state system/measurements with
federal standards is not working.
The laws passed by the state legis-
lature are not working either.
Several years ago, the
Republican-lead legislature passed
the intervening school law. The
unintended consequence of that
law has been a failure for schools
that fall into intervene status to get
I cannot ignore the two ton ele-
phant in the room. The push for
equality in Jacksonville's public
schools was one of the key factors
that lead to the formation of magnet
schools. These "magnets", which
seemed like a good idea at the time,
have had a devastating effect on
our neighborhood schools.
While these "magnets" were
supposedly designed to provide
parents with "choice", the byprod-
uct of this school choice has been a
major "brain drain" or exodus of
higher achieving students from
urban schools to advanced schools
So what happens when the top -
say thirty percent of a neighbor-
hood school's students do decide to
go the "magnet" route? Well, it
leaves a lot of average and low per-
forming students behind. But in the
case of some schools, many of the
average students have opted out as
well leaving numerous low achiev-
ing students at these schools.
It is crystal clear that "magnets"
are designed to attract higher-per-
forming students; and in many
causes, those high-performing stu-
dents have more active committed
The "brain drain" is not just
about the smarter students leaving
neighborhood schools. If you think
about it, we (black folk) are the
ones that have taken our children
out of the neighborhood schools.
The Duval County Schools
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by Noval Jones
One of the fastest growing indus-
tries in this country is healthcare.
And the industry didn't suddenly
open up because there is so much
invested in prevention opportuni-
ties to save money and resources.
It's because America has gotten fat
and would rather funnel itself into a
never-ending cycle of treatment.
Well, America and Florida is get-
ting exactly what it's asking for. A
recent report by Trust for America's
Health and the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation entitled "F as
in Fat: How Obesity Threatens
America's Future," says that
Florida's obesity rate increased by
80 percent over the last 15 years.
Today, Florida's combined over-
weight and obesity rate is 62.6 per-
This type of obesity rate increase
can only mean an astronomical
amplification of healthcare costs
due to non-ambulatory illnesses
that can be avoided.
In a state where we boast some of
the best amenities in the country,
people are not taking advantage of
the routine things that can keep
them healthy. Also, a culprit is a
lack of investment in prevention
policies and techniques that would
work to build incentives to good
health. Such an investment might
help people with financial chal-
lenges see the benefit of eating
healthy and regular exercise over
the long haul. Instead, lower
income people continue to rely on
cheap fatty foods as a source of
nutrition. Over a substantial period
of time these poor diet choices take
their toll on the good health out-
comes. As a result, we see an
increase in diabetes, heart disease,
hypertension and stroke.
These are very avoidable chronic
illnesses that can be prevented if
leaders decide to make the invest-
ment in the future of good health
So why is this such a hard mes-
sage to get across to policymakers
and community stakeholders?
Simple, no one thinks about
health until it personally touches
their lives. It's one of those things
we constantly put off. For the most
part there is no money to be made.
No crime to be avoided of no schol-
arship to given.
At least that's what we are led to
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superintendent said during the State
Board of Education meeting, that
only half of the students in the
intervene schools' attendance zones
are actually attending their neigh-
borhood schools. It is hard to
ignore the reality of the situation.
Did we create this monster? As
Walt Kelly once said in one of his
comic strips, "We have met the
enemy and he is us."
This exodus of students started
well before the FCAT came into the
picture and schools began receiv-
ing letter grades. So is it the sys-
tem, students, or parents to blame?
So as I said earlier, there is cer-
tainly enough blame to go around.
But the key to fixing our schools is
to get passed the blame and focus
more on solutions.
The bottom line is simple. We
have to reform our system so that
all schools, especially neighbor-
hood schools become desirable
again for students and parents. This
requires a systematic change and it
requires the community to get more
engaged with these schools.
The result of the Board of
Education meeting was that Duval
and Dade intervene schools get
another year to improve the grades
at each school under certain condi-
tions. Now the pressure builds even
more. It is time for everyone to get
involved we have to flood these
schools with resources, and old
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The worst abuses of the Jim Crow era have been
eliminated, but the moral outrage inspired by a person-
al encounter with bigotry remains the most powerful vehicle for conveying
the injuries and indignities of racial inequality.
In the days since the great civil rights awakening, a revolution has
occurred across America. Uptight suburbanites who couldn't imagine
socializing with, working for or marrying a "Negro," have given way to a
new and different generation. That process has cleared the way for a gen-
eration of "Black Believers" who fully accept that America means what it
says when it promises to treat them fairly. Are these young African
Americans naive about racism or basically more confident than their eld-
ers? Now, from a venerated and best-selling author on American life
comes a tremendously important book about one of the most significant
issues in the history of our republic America's race relations.
The book, The End of Anger by Ellis Cose offers a fresh, original
appraisal of our nation at this extraordinary time, tracking the diminish-
ment of Black anger and investigating the "generational shifting of the
American mind." Weaving material from myriad interviews as well as two
large and ambitious surveys one of Black Harvard MBAs and the other
of graduates of A Better Chance, a program that has offered elite educa-
tional opportunities to thousands of young people of color since 1963 -
Cose offers an invaluable portrait of contemporary America in which all
agree that life is different for an African American than it is for a White
American. Cose says that what is different is the perception of discrimina-
tion in terms of their life possibilities. Younger Blacks are more likely to
believe that they can personally overcome institutional racism because
there are ways to get around it that their parents didn't have, and their
grandparents could not even imagine.
Cose sketches a picture of consistent historical and generational change
in which growing optimism among Blacks is a natural response to waning
racial bigotry among Whites. In The End of Anger, Cose names each gen-
eration to reflect improving race relations: the Black "Fighters" of mid-
century America were succeeded by the civil rights "Dreamers" of the late
20th century, who are now sharing power and prominence with the
"Believers" of the new millennium. Cose's collection of intergenerational
interviews provides tangible evidence of the improvement in racial
dynamics over the past 50 years: the contempt and blatant discrimination
suffered by the "fighters" and "dreamers" giving way to the interracial
relationships and expanded job opportunities of the "believers."
The refreshing, readable and comprehensive book cites "a sense of opti-
mism among African Americans" and in a interesting manner, attributes
the increase of Black optimism to three factors: Barack Obama's election;
"generational evolution," which sees each successive generation harboring
fewer racial prejudices, suggesting that African Americans could be facing
less racism than their parents; and the related rise of racial equality.
The book provides a contemporary look at 21st century America and is
a paradoxical portrait of race in America, where educated, privileged
Blacks are optimistic about their futures, but for Blacks at the lower end of
the economic spectrum, equality remains as elusive as ever. Cose matches
statistics to analysis in his comprehensive look at race in the 21st century.
The End of Anger provides insight on young Black movers and shakers
like the former Tennessee congressman Harold E. Ford Jr. and the
N.A.A.C.P. president, Benjamin Jealous. Cose's interviews with well-
established leaders with relatively conventional platforms and constituen-
cies produced predictable comments.
Does hard-core and blatant racism still exist? Read Cose's offering as
he states "I think we will for generations, and maybe forever, be dealing
with the impact of racism. But racism as a phenomenon itself is fading, but
I don't think we'll reach a point where we can talk about it and deal with
it when it's still a problem." Racism is a problem we still have to deal with
in America, but The End of Anger may well be the most important book
dealing with race to date.
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El Beth-el hosts Mens Day event
The pastor officers and members of El Beth-el Divine Holiness Church,
invite the community for their Annual Mens Day celebration on July 24th
at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jerry Bass, National Commander Allied Veterans of
the World, Inc. & Affiliates will be the guest speaker for the 1la.m. service
and TV personality Chauncey Glover will speak at the 3 p.m. service.
For questions, call Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 710-1586. Dinner will be
served after both services.
Bikers Against Crime
Bikers Against Crime will hold a Bike Ride on Sunday, July 24th starting
at First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd. Registration is at 11
a.m. and kickstands will go up at noon. The Ride will end at the Families
of Slain Children headquarters, 3108 North Myrtle Avenue, with a crime
free day celebration until 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy a day of food, fun,
music, guest speakers and live entertainment.
For more information, call 424-8755.
Zion Temple is hosting a Soul Saving Revival, July 25-29th at 7 p.m.
nightly. If you need a word from God come out to here this mighty woman
of God, Missionary Melody Howard all the way from Penscola Fl. For
more information please call (904) 353-7883. The church is located at 3310
Phoenix Ave. Jacksonville, Florida. Pastor H. Cohen.
Scott Family Singers Anniversary
The Members of The Scott Family Gospel Singers invite the community
to their First Anniversary. It will be held at the Revelation Prayer House,
1725 W. 28th Street on August 7, 2011 from 5 10 p.m. where Pastor Grady
Dicks is the shepherd.
The following groups will be performing for your enjoyment: Victory,
Spiritualists, Gospel Children, Gospel Shepherds, Angle Dancing, New
Creation, Pastor Royal, Willie Kirkland, Tears of Joy, Cynthia Hardy,
Robert in Christ (praise dance), Kimberly Bryant (praise dance) and the
First Baptist Church from Femandina Beach in addition to many more
groups. For more information call Brother Frank Gray at (904) 576-7409.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail
to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
ASALH sponsors trip to D.C.
The James Weldon Johnson of The Association of the Life and Study of
African American Life and History will be sponsoring a bus trip to the
Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication, August 27th to Washington,
D.C. The trip will also include a tour of African American Heritage histor-
ical sites as well and the national monument. A meal package is included
with brunch on Sunday, August 28th at b. Smith's Restaurant and Dinner at
Phillips Flagship on the Potomac River. Lodging continental breakfast and
a box lunch is included for the trip home. Meals traveling to D.C. and din-
ner on the return trip are at your own expense. For more information and to
reserve your seat, please go to http://asalh-jaxfl.org and download the flyer
and registration form. You may also call 551-0372 or 228-3132 if you have
EWC invited to participate in
White House Interfaith Initiative
Edward Waters College received
an invitation from the White House
Office of Faith-Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships to par-
ticipate in an initiative spearheaded
by President Obama titled the
President's Interfaith and
Community Service Campus
The initiative, also known as
"interfaith service," calls for people
of all faiths, and non-believers, to
work collaboratively to strengthen
interfaith cooperation and positively
impact the nation's top service pri-
orities, such as domestic poverty,
the environment, education, health,
EWC will soon be gathering
members from its student govern-
ment, honor societies, Greek soci-
eties and faith-based campus groups
to participate in the year-long pro-
gram to build understanding
between different communities and
contribute to the common good
through community service.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Disciples of Christ Cbristiap Fellowship
* A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Leot, Jr
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
The college will be introducing
new programming to interweave
into its existing programs through
lectures, panel discussions and the
continued collaboration with the
Environmental Circumstances pilot
program, which provides student
mentors to children in the juvenile
justice system to improve children's
perception of purpose, increase
motivation, and to tackle the inex-
orable issues of crime, academic
failure and family dysfunction in
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The Gospel Tones
Gospel Tones headline Temple
of Refuge's 2011 Crusade
The Temple of Refuge Ministries will host a Living in the Overflow
Crusade 2011 on Saturday, July 23rd at 7 p.m. Participants will walk
through the supernatural with the Gospel Tones featuring eagle eye Apostle
Ernest Robinson. Wear your shouting socks and dancing shoes for a Lord
praising event. The church is located at 4588 St. Johns Avenue.
For more information, call 517-0613 or 683-9648.
by Trymaine Lee, BV
As the brass band played and the
crowd cheered, the bus rolled in 50
years late, but right on time.
After 10 days, eight states, 19
cities and enough Freedom Songs to
fill my head for the next 80 years,
the 2011 Freedom Riders rolled into
New Orleans after two groups set
out on the same journey from
Washington, D.C. a half-century
The original groups rolled
through the South challenging Jim
Crow, only to be beaten and brutal-
ized by the KKK, their bus fire
bombed and its members bloodied.
They had to abandon their original
route to New Orleans and instead
called on hundreds of Freedom
Riders from around the country to
descend upon Mississippi to fill the
jails in protest.
But this week, when that bus
pulled into New Orleans, the jour-
ney was finally realized. This group,
which included 40 college students
and five original Freedom Riders, is
the first and only group of Freedom
Riders to ever make it to New
It was a journey of more than
1,700 miles, but it was more than
just a trip along old highways and
country roads through towns
steeped in movements of Civil
Rights and civil wrongs, of desegre-
gated lunch counters and museums -
- this journey was one of laughter
and many tears, of warm embraces
and rude awakenings. It was also a
journey into ourselves. A long look
at who we are and where we have
been. And thanks to these 40 great
minds, it offered an encouraging
look at where we might be headed.
These students were black, white,
Hispanic and Asian, from Ivy
League universities and Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
alike. And in their own ways, each
and every one of them was open-
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
minded and committed to social jus-
tice and equality. How many of us
can say the same thing?
"I've been liberated," said
Marshal Houston, a white college
student from the University of
Alabama. "I'm not going to settle for
any oppressive system that denies
love and liberation to other people
no matter where they come from, no
matter what they look like, what
class or anything."
The 2011 Freedom Ride included
five original riders: Robert and
Helen Singleton, Joan Mulholland,
Ernest "Rip" Patton and Charles
Person, who at 18 years old was the
youngest of the 1961 riders.
"Wow," said Helen Singleton,
finally exhaling after the trip.
"That's all I can say."
"The future is in good hands,"
chimed in Robert Singleton, her
husband of 56 years, noting the
commitment of their young counter-
I still don't know if I could have
joined the Freedom Riders in 1961,
when there was so much hate in the
air. But I do know that the future is
brighter because of the seeds plant-
ed along this journey of ours. The
students are taking the lessons they
learned back to their communities
and college campuses. They now
have a network that spreads across
more than 30 states from Alaska to
Perhaps there's still enough in all
of us to recommit to making this
world a better place.
It doesn't take a Freedom Ride to
do it. Just courage.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
vs Grace and Peace o
2011 Freedom Riders reach New Orleans
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Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. presents 2011 Debutante Coterie
The Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is
pleased to announce members of
their 2011 Junior Debutante
The young ladies to be present-
ed are: Brandy Beans and
Brittany Beans, daughters of Mr.
and Mrs. Lester H. Beans, Jr.;
Demaris De Vaughn, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. William F. De
Vaughn Jr.; Sarafina Hinton,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timmy
Hinton; Mikayla Hunter, daugh-
ter of Mrs. Michelle Banks and
Mr. Stacey Banks; Kyndall
Outler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Outler; Javica Terry, daugh-
ter of Ms. Jackie Terry and Mr.
Colavito Terry and Deja Wigfall
Shine, daughter of Mrs. Keia
The official debutante season
began with a festive Mother and
Daughter Luncheon held at The
River City Brewing Company. The
official presentation of these young
ladies will take place at the Red and
Gold Ball on September 17, 2011 at
The Bob Hayes Legend Center on
Soutel at 7:00p.m.
For tickets or more information
contact Ms. Williams at 705-9789.
Homeowner suffers "check cashing while Black"
AUBURN, Wash. Buying his
home was a big deal for construc-
tion worker, Ikenna Njoku. The
construction worker is only only 28
Njoku qualified for the first time
home buyer rebate on his tax return.
Njoku signed up to have the
rebate deposited directly into his
Chase account. But when the IRS
rebate arrived, there was a problem.
Chase had closed Njoku's account
because of overdrawn checks in the
past. The bank deducted $600 to
cover what he owed them and
mailed him a cashier's check for the
But when Njoku showed up at
the Chase branch near his house
intending to cash the check, he was
in for a nasty surprise.
The check had Njoku's name and
address on it and was issued by JP
Morgan Chase. But the Chase
Customer Banker who handles
large checks at the Auburn branch
was immediately suspicious.
The Customer Banker said the
EWC Faith Initiative
Continued from page 6
New modules on faith, diversity
and identity will also be incorporat-
ed into the curriculum for first-time
More than 300 institutions report-
ed interest in the program, but
EWC was only one of ten histori-
cally black colleges and universi-
ties to show interest in pursuing the
initiative, according to Project Lead
and Director of the First Year
Experience Dr. Mel Norwood.
The campus challenge will begin
in August 2011 and extend until
May 1, 2012, where all participat-
ing colleges and universities will
submit a final report to be evaluat-
ed by the White House. The most
exemplary programs will be recog-
nized later that summer.
For more information on this
interfaith service initiative, contact
Dr. Mel Norwood at (904) 470-
8892, or at email@example.com.
check looked fake, so she took it,
along with Njoku's driver license
and credit card, and called Bank
After waiting for about 15 min-
utes, Njoku said he got impatient
and told Chase he was leaving to do
an important errand. By the time he
got back, the bank was closed.
Njoku said he called customer serv-
ice and asked them what he should
do. He says they told him to go
back to the bank the next day to get
his money. When he arrived the
next day, a Thursday, he was arrest-
ed for forgery a felony crime.
The next day, Chase Special
Investigations, realized it was a
mistake. The Investigator called
Auburn Police and left a message
but it was the lead detectives' day
off. So Njoku stayed in jail for the
The Northeast Florida Community Action
Agency (NFCAA), a nonprofit organization, will
hold their monthly Board of Directors meeting:
Thursday, July 29, 2011,
4070 Boulevard Center Drive, 4500
Building, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.
For more Information, call 398-7472 ext 224.
entire weekend. Finally, on
Monday, he was released. His car
had been towed from the bank park-
ing lot and his check seized as evi-
dence. He also lost his job for not
He's still happy he bought his
house, but sad that his experience
with his own bank was so humiliat-
ing. "They treated me like a crimi-
nal," he said.
Two weeks later he received an
apology from Chase.
The healthy hair diet
by Jaqueline Tarrant, BDO
If you've tried every shampoo,
conditioner and cream hoping for
thick, shiny hair, you may be going
at it all wrong. The truth is, eating
the right foods will not only help
you feel great but they'll give you
luxurious locks as well. Here is
some advice for getting "ahead" in
the hair game.
Healthy hair depends on the
body's ability to construct a proper
hair shaft, as well as the health of
the skin and follicles. Therefore,
good nutrition assures the best pos-
sible environment for building
strong, lustrous hair.
However, changing your diet
now will affect only new growth,
not the part of the hair that is
already visible. In fact, starting a
hair-healthy diet today will mean a
more gorgeous head of hair within
six months to a year, depending on
how fast your hair grows. Hair
growth can vary between /4 inch to
1 inch per month (depending on
personal differences). On average,
a person can expect to have about 4
- 6 inches of new growth every
year, so it will take about that long
to notice the effects of your nutri-
Before discussing how nutrition
helps hair, it's important to point
out what nutrition cannot help:
Thinning hair due to male pat-
tern baldness cannot be helped with
nutrition. Your best bet is to catch it
early and speak with your doctor
Thinning hair due to aging can-
not be helped with nutrition. As we
get older our hair spends more time
in a resting phase -- versus a grow-
ing phase, which leads to thinner,
slower growing hair.
Other reversible conditions that
negatively affect hair include:
Hormonal shifts women tend
to notice hair changes during preg-
nancy, postpartum and nursing.
Stress. Stress is one of the most
common causes of hair loss.
Medications. Several medica-
tions can cause temporary hair loss.
Certain medical conditions.
Thyroid conditions (hypo or hyper)
can have a particularly negative
effect on hair health.
Low ferritin Levels. Otherwise
known as a low iron reserve, this
condition is seen often in women
suffering from fibroid issues
After ruling out medical and
stress related conditions, here's a
recipe for a Healthy Hair Diet!
Protein is necessary for all cell
growth, including hair cells. Hair
gets its structure from proteins
called keratin. Without enough pro-
tein for keratin, hair grows more
slowly, and the individual strands
that do grow will be weaker.
Furthermore, the iron found in
animal protein (called "heme iron")
is most easily absorbed by the body
, Iron helps red blood cells carry
oxygen to all cells in the body,
including the hair follicles.
For most people, foods can pro-
vide all the iron necessary for good
health and strong hair. However,
before menopause, women may
want to consider taking a standard
multivitamin that contains the daily
value for iron. Never take straight
iron pills without a doctor's super-
vision taking excessive amounts
when your body is not deficient can
be detrimental to your health.
Good sources of iron-rich pro-
tein include oysters, lean beef,
turkey, duck, lamb, chicken, pork,
shrimp and eggs.
Good sources of vegetarian iron
rich protein include tofu, soybeans,
lentils, beans and black-eyed peas.
Vitamin C improves the body's
ability to absorb non-heme iron
(also known known as vegetarian
based iron), so vegetarians should
eat iron-rich vegetables and foods
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Vitamin C is also used to form
collagen, a structural fiber neces-
sary for the body to maintain
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Hair follicles, blood vessels, and
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berries, pineapple, papayas,
lemons, broccoli, kale, and
The B Vitamins: Folate, Vitamin
B-6 and Vitamin B-12
These vitamins are involved in
the creation of red blood cells,
which carry oxygen and nutrients to
all body cells, including those of
the scalp, follicles, and growing
hair. Without enough B vitamins,
the cells will not thrive, causing
shedding, slow growth, or weak
hair that is prone to breaking.
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Black Arts Festival Television and Def Comedy come- August 4th at 7 p.m. Call 632- The University Club will host
Stage Aurora Jacksonville presents dian fixture Earthquake will be at "Cocktails For A Cause" supporting
a Black Arts Festival, a three- day the Comedy Zone, July 28 30, The Clara White Mission. It will be
festival of entertainment showcas- 2011, located inside the Mandarin Dave Hollister held Friday, August 12th from 5:30
ing great theatre, dance, and music. Ramada Inn, 3130 Harts Rd Harts at First Fridays 7 p.m. at the University Club. For
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For tickets, contact Stage Aurora at 4242.scheduled for Friday, August 5th at
(904) 765-7372. the Hyatt Hotel Riverfront in P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
The American Beach Property
Association will present Jazz at
Burney Park on Historic American
Beach. Bring your chairs and come
listen to the music, Saturday, July
23rd from 5 8 p.m. For more
information call Ruth Waters at 514-
Stage Aurora tributes
Witness "A Rose Among Thorns,
a Tribute to Rosa Parks" July 24th
featuring Ella Joyce (TV Star of
ROC and My Wife and Kids) at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall
inside of Gateway Town Center
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue.
For ticket information, contact
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.
Reggae legend Beres
Hammond at Plush
Reggae legend, Beres Hammond
known in particular for his romantic
lover's rock and soulful voice, is
coming to town Wednesday, July
27th at Plush Nightclub. Visit
www.plushjax.com or call (904)
Natural Hair worKsnop
TRU Roots will present a Natural
Hair Care Workshop on Saturday,
July 30, 2011 at Ventureplex
Training Facility, 7235 Bonneval
Road (off JT Butler & Phillips
Highway) Jacksonville, Florida
32256 Register at http://www.tru-
Aaron Bing in concert
Saxophonist Aaron Bing will be in
concert Saturday, July 30, 2011,
7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Terry
Theater. For tickets visit www.tick-
etmaster.com or call Century
Records at 310-684-2554.
concert at Outre
A Fashion Showcase of hot new
designers with performances by the
Outre Dancers and an Outre Fantasy
Hair show featuring live music from
Fantasia and Derek J from Real
Housewives Of Atlanta. It will be
held July 30th from 6-9 p.m. at the
Prime Osborne Center. For more
information visit www.outre.com or
call (888) 731-5131.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
Downtown Jacksonville at 9 p.m..
For tickets call (904) 405-7333.
Cocktails for a Cause
The University Club/Young
Executive Society will present
"Cocktails for a Cause". The event
will raise funds for "Save Africa
Global Tonight!". The private club
will be opened to the public on
Friday, August 5th from 5-9 p.m.
Save the date for Jacksonville's
"Prime" Bridal Show on Sunday,
August 7, 2011, from noon. to 5
p.m. at The Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Come meet face
to face with leading local wedding
professionals to help plan the per-
fect event for your special day! For
more information visit www.wed-
dingexhibit.com or contact Krissy
Weeks at (904) 860-8004.
Arena Bowl XXIV
Are you ready for some football!
Jacksonville Sharks Arena Bowl
XXIV, Friday, August 12, 2011 at
8:00 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial
Arena. For tickets visit www.ticket-
master.com or call the Sharks office
at (904) 621- 0700.
The August meeting of the
P.R.I.D.E Book Club will be held
Saturday, August 13th at 4 p.m.
Author and socialite Marsha Phelts
will host a discussion with Yolanda
M. Tucker, author of the book "All
I Ever Wanted To Do Is Love You."
The reading will be held at 5400
Ocean Blvd, American Beach. For
more info call 389-8417 or 703-
Toast to the Animals
Grab a glass and toast the First
Coast's furriest friends at the
Jacksonville Humane Society's 13th
annual Toast to the Animals on
Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6 to
9 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. Guests
will enjoy more than 100 varieties
of wine and beer, gourmet hours
d'oeuvres, desserts and a silent and
live auction. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or 725-8766.
Sheryl Underwood the comedian
that continues to push the envelope
discussing sex, politics, current
events and relationships will be in
concert at the Comedy Zone,
August 19 20, 2011. 3130 Harts
Rd. inside the Ramada Inn. Call
292-4242 for more information.
Channel 7 Symposium
The Annual WJCT Women's
Health symposium is scheduled for
Saturday, August 20th from 7:30
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront. The full day
event will feature speakers, break-
out sessions with local health and
wellness experts, free health screen-
ings, continental breakfast, catered
lunch and more. For tickets visit
www.wjct.org or call 549-2938.
Labor Day Weekend will be the
time for a grand evening of smooth
jazz on A Jazz on the Water Cruise.
It will be held on Saturday,
September 3rd from 10 p.m.-1:30
a.m. taking off from 1501
Riverplace (next to Charthouse
Restaurant). The evening will fea-
ture include live jazz, hors d'oeuvres
served and TJ The DJ. For more
information call Ms. Charo at 520-
Erykah Badu, The O'Jays and
Ricky Smiley will be in concert
together on Saturday, September
17, 2011 at the arena. For tickets
call (800) 745-3000, or visit online
Florida Black Expo
The 2011 Florida Black Expo is set
for Saturday, October 8th at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Guests include CNN commentator
Roland Martin, vocalist Oleta
Adams, actress Wendy Raquel
Robinson, and House of Payne actor
David Mann. For more information
visit www.blackexposouth.com or
The Riverside Fine Arts Series wil
present Regina Carter, the distinc-
tively diverse and musical personal-
ity in concert on Thursday, Oct. 20,
at the Florida Theatre. The show
begins at 8 p.m., for tickets visit
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higher, a coupon will be posted on the Zoo's website. Each coupon is good
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broke a few weeks least, there are signs that he isn't As for the Kowa deal, Dorfman
/oods had signed an generating enough to comfortably estimates its value at $4 million.
al to endorse a heat cover his costs. Doug Shabelman of Burns
vas hard not to think With giants like Gillette, Entertainment & Sports Marketing
age" episode when Accenture, Tag Heuer, and believes it's worth around $3 mil-
goes to China to do Gatorade having jumped ship, lion.
Irink commercial Tiger's major deals are down to Recent valuations of Tiger's over-
of money. three: Nike, Electronic Arts, and all endorsement earnings for 2011
ods was likely paid Kowa. His EA Sports video game, have been between $60 million and
-digit "Tiger Woods PGA Tour $75 million. But based on our infor-
'12," set a first-week mation about Nike, and on the
f r a n c h i s e Kowa estimates, the real number is
record of likely closer to $20 million.
225,000 Woods' agent adamantly denies
the assertion that the golfer is facing
financial strain. "Tiger Woods is
financially sound and strong, con-
trary to wide-ranging rumors and
inaccurate figures in the media,"
Steinberg wrote in an e-mail.
"Stating anything else is incorrect
The Woods P&L
undeniably fizzled is Tiger's
Woods won no majors in
2009, the first year that's
happened since 2004. He
went completely winless
in 2010, and this year
She's so far missed the
U.S. Open, AT&T
-:'`' I -National, and British
Open due to a knee
injury. According to the
PGA Tour website,
Tiger's 2011 winnings
so far total $571,363.
Those are like pennies
compared to the $10.9
million, $5.8 million,
and $10.5 million he
earned in 2007, 2008,
Sand 2009, respectively. In
2010, that dropped to $1.3
Woods is still young, and
undoubtedly one of the
greatest golfers alive, but as
'he continues to stay off the
links, that money stream dries
up. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods
Dubai, a billion-dollar project that
was first set to open in 2009 with a
golf course, pricey real estate, and
restaurant,- was scrapped in
As Tiger's revenues have
g a me s declined, his expenses have only
jIIIIE- sold But climbed. To begin with, there's the
STger'" Nike reported $100 million divorce set-
monel fell by as tlement. And last August, Woods
"Go much as 50% in 2010 (to took out a $54.5 million mortgage
a far cry from cam- about $10 million, down from $20 on his home in Jupiter Island,
;iCo, Gillette, and million in 2009) and that he will get Florida. According to the public
last time Woods the same reduced amount for 2011. document, Woods is required to pay
panese TV ads was The reason? Nike penalized him for off the mortgage in fill by January
he promoted Asahi his indiscretions, reducing his pay- of 2016, giving him a mere five and
back before he ment for two years as a response to a half years to shed the debt. He's
menon. So the deal his public behavior. Nike had no therefore paying more than $10 mil-
aker of the rub) comment, lion each year, including his
a moment of des- That Nike would have renegotiat- $431,042 in annual property taxes.
return to form. ed Tiger's contract to give him a That 2010 property tax informa-
that Woods, once temporary pay cut may be hard to tion comes from the district offices
rts world, has suf- believe, but Bob Dorfman of Baker of Martin County, FL, where the
since his fall from Street Advertising says, "That's not home Woods now occupies alone is
rsement list shrank surprising. They're not going to located. The property, which Woods
ended in a divorce release him entirely, because that's purchased in 2006 for $44.5 mil-
tedly worth $100 not the way they are, but [a pay lion, is valued at around $47 million
w he may actually reduction] would not surprise me at (the county values the house at
$26.48 million, the land at $20.5
million). His 2010 improvements to
the dwelling and the property cost
him $6 million, including three sep-
arate residential pools, a tennis
court, a golf green with a few holes,
an elevator, and a 14,736-square
foot improvement to the interior of
the house -- evidence that Woods is
not used to living cheaply. But the
pace of his home improvements has
slowed, according to online records
of the county appraiser's office. The
Martin County clerk's office con-
firmed that their records show that
the mortgage has not been paid off.
The Jupiter Island mega-mansion
isn't the only Woods property.
Among others, in 2007 he bought
his mother property near his own, in
Jupiter Island, for $2.4 million. In
2010, construction on that cost him
another $2.6 million. Presumably,
it's Woods himself that pays and
will continue to pay all taxes on the
Between the divorce settlement
and his recent mortgage, Tiger has
faced recent debts to the tune of at
least $160 million, though it's
unknown how much of this he has
now paid down. His endorsement
earnings will not come close to this
in 2011, and he's no longer adding
much to his pot with golf winnings.
Nike's decisive slash to his contract
has not helped matters.
To fix up his financial short
game, Tiger Woods is going to have
to start making money again the
old-fashioned way: by playing the
sport he's known for.
"More African American men are
in prison or jail, on probation or
parole than were enslaved in 1850.
before the Civil War began,"
revealed author Michelle Alexander
at a recent presentation.
Alexander, currently a law pro-
fessor at Ohio State, had
been brought in to .
discuss her year-
old bestseller. The
New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in
the Age ot
Growing crime rate
over the past 30 ye.,i
don't explain the skyroc kei-
ing numbers of black and
increasingly brown men
caught in America's prison
system, according to Alexander.
who clerked for Supreme Court
Justice Harry Blackmun.
"Most of that increase is due to
the War on Drugs, a war waged
almost exclusively in poor commu-
nities of color," she said, even
though studies have shown that
whites use and sell illegal drugs at
rates equal to or above blacks. In
some black inner-city communities,
four of five black youth can expect
to be caught up in the criminal jus-
tice system during their lifetimes.
Black unemployment climbs while healthy
eating declines The skyrocketing unemployment rate in the
African-American community (16.2 percent) is compelling Black
Americans to sacrifice healthy eating, for cheap, caloric foods.
Nearly 4.5 million Americans are eating less-healthy foods due to a
diminished spending power, and desire to conserve money. For African-
Americans, who suffer from the greatest economic strains, the numbers
could be catastrophic.
Fall 2011 Scholarships now
available for women of all ages
As the fall season approaches, WomenScholarships.org continues to
give away a $10,000 monthly scholarship award to a female who is 18
years of age or older. The scholarship award is designed to help women
and moms, who make up nearly two-thirds of all college students. It can
be used to pay for tuition, books, housing, and more. To apply, students
simply have to register online, view free information from sponsor col-
leges and universities, and then confirm their registration.
Females of all ethnic groups and age brackets are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States, and must
be planning to attend or are already enrolled in an undergraduate or
graduate program at any college, university, or trade school.
At the end of each month, one random winner is selected from a draw-
ing and the scholarship monies are paid upon verification. Typically, the
drawing date is around the middle or the end of each month.
As a consequence, a great many
black men are disenfranchised, said
Alexander prevented because of
their felony convictions from vot-
ing and from living in public hous-
ing, discriminated in hiring,
excluded from juries, and
vhat do we expect
H.lll to do?" she
book while serv-
ing as Director
of the Racial
at the ACLU of
"Well, seventy percent return to
prison within two years, that's what
However change is to come, a big
impediment will be the massive
"If we were to return prison pop-
ulations to 1970 levels, before the
War on Drugs began," she said.
"More than a million people work-
ing in the system would see their
Of all African-American men that
were born in 1965 or later with less
than a high school diploma, 60 per-
cent have a prison record (28
months median time served).
Alexander, who drew her early
inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., devotes the last part of
"The New Jim Crow" to steps peo-
ple can take to combat this gross
injustice. In particular, she recom-
mended supporting the Drug Policy
In other disparity news, another
troubling study of Black males has
been released this one will sure-
ly make you cringe.
According to a new study of
North Carolina inmates. Black men
are half as likely to die at any given
time if they're in prison..
The study claims that Black pris-
oners are protected against alcohol
and drug-related deaths, as well as
lethal accidents and certain chronic
"Ironically, prisons are often the
only provider of medical care
accessible by these underserved and
vulnerable Americans." said Hung-
En Sung of the John Jay College of
Criminal Justice in New York.
The study cites findings found in
the Annals of Epidemiology.
The pattern didn't hold true for
white men. who were found to be
more likely to die in prison than
outside of it.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goals
Goals FY 2011- 2013
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority announces its
proposed DBE goal of 12% for FY 2011-2013. Funds expended for USDOT assisted
contracts are affected by this goal. The goal is exclusive of JTA's expenditures for
It is the intent of the JTA that this expenditure goal be obtained through a race neutral
and race conscious program to the maximum extent feasible. A copy of the proposed
goal statement is available for review during normal business hours at the JTA Ad-
ministrative Office. Comments may be directed to Kenneth Middleton, Contract Com-
pliance Program Manager or Frank Billue, Regional Civil Rights Officer at the address
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Attention: Ken Middleton
Contract Compliance Program Manager
100 North Myrtle Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Federal Transit Administrative, Region IV
Attention: Frank Billue
Regional Civil Rights Officer
230 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
JTA will accept written or oral comments on the goal for 45 days following the date
of this notice.
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LA Reid to head Epic Records
SAntonio "L.A." Reid was officially named head of
Epic Records on Monday, a long-expected move that
was first reported in June.
: Reid who will also serve as a judge on Simon
Cowell's singing competition show "The X Factor"
this fall will carry the title of chairman-CEO. He
previously headed Island Def Jam from 2004 to 2011.
: The move has been seen as inevitable since March,
when Reid stepped down from his chairman position at IDJ.
Epic Records, which has first dibs on "X Factor" performers, is a sub-
sidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The label is expected to merge with
Jive Records, which Reid will also oversee.
Chris Brown bashed for role in Steve
Chris Brown and Steve Harvey better cross their
fingers and hope that their obvious reconciliation
That has blossomed into a working relationship
S goes over well with the ladies. So far....not look-
i- ing good. Clutch magazine printed a scathing
"review" of the upcoming project "Act Like A
Lady, Think Like A Man" which hasn't been
released on film yet. But, "Clutch" has taken
issue with the fact that "Chris Brown has been
announced as one of the film's stars."
Rapper Ja rule sentenced to two years
Rappper Ja Rule has been sentenced to more -
than two years in federal prison for failing to file
income tax returns, and said a combination of
youthful inexperience, bad advice and an inabil- |
ity to manage fame and fortune lead to his finan-
"I in no way attempted to deceive the govern-
ment or do anything illegal," he said, minutes
before being sentenced in a New Jersey federal
court. "I was a young man who made a lot of
money I'm getting a little choked up I did- -
n't know how to deal with these finances, and I
didn't have people to guide me."
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, admitted in March that he
failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million that he earned between 2004
and 2006 while he lived in Saddle River.
Ja Rule was sentenced in New York City last month to up to two years
in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal weapon possession.
The case stemmed from a gun found in his car in 2007.
U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz in Newark ruled that the majority of his
( 28-month federal sentence could be served at the same time as New York
state prison sentence.
Depending on his release date for his New York sentence, he could serve
from four to 12 months of the federal sentence. The federal time will be
served at the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York, where he
is serving the state sentence.
by Lynn Jones embarked on a career that has cata-
Born in Chicago and raised in pulted her into a world renowned
Detroit, actress Ella Joyce has actress and coach.
Her current role is the one
woman show playing Rosa
Parks in "A Rose Among
Thorns, a Tribute to Rosa
Parks." The show is created
and directed by Ella Joyce
and directed by her husband
city to city tour and pays tribute to
Mrs. Parks in hopes of not only
keeping her story alive orally, and
celebrating her exemplary charac-
ter, but also seeks to infuse others
(young and old), with her spirit to
seek social change, and to choose
involvement with political and civic
issues concerning us today.
"From the moment it was
announced that Rosa Parks passed,
I armed several TV sets with VHS
tapes. I pushed the record button
every time she was mentioned. I
read something about her on the
internet and world press every
morning. I have collected hours and
hours of live, precious informa-
Growing up in Detroit, Ms. Joyce
feels that she shares a type of
"hometown kindred spirit" and a
love for the community with Rosa
Ella's acting credits include the
highly successful sitcom "Roc"
starring Rocky Carrol and Charles
Dutton. When asked how she won
the role, Ella proudly exclaimed "I
patterned Ella after my parents."
Ella's character in Roc was a
solemn homemaker, dedicated to
her husband and family. Ella's
early career hindered on the plays
of the acclaimed playwright August
Wilson, the Bosanova Repertory
Theater and the Beneicke
Fellowship at the Yale School of
Drama program. Ella's also prides
herself as an acting coach. Her
graduates include Toni Braxton and
Vivica Fox. With over 70 perform-
ances A Rose Among Thorns, a
Tribute to Rosa Parks"is on track
for a premier performance in
Judge Mablean says fans want her back on the air
by Lee Bailey
It was five years ago that Fox
Television made the sudden
announcement that its beloved
Judge Mablean Ephriam of
"'Divorce Court" had "decided to
step down after seven years" a
statement that the daytime TV fix-
ture immediately denied in a retal-
iatory press conference.
"The truth is that Fox and I were
unable to reach an agreement, after
several months of negotiations. I
was willing to stay. Fox was unwill-
ing to pay," she told reporters at the
Ephriam, 62, went on to explain
that Fox offered her "substantially
less than all of the other court show
judges," and although she lowered
her offer in an effort to reach a set-
tlement, Fox remained firm in its
low-ball, take-or-leave it offer.
"which contained a very small
increase from its initial position,
coupled with some other unreason-
able demands" among them, a
provision that she not change her
hairstyle, "to avoid time consuming
issues," the network stated in the
Needless to say, Ephriam was
offended, and her time with
"Divorce Court" ended abruptly.
Celebrity interviewer Lee Bailey
ran into Her Honor at the JazzFest
West event over the weekend and
discovered she is "ready, willing
and able" to negotiate with Fox to
replace her replacement, Judge
"People are calling me and send-
ing me emails asking how can they
get me back on 'Divorce Court' and
get rid of the other lady," she said.
"And I say I don't know, but you
should start a campaign and see
what happens. The ratings are down
right now, and I'm ready to come
back if Fox is ready to have me
Ephriam said she's sure that this
time, she and Fox can come to
terms on a contract that pleases
both parties. In the meantime, she's
been keeping busy with public
speaking engagements and working
the Madea circuit, appearing as her-
self in three of Tyler Perry's films.
Also, the Hazlehurst, Mississippi
native spent much of her time since
"Divorce Court" caring for her ail-
ing mother, who passed away last
"I think things happen for a rea-
son, and right in February of 06
when I went off the show, she went
completely down," Ephriam said. "I
had to be there to take care of her
and I'm thankful for that opportuni-
ty to have been able to
take care of her.
But I'm ready
t h e
school, I'm a sin-
gle woman so I
have nothing holding me back. I'm
ready to roll."
All she needs now is the petition.
Dwight says no more Housewives
If you were hoping to see the fab-
ulous Dwight Eubanks on the
upcoming season of the Real
Housewives of Atlanta, prepare to
be disappointed. During the "Art of
Fabulous," a Clairol Professional
hair color battle, Eubanks said he is
"absolutely not" returning to the
"It was very time-consuming and
I only did the Real Housewives of
Atlanta to promote [his Purple Door
Salon] and out of three years, they
have not yet shown what I really do.
I've had a salon for over 25 years
and they just refuse to show it. It
does not make sense." he explains.
The unforgettable stylist hints at
the show's catty plot lines and dra-
matic characters as the real reason
for his departure. "We can entertain
you, but you still need to be educat-
ed. That's what's lacking in the tel-
evision industry. It's so much buf-
foonery and craziness out there. I
just can't do it. I refuse to do it."
Although Eubanks won't be
shown planning any grand soirees
for Phaedra, he won't be complete-
ly gone from television. You may
finally see Dwight on his own
show. "They're still trying to figure
out what to do with me," he says,
explaining why his hair-focused
reality show has yet to finish film-
ing. "You have to realize: I'm 50
years old. Therefore, it has to be
something that makes sense and has
On whether or not the unofficial
"sixth housewife" misses filming
with the fiery cast, he matter-of-
factly says, "I don't miss it at all."
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Today there are many alternatives and \ar-
ious combinations of wedding styles
that are acceptable. Weddings of the
past were not always like the
grand ceremonious weddings
we are accustomed to today.
Some wedding traditions
like the wearing of the bridal
veil have been in existence
since ancient Judaic times,
while other traditions, such as
the lighting of the unity candle
or the wedding of a white wed-
ding gown, are fairly new.
In many ways the history and devel-
uals are directly related to changes in the American
mindset throughout the country's history.
The latter half of the century also saw a rise in the use
of wedding professionals or wedding vendors (as they
are commonly known today). Wedding that would have
been held in private homes a few decades earlier were
now being moved to churches where more square
footage allowed for a large number of guests and
required a greater show.
A bride who may have sewn her own wedding dress
or simply used a dress she already owned was now like-
ly to hire a dressmaker or even order a ready to wear
wedding gown. Cakes and flower arrangements that
wouldchave been prepared at home were now being
contracted out to confectioners and florists and the
wedding industry began to grow.
Though they can be pricey on your
guests, destination weddings make for
a vacation and celebration in one.
As the turn of the century approached and the
American middle class swelled weddings began to look
more and more like the extravagant celebrations of
By the 1920s and 1930s brides had largely turned to
professionals to organized their wedding for them.
While this trend had already been evolving for nearly..
four decades it was not until the Jazz Age that wedding
vendors began to see the true business potential of
brides and their weddings.
One of the clearest and earliest manifestation of the
new conception of the bride as a profit center was the
introduction of bridal departments in large stories.
Many stores began to offer a whole section of mer-
chandise devoted to the bride and her big day. Around
the same time catered weddings and engraved invita-
tions become less of a luxury for only the very rich
Jumping the broom is a and more of
centuries old tradition done that all
by slaves to symbolize their b r i d es
SWedding photographers also became a key part of the
wedding proceeding and often scripted the entire pro-
eression of the wedding with their photograph cues.
T ing of wedding preparations to the profes-
side effect of
CL U V American
By the 1950s
when a white wedding was the ultimate dream for an
affluent middle class bride the American wedding was
a cookie cutter production that could easily be replicat-
ed for another bride by the professionals who had cre-
Some determining factor
that influence the date are the By the 1830's uppe
time of year you want to be weddings had begun
married the size and formality
of your wedding, the avail- evolve a bit more in
ability of the location you recognizable modern
wants and possibly your work American wedding
schedules. These all play an pleted with a lavish
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with that special day.
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The bride to be should deter-
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Consult important family members to avoid conflicts,
determine the best time that you can both take time off
from work or school, consider your honeymoon plans.
Is it a good time of year to honeymoon where you've
always dreamed of going be realists and allow yourself
enough time plan the wedding you've always wanted.
Whether you're having a sit down dinner offering a
buffet or passing hours' de oeuvres what you serve is
important. If you have a theme try to work the food
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affidavit stating neither person is currently married
blood test proof of divorce or death certificate if it per-
tains to your situation. If you find the documentation
and time requirements too much trouble to deal with
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Weddings in the 1980s and 1990s continued to build
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SA .A Vick takes anti-dog | '!A i
Nelson Mandela celebrates 93rd birthday
Extended family including ex wife Winnie Mandela surrounds a birth-
day cake in honor of the 93rd birthday of Nelson Mandela, second from
left in Qunu, South Africa, July 18, 2011. Mandela became South Africa's
first black president after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against
apartheid. His public appearances have become increasingly rare. In 2009,
Mandela's birthday was declared an international day devoted to public
White House extends assistance
to unemployed homeowners
The Obama administration is
lending a helping hand to unem-
ployed homeowners by requiring
services of Federal Housing
Administration-backed loans to
allow those homeowners to sus-
pend their mortgage payments for
up to 12 months and to remove
upfront obstacles that make it diffi-
cult for borrowers to qualify.
Previously, unemployed borrowers
were given only a four-month for-
bearance. The administration also
plans to require services participat-
ing in the Making Home Affordable
Program to extend its forbearance
period to 12 months whenever pos-
"Today, 60 percent of the unem-
ployed have been out of work for
more than three months and 45 per-
cent have been out of work for
more than six. Providing the option
for a year of forbearance will give
struggling homeowners a substan-
tially greater chance of finding
employment before they lose their
homes,"said Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Shaun
In addition, FHA is mandating
that all of its mortgage services
conduct a review at the end of the
forbearance period to determine
whether the borrowers are eligible
for other foreclosure assistance pro-
grams. If a borrower doesn't quali-
fy for additional foreclosure pre-
vention assistance, the service
must explain why and allow him or
her a minimum of seven calendar
days to provide additional informa-
tion that could impact the outcome.
The forbearance extension goes
into effect August 1 and will expire
two years later. Servicers will have
60 days to implement the extension.
"This is a good first step, but we
need to be doing every single thing
in our power because African-
Americans and Hispanics are losing
their homes at a disproportionate
rate compared to whites," said Rep.
NFL quarterback Michael
Vicks speaks to Congress.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback
Michael Vick brought his anti-dog-
fighting message to Congress on
this week, backing legislation that
would penalize those who know-
ingly attend animal fights and allow
minors to attend.
Vick, who served 18 months in
prison on dogfighting charges, said
he wants to teach kids not to repeat
his mistakes and to take profits
away from sponsors of these
The football star has been speak-
ing at churches and schools along
with Wayne Pacelle, president and
chief executive officer of the
Humane Society of the United
States. Pacelle told the news con-
ference, "I had a lot of soul search-
ing to do" before deciding to part-
ner with Vick in efforts to stop ani-
mal fighting events.
"Help us to reach out to these
kids before they go down the wrong
path," Vick said.
Re-enactors listen to proceedings during the grand opening ceremo-
ny of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C.
Black Civil War Museum reopens in D.C.
The African American Civil War Museum in Washington is celebrating
its grand reopening in a new, larger location. Events were held throughout
last weekend with a series of discussions on topics ranging from teaching
the civil war to women in the civil rights movement. On Sunday the muse-
um hosted a film festival. The original African American Civil War
Museum opened on U Street in 1999 near the African American Civil War
Memorial. Its new location at 1925 Vermont Ave. NW provides about
5,000 square feet after a $5 million renovation. The original location only
had about 700 square feet. The new museum also includes a media center
and research area. Visit www.afroamcivilwar.org.
Ruby Bridges visits her portrait in the White House
Ruby Bridges recently took
another walk escorted by security.
However, instead of wearing a
white dress with white ribbons in
her pig-tailed hair surrounded by
four burly guards as she walked to
school in New Orleans, this time
she was meeting President Obama
at the White House.
You see, back in November 1960,
Bridges needed a police escort to
enter the William Frantz Public
School in New Orleans after the
court ordered racial integration in
schools. That was six years after the
Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs.
Board. Many opposed the integra-
tion law and yelled racial slurs at
the young girl as she walked into
the institution for her first day.
"I think it's fair to say that if it
wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be
here today," President Obama said
to the iconic figure whose portrait
as a six-year-old walking behind
police officers now hangs outside
of the Oval Office.
Norman Rockwell's painting, The
Problem We All Live With,
received much criticism when it
appeared on the cover of Look
President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view
Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With," hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office last
week. Bridges is the girl portrayed in the painting. "I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for you guys,"
Obama told Bridges, "I wouldn't be here today." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
magazine in 1964. Today, Bridges make a statement, and he did it in a and promotes tolerance, respect and
says that she commends Rockwell very powerful way." appreciation of diversity through
for having "enough courage to step Bridges now serves on the board her Ruby Bridges Foundation.
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