join forces with
FEMA Asking Hurricane Katrina
victims to give back money
The Federal Emergency Management Agency mailed out 83,000 debt
notices this year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms
to pay back federal aid they received after Katrina.
FEMA is seeking to recover more than $385 million it says was
improperly paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The
debts, which average about $4,622 per recipient, represent slightly less
than 5 percent of the roughly $8 billion that FEMA distributed after the
storms. At least some of the overpayments were due to FEMA employ-
ees' own mistakes, ranging from clerical errors to failing to interview
applicants, according to congressional testimony.
The agency says it is required by law to make an effort to recover
improper payments, even if the recipient wasn't at fault. Last week, how-
ever, Congress approved legislation that would allow FEMA to waive
many of the debts. President Barack Obama recently signed the measure
- part of a $1 trillion spending package, into law.
Approximately 2,500 recipients, including 930 victims of the 2005
hurricanes, have appealed their debt notices. FEMA says about 30 per-
cent of those appeals successfully erased at least some of the debt.
Recipients also can ask for a waiver due to economic hardship or seek to
set up a payment plan.
Unemployment rises for Black
America as it falls for everyone else
A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its low-
est level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost to end 2011.
The Labor Department said that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last
month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest since
February 2009. The rate has dropped for four straight months. But black
unemployment rose again from 15.5 to 15.8 percent overall and from
39.6 to 42.1 among African-American teens.
The hiring gains cap a six-month stretch in which the economy gener-
ated 100,000 jobs or more in each month. That hasn't happened since
April 2006. A better job market is a positive sign for President Barack
Obama, who is bound to face voters with the highest unemployment rate
of any sitting president since World War II. Unemployment was 7.8 per-
cent when Obama took office in January 2009.
For all of 2011, the economy added 1.6 million jobs, better than the
940,000 added in 2010. The unemployment rate averaged 8.9 percent last
year, down from 9.6 percent the previous year.
Economists forecast that the job gains will top 2.1 million this year.
Smiley booted from MLK events
Peoria, ILL -Tavis Smiley, the PBS talk show host who has criticized
President Barack Obama for not doing enough for the African-American
community, says he was ousted as the speaker at a Martin Luther King
luncheon because he was trying to hold the president accountable.
"I don't see my role as one of criticizing the president. I see my role as
one of holding the president this and every other president account-
able," Smiley said on Fox News.
"Something is wrong with this country ... that so often the political right
gets accused of playing the game of political correctness. What this
underscores is that those on the left, the Democrats can play that game of
political correctness as well," he added.
Smiley was booted from the 20th annual MLK luncheon on Jan. 16 that
is hosted by the Peoria Civic Center. The group announced that Smiley
had been replaced by Michael Eric Dyson as the guest speaker, citing
people who were "upset about comments that Tavis Smiley has made."
"What's important to us is putting together a luncheon that celebrates
the life and work of Dr. King," luncheon organizer Alma Brown said last
week, according to a local report. "And it became evident over the last
few days that people were upset about comments that Tavis Smiley had
made, comments that we weren't aware of unfortunately so we made the
decision to cancel his contract."
Judge rules KKK store belongs
to a local Black Church
Columbia, SC After a lengthy legal battle between a black South
Carolina church and members of the Ku Klux Klan, a judge has ruled that
the church owns a building where KKK robes and T-shirts are sold.
A circuit judge ruled last month that New Beginnings Baptist Church
is the rightful owner of the building that houses the Redneck Shop, which
operates a so-called Klan museum and sells Klan robes and T-shirts
emblazoned with racial slurs. The judge ordered the shop's proprietor to
pay the church's legal bills of more than $3,300.
Since 1996, the Redneck Shop has operated in an old movie theater in
Laurens, a city about 70 miles northwest from Columbia that was named
after 18th century slave trader Henry Laurens.
Ownership of the building was transferred in 1997 to the Rev. David
Kennedy and his church, New Beginnings, by a Klansman fighting with
others inside the hate group, according to court records. That man,
according to Kennedy, was feuding with store proprietor John Howard
over a woman and "developed a spiritual relationship" with Kennedy's
church, the judge wrote.
But a clause in the deed entitles Howard, formerly KKK grand dragon
for the Carolinas, to operate his business in the building until he dies.
After years of trying to have the property inspected, Kennedy and New
Beginnings sued Howard and others in 2008. Last month, a judge ruled
in Kennedy's favor.
. out on son's
hazing death as
bus company is
added to lawsuit
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a day for
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QUALITY BLACK WEE KLY
Volume 25 No. 12 Jacksonville, Florida January 12-18, 2012
JIat America's Average Welfare Queen Really Looks Like
by Ed Williams, TR
S The leaders
:3 expert story-
C, tellers. When it
Sashi Brown to
The last couple
of weeks contin-
ues to bring
change and reor-
ganization to the
ball team, the
Jaguars. In addi-
tion to a new
Brown owner and a new
head coach, the team has named for-
mer Assistant General Counsel Sashi
Brown, 35, to senior vice president
and general counsel. He assumes the
general counsel duties previously
held by Paul Vance.
Brown, a native of D.C. and also
HBCU grad, recently finished his
seventh season with the Jaguars. His
responsibilities included contract
negotiations, employment matters,
insurance and risk management,
intellectual property and licensing
issues, and litigation management.
Before joining the franchise, Brown
was with the firm ofWilmer, Cutler,
Pickering, Hale and Dorr in
Washington, D.C., as a member of
the firm's corporate law practice
group. He earned his undergraduate
degree from Hampton University and
his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
He and his wife Paige are new par-
ents to their first child, Robeson
political gain, they easily color the
lines in black and white.
Last week Newt Gingrich told a
crowd of senior citizens in New
Hampshire, "The African-American
community should demand pay-
checks and not be satisfied with
food stamps." Rick Santorum was
even more egregious, claiming he
doesn't "want to make black peo-
ple's lives better by giving them
other people's money" (although he
later claimed that he never inten-
tionally said "black").
Gingrich's latest offense comes
only weeks after he received wide-
spread criticism for saying that poor
children should work as janitors
and clean toilets. He specifically
made a point of addressing "inner
city" youths -- which has become
conservative code for black and
brown people everywhere regard-
less of where they actually live.
For some odd reason, this is
acceptable rhetoric among the con-
servative political class. It is espe-
cially troubling because every reli-
able statistic shows that white
Americans are the overwhelming
beneficiaries of welfare in this
country and make up the largest -
continued on page 3
(SHOWN L-R) Samkeria Gates, Asia Burks, (standing) Troop Leader, Dr. Cora Reed, Savannah Davis,
Te'Niya Gates and Te' Nae Gates. Sharon Gallon photo.
Girl Scouts Start the Year Off by Giving Back
The Girl Scouts of Saint Paul AME Church started their year off by giving back by presenting fruit and toi-
letries to residents of Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on the Northside. The Girl Scouts selected
Lakeside as one of their service projects for the year. Residents joyfully joined the scouts in singing songs and
bell ringing The troop extended best wishes to residents and staff for the New Year.
Matthew Gilbert Celebrates the Panther Legacy at All Class Reunion
The Class of 1962 received top honors this year in honor of their 50th reunion.
by R. Waters-McKay
Graduates and friends of
Matthew W. Gilbert Junior / Senior
High School, classes of 1952 -
1970, celebrated their 14th Annual
Grand Reunion January 6 th and
7th, at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Hotel. With more
than 650 in attendance, participants
fellowshipped "panther" style. On
Friday night, many of the partygo-
ers wore their orange and green
representing MWG and their class-
es. DJ, Rodney Hurst, played a
good mixture of 'old school' and
contemporary line-dance music
throughout both evenings. On
Saturday night, Elder Beverly Clark
presided as the Mistress of
Ceremony. Following a reception,
the program began with an elegant-
ly orchestrated entrance into a filled
ballroom by several of MWG
teachers from that era. They were
led by James Daniels and Jackie
Surrency, Chair and Vice Chair of
the Grand Reunion Committee.
The Class of 1962 followed the
teachers as it celebrated its
50thAnniversary during that week-
Two distinguished members of
the Class of 1962 were honored
with Humanitarian Awards for their
community service contributions -
Kenneth Manuel and W. Randolph
Lee. Scholarships were awarded to
Tanisha Moore, KaylaObamwonyi,
and Shayla Alderman. Following
dinner, the much awaited 'Class
Roll Call' was held with the incom-
parable Coach Nathaniel 'Nat'
Washington calling the
roll.Accolades are still coming in
complementing the logistical plan-
ning by Ronald Weeks, Business
Manager for the Grand Reunion.
Next year, the Class of 1963 will
be honored, and the Committee
already making plans.
For more pictures, see pages 7
and 8. FMPowellphotos
January 12-18, 2012
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free P ss
I -_. -
ere we are at the beggining of another year, as Publisher of the
Jacksonville Free Press and in eager and expectant wonderment of 2012.
am not alone. Perhaps you are one of those I've observed embracing this
holiday season as a time of general goodwill toward others in anticipation
of a more rewarding New Year.. It's been a challenging year for Americans
in general. The ups and downs of the national economy have left few
unscathed including the newspaper industry. It always amazes me that
with less than adequate advertising revenue, small staff, skyrocketing costs
of production and business operations, the little branch of history called
the Jacksonville Free Press continues to roll out a newspaper each week.
:y daughter, editor and co-publisher Sylvia Perry, makes a famous
weekly announcement, "Hail another Free Press". I began the paper 25
years ago and I still offer thanks for "Another Free Press" after each edi-
tion we publish. We have a very small but well qualified and loyal staff. I am driven by and promote to my team the
belief that the stories of the Black community are many and worthy to be told.
Once had a White man ask me. What is a Black newspaper? Isn't news, news?" He asked. Yes, the Black Press
is new and more. Its' mission is to report the news that especially impacts the Black community. And no other media
can hold a candle to the value of having your own drum to beat out your own message. But beyond that, it is an insti-
tution that supports the Black community. Institutions are important because they set the standard for the people
they serve-they determine policy and they lead and direct. I take that charge seriously. We live today in a time that
many of our Black institutions are virtually spiritually, if not financially bankrupt, because they are no longer sup-
ported and valued as they were when they were founded.
any have lost their way. The Black Press institution grew out of a good for Africans in America to tell their own
stories, beginning in 1827 when they were legally forbidden by law to read or write. Despite efforts to belittle the size
and importance of Black newspapers throughout their history, the Jacksonville Free Press is a solid part of the Black
i mission determines the perspective of a newspaper. The Black newspaper perspective is from the point of view that
the Black community matters, and what goes on in the Black Diaspora matters.
he Jacksonville Free Press has been publishing continuously since 1986, because we care about keeping the
records of Black history authentic week by week as they occur. Many people locally grew up with the Florida Star.
It has been, and remains, a part of Jacksonille's culture, history and tradition. We are proud to have become a part
of that same landscape in our diverse society as we strive to give you an alternative designed to enlighten, educate,
inform and inspire.
any of you loyally support the Free Press with a $36.00 one-year subscription that is delivered to business offices,
homes, or given to someone. Others place an ad in the paper to show their support or to market their products and
et me thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your support helps us keep the presses rolling. In the course of our
history, we have denounced school desegregation and hate hate crimes, while covering everything from church social,
weddings and debutante balls, to the rise of Black elected officials and the election of the nation's first Black presi-
dent. The Jacksonville Free Press has encouraged people to register to vote. We have spoken out against disparities
in the criminal justice system, poverty and against racial hatred and job discrimination.
whining the light on racial inequities continues in the 21st century. Health disparities and racially based unem-
ployment gaps exist. We see the clock being turned back on voting rights that were won at great sacrifice in the
1960's. We see a resurgence of school segregation, now different from 50 years ago but still discriminatory. Racial
profiling has been legitimized. Incarceration of Black men and women has practically destroyed the Black family.
hese issues need a voice that will only come from within the community that feels the pain.
he Black Press is that voice. Yet ours is a voice that struggles to get businesses and city governments to spend
advertising dollars in this newspaper catering to Black America. Too often, ours is a voice that some seek to mar-
ginalize and dismiss because it is not the recognized and accepted voice of the majority or mainstream press.
And still we persist, says Maya Angelou, in her dynamic poem, And Still We Rise. As the Jacksonville Free Press
looks to 2012, I am pausing to thank you to our readers, subscribers and advertisers who are our support and encour-
agement to hold the line and keep the faith in our mission. Happy New Year and keep those subscriptions and ads coming!
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Family Speaks Out On Son's Hazing Death, add Bus Company to Law Suit
Robert Champion Sr., left, and Pam Champion, along with their
attorney Christopher Chestnut, at a press conference this week to dis-
cuss new details regarding the hazing death of their son, Florida A&M
University student Robert Champion Jr.
The parents of Florida A&M
University drum major Robert
Champion, who police believe died
after a violent hazing, said today
that their son may have been hazed
more severely than other students
because of his opposition to the
"Robert Champion was the poster
child of anti-hazing. He threatened
the very institution of hazing in this
band," said attorney Christopher
Chestnut, a lawyer for Champion's
During the family's investigation
into what happened to their son
they discovered that Champion was
gay, but also concluded that was not
a reason for his alleged hazing.
"This is not a hate crime,"
Chestnut said during a news confer-
ence. "This is a hazing crime. That
is what we are here to say today."
"We don't have all the answers
and all the details," Pam Champion
said today. "My son, he loved his
music. He loved the band. His
demeanor was more like following
all the rules, doing what you should
do as a band member. He was a per-
fectionist. ... He expected
everybody to do the same."
Drum Major Opposed Hazing
Robert Champion, 26, was a
member of the college's "Marching
100" band when he collapsed and
died Nov. 19 on a bus parked out-
side an Orlando, Fla., hotel after a
football game. Authorities said they
believed that hazing was involved.
An autopsy revealed that he died
of internal bleeding caused by blunt
force trauma, according to The
Associated Press. Officials told the
AP that he had bruises on his chest,
arms, shoulder and back.
It was also recently revealed that
Champion was gay. His parents
were vaguely aware of his sexuali-
ty, but did not know that there were
rumors of a connection to his death.
"Robert did have an alternative
lifestyle," Chestnut said today. He
said witnesses said that was not a
primary factor in the hazing, how-
ever. "It's difficult to know the true
motives of every person."
The school fired band director
Julian White and suspended all per-
formance and engagements of'any
bands and ensembles. White was
later reinstated and put on adminis-
trative leave. Four band members
also were dismissed from FAMU,
but then reinstated.
During the news conference this
week, Champion's parents said they
planned to sue Fabulous Coach
Lines, the company that owns the
bus on which the hazing allegedly
took place, claiming negligence and
Ray Land, owner of Fabulous
Coach Lines, reportedly said that
his staff got help after they were
notified of a problem.
In December, freshman Bria
Shante Hunter filed hazing charges
against members of the marching
band and sued the school after she
was rushed to the emergency room
with a broken thigh bone 11 days
after Champion's death.
Hunter was also a member of the
band's secretive Red Dawg Order,
which was made up of band mem-
bers from Georgia, primarily from
The truth behind America's "Welfare Queen"
continued from front proven false, the concept became
number of those in poverty by a an American colloquialism, propa-
wide and substantial margin. The gated by news media and
Republicans' rhetoric on the subject Hollywood, and remains a dis-
have been so effective that people turbingly popular image of poor
of every hue have come to believe black women and families.
them, feeding widespread igno- The face of poverty in America is
Of the 46 million people white, but as sociolo-
living in poverty in AmericaWillit and profesHare
in 2010, the U.S. census
revealed that 31 million
were white. Ten million
were black. Of the 49
million people without
health insurance coverage,
37 million were white; 8
million were African
American. Latinos of every
race and Asian Americans
represented the remaining
largest ethnic groups
rance about the true face of poverty
and the ever-growing gap between
America's rich and poor.
Perhaps it's time for a lesson in
mathematics and history.
The Myth of the
Black Welfare Queen
Ronald Reagan, now lauded as
one of the greatest Republicans, is
largely responsible for the GOP's
misguided obsession with framing
African Americans as the predomi-
nant poor and welfare-dependent.
In his 1976 race for the White
House, Reagan repeated stories of a
woman on the South Side of
Chicago who was the quintessential
Reagan claimed, "She has 80
names, 30 addresses, 12 Social
Security cards and is collecting vet-
eran's benefits on four nonexisting
deceased husbands. And she is col-
lecting Social Security on her
cards. She's got Medicaid, getting
food stamps, and she is collecting
welfare under each of her names.
Her tax-free cash income is over
Reagan never named the actual
woman, but his statement, includ-
ing the reference to the South Side
of Chicago, said it all.
Though the story was later
explains in a 2009
study on children in
poverty, the white
American poor, espe-
cially those in rural
areas, are "forgotten."
So What Do
the Numbers Tell
poor and middle-class
alike, receive the vast
majority of tax-funded
tance programs, from
monthly assistance to
Social Security to
Assistance for Needy
Families), the program that pro-
vides aid to single mothers, is the
most well-known welfare program,
but the truth is that Social Security
and Medicare are also social wel-
fare services, funded by tax dollars.
To that end, nearly 70 percent of all
benefits of these programs go to
white people. In fact, since African
Americans have lower life
expectancy, many work and pay
into the Social Security and
Medicare programs through their
tax dollars, only to have white
Americans, who have a longer life
expectancy, benefit from the
income they've left behind.
O'Hare's research in his 2009
report "The Forgotten Fifth: Child
Poverty in Rural America," reveals
that 57 percent of rural poor chil-
dren were white and 44 percent of
all urban poor children were white.
But theirs is a story rarely told, their
faces hardly seen. High poverty
rates for poor and working-class
whites have worsened since the
2008 economic crisis. Rural white
poverty was already more systemic
than urban poverty. Poor whites are
more likely to lack basic education
levels and remain in poverty for
O'Hare found that white
Americans living in rural areas ben-
efited the least from the economic
boom of the 1990s. The parents
were often underemployed, and this
translated into deeper poverty lev-
els for their children.
The Food Stamp Fallacy
and GOP Strategy
In December 2009, the New York
Times published a series of related
articles showing that poor whites
across Appalachia and the
Mississippi Delta and through the
Midwest, Deep South and Texas
borderlands were the highest per-
centage of Americans relying on
the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program), or food
According to the New York
Times, 36 million Americans relied
on food stamps. More than 24 mil-
lion of them were white, 8 million
were African American and 6 mil-
lion were Hispanic of any race.
Reagan and the GOP learned a
powerful lesson from Barry
Goldwater's devastating defeat in
1964 and the Southern strategy
implemented by Nixon: that race
was a powerful tool in securing the
white vote, even if it meant con-
City of Jacksonville
vincing working-class whites to
vote against their own economic
It was Reagan who in 1980
described the Voting Rights Act as
"humiliating to the South," a strate-
gy that led to the phenomenon
known as Reagan Democrats. By
surreptitiously appealing to dis-
gruntled working-class whites
across the South and in states like
Ohio and Pennsylvania, Reagan fed
suspicions that Democrats were
purveyors of welfare economics.
The "black welfare queen" image
he touted only served to strengthen
the resolve of white voters who
considered themselves social con-
servatives. As Paul Krugman point-
ed out in his 2007 article
"Republicans and Race," Southern
whites still voted for the GOP at a
ratio of 2 to 1. But for poor whites
voting Republican, it's a strategy
that only serves to keep them in
Like everyone struggling to pro-
vide for their families amid the
nation's economic challenges, poor
whites are a demographic sorely in
need of progressive answers to their
socioeconomic ills. Yet many
remain adherent to a racially polar-
izing Republican Party that has
taught them to fear Obama as
"alien" or "other."
From Reagan to Gingrich to
Santorum, race-baiting has only
profited the Republican leaders
who have sold it. Those at the bot-
tom, and poor whites in particular,
are left to pay the price.
Article author Ed Williams is an
author columnist, political analyst
for MSNBC and a former invest-
Jacksonville Port Authority
Jacksonville Multi- Jurisdictional Disparity Study
Duval County Public Schools JEA Jacksonville Transportation Authority
for January 17th
Disparity Study Meeting
Make Your Voice Heard!
To inform local businesses and the general public about the Disparity Study,
a community meeting is being conducted on January 17, 2012. The meeting
willpresent an overview of the Study process and provide a comment period
for businessesto share contracting experiences. Your input is valuable.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Legends Community Center
5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
5130 Soutel Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Five Jacksonville agencies have joined forces to conduct the Jacksonville
Multi-Jurisdictional Disparity Study ("Study") to determine whether goods
and services arebeing equitably awarded to all ready, willing, and able market
A Disparity Study is an evaluation of the procurement and contracting prac-
tices ofgovernment agencies, particularly in their use of disadvantaged,
minority-owned and woman-owned business enterprises.
The participating agencies include: the City of Jacksonville, the
JacksonvilleTransportation Authority, the Jacksonville Port Authority,
Jacksonville Electric Authority, and the Duval County Public Schools. A
successfulStudy requires the involvement of local businesses willing and
able to perform theAgencies' contracts.
To learn more about the Study or pre-register for the meeting, please contact
MasonTillman Associates, Ltd. at (904) 339-9549, visit www.jaxdisparitys-
tudy.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., a national public policy firm, is performing
this Studyand has conducted 110 disparity studies for communities around
Refreshments will be served
Celebrate a King
at the annual
MLK DAY PARADE
kicking off at 10 a.m.
in front of the
Federal Reserve Building
Monda, January 16, 2012
followed by festivities
at the Metropolitan Park
Call 463-2425 or 807-8358 for more information
The New Year is off to a great start here in Jacksonville! January
S; is National Mentoring Month. If you have yet to make a New
Year's resolution, Mayor's Mentors is a great option. Resolve
to give back to our community this year by donating time to
help a young person reach his or her full potential.
Mentored students are 52% less likely to skip school.
By giving just one hour each week after a short training
period, you will be developing a meaningful relationship
that will inspire a young person to work his or her hardest
in academics and in life.
Mentored students are 46% less likely to use illegal
drugs or abuse alcohol.
So far, 322 mentors signed up since December 7, but
thousands of Jacksonville students could still benefit from
mentoring. Please consider becoming a Mayor's Mentor
Your choice to become a mentor could be the difference
between a young person becoming a dropout or a graduate.
For more information on becoming a Mayor's Mentor, please call
United Way's 2-1-1 or visit www.nefl211.org.
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January 12-18, 2012
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
MLK Holiday Must Continue to be a Time for Reflection
As I walked into the beginning of
the 2012 Florida Legislative
Session, I was waylaid by an
onslaught of screams from protest-
ers. From my favorite collection of
extremists, the Tea Party, to the
Occupy/99% movementfolks, to
the several other "special interest"
groups, democracy was truly in full
In the country that many consid-
er the greatest democracy in the
world, being able to protest and
fight for what you believe in is
truly engrained in the fabric of
America. Next week, we honor a
man whose name has becomesyn-
onymous with peaceful protest and
fighting for equality and justice -
Dr. Martin Luther King.
We talk a lot about "his dream,"
but Dr. King's life can't be defined
by the March on Washington and
his famous "I Have a Dream"
Dr. King's life cannot be defined
by his personal achievements. One
has to look at his life for what he
fought for, and how he helped to
change the racial landscape of our
country. His legacy is one of justice
and equality for all man.
King certainly wasn't the only
one who fought against injustice
and inequality; but much like Rosa
Parks he was the right man at the
right place at the right time.
He was a great writer and speak-
er and an outstanding diplomat. He
was the perfect man for the job.
With a bible in one hand, and the
Constitution in the other, his intelli-
gence and vision were unmatched.
More important than all of that, he
was extremely unselfish, and real-
ized that the movement wasn't
"The ultimate measure of a man
is not where he stands in moments
of comfort, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controver-
sy," said King. That is essentially
how good leaders are measured -
how they handled the ship when the
seas were choppy, not when they
Every movement, every cause,
and every organization needs a
leader and figurehead; and Martin
Luther King embodied what it
meant to be a true leader. At the
helm of the most important move-
ment in this country's history at
least in my opinion, was a man
named Martin. He was a man who
wasn't perfect; but as I said earlier,
he was perfect for the job.
It was almost prophetic when Dr.
King spoke on April 3, 1968, and
said, "I have been to the mountain
top and seen the Promised Land."
He went on to say that he probably
would not be here on this earth to
see it, but he knew that blacks
would truly gain equality in this
Dr. King said, "We've got some
difficult days ahead. But it doesn't
matter with me now. Because I've
been to the mountaintop. And I
don't mind. Like anybody, I would
like to live a long life. Longevity
has its place. But I'm not concerned
about that now. I just want to do
"And He's allowed me to go up
to the mountain. And I've looked
over. And I've seen the Promised
Land. I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight,
that we, as a people, will get to the
Promised Land. And I'm happy,
tonight. I'm not worried about any-
thing. I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of
the coming of the Lord."
I can envision King looking
down from heaven during the first
Tuesday evening in November of
2008 when President Obama was
With a smile on his face and
maybe even tears flowing from his
eyes, he might just think back to his
"I Have a Dream" speech. One of
the most common yet prolific lines
was, "I have a dream, that my four
little children will one day live in a
nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their charac-
During that same speech he talks
about the promise of equality given
to all Americans by the
Constitution. King said, "When the
architects of our republic wrote the
magnificent words of the
Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, they were signing a
promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir."
"This note was a promise that all
men would be guaranteed the
inalienable rights of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. It is
obvious today that America has
defaulted on this promissory note
insofar as her citizens of color are
concerned. Instead of honoring this
sacred obligation, America has
given the Negro people a bad check
which has come back marked
But we have come a very long
way and Dr. King would be proud
of the progress that we (Americans)
have made. I can hear him saying,
"The line of progress is never
straight. For a period of movement
may follow a straight line, and then
it encounters obstacles, and the
Let's not forget that this is a hol-
iday that is not just about a day off,
but a day to reflect on King's
accomplishments,and the contin-
ued fight for equality and justice.
Signing off from Tallahassee,
In 2012 We're Still Fighting for Voting Rights
by Cyril Parker
As the nation enters another pres-
idential election year, it seems that
the push to get people of color reg-
istered is being met with a fight to
keep the Black, other minority and
youth vote from being strong.
New voting laws are being enact-
ed across several states that require
government IDs, eliminate early
voting and ban registration drives
in order to block qualified voters
from getting to the polls. These
laws restrict access to the franchise
in ways that have not been so
aggressively pushed in decades-in
some cases, in nearly a century.
History is clearly trying to repeat
itself, at least in the hopes of those
who want our nation to relive some
of its darkest moments-the time
after the Civil War when laws like
grandfather clauses, literacy tests
and poll taxes aimed to keep Blacks
away from the polls. Black voting
rights activists have not seen such a
clear and brazen assault on their
work since the 1960s, when the
Civil Rights Movement led to the
passage of the 24th Amendment in
1964, outlawing poll taxes.
But with the rise of Republicans
in legislatures and governorships
across the nation in 2010, these
emboldened politicians have been
looking for ways to suppress the
Black vote. Republican politicians
have been looking for ways to turn
back the clock since the 2008 pres-
idential election that brought to
office the nation's first Black presi-
dent, Barack Obama-an election
that saw the highest turnout of
young Black voters, including
Black women, yet.
"It doesn't take much, with how
close elections have been both at
the national, state and local levels,
to suppress the vote and for the
opposition to win," said political
consultant Bill Lynch. "This comes
right out of the Republican play-
book. Attorney General Eric
Holder has to enforce the Voting
Rights Act and let these states
know that what they are doing is
Last month, Holder spoke about
the voting laws and how he plans to
enforce the "law of the land,"
which was passed nearly 50 years
ago by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson.
"In 1965, when President
Johnson signed the landmark
Voting Rights Act into law, he pro-
claimed, 'The right to vote is the
basic right without which all others
are meaningless.' Today, as attor-
ney general, I have the privilege
and the solemn duty of enforcing
this law. Holder said.
Republicans have good reason to
fear the Black vote. In 2008, states
including Ohio, South Carolina,
Missouri, Nevada, Maryland and
Mississippi saw a 70 percent Black
That election also saw other vot-
ers who had previously stayed
away from the polls, including
Hispanics and the young, become
engaged in the process as never
before. If the Republican lawmak-
ers and governors succeed in their
efforts to suppress the vote, 5 mil-
lion legitimate voters could be kept
from the polls, according to voting
So far, five state legislatures have
enacted laws that would require
voters to show government ID
when they go to cast their ballot:
Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas and Wisconsin. These states
have an estimated 3.2 million peo-
ple who don't have state-issued
Another 240,000 voters are
affected by proof of citizenship
laws in Alabama, Kansas and
Tennessee. Florida and Texas have
banned voter registration drives,
impacting 202,000 potential voters,
and in Maine, 60,000 voters will be
affected because of the ban on
Election Day voter registration.
The elimination of early voting
in Florida, Georgia and Ohio is
slashing 1 million to 2 million
potential voters, and 100,000 citi-
zens in Florida and Iowa won't be
able to vote because of laws that
make it difficult for people with
past felony convictions to get their
voting rights restored.
While none of these laws are in
effect in New York State, they do
set the national tone, which, that if
allowed to go unabated, could have
implications here. New York Rep.
Yvette Clark and members of the
Congressional Black Caucus are
doing their part to address the issue
and have formed a task force.
"It is a battle," she said. We are in
a Northern, consistently
Democratic state, so not as many
New Yorkers will be threatened. At
this stage, it's a legal challenge.
These states have passed legisla-
tion. I think that we all have to be
focused on what's taking place in
this country: the movement to dis-
enfranchise the Black vote.
"If we don't fight back against
what is going on in the South, what
will it mean for the political future
of our communities in the North?"
Clark asked. "Nothing is written in
stone that New York State will
always be governed by Democratic
The nation's civil rights leaders
say they are ready for the fight and
will get the word out. History has
proven that one of the first things to
go when people attempt to control a
certain population is the right to
vote, followed by Jim Crow-style
laws that further deteriorate'
"Whenever our democracy
expands, suddenly there is a sense
to contract access to it," NAACP
President Benjamin Jealous told
the AmNews. "Our country's histo-
ry tends to progress two steps for-
ward, one step back.
"The good news is that we have
made gains and we will continue to
make gains, but the reality is that
we have to fight to make these
gains," he said. "No matter what
the barrier is, we have to be pre-
pared to clear it."
When Are We Going to Admit
Race is Still an Issue in America
The NAACP's allegations are totally unfounded and reckless. We have
never tolerated, and will never tolerate, discrimination in any way, shape or
form in any of our business practices, products or services. Wells Fargo
Back in 2009 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) filed a class action suit to stop lenders from engaging in
"systematic, institutionalized racism in making home mortgage loans."
The NAACP suit specifically named: Ameriquest, Wells Fargo, Fremont
Investment, Option One Mortgage (H&R Block,) WMC Mortgage,
Countrywide, Long Beach Mortgage, CitiGroup, BNC Mortgage,
Accredited Home Lenders, Encore Credit (Bear Steams,) First Franklin,
HSBC, and Washington Mutual as modem practitioners of discrimination.
As we start the year 2012, the largest residential fair-lending settlement
in American history is starting to take place. Bank of America has agreed
to pay $335 million to settle federal allegations that its Countrywide unit
discriminated against minorities. Due to the NAACP's activism, the U.S.
Justice Department carried out years of investigations that ultimately con-
cluded Countrywide loan officers and brokers charged higher fees and rates
to more than 200,000 minority borrowers than they did to White borrowers
who posed the same credit risk. The Justice Department's investigations
also found that Countrywide steered more than 10,000 minority borrowers
into costly subprime mortgages when White borrowers with similar credit
profiles received regular loan portfolios.
Contrary to the protestations of America's lenders our country's unique
racism continues. Black buyers often enter a separate and unequal lending
universe. The mortgage companies the NAACP filed suit against account-
ed for half the loans given to Black middle-income borrowers in 2005 and
2006. Minority borrowers paid hundreds or thousands of dollars more to
get a mortgage than did similarly qualified White customers. Justice
Department officials said, "The victims had no idea they were being vic-
timized. They were thrilled to have gotten a loan and realize the American
With the impetus of the NAACP discrimination lawsuit the Justice
Department created a division to focus exclusively on banks and mortgage
brokers suspected of discriminating against minority mortgage applicants,
a type of litigation that requires extensive and complex analysis of data.
Working with bank regulatory agencies and the Department of Housing and
Urban Development, the unit reached settlements or filed complaints
accusing a lender of engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination.
The Federal Reserve first detected statistical discrepancies in the loans
Countrywide was making and referred the matter to the Justice Department
in early 2007.
Those proven to be victims of Countrywide's deliberate discrimination
will get to divvy up $335 million, an average of roughly $1,700 per bor-
rower. The compensation rate will depend on who originated the loan and
whether the borrower was steered into a subprime product. Justice
Department officials say that "checks should start going out to qualified
borrowers in about 24 months."
For those wanting to just meld into the mainstream, note that the case
represents the first time that the Justice Department alleged and obtained
relief for borrowers who were steered into loans based on race or national
origin. The NAACP released a statement saying Bank of America "takes
one more important step toward creating a fairer lending environment for
Ironically, over recent years it has become daily talk fare among African
Americans to question "the NAACP's relevance in modem American life."
The mortgage industry discrimination suit shows the idiocy of such talk.
Were it not for the NAACP, the government wouldn't have investigated
embedded lending practices, and Countrywide would not be paying victims
of its 2004 to 2007 discriminatory practices. What does it take for us to
realize that racism is alive and living in America and we need all the forces
we can muster? The NAACP's membership categories range from $30
"Annual" to $750 for "Lifetime." How many people being compensated
by the settlement will send funds to: NAACP Memberships, 4805 Mt.
Hope Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21215?
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BRUMELL LEAVES UMES; CONAWAY CUP
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
Morgan State head men's basketball coach Todd Boze-
MU sports pnolo
BOZEMAN: Morgan State
men's hoops coach has
incident with player (not
pictured here) that leads
tn" l Enonoinn
man has been suspended indefi-
nitely by the university after an
incident involving senior guard
Larry Bastfield during a win
Saturday at South Carolina
State, The Baltimore Sun has
Bozeman and Bastfield say
the situation, in which the coach
has been accused of punching
the guard midgame, was blown
out of proportion. Bozeman
termed the confrontation as
"accidental contact." the Sun
ov q eon,,V,,. reported.
MSU Athletic Director Floyd Kerr informed Boze-
man of the decision late Sunday night, Bozeman told the
newspaper. The school has begun an investigation into the
incident. Kerr told the coach he was to "separate" himself
from the team and have no further contact with any of his
players or coaches until further notice, The Sun reported.
Bozeman said in a later report from The Sun that he was
told to return to Maryland Monday and meet with Kerr on
The Bears (3-10, 1-1 MEAC) were coachedby assistant
Kevin McClain Monday night in a 57-55 conference loss
at Savannah State
South Carolina State president George E. Cooper, who
has said he witnessed the incident and thought the coach had
punched the player in the face, summoned campus police
during the game to query the player about bringing possible
charges against Bozeman.
A police report from the South Carolina State Police
Department obtained by the BCSP notes that Bastfield when
approached by campus police after the game declined to
press charges. The report also says another unidentified
MSU player was approached and was asked whether it was
normal for their coach to 'strike players like that.' The report
indicates the player responded by saying, 'ah, that what you
saw tonight was nothing.'
Bastfield told the newspaper he "exaggerated" his reac-
tion to the physical contact with Bozeman. Bastfield said he
staggered a few feet backwards after contact with Bozeman,
who, according to witnesses, yelled at Bastfield, "Get back
here!" after he retreated.
"These people are completely off the charts" regarding
the accusations, Bozeman said in a telephone interview with
The Sun. "I didn't hit him in the face."
"They said they were toldhe hitme in the face," Bastfield
said, according to The Sun. "I told him that he accidently
bumped me in the chest. It was something that happens in
the heat of the game."
Morgan State (3-9, 1-0 MEAC) beat South Carolina
State 73-68 Saturday.
cWln, BCSP NFL PLAYERS
OF THE WEEK
WILD CARD GAMES
ISAAC REDMAN, RB, Pittsburgh
(3rd year, BOWIE STATE) In
only his second start as a pro, was
brilliant rushing 17 times for a ca-
reer-high 121 yards and had two re- Redman
ceptions for 21 yards in Steelers' 29-
23 overtime loss to Denver in AFC
JUSTIN DURANT, LB, Detroit
(5th year, HAMPTON) Had six
tackles, four solos and two assists,
in Lions' 45-28 NFC Wildcard Game Durant
loss to New Orleans.
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C IA A CENTRAUU INTERCOLLEGArTE
S ATHLETIC AssocIATON
DIV CONF ALL
N. DIVISION W L W L W L
VirginiaUnion 1 0 2 2 6 9
Eliz.CityState 0 0 2 1 8 5
BowieState 0 0 1 1 9 2
Lincoln 0 0 1 2 6 8
Chowan 0 0 0 2 6 8
Virginia State 0 1 0 4 1 13
W-Salem State 0 0 3 0 10 2
Shaw 0 0 2 0 10 2
StAugustine's 0 0 2 0 7 5
J.C. Smith 0 0 2 1 7 6
FayettevilleState 0 0 2 2 4 6
ivingstone 0 0 0 2 3 5
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER and ROOKIE Wykevin Bazemore, 6-4, Fr., F,
WSSU Had career-highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds
in win over Virginia Union, also sank winning free throw
with four seconds left.
NEWCOMER -MalikAlvin, 64, Sr, G, SHAW Equalled
season-high with 28 points vs. Va. State and also had four
steals. Shot 11 of 16 from thefloor.
COACH Shawn Walker, ECSU Got two tough road
wins vs. Livingstone and JC Smith.
MEAC MD EASTERN
1E C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Norfolk State 4 0 12 5
Savannah State 3 1 7 9
Bethune-Cookman 2 1 5 12
Hampton 2 1 6 10
NCCentral 2 1 8
CoppinState 2 1 7 9
Delaware State 1 1 4 9
MorganState 1 1 3 10
FloridaA&M 1 2 3 14
N. CarolinaA&T 1 2 6 12
Howard 1 4 4 14
South Carolina State 0 3 4 12
Md.-Eastem Shore 0 2 3 12
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Mike Tuitt, 6-3, Sr, G, HAMPTON Had 20
points off the bench and made key free throws in win over
Howard. Was 8-of-10 from the FT line, had ive assists
and two steals in 32 minutes.
ROOKIE Simuel Frazier, 5-11, Fr., G, HOWARD
- Averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and
2.0 steals in two games. Had 11 points, 4 assists and 8
rebounds vs. Hampton.
DEFENSE Amin Stevens, 6-6, Jr., F, FAMU Totalled
17 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 steals in 1-1 week. Had 15
points, 12boards, 3 steals and 2 blocksin win over NCCU.
Had 4 blocks, 5 boards vs. Ball State.
IAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Joshua Eichelberger, 6-5, Sr., F, TUSKEGEE
-Averaged 15 points and 11.5rebounds in two wins
including a 16-point, 13-rebound peormance inwin
over LOG. Had14 points, 10 boards vs. Miles.
Brandon Darrett, 6-7, So., F, KSU Averaged
10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3
blocks in three wins.
SWAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Miss. Valley St. 3 0 4 11
Texas Southem 3 0 4 11
#Southern 3 1 7 10
Alabama State 3 1 6 10
# Grambling State 2 2 2 12
Prairie ViewA&M 1 2 5 11
AlcormState 1 3 4 12
AlabamaA&M 1 3 3 10
Jackson State 1 3 3 13
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 3 1 15
SInelgble tor SWACTounament
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
TerrenceJoyner, 6-3, Sr.,G, MISS. VALLEYSTATE-Led
team with 17 points and 7 assists and added 7 rebounds
in 65-50 win over Alabama State. Made 3 of 4 3-pointers
in win over the Hornets. Had 10 points, 2 assists and 3
rebounds in win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Dexter Ellington, 6-1, Jr., G, TEXAS SOUTHERN Had
'12 points in win over Prairie View and 10 points in win over
Alorn Stale. TheTigers havewon three conlerencegames
by an average of 34.6 points.
Brummell leaves UMES
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-Sharon Brummell,
one of the most successful collegiate bowling
coaches ever in the sport, is retiring from coaching
and leaving her position as Associate Director of
Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore to be-
come theAssociateAthletics DirectorforBusiness
and Finance and Senior Woman Administrator at
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..
Brummell, who is in her 16th year at UMES
and 14th as head coach of the bowling team, has
tenured her resignation effective January 15,
Beyond coaching, Brummell has served in
a variety of staff and administrative positions in
the athletic department and has been an excellent
ambassador for UMES.
Brummell will be most missed for her ac-
complishments as a bowling coach. Brummell
was named the 2008 and 2010 National Tenpins
Coaches Association (NTCA) National Coach of
the Year and has claimed three national champion-
ships. Her Lady Hawks won the 2008 and 2011
NCAA Women's Bowling Championship and in
2011 she coached her team to the United States
Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate Champion-
ship, becoming the first team to win both in the
same year, arguably compiling the best season
ever by a college bowling team.
Her titles put her in a unique situation as she
is the only woman to lead her team to an NCAA
Championship and the only African-American
coach to win the NCAA and USBC titles. The
team's NCAA wins are the only DI National
Championships ever won by a historically black
college or university (HBCU) women's program.
Her teams have won five Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference titles (2000,2006,2007,2008,2011)
and she was the MEAC Coach of the Year five
times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).
Brummell will coach UMES this weekend at
the Mid-Winter Classic in Little Rock, Arkansas,
it will be her last as coach of UMES bowling.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
WSSU @ Chowan
Livingstone @ Virginia State
Fayetteville State @ Lincoln
Virginia Union @ St. Augustine's
Bowie State @ Shaw
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Shaw @ Chowan
WSSU @ Elizabeth City State
Bowie State @ St. Augustine's
Livingstone @ Virginia Union
NCA&T @ Howard
Hampton @ Coppin State
SC State @ B-Cookman
Norfolk State @Morgan State
Savannah State @ Florida A&M
UMES @ Delaware State
Fort Valley State @ Paine
Albany State @ Benedict
Kentucky State @ Morehouse
Lane @ Clark Atlanta
Alcom State @ Miss. Valley State
Southern @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alabama A&M @ Alabama State
Texas Southern @ Gra
Prairie View @ Jacks
Va. Union vs. Va. St. in
Shaw @ Elizabeth Ci
Lincoln @ Winston-Sa
Livingstone @ Bowil
J. C. Smith @ Virgini
St. Augustine's @ C
Savannah State @ B-(
NC Central @ Ho'
SC State @ Florida
Norfolk State @ Copp
Hampton @ Morgar
Fort Valley State @ B
Albany State @ P
Lane @ Morehou
Miles @ Tuskeg
LeMoyne-Owen @ S
Kentucky State @ Clal
Prairie View @ Grambl
Texas Southern @ Jack
Southern @ Miss. Val
Alcom State @ Arkansas
The remainder of the season will be coached by
Kristina Frahm, a former bowler and four-time
All-America selection. Assistant Coach Doug
Dukes will remain with the team in the same
HSRN announces inaugural
Conaway Cup Award
The Heritage Sports Radio Network (www.
HSRN.com) has announced the establishment
of the Conaway Cup Award, an annual award
given to the HBCU national football champion in
Division I and Division II. The inaugural award
begins with champions from the 2011 season.
The award is named in honor of HSRN's
former Director of Communications and sideline
reporter LeCounte Conaway who passed away
November 21, 2011 following the network's
broadcast of the Florida Classic.
"For the dedication that he had to HBCU
sports there is no person more worthy to have
an award named on his behalf than LeCounte
Conaway," says HSRN CEO Omarr Bashir.
"We hope that the Conaway Cup will add to and
preserve the legacy of HBCU sports for genera-
tions to come in the spirit of LeCounte".
Conaway was a vanguard of HBCU Sports
publicity. As a sports information director at
Maryland-Eastern Shore, Virginia State,
Hampton, Shaw and Delaware State, Conaway's
tireless efforts brought major league attention to
Conaway r '" 1 A
Conaway's impact was also present on the
conference level. He was a key figure in helping
to publicize the CIAA Basketball Tournament
through a tour of duty in the conference which
also helped its growth into becoming one of the
largest conference tournaments in America.
He advanced the brand of HBCU Sports by
combining modern technology, passion, and an
unprecedented work ethic. His dream was to place
HBCU Sports on a national platform and it was
the skills he developed in media relations that
helped him excel as Director of Communications
for HSRN. He worked tirelessly to keep an HBCU
FCS and Division IIpoll consistently managed for
HSRN and his innovation led to a fan poll which
has been a signature element on the network's
website since its inception.
The inaugural Conaway Cup recipients will
be honored at halftime of basketball games on
campus with a formal presentation to be broadcast
live on HSRN. The Division II national cham-
pion is Winston Salem State of the CIAA. The
Rams, led by HSRN Coach Of The Year Connell
Maynor, finished the season with a 13-1 record
and were within a game of playing for the NCAA
Norfolk State, a former CIAA member be-
fore moving to Division I, won their first MEAC
football championship last season. The Spartans
finished the season with a 9-3 record and a first
round loss to Old Dominion in their first ever ap-
pearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Men's conference leaders made early statements with big
wins over the past week and have big dates coming up.
-l Bobby Collins's Rams of Winston-Salem
State (10-2, 3-0 CIAA) got two big one-point
mbling St. wins at home, squeaking by Virginia Union
on State (67-66) and edging nationally-ranked (NABC
15 Div. II, 15th) Bowie State (70-69).
16 Cleo's Hill's Shaw Bears (10-2, 2-0) kept
pace with home wins over Virginia State (95-
ity State 70) and Virginia Union (63-60). Elizabeth City
e State State(8-5,2-1) won atJ.C. Smith (65-56) and lost
a Union on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer at Fayetteville
howan State (79-78). St. Augustine's (7-5, 2-0) beat
ookman VSU Monday (68-54).
ward Bowie State is at Shaw Thursday and at St.
SA&M Aug's Saturday. WSSU is at ECSU Saturday and
iin State Shaw is at ECSU on Monday.
aine Anthony Evans's Norfolk State Spartans
use (12-5, 4-0) stayed undefeated in conference
tillman play with wins over UMES (78-72) and How-
rk Atlanta ard (68-48). The other big winner was Horace
Broadnax's Tigers of Savannah State (7-9,3-1)
son State who got an impressive sweep of the Baltimore
ley State schools, winning at Copppin State 72-60 Sat-
s-Pine Bluff urday and Morgan State Monday (57-55).
NSU is at MSU Saturday, and at Copppin
State Monday. Savannah State is at Florida
A&M Saturday and at B-Cookman Monday.
Mississippi Valley State and Texas South-
ern are tied atop the SWAC at 3-0 though TSU
has been the most impressive winning its three
league games by an average of 34 points.
Saturday the Tigers (4-11) devoured
Prairie View 84-49. On Thursday (Jan. 5), they
routed Southern 73-39. Their first win in the
new year was an 87-52 shellacking of Alcorn
State on Jan. 3.
beat Alabama A&M 81-69 on Monday, after
knocking off Alabama State 67-62 Saturday.
This weekMVSU hostsAlcornSt. andSouthern.
TSU is at Grambling and Jackson St.
Benedict and Paine stayed atop the SIAC
Benedict (6-2,5-1) got wins Saturday over
Lane (83-60) and Monday overKentucky State
(75-70). Paine (7-3, 6-2) lost to KSU (69-67)
before beating Lane (80-77).
Fred Watson's Tigers of Benedict will
host Albany State (Sat.) and Fort Valley State
(Mon.) while Jimmy Link's Paine squad plays
the same teams in reverse order.
1 *2011-12 BLA K C LLE E'BSKE BAL (Women's S-tnigadWekyo rs -1/9 2)
CIAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
CIAAr ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Eliz. City State
J. C. Smith
W L W L
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0 0 0 2
0 0 0 2
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER Stephanie Harper, 5-11, Jr., F, ECSU
- Averaged 17.0 points and 13.6 rebounds with three
double-doubles in three games. Had 21 rebounds ih win
over UMES, had 17 points, 11 rebounds vs. Livingstone
and 20 points, 21 rebounds vs. JC Smith.
NEWCOMER-SequoyaGriffin, 5-9,Jr.,G, SHAW- Had
12 points and 10 rebounds in win over Virginia State.
COACH Vanessa Taylor, JCSU Picked up two
conference wins over Chowan and ECSU to improve
to 3-0 in CIAA.
MA C Mim EASTERN
M EA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Hampton 3 0 11 3
FloridaA&M 3 0 10 5
Howard 3 .1 11 6
N. CarolinaA&T 2 1 7 9
CoppinState 2 1 7 9
Norfolk State 2 2 7 8
South Carolina State 2 2 7 8
Md.-EastemShore 1 1 3 10
Bethune-Cookman 1 2 4 11
Savannah State 1 3 6 9
Morgan State 0 2 2 12
Delaware State 0 2 3 12
NC Central 0 3 2 14
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
aged 20.5points,9.0 reboundsintwowins. Got 18 points,
7 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steals. E. Carolina, 23 points,
11 rebounds, 3 blocks and steals vs. Howard.
ROOKIE Amarah Williams, 6-2, Fr., F/C, MSU Had
21 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal in two games. Had 16
points, 6 boards vs. SCSU.
DEFENSE Antonia Bennett, 6-1, Sr., F, FAMU Got
16 rebounds, 5 blocks, 6 steals in two wins. Vs. UAB had
12 boards, 2 blocks and a steal. Vs. NCCU had 25 points,
5 assists, 4 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
S A SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
W L W L
Benedict 5 0 6 1
Fort Valley State 6 1 8 3
Tuskegee 4 1 7 2
Stillman 3 2 5 4
Albany State 4 3 4 7
LeMoyne-Owen 4 4 5 5
Miles 3 3 5 5
Kentucky State 4 4 4 6
Clark Atlanta 2 3 2 6
Paine 2 4 2 8
Claflin 2 8 2 9
Lane 0 6 0 7
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jamila McKinnis, 5-11, Sr., F, STILLMAN
- Averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists,
2 steals and 5 blocks in two wins. Had 8 blocks
April Thomas, 5-1, Fr., G, ALBANY STATE -
Averaged 13.7 points, 3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and
1.3assists inthreewins.Averaging 148 pointsand
has 26 3-pointers to lead all freshmen.
SW AC ATHLETICCONFERENCE
W L W L
Southern 3 1 4 2
Alabama State 3 1 6 7
Alcom State 3 1 5 11
Miss. Valley St. 2 1 5 9
AlabamaA&M 2 2 7 7
Grambling State 2 2 6 8
Jackson State 2 2 5 8
PrairieViewA&M 1 2 4 10
Texas Souther 0 3 1 12
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 3 0 14
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 10 16, 2012
TSU Sports Photo
HARVEY: His Texas
Southern Tigers blowing
thru SWAC comp winning
three games by average
margin of 34 points.
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January 12 19, 2012
Sons of Allen of St. Paul Presents
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
The Sons of Allen of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will
present, "Guess who's coming to Dinner," a gospel stage play, Saturday,
January 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m.for the special pro-
duction that will take place at The Garden Club of Jacksonville, located at
1005 Riverside Avenue. The donation for this event is $45.00 and dinner
will be served. Call 764-2755 for more tickets or more information.
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church to
Celebrate Pastors 36th Anniversary
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will celebrate the 36th Anniversary
Celebration of Dr. Landon Williams Sr. February 12th & February 19,
2012. The Special Anniversary Worship Service on Sunday February 12,
2012 at 4 p.m. will feature spoken word by Bishop Virgil Jones of
Philippian Community Church. The guest churches are Mt. Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Dr. Robert Herring and Mt. Vernon
Baptist Church, Pastor Kelly Brown. On Sunday February 19th at 4 p.m.,
the spoken word will be given by Dr. John Guns of St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church. Guest churches are First Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville Beach, New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Springhill
Missionary Baptist Church. All services will be held at Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.
For more information please contact the Church at 764-9257.
Community Awareness and
People Helping People Day
The community is invited to join the Community Awareness and People
Helping People Day at El Beth El Church on January 15th from at 11 a.m.
3:00 p.m. A great program has been planned for this occasion. Bishop
Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. will be the speaker for the 11:00 A.M. service and for-
mer state senator Anthony "Tony Hill from the Office of the Mayor
Federal, Government Liaison will be the guest speaker for the 3 P.M. serv-
There will be several civic and political leaders to share and inform the
community. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.
at 904-710-1586 or the church office at 904-374-3940.
A free dinner will be served after each service.
Church Services Lower Blood
Pressure, Research Finds
Going to church at Christmas may
have been good for the soul, but sci-
entists have discovered that it may
also be good for the body.
Researchers found that attending
services lowers blood pressure -
and the more often you go the lower
Previous studies in the U.S. sug-
gested the link, but as 40 per cent of
Americans regularly go to church
its health benefits were treated as a
coincidence. So the Norwegian
researchers, who had just four per
cent of churchgoers among their
120,000 participants, were surprised
to see they too had lower blood
Torgeir Sorensen, from the
School of Theology and Religious
Psychology Centre at Sykehuset
Innlandet said: 'We found that the
more often the participants went to
church the lower their blood pres-
'Previous research from the
United States has shown that there
is a possible link between people
who attend church and blood pres-
'About 40 per cent of the U.S.
population goes to church on a
weekly basis, while the correspon-
ding figure in Nord-Trondelag
County, where the research was car-
ried out, is 4 per cent.
'For that reason, we did not expect
to find any correlation between
going to church and blood pressure
'Our findings, however, are
almost identical to those previously
reported from the United States, so
we were really surprised.'
First of the Year
Revival at Faust Temple
The public is invited to join in a First of year Revival with Elder Carlos
A. Hutchison, Pastor of New Zion Church of God in Christ, Graceville, Fl.
and Associate Pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in
Panama City, Fl.
The Revival will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 18
thru 20th, at 7:30 p.m. nightly and ending Sunday the 22nd during Morning
Worship at 11:00 a.m. at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, located at
3328 MoncriefRd, in Jacksonville, where Bishop Matthew Williams serves
as interim Pastor.
Come and be revived, delivered set free and start the New Year out prais-
ing and blessing God for his wonderful works.
For more information, call 353-1418 .
Women Push TV Ministry
CFIGC Refreshing Women/Push TV Ministry will present their Annual
Brunch/Luncheon on Saturday February 18, 2012 at St. Matthews
Lutheran Church Auditorium, located at 6801 Merrill Rd. Jacksonville,
Florida, from 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m. From more information call 220-6400.
Football Trivia Event Designed to
Help Men Fight Prostate Cancer
You've always been the guy who won the football trivia contests. Your
depth of knowledge goes back to the days before Broadway Joe and you
can quote every coach's motivational speech back to 1959. Now St.
Vincent's HealthCare and The Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center are giv-
ing you the chance to show your football trivia knowledge in the Know
Your Stats about Prostate Cancer event.
Know Your Stats will feature food, trivia fun and prizes for the top three
teams, as well as the chance to learn about some new numbers those asso-
ciated with prostate cancer. This free event will be the evening of February
2, 2012 at Season's 52 located at 5096 Big Island Drive in St. John's Town
Center. Check-in is at 5:30p.m. with the festivities slated for 6 to 8p.m.
Bring your buddies so you can have the winning football trivia team. All
guests will receive a gift bag with vital health information and information.
All men over 40 should talk with their doctors about their PSA (prostate-
specific antigen) score and get regular physical exams. Know Your Stats
will highlight what men should do to maintain their health regarding
prostate cancer. Call 308-6155 to register today or visit jaxhealth.com.
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.
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
Bishop Eddie Long's School
Forced to Shut Down in Atlanta
A school affiliated with Bishop
Eddie Long's Georgia megachurch
is shutting down. Parents received
letters, just two days before
Christmas, telling them the school
would be close as of January 4,
New Birth Christian Academy,
which enrolls students in kinder-
garten through the 12th grade, has
been struggling financially for
years, officials said. A financial
deficit and declining enrollment left
its board of directors with no other
option but to temporarily close the
school, said a church statement.
Art Franklin, a spokesman for
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church, is keen to stress the school's
closure is not linked to the sexual
allegations against Bishop Eddie
Long, which culminated in the pas-
tor taking a sabbatical to "tend to
family business" after his wife filed
Though, a parent, speaking to
Channel 2 WSB-TV, begs to differ.
"I don't believe that," she said in the
interview, which did not disclose
her identity. "I believe that this last
straw with the divorce, the sealed
settlement, it just does not look
good. I really believe that people
continued to take their children out
as each allegation unfolded month
"Just like the parishioners have
suffered, the children are now suf-
fering," said the parent, who is also
upset the school gave such short
Officials called the closing a busi-
ness decision and said they "will do
everything within our power to
reopen the school at some point in
the near future." The letter also stat-
ed the staff at New Birth will help
students and parents find a new
The academy, founded by Bishop
Eddie Long and located within the
church, is closing after 18 years,
forcing parents of more than 200
students to scramble to find new
schools by next week.
Tuition at the school ranged from
$5,725 for New Birth members to
just over $6,000 for non-members
with more than $1,000 in non-
refundable fees, according to the
Disciples of Christ Cbristiai Fellowsbip
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Matthew Gilbert Celebrates 2012 All Class Reunion
Class of 1960: MaryAnn Richardson, Israel Stallings, Bettye Bradwell, Gerald Fleming, LouAnn
Manning, Mary Bing-Wells, Corrie Thompson, Gloria Harring, Ronald Hall, Alberta Gibson-Ford,
Rosevelt Marell, Johhny McCrey (Class President) Lee Faison and Henry Hudson.
Matthew Gilbert Class of 1952
Class of 1963: Elizabeth Williams, Bernard Betroy Sr., Helen Jennings Conyers, Barbara Kirce, John
LaRosa, F. Delores Gardener, Leon Stroy, Barbara Sims, Louis Armstong, Harriett H. Simmons, Dorothy
Johnson-Seabrooks, Walker L. West Jr., Leroy Gray, Ruthenia Watts, Bobby Dallis, Laura Pete, Clarence
Pearson and Barbara Gilbert.
Matthew Gilbert Class of 1954
Matthew Gilbert Class of 1955
Class of 1958: Daniel Scott, Alice Grant-Roberts, James Anderson, Joan Palmer, Lewis Palmer, Jackie Lucas-Surrency, Percy Hayes, Maxine Williams-Starling, Cozzie Wilson,
Joyce Tolliver, Matthew turner, Murney Johnson, James Douglass, Cassius Lewis, Jordan Baker, England Jones, Kelly Brown, Charles Sneed, Samuel Owens and Earl Dennis.
Calling the Roll Coach
On last Saturday evening, the
Matthew W. Gilbert High School
Alumni held its 14th annual
Reunion Gala. Over 650 former
students from the Classes of 1952-
1970, and their guests attended
the event, which was held at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.
The 1962 classes were the hon-
James Daniels,Class of 1965,
and the Alumni Committee
Chairman, welcomed the guests.
Mayor Alvin Brown gave
remarks, and a Proclamation
declaring Saturday January 7,
2012, as Matthew W. Gilbert
Day", was read and presented to
Mr.Daniels by Tony Hill, Special
Assistant to the Mayor. Kenneth
L. Manuel, 1962-2012 Class
President, introduced the class
members and their guests.
The Humanitarian Awards
awardees were: Kenneth L.
Manuel, retired Regional
Superintendent of Duval County
Public Schools(DCPS). His pre-
senter was Ed Pratt-Dannals,
DCPS Superintendent, who
spoke of his 20+ year professional
relationship with Ken; and W.
Randolph Lee, CEO of Raven
Transport. His presenter was
James Daniels, who highlighted
Mr. Lee's meteoric rise from
being employed and mentored by
Shown above: Class of 1966: Alfonzo West, Mendell Brown, Chris Merriweather, Hazel Huson, Cherry Floyd Cushion, Corrine Steward, Mary Jones, Yvonne McGriff, Pat Lockett-
Felder, Barbara Mobley, Gloria Armstrong, Kenneth Armstrong, Yvonne West, Shirley Prindle, Gwendolyn Coleman, Sam McGee, Mary Ann Dunbar, David Holmes, Catherine
Clark, Willie M. McCray, Latricia Smith, Leola Williams, Ronald Waye and Jesse Griffin.
August Busch IV, CEO of
Anheuser-Busch, to becoming
CEO of a $150m+ company that
employs over 500 persons in the
Jacksonville, Fl community.
Both Mr. Lee and Mr. Manuel are
members of the esteemed 1962
Gilbert graduation class.
The Living Legend Awards,
given to former Gilbert teachers,
were presented by Mr. Evans
Daniels, Principal of Matthew
Gilbert Middle School. Tthe
awardees are : Ms. Doris F.Scott,
and Ms. Hazel Tisdale. Other
former teachers in attendance
included Ms. Elizabeth Downing
,Mrs. Grace P. West, Coach
Nathaniel Washington, and Mrs.
Luvenia Q. Newman, 1962 Class
Sponsor. Three young ladies,
Ms. Shayla Alderman,
Ms.Tanisha Moore, and Ms.
Kayla Obamwonyi, were the
recipients of scholarships, pre-
sented by Dr. Roy Singleton, and
Ms. Jacquelyn Lucas Surrency,
Vice-Chair of the Alumni Gala
A video, highlighting the 1962
classmates from high school
graduation through 2011, was
shown throughout the evening. A
delicious repast featuring baked
salmon and sirloin tips was
served to the attendees. Door
prizes were awarded via a lottery,
and a Matthew Gilbert Alumnus,
Ms. Mary G Green, was awarded
a 2 night stay at the Hyatt
Lawrence Fisher, a Gilbert
singing of the Alma Mater, with
his trumpet. This concluded the
program activities for the evening
Dancing followed, with oldies
music spun by Rodney Hurst.
To the 1962 honored class, you
are "Simply the Best"!
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January 12-18, 2012
Matthew Gilbert Celebrates 2012 All Class Reunion
Class of 1959: (Seated) Alice Grant, Carter Grant, Robert Williams, James Howell and Gloria Howell. (Standing) Audrey Benjamin, Barbara
Smith, Bobbie Washington and Connie Barrett.
Reverend Kelly E. Brown Jr. Class of 1959 and Bobby Newsome
Class of 1958.
Class of 1966: (Seated) Shirley Prindle, Mary Jones, Mendell Brown, Pat Lockett-Felder, MaryAnn Dunbar, Willie McCray and David
Holmes, Jr. (Standing) Alfonso West, Ronald Wayne and Linda Holmes.
Duval School Superintendent Ed-Pratt Daniels presenting
Humanatarian Award to Kenneth Manuel.
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Class of 1965: (Seated) Endre Brown, Gwelda Brown, Bonnie Simmons, Sharon Gordon and Adrian
Stewart-Huntley. (Standing) Barbara Williams-Lee, Diane Washington and Willie Underwood.
Committee Alumni Chair James Daniels pre-
Mayor Alvin Brown, Alumni Committee Chair senting the Humanitarian Award to Raven
James Daniels and Mayoral Liaison Tony Hill. Transportation CEO Randolph Lee.
Living Legend Award presented to Hazel Akel- The Honorable Henry L. Adams
Tisdale from Matthew Gilbert Principal Evans with wife Bernice Adams.
Class of 1968.
Class of 1970: Ronald Butler, Morris Jackson, Paula Mixon, Leon Edwards, Gloria Simmons, Dennis
Gresham, Mary Dunbar, Russell Earl, Shirley Banks, Nathaniel Jenkins, Willie Pettway, David Webb,
Adam Ford and Paul Fields.
Shown above is Class of 1957: Elvira Nealy, Harrell Jarrett, William Smith, Troy Canady, Lennell
Cardenas, Jewel Grant, Alvin Fridie, Marlene Laster, Candre Kimbrough III, Inell Jones-Reid, Johnnie P.
Matthews, Marjoria J. Manning, Myra Bailey, Mary Mondy, Pauline Wade and Arthur Wade.
Class of 1968: Gene Logan, J. Townsend, Rosalind Brown, Carla Whitten, Maxine Reid, Gregory Reid,
Brenda Jones, Yvonne Brooks, Vaughn Williams, Max Parker, Denise Davis, Robert Jarrell, Lydia Jackson,
Betty Foster, Gary Thomas, Susie Garman, Betty Jones, Lewis Wilson and Debra Daies.
January 12-18, 2012
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Community Sought for City Disparity Study
Several city agencies are invit- Five Jacksonville agencies have the JacksonvilleTransportation
ing the general public to partici- joined forces to conduct the study Authority, the Jacksonville Port
pate in the Jacksonville Multi- to determine whether goods and Authority, Jacksonville Electric
Jurisdictional Disparity Study. A services are being equitably Authority, and the Duval County
meeting is planned to inform local awarded to all ready, willing, and Public Schools. A successfulStudy
businesses and the general public able market area contractors. requires the involvement of local
about the study on January 17, A disparity study is an evalua- businesses willing and able to per-
2012. The meeting will present an tion of the procurement and con- form theAgencies' contracts.
overview of the study process and tracing practices of government To learn more about the Study or
provide a comment period for agencies, particularly in their use pre-register for the meeting, con-
businesses to share contracting of disadvantaged, minority and tact Mason Tillman Associates,
experiences. It will be held at the female owned business enterpris- Ltd. at (904) 339-9549, visit
Legends Community Center from es. www.jaxdisparitystudy.comor e-mail
5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. at 5130 The participating agencies firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soutel Drive. include: the City of Jacksonville, Refreshments will be served.
Join Forces for PAC
Sinclair Skinner, the committee's
treasurer. "And we want to use all
the means possible to support him,
including a super PAC. Black politi-
cal participation is still .. il'. in,..
and what we hope to do is get as
many voters active in the process as
early as possible," he added.
The presidential election of 2012
will be the first time super PACs or
independent expenditure-only com-
mittees will go into effect. They
came into existence by virtue of a
Supreme Court decision in 2010 .
Super PACs can spend unlimited
sums of money supporting or oppos-
ing political candidates as long as
they are not involved in the cam-
To date, huge sums of money
from the super PACs have been ear-
marked to promote and attack GOP
candidates, including those run by
former members of Obama's staff.
1911 United will certainly assist
Obama's bid for office, and it joins
with Priorities USA Action, run by
two of Obama's former White
House aides, one of the largest of
those backing the president. It was
reported that nearly all of its funds,
more than $300,000, have been used
to attack Mitt Romney.
North Carolina to Compensate Victims
North Carolina will become the
first state to compensate victims of
a mass sterilization program that
targeted poor minorities in a 20th
century eugenics program, offering
$50,000 a person.
This week, the Eugenics
Compensation Task Force recom-
mended the lump-sum amount, put-
ting a three-year statute of limita-
tions on claiming those funds.
The task force also established a
pool to fund mental health services
for sterilization victims.
The state so far has located 72
victims, according to Jill Lucas,
communications director for the
North Carolina Department of
Administration. Some lawmakers
had urged as much as $1 million for
"The state recognizes that a
wrong has been done and while
these actions can never be reversed,
the governor has made it a priority
to reach out and help identify and
compensate victims for their expe-
rience," said Jill Lucas, communi-
cations director for the state of
The state sterilized more than
7,600 people in North Carolina
from 1929 to 1974 -- one of many
other states in misguided attempts
to weed out criminals and the men-
Last year, ABC interviewed
Elaine Riddick, a poor, victim of
child molestation who was robbed
of her ability to have children.
Pregnant by rape, young Riddick
went into a North Carolina hospital
in 1968 to give birth to her son.
Years later, she learned she was
The decision was made by the
North Carolina Eugenics Board, a
five-person state committee
responsible for ordering the sterili-
zation of thousands of individuals
in the name of social welfare.
Deemed "promiscuous" and
"feebleminded" by a social worker
at the hospital, Riddick, who came
from a black family on welfare,
was recommended to the state for
sterilization shortly after arriving.
Riddick's illiterate grandmother,
was told that they were doing a
"procedure" that was necessary to
help the young girl and signed the
sterilization papers with an "X".
The state authorized and paid for
the procedure, and without her con-
sent or even her knowledge,
Riddick was sterilized shortly after
giving birth. She was 14 years old.
"They didn't have permission
from me because I was too young
and my grandmother didn't under-
stand what was going on," Riddick,
now 57, said. "They said I was fee-
bleminded, they said I would never
be able to do anything for myself. I
was a little bitty kid and they cut
me open like a hog."
"I was raped twice," she says,
"once by the perpetrator and once
by the state of North Carolina."
At some point in the century,
more than half of the states in the
U.S. had similar programs that
allowed for the sterilization of
those the government deemed unfit
When most programs began in
the early 1930s, this usually meant
those in institutions for mental ill-
ness or mental retardation, but over
the decades criminals, the blind,
the deaf, the disabled, alcoholics,
those with epilepsy and ultimately
the rural poor on welfare would fall
under the umbrella of "unfit to pro-
In all, 65,000 Americans were
sterilized before the last program
was shut down in the early 1980s.
Though detailed, often meticu-
lous records of these sterilizations
survive in state archives, America's
flirtation with selective sterilization
has for the most part been a buried
chapter in the nation's history.
"Eugenics in the U.S. is some-
thing that's still not nationally
known. People associate it with
Nazis; they don't realize that the
U.S. did it too," says Rebecca
Kluchin, a professor of History at
California State University,
Sacramento who specializes in the
U.S. eugenics programs.
Only seven of the 33 states who
ran such programs have even pub-
licly acknowledged or apologized
to victims of sterilization. North
Carolina, home to the third most
prolific sterilization program in the
nation, is the only one to make
moves to compensate its victims.
In 2010, Perdue established the
N.C. Justice for Sterilization
Victims Foundation, whose mis-
sion is to determine proper com-
pensation for those still suffering
from the state's mistakes. Fewer
than 2,000 sterilization victims are
estimated to still be alive today.
The North Carolina sterilization
program was at its peak during the
civil unrest and exploding welfare
costs of the 1960s, says Johanna
Schoen, an associate professor of
history at University of Iowa and
expert in the North Carolina sterili-
It was the only state where social
workers had the right to suggest
"clients" for sterilization and the
eugenics board seldom turned
down those recommended -- they
had a 95 percent acceptance rate.
What's more, the program created a
climate where doctors felt entitled
to take sterilization into their own
hands, doling them out when they
saw fit, she says.
Instead of sterilizations taking
place in mental institutions, in a
few southern states they became
more common in rural hospitals
where poor unmarried women
would be sterilized without their
knowledge after coming in to give
birth. In North Carolina, 85 percent
of sterilization were performed on
women as young as 9-years-old.
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Kappas and Omegas on the same
page? Yes, and the two Black frater-
nities-Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega
Psi Phi-have come together to forge
1911 United, a super PAC with the
goal of raising more than $1 million
to help President Barack Obama get
The PAC, taking its name from the
fact that both fraternities were
founded a century ago, will focus
most of its resources on the cam-
paign in Colorado, Florida, Indiana,
North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Obama needs bolstering, said
Victim Elaine Riddick shown above is shown testifying in court.
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