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Often Inviting

Debt Settlement

Offers Just

May be to Good

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Years Later

Is Black
America Better
or Worse Off?
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Movie Lovers
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Disney Makes Black Princess
Face of Watermelon Candy
Certainly it's a coincidence that Tiana,
Disney animated films' only Black
princess, is the face of the company's new
Dig 'n Dips watermelon-flavored candy,
right? Maybe, maybe not, either way the
new candy has critics up in arms.
On the recently released Dig 'n Dips
Valentine's Day card packets, a fair-
skinned Sleeping Beauty is seen smiling
on the vanilla side of the fun-dip-type
candy. Next to her, Tiana adorns the water-
melon flavored side.
For years, watermelons have been used to stereotype Blacks as igno-
rant, mindless buffoons.
Although some may say Disney made an honest mistake, this is not the
first time the company has been accused of portraying racial stereotypes
through their characters. The company has also caught heat from their
stereotypical portrayal of Indians through their "Red Man" Indian chief
character in Peter Pan, the evolving portrayal of Black characters as
crows in Dumbo and Blacks as monkeys in The Jungle Book.

Kwame Kilpatrick Ordered
to Pay Higher Restitution
Detroit's former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will have less disposable
income now that a Michigan parole board decided to increase the amount
he must pay in restitution by more than 200 percent.
The board ruled that Kilpatrick, who served as mayor of Detroit from
2002 to 2008, will now pay $500 a month, rather than the $160 he had
been paying previously. The increase was decided upon when members
of the board learned that the former mayor was paying more than $300 a
month for cable television.
The revised restitution figures were the result of concerns among parole
officials that Kilpatrick was spending larger-than-anticipated sums on his
living expenses. In August, Kilpatrick, his wife and three sons moved
into a 5,016-square-foot home valued at $338,400 in Grand Prarie, Texas.
The home is larger than the official residence of the mayor of Detroit and
significantly larger than the Texas home where he previously lived.
He has served time in a federal correction institution and is currently out
on five years probation.
He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption
charges in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion,
bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials.

White FDNY Hopefuls
Banned From Tutorial
A group of white men is claiming that some Black firefighters prevent-
ed them from attending a tutorial session for the upcoming New York
City Fire Department exam.
They claim the Queens Vulcan Society turned away whites who want-
ed to attend a test prep workshop.
A Vulcan volunteer said race had nothing to do with admission and
that he was told only to admit people if they had received a confirmation
e-mail from the society. "I wanted everyone to get in, but we don't have
the resources for the amount of people who showed up," the volunteer
said. "I understand guys were upset, but then they got a little rowdy."
About 110 Black men received the test prep. Wednesday night's class
was the third in a series of prep exams given by the Vulcan Society. The
previous two were integrated.
In October, a federal judge ruled that an independent monitor must be
appointed to oversee fair hiring in the New York department. In 2009, the
same judge ruled that the firefighter hiring test was discriminatory and
that it was being used to intentionally discriminate against Black and
Hispanic applicants.

Mother Gets 12 Years for Lying About
Residence for Better Education
NORWALK, CT First-degree larceny and conspiracy seem like odd
charges for sending your child to school, but that's what Connecticut
mother Tanya McDowell has pleaded guilty to after she "fraudulently"
enrolled her son in the wrong school district. The prosecution says she
stole money from taxpayers by putting her child in the wrong school and
now she's been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
But what's the appropriate school district for your child when you have
no home? Tanya and her son were homeless at the time that she enrolled
him in Kindergarten in the Norwalk school district last year, using her
babysitter's address, rather than the district of Bridgeport where her last
home was. Unmoved by her circumstances, police say Tanya stole up to
$15,686 in educational services from the city of Norwalk, which is the
documented average cost for educating a child in 2010. In addition to her
jail sentence she's been ordered to pay back up to $6,200 in restitution.
Tanya's 12-year sentence also includes four counts of drug possession
and sale charges, which she pleaded guilty to as well, and her sentence is
expected to be suspended after she serves five of the 12 years. Despite
support from the NAACP, the defense was unable to get the charges dis-
missed, now Tanya is stuck serving time for trying to educate her son and
explain to him why she's going away. She said he's read the newspapers
that say she stole something and he doesn't understand what's happening.

50 Cents

Volume 25 No. 20 Jacksonville, Florida March 8 -14, 2012

Justice Dept. Opposes Florida's Voting Changes

WASHINGTON -- The Justice
Department is opposing changes in
Florida voting procedures and says
it wants a trial in the dispute, a
move that could impact the state's
August primary elections.
In filed court papers, Florida offi-
cials say they strongly oppose hav-
ing a trial and noted that the federal
court hearing the case in the District
of Columbia wants sufficient time
to issue a decision before the
August primaries. The state is seek-
ing court approval for changes that

shorten the time for voter registra-
tion groups turning in registration
forms to 48 hours and that narrow
the time frame for early voting to
10 days before election day.
Florida says the court in
Washington can decide the case on
the basis of information already
submitted in the lawsuit.
The state sued the federal govern-
ment last August, seeking a ruling
that the changes in state law comply
with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Five Florida counties are covered

by the Voting Rights Act.
Section 5 of the act requires all or
parts of 16 states to be cleared by
the Justice Department's civil rights
division or a federal court before
carrying out changes in elections.
The states are mostly in the South
and all have a history of discrimi-
nating against blacks, American
Indians, Asian-Americans, Alaskan
Natives or Hispanics.
The Florida counties covered by
Section 5 are Collier, Hardee,
Hendry, Hillsborough and Monroe.

In a separate case in federal court
in Tallahassee, Fla., civic groups
say Florida's new Republican-
backed election law unconstitution-
ally restricts voter-registration
The Florida League of Women
Voters, the Rock the Vote group that
focuses on young people, and the
Florida Public Interest Research
Group Education Fund say the elec-
tion law infringes their First
Amendment rights of free speech
and freedom of association.

"Mother of Black History", Camilla

P Thompson, feted on 90th Birthday

Nathaniel "Coach" Washington
Celebrated at Appreciation Banquet
An appreciation banquet was held last weekend for the man affection-
ately called "Coach" Nathaniel Washington. The longtime school
administrator has inspired and influenced countless students to excel and
prepare for the future as an athlete on and off the field. A committee of
friends and family came together to fellowship and honor a man that is
loved and appreciated for his untiring service to the Duval's Public School
System. The festivities, held at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, includ-
ed musical tributes, a video montage and reflections by friends and fami-
ly. The event was chaired by Johnny McCray. Shown above is Calvin
Burney of the Mayor's Office presenting a proclamation to Nathaniel
Washington. R. Silver photo

Friends and family joined together to surprise community matriarch
Camilla P. Thompson at a surprise birthday celebration this week. Known
as the "Mother of Black History" for the city, Mrs. Thompson has given of
her time and resources for decades in enlightening the community on the
city's history. The festive event at the Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel, paid
tribute to Mrs. Thompson's 90 years in Jacksonville. Special tributes
included those by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church and the James Weldon John Branch ofASALH enti-
ties to which she has given decades years of service. Camilla Perkins
Thompson is shown above with her pastor and friend, Dr. Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. at the celebration.

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March 8-14, 2012

When the bottom falls out finan-
cially, people need help and they
need it fast. Being in such a vul-
nerable situation often makes you
susceptible to offers that on the sur-
face may seem good, but in the end
leave you worse off than when you
The airwaves are filled with ads
promising quick relief from debt,
and guarantees of happy endings.
But all too often, that relief comes
at a cost not only to your pocket-
book, but to your credit score.
"Debt settlement companies,
sometimes known as debt negotia-
tors or arbitrators, can make the
path to financial freedom sound
appealing," said Gail Cunningham,
spokesperson for the National
Foundation for Credit Counseling
(NFCC), "but the reality may be
very different from the rosy picture
painted by the commercials."
The NFCC encourages con-
sumers to thoroughly investigate
and understand any debt resolution
option, including debt settlement,
before selecting it as a way out of
their financial distress, and pro-

vides the following information to
assist consumers specifically when
evaluating debt settlement:
Debt settlement is a process
through which your creditor agrees
to accept less than the full amount
owed, yet considers the balance as
paid. Settlement companies often
advertise that they can negotiate
reductions of 50 percent or more of
the debt you owe. They then set up
a repayment plan that typically
takes between two and four years.
Settlement companies charge
significant fees. Different settle-
ment companies have different fee
structures, but there are two basic
approaches. In one model, the set-
tlement company's fee will be a per-
centage of your total debt. The
fees in that model typically range
from 13-20 percent. Another
option the settlement company may
offer is to base their fee on the
amount of debt reduction they can
negotiate. Fees under this model
can be as high as 35 percent. In
addition, many settlement compa-
nies also charge a monthly fee that
can range from about $19 $89 a

81 Year Old Grandmother

Wins $336M Powerball

Louise White
CRANSTON, R.I. An 81-year-
old woman from Newport, R.I. won
last month's $336.4 million Power-
ball jackpot, sleeping with the win-
ning ticket in her Bible until coming
forward to claim the sixth-largest
U.S. prize on this week, a family rep-
resentative said.
At a news conference at state lot-
tery headquarters in Cranston, Louise
White said little, calling herself "very
happy" and "very proud."
Her attorneys said she was a regu-
lar lottery player who bought the
winning ticket at a Stop & Shop su-
permarket in Newport where she had
stopped for rainbow sherbet. The
ticket is being claimed in the name of
the Rainbow Sherbet Trust.
White kept the winning ticket in a
Bible after she realized she won.
The winning ticket was among
three tickets with random numbers
purchased on a $9 wager.
"It was unbelievable," White said
in a statement released Tuesday by
her attorneys. "None of us can be-
lieve it yet. We're excited, very
blessed and will determine in the

coming months how we'll spend the
money but we know we'll always
have rainbow sherbet."
White said she wrote down the
numbers when they were read on tel-
evision after the drawing, but missed
a few -- so she waited 10 minutes to
hear them again. She didn't check her
ticket immediately.
When she did, each of the numbers
was the same. "Is anybody awake --
I want you to come look at some-
thing," she yelled.
Not believing she was the winner,
she said, she checked the numbers
online. Still the same.
"We still didn't believe it, so we
turned off the computer and turned it
back on and went back to the website
and my numbers were still there,"
White said in the statement. "We
hugged each other and jumped up
and down screaming!! ... We hid the
ticket in the Bible and went for
breakfast on Sunday since we could-
n't do anything with it."
White will take a lump sum pay-
ment of $210 million, the highest
ever for Powerball, officials said. The
jackpot was the third largest in
Powerball history and the largest
ever won in Rhode Island, officials
The top lottery jackpot in U.S. his-
tory was a $390 million Mega Mil-
lions prize won in March 2007.
The Powerball jackpot win is the
first since the ticket price increased
from $1 to $2 in January. Rising sales
nearly doubled the jackpot from
$173.5 million on Feb. 1.
Florida is among 42 states Power-
ball is played in, including Washing-
ton, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. The chance of matching all
five numbers and the Powerball
number is about 1 in 175 million.

month for the entire program.
Either way, it is not uncommon for
settlement fees to total thousands of
Some debt settlement compa-
nies front load their fees. In other
words, they collect a large part of
their fee before you receive any
benefit. Much of the money you
initially deposit goes to pay the set-
tlement company to satisfy its fees.
It can be months after you start the
settlement program before your
creditor receives any payment.
A settlement company may sug-
gest that you stop paying your cred-
itors and instead begin making
deposits into a special third-party
account. The settlement company
will attempt to negotiate a settle-
ment offer with your creditor once
enough money relative to the debt
is on deposit. This may take six
months or more, although the exact
length of time will vary with cir-
cumstances. During this time, the
balance on your debt can continue
to grow if interest and various
penalty fees continue to be charged
by your creditor. As a result, you
may owe more than when you start-
ed and your credit may suffer
because of your failure to make any
payments on your debt. Even
worse, legal actions such as wage
garnishment or a judgment may be
filed against you during this time.
Debts paid off through settle-
ment will generally show "Paid by
Settlement" on a consumer's credit
report. If you later apply for new
loans or credit, when reviewing


your credit report the prospective
lenders) will see that a previous
debt was paid by settlement, indi-
cating that your repayment did not
cover the total debt that you owed,
but that your creditor accepted a
lesser amount.
The credit score is based on
information contained in the credit
report, with the highest considera-
tion given to how you repay your
debts. If you're not repaying the
creditor or have missed payments, it
will show on your credit report and
potentially lower your credit score
The consumer may be responsi-
ble for taxes on the forgiven debt.
If the forgiven debt totals $600 or
more, you will generally owe
income taxes on the amount forgiv-
en, substantially reducing the total
savings from debt settlement.
"The debt settlement industry is
largely unregulated," Cunningham
continued, "thus consumers should
exercise extreme caution if they
decide to work with a settlement
company. Many of these compa-
nies are very new and inexperi-
enced. During a time when every
penny counts, experience does
indeed matter."
The NFCC Member Agencies
stand ready to assist consumers
with any debt situation. Their
trained and certified counselors
often have decades of experience
dealing with consumers who see no
way out of their debt situation.
Reach out to the agency nearest you
by calling (800) 388-2227.

Can't Pay Your Taxes? Try These Tips

Consumer Alert: Debt settlement

offers just may be to good to be true

By Jason Alderman
If you're worried you won't be
able to pay your income taxes by this
year's April 17 filing date, don't
panic; but don't ignore the deadline
and certainly don't wait for the IRS
to reach out to you first. Acting
quickly not only gives you more re-
payment options, it can also signifi-
cantly lower penalties you might
owe the government.
By not filing your 2011 federal tax
return or asking for an extension by
April 17, 2012, the penalty on any
taxes you owe increases dramati-
cally usually an additional 5 per-
cent of taxes owed for each full or
partial month you're late, plus inter-
est, up to a maximum penalty of 25
percent. But file your return/exten-
sion on time and the penalty drops
tenfold to 0.5 percent.
Eventually, the IRS could even
place a tax lien on your assets and
future earnings.
IRS tax alternatives include:
Pay by credit card. You will be
charged a small convenience fee that
is tax-deductible if you itemize ex-
penses. Just be sure you can pay off
your credit card balance within a few
months, or the interest accrued
might exceed the penalty.
Short-term extension. If you can
pay in full within 120 days, call the
IRS at 800-829-1040 and ask if you
qualify for a short-term extension. If
granted, you'll still owe interest but
will avoid an application fee.
Installment agreement. If you
need longer, an installment agree-
ment will let you pay your bill in
monthly installments for up to five
years. If you owe $10,000 or less,
you're guaranteed an installment
agreement provided you have filed
and paid all taxes for the previous
five years and haven't had an install-

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ment agreement within that time.
If you owe $25,000 or less and are
in good standing, you'll still likely
qualify for a streamlined installment
agreement; over $25,000 you still
may qualify, but'may be required to
file a detailed Collection Informa-
tion Statement.
There's a $105 fee to enter an in-
stallment agreement. It's reduced to
$52 if you set up a direct debit in-
stallment plan (or $43 for low-in-
come filers). For rules and to apply,
see the "Online Payment Agreement
Application" at www.irs.gov or sub-
mit IRS Form 9465.
Offer in Compromise. Under
certain dire financial-hardship cir-
cumstances, the IRS may allow tax-
payers with annual incomes of up to
$100,000 to negotiate a reduction in
the amount they owe through an
Offer in Compromise.
To qualify, you must be current
with all filing and payment require-
ments and not in bankruptcy. There
is a $150 non-refundable application
fee, which may be waived for low-
income applicants. You'll also be re-
quired to submit an initial payment
with your application.
Please note: Only a small number
of offers in compromise are accepted
and you should only pursue one after
having exhausted all other payment
options. Read the IRS Form 656
Booklet for more information.
If you're unable to make payments
on your installment agreement or
offer in compromise, call the IRS
immediately for alternative payment
options, which could include reduc-
ing the monthly payment to reflect
your current financial condition.
Stay current on your taxes, but if
you fear you may fall behind, ex-
plore these options before the penal-
ties start snowballing.

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Jackie Perry Named "Woman of Steel"

by Entrepreneurs Anchor Magazine

Jackie Perry

Jackie Perry, Executive Director
of the Beaver Street Enterprise
Center, has been named one of
northeast Florida's "Women of
Steel" for 2012. The award was
presented Thursday, March 1 by
Entrepreneurs Anchor Magazine at
the first annual Masters of the
Industry Awards program honoring
area business leaders.
Perry was one of 15 northeast
Florida businesswomen to be rec-
ognized at this inaugural event by
Entrepreneurs Anchor, a
Jacksonville-based business period-
ical produced by Brain Media
Presenting the Women of Steel

awards was local media personality
Dawn Lopez; the ceremony was
emceed by Ethelbert Nwanegbo,
Entrepreneurs Anchor publisher
and editor in chief. Ms. Perry, who
led Beaver Street Enterprise Center
to be recognized as an international
best-practice incubator, was select-
ed as a non-profit leader in the
greater Jacksonville area.
Also recognized at the evening
banquet event at the Riverwalk
Wyndham Hotel were 15 Men of
Steel plus several major area corpo-
rations and businesses, which were
honored with Masters of the
Industry awards.

: Is Black America

Better or Worse Post Obama?

by G. Denby, HP
In 1980, with an unpopular
Democratic incumbent in the White
House, Ronald Reagan posed a
simple, effective question to
American voters: Are you better off
than you were four years ago?
As the Super Tuesday battles
bring the nation closer to a nominee
who will face President Barack
Obama in the general election, that
man could pose the same question
to black Americans: Are blacks bet-
ter off than they were in 2008? By
almost every top-line economic
measure, the answer would seem to
be no.

Bishop Willie Ferrell Honored

with Red Carpet Birthday Tribute
Bishop Willie Ferrell a
Jacksonville native and graduate of
Douglas Anderson celebrated his
65th Birthday at the Savannah
Marriott in Savannah, Georgia this
past weekend.
Over 200 people came from
around the country to celebrate,
host, roast and give praise to a
Bishop that is loved by his Royal
Church of Christ congregation.
Bishop Ferrell has been married to
his high school sweet heart
Margaret Ferrell, also a graduate of
Douglas Anderson for 44 years.
Margaret was asked if the affair
was a surprise, "yes and no, my
husband knew about the event, but
did not know the magnitude of
guest that were invited." Also on
the dais was the newly elected first
African-American female Mayor of
Savannah, Edna Jackson who pro-
claimed "Bishop Ferrell has done
so much for his congregation, his
church, the prison system and the Shown above in attendance for the celebration are: Andrea Russell,
community, we wish him many Arthur Russell, Jr., Willie Ferrell, Marva Russell and Jackie Jones.
more birthdays." The honoree was to preach to the masses. Bishop blessed with a great wife, 5 beauti-
also surprised as many of his Ferrell expressed parting words to ful children, congregation and
Douglas Anderson classmates trav- his guest, "thank you for this cele- friends. May you travel safely to
eled from Jacksonville to reminisce bration while I am alive. From my your homes and be blessed until we
about sports, girls and his tenacity first birthday to now, I have been meet again."

A study by the Pew Research
Center released last summer found
that 53 percent of black household
wealth had vanished between 2005
and 2009. Almost a quarter of black
borrowers have lost their homes to
foreclosure since the housing mar-
ket cratered. While the jobless rate
for the country as a whole sits at 8.3
percent, black unemployment rests
at around 13.6 percent. (And that
number -- a steep decline from the
previous month -- is likely a statis-
tical fluke.)
But if the economic crises afflict-
ing black American communities
has remained intractable, so has
black support of President Obama.
His approval ratings currently sit in
the 80s, which is actually down
from the near-90 percent approval
he enjoyed among blacks early in
his presidency. (Obama won 95
percent of the black vote in 2008,
but every Democratic presidential
candidates since Bill Clinton has
nabbed at least 80 percent.)
African Americans were a major
peg of the bloc that propelled
Obama into the White House. The
good news for Obama is that so far
his 2008 coalition is largely intact:
His numbers among the various
subgroups are virtually identical.
But could the bad economy cause
black turnout to dip in November?
It's hard to say, in part because
gaming out the actual size of the
black electorate is tricky. "African
Americans have a greater propensi-
ty to over-report voting than do
whites," according to a new study
by the journal State Politics and
Policy Quarterly. The study found
that blacks over-report three times
as much as whites.
Jelani Cobb, a professor at
Rutgers, recently told MSNBC's
Melissa Harris-Perry that African-
American women were the demo-
graphic with the highest percentage
of electoral participation in 2008.
"Can you count on that happening
again?" he wondered. "I don't think
that you can."
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Dept. of Education Says Black

Students Treated Harsher
More than 70 percent of students involved in school-related arrests or
cases referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or African-American,
according to an Education Department report that raises questions about
whether students of all races are disciplined evenhandedly in America's
Black students are more than three times as likely as their white peers
to be suspended or
expelled, according to
.. -an early snapshot of
the report released to
reporters. The find-
ings come from a
national collection of
civil rights data from
2009-10 of more than
72,000 schools serv-
ing 85 percent of the
The Education Department said it would soon release more details.
"The sad fact is that minority students across America face much harsh-
er discipline than non-minorities, even within the same school,"
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters.
Duncan said some school officials might not have been aware of incon-
sistencies in how they handle discipline, and he hoped the report would
be an eye-opener.
According to the report, 42 percent of the referrals to law enforcement
involve black students and 29 percent involved Hispanics, while 35 per-
cent of students involved in school-related arrests were black and 37
percent were Hispanic.
Black students made up 18 percent of the students in the sample, but
they were 35 percent of students suspended once and 39 percent of stu-
dents expelled, the report said.

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There Needs to be a Clear Path for

Citizenship for Undocumented Americans

Let me start by giving you a little
story. Little Jane Doe was born in
some foreign country. At the age of
four, her parents came to the United
States illegally and slowly worked
their way into the fabric of
Jane and her younger sister were
enrolled in public school at the age
of five. Throughout Jane's academ-
ic career, she was an overachiever.
In fact, she overachieved so much
thatshe became the valedictorian of
her 800 student senior class with a
6.7 GPA.
By the way, I didn't realize that a
6.7 GPA was even possible.
Little Jane has never been in
trouble. She also has been a model
student and community servant.
Jane's story isn't much different
from the nearly 11 million undocu-
mented people that call the United
States their home.
One would think that Jane has
lived the American dream. Well,
not quite because Jane's American
Dream is becoming an immigration
Little Jane Doe is really Daniela
Pelaez, a senior at North Miami
high school. Because of her illegal
status, she faces deportation back
to the country that she was born -
Columbia. This is a country that
she has no recollection because she
regards herself as an American.
Although Pelaez's grades are

extremely unique, her illegal status
is not. She is representative of
thousands of U.S. living undocu-
mented students. Across the coun-
try, students like Pelaez would
directly benefit from passage of the
DREAM Act, which would put
them on a path to legal status.
It is an American tragedy that
outstanding students may have to
forfeit their dreams to attend col-
lege, and give back to the country
in which they were raised.
One of the problems that
Republicans have nationally is that
the extreme right-wing part of their
party is hell bent against the Dream
Act, and any other path to citizen-
ship. Moderate Republicans under-
stand the value of the Dream Act;
but many of them have been
silenced by the growing anti-immi-
gration sentiment coming from the
In fact, Pelaez's issue has gar-
nered support from some big name
Republican politicianslike U.S.
Senator Marco Rubio,
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen, and Miami-Dade Public
Schools Superintendent Alberto
The Republican presidential
nomination battle is a prime exam-
ple of the rift in the party.Three of
the four remaining Republican
presidential candidates with the
exception of Newt Gingrich -

publically disagrees with the
Dream Act.
Even Romney who has long been
considered a moderate is playing to
the right wing of party. This view
hurt the GOP in 2008 presidential
election with Hispanic voters sup-
porting President Obama with 67
percent of the nationwide Hispanic
If Republicans ever want to win
the White House again, they simply
can't afford to turn their backs on
the largest and fastest growing
minority group in the country. If
President Obama continues to get
65 to 70 percent of the Hispanic
vote his path to the re-election
will be much easier.
But back to Little Jane Doe or
Pelaez, whose family is in disarray
because both she and her sister are
schedule for deportation, while her
brother Johan, is a U.S. citizen
serving in the U.S. Army.
Pelaez' mother is stuck in
Colombia after returning in 2006 to
get successful treatment for colon
cancer. Her father, Antonio Pelaez,
was able to receive residency
through her brother so he can't stay
in the United States either.
It's funny how human nature
works. We tend to have very short
memories. The last I checked, all of
our families at some point were
immigrants to this country either
by choice or through bondage.

The obvious exception being
Native Americans; but the rest of us
were imported many moons ago.
Many Americans have this fear
of the unknown, and assume that
we have an out of control popula-
tion of illegal aliens. According to
Doris Meissner of the Washington
Post, that's simply not true.
Meissner reports, "The historic
high came more than a century ago,
in 1890, when immigrants made up
14.8 percent of our population.
Today, about two-thirds of immi-
grants are here legally, either as
naturalized citizens or as lawful
permanent residents, more com-
monly known as 'green card' hold-
The story adds, "And of the
approximately 10.8 million immi-
grants who are in the country ille-
gally, about 40 percent arrived
legally but overstayed their visas."
This information brings the situ-
ation back to reality.
Undocumented residents are not
hurting this country; but have
become interwoven in to the fabric
of our nation. On behalf of Little
Jane Doe and thousands of other
innocent children we have to cre-
ate a clear path to citizenship in this
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Reggie Fullwood

When 'Sorry' Isn't Enough for Racism

Why we shouldn't accept an apology from the

federal judge who sent an offensive email about Obama

by Sheryll Ifill, TR
Montana judge Richard Cebull
has apologized to President Obama
for mailing a disgusting, racist
joke at the expense of the president,
the president's mother and Cebull's
own dignity. If I know our high-
minded, dignified president, he will
accept the disgraced federal judge's
apology. He should not.
For any sober, thinking person,
the email in question, in which the
punch line suggests that Obama's
mother was both promiscuous and
into bestiality, is of the kind that
should warrant an immediate
delete. But the decision by Cebull,
the chief judge of the federal dis-
trict court in Montana, to send the
email to several of his "buddies,"
using his federal email account,
bespeaks a certain recklessness
reflected among those who have
lost all sense of respect and deco-
rum in their opposition to our pres-
From Rep. Joe "You lie" Wilson
(R-S.C.) to Gov. Jan Brewer (R-
Ariz.) pointing her finger in the
president's face, to embattled
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe
Arpaio's claim that Obama's long-
form birth certificate is a fake, open
displays of contempt for the presi-
dent reflect a dangerous strain
among public officials who feel
unrestrained by decorum, protocol
or even rational sense in their zeal
to besmirch Obama's reputation.
This alarming rash of intemper-

ate, racially driven expressions of
incivility by prominent white lead-
ers is dangerous because it gives
license to others to regard open dis-
respect of the president as sanc-
tioned and approved. Their actions
not only endanger Obama but also
endanger future presidents by
diminishing the respect due to the
office of the presidency, whoever
sits in the Oval Office.
Cebull's conduct may be the most
disturbing. Before becoming a fed-
eral district judge in 2001 and the
chief judge in 2008, he was a fed-
eral magistrate judge for three
years, presumably managing hun-
dreds of cases over the course of
his career. Although we spend most
of our time focused on the power of
Supreme Court justices and even
justices on the federal courts of
appeal, few recognize how much
power federal district court judges
(trial judges) and magistrate judges
Trial judges control nearly all
aspects of litigation -- deciding key
motions, making decisions about
the admission of evidence, deter-
mining the credibility of witnesses,
giving instructions to juries and
deciding the outcome of cases.
Most of these decisions are never
appealed, giving trial judges vast,
unreviewed authority over civil and
criminal cases involving the lives,
liberty and livelihood of thousands
of people. Federal district judges
are also appointed for life, and thus

may exercise this authority over
This context is important in
understanding the potential danger
when a judge of this high standing
in his community demonstrates the
kind of recklessness exhibited by
Cebull. According to published
reports, he first explained that he
sent the email because he is, in his
words, "not a fan of this president."
He explained that he did not send
the email because of its racist con-
tent; he sent the email because it is
This has now become standard
parsing in the bizarre world of race
populated by the slice of Obama's
most feral and zealous opponents.
The crudest racial remark or joke is
transformed into acceptable politi-
cal speech because it opposes
President Obama.
Certainly one can be anti-Obama
without being racist. But if your
opposition to the president is
cloaked in crude racial stereotypes,
all of the inferences are against
you. Cebull should know this.
As a federal judge and the chief
judge of his district, Cebull is
expected to comport with the high-
est ethical standards. He has, to his
credit, filed a letter (pdf) asking the
chief judge of the 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals (of which the District of
Montana is a part) to open an
inquiry to determine whether his
own actions constitute judicial mis-

Although the council may find
that Cebull's behavior constitutes
misconduct by fostering a "sub-
stantial and widespread lowering of
public confidence in the courts," it
will not impose a harsh sanction,
given Cebull's "voluntary correc-
tive action," Continued on page 7

The right way for people

of faith to practice politics

Within a one-mile radius of my house, there are more places to pray than
there are Starbucks coffee shops. I know this because I tried to count each of
After an hour's walk around my neighborhood, I lost count of the many
churches (in a multitude of denominations), synagogues (no less than five in
one two-block stretch), temples, and mosques. That doesn't even include the
storefront places that advertise religious services of some sort. There were so
many places to receive a blessing that I lost count after several dozen.
That's when I turned my attention to finding a cup of joe. It was easy --
there are only three Starbucks locations within walking distance of my
house. My failed experiment proved something that our political leaders
would do well to understand. Our nation's founders knew what they were
doing by not establishing a state religion. A nation as diverse as ours can
never settle on a single set of faith principles to cover us all in glory. As a
society, America embraces all faith traditions, while as individuals many of
us pray in spirit-filled fellowships of the like-minded.
Our nation doesn't lack religious faith. What we lack is uniformity of reli-
gious expression. There are black Mormons, Latino evangelicals, Asian
Protestants, and Muslims of all hues and races. Religion thrives in the fertile
diversity of American culture. This is a good thing.
Unfortunately, some leaders fail to understand or appreciate the value in
the blooming of faith traditions within a secular government. For them, reli-
gion is a one-size-fits-all edict, or a blunt weapon used to bludgeon anyone
who disagrees with their narrow and exclusive views.
How else can we explain the pretzel-like contortions of Rev. Franklin
Graham's recent comments on MSNBC's Morning Joe? Employing logic that
smacked more of political opportunism than spiritual conviction, Graham
expressed doubts about President Barack Obama's faith, despite the presi-
dent's repeated declaration that he is a Christian.
Yet Graham said he was absolutely convinced that GOP presidential hope-
ful Rick Santorum was a Christian. Santorum has also questioned President
Obama's faith in the past, but now says he accepts the president's professions
of his faith.
Still, Santorum's campaign seeks to make religion a centerpiece to his
White House run. "I don't believe in an America where the separation of
church and state is absolute," Santorum said last Sunday on ABC's This
Week. "The idea that the church should have no influence or no involvement
in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical of the objectives and
vision of our country."
Such an opinion stands in marked contrast to what President John F.
Kennedy said during his famous 1960 address to the Greater Houston
Ministerial Association. "I believe in an America where the separation of
church and state is absolute," he said, seeking to overcome the anti-Catholic
prejudice of that time and place in our history.
President Kennedy, who became the nation's first Roman Catholic presi-
dent, sought to ease some voters' fears that he would take political orders
from the Vatican. Rather, he expressed a vision of America where politics
and religion coexist without undue influence upon each other.
As he saw it, the United States is a place "where no Catholic prelate would
tell the president, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant min-
ister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; and where no man is
denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president
who might appoint him or the people who might elect him."
President Kennedy's successful campaign shoved back the boundaries of
religious intolerance. If proof is needed to convince you that this is the
American way of separating church and state, look no further than Santorum,
who if elected would be the nation's second Catholic president.
With respect and tolerance for all faiths, only the best of public debate will
prevail and persuade. Or, to put it another way, none of the many places of
worship in my neighborhood poses a threat to the believers of the many
faiths represented. And the folks at Starbucks won't mind either.


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L-R Zhontrel Hannans, Patrice Murray, Kenderson Hill-Center Director and Tatyana Gee.

Job Corps Establishes Peer Leadership Circle

Five students from the
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
graduated from the Management
and Training Corporation Student
Advance Leadership Training
Program. The students were
engaged in 10 sessions of hands on
interactive training and develop-
ment over a period of 3 months.
"You are superstars among stars
and I'm proud of the accomplish-
ments you've made here at the
Jacksonville Job Corps," said the
Center CEO Kenderson Hill.
Student leaders selected to the
Circle are: Eddie Griffin who cur-
rently serves as the SGA President.
,Eddie is working toward his certifi-
cation in HVAC and plans to attend
Job Corps Advance Training
Program when he completes his
requirements; Alethia James is a
*21 year old Pharmacy Tech student
and is the current president of

Ladies of Excellence at the
Jacksonville Job Corps Center.
Alethia has volunteered for many
community services projects
including Magnet Mania where she
inspired other with her Job Corps
story; Patrice Murray, a 24 year
old Office Administration student
who is currently preparing for certi-
fication in her trade. She has 15
OPAC Certifications, served as
Treasurer with the Student
Government Association, Member
of Ladies of Excellence, Peer to
Peer and a consistent community
volunteer; Tatyana Gee is the
President Elect of the Ladies of
Excellence. Her current trade is
Pharmacy Tech. Tatyana is a devot-
ed community volunteer who is
admired by her peers and leads by
example; and Zhontrel Hannans
who is currently working for com-
pletion in her Office Administration

trade. Zhontrel is also a Student
Ambassador who is admired and
respected by her peers.
As members of the inaugural
Leader's Circle, hey will assist and
guide their peers as they "walk the
walk" and "talk the talk" of leading
by example.
Job Corps is a taxpayer-support-
ed education and career technical
training program administered by
the United States Labor
Department. The program helps 16
to 24 year old young men and
women to improve the quality of
their lives through career technical
and academic training. The Job
Corps program serves about 60,000
students each year at 124 centers
across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
For more information on
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
please visit www.jacksonville.job-

by Lynn Jones
Just a short and sweet drive away
(a mere 160 miles) is a historical
landscape rich with history and
loaded with interesting things to do!
Savannah, Georgia made world
famous by the hit book and movie,
"Midnight in the Garden of Good
and Evil", offers the weekend trav-
eler a real experience.
On my weekend's agenda was
restaurant b. matthews a trolley
tour, Paula Deen's "The Lady &
Sons" restaurant and the Freedom
Trail tour.
b.mathews, lodged in a historical
building erected between 1789 -
1790s', features post and bar fix-
tures were taken from the mass of
the many ships that docked at the
local pier. The building was a for-
mer saloon and that has been fami-
ly owned for over 101 years. My
gourmet breakfast selection includ-
ed Italian sausage and cheese filled
croissants, hash browns and a waf-
fle with apple chutney and bacon.
After breakfast, I walk the historic
cobblestone streets to begin the
Freedom Trail Tour. I tried to
understand how Savannah was so
close to Jacksonville, yet
Savannah's port has a much great
history when it comes to the impor-
tation of slaves and early African
American history. The tour begins
at Savannah's Visitors Center and
takes about two hours to complete.
Tour conductor and historian
Johnnie Brown takes visitors to
slave burial grounds, remnants of
the Underground Railroad, places
where slaves were bought and sold,
and black communities where free
people of color lived during slav-
ery. Historic buildings on the tour
include the First African Baptist
Church, often called the oldest
black church in North America.
What is most remarkable to
African Americans is that Savannah
was founded as a city where slavery

Shown above is Lynn Jones at the foot of the bronze African
American Family Monument. The sculpture was dedicated in 2002 to
commemorate and honor contributions of African Americans to the
cultural, social, educational, economic and spiritual life of the
Savannah community. The statue represents a modern black family
that has risen from the shackles of slavery. The base of the monument
bears an inscription by poet Maya Angelou:
"We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We
got on the slave ships together We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave
ships in each others excrement and urine together sometimes died togeth-
er, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together Today, we are stand-
ing up together; with faith and even some joy. "

was forbidden. That lasted until
Georgia law changed in 1750 when
the economic attractiveness of slav-
ery became too much to resist.
Savannah practiced modest forms
of slavery until 1779, when
Americans in the Revolutionary
War captured it. Prior to that date,
slave-owners gave nominal free-
doms to their slaves, allowing many
of them to live on their own, pay
their owners a stipulated weekly fee
and work for extra money of their

own. These forms of slavery were
more akin to indentured servitude.
This is just the tip of the iceberg
of what Savannah has to offer his-
torically. Today, Savannah has a
black mayor, you can live anywhere
you can afford, and racial relations
in this visual historic masterpiece of
a city are mostly upbeat. Last and
surprisingly, for such a small town
you can still get your swerve on
with the nightlife.


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Lent Worship Services at St. Thomas
The church family of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863
Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, Fl., 32209, under the guidance of Pastor Ernie
L. Murray Sr., will have Lent Worship Service each Wednesday, February
22nd April 4th. The public is invitedto attend every Wednesday night at
7:00p.m. For more information, call 768-8800.

Cycle Ministry Seeks Participation
Rydas 4 Righteousness Christian Motorcycle Ministry Jacksonville
Chapter teamed up with Colon Cancer Alliance to bring awareness by host-
ing a Colon Cancer Charity Event Weekend. March 23, 2012 March 25,
2012. The weekend includes a Charity Walk, Motorcycle Ride and Bike
Blessing.Contact Ruth at 674-4333 or r4r.ruth@gmail.com.

Young Adult Conference
If you are interested in mentoring young adults, plan to attend the Reclaim
Gathering conference, March 23rd 24th at 10:00 a.m., Riverside Park
UMC, 819 Park Street. The conference is designed to inspire a new gener-
ation to reclaim their spot in the world. For more information and registra-
tion visit www.reclaimgathering.com or email reclaim@campustocity.org
or call (904) 672-6537.

Mt. Lebanon Celebrating
Church and Pastor Anniversary
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, located at 9319 Boulevard,
invites the community to share in a celebration commemorating their 36th
church and 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of their shepherd, Rev. Freddie
Summer Pastor. The celebration theme is "God's people walking in expec-
tation." My soul, wait thou only upon God: for my expectation is from him
"Psalm 62:5 Service will begin at 4: p.m. on Sunday March llth with Dr.
Glenn Foreman, Sr. Resurrection Baptist Church, Christian Center. March
18th Elder Lee Harris of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church and
March 25th with Pastor Jeremiah Robinson Jr. of New Zion Baptist Church,
Fernandina Beach Fla. For more information call (904) 527-1762.

Spring Conference Prayer Breakfast
The Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction will host a Spring
Conference Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Jurisdictional Deacon Wives
Circle. It will be held Wednesday, March 21st at the San Jose Country Club,
7529 San Jose Boulevard from 8:30 11 a.m. For More information, con-
tact Sister Minnie Clark at 399-8301 or Missionary Mattie Ferrell at 434-

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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

The Lois J. Roberts Allenites
Annual Shopping Spree
The public is invited to join a trek to the Hilton Head South Carolina
Shopping Outlets, Saturday April 21, 2012. Busses will depart at 7 a..m.
and return at 7 p.m. The trip is being sponsored by Historic Mt. Zion
A.M.E. Church Rev Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor. Deadline For ticket purchase
is Sunday March 25, 2012 and will include free breakfast. For information
Contact Olivia A. Young President (904) 502-6472. The church is located
at 201 E. Beaver St. Jacksonville, Fl. 32202.

100 Women in White
The Church of God Women's Discipleship Ministry Department will be
hosting a 100+ Women in White service, March 11, 2012 at 5 p.m. The
theme will be "Daughter of The King". Reverend LaVerne Ramsey of
Cocoa, Fl will be guest speaker. There will also be a Piggy Bank Spring
Fair, March 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. come shop and be entertained. Your atten-
dance and participation are welcome. The Church of God Sanctuary of
Praise is located at 5755 Soutel Drive, 32219. Sister Alva E. Lockley
Women's Discipleship Ministry, President Bishop L. Martin Wright, Senior
Open Arms Presents 2nd
Annual Women's Conference
Under the theme, "Women of Grace and Gifts Pursuing the Glory", Open
Arms Christian Fellowship will present their annual Women's Conference.
It will be held, March 15-17, 2012. This year's event will include young
ladies ages 11-18 (Living, Laughing and Loving for Christ). Back by pop-
ular demand will be Pastor Jazmin Sculark of Shiloh Baptist Church, York,
Pa. Other special guests include Pastor Zelma Dickerson (Perez Ministries)
and. Paula Cotton (St. Paul Baptist Church). For more information call 766-
5797. The church is located at 2763 Dunn Avenue.

Community Health Fair St. Paul
St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a community wide health fair March
10th. 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church. Rev. James Wiggins,
Jr. Pastor
Free services include a blood drive, pressure check, bone marrow drive,
breast cancer awareness, caregiver check, cholesterol screening, CPR
demonstrations, disaster preparedness, eye health information, glucose
screening, heart health, HIV/AIDS awareness, probate, wills, trust prostate
awareness, skin cancer awareness. There will also be a bounce house,
Antique Car Show and a stage to showcase your talent

For more information, call 955-7739
or 765-4219. The church is located
at 2730 Edgewood Ave. W.
Jacksonville, Fla.

Info Sought To
Help Document
African American
Information is being gathered on
African American communities in
Jacksonville. Presently the concen-
tration is on La Villa-Downtown,
Brooklyn, Campbell Hill, Mixon
Town, New Town, College Park,
Sugar Hill, Durkeeville, and all other
(approximately 11) established
neighborhood with the city.
If you have lived or worked in any
of these areas prior to 1980 and wish
to give information on the area's
boundaries, people, institutions,
organizations, business and/or gener-
al characteristics, call (904) 402-
2205 and leave your name and tele-
phone number at which you can be
reached. From Frances Yvonne
Hicks, 1973 Ribault Scenic Dr.
Jacksonville, Fl, 32208 telephone
(904) 765-9472.

Disciples of Christ Cbristiao Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

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:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Cherry Street Singers Spread

God's Joy to Nursing Home

The Cherry Street Singers recent-
ly began their first in a series of
performances at the Park Ridge
Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
onCollege Street.
The group will be a part of the
monthly activity calendar of the
nursing home and will present their
ministry in song the fourth Saturday
of each month, 3:00 3:30 p.m.

The singing ministry is an effort
in keeping with the theme of the
congregation, "Moving from
Believers to Disciples", and using
the avenue as an outreach ministry
in the nursing home. Singing prais-
es from left, are Debi Dillet (con-
ducting), Carol Coston, Linda
Brown, Keri Dillet, and Yvonne
Cross. Kyle Dillett photo.

LaTasha Garrison Fullwood to

Keynote El-Beth El Family & Friends
The members of the El Beth El Divine Holiness
Church invite the community to worship during their
Annual Family and Friends Day Celebration. It will
S be held March 18th from 11 a.m. 3 p.m..
A great program has been planned for the occa-
sion including keynote by Attorney Latasha
Garrison-Fullwood at the 11 a.m. service. The
SHonorable Magistrates Robin K. Brown will be the
guest speaker at 3 p.m..
If you have any questions, contact Bishop
Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 904-710-1586. Dinner will be
serving after both services.

Weekend Celebration Planned in Honor
of Bishop McKissick's Anniversary

David "Mr. Brown" Mann
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
and Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church are currently celebrating the
16th Pastoral Anniversary for
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr.
The Church extends an open invi-
tation to the community to worship
with them. Bishop McKissick, Jr.
has served 16 years of service
bringing thousands of youth and
seniors in Jacksonville to Christ.
Festivities include: Friday March
9th at 8:00 p.m. Theme: The
Worshiper; The Warrior; The

Winner...Gospel Comedy Show
with Comedians ROD Z and
DAVID "Mr. Brown" MANN of
(Meet The Brown's TV Show)
Tickets $15 at the downtown church
campus, 215 Bethel Baptist Street,
Jacksonville, FL.
Sunday March llth Anniver-
sary Sunday. Theme: Approved By
God Delivering the word at the
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m services
will be guest minister Pastor T.R.
Williams, New Faith Church in
Houston, TX and for the 5 p.m serv-
ice, Pastor Leofric Thomas of Open
Arms Christian Fellowship.
Services will be at the downtown
church campus, 215 Bethel Baptist
Street, Jacksonville, FL.
On Wednesday, March 14th at 7
p.m. there will be a free gospel con-
cert with recording artist James
Fortune and Fiya.
For more information on church
or anniversary events, call 354-

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464


Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

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Weekly Services

undav Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.

ome share In Holy Communion on Ist Sunday at 740 and 1040 a.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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


Midweek Services
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

Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit

Grace and Peace
visit www.Bethelite.org

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President's Job Approval

continued from page 3
"I think one of the concerns is
that what Obama has delivered to
the black community, he hasn't
really played up," added Cobb.
"For African Americans, who are a
quarter of his electorate, many
people are really expecting him to
say, 'This is what I've done on your
It's a concern that the Democrats
are taking seriously. "We are confi-
dent that voters understand the
president's accomplishments and
his success at turning things
around," said Melanie Roussell, a
spokesperson for the Democratic
National Committee. "We don't
take anything for granted, and we
know that it is going to take an

even larger effort to get out the
vote than four years ago."
Roussell said that the White
House has increased funding to
Pell grants, which help low-
income students pay for college
and bumped up funding to histori-
cally black colleges and universi-
ties, as well as passing healthcare
reform that will help 7 million
uninsured blacks get healthcare
But is that enough? Critics like
Corel West, Tavis Smiley and
Maxine Waters have criticized the
president for what they say has
been his unresponsiveness to rising
black poverty and economic hard-
ship. The administration has said
that its policy of staving off a deep-

er recession and promoting growth
will also benefit black Americans.
But Algernon Austin, a
researcher at the Economic Policy
Institute, thinks the approach needs
to be two-headed. He said that
black unemployment, even in less
dire economic times, is normally
about twice the rate of whites.
Austin pointed to the height of the
housing bubble in 2007, when the
economy was humming along:
White unemployment was close to
4 percent, while black unemploy-
ment was at 8.5 percent, which is
higher than the current national
unemployment rate.
Austin argues that driving down
broader unemployment lowers the
floor on black joblessness. "If the

national unemployment rate is
high, there's no way that black
unemployment is low.
"An unemployment rate of 8 per-
cent creates serious economic dis-
tress, and unfortunately that's been
the norm over the last three or four
decades for African Americans,"
Austin said.
He said that while some of
Obama's programs aren't necessar-
ily race-specific, there are a few
that are especially beneficial to
African-Americans and other non-
whites. The American Jobs Act, for
example, extends unemployment
benefits for young people -- a seg-
ment of the U.S. population that
Algemon notes is now mostly non-
white -- has especially benefited
blacks. "Once you put the income
constraints on [the programs], it
becomes even more targeted."

Breast Cancer & African Americans

Mammograms: What Now?

In the latest findings to fuel the
debate on when to start getting
mammograms, new research adds
support to those suggesting women-
should begin testing at age 40.
Screening younger women has
been controversial, since 2009
when a U.S. federal task force rec-
ommending against mammography
screening for average risk women
in their 40s.The new study showed
that mammograms were just as
likely to find invasive breast can-
cers in women with no family his-
tory of breast cancers as in women
with a family history of the disease.
Invasive breast cancer grows,
beyond the milk ducts or lobules of
the breast. (The women in the study
were aged 40 to 49). And women
with and without a family history
were just as likely to have cancer
that had spread to the lymph nodes,
says study leader Stamatia
Destounis, MD, a radiologist at
Elizabeth Wende Breast Care in
Rochester, NY.

Women without a family history
are "average-risk" women, suggest-
ing that annual mammograms are
indeed beneficial for this age group,
she says. A criticism of screening
younger women is that: you find
small cancers that will never be a
problem. But we found a consider-
able number that can't wait,
Destounis says. Invasive breast
cancers can spread and kill.
More than 230,000 women will
be diagnosed with breast cancer in
the U.S. in the 2011, more than
26,000 of who will be under age 45,
according to the American Cancer
Society. Destounis and colleagues
reviewed the medical records of
1,071 women in their 408 who had
screening mammograms at their
medical centre between 2000 and
2010. A total of 373 were diagnosed
with breast cancer. Sixty-one per-
cent of the women with cancer did
not have a family history of the dis-
ease meaning they did not have
mother sister grand-mother, or

cousins who had breast cancer. Of
these women 64% had invasive
breast cancer. Similarly 63% of
women who did have a family his-
tory of breast cancer had invasive
disease. Also about 30% of women
in both groups had cancer that had
spread to the lymph nodes.
The Mammograms
Debate Rages On
The frequency of screening
mammograms and the appropriate
age to begin them has been debated
since the U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force in 2009 recommended
that women routinely get screening
mammograms every other year
starting at age 50. The task force
says the decision to start regular
mammograms before age 50 should
be an individual choice based on
each woman's situation. But over-
all, the benefit of screening all
women in their 40s does not out-
weigh the risks including that of
having to undergo unnecessary
biopsies, the task force says. The

American Cancer Society and the
National Cancer Institute both rec-
ommend annual screening begin-
ning at age 40.

Continued from page 1
teachers, administrators and guid-
ance counselors should listen to
kids, developing better connections
with kids, and developing a under-
standing in the school that allows
kids to talk freely, openly and hon-
estly. Kids need to know someone
cares from PreK to high school.
Never assume a child is "handling a
situation" on their own. No one can
read a person's mind or understand
their emotional condition without
talking to them. The recent reports
from Ohio show that powerful and
unchecked emotions can explode
with deadly results. Children and
youth need to know someone is
there that they can trust.
What is bullying?
Many parents do not understand
the complexity of bullying schools.

When sorry isn'
continued from page 4
But in determining whether Cebull
should be subjected to a sanction,
the Judicial Council of the 9th
Circuit should also look to the ABA
Model Code of Judicial Conduct ,
which sets the standards of ethical
conduct for all federal and state
judges. The code identifies several
ways in which Cebull's conduct
warrants stronger action:
*Rule 1.2 of the Model Code
requires judges to behave "at all
times in a manner that promotes
public confidence in the independ-
ence, integrity and impartiality of
the judiciary." Both Cebull's trans-
mission of the email and his expla-
nation for why he did so violate the
standard set out in this rule.
*Rule 2.3 in the Model Code
instructs that "a judge shall not in
the performance of judicial duties,
by words or conduct manifest bias
or prejudice." The code specifically
identifies "attempted humor based
upon stereotypes" as an example of
a "manifestation of bias." It is true

Links Leadership Academy

Now Enrolling Area Youth
The Links Leadership Academy Presented by the Bold City Chapter of
the Links, Incorporated is currently enrolling middle school students. The
free academy is designed to develop attributes necessary for youth to
become positive leaders among their peers, and to become future local,
national and global community leaders. The program meets Saturday from
9 a.m. noon at the FSCJ North Campus. Students will have an opportu-
nity to develop positive leadership skills and create strong habits of the
mind and heart. The experiences to be provided will open the door to a
future they might not have previously imagined. For an application or
more information on the free program, call Dr. Barbara Darby at 476-5234.

SBullyl ing I n words have not been spoken about
Florida, raising children in the twenty and
statute defines bullying as system- twenty-first century. Children are
atically and chronically inflicting exposed to many challenges, but
physical hurt or psychological dis- schools should be a safe haven, a
tress through teasing; social exclu- refuge from bullying, harassment,
sion; threats; intimidation; stalking; discrimination, physical and emo-
physical violence; theft; sexual, tional harm. The results of bullying
religious or racial harassment; pub- last a life time of emotional turmoil
lic humiliation; or destruction of that parents must address.
property. This includes the harass- Resources to aid parents in helping
ment of LGBT students who face them to deal with bullying if their
taunting, discrimination and even children are exposed, experiencing
death threats. The tragic events that or involved in bullying. The first
have happened on school buses, course of action is for parents to
lunch rooms and classrooms are in talk to their children about being
many cases retaliation against bul- bullied or if they are the bully.
lies. When students feel they have There should be empathy for those
nowhere else to turn they strike out that are bullies because this shows
against their tormentors, underlying challenges that must be
Empowering Families addressed, not just through punish-
The quote; "It takes a village to ment, but counseling and treatment.
raise a child," stated several times
by Mrs. Hillary Clinton, truer

enough that Cebull meaning of'is' is"), but the average
ewas not reasonable person is unlikely to
engaged in find his argument convincing. If I
"judicial duties" when he sent this were a black litigant or a woman of
email, although the fact that he sent any race appearing before Cebull, I
it from his federal account raises would have strong doubts about his
particular concerns. fairness.
*Rule 4.1 advises that "a judge ... Cebull's conduct demonstrates an
shall not ... publicly endorse or alarming lack of judgment and a
oppose a candidate for any public disturbing failure to understand the
office." Cebull's explanation that he power of his position. He has
is "anti-Obama" violates the rule. diminished the dignity of his office.
The Judicial Council should also He has also raised a credible infer-
consider the fact that Cebull's con- ence of racial bias.
duct, which has raised questions He deserves credit for promptly
about his impartiality, may provide offering what appears to be a sin-
grounds for his recusal from partic- cere and unadorned apology. But
ipation in a variety of cases. Cebull this personal apology is irrelevant
has said that he has "never consid- to any questions legitimately raised
ered himself' to be racist. But the by the larger public and, in the
federal statute governing the future, by those litigants who may
recusal of judges is focused on how appear before Cebull. They are enti-
a reasonable person would view the tied to be served by a chief judge
judge's conduct, not the judge's own who, in both fact and appearance,
view of himself, upholds the highest standards of
Cebull's parsed logic -- arguing impartiality and propriety.
that although the email he sent is Sherrilyn A. Ifill is a professor at the
racist, he is not -- may be the kind University ofMaryland Francis King Carey
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.. .-.~ What to dofromi social, volunteer,; political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Michael Jackson Tour
by Cirque du Soleil
The Michael Jackson Immortal
World Tour by Cirque du Soleil
will give fans a unique view into the
spirit, passion and heart of the artis-
tic genius who forever transformed
global pop culture. The show hits
the Veterans Memorial Arena
Wednesday, March 7 & 8th at 8
p.m. For tickets, call 630-3900 or
visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Tribute to the Late
Dr. Carolyn Williams
In honor of International Women's
Day, there will be a Memorial
Tribute to Dr. Carolyn Williams,
Thursday, March 8th, 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. at the River City Brewing
Company, 835 Museum Circle. For
more information call 904) 398-
2299 or visit

Jacksonville Spring
Home & Patio Show
Spring into action on this season's
home decorating with a little inspi-
ration from this popular seasonal
expo. Dates are March 8 11 at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center
from 10 a.m. 9 p.m. Call 630-4000
for more information..

P.R.I.D.E Book Club
The P.R.I.D.E Book Club meeting

is scheduled for Friday, March 9th
at 7:00 p.m. Join hostess Marie
Carter-Calvin, at 330 Brookchase
Lane West. The book for discussion
is "Enough The Phony Leaders,
Dead-End Movements, and Culture
for Failure That Are Underminding
Black America and What We Can
Do About It" by Juan Williams. For
more information call 220-4746 or
email felicef@bellsouth.net.

Royal Comedy Tour
The Royal Comedy Tour featuring
comedians Sommore, Bruce Bruce,
Mark Curry and more will stop in
Jacksonville Friday, March 9th at
the Veterans Memorial Arena. Call
(904) 630-3900 for more info.

Museum and a Movie
Enjoy the movie "Remember the
Titans," the true story of a newly
appointed African-American coach
and his high school team on their
first season as a racially integrated
unit. It will be shown Saturday,
March 17th at 11 a.m. at the Ritz
Theater, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
5555 or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

Tyrese in Concert
R&B singer, actor and author
Tyrese, will be in concert Sunday
March 18th at the Florida Theater,
128 East Forsyth Street For more
information call (904) 355-5661.

MOSH After Dark:
Trivia Night
Museum of Science and History
(MOSH) presents "MOSH After
Dark: Trivia Night," Thursday,
March 22nd, 1025 Museum Circle.
For more information call (904)
396-MOSH or visit www.the-

Stanton Class of
1972A11 Class Party
Calling all Classes of 1972 -
Raines, Ribault, Jackson, Lee,
Wolfson, etc. The Stanton Class of
1972 is hosting the first ever com-
bined event "Spring Dance All
Classes of 1972 ," Saturday, March
24, 2012, 8 p.m. 2 a.m. at the
Prince Community Center, 3315
North Liberty Street. Food, fun, old
school and line dance. For more
info email

Great Atlantic
Music Festival
The metroPCS Great Atlantic
Music Festival will kick off their
festival season on Saturday,
March 24th, at noon at the
Jacksonville Beach Pavilion. The
free festival offers live music, fresh
seafood, a festival market place,
surf contest, and rides and games
for the entire family. For more
information visit www.greatat-
lanticmusicfest.com or contact

Amy Galbreath at 923-0995.

DEEN Swings
Fore Diabetes
Swing to help DEEN raise money
for diabetes, Thursday, March 29th
at 7 a.m., at the Country Club of
Orange Park, 2525 Country Club
Blvd. Enjoy golf and participant in
hole-in-one, raffle tickets, longest
drive, putting challenge, lunch and
awards ceremony. For more infor-
mation contact Rick at 881-4924 or
email mhenry@deendevelopment.org.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
To Billie with Love: A Celebration
of Lady Day featuring, Grammy
and Tony Award winning artist, pro-
ducer, U.N. Ambassador and host of
NPR's JazzSet, Dee Dee
Bridgewater focuses her talents on
material immortalized by the enig-
matic Billie Holiday. Ritz Theater,
Saturday, March 31st, at 8:00 p.m.,
For more information, call 632 -
5555 or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

Spoken Word
at the Ritz
Once a month the Ritz offers an
open mic for poets and poetry
lovers of all ages. Show off your
own talent for verse, or just come,
listen and soak up the creative
atmosphere. The next one is
Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 632-5555.

Amateur Night
at The Ritz
Modeled after Amateur Night at
the famed Apollo Theatre in
Harlem, contestants compete for
cash prizes and let the audience be
the judge. Friday, April 6, 7:30
p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
5555 or email ritztheatre@coj.net.

Bill Cosby in Concert
Renowned comedian Bill Cosby
will speak on the human condition,
family relationships, and the evolv-
ing roles of men and women.

Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m., at the
Times Union Center. Call 633-
6110 or visit www.ticktetmaster.com.

Miracle on
Ashley Street
The Clara White Mission's 15th
annual "Miracle on Ashley Street"
Celebrity Chef and Servers event
will be held, Friday, May 18th, 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event is
held to raise funds to benefit and
address the homeless and critical
demands for the homeless and low-
income. For more information con-
tact Lynn Jones at
ljones@clarawhitemisson.org or
call (904) 354.4162.

Matthew W. Gilbert

Friends and Family Night
Each month, alumni of Jacksonville's historically black schools are
invited to meet at the Ritz Theatre and Museum to see the exhibit, "More
Than a Game: African American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,".
Share memories of their school days and participate in conversations
about current issues in our schools. Re-connect with classmates, teachers
and coaches. Add your stories and memorabilia to the exhibit! Tuesday,
March 20th, 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829
N. Davis Street for more information call (904) 632- 5555 or email
Extras sought for TV show taping
The USA Network Series, Royal Pains, will be filming here from March
19 25. They need several hundred extras. They are looking for people
20-50 years of age who are fit. You will also need to wear nice clothes (as
the setting is The Hamptons). If this description applies to you, please
send your photo and bio ASAP to royalpainsga@gmail.com.
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess
clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next
"Clothes Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m. The contact number is 904-240-9133

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Savannah State 14 2 21 10
Norfolk State 13 3 22 9
Delaware State 12 4 15 13
Bethune-Cookman 11 5 15 16
NC Central 10 6 16 14
CoppinState 9 7 14 15
N. CarolinaA&T 7 9 12 19
Hampton 6 10 10 20
Morgan State 6 10 9 19
Howard 6 10 9 20
FloridaA&M 6 10 8 21
Md.-Eastem Shore 4 12 7 22
South Carolina State 0 16 5 25
Kyle O'Quinn, 6-10, Sr., C, NORFOLK STATE Led
MEAC in rebounding (10.7 rpg.) and blocks (2.9) and
scored 15.9 points per game (6th) while shooting .565
from the field (2nd) in leading Spartans to second-
place finish.
JahJ Tate, 6-4, Fr., G, DSU Averaged 16.0 points, 2.8
assists, 1.2 steals and shot .764 from the line helping
Hornets to third-place finish.


Miss. Valley St. 17 1
# Southern 13 5
Texas Southern 12 6
Prairie View A&M 10 8
Alabama State 9 9
Ark. Pine Bluff 9 9
Alcorn State 6 12
AlabamaA&M 5 13
Jackson State 5 13
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Coppln State
N. Carolina A&T
Md.-Eastern Shore
South Carolina State
Norfolk State
Delaware State
Savannah State
Morgan State
NC Central

Miss. Valley St. 14 4 17 12
Southern 12 6 13 12
AlabamaA&M 12 6 17 11
Alabama State 11 7 14 13
PrairieViewA&M 11 7 14 15
Grambling State 10 8 14 14
Alcom State 9 9 11 19
Jackson State 8 10 11 16
Texas Southern 2 16 4 25
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 17 1 28
De'Kisha Fondon, 5-6, Sr., G/F, MVSU Had 16
points in close wins over Grambling and Jackson State
keeping MVSU atop the standings. Added 5 rebounds
and 6 steals in double OT win vs. JSU, 5 assists, 5
rebounds and 2 steals vs. GSU. Averaged 16 points,
5 rebounds and 4 steals in the two wins.
Brittany Lakes, 5-10, Jr., F, MVSU Had 16 points, 9
rebounds, 1 blockand2stealsinwinoverJacksonState.
Came back to get 13 points and 6 boards in win over
Grambling. Averaged 14.5 points in the two wins.


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Florida A&M senior
guard Antonia Bennett and Norfolk State senior center
Kyle O'Quinn were named the 2012 Mid-Eastern Ath-
letic Conference (MEAC) basketball players of the year
and O'Quinn added the defensive player honor as yearly
awards were announced by the conference on Sunday.
Tierra Hawkins (women) and Tahj Tate (men) both
of Delaware State were selected as Rookies of the Year.
Florida A&M's Qiana Donald garnered the women's De-
fensive Player of the Year honors.
Florida A&M Women's Head Coach LeDawn Gibson
and Horace Broadnax of Savannah State were named
MEAC Coaches of the Year. All awards are voted on by the
conference's head basketball coaches and sports information
Bennett averaged 18.1 points and 9.6 rebounds to lead
her team to a 14-2 conference record and 21-7 overall mark,
good for a tie with Howard for second place. O'Quinn aver-
aged 15.9 points and 10.7 rebounds in leading the Spartans
to a 13-3 MEAC record, second best in the MEAC, and
22-9 overall mark. He also led the conference in blocks at
2.9 per game.
Hawkins totaled 42 steals and averaged 14.5 points
and 6.9 rebounds in 29 games for the Lady Hornets. Tate
led the Hornets in scoring and was the top freshman scorer
in the conference at 16.0 ppg.
Donald averaged 8.9 rebounds and totaled 44 steals in
28 games for the Lady Rattlers.
Gibson guided the FloridaA&M Lady Rattlers to a 21-7
mark and 14-2 record in conference play. The 20-plus wins
were a first for the Lady Rattlers since the 1996-97 season.
Broadnax led the Tigers to the men's regular season title with
a 14-2 record in just the school's first year of conference
eligibility. The Tigers won 13 straight conference games to
finish the season.

Antonia Bennett, 6-1, Sr., GIF, FloridaA&M; Jericka Jenkins, 5-4, Sr.,
G, FloridaA&M; Tamoria Holmes, 5-6, Jr., G, Howard; Saadia Doyle,
5-11, Jr., F, Howard; Jeanine Manley, 6-3, Sr., C, Coppin State
Choicetta McMillian, 5-5, Sr., G, Hampton; JaQuayla Berry, 5-11,
Sr., G, NCA&T;Ezinne Kalu, 5-8, So., G, Savannah State; Melanie
Warner, 5-10, Sr., G, Hampton; Qiana Donald, 6-0, Sr., C, Florida
Tierra Hawkins, 6-2, r-Fr., G/F, Delaware State; Tiffanie Adair, 5-11,
r-Fr., NCA&T; Cabriel Duren, 5-6, Jr., G, SC State; Chelsea Dukes,
5-10, Fr., G, Delaware State; Tracey Carrington, 5-9, Fr., G, Morgan
State; Amarah Williams, 6-2, Fr., F/C, Morgan State


Gibson Broadnax

MEAC, SWAC Tourneys underway

BCSP Editor
Surprising newcomer Savan-
nah State is the top seed on the
men's side and two-time defend-
ing women's champion Hampton
is back on top as the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference Basketball
Tournaments at the Joel Coliseum
in Winston-Salem, N.C. got going
this week.
Women's play began with
opening round games on Monday,
March 6. Men's opening round
games began on Tuesday, March
7. Quarterfinal games are set for
Wed., March 7 and Thurs., March
8 with two women's and two men's
games each day.
The semifinals for both men
and women are set for Friday,
March 9 the women at 12 noon
and 2:30 pm and the men at 6 and 8
p.m. with the men's final on Sat.,
March 10 at 1 p.m. followed by the
women's final at 4 p.m.
Veteran head coach Horace
Broadnax led Savannah State (21-
10, 14-2) to 13 straight victories
to close out the season and move
past Norfolk State to take the top
seed. Savannah State and North
Carolina Central are playing in
the tournament for the first time.
The NSU Spartans (22-9, 13-
3), behind 6-10 MEAC Player of
the Year Kyle O'Quinn, are the
second seed. Delaware State (15-
13, 12-4), who finished the season
with wins in 11 of its last 12 league
games, is the third seed. The top
three seeds received byes into the
David Six's Hampton (23-

FIRST ROUND Mon., March 5
9) Norfolk State 51,8) Bethune-Cookman 41
5) NC A&T 66, 12) Morgan State 53
4) Coppin State 76,13) NC Central 37
6) Md. E. Shore 51, 11) Savannah State 28
7) SC State 72, 10) Delaware State 66
1) Hampton vs. 9) Norfolk State 12 noon
2) Howard vs. 7) SC State 2:30 pm
3) Florida A&M vs. 6) UMES 12 noon
4) Coppin State vs. 5) NC A&T 2:30 pm
SEMIFINAL Fri., March 9
HUINSU vs. CSU/A&T 12 noon
HOW/SCSU vs. FAMU/UMES 2:30 pm
FINALS -Sat., March 10
4:00 pm

FIRST ROUND Tues., March 6
8) Hampton vs. 9) Morgan State -11 am
7) NC A&T vs. 10) Howard 1:30 pm
5) NC Central vs. 12) Md.-E. Shore 4 pm
4) B-Cookman vs. 13) SC State 6:30 pm
6) Coppin State vs. 11) Florida A&M 9 pm
1) Savannah State vs. HAM/MSU winner- 6 pm
2) Norfolk State vs. A&T/How 8 pm
3) Delaware State vs. CSU/FAMU 6 pm
4) BCU/SCSU vs. NCCU/UMES 8 pm
SEMIFINAL- Fri., March 9
NSU/A&T/How vs.DSU/CSU/FAMU 8 pm
FINALS Sat., March 10
1 pm

4, 15-1) Lady Pirates will try to
take their third straight tournament
crown from the top seed on the
women's side. Howard (22-7) and
Florida A&M (21-7) tied with 14-
2 conference records but Howard is
the No. 2 seed based on its 68-61
win over FAMU in their only head-
to-head meeting on Feb. 11.

BCSP Editor
The Mississippi Valley State
men's and women's teams are top
seeds for the Southwestern Ath-
letic Conference (SWAC) Bas-
ketball Tournaments that got under
way with women's play on Tues-
day, March 6 at the Special Events
Center in Garland, Texas.
The MVSU Devilettes (17-
12, 14-4) under head coach Nate
Kilbert won their last five confer-
ence games to secure the No. 1 seed
and a first-round bye on the wom-
en's side. On Wednesday, March
7, MVSU will play the winner of
Tuesday's first round matchup be-
tween No. 8 Jackson State and No.
9 Texas Southern.
No. 2 seed Southern (13-12,
12-6) also received a first round
bye and will play the winner of
No. 7 Alcorn State vs. No. 8 Ar-
kansas-Pine Bluff at 10 a.m. on
The women's final is set for
5 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The
women's tournament changed this
year allowing all ten SWAC teams
into the field. Previously, only the
top eight played in the tournament.
The men's tournament stayed
the same with eight teams compet-
ing. Grambling State and South-
ern were barred from the tourna-
ment for low Academic Progress
Rates (APR).
Sean Woods' Delta Devils of
MVSU (18-12, 17-1) ran thru 17
straight wins before dropping its
only conference game in the last
game of the regular season, 78-67
to Arkansas-Pine Bluff. MVSU

FIRST ROUND Tues., March 6
7) Alcom State vs. 10) Ark.-Pine Bluff- 3 pm
8) Jackson St. vs. 9) Texas Southern 5:30 pm
2)Southernvs.JSUITSU -10am
1) Miss. Valley State vs. JSUITSU 5:30 pm
3) Alabama A&M vs. 6) Grambling St. 10 am
4) Alabama St. vs. 5) Prairie View 5:30 pm
SEMIFINALS Friday, March 9
PV/ALC vs. TSU/AA&M 12 noon
ASU/UAPB vs. MVSU/JSU 5:30 pm
FINALS Saturday, March 10
5 pm

2) Texas Southern vs. 7) Alabama A&M 1:30 pm
1) Miss. Valley State vs. 8) Jackson State 9 pm
QUARTERFINALS -Thurs., March 8
3) Prairie View vs. 6) Alcom State 1:30 pm
4) Alabama State vs. 5) Ark.-Pine Bluff- 9 pm
SEMIFINALS Friday, March 9
PV/ALC vs. TSU/AA&M 3:30 pm
FINALS Saturday, March 10
8 pm

opened the tournament on Wed.,
March 7 at 9 p.m. vs. 8th-seeded
Jackson State (7-23, 5-13) in one
quarterfinal game.
Southern (17-14, 13-5) finished
tied for second in the regular season
but since the Jaguars are barred from
the tournament, Texas Southern
(13-7, 12-6) is the second seed. The
Tigers opened Wednesday vs. No. 7
Alabama A&M (7-20, 5-13) at 1:30
p.m. in the other Wednesday quar-
The men's final is set for Sat.,
March 10 at 8 p.m.

Shaw women, WSSU men take CIAA; Benedict

men, FVSU women win SIAC; Eight in D2 field

SouthDivision top-seed Shaw held offsecond-seed
Johnson C. Smith 72-66 to take the women's CIAA
Tournament title Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C.,
giving head coach Jacques Curtis seven tournament
titles in the last ten years and enabling the Lady Bears
to tie former CIAA member Norfolk State for the most
tournament championships with nine.
Shaw senior guard and tourney MVP Aslea Wil-
liams paced the Lady Bears with 17 points. LaQwesha
Gamble led JCSU with 27 points.
Both Shaw (23-6) and J.C. Smith (22-6) received
bids toFriday's women'sAtlantic Regional which will be
played in Edinboro, Pa. Shaw is seeded second and will
play No. 6 Cannon (21-6) at 12 noon. JCSU is seeded
third and will play No. 7 West Va. Wesleyan (24-6) at
8:30 p.m.
Winston-Salem State, the third seed from the
South Division, got by Elizabeth City State, a third
seed from the North, 62-51 to claim the men's CIAA
Tournament championship in just their second year
back in the conference. Tournament MVPJustin Glover

had 15 points for the Rams who got a
game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds
from 6-8 center Stephen Platt off the
WSSU and nationally-ranked
Shaw (23-6), who the Rams beat in the
tournament semifinals, both received
bids to the Div. II men's Atlantic Re-
gional in West Liberty, W. Va. Shaw, the ,
No. 2 seed, will face Indiana Univ. (Pa.)
(23-5) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. WSSU
(21-8), seeded third, will play No. 7
W. Va. Wesleyan (21-8) at 8:30 p.m.
Third-seed Benedict (19-10) WSSU'sJus
rode 17 points and 14 rebounds from
tournament MVP Marcus Goode to a 58-42 win over
LeMoyne-Owen in the championship game of the Men's
SIAC Tournament inAtlanta. Benedict will play top-seed
Alabama-Huntsville on its home floor Saturday at 6 p.m
in the Div. II South Regional. Benedict is making its
sixth appearance in the Div. II playoffs in seven years.


The SIAC women's final saw
top seed Fort Valley State (23-6)
employ its press to come back from
a 30-25 halftime deficit and turn away
Tuskegee 61-52. Tourney MVP Ya-
sheeka Jones led the Lady Wildcats
with 16 points. FVSU advances to
the women's South Regional as a No.
3 seed and will face No. 6 Valdosta
State (20-7) at 12 noon Friday in
Winter Park, Fla. It will be FVSU's
19th appearance in the playoffs.
The men's and women's team
n Glover from the University of the District
of Columbia (UDC) also received
Div. II playoffbids and will travel to New England for
East Regional games. The Firebirds (men) under Jeff
Ruland (22-5) are seeded seventh and will face No.
2 Stonehill (21-8) in Worchester, Ma. The 8th-seeded
Lady Firebirds (21-5) will play host Bentley (24-3) at
6 p.m. in Waltham, Ma.


Friday, March 9
Waltham, MA- Host: Bentley 6 p.m.
8) Univ. of DC (21-5) vs. 1) Bentley (24-3)

Winter Park, FL Host: Rollins 12 noon
3) Ft.Valley St. (23-6) vs. 6) Valdosta St. (20-7)
Edinboro, PA- Host: Edinboro
3) JC Smith (22-6) vs. 6) Gannon (21-6) 12 noon
2) Shaw (23-6) vs. 7) WV Wesleyan (24-6) 2:30 pm

Sat., March 10
Huntsville, AL Host Alabama-Huntsville 6 pm
8) Benedict (19-10) vs. 1)AL-Huntsville (26-3)

Worchester, MA- Host: Franklin Pierce 2:30 pm
7) Univ. of D. C. (22-5) vs. 2) Stonehill (21-8)

West Liberty, WV Host: West Liberty
2) Shaw (25-3) vs. 7) IUP (23-5) 2:30 pm
5) WSSU (21-8) vs. 4) WV Wesleyan (21-8) 8:30 pm

OAZEEZ Communlcations, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 32


Livlngstone 67, Chowan 52
St. Augustine's 50, Lincoln 49
Livlngstone 60, Virginia State 58
Fayetteville State 65, St. Augustine's 53
Elizabeth City State 64, J. C. Smith 56
Bowie State 72, Livingstone 68
W-Salem State 56, Virginia Union 55
Shaw 90, Fayettevllle State 77
Elizabeth City State 66, Bowie State 63
W-Salem State 51, Shaw 48
W-Salem State 62, Eliz. City State 51
Justin Glover, Winson-Salem State
Angelo Sharpless, Ellz. City State
Marqule Cooke, Ellz. City State
Mark Thomas, Livingstone
NasirAustin, Livlngstone
Darren Clark, Bowie State
Byron Westmoreland, Bowie State
Malik Alvin, Shaw
Curtis Hines, Shaw
Tyrell Tate, Fayettevllle State
Justin Glover, Winston-Salem State

Virginia State 72, Livingstone 54
St. Augustine's 49, Eliz. City State 46
Chowan 51, Fayetteville State 50
W-Salem State 79, Lincoln 57
Bowie State 72, Virginia State 67
Chowan 52, Virginia Union 38
Shaw 80, St. Augustine's 73
J. C. Smith 75, W-Salem State 70
Shaw 59, Bowie State 44
J. C. Smith 68, Chowan 55
Shaw 72, J. C. Smith 66
Aslea Williams, Shaw
Crystal Harrs, Shaw
Kyrla Buford, Shaw
Jullette Turner, Bowie Stale
Talaya Lynch, Chowan
Janelle Murphy, Chowan
LaQwesha Gamble, JC Smith
Shawonda Price, JC Smith
Courtney Medley, W-Salem State
Keyona Bryant, St. Augustine's
Aslea Williams, Shaw


Claflin 73, Lane 57
Fort Valley State 88, Miles 80
Stillman 93, Claflin 69
Albany State 63, Kentucky State 60
Paine 63, Morehouse 60
Fort Valley State 80, Tuskegee 77
Benedict 86, Stillman 85
Paine 76, Clark Atlanta 74
LeMoyne-Owen 55, Albany State 51
Benedict 74, Fort Valley State 53
LeMoyne-Owen 64, Paine 61
Benedict 58, LeMoyne-Owen 42
Brandon Davey, Fort Valley State
Kedric Taylor, Paine
Damlan Ford, Stillman
Calvin Stoudemire, LeMoyne-Owen
Marcus Goode, Benedict
Marcus Goode, Benedict
Fred Watson, Benedict

Miles 60, Paine 53
Clark Atlanta 62, Lane 47
iLeMoyne-Owen 76, Kentucky State 53
Albany State 57, Claflin 51
Benedict 60, Clark Atlanta 38
Ft. Valley State 99, LeMoyne-Owen 64
Tuskegee 59, Miles 58
Stillman 91, Albany State 73
Tuskegee 72, Stillman 65
Fort Valley State 79, Benedict 65
Fort Valley State 61, Tuskegee 52
Symone Wilkerson. Albany State
Santera Grooms, Benedict
Phyllice Eubanks, Stillman
Nnenna Eze, Tuskegee
Yasheeka Jones, Fort Valley State
Yasheeka Jones, Fort Valley State
Lonnie Bartley, Fort Valley State


Antonia Bennett, 6-1, Sr., F, FLORIDA A&M Finished
second in points (18.1 ppg.), rebounds (9.6 rpg.) and blocks
(1.8 bpg.),tenth in FG%(.446), 12th in assists(2.6apg.), ninth
in FT% (.768) and 7th in steals (2.4 spg.) for FAMU.
Tlerra Hawklns, 6-2, r-Fr, F, DSU Averaged 14.5 points
(7th), 6.9 rebounds (T1Oth) and shot .435 from field (11th)
for Lady Hornets.
Qlana Donald, 6-1, Sr., C, FLORIDAA&M-Third in MEAC
In rebounding (8.9 rpg.), shot .507 from field and average
0.8 blocks for Lady Rattlers

Kevin Burwell, 5-10, Sr., G, MISS. VALLEY STATE
- Scored 30 points on 11 of 16 shooting, 7 of 10 from
3-point range, with 4 assists and 5 rebounds in win
over Jackson State. Had just 2 points but 11 assists,
5 rebounds and 5 steals in win over Grambling as
Delta Devils stayed undefeated (17-0) in SWAC play.
Averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds
in the two games.

f^irh. 01A 201 i

March 8-14, 2012

Closed Black Holocaust

Museum Reopens Online

Mayor Alvin Brown, along with
about 1,000 senior citizens, laced
up their walking shoes Saturday
morning for a 1.5 mile walk at
Metropolitan Park. Mayor Brown's
Walk for Senior Wellness was free
and designed to promote active
lifestyles for seniors.
"Our seniors can look back on a
lifetime of accomplishments that
helped to shape the foundation for
our city's future," said Mayor
Brown. "Events like the walk are
meant to boost the quality of life for
our seniors. It was encouraging to
see such a great turnout."
The oldest walker was 91-years
old. Participants were also treated
to a free health fair and lunch.
After walking with the seniors,
Mayor Brown headed over to the

Children's Commission Annual
JaxKids Day Event at the Main
Library and Hemming Plaza. He
spent time with children mending
stuffed animals at the Teddy Bear
Hospital and visited various educa-
tional and health booths geared
towards families and children. The
mayor also shot a few hoops with

children and teens. More than 4,000
families took part in the activities.
"Jacksonville will grow stronger
as we invest in our children," said
Mayor Brown. "JaxKids Day was
an impressive display of what can
happen when caring people and
organizations partner with the city
for the good of young people."

America's Black Holocaust
Museum, which closed in 2008
because of financial problems, has
reopened in a virtual space where
users can interact and contribute in
21st century ways.
Thanks to seven volunteers and a
$10,000 grant from the Wisconsin
Humanities Council, the
Milwaukee museum is continuing
its mission of providing access to
key parts of black history, from pre-
captivity in Africa to slavery in the
U.S. through segregation and legal
rights, on a newly launched website
The museum is adding interactive
features, from photographs and
videos to educational games and
comment sections. Users can ask
questions of curators and also con-
tribute their own information, for
instance by adding details about a
lynching victim or uploading a
video or text about the impact of the
museum's founder on their lives
and thoughts. A panel of scholars
will be reviewing submissions to
decide whether to include a contri-
bution online.
Fran Kaplan, a museum board
member, said that the invention
came out of necessity for the strug-
gling museum, where board mem-
bers continued to brainstorm ways
to revive the institution after the
doors officially closed.
"We got a graphic designer
involved and a web director

involved. We have filmmakers
involved. It's kind of snowballed,"
she said. "We're just
learning what can be
done. We started
searching around for
what kind of inter-
active pieces we
can provide.
None of us ever
thought we'd
be involved
in video
but it
turns out
they' re
great ways to teach .
and for people to under-
stand things on a visceral level -
and attract young people, which is
what we want to do."
Museum organizers hope emerg-
ing filmmakers will contribute five-
minute movies on various topics.
"Part of the goal of the museum is
to help people get a more visceral
understanding of what the black
holocaust means and to personalize
it more," Kaplan said. "We think
film can really do that."
As a novelty, the website also
includes a "breaking news" section,
where history is put in a contempo-
rary context so visitors better
understand how it relates to their
Visitors also can interact with
exhibits by submitting comments

and questions for the scholars
responsible for each exhibit at the
foot of every exhibit page. That
allows people to debate different
interpretations of history, Kaplan
said. Comments will be
reviewed before
they're posted
and "hate
speech" will be
added to a sepa-
rate. contemporary
exhibit, she said.
Board members
hope a future step is to
M open a gift shop featur-
ing local artists.
The museum drew
25.000 visitors a year at its
former location in St. Louis. It
documents African-American
history and the injustices suffered
by blacks in America. It was found-
ed in the 1980s by the only known
survivor of a lynching, James
Cameron, who was nearly hanged
by white men as a teenager in
Marion, Ind., in 1930. Funding for
the museum dried up after Cameron
died in 2006, and foundation sup-
port dwindled.
The museum is still exploring
places to put on satellite exhibits. In
the meantime, people can visit
"We hope it'll be a point of pride
for the community. We'll have a
much more accessible, wider
reach," Kaplan said.

White Households Have 20x the Wealth in the US

The wealth of white house-
holds in the United States
stands at 20 times that of the
median wealth of Black
homes, according to a recent-
ly released report by the Pew
Research Center.
The report also stated that
the household wealth of

white Americans is 18 times
higher than that of Hispanic
The figures represented the
largest disparity since the
government began publish-
ing household wealth data a
quarter century ago and
roughly twice the size of the

ratios that had prevailed
between these three groups
for the two decades prior to
the most recent economic
The Pew Research analysis
finds that, in percentage
terms, the turbulence in the
housing market staring in

2006 and the recession that
followed from late 2007 to
mid-2009 took a far greater
toll on the wealth of Black
and Hispanic-Americans
than whites.
In addition, between 2005
to 2009, inflation-adjusted
median wealth fell by 66 per-

cent among Hispanic house-
holds and 53 percent among
Black households, compared
with just 16 percent among
white households. As a result
of these declines, the report
said, the typical Black house-
hold had just $5,677 in
wealth, which takes account

for assets minus debts, in
2009. Meanwhile, the typical
Hispanic household had
$6,325 in wealth and the typ-
ical white household had
Black families are also more
likely to be in poverty than
their white counterparts. In

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March 8-14, 2012

Page 11 Mrs. rerry-s r ee rres

So I Tyler Perry Delivers Some Good Deeds


DeNiro's 57year old wife snapped with new baby
Grace Hightower, wife of Robert De
Niro, was snapped by the paparazzi with
her newborn baby, Helen Grace, while tak-
ing a walk in New York City this week.
The two-month-old infant, who was born
with the help of a surrogate, is the second
child of the couple, who split in 1997, but
renewed their vows in 2004. They also
have a 14-year-old son together.
At 56, Hightower looked fresh-faced and
happy as she toted her young daughter in a
car seat. According to CelebrityBabyScoop.com, De Niro, 68, "also has
two adult children with ex-wife Diahnne Abbott, and twin sons from anoth-
er previous relationship."
The birth of their daughter brought the issue of surrogacy into the main-
stream press at time when many celebrities have begun coming forward
about the practice. Sarah Jessica Parker has admitted to using a surrogate,
while by contrast stars like Beyonce and Katie Holmes have been plagued
by rumors of engaging a surrogate's services.
Wade's estranged wife sues Gabrielle Union over split
The estranged wife of Dwyane Wade has filed
suit against his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union,
saying their relationship has caused the star !
Miami Heat guard's two sons emotional distress.
Dwyane Wade called the lawsuit "baseless and
meritless," and Union issued a statement insisting
the allegations are false.
Siohvaughn Wade filed the suit in Chicago this
week, adding yet another chapter to the lengthy
divorce saga between the former high school
sweethearts who separated more than two years
ago. She and Dwyane Wade had two sons, ages 8 and 2, who are listed as
plaintiffs. She's seeking damages in excess of $50,000
The lawsuit alleges Union "engaged in sexual activity" in front of the
boys, which "severely inflicted the Plaintiffs emotionally and mentally." It
also claims that the boys received "medium size gifts" from Dwyane Wade
for Christmas last year, while Union got "the biggest gift of all."
Elba and Henson to team up for new thriller
This is hot, very, very hot!
According to film blog
Shadow & Act two of our
favorite actors, Taraji P.
Henson and Idris Elba are
S~ teaming up to star in a thriller
g&. called No Good Deed.
t ao Producer Will Packer, whose
,. film company Rainforest Films
Swas behind Think Like A Man
and Takers, recently mentioned
he was about to begin shooting the film, which will reunite Elba with one
of the directors from his hit British drama Luther.
No Good Deed will reportedly be directed by Brit Sam Miller, and will
center "around a former DA-tumed-stay-at-home mom and her two small
children who are terrorized and kidnapped from their home when she
invites a good-looking mysterious stranger in to wait for help after his car
ran off the road."

Tyler Perry's inspirational jour-
ney from the hard streets of New
Orleans to the heights of
Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of
American legend. Born into pover-
ty and raised in a household scarred
by abuse, Tyler fought from a
young age to find the strength, faith
and perseverance that would later
form the foundations of his much-
acclaimed plays, films, books and
TV shows.
It was a simple piece of advice
from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler's
career in motion. Encouraged to
keep a diary of his daily thoughts
and experiences, he began writing a
series of soul-searching letters to
himself. The letters, full of pain
and, in time, forgiveness, became a
healing catharsis.
His writing inspired a musical, "I
Know I've Been Changed," and in
1992 Tyler gathered his life's sav-
ings and set off for Atlanta in hopes
of staging it for sold out crowds. He
spent all the money but the people
never came, and Tyler once again
came face to face with the poverty
that had plagued his youth.
He spent months sleeping in
seedy motels and his car but his
faith in God and, in turn, himself-
only got stronger. He forged a pow-
erful relationship with the church,
and kept writing. In 1998, his per-
severance paid off and a promoter
booked "I Know I've Been
Changed" for a limited run at a
local church-turned-theatre. This
time, the community came out in
droves, and soon the musical
moved to Atlanta's prestigious Fox
Theatre. And Tyler Perry never
looked back.
Thus began an incredible run of
13 plays in as many years, includ-
ing "Woman Thou Art Loosed!," a
celebrated collaboration with the
prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes.
In the year 2000, "I Can Do Bad All
by Myself' marked the first appear-
ance of the now-legendary Madea,
a God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-
smoking, loud-mouthed grand-
mother played by Perry himself.
Madea was such a resounding
success, she soon spawned.a series
of plays "Madea's Family
Reunion" (2002), "Madea's Class

mercial success, stars in the n
delighting audiences
across America and around the
world. 2006 saw the publication of
Tyler's first book, "Don't Make A
Black Woman Take Off Her
Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited
Commentaries On Life And Love,"
which shot to the top of the New
York Times nonfiction best-seller
list and remained there for 8 weeks.
The following year, Tyler
expanded his reach to television
with the TBS series "House of
Payne," the highest-rated first-run
syndicated cable show of all time.
His next TV sitcom, "Meet the
Browns," was the second highest
debut ever on cable after "House
of Payne."
Not one to rest on his laurels, in
the fall of 2008, Perry opened his
200,000 square-foot Studio in
Atlanta, situated on more than 30

acres of real estate. The Studio con-
sists of 5 sound stages, a post pro-
duction facility, a pond, a back lot,
a 400-seat theater, a private screen-
ing room, and designated areas for
entertaining and hosting events.
But listen to Tyler and you'll hear
a man who hasn't forgotten where
he came from or the folks who
helped him reach the showbiz
mountaintop. He has donated gen-
erously to charities that focus on
helping the homeless, such as
Feeding America, Covenant House,
Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project
Adventure, and Perry Place a 20-
home community that he built for
survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
In July 2009, Tyler sponsored a
trip to Walt Disney World for 65
children after learning that a subur-
ban swim club had turned them
away because of the color of their

skin. Tyler Perry has also built 2
churches and has donated generous-
ly to the NAACP. In January 2010,
he pledged $1,000,000 via The
Tyler Perry Foundation to help
rebuild the lives of those affected
by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.
Obviously, Tyler practices what
he preaches, and what he preaches
has endeared him to millions of
fans drawn by that unique blend of
spiritual hope and down-home
humor that continues to shape his
inspiring life story and extraordi-
nary body of work. Here, he talks
about his new film, Good Deeds, a
relationship drama which he wrote,
directed and stars in opposite an A-
list cast which includes Thandie
Newton, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia
Rashad, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie
Kennedy, Beverly Johnson and
Brian White.

Oprah Nabs Bobbi Kritstina Interview

On Sunday, March 11, Oprah will
talk with Whitney Houston's daugh-
ter, Bobbi Kristina, Houston's sis-
ter-in-law, Patricia Houston, and
Houston's brother, Gary Houston,
on a special episode of Oprah's
Next Chapter airing on the OWN
Bobbi Kristina will share person-

al memories of her late
mother and will reflect
on how she would like
the iconic superstar to
be remembered. The
family will also
address the rumors and
speculation surround-
ing Houston's death.
In a brief sneak peak
video released by
OWN, Oprah asks two
questions: "Does it feel
real yet [that she's
gone]?" and "As a big
brother, how did you
feel about Bobby Brown?"
Oprah has been on an uphill bat-
tles to build ratings for OWN since
launching the network in January
In an attempt to gain more view-
ers, Oprah introduced her new
prime-time series months ago,
Oprah's Next Chapter. On the show,

which airs once a week, the queen
of talk steps outside of the studio
for enlightening conversations with
newsmakers, celebrities, and real-
life families.
Thus far Oprah has interviewed
Sean Penn, New Jersey governor
Chris Christie, Steven Tyler, Paula
Deen, and George Lucas, but her
Houston-family interview has
seemingly generated the most buzz
yet for OWN.
Preceding the special, OWN will
re-air Remembering Whitney: The
Oprah Interview, which features the
talk show diva reflecting on her
personal memories of the
songstress as well as Houston's last
in-depth television interview from
The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Oprah's Next Chapter with the
Houston family will air Sunday at
9/8C on OWN. Will you be watch-

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Reunion" (2003),
"Madea Goes To Jail"
(2005) and set the
stage for Tyler's jump
to the big screen. In .
early 2005, Tyler's '"
first feature film,
"Diary of a Mad .
Black Woman,"
debuted at #1 nation-
wide. .
His ensuing films,
"Madea's Family
Reunion," "Daddy's
Little Girls," "Why
Did I Get Married,"
"Meet The Browns,"
"The Family That u
Preys," "I Can Do
Bad All by Myself,"
and "Why Did I Get
Married, Too?" have
all met with both crit-
ical acclaim and com- Tyler Perry stars in Good Deeds. The filmmaker wrote, directed, produced and

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Thousands Re-enact Crossing of Alabama Bridge

SELMA, AL Thousands of peo-
ple last Sunday participated in a
ceremonial journey over the
Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,
AL, to mark the 47th anniversary of
Bloody Sunday. But this year's
event had a more modem purpose
- to protest tough new voting laws
in Alabama and other states around
the nation that sadly was too
similar to the original march's goal,
fighting for the right to vote for
people of color. Some, like Amelia
Boynton Robinson, 100, who was
there in 1965 when demonstrators
were attacked by the police with
tear gas and billy clubs, were
pushed across the bridge in wheel-
"That we find ourselves leading a
new march for voting rights in
Alabama and across this country as
opposed to re-enacting the old
march is sad and makes you angry,"
said NAACP President Benjamin
Todd Jealous. "This march taking
place all week from Selma to
Montgomery is extremely relevant
to both our present and our history.
We thought fights like this were a
thing of the past, a milestone of the
mid-20th century, but will now be
remembered as the most defining
battle of the early 21st century."
Alabama's new law requiring vot-
ers to present photo identification at
the polls will go into effect in 2014.

This week's protest also is in oppo-
sition to an immigration law that
will require police to determine cit-
izenship status during traffic stops
and government agencies to verify
legal residency for employment,
enrolling a child in school, renew-
ing license plates and other transac-
The march commemoration will
end in Montgomery with a rally at
the Dexter Avenue King Memorial
Baptist Church, where Martin
Luther King Jr. once served as pas-
Jealous said that lawmakers

looked at the high voter turnout in
2008, when the largest and most
diverse electorate turned out at the
polls and said "yes," so now they're
saying "no" by trying to suppress
the vote in 2012.
"The reality is that opponents of
voting rights and people pushing
these laws are doing it to hold back
the future by targeting students and
the black and brown vote," he said.
"Young African-Americans need to
get involved and stand up because
their vote is being attacked and
their future is being defined."

Obama Campaign Taps 31 Year

Old to Lead Black Voter Outreach
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has
names Stefanie Brown to be the campaign's African-
American Vote Director of the Operation Vote out-
Sreach effort. Brown, 31, was formerly a national field
director for the Baltimore office of the NAACP.
Operation Vote is part of the Obama campaign's
national strategy of voter-outreach efforts to inspire
black, Hispanic, female LGBT and young voters to
the polls this November. President Obama won an
overwhelming majority among young voters, black
and other minorities in 2008, ad most experts contend that he will need a
similar surge of support amongst African-American and other minority
voters to be successful in upcoming November election. Brown is an Ohio
native and a graduate of Howard University. As national field director and
head of the NAACP's Youth & College division, Brown is credited with
leading a vote drive the NCCAP claims registered more than 200,000 new
voters for the 2008 and 2010 elections.

Ground Broken for Smithsonian African American History Museum

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Douglass was black and that was
enough for the Smithsonian
Institution to bar the famed aboli-
tionist from speaking at a lecture
series intended to convince
President Abraham Lincoln that he
should end slavery as war divided
the nation in February 1862.
A century and a half later, the
country's first black president
helped break ground on a National
Mall museum meant to give voice
to the African-American experience
long ignored by the chief repository
of U.S. history and heritage.
The 19th Smithsonian museum,
set to open in 2015, will rise on
ground where "lives were once
traded, where hundreds of thou-
sands once marched for jobs and for
freedom," President Barack Obama
said. "It was here that the pillars of

Local notables of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Newton
Jackson, Dr. Rudolph McKissick and Tony Hill, joined in the recent
festivities unveiling Jacksonville's only statue dedicated to Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Held on the campus of the University of
North Florida, the life size monument serves as a testament to the
University's dedication to Dr. King's 'dream'.

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were built
often by black
T h e
silencing of
Douglass, who
had escaped
from slavery
and rose to
national promi-
nence, was just
one example of the museum's long
neglect of black culture and contri-
Obama said the National
Museum of African American
History and Culture would ensure
that the sometimes difficult, often
inspirational role that blacks have
played will not be forgotten.
The museum, a seven-level struc-

ture with much of its exhibit space
below ground, will rise between the
Washington Monument and the
National Museum of American
History. A bronze-coated "corona,"
a crown that rises as an inverse
pyramid, will be its most distinctive
feature. Organizers said the bronze
plates are inspired by African-
American metalwork from New
Orleans and Charleston, S.C., evok-
ing African roots.
The museum will showcase
Harriet Tubman's shawl, a Jim
Crow-era segregated railroad car
and Emmett Till's casket, as well as
galleries devoted to military, sports
and entertainment history.
"We will have stories that will
make you smile and stories that will
make you cry," the museum's direc-
tor, Lonnie Bunch told The
Associated Press.
Congress has pledged to provide
half the $500 million cost. The
museum already has a gallery at the
Smithsonian's American history
museum with rotating exhibits to
showcase its new collection and test
different approaches with visitors.
The newest exhibit explores
Thomas Jefferson's ownership of
slaves and his advocacy against
slavery, while looking at the lives of
six slave families who lived on his
Monticello plantation in Virginia.
Such stories have been missing
from the National Mall, and Bunch
said that by presenting a fuller view
of history and dealing with difficult
issues such as race, the Smithsonian
can present a fuller view of what it
means to be an American.
Curators estimate that 15,000 to
20,000 artifacts are in hand. Bunch
estimates they will need about
35,000 to choose from to create
permanent galleries.

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