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Jacksonville Fla
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S Wife of Travon Shooter
Charged With Perjury
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of Trayvon Martin shooter
S George Zimmerman, has been arrested and charged with
perjury and accused of lying to a judge about their
finances at her husband's bond hearing in April.
She was released on $1,000 bond and now faces up to five years in
prison and a $5,000 fine.
Shellie Zimmerman testified in April that the couple had limited money
for bail because she was a full-time student and her husband wasn't work-
ing. At that bond hearing, Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond.
Her husband has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in
Trayvon's shooting death. On June 1, a judge revoked his bond after it
was discovered Zimmerman was in possession of a second passport and
was aware of the $135,000 he received in donations via his personal web-
site. Two days later, he surrendered to police custody.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Birther
Appeal Against the President
It's the second time the challenge to Obama's birthplace has been reject-
ed in court. The U.S. Supreme Court once again rejected an appeal of a
lawsuit challenging President Obama's birthplace and eligibility for
office. The high court declined to comment on what it obviously believes
to be the case's lack of merit and just said no. The decision upholds a
decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out a suit
filed by a group of plaintiffs which included failed presidential candidate
and conservative commentator Alan Keyes, an African-American, that
argued Obama is not a "natural born citizen" because his father is African
and therefore ineligible to serve as president.
They also contend Obama was born in Kenya and his American birth
certificate is a forgery. The lower court disagreed and said the plaintiffs
had no standing. President Obama publically released a copy of his birth
certificate last April, but the move has not put birther conspiracies to rest.

Malcolm X's and MLK's Birthplace
on Endangered Historic Places List
The boyhood home of civil rights leader Malcolm X and the neighbor-
hood where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born have been named
"endangered" historic places by the National Trust for Historic
The Malcolm X-Ella Little-Collins House in Boston's Roxbury neigh-
borhood dates to 1874 and has deteriorated due to water leaks. The trust,
which relies on private contributions, hopes to assist in raising $750,000
to revamp the building into living quarters for graduate students studying
civil rights or social justice.
Also on the trust's list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is the
Sweet Auburn Historic District of Atlanta, which includes the birthplace
of King and which flourished as a segregated African-American neigh-
borhood during the Jim Crow era. While residential areas have been
revived, the commercial district -- including churches and the headquar-
ters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference -- needs revitaliza-
tion to prevent further deterioration that "may gravely impact its historic
character," the trust said.

Georgia KKK Group Denied
Highway Adoption for Litter Control
Atlanta (GA) Citing safety concerns and the organization's history,
Georgia transportation officials said they would not allow a local chapter
of the Ku Klux Klan to "adopt" a one-mile stretch of highway in North
Georgia. The Klan chapter wanted to clean a stretch of Georgia State
Route 515 in Union County. The application was filed by the
International Keystone Knights of the KKK on May 21.
Keith Golden, commissioner for the state Department of Transportation,
wrote the chapter's secretary saying, "The impact of erecting a sign nam-
ing an organization which has a long-rooted history of civil disturbance
would cause a significant public concern," he wrote. "Impacts include
safety of the traveling public, potential social unrest, driver distraction or
interference with the flow of traffic."Previously the chapter said it would
approach the American Civil Liberties Union if its application was

NYPD Officer Faces Manslaughter
for Shooting Unarmed Man
An NYPD officer has been charged with manslaughter for the shooting
death of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, who was killed when
police followed him into his home and shot him in the bathroom.
The charges stem from a Feb. 2, 2012, incident when Officer Richard
Haste, 30, working undercover with a narcotics unit, pursued Graham
into his home after allegedly watching him purchase marijuana on the
street. Graham was unarmed when officers shot him as he ran into the
bathroom. Reports say marijuana was found in the toilet, leading officers
to belive he attempted to flush the drugs.
Graham's grandmother and 6-year-old brother were in the home at the
time, and no weapons were ever found in the apartment.
The charges come as the NYPD faces scrutiny for its controversial stop-
and frisk policy that advocates say amounts to city-sanctioned racial pro-
filing and has led to the harassment and arrest of thousands of Black and
Latino men around New York City.

Volume 25 No. 34 Jacksonville, Florida June 14-20, 2012

Justice Department Plans to Sue Florida

In the latest and most severe turn
of events plaguing Florida's voter
rolls, the U.S. Justice Department
has sent a letter stating it will take
legal action against the state. The
reason Florida's violations of vot-
ing rights laws.
"Because the State has indicated
its unwillingness to comply with
these requirements, I have author-
ized the initiation of an enforce-
ment action against Florida in fed-
eral court," said Thomas Perez,
assistant attorney general for civil
The lawsuit comes after the
department began questioning the
legitimacy of the state's voter purge
program. The program, under

orders of Governor Rick Scott, calls
for the removal of names from
Florida's voter rolls months before
the 2012 presidential election. The
state is predicted to play a key role
as a battleground state with a large
chunk of electoral votes.
The move to eliminate non-eligi-
ble voters from its lists began after
the state's Republican governor,
Rick Scott, pressed elections super-
visors to identify non-U.S. citizens
who had registered to vote illegally.
Information identifying more
than 100,000 names was procured
through information from Florida's
Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles.
Critics say the plan unfairly tar-

gets minorities, saying it as an
attempt to discourage typically
Democratic voters from going to
the polls.
While the Justice Department
notes that states can legally remove
non-eligible voters from their lists,

the letter argues that the Florida
program does not comply with legal
standards, has "critical imperfec-
tions, which lead to errors that harm
and confuse eligible voters."
Continued on page 3

Patricia Ann Richardson Crowned
Kenyetta Jackson and Myra Brown-Davis at the Food Fight.
Thousands Turn Out for Food Fight Ms. Senior Jacksonville 2012
Thousands of gourmet and fun connoisseurs turned out on a rainy The 4th Annual Ms. Senior
Thursday for the annual Jacksonville Food Fight. Benefitting First Harvest Jacksonville Pageant crowned
Food Bank, the annual event features over 50 of Jacksonville's best restau- Patricia Ann Richardson as Ms.
rants with their signature dishes. Participants roamed the stadium tasting Senior Jacksonville 2012. At the
buffet appetizer samples from desserts to the main course. In addition, age of 66, the Jacksonville native '
there was live, festive reggae music and an auction. The highly anticipat- wowed the judges with her person-
ed events sells out each year as Jacksonville helps to fight hunger.

Zetas Award Scholarships to Local Students ,

The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., recently awarded scholarships in the amount
of $500 each to four graduating High School Seniors at their Awards Assembly. The young ladies received the
scholarships through written essay and educational merits. Shown above at the presentation are (L-R)
Chapter Treasurer Jackie Bartletto, Robin Detwyler, Briana Falcon (UF), Jacqueline Williams (University of
Central Florida), Ana Bautista (University of Pennsylvania), Vera Brown-Floyd and Dr. Victoria Bryant-
Riggins President. Not shown is Derrionn Anderson who will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Military to Study
Black Women for
Suicide Prevention
Veterans Affairs officials have an-
nounced that studying the uniquely
supportive culture of black women
might provide a key to addressing the
spike in suicides occurring in the
armed forces. According to the Los
Angeles Times, "Suicides among
U.S. military members have spiked
this year, with an average of one sui-
cide a day the highest rate so far
during a decade of war in Iraq and
Afghanistan." MSNBC reports that
this is an 18 percent increase in mil-
itary suicides compared to last year.
While the government does not
break down military suicides accord-
ing to race, among the general popu-
lation African-American women
have the lowest suicide rate of any
group. Surprisingly, white men die
most often by their own hand. "The
suicide rate among white men was
25.96 per 100,000 from 2005 to
2009, according to the Centerns for
Disease Control and Prevention," re-
lated Government Executive maga-
zine in its piece on studying black
women to reduce soldier suicides.
"By comparison, the rate for black
women was less than three suicides
per 100,000."
Veterans Affairs mental health di-
rector for suicide prevention, Jan
Kemp, told the publication that the
specific social qualities black women
exhibit will be examined by her
group to determine how they might
be applied for military personnel. De-
sirable features of how African-
American women relate include open
and honest communication, strong
social support, and positive encour-
Facets of black women's intensely
loyal communities were glimpsed in
a recent Washington Post story that
focuses on how we are faring. This
in-depth article elaborates on the
findings of the most extensive poll
concerning black women to date. The
ladies featured are positive, resilient,
and dedicated to helping each other
thrive with full awareness of the per-
vasive stereotypes and depressing
statistics threatening their sense of ef-

Shown above is Margarita Anderson of
Dream Big Designs and Angela Peterson
Avid Shopper Invites Favorite Vendors
and Stores for a Shopping Showcase
The Florida Room off Gate Parkway recently served the backdrop for a
different type of shopping experience. Angela Peterson invited a few of her
favorite vendors and a host of friends to get together and do what they do
best. The experience began at the twilight hour with a reception featuring,
Lady Flute on flutes and a ballet dancer from the Cistrunk Conservatory,
" My desire was to bless the community in an elegant way by giving them
an opportunity to see what Jacksonville has to offer with a mix of talent and
shopping combined." Said Peterson. Vendors included Angels Accessories,
Rogers 11, Authentic Me, Beauty by Necey, Avlar Chic Boutique by Roni,
PH&P Accessories and Dream Big Designs. Peterson said following the suc-
cess of the showcase, she definitely plans on doing it again. R. Silver photo.

New Stanton Class of 1957

Celebrating 55th Reunion
The 1957 Class of New Stanton Senior High School will celebrate 55 years
since graduation with a fun-filled weekend, hosted at the Clarion Hotel, 2101
Dixie Clipper Drive.
Graduates and guests will begin the festivities with a "Meet 'n Greet" at 7:00
p.m. on Thursday, June 21st. To recapture the "good ol' days. "Fun Nite" will
be held in the gym at New Stanton on Friday, June 22nd. On Saturday, June
23rd the class will enjoy a view of Jacksonville's skyline from a cruise on the
St. John's. Later, Saturday night, the class will mix and greet other school-
mates at the big "All-Stanton" Gala at the Prime Osbome Center. Sunday,
June 24th the class will have worship service with dinner at Greater Grant
Memorial where classmate and class president Reverend Frederick Richard-
son, is the minister.
For more information contact Reunion Chairman F. Lamar Hall at (904)
741-1997 or email harriettbowens@aol.com.

Natasha Threthewey Selected

as U.S. 19th Poet Laureate

by Brett Zoneker (AP)
Natasha Trethewey began writing
poems after a personal tragedy.
While Trethewey was a college
freshman, her mother was killed by a
stepfather she had long feared.
"I started writing poems as a re-
sponse to that great loss, much the
way that people responded, for ex-
ample, after 9/11," she told The As-
sociated Press. "People who never
had written poems or turned much to
poetry turned to it at that moment be-
cause it seems like the only thing that
can speak the unspeakable."
Trethewey, 46, an English and cre-
ative writing professor at Emory Uni-
versity in Atlanta, has been named
the 19th U.S. poet laureate Thursday.
The Pulitzer Prize winner is the na-
tion's first poet laureate to hail from
the South since the initial one -
Robert Penn Warren was named
by the Library of Congress in 1986.
She is also Mississippi's top poet and
will be the first person to serve si-
multaneously as a state and U.S. lau-
Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer
Prize for her book of poems, "Native
Guard." They focused partly on his-
tory that was erased because it was
never recorded. She wrote of the
Louisiana Native Guard, a black
Civil War regiment assigned to guard
white Confederate soldiers held on
Ship Island off Mississippi's Gulf
The Confederate prisoners were
later memorialized on the island, but
not the black Union soldiers.
A stanza reads:
"Some names shall deck the page
of history as it is written on stone.
Some will not."
Librarian of Congress James
Billington, who chose Trethewey
after hearing her read at the National
Book Festival in Washington, said
her work explores forgotten history
and the many human tragedies of the
Civil War.
"She's taking us into history that
w~as never. written."_he told the .AP.
"She takes the greatest human
tragedy in American history the

Civil War, 650,000 people killed, the
most destructive war of human life
for a century and she takes us in-
side without preaching."
It's a "happy coincidence," he said,
that Trethewey was chosen during

the 150th anniversary of the War Be-
tween the States. Billington said he
was impressed with her skill in trans-
lating a visual image into words and
moving from rhyme to free verse -
but always keeping her poems acces-
Trethewey will be the first poet
laureate to take up residence in
Washington in January 2013 and
work directly in the library's Poetry
Room since the position was created
in federal law. Her term, beginning in
September, also coincides with the
75th anniversary of the poetry center
and a poet-consultant position at the
world's largest library.
The poet historian will be among
the youngest laureates and said she
hopes to promote national activity
around the writings and to engage
with the library and people who visit
it in the nation's capital. She has a
personal connection to its vast hold-
ings after researching her Civil War
poetry in the library's records.
Past poet laureates have included
W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Stanley
Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove
and Warren the 'outherr, native
who was an inspiration for
'Trethewey. Their agendas as the na-

tion's chief poets have included read-
ings across the country, newspaper
syndication of poems and poetry
readings over high school public ad-
dress systems.
Poetry lives in the Trethewey fam-

ily. Her father, Eric Trethewey, is a
poet and college professor. But when
she went to graduate school, she was
more interested in telling stories and
studied fiction writing.
"On a dare that first semester, a
poet friend of mine got me to write a
poem. I did it because I thought I
would prove that I couldn't do it," she
said. "It was at that moment that
something really clicked."
Her Pulitzer-winning poems also
included her personal history as the
daughter of interracial parents and
the story of her mother, who died at
the age of 40. In "Miscegenation," a
poem in "Native Guard," she wrote
about her parents' journey to Ohio in
1965 for a marriage that was illegal
at home in Mississippi.
"They crossed the river into
Cincinnati, a city whose name begins
with a sound like sin, the sound of
wrong mis in Mississippi."
Trethewey's next collection of
poems, "Thrall," will be published
this year. It explores her relationship
with her white father and shared and
divergent memory within families,
.alQng wiith.pems about paintings
and the history of knowledge from
the Enlightenment.

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Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

Sin Jacksonville Bondsman's Death

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Shown above after the performance (L-R) are alumni with the Centre's Arts Director: Savery Morgan
(Ballethinic Company Member & Co-Founder CooperMorgan), Michael Alonzo Brown (Cooper Morgan
Principal Dancer), Julie Williams (CooperMoiretorgan Princpal), Kezia Rolle (Artistic Director & Founder of
Jacksonville Centre od the Arts / Northside Centre of the Arts), DeWitt Cooper (Co-Founder CooperMorgan), and
David Freeland (Former CooperMorgan Dancer, now a company ofAlvin Ailey 2). R. Silver photo

Alumni Return for JCA's Dance Odyssey Showcase

The Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts, Inc. and The Northside Centre
of the Arts recently celebrated their
16th Annual Recital: World
Odyssey 2012 with former students

attending and participating Held at audiences with masterful expres-
UNF's Lazarra Theatre, the concert sions of dance in varying genres
featured graceful movements and and the finale was met with thun-
colorful themes giving it an energy derous applause.
of its own. The students wowed

By Kanya Stewart
Outlook Staff Writer
Parks & Crump, LLC the
Tallahassee law firm repre-
senting the families of slain
Miami teen Trayvon Martin
is now tackling another con-
troversial case.
Parks & Crump partner
Benjamin Crump recently
joined the family of bail
bondsman Antonio Cooks in
announcing and filing a
wrongful death lawsuit
against the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office.
Cooks' was shot May 23,
2011 by a Jacksonville
Sheriff's Officer. The lawsuit
includes a claim concerning
the use of "excessive force"
by Officer Jason Bailey.
Bailey is accused of shoot-
ing the 32-year-old five
times, including in the back,
after "mistakenly" identify-
ing Cooks as an armed robber
although he wore a shirt
marked "Surety Agent" and
identified himself as a bail
According to Crump, who
has represented the family
since 2011, Cooks encoun-
tered Bailey after contacting
authorities to request backup
while apprehending a fleeing
criminal. When officers
arrived on the scene, Bailey
allegedly opened fire on
Cooks and his partner Verne
Williams, who survived but
suffered severe injuries.

Atty. Benjamin Crump (far right) stands with the family of Antonio Cooks,
including his mother, Yvonne Cooks (center) and brother Cornelius.

Williams reported that even
after Cooks identified him-
self, and another officer
ordered Bailey to cease fire
after recognizing Williams,
Bailey continued to fire shots.
In a statement announcing the
lawsuit, Crump's office calls
Bailey's actions and justifica-
tion of mistaken identity
"clearly unreasonable."
The State Attorney's
Officecleared Bailey with the
justification that he did not
break any laws because he
was unaware that the two
men were bondsmen due to
their black clothing and visi-
ble weapons. Bailey also
claimed that Cooks and
Williams refused to put down
their weapons.
According to Crump,
Cooks and his partner did
nothing to provoke Bailey's

actions, but were simply fol-
lowing bondsmen protocol.
Crump explained his belief
that Cooks was "profiled."
"It is certainly clear that Mr.
Cooks did nothing to break
the law. In fact, he did every-
thing prudent and reasonable
that you would want people
to do," said Crump.
"He called to ask for police
assistance. They (Cooks and
Williams) were there to do a
duty and apprehend the bad
guy a criminal who had
evaded the law.... In essence
they were helping to enforce
the law."
According to Cooks' family
members, the lawsuit is a step
in seeking justice.
The family also intends to
file a civil suit against the
Sheriff's Office as well.


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Florida to be sued for voting violations
Continued from front ship database so that it can better defended the state's practice, slam-
The letter also states that the determine who is voting legally. ming the federal government for
Florida program improperly uses "I have a job to do to defend restricting access to federal citi-
he information collected from old legitimate voters of our state," zenship databases and saying such
driver's license applications. It also Scott said on Fox News. a constraint was illegal.
suggests that the removal process Three of the state's largest coun- "It is an unfortunate but now
has been going on during a "90- ties -- Miami-Dade, Broward and undeniable fact that Florida's voter
lay quiet period" prior to the Palm Beach -- agreed last week to rolls include individuals who are
August 14 primary election. end the removal of the names. The not citizens of the United States.
It pleads, "please immediately legal counsel for Florida's county The Florida Department of State
cease this unlawful conduct," the election officials recommended has a solemn obligation to ensure
letter states. halting the purge of names until the integrity of elections in this
Gov. Rick Scott, told Fox News the state responded to the federal State," Detzner wrote in the letter
:hat the state plans to sue the government's legal assessment, last week addressed to T. Christian
Department of Homeland Security Florida's Republican-appointed Herren, head of the Justice
:o get access to the federal citizen- secretary of state, Ken Detzner, has Department's elections unit.




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Summer Recreation and Job Programs

program for youth that is
aimedatputtinglittle Much Needed to Keep Youth out of Trouble
in the pockets of teens and M c ed dt e pY uho to ru l

young adults, providing
opportunities for workforce devel-
opment and ultimately keeping
kids off the streets.
These programs are critical. It's
no secret that young African
American males are the biggest at-
risk group for everything from
criminal behavior to dropping out
of school to being jobless.
Identifying the problems facing
our communities has never been an
issue; but finding solutions to those
problems has always been a major
New York City may be the best
example of a successful Summer
Jobs program. According to the
NYC Department of Youth and
Community Development, "In
2011 DYCD employed 30,628 par-
ticipants and placed them at 5,732
worksites. Participants work in a
variety of entry-level jobs at gov-
ernment agencies, hospitals, sum-
mer camps, nonprofits, small busi-
nesses, law firms, museums, sports
enterprises, and retail organiza-
Jacksonville is certainly not
New York City, but are we doing
enough to help at risk youth during
the summer?
Washington D.C. also has an
aggressive program that provides
jobs for youth ages 14 21 years

Most of us have heard about the
increasing Chicago gang and drug
related criminal activity. In fact,
last weekend alone there were eight
murders and 35 people wounded in
the city. And so far, the city has had
well over 200 homicides this year.
Here is the catch no matter if
we are talking about Duval County,
D.C., or Chitown, the heart of the
issue is the same the disarray of
African American males. Black
men are failing to step up as
fathers, falling behind in education,
and going to jail at alarming rates.
The alarm bells went off in
Jacksonville a few years ago;and
Jacksonville Journey was born. The
city stepped up and implemented
several programs that targeted
youth in an effort to keep them off
the streets and in positive environ-
One of those programs is the
Jaxparks Summer Night Light ini-
tiative. Every Friday and Saturday
night throughout the summer, sev-
eral parks open extended hours for
extra recreational activities for our
Summer Night Lights certainly
is not the one solution that will fix
crime, but it is a decent attempt at
providing fun and safe activities for
kids during weekend evenings.
Several other cities have imple-

mented similar programs that have
been much more robust providing
structured sports leagues and other
activities for youth. The
Jacksonville version is a little
watered down, and doesn't have
the budget to really have a major
impact; but again,it's a start.
How do we curb the crime
among our youth? The issue has to
be addressed in the home, in
schools, at parks, and especially
through community-based pro-
grams that focus on prevention and
It seems as though we have lost
several generations of young black
men. It's critical that we change the
way these young men think; and
provide positive mentors for them
to emulate, versus the negative ele-
ments they see in their communi-
Finishing high school is no
longer cool, and having a legal job
is no big deal; and if you have been
arrested, it isalmost a badge of
Incarceration rates skyrocketed
in the 1990's and continued to grow
every year. In 1995, 16 percent of
black men in their 20s who did not
attend college were in jail or
prison; by 2004, 21 percent were
incarcerated. By their mid-30's, 6
in 10 black men who had dropped

out of school had spent time in
According to the U.S. Justice
Department, African Americans
make up 13 percent of the overall
population, but account for 40 per-
cent of the male inmates in
prison.We have to reverse this
So, now that I have painted a
pretty bleak picture, let's figure out
how you attack the issue. Again,
there is nosingle solution; but it is
my belief that if black professionals
give back to the community
through mentoring, we can save
one child at a time.
That's where African American
fraternities and other nonprofit
organizations like The 100 Black
Men come into play. "There is no
escape man drags man down, or
man lifts man up," said Booker T.
Each of us have to give back to
our communities and attempt to
help at least one at-risk child.
Perhaps Dr. Martin Luther King
said it best. "We are caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly."
Signing off from Boobie
Clark/Sherwood Park,
Reggie Fullwoood

Florida is Again the Laughing Stock of America

by George Curry
When it comes to national elec-
tions, no state makes a bigger fool
of itself than Florida. The Sunshine
state was at the center of an 1876
controversy over the presidential
election between Republican
Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat
Samuel L. Tilden. By throwing out
many votes cast by Blacks, Florida
was able to give Hayes a one-vote
margin in the Electoral College
although Tilden had won the state's
popular vote by 260,000 votes.
The case reached the Supreme
Court where Florida's chicanery
was also upheld by a one-vote mar-
gin. A book on the election by Roy
Morris Jr. was titled, Florida's
Voting Scandal in 1876: The Fraud
of the Century.
The 2000 presidential contest
between Al Gore and George W.
Bush was the fraud of another cen-
tury, featuring a governor, Jeb
Bush, who was brother of the
Republican nominee for president,
and Florida's Secretary of State
Katherine Harris, with the respon-
sibility of supervising state election

procedures, serving as George W.
Bush's state co-chairman.
There was widespread confusion
leading up to Election Day. More
than 54,000 people were purged
from voting rolls supposedly
because they were felons; 54 per-
cent of the group was made up of
African Americans. However, it
was later determined that many of
those denied access to the ballot
were not convicted felons.
A lack of uniformed ballots also
caused major problems and intro-
duced unfamiliar terms such as
"hanging chads" and "butterfly bal-
lots." The ballots were so confus-
ing that in the Jacksonville area,
home to significant numbers of
African Americans, 27,000 ballots
were thrown out because they
showed votes had been cast for two
presidential candidates. In Palm
Beach, another hotbed of contro-
versy, the presidential choices were
spread over two pages, with voters
being instructed to "vote on every
Instead of shedding light on the
confusion, the news media added to
it. All of the major networks made
the mistake of announcing the polls
in Florida closed at 7 p.m., EST.
That was true in the eastern section
of the state. However, polls in the
more conservative western coun-
ties were open for another hour
because they operated on the cen-
tral time zone. This confusion
caused the networks to project at
7:48 p.m., EST, that Al Gore had
carried the state.
When the final numbers were tal-
lied, however, Bush was declared
the winner by 537 votes. Under
Florida law, a statewide recount

was automatic. And that set off
another round of confusion, with
Democrats trying to make sure
their votes were counted in
Democratic strongholds and
Republicans guarding their favored
territory. During the process,
lawyers for Bush appealed to the
U.S. Supreme Court and on
December 4, with George W. Bush
leading by 154 votes, the court
halted the recount process on a 5-4
vote, effectively awarding the state
to George W. Bush.
Although Gore won a plurality of
the popular votes, Bush was award-
ed the state's 25 electoral votes,
enough to win the national election.
This year, Florida officials are
not waiting until the November
elections to disenfranchise voters
likely to vote for President Obama
and other Democrats.
Gov. Rick Scott signed an execu-
tive order that, in effect, perma-
nently disenfranchises ex-offend-
ers. In addition, the state eliminated
early voting on the Sunday before
elections, a move to disrupt "Soul
to the Polls" voting campaigns
organized by churches. In 2008,
32.2 percent of those who voted
early on that last Sunday were
Black and 23.6 percent were
To make it more difficult to
organize voter registration drives,
Scott signed a law requiring groups
registering voters to pre-register
with the state and turn in voter reg-
istration forms without 48 hours of
U.S. District Judge Robert L.
Hinkle ruled on a suit that chal-
lenged those provisions by the
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A Brief History of The N-Word

The n-word, the euphemistic term itself, not the much-contested word to
which the euphemism refers, is not a term that most of us (black/white) use
outside of professional and/or public circumstances. In fact, the use of the
term 'n-word' became prominent in the public sphere in 1995 the
moment where the actual word engendered all of its historical and, at the
time, current valence with white supremacy and systemic racism during
the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Officer Mark Fuhrman initially denied that he had (in recent history) used
the term. He was lying. The Simpson defense team produced tapes of
Officer Fuhrman's prolific use of the epithet, at various points referring to
black men as dumb, smelly, lying niggers who "run like rabbits."
Simpson's guilt or innocence took a back seat to Fuhrman's racist attitudes,
which impacted the case because of the virulent ways in which the epithet
was used on the tapes, but also because the wide audience of this televised
trial had just experienced one of the most watched amateur videos in histo-
ry where a group of Fuhrman's colleagues savagely beat Rodney King.
Please note that the euphemism/the n-word existed before 1995.
Sociolinguist Geneva Smitherman has an entry for the n-word in her 1994
Black English Vernacular dictionary Black Talk, published in 1994. But
the need for the euphemism was enhanced by the ways in which the actual
epithet was re-entering the public discourse through rap music and the very
public airing of our racial divides most notably on display in the Rodney
King tape, the LA Riots, and the so-called trial of the century, the Simpson
murder case.
To be clear here, we are actually talking about at least two versions of the
n-word: ni**er and ni**a. Although I am somewhat reluctant to parse these
distinctions, for fear of co-signing conventional misunderstanding of both
versions, I will try to proffer some clarity this time around.
One black vernacular pronunciation of the word ni**er would be ni**a
- that is, one feature of BEV or African-American Vernacular English
(AAVE) is r-lessness that is dropping 'Rs' in certain phonological and/or
morphological situations. Over time that vernacular pronunciation found
its way into recorded versions of black artistic production, especially
prominent in the poetry of folks like Gil Scott-Heron, Nikki Giovanni, and
the Last Poets, in the comedy of Dolemite, Redd Foxx, and Richard Pryor,
and in the speeches of Malcolm X. Please note that the use of 'ni**as' in
these performances/speeches were not overwhelmingly positive. But any-
one who knows anything about hip-hop knows that rap music sampled the
voices of these great figures, and their deconstructed sense of the n-word
has been wholly embraced by hip-hop heads.
The 'ni**a' version of the n-word predates rap music, and the decon-
struction of the original epithet, ni**er, goes about as far back as the racist
use of the term itself. One of the more complicated things for so many of
us to get our heads around is that, just as black pronunciations of the n-word
developed, so did new conventional meanings. Over time, that's how we
get the so-called "positive" uses of the term. I say 'so-called' here not just
because I, like hip-hop, like to sample Malcolm X, but because any curso-
ry quantitative analysis of the use of the ni**a version of the n-word in hip-
hop/pop culture will demonstrate again that the 'ni**a' version of the n-
word is not always (or even often) positive in meaning.
Ultimately adjectives like 'positive' or 'negative' are too simple for this
discussion. That's why we can't bury the word and why we must continue
to police its usage with vigilance. And when I say 'we' I mean black folk
- yes, the same black folk who can't agree on whether or not the first black
president is black.
In the end though, I think the rules for usage are pretty simple. The rea-
son why we even have the euphemistic 'n-word' is because of an inherent
need to refer to the term even if/when we don't want to invite all of the his-
torical complexities that attach to it. But when we actually want or need to
use it the rules are pretty simple. 1) Only use the 'ni**er' version of the
term if you are black or you are racist tough to be both but it is possible.
2) Only use the 'ni**a' version of the term in and amongst your own (pri-
vate) speech community IF and only if your speech community condones
deconstructed uses of the term.
Once the n-word the epithet in either of its pronunciations enters
into the public sphere in any way, it is next to impossible to divorce it from
the racialized history from which it originally emerged.
James Braxton Peterson is the Director of Afi-icana Studies and Associate
Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is also the founder of Hip Hop
Scholars LLC, an association of hip-hop generation scholars dedicated to research-
ing and developing the cultural and educational potential of hip-hop, urban and
youth cultures. You can follow him on Twitter @DrJamesPeterson.
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Saluting A Few Good Men on Fathers Day 2012

Dr. Chester Aikens is flanked by his sons
(left) Chae Aikens and right Chester Aikens, Jr.

Attorney A. Wellington Barlow with Daughter Alanna Barlow

FLASHBACK: Daddy's Grils Entrepreneur
Barney Spann with his lovely daughters.

COJ Ombudsman Brian E. Clarke
and sons (left) Christian and Bryson

FLASHBACK: Duval County Health Department Communications
Director Charges Griggs with his children Landon and Sydney

Beauty Supply owner Bernard Williams is proud father to
James Williams and left Jerome Williams

Publix Warehouse Executive Bruce Burwell
with his daughter Gabriel Burwell

FLASHBACK: Ron Baker with his infant son Randyl Baker

Abner Davis tours the greens with his sons Kenneth

If Fathers
by William Jackson
My father gave me the greatest
gift anyone could give another per-
son: he believed in me.
Jim Valvano (Coach and Mentor)
There are community programs,
social initiatives, governmental
support, school vouchers, urban ini-
tiatives, and religious seminars, cre-
ating opportunities for fathers to be
active in their child's school.
If Fathers Can look past their
White faces, African American
faces, Hispanic faces, Latino faces,
Asian faces, Haitian faces and other
cultural faces and see there are
more Intervening (failing) schools
that need support by fathers being
mentors and role models; the
Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida has
set a great example by getting
involved showing that collaboration
of city government and education
can work in saving programs and
empowering students. There is
applause, congratulations and high
fives from these successes, it does
not have to stop there. If Fathers
Can work together positive change
for schools can be created.
"A man's worth is measured by
how he parents his children. What
he gives them, what he keeps away

from them, the les- --
sons he teaches and p
the lessons he allows
them to learn on their ,'
own." Lisa Rogers
If Fathers Can see
sports and entertain-
ment are viable alter-
native outlets to rise
from poverty, they
should see opportuni- 1
ties in (STEM)
Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Article author William Jackson and his son Sean
Mathematics for their them. There are more children in
children. Statistically the odds of Alternative Education Programs,
being a sports and entertainment Overage Programs, STAR
star are exceedingly low, but the Programs, Drop Back In Programs,
odds to be involved in areas of Title One Programs, and the list
STEM, for children even minorities grows that the line between "regu-
are higher with community, church lar student" and "alternative educa-
and family support, with a strong tion student" blurs. The movie "I
college/university level education. Can Do Bad All by Myself'(2009)
Students can beat the odds of failure suggests, no student should have to
if they have the parental support do bad at all if education is support-
from their families. The Mayor has ed and respected, if fathers make a
set a great example; fathers can choice to support their children not
make a significant impact if they just on an athletic field, but on aca-
are involved consistently, demic field where it is more impor-
In the educational realms of tant. Across this country fathers are
school districts nationwide, stu- perceived as not wanting to take a
dents shouldn't wait on Superman, serious role in schools and be held
Batman to save schools or save -- n.-l_ ^-.L-'.lI-i---

demics. Schools have academic
success stories and academic
strengths because of father's partic-
ipation; there should be more. All
children need support and guidance
to be successes in education; chil-
dren need to hear success stories,
stories of overcoming poverty,
drugs, violence, and devastating
family situations, they need to hear
from fathers, grandfathers, uncles,
stepfathers, and surrogate fathers.
Their voices are important and do
make a difference.
There is a growing travesty not
just in the African American com-
munity, (it is felt more here) fathers
are missing the opportunity to vol-
unteer, mentor and positively influ-
ence children in their education.
Interestingly fathers attend football
games and basketball games, exalt
and praise sports, but are few in
parent/teacher conferences, school
board meetings, PTA meetings and
School Advisory Councils. A
father's attendance is important for
the support and encouragement of
their children's growth and setting a
model for the value of education.
If Fathers Can take this opportu-
nity to be proactive, become
involved in the schools, support
their child who may feel unsupport-
ed and alone. If Fathers Can build
on a paradigm shift similar to what

was created by Jacksonville,
Florida Mayor Brown to support
schools by visiting, inspiring stu-
dents, encouraging fathers, build-
ing on success, and setting high
expectations. More fathers should
be proactive and visible; fathers
need to be involved. If Fathers Can
attend football games, get hyped,
excited and envisioning champions
on athletic fields, where is that
same vision and energy for champi-
ons in the classroom?
"Change will not come if we wait
for some other person or some other
time. We are the change that we
seek." President Barack Obama
If Fathers Can rise up and be the
role models, mentors, support
mechanism and influencers of aca-
demic change then students should
be able to attend higher education
(college and university), vocational
education and military educational
options instead of potentially being
denied entrance because of low test
scores, low motivation and no sup-
port. To many students attending
college/university take remedial
classes to gain entrance.
Malcolm X stated, "Education is
the passport to the future, for
tomorrow belongs to those who
prepare for it today."
As an instructor at Edward
Waters College I see the excitement

in student faces and their personal
drive, there is great talent and awe-
some potential. Even at the college
level students need parental support
and guidance, fathers do make a
difference. No student should be
looked down on by where they go
to school; they should be celebrated
and supported for their desire to
continue their education no matter
what school they attend. How will
children be prepared for the future
if they are not supported, guided
and motivated?
The future holds new jobs in
technology; who will be the engi-
neers and scientist that create and
support new technologies? If
Fathers Can model the value for
education and hard work more stu-
dents will graduate; If Fathers Can
motivate their children to under-
stand in this decade, "nearly two-
thirds, of all the jobs created will
require a college degree" (White, S.
2006, NCES). If Fathers Can be
consistent and dedicated in support-
ing, educational opportunities more
children will be successful academ-
ically and there will be none or
fewer intervening (failing) schools
in neighborhoods in America.
By Sean Jackson (Florida A&M),
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Cheryl
Williams, RN

June 14-20, 2012

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New Life's Community UMC

Celebrating 15 years of Ministry
The New Life Community United Methodist Church is celebrating 15
years of ministry with a 15 Year Anniversary Celebration, beginning
Monday June 18th at their 7 p.m. worship service. The theme of the event
is "We walk by faith, not by sight". Festivities will continue with worship
service Wednesday, June 20th, a youth hip hop night, Friday, June 22nd,
then on Saturday June 23rd from 10 a.m. 2 p.m,. a family picnic, fun and
games and ending the celebration on Sunday June 24th with morning wor-
ship. The weeklong celebration will be held at the church located at 11100
Wingate Rd, Lamont Hogans, Pastor. For more information visit
www.newlife-umc.org or call the church at (904) 768-7779.

Revival Night at Greater Missionary
It's praying time at Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church locat-
ed at 5730 Sawyer Avenue where Pastor J.C. Green invites the community
to revival night beginning Wednesday June 27th 29th. Guest Speakers
for the weekend include (Wednesday) Rev. Philip Mercer, (Thursday)
Pastor Wallace Wyatt and on (Friday) Sister Sandra Waldron. The celebra-
tion is a fund raiser for the Church promoting the theme: Philippians 4:19:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by
Christ Jesus." For more information call the church at (904) 765-994.

Free Clothes
Families of Slain Children provides food and clothing to the community
every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m., at their headquarters located at 3108
North Myrtle. For more information contact Beverly McClain,
Founder/President at 683-4986 or 424-8755 or email bmcclain@fosci.org
or visit www.fosci.org..

Father's Day at Summerville
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church Worship Center under the leader-
ship of Dr. James W. Henry, Pastor will observe Fathers Day Sunday June
17th during the 11 a.m. worship service. Make plans to be a part of this
grand day of praise as we honor the Fathers of Summerville For more infor-
mation call 598-0510 or visit the church at 690 W. 26th St.

NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
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the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
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Miami Church Pledges 10 Percent of Offerings

By Kaila Heard
Traditionally, when its referring to
churches, the figure of 10 percent
refers to how much of an individ-
ual's income they are required to
give back to the church.
Yet the Miami Gardens-based
Immanuel Temple has expanded
that concept by promising to donate
10 percent of the church's proceeds
to charitable donations.
According to Immanuel Temple's
founder and senior pastor, Rev. John
F. White, the church is tithingg back

Services Set
The communi-
ty is mourning
the death of
Mrs. Ruby
Brown, the com-
munity trustee
and senior advo-
cate succumbed
after a lengthy
Brown A native of
Seattle, Washington, she relocated
to Jacksonville, in the mid 70's. For
over 30 years she remained a faith-
ful member of Second Missionary
Baptist Church serving in the Senior
Choir, National Prayer Band,

to the community."
"For me, it is a mandate from God
to spread the love of Jesus Christ in
a tangible way and this is our effort
to do that," White explained.
Immanuel Temple held its inaugu-
ral service on Easter Sunday in the
auditorium of the Carol City Senior
High School. The church continues
to meet at the high school and White
estimates that they have over 300
members already.
To ensure that the church meets
its 10 percent donation goals,

Immanuel Temple relies upon a
budget that allots roughly 15 per-
cent of all proceeds are to be saved,
85 percent are to be used for the
operating budget and the remaining
10 percent is for charitable dona-
Pamela Hines, was one of the
church's first members, praised
Immanuel Temple's "community
tithing" policy.
I am very honored to be apart of a
congregation that gives back," she
said. "Most churches take and give

for Community Volunteer
Principal of Vacation Bible School, Strategies) and raised several thou-
and a supporter of Angel Network sand dollars for the annual fundrais-
Prison Ministry. er "Bowling to Strike out Hunger,".
*Ruby had a very fulfilling life as a She was recognized by Mayor John
servant. She was an avid bowler and Delaney as Senior Volunteer of the
shared her passion with youth. She Year, Volunteer Jacksonville -
was on the Executive Board of Volunteer of the Year and WTLV 12
WIBC (Women's International Who Cares Award and Women of
Bowling Congress) for many years, the Year, Friends of Clara White
Her community involvement Mission.
included her favorite charity the She leaves to cherish fond memo-
Clara White Mission. She worked ries her husband Samuel Brown;
diligently, as a chartered member Brothers, Leonard Gee; Sisters,
for the Friends of Clara White Luella Glymph(Willard), Coby
Mission and recruited over 150 vol- Bishop(David). Children Michael
unteers for S.T.A.R.S (Seniors McKenzie and adopted daughter
Together Achieving Realistic Ju'Coby Pittman. Grandchildren

to Community
nothing to the surrounding commu-
nity where they are located and in
that alone Immanuel Temple will be
To ensure that there is transparen-
cy, White says that church leaders
will report the budget to the entire
church in quarterly meetings.
Recently, the church had donated
$1000 each to three local schools.
According to White, "Our next
effort is where we're going to buy
school uniforms for 2100 kids who
are on free and reduced lunch."

Ruby Brown
Marlon(Lenora), Merlin(Nicole)
and Marquiste Smith(Seattle,
Washington) and DeShawn(Karlisa)
and Lorenzo Whitehead, Atlanta,
Ga, Alju Jackson and Winston
Peele; and a host of family and
friends. Arrangements entrusted
to Carthage Chapel Funeral Home,
929 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville,
Florida 32204, (904) 354-0545,
Kenneth Peele, Jr., CFSP, LFD. The
viewing will be Friday, June 15th at
5 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church,
1100 Logan Street and services will
be Saturday, June 16th at 11a.m. at
Second Missionary Baptist Church,
954 Kings Road, 32204.

'The Church,' Community and Economic Impact

by Carlee McCullough
For many years, African-
American churches have been the
catalysts of change in society.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM


Disciples of Christ Cbristiar Fellowsbip
* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *


Sunday School

9 a.m.



10 a.m Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

A church that's on the move in

worship with prayer, praise and power!

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Churches have pushed the envelope
as it relates to spiritual and social
issues. Given their collective
money, political power and expert-
i'e; 'huriihes continue to be in a
unique position to impact the com-
munity from an economic perspec-
The challenge of determining
where the church begins versus the
business venture may forever exist.
Nonetheless, the economic develop-
ment benefit that the community
gains is invaluable. According to the
New York Times, Bishop T.D. Jakes
of Potters House in Dallas partici-
pated in the development of Capella
Park, a community of 266 homes.
And the relocation of Dr. Stacy L.
Spencer's New Direction Christian
Church to the old Service
Merchandise Building in Memphis
is an example of the power and
capability of the "mega-churches"
in the marketplace.
Additionally, after the 1992 riots
in Los Angeles, mega-church First
African Methodist Episcopal
(FAME) Church of Los Angeles
rose to meet the challenge. As an
economic lifeline for the devastated
community, the church created the
FAME Renaissance Program to
fund community services, business
and economic development pro-
grams through private and public
funding sources.
An example of a "private

sector/church collaboration is the
Renaissance Program which has a
Micro Loan Program component
funded by a $1-million grant from
the Walt Disney -Co. The Micro
Loan Program supplies low-interest
rate loans of $2,000 to $20,000 to
minority entrepreneurs in the area
including day-care centers, trans-
portation companies, restaurants, a
medical billings business, cosmetics
companies and a manufacturing
firm. We deal with people who
won't qualify for a bank loan," said
Mark Whitlock, executive director
of the Renaissance Program.
"We don't mind if you have a cou-
ple of bad nicks on your credit. We
don't mind if you're a brand new
business that has never received a
business loan before," according to
Black Enterprise.
Today, more and more partner-
ships are growing between govern-
ment, business and church commu-
nities. While the lines continue to be
drawn to separate church and state,
the lines are just becoming a little
faded. But with all of the ills that
exist within our society, can that
fade be all bad? Sometimes the bad
behavior of government needs a lit-
tle "God" in it. Understanding that
the church, outside of government,
is the most powerful institution in
the world as it relates to impact and
influence provides the opportunity
for the church to engage in econom-

ic development while never losing
its values and relationship with God.
As an example of the fading of the
line of separation of church and
state, in '1992; the f'nited States
Congress passed into law
"Charitable Choice Legislation,"
which gave rise to the establishment
of the federal Office of Faith-based
and Community Initiatives, accord-
ing to Urbanham. This growing
interest at the federal level in pro-
viding public funding for the secular
activities of faith-based institutions,
while controversial, raises numer-
ous possibilities for increased public
and private sector funding.
This also appears to be an admis-
sion by government that "the
Church represents a vast, untapped
resource that can more effectively
address some social and economic
aspects of Urban Community and
Economic Revitalization better than
it can" said the Rev. Gerald Austin
Sr., founder and CEO of the Center
for Urban Missions.
As African Americans have
gained in the areas of politics and
job advancements, the economic
disparities continue to widen as
many in the Black Church failed to
tackle the issue of community and
economic development, according
to Austin. As the economy contin-
ues to struggle and families suffer
through unemployment, programs
encouraging entrepreneurship can

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June 14-20, 2012


40 Years Later, the Rainesmen Are Still Striving for Excellence

The class of 2012 included ten
Rainesmen. Seven of those 10 were
members of the national honor soci-
ety. All 10 graduated with at least a
3.1 grade point average.
Furthermore, they all were accepted
to college with some sort of schol-
arship and plan on attending in the
DevRon Lester for example
served as the president for the 2011-
2012 school year. He will be attend-
ing college in the fall with a 4 Year
academic scholarship that includes
a 10% annual increase. DevRon
who when becoming a Rainesmen

schools and specifically our male
I answer that as Dr. Davis did.
We must first mentor them. A reg-
ular, positive, male presence in their
life may seem like a small task but
in the long run it will make a world
of difference. Because mentors are
their when a student needs just the
right advice to encourage them to
make a positive decision over a
negative one. After we are a regular
part of their lives we must promote
a culture of striving for excellence.
It must be evident in all of their pur-
suits. We must teach our males that

Shown above are members of the Rainesmen Club in the '60s and today (right).

Their legacy of cultivating gentleman has continued

by Willie B. Hall
The year was 1964 when at the
height of the civil rights movement
the Duval County School Board
members sat in a room and had to
decide what they were going to do
with a group of black youth that had
just been rejected admittance by
then all white Jean Ribault High
School. The custom of education
was to separate the races, so when
North Jacksonville's African
American population begin to
increase the Duval County School
Board chose to build a two million
dollar high school for 2,000 African
American students. School #165
(William Marion Raines High
School) opened on January 25,
Dr. Nathanial L. Davis was hired
as the Vice Principal. Dr. Davis
would go on to become a very suc-
cess principal at Matthew Gilbert
Middle School, believed that the
school needed its students to strive
for excellence, excellence in aca-
demics & extracurricular activities.
In order to create a culture of excel-
lence, Davis believed it should
begin with the male students of the
school. At the time there was no
Dean of Boys so Dr. Davis took it
upon himself to lead the initiative.
On one afternoon during the first
days of the schools existence he
called 21 of the schools top male
students into a meeting. Those stu-
dents had the highest grade point
averages, were the captains of the
school's athletic teams and the pres-
ident of various clubs. He informed
the young men that they would be
his "model male students".
As the story is told, Dr. Davis &
the school's first principal Dr.
Andrew A. Robinson began to
explain to them that they should
always carry themselves as a
"Raines Man". So they decided to
call themselves "The Rainesmen".
These young men were mentored
on various things such as: etiquette,
educational and occupational guid-
ance, character building and the
importance of community service
just to name a few. Images
throughout many of the schools
early yearbooks display the young
men horseback riding, hosting
youth seminars and volunteering in
the local community. The group's
mission statement as printed in the
1965 Raines High Year Book:
"The Rainesmen are dedicated to
responsible citizenship and service
to William M. Raines and the com-
Years later as a student at Raines

I was a member of the Rainesmen
and some of my fondest memories
include participating with the
groups activities. To be a
Rainesmen you were always appro-
priately dressed for whatever the
occasion, you were well mannered
and spoke correctly, you worked
hard in everything that you did and
you made yourself available when-
ever your teachers & administrators
called upon you. Raines quickly
became a college-minded academic
powerhouse, drawing from reser-
voirs of strong parental and com-
munity support. With the example
being set by the males the Ladies of
Raines followed suit.
I don't need to go in depth about
how the schools image declined in
recent years. Many articles have
been written about the schools
recent struggles. However the
struggles are one of the things that
brought me back and I began to vol-
So in 2009 when I asked a facul-
ty member about the current status
of the Rainesmen I was saddened to
hear that the only thing that was left
of the group was a few images and
articles in the schools year books.
Furthermore, there were no male
groups at the school.
I like Dr. Davis understood the
importance of mentoring young
men and promoting excellence in
everything that they pursue. After
all when the majority of young
black males grow up in single par-
ent female homes the consistent
presence of a positive male role
model is important.
I knew that the Rainesmen organ-
ization was needed and it had to
I setup a meeting with the then
principal George E. Maxey and
explained to him exactly what the
Rainesmen organization was all
about. I told him that the group was
needed and should be brought back.
I was surprised at Maxey's enthusi-
asm when he agreed and said that I
should lead the charge.
After a meeting with a faculty
member who agreed to serve in the
dual sponsor role with me I began
to move forward. In the fall of 2010
four young men were inducted,
after being recommended by the
schools administration and faculty
members. The next spring 4 more
were added. Over the course of the
next year 11 more joined.
The basic requirements included
having no referrals or disciplinary
sanctions against them, a minimum
2.8 grade point average, a recom-

through the years.
mendation from a teacher and a one
page typed essay. In starting this
process we realized some of the
possible members didn't meet the
minimum academic requirements.
However, we felt that they could
academically benefit from being a
member of the organization.
Throughout the school year the
other sponsor and I held weekly
meetings with the young men
where we held conversations about
their academic pursuits. They were
required to turn in periodic academ-
ic progress reports. We arranged
monthly seminars where we
informed them on proper business
dress & etiquette, how to tie differ-
ent styles of ties, applying for col-
lege & scholarships and goal set-
We also begin to teach them
about the importance of community
service and supporting charitable
causes. After attending several dif-
ferent events by other people the
young men decided that they should
lead the serving of the community
amongst the students at the school.
In 2011 & 2012 they sponsored a
Martin Luther King Day
Observance at the school with a full
program and a day full of activities.
They went on to create a Christmas
Toy Drive that benefited a local
children's hospital. Most recently a
week of service sponsored by the
group begin and was called
"Rainesmen Week". This week
included a different community
service project for each day of the
week. The young men also used
stepping at various events as a way
to promote school pride and unity
amongst each other.
Although the various forms of
mentorship are needed, in working
with youth in Duval County aca-
demic excellence is most important.
Duval County is a district of
123,000 students and 166 schools
and has more than its share of
daunting challenges. Among them
(based on data in a 2010 FTU
Only 65 percent of students
graduate and one-third of 10th-
graders could read at grade level or
Seven out of 10 Duval high
school graduates who go on to local
state junior colleges tested so poor-
ly they had to take remedial
The graduation rate at Raines
at one time was just 55%.
The problems with youth aca-
demically are one thing but life sit-
uations can really make or break a

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student's success. Many students
was not active in any school organ- being honest and working hard is
live in poverty. Many come from izations graduated as not only a the right way to live their lives.
single parent homes or no home ata
single parent homes or no home at member of but a leader in almost Furthermore, parents must insist on
all. Many students are eievery organization he joined it from teachers, administrators and
less or in foster care.
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yoBut it hasb the whole stu ent ad four black ninth-graders failing to dren.
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social learning into the education "What can we do to help our benefits of its great rewards.
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MOSH Cosmic Concert
From June 1st to June 29th,
come experience total-sensory
entertainment as laser lights, high-
def images and digital sound collide
to create a Cosmic Concert! Shows
begin at 7 p.m. For more ifnrmation
visitwww.moshplanetarium.org or
call (904) 396-MOSH.

Ask A Lawyer Seminar
The Jacksonville Bar Association
will be offering an "Ask-A-
Lawyer" event on Saturday, June
16th, 9 a.m. to noon, at the NJCDC
Corporate Offices, 3416 Moncrief
Road, Suite 200..
The Ask-A-Lawyer service is free-
of-charge. Attorneys will conduct
individual, 10-to-15-minute consul-
tations. The attorneys have expert-
ise in many areas of law and can
provide guidance regarding family
law matters, employment, land-
lord/tenant, wills and estates, crimi-
nal law, bankruptcy, and foreclo-
sures to name a few. For more
information email Kathy Para, Esq
at kathy.para@jaxlegalaid.org or
call (904) 356-8371, ext. 363.

Jacksonville 48
Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project comes
to Jacksonville on the weekend of
June 15th 17th from 6:00 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. at The Jacksonville

Landing,. Filmmakers from all over
the Jacksonville area will compete
to see who can make the best short
film in only 48 hours. The winning
film will go up against films from
around the world. For more infor-
mation call (904) 353-1188 or visit

Fathers Who Cook
The Annual Jacksonville Fathers
Who Cook will take place Saturday,
June 16th at the Gateway Town
Center. From 11 a.m. 3 p.m., local
fathers will prepare their best dish-
es in a competition where the public
serves as tasters. Proceeds will
enable youth to attend summer
camp. For more information or to
participate, call 591-7568.

Reunion Night at the
Ritz for Eugene Butler
Former students of Eugene Butler
are invited to meet at the Ritz
Theatre and Museum to see the new
exhibit, "More Than a Game:
African American Sports in
Jacksonville, 1900-1975." Re-con-
nect with classmates, teachers and
coaches. Add your stories and
memorabilia to the exhibit! The free
informal gathering will take place
Tuesday, June 19th, 6 8 p.m. at
the Ritz Museum. For more infor-
mation call (904) 632-5555.

FEMA Preparedness
Hurricane season has arrived. Are
you prepared? Oaklawn Cemetery
and Funeral Home, 4801 San Jose
Blvd, has teamed up with FEMA to
provide the community with a free
seminar Wednesday, June 20th at
10:30 a.m. on hurricane prepared-
ness and evacuation planning. This
interactive session will outline
commonsense measures older
Americans can take to start prepar-
ing for emergencies before they
happen. Call 737-7171 for infor-
mation. The public is invited and
seniors are encouraged to attend

An Evening in
Wine Country
The public is invited to attend An
Evening in Wine Country to benefit
the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Northeast Florida. The festive event
including heavy hors d'oeuvres,
fabulous wines, tantalizing desserts
and live jazz will be highlighted by
a fundraising raffle with prizes.
It will be held Friday, June 22nd
from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the UNF
Grand Ballroom. Tickets or more
information can be made through
Darby Stubberfield at 396-4435.

Teen Battle
of the Bands
The 7th Annual Teen Battle of the

Bands at the Main Library,
Saturday June 23rd, 303 N. Laura
Street. For more information call
(904) 630-2665 .

American Beach
Health Fair & Jazz
Join American Beach for a
Preventive Health Fair and their
first Jazz series, Saturday, June
30th The health fair takes place
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with
Jazz from 5:00 8:00 p.m.
Featuring the band 'Instant Groove'
of Fernandina Beach, at Burney
Park, American Beach. For more
information, contact J. Smith at 904

Freedom Trail
The 6th annual Freedom Trail
Luncheon commemorating the 48th
Anniversary of the signing of the
landmark civil rights act of 1964,
will be held Monday, July 2nd, at
11:30 p.m. at the Historic Ponce de
Leon Dining Hall, Flagler College,
74 King Street at St. Augustine,
Florida. Former Florida State
Senator Dr. Anthony Hill will be the
Master of Ceremonies. Keynote
Speaker, is Pulitzer Prize winning
author Taylor Branch. For more
information, call Audrey at (904)

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Fresh Music Festival
The Veterans Memorial Arena
will be the host of the Fresh Music
Festival featuring Keith Sweat,
Guy, SWV, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and
Doug E. Fresh, Friday, July 13th.
For more information visit
www.freshmusicfestival.com or
call the arena at (904) 630-3900.

African Night Gala
The Nelson Mandela Committee
presents their African Night Gala,
Saturday, July 14th; 6:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m. Come enjoy Kitchen
Martha's Authentic African
Cuisine, music from DJ Spotless, a
silent auction, door prizes and
more! For more information call
(904) 924-7444.

Comedian Eddie
Griffin in Jax
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be in
concert Saturday, July 28th at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts, 300 W. Water Street,. For

more information call (904)
633.6110 or visit www.ticketmas-

Rhythm of
Gospel Awards
The 4th Annual Rhythm of Gospel
Awards will take place at the
Tuesday, July 24th July 29th the
Omni Hotel downtown. The
Awards is filled with a variety of
innovative and exciting showcases,
choir competitions, pageants and
achievement galas. For more infor-
mation call (210) 745-5858.

The Color Purple
The Tony Award winning musical
"The Color Purple" comes to the
Jacksonville presented by Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company. The
Color Purple will hold auditions on
Saturday, July 28th from 2-6 p.m.
and Sunday, July 29th from 3- 6
p.m. Performances of The Color
Purple will run September 28th
through October 7th, 2012, week-
ends only.

Fried Fish Dinner Fundraiser
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., for the Millions More
Movement, a non-profit local organization working to end the violence
through a good, quality education will have a fundraiser selling fish din-
ners and fish sandwiches, Friday, June 15th at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue.,
from 3-7 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about
the Millions More Movement visit www.realpagessite.com/jacksonvilleloc
or call (904) 240-9133 or (904) 354-1775.

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On Monday June 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. LaVilla's campers of
all ages can choose from a variety of exciting experiences. Flexible sched-
uling allows parents to fit their children's camp into a busy family summer.
Basic Camps are for ages 7 to 14. Intensive Camps are for ages 10 to 14.
Jr. Counselor Camp is for rising 9th & 10th graders. Storytellers Camp is
for ages 4 to 6. Computer Graphics Camp is for ages 14 to 17. Camps are
offered in performing and visual arts. For more information visit the
school located at 501 N. Davis Street or call (904) 633-6069.

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SPORTS Grambling State Sports Photo
TIGER TAKE: Grambling
W INNERS shortstop Chris Wolfe one
of three HBCU products in
ALL IN 2012 Basball Draft.



NORFOLK, Va. Norfolk State University Athletics
DirectorMarty Miller announced
Friday that he has agreed to a three-
year contract extension through
June of 2017.
"I am deeply honored to be
designated by NSU President
Dr. Tony Atwater to serve as the
Director of Athletics for the next
five years," said Miller, whose
current deal would have expired
Norfolk State Sports hoto in June of 2014. "Although I was
considering retiring in the near
future, I am touched by his vote of confidence in my ability
to lead this program to higher heights. This commitment
has elevated my competitive nature to another level. I am
fortunate to be a member of the Spartan family."
The NSU Athletics Department has experienced un-
precedented growth in Miller's first seven years as athletics
director. Spartan teams have won 26 MEAC championships
since 2005, including a program-best six in 2011-12 alone.
The Spartans won their first-ever MEAC titles in men's
basketball, football and women's bowling this past year.
The NSU men's basketball team made national headlines
by scoring an upset of No. 3 ranked Missouri in the NCAA
Tournament in March. The year was culminated by the
department winning its eighth straight Talmadge Layman
Hill Award as the top men's program in the MEAC.
NSU athletes have also performed well in the classroom.
The department's graduation rate has increased from 40 to
61 percent over the last seven years. The Spartans have
won the first two FCS Academic Progress Rate awards for
having the highest APR score among MEAC football pro-
grams. NSU also placed 67 athletes on this year's MEAC
All-Academic Team, the most in the department's history.
NSU's athletics facilities have also undergone a number
of renovations during Miller's tenure. A new state-of-the-
art track surface was installed at Dick Price Stadium in
2010, and construction is currently underway on two new
Daktronics LED video display boards at the stadium.

Langston, Okla. Former Heisman Trophy running
back and University of Southern
California (USC) athletic director
Mike Garrett was introduced as
the next director of athletics at
Langston University at a press
conference last week.
Garrett spent 17 years as USC's
AD before being fired in Au-
gust 2010 following an NCAA
S investigation into the program.
LU Sports Photo He succeeds Patric Simon, who
GARRETT resigned inApril to becomeAD at
Alcorn State. Garrett will assume the position at Langston
in July.
"We are pleased that Mr. Garrett has bought into our
vision of moving our athletic programs and University to a
higher level of competition and visibility," said LU President
Kent Smith, Jr.
"Langston University has a long-standing history of
excellence when it comes to athletics. Whether we are talking
about our numerous conference championships in football
and basketball, or our national standings in track and field
and cross country, or the rising success of our relatively new
softball program, our student-athletes have proven that they
have the athletic prowess and mental capacity to compete
academically and athletically anywhere in the country,"
Smith said. Langston competes in the NAIA Central States
Football League and Red River Athletic Conference.


Kellen Winslow has been fired as the Director of
Athletics at Central State University following a four year
stint in the position. CSU President John Garland, who
hired Winslow in 2008 and is retiring at the end of June,
had already informed Winslow that his contract would not
be renewed.
Jahan Culbreath, CSU's associate athletics director
and the Marauders' longtime track and field coach, will serve
as the interim athletics director. The new athletics director
will be chosen by incoming president Dr. Cynthia Jackson
Hammond, currently the provost at Coppin State.

MLB Draft claims three

SThree players from HBCUs were
picked during the recent Major League
Baseball Draft.
SLeading the pack was Bethune-Cook-
man pitcher Rayan Gonzalez, who was
drafted by the Colorado Rockies. The
Rockies picked Gonzalez with the tenth
pick in the 21st round, the 648th overall
GONZALEZ "I think it's very exciting, especially
with all the hard work I've done this year,"
Gonzalez said of the pick.
The 6'4" senior right-hander from
Arecibo Puerto, Rico wrapped up his
final year at Bethune-Cookman with a
9-2 record and 2.15 ERA, collecting 82
strikeouts this year.
During his career at B-CU, he tallied
up a record of 12-8, with 172 strikeouts
and a 3.51 ERA in 182.3 innings pitched
while donning the Maroon and Gold.
SMITH During his career as a Wildcat, he logged

BCSP Notes

Benedict men, Albany State women
take home SIAC All-Sports awards
For the first time in school history, Benedict has won the SIAC Men's
All-Sports Award and for the eighth time in nine years Albany State has
captured the Women's All-Sports Trophy.
Benedict scored a total of 31 points
to capture this year's Men's Commis-
sioner's Cup, winning conference title A
in basketball along with three second
place finishes in cross country, track &
field and golf. ..
In second place was Morehouse G OLDE
with a total of 28 points. The Maroon RAM -'l "
Tigers won conference titles in both
cross country and track & field while
finishing third in both tennis and golf,
falling just short of their fifth consecu-
tive all-sports award.
Finishing tied for third in the stand-
ing with 17 points each were Paine and
Stillman. Paine won a conference title
in golf and finished second in baseball while Stillman won the conference
title in baseball and finished second in tennis.
ASU's Lady Rams, who had their seven year winning streak broken
last year, earned a total of 24 points, winning a conference title in track &
field while finishing second in both volleyball and cross country.
Kentucky State finished second with 18 points. The Thorobrettes won
a conference title in volleyball while finishing third in both cross country
and softball. Fort Valley State and Tuskegee finished tied for third in the
standings with 17 points each. The Lady Wildcats of FVSU, who won the
award last year, finished with a conference title in basketball and second
in tennis while the Tuakegee Lady Golden Tigers won a conference title
in tennis and finished second in basketball.

Prairie View A&M sweeps
SWAC all-sports awards
Prairie View A&M swept the SWAC's season ending awards for
2011-12 by capturing the Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award, the C.D.
Henry Award, and the James Frank Award all of which were presented at
the spring meetings.
The Magee/Jacket Award is presented for achievement in women's
sports within the SWAC. Prairie View won just one team title in the
10-sport standings as the bowling team captured its first-ever title. The
women's basketball tournament title that the Panthers won does not count
in the regular season standings, which determines the commissioner's cup

three complete games and combined on
six shutouts.
Grambling State shortstop Chris-
topher Wolfe was selected with the 1 th
pick in the 30th round, 919th overall by
the Oakland Athletics.
During his career at GSU, Wolfe
recorded a .330 batting average, 109 RBI
and 83 stolen bases. Wolfe led the South-
western Athletic Conference during his
senior campaign batting .321 with a .473
on-base percentage, 49 walks, 29 RBI and
46 runs scored. His 29 stolen bases ranked
him No. 25 in Division I.
Claflin catcher Donald Smith was
taken in the 23rd pick in the 38th round,
1,171st overall by the Boston Red Sox.
Smith is the first MLB draft choice in
the history of the school and the second
player under Coach James Randall's
watch to get an opportunity to play on
the professional level.

The West Palm Beach Senior led
Claflin with three home runs, and 29
RBI, in a year that was marred by injury.
He played in just 23 games before be-
ing sidelined with a hamstring pull. He
returned to action in April for the SIAC
Alabama State got a glimpse of its
future having four signees selected rela-
tively early in the draft.
Shortstop Angel Joshua Ortega was
drafted in the sixth round (215th overall)
by the Milwaukee Brewers. Outfielder
Jorge Fernandez was selected in the
seventh round (220th overall) by the
Minnesota Twins. Right-handed pitcher
Malcom Diaz was picked in the 13th
round (405th overall) by the San Diego
Padres, and second baseman Janluis
Castro was selected in the 16th round
(516 overall) by the Texas Rangers.

points. Even still, PV outpaced second
place Alabama State by 6.5 points in
the final women's standings. W A ,C
The Henry Award is presented forq ... :
achievement in men's sports within the
SWAC. Prairie View wonjust one men's
team title in the 8-sport standings as the
baseball team closed out the SWAC
championship season this spring with
its first championship since 2007. The
Panthers were 16 points better in the
men's commissioner's cup race than second place Alabama State.
The Frank Award is presented for the combined achievement of the
men's and women's programs within the SWAC. Prairie View finished well
ahead of second place Alabama State. Mississippi Valley State finished
third overall..
NOTE: (SEE BOX BELOW) Winston-Salem State swept the CIAA All-Sports
Awards, theLoretta Taylor (women's) and C.H. Williams (men's) trophies. Hampton
won their llth consecutive MEAC Mary McLeod Bethune Women's All-Sports
Trophy while Norfolk State won its eighth straight Talmadge Layman Hill Men's
All-Sports Award.

Xavier takes GCAC All-Sports Award
NEW ORLEANS For the second consecutive year, Xavier Uni-
versity of Louisiana is the winner of the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf
Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award.
The Thomas Howell Cup, named __
fortheGCAC's longtime (onuniit-:-.'ner,
is awarded annually to the school with GULF COAST ****
the most points based on order of fin-
ish in various sports. Xavier, boosted
by GCAC championships in men's ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
cross country, women's cross country,
women's volleyball, women's basket-
ball and men's basketball, finished the IVE -R-
year with 44? points. Southern-New
Orleans (SUNO) was second with 33
points, and Edward Waters was third with 30?.
It's the second time that Xavier has won the award. The athletics de-
partment finished in the top three for the past eight seasons.
Xavier has won 36 conference/group team championships and earned
27 berths in NAIA national championships during the past seven seasons.
Xavier suspended intercollegiate athletics in 2005-06 in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. In six seasons since then, the Gold Rush (men) and
Gold Nuggets (women) have combined for 32 conference/group team
championships and 24 berths in NAIA national championships.


Winston-Salem State
Men Winston-Salem State
Women Shaw
Fayetteville State
Men Shaw
Women Winston-Salem State
Winston-Salem State
Fayetteville State
Men St. Augustine's
Women Virginia State
Men St. Augustine's
Women Virginia State
Winston-Salem State
Men Shaw
Women Shaw
St. Augustine's

Men Norfolk State
Women Hampton
Norfolk Shore
Men Norfolk State
Women Hampton
Norfolk State
Men Norfolk State
Women Hampton
Men Norfolk State
Women Hampton
Men South Carolina State
Women South Carolina State
Maryland-Eastern Shore

BCSP Football Notes

The SWAC has announced its ESPN Network
lineup of football games for the upcoming 2012 season.
In all, five SWAC football contests will be televised live
on the ESPN family of networks.
Kicking off the season is the Labor Day weekend
tradition of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, which is pre-
sented by ESPN and Disney at Orlando's Citrus Bowl
Stadium on Sunday, September 2. The game is set for
an 11:00 a.m. (CT) start on ESPN between Alabama
State and Bethune-Cookman.
Two regular season Thursday night games highlight
the SWAC regular season. Southern will play host to
Mississippi Valley State on September 13 at 6:30 p.m.
on ESPNU at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Aweek lateron September 20, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
travels to Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. to face

Alabama State for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on E
The final regular season game on the ES
is the traditional Thanksgiving Day match
Alabama State and Tuskegee in the Turkey
sic. This year's event is special because it fi
grand opening of ASU Stadium for a 3:00
And finally, the 14th annual SWAC C
ship Game will be carried live on ESPNU or
December 8 from Birmingham's Legion Fi

*The Mid-EasternAthletic Conferenc
has announced its 2012 Thursday night foot]
sion schedule featuring three matchups sc]
be televised live on ESPNU.
The nationally televised games are a

Men Benedict
Women Fort Valley State
Men Morehouse
Women Clark Atlanta
Men Morehouse
Women Albany State
Men Fort Valley State
Women Tuskegee
Kentucky State

Prairie View
Men Miss. Valley State
Women Miss. Valley State
Prairie View A&M
Men Grambling State
Women Alabama State
Grambling State
Men Alabama State
Women Jackson State
Men Grambling State
Women Jackson State
Men Grambling State
Women Alabama State
Miss. Valley State
Men Alcorn State
Women Southern
Jackson State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff

SWAC, MEAC ESPN schedules
iSPNU. MEAC's ongoing relationship with ESPN.
;PN family The Thursday night slate kicks off with Morgan
ip between State at North Carolina A&T on September 27 be-
Day Clas- ginning at 7:30 p.m. atAggie Stadium in Greensboro,
features the North Carolina.
p.m. start Hampton will travel to Durham, North Carolina
to take on North Carolina Central on October 18 at
Thampion- 7:30 p.m. The televised game will be the first MEAC
SSaturday, sponsored televised event for the Eagles since they
eld. returned to the conference last year.
The Thursday night lineup wraps up with
:e(MEAC) Morgan State hosting Delaware State at Hughes
ball televi- Stadium on October 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
heduled to The 2012 MEAC football season kicks off on
Thursday, August 30 featuring South Carolina State
part of the in a matchup against Georgia State.

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