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Adidas Pulls Shoe Over Likened
Similiarity to Slave Shackles
I Adidas athletic footwear company
thought they were pushing shoe design
-! forward with their new "JS Roundhouse
Mid" sneaker that comes with a set of
plastic shackles attached.
The shoe was to come out in August with
the tag line: "Got a sneaker game so hot
you lock your kicks to your ankles?"
Already, it has pulled the shoe amid
immediate fury from critics who say the
shackle sneaker calls up painful images of
slavery. On Twitter, the shoes were labeled
"Adidas slave shackle kicks" and talk of a boycott arose.
Early Monday, an Adidas representative defended the design in a state-
ment to the Los Angeles Times: "The design ... is nothing more than the
designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has
nothing to do with slavery." By the end of the day, it had decided yo
withdraw the shoe since it had only debuted on the Facebook page.
"We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are with-
drawing our plans to make them available," they said.
The shackle design was part of a new quirky line that also features
sneakers accented with teddy bears, butterfly wings and belt buckles.
Father Will Not Face Charges
For Killing Daughter's Molester
SHINER, Texas Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from
behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: A man
molesting her. The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities
say, and started pummeling him to death with his fists.
With his daughter finallysafe, the father frantically called 911, beg-
ging a dispatcher to find his rural ranch and send an ambulance.
"Come on! This guy is going to die on me!" the man is heard scream-
ing on the recording, which authorities played during a news conference
Tuesday where they announced that the father would not face charges.
"I don't know what to do!"
In declining to indict the 23-year-old father in the June 9 killing of
Jesus Mora Flores, a Lavaca County grand jury reached the same con-
clusion as investigators and many of the father's neighbors: He was
authorized to use deadly force to protect his daughter.
The family had hired Flores before to help with horses on the ranch.
He was not born in the U.S. but was here legally with a green card.
NYC 'Stop And Frisk' March
Sheds Spotlight on Racial Profiling
A planned "silent march" organized by civil rights leaders and sup-
porters to protest the use of an aggressive and racially motivated polic-
ing tactic took place on Father's Day Sunday without incident but left a
powerful image of solidarity among several key groups. The "End Stop
And Frisk: Silent March Against Racial Profiling" was helmed primari-
ly by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, New York-based
SEIU1999, and the NAACP. Other civil rights and labor union groups,
such as GLAAD, also marched with the group.
Thousands were on the ground for the silent march, hoping to high'-
light the issues with NYPD's "Stop And Frisk" policy. Last year, police
using the tactic stopped 685,000 men, mostly Black and Hispanic. Of
the staggering number, only 10 percent were found guilty of any crime.
Marchers started their walk at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, starting their
slow trek from Harlem and walking 30 blocks near Mayor Michael
Bloomberg's home off Fifth Avenue. According to reports, a group of
activists broke their silence when passing by the Mayor's residence. The
end destination was to be Bloomberg's house, but the streets and side-
walks were blocked off.
SunTrust and Wells Fargo Settle
Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuits
In separate actions, two of the nation's largest banks have each agreed
to multi-million dollar settlements of mortgage lending lawsuits that
alleged widespread discriminatory lending.
Wells Fargo, with $1.3 trillion in assets, announced that it agreed to
pay Shelby County, Tenn. and its largest city, Memphis, $7.5 million. Of
these funds, $4.5 million will be dedicated to local programs that will be
available later this year for down payment assistance, financial educa-
tion and home renovations. Consumers purchasing a home in either
Memphis or Shelby County may qualify for grants of up to $15,000.
This program will also stipulate that prospective buyers must agree to
live in the homes for at least five years. Tennesseans seeking renovation
assistance are eligible even if their mortgage was with another lender.
The remaining $3 million of the settlement funds will support various
existing governmental programs focused on small business develop-
ment, public safety initiatives, financial counseling and neighborhood
revitalization. Over the next five years, Wells has additionally pledged
to lend $425 million at market rates in the city and county. Of this lend-
ing sum, $125 million will be allocated for low and middle-income
The settlement will end the lawsuit filed in 2009 by the city and coun-
ty accusing the lender of Fair Housing Act violations by deploying dis-
criminatory mortgage lending practices and unnecessary foreclosures.
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Volume 25 No. 35 Jacksonville, Florida June 21-27, 2012
Speak Up or Set Back: Too Much
Silence Surround Affirmative Action
by J. Malveaux October, unless good sense visits voiced hostility to government uses
The most conservative Supreme one or two of them and they vote in of race.
Court in the past four decades is favor of student body diversity. The case, Fisher v. University of
poised to overturn the already limit- Since Bush-appointed justices John Texas, was brought by Abigail Noel
ed affirmative action provisions in Robert and Samuel Alito have Fisher, a White woman student who
the next term, which begins in joined the court, the court has Continued on page 3 3 d
Fathers Cook for Kids Scholarships
The 3rd Annual "Fathers Who Cook" Youth Summer Camp fundraiser was held at Gateway Town Center
and over 3,000 people were in attendance to taste the amazing cuisine of fathers who cook. Fathers were lined
up at their stations taking pride in their food dish. 2011 reigning champion, Bracey Taylor, an Anheuser Busch
executive proudly exclaimed "Last year I won with my Italian smoked chicken dish, this year I added some spe-
cial ingredients! For more sights and scenes from the event, see page 7 L. Jones photo
FAMU President Gets Vote
of No Confidence From Board
Florida A&M University presi-
dent James Ammons is under
intense scrutiny after the hazing
death of drum major Robert
Champion in November 2011. Last
week, eight of the 12 sitting mem-
bers on the board of trustees sup-
ported a no-confidence vote against
Ammons. According to USA
Today, the board members
expressed their belief that Ammons
was not fit to handle the position
after the revelation that over 100
members in the band at the time of
Champion's death were in not even
affiliated with the school.
The no-confidence vote was the
second time the board expressed
their dissatisfaction with the presi-
dent. An annual evaluation for
Ammons is also underway.
Despite negative responses, the
president has pledged that he will
carry the university through a
Earlier this month, Ammons
announced the harsh punishments
the school would impose on hazing
policy violators, stating that he had
requested the creation of an "anti-
hazing special assistant to the pres-
ident." He also promised to tighten
up the eligibility requirements for
joining the school's marching band
-- members of which are allegedly
responsible for the death of
Champion -- including a new 2.5
grade point average minimum
requirement for incoming students.
Ammons suspended the march-
ing band after Champion's death,
and last month announced that the
suspension will extend into the
coming school year.
"I am deeply concerned about the
culture at Florida
University," Ammons said.
deeply concerned about the
of our university."
Marvin "D.J." Roach
The "Old Timers", a long stand-
ing organization of community
centered gentleman, recently held
their annual Fathers Day Softball
Game in the Grand Park.
The long awaited game held since
the 90s, brings the young at heart in
a battle against the younger genera-
tion. This year's contest witnessed
a victory for both sides with a tie
breaker to be held at a later date.
The Old Timers' present events
throughout the year featuring free
food and entertainment for youth
and adults in a safe, secure envi-
ronment. As part of this year's
festivities, Marvin "DJ" Roach
received a surprise honor for his
service to the organization and
other community services. Just out
of a hospital stay, Roach says he
would not have missed the event
for anything. He gladly tells any-
one he will be where the fun is and
he will keep 'jamming like its'
1999". If it is up to the community
to keep DJ Roach on the scene, he
will no doubt be around for a very
Rodney King Found Dead at 47
King L 0 S
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for one of the most destRodne racey
blcalled 911 around 5:25 a.m., saidk
whunresponsive after attempts to
revive him. He was pronounced
The 1992 riots, s beating by
King L o s
police officers was the touchstone
for one of the most destructive race
riots in the nation's history, died
King was 47.
King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly,
called 911 around 5:25 a.m., said
Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding
officers found King at the bottom of
the pool and removed him. He was
unresponsive after attempts to
revive him. He was pronounced
dead at a local hospital.
The 1992 riots, set off by the
acquittals of the officers, lasted
three days and left 55 people dead,
more than 2,000 injured and swaths
of Los Angeles on fire. At the
height of the violence, King plead-
ed on television: "Can we all get
King was stopped for speeding
on a darkened street on March 3,
1991. Four Los Angeles police offi-
cers hit him more than 50 times
with their batons, kicked him and
shot him with stun guns.
A man who had quietly stepped
outside his home to observe the
commotion videotaped most of it
and turned a copy over to a TV sta-
tion. It was played over and over for
the following year, inflaming racial
tensions across the country.
It seemed that the videotape
would be the key evidence to a
guilty verdict against the officers,
whose trial was moved to the pre-
dominantly white suburb of Simi
Valley, Calif. Instead, on April 29,
1992, a jury with no black members
acquitted three of the officers; a
mistrial was declared for a fourth.
Violence erupted immediately,
starting in South Los Angeles.
Police, seemingly caught off-
guard, were quickly outnumbered
by rioters and retreated. As the
uprising spread to the city's
Koreatown area, shop owners
armed themselves and engaged in
running gun battles with looters.
During the riots, a white truck
driver named Reginald Denny was
pulled by several black men from
his cab and beaten almost to death.
He required surgery to repair his
shattered skull, reset his jaw and
put one eye back into its socket.
The police chief, Daryl Gates,
came under intense criticism from
city officials who said officers were
slow to respond to the riots. He was
forced to retire. Gates died of can-
cer in 2010.
In the two decades after he
became the central figure in the
riots, King was arrested several
times, mostly for alcohol-related
crimes. He later became a record
company executive and a reality
TV star, appearing on shows such
as "Celebrity Rehab."
In an interview earlier this year
with The Associated Press, King
said he was a happy man.
"America's been good to me after
I paid the price and stayed alive
through it all," he says. "This part
of my life is the easy part now."
MOSH Cosmic Concert wants in their next superintendent.
From June 1st to June 29th, The next meeting will be held on
come experience total-sensory Wednesday, June 26 at Raines High
entertainment as laser lights, high- School from 6-7:30 p.m.
defimages and digital sound collide
to create a Cosmic Concert! Shows
begin at 7 p.m. For more ifnrmation
call (904) 396-MOSH.
An Evening in
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.
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 .
What Do You Want in
The Duval County School Board
wants to know what the community
Auditions for Another
Sign: The Musical
Auditions will be held June 29th
for the new musical Another Sign.
The play is an original musical
addressing the issue of homeless-
ness in Jacksonville and across
America. Auditions are Friday,
June 29th from 5-8 p.m. at the
Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ
South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd,
Jacksonville, or call (904) 646-2111
or visit www.itsanothersign.com or
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
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)
Enjoy the Fireworks
This star-spangled celebration
features Jacksonville's most spec-
tacular 4th of July fireworks display
over the St. Johns River. The down-
town fireworks spectacular will
begin at 9:45 p.m. on July 4th and
can be viewed from the Northbank
and Southbank of the St. Johns
River. The fireworks show will also
be choreographed to a special patri-
otic soundtrack. Great places to
watch include the Landing and the
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
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 info call 924-7444.
Brides Against Breast
Cancer Gown Sale
On Thursday July 19th from 6-9
p.m., Brides Against Breast Cancer
will have a gown sale at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. Most gown prices
range between $99 and $79 and
include hundreds of name brand
and designer gowns.All forms of
payment accepted. For more infor-
mation call 588-1234.
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-
The 4th Annual Rhythm of Gospel
Awards will take place at the
Tuesday, July 24th July 29th, the
Omni Hotel downtown. The
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innovative and exciting showcases,
choir competitions, pageants and
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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-
Bikers Against Crime
Families of Slain Children is part-
nering with various motorcycle
clubs to increase awareness of
crime in the community. Come
enjoy food, fun and games and
speakers, Monday, July 30th from
1:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., at 3108 North
Myrtle. For more information con-
tact call 683-4986 or or email
Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
New Stanton Class of 1957
Celebrating their 55th Reunion
The1957 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 Dr. Graduates and guests will begin the festivi-
ties with a "Meet 'n Greet" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st. To recap-
ture the "good ol' days", "Fun Nite" will be held in the gym at New Stanton
on Friday, June 22nd. On Saturday, June 23rdthe 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 schoolmates 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 Richardson, is the minister. For
more information contact Reunion Chairman F. Lamar Hall at (904) 741-
1997 or email email@example.com.
Half off the Zoo When It's Over 92
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has returned its 92 at the Zoo sum-
mer promotion. From June 18th August 31st, when the temperature is
predicted to be higher than 92 degrees, guests can enjoy half-off general
admission with a coupon from the Zoo's official website at jacksonville-
zoo.org. If two of the three local weather authorities predict the weather to
be 92 degrees or higher, a coupon will be posted on the Zoo's website. For
more information contact Gina Stiles at (904) 757-4463, ext. 210 or email
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Eugene Butler Alumni Put on the Ritz Alumni of Eugene Butler recently enjoyed
a night of fellowship and camaraderie at the Ritz Theater. Shown above at the event are
Patricia Cleveland, Evangeline Owens Watson, Sandra Kelly Smith, Maurice Gray,
Sandra Smith Brown, Rachel Butts McGriff, Debra Bailey Dennis, Marietta LeBlanc,
Pricilla Seabron, James Tarver, and Rachel Bronner. M. LeBlanc photo
Family Supports 89 Year Old Pageant Contestant
89 year old Tommie Lee
Hughes recently competed "'
in the Mrs. Clay County ti
Senior Beauty Pageant. Her
recitation of a poem earned
her bragging rights as sec-
ond runner up. Though Ms.
Hughes was not the winner;
her winning spirit took
home the grand prize! As
the only African-American
in the pageant, she repre-
sented her family with pride.
Ms. Hughes resume
includes courses at Albany
State University and she
went on to graduate from
the William Washington
Beauty College with a
Master License in
Cosmetology in 1946. She
loved making others feel
and look beautiful. Tommie Shown above at the pageant are Ida Ross Johnson, Christie
Jones, Cheryl Hughes, Bobby Rivers, Jacquanna Hughes.
is a true giver of her time Seated Ms. Tommie Hughes, standing next to Tommie Hughes
and talents. is her great granddaughter Tamia Fields.
Romney to Attend
was first reported
by April Ryan of American Urban
Radio Networks. Romney is
scheduled to speak on July 11.
The move makes Romney the lat-
est GOP White House hopeful to
attend the annual summit. Sen.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) addressed
the convention in July 2008.
Relations between previous GOP
nominees and the country's largest
civil rights group have been some-
what more fraught. George W.
Bush addressed the NAACP dur-
ing his 2000 bid; he went on to
decline the group's invitations for
five straight years, citing his
"basically nonexistent" relation-
ship with its leaders. He did not
address the group again until
The previous GOP nominee, Bob
Dole, made headlines in 1996
when he declined the NAACP's
invitation and accused the group
of "trying to set me up."
In his 2008 speech, McCain
acknowledged the policy differ-
ences between himself and
President Obama and told the
crowd that "it may be that many of
you share his view."
"But even allowing for disagree-
ment, surely there's common
ground in the principle that gov-
ernment cannot go on forever
spending recklessly and incurring
debt," McCain said.
Too much silence surrounding affirmative
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did not qualify for the Texas Top
Ten Percent plan, which automati-
cally admits the top 10 percent of
every high school class in Texas to
the University of Texas. Despite
this, Fisher contends that she was
denied Fourteen Amendment pro-
tection and was discriminated
against because of her race.
Her reasoning? Though more
than 80 percent of UT students are
admitted under the Top Ten Percent
Plan, others are admitted based on
talent, leadership qualities and fam-
ily circumstances as well as race.
This seems to meet the Grutter v.
Bollinger standard that race may be
one, but not the only, factor in
determining college admissions.
However, Abigail Fisher is one of
a long line of mediocre White stu-
dents who might or might not have
been admitted to UT, regardless of
race. The student, who seems
unable to accept her own academic
shortcoming, is blaming the fact
that she didn't get into UT on
African American students, instead
of blaming it on herself.
Fisher was hardly disadvantaged
by the fact that she didn't get into
UT. She was scheduled to graduate
from Louisiana State University
this year. Lower courts have found
in favor of the University of Texas,
though the Firth Circuit decision
not to review the case was decided
narrowly, at 9-7. With two rever-
sals, one would have thought that
the lawyers at Wiley Rein would
have given up. But with a conser-
vative, race-hostile Supreme Court,
these folks were able to convince
the court to review this case.
Understand that this isn't a case
the Supremes had to take. They
could have taken a pass and decid-
ed to let the lower courts speak. But
they didn't, leaving one to think
that there is an agenda to dismantle
While many organizations, on
both sides of the table have filed
amicus or friend of the court briefs,
I am concerned that the Fisher case
is generating much less publicity
than either the University of
Michigan cases or 35- year old
Bakke decision. One might argue
that things have changed so signifi-
cantly that communities of color do
not find affirmative action neces-
sary, or that we are so used to being
attacked that we will not fight back.
But the data make it clear that there
are still major gaps in college com-
pletion between African Americans,
Latinos and Whites. While 29 per-
cent of the U.S. population older
than 25 has a college degree, the
number for African Americans is 14
percent. It is 8 percent for Latinos.
Our method of delivery educa-
tional services has not improved in
40 years. We have not taken demo-
graphic differences into account
when we look at education. Some
say we should base college admis-
sions solely on merit, but when has
that ever happened?
The Fisher case makes no sense,
but silence around it makes no
sense either. Last time there was an
attack on affirmative action, lots of
Fortune 500 companies, colleges,
civil rights organizations, and even
the United States Army weighed in.
Amicus briefs must be submitted to
the Supreme Court by August 6 in
order to be considered. Time is run-
ning out and too many are fiddling
while affirmative action is being
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Someone once said that the game
of chess is not for timid souls.
Sounds much like politics, which I
often equate to the game of chess.
The rules of the game are simple
two opponents on opposite sides
of a board with a team of workers
with specific goals rooks, bish-
ops, knights, and of course pawns.
The ultimate goal is a checkmate,
which happens when the king is in
a position to be captured (in check)
and cannot escape from capture.
Sounds like politics to me, and
the game is being played on the
highest level possible right now
between President Obama and his
Republican challenger, Mit
The beauty of chess is that it's
not a short game; mistakes are
afforded, and sacrifices are neces-
sary for victory.
Last week President Obama
made a bold move that could have
a lasting affect on this marathon of
He announced on last Friday that
his administration would stop
deporting some illegal immigrants
who were brought to the country as
children and have gone on to be
productive and otherwise law-abid-
ing residents. Just when you
thought the gay marriage issue was
dominating the political cycle -
Obama aggressively made another
Of course, there are always
repercussion to every action. The
pro-immigration rights side
President's New Policy to Stop
Deporting Young Illegals a Bold Move
cheered the Presidents decision,
while the anti-immigration build a
fence around the country folks
During his speech, the President
described his decision as the "right
thing to do for the American peo-
It's an interesting argument.
Those who supportimmigration
reform point out the fact that
undocumented people have lived in
this country for decades; and are as
important to this country as citizens
in many ways especially certain
industries like food service, con-
Those in opposition feel like ille-
gal immigrants are taking over the
country, overusing valuable
resources, living off of the govern-
ment, and taking jobs from
Regardless of where you stand,
you are about to hear a lot more
about the need to do something
about immigration,one way or
The stakes are high, and the
President made a move that not
only forces Romney to address
immigration laws, but it also helps
his numbers with Hispanic
Americans thecountry's fastest
growing minority group. In fact,
Florida Hispanics are now the
largest minority group, according
to the 2010 Census.
But much like playing chess,
there are very few safe moves. The
President's decision forces
Romney to deal with the sharp divi-
sions with the GOP and figure out a
game plan on how to appease his
conservative base withoutturning
his back on Hispanic voters. Good
luck with that one Mitty.
Romney has opposed the Dream
Act in the past and has sided with
the conservative base with hard-
line positions on immigration
reform. However, like chess, the
bigger picture is often times lost
when you are not a long term
thinker; and GOP leadership has
cautioned him aboutturning off
While national polls show the
President with a wide lead among
Hispanics, some Republican strate-
gists think Romney that can win the
election by stealing a fraction of
Hispanic voters away from Obama.
The Prez also has some tap danc-
ing to do as well. There are moder-
ates in both parties, and
Independents that tend to lean on
the conservative side when it
comes to immigration issues the
moderate/centrist vote may very
well decide the election.
The executive order announced
last week will basicallygrant a two-
year reprieve from deportation for
certain eligible immigrants, but
does not grant them legal status.
During his speech last week from
the White House, the President
said, "These are young people who
study in our schools, they play in
our neighborhoods, they're friends
with our kids, they pledge alle-
giance to our flag."
He added, "They are Americans
in their heart, in their minds, in
every single way but one: on
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
our families made it to America as
immigrants of some sort.
This debate about immigration
will only heat up more as the
November elections near. But as
the good book tells us, "The race is
not given to the swift nor the
strong, but the who endures until
Rodney King Was the Poster Child for Police
by George Curry
Rodney King would be the first
to tell you that he was no Martin
Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X. His
lifelong bout with alcohol and
drugs battles that he always
seemed to lose and frequent run-
ins with police did not qualify him
for icon status. Yet, that's what he
achieved in 1991 at the age of 27
because of one video clip. It was
graphic footage filmed by a
bystander showing at least four Los
Angeles policemen savagely kick-
ing and beating King with police
batons, landing at least 50 blows as
the unarmed King was sprawled on
the ground or struggling to stand
In the video, the officers were
seen teeing off on King as though
they were holding baseball bats or
golf clubs. Several other officers
stood around, doing nothing to halt
the repeated assault on the helpless
More than any other event, the
brutal beating of Rodney King, an
unemployed construction worker,
forced America to see what many
did not want to believe existed -
police officers, hiding behind a
badge and a gun, brutalizing citi-
zens who pose no immediate threat
to them or the public.
King was found dead Sunday
morning at the bottom of his swim-
ming pool at his home in Rialto,
Calif. No foul play was suspected.
His entry into the national spot-
light has its roots in an incident that
took place in 1989. King robbed a
grocery store in Monterey Park,
Calif. He took $200 and was sen-
tenced to two years in prison. On
the night of March 2, 1991, follow-
ing hours of drinking with friends,
King was spotted speeding in the
San Fernando Valley area of Los
Angeles. When cops tried to pull
him over, he tried to elude them by
driving even faster, up to 100 miles
per hour, fearing that he would go
back to jail for violating his parole.
After a high-speed chase joined
by other officers, King was cor-
nered and ordered out of his vehi-
cle. The two passengers accompa-
nying him, Bryant Allen and
Freddie Helms, immediately com-
plied with the order to exit the car
and lie face down on the ground.
King delayed his exit and when he
emerged, he acted strangely, wav-
ing at police helicopters that had
been part of the chase and giggling
Sgt. Stacey Koon, the supervis-
ing officer, fired a Taser into King's
back, causing him to drop to his
knees. Officer Laurence Powell hit
King in the head, knocking him to
ground, and continued striking
King. Other officers moved in as
well, pummeling King with their
night sticks. After being struck 56
times and kicked a half-dozen
times, King was handcuffed and
dragged to the side of the road on
his stomach to await the arrival of
an ambulance. King later reported
that he had suffered 11 skull frac-
tures, permanent brain damage,
kidney damage and broken bones
Four of the officers Koon,
Powell. Timothy Wind and
Theodore Briseno were charged
with excessive use of force. The
trial was switched from Los
Angeles to Simi Valley, a largely
White community in Ventura
County. On April 29, 1992, a jury
that contained no African
Americans acquitted three of the
officers and was unable to reach a
verdict on a fourth.
by Akilah Bolden Monifah
Few Americans know that Jun
19, or Juneteenth, is Independenc
Day for many folks of Africa
descent. Also known a
Emancipation Day or Freedon
Day, it commemorates the end o
slavery, the seminal event i
Emancipation Proclamation too
effect on Jan. 1, 1863, but the wor
did not spread instantly.
According to one account fror
published slave narratives of hov
the holiday began, th
Emancipation Proclamation wa
read to slaves in Galveston, Texas
on June 19, 1865, more than tw
years after it officially went int
effect. As word of the end of slav
ery spread, Juneteenth was create
Los Angeles exploded upon hear-
ing the verdict. At the end of six
days of unrest, there were 53
deaths, 2,383 injuries and property
damage was nearly $1 billion.
In an effort to end the violence,
Rodney King appeared in public to
utter his now famous, "Can we all
After the Los Angeles prosecutor
failed to win a conviction against
the four officers, the federal gov-
ernment obtained indictments
charging the officers with violating
the civil rights of King. Koon and
Stacey were found guilty and sen-
tenced to 32 months in prison;
Wind and Briseno were acquitted.
The city of Los Angeles settled a
civil suit brought by Rodney King
for $3.8 million. Cont'd. on page 7
to commemorate that day.
Folklore tells why the news of
freedom took so long to arrive.
One story is that slaves were
intentionally kept ignorant about
their freedom in order to allow
crops to continue being harvested.
Another has one messenger trav-
eling by mule from the date of the
Emancipation Proclamation to
deliver the news, and it simply
took more than two years to arrive
from Washington, D.C., to Texas.
Yet another story has the mes-
senger being murdered before he
could deliver the message.
Juneteenth has been a state holi-
The Difference Between
Prejudice and Discrimination
When it comes to bigotry in America, many people think one definition
fits all. Racism is racism is racism, and the only difference, perhaps, is to
what extent that racism goes. For instance, most people would agree that
though they both originate from the same place, painting a swastika on
somebody's garage door isn't as bad as a neo-Nazi violently beating some-
It turns out, however, that not all bigotry is the same. And, according to
a new op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, recognizing those differences, specifi-
cally between prejudice and discrimination, is an important step toward a
more racially just America.
In a piece called "African-Americans face prejudice but not much dis-
crimination," Norman Gelman, the chairman of Maryland's Commission
on Civil Rights, explains what Blacks need to know about the difference
between "discrimination" and "prejudice." In a world that's becoming
increasingly litigious when it comes to issues of racial bias, Gelman says
being educated about what you can actually fight in court is the first step in
I'm not arguing that the time of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream"
has arrived. I continue to believe that prejudice against African-Americans
persists, that many employers (particularly in small shops) would rather not
hire Latinos, that somewhere close to half the American population is ill-
disposed toward gays and a much larger proportion actively despises trans-
gender individuals. I doubt that most personnel managers are happy to see
But, while many complainants seem not to understand it, enforcing anti-
discrimination law is different from eradicating prejudice. Our agency's
investigators must find evidence to prove that discrimination has occurred.
They can't enforce suspicions.
Gelman's point is that there's a difference between a person having an
unspoken hatred for Blacks "prejudice" and them acting on that
hatred "discrimination." The difference being that discrimination is an
action that can be proved, while prejudice is merely an emotion; you can't
sue someone for harboring an emotion.
This is an interesting problem that things like affirmative action and anti-
discrimination lawsuits have created: A society in which it's acknowledged
that racial bias in hiring is wrong, but also a society in which racist people
are still firing people of color. It's just that now the racists are cloaking their
racism under things like financially motivated layoffs. For instance, when
it came to the public sector's recent layoffs, Black public workers were one-
third more likely to be laid off than their white counterparts. This isn't to
say that every laid off Black worker was fired for being Black, but it is like-
ly that prejudice against African-Americans ensured that at least some of
them were let go before their white colleagues.
In essence, the simple difference between prejudice and discrimination is
this: They're both terrible, but you're only able to prove one. Oftentimes,
the scariest thing about racism is its invisibility.
enth is Independence
day in Texas since 1980, and it is
either an official holiday or an
observed day in at least 17 other
states -- Alaska, Arkansas,
California, Connecticut, Delaware,
Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan,
Missouri, New Jersey, New York,
Oklahoma and Wyoming.
Juneteenth is also celebrated in
other parts of the world, including
China, Ghana, Israel and Japan, to
name a few countries, according to
Juneteenth.com, an educational
Why should anyone celebrate the
"With its lighthearted name and-
tragicomic origins, Juneteenth
appeals to many Americans by cel-
ebrating the end of slavery without
dwelling on its legacy," wrote Julie
Moskin in a 2004 article in the
New York Times.
"Juneteenth, its celebrators say,
is Martin Luther King's Birthday
without the grieving."
No stats prove how many people
celebrate Juneteenth every year,
but those who do usually treat it
like most holidays: filled with
parades, speakers, plenty of food,
family, dancing and laughter.
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TWIST OF FATE: Black Ex-Inmate Sues
Jailed KKK Member Over Life Story
JACKSON, Miss. A black ex-
prison inmate has filed a lawsuit
against reputed Ku Klux Klansman
Edgar Ray Killen and his wife and
lawyer over statements related to a
land transfer and book and movie
James Stem claims Killen signed
over power of attorney and land,
book and movie rights to him while
Stem was serving time for mail
fraud in the same Mississippi
prison where Killen is held.
Stern's suit claims Killen's
lawyer, Robert Ratliff, hurt his rep-
utation by denying Killen gave
Stern power of attorney. The suit
seeks at least $6 million.
Ratliffs law partner, Jon Green,
called the lawsuit frivolous.
Killen is serving 60 years for
manslaughter related to the 1964
deaths of three civil rights workers
that were dramatized in the 1988
movie "Mississippi Burning."
Atty. Ava Parker
Attorney Ava Parker has been
named to the Baptist Health Board
of Directors. She continues to serve
on Baptist Medical Center
Jacksonville's Board of Directors,
joining in 2010.
Parker is the president of Linking
Solutions, Inc., chief operating
officer for Politic365 and a partner
in the law firm of Lawrence &
Parker PA. In addition to her pro-
fessional career, Ms. Parker is very
involved in public service. She is
the immediate past chair and a
member of the Florida Board of
Governors of the State University
System and current vice chair of
the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority, and a member of the
boards of directors for the
Jacksonville Civic Council, AME
Housing Boards and The Links,
Incorporated. Parker is married to
State Representative Joe Gibbons
and they have three-year-old twins,
Parker and Bailey.
"We look forward to Ms. Parker's
contributions as a member of the
Baptist Health Board of Directors
as we prepare for the future needs
of our community and our organi-
zation," says Baptist Health
President and CEO Hugh Greene.
"Her business acumen and commu-
nity service will make her an
invaluable resource to our growing
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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 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 worship. The weeklong celebration will be
held at the church located at 11100 Wingate Rd, Lamont Hogans, Pastor.
For more information 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8 A.M. on Comcast 29.
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service via email to email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com. For more
information, call Rev. Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
Four months ago, two African-
American pastors stood in a hallway
of the Southern Baptist
Convention's Nashville headquar-
ters looking at a row of white faces.
The portraits of the 56 convention
presidents since the denomination's
1845 founding are in large picture
frames holding several portraits
each. The final frame holds empty
"They got a space for Fred, right
there," one of the men said. "Got a
space picked out for him."
"Fred" is the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.,
the man that will be the first African
American president of the nation's
largest Protestant denomination
after convention delegates voted
this week in New Orleans.
The city is home to the church
Luter rebuilt into the denomina-
tion's largest congregation in
Louisiana. He began rebuilding the
church in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina in 2005.
The Southern Baptist Convention,
a religious denomination that has a
long history defending slavery and
served as a spiritual haven for white
supremacists during a good deal of
the 20th century, is the largest
Protestant denomination in the
United States. The election has
been hailed by clergy of all races as
a sign of bold progress in the world
of American Protestantism.
The election comes weeks after
officials of the congregation said
race relations within the denomina-
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charged remarks made by the
group's longtime ethics chief.
Richard Land, the president of the
denomination's ethics and religious
liberty commission, was reprimand-
ed earlier this month for accusing
African-American leaders for what
he characterized as using the killing
of Trayvon Martin for political gain.
Luter, who is 55, has already
served as the first African-American
in several leadership positions with-
in the convention, including its first
vice president during the past year.
Leaders of the Southern Baptist
Convention said Luter's election
represented an important statement
about the denomination's efforts to
distance itself from its racist past.
The convention was founded in
1845 after Southern Baptists split
from the First Baptist Church in
America in the pre-Civil War days
over slave ownership.
It's a big step for a denomination
that was formed out of a pre-Civil
War split with northern Baptists
over slavery and for much of the last
century had a reputation for sup-
In recent years, faced with grow-
ing diversity in America and declin-
ing membership in its churches, the
denomination has made a sincere
effort to distance itself from that
past. Many Southern Baptists
believe the charming and charismat-
ic Luter is the man who can lead
Luter's rise through the Southern
Baptist ranks has been a slow and
steady process, the result of the hard
work, leadership and creativity that
allowed him to turn a struggling
inner-city church of 50 members
into the largest Southern Baptist
church in Louisiana by weekly
The 55-year-old grew up in New
Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the mid-
dle of five children raised by a
divorced mother who worked as a
seamstress "not to make ends meet,
but just to make them kind of wave
at each other," he said.
The family walked to a local
Baptist church every Sunday and
Luter's mother made sure all the
Luter drifted away from religion
after leaving home for college, but
at age 21 he found himself making a
promise to God that he has kept to
After a near-fatal motorcycle
accident landed him in the hospital,
"I said, 'God, if you save my life, I'll
serve you for the rest of my life,'"
He survived and soon began
preaching on street corners every
Saturday with a group of friends
"We had no training," he said.
"We were just really excited about
what God was
doing in our lives
and we wanted to
share it with others.
We got ridiculed a
Luter kept it up
for nine years
before someone ', .
suggested he apply
to become the pas- "
tor at Franklin
Church. Formerly a
white church, the
changed to African-
graphics of the -
"When I came to
Franklin Avenue it '
was a bunch of
women and kids,"
Luter said. "You
could count the
number of men on
So Luter bought a
pay-per-view TV boxing match
between Sugar Ray Leonard and
Thomas Hearns and told the women
in his church to invite every man
About 25 men showed up, some
of whom didn't realize they were
coming to the pastor's house, Luter
said. Nonetheless, they happily
dumped their beer to go in and see
the match. Afterward, Luter invited
them to come to church.
"The next Sunday there were
more men," Luter said. "Once we
started the men's program we found
that men draw not only other men,
but men draw women. Word started
Luter also began an outreach pro-
gram called "frangelism," for
"friends, relatives, associates and
neighbors." One week, members
asked to bring a friend to church, the
next week a relative, and so on.
"We told them, 'If God has done
something in your life, you are obli-
gated to share it.' We've never been
on TV or the radio, never put up any
billboards. The church grew through
word of mouth."
As the church grew and began
leading the state in baptisms, Luter
started to draw notice. In 1995, he
was invited to preach at the pastor's
conference held before the Southern
Baptist Convention's annual busi-
James Merritt, who would later
become SBC president, had never
met Luter or heard him preach when
he brought him to the conference on
a recommendation from a col-
league. Merritt was simply trying to
add diversity to the event. He got
much more than he had hoped for.
Merritt was on the speaker's plat-
Rev. Fred Luter
form facing the audience of 15,000
to 20,000 when Luter began to
"They were electrified," he said.
"You could tell by their body lan-
guage he had them in the palm of his
As Luter tells it, that conference
put him on the map and he soon
started getting invitations to preach
all over the country. Some members
of his congregation worried he
would leave them for a better offer,
but Luter has remained devoted to
Many Southern Baptist leaders,
when speaking of Luter, mention
how respected he is for his determi-
nation to stay in New Orleans after
Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005,
destroying Franklin Avenue and
scattering its members.
The tragedy resulted in two new
Franklin Avenue churches being
formed, one in Houston and one in
Baton Rouge, La., both cities where
many former members remain.
Despite huge membership losses
at Franklin Avenue in New Orleans
after Katrina, about 5,000 people
attend services each week and a
recent Sunday found people stand-
ing along the walls with the sanctu-
ary filled to capacity. To cheers and
applause, Luter invited them all to
come to the city's convention center
and witness a historic moment
where their pastor would be elected
as the first African-American presi-
dent of the Southern Baptist
As Crosby, of First Baptist New
Orleans, puts it: "It's such a note of
grace and favor from God that a
man of this caliber would step for-
ward to become the first African-
American president of the SBC."
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Look 'em in
A new study has found that
women who make direct eye con-
tact with people they talk to are
perceived as being more likable
than those who don't. The study's
Chances are, you've probably
heard these lines before:
"I've always been a big woman.
I'm big boned!"
"He's a big guy; he's not over-
weight. It's just that he has a large
Somewhere along the way, many
people have mistaken bones for fat,
especially on overweight people
who are very tall. First of all, unless
you have X-ray vision, you can't
tell if someone has big bones if
there's a lot of body fat over them.
Tall people who are over-fat are
often referred to as "big boned" or
"large framed." It's fascinating,
because the size of a thigh bone
does not determine how much body
fat is stuffed into that thigh. And
how do big bones create a 40-inch
A 5'10" woman who's over-
weight is hardly referred to as
plump or pudgy. But a 5'2" woman
with proportionately the same
amount of excess body fat is typi-
cally called plump or pudgy.
Size of fat cells and height of
person are not related
A tall person has longer than
average bones. But bone length has
nothing to do with bone mass or
body fat. A "solid" build is not to be
confused with a muscular build.
"Solid" is a polite way of saying
the Eye Ladies
lead author, Malia Mason, a Phi.D.
candidate at Dartmouth College in
New Hampshire, says that this
is probably because eye contact
sends the message that the per-
son being spoken to and
lstciucd t, is more interesting
ihan au ilhing or anyone else.
The study also found that
e e~ contact increases your
abilmR to persuade others. If
N ou arc perceived as likable
thln people will be more
open to paying close
attCeniio to you and being
corn mnced by your point
ot \ iew, Mason says.
So what can women
glean from this study? If
you're trying to get your
I husbands or other peo-
ple to do something for
ou. it might be better
to talk to them face to
face rather than on the
phone. And when you do raise a
topic, fix your gaze on the person
you're talking to and you'll be
more likely to get cooperation.
someone is overweight.
Excess body fat can be so dense-
ly packed within a particular space
(such as thighs), that it almost mim-
ics the appearance of muscle
because it's not a "fluffy" or jiggly
kind of fat. When this tightly-
packed fat is on a tall frame, the
person is perceived as being big-
Resistance training, not height, is
what influences bone density and
thickness. Next time you see a "big-
boned" person, imagine what his or
her body fat reading would be with
a caliper skin-fold test.
And even when a person has
thick bones, this doesn't necessarily
mean generous girth. A thick bone
on a six-foot-tall woman can still be
surrounded by a thin layer of body
fat and lean muscle. Look no fur-
their than many competitive tennis
players such as Venus Williams
(6'1") and Maria Sharapova (6'2").
And a delicate, thin bone on a
six-foot-tall woman can be sur-
rounded by layers of fat, creating
the appearance of that "large
frame." There is no relationship
between bone length and fat cells,
period. Diet and exercise are the
key players here. Thus, a very tall
person can have a light or delicate
frame, such as fashion models and
skilled high-jumpers. Likewise, a
very short person can have a com-
Dairy's Important Role in African American Health
by Jack Diamon
Got dairy? If the statistics are any
indication, the answer is probably
no. According to the National
Medical Association, the largest
African American physician's
group in the USA, African
Americans should get 3-4 servings
of milk, yogurt or cheese daily.
However, recent studies show that
African Americans are getting less
than 1 serving of dairy foods per
day and over 80% fail to get the rec-
ommended daily amount of calci-
um. Getting adequate calcium in
your diet is extremely important as
it can help reduce the risk of high
blood pressure, obesity and osteo-
How Much is a Serving?
1 serving of dairy provides about
300 mg of calcium. Some examples
of serving sizes are: 1 cup of milk,
1 cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt,
or 1.5oz of cheese (2 thin slices).
Lactose Intolerance is the body's
inability to digest lactose, a sugar
that is found in milk and dairy prod-
ucts. Lactose Intolerance affects up
to 80% of African Americans.
Every person is different, but most
people who are lactose intolerant
are able to eat a small amount of
dairy. The trick is to eat dairy prod-
ucts in combination with other
foods that do not contain lactose
and not eat too much dairy at once.
It can also help to keep a food diary
to learn which foods your body can
or cannot tolerate. Some ideas to
help improve your body's sensitivi-
ty to lactose:
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
Drink milk with meals, and try
drinking it in smaller quantities.
Cheese is naturally low in lactose,
so try adding a slice to your sand-
Try lactose reduced/ free milk.
Some non-dairy foods that are
high in calcium include dark green
vegetables (such as broccoli) and
fish with soft, edible bones (such as
sardines and salmon.
Hypertension or high blood pres-
sure is a risk factor for heart dis-
ease, kidney disease, and stroke -
particularly among African
Americans. One in three African
Americans suffer from hyperten-
sion, and may develop it earlier in
life and with greater consequences
than Caucasians. Results from the
DASH study found that a low-fat
diet that included 3 servings of
dairy foods and was rich in fruits
and vegetables significantly low-
ered blood pressure.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone
disease characterized by low bone
mass, which makes bones fragile
and susceptible to fracture.
According to a recent analysis, 38%
of African Americans have low
bone density. Between 80-95% of
fractures in African Americans over
the age of 64 are due to osteoporo-
sis and African American women
who sustain osteoporosis related
fractures suffer increased disability
and decreased survival rates com-
pared to white women.
In most cases, osteoporosis canbe
prevented by adequate intake of
calcium, Vitamin D (foods such as
milk, eggs and fortitied cereals and
breads) and appropriate exercise.
It is estimated that over 60% of
African Americans are eighl.
Research is showing that a bal-
anced, reduced calorie -..iij:.' tri
that includes milk, -'.;r' and
cheese is associated ',i a lower
body weight, You canikeep your
calories down by hAoing fat-fre
and low-fat varieties of your
favorite dairy products.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Is there anything I can do to make your job easier?
This is a "no-brainer," because the answer is crystal clear. The answer
involves the patient being open and honest in providing accurate informa-
tion to enable accurate diagnosis, as well as to support the doctors' ability
to follow-up and track the progress of the treatment plan.
2. Regardless of what my insurance company will or won't pay for,
will you please inform me of all treatment options, which could help.
This is extremely important because it allows you the patient to have the
right and the ability to decide. For example, if there is an option for treat-
ment that appeals to you, this allows you to find the money to pay for it
out-of-pocket, if necessary.
3. How are the tests you are ordering going to help you in making
your final diagnosis, and what are the risks (if any) of these tests?
Here we have the information to not only understand what's going on as
you take what could be a battery of tests, but also to play an active role in
the diagnostic process without "playing doctor."
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pact structure, such as some gym-
nasts and wrestlers.
Let's examine two body types
Excess body fat tends to distrib-
ute evenly throughout the meso-
morph's naturally athletic-looking
build. But endomorphs have natu-
rally below-average muscle mass,
are rounder in shape and have a nat-
urally higher body fat percentage
than mesomorphs. Body fat tends to
concentrate in the endomorph's
hips, thighs and upper arms. All of
this is a tendency. Weight lifting
and food intake are potent variables
that affect apparent body type.
A 5'10" female mesomorph who
is 30 pounds overweight will carry
the weight more proportionately
than the 5'10" female endomorph.
Yet both women can have identical
body fat percentages. It's easy to
see how the tall mesomorph with
extra body fat can be perceived as
big-boned, rather than overweight.
"She's a big girl!" is a common
expression for the tall, overweight
mesomorph. And even endomorphs
with extra pounds are called "natu-
And let's not forget tall men with
weight to lose. Does "big guy"
come to mind? Let's face the truth:
In a society that serves up huge por-
tions of high-calorie foods, big
screen TVs with their remotes,
computers and electronics making
life increasingly immobile, a very
tall person is just as prone to carry-
ing excess fat as is a shorter indi-
vidual. Stop blaming the bones!
Slow metabolism is also a cul-
prit, and with an unhealthy lifestyle,
any "body type" can fall victim to a
stunted metabolic rate. Next time
you think someone is "just natural-
ly big," ask yourself what the big
bone inside? If you think it's mus-
cle, ask him to flex
it. Fat cannot be
people who get
time? Do bones get bigger? Or do
fat cells get bigger? The opposite is
true when it comes to bones; as we
age, bones become smaller: less
dense, less "thick." But something
else increases: body fat. This fact of
aging occurs to people of all
Height and weight charts-
Such a standard chart says that a
5'8" woman can weigh up to 165
pounds and still be within a normal
weight range. Even when a compet-
itive female bodybuilder of this
height builds up a lot of muscle
(which is heavier than fat), she still
may weigh only 150. So how can
165 pounds translate to "normal" or
"healthy" weight for the average
Chuck these charts. Reach for
the skin-fold calipers instead.
According to the American Council
on Exercise, the "athletic" range for
a woman's body fat is 14-20 per-
cent; and for a man, 6-13 percent.
People who are blessed with sur-
plus height need to exercise and eat
healthfully as much as anybody
else. Never use your regal stature as
an excuse to avoid working out.
Body fat percentage is just one of
several elements used in gauging a
person's physical fitness-and the
importance of a healthy body fat
percentage is equally applicable to
men and women of all heights. The
other elements are: muscle strength,
muscle endurance, cardiovascular
fitness, and flexibility.
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E' FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 19 25, 2012
HAWKS FIGHTING HAWKS: Maryland-
Eastern Shore only HBCU women's
FLYING program in Capital One Cup stand-
ings and only HBCU with track and
H IGH field first team all-American.
MVSU, JACKSON STATE SETTLE ON HOOPSCOACHES;
GRAMBLING, DOUG WILLIAMS REACH AGREEMENT
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
Prairie View A&M Sports Photo
TRIPLE JUMPER: Prairie View A&M sophomore Preston
Woodard was named a second team All-American after
his ninth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field
DIV. I TRACK & FIELD ALL-AMERICANS:
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches
Association (USTFCCCA) has
announced those that earned UST-
for the 2012 NCAA Division I
Outdoor Track & Field season.
Honors are awarded for per-
formances at the final site of the
NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track &
Field Championships occurring
the last weekend in Des Moines,
SUMESoSpnrtsIPhoto Iowa. The top eight finishers
GUION-FIRMIN receive first-team designation,
9-thru-16 finishers earn the second team.
Six athletes from HBCUs made the first or second team
list led by Maryland-Eastern Shore standout Lenora
Guion-Firmin. Guion-Firmin posted a 52.65-second time
in the 400-meter dash finals and was the only HBCU per-
former to make the finals in an event. Sprinting from lane
one, Guion-Firmin finished eighth in the final event.
Prairie View A&M sophomore Preston Woodard
finished ninth nationally in the triple jump to become the
top HBCU male performer. The Sweeny, Texas standout
advanced to the finals with a jump of 52-2. He had four
additional attempts to move up in the standings but came
up just short as his second-best jump registered 52-1 3/4.
He finished ninth overall and earned second team honors
Savannah State sprinter Amara Jones earned second
team honors based on her perfor-
mance in the 400 meter dash. Her
best time was 52.7 seconds, just
1/10th of a second behind Guion-
Firmin and 11lth overall.
Men's second team honors also
went to Arkansas-Pine Bluff
shot putter Terron Armstead,
Morgan State's discus thrower
Emmanuel Stewart and UMES's
SSU Sports Photo Andre Walsh in the 400 meter
ARMSTEAD STEWART WALSH
UMES 32nd IN CAPITAL ONE CUP:
With 20 points, the University of Maryland-Eastern
Shore tied with three other schools Georgetown, Min-
nesota and Texas Christian for 32nd in the final women's
standings for the Capital One Cup given to the best women's
Div. I athletic program in the country.
Stanford won the cup with 152.5 points, UCLA was
second with 110. UMES finished in the top 10 percent of
all women's programs. UMES is the only HBCU to record
points in the final standings.
The points can be attributed to the success of the
UMES women's bowling team, who not only won back-
to-back national championships, but finished first in the
final National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll.
The UMES volleyball team won the MEAC title.
Grambling State, Doug Williams
settle contract dispute
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, at its
monthly meeting Monday in Baton Rouge, approved the three-year con-
tract for Grambling State University (GSU) Head Football Coach, Doug
"The University is delighted that Coach Williams successfully led the
Tiger Football team to an astounding 2011 football season that culminated
in winning the 2011 SWAC Championship.
Having received all appropriate signatures and board approval on the
contract, the university will continue to move forward in preparation for
another victorious season this fall," stated GSU President, Frank Pogue.
"On behalf of the Grambling State University family, we express our ap-
preciation to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors for
Williams sued the school back in April claiming that it had reneged
on contract promises. The suit stated that Williams agreed to a contract in
February 2011 that included guaranteed salary and performance bonuses,
but the UL System Board never voted on the contract as required by law.
The main point of contention was that Williams and his staff were not paid
bonuses promised for winning the 2011 SWAC championship.
"After talking with Dr. Pogue and all other interested parties, we were
able to come together on common ground. We all want what's best for
Grambling State University and to ensure that the university continues to
move in a positive direction," said Williams.
Elvis Robinson to lead
Miss. Valley State women's hoops
ITTABENA- Mississippi Valley State announced Monday that Elvis
Robinson will take over the women's basketball program as head coach.
It will mark the first head coach position for the former Alcorn State and
Jackson State assistant.
Robinson, a 2004 graduate of MVSU, takes over for Nate Kilbert,
who recently left for the same position at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"We did a thorough search and Robinson presented himself as a top
candidate," said MVSU interim director of athletics Donald Sims. "We
have faith that he will keep the program going in the right direction."
Robinson, who was most recently an assistant at JSU, played for the
Delta Devils from 2000-04 and was a member of the 2003-04 regular season
SWAC championship squad.
He went on to become a graduate assistant for theAlcom State women's
basketball team from 2004-06. The Lady Braves won the 2004-05 SWAC
championship. He then served as an assistant coach at Alcorn from 2006-
08 before heading to Jackson State in 2006. At JSU, served in multiple
capacities including assistant coach, assistant head coach and interim head
Robinson, a 1999 graduate of Callaway High School, earned his master's
of secondary education from Alcorn State in 2007.
Potts to replace Woods in men's
basketball at Mississippi Valley State
ITTA BENA-- Mississippi Valley State University has filled its head
men's basketball coaching vacancy.
The university announced Monday that interim head coach Chico
Potts, who had served a four-year stint as an assistant under previous head
coach Sean Woods, has been named head coach. Woods left for Morehead
State last month.
Potts, who was also an assistant at Delta State from 2006-08, will
have the interim tag removed from his name after signing a multi-year deal
with MVSU. He will be the ninth head men's basketball coach in school
"He presented himself well during the interview process," said MVSU
interim director of athletics Donald Sims. "He also has a plan for our men's
basketball program for them to excel academically and athletically, which
is very important."
Potts, an Indianola native who played at LSU and Delta State, was the
primary assistant coach on last year's squad that racked up a SWAC regular
season and tournament title along with an NCAA Tournament appearance
-- the fifth in school history. The Delta Devils also once held the nation's
second-longest win streak (17 games) during the 2011-12 season.
Potts got his start as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Delta State,
in 2001 before he made stops at Greenville-Weston (2002-03) and Tupelo
High School (2003-06). He was an assistant coach under Jason Conner
from 2006-08 at DSU before joining Woods at MVSU in 2008.
Potts earned his associates of science degree from Lon Morris College
in 1997 before getting a bachelor's degree in physical education from DSU
in 2000. He finished his master's program in physical education from DSU
Surina Dixon named new head women's
basketball coach at Jackson State
(JACKSON, Miss.) Jackson State named Surina R. Dixon Friday
as the Lady Tigers new head women's basketball coach.
Dixon, a Mississippi native, comes to Jackson State from Southwind
High School in Memphis where she compiled a 67-20 overall record over
three seasons as head basketball coach. She brings over 20 years of coach-
ing experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels.
She is familiar with the SWAC having served as head coach at Texas
Southern in 2008 where she was fired before ever coaching a game. Last
August, she was awarded $730,000 by a jury after filing a federal lawsuit in
which she claimed her firing was retaliation for complaining about gender
discrimination regarding her contract.
From 2005 to 2007, Dixon was the head coach for Lane College in
Jackson, Tenn. During her tenure, the Lady Dragons posted one of the
highest grade point averages and most wins in over a decade.
Prior to Lane College, Dixon spent four seasons as the head coach at
the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). While at UMES, she
recorded three straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament first
round wins, and her Lady Hawks teams graduated at a 99 percent rate.
Before UMES, Dixon served as the head assistant coach at Arkansas
State University, where she helped lead the Lady Indians to their best start
in school history and their first top 25 national ranking. Dixon also worked
as the assistant coach at Texas Southern, where she helped guide the Lady
Tigers to their best finish in over a decade.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Dixon was a successful coach
in the Memphis school district. At Germantown Middle School, she won
eight district and six county championships and a run of five undefeated
seasons. While at Germantown, she posted a 165-29 overall record.
UMES, MEAC female track stars
take talents home to native France
PRINCESS ANNE, MD Three female track
stars that helped propel the Maryland-Eastern
Shore Lady Hawks women's team to a second-
place finish in the Mid Eastern Athletic Confer-
ence Outdoor Championships are now earning
honors on their native French national team.
MEAC outdoor champions Cynthia Anais
and standouts Lenora Guion Firmin and Eme-
lie Ducados competed in that country's national
championships recently to represent their country
at this summer's Olympics.
Guion-Firmin will represent UMES and
France in the 2012 Olympic Games in London
after finishing third in the 400-meter dash to
qualify for a spot on the team with her time of
With her third place finish, Guion-Firmin
earned a spot in the 400-meter relay pool of run-
ners. If she runs an acceptable "A" standard time
she could also run in the 400-meter dash event.
"This is such a privilege for her [Guion-Fir-
min] to represent her country," said UMES head
coach Ernest Barrett. "It's every track student-
athletes dream to run in the Olympic Games."
At the collegiate level, Guion-Firmin recently
competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field
Championships. She punched her ticket to the
finals with a 52.23 time in the 400-meter dash
preliminary round in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the finals she posted a 52.65 time, good for
eighth place. That was enough to receive NCAA
First-Team All-American honors. Guion-Firmin
is the first female in UMES history to receive
All-American honors in both indoor and outdoor
In the MEAC Outdoor championships, she
finished second in the 400 meters with a time of
52.82 and second in the 200 meters with a time
of 23.54. She also helped the Lady Hawks to a
fifth place finish in the 4x100 meter relay and a
third-place finish in the 4x400 relay. She had a
hand in scoring 26 points for the Lady Hawks.
In her first year competing for the Hawks,
Guion-Firmin set two UMES records. She ran a
23.49-second time in the 200-meter dash and a
52.20-second time in the 400-meter dash.
In addition to her second-place finishes in
the MEAC Championships, she also finished
either first or second in eight other events in the
2012 season. She had four first-place finishes,
two in the 400-meter dash, and one in the 100
and 200-meter dash events. She marked a 52.92
at George Mason in the 400 and a faster 52.74 at
Morgan State. Her 23.49 sprint in the 200 meters
at Morgan State was school-record setting, and
her 12.07 finish in the 100 meters at Navy was
the only time she ran in the event this season.
"Her points alone helped elevate UMES into
the top 60 track and field programs in the country,"
Guion-Firmin also ran in the 200 meters at
George Mason, finishing second with a 23.51 time.
At Towson she finished second in the same event
with a 23.78. She has been a consistent Peninsula
Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week,
and received area news coverage earlier in the
outdoor track and field season.
"Lenora is a young and talented student-ath-
lete, and if she keeps the fire burning and stays
focused she will have an even brighter future
ahead of her," Barrett stated.
The city of Princess Anne, Maryland recog-
nized Guion-Firmin in May with a proclamation
for receiving All-American status as an indoor
track and field athlete.
Anais placed second in the 800-meter run
of the France Championships of Elite Athletics.
Anais ran a time of 2:06.55 to advance to the
800-meter run finals. UMES teammate Emilie
Ducados finished seventh in the event with her
time of 2:10.69. Anais also recently competed in
the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary
Round prior to her national competition.
Anais set a UMES record in the 800-meter
run earlier in the season. She ran a 2:04.26 in the
IC4A/Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
competition in Princeton, New Jersey. Her time
is currently the eighth best in the country.
In the 1,500-meter run, Anais ran a 4:28.83,
which is her personal best time in the event as a
In May, Anais won the MEAC 800 meters
at the Outdoor Championships with a time of
2:05.97. Ducados was fifth in 2:11.37.
Anais also took top honors in the 1500 me-
ters with a time of 4:36.39. UMES scored 106
points and finished second to MEAC champion
Anais and Ducados also competed in the
400-meter dash in the outdoor season. In the
Towson Invitational (March 31), the pair finished
first and second, respectively. Anais ran 56.24,
while Ducados posted a time of 56.63.
Ducados ran a 56.34 this season in the 400-
meters in the Wake Forest Open. She also ran a
faster time in the 800-meter run during the Mid-
Eastern Athletic Conference Championships.
Her time then was a 2:08.51.
The Hawks finished its 2012 Outdoor Track
and Field season with three NCAAAll- Americans
and a Honorable Mention to the men's 400-meter
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Mayweather Denied Early Release on Bad Food Claim
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s request
that he be released from jail because
the low-quality food and water have
threatened his health was denied by
a Las Vegas judge who says he
should eat and drink what is being
given to him behind bars.
Justice of the Peace Melissa
Saragosa wrote in her decision that
water has been made available to
Mayweather around the clock and
the only reason he isn't eating prop-
erly is because he refuses to eat the
provided meals. Saragosa said
Mayweather's complaints that he is
unable to exercise in jail are also
"While the physical training areas
and times provided to
(Mayweather) may not be consis-
tent with his prior regimen, he is
indeed provided sufficient space
and time for physical activity if he
so chooses," Saragosa wrote.
How many children did music
legend James Brown have?
As of Father's Day, perhaps 13.
James Curtis of Las Vegas has
stepped forward, claiming to be
His mother, now deceased, met
James Brown in Augusta juke joints
and became pregnant with him
A mere 10 days after Mayweather
turned himself in to begin his three-
month sentence, his legal team filed
an emergency motion asking the
court to put him under house arrest
or move him into the general jail
population -- something that jail
officials had avoided to protect the
celebrity fighter. The motion
claimed the undefeated champion
might never fight again because he
was getting out of shape in solitary
Mayweather pleaded guilty last
year to reduced domestic battery
charges stemming from an attack on
his former girlfriend while two of
their children watched. The plea
deal allowed him to avoid trial on
felony charges that could have got-
ten Mayweather up to 34 years in
prison if he was convicted.
Mayweather was sentenced Dec.
22, but was allowed to remain free
long enough to make a Cinco de
Mayo weekend fight.
Mayweather's legal team told the
court this week that his personal
physician, Dr. Robert Voy, visited
the jail and determined the fighter
had lost muscle tone. Voy estimated
Mayweather was consuming fewer
than 800 calories a day instead of
his usual 3,000 or 4,000 calories.
Mayweather also wasn't drinking
enough because he wasn't allowed
bottled water and doesn't like tap.
"I am concerned about Floyd
withdrawing, developing anger he
cannot dissipate through the usual
means of dedicated exercise and
training," Voy wrote in an affidavit.
"Boxing has been Mr.
Mayweather's life since he was a
young man and we need champions
of this type to continue to their nat-
ural retirement and hopefully their
contributions to society thereafter."
Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich scoffed
at the complaints during a court
"It's jail," Luzaich told the court.
"Where did he think he was going?
The Four Seasons?"
James Brown Son Comes Forward
when she was 13 years old, he said.
Brown was a teen at the time.
Curtis was born in 1951, which
makes him-at age 61-Brown's
oldest child, if his claim is proven.
He has offered to take a DNA test.
Curtis's mother showed him pic-
tures of the two of them together,
and he always knew Brown was his
father, he said.
At age 12, Curtis went to the
Apollo Theater in New York, where
Brown was performing, so that he
could meet his father. "His band
members and body guards pushed
me aside," he said.
Now Curtis would like to receive
a share of Brown's estate.
Mike Tyson Teams with
Spike Lee for Broadway Show
Broadway producer James Nederlander (L), film director Spike Lee
(R) and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson talk about the
Broadway debut of Tyson's one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed
Truth" during a recent news conference in New York..
Former heavy weight champion
Mike Tyson and acclaimed director
Spike Lee are heading to
The boxing titan will star in his
own autobiographical one-man
show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed
Truth" at the Longacre Theater. It
will run for just six nights, July 31
through August 5.
The expansive look at Tyson's
struggles with drug abuse, profes-
sional triumphs and a series of per-
sonal setbacks was staged in Las
Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel.
The show apparently does not
shirk from the seedier elements of
Tyson's story, with the boxer dis-
cussing his encounters with prosti-
tutes and the ear biting debacle with
"Undisputed Truth" marks the
Broadway debuts of both Tyson and
Writing in Time magazine, Gary
Andrew Poole called the Las Vegas
show "bizarre" and wrote, "As a
performer, Tyson forces many of
his lines and has a nervous habit of
saying 'and shit' at the end of prac-
tically every sentence. He paces the
stage drinking water, often breath-
ing hard into his microphone, and
robotically moves his body across
"It is an honor to work with Spike
Lee," Tyson said in a statement. "I
have always admired his work.
Sharing the highlights and low-
lights of my life with New York is
especially important to me as I was
born and raised in Brooklyn."
Tickets range from $75 to $199.
A limited number of VIP tickets,
which include a meet, greet and
photo with Tyson after the show,
are also available for $300.
"Something, anything-even a
piece of jewelry. He didn't provide
anything for me through the years,
and I want some compensation."
Even if DNA proves that Curtis is
Brown's son, he may receive noth-
ing from the Brown estate settle-
ment-but he could benefit as
Brown's heir under Federal
In Brown's will, he left six named
children his personal and household
effects. They and Brown's compan-
ion, Tommie Rae Hynie, challenged
Brown's estate plan and were
included in a 2009 settlement deal
forged by former S.C. Attorney
General Henry McMaster. The deal
gave away over half of Brown's
music empire to the six claimed
children and companion.
Brown's estate plan left his entire
music empire to the "I Feel Good"
Trust, his education charity.
The deal has been appealed to the
S.C. Supreme Court. Arguments
were heard in November, but no
decision has been issued. One rea-
son for the appeal was that the
McMaster deal stopped an ongoing
procedure to determine who were
Brown's heirs under Federal
Copyright laws. McMaster's deal
also exempted some claimed chil-
dren from DNA testing.
R. Kelly owes the IRS $5 Million
R & B crooner R. Kelly owes the Internal
Revenue Service a king's ransom of nearly $5
million in unpaid taxes to the IRS going back
as far as 2005. Though Kelly has made some
efforts to get up to date, paying $2.6 million
in back taxes in 2008 and more than $1 mil-
lion in back taxes last year, he still owes the
federal government more than $4.8 million,
the records state.
Kelly, who beat a child pornography case at .
trial in 2008, continues to win plaudits and \ /,
earn money for his sexually charged music.
His old-school R&B album, "Love Letter," got a Grammy nomination last
After recovering from throat surgery, he's due to release the follow-up,
his 11th album, next month. He still performs regularly.
Arsenio Hall Retuns to Primetime TV
Arsenio Hall is returning to nighttime TV for a dose of laughter and gos-
sip. The entertainer stepped on the scene with his hugely popular self-
titled show from 1989 to 1994, where then presidential candidate Bill
Clinton played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the sax.
For his new show, he admits he'd really like to have the famous Hip Hop
"You can't go wrong if you get Jay-Z, Beyonce and the baby," said Hall.
Bobby Brown Marries in
Bobby Brown and his long -
time significant other and man- i .
ager, Melissa Etheridge, got .
married this week in Hawaii.
Brown, 43, was surrounded by
family and friends, including his -
older kids Landon, 23, ;.
La'Princia, 22, and Bobby Jr.,' 1
19, as well as Brown and l -
Etheredge's only child together,
Meanwhile, People reported
that the groom wore a red suit
and Adidas sneakers that
matched those of Cassius, who
served as ring bearer.'r
The couple became engaged in 2010 on stage in Jacksonville, Fla. when
Brown popped the question to Etheredge. Following his divorce from
Houston in 2007, Brown gave credit to Etheredge for giving him a new
lease on life.
"I got my passion back for music and for loving myself because of her,"
Brown told People.
And what about a honeymoon for the couple? Well, it appears it'll have
to wait because the Hawaii location was taken advantage of because it was
a stop on Bobby's tour with New Edition. Brown and Etheridge will con-
tinuetraveling with the tour.
, O Qe person noticeably absent-from the celebration was Bobbi Kristina
Brown. The 19-year-old ditched her father's Hawaii wedding to film her
new reality show in New York.
The show, called "The Houston Family Chronicles" documents the teen's
life as the sole surviving offspring to Whitney Houston.
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The Faces of HIV project offers an intimate look at Florida
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A PROJECT FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
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Atlanta's Historic Auburn Avenue
at the Crossroads of Survival
President Barack Obama talks to kids during a stop at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland on
Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
Georgia NAACP to Investigate
Creflo Dollar's Arrest
The Georgia State Conference
and the Fayette County Branch of
the NAACP are launching a probe
into the arrest of Atlanta
megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar,
who was charged with simple bat-
tery last week following an alterca-
tion with his 15-year-old daughter.
"Today, many parents in any
household have vivid recollections
of being firmly disciplined during
childhood and can directly reflect
on how that discipline made them
better adults. In order to ensure fair-
ness, the NAACP wants to make
sure that first responders to alleged
domestic parent-child dispute calls
are skillfully trained to clearly dis-
tinguish discipline from child
abuse," said a statement from the
NAACP Georgia State Conference.
The State Conference is seeking
information about how Dollar was
handled by law enforcement during
the arrest to ensure community
members aren't unfairly arrested
for disciplining their children.
Dollar, 50, one of Atlanta's most
preachers, was arrested after his
teenage daughter called 911 to
report she was chocked, punched
and hit with her father's shoe when
the two argued about a party she
wanted to attend. The arresting offi-
cer noted a scratch on the girl's
neck; however, Dollar defended
himself, calling the scratch a symp-
tom of his daughter's eczema.
"We simply want to make sure
that Pastor Dollar is allowed to be a
responsible parent and discipline
his children," Fayette County
NAACP President John E. Jones
said in a statement. "Parenting chil-
dren in this day and time can be
very challenging because many
children believe that they can call
the police at any time to stop any
unwanted discipline. Little do they
know that this can subject their par-
ent or them to an arrest. Conversely,
unruly or undisciplined children
could get physically hurt or suffer
worse punishment when they act
out and come in contact with law
children suffer the most in this situ-
ATLANTA (AP) The ghosts of
Auburn Avenue still haunt the sto-
ried Atlanta street where the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born
and black wealth thrived for
Today, the street is a shell of its
former self, the bustling mix of
banks, night clubs, churches, meat
markets and funeral homes long
gone, replaced with crumbling
facades and cracked sidewalks.
Hundreds of thousands of people
still flock to Auburn Avenue to see
King's birth home, the church
where he preached, and the crypt
where he and his wife, Coretta, are
buried all located along the
street. But tourists have little reason
While King's legacy has been
preserved, Auburn Avenue's busi-
ness community has never recov-
ered from the exodus of the black
community that supported it. The
situation represents a decades-old
struggle to balance the need to
honor the legacy of the neighbor-
hood, while helping the area catch
up to the booming development
happening across much of the rest
of the city. This week, the Sweet
Auburn Historic District was placed
on the National Register of Historic
Places' 11 Most Endangered list for
the second time since 1992 in an
effort to spur preservation-oriented
development and return the area to
a semblance of its former glory.
Generations ago, much of
Auburn Avenue's prosperity was
born out of necessity, a product of
segregation. The downtown thor-
oughfare anchored a community of
homes and businesses that depend-
ed on each other.
The Atlanta Life Insurance
Company was created when blacks
had nowhere else to buy insurance.
Mutual Federal Savings and Loan
Bank was formed so black people
could get mortgages.
It was a one-stop shop for the
area, said Atlanta historian Herman
"You can touch and see what
businesses were there," Mason
explained. "It goes without question
that they're worth preserving
because of the history tied to the
buildings and the street and what it
meant. These historic buildings
become living, tangible artifacts of
With the disappearance of Jim
Crow, as blacks were able to move
into different neighborhoods and
patronize mainstream businesses,
Auburn Avenue languished. Similar
scenarios played out elsewhere as
integration spread across the South,
"With desegregation came a one-
way street. African-Americans
could take advantage of the broader
array of housing, services and busi-
nesses previously unavailable to
them ... but white people weren't
coming to Auburn to bank or shop
or do anything. In the face of all
that, Auburn Avenue looks like you
would expect it to look like,"
With no support or investment,
the area began to decline.
Two decades ago, supporters
stepped in to save the civil rights'
icon's birth home and recreated
much of the surrounding communi-
ty. Today, the home, part of the
King Historic Site run by the
National Park Service, is a major
American tourist attraction. It
draws more than 700,000 visitors
Businesses that have long been
loyal to the street have had a hard
time surviving. The Atlanta Daily
World, a black newspaper founded
on Auburn Avenue in 1928, left its
historic building four years ago
after the structure was ravaged by a
tornado in 2008.
Publisher Alexis Scott said her
family held on for as long as they
could, but they are now looking to
sell the building.
"It was sad to see it go into
decline," Scott said of Auburn
Avenue. "It was even more sad to
look across the street and see the
old buildings boarded up. I don't
want to see the rest of the buildings
fall down from disrepair and peo-
ple's inability to do anything about
it. That was one of the reasons we
were trying to sell our building."
The Scott family's attempt to sell
earlier this year resulted in a back-
lash from the preservationist com-
munity, determined to save the
building from demolition and
development. They are still seeking
a seller but also looking for another
property on Auburn Avenue.
"It would be nice to be on the his-
toric street," Scott said.
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