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Department of Justice Sues
Louisiana to Block School Vouchers
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana
to block the state from giving vouchers to school districts for the 2014-
15 year that are still under desegregation court orders.
The papers filed Saturday stated that some vouchers "impeded the
This school year, the state gave vouchers to' students who attend pub-
lic schools in at least 22 districts still under desegregation orders. The
DOJ is asking the New Orleans federal court to stop the state from dis-
tributing vouchers to any district under court orders, next year, unless
the court approves.
The Justice Department's primary argument is that letting students
leave for vouchered private schools can disrupt the racial balance in
public school systems that desegregation orders are meant to protect.
Those orders almost always set rules for student transfers with the
Federal analysis found that last year's Louisiana vouchers increased
racial imbalance in 34 historically segregated public schools in 13 sys-
tems. The Justice Department goes so far as to charge that in some of
those schools, "the loss of students through the voucher program
reversed much of the progress made toward integration."
SC Restaurant Removes Black Patrons
Because White Customer Felt Threatened
CHARLESTON, SC After a 2 1/2 hour wait, Michael Brown and
his 25 relatives were asked to leave the Wild Wing Cafe. The group,
celebrating a family reunion, was told by the shift manager that a white
customer felt threatened b) thdie party: Whien one of Brown's compan-
ions began to film the conversation, the manager told the party to leave.
"I said, 'so you're asking me to leave because you're upset because he
was recording you, after we've waited for two hours, and after you've
already pretty much discriminated on us?' She answered yes," Brown
recalled to WCSC.
Brown said that several attempts were made to report the incident to
the restaurant's corporate office in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina but his
party did not receive a call back until he blasted the restaurant on
Facebook a month after the incident.
After being alerted on Facebook, Debra Stokes, the chief marketing
officer for Wild Wing Cafe, reached out to Brown.
The restaurant apologized and offered the entire group a free meal,
according to Brown, but he remains unsatisfied.
"We weren't coming there for a free meal. When we came there that
night, we were coming to patronize the business," Brown said. "This is
not a situation where you can just give us a free meal and everything is
OK because it's deeper than that."
NAACP Remaining Diligent
on Trayvon Martin Case
The NAACP has announced that it had collected more than 1.7 mil-
lion signatures on its petition calling for the Department of Justice to
file charges against George Zimmerman.
About a million signatures came in from a majority of young people
through their mobile devices and an additional 219,000 was turned over
to the Justice Department last week by Color of Change, an online civil
NAACP President Ben Jealous said the petitions are an example of the
advocacy his organization and others have organized since Zimmerman
was acquitted of the shooting death of the teen.
Separately, he also talked about being organized to fight for civil
rights, especially the Trayvon case.
"I often tell people I don't care whether they join the NAACP or some
other group, but you better join something," Jealous said during a panel
discussion on addressing racial inequities. "Because the reality is in a
democracy there are only two types of power, there's organized people
and organized money and organized money only wins when people
Zimmerman Asks State
to Pay for Legal Fees
George Zimmerman, whose acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed
teenager Trayvon Martin sparked protests across the United States, will ask
Florida to pay up to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the
Orlando Sentinel this week.
Zimmerman will rely on state law that allows a defendant who has been
found not guilty to be reimbursed for costs associated with a case, the paper
Mark O'Mara, attorney for the 29-year-old Zimmerman, will soon prepare
a motion seeking authorization of the payments and will submit that to the
judge who presided over the case.
Zimmerman could not recoup attorney fees under the law, but he could
seek costs related to the trial such as expenditures for expert witnesses and
an animated video that defense attorneys showed jurors, the Orlando
Sentinel reported. The costs could range between $200,000 and $300,000.
Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, was found not guilty of murder
and manslaughter on July 13 in Florida after a racially charged trial in the
shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in February 2012.
Thousands of people demonstrated across the United States after the verdict.
Volume 26 No. 44 Jacksonville, Florida August 29 September 4, 2013
Jax Gets On the Bus !
by L. Jones
They came by planes, trains and
automobiles to the nation's capital
to commemorate the 50th anniver-
sary of the 1963 March on
Washington an event that was
undeniably the largest demonstra-
tion of civil rights activists in our
Jacksonville was well represent-
ed amongst the tens of thousands in
attendance with two bus loads of
participants making the trek for a
four day experience of fellowship,
camaraderie and reflection.
Demonstrators convened in the
shadow of the Lincoln Memorial
Aug. 24 to demand justice and jobs
in an emotional and peaceful com-
memoration of the historic 1963
March on Washington.
Themed a "Natnonal Action iO
Realize the Dream." the MNlarch on
Washington 2013. and a ralI.
before the march, paid tiomage to
Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.. who
delivered his famous "'I1 Hae a
Dream" speech on the \ er spot 50
years ago this week
Many of the nation's best known
and most-loved and respected
Black leaders took the stage,
including U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder; Martin Luther King,
III; Myrlie Continued on page 5
Protesters Invade City Hall in
Attempt to Halt Elections Office Move
Shown above left is Gary Thomas Chairman, M.L.King, Jr.
Memorial FoundationInc., presenting to Robert Bob Flowers the
MLK Foundation's Lifetime of Achievement Award. Andre Neal photo
MLK Foundation Honors
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Memorial Foundation, Inc., of
Jacksonville, FL, held its
Community Volunteer Appreciation
Dinner last week at the Masonic
Templein Downtown Jacksonville.
The honorees included community
icons, Mr. Robert L. (Bob) Flowers
and Mr. Sollie Mitchell.
Bob Flowers was presented with
the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Flowers received the award for
his outstanding body of work that
encompassed education, social
activism, economics, and the
African Diaspora. Flowers is cur-
rently the board chairperson of the
Jacksonville Gullah Geeche Nation
Corporation. Mr. Flowers' accept-
ance comments were interrupted
several times by rousing standing
ovations by the attendees.
Mr. Sollie Mitchell was presented
with the MLK Community
Recognition Award for his out-
standing efforts in promoting com-
munity empowerment and econom-
ic development. As a veteran, he
served under General Douglas
McArthur and went on to a success-
ful career in the unionized Sleeping
Car Porters. He currently serves as
the Sovereign Grand Inspector
General of the Masonic Temple on
6th Street in the Historic
Springfield area of Jacksonville.
Mr. Mitchell has the dubious dis-
tinction of being the only living
person in the U.S. to have a
Masonic lodge named after him
while still living.
Other notables honored included
Emma W. Holt with the
Outstanding Volunteer Award and
Andr'e X. Neal and Joseph
Carswell with the MLK Legacy
Award for their outstanding contri-
butions and longevity with the
Shown above (L-R) are Wendell Williams and Timothy Braswell,
Wendell Williams and Queen Harris-Williams.
Despite protests led by Cong.
Corrine Brown and a demonstration
in City Council Chambers, U.S.
District Judge Timothy Corrigan
refused to issue an emergency order
blocking an elections center from
leaving the Gateway Shopping
Center. The hearing will now be
held Sept. 23 -- putting the move to
1 Imeson Park Blvd. on hold.
According to the Supervisor of
Elections Jerry Holland, "Imeson
is more efficient and one story, fea-
turing four loading docks and over
a 125 months, they are the cheap-
est," said Holland.
This week Mayor Alvin Brown
sent city council President Bill
Gulliford an email saying he will
not sign the council resolution to
move the SOE location. Gulliford
also believes the office should
remain where it is.
The move is drawing much ire
from the urban community.
The main concern is that closing
the Gateway location will disen-
franchise the African American
community -- many of whom rely
on the bus system to vote early.
"We've also said that we are
going to stay voting in the Gateway
community. We've located not just
Gateway but two other public
buildings one you can see from the
Gateway parking so we're going to
be in that community and we're
committed to it," said Holland.
Cong. Corrine Brown sees that as
lip service and has also move for-
ward with a lawsuit against the
Mayor and the City Council.
"This is the same Elections
Supervisor that moved his office to
Gateway, got $1.3 million to build
out the space there to his specifica-
tions, and now is moving it some-
where else, flushing the taxpayers
dollars down the drain. The real
motivation behind the move is pol-
itics preventing African
Americans from voting." She said.
Shown above are 1963 marchers (L-R) Lloyd Pearson, Sandra Richardson and
Sollie Mitchell who returned to the nation's capital for the march's 50th anniversary. L. Jonesphoto
Traffic Tickets Can Ruin
More Than Your Day
Owning vs. Renting: What's the Best Option
By Darryl Robinson ance, real estate taxes, and upkeep and Special Assessments,
Is now the right time for you to which can be substantial. But given Home/Hazard Insurance, Utilities,
buy a home? You have many op- the freedom, stability, and security Maintenance, Home OwnerAssoci-
tions to consider and choices to of owning your own home, they are ation (HOA) Fee if applicable.
make. Buying a home is a big re- definitely worth it. Owning your One of the advantages of renting
sponsibility, financially and emo- own home also can be a great is being generally free of most
tionally, but most people want to source of pride and stability, maintenance responsibilities and the
own a home. Homeownership often But homeownership may not be flexibility of moving almost as soon
is referred to as 'the American for everyone. It's a big financial as you decide. But by renting, you
dream." Why is it so special? commitment starting with the ini- lose the chance to build equity, take
Among the reasons: Real estate tial shock of your purchase (down advantage of tax benefits, and pro-
often is an excellent investment, paying of 3.5% 5% of the cost of tect yourself against rent increases.
perhaps the number one source of the house) followed by years of Also, you may not be free to deco-
wealth building for families. monthly mortgage payments, real rate without permission and may be
Owning a home has many bene- estate taxes, property insurance and at the mercy of the landlord for your
fits. When you make a mortgage maintenance costs. When you de- housing needs. There are many con-
payment, you are building equity cide to purchase a home, you accept siderations in choosing between
and that's an investment. Owning a responsibility for paying for these renting and buying:
home also qualifies you for tax ben- expenses. They are additional costs Do you want to spend several
efits that may assist you in dealing to your monthly mortgage payment years in a house and in a neighbor-
with your new financial responsibil- and should be included in your hood?
ities such as homeowners' insur- budget estimates: Property Taxes Continued on page 9
Low Home Down Payment Builds Family Wealth
By Charlene Crowell
In the midst of varying proposals
for housing reform, civil rights lead-
ers are publicly calling for lawmak-
ers to keep mortgage lending
affordable and accessible. A recent
letter jointly signed by the NAACP,
National Urban League, National
Council of LaRaza, National Fair
Housing Alliance, the Haas Insti-
tute's John Powell, and the Center for
Responsible Lending (CRL), re-
minded Capitol Hill lawmakers how
low down payment mortgages en-
abled many low-wealth borrowers to
become successful homeowners.
"For decades, low down payment
loans have been used with great suc-
cess to promote sustainable home-
ownership, particularly for
low-to-moderate income families and
people of color," wrote the leaders.
"Furthermore, low down payment
loans did not cause the current fore-
closure crisis irresponsible under-
writing and toxic loan terms did."
Nikitra Bailey, executive vice-
president with CRL added, "While
families and communities struggle to
recover from their tremendous lost
weaM,-To community should 'beleft-"
behind. All Americans deserve to be
part of the nation's financial recov-
ery . .Without that access, the na-
tion's wealth gap will only grow
Government-mandated down pay-
ments of 10 percent or 5 percent are
currently under consideration in
Washington. CRL's research shows
that for the average family, it would
take 22 years to amass a 10 percent
down payment. But for African-
American families, 34 years of sav-
ing would be needed, and 21 years
for the typical Latino family.
Even if government would man-
date a 5 percent down payment, the
typical African-American family
would wait 28 years to become
homeowners and 17 years for the av-
erage Latino family. Overall, Amer-
ica's average family would need to
save 14 years for a home.
These savings fail to take into ac-
count the closing costs, which typi-
cally are an added 3 percent of the
cost of the mortgage. Further, there
seems to be no wisdom in requiring
these homeownership delays when
so many families have sustained their
low down payment mortgages.
For example, Federal Housing Ad-
ministration mortgages typically re-
quire a minimum of 3.5 percent of
the purchase price and can include
most of the closing costs and fees in
the mortgage payment. According to
FHA, 78 percent of 784,000 mort-
gages made in 2012 were to first-
time homebuyers. Similarly, 86
percent of 88,000 Veterans Adminis-
tration (VA) mortgage loans went to
first-time homebuyers in 2012 and
were acquired with no down pay-
A recent joint study by CRL and
the Center for Community Capital at
the University of North Carolina
found that among borrowers who
took out a mortgage from 2004-2008
and were current through February of
2011, 60 percent of successful Black
mortgage borrowers would have
been excluded if a 10 percent down
payment had been required. A 5 per-
cent down payment would have ex-
cluded 33 percent of successful
These data points become even
more disturbing when the nation's
growing diversity is considered. By
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Great Miles on this Regional Account.
2060, according to the Census Bu-
reau, 57 percent of the U.S. popula-
tion will be comprised of minorities.
Over that period, the Black share will
grow from 41.2 million to 71.8 mil-
lion (from 13.1 percent to 14.7 per-
cent of the population).
The irony of these proposals is that
government broadened access to
homeownership through its post -
World War H policies. As homeown-
ership grew, so did family wealth.
"What began as a mortgage be-
came the bedrock for family wealth",
observed Bailey. "That is the Ameri-
can Dream we must fight to preserve
in 2013.... We must wage strategic
and focused efforts to force policy-
makers to enact reforms that benefit
low wealth families, not just the
By Jason Alderman
We all know that sinking feeling
when you get pulled over for a traffic
violation. If you're lucky, you might
just get a "fix-it" ticket for a broken
tail light. But what if it was a more
serious offense, like speeding or
reckless driving? Depending on your
driving record, you could get slapped
with a sizeable penalty or even a jail
sentence and your insurance rates
will almost certainly go up.
Let's say you absentmindedly ran
through a stop sign or made an illegal
left-hand turn. You'll probably know
right away how much the ticket will
cost, but it could take months before
your insurance company receives no-
tice of the infraction and adjusts your
If the suspense is killing you. In-
surance.com has a handy tool called
the "Uh-Oh! Calculator" that esti-
mates the average rate increases for
the 14 most common traffic viola-
tions. And, if you enter your age, ZIP
code, residence type, marital status,
length of time with your insurance
carrier and current premium, the cal-
culator will generate a more cus-
tomized estimate based on your
Some of the average premium in-
creases are pretty shocking:
-Reckless driving: 22 percent
-DUI first offense: 19 percent
-Driving without a license or
permit: 18 percent
-Careless driving: 16 percent
-Speeding 30 mph over the limit:
-Failure to stop: 15 percent
-Improper turn: 14 percent
-Improper passing: 14 percent
-Following too close/tailgating:
-Speeding 15 to 29 mph over limit:
-Speeding 1 to 14 mph over limit:
-Failure to yield: 9 percent
If you plug in your personal data,
the calculator will tell you how many
points will be added to your driving
record per infraction, as well as in-
formation on the state's rules for
when driving privileges can be sus-
pended or revoked.
Another company, DMV.org, fea-
tures a "Ticket Fines and Penalties"
tool that provides an even more de-
tailed state-by-state analysis of what
various infractions can cost, proce-
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dures for paying or challenging -
your ticket, how points are calcu-
lated, how long it takes to clear in-
fractions from your record, links to
local traffic schools and much more.
So, assuming you're not going to
challenge the ticket in court, the dam-
age has been done and your insur-
ance rates will likely climb what
can you do to lower your premium?
Here are a few tips:
Investigate whether attending traf-
fic school will erase the ticket from
When your policy is up for re-
newal, get rate quotes from at least
three carriers. Talk to an insurance
agent or use an online comparison
site -just be aware that not every
carrier participates in these sites and
make sure you're comparing apples
to apples, since companies often
package coverage differently.
Another reason to comparison
shop: Insurance companies calculate
risk differently, so particular traffic
infractions might trigger varying in-
creases, depending on the carrier.
Increasing your deductibles from
$250 to $1,000 might lower your pre-
mium by 15 to 30 percent.
Ask about discounts for things like
low annual mileage, being over a cer-
tain age, good grades, vehicle safety
features or buying your homeowners
or renters insurance from the same
The best way to avoid traffic vio-
lation-related rate increases is to not
break the law in the first place. But if
that horse has already left the barn,
arm yourself with information about
coverage costs and how you might be
able to lower your rates.
August 29 SeDtember 4. 2013 Ms. Perry's Free Press Pai~e 3
By Freddie Allen
When the Florida jury V
found George Zimmerman,
a White neighborhood
watchman, not guilty of sec- |
ond-degree murder in the
shooting death of Trayvon
Martin, an unarmed 17 year-old
Afican American, the scales ofjus-
tice had been tipped in
Zimmerman's favor long before
opening arguments began.
Acording to a recent report by
the Urban Institute, a research
group that eamines social and eco-
amue issues, when the accused is
Whitea d the victim is Black, there
SIs a hr a greater chance that the
heeicide will be ruled justified
" if tihe roles were reversed.
4'The odds a white-on-black
homicide is found justified is 281
per t greater than the odds a
Swhite-on-white homicide is found
justified,l'" the study found.
Criminal, justice reform activists
say that laws similar to Stand Your
Ground statutes in Florida and more
than two dozen other states are like-
,. ly to compound that racial disparity.
SThe Urban Institute also exam-
ined the Zimmerman murder case
and discovered that, despite the
public outrage and nationwide
protests, the known facts of the case
point to an outcome that is more
common than many Americans
would like to admit.
When those facts are present, the
homicide is six times more likely to
be ruled justified.
"When jurors assess the reason-
ableness of the claim of self-
Sdefense, that assessment can't help
but have race and gender dimen-
sions to it," said Kimberlk
Crenshaw, a law professor at the
University of California at Los
Vhites Who Kill Blacks More
Likely to Escape Punishment
Angeles, and co-founder of the
African American Policy Forum, an
organization that advocates for
racial justice, gender equality and
She explained, "The threat is
attached to the Black body. The
idea that a Black person might feel
threatened by a White person is
In the wake of the shooting death
of Trayvon Martin, the proliferation
of Stand Your Ground laws, backed
heavily by the National Rifle
Association, grinded to a halt.
Contrary to what many gun rights
advocates believe, Stand Your
Ground laws do not improve public
safety. A Texas A & M University
study showed that, "the laws do not
deter burglary, robbery, or aggravat-
ed assault. In contrast, they lead to
a statistically significant 8 percent
net increase in the number of
reported murders and non-negligent
Crenshaw said that If the NRA
was able to stop any meaningful
gun control reforms after the Sandy
Hook Elementary School massacre
that claimed the lives of 20 first
graders, mostly White, it will be
much harder for people of color and
those sympathetic to their cause to
shift policy when they are often
seen as the very threat that laws are
designed to extinguish.
According to a recent Quinnipiac
University poll 57 percent of White
voters support Stand Your Ground
laws and 57 percent of Black voters
The Urban Institute report said
that "Stand Your Ground" laws
were the broadest change in the
laws related to firearms ownership
and use since 2004 when the feder-
al ban on assault weapons expired.
Florida was the first of nearly 30
states to expand castle doctrine
statutes, removing an individual's
responsibility to retreat in the face
of danger at anytime almost any-
where. The castle doctrines is pred-
icated on the theory that a person's
home is his or her castle and they
have a broad latitude in defending
themselves while in their domicile.
However, the Stand Your Ground
laws expanded the castle doctrine
beyond the home.
Crenshaw said that Stand Your
Ground laws expand the field of
circumstances where someone can
provoke a confrontation instead of
DCPS Program Provides Free Americans die from heart disease-a preventable condition.
And while Medicare does not fall under Affordable Care Act's
Breakfast and Lunch to Students Marketplace plan, 4.5 African-Americans who are covered undei
Medicare can now enjoy a variety of preventive services for free.
Students in more than 80 Duval County Public Schools are provided free A ranking minority health official with the Health department
breakfast and lunch meals, as a result of a new program Community expressed during a recent conference call that eliminating health dis-
Eligibility Option (CEO) launched this school year. There are no free and parity and easing the burden on the overall economy is at the core of the
reduced lunch applications or individual requirements for students to Act's aims. Health equity for undeserved communities, especially
receive the CEO benefits. Students in non-CEO schools, whose families Black, Latino, and rural areas, is another strong focus of the department
meet household size and income criteria requirements, are eligible for free and their efforts to provide ease of access.
and reduced price benefits in all schools. Application forms are being An early benefit of the act is that 500,000 formerly uninsured young
mailed to all Duval County student households and are also available African-Americans adults under the age of 26 are now covered by theii
online at www.duvalschools.org/static.students/lunch/index.asp. Or, call parent's existing plans.
Food Service at 732-5145.
Chris Smith Files Stand Your Ground' Bill Limiting
Florida Neighborhood Crime Watch Members
Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort
Lauderdale) has filed a new bill that
would restrict neighborhood crime
watch members, among other revi-
sions to Florida's controversial
'Stand Your Ground' law.
Zimmerman claimed to be acting
as a neighborhood watch volunteer
in his Sanford, Fla. community
when he reportedly pursued and
fatally shot unarmed Miami teen
The state's 'Stand Your Ground'
law prevented police from arresting
Zimmerman for nearly two months,
and jury instructions at his trial also
included language from 'Stand Your
Smith's self-defense bill, filed
Monday, requires local sheriffs to
issue "reasonable" guidelines to
neighborhood crime watch pro-
grams, specifying that participants
are prohibited from pursuing and
The bill also specifies that immu-
nity is not available to aggressors;
outlines police's duty to investigate
use of force cases when a person
claims self-defense; clarifies that
justifiable use of deadly force is
allowed only when a threat is immi-
nent, and when a person cannot
safely avoid the danger before
resorting to the use of deadly force;
and requires the state to track cases
in which self-defense is claimed.
"The common sense changes to
Stand Your Ground in this bill
include some a Republican senator
recommended," Smith said in a
release. "Stand Your Ground was
supposed to be about improving
public safety. But unless these
changes are adopted, no one is truly
safe and everyone is fair game."
Smith has been one of the most
active and vocal critics of Florida's
controversial law. He filed a similar
bill amending its language last year,
although it died in a committee
The senator also spearheaded an
independent review of 'Stand Your
Ground' after the task force
appointed by Gov. Rick Scott
proved to be far from impartial.
A number of new bills for the
2013-2014 session already take aim
at the state's self-defense laws.
Rep. Alan Williams, (D-
Tallahassee) filed a bill repealing
'Stand Your Ground' in the Florida
House last week, and Geraldine F.
"Geri" Thompson (D-Orlando)
filed the senate version.
Jacksonville Job Corps Students, Staff, Supporters Celebrate
3rd Annual National Job Corps Commencement Day
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
joined 125 Job Corps centers across
the country to celebrate the third
annual "National Job Corps
Commencement Day" ceremony
Friday, August 23, 2013. The event
honored students who completed
the program this year.
Commencement speaker, Florida
State Representative Reginald
Fullwood, told the students, "Never
give up on your dreams," he contin-
ued, "Use job corps as a stepping
stone to do something greater with
Jacksonville Job Corps is one of
125. Job Corps centers located
across the country and in all 50
states. A unique national program,
Job Corps offers at-risk youth a set
of diverse academic opportunities
and career pathways tailored to
meet the needs of business and
industry. Each year, thousands of
youth are given a second chance to
complete their education and
advance into careers, higher educa-
tion or the military.
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Defeating Diabetes through
Education, Awareness and Leadership
Please get tested for diabetes if you:
* Are overweight & over the age of 30
* Have a close family member with diabetes
* Do not exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week
* Are a woman who had diabetes during pregnancy
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Officials Aim To Make Affordable
Care Act Accessible To Blacks, Latinos
As the enrollment date of the Affordable Care Act is set to open Oct
1, African-Americans, both insured and uninsured, will be positively
impacted by the sweeping changes of the law. In an effort to educate the
public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made
several efforts to simplify the finer points of the Act
Heavy steps have been made to provide individuals with assistance at
their level of comprehension. Also, a customer assistance telephone
service will provide translation services in over 150 languages.
Via the website HealthCare.gov, persons can learn more about indi-
vidual or family coverage. Small business owners may also seek more
information about coverage. The Health department's Health Care
Marketplace will be hosted at the site for the 2014 open enrollment
period ,which begins in October and ends on March 31, 2014.
For those 7.3 million African-Americans already insured, the Act will
bolster their insurance by providing much-needed preventive services
such as wellness visits, cancer screenings and diabetes treatment at no
extra cost. As noted by the Health department. 1 out of 4 African-
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Never before has a single speech
and a single act of civil solidarity
left such a mark on this country as
the March on Washington did.
At the time, not only was it nec-
essary for the Civil Rights
Movement, but also it showed the
naysayers that the movement was
real and would not be stopped. The
March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom was transformative and
It took place on August 28, 1963
and was attended by some 250,000
people. It was the largest demon-
stration ever seen in the nation's
capital, and one of the first to have
extensive television coverage.
So as we celebrate and com-
memorate the 50th year anniver-
sary, I remain amazed at the mag-
nitude of the march. While many
focus on Dr. King's "I Have a
Dream" speech, the march was
obviously much bigger than one
speech. There are many Civil
Rights Activists who say that it was
a critical turning point for the over-
The March was so monumental
because it represented a coalition
of several civil rights organiza-
tions, all of which been operating
in their own silos with different
approaches to the same goals. The
key six organizers were Martin
Luther King, Jr., of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC); John Lewis, of the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee (SNCC), James
Farmer, of the Congress of Racial
Equality (CORE), A. Philip
Randolph,of the Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters, Roy Wilkins,
of the NAACP, and Whitney
Young, Jr., of the National Urban
These groups and the men and
women that made up the organiza-
50 Years Later March on Washington
Still a Transforming Moment in History
tions were on the front lines and
made thesacrifices that allow many
of us to enjoy the freedoms we
have today. The Civil Rights
movement laid the foundation for
every social and political move-
ment since then.
While the "I Have a Dream"
speech maybe the most popular in
American history it certainly
wasn't the only memorable speech.
John Lewis, now Congressman
Lewis, of SNCC delivered some
critical words to the crowd of
250,000. He said, "We will not
wait for the courts to act, for we
have been waiting hundreds of
years. We will not wait for the
President, nor the Justice
Department, nor Congress, but we
will take matters into our own
hands, and create a great source of
power, outside of any national
structure that could and would
assure us victory."
He added, "Be patient and wait!"
we must say, "Patience is a dirty
and nasty word." We cannot be
patient, we do not want to be free
gradually, we want our freedom,
and we want it now. We cannot
depend on any political party, for
the Democrats and the Republicans
have betrayed the basic principles
of the Declaration of
Obviously, you can't talk about
The March on Washington without
talking about Dr. Martin Luther
He was a great writer, speaker,
and an outstanding diplomat. He
was the perfect man for the job.
With a bible in one hand, and the
Constitution in the other, his intel-
ligence and vision were
unmatched. And more important
than all of that, he was extremely
unselfish and realized that the
movement wasn't about him.
"The ultimate measure of a man
is not where he stands in moments
of comfort, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controver-
sy," said King. And that is essen-
tially how good leaders are meas-
ured how they handle the ship
when the seas were choppy not
when they are calm.
Every movement, every cause,
and every organization needs a
leader and figurehead and Martin
Luther King embodied what it
meant to be a true leader. At the
helm of the most important move-
ment in this country's history was a
man named Martin. He was a man
who wasn't perfect, but as I said
earlier, was perfect for the job.
I have to believe that Dr. King is
looking down from heaven and
smiling as he watches thousands
gather to commemorate the March
on Washington. He is probably
reflecting back to his back to his "I
Have a Dream" speech.
One of the most common yet
prolific lines was, ""I have a
dream, that my four little children
will one day live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color
of their skin but by the content of
During that same speech he talks
about the promise of equality given
to all Americans by the
Constitution. King said, "When the
architects of our republic wrote the
magnificent words of the
Constitution and the declaration of
Independence, they were signing a
promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir.
"This note was a promise that all
men would be guaranteed the
inalienable rights of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. It is
obvious today that America has
defaulted on this promissory note
insofar as her citizens of color are
concerned. Instead of honoring this
sacred obligation, America has
given the Negro people a bad
check which has come back
marked 'insufficient funds.'"
But we have come a very long
way and Dr. King would be proud
of the progress that we
(Americans) have made. I can hear
him saying, "The line of progress
is never straight. For a period of
movement may follow a straight
line and then it encounters obsta-
cles and the path bends."
- I want to personally thank all of
those who fought for liberty, jus-
tice and equality for us all. With
out your sacrifice many of us
wouldn't be where we are today.
And I certainly realize that the
fight is not over.
"This is not the time for nostal-
gic commemoration," said Martin
Luther King III in Washington this
week. "Nor is this the time for self-
congratulatory celebration. The
task is not done. The journey is not
complete. We can and we must do,
Signing off from St. Petersburg,
FL, but wishing I was in D.C.
Marching Orders for the Future
By George E. Curry
Now that we've had two events
at the Lincoln Memorial to com-
memorate the 50th anniversary of
the 1963 March on Washington, it
is important to remember a few
things about Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. beyond his "I Have a
The question is always asked:
What happens after the marches are
over? Demonstrators left
Washington, D.C. in 1963 deter-
mined to change the American
landscape. Consequently, we had
passage of the 1965 Civil Rights
Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act
and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
Those laws were passed not
because of a speech in the nation's
capital, but because of the hard
work and dedication of people at
the local, state and national level to
bring about change.
While the "I Have a Dream"
speech might have been Dr. King's
most popular oration, it was not his
most substantive one. In 1963, Dr.
King etched a prosaic picture of
what America should look like in
the future. But a far more important
one was his "Mountaintop" speech,
delivered in Memphis the night
before he was assassinated.
In that speech, Dr. King outlined
a plan for economic empowerment
and told us how to strengthen our
institutions to accomplish that goal.
He reminded us, "Always anchor
our external direct action with the
power of economic withdrawal."
Dr. King explained, "We don't
have to argue with anybody. We
don't have to curse and go around
acting bad with our words. We
don't need any bricks and bottles,
we don't need any Molotov cock-
tails. We just need to go around to
these stores, and to these massive
industries in our country, and say,
'God sent us by here, to say to you
that you're not treating his children
right. And we've come by here to
ask you to make the first item on
your agenda-fair treatment, where
God's children are concerned.
Now, if you are not prepared to do
that, we do have an agenda that we
must follow. And our agenda calls
for withdrawing economic support
from you." He urged us to
"strengthen our Black institutions"
by patronizing them.
Instead of placing so much
emphasis on what Dr. King said in
1963, we should look at what he
was doing at the time of his death.
He wasn't trying to create a special
commission or hold conferences on
how to strengthen the middle class.
He was organizing a Poor Peoples
Campaign, a trek to Washington,
D.C. to dramatize the urgent need
to help the least among us.
After President Lyndon Johnson
shifted his focus from the War on
Poverty to the war in Vietnam, Dr.
King and the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference (SCLC)
launched an effort in 1968 to seek
economic justice for poor Blacks,
Whites, Latinos and Native
Americans. The idea was to have
another March on Washington that
would force political leaders to
address the issue of poverty.
"We ought to come in mule carts,
in old trucks, any kind of trans-
portation people can get their hands
on," King said. "People ought to
come to Washington, sit down if
necessary in the middle of the street
and say, 'We are here; we are poor;
we don't have any money; you
have made us this way... and
we've come to stay until you do
something about it."
SCLC continued the Poor
People's March after King's death,
erecting a tent city on the Mall.
After six weeks, demonstrators
Today, the poor are still suffer-
ing. Poverty is defined as a family
of four being able to live off of
$23,021 a year. Today, a record
46.2 million people -15 percent of
the U.S. population are living in
One of the goals of the 1963
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mum wage that could lift a family
of four out of poverty. They
demanded that the minimum wage
of $1.15 an hour be increased to $2
an hour. As a report by the
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
titled, "The Unfinished March: An
Overview," noted, "The inflation-
adjusted value of the minimum
wage today is about $2.00 less than
it was at its peak value in 1968."
Worse than living on poverty
wages is to have no job at all.
"Even when the national unem-
ployment rate has been low, the
Black unemployment rate has been
high," the report stated. "For exam-
ple, in 2000, when the national
unemployment rate was 4.0 per-
cent, and the non-Hispanic white
unemployment rate was 3.1 per-
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non-Hispanic blacks was still 7.6
percent. Even when the economy
was booming in 2000, the black
unemployment rate was still higher
than the national unemployment
rate during recessions."
When he was assassinated, Dr.
King was helping organize garbage
workers in Memphis. He was not
dreaming because he was not
asleep. We honor him by continu-
ing his work, not by merely contin-
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Listen to Colin Powell
If Republicans repeat their dismal performance among voters of color
when the 2016 election rolls around, don't blame Colin Powell.
He's trying to save the GOP from itself-but the question is whether or
not they'll listen.
Speaking to the CEO Forum at a Raleigh, North Carolina country club
last week, Gen. Powell, the first black Secretary of State and first black
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-who served two Republican presi-
dents-warned his party that restrictive voting laws, like those just enact-
ed in North Carolina, serve only to repel voters of color because "What it
really says to the minority voters is...we really are sort-of punishing you."
Punishment, that is, for people who exercised the right to vote for
whomever they choose.
SIt's a concept that's so elementary-people won't vote for a party that
won't respect their votes-that it probably makes Powell wonder whether
his party has simply written off the 71 percent of Latinos, 73 percent of
Asian Americans and 93 percent of African Americans, including Powell,
who pulled the lever for President Barack Obama in 2012.
And the warning was especially noteworthy because Powell made his
remarks right after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory-the guy who just
signed new voter restrictions into law-made his own remarks at that same
In effect, Powell told business leaders that the real fraud isn't voter
Because as NBC affiliate WNCN reported last month, in 2012, the North
Carolina Board of Elections catalogued a total of 121 allegations of voter
fraud out of 6,947,317 voters-representing a rate of 0.00174 percent of
ballots cast. Which effectively says, as Powell noted, that in North
Carolina, "there is no voter fraud," wondering aloud, "how can it be wide-
spread and undetected" at the same time?
The answer, of course, is that it really can't. And it calls into question the
motivation of the state's GOP lawmakers, who just cut back on early vot-
ing despite findings&.,,
that most of .the,
including white vot-
ers, but particularly
state House Speaker
Thorn Tillis admits
that "There is some
voter fraud, but
that's not the pri-
mary reason for
It's a concept that's so
elementary-people won 't vote
for a party that won't respect
their votes-that it probably
makes Powell wonder whether
his party has simply written off
the 71 percent of Latinos,
73 percent of Asian Americans
and 93 percent of African
doing this. Americans, including Powell, who
Yeah, no kidding. pulled the leverfor President
But beyond North
Carolina, the warn- Barack Obama in 2012.
ing Powell offered
fellow Republicans was more elemental. It's that back when the GOP was
actually competing for the support of voters of color, there was a line of
serious black figures-running from barrier-breaker Jackie Robinson to
Gen. Powell himself-that had a voice in the party. And there was a line of
Republican politicians ranging from former Michigan Gov. George
Romney to former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Brooke who took the con-
cerms of minority voters seriously.
Now, though, that's all in question. And it's because contrary to the con-
ventional wisdom, there is a mainstream Republican message that could
and would resonate with black, Latino, Asian American and Native
American voters: tax less of my money, and spend what yo'u do tax more
It's a message that's buried, though, under the party's efforts all over the
country to shrink the electorate rather than compete for votes-and-its
insistence on being the rabid, rather than loyal opposition to Obama.
Which, Powell said, "immediately turns off a voting bloc the Republican
And as Powell-after endorsing Obama in 2008-told CBS last year
that, "I plan to stick with him in 2012," he communicated that as a life-
long-admittedly moderate-Republican, politically, he had nowhere else
For now, neither do most minority voters.
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Ethel Bonner, 65 Retired
Teacher: I was 15 years old when I
attended the march in Washington
in 1963. There is still a need for
change and cannot stop because
there are still injustices in the
Brian Dempsey, 51, Secretary-
STreasurer of the Florida AFL-CIO:
The trip gave me an opportunity to
share with my daughter and reaf-
Sfirming a significant event-in histo-
ry. I am thankfidul to all that have
Made the first journey and blessed
to participate as a black father
Danny Glover, Joseph Lowery Geraldine West, Minnie Griffin,
and Cong. Corrine Brown Linda Wilson and Ruth Waters
Civil rights icon Dr. Joseph
Lowery shows he still has it!
-I K"-Political organizer and NAACP
Valerie Green and friends sign up and pre- member Luella McQueen checking
pare for the bus ride to D.C. her list to finalize MOW bus riders.
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr, Dr. Freddie
Haynes and Dr. Eric Michael Tyson.Bishop
McKissick, Jr. gave the opening Prayer.
On the front line for justice leading the march is Marc Morial,
Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, I1.
Ameena Shareef, 65, Retired: In
1963 I was a 10th grader and
heard about the march on the news.
I grew up and became an activist
for change. This trip is the cataylst
for growth and hope.
Sidney Ann McCollum,l67,
Retired Union Worker: Igrew upin
in Texas. This march has been a
significant way to stand with my
brothers and sisters and :to
remember MLK's dream. '
Jacksonville Free Press' Lynn Jones
on the front line gathering the news in
'front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Continued from front
Evers-Williams, widow of martyred civil
rights activist Medgar Evers; the Rev. Jesse
L. Jackson, who drew thunderous applause
and cheers when he was recognized for his
service to African Americans' struggle for
freedom by the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the
event's organizers; and Dr. Joseph Lowery,
the SCLC co-founder who urged the crowd to
"agitate," using the same action word
Frederick Douglass used to urge Blacks to
action more than 120 years ago.
"Everything has changed and nothing has
changed," Lowery said, as the dignitaries on
the dais prepared to take to the street in a
march to the Washington Monument. "We
came to Washington to commemorate, but we
are going home-to agitate."
Organizers estimated the crowd at
00,000-men, women,. children, Black,
*White, Latino, Asian, straight, gay and bi-
The Phelts Family, Marsha, Kyle Dean,
Michael Phelts and young Kayounna Dean
sexual, Protestant, Catholic and agnostic. The
common denominator amfiong participants
was a desire to see all citizens in this nation
King Il, who was a small child when his
father was assassinated just five years after
the 1963 March on Washington, urged the
crowd, with the sun shining on a picture-per-
fect day, to continue the quest for his father's
dream of justice and jobs.
Locally, a trip was sponsored by the
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists inviting
participation in this historical event. A pre-
meeting was held at the union hall to inform
the riders of the trip logistics. The four day
bus trip would leave on Friday, August 23rd
and return Monday August 26th.
The day had arrived for the 2013 freedom
riders to take their in history. Joining the trip
would be three veterans of the 1963 march:
Sollie Mitchell (age 95), a retired railroad
Debra Townsend and mother Trudie
Young, celebrating history together
worker and Pullman Porter, Lloyd Pearson
(age 91), retired postman and in 1963 was the
executive director of the Jacksonville
NAACP and Sandra Thompson (age 70), a
1963 summer school student at Florida
Agricultural & Mechanical University
Solie Mitchell, who worked with 1963
march organizer A. Phillip Randolph as the
treasurer of the Pullman Porter Union,
remarked, "when I came on board with the
Pullman Porters, the strike was over, we had
better conditions on the train, but the nation
was still in turmoil. I was 45 years old in
1963 when I traveled by train to witness the
1963 March on Washington."
Over 100 Jacksonville bus riders made the
trek consisting of all ages and all walks of
life. The twelve hour ride included a variety
of entertainment from Negro spirituals to his-
torical documentaries and modem cinema.
George and Phyllis Young standing in the
midst of the Washington monument.
As the buses reached Washington, riders
became excited to ride the metro train to the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial to hear and
witness the many speakers. Reaching the
mall, thousands had already lined up around
the reflective pool in front of Lincoln
Memorial. After the final speaker, organizer
Al Sharpton lead the way for a one mile trek
to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Following a full day of empowerment
speeches by the nation's leadership, Florida
marchers returned to the hotel for some rest
and relaxation. They also had the opportunity
to participate in a social, shopping trips and
the casino. Despite the long hours, massive
crowds and heat, everyone agreed the trip
was worth its' weight in gold. Once the bus
arrived back in Jacksonville, the millennium
marchers were grateful for the experience and
vowed to be an advocate for a change with
their newfound friendships.
.u-kLI E i: Angelika Robertson, 13,
Milton Griffin, 73, Retired Student/Actress/Writer/Speaker:
Longshoreman: This trip to the The March on Washington to me
March in Washington D.C. is was an reenactment of an event
important to me because I'm think- that pushed America towards
ing of the children and thier future, equality and justice. The march
education, jobs, etc. 50 years ago celebrates change in history. This
we were fighting for this and now was my first trip to D. C. and I saw
50 years later we are still fighting the monument, the fountain and
for the same things. rode the train!
Maurice Monley, 63, Salesman:
I wanted to be apart of history sup-
porting the right for justice for all
people. I was proud to be in the
midst of so many scholars and peo-
ple who marched for freedom in
1963. The bus ride was amazing
and D. C. is our nation's capital.
Archie Ware, 57, Seafarers
Union, AVP: The trip was very
enlightening and needed to happen
to keep the "Dream alive. I had a
great time time. I would have not
missed this for nothing!
Evangeline Watson, 60, Retired:
It was an awesome experience to
see all the different people on the
same accord. I was 10 years old in
1963. We have come a long way in
2013. The struggle continues for
equal justice and jobs. I had a
good time on the trip and it was an
honor to march on Washington.
Arlene Farracchio, 78, Retired
Jail and Mental Health Employee:
The March on Washington repre-
sents a breakthrough in the way
Americans see each other and treat
each other Our nation has
trasnformed the world, just like the
Holocaust changed the world.
Many of us think differently now,
we are responsible for each other
Bus driver Washington Bennefield
kept a smile on his face as he kept
- his marchers safe and happy.
August 29 September 4, 2013
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Food Kitchen Opens
Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. and Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church
invite you to the El-Beth-El Soul Food Kitchen. Proceeds support local
youth and community programs. Enjoy weekly menu specials! The restau-
rant is located at 725 West 4th Street. For more information call 374-3940
or email email@example.com.
T.B.I.C. 4th Annual Marriage Retreat
Pastor Michael C. Edwards and First Lady Faydra Edwards of Tabernacle
Baptist Institutional Church, 903 E. Union St. are inviting couples to join
this year's "Marriage retreat," September 27th 29th at Epworth by the
Sea in St. Simons, Georgia. Pastor Edwards and Lady Faydra are asking all
Christian marriage couples who love having a great marriage and the desire
to further enrich their marriage or just enjoy having a great time and lots of
fun with other married couples to enjoy the retreat in a beautiful and spiri-
tually uplifting environment. For more information email michaelced-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 356-3362.
Help For Homeowners Outreach
The Community Homeownership Center, Inc. will present a Homeowner
Assistance outreach event, August 28th through August 30th. Come let A
HUD-Approved Housing expert review your loan documents and submit a
completed package directly to your service. Hear information on short
sales, foreclosures and refinancing. Also meet one-on-one with a HUD-
approved housing expert. The final meeting opportunity will be Friday,
August 30th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church,
2407 S.L. Badger Jr. Circle E., For more information contact Adrienna
Wright, Community Homeownership Center, Inc. at 355-2837.
8th Annual Golf "Tournament
of Unity" Fundraiser
Join NCI on the green Saturday, August 31 st, for the 8th Annual Northside
Community Involvement "Tournament of Unity" Fundraiser at the World
Golf Village. Play the Slammer & Squire Golf Course, enjoy great golf, a
lesson at the PGA Tour Golf Academy, treatments at the PGA Tour Laterra
Spa & Resort, or a day trip to historic St. Augustine and the beaches of
Florida's First Coast. For more information email email@example.com or
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First Lady Productions invites the community to the concert of the year!
Ifs the live recording of national recording artists Dr. Vera Goodman and
Anointed Praise latest CD entitled "I'm Doing Me," Saturday, August 31st
at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Temple of One Accord Ministries
International, Inc. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. Bishop. Featured in concert with
Dr. Vera Goodman and Anointed Praise is the world renowned Pastor of
One Accord Ministries International Bishop Jan D. Goodman, Sr. and one
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King Solomon U.B.C Celebrates a Night
of Praise, Revival and Founders Day
Reverend Mariko T. Billups and the King Solomon United Baptist
Church, 2240 Forest St. cordially invites the community to join them in a
"Night of Praise" scheduled for Saturday, September 7th, at 5:30 p.m.,
guest choirs featured is the Ricky Hill Community Choir, Edward Waters
College Concert Choir, Reverend Derwin Jackson and the Experience
Dance Ministry and various others choirs. King Solomon United Baptist
Church is personally extending an invitation to you and your church con-
gregation to join them as their special guest in this spirit filled event. In
addition to commemorating this glorious occasion King Solomon United
Baptist Church revival will begin September 17-19 each night at 7 p.m.
with Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff from Houston, Texas. The Founder's Day wor-
ship service will take place, Sunday, September 22nd during the 10:45 a.m.
service with Dr. William Robinson from Atlanta, Georgia. With prayer you
and your church congregation can be a part of this occasion. For more
information call the church office at 354-8052 or Manian J. Weston at 355-
P.U.S.H. Ministry Holds Annual
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Christian Fellowship Inspiration Gospel Course (CFIGC) and Refreshing
Women/Pray Until Something Happens (P.U.S.H) TV Ministry will present
their annual Word, Worship, and Praise service on Sunday, September 8th,
at 3:30 p.m. The host church is
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"Christian Fellowship and the theme
for this occasion is Women of
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your light shine before others that
they may see your good deeds and
glorify your Father in heaven."
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M orni mg W rship service of deliverance! For more
oW olsm x information contact Reverend
unday School Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400 or
visit www.rwpm.info or write to
rning W orship P.U.S.H ministries at P.O. Box
350117, Jacksonville, Fla., 32235
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Headlines Women's Day Service
First Church of Palm Coast, Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior
Pastor presents a "Christian Women Moving Forward" Women's Day
Service, September 8th, at 10 a.m. The Reverend Patricia McGeathey asso-
ciate minister of St Stephens A.M.E. Church in Jacksonville, is the speak-
er. Reverend Patricia McGeathey is a marriage and Christian counselor,
and a registered nurse at the University of Florida Shands Hospital. The
women of First Church are excited about this mighty woman of God, who
is dedicated to church, civic and career involvement. The Reverend Cheryl
Daniels of the First Church ministerial staff will be the preacher for the 8
a.m. service. The repast will take place following the 10 a.m. service. First
Church of Palm Coast is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
For more information call the church at 386-446-5759.
St. Paul A.M.E. Celebrates 144 Years
with Holy Exalted of Sanford, Florida
In celebration of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church's 144th
Anniversary celebration, the anointed group, the "Holy Exalted" of
Sanford, Florida will appear in concert, Sunday, September 15th at 6 p.m.
A special worship service will also be held at 7:30 a.m. The Latter Rain
worship service is slated to take place at 10:55 a.m. Friends, former mem-
bers and the public are extended a special invitation to share in this worship
experience. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor of St. Paul African
Methodist Episcopal church located at 6910 New Kings Rd. For more
details call the church at 764-2755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back To Church Sunday
Observed at Greater Grant A.M.E.
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, Reverend F.D. Richardson,
Jr. invites everyone to come and join in praise and worship celebrating
national "Back To Church" day, Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
Morning service with the youth and young adults presenting a hip hop
infused" worship experience. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road.
Transportation is available. For more details call the church office at 764-
5992 or email email@example.com.
Over 10 faith leaders from African-American churches
across the nation met with President Obama on Monday.
President Meets with Faith Leaders
Faith leaders from major African-
American churches around the
nation met with President Obama
Monday morning to discuss the
50th Anniversary of the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Obama sat down with eleven sen-
ior church leaders and held a con-
versation on civil rights and equali-
ty as they apply to voting rights and
various issues affecting African-
Americans such as unemployment
and access to health care.
Attorney General Eric Holder and
Senior Advisor Valeria Jarrett also
attended the meeting, along with
other administration officials.
The group discussed the progress
the nation has made in the last 50
years since the march and Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for
equality but acknowledged that
work still remains to "ensure that
our country is more fair, more free,
and more than it was 50 years ago,"
reads a White House statement.
The meeting concluded in prayer
and with promises from faith lead-
ers to continue to educate and
inform their congregations about
the Marketplace and beyond.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning WorshiD
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Wednesday Noon Service
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12 noon-1 p.m.
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to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via
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FSU Accelerated Nursing Program to Assist With Shortage
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida
State University's College of
Nursing-is'offering an accelerated
bachelor's of science in nursing
degree program for students who
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in ','nursing in, as soon as twelve
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months. The program builds on
previous learning experiences to
accomplish program objectives in
a short period of time. Students
receive the same number of clini-
cal hours as their counterparts in
the traditional entry-level nursing
programs. Approximately 70 per-
cent of graduates of the Florida
State accelerated nursing program
obtain employment locally and
remain in the Tallahassee area.
Among the admission require-
ments for Florida State College of
Nursing accelerated nursing
degree programs are: A completed
Does your nonprofit's special
event help sponsors and underwrit-
ers meet their business objectives?
Do the benefits you offer align with
the business needs of your spon-
sors/underwriters? Here are some
things to consider as you build your
corporate partnership program.
;. Philanthropic- siipport can be
directed by an executive within the
business, through the community
relations department, or its founda-
Stion. Marketing dollars are typical-
ly secured from the marketing
Department. Distinctions between
Sthe two types of giving include the
' expected "return on investment."
Sponsorships from the marketing
side of a business need to advance
the business objectives. Pursuing
such a relationship will require you
learn these objectives, know your
demographics, and be prepared to
apply creativity in creating spon-
sorship benefits that have meaning
to your partners.
Businesses know who they want
Sto communicate and interact with.
They know which communication
methods work best with specific
target markets, and they have prior-
itized their markets. They will want
to know the demographics associat-
ed with your event, program, or
nonprofit as a whole, so be pre-
pared. What do you know about the
people you serve, those attending
your events, people you reach by
email, social media and print com-
munications? Can you provide tra-
ditionally requested information
such as gender, race age, zip code,
income, education, and children in
the household, 'for your different
constituencies and/or audiences?
What to Do When a Loved One Dies
baccalaureate level degree or high-
er from a regionally accredited
college or university;, a 3.2 (on a
4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on all
college work and meet theFSU
admission requirements for stu-
dents seeking a second degree.
The College of Nursing offers
four-year nursing degree pro-
grams, as well as graduate nursing
programs. The nursing program
also accepts upper-division trans-
fer students with earned associate
of arts degrees from two-year
institutions, such as community
Living with Shingles Pain
By Krisha McCoy, MS
Every year in the United States,
more than 1 million people are
Newly diagnosed with shingles. The
condition is typically marked by a
blistering rash, but many people
experience other symptoms first.
Pain is often one of the earliest
signs of shingles you may feel it
even before the rash appears and in
some cases for months or years
after the rash is gone.
The good news is that there are
Treatments available that can help
relieve this pain, and even shorten
the duration of your shingles infec-
What Shingles Pain Feels Like:
Individuals feel shingles pain in dif-
Sferent ways. The pain associated
With the shingles rash has been
described as burning, itching, sting-
ing, or tingling.
In its milder form, shingles pain
is more itchy than painful, and
when it's severe, shingles pain can
be triggered by the brush of a bed
sheet or a gentle breeze on the skin.
In most cases, shingles pain sub-
sides when your rash heals, which
usually takes a few weeks. But
about 20 percent of people with
shingles experience a complication
known as postherpetic neuralgia, in
which mild to severe pain can stay
around for months after the shingles
rash has cleared.
In severe cases of postherpetic
neuralgia, the pain can be debilitat-
ing and result in insomnia, weight
loss, and depressive symptoms.
Treatment and Management of
Shingles Pain: When you're diag-
nosed with shingles, your doctor
can prescribe antiviral medications
such as Zovirax (acyclovir), Valtrex
(valacyclovir), and Famvir (famci-
clovir), which can shorten the
THE PAIN OF SHINGLES
A cluster of tiny bumps A painful condition,
transform into blisters and herpetic neuralgia, a
fill with pus. The blisters by nerve damage son
break open, then crust over occurs and can last
and disappear. after the rash disap;
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severity and duration of your ill-
ness, and cause your pain to abate
Early diagnosis of shingles is
critical, because antiviral medica-
tions work best when they're start-
ed within the first three days after a
shingles rash develops.
In addition to antiviral medica-
tions, your doctor may recommend
the following to help reduce your
Steroids. Steroid medications
can help relieve your shi gles,pain
and reduce your risk of developing
post herpetic neuralgia.
Over-the-counter pain medica-
tion. You can use pain medication
such as acetaminophen (Tylenol
and others) or ibuprofen (Motrin
and others) to help manage your
SPrescription pain medication.
In cases of severe shingles pain,
your doctor may prescribe pain
medicine to help reduce your pain.
SMedicated lotions. Lotions
designed to soothe the skin and
reduce itching may be able to help
with shingles pain, too.
SCool compresses. Applying cool
compresses to your rash can help
ease itching and shingles pain.
Dealing with Tasks in The Midst
Whether it's expected or acciden-
tal, the death of a love one can
shake you to the core. The last thing
you'll want is to have to interrupt
grieving to deal with mundane
tasks, but unfortunately there are
many actions that must be done on
behalf of the deceased. Some must
be taken immediately, while with
others you can take your time and
reflect on the best path to follow.
Here's a checklist in case you
find yourself in this position:
Notify the proper
authorities. If the
death occurs under
hospital or hospice
watch, they will noti-
fy the proper authori-
ties and help you
with the coroner's
office for transport of
the remains. If it hap-
pens at home, call
local police or 911 for
assistance. If he or
she was an organ
donor, you'll need to
act quickly. If you're
not sure, check their
driver's license or
will for instructions. Ideally, your
family has had this conversation
well in advance.
Contact family and friends:
Reach out for help in making
arrangements and locating key doc-
uments. Split up such task as con-
tacting others who will want to
know, providing support for a sur-
viving spouse or children, taking
care of pets, collecting mail and
safeguarding the deceased's home
if it's now vacant.
Make funeral arrangements.
Look for a will or other document
that spells out the deceased's burial
or cremation wishes many people
make funeral arrangements in
advance, even paying ahead of
time. The funeral home can guide
you through the paperwork process,
such as placing an obituary and
ordering death certificates. (For
more on the financial repercussions
of making funeral arrangements see
the blog, Keeping Funeral Coast
Locate key documents.
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will that names an executor to over-
see the disposition of his or her
estate; otherwise, the court will
have to appoint one. In sorting
through their files, also look for: a
trust; insurance policies (life, home
and auto); bank, credit card, mort-
gage and loan accounts; safe
deposit box key; contact informa-
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or other professional advisors; and
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tors, insurance companies and other
organizations with which the
deceased had business or financial
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be required to submit a certified
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Tenn. State Sports Photo
-IQRON REED: Tennessee
LET'S State head coach takes
GET IT Tigers into tough match-
up Sunday in Nashville vs.
NCCU FIRES FOOTBALL COACH; GRIDIRON
SEASON GETS UNDERWAY WITH 19 GAMES
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK'COLLEGE SPORTS
HENRY FRAZIER FIRED AT NC CENTRAL:
A second arrest for a domestic disturbance has cost
- North Carolina Central head foot-
ball coach Henry Frazier Mi his job
just over a week before the 2013 sea-
son is to begin.
Frazier was arrested early
last week charged with violating a
domestic violence protective order
Frazier against his ex-wife, Lanier Tumrner-
Frazier. The Durham Herald-Sun re-
ported he posted a $5,000 bond and was released from
police custody. The school announced Tuesday that Fra-
zier had been suspended and Thursday announced his ter-
Frazier, 45, had been suspended by the school in May
2012 following his arrest for assaulting a female. At the
time, authorities said Frazier and his wife were arguing
at their home where the assault occurred. He was rein-
stated prior to the beginning of the
2012 season.Assistant Head Coach
Dwayne Foster was named as Fra-
zier's replacement. Foster came with
Frazier to NCCU in 2011 after previ-
ously serving with Frazier at Prairie
View A&M and at Bowie State.
Foster "The personal issues Coach
Frazier is facing have caused the
university to shift its focus from the priorities of student-
athletes, the Athletics Department and the university," a
release from the school said. "NCCU does not condone
alleged conduct or behaviors that are counter to the insti-
tution's culture of providing a nurturing environment that
supports student learning and academic success."
Big start to 2013 football season
Games are scheduled for Thursday through
Sunday as the black college football season
kicks off with 19 games this week.
All ten teams from the Southwestern Ath-
letic Conference and nine of the 11 from the U- .B
Mid Eastern Athletic Conference go to work,
many with tough opening dates.
Teams from both conferences christen the
season with single games Thursday and Friday. rt P
SWAG runner-up Jackson State visits Tulane
and Hampton of the MEAC is at Western ]li- CLASSIC MATCH-UP: The
nois in 7 p.m. starts Thursday. nessee State all-American
noisin 7p~m stats hursay.yen Godbolt (I.) and Bethi
Morgan State of the MEAC travels to ven Godbolt (Iv andBetd
,^ ^r, ^ i- ~ir^.- out wide receiver Eddie
Army (7 p.m.) while Southern of the SWAC is ot bg Joh Meiv Class
the big John Merdit Classi
at Houston Friday (7:30 pmn.). Sunday evening. The gan
SWAC teams also face tough out-of-con- ESPN3 and HSRN.
ference foes Saturday as defending champion
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is at Arkansas State (6 on Sept. 22. It was the fin;
p.m.) and Alabama State hosts Jacksonville for the Wildcats who ran o:
State (5 p.m.). Alcorn State hosts Div. II Ed- en route to claiming the M]
ward Waters at 4 p.m. in Lorman, Ms. playoff berth. TSU finish
In league action Saturday, Grambling Valley Conference.
looks to break a 10-game SWAC losing streak TSU will be without
as they host Alabama A&M (6 p.m.). Texas Michael German, who i
Southern and Prairie View meet in Houston's first two games, and nr
Reliant Stadium in the annual Labor Day Clas- Ward, who ran for 134 y
sic (7 p.m.). last year's game. Ward.left
It's a similar scenario of tough tasks in the junior season. TSU marque
MEAC Saturday as North Carolina Central fensive back Steven God
and new head coach Dwayne Foster travel FCS all-American who w,
down the street to face Duke of the ACC (4 season defensive player
p.m.), Howard has a tough date at Eastern American tight end A. C.
Michigan, Savannah State is at FCS runner-up B-CU is favored to
Georgia Southern and Norfolk State travels to and returns a star-studdec
Maine.AUll are 6p.mn. starts, by running back Isidor
South Carolina State is the only MEAC back Jackie Wilson and
team to play at home as the Bulldogs host FCS Poole and on defense by
playoff participant Coastal Carolina (6 p.m.). Fields, the MEAC preseas
Teams from each conference hook up Sun-
day in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando
as Florida A&M takes on Mississippi Valley
State at 11:45 amn in the Florida Citrus Bowl.
ESPN will carry the game live as will the Heri- 1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE
tage Sports Radio Network (HSRN). Pembroke on Thursday, Sept.
The best game of the week may be the last, 2. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (0-
Sunday's 7 p.m. match-up at the John Merritt year's 21-14 loss.
Classic in Nashville between defending MEAC 3. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
champ Bethune-Cookman, the No. 3 team 4. TENNESSEE STATE (0
from last year's BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS PAGE
Final Top Ten, and the No. 2 team, Tennes- 5.TUSKEGEE (0-0) -SAC c
see State. That game will be shown on-line at 6. JACKSON STATE (0-(
ESPN3 and will be also be carried by HSRN. 7. SOUTH CAROLINA STAl
A year ago, Ron Reed's TSU Tigers hand- 8. FLORIDAA&M (0-0) Ratt
ed Brian Jenkins' B-CU Wildcats one of its 9. ALABAMA STATE (0-0) -1
two regular season losses the only one to an 10. NORTH CAROLINA A&T
FCS or black college team in a 21-14 decision _______
"Super 7 Series" highlights HSRN
2013 national radio schedule
Hartly, DE The Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) has an-
nounced its 2013 football broadcast schedule featuring 25 exciting games
including the "Super 7 Series" of classic events.
"We are excited about the schedule because we believe we were able
to feature games from each of the HBCU conferences, along with the ex-
citing major classic games across the country," said HSRN CEO, Omarr
f The broadcast season begins with the Labor Day Weekend Kickoff,
with three games in three days, featuring two FBS vs FCS games, Morgan
State at Army on Friday, August 30 and North Carolina Central travel-
t ing cross town to face the Blue Devils of Duke University in Durham N.C.
The weekend wraps on Sunday, September 1 with the John Merritt Classic
t (Bethune-Cookman vs. Tennessee State) in Nashville, Tenn.
The highlight of the season is the "Super 7 Series" which includes
seven events that will bring the major Classic games to the HBCU national
The series will open (Sept. 14) in East Rutherford, NJ with the New
f York Urban League Classic featuring Benedict vs. Virginia State. The
S series will also include the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis Tenn. -
. Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Sept. 14); the Atlanta Classic North
Carolina A&T vs. S.C. State (Oct. 5); the Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic
in Columbus, GA Morehouse vs. Tuskegee (Oct. 12); the Magic City
i Classic in Birmingham, AL Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M, (Oct.
26); the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando, FL Bethune Cookman
vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 23) and the Bayou Classic in New Orleans, LA -
* Grambling State vs. Southern (Nov. 30).
2013 HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK
.= FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Morgan State @ Army in West Point, NY
North Carolina Central @ Duke in Durham, NC
Bethune-Cookman @ Tennessee State inNashville, TN
Delaware State @ Delaware in Newark, DE
Benedict vs. Virginia State in East Rutherford, NJ
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State in Memphis, TN
Winston-Salem vs. Tuskegee in Cleveland, OH
Howard @ N.C.A&T in Greensboro, NC
Fayetteville State vs. Eliz. City State in Rocky Mount, NC
Jackson State @ Southern in Baton Rouge, LA
N.C. A&T vs. South Carolina State in Atlanta, GA
S.C. State @ NCCU in Durham, NC
Morehouse vs. Tuskegee in Columbus, GA
Morgan State @ North Carolina Central in Durham, NC
Lane @ Miles in Birmingham, AL
Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M in Birmingham, AL
Shaw @ WSSU in Winston-Salem, NC
Albany State vs. FL Valley State in Columbus, GA
Morgan State @ S.C. State in Orangeburg, SC
CIAA Championship Game in Winston-Salem, NC
SIAC Championship Game in Atlanta, GA
FAMU vs. Bethune-Cookman in Orlando, FL
Stillman @ Alabama State in Montgomery, AL
Southern vs. Grambling in New Orleans, LA
SWAC Championship Game Houston, TX
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defensive back Ste-
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Tulane vs. Jackson State in New Odreans, LA
Western Illinois vs. Hampton in Macomb, IL
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
- CBS Sports Network & HSRN
Army vs. Morgan State in West Point, NY
Houston vs. Southern in Houston, TX
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Northern Colorado vs. Langston in Greeley, CO
Alcorn State vs. Edward Waters in Lorman, MS
Alabama State vs. Jacksonville State in Montgomery, AL
Arkansas State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Jonesboro, AR
Eastern Michigan vs. Howard in Ypsilanti, Ml
Grambling State vs. Alabama A&M in Grambling, LA
Georgia Southern vs. Savannah State in Statesboro, GA
Norfolk State vs. Maine in Norfolk, VA
SC State vs. Coastal Carolina in Orangeburg, SC
Belhaven vs. Texas College in Jackson, MS
Bull City Gridiron Classic HSRN
Duke vs. NC Central in Durham, NC
29th Labor Day Classic Comcast SportsNet Houston
Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M in Houston, TX
Delayed -9/3/13 @ noon CT
Abilene Christian vs. Concordia-Selma in Abilene, TX
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Disney MEAC/SWAC Challenge ESPN- HSRN
Florida A&M vs. Miss Valley State in Orlando, FL
15th John Merritt Classic HSRN ESPN3
Tennessee State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Nashville, TN
and LeBrandon Richardson. Wildcats offensive
lineman Terrence Hackney, who was named to
several preseason all-American teams, is not on
the team this year for "personal reasons."
Conspicuously absent from this week's sched-
ule are teams from the CIAA and SIAC, including
BCSP preseason No. 1 Winston-Salem State.
The Rams and others will join the fray next
week when a full menu of 39 games are on the
"A 0 I"
(0-0) Two-time CIAA champ and DIv. II runner-up idle this week. Opens with UNC-
0) MEAC champions open Sunday at No. 4 Tennessee State looking to avenge last
(0-0) SWAC champs open Saturday at Sun Belt champion Arkansas State.
-0) Hosting Bethune-Cookman in John Merritt Classic Sunday in Nashville.
hamps Idle this week. Open Saturday, Sept. 7 at Alabama A&M.
0) Blue Tigers have' tough date Thursday in New Orleans at Tulane.
rE (0-0) Bulldogs open at home Saturday vs. FCS playoff team Coastal Carolina.
tiers face Mississippi Valley State in Sunday's SWAC/MEAC Challenge in Oriando.
-losts Jacksonville State Saturday in new ASU Stadium in Montgomery.
S(0-0) Aggies are idle this week. Open Saturday, September 7 at Appalachian State.
* Super Seven Series games
#AII times are scheduled starting from the one hour pre-game
About Heritage Sports Radio Network
Established in 2006, HSRN was created to serve the loyal fans of HBCU sports.
Our diverse broadcast network was designed to provide easy access to our pro-
gramming for the 7 million HBCU sports fans. Our affinity with and knowledge of this
landscape combined with state-of-the art technology and cutting edge programming
has positioned HSRN as "the preeminent voice of HBCU sports."
Saint Augustine's hires Tony Sheals
as new men's hoops coach
A little more than a month after losing its coach to a conference foe,
Saint Augustine's basketball has a new face with Division I experience.
Tony Sheals was named St. Augustine's University's latest basketball
S coach on Tuesday. The former Florida A&M
% head coach replaces Lonnie Blow, who left in
July to take over at Virginia State.
"We are excited to add Coach Sheals to
our athletic family," St. Aug Athletic Director
George Williams said. "He is a veteran coach
who will lead an outstanding group of players
Sheals will take over a St. Aug team which
finished 16-12 overall last season but has only
five returning players.
Shea s Sheals served as both head coach for Bet-
hune-Cookman (94-97) and Delaware State (2000) of the MEAC. He
most recently served as an assistant at Florida A&M.
"It is a tremendous opportunity and honor to represent the Falcon
community. I look forward to coaching in the CIAA and leading our pro-
gram to success," said Sheals.
SWAC soccer tournament
relocates to Houston
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. After announcing its football and basketball
championships move to Houston, Texas, the Southwestern Athletic Con-
ference has relocated its soccer tournament to the city.
The 2013 SWAC Soccer Tournament will be held at the Houston Am-
ateur Sports Park from November 7 10.
The announcement was made on the day of the league's press confer-
ence formally celebrating its championship campaigns in Houston.
"We are pleased to join with the Houston Amateur Sports Park in
moving the soccer championship to the city of Houston, said SWAG Com-
missioner Duer Sharp. "The city of Houston has played host too many
professional soccer events. The support of the city's soccer fans, busi-
nesses and community, coupled with a world-class facility in the Houston
Amateur Sports Park, can only result in a tournament with a meaningful
experience for our student-athletes."
The Houston Amateur Sports Park is in its second year of operation
and the offices at the park opened October 2012. It consists of six fields,
five of which are Bermuda grass and one which is turf. The SWAC be-
comes the first NCAA Division I conference to host its soccer tournament
and championship at HASP.
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FORT VALLEY, GA Fort Valley State University interim
athletics director Willie Williams has announced the appointment of
Erica Henry as interim head women's basketball coach.
The Shreveport, LA native is joining the Lady Wildcats for the
first time as head coach but this will be Coach Henry's second stop at
FVSU, as she served as an assistant coach in 2011-12 under Coach
Before coaching at FVSU, Henry was an assistant coach at
Grambling State under head coach Patricia Bibbs. Henry played
collegiate basketball at Fresno State, leading her team to the school's
first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship,
WAC tournament championship and an NCAA appearance.
AUGUSTA, GA Paine College has announced the hiring o1
Marqulta Davis as the new Head Track & Field and Cross Country
Coach. The nine-time All-American earned her bachelor's degree
from St. Augustine's in 2006 and is a native of Memphis, Tennes-
Prior to serving as an assistant track coach at St. Augustine's,
Davis gained experience as a high school coach in North Carolina.
At St. Augustine's, Davis won back-to-back 60 meter NCAA Div. II
indoor titles in 2006 and '07 was a a member of the 2005 and 2007
NCAA Indoor Championship teams. She won the CIAA 100 meter
hurdles titles each of her four years at St. Aug's. Her successes
helped the team collect four indoor CIAA Championships and an-
other three outdoor Conference Championships.
ORANGEBURG, S.C.-Valerie Jones has been named the
head women's volleyball coach at South Carolina State Univer.
Jones joins the South Carolina State staff after spending the
last two seasons (2011-2012) as the head volleyball coach at White-
water High School in Fayetteville, Ga. During her time, the Lady
Wildcats appeared in back-to-back state championships and cap-
tured the 5-A Volleyball Georgia High School State Title in 2012.
In 2005 Jones became the first-ever head women's volleyball
coach at Kennesaw State University. She served in that capacity
through the 2009 season. Prior to that, she had a successful stint as
the women's athletic coordinator and head volleyball coach at Joliel
Junior College (2002-2005).
Jones received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise sci-
ence and sport studies in 1995 from the University of Tampa anc
was a member of the women's volleyball and women's basketball
TUSCALOOSA, AL -Paul Bryant has been selected to serve
as Director of Athletics at Stillman College. He previously served
as Director of Athletics at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. He
comes to Stillman with 20 years of experience in senior level admin
istration and 22 years of coaching experience.
Prior to joining Eureka as Director of Athletics in 2008, he
served as Associate Director of Athletics for Urbana University
where he was also Head Basketball Coach. He holds a Doctorate o
Education in Athletic Administration from Northcentral University, ar
M.Ed. from Urbana University, and a B.A. from Alaska Pacific.
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
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[ Leadership Jacksonville Announces
S2013-2014 Board of Directors
Back Row: Danese Tremble, Deborah Cannington, Ronna Keitt-Iglesias, Tiphanie Jinks, Janister Herring, Michelle Singleton, Chandra
Jordan, A. Marini Howard-Watkins, Twyla Ashman, Shanel McKenzie, Sonja Hill Armstrong, Rita L. Scott, Monque Brown, Felicia Seabury
Cruse, Lorraine Polite Clark, Tracee Holzendorf, Deborah A. Price, Deborah Brown, Shonda Heath Iranetta W)ight, Wilatreal Curry, Alisia
Martin, Michelle Rawls, Barbara English, Kia Mitchell Kemp, Robbin Bray, Tanya Wall Nunn and Kimberly Wyche Huyghue. Front Row
Officers: Vanessa W. McNair, Shannon Perry, Joyce Couch, Shameka Brown, Shauna Ray Allen (President), Patricia Gillum Sams (Vice
President), Kimberly Holloway, Latasha Fullwood and Yvonne McClain-Gomes.
Jack & Jill 'Retreats' to Transform the Lives of Area Youth
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill has started the new year
with their Annual Retreat to plan
and coordinate Community
Services projects for the year.
The first event, The Taste of
Black Jacksonville, is scheduled
for October 4, 2013 Proceeds
from the event will be allocated
towards the Shannon McCants
Memorial Scholarship which was
established by the chapter through
the Jack and Jill Foundation, to
assist deserving local Jacksonville
graduating seniors who are pursu-
ing a degree in pharmacy at Florida
Agricultural & Mechanical
Shannon Smith McCants gradu-
ated from Florida A & M with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Pharmacy in 1991. Shannon was
the Chief Pharmacist at Shands
Jacksonville Hospital, when she
was shot and killed on November
20, 2006 by a disgruntled patient
while she assisted them at the phar-
A devoted member of the organi-
zation, Jack & Jill has chosen to
honor her legacy by aiding those
who are following in her occupa-
tional footsteps. In addition to the
scholarship, the chapter also pres-
ents a bi-annual beautillion,
Breakfast with Santa and collegiate
empowerment programs for high
school students. It is the oldest
organizations for families of color
to nurture and inspire our youth.
Waivers Leave Behind at-risk Students
Millions of at-risk students could
fall through the cracks as the
Education Department gives states
permission to ignore parts of No
Child Left Behind, according to a
study education advocates released.
The Education Department has
been giving some states waivers
from the education law's require-
ments, including those to collect
and publish data about students and
then use the results to pinpoint
problem schools. The resulting
patchwork of rules from Miami
to Seattle has ,given states more.
freedom :to. carry -outplans to boost
education but has allowed almost
2,300 schools to shed their label of
seriously troubled, according to
numbers compiled at the Campaign
for High School Equity.
"It appears to us that waivers
could lead to fewer students of
color receiving the support they
need," said Rufina Hemrnandez,
executive director for the Campaign
for High School Equity.
Her coalition of education
reformers, civil rights activists and
policy analysts studied the 34 states
and the District of Columbia that
had received waivers from No
Child Left Behind before April.
(Another six states and a collection
of individual districts in California
have won waivers since then.)
The results show students who
are at the highest risk of dropping
out those from poor families,
students whose native language is
not English, those with learning
disabilities and minority students
- are often no longer tracked as
carefully as they were before
Education Secretary Amrne Duncan
began exempting states from some
requirements if they promised to
better prepare their students for col-
lege or careers.
The Education Department had
no comment on the study but
Duncan has been vocal in calling
for a rewrite of No Child Left
Behind that would render his
Under the original No Child Left
Behind, schools that failed to teach
at-risk students would be flagged if
one: group.,wasn't keeping pace.; If
one of the subgroups failed to. meet
its performance targets for two con-
secutive years, officials were
required to stage an intervention to
turn the entire school around.
But the advocates' review finds
those in-depth reporting require-
ments have fallen by the wayside
under the waivers. An intervention
is no longer automatically triggered
in as many as 19 states, meaning
those efforts that once were at the
center of the law are now optional.
In 16 states, student groups are
lumped together and treated as one
bloc of at-risk pupils, essentially
scrapping the reporting of at-risk
groups by label.
The waivers make it easier to
"The No Child Left Behind sys-
tem itself was far from perfect,"
said Phillip Lovell, vice president
for federal advocacy with the
Alliance for Excellent Education.
"Where is succeeded was shining
the spotlight on the subgroups."
That spotlight now has dimmed,
Take, for instance, Ohio. In that
state, 856 schools failed to meet
their performance benchmarks for
at-risk students two years in a row.
Under the waiver Duncan
approved, the number of schools
called troubled schools fell to 445.
Of that smaller sum, only 162
schools were deemed an urgent pri-
That's not necessarily a bad
thing, said Mike Petrilli, who has
studied No Child Left Behind as a
leader of the reform-minded
Fordham Institute. .. .. %- ,.,,
*... "The, waivers allow states to pn-l;.
oritize. We should be saving the
toughest interventions for schools
that have low proficiency and low
progress," said Petrilli, a former
official at the Education
Department. "The spirit of the law
is to make sure that kids don't get
In all, 2,292 schools nationwide
were deemed no longer needing
special attention for improvement
in states operating under waivers. In
13 states, the number of schools
identified for intervention has
dropped by more than 100 schools.
Duncan's department can adjust
this, though, when states return to
the Education Department seeking
to continue running their schools,
outside of No Child Left Behind's
rules. Duncan's hall passes only last
one year and states face the threat
of returning to No Child Left
Behind's requirements if they don't
execute their improvements plans.
The Education Department has
already warned Kansas, Oregon
and Washington state that their
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Women, Infants and Children
WIC offers families:
* Personalized nutrition
Checks for free, healthy food
Tips for eating well to
Referrals for healthcare
To apply call
exemptions are at risk for the 2014-
15 academic year if the schools
there don't deliver on their applica-
In 2011, the Education
Department announced that states
could petition Duncan for waivers
from No Child Left Behind's ambi-
tious requirements, such as having
all students read and count at grade
level by 2014 or else risk their fed-
Leadership Jacksonville (UJ),
an organization that develops
youth and adult leaders in
Northeast Florida, recently
named officers and members for
its Board of Directors for the
2013-2014 fiscal year.
Stephen Goldman, Senior Vice
President at Bank of America
Merrill Lynch, was elected as
president of Leadership
Jacksonville. Deborah Moore,
vice president and senior market-
ing manager at EverBank, has
been selected as president-elect
Gregory Kleffner, executive vice
president/chief financial officer
of SteinMart, Inc., remains in
place as secretary/ treasurer.
"I am looking forward to lead-
ing the board of this exceptional
organization through the next
exciting year," said Goldman.
"Leadership Jacksonville is a
vital part of community develop-
ment in this area, and our diverse
and talented board members have
been selected for their potential
to inspire and encourage the
development of Leadership
Jacksonville, its programs and
the community as a whole."
Members of the Leadership
Jacksonville Board of Directors
include immediate past president
Justin Terry, Peggy Bryan, Scott
Moody Chisholm, Vilma
Consuegra, Broderick Green,
Gwen Griggs, Charles Hedrick,
la Morales Howard, Karen
Mayfield, Maxine McBride,
Sherry Murray, Mobeen Rathore,
Clark Robertson, George
Scanlon and Will Smith.
"Our board members are
actively involved in the
Jacksonville community and
come from a variety of back-
grounds and industries," said
Executive Director Jill Langford
Dame. "What they all have in
common is their unparalleled
support of Leadership
Jacksonville and its mission to
develop youth and adult leaders
throughout the First Coast."
To learn more about
Leadership Jacksonville and its
programs, visit www.leadership-
jax.org or call (904) 396-6263.
Owning vs. Renting
continued from page 2
Do you enjoy lawn and garden work?
Might you need to move suddenly to care for family?
Do you want to keep your assets accessible in the bank, or do you want
to invest long term in a home?
There are tax advantages to homeownership in both the short and long
terms. The mortgage interest and real estate taxes are tax deductible, which
allow you to subtract part of your housing-related expenses from your tax-
able income, which could reduce your tax bill. In many cases, the amount
of money a renter spends on rent can be about the same as or less than the
amount a homeowner spends on a mortgage. With the tax benefit for
homeowners, the savings can be significant.
Keep in mind; a slight change of 1% in the interest rate produces a 10%
change in purchasing power. Assuming the maximum monthly payment
you could afford at a 4% interest rate allows you to buy a $200,000 home.
In order to keep that same monthly payment, you can only afford an
$180,000 home when the interest rate increases to 5%.
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neighbors. They are people you pass on the street and peopled '~
you meet. And they have one important characteristic in
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residents living with HIV and AIDS through captivating portraitsi
insightful interviews and poignant journal writing. To watch their:
stories, read their journals and to view the mobile art exhibit
schedule, visit wemakethechange.comtfaces.
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"Sanctified Theft" Play
Comes to the Ritz
Is doing wrong ever the right
thing? Pastor Thomas, a loving hus-
band and father is faced with a deci-
sion that will put his Faith and his
family to the ultimate test. When
doing the wrong thing for the right
reason, God forgives all...right?
Come see the play "sanctified
Theft, Saturday, August 31st at
7:30 p.m. The Ritz is located at 829
N. Davis St. For more details call
632-5555 or visit www.ritzjack-
Golf "Tournament of
For the love of the game, join NCI
on the green Saturday, August 31st,
for the 8th Annual Northside
"Tournament of Unity" Fundraiser
at the World Golf Village in historic
St. Augustine, Florida. For more
info email email@example.com or
Old School Party
TLP Enterprises presents an Old
School Grown Folks Dance,
Saturday, August 31st at the Fleet
Reserve, 5391 Collins Rd. Get your
groove on from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Enjoy old school style dancing
without the drama! For more infor-
mation call Toi Potts at 554-9765.
NCI 8th Annual
"Tournament of Unity"
It's time once again for the 8th
Annual Northside Community
Involvement (olf "Tournament of
Unity," Saturday, August 31st.
Play the tournament at Slammer
and Squire Course at World Golf
Village, 2 World Golf P1, St
Augustine, Fla. For additional
information contact Jerry Harper at
302-0772 or email
Enjoy the 31st Annual Labor Day
Kingfish festival in Kingsland,
Georgia, August 31st September
2nd in Downtown Kingsland's
Historic Royal District along US 17
and Highway 40. For more details
call 912-729-5999 or visit
First Annual Jerk
Heat up your weekend with the
first ever pepper eating contest,
limbo contest, jerk chicken cook-
off, spicy jerk wing eating contest, a
Kids Fun Zone and much more!
Enjoy the heat Sunday, September
1st, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. at
Metropolitan Park, 1406 Gator
Bowl Blvd. For more information
visit www.jaxjerkfoodfest.com or
at the Ritz
Spoken Word at the Ritz will take
place Thursday, September 5th, 7-
9 p.m., at the Ritz Theater located at
829 N. Davis St. For more informa-
tion call 632-5555 or visit
Attend the Neighborhood
Assistance Corporation of
American Dream event. NACA
provides the best homeownership
programs for homeowners and
homebuyers September 5th 9th,
8- 6 p.m at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. For more infor-
mation visit www.naca.com or call
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz, Friday,
September 6th, 7:30 p.m. at the
Ritz Theater located at 829 N.
Davis St. For more information call
632-5555 or visit www.ritzjack-
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated, Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter, Inc. and Laveme Reed
Productions will hold auditions for
the Soulful Nutcracker 2013,
Friday, September 6th, 6 8 p.m.,
at the Jacksonville Center of the
Arts, 3674 Beach Blvd. For more
details and registration information
contact Johnnetta Moore at 768-
Art Book Sale
at The Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art and
Gardens is hosting a one-day only
"used" art book sale, Saturday,
September 7th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave. For
more information, please contact
Susan Tudor at 899-6036 or visit
Summer Jazz Series
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association Inc. will pres-
ent its second jazz series featuring
Akia Uwanda, Saturday,
September 7th from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. at Burney Park at Historic
American Beach. Enjoy food,
music and bring your lawn chairs!
For more details call 662-7793 or
LEGO Camp In
for Kids at MOSH
MOSH will host its 1st LEGO
Camp-In Saturday, September 7th,
at 6:30 p.m. A fun family event and
opportunity to sharpen your LEGO
building skills. For more details call
396-MOSH (6674), or visit
Jazz at the Ritz
Pieces of a Dream in concert,
Saturday, September 7th, for two
shows, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. This live
cafe style evening features the
music of jazz legends and the
hottest new acts. Enjoy great food
and fabulous music! For more
information call 632-5555 or visit
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Career Fair, will be held Tuesday,
September 10th, 9 a.m. 12 p.m.
The Fair consists of local compa-
nies and community agencies and
WorkSource on hand for job assis-
tance. It takes place at the Main
Library, 303 N. Laura Street. For
more information call 630.2665 or
Day of Remembrance
for First Responders
On September 11th, 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the Catherine Street Fire
Station located at 1406 Gator Bowl
Blvd., come honor the men and
women that served this nation and
community. First Responders are
invited to a FREE IHOP pancake
breakfast. Asking for each person to
bring can goods to help provide 220
bags of groceries for local families
in need. For more information con-
tact Women of Color Cultural
Foundation at 683-1757or email
The next Ask-A-Lawyer event
will be held Saturday, September
14th, 9 a.m. 12:00 p.m., at the
Florida State College at
Jacksonville Downtown Campus,
401 West State Street, Rooms T140
and T141. 12-15. Licensed, pro
bono attorneys will talk to individu-
als, one-to-one, in 10-15 minute
interviews to answer legal ques-
tions and provide guidance. For
more details call 356-8371, Ext.
363 or visit www.jaxlegalaid.org.
The P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub meeting
will be held Saturday, September
14th at 3 p.m. The book for discus-
sion is "Airing Grandma's Laundry
and other 'hush hush' Family
Secrets" by author Natasha 0.
Bookclub meeting host is Jennifer
King at 211 Worthington Pkwy, St.
Johns, Fl. 32259. For more infor-
mation call 230-7153 or email
City of Jax Pirate Party
Calling all Landlubbers and
Seafarers. Join the City of
Jacksonville for the "Pirate Party,"
Friday, September 20th, 6 10
p.m. at Treaty Oak Park, 1123
Prudential Dr. Come and enjoy
activities, crafts, food and beverage
and the showing of Disney's Pirates
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the
BlackPearl. For more information
visit www.jaxhappenings.com or
Chris Tucker is back!
Stand up performer Chris Tucker
is coming to the Florida Theater,
Friday, September 27th at 7:30
p.m. at the Florida Theater. For
tickets or more information 128
East Forsyth Street or call the box
office at 355.2787 or visit
& Patio Show
Find fresh ideas and smart advice
for remodeling, home improve-
ment, decorating and more at the
2013 Home & Patio Show,
Thursday September 19 22nd at
the Prime Osbom, 1000 Water St.
For more information visit jack-
Got ink? Come participate in the
9th annual Jacksonville Tattoo
Festival September 27-29, 1 p.m. -
12 a.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk,1515 Prudential Dr. See
amazing tattoo artists. Enjoy ven-
dors, contests, entertainment, activ-
ities and special guests! For more
information visit www.convention-
pros.com or call 615-429-2200.
Old School Party
TLP Enterprises presents an Old
School Grown Folks Dance,
Saturday, September 28th at the
Fleet Reserve, 5391 Collins Rd. Get
your groove on from 8 p.m. to 12
a.m. Enjoy old school style dancing
without the drama! For more infor-
mation call Toi Potts at 554-9765 or
Ebony & Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation will present their annu-
al "Ebony & Ivory Gala', Saturday,
September 28th at 7 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225
Coastline Dr. East. Women of Color
Cultural Foundation promotes edu-
cation of healthy lifestyles, student
education, economic development
and resources. For more informa-
tion call Mary Wards at 635-5191.
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IRS Goes After Michael
Jackson for $434 Million
by Steve James and Randee
What's a face worth? Or a look?
Or a dance move?
When it comes to Michael
Jackson, there's a huge difference
between how the government val-
ues his image and what his family
thinks the likeness of the "Man in
the Mirror" is worth.
About $434 million to be exact.
There's a big disparity over
Jackson's image, as well as his
recording legacy. The late singer's
estate said the taxable value of his
image and likeness was $2,105 -
while the IRS says it's more like
$434 million. The estate's stake in
Jackson's recording assets was val-
ued at $469 million by the IRS, but
was not even included in a 2009
The Internal Revenue Service
says that the Michael Jackson estate
owes $702 million in federal taxes,
plus penalties, according to charges
the agency brought in U.S. Tax
IRS representatives say the estate
has undervalued the late "King of
Pop's" assets by hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars, amounts they say
were not disclosed in a court chal-
lenge the estate filed in July, as a
response to a bill from the IRS.
estate is saying
Jackson's legacy is
ably less than the
believes it is.
wants to lowball
the value of
assets said Alex
S Columbia Law
School, who spe-
cializes in tax law. "The amount of
tax an estate has to pay is based on
the value of the assets."
Raskolnikov said that there is no
magic formula the IRS uses to
determine the value of assets.
"When there is an audit and a valu-
ation of substantial assets (over
$50,000), they will use a panel of
He said, for example, if artwork
is involved, the tax authorities will
consult the experts in the field to
put a value on the assets.
But, when it comes to a likeness
or image of a celebrity, as opposed
to physical assets, Raskolnikov
said, "it is prone to disagreement.
"If they (Jackson estate) do not
settle, the IRS will get its experts
and the family will get theirs and
there will be different valuations."
Then the case will probably go to
federal tax court, he said, rather
than district court, where taxes
would have to be paid in advance.
"Given the valuations, I do not
think the family will want to go to
district court," Raskolnikov said. In
tax court, the estate will not have to
pay any taxes or penalties before-
hand, and then, only if the court
rules in favor of the IRS.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009,
which is the date of the estate's tax
return, and left his estate to his
mother Katherine, his three chil-
dren and various charities. The fil-
ing the estate submitted indicated
that his estate was valued at $7 mil-
lion, for tax purposes. But in May
the IRS said that was deficient by
$505.1 million, plus penalties of
$196.9 million. Tax Court docu-
ments indicating the amounts were
released Tuesday, said Reuters.
A spokesperson for the Jackson
estate disputed the IRS's appraisals,
telling Reuters that they were
"based on speculative and erro-
neous assumptions unsupported by
the facts or law."
So far, the Jackson estate has paid
$100 million in taxes, said the
Cong. John Lewis and Gabby Union Unveil March Postage Stamp
Star of BET's Being Mary Jane
Gabrielle Union and Rep. John
Lewis (D-Ga.) attended the
unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service
stamp commemorating the 50th
anniversary of the March on
"It is a powerful image. When
you look at it, you can't help but
think of the debt that America
owes those marchers," said ost-
master General Ronald Stroman.
The stamp was unveiled ahead of
the National Action to Realize the
Dream rally and march. It is the
third and final stamp in the civil
rights stamp series issued by the
U.S. Postal Service in 2013. The
Emancipation Proclamation and
civil rights icon Rosa Parks were
also honored with stamps this
"I think as young, politically
active Black people, we like to
think our parents were freedom
riders, they were all freedom rid-
ers and on the front lines of every
fight. And to hear their
stories...was incredibly powerful,"
Oprah Apologizes for Shedding Light on Racist Incident
Oprah Winfrey says she's sorry
for the uproar she caused by reveal-
ing an incident of racism against
her from a posh Swiss boutique.
The media mogul claims her anec-
dote has gotten blown out of pro-
The drama started when Winfrey
recounted to Entertainment Tonight
that a store clerk at an upscale bou-
tique refused to show her a $38,000
handbag, assuming the OWN boss
would not be able to afford it based
on her appearance. "[Racism]
shows up for me differently, it
shows up (when) I'm in a store and
the person doesn't obviously know
that I carry the American Express
'black card' and so they make an
assessment based upon the way I
look and who I am."
"You should be able to go into a
store looking like whatever you
look like and say 'I would like to
see this' and that didn't happen,"
she added, pointing out that
"nobody is going to call me the N-
word to my face."
The allegations created a media
stir, especially once the store in
question was identified as
Switzerland's Trois Pommes bou-
tique. Now, Winfrey admits she
regrets sharing her story. "I think
that incident in Switzerland was
just an incident in Switzerland. I'm
really sorry that it got blown up,"
she said. "I purposely did not men-
tion the name of the store. I'm sorry
that I said it was Switzerland. I was
just referencing it as an example of
being in a place where people don't
expect that you would be able to be
Winfrey is hoping to cap any fur-
ther escalation of the incident by
putting her comments into con-
text."It's not an indictment against
the country or even that store," she
said to reporters on the red carpet of
the premiere of her new film, Lee
Daniels' The Butler. "It was just,
you know, one person who didn't
want to offer me the opportunity to
see the bag. So no apology neces-
sary from the country, from
As for the store clerk in question,
she has apologized profusely and
publicly to a Swiss newspaper and
insists the incident was "two hun-
dred percent a misunderstanding."
The clerk, identified only as
Adriana M., offered to resign from
the boutique but the store manager
refused to accept it.
Shown above is Ms. Powell with the legendary Smokey Robinson at the event.
Motown Alumni Pay Tribute to Former
Etiquette Coach Maxine Powell
Motown alumni returned to their
label home in honor of etiquette
coach Maxine Powell.
Smokey Robinson, Martha
Reeves and the Four Tops' Duke
Fakir, were among those at Detroit's
Motown Historical Museum to trib-
ute Powell, formerly in charge of
"It didn't matter who you became
during the course of your career -
how many hits you had, how well
your name was known around the
world," Robinson said at the cere-
mony. "Two days a week when you
were back in Detroit you had to go
to artists' development. It was
Powell, who refuses to reveal her
age, is credited with polishing the
Motown "diamonds in the rough"
and prepping them to "perform for
kings and queens," Robinson
Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.
recorded a video message for his
longtime colleague, noting select
"Maxine-Powell-isms," like "do not
protrude the buttocks," a lesson she
taught female performers. "You had
style," he said. "You gave them
Gordy added that were it not for
her help, "the Motown legacy
would not be what it is today."
Powell expressed gratitude for
the honor. "I love all of the Motown
artists," she said. "This has been a
blessing. I thank God for allowing
me to be here."
Bomrn in Texas, Powell worked as
a professional model in Chicago
before relocating to the Motor City
and eventually opening her own
modeling and finishing school.
Post-Motown, she taught at
Detroit's Wayne County
Community College until 1985.
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