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By Lynn Jones On the eve of the annual Bob Hayes Track Meet, many of the sports officials and coaches that created the atmosphere fostering the Meet gathered in the home of the legendary Dr. Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, a longtime coach and educator, has hosted the highly anticipated cookout for over forty years. Throughout the evening, coaches, football legends and students stopped by the Johnson home to reminisce and discuss the good old days with the fifty plus in attendance. This is a tradition that started over 40 years ago. The cookout always takes place during the Bob Hayes Track Meet weekend and gives the meets fans time to reflect on the event in a relaxed setting. Eventually it developed into inviting the families and coaches of the various teams, said Johnson. Among the annual attendees is Jacksonville living legend Kenneth Burroughs a retired professional football player whose career included the New Orleans Saints and Houston Oilers. Mr. Burroughs was glad to see all his friends and colleagues that either played with him as a student at Raines High School and followed his NFL career. Coach Nathaniel Washington was in rare form at the age of eighty-six as he prepared hot fish dishes to the attendees. I coached 21 years in the public school system and I feel that I made a tremendous contribution in terms of being a father to the students I served. Many of the players I coached became everything from attorneys to NFL players, he said. That sentiment could be echoes by other coaches in attendance including Elroy Green, Spencer Meeks and Rudy LeCount. Continued on page 3 Volume 27 o. 20 March 20-26, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents The Death of Solomon orthrop Remains a MysteryPage 10 Professional Trades Being Overlooked as Productive Careers for Our YouthPage 4The Ins and Outs of Caring for Your Parents MoneyPage 2 Being Mary Jane Refreshingly Renewed for a Second SeasonPage 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED by John Hicks Over the last year, Angela Corey has been at the center of nationwide attention. As the Jacksonville based Florida state attorney whose office prosecuted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Dunn in the death of Jordan Davis, her actions have been watched by an entire country in some of the most high-profile cases in recent times. But Corey has also been criticized by a host of AfricanAmerican elected officials and community and civic leaders, who have portrayed her as being overzealous in many cases involving Black defendants. Most stinging have been the criticisms of her in the case of Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a shot to dissuade her estranged husband from attacking her. Corey contends that the criticisms of her, specifically in the case of Alexander, are unfounded and that her critics know little about the true facts of the case. Marissa was the one pulling the trigger, Corey said, in a recent interview with BET. Corey added that the gun was fired in a room where her children, ages 10 and 13, were present. Thank God it didnt hit them. But she was on the trigger-pulling side of the gun. In May 2012, Corey prosecuted the 31-year-old mother of two for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and obtained a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison, which generated controversy in the midst of the Trayvon Martin case. Alexander argued that she fired a warning shot from a gun she was licensed to carry to defend herself from a life-threatening beating from her self-admitted abusive estranged husband, Rico Gray. No one was hurt by the shot, which lodged in the ceiling. Still, Corey prosecuted Alexander and a jury convicted her and she was sentenced for 20 years in prison. Last September, an appellate court ordered a new trial, and Corey is seeking a sentence that would put Alexander in jail for 60 years. Corey said the case is widely misunderstood and that Alexander, in the midst of an argument, had walked to another room to get a gun. In firing the shot, she placed the two youths in danger as well as her estranged husband. The sworn testimony, the physical evidence all seems to be forgotten, even though they are available on public record, Corey said. The 911 record does not lie. There is evidence that corroborate the facts. Continued on page 3Report: Black Youth Are Viewed as Less Innocent A recently released study suggests that African-American youngsters are viewed as less innocent and older than their counterparts who are white. The study, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that these preconceived ideas of Black youth have consequences in interaction with law enforcement officials. "Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics such as innocence and the need for protection," said Phillip Atiba Goff, a professor at UCLA who was the author of the story, in the associations report. "Our research found that Black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent, Goff said. The research report surveyed 176 police officers, most of them white men in their late 30s. It found that police officers are more likely to use force against young African-Americans, with the law enforcement officials using anything from police dogs to wrist locks. The findings have implications in the opposition to police initiatives such as the stop-and-frisk program in New York City, in which hundreds of thousands of young people mostly Black and Latino were detained by police officers. In nearly 90 percent of such stops, the young people were innocent.'Afraid of the Dark' Documentary to Explore Black Male StereotypesFilmmaker Mya B is analyzing the stereotypes that damage Black masculinity in her new documentary, Afraid of the Dark. The film is set to make its rounds at film festivals this year, according to Indiewire. A film of this kind could not have been more timely with the recent murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. The cases have stirred frustration as many believe they are present-day examples of Black men not receiving due justice from the legal system. A trailer for the film features a diverse set of African-American men from across generations and educational and occupational backgrounds speaking on their experiences facing racism. Mya B says the film will explore two stereotypes often used to label Black men, including the "Mandingo" an exotic view of the Black man and the "Brute," a savage and violent perception of them. "I also wanted Black men to receive their glory outside of all the bad things you hear in the media and profile the amazing Black men I know and who are in our communities," Mya B said. College Group Cancels Diversity happy hour After Excluding WhitesOLYMPIA, Wash. An attempt to fight racism at a Washington state community college may have backfired. A group of employees at South Puget Sound Community College sent out an invitation to all 300 staffers. The Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color encouraged employees to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of what was being called a happy hour to build support and community for people of color. The invite made it clear white people were not invited. The email read: If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that. It was obviously a mistake, said SPSCCs Dean of College Relations, Kellie Purce Braseth. Braseth said the group that put out the email last week apologized the next day and canceled the event.Obamacare Enrollment Tops 5 Million Amid Surge in Sign-ups WASHINGTON More than 5 million people have now signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Obamas healthcare law, thanks to a surge in enrollment over the last two weeks. The quickening pace of sign-ups confirms that many Americans are using the new marketplaces as a March 31 deadline approaches for getting coverage this year. The latest figures indicate that roughly 1 million people enrolled during the last two weeks, surpassing the total for all of February. If the pace continues, the Obama administration may come close to registering 6 million sign-ups in the first year that Americans are able to get guaranteed health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That would still fall short of the goal of 7 million that administration officials had hoped to reach before the botched rollout of the new law last fall. How many people have actually paid for the health insurance plans they have selected remains uncertain. Administration officials have not released data on payments. Unofficial estimates from insurance companies and some state-run marketplaces suggest that as many as 20% of consumers in some markets have yet to pay their premiums, although some of those may not yet have been billed. The state-based marketplaces -a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare -enable Americans who do not get health coverage through work to select among plans that offer at least a basic set of benefits. The plans cannot turn away sick people. State Attorney Angela Corey Speaks Up and Out to Critics Shown L-R: Coach Elroy Green, Coach Spencer Meeks, Jerome Elps, Bobby Jamison, Coach Jimmie Johnson, Coach Rudy LeCount and football legend Kenneth Burroughs. Coaches and Officials Celebrate Forty Year Legacy Americas Prison Juggernaut Continues to Crush Black Males By Earl Ofari Hutchinson For a brief moment in the late 1990s there was a glimmer of hope that Americas incarceration juggernaut would slow down. The Sentencing Project which compiles an annual report on crime and punishment in the nation found a slight percentage drop in the incarceration rate in state prisons. That was due to a mix of better economic times, a slight up-tick in drug and counseling and rehabilitation programs, and better community outreach by police departments. The thaw in the hard-line take no prisoner approach to crime and punishment didnt last. In 2007, according to a report from the Pew Center of the States, more persons were in American jails than ever. So many, that the United States now has the shameful distinction of being the worlds runaway jailhouse leader. It locks up one-quarter of the worlds prison population The Pew report found three more disturbing problems in Americas staggering jail numbers. One is that judges who would likely opt for community based corrections programs such as fines, restitution; home detention, probation, electronic monitoring, and drug diversion programs dont because these options are scarce. The programs are poorly funded and operated, or are non-existent. Another problem is that black males still make up more than half of Americas prison inmates. They are four times more likely than whites and twice as likely as Hispanics to be jailed. The disproportionate number of blacks jailed hasnt budged in the past decade. The other problem is that a significant percent of them are locked up for non-violent petty crimes and drug offenses. Putting thousands of black men behind bars for mostly non-violent offenses has had staggering consequences. It has wreaked massive social and political havoc on families and communities. Continued on page 3.
Imagine your mom falls or has a stroke and is unable to speak. If you had to take over her finances, would you know what to do? Dealing with a parents poor health is stressful in itself. Having to take over her finances at the same time can be overwhelming, especially if youre scrambling to find the documents you need. Start Early. The ideal situation, of course, is to make plans long before your parents need help, says Bradley Frigon, an elder-law attorney in Denver and president-elect of the national Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a professional association. Otherwise, your parents may no longer be capable of telling you how they would like their finances handled or of executing documents needed for you to carry out those wishes. Have a talk. While discussing finances with parents can be awkwardthey might think that bringing up the subject is premature or intrusive-it is a necessary conversation to have, says Linda Fodrini-Johnson, a licensed family therapist in Walnut Creek, Calif., and president of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care managers. Its members are trained to evaluate an older persons ability to handle various activities of daily living, such as paying bills. Include your siblings if possible to keep everyone involved and avoid hard feelings in the future. One way to begin is by speaking about your own situation, suggests Steve Hartnett, associate director of education at the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. You can say that you and your spouse recently talked about what would happen to your family if something happened to you, and ask your parents if theyve thought about that too, he says. If your parents are receptive, you can start to talk about how they would like their finances managed if they need help in the future, and who they would like to make financial decisions for them. If they are reluctant to talk, you can ask a professional they know-their lawyer or accountant, for example-to meet with you and your parents. Parents often find it easier to discuss financial matters with children if an advisor they trust is present, Fodrini-Johnson says. Gather key documents. To take charge of a parents finances during his or her lifetime you can use either a durable power of attorney (DPA) or a revocable living trust. Both will name who takes over if one spouse can no longer handle his or her finances, and name the child or children who will make financial decisions of both parents are incapacitated. Those documents need to conform to the laws of the state where your parents live. So if your folks dont have a lawyer already, suggest they find one who focuses exclusively on estate planning and elder law. You can find one at neala.org. A DPA is a simpler document and might cost about $1,000 to prepare for one parent or $1,500 for two. If your parents finances are fairly straightforward-their money is in bank accounts, money-market funds and certificates of deposit-and probate is not an issue, DPAs should be sufficient, Hartnett says. A revocable trust, on the other hand, also holds assets that will pass to beneficiaries without going through probate. Setting one up could run about $3,000 for one parent or about $3,500 to $4,000 for a joint trust. If you think you will be dealing with selling a family home or other real estate at some point, Hartnett says, a trust might be better because title companies prefer one over a durable power of attorney. To prevent abuse by a child and to make parents more comfortable, documents can build in oversight, adding a second person with whom the first would have to act jointly. He or she could be another sibling. The responsible childs power to change the parents wills or beneficiary designations can also be limited. Get other needed information. If they havent already done so, ask your parents to make a list of where they keep important documents, such as the deed to their house, tax returns, wills, and powers of attorney. It should also include the name and contact number of their banks, doctors, accountants, attorney, mortgage company, financial planner, and brokerage firm. Whoever takes over their finances will also need to know where their income comes from (pensions, Social Security, and individual retirement account withdrawals, for example), and will need their Social Security numbers, as well as numbers for their bank and investment accounts and insurance policies. Your parents can keep this information in a safe place at home and keep a copy on file with their attorney. When The Times Comes Do you see late notices on your parents desk? Do they complain about collectors calling them about bills they know theyve already paid? Are your parents upset about all the online passwords they cant seem to remember? If you consistently observe these behaviors, it may mean theyre in need of some financial assistance. Step in slowly. If you are the one providing help, do so in a way that preserves your parents dignity. Fodrini-Johnson says. One way is to suggest that you take over one of their financial responsibilities, such as paying bills, so that they have more time to do what they enjoy. If possible, do not take away all their financial responsibilities at once. Unless their mental capacities have lapsed, discuss with your parents everything related to their finances before you make any decisions or changes. Make sure they understand that you want to help them rather than take away their independence. Remember that legally you are a fiduciary if you are the decision-making person named in the revocable trust or DPA. You must at all times act in your parents best interest. Document everything you do. Keep meticulous records and share all information with your siblings. Such communication can prevent tension and even legal challenges down the road. So, for example, if you pay Moms bills, keep copies of every check you write or online bill payment you make. Keep bank statements, too. If you pay for anything with Moms cash, keep receipts. If you meet with a financial planner or attorney, keep thorough notes of what they advise and what you paid them.. Consider assembling a financial team. You can hire someone to handle the day-to-day financial tasks if you cant take on that job. A certified geriatric-care manager can help you find local qualified people. Or do a ZIP-code search at caremanager.org. Financial planners, tax preparers, and attorneys can help you avoid common (and expensive) mistakes. They can also help you decide how to budget your parents money or determine whether an ill parent might outlive his or her savings. And your siblings might feel more comfortable knowing that youre not trying to manage your parents financial investments on your own. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 20-26, 2014 Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. JASMINE GREENMonitor Support Technician, Shands HospitalJOB RESOURCES at EmployFlorida.com helped Jasmine choose a career path and nd a job she loves.Employ Florida is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 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The Jax African American Coaches and Game Officials Celebrates 4th Annual Awards Ceremony, misquoted statement should have read that the late James P. Small and the Late Jimmie Thompson were the originators of the East/West Classic, not Ida Shellman Harris and Mildred Jackson, as stated in the article printed on March 6, 2014. Continued from front Many African-American officials and community leaders have criticized Corey for seeking a firstdegree murder conviction a charge with high standards in the case of Michael Dunn in the killing of unarmed teen Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music. Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder, but the judge ruled a mistrial on the murder charges after a deadlocked jury failed to convict him. The jury might have reached a guilty verdict on a lesser charge, they contend. Corey said the charges are largely a result of what a grand jury decides. Furthermore, she said, she is guided by the facts of a case and not by the racial calculus that are often discussed in the media and on the Internet. We cant erase the Internet, Corey said. Everybody reads tweets and blogs, and they accept what they read as fact, Im not sure how to stop that tide. But thats why we try cases in court. She added: We took Dunns case to a grand jury and it was decided by that jury, she said. The charge has nothing to do with the ultimate verdict. Despite the criticisms of some about the charges against Zimmerman, her decision to prosecute the onetime neighborhood watch volunteer in the death of the unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has been applauded by many, including lawyers in the Black community. I honestly think that no other state attorney would have prosecuted Zimmerman, said Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for the parents of Trayvon Martin, speaking with BET.com. She made a decision to prosecute and do the right thing based on the evidence, Crump said. A lot of people would not have gotten involved in bringing Zimmerman to justice. Every lawyer has different strategy. Hers might be controversial. But she certainly has her own strategy. Suggestions that her office overcharges defendants, she said, imply that prosecutors are guaranteeing justice with some kind of 100 percent money-back guarantee. The prosecutors job is to seek justice. It is done on the basis of evidence, not what people think we should do. The level of criticism of her office has become highly frustrating, she said, adding that she no longer reads media stories that take her to task. Having started in this system 32 years ago, its unbelievably frustrating, she said. I try not to read any of this stuff because its very discouraging to us and to our lawyers. But it doesnt prevent us from going for the truth. 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High joblessness, failing public schools, budget cutbacks in skills training and placement programs, the refusal of employers to hire those with criminal records, and the gaping racial disparity in the drug sentencing laws are the major reasons why far more blacks than whites are behind bars. The scapegoat of blacks for Americas crime and drug problem actually began in the 1980s. Much of the media quickly turned the drug problem into a black problem and played it up big in news stories and features. Many Americans scared stiff of the drug crisis readily gave their blessing to drug sweeps, random vehicle checks, marginally legal searches and seizures, evictions from housing projects and apartments. When it came to law enforcement practices in the ghettos and barrios, the denial of civil liberties protections, due process and privacy made a mockery of the criminal justice system to many blacks and Latinos. State legislators havent helped things. Many are scared stiff that a too aggressive push for increased funding and expansion of drug diversion and probation programs will tire voter backlash. The big dread is that they will be tarred as soft on crime, and could be dumped from office. Thats turned a horrid situation into a public policy nightmare. States now do one of two things to deal with an out of control prison population. They enact or try to strengthen drug treatment and diversion programs or release prisoners. This has little to do with a new found enlightenment on punishment. Prisons are big, dangerous, and inefficient and most of all expensive. It costs twenty times more to lock up inmates than to support community based corrections programs. States such as California have been slapped with federal court orders to provide better medical treatment to inmates, and to relive overcrowding. This costs money; money that many states dont have. But any talk of the release of thousands of prisoners brings an instant voter outcry. The states, though, created the problem with their policy of jail first, rather than rehabilitation programs. Its a problem that they can no longer dodge. With increasing hard economic times, the prospects of even more young and poor blacks being steamrolled by the prison juggernaut looms even greater. This increases the urgency for prison and state officials to cease squandering scarce resources on wasteful, raciallyflawed criminal justice policies that target mostly, poor, and desperate non violent offenders. The answer is to rely on more sound cost effective and human programs such as drug, job, skills and family support programs to bring to a screeching halt the incarceration juggernaut. CoachesThese days Coach Johnson is in the final stages of writing his memoirs at the age of 80. Im completing my memoirs that Ive been writing for three years and its going to the printer in a month. As you think about how God has orchestrated things, you think about what youve done to serve. Tillis Devaughn, a 1982 graduate of Ribault High, was excited to meet Kenny Burroughs and listen to the stories of the coaches who often doubled as father figures.. Being around the legends reminds me to never forget whence we come and always be ready to give back, says Devaughn. They challenge me to create a legacy of my own. State Attorney Angela Corey Speaks Out to Critics Jada Bigham Celebrates Blinging Sweet 16Miss Jada Bigham, daughter of Gary and Tracy Bigham, recently celebrated a Sweet 16 Celebration of a lifetime at the Southside Aloft Tapestry. Like a scene from MTV in a purple fantasy, Orlando's own Dj Nasty and T Roy from 93.3 hyped the crowd all night. All of the attendees were identified with VIP bling lanyard invites who had the opportunity to fill their bags with candy from the purple/white blinged out candy station. The evening was complimented with a buffet of lobster tails, shrimp, crab cake sliders, cheese burger sliders, taco bar, and a purple passion slushy to wash it all down. The honoree is shown above with rapper J. Dash.*****CORRECTIO *****
By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist By the count of the organizers and participants, more than 4,000 demonstrators descended upon the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee on Monday to protest the states monstrously unreasonable Stand Your Ground law. The speeches were forceful and ardent from speakers who framed the controversial Florida law as a threat to justice and as legislation that promotes unreasonable and deadly vigilante passions. The rally included the families of some of the most renowned cases involving violence, from the parents of Trayvon Martin to the mother of Jordan Davis. To add historical poignancy, the event included the family of the late Emmett Till, the Black teenager who was killed nearly 60 years ago in a case of vigilante justice in Mississippi. But now that the crowds have left Tallahassees capitol grounds, the searing question is: Where does this movement to repeal Stand Your Ground laws go now? In reality, the answer is not comforting or encouraging. Florida has a Republican-controlled legislature that has shown not even the slightest reservation about the law, which legally enables a person to use deadly force so long as there is a suspicion that his or life may be in danger. The states Republican governor, Rick Scott, has rebuffed a recent effort to call a special session of the legislature to discuss reforming the law. Getting the Florida legislature to revisit the issue in any long-lasting, meaningful way seems to be the consummate long shot. Yet, this is a battle for the long haul. The important thing is that the people came to protest. And hopefully, they will continue to protest and to persuade their neighbors and friends to view this atrocious law with greater clarity. But it is worth noting that the people demonstrated for an end to segregated schools in the 1940s, long before the United States Supreme Court banned that practice in 1954. People of all colors took to the streets in the 1960s to lend their voices to movements, years before a Voting Rights Bill was passed or before apartheid ended in South Africa. Movements do, indeed, produce change. But that change is often the result of painstaking efforts, years of protests and strategizing. They quite often take extraordinary patience. Repealing Stand Your Ground laws certainly represents that kind of herculean commitment. In the meantime, it will take the continued activism of a community of progressive-minded Americans to take this uphill journey. If they continue to be diligent, to be undeterred by the loud and for-themoment powerful conservative forces in the country, there will one day be an end to Stand Your Ground. Paul Ryan's Misguided View of Inner-City FolkThe onetime vice presidential candidate says that the problem with inner-city Americans is their deep-set cultural problems.By J.P. Hicks Somehow, Republican officials seem to have a difficult time attracting the voters that they want diligently to court. They constantly talk about the need to do a better outreach to African-American and Latino voters. Yet, their rhetoric frequently reveals their real views on issues, and they are often wholly distasteful to those they claim to attract to the GOP. The latest episode in this saga comes at the hands of Congressman Paul Ryan, the man who would have been vice president of the United States had the GOP been able to achieve victory in the 2012 elections. Rather than lead an effort to develop a comprehensive, bipartisan initiative aimed at helping millions of urban American residents to find employment, Ryan decided to take another approach, accusing residents of the inner city of having a real culture problem. That culture problem, he said, was distinguished by a lack of work ethic. We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with, Ryan said, speaking on Bill Bennetts radio show on Wednesday. Ryan, who is chairman of the House Budget Committee, is interested in developing new requirements that he described as aiming to re-emphasize work and reform our welfare programs. In Ryans world, the problem with jobless people in the inner city and its clear who he means by that is simply a culture of dependency and a lack a desire to work. It matters little in his calculation the long history of discrimination in this country that has established a real cultural problem of underfunded schools, housing bias and a host of other systemic problems that have placed these so-called inner-city residents at a perennial disadvantage. It is troubling that so many Republican officials are quick to cast broad aspersions on an entire population of people while offering little in concrete terms to genuinely lift disadvantaged people from their plight. Ryan sees no problem whatsoever in tightening the access to welfare payments for those who need them but allowing corporate welfare initiatives to thrive, unfettered. Those inner-city people whom Ryan castigates as culturally deficient are at least clever enough to keep such pronouncements and philosophies in mind when it comes time to go to the ballot box. And thats the reason so many of Ryans fellow Republican lawmakers are doing what they can to make it more challenging for such folk to vote. With Ryans party at the forefront of such undemocratic tactics, who is it indeed with the real cultural problem? 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The renowned surgeon has established a clear and irrefutable legacy in medicine. His life-altering surgical procedures are the stuff of legend, and the fact that he is an African-American male in a profession where Blacks comprise just 4 percent of practitioners is all the more impressive. I first became aware of Carson during my years in Baltimore as he made news at the Mecca of medical research, Johns Hopkins Hospital in the port city. Now, Carson is making news not for his medical exploits but for his foray into the world of partisan politics. The surgeon has declared himself an unabashed conservative and has become their latest Black darling. Every so often we hear a Black voice elevated by the far-right in an attempt to neutralize racial claims in political discourse while actually inflaming the passions of the overwhelming majority of Blacks who see through the charade. Weve seen the likes of Alan Keyes emerge, as he ran for every office with the exception of dog catcher and seemed to appear everywhere when race was at the center of the debate. Even the leftleaning cable TV outpost MSNBC got in on the fun and gave Keyes a show to promote his idiocy on the airwaves. Then there was Florida congressman and Tea Party darling Allan West who was so far on the extreme right that he became a caricature of a Black conservative caricature. And who can forget Herman Cain, the former corporate pizza pusher, a political simpleton whose ignorance convinced the former CEO that he could run for the presidency and made thinking Republicans blush. The dark side of the far-right is truly an intellectual wasteland. What makes Carson stand out is his professional pedigree. He was seen as the epitome of Black success; having overcome challenges in his youth to rise to a place of prominence through hard work, determination and sheer brilliance. He might not have earned a place on the wall in Black households beside John, Martin and Jesus (and soon Obama), but his name was certainly held in great esteem by Black parents who wanted to provide their children with a role model to emulate. At least until Carson voices his political beliefs. The famed surgeon has become a stalker, attacking the Affordable Health Care Act every chance he gets to stand behind a podium or make a television appearance. Carson uses his credibility in the medical profession to assault Obamacare and by effect, disparage the nations first African-American president. His vitriol has earned him the admiration of the GOPs right flank and given him most favored Black son status with the conservative propagandist tool, the Fox News Network. Carson gives conservatives a convenient race-shield, a Black person who can carry their water and deliver messages that are racially codified but cannot be charged with being a racist due to his race. And unlike the silent assassin on the United States Supreme Court, Ben Carson usually doesnt look like a buffoon when he engages in buffoonery. Its not just Carsons critique of health care reform that is earning him rave reviews from the political right. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he gave the salivating crowd something to really devour. He played upon the pseudo-religiosity of the CPAC audience when he declared, I hate political correctness. I will continue to defy the p.c. police when they try and shut me up. I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Thats good stuff for that crowd. By attacking the president and gay marriage Carson solidified his conservative credentials. The mistake Carson and his fans make, as has others before him, is confusing his fame in his chosen field with competency in public policy. And they fool themselves into believing that most Blacks and thinking other folks dont know the difference. The reason why the likes of Ben Carson, Allan West, Clarence Thomas and Alan Keyes never gain traction among Black voters and mainstream white voters, Republican of Democrat, is that their too easy to deconstruct. There is no intellectual depth, no substance when they share their thoughts on matters of policy. We know the difference between real and pretend because we have experience with Black Republicans who gained our respect with their thoughtful analysis. Whether it was E. Frederic Morrow in the Eisenhower White House, former Massachusetts Senator Ed Brooke, Arthur Fletcher or William Coleman, Jr., the first Black Secretary of Transportation, we have witnessed Black Republicans who put the interest of their community before the extreme views of the fringe of their party. And history informs us that Blacks like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Hiram Revels and Sojourner Truth only allied with the Republican Party because it stood on the side of Black liberation and has nothing to do with the present day iteration of the GOP. What we see today in the Republican Party is nothing short of minstrelsy, Black faces in Black face. Ben Carsons Political Malpractice City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood Sometimes you have to deal with the reality of an issue. For example, I would love to say that everyone graduating from a Duval County High School should attend college. I agree with that notion because I believe that education is critical to one's success. In fact, Malcolm X said, "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." However, I am also a realist and I fully understand and concede that college just simply isn't for everyone. While it would undoubtedly be controversial, I feel that we should target students who probably aren't going to college and attempt to get them interested in careers that don't involve a college degree. For example, you don't need a degree to be a fireman, long shoreman, carpenter, electrician, etc. These are great careers that pay high wages and provide good benefits. How do we stabilize upper city communities? High wage jobs provide so many opportunities for individuals in families. With a good job you can buy a house, maintain and upgrade the look of your home, invest in your retirement, provide for your family's well being, etc. In order for the black middle class to grow we have to start back promoting trade professions as viable options for creating strong well paid careers. In the late 1800s W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington were black leaders who both fought for economic and social equality for freed slaves. Although the overall goals was the same the means in which they suggested we achieve the goal was very different. Washington felt that blacks should focus more on farming and skilled labor, while Dubois felt that every black should receive an education. He also felt that ten percent of the race would provide the leadership we needed. Dubois called this group the "Talented Tenth." Actually, Washington was a proponent of education as well, but he realized that in order for freed slaves to survive economically we had to focus on the jobs that were available at the time. Washington said, "Education is the sole and only hope of the Negro race in America." Today, I agree with both men in a sense. I feel that all people, not just blacks should receive some sort of education after high school. However, again I realize that college is not an option for everyone so we should deal with the reality of matter and aggressively do as Booker T. Washington suggested. It will not be popular to those in the academic arena, but we have to focus more of our youth's attention on skilled trades. With the unemployment rate extremely low in this city, state and nation there is no real shortage in jobs. However, there continues to be a shortage in high wage jobs, especially for blacks who don't have college degrees right? Wrong, there are plenty of great paying jobs for blacks, especially black males. What jobs you might ask those professional trades' jobs I keep talking about. Electricians, Carpenters, Plumbers, Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians are some of the jobs that are available to everyone in the community. The Northeast Florida Builders Association Apprenticeship Program provides great careers for individuals. Once you become a licensed professional in any of the areas I just mentioned the opportunities are limitless. Many people start off working for large companies and once they reach the level of a master craftsman they start their own companies. But just like going to college you have to be committed to finish ing the program if you want to b e successful. Too many of our yout h want instant gratification in lif e That's not how you build success. Willie Bady, Jr, once sai d "Living a life is like constructing a building; if you start wrong, you'l end wrong." And there are definitely position s that are available in these fields Another area that blacks can exce is the maritime industry. Th e Jacksonville Port Authority alon g with its clients have a $1.3 billio n dollar impact on our local econo my. The average annual salary fo r port jobs is $44,000, which is wel above the state average. I have often written about th e need to grow the African America n middle class, and its jobs like thes e that can help grow and sustain a strong black middle class. Again, I can't say it enough, but the oppor tunities provided by the trade pro fessions and Jaxport are critical ou r local economy. Stevie Wonder once said, "We al have ability. The difference is ho w we use it." Signing off from an apprentice ship program in Duval County, Reggie Fullwood More Blacks Should Focus on Professional Trades as Careers
March 20-26, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 18 24, 2014MEAC & SWAC CHAMPS HEAD TO THE 'BIG DANCE'; TUSKEGEE SEEKS ELITE 8 AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 33ONE WIN AWAY: Head coach Leon Douglas looked for a shot in the Div. II Elite Eight when his Tuskegee Golden Tigers played Delta State Tuesday.HAPPY TO BE DANCIN'LUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor Two veteran head coaches in the Big Dance from the black college ranks and two making to this year's NCAA Men's and Women's Div. I Basketball Tournaments this week. David Six Hampton and Mike Davis of SWAC men's Texas Southern are the crown. Davi coach, having taken Indiana and Alabama-Birleading the TSU Tigers in his second year at the helm. LeVelle Moton of MEAC men's tournaNorth Carolina Central and Dawn Brown of SWAC women's tournament Prairie View A&M are taking their Conference, in a First Four game in Dayton, move on to face undefeated Midwest Region No. TSU is led by SWAC regular season and Aaric Murray ( On Friday, Moton takes his 14th-seeded NCCU Eagles (28-5), on a 20-game win streak, and 3rd-seed Iowa State (26-7). The 14th seed is Norfolk State who as a 15th-seed Jeremy Ingram the MEAC's best-ever seeding, a 12-seed, and 4th-seeded Kentucky into overtime before sucback to the NCAAs for the fourth straight season after taking its fourth consecutive SWAC title. Tuskegee Sports PhotoTwo rooks, two vets in NCAA Tourney CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAPSSWAC MEN Texas Southern 78, Prairie View 73 HOUSTON Aaric Murray bounds to lead Texas Southern to a 78-73 win over Prairie View in the Southwestern Athletic Conference berth in the NCAA tournament. It was Murray's seventh double-double of the season. NCAA tournament bid in school hisThe Tigers (19-14) overcame a second half on a 13-2 run to take the lead just four minutes into the half and held for the win. Madarious Gibbs from junior guard Montreal Scott Murray's block with 40 seconds to go sealed the victory. TSU head coach Mike Davis now has led three different schools to the NCAA Tournament. SWAC WOMEN Prairie View 63, Texas Southern 58 HOUSTON Third-seeded Prairie View A&M its fourth consecutive SWAC Texas Southern Jeanette Jackson four assists and one steal in taking home the 2014 Toyota SWAC LaReahn Washington After a 31-29 halftime lead, Jackson scored to even the Jazzmin Parker Morgan Simmons snatched a game-high 18 MEAC MEN N. C. Central 71, Morgan State 62 North Carolina Central rode Jeremy Ingram and deft free throw shooting in the second half to Morgan State 71-62 and claim its 20th straight MEAC Tournament After Morgan State's Justin Black the score at 42 with 13:17 left, the Eagles (28-5) made 16 straight free just two baskets a Reggie Groves 57. The Eagles were good on 25 of 30 free throws in the second half (83.3%) and 26 of 33 for the game. NCCU center Karamo Jawara Alonzo Houston By virtue of the win, the Eagles (28-5), who re-entered the MEAC in 2011, earned the conference's automatic bid to the since 1950. The Eagles are also the seventh different MEAC Morgan State's 7-2 all-MEAC center Ian Chiles minute. MEAC WOMEN Hampton 50, Coppin State 47 Nicole Hamilton Hampton (28-4) tournament title with a 50-47 win over No. 3 seed Coppin State on Saturday Ashle Craig from the left wing, and teammates Kyra Coleman and Larrisa Carter Hamilton added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Alyssa Bennett added rebounds. under Brown who took over this season after Toyelle Wilson left for an assistant's job at Baylor.BCSP NotesSaint Augustine's goes back-to-back in NCAA Division II Indoor Track DeJon Wilkinson Saint Augustine's claimed The title is the latest achievement in the illustrious history of the Coach George Williams ning events. Ty'reak Murray won the 60 meter hurdles while Roxroy Cato followed by fellow CIAA member Johnson C. Smith Lincoln (Mo.) Williams out at Tennessee State Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips announced last week that Travis Williams basketball coach. Williams held an overall record of 23-40 in his two seasons as the Tigers' head coach, but TSU's win total fell from 20 the year before Williams The 16th head coach in Tennessee State history, Williams led TSU to John Cooper from 2009-2012.Frankie Allen not renewed at UMES University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) announced last week that it will not renew the contract of head men's basketball coach Frankie Allen head coach and has amassed 265 wins at four different schools. UMES will immediately begin a national search to name Allens successor. Jabber let go at Virginia Union Virginia Union Athletic Director Joe Taylor said last week that the school will not renew the contract of head men's basketball coach Luqman Jaaber CIAA and Johnson C. Smith University. They went 31-49 under Jaaber. DavisSix Moton MEN SOUTH REGION Tuskegee 98, Florida Southern 95 Tuskegee 93, North Alabama 87 ATLANTIC REGION E. Stroudsburg 99, Livingstone 98 WOMEN ATLANTIC REGION Gannon 76, Shaw 70 Bloomsburg 75, Virginia State 57 SOUTH REGION Nova S'eastern 79, Benedict 71 Albany State 49, Delta State 45 Nova S'eastern 96, Albany State 69 EAST REGION Stonehill 79, UDC 61 SCHEDULE 2014 MEAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS MEN FIRST ROUND Norfolk State 78, Md.-E. Shore 74 Savannah State 61, SC State 47 Howard 53, NC A&T 47 Coppin State 75, B-Cookman 68 Florida A&M 65, Delaware State 61 QUARTERFINALS NC Central 92, Howard 46 Coppin State 83, Hampton 77 Morgan State 81, Florida A&M 68 Norfolk State 57, Savannah State 47 SEMIFINALS NC Central 56, Norfolk State 45 Morgan State 79, Coppin State 64 FINALS NC Central 71, Morgan State 62 MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMER Jeremy Ingram, NC Central ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Justin Black, Morgan State Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State James Daniel, Howard Du'Vaughn Maxwell, Hampton MOST OUTSTANDING COACH LeVelle Moton, NC Central WOMEN FIRST ROUND Florida A&M 86, Delaware State 58 Savannah State 82, Morgan State 71 Md.-E. Shore 70, Norfolk State 66 Howard 74, NC Central 59 Bethune-Cookman 64, SC State 55 QUARTERFINALS Hampton 71, Howard 55 NC A&T 78, BCU 46 Coppin State 82, Md.-E. Shore 60 Savannah State 84, Florida A&M 75 SEMIFINALS Hampton 65, Savannah State 49 Coppin State 57, NC A&T 55 FINALS Hampton 50, Coppin State 47 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Kyra Coleman, Coppin State Tracey Carrington, Morgan State Rae Corbo, Norfolk State Ezinne Kalu, Savannah State MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMER Alyssa Bennett, Hampton MOST OUTSTANDING COACH David Six, Hampton 2014 SWAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS MEN FIRST ROUND Grambling 84, Jackson State 75Prairie View A&M 79, Miss. Valley St. 63 QUARTERFINALS Texas Southern 79, Grambling 54 Prairie View 64, Southern 46 Alabama State 64,Alcorn State 51 Alabama A&M 69, Ark.-Pine Bluff 50 SEMIFINALS Texas Southern 73, Alabama State 61 Prairie View 55, Alabama A&M 49. FINALS Texas Southern 78, Prairie View 73 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Aaric Murray, Texas Southern ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Madarious Gibbs, Texas Southern Louis Monks, Prairie View A&M Tre Hagood, Prairie View A&M D'Aris Scarver, Texas Southern Montrael Scott, Prairie View WOMEN FIRST ROUNDGrambling State 83, Ark.-Pine Bluff 81, OTAlabama A&M 64, Alcorn State 62 QUARTERFINALS Texas Southern 82, Grambling 74 Southern 80, Alabama A&M 66 Jackson State 74, Miss. Valley St. 68 Prairie View 71, Alabama State 61 SEMIFINALS Prairie View 72, Southern 73Texas Southern 79, Jackson State 77, OTFINALS Prairie View 63, Texas Southern 58 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Jeannette Jackson, Prairie View ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Dominique Brothern, Jackson State Alexus Johnson, Texas Southern Brianna Sidney, Texas Southern Jazzmin Parker, Texas Southern Shamiya Brooks, Prairie View A&M MEN MIDWEST REGION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 DAYTON, OH 6:40 P.M. #16 Texas Southern (19-14) vs. #16 Cal Poly (13-19) Winner vs. #1 Wichita State (34-0) FRI., MARCH 21, 7:10 P.M. ST. LOUIS EAST REGION FRIDAY, MARCH 21 SAN ANTONIO, TX 9:50 P.M. # 14 N. C. Central (28-5) vs. #3 Iowa State (26-7) WOMEN STANFORD REGION SUNDAY, MARCH 23 CHAPEL HILL, NC 12:30 P.M. #12 Hampton (28-4) vs. #5 Michigan State (22-9) LINCOLN REGION SUNDAY, MARCH 23 OMAHA, NE 8 P.M. #16 Prairie View A&M (14-17) vs. #1 UConn (34-0) BLACK COLLEGES IN DIV. I NCAA TOURNAMENT Brown Ingram Bennett Murray SIAC Tuskegee has won two South Regional, Leon Douglas's court and 4th-seed North Alabama (93-87) to advance to the reville, Ind., March 25-28. Men's basketball teams from Hampton Alabama State and Norfolk State and women's teams from North Carolina A&T and Texas Southern ments. MEAC reguCollege Basketball Invitational (CBI), traveling to State College, legeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). son and lost in the SWAC Tourney semis, will face Sam Houston ular season and was eliminated in the MEAC Tournament semis, to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Tournament semis, will travel to South Florida (19-12) for a FriRESULTSMENDIV. II SOUTH REGION Championship Tues., March 18, Lakeland, FL 7 pm #8 Tuskegee (20-11) vs. #3 Delta State (26-6) CIT Tues., March 18 Norfolk State (19-14) @ Eastern Michigan (21-14) 7 pmAlabama State (19-12) @ Sam Houston State (23-10) 8 pmCBI Wed., March 19 7 pm Hampton (18-12) @ Penn State (15-17)WOMENWNIT Thur., March 20 7 pm Texas Southern (20-12) @ SMU (17-13) Fri., March 21 7 pm North Carolina A&T (24-6) @ S. Florida (19-12)
Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 20-26, 2014 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. St. John Missionary Baptist Hold Church and Pastors AnniversarySt. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg, FL 32068 will be celebrating the Church's 133 years of existence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr, Pastor 24 years of service. The celebrations will be held during the month of March are as follows: Sunday, March 23, and March 30 all services will begin at 4 p.m. Come and experience the move of God and be blessed with singing, praying, and preaching at these services. For further information call 272-5100.MLK Candlelight Vigil at Mt.ZionApril 4, 2014, marks the 46th anniversary of one of the saddest days in United States history the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Join the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. Friday, April 4th, to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a candlelight vigil, and a strong, but quiet appeal for peace at home and abroad. The vigil takes place at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver Street, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more details call 463-2425 or visit www.mlkfdnorg.com. St. Paul A.M.E Church Holds Special Lenten ServicesSaint Paul A.M.E Church, 6910 New Kings Road has scheduled uplifting observances and worship services during the Lenten Season. On Tuesday, March 25th the Reverend Dominique Robinson, Solid Rock AMEZ Church, Georgia will be the guest preacher. Friends, sisters and churches are extended a warm welcome to share in both worship experiences. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church. For more information contact the church office at 764-2755 or via the web at www.stpaulamejax.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.Marcus Stroud Gospel Fest Brings Top Talent to JacksonvilleMarcus Stroud and 99 Wayz Entertainment will present the 1st Annual Gospel Fest 2014 Friday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Pak, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. Be prepared for a day filled with praise and worship featuring the best of the best in gospel. On stage is Grammy Award Winner Erica, singer and songwriter from the Contemporary Gospel duo and star of WE television series Mary, Mary. Urban gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Grammy award winner LeAndria Johnson, gospel singer and songwriter artist Jessica Reedy. Grammy Award nominee singer, songwriter, producer and gospel legend Dorothy Norwood. Stellar Award nominee singer, songwriter and former NY Mets player Todd Dulany. For more information call William Davis at 469-4465.Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church 106th Church AnniversaryMt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, R.L. Gundy, Pastor is celebrating its 106th church anniversary. The anniversary will be on the following Sundays starting at 4 p.m.: April 27th and concluding on May 18th. The church is located at 2036 Silver Street. Deacon Joe Baily is the Chairman. For more information call the church at 354-7249.JLOC Call to the CommunityThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is soliciting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies. Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street. You can also call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email email@example.com. Financial donations and other donations are accepted. Support the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM INC) as they work to end the violence through a good, quality education, and not more incarceration. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at Midday 12 noon1 p.m. The Word from the Sons and Daughters of Bethel 3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Hope Chapel Celebrates 41 Years of Answering the CallHope Chapel Ministries and Apostle Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann, Pastor, will celebrate its 41st anniversary beginning March 15th through March 23rd. Dr. Holmes-Vann and the committee are inviting the community to participate in the different events and activities scheduled for the anniversary celebration. Festivities continue with As the World Turns, Friday, March 21st at 6 p.m. Hope Chapel Ministries Fellowship Hall; Founders Brunch, Saturday, March 22nd at 11a.m. at the Omni Hotel, 245 Water St; Closing Celebration, Sunday, March 23rd, 11a.m. and 4 p.m. (Singles and Marriage Ministry). Hope Chapel Ministries is located at 9850 Wagner Road. All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 2654700 or visit their website at www.hopechapelministries.org. The theme for this years anniversary is, Hope Chapel is 41 and Were Still Answering the Call. Hope Chapel Ministries was founded by Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann in 1973. It began as a home-based church with seven members and has blossomed into a multi-faceted ministry that includes a 2000 seat sanctuary, an accredited school for ages K-12 and a state-of-the art Sports Center. Hope Chapel has over 30 areas of ministries designed to support the varied needs of people from all walks of life. After 41 years Hope Chapel Ministries is still dedicated to the mission of reaching the world for Christ and answering the call in every area of human need. Power of Music PresentationThe Rose Black Foundation for the James V. Brooks Scholarship Fund will host an evening of music at the Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ, located at 2297 Edison Avenue on Sunday, March 30th at 4 p.m. All band alumni members matriculated under the instruction of James V. Brooks, as well as church choirs of the city having served under James V. Brooks are cordially invited. For more details and scholarship information contact Marva Salary at 764-2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Zion Hope Baptist Pew Rally ServicesThe family of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Reverend Clifford Johnson, Jr. requests your presence at their Pew Rally services, Sunday March 30th at 3 p.m. The preacher for this service will be Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and the BBIC choir. Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2803 Edgewood Avenue. For additional information call the church office at 764-9353 SCLC Memorial DinnerThe Southern Christian Leadership Conference presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dinner and awards program for legends, pioneers and trailblazer, Saturday, April 26th, 6 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Deerwood, 10605 Deerwood Park blvd. For more information call Opio Sokoni, Chapter President at 422-6078 or visit www.sclcjax.org.SL Comedy ShowA Funnybone and Fresh to Life Entertainment presents Saturday Night Laughs comedy show, Saturday, April 19th at 7 p.m. at Household of Faith Ministry Center, 1410 W. Edgewood Ave. Featuring comedians AJ, Lady A.J., Funnybone and Mz. Jenn. For more information call 412-6321.Concerned About You Free Health SymposiumThe Concerned About You Health Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 9 a.m. -1 pm. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street. For more details contact Cora Reed at 645-0634 or email email@example.com. The Story Of The Famed Hymn Amazing GraceStory details the transformation, salvation of a slave ship captain aturopathic Herbalist Dr. Scott Whitaker at Masjid El-Salam Join Dr. Scott Whitaker Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and author with over 20 years experience in herbology, iridology, homeopathy, natural healing and detoxification. Hear Dr. Whitaker, Sunday, April 27th at 1 p.m. at Masjid El-Salaam, 1625 North Pearl Street. For more information visit www.salaammasjid.com or call 359-0980.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com. Dr. Jeannette C.Holmes-Vann Amazing Grace is one of the most recognized Christian hymns in the English-speaking world. The text by English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton was first published in 1779. The words describe in first person the move of a wretch from a lost to a found state by a merciful act of God. John Newton was an Anglican clergyman and former slave ship master. It took him a long time to speak out against the Slave Trade but he had an influence on many young evangelical Christians, particularly William Wilberforce. At just 11 years old, Newton went to sea with his father. In 1743 he was on his way to a position as a slave master on a plantation in Jamaica, when he was pressed into naval service. He became a midshipman but after demotion for trying to desert, he requested an exchange to a slave ship bound for West Africa. Eventually he reached the coast of Sierra Leone where he became the servant of an abusive slave trader. In 1748, he was rescued by a sea captain and returned to England. During a storm, when it was thought the ship might sink, he prayed for deliverance. This began his conversion to evangelical Christianity. Later, whilst aboard a slave vessel bound for the West Indies, he became ill with a violent fever and asked for Gods mercy; an experience he claimed was the turning point in his life. Despite this, he continued to participate in the Slave Trade. In 1750, he made a further voyage as master of the slave ship Duke of Argyle and two voyages on the African. He admitted that he was a ruthless businessman and an unfeeling observer of the Africans he traded. Slave revolts on board ships were frequent. Newton mounted guns and muskets on the desk aimed at the slaves quarters. Slaves were lashed and put in thumbscrews to keep them quiet. In 1754, after a serious illness, he gave up seafaring altogether,. In 1757, he applied for the Anglican priesthood. It was seven years before he was accepted. On June 17, 1764, he finally became a priest at Olney in Buckinghamshire. He became well known for his pastoral care and respect by both Anglicans and nonconformists. He collaborated with William Cowper to produce a volume of hymns, including Amazing Grace. So popular was his preaching, that the church could not accommodated all those who flocked to hear him, Newton began to deeply regret his involvement in the Slave Trade. After he became Rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, in London in 1779, his advice was sought by many influential figures in Georgian society, among them the young M.P. Wilberforce. Wilberforce was contemplating leaving politics for the ministry. Newton encouraged him to stay in Parliament and serve God where he was. Wilberforce took his advice, and spent the rest of his life working towards the abolition for slavery. In 1787, Newton wrote a tract supporting the campaign. Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade, which was very influential. It graphically described the horrors of the Slave Trade and his role in it. He later joined William Wilberforce in the campaign for abolition of the Slave Trade. In February 1807, when the act to abolish the Slave Trade finally became law, John Newton, nearly blind and near death, rejoiced to hear the wonderful news.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2001, John Singleton produced a very popular movie, entitled Baby Boy starring Tyrese Gibson, Vingh Rhames and Snoop Dogg. The movie is centered around the life of a character named Jody who was a young black man being raised by a single mother in the hood while contending with the struggle to become a man. The main character Jody, was also referred to as Baby Boy because he had the mindset of a child and was totally dependent on the care of his mother. Unfortunately this theme is still being played out on the big screen and in the lives of young men across America. Baby Boy took no responsibility for his life or his actions, possessed no level of self discipline, and continued to display an immature attitude toward life. Until, we as a community come together to coach and educate the single mother families in our communities and churches we will continued to see the Baby Boys of this generation creating negative situations for themselves and others. The alarming facts are staring us in the face: increased number of drop outs, excessive crimes being committed, early fatherhood, and low self-esteem are all factors in the Baby Boy mind-set. Today my focus, through forward thinking, is to release six principles to break the baby boy mind-set and empower men to develop into men after Gods own heart. Six Principles to Breaking the Baby Boy Mind-Set: 1. CHALLENGE YOURSELF The Bible declares you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Therefore, I challenge you to make up your mind this season of your life to stop making excuses and start making progress, Tiger Woods once stated the hardest part of being a champion is not defeating my opponent but challenging myself to rise to whatever level of excellence is needed to win. I know life may sometimes feel like an uphill battle but remember hurdles are to be leaped, odds are to be defeated, and haters are to be silenced. I challenge you to challenge yourself to becoming a better you this year no matter what your current situation looks like. 2. CHECK YOUR HABITS Your habits are simply who you are therefore it is very important in this season of your life that you evaluate all your habits. You will never be able to improve the quality of your life beyond the quality of your habits. Keep in mind your habits are the vehicle transporting you where you are going in life. 3. CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP Assume responsibility for your life. Brothers stop depending on your mother to take full responsibility for the affairs of your life and also stop blaming the lack of a father in your life for the poor decisions youve made in your life. Regardless of your current situation its time to surround yourself with people who will push you, lift you, and if need be check you. Understand a man that does not take responsibility for his destiny will always end up being a man full of regrets and excuses. Accountability motto: I AM THE REASON IM HERE AND ILL BE THE REASON I GET UP FROM HERE. 4. CONTINUE TO PRESS There is an old saying quitters never win and winners never quit, therefore I encourage you to continue to press and never give up. As I watched the Seattle Seahawks defeat the San Francisco 69ers for a trip to the Super Bowl, the quarterback of the Seahawks (drafted behind 6 other quarterbacks) Russell Wilson stated he used being overlooked as motivation to push himself into being the best player he could be. This season of your life make up your mind to push until you win. 5. CONFIDENCE TO DREAM BIG The bible states that God is able to do more than we can think, ask, or image therefore we must release our faith and gain the confidence to dream big. I challenge you to stop focusing on what you cant do or have not been able to do in your past and start dreaming big. There is a great big world just waiting on you to take your place and the first step is dreaming big enough to see yourself there. In the face of social injustice Dr. King had to the faith to dream big. 6. COMMIT TO EQUIPPING YOURSELF We have all heard the definitions of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. In order to improve the quality of your life you must commit to equipping yourself with a mind-set powerful enough to cancel the baby boy mind-set you once possess. This season you must put new tools in your hand, new knowledge in your head, expose your eyes to new sights, and allow your feet to travel new circles. In conclusion, as FORWARD THINKERS we must overcome the Baby Boy mind-sets and mature into responsible men capable of leading, guiding, and protecting our communities. Pastor E.A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green Houston International Church located in orth Houston. Contact pastor Deckard at www.ghic.net or via Facebook. There will always be those fattening foods that are easy to make, easy to get, and easy to crave. You think OK, I know this is bad but it cant be that bad! Think again. Here are the top seven foods you should never feed your family or yourself! 1) Doughnuts. Its hard to resist the smell of a doughnut, because they are fired chock-full of sugar and white flour and loads of trans fat. According to the Krispy Kreme website an average 3.5 oz. doughnut weighs in with about 400 calories and contains few other nutrients besides fat. These sugary treats may satisfy your craving but it wont satisfy your hunger as most of the calories come from fat. Eating a lot of refined sugar contributes to blood sugar swings or extreme fluctuations, eDiets Chief Nutritionist Susan Burke said. 2) Cheeseburger/Fries. The age-old classic may be delicious but think twice before sinking your teeth into that Big Mac. The saturated fat found in cheeseburgers has been linked to heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. In fact, fast-food portions are gargantuan almost double the calories per meal compared to 20 years ago, Burke says. Twenty years ago the average fast-food cheeseburger had about 300 calories. Todays BK Whopper with cheese has 720. To burn the excess 420 calories, youd have to run for 40 minutes. Lets break down this meal. First, take the white-flour bun (refined carbohydrates), then add some processed cheese (saturated fat and trans fat, plus lots of additives and preservatives) and then top off with fried red meat (cholesterol and saturated fats). And lets not forget about the condiments such as the always fattening mayonnaise. Not sounding so appetizing anymore, huh? Oh, and lets not forget about the infamous side dish. Your cheeseburger will most likely come with a side of fries, which is sadly the most popular vegetable dish in the U.S. Dont kid yourself, French fries are not vegetables, they are extremely high in fat and contain a tiny amount of nutrients. 3) Fried Chicken and Chicken uggets. With the recent class action lawsuit between The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and KFC, the health risks posed by fried foods are becoming more public. The CSPI is suing the food chain for their use of cooking oil containing unhealthy trans fats. The lawsuit seeks to order KFC to use other types of cooking oils and to inform customers how much trans fats KFC food contains. Foods cooked in highly heated oils (most notably partially hydrogenated oil) have been known to cause cancer, weight gain and other serious health risks if ingested regularly. A 10 piece chicken McNugget from McDonalds has 420 calories, 24 grams of fat and 1120 milligrams of sodium. One Extra Crispy Chicken Breast from KFC has around 420 calories and eight grams of saturated fat. Unless you want to supersize yourself, its best to make a clean break with fried foods. 4) Oscar Mayers Lunchables or Any Lunchables. Sure, they are convenient and easy, but boy are they unhealthy! These kid-marketed lunches are loaded with saturated fat and sodium,. They usually contain highly processed meats and cheeses, white flour crackers and sugary treats. Lunchables get twothirds of their calories from fat and sugar. And they provide lopsided nutrition since they contain no fruits and vegetables 5) Sugary Cereal. Not all cereals are created equally. And while your kids might beg for the latest cookie or marshmallow chocolate surprise cereals, it is a safe bet they are about as healthy as a dessert. Keywords to look out for are puffed, dyed and sweetened.F o o d s Y o u S h o u l d N e v e r E a t o r F e e d Y o u r F a m i l y
Raines Class of 74 40th Class ReunionThe William M. Raines Class of 1974 is announcing its 40th year class reunion taking place July 25, 26, & 27. The Classmate and Family Fun Day Barbecue will be held Carvill Park, 1302 Carvill Avenue. The next William M. Raines Class of 1974 meeting to discuss reunion plans, updates and initiatives is Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the Potters House Christian Fellowship Church, located at 5119 Normandy Blvd. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.Free Spring Garden & Plant ClinicsThe Duval County Extension Master Gardeners are offering Plant Clinics Saturday, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5th from 10 -2 p.m. Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, give out gardening publications and will accept soil samples for pH only. If you would like directions on how to take a soil sample go to: http://duval.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/Howtotakeasoiltestsamplew eb.pdf. For more information and locations call Becky Davidson at 255-7450 or email email@example.com.Memphis the MusicalFrom the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee comes the Broadway musical with dancing, songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Memphis will be at the Times Union Center, March 1823, 2014 For more information visit www.artistseriesjax.org or call 442-2929.MDA Muscle Walk Muscular Dystrophy Association will have a Muscle Walk at the Jacksonville Landing, Saturday, March 22nd, 8:30 a.m. Noon. Muscle up and sign up your team today! Visit www.walk.mda.org or call 296-6799.Advance Auto Parts Monster Truck JamApproximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh at least 10,000 pounds. The Jam is scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd at Everbank Field, 1 Everbank Field Dr. at 7 p.m. For more details visit www.monsterjam.com or call 6307282.Kappa & Gamma Masquerade PartyThe Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and The Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will host a Masquerade Party, Saturday, March 22nd. The Masquerade takes place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel 225 E. Coastline Dr. For more information call Cheryl Sabb at 537.4887 or visit www.jacksonvillesgrhos.org or wwwJacksonvillekappas.com. Delta Scholarships for High School SeniorsAttention all high school seniors in Duval County. The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter (JAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2014 scholarships applications are now available. For more information and to download the scholarship application visit www.dstjax.org. Mail applications to P.O. Box 2435, Jacksonville, FL 32203. Applications must be postmarked by March 24th, 2014. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org call Karel Crawford at 954-2585024.100 Black Men SocialThe 100 Black Men of Jacksonville (J100) Social Networking event takes place Friday, March 28th at The Hyatt Riverfront Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive, Suite 4104, 6 9 p.m. The event is to raise funds and increase membership and network. Proceeds to benefit the Jacksonville Day Resource Center. For more information call Tillis Devaughn at 255-8803 or via the web at www.100blackmenjax.org.Chris Tucker Live at the Comedy ZoneAmerican actor and comedian best known for playing Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film Chris Tucker will be performing at the Comedy Zone, March 28 30 The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Road. For tickets and more information visit www.comedyzone.com or call 292-4242.Concerned About You Health The Concerned About You Health Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 9 a.m. 1 pm. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street. For more details call Cora Reed at 645-0634 or email email@example.com Jacksonville Childrens TheaterMt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church, Inc. will kick-off registration for the North Jacksonville Childrens Theater Tuesday, April 1st. Forms are available at the Clanzel Brown Community Center, 4415 Moncrief Road every Tuesday from 12 2 p.m. If you need more information call the center at 7655282.MLK Candlelight VigilApril 4, 2014, marks the 46th anniversary of one of the saddest days in United States history the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Join the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. Friday, April 4th, to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a candlelight vigil, and a strong, but quiet appeal for peace at home and abroad. The vigil takes place at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver Street, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more details call 463-2425 or visit www.mlkfdnorg.com. A Raisin in Sun at Stage AuroraThe classic stage play A Raisin in Sun will be at Stage Aurora, 5164 Norwood Ave, March 28th to April 6th For more information call 765-7372 or visit www.stageaurora.org.SOJA in Concert!SOJA brings Reggae and Zeitgeist to Jacksonville's Florida Theatre, Thursday, April 3rd. Come hear Hot-rod reggae grooves and thought-provoking lyrics. For tickets and more infor call 355-5661 or visit www.floridatheatre.com. The Florida Theater is located at 128 East Forsyth Street.Ritz Jazz JammJazz Jamm is preparing for a spring concert series on Saturday, April 5th with jazz violinist, Ken Ford. Kens infectious energy takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity. The concert takes place at the Ritz Theater, 829 North Davis Street. For more information call 632-5555.Mike Epps is Back!Comedian Mike Epps 2014 worldwide After Dark Tour is coming to Jacksonville Friday, April 11th at the Times Union Moran Center, 300 W. water st. Tickets on sale now! For more information call 633-6110 or visit www.mikeepps.com.Oyster Jam Music FestIts the 2014 Oyster Jam! Enjoy an Oyster roast, craft beer, vendors and live music, April 12-13th at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. The Jam starts at 10 a.m. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.theoysterjammusicfestival.com.St. Johns Town Center Art Fair Kindly consider previewing the St. Johns Town Center Art Fair, Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th and preview some of the most talented artists in the country. Enjoy eclectic art, live music and register to win a free art giveaway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.artfestival.comor call 561-746-6615 or email email@example.com.K.O.V.A. Talent SearchKeeping Our Voices Alive (KOVA) productions presents So you think you can perform, Saturday, April 12th at 6 p.m. at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum and Library, 101 W. 1st St. K.O.V.A. is searching for singers, dancers, poets, dramatists, comedians, and entertainers. Turn your dream into a reality and compete for cash prizes, exposure and fun! For more information contact Khamil L. Ojoyo at 635-3813.Women, Words and Wisdom The Womens Center of Jacksonville presents the 2014 Speaker Series, Women, Words and Wisdom. The series continued with Audrey Moran on Tuesday, April 15th, and Tuesday, May 20th with Chevara Orrin. Lectures will be held at the Riverside House, 2165 Park Street. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 722-3000. Ledisi in Concert!Grammy nominated powerhouse Ledisi is coming to the Florida Theater, Wednesday, April 16th at the 8 p.m. For tickets and more details call 355-5661 or visit www.ledisi.com. Comedian DeRay Davis at Comedy ZoneComedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be seen and heard in movies "21 Jump Street", "Jumping the Broom" and his own Showtime special. Hear DeRays jokes April 17 19 at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road. Visit www.comedyzone.com.Genealogical Society Monthly MeetingsThe next Jax Genealogical Society monthly meetings are scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 17th at 1:30 p.m. The JGS is a group of people who enjoy talking about our research and sharing information on the resources and repositories. Meetings are the third Saturday of each month at Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street. For more information visit www.jaxgen.org. 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March 20-26, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Though her body remains testament to its success, Jennifer Hudson is no longer a face of Weight Watchers. The Dreamgirls star and the weight-loss brand have parted ways after four years, her commitment to the company fulfilled, her rep confirms to E! News. My experience with Weight Watchers has truly been life changing, Hudson said in a statement Friday. I am grateful for what I have learned throughout the process and will always take it with me. I have chosen to step away from my role as ambassador and I am excited for the year to come, with many new projects and lots of new music. Speculation about a possibly notvery-amicable split circulated earlier today after Hudson tweeted-thendeleted: Sometimes you have to step back and let your work speak for you, and when that doesnt work you walk away knowing you did your bestIts been fun and a pleasure good luck to you all. @WeightWatchers. Hudson welcomed son David in 2009 and hooked up with Weight Watchers the following yearand never looked back. The American Idol castoff turned Oscar winner ultimately shed 80 pounds and became quite the red-carpet standout, having gone from a size 16 to a 6. In 2013, Hudson appeared in a commercial with Jessica Simpson, who signed on with Weight Watchers after the birth of her daughter Maxwell and then returned as a soon-to-be successful face of the program after having son Ace last year. "It lets me be me," Simpson said in the ad, with Hudson adding, "I naturally became a healthier me." Simpson thanked Weight Watchers on Instagram just last week for helping her reach her slimdown goal. "After four years of a successful and rewarding partnership, Weight Watchers and Jennifer Hudson are ending our official partnership, though we're confident Jennifer will remain a Lifetime Member," Weight Watchers said in a statement to E! News. "Jennifer's healthy lifestyle and successful weight loss has inspired so manyfrom her friends and family to our members and staff, as well as people around the worldand we know that inspiration lives on. We will continue to support Jennifer in maintaining her healthy lifestyle and wish her the very best in her personal and professional life." Hudson Leaving Weight Watchers Gabrielle Union is going to continue being Mary Jane. BET has renewed the No. 1 new cable drama series for a second season. Production on Season 2 will begins this spring, when star Gabrielle Union will be joined by fellow cast members Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, Lisa Vidal, Raven Goodwin, B.J. Britt, Aaron Spears, Latarsha Rose and Stephen Bishop. The two-hour season finale of Mary Jane delivered more than 5.8 million total viewers the most in the short series history. Jane was also a social media hit. The finale brought in more than 210,000 tweets during the final episode, a 179 percent increase over the previous episode per Nielsen SocialGuide. The official hashtag #BMJFinale trended No. 1 in the U.S. and worldwide during the premiere telecast (source: Trendinalia) and reached a unique audience of 1.5 million people while generating 10.8 million impressions. The show is about a young talkshow host who navigates life (her friend almost commits suicide), love (she slept with a married man), and her dysfunctional family (her mother is dying and her niece wants to do porn), plus tons of other scandals likely to arise during the shows eight-episode season. Being Mary Jane is clearly aimed at women, who so far have made up three-quarters of its audience. For years, BET has been criticized for the way it depicts womenmostly in the music videos it airs but occasionally in its scripted TV shows. In 2010, BETs chief executive, Debra Lee, addressed this issue by hosting a forum called Leading Women Defined, at which she said, I think black women really want to see themselves as professionals, as mothers, as daughters. We want the whole spectrum of our womanhood to be reflected [on our shows]. That same year, a study by both Essence (TWX) and Procter & Gamble (PG) echoed that sentiment: Eighty percent of black women, it found, were concerned about the way they were portrayed in media. Being Mary Jane is created and executive produced by Mara Brock Akil (creator of The Game) and executive produced and directed by Salim Akil (executive producer and director of Sparkle). Being Mary Jane Refreshingly Renewed for Another Season Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Historians know where Solomon Northup was born, where he lived and where he worked. They know whom he married and how many children he had. They know he played the fiddle and spent 12 years enslaved in the South before being freed. What historians don't know about the author of "12 Years A Slave" is when and how he died and where he is buried. It's a lingering mystery in the final chapter of the life of the 19th-century free-born AfricanAmerican whose compelling account of enforced slavery in preCivil War Louisiana was made into the Oscar-winning film. "That's sort of a big blank spot in the story, for sure," said Rachel Seligman, co-author of "Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave," published last year. This month, "12 Years A Slave" took home the Academy Awards for best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress. The accolades have sparked new interest in Northup's story, which was little known until recent years. Northup was born July 10, 1807, in what is now the Essex County town of Minerva, in the Adirondack Mountains. His father, a former slave, moved the family to neighboring Washington County, eventually settling in the village of Fort Edward, on the Hudson River 40 miles north of Albany. Northup married Anne Hampton in the late 1820s, and the couple lived in an 18th-century house in Fort Edward that is now a museum. Northup worked on his father's farm and rafted timber on the Champlain Canal. The couple and their children moved to nearby Saratoga Springs when Anne got a job in one of the growing spa resort town's big hotels. Northup found work as a musician, and in 1841, two white men lured him to Washington, D.C., with the promise of more work. Instead, they kidnapped him and sold into slavery. Northup endured the next 12 years enslaved on a Louisiana cotton plantation before friends in Saratoga finally won his freedom. In 1853, he published a memoir of his ordeal that led to a speaking tour supported by abolitionists. He got involved in the Underground Railroad, helping escaped slaves find freedom in the Northeast and Canada. But around 1863, the height of the Civil War, he dropped out of sight and was never heard from again. Theories abound about what may have happened to him. One scenario has him being captured and killed while serving as a spy for the Union Army. The man who helped rescue him said he believed Northup had taken to drink and was kidnapped yet again. Or Northup could have died in a place where no one knew him or cared to properly bury an African-American at a time when a war over slavery was tearing the nation apart. "He may have just wandered around from place to place and died somewhere nobody knew who he was, and he was buried in a potter's field," said David Fiske, co-author the 2013 Northup book along with Union College professor Clifford Brown. "There's no paper trail for him," Brown added. Fiske said Northup's descendants also couldn't provide any documents or hard facts, so he has followed numerous threads while trying to track down where Northup may have been buried. He checked cemeteries in communities outside Saratoga and other upstate communities where Northup's wife and their children later lived, but came up empty. No death records have ever been found for him. Fiske, a former state librarian, points out that death records weren't kept in a systematic form in New York until the 1880s. For Seligman, a museum curator at Skidmore College, host of this July's annual Solomon Northup Day, the mystery surrounding Northup's demise and resting place is part of the allure of being a historian. 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