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What happens when a people is without institutions to articulate its concerns, preserve its heritage, or manifest its desires for social change? It is vanquished, made into an oppressed caste, or is assimilated into the majority culture--losing its distinctiveness, diminishing its voice, and dissipating its ranks. Fortunately, African Americans have not met this fate. Through the historic coalition of Black fraternal, social, and civic organizations America has witnessed the evolution of African American life and history. May organizations were established in an age when racial segregation and disenfranchisement plagued African Americans, the rise of each of the black fraternities and sororities that make up the "Divine Nine" bore witness to the fact that despite hardships African Americans refused to assent to a status of inferiority. Serving more than just their immediate members, the "Divine Nine" joined with the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, the Prince Hall Masons, and Eastern Stars, the Urban League, and other civic organizations to provide service to the entire black community. As the twentieth century progressed, black social organizations like Jack and Jill rose to reflect the middle class aspirations of many African Americans, and more recently civic groups such as the Links, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and 100 Black Men have emerged to address the community's social, economic, and political challenges. In order to continue that legacy, even in an age of more diversity and disenfranchisement, our organizations have continued to grow. Recently two organizations added to their ranks. The president, officers, and members of Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., recently inducted six new sorors into their sisterhood. After completion of their two month initiation process, Dorothy Cooper, Linda Henry, Emelda Kennerly, Katrina Rock, Standralyn Terry, and Delphia Williams pledge their sacred oath in private ceremony presided by membership chair Deborah Richardson and Co-chair Cassandra Mitchell. Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. founded in 1942, is a business and professionals womens sorority. Gloria Torrance Rhett, local present administered the oath of membership. The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, inc. (J100) hosted their 100 as One Membership event last Friday evening at the Hyatt Riverfront. The purpose of the event was to welcome new members, encourage potential members and solicit support from friends of the J100 as they work throughout the community to mentor youth. As an organization, we are constantly Continued on page 3 Volume 27 o. 22 April 3-9. 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Report: Black Children Poorly Positioned for SuccessPage 3 Increasing Minimum Wage is the Key to Stabilizing the American EconomyPage 4Oprah Bringing You Love in the City TV DramaPage 11 Who Will Take Care of You?Page 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Local Organizations Adding to Ranks to Improve Communitys Futureational Civil Rights Museum to Reopen After $27M RenovationMEMPHIS, Tenn. The National Civil Rights Museum is reopening in Memphis after a $28 million, 16-month renovation. The museum is located on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He was shot while standing on a balcony. The museum is scheduled to reopen Saturday, one day after the 46th anniversary of the shooting. Many of the new exhibits are interactive and offer a more immersive, emotionally hard-hitting experience than before. Included in the new displays are depictions of shackled men on a slave ship. Another exhibit replicates the room where the U.S. Supreme Court heard the landmark 1954 case Brown v. the Board of Education. That ruling made racial segregation in schools illegal.Ebony Apologizes to RCEbony Magazine apologized to the Republican National Committee on Friday after an editor dismissively referred to a black RNC staffer as white and equated conservatives to a "house full of roaches." The apology came after RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote a letter to the magazine's editor-in-chief demanding that Senior Digital Editor Jamilah Lemieux apologize for attacking RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams. Last week, Lemieux wrote a dismissive tweet about a new Black conservative magazine that pundit Ben Carson was launching with the Washington Times. Williams tweeted back that he "hoped you would encourage diversity of thought," to which Lemieux responded, "Oh great, here comes a White dude telling me how to do this Black thing. Pass," and "YOU. Now, leave, I have no interest in this conversation." When told that Williams was actually black, Lemieux tweeted an apology for not looking more closely at Williams's photo, but added that she cares "about NOTHING you have to say." Several GOP operatives then took to Twitter, calling on Lemieux to apologize. In its statement, Ebony apologized to Williams and acknowledged "Lemieux's lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account."Controversial Study Says that Video Games Make You RacistA controversial new study that links video games to racism is taking gamings reputation from bad to worse. The study, published by Ohio State University, found that white gamers who used African-American avatars were more likely to associate negative behaviors with people of color, and act more aggressively towards them afterward. Researchers ran two experiments, one where a mostly male group played Saints Row 2 and the other mostly female group laying WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 or Fight Night Round Four, rather bluntly says playing a black character in a video game makes whites more racist. After playing, the first group of students were asked to match words, such as joy and evil, with either a black or white face in an Implicit Association Test to detect subconscious biases. The second group took a hot sauce test and was asked to give it to an unknown partner to measure hostility. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court found that research involving video game violence even those with a racial or ethnic motive relied too heavily on correlation rather than evidence linking game violence to aggression. While the study may have meant to prove that choosing game characters of a different race doesnt automatically make users more empathetic, it also highlights the video game industrys constant struggle with diversity.Charlotte Mayor Arrested and Resigns After Accepting $48K in BribesCharlotte, NC Patrick Cannon, the mayor of Charlotte resigned last week just hours after he was arrested on public corruption charges. He is being accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted business contracts in the city. He now faces several charges including theft and bribery. Even worse, the FBI said Cannon accepted money from agents on five separate occasions between this year and last year. Each time, they were posing as investors or real estate developers. The last time was on Feb. 21, 2014, when he allegedly accepted $20,000 in cash at his office. Cannon, who is 47 years old, had only been in office just 114 days. He had been elected mayor in November 2013, replacing Anthony Foxx, who was named Transportation Secretary by President Obama. If convicted of all charges, he can face up to 20 years in prison and $1 million or more in fines. A spokesman for the city of Charlotte said that Cannon had already submitted his resignation letter to the city manager and attorney, and that in his letter Cannon admitted that pending charges will create too much of a distraction for the business of the city to go forward. Being that his resignation is effective immediately, Michael Barnes will serve as interim mayor until the City Council appoints a councilmember as the new mayor. Cannon is one of many African Americans that have served as mayor of Charlotte. The first African American mayor of the city was Harvey Gantt, who was in office from 1983 to 1987. ewly inducted sorority sisters shown (L-R) are Linda Henry, Delphia Williams, Katrina Rock, Emelda Kennerly, Dorothy Cooper and Strandralyn Terry. J100 member Robert Cummings (left) pins new member Donald Mitchell and others during J100 "100 as One" Membership event. By Jazelle Hunt Washington (NNPA) Although private schools are often lauded for providing a better education to students, the same cant be said of private prisons, which house a disproportionate number of people of color, according to a report published in the latest issue of Radical Criminology, an online scholarly journal. The overrepresentation of people of color in private prisons indicates they are disproportionately siphoned away from public prisons-precisely the types of facilities that provide the greatest access to educational and rehabilitative programs and services, the report states. People of color continue to be seen in the national imagination as sources of profit extraction and not necessarily as citizens deserving of public services. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 137, 220 offenders were serving time in private facilities, a 55 percent increase over the previous decade. One thing that came out of [the data analysis] was that there are fewer rehabilitative programs and educational services available in for-profit facilities, relative to public facilities, says Christopher Petrella, a doctoral candidate in African American Studies at University of California-Berkeley, and the author of the report. So when those two trends collide [racial segregation and fewer programs], it begs a variety of questions. One has to do with the use of health and age stipulations in private contracts that directly leads to overrepresentation of Blacks and Hispanics in privatized correctional facilities. More than a half million Black Americans aged 18 to 49 were in public and private state or federal prisons as of 2010, compared to 396,600 Whites, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Among inmates age 50 and older, however, White inmate population exceeds their African American counterparts. Private prison management companies responsible for providing health services exempt themselves contractually from accepting and housing prisoners with chronic medical conditions as well as those whose health care costs will be above average, the report states. This fact results in a prisoner profile that is far younger and far darker in minimum and/or medium security private facilities than in select counterpart public facilities. In fact, the states in which the private versus public racial disparities are most pronounced also happen to be the states in which the private versus public age disparities are most salient. The most recent data available from the BJS counted 415 privately owned correctional facilities across the country (as of 2005), all engaged in state and/or federal contracts. Today, the two corrections firms with the most beds (Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, Inc.) own and/or manage 125 of those facilities, and more than half of the state and local contracts in the United States. For-profit prisons often cap the amount they will spend on inmate care. Contractual terms with state and local corrections departments explicitly obligate states to funnel older and/or less healthy offenders into state-run facilities, thereby not subtracting from the bottom line of private facilities. America Undercover : B B l l a a c c k k a a n n d d B B r r o o w w n n F F u u n n d d i i n n g g B B i i l l l l i i o o n n D D o o l l l l a a r r P P r r i i s s o o n n I I n n d d u u s s t t r r y y
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A report released Tuesday paints a troubled picture of AfricanAmerican youth, saying they are significantly less positioned for success than their white and Asian counterparts. The report, called Race for Results, was conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which produced an index of 12 significant indicators that are designed to measure the potential for success for children from birth to adulthood. By nearly every measure in the Race for Results Index, AfricanAmerican, Latino, American Indian and subgroups of Asian and Pacific Islander kids face some of the biggest obstacles on the pathway to opportunity, the report said. Differences in opportunity are evident from the earliest years of a childs life, it continued. Too often, children of color grow up in environments where they experience high levels of poverty and violence. Such circumstances derail healthy development and lead to significant psychological and physiological trauma. Research has shown that growing up in chronic poverty contributes directly to stress at a level that can affect childrens health, brain development and social and emotional wellbeing. The index includes indicators ranging from high school graduation rates and family income and education levels to reading and mathematics skills and teen birthrates. The study stated that, based on its index of a scale from 1 to 1,000, Asian youth have the highest index score, with 776. White young people were close behind with a score of 704. It said that AfricanAmerican youth had an index score of 345, with Latino youth at 404 and American Indian children at 387. Patrick McCarthy, the Casey Foundation's president, said the data in the report represented "a call to action that requires serious and sustained attention from the private, nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors to create equitable opportunities for children of color." Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 April 3-9, 2014 File your income taxes for Free and save the fee! Visit RealSensejax.org or call United Way by dialing 2-1-1 for more information. Social and Civic Organizations continued from front connecting with good men of like mind and purpose, with the mentality and the will to sacrifice on behalf of the children in our community, said Charles Griggs, President of the J100. During the event, the J100 welcomed and pinned new members who were already serving in volunteer roles, but had yet to meet all of the requirements of membership. The mission of the J100 is to serve as accessible and committed leaders for positive change by developing and implementing responsible solutions to issues facing the African American community with a focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment. The chapter, as an affiliate of 100 Back Men of America, implements group and individual mentoring programs throughout the Jacksonville community. Most Americans recognize the centrality of Black religious institutions in the formation of community. In contrast, too little attention has been paid to the full spectrum of Black organizations. While the Black Church has served as a rock in a weary land, African American fraternal, social, and civic organizations have also aided the community in its efforts to draw from the American experience to provide a sense of community and kinship. Through their existenc, a consistent belief for strengthening communities of color remains constant. Members of J100 work together on everything from mentoring youth to organizing community awareness Town Hall meetings for the betterment of the Black Diaspora. Shown above is J100 President Charles Griggs (center) is flanked by brothers Louis Vanleer, Thomas Raines, Octavious Holiday, Anthony Robinson, Edward Solomon, Stephen Kennedy, Melvin Wooden, Marquise Hardrick, Kevin Cotton, Donald Taylor, Ken Pinnix, Ronnie King, Eugene Darius and Tillis DeVaughn of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. during the 100 as One Membership event. Report: Black Children Poorly Positioned for Success Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight!Great Miles on this Regional Account.Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity Obamacare Enrollment Hits 7.1 Million On Final DayWASHINGTON -After a rollout so shaky that many wondered if the Affordable Care Act would be able to stand, more than 7 million people have chosen health plans through the insurance exchanges created under the law, the White House said. "Last night, the first open enrollment period under this law came to an end," President Barack Obama said. "And despite several lost weeks out of the gate, several lost because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces. 7.1." "In these first six months, we've taken a big step forward, and just as importantly, this law is bringing greater security to Americans who already have coverage," he added. The president also hit back at critics of the law, saying the problems they predicted haven't come to pass. "There are still no death panels, Armageddon has not arrived," he said. "The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay." The release of the latest enrollment figure represents a high-water mark for the legislation, which stumbled dramatically out of the gate amid technical problems plaguing the insurance exchange website. The total of 7.1 million people is slightly higher than the Congressional Budget Office's initial estimate that 7 million would sign up during the six-month open enrollment period. And the news seems likely to only get better. According to White House officials, the number does not include individuals who enrolled on March 31 through state exchanges -a group that likely numbers tens of thousands of people, if not more. It also does not count those who attempted to purchase health coverage but encountered technical difficulties and could not finish the process by the enrollment deadline. The administration has established what is essentially an honor system for people to declare that they began their applications and were unable to finish them, so that number may ultimately be high as well. The 7.1 million figure does not include the millions who have signed up for coverage through the law's Medicaid expansion, which remains accessible after the end of open enrollment to those who qualify.
When my grandfather was growing up in Jacksonville, his goal was to get a good job and start a family. At the time making $1.75 an hour was pretty good money. It was a livable wage back in the 40s and 50s. Back then, a good blue-collar job could pretty much pay the bills and put food on the table. Of course most black folk were not living high on the hog as the old folk say, but we made it. Fast forward to 2014, of course things have changed drastically, but have they really? Over 20 years ago, while in high school I was a bag boy at the Winn Dixie on McDuff Avenue. Things have certainly changed that old Winn Dixie is now a retail shopping center. My best friend and I were happy to make about $5.50 an hour. We still lived with our parents, and basically needed money for clothes, shoes, an occasional date, and other miscellaneous things. That is why its so amazing when you think about the fact that the federal minimum wage is still only $7.25 an hour. I cannot think of one single job that should be paying employees a minimum wage. Its absolutely ludicrous that there are people being paid such a low hourly rate. Whats even worse is the state GA hasnt adjusted its stateminimum wage in decades from $5.15 an hour. I dont care if you work in the fast food industry, janitorial services, digging ditches, or watching paint dry surely our American corporations can afford to pay their employees a true living wage. Going back to my grandfather for a moment, a job should be a bridge out of poverty, an opportunity to a make a living from the work or services you provide. But for minimum wage workers, especially those with families, it is not. At least Floridians can say that we are a little better thanfederal minimum wage Floridas wage is $7.93. This is just Reggies opinion, but I think that minimumwage should be at least $9 an hour. Do not be mistaken, I am not some crazy liberal I am a small business owner/proponent so I fully understand the value of having to make payroll. My hope is that by changing the minimum wage bar, it will have a ripple effect and cause public and private sector companies to adjust their low wage salaries accordingly. Some states are doing much better than others. In fact, its interesting but no surprise that blue states have a much higher minimum wage than deep red states. For example, the minimum wage in Washington state is currently $9.32, Oregons is $9.10, and Connecticut just increased its wage to $8.70. The District of Columbia is probably the most progressive as it relates to minimum wage. The current wage is $8.25, but is scheduled to increase to $9.50 in July of this year and jumps to $10.50 next year and $11.50 in 2016. The minimum wage was first enacted in 1938 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Initially just 25 cents per hour, it has been raised several times in the decades since. It was raised to $5.15 in 1997 and stayed that way for 10 years. I dont think that I have to remind anyone that the price of everything seems to continue to rise drastically, from milk to gasoline we have seen record prices on various goods and commodities over the past few years. Ten years ago,we were paying around a dollar and a half for a gallon ofregular gasoline; of course today we are paying well over $3. "A minimum wage increase makes straightforward economic sense. It means more money in the hands of people who are going to spend it. Low minimum wages do NOT help small business, said Lew Prince, Managing Partner, Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis, MO. He adds, Small business owners know that keeping workers is easier and cheaper than finding and training new workers. And small business owners know that the longer an employee stays with you -the more they know about your business and your customers, and the higher their productivity." There are some 19 states that have minimum wage rates that are higher than the federal rate. There are five states that dont have minimum wage rate laws at all, and its interesting that all are in the South. Four states haveminimum wage rates lower than the federal rate I mentioned Georgias embarrassing rate. By increasing minimum wage, we could put additional money into the hands of an estimated 10-12 million low-wage workers, which would give the economy a real boost.There will be some states that opt out and decide that having a minimum wage is not good policy; I am no economist, but I can assure you that good companies dont mind paying decent wages. In fact, Jim Sinegal, the CEO of Costco said, "Paying your employees well is not only the right thing to do but it makes for good business." How do you buy food for your family, pay rent, childcare, car insurance, and provide clothing for members of your household making a minimum or low wage? There are four-member families that make over $100,000 a year and still struggle to make ends meet; so I know that it is extremely hard for some of our low income families. To be a poor man is hard, said W.E.B. DuBois. But to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardship. Signing off from: Can A Brother Get A Few More Dollars.com, Reggie Fullwood An Attention Span Beyond Flight 370If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved. Were pieces of the plane found? Is everyone dead? How do the families of the presumed dead feel? (This is a really stupid question. How does the clueless reporter asking such a question think the people feel?) CNN may well have been called MPN the Missing Plane Network. An evening of watching covered the same angle with a different host and guests. Some of the focus was certainly understandable, but other networks managed to find news of things going on that did not involve Flight 370. Still, the prevalent and relentless emphasis on the missing plane was excessive. Couldnt some of the airtime granted Flight 370 have been used for equally critical matter? There were 239 people on that plane, and there were more than 300 killed in 2013. Im not suggesting an equivalency in the two types of tragedies, but I am suggesting that the media might focus more on gun violence, its sources and possible solutions to end senseless violence. Of course, that might anger the National Rifle Association whose specious slogan guns dont kill, people do ignores the harm done by the proliferation of guns in our nation. President Obama has challenged our nations educators to increase the percentage of young people attending and graduating from college, so that we might better compete with other industrialized countries. People applaud at these sentiments, but these educational goals get little media attention. Yet, such coverage would raise an important issue and, perhaps, push us toward solutions. I do not begrudge the extensive coverage of Flight 370. The disappearance of a plane is both a mystery and a tragedy. But the excessive coverage of Flight 370 reminds us of the power of the media. If something is repeated enough, and repeatedly enough, it wiggles its way into our consciousness. Thus, the pilots have been tried and convicted by media speculation, without anyone actually knowing what happened. What if such repetition were used to highlight some of our nations most serious social and economic challenges. What if we could get a couple of networks, just for a week, focus on reading proficiency, or the environment, or poverty and inequality? Perhaps we cant focus on these issues because we cant agree on their causes, not when the likes of Rand Paul are running around excoriating the poor and the unemployed every chance he gets. Or with, despite this long and frigid winter, the global warming deniers wont give any ground. The media is used to rivet attention toward an issue or challenge. Unfortunately, it has rarely been used for good, although it could be. What if viewers demanded that there is some focus on essential issues? What if there were a media campaign to encourage children to read more, and encourage parents and teachers to encourage this reading. Such a campaign might include paid advertising, but much of it might be driven by news stories. May I have your attention please? Might I have your attention about poverty and unemployment? May I have your attention about the status of our young people? What about the literacy issue? The paucity of open space in some cities? May I have your attention about the importance of getting out the vote? I want your attention about the effectiveness of standardized tests. I need your attention on the automobile manufacturers who sell defective cars and take a whole three years to recall them. In the wake of the Flight 370 tragedy we will learn, undoubtedly, about those who lost their lives because of the tragedy. Only rarely, however, will we learn about the most recent victim of gun violence. May I have your attention? Please. 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Reggie Fullwood April 3-9, 2014 Increasing the Minimum Wage is Critical to Reducing the Income Gap By James Clingman NNPA Columnist We are at a critical stage in the economy when more than one-third of workers (36%) have a measly $1,000 saved for their later years, according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Compare that to the 28% of workers who said they had $1,000 saved in last years survey, and the picture gets a little more grim, the article continued. The report refers to all workers; that 36 percent likely skyrockets when applied to Black people. You know what happens when America gets a cold we get pneumonia. With baby boomers at the head of the mortality line, all we can do now is reflect on the financial what ifs in our lives and try to figure out how to live with a $1,000.00 or less in the bank.The millennial generation had better pay close attention to their finances and start saving as early as possible to keep from making the same money mistakes their parents and grandparents made. First and foremost, be very careful with those student loans. Leaving school with a debt of tens of thousands of dollars, even before you get a job, is a prescription for financial disaster. I know the money is great to have, especially what some of you call your monthly check, which is in excess of what your tuition requires. But you will have to pay it back no matter what, with interest, of course. Imagine trying to find and keep a job, a car, a place to live, and food to eat, while having to pay a monthly note of $400$600for a student loan for the next 20 or 30 years! When you get old you may also end up in the group with less than $1,000 saved for retirement. Keep in mind that a college education, while it is very important and necessary in this economy, is not worth what it used to be. Thus, it would be prudent to forego that high-priced school you want to attend and consider a smaller community college, a tech school, or an HBCU. Unless you get a scholarship that covers most or all of your costs, a smaller less expensive school is the way to go. I know most young people refuse to acknowledge it, but if you keep living you will get old. Question: What will getting old cost you? Getting old in todays economy is very expensive. And who knows what will happen to Social Security and Medicare? The way things are going now, young people will be pretty much on their own when they get old. Its best to get a Roth IRA started now, or at least some kind of savings plan that will multiply and be there at retirement. (A few dollars saved each month now will multiply into hundreds of thousands or even a million dollars by the time you reach retirement age.) Dont put all your eggs in one basket by simply depending on your employers contribution to your 401-K and insurance plan. Unless you own the job you have, it can be taken away from you at any time, along with your retirement plan and your insurance policy. Understand, young people, that if a young athlete or entertainer can go broke after making unwise decisions with his or her millions of dollars, your $80,000 per year will evaporate at a much faster pace, especially if you try to live like they live. Be smart, learn from the mistakes of others, and understand that you do not have to end up like the current 36 percent in this country. The other caveat for young people as they prepare for their retirement is the dreaded conspicuous consumption syndrome. In an article I wrote some years ago, titled, Supply and Demand, I noted that Black folks demand and others supply us with their goods and services. Anything someone makes we will buy it, no matter how much it costs. Just look at Nick Young of the L. A. Lakers who recently had his home burglarized for a pair of $6,000 shoes called Nike Air Yeezy 2. That reminded me of basketball star, Antoine Walker, getting robbed of a $55,000 watch. A great article on this subject is featured on The Root website, written by Demetria L. Lucas, titled, Fronting:We Need to Stop Living the Fabulous and Broke Lifestyle. Its time to put the fake it till you make it philosophy out to pasture. She wrote, My wake-up call camewhen my friend called me in a panic, not knowing what to do. He was around $30,000 in credit card debt and had student loans. That friend ended up moving back in with his parents for a year-plus so he could save money to pay off his credit cards. (More than 10 years later, hes still paying off student loans.) The cost of getting old is high be prepared. The Cost of Getting Old
Plans to erect a chemical plant may end up destroying a Louisiana town, Mossville, founded by free slaves, Mother Jones reports. The project is being funded by South African chemical company SASOL and La. Governor Bobby Jindal and is projected to cost $21 billion (the state plans on allocating $115 million in direct funding). According to a study from Louisiana State University, SASOLs project will bring a $46.2 billion economic windfall to the state. It is also the largest industrial project in Louisiana history. However, it would guarantee the destruction of Mossville, a 224year-old settlement founded by Jim Moss, a freed slave who purchased the patch of land in the Houston River in southwest Louisiana. The small village eventually became one of the first settlements for free Blacks in the country. Now a community of 500 residents, Mossville is already surrounded by 14 industrial plants. As a result, chemical toxins in the towns air are 100 percent higher than the national standard. Another study discovered that 84 percent of residents have a central nervous system disorder. Still, some in the town arent going down without a justified fight. These people are not interested in moving, said retired Lt. General Russel Honor, a Louisiana native who is helping residents to block the plan upon their request last fall. This is their ancestral home. These are descendants of slaves that moved here when they werent wanted in any other parts of the community. Unfortunately, the horrid breathing conditions have forced other residents to leave the area. A class-action lawsuit against Condea Vista (now absorbed into SASOL) resulted in the company buying out 206 Mossville homeowners in 1998. The lawsuit alleged that Vista had allowed ethylene dichloride, a carcinogen, to enter the towns soil. SASOL is also offering to buy out remaining properties in the town at 160 percent of their estimated value. The company is stating that the actions against their plan are from a few people; 80 percent of homeowners eligible for their buyout plan have registered. From those who have received buyout offers, 99 percent have accepted, they claim. LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) The St. Pauls College campus and the 35 buildings on its grounds are for sale in hopes it can continue to educate young black men and women in the rural community. Located in Virginias tobaccogrowing belt, the private, liberal arts college closed in June 2013 under crushing debt and questions about its governance, and following an ill-advised foray into football years earlier. Now the schools 11th president presides over the largely abandoned grounds and looks ahead to the April 9 sale of a campus that has everything youd expect of a college, except for students. What our ultimate goal will be is to find another college or university that will take over St. Pauls as an educational institution, President Millard Pete Stith Jr. said. Like many of the nations 105 HBCUs or historically black colleges and universities St. Pauls was founded after the Civil War to educate black men and women in the segregated South. Founded in 1888 by James Solomon Russell, an Episcopal priest who was born into slavery, the college was then known as St. Pauls Normal and Industrial School. It ultimately shed its longer name but it still remains affiliated with the Episcopal Church. While St. Pauls collapse is an extreme example, many HBCUs are struggling. Historically, they never have had deep pocket benefactors like a University of Virginia, and black Americans suffered disproportionately during the recession the country is just now shaking off. Marybeth Gasman, a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania who has written extensively on HBCUs, fears other itty-bitty colleges like St. Pauls could face a similar fate. She pointed, however, to really strong HBCUs such as Spelman, Morehouse and North Carolina A&T and Paul Quinn College, a small Dallas school that was saved by an energetic president who brought in new money and ideas. St. Pauls is banking on the sale to breathe new life into its campus. The campus, which is appaised at more than $12.5 million, includes dormitories, a presidents house and other residences, administration buildings, a Victorian house that served as an arts center, and a student center with a four-lane bowling alley. Reflecting its blue collar origins, some of the brick buildings were constructed by students. Part of that spirit was offering a welcoming, supportive learning experience for young AfricanAmerican men and women. St. Pauls was mindful of single mothers, as well, offering a daycare program so they could attend class. Some men even took advantage of the program. Alumni still have fond memories of the college a half-century after they attended and are hopeful the school will live on. Clifton McClenney was not a typical St. Pauls student. He went to prep school in New England and had other options, he said. His late father, Earl H. McClenney Sr., was also president of St. Pauls for more than two decades, starting in the 1950s. It was the Christian orientation, said McClenney, a retired banker who lives in Richmond. The faculty attention, the faculty-to-student ratio. It was the school spirit. For Hardi Jones, who lives in Augusta, Ga., after a career in the federal government, St. Pauls is where he met his wife Yvonne when they attended the school in the 1960s. It was a small school, everybody knew everbody else, he said. In Gasmans view, St. Pauls might have to consider a new path that plays on its strength, perhaps as a charter school for young AfricanAmerican men or as a feeder campus for a non-HBCU university seeking to diversify. Located nearly 80 miles south of Richmond, Lawrenceville has few attractions for young people. But some parents from urban settings purposely sought this distractionfree campus for their children, Stith said. St. Pauls also offered a familiar educational experience for students who were likely to be the first in their family to attend college. Enrollment peaked at about 1,000 at St. Pauls and had declined to about 150 when it closed. The school tried to remain open despite debt approaching $6 million, accreditation issues regarding a dearth of tenured professors, and growing needs for improvements. An effort to affiliate with St. Augustines University in Raleigh, N.C., also affiliated with the Episcopal Church, fell through. St. Pauls also went to court to keep its accreditation, but ultimately abandoned that appeal. Stith said the decision nearly 10 years ago to field a football team drained $300,000 to $400,000 from the school annually and hastened St. Pauls demise. An orange football helmet with tiger stripes sits on a shelf in Stiths office. The school mascot is a tiger. The April 9 sealed-bid sale offers prospective buyers four options, ranging from the 130-acre campus and its buildings to a package that includes 434 adjoining acres. The school attempted to fight its closure through fund-raising, which fell short. But St. Pauls plight still stirs alumni, including a donation in March from an alumnus who attended elementary school at St. Pauls administration building when it served African-American children in Lawrenceville. I weep every time I think of Saint Pauls Colleges closing, she wrote in a handwritten letter. April 3-9, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 Loud & Clearand Current FTRI clients: If your phone isnt working properly or your hearing has changed, or should you no longer need your phone or are moving out of Florida, call FTRI at 888-554-1151 for assistance. HBCU St. Pauls College Hopes Sale Will Revive School St. Pauls College President Millard Pete Stith stands outside one of the 35 buildings for sale on the Lawrenceville, Va., campus. The college closed in 2013 under mounting debt and a loss of accreditation. Smith and St. Pauls alumni are hopeful an April 9 sale will resurrect the school, founded in 1888. Chemical Plant To Destroy Louisiana Town Founded By Free Slaves All White Jury: White Officers Falsely Arrested Black Teen; Awarded $119K In Damages Jordan Miles PITTSBURGH (AP) Three white officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating a black art student falsely arrested him but didnt use excessive force, a jury found this week, awarding him $119,000 in damages. The all-white jury of four men and four women reached a split verdict in 22-year-old Jordan Miles lawsuit against officers David Sisak, Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing. They found the officers liable for falsely arresting Miles but found them not liable for using excessive force to beat him. The jurors awarded Miles $101,000 in compensatory damages and $6,000 from each officer for punitive damages for acting maliciously and wantonly. Miles attorney, Joel Sansone, said he was gratified but confused by the verdict because he didnt understand how the jurors came to a decision on the damages or concluded that the officers were wrong to arrest Jordan but not wrong to beat him. Miles had claimed the officers confronted him in January 2010 while he was walking to his grandmothers house to spend the night. He says they assumed he was a drug dealer because of his race and dreadlocks and beat him. At the time, he was an 18-year-old senior at Pittsburghs performing arts high school and had no criminal history. The officers say they got rough with Miles because he fought with them while they mistakenly thought he had a gun. The verdict stemmed from a retrial granted after another jury two years ago rejected Miles civil rights claims that police maliciously prosecuted him for assault, resisting arrest and other crimes when he ran from and fought with police on Jan. 12, 2010. The criminal charges were dismissed weeks after Miles arrest by a city magistrate who said he didnt believe the police version of events.
Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 3-9, 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. 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. Ultimate Praise, The Musical at Union Progressive Missionary Baptist Ultimate Praise, The Musical will be on stage, Saturday April 12th at 6 p.m. at Union Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Corinthian R. Morgan, 613 Pippin Street. Featured guests on program include Reverend Frank Evans and the Cleftones of Atlantic Beach, Florida, The Anointed Sisters of Praise of Jacksonville, Florida, The Mighty Golden Jubilees of Jacksonville, Florida, The A'saph Worship Team of Jacksonville, Florida, the Mass Choir and Praise Dance Team of Union Progressive. For more information contact Sister Jasmine Bullock at 352708-0277 or email email@example.com.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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial donations and other donations are accepted. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at Midday 12 noon 1:00 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, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Palm Sunday Passion Musical Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Reverend Pearce Ewing Sr., presents Passion a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ through music, word and dance! Guest conductress is Elaine Olp of Phoenix Arizona. Elaine Olps hold a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. church combined choirs will also participate under the leadership of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Musical Director Kevin Howell and pianist Rogers Sears. The Passion takes place on Palm Sunday, April 13th at 5 p.m. at 201 East Beaver St. For more information call 355-9475. 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.OneJax Pastoral ConferenceThe OneJax Pastoral Care Conference takes place, Friday, May 2nd, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive. Hear from national and local experts in the field of pastoral care and behavioral health on topics from domestic violence to faith struggles. Participants will be challenged to fully hear and thoughtfully respond to the voices of human struggle and suffering on the journey toward health and healing. For more information call 620-1529 or email email@example.com.St. Joseph Missionary Celebrates Church and Pastor AnniversarySt. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend H.T. Rhim will celebrate the 84th anniversary of the church and the 44thh anniversary of Pastor H.T. Rhim. The celebration will begin Sunday, April 13th, continuing on Sunday, April 27th and concluding on Monday, April 28th. All services will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to share in this 84th anniversary as various pastors in the city will deliver the nightly messages. The church will observe Resurrection day services, Sunday, April 20th. Sunrise service starts at 6 a.m. followed by breakfast in the cafeteria. At 9 a.m. is the Resurrection (Easter Pageant) and worship service at 11 a.m. For more information call 356-2359 or visit www.stjosephblackbottom.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The church is located at 485 W. 1st Street.Grief Counseling WorkshopSt Thomas Christian University is offering a new workshop entitled "Grief Counseling". Take the workshop online and become a certified Christian Grief Counselor April 12th. Get in on this grown breaking workshop. For more information signup today at 389-5592 or email email@example.com. St Thomas Christian University Elaine Olps Wilton Gregory, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself. He insists that he did not use the churchs money, but his decision to build such a big house has still been criticized by Catholics local and worldwide. He has received thousands of letters, emails, and voicemail messages. Gregory, who recently moved into a 6,400-square-foot residence, says that construction was made possible by a large donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, the nephew of author Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone With the Wind). He says that when Mitchell died in 2011, he left an estate worth more than $15 million to him on the condition that it be used for general religious and charitable purposes. Gregory released a statement saying, I am disappointed that, while my advisors and I were able to justify this project fiscally, logistically and practically, I personally failed to project the cost in terms of my own integrity and pastoral credibility with the people of God of north and central Georgia. He added, I failed to consider the impact on the families throughout the Archdiocese who, though struggling to pay their mortgages, utilities, tuition and other bills, faithfully respond year after year to my pleas to assist with funding our ministries and services. Many religious leaders in recent years have been criticized for their extravagant lifestyles. Many pastors or preachers of mega-churches are known to live in mansions, drive exotic cars, and possess helicopters and sometimes private jets. Just this past January, a group of local Catholics met with the archbishop and suggested that he sell his large home and live in a smaller, simpler residence like Pope Francis, who reportedly turned down living quarters in a Vatican palace and drives a very simple car. The example of the Holy Father, and the way people of every sector of our society have responded to his message of gentle joy and compassion without pretense, has set the bar for every Catholic and even for many who dont share our communion, Gregory said. Atlanta Bishop Apologizes For Building Himself a $2.2 Million Bishop Gregory Saint Paul Lutheran Celebrates 58th Church Anniversary & Sermon SeriesReverend James Wiggins, Jr., and the Saint Paul Lutheran Church will celebrate their 58th Church Anniversary Instruments of Grace Study and Sermon series Sunday, April 6, Topic: Grace Meet the God who Stoops, Text: John 8:1-11; Palm Sunday, April 13, Topic: Grace You Can Rest Now, Text: Ephesians 2:1-10; Resurrection Sunday, April 20, Topic: Instruments of Grace, Text: 2nd Corinthians 9:6-15; 58th Church Anniversary, April 27, Guest Preacher, Rev. Dr. John Nunes; Sunday, May 4, Topic: Grace You Matter to God, Text: Ephesians 1:1-10. For more information call the church at 765-4210. Saint Paul Lutheran Church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Avenue. Zion Hope Homecoming CelebrationZion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Clifford Johnson, presents Homecoming 2014, Saturday, April 12th 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday evening, April 13th at 3 p.m. Guest Speaker is Reverend Jeffrey Rumlin of Dayspring Baptist Church. Come one, come all and be Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church special guest. The theme is Let the Love our Brethren continue, scripture 1 John 3:23. Enjoy free food, games, face painting, bouncer, music and more! Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church is located 2803 W. Edgewood Avenue. For more information call 764-9353.Anointing and Healing Sacrament Good Friday at Great MacedoniaPastor Landon L. Williams, Sr. of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, presents, Anointing and Healing Sacrament event, Good Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. Greater Macedonia Baptist Church is located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. For more information call Verdell Wells at 764-9257 or visit www.gmbc.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Anointing and Healing Sacrament Service at Great MacedoniaPastor Landon L. Williams, Sr. of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, presents, Anointing and Healing Sacrament event, Good Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. Greater Macedonia Baptist Church is located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. For more information call Verdell Wells at 764-9257 or visit www.gmbc.net or email email@example.com. 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.
by Lynn Jones On stage this week at Stage Aurora is the renowned play by Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun. A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family's experience in a Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. Stage Aurora Director Reuben Hall clarified, Lorraine Hansberry is the first woman of color to have a play produced on Broadway, the Great White Way. This was a milestone and shed light on the truth of living conditions and racism between the races and culture. It took quite strength to create such a powerful work of this influence in the 60's. Upon researching the life of Hansberrys life, documentation has been located that an actual lawsuit was brought by the Hansberry family in 1937 (Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32 (1940)), and was the catalyst for the Raisin in the Sun dialogue. Cast members who all reign from Jacksonville have combined experience in acting, singing and theater production. Stage Aurora goals and mission is to showcase the AfricanAmerican experience in a positive light and enlighten the mind by way of the Arts through the AfricanAmerican experience. Many of Stage Auroras productions are educational and thoroughly entertaining. Stage Aurora has produced over 150 productions. The Jacksonville cast of A Raisin in the Sun brings the Walter Lee Travis family story to life as each character deals with family struggle, education, hardship and hope for a better day. by Adriene Jordan When we first got off of the boat we were sold for the anticipated wealth that the beauty and strength of our bodies and the strong healthy babies we would breed. Some of us were then moved from the fields of the plantation into the kitchen of the main house where we cooked and cleaned and served to take care of he plantation owner's family. We cared for their children. Some of us even breastfed their children. We dressed the wives and undressed the husbands who were holding us captive. We became too good to let go, but not good enough to respect and care for in public. We were humiliated and told we were ugly and dumb, but you couldn't deny that our bodies filled out the dresses without need for a bow in the back to enhance our behinds, and no one could organized and take care of the household the way that we could. We took care of everything and everybody, including the men that came with us. But who took care of the black woman? We led a trail to freedom and risked our lives to help all that wanted to break free. We went back to help free more of us and developed relationships that we believed would help us and others that we tried to help gain freedom. We then worked our fingers to the bone to survive and make sure that we could stay free and make it on our own. We washed clothes and floors. We cooked and cleaned. We took up the slack for our men who were not able to get work, and we comforted them with our bodies and let them know that we would be there for them and gave them what they needed. We looked out for them in more ways than could be counted. But who took care of the black woman? We became educated and got better jobs while caring for our families. We took care of our parents and our siblings and their children. We moved up in society, then bought and paid for houses and cars that would shelter our children and men. We became managers and officers, still taking on the responsibility that others either would not or could not handle. We trusted and believed in our men. We brought them clothes. We gave life to and cared for their babies; many times without any assistance. But who took care of the black woman? We gather in groups to uplift each other. We praise and worship God, then bring out tithes into the church to help and support the man that's in the pulpit. We reach out to the neighborhoods and communities and give back as much as we can, sacrificing ourselves but many of us are still alone. We continue to support so many of our black men that are in jail. We support them with our prayers. We support then with our money. We even support them with the gift of conjugal visits. We still find a way to take care of them. But who's taking care of the black woman? We cringe, but accept it when black men choose white women. We say that love is love, but something is missing, the love of us. We turn to God, our father and say that we don't need anything or anybody else, but deep inside we cry and believe we still need a mate. The white men satisfy their hunger with a thin white woman, but wonder and sometimes long for the taste of brown sugar. The black man believes he has arrived with his white woman, but secretly misses the thick, sticky, sweet molasses that the black woman provides. Still when he sees her on the street he looks away, refusing to acknowledge all that she is. Who will love and acknowledge the black woman ? The black man says the blac k woman is to sassy, too independent: she wants too much from him, for getting that she's given him all tha t she has. Has it ever occurred to hi m that she's sassy because she think s that's the only way to truly get hi s attention? Has it ever occurred t o him that she's independent becaus e she has no other choice? Has it eve r occurred to him that she want s much because she needs much fro m him? While he claims to be takin g care of business, we are still fend ing for ourselves. Have we don e such a good job of taking care o f others that no one knows if they ca n take care of us as good as we can ? Have we raised the bar so high tha t none believe they can step up ? Have we distance ourselves so fa r that none believe that they can catc h up? Are we destined to live a lif e alone? Who is willing to try an d make our lives easier? Who is will ing to truly love us for who we are ? Who appreciates us in all our glor y and beauty? Who will take care o f the Black woman? ThJkillFP W h o w w i l l t t a k e c c a r e o o f t t h e B B l a c k w w o m a n ? April 3-9, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 Barbara and B.J. Richardson celebrate 57 years of love, life and laughter!Barbara and B.J. Richardson celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary at the Alhambra Theater dining with family and friends enjoying the beautiful dinner and watching the play live on stage, I ought to be in pictures, starring Richard Karn. Barbara and B.J. were married February 1, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the former Barbara Baldwin. Barbara worked for 22 years at the Duval County School Board teaching kindergarten and Montessori studies at R.V. Daniels Elementary school. B.J. retired from Jacksonville Transit Management Service Department where he was employed for 17 years. The young couple looks forward to many more years of happiness! Charleston Chronicle The number of lives lost to Alzheimers disease each year may be far more than thought, and it might rival heart disease and cancer as one of the top killers of Americans, new research suggests. Combing through data on nearly 2,600 older adults, scientist from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago estimated that more than one-third of all deaths in people aged 75 and older were attributable to Alzheimers, and the death toll from the incurable brain disease exceeds statistics gleaned from death certificates. Alzheimers disease affects an estimated 5 million Americans over age 65, and currently ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although official statistics blame Alzheimers for about 85,000 deaths each year, the study authors estimated the true toll to be closer to 500,000. A lot of people dont recognize that Alzheimers is a fatal disease. They think people suffering from Alzheimers eventually succumb to old age, said study author Bryan James, an epidemiologist at Rush Alzheimers Disease Center. They dont understand that Alzheimers eventually hits the part of the brain controlling breathing and heart rate, shutting your brain down. This is another bullet in our gun saying this is a terrible disease. The study, funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health was published online March 5 in the Journal Neurology. Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia, destroying memory, judgment and thinking skills, and eventually leaving victims unable to care for themselves. Symptoms typically begin after 60, and the risk for developing the disease rises with advancing age, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. James and his colleagues analyzed data from two ongoing aging studies, following nearly 2,600 participants (average age 78) whose brain function was deemed normal at the start of the research. Over the eight years of the studies, 22 percent of participants eventually developed dementia and 72 percent of those patients died, compared to 34 percent of those who remained dementia-free. The researchers concluded that Alzheimers and other dementias are under-reported on death certificates, mainly because these documents list an immediate cause of death, such as pneumonia, that was brought on by Alzheimers. Many times, people with Alzheimers disease develop pneumonia in the late stages because they have difficulty breathing and swallowing, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the Alzheimers Association. So they develop pneumonia and die, and the death certificate says pneumonia. But the fact is, they wouldnt have died from pneumonia if they had not had Alzheimers. Fargo, who was not involved in the new study, said its premature to list Alzheimers among the top three causes of U.S. deaths since similar studies would need to be done for all causes of death to make that determination. Alzheimers May Kill Far More Americans Than Thought Local Cast Shines in A Raisin in the Sun The cast of the Raisin of the Sun on stage at Stage Aurora By Valecia Weeks IF YOUR FEET COULD TALKwhat would they say? Would they say, I feel nice and pretty after that relaxing pedicure. Would they say, Please put some socks on me so I can avoid calloused heels. Or would they say, Let me tell you just how unhealthy your entire body is? Ladies, isnt it a nice feeling to be able to go to the salon and have your feet pamperedNails done, feet scrubbed..the works. With the information that I am about to give you, ladies I think you will agree with me that those feet deserve any pampering that we may give them. Have you ever thought of other ways your feet can be beneficial? If you ever want to take a quick glimpse at your health, take a sneak peek at your feet. 1. Red flag: Toenails with slightly sunken, spoon-shaped indentations could indicate anemia. Internal bleeding such as ulcers or heavy menstrual cycles can cause anemia. 2. Red flag: Frequent foot cramping (charley horses) could mean that your diet may lack sufficient calcium, potassium, or magnesium. Pregnant women in the third trimester are especially vulnerable thanks to reduced circulation to the feet. 3. Red flag: A sore that wont heal on the bottom of the foot can be a sign of diabetes. Elevated blood glucose levels lead to nerve damage in the feet-which means that minor scraps, cuts, or irritations caused by pressure or friction often go unnoticed. This problem overlooked can lead to ulcers of possible amputation. 4. Red flag: Cold feet may be nothing-or it may indicate a thyroid issue. Women over 40 who have cold feet often have an under functioning thyroid, the gland that regulates temperature and metabolism. 5. Red flag: Numbness in both feet can indicate damage to the peripheral nervous system. This is the bodys way of transmitting information from the brain and spinal cord to the entire rest of the body. 6. Red flag: Dry, flaky skin. You dont have to be a jock to contract athletes foot, a fungal infection that usually starts as dry, itchy skin that then progresses to inflammation and blisters. When blisters break, the infection spreads. 7. Red flag: Phee-uuuuw! Though smelly feet (hyperhidrosis) tend to cause more alarm than most foot symptoms, odoreven downright stinkiness-is seldom a sign of somethings physically amiss. THEY JUST STINK. You can combat stinky feet by changing socks regularly, wash with antibacterial soap and rub feet with cornstarch. So ladies continue to pamper those feet, you never know what story they will tell next. Your Feet Can Tell the Story of Bigger Illness Threats
A Raisin in Sun at Stage AuroraThe classic stage play A Raisin in Sun will be at Stage Aurora, 5164 Norwood Ave, through April 6th For more information call 765-7372 or visit www.stageaurora.org.Ken Ford Headlines Ritz JammThe Ritz Jazz Jamm presents the King of Strings Ken Ford. Kens provocative playing and passion for strings on the electric violin have enthralled fans of all ages, as well as peers from diverse genres, from jazz to blues, R&B to hip-hop and more. Hear Ken Ford, April 5th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 North Davis Street. For more information call 632-5555.Magnolia Gardens Community Reunion and Resource FairThe Magnolia Gardens Community Reunion and Resource Fair will take place Saturday, April 5th 2 5 p.m. at 5805 Begonia Road. Numerous agencies will be on hand to providing information on workshops, legal aid, social services, health screening, bouncey houses, scholarship presentations, entertainment, free food, prizes and more. For more information contact Carolyn Herring at 629-3102.P.R.I.D.E. April Book Club MeetingThe People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) book club meeting will be held Saturday, April 5th at 2 p.m. at the Durkeeville Historical Society, 1293 W. 19th Street. The book for discussion is: The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the ew Economy , by Steve Stoute. For additional information contact Ms. Franklin at 389-8417.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.Raines Class of 74 Reunion MeetingThe next meeting of the Raines Class of 1974 40th Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 10 a.m. at the Potters House Christian Fellowship Church, located at 5119 Normandy Blvd. For more information email Renetter Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org call 728-2054.BOA Museums on Us Bank of Americas Museums on Us is offering cardholders free museum entrance. This weekend, Saturday, April 5th and Sunday, April 6th, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and The Museum of Science and History (MOSH). For more information visit www.museums.bankofamerica.com or call 617-520-7081.One Spark From April 9 13 creators from all over the world will light up downtown with projects in art, innovation, music, science and technology. Creators will showcase their best ideas for a chance to access $310,000 in crowdfunds and cash awards, 3.25 million dollars in capital investments and direct contributions from attendees and backers around the globe. For more info visit www.beonespark.com or call 250-0070. Jax AACP April MeetingThe Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP April meeting will take place Thursday, April 10th at 7:15 p.m. Location is 1725 Oakhurst Avenue. The Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP meets every 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information contact Phyllis Williams-Young at 764-7578 or visit www.jacksonvillenaacp.com or email email@example.com.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.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.EWC 4th Annual Golf TournamentEdward Waters College is gearing up for their 4th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, April 14th at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start of 8:30 a.m. The EWC Golf Tournament will be held at the Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Dr. For more information contact Wanda Willis at 470-8251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ewc.edu.com.Johnson Branch Give to the Y CampaignThe Johnson Family Branch YMCA is having a Give to the Y campaign luncheon on Monday, April 14th at 11 a.m. at 5700 Cleveland Rd. For more information call 765-3589 ext. 8 or email email@example.comA. Philip Randolph Organization celebrates 125th BirthdayThe Jacksonville Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph organization is celebrating A. Philip Randolphs 125th Birthday and the 35th year of his passing. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th, on the campus of Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Rd, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. The Jacksonville Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph organization is seeking all Pullman Porters and their family members to join the chapter on this momentous occasion. For additional information call Flora Peterson at 635-0655.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. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., 6th Annual Public MeetingThe Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., will host its 6th Annual Public Meeting, Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. This meeting is free and open to the public. The meeting will recognize local high school students for their academic achievement as Kappa Scholars, community organizations, and men and women from all walks of life who humbly serve the Northeast Florida community as Public Meeting Honorees. You are invited to support and help recognize these 2014 scholars and honorees at the City Council Chambers, 117 W. Duval St. For more information contact Etoye Flornoy 7286168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.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. 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April 3-9, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 9 More Flipping Through the Files 2014 We see you! Alpha brothers Dr. Ezekiel Bryant and Sollie Mitchell Community Advocate Elizabeth Means and Joyce Morgan-Danford Sharon Coon, Michael Stewart and Lydia Stewart Singing We Shall Overcome at the ational Baptist Convention Reverend Rudolph McKissick, Judge Washington, Reverend J.T. Rhim, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Rosa Parks, Reverend Lang and Reverend Henry Williamson Dr. Chester Aikens, Tonyaa Weathersbee and Marc Kerrin Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr. and Otis A. Mason Dr. Kenneth Jones, Dr. Harrel Thomas and Dr. Kenneth ixon Michael Phelps, Marsha Phelps and Brad Metzer The Simmons Family attending the Alpha Phi Alpha Founders Day celebration: Charles E. Simmons, III, Charles Simmons, Jr., Jolita Simmons and Jolita Simmons-Johnson. Pastor Fredrick ewbill perusing the Jacksonville Free Press JSOPolice Officer Anthony Rogers and Ronnie Ferguson Dr. Evelyn Young Thomas Waters visits the Free Press offices. Max St. Clair, Al Jones, Quandos Ward, Reverend Charles Dailey and Marion Graham Jacksonville native Carla Robinson views an enlargement of the Weems Studio photograph at the Ritz Theatre/Lavilla Museum Former Ribault High School Principal Kenneth Brockington and Dr. Wendell Holmes Ken Adkins, Roslyn Philips, Mike Weinstein, Felice Franklin and Quilly Jones 2001 Ms. Jacksonville Teen America Mari Wilensky and Miss. Jacksonville 2001 Alju Jackson
Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 10 April 3-9, 2014 FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 1 7, 2014NC CENTAL FIRST IN FINAL BCSP TOP TEN; HOOPS STATS; FANG OUT AT COPPIN STATE WE'RE NO. 1: Head coach LeVelle Moton's North Carolina Central Eagles are No. 1 in the HOOPS FINALELUT WILLIAMS Though no black college basketball team won a national championship this season, the 2013-14 basketball year still had some remarkable and history-making accomplishments. The year could be described as a year of men's and women's hoops teams. The men of North Carolina Central (28-6) ular season and tournament championships and berth. coach LeVelle Moton and his troops earned Quite an accomplishment for a program that just Tuskegee (21-12) won the SIAC Tournaing to the South Region crown as the eighth and Eight. rankings. Led by dynamic senior guards Mark Thomas and Jody Hill, Livingstone (21-8) nally broke through in its third straight appearWinston-Salem State James Stinson SWAC Tournament champion Texas Southern (19-15) Fort Valley State. Morgan State Southern Norfolk State up Hampton There was also some history on the women's side. Hampton (28-5) went 16-0 in the regular Tuskegee 87 SIAC men's tournament champion Tuskegee the last black college Eight here last week. Tuskegee (21-12) struggled from the start, falling behind and getting in foul trouble early a lot of things, but a loss is a loss," said Tuskegee head coach Leon Douglas to the Montgomery Advertiser "The best team won." Kevin May who led the Tigers and was named capable of doing." Seniors Keith Winn Jr. and Richard Dixon off the bench, to pace Tuskegee who had their six-game winning streak snapped. The streak ment, a 12th seed. despite a 28-5 record, head coach David Six and State, falling 91-61. nal rankings for the second straight season and copped both regular season and tournament titles Albany State pionship to Benedict The Lady Rams earned a Robert Skinner's Lady Rams are second in Shaw Fayetteville State third. Virginia State (25-3) beat all-comers except Shaw in a stellar regular season en route to a season champion Southern (20-8) who lost in the ing out late in the season that it would not be able erup Fayetteville State Coppin State Prairie View North Carolina A&T season and Tournament runner-up Texas Southern (20-13).NEXT WEEK : BCSP "BAAD TEAM" BCSP NotesRon "Fang" Mitchell out at Coppin State Ron "Fang" Mitchell, the dean of MEAC men's basketball coaches with 28 years as the head man at Coppin State University was told last week that his contract would not be renewed. of the past 10 seasons, going 20-44 in the past two seasons. The Eagles were 12-20 in 2013-14. standard in the 1990s following up on the success of Don Corbett's North Carolina A&T.Lockard resigns at Cheyney Cheyney University Ken Lockard tendered his resignation last week. Lockard Lincoln (Pa) University Anthony Johnson an interim basis while a national search is conducted. Ron "Fang" Mitchell STAT CORNERMEN'S SCORING NAME/SCHOOL CL G FG 3FG FT PTS AVG.Patrick Miller MEN'S REBOUNDINGNAME/SCHOOL CL G OFF DEF TOT AVG BLACK COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINAL STAT LEADERS MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SCORING AND REBOUNDINGWOMEN'S SCORING NAME/SCHOOL CL G FG 3FG FT PTS AVG.Ashley Watts WOMEN'S REBOUNDINGNAME/SCHOOL CL G TOT AVG 1. HAMPTON ALBANY STATE 3. SHAW VIRGINIA STATE 5. SOUTHERN FAYETTEVILLE STATE 7. COPPIN STATE 8. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M NORTH CAROLINA A&T TEXAS SOUTHERN Six M E N S F I N A L T O P T E N W O M E N S F I N A L T O P T E N 1. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL round. TUSKEGEE 3. LIVINGSTONE TEXAS SOUTHERN 5. FORT VALLEY STATE MORGAN STATE 7. SOUTHERN J 8. WINSTON-SALEM STATE NORFOLK STATE HAMPTON Moton History-making year on the hardwood MillerWatts TOURNAMENT RECAP NCAA DIV. II ELITE EIGHT
by Mark Kennedy (AP) The Denzel Washington you meet backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is not exactly living a glamorous Hollywood life. He's more like a college kid during finals. He wears a black Yankee cap, black sweat pants and blue sneakers. There are free weights on a counter and a bottle of diet cola. Notebooks and papers are everywhere. He's fighting off the New York chill with some chicken noodle soup laced with hot sauce. "Have a seat," the star says, waving to a banged-up sofa and settling down in his own seat in front of a makeshift desk made from a minifridge. "I've got good heat here." Good heat, comfortable clothes, soup the unfussy Broadway version of Denzel Washington seems completely in his element as he puts the finishing touches on one of America's greatest plays, "A Raisin in the Sun." "It's just a great opportunity that's how I look at it," says Washington. "It's like getting back to your roots. It's going good. But around about the 70th show, I might be going, 'What am I doing?'" Like an athlete in training and currently dressed the part, Washington has poured himself into the work, filling two composition books with notes and leaving every page of his script highlighted, underlined or annotated. The first notebook starts with the poem "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes, the work that helped inspire the play, which Washington has handwritten. A few pages later is a photo pasted of the playwright, Lorraine Hansberry ("I got her in there! I forgot I had her in there," he says while flipping through.) The play marks Washington's first return to Broadway since his Tony Award-winning turn in "Fences" in 2010 and every preview has been sold out, with top premium tickets going for as much as $348. Set in 1950s Chicago, "A Raisin in the Sun" centers on the struggling Younger family, who anxiously await a $10,000 insurance check and the ensuing squabbles over how to spend it. Washington plays Walter Lee, a chauffeur with dreams of opening a liquor store, a role made famous by Sidney Poitier, who played it in the original 1959 production and reprised it in a 1961 movie. In a twist, this revival is in the same theater where Poitier debuted the play. How far has Washington gone in his research? It turns out all the way to Poitier's home. The two actors recently met to talk about the role and when Poitier rose to act out scenes, Washington pulled out his cell phone to film it ("As you can see, I'm no cameraman," he jokes as he shares the jerky images). "He's so generous and complimentary and he was like, 'Oh you're going to kill. You're going to be better than I was,' and all this stuff," Washington says. "He's just a sweet, gentle man. It wasn't even about the play anymore. I was just like, 'I'm going to come hang with him.'" Washington may be the Academy Award-winning actor known for "Glory" and "Training Day," but he says his dream when he first started acting at Fordham University was to be onstage. His first two roles in college were "The Emperor Jones" by Eugene O'Neill and Shakespeare's "Othello." "I was too ignorant to know what pressure even was," he laughs. As a young man, Washington once caught James Earl Jones star in "Oedipus the King" uptown and then sneaked into Jones' dressing room, where he hung out as the older actor greeted well-wishers. "Obviously he didn't know who I was I was a student. I'm picking up his rings and his props while he's talking to the people. He probably looked and thought, 'Oh, he's probably a young actor.' I'm like, 'Man, that's what I want. I want to do that. I want to do what he's doing,'" he says. The revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" hasn't been completely without drama: Last month, the cast was shook up when Diahann Carroll pulled out and Richardson Jackson stepped in as the family matriarch. "Diahann realized she just couldn't handle it, physically. If we live long enough, we're all going to come to that place where we go, like, 'OK,'" says Washington. "Even I had my doubts in the beginning. Can I remember all this?" Richardson Jackson, who was last on Broadway in the Tony-winning 2009 revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," had acted before opposite Washington they both were in Ntozake Shange's "Spell #7" in the late '70s. He pushed for her to come onboard to play his mother, saying "I knew she was strong and powerful." At 64, she's only five years older than Washington, 59, but he notes that a 32-year-old Poitier played Walter Lee opposite 41-year-old Claudia McNeil in the original Broadway production. "No, you can't have a baby at 5 but I don't think you can have one at 9, either," jokes Washington. "That's acting. She's my mom and I'm her son." This time on Broadway, Washington has changed a few things, starting with his Playbill bio, which had grown unwieldy. He sliced it down: "It was really blowing my own horn," he says. "I don't need to advertise. I got the part." He also dedicates his performance to the late Tony Scott, who directed Washington in such films as "Crimson Tide" and "Man on Fire" and committed suicide in 2012. "I thought about Tony and I wanted to mention Tony," says Washington. His mother, who turned 90 on Saturday, plans to come to New York to see her son in the play and another who has promised to come and cheer is none other than Poitier. "I said to him, 'Don't come early,'" Washington says. "He said, 'No, I'm coming.' I said, 'Not early. And don't tell me when.'" 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Two are married, two are single, and all are strong and fiercely independent women who believe in living out their dreams and not letting anyone or anything get in their way, the description adds. Through the groups adventures, misadventures, romances, successes and life-altering struggles, they may not always see eye-to-eye, but when push comes to shove, they are there for each other with solid and unwavering support as they each face their own unique challenges and triumphs. OW etwork Gearing Up for Love in the City Denzel Washington Talks 'Raisin In The Sun' Revival And Sidney Poitier
Last week, after filing classaction lawsuits against McDonalds in several states, fastfood workers joined a 30-day protest against the company, demanding that it stop its illegal theft of workers wages. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has sided with the workers in the protest. Its hard enough for low-wage workers to survive in this economy. Its practically impossible to do so while your wages are being stolen, said James in a statement. The instances of wage theft in New York City and around the country are becoming too many to ignore. My office will establish a hotline for whistle-blowers to report wage theft, and we will empower city agencies with the ability to investigate those claims. James also announced her offices major new initiative to confront wage theft in the fast-food industry, calling for legislation to create an anonymous hotline for workers to report incidents and to give city agencies expanded authority to investigate wage theft violations. In New York, the class-action case filed in federal court is an attempt to redress failures to reimburse McDonalds employees in New York stores for the time and cost of cleaning uniforms. The plaintiffs in the suit contend that McDonalds failure at reimbursing employees for uniform cleaning violates the state of New Yorks requirement to pay workers weekly for uniform maintenance. They also claim it violates federal and state minimum wage laws. McDonalds requires employees to keep their uniforms clean. When I first came to this country from El Salvador 14 years ago, I never dreamed that Id still be living in poverty today, said McDonalds employee Rosa Rivera, 47, in a statement. Rivera works 20 to 30 hours a week. Ive spent the last 14 years working at McDonalds while raising three kids. Yet after all that time, Im still making less than minimum wage because of wage theft. Ive washed my uniform multiple times a week for years, all on my own dime The law says I should be getting an extra $7.85 to help recoup the cost of trips to the Laundromat, but that never happens. Without that, Im actually making less than minimum wage every week, Rivera continued. Ive probably lost thousands over my 14 years at McDonalds due to this type of theft. The same day that workers announced their month-long protest, New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced an almost $500,000 settlement with seven New York Citybased McDonalds franchises and their owner, Richard Cisneros, for failing to pay legally required laundry allowances for many employees, for uncompensated work time and for unlawful deductions from wages that resulted from times when cashiers were required to cover cash register shortfalls. The settlement money, which includes damages and interest, will go to more than 1,600 workers, most of whom are minimum-wage workers. Like every other business in New York state, fast-food employers must follow our labor laws, said Schneiderman in a statement. Our lowest wage workers deserve the same protections of the law as everyone else. Its critical for them and for their families, as well as for our economy, that we remain vigilant so that no New Yorkers are cheated out of their hard-won earnings. Jonathan Westin, director of the group Fast Food Forward, praised Schneiderman for his work in the settlement but acknowledged that more work is needed to be done to satisfy him and the workers he advocates for. Although this settlement is with just one large franchise owner, McDonalds cannot hide from its responsibility for these unlawful practices, said Westin in a statement. Evidence in suits filed last week in California and Michigan shows that McDonalds exerts control over the daily operations at its franchise restaurants, making it just as responsible for the illegal pay practices. McDonalds made nearly $5.6 billion in profits last year, enriching itself on the backs of workers who simply cannot afford to have their wages stolen. Page 12 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 3-9, 2014 Protesters at the Times Square McDonalds in YCMcDonalds Employee Strike Catching on for Higher Wages Task Force of Ministers to Address Stand Your Ground Law WASHINGTON (NNPA) Rev. R.B. Holmes, a civil rights leader and pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., is heading up a task force of 40 ministers to undertake a 12-point action plan to revitalize the Black community, taking on issues ranging from the repeal of controversial Stand Your Ground laws to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Holmes made the announcement last week at a news conference at the National Press Club. In our 12 Point Action Plan, we will take the leadership to save our boys and girls, to build schools in our own neighborhoods, to repeal and repair Stand Your Ground laws across America, to support historically Black colleges and universities, and the importance of business ownership and the significance of marriage and the family, said Holmes. He said the action plan also includes evangelism, renewable energy and preservation, restoring voting rights for exoffenders, social justice, advocating for veterans, health care support and increasing the minimum wage. The so-called Stand Your Ground laws have been enacted in nearly two dozen states and research has shown that the laws disproportionately affects Blacks. A study on justifiable homicides by the Urban Institute found that White-on-Black homicides are 281 percent more likely to be ruled justified than a Black-on-White homicide and is Stand Your Ground states that disparity is greater. In addition being accompanied by other ministers, Holmes was flanked by parents of high-profile children personally affected by Floridas controversial Stand Your Ground laws. [Stand Your Ground] laws target Black males. Black and brown boys do not benefit from the Stand Your Ground laws, said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was profiled, shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a White Hispanic neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., in 2012. Phyllis Giles, mother of Michael Giles, said that the role that the Stand Your Ground law plays in court cases is unfair and often carries racial undertones. In 2010, Michael Giles, a 26year-old active duty United States airmen went to a Tallahassee nightclub with some friends. When a brawl broke out at the club, Giles was separated from his friends. Giles had a concealed weapons permit for a gun he had in his car. As he searched the raucous crowd for his friends, someone punched Giles in the face knocking him to the ground. Fearing for his life, Giles pulled out his gun and fired, striking his attacker in the leg. Giles was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder. Witnesses supported Giles claim and his lawyers argued that he was justified in using deadly force. Even though the married father of three, who served two tours in the Middle East didnt have a criminal record, the jury decided against him. Giles was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon that cost Giles his career and is serving a mandatory sentence of twenty years in prison. Phyllis Giles said that its important for the community to come together to address the disparities associated with the Stand Your Ground law and Black ministers should lead the charge. It starts in the church and it will end in the church and God will bring it all together, said Giles. Ron Davis said that he hopes that Holmes efforts lead to reforms in the SYG laws in Florida. If you dont file for Stand Your Ground you shouldnt get the benefit of Stand Your Ground in a self-defense case in the jury instructions, said Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis, the Jacksonville, Fla., teen who was shot and killed by Michael Dunn, a White computer programmer who objected to the volume of music playing in the SUV carrying Davis and his friends in November 2012. Holmes group also wants to make sure that aggressors in deadly altercations cant rely on murky Stand Your Ground laws in court. Like George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn claimed selfdefense, but didnt rely on the Stand Your Ground law in court. Davis said that shooters often go free, because of confusing instructions that judges give to juries in self-defense cases that include Stand Your Ground language. A bill that would amend the current law in Florida is slowly working its way through the Florida state legislature. The bill seeks to clearly define who can use the Stand Your Ground defense and would also allow law enforcement to set policies governing neighborhood watch groups. Rev. R.B. Holmes Outlines 12-point action plan at the press conference.