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Summer vacation may have just begun, but thanks to Mayor Alvin Browns Learn2Earn program, a group of local high school students is focused on making their goals to further their education come true. Located Jacksonville Universitys Learn2Earn is one of Mayor Browns education initiatives designed to raise the number of college graduates in Jacksonville by exposing youth to educational opportunities and providing hands-on exposure to college life for rising high school sophomores and juniors. The week long program included addresses by Dr. William Crosby, acting chief academic officer at JU, Mayor Brown and Education Commissioner Dr. Annmarie KentWillette. Darnell Smith, North Florida Market President for Florida Blue, shared a inspiring story with the students about the challenges he faced as young undergraduate and the importance of perseverance. In this years class, more than 80% of the students would be the first in their families to graduate from college. The program comes at no cost to students or taxpayers thanks to support from area corporate partners. The students spent a week living like a college student on the historic Jacksonville University campus, attending seminars designed to assist them with skills such as financial aid, leadership development, public speaking, social media, writing, financial literacy needed to succeed in college. Throughout the month of June, they traveled around the state visiting other universities. This was a great opportunity to meet new people, learn more about collegesand talk about the things it takes for me to actually accomplish my goal to go to college, and to make sure I do have a goal, said Manasseh Lewis, a rising sophomore at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She pointed to the college visits as her favorite part of the program. I actually got to get the feel of the campus instead of looking at a website, she said. Volume 27 o. 34 June 26 July 2, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents How Did Blacks Travel During Segregation?Page 9 Are We Raising our Daughters and Being Soft with our Sons?Page 4AnnieRuth Foundation Sponsors Youth to a Summer Job in the Career of their ChoicePage 3 What Your ails Say About Your HealthPage 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Greeks Move To Halt Reality ShowLos-Angeles So after bringing shows like Love & Hip Hop New York, Atlanta and now LA to our lives, producer Mona Scott-Young is set to bring us another show that focuses on the lives of Greeks. A trailer was recently released to the media and almost as soon as it was released it was snatched back and taken down off of the internet because Black Greeks had a fit over the show! So much so that they started a petition to get the show terminated! The petition has just begun to pick up steam and has gotten upwards of 10,000 signatures so far! The Sorority Sisters trailer highlighted members of Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho. A MoveOn.org petition was enacted by Reynoir Lewis and addressed to Viacoms president and CEO Phillipe Dauman and President Barack Obama. The petition said, Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by.Public Allowed to Sue YC Cops Over Stop and FriskNew York City City police unions have failed in their attempt to block a local law that makes it easier for the public to sue cops for racial profiling. Last week, a decision was released by Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh, upheld the Community Safety Act passed by the City Council last year. The Councils legislation was neither too vague nor was it preempted by state criminal procedure law, as its opponents had charged, Singh ruled. Local Law 71 does not prevent police officers from continuing to stop, question and frisk while utilizing their training and experience, Singh wrote in a 35-page decision .The law only seeks to deter the use of attributes such as race as the sole basis for an investigatory stop which is antithetical to our constitution and values, the judge wrote, adding that the court understood cops had to make split-second decisions when conducting investigative stops. New York Civil Liberties Union president Donna Lieberman said the local law was an important tool not just for citizens but for cops too. "It is a victory for all New Yorkers, including the police, because it is building trust and respect between officers and the communities they serve," she noted.Texas Board Unwittingly Approves Reparations for SlaveryDALLAS Dallas County leaders have passed a resolution supporting reparations to African-Americans for years of slavery without even realizing they had done so. County commissioners unwittingly gave their OK by unanimously passing a Juneteenth resolution last week that stated blacks' suffering should be "satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations." The meeting agenda made no specific mention of it, but it was read aloud by Commissioner John Wiley Price, who introduced the measure. The resolution went beyond supporting Juneteenth. It included a list of injustices endured by blacks before it endorsed reparations in the final paragraph. The Dallas Morning News reports other commissioners admitted afterward they hadn't read the resolution before voting. Commissioner Mike Cantrell, the court's lone Republican, later changed his vote to an abstention, the News reported. "The reason why I didn't abstain this morning is that I had not received a copy of the resolution," he said. The vote is nonbinding, so no reparations through payments or other means will be made.$40 Million Settlement Reached in otorious Central Park 5 CaseIts been nearly 25 years since five African-American and Latino teens were rounded up and charged with gang raping a 28 year old white investment banker while she was jogging in Central Park. After each served a minimum of 6-13 years in years and being cleared with DNA evidence, the AP reports has been reached in the civil rights lawsuit filed over a decade ago. The attack was one of the most notorious crimes in New York City history, and it mesmerized the nation, serving as a symbol of the citys racial and class divide and its rampant crime. When the victim was found in the brush, more than 75 percent of her blood had drained from her body, and her skull was smashed. She was in a coma for 12 days, left with permanent damage, and remembers nothing about the attack. The defendants, aged 14-16, recorded confessions on video, in some cases with the boys parents in the room after hours of interrogation. At the trials, their lawyers argued the confessions were coerced. At the time, DNA testing was not sophisticated enough to make or break the case. In 2002, a re-examination of the case found that DNA on the victims sock pointed to Matias Reyes, a murderer and serial rapist who confessed that he alone attacked the jogger. The statute of limitations for charging Reyes had run out; he is serving a life sentence for other crimes. The Ms. Duval Pageant has been around for some 40 years, but for the last 20 years it is has been under the under the direction of its current owner and famed pageant queen, Marissa Armstead. This years grand event was held last weekend to a sell out crowd at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. The theme of this years competition was Disney Divas. There were 10 contestants fiercely vying for the crown and a host of entertainers who were former or reigning Queens of the pageantry system. The contestants competed in the categories of introduction, presentation, talent, sportswear and some evening gowns. Due to time constraints, the contestants opted to allow the judges to announce the winner according to scores accumulated. 1st runner-up was Monica Dupree and 2nd runner-up was Missy Miyakie-LaPage. For more photos, check out JaxFreePress.comR. Silver photo By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) Nigeria has wrapped up its inquiry into the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by militants with little progress to show, reporting almost none had been freed after the initial kidnapping some girls escaped from. The final reportrevealed 219 girls remained at large, a total virtually unchanged since Boko Haram militants stormed their secondary school in northeast Borno state on April 14 to kidnap them. A total of 57 girls, almost all of whom escaped shortly after the abduction, have been reunited with their families. The kidnapping of the teenage girls taking exams in Chibok village sparked global outrage for its sheer barbarity. The government's failure to rescue the girls, or protect them before their abduction, has become a political liability for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of elections next year. The Chibok kidnapping and other increasingly bloody attacks by Boko Haram have underscored Abuja's inability to stamp out the militant group, which aims to carve out a radical Islamist state in the mostly Muslim north. In what could raise the ire of Jonathan's critics, Sabo recommended the findings of the factfinding group appointed by the president remain confidential for national security reasons. Manasseh Lewis, 15, who will be entering tenth grade at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in the fall. 'Stand Your Ground' Law to Include Warning Shots Floridas controversial Stand Your Ground law has now been extended to include Floridians who fire warning shots or threaten to use a gun in self-defense. The bill, recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, was partially inspired by Marissa Alexander, the 33-year-old Jacksonville woman facing a retrial for firing an alleged warning shot at her abusive husband during a dispute. A number of activists have called the case into question, arguing that Alexander, an African-American woman, would not have been charged if she were white. "We learned today that Governor Rick Scott has signed the corrective Stand Your Ground Bill, which was advanced by the legislature as a result of concern about Marissa's case among others," read the statement from Alexanders defense team. "We are of course grateful for the governor's actions." Alexanders initial 20-year sentence was overturned by an appellate court in September 2013. Her next trial was pushed from July 28 to Dec. 1 to await action from Gov. Rick Scott regarding the bill. This update might or might not impact Alexanders case. While Alexanders defense team says the legislation was partially inspired by her and could apply, prosecutors have argued that the bill cannot be applied retroactively. "The new law, as it stands now, allows you to claim immunity from prosecution if you used or threatened deadly force," Attorney Anthony Rickman told WTVT. "The problem was that under Florida's Stand Your Ground laws, as it was originally, it only allowed you to use that defense if you used actual deadly force." Some gun owners have concerns that the law will allow people to pull out their guns and start shooting whenever they feel threatened. "Bullets have to go somewhere," Jason Collazo told WTVT. "It's going to endanger people whether they're firing into the air, into the ground, at a tree, they don't know if that surface is going to ricochet, so it's just not well thought out." Jax Students Spending Summer Learning to Earn igeria Ends Kidnap Investigation with 200 Girls Still Missing Ms. Duval Crowned to Sell Out Crowd Ms. Duval 2014 icole Love-Dupree A leader of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group addresses the group along a corridor of the Federal High Court, after challenging the Nigerian police"s ban on their daily protests, in Mataima, Abuja
By Jason Alderman Talk about good news wrapped in bad: In the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one, you learn that you were named beneficiary of their 401(k) plan. Chances are you've got too much on your mind to make any sudden decisions about what to do with the money. However, don't procrastinate too long. The IRS has ironclad rules, deadlines and penalties concerning inherited retirement accounts, which vary depending on what type of account it is. This column discusses inherited 401(k) and similar employer-provided plans. Under federal law, surviving spouses automatically inherit their spouse's 401(k) plan unless someone else was named beneficiary and the surviving spouse signed a written waiver. If someone is single at death, their plan's assets go to their designated beneficiary. The IRS has basic tax and distribution rules and timetables for inherited 401(k) plans. However, the plans themselves are allowed to set more restrictive guidelines if they choose, so read the plan documents carefully. Basically: You must pay income tax on distributions (except for Roth accounts, which have already been taxed), although you may be able to spread out withdrawals and tax payments over a number of years, depending on how you structure it. Many 401(k) plans require beneficiaries to withdraw the money in either a lump sum or separate payments extending no longer than five years after the person's death; however, some will allow you to keep the money in the plan indefinitely, so check their rules. Note that distributions will be added to your taxable income for the year, which can greatly increase your tax bite. Thus, many people prefer to spread the payments out as long as possible. Plus, the longer funds remain in the account, the longer they accrue earnings, tax-free. If the original account holder had already reached the mandatory withdrawal age of 70 , you may be allowed to continue withdrawing funds according to their withdrawal schedule. Your minimum annual withdrawal amount is based on your own life expectancy, according to IRS tables (see Appendix C in IRS Publication 590). Alternatively, you could speed up the payment schedule or take a lump sum. You may also be able to transfer your balance into an "inherited IRA," which must be named and maintained separately from your other IRAs. With an inherited IRA, you must withdraw a certain amount each year, based on your life expectancy. Distributions must begin the year following the donor's death, regardless of whether or not you're retired. Make sure the 401(k) trustee transfers funds directly to the inherited IRA's trustee so you never touch the money; otherwise the transfer may be voided and you'll have to pay taxes on the entire sum that year. Surviving spouses have an additional option: Instead of opening an inherited IRA, they're also allowed to do a "spousal rollover," which means rolling over the balance into an existing or new IRA in their own name. The key advantage of a spousal rollover is that you don't have to begin taking mandatory withdrawals until you reach 70 , unlike inherited IRAs where you must begin withdrawals the year after the donor's death. One last point: Always withdraw at least the required minimum distribution (RMD) amount each year, if one is specified. If not, you'll pay a penalty equal to 50 percent of the difference between the RMD and what you actually withdrew. Bottom line: Talk to a financial or legal expert before taking any action on your inheritance. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 26 July 2, 2014 JASMINE GREENMonitor Support Technician, Shands HospitalJOB RESOURCES at EmployFlorida.com helped Jasmine choose a career path and nd a job she loves.Employ Florida is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The Employ Florida telephone number may be reached by persons using TTY/TTD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. Disponible en Espanol. 1-866-FLA-2345EmployFlorida.com Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. What to Do if You Inherit Someones 401K Im a Star Foundation Celebrity Basketball GameOn Saturday, June 28th at 6 p.m., Mayor Alvin Brown, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Sheriff Nat Glover, State Representative Reggie Fullwood and a host of civic and business leaders will vie against local high school basketball players in a game to aid homeless students. The annual charitable Celebrity Basketball Game is sponsored by the Im A Star Foundation to provide awareness and resources to the 1,900+ homeless students in Duval County Public Schools. The location is Paxon School for Advanced Studies Gymnasium, 3239 Norman E. Thagard Blvd. For more info contact Betty Seabrook-Burney by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 924-0756 Why Start a Small Business? by Cary Yates Starting a business takes careful consideration and planning. It takes emotional and financial preparation and a commitment to invest the time required to see your endeavor succeed.The stakes are also high: only half of all new businesses survive five years or more, and about onethird survive 10 years or more, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. But despite the many challenges of starting a business, the business owners say the rewards are plenty. In the second quarter 2014 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, we surveyed small business owners across the U.S. and asked them to look back to when they began their businesses. Here are the areas they said aspiring entrepreneurs should consider before starting and owning a business: Challenges One of the first considerations of becoming a business owner is to make sure you have a solid business plan. That includes doing research to learn about your customers, your competitors and your industry and meeting with a financial advisor to review projected cash flow. In our survey, when business owners were asked to identify the most important challenge they faced at the time they opened their business, the number one challenge was securing accounts and customers (23 percent), followed by cash flow (15 percent) and credit financing/availability of funds (10 percent). Although starting a business often requires a great investment of time and dedication, interestingly, only two percent of small business owners reported the personal sacrifice and long hours was their biggest challenge an indicator of the great personal satisfaction derived from business ownership. Funding Starting any business or buying into a franchise requires you to make a large initial investment, so its important to ensure that your current and future finances are in order. In terms of funds small business owners used when opening their businesses, personal savings (77 percent), loan or credit (41 percent), and family and friends (33 percent) are the most cited sources of funds. Make sure you research the startup costs for your business and you have a financial plan that youve reviewed with your financial advisor to ensure that you have the funds you need for the first years of operation. And before you apply for credit, take time to understand what your business needs to do to be considered credit-ready and in the best position to secure financing. Its important to meet with a banker to understand your options before you need credit. Rewards Often, potential small business owners underestimate the amount of time and energy it takes to launch a new business, yet owning a small business can be extremely rewarding. Think about why you want to start a business and what the potential opportunity could be. In the Small Business Index survey, the independence of being your own boss was far and away the most rewarding aspect of being a business owner identified by respondents (42 percent). The next three top mentions were job satisfaction (17 percent), flexibility (12 percent) and interactions with customers (11 percent). Interestingly, only 7 percent said making money was the most rewarding aspect. Your financial future In the survey, business owners were asked in an aided fashion the reasons why they opened a small business, and securing their financial future and being their own boss were the most frequently mentioned. However, most small businesses do not turn a profit immediately, so you need to make sure you have enough reserves on hand to cover your expenses. We typically advise business owners to plan on having enough working capital on hand to cover payroll, operations and other unplanned expenses for at least a year. Building a small business comes with many challenges, yet as business owners have shared with us, the opportunities and rewards of starting a business can be amazing. A successful business starts with asking the right questions. 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By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) A new study by the Center for American Progress has found that shifting demographics in the South can help to accelerate meaningful social and political change. The report titled, True South: Unleashing Democracy in the Black Belt 50 Years After Freedom Summer, defined the Black Belt as Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. According to the report, between 2000 and 2010, the non-Hispanic white population in the South grew at a rate of 4 percent, while the socalled minority population in the region experienced a 34 percent growth, the greatest out of any region in the country. Nearly 60 percent of Blacks live below the Mason-Dixon line and Blacks account for about 20 percent of the total population in the South. The report also noted that 40 percent of the Blacks that relocated to the South since 2000 were between the ages of 21 and 40 years old and researchers said this group will likely settle and start families increasing the number of Blacks living in the region. Changing demographics, frustration with right-wing extremists and the growing number of young voters will play a role in the growing progressive electorate pushing back on a long history of polarization in the Black Belt. According to the report, nine states have passed laws requiring voters to bring photo identification to the polling booth in order to cast a traditional ballot and governors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, The report continued: Eleven states have passed right-to-work laws, which discourage organizing by unions. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Ben Jealous, senior fellow for Center for American Progress, former president of the NAACP, and author of the report said, Right now, when we talk about the South, we end up talking about voter suppression. What we really need to be talking about is the need for massive voter registration. The report said that registering just 30 percent of eligible unregistered black voters or other voters of color could shift the political calculus in a number of Black Belt states and Registering 60 percent or 90 percent would change the political calculus in an even greater number of states. The AnnieRuth Foundation Summer Internship Program affords high school students the opportunity to work in a real life setting, learn new skills and earn money for their future. Area companies have the opportunity to mentor students in their professional settings for a hands on experience. Last week, the Foundation awarded the 2014 Summer Internship award to L. A. Law P.A. President Michele L. A. Rollins, Esquire. The student recipient is Martiza Jackson who is currently working at the firm. The AnnieRuth Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen underserved communities by providing sustainable educational programs and resources in an effort to educate, enrich and empower youth, adults and senior citizens. Their programs are focused on education, healthcare, economic development and sustainability. Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 June 26 July 2, 2014 Zeta Phi Beta Amicae Prayer Breakfast Redefines Sisterhood The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Amicae Auxiliary held their 2nd annual prayer breakfast at the Zeta House on Moncrief Road. The 7:30 a.m. prayer breakfast theme was Am I my Sisters Keeper and focused on empowerment, family and legacy. Rev. Pauline Tucker of Allen Chapel Houston, Live Oak, Florida, was the guest speaker and spoke on the demise of sistershood, I stand here and ask, where are the real sisters? The real sisters that can help sisters that is in need, sisters that are crying out for help. We have to help our sisters and pray for our sisters to be empowered to help their families and themselves, she said. Awards were presented to Amicae Ruby Myers for her 30 years of volunteerism and dedication to the organization and to Amicae Lynn Jones her recent graduation with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications from the University of Phoenix. Newly elected Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter president Dr. Vallie Holloway praised the luncheons success, Its good when you can resurrect an event and come back. We are very proud of our Amicae, because this is your day. In 1940, graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta began to realize the importance of the prestige, good will and cooperation of women who, for various reasons, were not members of any Greek-letter organization. Under the administration of Lullelia Harrison, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 making Zeta the first sorority in the National PanHellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group. Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters. $50 minimum deposit to open a checking or savings account. Mobile Internet data and text message charges may apply. Please cont act your mobile service provider for details. Subject to Internet banking terms and conditions. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. WE WERE CURIOUS, SHOULDNT YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT CHECK IN WITH YOU? Open a checking account with Fifth Third Instant Alerts and get all your account activity messaged right to your phone. Its mobile banking that puts you in the know faster and helps stop account fraud faster. Visit 53.com/alerts for more. Shown above are the Zeta Amicae Pat Duncan, Ruby Myers, Darlene Duncan Natalie Rogers, Gloria Duncan, Pastor Melinda Richie-Samuels, Reverend Pauline Tucker, Lynn Jones and Anita Heath. Shown above on the left is Veronica Tutt, who was misidentified as Carol Grant in last weeks issue (Vol 27 o.33 June 19 15, 2014) after attending the Mayorss Job Fair. CORRECTION AnnieRuth Foundation Sponsors Law Internship Pictured left to right is AnnieRuth Foundation Executive Director Dee Wilcox, awardee Michele Rollins, Esq, awardee Martiza Jackson and AnnieRuth Foundation President Stanley Johnson. Mobilizing Key Groups Can Change Politics of the Deep South Dr. Ben ChavisChavis amed President of PAEducator, and longtime civil rights activist, Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.was elected interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Upon his election, Chavis said, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve, promote and secure the interests of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. As the uncensored, objective, unflinching media voice of Black America, NNPA newspapers, represent one of the most important newsgathering and news analysis operations in the world.
Children respond to the expectations of their environment, states Price Cobb, a black psychiatrist. Its a powerful statement and extremely true. If you think about our youth that is exactly what they do, but there are always exceptions to that rule. Many children from poor households in which the parents have low expectations dont perform well in school hence they end up in the same cycle of poverty as their parents. Then, there is the opposite side of this social coin. Some youth use their environment to motivate them to excel academically and in life. The percentage of people who are self motivated is extremely small especially compared to those who cant break the cycle of poverty and low achievement. In the past, I have talked about various components of the African American family and how it is the key to the revival of black communities. Perhaps the most important factor is how we raise our children. What types of morals and values are we instilling in them as they grow intoadulthood? And, I am also a realist as well some families do an excellent job raising their children and young people still make mistakes and bad decisions. Thats also an unavoidable fact. Whether you know it our not, our youth often mimic their surroundings. We have too many children being raised by teenage mothers who have yet to mature enough to fully understand their role as a caregiver and guardian. James Baldwin said it best, Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. In other words we have to lead by example. Kay Hymowitz, the author of The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies says, The truth is that we are now a two-family nation, separate and unequalone thriving and intact, and the other struggling, broken, and far too often AfricanAmerican. It also goes back to that James Baldwin quote about how our youth learn from adults without realizing that they are learning certain characteristics and behaviors. Jesse Jackson once said, Youth are looking for something; its up to adults to show them whats worth emulating. Better parenting and prevention of teen pregnancy have to be at the very top of the list of priorities for the blackagenda. The bible says, A good tree can not bear badfruit. So we have to be stable, strong trees if we are toraise good offspring. I know that some of my conservative friends would say that we should be teaching young adults to abstain from sex, which I agree with to a certain extent. We also have to be realistic and teach them the importance of contraception. Parenting specialist Dr. Robert Johnson once said, African American children in this country are growing up under the weight of the pressures that are created by racism and it has an effect in schools and commercial settings everywhere and parents need to strengthen their children with the abilities and skills to overcome that. His comments also get to the root of the problem in our communities if a teenage mother who probably has not been motivated to achieve despite obstacles then how will she properly raise her child to overcome lifes challenges? How can a 15 or 16 year old young woman teach her baby the importance of self-empowerment if she has not had the opportunity to learn how to motivate herself. How can she teach her child the importance of black sustainability? And while I am speaking in broad terms, I certainly dont believe that all teenage mothers are doomed. There aremany teen parents that go on and succeed in life, both parents and children. African American families are clearly still very strong and viable; but we have to focus on how our children are being raised. From the images they see on television to the things they see when walking down a neighborhood street, it is important that they fully understand the path to success versus the path to destruction. Walking down the street with your shirt off holding up your pants with one hand while your underwear is showing doesnt send a message that you want to succeed. And just because Lil Wayne has a hundred tattoos and piercingsdoesnt mean that its a good move for you. It is no secret that strong parents can shape their childrens character and ability. For the most part, good parents equate to good children, with those exceptions I mentioned earlier.It is also no secret that by and large, adult conduct insociety is learned as a child. Again, getting back to the root issue properly raising our children is critical. As parents we have to lead and inspire our children, and be tough when we have to. There is an old saying that goes: We raise our daughters and love our sons. This may upset some folks, but too many mothers, especially single mothers are babying their sons. You have to raise your young men as well, and raise them to be strong, independent and true heads of the household.Perhaps thats another article for another day. I will close with a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson who said these words while speaking at Howard University in the 60s. He said, When the family collapses, it is thechildren that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled. Signing off from the Duval County Courthouse speaking as a character witness for a young black male being sentenced; Reggie Fullwood By James Clingman If you and your children were sitting at the dinner table, with no food and no prospects for getting any, what would you say to them and what would you do? Would you tell them they have no food because you cannot get a job? Would you tell them the reason they are hungry is that racism exists? Would you try to make them understand that their lack of food is the fault of some Asian, White, or Arab boogeyman who wants Black people to starve to death? What would you say? Would you swallow your pride and ask a friend or relative or social agency for immediate help? Would you go out and get them some food by any means necessary? Rob? Steal? Borrow? Would you go to a church and ask for food? What would you do? That scenario, as farfetched as it may seem, is something we should at least think about. As the so-called middle class swiftly disappears, and poor people having to deal with issues like this every day, it would be wise to have a plan just in case we find ourselves at the bottom of Maslows Hierarchy of Needs triangle. At this point in our nation, despite what we are being told, the economy is not growing and not getting better, especially for Black people. It does not matter how optimistic Black folks are, as the Urban League Report states, we are in serious trouble in this land of plenty. You cannot pay your grocery bill with optimism; you cannot stay cool or warm with a fuzzy feeling; and you cannot tell your children to be optimistic and make their hunger pangs stop. The realities of life require pragmatic responses, and our response to being economically weak, fragile, and unstable is ridiculously inappropriate. When Blacks were in second place in this country, as it pertains to population, business ownership, and attention from the politicians, we received a few concessions via a couple of laws that soon morphed into benefits not only for us but for virtually everyone else. We were the minority du jour for a few decades, but others have now passed us by. Now, after being passed by Asians, AsianIndians, and Hispanics when it comes to business ownership and profitability, we find ourselves in fourth place. Claud Anderson warned us many years ago: If we didnt get anything when we were in second place, what do you think we will get in third place? Now, we are even further behind, so much so that some of us are faced with having to decide how our children will eat. Let me put it in graphic terms. According to the 2007 economic census, Black business receipts totaled $136 billion; Asian businesses, $506 billion; Asian Indian, businesses $152 billion. The number of Black businesses that had employees was 106,566; Asian businesses, 397,426; Asian-Indian, 109,151. The number of employees in Black businesses was 909,552; Asian businesses, 2,807,771; Asian-Indians, 844,177. Now compare the above statistical data to the following: There were 1,197,864 Black-owned businesses in 2007; 1,549,559 for Asians; and just 308,491 for Asian-Indians. My point is grounded in these data but also in the economic plight of Black people compared to other groups. Being in fourth place, with a $1.1 trillion annual aggregate income, is unconscionable and outrageously self-defeating. So while you may not be confronted by such a drastic situation as the one noted in the beginning of this article, you are now facing drastic price increases for food, energy, and gasoline. These are day-to-day necessities. How will you deal with acquiring what you need? One way is to find an additional revenue stream. There are ways to get more money, that is, if we are willing to make the requisite sacrifices. It takes money to make money, you know. Another way is to grow some of your own food; if you have a little dirt somewhere, drop some seeds into it, and cut down on your food bill. Bartering goods and services is also a great way to save money; form a bartering circle in your church, for instance. Finally, start a business and support the businesses we already have. Circulating our dollars among our own businesses is a sure-fire way to be economically empowered; but you already know that, dont you? If not, just look at the groups in front of us and see what they are doing. We are at the bottom now. When this nations economy collapses it, will collapse on us. Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nations most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. 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Reggie Fullwood June 26 July 2, 2014 Success for Children Starts at Home: Are We Raising our Daughters and Being Soft with our Sons?Race to the Bottom Freedom Summer 50 Years LaterBy George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is being commemorated this week in Mississippi and it provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on the transformation of not only Mississippi, then the deadliest state in the nation, but the entire region.. As I have written in the space before, there was a popular joke about Mississippi making the rounds during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Supposedly, a Chicago seminary student who was awakened at 3 a.m. by a voice imploring him: Go to Mississippi! Go to Mississippi!! Go to Mississippi!!! The seminary student said, Lord, you said that you will be with me always, even until the end of the earth. If I go to Mississippi, will you go with me? The heavenly voice replied, Ill go as far as Memphis. Of course, if the Lord was reluctant to go to Mississippi, the chances of a Black surviving were slim and none. At the time, I had just completed my junior year at Druid High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. In the summer of 1964. Alabama had its own violent racial history when it came to race relations, but Mississippi was the one state we knew was worse. In fact, whenever a national ranking of any kind came out, we would always say, Thank God for Mississippi. Of course, we all awaited the beginning of Freedom Summer, a national mobilization of mostly college students who would descend upon Mississippi in 1964 to help civil rights activists, led by Bob Moses of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), assist Blacks in voter education and voting. More than 1,000 college students, about 90 percent of them White, participated. With so many northern White students descending on the state, the nation would be watching. And Blacks like me, who grew up under Americas version of apartheid, knew that virulent White racists in Mississippi would not go quietly into the dark. They would go into the dark where they did their most vicious work but they wouldnt be quiet about it. And sure enough, at the outset of Freedom Summer, three civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were arrested in Nashoba County by Sheriff Cecil Price, a member of the Ku Klux Klan. That night, they were released. Tipped off about their impending release, Klansmen abducted the three and murdered them. Their bodies were discovered seven weeks later 15 feet below an earthen dam. While looking for the three civil rights workers in rivers and swamps, other Black bodies were discovered. One was Herbert Oarsby, a 14-year-old boy who was wearing a Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) T-shirt. The bodies of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Eddie Moore, who had been expelled from Alcorn A&M College for civil rights activities, were also discovered. The remains of five more Black men were found, but never identified. It wasnt until 1970 that anyone was imprisoned for the slayings of Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, with six years being the longest time served. In 1964, only 6.7 percent of Blacks were registered to vote, the lowest in the nation. Today, more than a third of Mississippis voters are Black and the state has the largest number of Black elected officials in the nation. But that progress came with a price, with people losing their jobs and even their lives simply because they wanted to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The casualities extended beyond the three civil rights workers. Visiting college students werent the only ones responsible for the success of that summer. When Berea College withdrew as a training site for students headed South, Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, now part of Miami University, stepped forward. Attorneys volunteered from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU. Medical professionals, participating as individuals as well as the Medical Committee for Human Rights, also joined the caravans headed to Mississippi. The level of national support emboldened Black Mississippians, such as Fannie Lou Hamer, to challenge the seating of the all-White Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. As Attorney Thomas N. Todd likes to remind us, this was done before the existence of Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram and other social media. Its good that civil rights vets are celebrating Freedom Summer this week. But the challenge is to reignite that passion and sense of commitment today. Many of the problems of 1964 are still prevalent today. We need a Freedom Summer, Winter, Fall and Spring. According to the book, Freedom Summer, in the summer of 1964 alone: At least four Blacks from Mississippi were murdered because of their civil rights activities; Four people were seriously wounded; 80 summer workers were beaten 1,062 people were arrested 37 churches were burned or bombed and The homes or businesses of 30 African Americans were bombed or burned.
June 26 July 2, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 24 30, 2014MAGAZINE MAKES 2014 TOP GRID PICKS; SAINT AUGUSTINE'S HEARTLEY PASSESALL-AMERICAN: Star DB Daniel Fitzpatrick of Tennessee State on preseason Sports Network all-star team.DEFENSIVE STANDOUTTennessee State Sports Photo BCSP NotesPolk appointed interim AD at Bowie State Bowie State University President Dr. Mickey L. Burnim has announced the appointment of Ms. Donna Polk associate athletics director and senior woman administrator, as the interim director of intercollegiate athletics following the departure of AD Anton Goff She will assume that role effective July 12. Department until a permanent director is named, having demonstrated effective leadership and a commitment to the universitys intercollegiate athletics programs. She has served as associate athletics director and senior woman administrator since 2011, assisting with the department's day-to-day business operations. In that role, she has provided oversight for compliance, student services, sports medicine, sports information, women's volleyball, softball Before taking over as full-time associate athletics director, Ms. Polk served as head women's basketball coach and associate athletics director from 2008-2011. As head coach, she compiled a 55-29 record and led the Lady Bulldogs to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) 2005 as associate athletics director for operations. Ms. Polk currently serves as chair of the CIAA's Senior Woman Administrators Association. She is also a member of the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, National Association of Athletics Compliance, and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association. Five MEAC institutions honored by NCAA NORFOLK, Va. Five (5) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member institutions were honored by the NCAA for earning top scores in the classroom by receiving the NCAA Public Recognition Award. The award is presented to teams that have posted multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. ing the highest level of academic recognition by the NCAA in their respecBELOVED ST. AUG'S COACH PASSES: Harvey Heartley, Sr. a two-time graduate of North Carolina Central University and former longtime Saint Augustine's head basketball coach passed on Monday, June 23 at the age of 79. A native of Clayton, N.C., Heartley atknown as North Carolina College ) from 1951-55, playing four seasons of basketball under legendary coaches John B. McLendon and Floyd Brown during his standout career. He garnered AllCIAA and honorable mention Allpaigns, both CIAA Visitation Championship seasons. He also served as co-captain on the team in 1955. Heartley earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education and education administration successful career as a coach and athletics administrator. Much of that success was achieved at nearby Saint 1971. As Director of Athletics, he built the program from three sports to 13 during his tenure. As men's basketball head coach for 23 seasons, he guided the Falcons to a in the 1984 NCAA Division II tournament. Among his honors are numerous high school and CIAA Coach of the Year awards, along with multiple CIAA Athletic Director of the Year citations. Heartley was and has been inducted into a host of other Halls of Fame, including at Saint Augustine's and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The funeral will be Friday, June 27, at First Baptist Church (101 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh, N.C.) at noon. The viewing will be at 11 a.m.UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS tive sports," MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said. "This award is shared with the institutions' student-athletes, coaches, administrators, academic staffs and parents, who all work together to reach the ultimate collegiate goal of earning a degree." Bethune-Cookman University (women's golf); Howard University (women's cross country); North Carolina A&T State University (women's bowling), South Carolina State University (women's golf); and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (men's tennis). A total of 275 Division I schools placed at least one team on the top APR list, up 19 from last year. Four of this year's MEAC recipients were honored last year including Bethune-Cookman, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore and South Carolina State. The APR provides a real-time look at the team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each teams academic performance.CIAA administrator gets grant from NACWAA CIAA Senior Associate Commissioner Keshia Campbell is the recipient of a leadership and education grant from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics AdminisMinority Opportunities Athletic Association, Inc. (MOAA) NACWAA and MOAA have partnered to send one (1) minority woman to the MOAA Symposium and Division II Governance Academy. Campbell travelled to in Orlando earlier this month to attend the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) & ed the Symposium/Governance Academy. In addition, she will receive a registration fee waver to the NACWAA National Convention. NACWAA is an organization dedicated to empowering and advancing the success of women in the profession. MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry.Heartley With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State gracing its cover, the 2014 Sporting News College Football Annual is out with its predictions for the upcoming football season. BCSP Editor Lut Williams pens the previews for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) (See STAT CORNER ). In the MEAC two-time champion Bethune-Cookman is pegged for a three-peat followed by 2013 co-champ South Carolina State Delaware State Reigning conference Player of the Year, Howard quarterback Greg McGhee is again picked to be the top offensive performer while Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail is named the top defender. Junior college transfer quarterback Quinn Billerman of North Carolina Central is pegged the top newcomer. Four new coaches, one returning to his post, will grace the MEAC sidelines this season. Gary Harrell returns as head coach at Howard after taking a one-year leave of absence for personal reasons. Ray Petty last year's head coach returns to his defensive coordinator duties. Morgan State replaced longtime head coach Donald Hill-Eley with former Maryland and Oregon State assistant Lee Hull North Carolina Central hired 33-year old Jerry Mack a veteran offensive assistant and the third youngest coach in Div. I, as its new head man replacing interim head coach Dwayne Foster Hampton lured Connell Maynor away from three-time defending CIAA champion Winston-Salem State to replace Donovan Rose After the magazine was published, Florida A&M received a postseason ban from the NCAA for low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. In the SWAC, Williams picks Alcorn State in the East and Prairie View A&M in the West to come out on top of the two divisions. The top Jerry Lovelocke (offense), Texas Southern defensive end Amir Bloom (defense) and Jackson State freshman running back Jarius Moore (newcomer). The magazine went to press however before the NCAA in May banned Prairie View along Football predictions anyone?? Polk 2014 THE SPORTING NEWS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH IN BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALLTHE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS with Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State from NCAA postseason play because of not meeting the necessary threshold on APR. After an appeal, the ban was lifted on Alabama State. In addition this year, Texas Southern footseason ban for low APR scores, and Southern whose entire athletic program is barred from postseason play because of inadequate APR data, had a hearing scheduled before the NCAA on the matter this week (June 25). As of press time this week, Grambling is the only team from the West not facing a postseason ban. Whether the NCAA ban will apply to the SWAC Championship Football Game remains to be seen. The SWAC voted in March to allow four conference basketball teams (Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and Grambling) facing NCAA mandated postseason bans, to compete in its conference tournament but not advance to NCAA postseason play. The SWAC also has four new coaches with one going from one conference team to another. Despite back-to-back East Division titles, Rick Comegy was let go at Jackson State and picked up as Mississippi Valley State's new Harold Jackson steps in to lead his alma mater. Alabama A&M replaced successful 12year veteran head coach Anthony Jones with longtime assistant James Spady while Grambling turned to former G-Man Broderick Fobbs to renew its sagging fortunes. Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee State coming off a 2013 runner-up OVC ence and is ranked 13th in the FCS Preseason Top 25. Bethune-Cookman is 21st. Tennessee State defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail and Hampton placekicker Anthony Provost were named to the FCS Preseason AllAmerica Team. The magazine does not preview conferences in NCAA Div. II football but does list a Preseason Top 25 and All-America Team. Three-time CIAA champion and Div. II playoff participant Winston-Salem State is ranked 12th in the Top 25. Tuskegee coming off Cheyney linebacker Isaiah Fleming, who led the Wolves and the PSAC with 144 tackles, is the only black college player on the preseason all-America team.Sporting News makes its picks SWAC EAST 1) Alcorn State 2) Alabama State 3) Jackson State 4) Alabama A&M 5) Mississippi Valley State SWAC WEST 1) Prairie View A&M 2) Southern 3) Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4) Texas Southern 5) Grambling State MEAC 1) Bethune-Cookman 2) South Carolina State 3) Delaware State 4) Howard 5) North Carolina A&T 6) Morgan State 7) Hampton 8) North Carolina Central 9) Norfolk State 10) Florida A&M 11) Savannah State* Faces NCAA APR Postseason Ban Prairie View QB Jerry LovelockeTexas Southern DE Amir Bloom Howard QB Greg McGheeNC Central QB Quinn Billerman Campbell
Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 26-July 3, 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. 2014 Kings & Queens of Clean ComedyThe 2014 Kings and Queens of Clean Comedy benefit event will take place Saturday, June 28th, 7 p.m. at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center Drive. Proceeds from the event benefit the AnnieRuth Foundation. To volunteer or details on tickets call 200-7202 or email email@example.com.Faust Temple Church of God in Christ Annual Vacation Bible SchoolVacation Bible School will be held at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is located at 3328 Moncrief Road, Clarence Jones, Pastor. There are classes for everyone including arts and crafts for children. Free Snacks will be provided! For additional information call the church at 353-1418 or visit www.fausttemple.org.Florida Gospel Legends Awards ShowThe 6th Annual Florida Gospel Legends Awards Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th at 6 p.m. at the Florida Theatre, 128, E. Forsyth St. The ceremony recognizes the elite voices in the Jacksonville community that have put song into the hearts of the faithful and buoyed spirits. For more information call 355-5661 or visit www.floridatheatre.com. Church Community Health FairNew Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, Rev. ShaReff Rashad Pastor Present a Community Health Forum, Saturday, July 12th, 9 a.m.-1p.m. at New Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, 880 Melson Avenue. This FREE health fair includes blood pressure checks, vision, dental, glucose and cholesterol screenings, BMI an domestic violence information. A registered pharmacist will be onsite to answer your medicine questions. Enjoy bouncey house for the kids, vendor products and presentations by leading health experts. For more information call 210-5393.St. Paul Missionary Baptist 135th Anniversary and 9th Convocation St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 135th Church Anniversary and 9th Convocation celebration with activities that include on Friday, June 20th the Rip the Runway Celebration Banquet at the Terrace Suites at Everbank Field; Sunday, June 22nd through Wednesday, June 25th the celebration will conclude with the theme: We are Partners: The Legacy Lives On , with Sunday morning service at 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. with Bishop Brian Moore, Life Center Cathedral, Charleston, SC, and Sunday evening at 6 p.m. hear Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. On Monday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. hear Dr. T. Latrell Penny, Shabach World Cathedrals, Sumpter, SC, Tuesday, June 24th at 7 p.m. hear Apostle Carlos L. Malone, Sr., The Bethel Church, Miami, Fl., and Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. hear St. Pauls own Bishop Designate John E. Guns will close out festivities. For more information call 768-7112 or visit www.spmbcjax.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 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. WoodMt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church 43rd Church Anniversary and Pastors 27th AnniversarySCOGIC Soul Comedy ShowSouthside Church of God in Christ Pastoral Care Committee presents, Medicine for The Soul...Fun & Laughter Comedy Night, Saturday, July 12th at 6 p.m. Wear your 70s and 90s clothes and win a door prize best dressed. The comedy night will be held at Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street. For more info call 398-1625. 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 Emmanuel Missionary Baptist to Hold Vacation Bible School and Community Family Fun DayJoin Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church for vacation bible school, June 23rd through June 27th, nightly from 6 p.m. to 8.m. There will be classes for children and adults with snacks provided. The Community Family Fun Day will take place Saturday, June 28th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy games, entertainment, food, prizes, waterslides and bouncey houses for the kids! Come join the fun and fellowship. For more information contact the church at 356-9371. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2407 Rev. S.L. Badger Jr. Circle Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson is the Pastor.Camp Restoration Youth Summer CampCamp Restoration for Youth Summer Camp (ages 5-15) is June 16th through August 25th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the New Life Fellowship A.M.E. Church, 1451 Mount Herman St. The camp will serve hot breakfast and lunch. Activities include academic enhancement, arts and crafts, youth development, crime awareness and bullying, field trips, games, charter building (self-respect), sports, exercise activities and more! Hurting Families with Children in Crimes, Inc. 6th Annual Camp. For detailed information contact site Director Linda Dayson at 755-9863.SCOGIC 2014 Homecoming Community CelebrationCome fellowship and enjoy a special celebration for Southside Church of God in Christ 2014 Pastor's Anniversary honoring Bishop Edward Robinson Sr. and Lady Cynthia Robinson commemorating 35 Years as Pastor & First Lady of Southside Church of God in Christ. The event takes place July 24th through July 27th. The celebration event times are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information call 398-1625 or visit www.southsidecogic.com. Bradley Vinson, CFEI As a financial educator and speaker I am asked all sorts of questions: How do I start a budget? Why do I need to cut up my credit cards? Do you really think I earn enough to be debt free? There is one question Im rarely asked in a public setting, but I know many in our churches think about: How do I resolve the struggle of giving properly or surviving? How do church members reconcile giving or paying their house note? Giving or keeping their lights on? Giving or eating? 1 Timothy 5:8 clearly tells us if we do not take care of our own house we are worse than a nonbeliever, but this should not be the basis of the argument for giving or not. We all know we are supposed to put God first financially, but the reality of giving within our churches tells a different story. The Empty Tomb Inc. reports that member giving as a percent of income is 2.38, meaning tithing among Christians is under 3 percent. Im not sure how you can tithe 3 percent, but thats for another time. Seventy percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. The personal savings rate is negative 0.5 percent. Credit card and student loan debt is steadily climbing. These are the same people that attend church every week. They sit next to us, they worship and sing with us, and, if were honest, they are us. I submit that we need to change our mindset on the issue. The truth of the matter is were not giving, and were not surviving. The struggle is not between giving and surviving; its between debt and surviving! If all the money we have coming in has someone elses name on it, how do we expect to be able to give? God and the church are not hindrances to our survival; lifestyle choices, bad money management and debt usually are. After life gets a hold of our finances, theres simply not enough left over to give to our local churches. Mismanagement of the 100 percent leaves no room for giving at the level many of us desire to. If we cannot survive on 100 percent, how can we expect to survive on 90 percent and fund the work of Gods kingdom properly? So how do we fix the problem? We have to break free from the bonds of debt (Proverbs 22:7, Romans 13:8). Establish and live on a written budget (Luke 14:28). Save (Proverbs 21:20). Re-evaluate our lifestyles and see what we can change (Ephesians 5:15-16). When we are in a better stewardship positionmanaging Gods resources, Gods waygiving is a natural byproduct. Have a personal finance question youd like me to answer? Send them to email@example.com Be Blessed, Be Free! Bradley Vinson, CFEI, has been helping churches, families and individuals beat debt, build wealth and live victoriously through his seminars, keynotes and one-on-one coaching. Bradley is the author of the Christian Literary award winner Men, Get Real With your FinancesIt Takes More Than Money To Win and provides nononsense financial advise on multiple internet and traditional radio stations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ypeconomy.com The Struggle Between Giving and Surviving St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Youth Revival Stop! Look! Listen! St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to their annual Youth Explosion, Saturday, July 12th, 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 13th, 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services. The Revival will conclude with a three day youth revival Monday through Wednesday, July 14-16 at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Family Life Center, 5863 Moncrief Rd. Come and support our youth! For more information email email@example.com.Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Hold Family, Friends and Community Day Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church Family, Friends and Community Day Event will take place Saturday July 19th at 10 a.m. with Sr. Pastor W. Diamond. The free event will be held at 10325 Interstate Center Dr and is open to the public. This year, Abyssinians efforts will provide visitors from the Duval and surrounding counties an opportunity to enjoy an amazing day of free food, fun and fellowship in the sun with an array of outdoor activities for the entire family. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, give-a-ways, compete for cash prizes and tour Abyssinias New Generation of Excellence state of the art Youth Center. For additional information call the church at 696-1770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.abyssinia.org.Faust Temple Church Fun DayFaust Temple Church of God in Christ will be celebrating their annual fun day for the church and the community, Saturday, July 28th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy free food, games, fun and more fun! For additional info call the church office at 353-1418 or visit www.fausttemple.org. 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 7658611or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
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Thats because to the trained eye, nails can provide valuable indications about your overall health. Take a look: Ridges Healthy nails should have no obvious ridge lines and should be virtually smooth to the naked eye. Ridges can indicate several health issues including: Inflammatory arthritis Iron deficiency Lupus (with red line at the base of your nails) Dont ignore these ridges by using a nail buffer to smooth the surface these are warnings to be noticed! Discoloration A healthy nail bed should be pink with a slight pinkish white moon shape at the base. Streaks of any other stronger shades or colors can indicate health issues, as can nails that are tinged by other colors such as: Dark stripes towards the top of the nail are associated with aging and congestive heart failure Bluish tinge to nails can be a sign of depleted oxygen levels in your blood Green nails are usually a sign of a bacterial infection White nails indicate liver disease, such as hepatitis Red streaks on the nail bed could be a warning of an infection of the heart valves Dull nails in general mean a deficiency of vitamins Pitted ails Sometimes small dips can just be the result of a bash to the hand in general but sometimes more attention should be paid as they can be a symptom of: Zinc deficiency (usually the pit will form a line across the middle of the nailbed) Connective tissue disorder Psoriasis Alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder that results in hair loss Brittle/Dry ails Healthy nails should be producing natural moisturizers to help maintain themselves. Excessively dry or brittle nails can be a sign of a hormonal balance problem or a bacterial infection as well as: Thyroid disease can result in brittle, dry nails that also crack and split very easily Fungus can cause nails to become dry or even crumbly and is a common problem Both these potential problems can be treated and the nails will return to good health once a full growing cycle has passed (hand nails grow at about 1 mm per week so on average the full life cycle of human nail is about six months). What Your ails Say About Your Health ew Study Says Sagging Pants Causes Sexual DysfunctionYes, its true that wearing your pants too low can cause sexual dysfunction and a number of other serious health problems. This was the conclusion of the National American Medical Association following a twoyear study. According to doctors who did the study, 70 percent of men who wore their pants extremely low are more likely to prematurely ejaculate during intercourse. In addition, 75-82 percent develop some type of sexual dysfunction. The cause seems to be the way in which the wearing of sagging pants changes the way they walk and move. The body is meant to move freely from the hips down to the legs. Inhibiting normal movement can actually misalign the hips and the torso if the pants are continuously worn very low. Other damage can include problems with the bladder, kidneys and prostate due to constricting the flow of blood and oxygen to the lower extremities. If this isnt bad enough, pressure on the legs caused by jeans that are worn too low affect a nerve in your thigh called the lateral femoral cutaneous (LFC). If this nerve is compressed, it can cause damage to the nerve, leg pain, and even prevent normal tissue growth in the leg along with sensitivity to heat. This is one style that needs to disappear as quickly as possible. Its not a cool look, and the health risks are definitely not cool. By Phill Wilson Do you know your HIV status? Do you know the HIV status of your intimate partner(s)? Do all of your family members, loved ones and friends know their HIV status? There is no reason to reply no to any of the above questions because it has never been easier or more important to know where you stand. Today, HIV tests are available for free in most areas. They are easy no more blood. Theyre painless no more needles. They are fast in some cases you can get your results back in one minute. here are even options to take an HIV test in the privacy of your home. With all of those advances, theres no excuse for not knowing your status or making sure that your intimate partners, your family and your friends know theirs as well. Friday, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day. Health departments, AIDS-service organizations and other community-based organizations all over the country will be holding events offering opportunities for people to get a free HIV test. Many of these events actually offer incentives, although personally I think the biggest HIV testing incentive of all is receiving information that might save your life. For example, Walgreens is partnering with our Greater Than AIDS campaign and Black Treatment Advocates Networks across the country to provide HIV testing in select Walgreen stores. The municipal government of Compton, Calif. is embracing HIV prevention and treatment. The mayor, city manager and city council are sponsoring an HIV testing event in partnership with their local farmers market and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. This is an example of creative thinking and taking the message to the community. Partnering with the transit authority means that people dont have to go out of their way to get an HIV test. They can take the test before get on or after they get off the train at the Compton Metro Station. And linking up with the local farmers market makes the connection between HIV testing and your general health. We need to engage in creative endeavors like these to end the AIDS epidemic. HIV testing is the first step in helping people living with HIV to get the care and treatment they need as well as in helping HIV negative people get vital information about protecting themselves. Its a winwin. If you dont know your HIV status, or you know someone who does not know their HIV status, this week is the perfect time to take action. Mark your calendar! Note to self: Get tested for HIV today! Its Easy to Learn Your HIV Status Straightening Products or Keratin Treatments Whats Best for Your Hair Within the last few years, Keratin treatments have gained popularity as an option for women with curly, frizzy, coarse and unmanageable hair. They have been considered a solution for women seeking manageability and defrizzing of hair. Unfortunately, this solution comes with quite a few drawbacks, which many consumers are unaware of. So how do Keratin treatments stack up with Straightening Systems? Women who struggle with frizzy, unmanageable hair look for salon styles and treatments to make hair silkier, tight curls looser and lessen tangles. The Keratin treatments originating in Brazil seemed to offer the straightening and defrizzing effects customers sought. Keratin is a protein occurring naturally in the hair, so the treatments work by adding additional keratin to smooth gaps in the hair caused by damage. Unfortunately, the size of the keratin molecule is so large that it requires the hair's cuticle to be opened in order for the keratin to penetrate. Ingredients such as urea and formaldehyde must be used as part of the treatment to open the hair cuticle and allow the keratin to penetrate. The use of formaldehyde in the Keratin treatments has been a cause for concern, with formaldehyde being a suspected carcinogen. Formaldehyde has a sharp, irritating odor which can cause health issues such as runny nose, irritated eyes and nose, headache, sore throat and lethargy. In fact, the FDA has been monitoring the manufacture and use of Keratin treatments containing high levels of formaldehyde. The more formaldehyde in the product, the stronger it is and the greater the fumes. Many stylists have taken to mixing their own formulations to increase the strength, resulting in greater risk to hair. Keratin treatments also vary in their application process. The process is not permanent, but prices begin in the hundreds of dollars for the treatment, which lasts about 2 months. The treatment is heat activated, and requires no washing for up to 72 hours to allow the formula to continue processing, even after you've left the salon. When investigating alternative straightening treatments, women should educate themselves on the ingredients and how each method compares. Any alteration of the hair, temporary or permanent, should take place with a thorough understanding of the nature of your hair, your desired results and the ingredients used in prospective results. Partner with a knowledgeable stylist who is licensed and trained to assess the needs of your hair and educate you on the benefits and any potential drawbacks of your hair care choices. Before and after a keratin treatment. by Valesia Weeks Lets face it ladiesin the summer, we are surrounded with holidays that require us to eat bar-b-que, potato salad, soda wada and the works! What does that mean? more FAT to have to deal with because what do we do for the holiday? We eat, eat, & eat some more. And we all know that the fat tends to head straight to our mid section and just sit there and wait to spread. How can we get rid of our belly fat? Its really hard to say because our bodys have a mind of its own. Each individual body decides where it wants to burn off the fat and in what order. The best way to lose our belly fat is by doing cardiovascular exercises like running, biking, and aerobic style exercises. It is very import to spice up and change your abdominal exercises. Make sure you include crunches to keep your core strong. One unfortunately thing is until the excess fat is gone in the midsection, you will not see the muscle definition. Therefore, if you are not doing cardio, crunches will not help your six pack to be seen for the summer. If its difficult to run, join a ZUMBA or aerobics class. Walking is an ideal exercise that nearly anyone can do.. The lower belly is a natural holding place for fat and an extremely stubborn spot to tone, so it can be quite challenging to get rid of lower belly fat. Regular crunches and sit-ups wont be enough to get rid of lower belly fat. The key is in targeting the lower abdominals with specific exercises to tone the muscles and erase the fat. The proper exercises, coupled with a healthy diet and cardio routine, will help to conquer that stubborn belly fat. Here a few tips to help you burn belly fat and tone belly muscles (abdominals): Instructions: Add more vegetables and lean proteins and less fat and sugar to your diet. The proteins will help you to build muscles and will burn fat in your lower belly. Cutting your sugar intake in half will make a big difference in your fight against lower belly fat. Just 30 minutes of cardio three times a week will work wonders. Pick your choice, either walk, jog, ride a bike or even dance. All are great choices. Doing cardio will help you lose the layer of fat that keeps that nice six pack hidden.. Do a few reps of scissors. These are done by lying on your back with your hands underneath your buttocks. Lift your legs about a foot off the ground. Tighten your lower ab muscles and move your legs in a crisscross motion: first move your right leg over the left; then open your legs apart and move your left log over the right. Dont bend your knees. Do this about 10 to 15 times. Maintaining a healthy diet, and these exercises three times a week, or every other day will help you to be able to show off your six pack and enjoy your meal all at the same time. The grilled meals are all good but do it in moderation.Melt Away the Belly Fat
JUL Womens etworking EventThe Jacksonville Urban Leagues Community Training and Employment Center will host their 1st Women Empowering Women Networking Event, Friday, June 27th 5 to 8 p.m., at 903 W. Union St. The theme is: As One Woman Prospers, So Does Her Community. The host for the evening 106.5 Radio personality Steven St. James. For more details contact Center Director Julia M. Henry-Wilson at 723-4007 x473 or email email@example.com. Open House at the RitzJoin the Ritz Theatre and Museum for an afternoon of food, fun and live music, Saturday, June 28th, from 1 p.m. until 4 pm. Admission is free and the Museum will be open for browsing. Enjoy a live music from the Katz Downstairz band, food, beverages truck food vendors. For more info contact Jennifer Covington at 807-2011.Celebrity Basketball GameOn Saturday, June 28th a t 6 p.m., Mayor Alvin Brown, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Sheriff Nat Glover, State Rep. Reggie Fullwood and a host of civic and business leaders will vie against local high school basketball players in a game to aid homeless students. The annual charitable Celebrity Basketball Game is sponsored by the Im A Star Foundation to provide awareness and resources to the 1,900+ homeless students in Duval County Public Schools. The location is Paxon School for Advanced Studies Gymnasium, 3239 Norman E. Thagard Blvd. For more info contact Betty SeabrookBurney by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 924-0756.Masjid El-Salaam Evening of DialogueThe Masjid El-Salaam will present an evening of dialogue with Professor Griff of Public Ememy and Zaza Ali, Sunday, June 29th at 2 p.m. at Masjid El-Salaam, 1625 N. Pearl St. For more information call 359-0980 or visit www.salaammasjid.comRemembering Freedom Summer at the Ritz Theatre The Ritz Theatre and Museum presents Remembering Freedom Summer, a conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst. On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, two long time activists and authors will share stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement, Wednesday, July 2nd, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join these dynamic historians and captivating storytellers reflect on this pivotal moment in history. Bring your own brown bag or purchase lunch onsite from food truck vendors! The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located at 829 N. Davis Street. For more information call 807-2012.Beautiful Bodies CompetitionCalling all artist, fashionistas and fitness pros to attend the Beautiful Bodies competition at the Jacksonville Landing. Dr. Beautiful Bodies is a three-week competition inviting individuals and groups to compete on the riverfront stage during Downtown Art Walk. Naturally Smart presents the competition on Wednesdays July 2nd and August 6th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Compete for cash and prizes and enjoy musical and comedic entertainment. For more info email email@example.com.Civil Rights Act of 1964 Celebrated at City HallCelebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Wednesday, July 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St. For more information call 630-3609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 4th of July FireworksThe official Fourth of July Celebration in Jacksonville will be held Friday, July 4th, 5 10 p.m. at the Shipyards on Bay St., Coastline Drive along the Northbank Riverwalk and at The Jacksonville Landing. Join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating Independence Day with live entertainment, interactive activities, food and beverages, and a spectacular fireworks display. For more information call 630-2489.St. Marys Independence Day The Kiwanis Club of St. Marys will present its annual Fourth of July celebration in downtown St. Marys at 7 a.m. on Friday July 4th. The Exploding with Pride for the Red, White and Blue celebration will offer a fun run, themed parade, crafts, food, vendors, music and more! For more info contact Angela Wigger via email at email@example.com or visit www.visitstmarys.com or call 912882-4000.Volunteers eeded for Beaches Clean-upJoin the City of Jacksonville for the annual July 5th Beaches Cleanup following the Independence Day holiday. Come volunteer Saturday, July 5th, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. For more information, call Keep Jacksonville Beautiful at 6303420 or call the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol at 613-6081. For more info contact Debbie Delgado at 6303404 or email Delgado@coj.net. Riverside Arts Market to host 4th of July Fireworks Viewing The Riverside Arts Market is excited to invite Jacksonville residents to a special Independence Day 4th of July Fireworks viewing party under the Fuller Warren Bridge from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4th. Enjoy live music, local brews and your favorite food vendors. For more information call Heather Bailey at 389-2449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.P.R.I.D.E Book Club MeetingThe next People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) Bookclub meeting will be held Saturday, July 12th, at 4 p.m. at the home of Marsha Phelts, 5400 Ocean Blvd, American Beach Fernandina, Beach, Fl. 32034. The book for discussion is, The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd, by John Oliver Killens. For more info call Felice Franklin at email@example.com or call 261-0175.Brighter Beginnings Health FairThe Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities presents a Brighter Beginnings community Health Fair, Saturday, July 12th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Edward Waters College, 1401 Grunthal. St. Vincents Community Faith Ministries will provide information on basic nutrition for mother and baby, parenting skills, newborn care, SIDS risk, breastfeeding, social and life issues. For more information call Nurse Willie Roberts at 308-7558.Raines Class of 74 40th Class Reunion The Raines Class of 1974 40th class reunion will take place July 25th to 27th. The 3-day reunion includes a Friday night meet and greet at 7 p.m., at the Potters House Kingdom Plaza banquet room, 5310 Lenox. The evening will be filled with fun, music, karaoke, and good food! On Saturday at 2 p.m. is the classmate barbecue at Carvill Park, 1302 Carvill Avenue. On Sunday July 27th is church service. For more info contact Renetter Randolph via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 728-2054.Comedian Earthquake at Comedy ZoneComedian Earthquake will be in concert, July 25-26 at the Comedy Zone. Earthquake has participated in many different comedy tours, including Def Comedy Jam, Laffapalozza and more! For tickets and more information call 2924242 or via the web at www.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located 3130 Hartley Rd.Jax Childrens Chorus AuditionsThe Jacksonville Childrens Chorus is holding their final open audition for grades 1-12 for the 2014-15 Season on Thursday, June 26. For more information call 3531636 to request an audition time.TJMS Comedian DominiqueComedian Dominique is bringing laughter to the Comedy Zone, July 10th through July 12th Fans enjoy her raw, uncut comedy style. For tickets call the Comedy Zone at 292-HAHA or visit www.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd. Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene Call 874-0591 to reserve your day! *Grand Openings Weddings Anniversaries Birthdays * Church events Celebration Dinners* Reunions Showers Commemorate your special event with professional affordable photos by the Picture Lady! 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June 26 July 2, 2014Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 9 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. O EXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! How Did Blacks Travel During Segregation?The egro Motorist Green Book was helpful for navigating Jim by Nsenga Burton In 1936 a Harlem postal worker and activist named Victor H. Green decided to develop a guide that would help African Americans travel throughout the country in a safe and comfortable manner. The Negro Motorist Green Book (also called The Negro Travelers' Green Book), often simply known as The Green Book, identified places that welcomed black people during an era when Jim Crow laws and de facto segregation made it difficult for them to travel domestically without fear of racial backlash. The Green Book listed businesses and places of interest such as nightclubs, beauty salons, barbershops, gas stations and garages that catered to black road-trippers. For almost three decades, travelers could request (for just 10 cents' postage) and receive a guide from Green. Eventually the guide expanded to encompass information about Canada and Mexico. Like users of today's popular recommendation sites such as TripAdvisor, travelers collected information during their journeys, which they shared with Green and his team of editors. The data were then incorporated into future editions. "Historically, The Green Book falls in line with the underreported activism of black postal workers and the heightened awareness of driving while black in certain regions of the country," says Robert Smith, associate professor of African-American and civil rights history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "Although many think of this book in historical terms, the challenges facing black travelers then resonate with black travelers now, particularly as it relates to racial profiling and stop-and-frisk laws." The Green Book has recently been rediscovered in popular culture. Atlanta playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey wrote a play entitled The Green Book, in which a black military officer and his wife stay in a "tourist home" (private homes identified as safe places for travel) with a Holocaust survivor on the eve of a speech being given by W.E.B. Du Bois in Jefferson City, Mo. Ramsey also published a children's book, Ruth and the Green Book, illustrated by legendary artist Floyd Cooper that follows a young girl's journey with her family in an expensive car from Chicago to Alabama. In a New York Times article, Ramsey recalled having to pack a big lunch when his family traveled from Baltimore to Roxboro, N.C., so they wouldn't have to stop along the way. Food historian Jessica Harris recently discussed The Green Book in Byron Hurt's awardwinning documentary Soul Food Junkies. Harris shared that the guide highlighted not only safe places but also the best places to eat and to find soul food while traveling. Some of the locations mentioned in the books are still standing today. But not surprisingly, many, if not most, of the businesses no longer exist. As expected, in many cities the YWCA and YMCA allowed blacks to stay there during travel, business and college matriculation, but what was unexpected was the drop in the number of businesses identified as safe in some cities from the 1949 version to the 1956 version. For example, Columbia, S.C., had 35 businesses listed in the 1949 version of the guide but only 12 in the 1956 version. For the 1956 edition, Green and his editorial staff may have decided to be more discerning in the places that they identified as "safe," paying closer attention to the quality of the accommodations available. A number of other factors could also explain the lower number, including post-World War II industrialization, increased costs associated with retail merchants associations, the Great Migration and fallout over the continued struggle over civil rights in the U.S. Most of the businesses in The Green Book don't include captions, so in 2012 the book raises many more questions than it answers -making tracing the locales a worthwhile pursuit, particularly along famous routes (i.e., Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway and the Blue Ridge Parkway) but also on some lesserknown ones (such as the Lincoln Highway and the Blue and Gray Trail). If tourists and history buffs are willing to re-create Civil War battles or trace the Trail of Tears, then it would also seem worthwhile to spend some time finding out which locales in The Green Book are still standing or which establishments have taken their place. With the help of augmented-reality apps and the forthcoming Google Goggles, a lot of passion and a strong interest in black history, plotting a Green Book path during your summer travels is now much easier than Victor Green could probably ever have imagined. senga Burton also writes for The Root While architect Philip Freelon imagined designs for Atlanta's new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, he did the usual research into the past, scanning images of the civil rights marches and protests it would surely address. Around the same time, he couldn't help but notice the front pages of modern newspapers that showed protesters around the world resolutely fighting their own battles. They were in different times, different worlds, but always, he saw the same image: People united, their arms interlocked or fingers woven together. The gestures became the foundation for the design his team created, one that's visible today as the new museum opened its doors in downtown Atlanta. Even after the recession and planning decisions edited the grand space to less than half the size originally proposed, the symbol endured. The building evokes two linked hands; its exterior walls feature a mix of earthy shades that suggest different races coming together. Inside, exhibits in the nearly 43,000-square-foot museum link the historic stories of the American civil rights movement and modern human rights struggles around the world. The Atlanta center is one of several museums tied to civil rights recently opened or in the works. Around the country, they serve as memorials, meeting spaces, tourist attractions and time capsules, all trying to reveal their stake in history while drawing a young, techsavvy audience. "The vision and mission of the institutions are different. What's similar are those words, civil rights -segregation, violence, reconciliation, resilience, jubilation," said Freelon, who created designs for civil rights-related museums in Washington, Mississippi, North Carolina and elsewhere. The rise of high-profile civil rights museums comes as communities recognize old wounds that need to heal and fresh cuts that require care, he said. 'Stories are the most powerful tools' Work on a civil rights museum in Atlanta began more than 10 years ago, when former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and civil rights activist Evelyn Lowery approached then-Mayor Shirley Franklin with the idea. The city was already home to memorials and historic sites honoring Atlanta native Martin Luther King, Jr., but they intended this space to go beyond the King legacy, or even civil rights history. "It became really clear that they believed ... it was important to connect it to the current issues of the world and the United States," said Franklin, the board chairwoman of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The links weren't so clear to everyone. It took time to convince people -including other civil rights activists and potential donors -that the voting rights marches and church bombings of the 1960s were tied to modern, global issues like slavery and immigrant rights. The $103 million museum contains large galleries devoted to both, and space to grow as the stories evolve, center CEO Doug Shipman said. Through original artworks and interactive displays laden with video and audio, museum leaders hope visitors will consider where they fit into civil rights history and how they can impact human rights issues today. This could be a first taste of civil and human rights understanding for many visitors to the tourist-heavy area where the museum stands, Shipman said. It's located beside the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola, in eyeshot of a large Ferris wheel and fountains often packed with gleeful children. Turner and CNN are among the museum's corporate sponsors. Shipman said they wanted the center to appeal not just to those who remembered the history it captures, but also to the 22-year-olds who can't imagine it. He wants to hear grandparents sharing their protest memories and teens explaining their school campaigns against bullying. Visitors can tour museum exhibitions designed by Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe and human rights activist Jill Savitt in as little as 75 minutes. Another gallery displays a rotating collection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s personal papers, which are housed at nearby Morehouse College. The exhibits could be the gateway that leads visitors a few miles away to the historic Sweet Auburn district, King's birth home or the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Shipman said. "This was trying to bring the stories to people who might not find them otherwise. Stories are the most powerful tools," Shipman said. "If someone goes to one (attraction) and they're inspired, it makes them more likely to go to another. At the Center for Civil and Human Rights, people listen to taunts and threats that were endured by protesters during staged sit-ins at "whites only" dining counters. The new museum in Atlanta opened to the public this week.Atlanta Opens World Class Civil Rights Museum
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